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

Catholic commentators missed their chance to dissuade bishops on abortion stance

Nov 17, 2008 - 11:03 pm .- As the U.S. bishops prepare to strongly oppose the expected pro-abortion policies of an Obama administration, two Catholic Democratic commentators have published an editorial calling on the bishops to focus on other issues besides abortion. That call, however, appears to be too little, too late.

Socialist Party has no authority to rule on conscientious objection, family group says

Nov 17, 2008 - 10:04 pm .- The Forum on the Family of Valencia said last week the ruling Socialist Party has no authority to rule on the legality of conscientious objection to the course Education for Citizenship, because it is a fundamental right in the Constitution and “according to the Constitutional Court, it does not have to be expressly regulated by law.”

Pope Benedict reflects on health care for God’s ‘objects of special love’

Nov 17, 2008 - 08:28 pm .- While meeting with participants from the 23rd International Conference of the Pontifical Council for Health Pastoral Care, the Holy Father underscored that sick children, including the unborn, must be treated with dignity for their authentic good.  The conference, held at the Vatican November 13 – 15, met to discuss the theme “Pastoral Care in the Treatment of Sick Children.”

Fear of suffering the 'motor' of promoters of euthanasia, writer explains

Nov 17, 2008 - 07:47 pm .- In a recent article published by the L’Osservatore Romano entitled, “For an examination of conscience,” reporter Lucetta Scaraffia explained that fear of suffering in today’s world is the “motor” that drives the promoters of euthanasia. In response, Catholics should lay out principles that reasonably address the questioning that emerges from such fears, she said.

The laity must bring the faith to youth, especially those entering politics

Nov 17, 2008 - 06:27 pm .- The pontifical council charged with helping care for the laity met with Pope Benedict on Saturday and received the challenge to continue their efforts to reach the youth and promote the equal dignity of women.

Pro-lifers in Spain praise politically consistent policy of Uruguayan president

Nov 17, 2008 - 05:34 pm .- “President Tabare Vazquez of Uruguay, in vetoing almost in its entirety the law intended to legalize abortion, has become an example of honesty and consistency amidst pressure from abortion supporters, who support the death of the most defenseless,” said the president of the Pro-Life Federation of Spain, Alicia Latorre.

Bishops of Congo appeal for help from international community to achieve peace

Nov 17, 2008 - 03:31 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Congo issued a dramatic and urgent message calling for an end to the violence in the country and urging the international community to intervene to stop the “silent genocide” that is afflicting the nation, especially in the northern region of Kivu.

Cardinal Stafford criticizes Obama as ‘aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic’

Nov 17, 2008 - 02:27 pm .- Cardinal James Francis Stafford, head of the Apostolic Penitentiary of the Holy See, delivered a lecture on Thursday saying that the future under President-elect Obama will echo Jesus’ agony in Gethsemane. Criticizing Obama as “aggressive, disruptive and apocalyptic,” he went on to speak about a decline in respect for human life and the need for Catholics to return to the values of marriage and human dignity.

Benedict XVI appoints delegates to visit gatherings in Mexico and Germany

Nov 17, 2008 - 01:38 pm .- On Saturday, the Holy Father appointed Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone as pontifical legate to the World Meeting of Families in Mexico City and Cardinal Franc Rode as his special envoy for the closing celebrations of the Jubilee year of the Cistercian Abbey in Waldsassen, Germany.

Local priests support S.C. pastor in trouble over misreported communion ban

Nov 17, 2008 - 01:18 pm .- Fr. Jay Scott Newman, a South Carolina priest whose parish bulletin letter gained national attention due to an inaccurate Associated Press headline “S.C. Priest: No communion for Obama supporters,” is receiving support from priests in his diocese.  The show of priestly support comes after Fr. Newman was criticized by the diocesan administrator for pulling the Church’s teaching into the “partisan political arena.”  

Pope encourages solidarity and the building of a united society in Lebanon

Nov 17, 2008 - 11:28 am .- Upon receiving the Letters of Credence from the new Ambassador of Lebanon Georges Chakib El Khoury, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his hope that the people of the country “may courageously continue their efforts” to increase solidarity and to build a united society.