Archive of October 7, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 7, 2008

Cardinal Bertone highlights prophetic nature of Humanae Vitae

Oct 7, 2008 - 10:01 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, stressed the prophetic nature of the encyclical Humanae Vitae, published 40 years ago by Pope Paul VI.  The encyclical, which has also been controversial, explains the Church's teaching on human sexuality and denounces attacks against life.

In early centuries, being a 'gladiator' prohibited a person from becoming Christian, expert says

Oct 7, 2008 - 08:04 pm .- An expert in the history of the Catholic Church, Domingo Ramos-Lissón, explained in an interview that the preparation of the early Christians for baptism could last up to three years, and that many professions prohibited a person from registering as a catechumen.

Franciscan president accepts pro-Obama board member's resignation

Oct 7, 2008 - 04:33 pm .- Franciscan University of Steubenville has announced that on Monday, Fr. Terence Henry, TOR, accepted the resignation of one of the school’s board of trustee members, Dr. Nicholas Cafardi, who recently made public his support of Sen. Barack Obama for president.

Planned Parenthood not reporting alleged statutory rapes, investigation shows

Oct 7, 2008 - 04:00 pm .- A pro-life student group has charged that Planned Parenthood employees in North Carolina did not report two incidents of alleged statutory rape.  The clinic workers, whose interactions with undercover students were recorded and posted to YouTube, may have violated state law mandating the reporting of statutory rape.

Parents demand dismissal of secretary of education for violating privacy laws in Spain

Oct 7, 2008 - 03:37 pm .- Parents in the province of Cadiz, Spain are demanding the removal of Teresa Jimenez Vilchez, minister of education in Andalusia, for having violated the privacy of children by publishing their names in the region's official newspaper.

Electing Obama goes against life, family and the U.S., says human rights expert

Oct 7, 2008 - 02:17 pm .- Armando Valladares, a leader in the human rights arena, has said that electing Barack Obama as the next U.S. President, would go against "the values, principles and ideals that have shaped this great nation," because the Democrat candidate strongly supports abortion, promotes the adoption of children by gay couples and advocates to terrorists.

Panama could pass a sex education law that violates parent rights

Oct 7, 2008 - 01:21 pm .- The Church in Panama and several pro-family movements claim that pressure continues to remain in the country to pass a law of "sexual and reproductive health." The bill, endorsed by the government, reportedly violates the right of parents to educate their children according to their moral convictions.

Bishops discuss challenges of evangelization in Africa, Asia, and Oceania

Oct 7, 2008 - 11:12 am .- Bishops from Africa, Asia, and Oceania spoke at the Second General Congregation of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Tuesday, discussing the challenges facing the evangelization of their regions and considering how the Word of God may be translated into their local cultures.

Open letter asks King of Spain not to sign decree allowing aborted babies to be ground up

Oct 7, 2008 - 06:35 am .- Father Joan Manuel Serra, a priest of the Diocese of Sant Feliu de Llobregat, has asked King Juan Carlos of Spain not to sign a royal decree that would modify mortuary policies and would make it legal to use “baby crushing machines” that would be used on the remains of babies aborted up to the seventh month of pregnancy in abortion clinics.

Church in Bolivia encourages further dialogue to overcome crisis

Oct 7, 2008 - 03:14 am .- The Church in Bolivia has encouraged further national dialogue to achieve a peaceful solution to the crisis that is affecting the country, in  response to the news that opposition leaders are pulling out of negotiations in protest over the detention of one of their leaders, Jose Vaca.

Supreme Court exempts Church from registering apostates in baptismal records

Oct 7, 2008 - 12:31 am .- The Supreme Court has sided with the Archdiocese of Valencia regarding the protection of church archives and exempted all of the Spanish bishops from having to acknowledge those who have renounced their baptism.