Archive of November 24, 2009

Archdiocese of Chicago increases housing aid for Latinos

Nov 24, 2009 - 10:13 pm .- Not long after criticism that the Archdiocese of Chicago hasn't reached out to Latinos, the archdiocese  has announced that it is investing in more affordable housing in parts of the city that have large Latino populations.

Cardinal Rouco Varela denounces 'deficient' regulation of religion classes

Nov 24, 2009 - 08:24 pm .- The Archbishop of Madrid and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, criticized the Spanish government this week for the deterioration of moral formation in the country's education system.

Catholic youth shut down Kansas City, jump-start it with faith

Nov 24, 2009 - 06:29 pm .- From November 19-21, 21,000 teens and 3,000 adult chaperones descended on Kansas City for the National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC), but instead of the usual damage, the teens left a wake of grace that impacted the city.

Law on homosexual unions in Mexico City is a 'legal monstrosity,' expert says

Nov 24, 2009 - 04:56 pm .- The president of the College of Catholic Lawyers of Mexico, Armando Martinez, criticized a proposed measure this week that would make homosexual unions equal to marriage.

'Hardball' host gives 'insulting lecture' during interview with Bishop Tobin, Catholic League charges

Nov 24, 2009 - 03:06 pm .- On Monday Bishop Thomas Tobin tangled with television pundit Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” about the relation between religion and politics as well as the legal status of abortion. Matthews’ comments, which charged that the bishop has overstepped his authority, were criticized as a “rant” and an “extended lecture.”

Vatican announces celebrations for Cultural Patrimony of the Church, World Day for Migrants

Nov 24, 2009 - 01:03 pm .- The Vatican announced today that it will be holding two press conferences at the end of the week: one to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Pontifical Commission for the Cultural Patrimony of the Church and the other to present the Pope's message for the 96th World Day of Migrants and Refugees.

Uruguayan bishops reissue voter guide as elections draw near

Nov 24, 2009 - 12:27 pm .- With the second round of presidential elections just days away, the Uruguayan bishops have reissued their voter guidelines published at the beginning of the year to assist Catholics as they head to the polls.

Tennessee hospital changes mind, will provide care for nine month old

Nov 24, 2009 - 10:23 am .- After attorneys for the Alliance Defense Fund (ADF) filed an emergency court motion on behalf of a nine month-old baby whose doctors wanted to cease giving care, the hospital's board of ethics has changed its mind and allowed the baby a chance at life.

Christianity is not at the service of civil power, says Cardinal Bagnasco

Nov 24, 2009 - 08:24 am .- The Archbishop of Genoa and president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, remarked last week that, “Christianity rejects and will always reject being reduced to a civil religion at the service of those in power, whoever they may be.”

Priest of breakaway St. Louis parish says he is willing to step down

Nov 24, 2009 - 06:22 am .- The excommunicated priest of a breakaway St. Louis parish has said he would be willing to step down if it would help the parish.

Catholic bioethicist weighs in on paralyzed man thought to be unconscious for 23 years

Nov 24, 2009 - 03:55 am .- A paralyzed man who was misdiagnosed as comatose for 23 years is again communicating with the world after new brain scans showed he was in fact conscious. A Catholic bioethics expert suggests the case shows the wisdom of Catholic teaching on the duty to provide sustenance for those believed to be comatose.

Catholic bishops reiterate that Senate health care bill is 'fundamentally flawed'

Nov 24, 2009 - 03:03 am .- In a teleconference Monday afternoon, representatives of the USCCB reiterated that the current Senate health care bill needs “substantial improvement” before it can be considered anything but morally unacceptable for Catholics.

Quaker group nominates excommunicated priest for Nobel Peace Prize

Nov 24, 2009 - 02:01 am .- Fr. Roy Bourgeois, a Maryknoll priest who was excommunicated for refusing to affirm Catholic teaching on the ordination of women, has been officially nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize by a Quaker group which admires his work in opposing the School of the Americas.

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