Archive of March 20, 2010 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 20, 2010

U.S. Bishops’ final plea to Congressmen: Do not pass pro-abortion health care bill

Mar 20, 2010 - 09:41 pm .- In a final, urgent plea to prevent the passage of the current form of the Senate health care bill, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) on Saturday evening sent a letter to Congressmen asking them to vote “no.”

Louisiana bishops: Denials that Senate health care bill funds abortion are mistaken

Mar 20, 2010 - 08:44 pm .- Still more Catholic prelates have voiced opposition to the Senate version of the health care bill as the bishops of Louisiana tell their flocks that they “strongly support” the U.S. bishops’ conference’s position on the legislation. Claims that the bill will not provide funding for abortions are “mistaken” and “inaccurate” they say.

Chinese Church officials to attend third straight plenary meeting in Vatican

Mar 20, 2010 - 06:43 pm .- A third plenary meeting in as many years will take place in the Vatican next week between representatives of the Catholic Church in China and superiors from the Roman Curia. Like last year, formation will again be the topic of discussions.

Iraqi Christian gunned down in Mosul

Mar 20, 2010 - 03:09 pm .- A Christian man was killed in Mosul, Iraq on Wednesday, reports the Christian Post.  Sabah Gurgis, 55, a shopkeeper who sells eye glasses was shot from the back by gunmen in an unmarked car using a pistol silencer. Gurgis was near the school of Shamoon Al-Safa while he was on his way to work.

Diocese of Wichita develops stewardship formation series

Mar 20, 2010 - 01:00 pm .- Msgr. Thomas McGread, a priest of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas who formed Christian stewards in his many years of ministry, often said the textbook of stewardship is the Word of God.  The Diocese of Wichita has developed a series called “The Spirituality of Stewardship” to help parishes form the next generation of stewards.

Papal letter to Ireland urges abuse victims to look to Jesus Christ’s healing power

Mar 20, 2010 - 11:55 am .- The healing power of Jesus Christ’s self-sacrificing love can free even those in “the darkest and most hopeless situations,” wrote Pope Benedict in a Pastoral Letter to the Church in Ireland. The “intense” letter voiced sorrow to abuse victims while urging reparation for sins.

Cardinal O'Malley rips pro-Obama Catholics on health care

Mar 20, 2010 - 08:03 am .- The Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, yesterday criticized organizations such as the Catholic Health Association and Network for supporting a health care bill that will halt decades of government neutrality on the issue of abortion.

USCCB’s policy expertise exposes Senate bill’s abortion provisions, Doerflinger reasserts

Mar 20, 2010 - 07:58 am .- The Catholic bishops’ conference has better policy expertise on the health care bill than any other Catholic organization, Richard Doerflinger has said. He warned about “reassuring” claims that prevent “honest and candid debate” on abortion provisions that Congressmen have a moral responsibility to change.

U.S. bishops, dissenting Catholics face off in in health care debate

Mar 20, 2010 - 07:19 am .- While the U.S. Bishops are encouraging the faithful to call their representatives and ask them to oppose Senate legislation because of federal funding for abortion, the group Catholics United and other left-leaning groups are running interference, allowing lawmakers to justify ignoring the guidance of the bishops on the critical moral and political issues contained in the bill.