Archive of June 17, 2004

New documentary stacks deck against the Catholic Church, say U.S. bishops

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A review of a new documentary on chastity states that the film is “unbalanced,” “full of unsubstantiated, anecdotal assertions” and falsely links abstinence to the Church’s sexual abuse scandal. "Celibacy," a new documentary by Antony Thomas, will be aired on HBO June 28. The Office of Film and Broadcasting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reviewed the documentary in advance.

Massachusetts Catholics urged to express discontent with elected officials

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Massachusetts Catholic Conference sent letters to the state’s 710 parishes, urging Catholics to “share their profound disappointment” with lawmakers who did not vote to ban same-sex marriage earlier this year and to offer praise to those who did, reported the Boston Globe June 15.

Pope to Colombian bishops: evangelize, reconcile, defend family, harvest vocations

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father laid out the priorities for the Church in Colombia at the first of this year’s “ad limina” visits of the Colombian ecclesiastical provinces which took place this morning: peace and reconciliation, ardent evangelization, defense of family life, and continual fostering of the encouraging number of religious vocations.

Diocese of Tucson considers bankruptcy protection

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson is considering plans to file for bankruptcy protection as a way to resolve pending lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy, reported the Arizona Daily Star.

Historian dismisses “black legend” about the Inquisition

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Spanish daily ABC, historian and editor of a new study containing the results of an international conference on the Inquisition which took place at the Vatican in 1998, Agostino Borromeo, rejected falsehoods promoted by the “black legend” about the subject.

Parliament postpones debate on decriminalization of euthanasia in Spain

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- With a vote of 293 to 18, the Spanish House of Representatives rejected a proposal by left wing lawmakers to modify the Penal Code and health laws and decriminalize euthanasia in Spain.

Irish presidency of EU leaves reference to Christianity out of European Constitution

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Irish Presidency of the European Union has issued a statement of the heads of State and government of the 25 member countries in which no mention of Christianity is made in the preamble of the future EU Constitution.

Cardinal Ratzinger weighs in on U.S. Communion debate, press says

Jun 17, 2004 - 12:00 am .- U.S. press has revealed today that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sent a letter to U.S. Bishops providing “guidance” to their deliberations in Denver concerning the question of denying Communion to pro-abortion public figures.

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