Archive of May 30, 2018

Calls for beatification of English missionary to Zimbabwe

May 30, 2018 - 10:08 pm .- A group devoted to John Bradburne, a lay missionary to what is now Zimbabwe in the 1970s, is raising money to fund an investigation into his life and virtues, in view of opening his cause for beatification.

Catholics respond to global forced migration crisis

May 30, 2018 - 05:06 pm .- An unprecedented 66 million people worldwide have been forced from their homes by conflict and violence, according to a report released Wednesday the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

Did Planned Parenthood cover up child abuse and sex trafficking?

May 30, 2018 - 04:34 pm .- In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking.

Baptist congregation votes Jesus statue out for being 'too Catholic'

May 30, 2018 - 04:01 pm .- Jesus is being evicted from a South Carolina church, and he must be out by the end of the month.

Church building in Venezuela seized by local government group

May 30, 2018 - 03:14 pm .- A group of people appropriated the facilities of a parish in Venezuela's Mérida state on Monday afternoon, saying they were acting on behalf of the local government.

Portuguese Parliament votes against legalizing euthanasia

May 30, 2018 - 02:23 pm .- After heated debate, the Portuguese Parliament voted on Tuesday to reject multiple proposed laws that would legalize euthanasia in the country. The vote drew praise from local bishops.

CUA appoints new dean of music, drama, and art

May 30, 2018 - 12:40 pm .- The Catholic University of America announced Tuesday that Jacqueline Leary-Warsaw has been appointed dean of the university's school of music.

Commentary: Archbishop Ladaria and the transgender movement

May 30, 2018 - 11:06 am .- This week Archbishop Luis Ladaria, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, issued (another) definitive statement on the reservation of priestly ordination to men alone. In doing so he rightly noted that continued speculation about the possibility of women priests in some quarters was “of serious concern” and “creates serious confusion among the faithful.”

Australian bishops join national program to compensate child sex abuse victims

May 30, 2018 - 11:00 am .- The Australian Catholic bishops confirmed Wednesday that they will participate in a national compensation program for survivors of child sexual abuse, pending the program’s approval by the legislature.

CDF prefect: That only men can be priests is 'definitive'

May 30, 2018 - 08:31 am .- The teaching of the Catholic Church on the impossibility of ordaining women to the priesthood, now or in the future, is clear – and to sow confusion by suggesting otherwise is a serious matter, wrote the Vatican’s top authority on doctrine.

The Holy Spirit is the invisible gift of God, Pope Francis says

May 30, 2018 - 03:43 am .- Pope Francis said Wednesday that confirmation is the sacrament in which Catholics are marked with a seal that solidifies their belonging to Christ through the Holy Spirit, who he said is God's invisible gift to each person who receives the sacrament.

GK Chesterton's sainthood cause may soon be opened

May 30, 2018 - 12:09 am .- As an investigation into the life of Catholic apologist G.K. Chesterton nears a close, admirers of the English writer voiced hope that his sainthood cause could soon be opened.

With new cardinals on the horizon, what's next for the Roman Curia?

May 30, 2018 - 12:07 am .- Pope Francis’ announcement of a consistory to create new cardinals will also have consequences for the offices of the Roman Curia.