Archive of September 19, 2007

German archdiocese decries celebration of MTV awards on All Saints’ Day

Sep 19, 2007 - 12:35 pm .- The Archdiocese of Munich has asked the mayor of that city, Christian Ude, to revoke the permission granted for the celebration of the MTV Europe Music Awards, which will take place on November 1, the solemnity of All Saints.Mayor Ude said “the event should go on” and he refused to revoke MTV’s permission to hold the awards.  “This is an event that only happens once, it cannot be rescheduled and it will only take place at the Olympic Hall. Nobody is going to be prevented from going to church or to the cemetery,” he said.  

Pope looks with hope towards “blessed day” of full unity between Catholics and Orthodox

Sep 19, 2007 - 11:11 am .- The Holy Father has sent a message to the 10th Inter-Christian Symposium, dedicated to dialogue between Catholics and Orthodox. Pope Benedict XVI said that although Christian unity is not yet perfect, we all look with hope towards “the blessed day” of full communion in order to celebrate the one Eucharist.

Fundraising underway for new Italian chapel at the Basilica of the National Shrine

Sep 19, 2007 - 11:06 am .- A new Italian chapel, representing the nation’s Italian heritage, will be constructed in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.

Study finds sexual orientation can be changed through religious mediation

Sep 19, 2007 - 11:06 am .- A new study has found that it is possible to change one's sexual orientation through religious mediation. Study findings were first released last week in a book, "Ex-Gays? A Longitudinal Study of Religiously Mediated Change in Sexual Orientation."

Diocese of Pittsburgh voluntarily sets up $1.25 million fund for abuse victims

Sep 19, 2007 - 10:58 am .- The Diocese of Pittsburgh has voluntarily set up a $1.25-million fund to settle with the victims of 32 cases of clergy sexual abuse.

Spaniards not asking for euthanasia; it’s only the government’s agenda, say scientists

Sep 19, 2007 - 10:54 am .- The spokesperson for the scientific organization Hay Alternativas (There Are Alternatives), Gador Joya, criticized Spain’s Minister of Justice, Mariano Fernandez Bermejo, for slipping the issue of euthanasia into the government’s agenda and said there was no public outcry for the practice to be considered a right.

Apostolic Nuncio calls for respect for human life in Dominican Republic

Sep 19, 2007 - 10:54 am .- Amidst a debate on the eventual legalization of abortion, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Dominican Republic, Archbishop Timothy Broglio called on the country’s leaders and citizens to protect all human life.

Maryland appeals court rules marriage is between a man and a woman

Sep 19, 2007 - 10:38 am .- The state appeals court of Maryland ruled yesterday that marriage in the state can only be between a man and a woman. Reuters reports that the court ruled in a 4-3 decision that “the state has a legitimate interest in maintaining heterosexual marriage as the institution that allows procreation and the traditional family structure.”

Author says Church played a key role in fighting discrimination

Sep 19, 2007 - 09:58 am .- Historian Kenneth Burt, a member of Presentation Parish in Sacramento, is the author of a new book titled “The Search for a Civic Voice: California Latino Politics.” In research for his book over the past two decades, he says it became clear that the Catholic Church in California has long been a central actor in the struggle to overcome discrimination and encourage civic engagement.

Catholic leaders hosting three events in DC for Week of Prayer and Fasting

Sep 19, 2007 - 09:48 am .- Washington will host three national events for the 15th Annual International Week of Prayer and Fasting next month. The goals of the International Week of Prayer and Fasting are to promote the culture of life, the conversion of nations and an end to abortion.

Archbishop of Krakow writes screenplay about life with John Paul II

Sep 19, 2007 - 09:46 am .- The archbishop of Krakow, Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, who was John Paul II’s personal secretary, will contribute to a film entitled, “A Life with Karol,” which will recount his more than four decades with the Polish Pope.

The Pope gives St. John Chrysostom's key to preventing divorce

Sep 19, 2007 - 09:35 am .- Pope Benedict XVI continued in his series of catecheses on the subject of the Fathers of the Church today in his General Audience. The church father that the pontiff drew upon is the saint known as the “Golden Mouth”, or perhaps more commonly as St. John Chrysostom. The Holy Father stressed how St. Chrysostom teaches that if young couples want to avoid divorce, then they should be formed in their faith before marriage and once married, they should form their children from a young age.  

Nebraska family shares journey to Catholicism

Sep 19, 2007 - 09:27 am .- Throughout the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska, classes in the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) have or will be starting in the next few weeks. The free, weekly classes provide instruction to non-Catholics who are exploring the faith as well as Catholics who need a “refresher” course in basic catechism and non-practicing Catholics who are considering their return to full communion with the Church.

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