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Cardinal Burke: Church teaching on sexuality must be clarified, and only Pope Francis can do it

November 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

In an interview with Ireland’s state broadcaster, RTE, one of the Catholic hierarchy’s most outspoken defenders of life and family and the Church’s sexual moral teachings again indicated Pope Francis needs to “clarify” that divorced and remarried Catholics, and active homosexuals, cannot be admitted to the sacraments. As he did during the course of the contentious Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome last month, Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke told RTE in a video interview, “I believe very strongly that – I’m not the pope, and I’m not in the business of telling him what to do – but in my judgment this needs to be clarified, and there’s only one person who can clarify it at this point.” The possibility…Continue Reading

Pope Appoints New Bishop For Gary, USA

November 24, 2014 World News Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) The Holy Father has named an Auxiliary Bishop of Milwaukee, Donald J. Hying as the new Bishop of Gary, USA. He succeeds Bishop Dale J. Melczek, whose resignation Pope Francis accepted upon having the age limit. On Monday the Holy Father also named Fr Victor Hlolo Phalana, currently Vicar General of the Archdiocese of the Archdiocese of Pretoria, as the Bishop of Klerksdorp, South Africa. Biography of Bishop Daniel Hying Bishop Hying is a native of West Allis, Wisconsin. Born to Albert and Catherine Hying (both deceased) on August 18, 1963, he is the youngest of six sons. After attending St. Aloysius and Immaculate Heart of Mary grade schools, he graduated from Brookfield Central High School and Marquette…Continue Reading

TOP CATHOLIC BISHOPS AIDE ON EXECUTIVE AMNESTY: OBAMA’S ‘LAST CHANCE TO MAKE GOOD ON PROMISE’

November 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

In a statement last Friday in the New York Times, the top aide on immigration for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) said that executive amnesty is President Barack Obama’s “last chance to make good on his promise to fix the system.” Kevin Appleby, the director of migration policy at the Department of Migration and Refugee Services for the USCCB warned, “If he delays again, the immigration activists would – just politically speaking – jump the White House fence.” In an op-ed last year for Religion News Service, Appleby blurred the lines between legal and illegal immigration when he wrote: With each successive wave, the bishops defended the rights of newly arrived immigrants, arguing against nativist organizations that…Continue Reading

Catholics Want To Learn More About Their Faith, Bishops Report

November 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

BALTIMORE – For three and a half years, members of several U.S. bishops’ committees have been trying to pinpoint what Catholics in the pew are thinking and why they accept or reject church teachings. To this end, they have conducted multiple surveys and interviews of various groups of Catholics: fervent believers, Latinos, singles, parents, priests and church leaders. Although responses have varied, one of the takeaways is that Catholics by and large want to learn more about what it means to be Catholic. Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities, introduced the findings to the bishops Nov. 11 during their annual fall assembly in Baltimore. He said the research was initially conducted to determine how…Continue Reading

Vatican cardinal: Catholic charity ‘is not only giving food … but giving God’

November 20, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Vatican cardinal who oversees the Church’s charitable initiatives has emphasized again that Catholic charities cannot be satisfied with meeting the material needs of those they serve. “Charity is very linked with the proclamation of the Gospel, and doing charity is not only giving food, giving material things, but giving God too. Because the main lack of man is not having God,” Cardinal Robert Sarah, head of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, told Catholic News Agency. Sarah made the remarks while attending a week-long leadership forum for members of Caritas In Veritate International, a new federation of Catholic groups that buy into the concept of offering both material and spiritual help. He told the forum that it was worse to…Continue Reading

Prof at Catholic university tries to justify same-sex ‘marriage’ acceptance from Scripture

November 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

Professor Gerald Schlabach of the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota recently published a piece for The Christian Century utilizing the writing of St. Paul to create an argument legitimizing acceptance of same-sex marriage. In light of Schlabach’s article, The Cardinal Newman Society interviewed a theologian from Walsh University in order to glean a theologically sound interpretation of the writings of St. Paul. The passage in question, 1 Corinthians 7: 8-9, reads: “To the unmarried, and to the widows, I would say that they will do well to remain in the same state as myself, but if they have not the gift of continence, let them marry; better to marry than to feel the heat of passion.” Schlabach, who holds a Ph.D. in theology and…Continue Reading

Pro-Life Group: “We Will Not Obey the Obamacare HHS Mandate, Not Today, Not Ever”

November 18, 2014 World News Comments Off

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that can cause very early abortions. But, last week, a federal appeals court ruled that the Obama administration can force Priests for Life to obey the HHS mandate. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the HHS mandate doesn’t abrogate the religious freedoms of Priests for Life or 11 other religious groups that also challenged the mandate. Responding to that decision, Father Frank Pavone, the director of Priests for Life, says…Continue Reading

Court Says Obama Admin Can Force Pro-Life Group to Obey Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate

November 15, 2014 World News Comments Off

The pro-life group Priests for Life was one of the earliest organizations to file a lawsuit against the Obama administration over its HHS mandate. The mandate compels religious groups to pay for birth control drugs and drugs like ella that can cause very early abortions. A federal appeals court has responded today to its appeal of a lower court decision on its lawsuit and the ruling was not in Priests for Life’s favor. In a 3-0 decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit concluded that the HHS mandate doesn’t abrogate the religious freedoms of Priests for Life or 11 other religious groups that also challenged the mandate. Father Frank Pavone, the director of the Catholic…Continue Reading

Where Are Our Young People Going?

November 14, 2014 World News Comments Off

During the 10:30 Mass in my parish a couple of Sundays ago 32 boys and girls stood in front of the altar, faced the congregation, and formally affirmed their desire to be confirmed. It was part of the preparation for administering the sacrament next spring, and for many of us in that church it was a moving moment. But the occasion was darkened for me by something I’d read just a few days earlier. If those 32 young people conform to the national averages, fewer than half of them will be practicing Catholics 10 years from now.

US Bishops Elect New Secretary, Discuss Health Care Ethics Guide

November 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

Baltimore, Md., Nov 11, 2014 / 08:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted Tuesday on several committee leadership positions, also considering several liturgical proposals and moving forward with a New York canonization cause. At their fall general assembly in Baltimore, Md., on Nov. 11, the bishops elected Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond of New Orleans to be the new conference secretary. They also picked new chairmen-elect for several other committees. After serving for one year as chairman-elect, each bishop will serve a three-year term as chairman of their individual committees. The bishops elected Auxiliary Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Indianapolis as chairman-elect of the Com