Archive of November 22, 2005

Canadian bishops head for Rome, celebrate with Jewish community

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A delegation from the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) will be in Rome for its annual meeting with officials from the Holy See, from Nov. 22 to Dec. 2.

Ethical guidelines needed for reproductive technologies, says bishop

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Canada’s Assisted Human Reproduction Act must include protections for the human embryo as a person “entitled to the same fundamental rights as all other human beings,” said Bishop Ronald Fabbro of London, Ontario.

Catholic leaders warn of 'environmental refugees' scenario

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- A statement issued yesterday following the weekend's national climate change conference, calls for ecological conversion, warning that global warming could create a new wave of dispossessed people.

U.S Bishops condemn attack on Christians in Pakistan

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Mob attacks against Christian sites in Pakistan appear to be “an organized act of terrorism,” according to the chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ International Policy Committee, who called for an investigation of the events.

Growing Vietnam Catholic population receives new diocese, throng of new priests

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Because of a recently-burgeoning Catholic population, Pope Benedict XVI has decided to erect a new diocese in the harshly communist country of Vietnam.

Holy See to celebrate 500 years under protection of Swiss Guard

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The world’s oldest active military corps, the Pontifical Swiss Guard, will celebrate its 500th anniversary next year. Earlier today, Vatican officials announced 5-month long plans for the momentous occasion.

Some Catholic organizations struggling with post-hurricane donations

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Following the devastation of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in August and September, some Catholic organizations along the Gulf Coast are facing declining donations for their other charitable services, as well as catch-22’s because of earmarked funds, coming in strictly for hurricane relief.

Catholic League warns lawmakers against “Catholic” pro-abortion group at upcoming policy summit

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Catholic League President Bill Donahue issued a stern warning to Catholic lawmakers attending the upcoming ‘Summit on the States,’ at which the pro-abortion group Catholics for a Free Choice will be presenting.

Vatican document on homosexuals in the priesthood published by Italian news agency

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The Italian news agency Adista has leaked the complete text of the long-awaited Instruction from the Congregation for Catholic Education which definitively excludes the admission of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies to the priesthood.

Bishops act in faithfulness to gospel, not in response to government, says head of Spanish Bishops’ Conference

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- The President of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Bishop Ricardo Blazquez, said this week the bishops carry out their pastoral work “not in reaction to the initiatives of the government,” but in faithfulness to “Jesus Christ and the Gospel,” which they proclaim “boldly and without fear.”

Liberal agendas, rather than common sense, driving world policies on sexuality

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- During the 7th Congress on Catholics and Public Life, which took place last weekend in Madrid, psychologist Patricia Martinez Peroni said the United Nations Millennium Summit demonstrated that “sex has become a new political category” dominated by pressure groups.

Overcome violence with good, say bishops of El Salvador

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- In a pastoral letter the Bishops’ Conference of El Salvador has called on authorities and society at large to assume the responsibilities and measures “courageously and generously” that will allow the country to overcome the state of violence in which it has fallen.

Laity lacks formation to evangelize, Mexican bishop says

Nov 22, 2005 - 12:00 am .- Auxiliary Bishop Gustavo Rodriguez Vega of Monterrey, Mexico, said this week the laity’s lack of formation has hindered their ability to assume their important role in evangelization as envisioned by Vatican II.

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