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Abp Viganò defends his union with Church: ‘I have no desire to separate myself from Mother Church’

July 7, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Abp Viganò defends his union with Church: ‘I have no desire to separate myself from Mother Church’

July 6, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – “I have no desire to separate myself from Mother Church, for the exaltation of which I daily renew the offering of my life,” stated Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò regarding accusations that he was “on the brink of schism” over his comments regarding the Catholic Church in relation to the 1962-65 Vatican II council.  In a new post today that was first published by Sandro Magister in Italian and Marco Tosatti in English (read full letter below), Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò responded to an article by Sandro Magister, in which the Italian journalist accused him of demeaning Pope Benedict XVI and for being “on the brink of schism.” Magister ha

English Catholic bishop: parishes see ‘dramatic fall’ in income following lockdown

July 6, 2020 breaking Comments Off on English Catholic bishop: parishes see ‘dramatic fall’ in income following lockdown

CNA Staff, Jul 6, 2020 / 04:30 am MT (CNA).- An English bishop has said that parishes have seen “dramatic fall” in income as a result of the coronavirus lockdown. Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury urged the government to step in to help dioceses struggling financially as a result of the pandemic.  “The weeks of the national lockdown saw a dramatic fall of about a third in parish income. This is having a serious impact on the operation of parishes,” he told CNA.  Mike Kane, a local Member of Parliament, raised the financial plight of the Diocese of Shrewsbu

President Trump tweets Catholic author’s warning that ‘there is a war against Christianity’

July 5, 2020 breaking Comments Off on President Trump tweets Catholic author’s warning that ‘there is a war against Christianity’

July 3, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – On July 2, only hours after Dr. Taylor Marshall had given an interview to the U.S. cable network One America News (OAN) about the current crisis in America, President Donald Trump sent out a tweet highlighting the Catholic author’s warning. “Dr. Taylor Marshall, author. ‘There Is A War On Christianity’. @OANN,” Trump tweeted. Marshall had pointed out that the current attacks on sy

Cardinal Zen contradicts Hong Kong cardinal: China’s new national security law will hurt freedom of religion

July 3, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Zen contradicts Hong Kong cardinal: China’s new national security law will hurt freedom of religion

HONG KONG, June 30, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) ― China has imposed a new security law on Hong Kong that Cardinal Joseph Zen believes will have a deleterious effect on religious freedom. In a Cantonese video produced by the “Catholic Faithful Watching the Hong Kong National Security Law,” Cardinal Zen, 88, said the national security law imposed upon Hong Kong by the mainland government cannot guarantee “true” religious freedom.  In doing so, he directly contradicted Cardinal John Tong Hon, 80, the Apostolic Administrator of

SF threatens enforcement against Catholic archdiocese for violating health order on gatherings

July 2, 2020 breaking Comments Off on SF threatens enforcement against Catholic archdiocese for violating health order on gatherings

The San Francisco city attorney’s office told the archdiocese of San Francisco this week to stop holding “multiple indoor large gatherings at its facilities,” in violation of the city’s health order prohibiting such assemblies during the COVID-19 pandemic. After multiple rounds of correspondence between the city and the archdiocese over the gatherings, City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a cease-and-desist letter on Monday, ordering the archdiocese to discontinue the indoor religious services it has held in recent weeks or risk a temporary restraining order from the city. With COVID-19 cases erup

Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died

July 1, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Benedict XVI’s brother Georg Ratzinger has died

Rome Newsroom, Jul 1, 2020 / 04:30 am MT (CNA).- Benedict XVI’s older brother Georg Ratzinger died Wednesday, just a little more than one week after the pope emeritus’ visit. Msgr. Georg Ratzinger died in Bavaria at the age of 96 on July 1. The pope emeritus was able to say a last goodbye to his older brother on June 22 at the end of a four-day trip to Germany to spend time with his ailing brother. “One can only wish everyone such affection, such a fraternal togetherness, as witnessed in the relationship of the Ratzinger brothers. It lives on fidelity, trust, selflessness and a s

Breaking . . . Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion regulations

June 29, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Breaking . . . Supreme Court strikes down Louisiana abortion regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C., June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Supreme Court decided 5-4 to strike down a Louisiana law requiring basic medical precautions in the event of abortion complications, with Chief Justice John Roberts reversing his own past decision to uphold a similar Texas law. June Medical Services LLC v. Russo concerned Louisiana’s requirement that abortion centers make arrangements for admitting women to nearby hospitals in cases of life-threatening complications. 

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone led Catholics to the pedestal of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park to pray for forgiveness and healing.

June 29, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone led Catholics to the pedestal of St. Junipero Serra in Golden Gate Park to pray for forgiveness and healing.

Governor blasted for ‘encouraging people to snitch on churchgoers’

June 28, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Governor blasted for ‘encouraging people to snitch on churchgoers’

Churches have felt put out by various city and state restrictions on assemblies during the coronavirus pandemic. Similar organizations in some jurisdictions have been treated differently, resulting in First Amendment lawsuits. But now, Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam is ramping up the pressure, according to a religious liberty advocate, providing a means for citizens to snitch on people who violate coronavirus rules, such as attending a “religious service” without a face covering. Along with “religious service,” the menu on the form provided online provides for complaints at a “grocery-convenience store,” “restaurant,” “brick and mortar retail,” “winery-brewery,” “indoor gun range,” “personal grooming service” or “fitness and exercise.”

Catholic Church in Germany lost a record number of members last year

June 27, 2020 breaking Comments Off on Catholic Church in Germany lost a record number of members last year

CNA Staff, Jun 26, 2020 / 07:30 am MT (CNA).- A record number of Catholics formally left the Church in Germany in 2019, according to official figures released Friday.  The statistics issued June 26 showed that 272,771 people exited the Catholic Church last year, a significant increase on the 2018 figure of 216,078. In a June 26 statement, Bishop Georg Bätzing, president of the German bishops’ conference, said that he did not wish to “gloss over” the figures.  He said: “Of course, the declines are also due to demographics, but they also show first of all the fact that, des