National Media Watch
TIMES-PICAYUNE, March 28 — Following a week of protests, New Orleans Archbishop Alfred Hughes decided to close St. Augustine Catholic Church until worship can take place without the threat of disruption, reported the Times.
Archbishop Hughes’ order came following sign-waving protesters who interrupted a priest during Mass at the parish. The protesters are reacting to the archdiocese’s decision to merge the small parish with neighboring St. Peter Claver while keeping it open for a single Mass each Sunday.
Protesters marched up the aisle
with signs during the
Archbishop Hughes described the protest as “sacrilege” and stated that worship there is suspended indefinitely until the Church can be reconsecrated.
“This is a very painful, painful
decision to have to make and to have to implement,” said Archbishop Hughes. “I
don’t take any joy in this. I wish that
‘Most Tolerant City’ Can’t Tolerate Christians
March 25 — More than 25,000 evangelical Christian youth attended a two-day
Organizer Ron Luce hopes to use the event to call young people to godliness and purity. “This is more than a spiritual war,” he said. “It’s a culture war. … An enemy has launched a brutal attack on them.”
The city’s Board of Supervisors
condemned the event as an “act of provocation … by anti-gay, anti-choice”
people to “negatively influence the politics of
The evangelical event was not the only thing denounced recently by the Board of Supervisors. The city fathers March 21 unanimously approved of a resolution condemning former San Francisco Archbishop William Levada, who is now prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, for an e-mail in which he instructed the archdiocese to stop adoptions through its Catholic Charities agencies to same-sex couples.
Prom Will Not Condone Homosexual Date
BUFFALO NEWS, March 27 —
“There are some principles we need
to stand by,” said Sister M. Ambrose Wozniak, provincial minister of the Felician Sisters, who sponsor the
“It’s senior prom,” said Murphy. “I want to share it with someone special.”
According to the News, the couple attended a semi-formal dance at the high school in December without incident. The school will close at the end of the year due to declining enrollment.
- April 9-15, 2006