Archives for 2018

For “Uncle Ted,” the final cut

Latest allegations against Cardinal McCarrick represent "a seismic moment"

Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults, late Thursday afternoon The New York Times … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Timothy Dolan enters Supreme Court confirmation fray

As chairman of USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, he calls for prayers that "change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in life"

Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today inviting all people of good will to join in a prayer campaign that the change in the U.S. Supreme Court will move our nation closer to the day when every human being is protected in law and welcomed in … [Read more...]

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Not the bloodstains of a man who was crucified?

Study questions authenticity of Shroud of Turin

A study on the Shroud of Turin based on bloodstain pattern analysis used to investigate crime scenes has sparked fresh debate on what is believed to be Christ's burial cloth, saying the marks left by the blood flow are not authentic. The study, “A BPA Approach to the Shroud of Turin,” was published July 10 in the Journal of Forensic Sciences. In comments to CNA, the leading … [Read more...]

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Papal confidantes denounce ‘distorted American dream’ of Prosperity Gospel

"A theological justification for economic neoliberalism"

The “prosperity gospel” that US President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal. The philosophy “is used as a theological justification for economic neo-liberalism” and is “a far cry from … [Read more...]

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“Unconscionable tactics to drive asylum seekers deep into the desert”

San Jose Bishop Patrick McGrath tells large crowd at Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph that he is "profoundly disturbed and disheartened" by U.S. immigration policy

The Catholic diocese of San Jose held a prayer service for immigration reform and reunification of migrant families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border Tuesday night at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph. Bishop Patrick McGrath presided over the service and began with, “pray for those who can’t come to public service such as this” to an almost-packed church. The prayer … [Read more...]

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“The big decline is in the Catholic schools”

Report: Demographic shift of middle-class Catholics out of urban centers and sharp decrease in numbers of priests, nuns and religious orders main culprits in large drop in enrollmenT

The complexion of America’s private school sector has undergone massive changes over the past half-century, driven mostly by a decline in Catholic school enrollment, according to a major new report published in the journal Education Next. The authors find that middle-class families in particular have been leaning away from private schools for several decades. Written by … [Read more...]

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San Francisco deacon continues to write for gay newspaper

Deacon Brian Bromberger’s faculties not yet revoked, spokesman for archdiocese says situation is under review

A Catholic deacon who is openly homosexual has continued to write salacious reviews of obscene movies for a “gay” newspaper in San Francisco for at least a year since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was informed of his activities, LifeSite has learned. Over a year ago, in June 2017 the archdiocese told LifeSite that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, … [Read more...]

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‘The beautiful promise of Humanae Vitae’

Archbishop Jose Gomez pays homage to Paul Paul VI's 1968 encyclica

The following is an excerpt from an article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: This week we are remembering the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter on human life and love. Looking back, we can understand better how the world of 1968 was not ready for this document. It was a time of new ideas about human freedom and love … [Read more...]

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Federal judge sides with Trump Administration in Title X lawsuit

Pro-abortion groups had sought to block proposed new rules that could cost Planned Parenthood as much as $260 million in federal funding

A federal judge has sided with the Trump administration in a lawsuit challenging its move to prioritize faith-based, abstinence-focused programs for dispensing family-planning dollars. In May, three Planned Parenthood groups and the National Family Planning & Reproductive Health Association (NFPRHA) sued the administration over the Department of Health & Human … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names cardinals who will lead upcoming synod on youth

All four come from what the pontiff has described as the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea

On Saturday, the Vatican announced Pope Francis’s picks for the four cardinals who’ll preside over an October meeting of bishops focused on youth. All four come from what the pontiff has described the “peripheries” of the world: Myanmar, Iraq, Madagascar and Papua New Guinea. Though a “president delegate” post doesn’t necessarily mean much in terms of the ability to shape … [Read more...]

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