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  • Former Catholic priest arrested on parole violation

    11/04/2011 6:51:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    LA Times ^ | 11/3/2011
    <p>Baker served more than five years of a 10-year prison sentence for his 2007 conviction and was scheduled to be released in August. But the Los Angeles district attorney's office filed a petition to have him committed to a state hospital indefinitely as a sexually violent predator.</p>
  • Sr. Jacinta Hopes to Evangelize 'Pagan' Britain

    11/03/2011 8:25:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies · 1+ views
    catholic Nes Agency ^ | 11/2/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Sr. Jacinta Pollard holds a statue of St. Joseph and Jesus in a picture with some of her fellow sisters. Credit: Franciscan Sisters of the RenewalLeeds, England, Nov 2, 2011 / 12:45 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Franciscan Sister Jacinta Pollard, one of the women profiled in the BBC's new documentary “Young Nuns,” hopes her community's prayers and sacrifices can help bring Britain back to the Catholic faith. “It's like living in pagan Rome, actually! It must have been very similar, for the early Christians,” said Sister Jacinta, head of St. Clare's Convent in Leeds. Her growing community consists of five women...
  • Defending the faith: How Archbishop Dolan is redefining the battle over same sex marriage

    11/03/2011 2:22:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Deseret News ^ | October 29, 2011 | McKay Coppins
    NEW YORK — When Timothy Dolan arrived in New York nearly three years ago to take over the state's Catholic Archdiocese, his "brother bishops" had a bleak warning to deliver."We've got a bruising battle coming up over same-sex marriage," he remembers being told in his first meeting with local clergy. "We are not going to relent, we are going to give it everything we've got. But you need to know that the fortune-tellers are telling us that we ain't gonna win."The Roman Catholic Church had long been at the forefront of the fight over defining marriage in the Empire State,...
  • Catholics Come Home announces ad campaign on major networks

    11/03/2011 6:49:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 3, 2011
    Atlanta, Ga., Nov 3, 2011 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Catholics Come Home has announced a major prime time evangelization initiative set to air on American TV networks beginning in mid-Advent and ending after Christmas.The initiative’s advertising campaign aims to reach 250 million television viewers in over 10,000 U.S. cities and in every U.S. diocese.“These inspiring messages are sponsored by 30,000 Catholic families who want to invite neighbors, relatives, and co-workers to the largest family reunion in modern history,” said Catholics Come Home founder Tom Peterson.The ad used in the campaign notes the beauty and history of the Catholic Church....
  • Catholic Journal Withdraws Column that Suggests Devil Responsible for Homosexuality

    11/03/2011 6:55:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/3/11 | AP
    BOSTON – The oldest Roman Catholic newspaper in the United States has retracted an opinion column suggesting the devil may be responsible for gay attraction. The column, which appeared Friday in the Archdiocese of Boston's official newspaper, The Pilot, was titled "Some fundamental questions on same-sex attraction." It was written by Daniel Avila, an associate director for policy and research for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In the column, Avila says "the scientific evidence of how same-sex attraction most likely may be created provides a credible basis for a spiritual explanation that indicts the devil." It also says "disruptive...
  • Bishops blast Catholic governor's role in abortion award ceremony

    11/03/2011 4:35:49 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 11/3/11 | Benjamin Mann
    Illinois' six Catholic bishops have deplored Catholic governor Pat Quinn's role as the presenter of a “Pro-Choice Leadership Award” at an abortion advocacy group's upcoming ceremony. “We deeply regret the governor's decision to present this award, which so closely associates him with a political action group whose purpose is contrary to the common good,” the six bishops said in a Nov. 2 statement released by the Catholic Conference of Illinois. “With this action, Governor Quinn has gone beyond a political alignment with those supporting the legal right to kill children in their mother's wombs, to rewarding those deemed most successful...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 11-02-11, Commemoration of Faithful Departed, All Souls

    11/01/2011 9:49:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 44 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 11-02-11 | New American Bible
    November 2, 2011   The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed  (All Souls) The following are a selection of the readings that may be chosen for this day. Reading 1 Wis 3:1-9 The souls of the just are in the hand of God,and no torment shall touch them.They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;and their passing away was thought an afflictionand their going forth from us, utter destruction.But they are in peace.For if before men, indeed, they be punished,yet is their hope full of immortality;chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,because God tried themand found...
  • The German Pope Who Took on the Secular World [Not BXVI]

    11/01/2011 12:26:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/1/11 | Eamon Duffy
    An extract from Eamon Duffy’s new book, "Ten Popes Who Shook the World"For 100 years or more, most western countries have worked on the axiom that our common life together ought to be deliberately secular. Religion in a free society may be acceptable as a private activity, like knitting or going to the gym, but it has no proper place in the spheres of politics, economics or citizenship. The rise of militant Islam, like the influence of the Christian Right on American foreign policy and, perhaps more encouragingly, the role of the Catholic Church in the overthrow of Polish Communism,...
  • Desperate Churchmice (The Desperate Collapse of the Catholic Left)

    11/01/2011 1:57:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 1+ views
    NRO ^ | October 31, 2011 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    No, the pope is not supporting Occupy Wall Street. It’s been a bad three and a half decades for self-styled “progressive” Catholics.First, there was John Paul II, whom many in that camp habitually labeled a charismatic reactionary. Yet the Polish pope was a hero all over the world during an epic pontificate that bent history’s arc in a more humane direction, and did so without the aid of liberation theology. John Paul’s funeral Mass on April 8, 2005, became, in the apt phrase of NBC anchor Brian Williams, “the human event of a generation,” a moniker unlikely to be attached...
  • Reformation Day – and What Led Me To Back to Catholicism

    10/28/2011 6:59:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3,684 replies · 2+ views
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/28/11 | Francis J. Beckwith
    October 31 is only three days away. For Protestants, it is Reformation Day, the date in 1517 on which Martin Luther nailed his Ninety-Five Theses to that famous door in Wittenberg, Germany. Since I returned to the Catholic Church in April 2007, each year the commemoration has become a time of reflection about my own journey and the puzzles that led me back to the Church of my youth. One of those puzzles was the relationship between the Church, Tradition, and the canon of Scripture. As a Protestant, I claimed to reject the normative role that Tradition plays in the...
  • Bishop to Congress: 'Illegal Conditions' Placed on Religious Providers of Services

    10/28/2011 7:19:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/27/11 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    WASHINGTON — In an escalation of the U.S. bishops’ campaign against “grave threats to religious liberty,” Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., endorsed three bills designed to strengthen First Amendment rights. The bishop, who heads the newly established Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops testified before Congress yesterday, Oct. 26. “I am here today to call to your attention grave threats to religious liberty that have emerged even since June — grim validations of the bishops’ recognition of the need for urgent and concerted action in this area,” said the bishop. “I focus...
  • Attorney: Crosses at Catholic University violate human rights of Muslim students

    10/27/2011 6:39:22 PM PDT · by Jean S · 91 replies
    syracuse.com ^ | 10/27/11 | Lou Gulino
    The Washington, D.C. Office of Human Rights is investigating the Catholic University of America. The Tower, a student newspaper at the university, says the charges allege the school does not provide Muslim students with places to hold frequent prayer services free of crosses or other Catholic symbols. John F. Banzhaf III, a George Washington University Professor of Public Interest Law, ade the complaint to the human rights agency. In a news release Banzhaf alleges: "It is alleged that CUA does not provide space -- as other universities do -- for the many daily prayers Muslim students must make, forcing them...
  • New York governor: opponents of same-sex ‘marriage’ just ‘want to discriminate,’ are ‘anti-American’

    10/27/2011 8:11:32 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 10-26-2011 | Patrick B. Craine
    An employee with the New York Archdiocese warned of an “impending persecution” after New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called same-sex “marriage” opponents discriminatory and “anti-American” last week.
  • Why Virginity Matters

    10/25/2011 1:48:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    NC Register ^ | JENNIFER FULWILER
    I always used to pause at that oft-used description of the saints. The martyr part made sense. But why virgin? To make it a point to highlight that aspect of a person’s life seemed a little…personal. To use internet parlance, it struck me as TMI. I knew that the problem must be with me, and not with a tradition of the 2,000-year-old Church, but I never could figure out why that designation was so important. Then I began to notice something: Our society has lost the concept that it is possible to live a fulfilling life without having sex. And...
  • The Media's Religious Test

    10/16/2011 9:23:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 17, 2011 | Gary Bauer
    I believe efforts to disqualify Mitt Romney as a presidential contender because of his Mormon faith are outrageous and unfair. Apparently, a lot of people in the liberal media agree with me. Unfortunately, they are hypocrites. The media are ignoring their own established religious test—against candidates whose evangelical or Catholic faith guides their political beliefs. Having momentarily discovered an appreciation for the Constitution, liberal journalists are reminding conservative Christians who question Romney’s faith that our founders prohibited a religious test as a qualification for elected office. “It was only a matter of time before some bigot drew a bead on...
  • Turning to a Support Group to Deal With Celibacy

    10/15/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14th 2011 | Debra Weiner
    Publicly, he is a religious brother with a Roman Catholic order. Privately, although he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, he said, at 23 he was a sex addict, anonymously cruising bars, parks and Cook County Forest Preserves for quick hookups. Six years ago, his superiors found out and encouraged him to seek help. He agreed readily and spent the next six months in intense therapy at a residential treatment clinic north of Toronto for male and female church ministers with psychological and addiction problems. Brother Patrick has been chaste ever since (his real name is being withheld because...
  • What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/14/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 15th, 2006 | Eric Stoutz and CE Editors
    What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? June 15th, 2006 by CE EditorsEric Stoutz Information Specialist Catholics United for the Faith 827 North Fourth Street Steubenville, OH 43952 800-MY-FAITH (800-693-2484) Editor's Note: To submit a faith question to Catholic Exchange, email faithquestions@newcesite.com. Please note that all email submitted to Catholic Exchange becomes the property of Catholic Exchange and may be published in this space. Published letters may be edited for length and clarity. Names and cities of letter writers may also be published. Email addresses of viewers will not normally be published. Dear Catholic Exchange:I recently read a...
  • Catholic principal faces dismissal {by gov board} for promoting 40 Days for Life - Ecumenical

    10/13/2011 9:56:50 PM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Life site news ^ | 13 October 2011 | Patrick B Craine
    The principal at a Catholic elementary school in Winnipeg faces possible dismissal after he allowed students to count the 40 Days for Life vigil towards community service hours. Principal David Hood of Christ the King School advertised the local 40 Days campaign in a recent newsletter and then allowed students who approached him to join the vigil to satisfy part of the 10 hours of community service required of grade 7 and 8 students. The move led to a media firestorm this week with calls for the school, which is independent and under the auspices of the Archdiocese, but receives...
  • Obama is alienating Catholic voters {Catholic/Orthodox caucus}

    10/13/2011 9:38:42 PM PDT · by Cronos · 34 replies
    St Louis Today ^ | 13 October 2011 | Colleen Carroll Campbell
    While other voters have been disappointed by Obama's economic failures and arrogant, ham-handed approach to everything from health care reform to the Solyndra scandal, swing-voting Catholics have special reason to feel betrayed. In the past year, Obama's Justice Department has argued in court that defenders of traditional marriage — the most visible segment of which are observant Catholics and bishops — should be regarded in law as the equivalent of racists. His National Labor Relations Board has issued rulings against two Catholic schools, St. Xavier University in Chicago and Manhattan College in New York, saying that they are not sufficiently...
  • The Reality of Romanism

    05/17/2007 10:08:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 452 replies · 5,008+ views
    The Riddleblog ^ | May 10, 2007 | Kim Riddlebarger
    Reading Francis Beckwith's interview with David Neff in Christianity Today, reminded me of how idyllic the Roman church can seem in the minds of those who embrace it (Click here: Q&A: Francis Beckwith | Christianity Today | A Magazine of Evangelical Conviction). But then this news report appeared today which gives a much different picture of the supposed glories of Romanism (Click here: Pope to canonize first Brazilian saint - Yahoo! News). All discussion of justification, the authority of Scripture, and reciting the Creed aside, the Pope is heading to Brazil to canonize Antonio de Sant'Anna Galvao, a Franciscan monk...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Uncle Sam attracts more (Catholic) military chaplains

    10/12/2011 2:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    ArlingtonCatholicHerald.com ^ | 2011-12 academic year, | Catholic News Service
    Uncle Sam attracts more military chaplains By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON — The U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services is reporting an increase in the number of seminarians who want to become military chaplains. For the 2011-12 academic year, there are 31 co-sponsored and military-affiliated seminarians. Last year there were 23; in 2009-10 there were 12 and the previous year only three. In the Arlington Diocese, five seminarians are co-sponsored by the military archdiocese, including Jason Burchell, third theology; Jim Hinkle, second theology; Chris Christensen, second theology; Steven Walker, second theology; and Thomas Gallagher, first theology. Father Luke Dundon, who...
  • Jeffress Says Satan Rules Catholicism

    10/12/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 317 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/12/2011 | n/a
    Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.” Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?” Catholic League president Bill...
  • US Supreme Court Discusses All-Male Catholic Priesthood

    10/08/2011 11:47:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 47 replies
    In argument before the Supreme Court on an anti-discrimination case, the solicitor general—representing the Obama administration—said that the government would uphold the right of the Catholic Church to preserve an all-male priesthood, but only “because the balance of relative public and private interests is different in each case.” The Supreme Court heard arguments in the case of Hosanna-Tabor v. EEOC, in which a woman charged that she was wrongfully dismissed from a teaching position at a Lutheran school. School officials countered that the teacher had been dismissed because she did not accept the teachings of the church. The case turned...
  • Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | October 7, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married.While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked to serve as teachers and lay workers in such roles as helping serve communion to the congregation, roles already filled by lay members of local congregations.“The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life,” reports Catholic Herald magazine, which reports that Cardinal...
  • Why on Earth Did French Revolutionaries Persecute and Murder Enclosed Nuns?

    10/07/2011 7:13:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 10/7/11 | Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith
    The fine parish church of St Jacques in Compičgne has a side chapel dedicated to 16 Carmelites martyred in the RevolutionI mentioned earlier this week a second French holy place that might interest readers: Compičgne. The town is only 40 minutes by fast and frequent train from Paris, and what drew me there was the famous chateau, a place beloved of Louis XV, who hunted in the nearby forest, as well as Marie Antoinette; and also a favourite place of resort for members of the Fourth Dynasty to rule France. Napoleon was fond of Compičgne and spent time there, and...
  • Beatification Cause Opened for Young Jesuit Killed by Nazis

    10/07/2011 7:19:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 10/4/11
    The beatification cause for Jesuit novice Tomas Munk and his father, Frantisek Munk, was opened on Sept. 27 in the Slovakian city of Bratislava. The city's Archbishop Stanislav Zvolensky presided at the ceremony accompanied by various bishops. A tribunal will now examine evidence of Tomas and Frantisek's martyrdom. Father Ondrej Gabris, the vice postulator of the cause, has submitted a list of 14 testimonies. Tomas and his father were shot during a “death march” near Sachsenhausen on April 22, 1945. Both were atheists of Jewish origin prior to their conversions. In the mid-1930s, Tomas began having an interest in the...
  • ‘Darn Tooting!’ Obama Brags About HHS Reg Catholic Bishops Call Attack on Liberty

    10/05/2011 6:57:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 20 replies
    CNS NEWS ^ | 10/5/11 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    (CNSNews.com) - Bantering with the audience at a fundraiser in St. Louis yesterday, President Barack Obama bragged about a new regulation, proposed by the Department of Health and Human Services, that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has denounced as an “unprecedented attack on religious liberty.” "Darn right!" an audience member at the fundraiser shouted as Obama described the regulation. “Darn tooting!” Obama said back. The proposed regulation, designed to implement part of Obamacare, will require all private health plans in the United States to cover sterilizations and all FDA-approved contraceptives--including those that cause abortions—without charging any fees or co-pay....
  • The Cardinal Who Triumphed Over Stalin

    10/05/2011 7:47:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | Jonathan Luxmoore
    In 1941 a young priest was condemned to death by the Soviets. He was to become one of the ChurchÂ’s great leaders, says Jonathan LuxmooreIn a stately marble corridor of the Polish bishopsÂ’ conference HQ a diminutive old man stands awkwardly among colleagues in the regalia of episcopal office. Outside, a line of dark Mercedes wait to transport their passengers back to spacious residences, while in the vestibule teams of assistants stand in readiness. Cardinal Kazimierz ĹšwiÄ…tek, who died in July, was an unlikely ecclesiastical elder statesman, surviving imprisonment and exile before being called to lead his countryÂ’s Catholics through...
  • No Same-Sex Weddings at West Point's Catholic Chapel, Says Military Archdiocese

    10/04/2011 9:34:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    CNS News ^ | 10/3/11 | Pete Winn
    (CNSNews.com) – Will same-sex marriage ceremonies be allowed at the Catholic Chapel of the Most Holy Trinity at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point? “The answer is ‘no,’” said Taylor Henry, director of public affairs and media relations for the Catholic Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, and spokesman for Archbishop Timothy Broglio, who certifies all Catholic chaplains for the armed services. “Holy Trinity is an actual Catholic parish, unlike the non-denominational chapels that are found on other military installations, and the only services held there are Catholic services. The Catholic Church does not perform the sacrament of matrimony...
  • Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    10/03/2011 10:52:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    DailyCaller.com ^ | 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 | Paul Conner
    Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Published: 5:06 AM 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller Bio | Archive | Email Paul Conner   (From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes 2008 visit to the United States. The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who...
  • My 'granddaddy' John Wayne, actor and Catholic convert

    10/02/2011 12:12:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | October 1, 2011 | David Kerr
    Fr. Matthew Muńoz Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2011 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Fr. Matthew Muńoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” “When we were little we’d go to his house and we’d simply hang out with granddaddy and we’d play and we’d have fun: a very different image from what most people have of him,”  Fr. Muńoz told CNA on a recent visit to Rome. Fr. Muńoz was 14 years old when his grandfather died of cancer in 1979. In his lifetime, “The...
  • ND President [Jenkins, Notre Dame] Protests Birth Control Inclusion

    10/01/2011 3:21:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 9/29/11 | Tom Coyne
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- President Barack Obama's health care overhaul should be changed so that religious schools such as the University of Notre Dame aren't required to go against their beliefs and provide birth control to students and employees, the school president says. The Rev. John Jenkins wrote a letter Wednesday to Kathleen Sebelius asking the Obama administration to broaden the definition of religious employer currently under consideration to ensure the school can continue its provide health care without going against the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. He said the change in definition of religious employer is far narrower...
  • Money: Finally something that can make Notre Dame’s president act like a Catholic priest

    10/01/2011 12:30:14 PM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 14 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | October 1, 2011 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In 2009 Father John Jenkins the president of Notre Dame decided to invite Barack Obama a man with abortion support blood dripping from his hands to speak at the school’s annual commencement ceremony. At the time genuine Catholics around the country including Catholic bishops pleaded with the “stiff necked” Jenkins not to honor a man who is the very embodiment of opposition to Catholic teaching on the sanctity of life. Jenkins was not only unmoved but elected to award Obama an honorary J.D. which was hardly necessary. Moreover when 88 Catholic protestors including at least two priests knelt on the...
  • Bp. Thomas Doran (D. Rockford) on kneeling for Holy Communion… heh heh… (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/30/2011 5:13:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 29 September 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In this last week’s edition of The Wanderer, we read a reprint of a column by Most Rev. Thomas Doran, Bishop of Rockford.  I believe it was originally on the site of the diocese on 2 September 2011. My emphases and comments. Reverence and Respect of The Blessed SacramentFrom time to time people make inquiries of the Bishop’s office that demand more than a private answer. One of the things that disturbs practicing Catholics more and more is the seeming lack of reverence and respect for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our liturgy and in our devotions.As I...
  • Catholic college cancels pro-abortion speaker

    09/27/2011 9:09:08 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Sept. 26, 2011 | Christine Dhanagom
    ORETTO, PA, September 26, 2011 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A Catholic University in Pennsylvania has cancelled a scheduled appearance by prominent feminist journalist Ellen Goodman after the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) drew attention to the conflict between Goodman’s work and Catholic Church teaching on key issues. The Catholic watchdog group reported in a blog entry that Goodman was scheduled to speak October 12th at St. Francis University in Loretto on the topic of civility in public discourse. The lecture was part of the school’s annual Furlong Lecture Series. The blog entry detailed the history of Goodman’s outspoken support for abortion, including opposing...
  • Woman Leaves Fortune to Church

    09/27/2011 5:45:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    UCA News ^ | 9/27/11 | Stephen Hong
    A 92-year-old unmarried woman has donated 1.1 billion won (US$935,000) to the Church. Columba Lee Jeom-hong told Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk at his office on September 23 the money was earned cleanly with her own hands and feet, in order to offer it to God. “I lived without greed, and without waste of a penny,” she said of her simple life. Cardinal Cheong thanked her and said “God will pay you back for the good deeds.” In 1995 she donated an expensive piece of land in Seoul on which now the Labor Pastoral Center of Seoul archdiocese is located. In...
  • Priest barred from saying mass ["it is we Catholics who are destroying our Catholic Church"]

    09/27/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | September 22nd, 2011 | SHAWN BERRY
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes: Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic.

    09/24/2011 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald.Catholic News Service ^ | September 2011 | Catholic News Service
    Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic. By Catholic News Service   Dolores Hope (right) was responsible for the conversion of her husband, Bob, to Catholicism. She died Sept. 19 at the age of 102. By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES — Dolores Hope, a lifelong Catholic who was the widow of comedian Bob Hope and an entertainer in her own right, died Sept. 19 at age 102 at her home in Toluca Lake outside of Los Angeles. A family spokesman said she died of natural causes. "Dolores Hope was a Catholic of deep and...
  • Pope in Germany: Without Justice "the State is Great Band of Robbers”

    09/23/2011 7:44:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Asia News ^ | 9/22/11
    In his address before the German parliament, Benedict XVI offers ways to renew politics and social life for the world. Positivism is limiting because it marginalises the ethics and culture of politics and society. Berlin (AsiaNews) – “A German pope in the German capital” is the greeting that welcomed Pope Benedict XVI in his first state visit to his native land (the third of his pontificate). The visit began this morning in Berlin and will continue until Sunday, bringing the Pontiff to Erfurt and Freiburg. However, in his addresses the German pope speaks to the entire world and what he...
  • Pope urges churches to learn from evangelicals

    09/23/2011 8:52:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 45 replies
    Monsters and Critics ^ | Sept 23, 2011
    Erfurt, Germany - Pope Benedict XVI urged mainstream Christian denominations Friday to learn from hard-working evangelical churches which are more successful in their missionary work. 'Faced with a new form of Christianity, which is spreading with overpowering missionary dynamism, sometimes in frightening ways, the mainstream Christian denominations often seem at a loss,' Benedict said during a meeting in Erfurt, Germany with Lutheran leaders. 'This is a form of Christianity with little institutional depth, little rationality and even less dogmatic content, and with little stability,' he said according to speech notes distributed by the Vatican. The meeting was held behind closed...
  • Catholic bishops push for ‘reset’ on marriage (Focus on threat in letter to Obama)

    09/23/2011 5:42:37 AM PDT · by Cronos · 24 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 22 Sep 2011 | Cheryl Wetztein
    The nation’s Catholic bishops have urged President Obama to “push the reset button” on his administration’s treatment of a federal marriage law, or face an enormous national conflict between church and state“I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage,” New York Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan wrote to Mr. Obama on Sept. 20...Another “grave” concern is that people of faith who support marriage and the rights of children to be raised by a mother and...
  • Catholics warn of ‘national conflict’ over gay marriage

    09/23/2011 5:34:20 AM PDT · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 22 Sep 2011 | David Gibson
    The nation’s top Catholic bishop issued a stern challenge to the Obama administration’s decision not to support a federal ban on gay marriage, and warned the president that his policies could “precipitate a national conflict between church and state of enormous proportions.” .. Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, said he and other prelates have grown increasingly concerned since the administration announced last February that it would no longer defend the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act in court. The Obama administration says it believes the law that defines marriage as between one man and one woman is unconstitutional.Dolan said the...
  • Abp. Dolan to Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

    09/22/2011 11:08:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 22, 2011 | Thomas Peters
    Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots.Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that his opinion represents the view of the bishops conference: The Justice Department‟s move [to undermine DOMA], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns. The content of this letter reflects...
  • Priest Barred From Saying Mass [Canada; for remarks on abortion, homosexuality]

    09/22/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | 9/22/11 | Shawn Berry
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • Abp. Dolan's no-nonsense letter to Obama on DOMA

    09/22/2011 4:01:47 AM PDT · by fabrizio · 13 replies
    Dear Mr. President: I write with a growing sense of urgency about recent actions taken by your Administration that both escalate the threat to marriage and imperil the religious freedom of those who promote and defend marriage. This past spring the Justice Department announced that it would no longer defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in court, a decision strongly opposed by the Catholic Bishops of the United States and many others. Now the Justice Department has shifted from not defending DOMA-which is problem enough, given the duty of the executive branch to enforce even laws it disfavors-to actively...
  • ...on the day of judgment: A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip

    09/21/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken….” A Reflection on the Sin of GossipBy: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the more under-rated categories of sin are the sins of speech. There are many ways we sin, but perhaps the most common way is by speech. Too easily, almost without thought, do we engage in gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, uncharitable observations and remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness, spread misinformation, cause temptation, discourage, teach error,...
  • Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

    09/20/2011 12:50:05 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 20th 2011 | Staff
    When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church. One thing is already clear: The two men will be all smiles when they meet. Sticking to the Rules Benedict is scheduled to arrive at Berlin's Olympic Stadium at 6 p.m., where he will celebrate mass and meet with Berlin's openly gay Mayor, Klaus Wowereit. Will the...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Hitler's Mufti, not Hitler's Pope

    08/04/2005 8:47:35 PM PDT · by B Knotts · 14 replies · 940+ views
    Human Events Online ^ | 8/3/05 | David G. Dalin
    Many readers of the New York Times no doubt believe that Pope Pius XII was "Hitler's Pope." John Cornwell's bestselling book told them that, and it's been reaffirmed by Garry Wills, Daniel Goldhagen and other writers since. It's been said so often in fact that most well-read liberals know it for a certainty. The only trouble is: it isn't true. Not only does it contradict the words of Holocaust survivors, the founders of Israel, and the contemporary record of the New York Times, but even John Cornwell, the originator of the phrase "Hitler's pope," has recanted it saying that he...