Jun 3, 2010 - 10:05 pm .- During a conference in Peru this week, a Spanish cardinal expressed sadness over the fact that often, the Mass is “reduced to a mere banquet, a celebration of the community,” instead of Christ's sacrifice on the cross. He noted that “Worship becomes perverted when we have a celebration in which the community celebrates itself.”
Jun 3, 2010 - 09:31 pm .- The Vatican daily L'Osservatore Roman (LOR) published an article this week on a meeting of the international theological and cultural review "Communio," which was founded 38 years ago by Hans Urs von Balthasar, Henri de Lubac and Joseph Ratzinger. The text highlights the Holy Father's perspective on the Second Vatican Council, its importance in the history of the Church in continuity with tradition and the concept of the ecclesiology of "communion" as it relates to "mission."
Jun 3, 2010 - 08:04 pm .- The “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy barring open homosexuals from serving in the military should not be changed, the Archbishop of the Archdiocese for the Military Services said on Tuesday. Noting the need for strong rules against immoral activity, he said moral beliefs should not be sacrificed for “merely political considerations.”
Jun 3, 2010 - 05:47 pm .- Former president of the Medical Association for Life and member of the pro-Yucatan network, Gumersindo Vasquez Castillo, stated that promoters of the morning-after pill are using "resourceful linguistics" to promote the drug as non-abortive. He also noted that human life begins at conception.
Jun 3, 2010 - 03:25 pm .- With their rabid fans looking on, the North American Martyrs came up short in their bid to upset the reigning champions of the Clericus Cup, a soccer tournament held every year between Rome's pontifical seminaries. Despite the 1-0 loss, the Martyrs took consolation in the strong team unity that marked the year and their work ethic.
Jun 3, 2010 - 03:35 pm .- Commenting on the Pope's ongoing efforts to bring the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) into full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, Vatican writer Sandro Magister noted on Wednesday that some traditionalist groups have already "made their peace with Rome." However, because of his efforts, Pope Benedict has become “the target of intolerance,” Magister said.
Jun 3, 2010 - 02:01 pm .- The Apostolic Nuncio to Cyprus, Archbishop Antonio Franco, said Pope Benedict XVI is visiting the country as “a missionary following the steps of St. Paul and Barnabas” and will promote "a new effort to bring to a positive conclusion the peace process and reunification of the island.”
Jun 3, 2010 - 11:57 am .- Bishop Victor Hugo Palma of Escuintla in Guatemala urged Catholics to offer assistance to those impacted by Tropical Storm Agatha and the country's volcanic eruption in San Vicente. “We are all called to offer as little or as much as we can” to help those who have lost everything.
Jun 3, 2010 - 10:15 am .- Bishop Luigi Padovese, Apostolic Vicar of Anatolia, was reportedly stabbed to death in Iskendurun, Turkey on Thursday by his driver, who also served as his aide.
Jun 3, 2010 - 08:19 am .- The pro-Obama group Catholics United decided last week to take another step to deliver a petition signed by some 5,000 people to the Archbishop of Boston, Cardinal Sean O'Malley, but its fate remains uncertain. The petition requests that the archdiocese allow the enrollment of children from gay couples in Catholic schools without any limitations or vetting process.
Jun 3, 2010 - 05:54 am .- Following the U.S. House of Representatives' vote in favor of an amendment to a bill that would lift a ban on abortions at military hospitals, the issue passed to a Senate committee on Tuesday who also backed the move.
Jun 3, 2010 - 03:27 am .- The Archdiocese of Atlanta’s 15th annual Eucharistic Congress will take place this weekend, dedicated to the theme “To Sanctify the Christian People.” It will emphasize the “indelible link” between the Eucharist and the priesthood with the help of speakers and musicians.
Jun 3, 2010 - 12:48 am .- Marking the closing of the Year for Priests, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York gave a keynote address at an Irish bishops' seminar, where he reflected on the recently surfaced clerical abuse cases within the Irish Church and exhorted priests to be “grounded” in humility.