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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.