Archive of October 10, 2007

Archbishop Cordes to meet with Patriarch Alexy II in Moscow

Oct 10, 2007 - 04:30 pm .- Archbishop Paul Josef Cordes, president of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum," will pay a visit to Patriarch Alexy II in Moscow on October 18. 

Drag “sisters” receive the Eucharist from archbishop

Oct 10, 2007 - 03:09 pm .- The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of men mockingly dressed as religious sisters, received Holy Communion from the archbishop of San Francisco last Sunday.The “sisters”, dressed in costume and white facial paint, and with names such as “Sister Porn Again” and “Sister Roz Erection,” were given the Eucharist by Archbishop George Niederauer at the Most Holy Redeemer parish in San Francisco.  

Indian Catholics support Myanmar protests

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:46 am .- Catholics in the northeast of India have held prayer vigils and demonstrations for the democratic protesters in neighboring Myanmar. 

Church rejects creation of bioethics committee on euthanasia

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:35 am .- The secretary general and spokesman of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Father Juan Antonio Martinez Camino, rejected a proposal by the Ministry of Health to create a Bioethics Committee on euthanasia.

Holy See calls for respect for human life “at every level and throughout the world” and UN General Assembly

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:32 am .- The Holy See’s Permanent Observer at the United Nations, Archbishop Celestino Migliore, told delegates at the 62nd UN General Assembly that governments and nations should care for human life “at every level and in all corners of the world.”

Salvadoran archbishop hopes former congressman pays for crimes

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:21 am .- Archbishop Fernando Saenz Lacalle of San Salvador said he was pleased with news of the capture in the US of former congressman Roberto Carlos Silva, who is accused of various crimes, saying, “It’s just that he pays everything he has to pay.”

Italian priest in adultery scandal barred from ministry

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:12 am .- An Italian priest who started a controversy by publicly professing his love for one of his parishioners has been barred from administering the sacraments. 

Australian clergy's concern for labor laws spurs interfaith co-operation

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:03 am .- Australian clergy have come together to denounce the country's new labor laws, the Sydney Morning Herald reports. Roman Catholic Bishop Kevin Manning of Parramatta recalled his 1950’s era job working in an unregulated grocery store in his attack on the Work Choices industrial laws. 

Only three percent of Brazilians consider abortion “morally acceptable”

Oct 10, 2007 - 11:01 am .- A new poll by the firm Datafolha has revealed that only 3% of the Brazilian population considers abortion to be a “morally acceptable” act and an amazing 87% completely reject it.

US Bishops to consider revisions for regulating liturgical music

Oct 10, 2007 - 10:53 am .- A document regulating music at Mass will be presented for approval to the United States Council of Catholic Bishops at their Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Bishop Tod Brown of Orange County could face prison time

Oct 10, 2007 - 10:49 am .- Yesterday afternoon witnessed the first time that a judge began criminal contempt-of-court proceedings against a U.S. Catholic bishop. The hearing against Bishop Tod Brown of the Diocese of Orange County could result in a sentence ranging from a verbal warning to jail time. On Tuesday, Bishop Brown waived his arraignment for violating a court order, which is the equivalent of him entering a plea of not guilty. The bishop caused Judge Gail Andler to open a contempt of court hearing by sending Monsignor John Urell out of the country to receive medical treatment, before he had finished completing his testimony in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Argentinean bishops call for reconciliation in wake of life sentence for priest

Oct 10, 2007 - 10:34 am .- The executive committee of the Bishops’ Conference of Argentina issued a statement on Tuesday calling on Argentineans to reconciliation in the wake of the life sentence imposed on Father Christian Von Wernich, accused of having contributed to the violation of human rights during the military dictatorship.

Brazilian Church threatened for defending Indians' rights

Oct 10, 2007 - 10:24 am .- Two Brazilian bishops have informed the international Catholic pastoral charity Aid to the Church in Need that the Church's stand in defense of native peoples' lands has provoked massive pressure and threats of violence from Brazilian landowners and timber barons. 

"The way of Christ is open for all, but it requires conversion," says Pope Benedict

Oct 10, 2007 - 08:42 am .- During his Wednesday audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Holy Father held up St. Hilary of Poitiers as someone who battled against the Arian heresy that Jesus is not divine. Through his teaching, Hilary shows us that “the path to Christ is open to everyone ... although it always requires individual conversion."After a long journey towards the faith, by seeking truth, Hilary (born in 310) was baptized in 345 and elected bishop of Poitiers in 353.  His first work, Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew, is the oldest surviving Latin commentary on that Gospel.  

Pope Benedict receives #16 jersey from soccer team AC Ancona

Oct 10, 2007 - 08:42 am .- At today’s General Audience, the soccer team AC Ancona, was received by Pope Benedict and presented him with a number 16 jersey.

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