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Keeping an eye on the news around the Nation
BY John Lilly
Texas Cathedral Becomes Basilica
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 9 — Pope
Benedict XVI recognized the Cathedral of St. Anthony in Beaumont, Texas,
as a basilica, making it the state’s fourth basilica and the nation’s 60th.
As a basilica, the
church can add sacred images, including the papal coat of arms, to its artwork.
The cathedral is also given the responsibility for celebrating certain feast
days with greater solemnity.
“It is the greatest
honor that can be bestowed on a church building by the Holy Father,” said Msgr.
James Moroney, chief adviser to the U.S. Conference
of Catholic Bishops.
The Diocese of
Beaumont first made the request for the designation in 2005, following the
Feminists for Life Buys Susan B. Anthony Home
& CHRONICLE, Aug. 7 — A board member of the New York chapter of
Feminists for Life of America recently purchased the Adams, Mass., birthplace
of suffragist Susan B. Anthony, the Rochester, N.Y., daily reported.
The board member,
Carol Crossed, hopes to transform the home into a museum that highlights
Anthony’s beliefs, including her belief that abortion was wrong.
Anthony referred to
abortion as “child-murder” and refused to take advertisements for abortifacients in her newspaper.
for Life sees the museum as consistent with its pro-life, pro-women work.
The organization will help manage and care for the home.
Study: Degrading Lyrics Lead to
ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 7 — A recent Rand Corporation study demonstrated that teenagers
who listen to sexually-charged music are much more likely to engage in sexual
According to the
five-year survey, among frequent listeners, 51% began engaging in sexual
behavior within two years, compared with 29% of those who listened to little or
no such music.
“We think that
[sexually degrading music] really lowers kids’ inhibitions and makes them less
thoughtful,” said Steven Martino, researcher with the Pittsburgh-based Rand
New York Group Pushes Condoms at
NEW YORK TIMES, Aug. 8 — A New
York non-profit has been using Catholic parishes and imagery to give Mexican
immigrants erroneous messages about AIDS prevention.
stressing abstinence, the organization Mexicanos Unidos tells immigrants that education and condoms are the
best defenses against HIV.
A decade ago HIV
was practically nonexistent in those regions of Mexico
that send many immigrants to New York.
Today, those same states have some of the highest rates of HIV infection in Mexico, Michele Shedlin,
a health professor at the University
of Texas at El Paso told the New York Times.
Directed by Javier Soriano, Mexicanos Unidos has been organizing art fairs and workshops at New
York Catholic churches and passing out condoms and flyers that incorporate
Catholic images such as Our Lady of Guadalupe with messages about AIDS.
Contacted by the
Register, New York
archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling said: “We’ve
spoken to the pastor of the parish, who does not believe that condoms were
distributed at the parish. In any event, the pastor has assured us that the
gentleman will not be returning to the parish, and we will see to it that he is
not invited to other parishes.”