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Bishop Fellay Petitions Pope Francis

September 30, 2015 World News Comments Off on Bishop Fellay Petitions Pope Francis

A petition to Pope Francis: uphold marriage! The Superior General of the Society of St. Pius X has just published a petition to the Holy Father, Pope Francis, asking him to publicly defend the institution of holy matrimony. Bishop Fellay respectfully begins his petition to the Supreme Pontiff by stating that “[I]t is with great anxiety that we observe all around us a persistent degradation of marriage and the family, the origin and foundation of all human society.” The superior general observes that this “decay is rapidly accelerating” through civil actions which have “trampled underfoot” the “law of God” and even the “natural law”. Echoing the sentiments of faithful Catholics around the world, Bishop Fellay stressed to Pope Francis how…Continue Reading

Pope Assigns Some Homework to Catholic School Children

September 26, 2015 World News Comments Off on Pope Assigns Some Homework to Catholic School Children

Tells Immigrant Families That Everyone Has a Right to Dream New York City, September 25, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Kathleen Naab Pope Francis was visibly relaxed and joyful as he met with students, their families, immigrants and others in New York this afternoon, listening to the students present their projects that reflected his teachings, meeting a young boy from Argentina, getting a lesson on how to use a touchscreen, playing a little soccer with the Catholic Charities team, and even assigning some “homework.” The Holy Father spent time in a classroom of Our Lady Queen of Angels school in Harlem, as students from four Catholic schools of the area showed him class projects with themes ranging from care of the environment to…Continue Reading

Loved Ones of 9/11 Victims Say Faith Is What Gets Them Through

September 26, 2015 World News Comments Off on Loved Ones of 9/11 Victims Say Faith Is What Gets Them Through

At Ground Zero for Pope’s Visit, Mourners Take Solace in Francis’ Presence New York City, September 25, 2015 (ZENIT.org) Deborah Castellano Lubov When your heart is broken, how do you cope? According to many who lost their loved ones when the World Trade Center was attacked, it is their faith. ZENIT was at Ground Zero when Pope Francis visited this morning and had the chance to speak with relatives and friends of those killed in the attacks. Brendan Grady, who lost his brother Christopher, a trader for Cantor Fitzgerald, said it was an honor for Pope Francis to be at Ground Zero to remember him. “I feel like my brother’s grave site was blessed,” he said soberly. “Not everyone can…Continue Reading

Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of ‘Mafia’ Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

September 25, 2015 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Danneels Admits to Being Part of ‘Mafia’ Club Opposed to Benedict XVI

Further serious concerns are being raised about Cardinal Godfried Danneels, one of the papal delegates chosen to attend the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family, after the archbishop emeritus of Brussels confessed this week to being part of a radical “mafia” reformist group opposed to Benedict XVI. It was also revealed this week that he once wrote a letter to the Belgium government favoring same-sex “marriage” legislation because it ended discrimination against LGBT groups. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/cardinal-danneels-part-of-mafia-club-opposed-to-benedict-xvi/#ixzz3mlMI2mXn

Pope declares Junipero Serra a Saint

September 24, 2015 World News Comments Off on Pope declares Junipero Serra a Saint

(Vatican Radio) Celebrating his first Mass in the United States on Wednesday, Pope Francis declared a new saint of the United States. Fr. Junipero Serra, a Spanish Franciscan priest known for starting nine missions in the 18th century in what is today the US state of California, was raised to the glory of the altars during a solemn open-air Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in the US capital, Washington. Several cardinals and bishops, all in white vestments, joined him at the altar on a state erected specially for the canonization, while many more sat in front of the altar. The Pope who is in the US, following his visit to Cuba Sept. 19-22,…Continue Reading

Catholic Divorce – Canonical critiques of annulment reform are piling up: Will the Vatican, the bishops, and the Francis “Amen corner” listen?

September 22, 2015 World News Comments Off on Catholic Divorce – Canonical critiques of annulment reform are piling up: Will the Vatican, the bishops, and the Francis “Amen corner” listen?

Something is definitely in the air: Prominent canonists initially lauding the marriage nullity reforms, then backtracking, then public coming out strongly against these, and very real talk of discontent among a significant number of canon lawyers and prelates. And we’re not talking about traditionalists here! The Pope’s arbitrary and highly problematic reforms of the process for declaring marriage nullity, worked out with no widespread consultations and in relative secrecy and published on September 8 through the motu proprio Mitis Iudex, is fast turning into an unprecedented crisis of authority for his rule. The crisis of authority is real and no amount of denial and snubbing by the Catholic media establishment and by “respectable” Catholic bloggers can hide it. In the…Continue Reading

Catholic Leaders Denounce White House for Inviting Pro-Abortion, Gay Rights Activists to Pope’s Reception

September 19, 2015 World News Comments Off on Catholic Leaders Denounce White House for Inviting Pro-Abortion, Gay Rights Activists to Pope’s Reception

CNSNews.com) — Prominent Catholic leaders are denouncing the White House for inviting pro-abortion and gay rights activists to a reception honoring Pope Francis during the pontiff’s visit to Washington next week. The Wall Street Journal reported that “the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia.” “It is a disgrace,” Princeton Professor Robert George told CNSNews.com. “Barack Obama is a president who would not even raise the case of imprisoned Saudi dissident Raif Badawi when visiting Saudi Arabian King Salman, lest the king’s religious sensibilities be offended.…Continue Reading

US House votes to defund Planned Parenthood in wake of baby parts scandal

September 18, 2015 World News Comments Off on US House votes to defund Planned Parenthood in wake of baby parts scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 18, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. House of Representatives voted today to defund Planned Parenthood while legislators continue their investigation of allegations that the abortion giant is profiting from the sale of fetal body parts. The bill would take the $235 million of savings and invest it into Federally Qualified Health Centers. With three Republicans and two Democrats crossing the aisle, the final vote for H.R. 3134, the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015,” was 241-187. The bill would defund Planned Parenthood while Congress investigates whether it has violated federal fetal harvesting laws, as well as partial-birth abortion and abortion modification laws. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-TN, said in a statement that the vote was “about continuing the…Continue Reading

Vatican Disputes White House Guest List for Papal Visit

September 18, 2015 World News Comments Off on Vatican Disputes White House Guest List for Papal Visit

Retired Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson, who is gay, was invited to a White House welcoming event for the pope. Photo: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters By Francis X. Rocca Sept. 17, 2015 7:45 p.m. ET  On the eve of Pope Francis’s arrival in the U.S., the Vatican has taken offense at the Obama administration’s decision to invite to the pope’s welcome ceremony transgender activists, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop and an activist nun who leads a group criticized by the Vatican for its silence on abortion and euthanasia. When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. on Sept. 22, he will be the fourth pope to set foot on American soil and the first to meet with President Obama. What have previous popes…Continue Reading

How a Catholic Cardinal Is Responding to the Assault on Marriage and Family

September 17, 2015 World News Comments Off on How a Catholic Cardinal Is Responding to the Assault on Marriage and Family

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio—Pope Francis’s visit to the United States next week will coincide with a meeting of Catholics from all over the world to discuss some of the most pertinent issues facing the church. For a society that’s become increasingly secularized, the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia will be an opportunity for bishops to discuss a number of issues. Students at Franciscan University of Steubenville got a preview earlier this month from Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke. (This story originally—and incorrectly—referred to the meeting as a synod.) The meeting will cover issues such as broken families and divorced and remarried couples, the transmission of life in regards to declining birthrates, and pastoral care for those with same-sex attraction. Burke used…Continue Reading