Archive of March 10, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of March 10, 2004

Vatican study confirms increase in religious indifference

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A study by the Pontifical Council for Culture has revealed that religious indifference and faith in a “faceless God” is on the increase throughout the world, while “active atheism” appears to be diminishing. “The three hundred responses to our study show a weakening of the faith, both in atheism and in the Church, in the dominant Western culture, which is characterized by a mix a technical rationalism and permissive hedonism,” said Cardinal Paul Poupard.

Doctor asks Senate for more research into side effects of abortion

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A medical researcher from the University of Michigan Medical School urged members of the U.S. Senate last week to support further study into the physical and psychological side effects of abortion on women, reported the Culture of Life Foundation.

Parental notice measure approved by first Senate committee

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A proposed constitutional amendment, which would require doctors to notify the parents of minor girls seeking abortions at least 48 hours before the procedure, advanced through its first Senate committee yesterday to the Judiciary Committee.

New York bishops defend marriage at Capitol

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Catholic Conference of New York defended marriage as the union of a man and a woman at the annual lobbying day at the state Capitol yesterday.

Bishops of Costa Rica will premier “The Passion of the Christ”

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Bishops Conference of Costa Rica has been granted the exclusive rights by the country’s theaters to debut Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ.”

Prime Minister of Australia rejects homosexual unions and adoptions

Mar 10, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Speaking on local radio stations, John Howard, Primer Minister of Australia, criticized a regional law that authorizes the adoption of children by homosexual couples and expressed his rejection of the legalization of homosexual unions.