Archive of August 27, 2007

Bishop Wenski: Progress against sexual abuse

Aug 27, 2007 - 03:00 pm .- For some five years, since the Boston Globe broke the story of the clergy sex-abuse scandal, there has been no shortage of brutally unfavorable -- and oftentimes patently unfair -- media coverage of the Catholic Church.Some, of course, feel that the church is getting a rightly deserved comeuppance for its past failures to address effectively child sexual abuse in its midst. But such schadenfreude does very little to recognize the steps that have been taken in the Catholic Church to prevent future occurrences. It also does not help people to recognize that the sexual abuse of teenagers and children is a societywide problem and not just a Catholic Church or priest problem.  

Kenyan official concludes priest’s death was murder

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:14 am .- A Kenyan official has concluded that a U.S. priest, who died seven years ago, was murdered.

Auxiliary Bishop of Sydney hopes WYD will have similar impact as 1993 Denver meeting

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:14 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said recently, “Information from Denver suggests that five to ten years after the WYD that took place in that city, the event continued to influence those who participated.  We hope for this type of long-term evangelization.”

Private clinics in Spain profiting from abortion services

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:10 am .- In response to the refusal by gynecologists of the public health care system of Andalusia to perform abortions, a considerable number of women are being sent to private clinics that have agreed to collaborate with the Council for Health Care.

Judge allows jury trials for victims of sexual abuse

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:09 am .- The decision of a federal bankruptcy judge to allow jury trials for victims of sexual abuse by San Diego priests has put more pressure on the settlement talks between the Diocese of San Diego and lawyers representing the claimants.

Cardinal Bertone conveys Pope’s closeness to victims of earthquake, gives gift of $1.3 million from Italian bishops

Aug 27, 2007 - 11:02 am .- During a Mass attended by thousands of Peruvians affected by the recent earthquake in their country, Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, conveyed “the greetings, solidarity and blessing” of Pope Benedict XVI to all Peruvians, especially those affected by the tragedy.

Peruvians to consecrate country to Virgin Mary in wake of devastating earthquake

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:51 am .- On August 30, at noon local time, Peruvians will consecrate their country to the Virgin Mary during the closing of the National Eucharistic Congress presided over by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in front of the Cathedral of Chimbote in northern Peru.

Media misinterprets “spiritual desert” of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:46 am .- With headlines such as “Did Mother Teresa lose her faith?” or “Mother Teresa of Calcutta did not believe in God,” the media has by and large misinterpreted the letters of Mother Teresa that have been published in a new book, outlining the difficult spiritual struggle she endured for decades.The Associated Press, Time Magazine and a host of other news organizations, have sensationalized the new book entitled, “Mother Teresa: Come be my Light,” which consists of a collection of letters the nun wrote over the years chronicling her spiritual journey.

Marriage under Gov. Schwarzenegger’s gun in California

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:40 am .- Sacramento, The movie star turned governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger, seems poised to undermine marriage in his influential state. In legal briefs submitted to the California Supreme Court, which is considering whether to license "same-sex marriages" next year, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Attorney General Jerry Brown both stated that a future legislature could abolish marriage and yank marriage rights from a married husband and wife.

Pro-life rockers clash with Amnesty’s new abotion policy

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The coalition of pro-life musicians, Rock for Life, which claims some 700 musicians as members, says that Amnesty International’s new abortion policy risks alienating some of its pro-life celebrity supporters.

Archdiocese bans Pius X Society pilgrims from Denver churches

Aug 27, 2007 - 10:38 am .- Members of the break-away Society of St. Pius X complied with directives from the Archdiocese of Denver on Saturday, banning them from praying in two Denver churches.

Aid organization established to help persecuted Iraqi Christians

Aug 27, 2007 - 09:57 am .- The plight of the Iraqi Christian community is one that is quite desperate even though it has existed for centuries. In response to the dire situation, Iraqi Christians in Need (ICIN) has been founded to provide money for food, medicine and education.

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