Archive of January 11, 2005

Pope Mourns Death of Belgian Cardinal

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Church today mourns the death of Cardinal Jan P. Schotte, C.I.C.M. in Rome yesterday at the age of 76.

Mass attendance stable in U.S. churches over last four years

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mass attendance in the United States has remained stable in the last four years, despite the clergy sex abuse crisis, says a new study released yesterday by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University.

Italian cardinal says Bush was ‘wrong’ in promising quick resolution in Iraq

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an interview yesterday on Catholic Italian television, Pio Cardinal Laghi said President George W. Bush was “wrong” in saying that the war in Iraq would be “quick.”

Pope Prays for “Renewed Proclamation of the Gospel” Among Byzantine Catholics

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- “Communion and Proclaiming the Gospel” was the theme of a meeting today in Rome in which Pope John Paul II welcomed 150 participants in the inter-eparchal synod and the Italo-Albanian eparchies in Italy.

Tucson diocese passes audit on sex-abuse prevention policies and practices

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A recent audit of the Diocese of Tucson found that its sex-abuse prevention policies and practices are in compliance with the norms established by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Former TV journalist takes on new role with Archdiocese

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A popular and well-respected investigative television journalist put aside his camera and mic to take on the role of chief spokesman and executive director of communications for the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Debate on same-sex marriage causes rift among Christian churches in Canada

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The same-sex marriage debate has caused a rift in the ecumenical movement in southwestern Ontario.

Catholic Band Strives to Catechize Through Music

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mike Grothem had been in many bands before, but never one like this.

Mexican bishops says all responsible for life of the Church

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the diocesan fundraising campaign began this week, Bishop José Guadalupe Martín Rabago of León, Mexico, called on the faithful to be generous and reminded them that, “all of us are responsible for the life of the Church.”

Education, not condoms, key to fighting sexual diseases, says Mexican bishop

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In response to a plan to install condom dispensing machines in the regions of San Luis de Potosí, Mexico, Bishop Roberto Octavio Balmori of the Diocese of Ciudad Valles said this week, “The use of condom machines is just escapism.  What is needed is education.”

Brazilian bishops warn of false hopes regarding embryonic stem cells

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While the year-long debate on legalizing embryonic stem cell research continues in the Brazilian Congress, the President of the National Bishops Conference of Brazil, Cardinal Geraldo Majella Agnelo, denounced some scientists who “sell hopes to a whole list of seriously ill people, as if, once the law is approved, effective therapies will at once be able to take place.”

Bishop in Chile reaffirms Church’s rejection on sexual abuse

Jan 11, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Referring to the recent Supreme Court decision, which declared the Catholic Church was not responsible for sexual abuse committed by an ex-priest, Auxiliary Bishop of Santiago, Cristián Contreras, said this week the “Church does not hide crimes nor provide impunity.”

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