Archive of November 12, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 12, 2008

Humanist association launches ad campaign for lonely humanists

Nov 12, 2008 - 11:12 pm .- The American Humanist Association has launched a $40,000 ad campaign to generate interest in their non-religious cause. The campaign will run Washington, D.C. bus advertisements which read “Why believe in a god? Just be good for goodness' sake.”

Another 'champion of abortion' becomes defender of life: the story of Stojan Adasevic

Nov 12, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- The Spanish daily “La Razon” has published an article on the pro-life conversion of a former “champion of abortion.” Stojan Adasevic, who performed 48,000 abortions, sometimes up to 35 per day, is now the most important pro-life leader in Serbia, after 26 years as the most renowned abortion doctor in the country.

Same-sex couples saying ‘I do’ in Connecticut

Nov 12, 2008 - 07:49 pm .- While gays in California are seething over the passage of Proposition 8, same-sex couples in Connecticut are celebrating the state’s Supreme Court ruling that proclaimed that laws banning gay marriage violate Connecticut’s constitution.

U.S. bishops use unusual process to deliver strong pro-life message

Nov 12, 2008 - 06:18 pm .- Countering predictions that they would try to find “common ground” with President-elect Barack Obama and the Democratic Party on the abortion issue, the U.S. Bishops went clearly out of their way to deliver a strong message that the right to life of the unborn is a non-negotiable issue.

Archbishop questions benefit of legalizing drugs in Mexico

Nov 12, 2008 - 05:51 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Chavez Botello of Antequera-Oaxaca questioned the benefits of legalizing the growing and consumption of marijuana, saying it would do nothing to bring peace to Mexican families.

Brazilian government promotes abortion in standardized testing

Nov 12, 2008 - 04:30 pm .- Pro-life leaders in Brazil have denounced the government of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for using standardized testing in schools as "an instrument for imposing ideology" in order to make young people see abortion as "a necessary issue."

U.S. bishops swiftly and forcefully respond to pro-abortion policies from Obama

Nov 12, 2008 - 04:27 pm .- The U.S. Catholic bishops have come out in a united front in a statement on abortion and politics, warning politicians not to misinterpret the election results as “a referendum on abortion,” and that “aggressively pro-abortion policies, legislation and executive orders will permanently alienate tens of millions of Americans.”

Vatican official calls for end to anti-Christian violence in India

Nov 12, 2008 - 01:10 pm .- Speaking to thousands of the faithful gathered in the city of Bharananganam in India, the prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, called for an end to the anti-Christian violence, “as a sign of authentic respect for the religious freedom of all the sons and daughters of India.”

Without the coming of Christ, the world will not be just or renewed, Pope teaches

Nov 12, 2008 - 11:30 am .- In the presence of thousands at St. Peter's Square, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly teachings on St. Paul, speaking about Paul's teaching on the Lord's second coming. The Holy Father stressed that without Christ's presence, there will never be a truly just and renewed world.

Vatican cardinal says Obama embryonic stem cell policy change ‘good for nothing’

Nov 12, 2008 - 07:16 am .- Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan has responded to reports that President-elect Obama will reverse a federal ban on human embryonic stem cell research funding. Saying that the stem cells produced by the destruction of embryos “serve no purpose,” he argued that embryonic stem cell research has not resulted in any significant cures so far and was “good for nothing.”

Cardinal O’Malley laments president-elect’s ‘deplorable’ abortion record

Nov 12, 2008 - 05:58 am .- The Archbishop of Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley has commented on the results of the 2008 election, comparing Sen. Barack Obama’s election to the presidency to a momentous occasion like the fall of the Berlin Wall. However, he lamented the president-elect’s “deplorable record” on pro-life issues.

Honor Roll lists top U.S. Catholic high schools

Nov 12, 2008 - 04:15 am .- The National Catholic High School Honor Roll has announced its fifth selection of the best 50 Catholic secondary schools in the United States. Schools are chosen for the honor based on the criteria of academic excellence, Catholic identity, and civic education.

California parental notification campaign was outspent 11 to 1

Nov 12, 2008 - 02:03 am .- Backers of California’s Proposition 4, which would have required the notification of at least one adult family member for an underage girl considering an abortion, have issued a statement reacting to the proposal’s defeat.

New book offers novena based on Mother Teresa’s writings

Nov 12, 2008 - 12:23 am .- As a follow-up to last year's New York Times bestseller, “Come Be My Light,” Doubleday has released a new book highlighting Mother Teresa’s spiritual life through a nine-day novena based on her inspirational writings.  The prayer offers insights into her exemplary life and her relationship with Christ.