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Founder: Catholic Studies programs help colleges fulfill call to faithfulness

September 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

St. Paul, Minn., Sep 8, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- University-level Catholic Studies programs are an essential response to the increasingly fragmented college experience, said the man who founded the first such program 20 years ago. “At the heart of Catholic Studies has been the encounter not merely with a set of texts, but with living Catholic minds who share in that gaudium de veritate, that joy in the truth at the heart of the life of a university, properly understood,” Dr. Don Briel told participants at a recent conference on Catholic education. The Twenty Years of Catholic Studies conference was held Aug. 29-31 in honor of Dr. Briel, who founded and spent 20 years directing the Center for Catholic…Continue Reading

A ‘dereliction of duty’? Catholics react to Cardinal Dolan’s role in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

September 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s decision to act as grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade despite its decision to allow an openly homosexual organization to participate has drawn strong criticism from Catholic writers and outrage from many laity. The parade announced that an LGBT organization of NBC employees, which calls itself OUT@NBCUniversal, will openly march behind a banner, marking the first time homosexuals have marched as a separate organization in the religious event intended to celebrate a beloved saint. Cardinal Dolan said the organizers had his “confidence and support” in making the change, which his predecessors had resisted for more than two de

Notre Dame Caves

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off
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The following comes from an Aug. 30 email from the Sycamore Trust, “alumni protecting Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.” Notre Dame is complying with the abortifacient/contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with free abortifacients and contraceptives.  Moreover, the university will itself enroll all otherwise uninsured graduate and foreign students in the plan.  Notre Dame has declared in court that to do what it is doing now would be scandalous.  And it is doing this voluntarily. It could have dropped the program or switched to a self-insured program free of the mandate.

Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off
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Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been used frequently to suggest a change in Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality. Host Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action Insight questioned Cardinal Burke about instances where people must make judgments in light of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” phrase.

You’ve Been Dolanized!

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City has finally thrown in the towel and agreed to let gay Irish groups march. The announcement was made yesterday. In response, Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington posted on that archdiocese’s website a short commentary saying that it’s time for the Church to withdraw support for events like this. Excerpt:

Gays to march in NYC Parade, with Cardinal Dolan as 2015 Grand Marshal

September 4, 2014 World News Comments Off
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A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice. On Wednesday, September 3, at a reception at the New York Athletic Club, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be named as the grand marshal of the 254th St. Patrick’s Day parade, set to step off on Tuesday, March 17. In a historic move aimed at defusing the storm that erupted this year over the exclusion of gay banners in the march, the addition of a banner identifying gay NBC staffers is a compromise forged at the insistence of several New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members, including…Continue Reading

Planned Parenthood promoting ‘prayer vigil’ for abortion-on-demand at Ohio capitol

September 2, 2014 World News Comments Off

To mark the end of a “week of action” by liberal activists in Ohio, Planned Parenthood is asking its supporters to participate in a prayer vigil and rally on the steps of the state capitol Thursday afternoon. “Ohio faith leaders will culminate a week of prayer on issues that affect all Ohioans on Thursday,” the abortion group wrote on their invitation to the event. “Join Planned Parenthood supporters and faith leaders from across Ohio at a Statehouse prayer rally.” The “week of action” was spurred on by the Rev. William Barber, a self-described “progressive” preacher from North Carolina who uses his faith to justify support for abortion-on-demand, ObamaCare, same-sex “marriage” and other liberal causes via his “Moral Mondays” campaign – a lobbying…Continue Reading

Pope: When we become worldly, we lose Christian flavor

September 1, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Aug 31, 2014 / 09:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians must avoid the temptation to conform to the world, Pope Francis cautioned Aug. 31, stressing that they should instead allow their faith to transform the world around them. “Christians live in the world, fully integrated into the social and cultural reality of our time, and rightly so,” the Pope said in his reflection at the Sunday Angelus. However, “this carries with it the risk that we might become ‘worldly’, that ‘the salt might lose its flavor’,” as the Gospel of Matthew warns. Pope Francis spoke to those gathered in the Vatican’s St. Peter’s Square at noon. As he does each week, the Holy Father offered a reflection on the…Continue Reading

Catholics, Keep Away, Lest You Hear What You Ought Not

August 31, 2014 World News Comments Off

The former president of Ireland Mary McAleese will deliver the Rosemary Goldie Lecture at Sydney Town Hall on Sunday week but local Catholics, it seems, are being discouraged from attending. The Catholic Weekly newspaper refused to take advertisements for the lecture which honours an Australian Catholic theologian who became the first woman to serve in an executive role in the Roman Curia. Professor McAleese had criticised the former Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Cardinal George Pell for his “boy’s club” appointme  

“Adopt a Christian from Mosul” to respond directly to Iraq’s emergency

August 31, 2014 World News Comments Off

AsiaNews is launching a fundraiser to support Christians targeted by the Islamic State, thus responding to a request by the Patriarch of Baghdad and Pope Francis’s urgent appeal “to guarantee all necessary assistance – especially the most urgently needed aid – to the great multitude of people who have been driven from their homes, whose fate depends entirely on the solidarity of others.” More than 100,000 people have been forced to flee their homes leaving everything behind and now have nothing to live on. To help them, five euros a day are enough. The funds raised will be sent to the Patriarchate of Baghdad, which will distribute them according to the needs of each family.