Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The controversy over the memorandum sent by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, continued this week, when Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick issued a statement saying the document is “an incomplete and partial leak” that does not accurately reflect the Vatican’s position on the Communion/abortion controversy.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Portland has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Archbishop John G. Vlazny made the announcement yesterday, citing the great costs of clergy sex abuse lawsuits.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities agencies across the United States are mobilizing to defeat the Bush Administration's proposal that would restructure and gut funding for a successful housing program, which serves more than two million low-income families, seniors, and disabled people each year.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The National Right to Life Committee released yesterday a statement lamenting that "with John Edwards, Kerry has selected a running mate whose position is as extreme as his own, even opposing the ban on partial-birth abortions."
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On July 9 in the office of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace in the Vatican, an international study seminar will take place on poverty and globalization during which the topic of funds for development in light of the Millennium Development Goals will be examined.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Daniel Adwok, Auxiliary of Khartoum (Sudan), has questioned the decision taken by UNICEF not to give funds to the Church-run “Save the saveable” educational program in his archdiocese.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The nation's largest pro-life grassroots organization is outraged by members of the United States Senate in their attempts to block the nomination of Catholic, pro-life judge J. Leon Holmes to the federal district court.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian Catholic Organization for Development and Peace has sent $170,000 to assist refugees in eastern Chad and the Darfur province of Sudan. The latest $100,000 aid package is in addition to $70,000 sent in June.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The president of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, criticized this week the presence of a “complex of religious anachronism” in certain sectors that seeks to take the Catholic Church back to the time of the Muslim invasion of the Iberian Peninsula.
Jul 7, 2004 - 12:00 am .- As tension mounts concerning the possible nomination of Carmen Argibay, an open pro-abortion justice, to the Argentinean Supreme Court, President Nestor Kirchner has sent an informal message to the Vatican to give assurances that abortion will remain illegal during his term.