Archive of July 20, 2011

Brazilian bishops meet with delegation from state-run Chinese bishops' group

Jul 20, 2011 - 06:04 pm .- On the day that the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association illegitimately ordained a new bishop, a delegation from the institution met with the secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Brazil, Archbishop Leonardo Steiner.

Bishops oppose mandatory contraception and sterilization coverage

Jul 20, 2011 - 05:15 pm .- The U.S. bishops “strongly oppose” a proposal to mandate coverage of surgical sterilization and all FDA-approved birth control in private health insurance plans nationwide. The mandate would undermine the good of women and children and the consciences of heath care providers, one leading bishop said.

Vatican did not aid abuse cover-up in Ireland, says spokesman

Jul 20, 2011 - 02:59 pm .- Fr. Federico Lombardi said claims that the Vatican encouraged Irish bishops to not report sex abuse cases to police are untrue and ignore everything the Holy See has done to the counteract the issue.

Vatican releases Pope Benedict's schedule for Germany trip

Jul 20, 2011 - 01:22 pm .- The Vatican has announced Pope Benedict XVI's schedule for his apostolic trip to Germany in September.

Churches aid refugees of Indonesian volcano eruption

Jul 20, 2011 - 10:24 am .- Christian churches have moved quickly to help the more than 5,000 people who have fled the volcanic eruption of Mount Lokon on the northern Indonesian island of Sulawesi.

Vatican strips media group of 'Catholic' label

Jul 20, 2011 - 06:01 am .- A Catholic media organization has lost its Vatican recognition because of its leaders’ “unacceptable lack of transparency and clarity.”

Legal complaint fails to stop Catholic University's single-sex dorm plan

Jul 20, 2011 - 03:11 am .- Catholic University of America is going ahead with its plan for single-sex residence halls despite a complaint filed on July 14 by Professor John Banzhaf, known for his lawsuits over fast food and women's bathrooms.

Illinois backs off second attempt to block Catholic Charities foster work

Jul 20, 2011 - 01:10 am .- The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has abandoned a second attempt to block Catholic Charities from providing foster care services, one week after a judge's order kept the state from ending its contract.

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