Archive of February 26, 2010

Denial of abortion funding in health care bill ignores 'abortion tax,' say pro-lifers

Feb 26, 2010 - 07:19 pm .- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied there was public funding of abortion in proposed health care legislation at the White House Health Care Summit on Thursday. However, critics said her comments ignored proposed "abortion tax" requirements for members of some federally subsidized insurance plans.

Catholic lawyers appeal gay 'marriage' ruling in Argentina

Feb 26, 2010 - 06:59 pm .- The Corporation of Catholic Lawyers is appealing the decision of a Buenos Aires judge which, on Tuesday, allowed two gay men to marry in the Argentinean capital.  The lawyers assert that her ruling violates the country's current laws and causes “irreparable damage.”

Family unity essential to child formation, says Cardinal Antonelli

Feb 26, 2010 - 03:40 pm .- Speaking to a group of Catholic business people from Italy in Rome this week, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, highlighted the importance of a united family for raising children. He also touched on issues that affect the family today.

Nuncio in Haiti reports needs of country's seminarians

Feb 26, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Haiti, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, sent a report to the Pontifical Mission Societies this week describing the situation facing seminarians in the devastated country. He explained that the seminarians have “lost everything … putting them back to ‘normal’ life is a priority.”

Bishops in Iraq urge government to halt slaughter of Christians

Feb 26, 2010 - 01:03 pm .- Various Iraqi bishops have issued a joint message denouncing the continual wave of Islamic violence against Christians in the country, which has left five people dead in the past week. The bishops are demanding that the government take concrete steps to stop the slaughter.

Indian bishops respond to image of Jesus smoking and drinking

Feb 26, 2010 - 11:40 am .- Bishops in India have responded to the publication an image of Christ in a children's textbook that shows Jesus holding a beer in one hand, a cigarette in the other, and the word "Idol" beneath. Although "deeply offended," the bishops said they are against seeking an "anti-blasphemy law" in the country.

German bishops set up office to deal with abuse cases

Feb 26, 2010 - 11:05 am .- The German Catholic Bishops' Conference has chosen one of its own to lead investigations into the cases of abuse in the German Church in the 70s and 80s. The news was announced at the conclusion of the plenary assembly of German bishops on Thursday by conference president Archbishop Robert Zollitsch.

Year of the Priest concert in Philadelphia to feature all-priest chorus

Feb 26, 2010 - 08:14 am .- An all-priest chorus will perform at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul to celebrate the Year of the Priest.

Maryland bishops criticize decision to recognize out-of-state same-sex ‘marriages’

Feb 26, 2010 - 06:17 am .- The Catholic bishops of Maryland and political leaders have taken “strong exception” to the state attorney general’s decision to recognize same-sex “marriages” contracted in other jurisdictions. They charged the ruling shows “a fundamental disregard for the nature and purpose of marriage.”

Lila Rose rebuffs Wis. Planned Parenthood claims of no ID

Feb 26, 2010 - 04:43 am .- Controversy continues over an undercover video showing Milwaukee abortion clinic staff agreeing to cover up the statutory rape of a purported 14-year-old. Extended video footage casts doubt on Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin’s claim that no identifying information was provided and so could not be reported.

Vulnerable better protected by new assisted suicide prosecution policy, says Archbishop Smith

Feb 26, 2010 - 03:15 am .- The Archbishop of Cardiff has welcomed revised government guidelines on assisted suicide, saying that passages of concern have been removed so that there is now greater protection for the most vulnerable. He added that there is now greater emphasis on the fact that no one is being given immunity from prosecution.

Ignoring Cuban dictatorship indicates complicity with regime, says dissident

Feb 26, 2010 - 12:52 am .- Speaking on Wednesday, the coordinator of Cuba’s Christian Liberation Movement (CLM), Oswaldo Paya Sardinas, remarked that anyone who denies the existence of Cuba's dictatorship is complicit in this week’s death of political prisoner Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

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