Archive of February 21, 2012

Not all Catholic colleges freely choose to cover birth control, group says

Feb 21, 2012 - 06:08 pm .- The Cardinal Newman Society evaluated a list of twenty prominent Catholic colleges offering contraceptive coverage and found that most do so because of a state mandate or medical reasons but not for birth control purposes.

New Facebook page empowers Cubans to welcome papal visit

Feb 21, 2012 - 04:05 pm .- The Christian Life Movement in Cuba launched a new Facebook page called “Waiting for Benedict XVI” to promote the pontiff's upcoming visit and defend the right of all Cubans to welcome him.

Pope names native son as new auxiliary of Galveston-Houston archdiocese

Feb 21, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI named Houston native Msgr. George A. Sheltz on Feb. 21 as the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston’s next auxiliary bishop.

Cardinal O’Brien meets Cardinal O’Brien

Feb 21, 2012 - 01:55 pm .- You don’t have to be named O’Brien to become a cardinal, but it seems to help. Just after Cardinal Edwin O’Brien became a member of the College of Cardinals on Feb. 18, he was welcomed by a man with the same last name, Cardinal Keith O’Brien from Scotland.

Abortion advocate draws ire for dressing up as 'bishop'

Feb 21, 2012 - 12:05 pm .- Prominent abortion advocate Monica Roa, who helped legalize abortion in Colombia in 2006, posted a picture of herself on Facebook where she mocks the Catholic Church by dressing up as a bishop.

Ave Maria University challenges HHS mandate in federal court

Feb 21, 2012 - 10:35 am .- Ave Maria University has filed a lawsuit seeking relief from the federal rule forcing it to fund contraception, sterilization, and abortion-causing drugs in employee health care plans.

Vatican gives Easter reform deadline to Pontifical University of Peru

Feb 21, 2012 - 09:48 am .- The Vatican has given the Pontifical University of Peru until Easter 2012 to comply with the Church’s requirements for Catholic colleges, marking the first time the Holy See has set a deadline for a university to reform.

List shows dozens of prominent women oppose contraception mandate

Feb 21, 2012 - 04:03 am .- In response to the claim that most women do not oppose the Obama administration's contraception mandate, journalist Kathryn Jean Lopez published a long list of notable women who object to the new rule.

Church leaders appeal for talks to prevent Syrian civil war

Feb 21, 2012 - 02:23 am .- Catholic leaders have called for negotiations to prevent a civil war in Syria, where the conflict between government supporters and opponents is being compared to last year's fight for control of Libya.

Thousands of religious leaders voice concerns about HHS mandate

Feb 21, 2012 - 12:10 am .- Over 2,500 religious leaders have signed a letter to President Obama calling for the reversal of the HHS-mandated insurance coverage of contraception because it “essentially ignores the conscience rights of many Catholic and Protestant Americans.”