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Vatican says bishop’s dismissal not the result of sex abuse

September 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops. Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of “ideological persecution” because of his opposition to liberation theology. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, was told to step down as head of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este

Padre Pio Was The Opposite Of A Fan-hugging, Autograph-signing Celebrity

September 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

Brusque to the point of being rude’, the Italian saint was only interested in one personality – the Son of God By FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH on Friday, 26 September 2014 There is a somewhat strange passage of scripture which by its very oddness marks it out as the ipsissima verba of Our Blessed Lord. It is not the sort of thing anyone would have made up and attributed to Him, simply because it is so strange. I mean Matthew 11:7-11:

Music Director Hasn’t Resigned Despite Archbishop’s Request

September 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) – On Sept. 12, Jamie Manzi-Moore was asked by Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign from the church where he has served as music director for more than 17 years — but he hasn’t done it yet. On Tuesday, Manzi-Moore told Fox 9 News that shortly after he was hired in 1998, he told the rest of his fellow parishioners he is gay — but he claims it was never been an obstacle for his employer until he tied the knot. Initially, he said he had no intention to fight the ouster in court; however, Fox 9 News has since confirmed that his formal resignation has not been tendered and Manzi-Moore is now consulting with a high-prof

“The Teachings Of The Church Must Be Upheld.”

September 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

Minnesota Archbishop Backs Removing Gay Liturgist Who Married Partner LifeSiteNews reported Thursday that Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis backed the removal of parish liturgist Jamie Moore after “marrying” his partner on September 20 in strict violation of the Catholic Church’s teaching. Whether or not Archbishop Nienstedt issued the direct order to remove the now former Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Victoria Parish remains a gray area. While the parish maintains the order came from Nienstedt, saying his “beloved” employee will be “sorely missed,” Nienstedt states he offered only his counsel on the situation. Nevertheless, Jamie Moore will not continue his employment with St. Victoria Parish as it violates the Code of Conduct that all church employees must abide…Continue Reading

State Medical Board Lets Clinic Get Away With Killing Woman in Botched Abortion

September 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

The State Medical Board of Ohio has stunned pro-life supporters by dropping all complaints related to the death of abortion patient Lakisha Wilson. Those who filed complaints seeking an investigation into Wilson’s death at Preterm, a Cleveland abortion facility, have received form letters in the past week stating, “After a thorough review of the allegations, your complaint has been closed.” “That’s just not good enough,” said Troy Newman, President of Operation Rescue. “A healthy woman walked into that abortion facility and was wheeled out dead. Someone needs to be held accountable for that so it doesn’t happen to someone else.”

Former Crystal Cathedral Undergoing Catholic Makeover

September 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

(CNA/EWTN News) – “Through this innovative design process an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the Word of God proclaimed and a place for personal prayer and devotion,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said Sept. 24. “It will be a holy place, where God dwells among us.” The Diocese of Orange purchased the Crystal Cathedral in February of 2012 from the Protestant community which founded it. The building and its campus was sold after the community filed for bankruptcy in October 2010 when some of its creditors sued for payment.

True Mercy and the Indissolubility of Marriage

September 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

September 25, 2014 In his foreword to a new book, Cardinal George Pell argues that “one cannot maintain the indissolubility of marriage by allowing the ‘remarried’ to receive Holy Communion.” Cardinal George Pell The following appears as the foreword to the book The Gospel of the Family: Going Beyond Cardinal Kasper’s Proposal in the Debate on Marriage, Civil Re-Marriage, and Communion in the Church, which will be published by Ignatius Press next month. The book is co-authored by Juan José Pérez-Soba, a priest of the Diocese of Madrid and the director of international research in moral theology at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Rome, and Stephan Ka

Professor Douglas Kries on Cupich

September 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

Well, this is interesting.  Professor Douglas Kries at Gonzaga University in Spokane gives his assessment of Bishop Blase Cupich, the Spokane Bishop tapped to head the Chicago Archdiocese: Bishop White Seminary at Gonzaga, which was nothing short of an extraordinary success story until Cupich became bishop, fell quickly into desuetude after his arrival. Moreover, when Gonzaga University refused to continue club status for Gonzaga’s campus Knights of Columbus council, Cupich, it is widely whispered, told the remaining seminarians not to discuss the matter with the press. It has also been widely reported that Cupich did not want his diocesan priests involved with certain pro-life groups that he considered too strident. Cupich may not even know it, but at the time,…Continue Reading


September 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

A group funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has been contacting Catholic school leaders, urging support for the Common Core standards and asking them to oppose the Cardinal Newman Society’s “Catholic Is Our Core” initiative. According to the Cardinal Newman Society, Sara Pruzin, a state operations associate for the Washington, D.C.-based Council for a Strong America (CSA), unintentionally contacted a Newman Society leader to rally Catholic support for the Common Core standards. Pruzin, a former communications intern for then-U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, sent an email on August 28th to Dr. Daniel

Will Catholic bishops annul Pope Francis’ marriage reform initiative?

September 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY ( RNS) Pope Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church. The goal of the 11-member commission announced Saturday (Sept. 20), is to reform the process, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined.” The weekend announcement came as a bitter clash emerged among cardinals over the church’s approach to marriage, divorce and remarriage.