First Topic - Archbishop 'very happy' about plan allowing same-sex-couple adoptions
Speaking to a local radio station last week, San Francisco Archbishop George Niederauer said he is "really very happy" about a compromise plan that makes it possible for Catholic Charities adoption workers in his archdiocese to refer homosexual couples to adopt children. The archbishop lauded a plan which sees Catholic Charities employees working for California Kids Connection, a Web-referral service and subsidiary of Family Builders by Adoption, an agency which provides adoptions to homosexual couples. We look at the arrangement and ask if the Catholic Church can, under any circumstances, be involved in gay adoptions.
Second Topic - Report: La Sapienza will invite Pope again
The rector of Rome's La Sapienza university has announced that he plans to issue a new invitation to Pope Benedict XVI, after noisy protests prompted to the Pontiff to cancel his plans to speak at the school on January 17. The rector said that a new invitation would be issued in line with "the wishes of the majority" of students and faculty. His remark underlined the fact that a small faction of leftist students and professors, who called the Holy Father a "backward theologian" who placed "religion above science," had created a climate of hostility in which the Vatican judged that a papal visit would be imprudent. We look at the incident with Fr. Joseph Fessio.