Archive of September 8, 2005

Pope Benedict: Church in Mexico must provide ‘Integral formation’ in all areas of the Church; for all ages

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Meeting at his summer residence of Castelgandolfo earlier today, Pope Benedict told visiting prelates from the Mexican bishop’s conference that the Church in Mexico must accompany all members of society--especially the young--in sifting through new challenges in an increasingly pluralistic society.

Vatican congress to discuss scripture in the life of the Church; celebrate 40th anniversary of Dei Verbum

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Later this month, Biblical scholars and Episcopal leaders from around the world will descend on Rome to explore the role of Sacred Scripture in the life of the Church in honor of the 40th anniversary of the Vatican II document, Dei Verbum--the Church’s Dogmatic Constitution on Divine Revelation.

Spokane diocese, parishes appeal federal court decision

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Spokane and the diocesan Association of Parishes (AOP) have filed separate appeals of a federal bankruptcy court decision that would have allowed churches to be sold to pay for settlements of sex-abuse cases, reported the Seattle Times.

Quebec passes law eliminating Catholic instruction in public schools

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- School’s back in. But in Quebec public schools, Catholic and Protestant religious instruction are on their way out.

Church obtains temporary restraining order against protesting attorney

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Holy Cross Roman Catholic church in Albany N.Y has obtained a temporary restraining order against an attorney who it said harassed parishioners and publicly accused a pastor of sexual abuse, the church said Wednesday.

Canadian bishops express sympathy, recall history between Louisiana and Canada

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Canadian bishops expressed their deepest sympathy to the American bishops over the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina, offering prayers and solidarity.

Schwarzenegger to veto same-sex marriage bill

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Many pro-family groups let out a collective sigh of relief today as the office of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger announced that the former actor plans to veto a bill which would have allowed for same-sex marriage in the state, citing a respect for “the will of the people.”

Archbishop Chaput: Katrina shows us fragileness of human life; true meaning of Christian discipleship

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Reflecting on the days following Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast last week, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver wrote Thursday that the tragic events should invite the world to see “what true Christian discipleship and real humanity mean.”

Castro government limits celebration of patroness of Cuba

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Cuba announced this week that the Castro government authorized 60 processions to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Charity, the patroness of Cuba, but denied permission for another 12 processions.

Colombian bishops’ proposal for pre-dialogue rejected by FARC

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Secretary of the Bishops’ Conference of Colombia, Bishop Fabian Marulanda of Florencia, expressed regret Wednesday at the decision by the Armed Revolutionary Forces of Colombia (FARC) to reject the bishops’ proposal for a pre-dialogue with the government in order to iron out differences over a humanitarian agreement that would lead to the release of many hostages.

Brazilian government postpones bill on abortion

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In keeping with a promise made by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to the country’s bishops, the federal government in Brazil announced it would postpone sending a bill up to congress that would legalize abortion.

Caritas and bishops launch Migrant Week to help Mexicans in the US

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Caritas Mexico and the Mexican bishops’ Committee on Social affairs have announced the celebration of Migrant Week in order to help the thousands of illegal Mexicans who want to work in the United Sates.

Cuban cardinal outraged by pro-U.S. charge

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The leader of the Catholic Church in Cuba, Cardinal Jaime Ortega, rejected as "truly outrageous" a Communist government official's charge that Cuban bishops served the interests of the United States.

Pope appoints new Synod participants

Sep 8, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This morning the Holy See Press room announced the names of the bishops apointed by Pope Benedict XVI to the 11th general assembly of the Synodf of Bishops.

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