Archive of August 18, 2009

U.S. Lutheran convention establishes low threshold for homosexuality vote

Aug 18, 2009 - 11:38 pm .- The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) is considering a proposal that would allow members in homosexual relationships to serve as clergy. It has denied a motion to require a higher proportion of votes for the proposal to pass.

Catechism is tool for informing Christian hope, says Argentinean archbishop

Aug 18, 2009 - 10:49 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina called on the faithful this week not to be content with the teachings they receive in the Sunday homily but to look to the Catechism as well for their formation in the faith and to discover the reasons for their Christian hope.

Cardinal Terrazas slams Bolivian politicians for 'stepping on others'

Aug 18, 2009 - 07:13 pm .- During Mass this week, Cardinal Julio Terrazas of Santa Cruz, president of the Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia, warned those in government against abusing their power and said leaders should foster “freedom and peace” amidst the crisis the nation is experiencing.

Catholic convert and political commentator Robert Novak passes away

Aug 18, 2009 - 04:57 pm .- The death of Robert Novak has led many to remember the career of the expert political journalist. Some noted his conversion to Catholicism later in life, with one former colleague calling it his “most important” change of heart.

Cardinal Urosa questions new education law that removes religion classes

Aug 18, 2009 - 04:37 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jose Urosa Savino, expressed regret yesterday over the passage of a new law on education by the National Assembly that “expels” God from the classroom. More than anything else, he said, the children of Venezuela “need to study religion” at school.

Protecting environment must involve morals, Archbishop Chaput insists

Aug 18, 2009 - 03:36 pm .- Aiming to promote a better understanding of the Church's teaching on the environment, the Catholic apostolate Creatio is hosting an international conference in Allenspark, Colo. The discussions began on Monday afternoon with a keynote speech by Archbishop Charles Chaput, who urged the participants to work towards a solution that ensures the protection of creation but also does not treat man as just another part of nature.

Lawyers launch effort to overturn legalization of abortion in Mexico City

Aug 18, 2009 - 02:27 pm .- The College of Catholic Lawyers of Mexico has filed a complaint before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights against Mexico for legalizing abortion up to the twelfth week in Mexico City. 

Vatican daily praises triumph of Jamaican in 100 meter dash

Aug 18, 2009 - 10:15 am .- The Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano praised Jamaican runner Ussain Bolt for his win this past Sunday in the 100 meter. The outstanding performance earned him a gold medal and created a new world record, breaking the one he had previously set.

Mass at National Shrine to honor Servant of God and heroic Navy chaplain

Aug 18, 2009 - 06:12 am .- Servant of God Fr. Vincent Capodanno, a U.S. Navy chaplain whose heroic ministry to U.S. Marines in Vietnam won him the nickname “the Grunt Padre” and a posthumous Congressional Medal of Honor, will be remembered with a Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of September 3.

British Catholic paper criticized for saying U.S. bishops must back Obama on health care

Aug 18, 2009 - 02:42 am .- A Catholic newspaper in Britain has drawn harsh criticism for claiming that the U.S. bishops’ concerns about abortion coverage in proposed health care reforms are allowing a “specifically Catholic issue” to obstruct the legislation.

Sri Lankan Catholics flock to Marian shrine after decades of civil war

Aug 18, 2009 - 12:55 am .- On the Feast of the Assumption, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankan Catholics were able to finally make the pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Madhu, following the end of the country’s 30-year civil war. They were told to put away hatred and division in order to build peace.

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