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52 pro-life Leaders Worldwide Call On Bishops To Deny Communion To Pro-abortion Politicians

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           BY John-Henry Westen Sat May 03, 2014 09:46 EST VATICAN CITY, May 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City today, fifty-two pro-life leaders from sixteen nations called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy. The leaders signed a declaration noting that it is out of concern, and indeed love, for those same politicians that the pro-life leaders ask for this wake-up call to invite pro-abortion politicians back to authentic faith. Led by the organizers and sponsors of the 1st Rome Life Forum – LifeSiteNews.com, Human Life International, Family Life International New Zealand and the organizers of…Continue Reading

Young, Catholic And … Clueless?; N.O.W. It’s Finally Over!

May 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 2, 2014 By Matt C. Abbott Michael Voris’ April 30 edition of “The Vortex” is eye-opening, albeit depressing. He talks about a new book titled Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church, published by Oxford University Press. Says Voris: [The book] is a massively in-depth analysis of American Catholics aged 18-23, what it labels as ‘emerging Catholics,’ referring to them becoming adults… [T]hey examined a number of interviews with young Catholics for five years; here is what they found: 17 percent had become apostates, meaning [they] totally abandoned the Church, their Catholic identity, had joined no other religion, and were critical of the Church 12 percent they labeled as ‘switchers’ – thrown in…Continue Reading

Give Me the Pomp and Ceremony…

May 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 2, 2014 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker Leave a Comment The other day I took a funeral for Arthur– one of our WWII vets. He was a sweet, faithful and good Catholic gentleman and a decorated WWII pilot. At the graveside a couple of Marines were present in their dress uniforms for the flag ceremony. They stood tall with shoes shined and hat brims low. After the Catholic ceremony one soldier stood at attention while the other bugled “Taps”. Then he stepped forward, smart and correct. They took the flag and folded it into the famous triangle and handed it to the widow with the set formula of words. It was a powerful and moving ceremony. I thought afterwards how happy most people…Continue Reading

Atlanta Archbishop To Restrict Weapons In Catholic Institutions

May 3, 2014 World News Comments Off
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By Nichole Golden Catholic News Service ATLANTA (CNS) — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales. Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference. Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta Archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law “more than I can possibly express.” “Before this legislation takes effect in July, I will officially restrict the presence of weapons in our Catholic institutions except for those carried…Continue Reading

Detroit Catholic Hospital Gives Abortionists Admitting Privileges, Dispenses Abortifacient Drugs

May 1, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY KIRSTEN ANDERSEN Tue Apr 29, 2014 18:45 EST DETROIT, April 29, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A pro-life Catholic in Detroit says she is fed up after three years of pressing a Catholic-affiliated hospital to sever ties with four abortionists and stop offering sterilizations and abortion-causing drugs, to no avail. Now, she’s calling on Archbishop Allen Vigneron to use his moral authority to force Providence Park Hospital to adhere to Catholic standards when it comes to the dignity of human life – or else strip them of their Catholic affiliation. Providence Park Hospital, which is part of the St. John Providence Catholic health care system, allows four abortionists to maintain admitting privileges at their campus. They are: Moon Paik and Leon Hochman of Physicians Abortion…Continue Reading

EXCLUSIVE: Cardinal Arinze: Even Children Know Pro-abort Politicians Should Be Denied Communion

April 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY JOHN JALSEVAC Tue Apr 29, 2014 20:00 EST April 29, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The question of whether Catholic politicians who support abortion should receive or be denied Holy Communion has been a source of contentious debate amongst many bishops and theologians. But according to one of the Vatican’s most senior cardinals, the answer to the question is so simple that even schoolchildren intuitively know it. In an exclusive video interview with LifeSiteNews.com this week, Cardinal Francis Arinze observed that he is often asked about pro-abortion Catholic politicians and Holy Communion. “Do you really need a cardinal from the Vatican to answer that?” the cardinal said he tells his questioners. “Is that really a difficult question?” Instead, says Arinze, he suggests…Continue Reading

Thousands protest new contracts requiring Catholic school teachers to support Church teachings

April 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS Tue Apr 29, 2014 05:09     CINCINNATI, OH, April 29 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Tens of thousands of people, including hundreds of local parishioners, have protested new teacher contracts drawn up by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati that require teachers to live by and publicly affirm the Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexual relationships, abortion, premarital sex, and other core doctrines. Nationally, tens of thousands of people have signed petitions decrying the new contract stipulations. Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr Last Tuesday, several dozen parishioners protested the contracts, and about 1,000 parishioners have signed a petition demanding the diocese change the language of the contract. Most opposition to the contract concerns the language of the contract, which requires fidelity to Catholic doctrine. One petition at…Continue Reading

Benedict XVI: John Paul’s Courage Was A Sign Of His Holiness

April 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By CAROL GLATZ on Thursday, 24 April 2014 Blessed John Paul II’s deep spirituality and his courage to uphold the truth were clear signs of his sainthood, said his successor, Benedict XVI. “John Paul II never asked for applause, he never looked around, worried about how his decisions would be received. He acted according to his faith and his convictions, and he was also ready to take the blows,” the retired pope said in a book-length collection of interviews. Benedict’s comments are part of the book, Alongside John Paul II: Friends and Collaborators Tell Their Story, a compilation of 22 interviews conducted by Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch. The recently released book was initially available only in Italian and Spanish.

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