Archive of October 24, 2012

News outlets seek unsealing of Legion of Christ docs in lawsuit

Oct 24, 2012 - 06:22 pm .- Four news organizations are seeking the release of sealed court documents from a lawsuit contesting the will of a Rhode Island woman who gave $60 million to the Legion of Christ.

Pope says spiritually dry world needs faith of Christians

Oct 24, 2012 - 04:07 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI said at his Oct. 24 general audience that the world’s “spiritual desert” must be transformed into “fertile soil” by Christians who live their faith to its fullest.

Uruguay bishops clarify statement on excommunication of lawmakers favoring abortion

Oct 24, 2012 - 03:14 pm .- The Uruguayan Bishops’ Conference has explained recent statements regarding Catholic lawmakers who voted to legalize abortion in the country, saying they are not excommunicated if they voted in favor of abortion.

Pius X Society expels Bishop Williamson for disobedience

Oct 24, 2012 - 12:10 pm .- The Society of St. Pius X has expelled Bishop Richard Williamson, saying he has distanced himself from the traditionalist Catholic group’s leadership and he has refused “to show due respect and obedience to his lawful superiors.”

Pope announces six new cardinals, including an American

Oct 24, 2012 - 09:09 am .- At today's general audience, Pope Benedict XVI announced he will appoint six new cardinals, including an American, at a consistory that will be held Nov. 24.

Employee placed on leave for marriage petition says she was bullied

Oct 24, 2012 - 04:00 am .- A university employee who was placed on administration leave said that she has been humiliated and intimidated for her belief that Maryland voters should determine whether to implement a “gay marriage” law in the state.

Priests' group creates Catholic voter guide mobile app

Oct 24, 2012 - 02:08 am .- The Confraternity of Catholic Clergy has released a non-partisan voting guide for Catholics in the form of a free mobile device app.

Chicago Declaration gathers support for religious freedom

Oct 24, 2012 - 12:26 am .- A new declaration signed by business and cultural leaders in Chicago voiced support for the U.S. Constitution’s religious freedom protections and emphasized the importance of education and engagement on this fundamental right in the face of current threats.