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  • Pope 'Could Cancel UK Visit' Over 'Offensive' Foreign Office Memo

    04/26/2010 5:58:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies · 407+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/24/10 | Gordon Rayner and Nick Pisa
    The Pope could cancel his planned visit to Britain because of a “hugely offensive” Foreign Office memo mocking his stance on abortion and birth control, sources in the Vatican said. Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document, which suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and launch his own range of condoms while he is here. No-one has lost their job over the memo, which was sent to Downing Street and at least three Whitehall departments, and the civil servant who authorised...
  • Reigniting the Word of God - Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

    04/23/2010 4:05:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 116+ views
    NC Register ^ | April 23, 2010 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    As I write this, I’m looking at the cover of one of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s books, now reissued under his papal name. The book is titled God’s Word, and the cover shows a photograph of the Holy Father. He’s slightly off-center because he’s holding up the book of the Gospels — covering himself, as it were, with the word of God. For me, that cover is emblematic of his pontificate thus far. His hallmark is the centrality of the word of God. That’s where he has kept our focus — not on fads or scandals or the world’s alarms....
  • Abuse Victim in Malta: Pope Benedict XVI is a 'Saint'

    04/23/2010 6:49:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies · 379+ views
    Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2010 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli spoke with Joseph Magro, 38, one of eight victims of clerical abuse who met with Pope Benedict XVI during his recent visit to Malta. Magro said the meeting “was truly a most beautiful gift, after all this suffering, we all cried, even the Pope.” In the interview published by the Italian daily Il Giornale, Magro, who proudly showed the rosary he was given by the Holy Father in Malta, shared details about his meeting with the Pope. “I did not have any faith in priests. Now,...
  • The Pope, Unscripted

    04/22/2010 3:07:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 249+ views
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 22, 2010 | Joseph Wood
    Consider the case of perhaps the most intelligent man in the world, a quiet theologian who, a little over five years ago, expected at this point in his life to be playing the piano with his brother in a serene retirement. What would it sound like if this man took upon himself, in his office, the horrible sins committed by some in the hierarchy he now supervises over the course of the two or three previous decades? And if he felt as well the weight of both the 2000-year history of his office as the safeguard of what we know...
  • A Dumb Idea, via Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins: Arresting the Pope

    04/21/2010 9:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 338+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/20/2010 | Clarice Feldman
    In recent years there have been numerous attempts to greatly expand the concept of judicial jurisdiction, under the rubric of “universal jurisdiction.” The latest threat, by atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to sue the pope in Great Britain for claimed failures in halting priestly abuse of minors, seems doomed — as were a number of other such adventures in creative law by NGOs and overreaching, grandiloquent jurists. And that is a good thing. Jurisdiction of Courts In Western jurisprudence, a court must have “jurisdiction” to hear a matter. The concept is broad but utterly rational: the court must have...
  • Evidence of Renewal (“not by the work of human beings, but through the power of Christ’s gift")

    04/19/2010 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies · 236+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 19, 2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    ‘Shock and awe” would be the best description of my response to this recent Associated Press headline: “US Catholic church moving faster on abuse cases.” Not because it was news to me, but because it was making news. At a time of great sadness, anger, and confusion...Read between the lines and you will see a story of penance and perseverance, a story about an institution that challenges us to live differently than the gods of popular culture would have us live. The AP article explained that, after receiving an allegation this month of abuse by a priest back in the...
  • Pope's childhood home defaced

    04/13/2010 8:17:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 412+ views
    MARKTL-AM-INN, Germany, April 13 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI's childhood home in Germany was vandalized Tuesday with graffiti that was quickly painted over, police said. Police in the southern German town of Marktl-am-Inn didn't release the exact words of the graffiti but said it referred to the current sex-abuse scandal plaguing the Roman Catholic Church, The Washington Times reported. "The wall over the entrance door of the Pope birth house had insulting contents written in blue," said a Bavarian police report, which the Times translated with the help of a computer program. "The writer obviously used a lacquer spray can...
  • Looking Critically at the Attacks on the Pope

    04/13/2010 2:24:33 PM PDT · by SalAOR · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 4/13/2010 | Sal
    There have been many attacks on Pope Benedict as of late in regards to his alleged handling of clergy sexual abuse cases during his tenure as prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The state-run media is attacking him on all fronts, producing supposed “smoking guns” that purport to show him spiking the defrocking of a Priest who was involved in the horrific abuse of children. If your only source of information was the Associated Press and New York Times, you’d think the Pope practically abused the children himself. The problem is that, as we in the...
  • Katherine Kersten: The media fires up its inquisition

    04/11/2010 4:07:36 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 750+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 10, 2010 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    You'd think the evil of sexual abuse was exclusive to the Catholic Church.This Easter season, we've been bombarded by media reports about the ogre Pope Benedict and his den of iniquity -- the Catholic Church -- that preys on children. The secular bishops of our day -- our major regional newspapers -- dutifully reprint the encyclicals of their own pope, the New York Times. They breathlessly relay every rumor of priestly indiscretion. I'm not here to defend evil, and clerical sexual abuse of children is a very grave evil indeed. I am interested, though, in why the media consistently portray...
  • Milwaukee WI Archbishop defends Pope Benedict

    03/31/2010 7:49:02 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 52 replies · 463+ views
    Milwaukee JS ^ | 3/31/2010 | A Johnson
    Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki on Tuesday defended Pope Benedict XVI's handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal. And he absolved him of any blame in decisions involving Father Lawrence Murphy.(42)
  • Defending the Pope against Hot Air

    03/30/2010 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies · 793+ views
    AmericanPapist ^ | March 29th, 2010 | Thomas Peters
    Defending the Pope against Hot Air by Thomas Peters on March 29th, 2010 Since this most recent attempt to smear Pope Benedict began a couple of weeks ago, I have felt little need to defend him on these pages, because no credible charges had been made against him. Well today, there still haven’t been any credible charges made against him, but the attacks keep coming so we have to take action. These attacks on the pope, after all, are at heart attacks on the Church. Look at what David Dayen of the liberal FireDogLake blog wrote: “The cumulative effect of...
  • Pope Benedict will 'not be intimidated by petty gossip' over sex abuse scandals

    03/28/2010 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 580+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/28/2010 | Nick Pisa in Rome
    n a clear indication that the Vatican continues to insist the continual abuse revelations are part of a conspiracy the Pope said: "From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip." Although he did not directly mention the crisis that has seen claims of abuse from Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Brazil the 82 year old Pontiff's message was evidently clear. As he spoke, thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in a sunlit St Peter's Square clapped and shouted "Viva il Papa" (Long Live The Pope). The scandals seemingly not to have had an impact on their...
  • Catholic Caucus Prayer Thread: Perpetual Novena for the Pope

    03/26/2010 9:14:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 281+ views
    various | 03/26/2010 | n/a
    From Oratio pro summo Pontifice/Prayer for the PopeLatin: V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3] Pater Noster, Ave MariaDeus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen. English: V. Let us pray for N, our Pope. R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and...
  • Obama behind recent attacks against Pope Benedict

    03/25/2010 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Balt · 20 replies · 1,053+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find. The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Man screams abuse at Pope Benedict XVI [Catholic Caucus]

    03/17/2010 12:12:23 PM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 21 replies · 521+ views
    AFP ^ | March 18, 2010
    A man, apparently in his early 50s, shouted "bulls***, bulls***" while stretching an accusatory arm towards Benedict XVI, after approaching the barrier in front of the Pope's podium. Vatican police forcibly removed the man, still shouting, from the square. The Pope went on to announce that he would "soon" send a pastoral letter to Irish Catholics over the paedophile priest scandal that has rocked Ireland. The address was the first of the year to be held in St Peter's Square, which was bathed in early spring sunshine. Security for the 82-year-old Pope was tightened after a woman knocked him to...
  • Confirmed: Benedict XVI to Consecrate Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

    03/04/2010 11:31:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies · 572+ views
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 3/4/10 | Shawn Tribe
    We recently reported that there was a possibility that Benedict XVI might consecrate Antonio Gaudi's famed Barcelona church, the Sagrada Familia. Today, the Vatican Information Service confirmed that this has now been determined, and the Holy Father will consecrate the church: VATICAN CITY, 4 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Benedict XVI is due to visit the Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona in November this year, according to announcements made yesterday by Archbishop Julian Barrio Barrio of Santiago de Compostela, and Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona. The Holy Father will travel to Santiago de Compostela on 6...
  • ‘Evidence of Science’ Backs Pope’s Assertion Against Condom Use To Stem HIV-AIDS in Africa

    03/02/2010 12:03:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 620+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 2, 2010 | Susan E. Wills
    Last March, Harry Knox, who serves on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his comment that the African AIDS epidemic will not be overcome by promoting condoms. Knox wrote that Pope Benedict was “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” adding that “on a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods.” Recently a CNSNews.com reporter asked Knox if he stood by his statement – he indicated that he emphatically does – even in light of the strong defense of Pope Benedict...
  • Benedict XVI to Visit Lutheran Church in Rome

    02/19/2010 12:13:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 407+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 18, 2010
    >Ecumenical Event Scheduled for March 14 VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will visit a Lutheran church in Rome for a German-language service in which both he and a Lutheran pastor will give homilies. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Vatican press office today confirmed that the visit -- previously announced -- will take place March 14. The president of the unity council, Cardinal Walter Kasper, will participate in the visit. Rome's Lutheran community had invited the Pope in 2008 to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to the church. The...
  • Papal Trip to Commemorate St. Paul's Shipwreck

    02/12/2010 7:17:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies · 206+ views
    Vatican Confirms Details of April Journey to MaltaVATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican press office confirmed Wednesday the itinerary for Benedict XVI's April 17-18 trip to Malta. The visit will celebrate the 1,950th anniversary of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island that, according to tradition, occurred in the year 60 A.D., during the Apostle's second voyage toward Rome. The Holy Father will meet with the president of the nation, as well as Maltese youth and clergy. He will leave Rome on Saturday afternoon, arriving in Malta at 5 p.m., and giving an address at the airport. He will...
  • The Pope is right about the threat to freedom

    02/03/2010 5:33:50 AM PST · by iowamark · 1 replies · 264+ views
    London Times ^ | 02/13/2010 | Jonathan Sacks
    We may not agree with the Vatican line on homosexuality. But the State is trampling on our rights as individuals There are times when human rights become human wrongs. This happens when rights become more than a defence of human dignity, which is their proper sphere, and become instead a political ideology, relentlessly trampling down everything in their path. This is happening increasingly in Britain, and it is why the Pope’s protest against the Equality Bill, whether we agree with it or not, should be taken seriously... It was integral to the American Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths...
  • Man who shot Pope John Paul II to be released, wants to be baptised by Pope Benedict

    12/26/2009 11:54:32 PM PST · by Stephen25 · 24 replies · 1,546+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/26/09 | Martin Hill
    Man who shot Pope John Paul II to be released, wants to be baptised by Pope Benedict Mehmet Ali Agca, who shot Pope John Paul II four times in St. Peter's Square on May 13, 1981, is eligible for release next month, January 2010. Agca was originally sentenced to life in prison for the shooting, but was pardoned in June 2000 by Italian president Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, with the Pope's blessings. Pope John Paul II had met with Agca in prison on Dec. 27, 1983 and forgave him. Agca spent 19 years and one month in the Italian prison. At...
  • Video Of Pope Attack

    12/25/2009 2:36:45 PM PST · by Jihadi Du Jour · 9 replies · 1,440+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/25/2009 | Joseph Speranzella SFO
    Thank God it was not a serious incident... had there been a weapon...one hates to think of such things...See the video here...
  • The Moment The Pope Was Knocked Down

    12/24/2009 8:14:21 PM PST · by Steelfish · 26 replies · 2,256+ views
    BBCNews ^ | December 24, 2009
    The Moment The Pope Was Knocked Down The Pope was knocked down by a woman at the start of the service in St Peter's Basilica. (See Video in URL] The woman, who is reported to be mentally unstable, jumped the security barriers as Benedict XVI entered the basilica, causing the pontiff to fall. The Pope appeared to be unhurt and recovered to lead the Mass.
  • RAW VIDEO Pope Benedict Attacked By Woman Before Christmas Eve Mass.

    12/24/2009 6:07:49 PM PST · by Story Balloon · 30 replies · 1,601+ views
    StoryBalloon.Org/Videos ^ | 12/24/09 | JasonSB
    Pope Benedict was attacked by what is being called a 'mentally unbalanced' woman before Christmas Eve Mass. Raw cell phone video has emerged already. Here's the link to the video of the lady jumping the area between the crowd and the pope and charging Pope Benedict.
  • RAW: Woman Lunges At Pope During Christmas Mass

    12/24/2009 3:51:21 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 21 replies · 1,329+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 24, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    AP: A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman said.
  • VIDEO: Pope Gets Up After Being Knocked Down At Christmas Mass

    12/24/2009 3:10:38 PM PST · by ianschwartz · 8 replies · 1,269+ views
    RealClearPolitics ^ | December 24, 2009 | RealClearPolitics
    AP: A woman jumped the barriers in St. Peter's Basilica and knocked down Pope Benedict XVI as he walked down the main aisle to begin Christmas Eve Mass on Thursday, a Vatican spokesman said.
  • Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass

    12/24/2009 2:10:54 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 244 replies · 12,191+ views
    Woman Knocks Down Pope At Christmas Mass Alex Watts, Sky News Online A woman has been arrested after jumping over barriers and knocking down the Pope at Christmas Eve Mass. Pope Benedict Pope Benedict XVI was attacked as he walked down the main aisle to begin the service at St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Ciro Benedettini said the 82-year-old quickly got to his feet and was unhurt. Benedict calmly resumed his walk to the Basilica's main altar and then began the Mass.
  • Pope Benedict XVI: A Good Year

    12/19/2009 7:22:56 AM PST · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 243+ views
    Newsmax ^ | 18 Dec 2009 | Edward Pentin
    The year now ending has been a momentous one for Pope Benedict XVI and probably his busiest to date. It began with his highly controversial decision to lift the excommunications on four break-away bishops of the Society of St. Pius X, and more or less ended with his historic decision to facilitate the reception of large groups of Anglicans into the Catholic Church. But in between were many other significant events. The Pope made an eagerly anticipated pilgrimage to the Holy Land, published his first social encyclical, Caritas in Veritate (Charity in Truth), held a Synod of Bishops on Africa,...
  • Holy Father hopes for growth of religious freedom in Cuba

    12/10/2009 10:53:26 AM PST · by bdeaner · 172+ views
    CNA ^ | 12/10/09 | CNA
    The newest ambassador to the Holy See, Cuba's Eduardo Delgado Bermudez, renewed nearly 75 years of continuous relations with the Vatican today when he delivered his credentials to Pope Benedict XVI in a private audience. The Pontiff expressed to the ambassador his hopes for the future of the Cuban people and for seeing continued “concrete signs” of the acceptance of the exercise of religious freedom. In his address, Pope Benedict highlighted the importance for governments around the world not to forget about the basic needs of the people, despite the current economic crisis. "The Catholic Church in Cuba, that in...
  • Pope Benedict asks sick to offer up suffering for priests (Catholic Caucus)

    12/03/2009 11:20:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 10 replies · 403+ views
    CNA ^ | 12/3/2009
    Benedict XVI has announced that the World Day of the Sick will be celebrated this liturgical year on February 11, the 25th anniversary of the institution of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers. The Pontiff drew attention to the essential nature of pastoral service for the sick and asked those who are ill "to pray and offer up their sufferings for priests" in this Year of the Priest. For February 11, the Pope said, the Church would like to "raise awareness in the ecclesial community of the importance of pastoral service in the vast world...
  • "A Revolutionary of the Christian Type" (sitting opposite Joseph Ratzinger in a monastery)

    11/27/2009 3:23:47 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies · 470+ views
    Ignatius Insight ^ | November 27, 2009 | Peter Seewald
    What is it like to sit opposite a man like Joseph Ratzinger for many hours, alone in a monastery, and discuss things with him, asking a thousand questions? We were high up in our monastery, often in reality above the clouds, and there was always something that gave you the feeling there was a good spirit there. At any rate, I came to know Joseph Ratzinger as a great man for patience, as a spiritual master who can give answers. Here was someone who simply understood people, who had retained the liveliness of youth. Someone who did not burn...
  • Benedict’s Gambit (Pope is offering an Anglo-Catholic mansion within the Roman Catholic faith)

    10/26/2009 6:58:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 978+ views
    New York Times ^ | 10/25/2009 | ROSS DOUTHAT
    The Church of England has survived the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War and Elton John performing “Candle in the Wind” at Princess Diana’s Westminster Abbey funeral. So it will probably survive the note the Vatican issued last week, inviting disaffected Anglicans to head Romeward, and offering them an Anglo-Catholic mansion within the walls of the Roman Catholic faith. But the invitation is a bombshell nonetheless. Pope Benedict XVI’s outreach to Anglicans may produce only a few conversions; it may produce a few million. Either way, it represents an unusual effort at targeted proselytism, remarkable both for its concessions to...
  • Is Pope Benedict a closet liberal?

    10/25/2009 7:06:58 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 27 replies · 837+ views
    Washington Post ^ | October 24, 2009 | David Gibson
    ...In less than five years Pope Benedict has shown himself to be quietly yet deliberately engaged in reshaping Catholicism. Even more surprising are the remarkably liberal means he has used to achieve his ends -- means that could lead to places the pontiff may not intend to go. A case in point is last week's stunning announcement...that the pope is creating a novel "church within a church" so that Anglicans can join with Catholics without giving up their rites and traditions... In another development last week, one that drew far less notice but could have a profound impact, the Vatican...
  • With His Daring Scheme for Anglicans, Benedict XVI Fulfills the Hopes of Cardinal Newman

    10/23/2009 9:36:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies · 793+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10/22/09 | Damian Thompson
    Was Pope Benedict XVI inspired by Cardinal John Henry Newman, whom it is hoped he will beatify in England next year, when he suddenly threw open the gates of Rome to disaffected Anglicans on Tuesday morning? The official website for Newman’s Cause hinted as much when it greeted the announcement with a reminder of Newman’s support for a proposal to establish an Anglican Uniate Church for converts, similar to that provided for Byzantine-rite Catholics. The plan was conceived by Ambrose Phillips de Lisle and Newman rightly guessed that it would be unworkable. But if it could be made to work,...
  • For the Vatican, New Resolve to Expand the Catholic Fold

    10/22/2009 11:17:46 AM PDT · by GOP_Lady · 28 replies · 1,186+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10-22-09 | STACY MEICHTRY
    ROME -- Long regarded as a hard-liner on religious doctrine, Pope Benedict XVI also is emerging as the pontiff of interchurch, or ecumenical, relations. The 82-year-old pope's decision Tuesday to amend Vatican laws to make it easier for Anglicans to become Roman Catholic represents his most aggressive attempt to bring more Christians into the Catholic fold.
  • Desperate bishops invited Rome to park its tanks on Archbishop’s lawn

    10/20/2009 9:44:06 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies · 896+ views
    London Times ^ | 10/21/2009 | Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
    Rome has parked its tanks on the Archbishop of Canterbury’s lawn after manoeuvres undertaken by up to fifty bishops and begun two years ago by an Australian archbishop, John Hepworth... In the US, where a similar “Anglican usage” model has been in operation for years and will now be incorporated into the new ordinariate structures, there are 77 million Catholics alongside a mere 1.8 million Episcopalians. A few incoming conservative Anglicans have made little difference. In England and Wales, the proportions are reversed, with 25 million baptised Anglicans but four million Catholics.... Set against this, however, is the more confident...
  • Anglicans welcome under new Catholic structure, says Pope

    10/20/2009 6:35:50 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 20 replies · 887+ views
    The Star ^ | 10-20-09
    The Vatican has made it easier for Anglicans to join the Catholic Church, responding to the disillusionment of some Anglicans over the election of openly gay bishops and the blessing of same-sex unions. Pope Benedict XVI approved a new church provision that will allow Anglicans to convert while maintaining many of their distinctive spiritual and liturgical traditions, Cardinal William Levada, the Vatican's chief doctrinal official, told a news conference Tuesday. In the past, such exemptions had only been granted in a few cases in certain countries. The new church provision is designed to allow Anglicans around the world to access...
  • Big Doings in Rome & London?

    10/19/2009 10:10:49 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 16 replies · 784+ views
    The Anchoress ^ | 10-19-09
    Now what can this be all about? I get an email from my Li’l Bro Thom (who likes show tunes, a lot, and is often peppering his emails with Broadway lyrices) “Could be, who knows? There’s something due any day, I will know, right away…soon as it shows…” He was writing about this bit of a blurb from Deacon Greg, who got it from American Papist, who got it from Damian Thompson: *** We inform accredited journalists that tomorrow, Tuesday 20 October 2009, at 11am, in the John Paul II Hall of the Press Office of the Holy See, a...
  • Benedict XVI to visit Lutheran Church of Rome, says Cardinal Kasper

    10/19/2009 7:00:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 472+ views
    Vatican City, Oct 16, 2009 / 01:07 pm (CNA).- During the presentation of the book, “Harvesting the Fruits. Fundamental Aspects of the Christian Faith in Ecumenical Dialogue. Consensus, Convergences and Differences,” the president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, announced that Pope Benedict XVI will soon visit the Lutheran Church of Rome. During the ceremony, Cardinal Kasper explained that “the Pope has the intention of visiting the Lutheran Church of Rome,” although a date has not yet been set. Regarding the book, the cardinal said it was the result of “two years of...
  • Pope Benedict to receive paralyzed artist’s portrait of Fr. Damien

    10/09/2009 10:34:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 980+ views
    cna ^ | October 9, 2009
    Peggy Chun's portrait of Blessed Father Damien Rome, Italy, Oct 9, 2009 / 06:24 am (CNA).- As the October 11 canonization of the Fr. Damien de Veuster approaches, an art teacher is leading a small group from Hawaii to Rome to present Pope Benedict XVI with a portrait of the saint painted by an artist paralyzed by Lou Gehrig’s Disease, also known as ALS.Fr. Damien, a hero to Hawaiians, ministered to a major leper colony on Molokai where he contracted and eventually succumbed to leprosy in the late nineteenth century.The late artist Peggy Chun had created the artwork with...
  • Pope To Open Africa Synod In Rome

    10/03/2009 11:39:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies · 483+ views
    BBC News ^ | October 03rd 2009
    Pope To Open Africa Synod In Rome By David Willey BBC News, Rome The pope drew huge crowds during his visit to Angola in March Pope Benedict is to open a three-week gathering of African bishops with a Mass in St Peter's Basilica in Rome. The Synod on Africa is aimed at discussing the continent's social and economic problems. The Catholic Church is growing faster in Africa than in any other part of the world, nearly trebling in size to 150 million followers over 30 years. It will be the second synod of bishops organised at the Vatican to be...
  • German press: Atheist Czechs impressed by Pope Benedict XVI

    09/30/2009 9:56:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 768+ views
    Prague Monitor ^ | September 30, 2009
    Berlin, Sept 29 (CTK) - Pope Benedict XVI has won great respect in the atheist Czech Republic, the German daily Die Welt wrote Tuesday commenting on the Pope's visit to the country on September 26-28.Public Czech Television's (CT) cameras followed almost every move by Benedict XVI during his three-day visit to the Czech Republic, the daily says.The Pope managed to raise enthusiasm among young people and he even won respect of Czech President Vaclav Klaus, Die Welt wrote."Judging by the space provided by Czech Television to the coverage of Benedict XVI's visit it could seem that the Pope visited a...
  • Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague

    09/26/2009 4:23:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 12 replies · 864+ views
    Spider Bugs the Pope in Prague [See URL Video] A spider appeared on Pope Benedict's robes as he addressed politicians and diplomats in Prague on Saturday, disappearing and appearing again.
  • Pope Benedict to Visit London: Is the Rebirth of a Christian Europe Underway?

    09/23/2009 6:00:43 PM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies · 702+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/24/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The London Times has reported that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Britain next year. If this wonderful news is confirmed it will mark the first official visit by a Pope. Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit in 1982. The Times reports that this historic visit will soon be confirmed by the Vatican. It will take place next September. Further, that “…during his time in the country, expected to take place in September next year, Pope Benedict will have a meeting with the Queen, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and will be accorded the full panoply of...
  • WILL THE "THIRD ROME" REUNITE WITH THE "FIRST ROME"?

    09/22/2009 3:41:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies · 2,024+ views
    zna ^ | September 21, 2009 | Robert Moynihan
    WASHINGTON, D.C., SEPT. 21, 2009 (Zenit.org)- Sometimes there are no fireworks. Turning points can pass in silence, almost unobserved. It may be that way with the "Great Schism," the most serious division in the history of the Church. The end of the schism may come more quickly and more unexpectedly than most imagine. On Sept. 18, inside Castel Gandolfo, the Pope's summer palace about 30 miles outside Rome, a Russian Orthodox Archbishop named Hilarion Alfeyev, 43 (a scholar, theologian, expert on the liturgy, composer and lover of music), met with Benedict XVI, 82 (also a scholar, theologian, expert on the...
  • Eastern Catholic clergy mark Year for Priests with days of renewal

    09/22/2009 10:14:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 560+ views
    cns ^ | September 22, 2009 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Much of the focus of U.S. commemorations and celebrations for the Year for Priests has been on Latin-rite priests, but priests in the Eastern Catholic Church also are marking the year, many by renewing their priesthood with retreats or days of recollection and also promoting vocations. The geographic expanses of U.S. Eastern Catholic dioceses, which often encompass several states, can make it difficult for the priests to gather together, so their observances of the special year, which began June 19, may be different than those of their Latin-rite counterparts. "We're spread out, so we take advantage of...
  • Pope reflects on Jesus' example of service as he consecrates new bishops

    09/14/2009 10:03:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 359+ views
    cna ^ | September 14, 2009
    Vatican City, Sep 14, 2009 / 11:20 am (CNA).- A rare event took place at St. Peter's Basilica on Saturday when Pope Benedict XVI consecrated five priests who had served in the Vatican's government as bishops.Three of the newly consecrated bishops will be serving as diplomats for the Church, one will continue to work in the Roman Curia and one will take up service as a diocesan bishop. The prelates had worked in the Secretariat of State, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and the Governorate of Vatican City State. The new papal nuncios are: Archbishops Gabriele Giordano...
  • Senator Kennedy's Final Attempt at Salvation

    09/13/2009 2:31:01 PM PDT · by Scanian · 25 replies · 1,859+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | September 13, 2009 | Frank S. Rosenbloom, M.D.
    The passing of Senator Edward Kennedy was truly the end of an era. He had been extolled as the "lion of the Senate." Understandably, given the impact of his life, the news media were filled with stories about Kennedy, his family, his trials and tribulations and his contributions. I was most surprised to read that a month before his death Senator Kennedy had written a letter to Pope Benedict XVI, which was delivered to him by President Obama. As a practicing Catholic, I took great interest in Kennedy's thoughts about his Catholicism at the end of his life.
  • Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show?

    09/07/2009 1:14:53 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 16 replies · 2,280+ views
    newsbusters.org ^ | September 7, 2009 | Dave Pierre
    Did Penn & Teller Set a World Record for Most Falsehoods in One Show? Bill Donahue, president of the Catholic League, has said, "Penn & Teller's Nazi-like assault on Catholicism that took place on August 27 will go down in history as one of the most vile, obscene programs ever aired in any nation." However, will the show also go down in history for airing the most number of lies, falsehoods, and misleading statements in a single half-hour show? Not counting credits, the guilty episode runs less than 26 minutes. Here's a lie-by-lie list of the falsehoods that Penn Jillette...