Archive of December 3, 2009

Health care bill’s definition of ‘preventive care’ could be backdoor for mandatory abortion coverage

Dec 3, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- The passage of an amendment requiring “preventive care” for women in the Senate’s proposed health care bill could provide a backdoor to make abortion coverage mandatory, pro-life advocates warn.

Radio ads in Michigan and Pennsylvania thank Reps. Stupak and Pitts

Dec 3, 2009 - 09:13 pm .- The Susan B. Anthony list has begun airing a radio ad in Northern Michigan and in Pennsylvania thanking Rep. Bart Stupak and Rep. Joe Pitts for their courageous efforts to exclude publicly funded abortions from the house health care bill.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice tries to 'Stop Stupak'

Dec 3, 2009 - 07:40 pm .- On December 2, a series of events called  the “Stop Stupak! Day of Action” took place in Washington. Among them was a protest on Capitol Hill in which members of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) called the Stupak amendment an “affront to religious liberty.”

Judge on Notre Dame 88 case allows appeals court to decide recusal issue

Dec 3, 2009 - 06:59 pm .- In a hearing today, the judge assigned to the case against the 88 pro-life protesters arrested for trespassing at Notre Dame's commencement exercises last spring, has allowed the request for her recusal to move to an appeals court.

Letter from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid reiterates his opposition to most abortions

Dec 3, 2009 - 06:53 pm .- Responding to those who object to abortion funding in the proposed health care bill, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s office is sending a letter which notes his opposition to abortion except in cases of rape, incest or a threat to the life of the mother.

Catholic experts clarify the teachings of JPII following Playboy model's comments

Dec 3, 2009 - 05:51 pm .- Joanna Krupa, the Polish model on the cover of this month's Playboy magazine has released a statement countering critics of her recent advertisement for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) in which she professes herself to be a practicing Catholic who is “working to stop senseless suffering of animals, the most defenseless of God's creation.”

Analyst says 'homosexuals will go to hell' likely a misquote of Vatican cardinal

Dec 3, 2009 - 04:34 pm .- Italian Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli said this week that the statement, “Homosexuals and transsexuals will never enter the Kingdom of God,” attributed to Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, is “very likely” an “improper synthesis on the part of the interviewer,” Italian journalist Bruno Volpe.

British couple chooses to cut life support for child

Dec 3, 2009 - 03:41 pm .- A British couple elected on November 10 to discontinue medical care for their son of 13 months of age.  "RB" suffered from congenital myasthenic syndrome and, his doctors said, would only live a short life on artificial respiration and feeding tubes.

Italian bakers give Pope sweet bread to feed the poor

Dec 3, 2009 - 03:23 pm .- The Italian Federation of Bread Bakers has donated 1,000 loaves of “panettone” (a traditional Christmas sweet bread) to the Holy Father who will distribute them to the poor in Rome. As an expression of their affection for the Pope, they also gave him “the largest panettone we’ve ever made” as a special gift.

Swiss ban of minarets continues to draw criticism

Dec 3, 2009 - 03:02 pm .- The referendum outlawing new minarets from being built in Switzerland has received few votes in favor from the international community since it was passed into law in a vote on Sunday.  The Swiss Conference of Catholic Bishops is among those who oppose the result as an infringement on freedom of religion.

Massacre of journalists may endanger Catholic-Muslim relations in Philippines

Dec 3, 2009 - 01:37 pm .- A Philippines massacre which killed at least 57 people may endanger interfaith relations between Catholics and Muslims in the country. The deterioration in relations is in part due to the spread of extremist Wahhabi Islam in recent decades, a priest involved in interfaith dialogue says.

Diocese of Portland reaches settlement on sex abuse case

Dec 3, 2009 - 01:08 pm .- The Diocese of Portland, Maine has reached  a $200,000 settlement with a woman who  was allegedly molested by a priest in 1976 in South Berwick.

New Uruguayan president-elect means pro-life battle is compromised, leader warns

Dec 3, 2009 - 11:10 am .- Following the announcement that Uruguay's left-wing candidate won the country's recent presidential election, pro-life leader Alvaro Fernandez warned that “the ballot for life in Uruguay is frankly compromised,” as the newly elected leader has said he would not oppose a possible legalization of abortion, as did his predecessor, outgoing President Tabare Vasquez.

Bishop still has ‘very serious concerns’ about health care legislation

Dec 3, 2009 - 10:51 am .- Despite the advance of the Stupak Amendment in proposed health care legislation, Bishop Robert Vasa of Bend, Oregon says there are still “very serious concerns” about the legislation. These include funding for abortion, pro-life conscience protections, assisted suicide, sex education and interference in the doctor-patient relationship.

Pope Benedict asks sick to offer up suffering for priests

Dec 3, 2009 - 10:26 am .- Benedict XVI has announced that the World Day of the Sick will be celebrated this liturgical year on February 11, the 25th anniversary of the institution of  the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers.  The Pontiff drew attention to the essential nature of pastoral service for the sick and asked those who are ill "to pray and offer up their sufferings for priests" in this Year of the Priest.

Rep. Kennedy 'milked' confrontation with Bishop Tobin for political reasons, expert says

Dec 3, 2009 - 07:48 am .- Representative Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) has decided to pull out of the Communion controversy after unsuccessfully “milking" his confrontation with Bishop Thomas J. Tobin, said Joe Fitzgerald, a political analyst from the Boston Herald.

SNAP slams Connecticut diocese after documents released, admits not having read them

Dec 3, 2009 - 06:07 am .- The Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) as well as “Voice of the Faithful," said on Wednesday that thousands of pages of documents released Tuesday "uncover a culture of secrecy, cover-up, denial and arrogance," in the Diocese of Bridgeport, but admitted that they haven't yet read the more than 12,000 pages of documents released by the diocese.

Archbishop Dolan to mark 30th anniversary of Archbishop Sheen’s death with memorial Mass

Dec 3, 2009 - 05:25 am .- Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan will celebrate a special St. Patrick’s Cathedral Mass on Dec. 9 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the death of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. The Mass will be broadcast live on the Catholic television network EWTN.

Bishops' synod discusses concerns for American laity including migration, violence and drugs

Dec 3, 2009 - 03:32 am .- On Monday, the Vatican published a communique concerning a synod of bishops in Rome which expressed the need for American laity to be educated in the faith through the “inculturation” of the Gospel.

Cardinal Van Thuan Observatory condemns RU-486

Dec 3, 2009 - 03:14 am .- The Cardinal Van Thuan Observatory recently issued a statement condemning RU-486, known as the abortion pill or mifepristone, as an “expression of a disgregating culture that destroys the passion for life and delivers a blow to the very origins of the meaning of being together.”

NIH approves first human embryonic stem cell research under new rules

Dec 3, 2009 - 01:41 am .- The National Institutes of Health (NIH) on Wednesday approved the first experiments on human embryonic stem cells under the Obama administration’s new research policy.

Caritas International urges youth to learn values in order to fight AIDS

Dec 3, 2009 - 12:08 am .- Caritas International’s special advisor for the fight against AIDS, Msgr. Robert Vitillo, said this week that one of the main ways of combating the disease is to teach values to young people.  He added that though it doesn't cost anything to do this, it requires “much effort and is tiresome.”

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