Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Saint Pius X Fraternity and its superior general Bishop Fellay , are seeking the regularize their situation with the Holy See, in a declaration made by the same bishop on January 13th, and in comments to French newspaper La Croix.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The President of the US Bishops Conference, Bishop William S. Skylstad called on the House to reject the recently proposed budget reconciliation bill, saying it fails to “meet the needs of the most vulnerable among us.”
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This Thursday, the Lecture Fund at Georgetown University will welcome Patrick Reilly, president of the Cardinal Newman Society, to campus to ask an important question that is bound to open a broader debate within the university community: Is Georgetown still Catholic?
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In this week’s Denver Catholic Register (February 1), Colorado’s bishops urge Catholics across the state to demand an end to the unequal treatment of sexual abuse violations under Colorado law. “For the sake of justice and common sense – and for the sake of their own children – Catholics need to demand from Colorado lawmakers an end to our state’s legal inequities in dealing with childhood sexual abuse,” they write.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Democratic Party is intensifying efforts to reach out to Catholic voters, according to the Boston Globe. This will hit a high-water mark tonight, when party leaders turn to Virginia's newly installed governor to deliver the response to President Bush's State of the Union address.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, recently appointed Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed Judge Samuel Alito to take the reigns of outgoing Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, thus creating the first Catholic-majority Supreme Court in U.S. history.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Yesterday, all three of Colorado’s Catholic Bishops blasted proposed state legislation which would lift the statutes of limitation on sexual abuse cases. Because of state sovereignty laws, they pointed out that this would unequally punish the Catholic Church while public school teachers and coaches accused of abuse would be all but exempt.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During today’s general audience held at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI told a crowd of 8,000 that contrary to earthly kingdoms established by man, the Kingdom of God is one based on mercy, not false power, dominion and oppression for the weak.
Pope’s February prayer intentions call for end to human trafficking, increased social involvement for lay CatholicsFeb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican today announced Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer and mission intentions for the month of February. They include justice for, and an end to the growing scourge of human trafficking as well as encouragement to social and political participation on the part of lay faithful.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Raymundo Damasceno Assis of Aparecida, Brazil, said this week the Shrine of Aparecida is beginning preparations to host the V General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) and to welcome Pope Benedict XVI.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Socialist party senator in Chile said this week the country’s newly elected government led by President Michelle Bachelet plans to include the legalization of civil unions for heterosexuals and homosexuals, as well as the possibility of decriminalizing abortion, in its agenda.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore said last week Pope Benedict XVI is interested in visiting the United States in 2007, perhaps adding the stopover to a proposed trip to Brazil for the V General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Council.
Feb 1, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to an increase in failed marriages in Costa Rica, the Church in that country has decided to extend the length of pre-marital instruction and to require that priests celebrate marriage ceremonies exclusively in churches.