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  • Tim Keller’s Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus

    09/23/2014 10:36:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 35 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 22, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NEW YORK (RNS) Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015. The partnership between Redeemer and Reformed Theological Seminary fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York. It also reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelical thinking, as well as the impact of megachurches on theological education. And while many seminaries are still suffering declining revenues since the economic crisis...
  • England and Wales Have Four Times More Priestly Vocations than Ireland

    09/22/2014 6:56:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 9/22/14 | James O'Shea
    A new survey by The Irish Catholic has found that there are four times the number of men beginning studies for the priesthood in England and Wales than there are in Ireland. A survey of seminaries showed that 57 men entered a priestly formation program in England and Wales this year compared to 14 men who entered the seminary in Ireland, despite the fact that Ireland has 4.65 million Catholics while England and Wales have only 4 million. Fr Willie Purcell, Ireland’s National Coordinator for Diocesan Vocations, told The Irish Catholic that the Church in Ireland needs to adopt strategies...
  • The Annulment Argument: a Quick Guide to the Two Sides

    09/22/2014 6:49:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 9/22/14 | Dr. Ed Peters
    There are basically two groups agitating for annulment reform, one saying that there are too many annulments, the other saying that there are too few. Let me suggest that (a) the first group is mistaken if it thinks the annulment problem lies in the annulment process (ie, Book VII of the 1983 Code and Dignitas connubii) and (b) the second group seeks not so much reform of the annulment process as its effective abolishment. The first group (those holding that there are too many annulments), can scarcely suggest any procedural reforms (short of requiring tribunals to stamp DENIED on every...
  • Spinning the Synod

    09/22/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 19, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops. Pope Francis leads opening prayer during a meeting of cardinals in the synod hall at the Vatican Feb. 20. The Synod of Bishops wills meet in Rome October 5-19 to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization” (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Here’s a word that hasn’t been used much in recent discussions about the approaching Battle of the Cardin—er, the Synod of Bishops, taking place October 5-19 in Rome: evangelization. Which is curious, since the official title, or theme, for the extraordinary general...
  • Family Synod Thoughts

    09/22/2014 6:55:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | 9/20/14 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I was on the bus today and on the seat in front of me was a Muslim women in a headscarf with three young boys and a baby, she was gently telling one of the boys to stop sulking, whilst feeding the baby and chatting and laughing with the others. On the sideways row of seats was another mother dressed in western clothes chatting on her phone and rather noisily telling off her daughter for making a mess with the chocolate she was eating. In fact she was more interested in fixing up a date for this evening with a...
  • My Thoughts On The Appointment Of Bishop Cupich To Chicago…

    09/21/2014 8:45:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | September 21, 2014 | Frank Weathers
    Joe Six-Pack will be brief.
  • Update in Albania – Muslims pray for Pope, security a non-issue

    09/21/2014 1:58:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    cna ^ | September 21, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Father Federico Lombardi gives a press briefing in Tirana, Albania. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 21, 2014 / 06:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a press briefing Sunday the Vatican's spokesman downplayed worries over Pope Francis' safety in Albania, also noting that Muslims gathered in an important Tirana mosque to pray for the pontiff's visit. Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, told journalists that the Sept. 21 papal visit has been welcomed with joy by all the Albanian religious communities. On why Pope Francis did not stop the popemobile as he often does to greet children...
  • Pope Orders Review of Annulment Process to Simplify Procedure

    09/21/2014 1:29:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 141 replies
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis has ordered a review aimed at simplifying the Church's procedures for annulments, the Vatican said on Saturday, a move that could make it easier for Catholics to end marriages. A statement said Francis had appointed an 11-member commission of canon lawyers and theologians to propose reform of the process, "seeking to simplify and streamline it while safeguarding the principle of the indissolubility of marriage". An annulment, formally known as a "decree of nullity," is a ruling that a marriage was not valid in the first place according to Church law because certain pre-requisites, such...
  • An app to follow and learn more about the Mass

    09/21/2014 5:54:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | September 20, 2014
    This educational app offers the Mass from a different point of view. It's called "Mass Explained” and it is the perfect way to understand and learn more about the meaning of the actions, words, signs and rites of the Mass. It explains the Roman Rite, the Mass the majority of Catholics are familiar with. Additionally, it explores each section of the liturgy with prayers and unique gestures.  The app is interactive and includes 3D videos and panoramic photos. It also contains biblical references, quotes from the Fathers of the Church, the Catechism of the Catholic Church and encyclicals.  "Mass Explained” is...
  • Who Do You Worship ?

    09/21/2014 2:36:39 AM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
    youtube ^ | October 13, 2012 | unknown
    Published on Oct 13, 2012 FAIR USE NOTICE: This video may contain copyrighted material. Such material is made available for educational purposes only. This constitutes a 'fair use' of any such copyrighted material as provided for in Title 17 U.S.C. section 107 of the US Copyright Law.
  • Albania prepares for papal Mass

    09/20/2014 2:15:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | September 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Papal and Albanian banners line Albania's streets. Credit Daniel Ibáñez / CNA. Tirana, Albania, Sep 20, 2014 / 01:34 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Franciscan involved in the preparations for Pope Francis’ trip to Albania said that he hopes for a surprise from a Pope who has made a habit of breaking his routine to visit the sick. “We set the area with young people and sick people in the front, at the right and the left of the altar. Pope Francis will address young people at the beginning of the Mass, but he is not expected to go and spend...
  • In Albania, Pope Francis Will Find a Church That is "Rising"

    09/20/2014 1:19:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 20, 2014
    When Pope Francis lands at Mother Teresa Airport outside Tirana, Albania, Sunday, he will find a country still getting used to the concept of democracy—and learning again what it means to believe in God. The Church is "rising," in the words of Father Carlo Lorenzo Rossetti, who has been based in Albania since 2003. But several generations grew up in a society that had tried to erase God from public and private consciousness. Father Rossetti, a Fidei donum priest from the Diocese of Rome, directs the “Redemptoris Mater” missionary seminary and teaches theology at the interdiocesan seminary in Shkoder. He spoke...
  • Pope gives Chicago a Pastor committed to the culture of encounter and the poor

    09/20/2014 3:51:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | September 20, 2014 | GERARD O’CONNELL
    In his most important decision to-date in the United States, Pope Francis has chosen Bishop Blase Cupich, a talented leader with vision, who is committed to the culture of encounter and to the poor, as the new archbishop of Chicago. Pope Francis has given a new direction to the American Church by appointing the bishop of Spokane, Blase Joseph Cupich, 65, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago. The archbishop-elect is a highly-talented leader, a pastor with vision, together with long, varied and successful pastoral and administrative experience in two dioceses and a college.  He is totally committed to the culture of...
  • Montana Gay Couple Denied Communion After Roman Catholic Priest Learns of Marriage

    09/19/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/14 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. – A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after the new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, population 5,900. It has prompted an upcoming visit from the bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
  • The Biblical Model of A Family-Loving Feminist

    09/19/2014 3:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 19, 2014 | DEVANIE COOPER
    As a student of business and an entrepreneur, I was intrigued that this holy woman spends her time training herself, producing, selling, investing and trading. She even embarks on several new business ventures in the twenty verses that describe her! She “surpasses them all,” we’re told in Proverbs 31:29. She has real estate projects, engages in the operations of crop cultivation, which she trades at market. She’s woven clothing and produced belts for sale, all the while having an apostolate to the poor and needy. What are we supposed to learn from this multi-tasking phenom? This passage is telling us...
  • Biden, a Catholic School ‘Kid,’ Praises Nuns Under Fire From the Vatican

    09/19/2014 6:12:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 9/17/14 | Jason Horowitz
    DES MOINES — At a Vatican meeting a few years ago, Pope Benedict XVI unexpectedly asked Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. for some advice. “You are being entirely too hard on the American nuns,” Mr. Biden offered. “Lighten up.” Last year, Mr. Biden seized on an audience with Pope Francis as another opportunity to praise the sisters who remained the target of a Vatican crackdown for their activism on issues like poverty and health care. And on a visit to Iowa on Wednesday, Mr. Biden literally, as he might put it, got on board with the nuns. “You’re looking...
  • Doctrinal Wars? Both Sides Fire Over Communion for Divorced, Remarried

    09/18/2014 8:04:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 9/18/14 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family will not open until Oct. 5, but some of its most prominent members are already publicly debating what is bound to be one of its most controversial topics: the eligibility of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. In an interview published Sept. 18, a proponent of changing church practice to allow such Catholics to receive Communion answered criticism from some of his fellow cardinals, suggesting they are seeking a "doctrinal war" whose ultimate target is Pope Francis. "They claim to know on their own what truth...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: My Doubts About Existence of God

    09/17/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/17/14 | John Bingham
    Justin Welby says he asks himself ‘is there a God?’ and says Christians cannot explain why there is suffering in the world The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britain’s most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself “Is there a God?” and “Where is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of...
  • Irish Bishop Bows to Pressure, Shelves Plans for Permanent Diaconate

    09/17/2014 6:25:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    An Irish bishop has decided not to institute the permanent diaconate in his diocese, because of protests from supporters of women’s ordination. Bishop Kieran O’Reilly of Killaloe had begun recruiting candidates for the diaconate, when opposition arose among some women in the diocese. Quickly reacting to the pressure, Bishop O’Reilly announced: “I will not now proceed with the introduction of the permanent diaconate at this time in the diocese.” Bishop backs down over plan for male-only lay ministers (Irish Independent)
  • Isil want to assassinate the Pope, says Iraq's ambassador to Vatican

    09/16/2014 3:12:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 16, 2014 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis is at risk of an assassination attempt by the Islamic extremists of Isil, the Vatican has been warned, ahead of his first visit to a Muslim-majority country this weekend. As the 77-year-old pontiff prepares to travel to Albania on Sunday for a one-day visit, Iraq's ambassador to the Holy See said there were credible threats against the pontiff's life. The leader of the Roman Catholic Church could also be vulnerable when he travels to Turkey in November, the ambassador said. Jihadists from Isil have in recent weeks boasted of wanting to extend their caliphate to Rome, the heart...
  • Does Anyone From Seattle Know Anything About Mars Hill?

    Mars Hill is a mega church in Seattle that has made front page news in the Seattle Times. Seems the media wants to demonize Christian churches that have internal problems. I was wondering if anybody here has the inside scoop. Seems our church invited a new church, 'The Seattle Church' over to share our space and sermon for one Sunday. I'm wondering if this is a spin off of Mars Hill. When I do a Google Search to get information on 'The Seattle Church', it always comes up with Mars Hill. Seem the pastor of The Seattle Church was a...
  • Reigning and “Emeritus.” The Enigma of the Two Popes

    09/16/2014 7:50:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 9/15/14 | Sandro Magister
    It is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church. With many unknowns still unresolved, and with serious risks already in play. An analysis by Roberto de MatteiROME, September 15, 2014 – That the figure of “pope emeritus” is an unprecedented innovation in the history of the Church, “instituted” by Benedict XVI himself in his act of resignation, has been recognized by Pope Francis himself, during the press conference on the airplane that brought him back from Korea to Rome last August I8. This does not change the fact that from both the juridical and the doctrinal point of...
  • Cry No More

    09/13/2014 4:58:05 AM PDT · by SouthernClaire · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 16 Feb 2012 | Yaakov Shwekey, Yitzy Waldner, Ken Burgess
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7ruAmWfb4A "Cry No More" ... May God bless Israel.
  • Former Imam: God saved me from torture after Christian conversion

    09/12/2014 6:05:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 11, 2014 | CNA
    Kerala, India, Sep 11, 2014 / 05:03 pm (CNA).- A former Muslim imam who converted to Christianity believes that God protected him from death threats and torture at the hands of his family members. “The holy Quran converted me to Christianity,” said Mario Joseph, a former imam who shared the story of his conversion and subsequent persecution with the HM Television program “Changing Tracks,” broadcast by the EUK Mamie Foundation run by the Home of the Mother religious community. The English-language interview, first posted in April 2014, now has more than 250,000 views on YouTube. Mario Joseph grew up in...
  • Nun says misery of Iraqis ‘pierced my heart like a knife’

    09/12/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | DOREEN ABI RAAD
    Displaced Iraqi Christians pray at a refugee camp in Irbil (Photo: CNS) Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, provincial leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria, is still shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq.Sister Marie Claude accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq last week.More than 100,000 Christians and other minorities sought refuge in the region following attacks by Islamic State militants. Many were given less than half an hour to flee their houses.“I was not at all expecting to see that much misery,...
  • "Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest

    09/12/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 12, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Brendan Gleeson stars in a scene from the movie "Calvary." (CNS photo/Patrick Redmond, Twentieth Century Fox) St. Pope John Paul II said that a priest should have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Far too many saccharine paintings of effeminate Jesuses in the midst of delicate lambs are conducive to a misconstrual of the image as something sentimental and harmless. But shepherds not only had the smell of their sheep (to use Pope Francis’ language), but they also wielded a stick, meant to bring back strays and to fend off threats. Real shepherding was, and is, a dirty...
  • Is Conquest or Conversion the Christian Answer to Islam?

    09/12/2014 4:16:18 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies
    Aleteia.org ^ | September 12,2014 | Father Dwight Longenecker
    Radical Islamists seem intent on conquest. It has always been so. From the beginning and down through the ages, radical jihadists have attempted to convert people to their religion by force. “Convert” they cry “or we have nothing to offer you but the sword.”
  • Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him

    09/11/2014 1:59:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | September 10, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets Salvatore D'argento on Sept. 10, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 10, 2014 / 04:53 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A man paralyzed from the neck down made his way to Pope Francis' general audience, saying he took the massively risky move because he wanted to experience for himself the pontiff's uniqueness. Salvatore D'argento spoke with CNA Sept. 10 saying that he came to the audience because of “the personality of Pope Francis. He's not a common pope.” Confined to a bed from the age of 24 due to an accident while practicing judo, the now 42 year-old...
  • John Paul II Institute Scholars Notably Absent from Synod

    09/11/2014 4:05:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/10/14 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican yesterday published the names of participants for the upcoming Synod on the Family, but strangely absent from the list are experts from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, despite the organisation having a faculty in Rome. Professors from the Institute have been some of the most vocal in criticising the possibility of changing pastoral practice regarding Holy Communion for divorced and “remarried” Catholics. Family life will be the focus of the extraordinary general assembly of the Synod of Bishops that will meet at the Vatican between 5-19 October 2014. The 150...
  • The Old Debate on Divorce and Communion Has a New Wildcard: Francis

    09/10/2014 6:06:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/10/14 | John L. Allen Jr
    As summer turns to autumn, the most compelling storyline in Rome is a highly anticipated summit of Catholic bishops from around the world, which shapes up as a key test of how much the status quo in the Church has been upended by a charismatic pope from a foreign land who’s taken the world by storm. Called a “Synod of Bishops”, the meeting seems destined to grapple with the contentious issue of the Church’s ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving Communion. Although the Vatican’s German doctrinal czar warns no change is possible, his admonition does little to stifle the...
  • Who is Abdul Hamid? When Christian Young Men Turn to Islam

    09/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Thoe Catholic Men ^ | September 4, 2014 | Fr. Brian Doerr
    Although Abdul Hamid has largely been forgotten, he is the young man sitting in the pew next to you at Mass. Abdul was the renowned American boy John Walker Lindh who turned Taliban fighter in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001. The argument can be made that he is an icon for many American Catholic youth of our current day. John Walker Lindh was “raised Catholic” in his suburban California home. By the age of 16, he left his spiritual heritage in search of “his own spiritual path.” That eventually led him to Islam and to his senseless death...
  • Thank Goodness Fulton Sheen’s Cause Has Been Suspended

    09/07/2014 10:05:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 9/5/14 | Donald S. Prudlo
    Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen was one of the most dynamic preachers of the Catholic Faith in the twentieth century. Anyone familiar with his work in media knows the power of his influence and example. He was clearly one of the most notable products of the American Catholic revival that began in the 1920s, and the strength of his witness continues to impress today. His books remain eminently approachable, an astonishing achievement for one so gifted academically. Shining through his telegenic smile, one could sense the depth of his faith and his holiness. The cause of Sheen’s canonization proceeded on its...
  • In rare move, Pope Francis to publicly celebrate 20 marriages

    09/06/2014 2:49:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | September 5, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Couples at the Vatican wait to be blessed by Pope Francis on Oct. 16, 2013. Credit: Kerri Lenartowick/CNA. Vatican City, Sep 5, 2014 / 05:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule of Pope Francis' main liturgical celebrations for the month of September, during which he will publicly perform the marriage of 20 couples. September brings a full slate of activities for the pontiff, including the commemoration of lives lost in WWI, an audience with elderly, a day trip to Albania and the celebration of the Sacrament of Marriage with couples in St. Peter’s Basilica. On Saturday, Sept....
  • ‘We have to judge acts’: Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

    09/05/2014 3:02:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 4, 2014 | John Henry Westen
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been used frequently to suggest a change in Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality. Host Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action Insight questioned Cardinal Burke about instances where people must make judgments in light of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” phrase.  “We have to judge acts, we have to,” Cardinal Burke replied. “All day long we make judgments with...
  • An Appointment that Francis Should Withdraw

    09/02/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 8/28/14 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    At his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis lamented divisions in Catholic parishes, so often caused by gossip and other sins of the tongue. He also explained that the unity of the Church has its origins in the unity and communion of the Trinity itself. But last December he appointed Bishop Nunzio Galantino as General Secretary of the Italian Episcopal Conference. Which of these things is not like the others? I’m sure there are plenty of divisions in the Church caused by the kind of pettiness and vanity that create cliques and express themselves in endless gossip. But in my experience over...
  • Cardinal Mueller: Many Women Religious Upset With LCWR

    09/02/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    CDF Prefect Reveals International Theological Commission Will Have More Women MembersIn an interview published in the latest edition of a monthly supplement on women for the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller has stressed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious do not represent all US nuns, “but just a group of nuns who form part of an association." The cardinal is currently in talks with the LCWR due to concerns over its positions on Church teaching. The LCWR is a canonically approved membership organization which serves to support women religious in the United States. “We have received many distressed...
  • Faith is rooted in God - not human approval, Pope Francis says

    09/02/2014 8:45:18 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 1, 2014 | Ann Schneible
    Vatican City, Sep 1, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Faith is not founded upon human wisdom, but on the power of God, as made manifest in the Gospel. This was one of the main themes of Pope Francis' homily on Monday morning, resuming daily Mass at the Santa Marta residence following the summer holidays. Addressing the congregation, the Pope said that we do not read the Gospel simply to learn, but to find Jesus. This is “because Jesus is truly in His Word, in His Gospel.” One ought to receive the Word “as one receives Christ: that is, with...
  • Müller: More Women to Join the International Theological Commission

    09/02/2014 4:07:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    The Vatican newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano’s” monthly women’s insert interviews the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: “We are not misogynists!” he says, revealing that the number of women in the Congregation will go from two to five or six, at the Pope’s requestThe latest issue of the women’s insert published monthly by Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano reveals the identity of the Pope’s next nomination; more women are going to be joining the international theological Congregation: the number will be rising from two to “five or six”. This is according to the Prefect of the Congregation for...
  • Bartholomew I Announces June Environmental Summit

    09/02/2014 4:03:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    (Vatican Radio) In a letter to the Orthodox world marking the Ecclesiastical New Year, the Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I has announced an Environmental Summit next June on the theme of “Theology, Ecology, and the Word: a conversation on environment, literature and the arts.”He says the aim of this conference is to “awaken the global conscience to the particular and specific importance of the ethical and spiritual dimension of the ecological crisis – with special reference to the arts and literature – in order that it may be returned to its “original beauty,” which is the natural, hole and sacred...
  • Pope Removes Key Benedict XVI Protege

    08/29/2014 6:28:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP ^ | 8/28/14
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis has removed a key protege of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI from the Vatican's liturgy office and sent him back to his native Spain. In 2008, Benedict appointed Cardinal Antonio Canizares Llovera as prefect of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments. The office is in charge of regulating how Masses and other sacraments are celebrated, and under Benedict's papacy took on a more conservative and traditional bent.
  • Italian Bishops' Leader Says Church Should Welcome 'Unconventional Couples' to Sacraments

    08/28/2014 8:18:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The secretary-general of the Italian bishops’ conference has said that the Church must make efforts to welcome “unconventional couples.” "Couples in irregular matrimonial situations are also Christians, but they are sometimes looked upon with prejudice," said Bishop Nunzio Galantino of Cassano all’Jonio, who was appointed secretary-general of the Italian episcopal conference by Pope Francis. According to Italy’s ANSA news service, Bishop Galantino went on to say that when couples in irregular marital situations are excluded from the sacraments, it “is an unjustified price to pay, in addition to de facto discrimination.”
  • USCCB Loses Its Head

    08/27/2014 2:08:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 27, 2014 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”What is the bottom line? They are...
  • A Refreshed Benedict XVI Captivates Students with Homily

    08/26/2014 8:40:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/26/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger “schulerkreis” study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love. “The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?'” Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25. “Peter answered 'you are Christ, son of the living God,'” to which Jesus responds: “you are Peter and on this rock I...
  • Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

    08/26/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | August 26, 2014
    A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq. Credit: www.ankawa.com. New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action. “The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial....
  • Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

    08/26/2014 2:31:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | August 26, 2014
    Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. (File Photo/CNA). Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s Holy Will as expressed through the Successor of Peter and in the...
  • Dear Mr. Gothard

    08/26/2014 10:53:34 AM PDT · by DariusBane · 119 replies
    redemptionpictures.com/ ^ | 8 July 2014 | Heather E. Corcoran
    You would see me across the room when we arrived on Saturday night for staff dinner. You’d signal to me in a personal and private way that you wanted me to sit with you. And you always positioned me just directly across from you. You’d slide your feet out of your shoes and play footsies with me. You would use your feet to feel But rather than offering that protection, you exploited that situation. You asked me to tell you how it felt. To tell you if my body was aroused by their touches. You wanted vivid details. But you...
  • Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

    08/22/2014 3:12:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq Aug. 12-20 as Pope Francis' personal envoy, speaks to CNA in Rome, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis' envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the...
  • Pope’s personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq

    08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS) Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about:...
  • Pope Francis in Korea: Global Tweets Show Mixed Interest

    08/22/2014 6:14:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/21/14
    If social Tweets are anything to go by, China, North Korea, Vietnam and Cambodia displayed little to no interest in Pope Francis’ recent trip to Korea. According to the Italian research firm Datalytics which analyses global Tweet data, the four Asian countries “almost completely” failed to comment on the August 14-18 trip on Twitter. Twitter is the only social platform that can currently be “mined” for data to see trends in social conversations in real time, as events are happening. On its Tweet geolocation finder, Datalytics has placed a sole marker beneath China’s southern edges, indicating that anywhere from 10-1000...
  • “Today is a miraculous day”: Dr. Kent Brantly speaks after recovering from Ebola

    08/22/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    To cleanse the palate, your feelgood video of the day. Skip to 5:00 for Brantly’s portion of the presser; he speaks for more than seven minutes but the key bit, in which he describes coming down with Ebola, comes in the first three minutes. I didn’t know what to expect when I heard he’d be released but I’m surprised regardless at how fully he seems to have recovered. According to his own timeline, it’s been slightly less than a month between the moment he began to feel unwell and today’s triumphant reemergence. I’m curious to know how he thinks...