Archive of October 31, 2005

Fight abortion industry: priest tells Bush

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The head of the world's largest pro-family organization is urging President George W. Bush to open the public debate and legal fight against the abortion industry.

Seton Hall demotes dean critical of Church's stance on homosexuals

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- An associate dean at Seton Hall University has been demoted after publicly stating that the Catholic Church is unfairly attacking homosexuals and making them scapegoats for the sex-abuse scandal. 

Chicago archdiocese settles with 24 abuse victims

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago has reached an out-of-court settlement with 24 people who say priests sexually abused them as minors. The sum of the settlement has not been disclosed, as reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

Pope condemns anti-Israel statements, increased Holy Land violence

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Saturday, Pope Benedict expressed his personal condemnation of recent anti-Israeli statements, and called on the international community to show its solidarity against increased violence in the Holy Land.

Eight newly-proclaimed Blesseds offer ‘heroic witness of the faith,’ says Pope

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- This past weekend at the Vatican, eight Spanish martyrs moved one step closer to Sainthood when they were beatified in a ceremony led by Cardinal Jose Saraiva Martins C.M.F., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

As anniversary draws near, Pope says Vatican II stressed priestly formation, education, religious respect

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the Church prepares to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the conclusion of Vatican Council II in December, Pope Benedict yesterday, reflected on the historic and continued value of the documents that the council produced, particularly, for the life of the Church today.

Many religious, pro-life groups give thumbs up to new Supreme Court pick

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Still recovering from the rejection of Harriet Miers, his first pick to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, President Bush received welcome support from many pro-lifers and religious groups today for his latest pick of Judge Samuel Alito to fill the spot.

Pope’s November prayer intentions focus on vocations growth--both marriage and priesthood

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- On Monday, the Holy See announced Pope Benedict XVI’s prayer and mission intentions for the month of November. Both seek to build up the vocations of married people and priests.

Spanish bishop says neutrality of State should not preclude Catholics participation in public life

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez Perez said this week he supports the neutrality of the State regarding religion, but he defended the right of Catholics to participate in public life and to exercise their freedom of religion.

Recitation of Rosary answer to need for contemplation

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- As the month of the Rosary draws to a close, Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Tarazona, Argentina, said recitation of the traditional devotion is an answer to the believer’s need for contemplation while at the same time it strengthens one’s vocation to love.

Parishes around the world to offer catechesis in preparation for 2006 World Meeting of Families

Oct 31, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, announced last week that parishes around the world will be able to offer a special family catechesis in preparation for the IV World Meeting of Families, which will be celebrated on July 1-9, 2006 in Valencia, Spain, July 1-9.

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