Archive of March 8, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 8, 2010

Religious education is an inalienable right, Costa Rican bishops assert

Mar 8, 2010 - 10:52 pm .- The bishops of Costa Rica released a statement expressing concern over a recent ruling by the country's Constitutional Court which stripped the Church its right to choose which religion teachers will be hired in Costa Rican schools.

Denver archbishop explains why lesbian couple's child not admitted to school

Mar 8, 2010 - 09:34 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver weighed-in today on the recent decision to not re-enroll the child of a lesbian couple in a local Catholic school. The archbishop explained, “If parents don’t respect the beliefs of the Church, or live in a manner that openly rejects those beliefs, then partnering with those parents becomes very difficult, if not impossible.”

Academy for Life member asks Vatican spokesman to correct previous statements

Mar 8, 2010 - 08:08 pm .- In a recent letter, Pontifical Academy for Life (PAV) Member Christine de Vollmer asked Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi to issue a formal clarification of his recent comments characterizing a statement written by a group of PAV members as a call for the resignation of the Academy's president, Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Jewish historian: Pius XII was not 'Hitler’s Pope'

Mar 8, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- In comments to the newspaper, “Le Point,” Jewish historian Saul Friedländer defended Pius XII against accusations that he was “Hitler's Pope.” Friedländer recalled that Pope Pacelli's aversion to Nazism was made known by his collaboration in the writing of Pius XI's encyclical, “Mit brennender Sorge.”

Refusal of lesbian couple's child at Catholic school brings out dissenters

Mar 8, 2010 - 06:36 pm .- After local media reported that the child of a lesbian couple was refused enrollment at an elementary school in Boulder, the Archdiocese of Denver told CNA that opposition to its decision comes from those “who disagree with the Church’s position on homosexuality in general” and want an “excuse” to voice their opinion.

Vatican offers priests classes on sensitive confessions

Mar 8, 2010 - 03:35 pm .- A course for young priests on the proper administration of the Sacrament of Reconciliation began Monday afternoon in the Vatican. The classes aim to prepare the priests for especially delicate matters that come up in the confessional.

Protests in Cuba must continue without hunger strikes, says dissident

Mar 8, 2010 - 03:05 pm .- The president of the Christian Liberation Movement in Cuba, Oswaldo Paya, issued a statement last week encouraging the efforts of human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience in the country, but asked that their demands be made without resorting to hunger strikes.

Vatican voices support for investigation of German clerical sex abuse

Mar 8, 2010 - 02:54 pm .- “Enough! There needs to be a serious house cleaning in our Church. And the Pope is not just going to stand by and watch.” These were the words of Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, that were printed in the pages of Italy’s La Repubblica newspaper on Saturday.

Switzerland battles sexual promiscuity by distributing condoms to children

Mar 8, 2010 - 01:11 pm .- In response to an alarming increase in sexual promiscuity among children ages 10 – 14, the Swiss government has decided to begin distributing “extra-small” condoms.

Vatican renews call for protection of Christianity's origins

Mar 8, 2010 - 12:31 pm .- The Holy See has launched this year’s Easter appeal for the support of Christians in the Holy Land. The call for support is accompanied by an exhortation to reinforce solidarity and preserve the “Christian origins” of the region.

Local archbishop says religion not at source of conflict in Nigeria

Mar 8, 2010 - 11:17 am .- Early morning raids on three villages near Jos, Nigeria by Muslim shepherds on Sunday morning left hundreds of Christian farmers dead. Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan of Abuja emphasized on Monday that the source of the unrest is due to socio-economic concerns, not religion.