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Climate Change Skeptics Write Open Letter Urging Pope Francis to Rethink Global Warming

April 28, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, Italy, April 27, 2015 (Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.) – As the Vatican gears up for a high-level workshop on climate change this Tuesday, a group of 90 prominent scientists, religious leaders and academics have written an open letter to Pope Francis, urging him to entertain the scientific and moral arguments against current climate change theories. The writers profess their appreciation for the Pope’s efforts on behalf of the environment and his commitment to the Judeo-Christian principle of “responsible stewardship” for creation, but suggest that the people closest to him may not be providing him with all the facts regarding climate change.

Charlotte Bishop To LGBT-Advocate Nun Gramick: You’re Not Speaking in My Diocese

April 28, 2015 World News Comments Off

Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese. Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.”


April 28, 2015 World News Comments Off

As Catholic priests we commit ourselves anew to the task of presenting the teaching of the Church on marriage in all its fullness, while reaching out with the Lord’s compassion to those struggling to respond to the demands and challenges of the Gospel in an increasingly secular society. Furthermore we affirm the importance of upholding the Church’s traditional discipline regarding the reception of the sacraments, and the millennial conviction that doctrine and practice remain firmly and inseparab

Cardinal Burke criticizes German cardinal’s ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

April 26, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, April 24, 2015 ( – In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion for ‘remarried’ couples. “I have not read Marx’ declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like ‘subsidiary of Rome’ are ridiculous,” said Burke. “We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. ‘Subsidiaries’ – that is the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts.”

Scandalous Commencement Honors Announced at Eight Catholic Colleges

April 23, 2015 World News Comments Off

At least eight Catholic colleges have announced scandalous speakers or honorees at their 2015 commencement ceremonies, according to The Cardinal Newman Society’s annual review of college graduations. Many colleges wait to release the names of their honorees and speakers, so it is too soon to know if this represents an improvement over last year’s report, which exposed at least 20 scandalous commencement ceremonies

Charlotte’s Catholic bishop bans PFLAG event with LGBT-affirming nun from Uptown church

April 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — An upcoming speaking engagement with an LGBT-affirming Catholic nun will have to be relocated after news Monday that she and the event have been banned from an Uptown church by Bishop Peter Jugis of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jeannine Gramick was scheduled to speak on May 16 at St. Peter Catholic Church, the city’s oldest Catholic parish, on S. Tyron St. She was the headlining speaker of an event planned by PFLAG Charlotte and St. Peter Catholic Church’s Gay/Lesbian Ministry, “Includi

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn

April 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 04:47 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph has resigned, nearly two and a half years after being the first U.S. bishop convicted of a misdemeanor in failing to report suspected child abuse by a priest in his diocese. The Vatican confirmed Pope Francis’ acceptance of Bishop Finn’s resignation according to Canon 104 Article 2 in the Code of Canon Law in an April 21 statement, released at noon local time. Article 2 of Canon 104, according

The IRS Assures an Atheist Group It Will Monitor Churches

April 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

It was bad enough, as I wrote here last August, that the Internal Revenue Service appeared to reach an agreement to monitor the pulpits of ill-favored churches. What’s worse is that the IRS, directly counter to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requirements, steadfastly has refused to make public key documents pertaining to that decision. So the IRS, acting with the whole power of government behind it, seems to be saying it can monitor and presumably punish churches for the content of their sermons, but the churches can’t know exactly if, how, and why they are being monitored. RELATED: The House Takes On IRS Lawlessness To fight this combined assault on religious liberty and on government transparency, conservative legal stalwarts Alliance…Continue Reading

ISIL video purports to show killing of Ethiopian Christians

April 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

A video purporting to show the killing of Ethiopian Christians by Islamic State-affiliated militants in Libya has been released online. The 29-minute video appears to show militants holding two groups of captives, one by an affiliate in eastern Libya known as Barka Province and the other by the Fazzan Province, an affiliate in the south. A masked fighter wielding a pistol says Christians must convert to Islam or pay a special tax prescribed by the Quran, before the captives

Cardinal Burke Responds to Recent Criticisms

April 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

In an Italian-language interview, the patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta said, ‘I am not against the Pope; I have never spoken out against the Pope. … My purpose is to serve the truth.’ Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, 66, is troubled by the negative campaign that has been waged against him. Ordained a bishop by Pope John Paul II in 1995, the respected expert in canon law was called to Rome by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 as prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura before being appointed cardinal in 2010.