Archive of April 15, 2009

Venezuelan bishops denounce break-in at Episcopal headquarters

Apr 15, 2009 - 11:16 pm .- Auxiliary Bishop Jesus Gonzalez Zarate, secretary general of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, denounced the break-in at the bishops’ headquarters on Tuesday. No objects or papers were stolen, but various offices, including that of the bishops’ president, were ransacked.

Law Center challenges basis of DHS report on right-wing extremist threat

Apr 15, 2009 - 09:04 pm .- The Thomas More Law Center announced today that it has filed a request with the Department of Homeland Security challenging the basis for their recent “Threat of Right-Wing Extremism” report, which says those who oppose abortion, gun control, and  immigration laws pose a potential threat to national security.

‘Constructive dialogue’ on Obama invite no longer possible, ND president tells students

Apr 15, 2009 - 07:50 pm .- University of Notre Dame President Fr. John I. Jenkins, CSC, has denied a student coalition’s request for wider dialogue concerning the school’s invitation to President Barack Obama, saying “conditions for constructive dialogue simply do not exist.”

Feminists for Life of America to speak at the University of Colorado

Apr 15, 2009 - 06:35 pm .- Students for Life at the University of Colorado (CU) will host Sally A. Winn, Senior Communications Specialist at Feminists for Life of America on Thursday. Winn will present “Refuse to Choose: Reclaiming Feminism” at the Boulder campus at 7 p.m. in the University Memorial Center.

Paraguayan bishops lament Lugo’s betrayal of his vows

Apr 15, 2009 - 03:14 pm .- Various Catholic bishops in Paraguay are lamenting the news that the current President of Paraguay, Fernando Lugo, fathered a child with a 16 year-old girl while he was still a Catholic bishop.

Archbishop Dolan promises not to sidestep controversial issues

Apr 15, 2009 - 02:07 pm .- In his first meeting with the New York press, Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan pledged to bring Catholics back to Mass, increase vocations, preach the truth and not sidestep controversial issues like gay “marriage” or abortion.

Vatican spokesman denies 'veto' of Caroline Kennedy

Apr 15, 2009 - 12:45 pm .- The Director of the Vatican’s press office, Fr. Federico Lombardi denied press reports on Wednesday that the Vatican has rejected the candidacy of Caroline Kennedy for the job of U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

Residence of Cardinal Terrazas attacked in Bolivia

Apr 15, 2009 - 12:24 pm .- Early Wednesday morning explosions were heard outside the entrance to the residence of the Archbishop of Santa Cruz, Cardinal Julio Terrazas. No one was injured, and police are investigating the incident.

Jesus' Resurrection was a 'real historical event,' Pope proclaims

Apr 15, 2009 - 09:59 am .- At his first General Audience of this Easter Season, Pope Benedict XVI said before more than 30,000 people that Christians must forcefully proclaim Jesus' Resurrection as “a real historical event, borne out by many authoritative witnesses.”

‘Orthodox’ Catholics more hopeful about future of Church, poll finds

Apr 15, 2009 - 08:32 am .- A new poll shows that American Catholics are generally optimistic about the future of their Church, with self-described “Orthodox” Catholics tending to be more hopeful and more churchgoing than self-described “Progressive” Catholics.

Planned Parenthood pledge drive makes money off Good Friday protest

Apr 15, 2009 - 06:03 am .- A Minnesota Planned Parenthood fundraiser which tied donations to the number of abortion clinic protesters on Good Friday received about $14,000 by capitalizing off of increased crowds drawn by Archbishop of St. Paul-Minneapolis John Nienstedt’s presence. An archdiocesan spokesman said the pro-lifers are concerned with preventing abortions, not with the money.

Planned Parenthood claims to play a ‘unique role’ in Obama administration

Apr 15, 2009 - 03:51 am .- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) has over $1 billion in assets and claims an increase of 15,560 abortions in 2007, its annual report for 2007-2008 reveals. Praising the “new direction” of the United States, the largest abortion provider in the U.S. says it will play a “unique role” in shaping the Obama administration’s health agenda.

European Court orders Portugal to pay compensation to 'Ship of Death'

Apr 15, 2009 - 01:04 am .- The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the government of Portugal to pay compensation to the abortion organizations that operate the “Ship of Death,” which was prevented from entering Portuguese waters by the country’s Navy in 2004.

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