Archive of March 14, 2006

South Park actor quits over religious intolerance

Mar 14, 2006 - 10:00 pm .- Isaac Hayes has resigned as the well-known voice of the Chef on SouthPark, citing as a reason the cartoon’s "inappropriate ridicule" ofreligion.

Could reported miracle bring beatification a step closer for John Paul II?

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican will begin an official inquiry this weekinto what could be the first miracle needed for the beatification ofPope John Paul II, reported Exactly two months after thePolish pontiff’s death, a young French nun was healed from Parkinson’safter her community of sisters had prayed for his intercession.

Bishops oppose bill that would require hospitals to dispense morning-after pill

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A bill that would require all hospitals in Connecticut, including Catholic hospitals, to provide emergency contraception to women who have been raped is being strongly opposed by the Catholic Church and is causing serious debate in the state legislature, reports The Associated Press.

Lawsuit argues that fathers should not have to support ‘unwanted babies’

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two pro-life organizations have criticized a recent lawsuit filed bythe National Center for Men, which argues that fathers should be ableto opt out of financial responsibilities for “unwanted” babies.

Mexican bishops slams ‘ideological agenda’ behind Brokeback Mountain

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Jose Guadalupe Martin Rabago, president of the Mexican Catholic Bishops’ Conference, and head of the diocese of Leon, has criticized the movie “Brokeback Mountain”—which in Mexico is currently being distributed under the name “Secret on the Mountain”—for its promotionof homosexual love between two cowboys.

Cardinal urges new Chilean government to stand up for life

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Duringhis Te Deum homily at the Cathedral of Santiago for the installation of Chile’s new president, Michelle Bachelet, Cardinal Javier Errazuriz said that “With trust we pray to God that our leaders and legislators will always protect the sacred gift of life, and that we all may learn to properly respect each human existence.”

No religious freedom without public presence of the faith, says Spanish cardinal-designate

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a Mass celebrated Sunday at the archdiocesan cathedral, the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal-designate Antonio Cañizares, said that reducing religious freedom to the exclusive realm of personal conscience is an error that leads to religion becoming merely a “private affair” and the Church, just another non-governmental organization.

Mexican cardinal reiterates call to halt ‘Indigenous church’, build priestly vocations

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The archbishop of Guadalajara, Mexico, Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iñiguez expressed his support this week for a Vatican decision to halt the ordination of married deacons in the Archdiocese of San Cristobal de las Casas and thus put an end to the so-called “indigenous church.”

Pope and President Mubarak meet to discuss prospects for peace in Iraq, Iran

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Monday evening, Pope Benedict XVI met with Mohammed Hosni Mubarak, president of the Arab Republic of Egypt, with whom he discussed prospects for lasting peace in the violence-wracked Middle East.

Vatican Social Communications assembly to address state of Catholic media worldwide

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Earlier today, Archbishop John P. Foley, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications opened his council’s plenary assembly, which is meeting at the Vatican to address the current state of Catholic media around the world.

Cardinal Daoud: Faithful must accompany suffering Holy Land Christians with prayer, solidarity

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, the Vatican’s prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches has sent a letter to bishops around the world urging support for Christians who live in the troubled Holy Land, namely, by way of the Church’s annual Good Friday collection.

Controversial Notre Dame priest accused of plagiarism…again

Mar 14, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Just weeks after Father Richard McBrien, a controversial professor at the University of Notre Dame was essentially cleared by the University on charges of plagiarism, Virginia’s Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) has announced evidence of a separate--and far more sweeping case--this time involving the priest’s 1997 book; Lives of the Popes.

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