Archive of September 30, 2010

New Venezuelan congress now democratic, reports archbishop

Sep 30, 2010 - 10:10 pm .- Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro said this week that the 65 congressional seats gained by a minority party in last Sunday’s elections means that the Venezuelan Congress is no longer “just one color,” but is now democratic.

Florida man fights to stop pre-game prayers at Pee Wee football league

Sep 30, 2010 - 08:17 pm .- A Florida man has asked a city council to end a Pee Wee football game’s pregame prayer tradition, claiming that the four-year-old custom violates his and his son’s First Amendment rights because the games are played on public land.

Visitor to Regnum Christi, counselors to the Legion announced

Sep 30, 2010 - 07:04 pm .- Archbishop Velasio De Paolis, Pontifical Delegate to the Congregation of the Legionaries of Christ, announced today in Rome the names of the four counselors who will assist him in fulfilling his duties in the reorganization of the Mexican-born congregation. He also announced the apostolic visitor to Regnum Christi, the lay movement associated with the Legion.

Argentinean bishop calls on laity to work for common good

Sep 30, 2010 - 04:55 pm .- During the Diocesan Assembly of the Laity, Bishop Jorge Jugones of Lomas de Zamora in Argentina stressed the need for more Catholics to be committed to the promotion of the human person and the common good of society.

Experts weigh in on controversial Theology of the Body debate

Sep 30, 2010 - 04:00 pm .- Dawn Eden's thesis critiquing Christopher West's approach to presenting the teachings of John Paul II's Theology of the Body is continuing to generate debate. On Wednesday, professor Dr. Janet Smith weighed in on the issue, calling Eden's thesis “seriously flawed” after which author Steve Kellmeyer criticized Smith for unleashing “disjointed” attacks.

Youth director reflects on importance of Generation X saint

Sep 30, 2010 - 02:56 pm .- Last Saturday, September 25, Chiara “Luce” Badano - an Italian teenager whose short life showed extraordinary holiness - was officially beatified in a ceremony outside of Rome. In his latest video for Catholic News Agency, Archdiocese of Denver youth and campus ministry director Chris Stefanick describes the life and witness of “the first member of Generation X” to be considered for sainthood.

Cohabitating couples miss out on 'true happiness,' argues relationship expert

Sep 30, 2010 - 01:07 pm .- Commenting on a recent analysis which shows a jump in the number of cohabitating couples in the U.S., relationship expert and father of seven Anthony Buono said the figures are evidence of “individual selfishness” and a “contraceptive mentality” in our culture. Buono argued in remarks to CNA that those who avoid or postpone marriage while living together fail to experience “true happiness.”

Pope’s October prayer intention focuses on Catholic universities

Sep 30, 2010 - 11:36 am .- The Holy Father is asking for prayers in the month of October that universities might provide an environment that bears witness to the Gospel message.

Federal court reinstates taxpayer funding of embryonic stem cell research, lawsuit still pending

Sep 30, 2010 - 10:17 am .- The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington on Tuesday overturned a federal court’s ban on taxpayer funding for human embryonic stem cell research (ESCR).

China’s one-child policy will cause demographic 'disaster,' expert foresees

Sep 30, 2010 - 09:11 am .- The Chinese government’s announcement that its “one-child policy” will remain in place will lead the country into a “demographic disaster,” one expert observer has said. He suggested that a coercive euthanasia program could be added to the country’s coercive abortion and birth control campaigns.

Catholic Charities leaders meet with President Obama on centennial anniversary

Sep 30, 2010 - 07:01 am .- Marking the 100th anniversary of Catholic Charities USA, leaders from the organization met with President Obama last week, who congratulated the group and recognized their decades of service to communities across the nation.

Pope to focus on truth, authenticity in media for 2011 communications day

Sep 30, 2010 - 05:05 am .- For World Communications Day 2011, Pope Benedict will emphasize that truth and authentic human experience must remain at the core of communication even in the digital age. Although technology might change the means of communication, the truth "must remain the firm and unchanging point of reference of new media and the digital world."

European bishops to reflect on demographics and the family

Sep 30, 2010 - 02:54 am .- The Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe will meet September 30 to October 3 in Zagreb, Croatia to reflect on the theme, “Demography and the Family in Europe.” Thirty-six bishops, including many conference presidents, will participate in the meeting.

Protection of life requires 'love without measure,' Portland archbishop teaches

Sep 30, 2010 - 01:01 am .- Announcing this year's initiative to protect life in his archdiocese, which will begin October 3 on Respect Life Sunday, Portland Archbishop John Vlazny penned an empathetic plea to all citizens of Oregon. His column in last Tuesday's Catholic Sentinel urged the faithful to consider the dignity and value of all human life, making a “love without measure” their motivation for choosing rightly even in the most difficult dilemmas.

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