Archive of October 26, 2009

Colombian official calls on court to overturn decision requiring schools to teach abortion is a 'right'

Oct 26, 2009 - 08:32 pm .- Colombia’s Attorney General, Alejandro Ordonez Maldonado, announced that he would be asking the country’s Constitutional Court to overturn a ruling that would force schools to teach students that abortion is a right.

USCCB did not join FCC petition on hate speech, spokeswoman says

Oct 26, 2009 - 07:28 pm .- The Department of Communications of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has said it did not join a petition to the FCC which called for discussion over “hate speech” and its alleged role in violence. Some critics of the petition have cast it as an effort to shut down radio show hosts like Rush Limbaugh.

Synod for Africa sends Pope 57 propositions

Oct 26, 2009 - 06:05 pm .- The Second Special Assembly for Africa of the Synod of Bishops closed yesterday after meeting almost continuously since October 4 to discuss the  future of the Church in Africa. The Synod for Africa concluded on Saturday with Pope Benedict being presented the 57 propositions drawn up and approved by the Synod Fathers.

Church of England bishop says 'Anglican experiment is over'

Oct 26, 2009 - 05:13 pm .- Members of the traditionalist Anglican group Forward in Faith recently concluded their annual gathering, which was dedicated to discussing Pope Benedict's overture to Anglicans. The general impression left by the conference was the “Anglican experiment is over,” a mood that was reinforced by Bishop John Hind officially announcing he is ready to become Catholic.

'Race toward WYD 2011 Madrid has begun,' declares Cardinal Rouco

Oct 26, 2009 - 04:16 pm .- Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid greeted a large group of young Catholics gathered at the headquarters of the World Youth Day 2011 organizing committee last Friday.

Vatican begins dialogue with Society of St. Pius X

Oct 26, 2009 - 02:23 pm .- A meeting today between representatives of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) and officials from the Vatican identified the doctrinal differences that still separate the Society from the Roman Catholic Church. The gathering also served to identify the manner and structure of future discussions between the two groups.

Church doesn’t seek to impose religion on schools, says Venezuelan bishop

Oct 26, 2009 - 12:11 pm .- The president of the Venezuelan bishops' committee on education, Bishop Jose Angel Divasson, said last week that the Catholic Church does not seek to impose Catholic education on schools but only asks that the religious dimension of each person be respected.

Pope fills Justice and Peace post with African cardinal

Oct 26, 2009 - 11:28 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has tapped Cardinal Peter Turkson from Cape Coast, Ghana on Saturday to serve as the new head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Cardinal Turkson will replace Cardinal Renato Martino, who is two years past the mandatory retirement age.

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