Archive of April 27, 2010

Immigration is 'an opportunity for society,' note Spanish bishops

Apr 27, 2010 - 09:59 pm .- As the Council of European Bishops' Conferences opened the 8th Congress on Immigration in Malaga, the Spanish bishops remarked that immigration “is not a problem, a threat or an invasion, but rather an opportunity for the Church and for society.”

Oklahoma legislature overrides governor's vetoes of two pro-life bills

Apr 27, 2010 - 09:05 pm .- Supermajorities in both houses of the Oklahoma legislature have voted to override the governor’s vetoes of two measures restricting abortion. One law requires a woman to undergo an ultrasound and listen to a detailed description of her unborn child before obtaining an abortion, while another would protect physicians from “wrongful birth” lawsuits.

Catholics in Cyprus full of expectation for Pope’s visit

Apr 27, 2010 - 08:12 pm .- In preparation for the Pope’s apostolic visit to Cyprus this June, the Cypriot communications team for the visit has launched a new website to both prepare for the visit and report on it as it happens.

Cardinal Levada says media bias, lawyers skewing coverage of scandal

Apr 27, 2010 - 06:58 pm .- Cardinal William Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, granted an interview to PBS in which he analyzed the ongoing sex abuse scandal. Saying that the Church was caught off guard by the wave accusations, he pointed to the high profile government report in Ireland, media bias and lawyers as contributors to painting an unfair and unbalanced portrait of the Church.

Accusations against Mexican cardinal are false, asserts archdiocese

Apr 27, 2010 - 05:48 pm .- At the conclusion of Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of Mexico City, the president of the College of Catholic Lawyers, Armando Martinez Gomez, held a press conference in which he presented a detailed report with documentation showing the accusations against Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera covering up abuse are false.

Weigel rips Hans Kung on Pope attack, waits for real response

Apr 27, 2010 - 03:06 pm .- George Weigel, who recently took the dissenting theologian Fr. Hans Kung to task for his attacks against Pope Benedict, said he would welcome a response from the priest “in which the issues were truly engaged.” But, the scholar qualified, “another Swiss volcanic eruption wouldn't serve much purpose.”

Abortion does not bring healing after rape, maintains Mexican woman who chose life

Apr 27, 2010 - 01:55 pm .- In an interview with Mexican columnist Sergio Sarmiento, Lianna Rebolledo, who was raped at the age of 13 but chose to carry her child to term, explained that “abortion is not the solution” to an unplanned pregnancy, even “in cases such as rape.”

Bishop resignations over abuse demonstrate Church’s 'zero tolerance,' explains prelate

Apr 27, 2010 - 12:04 pm .- Bishop Francisco Cases of the Canary Islands explained this week that the resignations of bishops involved in the sexual abuse of minors demonstrate the Church’s “zero tolerance” policy in dealing with the issue. 

Catholic global presence increasing, Vatican study reports

Apr 27, 2010 - 11:05 am .- The Vatican Publishing House released today a report on the Catholic Church's global presence, showing an increase in the Catholic population in 2008. Although the number of Catholics has risen globally, the study recorded a constant decline in priests, seminarians and non-ordained religious within Europe.

ND 88 attorney may subpoena Notre Dame officials, judge rules

Apr 27, 2010 - 06:08 am .- The legal defense team for the 88 pro-life protesters arrested at the University of Notre Dame may now seek testimony from university officials after a judge’s ruling lifted a stay.

Cardinals’ dinner raises $1 million for Catholic University scholarship fund

Apr 27, 2010 - 04:45 am .- The Catholic cardinals of the United States raised about $1 million for the Catholic University of America (CUA) in Atlanta at the 21st American Cardinals Dinner last Friday.

Archbishop Dolan: Catholics and Jews must work to preserve 'memory' of faith

Apr 27, 2010 - 03:00 am .- In a recent ceremony commemorating Pope Benedict's visit to a synagogue during his U.S. visit in 2008, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York spoke on the importance of Catholic-Jewish relations, stressing that the two must focus on their commonality and work together to preserve the “memory” of the faith.

Catholic Church in Scotland urges voters to 'make faith count'

Apr 27, 2010 - 01:10 am .- In light of the upcoming general election in the United Kingdom next month, Catholic Church leaders in Scotland are hoping to combat “apathy” among voters and are urging the faithful to make their “faith count” at the ballot box.

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