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Pope to Synod on the Family: God’s dream always clashes with the hypocrisy of some of his servants

October 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Bernardo Cervellera At the opening Mass of the Synod on “The pastoral challenge of the family in the context of evangelization,” Pope Francis warns against greed and arrogance, by placing ” intolerable burdens on the shoulders of others ” and considering “the faith of the Church” as “property.” Let ourselves be guided by the Holy Spirit not to “thwart” God’s drean. Present the 253 members of the synod, including 18 members from Asia and 14 married couples from all over the world.

Pennsylvania’s Catholic Bishops Forbid Boys To Wrestle Girls

October 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

HARRISBURG Pa. (Reuters) – Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic bishops have adopted a policy requiring boys on the wrestling teams of Catholic schools or youth organizations to forfeit matches against female opponents. Preserving safety and modesty are the reasons, said Joe Aponick, communications director for the Diocese of Harrisburg. The mandatory policy, first reported on Tuesday by WITF, National Public Radio’s Harrisburg station, also bans girls fr

Fr. Benedict Groeschel passes away at 81

October 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

New York City, N.Y., Oct 4, 2014 / 08:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, author, former EWTN host, and one of the founders of the Community of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, passed away at 11:00 p.m. on Oct. 3. He was 81 years old. “The Catholic Church and the Franciscan family lost a giant today,” the friars said in an Oct. 4 statement, expressing deep sadness at Fr. Groeschel’s loss as well as relief “that God has set him free from the physical and mental suffering he has experienced over the past decade.”

Federal Grant To USCCB To Provide Legal Aid To Unaccompanied Minors

October 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

Catholic World News – October 03, 2014 Free eBook: Renewal and Evangelization The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will receive a federal grant of over $4 million over the next two years to provide legal aid to unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the United States. The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants will also receive a similar grant from the US Department of Health and Human Services. Kevin Appleby, director of the USCCB’s Office of Migration Policy and Public Affairs, told MSNBC that “I think it’s a recognition that many of these children have valid protection claims and they need legal representation.” “It is a result of advocacy and raising awareness about why these children are coming and…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke: Synod should take Communion proposal ‘off the table’

October 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

The highest ranking American bishop at the Vatican says this month’s Synod of Bishops on the family should mark the end of a high-level debate over whether to make it easier for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion. “The matter really has to be clarified at this point so that this doesn’t continue,” Cardinal Raymond L Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, told Catholic News Service October 1st. “For this to go on for another year, it can only do harm.” By church law, divorced and civilly remarried Catholics are not admitted to Communion unless they obtain an annulment of their first, sacramental marriages or abstain from sexual relations with their new partners, living…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke Rebuts ‘Outrageous’ Claim That Cardinal Kasper Speaks For Pope

September 30, 2014 World News Comments Off
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Cardinal Raymond Burke strongly defended his criticism of the “Kasper proposal,” and said it was “outrageous” for Cardinal Walter Kasper to suggest that such criticism was actually aimed at Pope Francis, during a teleconference with reporters on September 30. “I find it amazing that the cardinal [Kasper] claims that he speaks for the Pope,” Cardinal Burke said. “The Pope doesn’t have laryngitis.” Cardinal Burke joined several other participants in a teleconference on preparations for the Synod of Bishops. The teleconference was arranged by Ignatius Press, which will release four books on October 1 presenting arguments against the Kasper proposal and in defense of Church teaching on marriage.

There Are Dirty Political Games Behind The Iraq Conflict, Says Chaldean Patriarch Sako

September 30, 2014 World News Comments Off

Louis Raphael I warns: Our Church risks disappearing and not just because of the jihadists Gianni Valente Rome “There’s no future for us if the Lord does not help us.” There’s suffering and concern in Louis Raphaël I Sako’s words. The concern of a pastor who sees that his flock is in danger and the suffering of a child of the Chaldean Church who sees Christianity’s age-long history quickly heading towards oblivion. A history that has irrigated the lands between Mesopotamia’s two rivers for millennia. And it is not just the Islamic State’s bloodthirsty jihadists he is concerned about.

On the Way to a Troubled Synod

September 29, 2014 World News Comments Off
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Cardinal Newman once remarked that anyone boarding the Barque of Peter shouldn’t look too closely at the engine room. Sometimes when there are storms brewing in the Vatican – as there are right now over the Synod on the Family (opening Sunday) – I’m reminded of the time prior to the Civil War. South Carolina repeatedly threatened to leave the Union, prompting James L. Petigru to warn: “South Carolina is too small for a republic and too large for an insane asylum.” It seceded anyway. What it then became is still under dispute. The Vatican is already an independent state, though more of a monarchy than a republic, wit

Liberalism, Choice and Compulsion

September 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

Social liberals consider traditional moral restrictions cruel in their very essence. Each of us, they believe, should be as free as possible to pursue his happiness as he sees it, consistent with the equal ability of others to do the same. To reject that position, as Catholics and other moral traditionalists do, is either intentionally to block happiness or to substitute the judgment of the powerful for that of the individual with regard to his own most basic concerns. And that, progressives say, is cruel, oppressive, or both. It’s easy enough to find situations that seem to support the argument. If marriage is a specific sort of arrangement that

Vatican says bishop’s dismissal not the result of sex abuse

September 28, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican denied Pope Francis had dismissed a controversial Paraguayan bishop because of his mishandling of sex abuse accusations, attributing the decision instead to other failings of governance and friction with fellow bishops. Meanwhile, the bishop described his dismissal as a case of “ideological persecution” because of his opposition to liberation theology. Bishop Rogelio Livieres Plano, 69, was told to step down as head of the Diocese of Ciudad del Este