Archive of March 2, 2010

Same-sex 'marriage' in Mexico will create climate of cultural permissiveness, bishop warns

Mar 2, 2010 - 11:12 pm .- Archbishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago of Leon, Mexico has stated his opposition to same-sex ''marriage” in Mexico City, not only because it goes against the dignity of the family, but also due to the legislation's “repercussions” on society.

Rep. Stupak: Abortion not the only reason to oppose Senate health bill

Mar 2, 2010 - 09:01 pm .- A recent Wall Street Journal article detailed an interview with Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), in which he said he opposes the current Senate health care bill for reasons other than the issue of federally funded abortions.

European Court accepts appeal for Italian crucifixes to stay in schools

Mar 2, 2010 - 07:07 pm .- On March 2, the European Court accepted an appeal from the Italian government which will allow crucifixes to remain in classrooms throughout the country.

Archdiocesan spokesman urges Mexican government to allow priests full rights

Mar 2, 2010 - 07:05 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico, Fr. Hugo Valdemar, explained last week that although the country's priests do not seek direct political involvement, their constitutional right to take part in politics has been taken away from them.

U.S. bishops offer prayers for Chilean earthquake victims

Mar 2, 2010 - 06:44 pm .- Following the deadly 8.8 magnitude earthquake that struck near the city of Concepción, Chile on Saturday, Cardinal Francis George sent the U.S. bishops' condolences to Bishop Alejandro Goić of the Chilean Catholic Conference, offering prayers for the victims.  

Archbishop Chaput says Catholic medical workers should face hostility with courage

Mar 2, 2010 - 04:24 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered an address to health care professionals in Houston on Tuesday, inciting them to “have courage” and “speak up” in defending their Catholic faith within the workplace, especially as governments encroach on the rights of religious believers. The Denver archbishop challenged all Catholics to live the faith, saying, “there's no room in American life for tepid and easy faith.”

Cuban dissident died because nobody listened, laments Paya

Mar 2, 2010 - 02:53 pm .- The founder and leader of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, said this weekend that the death of Cuban dissident Orlando Zapata was due to the lazy reaction of the political world to warnings of his arrest and the abuse he received in prison.

Cardinal Turkson calls for halt to 'criminal devastation' of Africa's environment

Mar 2, 2010 - 01:26 pm .- Speaking to the Theology College of Central Italy in Florence on Monday, Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson outlined important points that came out of the African Synodal discussions last October. Among the concerns he brought up was the "criminal devastation of the environment" by multi-national companies and the role of women in society.

Church in Chile assisting earthquake victims, reassures nuncio

Mar 2, 2010 - 12:57 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Chile, Archbishop Giuseppe Pinto, remarked on Monday that the Church has already started reaching out to those most impacted by the country's 8.8 earthquake.

Catholic-Muslim talks work to prevent use of religion to justify violence

Mar 2, 2010 - 12:08 pm .- Catholics and Muslims recently concluded a meeting in Cairo, Egypt, where they discussed ways to prevent the manipulation of religion to justify violence. The two groups also reaffirmed their commitment to pursuing policies of peace, promotion of respect and dialogue and fraternity in their communities.

Persecuted Iraqi Christians grateful for Pope's support

Mar 2, 2010 - 11:21 am .- The strong words of Pope Benedict XVI against anti-Christian violence in Mosul were acknowledged with gratitude by Iraqis, according to a bishop speaking from Iraq on Monday. Christians, Muslims and members of two other Iraqi minority groups peacefully protested in Baghdad, calling for an end to the violence and demanding protection.

JFK speech on faith was 'sincere' but 'wrong,' Archbishop Chaput states

Mar 2, 2010 - 06:01 am .- On Monday evening, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver delivered a talk at Houston Baptist University, in which he criticized President John F. Kennedy's historic campaign speech on his faith impacting his possible presidency as “sincere, compelling, articulate – and wrong.” The archbishop called on his audience to get involved in the Christian “vocation” of being engaged in public service, at a time when religion is being increasingly ignored in the political sphere.

Pelosi’s comments on abortion funding ignore serious problems, USCCB official says

Mar 2, 2010 - 03:30 am .- An official with the U.S. bishops’ pro-life activities office has countered House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claims that proposed health care legislation does not fund abortion, saying that the abortion funding problems in the bill are so serious the bishops will have to oppose the legislation.

Catholic group asks U.S. bishops to hold pro-life collection each year

Mar 2, 2010 - 01:12 am .- A lay Catholic group has asked the U.S. bishops to begin an annual collection for pro-life activities each weekend before the March for Life.

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