Archive of November 19, 2009

Presenter asks U.S. bishops’ assembly to help create a ‘culture of vocation’ to the religious life

Nov 19, 2009 - 10:53 pm .- Presenting the results of the National Religious Vocation Conference (NRVC) study on vocations to religious life at the U.S. bishops’ fall assembly, a religious brother has encouraged the bishops to work more closely with religious institutes to create a “culture of vocation” to all forms of ordained and vowed religious life.

Family Research Council urges pro-life senators to 'denounce' abortion funding

Nov 19, 2009 - 08:43 pm .- In reaction to Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's new health care bill, the Family Research Council urged pro-life senators to “denounce abortion funding provisions and make every effort to include the Stupak-Pitts amendment.”

Austrian bishops call country's new same-sex partnership 'neither appropriate nor necessary'

Nov 19, 2009 - 06:50 pm .- The Austrian Bishops' Conference responded to new legislation which provides for the country's recognition of same-sex partnerships, saying that the law was “neither appropriate nor necessary, because the existing provisions for civil rights already grant appropriate protections.”

Notre Dame professor appointed to International Theological Commission

Nov 19, 2009 - 04:53 pm .- On Thursday, the Vatican announced the appointment of Notre Dame Professor John C. Cavadini to the International Theological Commission.

Michigan doctor charged with forcing abortion on teenager

Nov 19, 2009 - 04:32 pm .- A lawsuit has been filed against Michigan abortionist Abraham Alberto Hodari, alleging that he forced  an abortion on an 18-year old woman.

Members of Philadelphia parish celebrate dedications of Rome's largest basilicas

Nov 19, 2009 - 03:01 pm .- Yesterday, the Church celebrated the feast of the dedication of two of the four Roman basilicas: St. Peter's and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Among those in attendance at the celebrations were pilgrims from St. Anselm's parish in Philadelphia, Pa.

Terminally ill priest meets with Pope, offers sufferings for the Church

Nov 19, 2009 - 02:02 pm .- Father Luigi Squarcia, a pastor in the Italian town of Acquapendente who has suffered from Lou Gehrig's disease for the last four years, met with Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday and offered his “sufferings for the good of the Church.”

Senate health care bill’s abortion provisions ‘completely unacceptable,’ pro-life leaders say

Nov 19, 2009 - 01:31 pm .- Pro-life leaders have criticized the regulation of abortion funding in the Senate’s proposed version of health care reform legislation as “completely unacceptable.” A Senate version of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment is necessary to prevent federal funding for abortion, they said.

There is an urgent need to reunite faith and culture, Pope tells universities

Nov 19, 2009 - 12:06 pm .- This afternoon Pope Benedict XVI met with professors and students of Roman Pontifical Universities and discussed the “urgent need, which still persists today, to overcome the separation between faith and culture.”

California bishops call on laity to be 'voice of life and dignity' in the political sphere

Nov 19, 2009 - 10:49 am .- The California Catholic Conference is calling on the state's Catholics to join the recently launched Catholic Legislative Network and become more involved in politics, California Catholic Daily reports. The campaign is beginning at the parish level and will encompass the entire state by next year.

D.C. board refuses to let voters add same-sex 'marriage' ban to ballot

Nov 19, 2009 - 06:23 am .- The Board of Elections and Ethics in Washington D.C. ruled Tuesday that allowing a same-sex 'marriage' ban on the ballot would violate the city's Human Rights Act of 1977.  On Wednesday, the organization, Stand4MarriageDC filed a lawsuit against the board saying it is denying D.C. citizens the right to vote on the definition of marriage.

Abortion funding restrictions vital to progress of health care reform bill, Rep. Stupak says

Nov 19, 2009 - 05:43 am .- Countering critics who claim the Stupak Amendment will be altered or stripped from Congress’ health care reform bill, Rep. Bart Stupak says his pro-life amendment is vital to the legislation’s progress and was added “fair and square.”

Bishop reiterates pro-life commitment in defense of CCHD

Nov 19, 2009 - 04:21 am .- The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ subcommittee which oversees the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) has defended the program against what he called “outrageous” allegations and claims. He reiterated that the campaign is pro-life and has “zero tolerance” for funding any group that violates Catholic teaching.

Louisiana Congressman drew on Ignatian spirituality for decision on health care vote

Nov 19, 2009 - 03:04 am .- A U.S. Congressman from Louisiana who is a former Jesuit seminarian said his background in Ignatian spirituality has helped him discern right decisions in his work. His attendance at Mass before a major vote on health care reform particularly affected him, he reported.

Group warns Spanish government will use abortion law to impose sex-ed

Nov 19, 2009 - 02:05 am .- The organization, “Professionals for Ethics” warned this week that the Spanish Socialist government is intending to use the new law on abortion to force schools to teach its version of sex-ed, which includes gender ideology.

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