Aug 13, 2009 - 11:35 pm .- Concluding its 2009 meeting, the World Congress of Families (WCF) has issued its Amsterdam Declaration on the Family. The document defends the natural family as a “fundamental” of society and advocates its protection and encouragement.
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:01 pm .- Bishop Deogracias Iñiguez, the head of the Diocese of Caloocan, is urging music composers and radio stations not to promote a culture of casual sex to the youth through sexually explicit lyrics.
Aug 13, 2009 - 08:44 pm .- An audit has uncovered information that Planned Parenthood of the Inland Northwest has required unnecessary office visits by its poorest patients, securing over half a million dollars in excess payments from Medicaid.
Aug 13, 2009 - 05:41 pm .- The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has announced that a group of Catholics planning a “synod” for church “reform” is not associated with the Catholic Church, cautioning the faithful that the group is trying to change magisterial teachings of the Church that all Catholics must believe.
Aug 13, 2009 - 03:08 pm .- More than 100 performers proclaimed God’s overwhelming love during the four-day SoulFest Christian music festival held on Gunstock Mountain.
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:28 pm .- The former Attorney General of Brazil, Claudio Fonteles, has strongly called for the defense of the unborn in response to a new effort to get the Supreme Court to legalize abortion in cases of anencephaly.
Aug 13, 2009 - 10:31 am .- Discussing the topic of immigration reform, Archbishop of San Antonio José H. Gomez is warning that those who break U.S. laws should not expect to escape punishment. However, instead of deportation, he is proposing community service as a “far more constructive solution” that would build communities rather than “tear them apart.”
Aug 13, 2009 - 07:04 am .- A Catholic California playwright says that theatre is “the grassroots of entertainment” that can have a “profound impact” on young people. He points to his own plays and productions as examples of efforts to bring portrayals of heroism and sanctity to the secular culture.
Aug 13, 2009 - 02:40 am .- Speakers at the Fifth World Congress of Families in Amsterdam on Tuesday discussed the place of the family in the developing world, emphasizing the potential for mutual learning between nations. One speaker lamented a new “cultural imperialism” which promotes a “culture of death” in less developed countries.
Aug 13, 2009 - 12:33 am .- Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York told CNA last week that the Catholic Church is currently facing many challenges, four being: the vocation to marriage, the state of Catholic parishes and schools, the great number of lapsed Catholics and finally the difficulties in a culture desperate to keep the Church and morals out of the public square.