Archive of March 17, 2010

Peace building does not belong to the Church alone, Colombian bishop insists

Mar 17, 2010 - 10:08 pm .- Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Cucuta in Colombia said this week during a forum on national reconciliation that “all men and women” in the country must take up the task of building peace and not “leave it only in the hands of the Church.”

Bishops of Northern Colorado warn against pro-Obama Catholic organizations

Mar 17, 2010 - 09:51 pm .- In a direct rebuke to pro-Obama Catholic organizations pushing for support of the president's health care bill, the Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput and his auxiliary bishop, James D. Conley, released a statement cautioning Catholics not to be "fooled" into supporting the bill due to its pro-abortion language. 

Mexican legal expert urges government action to protect registrars' consciences

Mar 17, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- A leading expert in Mexican law has called on legislators in Mexico City to guarantee the right to conscientious objection for civil registrars who oppose the new law on homosexual unions.  Alberto Patino Reyes said the promoters of the law were seeking to gain support from a particular voting bloc that is active in politics, the media and academia.

Christians should be the first to defend life and justice, says Venezuelan cardinal

Mar 17, 2010 - 04:17 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, called on Venezuelans this week to reject violence in all forms, and he reminded Christians of their duty to be the first to defend life and promote justice.

Cardinal Brady calls for renewal of Irish Church on St. Patrick's Day

Mar 17, 2010 - 03:01 pm .- Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, spoke about renewal in his St. Patrick’s day homily at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Armagh, Ireland. The Lord, he said, is calling the Church to admit its sinful nature and seek a "new beginning."

Pope to sign letter to beleaguered Irish Church on Friday

Mar 17, 2010 - 11:59 am .- Using the platform of Wednesday’s general audience, the Holy Father announced on that he will sign his Pastoral Letter to Irish Catholics on the feast day of St. Joseph. The content of the document is highly anticipated, and is meant to help guide the response to the sexual abuse cases that have “severely shaken” the Irish Church.

Love goes farther than reason in understanding God, Pope Benedict says

Mar 17, 2010 - 10:52 am .- Under a clear blue sky and on a perfect spring day, Pope Benedict XVI hosted the faithful and pilgrims in the open air of St. Peter’s Square for today’s audience. The teachings of the Holy Father’s catechesis once again centered on the figure of St. Bonaventure, with the Pope highlighting the saint's belief that love surpasses reason in entering "more profoundly into the mystery of God.”

Holy See confirms creation of Medjugorje Commission

Mar 17, 2010 - 09:56 am .- A statement was released by the Holy See on Wednesday confirming the formation of a commission to investigate the “phenomenon” of Medjugorje.

California candidate for governor aims to reduce abortions, thinks Prop. 8 ‘settled’ marriage

Mar 17, 2010 - 07:20 am .- California gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner is committed to reducing the number of abortions to zero and thinks same-sex “marriage” was “settled” by Proposition 8, a campaign official has said.

Hispanics increasing Catholic numbers in US, but assimilation has downside

Mar 17, 2010 - 06:23 am .- A new study of Hispanics shows they comprise an increasingly large percentage of the Catholic Church in the United States. While immigrant influx has helped keep the American Catholic population stable, the more immigrants assimilate into American society the less likely they are to identify as Catholic.

Accused Munich priest resigns in sex abuse case wrongly linked to Pope

Mar 17, 2010 - 03:35 am .- The Tourism chaplain for the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising has been immediately suspended from ministry after more allegations that he sexual abused minors. While some news reports have tried to link Pope Benedict XVI to the charges, a subordinate in the archdiocese has claimed responsibility for failures in responding to the case.

House Budget Committee shoots down inclusion of Stupak Amendment in reconciliation

Mar 17, 2010 - 12:51 am .- In a 19-17 vote on Monday night, the House Budget Committee shot down the inclusion of the Stupak-Pitts amendment in the health care reconciliation bill. The amendment, which was drafted by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) last November, would prevent the use of federal funds for abortion and is likely to be addressed by the full House later this week.

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