Archive of June 5, 2009

Uruguayan bishop challenges priests to embrace their identity

Jun 5, 2009 - 10:53 pm .- Bishop Orlando Romero Cabrera of Canelones, Uruguay has called on priests to take up the challenge of their “priestly identity” by living a “priestly spirituality that is humane and that transforms us.”

Spanish feminists want girls to be able to have abortions without parental consent

Jun 5, 2009 - 07:31 pm .- The State Coordinator of Feminist Organizations in Spain said this week that since 13-year-old girls can legally engage in sexual relations in Spain, “then they should also have the right to decide about the consequences of those relations,” without input from their parents.

Christopher West’s teaching warrants uneasiness, theologian warns

Jun 5, 2009 - 04:15 pm .- Theologian David Schindler has expanded upon his criticisms of Christopher West, saying the speaker’s views can encourage a “dangerous imprudence” and arguing that those not at ease with his presentation have some ground for concern. He suggested that West’s work merits “patient reflection” in light of its critics.

Vatican announces Pope's vacation without confirmation of Obama visit

Jun 5, 2009 - 03:39 pm .- The Holy See's press office announced today that Pope Benedict XVI will leave for vacation in northern Italy from July 13-29, without knowing if President Barack Obama, who will be in Italy for the G8 summit, will formally request an audience with the Pope.

Rosary makers close in on 300,000

Jun 5, 2009 - 02:30 pm .- Pat Evans had big dreams when she helped coordinate a rosary-making campaign for U.S. servicemen six years ago at St. Mary in Annapolis.Still, she can hardly believe the effort has blossomed to 25 nationwide parishes and Catholic institutions and is nearing the 300,000th crafted “ranger rosary.”

Vatican official explains new authority of bishops to defrock priests

Jun 5, 2009 - 11:54 am .- During an interview today with Vatican Radio, the Secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy, Archbishop Mauro Piacenza, clarified that bishops around the world have not been granted with "automatic" powers to defrock priests, but only with the capacity to proceed more speedily in cases that were not considered by the current Code of Canon Law.

Holy Father backs U.N. push to protect children

Jun 5, 2009 - 10:39 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has sent a telegram to the International Catholic Child Bureau (BICE) to lend his support to a worldwide call for a "new mobilization on behalf of children" initiated by the United Nations in Geneva.

Spanish media reports government considering suppression of religious symbols

Jun 5, 2009 - 10:33 am .- Publico, a newspaper closely allied with Spain's ruling Socialist party, reported this week that the government is studying the idea of suppressing religious symbols in military barracks, hospitals, jails and public schools, as well as during State funerals or inauguration ceremonies for public officials.

Christian leaders applaud Obama's Cairo speech, wait for his actions

Jun 5, 2009 - 06:09 am .- U.S. President Barack Obama delivered an address to the Muslim world on Thursday at Cairo University, calling for religious tolerance, an end to violent extremism, and a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Christian leaders from the Middle East described the speech as a “clear change,” but asked that the president’s words be backed up by action.

John Paul II’s beatification cause could pass final hurdles in 2009

Jun 5, 2009 - 04:18 am .- Two requirements necessary to beatify Pope John Paul II could be met this year, a former Vatican spokesman has said.

New statistics show U.S. Catholics increase in numbers

Jun 5, 2009 - 02:57 am .- The 2009 Official Catholic Directory has released new statistics on the Catholic population. The directory shows that there are 68.1 million Catholics in the United States, an increase of about one million from the previous year which maintains Catholics as 22 percent of the U.S. population.

Our Sunday Visitor acquires catechetics leader Harcourt Religion Publishers

Jun 5, 2009 - 01:18 am .- The Catholic publishing group Our Sunday Visitor has acquired Harcourt Religion Publishers, announcing that the combination would help catechesis and Catholics who want to “bring their faith to life.”

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