Archive of March 10, 2009

Serve your country best by serving God first, Archbishop Chaput tells USAF cadets

Mar 10, 2009 - 10:11 pm .- Archbishop of Denver Charles J. Chaput addressed Catholic cadets at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs on Monday, telling them the military profession is “honorable” and urging them to become virtuous leaders who serve their country best by serving God first.

Argentinean archbishop calls for promotion of women without ideological distortions

Mar 10, 2009 - 08:04 pm .- Archbishop Andres Stanovnik of Corrientes sent special greetings to the women of Argentina to mark International Women’s Day on Sunday and called for the promotion of their dignity without ideological distortions.

Obama grants abortion advocates’ wish, creates ambassador for women's 'issues'

Mar 10, 2009 - 07:15 pm .- After receiving a letter from several abortion “rights” organizations, President Obama has created a position to address women’s concerns around the globe.  On Friday the White House announced that he would nominate Melanne Verveer, an abortion supporter, to fill the new position of Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues.

Connecticut bill regulating Catholic Church pulled

Mar 10, 2009 - 05:53 pm .- Following a deluge of phone calls and emails, the bill introduced in the Connecticut Senate to reorganize the financial and pastoral structure of the Catholic Church has been pulled and tabled for the rest of the legislative session.

Vatican visits of women religious welcomed by most but not by all

Mar 10, 2009 - 04:12 pm .- With a review of American seminaries recently completed, the Vatican is undertaking a series of visits to “look into the quality of life” of the women’s religious communities in the U.S. However, one sister sees the Visitations as “investigations” and is encouraging her fellow religious to engage in “non-violent” resistance.

Bishops repudiate abuse of girl who underwent abortion in Brazil

Mar 10, 2009 - 03:26 pm .- The leadership of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has strongly condemned the abuse suffered by a 9 year-old girl who was raped by her stepfather, became pregnant with twins and was submitted to an abortion several days ago.

Priest stabbed during Mass in Colombia is out of danger

Mar 10, 2009 - 01:58 pm .- Radio Caracol reported this week that Father Alirio Ramirez was stabbed by an unknown assailant while celebrating Mass on Sunday at the Basilica of St. Rose of Cabal in the Colombian state of Risaralda. Doctors said the priest is now out of danger and is recovering satisfactorily.

Rep. Smith: President Obama chose politics over science with embryo order

Mar 10, 2009 - 01:50 pm .- Just after President Obama announced his executive order lifting restrictions on embryonic stem cell research on Monday, Congressmen Chris Smith (R-NJ) held a press conference suggesting that Obama’s decision was politically based rather than by studying the latest scientific breakthroughs.

Austria-Vatican agreement signed

Mar 10, 2009 - 12:14 pm .- Last Thursday in Vienna, Austria, Archbishop Edmond Farhat, apostolic nuncio to Austria, and Michael Spindelegger, Austrian federal minister for European and International Affairs, signed the sixth additional agreement of the Convention Regulating Patrimonial Relations between the Vatican and Austria.

Connecticut bill on Catholic Church nearly identical to Voice of the Faithful strategy

Mar 10, 2009 - 11:35 am .- Catholics around the country are upset over a new bill in the Connecticut Senate that, in the words of the Archbishop of Hartford, "forces a radical reorganization of the legal, financial, and administrative structure of our parishes." The bill, which bears resemblance to Voice of the Faithful’s Strategic Plan...

Catholics United denies group formed to cover for pro-abortion pols

Mar 10, 2009 - 08:05 am .- Fr. Bernard Healey, the editor of the Rhode Island Catholic, has written an editorial accusing the group Catholics United of being formed to “give cover to pro-abortion policymakers.”Chris Korzen, Executive Director of Catholics United, has contended that this is a misrepresentation of the organization.

Cardinal O’Malley: joint health care venture in Mass. will not violate Catholic ethics

Mar 10, 2009 - 05:50 am .- A proposed joint insurance venture between a Massachusetts Catholic health care network and a nonreligious health organization is being criticized for potentially covering abortions and other “confidential family planning services.” However, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley said he has been assured that the venture will not violate Catholic ethics.

Study reports ‘stunning’ U.S. Catholic population shift alongside growing secularization

Mar 10, 2009 - 03:22 am .- A new study on American religion finds that Catholicism is facing a “stunning” decline in the northeast United States as the population center of U.S. Catholics shifts towards the southwest. Secularism continues to grow in all regions, while mainline Protestant denominations face the most significant population decline.

Cardinal calls for model of development must serve the person not money

Mar 10, 2009 - 01:07 am .- The Apostolic Administrator of Valencia, Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco, called on Catholic centers and people in positions of leadership to come up with a model of development that is at the service of the dignity of the person rather than money, because the crisis of ethical values was the origin of the current economic crisis.

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