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  • Indian aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan

    06/03/2014 5:08:29 AM PDT · by huldah1776 · 1 replies
    BBC News | June 3, 2014 | N/A
    An Indian aid worker has been kidnapped in the Afghan city of Herat, Indian and Afghan officials say. The 47-year-old man was visiting a school when a group of unknown gunmen kidnapped him on Monday afternoon. India's foreign ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the consulate in Herat was trying to get more information. The incident comes just 10 days after the consulate was attacked by gunmen armed with machine guns and grenades. At least four attackers were killed in the firefight with security forces that lasted several hours. Herat lies near Afghanistan's border with Iran and is considered one of...
  • Verbiest: The Priest Who Invented the Automobile

    05/19/2014 8:18:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2014 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Even one who is as maladroit as I when it comes to the Internet, profits from “YouTube” with its cavalcade of some of the great people and events of more than a century. Would that it could go back farther, but there are many moving scenes to which we have access. One shows Father Georges LeMaitre, father of the “Big Bang” with Albert Einstein at the California Institute of Technology in January of 1933. Father Le Maitre, priest and physicist, had challenged Einstein’s postulate of a static state universe. Father Le Maitre contended that an expanding universe, exploding from...
  • Famed Jesuit priest abducted, beaten and executed in Syria

    04/08/2014 4:15:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    BEIRUT — An activist Jesuit priest who spent three years living alongside besieged civilians and rebels in the Syrian city of Homs was assassinated Monday, according to the Vatican, which said he was abducted by unidentified gunmen who beat him before executing him in front of his monastery.Father Francis Van Der Lugt, 75, a Dutch Jesuit priest, came to Syria in 1966 and eventually founded a home for children and adults with mental disabilities outside Homs, where he lived before the three-year-old civil war started. After fighting began, he relocated to the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al Diwan in...
  • Loyola bans same-sex wedding ceremonies in new policy [Loyola University Chicago]

    02/22/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    WindyCity Media Group (Gay) ^ | 2014-02-20 | by Derrick Clifton
    (Note that this article is from a LGBT media group's point of view.) Loyola University Chicago changed its guidelines for wedding ceremonies on campus, adopting an official policy ahead of Illinois' equal-marriage law on June 1. The new policy, enacted last December, only allows Catholic weddings in the university's Madonna della Strada Chapel. All other civil or religious weddings, including same-sex unions, are banned from campus facilities. The decision also comes after a Loyola student launched a Change.org petition last September, urging university administrators to allow same-sex ceremonies on campus. Christine Irvine, a Loyola junior studying visual communication, started the...
  • Peace activist priest dismissed from Jesuits ("obstinately disobedient")

    01/08/2014 5:27:50 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | January 8, 2014 | Joshua J. McElwee
    A popular U.S. Catholic priest and author known for his peace writings and some 75 arrests for civil disobedience actions across the country has been dismissed from the international Jesuit religious order, which says he was "obstinately disobedient" to its directives. Removal of Fr. John Dear caps 32 years in the order for the priest, who has been known for protesting a wide range of issues, including U.S. policies on Latin America, nuclear weapons development, and the cooperation of Jesuit educational institutions with American military recruiting programs such as the ROTC. The dismissal also raises the specter of Pope...
  • Pope Francis, Catechist in Action

    09/30/2013 11:41:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 30, 2013 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    Thoughts on the Holy Father's recent address about "one of the most beautiful educational adventures" Pope Francis reads a speech during a meeting with catechists in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican Sept. 27. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters) “If a needy person requires medicine or other help during prayer time, do whatever has to be done with peace of mind. Offer the deed to God as your prayer. Do not become upset or feel guilty because you interrupted your prayer to serve the poor. God is not neglected if you leave him for such service. One of God’s works...
  • "This Is How It Is" In Mega-Interview, Francis Lowers the Boom. Again

    09/19/2013 1:04:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | September 19, 2013 | Rocco Palmo
    Another day... another gift from above or, at least, Room 201 at the Domus. Early on in this pontificate, a caller to the editorial offices of Civilt Cattolica the authoritative Italian Jesuit journal vetted by the Holy See before it goes to press asked to speak with the journal's editor, Fr Antonio Spadaro. Spadaro was out, but the Pope tracked him down on his mobile. And now, the priest-scribe above, with his confrere has landed a coup for the ages: a 10,000-word interview with Francis published this morning by the 16 journals overseen by...
  • Pope Francis Visits a Syrian Refugee Family

    09/10/2013 6:39:35 PM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    Time ^ | Sept. 10, 2013 | Elizabeth Dias
    Pope Francis made a private visit to the Astalli refugee center in Rome on Tuesday, and, while meeting with several hundred refugees, singled out a Syrian family to listen to their story. The family was given time with the pope during the visit to represent the present emergency in their homeland, an Astalli representative told Radio Vaticana. The Pope also talked with a Sudanese man. Astalli is a high-volume refugee center run by Pope Francis own Jesuit ordermore than 21 thousand refugees, from regions including Afghanistan, Egypt, and sub-Saharan Africa, passed through Centro Astalli last year. Many of the undocumented...
  • Military action in Syria would be 'an abuse of power', says Jesuit General

    09/04/2013 7:33:46 AM PDT · by tourte · 3 replies
    Independent Catholic News ^ | September 4, 2013
    The Jesuit General has accused the United States and France of an "abuse of power", in considering military action in Syria and says the Jesuits fully support Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting in support of peace this Saturday. While he says he would not normally comment on international or political situations, Father General Adolfo Nicols SJ says the current circumstances mean he cannot keep silent, stating: "I cannot understand who gave the United States or France the right to act against a country in a way that will certainly increase the suffering of the citizens...
  • Al Qaeda group kidnaps Italian priest in Syria - activists

    07/29/2013 8:53:10 PM PDT · by BlackVeil · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 30 July 2013 | By Khaled Yacoub Oweis
    (Reuters) - Al Qaeda-linked fighters in a rebel-held eastern Syrian city on Monday abducted a prominent Italian Jesuit priest who championed the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad ...
  • From the IOR to the gay lobby: Pope Francis tells all on flight from Rio to Rome

    07/29/2013 6:37:08 PM PDT · by haffast · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider - LaStampa ^ | 07/29/2013 | Andrea Tornielli
    "On flight from Rio de Janeiro to Rome" Journalists fired improvised questions at the Pope for one hour and twenty minutes. The Pope agreed to hold the press conference straight after take-off, despite how tired he was after an eventful World Youth Day week in Brazil. Francis surprised journalists with his willingness to answer all questions put to him, even those which touched on really thorny issues like the reform of the Vatican Bank (IOR), the Ricca case, the gay lobby, Vatileaks and even the content of the black leather bad he carried on to the plane which flew him...
  • Cardinal Maradiaga backs Pope's call for greater protection of refugees

    07/11/2013 6:14:35 PM PDT · by haffast
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-09 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Caritas Internationalis President Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga has released a statement backing Pope Francis call to welcome refugees as our brothers and sisters. Cardinal Maradiaga issued his statement on Monday 8 July, the day in which Pope Francis journeyed to the Island of Lampedusa, the landing point of tens of thousands of migrants trying to reach Europe in hope of a better future. Please find below the full text of the statement issued by Caritas Internationalis: The Popes visit to Lampedusa reminded us of the plight of millions of refugees around the world. Religious leaders and faith based...
  • Pope nixes 'boring' practice of reading text to students, uses Q&A

    06/08/2013 6:14:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cns ^ | June 7, 2013 | Carol GLATZ
    Youths surround Pope Francis as he meets with students from Jesuit schools June 7 in Paul VI hall at the Vatican. (CNS/Reuters) By Carol GlatzCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis ditched a 1,250-word prepared speech to students saying it would be "a tad boring" to read out loud and opted instead to just quickly hit the high points and spend the rest of the time answering people's questions. "Would you like that?" he asked as some 9,000 students, alumni and teachers from Jesuit-run schools and associations in Italy and Albania yelled "Yes" with cheers and applause....
  • Cardinal OMalley to boycott Boston College commencement over honoring of pro-abortion Irish PM

    05/12/2013 3:56:44 AM PDT · by topher · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 10, 2013 | Tim Drake
    Cardinal OMalley to boycott Boston College commencement over honoring of pro-abortion Irish PM May 10, 2013 (CNS) - Archdiocese of Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley said today that he plans to boycott Boston College's commencement ceremony May 20 because it will feature Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as its commencement speaker. The College is scheduled to award Kenny an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Kenny supports loosening the country's legislation against abortion. Since the university has not withdrawn the invitation and because the Taoiseach (prime minister) has not seen fit to decline, I shall not attend the graduation, OMalley said in...
  • PM foisting abortion on Ireland to be honored by Jesuit Boston College

    05/07/2013 12:46:41 PM PDT · by topher · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 7, 2013 | by John-Henry Westen
    BOSTON, May 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - While Irelands Catholic bishops and the pro-life movement are fighting desperately to keep the government from enacting legislation to permit abortion, Boston College, a Catholic institution in Massachusetts, is honoring the head of the same government. Irish pro-life leaders say they are incredulous at the news. Niamh U Bhriain of Ireland's Life Institute told LifeSiteNews that the Jesuit college should withdraw its invitation. The Catholic Action League of Massachusetts also condemned the college for selecting Republic of Ireland Taoiseach (Prime Minisster) Enda Kenny as its 2013 Commencement Speaker. The university will also confer an...
  • Boston priest named bishop of Oakland

    05/04/2013 2:35:35 AM PDT · by thecodont · 2 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle / sfgate.com ^ | Updated 9:51 pm, Friday, May 3, 2013 | Matthai Kuruvila
    Pope Francis named a Boston priest with longtime ties to the Bay Area as the bishop of Oakland, where the future bishop emphasized that he would lead a path more pastoral than political. Until now, Rev. Michael Barber had been the director of spiritual formation at a Boston seminary. In his first comments to diocesan staff in Oakland on Friday, Barber spoke of spending time in soup kitchens serving food, washing dishes, visiting jails and otherwise "getting my hands dirty." Barber, 58, is the first Jesuit bishop named by Francis, the first Jesuit pope. Oakland's bishop-elect said it was Francis'...
  • In shocking twist, Boston College expects Catholics to be Catholic

    04/09/2013 2:31:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    live action ^ | Calvin Freiburger
    It seems freedom of association and religious doctrine, and the juxtaposition thereof, are concepts destined to elude liberals grasp. Thats the inescapable takeaway from The New York Times report on trouble at Boston College, where the Jesuit schools administrators have decided to crack down on an unofficial student group dedicated to free condom distribution: While we understand that you may not be intentionally violating university policy, we do need to advise you that, should we receive any reports that you are, in fact, distributing condoms on campus, the matter would be referred to the student conduct office for disciplinary action...
  • Pope washes feet of young detainees in ritual

    03/28/2013 12:21:53 PM PDT · by haffast · 43 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 3-28-2013 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis washed and kissed the feet of a dozen inmates at a juvenile detention center in a Holy Thursday ritual that he celebrated for years as archbishop and is continuing now that he is pope. Two of the 12 were young women, a remarkable choice given that the rite re-enacts Jesus' washing of the feet of his male disciples. The Mass was held in the Casal del Marmo facility in Rome, where 46 young men and women currently are detained. Many of them are Gypsies or North African migrants, and the 12 selected for the foot-washing rite included Orthodox...
  • Pope Francis: a man of joy and humility, or harsh and unbending? (baffled Guardian UK asks)

    03/27/2013 7:20:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 70 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | Friday 15 March 2013 | Sam Jones, Uki Goni and Jonathan Watts
    [big snip] Many Jesuits have been lukewarm at best ...the distrust stems from Francis's six years as Jesuit provincial of Argentina ...He was fiercely opposed to liberation theology. "As a provincial, he was extremely strict and fairly conservative, which goes against the grain of the society," said [historian Michael] Walsh. Fr. Jose Maria Sang, who recalls his former mentor as an earnest, well-prepared teacher with a strong spiritual orientation, also believes that those seeking to pigeonhole the new pope as conservative or progressive are missing the point. "These terms are political, not religious," he said. "It is better to look...
  • Who is Jorge Bergoglio?

    03/15/2013 10:21:15 AM PDT · by haffast · 28 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 13, 2013 3:56 PM | BRIAN MURPHY and MICHAEL WARREN
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis is the first ever from the Americas, an austere Jesuit intellectual who modernized Argentina's conservative Catholic church. snip Bergoglio's legacy as cardinal includes his efforts to repair the reputation of a church that lost many followers by failing to openly challenge Argentina's murderous 1976-83 dictatorship. He also worked to recover the church's traditional political influence in society, but his outspoken criticism of President Cristina Kirchner couldn't stop her from imposing socially liberal measures that are anathema to the church, from gay marriage and adoption to free contraceptives for all. snip "In our ecclesiastical region there...
  • Argentine priest kidnapped in Dirty War reconciled w/ Pope Francis (Don't blame Pope for Pinochet)

    03/15/2013 9:24:51 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 15, 2013 | Brian Roewe
    An Argentine priest kidnapped and tortured during the South American countrys dirty war said Friday that he has since reconciled with Pope Francis. Jesuit Fr. Francisco Jalics was kidnapped in 1976 along with a fellow priest by the military junta who ran the government as a dictatorship from 1976-1983, Argentinas dirty war. The Associated Press reported Friday that the priest, through a statement on the German Jesuits website, said he and Francis met years later, believed to be in 2000, to discuss the events. Following that, we celebrated Mass publicly together and hugged solemnly. I am reconciled to the events...
  • Jorge Mario Bergoglio is elected Pope Francis

    03/13/2013 12:29:03 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 365 replies
    BACKGROUND: Jorge Mario Bergoglio, SJ (born December 17, 1936) is the current pope of the Roman Catholic Church, elected on March 13, 2013, and taking the regnal name of Francis I. Prior to his election, he served as an Argentine cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church. He has served as the Archbishop of Buenos Aires since 1998. He was elevated to the cardinalate in 2001. He was elevated to Pope in March 2013. Jorge Bergoglio was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife. After studying at the seminary in Villa...
  • Cardinal Bergoglio elected Pope after two days of conclave

    03/13/2013 12:18:30 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 56 replies
    The Guardian ^ | March 13, 2013 | Paul Owen
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  • Argentina cardinal named pope

    03/13/2013 12:17:50 PM PDT · by edcoil · 22 replies
    drudge | 3-12-2013 | edcoil
    Drudge says Argentina gets pope
  • Missouri School to Cut Kids' Hair for Drug Test

    01/31/2013 10:16:50 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 66 replies
    Newser ^ | 01/31/2013 | Mark Russell,
    One Kansas City high school is taking the war on drugs to the next level. Beginning this fall, Rockhurst High School will require students to submit their hair for random drug tests, reports KSHB. In a somewhat bizarre-sounding process, a staff member who happens to be a barber will cut about 60 strands from randomly selected students' heads or bodies. (KSHB helpfully clarifies that hair in private areas will not be touched.) The Jesuit institution will then test for everything from cocaine and PCP to pot and signs of binge drinking; the test is said to be able to identify...
  • Jesuit Suspended After Joining Female 'Priest' for Liturgy

    12/04/2012 9:01:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    An elderly Jesuit priest has been suspended from ministry in the Milwaukee archdiocese after he joined in a liturgical celebration with a woman who claims to be a Catholic priest. Father Bill Brennan told the National Catholic Reporter that his Jesuit superiors had barred him from public ministry at the request of Milwaukees Archbishop Jerome Listecki. The 92-year-old priest said that he was also told not to contact the mediaan order that he apparently ignored in speaking with the National Catholic Reporter. Jesuit, 92, penalized after eucharistic liturgy with woman priest (National Catholic Reporter)
  • Ann Coulter dumped as hateful, but pro-infanticide Peter Singer ok?: Jesuit university

    11/19/2012 2:16:46 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 19, 2012 | HILARY WHITE
    Updated: Nov. 19, 2012 at 2:02 PM EST to include a statement from Dr. Charles Camosy, the organizer of the panel discussion featuring Peter Singer, and to include more information about the panel. NEW YORK, November 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Days after popular American conservative pundit Ann Coulter was disinvited from Fordham university amidst accusations that she is too “hateful”, the world’s most notorious promoter of infanticide, Dr. Peter Singer, was welcomed at a conference at the university, the Jesuit order’s premier university on the east coast. Fordham hosted Dr. Singer as the main attraction at a one-day conference titled,...
  • Christ is in Our Midst - A Catholic pays a visit to a Russian Orthodox Church in Beijing

    09/26/2012 3:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 26, 2012 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    Iconostasis of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition of Most Holy Theotokos, Russian Embassy, Beijing, China Sunday morning in China’s capital city is not unlike most other days: Beijing’s more than 20 million inhabitants bustle through congested sidewalks, cars compete almost hopelessly for space on crowded roads, and hazy grey skies loom heavily over the city landscape, punctuated by soaring cranes marking new constructions. Beijing is not exactly a city of church bells and rising spires, but nestled quietly among the trees within the protective walls of the Russian Embassy lies the Russian Orthodox Church of the Dormition...
  • Profs at Jesuit universities lash out at bishops for opposing HHS mandate, gay marriage

    05/17/2012 11:12:04 AM PDT · by topher · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | May 17, 2012 | Kathleen Gilbert
    May 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Professors at four Jesuit-run Catholic universities have recently stepped into the media to voice their disagreement with Catholic bishops on church teachings, including on contraception and the nature of marriage, and condemning the prelates for promoting an idiosyncratic minority view as Catholic dogma. The professors statements come at the same time that Pope Benedict has emphasized to U.S. bishops that reform of Catholic universities in the United States is the most urgent challenge facing the Church in the country. The pope told U.S. bishops who were visiting Rome recently that a lack of progress towards...
  • Georgetown University will not offer student contraception coverage

    05/01/2012 4:02:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2012
    Georgetown University Healy Hall. Credit: Aurelien Guichard (CC BY-SA 2.0). Washington D.C., May 1, 2012 / 02:07 am (CNA).- The president of Georgetown University cited the importance of Catholic identity in his announcement that student health care plans will not be adjusted to include coverage of birth control. However, he also indicated that the D.C.-based Jesuit university will continue its practice of offering such coverage to employees. In an April 26 email to the university community, President John J. DeGioia said that after thoughtful and careful consideration, the administration has decided to continue our current practice for contraceptive coverage...
  • Sex education- Jesuit style- with added feminism

    04/03/2012 2:52:21 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    In the Lassale House in Switzerland, which is run by the Jesuits, courses will now be also offered from May onwards giving "time and space for sensuality." Swiss media speak in this context of "sex courses", a term rejected by Christian Rutishauser, the Jesuit in charge. In the Luzerner-Zeitung, Rutishauser can promote his courses, claiming that the Church has so far actually specified "particular obligations" and set "framework conditions for sex" (within marriage).
  • Are Jesus and Buddha Brothers?

    10/30/2005 11:05:55 PM PST · by Coleus · 60 replies · 1,448+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 2005 | Carl E. Olson
    Are Jesus and Buddha Brothers?"When you are a truly happy Christian, you are also a Buddhist. And vice versa." So concludes best-selling author and Buddhist monk Thich Hhat Hanh near the end of his popular book Living Buddha, Living Christ. Some Catholics agree. For example, Jesuit Father Robert E. Kennedy, a Roshi (Zen master), holds Zen retreats at Morning Star Zendo in Jersey City. He states on his web site: "I ask students to trust themselves and to develop their own self-reliance through the practice of Zen." The St. Francis Chapel at Santa Clara University hosts the weekly practice of...
  • Zen master (Catholic Priest) tells curious to embrace a new faith

    01/22/2006 6:26:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 179 replies · 3,394+ views
    NorthJersey.com ^ | 01.22.06 | EVONNE COUTROS
    Zen master tells curious to embrace a new faithRIDGEWOOD - The two-hour lecture at the Old Paramus Church Education Center began with several minutes of silent meditation. And for many who attended, participating in meditation was a first step in understanding the basic teachings of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. "All attempts at mutual education are important to help us grow," said Robert Kennedy, the noted Jesuit priest and Zen master. "It widens our vision."Kennedy Roshi, as he is known to Buddhists, was the key speaker at Saturday's event, which was attended by more than 100 people of varied faiths. It...
  • Fairfield Students Bussed to Hear Gay Advocate Bash the (Catholic) Church

    10/20/2011 3:36:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | October 19, 2011
    Fairfield University’s student newspaper The Mirror reports that Fairfield provided transportation for students to hear openly gay sex columnist Dan Savage bash the Catholic Church in his keynote address for the “Pro-Queer Life” conference on Saturday.The lecture contradicts assurances reportedly made by Fairfield President Fr. Jeffrey von Arx, S.J., to Bishop William Lori that the conference would “not be a vehicle for dissent.”The Jesuit university reportedly bussed students to Union Theological Seminary in New York as part of their “More Than a Monologue: Sexual Diversity and the Catholic Church,” an effort by Fairfield and Fordham Universities along with two non-denominational...
  • Catholic university will offer partner benefits.

    03/25/2011 8:37:48 AM PDT · by ThisLittleLightofMine · 45 replies
    The Columbian ^ | 3/24/2011 | unknown
    <p>MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Marquette University in Milwaukee will begin offering domestic partner benefits to its employees beginning next year.</p> <p>The move by the Catholic, Jesuit university comes about a year after the school rescinded a job offer to a lesbian and scholar at Seattle University. Marquette officials said at the time, rescinding the job offer to Jodi O'Brien had nothing to do with her sexual orientation. But, it triggered heated debate on campus over the issue.</p>
  • How the Miraculous Medal Changed My Life

    02/14/2004 6:06:07 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 603+ views
    Real Presence ^ | February 2004 | Fr. John A. Hardon, S.J
    One of the most memorable experiences that I ever had was with the Miraculous Medal! It changed my life. In the fall of 1948, the year after my ordination, I was in what we call the Tertianship. This is a third year of Novitiate before taking final vows.In October of that year, a Vincentian priest came to speak to us young Jesuit priests. He encouraged us to obtain faculties, as they are called, to enroll people in the Confraternity of the Miraculous Medal. Among other things, he said, "Fathers, the Miraculous Medal works. Miracles have been performed by Our Lady...
  • Jesuit Worships Shiva with Ravi Shankar

    12/16/2010 9:51:20 PM PST · by 0beron · 3 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/15/2010 | Tancred
    Remember when the 60s were fun? Father Jegath Gaspar Raj SJ has had a lot of interesting connections, playing an intermediary in the peace talks between Tamil Tigers and the government of Tamil Nadu, running businesses and then becoming implicated in running the 2G Spectrum Scam. Now he's worshipping Shiva to promote his musical endeavor and get himself and the local Archdiocese out of a financial jam. Some people seem to think that the Jesuits in India are pretty good. We're inclined to think they might be even worse than the ones in the West. Has anyone warned Father that...
  • Vienna Archdicoese: Gives Platform to Pro-Homosexual Jesuit

    10/01/2010 11:56:00 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/01/2010 | Tancred
    The "in good standing", not uncontroversial Jesuit priest in the periphery of "Apostle History 2010" gets an open mike - Mertes described Pope Benedict as "hard of hearing" and said that the Church suffers from homophobia.Wien (kath.net) The "in good standing", but not uncontroversial Jesuit Klaus Mertes will receive an open mike in the last days of the event organized by the Archdiocese of Vienna 'Apostelgeschichte 2010" (Apostle History 2010) and intends to hold his impulsive lecture on the theme "But you will receive the power of the Holy Ghost". Mertes has been increasingly concerned over the media's revelations in...
  • New Jesuit Provincial Bets Against Rome

    09/17/2010 8:54:41 PM PDT · by 0beron · 8 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/17/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: He had previously this week offered to pay out settlements to compensate victims. He had also, as Novice Master, spoken of the pernicious homosexual culture in seminaries. And he maintains: Appointments in the Church Hierarchy are reminiscent almost of "corruption" -- Almost half of Catholics are today continuously closed off from the Sacraments. The new Provincial of the German Jesuits, P. Stefan Kiechle SJ, spoke this week for the abolition of celibacy. Kiechle spoke this Wednesday in the auspices of the "Cardinal-Hffner-Circle" Catholic CDU-member for the release of married men for the priesthood and for the consideration also of...
  • Jesuit head of Asian Catholic news agency criticizes transubstantiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/25/2010 11:49:50 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 53 replies · 876+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 05/25/2010 | n/a
    Stating that Catholics can become fanatical about one form of the Body of Christ in the bread of the Eucharist as the REAL presence of Christ, Father Michael Kelly, the Jesuit CEO of the Asian Catholic news agency UCA News, criticized the doctrine of transubstantiation in a May 24 column. In his column-- a critique of the new, more accurate liturgical translations that reflect the content and dignity of the original Latin-- Father Kelly writes: Regrettably, all too frequently, the only Presence focused on is Christs presence in the elements of bread and wine. Inadequately described as the change of...
  • Jesuit magazine editor: Pope's comment on same-sex marriage is bizarre (Catholic Caucus)

    05/19/2010 2:55:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies · 394+ views
    cna ^ | May 19, 2010
    Fr. James Martin, S.J. Washington D.C., May 18, 2010 / 11:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The culture editor of the Jesuit weekly magazine America, Fr. James Martin, S.J., argued yesterday in a post on the publication's blog that Pope Benedict's equation of abortion and same-sex marriage "is bizarre" and "seemed oddly discordant."In his post published on Monday, May 17, under the headline Hingham, Same-Sex Marriage, and Life Issues," Fr. Martin, a frequent contributor to the Huffington Post, praised the Archdiocese's of Boston move to undermine the decision of Rev. James Rafferty, who last week denied enrollment to the child of...
  • Lesbian Professor Responds To Controversy Surrounding Marquette Univ Job Offer, Take Back

    05/13/2010 9:26:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 646+ views
    WISN ^ | May 11, 2010
    MILWAUKEE -- Dr. Jodi O'Brien, a lesbian professor at Seattle University, is responding to the controversy surrounding a job offer at Marquette University. Marquette offered O'Brien the job as dean of the college of Arts and Sciences. However, University President Father Robert Wild rescinded the offer.Students and staff claim Fr. Wild took back the offer after two of O'Brien's published works surfaced, one about lesbian sexuality in the first person, another about same-sex marriage.On Tuesday, Dr. O'Brien released this statement:"For the past 15 years, Jesuit values have been at the center of my evolution as a teacher and scholar at...
  • Confessionals Out, Pagan Art Gallery In (Catholic Caucus)

    01/11/2010 10:24:19 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 856+ views
    cmr ^ | January 11, 2010 | matthew archbold
    Oh boy. I don't even know where to start with this one. This story is just a microcosm of so much that's wrong with so many of our "Catholic" universities. The Jesuit run University of San Francisco has removed a number of confessionals and replaced them with a "pagan" art gallery. Yup. You read that right. And they say they're doing it as a "testament to St. Ignatius of Loyola." You know the St. Ignatius whose Exercises state:In consequence, having made a better Confession and being better disposed, one finds himself in condition and prepared to receive the Blessed Sacrament:...
  • Chicago Catholic college posts internship for Planned Parenthood PR position

    01/07/2010 6:07:34 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 304+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | January 6, 2010
    The School of Communication at Loyola University Chicago posted an internship for an e-publicist at Planned Parenthood of Illinois, according to the universitys web site. Planned Parenthood of Illinois online advocacy program consists of over 20,000 members and annually generates tens of thousands of messages to legislators, the internship posting notes. Our e-advocacy program plays a critical role in moving pro-choice initiatives and is building a powerful voice for grassroots activism on choice issues throughout the state. Communication internships help students integrate their career objectives and educational preparation in the challenging and expanding fields of communication studies, journalism and advertising/public...
  • Slandering the President (Jesuit Priest upset at Glenn Beck and Rush Limbaugh)

    12/05/2009 10:51:09 AM PST · by Coleus · 31 replies · 1,515+ views
    America Magazine via Ripenet ^ | NOVEMBER 23, 2009 | Fr. John F. Kavanaugh, S.J.
    Slandering the President John F. Kavanaugh S.J. | NOVEMBER 23, 2009 America Magazine On Oct. 29 Glenn Beck ended his program on Fox TV with the words of Thomas Jefferson: All tyranny needs to gain a foothold is for people of good conscience to remain silent. Beck himself certainly has not been silent. In lectures, best-selling books, a radio program and his television show, he has warned America of the coming tyranny under a conspiratorial president. Armed with videos and quotations ranging from the mindless and amoral behavior of some members of Acorn to reckless statements made by associates and...
  • Documentary about Jesuit missionary to China screened at Venice Film Festival

    09/13/2009 5:33:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies · 581+ views
    cna ^ | September 12, 2009
    Fr. Matteo Ricci Related articles: Paul's Missionary Journeys & Last VoyageThursdayThursdayThursday Venice, Italy, Sep 12, 2009 / 06:13 pm (CNA).- A new documentary on the life of Fr. Matteo Ricci, a pioneering Jesuit missionary to China, was screened at the Venice Film Festival on Thursday. The film is part of a revival of interest in Ricci, whom Pope Benedict XVI has called a model for a fruitful meeting between civilizations.The movie, directed by Italian filmmaker Gjon Kolndrekaj, was shot in China and Italy.Political and religious dignitaries from both countries attended the screening, ANSA reports. They included the Patriarch of...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Cardinal Francis George's personal physician is leaving

    06/12/2009 5:16:46 AM PDT · by markomalley · 141+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 6/12/2009 | Manya A. Brachear
    Cardinal Francis George's personal physician plans to depart Chicago and leave medicine next month to take a job with his Roman Catholic religious order. Dr. Myles Sheehan, 53, a Jesuit priest who has sported a clerical collar and white lab coat for 14 years at Loyola University Health System, has been selected to be the next provincial, or leader, of the Jesuits' New England Province based in Boston. "As provincial, one of my main responsibilities will be taking care of the 300 Jesuits in New England, and I have a real peace knowing I will be able to ensure these...
  • Jesuit journal says secular media excessively criticize pope, church

    04/30/2009 1:51:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 420+ views
    CNS ^ | April 30, 2009 | Carol Glatz
    ROME (CNS) -- Incessant and unwarranted criticism against Pope Benedict XVI is part of a larger anti-church campaign being waged by major newspapers and media outlets in the United States and Europe, said an Italian Jesuit magazine. "Catholics in Italy and Europe know very well that a preconceived hostility exists against church doctrine, especially in the field of ethics," La Civilta Cattolica said. The mass media, "which is the voice of powerful forces and interests, is an excellent propagator of this hostility," said a May 2 article released to journalists April 30. The article, written by Jesuit Father Giandomenico Mucci,...
  • Notre Dame, "the bishops," and "Catholic schools" (who has what authority)

    03/27/2009 10:02:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies · 1,034+ views
    OSV ^ | March 26, 2009 | Monsignor Owen F. Campion
    by Monsignor Owen F. Campion UPDATED: Notre Dame University’s recent decision to invite President Obama to address its forthcoming Commencement Exercises and to confer upon him an honorary degree caused an outcry from many Catholics opposed to the Chief Executive’s policies regarding abortion and stem cell research. The fury transferred in many cases to “the bishops”, assuming that either the bishop of the diocese in which Notre Dame is located could stop the whole thing, or the American bishops collectively could do something. Actually, the bishops have spoken. Several years ago, as a group, they formally resolved that Catholic colleges...
  • Does filing put Jesuit schools at risk? (Jesuits filed Chapter 11)

    02/20/2009 1:02:14 AM PST · by paudio · 3 replies · 455+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | February 19, 2009 | Janet I. Tu
    Bankruptcy proceedings started this week by the Jesuits in the Northwest could lead to intense wrangling over the institutions the order is best known for: its schools. The Society of Jesus, Oregon Province as the Northwest Jesuits are formally called filed for Chapter 11 reorganization Tuesday, beset by numerous lawsuits alleging past sexual abuse.