Archive of April 23, 2010

Canadian leader axes controversial sex-ed curriculum in response to backlash

Apr 23, 2010 - 10:58 pm .- In a dramatic turn of events Thursday, a Canadian premier abruptly axed a controversial proposed sex-ed curriculum due to the overwhelmingly negative response it received within his province.

Laws protecting unborn in Mexico are not religiously motivated, state pro-life leaders

Apr 23, 2010 - 10:10 pm .- Pro-life leaders in Mexico City explained during a press conference this week that the constitutional changes protecting life against abortion in 18 Mexican states do not have roots in religious or partisan doctrine.

Legion issues clarification on vicar general’s call for pontifical commissioner

Apr 23, 2010 - 07:35 pm .- On Thursday, while speaking to members of Regnum Christi, Legionary priests and staff of the University Francisco de Vitoria in Madrid, the Vicar General of the Legion of Christ, Father Luis Garza, revealed that he had asked the Holy See to create a pontifical commissioner to bring order to the Legion of Christ. The Legion issued a statement today clarifying that their vicar general was only speaking on a personal basis and not for the order.

Church must confirm Christian identity online, says Italian bishop

Apr 23, 2010 - 06:04 pm .- The Italian Bishops' Conference (CEI) inaugurated a three-day conference on "Digital Witnesses" yesterday in Rome. The gathering is aimed at providing a new generation with access to the message of Christ, using a recognizable "language."

Mexican woman raped at age 13 explains why she never considered abortion

Apr 23, 2010 - 05:59 pm .- Liana Rebolledo is a 33-year-old Mexican woman.  In a recent television interview she recounted that after she was raped at the age of 13 and became pregnant, she never considered aborting her daughter, who is now 20. 

Church treated unfairly by media because of counter-cultural teachings, cardinal says

Apr 23, 2010 - 04:32 pm .- Pope Benedict and the Church are not being treated fairly in the media coverage of the sexual abuse scandal because his teachings disagree with the relativistic and individualistic culture of today, said Cardinal Ennio Antonelli this week.

Oklahoma bishop to replace Cardinal Castrillón at Mass honoring Pope

Apr 23, 2010 - 03:30 pm .- Bishop Edward J. Slattery has decided that he will celebrate a solemn high Mass honoring the pontificate of Pope Benedict after organizers decided that providing security for Cardinal Dario Castrillón Hoyos would be too costly. Cardinal Castrillón was recently found to have supported a bishop's attempt to evade reporting an abusive priest to civil authorities.

Archbishop says Venezuelan justice system has been hijacked

Apr 23, 2010 - 02:06 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, Venezuela said this week that the decision by Hugo Chavez to imprison Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni is evidence that the country’s judicial system has been hijacked.

‘Catholics for a Free Choice’ seeking to undermine Pope in Latin America

Apr 23, 2010 - 11:59 am .- The Latin American version of “Catholics for a Free Choice” (CFFC) has launched a campaign to mobilize gay, lesbian, bisexual and transsexual groups in order to organize protests outside the Apostolic Nunciatures around the region.

US lawyer for Vatican calls abuse suit 'completely without merit'

Apr 23, 2010 - 10:52 am .- In a statement released by the Holy See's Press Office on Friday, the Vatican's lawyer in the U.S., Jeffrey Lena, states that a recent lawsuit against the Holy See regarding an abusive priest from Wisconsin is not legitimate. The case does, however, show an attempt by "certain U.S. lawyers" to take advantage of the judiciary for media relations, he argues.

Pope accepts Belgian bishop's resignation after admission of abuse

Apr 23, 2010 - 09:58 am .- Pope Benedict XVI officially accepted the resignation of Bishop of Bruges Roger Joseph Vangheluwe on Friday. The bishops resignation was seen as "indispensable" for truth by the president of the Belgian bishops.

Archbishop of Ottawa: Sex ed standards can’t trump Catholic educational freedom

Apr 23, 2010 - 06:12 am .- Catholic leaders have spoken out in a dispute in Ottawa over whether an explicit sex education curriculum for the Province of Ontario is required of Catholic and public schools. Defending the rights of Catholic schools to teach their faith, the local archbishop has called for the restoration of “moral character” to the education system.

German bishop accused of physical abuse offers resignation to Pope

Apr 23, 2010 - 04:15 am .- Bishop of Augsburg Walter Mixa has written to Pope Benedict XVI and offered to resign following allegations he physically abused children. The bishop said he tendered his resignation in order to avert further damage to the Church.

Priest on leave following alleged confession violation

Apr 23, 2010 - 03:00 am .- A Catholic priest in Wisconsin was placed on administrative leave while the Archdiocese of Milwaukee investigates a claim that he violated the seal of confession.

Researcher finds strong link between contraception and HIV

Apr 23, 2010 - 01:04 am .- A researcher reported earlier this week that there is a strong scientific link between hormonal contraceptives and a woman's risk of contracting AIDS/HIV.

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