Archive of October 1, 2004

Pro-family advocates see gain despite Congress failure to pass Marriage Amendment

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In response to the vote in the U.S. House of Representatives on the Constitutional Amendment to protect marriage, Family Research Council (FRC) President Tony Perkins released a statement claiming that the movement to protect traditional marriage is gaining momentum.

Pope commends Croatian fidelity to Catholic tradition

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an audience this morning with 2000 Croatian pilgrims from the archdiocese of Split-Makarska, Pope John Paul II highlighted their “adherence to the faith” confessed by Sts. Peter and Paul and the martyrs of that region throughout the centuries, and exhorted them to “promote a Christian humanism” in their lives.

Making homosexual unions equivalent to marriage is “counterfeit” says Spanish episcopate

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The secretary and spokesman of the Bishops Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, said this week that making homosexual unions the equivalent of marriage is like introducing “counterfeit money.”

Law Center sues California court after proposed removal of Christian quote

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Pro-Family Law Center filed a lawsuit against the operators of the Riverside County Historic Courthouse after the operators acquiesced to the threat of litigation by the liberal Anti-Defamation League (ADL).

Global development must be integral and human, Cardinal Martino says

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, in an address to the 16th Banking Conference held in London, spoke of the need for Global development more human, integral, sustainable, and marked by solidarity.

Inter-religious dialogue, Latin America's Catholic identity in Pope's prayer intentions

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Father's general prayer intention for the month of October is: "That, firm in their faith, Christians may be eager to dialogue with those who belong to another religious tradition."

Catholic Charities USA sends long-term aid to Florida hurricane victims

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Charities USA has sent a $392,000 grant to Catholic Charities of Venice in Florida to support the agency's long-term hurricane recovery efforts, which will include temporary and permanent housing, mental health counseling, financial counseling, job placement and outreach to migrant farm workers.

USCCB praises Justice Department’s appeal to rulings against Partial-Birth Abortion Act

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops praised the Justice Department’s appeal of two federal courts rulings against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act.

Same-sex marriage legal in another Canadian province, Supreme Court holds hearings next week

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Yet another Canadian province legalized same-sex marriage, making it the sixth jurisdiction in the last 18 months.

Archbishop warns against dangers of “national secularism” in Spain

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Joining the debate in Spain over the place of religion in schools, the Archbishop of Valencia, Agustin Garcia-Gasco, said this week that “religion classes are a constitutional right of parents and not the Church,” and the said he was willing to allow religion classes to be held in the parishes of the archdiocese if it was not possible to do so at the schools.

Argentinean bishop cautions against publicly announcing “miraculous cures”

Oct 1, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a statement on the public announcing of unconfirmed miraculous healings, Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, reiterated that alleged supernatural healings taking place during certain Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) prayer meetings should not be announced as fact without both confirmation by science and approval of the Church.

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