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  • Cardinal Egan Corrects Speaker Nancy Pelosi

    08/26/2008 4:29:15 PM PDT · by tcg · 39 replies · 419+ views
    Representative Nancy Pelosi has been a lightning rod for the ire of conservatives for some time, but now she has drawn fire of a different kind. Within the last 24 hours, the archbishops of Denver, New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C., along with Bishop William Lori have all publicly upbraided the Speaker of the House for her erroneous comments on the Church’s abortion teaching... Not only was Cardinal Egan shocked, but he went on to say that, “What the Speaker had to say about theologians and their positions regarding abortion was not only misinformed; it was also, and especially, utterly...
  • (Cardinal) George Temporarily Removes Pfleger From St. Sabina

    06/03/2008 1:44:07 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 182 replies · 488+ views
    CBS2 Chicago ^ | 6/3/2008 | n/a
    CBS 2 News has learned that Francis Cardinal George is temporarily removing Father Michael Pfleger from his position as pastor of St. Sabina Roman Catholic Church on Chicago's South Side. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports the move comes after several days of deliberation and consultation by the Cardinal, who first learned about Pfleger's racially charged comments about Sen. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton from the pulpit of Trinity Unity Church of Christ last Thursday night. The Cardinal immediately contacted Pfleger who agreed not to refer to the presidential candidates by name, but as CBS 2 reported at the...
  • Father Michael Pfleger and the Presidential Campaign

    05/30/2008 12:26:10 PM PDT · by tcg · 68 replies · 577+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 5/30/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...What now makes this Parish unique is not the intensity of its care for the poor and marginalized but the vocal and active support of its Pastor, Father Michael Pfleger for the candidacy of Senator Barack Obama for President and the outlandish remarks he recently made in the pulpit of a Protestant Church. In his own words: "I really believe that she just always thought, 'This is mine! I'm Bill's wife, I'm white, and this is mine! I just gotta get up and step into the plate....And then out of nowhere came, 'Hey, I'm Barack Obama and she said, 'Oh,...
  • Iraqi Christians Shouldn't Get Special Visa Privilege

    05/27/2008 2:10:06 AM PDT · by forkinsocket · 12 replies · 119+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | May. 20 2008 | Michelle A. Vu
    Iraqi Christians seeking to resettle in the West should not get special treatment based on religion, said a Roman Catholic cardinal on Monday. Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, the head of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Oriental Churches, says Western countries should issue visas based on needs and not because the applicant is Christian or Muslim, according to Reuters. “There is a new E.U. solution to take in many Iraqi refugees, Christians and otherwise,” Sandri said to reporters during a visit to Paris. “We will continue to support such efforts.” Last month, the European Union said no specific steps should be taken...
  • Cardinal (of Manila): Gays Out of 'Santacruzans' (Filipino Devotion) (Catholic Caucus)

    05/05/2008 11:51:40 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 142+ views
    Manila Times ^ | 5/6/2008 (already Tuesday there) | n/a
    CATHOLIC parishes that allow cross-dressing homosexuals to play female saints in the Santacruzan or Santa Cruz de Mayo procession do not honor but instead insult the Blessed Virgin Mary and will be punished, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, Archbishop of Manila, warned on Monday. The punishment is the removal of the faculty for Holy Masses in those parishes. In the Catholic Church, the month of May is devoted to Mary, who is revered as the Mother of God since her son Jesus is God, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. Pious Catholics go on pilgrimages to shrines dedicated to the Blessed...
  • Cardinal Trujillo Has Passed Away (Catholic Caucus)

    04/19/2008 2:55:44 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies · 153+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/19/2008 | n/a
    Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, died Saturday of complications from diabetes. The cardinal had been in a hospital fighting different health complications for nearly four weeks before he passed away. Cardinal Trujillo, Archbishop emeritus of Medellin, Colombia, was 72. Born on November 8, 1935 in the Colombian city of Villahermosa, he moved to the capital Bogotá when he was a young boy. After entering seminary, he studied in Rome and obtained his doctorate in philosophy from the Angelicum, taking courses in theology and sociology and also studying Marxism. Ordained a priest on November...
  • In My Oak Tree

    02/23/2008 4:54:38 PM PST · by SWAMPSNIPER · 30 replies · 160+ views
    self | Feb 23,2008 | swampsniper
    Back in 1989 a friend was putting in a driveway. There was an Oak sapling in the way. I chopped around the roots with my machete, brought it home and stuck it in the ground. It never shed a leaf, I can't get my arms around it now. In warm weather I just about live under it, and the critters like it too. I caught these shots from my porch steps this afternoon. Boss Cardinal was calling his mate.
  • Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor Wavers Again From Church Teaching on Condoms (Catholic Caucus)

    02/11/2008 6:45:19 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 5 replies · 145+ views
    On the Side of the Angels ^ | 2/10/2008 | Paul
    [Originally titled: I don't bloody believe it - he's done it again !!!!!????] I was away this weekend [more later] ; but as I was in a minibus returning home from London I missed radio 4's sunday show - so had to wait for the ' listen again ' feature on the website. Cardinal's done it again !!!??? What exactly? Well take a wild guess - he's invited to comment on one thing the church opposes; and by the time he's finished he's equivocated and compromised to such an extent he ends up saying the exact opposite !!! That...
  • Governor, dignitaries welcome Texas' first cardinal of Catholic Church

    12/14/2007 6:02:30 AM PST · by NYer · 2 replies · 32+ views
    West Texas ^ | December 13, 2007 | Jimmy Patterson
    AUSTIN -- Just over two weeks ago, at the Vatican in Rome, Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop of the Galveston-Houston Archdiocese, bent down to kiss the ring of Pope Benedict XVI at ceremonies to install DiNardo and 22 others as the newest cardinals of the Catholic Church. "I said to the pope, 'Holy Father, the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston loves you and wishes to be in communion with you,' and Pope Benedict looked at me and said, 'Texas needed a cardinal.'" The story met with the loud approval of some 400 Catholics, interfaith representatives and Austin politicos gathered Wednesday at a luncheon, hosted...
  • Hundreds celebrate 'Mananitas' Mass honoring Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/13/2007 4:06:02 PM PST · by Haddit · 6 replies · 199+ views
    Daily News, Los Angeles ^ | 12/12/07 | Tony Castro
    Cardinal Roger Mahony Wednesday called on Roman Catholics to stand in solidarity with immigrants as "one Church, one community, one people of God" as he celebrated the traditional "Mananitas" Mass in honor of the Feast Day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Mahony also reaffirmed the commitment of the U.S. bishops to just and human comprehensive reform. "The raids, divisions of families, insecurity in the workplace, lack of drivers' licenses, the stigma of being label 'illegal' without rights - these are injustices faced by our immigrant community crying out for God's intervention," Mahony said in Spanish to a crowd of some...
  • Pope Says Austrian Cardinal Stickler Used 'Gifts of Mind and Heart' (RIP)

    12/13/2007 8:47:17 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 12 replies · 189+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | 12/13/2007 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI said Cardinal Alfons Stickler, who died Dec. 12 at the age of 97, used his "gifts of mind and heart" to serve the church. The Austrian, who was the world's oldest living cardinal, died in Rome. The cause of death was not announced. Pope Benedict was scheduled to celebrate his funeral Mass Dec. 14 in St. Peter's Basilica. In a telegram of condolence to the cardinal's surviving brother and three sisters, Pope Benedict spoke of the cardinal's "many years of sincere and industrious collaboration with the Holy See," particularly his years as prefect...
  • (Cardinal) Mahony assaulted near L.A.'s cathedral

    12/04/2007 7:34:02 AM PST · by NYer · 36 replies · 286+ views
    Daily News ^ | December 4, 2007 | Rick Coca
    Cardinal Roger Mahony was physically assaulted by a man enraged by the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal within days of a record settlement with hundreds of victims, the Daily News has learned. Mahony, 71, revealed the attack during an annual conference in October before hundreds of stunned priests, saying a man assaulted him because of the scandal, according to four priests who attended the conference. News of the assault comes as the bulk of the church's $660million settlement with victims began being paid out Monday, with more than $500million in checks going out in the mail. The settlement with 508 alleged...
  • The Cardinal

    11/29/2007 4:22:16 AM PST · by Ronin · 3 replies · 97+ views
    11/29/2007 | Ronin
    I am looking for a copy (VHS preferably) if the Otto Preminger film "The Cardinal". I will pay postage and handling.
  • Hats and Titles

    11/24/2007 5:50:43 AM PST · by NYer · 3 replies · 81+ views
    WITL ^ | November 24, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    People of Philly... at long last... IT HAPPENED! After 24 years of waiting, at 11.37 Rome time Philadelphia's own John Cardinal Foley received the red hat and, as reported here the other day, the deaconry of St Sebastian on the Palatine Hill. Blessed be God... and John Cardinal Krol. And congrats, H-Town -- he didn't want to know his titular church until the Pope told him... and so, as Daniel Cardinal DiNardo received his biretta, he learned that the church of Sant'Eusebio on the Equiline Hill would be his. The gift of the 4th century church -- one of...
  • "Usque ad Sanguinis Effusionem"

    11/24/2007 5:39:10 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 161+ views
    WITL ^ | November 24, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    "For you must be willing to conduct yourselves with fortitude, even to the shedding of your blood..." That's the significance of cardinal red, and in the moment immediately before the conferral of the scarlet birette, it is the heart of the traditional exhortation given the college's new intake by the Pope. The ceremony has begun, with more of a flair than most recent consistories have had -- keen evidence that, in the lace-clad Msgr Guido Marini, there's indeed a new MC in town. For the first time in memory, the white-upholstered modern Popechair has been laid aside for a...
  • Demographics, talent and connections are factors in red-hat choice (Di Nardo elevation)

    10/27/2007 12:32:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 25+ views
    CNS ^ | October 26, 2007 | By Patricia Zapor
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The tributes to Cardinal-designate Daniel N. DiNardo have been effusive since he was among 21 archbishops and two priests named cardinals by Pope Benedict XVI Oct. 17. The archbishop of Galveston-Houston is hailed as a brilliant, pastoral, congenial priest and bishop, well-suited by education and temperament to the role of a cardinal, who serves as an adviser to the pope and elector of a new pope. What is less clear is why someone who was a parish priest just 10 years ago, and currently head of the country's newest archdiocese, was chosen to become the first new...
  • Cardinal Rigali Urges the Faithful of Philadelphia to See the Film "Bella"

    10/24/2007 8:35:59 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 350+ views
    Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, is urging the faithful throughout the Archdiocese to see the powerful new film "Bella" which opens in select local theaters on Friday, October 26, 2007. Cardinal Rigali said, "This film has a message that is so connected to life: to the problems of life, the challenges of life, the value of life. This film, I believe, is destined to have an extraordinary impact on people's lives." Bella is a film with wide audience appeal. It was the 2006 winner of the People's Choice Award at the Toronto Film Festival, an honor received by former...
  • Crowning Glory (Cardinal Rigali Named to Bishops Congregation)

    09/26/2007 4:48:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 97+ views
    Zenit and WITL ^ | September 26, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    Just days ago, it was noted here that no archbishop of Philadelphia had ever held that most coveted of Curial appointments: a seat among the kingmakers of the Congregation for Bishops... ...that is, until today. This morning, in a move considered both historic and a personal homecoming, the Pope named Cardinal Justin Rigali to the membership of the congregation, the all-powerful Vatican body that oversees the appointment of bishops to non-missionary dioceses the world over. Then-Archbishop Rigali served as the congregation's secretary from 1989 to 1994, when he was named to the archdiocese of St Louis. Before going to...
  • You Were a Manner of Miracle (account of Lustiger funeral from French daily La Croix)

    08/10/2007 10:45:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 588+ views
    WITL ^ | August 10, 2007 | Rocco Palmo
    With intense thanks to a friend at the French desk for the translation, here is the La Croix account of this morning's funeral: Towards 10 a.m., the coffin, carried by six priests in violet stoles as ordered by Mgr Lustiger in 2004, arrived in the square, followed by procession of 50 bishops and 16 cardinals. According to the archbishop's palace, there were also 500 priests present. The ceremony began on the square of the cathedral, where over 2000 people had gathered under a gray sky, for the reading of the Jewish prayer for the dead, Kaddish. In homage to...
  • Jews, Catholics bid farewell to cardinal

    08/10/2007 5:55:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies · 290+ views
    AP ^ | August 10, 2007 | ANGELA DOLAND
    A sacred Jewish prayer read beneath the sculpted saints of Notre Dame Cathedral opened funeral proceedings Friday for Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, archbishop of Paris, who was born Jewish and converted to Roman Catholicism as a boy.Lustiger, who lost his mother in the Holocaust and later devoted himself to healing the wounds between Catholics and Jews, had requested that his funeral include both faiths. He died Sunday at age 80 in a Paris hospice.Hundreds of people, including prominent Jewish leaders of France, Holocaust survivors and French President Nicolas Sarkozy, gathered to see Lustiger's coffin carried through the crowd and placed on...
  • Multifaith farewell for French cardinal

    08/09/2007 1:56:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 307+ views
    AP ^ | August 9, 2007 | ANGELA DOLAND
    Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, a convert from Judaism who sought to bring the faiths closer during his extraordinary life, is carrying on the mission in death — with a funeral rich in symbolism that includes a Jewish prayer read by a Nazi death camp survivor.Jews and Roman Catholic plan to join in front of the sculpted saints of the majestic Notre Dame Cathedral on Friday to hear the Jewish prayer, known as the Mourner's Kaddish, before the funeral Mass for the former archbishop of Paris."This was his wish, to share the remembrance this way," said Arno Lustiger, a cousin and 83-year-old...
  • Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger (1926–2007): An Appreciation (by George Weigel)

    08/06/2007 11:28:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 334+ views
    First Things ^ | August 6, 2007 | George Weigel
    In the early 1950s, or so IÂ’m told, two young men who would later come to world prominence attended some of the same political science lectures at the Sorbonne. One was the son of Polish-Jewish parents who had emigrated to France; the other was from Cambodia. One had lost his mother to the race-madness of German National Socialism; the other would himself be the cause of suffering for innumerable mothers. One had been converted to Catholicism as a young man; the other had followed a different messianic creed, Marxism. One would become the embodiment of a humanizing, reasonable faith; the...
  • HOUSE SNUBS (NY Cardinal) EGAN

    07/19/2007 8:37:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 433+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2007 | GEOFF EARLE
    July 19, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Congress is trying to "excommunicate" Edward Cardinal Egan by refusing to pass a routine resolution honoring the New York Archdiocese simply because it mentions the archbishop's name, The Post has learned. In a stunning personal slap at the leader of 2.5 million Catholics in New York, a powerful Democrat-controlled House committee has demanded that Egan's name be stricken from the commemoration of the archdiocese's 200th anniversary. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.), the resolution's chief sponsor, said it appears the committee wants the cardinal's name deleted because of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal. The bipartisan resolution,...
  • what happens in vegas ...

    05/03/2007 8:20:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 352+ views
    Off The Record ^ | May 3, 2007 | Diogenes
    ... stays in Vegas. Right, Eminence? An AP headline reads Catholic Cardinals Meet in Las Vegas for Fundraiser. Just the right tone of prayerful recollection. The desert experience. LAS VEGAS -- Catholic Church leaders gathered in Las Vegas on Friday for an annual mass and fundraiser to benefit Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. [chop] Five of the seven cardinals currently serving as archbishops of U.S. dioceses were scheduled to attend the events, including Cardinals Edward Egan of New York, Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, Sean O'Malley of Boston, Adam Maida of Detroit and Justin Rigali of Philadelphia. The...
  • Pope Benedict XVI names new head of Italian Catholic Church

    03/07/2007 7:20:08 AM PST · by markomalley · 6 replies · 327+ views ^ | 3/7/2007
    Vatican City (dpa) - Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday appointed a new head of the Italian Bishops' Conference as the Vatican and Romano Prodi's government engaged in raging debates over same-sex couples, artificial insemination and terminally ill patients' right to die. In a statement, the Vatican said Archbishop Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa would replace Cardinal Camillo Ruini as the conference's president. Seventy-six-year-old Ruini had headed the conference for the past 16 years and was seen in Italy as the most influential Church figure after the pope. A conservative, Ruini was active in the media and played a fundamental role in...
  • "Impressive beauty of the new Mass" Cardinal Lehmann

    02/20/2007 3:24:15 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 5 replies · 299+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 20 February 2007 | Gillibrand
    Cardinal Lehmann has used the German manifesto for the liberation of the old Mass to his own ends, by coming out with praise of the failed liturgy reform of the late 1960s. Translation of an article from the ever excellent “There are mis-implementations here and there.” The Mainz bishop, Karl, Cardinal Lehmann has recently remarked on the “beauty” of the new Mass. A reason for this recent praise was the German language manifesto for the readmitance of the old Rite. These comments were made by Cardinal Lehmann for the latest edition of the Mainz Church News, “Glaube und Leben”...
  • The President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, Cardinal Hoyos hopes for reconciliation

    02/09/2007 8:54:06 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 158+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 8 February 2007 | Gillibrand
    What are the consequences of the release of the old Mass? The Holy Father has an enormous sensitivity to liturgical spirituality and would like to retain a treasure of the Church – not for the museum but as a living inheritance for society so that people who have sensitivity towards tradition will be able to savour this richness. I am constantly surprised that young people who have not known the Old Rite before discover the peace and mystery of the Old Mass. What is important is that the two Rites do not oppose each other but one should see the...
  • Prince of darkness finds peace at church

    01/24/2007 8:42:52 PM PST · by xzins · 147 replies · 1,208+ views
    The Standard ^ | Jan 27, 2007 | Malcolm Moore
    Malcolm Moore Thursday, January 25, 2007 Five hundred years after he was killed in battle, the remains of Cesare Borgia, the notorious inspiration for Machiavelli's The Prince, are to be moved into a Spanish church. Banned from holy ground by bishops horrified by his sins, the remains of the ruthless military leader lie, at present, under a pavement in Viana in northern Spain. Borgia was the illegitimate son of Pope Alexander VI, and was made a cardinal by his father at the age of 17. He was an accomplished murderer by 25 and had conquered a good part of Italy...
  • Toronto's cardinal retires

    12/16/2006 2:11:02 PM PST · by Hieronymus · 2 replies · 231+ views
    Toronto Star ^ | Dec. 16, 2006 | DALE BRAZAO
    Toronto's cardinal retires Cleric, 59, will be installed in January Dec. 16, 2006. 03:51 PM DALE BRAZAO STAFF REPORTER The Archdiocese of Toronto’s 1.6 million Catholics have a new spiritual leader following the appointment of Monsignor Thomas Collins as the new archbishop of Toronto.
  • Memo from Los Angeles Archdiocese re: Communion/purification (Mahony Alert!)

    10/29/2006 3:04:31 PM PST · by NYer · 68 replies · 956+ views
    Closed Cafeteria ^ | October 27, 2006 | Gerald Augustinus
    I received the following memo via email. The person doesn't have an access to a scanner until Monday, so here is the text in regular form as the person copied it. I cannot vouch for the authenticity but have no reason to believe that it is fabricated. Certainly, one can interpret it favorably ... a big archdiocese needs time, they don't want to rush things and so forth. But. This is Cardinal Kool Aide/Wicker Basket. Update: according to a reader "No one has mentioned that the indult had expired in March of 2005. The memo seems misleading to suggest...
  • (Cardinal) O'Brien (of Scotland) urges Muslims to say sorry for 9/11

    10/21/2006 8:29:33 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 54 replies · 1,238+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 10/22/2006 | Eddie Barnes
    O'Brien urges Muslims to say sorry for 9/11EDDIE BARNESTHE leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has called for Muslims to apologise for the 9/11 and 7/7 bomb attacks, declaring that the public should not have to live "in fear of attack" from believers of the Islamic faith.... O'Brien said: "There have been no apologies for the shooting of the nun [in Somalia after the Pope made his remarks], let alone for 9/11 or the London bombings. I would like to see some reciprocal moves from the Islamic side. We shouldn't have to live in fear of attack from...
  • Arian Heresy Still Tempts, Says Cardinal Bertone (Mentions Pelagianism As Well)

    10/11/2006 7:02:55 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 50 replies · 935+ views
    Zenit ^ | 10/9/2006 | n/a
    Arian Heresy Still Tempts, Says Cardinal Bertone Sees Example in "Da Vinci Code"ROME, OCT. 9, 2006 ( Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the new Vatican secretary of state, says that the Church continues to be tempted by the Arian heresy, the idea that Christ is not God. In an interview with the Chilean newspaper El Mercurio, the Italian cardinal acknowledged that "one of the main problems of our time is the problem of Christology," according to which Christ is considered only as "a great man." "If Christ's divinity is doubted," the foundation of Christianity is doubted, he said. The Vatican official recalled...
  • Cardinal O'Malley's blog makes a splash in Boston, cyberspace

    10/02/2006 6:38:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 418+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | October 2, 2006 | Antonio M. Enrique
    BOSTON (CNS) -- From advice on how to live a life of prayer to descriptions of casual encounters with American tourists, Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley's latest effort to communicate with his flock is making a splash both in Boston and in cyberspace. The cardinal is documenting his most recent trip to Rome with a Web log, or blog, launched for the occasion: "It was suggested I use a blog to communicate with everyone but primarily with young people, to speak to them in their own media," the cardinal told The Pilot, Boston's archdiocesan newspaper, in a Sept. 26 telephone...
  • Critics seek to undermine Pope's influence, Cardinal Ruini suspects (He Also Praises Oriana)

    09/19/2006 10:02:53 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 547+ views
    Catholic World News ^ | 9/18/2006 | n/a 18 ( - Cardinal Camillo Ruini has announced that he thinks the international outrage surrounding Pope Benedict's speech in Regensburg is being fed-- especially in Italy-- by people who seek to damage the Pope's authority. "We deplore the misinterpretations-- which are not lacking in our own country," the cardinal said at a September 18 meeting of the leadership of the Italian bishops' conference. He promised that the Italian bishops would stand firm with the Pontiff, in the face of attacks that reflect a serious misreading of the Pope's actual text. Cardinal Ruini said that he was "surprised" that many...
  • (Australian Cardinal) Pell links Islamists to violence

    09/19/2006 7:15:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 475+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | September 19, 2006 | Edmund Tadros
    THE Archbishop of Sydney has drawn a link between Islamists and violence in a strident attempt to defend the Pope - just as the pontiff tries to hose down the flames of Muslim anger around the world.Cardinal George Pell says "the violent reactions in many parts of the Islamic world" to a speech by Pope Benedict justified one of the very fears expressed in that address. "They showed the link for many Islamists between religion and violence, their refusal to respond to criticism with rational arguments, but only with demonstrations, threats and actual violence," Cardinal Pell said in a statement...
  • Cardinal Warns About Colombia Abortion

    08/30/2006 3:19:02 PM PDT · by Stone Mountain · 98 replies · 1,418+ views
    NY Times ^ | August 30, 2006 | Associated Press
    Cardinal Warns About Colombia Abortion BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- A leading cardinal said the Vatican will excommunicate the doctors who performed Colombia's first legal abortion on an 11-year old girl who allegedly was raped by her stepfather. Cardinal Alfonso Lopez Trujillo, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Council for the Family, made the announcement in an interview with RCN television Tuesday. ''Every Christian Catholic who submits to an abortion, whether it be directly or indirectly, will be excommunicated,'' Lopez said. It was not immediately clear if he also was referring to the girl and her family. [... cut to excerpt] The...
  • Chapter Glossary (Capuchin Franciscans begin their 83rd General Chapter)

    08/29/2006 8:46:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies · 311+ views
    WITL ^ | August 29, 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    The Capuchin Franciscans began their 83rd General Chapter this morning in Rome with a Mass celebrated by the community's first cardinal in half a century, Boston's Sean P. O'Malley. The gathering, held at the order's International College of St Lawrence of Brindisi, runs until 17 September. The chief order of business awaiting the 200 or so delegates is the election a new General Minister in succession to Canadian Fr John Corriveau, who has reached the limit of two six-year terms. While the order will release an official summary of each day's activities, interested parties would be wise to keep...
  • "Remembering" Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

    08/19/2006 6:23:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 2,781+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2006 | Matt C. Abbott
    Few would dispute that the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin exercised great influence in the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sadly, however, that influence was not for the good of the Church. The following are pertinent excerpts from Randy Engel's new book The Rite of Sodomy. Chapter 15 The Special Case of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Introduction This segment on Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was originally incorporated into the previous chapter on homosexual members of the American hierarchy. However, because of his extraordinary influence on AmChurch, I decided Cardinal Bernardin deserved a chapter all his own. To do real justice to Cardinal Bernardin...
  • Vatican Sends Special Envoy 'to Bring Hope' to the People of Lebannon

    08/15/2006 6:45:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 270+ views
    Total Catholic ^ | August 16, 2006 | Gerry O'Connell
    In an extraordinary expression of concern, Pope Benedict XVI has sent Cardinal Roger Etchegeray as his special envoy to the Lebanon to convey his "concrete solidarity" and "spiritual closeness" to 'the martyred population" of that war-destroyed land, and to "all those who are suffering" in the Middle East. Before leaving Rome on Sunday morning, the 83-year-old French cardinal was tightlipped and would only say that his mission was "to bring hope" to the Lebanese people.   The Vatican emphasised that the cardinal's visit was "strictly religious" but sources suggested that he hopes to meet with the country’s political leaders. He will...
  • U.S. cardinal describes 'lesson in frustration' in Lebanon visit

    08/15/2006 12:03:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 145 replies · 2,438+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | August 10, 2006 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME (CNS) -- Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, arrived in Lebanon in early August, visiting Catholic aid projects, church and government leaders and getting what he described as "a lesson in frustration." His Aug. 10 meeting with two Muslim leaders in Beirut was canceled after Israeli planes dropped leaflets on the city warning of new bombardments. "It scares the heck out of people," he said of the leaflet drops. "And if they don't leave, they can be killed. But it's awful; they get word to leave their homes because they are going to bomb in the next...
  • Lebanese Cardinal Leads (DC) Peace Service (Meets with SOS Condoleeza Rice)

    07/19/2006 6:06:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies · 360+ views
    Washington Post ^ | July 18, 2006 | Michelle Boorstein
    Wednesday, July 19, 2006; B03 In English and in Arabic, shedding tears and sweat, Washington's Lebanese Catholics prayed yesterday for peace in their homeland, filling a new white church at noon on a sweltering workday.Catholics are the largest Christian community in Lebanon, and the special Mass at Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church was celebrated by Cardinal Nasrallah P. Sfeir, considered one of the most influential leaders of the country's Christians. Nasrallah was in the United States this month when the violence began and spent his last day -- yesterday -- speaking about the holy nature of peacemaking."Are there no...
  • Hong Kong cardinal is a thorn to Beijing, a beacon for Vatican

    07/07/2006 1:37:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 545+ views
    Int'l Herald Tribune ^ | July 7, 2006 | Keith Bradsher
    HONG KONG Mass had scarcely ended on June 4 when a gaggle of young women flocked to the front of the cathedral. Groups of them took turns having their friends take photos of them with the thin, silver-haired, 74-year-old who so captured their fancy: Cardinal Joseph Zen Zi-kiun. He smiled gently for the photo, then walked across an alley to an indoor basketball court with a concrete floor and rusty fans on the walls that barely stirred the warm, humid air. After a youth group had sung religious songs, and after a slide show depicting the Chinese military crackdown in...
  • Syria pulled its army (from Lebanon) but left us its secret services and friends, says Cardinal

    07/05/2006 4:21:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 258+ views
    Asia News ^ | July 5, 2006
    Mar Nasrallah Pierre Cardinal Sfeir Maronite Patriarch of Antioch and All the East Beirut (AsiaNews) –Syria might have pulled its army out of Lebanon, but it has left its secret services. It has “friends” in the country and anyone can draw his own conclusions from that, said Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Sfeir who answered US reporters’ questions in Chicago yesterday about developments following last year’s assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri and Syria’s withdrawal under international pressure.The cardinal, who is in the United States on a visit to local Maronite communities, reiterated his views about Hezbollah, namely that when...
  • Patriarch of the Maronite Catholic Church to Make Historic Stop Greater Boston Area July 12-14

    07/05/2006 9:30:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | July 5, 2006
    LAWRENCE, Mass., July 5 /PRNewswire/ -- In his only stop in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, His Beatitude and Eminence Nasrallah Peter Cardinal Sfeir, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East, will pay an historic visit to St. Anthony's Maronite Church in Lawrence, MA July 12-14.The visit, part of an approximately month long tour of Maronite religious communities in the United States, marks the first time that Cardinal Sfeir has visited St. Anthony church in Lawrence, MA, and is only the fourth time that a Maronite patriarch has journeyed to the United States.Cardinal Sfeir will arrive at Lawrence Airport on the...
  • Cardinal Sfeir receives key to America's 'Gateway to the West'

    07/01/2006 2:44:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 336+ views
    Daily Star ^ | July 1, 2006
    BEIRUT: Maronite Patriarch Nasrallah Butros Sfeir expressed his gratitude at being presented with the key to America's "gateway to the West" at St. Raymond's Maronite Cathedral in St. Louis Thursday.The prelate led a service at the Cathedral in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the first Maronite bishopric in the US."Our meeting today confirms the Maronite Church is still active in this bright cathedral," he said. "I am glad to see your families' dreams growing and coming true through the generations." Sfeir also expressed his happiness to see that recent Lebanese and Middle Eastern expatriates have found...
  • Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher

    06/23/2006 11:37:48 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 10 replies · 298+ views
    Defensor Matrimonii - St. John Fisher On 22 June 1535, St. John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester, England, who had been just made Cardinal Priest of Saint Vitalis by Pope Paul III, was beheaded on Tower Hill in London. Officially, he had been convicted of treason for refusing to recognize King Henry VIII as the new head of the Church of England. This was, however, a culmination of an eight year battle that St. John fought with the king over his marriage with Queen Catherine of Aragon. In the summer of 1527, Bishop Fisher was summoned to Westminster Palace for an...
  • Pope gradually reshuffles Vatican - Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to be Secretary of State

    06/20/2006 6:54:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 5,343+ views
    Ansa ^ | June 20, 2006
    (ANSA) - Rome, June 19 - The most important move in Pope Benedict XVI's reshaping of the Vatican administration after his election in 2005 will be announced soon, according to Vatican-watchers in Italy . The current Vatican Secretary of State, the 79-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano, is widely expected to step down later this year and Benedict must choose a replacement . It is a crucial choice because the holder of the position, akin to that of a prime minister, is second only to the pope in the Vatican hierarchy. He is in charge of all the political and diplomatic activities...

    06/16/2006 6:52:08 AM PDT · by topher · 21 replies · 549+ views
    Madrid, June 15, 2006 (CNA) - The vice president of the Bishops’ Conference of Spain, Cardinal Antonio Cañizares of Toledo, said this week opposition to war or to domestic violence is incompatible with support for abortion. Speaking at a summer course on Catholicism and Spain offered through the University of San Pablo and the Garcia Morente Foundation, the cardinal gave his analysis of the moral state of the country and asked, “How can you say no to the war, no to violence in the home and yet say yes to abortion?” According to the cardinal, family, education and the defense...
  • (Cardinal) Pell steps up war of words on Islam

    06/06/2006 6:11:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies · 809+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | June 6, 2006 | Linda Morris
    THE country's most influential Catholic has offended Islamic leaders for the second time in a month by declaring Islam more warlike than Christianity.Australia had not been much changed by the rising Islamic threat after September 11, 2001, the Catholic Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal George Pell, said. But this could change depending "on how many terrorist attacks" Islamic extremists could "bring off successfully"."The million-dollar question" was whether intolerance was a modern distortion of Islam or arose out of internal logic."It's difficult to find periods of tolerance in Islam. I'm not saying they're not there, but a good deal of what is...
  • Cardinal Pell offends Muslims, again

    06/05/2006 1:58:26 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 53 replies · 1,088+ views
    Ninemsn ^ | 6/6/06
    Cardinal George Pell has declared yet again Islam is more warlike than Christianity, this time to a US Catholic newspaper. The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney told the National Catholic Reporter (NCR) Australia hadn't been affected much by Islamic threat following the September 11 terrorist attacks in the US, but this could change depending "on how many terrorist attacks" Muslim fundamentalists could "bring off successfully", Fairfax newspapers report. In the interview conducted in Rome with well-known NCR reporter John L Allen, Dr Pell said "the million-dollar question" was whether intolerance was a modern distortion of Islam or arose out of internal...