Archive of August 1, 2011

Catholic Church will never violate seal of confession, affirms Vatican official

Aug 1, 2011 - 05:56 pm .- The regent of the apostolic penitentiary, Archbishop Gianfranco Girotti, firmly stated that the Catholic Church will never divulge the confession of a penitent.

Contraception mandate tramples religious freedom, US bishops say

Aug 1, 2011 - 05:45 pm .- The U.S. bishops spoke out on August 1 against federal rules requiring nearly all new health plans, including those of most religious agencies, to cover all government-approved methods of contraception as well as surgical sterilization.

Contraception mandate won't let most religious groups opt out

Aug 1, 2011 - 04:58 pm .- The Obama administration has announced a requirement that all new insurance plans must cover contraceptives and sterilization. However, the religious exemptions are so narrow that they could force Catholic charities, health care providers and educational institutions to cover services they regard as sinful, Catholic leaders warned.

Crystal Cathedral not for sale, announces church board

Aug 1, 2011 - 04:21 pm .- Despite the Diocese of Orange recently making a $50 million bid for the bankrupt Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, church board members announced on July 31 that the building is no longer for sale.

Nearly 4,000 youth with disabilities to participate in World Youth Day

Aug 1, 2011 - 02:01 pm .- Some 4,000 young people with disabilities are expected to participate in World Youth Day Madrid.

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