Archive of October 30, 2009

Cardinal Pell sees anti-Christian motives in government bid to take over hospital

Oct 30, 2009 - 10:25 pm .- The Australian Capital Territory Government’s bid to buy Calvary Public Hospital in Canberra could endanger other public hospitals run by religious organizations, Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell has said. He has also asserted that anti-Christian motives may be driving the proposal.

Ecuadoran president forgets ‘Caritas in Veritate,’ asks Pope to write social encyclical

Oct 30, 2009 - 09:58 pm .- President Rafael Correa of Ecuador surprised reporters in Europe during a conference at the University of Oxford in which he reviewed various papal documents and complained that Pope Benedict XVI should issue an encyclical that addresses social issues, unaware apparently of “Caritas in Veritate.”

National Catholic Bioethics Center backs campaign against abortion funding in health care

Oct 30, 2009 - 08:37 pm .- In the wake of the U.S. bishop's call for a massive grassroots campaign to remind Congress that health care is only truly health care if it respects every human being's right to life, the National Catholic Bioethics Center has stated its support for the campaign.

Bishops' campaign declares war on abortion funding in health care

Oct 30, 2009 - 05:50 pm .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is calling on Catholics nationwide “to prevent healthcare reform from being derailed by the abortion lobby,” the conference said on Friday. The unprecedented campaign encompasses 19,000 parishes across the country, and asks the faithful to fight for restrictions on abortion funding in the health care bills by contacting their congressmen.

Bishop calls on Dominican political parties to nominate candidates with ‘clean’ criminal history

Oct 30, 2009 - 04:13 pm .- Bishop Jesus Maria de Jesus Moya of San Francisco de Macoris called on political parties in the Dominican Republic to nominate candidates with a clean criminal record so citizens can cast their vote without worry.

Argentinean experts warn of risks associated with legalizing same-sex unions

Oct 30, 2009 - 12:52 pm .- As the Argentinean Congress prepares to debate two bills that would legalize same-sex unions, the Institute for Marriage and Family of the Catholic University of Argentina warned that these measures would result in “the redefining of marriage and thus the changing of its essence, thus affecting the common good.”

Holy Father encourages Panama to continue working for equality, moral stability

Oct 30, 2009 - 11:47 am .- In a meeting today with Panama's new ambassador to the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called on the country  to work for equality among its peoples and to build a society based on stable moral virtues.

Legionaries of Christ barred from ministry in Archdiocese of Miami

Oct 30, 2009 - 11:40 am .- On Thursday the Archdiocese of Miami published a short disclaimer on its website, without any link, announcing both in English and Spanish that “the Legionaries of Christ are prohibited from functioning in the Archdiocese of Miami.”

New York Times refuses to publish Archbishop Dolan's op-ed on anti-Catholic bias

Oct 30, 2009 - 11:14 am .- The New York Times declined to publish an op-ed presented by the Archbishop of New York, Most Reverend Timothy M. Dolan, in which he made the point that the “Gray Lady” has been reporting stories with a strong anti-Catholic bias.

U.S. bishops launch grassroots effort to fight for Catholic concerns on health care

Oct 30, 2009 - 05:27 am .- After attempting to persuade lawmakers to listen to Catholic concerns about health care reform, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has initiated a grassroots campaign to mobilize the faithful across the country. The effort includes bulletin inserts, pulpit announcements, web-based ads and an appeal for bishops to personally contact legislators who serve in their diocese.

Anglican provision is a response to those ‘knocking at the door,’ former Westminster archbishop says

Oct 30, 2009 - 03:10 am .- The Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has issued an extended commentary on Pope Benedict XVI’s new provision for Anglicans who wish to become Catholic. He reported that a similar proposal had been rejected under Pope John Paul II, but was revived after the “repeated requests” from Anglicans worldwide who have been “knocking at the door for a long time.”

Ongoing pro-life campaign claims to have saved 2,000 babies from abortion

Oct 30, 2009 - 12:18 am .- The 40 Days for Life campaign says that its participants have now helped save at least 2,000 babies from abortion in the past five years.

Catholics in Spain, France and Chile find Christian alternatives to Halloween

Oct 30, 2009 - 12:02 am .- This week, the Spanish daily “La Razon” published an article discussing the efforts of Catholics in Spain, France and Chile to offer alternatives to customary Halloween activities.

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