Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On receiving the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Spain, Jorge Dezcallar de Mazarredo, the Pope spoke firmly and clearly as he exhorted Spain to draw on it’s Christian roots for the building up of a Spanish society open to noble human values and the transendent dignity of the person.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- There was no agreement between leaders of Catholic University of America and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) after their meeting June16. At the end of the meeting, the NAACP continued to threaten to sue the university, reported the Associated Press.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church in Massachusetts has discussed firing homosexual employees who marry their same-sex partners, said Daniel Avila of the Massachusetts Catholic Conference yesterday.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Australian Family Association has secured the support of Australian Prime Minister John Howard and the opposition Labor Party for a bill, pending in Parliament, to amend the nation’s Marriage Act of 1961.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is winding up their spring meeting in Denver, a statement on Communion and Catholic public figures is expected today. At issue is the interpretation and application in the US dioceses of Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which reads: “those who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.”
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Washington Times reporter Julia Duin wrote that Mara Vanderslice, the Kerry campaign’s director of religious outreach, is no longer permitted to talk to the press after a Catholic League’s news release described her as a “far left-wing activist who has spoken at rallies held by the notoriously anti-Catholic group, ACT UP.”
FDA contradicts Peruvian Health Minister: “Anti-implantation” effect of morning after pill not ruled outJun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A spokeswoman for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has told CNA that the government agency has not ruled out the anti-implantation effect of Levonorgestrel—the generic name for the morning after pill—because it has not received “reliable information” to make such a determination.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary General of the Bolivian Bishops Conference, Bishop Jesus Juarez, has denounced the killing of the Benjamin Altamirano, mayor of Ayo Ayo, located about 80 kilometers from La Paz, saying the tragedy demonstrates that “there is no respect for the law” in Bolivia.
Jun 18, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved on Friday a statement highlighting that Catholics public officials who dissent from key Catholic teachings should refrain from taking communion, but leaving to each individual bishop the decision of denying Communion to individuals. Read the full statement at: http://www.usccb.org/bishops/catholicsinpoliticallife.htm