Archive of October 15, 2009

Bishop Sample explains decision to ask Bishop Gumbleton not to visit diocese

Oct 15, 2009 - 11:40 pm .- Bishop of Marquette Alexander K. Sample has commented on his request that Bishop Thomas Gumbleton not come to the diocese. He said it was “unfortunate” that the request has become public, but he explained that Bishop Gumbleton’s position on issues like homosexuality and the ordination of women required it.

Mexican actor rallies Colombians for massive March for Life this Saturday

Oct 15, 2009 - 10:50 pm .- Mexican actor Eduardo Verastegui, who starred in the film “Bella” and has become a pro-life activist, is encouraging Colombians to attend a march this Saturday to protest a proposal to open an abortion clinic in the city of Medellin.

Rhode Island diocese 'rejoices' as Pope appoints auxiliary

Oct 15, 2009 - 08:05 pm .- Msgr. Robert C. Evans today was named auxiliary bishop in his home diocese of Providence, R.I. At a press conference today, the bishop-elect spoke of his gratefulness for the new appointment and assured the faithful in the diocese of his prayers.

Ann Arbor sisters announce dates for popular discernment retreat

Oct 15, 2009 - 07:09 pm .- The Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist have announced the dates for this year's 24-hour discernment retreats for young women. The rapidly growing religious community says that the current average of participants is 100 per retreat and that they continue to see a steady uptick in interest. 

Former Minister of Health rebuffs feminist arguments for abortion in Peru

Oct 15, 2009 - 05:15 pm .- Peru’s former Minister of Health, Luis Solari, last week rebuffed the arguments of feminist organizations that are pushing for the legalization of abortion in the country. In his response, Solari lamented that these groups are encouraging women, whom they supposedly defend, “to kill their own children.”

Europe is terminally ill because of abortion, warns Spanish bishop

Oct 15, 2009 - 04:11 pm .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Spain voiced his support this week for the October 17 March for Life in Madrid and warned that with the legalization of abortion, “a true ecological disaster” has been unleashed in Europe and will turn it into “a continent of death.”

Condoms promote promiscuity and lead to more HIV infections, says African bishop

Oct 15, 2009 - 02:14 pm .- During his remarks at the Synod of Bishops for Africa taking place at the Vatican, Bishop Joseph Shpandeni Shikongo of Capra, Namibia said condoms spread a “secular and relativistic vision of sexuality” and “encourage promiscuity,” thus increasing the spread of AIDS.

New book from Pontifical Council looks at past and future of ecumenism

Oct 15, 2009 - 01:45 pm .- A new book on ecumenism, written by members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, was presented at the Vatican today by Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the same council. The book aims to look “both to the past and to the future" of ecumenical efforts.

First meeting between Holy See and Lefebvrists to take place October 26

Oct 15, 2009 - 12:40 pm .- Several months after Pope Benedict lifted the excommunications of four Society of St. Pius X bishops, the Director of the Holy See's press office, Father Federico Lombardi, announced today that the first meeting with representatives of the society will take place in Rome on Monday, October 26.

Holy Father names new bishop for Diocese of Duluth

Oct 15, 2009 - 10:34 am .- On Thursday morning, Pope Benedict named Msgr. Paul D. Sirba, currently vicar general and moderator of the curia in St. Paul and Minneapolis, as the ninth Bishop of Duluth, Minnesota, filling the position left vacant when Bishop Dennis M. Schnurr was appointed as coadjutor of Cincinnati, Ohio in October 2008.

Miami priest appointed by Pope to head Colorado diocese

Oct 15, 2009 - 10:32 am .- This morning the Vatican announced that Fr. Fernando Isern from the Archdiocese of Miami has been appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to head the Diocese of Pueblo in southern Colorado.

Pro-life feminists challenge New York’s payments for human egg donations

Oct 15, 2009 - 06:18 am .- A pro-life feminist group has filed suit to block the use of New York state taxpayer funds to pay women recruited to donate their eggs for embryonic stem cell research.

Priest beats poker pros to win $100,000 for parish church fund

Oct 15, 2009 - 03:54 am .- A South Carolina priest bested an NBA basketball star and two professional poker players, including former world champion Daniel Negreanu, to win $100,000 in a poker tournament and qualify for a competition with a $1 million grand prize.

Pennsylvania bishops say health care reform proposals have ‘critical shortcomings’

Oct 15, 2009 - 01:10 am .- The bishops of the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference have issued a statement on national health care reform, saying present proposals have “critical shortcomings” that violate Catholic principles concerning respect for human life and dignity and respect for consciences.

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