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  • Woman Intends to be Kansas City’s First Female Catholic Priest

    12/26/2014 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 75 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 12/25/14 | Matt Campbell
    In a few days Georgia Walker, at age 67, intends to become a priest, at which point she will be excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. That doesn’t faze her. “I don’t accept the legitimacy of that excommunication,” said Walker, who will be the first woman in Kansas City to defy the church and be ordained a priest. The church in turn will not accept the legitimacy of her ordination because, under canon law, only men can be priests. “That’s their problem,” Walker said of the church. That steadfastness is a trait of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests,...
  • Topless Feminist Activist Grabs Baby Jesus Statue in St Peter's Square

    12/26/2014 7:07:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Feminist protest group Femen have staged a demonstration in St Peter's Square after the Pope's Christmas address, grabbing a statue of a newly-born Jesus from the square's nativity scene. Leader of the Femen movement, Inna Shevchenko, grabbed the statue with the words "God Is Woman" daubed in large letters on her chest. Ms Shevchenko was immediately detained by a Vatican guard who covered her with his cape before she was escorted to a local police station. The guard also wrestled the Jesus figurine away from her. Although the incident occurred well after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message from the...
  • Fontgombault Sermon: Midnight Mass -Why Do Nativity Scenes Cause Such Scandal and Hatred?

    12/25/2014 7:36:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/25/14 | Dom Jean Pateau
    Sermon of the Right Reverend Dom Jean PateauAbbot of Our Lady of FontgombaultFontgombault, December 25, 2014 Natus est vobis hodie Salvator. For unto you is born this day a Saviour. (Lk 2:11) Dear Brothers and Sisters, My dearly beloved Sons, On this holy night, let us greet anew the divine Child Who has come to bring on our earth the fire of uncreated Love. Let us hasten towards the Crib where the Word of God, the Almighty Word, is born to us from the Blessed Virgin Mary. Let us not forget that today in the Holy Land which was in...
  • UK Bishops Compare Defenders of Catholic Moral Discipline to Ancient Rigorist Heretics

    12/24/2014 9:27:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/23/14 | Hilary White
    At almost the same moment that Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview that those defending Catholic moral teaching – and the practice of barring people in irregular sexual unions from receiving Communion – are being marginalized within the Church, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a document for clergy that all but accuses such Catholics of the ancient Donatist heresy. In a “Reflection Document for Clergy,” the English bishops appear to follow the line of Cardinal Walter Kasper and his followers, saying, “It is not for us to make rash or premature conclusions” about people living...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • German Journalist Reports ISIS Planning the "Largest Religious Cleansing Strategy in History"

    12/24/2014 6:52:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/23/14 | John Burger
    "It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain ... For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.”These were the chilling words German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer heard from an Islamic State militant during his recent, stunning visit behind those “front lines,” in Iraq and Syria. The militant was himself a German, one of hundreds of sympathizers joining the Islamic State’s ranks from Europe and the United States. Todenhöfer, 74, who has been reporting from war zones for 50 years, got...
  • The Russians Fighting a 'Holy War' in Ukraine

    12/23/2014 8:57:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/17/14 | Tim Whewell
    Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss their ideas of "holy war".Even when the morning sun catches the gold domes of its Orthodox churches, the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, stronghold of the pro-Russian rebels, doesn't look much like Jerusalem. Trolley-buses trundle through the dirty snow, past belching chimneys and the slag-heaps from the coal-mines on the edge of town. But through the smoke and grime,...
  • A New Federal Test for Discerning Religious Identity at Catholic Universities

    12/23/2014 8:49:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a Virginia-based group that works to protect Catholic identity in Catholic colleges and universities, has warmly welcomed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which ruled last week that a college’s claim to religious identity should be judged according to whether individual employees perform religious functions. In recent years the NLRB has involved itself in the hiring decisions of faith-based schools, devising complicated criteria to judge whether a particular hiring decision is protected by religious-freedom claims. But in a noteworthy decision last week the NLRB said that the relevant criterion should be whether...
  • Cardinal Marx: German Bishops Favor Allowing Communion for Divorced/Remarried

    12/22/2014 8:58:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The president of the German bishops' conference has said that the bishops favor allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to share in the Eucharist. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that most bishops support 'differentiated solutions that do justice to the individual case and under certain conditions allow admission to the sacraments.” Cardinal Marx-- who is also a member of the Council of Cardinals-- had signaled his own support for the "Kasper proposal" during October's meeting of the Synod of Bishops. But he took an additional step by saying that the German episcopal conference as a body would back the proposal.
  • Latin Mass Society Asks Bishops to Embrace Traditionalists as ‘Spiritual Children’ [UK]

    12/22/2014 6:23:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/22/14 | Mark Greaves
    Open letter makes an appeal for an end to 'marginalisation' of those attached to Extraordinary FormThe Latin Mass Society has written to all the bishops of England and Wales asking them to reach out to Catholics attached to the traditional Mass. Joseph Shaw, chairman of the LMS, invited bishops to visit Extraordinary Form congregations to see that they were “not a source of division, but a demonstration of a truly Catholic unity in diversity”. He began the letter, published in the Mass of Ages, the LMS quarterly magazine, by expressing gratitude for the “almost complete disappearance of the hostility” towards...
  • ‘Epoch-Making Turning Point’ from Conflict to Communion: LWF, Vatican Announce Common Liturgical..

    12/22/2014 6:17:46 AM PST · by marshmallow · 150 replies
    (LWI) – Rev. Martin Junge, General Secretary of The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) says relations between the Lutheran and Catholic churches have reached an epoch-making turning-point. Speaking during a panel discussion, held 18 December, in the Lutheran church in Rome, Junge emphasized that the relationship between Lutherans and Catholics was being transformed “from conflict to communion.” Precisely in a world “in which religion and faith are regularly portrayed and perceived as trouble makers,” he said it was a phenomenal testimony that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches continued to move “towards a profound communion that frees us to serve God...
  • Who Am I To Judge?

    12/21/2014 9:34:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/17/14 | Anonymous
    At noon I have to be at the local Catholic school—let’s call it St. Dismas—to train altar servers. I will arrive a few minutes early, and by 12:05 most of the kids will have trickled in. We are in Southern California, so most of the boys at St. Dismas wear short pants year-round. Students are required to attend one Mass per month with the school, but it has never occurred to anyone, not their parents, not the pastor, not the teachers, and certainly not the students, that they should wear pants to Mass. The girls wear skirts that in 1966...
  • Justin Welby 'Trying to Bridge Gay Marriage Split'

    12/20/2014 7:30:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/20/14
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage. The Most Rev Justin Welby told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs he wanted to listen to both sides. He also admitted to moments of frustration on the issue. He did not discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage, saying it would be "inappropriate" while the Church was debating it. He also told the programme about growing up with an alcoholic father. 'Listen carefully'On gay marriage, he told presenter Kirsty Young: "When I listen to people I know that I'm listening...
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules

    12/19/2014 6:39:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/19/14 | Greg Daly
    Bishop says establishment has become an oppressor of basic freedoms in the name of being pro-choice.Britain’s Supreme Court has rejected the case of two Scottish midwives who refused to be involved with abortion procedures, following an appeal from National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde against last year’s Court of Session ruling that the “right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose.” Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan were experienced midwives working as labor ward coordinators at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, which since 2010...
  • Jesuit University [Marquette] Bans Prof from Campus After He Exposed Pro-Gay Scandal

    12/19/2014 6:30:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/14 | Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit University’s actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended, banned from campus and is now under formal investigation by the administration. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to the University in order to determine the grounds for the disciplinary action. McAdams released the news on his blog, Marquette Warrior, which included an email sent to him from the dean of Marquette, Richard Holz. The email stated that McAdams was to remain off campus while his conduct was reviewed...
  • The Pope Came for Bartholomew

    12/19/2014 6:25:11 AM PST · by marshmallow
    Hellenic News of America ^ | 12/18/14 | Cansu Camlibel, Hurriyet Daily News
    STANBUL — John Chryssavgis is an author and theologian born in Australia. He received his degree in Theology from the University of Athens. He also received a diploma in Byzantine music from the Greek Conservatory of Music during those years. He completed his doctoral studies in Patristics at the University of Oxford. He has lived in the United States for 20 years now, has worked in several universities and written a number of books. But he is also an active clergyman of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America. He received the title of Archdeacon of the Ecumenical Throne from Patriarch...
  • St. John Chrysostom Church Restores Beauty In Los Angeles

    12/18/2014 6:21:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 11/19/14 | Enzo Selvaggi
    In 1909, a small community of farmers purchased some land for a Catholic mission church; after World War II, the area boomed with aviation and aerospace industries. St John Chrysostom Church in Inglewood, California, which seats at least 1,000, was finished in 1959 to accommodate this growing, thriving Catholic population. It is located minutes from Los Angeles International Airport and the 405 freeway.An “Art Deco Revival” edifice built entirely of reinforced concrete, St. John’s 182ft carillon bell tower can be seen from miles away. Art Deco-inspired architectural forms are used throughout the church, and the 42ft walls house intricate, Celtic...
  • Report on U.S. Nuns Reflects Changes at Vatican

    12/18/2014 6:13:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/17/14 | John Thavis
    We publish an analysis by John Thavis, journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairsToday's Vatican report on the investigation of U.S. women's religious orders was largely positive in tone, in contrast to statements issued when the investigation began in 2009. At that time, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who headed the Vatican congregation for religious orders, said the study was aimed at identifying "secular" and "feminist" attitudes that had infiltrated the nuns' orders and helped cause a drastic decline in membership. Today's report didn't go there. Instead, it delineated real challenges facing religious orders while thanking the sisters repeatedly...
  • Christmas in an Iraqi Refugee Camp: Moving Pictures Show Nativity Scene Set Up by Some of The...

    12/17/2014 6:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12/13/14 | Jay Akbar
    * Hundreds of displaced Iraqis, forced to evacuate their towns, will celebrate Christmas in this refugee camp in Erbil * They represent a tiny fraction of over three million Iraqi people 'internally displaced' - many of them in Kurdistan * The autonomous region in Northern Iraq is being pushed to breaking point by sheer number of new settlers * Families are safe, for now, from any immediate danger but dropping temperatures pose another serious threatThese beautiful pictures of Christmas prayers and glowing nativity scenes hide a much darker reality. Hundreds of Iraqi Christians, who now occupy these makeshift tents in...
  • Spain Church Criticized Over Cordoba Monument Name

    12/17/2014 6:30:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 12/15/14 | Ciaran Giles
    MADRID (AP) -- A regional government in southern Spain has filed a complaint with Roman Catholic Church authorities over what it believes are church moves in recent years to blot out the Islamic past of Cordoba's ancient mosque-cathedral, one of the country's leading tourist attractions. The Andalusia region's tourism department said Monday the practice by church authorities who own the complex of calling it simply "The Cordoba Cathedral" on its website and on pamphlets and tickets could hurt tourism and confuse the 1 million-plus tourists who annually visit the "mezquita" (mosque), as it is known popularly. Tourism chief Rafael Rodriguez...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • The Past and Present of The Russian Orthodox Church Contain Some Valuable Lessons for Roman.....

    12/16/2014 1:57:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Abyssus Abyssum Invocat / Deep Calls to Deep ^ | 12/15/14 | Metropolitan Hilarion Alfeyev
    Atheism and Orthodoxy in Modern RussiaBy Metropolitan Hilarion AlfeyevMay 2001In this talk I propose to outline the history of atheism in Russia during the last hundred years. I will start by considering the kind of atheism present in Russia before the Revolution. Then I will say something about the development of atheism during the Soviet period. And finally I will conclude with some observations concerning the nature of Russian post-Soviet atheism.

I should like to begin with the following questions. How did it happen that the country known as ‘Holy Russia’, with such a long history of Orthodox Christianity, was in...
  • Vatican Report on US Women Religious Calls for Further Self-Assessment

    12/16/2014 5:57:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Expressing “profound gratitude” for the “dedicated and selfless service of women religious,” the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has issued its long-awaited Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America. “This Congregation asks the members of each institute to evaluate their actual practice of liturgical and common prayer,” the report stated as it called upon religious institutes to engage in further dialogue and self-assessment. “We ask them to discern what measures need to be taken to further foster the sisters’ intimate relationship with Christ and...
  • Germany Tense Over anti-Islam 'Pegida' March in Dresden

    12/15/2014 12:43:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/15/14
    A march against "Islamisation of the West" is due to take place in Dresden, with turnout expected to reach about 10,000 in the eastern German city. A big counter-demonstration is also being organised, similar in size. Dresden is the birthplace of a movement called "Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West" (Pegida), which staged a big rally a week ago. Justice Minister Heiko Maas called Pegida's protests "a disgrace". But the Eurosceptic party AfD is sympathetic. "Most of their demands are legitimate," said Bernd Lucke, leader of the conservative Alternativ fuer Deutschland (AfD), which has campaigned for a tougher...
  • IOPS [Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society] to present White Book on slain Mideast Christians at UN

    12/15/2014 6:17:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/15/14
    Moscow, December 15, Interfax - The Imperial Orthodox Palestinian Society (IOPS) has announced the creation of a White Book on crimes against Christians in the Middle East, which will be presented at the United Nations Human Rights Council in February 2015. "We are working to compile the so-called White Book, containing a sorrowful list of names of the slain and tortured Christians, instances of churches and shrines being destroyed, and eyewitness accounts. We would like to present this book at the UN HRC at its next session in late February - early March," IOPS Vice President Yelena Agapova told a...
  • US Nuns Resisted Vatican Investigation into Religious Life, Admits Head of Inquiry

    12/13/2014 1:56:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 12/12/14 | Abigail Frymann Rouch
    The woman tasked with carrying out the Vatican’s three-year investigation into the health of Religious life in the US admitted she faced resistance and criticism from fellow sisters. Writing in this week’s Tablet Mother Mary Clare Millea said the Vatican allowed her to select her own collaborators to carry out the apostolic investigation of the nearly 400 institutes of women Religious. She said she felt she had “the complete trust of the congregation in Rome” to formulate a strategy for carrying out the investigation. The long-awaited report from the investigation is to be released on Tuesday. Mother Clare, who is...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Father Benedict' Sheds Some Insight on His Resignation

    12/12/2014 2:55:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/12/14 | Phil Lawler
    If it is accurate--and I have no reason to doubt that it is-- the report that Benedict XVI wanted to be known as “Father Benedict” after his resignation is strange and illuminating. Why? Because today he is not known as Father Benedict. Even before Pope Benedict stepped down, the Vatican announced that he would be known as “Pope-emeritus.” Why didn’t the outgoing Pontiff get his own way? The Vatican is not a democracy; the Pope sets the rules. Yet in this case the Pope permitted others to overrule him. This is not a case in which the Pope was persuaded...
  • New Disciplinary Action Looming for Father Pavone?

    12/12/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Father Frank Pavone, the founder of Priests for Life (PFL), once again faces possible disciplinary action because of his refusal to allow episcopal oversight of his organization’s finances. New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has revealed, in a letter to the bishops of the US, that the Vatican conducted an apostolic visitation of Priests for Life last year. After that investigation, the cardinal says, he was asked by the Congregation for the Clergy to “assist Father Pavone with several necessary reforms.” However, Cardinal Dolan writes, Father Pavone has not cooperated with the reforms. As a result, the cardinal has told the...
  • Card. De Paolis on Communion for Divorced, Remarried: “If Approved, the Consequences Would Be..

    12/11/2014 8:20:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 12/11/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    The outline of features for the next Synod of Bishops in October 2015, or Lineamenta, has been released. The Lineamenta is based on the last Synod’s final document, the Relatio Synodi. For the Relatio, the members of the Synod voted on each paragraph. According to the Synod’s own rules, established and approved by those appointed by Pope Francis to run the Synod, in order to be included in the Relatio each paragraph had to receive a 2/3’s majority of voting members. Some paragraphs, on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and on homosexuality, very controversial paragraphs, did not receive...
  • Leading Orthodox Theologian Hopes for 'Quick Progress' Toward Full Christian Unity

    12/11/2014 6:31:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    One of the leading theologians of the Orthodox world has said that he sees prosecpts for “quick progress” toward full Christian unity under Pope Francis. Metropolitan Ioannis of Pergamon, the co-chairman of the Joint International Commission for Theological Dialogue, told the Vatican Insider that Pope Francis has brought new excitement to ecumenical dialogue with the Orthodox world. “The way in which he is carrying out his ministry removes the many apprehensions and fears of the past.” Metropolitan Ioannis pointed particularly to the Pope’s statement, during his recent visit to Constantinople, that the Catholic Church “does not intend to impose any...
  • Apologists Concerned About Rick Warren's Alignment With 'Holy Father'

    12/10/2014 6:32:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2,601 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/3/14 | Mark Andrews
    "Christian unity" is one of those terms that stir up a whole spectrum of—sometimes emotional—opinions. On the one hand, we know that Jesus prayed to the Father concerning future believers "that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you" (John 17:21a, NIV). On the other hand, charismatics know it is almost pointless to discuss the gifts of the Holy Spirit (1 Cor. 12, 14) with Baptists or most anyone else from a mainline denomination. And Protestants of just about any stripe get riled up when they hear Catholics talking about...
  • Hot-Button Issues Remain in New Questionnaire for 2015 Synod

    12/10/2014 6:27:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/14 | John Allen Jr
    In the run-up to last October’s synod of bishops on the family, one of the more sensational developments was the Vatican’s decision to ask bishops around the world to survey the grassroots on matters such as same-sex marriage, divorce and remarriage, and cohabitation outside marriage. Some bishops’ conferences made a big deal of the questionnaire, even creating online opportunities for people to submit reactions, while others played it down out of concern that raising these questions risked a false impression that Church teaching is up for grabs. In hindsight, it was an early hint that the synod would be a...
  • Archbishop Justin Welby: ‘There is a Possibility That We Will Not Hold Together’

    12/09/2014 3:17:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/9/14 | Trevor Grundy
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In a lengthy interview in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. The candid interview came at the end of Welby’s visits to the 38 provinces (or country-states) that make up the Anglican Communion. Welby said that although individual churches remain “strong, resilient and thriving,” the differences among them remain profound. “I think, realistically, we‘ve got to say that despite all efforts there is a possibility that we will...
  • Catholic Profs Told to Report Opposition to 'Gay Marriage' as Harassment

    12/09/2014 3:03:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/9/14 | Kevin J. Jones
    Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory. Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named “Harassed Hans,” a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources his co-workers Becky and Maria who “have been talking...
  • A Primer for the Looming Vatican Report on American Nuns

    12/09/2014 3:00:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/14 | John Allen Jr
    A long-awaited Vatican report on women’s religious life in the United States is set for release on December 16, and on Tuesday the Vatican announced a press conference will be held that day to present the document. There are two separate Vatican reviews of American nuns: One launched in 2008 studying all women’s orders in the country and another initiated a year later that focuses specifically on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for the leadership of women’s orders. The December 16 report marks the end of the first process, but has no bearing on the...
  • Al-Azhar Urges Christians Not to Flee Mideast Radicals

    12/09/2014 6:15:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Arab News ^ | 12/5/14 | AFP
    CAIRO: Al-Azhar, Islam’s most prestigious center of learning, on Thursday urged Christians in the Arab world to stand firm in the face of jihadi violence and not flee into exile. The call, made at a Cairo conference organized by Al-Azhar, came just days after Pope Francis pressed the world’s Muslim leaders to condemn terrorism carried out in the name of Islam by groups such as the Islamic State (IS) and Al-Qaeda, and called for an end to the persecution of Christians in the Middle East. “We condemn the forced exile of Christians and other religious or ethnic groups,” the conference...
  • Vatican Releases Preparatory Document Ahead of 2015 Synod

    12/09/2014 6:05:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/9/14 | Staff Reporter
    Document includes 46 questions for national bishops’ conferences around the world. The Vatican has released a 26-page preparatory document, or Lineamenta, ahead of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops which will take place at the Vatican in October 2015. The document, based on the final report on the extraordinary synod on the family which convened earlier this year, includes 46 questions for national bishops’ conferences around the world. According to Catholic News Service, the report asks about “possible steps” and “unnecessary impediments” to “sacramental pastoral care” of “remarried divorcees”. And, in reference to “persons with a homosexual tendency”, it asks, “how...
  • Communion Alone is ‘Not the Solution’ for Divorced and Re-Married Catholics, Says Pope Francis

    12/08/2014 6:22:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/8/14 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis has given an exclusive interview to the Argentine daily La NacionHoly Communion is not the solution to the pastoral challenges facing divorced and re-married Catholics, Pope Francis has said. In an interview with the Argentine daily newspaper, La Nacion, in which he discussed the family synod, the challenges of his papacy and reforming the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said: “In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?...
  • Authors Say Worship’s Revival Could be Key to Revitalized Churches

    12/07/2014 8:03:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 12/4/14 | Jeff Brumley
    And they predict those turned off by Christianity may be attracted to congregations that are more intentional about worship.Worship wars have existed throughout Christian history — the experts will tell you that. They’ll also tell you that the debate has increased in significance as the modern church struggles to attract and retain members in a postmodern and post-Christian culture. But two authors also say they’re seeing signs that church leaders are embracing ancient forms of worship that transcend cultural fluctuations — and that may be key for the church’s survival at a time when those who shun faith outnumber those...
  • Pope Francis: Demotion of Burke not ‘Punishment’

    12/07/2014 7:30:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/7/14
    Pope Francis has denied that removing American Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Vatican’s highest court was a “punishment” for his outspokenly conservative views at a recent summit of bishops, saying instead he wanted a “smart American” to serve as patron of the Order of Malta. “It is not true that I removed him because of how he had behaved in the synod,” Francis said. The pontiff said that the move was part of a broader restructuring of the Vatican bureaucracy that had been decided well before the October 5-19 synod of bishops on the family. The reason he...
  • Church Construction in U.S. Hits Record Low

    12/07/2014 5:55:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 12/5/14 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Wall Street Journal: Americans aren’t building churches like they used to anymore.Construction of religious buildings in the U.S. has fallen to the lowest level at any time since private records began in 1967. Religious groups will build an estimated 10.3 million square feet this year, down 6% from 2013 and 80% since construction peaked in 2002, according to Dodge Data & Analytics. In terms of dollars, spending on houses of worship totaled $3.15 billion last year, down by half from a decade earlier, according to Commerce Department figures.As the economy heals, churches, synagogues, mosques and temples may move...
  • Koran Should be Read at Prince Charles' Coronation Says Top Bishop: Critics Attack Proposal...

    12/04/2014 7:11:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 11/28/14 | Steve Doughty
    *Lord Harries said gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’*Speaking in House of Lords claimed it would help Muslims feel ‘embraced’*Critics attacked idea insisting 'British values stem from Christian heritagePrince Charles’s coronation service should be opened with a reading from the Koran, a senior Church of England bishop said yesterday. The gesture would be a ‘creative act of accommodation’ to make Muslims feel ‘embraced’ by the nation, Lord Harries of Pentregarth said. But critics attacked the idea, accusing the Church of ‘losing confidence’ in its own institutions and traditions. Lord Harries, a former Bishop of Oxford and a leading...
  • The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Grows, Seeks to Buy Methodist Church Building [UK]

    12/04/2014 7:01:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report | 12/4/14 | Joanna Bogle
    History is about to be made in a corner of the West of England. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham—Anglicans who have come into full communion with the Catholic Church—is writing a new chapter. The Methodist church at Chelston, Torquay, is due to close, and the local Ordinariate group, led by Father David Lashbrooke, plans to acquire it. The group already has Mass there every Sunday, and the Methodists are keen to sell the building and its associated halls to them. It will make an ideal centre for mission and evangelisation, as well as serving the needs of the...
  • Author, Cardinals Spar Over Reports of Conclave Campaigning

    12/04/2014 6:53:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA).- The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected – though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign. The London-based Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, in his new book “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” contends that a group of cardinals on what he bills as “Team Bergoglio” worked during the last conclave to promote the election...
  • Vatican to Release Findings From Study of US Nuns

    12/04/2014 4:49:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/14 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican plans soon to release a long-awaited report on its review of women's religious orders throughout the United States. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, told the Detroit Free Press that a Rome news conference is planned for Dec. 16 to issue the findings. The study began in 2008 and ended about three years later.
  • Normality Is Not Hatred

    12/03/2014 7:03:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/3/14 | James Kalb
    Today’s politics has no place for legitimate authority based on higher standards, so power must base itself on Choice, otherwise known as the Triumph of the WillVery recently the view that homosexuality is entirely normal has become not only widespread but compulsory in secular public discussion. Leaders of thought tell us the change has been part of a general deepening of moral insight and improvement in the art of living. The older outlook oppressed millions out of fear, bigotry, and ignorance. We have learned better now, except for a few haters and dimbulbs who need to be re-educated or else...
  • What Clericalism Looks Like

    12/03/2014 9:57:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    First Things ^ | 12/2/14 | Nicholas Frankovich
    For the past three months, parishioners and friends of the Church of Our Saviour on Park Avenue in midtown Manhattan have been wondering what happened to the fourteen icons that were removed from two pilasters in the sanctuary on the evening of August 22. They have also been wondering why the artwork was removed in the first place. It was integral to the church’s wall-to-wall iconography, which had been commissioned by the previous pastor and funded in part by the Vatican. Other icons in the sanctuary remain. Those that are now missing were integral to the “sacred geometry of the...
  • Dialogue Over Pope-Patriarch Meeting Thwarted by Greek Catholics' Actions in Ukraine - spokesperson

    12/03/2014 5:08:24 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/3/14
    Moscow, December 3, Interfax - The Moscow Patriarchate is still not ruling out a possibility of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia meeting with Pope Francis, but pointed to the factors that impeded dialogue on this matter. "The subject of a meeting between the Patriarch of Moscow and the Pope is on the agenda of the two Churches, and the Holy Patriarch highly values the balanced and genuinely Christian position of Pope Francis on many problems faced by present-day society," Patriarchate spokesman Deacon Alexander Volkov told Interfax-Religion. This makes both Churches "strategic partners" in the attestation to the Christian...