Archive of December 5, 2005

Catholics demand pro-abortion mayor disinvited from Christmas dinner

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Close to 100 Catholic leaders have signed and sent a letter to Archbishop Sean O’Malley of Boston, demanding that Catholic Charities uninvite pro-abortion Boston City Mayor Tom Menino as the honoree of its Christmas fundraising dinner, Dec. 9.

Chinese nuns wounded in government raid of Catholic church

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sixteen nuns, who were defending a church building from attacks, were severely wounded when 40 uniformed young men armed with sticks raided the church and beat them.

Patriarchs condemn terrorism, call for end of occupation of Palestine

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Patriarchs of the East have condemned terrorism and affirmed the right of the Palestinian people to live side by side with Israel.

Legal expert ponders action against death penalty, abortion

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- While millions of Americans are rightly lobbying for an end to the death penalty, which has sanctioned the execution of 1,000 people since 1976, what ought to be done regarding abortion, which has taken an average of 1,000 lives every seven hours since Roe v. Wade? Ethicist Nikolas Nikas, Esq., asked this provocative question in an opinion piece in last week’s National Review Online.

Fundamental right of religious freedom far from being recognized everywhere, says Pope

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Sunday, before his weekly Angelus prayer, delivered from the window of his private study, Pope Benedict stressed the need for religious freedom, noting the long road a head toward this right being universally recognized.

Pope calls marriage ‘the heritage of humanity’

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict XVI met with representatives of Latin American family and life groups, to whom he stressed the value of human life in the face of new ethical issues, and the need for faithfulness, and openness to life within marriage.

Constant intellectual, spiritual formation necessary for priests, laity, Pope tells Polish bishops

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict met with his second group of Polish bishops, in Rome for their ad limina visit, whom he charged with renewed pastoral care for priests, seminarians, religious and the laity.

Pope meets with Palestinian leader, receives invitation to Holy Land

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Palestinian president, Mahmud Abbas met with Pope Benedict XVI, who called for an end to violence in the tension-ridden Holy Land. 

Australian pro-life groups protest pro-abortion speaker at Catholic justice event

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On December 9th, Jon Stanhope, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory will deliver the annual Rerum Novarum lecture for the Melbourne Catholic Commission for Justice, Development and Peace. The problem? He publicly favors abortion.

Illinois diocese backs Walgreens boycott

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The firing of four Illinois-based Walgreens pharmacists over their failure to dispense abortion drugs, has sparked a call for a nationwide boycott of the drugstore, and gained the backing of a local Catholic diocese.

Analyst says Pope to propose new reading of Vatican Council

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a column published Monday, Italian analyst Sandro Magister of L’Espresso says Pope Benedict XVI favors a renewed interpretation of the II Vatican Council, unbiased by historical distortions.

Pope Benedict expresses solidarity with Venezuela

Dec 5, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI told a group of Venezuelan bishops meeting at the Vatican last week that he was “concerned” about the “ills and unrest” that have befallen the country, and he asked them to “continue standing by those who suffering the most.”

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