Archive of June 17, 2009

U.N. council’s sex ed proposal imposes ‘hedonistic values,’ Fr. Euteneur says

Jun 17, 2009 - 11:04 pm .- Pro-life leader Fr. Thomas J. Euteneur has criticized a United Nations council’s proposal for early childhood “comprehensive sexuality education” as an imposition of “hedonistic values” and a violation of the rights of parents.

Nicaraguan bishops chide Ortega: Justice requires action and not just prayer

Jun 17, 2009 - 08:51 pm .- In response to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega’s recent “invitation to pray” and to refrain from giving opinions on political issues, the bishops of Nicaragua reminded that justice requires action and not just prayer. The one who prays, they said, must always speak out to defend the truth.

Spanish bishop assaulted in Bolivia

Jun 17, 2009 - 06:52 pm .- The retired bishop of the Spanish Diocese of Palencia, Bishop Nicolas Antonio Castellanos Franco, who won the prestigious Prince of Asturias Award in 1998, was assaulted at his residence in the city of Santa Cruz, Bolivia, on June 14.

Vatican newspaper editor: We support the U.S. bishops but have hopes for Obama

Jun 17, 2009 - 05:39 pm .- Gian Maria Vian, the editor-in-chief of L’Osservatore Romano who has come under fire for his  his alleged “pro-Obama” stance, clarified today in an interview that the Vatican’s daily newspaper is and has always been supportive of the U.S. bishops, but it is also hopeful that Obama will be a pro-life president.

IVF treats embryos as expendable, bioethicist says, reacting to British story

Jun 17, 2009 - 05:19 pm .- Two years ago, a British couple using in vitro fertilization discovered that their frozen embryo was accidently implanted in another woman, who later aborted the child. Commenting on the story, a bioethicist explained to CNA that in vitro fertilization violates the Catholic Church's teaching on the equal value of all life.

Italian newspaper reveals details behind Hitler’s plan to kill Pius XII

Jun 17, 2009 - 02:15 pm .- The Italian bishops’ newspaper Avvenire published an article on Tuesday revealing the details behind Hitler’s plan to kidnap or kill Pope Pius XII as a way of “punishing” the Italians for the arrest of Mussolini.

Vatican warns against Society of St. Pius X ordinations

Jun 17, 2009 - 12:56 pm .- News that the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) intends to ordain 23 priests in late June caused the Vatican to issue a statement on Wednesday saying that the ordinations will not be legitimate.

Vatican meeting on Austrian problem diocese concludes

Jun 17, 2009 - 11:36 am .- Following the reaction of Austrian Catholics in the Diocese of Linz against the Pope's appointment of an auxiliary bishop and liturgical abuses in the diocese, Pope Benedict XVI convoked a two-day meeting of leading bishops from Austria to address the situation.

Bring the Gospel to people using their language and customs, Pope urges

Jun 17, 2009 - 10:29 am .- Pope Benedict XVI dedicated today's general audience to the example of Sts. Cyril and Methodius, apostles of the Slavs and co-patrons of Europe, who modeled the importance of bringing the Gospel to new cultures using their own language and customs.

Catholic convert from Oregon coast becomes a priest

Jun 17, 2009 - 08:17 am .- He grew up an evangelical Protestant in Oregon, suspicious of Marian theology. Now he’s a Catholic priest and a physicist. Dominican Father Raphael Mary Salzillo was ordained last month in San Francisco and will take up an assignment at the University of Washington Newman Center and Blessed Sacrament Parish in Seattle.

Janet Smith says criticisms of West ‘unfair’ and ‘unsubstantiated’

Jun 17, 2009 - 08:01 am .- Continuing the discussion about Theology of the Body speaker Christopher West, Prof. Janet E. Smith has argued that theologian Prof. David Schindler’s criticism of West has been “unfair” and has focused upon “unsubstantiated” and “out of context” examples of errors he sees in West’s work.

Conscience protections sought for Nebraska psychologistsis

Jun 17, 2009 - 04:11 am .- Responding to concerns that psychologists might be required to counsel homosexual couples about strengthening their relationship, Catholic leaders in Nebraska are asking for conscience protections for psychologists who refuse to treat or refer clients because of religious or moral convictions.

Watchdog group claims some Catholic universities promote pro-abortion internships

Jun 17, 2009 - 02:18 am .- At least ten Catholic colleges and universities are promoting student internships with organizations whose missions or actions are directly opposed to Catholic morals, the Cardinal Newman Society charges. Some internships are with organizations that promote abortion or homosexual issues and include possible work in abortion “clinic defense.”

New swine flu vaccine made by ethical means, pro-life group affirms

Jun 17, 2009 - 12:25 am .- As the pharmacuetical companies race to produce a vaccine for the swine flu, a Catholic pro-life group has announced that the newly developed vaccine is being made using ethical cell lines.

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