Archive of February 10, 2009

St. Thomas More College announces 'Faith & Reason' scholarship contest

Feb 10, 2009 - 11:20 pm .- The Merrimack, New Hampshire-based St. Thomas More College of Liberal Arts has opened its 2009 “Faith & Reason Scholarship Essay Contest” for applicants to the school. Seven prizes will be awarded, with the top place earning a $30,000 scholarship to be distributed over four years.

Legionary priest makes apology to Maciel victims, calls for reform

Feb 10, 2009 - 08:32 pm .- Following the recognition of the misdeeds of Legionaries of Christ Founder Fr. Marcial Maciel, Fr. Thomas Berg, LC, has written a letter to Regnum Christi members acknowledging their the feelings of confusion and betrayal and lamenting the “disastrous response” to the crisis provided by the Legionaries’ leadership.

Vice President of Peruvian Congress says abortion solves nothing

Feb 10, 2009 - 07:19 pm .- The Vice President of the Peruvian Congress, Fabiola Morales Castillo, said this week, “We cannot allow children to be killed in the wombs of their mothers under any circumstances in order to solve the problem” of rape, because those babies “are not guilty and have no way to defend themselves.”

Terri Schiavo’s family expresses sadness over death of Eluana Englaro

Feb 10, 2009 - 06:52 pm .- Upon hearing of the death of Eluana Englaro, the family of Terri Schiavo released a statement expressing “their grief for Eluana, her family, and all of Italy on this very sad day.”

Holy See calls for investigation into death of Eluana Englaro

Feb 10, 2009 - 04:03 pm .- In statements to ANSA news agency on Monday, the President of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, prayed for the soul of Eluana Englaro and said that  if her death was caused by human intervention, “it should be considered a crime.” He also called for those responsible for her death to be held accountable.

Operation Rice Bowl helps Catholics reflect on global hunger during Lent

Feb 10, 2009 - 02:52 pm .- Catholic Relief Services is gearing up for its annual Lenten program, Operation Rice Bowl, which will begin on Ash Wednesday.  Each year, Catholic parishes and schools from over 13,000 communities participate in the program to assist those in poverty around the world.

Venezuelan laity reject anti-religious violence and call for day of prayer

Feb 10, 2009 - 01:06 pm .- The National Council of the Laity in Venezuela issued a press release this week rejecting anti-religious violence in the country, especially the attacks on the Apostolic Nunciature and the main synagogue in Caracas, and calling for a day of prayer this Wednesday, February 11.

Details of Vatican evolution conference announced

Feb 10, 2009 - 12:03 pm .- The Vatican officially announced today that a conference on evolution will take place in Rome this coming March. The goal of the conference is to re-establish a dialogue between faith and science about evolution.

Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos: The goal was to heal a schism, not to support anti-Semitism

Feb 10, 2009 - 11:12 am .- Colombian Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, President of the pontifical commission charged with reconciling the St. Pius X Society, said on Monday that the lifting of the excommunications from the four Lefebvrist bishops was aimed at healing a schism in the Catholic Church, and was in no way meant to provide any support for the controversial remarks of Bishop Richard Williamson.

Pro-abortion 'rights' Catholic governor possible pick for HHS secretary

Feb 10, 2009 - 06:02 am .- Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic Democrat in favor of legalized abortion, is considered to be a possible nominee to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Sebelius has faced significant criticism for her promotion of abortion, including her connections to notorious Kansas late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller.

Abuse lawsuit ruling endangers Church’s equality under law, bishop says

Feb 10, 2009 - 03:44 am .- Following a ruling in Illinois’ Third District Appellate Court that could reinstate dismissed sexual abuse cases, Bishop of Peoria Daniel R. Jenky warned that the decision makes the diocese’s legal position even more difficult and voiced his concern that the Catholic Church “in effect, no longer enjoys equal justice under the law.”

Pope planning Spring visit to Holy Land

Feb 10, 2009 - 01:56 am .- Two months after his trip to Africa, the Holy Father is scheduled to visit the Middle East where he will see the place of Jesus’ baptism, a mosque in Jordan, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, as well as Bethlehem and Nazareth.

Breakaway priest refuses to recant teachings, archbishop intervenes

Feb 10, 2009 - 12:10 am .- Archbishop of Brisbane John A. Bathersby has urged a disobedient priest not to take members of his parish into schism, saying the separation of Christians is “contrary to all that Christ prayed for.”

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