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

Church urges values be included in sexual education program

Oct 9, 2008 - 09:02 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador has called on the presidents of Latin America to include the issue of human values when they hold a discussion on a project about the rights of young people in late October.

Spanish Association warns against use of term 'death with dignity' in proposed law

Oct 9, 2008 - 06:58 pm .- The National Association for the Defense of the Right to Conscientious Objection said this week the proposed “Death with Dignity Law” in the Spanish region of Andalusia raises questions “that were already resolved in previous laws and norms” and instead “creates a suspicious environment against health care professionals.”

Vatican highlights Pope Pius XII’s work to save Jews on anniversary of his death

Oct 9, 2008 - 02:12 pm .- Today marks the 50th anniversary of Pope Pius XII’s passing, an anniversary that raises the hackles of some, but has seen the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, give a fervent defense of the late Pope in L’Osservatore Romano.  

Proposition 8 gaining traction with young California voters

Oct 9, 2008 - 01:51 pm .- A recent poll shows that over the past eleven days, support for Proposition 8 is continuing to grow among young voters in California.  Proposition 8, a California initiative that would reinstate the definition of marriage as between a man and a woman, has gained support after San Francisco Mayor, Gavin Newsom  appeared in a TV ad proclaiming that same-sex marriage is here to stay "whether you like it or not."

Colorado bishops correct governor’s ‘bad theology’ on Catholic teaching about human dignity

Oct 9, 2008 - 01:01 pm .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput and Denver’s Auxiliary Bishop James D. Conley have issued a statement insisting that Catholic teaching holds that human life is sacred from the moment of fertilization, calling claims insisting otherwise, reportedly made by the governor of Colorado, “bad theology and bad public policy.”

Catholics should become ‘lovers of the Word,' bishops’ synod says

Oct 9, 2008 - 12:10 pm .- On Thursday morning the Synod Fathers of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops gathered together at the Vatican for their Sixth General Congregation. Focusing upon biblical formation of seminarians and improved exegesis of the Scriptures, speakers recommended learning the Bible “by heart” and urged that bishops never discourage lay people from becoming “lovers of the Word.”

Pope Benedict commemorates fiftieth anniversary of Pius XII’s death

Oct 9, 2008 - 11:06 am .- Pope Benedict XVI commemorated the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Servant of God Pope Pius XII on Thursday in a Mass concelebrated with several cardinals. He described his predecessor as one who, during a time of totalitarian ideologies, proposed the ideal of sanctity to "everybody."

Phoenix bishop introduces booklet titled 'Catholics in the Public Square'

Oct 9, 2008 - 06:14 am .- Last week Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted, introduced a revised second edition of his nationally distributed booklet titled, "Catholics in the Public Square."  In this edition, the prelate explains how Catholic should seek to influence the nation and the political process, in light of their faith.

California restores ‘bride’ and ‘groom’ to marriage licenses

Oct 9, 2008 - 04:16 am .- The California Department of Public Health, which provides marriage-license forms to counties across the state, will again allow couples who contract a marriage to again identify themselves as “bride” and “groom” on their marriage licenses starting in November.

Australian doctors oppose anti-conscience abortion bill

Oct 9, 2008 - 02:33 am .- The Archbishop of Melbourne opened a crisis pregnancy center on Wednesday, saying the womb had become an endangered area. His action came as a group defending the conscience rights of doctors criticized an Abortion Law Reform Bill pending in the parliament of the Australian state of Victoria which could force medical professionals to take part in abortions.

Thousands of inquirers visit vocations advice web site

Oct 9, 2008 - 01:07 am .- Vision Vocation Guide and the web site have reported that over the past year more than 6,900 people interested in Catholic religious vocations completed online profiles and requested information from religious communities through the web site.