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New York Cardinal Dolan sees light amid the synod’s confusion

October 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME — Much has been said in the past 10 days about divisions within the Oct. 4-25 Synod of Bishops on the family, with some charging that the synod has been rigged for a predetermined — and progressive — outcome, and that changes that Pope Francis introduced to the process will lead to disaster. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan disagrees. “I think the process is extraordinarily candid,” Dolan said in an interview with Crux Thursday. “I think it is working, and this is from one who likes to complain!”

Newark diocesan Catholics could be barred from sacraments for opposing Church teachings

October 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

A New Jersey archbishop has released a memorandum to his priests stating, “Non-Catholics or any Catholic who publicly rejects Church teaching or discipline, either by public statements or by joining or supporting organizations which do so, are not to receive the sacraments.” The memorandum also says Newark diocesan and parish facilities should only be used by individuals and organizations not in opposition to Church teaching, and states, “Catholics, especially ministers and those who represent the Church, should not participate in or be present at public religious events or events intended to endorse or support those who reject or ignore Church teaching and Canon Law.”

Planned Parenthood says it will stop taking money for aborted baby parts

October 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C., October 13, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Pressured by a series of undercover videos showing their highest officials in compromising situations, Planned Parenthood announced today that it will no longer accept money in exchange for transferring the body parts of aborted babies to medical researchers. “In order to completely debunk the disingenuous argument that our opponents have been using — and to reveal the true political purpose of these attacks — our Federation has decided, going forward, that any Planned Parenthood health center that is involved in donating tissue after an abortion for medical research will follow the model already in place at one of our two affiliates currently facilitating donations for fetal tissue research,” Planned Parenthood Federation of America…Continue Reading

Vatican revokes Catholic priest’s press credentials after he challenged archbishop

October 12, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, October 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Amid continuing concern about the Vatican press office’s “manipulation” of the family synod’s message, a priest who has been covering Vatican news for over 15 years had his credentials revoked last week, and was told to leave the premises “immediately.” The revocation came after he had challenged an archbishop following the October 6 press conference over comments claiming that allowing Communion for the divorced and remarried is up for debate. Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher made the comments in response to a reporter’s question about whether the matter pertained to Church discipline – which could potentially change – or doctrine, which is fixed. “To be quite honest, there might be differences of opinion on that,” Durocher said. “Let’s…Continue Reading

Condemned ‘Catholic’ group uses Vatican press access to challenge African bishop on homosexuality

October 11, 2015 World News Comments Off

Analysis ROME, October 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — At the Vatican’s press briefing Thursday, the head of a U.S. group that aims to change Church teaching on homosexuality challenged an African bishop for perceived silence on the criminalization of “gay and lesbian people.” Francis DeBernardo, executive director of New Ways Ministry, was questioning Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle from the diocese of Accra in Ghana. DeBernardo identified himself as representing “Bondings,” which is the name of his blog. New Ways Ministry has been formally condemned by both the Vatican and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for opposing Church teaching, and is repeatedly banned from speaking in Catholic

Cardinal Schonborn says Synod’s contentious parts are yet to come

October 10, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, October 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) –Thursday, October 8, saw a surprise for the Synod of Bishops on the Family, when the Synod Secretariat announced that the only German-speaking discussion group among the 13 discussion groups (circuli minores) is not, as was expected, to be led by the head of the Congregration for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Müller. Instead, it was Austrian Cardinal, Christoph Schönborn, who was elected by the other Synod fathers of the group to become their moderator. Archbishop Heiner Koch, Berlin, was elected to be the relator of the group.

Leading African cardinal critiques Vatican spokesman Fr. Rosica

October 9, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, October 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, a leading cardinal on the organizing committee for the Synod on the Family, issued a pointed critique on Twitter of a controversial report on the Synod by the Vatican’s English-language spokesman, Fr. Thomas Rosica, in which the priest emphasized that the Church should “embrace reality” in dealing with sinful situations. Rosica’s summary of Synod fathers’ addresses at Tuesday’s press briefing was criticized for its emphasis on liberal proposals and the strong language he used to describe them. The remarks fuelled ongoing concerns from last year’s Synod about the manipulation of the message by the Vatican press office and the Synod’s organizing body.

Archbishop Chaput: Synod’s working text risks ‘compromise’ with sin

October 9, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, October 8, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Fresh off of the World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gave a strong intervention at the Vatican’s family synod this week, warning that the meeting’s working text risks “compromise” with sin. The working text, known as the Instrumentum Laboris, was written by the Synod’s organizing body following last year’s Extraordinary Synod and forms the basis of the Synod’s work. As a result, it is highly influential on the final outcome of the meeting. The bulk of the three weeks is devoted to discussing this text line-by-line in small groups, divided by language.

Canadian Catholic Schools Defy Archbishop on Transgender Policy

October 8, 2015 World News Comments Off

DMONTON, Alberta, Canada, October 8, 2015 ( – A Catholic school district in Canada is planning to approve a transgender policy contrary to its archbishop’s guidelines. The Edmonton Catholic school district in Alberta wants to push through a radical transgender policy that would allow boys who identify as girls to use the girls’ washroom, among other things. It also rejects language from the archdiocese that “‘gender transitioning’ is contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.” The draft policy was created after a mother lodged a human rights complaint earlier this year against one of the district’s Catholic schools for not allowing her seven-year-old boy to go to school dressed as a girl and use the girls’ bathroom. The school…Continue Reading

Synod Showdown Report—October 5, 2015

October 5, 2015 World News Comments Off

We’re just out of the first press briefing of the Synod 2015, and things have pretty much picked up where they ended last year. The lead story, if you want to say there’s a lead to this, was a question that was popped to our friend Abp. Bruno Forte (remember him from last year with the “gifts and qualities” homosexuals have to present to the Church). This time, somebody asked him the point-blank question: “Any change in Holy Communion for Catholics who are divorced and civilly remarried?” He gave a very interesting answer. “The Synod will not lead to any changes in doctrine, but it will lead to something. The Synod has to say something.” And he added then quickly,…Continue Reading