Archive of March 18, 2010

Confirmation of lesbian as Episcopal bishop causes regret in Canterbury

Mar 18, 2010 - 11:34 pm .- On Wednesday, the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles reported the approval of the election of Mary Douglas Glasspool as their first openly partnered lesbian assistant bishop. The decision drew sharply contrasting reactions from those within the Episcopal community, including dissatisfaction from the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Objectors to required Spanish course take case to EU Court

Mar 18, 2010 - 10:02 pm .- Jose Luis Bazan of Professionals for Ethics announced during a press conference this week that 300 conscientious objectors to the Socialist course, “Education for the Citizenry” have filed 105 lawsuits in the EU Court against the Spanish government for violating “the fundamental rights of parents and their children.”

Health care bill could force people to pay for abortion, bishops’ spokeswoman says

Mar 18, 2010 - 09:47 pm .- Lacking strict rules on abortion funding, the Senate health care bill will allow subsidized insurance companies to force people to pay for “morally repulsive” abortion services, Sr. Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the U.S. bishops, has charged.

No bishops involved in cases of sex abuse in Brazil, Vatican spokesman clarifies

Mar 18, 2010 - 08:35 pm .- As cases of sexual abuse by clergy and religious within the European Church have manifested themselves in five different countries, news of more abuses has come to light in South America. Three priests have been suspended for their involvement in alleged homosexual activities in a diocese of eastern Brazil.

Christian solidarity includes listening to and praying with quake victims, affirms Caritas Chile

Mar 18, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- President of Caritas Chile, Bishop Manuel Camilo Vial Risopatron, recently noted that in addition to providing for the material needs of the Chilean earthquake victims, Caritas is also addressing the suffering each person is facing.

Concert to be given for Pope on feast of his namesake

Mar 18, 2010 - 05:26 pm .- The Prefecture of the Pontifical Household has organized a concert in honor of the Pope for the feast of St. Joseph, his namesake. A string quartet and an accomplished mezzosoprano vocalist will be at the Vatican to celebrate his “name day.”

USCCB: Dissenting women religious 'grossly overstate' support on health care

Mar 18, 2010 - 02:59 pm .- A letter of support for the Senate health care bill from NETWORK, a women's religious group claiming to have the support of 59,000 sisters in supporting the current Senate health care bill, has caused the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to state that the group “grossly overstated” the number of sisters who endorse their position.

Cuban dissident: Government lying about case of political prisoner

Mar 18, 2010 - 02:15 pm .- In an interview with CNA, the president of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, offered encouragement to those struggling for democracy in the country and accused the government of spreading lies about the recent death of prisoner of conscious, Orlando Zapata Tamayo.

Catholic sisters denounce fellow religious for directly opposing Church on health care

Mar 18, 2010 - 12:52 pm .- In a statement on Wednesday, the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR) spoke out against a statement from a group of religious sisters in support of the Senate health care bill that made headlines yesterday. CMSWR underscored that endorsement of the bill is “directly” opposed to the U.S. bishop's stance on health care reform.

'Bella' actor and 7,000 young people promote chastity in Guatemala

Mar 18, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- During the First Congress for Catholic Youth in Guatemala, more than 7,000 young people, together with Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui, promised “to work for the virtue of purity” and "lead a chaste life.”

Pope Benedict calls for renewal of business world with human principles

Mar 18, 2010 - 11:11 am .- The current economic crisis provides opportunities for the marketplace to find new and better ways of doing business, the Holy Father said to a group of businessmen meeting with him at the Vatican on Thursday. A “humanism” based on the knowledge of our role as individuals and a community in God’s one family, he told them, is needed to establish a “more competitive and civil marketplace.”

Pastoral letter from Pope to Irish Church confirmed for Saturday release

Mar 18, 2010 - 10:29 am .- The text of the Pope’s pastoral letter will be made public on Saturday, March 20 at noon, according to an announcement on Thursday from the Holy See’s Press Office.

C-FAM stands by report of graphic brochures at Girl Scout event

Mar 18, 2010 - 07:22 am .- The Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute (C-FAM) has stated that it stands by its reporting of a sexually explicit Planned Parenthood brochure being distributed at an international Girl Scouts meeting was “factually inaccurate.” At the same time, a spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts USA told CNA that if graphic brochures were passed out “it wasn't from us, it wasn't known to us.”

Archbishop Naumann upset with CHA for Senate bill support

Mar 18, 2010 - 06:07 am .- The Archbishop of Kansas City has urged Catholics to contact key members of Congress and ask them to vote against the Senate health care reform bill. He also expressed his disappointment with the Catholic Health Association for its apparent willingness to accept government-funded abortion as part of health care reform.

Catholic adoption charity may appeal in equality case, British High Court rules

Mar 18, 2010 - 04:46 am .- Britain’s High Court has allowed a Catholic adoption charity to appeal for an exemption from sexual orientation rules that would force it to close. The ruling was praised for securing the freedom of charities and allowing Catholic agencies to continue their services.

Critique from ‘The View’ of Boulder Catholic school was opportunistic, Catholic League says

Mar 18, 2010 - 02:05 am .- A Colorado Catholic school which told two children under the guardianship of two homosexual partners they could not re-enroll on account of their guardians’ relationship has drawn “inevitable” criticism from the hosts of “The View” because they “never miss an opportunity to rip the Catholic Church,” the Catholic League says.

New sex-ed bill in England draws ire of Catholic leader

Mar 18, 2010 - 12:28 am .- The House of Lords in Britain is currently debating a new bill that will require Catholic schools to provide, among other things, “non-judgmental” information on access to abortion and contraception to students as part of a new sex education initiative. In response, one Catholic politician has called the new legislation “radical” and “a crisis of conscience for parents and teachers alike.”

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