Archive of May 19, 2006

Founder of Legionaries of Christ invited to a reserved life of penitence and prayer, relinquishing any form of public ministry

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- This morning, a communiqué was released by the Press Office of the Holy See, inviting the Founder of Legionaries of Christ, Fr. Maciel Degollado, to a reserved life of penitence and prayer, relinquishing any form of public ministry.

Legionaries of Christ release declaration following Vatican statement and renew their commitment to serve the Church

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In response to the Communiqué from the Holy See Press Office regarding the conclusion of the investigation of the accusations made against Fr. Marcial Maciel, the Legionaries say they fully accept the decision and renew their commitment to serve the Church.

Australian bishops oppose boat people processing plan

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Australian bishops have written to Prime Minister John Howard urging him to drop a bill currently before Parliament that would require all asylum seekers’ claims to be processed offshore, reported the Sydney Morning Herald.

Senate panel approves federal marriage amendment

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. The 10-8 vote happened along party lines. The amendment now goes to the full Senate, where a vote is expected June 5.

Middle East Christians hold meeting in Paris with French Authorities

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- French President Jacques Chirac restated his country’s support for Christian minorities in the Middle East, saying that conditions there are “more worrying than ever before,” reported Reuters.

Bishop Matano defends move to place parishes in trusts

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Salvatore Matano of Burlington has decided to place the state’s 128 parishes in charitable trusts in order to shield them from the cost of 19 priest misconduct lawsuits against the diocese.

Spanish production company debuts documentary exposing the Da Vinci Code

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic production company Goya Producciones in Spain has released a new documentary entitled, “The Dark Side of the Da Vinci Code,” which exposes the hidden agenda behind the Dan Brown novel and now motion picture.

Mexican bishops: elections should be celebration that strengthens democracy

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops’ Conference of Mexico issued a statement this week calling on voters to participate in the country’s political life and to make the upcoming July 2 elections a celebration of democracy.

Venezuelan bishops demand government respect religious education

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on behalf of the Bishops’ Conference of Venezuela, Archbishop Roberto Luckert of Coro, demanded this week the government respect religious education and he rejected a proposal to eliminate religious instruction from schools.

Benedict XVI underscores urgent need for tenacious, lasting and shared efforts to promote social justice

May 19, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Today in the Vatican, Benedict XVI received members of the "Centesimus Annus Pro Pontifice" Foundation, marking the occasion of an international congress currently being promoted by that organization on the theme: "Democracy, Institutions and Social Justice."

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