Archive of September 14, 2004

Pro-Kerry Catholic activists denounce politicking in Catholic Churches

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a press release issued today two Pro-Kerry Catholics who head Catholics for Kerry groups in Columbus, Ohio, and Boston, Massachusetts, denounce the politicking taking place with increasing frequency in Catholic parishes across America saying that it will damage the Church in the U.S.

Pope, Vatican Secretary of State, meet with Israeli Interior Minister

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II received Israeli Interior Minister Avraham Poraz, this morning at Castelgandolfo, after the minister’s meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano to discuss matters of the his jurisdiction, particularly the issuing of visas to Israel for religious personnel of the Catholic Church and the fiscal status of ecclesiastical institutions in the country.

Cardinal Castrillon encourages bishops to give a reason for Church’s hope

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a group of bishops gathered in Rome this week, Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, said “in the midst of the dramatic divisions and injuries in the world” the Church is called to give a reason for the hope which she bears.

Man criticizes bishop for stance on Communion for pro-abortion politicians

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A university professor assailed Bishop Richard Joseph Malone of Maine with words of criticism at an anti-abortion luncheon Saturday, for not refusing Communion to pro-abortion politicians.

Boston diocese faces 140 new claims of sexual abuse

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Boston is facing another 140 claims of sexual abuse less than one year after paying out $85 million to settle 541 sexual-abuse claims.  The new claims span the 1950s to the 1980s, reported The Boston Globe.

Bishop seeks reconciliation with sex-abuse victims, pastor

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A mass on Sunday, celebrated by Bishop Timothy McDonnell of Springfield at St. Michael’s Parish, was a moment of reconciliation for more than one reason.

Bishop granted right of oversight in sexual-abuse allegations

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Maricopa County’s top prosecutor said he has confidence in the current bishop of the Diocese of Pheonix and in the changes that were made in the diocese’s policy and practice that it is no longer necessary to bar the bishop from involvement with sexual-abuse allegations.

Canadian Church funds are still getting through to Iraqi people

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian bishops’ aid and emergency-relief agency says its partner-agencies in Iraq are still operating in the war-torn country, despite the pullout of many western non-governmental organizations.

Doctors denounce Spanish film that presents “sentimental apology for euthanasia”

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Association of Christian Doctors of Catalonia, Josep Maria Simon, said the movie “Mar adentro,” which was honored at the Venice Film Festival, is a “sentimental apology for euthanasia.”

Protests against award for pro-abortion British film

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Associations of Victims of Abortion in Spain lamented this week that the Venice Film Festival gave its top award to a film that does not tell the whole truth about abortion.

Salvadoran Archbishop denounced distribution of condoms and contraceptives in schools

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle denounced this week the plans by various associations as well as by the Ministry of Health to distribute condoms and contraceptives to students as part of a sexual orientation campaign.

Ratzinger letter misinterpreted by Kerry supporters as OK’ing votes for pro-abortion candidates

Sep 14, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Supporters of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry have misused the letter of Cardinal Ratzinger to the U.S. Bishops Conference - in which he affirms clearly that a persistently pro-abortion politician should be denied Communion – to argue that Catholics may vote for pro-abortion politicians.

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