Archive of December 7, 2009

Rowan Williams says election of lesbian bishop in L.A. raises 'serious questions'

Dec 7, 2009 - 10:16 pm .- This past Saturday, the six-county Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles elected the Rev. Cannon Mary Glasspool to the office of bishop suffragan. Glasspool, who is an openly partnered lesbian, was elected on a ballot taken by clergy and lay delegates in Riverside, California.  Archbishop Rowan Williams said that the selection of Glasspool “raises very serious questions” for the Anglican Communion.

More than 500 abuse victims’ claims filed in Jesuits’ Oregon Province bankruptcy case

Dec 7, 2009 - 08:09 pm .- As the bankruptcy case of the Society of Jesus’ Oregon Province proceeds, more than 500 people have filed claims accusing Jesuits of the of sexual abuse in the northwest U.S.

Religious sisters to distribute Christmas parcels in impoverished northern Iraq

Dec 7, 2009 - 07:19 pm .- Chaldean Catholic religious sisters will distribute Christmas food parcels to impoverished people in the northern Iraq town of Zakho near the Syrian/Turkish border, the Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) says.

St. Peter’s Square welcomes traditional Christmas Tree

Dec 7, 2009 - 07:07 pm .- The giant fir that will stand in St. Peter’s Square and serve as the Vatican’s official Christmas Tree arrived at its destination on Friday. The tree was sent from a forest in the Belgian region of Wallonia near the town of Spa and towers 98 feet.

USCCB clarifies involvement with controversial expert

Dec 7, 2009 - 05:44 pm .- On Monday, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, media director for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops spoke with CNA, clarifying the role of Service Employees Union executive and gay rights activist Mary Kay Henry with the bishops' conference.

Bishops call for parents’ rights to educate children to be respected.

Dec 7, 2009 - 02:57 pm .- The newly-elected Bishop of San Sebastian in Spain, Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla, has called for the respect of parental rights in the education of their children as the government considers a proposal to remove crucifixes from public schools.

U.S. bishops give support to Senate abortion amendment

Dec 7, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- On Monday Dec. 7, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) gave its support to an amendment to the health care bill that would prevent federally funded abortions. The bishops' backing was made known in a letter sent to all U.S. Senators.

German president visits Vatican on double anniversary

Dec 7, 2009 - 01:47 pm .- The president of Germany paid a visit to the Vatican marking the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the German Republic and the twentieth anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall. His visit included a private audience with the Pope as well as presenting a concert in the Sistine Chapel.

Benedict XVI cautions against dangers of Marxist liberation theology

Dec 7, 2009 - 11:42 am .- In a meeting with a group of Brazilian bishops on Saturday, the Holy Father warned of the dangers of Marxist liberation theology and noted its grave consequences for ecclesial communities.

Archbishop Chaput: Manhattan Declaration will ‘galvanize’ Christians in difficult times

Dec 7, 2009 - 03:11 am .- In an exclusive interview with Catholic News Agency, Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput has explained his reasons for signing the Manhattan Declaration. He said the Declaration should “galvanize” Christians and others in defense of pro-life issues, the nature of marriage and religious freedom

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