Archives for September 2017

Cdl. Burke reappointed to Vatican’s highest court

Return comes three years after he was removed as prefect of Apostolic Signatura

Saturday the Vatican announced Pope Francis’ appointment of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a member of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura – the Holy See's highest court – which he previously headed for six years. Burke, 69, is currently patron of the Order of the Knights of Malta, which he was appointed to in 2014 by Pope Francis. An expert in canon law, he served as … [Read more...]

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CDC: Sexually-transmitted diseases reach all-time high in U.S.

There were more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported nationwide in 2016, "the highest number ever," according to the CDC’s annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report

Sexually transmitted diseases rose to an all-time high in the United States last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week, creating a threat that’s challenging the health field. There were more than two million cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reported nationwide in 2016. That was "the highest number ever," according to the CDC’s annual … [Read more...]

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It happened to Pope John Paul II too

Like Pope Francis, John Paul II was repeatedly attacked for his statements in line with the Second Vatican Council regarding ecumenism, religious freedom and dialogue with other religions

The speed of the web and social networks that echo the message help to magnify what is happening - such as in the case of the so-called "filial correction” to Pope Francis - like as if nothing similar had ever happened before. A close look at the recent history of the Church shows that this is not the case, and helps place into the right slot the document signed by 79 scholars, … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Müller: there is a climate of fear in the Curia

"If they say one small or harmless critical word, some spies will pass the comments directly to the Holy Father, and the falsely accused people don’t have any chance to defend themselves”

There is a climate of fear in the Curia as people worry “spies” will bad-mouth them to the Pope, the former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has said. In an extensive interview with National Catholic Register, Cardinal Gerhard Müller said Pope Francis is surrounded by “false friends” who are acting like children in a boarding school by privately … [Read more...]

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Meeting scheduled on sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria

Officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will meet on November 17 to study the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio

A much-anticipated meeting by officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into the Sainthood Cause of Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF has been confirmed for November 17th. This milestone begins the study by experts into the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The Sainthood … [Read more...]

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Catholic bishops weigh in on proposed bills

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature

The California Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to let their voices be heard on a number of bills awaiting Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature this fall, including one — Assembly Bill 569 — the conference sees as a direct attack on religious freedom. The governor has until Oct. 15 to act on the bills. As the statewide Church’s public policy arm, the conference has highlighted … [Read more...]

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US House to vote on banning abortion after 20 weeks

The Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act will be voted on by the U.S. House on Oct. 3

Micah Pickering was born prematurely at 20 weeks. His eyes were “fused shut,” according to his mother, and his bones were still soft. He spent four months in the neonatal intensive care unit. Yet Micah survived against the odds, and is today a healthy 5 year-old attending Kindergarten. “When I look at a little baby, a 20-week baby, my heart is full. I’ve been that mom … [Read more...]

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Kidnapped by the Vatican?

New book by Ignatius Press tells story of Edgardo Mortara through his own words, precedes big Hollywood film

For the first time in the English-speaking world, the incredible story of Edgardo Mortara is told in his own words through the new book, Kidnapped by the Vatican? His story is one that reverberated around the world in the late 19th century, and is currently the cause that is holding up the canonization of Blessed Pope Pius IX. Mortara was born into a Jewish family but … [Read more...]

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Finding that peace which the world cannot give

Dominican priest will lead annual St. Jude Novena at St. Dominic Parish in San Francisco, aims to open participants' eyes to necessity of growing morally and spiritually

Dominican Father Emmerich Vogt believes the unhealed wounds of original sin and personal sin can lead the rich, the famous, and yes, even the faithful into sinful, self-destructive behavior. The former director of the St. Jude Shrine in San Francisco and preacher for the annual St. Jude Novena at St. Dominic Parish Oct. 20-28 told Catholic San Francisco that this year’s novena … [Read more...]

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Collaborative of pro-life pregnancy centers organized in San Francisco archdiocese

Options United for Life Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network scheduled to launch on Respect Life Sunday, will bring clients to dozens of local nonprofits serving thousands of families

Abortion-vulnerable women in the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Northern California will have wider access to pro-life counseling and medical services, under a collaborative of pregnancy resource centers launching Oct. 1, Respect Life Sunday. The coalition, Options United for Life Northern California Pregnancy Resource Collaborative Network, includes Options United, a … [Read more...]

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