Archive of March 16, 2011

New documents reveal inner workings of papal birth control commission

Mar 16, 2011 - 04:55 pm .- New documentation from a renowned moral theologian is shedding light on a controversial moment in Catholic history – the 1963-66 commission that considered the question of contraception prior to Paul VI's encyclical “Humanae Vitae.”

European court to rule on crucifixes in Italian schools

Mar 16, 2011 - 04:06 pm .- The European Human Rights Court will issue a ruling March 18 on whether crucifixes should be present in the public schools of Italy.

Vocations director chosen as new auxiliary bishop of San Jose (Updated)

Mar 16, 2011 - 03:05 pm .- Fr. Thomas Daly, a San Francisco diocesan priest and vocations director, has been chosen to become the new Auxiliary Bishop of San Jose, California.

Pope sends $100,000 to Japan

Mar 16, 2011 - 11:12 am .- Pope Benedict XVI sent a donation of $100,000 to the Bishops’ Conference of Japan to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that struck the country on March 11.

Baby Joseph's struggle a teaching moment on the value of life, says priest

Mar 16, 2011 - 06:09 am .- A priest who helped transfer a terminally ill 13-month-old from a Canadian hospital – where his breathing tubes were slated to be removed – said the fight to keep the baby alive is a “teaching moment for our whole culture” on the value of life.  

US bishops emphasize booklet on 'marriage equality' is not Catholic

Mar 16, 2011 - 02:46 am .- The U.S. bishops have said that a new booklet advocating “marriage equality” for same-sex couples by a self-identified Catholic group strongly contradicts Church teaching.

Maronite Catholics in Lebanon receive new patriarch

Mar 16, 2011 - 01:03 am .- Lebanon's Maronite Catholic Church has elected Bishop Bechara Rai, a 71-year-old monk, as its new patriarch.

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