Archive of March 20, 2006

Two more women die after taking abortion drug RU-486

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Two pro-life groups are wondering why the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) still has not pulled Mifeprex, an abortion drug more commonly known as RU-486, after reporting March 17 that two more women died after taking it.

Pro-life leader praises Ohio law banning ‘wrongful birth lawsuits’

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Ohio legislature has voted to ban lawsuits that would allow parents to claim that the birth of their disabled child was a “wrongful birth” and that they should not have to incur the costs of caring for their offspring.

Spokane parishes oppose $46-million sex-abuse settlement

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Association of Parishes of the Diocese of Spokane intends to ask U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams to reject the $45.7-million settlement offer made by Bishop William Skylstad to 75 victims of sexual abuse by priests.

No true justice without respect of the truth, Pope tells Vatican’s international representatives

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Over the weekend, Pope Benedict XVI met with Vatican Secretary of State Angelo Sodano, as well as a number of the Holy See’s representatives to various international organizations. During the meeting, he praised the Church’s role within these groups, stressing that relations between and within states must respect the truth if they hope to attain true justice.

Pope calls for spirituality of work that sanctifies but warns: mankind must not be enslaved by it

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In honor of St. Joseph, patron saint of workers, Pope Benedict XVI yesterday praised the holiness of work, recalling its biblical mandate and manifestation in Jesus himself, but warned that mankind must not become enslaved by it.

Pope Benedict: Saint Joseph’s humility, simplicity helps show the way of Christ

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, faithful around the world honor St. Joseph, the humble foster father of Jesus who is patron saint to workers and fathers. Yesterday, Pope Benedict reflected on this key figure in the Church‘s history, saying that his simplicity and humility should help Christians live out whatever role God grants to them in life with faithfulness.

Pope Benedict calls Armenian Christians to greater unity; internally and with Rome

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI called today for greater unity--both internally, and with the See of Rome--for the Armenian people as he met with His Beatitude Nerses Bedros XIX Tarmouni, patriarch of Cilicia of the Armenians in Lebanon.

Pope’s upcoming Apostolic Exhortation likely to call for increased liturgical solemnity, reintegration of Latin

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In June Pope Benedict XVI will receive the final proposal from the recent Synod of Bishops for the drafting of his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist.  The commission of 12 cardinals and bishops from around the world, led by the secretary of the Synod of Bishops, Archbishop Nicola Eterovic, will meet in June to present the Holy Father a final proposal based on the 50 propositions that were made at the conclusion of last October's Synod.

Ecuadorian bishops say citizens must be informed about trade agreement risks

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to tension surrounding the signing of the Free TradeAgreement, the bishops of Ecuador published an urgent statement lastFriday calling on the government to initiate a more extensive nationaldialogue before signing the treaty.

Central American bishops call for a ‘humanitarian solution’ to US immigration law

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Secretariat of Central American Bishops has called on the senators of the United States to find a “humanitarian solution” to the problem of illegal immigration before accepting a new bill sponsored by Congressman James Sensenbrenner and recently passed by the House of Representatives which criminalizes illegal immigrants and those who help them.

Challenge of secularism demands priests be holy, says Spanish bishop

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a letter marking Seminary Day in Spain, which was celebrated on March 19, Archbishop Francisco Martinez Fernandez of Granada said the challenge of secularism in today’s society demands that priests be particularly holy.

Colorado Catholic bishops: respect, human dignity must presuppose any meaningful immigration reform

Mar 20, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the issue of undocumented immigration continues to heat up, both at federal and many local levels, the Catholic Bishops of Colorado are insisting on a comprehensive reform of the nation’s immigration laws which, at their core, must assure that the immigrant’s dignity is not left behind in their country of origin.

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