Archive of November 20, 2009

Archbishop of Canterbury says prospects for ecumenical dialogue still hopeful

Nov 20, 2009 - 11:55 pm .- Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams on Thursday spoke about the state of ecumenical dialogue, saying expectations should not be adjusted “downwards.” Discussing the new Apostolic Constitution and the ordination of women, he asked whether the “impaired communion” within Anglicanism might be a model for progress on Christian unity.

CNN poll finds 61% of Americans oppose government-funded abortions

Nov 20, 2009 - 09:07 pm .- CNN has published the results of a telephone-based poll regarding abortion, health care and health care reform conducted November 13-15. The results show promising pro-life trends and speak to the current debate in the Senate regarding abortion coverage in health care.

USCCB: Senate health care bill 'morally unacceptable'

Nov 20, 2009 - 08:02 pm .- As the Senate prepares for the discussion of its health care reform bill this weekend, several bishops have sent the Senators a letter on behalf of the USCCB, calling the current version of the health care bill both “a huge disappointment” and “morally unacceptable.”

Mexican expert: Don’t believe false 'end of world' Mayan prophecies

Nov 20, 2009 - 05:54 pm .- Renowned Mexican journalist Carlos Villa Roiz wrote an article this week urging Mexicans to learn their country's history and to reject the supposed end of the world prophecies that Hollywood scriptwriters attribute to the Mayans in the film “2012” that never existed.

Expert explains upcoming battle over pro-abortion Senate health care bill

Nov 20, 2009 - 02:36 pm .- Catholic political analyst, Deal Hudson, said yesterday that pro-life forces will face an uphill battle over the health care bill expected to reach its peak of discussion in the Senate over the weekend.

Fourteenth Fort Hood victim forgotten

Nov 20, 2009 - 01:22 pm .- Last week, Maj. Nadil Malik Hasan was indicted on 13 counts of murder for the shootings at Fort Hood which took place on Nov. 5. Missing from the list of victims is the three-month-old unborn child of Private Francheska Velez.

Obama EEOC nominee calls support for radical marriage manifesto a ‘mistake’

Nov 20, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- Chai R. Feldblum, a nominee for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), has withdrawn her support for a radical manifesto that endorsed polygamous households and argued traditional marriage should not be privileged “above all others.” She said she did not agree with parts of the “overly broad” statement.

Bosnian Cardinal denies claims of Vatican commission for Medjugorje

Nov 20, 2009 - 11:45 am .- Cardinal Vinko Puljic, Archbishop of Sarajevo and President of the Bishops’ Conference of Bosnia and Herzegovina denied press reports yesterday which claim that the Vatican is creating a commission to investigate the alleged apparitions of Medjugorje.

Benedict XVI meets with president of Suriname

Nov 20, 2009 - 10:33 am .- Today the Holy Father met with Dr. Ronald Venetiaan, president of Suriname.  The two heads of state discussed issues of concern in the South American country, with particular focus on the government's social policies.

Cardinal Cordes encourages young people to embrace 'vocation' to politics

Nov 20, 2009 - 09:46 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council “Cor Unum,” Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, called on young people this week to embrace the vocation to politics and work for the good of all persons, despite the risk it entails.

Christopher West presents ‘profoundly troubling’ idea of Christian freedom, Catholic writer says

Nov 20, 2009 - 07:12 am .- Adding another voice to the discussion over Christopher West’s presentation of the Theology of the Body, writer James Likoudis writes that West has ignored criticisms of his irreverent style and has advocated the “profoundly troubling” idea that Christian freedom rejects fears about the “dangers of sexuality.”

Unprecedented coalition of religious leaders call Americans to stand for sanctity of life, marriage, and religious freedom

Nov 20, 2009 - 06:21 am .- An unprecedented coalition of prominent Christian clergy, ministry leaders, and scholars has crafted a 4,700-word declaration addressing the sanctity of life, traditional marriage, and religious liberty. The declaration issues “a clarion call” to Christians to adhere to their convictions and informs civil authorities that the signers will not “under any circumstance” abandon their Christian consciences. The statement,  called “the Manhattan Declaration,” has been signed by more than 125 Catholic, Evangelical Christian, and Orthodox leaders, and will be made fully public at a noon press conference in the National Press Club in Washington DC on Friday.

Thousands mourn death of Serbian Orthodox Patriarch

Nov 20, 2009 - 06:12 am .- The 95-year old Patriarch Pavle was laid to rest today in Belgrade, Serbia, after having led the Serbian  Orthodox Church through its revival after the fall of the iron curtain and the bloody conflicts in the Balkans during the 1990's.

Objectors to ELCA’s approval of homosexual clergy begin plans for new Lutheran denomination

Nov 20, 2009 - 03:54 am .- Following the decision of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) to allow sexually active homosexual clergy, an objecting Lutheran group has begun to form a new church body for those Lutherans who want to “remain faithful to the Orthodox Christianity of the last 2,000 years.”

Cardinal Dziwisz says beatification of John Paul II 'is in the Pope’s hands'

Nov 20, 2009 - 02:23 am .- During his visit to Argentina this week, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary, said the cause for beatification of the late Pontiff is dependent upon Pope Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI given white helmet, prays for release of Colombian hostages

Nov 20, 2009 - 12:03 am .- At the conclusion of this week’s General Audience, two representatives of a motorcycle caravan currently passing through Europe gave Pope Benedict XVI a white helmet as a symbol of their desire to see the hostages held by rebels in Colombia set free.

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