Archive of November 17, 2009

Europe has profound Christian roots which cannot be ignored, says Vatican cardinal

Nov 17, 2009 - 10:05 pm .- During the presentation of his book, “The Contribution of Christians for a New Europe,” the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, said Europe, “more than a geographic reality, is a spiritual reality, which distinguishes it from other continents,” and that it has profound Christian roots which cannot be ignored in the face of secularist threats to banish them.

Archbishop Dolan declares ‘Sweet Victory’ as Cardinal Rigali delivers on World Series bet

Nov 17, 2009 - 08:11 pm .- Fulfilling his part of a wager on the outcome of the World Series, Archbishop of Philadelphia Cardinal Justin Rigali on Monday presented a case of Tastykakes pastries to Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual meeting in Baltimore.

Cardinal Rouco defends importance of divine law in present-day Europe

Nov 17, 2009 - 07:48 pm .- This week Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid defended the importance of “natural and divine law” in the history of contemporary Europe. The prelate added that the right to life must be protected in the legislation of European countries.

Group linked to Bolivian government behind attack on Cardinal Terrazas

Nov 17, 2009 - 05:04 pm .- The Bolivian media is reporting that the perpetrator of the April 15 attack on the residence of Cardinal Julio Terrazas of Santa Cruz may have been a member of the Crisis Resolution Tactic Unit (CRTU), which is linked to the Bolivian government.

Pattern of clerical sexual abuse remains unchanged, researchers tell U.S. bishops

Nov 17, 2009 - 03:43 pm .- Researchers investigating the sexual abuse of minors by clergy presented their interim report at the November assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday. They said new reports of sexual abuse do not alter the pattern of clerical sexual abuse, which peaked in the late 1960s and 1970s before declining in the 1980s.

U.S. bishops remember slain El Salvador priests

Nov 17, 2009 - 03:34 pm .- Monday, Nov. 16 marked the 20th anniversary of the murder of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter in El Salvador. The massacre took place in 1989 and was perpetrated by members of an army battalion during El Salvador's civil war. 

Vatican encourages Chinese Catholics, sees signs of hope

Nov 17, 2009 - 02:17 pm .- On Monday the Vatican made public its continued efforts to promote reconciliation within the Chinese Catholic community as well as between the Church and the Chinese government.

First step taken toward beatification of John Paul II, says Vatican analyst

Nov 17, 2009 - 11:22 am .- Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli reported this week that the first step toward the beatification of John Paul II has already been completed.. He explained that officials at the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints have given the green light for the proclamation of the late Pope's heroic virtue.

Planned Parenthood 'runs on fear,' former clinic director charges

Nov 17, 2009 - 07:02 am .- Abby Johnson, former Bryan, Texas Planned Parenthood director spoke with CNA on Monday about the restraining order her former employer filed against her following her Oct. 6 resignation.  Johnson noted that while she was a little surprised by the injunction, she also knows that Planned Parenthood “runs on fear.” 

Health care abortion debate centers on whether Stupak Amendment is ‘status quo’

Nov 17, 2009 - 05:11 am .- White House Senior Adviser David Axelrod has suggested that President Obama will intervene to alter the Stupak Amendment in health care legislation, claiming that it changes the “status quo” on abortion. A leader of a pro-life Democratic group told CNA in response that the Stupak Amendment is itself the status quo.

Catholic bishops of India propose National Day for Indian Martyrs

Nov 17, 2009 - 02:47 am .- The Catholic Bishops Conference of India (CBCI) has proposed to make the last Sunday of August a National Day for Indian Martyrs to commemorate the Christians who died in the August 2008 massacres in Orissa.

Coalition calls for reform of CCHD as annual collection nears

Nov 17, 2009 - 01:41 am .- The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is highlighting its projects as the annual CCHD collection approaches. One Catholic coalition, citing several controversial grants to groups which opposed Church teaching, has called for reform of the campaign.

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