Archive of July 14, 2009

Weigel revisits social encyclical's analysis of ‘moral ecology’

Jul 14, 2009 - 11:49 pm .- George Weigel has provided a second reaction to Pope Benedict XVI’s latest encyclical “Caritas In Veritate,” saying the document raises questions about the “moral ecology” of the economy, the continuity of Catholic teaching and the prudential application of Catholic principles.

Colombian bishops encourage and reaffirm unconditional defense of life

Jul 14, 2009 - 08:09 pm .- At the conclusion of their 87th Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia issued a final statement reiterating and encouraging unconditional defense of human life from conception to natural death.

'Jane Roe’ arrested after protest at Sotomayor confirmation hearing

Jul 14, 2009 - 07:12 pm .- Norma McCorvey, the “Jane Roe” in the U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision Roe v. Wade, was removed from the Senate confirmation hearings of Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Monday and arrested after she and three others protested the Supreme Court nominee’s stand on abortion.

Health care bill drawing bipartisan fire over abortion funding

Jul 14, 2009 - 05:55 pm .- As Congress prepares to consider President Obama's health care reform this week, the legislation is drawing opposition from both sides of the aisle. At a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, ten lawmakers warned that the current draft of the health care bill will force taxpayers, businesses and insurance providers to pay for abortions.

Venezuelan bishop defends life, family and freedom of expression

Jul 14, 2009 - 04:31 pm .- At the conclusion of their Plenary Assembly, the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela issued several statements underscoring the urgent need for the respect of freedom of expression, especially in the media. They also denounced attempts to institutionalize attacks on the family as well as traditional marriage.

Second Spanish priest found murdered in Havana

Jul 14, 2009 - 02:46 pm .- A Spanish priest was found murdered in a Havana parish this week.  Initial investigations indicate that the body of Father Mariano Arroyo Murillo, 74, was found at his parish in the neighborhood of Regla.

Vatican paper finds good and bad in new Harry Potter movie

Jul 14, 2009 - 01:29 pm .- In an article entitled, “Magic is no longer a surprising trick,” the Vatican daily L’Osservatore Romano has reviewed the new film in the Harry Potter series, “Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince.” The paper finds that the movie's message is a mixed bag, with references to New Age spirituality and praiseworthy aspirations toward choosing the good.

Pope Benedict prays that bombers will have a 'conversion of heart'

Jul 14, 2009 - 10:17 am .- Responding to the string of attacks against eight Christian churches in Iraq on Sunday, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his spiritual closeness to the victims and prayed for the attackers' "conversion of heart."

Prominent Kennedy’s ‘bogus and embarrassing’ remarks set Obama over Pope, critic says

Jul 14, 2009 - 05:54 am .- Former Maryland Lt. Gov. Kathleen Kennedy Townsend’s recent Newsweek editorial claiming President Barack Obama represents U.S. Catholics better than Pope Benedict XVI has been attacked by one Catholic critic as “bogus and embarrassing.”

Baghdad bomb attacks on Christians kill seven, injure several dozen

Jul 14, 2009 - 03:21 am .- More than 40 people were killed or injured in renewed attacks on Christians in Baghdad on Sunday.

Pope encourages university students to discuss God in the classroom

Jul 14, 2009 - 01:10 am .- On Saturday Pope Benedict XVI addressed over 1,100 university students about missionary efforts at universities. Encouraging them to bear witness to Jesus Christ, he urged them both to help bring discussion of God back into the classroom and to overcome materialist worldviews.

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