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  • Bishop Wuerl named archbishop of Washington D.C.

    05/16/2006 3:49:18 AM PDT · by Antioch · 17 replies · 432+ views
    post gazette ^ | Tuesday, May 16, 2006 | Ann Rodgers
    Bishop Donald Wuerl of the Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh has been named archbishop of Washington D.C., the Vatican announced this morning. No new bishop has yet been named for Pittsburgh. The Rev. Ronald Lengwin. spokesman for the diocese of Pittsburgh, does not expect one to be appointed for some time. "We have no expectation because the process calls for questionnaires to be sent out in order for people to identify our current needs," Father Lengwin said. Wuerl replaces Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in Washington D.C.
  • Zen resists pressure from the PRC

    05/12/2006 10:05:43 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 137+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | May 11, 2006 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    China’s Foreign Ministry Commissioner has been urging Hong Kong’s Joseph Cardinal Zen to persuade the Holy See to give in to the PRC’s demands in order to have a chance to reestablish diplomatic ties. See the AsiaNews story. China says that the Holy See must support the "one China policy", sever ties with Taiwan, and stop "meddling" in the internal affairs of China.   Cardinal Zen respondet dicendum: “I am bound to do whatever is beneficial for my nation….” “However, if Beijing’s position is to take over the authority for ordaining bishops, and to maintain a Patriotic Association that...
  • Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong, China, offers Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Tridentine rite

    05/12/2006 9:43:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 976+ views
    Latin Mass Society Ireland ^ | May 2006 | Cyril Jerome Law, Jr.
    The Orient has often been dubbed the Mysterious East. With Hong Kong being the "Pearl of the Orient," something even more astonishing took place -- a Pontifical Solemn High Mass in the Tridentine rite offered by a Chinese Cardinal of the Holy Roman Church, assisted by a Chinese FSSP priest, in a high-school multi-purpose room jammed with photo-copying machines, under the Communist flag.It was Sabbato in Albis, 2006, on the occasion of the 5th anniversary of the granting of the Indult for the Tridentine Mass in Hong Kong. His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen, a Salesian of Don Bosco, who was...
  • The Good Priest (6th Anniversary of John Cardinal O'Connor's death)

    05/03/2006 9:45:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 349+ views
    WITL ^ | May 3, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Hard to believe how the time's flown, but six years ago tonight, John Cardinal O'Connor passed from our midst much too soon. How quickly we forget. In his final years, as he wound down his ministry as archbishop of New York, I was immeasurably blessed to know the cardinal, to meet up with him every so often, and to have received a good bit of his wisdom, humor and the lessons he had picked up along the way. His kindness to a young upstart was a gift which remains alive with me constantly. At sunset on 3 May 2000,...

    05/01/2006 4:59:09 AM PDT · by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin · 63 replies · 934+ views
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | 1 May 2006 | Michael Martinez
    LOS ANGELES - That Cardinal Roger Mahony attended grammar school here, in the modest St. Charles Borromeo parish more than a half-century ago, was a fact lost on many parishioners on a recent Sunday. But little else is forgotten about the neighborhood-kid-done-good whose national profile has been on the rise, largely for his willingness to take on controversy, especially his stand on illegal immigration. Mahony, 70, who leads the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese, is scheduled to participate in today's planned mass protests in Los Angeles, except not the one to be held downtown. Rather, after celebrating noon Mass at...
  • Controversial Retired Cardinal Martini Calls Legal Abortion "Positive"

    04/23/2006 1:54:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 501+ views
    LifeSite ^ | April 21, 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, April 21, 2006 ( - The controversial Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a favourite of liberal dissidents within the Catholic Church many of whom hoped he'd be elected Pope, has given an interview on abortion, embryo research, assisted procreation, AIDS and condom use to the Italian weekly L'Espresso. The lengthy interview, a dialogue with Italian bioethics expert Ignazio Marino, reveals publicly the Cardinal's differing opinion on matters of sexuality with the Catholic Church. Even though he retired at age 75 in 2002, the former Archbishop of Milan continues to be a darling of the liberal media.The full interview published today...
  • Bernard McGuirk as Cardinal Egan chiming in on Katie Couric and Cynthia McKinney

    04/07/2006 2:02:15 PM PDT · by KavMan · 7 replies · 3,459+ views
    Just something I thought was pretty funny so I put it up on YouTube Bernard McGuirk as Cardinal Egan
  • HK cardinal urges China to end 'prejudiced' attitude towards Vatican

    03/30/2006 8:04:21 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 230+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 30, 2006
    Hong Kong Cardinal Joseph Zen has called on China to change its "prejudiced" attitude towards the Vatican in order to bring about the normalisation of relations between the two. Zen reaffirmed his belief that the pope wished to visit China and said that the time was ripe for the re-establishment of diplomatic ties. "The opportunity for success is greater now," the newly elevated cardinal told reporters here a day after returning from Rome. Low-level contact between China and the Vatican has increased since the death last year of Pope Benedict XVI's predecessor, John Paul II, he added. However, Zen said...
  • New York Archdiocese Sets Biggest Closing in Its 150 Years

    03/29/2006 6:04:17 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | March 29, 2006 | Michael Luo
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced plans yesterday for the most sweeping reorganization in its history of more than 150 years, recommending the closing of 31 parishes and 14 schools throughout the metropolitan region.At the same time, the archdiocese recommended creating five new parishes in Staten Island, Orange County and Dutchess County and constructing several new church buildings, mostly in northern Westchester County, Rockland County and Dutchess County, where many Catholics who have left the city have relocated.The closings would hit the archdiocese the hardest in its southern parts the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Yonkers and central...
  • Boston prelate jokes with reporters about new red cardinal garb

    03/22/2006 10:51:49 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies · 1,329+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | March 22, 2006
    ROME (CNS) -- Although he said he would continue to wear his brown Capuchin habit most of the time, the archbishop of Boston did go to a tailor for a final fitting of his new red cassock three days before he was set to become a cardinal. Cardinal-designate Sean P. O'Malley told Boston reporters that he told the tailor, "I could always wear it if I was called to be on a hunting expedition with the vice president," Dick Cheney. "It's very red." The cardinal met with his hometown media March 21 at Rome's North American College. He was scheduled...
  • Cardinal Daoud: Faithful must accompany suffering Holy Land Christians with prayer, solidarity

    03/14/2006 12:24:26 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 324+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 14, 2006
    Vatican City, Mar. 14, 2006 (CNA) - Cardinal Ignace Moussa I Daoud, the Vaticans prefect of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches has sent a letter to bishops around the world urging support for Christians who live in the troubled Holy Land, namely, by way of the Churchs annual Good Friday collection.In his letter, Cardinal Daoud laments that the Land of the Lord continues to be the scene of a conflict that has lasted for decades and deprives Catholic communities and institutions of the adequate means to maintain and promote religious, humanitarian and cultural activities.This distressing situation, he continued, leads...
  • 'Revolution' Fears Over Hong Kong Cardinal

    03/10/2006 6:32:51 PM PST · by blam · 12 replies · 457+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-11-2006 | Richard Spencer
    'Revolution' fears over Hong Kong cardinal By Richard Spencer in Beijing (Filed: 11/03/2006) The ''official'' Catholic Church in Beijing has accused Hong Kong's newly-appointed cardinal of trying to do to China what the late Pope did to Poland. "Why would you appoint someone who doesn't support communism as a cardinal?" said Liu Bainian, the vice-chairman of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, in a direct attack on Cardinal Joseph Zen. "Is it like Poland? Didn't the Church play a big role in Poland?" Mr Liu, whose organisation controls all of China's state-sanctioned Catholic churches, was speaking on Hong Kong radio after...
  • THE CONSISTORY: no greater secret in world than identity of prince of the church named in pectore

    03/08/2006 11:43:36 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 352+ views
    WITL ^ | March 8, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Well, we're 16 days from the consistory which will elevate 15 prelates to the College of Cardinals. As the magic date of 24 March draws nearer, I'd like do a little piece here, a little bit there on the College, the various aspects of its role in the life of the church and how it operates. Then again, if you want to make God laugh, you tell him your plans. Nevertheless, I will try. It's been said that there's no greater secret in the world than the identity of a prince of the church named in pectore -- that...
  • Los Angeles' Cardinal Mahony urges support of immigrants

    03/01/2006 9:49:07 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 971+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/1/06 | Peter Prengaman - ap
    Cardinal Roger M. Mahony called on Roman Catholics Wednesday to embrace immigrants regardless of their legal status, criticizing what he said was increasing hostility toward the nation's bulging undocumented population. The cardinal also said he would tell priests to defy any law enacted that would try to force churches and other organizations to determine the legality of immigrants before giving them assistance. Mahony, a longtime advocate of immigrant rights who oversees a racially diverse archdiocese of more than 4 million people, used Ash Wednesday and the beginning of the Lenten season to urge Catholics to "make room" for immigrants. "Unless...
  • Polish Popes closest aid to become cardinal

    02/23/2006 11:20:59 AM PST · by lizol · 176+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 23.02.2006 | Michal Kubicki
    Polish Pope’s closest aid to become cardinal Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz, of Kraków, has been named cardinal by Pope Benedict. While the appointment is seen as a victory for the Church’s more open wing in Poland, it comes at a time when the darker aspects of the Church is coming under more and more scrutiny. Report by Michal Kubicki The Krakow archbishop is one of 15 new cardinals from five continents whose names were announced by Pope Benedict XVI. In the city of Krakow, which has traditionally had a cardinal as head of archdiocese, the nomination did not come as a...
  • A Privileged Sign of the Love of God

    02/22/2006 6:58:38 PM PST · by ELS · 5 replies · 375+ views
    ZENIT News Agency ^ | February 22, 2006 | Benedict XVI
    On Feast of Chair of St. Peter "A Privileged Sign of the Love of God" VATICAN CITY, FEB. 22, 2006 ( Here is a translation of Benedict XVI's address at today's general audience, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter. * * * Dear Brothers and Sisters! The Latin liturgy celebrates today the feast of the Chair of Peter. It is a very ancient tradition, witnessed in Rome since the end of the fourth century, which renders thanksgiving to God for the mission entrusted to the Apostle Peter and his successors. "Cathedra" literally means the established seat of...
  • Catholics complain to Vatican over (Cardinal) Pell (liberal activists alert!)

    02/22/2006 8:44:26 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 487+ views
    The Age ^ | February 20, 2006 | Barney Zwartz
    A GROUP of leading liberal Catholics has complained to the Vatican that Cardinal George Pell is teaching inaccurate and misleading doctrine. Spokesman Frank Purcell went further, accusing the cardinal of fostering an "Eichmann mentality" whereby people in the church did not think for themselves but simply obeyed orders. (Adolf Eichmann was the Nazi in charge of exterminating Jews in World War II.) The Catholics wrote in November to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith formerly the Holy Inquisition, and a body on which Cardinal Pell served under the present Pope but have had no reply. They...
  • Cardinal-designate OMalley: The Agony and the Ecstacy (complaints already surfacing)

    02/22/2006 1:37:04 PM PST · by NYer · 43 replies · 706+ views
    Catholic Outsider ^ | February 22, 2006 | Alejandro Bermudez
    I was waiting for it.The first to complain Archbishop O’Malley’s designation to become a Cardinal is one of the local shark-attorney who has represented alleged sex abuse victims in lawsuits against the Archdiocese: Mitchell Garabedian. “O’Malley hasn’t treated the latest group of plaintiffs with any urgency. Many victims feel O’Malley is being rewarded for a job not very well done.” The drama of the victims is out of the question as well as the Church’s responsibility. But the incredible effort of Archbishop O’Malley to settle in a fast, fair and compassionate manner cannot be ignored. It just happens that for...
  • Carnival Cardinal

    02/14/2006 9:17:40 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 5 replies · 394+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 13/2/2005 | Gillibrand
    Pictures and text showing the activities last Saturday of Cardinal Lehmann at Carnival and Cardinal Danneels at an empty vocations conference.
  • Letter from Cardinal George asks priests to come forward

    02/11/2006 6:15:13 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 630+ views
    ABC ^ | February 10, 2006 | Ben Bradley
    February 10, 2006 - Chicago's Francis Cardinal George sent a letter containing an ultimatum to priests. Seemingly stunned by the ongoing issue of priest sex abuse, the cardinal has called for any priest living a double life to come forward for the good of the church. Francis Cardinal George is tending to his wounded flock, dispatching a letter to more than 400 churches across the Archdiocese. In his letter to priests the Cardinal writes: "All of us are sinners, but there are types of perversion that are completely incompatible with the calling toward ordained priesthood." The cardinal apologizes for not...
  • Venezuela Nearing Marxist Dictatorship, Cardinal Says

    01/25/2006 10:34:34 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 84 replies · 1,476+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 1/16/2006 | n/a
    Venezuela nearing Marxist dictatorship, cardinal says Jan. 16 (CNA/ - In one his harshest criticisms to date of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara accused that countrys government of having lost its way and of showing signs of dictatorship. The retired Salesian cardinal presided at the traditional procession of the Divine Shepherdessa popular Marian devotion that draws millions of people every yearthrough the downtown streets of Barquisimeto. Although he focused most of his homily on Marian devotion and the Catholic roots of Venezuela, Cardinal Lara launched his criticism of the Chavez regime at the end of his remarks....
  • Vatican's Evolutionists

    01/21/2006 7:53:08 PM PST · by Marianland · 33 replies · 991+ views ^ | 01/20/2006 | Rafael Brom
    Vatican's Evolutionists By Rafael Brom Catholics should wonder why Vatican constanly issuing a stout defence of Charles Darwin's Fraudulent Communist Religion "Theory of Evolution". Now we have Vatican's high ranked Cardinal claiming that the Genesis description of how God created the universe and Darwin's theory of evolution were "perfectly compatible" if the Bible were read correctly. Looks like that 150 million martyrs who were tortured and killed by communists since 1917 in the name of "Theory of Evolution" did not read their Bible correctly. I am sure that Vatican's Evolutionists will one day declare St. Peter as the First Communist...
  • Christianity and Islam in History

    01/05/2006 8:57:33 AM PST · by Kenny Bunk · 18 replies · 1,068+ views
    Vatican ^ | December 20, 2005 | Christianity and Islam in History
    I will address the topic of Christianity and Islam by limiting myself to a brief presentation of historical facts, without entering into the specifics of religious and theological dialogue. This seems useful to me, because the celebration of the fifth centenary of the birth of Pius V was a bit muted, especially in academic circles. The victor at Lepanto in 1571, this pope who had the courage and the energy to construct an alliance of almost all the Christian kingdoms against the Ottoman empire which was advancing to threaten Europe and had already established dominion over the Balkans ...
  • Priest Accuses U.S. Cardinal of Abuse of Power

    12/05/2005 5:57:31 AM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies · 1,586+ views
    MichNews ^ | 12/2/05 | Matt C. Abbott
    Whistleblower priest Father James Haley, whom I quoted at length in a previous column, is now coming forward with information that certain mainstream veteran journalists have known for some time, but have thus far been unable to prove: Cardinal (then Bishop) Theodore McCarrick allegedly had invited certain seminarians to sleep in the same bed with him. Recounts Father Haley: The story I know well is the story of Smith Jones [not his real name], former priest of Metuchen, now a successful lawyer, and a best friend of mine from the seminary of Mt. St. Mary's in Emmitsburg. After his sudden...
  • Islamophobia (or is Cardinal Theodore McCarrick an apostate?)

    11/27/2005 3:36:57 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 753+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 27, 2005 | Mark Shea
    As car fires (and nursery school fires, hospital fires and parish fires) still blaze in France, I’m reminded that recently, Pope Benedict XVI asked Muslim leaders to do something that many in the West have been clamoring for Muslim leaders to do: Make it very publicly clear that the kind of violence so prominent in the Islamic world is to be condemned and repudiated. One person to respond to the Pope’s call was King Abdullah of Jordan, who issued a strong statement condemning the Bronze-Age fanaticism of so many of his co-religionists, and calling for Muslims of good will to...
  • State Supreme Court tells cardinal (Mahony) to turn over files

    11/18/2005 6:26:13 AM PST · by NYer · 83 replies · 755+ views
    Associated Press ^ | November 17, 2005
    The state Supreme Court declined to overturn an appeals court ruling that forces Cardinal Roger Mahony to turn over the private personnel files of two former priests accused of sexual molestation. The ruling this week is the latest development in a battle between the Los Angeles County district attorney, who subpoenaed the files three years ago, and the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. Mahony has argued that opening the files would violate the church's constitutional right of religious freedom. Donald Steier, an attorney for the individual priests, said he was considering appealing the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The...
  • The Mass Isn't Entertainment, Says Cardinal Arinze (favors Gregorian Chant, or does he?)

    11/16/2005 4:28:26 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 938+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | November 16, 2005
    VATICAN CITY, NOV. 16, 2005 ( The Mass is a moment of reflection and encounter with God, rather than a form of entertainment, says Cardinal Francis Arinze. In an interview with Inside the Vatican magazine, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments made a comprehensive assessment of the recent Synod of Bishops on the Eucharist and of developments in liturgical practice 40 years after the Second Vatican Council. Regarding "music in the liturgy, we should start by saying that Gregorian music is the Church's precious heritage," he said. "It should stay. It should not be banished....
  • Vatican Cardinal Compares Abortion to Killing Politicians - "Pro-Choice" and Communion

    11/15/2005 12:39:07 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 611+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 14, 2005 | John-Henry Westen
    VATICAN CITY, November 14, 2005 ( - Cardinal Francis Arinze, as the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, is the highest authority in the Catholic Church - next to the Pope himself - on the question of communion for pro-abortion politicians. As such, he has oft been asked for his position on the matter in light of the raging public debate on the issue which has bishops pitted on opposite sides of the question as well as many unwilling to take any position.In an interview published Saturday by Inside the Vatican, the Cardinal, somewhat exasperatedly, responded once again to...
  • Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez to Celebrate Traditional Latin Mass in Church of Gesu

    11/03/2005 9:19:54 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 46 replies · 1,055+ views | November 2005 | n/a
    The Voice of Catholic Tradition on Long Island (a traditional Catholic radio program, sympathetic to the SSPX), is reporting: A significant development has occured in Rome with the announcement that H.E. Jorge Cardinal Medina Estevez will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass in the Latin Rite (Traditional) on Sunday, November 6, 2005 at the Church of the Gesu on the Via del Corso.
  • Personnel files show LA archdiocese ignored complaints about priest misconduct for decades

    10/12/2005 6:06:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 465+ views
    AP Wire (direct feed) | October 11, 2005 | Laura Wides
    LOS ANGELES (AP) _ For decades, the Los Angeles Archdiocese ignored parishioners' sex abuse complaints and shipped accused priests between therapy and new assignments, according to newly released personnel records involving 126 clergymen. In many cases, there was little mention of child molestation. Instead, euphemisms such as ``boundary violations'' were used to describe the conduct. The summaries of the personnel records were released Tuesday as part of settlement talks with lawyers for more than 500 accusers who sued the nation's largest Roman Catholic archdiocese. The records, released after nearly three years of legal wrangling, cover priests who were ordained as...
  • Cardinal Pell on the Dictatorship of Relativism (Address to National Press Club)

    09/25/2005 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 953+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | September 24, 2005
    Cardinal Pell on the Dictatorship of Relativism "A Recipe for Disenfranchisement and Passivity" CANBERRA, Australia, SEPT. 23, 2005 ( Here is the text of an address Cardinal George Pell of Sydney delivered Wednesday at the National Press Club in the Australian capital. * * * The Dictatorship of Relativism Address to the National Press Club By Cardinal George Pell Shortly before he entered the conclave in which he was elected Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger preached the homily at the pre-conclave Mass and warned against the rise of "a dictatorship of relativism." It is an evocative phrase which frightened some and...
  • Kolbe making a mark in foreign-aid arena

    08/14/2005 6:04:50 AM PDT · by Borax Queen · 7 replies · 362+ views
    The Arizona Daily Star ^ | 08.14.2005 | C.J. Karamargin
    Southeastern Arizona knows Jim Kolbe as its long-serving congressman. The world knows him as the go-to lawmaker for foreign aid. Whether it's money to build homes in Gaza, eradicate poppy fields in Afghanistan or feed starving refugees in Sudan, the Tucson Republican has a say in how it's spent. Some say Kolbe exercises a greater level of influence over American aid than almost any other member of Congress. As chairman of the Appropriations Committee's subcommittee on foreign operations, export financing and related programs, Kolbe oversees the distribution of taxpayer dollars to disease-plagued and war-torn countries around the globe. During his...
  • Cardinal (Keeler) Criticizes Sen. Bill Frist

    07/30/2005 5:52:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 901+ views
    NewsMax ^ | July 29, 2005
    Cardinal William H. Keeler, chairman of the U.S. Bishops' Committee for Pro-life Activities, criticized Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist's announcement today that he will support federally funded stem cell research that requires destroying human embryos. Cardinal Keeler's statement follows. * * * * * "Today Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist announced he will support using federal funds to encourage the destruction of living human embryos for their stem cells. Despite the Senator's disclaimers to the contrary, this position is not 'pro-life.' "Especially disturbing is the Senator's insistence that human embryos unwanted by their own parents are owed 'the same dignity...
  • Venezuela's Chavez lashes back at cardinal

    07/26/2005 4:01:05 PM PDT · by NickatNite2003 · 9 replies · 473+ views
    Associated Press via CNN ^ | Tuesday, July 19, 2005 | None attributed
    CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- President Hugo Chavez has denied an outspoken cardinal's allegation that he is leading Venezuela toward a dictatorship as tensions mounted between the leftist leader and the Roman Catholic Church. Chavez said anyone who thinks his "revolutionary" government is gradually turning into a dictatorial regime "is crazy enough to be tied up or just ignorant (and) doesn't know what's happening in Venezuela." The statements made by Chavez in Lima, Peru, where he was attending an Andean summit meeting, were released by his press office in Caracas on Monday. A day earlier, Cardinal Rosalio Castillo Lara said Chavez's...
  • Cardinal Arinze Reiterates - for the N'th Time - No Communion for Pro-Abort Politicians

    07/26/2005 11:25:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies · 560+ views
    LifeSite ^ | July 25, 2005
    PITTSBURGH, July 25, 2005 ( - According to Francis Cardinal Arinze, the Vatican's chief over the administration of the sacraments, the denial of Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians is a no-brainer. Speaking at a dinner in Pittsburgh over the weekend, Arinze responded with his usual wit to the question, "Should Catholic legislators who support legal abortion 'be refused' Communion?"The Cardinal elicited laughter when he rejoined, "I ask you, do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to find the answer?"He quipped, "Are there no children from First Communion to whom you can pose the question and receive the answer?...
  • Venezuelan cardinal: Chavez a dictator

    07/17/2005 5:44:12 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 18 replies · 423+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 17, 2005
    CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) -- Venezuela's highest Catholic prelate on Sunday condemned President Hugo Chavez's rule as a dictatorship and urged Venezuelans to reject it in an attack likely to strain already poor church-government ties. "I am convinced that what we have here is a dictatorship," Cardinal Rosalio Castillo, who is retired, said in a interview published by El Universal newspaper. He told Venezuelans to use their constitutional right to refuse to recognize the left-wing president on the grounds he was not ruling democratically. Castillo did not elaborate on what actions he thought Venezuelans should take.
  • Chavez calls Venezuela Cardinal "Bandit, Immoral, Coupster"

    07/17/2005 8:10:57 PM PDT · by Kitten Festival · 3 replies · 216+ views
    The Devil's Excrement (Venezuela) ^ | 7-17-05 | Miguel Octavio
    Are these the words of a sane man? The words of a statesman? The words of a man with class?: "The Cardinal (Castillo Velazco) is a pantomine, it makes me sad and fills me with disgust, he is a coupster, the Pope has to know this, the Vatican's Ambassador has to know this, the Apostolic nuncio has to know this, the devil does not respect a priest's robes, he is a bandit, immoral, a coupster...may God forgive him and the devil receive him when the time comes.." All of this because the Cardinal called Chavez' Government "ominous", the CNE a...
  • Leading Cardinal Redefines Church's View on Evolution

    07/09/2005 12:09:10 AM PDT · by jec1ny · 125 replies · 1,168+ views
    NY Times ^ | 09-07-05 | CORNELIA DEAN and LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    An influential cardinal in the Roman Catholic Church, which has long been regarded as an ally of the theory of evolution, is now suggesting that belief in evolution as accepted by science today may be incompatible with Catholic faith.
  • British cardinal condemns 'false' religion professed by terrorists

    07/09/2005 6:15:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies · 954+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | July 8, 2005 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- A British cardinal has condemned the "false" religion of terrorists who murdered about 50 civilians in a series of bomb attacks July 7 in London. At a July 8 Mass at London's Westminster Cathedral, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor of Westminster denounced the "havoc and tragedy and pain" brought to London by the suspected al-Qaida terrorists, for whom police are still hunting. "The people who carried out these monstrous acts with chilling efficiency and forethought are believed to have acted in the name of religion," said the cardinal, before asking: "Who is their god? "It is not the God...
  • Mexican official comes under fire at binational conference (Catholics Push For Immigration Reform)

    06/25/2005 8:27:29 AM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 14 replies · 600+ views
    Mexican official comes under fire at binational conference Louie GilotEl Paso Times Mexico's foreign minister spoke to Catholic workers and clergy Friday in El Paso about the hardships encountered by immigrants to the United States. But his audience called him to task over the abuse by Mexican officers of South American immigrants as they cross Mexico to get to the United States. Alejandro Siller Gonzalez, of the Mexican-American Cultural Center in the San Antonio Catholic Diocese, told the minister, Luis Derbez, that he has heard "horror stories" of rapes, robberies and beatings from Central and South American immigrants who said...
  • Cardinal Sin

    06/21/2005 6:47:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies · 258+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 22 June 2005 | Staff
    Cardinal Sin, who died yesterday aged 76, blithely ignored the Roman Curia's nervous disapproval of clergy becoming directly involved in politics when, amid a blaze of international publicity, he played a key part in bringing down President Ferdinand Marcos's regime in the Philippines. A man of ready wit, well aware of his comically inappropriate name, Sin initially trod a cautious line on becoming Archbishop of Manila in 1976. Although he and Marcos did not always see eye to eye, he remarked, they could work hand in hand. If he did not attend to the spiritual needs of the president and...
  • Church leaders to discuss role in immigration

    06/18/2005 5:27:43 PM PDT · by Happy2BMe · 22 replies · 643+ views
    Church leaders to discuss role in immigration Leonard MartinezEl Paso Times A Catholic cardinal, 17 bishops from the United States and Mexico, U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and the Mexican foreign minister will meet in El Paso next week in what is being described as a historic meeting about the churchs spiritual, moral and legal obligation toward immigrants. The conference, the first of its kind along the U.S.-Mexico border, will include 150 diocesan staff members from the two countries and will feature a variety of workshops on treating immigrants and fulfilling their religious needs. As members of a universal church, we...
  • All of Europe will fall into anguish if we forget God, says Catholic leader

    05/26/2005 9:29:33 AM PDT · by Murtyo · 11 replies · 467+ views
    The Times (London, England) ^ | May 26, 2005 | Ruth Gledhill
    The Church and its people are in crisis, according to the Archbishop of Westminster EUROPE is filled with angst and the Catholic Church is in crisis, the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-OConnor, said last night. In a lecture at Westminster Cathedral, the spiritual leader of more than four million Catholics in England and Wales said that the Church in Europe, in particular Britain, was in a time of crisis and of dying and rising. He described the modern European as a person of angst, in spite of, or perhaps because of, the many liberties enjoyed in contemporary Western culture....
  • (Cardinal)Keeler to Boycott Loyola Graduation (objects to speaker Giuliani on abortion)

    05/19/2005 6:03:54 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 33 replies · 663+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | May 19, 2005 | William Wan
    Cardinal William H. Keeler told Loyola College of Maryland yesterday that he will not attend its commencement ceremony tomorrow because he disagrees with the keynote speaker, former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani, who supports abortion rights. The decision comes amid planned protests, led in part by a conservative Catholic group, outside tomorrow's ceremony at the 1st Mariner Arena in downtown Baltimore. Loyola's interim president, David Haddad, received a strongly worded letter from the cardinal yesterday, saying Keeler would not attend - nor would any auxiliary bishops or any other representative of the archdiocese, college and archdiocese officials said. "He...
  • Vatican cardinal meets with family of Terri Schiavo

    05/17/2005 7:05:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies · 1,061+ views
    Gainesville - AP ^ | May 17, 2005 | AIDAN LEWIS
    ROME The family of Terri Schiavo met with a top cardinal Tuesday to thank him for the Vatican's support as they sought to keep the brain-damaged woman alive. Schiavo's father, Bob Schindler, said that support from Cardinal Renato Martino and other Vatican officials had helped the family "spiritually" in their unsuccessful battle against a court order to have Schiavo's feeding tube removed. "Just knowing that he supported us gave us strength," said Schiavo's mother, Mary Schindler, following a 15-minute private audience with Martino. Schiavo died on March 31, almost two weeks after the tube was removed. The struggle between Schiavo's...
  • Vatican radio officials convicted

    05/10/2005 9:45:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 480+ views
    CBC ^ | May 9, 2005
    ROME - A court in Rome on Monday convicted a Vatican cardinal and the head of the city-state's radio station for electromagnetic pollution. "... A great victory for those people who have been suffering for years." They were given 10-day suspended sentences, which they have appealed. Cardinal Roberto Tucci. (AP File Photo) Cardinal Roberto Tucci, former head of Vatican Radio's management committee, and the Rev. Pasquale Borgomeo, the station's director general, were charged with "dangerous launching of objects," referring to the station's electromagnetic waves. Residents of the Rome suburb Cessano near the station complained they could hear Vatican Radio broadcasts...
  • LIBERALS SHOCKED, SHOCKED! TO LEARN BENEIDCT XVI IS A CATHOLIC - (stunning indictment of liberalism)

    05/01/2005 8:34:11 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 23 replies · 981+ views
    Much to their amazement and consternation, liberals have discovered that the 265th Roman pontiff is rigid and doctrinaire -- not a happening dude. If that werent enough, he believes Catholicism is true, and other religions are in error to the extent that they deviate from it. Moreover, he rejects feminism, believes homosexual conduct is sinful and warns against what he terms the dictatorship of relativism. In other words, the liberal establishment is forced to reluctantly conclude that Benedict XVI is a Catholic. Something will have to be done about this. While Catholics the world over rejoiced in the election...
  • Russian Orthodox Patriarch Reacts to Election of Benedict XVI

    04/26/2005 10:19:24 AM PDT · by TaxachusettsMan · 429 replies · 4,530+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 25, 2005 | Stacy Meichtry
    "We don't know if that's going to affect (relations) with the Russian Orthodox church. The future will show," Interfax new agency quoted Patriarch Alexy II as saying. Metropolitan Kirill, a senior official in the Russian Orthodox church, attended the meeting with Benedict on Alexy's behalf. Alexy ruled out the possibility of inviting Benedict to Russia in the near future, calling on the new pope to address the proselytizing of Orthodox followers by Catholic missionaries that he alleges went on during John Paul's reign. These accusations led Alexy to block John Paul from visiting Russia in 2004, ending the late pontiff's...
  • (Then) Cardinal Ratzinger's Meditations for the Stations of the Cross

    04/21/2005 8:54:05 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 779+ views
    Vatican ^ | Good Friday 2005 | Josef Cardinal Ratzinger (Pope Benedict XVI)
    Excerpts from (then) Cardinal Ratzinger's Meditations and Prayers for the Stations of the Cross at the Roman Colosseum, Good Friday 2005: The First Station: Jesus is condemned to death: (Meditation) [J]ustice is trampled underfoot by weakness, cowardice and fear of the diktat of the ruling mindset. The quiet voice of conscience is drowned out by the cries of the crowd. Evil draws its power from indecision and concern for what other people think. (Prayer) How many times have we ourselves preferred success to the truth, our reputation to justice? Strengthen the quiet voice of our conscience, your own voice, in...
  • Benedict XVI - 'Ubi Petrus, Ibi Ecclesia'

    04/20/2005 3:14:35 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 632+ views
    He took the name Benedict[1] from the co-patron of Europe who founded over 40,000 communities of monasticism to combat widespread corruption. It should be no secret what Pope Benedict XVI's papacy will be like. For those 'enlightened' Catholics who dissent from magisterial teachings and who are grieved by the election, we bid you peace. Barely one day before his election as the 264th Pope of the Church, Cardinal Ratzinger, a formidable intellect who will not yield to modernists, delivered a remarkable homily, calling for Catholics to be 'true Adults in the faith.' He explained: "Being an 'Adult' means having...