Archive of August 2, 2005

Cardinal Keeler criticizes Frist’s support of embryonic stem-cell research

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Keeler, chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee for Pro-life Activities, criticized Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist’s announcement July 29 that he will support federally funded embryonic stem-cell research.

Judge certifies all Catholics in Portland as defendants in bankruptcy case

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A bankruptcy judge decided last week that the 389,000 Catholics of the Archdiocese of Portland are officially part of the class of defendants in the archdiocese's bankruptcy case, reported the Associated Press.

Barriers lifting between Catholics and Evangelicals, say researchers

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The relationship between Evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics has improved dramatically in the United States in recent decades, and increasingly these two groups have ever more in common both politically and spiritually.

Episcopal bishops file lawsuit in continuing battle over openly gay bishop

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As debate continues to rage in the Episcopal church over the ordination of openly gay clergy and now same sex unions, nine U.S. Episcopal bishops plan to sue the bishop of Connecticut in a church court over his support of the practice and his attempted silencing of some who are against it.

Pennsylvania Senator accuses Kennedy, Kerry of ‘doing nothing’ about priestly sexual abuse scandal

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pennsylvania’s Senator Rick Santorum blasted Massachusetts Senators Edward Kennedy and John Kerry Sunday for “doing nothing” about the priestly sexual abuse scandal which centered around Boston in 2002.

Catholic radio station launched in Ohio

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in the Diocese of Columbus finally have Catholic radio. St. Gabriel Radio Inc., launched the region's first Catholic radio station Monday.

Priest must be reflection of Christ, says bishop at international meeting

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Ramon Calderon Batres of Linares, Mexico, told reporters covering the V International Retreat for Priests in Monterrey that “the role of the priest is to make Christ manifest.”

Number of Christians surges in China

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A report in The Age says that Chinese Christians currently outnumber members of the Communist Party. The Gospel message is being spread everywhere, in the countryside and in the cities, and even in uncommon places, like beauty salons.

Bishops of Brazil seek voice in debate over legalization of abortion

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a statement asking to be included in the debate over the revision of the country’s abortion laws and reaffirming that the Conference “will continue defending the inalienable right to life of the unborn.”

CELAM bishops says socialist governments imposing anti-life policies on Latin America

Aug 2, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The vice president of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM), Bishop Carlos Aguiar Retes of Texcoco, Mexico, is denouncing the efforts by some socialist governments to impose anti-life and anti-family policies on Latin America.  In an interview with the Mexican daily La Jornada, the bishop said the CELAM leadership recently met in Bogota, Colombia to analyze this and other issues common to the region.

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