Archive of January 25, 2012

Crisis gives reason to reflect on human existence, says Spanish archbishop

Jan 25, 2012 - 07:58 pm .- Archbishop Braulio Rodriguez of Toledo, Spain recently spoke of the impact a crisis can have on humanity.

Hearing highlights human rights abuses in Vietnam

Jan 25, 2012 - 07:04 pm .- Witnesses at a Jan. 24 House subcommittee hearing on human rights abuses in Vietnam urged the U.S. government to intervene on behalf of those who are oppressed in other countries.

Catholics United’s defense of contraception mandate draws criticism

Jan 25, 2012 - 05:52 pm .- A Democratic-leaning Catholic group’s favorable reaction to the Obama administration’s new contraception mandate is being criticized for neglecting the threat to religious freedom and wrongly claiming that contraception lowers the abortion rate.

Pope asks Catholics to pray for Christian unity

Jan 25, 2012 - 02:15 pm .- Jesus’ “priestly prayer” at the Last Supper for Christian unity should inspire Catholics to pray and work for it, Pope Benedict XVI said on Jan. 25.

Nothing has changed with papal approval, explains Neocatechumenal priest

Jan 25, 2012 - 01:56 pm .- Father Ricardo Reyes Castillo, a member of the Neocatechumenal Way, said Pope Benedict XVI’s approval of the movement’s non-liturgical celebrations “has changed absolutely nothing.”

Bethlehem university takes concerns to Vatican

Jan 25, 2012 - 11:57 am .- The Israeli-built wall between Jerusalem and the West Bank is deterring staff and students from attending Bethlehem Catholic University, officials from the school say.

LA archbishop calls on Catholics to oppose HHS mandate

Jan 25, 2012 - 06:02 am .- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles urged lay Catholics to defend the faith after the Department of Health and Human Services refused to reverse a contraception mandate set to take effect in Aug. 2013.

Church leaders in England stress unity as secularism spreads

Jan 25, 2012 - 02:54 am .- Catholic and Coptic Orthodox leaders in England are encouraging unity between the two churches as society grows increasingly hostile to religion.

Washington archbishop testifies against state's 'gay marriage' bill

Jan 25, 2012 - 01:03 am .- A Washington state bill that would recognize same-sex “marriage” poses a “grave challenge” to the common good, Archbishop of Seattle J. Peter Sartain warned.