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September 5, 1992 |
The Democratic Party will not win another presidential election until it begins to recognize its Roman Catholic constituency, according to Father Andrew Greeley, a priest and sociologist who has studied voting trends. Catholics are more likely than any other single group to choose Democratic candidates for Congress and have been more loyal as a group to Democratic candidates for President.
November 18, 1990 |
Scientists have positively identified a skeleton exhumed from a New York cemetery as the remains of a Haitian slave who is a candidate to become America's first black saint, Cardinal John J. O'Connor said Saturday. A team of archeologists, forensic scientists and anthropologists determined that a skeleton dug up earlier this month was that of Pierre Toussaint, the cardinal said. Toussaint was born in 1766 and brought to New York at age 21 by his French owners.
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.