Archive of December 8, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 8, 2008

Scottish cardinal leaves helm of agency after gay adoptions imposed

Dec 8, 2008 - 10:17 pm .- Following the implementation of a U.K. law requiring adoption agencies to serve homosexual couples, Cardinal Keith O’Brien has resigned as head of the St. Andrew’s Children’s Society.

New book by Peruvian founder released at Pontifical Catholic University of Chile

Dec 8, 2008 - 09:50 pm .- The new book “Formacion y Mision” (Formation and Mission) by Luis Fernando Figari, superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae and founder of the Christian Life Movement, was released this week in Santiago, Chile.

Bolivian lawmaker announces plan to tax Masses

Dec 8, 2008 - 08:18 pm .- The Bolivian media is reporting that after the vote on the country’s new Constitution on January 25, the government of Evo Morales will consider a plan to tax the Church for the Masses that are offered at the request of the faithful.

Cardinal Maida speaks up for struggling automotive industry

Dec 8, 2008 - 05:53 pm .- Cardinal Adam Maida, the Archbishop of Detroit, on December 4 privately met with various religious leaders he had invited to Sacred Heart Major Seminary to discuss their deep concern for those affected by economic decline and the ramifications the difficulties of the auto industry could have for the region.

Catholics on trial in Vietnam receive suspended jail time

Dec 8, 2008 - 04:05 pm .- This morning in Vietnam eight Catholics charged with destroying property and disturbing the public order were found guilty but received suspended prison sentences. The news was greeted by cheers and flowers for the defendants from the hundreds of supporters gathered outside the courthouse.

Terminally ill patients in Montana have ‘right’ to physician-assisted suicide

Dec 8, 2008 - 03:15 pm .- Last Friday Montana became the third state to legalize doctor-assisted suicide when a judge ruled that physicians could prescribe life-ending medication to terminally ill patients without the threat of criminal prosecution.

Panamanian congress shelves controversial law against life and the family

Dec 8, 2008 - 01:37 pm .- Panama’s House of Representatives has decided to suspend discussion on a controversial law on sexual and reproductive education which was under fire for being anti-life and anti-family.

Pope: Mary reflects the beauty that saves the world

Dec 8, 2008 - 11:47 am .- In celebration of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Benedict XVI presided over the angelus prayer today at noon. The Pontiff said that this feast is a chance to "contemplate the reflection of the Beauty who saves the world: the beauty of God that shines on the face of Christ."

Renowned handicapped writer and defender of life dies in Spain

Dec 8, 2008 - 10:26 am .- Spanish author Olga Bejano died on December 5 in Spain after a 20 year-long battle with a neuro-muscular disease that left her mute, blind and practically immobile. Using one of her knees she was able to communicate with the world, including authoring several books and working for the defense of life until its natural end.