Archive of May 15, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 15, 2007

Archdiocese Reacts to New Adoption and Sex Ed. Laws

May 15, 2007 - 07:24 pm .- Colorado has two new laws on its books and both of them were opposed by the Colorado Catholic Conference. The first law allows live-in same sex or heterosexual partners to adopt children without the normal legal review process. While the second law requires that all public school districts implement a “science-based” content standard for sexual education courses.

Bishops at CELAM conference yet to decide on issuance of final document

May 15, 2007 - 01:35 pm .- The president of the Department of Communications of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Archbishop Baltasar Porras, said this week the bishops meeting at CELAM’s general conference in Brazil have the authority to decide whether or not to issue a final document.

Pope to remain in Castel Gandolfo until next Friday

May 15, 2007 - 01:33 pm .- After his return to Rome from Brazil, where he presided over the inauguration of the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishop’s Council, Pope Benedict XVI traveled to his residence at Castel Gandolfo where he will remain until next Friday.

Spokesman for CELAM says political involvement by priests destroys unity

May 15, 2007 - 01:19 pm .- Speaking about the issue of liberation theology and its impact on the clergy, the spokesman for the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council, Bishop Hector Gutierrez Pabon, said Sunday that priests who get involved in politics “immediately break the unity and the mission they were entrusted with.”

Overwhelming majority of atheists oppose legalization of abortion in Brazil

May 15, 2007 - 01:06 pm .- A study by the firm Datafolha has revealed that 82 percent of Brazilians who claim to be atheists oppose the legalization of abortion in the country.  Analysts say the survey shows that the defense of life is not a religious but a humanitarian issue.

Giuliani says he will not challenge Pope on abortion-Communion

May 15, 2007 - 12:50 pm .- Rudy Giuliani refused to challenge Pope Benedict XVI, who said last week that Catholic politicians who favor abortion have excommunicated themselves and should not take Communion.

First “patriotic” bishop named by Communist government in China dies

May 15, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- This past Saturday, the first bishop to be named by the Communist government to the Patriotic church, Dong Guangqing, passed away in the province of Hubei.

Adult stem cells outperform embryonic stem cells

May 15, 2007 - 12:17 pm .- The American College of Pediatricians is calling for an end to embryonic stem cell research and recommends the exclusive support of already proven effective adult stem cell research.

Kansas governor lends support to Planned Parenthood

May 15, 2007 - 12:10 pm .- Operation Rescue has planned to hold a protest this evening against Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius, who is scheduled to appear at a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood of Kansas and Mid-Missouri.

Catholics urged to support new pro-life film

May 15, 2007 - 11:33 am .- Catholics must rally to give the pro-life feature film Bella a chance at a good theater run in the United States, says Colin Mason, media director for Population Research Institute.

Cardinal Bertone delivers papal message to 250 Christian movements

May 15, 2007 - 10:22 am .- Over 250 Christian movements and communities gathered in Stuttgart, Germany this past Saturday for an event called, “Together for Europe 2007”. The purpose of the gathering was to focus on “the role of young people, as the expression of Europe’s future” and to draw attention to Africa.

New survey reveals Americans in favor of overturning Roe v. Wade

May 15, 2007 - 09:56 am .- The results of a new poll on America’s opinion regarding abortion are in, and they do not look good for the pro-abortion lobby. According to the Ethics and Public Policy Center and the Judicial Confirmation Network, the new poll shows that when voters are educated on how Roe v. Wade really affects the availability of abortion, there is a substantial change in their opinions.   Armed with this new understanding of where the country’s mind is on abortion, the two pro-family networks plan to launch a campaign to educate the public on this crucial issue.