Archive of August 23, 2005

Meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and the Lefebvrists could initiate path towards reconciliation

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The schismatic branch created by the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre might begin path to return to the heart of the Catholic Church during next encounter that will be held by Pope Benedict XV, with the current schismatic leader, Bernard Fellay.

Bishop Olmsted defends policy of speakers in Catholic churches

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Calling the Church’s policy one of justice, and a much-needed voice for the voiceless, Phoenix Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted recently defended his decision not to allow certain speakers in Catholic Churches who oppose Church teaching on fundamental life and sexuality issues.

Federal Court declares Atheism a religion

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Last week, a Chicago federal court of appeals ruled in favor of a Wisconsin inmate who claimed that the prison violated his first amendment right to practice religion. The problem? He’s an atheist.

AIDS charity fights U.S. government to keep prostitution legal

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Washington-based charity group, DTK International has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. government over a policy that non-government run, international aid organizations who seek governments funds for HIV prevention and family planning services must oppose prostitution, calling the policy “unconstitutional.”

In Prequel to Father Elijah, author takes readers deep into heart of human struggle and grace of small choices

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canadian artist and Catholic author Michael O’Brien enamored readers in 1999 with his best-selling novel, ‘Father Elijah’, about a Carmelite priest called upon to convert the antichrist. Now, in his long awaited prequel to that apocalyptic thriller, O’Brien takes readers on a journey into the heart of a man and the small choices which, as he says, “change the world.”

Fr. Pavone commends Kansas attorney general in abortion lawsuit against governor

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Frank Pavone, head of the group Priests for Life praised Kansas attorney general Phill Kline yesterday for his bold efforts to keep the state from funding what he sees as unconstitutional abortions.

Catholic teachers rally to kick off school year

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As students get ready to head back to the classroom, Catholic school teachers in Grand Rapids, Michigan are getting their own pep rally to kick off the year.

Church in Spain ordains first married priest under pastoral provision

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In what he called “a very unique exception,” Bishop Emeritus Felipe Fernandez, who is currently acting as the Apostolic administrator for Tenerife, Spain, bestowed the sacrament of the Holy Orders on Evans David Gliwitzki, an Anglican convert who is married and has two daughters and a granddaughter, thus becoming the first such case to occur in Spain under the Holy See’s pastoral provision.

Marxist group claims responsibility, apologizes for murder of two priests

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Marxist rebel group in Colombia, the Army of National Liberation (ELN), issued a statement this week claiming responsibility for the murder of two priests, Father Vicente Rozo and Father Jesus Emilio Mora, who were both killed last week in the Diocese of Ocaña.

Argentine bishops call for forgiveness and conversion in wake of sexual scandal involving bishop.

Aug 23, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Executive Committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a statement this week in response to the unexpected resignation of Bishop Juan Carlos Maccarone of Santiago del Estero, who stepped down after reports he engaged in sexual misconduct with an adult man.

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