Archive of March 19, 2009

Protecting life is the best news in this time of general crisis, bishop says

Mar 19, 2009 - 11:23 pm .- Bishop Francisco Cerro of Coria-Caceres in Spain, said this week in an article that “protecting life, which is the Gospel of life and the commitment of the Church, is without a doubt the best news in this time of general crisis.” He also clarified that the Church “is not against anyone, she is against everything that, under the guise of progress, goes against human life.” 

Catholic ties of new ‘Women’s Ambassador’ come under scrutiny

Mar 19, 2009 - 09:09 pm .- A new report shows that Melanne Verveer, President Obama’s nominee to the new position of Ambassador-at-Large for Women’s Issues, has ties to groups such as Catholics in Alliance and the National Catholic Reporter. Though an “ardent supporter of abortion,” Verveer also worked for the predecessor to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Archbishop explains working document for African Synod

Mar 19, 2009 - 08:18 pm .- Following the conclusion of Mass in Yaounde on Thursday afternoon, Archbishop Nikola Eterovic, secretary general of the Synod of Bishops gave a short presentation of the working document of the forthcoming bishops’ Synod for Africa.

Bishop Morlino: Church is in 'the Truth business' and must respond to credibility crisis

Mar 19, 2009 - 07:04 pm .- In a column published today by the Madison Catholic Herald, Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, reminds Catholics that the Church’s real business is Truth, not conforming to subjective desires or cultural trends. Bishop Morlino also warns Catholics that they need to respond to what he describes as a "credibility crisis."

Brazilian abortion advocates using attacks on archbishop as a 'smokescreen'

Mar 19, 2009 - 06:07 pm .- A Brazilian pro-lifer has explained to CNA that the recent abortion performed on a 9 year-old girl in Recife, Brazil was surrounded by serious irregularities, and that the attacks on Archbishop Jose Cardoso Sobrinho over his mentioning of excommunications were created by abortion supporters as a diversionary tactic.

Luxembourg legalizes euthanasia after putting limits on Grand Duke’s power

Mar 19, 2009 - 02:04 pm .- The Parliament of Luxemburg approved a law Tuesday legalizing euthanasia by a vote of 30-26, after limiting the powers of the Grand Duke Henry I, who had refused to sanction the measure for reasons of consciences. 

Polish press reports John Paul II to be beatified on April 2, 2010

Mar 19, 2009 - 12:28 pm .- Pope John Paul II could be beatified on April 2, 2010, exactly five years after his death, according to a report in the Polish newspaper Dziennik, which claims the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has already made the decision. 

Africa can become the continent of hope, Pope Benedict says

Mar 19, 2009 - 11:06 am .- Today, on the Feast of St. Joseph, the Holy Father spoke to a vast crowd at the Amadou Ahidjo stadium in Yaounde, Cameroon. He encouraged the faithful to make Africa the continent of hope by following the example of St. Joseph, especially in times of trouble.

Pope encourages Muslims to promote ‘genuine religion’

Mar 19, 2009 - 09:36 am .- Pope Benedict began the last full day of activities on the Cameroon leg of his visit to Africa by meeting with representatives of the Muslim community. He noted that Christianity and Islam share some of the same beliefs and called on the leaders to help foster "genuine religion" which involves reason and religious beliefs working in harmony.

Gov. Sebelius urged to match ‘record to rhetoric’ by signing ultrasound bill

Mar 19, 2009 - 06:35 am .- Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius is being urged to sign new state legislation that would require Kansas abortionists to offer women an ultrasound image or heartbeat record of their unborn child before an abortion procedure. One pro-life advocate said the governor’s refusal to sign the bill would “extinguish” hopes she would work to reduce abortions.

Cardinal Mahony appears in court for Fresno sex abuse trial

Mar 19, 2009 - 03:17 am .- Archbishop of Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony on Tuesday testified at a civil trial concerning a clergy sexual abuse case in the Diocese of Fresno. He told jurors he did not recall any allegations of sexual abuse during his time as an official there, and that if someone was aware of it occurring it should have been reported immediately

Planned Parenthood statutory rape cover-ups continue

Mar 19, 2009 - 01:01 am .- In a continuing investigation into Planned Parenthood, the student-led non-profit Live Action Films has produced video footage showing staffers at two Planned Parenthood clinics in Phoenix, Arizona avoiding their legal obligations to report statutory rape.

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