February 1, 2003 |
Transsexuals suffer from "mental pathologies," are ineligible for admission to Roman Catholic religious orders and should be expelled if they have already entered the priesthood or religious life, the Vatican says in new directives. The Vatican's orthodoxy watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, said transsexuals should be barred as priests, monks, friars, nuns and brothers in religious orders.
April 4, 1993
Roy Rivenburg's article on cults ("When Worlds Collide," March 10) was generally good. But we know (that) what is in our papers by columnists and other journalists is shaped by their culture, education and religion, or lack of it. May I take exception to James R. Lewis' remark that religious orders use mind-control techniques. Perhaps some do, but I entered a religious order and have remained in it freely for 50 years. It was my choice then. I re-evaluated it through the years and I still approve of my decision.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 27, 1990
The student body of Cantwell High School in Montebello walked out of class Monday to protest a decision by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to drop the contract of the Congregation of Christian Brothers, a religious order that has run the boys' school since it opened 43 years ago. About 230 students left their classes and held a two-hour rally in the gymnasium. They asked that Archbishop Roger Mahony visit the school to witness the quality of education they receive from the Christian Brothers.
August 22, 2010 |
Catholic nuns are known for their acts of charity, but Sister Adrienne Schmidt has found a way to give beyond the grave: She will donate her brain to science. First, though, she is exercising it in an annual battery of memory tests administered by researchers at Chicago's Rush University. Schmidt, 82, repeats two-digit numbers, then three, four, five, six and seven digits. She names as many animals as she can in a minute. She listens to a 30-second story about a school cafeteria cook who is robbed of $56. Half an hour later, she must repeat as many details as she can. The yearly tests are designed to provide a history of how her brain is aging.
April 16, 2010 |
President Obama late Thursday ordered most hospitals in the country to grant the same visitation rights to gay and lesbian partners that they do to married heterosexual couples. In a memo to his Health and Human Services agency, Obama ordered the secretary to ensure that all hospitals getting Medicare and Medicaid money honor all patients' advance directives, including those designating who gets family visitation privileges. The order also requires that documents granting power of attorney and healthcare proxies be honored, regardless of sexual orientation.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 2000 |
Roman Catholic religious orders have made significant progress in addressing a growing retirement crisis. According to a report by the National Religious Retirement Office, 61% of religious orders are planning for retirement needs, which is up from 40% in 1994. Additionally, the number of orders that have sold unused property to make money has doubled.