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  • Vatican considers making JPII a saint in 2015

    05/11/2012 6:18:19 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 16 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Polish newspaper reporting that JPII may be canonised at WJD in Krakow in 2015
  • Vatican Slams Pro-Abortion Supporters For Using “The Same Arguments As The Nazi’s Did To Promote

    05/08/2012 3:12:49 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies
    Weasel Zippers ^ | 5/8/12 | Zip
    Via Daily Mail: The Vatican’s semi-official newspaper has angered supporters of euthanasia and abortions by suggesting they apply the same justifications that were used by the Nazis to champion their murderous eugenics programme. The controversial claim that they believe in the survival of the fittest concept, was made in an article on the front page of today’s issue of L’Osservatore RomanO. It was published in response to the recent Italian translation of a 1920 book titled Allowing the Destruction of Life Unworthy of Living, by two German scholars, Karl Binding and Alfred Hoche. It is written by Lucetta Scaraffia, an...
  • Rorate Caeli: Rome-SSPX: "We cannot be 88ers" [Catholic Caucus]

    04/30/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 30, 2012 | Father Michel Simoulin
    Rome-SSPX: "We cannot be 88ers" From the May 2012 issue of Seignadou, the newsletter of the chaplaincy of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) for the schools of the Traditional Dominican Sisters of Fanjeaux (France) - chaplain, Father Michel Simoulin, SSPX: Following our Jubilee [pilgrimage] in the year 2000, Rome took the initiative of establishing new relations. Today, the same Cardinal, having become Pope, has told us that the Tridentine Mass has never been abrogated (July 7, 2007: "It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by...
  • The Vatican and the Sisters

    04/24/2012 8:22:47 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 18 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/23/2012 | George Weigel
    In Chariots of Fire, two of the elders of Cambridge University invite the young Jewish runner Harold Abrahams to a formal, black-tie luncheon, during which they try to dissuade the upstart undergraduate from using a professional trainer to prepare for the forthcoming Paris Olympics. Abrahams declines to follow Oxbridge athletic orthodoxy and leaves in something of a huff. The Master of Trinity (brilliantly played by John Gielgud) sighs and says to the Master of Caius, “Another God, another mountaintop.” It’s a scene worth keeping in mind when parsing the recent Vatican decision to take into a form of ecclesiastical receivership...
  • For the record - Latest Tornielli: "Fellay's response has arrived; it is positive"

    04/17/2012 10:01:38 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Just mentioned by Andrea Tornielli for La Stampa: Lefebvrists: the positive response has arrived 17.09.2012 (1900 GMT - 2100 Rome) The Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X has signed the doctrinal preamble proposed by the Holy See, even if with some slight modifications ANDREA TORNIELLI CITTŔ DEL VATICANO The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full...
  • Vatican, Bodleian Libraries to Digitize Ancient Texts

    04/19/2012 12:17:19 PM PDT · by null and void · 6 replies
    One of the Bodleian's newly digitized ancient texts is a manuscript from Venice dating from 1478. A collaboration between the Bodleian and the Vatican Libraries will bring ancient texts into the digital era. 1.5 million pages from both collections will be digitized and made publicly available. The Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) and the Bodleian Libraries will embark on a new collaborative digitization project with the aim of opening up repositories of ancient texts and making a selection of their remarkable treasures freely available online to researchers and the general public worldwide. The initiative has been made possible by a...
  • Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

    04/14/2012 5:52:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/2012 | Paul Casciato
    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields... The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound ($3.17 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation. "The service...
  • THE FATHER'S WILL ! [Charismatic Caucus]

    03/31/2012 10:04:29 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 7 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 3-31-12 | Jedediah
    My words are coming they are here for you now ! But will you stand behind my plow ? For the will of The Father is what I would have you do , I in Him and Me in you , There is no struggle for your desire is mine , To please The Father ALL the time \o/ , No rest is needed for I AM your Zeal ! The fullness of the Wheel within The Wheel , So come to The Father and use My eyes to view , My seven spirits that I have given to you...
  • Vatican Gives the Green Light [Rite for the Blessing of Child in the Womb]

    03/27/2012 7:02:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 3/27/12 | USCCB
    ‘Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb’ approved by RomeWASHINGTON (March 26, 2012) -- The Vatican has approved the publication of the "Rite for the Blessing of a Child in the Womb," which will be printed in English and Spanish in a combined booklet and should be available for parishes by Mothers' Day. The U.S. bishops who collaborated on the development of the blessing welcomed the announcement of the recognitio, or approval, by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in Rome. "I'm impressed with the beauty of this blessing for human life...
  • Is the Obama Admin Attacking the Church By Placing the Vatican on a Financial Crimes List?

    03/20/2012 10:13:16 AM PDT · by mgist · 23 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 3/13/2012 | B Hallowell
    The Obama administrationÂ’s ongoing fight with the Catholic Church over religious freedom and the now-infamous contraceptive mandate hasnÂ’t shown any signs of simmering. But now, just weeks after the initial arguments reached a boiling point, a new development is causing some to wonder if the Obama administration is waging a full-scale assault on the religious institution. Why, you ask? For the first time, the Vatican has found itself on the U.S. State DepartmentÂ’s list of potential money-launderers. While this is potentially inflammatory on the surface, digging into the facts and details provides a more balanced scope through which to view...
  • Dutch Roman Catholic church 'castrated' boys in 1950s

    03/20/2012 8:18:05 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21st March 2012 | BBC News
    'Up to 11 boys were castrated while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic church in the 1950s to rid them of homosexuality, a newspaper investigation has said. A young man was castrated in 1956 after telling police he was being abused by priests, the newspaper reported. The justice minister is investigating the role of the government at the time. Last year, an inquiry found thousands of children had been sexually abused in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945. Dutch MPs called for an inquiry after the report was published in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper at the weekend.'
  • Leading US Bank Closes Vatican Bank’s Account

    03/19/2012 7:20:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    JP Morgan Chase, one of America’s leading banks, has closed down an account held by the Vatican bank at its Italian branch office in Milan. Neither the American bank nor the Vatican bank (formally known as the Institute for Religious Works, or IOR) offered any public comment on the move. But officials at JP Morgan Chase acknowledged that the IOR account was closed because of concerns about the possible use of the Vatican bank for money-laundering.
  • Communique of the Holy See Press Office : Meeting between the CDF and SSPX

    03/17/2012 7:02:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    DICI ^ | March 16, 2012
    During the meeting of 14 September 2011 between Cardinal William Levada, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and president of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ and Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the Society of St. Pius X, the latter was presented with a Doctrinal Preamble, accompanied by a Preliminary Note, as a fundamental basis for achieving full reconciliation with the Apostolic See. This defined certain doctrinal principles and criteria for the interpretation Catholic doctrine, which are necessary to ensure faithfulness to the Church Magisterium and ‘sentire cum Ecclesia.’ “The response of the Society of St....
  • Hackers reportedly launch second attack on Vatican website

    03/13/2012 4:17:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | March 12, 2012
    Vatican City, Mar 12, 2012 / 04:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The loose-knit group of hackers known as Anonymous have reportedly launched a second attack on the Vatican website, after failing in its initial attempt to bring the site down on March 7.The latest attack on Monday has not yet been confirmed or denied by the Vatican. The vice director of the Holy See's Press Office, Father Ciro Benedettini, said the March 7 attack was not successful, as the hackers failed to post their distinctive logo on the Vatican website.On March 12, the hackers stated on their Italian blog that...
  • Vatican City could be hub for money laundering, says U.S. (The timing of this is rich)

    03/09/2012 11:16:40 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 03/09/2012 | Nick Pisa
    Drug enforcement chiefs have for the first time identified the Vatican as a possible centre for money laundering from criminal activity. The report by the American State Department's International Narcotics Control Strategy lists the Holy See as one of 68 countries including Yemen, Algeria and North Korea, describing it as a 'country of concern' for money laundering or other financial crimes. Officials said they had placed the Vatican on its watch list because of the 'huge amount of cash' that flows into the tiny city state and also because it was still unclear how effective anti money laundering legislation introduced...
  • U.S. adds Vatican to money-laundering 'conern' list

    03/09/2012 10:35:21 AM PST · by qaz123 · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | 08March2012 | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - The Vatican has for the first time appeared on the State Department's list of money-laundering centers but the tiny city-state is not rated as a high-risk country. The 2012 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report was made public on Wednesday and Washington's list of 190 countries classifies them in three categories: of primary concern, of concern and monitored. The Vatican is in the second category, grouped with 67 other nations including Poland, Egypt, Ireland, Hungary and Chile.
  • Vatican astronomer: Science one of the best ways to know God

    03/08/2012 2:04:14 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | March 8, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Brother Guy Consolmagno with meteorites Denver, Colo., Mar 8, 2012 / 04:14 am (CNA).- The astronomer for the Vatican Observatory, Brother Guy Consolmagno, S.J., says that his study of the universe through science has helped him better understand the person of Christ. Despite people often having the “crazy idea” that science and religion conflict, science is “really one of our best principles for getting to know God,” he told CNA. Br. Consolmagno – who also serves as the Vatican's curator of meteorites – spoke on March 3 at the Living the Catholic Faith Conference in the Archdiocese of Denver, Colo.  During...
  • Vatican website succumbs to online attack

    03/08/2012 9:35:14 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | March 7, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    A page from the Vatican website is seen in 2008 when the site, without fanfare, added a Latin section. (CNS photo) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Vatican's official website suffered an attack by computer hackers March 7, cutting off access by users for several hours. Italian media outlets reported that the website,, became unresponsive around mid-afternoon local time, just as several other websites carried messages taking credit for the disruption in the name of the hacking group Anonymous. Email to and from the domain was reportedly also blocked for at least...
  • US tags Vatican as a money laundering concern

    03/07/2012 1:36:05 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 102 replies
    Associated Press ^ | March 7, 2012
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration is for the first time citing Vatican City as a potential hub for money laundering. The State Department's annual International Narcotics Control Strategy Report released Wednesday identifies the Holy See as one of 68 countries or jurisdictions "of concern" for money laundering or other financial crimes.
  • Vatican website taken down by pro-abortion hackers

    03/07/2012 1:35:06 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    ROME, Italy, March 7, 2012 ( – Hackers claiming ties to the high profile group Anonymous are taking credit after the Vatican website went down Wednesday, claiming they are going after the “corrupt” Catholic Church over the clergy sex abuse scandal as well as its stances against abortion and contraception. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world,” the hackers wrote in Italian. “This attack is not against the Christian religion or the faithful around the world but against...
  • Vatican website taken down by pro-abortion hackers

    03/07/2012 10:17:56 AM PST · by massmike · 2 replies ^ | 03/07/2012 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Hackers claiming ties to the high profile group Anonymous are taking credit after the Vatican website went down Wednesday, claiming they are going after the “corrupt” Catholic Church over its stances against abortion and contraception, as well as the clergy sex abuse scandal. “Anonymous decided today to besiege your site in response to the doctrine, to the liturgies, to the absurd and anachronistic concepts that your for-profit organization spreads around the world,” the hackers wrote in Italian.
  • Cash-Strapped Italy Pushes Vatican to Pay More Taxes

    03/04/2012 4:48:42 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 03/04/2012 | STEPHAN FARIS / ROME
    Much of the coverage of a controversial new law winding its way through the Italian Parliament has portrayed the measure as a Nixon-to-China moment. It takes somebody like Prime Minister Mario Monti, the thinking goes, who is not only a practicing Catholic but also a graduate of a Jesuit school, to take on the Catholic Church in Italy and make it pay taxes on its commercial property. In truth, however, the proposed law would do very little to change the existing legal situation. While the current legislation is muddled in many ways, one thing is clear: religious organizations have been...
  • 'Hitler's Pope' praised for preventing their deportations to death camps

    03/02/2012 8:35:33 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | March 2, 2012 | Nick Squires
    Pius XII, who was elected in 1939, has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Nazis’ extermination of the Jews in Europe, including a round-up by the Gestapo of 2,000 Italian Jews in Rome’s Ghetto area in 1943. They were sent to concentration camps, including Auschwitz, and only a handful survived the war. The Vatican has until now refused to release any documents from Pius’s papacy, despite calls for them to be made available by Jewish groups and historians, who in the past have dubbed the Italian pontiff “Hitler’s Pope” and accused him of being anti-Semitic. But...
  • Vatican archive treasures in first public display

    03/01/2012 6:47:09 AM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 29, 2012 | Catherine Hornby
    Members of the English parliament wrote to Pope Clement VII in 1530 urging him to annul Henry VIII's marriage to his first wife so the king could marry Anne Boleyn, according to Vatican documents on display to the public for the first time. In the large parchment letter, hung with over 80 pendant seals attached with red silk ribbon, they alluded to the "extreme remedies" they could pursue if their request were refused.
  • New exhibit reveals Vatican Secret Archive documents to public

    03/01/2012 5:27:40 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 20+ views
    cna ^ | February 29, 2012 | David Kerr
    Some of the 50 miles of bookshelves in the Vatican secret archive Rome, Italy, Feb 29, 2012 / 03:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- For the first time in history, the Vatican is making public over 100 historical documents from its Secret Archives. “They are revealed as a cultural context, as a fascinating appeal to the memory of our past, the past of the Church, of empires, kingdoms, duchies and republics,” said Cardinal Raffaele Farina, Archivist and Librarian of the Holy Roman Church. The “Lux in Arcana” exhibit at Rome’s Capitoline Museum was created to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Vatican's Secret Archives and includes notable...
  • Between mission and the New Evangelization (with link to Vatican booklet for the consistory)

    02/17/2012 2:05:49 PM PST · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Today ^ | February 17, 2012
    2012-02-17 L’Osservatore Romano “The Announcement of the Gospel Today, Between 'missio ad gentes' and the New Evangelization” is the theme of the Day of Prayer and Reflection for the College of Cardinals and the new Cardinals on the occasion of the Consistory. This day, called by the Holy Father, began this morning, Friday 17 February, in the New Hall of the Synod of Bishops in the Vatican and will conclude this evening after Vespers. The Day began with a celebration of the Terce which was followed by a welcome speech by the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Cardinal Angelo...
  • Dolan addresses pope, College of Cardinals

    02/17/2012 6:41:42 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    ABC local ^ | February 17, 2012 | Joe Torres
    NEW YORK (WABC) -- Archbishop and Cardinal-designate Timothy Dolan delivered a huge speech in Vatican City Friday morning and will celebrate a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica later. Dolan was selected by Pope Benedict XVI himself to deliver the keynote address to the College of Cardinals. The Cardinals and the 22 Cardinals-to-be are gathered in Vatican City in what is designated as a day of reflection ahead of Saturday's consistory. The hope is that the group will prepare itself spiritually for the elevation ceremony. In St. Peter's Square, the Dolan family entourage, about 50 of them, were easily spotted. Two...
  • The lost letters of the Vatican Dictionary

    01/20/2012 7:01:42 AM PST · by DogwoodSouth · 1 replies
    Southern Fried Catholicism ^ | 1/20/2012 | Fr. Joe Tonos
    The Vatican Insider has published an online Vatican dictionary. The site promises that you can understand your faith's terms from "A divinis" to "Zucchetto"! However, there are still a few letters not accounted for. J, K, Q, W, X, Y have no words as of this writing. No "juris"? And don't we have lots of "q" words? Not to fear, I've come up with some of the missing letters from the Diocese of Jackson and thereabouts. I even made child-friendly flashcards to go with them! The rhymes are a bit off but I'm not a poet, and I know it....
  • Braveheart letter to Pope returns to Scotland

    01/16/2012 1:49:00 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    cna ^ | January 13, 2012 | David Kerr
    William Wallace of Scotland's name (center) written in Latin: Edinburgh, Scotland, Jan 13, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A 14th-century letter asking Pope Boniface VIII to look favorably upon the Scottish patriot Sir William Wallace during his visit to Rome has been returned to Scotland. “This document is an enigma,” said George MacKenzie, head of National Records of Scotland at the unveiling ceremony in Edinburgh on Jan. 12. “It’s a letter from the French king to his officials at the Vatican mentioning Wallace, but we don't know what his business was with the Pope. What we do know is...
  • VATICAN VOICE COMMENTS ON 'TEBOW-MANIA' (Sports Director Speaks on Prayer and Role Models)

    01/14/2012 12:55:47 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    ZNA ^ | January 13, 2012 | Kathleen Naab
    ROME, JAN. 13, 2012 ( The director of the "Church and Sport" section at the Pontifical Council for the Laity admits that the "Tim Tebow phenomenon" has heightened his interest in the NFL playoffs.Legionary of Christ Father Kevin Lixey works in the Roman Curia helping the Church make a contribution to the world of sport, with the aim of promoting a sports culture suitable to the integral development of the individual.ZENIT spoke with Father Lixey about the Denver Broncos quarterback, Tim Tebow, after Tebow led his team to an overtime win in last Sunday's playoff game. Those familiar with the NFL...
  • Pope approves reformed ceremony for creating cardinals

    01/11/2012 6:22:56 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | January 11, 2012 | David Kerr
    Cardinals attend mass in St. Peter's Basilica for the Epiphany on Jan. 6, 2012 Vatican City, Jan 10, 2012 / 03:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- When Pope Benedict XVI creates 22 new cardinals next month, he will use a revised and simplified version of the ceremony to avoid any impression that becoming a cardinal is a sacrament.“The creation of new cardinals had to be inserted into a context of prayer, while at the same time avoiding anything that could give rise to the idea of a ‘cardinalatial Sacrament,’" the Office of Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff said Jan. 10....
  • Romney rolls out former Vatican envoys' endorsement

    01/07/2012 8:30:06 PM PST · by Dogbert41 · 17 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Jan 7 02:27 PM | AFP
    Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney, a Mormon facing doubts about his conservative credentials, said Saturday he had the endorsement of five former US ambassadors to the Vatican. Romney's campaign unveiled a letter from the ex-envoys hours before a debate in which he was to face off against his rivals, including Catholics Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich, who have cast him as a weak-kneed moderate. The former ambassadors said they were "united" behind Romney "because of his commitment to and support of the values that we feel are critical in a national leader" and "experience, vision and commitment to the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: THEOLOGIAN OF THE PONTIFICAL HOUSEHOLD, 01-03-12

    01/03/2012 9:39:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 01-03-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):THEOLOGIAN OF THE PONTIFICAL HOUSEHOLD Until the present title was established by Pope Paul VI, the person was called Master of the Sacred Palace. Originating in the thirteenth century and traditionally a member of the Dominican Order, from Pope Leo X to Pius XI he gave the Imprimatur to books published in Rome. He is now the Theologian of Trust of the Pope, consultor to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, prelate of the Congregation of Rites, and generally consultor of the Commission for Biblical Studies. He belongs to the Pontifical Family and lives...
  • Benedict XVI’s Mass for Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (Catholic Caucus) [Graphics]

    01/01/2012 12:07:21 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 1, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    For on demand video of the Mass click HERE. The video opens with the lead up to the Mass, with lots of panning around the basilica, inside and out.The entrance procession, which begins with the super-Italian cheesy trumpet fanfare and the singing of Tu es Petrus! A fine tradition restored.His Holiness wore a Roman chasuble and a very tall gold miter. A fine tradition restored!The Gregorian chant Introit (too slowly, I think, and there was a stumble but… beh…), and three-fold Kyrie was sung. A fine tradition restored!Brick by brick.During the entrance procession, as His Holiness went by, you could...
  • Finally listening to Blessed John XXIII? (Latin for Seminarians)

    12/28/2011 5:21:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    The hermeneutic of continuity ^ | Dec. 28, 2011 | Fr Tim Finigan
    Blessed Pope John XXIII, in the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia of 1962, strongly mandated the study and use of Latin in ecclesiastical studies, theology, the Liturgy, and as a prerequisite for priestly formation. This February, there is to be an International Convention in Rome to mark the 50th anniversary of Veterum Sapientia. I can't help thinking that after 50 years we are perhaps finally prepared to take the document of the Blessed Pope seriously. Here is one passage from the standard translation that you can find in various places on the internet: Of its very nature Latin is most suitable for promoting...
  • Former Episcopal Bishop Jeffrey Steenson to be Named the First American Ordinary [Ordinariate]

    12/23/2011 6:40:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 12/22/11 | Mary Ann Mueller
    Rome will formally announce appointment on New Year's DayFormer Episcopal Bishop of the Rio Grande, Jeffrey Steenson, is to be named the Ordinary when the Anglican Ordinariate is erected on January 1, 2012, sources tell VOL. Word seeped out from the Vatican late last week that Steenson -- who left The Episcopal Church in 2007 over TEC's polity - has been tapped for the new post as the Ordinariate gets its first foothold in the United States. The former Episcopal House of Bishops' member has been deeply concerned with the continued fracturing of Anglicanism. The Episcopal Church's insistence on autonomy...
  • Bizarre Claim for $1 Trillion

    12/16/2011 8:37:17 PM PST · by phockthis · 15 replies · 1+ views
    MANHATTAN (CN) - An American expatriate in Bulgaria claims the United Nations, the World Economic Forum, the Office of International Treasury Control and the Italian government conspired with a host of others to steal more than $1.1 trillion in financial instruments intended to support humanitarian purposes. The 111-page federal complaint involves a range of entities common to conspiracy theorists, including the Vatican, Illuminati, the Masons, the "Trilateral Trillenium Tripartite Gold Commission," and the U.S. Federal Reserve.
  • Cardinal Foley dies; was Vatican communications chief, Mideast advocate

    12/12/2011 3:40:34 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cns ^ | December 11, 2011
    Cardinal John P. Foley holds the Gabriel Award presented to him by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals during the Catholic Media Convention in Pittsburgh June 24. It was the first time the academy presented the Gabriel to honor a lifetime of work in Catholic communications. The cardinal died Sunday. (CNS/Nancy Phelan Wiechec) By Catholic News Service DARBY, Pa. (CNS) -- U.S. Cardinal John P. Foley, who spent more than two decades leading the church's social communications council and later worked for the church in the Middle East, died Dec. 11 after a battle with leukemia. The cardinal,...
  • Interview with Bishop Bernard Fellay: The Society of St. Pius X and the Doctrinal Preamble

    11/28/2011 3:35:35 PM PST · by mas cerveza por favor · 2 replies
    DICI ^ | 11/28/2011 | DICI
    Q. Why is the Doctrinal Preamble that Cardinal Levada delivered to you on September 14 still surrounded by so much secrecy, both on the part of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and by the Society of St. Pius X? What is this silence hiding from the priests and faithful of Tradition? A. This discretion is normal for any important proceeding; it ensures the seriousness of it. It so happens that the Doctrinal Preamble that was delivered to us is a document which can be clarified and modified, as the accompanying note points out. It is not a...
  • Pius X Society says Vatican's current offer not acceptable (Catholic Caucus)

    11/29/2011 3:30:59 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | November 29, 2011 | David Kerr
    St. Pius X Society superior general Bishop Bernard Fellay Rome, Italy, Nov 29, 2011 / 01:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X says he will inform the Vatican “in the next few days” that they cannot give the doctrinal reassurances required of them to advance reconciliation with the Catholic Church.“It is true that this Doctrinal Preamble cannot receive our endorsement,” said Bishop Bernard Fellay on the society’s website, Nov. 28. However, Bishop Fellay said his understanding is that the document is “not a definite text” and that it “can be clarified and...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: UNIVERSAL BISHOP, 11-23-11

    11/23/2011 6:51:45 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 11-23-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    eatured Term (selected at random):UNIVERSAL BISHOP Applied to the Pope as having truly episcopal power over the whole Church. He is therefore just as much a universal bishop of the entire Church as he is bishop of his diocese of Rome. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law from Vatican post (Catholic Caucus)

    11/22/2011 2:32:25 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2011
    Vatican City, Nov 21, 2011 / 05:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law, former Archbishop of Boston, and appointed Spanish Archbishop Santos Abril y Castelló as the new archpriest of the Basilica of St. Mary Major. Cardinal Law, who resigned in 2002 as Archbishop of Boston in the wake of the sex abuse scandal, turned 80 on Nov. 4.A Vatican official explained to CNA on Nov. 21 that although the official retirement age for a post such as archpriest is 80, it is customary for cardinals to hold their positions for a longer period of time....
  • Justice & Peace fallout (Cdl. Bertone unhappy about global financial authority announcement)

    11/22/2011 10:25:00 AM PST · by mas cerveza por favor · 6 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | November 14, 2011 | David Kerr
    Vatican City (CNA/EWTN News) -- The Vatican’s Secretariat of State plans to take greater control over the publication of documents produced by Vatican agencies. The move follows widespread disquiet within the Roman Curia after last month’s publication from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, which advocated the creation of a global financial authority. Veteran Vatican correspondent Sandro Magister wrote Nov. 10 in L’Espresso’s religious affairs website Chiesa that a meeting was convoked Nov. 4 by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to discuss the issue. Magister says that Cardinal Bertone complained he did not know about the document...
  • Vatican Prepares Legal Action Against Benetton Over Ad Showing Pope Kissing Imam

    11/17/2011 8:47:55 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Fox News ^ | 11/17/2011
    ROME – The Vatican said Thursday it would take legal action against Benetton after the Italian fashion label used a photo purportedly showing Pope Benedict XVI kissing a leading imam in a publicity campaign. The Vatican "has instructed its lawyers, in Italy and abroad, to take appropriate action" to prevent the circulation of the image, including in the mass media, it said in a statement. The image offended "not only the dignity of the Pope and the Catholic Church, but also the sensibilities of believers," the statement added. The picture, used in the company's "Unhate" publicity campaign, showed the pope...
  • Benetton pulls pope-imam kiss ad after Vatican protest

    11/16/2011 12:44:21 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | Nov.16, 2011
    Italian clothes company Benetton backed down and pulled a photo montage showing the pope a leading imam from its new global ad campaign on Wednesday after the Vatican issued a stern condemnation. The company, which is no stranger to controversy over its advertising campaigns, said it was "sorry that the use of the image had so hurt the sensibilities of the faithful." The statement came shortly after the Vatican expressed "the firmest protest for this absolutely unacceptable use of the image of the Holy Father." Benetton's poster showed Pope Benedict XVI kissing on the lips Egypt's Ahmed el Tayyeb, imam...
  • Adult Stem Cells: the power of placenta

    11/12/2011 1:09:21 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 11, 2011
    A leading pioneer in the use of adult stem cells to treat life-threatening diseases is calling the Vatican “a very powerful and supportive ally to helping advance this technology.” Dr. Robert J.Hariri, founder and chief executive officer of Celgene Cellular Therapeutics is a U.S. neurosurgeon and trauma specialist recognized for his discovery of pluripotent stem cells (cells that can differentiate to become nearly any cell of the body) from placenta. Dr. Hariri spoke to Vatican Radio after delivering a speech on his research on adult stem cells in the treatment of autoimmune diseases at a three day Vatican sponsored conference...
  • Breaking Bad Liturgical Habits (Catholic Caucus)

    11/05/2011 11:56:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 4, 2011 | George WEIGEL
     The long-awaited introduction of the new translation of the Roman Missal on November 27, the First Sunday of Advent, offers the Church in the Anglophere an opportunity to reflect on the riches of the liturgy, its biblical vocabulary, and its virtually inexhaustible storehouse of images. Much of that vocabulary, and a great many of those images, were lost under the “dynamic equivalence” theory of translation; they have now been restored under the “formal equivalence” method of translating. Over the next years and decades, the Catholic Church will be reminded of just what a treasure-house of wonders the liturgy is.At the...
  • (Jewish) Researcher Thinks Pius Xii Went Undercover To Save Jews

    11/05/2011 2:18:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    EWTN ^ | November 4, 2011
    ROME, ITALY, November 4 (CNA/EWTN News) - The Jewish New Yorker who has made it his life's work to clear the name of Pope Pius XII of being anti-Semitic believes the wartime pontiff actually went undercover to save the lives of Jews in Rome. Gary Krupp came across the evidence in a letter from a Jewish woman whose family was rescued thanks to direct Vatican intervention. "It is an unusual letter, written by a woman who is alive today in northern Italy, who said she was with her mother, her uncle, and a few other relatives in an audience with...
  • Catholic Caucus: Pro-life leaders slam abrupt closure of Irish embassy to Vatican

    11/08/2011 2:14:41 PM PST · by topher · 6 replies ^ | November 8, 2011 | by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent
    ROME, November 8, 2011 ( – In a move that came as a shock to Vatican observers last week, the Irish government abruptly announced the closure of its embassy to the Holy See. While the official word from both the Vatican and the Irish coalition government is that the move was not meant as a diplomatic slight, there is wide agreement among pro-life leaders that the move is a deliberate diplomatic insult and an attempt to move Ireland away from its traditional Catholic roots, which undergird the country’s strong pro-life laws.The government claimed that the decision was made for financial...
  • Orthodox-Catholic Dialogue Meets, Issues Statement on Plight of Christians in the Middle East

    11/07/2011 2:48:27 AM PST · by markomalley
    USCCB ^ | 11/3/11
    October 29, 2011 Washington, DC The Plight of Churches in the Middle East The “Arab Spring” is unleashing forces that are having a devastating effect on the Christian communities of the Middle East. Our Churches in Egypt, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine report disturbing developments such as destruction of churches and massacres of innocent civilians that cause us grave concern. Many of our church leaders are calling Christians and all people of good will to stand in solidarity with the members of these ancient indigenous communities. In unity with them and each other, we the members of the North American...