Archive of July 6, 2007 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of July 6, 2007

Using education to indoctrinate young people unacceptable archbishop says

Jul 6, 2007 - 12:00 pm .- Archbishop Agustin Garcia-Gasco of Valencia, Spain, said this week it is unacceptable to use a class to indoctrinate students with the government’s agenda, as is the case with the administration of President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and the “Education for Citizenship” class, thus aiming “to turn the State into a feudal lord that dictates how its subjects will live, according to its own whims.”

Thousands express support for religious freedom for Christians in Middle East

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:59 am .- More than three thousand people marched through Holy Apostles’ Square in Rome on Wednesday to demonstrate “against the exodus and persecution of Christians in the Middle East and for religious freedom in the world.” The march was organized by Magdi Allam, the vice director of the Italian daily Corriere della Sera.

Archdiocese of Bogota awaits definitive verdict against priest accused of abuse

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:54 am .- The Archdiocese of Bogota has issued a press release saying it is awaiting a definitive verdict in the case of Father Fernando Pineros Rocha, who was initially found guilty of sexual abuse and sentenced to 46 months in prison.

No prison sentence for Archbishop of Manizales says Supreme Court of Colombia

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:47 am .- The Supreme Court of Colombia has confirmed a lower court ruling from last May that rescinded an arrest warrant and fine against Archbishop Fabio Betancur Tirado of Manizales, who was charged with contempt by a former seminarian.

Lesbian gang violence underreported and on the rise

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:46 am .- The incidence of lesbian gang violence in American neighborhoods and schools is on the rise.Last week, Fox News' O'Reilly Factor reported that gangs, known as Dykes Taking Over (DTO) and Gays Taking Over (GTO), are forcing children into homosexuality.

Venezuelan bishops to respond to attacks by Chavez

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:43 am .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino of Caracas told reporters this week the Church would officially respond to the attacks on the bishops by President Hugo Chavez and that the response would be “sensible, thought-out, very mature and respectful.”

Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association--We will still "self-elect and self-ordain" bishops

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:33 am .- China will continue to "self-elect and self-ordain" bishops despite Vatican calls to end the practice, said Anthony Liu Bainian, a vice chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA).

Trainers set to take legal action over venue for WYD mass

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:26 am .- Organizers of World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney would have to find a new venue for the papal vigil and closing Mass if trainers at Randwick racecourse were to have their way.

Vatican to release Benedict XVI's letter on the use of the Tridentine Mass tomorrow

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:10 am .- The Vatican has announced that tomorrow at noon Rome time, the text of Pope Benedict’s Motu Proprio on the use of the pre-1970 Roman liturgy, Summorum Pontificum will be published. Sources familiar with the document say that it is a well-balanced and thoughtfully composed document. The letter will address the use of the Tridentine Mass and how it will affect the unity of the Church, the authority of bishops, and the acceptance of the Second Vatican Council. Some Jewish leaders have expressed fears that the letter will reinstate the use of prayers that they consider problematic.

Former gay leader goes straight and leaves helm of magazine he founded

Jul 6, 2007 - 11:03 am .- A young and prominent gay rights activist has abandoned his homosexual lifestyle and written about it in a column this week for World Net Daily. “In my experience, ‘coming out’ from under the influence of the homosexual mindset was the most liberating, beautiful and astonishing thing I've ever experienced in my entire life,” writes Michael Glatze.In his column, Glatze tells of the success he had as the founder of Young Gay America and editor of YGA Magazine.