Archive of December 17, 2008 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 17, 2008

Excommunication of Fr. Bourgeois will ‘certainly take place,’ Vatican official says

Dec 17, 2008 - 09:36 pm .- A Vatican official has said that the excommunication of Fr. Roy Bourgeois, an American Maryknoll priest who advocates the ordination of women, will "certainly take place" unless the priest renounces his stand.

CNA looking ahead to improve services for 2009

Dec 17, 2008 - 07:20 pm .- Beginning Monday, December 22, CNA will temporarily suspend news coverage until 2009 while our staff diligently makes preparations for next year. 

Catholic and Orthodox leaders unite to address ‘deep crisis’ in the family

Dec 17, 2008 - 07:14 pm .- The First European Catholic-Orthodox Forum has produced a document on the nature of the family as a "good for humanity." Calling the family "established by God as a union between man and woman," the forum describes the family as a "unity of life-giving love, an indissoluble relationship, open to life."

Spirit of the season results in large donations to emergency assistance centers

Dec 17, 2008 - 03:22 pm .- This year, helping those less fortunate is even more necessary as greater numbers of people find themselves out of work. Last week, Catholic Charities of Colorado found two examples of organizations stepping forward to help those in need.

Christmas is an opportunity to reflect on the meaning of our existence, recalls Pope

Dec 17, 2008 - 11:47 am .- At his weekly General Audience in the Paul VI Hall, Pope Benedict contemplated the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies in the coming of the Son of God, born of the Virgin Mary in the stable of Bethlehem and reminded his audience to contemplate the mercy of God “who has come to meet humanity.”

Religious leaders must live out their beliefs through teaching and good example, conclude Catholic and Muslim leaders

Dec 17, 2008 - 10:45 am .- Catholics and Muslims meeting at the Vatican this week discussed the responsibilities of religious leaders during times of crisis, agreeing that their most important responsibility is to faithfully live out their beliefs through "teaching, good deeds and example."

‘New’ human rights at risk of becoming source of ‘self-serving ideologies,’ cautions archbishop

Dec 17, 2008 - 10:30 am .- Today an address by Archbishop Silvano Tomasi was published in which he discusses the risks involved while searching for ‘new’ human rights.

Knights of Columbus to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe with congress, festival

Dec 17, 2008 - 07:56 am .- Following the Knights of Columbus 127th Convention next year, the organization will hold its First International Marian Congress on Our Lady of Guadalupe.  The congress, which will conclude with a festival, will feature talks by experts from around the U.S. and Latin American on Our Lady.

Catholic Health Association welcomes Daschle appointment called ‘disastrous’ by pro-lifers

Dec 17, 2008 - 03:33 am .- The Catholic Health Association has issued a statement welcoming the nomination of former South Dakota Sen. Tom Daschle as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). However, Daschle’s strong pro-abortion record has led some pro-life leaders to deem him a "disaster appointment."