Archive of August 3, 2007

Morality without norms is product of distortion of sin, warns Argentinean archbishop

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:29 am .- In a recent reflection, Archbishop Domingo Castagna of Corrientes warned that “sin always existed, since the first one was committed,” but that in today’s world sin has been distorted and this should be called “establishing a new morality without norms or principles.”

Honduran officials to return 600 pieces of stolen sacred art

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:27 am .- A Honduran government official in charge of the country’s cultural heritage said this week the government would return 600 pieces of sacred art that have been stolen from various churches in the country during that last thirteen years.

Cardinal Bergoglio launches campaign to restore Church of St. Ignatius of Loyola

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:25 am .- During a Mass on the feast of St. Ignatius Loyola, Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Buenos Aires launched a fundraising campaign to restore the historic church dedicated to the founder of Jesuits.

Archbishop denounces attempts to implicate Church in 2002 coup attempt in Venezuela

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:23 am .- Speaking on Union Radio, the president of the Committee on Culture and the Media of the Venezuelan Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Baltazar Porras, lamented the insistence of President Hugo Chavez in linking the Church to the coup attempt of April 2002.

Scouts called to continue offering invaluable service, says Pope

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:05 am .- Pope Benedict XVI sent a telegram to the Scouts gathered in Chelmsford, England, for their Jamboree celebrating 100 years of Scouting, reminding them they are “called to continue offering their invaluable service.”

Church opposes Marxist and totalitarian socialism in Venezuela, says cardinal

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:04 am .- Cardinal Jorge Urosa Sabino of Caracas warned this week there are indications that President Hugo Chavez’s “21st Century Socialism” is “similar to Marxist Socialism and totalitarianism” and that should that be the case, the Catholic Church in Venezuela would reject it.

Village transformed with Catholic agency's help

Aug 3, 2007 - 11:02 am .- Just a few years ago, Ywadaw, a Catholic village in central Myanmar with about 220 families, was a disorganized and underdeveloped community. But the village has been transformed due to the villagers' efforts and some help from Karuna Mandalay, the social service agency of Mandalay Archdiocese.

Gay Episcopal bishop endorses Obama

Aug 3, 2007 - 10:31 am .- Bishop Gene Robinson of New Hampshire, the nation's first openly gay Episcopal bishop, has given his endorsement to presidential hopeful Barack Obama, citing the Illinois Democrat's experience with racism and discrimination.Obama's campaign put out a news release announcing Robinson’s support. It identified Robinson as "a civil rights leader and a leading voice in the faith community."

Church of England would be nearly lost without gay priests, bishop claims

Aug 3, 2007 - 10:30 am .- The Church of England would be close to shutting down if it wasn’t for its gay clergy, said the Anglican Communion’s first openly gay bishop in an interview with The Times of London.

State panel approves group's ballot push to define personhood as a fertilized egg

Aug 3, 2007 - 10:05 am .- A Colorado state board approved a ballot measure on Wednesday to define personhood in the Colorado Constitution as a fertilized egg.

Heir to throne of Great Britain may have to renounce succession to marry Catholic fiancée

Aug 3, 2007 - 10:00 am .- Peter Phillips, the Queen of Great Britain’s eldest grandson, may have to give up his place in the line of succession for the throne because his fiancée is Roman Catholic.This past week Buckingham Palace announced the engagement between Peter Phillips and Autumn Kelly, a Canadian management consultant, but no mention of a date for their marriage was made.

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