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I stand corrected!

On December 8th, 1995, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Pontifical Council for the Family issued an instruction, entitled, The Truth and Meaning of Human Sexuality, Guidelines for Education within the Family. In that instruction, the Council, under the signature of Bishop Elio Sgreccia, Council Secretary, declared in paragraph 83,

VIS-Press releases

The Vatican Information Service issued a press release today giving some details of the now officially released document, "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders." This document was released today from the Vatican Congregation on Catholic Education, concerned with education in seminaries and educational institutions.

Neuhaus on Krauthammer on McCain

In a recent posting on Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett compared two highly divergent points of view on the issue of state-sanctioned torture. The more incisive of the two, in my humble opinion, is by Fr. Richard John Neuhaus, given in a reflection on the essay by Charles Krauthammer in the Weekly Standard at the November 28, 2005 edition of Observations and Contentions at

The Gay Priest Problem - from Catholic World Report - November 2000

In my perusal of opinion blogs, I ran across a reference to a highly controversial and deeply disturbing analysis of the gay crisis in the U.S. presbyterate. Written by Rev. Paul Shaughnessy, the departure point for "The Gay Priest Problem" is a reference to the relatively unreported high incidence of AIDS related deaths among priests.

BBC NEWS | Europe | EU warned on 'secret CIA jails'

A report from the BBC, "EU warned on 'secret CIA jails'", details a threatened suspension of voting rights for EU states that cooperated with the alleged CIA secret prison system. Franco Frattini, the EU Justice Minister declared, said the BBC, "a suspension of voting rights would be justified if any country is found to have breached the bloc's founding principles of human rights, democracy and the rule of law."


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