Archive of August 24, 2009

Vatican expert says parishes are not islands unto themselves

Aug 24, 2009 - 10:50 pm .- Father Nikolaus Schoch, OFM, who is the Assistant Promoter of Justice at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, said during a strip to Peru this week that amidst the challenges of today’s world, parishes must not be islands unto themselves, but rather must be integrated with the diocese and need involvement from the laity and the ecclesial movements.

Vatican expert says justice and charity should prevail in economic affairs

Aug 24, 2009 - 06:43 pm .- The international controller for the Vatican’s Prefecture of Economic Affairs, Thomas Hong-Soon Han, said last week that Christians must go beyond the logic of “the greatest benefit at the lowest cost possible” and that the demands of justice and charity must not be sacrificed in economic activity, as the Pope has explained in his encyclical “Caritas in Veritate.”

Vatican denies liturgical reforms being formalized

Aug 24, 2009 - 05:24 pm .- The Press Office of the Holy See today denied reports in the Italian press that Pope Benedict is poised to make changes to enhance the sacredness of the liturgy.  The statement added that there are currently no institutional proposals to alter the rites being used to celebrate the Mass.

Bishops call on rebel groups in Colombia to respect lives of priests

Aug 24, 2009 - 04:32 pm .- The president of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Ruben Salazar, called on rebel groups in the country last week to respect the lives of priests and religious, who in many cases are the only sources of hope for victims of Colombia’s decades-long civil conflict.

Denver archbishop: Health care reform that funds abortion is not common ground

Aug 24, 2009 - 02:08 pm .- "Common ground" is a phrase that President Obama and some of his supporters have been using to describe their efforts to work for health care reform. But Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver is taking them to task for abusing the Catholic concept, calling any labeling of the current reform proposals as common ground "a lie."

Controversy surrounds ‘guilt inducing’ Veterans Affairs booklet on end-of-life issues

Aug 24, 2009 - 01:09 pm .- A booklet from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) on end-of-life issues asks its veterans to consider under what circumstances their life might not be “worth living.” One critic says the booklet is “guilt inducing” and sends a “hurry-up-and-die” message, while a U.S. Senator has called for hearings on its contents.

Citizens in Venezuela denounce new law on education

Aug 24, 2009 - 10:12 am .- The National Council of the Laity in Venezuela has rejected the recently passed reform of the country’s educational laws, not only because of the “illegitimate and illegal way in which this law has been imposed on us,” but also because it is an attack against Venezuelans' constitutional rights.

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