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Federal Judge Imposes First Same-sex ‘Marriage’ In One Of Mexico’s Most Conservative States

March 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Sofia Vazquez-Mellado Fri Mar 21, 2014 17:30 EST MEXICO CITY, March 21, 2014  (LifeSiteNews.com) – Last Tuesday, two women became the first homosexual couple to get “married” in the city of León, in Guanajuanto, one of Mexico’s most conservative states and in which same-sex “marriage” is illegal. The “marriage” followed a lawsuit filed by the two lesbians when they were denied a marriage license in September last year.  After suing the state in federal court they were granted an injunction forcing the state to “marry” them. The lawsuit was based on the Mexican Constitution’s first article, which prohibits discrimination for “sexual orientation.” However, in addition to being illegal in Guanajuato, article 156 of the Federal Civil Code lists “incurable…Continue Reading

English Bishop Says Uncharitable Use Of Social Media A ‘Grave Matter’

March 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Simon Caldwell Catholic News Service MANCHESTER, England (CNS) — An English bishop asked Catholics to use Lent as a time to repent of sins committed on social media. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth described the uncharitable use of blogs, Facebook and Twitter as a “grave matter.” Using social media for abuse or to attack the reputations of other people was a direct sin against the Eighth Commandment, forbidding people from “bearing false witness” against their neighbors, he said in a pastoral letter released March 19.

Cardinal Burke On Faith, The Right To Life, And The Family: English Exclusive

March 20, 2014 World News Comments Off
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by Izabella Parowicz Thu Mar 20, 2014 14:02 EST Editor’s note: The following interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura, by Izabella Parowicz was conducted in English January 7, 2014 and originally published in Polish by Polonia Christiana magazine (http://www.pismo.poloniachristiana.pl). It is republished exclusively here in English with permission. 1. Your Eminence, is it at all possible to be partially Catholic? Frequently we hear statements like: “I am Catholic but…” To what extent are Catholics allowed to compromise when it comes to defending human life, marriage and family?  The notion of “partial Catholicism” is a contradiction in terms, which reflects the current cultural tendency to individualism and relativism, in other words, the tendency to accommodate any reality,…Continue Reading

For Lent and Easter Catholic Cardinals, Archbishops and Bishops Recommend ‘Son of God’ Movie

March 20, 2014 World News Comments Off
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LOS ANGELES, March 19, 2014 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic cardinals and archbishops across the country are recommending that Catholics use the hit movie about Jesus’ life called SON OF GOD and its free Catholic catechetical companion study guide and video series as tools for reflection during the Lenten Season in preparation for Holy Week and Easter Sunday. “Personally, I would recommend to individuals, but particularly to families, this wonderful story of the Son of God, in order to be inspired all over again with the story of God’s love for us,” said Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Archbishop of Washington DC, an early supporter of SON OF GOD.

Pope May Give Opening Lecture Of Italian Bishops’ Assembly

March 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Mar 19, 2014 / 01:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis will likely be giving the inaugural lecture of the annual general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference scheduled for May 19-23, according to Italian publication “Il Fatto Quotidiano.” Customarily, the president of the conference delivers the opening address, after having agreed with the Pope on its main topics, in an audience that takes place the Saturday before the beginning of the assembly. The Pope, as Bishop of Rome and Primate of Italy, is usually invited to make an intervention during the assembly. Two sources confirmed to CNA March 17 that Pope Francis may well have decided to give the opening address himself. The decision could be attributed to…Continue Reading

Synod 2014 On Marriage: Lots Of Smoke, But Hardly Any Mirrors

March 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Dr. Jeff Mirus  March 17, 2014 4:16 PM In my last Insights message, I prophesied that the media furor over divorce, remarriage, and the sacraments in the Catholic Church would not result, at the 2014 Extraordinary Synod and thereafter, in the same sort of breakdown in Catholic discipline that followed Vatican II (closing in 1965) and Humanae Vitae (promulgated in 1968). One reason I gave is that it is not the 1960s any more. This was shorthand for saying that the world and the Church are no longer teetering over the same precipice. The world has already fallen over, and the Church—in the light of Christ—is slowly mapping out a safer and surer path. People in the world are no…Continue Reading

Leftist Nuns’ Group Opposes Challenges To HHS Mandate

March 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

CWN – March 17, 2014 The National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN), a Detroit-based group that claims to represent several hundred women religious, has criticized Catholic organizations that are opposing the implementation of the contraceptive mandate in President Obama’s health-care program. Sister Donna Quinn, the leader of NCAN, said that legal challenges to the mandate brought by groups like the Little Sisters of the Poor would create a situation in which “a woman can be held hostage by the owner of a business,” because she would not have access to contraceptives subsidized by her health-care plan. Quinn—whose advocacy for feminist causes has driven her to act as an escort at an abortion clinic—said: “It isn’t ‘faith and freedom’ when reproductive…Continue Reading

Revelation: Pope Benedict wrote 4-page critique of Pope Francis’ Jesuit magazine interview

March 19, 2014 World News Comments Off

by John-Henry WestenTue Mar 18, 2014 17:17 EST VATICAN CITY, March 18, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking on German television station ZDF last week, Archbishop Georg Gänswein, secretary to both Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, revealed that the former pope had penned a four-page critique of Pope Francis’ controversial interview with the Jesuit magazine, at Pope Francis’ personal request. Gänswein told ZDF (the relevant section begins at 7 minutes) that he was sent on an errand by Pope Francis, to give a copy of the interview with the Jesuit magazine to Pope Benedict along with a blank sheet of paper on which Benedict was to give a critique. Three days later, recounted the archbishop, Pope Benedict had completed his…Continue Reading

Australian Bishops Say They Would Welcome Return Of Meatless Fridays

March 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Matthew Biddle on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 In This Article Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archdiocese of Perth, Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett, Bishop Michael Kennedy, Bishop Peter Elliott, Bishop Terence Drainey, Bishops of England and Wales, Code of Canon Law, Friday Abstinence, meatless Fridays, Pope Paul VIShare More Sharing ServicesShare | Share on facebook Share on myspace Share on google Share on twitter Related Posts Morning Catholic must-reads: 18/03/14 US Catholics free to eat alligator this Lent Pope Francis, please write a new encyclical on contraception There’s no need to change Church teaching on contraception, says Pope Francis in new interview Morning Catholic must-reads: 26/02/14 Zemanta Fish and chips: a popular option for Catholics on meatless Fridays (PA) Several Australian bishops said…Continue Reading

Shanghai’s Bishop, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, SJ, Dies

March 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

The CWR Blog The leader of the unsanctioned Catholic Church in China had joined the Jesuits in 1938. March 18, 2014 12:56 EST By Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.After two decades of government imposed house arrest, Shanghai’s Vatican approved bishop, Joseph Fan Zhongliang, SJ, has died. Few Catholics outside of China knew that Bishop Fan was Shanghai’s  ordinary, and even fewer in China knew this fact. The recently deceased  Bishop Aloysius Jin Luxian, SJ, was actually the auxiliary bishop to  Bishop Fan (see “The Death of China’s Most Famous & Powerful Bishop” [April 30, 2013]), and Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, also an auxiliary, is  still under house arrest for his refusal to remain affiliated with the  Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Bishop…Continue Reading