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Black Mass’ Canceled on Harvard Campus Amid Furor — But Satanists and Catholics Carry on With Big Plans of Their Own

May 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

May. 13, 2014 8:20am Billy Hallowell A student club at Harvard University dropped its sponsorship of a controversial satanic “black Mass” that was scheduled to take place inside a campus pub, as droves of Catholic protesters showed up to oppose the satanist event and to celebrate their faith at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club announced Monday that the event, which was set to be presided over by the Satanic Temple, a New York-based group, was not going to be being rescheduled. “Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told the Boston Globe of the decision to cancel the event. “And I don’t necessarily blame them,…Continue Reading

The Confounding and Curious Pontifications of Cardinal Kasper

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 10, 2014 Is the German prelate and theologian promoting a book on mercy or pushing a dubious agenda at the expense of fellow bishops? Carl E. Olson Cardinal Walter Kasper, noted German prelate and theologian, has been on a book tour in the States in support of his most recent work, Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press). I’m not sure how much interest he has generated regarding his book, but In the course of just a few days, he has managed the rather remarkable (which is not to say admirable) combined feat of slighting the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (a fellow Cardinal, Gerhard Müller), essentially dismissing the pastoral authority…Continue Reading

Hew To Canon Law When Closing Churches, Cardinal Burke Says

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 09, 2014 By George P. Matysek Jr.   Twitter: @ReviewMatysek When considering the suppression of parishes or the closing of church buildings, bishops should hew closely to canon law not simply because it’s a legal requirement of the church, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said, but because it helps foster unity. In a May 7 interview with the Catholic Review, the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest court, said following proper procedures helps ensure legitimate decisions. – See more at:


May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Consistory Hall Friday, 9 May 2014   Mr Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board. It is significant that today’s meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Popes John XXIII andJohn Paul II. The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numerous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New…Continue Reading

Black Mass Scheduled On Harvard Campus; Boston Archdiocese Protests

May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Catholic World News – May 08, 2014 A student group affiliated with Harvard University has announced plans to hold a “black mass.” The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement expressing “deep sadness and strong opposition” to the plan. The Cultural Studies Club at the Harvard Extension School will sponsor the black mass at an on-campus pub on May 12. In reparation, archdiocesan officials are organizing Eucharistic adoration at a nearby church at the same hour. The black mass will be staged by members of the Satanic Temple. An organizers of the event originally said that a consecrated host would be used for the parody of the Mass, but representatives of the Cultural Studies Club later said that an unconsecrated wafer…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade After Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

One decade after the U.S. Catholic bishops prohibited Catholic honors and honorary speaking platforms for public opponents of Catholic teaching at Catholic institutions, The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities that are hosting scandalous speakers and honorees at commencement ceremonies in 2014. That represents nearly 10 percent of America’s Catholic colleges and a sudden increase in the number of commencement scandals beyond the six reported by The Cardinal Newman Society last year.  The Society’s concerns peaked in 2006 with 24 Catholic colleges.

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 | | 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 ( – 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