Archive of August 12, 2010

Archbishop calls for qualified debate on legalization of drugs in Mexico

Aug 12, 2010 - 10:10 pm .- This week, Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca, Mexico stated that in the country’s discussion on the legalization of drugs, the most qualified voices must be heard and the truth must prevail.

Ruling against Prop. 8 makes marriage unconstitutional, Archbishop Kurtz says

Aug 12, 2010 - 06:57 pm .- In an exclusive interview, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz spoke to CNA about the decision of District Judge Vaughn Walker to overturn California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as being between one man and one woman. Archbishop Kurtz remarked that the ruling against the proposition “in a sense … declared marriage to be unconstitutional.”

Cardinal Zen hopeful situation in China will improve for Catholics

Aug 12, 2010 - 05:58 pm .- The Bishop Emeritus of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, said this week he hopes the situation for Catholics in China will improve despite the religious freedom difficulties that exist in the country.  He added that the testimony of the faithful amidst widespread repression is fundamental for the future of the Catholic Church there.

Benedict XVI's monastic characteristics may be helping ties with Orthodox Church

Aug 12, 2010 - 05:02 pm .- Speaking to the Italian magazine 30 Giorni (30 Days), Dominican Fr. Charles Morerod said that Pope Benedict's way of carrying out his ministry leads to his being liked by the Orthodox Church. It is a question of his being similar in nature to the Orthodox bishops, he observed.

California judge renders Prop. 8 ineffective after August 18

Aug 12, 2010 - 03:19 pm .- A California judge who ruled last week against Proposition 8 – a measure that defined marriage as between one man and one woman in the state – denied a motion today by traditional marriage supporters to stay his ruling while the case is on appeal.

Mothers who killed babies are guilty of homicide, not abortion, judges tell feminists

Aug 12, 2010 - 01:59 pm .- The Supreme Court of the Mexican state of Guanajuato rejected claims by the feminist organization Centro Las Libres that six women convicted of killing their newborn infants were imprisoned for illegal abortions. The judges explained that the babies were “born alive” before “their mothers deprived them of life.”

Lay Eucharistic ministers not entitled to position, Archbishop Burke clarifies

Aug 12, 2010 - 01:14 pm .- The rights of girls and Catholic lay faithful to carry out certain roles on the altar are not prescribed as "rights" within the Church, according to the Church's top legal authority, Archbishop Raymond Burke. The statement came in a clarification he wrote about the consequences of the reintroduction of the Latin Rite Mass by Pope Benedict.

Spain offers World Cup victory to Our Lady of Guadalupe

Aug 12, 2010 - 12:11 pm .- The Spanish Royal Federation of Soccer (SRFS) offered the World Cup trophy Spain recently won to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the basilica in Mexico City.

Apostolic nuncio to Haiti reports relief work continues in ‘chaotic’ times

Aug 12, 2010 - 06:18 am .- The apostolic nuncio for Haiti has announced that the reconstruction of churches destroyed by the January earthquake should start early next year. However, he emphasized that the Church’s first priority must be helping the disaster victims in a “chaotic” situation further hampered by corruption and selfishness.

Climate expert: International weather emergency alert system needed

Aug 12, 2010 - 05:48 am .- The world community should establish a shared alert mechanism for weather-related emergencies, urged an Italian climatologist on Thursday. In light of the recent spate of major weather-related natural disasters, L'Osservatore Romano (LOR) has published his call for the developed world to step up and assist those without satellite and radar capabilities in the detection, warning and management of naturally-caused emergencies.

Planned Parenthood strips affiliation from San Francisco-based clinic network

Aug 12, 2010 - 03:07 am .- Citing a failure to meet standards, the abortion provider Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has disallowed its San Francisco-based affiliate network from calling itself “Planned Parenthood.” The network also faces a shortfall of donations and compensation from the California state government.

Catholic university says it declined Obama appearance over logistics

Aug 12, 2010 - 12:57 am .- As President Obama makes a fundraising tour for the Democratic party through Texas, St. Edward’s University has announced its decision to decline a White House request for the president to speak on campus. The college cited timing issues as the primary motive for its decision.

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