Archives for December 2016

Intercommunion: the next theological ambiguity

Cardinal Walter Kasper suggests that sharing the Eucharist with non-Catholics solve pastoral problems

The following comes from a December 28 Crisis article by John M. Grondelski : A recent issue of the Italian daily Avennire suggests the next possible front in the effort to accommodate the sacraments to “pastoral” problems (at least as Cardinal Walter Kasper sees them): intercommunion. The December 9 issue features a brief interview in which Kasper reflects on Pope … [Read more...]

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No public ‘correction’ of Pope Francis, according to Cardinal Brandmüller

One of the four cardinals who submitted dubia to the pope has said that any correction of the pontiff would be done privately

The following comes from a December 27 Catholic Culture article: Cardinal Walter Brandmüller—one of the four cardinals who submitted dubia to Pope Francis regarding the interpretation of Amoris Laetitia—has said that any “correction” of the Pontiff would be done privately. Cardinal Brandmüller was responding, in an interview with Vatican Insider, to published remarks by … [Read more...]

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The pro-life issues facing President Trump

Many social conservatives were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump, but whether they’ll still be ecstatic a few months down the line remains to be seen

The following comes from a December 27 Angelus article by Russell Shaw: Many social conservatives, though by no means all, were ecstatic at the election of Donald Trump. Whether they’ll still be ecstatic a few months down the line cannot be predicted—and by no means is this uncertainty entirely of Trump’s making. Start with the Supreme Court. During the campaign, … [Read more...]

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Methodist group attacks California’s pro-life pregnancy centers

Western Methodist Justice Movement calls on its members to attend LA City Council hearing on January 23

The following comes from a December 20 Juicy Ecumenism blog post by Chelsen Vicari: The Western Methodist Justice Movement (WMJM), an unofficial caucus group within the Western Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church (UMC), is calling on its members to attend the Health Committee of the Los Angeles City Council hearing to help “put CPCs [Crisis Pregnancy Centers] on the … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishop rips Church teaching on homosexuality

‘That was not Jesus’ approach’

The following comes from a December 23 LifeSiteNews article by Pete Baklinski: A U.S. bishop first appointed last year by Pope Francis is defending his decision to speak at a gay activist conference in April 2017 put on by a “Catholic” group condemned by the Vatican. The bishop argues that he is following the pope’s example of being “merciful” while reaching out to those in … [Read more...]

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California’s birthrate falls to lowest level on record

Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians

The following comes from a December 21 LA Times article by Soumya Karlamangla: California’s birthrate dropped to its lowest level ever in 2016, according to data released by the state’s Department of Finance. Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians, the agency said this week. The last time the birthrate came close to being … [Read more...]

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Suspect in Sonoma County Catholic school vandalism: ‘I Am Satan’

Allegedly shattered the front glass doors and other windows throughout the campus of Cardinal Newman High School and tore apart statues, caused estimated $100,000 in damages

The following comes from a December 22 Sonoma Valley Patch article by Mark Nero: A Guerneville man is facing a mental exam after he matter-of-factly claimed he was the Satan after being charged in Sonoma County Superior Court with felony burglary and vandalism of a Catholic school north of Santa Rosa. On Dec. 21, Judge Arthur Wick suspended criminal proceedings and … [Read more...]

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