November 16, 1990 |
The National Council of Churches' governing body Thursday called for the United States to substantially reduce its armed forces in the Persian Gulf and immediately halt its military buildup, becoming the latest religious group to raise moral objections to a possible war. Although declaring Iraq's invasion of Kuwait and its holding of hostages "appalling," the nation's largest ecumenical body said that a U.S.
February 26, 1991 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are divided on whether the U.S.-led offensive to oust Iraq from Kuwait is a morally "just war," an archbishop said Monday in the first major assessment of the fighting by a spokesman for the American prelates.
November 16, 1991 |
U.S. Catholic bishops have approved a policy statement on the environment that criticizes the "voracious consumerism" of the West and encourages natural family planning to ease the population crisis. In a separate effort to integrate church teaching into a national debate, the bishops also passed an initiative on youth that deplores the high poverty, abortion and infant mortality rates in the nation and rejects "safe sex" approaches to combating AIDS.
May 18, 1991 |
Catholic Archbishop Daniel E. Pilarczyk, president of U.S. bishops, has urged prayers and financial support for Kurds and other refugees in the Middle East. Catholic Relief Services has provided nearly $4 million in emergency relief to the Kurds, hundreds of thousands of whom fled their homes following an Iraqi crackdown that came in the wake of the Persian Gulf War.
February 18, 1988
The U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops, joining a growing debate on whether to tinker with the 9-month-old immigration amnesty program, has urged Congress to extend the program's May 4 deadline. "Even if an additional 300,000 to 400,000 applicants could be reached by May 4, the size of the remaining illegal population in the country would be almost twice the number that could have been legalized," said Archbishop Theodore E.
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April 16, 1988 |
After looking at arms control developments over the last five years, a panel of U.S. Catholic bishops says the church should not back away from its conditional approval of nuclear deterrence. While saying they are unsatisfied with progress since the bishops' 1983 pastoral letter, "The Challenge of Peace," a committee of five bishops headed by Cardinal Joseph L. Bernardin of Chicago said, "We find condemning nuclear deterrence too drastic a solution and embracing it too simple a response."
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March 19, 1988 |
An official team of Lutheran and Roman Catholic scholars says it is working toward agreements on the role of Mary and the saints in Christian faith. A key issue of the Protestant Reformation was Roman Catholic belief in prayers "invoking the intercession" of Mary and the saints. Protestants contended that this obscured the primacy of Christ as mediator for humanity. At a meeting here, members of the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue team said they expect to publish their conclusions in 1989.