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  • Court Rules in Favor of USCCB, Against ACLU in Medical Case

    07/06/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    A federal district court has dismissed a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The ACLU filed the suit on behalf of Tamesha Means, a woman who miscarried her child after a Michigan Catholic hospital “did not tell Tamesha that terminating her pregnancy was an option and the safest course for her condition.” The ACLU alleged that the bishops’ health care directives “prohibited that hospital from complying with the applicable standard of care in this case.” “The Court must defer to religious institutions in their articulation of church doctrine and policy,”...
  • Lessons From the Christian East

    07/05/2015 6:02:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/2/15 | Dr. Adam J. DeVille
    The twentieth anniversary of St. Pope John Paul II apostolic letter "Orientale Lumen" is an occasion to reflect on what can be learned from Eastern CatholicsTwenty years ago, in his apostolic letter Orientale Lumen (May 2, 1995), the late St. Pope John Paul II called on Roman Catholics to deepen their knowledge of and love for the Christian East. I was thinking of his exhortation as I recently returned from a colloquium in Canada on the future of the Ukrainian Greco-Catholic Church (UGCC) in North America. Many, perhaps most, Catholics in North America are unaware of the UGCC and the...
  • Irish Bishops Reject Plan to Ask 'Conservative' Students to Leave National Seminary

    07/05/2015 5:55:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Under pressure from bishops, the Irish national seminary at Maynooth will welcome back several seminarians who had been asked to leave because they were viewed “too conservative,” the Irish Catholic reports. The newspaper reports that six seminarians—in a class of ten-- were told that they should take time off to reconsider their vocations. But three will be returning to St. Patrick’s seminary, after their bishops disagreed with the evaluations by seminary faculty. Msgr. Hugh Connolly, the rector of the Maynooth seminary, told the Irish Catholic that there was “nothing out of the ordinary” in the decision. He said that the...
  • Evangelizing Evangelicals – Why Pope Francis Loves to Meet with Charismatic Movements

    07/04/2015 5:44:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/3/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movement’s Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. Not by chance, Renewal with the Spirit styled the convocation to be heavily ecumenical. During the meeting with Pope Francis’ in St. Peter’s Square, prayers were raised by Cardinals Kurt Koch and Leonardo Sandri, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches; the Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, who represents the Archbishop of Canterbury toward the Holy...
  • More Gay Groups Headed to St. Patrick's Day Parade

    07/04/2015 5:34:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/2/15 | John Burger
    New chairman given okay to allow other LGBT marchers under their own bannerFor years, the organizers of New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade, as well as various archbishops, have defended against calls to allow homosexuals to march in the parade under any banner identifying them as a gay group. Last year, bowing to boycott pressure from several sponsors, including Guiness Stout, the parade allowed a group called "Out@NBC Universal" to march. Cardinal Timothy Dolan refused calls to step down as grand marshal in spite of the group's presence. “I have no trouble with the decision at all,” Cardinal Dolan said...
  • Pakistani Police Save Christian Couple from 'Blasphemy' Mob

    07/03/2015 6:50:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Police in Pakistan saved a Christian couple from a Muslim mob who were attempting to lynch them for allegedly committing blasphemy, and later arrested a cleric for inciting the violence, a senior officer said Thursday. The incident, which took place in the village of Makki in Punjab province on Tuesday, represents a rare successful intervention by authorities in a country where even unproven allegations of blasphemy can result in a bloody death at the hands of vigilantes. Sohail Zafar Chattha, the district police chief, told AFP the illiterate Christian couple had obtained an old panaflex advertisement awning which contained the...
  • Vietnam, Vatican Agree to Maintain Regular Meetings

    07/03/2015 6:47:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vietnam and the Vatican need to continue holding regular meetings between their leaders and actively prepare necessary conditions towards establishing diplomatic relations, concurred Politburo member and Vietnam Fatherland Front President (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. At a meeting in the Italian city of Rome on July 1, the two sides hailed the progress in bilateral relations as illustrated by visits by Vietnamese Party and State senior officials to the Vatican and meetings with the Pope. They quoted Pope Francis’s remarks that a Vietnamese Catholic must be a good citizen and patriot who...
  • Rhode Island Bishop Supports Conscientious Objection to Same-Sex Marriage

    07/02/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has offered his support for conscientious objection in response to the Supreme Court ruling that requires legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reacting to a statement by a country clerk in Texas, who said that she would refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Bishop Tobin said: “Congratulations to Ms. Lang for her courageous stand! We need many more conscientious objectors-– public officials, private businesses, advertisers, religious leaders, and family members-– people of courage who will abide by their conscience, protect their religious rights, and not support or enable the furtherance of this...
  • Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/02/2015 6:13:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay...
  • Episcopalians to Vote on Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/01/2015 6:03:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 7/1/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings. Still, the church hadn't changed its own laws on marriage. The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. The proposal would eliminate gender-specific language from church laws on marriage so religious weddings...
  • “I Only Ask the West One Thing: Stop Arming Our Assassins”

    06/30/2015 4:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 6/29/15 | Gianni Valente
    Interview with the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch, Aphrem II: martyrdom is not a human sacrifice offered to God in order to obtain his favour. This is why it is blasphemous to call suicide bombers “martyrs”When we look at martyrs we see that the Church is not just one, holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. Throughout its journey through history the Church has also been a suffering Church.” According to the Syrian Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch, Moran Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, martyrdom reveals an essential element of the nature of the Church. A connotation that could be added to those professed in the...
  • Benedictine Monks' Disputed Role at Catholic University in Illinois at Center of New Lawsuit

    06/30/2015 4:11:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/28/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Chicago, Ill., Jun 28, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded. Abbot Austin Murphy, who is also the university’s chancellor and a member of the board of trustees, said the dispute “goes to the very heart of maintaining the Catholic identity” of the university because of the monks’ oversight role in ensuring “that the university remains Catholic and Benedictine.” “They are surely not the only...
  • The Almost Unbelievable Account of How the Family Synod Was Almost Hijacked by an Anti-Family Agenda

    06/29/2015 7:27:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/24/15 | Matthew McCusker
    Editor’s note: This was originally given in Rome May 8, 2015 during the Rome Life Forum.ROME, June 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal...
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • German Bishop Calls for Withdrawal of Good Friday Petition of Benedict XVI

    06/29/2015 7:21:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 6/28/15 | Fr. Anthony Ruff OSB
    German media are reporting on a fiftieth anniversary panel discussion of Nostra aetate, the “Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions” of the Second Vatican Council, organized by the German Catholic bishops’ conference. It was meant to be a respectful look back and a celebration of good relationship between Christians and Jews in Germany. But it turned out differently than planned. Josef Schuster, the president of the Central Council of Jews, unexpectedly called for the revocation of the newly formulated Good Friday petition for the Jews which Pope Benedict wrote in 2008. Even more unexpected, Bishop Heinrich...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle

    06/28/2015 11:32:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/27/15 | Rosie Scammell
    Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate...
  • Obama: Americans Need to Shift Religious Views to Accept Gay Marriage

    06/28/2015 11:27:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 137 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | 6/27/15 | Fr. Allan McDonald
    After the Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said Americans need to change their religious views to be accepting of gay marriage, the Daily Caller reported. To that end, he encouraged gay marriage supporters to "help” people overcome their deeply-held religious views.“I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” he said. Initially, he exhibited a bit of respect for those who oppose same-sex marriage. "Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs,” he said. “All...
  • Mexican Bishop and His Clergy: We Will Go to Jail Rather Than Bless Gay ‘Marriages’

    06/27/2015 11:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/15 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    June 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Following a declaration by the Mexican Supreme Court nullifying state laws prohibiting “marriage” to people of the same sex, Nuevo Laredo Bishop Gustavo Rodríguez Vega has issued his own declaration along with the clergy of his diocese, assuring the faithful that he will suffer imprisonment rather than cooperate with such unions. “They can’t require an institution like this Church to go against its principles,” the archdiocesan clergy are quoted as saying in various local and national news reports. “Let the Supreme Court send the bishops and the priests to jail, whomever they want, but the...
  • Supreme Court Justices Predict Next Battle: Religious Freedom

    06/27/2015 11:21:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/26/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    With same-sex marriage declared constitutional in all 50 states, some Supreme Court justices worry that religious freedom will face unprecedented challenges in coming years. In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Today’s decision, for example, creates serious questions about religious liberty. Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is — unlike the right imagined by the majority — actually spelled out in the Constitution.”In his decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that those who object to same-sex marriage because of religious beliefs still enjoy constitutional rights to “advocate”...
  • Vatican Commission Formally Recognizes Martyrdom of Oklahoma City Priest

    06/27/2015 11:09:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. Stanley Rother Could Become First Beatified Martyr from the United StatesA Theological Commission of the Congregation of the Causes of Saints has recognized the martyrdom of Fr. Stanley Rother, a priest from Oklahoma. According to the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, the vote is a crucial step in advancing his cause of Beatification. If beatified, Fr. Stanley Rother would be the first Catholic martyr and priest from the United States to receive such recognition. Fr. Rother, a native of Okarche and a priest of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, was murdered by an unknown assailant on July 28th, 1981. At...
  • Patriarch Calls for Iraqi Churches to Unite After Centuries of Division

    06/26/2015 6:23:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the EastChaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has proposed that the three main Iraqi Christian churches should merge in order to secure the survival of the faith in that country. Writing on the patriarchate website the head of the Chaldean Church, which has been in communion with Rome, proposed a reunion between his church and the two largest Assyrian churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East. In a statement the patriarch said: “I would like to share some personal thoughts with...
  • Catholic Church in Sydney Writing to Businesses Backing Same-Sex Marriage, Outlining Grave Concerns

    06/25/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Church in Sydney is sending letters to companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, expressing its "grave concern" about their stance. The Archdiocese of Sydney has targeted some of the 150 businesses that put their names and logos to recent newspaper advertisements supporting gay marriage. The ABC has seen a copy of one letter addressed to the chairman of partners at Maurice Blackburn law firm, Steve Walsh, from the Archdiocese's business manager Michael Digges. "It is... with grave concern that I write to you about the Marriage Equality for Australians campaign," it reads. "You are publically supporting a strategic,...
  • Vatican Sets Stage for Tradition and Controversy at October Synod

    06/25/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/24/15 | Edward Pentin
    NEWS ANALYSIS: According to one priest, the working document, issued Tuesday, reflects fidelity to the Church’s traditional teaching and the diversity of opinions within the Church today regarding hot-button issues.VATICAN CITY — A highly anticipated working document for the upcoming synod on the family, published by the Vatican on Tuesday, pushes back on same-sex relationships, reaffirms much of the traditional Church’s teaching on the family, but controversially offers an opening for divorced-and-civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. Although praised for being attentive to a diversity of opinions within the Church on a wide variety of issues to do with marriage...
  • Court Rules Against Texas Diocese [and Baptist, Presbyterian Colleges] in HHS Mandate Case

    06/24/2015 3:22:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that East Texas Baptist University, Westminster Theological Seminary, the Catholic Diocese of Beaumont, and Catholic Charities of Southeast Texas are not exempt from cooperation with the HHS mandate. “We join our sister circuits in concluding that the plaintiffs have not shown a substantial burden on their religious exercise,” the court ruled.
  • Historian Uses Lasers to Unlock Mysteries of Gothic Cathedrals

    06/24/2015 6:21:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 6/22/15 | Rachel Hartigan Shea
    A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces.Thirteen million people visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris every year, entering through massive wooden doors at the base of towers as solidly planted as mountains. They stand in front of walls filigreed with stained glass and gaze at a ceiling supported by delicate ribs of stone. If its beauty and magnificence is instantly apparent, so much about Notre Dame is not. To begin with, we don't know who built this cathedral—or how. The bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, commissioned the massive church complex...
  • 'Returning to Iraq During IS Occupation Was a Call From God’

    06/24/2015 6:15:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 6/23/15 | Luca Marcolivio
    Auxiliary Bishop Yaldo of Baghdad, Speaks on Challenges of Evangelizing Amid PersecutionAn extraordinary testimony of Christian faith in a time of persecution was given at the end of the meeting “Pellegrini nel Cyberspazio” (Pilgrims in Cyberspace) (Grottammare-Ascoli Piceno, June 18-20), by Bishop Basel Yaldo, Auxiliary Bishop of the Chaldean Patriarchate of Baghdad for the past five months. The Prelate asked the journalists in the hall “to make the whole world hear the voice of a suffering Church.” He then talked about his abduction in Baghdad in September 2006, in an overheated atmosphere, following Pope Benedict XVI’s famous address, completely misunderstood...
  • Few Priests Preached About the Pope’s Encyclical Sunday

    06/24/2015 6:09:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 60 replies
    The New York Times via Crux ^ | 6/21/15 | Laurie Goodstein
    On the first Sunday after Pope Francis issued a landmark document on the environment, Roman Catholics attending Mass in Kenya, France, Mexico, Peru, and the United States said they were thankful that he is using his pulpit to address climate change, pollution and global inequality. But few priests or bishops — other than in parts of Latin America — used their own pulpits on Sunday to pass on the pope’s message, according to parish visits, interviews with Catholic leaders, and reports from Catholics after Mass. Despite the urgent call to action in Francis’ document and the international attention it received,...
  • Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary: the Middle East States Should Pray for Al-Assad

    06/24/2015 6:06:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/24/15
    Ulan-Ude, June 24, Interfax - Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries should understand that, if Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad's regime collapses, the terrorist group Islamic State will come after them, Russian Security Council Deputy Secretary Yevgeny Lukyanov said. "The states of this region, like Saudi Arabia, Gulf countries, and perhaps some others, should pray for Bashar al-Assad. This is the last security line for them," Lukyanov told journalists on Wednesday. "If Assad's regime collapses, Saudi Arabia and other Gulf countries will be the next targets for the IS," he said. "There are some 5,000 of the Saudi king's subjects fighting...
  • Outreach to Gay Couples Not on Agenda for Vatican Meeting

    06/23/2015 8:23:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 6/23/15 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - A working paper for a major Vatican meeting on the family this autumn indicated on Tuesday that organizers do not want the issue of how the Church should reach out to homosexual couples to be a key topic. Gay rights activists had hoped the working document, the final one before the October meeting, might resurrect at least some of the conciliatory language on the pastoral care of gay couples that surfaced during a preparatory meeting last year. The keenly awaited gathering of world bishops, or synod, will be held at the Vatican October 4-25. Its preparations...
  • Church Criticises Proposal to End Religious Instruction in UK [Catholic] Schools

    06/23/2015 6:31:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/23/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    The Catholic Education Service has said that religious instruction must remain part of Catholic educationThe Catholic Education Service (CES) has said that religious instruction must remain part of Catholic education following a landmark report calling for its removal in schools. The criticism from the CES, an arm of the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, came in a report by Charles Clarke, the former education secretary, and Prof Linda Woodhead of Lancaster University. The report, entitled A New Settlement: Religion and Belief in Schools, stated that religious instruction should be the “responsibility of religious communities and families”. It said that...
  • Vatican Releases Working Document Ahead of Family Synod

    06/23/2015 6:23:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) | 6/23/15 | Staff Reporter
    The Vatican has just released the instrumentum laboris for October's synod The Synod of Bishops has released its working document ahead of the October synod on the family. The working document, or instrumentum laboris, which will guide the three-week long synod on “the vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world”, is dedicated to three central themes; challenges facing the family, the vocation of the family, and the mission of the family. At a Vatican press conference Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, said that each theme will...
  • Omaha Archdiocesan Phase for Flanagan Cause Ends; Documents Go to Rome

    06/23/2015 6:19:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    OMAHA, Neb. (CNS) -- About 800 people witnessed history June 18 as the Archdiocese of Omaha advanced to Rome the sainthood cause for Father Edward Flanagan, Boys Town founder. Archbishop George J. Lucas was the main celebrant of a morning Mass at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha that marked the closing of the archdiocesan phase of the canonization effort with a special ceremony to encase and officially seal four boxes -- 4,600 pages -- of documents detailing the archdiocese's three-year investigation. The documents will be shipped to the Congregation for Saints' Causes at the Vatican. If the findings are accepted,...
  • Catholic Chch “Desperate” After Handing Out Anti-Gay Marriage Booklets to Children: Brisbane Priest

    06/22/2015 11:18:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Star-Observer ^ | 6/22/15 | David Alexander
    A Brisbane priest has condemned those in the Catholic church hierarchy responsible for the anti same-sex marriage booklets distributed to school children in recent weeks as "desperate" and "worried that they are on the losing side".RECENT efforts by some Catholic dioceses to distribute anti-marriage equality booklets to school children has been slammed as “desperate” by a Brisbane priest and a sign that they’re “increasingly despairing”. The circulation of booklets from the Catholic Bishops of Australia called Don’t Mess with Marriage that lays out a case against same-sex marriage made headlines last week after it was revealed children at numerous Catholic...
  • Hundreds of Thousands Rally in Rome Against Gay Unions

    06/21/2015 6:17:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 6/20/15 | Philippine Robert
    Rome (AFP) - Hundreds of thousands of Italians gathered in Rome Saturday to demonstrate against gay unions and the teaching of gender theories in schools, as Prime Minister Matteo Renzi tries to push a civil union bill through parliament. Holding aloft banners reading "The family will save the world" and "Let's defend our children", a sea of people crammed into the San Giovanni square near the Italian capital's historic centre to support family values. The square, which can hold an estimated 300,000 people, was overflowing with the young, elderly and parents with toddlers, an AFP photographer said, with many more...
  • Our Lady’s Miracle on the Mountain

    06/21/2015 6:11:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 5/29/15 | Peter LaFave
    Who is this that approaches like the dawn, as beautiful as the full moon, as pure as the sun…Song of Solomon, 6:10The third tallest statue in the United States bears the image of the Blessed Mother and stands astride the jagged Rocky Mountain Continental Divide 3,000 feet above the city where I grew up. The massive 90-foot tall, sixty-ton steel statue is called Our Lady of the Rockies, overlooking Butte, Montana. For being one of the world’s great engineering marvels, she is a gem that is slowly being discovered. Since she was built in 1985, people from all over the...
  • Working Document of Upcoming Synod of Bishops to be Released June 23

    06/18/2015 6:36:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Holy See Press Office has announced that the instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will be released on June 23. Three of the synod’s leading officials-- Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Cardinal Péter Erdo, and Archbishop Bruno Forte-- will present the document at a Vatican press conference.
  • Synod Appointments Promise October Fireworks

    06/18/2015 6:28:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    ROME — A Belgian bishop who has called on the Church to welcome same-sex couples will get to bring his case straight to Pope Francis. The Vatican announced Tuesday that Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp will serve as a delegate to October’s Synod on the Family. His appointment adds intellectual heft and star power to the liberal flank of bishops pushing for the Church to change how it approaches Catholics living in “irregular situations.” Bonny’s views, however, may be vigorously resisted by other synod members announced by the Vatican Tuesday, including prelates from Africa and Poland. Bonny, 59, made waves...
  • Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Booklet Sent to Catholic Schools 'Degrades' Gay Students [Australia]

    06/17/2015 6:35:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/15/15 | Daniel Hurst
    Advocates slam ‘desperate’ letter from Catholic bishops warning children ‘same-sex friendships’ are very different from ‘real marriages’A booklet warning that “same-sex friendships” are very different from “real marriages” has been distributed directly to school students around Australia as part of the Catholic church’s lobbying against changes to the Marriage Act. The wide distribution of the pastoral letter from the Catholic bishops of Australia has angered supporters of same-sex marriage, who say they are shocked at the discriminatory message it sends to vulnerable young people who are coming to terms with their sexuality. Tony Abbott losing support over same-sex marriage and...
  • First Priest to Marry Same-Sex Partner Sues Church for Discrimination [UK]

    06/17/2015 6:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/15/15 | Ben Quinn
    Canon Jeremy Pemberton argues at Nottingham employment tribunal that Church of England unlawfully revoked his permission to officiateThe first priest to marry his same-sex partner has begun a discrimination case against the Church of England over its withdrawal of his right to officiate as a priest following the union. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, who married Laurence Cunnington in April 2014, had been informed that Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS trust was withdrawing an offer of a job after Bishop Richard Inwood refused him the official licence in the diocese of Southwell and Nottingham. The clergyman, who argues that Inwood unlawfully discriminated against...
  • Monks, Students Refuse to Flee 4th-Cent Monastery Near ISIS-Controlled Mosul; God Protect Us

    06/17/2015 5:00:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 6/13/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    Three monks and six students have taken refuge in the ancient monastery of Mar Mattai in northern Iraq, just 12 miles from the Islamic State-occupied Mosul City, not willing to flee, and expressing "their faith that this is a secure place." Erbil's Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda said a small unit of the Kurdish military is protecting the nine Christians but that's not why they believe they are safe in the shrine, also known as St. Matthew's Monastery. "There is a kind of feeling that they cannot express but they at least feel relaxed in a way that even if, God...
  • Turn Empty Catholic Churches into Mosques, French Muslim Leader Says

    06/16/2015 10:31:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    RT ^ | 6/15/15
    France’s top Muslim official has suggested turning empty or abandoned Catholic churches into mosques, saying as many as 5,000 are needed for the country’s Muslim population - the largest in Europe. “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?” Dalil Boubakeur, rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris and the president of the French Council of Muslim Faith, told Europe 1 radio on Monday. There are currently about 2,500 mosques in France with another 300 under construction, but the number falls short of what is needed, he said. With roughly 5 million Muslims in France, at least 5,000 mosques are needed,...
  • Sandro Magister's Press Credential Removed by Vatican - Blamed For Breaking an "Embargo"...

    06/16/2015 10:22:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 6/16/15
    In a retaliatory move better suited to some dollar-store novel, the Holy See Press Office under Father Federico Lombardi has stripped Magister of his press credentials. Father Lombardi called the "leak" of the Laudato si, a "heinous act." Frankly, I would be more impressed if he called abortion or the slaughter of Christians by Islamists or the vote for sodomite marriage in Ireland a "heinous act" but to each his own, I suppose. I find the Church's action against Magister as "heinous" and disgraceful. Commonweal is reporting that in fact, there was no embargo on Magister who "got his copy...
  • Russian Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

    06/16/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/16/15
    Moscow, June 16, Interfax - With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 15, the press service of the Synodal Department reported on Tuesday. At the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed Patriarch Kirill's greetings to Pope Francis. "The parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the deplorable state of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to make joint efforts to protect the traditional idea of...
  • Patriarch's New Book Makes Case for Just War to Defend Christians in Iraq

    06/16/2015 6:32:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako of Baghdad argues that military action against the Islamic State is justified. “In these circumstances, making war is legitimate,” writes the Chaldean leader, in a new book, Stronger than Terror: The Christians of the Middle East and the Violence of ISIS. Saying that Pope Francis has recognized the need for action, the Patriarch says: “It is self-defense.” The Islamic State is dedicated to the eradication of Christianity, the Iraqi prelate writes. At the same time, he assures readers, many Christians are ready to sacrifice—even to lay down their lives—to preserve their faith. The Patriarch’s...
  • African Bishops Meet, Will ‘Speak With One Voice’ at Synod

    06/16/2015 6:28:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The presidents of African national and regional episcopal conference gathered in Ghana from June 8 to 11 to discuss the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family. Fifty prelates, including five cardinals, were present. Among them was Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. “Be conscious of the mission of the Church; protect the sacredness of marriage which is now being attacked by all forms of ideologies that intend to destroy the family in Africa,” said Cardinal Sarah, according to a Vatican Radio report. “Do not be afraid to stress the...
  • Polish Bishops Vow to Resist Change at Synod on the Family

    06/15/2015 7:07:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/15/15 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Polish Church delegates will 'stick to the understanding of Paul VI and John Paul II', according to a bishops' conference spokesmanPoland’s Catholic bishops have pledged to resist changes to Catholic teaching on marriage and family life at October’s synod on the family at the Vatican and rejected demands for reform by German-speaking Catholics. “Polish Church delegates will certainly stick to the understanding of Popes Paul VI and John Paul II,” said Msgr Jozef Kloch, spokesman for the Polish bishops’ conference. “As the vicar of Christ, the Holy Father will decide what can be accepted. In this sense, we’ve nothing to...
  • Archbishop Nienstedt, Auxiliary Bishop Resign

    06/15/2015 6:32:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Newark’s coadjutor archbishop, as apostolic administrator. Archbishop Nienstedt’s resignation comes less than two weeks after a prosecutor has filed criminal charges against the archdiocese for failing to report sex-abuse charges against a priest. The Pontiff also accepted the resignation of Bishop Lee Piché, one of Archbishop Nienstedt’s auxiliary bishops. “In order to give the Archdiocese a new beginning amidst the many challenges we face, I have submitted my resignation as Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis to...
  • Pope Unworried by Debates Within the Church

    06/15/2015 6:30:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pope Francis downplayed the severity of disputes within the Church, spoke about the Christian view of feminism, and underlined the need for practical ecumenism, in a June 12 meeting with priests associated with the charismatic renewal. During a two-hour meeting, held in the Roman basilica of St. John Lateran, the Pope also cautioned the priests against “the comfortable sin of clericalism.” And he disclosed that he had invited the Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople to join him in presenting the forthcoming encyclical Laudatio Si. In answer to a question after his talk, Pope Francis said that he wanted to...
  • Ancient Syrian Christian Town Dedicates New Virgin Mary Statue

    06/15/2015 6:27:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 6/13/15 | AFP
    Maalula (Syria) (AFP) - The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of the Virgin Mary was erected in its centre, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus. In April 2014, government troops backed by pro-regime militia recaptured the town from...