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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • No Response to the Pope from Cardinal Sarah

    11/16/2017 7:11:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | 11/16/17 | Mark Lambert
    I found an interesting German report here which suggests that Cardinal Sarah has failed to respond to Pope Francis' request to publicise his response to statements by the Cardinal on the Internet (as outlined in this post from October 23rd). The post suggests the deadline was discovered by research from Katholischen Nachrichten-Agentur (KNA) but I have not been able to verify this. As the Dom Radio report states, Pope Francis decree "Magnum Principium" specified that the national episcopal conferences are responsible for the translation of liturgical texts. The motu proprio said episcopal conferences need only confirm these translations with Rome....
  • Huge Turnout Expected for Beatification of Solanus Casey Nov. 18

    11/15/2017 5:52:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/6/17 | Patty Knap
    The beatification Mass is set for 4 p.m. on Nov. 18 (tickets are no longer available) and will be broadcast on EWTN.The beloved Fr. Solanus Casey will be beatified on Nov. 18 at Ford Field in Detroit. The beatification Mass, scheduled for 4 p.m., is expected to draw many thousands of Catholics. “The beatification is a remarkable moment in all of our lives and one to celebrate Father Solanus, whose compassion and attribution to miraculous cures have endeared him to those in Detroit and across the world,” said Father Michael Sullivan, Provincial Minister of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St....
  • What’s in Your Church Bulletin?

    11/14/2017 7:49:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    No apology after San Dimas Catholic church publishes images of gay couples to celebrate Mother's Day The Mother’s Day church bulletin from Holy Name of Mary Catholic Parish in San Dimas, California. Two of the images on page 1, second row from top, include gay couples: two moms with their baby, and two dads with their son.The following is an email we received this week from one of our readers. The links have been verified.California Catholic Daily: Attached you’ll find a copy of a past bulletin (May 14, 2017) from Holy Name of Mary Catholic parish (San Dimas, CA). The...
  • Solanus Casey: An Example of Christian Rebuilding

    11/14/2017 7:38:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/12/17 | Robert Klesko
    Look at the life of Father Casey. Imitate him. Open the door to others. Be a porter to anyone who knocks.Editor's Note: EWTN will air a documentary on Father Casey Nov. 17 and show the beatification live Nov. 18. See times here and watch for continuing coverage.St. Francis of Assisi initially took the admonition of Christ to “Rebuild my Church” literally, and ever since that time, the order he founded has sought to rebuild — churches, families and lives — with whatever materials they possessed. St. Francis sold all he had and collected stones to rebuild the Portiuncula. Father...
  • Pope Reaffirms Conscience as Heresy Debate Divides Church

    11/13/2017 5:19:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 11/11/17 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday reaffirmed the "primacy" of using one's conscience to navigate tough moral questions in his first comments since he was publicly accused of spreading heresy by emphasizing conscience over hard and fast Catholic rules. Francis issued a video message to a conference organized by Italian bishops on his controversial 2016 document on family life, "The Joy of Love." The document has badly divided the Catholic Church, with some commentators warning that it risked creating a schism given its opening to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. Francis told the conference that priests must inform...
  • Cupich v. Naumann: A Referendum on Pro-Life Policy, Papal Priorities

    11/13/2017 5:16:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/12/17 | Christopher White
    One of the most closely watched elections during the upcoming fall assembly for the U.S. bishops will be over the head of the pro-life committee. Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City is up against Cardinal Blase Cupich to replace outgoing chairman Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. The election is viewed by many as a referendum on both the conference's approach to pro-life policies and Pope Francis. NEW YORK - When the U.S. bishops meet in Baltimore this week, one of the most closely-watched elections will be for the head of the pro-life committee, as its outcome likely will be...
  • The long-awaited Amir talk on America's role in prophecy

    11/13/2017 11:07:37 AM PST · by firebrand · 17 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Nov. 13, 2017 | Amir Tsarfati
    The talk Amir gave earlier this fall in Minnesota is finally up on YouTube. Lots of good history and comments on what the role of the United States may be in Bible prophecy and events to come. An excellent, beautiful speech, and thanks to Olive Tree Ministries for this fantastic convention of end times speakers.
  • Explosive Book Alleges Underage Gay Sex at Vatican Seminary

    11/12/2017 6:46:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/10/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    Copy sent to Vatican criminal prosecutor for further investigationVATICAN CITY ( - A Vatican watchdog is claiming in a new book there has been homosexual abuse of underage seminarians at a Vatican-run minor seminary. Gianluigi Nuzzi, an Italian journalist who was a big part of the 2015 "VatiLeaks II" scandal, has released a new book titled Original Sin. He alleges there has been homosexual sex abuse in the Vatican's St. Pius X pre-seminary for middle and high schoolers, and includes a letter from a gay ex-seminarian who claims that his roommate, who was underage at the time, was being visited...
  • [Cambridge University] Chaplains Coordinate to Hold ‘Radically Inclusive’ Services

    11/11/2017 8:12:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Varsity ^ | 10/19/17 | Anna Menin
    The special services aim to create a ‘safe sacred space’ to welcome LGBT+ ChristiansReverend Andrew Hammond performed a duet with Courtney Act at King's Affair in JuneCollege chaplains from King’s, Trinity, and St John’s are holding a series of special services in their chapels which aim to provide “inclusive spaces” for LGBT+ Christians to “encounter God”. A total of six special services have or will be held across the three colleges this term, the next of which will be King’s College’s ‘Critical Mass’ service on 26 October. Trinity College chapel will host a Compline+ service on 1 November, followed by...
  • Cardinal Müller Clarifies: There Are ‘No Exceptions’ to Ban on Communion for ‘Remarried’

    11/11/2017 8:03:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/8/17 | Riccardo Cascioli
    Editor’s Note: The following article was translated from the Italian magazine La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana by LifeSite's Diane Montagna, and is reprinted with permission.“The Dubia are authoritative and clearly legitimate,” says the former Vatican doctrinal prefect in a new interview.November 8, 2017 ( – “No, no change and no demolishing the Dubia. The purpose of my intervention was only to state that the one way to interpret Amoris Laetitia is in continuity with the Word of God in the Bible, the previous Magisterium, and with the Tradition of the great Councils of Florence, Trent and Vatican II.” On the telephone,...
  • Russian Church Hosts Major Conference to Discuss Russia’s Future

    11/10/2017 7:00:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/6/17 | Michael Tare
    This is a fascinating insight into how Christian values and the Russian church itself directly influences Russian society and how the country sees itself. The organization, called The World Russian People’s Council, (Wikipedia) was conceived of by the current Patriarch in the 1990s - with the goal of bringing together and uniting Russians from all over the world who were scattered over many different countries - to gather and discuss all issues of importance to Russian people everywhere. In Russian, the name has a different connotation than in English. The Russian word ‘sobor’, can be translated as ‘council’, but it...
  • Priests Told to Stop Calling Bishops ‘Spineless Nerds and Sycophantic Half-Wits’ [Ireland]

    11/10/2017 6:55:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 11/8/17 | Patsy McGarry
    Annual meeting of priests hears bishops ‘not all as bad as painted’Priests must stop calling bishops “spineless nerds and sycophantic half-wits”, the former Abbot of Glenstal Mark Patrick Hederman has said. Speaking at the annual meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Athlone, he said most bishops were “not all as bad as painted by your leadership” and accused priests of adopting the wrong approach. “If the ACP is trying to change things and to galvanize the bishops of this country into positive action, then even the most junior politician and unseasoned diplomat would tell them that they...
  • German Catholic Archdiocese Promotes Fornication, Abortion, to 15-Year-Old Girls

    11/10/2017 6:51:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/6/17 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 6, 2017, ( – German Catholics are protesting a program endorsed personally by the archbishop of Berlin that gives “practical tips” to Catholic sex educators on how to teach children about their “sexual rights,” advising them that adult sex with a minor is permitted, as long as it’s “consensual,” and outlining the process of obtaining an abortion. The program also seeks to eliminate “taboos,” “prejudices,” and “stereotypes” regarding various forms of sexual deviation, including homosexual behavior and masturbation, treating such impulses as part of a person’s identity. At the same time, it seeks to resolve the “tension” between such...
  • Rome to Close Seminaries with Fewer Than Twenty Students

    11/10/2017 6:47:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Croix ^ | 11/7/17 | Gauthier Vaillant
    Auxiliary Bishop Jérôme Beau of Paris says the Vatican wants to set a minimum limit of seventeen to twenty students for seminaries to stay open. Archbishop Jorge Carlos Patrón Wong, the official responsible for seminaries at the Congregation for the Clergy, has told France’s bishops that the Vatican believes seminaries with tiny numbers of students should be closed or merged. The Mexican bishop made his remarks on Saturday at the fall plenary assembly of the French Bishops’ conference, currently underway at the Marian Shrine of Lourdes.
  • U.S. Bishop Doubles-Down on Refusing Funerals to Non-Repentant Gays

    11/09/2017 5:43:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/3/17 | Claire Chretien
    MADISON, Wisconsin, November 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Bishop Robert Morlino is defending his diocese's recent guidelines to priests about denying funerals for non-repentant homosexuals, saying it’s the "straightforward teaching of the Church." He clarified in the face of an ugly campaign to have him removed as bishop that such guidelines in no way indicate that "we don’t care about homosexual people" Morlino, the bishop of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has come under fire because his priests received a guidance reminding them of what the Code of Canon Law says about Catholic funerals for unrepentant “manifest public sinners,” such...
  • Pope Condemns Xenophobia, Calls Migration a ‘Sign of the Times’

    11/08/2017 9:18:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/4/17 | Ines San Martin
    Speaking at a Rome conference organized by International Federation of Catholic Universities, Pope Francis said that the reception of migrants is generating negative reactions, "sometimes even discriminatory and xenophobic," reactions in countries of ancient Christian tradition, and called on Catholic universities to read migration as a "sign of the times."ROME - Pope Francis on Saturday said that in many countries of “long Christian tradition,” there’s a “xenophobic” response to immigrants, urging Catholic universities instead to see the migration phenomenon as a “sign of the times.” It’s important, Francis said, “to reflect on the negative reactions in principle, sometimes even discriminatory...
  • Mass Formally Opens Canonization Cause for Black Elk

    11/08/2017 9:01:28 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    PINE RIDGE, S.D. (CNS) -- During a Mass to formally open the sainthood cause for Nicholas W. Black Elk, the Native American was described as someone who merged the Lakota and Catholic culture in a way "that drew him deeper into the mystery of Christ's love and the church." Black Elk's love for God and Scripture led him to become a catechist, fulfilling the mission of all disciples, said Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City in his homily at the Oct. 21 Mass at Holy Rosary Church in Pine Ridge. The bishop said that for 50 years Black Elk...
  • Pope Francis Says He Urged Fellow Cardinals to Back Benedict XVI in 2005 Conclave

    11/06/2017 6:45:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/6/17 | David V Barrett
    Ratzinger was 'the only man with the stature, the wisdom and the necessary experience', Pope Francis saidPope Francis has revealed that he urged his fellow cardinals to back Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to become Pope Benedict XVI in 2005. He said he had felt that the time was not yet right for a Latin American pope. The revelation comes in a new interview book by an Argentinian journalist, Latinoamérica: Conversaciones con Hernán Reyes Alcaide. Reyes is the Rome correspondent of the Argentine news agency Telam. The interview marked the tenth anniversary of a highly significant general conference of the Latin-American bishops...
  • Cardinal Müller Expresses Support for Rocco Buttiglione’s Defense of Amoris Laetitia

    11/05/2017 5:54:57 PM PST · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/3/17 | Edward Pentin
    The former prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith agrees with philosopher Rocco Buttiglione that Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “must be understood in the orthodox sense.” Cardinal Gerhard Müller has criticized both those who question the faith of Pope Francis due to the controversies over Amoris Laetitia, and those who say that, through the document, the Pope is presenting a “radical paradigm shift” in moral theology. Such polarization, “schismatic temptations” and “dogmatic confusion” are “very dangerous for the unity of the Church,” he added, and insisted that chapter 8 of Amoris Laetitia — its most controversial chapter...
  • More UK Cathedrals Targeted for Luther-Style Protest....Over Gay Relationships

    11/04/2017 5:56:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 11/2/17 | Harry Farley
    A campaign targeting cathedrals around the UK is spreading off the back of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. A list of 'declarations' – reminiscent of Martin Luther's 95 theses – is being pinned to cathedral doors by a group of priests in protest at what they see as the Church of England's increasingly liberal approach to same-sex relationships. London's St Paul's Cathedral and Southwark Cathedral were the first to have the Southwark Declaration, a list of affirmations promoting conservative Anglican theology, attached to their doors on Tuesday night. Then on Wednesday night Rochester Cathedral and Hereford Cathedral were...