Archive of January 14, 2009

New survey shows Protestants’ loyalty flagging

Jan 14, 2009 - 11:42 pm .- A new survey of denominational loyalty reports that churchgoing Catholics are significantly less likely than churchgoing Protestants to change denominations.

Catholic teen only graduate of Alaskan Christian high school

Jan 14, 2009 - 10:00 pm .- A World Youth Day 2008 attendee was the only person in her class to graduate from a small Alaska high school.

Democratic Catholic leader arrested on prostitution-related charges

Jan 14, 2009 - 09:22 pm .- The former director of the Office of Faith-Based Initiatives for the governor of Ohio was arrested Wednesday for his involvement in an online prostitution ring.  Eric McFadden, who has also formerly served as the president of the organization Catholics for Faithful Citizenship and spokesperson for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, will face seven prostitution-related charges tomorrow in court.

Benedict XVI receives relics of St. Therese’s parents, offers prayers for families

Jan 14, 2009 - 05:54 pm .- Today, after his weekly general audience, the Holy Father gave a special greeting to pilgrims from Lisieux, France and also asked the Lord to bless the Sixth World Meeting of Families.

Prayer for Christian unity draws from experience of divided Korea

Jan 14, 2009 - 05:22 pm .- Catholics around the world will begin a week of prayer for Christian unity this coming Sunday using a passage from Ezekiel that resonates with the experience of the local Church divided between North and South Korea.

Spokesman for Archdiocese of Mexico encourages laity to participate in politics

Jan 14, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- The spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Father Hugo Valdemar, encouraged the faithful this week to organize in order to defend Christian doctrine in public life, and he suggested that a new political party could be formed inspired by Catholic values.

Locals show indifference toward 'Atheist Bus' campaign in Spain

Jan 14, 2009 - 03:01 pm .- Although some are claiming that “religious intolerance” has been the main enemy of the atheist bus ad campaign launched Monday in Spain, indifference seems to be more of an enemy, the newspaper La Gaceta reports.

Brazil’s Ministry of Health finances abortion documentary

Jan 14, 2009 - 01:27 pm .- Brazil’s Ministry of Health, led by Jose Gomes Temporao, has given some $40,000 for an abortion documentary entitled, “The End of Silence,” which promotes the practice and defends its legalization in Brazil.

Pope explores St. Paul's teaching on the Church as Bride of Christ

Jan 14, 2009 - 11:05 am .- More than 4,000 people gathered in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall to hear Pope Benedict XVI deliver his continuing series of teachings on St. Paul, which today focused on the Apostle’s teaching about Christ as the head of the Church and the Church as his Bride.

First Lady Laura Bush praises Catholic education in school visit

Jan 14, 2009 - 08:11 am .- Mrs. Laura Bush on Tuesday visited Little Flower School in Bethesda, Maryland in her last school visit as First Lady. Noting the upcoming celebration of National Catholic Schools Week, she praised the history of Catholic schools in the United States and congratulated Little Flower for being chosen as a Blue Ribbon School.

Catholic bloggers respond to Kmiec criticism

Jan 14, 2009 - 06:02 am .- Several leading Catholic bloggers have responded to Doug Kmiec’s criticism of “right-wing Catholic bloggers” whom he characterized as “online tormenters” who personally attacked him, distorted his position, and potentially poisoned the relationship between the Holy See and the incoming administration of President-elect Barack Obama.

U.S. Bishops’ pro-life office corrects ‘misleading’ FOCA novena message

Jan 14, 2009 - 05:15 am .- Officials at the Pro-life Secretariat of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) have issued statements seeking to correct “misleading” information provided in a widely-circulated announcement for a novena to stop FOCA.

Archbishop disappointed with Indian court decision about presecuted Christians

Jan 14, 2009 - 03:12 am .- Following an examination of anti-Christian atrocities in Orissa, a recent Indian Supreme Court ruling has scaled back police protection and has given no clear guidelines concerning victim compensation. The decision prompted Catholic Archbishop Raphael Cheenath to express his “deep disappointment.”

Church in Iran faces challenge of making faith an ‘authentic spiritual experience’

Jan 14, 2009 - 02:19 am .- In an interview with Vatican Radio, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Tehran, Bishop Ramzi Garmou, said the Church in Iran faces the challenge of “helping the faithful move from a sociological and ethnic faith passed on by their parents to a faith that is an authentic spiritual experience, a testimony of life, above all a gift of the Holy Spirit.”

Percentage of young people who say they are Catholic drops drastically in Spain

Jan 14, 2009 - 01:12 am .- A study by the University of Madrid professor Pedro Gonzalez has revealed that the percentage of young people aged 15-24 who call themselves Catholic dropped from 77 to 49 percent during the last decade and that almost half of them say religion classes were practically useless.

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