Archive of December 11, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 11, 2008

Bishop Wenski says pro-life laws a ‘moral imperative’

Dec 11, 2008 - 11:14 pm .- Bishop Thomas Wenski of the Diocese of Orlando, Florida has written an essay reaffirming that Catholic support for legal protections for the unborn child is a “moral imperative.” His essay also warns that the proposed federal act FOCA could endanger even minor abortion restrictions.

Human rights stem from natural law written on heart of man, says Cardinal Bertone

Dec 11, 2008 - 09:07 pm .- Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Vatican Secretary of State, said this week human rights “cannot be considered as containers that according to particular historical, cultural and political moments, are filled with different meanings and elements.”  Their common roots, he said, are found in natural law which, as Pope Benedict XVI said in his speech at the U.N., “is written on the heart of man.”

University of Mary elects young high school religion teacher as president

Dec 11, 2008 - 06:30 pm .- The University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota, has elected as its new president a priest who is a high school religion teacher and chaplain. It is believed the 33-year-old Father James Patrick Shea will become the youngest university president in the United States.

Bolivian bishops reject attacks on Pope and Cardinal Terrazas by government

Dec 11, 2008 - 05:17 pm .- The bishops of Bolivia have rejected the “irreverent statements” made by representatives of the Evo Morales government against Pope Benedict XVI, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval and other Bolivian bishops.

Vatican authority comments on euthanasia law in Luxembourg

Dec 11, 2008 - 03:01 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, said this week, “Life is not something negotiable,” and no politician or political party can attack its inviolability and sacredness.

U.N. receives 5.4 million signatures in favor of the unborn and the family

Dec 11, 2008 - 02:26 pm .- Wednesday, December 10 marked the 60th anniversary of the U.N.’s Declaration on Human Rights.  To make evident the number of people around the world who support interpreting the declaration as protecting the lives of the unborn and the family, a coalition of European groups presented 5.4 million signatures at the U.N.

Cardinal Canizares says answering the Church’s call to serve brings joy

Dec 11, 2008 - 02:05 pm .- In an emotional message to the faithful of Toledo, Spain, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, expressed his thanks for the support and affection he has received as Archbishop and he reminded them, “When we serve Mother Church and carry out what she asks of us, it can only bring us joy and happiness.”

‘God is the foundation for human rights,’ instructs Holy Father

Dec 11, 2008 - 11:32 am .- Following a concert on Wednesday at the Vatican, the Holy Father addressed the crowd about human rights. These rights, he said, are based in God, “who has given intelligence and freedom to all.”  If these rights are disconnected from God, the Pope cautioned, they “weaken and lose their concrete foundation.”

Fight material and spiritual poverty to build peace, Pope Benedict says

Dec 11, 2008 - 11:14 am .- On Thursday morning at the Holy See’s press office, Cardinal Renato Martino presented Pope Benedict XVI’s message for the 42nd World Day of Peace, which speaks to the need of bringing about peace through fighting both material and spiritual poverty.

Population Research Institute claims new UNFPA video series refutes its critics

Dec 11, 2008 - 06:13 am .- Following the Huffington Post’s recent attack on the Population Research Institute (PRI) for opposing policies of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), PRI challenged its critics to examine its evidence linking the organization with coercive population control programs in China.

Wealthy couple who ‘lived their faith’ leaves $30 million to Catholic institutions

Dec 11, 2008 - 04:08 am .- A wealthy couple who spent their lives in service to the Catholic community has left $30 million to Catholic institutions in Broome County, New York.

N.J commission criticized as ‘advocacy group’ for same-sex marriage

Dec 11, 2008 - 02:18 am .- The New Jersey Civil Union Review Commission has concluded that New Jersey state legislators should allow same-sex “marriage,” citing several complaints charging that civil unions have not been properly implemented. However, an official with the New Jersey Catholic Conference charges that the commission is headed by advocates who intended to lobby for same-sex marriage.