Archive of May 1, 2009

World’s oldest Benedictine monk dies at 108

May 1, 2009 - 08:10 pm .- The world’s oldest Benedictine monk died in Indiana on Wednesday at the age of 108.

Uribe’s visit with Pope will foster peace in Colombia, says Cardinal Castrillon

May 1, 2009 - 05:49 pm .- Before meeting with Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican on Thursday, President Alvaro Uribe of Colombia attended a Mass celebrated by the President of the Pontifical Ecclesia Dei Commission, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, who said in his homily that this visit “will mean peace for Colombia.”

Survey finds church-going Catholics more likely to disapprove of ND Obama invite

May 1, 2009 - 04:16 pm .- While Catholics have mixed reviews regarding President Obama’s invite to speak at Notre Dame, research released by the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life on Thursday finds that those who attend Mass regularly are more likely to oppose the invite. Less frequent Mass goers are more apt to support Notre Dame’s decision.

Mexican archbishop reiterates 'dependence on God' amidst flu epidemic

May 1, 2009 - 02:18 pm .- In a statement released this week, Archbishop Jose Fernandez Arteaga of Chihuahua, Mexico reflected on the health crisis facing the country and said the situation reveals that “we depend on God.”

Souter retirement reignites battle for judiciary

May 1, 2009 - 12:29 pm .- Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire from his seat on the country's highest court when it completes its current term, according to news reports. Hearing the announcement, some pro-life groups are promising to vigorously oppose any Obama appointee that does not support the right to life of the unborn.

NY governor offends religious leaders with gay ‘marriage’ explanation

May 1, 2009 - 12:01 pm .- This week New York Governor David Paterson attended a gay pride rally and lashed out at religious leaders for opposing gay "marriage" saying they were "motivated by a five letter word: guilt." Catholic supporters of traditional marriage responded by calling the governor’s remarks "confusing, offensive, and just plain mistaken."

Brazilian bishops reiterate Church’s teachings on priesthood

May 1, 2009 - 11:12 am .- The Catholic Conference of Bishops of Brazil announced a new statement on priestly formation has been approved during its 47th Plenary Assembly.

Bishop Martino asks Sen. Casey to reflect on ‘inconsistent’ pro-life record

May 1, 2009 - 07:05 am .- In response to U.S. Sen. Bob Casey, Jr.’s “inconsistent” record on pro-life issues, Bishop of Scranton Joseph F. Martino, has said the Pennsylvanian Democratic senator should reflect on his actions and ask himself whether he should receive Holy Communion.

Support for legal abortion drops in U.S.

May 1, 2009 - 03:44 am .- A new poll from the Pew Research Center for the People & the Press shows a significant drop in Americans’ support for legal abortion, with 44 percent now believing the killing procedure should be illegal in most or all cases and only 46 percent supporting it being legal.

New ad warns same-sex ‘marriage’ activists want to silence opposition

May 1, 2009 - 01:48 am .- The National Organization for Marriage on Thursday launched a new advertisement highlighting the efforts of some gay “marriage” advocates to characterize defenders of marriage as liars and bigots. The ad warns of the “devastating consequences” the establishment of same-sex “marriage” would have on religious liberty and claims proponents want to “silence opposition.”

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