Archive of October 17, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 17, 2008

Controversy follows Texas bishops’ statement against pro-abortion rights candidates

Oct 17, 2008 - 11:33 pm .- The Bishop of Dallas Kevin Farrell and the Bishop of Fort Worth Kevin Vann have issued a joint document concerning Catholics’ political responsibilities, receiving significant reaction for insisting that there are no “truly grave” or “proportionate” moral reasons to vote for a pro-abortion rights candidate that can outweigh the intrinsic evil of the millions killed by legal abortion each year.

McCain and Obama trade jokes, compliments at Archdiocese of NY dinner

Oct 17, 2008 - 10:05 pm .- Last night, Senators John McCain and Barack Obama attended the 63rd Annual Alfred E. Smith dinner hosted by the Archdiocese of New York.  The event, known to show the human side and personalities of the candidates commemorates the death of Alfred E. Smith, the first Catholic to be nominated by a major political party to run for the presidency.

Election of John Paul II marked historic milestone, says director of the L’Osservatore Romano

Oct 17, 2008 - 07:46 pm .- The director of the L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, published an editorial this week dedicated  to the 30th anniversary of the election of Pope John Paul II, recalling that his election marked an historic milestone since he was the first Slavic successor of St. Peter.

Ab. Chaput calls Obama ‘most committed’ abortion rights candidate since 1973

Oct 17, 2008 - 07:14 pm .- In Denver this evening, Archbishop Charles Chaput spoke to a group dedicated to promoting the “genius of women” and what they contribute to society. During his talk, Chaput sharply disagreed with Doug Kmiec’s promotion of Sen. Obama, calling him the “most committed ‘abortion-rights’ presidential candidate … since the Roe v. Wade abortion decision in 1973.”  

Paya urges Spaniards not to be indifferent to situation in Cuba

Oct 17, 2008 - 05:41 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement, Oswaldo Paya, called on Spaniards this week not to be indifferent to the violations of human rights committed by the Cuban government, because “being on the right, in the center or on the left” is not a license “to support a system without rights like that of Cuba.”

Survey shows self-described ‘pro-choicers’ favor significant abortion restrictions

Oct 17, 2008 - 01:50 pm .- A new poll sponsored by the Knights of Columbus shows only limited support for permissive abortion laws among all Americans and among Catholics specifically. Even those who label themselves as pro-choice often favor more restrictions on abortion than are currently allowed under Roe v. Wade, the poll finds.

Duluth bishop appointed coadjutor archbishop of Cincinnati

Oct 17, 2008 - 11:18 am .- This morning the Holy Father appointed Bishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Duluth, Minnesota as coadjutor Archbishop of Cincinnati, Ohio.  The prelate will serve alongside current archbishop, Daniel Pilarczyk, and then take over his position when he retires next year.

Pope praises new film for showing JPII’s ‘valor’ and ‘evangelical passion’

Oct 17, 2008 - 10:09 am .- The Vatican’s Paul VI Hall hosted a screening of a new documentary on the life of Pope John Paul II on Thursday afternoon. Following the film, Pope Benedict XVI praised the affectionate tribute for its ability to convey the “valor and evangelical passion” of the late Pope.

Bishops and Knights of Columbus launch project to prevent redefinition of marriage

Oct 17, 2008 - 06:01 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has joined with the Knights of Columbus in developing a national plan of action to defend marriage against consequential legislative and judicial efforts to redefine marriage.

Cardinal Canizares: without catechesis there would be no evangelization

Oct 17, 2008 - 03:06 am .- Cardinal Antonio Canizares of Toledo in Spain said during the synod of bishops this week that without serious and solid catechesis, the Church’s mission of evangelization is not possible.

Doctors establish Denver affiliate of Catholic Medical Association

Oct 17, 2008 - 02:47 am .- On Saturday afternoon during the Archdiocese of Denver’s first annual White Mass for physicians and other health care providers, Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput will formally announce the establishment of the Denver guild of the national Catholic Medical Association.