Archive of February 7, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of February 7, 2007

San Fran. Archbishop “very happy” about plan regarding homosexual adoptions

Feb 7, 2007 - 07:25 pm .- Speaking to a local radio station on Sunday, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer said he is “really very happy” about a compromise plan that makes it possible for Catholic Charities adoption workers in his archdiocese to refer homosexual couples to adopt children.

Death penalty “difficult to justify” in modern age, Church reaffirms

Feb 7, 2007 - 06:30 pm .- Made public today was a declaration of the Holy See delivered during the course of a world congress on the death penalty, held in Paris, France from February 1st to the 3rd.

Catholic League president points out anti-Catholic views of candidate’s team

Feb 7, 2007 - 06:02 pm .- Bill Donohue, the President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, yesterday exposed the anti-Catholic backgrounds of two recent campaign staff appointments by U.S. Presidential hopeful, Senator John Edwards.  Donohue called the two hires “anti-Catholic” and “vulgar’ and demanded that they be immediately fired. The Catholic League chief, who keeps an eye out for anti-Catholicism in the American public forum, pointed out that both Amanda Marcotte, Edwards’ new “Blogmaster” and Melissa McEwan, who will be his new “Netroots Coordinator” have histories of posting offensive comments against the Pope and the Church online.

Important pro-life victory in Panama: government steps back from legalizing abortion

Feb 7, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- In the wake of massive protests called for by Archbishop Dimas Cedeño of Panama City, the Panamanian government has discontinued an effort to legalize abortion.

Black pro-life leader says abortion ratios point to racism

Feb 7, 2007 - 12:38 pm .- Abortion is a multi-million dollar a year business that makes most of its money by killing black children, says Day Gardner, president of the National Black Pro-Life Union.

Bishop praises NGO for excluding contraception requirement from aid to the poor

Feb 7, 2007 - 12:35 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain, praised the efficient and generous work of the organization Manos Unidas to help to the poor and needy, underscoring that the Catholic NGO, in contrast with other aid organizations, does not make acceptance of contraception a condition for helping poor countries.

Archdiocese of Boston set to end ownership of hospitals

Feb 7, 2007 - 12:29 pm .- The Archdiocese of Boston has preliminarily agreed to transfer ownership of the six hospitals in its Caritas Christi Health Care system, including the historical Caritas St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Brighton, to the nation's largest Catholic hospital chain.

European Union increases pressure on Nicaragua to legalize abortion

Feb 7, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- A top EU official has threatened Nicaragua with suspension of economic aid if the government of Daniel Ortega does not reverse its decision of last October and legalize abortion in the country.

Renowned documentary on monastic life makes US debut

Feb 7, 2007 - 11:53 am .- A feature-length documentary on monastic life, which has had unexpected success on the big screen in Europe and Canada, will be released in theatres across the United States this month.

Poor formation in the faith leads to “silent fleeing of faithful” in Brazil

Feb 7, 2007 - 11:49 am .- The secretary general of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNNB), Bishop Odilo Scherer, said the volubility and the lack of religious instruction in Brazil are the causes of the serious “silent flight of the faithful” the Church is experiencing in that country.

Gospel must be announced where secularism and individualism have taken hold, Holy Father affirms

Feb 7, 2007 - 11:43 am .- In the Vatican Basilica this morning, the Pope met with prelates from the Italian region of Lombardy, who are currently in the course of their "ad limina" visit. Pope Benedict told the bishops along with several groups of Catholics from their various dioceses that it is an ever more important task of all the faithful to announce the Gospel in areas where secularism, individualism, and hedonistic consumerism have taken hold.

Church grew in the homes of the faithful, Pope Benedict says

Feb 7, 2007 - 11:05 am .- Pope Benedict XVI's catechesis during this morning's General Audience was dedicated to the Roman couple Priscilla and Aquila, who collaborated with St. Paul in Corinth.  The Holy Father emphasized how the early Church was born and grew in the homes of the faithful.