Archive of May 20, 2010

Belgian bishops apologize for treatment of abuse cases, vow changes

May 20, 2010 - 10:49 pm .- The Bishops of Belgium have apologized for aggression against victims of sexual abuse and for the inadequate support they received. In a pastoral letter, they pledge "concrete measures" to prevent further abuses.

MTV Italy program on teen pregnancy 'well done,' says Catholic doctor

May 20, 2010 - 09:02 pm .- Neonatal doctor Carlo Bellieni writes in Thursday's edition of L'Osservatore Romano that he is "pleasantly surprised" by a show broadcast on MTV Italy which tells the stories of teenage moms. In showing real situations and speaking of subjects that are often not touched, the shows tell the story of life, which speaks for itself against abortion.

USCCB leaves civil rights coalition after Kagan endorsement highlights differences

May 20, 2010 - 07:37 pm .- Saying the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights (LCCR) has “moved beyond” traditional civil rights advocacy, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced on May 19 that it is leaving the coalition. The conference cited the coalition's endorsement of Supreme Court nominees, including Elena Kagan, as a primary reason.

Vatican official reflects on celibacy, reveals closing events of Year for Priests

May 20, 2010 - 05:18 pm .- The secretary for the Congregation for the Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, said this week that celibacy, which was embraced by Christ throughout his whole life and to which all those who consecrate their lives to Church are called, signifies “total dedication to the service of God and man.”

UN officials denounced for interfering in political life of Latin America

May 20, 2010 - 02:11 pm .- Various civil organizations have denounced U.N. officials for interfering in the affairs of Latin America countries in an attempt to pressure them to adopt gender policies.

Meeting between Russian Orthodox Patriarch and Pope Benedict suggested

May 20, 2010 - 12:46 pm .- Wrapping up a two-day initiative for the promotion of Russian culture and spirituality at the Holy See, a concert featuring Russian and Italian music will be offered for the Pope. The event marks the culmination of events which have exhibited an increased warmth of relations between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches and could lead to an encounter between their leaders.

Boston cardinal supports pastor in school admission row, says policies still being created

May 20, 2010 - 10:30 am .- In response to the media firestorm over the Archdiocese of Boston contradicting the decision of a local Catholic elementary school to cancel the admission of the child of a same-sex couple, Cardinal Sean O'Malley condemned criticism of the school's priest who made the initial decision and outlined the need for the archdiocese to “formulate policies” with clearer guidelines.

No future for Europe without return to Christian roots, says Cardinal Kasper

May 20, 2010 - 10:12 am .- During a recent symposium in Rome on the Orthodox and Catholic Churches of Europe, the no-nonsense president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, reflected briefly on the future of Europe. With his characteristic frankness, he said, "If Europe wants to have a future again, it must first and foremost renew its Christian roots."

Married, former Protestant minister preparing for Catholic priesthood

May 20, 2010 - 08:45 am .- As former Protestant minister Scott Caton prepares for his ordination as a Catholic priest in 2011, his wife and six children are prayerfully offering their support. As a priest, he hopes to focus on reconciling men and women with God and to “break down” any misunderstandings between Protestants and Catholics.

Chicago 'womanpriest' will not be buried in Catholic cemetery

May 20, 2010 - 04:20 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago recently stated that a woman, “ordained” by the group “Roman Catholic Womenpriests,” will not be buried in a Catholic cemetery due to her deliberate separation from the Catholic Church.

Philippines’ electronic vote results were manipulated, Catholic archbishop charges

May 20, 2010 - 03:58 am .- A retired Catholic archbishop in the Philippines has said he has witnesses proving that results of the country’s May 10 national elections were manipulated in some regions. The elections mark the first time an electronic voting system has been used in the country.

Latin American leaders recognize efforts of Varela Project in Cuba

May 20, 2010 - 03:07 am .- The Latin American Democratic Bridge Network recently announced the creation of the “Prize for Democratic Openness in Cuba” and has decided to grant the first award to the Varela Project.

Aid to the Church in Need donates to assist Christian television in the Middle East

May 20, 2010 - 01:54 am .- Britain's Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has provided additional funding to a Christian satellite television network for the Middle East and North Africa looking to increase their live broadcasting capabilities. The greater exposure will help them to reach more Christians in the 19 countries where they broadcast.

Milwaukee archbishop to give 'biker blessing' at Harley-Davidson museum

May 20, 2010 - 01:17 am .- The Archdiocese of Milwaukee recently announced that Archbishop Jerome Listecki will give a special blessing to motorcycle riders on May 30. The prelate expressed delight in the opportunity, saying, “I want them, and all people of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, to be safe this summer and always, whether they are riding motorcycles or not.”

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