Sunday, January 29, 2012

Weekly News (Fourth Week of January 2012)

1. Contraceptive Coverage Decision Decried

Religious Freedom Under Threat in the USA

ROME, JAN. 27, 2011 ( The federal government decision last week on insurance coverage for contraceptives in the United States has been widely condemned. [Read More]

2. CBCP Head: Church Must Bring Hope To Country Beset By Social, Political Problems

MANILA, Jan. 28, 2012— Church leaders are called to bring hope to the country marked by calamities, social problems and political chaos, the head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines said. [Read More]

3. Next Church Doctor Is Model For Evangelization

Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2012 / 05:59 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Today's world can learn a lot from St. John of Avila, according to those who have studied the life of the next Doctor of the Catholic Church. [Read More]

4. Actress' Claim To Be Gay by Choice Riles Activists

SAN FRANCISCO — Cynthia Nixon learned the hard way this week that when it comes to gay civil rights, the personal is always political. Very political. [Read More]

5. Starbucks: Gay Marriage Bill ‘Is Core to Who We Are and What We Value’

( – Starbucks, the world’s largest coffee shop chain, added its name to the list of major corporations that have endorsed a gay marriage bill in Washington State, saying the legislation shares the company’s values at its core. The decision was criticized by many conservative, pro-family organizations. [Read More]

[Note: No more Starbucks coffee for me]

6. Pro-Life Movie Doonby Presents Heartfelt Message on Abortion

Doonby is not your typical anti-abortion movie. I don’t think the word “abortion” is used in the film, and it’s not even alluded to until the final scenes. [Read More]

7. Revealed: The Movies, TV Shows, News Agencies That Most Promoted Homosexuality in 2011

LOS ANGELES, January 27, 2012 ( – The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), has released the list of nominations for its annual media awards for movies, news and television shows which most promote homosexuality. [Read More]

8. Archbishop Dolan: Yes You’ll Be Called ‘Freaks’, But Still Practice and Preach God’s Vision of Sex

NEW YORK, January 26, 2012 ( – Catholics in a sex-saturated society need to “regain the upper ground,” and preach “the ancient wisdom of chastity and purity,” New York Archbishop and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan told his congregation last Sunday. [Read More]

9. Declining Birth Rates Make the Islamic World More Dangerous

David Goldman, who writes online under the pseudonym Spengler, has a new book out: How Civilizations Die: (And Why Islam Is Dying Too). While I haven’t yet read the book, I recently happened across Goldman’s preface, and it’s brilliant. [Read More]

10. Pope Benedict: Renewal of Faith Must Be Church's Priority

VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA)—The upcoming 2012-2013 “Year of Faith” seeks to awaken humanity at a critical moment, Pope Benedict XVI said as he addressed the Church’s highest doctrinal office on Jan. 27. [Read More]

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