Archive of May 24, 2007

Bishops respond to confrontation with the president of Bolivia

May 24, 2007 - 03:09 pm .- The Bishops’ Conference of Bolivia issued a statement this week saying, “The Church cannot cease from speaking about social problems” or “renounce human promotion because it is an essential part of her mission.”

Any religious community can cease to exist, says Jesuit Father General

May 24, 2007 - 03:07 pm .- The Father General of the Society of Jesus, Father Peter Hans-Kolvenbach, said this week no religious congregation or institution has a guaranteed future and that each one “could disappear” if the work entrusted to it by the Lord has been fulfilled, as the history of the Church has shown.

Colombian Jesuit says Madonna’s concert “crucifixion” is example of evangelization

May 24, 2007 - 12:54 pm .- The Colombian daily, “El Tiempo,” published a column by a priest who said he has seen Madonna’s DVD of her latest concert tour and defends her “crucifixion” and nudity and calls the show a model of evangelization.

Catholic doctors tell International Bioethics Society: palliative care is alternative to euthanasia

May 24, 2007 - 12:43 pm .- The president of the International Federation of Catholic Doctors Association, Jose Maria Simon, told Europa Press this week, “Euthanasia is an evil that has an effective vaccination which is palliative care.”  Simon’s comments came in response to the president of the International Society of Bioethics, Marcelo Palacios, who expressed his support for euthanasia, understood as helping a terminally ill patient to die who is not expected to survive more than six months.

High school valedictorian tells peers to find happiness in following God’s will

May 24, 2007 - 12:36 pm .- True happiness and fulfillment can only be found in following God’s will, high school valedictorian Michelle Bauman told her peers at Bishop Machebeuf High School.

'Bible Geek' brings Scripture to life, teens back to Church

May 24, 2007 - 12:31 pm .- Mark Hart has received thousands of questions about faith and the Bible from teens. He responds by making the Bible fun and relevant and drawing youth back to the Catholic faith and church practice.

Holy Father appoints US prelates and head of K of C

May 24, 2007 - 12:28 pm .- Today the Holy Father appointed Carl Anderson, the head of the Knights of Columbus, and his wife Dorian to the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Bishops of Latin America to vote today on first draft of final document

May 24, 2007 - 11:42 am .- The bishops participating in the 5th General Conference of the Latin American Bishops’ Conference are set to vote today on the first draft of a final document. After spending the week working in sixteen different subcommittees, the drafting committee assembled the submissions of each group and began work on the final document.  Some groups worked late into the night on Wednesday.

Atheist philanthropist gives New York Archdiocese largest-ever donation

May 24, 2007 - 11:22 am .- A New York philanthropist is giving the Archdiocese of New York its largest donation ever — $22.5 million — earmarked for scholarships to Catholic elementary schools.Robert Wilson, a former Wall Street investor, told The Associated Press that he is an atheist, but he has no problem donating money to a fund linked to Catholic schools.

Benedict lends his full support to embattled Italian Bishops

May 24, 2007 - 10:58 am .- Amidst the current passionate debate over the role of the Church in public life in Italy, the Italian Bishops conference is holding their general assembly. This comes as the head of the conference, Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco, takes the helm as Pope Benedict’s new appointee. Bagnasco has also been in the news because he received death threats for defending marriage and denouncing the immorality of practicing homosexuality. The Holy Father gave his support to the bishops and the laity who recently asserted the right of the Church to speak in the public square. This action has produced in the Pope the, "conviction that in Italy the faith is alive and profoundly rooted, and that the Church is an organization of the people, a capillary network close to individuals and families. ...

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