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  • Vatican Expert: Is Amoris Laetitia Really a ‘Work of the Holy Spirit’?

    12/08/2016 7:56:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/7/16 | Claire Chretien
    ROME, December 7, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Monsignor Pio Vito Pinto, the dean of the Roman Rota, has again reaffirmed his support for Amoris Laetitia and not the four cardinals' dubia on it, this time in an interview with Ed Pentin of the National Catholic Register. The two synods from which Pope Francis produced Amoris Laetitia were works of the "Holy Spirit," Pinto told Pentin, echoing a statement Cardinal Blase Cupich made last month. The two synods were "the place where the spirit [works]," said Pinto. "This is the ecclesiology of the Church.” However, Pentin pointed out that the claim the...
  • Outcry Greets Vatican Decision to Reaffirm Ban on Gay Priests

    12/08/2016 7:42:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/8/16 | Josephine McKenna
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican decision to reaffirm its opposition to gay priests has angered activists who thought Pope Francis was changing Rome’s attitudes toward homosexuality. In a new document on the priesthood, the Vatican’s Congregation for the Clergy reiterated a 2005 statement declaring that men with “deep-seated homosexual tendencies” or those who “support the so-called ‘gay culture’” cannot be priests. “Pope Francis has a lot of explaining to do by approving the newest Vatican instruction,” said Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, which campaigns for LGBT rights in the church. "Francis’ famous ‘Who am I to judge?’...
  • Swiss Bishop: No Last Rites for Those Seeking Assisted Suicide

    12/08/2016 7:34:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/8/16 | CNS
    The number of euthanasia deaths in Switzerland rose by a third last year A Swiss bishop has instructed Catholic priests not to give last rites to people suspected of seeking assisted suicide, following a sharp rise in the practice in his country. “It is increasingly difficult to take the right decisions in the face of death – there’s even a sense of helplessness,” said Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur. “The readiness of a suffering patient to commit suicide with help from a bystander places any priest in an impossible situation if called to administer sacraments. Under such conditions, their reception...
  • Priests ‘Should Learn About Climate Change as Part of Their Formation’

    12/08/2016 7:22:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/8/16 | Cindy Wooden
    Updated Vatican guidelines say clergy must promote care for creationThe Catholic Church needs holy, healthy and humble priests and that requires prayers for vocations and the careful selection and training of candidates, the Congregation for Clergy has said. Updating 1985 guidelines for preparing men for the Latin-rite priesthood and ensuring their continuing education, training and support, the Congregation for Clergy released “The Gift of the Priestly Vocation”, a detailed set of guidelines and norms for priestly formation. The updated document draws heavily on St John Paul II’s 1992 apostolic exhortation on priestly formation, as well as on the teaching of...
  • Cdl. Farrell’s Super-Dicastery Sidelines CDF on ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    12/07/2016 5:58:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/6/16 | Bradley Eli
    New prefect speaks as if doctrine is a matter of opinion while Cdl. Müller is mutedVATICAN ( - The prefect of the newly established super-dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life is critical of those who oppose his liberal interpretation of "Amoris Laetitia" (AL), while sidelining the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) by brushing off doctrinal objections to AL as mere differences of opinion. Cardinal Kevin Farrell in comments he made recently in the liberal U.K paper The Tablet "criticized opponents of the papal exhortation 'Amoris Laetitia' for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in...
  • Cardinal Stella on New Vatican Seminary Document: Avoid 'Rigidity'

    12/07/2016 5:20:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 12/7/16 | Edward Pentin
    Coinciding with publication of new and updated guidelines on priestly formation, Cardinal Beniamino Stella says that seminaries should focus on pastoral discernment and form priests to be "without rigidity, hypocrisy."The Congregation for Clergy is about to issue a new document on basic norms for priestly formation which aim to move away from “rigidity” in the interests of fostering greater pastoral discernment and accompaniment, according to the Congregation’s cardinal prefect. In an interview in tomorrow’s L’Osservatore Romano timed to coincide with its release, Cardinal Beniamino Stella explains that the document is a revision of the “Basic Plan for Priestly Formation” issued...
  • Pope Francis: Everything in Amoris Laetitia Was Supported by the Synod

    12/07/2016 9:41:41 AM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/7/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said that in a synodal Church there was 'a movement from high to low'Pope Francis has said that everything in his post-synodal exhortation Amoris Laetitia was agreed by a majority of the Synod fathers. In an interview (English translation) with the Belgian magazine Tertio, the Pope described his method as: “Do not descend from high to low, but listen to the churches, harmonise them, discern. And so there is a post-Synodal exhortation, which is Amoris Laetitia, which is the result of two Synods, in which all the Church worked, and which the Pope made his own. It is...
  • Patriarch Kirill, Archbishop of Paris Discuss Erosion of Christian Values in Europe

    12/06/2016 6:23:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/6/16
    Paris, December 5, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Paris, Cardinal Andre Vingt-Trois, have discussed the problem of erosion of traditional Christian values in modern day Europe. "We saw the face of Catholic France during protests against the law on child adoption by same-sex couples," Patriarch Kirill said at their meeting in the Catholic Archdiocese in Paris on Monday. He expressed solidarity with the Roman Catholic Church on this issue and thanked the archbishop of Paris for the firm stance on the issue of same-sex "marriages". At the cardinal's exhortation, French...
  • San Diego Bishop Marginalizes Faithful Priest

    12/06/2016 5:59:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/4/16 | Christine Niles
    Fr. Richard Perozich speaks with Church Militant about his ordealSAN DIEGO ( - The bishop of San Diego, California is banning a parish priest from publishing anymore columns in the parish bulletin. Father Richard Perozich, pastor at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, suffered backlash in November from parish bulletins advising Catholics how to vote. An October 16 insert — which had not been endorsed by Fr. Perozich — said it was "a mortal sin to vote Democrat." Father Perozich then authored an October 30 column in the parish bulletin denouncing abortion, the LGBT agenda, euthanasia and other intrinsic evils condemned by...
  • Bp Schneider Likens Treatment of 4 Cardinals to Soviet Regime: ‘We Live in a Climate of Threats’

    12/06/2016 5:46:36 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/6/16 | Jan Bentz
    ROME, Italy, December 6, 2016, (LifeSiteNews) — Before a packed room in Rome’s Centro Lepanto on Monday, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan urged the faithful to ardently hold on to the Church’s Magisterium on the indissolubility of marriage within the current state of ongoing ambiguities. “When Christ preached 2,000 years ago, the culture and reigning spirit were radically opposed to Him. Concretely religious syncretism ruled, also Gnosticism among the intelligent leaders, as well as permissibilism among the masses — especially regarding the institution of matrimony. […] The sole purpose of the Son of God was to reveal the truth to...
  • Disappointment as Senate Republicans Drop Religious Freedom Amendment

    12/06/2016 5:35:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/5/16 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Dec 5, 2016 / 03:46 pm (CNA).- Senate Republicans agreed to remove a religious liberty amendment from a defense bill earlier this week, after a fierce campaign was waged against it by secular groups. “The leadership of the 115th Congress must double down against, not concede to, ridiculous, fact-free accusations meant to derail legitimate lawmaking,” Kristina Arriaga, executive director of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, stated in response to the news that the Russell Amendment was pulled from the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act. Back in 2014, President Obama signed an anti-discrimination executive order that prohibited any...
  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/05/2016 5:32:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/5/16 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke. That concern is making Notre Dame's president, Fr. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree, an appearance that almost any school would normally covet — and one that the iconic Catholic university has been more successful than others in securing. “I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person...
  • Catholic Vietnam: Growing Despite Communist Oppression

    12/05/2016 5:25:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/5/16 | CWR Staff
    While the situation for Vietnamese Catholics has improved in recent decades, threats of violence, coercion, and harassment still exist.Late last month, the president of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, met with Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican. Though the meeting was described by the Holy See Press Office as “cordial,” relations between Rome and Vietnam have been bumpy for the last several decades. One of five remaining Communist nations, Vietnam has been ranked as the world’s 20th most oppressive country for Christians by the non-profit Open Doors USA. And yet the nation’s Catholic population—which has been listed at...
  • Muslim Families Sending Children to Catholic Schools [UK]

    12/05/2016 5:01:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/1/16 | Sean Coughlan
    More than 26,000 Muslim pupils are enrolled in Catholic schools in England and Wales. For the first time an annual census of Catholic schools has collected information on the number of pupils from other religions. The biggest group of non-Catholic pupils are from other Christian denominations - but almost a tenth are from Muslim families. The government has plans to encourage more Catholic free schools to open. This analysis shows that, overall, nearly a third of the more than 850,000 pupils within the Catholic school system are not Catholic - a total of almost 290,000. Changing populationsThis can reflect local...
  • Young Girl’s Astonishing Recovery Being Investigated as Kapaun Miracle

    12/05/2016 4:58:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Wichita Eagle ^ | 12/4/16 | Roy Wenzl
    After nurses helped save Avery Gerleman’s life 10 years ago, she vowed to become a nurse like them. She’s almost there: Gerleman is scheduled to get pinned as a licensed practical nurse on Dec. 20. But the latest twist in her story? Erin Hageman and other nurses who helped save her at Wesley Medical Center have coached and encouraged her while she works as a nursing assistant at Wesley. She works at times in the same pediatric intensive care unit where her nurse friends cared for her as a patient. “It’s awesome to work with them,” Gerleman said. “Sometimes when...
  • In Wake of Dubia Card. Farrell Again Blasts Critics of Pope & Amoris Laetitia

    12/04/2016 4:34:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 12/3/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Kevin Farrell, the prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, has again blasted critics of Pope Francis and his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Previously Cardinal Farrell has publicly criticised Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia for issuing guidelines implementing Amoris Laetitia in continuity with the Magisterium. Cardinal Farrell made his latest comments to the "progressive" Catholic newspaper The Tablet. The Prefect for Laity, the Family and Life "criticised opponents of Amoris Laetitia for closing their minds to 'certain nuances that exist in the life of people'. He went on to observe that its critics "wished the world were...
  • Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

    12/04/2016 4:26:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/4/16 | Caroline Wheeler
    THREE archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and...
  • French Government Votes to Ban Pro-Life Websites

    12/04/2016 4:19:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/2/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) --The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day's debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion. The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, "deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion." Convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros ($31,799 USD). The majority left voted in a block for the bill while the minority right formed a block against it. Bruno Retailleau, who heads...
  • Vatican Doctrinal Chief: It’s Not My Job to Engage in the Dubia Controversy

    12/03/2016 9:23:10 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/2/16 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Gerhard Müller said the CDF could only speak with the authority of the PopeCardinal Gerhard Müller, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), has said that his role is not to participate in the controversy over the four cardinals’ letter to the Pope. He has also indicated that he does not believe Church doctrine can change on Communion for the remarried. In an interview with the German website Kathpress, Cardinal Müller said that the CDF’s role was to speak with the authority of the Pope, not to “participate in the controversy of opinion”. He...
  • Astonishing Discovery at Christ's Tomb Supports Turin Shroud

    12/03/2016 9:15:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 108 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 11/26/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    An astonishing discovery has been made during repair work to the Edicule -- the ancient chamber housing Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Scientists have reported extraordinary phemonena that may support the authenticity of the Holy Shroud of Turin. On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016 a group of scientists and religious authorities oversaw the removal of the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ. Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, reports that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances when they were placed directly on the stone in...
  • Prelate Lists Mandates, Executive Orders that Trump Should Rescind to Protect Religious Freedom

    12/01/2016 7:43:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has called upon President-elect Donald Trump to take several actions that would reverse mandates and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama and his administration that impinge upon religious liberty. “President-elect Trump has the opportunity to ensure that people of all faiths can continue to do their good work in serving their communities without having to violate their consciences or face crippling fines or onerous lawsuits,” wrote Archbishop Lori, who leads the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “Our hope is that the next administration will ensure that Americans remain free to serve.” In...
  • Foreign Citizens Urged to Stay Away from Central Jakarta Ahead of Islamist Rally

    12/01/2016 7:32:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Last month 100,000 people protested over the alleged blasphemy of the city's Christian governorForeign governments are warning citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor. The United States, Japan and Australia issued advisories highlighting the possibility of Friday’s protest turning violent or the risk extremists could stage an attack. A related protest on November 4 drew more than 100,000 people demanding the arrest of Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia. After nightfall, hard-liners clashed with police, with...
  • Islamist Mob Destroys Christian Homes in Egypt

    12/01/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a churchThe homes and properties of Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked by radical Islamists after reports surfaced that a new church was going to be built. According to International Christian Concern, the attacks occurred in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish. The village is populated by more than 2,000 Christians and the nearest church is more than three miles away. The villagers decided the build a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, nursery and retirement home, prompting suspicions...
  • [Former Jesuit Superior] Kolvenbach of the Opinion that Jorge Bergoglio, Francis, Is a Sociopath..

    11/30/2016 6:28:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Gloria TV reports: "Last Saturday, Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach died in Beirut, Lebanon. He was the Superior General of the Jesuits from 1983 to 2008. Kolvenbach allegedly wrote to the Vatican recommending that Jorge Mario Bergoglio not be made archbishop of Buenos Aires because he was emotionally unstable and temperamentally unreliable. John Paul II promoted him anyway, believing that liberal Jesuits were unduly prejudiced against Bergoglio because he had been unsympathetic to Liberation Theology. Bad Relationship: As the Argentinean provincial of the Jesuits, Bergoglio did not form as warm a relationship with the superior general, Peter Hans Kolvenbach, as he...
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Party’s official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church Formally Rejects Pan-Orthodox Council

    11/30/2016 6:01:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Sofia Globe ^ | 11/29/16 | Globe Staff
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has formally rejected the Pan-Orthodox Council and its conclusions, it emerged from an announcement in Sofia on November 29. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church declined to attend the council, held in Crete in June, after its call for the Pan-Orthodox Council to be postponed was not heeded. It was among four autocephalous Orthodox churches that refused to attend, along with the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. The event in Crete was “neither Great, nor Pan, nor Pan-Orthodox,” the Holy Synod said in its November 29...
  • The Next Battlefront for Religious Freedom

    11/30/2016 5:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/16 | Phillip Booth
    Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populistsOne reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised. They cared much more deeply about that one issue than a whole range of other issues, on which they may have disagreed with the Republican nominee. This is one explanation for Trump’s lead among Catholics. Particular concerns among Catholics included life issues, of course. Many people...
  • Pope Warns Trump: Do Not Back Away from UN Climate Pact – Pope Declares ‘Crisis of Climatic Change’

    11/29/2016 5:28:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 115 replies
    The Climate Depot ^ | 11/29/16 | Marc Morano
    Pope Francis has issued a climate change challenge directly to President Elect Trump. The Pope, in thinly veiled speech, urged Trump not to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations Paris agreement reached in 2015. The UN treaty has been said by critics to be “history’s most expensive treaty’,” with a “cost of between $1 trillion and $2 trillion annually.” Pope Francis warned of the “crisis of climate change.” “The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else,” Francis said, in...
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls Fidel Castro a Sincere Friend of the Russian Church

    11/29/2016 5:17:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/28/16
    Moscow, November 28, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia says he will always remember Fidel Castro, who was not only a legendary person, but a true friend of the Russian Orthodox Church. "Comandante Fidel was one of the most well-known and prominent state figures of the present time, enjoyed international authority and became a legend when he was alive. He was from the flesh of the Cuban people and focused his force on gaining true independence for his Motherland and giving it a worthy place in the family of nations," the patriarch said in his letter of condolences...
  • The Pope Has Already Answered the Four Cardinals’ Questions, Says Fr Spadaro

    11/29/2016 5:13:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/29/16 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Spadaro said the dubia had already been addressed in depthFr Antonio Spadaro has said that the questions raised by four cardinals following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, have already been answered. The editor-in-chief of La Civilta’ Cattolica, was commenting on the dubia submitted to the Pope by Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner in September, which the Pope has not yet answered. In an exclusive piece for CNN, Fr Spadaro said that the apostolic exhortation had created an “open and honest debate.” He said: “During the Synod, all of the necessary responses were given and...
  • Navarro-Vals: “Here’s How Wojtyla Convinced Fidel to Celebrate Christmas”

    11/28/2016 6:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/27/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Polish Pope’s former spokesman said the late Fidel Castro “wanted to know everything there was to know about John Paul II”"Fidel Castro kept me talking for six hours. He was fascinated by John Paul II and although he was jealous of his inner life, I sensed he wanted to delve deeper… I told him he was a lucky man because the Pope prayed for him every day. For once he was silent.” On the occasion of Wojtyla’s visit to Cuba in January 1998, the role of Joaquín Navarro-Valls, John Paul II’s spokesman, went far beyond his official duties as...
  • Bones of 4th Century Christian Saint Survive ISIS' Destruction of Syrian Church

    11/28/2016 6:27:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/28/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Christians returning home to the Syrian town of Al Qaryatayn have said that even though the Islamic State terror group destroyed the monastery of fourth century saint Mar Elian, his relics survived, and will be restored. In Mar Elian, we have always hoped to welcome everyone. Mar Elian was really a sign of hope for the Syrian people," Father Jacques Mourad, a priest who was previously captured by IS, told Catholic News Agency. Everything changed when I was taken hostage. But we can still build something. We must, however, await the end of this war." Mourad said that Mar Elian...
  • Next Synod Will Discuss Lack of Vocations, Says Pope Francis

    11/28/2016 5:57:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/28/16 | Staff Reporter
    The Pope said vocations exist, but need to be proposed in the right wayPope Francis has said the next synod will discuss the decline in priestly vocations. In a conversation with Jesuits published by the Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, the Pope said: “With regard to local vocations, I say that the vocational decline will be spoken of at the next Synod. I believe that vocations exist, you just have to know how to propose them and how to attend to them.” The next Ordinary Synod will be held in October 2018, on the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocation”....
  • Catholic Priest at Centre of Gay Mafia Row Under Pressure to Quit Church Job [Scotland]

    11/27/2016 7:04:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Record (Scotland) ^ | 11/27/16 | Lynn McPherson
    Father Matthew Despard had written a book about a powerful gay mafia in the Catholic Church in Scotland and is set to resign after pressure from the bishop.A Catholic priest at the centre of a gay mafia row is being pressurised to resign as parish priest after a three-year battle with the church. Father Matthew Despard was sent a three-page letter from Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal, calling for him to quit his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre. Father Despard wrote a book claiming that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic...
  • Six Million Christians Emigrated from Middle East Over Past 100 Years – Expert

    11/25/2016 3:28:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 11/25/16
    “The number of Christian emigrants comprised six million people in the past 100 years,” Suheil Farah, Lebanese university professor and a member of the Imperial Orthodox Palestine Society (IOPS), was quoted by the IOPS press service as saying. According to his information, the number of Christians on the territory of the Arab world ranges between 12 million and 15 million. Most of them live in Egypt, Sudan and Lebanon (9-12 million). There are 900,000 Christians in Syria, 350,000 in Iraq, between 140,000 and 165,000 in Jordan, 50,000 in Palestine and 120,000 in Israel. “Christians now account for 3.4% of the...
  • Pope: Eternal Damnation "Is Not a Torture Chamber", but Being Eternally Distant from God

    11/25/2016 3:22:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 85 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/25/16
    Never talk with the devil, he is a "liar" and "swindler", "seeking our ruin" and for "this will be thrown into the abyss." If "we open our hearts", as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "joy and salvation."Vatican City (AsiaNews) - Eternal damnation "is not a torture chamber," but distance for ever from God, from the "God who gives happiness". But if "we open our hearts," as Jesus asks us, and we do not go our way, we will have "the joy and salvation” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning in Santa...
  • European Parliament Names Russian Religious Organizations Instruments of External Propaganda

    11/25/2016 3:09:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/2/163
    Brussels, November 23, Interfax - The European Parliament passed on Wednesday a resolution to combat propaganda hostile to the European Union, which, Brussels thinks, is in particular coming from Russia. As many as 691 MEPs took part in the voting on this advisory resolution. It was passed by 304 votes to 179, with 208 abstentions. The document holds that such propaganda forms part of a 'hybrid war' and seeks "to distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens." The European...
  • Francis Praises Major Humanae Vitae Dissenter in Rebuke of ‘White or Black’ Morality

    11/24/2016 6:28:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/24/16 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, November 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has praised the 1960s German moral theologian Bernard Häring, one of the most prominent dissenters from Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, for his new morality which the pope said helped “moral theology to flourish.” "I think Bernard Häring was the first to start looking for a new way to help moral theology to flourish again," he said in comments, published today by La Civiltà Cattolica, that were given during a dialogue with the Jesuit order which was gathered for its 36th general Congregation on October 24, 2016 in Rome. Pope...
  • Pope’s Envoy to Mexicans: Stop Marching Against Gay ‘Marriage’ and ‘Practice Dialog’ Instead

    11/24/2016 2:09:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/23/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – After months of successful pro-family marches protesting an attempt to amend the constitution to create homosexual “marriage,” Pope Francis’ new apostolic nuncio to Mexico has come with a perplexing message for Mexicans: Don’t march, but rather enter into “dialog” over the gay agenda. Archbishop Franco Coppola, a career diplomat with the Holy See who has served as nuncio to several African countries, arrived in Mexico on September 29. He soon began commenting on the struggle underway in the country over a proposed set of reforms by Mexican president Enrique Peña Nieto to amend the constitution...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China

    11/23/2016 6:19:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 21 November, 2016, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the prominent former bishop of Hong Kong and defender of the loyal Underground Church of China, has given an important interview to the German Bishops’ official website, In it, he describes the dangers of the Vatican’s current policy of working with the Chinese Government while at the same time weakening the Catholic witness of the lay faithful who are not willing to submit themselves to Communist rule. In the following, I shall present, in my own translation, some important parts of this candid interview. When asked why he was critical of...
  • A Glimpse Inside Christ’s Burial Place

    11/23/2016 6:06:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/23/16 | Jill Duchess of Hamilton
    For the first time in almost 2,000 years, scientists have examined Jesus’s tomb; what they have found underlines the truth of the GospelsLast week, for the first time in its history of nearly 2,000 years, the tomb (sepulchre) of Jesus was examined by archaeologists and conservationists. Never before has it been subject to scientific scrutiny. These men of science, accompanied by a group of selected priests and monks, were surprised by what they saw. Despite centuries of damp, wars and more than a dozen earthquakes, everything in the rock-cut cave chamber is still intact. It has been central to the...
  • German Protestants Officially Renounce Converting Jews to Christianity

    11/22/2016 6:58:45 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 11/17/16 | Tom Heneghan
    (RNS) Tackling a delicate issue as it begins its yearlong celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary, Germany’s main Protestant church has officially renounced its mission to convert Jews to Christianity. In practice, the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD), made up of 20 regional Lutheran, Reformed and United churches, mostly gave up efforts to convert Jews in the decades after the Holocaust, and closing that chapter should have been a formality. But officially abandoning the “Judenmission,” or Mission to the Jews, turned out to be theologically complicated. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gave his Apostles the Great Commission to “make disciples of...
  • {Cardinal] Tobin on Amoris: Bishops Should ‘Suck It Up’ and Work Together

    11/22/2016 6:52:07 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 11/21/16 | John Allen Jr
    New Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark told Crux on Monday that when it comes to the pope’s document Amoris Laetita and its provisions on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, U.S. bishops should get together and work out a strategy rather than individually asking the pope for clarifications.ROME - I’ve often said that one of the best ways to know you’re getting old in the Catholic Church is when guys you used to pal around with in Roman bars and restaurants start getting named bishops. By that standard, I suppose, the test of getting really old is when those...
  • Cardinal Cupich is Mistaken: Synod Fathers Did Reject Communion for Remarried Divorcees

    11/22/2016 6:45:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/16 | Edward Pentin
    Critics argue that to say two-thirds of synod fathers supported the proposition is therefore very misleading. Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago fielded about half a dozen questions from reporters after Pope Francis elevated him to the College of Cardinals on Saturday. A question I asked him was about the Dubia, the five doubts about Amoris Laetitia that four cardinals have sent to the Pope to ascertain whether some of the most controversial passages are consistent with Church teaching. Although the Dubia questions ask for a simple “yes” or “no” answer on whether previous magisterial teachings, particularly of Pope St. John...
  • Cardinal Cupich on the Question of Pope’s Animosity Towards JPII Catholics

    11/22/2016 6:14:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/21/16 | John-Henry Westen and Steve Jalsevac
    ROME, November 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Sayings which have made Pope Francis the darling of the liberal media are the condemnations against Catholics whom he pejoratively refers to as “obsessed,” “doctors of the law,” “neo-pelagian,” “self-absorbed,” “restorationist,” “fundamentalist,” “rigid,” “ideological,” “hypocritical,” and much more. So many are the insults felt most by Catholics who hold firm to the teachings of Pope St. John Paul II on life and family that only a couple of years into his pontificate a compilation called “The Pope Francis Little Book of Insults” was developed. Nevertheless, newly elevated Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich says, he’s never...
  • Canon Law on Abortion is Going to Change, says Fisichella

    11/21/2016 5:47:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/21/16 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    The President of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation said this during his presentation of Pope Francis’ Apostolic Letter “Misericordia et Misera”. “I don’t see why granting the faculty of absolution to priests, who are ministers of reconciliation, should give cause for any concern”. The archbishop announced that over 21 million visited Rome for the Jubilee and thanked the institutions but not the mayor of RomeThe Pope’s decision to make the ability of priests to absolve the “grave sin” of abortion permanent, means Canon Law is to be updated too. Francis had granted priests this power as an exception...
  • Vatican Chief of Sacraments [Card Sarah]: No Pope Can Change Divine Law on Communion

    11/21/2016 5:24:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/19/16 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, November 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- On the heels of a statement by Pope Francis seeming to suggest openness to non-Catholic Christians receiving Holy Communion, the cardinal who heads the Vatican congregation dealing with the sacraments has said that there are preconditions for the reception of Holy Communion and when those conditions are not met, and the situation is publicly known, ministers of the sacrament “have no right to give him communion.” Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, added, speaking of priests: “If they do so, their sin will be...
  • Melkite Archbishop Hopes Trump, Acting with Russia, Can Curb Bloodshed in Syria

    11/21/2016 5:18:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    A Syrian Catholic archbishop has said that American president-elect Donald Trump could help bring peace to the country if he can form an agreement with Russia. Archbishop Jean Abdo Arbach, who heads the Melkite Catholic Archdiocese of Homs, said that if foreign involvement in the fighting in Syria can be stopped, “the future of [President Bashar] Al-Assad will be decided by his people.” The archbishop told an interviewer that the situation facing Christians in Syria is disastrous. He reported that “there were 1.5 million Christians in Syrian before the war and now there are only 600,000: less than half.” In...
  • Church in Northern Iraq Reopened After Two Years Under IS Control

    11/21/2016 5:13:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 11/20/16 | Mohammed al-Ramahi and Azad Lashkari
    BASHIQA, Iraq (Reuters) - The bells have rung out after two years of silence in the Mar Korkeis church in the town of Bashiqa, some 15 km (10 miles) north of Mosul, Islamic State's last major city stronghold in Iraq. Kurdish Peshmerga fighters retook the town on Nov. 7, ending two years of rule by the hardline Sunni group which persecuted Christians and other minorities in the Nineveh plains, one of the world's oldest centres of Christianity. Women trilled to celebrate the moment when a new crucifix was erected on the church, replacing one that was broken by the Islamic...
  • Francis: “The Virus of Polarization and Animosity is Among Us”

    11/20/2016 4:44:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/19/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    At today’s Consistory Francis conferred the red biretta on 17 new cardinals: “In God’s heart there are no enemies, He only has sons and daughters. We are the ones who raise walls, build barriers and label people. God does not wait for us to be a little bit better or more perfect before he loves us”. After the celebration, the Pope and the newly created cardinals boarded two minibuses and went to pay Ratzinger a visit“How many situations of uncertainty and suffering are sown by this growing animosity between peoples, between us! Yes, between us, within our communities, our priests,...