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Popular priest disinvited from Catholic University’s seminary after protests over his LGBT book

September 17, 2017 World News Comments Off on Popular priest disinvited from Catholic University’s seminary after protests over his LGBT book

The Rev. James Martin, a popular priest who published a book earlier this year encouraging a bridge between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church, has been disinvited from giving an address at Catholic University’s seminary. Martin, who was planning to speak about Jesus and not about LGBT-related issues, has become the target of attacks from right-wing sites since his book “Building a Bridge” was published in June. Earlier this year, Pope Francis appointed Martin, who is editor at large at the Jesuit magazine America, as an adviser to the Vatican’s

Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary _ without pope

September 15, 2017 World News Comments Off on Latin Mass fans celebrate 10-year anniversary _ without pope

Fans of the old Latin Mass descended on Rome on Thursday for their annual pilgrimage, facing indifference to their cause, if not outright resistance, from none other than Pope Francis. Ten years after Pope Benedict XVI passed a law allowing greater use of the Latin Mass, Francis seems to be doing everything possible to roll it back or simply pretend it never happened. In recent weeks, he has affirmed with “magisterial authority” that the reforms of the 1960s allowing for Mass to be celebrated in the vernacular rather than Latin were “irreversible.” Last week he gave local bishops conferences authority to oversee those translations, rather than the Vatican. The moves underscored that the age

Pro-gay Vatican adviser gets Catholic group suspended from Twitter

September 13, 2017 World News Comments Off on Pro-gay Vatican adviser gets Catholic group suspended from Twitter

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A faithful Catholic lay apostolate was suspended by Twitter last week after Vatican adviser Father James Martin complained about a tweet that teasingly stated the pro-gay Jesuit had been bested in a theological debate on the social media platform. Father Martin claims that a Catholic Vote tweet urged violence against him and reported CV to Twitter, resulting in the group’s suspension. “Enough,” the Jesuit tweeted. “When you urge vio

Durbin, Feinstein and Catholic judges

September 13, 2017 World News Comments Off on Durbin, Feinstein and Catholic judges

Washington is currently embroiled in one of its “gotcha” controversies, which often arise when minor missteps are blown into major crimes. It’s a game both parties and a variety of activists play whenever they see political advantage in it. The latest one is unfortunate not because it arose but because it involves serious questions that could use calm debate rather than expressions of outrage. Last week, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing that featured judicial nominees, including Amy Coney Barrett, a Notre Dame law professor chosen for the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, located in Chicago. The issue that came up was whether, as a Catholic, Barrett could fairly decide cases where the result might conflict with her…Continue Reading

Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

September 11, 2017 World News Comments Off on Pope issues new directives on revision, translation of liturgical texts

Vatican City, Sep 9, 2017 / 08:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Holy See has released a new “motu proprio” from Pope Francis outlining a shift in the responsibility of local bishops and the Apostolic See for the revision and approval of liturgical texts. Dated Sept. 3, the document is titled “Magnum Principium,” meaning “The great principle,” and deals explicitly with two specific changes to Canon 838 of the Code of Canon Law, which addresses the authority of the Apostolic See and national episcopal conferences in preparing liturgical texts in vernacular languages. The document was published Sept. 9, in the middle of Pope Francis’ six-day trip to Colombia.

Cardinal Burke ‘treasured’ work with deceased dubia Cardinal to oppose ‘gravely harmful confusion’

September 7, 2017 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Burke ‘treasured’ work with deceased dubia Cardinal to oppose ‘gravely harmful confusion’

ROME, September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Cardinal Raymond Burke paid tribute today to fellow dubia signer Cardinal Carlo Caffarra on his passing after a long illness. In a statement to LifeSiteNews, Burke said he was “deeply saddened” by the 79-year-old’s death, and that he was a “true man of the Church.” “In a particular way, I treasured my close association with him, over the past three years, in seeking to dispel the gravely harmful confusion and error regarding the Sacraments of Marriage and the Holy Eucharist,” Burke said. Caffarra and Burke joined Cardinals Joachim Meisner and Walter Brandmull

Some Personal Reflections on the Late Cardinal Caffarra

September 7, 2017 World News Comments Off on Some Personal Reflections on the Late Cardinal Caffarra

As Steve Skojec reported this morning, our beloved Cardinal Carlo Caffarra died today, in Italy. Our hearts are broken over this news since he was such a lovable and charitable and truthful man for us. Just to know that he was out there, giving his support for our work, always meant so much. Steve Skojec also pointed out how Cardinal Caffarra died almost exactly 60 days after Cardinal Joachim Meisner, and nearly on the same day of the month (Meisner had died on 5 July, Caffarra on 6 September). But, there are even more striking parallels. Cardinal Meisner died the day after he had talked over the phone with Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s about his own dismissal as the Prefect of the Congregation…Continue Reading

Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Day of Prayer Proclamation

September 2, 2017 World News Comments Off on Remarks by President Trump at Signing of Day of Prayer Proclamation

THE PRESIDENT:  Thank you very much.  Americans have always come to the aid of their fellow countrymen.  Friend helping friend, neighbor helping neighbor, stranger helping stranger — we’ve seen it perhaps more so than at any time, so vividly at least, during Hurricane Harvey. From the beginning of our nation, Americans have joined together in prayer during times of great need to ask for God’s blessing

Bishop Schneider: The Pope who ‘seems to’ permit adultery bears a ‘grave responsibility’

September 2, 2017 World News Comments Off on Bishop Schneider: The Pope who ‘seems to’ permit adultery bears a ‘grave responsibility’

POLAND, August 31, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia “seems to” go in the direction of a pastoral “discernment” that “allows the adulterers to continue in adultery,” says Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The consequences for many could be eternal damnation, Schneider warned. “We cannot play with our eternity. As the Proverb said, ‘We cannot play with fire.’” And the pope bears “grave responsibility” for this situation, the auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, said during a recent Tradition, Faith and Property conference in Poland. The bishop was responding to the question of how pries

REPORT CARD: Faithful college praised for financial aid; Praying for Notre Dame; ‘Pride Prom’ at Marquette

September 2, 2017 World News Comments Off on REPORT CARD: Faithful college praised for financial aid; Praying for Notre Dame; ‘Pride Prom’ at Marquette

With college affordability becoming an increasingly prominent (and problematic) issue, Thomas Aquinas College’s recognition by The Princeton Review’s national Financial Aid Honor Roll is especially refreshing. “We are pleased that, once again, The Princeton Review has featured Thomas Aquinas College in its annual guide,” Admissions Director Jon Daly said. “Our goal has always been to provide the best education at the most affordable price, and The Princeton Reviewprofile offers some strong evidence that we are succeeding.” The Princeton Review gave the Santa Paula, Calif.-based Newma