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Ireland has voted to legalize gay marriage, both sides say

May 23, 2015 World News Comments Off

DUBLIN (AP) — Irish voters have resoundingly backed amending the constitution to legalize gay marriage, leaders on both sides of the Irish referendum declared Saturday after the world’s first national vote on the issue. As the official ballot counting continued, the only question appeared to be how large the “yes” margin of victory from Friday’s

Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

May 23, 2015 World News Comments Off

May 22, 2015 ( — Jeffrey Sachs wears many hats. He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The Age of Sustainable Development provides the lesson plan for the SDGs implementation. In his various UN roles, Sachs advocates for population control services of abortion, sterilization and all assorted reproductive rights. Jeffrey Sachs’ latest metamorphosis comes as the Vatican’s environmental expert. For the last 20

Boy Scouts president: We need to allow open homosexual leaders

May 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

May 22, 2015 ( – Boy Scouts of America president Robert Gates says the youth organization must change with the times and allow open homosexual men to serve as Scout leaders. Gates, the former U.S. Secretary of Defense and CIA Director, said in a speech at the 2015 Boy Scouts of America (BSA) National Annual Meeting Thursday that the Boy Scouts would have to adjust to “the social, political, and juridicial changes taking place in our country — changes taking place a pace this past year no one anticipated.” According to Gates, the way to balance the religious affiliations of “some 70% of our scout units” and avoid “a broad [court] ruling

Federal Court Forces University of Notre Dame to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

May 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

A federal appeals court has denied a request by the University of Notre Dame to get out of having to comply with the pro-abortion HHS mandate that is a part of Obamacare and requires businesses and church groups to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Notre Dame won a victory at the Supreme Court earlier this year. After a lower court dismissed the lawsuit, in March the Supreme Court ordered the lower court to reconsider its ruling that denied a Catholic university the freedom to follow its faith. But, today, a panel of a federal appeals court ruled that Notre Dame must comply with the mandate.

The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States

May 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.

‘Eleven Christians Killed Every Hour,’ Says Irish Bishop

May 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

According to Bishop John McAreavey, the Chair of the Council for Justice & Peace of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, statistics show that the situation of Christian persecution in the world is far more dire than most people understand. The bishop called the breadth and scale of the suffering of Christians “unprecedented.” At least 100,000 Christians are killed every year because of their faith, which amounts to 273 per day, or eleven every hour, McAreavey said, without mentioning those who are “being tortured, imprisoned, exiled, threatened, excluded, attacked and discriminated against on a widespread scale.” In a sobering presentation before the Joint Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade this past week, McAreavey said that Christianity is the most oppressed religion in…Continue Reading

Africa’s experience of family life must be heard at synod, Pope tells Togo’s bishops

May 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

Pope Francis received Togo’s bishops in audience on May 11 as part of their quinquennial ad limina visit to Rome. The West African nation of 6.8 million is 20% Muslim, 15% Protestant, and 14% Catholic, with approximately half of the population retaining indigenous beliefs. “It is important that the positive aspects of the family that are experienced in Africa express themselves and be heard” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis said in his message to the bishops, citing African families’ openness to life and respect for the elderly

The eco-encyclical won’t commit the Church to unsettled science

May 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

By the time the environment encyclical of Pope Francis is released, it will be anti-climactic. Not anti-climate change to be sure, as the Holy See is certainly enthusiastic about the issue. Actually, it is against climate change, but enthusiastic about entering the debate firmly on the side of those who believe that climate change is real, that it is caused by human activity, that the consequences are catastrophic, and that only massive state action, co-ordinated internationally, is sufficient to stop it. At least that is how the Holy See, led by the Holy Father himself, has advertised the enviro-encyclical, soon to be released.

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape.”

May 13, 2015 World News Comments Off

The Pew Research Center just released its latest study on “America’s Changing Religious Landscape.” The subtitle tells the story: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” For our purposes, I want to focus on the Catholic numbers. Anyone who has been paying attention, either to these studies or at the local parish, will not be surprised by the results of the report. It is an unavoidable fact that the Catholic Church in America is in decline. I wrote about this a few months back (“How Great We Aren’t: The Catholic Church in America Today”), and this report only further confirms that decline. Let’s look at a few important findings from the report (although…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal sees no change in family teachings at synod

May 10, 2015 World News Comments Off

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A senior Vatican cardinal predicted Saturday that there will be no change in the Catholic Church‘s practice and teaching about marriage, divorce and the reception of Communion at an upcoming meeting of bishops on family issues. Cardinal George Pell told a gathering of conservative, anti-abortion Catholic activists in town for an annual “March for Life” that he believed the October synod “will massively endorse the tradition” of the church. “I don’t anticipate any deviation from that at all,” Pell told the few hundred people gathered in a Vatican audience hall.