Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops joined other religious leaders yesterday in voicing their support for the Federal Marriage Amendment. The amendment, which would preserve the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman, is currently being debated in the Senate. Senators are expected to vote on the bill by the end of the week.
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On July 12 a book entitled "John Paul II Among the Mountains," by Nadia Millery Ognibene and Raffaella Poletti, was presented by Bishop Giuseppe Anfossi of Aosta and Osvaldo Naudin, the mayor of Introd, in the Maison Bruil of Introd, near Les Combes in Valle d'Aosta where the Holy Father is vacationing.
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The St. Louis Review, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, revealed this week that Archbishop Raymond L. Burke will issue a pastoral letter addressing Church teachings on voting.
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League president William Donohue said the Federal Marriage Amendment is necessary “because those who support homosexual marriage have already proven to be ruthless in the pursuit of their goal”, including judges who have appropriated the power to change marriage, a power they are not ascribed in the law.
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Wrapping up their general assembly, which took place July 7-12, the bishops of Venezuela issued a document calling participation in the coming referendum on August 15 an inescapable duty of “conscience and responsibility.”
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a press release issued on Monday in Havana, Cuban dissident and leader of the Cuban Committee for Human Rights and National Reconciliation, Elizardo Sanchez, criticized the rigidity of the government on issues of civil, political and economic rights, and he denounced the “unfair” prison system in the country.
Jul 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymond Burke and Democratic Congressman William Lacy Clay offered no comment after their private meeting yesterday, during which they were said to have discussed the issue of denying Communion to Catholic politicians who support abortion.