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Marie Stopes International Is No Friend Of Africa

December 5, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Marie Stopes International Is No Friend Of Africa

By DEBORAH M. PIROCH (Editor’s Note: Deborah M. Piroch is the PR director for Human Life International. HLI posted this article at their website, www.hli.org, on November 30. It is reprinted here with permission.) + + + FRONT ROYAL, Va. — HLI is delighted that the government of Kenya has banned Marie Stopes International (MSI) from advertising or doing abortions within its borders, but stresses that the government must monitor compliance. Abortion is already illegal in Kenya except if the mother’s health is endangered, yet evidence exists that MSI has been performing illegal abortions in the country for at least 15 years. As MSI has already defied the law for some time, Fr. Samuel Gatimu, director of Human Life International…Continue Reading

Santa Fe Archdiocese To File For Bankruptcy

December 4, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Santa Fe Archdiocese To File For Bankruptcy

  SANTA FE, N.M. — At a press conference November 29, Archbishop John Wester said that filing for bankruptcy is an equitable way to meet its responsibility to sexual abuse victims. Wester said there are between 35-40 active claims against the archdiocese, which consists of more than 300,000 Catholics in northwestern New Mexico. The announcement came the day after New Mexico’s attorney general executed a search warrant on the archdiocesan chancery office in Albuquerque. The attorney general was seeking files related to two priests accused of sexual abuse, Marvin Archuleta and Sabine Griego. Archuleta was named on a list published by the archdiocese last year of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. According to the Albuquerque Journal, a lawsuit settled…Continue Reading

The Immaculate Conception: A Light In The Darkness

December 3, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Immaculate Conception: A Light In The Darkness

By JAMES MONTI The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the celebration of our Lady’s sinlessness and total preservation from original sin from the first moment of her conception, has an added poignancy as we near the end of 2018. At the close of a year that has revealed just how deeply the corruption of grave sin has cast its horrible shadow over our world and our Church, the sinlessness of Mary and her virginal purity come anew as light overcoming the darkness. In a commentary on the Blessed Virgin’s title “Morning Star” given in a 1749 treatise on the Litany of Loreto, we read: “Was not the entire world, before the nativity of Christ, enveloped…Continue Reading

Are There Limits To Virtue?

December 2, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Are There Limits To Virtue?

By DONALD DeMARCO Many a distraught mother has said to an uncooperative son or daughter, “I am running out of patience with you!” This common phrase raises some interesting questions concerning virtue. Can we run out of virtue, the way a car can run out of gas? Are the limits to virtue? Can we lose hope, fall out of love, or cease to care? The saints, it appears, seemed to retain their virtue under the most severe circumstances. We think of the endurance of St. Isaac Jogues, the faith of St. Francis of Assisi, the unselfishness of St. Therese of Lisieux, and the hope of St. Monica. Mary, the Mother of God, did not despair at the foot of the…Continue Reading

The Real Second Vatican Council

December 1, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on The Real Second Vatican Council

By JOHN YOUNG Since the Second Vatican Council, which concluded in 1965, the Catholic Church has been plagued with doctrinal confusion, rebellion, and an increased degree of moral corruption. The Council itself, some Catholics claim, is the main cause of this disastrous situation. It is alleged that ambiguous language in the documents of the Council, inserted there through the efforts of modernist bishops and theologians, constituted a time bomb that would explode in the following years, leading to confusion and heresy. I believe, on the contrary, that the confusion following the Council would have been avoided had the explicit teachings and instructions in the Vatican II documents been followed after the Council. The documents themselves contain the necessary safeguards against…Continue Reading

District Attorney Searches Houston Archdiocese

November 30, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on District Attorney Searches Houston Archdiocese

HOUSTON (CNA/EWTN News) — Investigators have executed a search warrant on the chancery offices of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. A search warrant obtained by the district attorney’s office for Montgomery County was served Wednesday morning, November 28 by officers from the Texas Rangers and Conroe Police Department. The district attorney’s office said on November 28 that it is seeking documents related to the case of Fr. Manuel La Rosa-Lopez, who was arrested by Conroe police in September on four charges of indecency to children. Montgomery County prosecutor Brett Ligon told reporters that the archdiocese has cooperated with the investigation, KHOU 11 News reported. “This is not a shot at the Catholic Church . . . this is an investigation into…Continue Reading

Archbishop Desfarges Says… Algerian Martyrs Are Models For The Church

November 29, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Archbishop Desfarges Says… Algerian Martyrs Are Models For The Church

ALGIERS, Algeria (CNA/EWTN News) — Archbishop Paul Desfarges of Algiers has said that Bishop Pierre Claverie and his 18 companions, who were martyred in Algeria between 1994 and 1996, are “models for our lives as disciples today and tomorrow.” The Algerian martyrs will be beatified December 8 at the Shrine of Our Lady of the Holy Cross in Oran. “The beatification of our brothers and sisters is a grace for our Church,” Archbishop Desfarges wrote in a November pastoral letter. He urged the local Church “to love as they did in the freedom that the Holy Spirit gives” because the martyrs “go before us on the path of witness that our Church is called to give in this land of…Continue Reading

A Book Review… A Terrific And Affordable Christmas Gift

November 28, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on A Book Review… A Terrific And Affordable Christmas Gift

By REY FLORES Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, written by Dr. Helen Hoffner, and illustrated by Deirdre Folley; hardcover; 144 pages. Published by Sophia Institute Press is available for purchase at www.SophiaInstitute.com and other online and brick and mortar retailers. There are books and movies which I sometimes review, then there are books and movies I love to review. This book is one of the latter. Catholic Traditions and Treasures: An Illustrated Encyclopedia is just that. An encyclopedia which is chockfull of Catholic history and traditions which many of us still participate in, but sadly many of these devotions and practices have been forgotten, neglected, or both. A tradition cannot be passed on to a child if the…Continue Reading

Deconstructing Creation

November 27, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Deconstructing Creation

By DONALD DeMARCO Margaret Ann Vosper, better known as Gretta Vosper, is an ordained minister of the United Church of Canada. She is a self-professed atheist. Not surprisingly, her rejection of any belief in God has caused some controversy. Nonetheless, a recent decision by church authorities has given Rev. Vosper security in her role serving a Christian community. The United Church of Canada was founded in 1925 as a merger of Methodists, Presbyterians, and Congregationalists. At that time, it claimed a membership of 6.25 percent of the Canadian population. By 2009, its adherents dropped to 1.4 percent, according to its own published figures. Between 1968 and 2009, it lost more than half of its membership. The question that prevails is…Continue Reading

Cardinal Cupich And Cardinal Wuerl . . . Collaborated On Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

November 26, 2018 Featured Today Comments Off on Cardinal Cupich And Cardinal Wuerl . . . Collaborated On Alternative Sex Abuse Proposal

By ED CONDON WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA) – Blase Cardinal Cupich of Chicago and Donald Cardinal Wuerl of Washington, D.C., collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, Catholic News Agency has learned. Cupich submitted the plan November 13 to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and staffers. The conference’s proposed plan would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops. The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated by their metropolitan archbishops, along with archdiocesan review boards. Metropolitans themselves would be investigated by their senior suffragan bishops. Sources in Rome and Washington, D.C.,…Continue Reading