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Who Misinformed Francis About Bishop Barros?

May 16, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Who Misinformed Francis About Bishop Barros?

By J.D. FLYNN VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Three Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse on May 2 held a press conference to discuss recent conversations with Pope Francis about the circumstances of their abuse. Juan Carlos Cruz, along with James Hamilton and José Andres Murillo, were sexually abused by Fr. Fernando Karadima, who in 2011 was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of sexually abusing minors during the 1980s and 1990s. Karadima was sentenced to a life of prayer and solitude. Karadima’s abuse has drawn recent attention because of long-rumored reports that his one-time friend, now-Bishop Juan Barros, helped to cover up the abuse or was a participant in it. Barros was appointed to lead…Continue Reading

Liberty Counsel Comments… New York AG Resigns After Abuse Accusations

May 15, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Liberty Counsel Comments… New York AG Resigns After Abuse Accusations

BROOKLYN, N.Y. — New York’s Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has resigned after serious allegations that he physically abused four women. One of the women said, “All of a sudden, he just slapped me, open-handed and with great force, across the face, landing the blow directly onto my ear.” Manning Barish told The New Yorker, “It was horrendous. It just came out of nowhere. My ear was ringing. I lost my balance and fell backward onto the bed. I sprang up, but at this point there was very little room between the bed and him. I got up to try to shove him back, or take a swing, and he pushed me back down. He then used his body weight to…Continue Reading

Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Harms Of Same-Sex Parenting: The Unmentioned Child Maltreatment

May 14, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Neither Left Nor Right, But Catholic… The Harms Of Same-Sex Parenting: The Unmentioned Child Maltreatment

By STEPHEN M. KRASON (Editor’s Note: Stephen M. Krason’s Neither Left nor Right, but Catholic column appears monthly [sometimes bimonthly]. He is professor of political science and legal studies and associate director of the Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life at Franciscan University of Steubenville. He is also co-founder and president of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists. Among his books are: Abortion: Politics, Morality, and the Constitution; The Transformation of the American Democratic Republic; Catholicism and American Political Ideologies, and such edited volumes as Child Abuse, Family Rights, and the Child Protective System and The Crisis of Religious Liberty.) + + + Recently, Utah found it necessary to put a law into effect that allows “free-range parenting.” That…Continue Reading

The Gift That Cannot Be Refused

May 13, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Gift That Cannot Be Refused

By DONALD DeMARCO Anna Jarvis inaugurated Mother’s Day in 1908 when she held a memorial for her mother at St. Andrew’s Church in Grafton, W.Va. Through her persistent efforts, by 1911 all states in the union observed Mother’s Day. In 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a proclamation designating Mother’s Day to be celebrated each year on the second Sunday of May as a national holiday to honor all mothers. As the foundress of Mother’s Day, Anna Jarvis insisted on two things that reflected her proper concern for motherhood. The first is that Mother’s Day should be known in the singular possessive form and not in its more generalized form as Mothers’ Day. In this regard, we might say, she was…Continue Reading

Marriage In UK Is Imperiled . . . But Is The Time Ripe For Openness To Church Teachings?

May 12, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Marriage In UK Is Imperiled . . . But Is The Time Ripe For Openness To Church Teachings?

By LOUISE KIRK (Editor’s Note: Louise Kirk is an author and journalist in England, with specialties in Church teaching on the family and natural family planning. She covered the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in 2015 for The Wanderer.) + + + LONDON — Powerful voices in the UK are again calling for marriage reform and the Catholic world should be concerned. The close union between civil marriage and the Christian understanding on which it is based is crumbling, and too few people are noticing. What makes the case in the UK unusual is that one of the loudest voices for reform belongs to a passionate champion for marriage. Sir Paul Coleridge, formerly High Court judge on…Continue Reading

Commencement Season… Exposes “Huge Divide” In Catholic Education

May 11, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Commencement Season… Exposes “Huge Divide” In Catholic Education

(Editor’s Note: The staff of The Cardinal Newman Society researched and wrote this article, which first appeared at https://newmansociety.org/ on May 2. All rights reserved.) + + + The best and the worst of Catholic higher education are once again on public display, as America’s Catholic colleges announce their spring commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Several colleges — many of them recommended in The Newman Guide for their strong Catholic identity — have admirably chosen to honor Catholic leaders and faithful laypeople as commencement speakers and honorary degree recipients. Notable speakers and awardees include: Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles at The Catholic University of America (D.C.); Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., chair of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee…Continue Reading

Troublesome Questions For President Trump

May 10, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Troublesome Questions For President Trump

By JUDGE ANDREW P. NAPOLITANO In a startling revelation earlier this past week, The New York Times published what it claims are 49 questions that special counsel Robert Mueller sent to lawyers for President Donald Trump. The questions are apparently a roadmap of inquiry that Mueller and his prosecutors and FBI agents plan to put to the president if the president agrees to sit down for an interview with them. I have been arguing for months that the president should not agree to an interview with Mueller. My reasons are fairly boilerplate: It is nearly impossible to talk prosecutors who are determined to seek an indictment into changing their minds. As well, the person being interviewed cannot possibly know as…Continue Reading

Meeting Abuse Survivors… Pope Apologizes For Being “Part Of The Problem”

May 9, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Meeting Abuse Survivors… Pope Apologizes For Being “Part Of The Problem”

By ELISE HARRIS VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — After meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend of April 28, Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse said the Pontiff was open, sympathetic, and deeply affected by the situation, at one point voicing sorrow for having been “part of the problem.” Juan Carlos Cruz, a victim of Chilean abuser Fr. Fernando Karadima who met with Pope Francis privately April 28, said he spoke to the Pontiff for at least three hours, and found him “sincere, attentive, and deeply apologetic for the situation.” “For me, the Pope was contrite, he was truly sorry,” Cruz said. “I felt also that he was hurting, which for me was very solemn . . . because it’s…Continue Reading

A Traditional Devotion To The Holy Spirit

May 8, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Traditional Devotion To The Holy Spirit

By JAMES MONTI The scriptural accounts of the Ascension of our Lord in the Gospels of St, Mark (Mark 16:15-20) and St. Luke (Luke 24:50-53) and in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 1:6-11) describe this event as a visible ascent of Christ before His disciples’ eyes, with a cloud taking Him from their sight (Acts 1:9). In the 1656 diocesan ritual of Augsburg, Germany and other Baroque liturgical books of Bavaria and the Tirol we find this commemorated with a visual re-enactment — a statue of Christ, after being incensed on the altar, would be slowly drawn up toward the ceiling of the church (Rituale Augustanum Romano Conformatum, Dillingen, Germany, Ignatius Maier, 1656, pp. 447-449). Heaven, of course, has…Continue Reading

Smut Night At The Press Dinner

May 7, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Smut Night At The Press Dinner

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN The April 28 White House Correspondents’ Association dinner, billed as a celebration of the First Amendment and a tribute to journalists who “speak truth to power,” has to be the worst advertisement in memory for our national press corps. Comedian Michelle Wolf, the guest speaker, recited one filthy joke after another at the expense of President Trump and his people, using words that would have gotten her kicked out of school not so long ago. Media critic Howard Kurtz said he had “never seen a performance like that,” adding that Wolf “was not only nasty but dropping F-bombs on live television.” Some of her stuff was grungier than that. The anti-Trump media at the black-tie dinner…Continue Reading