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What about Henry VIII?

February 26, 2015 World News Comments Off

Interestingly, Jesus’ hard teaching that “what therefore God has joined together, let no man put asunder” (Mt 19:6) follows not long after his insistence to Peter on the necessity of forgiveness (see Mt 18:21–35). It is true that Jesus did not condemn the adulterous woman who was threatened with death by stoning, but he did not tell her to keep up her good work, to continue unchanged in her ways. He told her to sin no more (see Jn 8:1–11). One insurmountable barrier for those advocating a new doctrinal and pastoral discipline for the reception of Holy Communion is the almost complete unanimity of two thousand years of Catholic history on this point. It is true that the Orthodox have…Continue Reading

Sacrificing Priests on the Altar of Insurance

February 25, 2015 World News Comments Off

Fr. Bob (that’s what we’ll call him) was a faithful parish priest for more than 25 years. One day, a process server showed up at the rectory door and handed him a summons and complaint. The complaint alleged that some 20 years earlier he had engaged in sexual contact with the plaintiff, who was then a young teenager and an altar server, and who now suffers from extreme mental anguish because of that conduct. Fr. Bob is furious, mortified, humiliated, and terrified. He remembers the young man, he counseled him and found him deeply troubled—but he never, never touched him inappropriately, much less had any sexual contact with him. He calls his bishop immediately, but the bishop is unavailable. He calls…Continue Reading

Catholic Colleges Must Save Students from Pornography Epidemic, Says Counseling Expert

February 24, 2015 World News Comments Off

Catholic colleges and universities owe it to their students to do everything within their power to help combat the destructive effects of pornography, argued Dr. Peter Kleponis in a recent interview with The Cardinal Newman Society. Kleponis, a licensed clinical therapist and one of the foremost Catholic experts on the subject of pornography, recently shared his insights from a new book, discussed his pornography recovery program, and argued for the necessity of similar services to help students on college campuses. A second – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3999/Catholic-Colleges-Must-Save-Students-from-Pornography-Epidemic-Says-Counseling-Expert.aspx#sthash.rkBgUu42.dpuf

Imagine: A Catholic Archbishop!

February 24, 2015 World News Comments Off

If it weren’t so predictable, it would be infuriating, but because of that, it is infuriating to thinking people. It’s happening again as San Francisco drops the hammer – again – on the Catholic Church and especially Archbishop Cordileone. He’s the target of the current brouhaha, and it all comes down to the current negotiation of the collective bargaining agreement with the teachers’ union concerning the four high schools in the archdiocese

As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” he wrote in his reply to eight state legislators who had criticized Catholic standards for school employees. The archbishop suggested a hypothetical situation in which Democratic politicians employ a “brilliant

University of Scranton to end all abortion coverage

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The University of Scranton plans to end employee health care coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. The Times-Tribune of Scranton (http://bit.ly/1JstU9i ) reports Thursday that the Roman Catholic university notified faculty and staff of the proposed change last week. The university’s president, the Rev. Kevin Quinn, wrote in a letter to faculty and staff that church teaching on abortion does not include any exceptions Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/education/20150219_ap_da0fc0b71cff45b3986ce0d526893a14.html#lFPAB6treRwrhUYT.99

Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

February 20, 2015, at 11:02 AM  |  By Kimberly Scharfenberger  | Following the election of University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. to his third term, Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their reflections on how the University has damaged its Catholic identity and how it can pave a way forward by facilitating an increase in faithful Catholic faculty. In his 2005 inaugural address, Fr. Jenkins shared a hopeful vision of Notre Dame’s future—one that would combine every aspect of academic excellence with its Catholic mission. He stressed the need for “a – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3995/Notre-Dame-Scandals-under-Fr-Jenkins-Are-Rooted-in-Diminished-Catholic-Faculty-Alumni-Say.aspx#sthash.iVNq1ybH.dpuf

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Have Higher Priorities Than Communion for Divorced and Remarried

February 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

by CNA/EWTN NEWS 02/19/2015 Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 14, 2014. – Bohumil Petrik/CNA ROME — A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero in on strengthening the Church with good families — before getting sidetracked on other issues, such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried couples  

LGBT Catholic group gets special seating during Pope’s weekly address

February 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

(CNN)Members of New Ways Ministry — an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics — have made three pilgrimages to the Vatican, under three different popes. But only once have they been treated like VIPs. That’s the treatment the roughly 50 members of the Maryland-based group got — much to their surprise — for Pope Francis’ weekly address Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, according to Francis DeBernardo, the group’s executive director. “It’s really an incredible honor and an incredible step forward for the LGBT community to be recognized,” he told CNN from Rome.

Cardinal Wuerl attacks “brother bishops” as “dissenters”

February 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

It is an open secret in Washington, D.C., that Donald Cardinal Wuerl has effectively banned Raymond Cardinal Burke from entering the Archdiocese of Washington.  Several sources have confirmed this to Rorate over the years, stemming from Wuerl’s disdain for any priest or bishop who opposes giving Communion to Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings