Archive of September 9, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of September 9, 2004

U.S. bishops said to withdraw presidential questionnaire

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a letter released to the U.S. bishops Friday, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Office of Government Liaison announced they have withdrawn the Presidential Questionnaire which had been delivered weeks ago to the Bush and Kerry campaigns.

Cardinal Mahony ordered to hand over secret documents on accused priests

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday ordered Cardinal Roger Mahony to hand over documents from the archdiocese’s secret personnel files of priests accused of sexually abusing children.

Pope welcomes members of Schoenstatt movement

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II today welcomed 2,000 members of the Schoenstatt movement, a Catholic secular institute devoted to defending family life and to venerating Mary,  to the apostolic palace at Castelgandolfo on the occasion of the inauguration yesterday of the Matri Ecclesiae Shrine and Schoenstatt Center in Belmonte in the Roman neighborhood of Casalotti.

Law center challenges removal of 43-foot cross from public square

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The West Coast regional office of the Thomas More Law Center has filed a brief in federal court, challenging a planned attempt to remove a 43-foot cross that has stood atop Mount Soledad in San Diego for the last 50 years. The cross is part of a memorial that honors veterans of World War I and II and the Korean War.

Nebraska ruling favors abortion doctors, says USCCB official

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A Nebraska federal court’s decision yesterday that the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act is unconstitutional shows that the courts will not protect children from partial-birth abortions as long as there are abortion doctors who favor the procedure, said a spokesperson of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Democrats give up on religious outreach

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Democratic National Committee (DNC) decided to end its religious outreach program after it received some negative attention about the credibility of the outreach program’s leadership.

Quadriplegics demand Spanish government respect for their right to life

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The controversy surrounding positive comments from Spanish government officials regarding a film which depicts a quadriplegic man who committed suicide with the help of his friends as a hero has led organizations that care for and defend quadriplegics to demand authorities ensure their right to live with dignity instead of promoting their eventual elimination.

Priests not allowed to hold public office, Bolivian bishops reiterate

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Responding to the decision by a local priest to run for the office of mayor, the Secretary of the Bishops Conference of Bolivia, Father Francisco Flores, issued a statement reiterating the church’s law that no clerics may seek public office.

Spanish government would entertain proposals for Euthanasia

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Spanish Justice Minister, Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar, said Tuesday that there is currently no bill on the agenda to legalize euthanasia in Spain and that the government is not committed to bringing one forward, although he acknowledged that if such a bill is sponsored, the government will be required “to respond to it.”

Cuban dissident sends message of faith, hope to political prisoners

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an interview with the Cubanet news agency, noted Cuban dissident Martha Beatriz Roque Cabello, recently released from prison for health reasons, sent a message to opposition leaders who remain imprisoned, exhorting them, “Do not lose faith in God.”

US Bishops’ “Presidential Questionnaire” not withdrawn, just “not published,” says USCCB official

Sep 9, 2004 - 12:00 am .- An official from the US Bishops Communications Office told Catholic News Agency that the “Presidential Questionnaire,” delivered some weeks ago to both the Bush and Kerry campaigns, was not withdrawn due to pro-life criticism - as some pro-life groups have claimed – but simply “not published.”