In the News - 2007

REFORMA Cuestionan prohibición eclesial

  To view a copy of this article, click here. [PDF]This article originally appeared in the December 5, 2007 edition of Reforma.

María Teresa Martínez

Irish Times Catholics oppose condom stance

  A poll has found that 79 per cent of Irish Catholic adults oppose church teaching prohibiting the use of condoms for any reason, including the prevention of HIV and Aids. Patsy McGarry, Religious Affairs Correspondent. They were responding to the question: “The Catholic Church prohibits Catholics from using condoms for any reason, including preventing […]

Patsy McGarry

The Columbus Dispatch Catholics in poll say condom use OK

  It’s a provocative question: Are condoms pro-life because they can prevent the spread of AIDS?Most Catholics say yes, according to a five-nation survey released in observance of World AIDS Day today. Catholics for Choice commissioned the survey to show that plenty of Catholics disagree with church teachings on contraception, especially when the distribution of […]

Meredith Heagney

Inter Press Service WORLD AIDS DAY: Catholics Snub Vatican’s Condom Ban

  NEW YORK, Nov 30 (IPS) – As millions of people plan to show solidarity with the struggle against HIV/AIDS on Saturday, a new multi-nation poll released in Washington by the group Catholics for Choice shows that a majority of Catholics around the world believe that — contrary to the edicts coming from Rome — […]

Rajiv Fernando

Press Association Almost Half of Catholics Back Abortion – Poll

  A large minority of Catholics back a woman’s right to have an abortion and are critical of their bishops for paying “too much attention” to the issue, a survey suggested today.A poll of adults in the UK has shown 43% of Catholics agreed that it should be legal for a woman to have an […]

Martha Linden

Boston Globe Views mixed on Bush pick for envoy to Vatican

  Mary Ann Glendon, a prominent legal scholar and a papal adviser poised to become the next US ambassador to the Vatican, is known for staunchly defending Catholic doctrine while striking a conciliatory tone with opponents, colleagues said yesterday. Supporters said Glendon would bring a measured sensibility to a politically sensitive position, but opponents criticized […]

Peter Schworm

Uprising Radio Pope Speaks Out Against the Morning After Pill

  GUEST: Jon O’Brien, President of Catholics for Free Choice While addressing the International Conference of Catholic Pharmacists this week, Pope Benedict urged pharmacists to refuse to dispense emergency contraception on the basis conscientious objection. While conservatives and religious groups say that making emergency contraception available encourages promiscuity, reproductive rights groups say it’s an effective […]

Host: Aura Bogada

IPS Will Catholics Lean Right or Left in ’08?

  OAKLAND, California, Oct 24 (IPS) – Over the past two decades, Catholic voters in the United States — once consistent supporters of the Democratic Party — have been heavily courted by the Republicans. In the 2004 presidential election, Republican organisers, together with a cadre of high-profile neoconservative Catholics, focused on winning Catholic votes by […]

Bill Berkowitz

BBC World News “World Have Your Say” August 20, 2007 Episode: Hurricane Dean

  CFFC President Jon O’Brien speaks about Amnesty International and the Catholic Church’s reaction on the BBC’s interactive call-in show “World Have Your Say.” He was joined by Dr. Sheila Cassidy, a moderate abortion rights advocate and Christian author based in the UK,  and Dr. Helen Watt of the conservative Linacre Center for Healthcare Ethics in London.  The host is Peter Dobbie. Find […]

Host: Peter Dobbie

GUARDIAN UNLIMITED Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien Attacks Pro-Abortion Politicians

  The leader of Scotland’s Roman Catholics today stepped up his controversial attack on pro-choice politicians. Cardinal Keith O’Brien said the increasing abortion rate in Scotland was equivalent to “two Dunblane massacres a day”. In a sermon this afternoon at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, he urged politicians at Westminster to change the current abortion […]

Mark Oliver

National Journal Abortion Wars Return

  At a meeting last month, Thomas McClusky, the chief lobbyist for the Family Research Council, was in a celebratory mood. Just days after the Supreme Court issued a 5-4 ruling [PDF] on April 18 upholding the federal Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, the council’s vice president of government affairs was talking shop with jubilant fellow social conservatives […]

Bara Vaida

The Hill House Dems repudiate Pope’s abortion remarks

  A group of House Democrats yesterday publicly repudiated the Pope’s recent suggestion that politicians who support abortion rights should be excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. Eighteen House Democrats, led by Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-Conn.), are responding to Pope Benedict XVI’s statement that indicated he would support Mexican bishops if they were to excommunicate […]

Jonathan E. Kaplan

Associated Press U.S. conservatives organize social-issues congress in Poland

  DATELINE: NEW YORK “It’s a jamboree for people who very often find themselves outside the mainstream,” said Jon O’Brien, president of Catholics for a Free Choice.  “They’re living the fantasy for a couple of days of what the world would be like if their ideas prevailed.” O’Brien, a native of Ireland now based in Washington, […]

David Crary

Miami Herald Pope’s comments on politicians and abortion spark debate in America

  Pope’s comments on politicians and abortion spark debate in America Pope Benedict XVI’s pronouncement that politicians who support legalizing abortion excommunicate themselves has added fuel to the controversy among American Catholics over how far church leaders should go in mixing church doctrine and politics. ”Is this a significant escalation in the whole controversy? Yes. […]

Alexandra Alter

Baltimore Sun Sauerbrey’s plans draw opposition

  WASHINGTON — Assistant Secretary of State Ellen R. Sauerbrey, whose socially conservative views came in for scrutiny when President Bush picked her for the diplomatic post, is being criticized for her plan to speak at a conference in Poland for opponents of abortion and same-sex marriage. Nineteen members of the European Parliament have asked […]

Matthew Hay Brown

Rzeczpospolita Papiez: pieklo istnieje naprawde

  Grzesznicy beda sie smazyc w ogniu piekielnym po wsze czasy – ostrzegl Benedykt XVI Pieklo nie jest wcale religijnym symbolem, który zostal wymyslony po to, zeby zastraszac wiernych i zmusic ich do przestrzegania dekalogu. Jak powiedzial papiez, jest to realne miejsce, w którym grzesznicy cierpia katusze w ogniu piekielnym. Ojciec Swiety podkreslil, iz w […]

Piotr Zychowicz

The New York Times Backing Abortion Rights While Keeping the Faith

  WASHINGTON, Feb. 26 — Frances Kissling has been called the “philosopher of the pro-choice movement” by her friends and an “abortion queen” by her critics. But the name Ms. Kissling wears most defiantly, to the consternation of many religious believers, is Roman Catholic. For 25 years, as president of Catholics for a Free Choice, she […]

Neela Banerjee

BELIEF NET After 25 Years, a Catholic Warrior Steps Aside

  WASHINGTON — In her 25 years as head of Catholics For a Free Choice, some interesting epithets have been hurled at Frances Kissling. The kinds of names — “confused lionness” and “progressive heretic” to offer a few — that most people would like to avoid. But Kissling, 62, said she’s come to expect such […]

Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
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