Archive of February 17, 2009

Nebraska bishops use input from laity to tackle immigration reform

Feb 17, 2009 - 11:35 pm .- With the input gathered from listening sessions which included both lay citizens and immigrants, the Catholic Bishops of Nebraska have released a statement on the difficulties and the potential generated by immigration to the state.

Professor calls student ‘fascist bastard,’ stops speech in favor of traditional marriage

Feb 17, 2009 - 11:02 pm .- A lawsuit has been filed against officials of the Los Angeles Community College District after a professor allegedly censored and threatened to expel a student for his speech about marriage and his Christian faith in a public speaking class.

Vatican spokesman says Pope has made ‘courageous decision’ to visit Holy Land

Feb 17, 2009 - 08:46 pm .- In recent comments about the upcoming visit to the Holy Land by Pope Benedict XVI, the director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi, said the Holy Father has made “a courageous decision” to make the trip in spite of the tensions in region.

Austrian bishops tend to controversies unsettling their flock

Feb 17, 2009 - 06:40 pm .- The diocesan bishops of Austria have published a pastoral letter responding to the two controversies roiling the local Church over the past several weeks: the scandal surrounding Bishop Richard Williamson and the appointment of Fr. Gerhard Maria Wagner as an auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Linz.

Bucks County police officer remembered at Mass

Feb 17, 2009 - 06:30 pm .- For the sixth time in the past year-and-a-half, Philadelphia’s Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul was packed with rank upon rank of blue-clad law officers and other mourners for the funeral of a police officer who died in the line of duty.

Population reduction does not alleviate poverty, Argentinean archbishop warns

Feb 17, 2009 - 05:52 pm .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina, said this week it is deceitful to claim that in order to combat poverty population levels must be decreased, since as Pope Benedict XVI has said, the data proves that “population is a treasure and not a factor in poverty.”

Chilean spouse hopes for 'miracle' for wife in fourteen year-long coma

Feb 17, 2009 - 03:19 pm .- Carlos Abarca visits his wife Erika Sotelo three times a day. She has been in a coma for the last fourteen years, after suffering complications during surgery at a hospital in Santiago. This devoted husband tells how his day-to-day life is with his wife and how in these difficult circumstances, his affection for her “is stronger than ever”...

Indian priests call for peace and aid for Sri Lanka

Feb 17, 2009 - 03:15 pm .- The Association of Diocesan Priests in India has issued a call for peace and solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka who are suffering from the war between government forces and Tamil rebels.

Catholic Church to explore benefits and dangers of genetics

Feb 17, 2009 - 11:59 am .- Recognizing that the field of genetics contains both signs of promise and peril, the Vatican is hosting a congress this Friday and Saturday to examine the burgeoning field. "The aim of this congress is to verify whether, in the field genetic experimentation, there are aspects that tend towards - or effectively implement - eugenic practices," said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Pope Benedict sends condolences to South Korea as it mourns Cardinal Kim

Feb 17, 2009 - 11:05 am .- Cardinal Stephen Kim Sou Hwan, South Korea’s first cardinal, passed away on Monday at the age of 86 after many years devoted to the Church in Seoul and the introduction of democracy. Pope Benedict has sent a telegram to Catholics in Seoul offering his condolences and prayers.

Bioethicist: Obama funding of embryo destruction would be discrimination

Feb 17, 2009 - 06:56 am .- White House adviser David Axelrod announced on "Fox News Sunday" that President Barack Obama is about to announce his next anti-life decision:  erasing every limitation  President George W. Bush placed on federal funding for embryonic stem cell  research  (ESCR).

Young mother tells the story behind baby born alive and left to die at Florida clinic

Feb 17, 2009 - 04:08 am .- In an exclusive interview with Florida Catholic, Sycloria Williams, the 18-year-old mother of the baby left to die after a botched abortion in a Miami clinic, told the real story behind the ordeal that recently attracted national headlines.

Scholars face off over effects of welfare benefits on abortion rate

Feb 17, 2009 - 02:14 am .- Debate continues over the Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good study of abortion data and the alleged effect of social programs on the abortion rate.

Summer seminar on Christian moral life now accepting high school students

Feb 17, 2009 - 12:33 am .- The Witherspoon Institute is inviting rising high school juniors and seniors to apply to its Moral Life and the Classical Tradition Seminar, to be taught this June at Princeton University and Princeton Theological Seminary by several distinguished professors.

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