Archive of November 4, 2009

First Canadian elected as Superior General of Redemptorists

Nov 4, 2009 - 11:33 pm .- The Redemptorists have elected Fr. Michael Brehl, formerly the Provincial of the Edmonton-Toronto Province, as the new Superior General for the order.

Hungarian bishop who defied Stalinist persecution beatified

Nov 4, 2009 - 10:01 pm .- On October 31, the Church beatified Bishop Zoltán Lajos Meszlényi, a victim of the Communist persecution of the Catholic Church in Hungary. The beatification was scheduled shortly after Pope Benedict approved a decree verifying the martyrdom of the bishop, who died in 1951.

‘Phony’ amendment to health care bill will not defund abortions, pro-life leaders charge

Nov 4, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- A new amendment to a health care reform bill which claims to remove government funding for abortions is drawing criticism from pro-life leaders who deem it to be “phony.” The provision would actually fund abortion and is inferior to the proposed Stupak Amendment, they charge.

Holy See says beatification of John Paul II not imminent

Nov 4, 2009 - 04:49 pm .- The Holy See’s press office has denied a report published by the Italian daily La Repubblica, which made claims that John Paul II will be beatified in 2010 and that Rome and Krakow are locked in a dispute over which city will host the ceremony.

Planned Parenthood trolling for pro-abortion Catholics to oppose U.S. bishops

Nov 4, 2009 - 03:44 pm .- Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, sent an urgent message this week to the group's base asking for pro-abortion Catholics to defy the U.S. bishops, who are campaigning against the current versions of health care legislation on Capitol Hill because they fund abortion.

Ruling against crucifixes is an attempt to 'eliminate the most beloved symbol,' says Cardinal Bertone

Nov 4, 2009 - 01:54 pm .- Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, said today that the ruling by the European Human Rights Court in Strasbourg, France ordering the removal of crucifixes from classrooms in Italy is “truly a loss” as it is necessary “to conserve the signs of our faith for those who believe as well as for those who do not.”

Catholic support crucial to repeal of Maine same-sex 'marriage' law

Nov 4, 2009 - 01:09 pm .- In midterm elections on Tuesday the voters of Maine repealed a law that legalized same-sex “marriage.” Scott Fish, Communications Director of Stand for Marriage Maine, told CNA that Catholic support was “very crucial” to the outcome.

Pope recalls errors of 12th century scholar to warn against relativism

Nov 4, 2009 - 11:55 am .- Speaking to almost 15,000 people in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday General Audience, Pope Benedict XVI continued last week’s comparison of the monastic and scholastic theology in the twelfth century. In the area of theological discussion, the Holy Father cautioned against ethical relativism influencing the Faith.

Benedict XVI highlights feast of St. Charles Borromeo following General Audience

Nov 4, 2009 - 11:37 am .- Concluding today’s weekly audience, Pope Benedict noted that today's feast day celebrates the life of St. Charles Borromeo, “an outstanding bishop of the diocese of Milan who, animated by ardent love for Christ, was a tireless master and guide to his brothers and sisters.”

Italian minister responds to European court: 'We will not remove crucifixes from the classroom'

Nov 4, 2009 - 10:21 am .- Italy’s Minister of Education, Mariastella Gelmini, has rejected the ruling by the European Court of Human Rights in favor of removing crucifixes from public schools.  She stated, “Nobody, much less a European court that is steeped in ideology, will be allowed to strip our identity away.”

Pharmaceutical company cites Vatican document to defend its use of aborted baby

Nov 4, 2009 - 06:48 am .- A pro-life group is criticizing pharmaceutical company Neocutis’ defense of its use of cells harvested from an aborted fetus in the development of burn treatments and anti-aging creams. While the company said it takes seriously concerns about the dignity of human life—going so far as to cite a Vatican document—the pro-life group is questioning Neocutis’ version of the facts.

Dowd's nun column is proven wrong by flourishing religious orders, commentator says

Nov 4, 2009 - 05:37 am .- Responding to a pundit’s charge that Catholic nuns are “second class citizens” facing “inquisitions” for their “modernity” and “independence,” columnist Kathryn Jean Lopez has said there are many happy, young women in the convent today and that the Vatican investigations especially concern dying orders which have gone “off course.”

Second 10,000 Masses for Unborn Novena to take place in January

Nov 4, 2009 - 02:27 am .- The second annual 10,000 Masses forUnborn Babies Novena is scheduled to take place Jan. 13-21 in 2010,the Memphis-based St. Michael the Archangel Organization hasannounced. The organization asks Catholics to have one or more Massesoffered for the protection of the unborn.

Church cannot remain silent when human life is in danger, says Peruvian bishop

Nov 4, 2009 - 02:09 am .- Bishop Kay Martin Schmalhausen of Ayaviri, Peru reminded the faithful this week that the Church cannot remain silent when human life is attacked, because “it is her duty to raise her voice when it comes to fundamental issues about man.”

Bishops of Chile exhort lawmakers to defend authentic marriage

Nov 4, 2009 - 12:29 am .- The executive committee of the bishops’ conference of Chile sent a letter Monday to the House of Representatives underscoring that marriage between man and woman must be protected and promoted.

Portuguese writer says 'God is evil,' hopes controversy will boost book sales

Nov 4, 2009 - 12:04 am .- While presenting his latest book, “Cain,” in Spain, Portuguese writer Jose Saramago said he is convinced that God is “evil” because he has been created “in the image and likeness of man.”  The author added that he hopes the controversy sparked by his anti-Christian writings will increase the book's sales.

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