Archive of October 18, 2006

Bishop Tobin says same-sex marriage is ‘spiritually harmful’

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Same-sex marriage is not an issue of civil rights, said Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence in a recent letter to the editor.

Diocese says November election is crucial in embryonic stem-cell debate

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Diocese of Rochester is urging voters to consider the ethics of embryonic stem-cell research when going to the polls next month and not to give their vote to a candidate who is willing to fund the controversial science.

Famous Latinist fired from Gregorian University, announces new school

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Fr. Reginald Foster, one of the most renowned Latinists in the world, was fired last week from the Gregorian University by the Society of Jesus, stating that too many students were taking Fr. Foster’s classes without paying tuition.

California bishops united in response to “skewed” America article on sex abuse

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of California have united to send a sharp letter to the editor-in-chief of the Jesuit magazine America, claiming that attorney Marci Hamilton’s recent article on clergy abuse in the United States is skewed and not based on evidence.

Betrayal of Judas was a part of God’s salvific plan, Pope says

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI concluded his catechesis on the 12 Apostles today, speaking of the Apostle who betrayed Jesus, Judas Iscariot and the Apostle Matthias, who succeeded him.  More than 30,000 filled St. Peter’s square to hear the Holy Father speak of the part Judas played in God’s mysterious plan of salvation.

There can’t be real democracy without truth and values, Vatican says

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Anthony Frontiero, an official for the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, said during the annual summit on Human Rights of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, that true democracy cannot survive without truth and religious values.

Vatican to publish manual of interreligious dialogue

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue will release on Friday, October 20th a “manual” for dialogue between the Catholic Church and other religions according to the teaching of the II Vatican Council and Pope John Paul II.

Chile: White Feast of All Saints becoming more popular in schools and families

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The White Feast of All Saints is becoming increasingly more popular in Chile as an alternative celebration to Halloween, or “Eve of All Saints.”

Socialists launch campaign to legalize abortion in Portugal

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Portugal’s ruling Socialist Party began an effort this week to legalize abortion through a national referendum, which could take place in the coming months pending approval by the country’s Parliament.

Catholic Charity head denounces violations of religious liberty in European summit speech

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Attilio Tamburrini, Director of the Italian section of the German-based Charity "Aid to the Church in Need," lamented to 18 countries, who are either full members of or associates with the European Union, several countries which continue to allow discrimination against and even persecution of Christians.

"Death of Marriage" exaggerated by media, Women's group claim

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- - Dr. Janice Crouse, Senior Fellow of Concerned Women for America’s (CWA) think tank, The Beverly LaHaye Institute, said today that last week's headlines proclaiming the "death of marriage" across the country have been greatly exaggerated.

Foley to reveal name of alleged abuser at urging of Archdiocese

Oct 18, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Mark Foley, the Florida Republican that resigned last month after he was confronted with sexually explicit e-mails sent to teenage pages, plans to reveal the name of a clergyman he says abused him as a teenager after being urged to do so by the Archdiocese of Miami.

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