Archive of December 4, 2009

Civil rights activist demands Spanish government respect right to hang crucifixes in schools

Dec 4, 2009 - 11:32 pm .- The president of the civil rights watchdog site in Spain,, Ignacio Arsuaga, demanded on Thursday that the government “respect the will of the majority of parents, who pay for public and charter schools with their taxes, by keeping crucifixes in schools where it is the wish of families.”

Connection between USCCB and gay rights activist sparks controversy

Dec 4, 2009 - 10:43 pm .- Conservative blogs were buzzing on Friday with the discovery that a member of the USCCB's Subcommittee on Catholic Health Care is an active homosexual and gay rights activist. However, though Mary Kay Henry's bio states that she is a labor adviser to the U.S. bishops, the USCCB communications director told CNA “she is not a consultant.”

National Migration Week to focus on plight of migrant and refugee children

Dec 4, 2009 - 05:59 pm .- The Catholic Church in the U.S. will celebrate National Migration Week from January 3-9 to focus on the needs of migrant and refugee children.

Apostolic Visitors of Legionaries of Christ gather for first evaluation

Dec 4, 2009 - 04:44 pm .- The five bishops taking part in the Apostolic Visitation of the Legionaries of Christ are meeting at the Vatican for their first evaluation.

Apostolic Visitation is moving forward despite ‘boycott’ reports

Dec 4, 2009 - 03:54 pm .- Responding to a report which claimed that the majority of women religious are not complying with the apostolic visitation, the Apostolic Visitation Office has said that “some congregations” have sent incomplete responses but the effort is moving ahead as planned.

Holy See endorses study analyzing priests' use of internet

Dec 4, 2009 - 03:01 pm .- An international research project is attempting to discover how priests perceive and use the internet. The project, titled PICTURE, hopes to contribute to more effective use of the internet on the part of the Church.

Holy See and Russia moving towards full establishment of diplomatic relations

Dec 4, 2009 - 02:10 pm .- At the conclusion of the meeting this week at the Apostolic Palace between Pope Benedict XVI and Russian President Dmitrij Medvedev, the Vatican announced that full diplomatic relations between the Holy See and the Russian Federation will be established.

Wisconsin group argues Catholics can use contraception in good conscience

Dec 4, 2009 - 12:42 pm .- A Wisconsin group claiming to be Catholic has launched a series of television ads which state that using contraception doesn't make you less of a Catholic. The group, Young Catholics for Choice, has partnered with the Wisconsin Family Planning Health Services and is advocating the use of the controversial morning after pill.

Archbishop in London resigns for health reasons

Dec 4, 2009 - 12:05 pm .- On Friday, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Archbishop Kevin McDonald of the Archdiocese of Southwark in London, England.  Archbishop McDonald, who has had triple bypass heart surgery and suffers from severe osteoarthritis, submitted his resignation in response to medical advice.

Holy Father rejoices with Archbishop of Albania in spiritual renewal

Dec 4, 2009 - 10:42 am .- Benedict XVI hosted His Beatitude Anastas, Archbishop of Albania at the Vatican this morning as rain poured down on St. Peter's square just outside. The Pope praised the Orthodox Church of Albania and the personal contributions of the prelate in keeping the faith alive there and maintaining fraternal relations with Roman Catholics.

Advent meditation series in Papal chapel contemplates origins of priesthood

Dec 4, 2009 - 10:33 am .- The Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, reported today that the Apostolic Preacher, Capuchin Friar Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, will be starting the traditional Friday meditations for Advent in the Papal chapel, Redemptoris Mater, today. The subject of the meditations will be "Ministers of Christ and dispensers of the mystery of God."

Formation essential in fight against AIDS says Vatican council member

Dec 4, 2009 - 07:03 am .- Bishop Jose Luis Redrado Machite, Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Health Workers spoke with CNA in his office in the Vatican City on World AIDS Day. In battling the AIDS epidemic he said, “We should focus our efforts not just on material and physical needs, but also on all-around formation of individuals as human beings."

Greek Orthodox Church joins opposition to EU court’s ban on classroom crucifixes

Dec 4, 2009 - 06:55 am .- The head of the Greek Orthodox Church has voiced his opposition to a court ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy and will hold an emergency synod to lay out a plan of action to combat the ban.

Benedict XVI greets sister of young murderer being considered for sainthood

Dec 4, 2009 - 04:56 am .- Pope Benedict XVI greeted the sister of Jacques Fesch this week at the conclusion of his Wednesday General Audience.  Fesch was a young man in Paris who killed a police officer and was condemned to death in 1957. While in prison, his conversion was so dramatic that in 1993, then-Archbishop of Paris Cardinal Jean Marie Lustiger opened his cause for beatification.

New study on effects of pornography reveals ‘a quiet family killer,’ researcher says

Dec 4, 2009 - 02:57 am .- A new study on the effects of pornography indicates that it erodes the family, corrupts men’s sense of normal sexuality and is frequently a major factor in most divorces. The author of the study characterized pornography as “a quiet family killer.”

Same-sex 'marriage' groups pull back due to lack of support

Dec 4, 2009 - 12:59 am .- Same-sex “marriage” organizations Courage Campaign and Lambda Legal of California and New York respectively, have announced their intent to postpone efforts to repeal Proposition 8 due to lack of popular support.

African priest and theologian new member of the Roman Curia

Dec 4, 2009 - 12:03 am .- Fr. Barthelemy Adoukonou of the Diocese of Abomey, Benin was appointed Thursday morning by Pope Benedict XVI as the Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Culture.

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