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Catholics In Public Life Must Adhere To Catholic Teachings, Says Prendegast

May 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

By  Deborah Gyapong, Canadian Catholic News May 20, 2014 OTTAWA – Catholics in public life must take positions coherent with the Catholic faith, says Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, and that includes not only what they believe but how they vote. If Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is setting limits as to who can belong to his party, the Catholic Church also sets limits on who belongs to the Church, Prendergast said. The Catholic Church “expects adherence” to her teachings, because she believes they are “the teachings of Christ,” he said. “The teachings of Christ are not just for me; they are for the good of everyone.” “Respect for life of the innocent child in the womb and also of the person…Continue Reading

Catholic Group Asks Cardinal To Boycott Kerry At BC’s Commencement

May 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

BOSTON (CBS) – For the second year in a row, a Catholic group wants Cardinal Sean O’Malley to boycott Boston College’s graduation. The Catholic Action League is protesting Secretary of State John Kerry as the school’s commencement speaker. It says Kerry supports anti-Catholic views including abortion rights and BC should not be honoring him. “There are few American politicians that have compiled such an extensive record of opposition to Catholic moral teaching as John Kerry; Abortion, contraception, same sex marriage, embryonic stem cell research,” C.J. Doyle of the Catholic Action League said.

Pro-life, pro-family 17-year-old beats 2-time incumbent in West Virginia

May 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Teresa Platt Thu May 15, 2014 16:53 EST CHARLESTON, WV, May 15, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Running on an explicitly pro-life and pro-family platform, Saira Blair a 17-year-old high school student beat out two-time incumbent Larry Kump to represent the Republicans in the November race for the state House of Delegates.  Blair, a strong Catholic said on her election signs: “I am a Fiscal Conservative, I’m pro-life. I’m pro-marriage I’m pro-family. I’m pro-second Amendment. I’m pro-business. I’m pro-jobs I’m pro West Virginia. These are my personal and political beliefs!” On another campaign sign she repeated those same stances adding, “I will not compromise on these beliefs.” Saira’s father, State Senator Craig Blair, was surprised by the result figuring that his…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers

May 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 14, 2014, at 2:23 PM  |  By CNS Staff  | The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders and does not prevent pro-abortion speakers and events. ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle’s “checklist” comment resurrects arguments that the ACCU made in the 1990s against conforming with the letter of Ex corde Ecclesiae.  The false implication is that the document presents a personal vision for Catholic education which colleges may interpret in their own way, even when undermining the Church, but does not declare norms that are binding under the Church’s canon…Continue Reading

The U.N. Just Accused The Catholic Church Of Torture. The Reason Why Will Blow Your Mind

May 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

F. Peter Brown — May 14, 2014 The United Nations is increasing its assault on the Catholic Church’s pro-life doctrine, saying that the pro-life stance amounts to “psychological torture” of women. Could anyone who promotes pro-life policies now be found guilty of  “torture”  by the UN? According to Article I of  the UN Convention Against Torture: For the purposes of this Convention, the term ‘torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is

Cardinal, At Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Calls For Immigration Reform

May 14, 2014 World News Comments Off

BREAKFAST May-13-2014 By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, the keynote speaker at the 10th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, issued a call for immigration reform. Cardinal O’Malley recalled his early years of ordained ministry as a Capuchin Franciscan priest at the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, not far from the hotel where the breakfast was held. The work there “was an uplifting experience in my life,” he recalled in remarks made May 13 at the breakfast. “Most of my parishioners were undocumented workers, refugees from the wars in Central America,” he said. “We received thousands of immigrants from all over Latin America” during that era, he added. “They were…Continue Reading

Black Mass’ Canceled on Harvard Campus Amid Furor — But Satanists and Catholics Carry on With Big Plans of Their Own

May 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

May. 13, 2014 8:20am Billy Hallowell A student club at Harvard University dropped its sponsorship of a controversial satanic “black Mass” that was scheduled to take place inside a campus pub, as droves of Catholic protesters showed up to oppose the satanist event and to celebrate their faith at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club announced Monday that the event, which was set to be presided over by the Satanic Temple, a New York-based group, was not going to be being rescheduled. “Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told the Boston Globe of the decision to cancel the event. “And I don’t necessarily blame them,…Continue Reading

The Confounding and Curious Pontifications of Cardinal Kasper

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 10, 2014 Is the German prelate and theologian promoting a book on mercy or pushing a dubious agenda at the expense of fellow bishops? Carl E. Olson Cardinal Walter Kasper, noted German prelate and theologian, has been on a book tour in the States in support of his most recent work, Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press). I’m not sure how much interest he has generated regarding his book, but In the course of just a few days, he has managed the rather remarkable (which is not to say admirable) combined feat of slighting the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (a fellow Cardinal, Gerhard Müller), essentially dismissing the pastoral authority…Continue Reading

Hew To Canon Law When Closing Churches, Cardinal Burke Says

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 09, 2014 By George P. Matysek Jr. gmatysek@CatholicReview.org   Twitter: @ReviewMatysek When considering the suppression of parishes or the closing of church buildings, bishops should hew closely to canon law not simply because it’s a legal requirement of the church, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said, but because it helps foster unity. In a May 7 interview with the Catholic Review, the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest court, said following proper procedures helps ensure legitimate decisions. – See more at: http://www.catholicreview.org/article/news/local-news/hew-to-canon-law-when-closing-churches-cardinal-burke-says#sthash.TIOVH9OM.dpuf


May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Consistory Hall Friday, 9 May 2014   Mr Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board. It is significant that today’s meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Popes John XXIII andJohn Paul II. The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numerous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New…Continue Reading