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Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?

March 25, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Analysis: Did Pope Francis just condemn Communion for the remarried?

The Pope’s statements have the internet abuzz – but their importance has been exaggerated For the last couple of days Catholic social media and the blogosphere have been preoccupied with some reported remarks by Pope Francis. The remarks carry weight because they come from an impeccable source – the president of the Chilean bishops’ conference, Bishop Santiago Silva, and its secretary Bishop Fernando Ramos – and because they relate to the great ecclesial controversy of the moment: over Communion for the remarried.

Bishop Olmsted Makes Winning Case for Catholic Education

March 24, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Bishop Olmsted Makes Winning Case for Catholic Education

Bishop Thomas Olmsted of the Diocese of Phoenix has issued a clarion call for Catholic education that focuses on its central mission: the evangelization of young people. “The most loving thing a Catholic school can do is to share with each person the living Jesus Christ,” Bishop Olmsted writes in a recently published apostolic letter. Promulgated on March 3, the feast day of St. Katharine Drexel, Bishop

Cardinal Cupich tells national TV audience: Church ‘stands with’ immigrants

March 23, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Cupich tells national TV audience: Church ‘stands with’ immigrants

Town Hall meetings are out of fashion for certain Republican congressmen who have spent the start of 2017 dodging Democratic Party activists. But Cardinal Blase Cupich got an altogether warmer reception when he used a nationally broadcast town hall this weekend to tell recent immigrants, “the church stands with you.”

Gorsuch defends Hobby Lobby, religious freedom at confirmation hearing

March 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Gorsuch defends Hobby Lobby, religious freedom at confirmation hearing

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Sen. Orin Hatch, R-UT, gave Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch the chance to explain how an important religious freedom law is applied today in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Regarding whether the Obama administration’s birth control mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), Gorsuch ruled it “failed to meet RFRA’s standard,” Hatch recalled. While on the Tenth Circuit, Gorsuch sided with the majority in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius. The majority ruled that Hobby

House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

March 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on House bill’s ‘life protections’ said laudable, other aspects ‘troubling’

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The inclusion of “critical life protections” in the House health care bill is laudable, but other provisions, including those related to Medicaid and tax credits, are “troubling” and “must be addressed” before the measure is passed, said the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee. Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, who is chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development, sent a letter March 17 to House members. It was released March 20 by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on ‘deposing the pope’

March 19, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on ‘deposing the pope’

PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope. Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy.

‘To hell with accompaniment’: Catholic prof points to damage Pope Francis is causing the Church

March 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on ‘To hell with accompaniment’: Catholic prof points to damage Pope Francis is causing the Church

March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — American Catholic writer Flannery O’Connor is famous for answering a pronouncement by leftist author Mary McCarthy that the Eucharist is a “symbol” by exclaiming, albeit in a shaky voice: “Well, if it’s a symbol, to hell with it!” Relating this encounter in a letter, O’Connor added: “That was all the defense I was capable of but I realize now that this is all I will ever be able to say about it, outside of a story, except that it is the center of existence for

15,000 Catholics ask Trump to honor Paris climate agreement

March 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on 15,000 Catholics ask Trump to honor Paris climate agreement

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Thousands of Catholics have asked President Donald Trump to honor the Paris climate agreement, continue U.S. contributions to the Green Climate Fund, and implement the Clean Power Plan governing power plant emissions. Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, said 15,000 Catholics signed an online petition that was submitted to the president March 15. It was developed as one response to Trump

Cardinal to Harvard students: You need to be courageous

March 16, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal to Harvard students: You need to be courageous

Rome, Italy, Mar 16, 2017 / 02:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- This week Cardinal George Pell sat down with some 20 students from Harvard visiting Rome, with the goal of challenging them to both set firm ideals and to work hard to achieve them – something the Church can help with by providing a basic framework for moral leadership. In a March 14 interview with CNA ahead of his speech, Cardinal Pell said the main point he would make to the students is “that they need a cause. They need a set of principles that they accept and follow and that they will be prepared to make sacrifices for.”

Pope Francis: ‘We have to think about’ married priests in Catholic Church

March 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis: ‘We have to think about’ married priests in Catholic Church

ROME, March 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis says he is willing to consider married priests in the Catholic Church in some cases as a response to the Church’s priest shortage crisis. In an first interview conducted in German, the pope referenced the option of ordaining the viri probati, which means “proven” or “tested” men, or in this context married men who have proven virtuous or faithful. While he dismissed the idea of voluntary celibacy in the priesthood, he was open to the option of a married priesthood, as is allowed for