Archive of April 27, 2012

Sebelius says she sought religious 'balance,' but ignored key precedents

Apr 27, 2012 - 06:03 pm .- HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she was unaware of legal precedents confirming religious freedom, even as she sought a “balance” between believers' rights and the contraception mandate.

Cuban dissident ceases hunger strike

Apr 27, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- Jose Daniel Ferrer, the currently imprisoned head of the Patriotic Union of Cuba, called off his hunger strike on April 26 while a group of activists continue to pray for his release.

Registration for WYD Rio 2013 to open in July

Apr 27, 2012 - 12:09 pm .- Organizers for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, said that registration will be open starting this July and that young people who wish to attend must register exclusively through the official website.

Prison mates promote cause of heroic Korean War priest

Apr 27, 2012 - 10:25 am .- The head of the cause for the beatification of an American priest who died in a Communist prison during the Korean War says the chaplain's fellow inmates are the real promoters of his sainthood.

HHS hire of Planned Parenthood spokesman reflects close relationship

Apr 27, 2012 - 04:04 am .- Pro-life leaders see the Obama administration’s recent decision to hire a Planned Parenthood media specialist as an intentional move to make its abortion policies appealing to the American people.

Rep. Ryan says budget uses Catholic principles to aid poor

Apr 27, 2012 - 02:04 am .- Amid criticism that he is ignoring the needs of the poor, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) defended his proposed budget's approach to relieving poverty as “consistent with how I understand my Catholic faith.”

Irish bishop reaffirms seal of confession amid legal controversy

Apr 27, 2012 - 12:03 am .- Dublin's Auxiliary Bishop Raymond W. Field says priests must maintain the confidentiality of the confessional, which may be threatened by a proposed law requiring mandatory reporting of abuse.