Archive of November 30, 2004

Pro-family group urges legislators to defend marriage despite Supreme Court decision

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court declined to intervene yesterday in the May 17 Massachusetts court ruling that has allowed same-sex couples to marry in the state. Conservative groups had appealed to Supreme Court Justices to overturn the decision by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court.

U.S. businesses receive ‘Religion-Friendly Zone’ decals in time for Christmas

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Every December the Catholic League expends considerable resources fighting against those who seek to censor Christmas. This year, the league is placing its efforts in actively promoting Christmas in the private sector.

‘God Squad’ constructs Nativity scene in downtown Chicago

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The God Squad, a group of carpenters and tradesmen, donated their time and energies Nov. 27 to construct a one-of-a-kind Christmas display at Daley Center Plaza in downtown Chicago, reported The Illinois Leader.

Baptism controversy points to larger question of communion, says Australian archbishop

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop John Bathersby of Brisbane has publicly questioned whether a parish could be in communion with the Church if its ordained ministers do not use words from Scripture and do not follow the appropriate rites during the sacraments.

Switzerland to allow embryonic stem cell research

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Swiss voted on Sunday to support a government proposal to allow embryonic stem cell research, which will mean the of thousands of lives.

Motherhood and fatherhood are complementary Cardinal explains at Family summit

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- At the International Conference on the Family this morning in Doha, Qatar, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, addressed the growth of an ideology hostile to the family which obscures the natural complementarity of men and women in conjugal love and upbringing of children, and underscored the fundamental importance of this complementarity for family life, children and society.

Cultivate intimacy with Christ, says Pope to Legionaries, on anniversary of founder

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The 60th anniversary of the priestly ordination of Fr. Marcial Maciel Degollado, the founder and superior general of the Legionaries of Christ, was celebrated this morning by 4000 priests and seminarians of the order, and members of the “Regnum Christi” movement, who were received by Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.

Sudanese government expells charity worker, warns aid organizations in Darfur

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Sudan director of the UK based aid agency Save the Children was expelled from the east African country yesterday, accused by the Sudanese government of breaking the country’s law and of interfering in its domestic affairs.

Australian Council approves first Catholic medical school, worries about Catholic “bias”

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Australian Medical Council (AMC) yesterday gave official accreditation to the University of Notre Dame in Fremantle, Australia’s first Catholic medical school. However, some members of the council, and the Australian media have expressed concern that because the school is Catholic it may provide inadequate and biased teaching.

Miami Archbishop denounces Cuban government for blocking entry of donations

Nov 30, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop John Favalora of Miami traveled to Cuba on Monday to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Archdiocese of Santiago but was told by the Cuban government he could not enter the country with the food and religious donations which he had brought with him.

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