Archive of November 19, 2004

Society absent of God self-destructs, says Ratzinger, points to current political, legal and sexual culture

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview published in Italian newspaper "La Reppublica" today, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that “a society in which God is completely absent self-destructs,” and talked about the political, legal and cultural consequences of the marginalization of God from public life, and those of the loss of the meaning of human sexuality and the family.

Seminary in Detroit wants to attract Catholics interested in New Evangelization

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Adam Maida announced, during the meeting of the US Catholic bishops in Washington D.C, the opening of the Licentiate in Sacred Theology in the New Evangelization, at the Seminary of Detroit, the first of its kind in North America, and approved by Pope John Paul II himself, reports Detroit Free Press.

States with highest number of Catholics voted for Kerry

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The nine states with the highest percentage of Catholics voted for Senator John Kerry, says data from the newly issued 2005 Catholic Almanac.

ALL: Bishops’ task force needs to remind abortion and Catholicism are opposed

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. bishops need to face “the real problem” that one cannot be Catholic and pro-abortion, said Judie Brown, president of American Life League.

President expected to approve funding for restoration of 21 Spanish missions

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A bill passed by the House of Representatives authorizing $10 million for the restoration of 21 Spanish missions in California has been submitted to President George W. Bush for approval.

Holy See encourages spread of Social Christian thought in Cuba

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a message sent to Bishop Juan Garcia Rodriguez, President of the National Committee for Justice and Peace of the Church in Cuba, Cardinal Angelo Sodano, in the name of Pope John Paul II, sent an extensive encouraging greeting to the 9th Catholic Social Week in Cuba which is taking place in the country this week under the theme, “Truth, Justice, Love, Liberty, Fundamentals of Peace According to Pacem in Terris.”

Evangelize Asia with faith that penetrates every aspect of life, says Pope

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Receiving members of the post-synodal council of the Special Assembly for Asia, held in April and May, 1998, Pope John Paul II said that  "to announce the Gospel in depth in Asia, it is necessary for all believers to penetrate every aspect of life with their faith…especially where they suffer and are not free to profess their faith, waiting patiently for the day there will be full religious freedom."

Pope sends telegram of condolence on the death of Cardinal Aramburu

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a telegram sent this morning to Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, S.J., archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the death of his predecessor, Cardinal Juan Carlos Aramburu, Pope John Paul II recalled “his deep love for the Church and his zeal for saving souls,” noting also that he participated in Vatican II.

Catholic pro-abortion politician rejects request to step down as cantor

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Developments at a Boston parish over whether a lifelong parishioner and pro-abortion politician should continue leading the congregation in song during mass demonstrates how confused Catholics are on the issue and the need for clear guidelines.

New Zealand jury acquits man who admitted to killing brain-damaged baby daughter

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A jury in the Nelson Court of Richmond New Zealand has given a not guilty verdict to a man who admitted to killing his brain-damaged baby daughter by smothering her to death, saying that he was innocent of any wrongdoing.

Church calls for respect for culture of Argentineans in controversial sex-ed program

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Vicar of Education for the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires, Father Juan Alberto Torrella, took part in a meeting at the legislative offices of the city of Buenos Aires, during which he called for the government’s controversial sex-ed program “to include the beliefs and values of parents,” because “there is no such thing as neutral sex-ed, with neither beliefs nor values.”

Professionals opposing homosexual adoption send letter to Spanish president

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The association Professionals for Ethics will send a letter on Saturday to Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero signed by 1000 professionals who are calling on the government to turn back from its plans to authorize adoption by homosexual couples.

Proposed legislation threatens defense of life in Venezuela

Nov 19, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Venezuelan organization Volunteers for Life is launching a major effort to challenge two proposed laws that promote the decriminalization of abortion and euthanasia in that country.

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