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  • Priests Are Bucking Catholic Church Leadership to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

    05/21/2015 6:24:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/20/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    For the Rev. Pádraig Standún, a Catholic priest in western Ireland, voting “yes” is a matter of what’s right. To another Irish priest, the Rev. Iggy O’Donovan, it’s about creating an inclusive state. To the Rev. Martin Dolan, Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is deeply personal. “I’m gay myself,” he announced to his Dublin congregation in January. It was a surprise ending to Dolan’s homily, in which he urged his congregation to vote “yes” in the referendum. But his parishioners took it in stride — they gave him a standing ovation, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As the Friday...
  • The Catholic Church’s German Crisis

    05/21/2015 6:19:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/20/15 | George Weigel
    One rarely finds, among German churchmen today, a sobered openness, born of the recognition that something has gone terribly wrong and that another approach to evangelization and catechesis must be found The 21st-century Church owes a lot to 20th-century German Catholicism: for its generosity to Catholics in the Third World; for the witness of martyrs like Alfred Delp, Bernhard Lichtenberg, and Edith Stein; for its contributions to Biblical studies, systematic and moral theology, liturgical renewal, and Catholic social doctrine, through which German Catholicism played a leading role in Vatican II’s efforts to renew Catholic witness for the third millennium. At...
  • Equality Law is Destroying Religious Freedom, Says Top Barrister [UK]

    05/20/2015 6:55:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/20/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Neil Addison said that he was surprised by the ruling in the Ashers Bakery case Equality law in Northern Ireland is being used to destroy individual freedom, a leading Catholic barrister has said. Following a legal ruling in Northern Ireland, in which a judge ruled that a bakery run by Christians discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, Neil Addison wrote on his personal blog: “The case will undoubtedly be appealed but what does emerge from it is the complete intolerance of the “equality” industry and the way in which equality...
  • Archbishop Declines to Tell Catholics How to Vote in Referendum

    05/20/2015 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 5/20/15 | Patsy McGarry
    Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marriage referendum. It was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”, a spokeswoman said, while he stressed “that people should be informed”. Responding to a query from The Irish Times as to the position of Catholics who may in conscience vote Yes on Friday, she said: “Archbishop Martin has publicly stated how he intends to vote and why. “It is not his policy, however,...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported “very constructive talks” with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the “role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • Pope to Bishops: Stop Ordering Faithful Around, Fight Graft

    05/19/2015 5:05:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/18/15 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has told bishops to strongly denounce corruption and to act more like pastors than "pilots" telling the faithful what to do. Francis' strong words were aimed at members of the Italian bishops' conference, who opened their annual meeting at the Vatican on Monday. Francis, who is also the bishop of Rome, urged his bishops to be more Christ-like in showing humility, compassion, mercy and wisdom. He told them to not shy away from denouncing the "diffuse mentality" of public and private corruption that he said impoverished families, honest workers and retirees, while marginalizing the...
  • Bill Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Submitted to State Duma

    05/19/2015 5:00:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/15
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs...
  • Top German Lay Catholic Group Pushes Communion for Civilly Divorced-Remarried and More

    05/18/2015 4:58:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/15 | Edward Pentin
    BONN, Germany — A public dispute has broken out between Germany’s top lay Catholic organization and a German bishop, after the organization issued a statement calling for a raft of new pastoral practices, which the bishop and other critics say are opposed to Church doctrine. The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics, or ZdK) issued a statement Sunday calling for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion, acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, the blessing of same-sex couples and the reconsideration of the Church’s teaching on contraception. The organization is heavily financed by the...
  • Church of Scotland Votes to Allow Gay Ministers in Civil Partnerships

    05/17/2015 6:16:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/16/15
    The General Assembly of the Church of Scotland has voted to allow congregations to ordain gay ministers who are in same sex civil partnerships. Delegates voted 309 in favour and 183 against. The vote followed a church-wide debate and consultations with all 45 presbyteries, which voted 31 to 14 in favour of change. A further vote will be held this week on whether or not to extend ordination to ministers in same sex marriages. Supporters said it was time for the church to be inclusive and recognise the "mixed economy" of modern Scotland. Opponents warned that the move was contrary...
  • Desperate Times, Desperate Measures

    05/17/2015 6:10:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Town Talk | 5/16/15 | Bob Tompkins
    Great story which can't be posted on FR due to legal issues but click HERE to go to the site. Long read.
  • Colombian Bishop Floats Idea of Gay Apostle, Lesbian Mary Magdalene

    05/16/2015 9:53:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    Crux ^ | 5/15/15 | Inés San Martín
    Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba says 'no one chooses to be gay or straight'ROME — A Colombian bishop, insisting that being homosexual is not a sin, said Thursday it’s possible that one of the twelve apostles of Jesus was gay or that Mary Magdalene, another key New Testament figure, was a lesbian. Bishop Juan Vicente Córdoba of Fontibón, Colombia, also said the Catholic Church does not oppose same-sex couples making a life together, but does not consider such arrangements to be a marriage or a family. “No one chooses to be gay or straight,” Córdoba said. “One simply feels, loves, experiments,...
  • Humble Palestinian Nuns to be Made Catholic Saints

    05/16/2015 9:38:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    WDAM Channel 7 ^ | 5/16/15 | CNN
    BETHLEHEM, WEST BANK (CNN) - Pope Francis will canonize two 19th century Palestinian women as Roman Catholic saints. The historic event is especially meaningful to one of the world's oldest Christian communities. It is the perfect celebration of sainthood for two Palestinian nuns, a humble and devout offering of prayer to mark a historic moment for Christians and Palestinians. In the land of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, the land of the beginnings of Christianity, Mariam Baouardy and Marie-Alphonsine Ghattas are the first two Palestinian saints in modern times. “As Christians, this is a sign of hope, this is...
  • Judge to Protesters: End 11-Year Vigil Inside Closed Church

    05/15/2015 6:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/14/15 | Philip Marcelo
    BOSTON (AP) — Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a judge ruled Thursday. But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has been occupying the Scituate church day and night since 2004, say they're not going anywhere. They intend to ask the state court to stay the ruling pending an appeal. "As of today, nothing changes," Jon Rogers, one of the organizers, declared late Thursday. "From Day One, we made a promise that we would exhaust every appeal that was available to us, and...
  • The People of Aleppo Are Losing Hope, Says Bishop

    05/15/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they couldThe Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria has said that the people of Aleppo are increasingly losing hope. In an interview with Catholic News Service he said that over the past two months the people seem to have been losing all hope for an end to the war and the beginning of reconciliation. Bishop Audo admitted that he, too, used to talk about his hope, “but now I have a tendency to say I am in an attitude of faith. I try to maintain myself in my faith...
  • Benedictine Nuns Make Their Home on the Range

    05/15/2015 6:16:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 5/12/15 | Jim West
    VIRGINIA DALE, Colo. (CNS) -- Sister Maria Walburga Schortemeyer is at home wading through the mud and manure of a barnyard in boots, work pants, a fleece jacket, and her white veil. Minutes later, in the black-and-white habit of a Benedictine nun, she is equally at home singing psalms and praying the Divine Office in a chapel with other nuns. Sister Maria Walburga is the ranch manager at the Abbey of St. Walburga in Virginia Dale. The town sits in the arid and isolated foothills of the Rocky Mountains, almost within shouting distance of the Wyoming border. This community of...
  • Irish Government Abruptly Cuts All Funding for Catholic Marriage-Counseling Agency

    05/14/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Irish government has cut off all funding for a Catholic marriage-counseling agency. The announcement that the government has blocked €378,000 ($429,000) in subsidies for Accord, an agency administered by the Irish bishops’ conference, comes at a time when the government has been at odds with the Irish hierarchy over a campaign for legal recognition of same-sex marriage. With a national referendum on same-sex marriage scheduled next week, opponents of the measure have argued that if the referendum is approved, the government will block funding for Church-related institutions that do not recognize homosexual unions. The cut in funding for Accord...
  • House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    05/14/2015 4:56:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 242-184 vote with four Democrats (Reps. Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, and Peterson) voting for the bill and five Republicans voting against it (Reps. Dent, Dold, Hanna, Frelinghuysen) or voting present (Hice). (See very end of this article for how members voted). Should the...
  • Benedict XVI Breaks Silence with Introduction to New Book by Cardinal Bertone

    05/12/2015 8:29:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The work of a pastor “cannot be limited only to the Church,” Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI wrote in a letter to his former Secretary of State—one of the few things the former Pontiff has written for publication since he resigned in 2013. The former Pope’s letter appears as the introduction to a new book by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, La Fede e il Bene Comune. The letter was also summarized in the May 10 issue of L’Osservatore Romano. Reflecting on his work with Cardinal Bertone, who served as his Secretary of State, Benedict XVI said that they understood their work for the...
  • ‘Ecumenism of Blood Unites Us,’ Francis Tells Coptic Pope

    05/12/2015 8:21:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/12/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis sends message to Coptic Pope Tawadros II to mark 'day of friendship'Pope Francis has told Coptic Pope Tawadros II that an “ecumenism of blood unites us”. Francis sent a message to the Coptic patriarch on Sunday to mark the “day of friendship” between the Coptic Orthodox and Catholic churches. “Today more than ever we are united by the ecumenism of blood, which further encourages us on the path toward peace and reconciliation. I assure you and the Christian community in Egypt and throughout the Middle East of my unceasing prayer, and I remember in particular the Coptic faithful...
  • This Popular Catholic Coffee House Even Has An Adoration Chapel (video)

    05/12/2015 8:18:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 5/12/15 | Zoe Romanowsky
    St. James Coffee House proudly brews European Roasterie coffee from Le Center, MinnesotaSt. James Coffee House in Rochester, Minnesota, is playing its part in the New Evangelization. Founded to "provide a welcoming space for non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics to come to know Christ and His Church, and to provide a forum for Catholics to find fellowship and catechesis, " it serves quality, fair-trade, organic beans—from European Roasterie coffee in Le Center, MN. It also carries teas obtained through partnerships with like-minded nonprofits such as Compassion Tea. St. James hopes to build community and help people discover truth, while providing quality...
  • The Closed Door of Pope Francis

    05/11/2015 7:35:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 5/11/15 | Sandro Magister
    Since the end of the 2014 synod, he has spoken dozens of times on abortion, divorce, and homosexuality. But he hasn't said a single word more in support of the “openness” demanded by the innovators ROME, May 11, 2015 – The second and last session of the synod on the family is approaching, and the temperature of the discussion keeps going up. The latest uproar is over an onslaught of the German bishops, who now take as a given, in the “cultural context” of their local Church, substantial changes of doctrine and pastoral practice in matters of divorce and homosexuality:...
  • Archbishop Welby Says His Worst Hate Mail Are From Christians; Points Out Lack of...

    05/11/2015 7:26:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/11/15 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Archbishop of Canterbury the Most Rev. Justin Welby said that the worst "poison pen letters" he receives are from other Christians. The leader of the Anglican Communion said that Christian groups are failing to show tolerance to one another, and said that religious leaders should look to confront the "profound differences" between faiths. "The worst poison pen letters I get are from other Christian groups on the whole," Welby revealed during his address to the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the Independent reported on Sunday. "The reality is that we do not as faith groups in our society...
  • Demonstration at Mission Dolores Opposes Sainthood for Junipero Serra

    05/11/2015 6:11:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    On May 2, Native American community members and Interfaith supporters, including clergy leaders, demonstrated outside of Mission Dolores in San Francisco to oppose the impending canonization of Junipero Serra by the Catholic church. Pope Francis has reaffirmed his decision to name Junipero Serra a saint, despite strong opposition from Native Americans who say the man is responsible for the killing of hundreds of thousands of Indigenous people when he helped to establish and then presided over the California mission system in the 1700s. "My ancestors were directly enslaved at Mission Dolores here, and at Mission San Jose in Fremont, and...
  • Pope Francis Inspires Cuba's Raul Castro Towards Church

    05/10/2015 9:09:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/10/15
    Cuban President Raul Castro has said he was so impressed by a Vatican audience with Pope Francis that he might return to the faith he was born into. Mr Castro praised the pontiff's wisdom, adding: "I will resume praying and turn to the Church again if the Pope continues in this vein." He thanked the Pope for brokering a rapprochement between Cuba and the US. The communist leader had stopped at the Vatican after attending Russia's World War Two Victory Day in Moscow. The Catholic Church has maintained ties with Havana since the 1959 revolution. The Pope will visit Cuba...
  • Holy Trinity Church in Boston Being Turned into Boutique Condos

    05/09/2015 1:49:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    For those who have not yet heard, Holy Trinity Church, the former home of the German Catholic Community and the Traditional Latin Mass is being redeveloped into boutique condos. We posted last June that the property was up for sale, and in November we learned it had been sold, however the identity of the developer was not yet publicly available. Oddly, the archdiocese has not announced the sale price, or what will become of the millions of dollars of proceeds. Now the plans are up for approval by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. A picture of the proposed development can be...
  • Dissident Groups Scheme Against Archbishop Cordileone, Catholic Education

    05/09/2015 1:40:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/8/15 | Justin Petrisek
    Who are the players opposing Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone? Catholic dissidents have been opposing the efforts of the San Francisco archbishop to reinforce the Catholic identity of his schools by asking teachers to witness to the Catholic faith, both inside and outside the classroom. But the intentions of Archbishop Cordileone’s critics seem far removed from the best interests of faithful Catholic education. At the end of April, representatives from Call to Action, DignityUSA, New Ways Ministry, Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, Catholics for Choice and Human Rights Campaign met in Chicago to strategize how to best oppose Cordileone and...
  • Swiss Catholics Call for Same-Sex Partnerships, Change in Teaching on Communion

    05/08/2015 1:20:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Five months before the upcoming Synod of Bishops, the Swiss Bishops’ Conference has published a report summarizing the results of recent discussions by Swiss Catholics on marriage and family life. Six thousand persons, the majority of them clergy, catechists, and active parishioners, took part in the discussions, which were held between January and March. “The exclusion of remarried divorcees from the sacraments must be ended,” stated Walter Müller, the bishops’ information officer, as he summarized Swiss Catholics’ “very concrete requests to Rome.”
  • Fatima Message ‘Lifts Veil’ on Past Century, was ‘Turning Point’ of JPII Pontificate, Says Cardinal

    05/08/2015 1:11:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Stating that “there is no fourth secret nor are there other hidden secrets,” Cardinal Angelo Amato, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, delivered a lengthy address on the Fatima apparitions at the Pontifical University Antonianum on May 7. The 20th century, said Cardinal Amato, was expected to be a time of “reason and brotherhood,” but instead saw the beginning of an era of Christian persecution: “the Armenian genocide, the Mexican repression, the Spanish persecution, the Nazi massacres, the Communist extermination, and, in this first part of the third millennium, Islamist persecution.” “The message of Fatima in...
  • Vatican Recognizes Martyrdoms of Missionary, Lay Catechist in Communist Laos

    05/07/2015 9:28:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Vatican City, May 6, 2015 / 04:24 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During a private audience on Tuesday, Pope Francis advanced the causes of canonization of 12 potential saints, two of whom were martyred by communist revolutionaries in Laos in 1960. The May 5 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato also formally approved the canonization of Bl. Junipero Serra – which had already been scheduled for Sept. 23. The two martyrs recognized were the Servants of God Mario Borzaga and Paul Thoj Xyooj, who were killed in hatred of the faith in April 1960. Born in Italy in 1932, Fr. Borzaga joined the...
  • French Court Orders Removal of St John Paul II Statue

    05/07/2015 9:23:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/7/15 | Staff Reporter
    Statue in a Brittany town square deemed to violate the separation of Church and stateA French court has ordered the removal of a statue of St John Paul II which it said violated the separation of Church and state. Authorities have been given six months to remove a 29ft (8.7m) statue from the town square in Ploërmel, Brittany. The sculpture, by Russo-Georgian Zurab Tsereteli, shows the late pope praying underneath an arch topped by a cross. It was intended as a gesture of friendship from Russia to other countries with a Christian heritage. A court at Rennes said the problem...
  • Muslim Kosovars Rediscover Their Long-Forgotten Roman Catholic Roots

    05/07/2015 8:08:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 5/6/15 | Valerie Plesch
    BROD, Kosovo (RNS) The Catholic priest followed the village elders up a narrow road that curved between the green hills in the tiny hamlet of Gjonaj in southern Kosovo. As the priest, Don Albert Jakaj, 36, emerged from the wooded path, he saw the light gray stone church, believed by locals to be a thousand years old, surrounded by tall pine trees. Jakaj had traveled to Gjonaj at the request of Avni Ademi, 35, a local who contacted the priest to get his opinion on the origin of the church and to validate his belief that the church belongs to...
  • Married Priests Wouldn’t ‘Surprise’ Archbishop Cupich

    05/07/2015 8:05:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 5/5/15
    The possibility of married Roman Catholic priests was part of a candid and revealing conversation with Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine sat down with Archbishop Cupich, who said that is wouldn’t surprise him, though not right away. The Archbishop reminded us that Pope has already told the worldwide bishops conferences to consider it and report back. “I think that what the pope was saying is that he wants to make sure that whatever you do it creates unity within your own churches, your own country,” Cupich said. “There’s no reason for any decision to be...
  • Madison Law Bans Religious Discrimination ... Against Atheists

    05/06/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/3/15 | AP
    Wisconsin city’s statute, enacted last month, is believed to be the first of its kind in the US: ‘Religion was protected, so non-religion should be, too’While conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws weren’t invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsin’s capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April , giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race,...
  • Coptic Patriarch: Possibility to Celebrate Easter Together on Third Sunday in April Being Studied

    05/06/2015 6:13:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Fides ^ | 5/5/15
    Amsterdam (Agenzia Fides) - The debate on the opportunity to unify the dates of the liturgical solemnities currently celebrated on different days from different Churches and communities, is "a historical problem" that in itself does not have implications of faith and doctrine. This is why the proposal to unify the Easter date for all Christian Churches "on the third Sunday of April" is being studied. This is what Patriarch Tawadros II said during a meeting with young people which took place on Sunday, May 3 at the Coptic Cultural Centre in Amsterdam, in the context of the visit carried out...
  • Pope Francis Suggests Divine Comedy as Vital Reading for Year of Mercy

    05/06/2015 6:07:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/5/15 | Catholic News Service
    Dante is 'a prophet of hope' and 'herald of the possibility of redemption', says PontiffDante’s Divine Comedy is more than a literary masterpiece, it is an invitation “to rediscover the lost or obscured meaning of our human path and to hope to see again the glowing horizon on which the dignity of the human person shines in its fullness,” Pope Francis has said. As the Italian government formally celebrated the 750th anniversary of Dante’s birth on May 4, Pope Francis sent a message saying that while the centuries have passed Dante “still has much to say and to offer through...
  • Grande Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich, His Spouse Laid to Rest at WWII Memorial Chapel

    05/05/2015 6:23:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/5/15
    Moscow, May 5, Interfax - The remains of Grand Duke Nikolay Nikolayevich Romanov and his spouse Grand Duchess Anastasia Nikolayevna have been reburied in Moscow to the sound of funeral tunes and artillery gun firings. The remains of the princely couple arrived from France on April 27 and were reburied at the Chapel of the Transfiguration at a military cemetery in the Russian capital. "The Duke and the Duchess have returned to their Homeland, their names are acquiring a worthy place in the Russian public memory," State Duma Speaker Sergey Naryshkin, who chairs the Russian Historical Society, said at the...
  • We've Already Redefined Marriage, by Accepting Contraception

    05/04/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 95 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/1/15 | Phil Lawler
    In a must-read column for the Wall Street Journal, Rev. Donald Sensing, a Methodist minister from Tennessee, argues that acceptance of same-sex marriage “will not cause the degeneration of the institution of marriage; it is the result of it.” Understand that Rev. Sensing is not happy with the situation as he sees it. “I believe that this state of affairs is contrary to the will of God,” he writes. But he argues persuasively that the public understanding of marriage was doomed when society accepted the Pill, and thereby severed the link between marriage and procreation. Marriage, he observes, had traditionally...
  • “Stains on the Sudarium of Oviedo Coincide with Those on the Shroud”

    05/03/2015 10:03:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Spanish doctor in forensic medicine, stated this at the annual conference of the International Centre of Syndonology, which took place in Turin todayAll the information obtained from the studies and research” carried out on the Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo “is in tune with what one would expect - from a forensic medicine point of view - to happen to cloths with these characteristics were they to cover the head of a body featuring the kind of lesions Jesus of Nazareth suffered, just as the Gospels tell us.” Alfonso Sánchez Hermosilla, Doctor in Forensic...
  • With Malice Toward Nun

    05/03/2015 9:56:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Review Online ^ | 2/30/15 | Nina Shea
    Sister Diana wants to tell Americans about ISIS persecution of Christians in Iraq, but the State Department won’t let her in.Why is the United States barring a persecuted Iraqi Catholic nun — an internationally respected and leading representative of the Nineveh Christians who have been killed and deported by ISIS — from coming to Washington to testify about this catastrophe? Earlier this week, we learned that every member of an Iraqi delegation of minority groups, including representatives of the Yazidi and Turkmen Shia religious communities, has been granted visas to come for official meetings in Washington — save one. The...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • Junípero and the Others: The Pope Praises the Courage of America’s Missionaries

    05/02/2015 10:13:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/2/15 | Andrea Tornielli
    Today Pope Francis celebrated a mass at the North American College on the Janiculum, as part of a special day dedicated to Junípero Serra, "one of the founding fathers of the United States". “Sometimes we stop and thoughtfully examine their weaknesses and their shortcomings. But I wonder if today we are able to respond with the same generosity and courage to the call of God”Although he will be canonizing Friar Junípero Serra himself on 23 September, in preparation for this ceremony, Pope Francis wished to pay tribute to the “Apostole of California” and “one of the founding fathers of the...
  • How the Federal Government May Put Christian Schools Out of Business

    05/01/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Acton Institute ^ | 4/29/15 | Joe Carter
    With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status. Those words came yesterday when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case concerning whether the Fourteenth Amendment’s must guarantee the right for same-sex couples to marry. While the primary issue is whether gay marriage will be required in every state in the union, one exchange highlighted how the upcoming ruling could affect religious liberty. Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General...
  • Victory for Nashville Dominicans, Other Catholic Entities Against HHS Mandate

    04/29/2015 6:16:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Without comment, the United States Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling that the Michigan Catholic Conference and other Catholic entities fall under the purview of the HHS mandate. Plaintiffs in the case include the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Camp Marymount, Inc., Mary, Queen Of Angels, Inc., St. Mary Villa, Inc., the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (popularly known as the Nashville Dominicans), and Aquinas College in Tennessee.
  • Data Check: Catholic Population Changes and New Ordinations

    04/29/2015 6:11:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Two recent news stories caught our eye at CARA. The first reports on “declining membership” in the Catholic Church and the second on an “increase in ordinations” in the United States: “Even though the membership of the Catholic Church in the U.S. has been declining in the past two decades, the billow of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. has sustained the church and helped keep parishes across the country open.” -Albuquerque Journal “Almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.”-The Washington TimesBoth of these stories contain...
  • US Clergy Back British Priests Over Synod Letter

    04/29/2015 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    American clergymen join British counterparts in wishing to uphold 'Church discipline' on sacramentsA group of American priests has given their backing to the British clergy who wrote to the Catholic Herald last month in support of Church teaching on marriage. Following the letter from 500 clergy in England and Wales , which was issued in advance of the Synod of Bishop taking place later this year, a group of American clergy has now added their support, as first reported by the Church Militant website. In a letter, addressed to the Synod Fathers and published on the the Credo Priests website,...
  • Cause for Controversy: Catholic School Teaches Catholic Morals to Catholic Students [UK]

    04/28/2015 8:24:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/28/15 | Joanna Bogle
    "The Telegraph" apparently finds it bothersome that Coloma Convent Girls' School presents the dark side of premarital sex and strongly encourages chaste choicesHeadlines about complaints over sex education in a Catholic school. Claims that some students are “scared” by the approach used in teaching about sexually transmitted diseases. The head teacher defending what had been done and saying the aim was to meet the needs of pupils and “discuss various issues and ideas”. Sound familiar? There has been plenty of controversy over sex education in recent years. So why did Britain's Daily Telegraph pick up this particular story? Coloma Convent...
  • Pelayo & The Cradle of Catholic Spain

    04/28/2015 6:26:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Regina Magazine ^ | 4/6/15 | Father José Miguel Marqués Campo
    Our story begins in 711 AD — Dark Ages Spain, when Muslims from North Africa have invaded the entire Iberian Peninsula. No one can withstand their terrible onslaught, with the exception of a few hundred Christian men, women and children in this lonely mountain valley, where they make their desperate last stand. Blessed be the Queen of our mountain, whose throne is the cradle of Spain… She is Mother and is Queen! Come, pilgrims, before Her we inhale loves divine. And in Her is the soul of the Spanish people.With the inspiring words of this popular song, dedicated to the...
  • Plan to Build the Largest Virgin Mary Statue in Izmir [Turkey]

    04/28/2015 6:12:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cemil Şeboy, a deputy candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has suggested the construction of the world's biggest Virgin Mary statue in the Selçuk district of western İzmir province, in order to increase the district's tourism potential. Şeboy said that a project will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to design the statue of the central Christian figure. As the deputy candidate for İzmir's first electoral district, Şeboy said that several projects that will turn the district into a tourist destination are already completed. While listening to the problems of local craftsmen, Şeboy...
  • Packed Church for Fathers Illo and Driscoll

    04/28/2015 6:02:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Hundreds of supportive Catholics fill San Francisco’s Star of the SeaOn Saturday, May 25, the 4:30 p.m. Mass at San Francisco’s Star of the Sea Church resembled Easter or Christmas. The packed Church was a show of support for Star’s faithful Catholic Priests, Father Joseph Illo and Father Patrick Driscoll. The two have earned the enmity of the San Francisco power structure, as well as that of a number of their fellow priests, for their decision to only allow boys to serve at the altar. That decision is at the discretion of each parish’s pastor—at Star of the Sea, Fr....