Archive of May 12, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 12, 2008

Sacramento mayoral candidate criticized for opposing same-sex marriage

May 12, 2008 - 10:53 pm .- A former NBA basketball star who is a mayoral candidate for the city of Sacramento has been denounced by activists for stating his opposition to homosexual marriage.  His opposition, they claim, makes him “not ready to lead this city.”

Donohue and Obama advisors scuffle over Catholic identity, abortion

May 12, 2008 - 07:56 pm .- Bill Donahue has stepped into the U.S. presidential fray by claiming that Senator Barack Obama’s Catholic National Advisory Council is composed entirely of people who are "dissenters" from the Catholic Church. In response, the advisory council has replied that they view abortion as a “profound moral issue” and that they consider candidates based on a broad set of issues, rather than a single issue. 

Archbishop asks Kansas governor to refrain from Communion for abortion support, awaits response

May 12, 2008 - 06:07 pm .- Saying her support for legal abortion conveys the erroneous message that the Church’s teaching on abortion is optional, Archbishop of Kansas City Joseph F. Naumann has publicly admonished Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius for her veto of an abortion law reform bill passed by the Kansas legislature. 

Director of Vatican daily explains why Pope speaks of early Christians

May 12, 2008 - 02:08 pm .- In an interview with the Catholic organization “Early Christians,” Giovanni Maria Vian, director of L’Osservatore Romano, explained why Pope Benedict XVI is dedicating his Wednesday catechesis to the lives and witnesses of the early Christians.

Colombian doctor urges gynecologists to respect life

May 12, 2008 - 01:42 pm .- Dr. Jorge Merchan Price, a general surgeon at the Javerian University, together with leaders of the movement “Blue Doctors” (Medicos azules), has sent an open letter to all gynecologists who perform abortions and to the Colombian Federation of Associations of Gynecology and Obstetrics, urging them to respect the right to life of the unborn as an essential part of their medical practice.

Anonymous birthing law proposed to prevent abortions in Brazil

May 12, 2008 - 12:50 pm .- A Brazilian lawmaker has proposed legalizing “anonymous birthing” to allow women who do not want to or are unable to raise a child to give birth without identifying themselves and to give the child up for adoption, in hopes that such a measure would reduce the number of abortions and the frequency of infant abandonment. 

Plenary indulgence announced for anniversary of the Apostle to the Gentiles

May 12, 2008 - 11:11 am .- On Saturday a decree from the Vatican stated that Benedict XVI will grant the faithful plenary indulgence for the occasion of the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of St. Paul. The gift of indulgences, states the document, assist in the attainment of purification and honor the great saint.

Abortion has solved nothing, only inflicted deeper wounds on society, Pope laments

May 12, 2008 - 11:05 am .- Thousands of members of the Italian Movement for Life met with Pope Benedict in the Hall of Blessing on Monday morning. The Pope remarked that 30 years of abortion in Italy "not only has not resolved the problems afflicting many women and no small number of families, but it has opened another wound in our societies.” 

Pope congratulates Israel on statehood, insists on the rights of Christians

May 12, 2008 - 10:18 am .- Today the new ambassador from Israel to the Holy See presented his letters of credence to Pope Benedict. After congratulating Israel on its 60 years of statehood, the Pope surveyed the difficulties faced by Christians in the region and called for the Israelis to work for a peaceful resolution to the conflict with the Palestinians.

Technology is no substitute for marital love, says Benedict XVI

May 12, 2008 - 10:13 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict addressed members of an international conference marking the 40th anniversary of the promulgation of “Humanae Vitae.”  The Holy Father told the participants that new technological developments cannot replace the quality of marital love or the sacredness of life.