Archive of March 16, 2010

Abortion is never a right, affirms Spanish bishop

Mar 16, 2010 - 11:13 pm .- Bishop Jose Sanchez of Siguenza-Guadalajara, Spain remarked Monday that abortion is “an attack against life,” and is therefore “an injustice” that “can never be called a right.”

Talk of ‘new intifada’ in Jerusalem overblown, Holy Land Custodian says

Mar 16, 2010 - 09:32 pm .- Addressing tensions in Jerusalem, Fr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Custodian of the Holy Land, has said the situation is “fairly tense” but deems new violence to be unlikely.

Group accuses Spanish government of seeking to deny conscientious objection rights

Mar 16, 2010 - 06:14 pm .- The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection is accusing the government in the Spanish region of Andalusia of attempting to deny conscientious objection rights in the application of a law on euthanasia.

New film celebrating Year for Priests released in Rome

Mar 16, 2010 - 02:58 pm .- “Alter Christus,” a video on the many aspects of the priesthood, was recently released in Rome.  The film focuses on the life of St. John Vianney as well as priestly identity, and celibacy.

Vatican paper: US bishops speak for Catholic Church on health care reform

Mar 16, 2010 - 02:40 pm .- In a story written by reporter Marco Bellizzi, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano (LOR) points out that the American Catholic Bishops speak for the Catholic Church when they criticize the current health care bill.

Catholic clergy look for faith renewal in Pope's UK visit

Mar 16, 2010 - 01:51 pm .- Following Queen Elizabeth II's formal announcement on Tuesday of the Pope's Sept. 16-19 visit to the U.K., numerous Church and political leaders responded with a warm and sincere welcome of the Holy Father. One Scottish archbishop expected Pope Benedict to remind Europe of its Christian roots, while another hoped to see a boost in ecumenical relations.

Apostolic visitors of Legion to meet with Vatican Secretary of State April 30

Mar 16, 2010 - 11:56 am .- The five bishops appointed to the Apostolic Visitation of the Legion of Christ will meet with Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone on April 30 to present their final report after eight months of work.

Pope to visit Queen, beatify Cardinal Newman during England visit

Mar 16, 2010 - 11:12 am .- In a joint press conference on Tuesday, the U.K. Government and the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of Scotland, England and Wales welcomed Pope Benedict's upcoming visit, calling it an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen ties between the country and  the Holy See. The Sept. 16-19 papal visit, which is the first to take place in the U.K. since John Paul II's 1982 trip, was formally announced by Queen Elizabeth II on March 16.

Priests must prioritize spiritual role over social, remarks archbishop

Mar 16, 2010 - 09:52 am .- Archbishop Willem Jacobus Eijk of Utrecht in Holland noted last week that because of their contact with the world, priests run the risk of allowing “their social roles to prevail over their spiritual ones.” In order to avoid this, he continued, each priest must continue to grow in his “relationship with Christ the priest, teacher and pastor.”

Archbishop Dolan: Abortion funding in health care bill still a ‘grave concern’

Mar 16, 2010 - 06:22 am .- Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan says the use of federal money for abortion remains a “grave concern.” He has argued that abortion funding is a threat to universal health care because it excludes unborn children from its scope.

Canadian Anglican Church move toward Rome part of 'worldwide movement,' says bishop

Mar 16, 2010 - 03:30 am .- On March 12, leaders of the Traditional Anglican Communion (TAC) in Canada sent a letter to the Holy Father formally requesting to become unified with the Catholic Church. This initiative, says a leading bishop, is what he believes to be part of a “worldwide movement.”

Center to advance Catholic higher ed expands Cardinal Newman Society’s mission

Mar 16, 2010 - 12:28 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society, a group dedicated to strengthening Catholic identity in Catholic higher education, is furthering its efforts with the expansion and re-launch of its Center for the Advancement of Catholic Higher Education.

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