Archive of October 5, 2004 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of October 5, 2004

Bishop Gracida explains why pro-abortion Catholics must be excommunicated

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Rene Henry Gracida,  Emeritus of Corpus Christi, Texas, in an article sent to Catholic News Agency, has followed up on his recent essay "Denying Holy Communion, A Case Study" responding to criticisms that the procedure he followed to issue an interdiction against a pro-abortion Catholic politician receiving Communion is “outdated,” and he has drawn up a “12-step program” to help bishops discern a course of action. Read Bishop Rene Gracida’s complete article and 12 step program at

Supreme Court rejects Catholic Charities’ challenge to contraceptive benefits

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Supreme Court refused yesterday to reverse a ruling, which forces California religious organizations to pay for birth control pills in the health insurance benefits they offer employees. Catholic Charities had filed an appeal of a California Supreme Court ruling made earlier this year.

Apostolic Letter on the Year of the Eucharist to be released on Friday

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II’s Apostolic Letter for the Year of the Eucharist will be released on Friday October 8. There will be a press conference for it’s presentation in the Holy See Press Office at 11.30 am presided by Cardinal Francis Arinze, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

Expert warn of radical Islam filling spiritual vacuum in the West

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- During Aid to the Church in Need’s annual Mass and Conference in Westminister Cathedral Hall in London on Saturday October 2, Fr. Paul Stenhouse, ACN’s chairman of the board in Australia, explained that Western society’s current religious and moral vacuum is in grave danger of being filled by an intolerant and militant Islamic fundamentalism.

Washington cardinal receives top honor from Catholic educators

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Theodore Cardinal McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, received the 2004 Elizabeth Ann Seton award yesterday for being a proponent of parental choice in education and an advocate of the Center City Consortium, designed to strengthen inner-city Catholic schools in Washington.

Three anti-nuke nuns will try to argue they did not intend to threaten national security

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The lawyers of three Dominican nuns who entered a Weld County nuclear missile site in 2002 and were convicted of two felonies will argue that they intended to “send a message to the world,” but not to threaten national security.

Christian churches ask IRS if praying for Bush’s reelection is legal

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The American Center for Law and Justice has sent a letter to the Internal Revenue Service on behalf of the Christian Defense Coalition asking if it is legal for churches to pray for the re-election of President George Bush during their services.

Fr. Benedict Groeschel to host new live show on EWTN

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Only 10 months after a serious accident, Fr. Benedict Groeschel is back in fine form and ready to begin a new program on EWTN called, Sunday Night: Live with Father Benedict Groeschel.

Urban monks set up first mission in North America

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A thousand voices echoed through the large Montreal cathedral for sung vespers Sept. 25 during the welcoming ceremony for a new religious community that is also new to the city and the continent.

Chilean ambassador to unveil statue of St. Teresa of the Andes at the Vatican

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Chilean ambassador Ignacio Walker will unveil a statue of the first saint from Chile, St. Teresa of the Andes, at the Vatican this Wednesday.

Salesians condemn killing of street boys in the Congo

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The news agency of the Salesians published a strong condemnation by the Salesian Province in Central Africa of the brutal killing of two street children who had been receiving shelter at one of the Salesian centers in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Spain’s Archbishop questions concept of “quality” of life that excludes suffering

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Referring to the ongoing debate in Spain regarding euthanasia, Archbishop Antonio Cañizares Llovera of Toledo, Spain, criticized today’s false prophets who promote a quality of life that excludes suffering.

Colombia bishop says peace process with militias should not become political propaganda

Oct 5, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Julio Cesar Vidal Ortiz of Monteria, Colombia, is calling on opposition leaders not to obstruct the peace process which the government has begun with militia groups, as a part of their campaign against the reelection of President Alvaro Uribe.