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  • Chicago Archbishop Commits Sacrilege?

    04/24/2015 7:19:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/24/15 | Michael Voris
    Archbishop Blase Cupich allows non-Catholic Governor to receive Holy CommunionCHICAGO, April 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com)—Eyewitness reports as well as television footage clearly prove that Illinois governor Bruce Rauner received Holy Communion at Cardinal George's funeral Mass at Holy Name Cathedral on Thursday, April 23. Governor Rauner is not Catholic. Therefore, what appears to be a grave violation of Canon 844 has been committed. Present at the Mass was Chicago's new archbishop Blase Cupich. In addition to the violation of canon law, the question is being asked: Was a sacrilege committed on the new archbishop's watch? According to canon law, since the...
  • Italian Police Round up Terror Suspects in Failed Vatican Plot, Deadly Pakistan Attack

    04/24/2015 6:45:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/24/15
    Italian security forces were rounding up 18 Islamic extremists Friday who prosecutors said were behind a failed 2010 plot to attack the Vatican as well as a bombing at a Pakistan market that killed more than 100 a year earlier. Prosecutor Mauro Mura told reporters in Cagliari, Sardinia, on Friday that wiretaps indicated the suspected terrorists, including two former bodyguards for Usama bin Laden, planned a bomb attack at the Vatican and went as far as to send a suicide bomber to Rome. Mura said the attack plans never went further and that the suicide bomber left Italy, though it...
  • Rai: Turkey Must Apologize Over Armenian Genocide

    04/23/2015 9:18:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    BEIRUT: Turkey must apologize for the Armenian genocide, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai told reporters Tuesday from the Beirut airport before traveling to Yervan for a ceremony to mark the 100th anniversary of the mass killings. "The ceremony which will be held [on April 24] in Armenia serves to sanctify the martyrs [of the genocide],” Rai said. “We pray for all the martyrs who were killed, whether they were Armenians, Assyrians or Syriac who were present in this large disaster.” When asked whether those responsible for the massacre should apologize to the Armenian people, the patriarch replied by saying that an...
  • Paper Claims Pope Rejected Gay French Diplomat as Ambassador to Holy See

    04/23/2015 9:13:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner and Kim Willsher
    Report says during ‘discreet’ 15-minute meeting with Laurent Stéfanini, pontiff told him Vatican could not accept his appointmentPope Francis met France’s nominated ambassador to the Holy See, who is gay, and told him that the Vatican would not accept his appointment, a French newspaper has claimed. In a meeting over the weekend, the pontiff allegedly cited his displeasure with a controversial 2013 gay marriage law in France as part of his reason for the decision, according to the report in satirical title Le Canard Enchâiné. Pope Francis also allegedly said he did not appreciate the manner in which France had...
  • French Prime Minister: 178 Catholic Churches Under Police Protection

    04/23/2015 9:02:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    After a planned terrorist attack on two French churches was averted, Prime Minister Manuel Valls announced that “specific protection” is being provided to 178 Catholic places of worship. CNN reported that the attack was foiled when a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student allegedly murdered a woman and called for an ambulance, attempting to portray himself as a crime victim. A police investigation then uncovered the planned attack, which was linked to persons in Syria.
  • Marin Nuns Walk Out of School to Protest Gay-Rights Group

    04/22/2015 7:40:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/22/15 | Matier & Ross
    The nuns at Marin Catholic High in Kentfield walked out their classes in protest over gay non-profit sponsoring anti-bullying Day of Silence. The divisions within the Bay Area’s Catholic community over gay rights hit Marin Catholic High School full force the other day, when a group of nuns walked out of their classes to protest the sponsors of a program intended to protect gay and lesbian teens from bullying. The five members of the Dominican Sisters of Mary order exited their classrooms Friday as students began handing out flyers at the Kentfield school promoting a nationwide Day of Silence. Their...
  • Catholic Priest who Alleged Sexual Bullying 'Injured Reputation of Church', Says Tribunal

    04/22/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/20/15 | Mark Woods
    A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who alleged there was a culture of sexual bullying in seminaries stretching back decades has been found guilty by a Church tribunal of injuring the reputation of the Church and its clergy. Father Matthew Despard, who was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made the claims in a self-published book entitled 'Priesthood in Crisis'.The e-book has been removed from sale on Amazon's Kindle service following legal threats by priests who said they had been defamed, but its description says that it is "a story of one priest's experience...
  • Lavrov: Islamic State is Russia's Main Enemy Now

    04/22/2015 6:38:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/22/15
    Moscow, April 22, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said he sees the Islamic State terror group (ISIS) as the main enemy of Russia now. "I believe that ISIS is our main enemy now," he said in an interview with three radio stations on Wednesday, commenting on the fact that "hundreds of Russian citizens, hundreds of Europeans and hundreds of Americans are fighting on the side of the ISIS."
  • French Police Foil Imminent Armed Attack on Paris Churches

    04/22/2015 6:36:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Staff Reporter
    An alleged Islamic extremist planned to attack two churches, according to reportsFrench police have arrested a man allegedly planning to launch an armed attack on two churches in Paris, the country’s top security official has announced. A number of news agencies have described the man as an Islamic extremist. Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said the man, a 24-year-old Algerian computer science student, was arrested on Sunday in Paris. He is said to have lived in France for a number of years. The man, who had been flagged by security officials last year, was arrested after he apparently accidentally shot himself...
  • Reform of the Curia is Unnecessary, Says Archbishop Gänswein

    04/22/2015 6:33:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 4/22/15 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said he believes reform of the Vatican bureaucracy, which has become a key theme of Pope Francis’ papacy, is not necessary. Archbishop Georg Gänswein, who is also Prefect of the Papal Household, said: “I personally can see no significant reason which would necessitate a reform of the Curia at the moment. One or two changes have been made but that is part of the normal run of things. To speak of ‘Curial reform’ is, if I may so, somewhat of an exaggeration.” Gänswein, whose view of the status quo in the Vatican are probably...
  • Will Pope Francis Break the Church?

    04/21/2015 4:05:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 2015 | Ross Douthat
    The new pope's choices stir high hopes among liberal Catholics and intense uncertainty among conservatives. Deep divisions may lie ahead. In 1979, almost a year into the papacy of John Paul II, a novel called The Vicar of Christ spent 13 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. The work of a Princeton legal scholar, Walter F. Murphy, it featured an unlikely papal candidate named Declan Walsh—first a war hero, then a United States Supreme Court justice, and then (after an affair and his wife’s untimely death) a monk—who is summoned to the throne of Saint Peter by a...
  • Vatican Announces Resignation of Bishop Robert Finn

    04/21/2015 3:59:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/21/15 | Stafff Reporter
    US bishop was convicted in September 2012 of failing to report an accusation of child abuseThe Vatican has announced the resignation of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St Joseph. In a statement released earlier today, the Vatican said that “the Holy Father has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert W Finn from the pastoral governance” of his diocese. The statement did not name a successor. Bishop Finn was convicted in September 2012 of failing to report an accusation of child abuse. He waited five months before reporting that explicit images of young girls were found on the computer of one...
  • The De-Christianization and Gradual Islamization of France

    04/20/2015 7:44:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/19/15 | Charles Adhémar
    Islamist networks in France and across Europe are increasingly organized and well-armed, but it is France that is sitting on a powder keg Just before Christmas, as I was walking along the streets of Paris, I happened to see the disgraceful cover of the latest edition of Charlie Hebdo, a failing satirical magazine well known for its insults against religion and general vulgarity. It showed the Blessed Virgin Mary in an outrageous, almost pornographic position. Such crudeness was not a first for Charlie Hebdo. Although the cover angered me, the spirit of Christmas overrode any hateful thoughts. Two weeks later,...
  • The U.S. Catholic College Revolution

    04/20/2015 6:47:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/20/14 | Tom Hoopes
    8 new “Catholic identity schools” since 2000 as dozens more renew themselvesA Spanish Marxist once famously said, “Give me 10 universities, and I'll change the face of Europe.” It happened exactly as he said. So it is significant to note that there is a major Catholic higher education revolution underway in the United States and Canada. Eight new Catholic identity colleges have been founded since 2000 and more than 20 American colleges are promoting their Catholic identity — and that number could as much as double in the next 10 years. I work at Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where...
  • Tom Brady’s Father Among Group Seeking Archbishop’s Removal

    04/20/2015 6:43:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 78 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/16/15 | Michael O’Loughlin
    A group of San Francisco Catholics threw a Hail Mary Thursday, asking Pope Francis to fire their archbishop. Among those calling for a replacement of Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is the father of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. Tom Brady Sr. joined about 100 other Bay Area Catholics in signing a full-page advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle Thursday, in which they ask Pope Francis to remove Cordileone as archbishop because of what they say is “an atmosphere of division and intolerance” in the archdiocese. “Holy Father,” the ad reads, “please provide us with a leader true to our values...
  • Shroud of Turin Returns for Public Viewing

    04/19/2015 5:52:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 4/19/15 | AFP
    The Shroud of Turin will be displayed for the first time in five years on Sunday. More than a million people have signed up to view one of Christianity's most celebrated relics. Pilgrims believe the Shroud of Turin, measuring 4.3 meters (14 feet) in length, was the cloth used to bury Jesus Christ. The most-talked about piece of linen in history, the shroud imprinted with an image of a man who appears to have been crucified, will go on display from April 19 until June 24 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the north of Italy. Public...
  • A Letter to Pope Francis

    04/17/2015 6:31:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/16/15 | Robert George
    Your Holiness: I recall with pleasure and gratitude my visit to the Vatican in November and your moving address to our Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. There, gathered with leaders of the world’s great religious traditions, East and West, you reaffirmed the Church’s doctrine of marriage as the conjugal union of husband and wife and spoke movingly of the right of every child “to grow up in a family with a father and mother.” Here in the United States we are blessed with many bishops who join you in bearing witness to these profound and...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis ‘Considering’ Cuba Visit

    04/17/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/17/15 | Lydia Symonds
    Francis considering visit to island during America tripPope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the United States, a move that could further improve diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Francis “is considering the idea of a Cuba leg” but that discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage. According to Associated Press, he added that it was too early to say that a decision has been taken or that operational planning was underway. In what will be the Pope’s...
  • Media Advisory-Archdiocese of San Francisco

    04/16/2015 10:40:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE (SAN FRANCISCO, April 15, 2015) Regarding the paid advertisement in the San Francisco Chronicle slated for publication April 16 the Archdiocese of San Francisco responds: The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the Archbishop. The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the signers presume to speak for “the Catholic Community of San Francisco.” They do not. The Archdiocese has met with a broad range of stakeholders. Together, we have engaged in a constructive dialogue on all of the issues raised...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • France Stands Firm Over Nomination of Gay Vatican Envoy

    04/16/2015 4:13:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/15/15
    France has said it will not back down over its nomination of an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican. The French government proposed senior diplomat Laurent Stefanini for the post in January but the Vatican is yet to respond to approve the choice. The Vatican usually responds within six weeks to approve such a new ambassador. The nomination of Mr Stefanini was seen as a litmus test for Pope Francis, who has taken a more liberal stance on homosexuality. A French government spokesman said there had been negotiations with the Vatican over the appointment. "France has chosen its ambassador to...
  • Turkish PM Accuses Pope of Being Part of ‘Evil Front’ Against His Country

    04/15/2015 7:30:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Prime Minister Davutoglu's comments follow criticism by Turkish president yesterday over Armenian genocide statementTurkey’s prime minister has accused the Pope of being part of an “evil front” plotting against his country. Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments today in the capital Ankara ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections in June at which his ruling Justice and Development party was presenting its list of candidates. Mr Davutoglu comments came after Pope Francis described Ottoman Turkey’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 as “genocide”, a term and death toll denied by Turkey Mr Davutoglu said: “An evil front is being formed before...
  • Pakistan: Boy Burnt Alive for Being Christian Is in Serious Condition

    04/15/2015 6:37:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Young Muslims on Way to Mosque Stopped to Set Young Christian Stranger on FireFor being a Christian, a boy in Pakistan has been burnt alive and now is in serious condition. According to Fides, some young Muslims burnt alive 14-year-old Christian teenager, Nauman Masih, who now is in the hospital in Lahore, fighting for his life. The young boy did not know the people who attacked him in the same city where there was the deadly attack on two Church's in recent months. The police were alerted and registered a complaint against unknown persons. "The young people who attacked me...
  • Card. Sarah Laments "True scandal" of "Confusion Between Good and Evil..Made by Catholic Pastors"

    04/14/2015 6:48:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/13/15 | Carl E. Olson
    Sandro Magister has published excerpts from a new book—an interview of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea—titled, "Dieu ou rien" [God or nothing], by French journalist Nicolas Diat. The Cardinal is quite candid and direct: There is now no mistake when one realizes that there exists a form of rejection of the dogmas of the Church, or a growing distance among men, the faithful and dogmas. On the question of marriage, there is a chasm between a certain world and the Church. The question is ultimately very simple: is it the world that must change its attitude, or the Church its...
  • [Irish] Bishops’ Threat Over Non-Signing of Civil Wedding Forms

    04/14/2015 6:12:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Declan Brennan
    If same-sex vote carried, the church’s view on marriage and that of State radically different Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form – a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a marriage – takes place after the wedding...
  • Swedish Priest Apologises for Gay Comments

    04/13/2015 8:33:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Ice News ^ | 4/11/15 | Luna Finnsson
    A Swedish priest who claimed that gay people have a psychological disorder that can be cured has apologised after his comments outraged gay rights campaigners. Priest Ingvar Fogelqvist, who was preaching at the Catholic parish of Arkeangeln Sankt Mikael in the southern town of Vaxjo, said in a confirmation class in front of 2,000 worshippers that gay people had a “psychological disorder that could be cured”, but claimed other types of homosexuality were incurable. Fogelqvist told the students in attendance that gay people, and people who suffer from health problems or impotence, should not be permitted to live a “normal”...
  • Catholic Church ‘Will Pay Price’ for Stance on Gay Marriage [Ireland]

    04/13/2015 8:26:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/11/15 | Colin Gleeson
    Bishop tells TCD conference that gay rights is ‘the justice issue of our time’A conference discussing the religious case for marriage equality has heard there will be “a price to be paid” by the Catholic Church for its stance in relation to the upcoming referendum. Marriage Equality: The Religious Case for a Yes Vote took place on Saturday and was hosted by Faith in Marriage Equality at the school of ecumenics, Trinity College, Dublin. Sociologist Dr Richard O’Leary told the conference there was a danger of a “smaller, more anti-gay” church emerging from the public debate in relation to the...
  • Titanic Priest Father Thomas Byles 'Should be Sainted'

    04/13/2015 6:02:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    A campaign is under way to have the Catholic priest who stayed on RMS Titanic instead of fleeing on a lifeboat made a saint. Father Thomas Byles, of St Helen's Church, Chipping Ongar, Essex, boarded the ship at Southampton to attend his younger brother's wedding in New York. But when it sank in 1912 he twice refused to join a lifeboat and instead remained with passengers to pray. The current priest at St Helen's Church said Father Byles should be canonised. Father Byles, educated in Fleetwood, Lancashire and Oxford, had been rector at St Helen's for eight years when he...
  • Turkey Anger at Pope Francis Armenian 'Genocide' Claim

    04/12/2015 6:28:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 4/12/15
    Turkey has summoned the Vatican ambassador after Pope Francis used the word "genocide" to describe mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule in WW1 100 years ago.The foreign ministry requested a meeting with the Vatican's envoy in Ankara, Turkish media reported. Armenia and many historians say up to 1.5 million people were systematically killed by Ottoman forces in 1915. Turkey has consistently denied that the killings were genocide. The Pope's comments came at a service in Rome to honour a 10th Century mystic, attended by Armenia's president. The dispute has continued to sour relations between Armenia and Turkey. 'Bleeding wound'The...
  • Catholic School Reinstates Teacher [Januzzi] Suspended for Defending Catholic Teaching on Facebook

    04/11/2015 4:20:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/15 | Dustin Siggins
    SOMERVILLE, NJ, April 10, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A teacher suspended from a Catholic school for using Facebook to defend traditional marriage has been reinstated. Almost one month ago, Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, after she made what became controversial comments about same-sex relationships. Over the next several weeks, she was told that the suspension was effectively a release from her job, as she would not be rehired for the 2016 school year. Jannuzzi was also told that she had lost her pay and benefits for the current school year. The scandal was compounded...
  • 'Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,' Wiccan Priestess Delivers Prayer for Iowa House

    04/11/2015 6:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 4/10/15 | Barbara Boland
    “Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer. "We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here...
  • Report: Vatican Declines to Approve French Ambassador’s Nomination Over Homosexuality

    04/10/2015 6:12:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    In January, the French government appointed Laurent Stefanini as its ambassador to the Holy See, but three months later, the Vatican has not approved the appointment—leading to European media reports that the lack of approval stems from Stefanini’s homosexuality. Le Monde and Corriere della Sera reported that Cardinal André Vingt-Trois of Paris interceded with Pope Francis on behalf of the nomination of Stefanini, a former official of the French embassy at the Vatican. La Croix reported that Cardinal Jean-Louis Tauran, the former Vatican foreign minister who now serves as president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, also supports the...
  • UK Tribunal Rules Against Christian Suspended for Sharing Faith with Muslim Co-Worker

    04/09/2015 5:22:48 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Christian News ^ | 4/8/15 | Heather Clark
    LONDON – An employment tribunal in the United Kingdom has ruled against an occupational therapist who was suspended for nine months after her Muslim co-worker alleged that she was trying to convert her. Victoria Wasteney, 38, had developed a friendship with her colleague Enya Nawaz, 27, as they worked at the St. John Howard Center in London. The two had discussed Islam and Christianity, and Wasteney had talked to Nawaz about her church’s efforts to fight human trafficking. “The whole basis of our conversations around faith started with her telling me that she’d had an encounter with God, that she...
  • Pope Prays that Divine Mercy Might Help Reconciliation Over Armenian Genocide

    04/09/2015 5:07:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/9/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis laments that nations have 'not yet reached a consensus on the reading of such sorrowful events'Pope Francis has prayed that the Divine Mercy might hasten reconciliation over the deaths of more than a million Armenians a century ago in what is commonly referred to as the Armenian genocide. The Pope made the comment during a meeting with Armenian bishops and faithful ahead of a Mass on Sunday that will mark the 100th anniversary of the massacre. In his prepared remarks he prayed that the Divine Mercy “might help us all, in love for truth and justice, to heal every...
  • Kasper is Not the 'Pope's Theologian,' Says Leading African Cardinal

    04/09/2015 5:01:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/9/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Apr 9, 2015 / 05:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A top African cardinal says that German cardinal Walter Kasper – who's stirred controversy over his views promoting Communion for the divorced and remarried – does not necessarily represent Pope Francis' theological stance. He also rejected efforts to claim the Pope for either side of the debate ahead of the upcoming synod on the family. South Africa's Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier dismissed a news report's label of Cardinal Walter Kasper as the “Pope’s theologian,” saying, “I believe Pope Francis is a theologian in his own right. So he does not...
  • Most Americans Side With Gays in Religious Freedom Disputes: Reuters/Ipsos Poll

    04/09/2015 6:14:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 63 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/9/15 | Steve Holland
    (Reuters) - A majority of Americans believe businesses should not be allowed to refuse services based on their religious beliefs in the wake of controversies in Indiana and Arkansas over gay rights and religious freedom, a Reuters/Ipsos poll found on Thursday. The poll, conducted April 6 to 8, also found that 52 percent of Americans support allowing same-sex couples to marry, far more than the 32 percent who oppose it. The survey results suggest a split over the issue between Americans and some of the politicians who represent them. Indiana's Republican governor, Mike Pence, triggered a firestorm in his state...
  • Number of Priestly Ordinations in US to Rise 25% This Year

    04/08/2015 6:35:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    595 men are expected to be ordained to the priesthood in the United States in 2015, an increase of 24.7% over last year’s figure of 477, according to data released by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The number of men ordained to the priesthood in the US fell steadily from 994 in 1965, to 771 in 1975, 533 in 1985, 511 in 1995, and 454 in 2005, according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate.
  • Funeral for Robert H. Schuller To Be Held at Former Crystal Cathedral, Now Owned by Catholic Diocese

    04/08/2015 6:27:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 4/7/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Services for Crystal Cathedral founder, the Rev. Robert H. Schuller, will be held in the very iconic sanctuary that his ministry created. While it's now under the ownership of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange and named Christ Cathedral, the large southern California church building will be used for the famous televangelist's funeral. Carol Schuller-Milner, daughter of the former "Hour of Power" host and head of Crystal Cathedral Ministries, announced the details last weekend. "A funeral service for Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20 at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove," noted...
  • France Appoints Openly Gay Man as Ambassador to Vatican City

    04/07/2015 7:19:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Atlanta Sun Times ^ | 4/7/15 | Sam Stecklow
    France, one of Europe’s most staunchly Catholic countries – 88% of the country belongs to the Roman Catholic Church – has appointed Laurent Stefanini, an openly gay man, as its ambassador to Vatican City. Stefanini will be the first openly LGBTQ person to serve as an ambassador to the Vatican, if the Roman Curia (the administrative arm of the Holy See) approves his appointment. Before being appointed, Stefanini served as France’s Chief of Protocol. In recent years, under Socialist president Francois Holland, France has gradually become more pro-LGBTQ, though not without a strong negative response, mostly from the country’s religious...
  • First, They Call Us Bigots.....

    04/07/2015 7:03:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 4/5/15 | Tom Hoopes
    In America, Christians are nearing the dark part of a familiar cycleThe “national freak-out” about Indiana’s religious freedom law is telling. It shows where Christians in America stand in an age-old cycle that the world has put us through repeatedly. Indiana’s law did nothing but apply a common principle: If I want to print anti-abortion pamphlets that a printer doesn’t like, the printer can decline my job. If Aryan Nations wants to hire me to make white supremacist pamphlets for them, I can decline their job. But many cultural elites think Christians (and Orthodox Jews, Muslims, and traditional Hindus, by...
  • Ironies in Indiana

    04/07/2015 6:23:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/2/15 | Mark Movsesian
    Some readers have asked me what I think about the Indiana RFRA controversy, as an academic who studies law and religion. To my mind, opponents of the law have succeeded in creating a false sense of crisis about the evil this allegedly unprecedented law would unleash in America. In this, they have been greatly assisted by the media’s framing of the issue and and by the support of corporate titans like Apple and Walmart, which have decided to intervene in the dispute—incidentally proving, as Justice Alito argued in Hobby Lobby, that for-profit corporations sometimes do express goals other than merely...
  • American Catholic, Baptist Leaders Join in Call for Civil Debate on Religious Liberty

    04/06/2015 9:04:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic and Baptist leaders have joined in a statement calling for a serious national discussion of religious liberty in the US. Two Catholic archbishops, two spokesmen for the Southern Baptist Convention, and a prominent Catholic scholar addressed their statement to the current controversy over public acceptance of homosexuality. They observed: “When basic moral convictions and historic religious wisdom rooted in experience are deemed ‘discrimination,’ our ability to achieve civic harmony, or even to reason clearly, is impossible.” The statement was signed by Archbishops Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and William Lori of Baltimore; Rev. Albert Mohler, Jr., the president of the...
  • Asia Bibi Asks for “an Easter of Peace and Forgiveness”

    04/06/2015 6:07:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/4/15 | Paolo Affatato
    The Christian woman who is in prison in Pakistan on charges of blasphemy sent a prayer request to the Pope. Meanwhile, the government has revoked the moratorium on the death penalty“At Easter, Jesus Christ gives us an example of peace and forgiveness. All of us must learn from the teaching and sacrifice of Christ who was crucified for us and who forgave all those who harmed him. On this special day I ask Christians in Pakistan to live and pray for peace.” There is suffering but peace too in the words which Asia Bibi, the Christian mother sentenced to death...
  • Duck and Cover Catholicism

    04/06/2015 5:57:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    First Things ^ | 4/2/15 | R.R Reno
    As I expected, the leaders of the Catholic Church have done everything they can to avoid saying anything in response to the furor over the Indiana RFRA. Their counsel is “dialogue,” an unfortunate weasel word long used by administrators who don't want to take a stand. On its face, the wording of this bland statement suggests the bishops believe the Indiana law could permit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. (They're calling for “dialogue” to make sure that doesn't happen.) But this is an over-reading of the statement. It's really just a political evasion of responsibility searching for words....
  • What Holy Week Looks Like in a Remote Indian Diocese

    04/04/2015 1:47:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/3/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Miao, India, Apr 3, 2015 / 04:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In the Diocese of Miao, located in India's northeasternmost state of Arunachal Pradesh, Bishop George Pallipparambil is not staying quietly in his cathedral for Holy Week, but is rather holding services across the diocese in an effort to better serve his people. “What we're trying to do is to reach to as many places as possible. I'm not confining myself to the main church in Miao,” the bishop told CNA April 1. “I'll be there only for the Easter Sunday Mass.” “I finished today in one place, tomorrow I'll be...
  • Indiana, Religious Freedom, and the Denial of Reality

    04/03/2015 8:38:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/2/15 | CWR Staff
    The likely result of recent clashes, says Robert R. Reilly, will "be fewer such religious freedom bills proposed in the future and ... Republican candidates for president will keep their mouths shut about this issue"Scholar, former assistant to President Reagan, and author Robert R. Reilly has written widely on “war of ideas" issues, Islam, foreign policy, and classical music and is the author of several books. His most recent book Making Gay Okay: How Rationalizing Homosexual Behavior Is Changing Everything, was published last year by Ignatius Press and was described by Austin Ruse (President, Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute)...
  • Lavrov Confirms Russia's Intention to Raise Question of Protection for Christians Worldwide

    04/03/2015 8:05:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/3/15
    Bishkek, April 3, Interfax - Russia will continue raising the issue of the protection of Christians in the UN, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. "No one was going to ignore this issue [of Christians' protection]. It was raised in the meeting of the [UN] Human Rights Council and a statement was adopted, which was signed by 65 countries. It was initiated by Russia, Lebanon and the Vatican with Armenia's support," he said responding to a question about the possible support by Russia of the initiative to protection Christians in the light of the situation in Kenya. "This issue was...
  • Ecumenical Patriarch Grants Interview to Jesuit Journal

    04/03/2015 8:01:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Father Antonio Spadaro, the director of the Italian Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica, has conducted a lengthy interview with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches. The Ecumenical Patriarch spoke about the challenges facing the contemporary world, his admiration for Pope Francis, the upcoming pan-Orthodox synod, and Orthodox spirituality. “Ultimately, it is essential to change the present mindset and abandon a lifestyle of over-consumption and unrestrained greed that inevitably lead to social injustice and inequality,” he told Father Spadaro, who interviewed Pope Francis in August 2013. Interview of the Ecumenical Patriarch...
  • Holy Week 2015: Hearing Confessions in the Silicon Belly of the High-Tech Beast

    04/02/2015 4:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    On Religion ^ | 3/30/15 | Terry Mattingly
    It would be hard to live closer to the belly of the high-tech beast than Menlo Park in Northern California's Silicon Valley. Close to Stanford University? Check. A highway exchange or two from the Apple mother ship? Check. Not that far from Googleplex? Check. It's the kind of home base from which an Opus Dei (Latin for "Work of God") priest – with the organization's emphasis on leadership among laypeople as well as clergy – can lecture, as Father C. John McCloskey recently quipped, to "300 actual and would-be Techies and Masters of the Universe." It's also an interesting place...