Archive of October 5, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 5, 2007

Alliance for Marriage reaches out to Latino Catholics

Oct 5, 2007 - 03:45 pm .- California is a state well known as a precedent setter when it comes to national debates and that has made it the target of  pro-homosexual organizations seeking to redefine marriage. Sensing the potentially catastrophic effect of such a change in the law, the Alliance for Marriage (AFM) is reaching out to California’s most influential constituency—Latino Catholics...

Catholic Bioethics Center examines Connecticut Plan B legislation, HLI calls for reversal of bishops’ decision

Oct 5, 2007 - 10:46 am .- The Philadelphia-based National Catholic Bioethics Center(NCBC) has released a statement to help clarify the Connecticut Catholic Bishops' decision on the Connecticut legislation mandating contraceptive treatment for rape victims. Meanwhile, Human Life International has also weighed in on the deicison saying it contains "extremely egregious errors" and has asked the bishops to reverse their resolution. The legislation has been controversial because the state's Catholic bishops have allowed the use of the "Plan B" contraceptive as required by the law.  "Plan B" works by preventing ovulation, but may also render a woman's womb hostile to a fertilized egg if she has already ovulated.   

Pop culture trivia crowds out Ten Commandments

Oct 5, 2007 - 10:09 am .- A recent survey polled Americans on their knowledge of fast food ingredients, the Brady Bunch, and the Ten Commandments.  Knowledge of the first two was found to be more prevalent than familiarity with the Decalogue. 

Eighteen-year sentence for Turkish teen who murdered Catholic priest

Oct 5, 2007 - 10:06 am .- A Turkish teen has been sentenced for killing a priest, the Associated Press reports.

Polish bishops: “No party has the right to speak in the name of the Church”

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:51 am .- In a message released at the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly in Warsaw, the bishops of Poland reiterated that the Church “does not have any political representation and therefore is not represented by any party.  No party has the right to speak in the name of the Church or claim for itself her support.”

Guatemalan bishops call for civility in presidential campaign

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:47 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala is set to issue a statement on the upcoming November 4 presidential elections calling on candidates Alvaro Colom and Otto Perez Molina to demonstrate civility in their campaigns and refrain from insults and personal attacks.

Sacrilege in Managua Cathedral part of pro-abortion campaign

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:42 am .- Father Rolando Alvarez, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Managua, said the sacrilege and profanation committed several days ago at the Cathedral was part of a national and international campaign to legalize abortion in Nicaragua.

Giuliani dodges Archbishop Burke's Holy Communion admonition

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:42 am .- St. Louis Archbishop Raymond Burke recently addressed the behavior of Catholic politicians who publicly dissent from Church teaching yet still receive Holy Communion. The archbishop’s teachings have caused a reaction from presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who is considered to be in such a position.

Majorities make mistakes, natural law must be the guide of civil society, asserts Pope Benedict

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:42 am .- This morning Pope Benedict XVI spoke with great force about how the study of natural law guarantees freedom and guards the dignity of all people. He also pointed out that contrary to the modern perception, majorities are not always right, but rather, that the natural law should prevail over pluralities as the measure of what is best for the common good.Speaking to Cardinal William Levada and the rest of the members of the International Theological Commission, who just completed their annual meeting, Benedict XVI pointed out the importance of their study of the natural law.  

Italian Bishops Purchase Soccer Team

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:39 am .- The Italian Conference of Catholic Bishops has purchased a controlling interest in an Italian soccer club. The acquisition of AC Ancon, a team top in its division, was financed by a group of Catholic businessmen.

Without the Church, Europe would be missing its heart, says Hungarian cardinal

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:36 am .- Cardinal Peter Erdo of Budapest and President of the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, said this week, “As Christians we have much to offer to the building of a common European home.  Without the Church, Europe would be missing its heart.”

Young people protest against Bishop Samuel Ruiz’s participation in World Forum of Cultures

Oct 5, 2007 - 09:32 am .- A group of young people led a peaceful protest against the participation of Bishop Emeritus Samuel Ruiz of San Cristobal de las Casas in the World Forum of Cultures, which is being held in Monterrey and features as one of its keynote speakers liberation theologian and former priest Leonardo Boff.