Dec 16, 2009 - 08:45 pm .- The U.S. Catholic bishops have again urged senators to place language restricting abortion funding into the health care bill. They noted that senators who voted against the Nelson Amendment voted “overwhelmingly” in favor of the same language in other funding bills passed on Sunday.
Dec 16, 2009 - 06:57 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, encouraged priests this week not to neglect prayer because it strengthens their ministry by cultivating “the intimacy of the disciple with his Master, Jesus Christ.”
Dec 16, 2009 - 06:26 pm .- On Tuesday, Dr. David Stevens, CEO of the Christian Medical Association (CMA), announced that he is canceling his membership to the American Medical Association as a public protest of the group's endorsement of the House health care bill and its promotion of liberal social policies.
Dec 16, 2009 - 06:19 pm .- Bobby Schindler, the brother of the late Terry Schiavo, has joined the fight to help a Corning, New York woman regain custody of her husband, according the Corning Leader.
Dec 16, 2009 - 04:12 pm .- Following Wednesday's general audience held in the Vatican's Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father was given honorary citizenship to Introd, a village in the Italian region of Valle d'Aosta, where he has spent his summer vacations in the past.
Dec 16, 2009 - 03:06 pm .- A self-described Wisconsin Catholic group which holds that Catholics can disregard Church teaching on abortion, contraception and human sexuality is disowning its heritage, Archbishop-designate of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki said in a Dec. 15 statement.
Dec 16, 2009 - 02:55 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Brazil has condemned the murder of Father Alvino Broering, who was stabbed to death on Monday morning in the town of Itajai in the Brazilian state of Santa Catarina. He was chaplain at the Universitiy of Vale do Itajai.
Dec 16, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- “The Pope denounces the ecological crisis but does belong to the church of Al Gore," wrote Giuliano Ferrara, director of Italian daily Il Foglio, in his editorial column after reading Benedict XVI's message for the World Day of Peace. Ferrara described the papal message as being "of great culture" in its reminder that man must be valued above all other living things.
Dec 16, 2009 - 12:02 pm .- Since January of this year, Caritas Jerusalem has worked untiringly to assist more than 10,000 families in the Gaza Strip, providing food, water, shelter and medicine. In order to sustain its efforts, the organization has raised more than $2 million.
Dec 16, 2009 - 11:42 am .- The Holy Father addressed pilgrims on Wednesday morning with a message that applied of the medieval theologian John of Salisbury's reflections on the natural law to the moral and ethical issues of today. Drawing on the English theologian's teachings, the Pope said that logic and reason still have a place in today's society, especially on the issues of abortion, euthanasia and marriage.
Dec 16, 2009 - 07:47 am .- On Sunday the U.S. Senate approved a $447 billion omnibus bill with an altered Dornan Amendment, a ban that previously restricted funding for most abortions in the District of Columbia, the nation’s capital. Some pro-life commentators said the action contradicted past pledges to work to reduce the need for abortion.
Dec 16, 2009 - 04:41 am .- Following the release of an undercover video showing staffers at a Wisconsin Planned Parenthood clinic giving false information to a woman they believed was seeking an abortion, a state senator has called for an investigation into the organization.
Dec 16, 2009 - 04:10 am .- A full panel of judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments concerning the constitutionality of the San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s resolution attacking the Catholic Church for its opposition to the adoption of children by homosexuals.
Dec 16, 2009 - 02:18 am .- Actor Sam Elliot has blamed the Catholic Church for stopping sequels from being made to the Golden Compass movie based on the first book of Philip Pullman’s atheistic trilogy His Dark Materials.
Dec 16, 2009 - 01:09 am .- L’Osservatore Romano announced this week that the Vatican Apostolic Library, which was closed for renovation on July 14, 2007, will re-open to the public on September 20, 2010.
Dec 16, 2009 - 12:02 am .- Bishop Thomas J. Curry, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Catholic Education and an auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, has lauded a recent effort to increase access to and enrollment in Catholic schools for Latino children.