Archive of May 22, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of May 22, 2008

Vatican daily derides package of anti-life measures passed in Great Britain

May 22, 2008 - 11:17 pm .- The L’Osservatore Romano published an article this week slamming an anti-life package passed this week by Britain’s House of Commons that includes measures allowing the creation of human-animal embryos, in vitro fertilization, and artificial insemination for lesbians who want to have a child.

Catholic MPs disappointed over Human Fertilization and Embryology vote

May 22, 2008 - 09:32 pm .- The British public has been misled in regard to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Bill, according to many Catholic Ministers of Parliament.  The bill passed this week in the UK allowing admixed embryos, “savior siblings,” and the role of a father during fertility treatment. 

Shipment of condoms beats aid relief into Myanmar

May 22, 2008 - 05:58 pm .- While relief agencies struggled to secure permission to bring food, medicine, and shelter to the 2.4 million cyclone victims in Myanmar, the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) was allowed to deliver a shipment of thousands of condoms to the region.

Archbishop defends right to practice faith in response to secular “ten commandments”

May 22, 2008 - 03:53 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Fernando Sebastian of Pamplona in Spain is defending the right of Catholics to live their faith without restrictions in response to the publication of the secular “ten commandment” by a newspaper supportive of the Socialist party.

Uruguayan bishop rejects offensive billboards used by abortion supporters

May 22, 2008 - 03:25 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Uruguay, Bishop Carlos Collazzi, has strongly rejected a campaign to legalize abortion being led by a feminist organization. The pro-abortions have posted billboards showing a rosary in the shape of a uterus to garner support. 

Apellate court strikes down Virginia partial-birth abortion ban

May 22, 2008 - 02:03 pm .- The U.S. Court of Appeals of the 4th Circuit on Tuesday for a second time declared unconstitutional a Virginia law banning partial-birth abortions, saying the law is more restrictive than a federal ban approved by the U.S. Supreme Court last year.

Cardinal Errazuriz adds his voice to Chile's Plan B debate

May 22, 2008 - 12:47 pm .- In response to the news from President Michelle Bachelet that the government will renew its efforts to distribute the so-called “morning after pill” in Chile, the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, urged the State not to overlook its commitment to “respect for the right to life.”

Schwarzenegger, U.S. representatives express their support for homeschooling

May 22, 2008 - 10:55 am .- Homeschooling parents in California have been worried that the state may prevent them from educating their children following a February Superior Court ruling. The court has agreed to rehear the case, and on Monday, Gov. Schwarzenegger and California’s attorney general filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in favor of homeschooling.

Bishop encourages “holy rebellion” of parents who object to mandatory school course

May 22, 2008 - 10:24 am .- In his most recent pastoral letter Bishop Jose Ignacio Aguirre of Palencia in Spain encouraged parents who are engaged in a “holy rebellion” by conscientiously objecting to the government's mandate that their children attend the school course Education for Citizenship.

Brazilian government promotes homosexuality, abortion at youth conference

May 22, 2008 - 07:51 am .- Attendees at Brazil’s first national “Youth Conference” in the capital city of Brasilia has issued a declaration containing rulings favoring the legalization of abortion and the creation of an educational system free of “homophobia.”

Lebanese leaders agree to end political violence

May 22, 2008 - 04:36 am .- Rival Lebanese leaders on Wednesday reached an agreement to end 18 months of political conflict.

Catholics must bring wisdom about marriage to gay unions debate, California bishop says

May 22, 2008 - 02:08 am .- In a pastoral letter responding to the California Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage, Bishop of Oakland Allen Vingeron said that Catholics must respond to this “profoundly significant” issue by bringing a proper understanding of marriage into public life. ...