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Celtic Catholic priest and friends pile on archbishop

March 17, 2015 World News Comments Off

On Monday March 16, KALW radio’s City Visions will host a program “Can Bay Area Catholics and Archbishop Cordileone find Common Ground?” Scheduled guests are the Reverend Vincent Pizzuto; Most Holy Redeemer parishioner and teachers’ union representative Ted DeSaulnier; and Santa Clara professor Sally Vance-Trembath. Representing the Catholic Church is Father Anthony

The Traditional Case for Capital Punishment

March 17, 2015 World News Comments Off

A group of Catholic publishers recently issued a joint statement urging an end to capital punishment. I have great respect for all of them – I have written for all of them at one point or another. I disagree with them on this issue, however. And it may be good to give some background about why I and many others disagree. Most importantly, the Catholic Church’s Magisterium does not and never has advocated unqualified abolition of the death penalty. The U.S. bishops have conceded that Catholic teaching has accepted the principle that

Cardinal Müller: Pope Is Not Above the Word of God and the Catholic Faith

March 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

Edit: Rorate tends to understate things.  They want a sober response.  We’d like to offer this translation of Giuseppe Nardi’s appreciation of their take on Cardinal Müller’s recent letter appearing in the Osservatore Romano and additional commentary from other important Italian blogs. (Rome) The extremely progressivist French newspaper Golias has sounded the alarm because of the “danger” that churchmen like the Cardinals Burke, Müller, Ranjith, Cañizares, Ouellet, Sarah and other “young cardinals” could prevent further “liberalization” of the constitution of the Church  with support of older cardinals like Scola, Pell and Caffarra. The traditional  website Chiesa e Postconcilio contrast wrote: “God

Is the Synod Secretariat Stacking the Deck Again?

March 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

The Vatican today announced that the vice president of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Study of Marriage and the Family will be a consulter to the Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops. Professor José Granados‘ appointment, alongside eleven other consulters, means he will be taking part in the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family in October. This is significant because at last October’s synod no faculty member from the John Paul II Institute was represented (although some previous institute presidents did attend, including its founding president, Cardinal Carlo Caffarra). Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/edward-pentin/is-the-synod-secretariat-stacking-the-deck-again?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+NCRegisterDailyBlog+National+Catholic+Register#When:2015-03-14%2020:24:01#ixzz3UXrKDV4J

Gay activist: Of course our goal is to ‘indoctrinate children into LGBTQ agenda’

March 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

TORONTO, March 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A homosexual activist has candidly admitted that gay-themed materials and policies pushed in grade schools across North America are for the sake of “indoctrinating” children into an unquestioning acceptance of homosexuality. “I am here to tell you: All that time I said I wasn’t indoctrinating anyone with my beliefs about gay and lesbian and bi and trans and queer people? That was a lie,” writes long-time Canadian gay activist S. Bear Bergman in

Pope . . . giving holy Communion to remarried divorcees “won’t solve anything”

March 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

On the second anniversary of his pontificate, the Holy Father gave a lengthy interview to a Mexican television journalist. – CNA/Bohumil Petrik VATICAN CITY — In a new, wide-ranging interview published Friday on the second anniversary of his election, Pope Francis said that although he still thinks his papacy will be brief, he is ruled by an “inner peace.” Interviewed by journalist Valentina Alazraki for the Mexican broadcaster Televisa, he also said giving holy Communion to remarried divorcees “won’t solve anything” and noted that the Roman Curia is the “last court” not to have been democratized left in Europe.

Cardinal rebukes head of German bishops: We can’t ignore Christ’s teaching on marriage

March 12, 2015 World News Comments Off

German Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes, who headed the Papal Council Cor Unum until 2010 and was made a cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI, has publicly opposed the words and direction of the German Bishops’ Conference. In a Letter to the Editor to the German newspaper Die Tagespost on March 7, 2015, Cardinal Cordes contradicts the words of Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German Bishops’ Conference, as well as Bishop Franz-Joseph Bode (Osnabrück). After the Bishops of Germany had had their conference in Hildesheim, Northern Germany, Cardinal Marx said words that provoked the resistance of Cardinal Cordes. The latter cardinal has responded out of concern that Marx caused confusion among the faithful.

Catholic dissenters’ convention keynoter: A pornographic sex columnist?

March 12, 2015 World News Comments Off

Seattle, Wash., Mar 12, 2015 / 02:31 am (CNA).- Dan Savage coordinates an annual pornography festival. He has made obscene tirades about Pope Benedict XVI, denigrated the practice of monogamy, insulted high school students and publicly harassed politicians he opposes. Now, dissenting Catholic group Dignity USA has invited the explicit sex columnist as a keynote speaker to its biennial convention in Seattle this June. Dignity USA executive director Marianne Duddy-Burke called Savage “an important, provocative, and sometimes controversial figure in the LGBT community and the broader culture.” She told CNA that he would speak on how his Catholic roots have influenced his advocacy and his actions.

Catholicism and Secular Media: 10 Questions for Bill Donohue

March 10, 2015 World News Comments Off

William A. Donohue is a New York-based author, sociologist, and political activist who has been president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights since 1993. He holds a PhD in sociology from New York University and is an adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. His last book was the 2012 best-seller Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century. Mr. Donohue took over the Catholic League after the death of founding president Father Virgil Blum, S.J., in 1990. As president of the organization, he seeks to counter anti-Catholic bias in the secular media. I recently interviewed Mr. Donahue about his work by email.

A Fight to Keep Catholic Schools Catholic

March 8, 2015 World News Comments Off

San Franciscans are currently debating a simple question: Should the government respect the right of Catholic schools to be authentically Catholic? San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone thinks so. But eight California senators and assemblymen sent the archbishop a letter last month, saying that his actions in issuing new faculty guidelines “foment a discriminatory environment in the communities we serve.” On Feb. 23, two of the signers even asked the California Assembly Labor and Employment Committee and the Assembly Judiciary Committee to investigate the arc