Archive of May 26, 2004

Archbishop of Denver: It's a matter of honesty: to receive Communion, we need to be in communion

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The matter of Communion and pro-abortion politicians is not one about giving or not giving the Eucharist, but a matter of honesty on the part of the recipient, said Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver in a column published yesterday in the Denver Catholic Register. “The current media turmoil over ‘denying Catholic politicians Communion’ is filled with ignorance about the Church and the real meaning of the Eucharist,” said the archbishop.

Boston to close 65 churches

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston announced yesterday that it will be closing 70 parishes, but creating five new ones. Sixty church buildings will be closed in the reorganization.

Arkansas Christian family marks birth of 15th child

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- When Michelle and Jim Bob Duggar married almost 20 years ago, they used birth control pills. Four years into their marriage, they had their first child and decided on “giving this area of our life up to God,” said Jim Bob. Fifteen children later, they are glad they did.

Cuban authorities prohibit distribution of medicine in parish

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Cubanet news agency is denouncing the move by Cuban authorities in Santa Clara to prohibit a parish from distributing medicines and eyeglasses free of charge to the local population.

Groups seek to legalize “medicinal babies” in Spain

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The National Committee for Assisted Human Reproduction in Spain took the first step towards legalizing human embryo selection for the purpose of obtaining “medicinal babies,” that is, babies conceived in vitro who would serve as donors for their brothers and sisters who are ill.

Family organization calls for referendum on law allowing homosexuals to adopt

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Family Policy Institute of Cataluña, Spain, is calling for a popular referendum, which would demonstrate if it is the will of the people to strike down proposed legislation in the Spanish province that would legalize the adoption of children by homosexual couples.

God condemns evil but rewards faithfulness, Pope says

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking about the Canticle of the Apocalypse, “The Judgment of God,”  Pope John Paul II said during today’s general audience that God condemns evil and rewards faithfulness.

Pope encourages solidarity with Dominican Republic and Haiti, affected by floods

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, sent a telegram expressing Pope John Paul II’s solidarity with the victims of floods in the Dominican Republic and Haiti.

Bishop Olmsted responds to paper: Communion can be denied to pro-abortion politicians

May 26, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a letter to the Arizona Republic, Bishop of Phoenix Thomas J. Olmsted said yesterday that an article printed by the newspaper on May 21 under the title “Bishops won’t link politics, Communion” misrepresents his position on the issue.

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