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RELIGIOUS CHANGE, CONFLICT & INTOLERANCE,

2005-September

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Sad to say, these are usually much shorter lists.

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bullet2005-SEP-03: USA: Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist died: Chief Justice Rehnquist has led the U.S. Supreme Court since 1986 when President Ronald Reagan selected him to replace Chief Justice Warren Berger. He is a strict constructionist, interpreting the U.S. Constitution and other laws as meaning what the writers intended them to mean. He had consistently voted with the conservative block of justices on the court in dozens of moral/ethical/religious and other rulings.

He had was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in the fall of 2004, and underwent throat surgery on 2004-OCT-23. 1 His health took a drastic decline in late 2005-AUG. He died in the presence of his family in his suburban Virginia home during the evening of SEP-03. President Bush has nominated Judge John Roberts to be the new chief justice. Until Roberts' nomination as associate justice is confirmed by the Senate, Justice Stevens will function as the acting chief justice. Justice Sandra Day O'Connor has delayed her resignation until replacements for her and Chief Justice Rehnquist are confirmed by the Senate.
bullet2005-SEP-06: WORLD: New computer virus acts as moral cop: A new virus called "Cager.A Trojan" has been circulating on the Internet, infecting computers. It monitors the title bar in the Internet Explorer (IE) browser looking for words like Exhibitionism, penis, phallic, sex, teen, xx. If it finds any, it minimizes the IE window, thus preventing the Internet surfer from seeing the contents of the web site. It then displays a verse from the Qur'an -- the Muslim holy book. The virus appears to contain a bug that does not reactivate the program when Windows is restarted.
bullet2005-SEP-11: China: Roman Catholic bishops not allowed to attend synod: Pope Benedict XVI invited a group of bishops from around the world to attend a synod in Rome. The Chinese Government has refused to allow four bishops recognized by Rome from China to attend. In 1951, the country ordered Roman Catholics to sever ties with the Vatican. China then created a parallel Catholic Church under state control, which is not recognized by Rome. Catholic worship is only permitted in the state-sanctioned church. The original Catholic church, which retains its ties to Rome, continues to function as an underground group in spite of decades of persecution 2 in gross violation of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
bullet2005-SEP-14: CA: Pledge of Allegiance declared unconstitutional: Michael Newdow re-introduced his earlier case before a federal court on behalf of an unidentified group of California parents. They object to their children being forced to recite the "under God" phrase in the current wording of the Pledge of Allegiance. According to the Family Research Council, on 2005-SEP-15, "...District Judge Lawrence Karlton...said he is bound by precedent set by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which ruled in 2001 that it was unconstitutional for the [current wording of the] Pledge to be recited in public schools." He declared that reciting the current version of the Pledge is unconstitutional in California. 4 More info.
bullet2005-SEP-21: Croatia: Allegations that the Catholic Church is protecting a fugitive: Carla del Ponte, the United Nations' chief prosecutor, has alleged that the Roman Catholic Church is hiding Ante Gotovina in one of the 60 Franciscan monasteries in Croatia . Gotovina is wanted for war crimes committed in the mid 1990s. Although most of the genocidal mass murders in the former Yugoslavia at that time were perpetrated by Serbian Orthodox Christians against Muslims, there were also mass murders by Roman Catholic Croats of Croatian Serb civilians. Del Ponte has said that she has been trying for months to have the Church give up Gotovina, without success. She said: "I have taken this up with the Vatican and the Vatican refuses totally to co-operate with us." The Vatican issued a statement saying that past check about the location of Godovina have been unsuccessful. They asked del Ponte for more information. Gotovina has been a fugitive since 2001 after he was charged with the deaths of 150 civilians. Forces under his command engaged in ethnic cleansing and expelled as many as 200,000 Serb civilians from the Krajina valley. He is considered a hero by many Croats for his role in recovering the valley. UN prosecutors are having similar difficulties locating Radovan Karadzic who is believed to be hiding among Serbian Orthodox Christian monks in Montenegro. 5
bullet2005-SEP-19: Vatican issues document banning gay seminarians: There are substantial rumors that Pope Benedict XVI has approved a document that denies gays the opportunity to be considered for admission to seminaries and ordination. Catholic World News reported on 2005-SEP-19:

"The text, which was approved by Pope Benedict at the end of August, says that homosexual men should not be admitted to seminaries even if they are celibate, because their condition suggests a serious personality disorder which detracts from their ability to serve as ministers."

The document is expected to be made public after the Synod of Bishops which concludes on OCT-23. 6

Rosie DiManno, a columnist for the Toronto Star reported that:

"...investigators appointed by the Holy See have been instructed to review each of the 229 Roman Catholic seminaries in the United States for 'evidence of homosexuality' and to winkle out faculty members who dissent from Church teaching on the matter." 7

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Reference used:

  1. "Rehnquist has thyroid cancer surgery," CNN News, 2004-OCT-25, at: http://www.cnn.com/
  2. Mary Landesman, "Trojan acts as morality monitor," About.com, 2005-=SEP-06, at: http://antivirus.about.com/
  3. David Lague, "Beijing bars 4 bishops from going to Vatican," International Herald Tribune, 2005-SEP-11, at: http://www.iht.com/
  4. "Pledge Decision Highlights Importance of Roberts Nomination," Family Research Council special Email edition, 2005-SEP-14.

  5. "War crimes chief accuses Vatican," BBC News, 2005-SEP-20, at: http://news.bbc.co.uk/

  6. "Pope approves barring gay seminarians," Catholic World News, at: http://www.cwnews.com/
  7. Rosie DiManno, "Church may not want answer to the gay question," Toronto Star, 2005-SEP-21, Page A2.

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Copyright 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance
Originally written: 2005-SEP-04
Latest update: 2005-SEP-22
Author: B.A. Robinson

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