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Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty

December 4, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Catholic leaders: climate change on same level as abortion and death penalty

Opposition to abortion and the death penalty have long been cardinal beliefs for the Roman Catholic church, whose faithful make up about a quarter of all Americans. What if fighting climate change becomes an equally passionate issue in parishes nationwide? The foremost group of Catholic leaders in the U.S. is ramping up a campaign to do just that, urging priests and congregations from San Diego to Atlanta to think about global warming as a sanctity-of-life issue. Some Catholic experts have even likened the growing campaign to deal with human-caused climate change to the revered pro-life movement — calling on the laity to do everything from cutting back on consumerism to installing energy-

Pope approves decrees for causes for canonization

December 3, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Pope approves decrees for causes for canonization

(Vatican Radio) On 1 December, the Holy Father Pope Francis received in audience Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In the course of the audience, the Supreme Pontiff authorized the Congregation to promulgate decrees regarding several causes for canonization. The martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother, an American priest killed in Guatemala our of “hatred for the faith,” was officially recognized; as was the heroic virtue of Mother Catherine Aurelia of the Precious Blood, the foundress of the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood, which was the first contemplative community founded in Canada. Below, please find the full list of decrees whose promulgation was authorized by Pope Francis:  The miracle, attributed to the intercession…Continue Reading

German Theologian and Book Author Strongly Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

November 30, 2016 breaking Comments Off on German Theologian and Book Author Strongly Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals
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Maike Hickson “This Is an Insult Toward Many Catholics!” is the trenchant title of an article written in defense of the Four Cardinals and published today on the Austrian Catholic news website, kath.net. The author of this text is Dr. Markus Büning, a German theologian, lawyer, book author, and father of a family. Several of his books have dealt with the question as to how one is to grow in holiness; one book deals with the aspects of the virtues (with a foreword by Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the Four Cardinals); another book discusses the importance of the Sacramentals for our lives as Catholics (with a foreword by the persecuted yet loyal Swiss Bishop Vitus Huonder); yet another book…Continue Reading

San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace ‘LGBT families’, give Communion to ‘remarried’

November 29, 2016 breaking Comments Off on San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace ‘LGBT families’, give Communion to ‘remarried’

SAN DIEGO, California, November 28, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is calling on his city’s priests to embrace “LGBT families,” and to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain cases. Following a much-hyped diocesan synod on the family last month, Bishop McElroy encouraged priests to publish a diocesan notice in their bulletins saying the Church will “assist those who are divorced and remarried and cannot receive an annulment to utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist.” “The Synod proposed a spirituality of family life which

ACLU wants to force Catholic health care system to sterilize women

November 29, 2016 breaking Comments Off on ACLU wants to force Catholic health care system to sterilize women

WASHINGTON – Alliance Defending Freedom sent a letter Monday to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that asks the agency to reject an administrative complaint that the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan filed on behalf of a woman who insisted that a Catholic health care system sterilize her. ADF explains in the letter that federal law protects Ascension Health, the nation’s largest nonprofit health system and the world’s largest Catholic health system, from being forced to perform sterilization procedures in contradiction to its religious convictions. As the letter explains, not only does the federal Church Amendment offer such protections, but the Affordab

Poll: Majority Think Donald Trump Will Do A Good Job As President

November 28, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Poll: Majority Think Donald Trump Will Do A Good Job As President

Despite the mainstream media and liberal elites being apoplectic over President-elect Donald Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, warning that he could destroy everything from America to the planet, a majority of voters seem to have confidence that he will do a good job as president. Fifty-three percent of Americans think Trump will do a very good or fairly good job as commander in chief and 40 percent have “a lot of confidence” in his ability to handle the economy, according to a recently released CNN/ORC Poll. That perception comes as majorities think Trump w

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on vocations, elections, apostolic exhortations

November 25, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on vocations, elections, apostolic exhortations

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., 72, was born in Concordia, Kansas, in 1944.  He attended Catholic schools in the area before joining the Order of Friars Minor Capuchin, St. Augustine Province, in 1965. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1970.  He served as a teacher and pastor an in a variety of roles in his community.  He was ordained Bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota, in 1988, and appointed Archbishop of Denver in 1997.  Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Archbishop of Philadelphia on July 19, 2011, and he was inst

Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China

November 23, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China
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Maike Hickson On 21 November, 2016, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the prominent former bishop of Hong Kong and defender of the loyal Underground Church of China, has given an important interview to the German Bishops’ official website, Katholisch.de. In it, he describes the dangers of the Vatican’s current policy of working with the Chinese Government while at the same time weakening the Catholic witness of the lay faithful who are not willing to submit themselves to Communist rule. In the following, I shall present, in my own translation, some important parts of this candid interview. When asked why he was critical of the current negotiations between the Vatican and China, Cardinal Zen says: “First, we should agree upon the question…Continue Reading

Pope: Death is not to be feared if we’re faithful to God

November 23, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Death is not to be feared if we’re faithful to God

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said death is not to be feared if we are faithful to the Lord but warned against being trapped into basing our lives around superficial things that are not transcendent as though we never had to die. He was speaking at his Mass celebrated on Tuesday morning in the chapel of the Santa Marta residence. Taking his cue from the day’s reading from the book of Revelation, the Pope’s homily focused on the reality of how all of us will face Jesus on the day of judgement. He said a call from the Lord to think about the end of our lives, the end for each of us because all of us will die, comes as…Continue Reading

Rome is buzzing with questions on the four Cardinals’ objections to Amoris Laetitia

November 22, 2016 breaking Comments Off on Rome is buzzing with questions on the four Cardinals’ objections to Amoris Laetitia

ROME, November 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — With many of the world’s cardinals gathered for the Consistory that added 17 to their number and the closed the Year of Mercy, Rome was abuzz with the story of the four Cardinals who presented a set of yes-or-no questions to the Pope seeking clarity on the Pope’s recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. At the reception for the three new American cardinals at the Pontifical North American College, each was asked about the so-called “dubia” and the Pope’s refusal to answer. Cardinal Kevin Farrell, who recently had the media follow his war of words with Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput over Amoris L