Archive of May 14, 2018

This ‘pilgrim grandmother’ walked 570 miles to pray for families

May 14, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Emma Morosini has been called the “pilgrim grandmother.”  Earlier this month, at the age of 94, she earned that nickname by concluding a 570-mile walking pilgrimage in honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

Oklahoma bishops praise new protections for Catholic adoption agencies

May 14, 2018 - 06:03 pm .- With the signing of a bill preserving the religious freedom of adoption agencies in Oklahoma, Gov. Mary Fallin drew praise from the state’s Catholic bishops on Friday.

Argentine bishops call for prayer as congress considers expanded abortion access

May 14, 2018 - 05:01 pm .- As the Argentine congress debates legalizing abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy, the country's bishops called for a special time of prayer for life, especially for the unborn child.

Court to consider request for media gag order in Cardinal Pell trial

May 14, 2018 - 04:09 pm .- An Australian court will determine Wednesday whether to accept a request by prosecutors for a “super injunction” against all media reporting of upcoming trials against Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, on charges of historic sexual offenses.

Pope Francis: Youth are lost in a 'virtual world', instead of reality

May 14, 2018 - 03:07 pm .- Pope Francis said Monday he is worried that youth are too enmeshed in a virtual world of cell phones and other technology, separated, in particular, from the real human contact experienced by performing works of mercy.

Report promoting abortion in developing nations denounced as 'grotesque'

May 14, 2018 - 02:52 pm .- A report calling for access to contraception and abortion in the developing world is an example of ideological colonization and cultural arrogance, warned a family author and scholar.

Church in Germany embroiled in intercommunion debate

May 14, 2018 - 02:28 pm .- The unresolved debate over a proposal to allow Protestant spouses of Catholics to receive communion in German dioceses under some limited circumstances has gathered steam after the country's president waded into the debate at the major national Catholic conference in the town of Münster.

Before meeting with Pope, Chilean bishops vow to end abuse

May 14, 2018 - 01:55 pm .- Speaking on the eve of a 3-day meeting with Pope Francis about a massive clerical abuse scandal, several Chilean prelates said they are ready to listen, and to work toward eradicating sexual abuse in the Church.

Analysis: Benedict XVI’s unpublished letter- God is key to understanding human rights

May 14, 2018 - 11:54 am .- The Ratiznger Schuelerkreis, a circle of former students of Joseph Ratzinger who meet annually, will gather this year to discuss the themes: “Church and State, Church and Society.” Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI selected the topic, as he does for the group every year.

Pope's Lamborghini auctioned for nearly $1 million

May 14, 2018 - 11:21 am .- A custom Lamborghini Huracan that had been donated to Pope Francis last year was auctioned for nearly $1 million on Saturday, with proceeds going to charity.

Book Review: Jordan Peterson's 12 Rules for Life

May 14, 2018 - 06:01 am .- The meteoric rise of Jordan B. Peterson, a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto, has resulted in a popular book, 12 Rules for Life, published by Random House Canada in January. But the book deserves a close reading and analysis, to get at its exact weaknesses on their own terms.