Archive of September 17, 2009

Hispanic bishops visit congressmen, link health care and immigration reform

Sep 17, 2009 - 10:54 pm .- A delegation of six Hispanic Catholic bishops has met with U.S. legislators to discuss topics including health care reform and immigration issues. The bishops noted that immigration and health care overlap because the failures of immigration policy will affect the health care system.

Following Obama controversy, Notre Dame president announces pro-life initiatives

Sep 17, 2009 - 07:07 pm .- Months after President Barack Obama’s controversial commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, university president Fr. John I. Jenkins, CSC, has announced several campus pro-life initiatives. He also said he will attend the March for Life in Washington D.C.

Survey: 48 percent of Americans want ban on abortion funding in health care bill

Sep 17, 2009 - 06:36 pm .- The latest poll from the independent pollster Rasmussen shows that 48 percent of Americans want a ban on coverage for abortion in any government-funded health care plan, while only 13 percent believe that it should be covered.

Belief in aliens not necessarily against the faith, Vatican official says

Sep 17, 2009 - 04:08 pm .-  Father Jose Gabriel Funes, director of the Vatican Observatory, said this week there is no opposition between belief in the existence of aliens and at the same time belief in God. This position, he reminded, was held by Father Angelo Secchi, the 18th century Jesuit astronomer and director of the Observatory of the Roman College—today the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Archbishop of New York calls on U.N. to defend human dignity

Sep 17, 2009 - 01:44 pm .- Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York said this week that as the United Nations convenes its General Assembly, it would be wise to confront the challenges before it by adopting a “tongue common to all of us that has at its center the human person the heart of all institutions, laws and works of society."

Foundation wants Pius XII to be declared 'Righteous Among the Nations'

Sep 17, 2009 - 12:40 pm .- The Pave The Way Foundation informed Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday that it has launched an initiative to bestow on Pope Pius XII the title “Righteous Among the Nations”—the highest honor awarded by Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial on behalf of the State of Israel and the Jewish people to non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.

Priests cannot be replaced by the laity, Pope Benedict explains

Sep 17, 2009 - 10:27 am .- In an audience this morning with bishops visiting from Brazil, Pope Benedict XVI advised them on how to respond to the lack of priests, emphasizing that the shortage cannot be solved by having lay people substitute for the clergy.

Vatican II reforms at the center of SSPX talks

Sep 17, 2009 - 06:05 am .- Cardinal Christoph Schonborn has said that the breakaway Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) must assent to the non-negotiable reforms of the Second Vatican Council concerning religious freedom and interreligious relations with other Christians, with Jews and with other non-Christians.

Cardinal Pell to participate in Festival of Dangerous Ideas

Sep 17, 2009 - 03:03 am .- Cardinal George Pell will provide a counter to the atheist debater Christopher Hitchens at the first Festival of Dangerous Ideas in Sydney this October 3 and 4.

Catholic Charities responding to ‘alarming’ increase in poverty

Sep 17, 2009 - 12:26 am .- Catholic Charities USA and its member agencies have released its 2008 Annual Survey, reporting an “alarming” rate of increase in poverty in the United States.

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