Archive of May 18, 2010

Jesuit magazine editor: Pope's comment on same-sex marriage is bizarre

May 18, 2010 - 11:13 pm .- The culture editor of the Jesuit weekly magazine America, Fr. James Martin, S.J., argued yesterday in a post on the publication's blog that Pope Benedict's equation of abortion and same-sex marriage "is bizarre" and "seemed oddly discordant."

Peruvian cardinal calls on Catholics to make Christ present through word and example

May 18, 2010 - 09:54 pm .- In his radio program, Dialogue of Faith, the Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne, invited the faithful of Peru to make Christ present with their lives, in order to live out “the great message of the Ascension: here and now Jesus is with you.”

Catholic sister told Phoenix bishop abortion was allowed by Church teaching

May 18, 2010 - 09:06 pm .- A religious sister who was on a Catholic hospital panel that approved a direct abortion has excommunicated herself, the Diocese of Phoenix said on Tuesday. According to the diocese, Sr. Margaret McBride told Bishop Olmsted that she believed performing an abortion in a specific case from 2009 "was a morally good and allowable act according to Church teaching."

Religious affiliation in census causing confusion among Mexican Catholics

May 18, 2010 - 06:06 pm .- As Mexico begins its 2010 Census, the country's bishops have cautioned Catholics to be careful responding to the question on religious affiliation as its ambiguous language could lead them to state they are part of another denomination.

BP America gives $1 million to Catholic Charities New Orleans to assist those affected by oil spill

May 18, 2010 - 06:02 pm .- BP America, a subsidiary of the petroleum giant whose underwater well is leaking millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, has announced a combined $1 million donation to Catholic Charities in Louisiana to support emergency food assistance and financial aid for families affected by the environmental disaster.

Portuguese bishops call gay 'marriage' law a step backward

May 18, 2010 - 04:28 pm .- Portuguese bishops, joined by the country's Pro-Life Federation, denounced their president's decision to legalize same-sex “marriage” on Monday, calling the move a “step backward” and an “attack on the traditional family.”

John Paul II always accepted pain, never asked for sedatives, reports papal physician

May 18, 2010 - 01:53 pm .- In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, Italian physician Renato Buzzonetti, recounted his relationship and experiences with John Paul II as his personal physician from 1978 until his death. Among other things, he recalled details about the May 13, 1981 assassination attempt on the late Pope, his willingness to embrace suffering and the last moments of his life.

Padre Pio devotees read Bible while following life of saint

May 18, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- On Sunday, a group of those inspired by Padre Pio began reading the entire Bible at key places in the life of the saint of Pietrelcina. They will continue to do so until the Vigil of Pentecost on May 22.

Vatican cardinal advises priests, missionaries to use three-dimensional approach

May 18, 2010 - 11:20 am .- Cardinal Ivan Dias, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples addressed the priests and missionaries of the world yesterday calling on them to use a three dimensional approach to their service: doctrine, discipline, devotion.

Thai archbishop asks religious leaders to help avert civil war

May 18, 2010 - 08:07 am .- An intervention of religious leaders could help provide a peaceful solution in Thailand before the possible “catastrophe” of a civil war, the president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand has said.

Bishop Olmsted ‘gravely concerned’ by abortion at Arizona Catholic hospital

May 18, 2010 - 06:00 am .- Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted is “gravely concerned” after learning a direct abortion took place at a Catholic hospital, urging that an unborn child should not be seen as a disease and should never be directly killed. A Catholic ethicist also commented on the case, saying both the mother and the child deserved the best medical efforts.

Archbishop Gomez gives emotional farewell to San Antonio

May 18, 2010 - 04:27 am .- Archbishop Jose Gomez, who was recently named coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, presided over a farewell Mass on Sunday in Texas, giving an emotional goodbye to the Archdiocese of San Antonio, which he has led since 2005.

Politics Daily expresses regret, removes article incriminating US apostolic nuncio

May 18, 2010 - 03:05 am .- After publishing an article last week that incriminated the U.S. apostolic nuncio by suggesting he regularly insults an alleged victim of clerical abuse in Washington D.C., Politics Daily removed the “disquieting” article and expressed regret they had published it.

Campaign launched in UK to support missionary priests

May 18, 2010 - 01:20 am .- In an effort to raise funds in support of missionary priests, a Catholic charity is urging the faithful in the United Kingdom to offer Masses in honor of the Pope and his upcoming visit to the area.

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