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Pope names new ‘foreign minister,’ prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke given new position

November 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Mamberti replaces Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has served as prefect since 2008. Born in Morocco in 1952, Archbishop Mamberti was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ajaccio (France) in 1981. He earned degrees in civil and canon law and represented the Holy See as apostolic nuncio to Sudan (2002-06), apostolic delegate to Somalia (2002-04), and apostolic nuncio to Eritrea (2004-06). In 2006,

Cardinal Burke: Church Risks Serious Tensions in Months Ahead

November 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he is at the service of Pope Francis, has no personal animosity towards him, and those who claim the American cardinal is an opponent of the Pontiff are trying to discredit him. The head of the Vatican’s highest court also told Breitbart Tuesday the Catholic Church risks schism if bishops are seen to “go contrary” to the Church’s established and unchangeable dogmas in the months ahead. The Vatican prelate was speak

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke . . . “one of the saddest documents that I could imagine ever coming from the Church”

November 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

On November 4th Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke presented in Vienna the German edition of the book “Remaining in the Truth of Christ” that collects articles of five Cardinals. A video recording of the presentation will be published on tomorrow. The gathering was organised by “Una Voce Austria”. In his presentation Cardinal Burke explained, that the book is a response to the idea of Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has “argued in favour of a change in what has been the constant teaching and practise of the Church” concerning marriage. Kasper has – so Burke – asked for dialogue and the five cardinals answered by presenting credible studies.

New Bishop for Catholic Diocese of Boise To Be Installed December 2014

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Idaho’s Roman Catholic Community will have a new faith leader in December when the Rev. Peter F. Christensen of Superior, Wis., is installed as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. On Nov. 4, Pope Francis announced from the Vatican that he had accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Driscoll, who submitted his letter of resignation in August when he turned 75 years old. Driscoll was ordained as a bishop in 1990 and was appointed bishop of Boise in 1999. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the people and the Catholic Church of Idaho,” said Driscoll. “I am thrilled with the selection of Bishop Christensen as the next bishop of Boise. He is a man of…Continue Reading

Thank Cardinal Burke For His Vatican Service

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the strongest pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, has confirmed that the rumors are true: he will soon be moved from his position as the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura. For the past 6 years, Cardinal Burke has served in this role, heading up the highest court of the Catholic Church. He is now reportedly to be moved to the largely ceremonial position of patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Among Cardinal Burke’s many actions in defense of the truths of life and family has been his courageous stance in support of canon 915, which states that ministers of communion “must” refuse the Eucharist to public and “obstinate” sinners. The cardinal…Continue Reading

Controversial Priest To Speak at Minneapolis Parish

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

A south Minneapolis church plans to bring in controversial Irish Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery to speak on Wednesday, despite warnings from Archbishop John Nienstedt. And the church’s pastor is using the words of a powerful church leader to justify it: Pope Francis. Father Mike Tegeder, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, has been intent on bringing in Flannery, who is on a speaking tour of the country. But the Cabrini visit will be the only time he speaks on Catholic Church property. Flannery, author of several books on r

Catholic Studies Stands against Relativism, Pessimism, Fundamentalism

November 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

“The project of Catholic studies,” wrote John Georke in a National Catholic Register article, “finds itself as a prophet among lions.” Written in response to the 20 Years of Catholic Studies Conference held earlier this year at the University of Mary in Bismarck, N.D., Goerke’s article explains the nature and importance of Catholic studies. Georke referred to a conference presentation by Father Paul Murray of the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas which named relativism, pessimism, and fundamentalism as the modern-day “lions” against – See more at:

4 Roman Catholic Churches On Staten Island Slated To Close

November 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Four Roman Catholic parishes in this borough will cease to exist come next summer, as part of the reorganization plan that the Archdiocese of New York announced Sunday. Mergers of existing parishes will affect one-third of the 33 parishes on Staten Island. Here’s a look at the four churches — one in Rosebank, one in New Brighton, and two in Port Richmond — that will no longer be open for weekly mass and the sacraments, as of August 1, 2015. CHURCH OF ST. MARY, ROSEBANK The cornerstone for the

Cardinal says church under Pope Francis is a ‘rudderless ship’

October 31, 2014 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (RNS) American Cardinal Raymond Burke, the feisty former archbishop of St. Louis who has emerged as the face of the opposition to Pope Francis’ reformist agenda, likened the Roman Catholic Church to “a ship without a rudder” in a fresh attack on the pope’s leadership. In an interview with the Spanish Catholic weekly Vida Nueva, published Thursday (Oct. 30), Burke insisted he was not speaking out against the pope personally but raising concern about his leadership. “Many have expressed their concerns to me. At this very critical moment, there is a strong sense that the church is like a ship without a rudder,” Burke said.

Angola: Catholic Priest Refutes Criticism of Church Practices

October 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

Lubango — The Southern Huila province?s Lubango city emeritus archbishop, Zacarias Kamwenho, rejected as false the claim that Catholic Christians worship images. Speaking on Sunday in the Muxima Diocese, in Lubango, the archbishop explained that Catholic Christians worship God instead, but the images are revered to for what they value. Celebrating a pontifical mass that closed the third pilgrimage to the Muxima do Toco Sanctuary, some 35 kilometres of Lubango city, the prelate said that many say that the Catholics worship images which, he stressed, “is false.”