Archive of August 1, 2005

Pope urges all youth to make spiritual pilgrimage leading up to WYD

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.

Creating embryos to destroy them ‘absurd’: Archbishop Gomez

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.

Pope encourages road toward lasting peace in Northern Ireland

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 place

Aug 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.

‘Catholics need not apply’ must not become motto for government candidates, says Hyde

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.

Pro-life groups call Frist’s stem cell proposal a ‘betrayal’

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.

Pennsylvania bishops issue document on 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.

Cuban priests of the diaspora express support for Pope Benedict, Church in Cuba

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.

Mixed signals from China over normalization of ties with Vatican

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.

Cardinal says Venezuelan President ‘needs exorcism’

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.

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