Archive of May 12, 2006

Colombian bishops threaten civil disobedience, excommunication for creators of new abortion law

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to a ruling by Colombia’s Constitutional Court making the country the first in Latin America to legalize abortion, the country’s bishops said Thursday that civil disobedience may be necessary to resist the new immoral law. Likewise, Bogotá’s Archbishop, Cardinal Pedro Rubiano Saenz is threatening excommunication against the responsible lawmakers.

Vatican officials decry religious ignorance of ‘Da Vinci Code’

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Three top Vatican officials have expressed dismay at what they see as a clear religious ignorance evident in book “The Da Vinci Code,” which will make its film debut on May 18th.

Spanish Minister of Justice says government will not seek legalization of euthanasia…for now

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Socialist government in Spain has decided not to use an upcoming reform of the country’s Penal Code to legalize euthanasia, according to Minister of Justice, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar.  The announcement came as left-wing lawmakers restarted debate on the issue in the wake of an apparent assisted suicide by a severely handicapped man.

Hong Kong cardinal chides: Chinese government has no right to ordain bishops

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, reminded the Chinese government his week that it has no real authority to ordain bishops and said he would not mediate talks with the Holy See aimed at getting the Church to accept China’s conditions for establishing diplomatic ties.

U.S. House rejects military abortion bill

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The House of Representatives Wednesday rejected a measure which would have allowed military women to obtain surgical abortions at U.S. military hospitals using private funds.

Anti-pornography advocates pleased as .XXX domain proposal crumbles

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The five-year battle over whether the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) should implement a .xxx domain for porn sites finally ended after the private agency rejected the proposal this week in a 9-5 vote.

U.K. bishops call on government to take urgent action against human trafficking

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Stating that current measures to protect victims of human trafficking in the United Kingdom are inadequate, the bishops of England and Wales are urging the British government to sign and implement the Council of Europe’s Convention on Action Against Trafficking in Human Beings.

Group says Democratic support was key passage of South Dakota anti-abortion bill

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Democrats For Life of America commended the South Dakota legislature for recently approving a bill that will prohibit abortion in the state, noting that the vote from pro-life Democrats was critical to the ultimate passage of the bill.

Tom Hanks defends Da Vinci Code as ‘fun, scavenger hunt nonsense’ not attack on faith

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As the controversial Da Vinci Code movie is set to be released next Friday, actors and production officials continued trying to answer the film’s critics. Star Tom Hanks offered his own comments trying to dissuade critics by saying that the “story we tell is loaded with all sorts of hooey and fun kind of scavenger-hunt-type nonsense.”

Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor, British religious authorities urge Parliament against euthanasia bill.

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, Archbishop of Westminster has signed a joint letter with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, and Britain’s Chief Rabbi, Sir Jonathan Sacks, urging opposition to the controversial Assisted Dying for the Terminally Ill Bill that would allow terminally ill patients to request euthanasia from their doctors.

Vatican prepares for anniversaries of first Fatima appearance, JPII assassination attempt on Saturday

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Officials at the Vatican are preparing to recognize two major anniversaries tomorrow. May 13th marks both the 89th anniversary of the first appearance of the Virgin Mary to 3 children in Fatima, Portugal and the 25th anniversary of the failed assassination attempt on Pope John Paul II in St. Peter‘s Square.

When religion’s true nature is understood, it can help counter terrorism, Vatican representative tells U.N.

May 12, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Holy See’s Archbishop Celestino Migliore, permanent observer to the United Nations, was in New York yesterday to take part in a General Assembly meeting gathered to explore counter terrorism strategies. The prelate stressed the need not only for political solutions, but also cultural and religious ones.

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