Archive of July 1, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 1, 2008

Home of Archbishop Nienstedt robbed in well-planned heist

Jul 1, 2008 - 11:29 pm .- Rings with gems and crosses made of precious metal were stolen from the home of Archbishop John Nienstedt, the head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, in a well-planned heist executed early on Saturday.

Michelle Obama praises husband’s support for homosexual causes

Jul 1, 2008 - 09:00 pm .- Michelle Obama, wife of Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, on Thursday told the Democratic National Committee’s Gay and Lesbian Caucus that her husband wants to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and reverse the rule on homosexuals in the military.

Bishop of Richmond knew charity staff planned to help minor get abortion

Jul 1, 2008 - 08:38 pm .- Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo of the Diocese of Richmond was told that a diocesan charity planned to help a 16-year-old ward of the federal government obtain an abortion in January and was told he could not prevent the action.

The real Church of Christ has no party affiliation, says Venezuelan cardinal

Jul 1, 2008 - 07:13 pm .- The Archbishop of Caracas, Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino, rejected the participation of any priest or layperson in the so-called “Reformed Catholic Church” and said the “authentic Church of Jesus Christ has as its purpose proclaiming the gifts of Christ to the entire world, regardless of political matters and of the political affiliation of the faithful.”

French archbishop criticizes ‘rent-a-womb’ practice

Jul 1, 2008 - 04:04 pm .- In a press release issued on Monday about the practice of “rent-a-womb,” the president of the French Bishops’ Council for Family and Social Matters, Archbishop Jean-Charles Descubes said, “The starting of a family by a couple does not depend exclusively on the birth of a child.”

Church in Colombia calls for common sense and good judgment in political corruption case

Jul 1, 2008 - 02:13 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Archbishop Luis Augusto Castro Quiroga, said this week that amidst the climate of political tension that the country is experiencing, he hopes there will be a “solution of growth and not of crisis.”

Archdiocese of Denver settles majority of sex abuse claims for $5.5 million

Jul 1, 2008 - 12:53 pm .- Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced today that the archdiocese has settled nearly all of the claims of sexual abuse by priests through a mediation program, resulting in payments of $5.5 million for 18 separate claims.

Pope chooses ‘Combating poverty. Building peace’ as theme for World Day of Peace

Jul 1, 2008 - 10:21 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office revealed today that Pope Benedict has chosen the theme, "Combating poverty. Building peace" for the celebration of the 42nd World Day of Peace. The observance of the day will be held on January 1, 2009.

Benedict will pray for increase in service and World Youth Day in July

Jul 1, 2008 - 09:19 am .- The Holy See’s Press Office made known on Friday the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict for the month of July . During the coming month the Holy Father will be praying for an increase in volunteerism and for World Youth Day.

‘Culture wars’ far from over, Bishop Wenski says

Jul 1, 2008 - 06:27 am .- In a Sunday newspaper commentary Thomas Wenski, the Bishop of Orlando, Florida decried the California Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a ban on same sex marriage, saying the act of “raw judicial activism” reminds us that “society’s culture wars are far from over.”

Order of Canada to be awarded to abortionist

Jul 1, 2008 - 04:45 am .- The Order of Canada Advisory Council has voted to award the Order of Canada to abortionist and militant atheist Dr. Henry Morgentaler. Some Members of Parliament and others are reportedly moving to attempt to stop the bestowal of the award, calling the decision inappropriate and unpopular.

Ad asks Obama: ‘If fatherhood begins at conception, when does life begin?’

Jul 1, 2008 - 02:18 am .- A new advertisement from the Family Research Council’s lobbying arm, FRC Action, cites Sen. Barack Obama’s endorsement of fathers who “recognize that responsibility doesn’t just end at conception” to press the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee to defend his stand on abortion.