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.
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 NewsMax.com. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.