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Catholic Group Calls for Guinness Boycott

March 18, 2014 World News Comments Off
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BY COLIN CAMPBELL 3/17 11:57AM A decision by Guinness and other major beer companies todrop their sponsorship of today’s St. Patrick’s Day parade because of its organizer’s stance on LGBT participation, has earned the ire of the Catholic League, which is now calling for a boycott of the brands. “I have had my last Guinness and Sam Adams. Heineken was always slop, so there is no sacrifice there. I urge Catholics, and all those who believe in tolerance, diversity, and the First Amendment, to join with me in boycotting these brews,” the league’s leader, Bill Donahue, said in a statement released this morning. Mayor Bill de Blasio and other elected officials are boycotting the Fifth Avenue parade this year because of its controversial…Continue Reading

Belize Catholic bishop condemns push for gay sex, orders schools to cut ties with Planned Parenthood

March 16, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Thaddeus Baklinski   Fri Mar 14, 2014 14:58 EST BELIZE CITY, March 14, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Belize’s Roman Catholic Bishop Dorick Wright issued a directive to the country’s Catholic schools stating that “organizations whose activities and positions are actively opposed to the moral teachings of the Catholic Church, and which endanger the souls of the People of God, cannot be welcomed under any circumstances in our schools.” The bishop’s letter specifically named the Belize Family Life Association (BFLA), the United Belize Advocacy Movement (UNIBAM), the National AIDS Commission and the Red Cross program called “Together We Can,” according to Amandala News. Bishop Dorick Wright Bishop Wright charged these groups with promoting “the First World’s errors and problems” among “unsuspecting…Continue Reading

Ukrainian Catholics Fear ‘New Oppression’ After Russian Takeover

March 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Jonathan Luxmoore Catholic News Service OXFORD, England (CNS) — A Ukrainian Catholic priest in Crimea said church members are alarmed and frightened by the Russian military occupation and fear their communities might be outlawed again if Russian rule becomes permanent. Father Mykhailo Milchakovskyi, a pastor in Kerch, Ukraine, described the atmosphere as tense because many residents of the town located in the eastern part of Crimea were unsure of their future. “No one knows what will happen. Many people are trying to sell their homes and move to other parts of Ukraine,” Father Milchakovskyi told Catholic News Service March 12. “Our church has no legal status in the Russian Federation, so it’s uncertain which laws will be applied if…Continue Reading

Catholic Group Mounts Challenge To Health Care Law

March 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

By The Associated Press Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2014, 11:42 pm OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – A group of nearly 200 Catholic employers filed a new lawsuit in Oklahoma against the federal government Wednesday, hoping to stop parts of the federal health care law that force them to provide insurance that covers contraceptives. The recently formed Catholic Benefits Association, which includes archdioceses, an insurance company and a nursing home, takes issue with a compromise in the Affordable Health Care Act offered by the Obama administration that attempted to create a buffer for religiously affiliated hospitals, universities and social service groups that oppose birth control. The law requires insurers or the health plan’s outside administrator to pay for birth control coverage and…Continue Reading

German Catholic Bishops Pick Pope Aide As New Leader

March 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Alexandra Hudson    BERLIN         Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:15pm EDT (Reuters) – Germany’s Catholic bishops elected Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx their new leader on Wednesday, picking a close associate of Pope Francis already working on Vatican reform to also guide them at home. Marx’s election in Germany, one of the richest and most influential national churches in the 1.2-billion-strong Roman Catholic world, enhanced his status among the men the pope has called on to help him revitalize the Catholic Church. Known in Germany as a spokesman for social and economic justice, he gave his 2008 book on a just world economy the title “Das Kapital” in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the magnum opus of Karl Marx, the German founder…Continue Reading

Gay vice principal sues Seattle archdiocese, Catholic school over alleged forced resignation

March 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Catherine Briggs  Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:24 EST   SEATTLE, WA, March 12, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The former vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington, is suing the Archdiocese of Seattle and the school for wrongful termination and discrimination after he was reportedly forced to resign as a result of his same-sex “marriage.” Mark Zmuda, who had been at the school for 18 months, “married” his boyfriend, Dana Jergens, in July 2013, following the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Washington State. Mark Zmuda (L) with his same-sex “spouse” Representatives for the school have filed a motion to dismiss the case, stating that “[the] Plaintiff’s action should be dismissed because the Court does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate Plaintiff’s…Continue Reading

Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck, beloved Olyphant priest, dies at 102

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

He was a holy man. Parishioners and friends recalled stories of his zeal for fishing, his advocacy for local baseball and his incredible vigor. But most of all, asked to describe Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck, the faithful called him a holy man. He died Thursday at the age of 102. Monsignor Hrynuck was raised in Philadelphia and ordained in Rome in April 1938. He worked for more than 75 years as a priest, including 57 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. He began serving the Olyphant parish in 1951 and is credited with unifying the once-divided church. When he stepped down in 2008, he was the oldest active serving Catholic pastor in the United States. He was a pillar…Continue Reading

Swedish Megachurch Leader Ulf Ekman Converts to Catholicism, ‘Stuns’ Congregation

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter March 10, 2014|12:35 pm Megachurch leader Ulf Ekman of the Word of Life ministry in Sweden has announced that he and his wife Birgitta have converted to Roman Catholicism. The announcement, according to reports, has left some in his congregation “partially stunned.” In his explanation onhis website, Ekman says the conversations he and Birgitta had with Catholics challenged their “protestant prejudices” and led them to the realization that they “in many cases did not have any basis for our criticism of them.” “We needed to know the Catholic faith better. This led us to … realize that it was actually Jesus Christ who led us to unite with the Catholic Church,” the pastor stated.…Continue Reading

Full Transcript Of Interview With Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

March 09, 2014 6:00 am   DOUG ERICKSON|Wisconsin State Journal The following is the full transcript from an interview with Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino on Feb. 27, 2014, at the Bishop O’Connor Center in Madison. Wisconsin State Journal reporter Doug Erickson conducted the interview. State Journal: We’re about a year into the reign of Pope Francis. He’s charmed a lot of the world. What have you come to admire most about him? Morlino: What I most admire about him — and it’s really God’s gift to him — is his presence to people. It’s not very possible to be present to 40,000 to 70,000 people at a Wednesday audience. Those audiences have grown in size incredibly since he became pope.…Continue Reading

Amnesty International Launches Global Campaign For Unrestricted Access To Abortion

March 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Thaddeus Baklinski Mon Mar 10, 2014 15:07 EST     LONDON, March 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Amnesty International, an organization founded to defend those imprisoned for political crimes and to fight human rights abuses, launched a new campaign last week dedicated to promoting unrestricted access to abortion.   The global campaign, called “My Body My Rights,” was launched on March 6 in response to what the increasingly pro-abortion and homosexualist lobby group says is the failure of governments around the world to defend “sexual and reproductive rights.”   “It is unbelievable that in the twenty-first century some countries are condoning child marriage and marital rape while others are outlawing abortion, sex outside marriage and same-sex sexual activity – even…Continue Reading