Archive of August 20, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of August 20, 2004

U.S. expected to grow while rest of world shrinks, says report

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A report released this week claims that almost all of the developed world will face serious and sustained population decline over the next five decades except for the United States. An above-replacement fertility rate and immigration will account for continued population growth, says the Population Reference Bureau (PRB). Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute reported on the PRB report in its latest issue of the Friday Fax.

Papal Nuncio in Iraq concerned about massive exodus of Christians

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Apostolic Nuncio in Iraq, Archbishop Fernando Filoni, expressed this week his concern at the growing exodus of Christians fleeing the country during the last two weeks, in the wake of terrorist attacks against churches in Baghdad and Mosul.

Bishops issue Q&A flyer on stem-cell research

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an effort to provide more information on the Catholic Church's position on stem-cell research and human cloning, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is publishing a one-page flyer in a clear, easy-to-read question-and-answer format.

Editor of National Catholic Reporter resents blow to “impact” story

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Tom Roberts, editor of the liberal weekly newspaper  National Catholic Reporter  wrote an  editorial column yesterday expressing his resentment with the conservative National Review for blowing up a story  the Reporter was preparing against Catholic leader Deal Hudson.

Death toll for the “Boat of death”

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The organization “Women on Waves” will no longer be able to perform abortions in international waters aboard their abortion boats.  A judge in Amsterdam has rejected the group’s request to continue bypassing the laws of countries where abortion is illegal by picking up women and taking them out to international waters to where they can receive abortions.

Trenton diocese invalidates girl’s first Communion because of use of substitute wafer

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An 8 year old girl who is unable to eat wheat has had her first Communion invalidated by the diocese of Trenton because she received a wafer that didn’t contain any unleavened wheat.

Employees accuse Planned Parenthood of racism, file claims with employment commission

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Planned Parenthood of Los Angeles is the subject of multiple complaints of racism, filed with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, reports the Pro-Family Law Center.

Priestly celibacy, obedience and prayer find their meaning in the apostolate, says Argentinean bishop

Aug 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Carlos Malfa of Chascomus, Argentina, said this week that celibacy, obedience and prayer are three “absolute requirements” for priestly life that find their meaning in pastoral charity.