Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic political leaders have left a flawed legacy, which instructs politicians that it is okay to be personally opposed to abortion and not “impose” that view on the nation, says Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver. It is a legacy that says a Catholic can be in the public service as long as he or she is willing to abandon what is “inconveniently Catholic,” adds the archbishop.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- On receiving the Letters of Credence of the new ambassador of Portugal to the Holy See, Joao Alberto Bacelar da Rocha Paris, this morning, Pope John Paul II took the opportunity to express his appreciation to the Potuguese government for "highlighting the Christian identity of Europe" in the new European constitution.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an address to a meeting at the United Nations yesterday in New York, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Vatican Secretary of State, expressed the Vatican's support for an initiative proposed by the president of Brazil to fight hunger and poverty around the world.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson filed for bankruptcy yesterday, becoming the second U.S. diocese to seek court protection in recent history. The Archdiocese of Portland, Oregon was the first, July 6.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Late-term abortions should not be made available in Quebec, said the Assembly of Quebec Bishops in a statement Sept. 16. The bishops issued the statement after Quebec’s Ministry of Health announced Sept. 10 that it hopes a newly trained doctor will set up a practice in the province and provide late-term abortions next year.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The fifth Canadian jurisdiction legalized same-sex marriage last week. Manitoba follows Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia and the Yukon Territory in redefining marriage as the union of two persons rather than as the union of a man and a woman.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said this week the possible entry of Turkey into the European Union would be “anti-historical” and that it would be better for the country to remain as a bridge between Europe and the Arab world or to form a “cultural continent” together with that world.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Pastor Cuquejo of Asuncion, Paraguay, encouraged young people this week to defend life, saying those who argue that “overpopulation” is the cause of poverty are simply wrong.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an editorial this week in the Archdiocesan newspaper, the Archdiocese of Mexico issued a new call to Mexicans to increase their efforts to bring about national reconciliation.
Sep 21, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Tulio Duque Gutierrez of Pereira, Colombia, has lent his support to President Alvaro Uribe’s ultimatum against militias in the province of Meta, after a giant cocaine laboratory associated with the United Self-Defenses of Colombia was found.