Archive of October 5, 2006

German prelate says Vatican-Muslim dialogue must start from scratch

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German Catholic Bishops Conference, said demands and threats from Muslim critics, based on a misinterpretation of the Pope’s recent comment about Islam, must cease if fruitful dialogue is to be reinitiated.

Rep. Foley disclosure reinforces idea that homosexual men should not be priests, Catholic group says

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The revelation of former Congressman Mark Foley that a priest abused him as a teen further indicates that homosexuals should not be admitted to the priesthood, says a Catholic pro-life/pro-family group.

Boston to welcome relic of patron saint of parish priests

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The heart of St. John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, will be brought to New York and Boston from France this month, in hopes that veneration of the relic will inspire current priests in their ministry and inspire other men to join the priesthood.

Pro-life groups say pro-abortion petition misleading

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The fall issue of Ms. Magazine features a cover story that celebrates abortion and includes more than 1,000 signatures of women who say they are pleased with their decision to have an abortion.  Many pro-life groups are saying the petition is misleading.

In face of persecution, Chinese cardinal says Catholics remain determined

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In addition to previously published words on the tremendous persecution that exists for Christians in China, Hong Kong’s Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun also noted the progress that is being made in reconciling China’s two Catholic Churches and hailed the patience and determination of long-suffering Chinese faithful, in a speech he made to an Aid to the Church in Need charity event in London, last weekend.

Europe must be unafraid of faith, says Spanish cardinal

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- During the European Symposium of University Professors taking place in Rome this week, the Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, said Europe would remain Christian “as long as it maintains its roots.”

Rosary constitutes meditation on mysteries of Christ under the guidance of Mary

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Demetrio Fernandez Gonzalez of Tarazona, Spain, said this week that by praying the Rosary one hears the voice of God, who speaks through Mary about the mysteries of the life of Christ.

Dialogue with extreme Islam not possible, says Spanish bishop

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter this week on the controversy sparked by Pope Benedict’s comments on Islam at the University of Regensburg, Bishop Jesus Sanz of Huesca and Jaca, Spain, said this week it is not possible to dialogue “with the most belligerent strain of extreme Islam—nor similarly with any terrorist group—much less establish any accord.”

Cardinal Mejia signals need for authentic family life in today’s world

Oct 5, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jorge Mejia, former archivist and librarian of the Roman Catholic Church, said it was urgent that families be constant witnesses of authentic family life, despite ridicule they might receive from today’s society.

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