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  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Catholic Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    04/15/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Staunchly Catholic Malta has legalized same-sex civil unions and has given gay couples the right to adopt children. The vote comes nearly three years after the Mediterranean island nation legalized divorce The Maltese parliament legalized same-sex unions and gay adoption on Monday in a 37-0 vote, signaling a major change in social policy for a conservative country where Catholicism is the state religion. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The opposition Nationalist Party abstained from the vote, saying that although it supports civil...
  • Journalist ‘Astonished’ to Have Fooled Media with Vatican Hoax

    04/15/2014 6:07:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    A British Catholic journalist has said she was astonished when major world news outlets mistook an Vatican April Fool’s report she wrote for a genuine news story. The Guardian, which this week won a Pulitzer Prize for its reporting of Edward Snowden’s National Security Agency leaks, was one of the organisations that reported the hoax story that the Vatican employed a hawk called Sylvia to protect the doves periodically released by the Pope. Other outlets to reproduce the story include Agence France-Presse and the Washington Times.
  • Retired Army General Wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery Demolished

    04/14/2014 7:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    al Ahram ^ | 4/13/14 | Sherry El-Gergawi
    The holy monastery of St. Catherine at Mount SinaiA retired army general says he has filed a court case pushing for Egypt's historic Saint Catherine's Monastery to be demolished and its Greek monks deported on the grounds that they pose a threat to national security. In May 2012, Ahmed Ragai Attiya obtained 71 administrative orders regarding the demolition of the monastery's multiple churches, monk cells, gardens and other places of interest on the grounds, which he claims were all built in 2006 and thus not historic, according to Ihab Ramzy, the monastery's lawyer. However, in an interview with private channel...
  • Reforming the LCWR: Where Does It Stand?

    04/14/2014 6:50:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/11/14 | Ann Carey
    Two years ago this month, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) issued a sweeping mandate for reform and renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), on April 18, 2012. The LCWR is a superiors’ conference made up of about 1,100 sisters who are on leadership teams in about 80% of the U.S. women’s apostolic orders in the United States. Yet, to date, there are no signs of any reforms taking place; rather, a just-released book by the LCWR repeats its criticism of the mandate and presents a defense of the organization. Spiritual Leadership for Challenging...
  • Oregon City Students Protest Day of Silence with Anti-Gay T-Shirts

    04/14/2014 3:25:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 4/12/14 | Ian Parker
    OREGON CITY, Ore. – Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School's celebration of unity Friday. Friday was National Day of Silence. It's where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools. Two students told KATU News that if the school is supporting Day of Silence, then they have the right to speak out against it. They wore T-shirts to school that said, "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK," which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter...
  • US Pro-Family Activist Detained by Canadian Customs for Alleged Violation of ‘Hate’ Law

    04/13/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/11/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A prominent U.S. pro-family activist was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency Thursday for alleged violations of Canada’s “hate propaganda” l Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, had flown into Regina International Airport to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association provincial conference this weekend. LaBarbera had been targeted by a makeshift group known as “Intolerance Free Weyburn,” which pressured the government to deny him access to the country. LaBarbera believes he was flagged by customs as a result. LaBarbera provided LifeSiteNews with a formal document issued by CBSA agent...
  • Jesus is Trending in Communist China

    04/12/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/9/14 | Matthew Archbold
    This is amazing news. According to internet activity it would seem that Christianity is a lot more popular than Communism in China right now. There is something beautiful going on in one of the most oppressive countries on the globe. That's the odd thing about Christianity -the more you try to stamp it out the more desirous it becomes. I seem to remember the apostles weren't treated very well in their travels. But they did pretty well. World Mag: Foreign Policy released a fascinating infographic today, based on a compilation of information from Weibo, China’s huge social media platform that...
  • Prout Principal Will Not Resign After Controversial Assembly

    04/12/2014 10:37:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    Independent RI ^ | 4/10/14 | Stephanie Turaj
    SOUTH KINGSTOWN — Kathleen Schlenz of Peace Dale knew something was wrong when her daughter, Anna, arrived home from school Friday. The Rev. Francis “Rocky” Hoffman, a priest of Opus Dei, an orthodox division of the Roman Catholic Church, and executive director and radio host of Relevant Radio, a Catholic radio network that broadcasts on 33 stations in 13 states and online, had spoken to a school-wide assembly at The Prout School, where Anna is a junior. The speech was being taped to be broadcast on Relevant Radio at a later date. “She was most upset about the divisive and...
  • Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values in Era of Change

    04/11/2014 11:54:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | 4/10/14 | Jan Uebelherr
    The Rev. Cletus Healy warned about the evils of communism, presided over annual vigils at the gravesite of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and wrote "Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion."These were the passions of Healy, a Jesuit who — in an era of change that was troubling for some Catholics — emerged as a bastion of long-held conservative values. He was a voice of reason, of continuity — a connection with the Vatican that was often blurred, especially through the '60s and '70s, when things were in such turmoil," his friend Mary Lou Wirtz said of Healy, who...
  • Will The Latest Catholic Mass Translation Get Another Overhaul?

    04/10/2014 7:22:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/9/14 | David Gibson
    (RNS) A new translation of the Mass has been used in the nation’s Catholic parishes for less than three years, but there are signs that the language—often criticized as stilted and awkward—could be in for another edit. “We’ve tried it, we’ve lived with it, we think it needs correction,” Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory told a conference on liturgical reform last month in one of the most public and high-level expressions of discontent with the missal, as the Mass text is called. Gregory was seconded by Bishop Robert Lynch of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, in an echo of comments last...
  • Catholic Schools Pressed to Give Up Morality

    04/10/2014 7:02:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/10/14 | Anne Hendershott
    After decades of well-documented dissent on many Catholic college campuses over Church teachings on abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage, a new front in the Catholic culture wars has opened on Catholic K-12 campuses as increasing numbers of gay and lesbian teachers and administrators at these schools are lobbying for the right to marry their same sex partners—and keep their jobs. Posting pictures of their same sex engagements and weddings on Facebook pages shared with students, or publishing their wedding announcements in local newspapers, some of them have been terminated—not for being gay or lesbian—rather, for choosing a lifestyle that...
  • California Bishop Removes ‘Openly Homosexual’ Priest from Berkeley Campus Parish

    04/09/2014 6:13:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/14 | Colin Kerr
    BERKELEY, CA, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francis’ first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is “openly homosexual.” Newman Hall Holy Spirit Church, which functions as the parish church for Catholic students at the university, has been led by its pastor, Fr. Bernard Campbell, for the past seven years. Fr. Bill Edens, a self-identified homosexual, has served as student chaplain for the last five. Both are members of the Paulist order, which normally appoints priests at the...
  • What the Charlotte Controversy Reveals About the Acceptance of Catholic Teaching

    04/08/2014 8:02:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/3/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    News coverage is now available for the resolution of complaints about Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s controversial presentation at a Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. [SNIP] As far as I have been able to determine from the limited correspondence I received from some of those who objected to Sr. Jane Dominic’s presentation, the tactic chosen for the formal complaint was to insist that nobody was questioning Church teaching. Rather, the formal complaint was against the presentation of the alleged familial consequences of ignoring Church teaching. Such practical data was referred to in a variety of ways, such as “scare...
  • Christians in Pakistan Sentenced to Death Over a Text

    04/08/2014 6:07:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Couple convicted of blasphemy in case their lawyer claims was motivated by a personal grudgeA Christian couple in Pakistan have become the latest to be sentenced to death for blasphemy, after they were accused of sending a text message deemed insulting to the Prophet Mohammed. Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar, from the eastern town of Gojra, were sentenced after what the couple's lawyer said was a case motivated by a personal grudge. Maulvi Mohammed Hussain, a Muslim leader from a mosque in Gojra, lodged the complaint last year, claiming that Mr Emmanuel had used his wife's mobile phone to send...
  • Patriarch Kirill Compares Events in Ukraine to 1917 Revolution

    04/07/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/7/14
    Moscow, April 7, Interfax - The recent disturbances in Kiev can be compared to the events of the October 1917 revolt in Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said. "Most of us can hardly imagine what revolution is. The latest events in Ukraine, terrible pictures of the revolutionary uprising in the capital, people killed, distraught spiritually and consciously - all this helps us to understand what happened in Russia back then," the patriarch said to a small crowd following a prayer service he conducted near the relics of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow's Donskoy...
  • Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in 'China's Jerusalem' After Demolition Threat

    04/06/2014 4:28:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/4/14 | Tom Phillips
    Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an "illegal construction" and announced plans to demolish it Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the 'Jerusalem of the East' after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. In an episode that underlines the fierce and long-standing friction between China's officially atheist Communist Party and its rapidly growing Christian congregation, Bible-carrying believers this week flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou hoping to protect it from the bulldozers....
  • EWTN to Run TV Series About the Glory of the Latin Mass

    04/05/2014 10:28:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The Way of Beauty ^ | 4/4/14 | David Clayton
    EWTN has announced the debut of Extraordinary Faith, a television series showcasing the beauties of Sacred Tradition and the Tridentine Mass. Episode 1 was filmed at the historic Mission San Juan Capistrano in California, located about one hour south of Los Angeles. Episode 1 includes some background information about the series, as well as an interview with George Sarah, a Hollywood composer who was asked to become president of Una Voce Los Angeles after he organized a number of special high-profile Tridentine Masses in historic churches. It is George who has alerted me to this. I met him for the...
  • Mass at the Border Raises Liturgical and Canonical Issues

    04/05/2014 10:23:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 4/4/14 | Dr. Ed Peters
    I’ve been thinking about the bishops’ recent celebration of Mass at the US-Mexican border. My concern is not political (both sides of the immigration debate make good points and reasonable minds may differ about those), nor is my concern religious per se (we have participated in faith-based events at the border and we made sure our kids experienced them too). Rather, my concern is liturgical and canonical, specifically, treating the venue of holy Mass as an opportunity to make political statements and regarding canon law on liturgy as little more than suggestions. Canon 932 § 1 (one among the 1,752...
  • Plan for 'Sharia-Compliant' Student Loans to Get More Muslims into University [UK]

    04/04/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/3/14 | Graeme Paton
    The Universities Minister unveils plans for ‘Sharia-compliant’ student loans amid fears Muslims are being put off degree courses by the higher education finance system A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced. David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest. Under the system, students would apply for taxpayer-backed loans but repay them into a mutual-style fund that would be ring-fenced to provide future finance to other...
  • UK Bishops Assure Catholic MPs They Won’t be Denied Communion for Backing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    04/04/2014 6:31:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/2/14 | Hilary White
    LONDON, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales assured Catholic Members of Parliament this week that there are “no plans” to refuse them Holy Communion after they voted to support the “gay marriage” legislation that came into effect yesterday. Greg Pope, head of parliamentary relations at the conference and a former Labour Party MP, wrote to MPs assuring them that comments by the bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, on the Church’s Code of Canon Law forbidding Communion to “manifest grave sinners,” would not be applied to them. Today the media office of the bishops’...
  • What the Defenestration of Brendan Eich Portends

    04/04/2014 6:11:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | 4/3/14 | Robert George
    Mozilla has now made its employment policy clear. No Catholics need apply. Or Evangelical Christians. Or Eastern Orthodox. Or Orthodox Jews. Or Mormons. Or Muslims. Unless, that is, you are the "right kind" of Catholic, Evangelical, Eastern Orthodox Christian, observant Jew, Mormon, or Muslim, namely, the kind who believes your religious or philosophical tradition is wrong about the nature of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife, and the view now dominant among secular elites is correct. In that case, Mozilla will consider you morally worthy to work for them. Or maybe you can work for them even...
  • Illinois Bishop Upholds Priest’s Decision to Deny Communion to Pro-Abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 7:55:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law. The bishop wrote recently to a pro-life activist to affirm that he is upholding a diocesan priest’s decision to deny Communion to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, who has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. Paprocki’s e-mail was reported Thursday by Catholic commentator Matt Abbott. “Senator Durbin was...
  • Catholics and Muslims Fasting and Praying Together for Asia Bibi and Sawan Masih

    04/03/2014 6:33:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/2/14 | Jibran Khan
    Peaceful demonstrations took place today in Lahore and Islamabad to show solidarity with "persecuted Christians" and demand justice for the victims of the "black law". For a Lahore priest, the rallies are an "encouraging" response of civil society. "Disgusted" by the situation, a Muslim activist expresses his in solidarity for "our Christian brothers and sisters."Lahore (AsiaNews) - The Catholic Church of Pakistan today celebrated a Wednesday of Prayer and Fasting on behalf of Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi, two victims of the Asian country's controversial blasphemy laws. Both have been sentenced to death and are awaiting for their appeal process...
  • Belfast City Council to Invite Pope Francis to the City

    04/03/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    BBC ^ | 4/1/14
    The motion was passed by 30 votes to zero, with unionists abstainingCouncillors in Belfast have voted in favour of inviting the Pope to the city. The proposal was backed by Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance, but unionists councillors abstained. Earlier this year, the Irish senate unanimously voted to invite Pope Francis for an official visit. Pope Francis is due to meet the Queen on Thursday, and unionists argued it would be appropriate for her and the government to issue such an invitation. DUP councillor Lee Reynolds said the motion presented by the SDLP "was essentially an election stunt and...
  • More to Know About John Paul II

    04/03/2014 6:24:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/2/14 | Salvatore Cernuzio
    Postulator of His Cause, Slawomir Oder, on His Friendship With Padre Pio, His Nights Spent in Prayer, His Desire to Go to MedjugorjeOn April 27, the desire of the faithful who at the death of John Paul II cried out “saint immediately!” will be heard. The Polish Pontiff will be canonized together with his predecessor, John XXIII. Where did John Paul II get his strength, his faith, his holiness? From an intimidate relationship with God, which was brought about in incessant prayer, such that he sometimes did not go to bed because he preferred to spend the night on the...
  • Priest Who Survived Labor Camp Recalls Suffering as Gift

    04/03/2014 6:20:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/14 | Elise Harris
    Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings. “Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God's gift. People say that 'you suffered a lot,' I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said in a March 17 interview with CNA. Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai in mainland China. After entering the seminary in 1953, he was arrested two years later for being an active member of the Legion of Mary – a...
  • Cardinal Kasper’s New Approach to the Remarried has Shaky Historical Foundations

    04/02/2014 6:04:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/2/14 | Dr John Rist
    The cardinal’s case is based on a doubtful interpretation of a tiny number of textsOn February 20 last, Cardinal Walter Kasper gave an address, “The Gospel of the Family”, to the extraordinary consistory on the family called by the Holy Father, much of it concerned with outlining current difficulties – massive mobility, immigration, costs of childrearing, aging populations, individualism, alienation of urban life, civil divorce, etc – faced by Catholics entering the married state. A married Catholic such as myself might suppose that these prevailing circumstances suggest, rather than a relaxation of the rules debarring from Communion the divorced and...
  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/31/14 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 Corinthians that anyone who does not receive the Eucharist worthily, that is if they are in a state of sin, blasphemes the body and blood of the Lord," the archbishop explained.
  • The C of E: Gayer, Grayer … & Going Away?

    03/31/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 3/29/14 | Rod Dreher
    Damian Thompson of the Telegraph writes that legalized gay marriage, which just arrived in England and Wales, could finally be the thing that breaks the weakened Church of England. He cites a suffragan Anglican bishop saying that even though the Church officially does not accept same-sex marriage, that priests can and will “creatively” defy Church order. Excerpt: How will Archbishop Justin Welby respond? ”I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being,” he told the...
  • Russia’s Mission is to Proclaim God’s Truth to the Whole World Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Believes

    03/31/2014 12:25:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/28/14
    Moscow, March 28, Interfax – Russia has a special calling in the world, and the country has to prove it both to Russians and foreigners, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. I think we have a chance to say the word of God’s truth in the context of all this struggle of ideas. In various fields," the priest said in his interview to the Zavtra paper speaking to its editor-in-chief, famous wrighter Alexander Prokhanov. According to Father Vsevolod, in the economical field we have to say that money-lending is "a sinful thing...
  • Clergy Should Defy Church's 'Morally Outrageous' Gay Marriage Ban, Says Bishop [Anglican]

    03/30/2014 6:33:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/28/14 | John Bingham
    Bishop of Buckingham says gay priests should marry despite orders not to and claims several serving bishops are themselves in same-sex partnerships, urging them to go public for the sake of 'honesty and truthfulness' Gay clergy should follow their conscience and defy the Church of England’s restrictions on same-sex marriage, a prominent bishop has said as the most radical change ever made to the legal definition of marriage in Britain comes into force. The Rt Rev Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, said priests should be “creative” to get around restrictions on blessings for same-sex couples and that gay clergy...
  • 16,000 Births, 18,000 Abortions in San Francisco

    03/29/2014 3:56:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Alpha center wants to follow NehemiahOn Friday, March 21, 350 admirers filled the Patrons Hall of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral in support of one of only two crisis pregnancy centers in the City. The event was a fundraiser for Alpha Pregnancy Center, located in Mission Terrace. For those unfamiliar with San Francisco, that is not one of the neighborhoods President Obama visits during his frequent fundraising trips. Attendees included Father John Jimenez, who recently celebrated Mass in front of San Francisco’s Planned Parenthood to kick off this year’s 40 Days for Life; a number of 40 Days volunteers; and...
  • Gay Marriage: MP Told He has "Excommunicated" Himself by Voting for Same Sex Weddings [UK]

    03/29/2014 3:48:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/28/14 | John Bingham
    Conor Burns, chair of a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, says he feels he cannot take Holy Communion at his local church following comments by the Bishop of Portsmouth on same sex marriage One of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic MPs says he feels unable to take Holy Communion in his local church after his bishop suggested that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied the sacrament. Conor Burns, who co-chairs a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, said the remarks by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, whose diocese includes his Bournemouth West constituency, were...
  • Father Hunwicke's Spring Examination Paper

    03/29/2014 8:42:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Fr. Hunwicke's Mutual Enriichment ^ | 3/27/14 | Fr. John Hunwicke
    Question 1. "X told Y to do Z voluntarily". Using Formal Logic, vindicate the internal coherence of this statement. [Candidates may not use more than eleven sheets of A4, but must show all workings.]Question 2. Compose, in the style of Plato, a Dialogue on Tapeinosis between Socrates, Prometheus, and Neo-Pelagius. [Credit will be given to candidates making reference to Pandora and her box.]Question 3. Construct a treatise, as if written by a German Cardinal, demonstrating that, although Genocide is not, strictly speaking, acceptable in the current state of the Magisterium, it could nevertheless (given its abiding popularity in both the...
  • Catholic Univ. of America Professors Release ‘Catechism for Business’

    03/29/2014 8:25:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/26/14 | Kelly Conroy
    Two professors at The Catholic University of America (CUA) are releasing a new book which “draws together the rich teachings of the Catholic Church as they relate to business,” according to a Facebook event planned for the book’s launch. Andrew Abela, dean of the School of Business and Economics, and Joseph Capizzi, associate professor of moral theology, teamed up to edit, A Catechism for Business: Tough Ethical Questions and Insights from Catholic Teaching.At the beginning of 2013, CUA announced the creation of a new School of Business and Economics based on Catholic social doctrine and the natural law with Abela...
  • What Exactly Happened in the February Consistory? Majority of Cardinals Against Kasper Doctrine

    03/29/2014 8:18:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/24/14
    The Kasper controversy (with the attempt by Cardinal Kasper, invited by the Pope as the keynote speaker, to undermine and destroy the Catholic dogma of the indissolubility of the matrimonial bond) dominated the consistory discussions of February. Some had given the impression that all were quite pleased with the views presented by Cardinal Kasper - Cardinal Müller (see notes at the end) had been quite clear about the issue since the second half of 2013, but the first member of the College of Cardinals to speak up clearly in public following the consistory was Cardinal Caffarra, followed by Cardinal Burke....
  • China’s Modern Martyrs: From Mao to Now (Part 3)

    03/28/2014 6:13:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/25/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    The Maoist era marks one of the darkest hours of the Church’s history in China, and Chinese Catholics are begging to let the world know about the sacrifices of holy men and women to retain their faith.Photograph of a Red Guard attack on Tianjin’s Xikai cathedral in 1966. Author’s private collection. Resistance“Our greatest success is not in never falling, but in rising again every time we fall.” — ConfuciusIn 1952, the young and energetic Catholic students of Shanghai addressed their bishop, Ignatius Gong Pinmei (1901-2000). “The battle demands sacrifices,” they asserted, “even if the battle and sacrifice were painful, the...
  • Editor of ISI College Guide Explains Why Gonzaga Was Dropped

    03/28/2014 6:05:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/26/14 | Matthew Archbold
    1887 Trust, an organization committed to promoting Gonzaga University’s Catholic identity, is pointing to the Jesuit University’s exclusion from the most recent edition of the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s (ISI) “Choosing the Right College” to call the University to recommit to its Catholic identity. The editor of the guide, John Zmirak, in an interview with the Trust, pointed to the decrease in Catholic identity since the departure of Father Robert Spitzer as president of the Jesuit university. “Gonzaga had shown promise under the leadership of Father Spitzer,” he reportedly said. “The change of administration, and the termination of Father Spitzer’s policies,...
  • Students Hold ‘Choice Week’ Promoting Abortion at Georgetown University

    03/28/2014 6:01:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 3/25/14 | Matthew Archbold
    A group of Georgetown University students plans to attend Planned Parenthood’s rally at the U.S. Supreme Court as the Hobby Lobby case over the HHS contraceptive mandate is heard, according to the Georgetown Voice. The rally is just one activity of the seventh annual Choice Week by H*yas for Choice. The theme this year is “My Choice, My Voice.” Other events include “Queer Voices, Queer Choices,” which reportedly includes a panel consisting of representatives from NARAL, the Religious Coalition for Choice, and the Great American Condom Campaign. While H*yas for Choice is not officially recognized by the Jesuit university, it...
  • Jimmy Carter says Pope Francis promised ‘women should have a greater role’

    03/27/2014 6:00:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 3/26/14 | Michelle Boorstein
    Former President Jimmy Carter isn’t exactly known for withholding his opinion, so it wasn’t surprising on Wednesday to hear him say he typed out and mailed a letter to Pope Francis challenging the pontiff on the status of women in the Catholic Church. “He promised me he thought women should have a greater role,” the 39th U.S. president told an audience during an appearance at The Washington Post. Carter was promoting his new book “A Call to Action: Women, Religion, Violence and Power.”Answering questions from journalists David Ignatius and Sally Quinn, Carter talked about the intersection of religion and gender...
  • Former Syracuse Catholic Church to Become Islamic Mosque

    03/27/2014 5:56:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    CNY Central ^ | 2/24/14 | Laura Hand
    SYRACUSE -- Syracuse's Holy Trinity has a new owner, and some major changes are coming for the former Roman Catholic church. As we first reported on Monday, the church, rectory and its old school, currently used for refugee and immigration programs, have been sold to the North Side Learning Center, a North McBride Street-based all-volunteer organization founded in 2009. Dr. Yusuf Soule, who heads up North Side Learning Center, confirms that his not for profit program has bought the campus and will lease the former church to a new Islamic society, which will name it 'Mosque of Jesus the Son...
  • Obama Tells Pope Francis He is a 'Great Admirer'

    03/27/2014 5:52:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3/27/14 | Jim Kuhnhenn and Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A visibly energized President Barack Obama held a nearly hourlong audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, expressing his great admiration for the pontiff and inviting him to visit the White House. Although Obama and the church remain deeply split over abortion and contraception, Obama considers the pontiff a kindred spirit on issues of economic inequality, and their private meeting in the Papal Library ran longer than scheduled. After they emerged to cameras, Francis presented Obama with a copy of his papal mission statement decrying a global economic system that excludes the poor. Obama...
  • Sandra Fluke: 'Corporations Cannot Have Religious Views' [Hobby Lobby case]

    03/26/2014 6:48:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 66 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | 3/25/14 | Bradford Thomas
    Sandra Fluke sounds the alarm over "potentially catastrophic" Hobby Lobby case Social justice attorney Sandra Fluke, now running for California State Senate, sounded the alarm Tuesday about the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, which pits the religious objections of the owners of corporations against Obamacare’s “contraception mandate.” In an opinion piece in The Washington Post, Fluke called the case a “potential catastrophe for women’s rights,” arguing that “corporations cannot have religious views” and a rule in the favor of religious objections would set America on a dangerous course. USA Today reports that the first day of the hearings did not...
  • New Web Site Encourages Catholics Toward Frequent Confession

    03/26/2014 8:42:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The evangelical group Catholics Come Home has launched a new web site, GoodConfession.com, encouraging more frequent use of sacrament of Reconciliation. "Whether you frequent the Sacrament of Reconciliation or you have been away from Confession for years, we are here to provide you with easy-to-read and easy-to-use resources," the web site announces. Tom Peterson, the president of Catholics Come Home, said: "If we truly desire holiness in our Church and in our personal lives, there must be an effort to make Confession a regular habit again."
  • Former President Carter Blasts Catholic Teaching on Women’s Ordination

    03/26/2014 6:00:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    In an interview with National Public Radio, former President Jimmy Carter said that Catholic teaching on women’s ordination has led to the abuse of women throughout the world. “The fact that the Catholic Church, for instance, prohibits women from serving as priests or even deacons gives a kind of a permission to male people all over the world, that well, if God thinks that women are inferior, I’ll treat them as inferiors,” said Carter. “If she’s my wife, I can abuse her with impunity, or if I'm an employer, I can pay my female employees less salary.” Jimmy Carter Issues...
  • Yakutsk Mayor Urges to Return an Island Near Alaska to the Russian Church

    03/26/2014 5:51:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/26/14
    Moscow, March 26, Interfax - Head of Yakutsk, Aisen Nikolayev speaks for giving back to the Russian Church Spruse Island not far from Alaska. He sent a corresponding address to Russian President Vladimir Putin, heads of both chambers of the Russian Parliament and to the Foreign Ministry, the Izvestia daily writes on Wednesday. "I stand for restoring historical justice - returning of Spruse Island to its legal owners that is the Russian Orthodox Church," Nikolayev said. According to him, the Church has undisputable rights on the island in compliance with the agreement on selling territories of Russian America to the...
  • Patriarch Tawadros: The So-Called "Arab Spring" was Actually a Winter

    03/25/2014 5:55:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/24/14
    Cairo (Agenzia Fides) - The so-called Arab Spring in reality "was not a spring or even an autumn, it was a winter". With this judgment without appeal Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II rejected any globally positive interpretation regarding the results caused by rebellions and conflicts that have devastated most of the Middle Eastern and North African countries, including Egypt since the end of 2010. In an interview broadcast on Saturday evening, March 22 from Kuwaiti satellite channel al-Watan, the head of the largest Christian community in an Arab Country added that the wave of uprisings was encouraged by Western powers...
  • Mormon Leader Thomas Monson Fraud Case Thrown Out [UK]

    03/25/2014 5:52:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/20/14
    The head of the Mormon Church will not appear in a British court over claims some of its teachings amount to fraud, a judge has ruled. A former follower brought a private prosecution against Thomas Monson, president of the US-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Tom Phillips claimed Mr Monson breached the Fraud Act by seeking money using "untrue or misleading" statements. But Senior District Judge Howard Riddle called it an "abuse" of court process. Malcolm Adcock, the Mormon Church's assistant director for public affairs in Europe, said: "This case was a misuse of the legal system and...
  • Contraception Disrupts 'Language of Love,' Bishop Conley Teaches

    03/25/2014 5:47:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/24/14 | Kevin J. Jones
    Lincoln, Neb., Mar 24, 2014 / 08:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop James Conley of Lincoln hopes his new pastoral letter on the sacrificial “language of love” and the disruptive immorality of contraception will be received “with open hearts and open minds.” “My hope is that people, Catholic couples especially, and also Catholic physicians and pharmacists, will be willing to look at this issue again,” he told CNA March 20. “The Language of Love” is Bishop Conley’s pastoral letter on the sacrificial nature of love and on contraception, officially promulgated March 25 -- the feast of the Annunciation, when the Church...