Archive of March 13, 2018

Don't let gender ideology confuse students, English cardinal urges

Mar 13, 2018 - 06:09 pm .- Criticizing ideological trends regarding gender identity, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster has said that accepting that one’s biological sex is built-in to humanity helps escape destructive individualism through participation in the human family.

Minnesota archbishop: Catholics belong in the public sphere

Mar 13, 2018 - 04:24 pm .- Archbishop Bernard Hebda of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it is the duty of the laity to represent the Catholic faith in the public arena, especially pointing to the current debate surrounding immigration.

George Weigel: Virtue, cultural renewal necessary for democracy

Mar 13, 2018 - 04:07 pm .- As populists across the U.S. and Europe express discontent with the current state of democracy, George Weigel has pointed to the importance of family and civil society in encouraging and cultivating the virtuous citizenry necessary for democratic renewal.

Botched execution shows death penalty must end, Catholic group says

Mar 13, 2018 - 03:34 pm .- As a death row inmate in Alabama sues the state over a botched execution last month, a Catholic advocacy group said the case emphasize inherent flaws in capital punishment itself.

Catholic leaders reflect on Pope Francis' 5-year anniversary

Mar 13, 2018 - 03:01 pm .- March 13, 2018 marks the 5-year anniversary of Pope Francis’ election as Bishop of Rome. In recognition of the anniversary, CNA asked Catholic leaders around the US for their reflections on the past five years and their thoughts on what the coming years might hold. Here is what they said:

Defending the faith is pastoral, CDF prefect says

Mar 13, 2018 - 02:12 pm .- Promoting and defending Catholic teaching is itself a pastoral practice, said Archbishop Luis Ladaria Ferrer, S.J., the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

In China, government-appointed bishops support Xi, Vatican-China deal

Mar 13, 2018 - 03:02 am .- Government-backed bishops have spoken out publicly in support of the Vatican-China deal in a Chinese media interview at the Chinese Communist Party’s annual meetings this week.

Commentary: Praying for Francis

Mar 13, 2018 - 12:28 am .- Five years ago, I stood in the refectory of St. John Vianney Seminary of Denver, with colleagues, friends, and a few hundred seminarians, watching on television as a much larger crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square. When Jorge Mario Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, appeared on a balcony above the square, we erupted into cheers, and then we fell silent as the pope asked the world to pray for him, and offered us his blessing.