Archive of January 18, 2006

Supreme Court decides in favor of Oregon’s assisted suicide law

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that the U.S. Attorney General does not have the authority to halt Oregon doctors from helping terminally ill patients to kill themselves.

Despite division, ecumenical movement distinguished by common communion in Christ, says Pope

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking before an estimated 8,000 pilgrims gathered at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI called the Christian ecumenical movement unique from other religious dialogues and initiatives because of its common union in Christ.

Pope Benedict: encyclical to be released Jan 25, to deal with true meaning of love

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During his general audience held today at the Vatican, Pope Benedict announced that his long waited, first Encyclical, on the theme of love, will be released on January 25th.

Archdiocese criticizes bishop’s stance on sex abuse

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials of the Archdiocese of Detroit have criticized an auxiliary bishop for supporting a statute of limitations that would give clergy abuse victims more time to sue.

Episcopalian bishop removes priest for stance against gay bishop

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- An Episcopalian priest was removed from his duties because he disagreed with the consecration of the church’s first openly gay bishop, V. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire.

Scottish Catholics seek exemption re adoptions by same-sex couples

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholics in Scotland are seeking an exemption for Church-run adoption agencies from laws that would allow children to be adopted by homosexual and lesbian couples. The law would come into force next year.

Popular Catholic author, artist, to receive Biblical School honor

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On February 3rd, popular Canadian Catholic author and artist, Michael O’Brien will be honored by the Denver Catholic Biblical School with the Servant of the Word Award at the school’s yearly gala.

Spanish president: Faith has no place in public square

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a visit to a school in the southern city of Jaen, Spanish President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said that in a non-sectarian state like Spain, “no morality, no religion can be imposed on the law” and that faith should be restricted to private life.

Mexican bishops urge laity to participate in politics

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Committee on the Laity of the Bishops’ Conference of Mexico is calling on the faithful not to abstain from voting and to get involved in politics as the coming presidential elections draw near.

Church defends human dignity, Chilean bishops tell homosexual leader

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, told a prominent homosexual leader this week that the Church defends the dignity of all persons and that the Bishops’ Conference is always willing to enter into dialogue.

Philippine congress to debate new law on sterilization and contraception

Jan 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Philippine Congress is set to debate a new law this week that would promote sterilizations and would threaten health workers with jail time for not making contraceptives available.

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