Archive of July 13, 2009

Former Catholic Democratic leader pleads guilty to prostituting 17-year-old

Jul 13, 2009 - 10:47 pm .- R. Eric McFadden, a former leader of several Democrat-leaning Catholic groups, has pled guilty to two counts of compelling prostitution for prostituting a 17-year-old girl on the internet.

Vatican newspaper analyzes successful TV series 'House'

Jul 13, 2009 - 08:56 pm .- In an article titled “What if the Cynical Dr. House was Good?” L'Osservatore Romano reviews the book “Dr. House: Madness and Fascination of a Cult Series,” which examines the popular TV program “House” and how its “evil” protagonist conveys positive but often politically incorrect messages in support of life.

Church does not support or encourage coups, says Venezuelan archbishop

Jul 13, 2009 - 07:07 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, said last week the Church neither supports nor encourages coups and that he never felt the coup carried out by President Hugo Chavez was justified.

Abolishing celibacy would not lead to more vocations, says Argentinean archbishop

Jul 13, 2009 - 06:49 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Carmelo Giaquinta warned last week against “the false illusion that abolishing celibacy would lead to an increase in the number of priests.” Unfortunately, he noted, some priests “give in to temptation, and instead of nurturing their ideal of consecration in the Word of God, adopt the opinions of the media that often pontificates about divine things.”

Obama nominates rural Catholic doctor as Surgeon General

Jul 13, 2009 - 02:00 pm .- President Barack Obama has announced that he is nominating a rural Alabama Catholic doctor to be the U.S. Surgeon General. Reacting to the news, the rector of Mobile’s Catholic cathedral, where she serves as lector, is encouraging her to defend the unborn in her new position.

Korean bishops reject measure that would allow euthanasia

Jul 13, 2009 - 01:42 pm .- The Bishops of South Korea have rejected a measure that would legalize euthanasia in the country. Supporters of the measure are euphemistically labeling the proposal “death with dignity.”

K of C head surveys 'common ground' for U.S.-Catholic relations

Jul 13, 2009 - 10:44 am .- Following Friday’s meeting between Pope Benedict and U.S. President Barack Obama, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson released a statement saying that while he is pleased that the president is interested in engaging in “meaningful dialogue” with the Church, several issues must be addressed by the government to find “authentic common ground.”

Benedict XVI takes vacation in the mountains

Jul 13, 2009 - 10:31 am .- After completing a string of international visits and issuing his third encyclical, Pope Benedict XVI left this morning for a two-week vacation in the mountainous Valle d'Aosta region of Italy.

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