Archive of December 11, 2009

Christian Liberation Movement urges government to return sovereignty to Cubans

Dec 11, 2009 - 10:59 pm .- The Christian Liberation Movement this week urged Cuba's National Assembly to return sovereignty to the people because Cubans have fought for the “well-being of all, not for the power of only a few.”

Relations progress as Vietnamese president meets with Pope

Dec 11, 2009 - 05:06 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI met with the President of Vietnam, Nguyen Minh Triet, this morning at the Apostolic Palace in a much awaited encounter. Although it appears that the two countries have not yet decided to establish full diplomatic relations, the Vatican called it "a significant stage in the progress of bilateral relations with Vietnam."

Americans trust physicians over politicians on health care reform, says Gallup analyst

Dec 11, 2009 - 04:28 pm .- In a follow up conversation with CNA on Friday, Gallup poll analyst Lydia Saad spoke more about her findings on Americans trusting health care workers over Members of Congress, particularly in regard to the current health care reform.

Pro-abortion politicians do not represent honest citizens, says Brazilian archbishop

Dec 11, 2009 - 04:18 pm .- Archbishop Emeritus Jose Cardoso Sobrinho of Olinda y Recife, who tried to defend and protect a nine year-old girl before she underwent a court-ordered abortion, remarked that pro-abortion politicians and candidates cannot represent honest citizens.

Without God we risk our own destruction, writes Benedict XVI

Dec 11, 2009 - 03:36 pm .- Pope Benedict officially congratulated the Italian bishops’ conference for hosting this week’s “Conference on God.” He outlined the importance of such initiatives for keeping God within “man’s horizons,” because without Him “humanity loses its orientation and risks committing steps towards its own destruction.”

Rep. Stupak to discuss pro-life prospects for health care bill in EWTN interview

Dec 11, 2009 - 02:50 pm .- An interview with Rep. Bart Stupak, the Michigan pro-life Democrat who rallied 64 Democrats to amend the House health care bill to ban federal funding for most abortions, will be broadcast on EWTN Friday evening.

Buddhist extremists brutally attack Catholic church in Sri Lanka

Dec 11, 2009 - 12:59 pm .- More than 1,000 Buddhist extremists armed with clubs, swords and stones ferociously attacked a Catholic church in the town of Crooswatta, Sri Lanka on December 6, destroying the altar, statues and pews.

Lesbian nominee approved by Senate committee despite pro-family outcry

Dec 11, 2009 - 12:48 pm .- Despite the complaints of her critics that she supports same-sex "marriage" as well as previously endorsing polygamous relationships, the Senate HELP Committee on Thursday approved the nomination of Chai Feldblum to be one of five commissioners on the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, and sent her nomination to the Senate for a full confirmation.

Pope meets with Irish bishops, plans measures to respond to abuse

Dec 11, 2009 - 10:55 am .- Pope Benedict XVI and high-ranking members or the Roman Curia met with two members of the Irish bishops’ conference in the papal library on Friday to listen to their concerns and discuss the issue of sexual abuse in the Archdiocese of Dublin.  The Pope was admittedly “deeply disturbed and distressed” by the contents of the Murphy Report released on Nov. 29 and expressed his commitment to investigating the matter further.

Fifteen Catholic Senators voted against Nelson Amendment

Dec 11, 2009 - 06:29 am .- A total of fifteen self-described Catholic Senators voted to table the Nelson-Hatch-Casey Amendment, which would have significantly restricted abortion funding from the Senate health care bill.

Fulton Sheen wanted everyone to be saints, Archbishop Dolan says at memorial Mass

Dec 11, 2009 - 04:53 am .- At the Mass marking the 30th Anniversary of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s death, Archbishop of New York Timothy Dolan thanked God for the life of the “magnetic” television and radio personality. He said Sheen’s talent and wisdom were at the service of his key goal of getting himself and the world to heaven.

Irish bishops’ conference decries ‘failure of moral leadership’ in clerical sex abuse scandal

Dec 11, 2009 - 03:21 am .- The Irish bishops have apologized to victims of clerical sexual abuse, decrying the “failure of moral leadership” and “the scale and depravity of abuse” described in a newly released report on the issue.

Steubenville conference launches N. American endeavor on faith and culture

Dec 11, 2009 - 02:18 am .- The Pontifical Council for Culture began its “intentional engagement” of North America with a conference at Franciscan University of Steubenville. Speakers discussed the Church’s relations with science and the future meetings, part of a series called “From Sea to Shining Sea: Faith and Culture in North America.”

Right to Life in Spain rejects 'radicalization' of new abortion law

Dec 11, 2009 - 01:04 am .- The Right to Life organization in Spain has denounced the “scandalous” agreement between the Socialist Party and other left-wing parties to make abortion laws in the country even more radical.  The proposed reforms would eliminate one of two reports required for an abortion and would restrict conscientious protections for medical professionals.  The reforms would also eventually allow for the distribution of the morning-after pill using tax-payer funds.

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