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Where Are Our Young People Going?

November 14, 2014 World News Comments Off

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and formally affirmed their desire to be confirmed. It was part of the preparation for administering the sacrament next spring, and for many of us in that church it was a moving moment. But the occasion was darkened for me by something I’d read just a few days earlier. If those 32 young people conform to the national averages, fewer than half of them will be practicing Catholics 10 years from now.

US Bishops Elect New Secretary, Discuss Health Care Ethics Guide

November 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 11, the bishops elected Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans to be the new conference secretary. They also picked new chairmen-elect for several other committees. After serving for one year as chairman-elect, each bishop will serve a three-year term as chairman of their individual committees. The bishops elected Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis as chairman-elect of the Com

Fidelity to Bishop of Rome crucial to evangelization, US bishops say

November 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to Pope Francis on Monday, the U.S. bishops vowed fidelity to the Holy See and voiced hope that Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year. “We are very much aware that it is only in communion with the Bishop of Rome that we can most effectively give witness to the fullness of the Gospel in our country today,” the message read. “We undertake our efforts with unwavering devotion to the Hol

Nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore Monday

November 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

Nearly 300 bishops from across the nation will determine the coming year’s agenda for the American Roman Catholic church when the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops begins its annual fall meeting Monday in Baltimore. The bishops will spend four days at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Harbor East, where they will hammer out organizational positions and courses of action on matters ranging from schooling and medical care to liturgy and exorcism. The Baltimore archdiocese, the oldest in the United States, is marking its 225th anniversary this year, a milestone the conference will celebrate with a Mass at the Basilica of the Assumption Monday evening.

Pope names new ‘foreign minister,’ prefect of Apostolic Signatura; Cardinal Burke given new position

November 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Holy See Press Office announced on November 8 that Pope Francis has named Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, as the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. Archbishop Mamberti replaces Cardinal Raymond Burke, who has served as prefect since 2008. Born in Morocco in 1952, Archbishop Mamberti was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Ajaccio (France) in 1981. He earned degrees in civil and canon law and represented the Holy See as apostolic nuncio to Sudan (2002-06), apostolic delegate to Somalia (2002-04), and apostolic nuncio to Eritrea (2004-06). In 2006,

Cardinal Burke: Church Risks Serious Tensions in Months Ahead

November 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke has said he is at the service of Pope Francis, has no personal animosity towards him, and those who claim the American cardinal is an opponent of the Pontiff are trying to discredit him. The head of the Vatican’s highest court also told Breitbart Tuesday the Catholic Church risks schism if bishops are seen to “go contrary” to the Church’s established and unchangeable dogmas in the months ahead. The Vatican prelate was speak

Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke . . . “one of the saddest documents that I could imagine ever coming from the Church”

November 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

On November 4th Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke presented in Vienna the German edition of the book “Remaining in the Truth of Christ” that collects articles of five Cardinals. A video recording of the presentation will be published on tomorrow. The gathering was organised by “Una Voce Austria”. In his presentation Cardinal Burke explained, that the book is a response to the idea of Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has “argued in favour of a change in what has been the constant teaching and practise of the Church” concerning marriage. Kasper has – so Burke – asked for dialogue and the five cardinals answered by presenting credible studies.

New Bishop for Catholic Diocese of Boise To Be Installed December 2014

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Idaho’s Roman Catholic Community will have a new faith leader in December when the Rev. Peter F. Christensen of Superior, Wis., is installed as the eighth Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. On Nov. 4, Pope Francis announced from the Vatican that he had accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Driscoll, who submitted his letter of resignation in August when he turned 75 years old. Driscoll was ordained as a bishop in 1990 and was appointed bishop of Boise in 1999. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time serving the people and the Catholic Church of Idaho,” said Driscoll. “I am thrilled with the selection of Bishop Christensen as the next bishop of Boise. He is a man of…Continue Reading

Thank Cardinal Burke For His Vatican Service

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

Cardinal Raymond Burke, one of the strongest pro-life and pro-family voices in the Catholic Church, has confirmed that the rumors are true: he will soon be moved from his position as the prefect of the Vatican’s Apostolic Signatura. For the past 6 years, Cardinal Burke has served in this role, heading up the highest court of the Catholic Church. He is now reportedly to be moved to the largely ceremonial position of patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. Among Cardinal Burke’s many actions in defense of the truths of life and family has been his courageous stance in support of canon 915, which states that ministers of communion “must” refuse the Eucharist to public and “obstinate” sinners. The cardinal…Continue Reading

Controversial Priest To Speak at Minneapolis Parish

November 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

A south Minneapolis church plans to bring in controversial Irish Redemptorist priest Tony Flannery to speak on Wednesday, despite warnings from Archbishop John Nienstedt. And the church’s pastor is using the words of a powerful church leader to justify it: Pope Francis. Father Mike Tegeder, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Church, has been intent on bringing in Flannery, who is on a speaking tour of the country. But the Cabrini visit will be the only time he speaks on Catholic Church property. Flannery, author of several books on r