Archive of December 12, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 12, 2008

Scholars call for gender ideology to be removed from public education in Puerto Rico

Dec 12, 2008 - 11:49 pm .- The president of the Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico, Marcelina Velez de Santiago, together with other academic scholars, is supporting a request from various organizations that the government revoke a memo that obliges public schools to include the controversial gender ideology in their curricula.

New law would make Spain the country with highest number of abortions in EU

Dec 12, 2008 - 10:28 pm .- The president of the Institute for Family Policy, Eduardo Hertfelder, warned this week that the new law on abortion currently under consideration would make Spain the country with the highest number of abortions in the EU by the year 2015.

Christmas is about Christ, not gifts, cardinal reminds Catholics

Dec 12, 2008 - 08:00 pm .- The Archbishop of Guatemala, Cardinal Rodolfo Quezada Toruno, called on the faithful in that country not to reduce Christmas to the mere “exchanging of gifts” and to keep in mind that “Christ must be the irreplaceable and only focus of our Christmas celebrations.”

Vatican spokesman: Church defends true marriage between man and woman

Dec 12, 2008 - 06:11 pm .- During a press conference on Thursday to present Pope Benedict XVI’s Message for the World Day of Peace 2009, the Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Church defends true marriage between one man and one woman and cannot accept placing homosexual unions on the same level.

University apologizes for student health plan abortion coverage, but questions remain

Dec 12, 2008 - 04:09 pm .- Following reports that the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco (USF) required students to join a health plan which included coverage for abortions, the university has apologized and has taken “full responsibility” for not adequately reviewing the health contract.

Cardinal Rouco: Not possible to be Christian without rejecting terrorism

Dec 12, 2008 - 02:29 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, has condemned neutrality and silence as a response to terrorism.

Cardinal Avery Dulles passes away at Fordham

Dec 12, 2008 - 12:45 pm .- This morning, on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cardinal Avery Dulles died at the age of 90 at Murray-Weigel Hall, located at Fordham University in New York.

Pope Benedict offers ethical evaluation of biomedical advances

Dec 12, 2008 - 12:26 pm .- Today Pope Benedict XVI, through the work of several Vatican congregations, weighed-in on the ethical nature of various fertility treatments, experiments with stem cells, human cloning and the creation of hybrid embryos.

In a just society we should not be afraid to be faithful Catholics, remarks Benedict XVI

Dec 12, 2008 - 12:07 pm .- Upon receiving the bishops of the Taiwanese Episcopal Conference this morning as part of their ‘ad limina’ visit, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that the Catholics of their country “are a living sign that, in a justly ordered society, one need not fear to be a faithful Catholic and a good citizen.”

Pope Benedict discusses importance of witness to the faith

Dec 12, 2008 - 11:05 am .- College students from around Rome gathered to hear Pope Benedict speak about St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans on Thursday afternoon. During the address, the Pontiff emphasized the need for Christians to give credible witness to their faith with their lives.

University of San Francisco health care plan includes abortion coverage

Dec 12, 2008 - 03:55 am .- Since at least fall of 2008, the Jesuit-run University of San Francisco's required health care plan has included "maternity coverage" which pays for 70 to 90 percent of the cost of elective abortions, listing them under the euphemism "Voluntary Termination of Pregnancy."

Petition drive to protest Catholic U.S. Congressmen's $9 million in donations from pro-abortion groups

Dec 12, 2008 - 02:36 am .- A San Diego mother of seven who tracks the performance of Catholic politicians has found that many of the 162 Catholics in Congress have received a total of $9 million in contributions from pro-abortion groups since the 1990 election cycle.

Papal nuncio praises 'fundamental' Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Dec 12, 2008 - 12:47 am .- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, the apostolic nuncio leading the Holy See's permanent observer mission to the United Nations, on Wednesday delivered remarks commemorating the 60th anniversary of the U.N. Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Saying that human rights find their source in natural reason common to all men, he praised the declaration's protection of religious freedom.