Archive of December 16, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 16, 2008

Vatican and Italian government criticize sale of RU 486 in Italy

Dec 16, 2008 - 11:38 pm .- The Vatican and the Italian government have criticized the imminent arrival of the abortion pill RU 486, which will be available for use in the country perhaps before the end of the year.

Italian chapel honoring dead of World War II rediscovered

Dec 16, 2008 - 09:51 pm .- A "lost chapel" honoring those who died in southern Italy during the Second World War has been rediscovered in an Italian building’s storeroom. It had been dedicated as "a perpetual monument to the ideals of chivalry and the brotherhood" which inspired the soldiers.

Plan sent to Obama transition team reveals ‘abortion industry bailout’

Dec 16, 2008 - 07:56 pm .- A strategy document from a coalition of abortion rights groups which outlines their agenda for an Obama administration has been made public. Asking for more than $1 billion in funding, the plan seeks to overturn restrictions on the use of taxpayer funds for abortions and aspires to place pro-abortion partisans in judicial and political positions.

LifeTeen founder Msgr. Dale Fushek excommunicated

Dec 16, 2008 - 07:23 pm .- Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted has issued a decree of excommunication to Monsignor Dale Fushek, founder of LifeTeen, and Father Mark Dippre for their establishment of and leadership in an "opposing ecclesial community."

University of San Francisco working to remove health plan’s abortion coverage

Dec 16, 2008 - 06:38 pm .- The University of San Francisco (USF) continues to react to the revelation that its mandatory student health insurance plan covers abortions. Insisting that the coverage is being removed from the student plan, a USF official reports that the school is also working to remove abortion coverage from its employee plans.

Catholic experts warn against bill that would legalize euthanasia in Uruguay

Dec 16, 2008 - 02:55 pm .- This week the John Paul II Archdiocesan Institute of Bioethics warned that a new bill being discussed in the Uruguayan Parliament will not provide sufficient guarantees to prevent euthanasia from being adopted.

Cardinal Canizares: ‘It is my duty in charity to communicate the Church’s teachings’

Dec 16, 2008 - 02:31 pm .- In an interview with the Spanish daily La Razon, the new prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Cardinal Antonio Canizares, said, “It is my duty in charity as a service to mankind and to society to communicate the Church’s teachings” in response to laws that are contrary to man and the Christian faith.

Ordinations end Shanghai Diocese's celebration of 400 years of evangelization

Dec 16, 2008 - 12:47 pm .- Shanghai diocese capped its nine-month celebration of the 400th anniversary of Catholicism's arrival with the ordination of two priests.  During the ordination, the bishop reminded the congregation, that though the anniversary celebration has ended, Catholics in China must continue to "spread the Gospel to those who have never heard of it."

Cardinal Arinze discusses obedience, poverty and chastity

Dec 16, 2008 - 11:55 am .- The prefect emeritus of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Francis Arinze, has written a new book entitled, “Letter to a Young Priest,” in which he presents a way of life for priests to assist them in living their vows of obedience, chastity and poverty faithfully.

Holy Father chooses themes for future World Youth Days

Dec 16, 2008 - 11:11 am .- To help prepare Catholics for the 2011 World Youth Day celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Pope Benedict has announced that its theme will be: "Rooted and Built Up in Jesus Christ, Firm in the Faith" (cf Col 2:7).

Catholic and Muslim leaders discuss responsibilities during times of crisis

Dec 16, 2008 - 09:24 am .- Yesterday Catholic and Muslim leaders met in Rome to discuss the theme: "The Responsibility of Religious Leaders, Especially in Times of Crisis."

New Vatican instruction called valuable ‘reference point’ on bioethics

Dec 16, 2008 - 06:14 am .- Dignitas Personae, the new Vatican instruction on ethical issues in biotechnology was further explained by the U.S. bishops in a new “Question and Answer” document. Catholic bioethicist Father Tad Pacholczyk has also commented on the instruction, calling it a valuable “reference point” for bioethical controversies.

Galveston may close churches due to Hurricane Ike damage

Dec 16, 2008 - 04:06 am .- Due to serious hurricane damage to the churches in Galveston, Texas, Catholic leaders in the archdiocese are considering consolidating the island's parishes into one.

Second Indiana Planned Parenthood fails to report statutory rape; Attorney General launches investigation

Dec 16, 2008 - 01:41 am .- A new undercover video from Live Action Films reveals that a second Indiana Planned Parenthood clinic refused to report the statutory rape of a 13-year-old girl and instead referred her to an out-of-state clinic to evade Indiana’s parental consent abortion laws.

Petition drive to support Grand Duke of Luxembourg’s anti-euthanasia stand

Dec 16, 2008 - 12:55 am .- A petition drive has been launched to support Grand Duke Henri I of Luxembourg, who has imperiled his political powers by opposing a euthanasia legalization bill recently proposed in his country’s parliament.