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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Pope Francis’ In-Flight Press Conference: God Accompanies People With Same-Sex Attraction

    02/06/2023 6:32:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/5/23 | Courtney Mares
    The Holy Father emphasized that the Catechism teaches that people with same-sex attraction should not be marginalized.On his return flight from South Sudan on Sunday, Pope Francis said that God loves and accompanies people with same-sex attraction. When asked by a journalist what the Pope would say to families in Congo and South Sudan who reject their children because they are homosexual, Pope Francis responded that the Catechism teaches that people with same-sex attraction should not be marginalized. “People with homosexual tendencies are children of God. God loves them. God accompanies them,” the Pope said during an in-flight press conference...
  • Pope Francis Reiterates Belief that ‘Religions’ Must Unite in ‘Service of Brotherhood’

    02/06/2023 6:25:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/6/23 | Michael Haynes
    Pope Francis once again championed the notion of 'fraternity' through interreligious action in various ecumenical speeches over the weekend.JUBA, South Sudan (LifeSiteNews) –– Both in his ecumenical “pilgrimage of peace” and in his message for the International Day of Human Fraternity, Pope Francis recently called for religions to “increasingly intertwine” in the “service of brotherhood.” Over the past few days, Pope Francis has once more renewed his oft-spoken calls for increased interreligious dialogue and activity, reawakening concerns that leading prelates have made in the wake of such statements over the years. Religions must ‘increasingly intertwine’ to promote ‘fraternity’The first came...
  • Pope Francis: Partisans Have Used Benedict XVI’s Death ‘to Serve Their Own Interests’

    02/06/2023 6:18:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 2/5/23 | Hannah Brockhaus
    Rome, Italy, Feb 5, 2023 / 11:35 am (CNA). Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s death was used by people in a self-serving way, Pope Francis said aboard the papal plane returning from South Sudan on Sunday. “I think Benedict’s death was instrumentalized by people who want to serve their own interests,” he said during an in-flight press conference Feb. 5. People who instrumentalize such a good and holy person, Francis added, are partisans and unethical. There is a widespread tendency to make political parties out of theological positions, he said. “I leave it alone. These things will fall on their own,...
  • Spanish Bishops Lament Low Participation in Synod on Synodality, Especially by Young People

    02/05/2023 5:53:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The bishops also stress that the synodal process is not ‘the solution to the problems that the Church has’ but ‘a gift of the Holy Spirit’ that requires ‘continuous personal conversion.’The Spanish bishops consider “synodality to be advancing in our Church” although they report low participation, especially among young people, to whom the Church must learn to listen and modulate the way of communicating the Gospel, they say. The Spanish Bishops’ Conference has presented the Synthesis for the European Continental Stage of the Synod on Synodality, which will be used in preparing the final document to be taken to the...
  • Communist Party Removes Bishop Shao Zhumin … Again

    02/04/2023 6:32:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 1/31/23
    The prelate’s secretary is also detained. The goal is to prevent them from attending the funeral of an “underground” clergyman, Fr Chen Nailiang. Shao has been the victim of constant government persecution. The bishop of Xuanhua was also banned from travelling for Lunar New Year celebrations.Rome (AsiaNews) – Bishop Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou (Zhejiang) is missing again. Local sources told AsiaNews that the authorities took the prelate and his secretary, Fr Jiang Sunian (who also serves as the chancellor of the diocese), to prevent them from attending the funeral of Fr Chen Nailiang, who died on Sunday at the age...
  • [Anglican] Church in Row Over Plan to Show Pride Flag on Altar Over Claims it Politicises Place of Worship and Will Lead to ‘Moral Anarchy’

    02/04/2023 6:18:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 1/29/23 | Anrew Levy
    * The landmark legal case involves St Nicholas Church in Leicester* The reverend claims the flag is to let visitors know they are 'welcome and safe' * Opponents have accused the church of 'woke' virtue signalling A historic church’s controversial plan to display a gay Pride flag on its altar is to be ruled on in a landmark legal case after protesters complained that it was ‘politicising’ a place of worship. St Nicholas Church in Leicester had hung the colourful flags at weekend services but then last year switched them for a much larger permanent version. Church reverend Canon Karen...
  • After Pope's Call for Peace, Violence Hits East DR Congo

    02/03/2023 6:35:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCANews ^ | 2/3/23 | AFP
    Conflict continued during the pope's visit, while attacks by armed groups also claimed the lives of civilians in the eastPope Francis made repeated appeals for peace during his landmark trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo this week, but there was no let-up in fighting in the east. Putting an end to violence was a dominant theme of the pontiff's visit to Africa's largest Catholic country, where he arrived on Tuesday and was to depart for South Sudan on Friday. Dozens of armed groups have plagued eastern DRC for decades, many of which are a legacy of regional wars that...
  • Hundreds of LGBT Activists Protest Outside Cdl. Pell’s Funeral in Sydney

    02/02/2023 6:29:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/2/23 | Staff
    Hundreds of protestors gathered outside St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral in Sydney to voice opposition to the late cardinal's outspoken stance in defense of Church teaching on sexual ethics.SYDNEY (LifeSiteNews) — LGBT activists gathered outside of St. Mary’s Cathedral in Sydney, Australia, during Cardinal George Pell’s funeral on Thursday to express their hatred for the recently deceased prelate. Footage of the event captured by Sky News Australia showed a large gathering of a “couple hundred” protesters holding numerous rainbow-colored flags and mean-spirited signs while repetitiously chanting “George Pell, burn in hell!”One protester was shown holding a threatening sign that read, “Death...
  • Metropolitan Onuphry Appeals to UN About Persecuted Ukrainian Church

    02/02/2023 6:18:31 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 1/30/23
    His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and All Ukraine, the beloved primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, recently sent an appeal to the United Nations about his much-suffering Church. “Since February 2022, Ukraine has been living in the conditions of a full-scale war. In this terrible hour of military disaster and extremely grave trials, we would like to ask you to give attention to the gross violation of the right to freedom of conscience and religion in Ukraine, consisting in the violation of the rights of and discrimination against the Orthodox Christians of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (UOC),” His Beatitude...
  • Pope Francis' LGBTQ Comments Are Not Surprising but Sincere, Gay Vatican Adviser Says

    02/01/2023 6:33:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    NPR ^ | 1/26/23 | Leila Fadel and Jan Johnson
    An openly gay advisor to the Vatican says he's not surprised by Pope Francis' declaration that "being homosexual isn't a crime." Juan Carlos Cruz, an internationally known Chilean advocate and survivor of clerical sexual abuse, told NPR the pope's remarks made for an "incredible day." In his first interview since the death of former Pope Benedict XVI, Francis told the Associated Press that laws criminalizing homosexuality are "unjust" and that Catholic bishops should apply "tenderness" and help ease discrimination by welcoming LGBTQ people into the church. On Tuesday, Cruz told Morning Edition's Leila Fadel that anti-sodomy laws in dozens of...
  • 7 Years Ago, Cardinal Pell Made History in Canterbury Cathedral

    01/31/2023 6:50:06 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 1/24/23 | Ed Pentin
    On July 7, 2015, Cardinal George Pell became the first Catholic cardinal since the 16th century to offer Mass at the cathedral’s high altar.CANTERBURY, England — One of Cardinal George Pell’s lesser-known accomplishments — one laden with historical significance that furthered the cause of Christian unity — took place in Canterbury Cathedral seven years ago. Visiting the English city famous for its Church history, the Australian cardinal celebrated Mass at the cathedral’s high altar on July 7, 2015, becoming the first Catholic cardinal to do so since Cardinal Reginald Pole, the last Catholic archbishop of Canterbury, in the 16th century....
  • Losing their religion: Why US churches are on the decline; As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year

    01/31/2023 6:54:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 01/31/023 | Adam Gabbatt
    Churches are closing at rapid numbers in the US, researchers say, as congregations dwindle across the country and a younger generation of Americans abandon Christianity altogether – even as faith continues to dominate American politics. As the US adjusts to an increasingly non-religious population, thousands of churches are closing each year in the country – a figure that experts believe may have accelerated since the Covid-19 pandemic. The situation means some hard decisions for pastors, who have to decide when a dwindling congregation is no longer sustainable. But it has also created a boom market for those wanting to buy...
  • Fordham Abuse Report Rues Heterosexism, Praises Jesuit Model of Formation

    01/30/2023 6:25:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Fordham University, a Jesuit institution, has published a 68-page report, Taking Responsibility: Jesuit Educational Institutions Confront the Causes and Legacy of Clerical Sexual Abuse.The report, while faulting the Jesuits for stressing discretion in handling abuse cases, states that sexual abuse “is rooted not in individual pathologies but in systemic problems related to sex, gender, and power. Jesuit institutions generally appear to be ahead of diocesan seminaries and can provide healthier models for formation and ministry” (p. 46). The report also states: The only way to adequately address the causes and legacies of clergy sexual abuse is through deep and sustained...
  • Why your church has to replace 32% of its attendance every year: Where have all the church attendees gone? Let’s look at four important components.

    01/30/2023 10:22:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 68 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 01/30/2023 | Thom S. Rainer
    Let’s start with a scenario that your church has an average worship attendance of 100. I use that number for simplicity. The median worship attendance is 65.Now, let’s ask a simple question. How many attendees do you have to add to your attendance in a year to stay even?The answer for a typical church is 32 with a worship attendance of 100. You can double the number to 64 if the church’s attendance is 200.Did you get that? A church has to increase the number of attendees by 32 percent each year just to stay even.In a church with 100...
  • Pope Francis Will Not Take Part in the [Lenten] Spiritual Exercises with the Roman Curia This Year

    01/29/2023 6:41:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Nevertheless, the Holy Father Invites Heads of Dicasteries to Live in a Personal Way the Annual Period of Retreat.(ZENIT News / Vatican City, 23.01.2023).- The Holy See Press Office announced that this year the Pope will not take part in the Spiritual Exercises with the Roman Curia in a Retreat House on the outskirts of the Italian capital. Nevertheless, Pope Francis invited the Cardinals residing in Rome, the Heads of Dicasteries and Superiors of the Roman Curia to live in a personal way the period of Spiritual Exercises, suspending their work commitments and recollecting themselves in prayer from the afternoon...
  • [British] PM Warned that Conversion Therapy Ban ‘Likely to Criminalise Church Leaders’

    01/28/2023 6:17:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church leaders have called on the Government to drop its highly controversial plans to ban ‘conversion therapy’. The authors of the Greater Love Declaration wrote to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Equalities Minister Kemi Badenoch to warn them that the legislation is “likely to criminalise innocent parents, teachers and church leaders”. The letter follows the Government announcing last week that it intends to press ahead with a ban on so-called conversion therapy for gay and transgender people. False narrativeThe declaration, which affirms Christian teaching on marriage, sex and identity, has been signed by almost 1,400 UK church leaders from different...
  • 39 Catholic Priests Killed, 30 Abducted in 2022 [Nigeria]

    01/27/2023 6:43:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Vanguard (Nigeria) ^ | 1/24/23 | Elizabeth Uwandu
    No fewer than 39 Catholic priests were killed by gunmen in 2022, while 30 others were abducted. A report by SB Morgen Intelligence, SBM, which disclosed this, yesterday, also said 145 attacks on Catholic priests were recorded in the year under review. SBM Intelligence, a research organisation, compiles and analyses data about happenings in the country. According to the report, the North-Central was the worst hit with 12 killings, while the North-West recorded nine deaths. Similarly, it said the south-east and south-south recorded five deaths each, while the north-east and north-west had four deaths each. The report said of the...
  • Founder of French Eucharistic Community Forbidden to Offer Mass, Hear Confessions

    01/27/2023 6:32:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Father Nicolas Buttet, a former local Swiss lawmaker, lay Vatican employee, and philanthropist who founded the Fratérnité Eucharistein (Eucharistic Fraternity) in 1996 and led the community until 2020, has been forbidden to offer Mass, hear confessions, or have contact with the community, which operates in France and Switzerland. The priest, now 61, was a speaker at the International Eucharistic Congress in 2008 and has been interviewed repeatedly by Vatican Radio and Vatican News over the past decade (2013, 2017, 2019). A canonical visitation of the community found a “pyramidal, abusive, infantilizing system” whose “authoritarianism” was “reminiscent of that of a...
  • [Archbishop of Canterbury] Welby Fails to Calm Protestors Outside Lambeth Palace

    01/26/2023 6:14:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 1/26/23 | George Conger
    The Archbishop of Canterbury was assailed outside Lambeth Palace last night by gay activists who denounced his leadership of the Church of England’s Living in Love and Faith process. On 23 January 2023 approximately 40 activists, including campaigners Jayne Ozanne and Peter Tatchell, and politicians Baroness Hunt and Ben Bradshaw MP protested the House of Bishops to permit gay blessings, but not gay marriage in the Church of England. The archbishop ventured outside Lambeth Palace to speak with the protesters, telling them to “get equal marriage” required legislation passed by a two thirds vote in each house of General Synod....
  • Homosexuals Must No Longer Be Chaste in Order to Lead Godly Lives, [Church of England] Bishop of London Says

    01/25/2023 6:55:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 40 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 1/21/23 | George Conger
    Editor’s note: At the Friday 20 January 2023 press conference in London held to announce the House of Bishops recommendations on the Living in Love and Fellowship process, the Bishop of London, the Rt. Hon and Rt. Rev. Sarah Mullaly was asked by a reporter: “gay Christians have been asking: ‘if we can have a civil marriage, come to church and have that relationship blessed, are we still expected by the church to remain celibate?’ Or is it now understood if the marriage is blessed, and sex should take place within the marriage, then gay couples are allowed to express...