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Conference of Catholic Leaders Focuses On Future of Schools

April 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

April 22, 2014 10:31 PM By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette More than 6,000 Catholic teachers, administrators and other educators launched a three-day national conference Tuesday morning at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center with spirited worship, upbeat talks and cheers for the successes of Catholic schools. A marching band even serenaded the attendees, courtesy of Seton-La Salle and Central Catholic high schools. But an array of concerns also pervaded the conference, from declining enrollment and rising costs to a sense of siege amid the wider secular environment and culture-war issues. The National Catholic Educational Association conference is drawing educators from schools ranging from elementary to university levels as well as parishes and seminaries. Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C.,…Continue Reading

Parents’ group wants Catholic teachers to withdraw from World Pride Parade

April 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY THE CANADIAN PRESS APRIL 21, 2014  TORONTO – A parents’ group is calling on Ontario’s Catholic teachers’ union to withdraw from participation in this summer’s World Pride Parade in Toronto. Parents As First Educators president Teresa Pierre announced a petition on Monday and is urging Catholic school trustees to sign it. Pierre says they’re asking Catholics to demand the Ontario English Catholic Teachers’ Association not officially attend the World Pride Parade. Pierre says the event is inconsistent with what the church teaches about homosexuality. She says Catholic parents expect a Catholic teachers’ union to support the teachings of the church on marriage and family, adding that the parade breaks nudity laws and participants promote homosexual activity. The union, which represents…Continue Reading

‘Nothing Is Ever Without Hope,’ Ailing Cardinal George Tells Catholics On Easter

April 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Kate ThayerTribune reporter5:35 p.m. CDT, April 20, 2014 Battling cancer and celebrating what could be his last Easter Sunday Mass as Chicago’s Catholic leader, Cardinal Francis George said he was in good spirits and that the holiday teaches “nothing is ever without hope.” “There’s a lot of joy in the air,” George told reporters outside Holy Name Cathedral after presiding over the 11 a.m. Mass. The archdiocese announced last month that

Good Friday Reflection on the Nature of Sin

April 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Michael Terheyden 4/18/2014 Catholic Online ( So when we look upon the crucified Christ today, let us take a long, hard look at the sin which resides in our heart and in our world. Let us then cast it aside and joyfully repent, for the Resurrection and Easter Sunday follow Good Friday.

Roman Catholic bishops from England and Wales call for Church to allow priests to marry

April 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

JONATHAN BROWN  Thursday 17 April 2014 Roman Catholic bishops have called for the Church to take the historic step of allowing priests to be married amid growing signs of liberal reform under Pope Francis. The controversial issue is set to be raised at the next Bishops’ Conference after three bishops in England and Wales spoke out in favour of relaxing the centuries-old ban. Their comments follow signals from the Pontiff recently that he could be open to change on the issue and criticism of Britain’s most senior Catholic leaders for refusing to release the findings of a survey of their views on sexual ethics. Married Anglican clergy have been allowed to convert to Catholicism under a special decree by Pope…Continue Reading

Radical abortion bill dies in Colo. Senate after call to prayer, action

April 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 09:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid growing protests led in large part by the Catholic Church, the Colorado Senate on April 16 killed a controversial bill that could have banned all pro-life laws in the state. “Lift up your hearts in gratitude to God,” said Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila in a post on Twitter. “Blessings on everyone who prayed and contacted legislators! Stay involved!” The legislation had passed committee on a party line vote. While the floor debate and vote were initially scheduled for April 15, they were delayed until the following day after Democratic State Sen. John Kefalas of Fort Collins went home sick. The Democrats control the Senate in the state by…Continue Reading

Catholic Priest Creates Arabic App to Support Persecuted Christians

April 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY MORGAN LEE , CHRISTIAN POST REPORTER April 16, 2014|11:13 pm A self-described Italian “technologic” priest has launched an Arab language version of his Catholic app that he hopes will support Christians in heavily persecuted Middle Eastern countries where printed breviaries are banned. Father Paolo Padrini, 41, who is at times known by his nickname iPriest, unveiled the newest version of his app on Saturday which he said will open “the door for religious freedom.” “The app has become a must-have for priests and cardinals and has been really appreciated with the Catholic Church,” Father Padrini told The Telegraph. “Now, with the launch of the Arabic version, the app can be used in those Muslim countries where the breviary is banned from sale and…Continue Reading

Denver Archbishop Rallies Coloradans Against ‘Extreme’ Abortion Bill

April 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. “Coloradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,” Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an assembly and prayer vigil at the Colorado State Capitol. The large crowd was a sign of the rapid buildup of opposition to the bill, which had been introduced late in the legislative session. “Some of the senators have said they have…Continue Reading


April 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

By: Raquel Okyay 4/16/2014 08:41 AM Parents of the ailing Connecticut teen held captive by Massachusetts authorities for more than a year are pleading with the bureaucrat captors to let them celebrate Holy Week and Easter with their daughter, whose health is failing under the state’s custody. “We are in communication with the Department of Children & Families and Wayside Youth & Family to see if Justina can attend Easter Service this Sunday,” said Rev. Patrick Mahoney, who is a Presbyterian minister and spokesperson for the Pelletier family. “There is no commitment from DCF, but we are still working on it.”

Common Core stirs controversy for Catholic schools

April 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Peter Doocy Published April 15, 2014 Classrooms at some Catholic schools are undergoing a transformation, as decades-old traditions are being updated with Common Core state standards. Although the standards are not federally mandated for Catholic schools, dozens of dioceses are nevertheless adopting some of the changes. The way Bob Laird of the Cardinal Newman Society sees it, “beauty, truth, and knowledge” are lost when Catholic schools begin to weave the non-religious standards into lesson plans. “If Common Core standards are used across the board, then why send students to Catholic school?” Laird protested.  “Just send them to the public school, and have them take some Catholic–CCD–education.”