Archive of March 26, 2009

Luxury hotel manager fired after making vulgar Ash Wednesday remarks

Mar 26, 2009 - 11:56 pm .- The manager of the luxurious New York Palace Hotel was fired after obscenely ordering a Catholic employee to clean the ashes from his forehead on Ash Wednesday.

United Church of Christ committee recommends condom distribution at churches

Mar 26, 2009 - 09:06 pm .- The HIV and AIDS Network of the United Church of Christ (UCC) is advocating that condoms should be distributed at places of worship and faith-based educational settings.

ND student groups reject Obama invitation, launch Red Letter campaign

Mar 26, 2009 - 08:01 pm .- Notre Dame’s invitation to President Barack Obama is “in opposition to what lies at the foundation of this University,” says ND Response, a consortium of 11 different student groups.

Most Americans still oppose most abortions, Catholic commentator responds

Mar 26, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- Countering pessimism about the prospects for overturning Roe v. Wade, Catholic political writer Mark Stricherz has argued that there is still reason to work for the changes in American law because most Americans in fact disapprove of most abortions.

Archbishop Burke regrets Randall Terry’s ‘misuse’ of interview

Mar 26, 2009 - 05:54 pm .- This Thursday, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura at the Vatican, issued a statement expressing his regret for the way that Randall Terry misused an interview with him for a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C.

Bishop of Phoenix accuses Notre Dame president of disobeying U.S. bishops

Mar 26, 2009 - 04:49 pm .- The outcry over the invitation of President Obama to deliver the Notre Dame’s commencement address and receive an honorary law degree has now drawn Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix into the fray. In a strongly worded email to Fr. John Jenkins obtained by CNA, Bishop Olmsted accuses the university’s president of committing "a public act of disobedience to the Bishops of the United States."

Mexican bishop defends Magisterium of the Pope in fight against AIDS

Mar 26, 2009 - 03:47 pm .- Bishop Rodrigo Aguilar Martinez of Tehuacan is defending the Magisterium of Pope Benedict XVI in the fight against AIDS. During his trip to Africa, the Pope said that strategies to fight the disease should not be based on condoms, but rather on a more human understanding of sexuality and on the sacrificial and brotherly care for those who have the disease.

African AIDS experts voice support for Pope on condoms

Mar 26, 2009 - 02:51 pm .- More than a week after the media attacked Pope Benedict XVI for his comments on condoms and AIDS, CNA is still hearing from experts around the world who support Benedict’s evaluation of the African AIDS epidemic. Dr. Filippo Ciantia, a Ugandan specialist in tropical medicine, along with eight other experts says that his experience resonates with the Pope’s statement.

Australia hardest country to find vocations in, says Cardinal Pell

Mar 26, 2009 - 01:20 pm .- During a visit to Peru this week, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney told a group of consecrated women that in Australia it’s very difficult to find vocations to the consecrated life. The Australian cardinal also said that he would like to see new Catholic communities, such as the Marian Community  of Reconciliation, change the direction of the country.

Details of Pope’s Holy Land visit published

Mar 26, 2009 - 10:29 am .- Having just completed the papal trip to Africa, preparations are under way for Pope Benedict XVI’s first trip to the Holy Land in a little more than a month. On Thursday morning the Vatican released details of the Pope’s May 8-15 trip.

Jerusalem Patriarchate publishes prayer for papal trip to Holy Land

Mar 26, 2009 - 10:26 am .- The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem has published a prayer of preparation for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Jerusalem May 8-15, during which he will visit Bethlehem, Nazareth, Jerusalem and Jordan.

Pregnancy centers, not abortion clinics, best solution to financial crisis, pro-life leaders say

Mar 26, 2009 - 05:19 am .- Responding to reports that more financially troubled women are seeking abortions, pro-life leaders have criticized the "pseudo-compassion" which presents abortion as an answer to personal economic turmoil. Emphasizing that abortion signals that women’s needs are not being met, they called for more help for pregnant mothers, pregnancy centers and fathers.

Play about life of St. John Vianney to tour U.S. in 2009

Mar 26, 2009 - 03:05 am .- A production of a play on the life of St. John Vianney will begin its U.S. tour this August, traveling to parishes, theaters, seminaries, universities and Catholic schools to help mark the Year of the Priesthood declared by Pope Benedict XVI.

South African cardinal asks politicians to stop using churches

Mar 26, 2009 - 01:43 am .- As South Africa’s April 22 elections approach, Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, Archbishop of Durban and spokesman for the Southern African Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has issued a letter calling on political leaders to stop using church services as election platforms and to stop seeking “endorsement” from churches.

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