Archive of September 9, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 9, 2008

Why some politicians are against abortion and for embryonic stem cell research

Sep 9, 2008 - 11:05 pm .- In December of 2005 an op-ed piece by sociologist Dalton Conley appeared in the New York Times, stating that “most Americans... see a fetus as an individual under construction.” This widespread vision of the embryo and fetus as “under construction” is the key to understanding why good people may find pro-life arguments to be absurd or otherwise non-rational...

Legalizing homosexual unions is an attack on marriage, asserts Costa Rican archbishop

Sep 9, 2008 - 09:32 pm .- Archbishop Hugo Barrantes Urena of San Jose in Costa Rica has called on the country’s lawmakers to defend the institution of marriage and not go “against correct reason” by approving same-sex marriage.

Sen. Biden criticized for remarks on disabilities and stem cells

Sep 9, 2008 - 04:56 pm .- Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Joseph Biden drew fire on Tuesday for his remarks claiming that Republicans’ pledged support for parents raising children with developmental disabilities or birth defects should drive them to support stem cell research.

Cardinal Cipriani publicly forgives detractors

Sep 9, 2008 - 04:32 pm .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, publicly forgave those who attacked him last week for his homily in which he said human rights are not the property “of a small ideological group.” 

Cardinal Bertone: Paul VI loved humanity and longed for man to encounter Christ

Sep 9, 2008 - 04:05 pm .- During his homily at a Mass for the 30th anniversary of the death of Paul VI, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone recalled that the late pontiff “profoundly loved humanity and made this love concrete by his constant effort to help humanity encounter Christ in light of the truth and the value of life.”

We cannot be silent in face of legalization of crimes, says Cardinal Rivera

Sep 9, 2008 - 12:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, said this week in a clear reference to the country’s Supreme Court ruling upholding the law allowing abortion in the capital that, “even though it’s what many people want, the Church cannot be silent in the face of the crimes that are being legalized.”

Paul VI’s contribution to the Church becoming increasingly evident, Pope says

Sep 9, 2008 - 10:24 am .- In a letter to Bishop Luciano Monari of Brescia marking the 30th anniversary of the death of Paul VI, Pope Benedict XVI said that as time passes, the contribution, heritage and magisterium of the late Pontiff, who guided the Church in an age marked by “challenges and problems,” are becoming increasingly more evident.

Pope asks Nicaraguan bishops to encourage laity and educators to build the Church

Sep 9, 2008 - 06:09 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with bishops from the Episcopal Conference of Nicaragua who had completed their “ad limina” visit at the Vatican.  He encouraged them to face their challenges by training members of the faithful to give witness and to assist in the management of the Church’s temporal affairs.

U.S. bishops’ Pro-life Secretariat announces free pro-life ad designs

Sep 9, 2008 - 04:17 am .- The Pro-life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that it is offering print advertisements on stem cell research and abortion for the free use of dioceses and other pro-life groups.

Obama concedes that ‘above my pay grade’ remarks were ‘probably’ too flippant

Sep 9, 2008 - 02:24 am .- Sen. Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential nominee, has backed away from his remarks that deciding when life begins is “above my pay grade,” conceding in a television interview that the comments were “probably” too flip.

Cardinal Glemp proposes making Mary patroness of European Parliament

Sep 9, 2008 - 12:22 am .- The Archbishop Emeritus of Warsaw, Cardinal Jozef Glemp, said last week he hopes Our Lady of Trybunalski, the patroness of the Polish parliament, will be named patroness of the European Parliament as well.