Archive of July 13, 2007

Diocese of Getafe in Spain asks soccer team to pull offensive TV promo

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:39 am .- The Diocese of Getafe has called for a TV commercial for the local soccer team to be taken off the air for ridiculing the Catholic faith.  The spot encourages fans to financially support the team, telling them that fanaticism for sports is better than the faith.

Church only wants peace for Cuba, says new CELAM president

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:29 am .- This week the Latin American Bishops’ Council (CELAM) is meeting in Havana, Cuba for their 31st Ordinary Assembly. During the meeting the newly elected president, Archbishop  Raymundo Damasceno Assis, said that the Church only seeks peace for Cuba and that “the people should decide about their future.”

New Vatican doctrinal statement is to provide clarity so dialogue can be possible, Cardinal Kasper says

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:23 am .- The president of the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, said this week the new statement by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, “Questions on certain aspects of the doctrine on the Church,” “says nothing new, but rather expounds and explains in a synthetic way, the position which the Catholic Church has held up to now.”

Pope writes letter for the Feast of Patron of Italian Forest Rangers

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:20 am .- Made public today was a letter from Benedict XVI to Bishop Maffeo Ducoli for yesterday's Feast of St. John Gualbert, patron of the Italian Forest Rangers.

Zimbabwean political crisis ‘threatens lives’ says Archbishop

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:13 am .- As talks between Zimbabwe’s ruling party and the opposition resumed in South Africa this week, a leading cleric has warned that Zimbabwe’s political and economic situation has reached "life-threatening proportions.”

Board approves cell-phone tower on church property against some parishioners' concerns about porn

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:09 am .- Schaumburg, Illinois village officials approved plans Tuesday to place a telecommunications antenna on the roof of a Catholic community center, despite concerns that it could promote the spread of pornography, reported the Chicago Tribune.

Catholic sexual abuse crisis shows signs of fading

Jul 13, 2007 - 11:02 am .- The Roman Catholic Church in the United States is starting to move out of crisis mode five years after the sex-abuse scandal broke, according to an Associated Press report.

Missouri sees decidedly pro-life shift in last 15 years

Jul 13, 2007 - 10:52 am .- A new study reveals that public opinion in the trend-setting state of Missouri has shifted strongly in the pro-life direction. The study, conducted by Overbrook Research in Illinois, looks at public opinion and abortion in Missouri between 1992 and 2006 and is authored by Christopher Blunt and Fred Steeper.

Vatican announces plans to become first "carbon neutral state" in the world

Jul 13, 2007 - 10:28 am .- The Vatican is quickly moving to become the first “carbon neutral state” with its recent plans to switch the Paul VI audience hall to solar power and the initiative to plant a forest in Europe it announced yesterday.The Holy See says that it will create a forest that will offset all of its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions for the year, according to the eco-restoration company Planktos that is working to help the Holy See achieve what it calls a "historic goal."

No-fault divorce has led to three-fold increase in failed marriages in Spain

Jul 13, 2007 - 09:57 am .- The Institute for Family Policy in Spain said this week that two years after the country began allowing no-fault divorce, the number of failed marriages has more than tripled.“The breakdown of the family has had a very negative development in Spain during recent years, in the last two years since the approval of no-fault divorce, the increase has been of such scope that, among other things, the number of divorces has tripled during this time,” the institute said in a report.

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