Archive of October 18, 2005

Archbishop Chaput clarifies Church’s stance on death penalty

Oct 18, 2005 - 11:00 pm .- In his most recent column in the Denver Catholic Register, Denver Archbishop Charles Chaput clarified the Catholic Church’s oft misunderstood teaching on the death penalty, saying that in almost all cases today, it goes beyond necessity, and into undignified excess.

Pope presents bishops with symbolic ring, given integrated document of propositions

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- At the closing of this morning’s 19th General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops in Rome, Special Secretary Archbishop Roland Minnerath, of Dijon, France presented the Holy Father with the Integrated List of Propositions, from which, the Pope will begin to form his apostolic exhortation for the historic 11th Synod.1

Pope given first volume of Synod history

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Today, at the closing of the morning session of the 19th General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops, meeting in Rome, the Holy Father was presented with the massive 2,800-page Enchiridion of the Synod of Bishops, containing all of the Synod documents from 1965 until 1988.

Synod to conclude Sunday with 5 beatifications

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As prelates gathered in Rome prepare to conclude the 11th General Synod of Bishops this weekend, the Vatican has announced the schedule for the final days, which will climax with a beatification ceremony on Sunday.

New study reveals spiritual effects of divorce on children

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new book, Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce, chronicles a three year study which found, among other things, that many children of divorced parents experience a profound lack of trust in God and faith in the Church.

International Federation of Catholic Universities to meet in Connecticut

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Sacred Heart University will host Catholic university leaders and scholars for an international four-day conference, Oct. 20-23. It will mark the 30th anniversary of the Center for Coordination of Research, established within the International Federation of Catholic Universities (IFCU).

American Life League urges bishops to rebuke pro-abortion Catholic politicians

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The American Life League is urging all United States bishops to publicly challenge and rebuke politicians who claim to be Catholic but who support abortion.

Priest-ethicist supports new technique to access embryonic stem cells

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A new and promising scientific technique may satisfy researchers who want embryonic stem cells without the moral dilemma of destroying the embryo, says ethicist Fr. Thomas Berg. 

Catholic school principal cancels prom events, decrying a “a pursuit of vanity for vanity’s sake”

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A Catholic school principal, Brother Kenneth M. Hoagland decided to cancel the spring prom, because of the abuses and decadence such an event produces.

How to be a Muslim 101? Thomas More Law Center cites double standard

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Ann Arbor, Michigan based, Thomas More Law Center is challenging a California public school district which they say indoctrinated impressionable middle-schoolers in the Muslim faith.

Bishop calls for solidarity with victims of tropical storm in Mexico

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Leopoldo Gonzalez of Tapachula, Mexico, is encouraging Mexicans to reach out to those affected by tropical storm Stan, which caused heavy flooding in the region.

Number of teen pregnancies on the rise in Spain

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A report issued by health officials in Valencia, Spain, indicates that in the last four years, the number of teen pregnancies in the country has risen from 15.4 cases per 1000 in the year 2000, to 17 cases per 1000 in 2003.

Catholic pharmacists in Spain refuse to sell condoms

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A group of pharmacists in Malaga, Spain, many of whom belong to the Spanish Association of Catholic Pharmacists, has refused to yield to pressure to sell condoms at their drug stores, arguing that their refusal is based on “conscientious objection.”

Catholic music finds home at popular website

Oct 18, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic Music Network (CMN),, is celebrating its fifth year as the premier online source for music by today’s top Catholic artists. 

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