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Cardinal says church under Pope Francis is a ‘rudderless ship’

October 31, 2014 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (RNS) American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder” in a fresh attack on the pope’s leadership. In an interview with the Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva, published Thursday (Oct. 30), Burke insisted he was not speaking out against the pope personally but raising concern about his leadership. “Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,” Burke said.

Angola: Catholic Priest Refutes Criticism of Church Practices

October 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

Lubango — The Southern Huila province?s Lubango city emeritus archbishop, Zacarias Kamwenho, rejected as false the claim that Catholic Christians worship images. Speaking on Sunday in the Muxima Diocese, in Lubango, the archbishop explained that Catholic Christians worship God instead, but the images are revered to for what they value. Celebrating a pontifical mass that closed the third pilgrimage to the Muxima do Toco Sanctuary, some 35 kilometres of Lubango city, the prelate said that many say that the Catholics worship images which, he stressed, “is false.”

Ave Maria School of Law Wins Its HHS Mandate Case in Federal Court

October 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Obama Administration has suffered another defeat in its quest to force Catholics and people of faith to pay for abortion-causing drugs, as required by the HHS Mandate. Today the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida came down in favor of Ave Maria School of Law, ruling that the Catholic law school cannot be forced to implement portions of the HHS Mandate which compel faith-based organizations to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.  Attorneys from Alliance Defending Freedom, representing the law school in Ave Maria School of Law v. Sebelius, argued that th  

Catholic Educators Appeal to Obama Administration for Relief from HHS Mandate

October 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

Today a coalition including The Cardinal Newman Society, leaders of Catholic schools and colleges, and the expert attorneys of the Alliance Defending Freedom told the Obama administration that its latest rule mandating insurance coverage for sterilization and contraception, including abortion-causing drugs, still “directly violates the religious liberty of organizations and individuals.” “The government could, if it so desired, provide truly independent coverage not involving objecting religious organizations or their insurance arrangements,” the appeal argues. “It could entirely exempt religious non-profit organizations from penalties just like it exempts churches… But the government insists – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3639/Catholic-Educators-Appeal-to-Obama-Administration-for-Relief-from-HHS-Mandate.aspx#sthash.AFIrVwRn.dpuf

Toronto schools hosting ‘LGBTQ’ conference for students as young as 11

October 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Toronto District School Board (TDSB) is hosting three student conferences within the span of eight days for the purpose of LGBTQ activism.  The conferences, which have been organized in collaboration with Jer’s Vision, will take place on October 28, October 30, and November 5. The first two conferences are for secondary school students, who will attend workshops relating to two-spirit and LGBTQ advocacy.  The third, which is for middle school students, will feature workshops on gay pride.  In addition, both students and teachers will be given training on advocating for all-gender washrooms.  This workshop will be given by David Stocker, a teacher who succeeded in implementing a multi-stall all-gender washroom at a middle school in Toronto last year.

The Synod and the Media: Culpable Naïveté or Shrewd Calculation?

October 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

Upon becoming director of media relations for the American bishops in late 1969, I quickly made a crucial discovery about my new employers. With just a handful of exceptions, the bishops were painfully naïve about the news business, yet convinced they could manipulate the process to get the story told as they wished. They were wrong of course, and eventually they learned that. But in the interim their attempts at manipulation were a continuing source of confusion, conflict, and embarrassment—to the Church and to themselves. These ancient memories came to mind as I tried to make sense of the chaotic, not to say catastrophic, communications emanating from the synod on marriage and family. Not to put too fine a point…Continue Reading

Chaldean Catholic patriarch suspends 10 priests, including 1 from El Cajon

October 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

SAN DIEGO – The head of the Chaldean Catholic Church has suspended 10 priests, including one from El Cajon. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Sako issued a decree a month ago, demanding the priests return to Iraq or be suspended. Wednesday was the deadline. The priests, though, are refusing to leave and are now waiting on Pope Francis to tell them what to do next. Dozens of devout Chaldean Catholics attended an emergency mass Wednesday at St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in Rancho San Diego, to pray for the 10 priests who have now been suspended by Sako.

Retired Pope Says Interreligious Dialogue No Substitute For Mission

October 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI said dialogue with other religions is no substitute for spreading the Gospel to non-Christian cultures, and warned against relativistic ideas of religious truth as “lethal to faith.” He also said the true motivation for missionary work is not to increase the church’s size but to share the joy of knowing Christ. The retired pope’s words appeared in written remarks to faculty members and students at Rome’s Pontifical Urbanian University, which belongs to the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. Archbishop Georg Ganswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary to retired Pope Benedict, read the 1,800-word message aloud Oct. 21, at a ceremony dedicating the university’s renovated main lecture hall to the…Continue Reading

California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

October 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

To the dismay of California’s people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. “Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be required by the state to violate

Relax. God’s Still In Charge.

October 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

It’s an enormous challenge to maintain pristine doctrinal purity while at the same time respond to the experiential, personal, and difficult needs of married couples and families. Behind every arcane discussion of gradualism and natural law there are parents and children awaiting God’s grace. — In trying to accommodate the needs of the age, as Pope Francis suggests, the Church risks the danger of losing its courageous, counter-cultur