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TUESDAY      June 8, 1999      SECTION THREE       vol 10, no. 110

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WORLDWIDE NEWS & VIEWS with a Catholic slant

provided by Catholic World News Service
and Noticias Eclesiales Church News and ZENIT International News Agency

HEADLINES:

CLINTON BYPASSES SENATE, APPOINTS HOMOSEXUAL AMBASSADOR

      WASHINGTON, DC (CWNews.com) - President Bill Clinton, taking advantage of a constitutional loophole, made a rare "recess appointment" to name a prominent homosexual as ambassador to mainly Catholic Luxembourg, avoiding a Senate vote.

      James C. Hormel, heir to the vast Hormel Foods fortune, has been a frequent contributor to radical homosexual causes, including the anti-Catholic gay group, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, causing many Catholics to oppose his nomination. "It's not the man's sexual orientation, but his record of anti-Catholic bigotry," said William Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights.

      A provision of the Constitution allows the president to temporarily fill certain positions that would normally require a Senate vote when the Congress is in recess. The Congress is on Memorial Day recess until later in the month. The appointment would normally have to be confirmed within 24 months, but all ambassadorships come up for grabs at the end of the Clinton's term in 2001.

      "I think that by forcing Americans to be represented by a radical homosexual activist like Hormel, Clinton is showing his contempt for traditional morality, marriage, sexual fidelity and any concept of honor," said Robert Knight of the Family Research Council, a pro-family group. "Who's he going to appoint next? Larry Flynt as ambassador to the Vatican?"


REBELS RELEASE FIVE HOSTAGES AS COLOMBIANS PROTEST

      CALI, Colombia (CWNews.com) - Tens of thousands of Colombians marched in the streets on Sunday, protesting the country's epidemic of kidnappings, even as Marxists rebels who abducted more than 140 people from a Catholic church last week released five of their captives.

      Up to 250,000 people marched in Cali where the abduction took place last Sunday, carrying white flags emblazoned with "No More." The march and many of the banners and shirts carried and worn by the marchers were sponsored by the Free Country Foundation, which is dedicated to opposing kidnapping.

      On May 30, guerillas of the National Liberation Army (ELN) abducted 143 people from a church in a wealthy residential area, but abandoned 84 of them as soldiers pursued them into the mountains. Five more captives -- two men, two women, and a child, all of them in poor health -- were released on Saturday. Fifty-four hostages from the church remain in their custody as well as 25 others, including an American, who taken during the hijacking of an Avianca Airlines jet in April.


BEER AD RAISES IRE OF AUSTRALIAN CATHOLICS

      SYDNEY, Australia (CWNews.com) - A controversial beer advertisement has caused Catholic clergy to warn of a boycott to protest the mocking of the Sacrament of Confession.

      A spokesman for Cardinal Edward Clancy of Sydney said many Catholics may exercise their consumer choices when deciding whether to buy Tooheys New Brand beer. The controversial television advertisement depicts a young man entering a confessional, confessing a sexual sin, and receiving the names of three women who had confessed to extramarital sex from the priest. The commercial ends with the man going to a pub with his friends and ordering a round of beer as he seeks out the women.

      Representatives of brewer Lion Nathan said the advertisement had been cleared by the advertising standards board and that sales of the beer had risen. "There's already been a response (to the advertisement)," said Father Brian Lucas, a spokesman for Cardinal Clancy. "Many people are now exercising their choices (against Tooheys) when it comes to the brand of beer they purchase."


      VATICAN (CWNews.com) -- Pope John Paul II is extremely concerned about the news that peace talks aimed at ending the Kosovo crisis have apparently broken down.

      Speaking from Poland, where he was accompanying the Holy Father on his pastoral trip, Vatican spokesman Joaquin Navarro-Valls released an official statement: "We hope that with the agreements being accepted in advance by all parties concerned, we will arrive as quickly as possible at a stable peace in the region." That statement was issued at a time when the latest news reports indicated a possible breakdown in negotiations.

For more headlines and articles, we suggest you go to the Catholic World News site at the CWN home page and Church News at Noticias Eclesiales and the features, dossiers and Daily Dispatches at ZENIT International News Agency. CWN, NE and ZENIT are not affiliated with the Daily CATHOLIC but provide this service via e-mail to the Daily CATHOLIC Monday through Friday.

SITE OF THE DAY

    In honor of the Pope's pilgrimage to Poland and tying in with Pope Saint Pius V's Quo Primum and our editorial today, we present a Polish site which provides English translation. It is called VERBUM TRADITONIS which provides a journal of Catholic Tradition and keeps one up to date on the traditions of the Church in Poland.


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June 8, 1999 volume 10, no. 110   DAILY CATHOLIC