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It’s hard to engage in interfaith dialogue when your head has been cut off.

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

  By Benedict Kiely In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a “clear light” are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at Belloc’s funeral Mass in 1953. “By derivation,” Knox explained, a prophet “is one who speaks out.” Belloc, the first truly revisionist historian, made it his life’s work to speak out. He warned of the rise of Islam throughout the early years of the 20th century and then between the two world wars, when such prophecy seemed absurd. In 2006 another great prophet, Pope Benedict XVI — James Schall, S.J., calls him “the clearest and most incisive mind in the public…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response To Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

August 22, 2014 Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’ Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom More thorough study and detailed comments to come WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing an additional set of interim final rules to implement its requirement that health plans, including employer-sponsored plans, provide for sterilization, contraception, and drugs that can cause an abortion. In response, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provided the following statement: “The Administration is once again revising its regulations on the HHS mandate. We will study the regulations carefully and will provide more detailed comments at…Continue Reading

Obama Tweaks the Birth Control Mandate—and the Right Is Still Angry

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Jonathan Cohn @citizencohn The controversy over Obamacare’s contraception mandate is back in the news. And it’s the same old story as before. Religious conservatives who run businesses and provide health insurance to employees don’t want those policies to cover all forms of birth control—no matter how hard the government tries to insulate the employers from actually paying for the contraception. The latest development is a new regulation, which the Administration released on Friday. It’s designed to comply with directives that the Supreme Court handed down early this summer, in the Hobby Lobby andWheaton College cases. You can read the full details in accounts by the Wall Street Journal‘s Louise Radnofsky, who broke the story, and MSNBC’s Irin 

The “Closure Crisis” Within The Church.

August 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

(RNS) What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question Nicole Stelle Garnett and Margaret F. Brinig, two Notre Dame law professors, pondered as they studied closures in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. There were 7,000 Catholic schools in the U.S. in 2010, down from 13,000 in 1960, according to the National Catholic Education Association. The decline, rooted in the migration of parishioners to the suburbs and the secularization of Catholic culture, has been dubbed the “closure crisis” within the church.

Satanists Return Stolen Host to Archbishop Coakley

August 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

The organizer of a Sept. 21 black mass surrendered the consecrated Host, one day after the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit for its recovery. by CNA/EWTN NEWS 08/21/2014 OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s archbishop voiced relief that Satanists organizing a “black mass” in the city returned a stolen host that was to be desecrated, but restated his concern that the event should happen at all. The host was given to a priest Aug. 21 by an attorney representing Adam Daniels, who organized the black mass. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley…Continue Reading

Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

August 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

August 20, 2014 08:45 EST By Catherine Harmon The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in 2011: I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. 
I said 10 Hail Marys between each…Continue Reading

Black Mass Organizers Face Lawsuit Over Stolen Host

August 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 20, 2014 / 11:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Organizers of a satanic black mass slated to take place in Oklahoma City next month face a lawsuit on grounds that the consecrated Host used for the sacrilegious event is stolen. “We are honored to represent Archbishop Coakley in this fight against the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament,” attorney Michael W. Caspino told The National Catholic Register. “The archbishop should be lauded for his courageous stance against the enemies of the Church.” “Our legal theory is very simple,” he continued, “a Consecrated Eucharist belongs to the Church.” “The Church has exercised dominion and control over the Eucharist for 2000 years. The Satanists procured the Consecrated Host by illicit means,…Continue Reading

Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Have Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in the West Will Also Become Victims of Muslims’

August 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

At our pro-Israel rally on Sunday, leaders from across the world warned the crowd of the impending threat of Islam to America. One million Christians have been killed or have had to flee Iraq because of persecution by jihadists. But the world convulses over Israel defending herself from ISIS, aka Hamas in Gaza. Archbishop of Mosul: ‘I Have Lost My Diocese to Islam; You in the West Will Also Become Victims of Muslims’, Breitbart, August 18, 2014 The exiled Chaldean Catholic archbishop of Mosul, Iraq, is warning westerners about welcoming an increasing number of Muslims into their countries, naively believing that they too believe in democratic principles. “Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians,…Continue Reading

Pope Francis profoundly saddened by death of three relatives in traffic accident

August 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

(Vatican Radio)  Pope Francis has learnt of the tragic death of three of his relatives in a traffic accident in Argentina and is “profoundly saddened.”  The Director of the Holy See’s Press Office, Father Federico Lombardi said the Pope had received news of the tragic accident and asks that “all those who share in his grief join with him in prayer.”  The victims were  the wife of the Pope’s nephew and her two young children aged 2 years and eight months.  His nephew, Emanuel Horacio Bergoglio, was seriously injured in the accident.

The present, future, and quality of Catholic online education

August 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

An interview with Patrick Carmack, President of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program, about Catholic online education, technology, and Great Books August 15, 2014 07:48 EST Patrick S. J. Carmack, J.D. is the President of the Ignatius-Angelicum Liberal Studies Program, and the founder of the Angelicum Academy Homeschool Program and of the Great Books Academy Homeschool Program (2000 AD). In addition to earning his Juris Doctorate, Patrick has completed additional courses in psychology and philosophy, as well as studies at the Institute of Spirituality at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the “Angelicum”). He is a former Judge at the Oklahoma State Corporation Commission, member of the U.S. Supreme Court Bar, former CEO of an independent petroleum exploration and production company, founder and former…Continue Reading