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As storm brews, San Fran archbishop strikes back at school guideline critics

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

San Francisco, Calif., Feb 20, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Politicians have targeted San Francisco Catholic schools’ teacher standards, but Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone says they are a matter of Catholic mission and common sense. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those that you stand for, and who shows disrespect toward you and the Democratic Party in general?” he wrote in his reply to eight state legislators who had criticized Catholic standards for school employees. The archbishop suggested a hypothetical situation in which Democratic politicians employ a “brilliant

University of Scranton to end all abortion coverage

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) – The University of Scranton plans to end employee health care coverage for abortions in cases of rape, incest and to preserve the life of the mother. The Times-Tribune of Scranton ( ) reports Thursday that the Roman Catholic university notified faculty and staff of the proposed change last week. The university’s president, the Rev. Kevin Quinn, wrote in a letter to faculty and staff that church teaching on abortion does not include any exceptions Read more at

Notre Dame Scandals under Fr. Jenkins Are Rooted in Diminished Catholic Faculty, Alumni Say

February 21, 2015 World News Comments Off

February 20, 2015, at 11:02 AM  |  By Kimberly Scharfenberger  | Following the election of University of Notre Dame President Father John Jenkins, C.S.C. to his third term, Notre Dame alumni spoke with The Cardinal Newman Society to share their reflections on how the University has damaged its Catholic identity and how it can pave a way forward by facilitating an increase in faithful Catholic faculty. In his 2005 inaugural address, Fr. Jenkins shared a hopeful vision of Notre Dame’s future—one that would combine every aspect of academic excellence with its Catholic mission. He stressed the need for “a – See more at:

Cardinal Napier: African Bishops Have Higher Priorities Than Communion for Divorced and Remarried

February 20, 2015 World News Comments Off

by CNA/EWTN NEWS 02/19/2015 Cardinal Wilfrid Napier speaks at the Vatican Press Office on Oct. 14, 2014. – Bohumil Petrik/CNA ROME — A leading African cardinal says the continent’s bishops want the upcoming Vatican synod to zero in on strengthening the Church with good families — before getting sidetracked on other issues, such as the contentious debate over allowing Communion for divorced-and-remarried couples  

LGBT Catholic group gets special seating during Pope’s weekly address

February 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

(CNN)Members of New Ways Ministry — an advocacy group for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered Catholics — have made three pilgrimages to the Vatican, under three different popes. But only once have they been treated like VIPs. That’s the treatment the roughly 50 members of the Maryland-based group got — much to their surprise — for Pope Francis’ weekly address Wednesday in St. Peter’s Square, according to Francis DeBernardo, the group’s executive director. “It’s really an incredible honor and an incredible step forward for the LGBT community to be recognized,” he told CNN from Rome.

Cardinal Wuerl attacks “brother bishops” as “dissenters”

February 19, 2015 World News Comments Off

It is an open secret in Washington, D.C., that Donald Cardinal Wuerl has effectively banned Raymond Cardinal Burke from entering the Archdiocese of Washington.  Several sources have confirmed this to Rorate over the years, stemming from Wuerl’s disdain for any priest or bishop who opposes giving Communion to Catholics who publicly dissent from Church teachings

The real scoop on Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago

February 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

A while back, I got the impression that commenter Steve (where have you gone? I did not intend to run you off entirely, I was just asking that you dial back your comments from 11 to, say, 5) thought I was being too harsh in some of my judgments regarding Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago.  I have known and read about Bishop Cupich ever since this blog started, and what I have learned has been almost universally negative.  He took some quite heavy handed actions against the traditional practice of the Faith and pious works like priests praying outside mills while in Rapid City, SD, and continued similarly in Spokane.  I knew he was the most outspoken “peasnjustus” bishop at…Continue Reading

The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization?

February 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization? “Rome” is a target for ISIS. What that means, we aren’t sure. It seems to be code for “Christians”, the lands which once comprised Christendom. It also probably means Rome itself. From the Catholic Herald: After beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists say they will ‘conquer Rome’ next Islamist militants claiming loyalty to ISIS have released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christia

HHS Pushes Church Talking Points, Bulletins to Promote Obamacare

February 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking points.” These materials are part of the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit,” which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From the beginning, HHS has sought to develop partnerships with faith-based organizations to promote the Obamacare. This “toolkit” has been available since 2013. However, the details of these partnerships have largely escaped the attention of the national media. The Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action program encourages churches…Continue Reading

Protesting Catholic schools – for being Catholic

February 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

How crazy is San Francisco? This may strike you as a little story in all the tumult and chaos in the world. But I think it’s truly a sign of the times.