July 2, 1988 |
Southern California followers of excommunicated Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, such as Chester and Louise Mann of Tustin, believe that they "are absolutely right with God" in holding to the older traditions of the Roman Catholic Church. Like the Manns, homemaker Ann Dawn of Pasadena attends Tridentine Latin Masses each Sunday at a Colton church.
June 22, 1990 |
At the crossroads of private faith and public judgment, a storm is brewing in the Roman Catholic Church with potentially profound implications for the wrenching national debate over abortion. When New York Cardinal John J. O'Connor suggested last week in a lengthy message that Catholic politicians who support abortion rights may ultimately face excommunication, he dramatically underscored the rising tension between the church and some of its most famous members over the divisive issue.
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September 18, 1993 |
Six Mormon scholars and feminists have recently been summoned to defend themselves against charges of apostasy--evidence, they say, of a church purge of those who are considered intellectual heretics. In the past, the Mormon Church has moved against adulterers, bigamists and more recently, right-wing survivalists. But the apparent move against those who publicly differ with church leaders on issues of doctrine, history and the role of women in the church is new, the accused say.
July 1, 1988 |
An archconservative French prelate consecrated four bishops in an Alpine meadow here Thursday, provoking the first major schism in the Roman Catholic Church in more than a century. Spurning a last-minute command from Pope John Paul II to cancel the ceremony and go to Rome, 82-year-old Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre went ahead with the consecrations of the four kneeling priests at 11:44 on a sultry mountain morning.
December 9, 1989 |
Californians of every religion, including people who oppose abortion, believe that a Catholic bishop was out of line when he barred a San Diego assemblywoman from receiving Communion because of her pro-choice stand, The Times Poll has found. The fact that the assemblywoman, Democrat Lucy Killea, went on to score an upset victory in a state Senate race tends to substantiate another point illustrated by the poll: It helps when running for elective office in California to be pro-choice on abortion.
March 24, 1996 |
A Roman Catholic bishop is threatening to excommunicate church members for joining abortion-rights and right-to-die groups. Church members in the Lincoln diocese have until May 15 to drop their membership in 12 groups, including Planned Parenthood, the Hemlock Society and Catholics for a Free Choice.
November 24, 1990 |
The government Friday backed a film director battling a Greek Orthodox bishop who has threatened to vandalize props and excommunicate anyone working on his movie. The bishop contends the film is unpatriotic in calling for the abolition of national borders. He also charges that a copy of the script he has seen contains erotic scenes. "The government unreservedly supports Theodore Angelopoulos. . . ,"' Culture Minister Tzannis Tzannetakis said.
December 6, 1989 |
Democratic Assemblywoman Lucy Killea, who was denied Communion by Roman Catholic Bishop Leo T. Maher because of her pro-choice stand on abortion, was the apparent victor Tuesday in her special-election battle with Carol Bentley for a seat in the California Senate. The election was considered a referendum on abortion and how far the Roman Catholic Church may go in opposing it. With all 536 precincts reporting, Killea led with 50.
December 7, 1987 |
Eleven members of a gay and lesbian group were arrested Sunday during Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral when they demonstrated to protest their exclusion from the Roman Catholic Church. The protesters were served with a temporary restraining order barring them from trespassing and interrupting the services. When they refused to sit down along with other parishioners, police removed them without incident.