Archive of November 15, 2006

Italians debate whether Pope can be subject of satire

Nov 15, 2006 - 10:00 pm .- TheItalian press this week is debating whether it is politically correctto poke fun at Pope Benedict XVI, after his secretary, Msgr. GeorgGanswein, reportedly told an Italian news agency that he had enough ofsatire in the media about the pontiff.

U.S. Bishops renew efforts in pastoral care for homosexuals

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- By a large majority, the Catholic Bishops of the United States voted Tuesday to approve a new document which would guide their care for homosexual men and women.  The document, entitled “Ministry to Personswith a Homosexual Inclination: Guidelines for Pastoral Care,” aims at placing an emphasis on welcoming and offering support for men and women who, due to homosexual inclinations, “feel themselves to be unwelcome and rejected,” by the Church.

Every Catholic should consider how to more worthily receive the Eucharist, bishops say

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic bishops of the United States voted Tuesday to approve a document aimed at increasing the reverence of all Catholics for Holy Communion.  The document, written in a question and answer format, addresses the fundamental importance of the Holy Eucharist and the conditions for proper reception.  While the bishops did not directly address the contentious issue of denying communion to public officials who actively reject Church teaching, it did reiterate that all Catholics should seriously examine their own disposition for receiving.

Muslim philosopher meets Pope, praises ‘thirst’ to understand Islam

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The first Muslim intellectual to have a private meeting with Pope Benedict XVI since his election said the pontiff has a real thirst for understanding Islam and conducting a sincere dialogue with its followers.

Anglican, Catholic bishops have first joint meeting in UK

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Anglican and Roman Catholic bishops of England and Wales organized an unprecedented two-day joint meeting in Leeds this week. Forty Anglican and 30 Catholic bishops prayed and worshipped together on Nov. 14 and 15, and discussed how to heal the historic rift between them. They also discussed the rise of secularism in the United Kingdom.

Settlements reached in church sex abuse cases

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Four men have agreed through mediation to settle their sex-abuse claims against the Archdiocese of Denver. The settlements are estimated by the Rocky Mountain News to be somewhere between $100,000 and $150,000 each.

Vatican cardinal says U.S.-Mexico fence ‘inhuman’

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Renato Martino, head of the Vatican's Council for Justice and Peace, condemned the building of walls between countries to keep out immigrants and said the United States’ plan to build a fence on the U.S.-Mexican border was part of an "inhuman program."

Spanish ambassador admits government sought to manipulate papal comments

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking to the Spanish daily “El Mundo,” Spain’s ambassador to the Holy See, Francisco Vazquez, admitted that the government of President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero sought to manipulate comments by Pope Benedict in order to promote his controversial “peace process” with the Basque separatist group ETA.

Vatican cardinal deplores “cruelty” of euthanasia for newborns in the UK

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking with Italian reporters, Cardinal Javier Lozano Barragan, president of the Pontifical Council for Health Care, deplored the “cruelty” of a proposal to allow newborns with severe handicapped to be euthanized in the United Kingdom.

Argentina mother expresses forgiveness of son’s killer during court trial

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The mother of a murdered Argentinean man surprised the country this week when she approached the man charged with the crime during his trial, gave him a rosary, hugged him, and invited him to open his heart to God.

Venezuelan cardinal calls for election results to be respected

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas exhorted Venezuelans this week to “go to the polls” on December 3 to exercise their right as citizens and vote in the presidential elections peacefully and to “respect the final results.”

Bishops offer "richer and more fulfilling" plan for marriage and sex, reject contraception

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Lamenting an “impoverished cultural view” which sees sex as a merely recreational activity, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a document this week aimed at addressing questions of sex, marriage, and contraception.

Holy Spirit marks the very identity of Christians, Pope Benedict says

Nov 15, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI returned, for a third time this week, to the figure of St. Paul during his weekly General Audience catechesis.  The Holy Father reflected on St. Paul’s writings on the Holy Spirit which, he said, marks the very identity of Christians.

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