Archive of February 12, 2009

Local officials challenge tax exemption for closed churches in Pennsylvania

Feb 12, 2009 - 11:48 pm .- The Diocese of Allentown’s closure of several churches has prompted two school districts and two municipalities to try to levy property taxes on the closed parishes. The government entities argue that the properties have lost their tax-exempt status by closing.

Legionaries head reports having no specific information about Maciel abuse

Feb 12, 2009 - 10:04 pm .- Legionaries of Christ General Director Fr. Alvaro Corcuera on Sunday celebrated a Mass of Healing in Kensington, Maryland where he made vague comments concerning the scandalous revelations surrounding his order’s founder Fr. Marcel Maciel.

Christ helps us to love life amidst suffering, Pope teaches

Feb 12, 2009 - 08:10 pm .- Wednesday, February 11 marked the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, which was celebrated at the Vatican with a Mass for the sick and an address from Pope Benedict. When faced with suffering and death, the Holy Father taught, we should turn to Christ, who in the Eucharist enables us to "love life always."

Spanish mom fights to keep young daughter alive in coma for seven years

Feb 12, 2009 - 07:44 pm .- The Pro-Life Institution of Valencia in Spain reported this week on the dramatic case of a 22 year-old woman who has been in a coma for seven years and whose mother is fighting daily for her life, in stark contrast with the father of Italian woman Eluana Englaro, who chose to end the life of his daughter.

CNA launches new design of YouTube channel

Feb 12, 2009 - 05:55 pm .- CNA has just completed a redesign of video channel on the popular website,  The new eye-catching layout includes all of CNA’s videos, access to CNA’s in-depth news and the option of subscribing to receive new video updates.

Pro-life leader denounces government's ‘efficiency’ in distributing morning after pill

Feb 12, 2009 - 04:55 pm .- The Director for Latin America of the Population Research Institute, Carlos Polo, expressed his bewilderment this week at the “efficiency” of Peru’s Ministry of Health in coordinating the distribution of the morning after pill at all of the country’s health care facilitates just days after the a federal Court in Lima ruled the pill is not an abortifacient.

Vatican has problem with evolution only when it becomes an ideology

Feb 12, 2009 - 02:59 pm .- Father Marc Leclerc, professor of Natural Philosophy at the Gregorian Pontifical University of Rome, explained in a recent article for L’Osservatore Romano that there is no problem with the theory of evolution.  The problem, he said, lies in the ideology that is created as part of the theory.

Benedict XVI prays for bushfire victims, points Australians to ‘vision of hope’

Feb 12, 2009 - 12:21 pm .- Upon receiving the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Australia to the Vatican, Pope Benedict spoke of his sadness for the bushfire victims and encouraged Australians to seek truth and beauty in order to unite society and discover hope.

Pope reiterates Church's commitment to rejecting all anti-Semitism

Feb 12, 2009 - 11:36 am .- The Church is “profoundly and irrevocably committed” to rejecting “all anti-Semitism” and to building better relations with the Jews, Pope Benedict insisted on Thursday as he spoke to a delegation from the  Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Lifting of excommunication was an 'extreme attempt to end schism,' says Vian

Feb 12, 2009 - 10:50 am .- The Director of L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, said this week the lifting of the excommunication of four Lefebvrist bishops was the decision of Pope Benedict XVI who “preferred the medicine of mercy for the for the bishops excommunicated in 1988, in an extreme attempt to end the schism.”

University student union revokes pro-life students’ club status

Feb 12, 2009 - 06:50 am .- A pro-life group under fire from the University of Calgary has had its university club status revoked by the student union over a graphic display that compares abortion to genocide.

Academic publisher suspends publication of ‘too Christian’ encyclopedia

Feb 12, 2009 - 03:37 am .- The scholarly publisher Blackwell is being accused of censorship for suspending the publication of the “too Christian” Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization and seeking to destroy existing copies pending a full revision of the text. The encyclopedia’s Editor-in-Chief is filing two lawsuits against the company ...

Bishop Williamson to ‘review’ evidence for Holocaust

Feb 12, 2009 - 01:20 am .- Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has given an interview to the German magazine Der Spiegel, saying that he will “review the historical evidence” on the Holocaust and voicing his reservations about the Second Vatican Council.

Argentinean pro-lifers condemn abortion performed in Santiago del Estero

Feb 12, 2009 - 12:19 am .- Pro-life groups are condemning the decision to perform an abortion at the Regional Hospital of Santiago del Estero on a mentally handicapped woman who became pregnant through rape.

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