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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.