Oct 22, 2009 - 11:55 pm .- Secretary of the Spanish bishops' conference, Msgr. Juan Antonio Martinez Camino noted this week that the massive turnout at the pro-life march in Madrid last Saturday was a “vigorous expression” of “popular outcry in defense of life.”
Oct 22, 2009 - 10:16 pm .- Peru’s Minister of Justice, Aurelio Pastor, said the legalization of abortion for reasons of rape and fetal deformation cannot be approved by the Peruvian Congress because there are not enough votes to support the change.
Oct 22, 2009 - 08:04 pm .- Bishop Emmanuel Treveno Cabajar of Pagadian in the Philippines is urging that direct contact be made with the kidnappers of the elderly Irish missionary priest Father Michael Sinnott, as “he urgently needs his medication.”
Oct 22, 2009 - 06:15 pm .- The advance of a bill that would create penalties to punish “hate crimes” comes at a time of increasing intolerance towards those who support the traditional definition of marriage and reject homosexual activism, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins noted on Wednesday, causing him to ask, “Where's the protection for them?”
Oct 22, 2009 - 05:11 pm .- Christopher West issued his first reply to critics of his approach to teaching the Theology of the Body today, explaining that it is not a “point by point” answer and that his purpose is to focus on the “pivotal point of the conversation.” At the heart of the heated debate, West argues, is whether or not man can be sexually redeemed by God's grace in this life.
Oct 22, 2009 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas in northern Argentina remarked this week that groups which seek to solve the issue of poverty by the use of contraception reflect a “sort of ‘selfish and unbridled capitalism’” that does not address the crux of the problem.
Oct 22, 2009 - 01:03 pm .- In an interview with the Chilean daily, “El Mercurio,” the Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X, Bernard Fellay, acknowledged that the Vatican is considering the possibility of converting the Lefebvrist group into a personal prelature as part of the discussions aimed at bringing about reconciliation.
Oct 22, 2009 - 06:25 am .- Proponents of Oklahoma legislation that would ban sex-selective abortions and would require the collection and internet publication of statistics on abortions in the state are denying critics’ claims that the bill would violate the privacy of women seeking abortions.
Oct 22, 2009 - 04:00 am .- Catholic commentator George Weigel says that the Vatican’s announcement of a new provision for Anglican groups who desire to convert to Catholicism is an “end of an era” in Anglican-Catholic relations, showing a widening “theological gulf” between Anglican leadership and the Christian tradition.
Oct 22, 2009 - 02:57 am .- The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion has responded to the Vatican’s announcement of a new provision for Anglicans who wish to convert to Catholicism, saying his church is “profoundly moved” by Pope Benedict’s generosity. He added that the provision will now be taken to the national synods of his Communion.
Oct 22, 2009 - 12:15 am .- This week Archbishop Victor Sanchez Espinoza of Puebla in Mexico City denounced those who “profit from poverty,” emphasizing the suffering that poverty causes. He also called on society to “watch over the poor,” as “charity is the greatest act humanity can make.”
Oct 22, 2009 - 12:13 am .- The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will mark its 50th anniversary on Nov. 20, closing a year of pilgrimages and plenary indulgences.