Archive of June 25, 2007

European parliamentarian denounces secret pro-abortion agenda of report on millennium development goals

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:28 am .- European Parliamentarian Nirj Deva denounced a report on development for the new millennium entitled, "MDGs at the Midway Point", for its secret agenda of promoting abortion.

Venice cardinal calls for cancellation of blasphemous ballet

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:25 am .- Cardinal Angelo Scola of Venice has issued an energetic call to the directors of a Venice dance festival to cancel the ballet Messiah Game because of its blasphemous treatment of the person of Christ.

Bishops denounce moral crisis as root of political problems in Brazil

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:21 am .- The executive committee of the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil has issued a statement entitled “Democracy and Ethics” affirming that the constant corruption in the country has its roots in a moral crisis.

British archbishop encourages Christian community in Gaza Strip

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:18 am .- In a letter to Msgr. Manuel Musallam of Holy Family Church in Gaza City, the vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, Archbishop Patrick Kelly of Liverpool, pointed to the “vibrant faith of the Christians in the Gaza Strip” and pledged the ongoing “determination” of the bishops from Europe and North America “to pray, reflect and walk with our Lord’s followers in the Holy Land.”

Pope is beginning and visible foundation of ecclesial communion, archbishop says

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:13 am .- Archbishop Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain, reminded Catholics this week that the Pope is “the beginning and the visible foundation of ecclesial unity, and he called for prayers for Benedict XVI on the solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Conn. bishops say Plan B law infringes on religious freedom

Jun 25, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Connecticut’s Roman Catholic bishops consider a recent bill, which requires all Connecticut hospitals to offer emergency contraception to rape victims, as part of a national assault against religious freedom.

Teenage girl takes chastity ring case to Britain’s High Court

Jun 25, 2007 - 10:59 am .- A teenage girl, banned from wearing a chastity ring in class, took her case to Britain's High Court on Friday, arguing that her school had violated her religious freedom, reported The Associated Press.

Mass. bishops launch largest educational effort in 8 years to promote marriage

Jun 25, 2007 - 10:52 am .-  Massachusetts’ Catholic bishops are running a statewide campaign to promote the vocation of marriage. Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston launched the campaign in his diocese this past weekend, reported The Boston Globe. The yearlong campaign includes postings on bulletin boards, prayers — including one million prayer cards — and homilies during Masses.

US House votes to fund abortion abroad, cut funding for abstinence-education

Jun 25, 2007 - 10:43 am .- The U.S. House of Representatives narrowly approved legislation on June 21 that would provide certain types of U.S. government assistance to private organizations that promote abortion as a method of family planning in foreign countries.

Benedict re-establishes the autonomy of the Council for Inter-religious Dialogue

Jun 25, 2007 - 10:34 am .- Today it was revealed that the Pope has named that a head for the recently re-instated Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue. The new head of the council will be the current chief Vatican archivist and librarian, Archbishop Jean-Louis Tauran.

Benedict reveals that he asked for permission to leave the CDF and devote himself to studies

Jun 25, 2007 - 09:51 am .- Earlier this morning Benedict XVI paid a visit to the Papal Library and the Vatican’s Secret Archives. During his address to the Library staff, he revealed that he had asked John Paul II for permission to resign from his post as the head of the Confraternity for Doctrine and Faith in 1997 to devote himself to research. Benedict said that ten years ago, on his own 70th birthday, he "would have liked the beloved John Paul II to have granted me the chance of dedicating myself to study and research on the interesting documents ... you safeguard so carefully, real masterworks that help us to follow the story of humanity and of Christianity."

The Pope pays a visit to Secret Archives and defends the work surrounding Pius XII

Jun 25, 2007 - 09:35 am .- On a visit to the Papal Library and the Vatican’s Secret Archives this morning, Pope Benedict came to the defense of those whose work involves the case of Pope Pius XII. Accusations have been made by critics of the World War II era pope, in particular by the Jewish Anti-Defamation League, that the archivists have withheld incriminating documents. The charges frequently leveled against Pope Pius XII include anti-Semitism and having aided Hitler. However, none of the charges has ever been substantiated.

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