Archive of June 29, 2005

Pope bestows Pallium to Archbishops, urges them to work united for the Church

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Pope Benedict XVI bestowed the sacred pallium to the Vatican Secretary of State, Card. Angelo Sodano, and other 32 catholic archbishops urging them to work with him for the growth of the Body of Christ, avoiding false autonomies.

Same-sex marriage bill ‘dangerous deterioration’ of shared values, say Canadian bishops

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The passage of Canada’s same-sex marriage bill in the House of Commons yesterday is an indication “that Canadians are witnessing a dangerous deterioration of their communal values,” said the president of the Canadian bishops’ conference.

US Bishops urge President Bush to tackle global issues at G8 summit

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops president, Bishop William Skylstad, urged President George Bush and world leaders in a letter yesterday, to tackle key social issues at next week’s G8 Summit.

Canadian Parliament passes same-sex marriage bill

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After more than two years of debate, Canada’s controversial same-sex marriage legislation was passed last night by a 25-vote margin in the House of Commons.

US bishops call for international solidarity, action in Zimbabwe

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The United States bishops have called upon the international community to pressure the government of Zimbabwe to cease brutal treatment of its people.

Alberta may drop Marriage Act, leave marriage to churches

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canadian Parliament may have voted to pass the controversial same-sex marriage bill, but the debate is far from over in many parts of Canada where people do not agree with the redefinition of marriage.

Dioceses encouraged to hold focus groups on marriage

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Issues surrounding marriage and family life have elicited passionate dialogue and public debate recently, and the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Marriage and Family Life is hoping dioceses nationwide will take up the dialogue as well and hold focus groups on these issues this year.

Papacy key to understanding recent history, says Spanish cardinal

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the celebration of the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul, the Archbishop of Madrid, Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco, noted the importance the Successor to St Peter’s service has meant to the international community in recent history.

Expert warns “Hate crime” laws may undermine Church, debase family

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In light of yesterday’s decision by the Canadian government to legalize same-sex marriage throughout the country, a prominent Catholic analyst is warning that similar laws being debated in the U.S. and the so-called “hate crime” laws which preceded them threaten to undermine the family and the Church.

Catholic League President calls Air Force investigation bigoted, biased

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter written last week to members of the House Armed Forces Military Personnel Subcommittee, which met yesterday to discuss the controversy over religious climate at the U.S. Air Force Academy, Catholic League President Bill Donahue called charges of Christian favoritism unfounded and biased.

Spanish bishops encourage use of Compendium in conjunction with full Catechism

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The bishops of Spain have expressed their satisfaction at the publication of the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, presented by Pope Benedict XVI this Tuesday at the Vatican, and they encouraged its use, not isolated from but in conjunction with the full Catechism approved by John Paul II in 1992.

Argentinean bishop denounces bill that would promote sterilizations

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released this week, Bishop Jorge Luis Lona of San Luis, Argentina, denounced a local proposal that would allow for the use of public resources to promote surgical sterilizations.

Archdiocese of Mexico: despair can lead to unwanted violence

Jun 29, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The weekly newspaper of the Archdiocese of Mexico City, Desde la Fe (“From The Faith”), published an editorial this week calling on presidential candidates not to play with the hopes of the people by making unrealistic campaign promises that will only foster a growing despair that “could drag the country into unwanted and destructive violence.”

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