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Cardinal Dolan, alumni ‘baffled’ over Notre Dame decision to offer birth control coverage

November 29, 2017 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Dolan, alumni ‘baffled’ over Notre Dame decision to offer birth control coverage

SOUTH BEND, Indiana, November 28, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The University of Notre Dame’s recent about-face to provide birth control via its health coverage is baffling, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said. “We rejoiced when Notre Dame united with us in our expression of deep concern that the federal government was intruding on the realm of conscience,” the USCCB pro-life chief said in a recent Wall Street Journal article. “Thank God Notre Dame was with us.” But the archbishop of New York and chair of

Spain’s Catholic Church speaks out against Catalan independence drive

November 28, 2017 World News Comments Off on Spain’s Catholic Church speaks out against Catalan independence drive

The head of the Catholic Church in Spain has criticised a declaration of independence approved by Catalonia’s regional parliament last month, calling it “serious and disturbing”, a spokesman said Monday. Cardinal Ricardo Blazquez Perez, the president of the Spanish bishops’ conference, delivered the message at a gathering of clergy from across Spain in Madrid last week, the conference’s spokesman Jose Maria Gil Tamayo.told journalists. “Regarding the situation in Catalonia, the cardinal said, and I quote him verbatim, that the declaration of independence is a serious and distu

Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt

November 26, 2017 World News Comments Off on Pope sends telegramme of condolence following terror attacks in Egypt

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has sent a telegramme of condolence for Friday’s attack on a mosque in Egypt, saying he was “profoundly grieved to learn of the great loss of life caused by the terrorist attacks on Rawda mosque in North Sinai”. At least 235 people were killed as they gathered for Friday prayers at the al-Rawda mosque in the town of Bir al-Abed. Witnesses said dozens of gunmen arrived in off-road vehicles and bombed the mosque before opening fire on people as they attempted to flee. Signed by Cardinal Secretary of State Pietro Parolin, the telegramme says, “In expressing his solidarity with the Egyptian people at this hour of national mourning, [Pope Francis] commends the victims to the mercy of the Most…Continue Reading

Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

November 25, 2017 World News Comments Off on Can Catholic schools resist the new gender confusion?

Two months ago, parents at Sacred Heart girls’ school in Hammersmith received an unexpected letter. “In recognising Jesus as our teacher through the Gospels,” wrote headteacher Marian Doyle, “the first impulse for us as a Catholic school must be to promote greater wholeness for transgender individuals.” That includes “using the young person’s preferred pronoun” – i.e., if a girl identifies as a boy, calling the pupil “he” – and “refraining from any judgement”. These guidelines were the consequence of the school’s Catholic values of “listening, caring, supporting and offering community”,

‘Crucified cow’ on display at center of Catholic church, locals outraged Belgium , Catholic , Sacrilege

November 25, 2017 World News Comments Off on ‘Crucified cow’ on display at center of Catholic church, locals outraged Belgium , Catholic , Sacrilege

November 23, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Local Catholics in a Belgian town are outraged as a cruciform cow has been erected as art at the center of a consecrated Catholic church. They are urging the local bishop to have it removed and offer public prayers of reparation. The “art” exhibit by Tom Herck is to be displayed until early December in the small parish church of Saint John the Baptist of Kuttekoven, in the Flemish town of Borgloon. Last Sunday, a group of sever

Christian father loses appeal to shield kids from LGBT agenda in public school

November 25, 2017 World News Comments Off on Christian father loses appeal to shield kids from LGBT agenda in public school

HAMILTON, November 24, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — A Christian father has lost his appeal in a landmark parental rights case that pitted him against his public school board, the province of Ontario, and the elementary teachers’ union for his attempts to protect his children from possible LGBTQ indoctrination at school. In a decision released Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeal threw out Steve Tourloukis’s case, citing lack of evidence that the school board a

Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

November 18, 2017 World News Comments Off on Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

In a freewheeling new interview with author Keith Koffler, Steve Bannon recounted his upbringing in a “very observant Catholic family” in the 1950s and 1960s and how that molded who he is now. Koffler, author of Bannon: Always the Rebel, asked Mr. Bannon—Breitbart News executive chairman and former senior counselor and chief strategist to President Trump—to delve into his childhood and what influenced him the most in his early years. In the interview, Bannon described growing up in a

Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics

November 17, 2017 World News Comments Off on Bishop McElroy decries extremism on religious freedom, calls for solidarity in American politics

WASHINGTON (RNS) — In an address at Georgetown University, Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego criticized both extremes in the fight over religious freedom and called for public consensus based on solidarity to heal our nation in this hyper-partisan age. McElroy is one of the most brilliant minds in the Catholic hierarchy today, with a doctorate in political science from Stanford Univer

Cardinal Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

November 14, 2017 World News Comments Off on Cardinal Burke makes ‘final plea’ for clarity to Pope Francis on dubia anniversary

ROME, November 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One year to the day after the dubia were made public, Cardinal Raymond Burke today is turning again to Pope Francis and to the whole Church in an urgent and final plea for clarity. In a new interview, which has been first published by the National Catholic Register, Cardinal Burke presents the “gravity” of the current situation in the Church, which he says “is continually worsening,” as bishops from Philadelphia to Malta offer “divergent and “at times incompatible” interpretation

Giving bishops final word on Mass translations would ‘destroy’ Church unity: Cardinal Muller

November 12, 2017 World News Comments Off on Giving bishops final word on Mass translations would ‘destroy’ Church unity: Cardinal Muller

November 10, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The unity of the Church would be “destroyed” if bishops’ conferences, not the Vatican, had the final word over translations of liturgical texts, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller in a recent interview. The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith expressed reservations in an interview with Passauer Neue Presse published Wednesday about Pope Francis’s recent liturgical reform that allowed bishops to oversee and approve translations. “The ultimate authority in the case of doubt cannot lie with the Episcopal Conferences, which would destroy the unity of t