Archive of May 25, 2004

Cardinal George to deny communion to gay protesters on Sunday

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, has written a memo to all pastors in the Archdiocese of Chicago saying the Church should deny communion to gay Catholics who wear a rainbow sash at Mass on Sunday. The wearing of the sash next Sunday is a protest sponsored by the "Rainbow Sash Movement," which plans to send members to parishes across Chicago.

President of Alabama’s Christian Coalition converts to Catholicism

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- It was a long journey. But after six years, the president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama, John Giles, and his wife, Deborah, were confirmed and welcomed into the Roman Catholic Church at St. Peter's Parish in Montgomery this past Easter.

Richmond’s new bishop pledges to bring Church to "traditional values"

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Francis Xavier DiLorenzo has vowed to make the revival of the Church’s traditional values his top priority.

Vatican officials to attend Christian-Muslim dialogue in Qatar

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, librarian and archivist of Holy Roman Church and Archbishops Michael Fitzgerald and Pier Luigi Celata, respectively president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue, will be among the Holy See participants at the Qatar Conference on Muslim-Christian Dialogue which starts Thursday, May 27 in the capital city of Doha.

FDA’s decision to refuse over-the-counter access of morning-after pill is ‘solid’ and ‘scientific’

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A public policy analyst with the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is defending the recent decision, made by the Food and Drug Administration, refusing to make the morning-after pill available over-the-counter.

Argentinean bishops urge society to protect and strengthen the family

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Argentina meeting in plenary assembly this week published a document entitled, “The Family: Image of God’s Love,” in which the bishops reflect on the challenges facing the family and reaffirm the value of the family institution as the foundation of society.

Silent holocaust of abortion is not progress, says Spanish bishop

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Antonio Reig of Segorbe-Castellón, Spain, says abortion is a “silent holocaust,” and that it cannot be considered “progress,” adding that the state which promotes it is “totalitarian.”

Spanish socialists propose granting Muslims equal legal status with the Church

May 25, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The ruling party in Spain, the Spanish Socialist Workers Party (PSOE), announced it will support an effort that would put Muslims on the same legal footing as the Catholic Church through public financing.

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