Sunday 21st April 2019

Home » World News » Recent Articles:

Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers

May 15, 2014 World News Comments Off on Catholic Colleges Leader Rejects Ex Corde Ecclesiae as ‘Checklist,’ Defends Pro-Abortion Speakers

May 14, 2014, at 2:23 PM  |  By CNS Staff  | The president of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities (ACCU) has claimed that Pope Saint John Paul II’s Ex corde Ecclesiae, the apostolic constitution for Catholic colleges and universities, is not a “checklist” binding on college leaders and does not prevent pro-abortion speakers and events. ACCU President Michael Galligan-Stierle’s “checklist” comment resurrects arguments that the ACCU made in the 1990s against conforming with the letter of Ex corde Ecclesiae.  The false implication is that the document presents a personal vision for Catholic education which colleges may interpret in their own way, even when undermining the Church, but does not declare norms that are binding under the Church’s canon…Continue Reading

The U.N. Just Accused The Catholic Church Of Torture. The Reason Why Will Blow Your Mind

May 15, 2014 World News Comments Off on The U.N. Just Accused The Catholic Church Of Torture. The Reason Why Will Blow Your Mind

F. Peter Brown — May 14, 2014 The United Nations is increasing its assault on the Catholic Church’s pro-life doctrine, saying that the pro-life stance amounts to “psychological torture” of women. Could anyone who promotes pro-life policies now be found guilty of  “torture”  by the UN? According to Article I of  the UN Convention Against Torture: For the purposes of this Convention, the term ‘torture’ means any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is

Cardinal, At Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Calls For Immigration Reform

May 14, 2014 World News Comments Off on Cardinal, At Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Calls For Immigration Reform

BREAKFAST May-13-2014 By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, the keynote speaker at the 10th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, issued a call for immigration reform. Cardinal O’Malley recalled his early years of ordained ministry as a Capuchin Franciscan priest at the Spanish Catholic Center in Washington, not far from the hotel where the breakfast was held. The work there “was an uplifting experience in my life,” he recalled in remarks made May 13 at the breakfast. “Most of my parishioners were undocumented workers, refugees from the wars in Central America,” he said. “We received thousands of immigrants from all over Latin America” during that era, he added. “They were…Continue Reading

Black Mass’ Canceled on Harvard Campus Amid Furor — But Satanists and Catholics Carry on With Big Plans of Their Own

May 13, 2014 World News Comments Off on Black Mass’ Canceled on Harvard Campus Amid Furor — But Satanists and Catholics Carry on With Big Plans of Their Own

May. 13, 2014 8:20am Billy Hallowell A student club at Harvard University dropped its sponsorship of a controversial satanic “black Mass” that was scheduled to take place inside a campus pub, as droves of Catholic protesters showed up to oppose the satanist event and to celebrate their faith at St. Paul’s Church in Cambridge, Massachusetts. The Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club announced Monday that the event, which was set to be presided over by the Satanic Temple, a New York-based group, was not going to be being rescheduled. “Everyone involved, outside of the Satanic Temple, got really scared,” Satanic Temple spokesman Lucien Greaves told the Boston Globe of the decision to cancel the event. “And I don’t necessarily blame them,…Continue Reading

The Confounding and Curious Pontifications of Cardinal Kasper

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off on The Confounding and Curious Pontifications of Cardinal Kasper

May 10, 2014 Is the German prelate and theologian promoting a book on mercy or pushing a dubious agenda at the expense of fellow bishops? Carl E. Olson Cardinal Walter Kasper, noted German prelate and theologian, has been on a book tour in the States in support of his most recent work, Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (Paulist Press). I’m not sure how much interest he has generated regarding his book, but In the course of just a few days, he has managed the rather remarkable (which is not to say admirable) combined feat of slighting the head of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith (a fellow Cardinal, Gerhard Müller), essentially dismissing the pastoral authority…Continue Reading

Hew To Canon Law When Closing Churches, Cardinal Burke Says

May 11, 2014 World News Comments Off on Hew To Canon Law When Closing Churches, Cardinal Burke Says

May 09, 2014 By George P. Matysek Jr. gmatysek@CatholicReview.org   Twitter: @ReviewMatysek When considering the suppression of parishes or the closing of church buildings, bishops should hew closely to canon law not simply because it’s a legal requirement of the church, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said, but because it helps foster unity. In a May 7 interview with the Catholic Review, the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest court, said following proper procedures helps ensure legitimate decisions. – See more at: http://www.catholicreview.org/article/news/local-news/hew-to-canon-law-when-closing-churches-cardinal-burke-says#sthash.TIOVH9OM.dpuf

ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE UN SYSTEM CHIEF EXECUTIVES BOARD FOR COORDINATION

May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off on ADDRESS OF POPE FRANCIS TO THE UN SYSTEM CHIEF EXECUTIVES BOARD FOR COORDINATION

Consistory Hall Friday, 9 May 2014   Mr Secretary General, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am pleased to welcome you, Mr Secretary-General and the leading executive officers of the Agencies, Funds and Programmes of the United Nations and specialized Organizations, as you gather in Rome for the biannual meeting for strategic coordination of the United Nations System Chief Executives Board. It is significant that today’s meeting takes place shortly after the solemn canonization of my predecessors, Popes John XXIII andJohn Paul II. The new saints inspire us by their passionate concern for integral human development and for understanding between peoples. This concern was concretely expressed by the numerous visits of John Paul II to the Organizations headquartered in Rome and by his travels to New…Continue Reading

Black Mass Scheduled On Harvard Campus; Boston Archdiocese Protests

May 9, 2014 World News Comments Off on Black Mass Scheduled On Harvard Campus; Boston Archdiocese Protests

Catholic World News – May 08, 2014 A student group affiliated with Harvard University has announced plans to hold a “black mass.” The Archdiocese of Boston has issued a statement expressing “deep sadness and strong opposition” to the plan. The Cultural Studies Club at the Harvard Extension School will sponsor the black mass at an on-campus pub on May 12. In reparation, archdiocesan officials are organizing Eucharistic adoration at a nearby church at the same hour. The black mass will be staged by members of the Satanic Temple. An organizers of the event originally said that a consecrated host would be used for the parody of the Mass, but representatives of the Cultural Studies Club later said that an unconsecrated wafer…Continue Reading

SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade After Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off on SPECIAL REPORT: A Decade After Bishops’ Policy, Catholic Commencement Scandals Make Sudden Return

One decade after the U.S. Catholic bishops prohibited Catholic honors and honorary speaking platforms for public opponents of Catholic teaching at Catholic institutions, The Cardinal Newman Society has identified at least 20 Catholic colleges and universities that are hosting scandalous speakers and honorees at commencement ceremonies in 2014. That represents nearly 10 percent of America’s Catholic colleges and a sudden increase in the number of commencement scandals beyond the six reported by The Cardinal Newman Society last year.  The Society’s concerns peaked in 2006 with 24 Catholic colleges.

Fewer Hispanics Are Catholic, So How Can More Catholics Be Hispanic?

May 8, 2014 World News Comments Off on Fewer Hispanics Are Catholic, So How Can More Catholics Be Hispanic?

BY CARY FUNK AND JESSICA MARTÍNEZLEAVE A COMMENT For more than 25 years, the Catholic Church in the United States has made a special effort to reach the Hispanic community, with programs and resources that flow from archbishops’ offices to local parishes. In many ways, that effort has paid off. In 1970, Archbishop Patrick Flores became the first U.S. Hispanic bishop. Today, there are 26 active Hispanic bishops (roughly 10% of all active bishops) and about 450 Hispanic seminarians at the graduate level of training for the priesthood (about 14% of all seminarians at that level), according to the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University. But the degree to which the church has succeeded in keeping Latinos in the pews is less clear.