Archive of January 24, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 24, 2008

Bishop apologizes for spending mission funds on vestments

Jan 24, 2008 - 10:18 pm .- Edward Braxton, Bishop of Belleville, has issued a public apology for spending restricted mission funds on liturgical vestments, altar linens, and office furniture.  Bishop Braxton said he had mistakenly believed he had discretionary power over the money he used.

Rancor over ESPN anchor’s comments dies down

Jan 24, 2008 - 07:07 pm .- Controversy over anchorwoman Dana Jacobson’s derogatory remarks about Jesus and Notre Dame University is beginning to die down as ESPN assures that it was an isolated incident.

Cardinal Ouellet to launch immigrant aid program during Eucharistic Congress

Jan 24, 2008 - 06:43 pm .- Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec announced this week an immigrant assistance program will be launched during the upcoming 49th International Eucharistic Congress which will be held in the Canadian city June 15-22.

“Dogs have more rights than people,” Chilean bishop complains

Jan 24, 2008 - 06:04 pm .- Bishop Bernardo Bastres of Punta Arenas, Chile complained this week that dogs have more legal protection than the rights of human beings.

Holy Father reminds Slovenia to remain faithful to its Christian foundation

Jan 24, 2008 - 04:49 pm .- After the completion of their “ad limina” visit, the prelates from the Slovenian Episcopal Conference were received by Pope Benedict.  The Pontiff encouraged the bishops to respond to the materialist culture that is making inroads in their country through evangelization. 

Ex-priest invited pro-abortionists to participate in “pro-life” video

Jan 24, 2008 - 04:32 pm .- Fr. Luiz Carlos Lodi Da Cruz, president of the Pro-Life Group of Anapolis in Brazil, revealed this week that the Latin American version of “Catholics for a Free Choice”, called Católicas Pelo Direito di Decidir or CDD, participated in a video that was supposed to be pro-life but ended up promoting abortion. Nelsy Tyski, an ex-priest who works for the company that produced the video, was responsible for getting the group involved.

New poll reveals vast majority of Brazilians reject abortion

Jan 24, 2008 - 12:31 pm .- A new poll carried out by the Datafolha firm in Brazil has revealed that 87% of Brazilians think that having an abortion is “morally wrong.”  A majority of those surveyed also said that they would support a son or daughter dealing with a teen pregnancy rather than opting for abortion.  Eighty two percent said they would prefer their teenage daughter carry the child to term rather than undergo an abortion.

Pope proposes the creation of ‘info-ethics’ for the media

Jan 24, 2008 - 11:34 am .- Pope Benedict XVI issued a call today for ‘info-ethics’ to be developed for the media as part of his annual message for the World Day of Social Communications. The Pope wrote that “it is essential that social communications should assiduously defend the person and fully respect human dignity.”

Clergy bless New York abortion clinic as “sacred ground”

Jan 24, 2008 - 11:32 am .- Religious leaders in favor of abortion gathered on Tuesday to bless an abortion clinic in support of the Roe v. Wade ruling, the Supreme Court decision that mandated legalized abortion nationwide. One Catholic leader described the ceremony as “two-faced”.

Knoxville priest appointed bishop of Springfield – Cape Girardeau

Jan 24, 2008 - 11:09 am .- The Holy Father has appointed Msgr. James Vann Johnston of Knoxville, Tennessee as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield - Cape Girardeau in Missouri.

Liturgy Commission expects 2008 completion of Roman Missal draft

Jan 24, 2008 - 07:15 am .- The International Commission on English in the Liturgy (ICEL) met in Mumbai last week, planning to complete the revised draft of the Roman Missal by its next meeting in September.

Archbishop knocks St. Louis U coach for supporting abortion, embryonic research

Jan 24, 2008 - 06:33 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke has criticized a Catholic basketball coach at the Catholic University of St. Louis (SLU) for declaring himself pro-choice and in favor of embryonic stem cell research, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Church in Germany promoting family and marriage with three year campaign

Jan 24, 2008 - 03:55 am .- The Church in Germany has launched a new campaign to promote the family under the theme, “Living Love Together.”  This campaign will take place over three years and will offer spiritual counseling, formation and access to the sacraments for couples and their families.

Anti-virgin bias amongst American Idol judges

Jan 24, 2008 - 02:07 am .- A 19-year-old contestant for the “American Idol” singing competition faced scrutiny from judges and celebrity commentators after revealing he is a virgin who has never kissed a girl, Cybercast News Service reports.

Mexican cardinal slams UN for supporting abortion

Jan 24, 2008 - 01:52 am .- The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, called on Catholics this week to reject the legalization of abortion and especially its spread across Mexico under pressure from international organizations such as the United Nations.