Archive of November 19, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of November 19, 2008

Dominican bishops warn of risks of law on religious associations

Nov 19, 2008 - 11:50 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of the Dominican Republic warned this week that the passage of a law on religious associations would generate serious problems, including the celebration of marriages by unqualified ministers and the creation of “make-your-own churches.”

New federal conscience protection regulations necessary, Doerflinger argues

Nov 19, 2008 - 09:21 pm .- Proposed federal rules prohibiting recipients of federal money from discriminating against pro-life medical professionals and other conscientious objectors continue to attract opposition. However, an official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops argues that the rules are necessary to enforce existing rights and to prevent conscience-burdening practices from dominating medicine.

Academics deplore scorn for human life in Spain

Nov 19, 2008 - 08:05 pm .- Dozens of prestigious doctors, lawyers, politicians, historians and other experts in Spain have signed a manifesto in defense of human life from conception to natural death and rejected the “very grave process of depreciation” of this right in the country.

Presidential veto of abortion law in Uruguay a lesson for Latin America

Nov 19, 2008 - 07:14 pm .- The third Vice President of the Peruvian Congress, Fabiola Morales, congratulated Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez this week for his veto of a law legalizing abortion in Uruguay and described it as a true pro-life lesson for the politicians of Latin America.

Obama picks abortion supporter Daschle to head HHS

Nov 19, 2008 - 06:30 pm .- Tom Daschle has accepted the position of Secretary of Health and Human Services from president-elect Barack Obama.  Daschle's record of supporting anti-life initiatives is extensive enough that his bishop previously asked him to stop calling himself a Catholic.

Bishop Sgreccia: embryo selection and euthanasia are 'legitimization of an abuse'

Nov 19, 2008 - 04:49 pm .- The president emeritus of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Bishop Elio Sgreccia, criticized the practice of embryo selection this week and called it a “legitimization of an abuse,” similar to euthanasia, and said the Church would continue to use “all peaceful means” to “educate society” to keep politicians from assuming the right to decide on matters of life and death.

Missionary mutilated in the Congo not afraid and willing to return

Nov 19, 2008 - 01:07 pm .- Sister Presentacion Lopez Vivar, a Spanish missionary who was wounded on October 28 during an armed confrontation in Rutshuro, Congo, said this week she is “not afraid” and is “willing to return to the African country to serve the needs of its people.”

CNA unveils resource to help Catholics understand the Scriptures

Nov 19, 2008 - 12:11 pm .- To kick off the new Liturgical Year beginning on November 30, Catholic News Agency is pleased to announce the addition of a new column, “Road to Emmaus.”  The column, written by Brian Pizzalato, will assist in helping readers come to a deeper understanding of the Sunday readings. 

Pope Benedict explains St. Paul’s teaching on justification to thousands

Nov 19, 2008 - 11:10 am .- On Wednesday morning, Pope Benedict XVI continued his weekly teachings on St. Paul while speaking to the thousands of pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square.  The Pontiff further explained the apostle's teaching that believers are justified by faith in Christ and by the acts that flow out of love for him.  

Catholics’ open letter asks Obama to reconsider FOCA support

Nov 19, 2008 - 06:25 am .- A group of Catholics has addressed an open letter to President-elect Barack Obama, professing an eagerness to cooperate with his administration while pleading that he reconsider his support for the Freedom of Choice Act (FOCA).

Al Qaeda-linked group orders Iraqi Christians to leave country or have throats slit

Nov 19, 2008 - 04:07 am .- A Christian bishop in Iraq has received a threatening letter from an Islamic extremist group belonging to Al Qaeda which orders Christians to leave the country “immediately and permanently.”

TAN Books acquired by St. Benedict Press

Nov 19, 2008 - 02:13 am .- Following recent financial problems and bankruptcy, TAN Books, a leading publisher of traditional Catholic books, has been acquired by the North Carolina-based Saint Benedict Press.