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  • Card. Parolin Addresses Gregorian Conference on Celibacy

    02/08/2016 9:48:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    (Vatican Radio) The Secretary of State of the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, delivered the keynote address on Saturday morning at a conference being hosted by the Pontifical Gregorian University on the past, present, and future of the discipline of priestly celibacy in the Catholic Church. In his prepared remarks, the Cardinal Secretary of State recalled that the requirement of celibacy is a disciplinary one that has never been imposed by the whole Church, and one from which men have more or less frequently been dispensed. Cardinal Parolin addressed the opinion that it is time to lift the discipline in...
  • ASK FATHER: Why is a baptismal certificate so important for annulment process? (Catholic Caucus)

    02/07/2016 4:03:49 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 22, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader… QUAERITUR: Trying to get an annulment. Can’t find his baptismal record. Why is it so important? Well! That was pithy.There is a Latin adage from ancient Rome: Verba volant, scripta manent… Words merely spoken fly away, but words written down remain.Baptismal records are wonderful things. When they are properly tended, they record all of the sacraments we receive in life. These written records are to be kept at the parish of our baptism. When a baptismal record is issued, it will have notations on the back listing the dates and places of all the sacraments we received....
  • The Pope Francis Mercy Monopoly; Is this a Joke? [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2016 8:42:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Saturday February 6, 2016 | Christopher A Ferrara
    It seems to be impossible to get off the Francis beat on which Remnant writers and other tradition-minded Catholic commentators around the world have found themselves over the past three years. Not a week passes without something from the Vatican, orchestrated by Francis and his public relations team, designed specifically to call attention to the latest sensational development in what is being marketed shamelessly as Pope Francis' Revolution of Tenderness and Love.(r) Many journalists have devoted entire careers to covering the Vatican beat, but this Pope's endless of train of publicity stunts has made Vatican-watchers of the rest of us....
  • Chicago Archdiocese to Close Parishes Due to Priest Shortage

    02/06/2016 4:38:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Chicago Business ^ | 2/5/16 | AP
    (AP) - The Archdiocese of Chicago expects to close an undetermined number of parishes in coming years due largely to a shortage of priests. Archbishop Blase Cupich outlined a "multi-year planning process" in a column in this week's archdiocesan newsletter, Catholic New World. He says "demographics have shifted dramatically" in recent decades, buildings are in disrepair and fewer priests means resources are spread too thinly. Cupich says by the time the process is complete "we will mourn together the loss of some parishes."
  • Meet the Cardinal Who 'Recharges for Battle' by Fasting from Food and Water

    02/06/2016 4:26:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/4/16 | Jack Carrigan
    Cardinal Robert Sarah has the quiet authority to stand up to Western ideologyGod or Nothing by Cardinal Robert Sarah, Ignatius, £12.99I would bet that many Catholics in the West had not heard of Cardinal Sarah of Guinea before the family synod in October. Then his name kept cropping up, dispelling the disquiet many of us felt over the Church, when we heard his voice: strong, wise and confidently Catholic. It has become a cliche to survey the Church worldwide, note the moral turmoil in Europe alongside its decreasing populations, and then suggest that it might be Africa's turn to take...
  • Objections Raised to Anglican-Presbyterian Agreement

    02/05/2016 5:51:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Church of England and the Church of Scotland have agreed to the Columba Declaration, an ecumenical statement that calls for closer cooperation between the two bodies and permits clergy to minister in one another's churches. The Church of England is the Anglican body in England and Wales; the Church of Scotland, founded by John Knox, is Presbyterian. The Columba Declaration has led to objections from the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Anglican body in Scotland, whose primate questioned whether the Church of England has overstepped its bounds in making the agreement.
  • Behind the Scenes at Vatican II

    02/04/2016 8:01:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/3/16 | Peter M J. Stravinskas
    The first volume of Henri de Lubac's "Vatican Council Notebooks" (Ignatius Press, 2015) is filled with detailed and often surprising accounts of conversations, disputes, and key figures at the CouncilOn January 29, 1959, Pope John XXIII shocked the Church and the world with his announcement at the Basilica of St. Paul outside the Walls in Rome that he was convoking the first ecumenical council in nearly a century. In fifth grade, Sister Regina Rose began to inform us of the impending council, noting that we would be living through a once-in-a-lifetime experience. With that in mind, she also assigned us...
  • Patriarch Kirill: We Do Not Call the Forthcoming Pan-Orthodox Council Ecumenical

    02/04/2016 7:54:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/4/16
    Presenting his report to the Bishops' Council of the Russian Orthodox Church, which opened on February 2 in Moscow, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia spoke on the preparations for the Holy and Great Council of the Orthodox Church.'We believe that the Church of Christ is One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic, as the Creed clearly states. The Church is one by her nature. The existence of many autocephalous Churches in the world is a form of the Church's existence in history most suitable for carrying out her salvific mission. We also know that the Church's decision-making important...
  • Russian Church Calms Down the Believers Who Consider Pan-Orthodox Council 'Anti-Christ'

    02/04/2016 7:47:15 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Interfax ^ | 2/4/16
    Moscow, February 4, Interfax - Head of the Synodal Department for External Church Relations Metropolitan Hilarion says there is no grounds for the concerns of some believers about the coming Pan-Orthodox Council. "Unfortunately, there have been many rumors around this Council. For example, they say it will be 'the eighth Ecumenical Council,' it will be 'anti-Christ,' the union with Catholics will be concluded, all fasts will be abolished, priests will be allowed to marry for the second time, it will be a modernist council," the metropolitan said on Wednesday at a press conference in Moscow, resuming the results of the...
  • First Anglican Ordinariate Bishop Ordained: ‘It Means We’re Here to Stay’

    02/04/2016 2:11:38 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 4, 2016 | KATHLEEN NAAB
    HOUSTON — In a majestic Mass at Houston’s Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart on Tuesday evening, history was made for the Anglican ordinariates established by Pope Benedict XVI: Their first bishop was ordained. “In a nutshell, it means we’re here to stay,” summarized Msgr. Harry Entwistle, the ordinary of Australia’s ordinariate, which is under the patroness of Our Lady of the Southern Cross. The new bishop, Stephen Joseph Lopes, 40, a native of California, was in fact instrumental in the creation of the ordinariate that he now leads — the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The...
  • Relations of the Orthodox Church with the Rest of the Christian World: Draft Document Pan-Orthodox

    02/03/2016 5:19:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 2/3/16
    Draft document of the Pan-Orthodox Council, adopted by the 5th Pan-Orthodox Pre-Council Conference in Chambesy on October, 10-17, 2015.Published in compliance with the decision of the Synaxis of Primates of the Local Orthodox Churches, Chambesy, January, 21-28, 2016. 1. Orthodox Church, being the One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church, in her profound ecclesiastical consciousness firmly believes that she occupies a central place in matters relating to the promotion of Christian unity within the contemporary world. 2. The Orthodox Church grounds her unity on the fact that she was founded by Our Lord Jesus Christ, as well as on the communion...
  • Twenty New priests and Thirty Deacons Will be Ordained in Seoul

    02/02/2016 7:56:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/27/16
    Seoul (Agenzia Fides) - The Church in Korea, which thrives in vocations to priesthood, will be enriched with 20 new priests: Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul, will ordain 20 priests on February 5. Given the large numbers of faithful who are expected for the event, the celebration will be held in the big hall of the Olympic Park in Seoul. As reported to Fides in a note by the local Church, the Archdiocese of Seoul celebrates an ordination Mass every year, with an average of 30 new priests ordained. Over the past 20 years, ordinations in Seoul have...
  • Vietnam's Newest Theological Institute Kicks Off Courses in September

    02/02/2016 7:52:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/271/6
    Students can apply before 5 July for admission test to either biblical or dogmatic theology. Preparations for the new facility are well underway. This is unusual in a Communist nation where Church educational activities have always been hamperedHo Chi Minh City (AsiaNews/EDA) - In a statement on 21 January, the Bishops' Commission for Education announced that classes will begin next September at Vietnam's new theological institute in Ho Chi Minh City's Third District, at 72/12 Tran Quoc Toan Street. Hence, future students can begin to apply, this according to Eglises d'Asie (EDA). Following the initial evaluation of applicants' ability to...
  • Michigan Bishop Inaugurates Program to Have Chant at All Parishes

    01/31/2016 1:45:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Bishop John Doerfler of Marquette, Michigan, has issued directions for all parishes in the diocese to institute programs that will lead to the congregation chanting the Ordinary parts of the Mass. Following up on the work of his predecessor in Marquette, then-Bishop Alexander Sample (who is now Archbishop of Portland, Oregon), Bishop Doerfler has called for the action to carry out the vision of Vatican II, which encouraged the use of Gregorian chant and congregational involvement in the singing. In a pastoral letter released in 2013, Bishop Sample had also called attention to the Council's directives on liturgical music, as...
  • Eucharistic Congress Speaker Claims Catholics Too Focused on What Homosexuals are 'Doing in Bed'

    01/30/2016 10:51:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/28/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PHILIPPINES January 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- A Dominican priest and recent Vatican appointee who believes homosexual activity can "be expressive of Christ’s self gift" has criticized Catholics who, he says, spend too much time focusing on what homosexuals are "doing in bed." I think people always want to know what they're doing in bed. What's in it for me to go around asking everybody what they're doing in bed? I don't do that," said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe in an interview yesterday with Philippines social news network Rappler. Fr. Radcliffe, who was in the Philippines as a guest speaker at...
  • Muslim Group Purchases South Milwaukee Church

    01/28/2016 5:42:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 1/7/16 | Margaret Naczek
    Roughly a year ago, Fr. Bob Betz, pastor of Divine Mercy Parish, South Milwaukee, believed the property of the old St. Adalbert Parish would never be sold. It had been largely empty for about six years and various proposals to sell the 2.5-acre site near 16th and Minnesota avenues fell through. On Monday, Dec. 23, however, Divine Mercy Parish closed a deal and sold the St. Adalbert property for $600,000 to Masjid Al-Huda, a Muslim congregation. The selling of St. Adalbert began with the merger of four South Milwaukee parishes 12 years prior. "They were all viable parishes at one...
  • Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at Hand

    01/27/2016 1:58:58 PM PST · by NRx · 7 replies
    OCA Diocese of the South ^ | 01-12-2016 | Metropolitan Jonah (Paffhausen)
    Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, the land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; the people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time...
  • Orthodox Leaders Moving Synod to Crete Citing Geopolitical Concerns in Turkey

    01/27/2016 6:22:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Pravimir ^ | 1/25/16 | Gregory Pappas
    Considered to be the most important meeting of the world's Orthodox Christian bishops in over a thousand years, the Great and Holy Synod which was to convene at the headquarter city of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople in Istanbul, Turkey, is being relocated to Crete, citing geopolitical concerns. The announcement came via the Athens News Agency, covering meetings of various Orthodox Church delegations meeting this week in Switzerland to formulate the agenda item and preparations for the June 2016 event. The decision comes after "exceptional objective circumstances" (i.e. the inability of the Russian delegation to travel to Turkey because of...
  • The Future Pan-Orthodox Council: To Be or Not to Be?

    01/26/2016 4:45:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/22/16 | Paul L. Gavrilyuk
    Over the last two years, the Patriarchate of Constantinople has repeatedly announced that the much anticipated Great and Holy Council will take place around the Feast of Pentecost in June 2016. When it happens, this Council will be an event of considerable historical import, bringing together the leaders of all Orthodox Churches for the first time since 787. Unfortunately, not all Orthodox leaders are equally enthusiastic about the Council and some are even trying to prevent it. Why is the idea of the Council so controversial? Who are the main players in this controversy? If the Council takes place, what...
  • Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

    01/24/2016 4:36:40 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 98 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Ann Schneible
    Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church. "Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church," the Pope said Jan. 24 to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. "To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing." "What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all...
  • Vicars Should Grow Beards to Reach Out to Muslims in Their Areas, Says Bishop of London

    01/24/2016 1:13:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/22/16 | Katie Louise Davies, Jenny Stanton and Steve Doughty
    * Rt Rev. Richard Chartres praised two priests who had grown bushy beards * Applauded their desire to reach out to the 'majority of their parishioners'*Bishop described his own beard, which he grew in the 1970s, as modest *He also said 'saint' David Beckham encouraged men to grow facial hair Clergymen should grow beards to emphasise their holiness to Muslims, the Bishop of London has suggested. Rt Reverend Richard Chartres said the modern fashion for facial hair should not be the preserve of hispters, but would also be likely to impress those from Eastern cultures where wearing a beard could...
  • This Sword-Wielding Samurai Just Moved Closer to Sainthood!

    01/23/2016 4:15:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2016 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The martyrdom of a 16th-century Samurai who died for his Catholic faith was approved this week by Pope Francis, making the Japanese warrior one among nine other causes that advanced toward sainthood. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were becoming introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism and had his son baptized as "Justo" by the Jesuit Fr. Gaspare di Lella. Takayama's position in Japanese society as daimyo allowed him many benefits, such...
  • How Does a President Defeat Nuns?

    01/21/2016 3:21:27 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 20, 2016 | REBECCA HAMILTON
    Does anybody, anywhere, believe that the HHS Mandate was ever intended to be anything other than a deliberate attack on the Catholic Church?Anyone?The duplicitous way that the Mandate was handled from day one should have convinced most Americans that shenanigans were afoot.The Mandate was drafted in closed-door meetings of a committee of abortion industry insiders. It violated promises that the President of the United States made to Congress in order to pass Obamacare.The administration rolled it out with an orchestrated apologia from the pandering press. Equally pandering organizations such as the ACLU joined in with assurances that the Mandate...
  • Catholic Parents Question Trustees Over Calgary Bishop's 'Homophobic' Letter

    01/19/2016 2:43:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    CBC ^ | 1/17/16
    Edmonton trustees trapped between government policy and the church, parent saysSome Edmonton parents are asking why the Catholic school district sent them a link to a Calgary bishop's controversial tirade against the province's new guidelines regarding gender identity in schools. One parent Michelle Comeau said she believes trustees feel caught in the middle between what the government wants and what the church wants. She thinks the district sent the letter to say, "Well we're doing what the province wants, but here's what the church wants and ... we're just caught in the middle." Last week Calgary's Roman Catholic Bishop Fred...
  • Pope Francis: Obstinate Christians Are Rebels and Idolaters

    01/18/2016 5:50:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 1/18/16
    (Vatican Radio) Christians who say "it's always been done that way," and stop there have hearts closed to the surprises of the Holy Spirit. They are idolaters and rebels will never arrive at the fullness of the truth. That was the message of Pope Francis at Mass on Monday morning at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta. In the first reading, Saul was rejected by God as King of Israel because he disobeyed, preferring to listen to the people rather than the will of God. The people, after a victory in battle, wanted to offer a sacrifice of the...
  • Vocations bloom in the desert: two priests are ordained in United Arab Emirates

    01/18/2016 2:00:16 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | January 17, 2016 | Antonio Anup Gonsalves
    Bishop Hinder (c), Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia, flanked by the newly ordained Capuchin priests Fr. Manuel (L) and Fr. D'Souza (R) in Abu Dhabi, Jan. 8, 2016. Credit: AVOSA. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Jan 17, 2016 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Last week Catholics in Southern Arabia gathered in Abu Dhabi to celebrate the ordination of two Capuchin Franciscan priests by Bishop Paul Hinder, Vicar Apostolic of Southern Arabia.Fr. Darick Paul D'Souza and Fr. Arun Raj Manuel were ordained at a Mass in St. Joseph's Cathedral in the capital of the United Arab Emirates Jan. 8, for the...
  • The Chaplain of Pyotkong: the Incredible Story of Fr. Emil Kapaun

    01/18/2016 6:09:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 1/13/16 | Peter LaFave
    "If you don't straighten out your marriage when the war's over, I'll come down from Heaven and kick you in the ass/"~Fr. Emil Kapuan to a fellow POW, before being led to the infamous "death house" in North Korea's Pyoktong prison camp.It was through sheer grit, Faith, and humor that Fr. Kapaun inspired hundreds of fellow captives through imprisonment in one of North Korea's most infamous POW camps in 1951, and it is estimated that he saved several hundred lives before ultimately losing his own. Now, the Vatican is taking a close look at the Pilsen, KS native and Medal...
  • Cardinal Sarah and Our Silent Apostasy

    01/17/2016 6:28:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/16/16 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The book God or Nothing, a wide-ranging interview with Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, by the French journalist Nicolas Diat is one of the most refreshing things published in recent memory. I cannot praise this book too highly. It breathes forth the wisdom, insight, and deep faith of a truly devoted servant of the Church. It is a prophetic witness to the truth. Sarah gets to the root of what is ailing the world today, and proposes the Church's unchanging remedy: faith in God as revealed by His Son...
  • Jimmy Bacon on January Intentions Video

    01/16/2016 5:00:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    St. Corbian's Bear ^ | 1/09/15 | St. Corbian's Bear
    (Akin)Here are nine things to know and share about the Pope's new intentions video. 1. When you get down to it, the Pope merely asked for dialogue with other faiths; nothing new. 2. Certainly today, with so much sectarian violence, that has to be a good thing. 3. The imagery is not part of the Pope's intentions, so nobody should be excited about it. 4. For all we know, the Pope read a script that was spliced in post-production into a series of images he knew nothing about. 5. Nothing in the video is contrary to the New Evangelization, which...
  • A Dialogue in Apostasy

    01/16/2016 2:55:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | January 11, 2016 | Father José Miguel Marqués Campo
    Kyrie, eleison! Christe, eleison! He that heareth you, heareth me; and he that despiseth you, despiseth me; and he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me (Lk 10: 16) With ever more determination. Some fifty years after Vatican II's Declaration Nostra ætate, regarding the Church's relations with non-Christian religions. It's a train wreck. Going off the rails. Like the train plunging downwards from the exploding bridge on the river Kwai. It's a shipwreck. In the making now for over five decades. Going asunder. Like the RMS Titanic, which for all her imprudent navigation, at least tried to avoid the...
  • "Gender-Sensitive" Catholicism?

    01/16/2016 10:53:14 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    First Things ^ | 1/14/16 | Rudolf Voderholzer
    The following is a public statement from Dr. Bishop Rudolf Voderholzer of Regensburg, Germany.On October 22nd, 2015, the German Bishops' Conference in a press release called attention to a gender flyer entitled "Geschlechtersensibel. Gender katholisch gelesen" [Gender Sensitive: A Catholic Reading of Gender]. Gender, as you know, is the general concept used in the English language for sexual identity and, in the current debate, refers more narrowly to the social or cultural sexual identity in contrast to biological sexuality. This publication was released in the name of the Conference of Bishops, of which I am a member, without my having...
  • "Amazing": What Happened When One Parish Invited Anyone to Stop by and Meet a Priest

    01/15/2016 3:15:56 PM PST · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 15, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    "From teenagers to seniors. Single people, couples. Whole families came to talk, some even from out of state!" On January 6th, a parish in Connecticut did something deceptively simple: the pastor invited anyone who was interested to stop by and talk to a priest -- no appointment necessary, no questions asked."Want to talk with a priest?" asked the ads. "We're here for you. All are welcome."The ads gave the address for St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Norwalk, CT, along with the particular hours a priest would be available. Aside from a few time restrictions, the idea to "meet a priest"...
  • Vatican Newspaper Sees 'Uphill Road' to Pan-Orthodox Council

    01/15/2016 6:54:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The heads of the Orthodox churches face several obstacles to consensus before the Great and Holy Council of the Orthodox Church, scheduled to begin on June 19 in Istanbul, according to a report in L'Osservatore Romano. Giovanni Zavata, the article's author, cites the "slowness with which the preparatory works are progressing," "doubts expressed by high Orthodox representatives," "difficulties existing in relations between some churches," and "rising political tension between Russia and Turkey." In the two years since the council was announced, the Orthodox churches have reached consensus on only three of the eight agenda items, Zavada said, and the participation...
  • Anglicans Sanction US Episcopal Church Over Gay Marriage

    01/14/2016 7:44:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 1/14/16 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) - Anglican leaders on Thursday temporarily restricted the role of the U.S. Episcopal Church in their global fellowship as a sanction over the American church's acceptance of gay marriage. Episcopalians have been barred for three years from any policy-setting positions in the Anglican Communion while a task force is formed that will try to reconcile conflicting views over sexuality in the 85-million-member family of churches. The Episcopal Church is the Anglican body in the United States. The announcement came near the end of a weeklong meeting in Canterbury, England, called by Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, to...
  • Waiter's "Tip" Was Actually a Religious Text

    01/14/2016 8:26:18 AM PST · by Morgana · 71 replies
    fox29.com ^ | January 13, 2016 | wtxf
    (WTXF) - A waiter in Kansas named Garret was excited late last month when a customer left a $20 bill, rolled up under a ketchup bottle. But when he got a closer look, the “$20 bill” was actually an admonition to read the Bible: IMAGE OF TRACT ON LINK
  • A 'Gay Lobby' at the Vatican? One Cardinal Says It's Real, and Pope Francis is Responding

    01/13/2016 6:15:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 13, 2016 / 04:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The influential Cardinal Oscar Maradiaga has acknowledged the presence of a "gay lobby" in the Vatican. In a new interview, he says that Pope Francis has adopted a gradual approach to address it - and that Catholic teaching won't change. The Honduran newspaper El Heraldo asked the cardinal whether there actually was an attempted or successful "infiltration of the gay community in the Vatican." Cardinal Maradiaga responded: "Not only that, also the Pope said: there was even a 'lobby' in this sense." "Little by little the Pope is trying to...
  • Married Priests. The Germany-Brazil Axis

    01/13/2016 6:03:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 1/12/16 | Sandro Magister
    In the accounts of a German theologian and a Brazilian bishop, Francis's plan to allow local exceptions to the norm of clerical celibacy. Beginning with the AmazonROME, January 12, 2016 - An exchange of letters, a conversation, and an innovation already become law confirm the intentions of Pope Francis to extend the presence of married clergy in the Catholic Church, as already anticipated in this article from www.chiesa: The Next Synod Is Already in the Works. On Married Priests The exchange of letters took place through the initiative of a high-ranking German theologian, Wunibald Muller, 65, who in December of...
  • Pope Francis Explains "Who Am I to Judge" in His New Book

    01/13/2016 7:23:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Vatican City, Jan 12, 2016 / 03:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his new book on God's mercy, Pope Francis explains that his oft-quoted words "who am I to judge", about a homosexual person who is searching for the Lord with a good will, is simply his reflection on Church teaching found in the catechism. The Name of God is Mercy, to be released Jan. 12, is a book-length interview of Pope Francis by Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli. The book is meant to "reveal the heart of Francis and his vision," according to Tornielli's foreward. He had wanted to ask the...
  • Married Priests. The Germany-Brazil Axis (Catholic Caucus)

    01/12/2016 3:18:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Chiesa Expresso ^ | 1-12-2016 | Sandro Magister
    In the accounts of a German theologian and a Brazilian bishop, Francis's plan to allow local exceptions to the norm of clerical celibacy. Beginning with the Amazon by Sandro Magister ROME, January 12, 2016 - An exchange of letters, a conversation, and an innovation already become law confirm the intentions of Pope Francis to extend the presence of married clergy in the Catholic Church, as already anticipated in this article from www.chiesa: > The Next Synod Is Already in the Works. On Married Priests (9.12.2015)
  • After Week of Silence, German Bishops Respond to Cologne Attacks

    01/11/2016 6:35:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Cologne, Germany, Jan 11, 2016 / 03:21 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A week after hundreds were attacked in Cologne on New Year's Eve, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop of Munich and Freising and president of the German Conference of Catholic Bishops, condemned the attacks in a press release and called for more vigilance in the future. "(T)he excesses in Cologne and other large cities are deeply disturbing for our society and can in no way be tolerated," Marx said. "We need accurate information and a clear response from the authorities." Over 500 criminal complaints - about 40 percent of which involve allegations...
  • In New Book, Pope Francis Explains Vision of Compassionate Church

    01/10/2016 6:28:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/10/16 | Phillip Pullella
    Pope Francis calls in a new book for Roman Catholic leaders to be compassionate shepherds to a "wounded humanity", not lofty scholars quick to condemn and exclude people who don't obey Church teachings. The book, "The Name of God is Mercy," breaks no new ground but is a compelling restatement of the themes of Francis' papacy told in simple, breezy language in a freewheeling conversation with veteran Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli. The question-and-answer book, to be released on Tuesday, coincides with the Jubilee Year of Mercy, during which the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics are called on to seek forgiveness...
  • 'Repent' Call to [Anglican] Church Over Gay Christian Treatment

    01/10/2016 6:03:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/10/16
    More than 100 senior Anglicans have urged the Church of England to repent for "discriminating" against lesbian and gay Christians.The demand is made in a letter to the Archbishops of Canterbury and York ahead of a meeting of 39 primates from the global Anglican Communion. They say the Church must acknowledge members around the world have been treated as "second-class citizens". The Church of England says the letter will be discussed at their meeting. The Bishop of Buckingham and several cathedral deans are among the 105 signatories. 'Interpreting scriptures'The letter asks the two archbishops "to take an unequivocal message" to...
  • Jubilee of Mercy, But With the Confessionals Empty

    01/09/2016 9:03:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 1/9/16 | Sandro Magister
    The shocking letter of a priest with the care of souls. Fewer and fewer penitents, and less and less repentant. The counterproductive effects of a "door" thrown open too wideROME, January 9, 2016 - One thing that made the news at the end of the year was the data furnished by the prefecture of the pontifical household on attendance in 2015 at the public audiences with Pope Francis, with numbers down almost by half compared to the previous year: At the Wednesday general audiences there was a drop from 1,199,000 visitors in 2014 to 704,100 in 2015. While for the...
  • Books Blog: The Russians Who Found Faith in a Materialist World

    01/09/2016 8:52:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/22/15 | Francis Phillips
    Everyday Saints and Other Stories recounts how a student and his friends turned to religionIn my Catholic Books of the Year blog last week I forgot to mention Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea's long interview in the form of a book: God or Nothing, published by Ignatius. If any reader feels the Church has wandered off course in recent decades, this is the book to read: wise, authoritative, confidently Catholic. As we are now in the Year of Mercy, it is worth pointing out that, for Cardinal Sarah, the mercy of God cannot be separated from conversion; to receive divine...
  • Where Altar Servers Abound

    01/09/2016 3:12:21 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies
    Aletelia ^ | January 9, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’ve written glowingly in the past about the altar servers at my parish--and even posted some advice from an expert about how to launch a thriving program--but I’m pleased to see some attention being given to our neighbors upstate, who are having similar success.From The Evangelist in Albany: Immaculate Conception parish in Glenville is bursting at the seams with altar servers.While some parishes struggle to get girls and boys to volunteer as altar servers, Immaculate Conception currently has more than 50 young people trained to assist Rev. Jerome Gingras, pastor, at Masses.Ministry coordinator Tom Bigos told The Evangelist that...
  • Belgian Archbishop: 'Time Has Come' for Pope Francis to Defend Church's Tradition

    01/08/2016 6:08:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/8/16 | Jeanne Smits
    In a sweeping interview, the archbishop emeritus of Brussels warns that the ambiguity in the Synod’s final text was 'very risky,' but says he trusts the Pope will hold to his word and defend Catholic Tradition.BRUSSELS, January 8, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) - Shortly after leaving the see of Mechelen-Brussels at the age of 75 - the official retirement age for prelates of the Roman Catholic Church - Archbishop Andre Leonard, former primate of Belgium, gave a wide-ranging interview to the French weekly Famille chretienne. Bishop Leonard made unusually direct remarks about the crisis of vocations, the dangerous "ambiguities" of the recent...
  • Catholic Church in Germantown Fires Cantor After His Same-Sex Marriage

    01/08/2016 6:22:40 AM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    WJLA ABC7 Washington ^ | 1/6/16 | Joce Sterman
    Germantown, Md. (ABC7) - Jeffrey Higgins says he never thought his same-sex marriage would be a problem at his job. But on November 8, his marriage came up during a conversation that led to his termination from Mother Seton Catholic Church in Germantown, where he worked part-time as a cantor and choir member for 1.5 years. On November 8, Higgins, 29, says Pastor Lee Fangmeyer invited him to his office, asked him about his marriage, and then asked him if he'd resign. "I was shocked," Higgins says. "He told me it had been discovered, that's the word he used, that...
  • Scrutinizing 'Synodality': Vatican to Conduct Seminar to Examine Concept

    01/05/2016 4:59:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/4/16 | Edward Pentin
    VATICAN CITY - The Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops is to hold a seminar with specialists in ecclesiology and canon law to help attain a better understanding of synodality, the secretary general of the secretariat has said. In a Dec. 30 interview with L'Osservatore Romano, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri said the seminar, to take place in February, would aim to "build a discussion, or at least initiate further studies, starting from the doctrine and research that already exist." He said there is a "need to give greater impetus to the study of ecclesial synodality on the part of theological and...
  • Preparations Under Way for Catholic University in Vietnam

    01/02/2016 5:23:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    UCA News ^ | 12/12/15
    The doors of Vietnam's first Catholic university under communist rule could open as soon as May. Archbishop Paul Bui Van Doc of Ho Chi Minh City told ucanews.com that the government recently granted permission for the nascent institution. "The relationship between the Vatican and the Vietnam government is becoming better and better, so we asked and they accepted," he said. Approximately 100 students will begin studying philosophy and theology this year in a few rooms allotted in the bishops' conference headquarters. "After that, in the future, maybe a lot," he said. "It's possible a thousand or more than a thousand"...
  • Seminary Accommodates Gays

    01/01/2016 3:15:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/17/15 | Bradley Eli
    Seminary handbook panders to gay seminarians instead of dismissing them as directedCleveland (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic seminary is accommodating homosexual seminarians instead of dismissing them as directed by the Holy See. Borromeo Seminary in the diocese of Cleveland, Ohio has issued a handbook for its seminarians. In the section on celibacy it states: "Each person must come to terms with his own sexual drives and sexual orientation." Elaborating on "heterosexual or homosexual orientation" of seminarians, the handbook continues, "Both persons are capable of making and keeping a commitment to celibacy. But in either case the expectations are the same: the...