Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI invited the young Catholics of the world, even those who are unable to participate at World Youth Day (WYD) in Cologne, Germany, in mid-August “to be united in a common spiritual pilgrimage toward the sources” of the Catholic faith during this time.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church will not and cannot base its teaching on opinion polls, said Archbishop Jose Gomez of San Antonio in reference to the embryonic stem-cell research debate.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI lauded the Irish Republican Army’s decision last week to formally end armed conflict in Northern Ireland and to favor peaceful negotiations.
Stem cell debate nearly impossible, say Catholic ethicists; frozen embryos should not exist in the first placeAug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While many Christians and pro-life groups are still decrying Senate Majority leader Bill Frist’s Friday announcement that he favors more federal funding for embryonic stem cell research, many Christian scientists and ethicists are wrestling with what may be an nearly-impossible moral debate.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a letter sent to Senator Richard Durbin regarding what many see as a “religious litmus test” for Supreme Court nominee Judge John G. Roberts, Congressman Henry Hyde warned that ‘practicing Catholics need not apply’ must not become the motto of ‘religious bigots’ operating in the public square.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Numerous pro-life and Christian organizations are still shocked by Friday’s announcement by Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, that he thinks more federal funding should be spent on embryonic stem cell research.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pennsylvania bishops released a document last week, clarifying the Church’s teachings on stem-cell research. “Questions and Answers on Stem Cell Research” explains why embryonic stem-cell research is morally unacceptable.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Dozens of priests and religious of the “Cuban diaspora” in the world concluded their XXXI Encounter in Key West with a document expressing their joy for the election of Pope Benedict XVI and their support for the Church in Cuba.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speculation has begun to grow over the significance of the Chinese government’s decision for the second time to give the green light to the ordination of a Catholic bishop faithful to Rome.
Aug 1, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, Venezuela’s Cardinal Rosalio Castillo, who has been a vocal critic of that country’s president, Hugo Chavez, called the leader a “paranoid dictator” and said there is no democracy in Venezuela.