Archive of June 16, 2010

Bishop thankful 'The Last Summit' breaks false stereotypes about priests

Jun 16, 2010 - 09:49 pm .- Bishop Jose Ignacio Munilla of San Sebastian, Spain praised the film, “The Last Summit,” for breaking false stereotypes about the priesthood. He expressed his appreciation for the testimony of priests like Father Pablo Dominguez, the young star of the documentary who died in a mountain climbing accident.

German bishop claims he was forced to resign

Jun 16, 2010 - 06:00 pm .- The former Bishop of Augsburg, Germany, Walter Mixa, has told a German newspaper that he was forced to sign his April 22 letter of resignation, and that it was written by others. He plans on discussing the matter with Pope Benedict in a July audience.

Vatican official may meet with Raul Castro

Jun 16, 2010 - 04:07 pm .- The AFP news agency reported this week that Church officials in Cuba have not ruled out a possible meeting between Cuban president Raul Castro and the Vatican’s Secretary for Relations with States, Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, who is currently visiting Cuba.

Mexican cardinal laments diminished sense of sin

Jun 16, 2010 - 02:59 pm .- This week Archbishop of Mexico City, Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, warned that it would be an error to remove the word “sin” from the human “dictionary” and believe that nothing is evil.

Cardinal George: Sr. Keehan chose Obama over Catholic bishops

Jun 16, 2010 - 02:04 pm .- Sister Carol Keehan, CEO and President of the Catholic Health Association (CHA) openly acted in favor of President Obama’s health care reform and in opposition to persistent requests from the bishops, said Cardinal Francis George, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), during their spring meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Benedict XVI calls for 'more profound knowledge' of the Eucharist

Jun 16, 2010 - 12:02 pm .- Yesterday evening, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated the diocesan congress of Rome in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. The congress, which is being held June 15-17, has as its theme this year, “'Their eyes were opened, they recognized Him and announced Him:' The Sunday Eucharist and the witness of charity.”

Saint's teaching on faith and reason helps 'overcome' modern atheism, teaches Holy Father

Jun 16, 2010 - 10:31 am .- During his Wednesday audience, the Holy Father explored the teachings of the renowned scholar, St. Thomas Aquinas, asserting that saint's work emphasizing faith and reason “helps us overcome certain objections raised by modern atheism” which “denies that religious language possesses objective meaning and holds that it only has a subjective or merely emotional value.”

New CUA president believes Pledge of Allegiance may violate Vatican II’s teaching on religious freedom

Jun 16, 2010 - 09:01 am .- Incoming Catholic University of America (CUA) president John H. Garvey has defended the freedom of Catholic adoption agencies to refuse to place children with same-sex couples. However, he also holds that the Pledge of Allegiance is unconstitutional and may violate Vatican II’s Declaration on Religious Freedom.

Writer tells story of love and compassion after murder of pastor

Jun 16, 2010 - 07:04 am .- Last October, the parishioners at St. Patrick's Church in Chatham, N.J., were horrified when their pastor, Father Edward Hinds, was found murdered in the rectory.  Tuesday, in an article appearing in The Wall Street Journal, former presidential speech writer William McGurn described his experiences “as a guest” in the St. Patrick's community, where he has seen firsthand over the past months the love and compassion of a community struck by tragedy.

Argentinean archbishop criticizes ideological bias in state-run media

Jun 16, 2010 - 04:45 am .- Archbishop Hector Aguer of La Plata in Argentina criticized the ideological slant in Argentina’s official state-run media, which, he explained, saturates “viewers and listeners with their ideology.”

Catholic experts weigh in on heated immigration debate, urge faithful to not act on 'emotions'

Jun 16, 2010 - 02:57 am .- A recent article in the Kansas City Leaven explores commentary from Catholic experts who have added to the heated debate on immigration reform in the U.S. In an effort to advise Catholics on how to respond to current issues, one expert urged the faithful to not act “on emotions” but “with what our faith tells our hearts what we need to be about.”

Pope Benedict to ordain 14 priests this weekend

Jun 16, 2010 - 01:04 am .- The Vatican Information Service has announced that Pope Benedict will preside over the priestly ordinations of 14 deacons for the Diocese of Rome next Sunday, June 20.

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