Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican Press Office announced this Tuesday that Pope John Paul II has appointed an apostolic visitator to probe the sex scandal that has rocked the seminary of St Poelten in Austria. The brief statement said the Pope had named Bishop Klaus Kung of the Austrian city of Feldkirch to look into the problems of the Austrian diocese of St Poelten and “in particular” the seminary.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Homosexuals should be banned from the Catholic priesthood, said Bishop John D'Arcy in an interview published yesterday in the Boston Globe.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic politicians, who defend pro-abortion policies should refrain from receiving Communion, although ministers should not make the decision of denying Communion, said Archbishop Alexander J. Brunett of Seattle in a pastoral letter he issued recently.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Theodore Cardinal McCarrick has called on the United States Supreme Court to halt the execution of persons for crimes committed as juveniles.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Argentina is in danger of becoming the first country in Latin America—with the exception of Cuba—to legalize abortion “on demand and unrestricted” if a bill reforming the Penal Code passes in the Buenos Aires State Legislature.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The publishing of 4-dimensional pictures of the unborn, which show the fetus smiling, blinking her eyes and crying several weeks before birth, is leading to new calls in Spain for a review of the country’s abortion policy.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- According to a report by the Bishops Conference of Cuba, a delegation from the Bishops Conference of Mexico, headed up by Conference president Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, arrived this week in Havana to meet with clergy and to celebrate a Mass in honor of Blessed Rafael Guizar y Valencia.
Jul 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Nicaragua's former Marxist President Daniel Ortega and Cardinal Miguel Obando y Bravo prayed together for reconciliation on Monday evening, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Sandinista revolution.