Archive of December 11, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 11, 2007

Environmentalist proposes “baby tax,” financial disabilities for large families

Dec 11, 2007 - 05:04 pm .- An Australian professor of obstetrics has proposed both a $5,000 “baby levy” to be imposed on parents upon the birth of their children and an annual carbon tax of up to $800 per child, The Advertiser reports.

Congregation for Clergy launches website on the Bible

Dec 11, 2007 - 03:24 pm .- “Reading the Word of God with the Church” is the slogan for the Congregation for the Clergy’s new website, which was developed to make the books of the Bible available online in nine different languages, with theological and exegetical commentaries.

Abortion promoters see man as just an animal, Spanish bishop warns

Dec 11, 2007 - 01:32 pm .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla Aguirre of Palencia warned this week that the recent arrests of personnel at various clinics in Barcelona where illegal abortions up to the eighth month were being performed confirms that the defenders of abortion see man as just an animal.

“Terri's Day” established in remembrance of Terri Schiavo

Dec 11, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- March 31, the date of Terri Schiavo’s death will mark the newly established “International Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Terri Schindler Schiavo and All of Our Vulnerable Brothers and Sisters.”  The day was created to foster education, prayer and activism regarding discrimination against the disabled. 

Guatemalan bishops call on Congress to approve adoption law to combat trafficking of children

Dec 11, 2007 - 12:44 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Guatemala, Bishop Alvaro Ramazzini, called on the country’s Congress this week to approve a law on adoptions “that protects the rights of the child and strongly confronts the excesses and immoral attitudes of those who have made a business out of adoption.”

Archbishop Luckert: Don’t be surprised if Chavez starts inventing things against the Church

Dec 11, 2007 - 12:39 pm .- The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, expressed his solidarity this week with Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas, who has been the target of recent attacks on the Church by Chavez supporters.

Progress without God benefits few and oppresses many, says Spanish cardinal

Dec 11, 2007 - 12:27 pm .- The Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, said this week that the ideologies of modern times, especially of the 20th century, “seek to build a perfect society by radically rejecting God,” and they hold that “the path to the future entails the expulsion of God from the human city.”

Romney calls support for abortion “biggest mistake,” but is in favor of some embryonic stem cell research

Dec 11, 2007 - 11:42 am .- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney declared his support for legalized abortion his “biggest mistake” and shunned federal funding for controversial embryonic stem cell research programs.

Bishops’ Doctrine Committee corrects theologian for relativistic book

Dec 11, 2007 - 11:40 am .- The Doctrine Committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has examined a work of theologian Father Peter C. Phan, “Being Religious Interreligiously: Asian Perspectives on Interfaith Dialogue.”

Whoever attacks the family undermines the peace of the world, says the Pope

Dec 11, 2007 - 11:03 am .- Pope Benedict XVI called upon the international community today to protect the family at all costs because it is “the first and indispensable teacher of peace.” He also insisted that whoever undermines the family, attacks peace in the entire community.The Holy Father’s message was made public in preparation for the upcoming 41st World Day of Peace, which will be celebrated on January 1, 2008.

USCCB withdraws review of "The Golden Compass"

Dec 11, 2007 - 10:39 am .- The U.S. bishops have withdrawn their positive review of the fantasy film, “The Golden Compass”, which opened in the United States last weekend.

Archbishop Chaput speaks about implications of Colorado shootings

Dec 11, 2007 - 10:22 am .- In an exclusive interview with CNA, the archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap., discussed his reaction to the shootings in Colorado, which ended in Colorado Springs’ New Life Church with four victims and their killer dead.When asked if the shootings are a reflection of anything in the larger American society, Archbishop Chaput said the events should teach Americans to be less self-centered. “We can't as a country stay on our course of self-absorption, callousness toward the poor and weak, and consumer excess, and then pretend to be shocked when people lose their balance and lash out violently.