Archive of May 4, 2006

Archbishop says justice not served by suing innocent, calls for revision of state bill

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Denver’s Archbishop Charles Chaput is urging a joint House-Senate conference committee to broker a “fair” and “reasonable” version of Colorado’s House Bill 1090, which deals with civil liability in sexual abuse cases.

After Church complaints, German court calls MTV’s ‘Popetown’ ‘too dumb to be insulting’

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A Munich court yesterday rejected a call by local Catholic Church officials to ban MTV’s airing of Popetown, saying the Vatican parody is “too dumb to be insulting," reported the Irish Examiner.

Increasing numbers of immigrants cries out for a just solution, says USCCB president

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The mounting U.S. debate over immigration is an opportunity to finally find a just solution to the problem of undocumented workers, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last week.

Former Vatican Swiss Guards complete historic march to Rome in time for papal blessing

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A group of former Swiss Vatican Guards, who arrived in Rome after re-enacting a historic march from Switzerland undertaken 500 years ago, will receive a special papal blessings today, reported

Church ‘will not budge one inch’ on issue of condom use, says Cardinal Lopez Trujillo

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an exclusive interview with Colombia’s Radio Cadena Nacional (RCN), Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said the Catholic Church would not back down from its long-standing teaching on condoms and the prevention of AIDS.

Austrian diocese sending USB hard drives with Church info as gifts to young people

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Since the start of 2006, the Austrian Diocese of Graz has begun sending a curious gift to all young people who celebrate their 18th birthday:  a USB hard drive with information about the Catholic Church.

Masons claim compatibility with Christian faith, call for lifting of excommunication

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The head office of Masons in Spain is calling on the Spanish bishops’ Committee on the Doctrine of the Faith to review the decree of excommunication imposed on Catholics who practice Masonry, claiming it does not contradict Christianity.

Experts skeptical, saddened by Guttmacher report on state of abortion in U.S.

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- On Friday, the Alan Guttmacher Institute--the research arm of Planned Parenthood--will release a new report on the past, present and future state of abortion in the U.S. and the world. Even prior to its release however, many are critical of the document, calling it a work of propaganda aimed at building up the abortion industry.

Vatican condemns illicit Chinese bishop ordinations, expects excommunications

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Following yesterday’s announcement of a second ordination--in the same week--of a Catholic bishop in China without consent from the Vatican, the Holy See has announced its profound condemnation and said that excommunication is now likely for the two illicit bishops as well as their consecrators.

Cardinal encourages Catholics, Buddhists to work together in service of humanity

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue has sent a message to the world’s Buddhists, currently celebrating Vesakh, calling for a mutual respect and cooperation between the two religions in an effort to reclaim the idea of love, discussed in Pope Benedict’s recent encyclical.

Cardinal Pell of Sydney encourages Catholics to read Koran

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- “I recommend that you too read this sacred text of the Muslims, because the challenge of Islam will be with us for the remainder of our lives – at least,” Cardinal Georges Pell of Sydney affirmed at a conference titled 'Islam and Western democracies', in Naples Florida

Bishop Tafoya of Pueblo strongly denies charges of misconduct in handling of sex abuse case

May 4, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Arthur N.Tafoya of Pueblo, Colorado in an official, statement released today, answered to charges of negligence and misconduct directed against his diocese from lawyers and pressure groups defending victims of sexual abuse.  

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