Archive of December 2, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 2, 2008

Cardinal Martini’s book gives scandal to the faithful, archbishop says

Dec 2, 2008 - 11:39 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of the La Plata in Argentina said on Monday that the new book by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, “Nocturnal Conversations in Jerusalem,” “casts doubt on truths and practices” continuously taught by the Church.

University officer fired for criticizing homosexual politics files lawsuit

Dec 2, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- A university administrator fired from the University of Toledo for her published remarks criticizing homosexuality and expressing her Christian views has filed a lawsuit against the school. The suit alleges the violations of her constitutional rights to free speech and equal protection of the law.

Founder of Italian Communist Party converted before death

Dec 2, 2008 - 08:11 pm .- During the presentation of the first international catalogue of stamps, Archbishop Luigi De Magistris, prefect emeritus of the Apostolic Penitentiary, revealed this week that the founder of the Italian Communist Party, Antonio Gramsci, returned to the Catholic faith of his childhood and received the sacraments before dying in April of 1937.

Holy See not in favor of death penalty for gays, Vatican spokesman clarifies

Dec 2, 2008 - 06:40 pm .- A proposed EU declaration which would condemn “discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity” has been criticized by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, who heads the Holy See’s permanent observer mission to the United Nations. Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi agreed, saying it could lead to discrimination against Christians.

Cuba now has second blessed, a ‘champion of charity’

Dec 2, 2008 - 04:43 pm .- Thousands of Cubans came together on Saturday for the beatification of Father Jose Olallo Valdes, called the Father of the Poor and Champion of Charity, and who is now the second Cuban to be declared Blessed.

Bishop Jaime Soto becomes new head of Diocese of Sacramento

Dec 2, 2008 - 12:23 pm .- This past Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of Bishop William Weigand as the head of the Diocese of Sacramento. Bishop Weigand, who is resigning due to health issues, will be succeeded by Bishop Jaime Soto.

Man has the need for God, even if he does not realize it, says Holy Father

Dec 2, 2008 - 11:51 am .- To mark the 100th anniversary of several Italian pontifical seminaries, the Holy Father met with the student representatives at the Vatican on Saturday.  Speaking to the seminarians from the regions of Marche, Puglie, Abruzzo and Moliese, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that mankind in the third millennium has the need for God.

Holy See calls for international collaboration on financial crisis

Dec 2, 2008 - 11:15 am .- At a time when “uncertainty and anxiety seem to prevail” in the financial world, the Holy See is challenging the international community to turn to a just and equitable sharing in the world’s resources and opportunities. 

Thousands of Catholics protest government violations of justice

Dec 2, 2008 - 06:33 am .- In one of the largest protests to be held in Vietnam in decades, more than 5,000 people gathered in a candlelight vigil on Sunday evening at Saigon Redemptorist Monastery to demonstrate support for eight Catholics who will be put on trial under false pretenses.

Planned Parenthood offers ‘lethal’ gift certificates for the holiday season

Dec 2, 2008 - 04:23 am .- The Indiana affiliate of Planned Parenthood is offering gift certificates for birth control and other services, including abortion. While an announcement of the program encourages customers to purchase the certificates to “give the gift of health this holiday season,” one critic characterized the effort as “lethal.”

Florida Governor’s wedding targeted by homosexual activists

Dec 2, 2008 - 02:00 am .- Following the recent electoral victory of a marriage amendment proposed for the Florida constitution, homosexual activists plan to demonstrate outside the church wedding and reception of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist next Friday.