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Bishop Issues New Letter To Catholics Concerning Contraception

March 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

Twenty-three years ago, Lincoln Catholic Diocese Bishop Glennon Flavin issued a letter to parishioners and physicians, decrying birth control as evil and immoral. He warned Catholic couples using contraception and the Catholic physicians prescribing it they were “committing grave sin.” On Tuesday, Bishop James Conley issued his own letter to parishioners reaffirming the Catholic church’s stance prohibiting the use of all contraceptives, but explaining the stance in much gentler tones.

Bishop Zubik: No Common Core In Catholic Schools Here

March 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

Written by Peter Smith on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 6:00 am. Bishop David Zubik said that Common Core — the national educational standards that many public and Catholic schools have adopted — won’t be coming to Catholic schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh.   In a March 18 letter, Bishop Zubik weighed in on a debate that has been roiling in educational circles recently.   Common Core was put together by representatives of various state, educational and other private organizations, trying to develop standard baselines for what students should be learning nationwide. In addition to critics who say it shoehorns a one-size-fits-all approach to public schools, some in Catholic circles have opposed using standards other than those that start with…Continue Reading

Prominent U.S. Catholic Cardinal Blasts Obama as a ‘Totally Secularized Man’ Who Is ‘Hostile Toward Christian Civilization’

March 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

Mar. 24, 2014 3:30pm Billy Hallowell U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke, overseer of the Vatican’s highest court, recently accused President Barack Obama of impeding Christians’ religious liberties, charging that he “promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.” Burke, who serves as the prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, said during an interview with Polonia Christiana Magazine that Obama’s policies have been increasingly unfriendly toward Christians. “It is true that the policies of the president of the United States have become progressively more hostile toward Christian civilization,” Burke said. “He appears to be a totally secularized man who aggressively promotes anti-life and anti-family policies.”

Four Priests: If I Were The Pope, I’d Tell Obama…

March 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

March 23, 2014 By Matt C. Abbott First, the following is an edited statement from Wyoming Catholic College: The Wyoming Catholic College community is devastated by the tragic deaths of two beautiful young girls, Olivia, 6, and Emma, 3, the daughters of Dr. Sean Lewis, who passed away as the result of injuries suffered in a tragic automobile accident on March 18. ‘We are deeply, deeply saddened by this tragedy,’ said Dr. Kevin Roberts, president of WCC. ‘Our hearts are breaking for Sean, for Becca, for Olivia and Emma’s sister, Vivian, and for the many, many friends and family who have been touched by these young lives.’ Please keep the members of the Lewis family in your prayers during this…Continue Reading

Aborted Babies Incinerated To Heat UK Hospitals

March 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Sarah Knapton, Science Correspondent 7:00AM GMT 24 Mar 2014 2086 Comments The bodies of thousands of aborted and miscarried babies were incinerated as clinical waste, with some even used to heat hospitals, an investigation has found. Ten NHS trusts have admitted burning foetal remains alongside other rubbish while two others used the bodies in ‘waste-to-energy’ plants which generate power for heat. Last night the Department of Health issued an instant ban on the practice which health minister Dr Dan Poulter branded ‘totally unacceptable.’ At least 15,500 foetal remains were incinerated by 27 NHS trusts over the last two years alone, Channel 4’s Dispatches discovered. The programme, which will air tonight, found that parents who lose children in early pregnancy…Continue Reading

The Truth About Obama’s ‘Catholic Roots’

March 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

By    Stanley Kurtz March 23, 2014 1:48 PM In advance of his Thursday meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, the New York Times is portraying President Obama’s community organizing as a kind of Catholicism in practice.  In a front page, above-the-fold piece titled “The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism,” Jason Horowitz highlights the close alliance between Obama, his organizing mentors Greg Galluzzo and Gerald Kellman, and the Catholic Church. Obama’s frequent invocation of Chicago’s Cardinal Bernardin is referenced, along with Obama’s ties to the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. Horowitz notes that the alliance reached the point where young Obama was effectively proselytizing for the Catholic Church. A fuller and more accurate account of Obama’s organizing paints a very different picture,…Continue Reading

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  ( – 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

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 ( 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

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.