Archive of August 9, 2007

Annual State of the Knights report delivered by Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Aug 9, 2007 - 12:58 pm .- Supreme Knight Carl Anderson delivered the annual State of the Knights of Columbus report on Monday afternoon. He indicated that the fraternal organization saw record charitable donations, volunteerism, membership growth, and investment.

Cardinal Bertone speaks about his visit to the US, the Church in China, and faith and politics

Aug 9, 2007 - 12:05 pm .- The Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone gave a press conference yesterday afternoon while at the Knights of Columbus 125th convention, speaking on a wide range of topics. The Cardinal began by mentioning the success of his first visit to the United States, and then moved on to talk about the Church in China, and the intersection of faith and politics.

Pope’s meeting with Polish priest does not mean change in Holy See’s stance on Jewish relations

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:51 am .- In a press release, the Holy See Press Office said the brief greeting last Sunday between Pope Benedict and Polish priest Father Tadeusz Rydzyk, director of Radio Maria in Poland, does not affect the Vatican’s stance on Jewish relations.

Pope to Spanish youth: young people today need Jesus Christ and the Church

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:45 am .- While meeting with a group of Spanish young people of the “Mission Youth” initiative led by Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela of Madrid, Pope Benedict XVI stressed that the message of Jesus Christ and the Church needs to be shared with young people without fear.

Mexican masons lament decline of influence and launch new attack on the Church

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:43 am .- After decades of indirectly criticizing the Catholic Church through friendly media outlets, the powerful Mexican Masonry has now directly gone after Catholic bishops, accusing them of pretending to “control” Mexican politics by demanding the right to education and information.

Vatican analyst projects naming of intellectuals to key posts in Roman Curia

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:42 am .- In a new column to be published on Thursday, Vatican analyst Sandro Magister of the Italian weekly “L’Espresso” predicts important changes in the Roman Curia.

Recent CDF memo recommends that Catholics not participate in Vassula Ryden events

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:42 am .- In recent memo sent to the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of the world, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the participation of Catholics in prayer groups organized by alleged Orthodox visionary Vassula Ryden was “not opportune.”

Pope’s right-hand man addresses sex abuse scandal in the US; criticizes those who try to profit from it

Aug 9, 2007 - 11:21 am .- A particularly candid Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone spoke yesterday afternoon about the situation surrounding the sex abuse scandal in the United States. The Church’s second in command praised the Church’s response and reserved some critical words for those who have seized on the scandal as an opportunity for profit. “The Church in the US has suffered deeply, has responded with dignity, and invites everyone to truly commit to a reversal of this situation,” said Bertone.

Bishop Pelotte discharged from Phoenix hospital, controversy over injuries continue

Aug 9, 2007 - 09:10 am .- Bishop Donald Pelotte of Gallup was released from John C. Lincoln Hospital in Phoenix on Wednesday. The bishop had been admitted after an apparent fall at his Gallup, New Mexico, home last month.

Cardinal urges proper attire in churches

Aug 9, 2007 - 09:07 am .- Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila has reminded the faithful of proper attire and decorum in churches.

Homosexuals push for change in Lutheran celibacy rule

Aug 9, 2007 - 09:04 am .-  Dozens of gay and lesbian clergy and seminarians from the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) protested at Chicago's Navy Pier on Tuesday in an effort to persuade ELCA's national assembly to forego the rule that requires homosexual clergy to remain celibate.

Catholic Church drops school fidelity vows

Aug 9, 2007 - 09:02 am .- The Archdiocese of Sydney has decided to draft a statement by which its 167 school principals, vice principals, and religious education coordinators will make a commitment to Catholic education, to the Church and its teachings.

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