Archive of October 16, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 16, 2008

Catholic college president asked to clarify support for church teaching on abortion

Oct 16, 2008 - 11:04 pm .- The Cardinal Newman Society has issued a statement criticizing Pamela Trotman Reid, president of St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Conn., for appearing to dissent from Catholic teaching in comments praising Sen. Barack Obama and warning the next president’s Supreme Court nominees “could affect the right of women to make choices about their own health.”

Archbishop O’Brien orders alleged Marian seer to stop spreading messages

Oct 16, 2008 - 10:59 pm .- Edwin F. O’Brien, Archbishop of Baltimore, has ordered a woman who claims to receive visions of the Virgin Mary to stop disseminating alleged Marian messages within his archdiocese.

Church in Spain refuses archives access to those who want to relive Civil War

Oct 16, 2008 - 07:19 pm .- The Church in Asturias in Spain has announced that out respect for the privacy of Catholic families, it will not open the parish archives to the indiscriminate research requested by Judge Baltasar Garzon, who wants to produce a list of those killed during the Spanish Civil War and the post-war years.

Pope Benedict says world can feed everyone

Oct 16, 2008 - 06:41 pm .- Marking the annual World Food Day event held every October 16, Pope Benedict XVI has written a message to Jacques Diouf, the director general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Pope called for openness, sustainability, and fair division in the distribution of world food resources as he stressed that hunger relief efforts are inspired by the recognition of the significance of the human person.

Church in Ecuador needs ‘mature and committed’ lay people, Pope Benedict tells bishops

Oct 16, 2008 - 02:32 pm .- On Thursday Pope Benedict XVI received prelates from the Ecuadorian Episcopal Conference following the completion of their “ad limina” visit. He emphasized that the Church in Ecuador needs “mature and committed” lay people who can illuminate all reality with the light of Christ.

JPII injured in 1982 by knife-wielding priest, new documentary discloses

Oct 16, 2008 - 02:06 pm .- The former secretary of the late Pope John Paul II has revealed new details about the life of the Servant of God.  Information regarding an attack in 1982 and his last public appearance is being shown in a documentary on the Pontiff’s life titled, “Testimony.”

Cardinal Ouellet presents summary of Synod

Oct 16, 2008 - 12:33 pm .- The Seventeenth General Congregation of the Twelfth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops was held on Thursday in the presence of Pope Benedict XVI and 236 Synod Fathers. Attendees at the congregation heard a summary report of the Synod’s discussions and received further suggestions concerning guidelines for language groups and the preparation of the pastoral proposals to put before the Holy Father.

Brazilian bishop: Catholics turn to religious sects because they don’t see God in the Church

Oct 16, 2008 - 11:58 am .- Archbishop Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo of Belo Horizonte in Brazil said this Monday during the Synod of Bishops that religious sects continue to pose a challenge, saying that if Catholics abandon the Church to join a sect it is “because they do not encounter God in her.”

Revelation ‘purifies and exalts’ reason, Pope says

Oct 16, 2008 - 10:35 am .- Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday declared Pope John Paul II’s encyclical Fides et Ratio to be of “constant relevance” during an address to participants in a conference marking the tenth anniversary of the encyclical’s promulgation. The encyclical, Pope Benedict said, is characterized by its “great openness to reason” at a time when some speculate about reason’s weakness.

Pro-life Catholics who support Obama face criticism

Oct 16, 2008 - 05:49 am .- Catholic political commentator George Weigel has criticized pro-life Catholics who support the pro-abortion rights Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama. Writing for Newsweek magazine, he criticizes pro-life Obama supporters such as law professor Doug Kmiec and suggests their emergence may portend a “hardening of the battle lines” within the Catholic Church ...

Abortion must be addressed ‘for the survival of African American people,’Catholic bishop asserts

Oct 16, 2008 - 02:33 am .- Responding to information from the Guttmacher Institute reporting that black woman have abortions at five times the rate of white women, Bishop Martin D. Holley, Auxiliary Bishop of Washington called on African Americans to rededicate themselves to family, prayer and the dignity of the human person.