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Catholic League Bowing Out Of New York’s St. Patrick’s Parade

September 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

NEW YORK –  The Catholic League says it will sit out next year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York because parade organizers aren’t letting an anti-abortion Catholic group march. Catholic League head Bill Donohue said Thursday that his organization won’t participate in the March 2015 parade for the first time in 20 years. Parade organizers said last week that they would allow OUT(at)NBCUniversal to march. That’s an LGBT resource group at the company that broadcasts the parade. Gay activists say inviting the NBC employee group isn’t enough. But Donohue says parade organizers promised him that if a gay group could march under its own banner, a “pro-life” Catholic

Catholic Cardinal McCarrick Embraces Islam

September 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered Islamic religious phrases and insisted that Islam shares foundational rules with Christianity, during a Sept. 10 press conference in D.C. “In the name of God, the Merciful and Compassionate,” McCarrick said as he introduced himself to the audience at a meeting arranged by the Muslim Public Affairs Council. That praise of the Islamic deity is an important phrase in Islam, is found more than 100 times in the Koran, and is akin to the Catholic prayer, ”In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” McCarrick next claimed that “Catholic social teaching is based on the dignity of the human Read more:


September 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

The triple murder of three elderly Italian religious sisters in Burundi has their religious family and the local community reeling. The Italian Foreign Ministry has confirmed Monday’s death of a third missionary, Sister Bernadette Boggian, who wasdecapitated, according to a senior official of the local police. Boggian’s name is added to the those of Sisters Lucia Pulici and Olga Raschietti, who were killed on Sunday. Initial reports expressed the theory that the killings were the result of an attemptedrobbery gone wrong, but it now appears that more was afoot here. Fr. Mario Pulcini, superior of the Xaverian Missionaries in Burundi, reported the death of the three and expressed his opinion on Vatican Radio that given the brutality of the attack,…Continue Reading

Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade

September 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Hon. Bob Marshall Sept. 8, 2014 New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. “I have no trouble with the decision at all … I think the decision is a wise one,” he said. His action has left many Catholics, including elected officials like myself, puzzled and disheartened especially when we measure Cardinal Dolan’s new policy with that of his predecessor, Cardinal O’Connor. In 1993, when LGBT groups and government officials demanded that openly homosexual groups be included in the Parade, Cardinal O’Connor vowed in a St. Patrick’s Day sermon that he “could never even be perceived as…Continue Reading

Founder: Catholic Studies programs help colleges fulfill call to faithfulness

September 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

St. Paul, Minn., Sep 8, 2014 / 06:03 pm (CNA).- University-level Catholic Studies programs are an essential response to the increasingly fragmented college experience, said the man who founded the first such program 20 years ago. “At the heart of Catholic Studies has been the encounter not merely with a set of texts, but with living Catholic minds who share in that gaudium de veritate, that joy in the truth at the heart of the life of a university, properly understood,” Dr. Don Briel told participants at a recent conference on Catholic education. The Twenty Years of Catholic Studies conference was held Aug. 29-31 in honor of Dr. Briel, who founded and spent 20 years directing the Center for Catholic…Continue Reading

A ‘dereliction of duty’? Catholics react to Cardinal Dolan’s role in St. Patrick’s Day Parade

September 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s decision to act as grand marshal of the New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade despite its decision to allow an openly homosexual organization to participate has drawn strong criticism from Catholic writers and outrage from many laity. The parade announced that an LGBT organization of NBC employees, which calls itself OUT@NBCUniversal, will openly march behind a banner, marking the first time homosexuals have marched as a separate organization in the religious event intended to celebrate a beloved saint. Cardinal Dolan said the organizers had his “confidence and support” in making the change, which his predecessors had resisted for more than two de

Notre Dame Caves

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

The following comes from an Aug. 30 email from the Sycamore Trust, “alumni protecting Notre Dame’s Catholic identity.” Notre Dame is complying with the abortifacient/contraceptive mandate in renewing its student health insurance program for 2014-15. Aetna, the insurer, will now provide students with free abortifacients and contraceptives.  Moreover, the university will itself enroll all otherwise uninsured graduate and foreign students in the plan.  Notre Dame has declared in court that to do what it is doing now would be scandalous.  And it is doing this voluntarily. It could have dropped the program or switched to a self-insured program free of the mandate.

Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been used frequently to suggest a change in Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality. Host Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action Insight questioned Cardinal Burke about instances where people must make judgments in light of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” phrase.

You’ve Been Dolanized!

September 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City has finally thrown in the towel and agreed to let gay Irish groups march. The announcement was made yesterday. In response, Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington posted on that archdiocese’s website a short commentary saying that it’s time for the Church to withdraw support for events like this. Excerpt:

Gays to march in NYC Parade, with Cardinal Dolan as 2015 Grand Marshal

September 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge of the ongoing parade controversy has told the Irish Voice. On Wednesday, September 3, at a reception at the New York Athletic Club, Cardinal Timothy Dolan will be named as the grand marshal of the 254th St. Patrick’s Day parade, set to step off on Tuesday, March 17. In a historic move aimed at defusing the storm that erupted this year over the exclusion of gay banners in the march, the addition of a banner identifying gay NBC staffers is a compromise forged at the insistence of several New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee members, including…Continue Reading