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For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

February 7, 2015 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family’s final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri recently granted an interview to “La Settimana,” a Italian weekly magazine specialized in religion. In the interview, Cardinal Baldisseri spoke about the renewal of the  Synod of Bishop and the main issues the discussion at the last synod zeroed in on. He identified the “

Canada top court allows doctor-assisted suicide

February 7, 2015 World News Comments Off

Ottawa (AFP) – Canada’s supreme court on Friday unanimously struck down a ban on doctor-assisted suicide for mentally competent adults suffering from an incurable disease, reversing a decision on the books since 1993.  The ruling was, however, suspended for one year to allow lawmakers an opportunity to enact new rules surrounding the divisive issu

Catholic League’s Bill Donohue Says Obama Should Apologize for Using Crusades as Example of ‘Terrible Acts’ by Christians; Says Crusades Fought Against Islamic Jihad

February 7, 2015 World News Comments Off

Bill Donohue of The Catholic League has criticized President Barack Obama for his recent comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, where he used the Crusades as an example of people doing “terrible acts” in the name of Christ. Donohue, who called on Obama to apologize, argued that the Crusades were carried out against Islamic jihad. “The president should apologize for his insulting comparison,” Donohue said. “Obama’s ignorance is astounding and his comparison is pernicious.”

Archbishop Henryk Hoser: “The Church has betrayed John Paul II…they did not follow his voice

February 6, 2015 World News Comments Off

Today’s Niedziela, from Poland, carries an interview with Archbishop Henryk Hoser of Warsaw-Praga, about the recent acts of treachery against Our Lord, His Church and our recently sainted Pope, St. Pope John Paul II. These acts of treachery were committed by an assortment of innovators at last October’s Synod of the Family.These innovators have not been idle, and neither have the defenders of the truth about the sanctity of holy matrimony. I predicted to a friend recently that the upcoming Synod will be an ugly confrontation, that (for example) the Polish Episcopate will never surrender to the innovators. We now have conclusive evidence that this is true. When an archbishop has to publicly proclaim that a canonized sai

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone Spells Out Schools’ Sex Doctrine

February 6, 2015 World News Comments Off

The conservative Roman Catholic archbishop of San Francisco has developed a new document for Catholic high school faculty and staff clarifying that sex outside of marriage, homosexual relations, the viewing of pornography and masturbation are “gravely evil.” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s document applies to faculty and staff at four Catholic high schools: Riordan and Sacred Heart in San Francisco, Marin Catholic in Kentfield and Serra High School in San Mateo. It states that administrators, faculty and staff “affirm and believe” the controversial statements, which will be part of the faculty handbook. The document goes on to say that marriage is between “one man and one woman,” despite California law allowing same-sex marriages. It also notes that sperm donation, th

Pope Francis To Address Congress On Sept. 24

February 6, 2015 World News Comments Off

  Published February 05, 2015 Associated PressPope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. “We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people,” Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers. During his planned trip next fall, Francis is also expected to visit the White House as well as speak at the United Nations in New York and participate in a massive Catholic rally for families in Philadelphia. It will be his first visit to…Continue Reading

Pope Francis: The Push To Synodality

February 3, 2015 World News Comments Off

Everything for the sake of synodality. This seems to be Pope Francis’ governing program. The Pope has already made it clear that he deems the conversion of hearts to be more important than the conversion of structures. He carefully considers every step to further expand the footprint of synodality,  a wider sense of discussion within the Church. His basic idea is that of a dialogical Church going out of itself, a Church that is open and present among people. Coupled with his conviction that the poor evangelize is Pope Francis’ understanding of the Church of the peripheries as the way to evangelize and purify Rome, which he considers too self-referential. His latest move in this direction is a modification of…Continue Reading

Super Bowl And The Mass

February 2, 2015 World News Comments Off

I write to you in the midst of a semi-“religious” event: the Super Bowl. People have donned their sacred attire and are shouting praises. I enjoy football, but see it a lot less than most since I’m a priest and tend to be busy on Sundays! Yet I remain quite fascinated at how passionate and dedicated many Americans are to their team and to the game.

New Congressional Bill Declares Homosexual Love as a Basic Human Right

January 31, 2015 World News Comments Off

U.S. lawmakers in both houses of Congress introduced on Thursday a bill to protect and promote the rights of the international lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community. The International Human Rights Defense Act, spearheaded by Sen. Edward Markey of Massachusetts and Rep. Alan Lowenthal of California, both Democrats, would appoint a special envoy within the U.S. Department of State to coordinate efforts to prevent discrimination and advance the rights of LGBT people worldwide. “When President Obama addressed the nation and committed to defending the human rights of the LGBT com


January 31, 2015 World News Comments Off

SAINT PAUL, MN. – Administrators at the University of St. Thomas, a private Catholic liberal arts school, are standing firm behind their controversial decision to allow students to gain academic credit by interning at the Minnesota-based NOW chapter. Doug Hennes, vice president for university and government relations, told The College Fix in an email that administrators view the National Organization for Women as “an advocacy group on a wide variety of women’s issues, not specifically on abortion.” Minnesota NOW, though a diverse political advocate, is a leading supporter of abortion activism in Minnesota. NOW has been rallying behind reproductive rights since 1971 and “fully supports access to safe and legal abortion,” states the organization’s webpage. The group is also an active promoter of LGBT