Archive of April 26, 2006

Freezing of embryos, an offense against the respect due to human beings, says Jesuit Priest

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In reaction to recent remarks by Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini on the possibility of adopting "left over" frozen embryos, Moral Theologian, Father Alain Mattheeuws S.J, offered an interview to the European Institute of Bioethics, stressing the responsibility of upholding the human dignity inherent to the embryos.

Bishop denounces Notre Dame decision to allow ‘Monologues’ on campus

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop John D'Arcy of the Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese told students and faculty at Notre Dame Law School Friday that he was "deeply saddened" by university president Fr. John Jenkins' April 5 decision that “The Vagina Monologues” would not be prohibited on campus.

Chinese underground bishop released

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Chinese bishop of the "underground" Catholic Church has been released after five months in police custody, reports AsiaNews. He remains however, under house arrest.

Church leaders concerned about Iran's Christians

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Swiss Catholic Church delegation who recently returned from a week-long visit to Iran and says that Christians do not enjoy religious freedom in the Islamic country.

Bishop defends right to refuse participation in national audit

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln is asserting his episcopal authority and defending his prerogative to not participate in the U.S. bishops’ national audit of compliance with the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, reported Lincoln Journal Star.

Archdiocese of Dublin clarifies Church’s stance: Fr. Curran is not suitable professor of Catholic Theology

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Dublin has expressed the Church’s opposition to the participation of Father Charles Curran in a controversial Theology conference due to be held at St. Patrick’s College in Maynooth, Ireland later this month.

Pope Benedict recalls 20th anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear disaster

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the 20th anniversary of the worst nuclear disaster in human history,  saying that the 1986 explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power station in Ukraine should prompt world leaders to strive toward peace, while respecting the needs of both mankind and nature.

Cardinal Lozano announces Vatican document on AIDS prevention

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on Vatican Radio, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, announced that his dicastery is preparing a document on ministry to persons with AIDS.

Argentinean bishop: What the Nazis did in secret is today made legal

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During a recent homily, Bishop Luis T. Stockler of Quilmes, Argentina, lamented that “the experiments that were done secretly at the Nazi concentration camps, in the name of the so-called Arian race, are today done out in the open in the name of science and with the consent of lawmakers.”

91st anniversary of Armenian Christian holocaust commemorated in Spain

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This week, the Armenian community in Valencia, Spain, commemorated the 91st anniversary of the deaths of 1.5 million Armenian Christians who were killed by Muslim Turks in 1915 during a massive religious persecution.

Nicaraguan congress to consider legalization of abortion during Penal Code reform

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The National Assembly of Nicaragua is set to debate a proposal on Thursday that would reform the country’s Penal Code and allow for therapeutic abortion in that country.

Pope Benedict: Church tradition is not just transmission of information, but the effective presence of Jesus

Apr 26, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to a crowd of over 50,000 gathered in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Benedict XVI used the occasion of his regular Wednesday audience to expound on the idea of apostolic tradition, saying that the Church relies not only on material information passed down through the centuries, but on the effective presence of Jesus himself.

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