Archive of July 15, 2010

Dissident reaffirms dedication to fight for freedom in Cuba

Jul 15, 2010 - 09:56 pm .- The coordinator of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, slammed the Cuban government this week for not respecting the rights of the recently-freed political prisoners and sending them into exile. He vowed the fight to free Cuba would continue forward.

New Mexico cancels plan to cover elective abortion with federal funds

Jul 15, 2010 - 07:07 pm .-  Press inquiries and pressure from pro-life groups appear to have caused a federally funded New Mexico health insurance program to drop elective abortion from its list of covered procedures.

Argentina's Senate approves gay 'marriage'

Jul 15, 2010 - 06:06 pm .- After a 14-hour debate beginning on Wednesday, Argentina's Senate passed a measure legalizing same-sex “marriage.”

US bishops welcome Vatican statement on gravity of attempted women’s ordination

Jul 15, 2010 - 04:19 pm .- Archbishop Donald Wuerl of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine welcomed the Vatican’s recent clarification on the canonical penalties for the attempted ordination of women, saying the action shows “the seriousness with which it holds offenses against the Sacrament of Holy Orders.”

Msgr. Scicluna: New norms important, ongoing action needed

Jul 15, 2010 - 03:35 pm .- Monsignor Charles Scicluna took part in a press briefing on Thursday for the release of modified Vatican norms on how to examine and punish cases involving the "most serious sins." He fielded a number of questions as to its content but underscored the importance of ongoing action for successfully bringing about change in the Church.

Legion of Christ officials were unaware of founder’s double life, clarifies congregation's vicar general

Jul 15, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- The Vicar General of the Legionaries of Christ recently denied media reports claiming that the congregation's general director knew of Legion founder Father Marcial Maciel's double life.

CDF to publish directions for local bishops on handling abuse cases

Jul 15, 2010 - 02:01 pm .- During a briefing today with journalists for the release of new norms on cases of "the most serious sins" in the Church, Fr. Federico Lombardi spoke about the work that continues to be done in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF). He said that the congregation is working on new, comprehensive documents compiled from the experiences of individual bishops' conferences to create better guidelines for handling abuse cases on a local level.

Pennsylvania Insurance Dept. evades questions on federal abortion coverage

Jul 15, 2010 - 11:58 am .- After the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) claimed earlier this week that a new federally funded insurance program in Pennsylvania will cover abortions, CNA contacted the Pennsylvania Insurance Department to verify the charges, with the department ultimately evading the allegations.

Spain’s Constitutional Court rejects request to suspend abortion law

Jul 15, 2010 - 11:53 am .- Spain’s Constitutional Court rejected a request on Wednesday for an injunction against the country’s new law on abortion filed by the Popular Party. The decision allows the new law to remain in effect while the justices rule on lawsuits challenging its constitutionality.

Fr. Lombardi explains newly published norms on sex abuse, serious sins

Jul 15, 2010 - 11:08 am .- On Thursday, the Holy See published new norms for the treatment of crimes considered to be "most serious" within the Church. In a press briefing, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi explained the updates, including an extension of the statute of limitations for cases involving the sexual abuse of minors and the official addition of other "delicta graviora" to the jurisdiction of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

Immigration reform a humanitarian issue, Arizona Catholic bishop tells Congress

Jul 15, 2010 - 05:51 am .- Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas of Tucson, Arizona on Wednesday testified before Congress on the need for immigration reform, characterizing it as “ultimately a humanitarian issue.” Emphasizing the dangers and difficulties migrants face, he called for the legalization of migrants who face a “proportionate penalty.”

Bl. Mother Teresa's relics on tour in Midwest cities

Jul 15, 2010 - 03:18 am .- Relics of Blessed Mother Teresa are scheduled to visit several cities across the Midwest this weekend, as part of a tour of the United States and Canada. The tour is being held in anticipation of the 100th anniversary of the sister's birth on August 26. 

Evangelical group releases documentary on the pill as an abortifacient

Jul 15, 2010 - 01:08 am .- In light of the birth control pill's 50th anniversary this year, a group of Evangelical Christians released a documentary addressing the controversial claim that the pill acts as an abortifacient, and that women across North America are largely uninformed on what the drug actually does.

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