Archive of October 13, 2005

Bishops Synod announces closing document: how to live out the Church's Eucharistic mission

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday afternoon, as the 11th General Synod of Bishops began to draw to a close in Rome, Cardinal Angelo Scola, relator general of the Assembly presented the "Relatio post disceptationem", or "Report after the Discussion," to over 200 bishops and delegates present. The 2-part document focuses on the new ways to teach the faithful about the nature of the Eucharist, and proper, liturgical means to live out that instruction.

Help Catholics live pious, robust faiths, Synod observer tells bishops

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the sixteenth assembly of the 11th General Synod of Bishops yesterday afternoon at the Vatican, Leonardo Casco, President of the Honduran, "Alianza Para la Familia" group, urged priests and bishops to joyfully encourage the faithful to live lives of "demanding and robust faiths", particularly in this time of overwhelming ignorance of Church teaching.

Priest shortage stems from crisis of faith, ignorance of the infinite, not celibacy, say Bishops

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to reporters at a press conference today following the presentation of a new working document for the General Synod of Bishops, currently being held in the Vatican, bishop delegates said that priest shortages in many parts of the world are not the result of celibacy, as many suggest, but of a crisis of faith and a misunderstanding of the divine.

Federal Judge rules Holy See is sovereign state, lawsuit unlikely

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As three men, claiming that the Vatican covered up priestly sexual abuse, continue to push a lawsuit against the head of the Catholic Church, a federal judge in Kentucky has ruled that the Holy See is a sovereign and independent state which enjoys immunity from lawsuits as mandated by the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act of 1976.

National Right to Life confident in Bush’s Supreme Court pick

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As religious and pro-life groups continue to grapple with small bits of information from which to form an opinion about Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, the National Right to Life committee has come out in support of the president’s personal counsel, citing his good record of appointing quality judges to the bench.

Archdiocese of Los Angeles discloses 155-page report on priestly sexual misconduct

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In an act of good faith, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles posted on its Web site Wednesday a document that includes summaries of the confidential files of 126 priests accused of sexual abuse.

Latin American founder: faith demands an honest anthropological and cultural perspective

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The founder of the Sodalite Family and other ecclesial movements, Mr. Luis Fernando Figari, addressing the bishops this week gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Eucharist, said the faith demands an honest anthropological and cultural perspective, as well as vigilance so that the nostalgia for the infinite and the reconciliation of man are not overshadowed the substitutes offered by the world.

ABC program to feature Houston Catholics’ aid to hurricane survivors

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new documentary, slated to air soon on ABC, shares the stories of Catholic individuals and communities across the United States, whose Catholic faith propels them to do good works.

Catholic radio station honors Terri Schiavo’s parents

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Michigan Catholic Radio will honor Bob and Mary Schindler, parents of Terri Schiavo, with its 2005 Culture of Life Award this evening.

Catholic thought influenced Founding Fathers, expert claims at University of Dallas

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The founding of the United States by mostly Protestant Enlightenment-educated thinkers was subtly influenced by Catholic political thought, claims Scott McDermott of Vanderbilt University.

Holy See to issue document on prison ministry

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Renato Martino, announced this week his dicastery is preparing a document on prison ministry and the troubling human and spiritual condition in which millions of prisoners in the world find themselves.

Benedict XVI sends blessings to Cubans, visit to country unlikely

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to Cuba this month, the Archbishop of Genoa, Italy, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, conveyed the blessings of Pope Benedict XVI to all Cubans, but said the chances of a papal visit there were remote.

Chilean government rejects bishops’ recommendations on AIDS prevention campaign

Oct 13, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A top Chilean official said this week the government of Chile will not modify its controversial AIDS awareness campaign, which encourages the use of condoms as the only means of protection against the disease.

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