Archive of September 10, 2009

Responding to report, pro-life leader insists people are not pollution

Sep 10, 2009 - 09:13 pm .- A pro-life leader has criticized a report’s claim that contraception is the cheapest way to combat climate change, saying it rests on the false idea that people equal pollution.

Church prevents man from destroying himself, says Cardinal Bertone

Sep 10, 2009 - 07:58 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, remarked earlier this week that the Church "not only promotes the defense of the earth, water and air, which the Creator has given to all, but she is also especially committed to protecting man from destroying himself."

Rep. Smith doubts Obama’s claim of no federal funding for abortion

Sep 10, 2009 - 07:52 pm .- In comments following President Obama’s address to Congress regarding health care reform, Representative Chris Smith (R-NJ) expressed reservation about the president’s statement that under the new health care reform, “no federal dollars will be used to fund abortion.”

Poll says majority of Americans opposed to abortion funding in health care bill

Sep 10, 2009 - 07:17 pm .- A nationwide poll reports that most Americans do not want government funding for abortion in health care reform legislation.

Priesthood is not a career, Vatican cardinal says

Sep 10, 2009 - 06:24 pm .- The Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, cautioned that some priests have an "inadequate and superficial" encounter with Christ and have turned their ministries into "a sort of ecclesiastical profession.”

U.S. bishops' official: Obama planning his own health care proposal

Sep 10, 2009 - 05:29 pm .- On Wednesday evening, President Barack Obama stated in his speech on health care reform that "no federal dollars will be used to fund abortions." According to one U.S. Bishops' Conference official, the president's abortion statement refers not to H.R. 3200 but to a new proposal on health care reform that the White House plans to introduce.

Legalization of drugs would send wrong message, warns Argentinean archbishop

Sep 10, 2009 - 04:01 pm .- Archbishop Luis Villalba of Tucuman in Argentina said this week that the legalization of drugs such as marijuana would not be helpful for addicts and would send the message that such drugs are safe.

Torture must never be used, even in the fight against terrorism, says Spanish bishop

Sep 10, 2009 - 01:53 pm .- Bishop Juan Maria Uriarte of San Sebastian in Spain warned this week that torture must never be used even in the fight against "the abominable evil of terrorism."

Pro-life leaders continue to question Obama’s health care reform

Sep 10, 2009 - 11:23 am .- Following an address by President Barack Obama to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday night, both the president of the Family Research Council and the president of Concerned Women of America emphasized that despite Obama’s words that the reform won’t include tax-payer funding abortions, federal dollars will pay for the procedure.

Benedict XVI urges people to discover 'religious dimension' of environment

Sep 10, 2009 - 11:12 am .- Emphasizing the need to protect the environment, Pope Benedict XVI told a delegation of Spanish supporters this morning that the call for people to "discover its more profound spiritual and religious dimension" is also urgent.

Artists from around the world to meet with Pope Benedict

Sep 10, 2009 - 10:34 am .- In an effort to continue its promotion of the arts, the Pontifical Council for Culture is organizing a meeting of artists from around the world with Pope Benedict XVI on November 21.

Eduardo Verastegui tells Catholic youth at English festival about call to holiness

Sep 10, 2009 - 05:52 am .- Catholic actor Eduardo Verastegui was one of several speakers at an annual festival held at Walsingham, England during the country’s August bank holiday weekend. About 1,500 young people took part in the five day session of camping, music and Catholic renewal.

Cluny Abbey to begin 1100th anniversary celebrations on Saturday

Sep 10, 2009 - 03:18 am .- The French city of Cluny is preparing to begin a year of celebrations for the 1100th anniversary of the famous Cluny Abbey.

Mother says doctors refused to treat infant because of U.K. health rules

Sep 10, 2009 - 01:40 am .- Doctors in England ignored a mother’s pleas for help and left her extremely premature baby to die because he was born two days before a hospital guidelines’ recommended cutoff age for providing medical treatment.

Church will not be silent about anti-Catholic movements, says Costa Rican bishop

Sep 10, 2009 - 12:07 am .- In response to attempts by lawmakers to eliminate a clause from the country’s constitution that states the official religion of Costa Rica is the Catholic faith, Bishop Jose Francisco Ulloa of Cartago said the Church "will not be silent" and will not abandon her mission to defend human life and the family.

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