Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an in interview on the preparations for World Youth Day, the hosting archbishop, Cardinal Joachim Meisner of Cologne, said the event is a gathering for young people, not for “the people of yesterday” such as dissident theologians Eugen Drewermann or Hans Küng.
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a statement released yesterday, William Donahue of the New York-based Catholic League for religious and civil rights, slammed New York governor Mario Cuomo for, as Donahue says, accusing Supreme Court nominee John Roberts of being a “Vatican robot.”
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput, who made headlines during last fall’s presidential election for speaking out on the role that U.S. Catholics should play in government and public life, warned in his recent column about a “growing hostility to the Christian faith” which he says is right in the U.S.’s backyard.
Arizona governor not allowed to speak in Catholic Church; Bishop Olmsted will not allow a platform for anti-lifeAug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Arizona governor Janet Napolitano is one of the latest to be directly affected by a ban put in place by Phoenix Bishop Thomas Olmsted which disallows politicians who support issues like abortion and gay marriage from speaking in Catholic churches.
Retreats, prayer groups, Theology on Tap: USCCB says Catholic Church has growing offerings for post-college young adultsAug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A recent survey by the U.S. Bishop’s Subcommittee on Youth and Young Adults found that a growing number of activities exist for post-college aged young adults--an age group reported to often see themselves as particularly disconnected from church activities.
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Christians and pro-life advocates are expressing shock and outrage today over an eight minute promotional movie, produced by the San Francisco area Planned Parenthood organization, which depicts violence against pro-lifers and abstinence educators.
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an email message sent to hundreds of people who expressed their concern over the participation in World Youth Day of the controversial rock band from Argentina, RESCATE, organizers of the event announced the band has been eliminated from the WYD program.
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- When 26-year old Susan Torres--brain damaged and kept alive by life support--gave birth to 1 pound, 13 ounce, Susan Anne Catherine Torres last Wednesday, throngs of people were fighting and praying for her.
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, told reporters this weekend the Conference will not make any statements about the legitimacy of President Hugo Chavez but that it does support the right of Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara to express his opinions about the national situation. (Cardinal Castillo recently blasted the Chavez government and said democracy was practically non-existent in Venezuela.)
Aug 9, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Although the location of the next World Youth Day has not yet been made public, Cardinal George Pell of Sydney has asked Mel Gibson to recreate the Passion of the Christ there for a World Youth Day in 2008.