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Planned Parenthood Met by Paul Ryan’s Locked Door

January 8, 2017 World News Comments Off on Planned Parenthood Met by Paul Ryan’s Locked Door

About 70 volunteers from Planned Parenthood were greeted by the locked congressional office of House Speaker Paul Ryan on Friday when they went to deliver petitions bearing 90,000 signatures from people who say they do not want the organization defunded. It’s unclear why the Wisconsin Republican’s congressional office was closed, but the House was in recess from about noon to 1 p.m., the period during which volunteers arrived. After that recess, lawmakers met to certify the Electoral College ballot count granting Donald Trump victory in the November presidential election.

Transgender Man Sues Catholic Hospital Over ‘Refusal To Perform Surgery’

January 6, 2017 World News Comments Off on Transgender Man Sues Catholic Hospital Over ‘Refusal To Perform Surgery’

Jionni Conforti, 33, made the federal lawsuit on Thursday in response to being denied a hysterectomy he said was medically necessary for his transition, Associated Press reports. The surgery at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson was scheduled to take place in 2015 but Conforti said the hospital told him the procedure to remove his uterus was not possible because St. Joseph’s is a “Catholic hospital”.

Order of Malta leader professes loyalty to Pope Francis amid Vatican investigation

January 3, 2017 World News Comments Off on Order of Malta leader professes loyalty to Pope Francis amid Vatican investigation

The leader of the Order of Malta has promised Pope Francis his loyalty, as the Order faces an investigation by the Vatican over a recent controversy. In a letter to mark the World Day of Peace, Fra’ Matthew Festing, the organisation’s Grand Master, told Pope Francis: “the Order … even in a difficult and complex time, seeks to render its service in closely adhering to the teaching of the Church and the directions which come from the

An ominous announcement for Chinese Catholics

January 1, 2017 World News Comments Off on An ominous announcement for Chinese Catholics

The Catholic Herald this week carried an interesting story about the state-sanctioned Chinese Catholic Church — a very controversial and confusing entity whose precise status has long been officially ambiguous. The story itself contains the hints as to why this is the case, and why ongoing negotiations over this church’s status will be quite important:

Cdl. Burke to Young Clergy: Church Can’t Change God’s Law on Marriage

December 31, 2016 World News Comments Off on Cdl. Burke to Young Clergy: Church Can’t Change God’s Law on Marriage

“Adulterous acts can never be justified, can never serve the good of either the parties or of their children” VATICAN (ChurchMilitant.com) – Cardinal Raymond Burke is telling young priests that God’s divine law with regard to marriage and the sacraments can never be changed, even when children are involved. The former prefect of the Apostolic Signatura was asked recently if Holy Mother Church has “any pastoral or legislative authority” to allow civilly remarried couples to live as husband and wife. The cardinal responded, “There is no pastoral authority of any kind within the Church who can grant a dispensation to a party, so that he may live in a marital way with someone who is not his spouse.” Cardinal Burke, the…Continue Reading

Are German bishops to blame for the disorientation & confusion of 2016?

December 31, 2016 World News Comments Off on Are German bishops to blame for the disorientation & confusion of 2016?

Cardinal Marx has claimed credit, on behalf of the German bishops, for influencing the Synod on the Family to allow divorced and civilly “remarried” Catholics to receive Holy Communion. He insisted that Amoris Laetitia has not introduced “a new teaching” but a “new, pastoral view” by allowing divorced and remarried the option of receiving Holy Communion after observing a penitential path with a priest. Cardinal Marx went on to indicate that the German bishops would be encouraging priests to implement this “new, pastoral view”, which many were already putting into practice. Cardinal Marx claimed credit on behalf of the German bishops during his response to a question about the practical implementation of Amoris Laetitia. He first explained that Amoris Laetitia gave primacy…Continue Reading

Trump names a Catholic who was mocked on Ash Wednesday to be his press secretary

December 23, 2016 World News Comments Off on Trump names a Catholic who was mocked on Ash Wednesday to be his press secretary

It’s Sean Spicer, who should quickly emerge as one of the most visible members of the administration: Spicer, the Republican National Committee’s communications director and chief strategist, has worked as a senior communications adviser to Trump during the transition. He had told reporters Thursday morning they could expect “further announcements on appointments and staff later today” and additional announcements “in the near future on fulfilling the final Cabinet positions.”

How Pope Francis Became the Leader of the Global Left

December 22, 2016 World News Comments Off on How Pope Francis Became the Leader of the Global Left

When Pope Francis delivers his Christmas message this weekend, he will do so not just as the head of the Catholic Church but as the improbable standard-bearer for many progressives around the world. With conservative and nationalist forces on the rise in many places and with figures such as U.S. President Barack Obama and French President François Hollande on their way out, many on the left—from socialists in Latin America to environmentalists in Europe—are looking to the 80-year-old pontiff for leadership. “Pope Francis really inspires a lot of people to want

Cardinal Marx Becomes Eighth Prelate to Reject Dubia; Two New Bishops Support It

December 21, 2016 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Marx Becomes Eighth Prelate to Reject Dubia; Two New Bishops Support It

Dr. Sandro Magister, the well-respected Vatican expert, has just today published an excellent overview of the current discussion concerning Amoris Laetitia and the subsequent dubia published by the Four Cardinals. He points out that, among the eighteen bishops and cardinals who have made public statements concerning this matter, only seven have defended Pope Francis’ position. Magister says: “There are eighteen cardinals and bishops so far who have spoken on the issue. And of these not more than seven have taken the pope’s side in lashing out against the four authors of the dubia.”

The Senate Report on Planned Parenthood No One Is Talking About

December 21, 2016 World News Comments Off on The Senate Report on Planned Parenthood No One Is Talking About

After they were eventually shamed into covering the Kermit Gosnell trial – many in the media admitted they should have covered it earlier and more vigorously. Some of the more honest journalists and outlets also admitted they had not reported on it because of their biases and reluctance to write about a story that shines a negative spotlight on abortion. But that was then and this is now, they said. We will do better