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Illinois pro-life clinic to offer women alternative to Planned Parenthood

Aurora, Ill., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Pro-life advocates in Aurora, Illinois are planning to open a women’s center in a strip mall a block away from a Planned Parenthood clinic to counsel women who have had abortions and to help pregnant women continue their pregnancies and raise their children.

The Waterleaf Women’s Center was dedicated on Sunday afternoon by Catholic clergy and about 75 supporters. It plans to open for business in several weeks, the Naperville Sun says.

Three local women began searching for office space and raising funds for the project in January.

Waterleaf board president Kelly Gorsky told the Naperville Sun that the center’s core mission is to urge pregnant women not to have abortions. It has set a goal of preventing one abortion per week.

Gorsky said fundraising for the project has gone well. The center will offer pregnancy tests and free counseling services.

The center’s clients will speak to professional or volunteer counselors who can refer them to services such as adoption agencies or financial assistance programs.

"We want women to know that there's a whole network of people that can help," Gorsky continued, adding that the center will work closely with Project Gabriel, a Catholic-run program that provides needy mothers with anything from cash assistance to free babysitting.

Waterleaf board member Maura Marcotte, a trained counselor, said financial hardship is a significant reason women consider abortions. Providing post-pregnancy support will be a key task.

Cyndi Crane, a Waterleaf board member who will work as a full time counselor, said the center will give clients information about the risks of abortion but will never try to frighten or intimidate clients.

"We're a resource center that's here just to present the facts and let (clients) know what kind of help is available,” she told the Naperville Sun.

Crane added that the center will also offer counseling to women who have had abortions, pledging that she would not abandon a client “no matter what choice they make.”

According to the Waterleaf Women’s Center website, Crane is president of the center and a single mother who eighteen years ago chose to give birth to her daughter, Jillian, despite doctors’ recommendations to have an abortion.

Board members acknowledged that proximity to the abortion clinic was a major factor in their work to open the center.

The Planned Parenthood clinic opened amid controversy in 2007. Opponents charged that the building had been deceptively presented as an office complex when in fact it was an abortion clinic.

The Waterleaf Women’s Center website is at http://www.waterleafwc.org

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Walk for Life Central Coast to become California’s newest pro-life event

San Luis Obispo, Calif., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Inspired by San Francisco’s West Coast Walk for Life, a new event called Walk for Life Central Coast will take place on Saturday, October 24 in San Luis Obispo, California.

“Recognizing the supreme value and dignity of every human being, please join us as we Walk for Life through downtown San Luis Obispo,” walk organizers said. “This walk event is designed to move peoples' hearts to end the scourge of abortion upon our great land!”

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Mission College Prep Gym. After song and praise, nationally known pro-life speakers Gianna Jessen and Rev. Dr. Clenard Childress Jr. will speak.

Jessen survived a saline abortion attempt before she was born and is now a talented singer despite suffering cerebral palsy caused by the attempt on her life. Rev. Childress is pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, New Jersey and a founder of the Life Education and Resource Network (LEARN).

The walk through downtown San Luis Obispo will begin at 1:30 in the afternoon. Its route will pass a Planned Parenthood clinic and end at the Old Mission Catholic Church.

At 3:00 p.m., Bishop of Monterey Richard Garcia will lead a Rosary for Life followed by Holy Mass inside the mission church.

Walk for Life Central Coast’s website is http://walkforlifecc.com.

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Convivio youth congress offers chance to encounter Jesus in Sydney

Sydney, Australia, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The international Catholic youth congress “Convivio” will meet this weekend in Sydney, Australia to help students come together to reflect on contemporary issues, share their experiences and propose explanations and answers to the challenges they face daily.

The theme for the congress is from Mark 8, “Who do you say that I am?”

Convivio Sydney organizers told CNA that the topics are “firmly grounded” in the faith of the Church and the reflections are guided in a way that presents Christ as the “essential answer” for the young participants, who are in their final three years of secondary education.

“Convivio will offer students an opportunity for a deep encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ and from this authentic encounter they can give deep and meaningful answers to their own questions and many others who are in need of the same answers,” Convivio Sydney said.

The congress is hosted by lay members of Sydney’s Fraternas Community, which is part of the international Christian Life Movement.

Cardinal George Pell, the Archbishop of Sydney, wrote a letter inviting youth to the event, saying it is a “valuable opportunity” to consider who Jesus is.

“Everyone who has heard the Gospel message has to answer this question,” the cardinal said. “Is Jesus just another prophet or source of spiritual wisdom? Is he someone who doesn’t matter today, someone from whom our modern world has moved on? Or is he the Son of the Living God, who by his life, death and resurrection showed us that life is greater than suffering, that love is stronger than death?”

“Convivio 09 provides a terrific opportunity for our senior secondary school students to take some time out with the Lord and with each other to focus on how they will answer the Lord and live out that answer,” Cardinal Pell added.

The congress will be held at Bethlehem College at Ashfield, Sydney. The event has previously been held in different cities around South America, the U.S. and England. The 2009 congress is the second time the event has been held in Sydney.

Further information is available at the congress’ website, http://www.convivio.org/sydney

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Marriage advocates collect enough signatures for Washington state ballot measure

Seattle, Wash., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Preliminary, unofficial figures from the Washington state Elections Division shows that a sufficient number of signatures have been gathered to place on the ballot Referendum 71, a measure that would preserve the unique place of marriage by rescinding the state legislature’s expansion of homosexual domestic partnership benefits.

Protect Marriage Washington, which is sponsoring the proposal, submitted nearly 138,000 signatures on July 25. State checkers of the signatures accepted 121,617 signatures. According to David Ammons, writing on the blog of the Washington Secretary of State’s Office, 120,557 were required to secure a ballot spot.

The ballot proposal, known as Referendum 71, would overturn Senate Bill 5688, which passed the Washington legislature in April. The bill gave homosexual couples all the state-provided benefits that married couples receive.

The law was supposed to take effect July 26 but was delayed until the signature count was completed, the Associated Press says. The law will not take effect unless it is approved in the November 3 election.

In a news release on its website, the Washington State Catholic Conference said it opposed SB 5688 because proponents publicly stated that it was intended to extend existing marriage rights to same-sex couples “as a precursor to legalizing gay marriage in Washington State.”

“While opposing all unjust discrimination against any individual, WSCC upholds marriage as a union between a man and a woman, which is the foundation of our civil society,” the conference said.

The Washington Secretary of State’s Office claims that the margin of confirmed signatures for Referendum 71 may be the narrowest ever to qualify for the ballot. However, the number may rise if new voter registrations and missing electronic voter signatures are found.

Before the number of signatures was confirmed, Protect Marriage Washington had expressed concern about “statistical abnormalities” in the signature count. While the rate of erroneous signatures among the first 72,273 signatures counted stood at about 9.5 percent, among the last 6,922 signatures the error rate jumped to 12.8 percent.

Protect Marriage Washington also noted that Secretary of State Sam Reed’s executive secretary is the daughter of James Pharris, an attorney from the state Attorney General’s office assigned to defend the rights of Referendum 71 opponents.

Some opponents of Referendum 71 intend to adopt a tactic used by pro-homosexual groups in California to shame or boycott supporters of Proposition 8, the ballot initiative that successfully defended marriage between a man and a woman. WhoSigned.org plans to publish the names of signatories to the Referendum 71 petitions following the signatures’ certification by the Washington Secretary of State.

Referendum 71 backers charged that the site could be used for retaliation and intimidation, pointing to the harassment that took place in California. A federal district court judge has temporarily blocked the signatures’ release, with a new hearing scheduled for September 3.

Opponents of Referendum 71 have filed a legal challenge to the referendum, which Superior Court Judge Julie Spector has taken under advisement. She said she will rule on the case on Wednesday morning.

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Fifteenth Mexican state protects unborn by changing its constitution

Queretaro, Mexico, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The Queretaro State Congress in Mexico reformed its constitution Tuesday with a 21-0 vote guaranteeing protection for human life from conception to natural death. The decision makes it the fifteenth Mexican state to enact such legislation.
 
The new law, which was supported by some 60,000 signatures from Queretaro voters,establishes the right to life as “the first of all fundamental rights” and declares that the State has the duty protect human life from all attacks.
 
State representatives said the reform was in accord with the Mexican Constitution and with the international treaties ratified by Mexico. 
 
In response to protests from some feminist and pro-abortion groups who called the reform an “attack” on the rights of women, several representatives dismissed the claims as completely false and said the reform would lead to policies that benefit both women and the unborn.
 
They also pointed out that the changes in the law are not intended to “criminalize women” and that the law allows for abortion in cases of rape, life of the mother or fetal deformation.
 
Queretaro is now the fifteenth state to enact pro-life changes to its constitution. The other states are Baja California, Chihuahua, Campeche, Colima , Puebla, Durango, Jalisco, Nayarit, Quintana Roo, Guanajuato, Yucatan, Sonora, Morelos and San Luis Potosi.

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Pope says forgiveness needed as World War II anniversary is observed

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Today the Holy Father commemorated the beginning of World War II, which took place in Gdansk, Poland, by emphasizing the tragedy of war and praying for a “spirit of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation” in Europe.

 

Tuesday marked the 70th anniversary of the first shots fired in World War II when Poland was invaded by German troops.

 

The Polish and German bishops commemorated the beginning of World War II with a Mass in Berlin and issued a statement that extended forgiveness and asked for it as well.

Following his Wednesday general audience, the Holy Father greeted the Polish pilgrims present and noted yesterday's anniversary.

 

“Human tragedies and the absurdity of war remain in the memory of peoples," he said. "Let us ask God that the spirit of forgiveness, peace and reconciliation may pervade the hearts of humankind. Europe and the world today need a spirit of communion. Let us build it upon Christ and His Gospel, upon the foundation of charity and truth."

 

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Benedict XVI holds up St. Odo as example of joy amid a society of vice

Vatican City, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Although society was filled with an “immensity of vices” during his time, St. Odo was able to encourage the faithful to live the faith with joy, Pope Benedict said at the general audience today as he continued his series of teachings on the medieval saints.

The Holy Father flew by helicopter to the Paul VI Hall from Castel Gandolfo this morning to hold his weekly general audience. 

Focusing his remarks on St. Odo, Benedict XVI explained how the saint was born around the year 880, eventually becoming the second abbot of the famous abbey of Cluny. "From that center of spiritual life, he was able to exercise a vast influence on the monasteries of the continent," fomenting a lifestyle and a spirituality inspired by the Rule of St. Benedict, the Pope said.

The Holy Father described the 62-year life of St. Odo as one marked by numerous virtues, including "patience, ... detachment from the world, zeal for souls, commitment to peace, ... observance of the commandments, concern for the poor, education of the young and respect for the elderly."

"One aspect that merits particular attention is the devotion to the Body and Blood of Christ which Odo - in the face of a widespread negligence that he vigorously deplored -cultivated with conviction. He was, in fact, firmly convinced of the real presence of the Body and Blood of the Lord under the Eucharistic species, by virtue of the 'substantial' conversion of the bread and wine."

Benedict XVI also highlighted one particular saying of St. Odo on the reception of the Eucharist. St. Odo was known for saying, "only those who are spiritually united to Christ can worthily receive His Eucharistic Body; in any other case, eating His flesh and drinking His blood would not be beneficial, but harmful."

Despite the fact that society was filled with an 'immensity of vices,' the Pope said that "St. Odo was a true spiritual guide, both for the monks and for the faithful of his time.” In the face of a sin-filled society, the Pope recalled, St. Odo proposed the remedy of a “radical change of lifestyle founded upon humility, austerity, detachment from the ephemeral and adherence to the eternal."

Witnessing to the joy of such a change, St. Odo allowed the “profound goodness of his soul” to shine   and thus “diffused around him the joy with which he himself was filled. ... Through his resolute activities he nourished in the monks, and in the lay faithful of his time, a desire to proceed rapidly along the path of Christian perfection," Pope Benedict said.

The Holy Father brought his remarks to a close by saying that he hopes that "the goodness of St. Odo, the joy that derives from faith, ... may touch our hearts and that we too may discover the source of happiness that comes from the goodness of God."

 

 

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Chilean bishops call for respectful and transparent campaign season

Santiago, Chile, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The executive committee of the Bishop’s Conference of Chile, has issued a statement calling on presidential and congressional candidates to carry out a respect and transparent campaign season for the elections this fall.

“The upcoming Bicentennial of our Independence is an opportune time to recover the best of our republican traditions: those important values that constitute our identity and that cannot be left to the mercy of noisy and passing minorities,” the bishops said.

“The Catholic Church does not identify herself with any one political party. For this reason, she has no candidates and is not represented by any political party or sector,” the bishops recalled.  They encouraged voters to carefully study the proposals of each candidate and to cast their votes for those who support the values that should be at the forefront of Chilean culture, society and law.

“Political candidates still have time to give the country a peaceful campaign” marked by civility and respectful debate.  “The country wants to see candidates in honest dialogue with voters. We need proposals that are new and bold and at the same responsible and realistic,” the bishops added.

“Chileans long for a clean and honest campaign free of aggressiveness and disparagement, a campaign that is respectful, with lofty debates that are always geared towards the reality of the people, especially the poor, their problems, needs and hopes,” they said.

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Colombian bishops denounce 8 million dollar women's clinic

Medellin, Colombia, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The twelve bishops of the ecclesiastical provinces of Medellin and Santa Fe de Antioquia in Colombia issued a statement this week deploring the violence that has claimed the lives of several people in the region and condemning the construction of the “Women’s Clinic” in Medellin, an $8 million dollar project feminists hope will provide abortions to Colombian women.
 
In their message entitled, “If you want peace, defend life,” the bishops noted that the country would soon be marking the Week for Peace, with this year’s theme being, “Living for Life.” They recalled the words of Pope Paul VI on the World Day For Peace in 1977, when he said, “This conflict is thus seen to be not merely theoretical and moral but tragically real. Even today it continues to desecrate and stain with blood many a page of human society. The key to truth in the matter can be found only by recognizing the primacy of Life as a value and as a condition for Peace.”
 
They also underscored the words of Pope Benedict XVI in “Caritas in Veritate,” where he explains that the fundamental issue of respect for life “cannot in any way be detached from questions concerning the development of peoples. It is an aspect which has acquired increasing prominence in recent times, obliging us to broaden our concept of poverty and underdevelopment to include questions connected with the acceptance of life, especially in cases where it is impeded in a variety of ways.”
 
For these reasons, the bishops said, they have raised their voices “to defend human life from conception to natural death” and are encouraging Colombians to commit to “the task of defending a decent life for all of our brothers and sisters, even those who are beginning their existence in their mothers’ wombs.”

Abortion is legal in Colombia in the cases of rape, incest and any threat to the life of a mother.

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Pope to screen new miniseries on St. Augustine

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - Pope Benedict XVI will attend a special screening of the new television miniseries, “Augustine, The Decline of the Roman Empire,” based on the life of the doctor of the Church and bishop of Hippo, this afternoon in the Swiss Hall at Castel Gandolfo.
 
According to L’Osservatore Romano, the screening of the miniseries will take place at 5:30pm local time.

Christian Duguay, who directed the series, also directed the films “Joan of Arc” and “The Art of War.”
 
French actor Franco Nero plays an elderly St. Augustine, while Alessandro Preziosi plays the saint as a youth. Augustine’s mother, St. Monica, is played by Monica Guerritore.
 
The miniseries is part of the “Imperium” project by the Italian production company Lux Vide, which is also planning a remake of “Ben Hur.” Duguay, together with other American filmmakers, will produce the new version.

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Venezuelan archbishop warns schools will be used to impose Communist ideology

Caracas, Venezuela, Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, warned this week that under the new law on education passed by the Chavez government, “just as occurs in the Cuban educational system, here schools will be used as instruments for imposing Communist ideology.”

The archbishop also warned that all students regardless of grade will be taught “according to the political agenda the government has copied from Cuba and which tramples the Constitution.”

He went on to explain that the controversial law was passed in the “cover of night” and without any consultation with teachers, school administrators and institutions that work in education, such as the Church.

The rector of Andres Bello Catholic University, Father Luis Ugalde, said the new law is a complete replication of the educational system used by the Communist government in Cuba.

Article 5 of the new law allows the Venezuelan state to have unlimited powers of intervention and control over private schools. It will also have the authority to determine the “suitability” of teachers, school administrators and other officials who work at private schools.

The bishops of Venezuela have strongly criticized the new law, saying parents have the right to educate their children according to their own convictions and that children have the right to receive religious education, which the government has now “expelled” from the classroom.

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Kansas City bishops bring Catholic social teaching to bear on health care reform

Kansas City, Kan., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The bishops of Kansas City have issued a joint pastoral statement on health care reform which discusses apparent flaws in U.S. health care but also points to how the principles of Catholic social teaching can be brought to bear on the topic.

They urged that health care reform proposals be mindful of the true common good, the right to life, subsidiarity and solidarity.

Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas and Bishop of Kansas City-St. Joseph Robert W. Finn said that the Catholic innovation of the hospital was a response to Jesus’ words in Matthew 25: “For I was …ill, and you cared for me.”

The bishops credited U.S. leaders like President Obama and those of both political parties for trying to address flaws in health care.

In particular, the Kansas bishops noted that around 47 million people are without medical insurance, while the cost of insurance continues to rise. Additionally, the Medicare Trust Fund is predicted to be insolvent by 2019, while mandated health insurance benefits have caused companies to hire part time rather than full time employees.

Employers’ costs for family health coverage also disadvantage job candidates with many dependents, while individuals with pre-existing conditions are often denied coverage, they wrote.

Turning to perceived strengths of the U.S. system, Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Finn said that most Americans like the medical services available to them and the competitive nature of the U.S. system promotes positive innovation.

“Our country, in some ways, is the envy of people from countries with socialized systems of medical care,” they said, adding that 85 percent of U.S. citizens have insurance.

Forty percent of the uninsured are between 19 and 34. About 11 million of the uninsured, including 74 percent of uninsured children, are eligible for Medicaid or SCHIP insurance but were not enrolled.

“Medicare and Medicaid, while they have their limitations, provide an important safety net for many of the elderly, the poor and the disabled,” the bishops wrote.

Moral Foundation

The two prelates said health care reform must be built on a foundation of “proper moral principles.”

“No Catholic in good conscience can disregard these fundamental moral principles, although there can and likely will be vigorous debate about their proper application,” they wrote.

Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Finn said that subsidiarity, that is, determining health care at the lowest possible level of society, was one such principle. Living out this principle respects the “inherent dignity and freedom of the individual” by never doing for others what they can do for themselves, enabling them to have “the most possible discretion in their lives.”

The bishops also emphasized the necessity to exclude abortion and protect conscience rights in health care reform proposals.

“It is imperative that any health care reform package must keep intact our current public polices protecting taxpayers from being coerced to fund abortions,” they said, adding that legislation cannot be silent on “this morally crucial matter.”

“Given the penchant of our courts over the past 35 years to claim unarticulated rights in our Constitution, the explicit exclusion of so-called ‘abortion services’ from coverage is essential. Similarly, health care reform legislation must clearly articulate the rights of conscience for individuals and institutions,” they continued.

They further advocated the exclusion of mandated end of life counseling for the elderly and the disabled, saying it would create “undue pressure” to choose life-ending measures and would encourage the ailing to believe they are no longer of value to society.

The “right to health care,” the bishops taught, is a companion to the fundamental right to life and other necessities. But this right does not necessarily suppose a government obligation to provide health care, they noted. 

Saying it is necessary that health care reform protect the common good, the Kansas bishops explained that this is the sum total of social conditions which allow and encourage human fulfillment.

The prelates advocated creating a “safety net” for those in need without diminishing personal responsibility or establishing an “inordinately bureaucratic structure” vulnerable to abuse.

This safety net is related to the principle of solidarity, which they explained as the application of both Christ’s command to love one’s neighbor as one’s self and the Golden Rule. Legislation which excludes legal immigrants from health care benefits would violate this principle, they added.

Archbishop Naumann and Bishop Finn criticized “change for change’s sake” and warned that a change which diminishes human dignity would not be progress at all.

“A hasty or unprincipled change could cause us, in fact, to lose some of the significant benefits that Americans now enjoy, while creating a future tax burden which is both unjust and unsustainable,” they said.

They called on Catholics and all people of good will to hold elected officials accountable and to protect the right to life, the freedom of conscience, and the sense of solidarity.

They closed their letter by commending health care reform to the maternal protection of the Virgin Mary.

“We ask Our Lord Jesus Christ to extend His light and His Mercy to our nation’s efforts, so that every person will come to know His healing consolation as Divine Physician,” their letter concluded.

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Former Denver Catholic Charities employee charged with defrauding foundation

Denver, Colo., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - A former employee of the Archdiocese of Denver has been charged with stealing the identities of nuns  and defrauding a charitable foundation of $391,000. She allegedly provided checks from the fund to friends and relatives.

The Denver District Attorney’s Office charged Ruth Gonzales, 58, with two counts of theft and one count of identity theft.

Gonzales, the recent construction director of the Catholic Charities affiliate Archdiocesan Housing, is accused of submitting fraudulent requests to The Denver Foundation’s “Concern for Others” program.

Court papers said that the bank that administered the program grew suspicious in March after noticing that Gonzales’ daughter-in-law often accompanied people who were at the bank with checks from the fund, the Denver Post reports.

In March a teller at a bank branch in the suburb of Highlands Ranch questioned a woman with a check.

The teller told a supervisor “She has no idea why she gets this check from The Denver Foundation.”

The woman later told investigators she was given the check by “a friend at Catholic Charities.”

Between October 2005 and March 2009 Gonzales submitted 347 grant recommendations to the fund ranging from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars each, the arrest affidavit showed. According to the Associated Press, she received 298 checks from the fund.

It appears that Gonzales forged the signatures of various Catholic Charities employees, including some religious sisters, to obtain the grants from The Denver Foundation.

Some of those who received money were friends and family of Gonzales.

The Denver Foundation issued a statement saying that its fund is meant for people “down on their luck” who need assistance with medical needs, rent or utilities.

The foundation reported that it has worked with its outside auditors and has determined that none of its other funds or activities has been affected. The organization also said it has made changes to protect against similar fraud in the future.

“It is our hope that the alleged actions of these individuals will not detract from help we've been able to provide to hundreds of individuals through Concerns for Others over the years,” The Denver Foundation said.

Speaking in a Tuesday statement, Catholic Charities of Denver said it was aware of the matter and had cooperated fully with the Denver District Attorney’s Office and The Denver Foundation. It said no other current or former employees of Archdiocesan Housing have been implicated in wrongdoing.

Catholic Charities said the fraud allegations concern monies from The Denver Foundation, the sole administrator of the “Concern for Others” program.

“No funds entrusted to Catholic Charities or Archdiocesan Housing were involved,” the statement said. “Catholic Charities maintains stringent controls and protections to ensure the good and proper stewardship of gifts entrusted to us.”

Gonzales is free on $10,000 bail.

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New revision of NIV Bible to be completed in 2010

Palos Heights, Ill., Sep 2, 2009 (CNA) - The Committee on Bible Translation, the body of biblical scholars responsible for the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible, has announced that it will finish its latest revision of the NIV late in 2010 and will publish it the following year.

The announcement of the committee’s work was made at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, Illinois, where the Committee on Bible Translation (CBT) first met in 1965.

A press release from Biblica described the CBT as an independent body representative of “the very best in evangelical biblical scholarship.”

Biblica, formerly known as International Bible Society-Send the Light (IBS-STL), is a Protestant group that dates back to 1809.

Keith Danby, Global President and CEO of Biblica, said the new translation will aim to reach English speakers with a Bible that is “accurate, accessible and that speaks to its readers in a language they can understand.”

“This is why we are recommitting ourselves today to the original NIV charter, complete with its charge to monitor and reflect developments in English usage and Biblical scholarship by regularly updating the NIV Bible text.”

He said the present NIV is becoming “increasingly dated.”

“If we want a Bible that English speakers around the world can understand, we have to listen to, and respect, the vocabulary they are using today," Danby continued.

CBT Chairman, Prof. Douglas Moo, said the committee’s purpose is to ensure that the NIV articulates “the words of God, as we find them recorded in the original languages,” in language that is comprehensible to the “broadest possible audience.”

Noting that the New Testament was written in Koine or “common” Greek, he described the CBT’s task as the creation of a translation in “Koine” English.

Moo claimed that the CBT’s goal is similar to the authors of the King James Version: “to produce a Bible that removes all unnecessary obstacles to comprehension by drawing on the best available scholarship.”

He named accuracy and clarity as goals of the CBT translation, as well as suitability both for in-depth study and for outreach.

Moo also noted that the CBT is open to input from qualified biblical scholars, linguists and English stylists. Further, feedback from NIV Bible readers themselves is welcome.

Previous editions of the CBT’s work include the 1978 and 1984 editions of the NIV and the 2005 “Today’s New International Version.”

Zondervan, the North American publisher of the NIV Bible, will begin producing print and digital versions of the updated NIV Bible when the CBT has completed its translation.

The new NIV Bible’s website is at http://www.NIVBible2011.com

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