Archive of December 2, 2010

New Archbishop of Seattle has 'nothing to offer,' except unchanging faith

Dec 2, 2010 - 08:02 pm .- Seattle's new Archbishop J. Peter Sartain told the faithful that he has nothing to offer them, except the faith he has received in an unbroken tradition from the apostles.

Respect for life leads to development of peoples, states Vatican archbishop

Dec 2, 2010 - 05:57 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care noted this week that respect for human life is what fosters the comprehensive development of nations.

WikiLeaks' Vatican cables involve national security, intelligence and religious freedom issues

Dec 2, 2010 - 03:43 pm .- The ongoing WikiLeaks “Cablegate” project could result in the release of more than 800 U.S. diplomatic cables involving the Vatican.

Over 60,000 in Spain call for release of Asia Bibi

Dec 2, 2010 - 03:04 pm .- Representatives of HazteOir.org, a civil rights organization in Spain, have delivered a petition calling for the release of a Christian woman in Pakistan.

Letter shows Pope Benedict pushed faster penalties for abuse in 1980s

Dec 2, 2010 - 02:02 pm .- Previously unseen correspondence shows Pope Benedict XVI taking an active concern for “more rapid” prosecution of abusive priests, over two decades ago.

Bishop calls out Catholic governor in Illinois for approving civil unions

Dec 2, 2010 - 08:13 am .- The Illinois legislature passed a bill on Dec. 1 that will establish same-sex civil unions in state law. While the state's Catholic governor Pat Quinn said his faith prompted him to support the bill, his bishop has warned that the governor's actions clearly contradict Church teaching.

Catholics urged to hold off on Christmas celebrations until Dec. 24

Dec 2, 2010 - 05:58 am .- Bishop John C. Wester of Salt Lake City urged Catholics in his diocese to be “faithful” to the Advent Season this year and hold off on celebrating Christmas until Dec. 24.

Americans 'overwhelmingly united' on moral issues, Knights of Columbus leader says

Dec 2, 2010 - 04:09 am .- Contrary to the conventional wisdom, America is not a house divided over moral issues. In fact, according to Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, Americans broadly agree on the problems facing the country and on the importance of moral leadership and values in solving those problems. 

Anti-Catholicism contributes to violence against clergy, Scottish church spokesman laments

Dec 2, 2010 - 12:59 am .- Responding to comments made against Pope Benedict during his visit, a Scottish spokesman for the Catholic Church has decried “sectarianism” and popular blindness towards anti-Catholic bigotry, saying it contributes to thuggish violence against Catholic clergy.

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