Archive of July 15, 2009

House Rules Committee blocks vote on amendment to restore D.C. abortion funding ban

Jul 15, 2009 - 10:02 pm .- The House Rules Committee on Tuesday voted against a rule that would allow a House floor vote of an appropriations bill amendment which would restore a ban on abortion funding in the District of Columbia.

Catholic surgeon general nominee supports Obama abortion stance, White House says

Jul 15, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- Speculation about whether President Barack Obama’s new nominee for surgeon general is a pro-life Catholic has been circulating in the press and on the internet. On Wednesday, a White House spokesman touched on the matter but only said Dr. Regina Benjamin supports the president on “reproductive health issues.”

Primate of Spain rebukes government claim that abortion is a right

Jul 15, 2009 - 05:31 pm .- In an interview on Tuesday about the Socialist government’s plan to revamp the country’s abortion law, Archbishop Braulio Rodríguez Plaza of Toledo and Primate of Spain said, “Abortion is not a right.”

Former Legion priest discusses way forward for the movement

Jul 15, 2009 - 03:54 pm .- In a recent interview, a former member of the Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Thomas Berg, addressed both the strengths and weaknesses within the Legion as well as what must occur for it to move past the scandals of its founder.

Bishop of Aosta shares details behind Pope’s Alpine vacation

Jul 15, 2009 - 02:16 pm .- Bishop Giuseppe Anfossi has revealed details about Pope Benedict XVI’s vacation in the Italian town of Aosta and said the local residents are pleased to have the Pontiff with them until July 29.

Episcopal Church leaders vote to allow ordination of homosexual bishops

Jul 15, 2009 - 01:44 pm .- Turmoil in the Anglican Communion appears set to increase following Episcopal Church leaders’ approval of a resolution to ordain homosexual bishops. The new decision dismisses an earlier call by Anglican leaders to maintain a moratorium on the practice.

World must develop new model to answer health needs, Vatican official says

Jul 15, 2009 - 11:06 am .- Two days after Pope Benedict XVI released his new social encyclical, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi spoke to the U.N.'s Economic and Social Council about the need to increase efforts worldwide to help the poor and hungry in the face of the financial crisis and the H1N1 pandemic. This response should involve a "new model of global development centered on the human person rather than profit," he said.

Obama’s science czar does not support coercive population control, spokesman says

Jul 15, 2009 - 06:08 am .- The office of President Obama’s “science czar” John Holdren has responded to concerns Holdren co-authored a book which allegedly contained comments supporting coercive population control measures. A spokesman for the department said that Holdren disavowed such policies at his confirmation hearing..

Observers see ‘double standard’ in hearings for Catholic Supreme Court justices

Jul 15, 2009 - 03:19 am .- A prominent commentator and a prominent law professor have questioned whether there is a “double standard” in the treatment of Catholic Supreme Court nominees, depending upon whether or not each nominee is faithful to Catholic teachings.

Beatification advances for ‘genuine martyr’ who resisted African witchcraft

Jul 15, 2009 - 12:54 am .- The conclusion of a five-year diocesan inquiry has advanced the beatification cause of a South African man who was murdered as a “genuine martyr” after a life of resisting witchcraft and condemning murderous witch hunts.

Honduran cardinal states he did not support military coup or legitimacy of new president

Jul 15, 2009 - 12:02 am .- The Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, said he did not support the ouster of Manuel Zelaya nor did he recognize the legitimacy of President Roberto Micheletti. However, the cardinal called on the deposed leader to be "prudent and patriotic" and for now, refrain from returning to Honduras.

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