Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, freshman Colorado senator Ken Salazar (D-CO) said that he regrets referring to the Christian group Focus on the Family and it’s founder James Dobson as the “Antichrist.”
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI cannot change the Church’s position on abortion, birth control or women’s ordination because they flow from the core teachings of the Catholic faith, but Catholics can expect him to engage in the extensive conversations that may be necessary for understanding these teachings, says theologian Pia de Solenni.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Cardinal Kung Foundation released a statement saying that seven priests of the underground Catholic Church in China have been detained following the election of Pope Benedict XVI.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With renewed attention being given to the Catholic Crusades in light of Ridley Scott’s soon-to-be released film ‘Kingdom of Heaven’, Dr. Jay Reyes is urging faithful to understand their complicated history and not be intimidated by those who use the Crusades to “attack Christian history and obscure the real roots of Christian-Muslim conflict.”
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A German mom has been sent to jail for six days and fined $115 US because she and her husband insist on home schooling their children, reports ASSIST News Service.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson has filed an amended bankruptcy plan that seeks to limit its payout for sex-abuse claims to $20 million, reported the Associated Press.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives passed a bill yesterday, making it a federal crime for any adult to accompany a minor across state lines to have an abortion without her parents’ consent.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Rabbi of Jerusalem, David Rosen, a key player in Jewish-Christian dialogue in recent years, said this week the reaction of the Jewish people to the election of Pope Benedict XVI “has been positive because Benedict XVI’s attitude regarding dialogue and his condemnation of anti-Semitism have always been very clear.”
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Domingo Castaña of Corrientes, Argentina, said this week that unless one encounters Christ as the true way to follow, “one risks taking paths that only lead to emptiness and disillusionment.”
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on the seventh anniversary of the murder of Auxiliary Bishop Juan Gerardi Conedera of Guatemala City, the lawyer for the Office of Human Rights of the Archdiocese of Guatemala, Mario Domingo, demanded the government determine who was behind the act so that the crime would not remain unsolved.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop emeritus of Barcelona, Cardinal Ricard Maria Carles, expressed his support for mayors of Spain’s Partido Popular (Popular Party) who are opposing homosexual “marriages,” because the law cannot be above conscience.
Apr 28, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The official Vatican newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, published today the new coat of arms of Pope Benedict XVI, which includes all of the elements in the episcopal coat of arms of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger as Archbishop of Munich and Freising and leaves out the traditional pontifical tiara, replacing it with a mitre.