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Gov. Kasich vetoes bill banning abortions after baby’s heartbeat begins

December 13, 2016 World News Comments Off on Gov. Kasich vetoes bill banning abortions after baby’s heartbeat begins

COLUMBUS, Ohio, December 13, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Ohio Governor John Kasich vetoed a bill this afternoon that would have protected children in the womb as soon as their heartbeat can be detected. The “Heartbeat Bill” was added to legislation dealing with child-abuse reporting, and Kasich simply line-itemed the prolife measure out of it. Kasich did sign the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection

Pope Francis: rigidity, worldliness a disaster for priests

December 9, 2016 World News Comments Off on Pope Francis: rigidity, worldliness a disaster for priests

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Casa Santa Marta on Friday morning, focusing his remarks following the readings of the day on the need for priests to serve as authentic mediators of God’s love, rather than as intermediaries – “go-betweens” or “middle-men” – concerned  only with advancing their own interests. No to “go-between” priests, yest to priests who are mediators of God’s love The role of the mediator is not that of the intermediary – and priests are called to be the former for their flock: “The mediator gives himself (lit. perde se stesso) to unite the parties, he gives his life. That is the price: his life – he pays with his life, his…Continue Reading

Hopes for transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s body high despite emergency ruling

December 7, 2016 World News Comments Off on Hopes for transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s body high despite emergency ruling

Hopes buoyed in the Diocese of Peoria by a November 17 court ruling allowing Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s family to transfer the sainthood candidate’s remains from New York to Peoria were tempered by an emergency stay being granted to the Archdiocese of New York, which planned to appeal the ruling. In a 10-page decision, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arlene Bluth had granted the request of Archbishop Sheen’s niece, Joan Sheen Cunningham, to have the remains of the famed orator and m

A Plea Against an Unprincipled Papalism

December 6, 2016 World News Comments Off on A Plea Against an Unprincipled Papalism

Editor’s note: The following is a guest essay from Dr. Markus Büning. Dr. Büning was born 1966 in Ahaus (Westfalen, Germany). He studied Catholic Theology and Philosophy at the University of Münster. After graduating in 1990, he studied Law in Münster and München. He received his doctorate in Law in 2001 from the University of Münster. Among other things, he has worked as Academic Assistant at the Universities of Münster and Konstanz; as an administrative lawyer in several departments; and fi

At The Request Of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops . . . Hudson church considers taking in 21 Syrian refugees

December 6, 2016 World News Comments Off on At The Request Of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops . . . Hudson church considers taking in 21 Syrian refugees

Church leaders and members of St. Patrick Parish in Hudson have been praying overtime in the past couple of weeks as they decide whether to welcome five Syrian refugee families into their community next summer. The Rev. John Gerritts The Rev. John Gerritts promised to learn more about the refugee crisis and reach out to parish leadership after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called earlier this fall to ask if his congregation would host the refugees, who are living in a camp in Turkey. “This is something we’ve never done before,” said Gerritts, who is the church’s pastor. “It’s nothing w

Catholic Scholar Attacked for Catholic Views at Catholic College

December 5, 2016 World News Comments Off on Catholic Scholar Attacked for Catholic Views at Catholic College

Prominent Catholic scholar of Renaissance literature Anthony Esolen is under attack for daring to talk openly about the teachings of the Catholic faith. The orthodox professor at the Dominican-led Providence College in Rhode Island is the author of many books, including a translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. Esolen recently penned two articles at Crisis magazine, the first in which he laments that his school – like many – has “succumbed to the totalitarian diversity cult.” Esolen observes that the “celebrate diversity” culture crowd is “at odds with…the diversity of male and female to be resolved most dynamically and creat

Congress doubles budget for investigation of Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

December 3, 2016 World News Comments Off on Congress doubles budget for investigation of Planned Parenthood baby parts scandal

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Congress voted to double the budget of the Select Investigative Panel on Infant Lives, meaning the panel will continue investigating Planned Parenthood and the sale of aborted baby body parts through 2016. Republicans and Democrats took to the House floor yesterday to support and bash H. Res 933, which authorized continued funding for the Select Panel. It ultimately passed 234 to 181. Prior to the vote, the Panel announced yesterday that it had made nine criminal and regulatory referrals against Planned Parenthood, other abortion businesses, fetal tissue companies, and universities.

Catholic church prepares to fight ‘grave evil’ of mass deportations

December 1, 2016 World News Comments Off on Catholic church prepares to fight ‘grave evil’ of mass deportations

American leadership in the Catholic church laid low during the presidential election but San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is now making clear that if President-elect Donald Trump makes good on campaign promises of mass deportations of unauthorized immigrants, the church is prepared to take “massive action.” “During the past months the specter of a massive deportation campaign aimed at ripping more than 10 million undocumented immigrants from their lives and families has realistically emerged as potential federal policy,” McElroy said. “We must label this policy proposal for what it is — an act of injustic

Fake Catholic Groups and the “Catholic Spring” Emails

November 30, 2016 World News Comments Off on Fake Catholic Groups and the “Catholic Spring” Emails

Beginning in 2007, orthodox Catholic writers including myself wrote dozens of articles in an attempt to expose the funding and duplicitousness of two fake Catholic groups: the OSF funded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. (For example, see here and here and here.) Now, with the release of the leaked emails this week from longtime Democratic Party operative and current Clinton campaign chair, John Podesta, there is confirmation that Podesta personally helped to launch

Rubio on Castro Condolences: Obama’s Response ‘Pathetic’; My Catholic Faith Does Not Bind Me to Pope’s Foreign Policy Stances

November 30, 2016 World News Comments Off on Rubio on Castro Condolences: Obama’s Response ‘Pathetic’; My Catholic Faith Does Not Bind Me to Pope’s Foreign Policy Stances

(CNSNews.com) – Asked Sunday about Pope Francis’ expression of sorrow on the death of Fidel Castro, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said that as a Catholic he believes in the Pope’s theological authority but his faith does not bind him when it comes to foreign policy positions. During an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Rubio’s criticism of President Obama’s