Archive of October 3, 2005

Archbishop O’Brien criticizes media for reducing seminary visitations to homosexuality issue, ignoring facts about potential Vatican document

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the much-talked-about national seminary visitation process gets underway, Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, head of the military Archdiocese and overseer of the visitations recently criticized those who seek to reduce them to the issue of homosexuality alone--something he called “a serious error.”

Many pro life, religious groups adopt a wait and see attitude toward Supreme Court nominee

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, President Bush tapped White House counsel Harriet Miers to fill the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor--a move which pro-life groups are responding to with mixed reactions.

Colorado Catholics gather to celebrate religious media giant, and its tenacious mother

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Thousands of people bustled about the massive new Denver Convention Center this weekend to show their love and support for a feisty, 82 year old nun from Ohio, and for her dream--the worldwide Eternal Word Television Network. The Catholic media giant celebrates its 25th year of broadcasting this month.

A Poverty of the U.S. is its Approach to Life, Bishop Samuel Aquila notes on Respect Life Sunday

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- There is a poverty of the United States is “its approach to life and its disregard of the dignity of life,” Most Rev. Samuel J. Aquila, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Fargo, said Oct. 2 during a Respect Life Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Fargo. October 2 marked the beginning of a month long initiative to foster respect for human life in the Church in the United States.

Conference explores future of Catholic universities

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The future of the Catholic university was the focus of a three-day conference at University of Notre Dame last week. "Joy in the Truth: The Catholic University in the New Millennium” was sponsored by the Center for Ethics and Culture and featured speakers from eight Catholic universities across the country.

Cardinal Rigali, priests engage in candid discussion about sex abuse scandal

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Priests of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia voiced their candid and honest opinions with Cardinal Justin Rigali last week about a grand jury’s findings of sexual abuse by 63 priests and the cardinal’s response to them.

First polygamous civil union registered in the Netherlands

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The first civil union of three partners was legally registered in the Netherlands Sept. 23, making polygamy a practical reality in the European country. Victor de Bruijn, 46, entered into a civil union with Bianca, 31, and Mirjam, 35, in a ceremony before a notary.

Pope Benedict XVI invites members of the Synod to “think and act like Christ” during working sessions

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an lengthy and profound commentary on the Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians in today’s liturgy of hours, Pope Benedict XVI initiated Monday the Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist, inviting the 241 prelates to “think and act” like Jesus Christ in these days of work and reflection.

Cardinal Scola vows to face challenges of the Synod based on faith and not pressure from the world

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Angelo Scola, official relator or key moderator of the Synod, that started today its sessions, presented today to ‘Relatio ante disceptationem’, the report that gatheres indications given by the prelates in the working document of the Assembly, the ‘Instrumentum Laboris.’ The theme of the Synod is “ the Eucharist, source and summit of the life and mission of the Church.’ 256 prelates of 118 countries are gathered, of which only 241 participated in the first reunion.

Synod on Eucharist opens with new norms under Pontificate of Pope Benedict for better collegiality

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict inaugurated the XXI Synod of Bishops dedicated to the Eucharist this Sunday with a solemn Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica, with more than 250 bishops from around the word, various invited experts, and more than 4,500 of the faithful in attendance.

Bishop encourage families to oppose new education law

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Antonio Dorado of Malaga and Chairman of the Bishops’ Committee on Teaching and Catechism in Spain called on parents this week to participate in the national debate and to make their opposition known to lawmakers to a new law on education that would make the State the “sole legitimate promoter of centers of learning and the exclusive ideological determiner of what children should and should not know.”

Mexican bishop calls for truth in the media

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrating the 89th anniversary of the Mexican daily El Universal, Auxiliary Bishop Marcelino Hernandez of Mexico City called on the media last week to have a greater commitment to the truth no matter what the cost. 

Humanity deserves to be free from scourge of self-destruction, says Vatican Ambassador to UN

Oct 3, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a speech to the General Assembly’s First committee, of disarmament and international security, Msgr. Migliore, Ambassador of the Holy See to the United Nations, reiterated the Vatican’s commitment to "the importance of arms control and disarmament, which are fundamental pillars of the architecture for peace."

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