Archive of January 7, 2005

Cardinal Keeler urges Senate to reject pro-abortion test for judicial nominees

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Nominees who oppose abortion should not be disregarded for judicial office in the United States, said William Cardinal Keeler in a letter to members of the U.S. Senate yesterday.

Phoenix bishop recognized for bold leadership

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- After only one year as head of the Diocese of Phoenix, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted has already made his mark. The local newspaper, The Arizona Republic, ran a feature of the bishop this week, highlighting his public commitment to Church teachings and his bold, no-nonsense leadership style.

Hartford Catholics urged to protest death penalty

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- With less than 20 days before Connecticut’s first execution in 44 years, Catholics in the state are being urged to make their voices heard and sign of petition against the death penalty at church after mass this weekend.

Morning-after pill shows no benefit from over-the-counter access

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new study debunks the claim that making the morning-after pill available without a prescription would cut the number of abortions by half, says Cathy Cleaver Ruse, Esq., of the U.S. bishops’ Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities.

St. Louis Parish to Vote Weather or not to Comply With Archbishop

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Since last March, a dispute has been heating up between the Archdiocese of St. Louis and St. Stanislaus Kostka Polish parish, which resides on the north side of the city.

Pro-life Movement Adopts Wristband Charity

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Inspired by the success of cyclist Lance Armstrong and the St. Louis Cardinals, two St. Louis siblings have recently jumped on the popular wristband bandwagon.

Feminists in Uruguay demand President-elect to support legal abortion

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- More than 50 feminist organizations have sent an open letter to Uruguayan President-elect Tabaré Vásquez demanding he support the legalization of abortion in that country.  As 2004 drew to a close Vásquez publicly stated his opposition to such a move.

Chilean Supreme Court exempts Archdiocese from reparations for crimes committed by ex-priest

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Chile’s Supreme Court has ruled that the Archdiocese of Santiago does not have to provide economic reparations to abuse victims of a former priest, because the relationship between bishops and priests is not of a civil nature.

Aid to the Church in Need to donate $316,000 to tsunami victims

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The International Catholic Association Aid to the Church in Need said it will donate $316,000 to help victims of the tsunami in Asia, with $140,000 going to the four hardest hit dioceses in Sri Lanka.

Vandals set fire to statue of baby Jesus and Crucifix in Puerto Rico

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Local authorities in Puerto Rico reported this week that a statue of the baby Jesus and a crucifix were found tied together and burned after being removed from a chapel in the town of Isabela.

Sri Lankan President Expresses Gratitude to Catholic Bishops

Jan 7, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Tuesday, Sri Lankan president Chandrika Kumaratunga met with a delegation from the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of Sri Lanka (CBCSL) at her home in Colombo.

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