Archive of June 2, 2009

Salvadoran archbishop calls on new president to seek the common good

Jun 2, 2009 - 10:48 pm .- Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador called on the country’s new president, Mauricio Funes, to seek out the common good and to “surround himself with qualified people” in his government.

Cardinal Terrazas encourages Bolivians to evangelize with courage

Jun 2, 2009 - 09:23 pm .- During the launching of the Permanent Mission in Bolivia, the Archbishop of Santa Cruz de la Sierra, Cardinal Julio Terrazas Sandoval, called on Catholics to proclaim the faith “with courage, generosity and creativity,” under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Orange County rejects Planned Parenthood tobacco funding bid

Jun 2, 2009 - 07:45 pm .- The health department of Orange County has rejected a Planned Parenthood affiliate’s application to open a breast care clinic for the uninsured using tobacco settlement grant money.

Denver archbishop to hold immigration forum with congressmen

Jun 2, 2009 - 07:02 pm .- Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput has announced that he will join two U.S. Representatives in sponsoring an open forum to discuss immigration reform on June 13. “We need to get down to the practical steps of changing our immigration laws in a sane and positive way – now,” said Chaput.

President Obama declares June ‘LGBT Pride Month’

Jun 2, 2009 - 05:28 pm .- In a Monday proclamation, President Barack Obama declared June 2009 to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Pride Month, outlining his plan to advance homosexual political concerns.

Mexican archbishop reminds polticians of Church's support for human rights

Jun 2, 2009 - 04:44 pm .- Archbishop Rafael Romo Munoz of Tijuana admonished candidates in Mexico’s upcoming local and national elections that “any proposal they promote that goes against human rights will be opposed by the Catholic Church.”

Dominicans pray for lawmakers who support abortion

Jun 2, 2009 - 02:34 pm .- At the conclusion of Mass on Sunday in all parishes in Santo Domingo, a list of names was read of the lawmakers who supported overturning the country's law protecting the unborn. Priests and the faithful “held a minute of silence for each one of them and their families and prayed they would reflect on their decision.”

Spaniards reject abortion without parental consent

Jun 2, 2009 - 12:30 pm .- New polling data shows that almost two-thirds of Spaniards reject the government’s proposal to reform the country's existing abortion law to allow minors to undergo the procedure without parental consent.

American cardinal retires from Vatican post

Jun 2, 2009 - 10:48 am .- The Vatican announced this morning that the Pope has accepted the resignation of 77-year-old Cardinal James Francis Stafford, the former Archbishop of Denver, from his post as the Penitentiary Major. He will be replaced by Archbishop Fortunato Baldelli, the current apostolic nuncio to France.

Abortion ‘absolutists’ blocking bill to support pregnant women, pro-life Dem says

Jun 2, 2009 - 06:54 am .- Kristen Day, executive director of Democrats for Life of America, has criticized the lack of support among the more “absolutist” Democratic supporters of abortion rights for a bill that aims to reduce the number of abortions by helping pregnant women. Day claimed the bill’s opponents think the bill “goes too far toward common ground.”

Prayers collected for bishops who opposed Obama invitation

Jun 2, 2009 - 03:18 am .- The Cardinal Newman Society has announced that it has begun sending “Spiritual Bouquet Certificates” of hundreds of thousands of prayers to the 83 bishops who publicly opposed the University of Notre Dame’s commencement invitation to President Barack Obama.

Catholic bishops condemn Tiller slaying

Jun 2, 2009 - 12:12 am .- Several Catholic bishops have denounced the shooting of the abortion doctor George Tiller, offering their prayers for Tiller and his family while reiterating that the pro-life position can never serve as a justification for crimes.

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