World Media Watch
REUTERS, April 28 — A
group of Catholics from the Archdiocese of Seoul, South Korea, traveled to
This was the first official
delegation sent to the country known for suppressing religion. The visit comes
after Pope Benedict installed a second cardinal for
He has not visited the North but
Church officials in
Thousands Sheltered in Catholic Havens After Riots
CATHNEWS, May 2 — About 10,000 East Timorese civilians sought refuge at the Don Bosco Seminary of the Salesian missionaries in Dili while thousands more fled to a Carmelite convent, after a demonstration by ex-soldiers exploded into violence at the weekend, the Australian news service reported.
According to Independent Catholic News, two people were killed and 34 were injured during the April 28 riots in which police and solders took over the streets. The country has seen weeks of unrest following the firing of 593 solders last month.
Father Adriano from the Don Bosco Seminary in Dili said thousands of people have turned to the Church during the unrest.
“Yesterday [April 28] we
registered 1,500 families, and there were 7,363 more for Saturday night and
Sunday night,” he said. “Most of the people who come here, they’re insecure in
their house. So they run away from their house and they feel that they come to
Don Bosco, they feel safety in the compound of the
Church of Scotland Backs Embryonic Research
SCOTSMAN, April 21 — In a major break from
orthodox Christianity, the Church of Scotland has backed using human embryos for
stem-cell research in some circumstances, drawing criticism from the Catholic
The Church of Scotland’s Society, Religion and Technology Project decided it was ethical to use embryos created during in vitro fertilization if they were under 14 days old. The committee opposed cloning and the deliberate creation of embryos for stem cell research “except into serious diseases and only under exceptional circumstance.”
A key part of the report, and that likely to prove most contentious, is the assertion that embryos under 14 days old did not have the “moral status” of humans.
However, Peter Kearney, spokesman
for the Catholic Church in
“If it is appropriate to conduct experiments at 14 days, then why not 13 or 15?” he said. “There’s no logical reason not to as there is no particular important physiological change that takes place on that day. The moment you say it is okay to use embryos, the time is irrelevant.”
- May 14-20, 2006