Archive of September 1, 2010

Bishop explains necessity of openness; emphasizes danger of relativism

Sep 1, 2010 - 09:54 pm .- Bishop Juan Ruben Martinez of Posadas, Argentina said the Church must conserve her identity when reaching out to non-believers, as “openness” as a Church, does not mean falling into relativism.

Archbishop Koch pledges unity with Pope as he assumes new Vatican post

Sep 1, 2010 - 08:44 pm .- The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity is not an entity independent from the Pope, its new president confirmed on Wednesday. Archbishop Kurt Koch spoke with L'Osservatore Romano newspaper about some of the highlights from his meetings with the Pope this past week.

Archbishop of San Salvador condemns massacre of immigrants in Mexico

Sep 1, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- Archbishop of San Salvador Jose Luis Escobar Alas condemned the massacre of 72 immigrants in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas during a press conference last Sunday. After asking the governments of Mexico and El Salvador to investigate the incident and bring about justice, the prelate demanded that agreements be established to protect the undocumented.

Archbishop Marchetto, servant to Church and migrants, steps down

Sep 1, 2010 - 02:31 pm .- The secretary of the Pontifical Council for Migrants and Itinerant Peoples, an outspoken proponent for the rights of people "on the move," has retired. Having celebrated his 70th birthday on Saturday, Archbishop Agostino Marchetto was eligible for an "early" exit.

Planned Parenthood honors Peru's minister of health

Sep 1, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) has awarded Peru’s Minister of Health, Oscar Ugarte for his “efforts in support of reproductive health.” Several months ago, Ugarte ignored a ruling by Peru’s Constitutional Court and went forward with the distribution of the morning-after pill.

Archbishop reiterates that parents are primary educators of children

Sep 1, 2010 - 12:04 pm .- This week the president of the Argentinean Bishops’ Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Hector Aguer, reminded parents that they cannot renounce their responsibility for both the moral and religious education of their children. It is in the home, he emphasized, where children must learn the faith.

Denver priest plans to run for vocations at upcoming marathon

Sep 1, 2010 - 05:56 am .- A priest in the Archdiocese of Denver is launching an effort to increase prayers for vocations during the city's upcoming marathon next month, telling CNA that there is a “great need” for vocations and that many young men and women in society “are not responding to the call.”

Benedict XVI holds up St. Hildegard as model for nuns

Sep 1, 2010 - 05:39 am .- Every gift from the Holy Spirit is meant for the edification of the community of believers, taught the Pope at Wednesday's general audience. Dedicating his catechesis to St. Hildegard of Bingen, Benedict XVI praised her as a model for modern women religious, and noted that she benefited the faithful by her willingness to submit her supernatural visions to the interpretation of the Church.

Ambassador Kmiec expected to recover from car accident injuries

Sep 1, 2010 - 02:54 am .- A Catholic priest and Ambassador Doug Kmiec are still being treated for their injuries suffered in an Aug. 25 car accident. The priest, 94, is in critical condition, while Kmiec has undergone surgery and is expected to make a full recovery.

South Africa’s Catholic bishops voice ‘grave misgivings’ about proposed media restrictions

Sep 1, 2010 - 01:05 am .- Media restrictions proposed with the stated intention of protecting the public good are causes for “serious concerns,” the Southern African Bishops’ Conference (SACBC) has commented. Warning that the proposed law is so broad that it threatens the free press, the bishops called for its complete redrafting.

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