Archive of March 9, 2006

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal involving anti-Catholic statue

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal this week involving a constitutional challenge to an anti-Catholic statue. The statue, located on the campus of Washburn University in Kansas, depicts a Catholic bishop with a grotesque facial expression wearing a miter that resembles a phallus.

Christian leaders applaud arrests in Alabama church fires

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Christian Defense Coalition and National Clergy Council have commended federal and state law enforcement for stemming hate crimes against Christians by apprehending those behind the recent Alabama church fires.

'Choose Life' license plate lawsuit wins in appeals court

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Second Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed Attorney General Eliot Spitzer’s second attempt to ban the phrase "Choose Life" from a pro-adoption specialty plate in New York State. The decision was issued March 7.

Catholic agencies call for funding for humanitarian, development activities

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic agencies are urging Congress to support essential funding for urgent humanitarian and development activities around the world as it considers Fiscal Year 2006 emergency appropriations.

Don’t neglect rural peoples, but guarantee real development, Vatican representative urges U.N.

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday, Archbishop Janusz Bolonek, the Vatican’s apostolic nuncio to Uruguay, told members of a United Nations Conference on Agrarian Reform and Rural Development that the world body must never consider the rural world of “secondary importance”, but must guarantee real opportunities for economic and societal development.

New Church movements, communities gather for historic Latin American meeting

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Catholic leaders from across Latin America are descending on Bogotá, Columbia this week for the first meeting to discuss Ecclesial Movements and New Communities in the Latin American world.

Chilean bishop praises women for contribution to Church and humanity

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On the occasion of International Women’s Day on Wednesday, the president of the Bishops’ Conference of Chile, Bishop Alejandro Goic, sent a special greeting to the women of that country and thanked God for “the marvels that God has done in women and through their intervention in the history of humanity and of our country.”

Mexican archbishop denies Church receives money from drug trafficking

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Archbishop Emilio Berlie Belaunzaran of Yucatan, Mexico, said this week the Church doesn’t accept money from suspicious sources and that donations that are received come from trustees that know who their donors are.

Holy See reminds its opposition to an “indigenous church” and to married priesthood in Latin America.

Mar 9, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Through a letter sent to the Bishop of San Cristóbal de las Casas (México), Bishop. Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel, the Holy See decided to put an end to the so-called “Indigenous Church,” influent especially  in southern parts of Mexico and throughout Latin America.

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