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Fewer Hispanics Are Catholic, So How Can More Catholics Be Hispanic?

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY CARY FUNK AND JESSICA MARTÍNEZLEAVE A COMMENT For more than 25 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has made a special effort to reach the Hispanic community, with programs and resources that flow from archbishops’ offices to local parishes. In many ways, that effort has paid off. In 1970, Archbishop Patrick Flores became the first U.S. Hispanic bishop. Today, there are 26 active Hispanic bishops (roughly 10% of all active bishops) and about 450 Hispanic seminarians at the graduate level of training for the priesthood (about 14% of all seminarians at that level), according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. But the degree to which the church has succeeded in keeping Latinos in the pews is less clear.

United Nations Calls Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings “Promoting Torture”

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/6/14 10:56 AM It’s no secret that pro-abortion NGOs and diplomats from some nations that legalize abortion don’t want The Vatican involved at the United Nations and have undertaken campaigns to revoke its UN status, in large part because of its pro-life views. Now that effort is taking the next step, as the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings are being labeled as supposedly “promoting torture,” never mind the torturous effects of abortion on women and unborn children. As the Washington Examiner reports: The United Nations is stepping up its attack on theCatholic Church‘s historic opposition toabortion, suggesting at a meeting Monday in Geneva that it amounts to “psychological torture” of women and should be…Continue Reading

Dad Arrested While Protesting Sexually Graphic Book Assigned To 14-year-old Daughter

May 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

GILFORD, NH, May 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The father of a Gilford High School student was arrested at a school board meeting on Monday night after objecting that the school had assigned his 14-year-old daughter to read a pornographic book without his knowledge or consent. William Baer, an attorney who moved to New Hampshire from New Jersey, registered his complaint about the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, which includes a graphic depiction of sex between two teenagers at the local school board meeting. William Baer being marched outside the meeting before his arrest. He asked the school board to read the offending passage, but members refused. He also wanted to ask members why the school’s ninth grade English teacher had the…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Officials Who Support Abortion Should Not Receive Communion

May 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

ROME (CNS) — Catholic politicians and judges who support laws in conflict with church teaching on abortion, euthanasia, marriage and related issues commit “sacrilege” and cause “grave scandal” if they receive Communion, said the U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican’s highest court. “The church’s discipline, from the time of St. Paul, has admonished those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin not to present themselves for Holy Communion,” Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature and a former archbishop of St. Louis, said May 3. The cardinal explained that the “discipline is not a punishment but the recognition of the objective condition of the soul of the person involved in such sin. It prevents…Continue Reading

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

May 4, 2014 World News Comments Off
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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