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True Mercy and the Indissolubility of Marriage

September 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

September 25, 2014 In his foreword to a new book, Cardinal George Pell argues that “one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the ‘remarried’ to receive Holy Communion.” Cardinal George Pell The following appears as the foreword to the book The Gospel of the Family: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper’s Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage, and Communion in the Church, which will be published by Ignatius Press next month. The book is co-authored by Juan José Pérez-Soba, a priest of the Diocese of Madrid and the director of international research in moral theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, and Stephan Ka

Professor Douglas Kries on Cupich

September 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

Well, this is interesting.  Professor Douglas Kries at Gonzaga University in Spokane gives his assessment of Bishop Blase Cupich, the Spokane Bishop tapped to head the Chicago Archdiocese: Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga, which was nothing short of an extraordinary success story until Cupich became bishop, fell quickly into desuetude after his arrival. Moreover, when Gonzaga University refused to continue club status for Gonzaga’s campus Knights of Columbus council, Cupich, it is widely whispered, told the remaining seminarians not to discuss the matter with the press. It has also been widely reported that Cupich did not want his diocesan priests involved with certain pro-life groups that he considered too strident. Cupich may not even know it, but at the time,…Continue Reading

GATES-FUNDED GROUP PUSHES COMMON CORE ON CATHOLIC SCHOOLS, TARGETS CARDINAL NEWMAN SOCIETY

September 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

A group funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been contacting Catholic school leaders, urging support for the Common Core standards and asking them to oppose the Cardinal Newman Society’s “Catholic Is Our Core” initiative. According to the Cardinal Newman Society, Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Washington, D.C.-based Council for a Strong America (CSA), unintentionally contacted a Newman Society leader to rally Catholic support for the Common Core standards. Pruzin, a former communications intern for then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sent an email on August 28th to Dr. Daniel

Will Catholic bishops annul Pope Francis’ marriage reform initiative?

September 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY ( RNS) Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church. The goal of the 11-member commission announced Saturday (Sept. 20), is to reform the process, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined.” The weekend announcement came as a bitter clash emerged among cardinals over the church’s approach to marriage, divorce and remarriage.

Spinning the Synod

September 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

Here are five misleading claims and skewed statements about the upcoming Synod of Bishops Carl E. Olson Here’s a word that hasn’t been used much in recent discussions about the approaching Battle of the Cardin—er, the Synod of Bishops, taking place October 5-19 in Rome: evangelization. Which is curious, since the official title, or theme, for the extraordinary general assembly is “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization”. To the contrary, it is safe to say that most people—Catholic and non-Catholic alike—think the Synod is going to be primarily about divorced Catholics, remarried Catholics, and the reception of Holy Communion by Catholics who currently live in “canonically irregular situations” (that is, are divorced and remarried).

Archbishop Coakley: Though City Leaders Do Not Take Seriously Threat of Inviting Evil Into Community, I Do

September 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2014 (Zenit.org) Here is an article from the Sooner Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, regarding the black mass scheduled at the city’s civic center for this Sunday. Archbishop Paul Coakley has used various tacticts over the last three months to protest the black Mass. He was successful in legal proceedings that asserted the consecrated Host to be used for the mass was stolen property and thus couldn’t be defamed or abused in any way. A representative for the satanic group returned the Host to a priest of the archdiocese after a judge ordered a stay. The archbishop has also gathered a worldwide community of prayer and reparation. On Sunday, a Mass and…Continue Reading

Report: Bishop Cupich of Spokane to succeed Cardinal George in Chicago

September 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

The AP broke the story, and local media is now confirming, that Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane will succeed Cardinal Francis George as archbishop of Chicago. The Archdiocese of Chicago is expected to make the official announcement tomorrow morning at a press conference. Cardinal George, who has served as archbishop of Chicago since 1997, recently began an experimental treatment for his third bout of cancer, and last spring asked the papal nuncio for the United States to begin the process of naming his successor. Bishop Cupich, 65, was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Omaha in 1975 and has served as bishop of Spokane, in Eastern

Sources confirm Cardinal Burke will be removed. But will he attend the Synod?

September 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

Sources in Rome have confirmed to LifeSiteNews that Cardinal Raymond Burke, the head of the Vatican’s highest court, known as the Apostolic Signatura, is to be removed from his post as head of the Vatican dicastery and given a non-curial assignment as patron of the Order of Malta. The timing of the move is key since Cardinal Burke is currently on the list to attend October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family. He is attending in his capacity as head of one of the dicasteries of the Roman Curia, so if he is removed prior to the Synod it could mean he would not be able to attend. Burke has been one of the key defenders in the lead-up to the…Continue Reading

Catholic Education Honor Roll Announced

September 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

Today, The Cardinal Newman Society released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence. Since 2004 the Honor Roll has celebrated quality Catholic education throughout the United States. Honor Roll schools receiving this designation are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics. This year seventy-one schools received the honor of being named as a School of Excellence, and an additional nine received the distinction of Honorable Mention. This is less than five percent of the Catholic high schools in the United States. – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3534/Catholic-Education-Honor-Roll-Announced.aspx#sthash.3BAZ6Hxe.dpuf

Hermeneutic of Continuity: Pope Benedict XVI’s 10 Step Guide to Vatican II

September 14, 2014 World News Comments Off
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In 2005 His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI gave a Christmas address to the Roman Curia that sparked a “Holy Revolution.” The good pontiff’s comments were received as “epoch-making” by many of those faithful to Sacred Tradition.1 At the heart of his address is the juxtaposition of the post-Vatican II Church. On one side is the hermeneutic of continuity that seeks to implement Vatican II in fidelity to Sacred Tradition, while on the other side there is the hermeneutic of discontinuity that proclaims a “new Catholicism” has risen divorced from any adherence to the “pre-Vatican II Church.” In 2013, His Holiness Pope Francis appeared to lend support to the hermeneutic of continuity. In a letter, the pope stated, “The best hermeneutics