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