Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Wilton D. Gregory, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued on Thursday a statement expressing Catholic disappointment after the Senate failed to invoke closure on the debate over the Federal Marriage Amendment.“The Bishops of the United States are extremely disappointed that the Senate failed to close off the debate on the Federal Marriage Amendment, thereby preventing a vote on the substance of the amendment,” the statement said.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The schedule of Pope John Paul II’s trip to Lourdes, August 14-15, to celebrate the feast of the Assumption and to mark the 150th anniversary of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, was released by the Vatican today.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Knights of Columbus issued a statement vowing that they “will fight as long as it takes” to protect institution of marriage.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Two years after being accused of sexual abuse, Fr. Chris Eggleton, OP, has been declared innocent of all charges by a Miami court. The allegation was part of a lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Portland has asked the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for permission to pay its 112 employees, reported The Oregonian.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A group of pro-life youth, walking through the Eastern United States in the American Life League's Summer Crusade for Life, will arrive in Philadelphia this week, but the archdiocese has forbade them from speaking at masses in local parishes.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Catholic television network is asking the country’s 12.8 million Catholics to take action and to help make Catholic programming available across the country by calling a national digital cable provider.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The director of the Institute for the Study of Conflicts and Humanitarian Action in Spain, Jesus Nuñez Diaz, criticized Spanish authorities this week for “closing their eyes” to the increasing Islamic extremism that is being fostered at several Mosques in the country.
Secretary of Bishops Conference of Brazil explains Church’s opposition to abortion due to anencephalyJul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Odilo Pedro Sherer, secretary general of the Bishops Conference of Brazil, explained during a televised debate this week the Church’s and the Pro-life community’s opposition to the decision by a Federal Court to allow abortion in cases of anencephaly.
Jul 16, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The secretary general of the Bolivian Bishops Conference, Bishop Jesus Juarez, called on Bolivians this week to participate in a referendum to be held this Sunday that will determine how the country’s vast supply of natural gas will be used.