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May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Consistory Hall Friday, 9 May 2014   Mr Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board. It is significant that today’s meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Popes John XXIII andJohn Paul II. The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numerous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New…Continue Reading

Black Mass Scheduled On Harvard Campus; Boston Archdiocese Protests

May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

Catholic World News – May 08, 2014 A student group affiliated with Harvard University has announced plans to hold a “black mass.” The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement expressing “deep sadness and strong opposition” to the plan. The Cultural Studies Club at the Harvard Extension School will sponsor the black mass at an on-campus pub on May 12. In reparation, archdiocesan officials are organizing Eucharistic adoration at a nearby church at the same hour. The black mass will be staged by members of the Satanic Temple. An organizers of the event originally said that a consecrated host would be used for the parody of the Mass, but representatives of the Cultural Studies Club later said that an unconsecrated wafer…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade After Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

One decade after the U.S. Catholic bishops prohibited Catholic honors and honorary speaking platforms for public opponents of Catholic teaching at Catholic institutions, The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities that are hosting scandalous speakers and honorees at commencement ceremonies in 2014. That represents nearly 10 percent of America’s Catholic colleges and a sudden increase in the number of commencement scandals beyond the six reported by The Cardinal Newman Society last year.  The Society’s concerns peaked in 2006 with 24 Catholic colleges.

Fewer Hispanics Are Catholic, So How Can More Catholics Be Hispanic?

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY CARY FUNK AND JESSICA MARTÍNEZLEAVE A COMMENT For more than 25 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has made a special effort to reach the Hispanic community, with programs and resources that flow from archbishops’ offices to local parishes. In many ways, that effort has paid off. In 1970, Archbishop Patrick Flores became the first U.S. Hispanic bishop. Today, there are 26 active Hispanic bishops (roughly 10% of all active bishops) and about 450 Hispanic seminarians at the graduate level of training for the priesthood (about 14% of all seminarians at that level), according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. But the degree to which the church has succeeded in keeping Latinos in the pews is less clear.

United Nations Calls Catholic Church’s Pro-Life Teachings “Promoting Torture”

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 5/6/14 10:56 AM It’s no secret that pro-abortion NGOs and diplomats from some nations that legalize abortion don’t want The Vatican involved at the United Nations and have undertaken campaigns to revoke its UN status, in large part because of its pro-life views. Now that effort is taking the next step, as the Catholic Church’s pro-life teachings are being labeled as supposedly “promoting torture,” never mind the torturous effects of abortion on women and unborn children. As the Washington Examiner reports: The United Nations is stepping up its attack on theCatholic Church‘s historic opposition toabortion, suggesting at a meeting Monday in Geneva that it amounts to “psychological torture” of women and should be…Continue Reading

Dad Arrested While Protesting Sexually Graphic Book Assigned To 14-year-old Daughter

May 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

GILFORD, NH, May 6, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The father of a Gilford High School student was arrested at a school board meeting on Monday night after objecting that the school had assigned his 14-year-old daughter to read a pornographic book without his knowledge or consent. William Baer, an attorney who moved to New Hampshire from New Jersey, registered his complaint about the book Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, which includes a graphic depiction of sex between two teenagers at the local school board meeting. William Baer being marched outside the meeting before his arrest. He asked the school board to read the offending passage, but members refused. He also wanted to ask members why the school’s ninth grade English teacher had the…Continue Reading

Cardinal: Officials Who Support Abortion Should Not Receive Communion

May 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

ROME (CNS) — Catholic politicians and judges who support laws in conflict with church teaching on abortion, euthanasia, marriage and related issues commit “sacrilege” and cause “grave scandal” if they receive Communion, said the U.S. cardinal who heads the Vatican’s highest court. “The church’s discipline, from the time of St. Paul, has admonished those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin not to present themselves for Holy Communion,” Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature and a former archbishop of St. Louis, said May 3. The cardinal explained that the “discipline is not a punishment but the recognition of the objective condition of the soul of the person involved in such sin. It prevents…Continue Reading

52 pro-life Leaders Worldwide Call On Bishops To Deny Communion To Pro-abortion Politicians

May 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

           BY John-Henry Westen Sat May 03, 2014 09:46 EST VATICAN CITY, May 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – At the first annual Rome Life Forum in Vatican City today, fifty-two pro-life leaders from sixteen nations called on the bishops of the Catholic Church to deny Holy Communion to pro-abortion politicians in a spirit of love and mercy. The leaders signed a declaration noting that it is out of concern, and indeed love, for those same politicians that the pro-life leaders ask for this wake-up call to invite pro-abortion politicians back to authentic faith. Led by the organizers and sponsors of the 1st Rome Life Forum – LifeSiteNews.com, Human Life International, Family Life International New Zealand and the organizers of…Continue Reading

Young, Catholic And … Clueless?; N.O.W. It’s Finally Over!

May 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 2, 2014 By Matt C. Abbott Michael Voris’ April 30 edition of “The Vortex” is eye-opening, albeit depressing. He talks about a new book titled Young Catholic America: Emerging Adults In, Out of, and Gone from the Church, published by Oxford University Press. Says Voris: [The book] is a massively in-depth analysis of American Catholics aged 18-23, what it labels as ‘emerging Catholics,’ referring to them becoming adults… [T]hey examined a number of interviews with young Catholics for five years; here is what they found: 17 percent had become apostates, meaning [they] totally abandoned the Church, their Catholic identity, had joined no other religion, and were critical of the Church 12 percent they labeled as ‘switchers’ – thrown in…Continue Reading

Give Me the Pomp and Ceremony…

May 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 2, 2014 By Fr. Dwight Longenecker Leave a Comment The other day I took a funeral for Arthur– one of our WWII vets. He was a sweet, faithful and good Catholic gentleman and a decorated WWII pilot. At the graveside a couple of Marines were present in their dress uniforms for the flag ceremony. They stood tall with shoes shined and hat brims low. After the Catholic ceremony one soldier stood at attention while the other bugled “Taps”. Then he stepped forward, smart and correct. They took the flag and folded it into the famous triangle and handed it to the widow with the set formula of words. It was a powerful and moving ceremony. I thought afterwards how happy most people…Continue Reading