Archive of February 27, 2007

Los Angeles judge asks diocese to put bankruptcy on hold

Feb 27, 2007 - 08:44 pm .- A Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge who is attempting to work out a settlement between the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego and sex abuse plaintiffs has asked the diocese to refrain from filing for bankruptcy until a second negotiation session can be held on Friday. Judge Anthony Mohr made the request Monday after a negotiating session between lawyers for the diocese and the plaintiffs.  However, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune, nearly six hours of negotiations on Monday failed to produce a deal to settle about 150 lawsuits brought by adults alleging they were molested by priests in incidents dating to the 1950’s.

Catholic League, "Jesus' Tomb discovery is titanic fraud”

Feb 27, 2007 - 01:11 pm .- The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has released a statement denouncing a new television program which purports to show the “tomb of Jesus.”  Catholic League President, Bill Donohue, writes that James Cameron, who also directed the movie “Titanic,” has produced a “titanic fraud.”

In preparation for upcoming General Synod, Special Council for Africa meets in Rome

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:38 pm .- The Special Council for Africa of the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops met in Rome on February 15 and 16 to discuss preparations for that continent's second synodal assembly.

Ukrainian Catholic Bishop says unity is still a struggle

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:30 pm .- Bishop Mykola Simkaylo of Kolomyia-Chernivtsi, speaking during his recent visit to Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), that the Church in Ukraine continues to struggle for unity.  The bishop also took time to praise the work of President Viktor Yushchenko in the unification process.

Spanish cardinal calls on faithful to avoid turning Holy Week into “vacation period

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:19 pm .- The Archbishop of Toledo, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares, warned this week against the “secularization of Holy Week, which has been de-Christianized and even paganized and has become a time for short vacations, for tourism, or just resting.”

Priesthood and marriage demand “ordered affectivity,” says seminary rector

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:11 pm .- The rector of the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in the Dominican Republic, Father Victor Masalles, said this week both married life and the priesthood require an ordered ability to love and therefore the Church cannot accept candidates for the priesthood who display deep-seated homosexual tendencies.

Archbishop backs FBI involvement in investigation into murder of Salvadoran lawmakers

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:08 pm .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle has called for a thorough investigation into the gruesome murder of three Salvadoran lawmakers and their driver who were in Guatemala to participate in the Central American Parliament.

Mexican archdiocese denounces manipulation by U.S. association of clerical abuse victims

Feb 27, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- The Archdiocese of Mexico City has launched a fierce criticism of the organization Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), which has filed a lawsuit against Cardinal Norberto Rivera of Mexico before the California state court.

Church in Scotland may launch legal battle against same-sex adoptions requirements

Feb 27, 2007 - 10:33 am .- The Catholic Church in Scotland is threatening to take legal action to block a new UK law which could force Catholic adoption agencies to close.

Vietnamese police officially announce investigation of Catholic priest

Feb 27, 2007 - 09:38 am .- Vietnamese police have moved a high-profile priest to house arrest after accusing him with disseminating propaganda intended to undermine the communist government.

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