ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 9 — Pope
Benedict XVI recognized the Cathedral of St. Anthony in
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 cathedral’s renovation.
DEMOCRAT & 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.
Feminists 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 Immoral Behavior
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 behavior.
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 Corporation.
New York Group Pushes Condoms at Catholic Churches
THE 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.
Rather than 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
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