Archive of December 2, 2009

S.F. Archdiocese to take $14.4 million tax battle to court

Dec 2, 2009 - 10:00 pm .- Nearly two years after Archbishop George Niederauer of San Francisco initiated a corporate restructuring of the archdiocese, and a year after the city of San Francisco attempted to levy a $14.4 million property transfer tax on the archdiocese, the dispute will be moving to a civil court.

'Homosexuals will not get into Heaven' is not the true Catholic teaching, Vatican spokesman clarifies

Dec 2, 2009 - 07:42 pm .- Following the release of comments attributed to Mexican Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, according to which allegedly he said that homosexuals will not go to Heaven, Vatican spokesman, Fr. Federico Lombardi S.J., explained that such statement is not the official teaching of the Catholic Church.

Christian Life Movement to place greater emphasis on promotion of life, dignity and rights of the human person

Dec 2, 2009 - 06:06 pm .- The General Coordinator of the Christian Life Movement, Eduardo Regal, announced Tuesday that the ecclesial movement will place a new emphasis in its apostolic work on the promotion of life, dignity and the rights of the human person.

Abortion amendment to Senate health care bill will have Stupak language, senator’s spokesman confirms

Dec 2, 2009 - 04:58 pm .- A bipartisan group of senators opposed to taxpayer funding for abortion is preparing an amendment to the Senate health care bill which uses the language of the Stupak-Pitts Amendment, a senator’s spokesman has confirmed to CNA.

N.Y. lawmakers vote against same-sex 'marriage'

Dec 2, 2009 - 04:01 pm .- On Wednesday Dec. 2, the New York Senate voted 38-24 against a bill to legalize same-sex "marriage" in the state.

Judge bars same-sex 'marriage' from taking place in Argentina

Dec 2, 2009 - 02:15 pm .- A federal judge in Buenos Aires has barred same-sex “marriage” from taking place in the Argentinean capital this week, overturning a decision by a lower court judge who had previously ruled it to be unconstitutional to prohibit marriage between two persons of the same sex.

American expert speaks on significance of Papal vision of beauty

Dec 2, 2009 - 01:23 pm .- On November 22, Pope Benedict XVI attracted the eyes of the world to the Sistine Chapel where he welcomed a group of 250 international artists and urged them to renew an old friendship in the "quest for beauty."  CNA interviewed Abbot Michael John Zielinski, Vice President of the Pontifical Council for the Cultural Heritage of the Church and Sacred Archeology, for further insight into the meaning of this 'quest' and its significance in this Papacy.

Archdiocese in D.C. still committed to serving, despite same-sex 'marriage' bill

Dec 2, 2009 - 12:05 pm .- The Archdiocese of Washington D.C. and Catholic Charities are still “committed to continuing to serve the people of the District of Columbia as we have done for more than 80 years,” despite D.C. Council members voting in favor of same-sex “marriage” in the nation's capital yesterday, said the archdiocese

Benedict XVI recalls life of William of Saint-Thierry and his teachings on love

Dec 2, 2009 - 11:42 am .- In today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI delved into the life and teachings of William of St. Thierry, a Cistercian monk who wrote extensively about the nature of love.

Cardinal Cipriani invites woman repentant of abortion to become an 'apostle of life'

Dec 2, 2009 - 11:09 am .- During a radio program this week, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani of Lima invited a woman who repented of having an abortion to become an “apostle of life “and help others who have experienced the same tragedy.

Holy Father highlights JPII document on the Sacrament of Penance

Dec 2, 2009 - 10:48 am .-  At the end of his general audience, Pope Benedict XVI reminded those present that today is the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's Apostolic Exhortation on the Sacrament of Confession, “Reconciliatio et Paenitentia.”  The Holy Father then drew attention to several saints who were “tireless dispensers of divine mercy.”

‘Mean-spirited’ minority wrong to claim Christmas offends non-Christians, Bill Donohue says

Dec 2, 2009 - 08:18 am .- Christians should not show timidity in cultural disputes over traditional Christmas songs, displays and Nativity scenes, the head of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights says.  He charges such disputes are contrived by a small set of “mean-spirited people” who wrongly insinuate that many non-Christians are offended by Christmas.

March for life attracts 50,000 in Costa Rica

Dec 2, 2009 - 06:55 am .- Some 50,000 people participated in the “Costa Rica March for Life and the Family” on November 28, which concluded with an address calling on officials to reject any law that would attack these fundamental values.

USCCB delegation visits tropical storm ravaged El Salvador

Dec 2, 2009 - 04:54 am .- From December 1-3, Bishop John Manz, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, accompanied by Oblate Father Andrew Small, director for the Church in Latin America at the USCCB, will visit communities in El Salvador affected by the recent tropical storm.

Bishop-elect of Cheyenne an outdoorsman from a faith-filled family

Dec 2, 2009 - 03:01 am .- Fr. Paul D. Etienne, the bishop-elect of Cheyenne, is an Indiana outdoorsman whose vocation was nourished by a faithful mother and relatives in the priesthood and religious life.

Irish clerical sex abuse report reveals ‘betrayal of sacred trust,’ bishops say

Dec 2, 2009 - 01:43 am .- Last week an Irish government investigation released its report about the Irish bishops’ failure to combat and report clerical sexual abuse. Irish prelates have reacted with dismay and shame about their predecessors’ “betrayal of the sacred trust.”

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