Archive of October 20, 2009

Archbishop denounces murder of 400 children in Guatemala

Oct 20, 2009 - 11:58 pm .- The Office of Human Rights of the Archdiocese of Guatemala denounced the murders of over 400 children between January and September of this year, and called for an end to the “culture of violence and intolerance for personal integrity” that is affecting the country.

Spanish bishop denounces new law on abortion as 'venom of immorality'

Oct 20, 2009 - 08:50 pm .- Bishop Jesus Sanz Montes of Huesca in Spain has called the new law on abortion being promoted by the Zapatero administration “chauvinist and unjust.” He added that calling abortion a “right” is “a venomous source of immorality and injustice that mars the entire law.”

Population control advocates neglect concrete health problems, Steve Mosher says

Oct 20, 2009 - 06:55 pm .- Researchers who claim that an increased human population size harms the environment have written an editorial in a prominent British medical journal promoting contraceptive use in the Third World, leading Steve Mosher of the Population Research Institute to warn that concerns about population control and climate change neglect the concrete health problems of people.

Thousands of Colombians stand up for life, women and the family in Medellin

Oct 20, 2009 - 05:58 pm .- At least 10,000 Colombians took to the streets of Medellin on October 17 for the March for Life, Women and the Family to voice support for the unborn in response to plans to build an abortion clinic in the city with public funds. The number of protestors who came out for the event surpassed even the organizers’ expectations.

Former Anglican sees new Vatican provision as 'slap-down' of liberal agenda

Oct 20, 2009 - 05:44 pm .- Fr. George Rutler, an Anglican convert and pastor in New York City, has written a guest column for CNA following the announcement by the Vatican that the Pope has approved a new structure for Anglicans desiring to enter into communion with the Catholic Church. The priest argues that move is a rebuke to the liberal agenda of some in the Anglican Communion.

U.S. Catholic and Episcopalian leaders respond to Vatican’s new Anglican provision

Oct 20, 2009 - 03:31 pm .- Responding to the announcement of a new apostolic constitution to assist Anglicans in entering the Catholic Church, Cardinal Francis George has said the provision will serve the unity of the Church. An Episcopalian spokesman said the full implications of the action are still being studied and ecumenical dialogue will continue.

Efforts continue to free missionary kidnapped in the Philippines

Oct 20, 2009 - 12:02 pm .- The Vicar General of the Diocese of Pagadian in the Philippines, Father Gilbert Hingone, reported this week that although there has not been any direct contact with the kidnappers of Father Michael Sinnot, he is hopeful for his release thanks to the work being done by the civil-military committee to free the missionary.

Anglican and Catholic archbishops say declaration won't change dialogue

Oct 20, 2009 - 11:52 am .- Catholic Archbishop Vincent Nichols and Anglican primate Archbishop Rowan Williams held a press conference today in London to say that the newly announced structure for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church will not harm ecumenical dialogue between the two Churches.

Pope Benedict approves structure for admitting large groups of Anglicans into Catholic Church

Oct 20, 2009 - 05:11 am .- In a Vatican press conference today, Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, announced that an Apostolic Constitution has been prepared in response to “many requests” from groups of Anglican clergy and faithful wanting to enter into full communion with the Church. The Apostolic Constitution, which Cardinal Levada said “provides a reasonable and even necessary response to a world-wide phenomenon,” will be a “single canonical model for the universal Church which is adaptable to various local situations and equitable to former Anglicans in its universal application.” The new canonical structure will allow former Anglicans to enter into full communion with the Church while “preserving elements of distinctive Anglican spiritual patrimony,” said Cardinal Levada. Addressing the status of married clergy, the cardinal said that married Anglican clergy would be allowed to be ordained as Catholic priests just as takes place in the Eastern Catholic and Orthodox Churches. Similarly, following the same tradition, those priests will not be allowed to be ordained bishops.

Students go speechless for Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity

Oct 20, 2009 - 03:49 am .- Students in 3,000 schools across 25 countries will participate in the Pro-Life Day of Silent Solidarity today to protest against the killing of innocent children by refusing to speak, a pro-life group reports.

U.N. bureaucracy co-opts anti-terrorism report to redefine gender, critics argue

Oct 20, 2009 - 02:19 am .- A recently submitted report on human rights in counter-terrorism efforts uses language defining gender as “a social and shifting construct” that is not static but changeable. Critics charge that the United Nations bureaucracy has made the report “highly ideological” and has distracted from its true purpose of protecting women.

YouTube video records attack on pro-life advocate near abortuary

Oct 20, 2009 - 01:44 am .- A Latino pro-life advocate participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign outside a California abortion clinic was assaulted last Thursday by a pro-choice woman who cut his arm while going on an obscene tirade. Video of the attack has been posted on YouTube.

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