Archive of May 29, 2009

Bishops promote informed voting ahead of Mexican elections

May 29, 2009 - 10:47 pm .- The twelve bishops of the State of Mexico City have issued a document as local and regional elections draw near, urging voters to be informed about the candidates and issues in order to responsibly cast their vote when they go to the polls on July 5.

JPII translator defends Christopher West against criticism and ‘harmful’ spin

May 29, 2009 - 06:57 pm .- Michael Waldstein, an Ave Maria University theology professor and translator of Pope John Paul II’s work, has joined the discussion about the Catholic speaker Christopher West’s presentation of the Theology of the Body. Defending West as an effective communicator and popularizer, Waldstein warned that a critical “spin” on West’s work does harm to the Theology of the Body.

State ethics office investigates Connecticut diocese as lobbying group

May 29, 2009 - 05:16 pm .- In response to its efforts to fight a bill that would have redefined the financial and pastoral structure of the Catholic Church in Connecticut, the Diocese of Bridgeport is now being investigated by the Office of State Ethics (OSE) for acting as a lobbying group without registering as one. Today, the diocese filed a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the investigation.

Institute reminds EU candidates: Families are in danger in Europe and Spain

May 29, 2009 - 03:01 pm .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain has reminded candidates vying for a seat in the upcoming European Parliament elections that the family remains “a pending issue” in Europe and Spain.

L’Osservatore Romano praises Barcelona for exemplary sportsmanship

May 29, 2009 - 01:35 pm .- L’Osservatore Romano, that Vatican's newspaper, has praised the F.C. Barcelona soccer team for its example of sportsmanship in the European Champions League final against Manchester United, which was played Wednesday at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.

Create true peace amidst global crisis by addressing injustices, Pope tells diplomats

May 29, 2009 - 10:31 am .- Pope Benedict XVI received eight ambassadors hailing from countries ranging from Mongolia to Norway on Friday. Assuring the diplomats that the Catholic Church will work with them, the Pope called for a renewed effort to establish true peace, especially since the world is undergoing an economic and social crisis.

Summer camp in Colorado Rockies to help bring teens closer to Christ

May 29, 2009 - 10:27 am .- Two summer programs intended to help bring young people closer to Christ will host Catholic teens in the Colorado Rockies for week-long experiences tailored to the various age groups.

Janet Smith defends Christopher West against criticisms

May 29, 2009 - 06:14 am .- Following several critical theological appraisals of Christopher West, Professor Janet Smith has come to the defense of the Theology of the Body speaker. Stating her “enthusiasm” for West and the Theology of the Body, she contended that his style is a response to “the sexually wounded and confused” and said many criticisms of him were “without foundation.”

U.S. bishops praise ‘eminently reasonable’ Prop. 8 ruling

May 29, 2009 - 03:35 am .- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) praised as “eminently reasonable” the California Supreme Court’s decision to uphold Proposition 8, a successful ballot measure that restored the definition of marriage to “the union of one man and one woman.”

Pro-abortion groups praise nomination of Sotomayor to Supreme Court

May 29, 2009 - 01:44 am .- Several pro-abortion groups have issued reactions to President Barack Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the United States Supreme Court. While praising the choice, some groups avoided the abortion issue while one asked for reassurances about the nominee’s commitment to Roe v. Wade.

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