Sunday, October 3, 2010

Weekly News (First Week of October)

1. Pope to European Bishops: Defend Family, Life

ZAGREB, Croatia, SEPT. 30, 2010 ( Benedict XVI is urging the bishops of Europe to work for the defense of the family and human life, and to fight against intolerance and discrimination of Christians. [Read More]

2. Aquino Blinks, Seeks Talks with Church

MANILA, Philippines—A network of 100 Catholic lay groups across the country Tuesday geared up for protest actions after President Benigno Aquino III signified he might support Filipino couples who want to limit the number of their children by using contraceptives. [Read More]

3. Muslims Join Outrage vs Birth Control

MANILA, Sept. 30, 2010—A group of Muslims has joined the growing chorus of voices opposing any effort by President Benigno Aquino III to promote artificial family planning. [Read More]

4. Manila Priests Pray for Celdran’s Enlightenment

MANILA, Oct. 1, 2010—Manila’s Catholic priests are praying for the enlightenment of tourist guide Carlos Celdran who held a protest at the Manila Cathedral yesterday while an ecumenical service was going on. [Read More]

5. Religion Isn’t a 'Feel Good' Solution, Teaches Argentinean Bishop

Buenos Aires, Argentina, Oct 1, 2010 / 12:25 pm (CNA).- Bishop Jorge Lozano of Gualeguaychu in Argentina warned this week that relativism in the faith is what leads many to seek their own individual well being in religion and consider it a “feel good” solution. [Read More]

6. Prop. 8 Judge Calling It Quits

The federal judge whose August 4 ruling overturned Proposition 8 in California is retiring. [Read More]

7. Ann Coulter Rocks HomoCon, Blasts Same-Sex “Marriage”

NEW YORK, September 28, 2010 ( – Conservative commentator Ann Coulter stayed true to her reputation for courting controversy during an address to homosexual conservatives in New York on Saturday, telling them that they did not need special rights and that marriage was the union of a man and a woman. [Read More]

8. CDC: 20% of Gay Men Have HIV, and Half Are Unaware of Status

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 27, 2010 ( – Nearly half of sexually active homosexual men infected with the virus causing AIDS are unaware that they are carriers of the deadly disease, according to a new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC). [Read More]

9. Deprivatizing Religion in America

“Faith is part of the fabric of our country. It always has been and it always will be. As you, Your Holiness, have said, faith is not a problem for legislators to solve but rather a vital part of our national conversation. And we are proud of that.” [Read More]

10. Divorce — The Scandal of the Evangelical Conscience

Thursday, September 30, 2010 ( - Mark A. Smith, who teaches political science at the University of Washington, pays close attention to what is now commonly called the “culture war” in America. [Read More]

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