Archive of November 18, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 18, 2008

Pro-lifers should ‘prepare for the worst’ in Obama presidency

Nov 18, 2008 - 10:56 pm .- A pro-life leader has called on her allies to be “prepared for the worst” on domestic and international pro-life issues under an Obama presidency.

Liberal pro-lifers allying with socially radical abortion rights groups

Nov 18, 2008 - 06:50 pm .- Certain pro-life pastors, academics, and activists are now working with abortion rights advocates to push for legislation intended to encourage women to continue their pregnancies by providing more health care, child care, and money. One of the pro-abortion rights allies, a Third Way, has strategized on how to marginalize both pro-lifers who favor outlawing abortion and people who oppose homosexual politics.

Argentinean priest receives award for work with the poor in Madagascar

Nov 18, 2008 - 05:54 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, has announced the recipients of the St. Matthew Foundation Awards for outstanding service in solidarity and social justice. One of the recipients this year is the Argentinean Fr. Pedro Opeka, who has worked with the poor in Madagascar since 1989.

Vatican cardinal pleads for life of Italian 'Terri Schiavo'

Nov 18, 2008 - 04:06 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, said this week that Italy’s “Terri Schiavo,” Eluana Englaro, “has been condemned to die of hunger and thirst because she has been living in a vegetative state for many years. Let us hope that at the last minute this decision will be reconsidered and ideology will not completely blind consciences.”

Bolivian government responds to papal call for reconciliation by lashing out

Nov 18, 2008 - 01:08 pm .- The rector of the Salesian University in Bolivia, Father Thelian Corona, has expressed disappointment at the government’s reaction to Pope Benedict XVI’s message to the Bolivian bishops during their ad limina visit, in which he called for national reconciliation.

Pope Benedict XVI appoints Msgr. Knestout as auxiliary bishop of Washington

Nov 18, 2008 - 11:11 am .- The Archdiocese of Washington received good news this morning as Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is appointing Monsignor Barry Knestout to serve as an auxiliary bishop for the 580,000 faithful in the region.

Redefining marriage renders it meaningless, Bishop of Portland says

Nov 18, 2008 - 05:52 am .- Richard Malone, the Bishop of Portland, Maine, has written a letter to Maine Catholics in response to a Portland news conference where leaders in several other Christian faiths professed support for same-sex marriage. The bishop defended marriage, saying opposition to its redefinition derives not only from faith but also from reason and a concern for the good of society.

Ft. Worth becomes the fourth diocese to leave the Episcopal Church

Nov 18, 2008 - 03:12 am .- Nearly eighty percent of the clergy and lay delegates to the 26th diocesan convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Ft. Worth on Saturday voted to leave the Episcopal Church to join the Anglican Province of the Southern Cone, joining other dioceses and individuals who have left that church following intense theological and moral controversies.

Science without ethics 'out of bounds,' says Vatican official

Nov 18, 2008 - 01:17 am .- In an article published by the L’Osservatore Romano, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said science that is for the purpose of experimenting with human life without any ethics “puts itself out of bounds” and lends itself to be suspect of being at the service of those in power rather than of the good of all of humanity.

Group to coordinate 10,000 Masses for the unborn

Nov 18, 2008 - 12:05 am .- The Memphis-based Saint Michael the Archangel Organization has announced that it is coordinating an effort to celebrate 10,000 Masses for unborn babies from January 13 to January 21.