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  • Youth Synod Group Calls Church to Attend to ‘Realities’ of Gay ‘Marriage’, Surrogacy, Adoption

    10/17/2018 7:12:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/16/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    VATICAN CITY, October 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group at the Vatican’s Youth Synod has called for the Catholic Church to pay more attention to homosexuals and the “realities” they face, specifically mentioning “marriage,” surrogate pregnancy, and adoption. “[...]There is the issue of what to do and how to act with homosexuals, which cannot remain outside of our pastoral activity and other realities such as marriages between homosexuals, wombs for rent, adoption on the part of couples of the same sex, all of which are current issues and favored and sponsored by international governmental institutions,” said a group of Spanish-speaking...
  • Cardinal Sarah: ‘Watering Down’ Church Teaching Won’t Attract Young People

    10/16/2018 6:43:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/16/18 | Cindy Wooden
    Young people are idealistic and want clarity, the cardinal saidJust because some young people disagree with Catholic moral teaching, including in the area of sexuality, it does not mean the Church’s teachings are unclear or should change, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Synod of Bishops. The Church and its pastors should “courageously propose the Christian ideal corresponding to Catholic moral doctrine and not water it down, hiding the truth to attract young people to the bosom of the Church,” the cardinal told the synod on Tuesday. Cardinal Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, noted how...
  • A Synod Slap at Home Schoolers

    10/16/2018 6:37:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/11/18 | Phil Lawler
    From Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society, via the National Catholic Register, comes this ominous warning: At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops’ discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers.In one of the English-language discussion groups at the Synod, a summary of the conversation included these disturbing notes: Home based schools—a model coming from America. USA has many home schoolers—bishops in USA are not united, as homeschooling can have an ideological basis—kids may have special needs are parents qualified to homeschool them?Let’s answer that last question first. Yes, parents are...
  • I John 2:12-14 ABIDING IN THE TRUTH

    10/16/2018 11:05:41 AM PDT · by Pilgrim's Progress · 3 replies
    SELF | 10/16/2018 | PilgrimsProgress
    "I write unto you, little children, because your sins are forgiven you for his name's sake. I write unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I write unto you, young men, because ye have overcome the wicked one. I write unto you, little children, because ye have known the Father. I have written unto you, fathers, because ye have known him that is from the beginning. I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one" (I John...
  • Eastern European Bishops Want a Focus on Eucharist, Fatherhood in Youth Synod

    10/15/2018 7:16:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/13/18 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    One bishop pointed out that the Instrumentum Laboris mentions the sacraments only 8 timesTwo Eastern European bishops asked the Synod of Bishops in Rome for a greater focus on the importance of the Eucharist, the liturgy and fatherhood in the final Synod document during their interventions this week. These issues were raised by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk Belarus and Archbishop Zbignevs Stankevics of Riga, Latvia at the synod of bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment being held at the Vatican Oct. 3-28. Synod fathers periodically have the opportunity to give interventions lasting 3-5 minutes. In his...
  • Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church

    10/15/2018 7:12:35 PM PDT · by lightman · 3 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 15 October A.D. 2018 | Department for External Church Reltgh Relaations
    Statement by the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church concerning the encroachment of the Patriarchate of Constantinople on the canonical territory of the Russian Church With profound pain the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church has taken the report of the Patriarchate of Constantinople published on October 11, 2018, about the following decisions of the Holy Synod of the Patriarchate of Constantinople: confirming the intention ‘to grant autocephaly to the Ukrainian Church; opening a ‘stauropegion’ of the Patriarchate of Constantinople in Kiev; ‘restoring in the rank of bishop or priest’ the leaders of the Ukrainian schism and their...
  • Pope: Wuerl Can ‘Justify’ Actions Sheltering Predator Priests

    10/14/2018 6:59:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 10/12/18 | Bradley Eli
    Francis downplays Wuerl's culpability for sinsPope Francis is saying that Cdl. Donald Wuerl's actions in protecting predator priests — actions that destroyed the spiritual lives of many and the physical lives of some — were justified as simply "mistakes" made in good faith. In his letter accepting the resignation of Wuerl as archbishop of Washington, D.C., Francis said in a letter Friday, "You have sufficient elements to 'justify' your actions and distinguish between what it means to cover up crimes or not to deal with problems, and to commit some mistakes." These "mistakes" were in actuality crimes, and Wuerl's name...
  • After Mounting Protests, Archbishop Rescinds Pro-Gay Bishop’s [Lynch] Speaking Invitation

    10/12/2018 5:08:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/12/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minnesota, October 12, 2018, (LifeSiteNews) – A pro-gay Catholic bishop, credibly accused of sexually provocative behavior toward another man, has been dropped as a speaker at an upcoming diocesan retreat for clergy and parish leaders. Retired Bishop Robert Lynch, formerly of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, was slated to speak at a “Formation Day” being held in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul at the end of November. Archbishop Bernard Hebda sent out a short email Thursday evening to the priests of his diocese, announcing he was dropping Bishop Lynch from the retreat lineup due to widespread parishioner...
  • Papal Allies and Friends Tapped to Shape Synod’s Conclusions

    10/12/2018 4:57:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Crux ^ | 10/10/18 | Elise Harris
    ROME - On Wednesday the Vatican released the list of figures who will shape the concluding document of the Oct. 3-28 Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Vocational Discernment, and based on the composition of the group, conservatives in the Church may feel anew that they’ve been given a cold shoulder. Elected by region, the five prelates chosen by a vote within the synod hall to draft the final document are: Cardinal Carlos Aguiar Retes, Archbishop of Mexico City, a papal delegate to the synod; Cardinal Peter Turkson of Ghana, Prefect of the Vatican dicastery for Integral Human...
  • Belgian Bishop Calls for Married Men in Priesthood

    10/11/2018 5:57:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 10/10/18 | AFP
    A Belgian bishop called Wednesday for married men to be allowed into the priesthood, a hot-button topic within the Roman Catholic church as it grapples with falling priest numbers and sexual abuse scandals. "I am convinced that some young people, who have drawn from the baptismal vocation their call to wed, would gladly say 'here I am' if the church were to call them to the priestly ministry," Bishop Jean Kockerols told a global meeting of bishops being held at the Vatican. He said the ordination of married men would help attract more priests to the calling. Kockerols, Auxiliary Bishop...
  • Recognition of ‘Other Forms of Family’ Called for by Youth Synod Small Group Led by Cdl. Cupich

    10/11/2018 5:45:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Vatican City, October 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Fourteen small groups of members of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment discussed the Instrumentum Laboris (IL), or working document, guiding the Synod’s deliberations this week. Divided by language groups, there were four English-language conversations, three French, two Spanish, one German, and one Portuguese. For many of the participants, these were foreign, or second, languages. The reports of these sessions were largely difficult to read; most were verbose and poorly organized. However, certain themes and tendencies were clear. First, the English-speaking groups were concerned that the IL had underemphasized...
  • Amir Tsarfati on unusual Russian movements in Syria and their preparations for war

    10/09/2018 12:57:03 AM PDT · by firebrand · 16 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Oct. 8, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    The Russians are preparing to harvest the spoils from their billions of dollars of investment in Syria. Israeli electronic warfare and American surveillance and might are in their way, although their equipment is also antiquated. They have told the Iranians to leave, and although they had been mainly in the north have now been seen approaching the eastern part of Syria and the Euphrates River, where the oil wealth is. Also some news about political changes in Iran, which seems to be heading for a harder line in its government and will certainly join Russia if warfare does break out.
  • Abp. Chaput Responds to Fr. Martin Regarding “LGBTQ” Catholics, Discusses Synod

    10/07/2018 7:50:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    “Listening is important, and we do need to listen to young people. All people, no matter what their age, long to be heard. But St. Paul didn’t decide to ‘listen’ for a year when he got to Corinth.”Yesterday, at the Synod on Young People in Rome, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. of Philadelphia gave two interventions that included specific criticisms of the Instrumentum Laboris – the working document for the synod — and some observations about the “moral adolescence” found in developed countries. Archbishop Chaput graciously responded this morning to some questions sent by Catholic World Report about his...
  • Sudan Releases Shipment of Bibles Held in Port for Six Years

    10/06/2018 5:19:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Sudanese government has cleared a shipment of Bibles believed to have been held in Port Sudan for six years. The Arabic-language Bibles were released two weeks ago and transported to the capital, Khartoum, after years of appeals by church leaders, a local source told World Watch Monitor. “Since 2011, government customs officials have delayed the clearing of several shipments of Arabic Bibles via Port Sudan, without explanation,” the source said, adding that it had left Bibles decaying in shipping containers at the port while the approximate 2 million Christians in the country were facing a serious shortage of Bibles...
  • Baldisseri Reproves Chaput, Says Abuse Crisis Won’t Stop Synod Success

    10/05/2018 6:46:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/1/18 | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
    Vatican City, Oct 1, 2018 / 11:23 am (CNA).- The secretary general of an upcoming synod of bishops said Monday he thinks the abuse scandal in the Catholic Church will not be a hindrance to the success of the meeting. He also criticized the recent decision of an American archbishop to publish a theologian’s critique of the synod’s working document. “I do not think [the abuse crisis] is an impediment,” said Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, but that it is perhaps a “providential opportunity… to show to young people and everyone else what the Church is.” He told journalists Oct. 1, that...
  • John Paul II’s Warning on ‘Final Confrontation’ With the ‘Anti-Church’

    10/05/2018 6:35:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/5/18 | Paul Kengor
    <p>COMMENTARY: It seems more likely now that we are indeed facing, as Cardinal Karol Wojtyla said in 1976, the greatest historical confrontation humanity has gone through.</p> <p>A remarkable gathering took place in the nation’s capital Sept. 26. In two locations, the John Paul II Shrine on the campus of The Catholic University of America and the Ronald Reagan Building on Pennsylvania Avenue, more than 500 people convened for a conference honoring Pope St. John Paul II and President Ronald Reagan and how these two men changed the world for the better.</p>
  • Archbishop Chaput: ‘LGBT’ Should Not Be Used in Church Docs

    10/04/2018 5:45:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/4/18 | Ed Pentin
    In his intervention at the youth synod today, the Archbishop of Philadelphia said the Church should instead be explaining why Catholic teaching about human sexuality is true, ennobling and merciful.There is no such thing as an LGBTQ, “transgender” or “heterosexual” Catholic and such designations have never been true in the life of the Church, nor should they used in Church documents, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said in his intervention at the Synod on Youth today. Reflecting on Chapter IV of the synod’s instrumentum laboris, or working document, Archbishop Chaput, who is a member of the synod’s permanent council, said...
  • For Austrian Cardinal, Female Deacons an ‘Open Question’

    10/02/2018 5:56:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/1/18 | Anian Christoph Wimmer/CNA
    The cardinal said he would 'perhaps one day' ordain women deaconsCardinal Christoph Schönborn has said that in his view, whether the Church could ordain women as deacons remains an “open question.” The Archbishop of Vienna was speaking Sept. 29 to 1700 delegates from parish councils and other bodies in St. Stephen’s Cathedral. Reflecting that he recently had ordained 14 men to the permanent diaconate, he added, according to local news agency Kathpress, “perhaps one day also female deacons.” Schönborn said that there had been female deacons in the Church in times past, and that “basically, this [question] is open.” Pope...
  • Ivory Coast [Catholic] Bishop Warns Against ‘Prosperity Gospel’

    10/02/2018 5:51:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 126 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/30/18 | Staff
    YAOUNDÉ, Cameroon - Catholic leaders in the Ivory Coast are warning against preachers spreading a so-called “prosperity Gospel” - which often includes giving large sums of money with a promise of a heavenly financial blessing in return. Nigerian preacher Chris Oyakhilome is an example, promising that “your miracle is in your offering” and that if a person is in financial difficulty or suffering from disease, they must give generously to his ministry to receive their needed “miracle.” “All giving is a demonstration of our faith in God and his word,” he said in a podcast widely distributed in western Africa....
  • Franklin Graham Preaches Gospel in UK at 3-Day 'Festival of Hope' Amid LGBT Protests

    10/02/2018 5:48:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9/21/18 | Stoyan Zaimov
    LGBT activists and protesters displayed rainbow flags in the city of Blackpool to protest American evangelist Franklin Graham and the three-day "Festival of Hope.""I'm glad to be in Blackpool, England, to preach the Gospel at the invitation of 200 area churches. This morning I went down to the historic Blackpool Tower where my father Billy Graham stood back in 1982 when he came here to preach," Graham wrote on Facebook Thursday, ahead of the first day of the evangelistic event. "Will you pray this weekend, that many will turn to Jesus Christ and find the hope and peace that only...