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BY John Lilly
July 23 - August 5, 2006 Issue | Posted 7/23/06 at 9:00 AM
Church Facing ‘Biggest Crisis Since Reformation’?
THE TIMES, July 4 — Statistics revealed in a new
study say the
Catholic Church in
According to the 260-page study,
carried out by the
The study covers the period from
1963 to 1991. But more recent figures, from 2004, indicate little improvement.
In 1991, Mass attendance in
The British statistics, however,
only confirm what is happening in every country that has embraced
post-Christian secularist values and the so-called “sexual revolution.” The
Associated Press reported that the loss of the Catholic moral and social
Chinese Bishop Arrested in His Hospital Bed
Zhiguo was detained on June 25 by officials from the
religious affairs bureau in
The foundation said the bishop
might have been detained to prevent him from contacting a Vatican delegation
that was in
According to the Cardinal Kung Foundation Bishop Jia, who was ordained in 1980, has been arrested nine times since January 2004.
Patriarch Positive About Orthodox-Catholic Relations
INTERFAX, July 7 — Russian Patriarch Alexy II insisted on the need for the Russian Orthodox and
Roman Catholic Churches to cooperate facing the challenges of the current
culture in modern
Uniting the two churches with a
common position on issues of the day, “presents a wonderful opportunity to
witness about Christian values before the world,” the primate of the Russian
church said during the recent World Religious Summit in
Alexy II also thanked Pope Benedict XVI
for his support for the summit and said the participation of a
Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the
Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, said the Vatican shares the
concerns of the Russian Orthodox Church about attempts to marginalize religion
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