Archive of June 17, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 17, 2008

Group calls for amendment to U.S. Constitution to protect marriage

Jun 17, 2008 - 10:13 pm .- Reacting to the granting of marriage licenses to homosexual couples in California, the Alliance for Marriage Foundation has reiterated its call for the U.S. Congress to pass its Marriage Protection Amendment, which would change to the U.S. Constitution.

German Lutherans consider election of first openly homosexual bishop

Jun 17, 2008 - 09:38 pm .- The Lutheran Church in Germany could elect its first openly homosexual bishop, prompting claims that the move would alienate many Christians and open new divisions in the Lutheran Church.

Religious marriage is sacred act and not a social event, says Mexican archbishop

Jun 17, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- The Archbishop of Guadalajara, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, has called on the faithful to reflect on the meaning of marriage as a sacrament in which the spouses promise before God to love each other and respect each other until death, as opposed to a social event “to show off one’s friends” or “making a show of one’s wealth.”

Pro-family and church leaders respond to homosexual weddings in California

Jun 17, 2008 - 05:46 pm .- Leaders in the Catholic Church in California and national pro-family organizations have published their reactions to the first homosexual marriages contracted in California beginning on Monday night. ...

Pro-life leader sees moment of opportunity, launches ‘Pledge of Assent’ for clergy

Jun 17, 2008 - 05:00 pm .- Father Thomas J. Euteneuer, STL, president of Human Life International, has invited every Catholic bishop, priest, deacon, and seminarian in the world to sign a “pledge of assent” affirming their adherence to Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae.

Bishops in Argentina issue urgent call for peace amidst farming crisis

Jun 17, 2008 - 04:28 pm .- Several bishops in Argentina have joined together in calling for peace and calm in response to the crisis gripping the agricultural industry in the region.

Polish lawmaker wants to name Eurocup 2012 stadium after John Paul II

Jun 17, 2008 - 03:07 pm .- Polish congressman Artur Gorski has asked the country’s Minister of Sports, Tomas Lipiec, to name the new soccer stadium being built for the Eurocup 2012 tournament in Warsaw after Pope John Paul II.

Vatican recalls life and teachings of Pius XII 50 years after his death

Jun 17, 2008 - 02:42 pm .- The Holy See has announced that it will undertake two initiatives to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Pope Pius XII: a Congress on his Magisterium and a photographic exhibition of his life.

Five hundred priests threaten to leave Anglican church over female bishops

Jun 17, 2008 - 02:16 pm .- The Times of London reported this week that the Anglican Church is facing a new crisis with 500 priests threatening to leave if women are ordained bishops.

Holy Father appoints president for the Pontifical Academy for Life

Jun 17, 2008 - 12:15 pm .- This morning, Pope Benedict appointed Bishop Salvatore Fisichella, current Auxiliary of Rome and the rector of the city's Pontifical Lateran University, as president of the Pontifical Academy for Life. 

Delegates from Vatican conclude visit to Vietnam

Jun 17, 2008 - 10:53 am .- Three Vatican officials recently returned from a visit to Vietnam in which they met with government authorities and spoke to the Catholic community.  The delegates dealt with various topics including the “appointment of bishops, the gradual restoration of formerly-nationalized property to Church use, the application of norms on religious freedom,” and several other issues of importance in the country.

‘Catholic’ mayor celebrates homosexual ‘marriages,’ Catholic bishops express regret

Jun 17, 2008 - 10:42 am .- California went ahead with implementing its Supreme Court’s ruling on homosexual "marriages" on Monday evening. Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, officiated over the ceremony of a lesbian couple to champion what he sees as a victory for the cause of equality.

Pro-life pharmacies opening around the U.S.

Jun 17, 2008 - 06:10 am .- A pro-life pharmacy which will not stock contraceptives will open this August in Chantilly, Virginia, is joining several pharmacies around the country that accommodate workers with objections to distributing contraceptives.

Anglican priests’ same-sex ‘wedding’ adds to global row

Jun 17, 2008 - 03:28 am .- The recent revelation that two Anglican clergymen exchanged last month vows in a version of a marriage ceremony has renewed the controversy over same-sex unions within the Anglican Communion.

Vatican press office director says Pius XII beatification not imminent

Jun 17, 2008 - 03:00 am .- Father Frederico Lombardi, director of the Holy See’s press office, on Tuesday said that the beatification of Pope Pius XII will not take place in the near future.

Pope Benedict to confirm 24 at World Youth Day Mass

Jun 17, 2008 - 02:11 am .- Pope Benedict XVI will confirm 24 young people at the World Youth Day Final Mass near Sydney on Sunday July 20, it has been announced.