Archive of May 21, 2009

Argentinean bishops recall priesthood demands radical true love

May 21, 2009 - 10:24 pm .- The bishops of Argentina have issued a letter to mark the beginning of the Year of the Priesthood to encourage priests to live their vocation with true radical love. The Year of Priesthood, convened by Pope Benedict XVI, will begin on June 19, 2009.

John Paul II's appeal saved future Korean president from death sentence

May 21, 2009 - 08:45 pm .- A letter from Pope John Paul II asking for clemency helped save the life of a future South Korean president who was sentenced to death by a military tribunal in 1980, new information reveals.

New Hampshire lawmakers reject amended same-sex ‘marriage’ bill

May 21, 2009 - 06:18 pm .- Contrary to expectations, New Hampshire lawmakers have rejected a bill that would have recognized same-sex “marriages” contracted in the state. The fate of the bill remains uncertain, especially since lawmakers decided not to include protections for religious groups that the state's governor said must be included to avoid his veto.

Spain is fastest aging country in EU, report finds

May 21, 2009 - 03:09 pm .- According to a report by the Institute for Family Policy,Spain has lost more than three million young people in less than 30 years, thus achieving the dubious distinction of having the fastest aging population out of all the countries in the EU.

Allowing assisted suicide 'would be perverse act,' warns British archbishop

May 21, 2009 - 01:35 pm .- As Britain’s House of Lords prepares to debate the issue in June, the president of the Department of Christian Responsibility and Citizenship of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Peter Smith, said this week allowing “assisted suicide would be a perverse act.”

Vatican newspaper 'ignorant' of Obama's history, Catholic commentators charge

May 21, 2009 - 11:40 am .- Two Catholic commentators are lamenting the “sorry ignorance of recent American history” displayed by L'Osservatore Romano—the newspaper published by the Vatican—in its favorable reaction to President Obama's recent commencement speech at Notre Dame. However, they caution, readers should not make the mistake of thinking that the newspaper speaks for the Catholic Church.

Former Polish president: I would have resigned the presidency rather than legalize abortion

May 21, 2009 - 09:59 am .- Nobel Peace Prize laureate and ex-president of Poland, Lech Walesa, said in Spain this week he would have resigned as president “twenty times” before signing a law that would allow abortion in his country.

Upcoming PBS board vote could disaffiliate stations with Mass for shut-ins

May 21, 2009 - 06:17 am .- The network board of PBS in June will vote on whether to pull affiliate status from stations that broadcast “sectarian” programming, a decision which could affect broadcasts of Mass for shut-ins and other religious programming.

Archbishop Dolan not told Fordham would honor pro-abortion mayor

May 21, 2009 - 03:02 am .- Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan has said that Fordham University did not inform him that pro-abortion rights Mayor Michael Bloomberg would speak at the Catholic school’s commencement and receive an honorary degree.

Rep. Berman confident Obama administration will give domestic partner benefits to diplomats

May 21, 2009 - 12:57 am .- On Wednesday the House Foreign Affairs Committee marked up the State Department Reauthorization bill, which contained several provisions advancing abortion and homosexual political priorities. After receiving assurances from the Obama Administration that it would change the current policies, Committee Chairman Howard L. Berman (D-CA) removed his provision granting domestic partnership benefits.

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