Archive of July 22, 2009

Sotomayor receives NARAL endorsement

Jul 22, 2009 - 11:34 pm .- The pro-abortion group NARAL Pro-Choice America has announced its support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Proposal to de-fund Planned Parenthood adds to health care abortion controversy

Jul 22, 2009 - 07:05 pm .- As debate continues about de facto federal funding for abortion in proposed health care legislation, U.S. Congressman Mike Pence (R-IN) has filed an amendment which would deny federal funding to Planned Parenthood through Title X Family Planning.

PRI warns health care legislation opens back door for abortion

Jul 22, 2009 - 05:48 pm .- As speculation persists about whether President Obama’s push for a health care bill has ramifications for abortion funding, the Population Research Institute is warning that the plan as “one of the clearest and most decisive attacks against the pro-life cause” since Roe v. Wade.

Vatican ambassador nominee will adopt 'common ground approach'

Jul 22, 2009 - 05:12 pm .- Dr. Miguel Diaz, President Obama's nominee to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, spoke at his confirmation hearing this morning in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. In his remarks, Diaz pledged to "embrace President Obama and Secretary Clinton's diplomatic vision of leading through active listening and learning from others to seek common ground."

A diocese without a seminary is dead, warns Bishop Fernandez

Jul 22, 2009 - 02:40 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain recalled this week the importance of the seminary for the formation of new priests, since only they “can guarantee the survival of the Catholic Church among us.”

Uruguayan Senate urged not to allow embryonic stem cell research

Jul 22, 2009 - 01:55 pm .- The John Paul II Institute of Bioethics of the Archdiocese of Montevideo has questioned a proposed bill by the Uruguayan Senate that “implicitly allows the destruction of human embryos to obtain stem cells, in violation of  the first of all human rights: the right to life.”

Cardinal Rouco visits parish scarred by attempted bombing

Jul 22, 2009 - 11:53 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, visited the parish of St. Genevieve in the suburb of Majadahonda after seven homemade bombs were found last week attached to the air conditioning system. Fortunately, the bombs did not explode.

Congress to focus on new encyclical's economic and social insights

Jul 22, 2009 - 10:00 am .- Clergy and Italian government officials will be gathering this evening in Rome for a symposium to discuss Pope Benedict's new social encyclical. The meeting will focus on how "Caritas in Veritate" is "an encyclical for understanding the future."

Suspended Catholic priest announces run for Philippines presidency

Jul 22, 2009 - 05:53 am .- Suspended Catholic priest Eddie Panlilio, current governor of the central Philippines province of Pampanga, has decided to run for the country’s presidency in 2010 and to seek dispensation from his priestly obligations.

U.S. bishops call for ‘life-protecting’ health care reform for all

Jul 22, 2009 - 03:02 am .- As national debate about a major Congressional health care bill continues, the U.S. bishops have called for “genuine” health care reform that protects human life and provides comprehensive health care access.

School district keeps parental permission rules for students seeking services like abortion

Jul 22, 2009 - 01:52 am .- Another California school district has voted to preserve a policy requiring students to have parental permission to leave campus for any reason. Changes to the policy would have allowed students to leave campus for any reason, including “confidential medical services” such as abortion.

Ave Maria University fires Fr. Fessio again

Jul 22, 2009 - 12:23 am .- Fr. Joseph Fessio, SJ, the founder of Ignatius Press and a former student of Pope Benedict, has been fired from his position as theologian in residence at Ave Maria University. The action reportedly was taken because he criticized the administration’s handling of the school’s finances.

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