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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

Catholic Group Calls for Guinness Boycott

March 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY COLIN CAMPBELL 3/17 11:57AM A decision by Guinness and other major beer companies todrop their sponsorship of today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because of its organizer’s stance on LGBT participation, has earned the ire of the Catholic League, which is now calling for a boycott of the brands. “I have had my last Guinness and Sam Adams. Heineken was always slop, so there is no sacrifice there. I urge Catholics, and all those who believe in tolerance, diversity, and the First Amendment, to join with me in boycotting these brews,” the league’s leader, Bill Donahue, said in a statement released this morning. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials are boycotting the Fifth Avenue parade this year because of its controversial…Continue Reading

Belize Catholic bishop condemns push for gay sex, orders schools to cut ties with Planned Parenthood

March 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Thaddeus Baklinski   Fri Mar 14, 2014 14:58 EST BELIZE CITY, March 14, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Belize’s Roman Catholic Bishop Dorick Wright issued a directive to the country’s Catholic schools stating that “organizations whose activities and positions are actively opposed to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and which endanger the souls of the People of God, cannot be welcomed under any circumstances in our schools.” The bishop’s letter specifically named the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), the National AIDS Commission and the Red Cross program called “Together We Can,” according to Amandala News. Bishop Dorick Wright Bishop Wright charged these groups with promoting “the First World’s errors and problems” among “unsuspecting…Continue Reading

Ukrainian Catholics Fear ‘New Oppression’ After Russian Takeover

March 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because many residents of the town located in the eastern part of Crimea were unsure of their future. “No one knows what will happen. Many people are trying to sell their homes and move to other parts of Ukraine,” Father Milchakovskyi told Catholic News Service March 12. “Our church has no legal status in the Russian Federation, so it’s uncertain which laws will be applied if…Continue Reading

Catholic Group Mounts Challenge To Health Care Law

March 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

By The Associated Press Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:42 pm OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A group of nearly 200 Catholic employers filed a new lawsuit in Oklahoma against the federal government Wednesday, hoping to stop parts of the federal health care law that force them to provide insurance that covers contraceptives. The recently formed Catholic Benefits Association, which includes archdioceses, an insurance company and a nursing home, takes issue with a compromise in the Affordable Health Care Act offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups that oppose birth control. The law requires insurers or the health plan’s outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage and…Continue Reading