Archive of May 8, 2006

Cardinal Lopez Trujillo responds to Cardinal Martini: no change in Church’s teaching on AIDS prevention

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In an interview published by the Spanish daily “El Pais,” Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, again responded to controversial statements made by Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini regarding the beginning of life and the use of condoms in combating AIDS.

Costa Rican chancellor says state has duty to defend the family

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The chancellor of Costa Rica, Roberto Tovar Faja, has said that “the State is obliged to defend the family,” especially from the moral and social relativism that is seriously threatening it.

Colombian bishops reaffirm need to defend life from conception to natural death

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for May 28 draw near, the bishops of Colombia issued a statement this weekend reaffirming the need to defend human life from conception to natural death.

Czech Bishops’ Conference slams Da Vinci Code for dishonoring Christian symbols

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Czech Bishops’ Conference has joined the chorus of protests against the Da Vinci Code book and movie, saying that the work’s author, Dan Brown, has smeared basic Christian symbols in order to gain publicity.

Same-sex marriage has serious implications for religious liberty, legal experts say

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The legalization of same-sex marriage has launched the most significant cultural battle of our time and will have severe and far-reaching consequences for churches and religious organizations, many legal experts say.

New resources help youth respond to Da Vinci Code

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Westminster Theological Seminary has announced that it has partnered with interl’inc to create resource materials specifically for teens and young adults on “The Da Vinci Code” book and movie.

China ordains Vatican-approved bishop over weekend

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Another Catholic bishop was ordained in China Sunday — the third in eight days— in a ceremony that was approved by the Vatican, unlike the controversial first two, which, the Vatican said could result in a series of excommunications.

Diocese wants new judge for upcoming sexual abuse case, doubts it can get fair trial

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Burlington, Vermont, wants Judge Ben Joseph removed as the presiding judge in an upcoming sex-abuse case. Diocesan officials say Joseph’s rulings in a recent case jeopardize the diocese’s chances of getting a fair trial, reported the Burlington Free Press on May 5.

Pope commends Swiss Guard who, for 500 years, have given their lives for the Church

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the Pontifical Swiss Guard--the longest standing army in the world--continues to celebrate 500 years of service to the Pope and the Church, Pope Benedict celebrated Mass on Saturday thanking both past and present Guard members for the dedication of their lives.

To live as a priest is to live for Christ, others, Pope tells newly ordained

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Church celebrated the 43rd annual World Day of Vocations on Sunday. At the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI marked the occasion by ordaining 15 new priests and stressing how they must be a witness of the Gospel both to believers and to a world that has not yet heard of it.

Despite shortage in some areas, priestly mission is irreplaceable, says Pope Benedict

May 8, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During Pope Benedict XVI’s Regina Coeli prayer on Sunday, he stressed the continued need for priestly vocations throughout the world, explaining how priesthood, married life, and consecrated religious life all must work together for the good of the entire Church.

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