Archive of October 10, 2003

Right to religious freedom “litmus test” for respect of other rights: Pope

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II commended the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe today for its commitment to ensure the basic human right to religious freedom but he also warned against legislation that promotes religious indifference and relativism, justified by a “mistaken understanding of tolerance.”

Christian Brothers falsely accused of sexual abuse

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Official documents, obtained by The Irish Catholic Oct. 8, reveal that at least two former Christian Brothers have had multiple false sexual-abuse claims made against them to the Residential Institutions Redress Board.

Trujillo warns of condoms failures

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Condoms are flawed and there is no guarantee that they will prevent the transmission of the AIDS virus. That is what Alfonso Cardinal Lopez Trujillo told the BBC Panorama program called “Sex and the Holy City”, which will air Sunday, Oct. 12.

University regrets that sculpture is offensive to Catholics

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Washburn University said it regrets that Roman Catholics may have been offended by a sculpture that depicts a Catholic clergyman in a hat that resembles a penis. "No one involved in the selection process or in any aspect of the Campus Beautification Committee intended for any viewers to experience pain or hurt," read a university statement, issued Sept. 30.

“Only The Holy Spirit Knows If I Will Be Pope,” Says Honduran Cardinal

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez, Archbishop of Tegucigalpa, responded this week for the first time to reports in the media that point to him as a “candidate for Pope,” saying only the Holy Spirit knows who will succeed John Paul II.“This is just the good will and affection of the people. Only the Holy Spirit knows if I will be the successor of John Paul II, and that will be on the day of the conclave and no sooner,” the Cardinal said, speaking to the newspaper La Prensa.

People Are Not Commodities To Be Exchanged, Says Cardinal To Columbian Guerrillas

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- Responding to calls by the National Liberation Army (ELN) in Colombia for a prisoner exchange with the government as a condition for the release of seven foreign nationals who were kidnapped by the ELN on September 12, the Archbishop of Bogotá, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano, said, “We cannot trade people like commodities.”

Spanish Bishops congratulate John Paul For 25th Anniversary of Pontificate

Oct 10, 2003 - 12:00 am .- “On The 25th Anniversary of the Election of Pope John Paul II” is the title of a new document published by the Bishops Conference of Spain (CEE) in honor of the Holy Father for his 25th year as Pope.

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