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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.