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

Catholic League slams Ford Foundation for supporting anti-Catholic groups

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Ford Foundation has established a new policy, barring beneficiaries from engaging in any activity that “promotes violence, terrorism, bigotry, or the destruction of any state.”

Family Research Council to team up with John Kerry on issue of Free Speech

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In a letter to Senator John Kerry, the Family Research Council has formally requested that the Democratic presidential candidate sponsor a Senate companion bill to the House Bill, H.R. 235, The Houses of Worship Political Speech Protection Act, upon his return to Congress.

Bishops urge voters to reject abortion, stem-cell research during pro-life rally

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Led by their bishops, about 1,500 Catholics rallied at the Statehouse in Trenton, Oct. 18, to urge political leaders and the voters who elect them to uphold "the sanctity of life" by opposing abortion and embryonic stem-cell research, reported the Star-Ledger.

Diocesan lawyers ban Catholic voting guides

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Officials in three U.S. dioceses have instructed pastors and parish administrators not to distribute the "Voter's Guide for Serious Catholics," published by the San Diego-based lay group Catholic Answers. According to some diocesan lawyers, the guide does not pass the provisions of the tax code that govern non-profit organizations.

Archbishop of Lima leads celebration of Peruvian devotion in New York

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Lima, Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani, celebrated the traditional Peruvian October devotion of Our Lord of the Miracles in New York, presiding at a Mass in St. Patrick’s Cathedral and a procession through the streets of the Big Apple.

Anxiety in Brazil as Supreme Court decision on abortion looms

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Several pro-life groups are stepping up activities in hopes of preventing a Supreme Court decision today that would legalize abortion in cases of anencephaly and would open the door to abortion on demand in the country.

Cardinal Rivera tells politicians to worry about the country’s problems instead of reelection

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera, called on politicians this week to set aside their “fears about losing votes” and to instead begin facing “the serious problems afflicting the country.”

Catholics for Kerry claim Kerry "right" and Bush "wrong" for Catholics

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Advocates for Sen. Kerry’s bid for the presidency, Catholics for Kerry, have published a list of reasons claiming that Sen. John Kerry’s positions are more in line with the social doctrine of the Church than those of President Bush on a number of issues, but does not make any mention of issues such as abortion, marriage, stem cell research or euthanasia. 

Archbishop denounces "de-christianization" campaigns in Catholic countries

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- In an eloquent message to the faithful of his Archdiocese, Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes, Argentina, warned that in some traditionally Catholic countries—such as Spain or Mexico—“an open and merciless campaign of de-christianization” exists.

Catholic Music Network launches new and interactive website

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .-, one of the most important websites for Catholic music during the last four years, has announced it is launching a completely new design that is sure to raise eyebrows around the Catholic music world. 

Catholics demand that Kerry be coherent with faith before alleged "big Catholic statement"

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- A significant number of Catholic leaders around the U.S. have published an Open Letter to Sen. John Kerry this morning asking him to be coherent with his faith and with reason - saying he is incoherent on both counts – before Kerry is rumored to make a “big Catholic statement” to win the Catholic vote in swing states.

Elite university students publish ad defending right to life

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Students from 14 of America’s elite universities, including Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown, and MIT, have published an ad for the defense of the right to life for all human beings, particluarly the unborn, in all their campus newspapers. NYU, however, refused to run the ad.

Great riches not advantage, better to be poor and live as one with God, says Pope

Oct 20, 2004 - 12:00 am .- Pope John Paul II spoke on the “Vanity of riches,” the theme of the first part of Psalm 48, in today's general audience in St. Peter's Square, and emphasized that to be rich is not an advantage in this life if it takes one away from life with God.