Archive of March 7, 2018

Vatican aims to 'change the narrative' on migrants, refugees

Mar 7, 2018 - 09:08 pm .- For the Vatican's point man on migration, ever since the crisis reached a fever pitch in 2015, the mass movement of people has been painted in an overly negative, ominous and threatening light – a narrative he says needs to change.

Wisconsin diocese says ending worker pension plan is best option

Mar 7, 2018 - 05:08 pm .- The Diocese of La Crosse has announced that it will end its pension plan for lay employees, but it hopes to preserve almost all the value of promised benefits for hundreds of present and past workers.  

The priest who started #CelibacyMatters

Mar 7, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- The culture assumes celibacy is unhealthy, repressive, and gamophobic, but is it?

Who killed Fr. Kunz? Wisc. police launch campaign to revive cold case

Mar 7, 2018 - 03:22 pm .- Fr. Alfred Kunz was a 67-year-old parish priest at St. Michael’s church in the rural town of Dane, Wisconsin.

Are religious sisters exploited by the Church? Three sisters respond

Mar 7, 2018 - 03:19 pm .- Last week, the women’s edition of a magazine distributed in the Vatican published an article claiming that religious sisters in the Catholic Church are poorly treated and economically exploited.

Analysis: Cardinal Sarah, Blessed Paul VI, and Catholic commentary

Mar 7, 2018 - 03:05 pm .- Cardinal Robert Sarah has authored a preface for a newly published book detailing the ascendancy, in the last 50 years, of the reception of Communion in the hand. He has been thanked for his efforts with at least one call for his removal from office. The flare-up offers an opportunity to look in greater detail at the history of the means of receiving Holy Communion.

Vatican canon law office awaits new president

Mar 7, 2018 - 11:04 am .- The Pontifical Council for the Interpretation of Legislative Texts is awaiting the appointment of a new president, as sources have confirmed for CNA that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, president of the council since 2007, who turned 80 years old March 6.

How Rhode Island is thinking about restricting online porn

Mar 7, 2018 - 10:59 am .- A bill introduced in Rhode Island last week would block online pornography unless viewers confirm that they are at least 18 years of age and pay a $20 fee.

In San Francisco, one less space for St Junipero Serra

Mar 7, 2018 - 10:41 am .- California missionary St. Junipero Serra will be among the figures removed from a prominent location near San Francisco City Hall after the city’s art commission unanimously voted to remove the statue March 5.

It's official: Paul VI and Oscar Romero will be canonized

Mar 7, 2018 - 05:17 am .- The Vatican announced Wednesday that Pope Francis has recognized a second miracle allowing five people on the path to sainthood to be canonized, the most prominent being Bl. Pope Paul VI and Bl. Oscar Romero.

Mass can't be bought – salvation is free, Pope Francis says

Mar 7, 2018 - 03:24 am .- On Wednesday Pope Francis issued a harsh critique of the trend to ask parishioners for a financial contribution in order to have Mass said for a loved one, saying that to make a personal offering is fine, but the liturgy should never have a price tag.

Ohio bishop asks hospital to reconsider rescuing non-compliant abortion clinic

Mar 7, 2018 - 03:01 am .- Hospital leaders should rescind their agreement with the last abortion clinic in Toledo that could save it from closing, Bishop Daniel Thomas of Toledo has said.

Only half of US children are being raised by their married parents

Mar 7, 2018 - 12:35 am .- One in two: that is the current number of children in the U.S. who are being raised by both their married biological parents throughout their childhood.