Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sources close to the Holy See said this week Pope Benedict XVI, who began a 17-day vacation on Monday in the Italian Alps, might take advantage of the brief time away from the Vatican to begin writing his first encyclical.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Keeler has urged the United States Senate to reject a bill supporting embryonic stem-cell research and pass other legislation that supports umbilical cord blood stem-cell research and treatments.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following a New York Times editorial by Vienna’s Cardinal Christoph Schonborn last week which stated that a “neo-Darwinist” idea of evolution--where an “unplanned” and “random” process, devoid of design is responsible for the earth‘s existence--is incompatible with the Catholic faith, a storm of debate over the Church’s true stand on evolution has ensued.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an very unusual turn of events, Most Reverend Kevin William Vann, scheduled to be installed as Coadjutor Bishop of Fort Worth, Texas today, will now be installed as ordinary of that diocese following the surprise death of Bishop William Delaney, who Bishop-elect Vann was assigned to assist.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- New York’s eight Catholic bishops have urged Gov. George Pataki to veto a bill that would make the morning-after pill, or Plan B, available without a prescription.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Feminists at a forum Monday said they would fight President George Bush’s nomination of a “strict constructionist” judge to the Supreme Court, claiming that such a judge could jeopardize access to abortion and contraception.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Tucson will emerge from bankruptcy thanks to a reorganization plan that has the archdiocese, insurers and parishes pooling their funds to settle sex-abuse claims up to $22.2 million.
Thomas More Law Center To argue For Reversal of $120M Verdict Against Pro-Lifers in the “Nuremberg Files” CaseJul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in Portland, Oregon, will hear oral arguments today in one of the most important First Amendment cases in the country. The Thomas More Law Center and the American Catholic Lawyers Association will present arguments on behalf of 14 pro-life advocates, who were hit with a $120-million jury verdict in 1999. The Law Center is representing six of the defendants in the so-called “Nuremberg Files” case.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The faithful of the Basilica of San Jose de Flores in Buenos Aires are celebrating their second year of perpetual adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament, a practice that began in 2003 and has continued uninterrupted every day of the week. More than 400 people from across Buenos Aires participate in the devotion, which is an opportunity for the faithful to be alone with the Lord, who “only seeks out those whom He wishes and whose hearts are open to receiving Him,” members of the community said in a statement.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of Merida and president of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, reiterated this past week the Church’s rejection of a proposal to legalize abortion in cases of rape and incest through a reform of the country’s penal code.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Madrid, Caridnal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela, said this week that in his search for happiness man loses his way when his ideas and behavior are not centered in God.
Jul 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Committee on Missions of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico, Bishop Florencio Olvera Ochoa of Cuernavaca, said this week the new Compendium of the Catholic Church calls on the faithful to exercise civil disobedience against anti-life laws, noting that the human person “cannot go against nature.”