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German Catholic Bishops Pick Pope Aide As New Leader

March 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Alexandra Hudson    BERLIN         Wed Mar 12, 2014 1:15pm EDT (Reuters) – Germany’s Catholic bishops elected Munich Cardinal Reinhard Marx their new leader on Wednesday, picking a close associate of Pope Francis already working on Vatican reform to also guide them at home. Marx’s election in Germany, one of the richest and most influential national churches in the 1.2-billion-strong Roman Catholic world, enhanced his status among the men the pope has called on to help him revitalize the Catholic Church. Known in Germany as a spokesman for social and economic justice, he gave his 2008 book on a just world economy the title “Das Kapital” in a tongue-in-cheek reference to the magnum opus of Karl Marx, the German founder…Continue Reading

Gay vice principal sues Seattle archdiocese, Catholic school over alleged forced resignation

March 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Catherine Briggs  Wed Mar 12, 2014 12:24 EST   SEATTLE, WA, March 12, 2014 ( – The former vice principal of Eastside Catholic High School in Sammamish, Washington, is suing the Archdiocese of Seattle and the school for wrongful termination and discrimination after he was reportedly forced to resign as a result of his same-sex “marriage.” Mark Zmuda, who had been at the school for 18 months, “married” his boyfriend, Dana Jergens, in July 2013, following the legalization of same-sex “marriage” in Washington State. Mark Zmuda (L) with his same-sex “spouse” Representatives for the school have filed a motion to dismiss the case, stating that “[the] Plaintiff’s action should be dismissed because the Court does not have jurisdiction to adjudicate Plaintiff’s…Continue Reading

Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck, beloved Olyphant priest, dies at 102

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

He was a holy man. Parishioners and friends recalled stories of his zeal for fishing, his advocacy for local baseball and his incredible vigor. But most of all, asked to describe Monsignor Stephen Hrynuck, the faithful called him a holy man. He died Thursday at the age of 102. Monsignor Hrynuck was raised in Philadelphia and ordained in Rome in April 1938. He worked for more than 75 years as a priest, including 57 at SS. Cyril and Methodius Ukrainian Catholic Church. He began serving the Olyphant parish in 1951 and is credited with unifying the once-divided church. When he stepped down in 2008, he was the oldest active serving Catholic pastor in the United States. He was a pillar…Continue Reading

Swedish Megachurch Leader Ulf Ekman Converts to Catholicism, ‘Stuns’ Congregation

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Stoyan Zaimov, Christian Post Reporter March 10, 2014|12:35 pm Megachurch leader Ulf Ekman of the Word of Life ministry in Sweden has announced that he and his wife Birgitta have converted to Roman Catholicism. The announcement, according to reports, has left some in his congregation “partially stunned.” In his explanation onhis website, Ekman says the conversations he and Birgitta had with Catholics challenged their “protestant prejudices” and led them to the realization that they “in many cases did not have any basis for our criticism of them.” “We needed to know the Catholic faith better. This led us to … realize that it was actually Jesus Christ who led us to unite with the Catholic Church,” the pastor stated.…Continue Reading

Full Transcript Of Interview With Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino

March 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

March 09, 2014 6:00 am   DOUG ERICKSON|Wisconsin State Journal The following is the full transcript from an interview with Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino on Feb. 27, 2014, at the Bishop O’Connor Center in Madison. Wisconsin State Journal reporter Doug Erickson conducted the interview. State Journal: We’re about a year into the reign of Pope Francis. He’s charmed a lot of the world. What have you come to admire most about him? Morlino: What I most admire about him — and it’s really God’s gift to him — is his presence to people. It’s not very possible to be present to 40,000 to 70,000 people at a Wednesday audience. Those audiences have grown in size incredibly since he became pope.…Continue Reading

Amnesty International Launches Global Campaign For Unrestricted Access To Abortion

March 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Thaddeus Baklinski Mon Mar 10, 2014 15:07 EST     LONDON, March 10, 2014 ( – Amnesty International, an organization founded to defend those imprisoned for political crimes and to fight human rights abuses, launched a new campaign last week dedicated to promoting unrestricted access to abortion.   The global campaign, called “My Body My Rights,” was launched on March 6 in response to what the increasingly pro-abortion and homosexualist lobby group says is the failure of governments around the world to defend “sexual and reproductive rights.”   “It is unbelievable that in the twenty-first century some countries are condoning child marriage and marital rape while others are outlawing abortion, sex outside marriage and same-sex sexual activity – even…Continue Reading

Bishop Robert Morlino: Pope Francis Has Made Me A Stronger Culture Warrior

March 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

DOUG ERICKSON | Wisconsin State Journal Madison Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino, a staunch traditionalist with a national reputation for vigorously opposing abortion and same-sex unions, said he and Pope Francis are in sync and that the new pontiff has made him a stronger culture warrior. In a lengthy interview with the State Journal, Morlino praised the first year of the pope’s reign, which has received widespread praise among Catholics for what is perceived as a new tone and style, and greater compassion for the marginalized. Yet Morlino cautioned that reporters and people with agendas have “outrageously misinterpreted” some of the pontiff’s comments, and he said Pope Francis actually is causing him to speak out even more forcefully on the

Priest clarifies misconceptions on Pope’s civil union remarks

March 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

Vatican City, Mar 7, 2014 / 10:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest connected with the Vatican press office addressed Pope Francis’ recent words on civil unions in an interview, noting that his comments were general and did not imply a change in Church doctrine. “There have been numerous questions, calls and messages throughout the day today regarding Pope Francis’ recent interview in the Italian daily newspaper, Corriere della Sera, particularly referring to the section on marriage and civil unions,” Father Thomas Rosica said in his March 5 email. Fr. Rosica, C.S.B., who serves as the English language assistant to Holy See Press Office, observed that “Some journalists have interpreted the Pope’s words…to reflect an openness on the part of the…Continue Reading

Alligator OK to eat on Lenten Fridays, archbishop clarifies

March 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

New Orleans, La., Feb 15, 2013 / 04:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Alligator is permissible to eat on Fridays of Lent, the archbishop of New Orleans assured a conscientious parishioner, and his approval has been backed by the national bishops’ conference. “Concerning the question if alligator is acceptable to eat during the Lenten season…yes, the alligator is considered in the fish family,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond wrote in a 2010 letter provided to CNA by the New Orleans archdiocese Feb. 15. The archbishop said he agreed with the parishioner that the alligator is a “magnificent creature that is important to the state of Louisiana” and which is also “considered seafood.” The Code of Canon Law says, “Abstinence from meat, or from…Continue Reading

Since New law, One-third Of Texas Abortion Clinics Close

March 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

Closure of Beaumont, McAllen clinics leave 24 abortion facilities operating in Texas8 By Chuck Lindell American-Statesman Staff Thursday’s closure of abortion clinics in Beaumont and McAllen leaves 24 clinics operating in Texas, down from 36 in July, when Gov. Rick Perry signed stricter abortion regulations into law after two acrimonious special legislative sessions. Abortion providers attribute the closure of one-third of the state’s clinics to House Bill 2’s requirement that abortion doctors have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of the clinic. The number of open clinics has fluctuated in recent months. Several facilities, including a Planned Parenthood clinic in Austin, reopened after doctors secured hospital privileges after the requirement went into effect Nov. 1. In addition, state…Continue Reading