Archive of May 1, 2007

Pope supports Archbishop who received death threats over opposition to gay marriage

May 1, 2007 - 12:57 pm .- According to the BBC, Pope Benedict XVI has lent his support, by phone, to Italian Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, who has received death threats in recent days over his public opposition to same-sex marriage. Over the weekend, the Archbishop received a live bullet in the mail along with a photo of himself with a swastika cut into the photo paper. This act however, was just the latest in a string of threats which began last month when the doors of his cathedral in Genoa were defaced with graffiti.

Evangelical Christians seek forgiveness of sins online

May 1, 2007 - 12:52 pm .- Evangelical Christians seem to be finding the value of confession. But they’re not lining up for the confessional or for a minister — they’ve headed online. Confession websites are not new — they’ve been around for at least a few years — but they continue to increase in number and popularity.

Reach out to fallen away Catholics, says Vatican cardinal

May 1, 2007 - 12:49 pm .- The prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Claudio Hummes, called on the faithful in Latin America to reach out to fallen away Catholics who have joined other Christian denominations.

Italian archbishop receives death threats over statements on homosexual unions

May 1, 2007 - 12:45 pm .- The president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, has become the target of new death threats, prompting increased security measures from Italian police. Over the weekend, the archdiocese reported receiving an envelope containing a bullet and a photo of the archbishop.

Bishops in Mexico call for conscientious objection against "appalling killing" of abortion

May 1, 2007 - 12:44 pm .- The archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, together with his auxiliary bishops, issued a statement on Sunday expressing their "strongest condemnation" of the "unjust" and "iniquitous" law on abortion approved last week by the Legislative Assembly of the Mexican capital.

Uruguayan bishops express grave concern about new law on civil unions

May 1, 2007 - 12:42 pm .- The bishops of Uruguay said this week a proposed law on civil unions "merits serious reflection" and that making civil unions equal to marriage, including between same-sex couples, would be "unacceptable" and would "negatively affect marriage and the family.

Pope concerned about abuse of power in Venezuela, says bishop

May 1, 2007 - 12:40 pm .- The vice president of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Roberto Luckert, said last Friday that during an audience with Pope Benedict XVI and a group of Venezuelan bishops, the Pontiff said he was concerned about the abuse of power in that country.

Bush, Pope Benedict to hold first meeting this summer

May 1, 2007 - 12:37 pm .- The Vatican and the White House have announced that Pope Benedict XVI will hold his first meeting with U.S. President George Bush this June. The meeting is scheduled to take place just after the president attends the Group of Eight (G8) summit in Heiligendamm, Germany.

California Catholic Conference files brief in conscientious objection case

May 1, 2007 - 12:06 pm .- The California Catholic Conference has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in a case now pending before the state Supreme Court. The justices will decide whether a physician has a constitutional right to refuse, on religious grounds, to perform a medical procedure for a patient because of the patient’s sexual orientation, reported The California Catholic. The case involves two Vista physicians, who were sued for discrimination after allegedly refusing to artificially inseminate a lesbian.

No opposition from Wisconsin Catholic Conference re emergency contraception bill

May 1, 2007 - 12:01 pm .- The Wisconsin Catholic Conference has decided not to oppose a bill that would require all hospitals, including Catholic health facilities, to distribute emergency contraceptives to female victims of rape.

Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice supports partial birth abortion

May 1, 2007 - 11:56 am .- A top pro-life leader said a religious coalition’s support of partial birth abortion shows that the group is "confused, at best." Fr. Frank Pavone says the position taken by the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice has more to do with political dogma than religious belief.

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