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Thank Cardinal Burke For His Vatican Service

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the strongest pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, has confirmed that the rumors are true: he will soon be moved from his position as the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura. For the past 6 years, Cardinal Burke has served in this role, heading up the highest court of the Catholic Church. He is now reportedly to be moved to the largely ceremonial position of patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Among Cardinal Burke’s many actions in defense of the truths of life and family has been his courageous stance in support of canon 915, which states that ministers of communion “must” refuse the Eucharist to public and “obstinate” sinners. The cardinal…Continue Reading

Controversial Priest To Speak at Minneapolis Parish

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

A south Minneapolis church plans to bring in controversial Irish Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery to speak on Wednesday, despite warnings from Archbishop John Nienstedt. And the church’s pastor is using the words of a powerful church leader to justify it: Pope Francis. Father Mike Tegeder, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, has been intent on bringing in Flannery, who is on a speaking tour of the country. But the Cabrini visit will be the only time he speaks on Catholic Church property. Flannery, author of several books on r

Catholic Studies Stands against Relativism, Pessimism, Fundamentalism

November 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

“The project of Catholic studies,” wrote John Georke in a National Catholic Register article, “finds itself as a prophet among lions.” Written in response to the 20 Years of Catholic Studies Conference held earlier this year at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., Goerke’s article explains the nature and importance of Catholic studies. Georke referred to a conference presentation by Father Paul Murray of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas which named relativism, pessimism, and fundamentalism as the modern-day “lions” against – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3663/Catholic-Studies-Stands-against-Relativism-Pessimism-Fundamentalism-Says-Author.aspx#sthash.jjibReTi.dpuf

4 Roman Catholic Churches On Staten Island Slated To Close

November 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Four Roman Catholic parishes in this borough will cease to exist come next summer, as part of the reorganization plan that the Archdiocese of New York announced Sunday. Mergers of existing parishes will affect one-third of the 33 parishes on Staten Island. Here’s a look at the four churches — one in Rosebank, one in New Brighton, and two in Port Richmond — that will no longer be open for weekly mass and the sacraments, as of August 1, 2015. CHURCH OF ST. MARY, ROSEBANK The cornerstone for the

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