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Bishop Conley: 50 years after Land O’Lakes, Catholic education needs renewal

July 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Bishop Conley: 50 years after Land O’Lakes, Catholic education needs renewal

Denver, Colo., Jul 21, 2017 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The 50th anniversary of a historic statement that changed Catholic higher education in America represents both a cautionary tale and a chance to reflect on Catholic renewal, said Bishop James D. Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska. “The Land O’Lakes statement proposed to redefine the mission of the Catholic university. It rejected the authority of the Church, and of her doctrinal teaching,” Bishop Conley said. “It rejected the idea that faith and reason work best in communion with one another. It prioritized the standards and culture of secular universities over the authentic mission of Catholic education. It was a statement of self-importanc

Self-pitying and disgruntled, Cardinal Müller takes more jabs at Pope Francis

July 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Self-pitying and disgruntled, Cardinal Müller takes more jabs at Pope Francis

Cardinal Gerhard Müller has issued new, thinly veiled criticism of Pope Francis by complaining that the pontiff has effectively eliminated Germans from top positions in the Vatican and by insinuating that he is allowing a “pope cult” to fester. In an interview with the German news agency Deutsche Presse Agentur (dpa), which spanned some two hours, the former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) complained once more and at length that he felt hard done by in the way the pope dismissed him from his key Roman Curia post. And he enrolled Francis’s retired predecessor, Benedict XVI, to justify his grievances. “It is sad that there is no longer any G

Pro-Life Group Slams Republican Opposing Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

July 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pro-Life Group Slams Republican Opposing Senate Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

Senator Shelly Moore Capito is one of three Republicans in the Senate who opposes the Senate bill to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal Obamacare. She has flip-flopped from suporting the bill to opposing it — but her political calculations are not playing well at home. The junior senator from West Virginia previously voted to repeal the failing ObamaCare legislation but did so expecting a certain veto from then President Obama. Now, it appears that Capito may be the deciding vote determining if the funding stays. Her reluctance to make the exact same pro-life vote, now that passage would mean

In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

July 20, 2017 breaking Comments Off on In latest appointments, Pope names new members of Roman Rota

Vatican City, Jul 20, 2017 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Pierangelo Pietracatella and Fr. Hans-Peter Fischer are the newest members of the Roman Rota, and mark the latest in a string of appointments Pope Francis has made this summer as part of his ongoing effort to restructure the Roman Curia. Hailing from the northern Italian diocese of Toronta, Fr. Pietracatella, a member of the Rota, has been named as it’s new Chief of Office. Fr. Fischer, a priest of the archdiocese of Frei

Archbishop Chaput Responds to Vatican Magazine Attack On Pro Trump Supporters . . .

July 19, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Archbishop Chaput Responds to Vatican Magazine Attack On Pro Trump Supporters . . .
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History is full of great quotations that people never said. One of the best lines comes from Vladimir Lenin. He described Russian progressives, social democrats, and other fellow travelers as “useful idiots” – naïve allies in revolution whom the Bolsheviks promptly crushed when they took power. Or so the legend goes. In fact, there’s no evidence Lenin actually spoke those words, at least in public. But no one seems to care. It’s a compelling line, and in its own way, entirely true. The naïve and imprudent can very easily end up as useful tools in a larger conflict; or to frame it more generously, as useful innocents. The result is usually the same. They’re discarded. History is also full of…Continue Reading

Vatican spokesman slams U.S. archbishop for defending Catholic teaching on LGBT

July 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Vatican spokesman slams U.S. archbishop for defending Catholic teaching on LGBT

TORONTO, July 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Vatican spokesman Fr. Thomas Rosica has penned a strongly worded defense of Fr. James Martin’s new pro-gay book Building a Bridge. In it, he slams Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, without specifically mentioning him by name, for issuing a correction to Fr. Martin for his abandonment of Catholic teaching on homosexuality. Fr. Rosica, a Basilian priest and CEO of the Canadian-based Salt and Light Media, wrote July 15 that he was filled with “bewilderment”

Pope Benedict XVI says Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’

July 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope Benedict XVI says Church is ‘on the verge of capsizing’
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July 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal’s ability to “live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing.” The Church “stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination,” Pope Benedict said in a message read by Archbishop Georg Gänswein, his pers

US neurology expert will visit UK to examine Charlie Gard

July 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on US neurology expert will visit UK to examine Charlie Gard

London, England, Jul 14, 2017 / 09:25 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The American doctor whose experimental treatment has been sought by the parents of Charlie Gard will travel to London on Monday, after a judge ruled that he could examine the baby and confer with the UK doctors. On Friday, the specialist in mitochondrial diseases and genetic myopathies agreed to travel to examine Charlie in-

Vatican-reviewed magazine accuses Catholics of ‘hate’ for supporting Trump

July 14, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Vatican-reviewed magazine accuses Catholics of ‘hate’ for supporting Trump

ROME, July 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Conservative Catholics in the United States have formed an “ecumenism of hate” with Evangelical Protestants in their united support for President Trump and his policies, claimed an Italian Jesuit magazine that is reviewed by the Vatican prior to publication. The article published July 13 in La Civiltà Cattolica claims that some U.S. Catholic conservatives have built ties with fundamentalist Evangelicals for political purposes that evince “enormous differences” with Pope Francis. “Appealing to the values of fundamentalism, a strange form of surprising ecumenism is developing between Evangelical fundamentalists and Catholic Integralists brought together by the same desire for religio

CATHOLIC CLASSICAL EDUCATION ON THE RISE

July 13, 2017 breaking Comments Off on CATHOLIC CLASSICAL EDUCATION ON THE RISE

St. Benedict Elementary is a Catholic classical school serving kindergarten through sixth grade, situated alongside the Charles River in Natick, Massachusetts. It has just concluded its fourth school year, since opening in the fall of 2013. As some First Thingsreaders may know, opening and maintaining a private religious school in the 2010s can be extremely difficult. But in the crowded landscape of independent schools within the Greater Boston area, St. Benedict Elementary is thriving. The key, I believe, is this: Our school proudly adheres to a distinctive mission, educating children according to the teachings of the Catholic Church and the classical model of education. In its first year, St. Benedict E