RELIGIOUS CHANGE, CONFLICT & INTOLERANCE,
||2005-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.
||2005-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.
||2005-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.
||2005-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. 4More
||2005-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.
||2005-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.
Rosie DiManno, a columnist for the Toronto Star
"...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
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|How you got here:
"Rehnquist has thyroid cancer surgery," CNN News, 2004-OCT-25, at:
Mary Landesman, "Trojan acts as morality monitor," About.com,
David Lague, "Beijing bars 4 bishops from going to Vatican,"
International Herald Tribune, 2005-SEP-11, at:
"Pledge Decision Highlights Importance of Roberts Nomination,"
Family Research Council special Email edition, 2005-SEP-14.
"War crimes chief accuses Vatican," BBC News,
"Pope approves barring gay seminarians," Catholic World News, at:
Rosie DiManno, "Church may not want answer to the gay question," Toronto
Star, 2005-SEP-21, Page A2.
Copyright © 2005 by Ontario Consultants on Religious
Originally written: 2005-SEP-04
Latest update: 2005-SEP-22
Author: B.A. Robinson