Archive of July 5, 2004

Education must help in "being more" rather than "having more," Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - In an address this morning to the 100 participants of the European education symposium entitled  “The Challenges of Education: Recovery, Promises, Commitments,” the Holy Father said that “students must be helped to ‘be more’ not just ‘to have more.’

In his address in French, the Pope expressed his delight at the attention being given “to questions concerning education, especially important today in Europe where so many young people seem disoriented. The educational policies of states take pains to find new perspectives to face the difficulties of young people in their personal life and in the social framework.”

“To give young people a future, education must be seen as the search for the integral and harmonious development of the person, of the maturing of the moral conscience to be able to discern good and to act in accordance, and also as an attention to the spiritual dimension of the growing youth,” said the Pope.

He emphasized that the Christian roots of Europe are the foundations of it’s “spiritual and moral traditions,” and he undescored the need for unity among all the aspects of education. Teachers parents and educators “must remember that what they teach must be supported by the witness of their lives.”

John Paul II underscored the great “lack of hope in today's youth. ... In the Apostolic Exhortation 'Ecclesia in Europe', I noted that 'at the root of this loss of hope is an attempt to promote a vision of man apart from God and apart from Christ', giving God's place to man. 'Forgetfulness of God led to the abandonment of man'. True education must depart from the truth about man, the affirmation of his dignity and his transcendent vocation.”

He closed his remarks by noting that “the Christian community also has a role in education. ... May Christians not be afraid to announce Christ to the new generations, Christ, the source of hope and light on their path! May they know how to welcome adolescents and their families, listen to and help them, even if that often is demanding!”

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Kerry on his Catholicism again: says he "hates abortion" but won't impose his view on others

Dubuque, Iowa, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - A newspaper in Iowa revealed yesterday that Presidential Candidate John F. Kerry hates abortion and believes that life begins at conception, but is opposed to legislating his beliefs onto others who don’t share them.

In an interview that ran in Dubuque's Telegraph Herald, Kerry  spoke again about his Catholic faith and his controversial support of abortion.

"I'm a person of faith, and I care enormously about my faith," Kerry told the Telegraph Herald during an  interview held on his campaign bus, while traveling through Wisconsin and Iowa as part of his blaze across "Heartland America."

"I'm confident I wouldn't be here if God didn't help carry me through," he said, after revealing that during the Vietnam War, he wore a rosary around his neck and prayed during combat.

"When I examine my conscience -he also told the Dubuque's newspaper - I believe my conscience is where it ought to be within Catholic teaching, which also teaches about war, about the environment, about children, about poverty, about capital punishment and many other things."

"Vatican II is very clear. There is something called freedom of conscience in the Catholic Church. You have to examine your conscience," Kerry also said.

"I oppose abortion, personally. I don't like abortion. I believe life does begin at conception. But I can't take my Catholic belief, my article of faith, and legislate it on a Protestant or a Jew or an atheist... who doesn't share it. We have separation of church and state in the United States of America," he added.

Commenting on Kerry's words, Monsignor James Barta, Vicar General and spokesman for the Dubuque Archdiocese, told the Telegraph Herald that the Church needs not to decide who it deems worthy to receive Holy Communion, rather parishioners should reflect on the state of their soul.

"A person should not receive communion if they are aware of committing a serious sin and not being forgiven," Barta told the Dubuque newspaper."That judgment is made by the person himself, not the person giving communion," he said.

The Dubuque Archdiocese, Barta also explained, only considers barring a person from communion due to a "grave scandal," and only after Church officials discuss the matter with the person in question.

On Sunday morning, Kerry attended Mass in Iowa and took Communion.

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Pope appoints new Auxliary Bishop in Baltimore

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - Pope John Paul II appointed on Saturday Msgr. Thomas Mitchell Rozanski, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Severna Park (Maryland,) as Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Msgr. Rozanski was born on August 6, 1958 in Baltimore (Maryland). He studied elementary school at Sacred Heart of Mary Parish in Baltimore, and High School in Our Lady of Mount Carmel High School in Essex. He completed his philosphy and theology at the Theological College of the Catholic University of America in Washington.

He was ordained a priest on November 24, 1984.

He was Vicar at Saint Michael Parish in Overlea, at  Saint Anthony of Padua Parish  in Baltimore, and Saint Isaac Jogues Parish also in Baltimore, and then Pastor of the Holy Cross and Saint Mary Star of the Sea Parishes.

Since 2000 he has been Pastor  at Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Severna Park. He is a member of the College of Consultors and of the Presbyteral Council, and supervisor for the Seminary.

He was named Chaplain of His Holiness (monsignor) on August 5, 2003.

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Catholic and Orthodox can recover Europe's Christian soul, Pope says

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - Speaking of the recent visit to Rome of Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I as he addressed the crowds of faithful who gathered in St. Peter's Square today to pray the noon Angelus, he said that Catholics and Orthodox are called to remind Europe of it’s Christian roots.

On the patriarch's visit, the Pope remarked that “we signed a Common Declaration which confirms and restarts the commitment by Catholics and Orthodox in the service of the great cause of full communion of Christians.”

Despite persistent obstacles, he added, “we affirmed the will to pursue and even intensify the ecumenical dialogue. ... In the course of our meetings, the awareness emerged that Catholics and Orthodox are called to work together to see to it that the European continent does not forget its own Christian roots.”

“Only in this way will Europe fully undertake its role in the dialogue among civilizations and in the global promotion of justice, solidarity and the safeguarding of  creation,” the Pope concluded.

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Before leaving to the Italian Alps, Pope wishes time of rest to workers

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - After the Angelus prayer, John Paul II said that he had accepted an invitation by the bishop of Aosta and "tomorrow, God willing, I will leave to spend a few days in Valle d'Aosta. As I prepare to start this brief vacation my thoughts go to the families who have planned their vacations for this period: I hope they are able to live this time in serene relaxation.”

“At the same time I am thinking of all those who, for diverse reasons, cannot take a true and proper vacation,” he said.

“I hope that everyone can profit from the necessary break from work and that recreational initiatives, enriched by genuine human relations, will be promoted to give relief to persons who are alone and in difficulty,” he continued.

When the Holy Father returns from his northern mountain vacation, he will recite the Angelus, starting on July 18, from the courtyard at Castelgandolfo. Weekly general audiences will also be held there.

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Pope will not go to Mexico, but will close International Eucharistic Congress via satellite

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - The  Vatican Press office announced on Saturday that Pope John II will not go to Mexico to participate at the International Eucharistic Congress, but he will participate via satellite.

The Pontiff appointed Cardinal Jozef Tomko, President of the Pontifical Committee for the Eucharistic Congresses, as his representatives to the celebrations of the 48th International Eucharistic Congress which will take place October 10-17 in  Guadalajara, Mexico.

The official announcement also said that the Holy Father will follow the closing ceremony from the Vatican via satellite and at the end he will address the celebrants and participants at the event.

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Jewish-Catholic Committee meets in Argentina

Vatican City, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - The 18th meeting of the International Catholic-Jewish Liaison Committee, organized by the Holy See Commission for Religious Relations with Jews and the International Jewish Committee on Inter-religious Consultations (IJCIC), will take place from July 5 to 8 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Catholic and Jewish experts from Europe, Israel, the United States and Latin America will participate in the meeting, the theme of which is “Zedeq and Zedaqah (Justice and Charity). Facing the Challenges of the Future: Jewish-Catholic Relations in the 21st Century.”

According to a press release published today, the Holy See is represented by Cardinal Walter Kasper, Bishop Brian Farrell, and Fr. Norbert Hofmann, respectively president, vice president and secretary of the Commission for the Religious Relations with Jews, together with Cardinal Jorge Maria Mejia and Archbishop Michael Louis Fitzgerald, president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue.

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Group mobilizes Catholics, organizes petition to support marriage amendment

Washington D.C., Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - Catholics in the United States have organized a petition in support of the Federal Marriage Amendment, on which the Senate will vote the next week.

The constitutional amendment would protect the definition of marriage as the union of a man and a woman.

Catholics are urged to sign the petition, which is available at

The petition warns that once the traditional definition of marriage is changed and labeled as discriminatory by the courts, “people who teach the Catholic faith will be treated like bigots in the public square.”

It also states that a redefinition of marriage would send the message that children do not need mothers and fathers, and that marriage has nothing to do with procreation and raising children with the loving care of both a mother and father.

To date, signatories of the petition include: Thomas Kohler and Scott FitzGibbon of Boston College Law School; Gerard Bradley of Notre Dame Law School; Robert Destro of Catholic University of America; Richard John Neuhaus, editor of First Things Magazine; Austin Ruse, president of the Culture of Life Foundation; Robert Royal of the Faith & Reason Institute;

Raymond L. Flynn (D-Boston), former mayor of Boston and U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican;

Teresa Stanton Collett of University of St. Thomas Law School, and Lawrence Kudlow, co-host of CNBC's “Kudlow & Cramer”.

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Catholic League challenges U.S. senators to vote for Catholic judge

Washington D.C., Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - The Catholic League is calling on U.S. senators to demonstrate that they do not hold an anti-Catholic bias in rejecting the appointment of a Catholic, pro-life judge.

More than a year ago, President George W. Bush nominated J. Leon Holmes to be a judge for the eastern district of Arkansas. His nomination has been held up by Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee.

The Senate is scheduled to hold a six-hour discussion tomorrow on the Holmes’ nomination to the federal bench; a vote will follow. 

Catholic League president William Donohue urged the committee to vote for Holmes on the basis of his qualifications.

According to Donohue, “When Holmes was considered for the federal bench last year, [Democratic Senator Patrick] Leahy, Dick Durbin and Ted Kennedy, along with non-Catholics like Chuck Schumer, ganged up on Holmes because of his orthodox Catholic beliefs.

“When this issue first arose, the Catholic League made it clear that we were not accusing any senator of being anti-Catholic,” said Donohue in a written statement. “But we hastened to add that religious profiling, even when indirectly invoked, was anathema.”

Donohue said some Democratic senators are upset with a biblical remark Holmes made previously about gender roles. However, he added, the senators would be more persuasive if they could point to an instance when Holmes’ religious beliefs “had unfairly colored his ability to render a fair judgment. Their failure to do so speaks volumes.

Donohue concluded by stating that if these Democratic senators “want to rid themselves of the charge that they have made it all but impossible for orthodox Catholics to get on the federal bench, they have a grand opportunity on Tuesday to do just that.

“They can vote for Holmes on the basis of his credentials, and nothing more,” he said.

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Church groups can include message on home version of Gibson film

Los Angeles, Calif., Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - This year’s most talked about movie, “The Passion of The Christ”, will make its highly anticipated debut on DVD and VHS Aug. 31. Church groups are invited to take advantage of a special feature – customized church sleeves and messages on the DVD and VHS cases – intended to increase church participation.

Information regarding bulk orders, customized church sleeves and other downloads is available on the film’s Web site –

Released in theaters on Ash Wednesday, the Mel Gibson epic about the last 12 hours of the life of Christ grossed more than $375 million at the box office – earning a spot in the top-10 grossing movies of all time. It stars Jim Caviezel as Jesus and Monica Bellucci as Mary Magdalene, and is rated “R” by the Motion Picture Association of America.

The DVD offers viewers the highest quality picture and audio with a maximum bit rate, 5.1 Dolby Digital and 5.1 DTS. The 127-minute film, which was shot in Aramaic and Latin, is being sold with English subtitles on VHS for $24.98 and with English and Spanish subtitles on DVD for $29.98. It is closed-captioned for the hearing impaired and has a pre-book date of Aug. 4.

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the marketing, sales and distribution company for the film on VHS and DVD.

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Canada’s largest diocese to lose two auxiliary bishops

Montreal, Canada, Jul 5, 2004 (CNA) - The Archdiocese of Montreal, Canada’s largest diocese, will be short two auxiliary bishops as of September.

Auxiliary Bishop André Rivest has been appointed bishop of the Diocese of Chicoutimi, located between Montreal and Quebec City. He will succeed Bishop Jean-Guy Couture, who is retiring in accordance with canon law.

Auxiliary Bishop Louis Dicaire, currently the rector of Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, has been appointed auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of St-Jean-Longueuil, just south of Montreal, headed by Bishop Jacques Berthelet.

These new Vatican appointments will leave the archbishop of Montreal, Jean-Claude Cardinal Turcotte, with only two auxiliary bishops – Bishop Anthony Mancini, vicar-general, and Bishop Jude Saint-Antoine – to serve a Catholic population of almost 1.6 million. 

The Vatican has not announced any new episcopal appointments for Montreal.

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