Archive of July 17, 2009

Bolivian archbishop calls for greater respect for freedom and human dignity

Jul 17, 2009 - 10:46 pm .- During his greeting to mark Bolivia’s Bicentennial celebration yesterday, Archbishop Edmundo Abastoflor of La Paz encouraged all Bolivians to work for an increase in authentic freedom that respects the dignity of each and every person.

Maine marriage restoration effort collects signatures and half-million in donations

Jul 17, 2009 - 08:25 pm .- Marriage restoration advocates have raised almost $350,000 between June 3 and July 3 in their effort to return the state’s legal definition of marriage to being between a man and a woman. Their latest fundraising efforts have netted nearly $500,000.

Argentinean roots endangered by secularism, bishop warns

Jul 17, 2009 - 07:50 pm .- Bishop Eduardo Taussig of San Rafael, Argentina warned this week that the Christians roots that have forged the Argentinean identity are in jeopardy because of secularism, “an icy ideological position” that considers the exclusion of any reference to God from the public square to be a good.

Connecticut diocese appeals to U.S. Supreme Court over privacy concerns

Jul 17, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- The Diocese of Bridgeport is involved in a protracted legal battle to keep the personnel files of some of its employees private and plans to appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The diocese argues that granting the request of several major newspapers to unseal the files violates privacy rights and the First Amendment.

Yucatan becomes latest Mexican state to protect unborn in its Constitution

Jul 17, 2009 - 03:08 pm .- The Mexican State of Yucatan has passed a reform of its constitution enshrining the right to life from conception to natural death as the first and fundamental of all human rights.

Italy to sponsor U.N. resolution condemning abortion

Jul 17, 2009 - 01:27 pm .- The Italian parliament approved a motion Thursday obliging that country’s government to sponsor a resolution before the United Nations that would condemn the use of abortion as a method of population control.

Archdiocese of Sydney to give thanks for World Youth Day with Mass

Jul 17, 2009 - 12:26 pm .- Last year at this time, hundreds of thousands of Catholic youths journeyed to Australia to grow in their faith at World Youth Day. To remember and reflect on the blessings of the event, the Archdiocese of Syndey will be holding a Mass and broadcasting it live on its website.

Pope fractures wrist, undergoes successful surgery

Jul 17, 2009 - 09:44 am .- Only three days into his vacation near the Italian mountain town of Aosta, Pope Benedict XVI fell last night at his chalet and fractured his wrist. Despite the pain, the Pope celebrated Mass and had breakfast before going to the hospital on Friday morning.

Bishop encourages Catholics to confession, the ‘oil change for the soul’

Jul 17, 2009 - 06:49 am .- Comparing the Sacrament of Penance to “an oil change for the soul” and weeding one’s garden, Bishop of Santa Rosa, California Daniel Walsh has urged Catholics to return to regular confession of their sins.

Episcopal Church’s homosexual bishops vote formalizes schism, theologian N.T. Wright says

Jul 17, 2009 - 02:48 am .- Prominent biblical scholar and Anglican Bishop N.T. Wright has said the Episcopal Church’s recent decision to allow homosexuals to be ordained as bishops will mark a “clear break” with the Anglican Communion and formalizes a “schism.” He also insisted that chastity is not “optional” for Christians.

Irish priest reminds Justice Minister of Catholic teaching on marriage

Jul 17, 2009 - 01:16 am .- An Irish priest has defended one of his homilies against criticism from Ireland’s justice minister, reiterating that legislation to promote civil partnerships is immoral and undermines marriage.

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