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2011-02-22 16:12:18

The Catholic mission in the former Inca Empire lacked responsible and effective Church leadership. The image of the missionaries as having been principally responsible for the failure of the Catholic mission in Peru in the 16th and 17th centuries is incorrect. The Church leadership also bore a large part of the responsibility, a new thesis in history from the University of Gothenburg shows. The personal reputation and religious zeal of a few ecclesiastical leaders might have been excellent,...

2011-02-08 13:15:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today's congressional hearing on HR 3, the "No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act," is notable for many reasons. The proposed legislation would enact unreasonable obstacles to reproductive healthcare for millions of American women. It would grant a right to refuse to provide abortion or contraception to insurance companies, HMOs and hospitals based on a specious claim that these entities have a "conscience." It would increase healthcare...

2011-01-21 14:33:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Over 10,000 worshippers, many of them youth from schools around the nation, are expected to gather in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception to pray for an end to abortion at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life, Sunday, January 23, at 6:30 p.m., the eve of the 2011 March for Life. January 22 marks the anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion. Cardinal...

2010-12-21 15:37:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics for Choice, issued the following statement after the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith sought to clarify the pope's comments on condom use. "The statement from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith today on condoms and what the pope did or did not say changes nothing about the significance of Pope Benedict's initial game-changing remarks. "In Light of the World Pope Benedict XVI...

2010-11-23 16:42:37

The International AIDS Society (IAS) cautiously notes the comments from Pope Benedict that condom use could, in specific circumstances, be acceptable, but calls on the Pope and the Catholic Church to come out clearly and strongly in support of all evidence-based methods of HIV prevention, including condom use. By implying that there can only be some exceptional circumstances that could allow for condom usage, such as that of male prostitutes, the Pope is ignoring scientific evidence that...

2010-11-22 16:05:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 22, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pope's statement that the use of condoms are justified "in the intention of reducing the risk of HIV infection" is a startling and welcome shift by the Vatican that has the potential to save tens of thousands of lives, says Dr. Paul Zeitz, executive director of the Global AIDS Alliance (GAA). "The Pope has created the possibility of rapid change in the way the Catholic Church views HIV/AIDS and how it can preserve the sanctity of...

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2010-11-22 06:35:00

While AIDS activists welcomed Pope Benedict XVI's apparent acceptance of condom use in certain cases to help curb the spread of disease, officials from the Catholic Church moved Sunday to clarify the pontiff's stance on the contraceptives. In the forthcoming book "Light of the World: The Pope, the Church and the Signs of the Times," the Pope told German Catholic journalist Peter Seewald that "there may be a basis" for condom use in select cases, such as male prostitutes using the...

2010-11-02 08:47:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the 100-year-old social service network working to reduce poverty in America, has presented specially-commissioned Centennial Medals to national and international Catholic leaders and organizations in recognition of their deep commitment to the vision and mission of the organization. The awards were presented during Catholic Charities USA's 2010 Centennial Celebration. (Logo:...

2010-07-16 10:56:00

HUNTINGTON, Indiana, July 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Newly released revisions to Catholic Church law will streamline the handling of clergy sex abuse cases, and underscore Pope Benedict XVI's resolve to institute necessary reforms, according to authors of a recent book on the Church abuse crisis. The revisions codify recent Church practice regarding extensions on the statute of limitations and confirm the right of the Vatican's doctrinal congregation to ask the pope to laicize an abusive priest...

2010-05-20 08:30:00

HUNTINGTON, Ind., May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The latest accusations against Pope Benedict XVI regarding the clergy sexual abuse problem have left Catholics and others confused, disillusioned, and angry. Many, relying solely on secular media reports regarding the scandal, have rushed to hold the pope responsible for how bishops dealt with abusers in their dioceses, even to the point of calling for his resignation. Gregory Erlandson, President of Our Sunday Visitor -- one of the largest Catholic...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'