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St. Joan of Arc: A Guide for Every Age

May 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 29, 2014 Christopher Check Mark Twain, who considered his biography of Saint Joan of Arc, whose feast we celebrate Friday, to be his best work. He called the Maid of Orleans “easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” The story of St. Joan is well known by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but we may be surprised to learn just how well it is known: There may be no medieval figure whose life is better documented than that of Saint Joan of Arc. The story of her life and of her liberation of France from the English had survived for centuries as a kind of French national myth, but it was, in fact,…Continue Reading

Marriage And Witness: What’s Going On At Notre Dame?

May 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY MICHAEL BRADLEY Wed May 28, 2014 09:39 EST May 28, 2014 (Public Discourse) – In October of last year, Iwrote here at Public Discourse about the University of Notre Dame’s unfortunate decision to participate in National Coming Out Day. I noted that, by encouraging celebration of identities rooted in proclivities toward acts that violate the truth of marriage, Notre Dame was failing in its pastoral duties to guide its students in love and in truth. These duties are rooted in its institutional vocation as a Catholic university, as articulated by the school’s Mission Statement. Several events on campus this spring have confirmed and deepened my belief that Notre Dame is failing to fulfill its pastoral duty to bear witness to the truth.

Pope: Unemployment And Migration Deserve Greater Solidarity And Cooperation

May 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – At a time of economic crisis, when “Unemployment is tragically expanding the frontiers of poverty,” and a large number of people are forced to emigrate, placing themselves at risk of human trafficking, we must “reinforce existing forms of cooperation, [. . .] establish new avenues for expanding solidarity,” and promote “the dignity of the human person,” says the pope in a message to Guy Ryder, director general of International Labour Organization (ILO), on the occasion of its 103rd session.

Professor Undermines Archdiocese’s Effort to Protect Schools’ Catholic Identity

May 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 27, 2014, at 10:30 AM  |  By Matthew Archbold  | In an opinion piece that appeared recently in the Huffington Post, law professor Charles Reid, Jr., opposes an effort by the Archdiocese of Cincinnati to protect the Catholic identity of its schools, even while he teaches at a Catholic university. Reid, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota, complains that Cincinnati’s new Catholic school teachers contract—which prohibits teachers from taking part in conduct contrary to Catholic teaching—is “tragic” and nothing short of the “self-destruction of Catholic schools.” But as archdiocese spokesman Dan Andriacco said earlier this year, the new contract is nothing new. “There aren’t any new expectations of our teachers in the 2014-2015 contract,” he reportedly said. “The…Continue Reading

Kalamazoo bishop warns Catholics not to participate in ‘Womenpriest’ ordination ceremony

May 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

KALAMAZOO, MI — Bishop Paul Bradley of the Catholic Diocese of Kalamazoois warning Catholics not to participate in a ceremony Saturday in which a Three Oaks woman will be ordained by the group Roman Catholic Womenpriests. Bishop Paul J. Bradley of the Diocese of Kalamazoo.MLive file photo The May 31 ceremony for Lillian Lewis, 75, will be held at First Congregational Church in Three Oaks. The ceremony will be conducted by Joan Houk, a Womenpriests bishop. In a two-page letter inserted in the weekly newsletter distributed at Catholic Masses over the weekend, Bradley strongly criticized the upcoming event as one that will “undermine the unity of the Church.” (Click here for a pdf of Bradley’s letter.) “With great sadness, I share with…Continue Reading

Catholic Hospital Enables Last Abortion Facility in South Texas to Remain Open

May 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 24, 2014 By: Jason Storms CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – Controversy is brewing in Texas over a Catholic-run hospital that is accused of enabling the last remaining abortion facility in South Texas to remain open. Under a recent Texas law that took affect in November, those who perform abortions are required to obtain admitting privileges at a local hospital within a 30-mile radius. However, Christus Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi has reportedly already been granting admitting privileges to abortionist Eduardo Aquino for decades, enabling his Coastal Birth Control Cent

Republicans Can’t Avoid Abortion In 2014 Elections: Gallup

May 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Ben Johnson Thu May 22, 2014 14:11 EST WASHINGTON, D.C., May 22, 2014 ( – The Republican establishment may boast that it beat back some Tea Party challengers in this week’s primaries, but GOP candidates cannot hope to retake the Senate if they ignore the issue of abortion, a new Gallup poll indicates. One-quarter of Republican voters say a candidate must protect life to earn their vote, the polling company found.

Priests In Libya Say Catholics Are Living In Fear

May 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

By JONATHAN LUXMOORE CNS on Friday, 23 May 2014 Catholics in Libya are “living in fear” as conflict escalates between Islamist militias and followers of a rebel general, priests in Tripoli and Benghazi have said. “People have been warned not to leave home because of possible attacks, so far fewer are attending church now,” said Franciscan Fr Allan Arcebuche, vicar general of Tripoli’s apostolic vicariate. “The Catholic Church doesn’t encourage a visible security presence by the police or military at its Masses, since this could provoke militant groups. But we’re having to be cautious at our services and in our movements,” he told the American Catholic News Service. New parliamentary elections were announced for June 25 in a bid to avoid civil…Continue Reading

Sudanese Christian Preparing to Die for Her Faith

May 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

Written by  Michael Matt | Editor, The Remnant Dear Mr. Matt, I was wondering if you have heard the story about the 27 year old Christian woman in Sudan being persecuted for being a Christian? Her husband has dual citizenship and lives in New Hampshire and is fighting to save his wife’s life. She is in prison 8 months pregnant, along with her 18 month old baby boy. As soon as she has this baby she is sentenced to 100 lashes and hanging. My hope is that since her husband is an American, something can be done.  

Catholics In Public Life Must Adhere To Catholic Teachings, Says Prendegast

May 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

By  Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News May 20, 2014 OTTAWA – Catholics in public life must take positions coherent with the Catholic faith, says Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, and that includes not only what they believe but how they vote. If Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is setting limits as to who can belong to his party, the Catholic Church also sets limits on who belongs to the Church, Prendergast said. The Catholic Church “expects adherence” to her teachings, because she believes they are “the teachings of Christ,” he said. “The teachings of Christ are not just for me; they are for the good of everyone.” “Respect for life of the innocent child in the womb and also of the person…Continue Reading