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Notre Dame Now Offers Spousal Benefits to “Married” Gays and Lesbians.

October 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

In sad news, the University of Notre Dame has announced that it will now “extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses.” Just days after the U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the issue of gay marriage, the university named for Our Lady, released a statement affirming that they “endorse” a “Catholic view of marriage” but said they “will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately.” The Sycamore Trust, an alumni organization committed to promoting the university’s Catholic identity, released a statement critical of this terrible decision by the university.

Cardinal Burke responds to Australian couple’s Synod presentation on family’s gay son

October 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

In an exclusive interview with LifeSiteNews, Cardinal Raymond Burke has responded to a controversial presentation by an Australian couple before 191 of the Catholic Church’s leading bishops and cardinals at the ongoing Extraordinary Synod on the Family this week. During their intervention, which has turned out to be one of the most widely reported interventions at the Synod, the Priolas asked and answered a question about what parents should do in the case where their son wants to bring his homosexual partner to a Christmas dinner where their grandchildren will be present. The Pirolas’ response, which they held up as a model for the manner in which the Catholic Church should deal with same-sex relationships, was that parents should accept the participation of…Continue Reading

Synod hears explosive proposals to drop ‘disordered,’ ‘living in sin’ etc.

October 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

Speaking at this afternoon’s Vatican press briefing on the Synod on the Family English-language spokesman for the Synod, Fr. Thomas Rosica noted there has been much discussion about language in the Synod’s deliberations. Fr. Rosica explained what he believed to be “one of the salient interventions” of the day, noting that according to the presenter, “language such as ‘living in sin’, ‘intrinsically disordered’, or ‘contraceptive mentality’ are not necessarily words that invite people to draw closer to Christ and the Church.” “There is a great desire that our language has to change in order to meet the concrete situations,” he added.

We Want Church Truth On Marriage, Young Catholics Say

October 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Mary Rezac Denver, Colo., Oct 5, 2014 / 04:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew it wasn’t true. As a practicing Catholic who had been dating the same person for five years, Grace knew all about waiting. But she said following the rules of the Church regarding premarital sex never felt oppressive. “I waited. I never felt like I didn’t ‘discover myself’ in college just because I was chaste,” she told CNA. “In fact, I felt like I knew myself better, because I wasn’t just looking for simple pleasures, but I was seeking a

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

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.