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  • Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

    12/18/2014 3:25:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    New Times ^ | December 17th, 2014 | RHYS HEYDEN
    heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on Dec. 14. However, after initially citing protester and Paso Robles resident Danny Ehinger for two municipal code violations on Dec. 14 and sticking by the decision in a conversation with New Times on Dec. 15, SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley said on Dec. 17 that the department has decided to dismiss both citations. “We reviewed the case with [SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick], and we decided to dismiss both of the citations,” Staley said. “She didn’t...
  • "The Experience After The Council Was So Strong And In Some Cases Violent…" {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    12/18/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ccwatershed.org ^ | December 13, 2014 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I’m of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful years. Q. A...
  • Report on U.S. Nuns Reflects Changes at Vatican

    12/18/2014 6:13:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 12/17/14 | John Thavis
    We publish an analysis by John Thavis, journalist, author and speaker specializing in Vatican and religious affairsToday's Vatican report on the investigation of U.S. women's religious orders was largely positive in tone, in contrast to statements issued when the investigation began in 2009. At that time, Cardinal Franc Rodé, who headed the Vatican congregation for religious orders, said the study was aimed at identifying "secular" and "feminist" attitudes that had infiltrated the nuns' orders and helped cause a drastic decline in membership. Today's report didn't go there. Instead, it delineated real challenges facing religious orders while thanking the sisters repeatedly...
  • In Showdown with American Sisters, the Vatican Blinked

    12/17/2014 6:11:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/16/14 | Phil Lawler
    After a 3-year study of American women’s religious orders, undertaken because of problems that are both grave and obvious, the Congregation for Religious has released a report that avoids direct criticism of religious orders, instead suggesting that the communities should evaluate themselves. But for Catholics who long for a genuine revival of religious life in America, today’s report should not be too disheartening. First, because we knew this was coming. Second and more important, because another Vatican inquiry, aimed specifically at the Leadership Conference for Women Religious (LCWR), is still underway. This battle isn’t over yet. When the process began,...
  • The Bishops and the Catholic “man-crisis”

    12/16/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matthew James Christoff
    (Photo: CNS) The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public confusion. Thankfully, in the final Relatio Synodi, the scandalous language was removed....
  • Vatican Report on US Women Religious Calls for Further Self-Assessment

    12/16/2014 5:57:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Expressing “profound gratitude” for the “dedicated and selfless service of women religious,” the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life has issued its long-awaited Final Report on the Apostolic Visitation of Institutes of Women Religious in the United States of America. “This Congregation asks the members of each institute to evaluate their actual practice of liturgical and common prayer,” the report stated as it called upon religious institutes to engage in further dialogue and self-assessment. “We ask them to discern what measures need to be taken to further foster the sisters’ intimate relationship with Christ and...
  • When my church found out I worked for Planned Parenthood, they kicked me out. What if…

    12/15/2014 5:29:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Abby Johnson
    I wrote in my book, “unPlanned,” about a church that kicked me out when they found out that I worked for Planned Parenthood. I often get questioned about that, whether I still think they made the wrong decision. My answer is a resounding YES. I try not to go down the “what if” road very often. It isn’t fruitful and just makes you feel crummy. But, just for the sake of this article, let’s go there. What if I had been ministered to instead of shunned by that church? How could my life be different? Well, maybe I would have...
  • U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated

    12/15/2014 9:56:01 AM PST · by O. White · 15 replies
    December 15, 2014 | Timothy W. Linzey
    U.S. Army Chaplain’s Constitutional Rights Violated By Timothy W. Linzey Contact: lavonjusa@aol.com FORT BENNING, Ga., Dec. 14, 2014 -- In the United States Armed Forces, there are three types of special staff officers: 1) the Judge Advocate (JAG), 2) the medical doctor, and 3) the chaplain. These three officers enter the military with advanced degrees, and so come in at a higher rank than all other officers. No commander would dare tell a JAG how to do his job. No commander would dare tell a medical doctor how to do his job. Likewise, no commander has the authority to tell...
  • Mexican Catholics Lose Religion in the USA

    12/15/2014 8:08:30 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 73 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10 Dec 2014 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    New evidence from the Pew Research Center reveals that Mexican Catholics who emigrate to the United States are considerably less religious than their counterparts who remain in Mexico. A hefty majority of US Hispanics are of Mexican descent (64%), according to US Census Bureau statistics, and about a third of Mexican Americans were born in Mexico and immigrated into the US. Mexican Americans, however, exhibit differences both in religious affiliation and in doctrinal belief as compared with Catholics living in Mexico. Though the Pew study does not explore the reasons Mexican Catholics leave the Church when emigrating to the US,...
  • Pope says Salvationists and Catholics meet at peripheries of society

    12/15/2014 7:36:03 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 12/14/2014
    Greeting warmly a delegation led by General André Cox, the Pope said Catholics and Salvationists, together with other Christians, recognise that those in need have a special place in God’s heart – so much so, that the Lord himself became poor for our sake. As a result, the Pope said, Catholics and Salvationists often meet at the same peripheries of society. I pray, he concluded, that all of Christ’s disciples can contribute with the same conviction and dynamism that the Salvation Army demonstrates in its devoted and highly appreciated service. Founded by former Methodist minister William Booth in 1865 as...
  • US Nuns Resisted Vatican Investigation into Religious Life, Admits Head of Inquiry

    12/13/2014 1:56:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 12/12/14 | Abigail Frymann Rouch
    The woman tasked with carrying out the Vatican’s three-year investigation into the health of Religious life in the US admitted she faced resistance and criticism from fellow sisters. Writing in this week’s Tablet Mother Mary Clare Millea said the Vatican allowed her to select her own collaborators to carry out the apostolic investigation of the nearly 400 institutes of women Religious. She said she felt she had “the complete trust of the congregation in Rome” to formulate a strategy for carrying out the investigation. The long-awaited report from the investigation is to be released on Tuesday. Mother Clare, who is...
  • Father Benedict' Sheds Some Insight on His Resignation

    12/12/2014 2:55:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 12/12/14 | Phil Lawler
    If it is accurate--and I have no reason to doubt that it is-- the report that Benedict XVI wanted to be known as “Father Benedict” after his resignation is strange and illuminating. Why? Because today he is not known as Father Benedict. Even before Pope Benedict stepped down, the Vatican announced that he would be known as “Pope-emeritus.” Why didn’t the outgoing Pontiff get his own way? The Vatican is not a democracy; the Pope sets the rules. Yet in this case the Pope permitted others to overrule him. This is not a case in which the Pope was persuaded...
  • New Disciplinary Action Looming for Father Pavone?

    12/12/2014 6:32:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Father Frank Pavone, the founder of Priests for Life (PFL), once again faces possible disciplinary action because of his refusal to allow episcopal oversight of his organization’s finances. New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan has revealed, in a letter to the bishops of the US, that the Vatican conducted an apostolic visitation of Priests for Life last year. After that investigation, the cardinal says, he was asked by the Congregation for the Clergy to “assist Father Pavone with several necessary reforms.” However, Cardinal Dolan writes, Father Pavone has not cooperated with the reforms. As a result, the cardinal has told the...
  • Card. De Paolis on Communion for Divorced, Remarried: “If Approved, the Consequences Would Be..

    12/11/2014 8:20:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf ^ | 12/11/14 | Fr. Z's Blog
    The outline of features for the next Synod of Bishops in October 2015, or Lineamenta, has been released. The Lineamenta is based on the last Synod’s final document, the Relatio Synodi. For the Relatio, the members of the Synod voted on each paragraph. According to the Synod’s own rules, established and approved by those appointed by Pope Francis to run the Synod, in order to be included in the Relatio each paragraph had to receive a 2/3’s majority of voting members. Some paragraphs, on Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried and on homosexuality, very controversial paragraphs, did not receive...
  • Hot-Button Issues Remain in New Questionnaire for 2015 Synod

    12/10/2014 6:27:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/14 | John Allen Jr
    In the run-up to last October’s synod of bishops on the family, one of the more sensational developments was the Vatican’s decision to ask bishops around the world to survey the grassroots on matters such as same-sex marriage, divorce and remarriage, and cohabitation outside marriage. Some bishops’ conferences made a big deal of the questionnaire, even creating online opportunities for people to submit reactions, while others played it down out of concern that raising these questions risked a false impression that Church teaching is up for grabs. In hindsight, it was an early hint that the synod would be a...
  • Archbishop Justin Welby: ‘There is a Possibility That We Will Not Hold Together’

    12/09/2014 3:17:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/9/14 | Trevor Grundy
    CANTERBURY, England (RNS) In a lengthy interview in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people. The candid interview came at the end of Welby’s visits to the 38 provinces (or country-states) that make up the Anglican Communion. Welby said that although individual churches remain “strong, resilient and thriving,” the differences among them remain profound. “I think, realistically, we‘ve got to say that despite all efforts there is a possibility that we will...
  • A Primer for the Looming Vatican Report on American Nuns

    12/09/2014 3:00:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/9/14 | John Allen Jr
    A long-awaited Vatican report on women’s religious life in the United States is set for release on December 16, and on Tuesday the Vatican announced a press conference will be held that day to present the document. There are two separate Vatican reviews of American nuns: One launched in 2008 studying all women’s orders in the country and another initiated a year later that focuses specifically on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the main umbrella group for the leadership of women’s orders. The December 16 report marks the end of the first process, but has no bearing on the...
  • The Speech of His Eminence Joseph at His Enthronement [shortened per FR posting limits]

    12/09/2014 2:22:15 PM PST · by lightman · 2 replies
    Anttiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese ^ | 9 December A.D. 2014 | His Eminence Joseph
    Today we commemorate our great father among the saints, Nicholas the Wonderworker of Myra, the patron of this holy Cathedral. Howgreatly loved he is throughout the Christian world! He is even honored in popular culture, a fact well known to you all. Let us focus for a moment on the Troparion for St. Nicholas: Thy works of justice did reveal Thee to Thy community as a canon of faith, the likeness of humility and the teacher of abstinence. O, Thou Father and great Bishop Nicholas. Wherefore by humility thou didst achieve exaltation, and by Thy meekness wealth, Intercede therefore, intercede...
  • The Speech of His Beatitude Patriarch John X at the Enthronement of His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph

    12/09/2014 1:54:25 PM PST · by lightman · 2 replies
    Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdioces ^ | 9 Decembar AD 2014 | His Beatitude Patriarch John X
    Your Eminence, Metropolitan Joseph, Brother hierarchs and beloved clergy, Your Excellencies, and beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I address you with the peace of Christ. I address you with the word of the Word who lived among us. "My peace I leave to you, my peace I give to you" (John 14:27). The enthronement of a bishop in the church is the enthronement of peace and love in her midst. Now, the Church expresses her full essence within a community governed with love. O Sayedna, Joseph, in the name of all your brothers in the Antiochian Orthodox Church, I...
  • Vatican Releases Preparatory Document Ahead of 2015 Synod

    12/09/2014 6:05:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/9/14 | Staff Reporter
    Document includes 46 questions for national bishops’ conferences around the world. The Vatican has released a 26-page preparatory document, or Lineamenta, ahead of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops which will take place at the Vatican in October 2015. The document, based on the final report on the extraordinary synod on the family which convened earlier this year, includes 46 questions for national bishops’ conferences around the world. According to Catholic News Service, the report asks about “possible steps” and “unnecessary impediments” to “sacramental pastoral care” of “remarried divorcees”. And, in reference to “persons with a homosexual tendency”, it asks, “how...
  • Moral Therapeutic Deism: The Preferred Religion in North America

    12/09/2014 5:36:10 AM PST · by Fester Chugabrew · 13 replies
    Adam4d.com ^ | 12/9/2014 | Adam Ford
    Moralistic Therapeutic Deism is a false religion created by and for members of the most rich, catered, defensive, politically-correct, over-protected, over-nurtured, over-fed society the world has ever known, and the fact that it uses the name Jesus and various select Christian buzzwords allows it to be passed off as Christianity.
  • Catholicism’s Latin American Problem

    12/08/2014 2:56:36 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 8, 2014 | Samuel Gregg
    Those interested in reviving Catholicism’s saliency in everyday life in Latin America should consider how they can make Christ front-and-center of their social outreach People hold crosses while standing behind a statue of Christ during a re-enactment of the Crucifixion April 18 near Monterrey, Mexico. (CNS photo/Daniel Becerril, Reuters) It’s hardly surprising that the election of Latin America’s Pope Francis has focused more attention on Latin American Catholicism since the debates about liberation theology which shook global Christianity in the 1970s and 1980s. The sad irony, however, is that this renewed attention is highlighting something long known to many Catholics...
  • Priests at Mexico City Cathedral hear 5000 confessions

    12/08/2014 1:03:52 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2014
    Confessional. Credit: Paul Lowry (CC BY 2.0). Mexico City, Mexico, Dec 8, 2014 / 08:54 am (CNA).- Responding to an invitation from Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera to seek reconciliation with Christ during the season of Advent, nearly 5000 Catholics stood in line for hours to receive the Sacrament of Confession. According to the Archdiocese of Mexico City's News Service, some 30 priests spent 12 hours in shifts hearing confessions at the Cathedral of Mexico City Nov. 29. Cathedral officials said many people also attended an Advent talk given by Father Julian Lopez Amozurrutia entitled, “Coming Home.” Although the lines generally...
  • Communion Alone is ‘Not the Solution’ for Divorced and Re-Married Catholics, Says Pope Francis

    12/08/2014 6:22:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/8/14 | Madeleine Teahan
    Pope Francis has given an exclusive interview to the Argentine daily La NacionHoly Communion is not the solution to the pastoral challenges facing divorced and re-married Catholics, Pope Francis has said. In an interview with the Argentine daily newspaper, La Nacion, in which he discussed the family synod, the challenges of his papacy and reforming the Roman Curia, Pope Francis said: “In the case of divorcees who have remarried, we posed the question, what do we do with them? What door can we allow them to open? This was a pastoral concern: will we allow them to go to Communion?...
  • Pope Francis: Demotion of Burke not ‘Punishment’

    12/07/2014 7:30:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | 12/7/14
    Pope Francis has denied that removing American Cardinal Raymond Burke as head of the Vatican’s highest court was a “punishment” for his outspokenly conservative views at a recent summit of bishops, saying instead he wanted a “smart American” to serve as patron of the Order of Malta. “It is not true that I removed him because of how he had behaved in the synod,” Francis said. The pontiff said that the move was part of a broader restructuring of the Vatican bureaucracy that had been decided well before the October 5-19 synod of bishops on the family. The reason he...
  • Some "Getting Ready For Church" Background Music

    12/07/2014 4:59:08 AM PST · by knarf · 8 replies
    youtube ^ | Dec 7, 2014 | knarf, various
    Always looking for Sunday morning music while I get ready to go to church, I came across this very pleasing (to me) playlistI hope you enjoy
  • Pope tells theologians to listen to ordinary Catholics before pronouncing

    12/05/2014 10:02:26 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | Decewmber 5, 2014
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has urged the Catholic Church's top theologians to listen to what ordinary Catholics have to say rather than just making their own pronouncements on hot-button issues. Francis, whose near-disdain for theologians is well-known, told the International Theological Commission on Friday that they must "humbly listen" to what God tells the church by paying attention to how ordinary Catholics live out their faith. The Vatican's orthodoxy and theology watchdog, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has long been assailed for issuing critiques of Catholic academics without even consulting them or advising them that they...
  • The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham Grows, Seeks to Buy Methodist Church Building [UK]

    12/04/2014 7:01:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report | 12/4/14 | Joanna Bogle
    History is about to be made in a corner of the West of England. The Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham—Anglicans who have come into full communion with the Catholic Church—is writing a new chapter. The Methodist church at Chelston, Torquay, is due to close, and the local Ordinariate group, led by Father David Lashbrooke, plans to acquire it. The group already has Mass there every Sunday, and the Methodists are keen to sell the building and its associated halls to them. It will make an ideal centre for mission and evangelisation, as well as serving the needs of the...
  • Author, Cardinals Spar Over Reports of Conclave Campaigning

    12/04/2014 6:53:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican City, Dec 4, 2014 / 07:07 pm (CNA).- The 2013 papal conclave that elected Pope Francis is news again now that four cardinals have denied a new book’s claim that they campaigned for Pope Francis to be elected – though the book’s author has clarified the Pope himself was not a part of their supposed campaign. The London-based Catholic journalist Austen Ivereigh, in his new book “The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope,” contends that a group of cardinals on what he bills as “Team Bergoglio” worked during the last conclave to promote the election...
  • Vatican to Release Findings From Study of US Nuns

    12/04/2014 4:49:51 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/14 | AP
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Vatican plans soon to release a long-awaited report on its review of women's religious orders throughout the United States. The Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, told the Detroit Free Press that a Rome news conference is planned for Dec. 16 to issue the findings. The study began in 2008 and ended about three years later.
  • Indiana Wesleyan Professor: "I am equally pro-choice and pro-life."

    12/02/2014 10:00:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 16 replies
    YouTube/CreatedEqual ^ | Dec 2, 2014 | Created Equal Films
    The Wesleyan Church opposes elective abortion. Yet in a panel discussion with Created Equal and Life Training Institute, Indiana Wesleyan University professor Dr. Greg Fiebig stated support for legal abortion. Killing young humans is defended even at universities claiming to be Christian. Please help us defend the truth on these campuses. YOUTUBE VIDEO ON LINK.
  • Pope Francis Speaks Up on Synod Process – 'It Isn't Over'

    12/01/2014 7:02:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/30/14 | Elise Harris
    In keeping with his usual tradition on papal trips, Pope Francis held an in-flight press conference on his way back to Rome, in which he opened up about the debate surrounding last month’s Synod of Bishops. “The Synod is a path, it is a journey, firstly. Secondly the synod is not a Parliament. It’s a protected space in which the Holy Spirit may speak,” the Roman Pontiff told journalists on his Nov. 30 flight back from Turkey. His response was given to a question posed by Patricia Thomas of The Associated Press, who asked about the synod midterm report’s controversial...
  • Pope Francis vs. St. Francis of Assisi - the "Blue Mosque" Affair

    11/30/2014 4:21:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/29/14 | John Vennari
    Pope Francis has “dared to do what none of his predecessors had ever done,” Le Figero’s Jean-Marie Guénois rejoiced, “to pray openly, side-by-side with a Muslim dignitary”. The event took place at the Blue Mosque on November 29, the second day of Francis’ visit to Istanbul. In 2006, Pope Benedict XVI – the ever-zealous advocate of Conciliar ecumenism – visited the Mosque but supposedly remained in contemplation. This gave rise to speculation as to whether or not the Pontiff actually prayed in the Mosque, and also gave rise to scandal. Francis, according to Guénois, removed any hint of ambiguity. The...
  • 'Things will change!' – Turkish girls hopeful after Pope's visit

    11/30/2014 3:39:57 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | November 30, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis exits Istanbul's Holy Spirit Cathedral Nov 29. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Istanbul, Turkey, Nov 30, 2014 / 01:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis’ visit to Turkey may change the traction Christians have in a country that is almost entirely Muslim, said two Turkish young women who had the occasion to greet the Pope on his recent trip. Baram, a nearly 30-year-old woman with a degree in French Literature, told CNA that “there is a group of people here in Turkey that does not understand Christianity, or simply they are not interested in Christianity.” However, she said, “the fact that...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Cardinal Burke Opens Up About His New Office with Knights of Malta

    11/29/2014 6:23:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/29/14 | Jan Bentz
    Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2014 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Nov. 8 the Vatican announced the transfer of Cardinal Raymond Burke from prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, which ensures correct administration of justice in the Church, to Patron of the Sovereign Order of the Knights of Malta. In an interview on Nov. 21, Cardinal Burke explained his new role to CNA. “The technical title is Patron,” he stated. “It is an office of representation of the Holy Father to the grand master of the sovereign military order.” Cardinal Burke will be helping Fra. Matthew Festing, Prince and Grand Master...
  • At issue: $35K grant from Catholic group to pro-'gay' clergy

    11/28/2014 2:16:41 PM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | November 28, 2014 | Charlie Butts
    ...the Catholic Campaign for Human Development is providing a $35,000 grant to the Coalition. "[The Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition is] actively engaged in the promotion of homosexuality activism,"..."It's pushing this thing called the Gay-Straight Alliance [and] it actually formed its own Gay-Straight Alliance through one of its projects.
  • Brazilian Bishops Establish Commission on Married Priesthood

    11/28/2014 5:59:49 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/27/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    Pray Tell has tracked the story of Bishop Erwin Kräutler’s meeting with Pope Francis about the severe priesthood shortage and mandatory celibacy in Brazil, and Francis’ suggestion that the bishops of Brazil set up commission to make suggestions to Rome for a solution. This has now happened. According to apic, the national conference of bishops of Brazil (CNBB) has formed a commission to study the possibility of ordaining married men as priests.
  • Topless Activist Jumps on Main Altar at Strasbourg Cathedral to Protest Pope Francis

    11/26/2014 1:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Hours before Pope Francis’ visit to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday, a Femen protester stripped to the waist and jumped onto the main altar of the town’s cathedral on Monday afternoon waving a European Union flag and multi-colored streamers. She danced on the altar for a full minute before running to the cathedral’s exit, vanishing among the crowd on the cathedral square. The woman’s identity has not been disclosed, nor has she been interrogated or arrested by the police. The topless protester had painted slogans on her naked torso: “Pope is not a...
  • Pope Francis: Europe Seems 'Elderly and Haggard'

    11/26/2014 8:13:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe “which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person.” “My visit comes more than a quarter of a century after that of Pope John Paul II,” he said. “Since then, much has changed throughout Europe and the world as a whole … Despite a larger and stronger Union, Europe seems to give the impression of being somewhat elderly and haggard.” Offering “a message of hope in the Lord, who turns evil into good and death into life,” Pope Francis...
  • Missouri Nuns Defend Finn: ‘Our Bishop is a Man Who Inspires Faith’

    11/25/2014 2:48:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Lisa Bourne
    Hundreds of thousands of Americans know and love what would otherwise be an unknown band of traditional Benedictine nuns living in rural Missouri. Thanks to their glorious singing, which has topped the music charts time and time again, the contemplative Benedictines of Mary are famous. Their ‘Lent at Ephesus’ album spent 20 weeks at the top of the Classical Album chart this year. These contemplative nuns are today speaking out in defense of their bishop, Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph, MO, currently the number one target of the liberal media in America and unwilling to be defended by brother...
  • Light From the East: Churches in Former Communist Countries Discuss Family Synod

    11/24/2014 6:52:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 11/14/14 | Victor Gaetan
    Christian leaders from the region insist that a sound pastoral approach to family issues must be grounded in authentic doctrinal teaching. LVIV, Ukraine — Reverberations from the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family continue to ricochet around the world. In Ukraine, for example, despite life-and-death issues preoccupying clergy, implications of the synod are avidly discussed among Catholics. However, few of the fault lines apparent in Rome divide Christian Churches in a country like Ukraine — making defense of the family a unifying theme for Catholics and the Orthodox who, otherwise, might be lured into politically driven conflict. At the...
  • Lots and Lots of Rabbis Who Change the World

    11/23/2014 4:12:53 PM PST · by Phinneous · 5 replies
    Chabad Online Live, Weblog ^ | 11/23/14 | COLLive
    Link to the (ongoing) "Kinut haShluchim" Conference of the Emissaries, the rabbis of the Chabad-Lubavitch movement throughout the US (all stated but SD!) and abroad.
  • Indian Catholics Find Spiritual Inspiration in Two New Saints

    11/23/2014 6:05:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11/22/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Nov 22, 2014 / 05:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two new Indian Catholic saints to be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday were known for their deep spiritual life and their intercession in helping families, say two Catholics who find deep inspiration in their sanctity. Fr. Isaac Arickappalil C.M.I. told CNA Nov. 14 that the canonization of the soon-to-be saint Blessed Kuriakose Elias Chavara is “an inspiration for all of us.” He said the Nov. 23 canonization is an inspiration for the Carmelites of Mary Immaculate, the order which Bl. Kuriakose founded, as well as for the Church in...
  • Is There Still Issues With The CHD Second Collection? (Vanity)

    11/23/2014 4:12:50 AM PST · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    Vanity ^ | November 23, 2014 | Biggirl
    Good Morning. I have a brief question and it is in regards to the yearly second collection, called the "Campaign For Human Development" or CHD which takes place each weekend before Thanksgiving Day in Catholic parishes across the United States. This weekend my parish priest told parishoners there will be no second collection taken for CHD. I remember there were issues involving this collection over the last few years. Is there still issues with CHD going on? My diocese is the Hartford, CT archdiocese and I believe the other parishes have taken up this collection. Thank-you for your response and...
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    11/22/2014 3:08:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Hadro
    Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano. Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter...
  • Pope appoints Cardinal Napier as synod (on the family) organiser

    11/22/2014 2:01:29 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | November 21, 2014
    Cardinal Napier (Photo: CNS) The cardinal was a leading critic of the mid-term reportCardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the organising committee for next year’s family synod.The appointment is seen as significant because Cardinal Napier was critical of the mid-term report in last month’s synod and is regarded as an influential voice in favour of tradition.Otherwise the committee remains the same, including the theologian Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti Vasto, who is seen as responsible for the most contentious aspects of the mid-term report.Other members of the committee are Cardinal Luis Tagle, Cardinal Peter...
  • German Church Historian Fears “Antipope” Benedict

    11/21/2014 6:11:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Pray Tell ^ | 11/21/14 | Fr. Anthony Ruff
    As Kathweb reports, Hubert Wolf, professor of church history in Munster, calls for a clearer distinction between pope and “pope emeritus” in Thursday’s edition of Frankfurter Algemeine Zeitung. According to Wolf, there have been fears that “around Francis and Benedict XVI two competing power centers could come into being in the curia, with pope and antipope at the top of each.” The church historian notes that when Pope Gregory XII resigned in 1415, he became a member of the college of cardinals again and traded his white papal clothing for the purple of a cardinal. After the church council of...
  • While You’re Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME — So far, Pope Francis’ most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the pope’s defense. “I am a conservative politically,” said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of America’s most prominent Catholic commentators. “But I’m a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that I’m a Catholic.” Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...