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Cardinal: No pro-life victory without reaching the marginalized

January 22, 2015 World News Comments Off

Washington D.C., Jan 22, 2015 / 03:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- For the pro-life movement to truly succeed, it must fight not only abortion, but also the broader “throwaway culture” wherever life is being discarded, said Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston at a national pro-life Mass. “What must characterize the pro-life movement is a special love for the poor, the marginalized, the suffering, and especially human life that is in danger of being discarded,” Cardinal O’Malley said in his Jan. 21 homily at the Opening Mass of the National Prayer Vigil for Life. The cardinal addressed an overflow crowd at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conceptio

70 Churches Destroyed in ‘Anti-Charlie Hebdo’ Protests

January 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

The Christian community in Niger says it is in shock in the wake of weekend violence that has claimed the lives of 10 people and led to the destruction of dozens of places of worship and Christian homes. The protest, which started in the country’s second city, Zinder, on Friday, Jan. 16, quickly spread to surrounding areas before reaching the capital Niamey on Saturday. Ten people have died, and 45 churches burned down in the two days of violence, the police say. But information gathered by World Watch Monitor revealed that more than 70 churches have been destroyed, along with numerous Christian schools and organizations, including an orphanage “Th

ITALY: Muslims smash, urinate on statue of Mary

January 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

A man was kneeling in prayer before the statue of the revered Madonna, with the photograph of a loved one in hand, in the small chapel of St. Barnabas in Perugia (Italy), when he was attacked by five “immigrants.” The first thing they did was rip the photo from his hands. Next they unleashed their hatred against the image of the Virgin Mary. They broke the statue to pieces and then urinated on it

At new in-flight press conference Francis says good Catholics are not required ‘to be like rabbits’

January 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

Catholics fail to practise “responsible parenthood” when they have too many children, Pope Francis has said during an in-flight press conference on the way home from Manila. He also denounced the teaching of “gender theory” in schools, likening it to indoctrination of children by the Nazis and fascists. The Pope made his remarks in an hour-long meeting with reporters accompanying him back to Rome from a week-long trip to Asia. Pope Francis reaffirmed his rejection of population control programmes as an example of “ideological colonisation” and his praise of Blessed Paul VI for defending Catholic teaching against contrac

CRUX’s “spirituality columnist” is “devastated” the Pope upholds Catholic teaching

January 18, 2015 World News Comments Off

Margery Eagan appears to be angling for a job as editor of National “Catholic” Reporter. Or perhaps spokesman for the LCWR: The news that Pope Francis has strongly defended the Church’s ban on artificial birth control left me, in a word, devastated. Goodness. Even my Fundamentalist Protestant family members would have a good laugh at that one. “She does know the Pope is Catholic, right?” [Laughter and head shaking.] They would, understandably, miss the point: for Contracepting, Cafeteria Catholics, there is no greater good than the use and approval of pills and mechanisms that thwart the conjugal act. It’s not just that they want their religion to be pro-Pill and prophylactic; it’s that the Pill and

St. Paul-Mpls. archdiocese declares bankruptcy in response to abuse lawsuits

January 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection Friday, saying it cannot meet its financial obligations from an unprecedented wave of clergy sex abuse lawsuits. The move freezes lawsuits against the church, protecting the archdiocese from creditors while allowing it to develop a reorganization plan. “I make this decision because I believe it is the fairest and most helpful recourse for those victims/survivors who have made claims against us,” wrote Archbishop John Nienstedt on the archdiocese’s website Friday morning.

Pope Francis strongly defends church teaching against contraception

January 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.” Francis also denounced the corruption that has plagued the Philippines for decades and urged officials to instead work to end its “scandalous” poverty and social inequalities during his first full day in Manila, where

Bella Dodd, who rejected Communism in favour of faith, is a lesson for young jihadis

January 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

Her story shows how easily the best human impulses can be twisted to evil Having blogged last week about John Beaumont’s book, The Mississippi Flows Into The Tiber, with all the extraordinary, uplifting and grace-filled stories of conversion that it includes, I can’t resist drawing particular attention to one of them: the conversion of Bella Dodd. Her name probably won’t ring any bells this side of the pond beside the river Thames, but in the US in her day she was famous both as a professor of political science as well as a lawyer, but also for her work in labour organisations and as a le

Fox News’ Bret Baier, actor Gary Sinise cancel on Catholic group after gay gripes

January 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

FOX News Channel’s chief political anchor, Bret Baier, has shown himself to have a thinner skin than might be guessed from his on-air persona.  Baier has caved in to pressure from the homosexual activist group ‘Good as You’ to back out of a speaking engagement at a mainstream Catholic conference.  Also backing out for the same reason was Hollywood actor Gary Sinise of Forrest Gump and CSI: NY fame. The gay activist complaint is a repeat of last year when actor Bob Newhart was successfully bullied into backing out of his speaking engagement at the Legatus Summit. Legatus, which was begun by Domino’s Pizza founder Tom Monaghan in 1987 to network Catholic business leaders, is faithful to the Church’s Magisterium…Continue Reading

Federal judge strikes down South Dakota’s gay marriage ban

January 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

SIOUX FALLS – A federal judge has declared South Dakota’s same-sex marriage ban unconstitutional, but has stayed the decision pending appeal. U.S. District Judge Karen Schreier on Monday issued a summary judgment in favor of the six couples who filed the lawsuit. The federal complaint challenges both South Dakota’s ban on gay marriage and its refusal to recognize marriages of same-sex couples who legally wed in other states. Attorney Josh Newville is representing the couples. He says he looks forward to “calling his clients and informing