Archive of October 20, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 20, 2008

Expert Vatican psychiatrist: 'Celibacy is a provocation' to a superficial world

Oct 20, 2008 - 11:39 pm .- Manfred Lutz, a psychiatrist with the Congregation for the Clergy, has responded in an extensive article to those who consider celibacy not to be "natural" and explained that the discipline is not only necessary for priests and religious to fully live out their vocations, but that it is also a "provocation" to a superficial world that does not believe in life after death. 

Catholic League claims Catholic political groups are financed by George Soros

Oct 20, 2008 - 10:19 pm .- The Catholic League’s president Bill Donohue has come out swinging at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United for having ties to the left-wing financier George Soros.

President of Costa Rican bishops calls on Catholic lawmakers to reject anti-life measures

Oct 20, 2008 - 08:22 pm .- The president of the Bishops' Conference of Costa Rica, Archbishop Hugo Barrantes of San Jose, exhorted Catholic lawmakers to reject measures currently under consideration in the National Assembly that attack the family and human life.

Venezuelan bishops express concern for situation in their country

Oct 20, 2008 - 06:19 pm .- The Bishops' Conference of Venezuela has expressed concern over the "growing" insecurity, scorn for life, and violence that exists in the country, and has demanded that the government guarantee fundamental rights and transparent regional elections in November.

Pro-lifers pick up where MLK left off, says African American pastor

Oct 20, 2008 - 04:55 pm .- Rev. Clenard Childress, Jr., the founder of and a leader in the pro-life movement, recently praised pro-lifers as the successors to the civil rights movement led by Martin Luther King Jr.  During his keynote address at a pro-life event in northern Indiana, the black pastor also took a swipe at Barack Obama for his stance on abortion.

Pro-life group denounces priests that support pro-abortion candidate in Brazil

Oct 20, 2008 - 02:37 pm .- The Defense of Life Movement in Brazil has denounced group of priests who have met with leaders of the Worker's Party to support the candidacy of Marta Suplicy, a known abortion rights and gay marriage supporter who is running for mayor of Sao Paolo.

When there is no cure, relieve suffering by honoring dignity, says Holy Father

Oct 20, 2008 - 11:15 am .- At the national congress of the Italian Surgical Society on Monday, the Holy Father reminded participants that the dignity of all patients must always be upheld so they will never feel abandoned.

Catholics raise money for poor with St. Vincent de Paul walk

Oct 20, 2008 - 10:27 am .- Walkers who hit the track last month in Wichita and Hutchinson raised money, but more importantly, they raised awareness about the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

Fr. Lombardi calls for groups to stop meddling in canonization process of Pius XII

Oct 20, 2008 - 10:01 am .- The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Father Federico Lombardi S.J., confirmed on Sunday that Pope Benedict XVI is considering signing the decree of heroic virtues for Pope Pius XII, and asked that no one try to exert pressure "one way or the other."