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  • Pope Reportedly Promises "Solutions" to Priestly Celibacy

    07/13/2014 6:35:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 103 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 7/13/14 | AFP
    Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the VaticanVATICAN CITY: Pope Francis promised "solutions" to the issue of priestly celibacy in an interview on Sunday that raised the possibility the Catholic Church could eventually lift a ban on married priests, but was quickly refuted by the Vatican. Interviewed by Italy's La Repubblica daily, Francis also condemned child sex abuse as a "leprosy" in the Church and cited his aides as saying that...
  • The Ugliest Churches In The World

    07/12/2014 2:56:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 73 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 11, 2014 | JOHN WHITE
    A little something for the weekend.Over at Real Clear Religion, Nicholas G. Hahn III has a slideshow of the ugliest churches in the world. They represent several denominations, but the vast majority are – you guessed it – Roman Catholic.Below are just a few of these architectural miscarriages, all of them Catholic. See the rest here.       
  • Pope Francis Doesnt Want to Convert Evangelicals?

    07/11/2014 7:14:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Patheos ^ | 7/11/14 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    After meeting with a group of Pentecostal Evangelicals Pope Francis reportedly wants to preach in a Protestant church in Rome. This article reports on the meeting held in Rome with Pope Francis and TV Evangelist Kenneth Copeland and other Evangelical leaders including theologian Brian Stiller and Anglican bishop Tony Palmer. The Pope wants to go to the Evangelical church and apologize for all the times Catholics have been nasty to Protestants. That is, of course, very wonderful and we will be waiting not only for them to graciously accept the apology, but to offer their own in return. Im reminded...
  • The New Pentecost

    07/11/2014 4:03:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | July 9, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    While Im reasonably certain that most readers of this space remember the big dust-up that ensued when Pope Francis said in his interview with the atheist Eugenio Scalfari, Proselytism is solemn nonsense, it makes no sense, please allow me to offer a painful recap. Traditionalists (otherwise known as Catholics) immediately bristled at these words of the pope, seeing in them a rejection of the mission that Christ gave to his Church. So-called conservative Catholic media types, by contrast, leapt into damage control mode. Their first response was to call into question the accuracy of the text, but Fr. Federico Lombardi...
  • Pope Francis to visit Pentecostal church in Italy

    07/11/2014 5:57:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 11, 2014 | CINDY WOODEN
    The Pope's visit to the church is likely to be 'extremely quick' (CNS) Pope Francis will pay a brief “private visit” to the Italian church of a Pentecostal pastor he knew from Argentina, a Vatican spokesman has said.The visit to the Evangelical Church of Reconciliation in Caserta, about 130 miles south of Rome, “is under study and likely would take place July 26″, said Fr Federico Lombardi.Fr Lombardi said the Pope knew the church’s pastor, Giovanni Traettino, from Buenos Aires, where the Pentecostal pastor participated in ecumenical events with Catholics, especially Catholics belonging to the charismatic renewal movement. The then-Cardinal...
  • Obama Administrations Border-Crisis Plan B: Use the Catholic Church

    07/11/2014 4:42:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 83 replies
    NRO ^ | July 10, 2014 | Ryan Lovelace
    "In order to avoid future clashes with the citizens of Murrieta, Calif., over attempts to transfer illegal immigrants there, the Obama administration has turned to an unusual bedfellow: the Catholic Church. Deacon Luis Sanchez of the Diocese of San Bernardino tells National Review Online that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent approached the diocese on July 2, 2014, and expressed his desire for the Church to help in helping these families reach their destination. Since that time, he says, diocesan officials have spoken on the phone with ICE, and they held a planning meeting on Monday. John Andrews, the dioceses...
  • Vatican plans reforms for media operations

    07/10/2014 3:01:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 10, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Vatican has announced plans for a thorough review of media operations, designed to streamline the Vaticans systems of public communications, improve coordination among different media offices, and exploit opportunities offered by new social media. At a July 9 press conference Cardinal George Pell, the prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, announced that Lord Christopher Patten, a veteran British politician, would chair an expert committee studying the Vaticans media efforts. The committee will be asked to submit a plan for reform of the Vaticans public communications. The Vaticans public communications are currently divided among several different offices: the Vatican...
  • A Prophecy: The Vocations Crisis is Over

    07/10/2014 1:40:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | January 9, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    When I say this is a prophecy I don’t want to suggest that I have had some sort of supernatural vision. This is not a prophecy in that sense, but a prophecy because prophets not only sometimes have supernatural revelations, but they are people who are also able to see the big picture, understand the times and circumstances and know the past so they can therefore predict the future.So here is my prediction: the vocations crisis in the Catholic Church in the United States is over.Here’s why: Fifty years after the revolution of the Second Vatican Council we are moving...
  • Church of England Women Bishops: Archbishops Will Overrule Synod

    07/10/2014 8:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/9/14 | Andrew Brown
    The archbishop of Canterbury plans to force legislation through if the General Synod does not accept female bishopsThe archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is preparing to drive through legislation to allow women bishops even if it is rejected by the church's governing body, the General Synod. The synod is poised to vote again on the vexed plan next week but senior sources have told the Guardian that should the move be blocked again, there are now options being considered to force the change on the church. Options under consideration include an immediate dissolution of the synod so that fresh elections...
  • Book by transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden explains why God doesnt hate you

    07/08/2014 11:57:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 45 replies
    London Community News ^ | 8 July 2014 | Sean Meyer
    As the worlds first transgendered Roman Catholic consecrated maiden, Tia Michelle Pesando has many reasons for wanting to prove Why God Doesnt Hate You, which is also the name of her new book. The 35-year-old London resident says the extensive research she did while writing her book shows Gods love for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identification. From a theological perspective, I think I have a solid argument, Pesando said. People are leaving the church because they feel the God of love has betrayed them, and betrayal is one of the worst feelings you can imagine. So I...
  • Catholic church booming in GA as thousands attend St. Josephs and its two new missions

    07/08/2014 2:33:39 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Times Free Press ^ | July 5, 2014 | Tim Omarzu
    Father Paul Williams leads Wednesday Mass at the Saint Joseph's Catholic Church in Dalton. Photo by John Rawlston. DALTON, Ga. Two separate car dealerships failed at a concrete-and-glass showroom built in 2001 in Chatsworth, Ga. Then Daltons St. Josephs Catholic Church bought the 22,000-square-foot building on U.S. Highway 76 in 2012 to establish a mission in Murray County, which had no Catholic church. It had 600 people the very first day, which kind of got me in trouble with the fire marshal, said the Rev. Paul Williams, the pastor who leads St. Josephs. Its full every Sunday. When it...
  • Pope Francis Names New Bishop To Fall River (MA) Diocese

    07/06/2014 3:19:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 3, 2014
    VATICAN CITY, July 3 (CNA/EWTN News) .- It was announced by the Vatican earlier today that Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary for Newark, N.J., to lead the diocese of Fall River, Mass. "Today, with a mixture of great joy and sadness, I congratulate Bishop Edgar da Cunha on his appointment as Bishop of Fall River," Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said in a July 3 statement. "I am confident that the priests, religious and laity of the diocese of Fall River will quickly come to appreciate his many gifts as he undertakes his...
  • Daily Gospel Readings for the Catholic Churches: Latin, Maronite, Byzantine and Extraordinary Form

    07/06/2014 2:13:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    DailyGospel ^ | July 6, 2014
    "Daily Gospel" is a service provided by the international association Evangelizo. Evangelizo's mission is to spread the voice of the Gospel in all languages throughout the world via the Internet and to develop the technical means to this end. Evangelizo is a team of more than 70 secular and clerical Catholics, formed of priests, monks and nuns from various communities, congregations or spiritual sensitivities such as Jesuits, Redemptorists, Benedictines, Carmelites, Cistercians, the Monastic Fraternities of Jerusalem, the Emmanuel Community and Focolari. The Daily Gospel is delivered in 10 languages to more than 500,000 by means of the internet and email,...
  • Woman appointed rector of a Pontifical University for the first time ever

    07/05/2014 9:56:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    The Vatican has nominated Franciscan Sr. Mary Melone as head of the Pontifical University Antonianum. She spoke about theology of women and explained why gender quotas in the Church are not needed Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican cityShe was the first woman to obtain a permanent position as a professor at the Faculty of Theology of the Pontifical University Antonianum, the Roman university run by the Order of Friars Minor; she was the first woman to be appointed a dean, which is equivalent to the position of department head and now that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is Pope, she is the first woman to...
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the Sainthood Cause for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • The Patriarchs of Antioch call for an end to the Lebanese crisis

    07/03/2014 11:30:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | July 3, 2014 | GIORGIO BERNARDELLI
    (REUTERS) CHRISTIANS IN THE MIDDLE EAST All six patriarchs the Catholics, Orthodox and Syrians hold a historic meeting, returning in spirit to Antioch, the early centre of Christianity: Christians must stay united in trying times giorgio bernardelli Together, united by the spirit of the Church of Antioch, where - according to the Acts of the Apostles - Jesus followers were called Christians for the first time. Six bishops and patriarchs who whilst representing different denominations hold the spirit of the ancient patriarchal see of Antioch alive, met at the University of Balamand in Lebanon in recent days, to...
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 3 July A.D. 2014 | Fr. George Kevorkian
    A Message from Metropolitan Joseph Venerable Hierarchs, Brother Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees: Christ is in our Midst! It is with joy that we confirm the election of Archbishop Joseph by the Holy Synod of Antioch to be the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of New York and all North America. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph asked me to convey to all of you his love and prayers. He said that he stands ready to lead this Archdiocese with the support and assistance from each and every one of you, and looks forward to working together for the...
  • Wis. Diocese Clarifies Stance on Baptizing Same-Sex Couples' Babies

    07/03/2014 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Madison, Wis., Jul 2, 2014 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of speculative or scurrilous news reports on the subject. In a June 27 statement, the diocese reproduced vicar general Monsignor James Bartylla's May 10 confidential e-mail to priests, which noted that each request for baptism for a child being raised by a same-sex couple must be evaluated individually. Priests who receive such requests should contact him to consult and coordinate, Msgr. Bartylla said. As you know, there...
  • Again, Rembert Weakland's Plans to Retire Out East Fall Through

    07/03/2014 5:47:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/1/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who had hoped to return to the Benedictine monastery where he began his religious life more than 70 years ago, will not be going after all. Weakland, 87, had planned to move from Milwaukee to St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa., by Sept. 1. But the retired prelate told Milwaukee's Catholic Herald that the archabbot there asked him to postpone those plans indefinitely. "Personally, I wanted to get back to the monastery and get back to the monastic routine," Weakland said in a story published on the Herald's Web site on Tuesday. "It's always been...
  • Pope Francis, in Newspaper Interview, Laments Moral Decay of Society

    07/01/2014 6:07:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    In an interview with Franca Giansoldati of the Roman newspaper Il Messaggero, Pope Francis decried societys moral decay. Among the highlights of the interview, which was published on June 29: * For us [who came of age after the Second Vatican Council], the great light was Paul VI. For me, Evangelii Nuntiandi [Paul VIs apostolic exhortation on evangelization] remains a pastoral document never surpassed. * our epoch of change is one of moral decay, manifested in the worldwide phenomenon of corruption and the sexual exploitation of the young, at times by people who are old enough to be their grandparents...
  • Pope selects Michigan priest to become bishop

    07/01/2014 5:00:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | June 30, 2014
    Lansing, Mich., Jun 30, 2014 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has named Monsignor Steven J. Raica of the Diocese of Lansing to become the next bishop of Gaylord, Mich. “In these days, as I prepare myself to serve the People of God in the northern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula as a new bishop, I offer my praise and gratitude to the Lord Jesus whose presence in my life has enabled me to experience an abundance of life,” Bishop-designate Raica said June 27. “My gratitude also goes to Pope Francis for entrusting me with this honor and...
  • Army chaplain thankful for blessed life

    06/30/2014 3:54:55 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Aiken (SC) Standard ^ | 6/30/2014 | Dede Biles
    Capt. James D. Murray IV told the congregation of Grace Church of Aiken on Sunday evening that he leads a blessed life helping people with so many needs as an Army chaplain. Murray is based at Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He and his wife, Ashley, and their two children, 5-year-old Margo and infant JD, live in a house on the base. We can hear cannons and machine gunfire from our home, Murray said. Murray is assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, whose members are known as the Iron Rakkasans. He previously was in an aviation unit, and...
  • The story of Father McGivney, extraordinary priest

    06/29/2014 2:04:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | June 28, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Rome, Italy, Jun 28, 2014 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A new Italian edition of a book about the life of Father Michael McGivney tells the story of his extraordinary life as a parish priest, the inspiration that led him to found the Knights of Columbus, and the chronicle of his ongoing canonization process. In reading this book, it will be clear that Father McGivney isn't only a model for American priests, but for all priests as well, Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus, stressed at a June 25 presentation in Rome. The Italian edition of Parish...
  • The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down.

    06/27/2014 2:35:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | WILLIAM ODDIE
    FULL TITLE: The Holy Father, say those close to him, is wearing himself out. He should slow down, beginning with at least three weeks off at Castel Gandolfo 'Most popes have quite rightly taken August off. Pope Francis? He is off to Korea (Photo: CNS) Last week the Telegraph reported that, according to the Vatican press office, Pope Francis would not be walking in the traditional Corpus Christi procession through the streets of Rome, from St John Lateran (where he would be celebrating the Mass on the steps) to Santa Maria Maggiore, a distance of nearly a mile. He would...
  • What does the new synod working document tell us about what will happen in October? (Cath Caucus)

    06/27/2014 2:16:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 27, 2014 | LUKE COPPEN
    Cardinal Baldisseri discusses the working document yesterday (CNS) The Vatican has released the eagerly awaited instrumentum laboris, or working document, of the family synod in October. The 73-page text, which takes about an hour to read, consists of 159 numbered paragraphs, divided into three sections. The first is devoted to “the Gospel of the Family”, the second to challenges to family life, and the third to “openness to life” and parental responsibility.The document is based on responses to questions in the synod’s preparatory document, released last November. It’s written primarily for the select group who will take part in October’s...
  • How Liberal Churches Profit Outrageously By Driving Away Members

    The most frustrating thing for Christians watching the self-destruction of liberal denominations may be that the liberals don't seem to learn. The more liberal they become, the faster they shrink, and the faster they shrink, the more liberal they become. You'd think self-preservation would force a change. You'd be wrong. Financially, mainline churches don't function like businesses, but rather inheritances. And that's a big problem. Businesses get wealthier as they gain customers or members. Inheritances get wealthier as siblings die. Hang with me here that sounds like an amazing accusation, that churches grow wealthy as their congregations die off, but...
  • Bahrain Welcomes First Catholic Cathedral

    06/27/2014 11:29:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/26/14 | Kate Tracy
    The Persian Gulf island has had a Christian presence for over a centuryBahrain, the small island country nestled between Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, will gain a Catholic cathedral, a step some see as an increased interest in Christianity in the heart of the Islamic world. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa donated land for the project recently the only church he has done so for, Northern Arabia vicar Bishop Camillo Ballin told Real Clear Religion, though Bahrain's cathedral is not the first church that the country's rulers have supported. "The king has a special appreciation...
  • Restore Latin to the Mass [Lutheran / LCMS Mass, that is]

    06/26/2014 2:47:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 82 replies
    The Jagged Word ^ | 6/24/2014 | Rev. Graham Glover
    Its been roughly 500 years since Martin Luther introduced the language of the people to the Mass the Divine Liturgy of the Church. 500 years since the historic language of the Western Church was purged from the worship of Gods people. As a student of history, I understand why Luther thought this was necessary. Indeed, there is goodness in hearing and understanding the Liturgy in ones native tongue. But Luthers experiment with language should end. Its time to restore Latin to the Mass of the Western Church. Its time to reintroduce the language of the Church to her people.For...
  • Bring Back Catholic Pamphlets

    06/26/2014 6:19:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 6/25/14 | Mark Judge
    A great way to evangelize in the 21st century.They were smart. They were well written. And they featured bold cartoon colors on the cover that made the viewer take notice. They were Catholic pamphlets -- little booklets that offered some catechesis about a particular topic: Marriage. The Trinity. Alcoholism. Dating. And during the early to mid 20th century, they served as a powerful means of evangelization. The covers of these pamphlets were the subject of a recent exhibit in Ireland, Vintage Values.Its time to bring Catholic pamphlets back. The response to such an idea is obvious: Why? The Internet gives...
  • Kentucky Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor; Man Now Faces Charges

    06/25/2014 4:44:46 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 41 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | 6/24/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A Kentucky church that hired a pastor with full knowledge that he's a registered sex offender, is now the scene of an another alleged crime in which the minister is accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy who attended the church. Roy Neal Yoakem, who leads the New Gospel Outreach Church in Scottsville, Kentucky, allegedly raped a 14-year-old boy at the church and police believe that another incident occurred in a nearby town, reported WSMV. "He's a predator and he doesn't need to be on the street. I'm glad we got him," Detective Chad Keen told WBKO. According to Keen,...
  • Pope Francis stops car (en route from Calabria to Rome) to bless young disabled woman

    06/23/2014 1:48:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | June 23, 2014
    Rome, Italy, Jun 23, 2014 / 10:19 am (CNA).- During his June 21 pastoral visit to the region of Calabria in southern Italy, Pope Francis stopped the car that was transporting him to see a young disabled woman and her family on the side of the road. A video posted online by a family in the southern Italian region of Calabria depicts the encounter with the Holy Father. The Pope passed by the highway near the family’s house as he returned from Cassano allo Jonio, where he spoke out against the mafia. The Vatican’s website reported that family members...
  • Christian Broadcaster fired after arrest on sex charge

    06/23/2014 6:19:31 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    WKZO ^ | June 21, 2014 | John McNeill
    BATTLE CREEK (WKZO) --Bond has been set for a Christian Radio Broadcaster arrested for allegedly paying for sex with a young boy. 35-year-old John Balyo is being held for first degree criminal sexual conduct but isnt expected to be formally charged until Monday. TV-3 reports that at a bond hearing early Saturday, bail was set at 500-thousand dollars. On Friday, Balyo, of Caledonia, had been put on paid leave by Cornerstone University, the owners of WCSG radio in Grand Rapids, where Balyo had been the morning host of a Family Friendly radio show. Saturday, the University released a new statement,...
  • Celibacy

    06/22/2014 2:42:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 415 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 22, 2014 | Kristina Johannes
    A common criticism of the Catholic Church’s teachings on sexual morality has to do with the largely unmarried clergy who are charged with preaching the message.  The accepted wisdom is that celibate males have no business telling married couples how to live their lives: “What do they know about the subject?”   I remember a particularly egregious example. In 1974, Earl Butz, then U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, ridiculed Pope Paul VI’s opposition to contraception, “He no playa the game, he no maka the rules.” He later apologized, but in reality he was only saying publicly what many, including many Catholics, were saying...
  • Pastor Says Jesus Is The Only Way Will Become Hate Speech

    06/21/2014 1:18:59 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Jim Bakker Show ^ | 6-19-14 | Jason Wert
    Mark 13:13 You will be hated by all because of My name, but the one who endures to the end, he will be saved. One of the opening speakers at the 42nd PCA General Assembly told those in attendance that America is rapidly progressing to the point where declaring Jesus the only way to eternal life will be considered spreading hate. It will be difficult to say in this culture Jesus is the only way, Pastor Bryan Chapell warned. That will be interpreted as hate speech. Chapell said that sticking to truth will be a point of contention with the...
  • Bill Gothard acted in an inappropriate manner but no criminal activity was discovered

    06/21/2014 11:49:53 AM PDT · by fishtank · 28 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 6-20-14 | Francine Knowles
    Bill Gothard acted in an inappropriate manner but no criminal activity was discovered According to a statement by the board of directors of the Institute in Basic Life Principles posted on its website Written by Francine Knowles | Friday, June 20, 2014 1 The board said based on a review conducted by outside legal counsel, it unanimously agreed that at this time Gothard is not permitted to serve in any counseling, leadership or board role within the IBLP ministry. That leaves open the question of whether the 79-year-old Gothard may be allowed to return one day as he did after...
  • A College Loses Accreditation [Ergun Caner / Brewton-Parker College]

    06/20/2014 10:19:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Inside Higher Ed | June 20, 2014 | Doug Lederman
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  • Presbyterian Assembly (PCUSA): Gay Marriage Is Christian (Ministers Can Do Homosexual Weddings)

    06/19/2014 2:32:45 PM PDT · by xzins · 50 replies
    ABC ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | KAROUB AND RACHEL ZOLL
    The top legislative body of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) voted Thursday to redefine Christian marriage in the church constitution as the union of "two people" instead of only "a man and a woman." The amendment requires approval from a majority of the 172 regional presbyteries, which will vote on the change over the next year. But in a separate vote that will take effect immediately, the Presbyterian General Assembly allowed ministers to preside at gay weddings in states where gay marriage is legal. Nineteen states and the District of Columbia recognize same-sex marriage. Alex McNeill, executive director of More Light...
  • Catholic News Agency, ACI Group merging into EWTN

    06/19/2014 1:47:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | June 19, 2014
    Irondale, Ala., Jun 19, 2014 / 10:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In one of the biggest developments in Catholic media history, Catholic News Agency and the Eternal Word Television Network announced Thursday that the two media outlets are merging. The partnership brings the entire ACI Prensa Group – Catholic News Agency, as well as the Spanish language ACI Prensa and the Portuguese ACI Digital – into the EWTN family. “EWTN has been a partner with both Catholic News Agency and ACI Prensa for many years in creating and distributing Catholic news content, and I am very pleased and excited that...
  • The Death and Life of Gen. Wojciech Jaruzelski: Another Look

    06/19/2014 6:45:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/18/14 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: A deathbed reversion to Catholicism proves, again, St. John Paul’s gift of discernment.Polish general and former President Wojciech Jaruzelski, who led efforts to crush Solidarność, the pro-democracy labor movement, was despised by many, but Pope John Paul II believed the communist leader’s Catholic baptism would eventually win out. And it did. The former communist leader’s death on May 25 at age 90 offers a chance to take another look at the way St. John Paul II’s gift of discernment transformed history. Controversial ManeuverIn December 1981, as a result of Jaruzelski’s imposition of martial law to repress the fast...
  • Marquette Parish Bans Gay Man from Ministry after Commitment Ceremony

    06/18/2014 6:33:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    ABC News 10 ^ | 6/16/14
    Bobby Glenn Brown and Don Roberts relationship was already three decades strong. On the couples 31st anniversary, the two Marquette County men commemorated their partnership with a commitment ceremony. Although the state of Michigan does not officially recognize same sex marriages, Saturdays vows werent exchanged in a courtroom or via a municipal document. Instead, the couple pledged their continued commitment to each other in a Christian themed wedding on their back porch surrounded by friends and family. Brown was an active parishioner at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Marquette as of Saturday, but an incident Sunday morning with Reverend Larry...
  • In Two Michigan Villages, a Higher Calling Is Often Heard

    06/18/2014 6:21:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/16/17 | Christina Capecchi
    FOWLER, Mich. Aside for the mole grazing his right eyebrow, it is difficult to distinguish Gary Koenigsknecht from his identical twin, Todd, four minutes the elder. Growing up, the twins, now 26, milked cows side by side on the family farm. They both graduated at the top of their high school class. And with their ordination on Saturday, they have begun careers as Roman Catholic priests, two of 477 men in the United States expected to be ordained this year. They demonstrate that priestly vocations are not evenly distributed by family or geography: they are among six priests in...
  • US Priests Criticise Cardinal Muller for Bullying LCWR Comments

    06/17/2014 6:07:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The Association of US Catholic Priests, in a letter to Pope Francis, have criticised the head of the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) for his recent comments chastising the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). The Seattle-based association, which claims 1,000 US priests as members, focused its letter to the Pope on comments made by the congregations prefect, German Cardinal Gerhard Muller, in an April 30 welcoming address to LCWR leadership. LCWR is a Maryland-based umbrella group that claims about 1,500 leaders of US womens communities as members, representing about 80 percent of the countrys 57,000...
  • One of the poorest, most atheistic places in Europe, Albania is a natural destination for Francis

    06/16/2014 3:03:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | June 16, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Albanian Catholic women at prayer in northern Albania. The Pope visits the country in September (CNS) Pope Francis is making a day long pastoral visit to Albania this coming September, he has announced. His words at yesterdays Angelus were as follows: I want to confirm the Church of Albania in the faith, and bear witness to my encouragement and love for a country that has suffered for so long in consequence of the ideologies of the past.This will be the second trip of any Pontiff to the country. (Saint John Paul II was there in the spring of 1993, also...
  • Identical twins ordained priests in Michigan

    06/16/2014 4:42:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 16, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    When was the last time this happened?Details: Working on weekends as a deacon at St. Agnes Catholic Parish in Fowlerville, Gary Koenigsknecht would occasionally need to gently correct someone who belonged to St. Mary Catholic Parish a couple of towns west.“You would have somebody from Williamston say, ‘Hey, I saw you last week!’ ” he said. “And it was like, ‘No, you really did not.’ ”That’s because the tall, blue-eyed deacon with military-short brown hair and an easy, welcoming smile at St. Mary in Williamston was Gary’s identical twin, Todd.After eight years of study and preparation, the brothers were ordained...
  • Nancy Pelosi Urges S.F. Archbishop to Exit Marriage March

    06/15/2014 2:01:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    San Francisco Gate ^ | 6/14/14 | Carla Marinucci
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue." Pelosi, who is one of the country's most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington. Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for...
  • Latino Evangelical Churches: A New Reformation?

    06/15/2014 9:09:26 AM PDT · by RegulatorCountry · 71 replies
    Church Leaders ^ | Staff Writer
    Time magazine recently wrote a report on the rise of Latino evangelical churches in the U.S., calling their exponential growth "a signal of a new Reformation," even as they seem invisible to mainstream American culture. The report said Latino evangelicals are one of the fastest-growing segments of the churchgoing population, resulting from the conversion of millions of Spanish-speaking Catholics to Protestantism in the past few years.
  • NYC Cabbie: Jesus Gets You Through the Night Shift

    06/15/2014 6:04:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 5/30/14 | Jamey Brown
    Do you dread your work day or some task in your life? Maybe the sole purpose of your eight or twelve hour cross is simply a moment or two when you can lift someones spirits and steer them towards Jesus, who will then steer them towards heaven. This opportunity happened to me twice in one night.A Little Kindness in HasteA grey-haired man and his teenage daughter frantically hailed me in front of Grand Central Station on 42nd Street and asked me to take them to the Hospital for Special Surgery on East 70th Street. He was trying to make a...
  • Group of Catholic and Orthodox Officials Endorses Marriage for Some Priests

    06/14/2014 12:23:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/6/14 | Michael Paulson
    In a step that is sure to fuel the debate over mandatory celibacy, a high-level group of Catholic and Orthodox officials is calling on the Vatican to allow married men to serve as Eastern Catholic priests in North America. Married men are already allowed to serve as Eastern Catholic priests overseas, but not in North America, with limited exceptions. This year, a married man was ordained as a Maronite Catholic priest in St. Louis with the permission of Pope Francis. An unmarried man who becomes an Eastern Catholic priest overseas may not subsequently marry. The Vatican is being asked to...
  • Good News for Fathers

    06/14/2014 12:03:27 PM PDT · by xzins · 6 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | June 13, 2014 | Jim Denison
    Today would be my father's 90th birthday. Dad was born on June 13, 1924. Friends kidded him all his life about being born on a Friday the 13th. He died when I was in college, and I especially miss him on Father's Day. If he were alive today, I would thank him for teaching me that family is my highest privilege and responsibility, and for loving us so unconditionally. My dad would have agreed with the 75 percent of fathers who say that being adad is their most important job. Sixty-one percent say they are more involved with their children...
  • More Colleges Declare They Will Not Recognize Some Christian Groups

    06/13/2014 6:04:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Citing concerns about discrimination, more colleges are declaring that they will no longer recognize Christian groups, especially evangelical groups, as official student organizations. The trend is driven by the universities desire to rid their campuses of bias, particularly against gays and lesbians, according to The New York Times. In addition, the student organizations requirement that leaders be Christian has led to accusations of discrimination against non-Christians. Colleges and Evangelicals Collide on Bias Policy (The New York Times)