Archive of February 7, 2012

Pope urges faithful to overcome selfishness with Lenten charity

Feb 7, 2012 - 08:10 pm .- The Catholic Church must demonstrate the power of love and show the limitations of an individualistic worldview, Pope Benedict XVI taught in a Lenten message released two weeks before Ash Wednesday.

Clerical abuse expert welcomes 'marked drop' in US claims

Feb 7, 2012 - 06:20 pm .- One of the Catholic Church’s leading experts on clerical abuse says he welcomes a significant drop in the number of cases being reported in the United States – but won’t rest until that figure reaches zero.

Peruvian bishop says Church will always reject abortion

Feb 7, 2012 - 06:04 pm .- The president of the Peruvian bishops' conference says the Church will always defend life and reject abortion even if this stance conflicts with society.

Abuse survivor praises Pope for listening to victims

Feb 7, 2012 - 05:59 pm .- An Irish woman who was abused by a priest in her youth told an international symposium on clerical abuse that Pope Benedict is a model of how to listen to victims.

Archdiocese of Panama urges conflict resolution with local tribe

Feb 7, 2012 - 02:07 pm .- The Archdiocese of Panama City called for dialogue to resolve the violence between the government and the local Gnöbe bugle Indian tribe which has left one person killed and 42 wounded.

Appeals court rules Prop. 8 unconstitutional

Feb 7, 2012 - 01:43 pm .- The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that California’s Proposition 8 unconstitutionally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, clearing the way for a possible U.S. Supreme Court hearing on “gay marriage.”

Pope says renewal requires ‘Christ-like’ response to abuse

Feb 7, 2012 - 11:40 am .- Pope Benedict XVI called upon bishops to respond in a “Christ-like” manner to clerical abuse as part of a “profound renewal” of the Church.

Army silences military archbishop on contraception mandate

Feb 7, 2012 - 06:05 am .- The archbishop who oversees American Catholic military chaplains worldwide claims the U.S. Army violated his rights by stifling a pastoral letter condemning the Obama administration's contraception mandate.  

USA Today editorial clashes with Sebelius on HHS mandate

Feb 7, 2012 - 03:05 am .- The editorial board of USA Today disagreed with the Obama administration’s claim that its recent contraception mandate respects the religious freedom of groups who will be forced to comply with it. 

HHS mandate presents Catholic college presidents with grave choice

Feb 7, 2012 - 01:06 am .- The HHS contraception mandate puts Catholic college and university presidents in peril because it forces them to choose between obeying the law and disowning their Catholic faith which they have sworn to uphold, Thomas More College President William Edmund Fahey said.