New Survey on Hispanic Youth in America

Friday, December 11, 2009 8:29 PM Comments (0)

The Pew Hispanic Center released a new survey Dec. 11, exploring the practices and attitudes of Hispanic youth in America.

Some of the findings are interesting for the Church, since many people have pointed out that the Catholic Church in America is becoming more and more Hispanic.

According to Pew, a majority of Hispanics — 60% — say they are Catholic. Among young Hispanics, 56% say they are Catholic, and among second- and third-generation young Hispanics, 49% identify themselves as Catholic.

“Between Two Worlds: How Young Latinos Come of Age in America” looks at values, social behaviors, family characteristics, economic well-being, educational attainment and labor force...READ MORE

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Pope Outraged by Irish Bishops’ Mishandling of Abuse

Friday, December 11, 2009 1:00 PM Comments (0)

The Vatican has issued a much anticipated statement on the bishops’ mishandling of clerical sexual abuse in the Irish Church between 1975 and 2004 following publication of the Murphy Report on the Archdiocese of Dublin. The communiqué reads:

“Today the Holy Father held a meeting with senior Irish bishops and high-ranking members of the Roman Curia. He listened to their concerns and discussed with them the traumatic events that were presented in the Irish Commission of Investigation’s report into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin.

“After careful study of the report, the Holy Father was deeply disturbed and distressed by its contents. He wishes once more to express his profound...READ MORE

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What Next for the Abortion Funding Ban?

Friday, December 11, 2009 12:55 PM Comments (0)

Here is Rich Daly’s report on the defeat of the Hatch-Nelson-Casey Amendment to the U.S. Senate version of the health-care overhaul bill. It will be in our Dec. 20 print edition.

Senate Rejects Ban On Abortion Funds

By Rich Daly

Register Correspondent

WASHINGTON — In a move that may jeopardize passage of the health-care overhaul, the U.S. Senate rejected an amendment that would have ensured no taxpayer funds are used to fund elective abortions.

Although some believe that Congress will ultimately include an abortion-funding ban, the Senate voted 54-45 on Dec. 8 to table an amendment sponsored by Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., that would provide such a funding ban.

“For more than three...READ MORE

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Nuns React to Apostolic Visitation

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 8:27 PM Comments (1)

As the Vatican continues to carry out its Apostolic Visitation of American Catholic women’s religious orders, it has received a wide degree of responses ranging from acceptance of the Visitation to outright hostility.

Sister Elizabeth Ohmann, a Franciscan nun who works for the lobbying group Humane Borders recently told the Arizona Daily Star that she feels the Vatican is targeting communities that dissent from Catholic teaching, especially on sexuality.

“Are we going contrary to Rome’s teachings?” Sister Ohmann said. “I say, ‘Yes, it is contrary to Rome’s teachings.’ But it is not contrary to my own conscience.”

Sister Mary Waskowiak, president of the 4,000-member...READ MORE

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Pope Speaks Against Mass-Media Sensationalism

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 2:39 PM Comments (0)

On the feast of the Immaculate Conception yesterday, the Holy Father had some stern words on the role of the mass media in our everyday lives in this information age:

“Every day, in the newspapers, television and radio, evil is told to us, said again, amplified, so that we get used to the most horrible things and become desensitized,” Pope Benedict XVI said at the Spanish Steps in Rome. “In a certain way, it poisons us, because the negative is never fully cleansed out of our system but accumulates day after day. The heart hardens, and thoughts become gloomy. For this reason, the city needs Mary, whose presence speaks of God, reminds us of grace’s victory over sin, and makes us hope...READ MORE

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Major Pro-Life Organization Turns Against Health-Care Bill

Wednesday, December 09, 2009 9:30 AM Comments (0)

With the Senate last night defeating the Hatch-Nelson amendment to restrict federal funding of most abortions under the proposed health-care reform bill, the National Right to Life Committee is now urging defeat of the entire bill.

The U.S. bishops’ conference also might lobby against the bill, now that the Hatch-Nelson amendment has been tabled.

The amendment would have banned insurance companies operating in proposed insurance exchanges from offering abortion coverage to anyone receiving a government subsidy.
The vote to table the amendment was 54-45. Seven Democrats joined in supporting the amendment.

Under the amendment, like the House bill, insurance companies participating in the...READ MORE

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President Considered Banning White House Christmas Crèche

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 7:05 PM Comments (3)

The rumor is that the White House didn’t put up a crèche this year. That’s not true.

What is true is the fact that the president and first lady considered not putting one up. That appears in a New York Times profile of Desirée Rogers, the White House social secretary.

According to the story:

“When former social secretaries gave a luncheon to welcome Ms. Rogers earlier this year, one participant said, she surprised them by suggesting the Obamas were planning a ‘non-religious Christmas’ — hardly a surprising idea for an administration making a special effort to reach out to other faiths.

“The lunch conversation inevitably turned to whether the White House would display its crèche,...READ MORE

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Vatican Reschedules Midnight Mass

Tuesday, December 08, 2009 2:07 PM Comments (0)

Pope Benedict XVI will celebrate Mass for the Solemnity of the Lord’s Nativity in St. Peter’s Basilica at 10 p.m. instead of midnight.

Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said the decision, made two months ago, was so that the Pope “would become less tired out and could retire earlier in anticipation of reading the [urbi et orbi (to the city of Rome and the world)] message the following day.”

Mass, instead of starting at midnight, “will end at that time,” Father Lombardi said, according to a report in today’s Il Giornale newspaper.

Father Lombardi stressed the calendar of papal liturgical celebrations had been public for several weeks, and “there are no concerns of...READ MORE

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