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Released Monday, May. 3

Legion of Christ responds to Vatican statement; awaits next moves [updated] CWN - May 3, 2010

The Legionaries of Christ have issued a brief statement in response to Pope Benedict’s decision to appoint an apostolic delegate to supervise the community. “The Legion of Christ today, May 1,...

US bishops welcome Senate Democrats’ immigration framework, oppose same-sex benefits CWN - May 3, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is welcoming the Senate Democrats’ framework for immigration reform but has announced its opposition to the framework’s treatment of...

Indian bishops draft abuse guidelines CWN - May 3, 2010

The bishops of India have drafted guidelines on disciplining priests who have abused children but will not make the guidelines public until the Vatican approves them, The Times of India...

Cuban cardinal leads small protest on behalf of political prisoners CWN - May 3, 2010

Cardinal Jaime Ortega of Havana led 12 wives and mothers of political prisoners in a small street protest in Cuba’s capital on May 2. The march by the “Ladies in White” took place after the cardinal...

Episcopal Church bishop who became Catholic returns to Episcopal Church CWN - May 3, 2010

A retired Episcopal Church bishop who became a Catholic layman in 2007 has returned to the Episcopal Church. The Right Rev. Daniel Herzog, the former Episcopal Bishop of Albany, was a Catholic...

Hadley Arkes received into Catholic Church CWN - May 3, 2010

Noted pro-life thinker Dr. Hadley Arkes, the Edward N. Ney Professor in American Institutions at Amherst College, has announced that he was received into the Church on April 24. “The Church has...

Pope sees Shroud of Turin as powerful icon for our time CWN - May 3, 2010

As he venerated the Shroud of Turin on Sunday, May 3, Pope Benedict XVI said that the cloth is a reminder of Holy Saturday, when the body of Jesus lay in the tomb, in "the no-man's-land between...

Anglican bishops ready to join Catholic Church? CWN - May 3, 2010

Three bishops of the Church of England expressed an interest in joining the Catholic Church during talks last week with Vatican officials, according to the London Sunday Telegraph. The Vatican...

Iraqi Christians targeted by another bombing in Mosul CWN - May 3, 2010

A car bomb exploded outside the University of Mosul, Iraq, killing one person-- the Christian owner of a nearby shop-- and wounding 100. The bomb was evidently intended to kill students traveling to...

Newark's archbishop questions Catholic college course on gay marriage CWN - May 3, 2010

Archbishop John Myers of Newark has asked the administration of Seton Hall University to reconsider scheduling a course on same-sex marriage. The archbishop, who chairs the board of the Catholic...

Manila's cardinal opposes new calls for 'People Power' activism CWN - May 3, 2010

Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila has said that he opposes calls for another "People Power" uprising, saying that calls for a renewal of the movement that ousted Ferdinand Marcos in 1986 are...

Pope eulogizes Cardinal Mayer CWN - May 3, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI praised the late Cardinal Paul Augustin Mayer for his deep faith and his lifetime of service to the Church, as he delivered the eulogy at the German cardinal's funeral in the...

Study connects abortion with higher rates of depression, drug use CWN - May 3, 2010

A new study has found that about half of the women who procure abortions later suffer from depression and/or drug abuse. The study by scientists from the University of Manitoba covered over...

Columnist scoffs at media questions on whether Church can survive CWN - May 3, 2010

Conrad Black writes that the journalists who are criticizing Pope Benedict XVI for his handling of the sex-abuse issue fail to understand either the nature of the Catholic Church or the Pope's...

Released Tuesday, May. 4

13 nations named ‘egregious’ religious-freedom violators CWN - May 4, 2010

In its newly released annual report, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is urging the State Department to designate 13 nations as “countries of particular concern” because...

3 years after settlement, Los Angeles abuse files have yet to be released CWN - May 4, 2010

Three years after the Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to “work cooperatively … to expedite review of the personnel files of the accused offenders” as part of a $660-million settlement, the accused...

Ghana: Excrement at church entrance in protest of archbishop’s visit CWN - May 4, 2010

Human excrement was placed at the entrance of a parish church in Accra, Ghana’s capital city, to protest Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle’s visit. Posters calling for the removal of the archbishop...

Patriarch: Faithful should have more children to repopulate Russia CWN - May 4, 2010

The leader of the Russian Orthodox Church has called upon the faithful to have more children in order to repopulate their vast nation. “What's the good of having economy, if our nation is sick?”...

Prominent ex-vocation director accused of embezzling $300,000, faces up to 30 years CWN - May 4, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Joliet faces the prospect of up to 30 years in prison amid charges he embezzled $300,000 from his parish. Father John Regan, 46, served as vocation director of the...

Ex-senator defends Church in New York Times CWN - May 4, 2010

“Appalled at the now-daily assaults by the liberal media against the Church,” a former United States senator has written a letter to The New York Times defending recent actions taken by American...

October Synod will focus on challenges facing Christians as minority in Middle East CWN - May 4, 2010

The October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, which will be devoted to the Middle East, will be a "precious opportunity" to strengthen Christian identity in a troubled region, the Vatican announced...

Abortion providers challenge Oklahoma ultrasound requirement CWN - May 4, 2010

Abortion providers in Oklahoma have won a delay in the implementation of a new law requiring an ultrasound examination before abortions. Attorney General Drew Edmondson accepted a court order...

Pope decries attacks on Iraqi Christians CWN - May 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of sympathy to the Christians of Mosul, and condemned the latest targeted bombing attack there. The Pope's message-- sent in a telegram to the Syrian Catholic...

New Swiss Guards to be sworn in May 6 CWN - May 4, 2010

Thirty new members of the Swiss Guard will be sworn in on May 6, in a colorful annual ceremony in the San Damaso courtyard of the Vatican. The swearing-in ceremony for new recruits is held each...

Abortion becoming more common among poor women, racial minorities in US CWN - May 4, 2010

Among American women who obtain abortions, the proportion living under the federal poverty level has jumped from 27% in 2000 to 42% in 2008, according to a new study. The study by the Guttmacher...

Pope sends birthday greetings to longtime rabbi of Rome CWN - May 4, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI sent birthday greetings to Elio Toaff, the longtime leader of Rome's Jewish congregation, on May 3. The retired rabbi was celebrating his 95th birthday. In his message-- which was...

Cardinal Poggi, retired Vatican archivist, dead at 92 CWN - May 4, 2010

Cardinal Luigi Poggi, the former Vatican archivist and librarian, died on May 4 at the age of 92. Following a diplomatic career in which he had served as apostolic nuncio in Peru, Poland, and Italy,...

Leader of Tienanmen Square uprising becomes a Christian CWN - May 4, 2010

Chai Ling, the only woman leader of the1989 Tiannamen Square protests, was baptized on April 4. She said that her conversion was prompted by a loss of confidence in political solutions and anguish...

Released Wednesday, May. 5

Practicing Catholics unfazed by abuse scandals; Pope’s popularity increasing CWN - May 5, 2010

A new poll conducted by CBS News and The New York Times has found that 77% of Catholics who attend Mass weekly say that “the Vatican’s handling of recent child sex abuse reports” has had no effect...

Chaldean patriarch forgives, prays for conversion of Christians’ killers CWN - May 5, 2010

The patriarch of the Chaldean Catholic Church has issued a call for “prayer and pardon” following the murder of Christian students in Mosul. “Today our eyes are filled with tears. We are stunned...

Poland: 5,000 clerics remember priests slain in World War II CWN - May 5, 2010

Five thousand priests and seminarians, led by Cardinal Claudio Hummes and Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, gathered at the Shrine of Jasna Góra in Czestochowa on April 30 and May 1 and...

Nepal’s bishop calls for daily Rosary amid Maoist protests CWN - May 5, 2010

With a general strike gripping the country for a 3rd consecutive day, Bishop Anthony Sharma has called upon all parishes, religious communities, and Catholic schools to recite the Rosary daily “for...

American Jewish Committee lauds Cardinal Kasper, noting opposition to proselytism CWN - May 5, 2010

The American Jewish Committee presented its Isaiah Interreligious Award to Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, at the conclusion of its annual...

Connecticut bill to lift statute of limitations fails CWN - May 5, 2010

Legislation that would have lifted the statute of limitations in abuse cases in Connecticut has been withdrawn in the state House of Representatives. “Connecticut already has the longest...

Leading Vatican journalist: Cardinal Pell to head Congregation for Bishops CWN - May 5, 2010

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia will soon be named prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, according to Italian journalist Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale. The report by Tornielli--...

Pope backs efforts at nuclear disarmament CWN - May 5, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI endorsed efforts at nuclear disarmament, in remarks he made during his weekly public audience on May 5. The Pontiff also said that healthy family life is the best hope of society....

Sacramental ministry must come first for priests, Pope tells audience CWN - May 5, 2010

Priests should make the administration of the sacraments their top pastoral priority, Pope Benedict XVI told his public audience on Wednesday, May 5. Continuing his weekly talks on the priesthood...

Vatican panel sees costs, risks in unregulated global finance system CWN - May 5, 2010

The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences discussed the causes and effects of the global financial collapse during a recent meeting. The Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences met in Rome last...

Released Thursday, May. 6

New York Times: Cardinal Levada permitted 4 abusive priests to minister CWN - May 6, 2010

While serving as Archbishop of Portland (1986-95) and Archbishop of San Francisco (1995-2005), Cardinal William Levada, the prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, permitted at...

Archbishop pleads for international aid to western Congo CWN - May 6, 2010

The fighting that has claimed 5.4 million lives in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has spread to the western part of the nation, causing 120,000 to flee for the adjacent nation of the Republic...

Bishop clarifies statement that devil is behind abuse suits CWN - May 6, 2010

A recently appointed Illinois bishop has clarified remarks made in a 2007 homily in which he said that clerical abuse lawsuits were the work of the devil. “While in the context of a homily I did...

US bishops praise senators for Haitian trade preference bill CWN - May 6, 2010

Writing on behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), Bishop Howard Hubbard of Albany and CRS President Ken Hackett have praised Senators Max...

Cardinal Levada calls for ‘new apologetics’ CWN - May 6, 2010

In a wide-ranging talk that paid tribute to the writings of Msgr. Ronald Knox, Cardinal Francis George, C. S. Lewis, Scott Hahn, and others, Cardinal William Levada called for a “new apologetics” to...

New poll finds US Catholics back Pope CWN - May 6, 2010

A majority of American Catholics approve of the leadership of Pope Benedict XVI, despite misgivings about the Vatican's handling of the sex-abuse crisis, according to a new Zogby poll. The Zogby...

Europe censors religious views, while allowing criticism: Russian Orthodox spokesman CWN - May 6, 2010

A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has charged that European leaders allow unrestricted criticism of religious beliefs, but do not give believers the same right to voice...

Pope meets with Kuwaiti, Swiss leaders CWN - May 6, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met with the Emir of Kuwait and the president of the Swiss Confederation in separate private audiences on May 6. In his talk with Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the...

Nagasaki's archbishop brings disarmament plea to UN CWN - May 6, 2010

Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki met with UN secretary-general Ban Ki-Moon in New York as the UN opened a conference on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. The archbishop showed the...

German canon lawyer challenges 'church tax' CWN - May 6, 2010

A retired canon-law professor in Germany is testing that country's "church tax," asking the Vatican to rule that the system of taxation is not in keeping with Church law. Harmut Zapp says that the...

Released Friday, May. 7

Bishop Slattery calls for secure borders, immigration reform CWN - May 7, 2010

As Oklahoma legislators ponder legislation on immigration, Bishop Edward Slattery of Tulsa has issued a statement calling for secure borders and immigration reform. “It is the clear teaching of...

Scranton bishop concerned by speaker at Jesuit university CWN - May 7, 2010

Ten days after his ordination to the episcopate, Bishop Joseph Bambera of Scranton expressed concern about a speaker at the Jesuit-run University of Scranton. “Bishop Bambera has engaged in a...

Bishop Wester: Immigration enforcement initiatives have failed CWN - May 7, 2010

The failure of law enforcement efforts to stem the tide of illegal immigration manifests the need for comprehensive immigration reform, according to Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of...

Greek Orthodox Church will provide food, support in economic crisis CWN - May 7, 2010

The Greek Orthodox Church will stand by the “battered Greek people” during the current economic crisis, said Archbishop Hieronymos II of Athens, the Church’s primate, during a meeting with the...

Catholic blogger to receive honorary degree, deliver commencement address CWN - May 7, 2010

In a decision that manifests the changing dynamics of Catholic journalism, the Aquinas Institute of Theology is awarding an honorary degree to Rocco Palmo, 27, who started the popular Whispers in...

4 years after exoneration, accused priest fights for reinstatement CWN - May 7, 2010

Four years after his exoneration by a grand jury, Father James Selvaraj, a priest accused of abuse, is seeking to be reinistated to public ministry in the Diocese of Trenton. “Because of his...

Sale of Boston Catholic hospitals includes option to go secular CWN - May 7, 2010

The controversial sale of Boston's Catholic health-care system includes a provision that would alow the secular buyer to opt out of a requirement to maintain the system's Catholic identity, by...

Sex-abuse charge against German bishop who resigned CWN - May 7, 2010

The German bishop who resigned in April after admitting to physical abuse of children is now under investigation for sexual abuse as well. Bishop Walter Mixa, who has offered to resign from his...

Pope meets Georgia's president, pushes for negotiated solution CWN - May 7, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 7 with President Mikheil Saakashvili of Georgia. Their conversation focus on Church-state relations in the former Soviet republic-- including particularly the...

Cardinal Kasper sees troubles in talks with SSPX CWN - May 7, 2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper said that Vatican talks with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) can produce an accord only if the traditionalist group accepts Vatican II. "Dialogue with them is not easy,"...

SNAP charges that Catholic lobbyists threatened lawmaker CWN - May 7, 2010

Victims' rights advocates in Wisconsin have charged that lobbyists for the Catholic Church threatened that a state senator would be denied Communion if he supported a bill to extend the statute of...

Pope praises new Swiss Guards: 'visible guardians' of a proud tradition CWN - May 7, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI held a private audience on May 7 with 30 new members of the Swiss Guard, who had been sworn at during a Vatican ceremony the previous day. Speaking to the new members and their...

Vatican, Moscow patriarchate to co-sponsor events on Russian culture CWN - May 7, 2010

The Pontifical Council for Culture has announced plans for a 2-day festival of Russian culture and spirituality. The initiative is co-sponsored by the Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow. Archbishop...

Italian court will not re-open murder case of Italian banker Calvi CWN - May 7, 2010

An Italian appeals court has turned down a prosecutor's effort to revive murder charges in the case of Roberto Calvi, the banker who died in London under mysterious circumstances in 1982....

Robert George honored by Polish government CWN - May 7, 2010

Princeton politics professor Robert George has received the Honorific Medal for the Defense of Human Rights from the government of Poland. George, a prominent Catholic and pro-life leader, was...

Boston archdiocese awaits Vatican court decision on parish closing appeals CWN - May 7, 2010

The Boston archdiocese is expecting a decision from the Apostolic Signatura, the Vatican's top appeals court, on a bid to stop the closing of 10 parishes. Parishioners have been holding vigils at...

59 Vietnamese Catholics arrested in clash on cemetery property CWN - May 7, 2010

Vietnamese police disrupted a funeral and arrested at least 59 people in the Da Nang diocese, prompting a condemnation of their action by Bishop Josseph Chau Ngoc Tri. The police took action to stop...

Issues to watch on Pope's trip to Portugal CWN - May 7, 2010

John Allen looks at the background of Pope Benedict's coming trip to Fatima, Portugal. He notes that the five foreign trips the Pope has scheduled for this year-- to Malta, Portugal, Cyprus, Great...

Released Monday, May. 10

Cardinal Schönborn criticizes former Vatican Secretary of State CWN - May 10, 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has told a group of journalists that Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the former Vatican Secretary of State, had "deeply wronged" the victims of sexual abuse by...

Church of England inches closer to women bishops CWN - May 10, 2010

The Church of England has inched closer to the ordination of women bishops with the release of draft legislation on May 8 that would make it “lawful for the General Synod to make provision by Canon...

Peruvian bishops condemn Arizona’s immigration law CWN - May 10, 2010

The president of the Peruvian episcopal conference has condemned Arizona’s immigration law as “contrary to dignity and human rights.” “For the Catholic Church in the United States, the presence...

Philippine election: Bishop orders exposition of Blessed Sacrament in all parishes CWN - May 10, 2010

As Philippine voters go to the polls on May 10, a bishop has ordered all priests to expose the Blessed Sacrament so that the faithful may pray for a presidential election untainted by corruption....

Where’s Bishop Wingle? CWN - May 10, 2010

Church officials in Canada say they are unaware of the whereabouts of Bishop James Wingle, who resigned as Bishop of St. Catharines (Ontario) on April 7 at the age of 63. “He’s out of the...

Florida bishop: Social worker pressured my mother to abort me CWN - May 10, 2010

In a diocesan magazine column, Bishop Victor Galeone of St. Augustine recounts that a social worker threatened to take away the family’s benefit cards during the Great Depression if his mother-- an...

Pope has completed 2nd volume of 'Jesus of Nazareth' CWN - May 10, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has completed the 2nd volume of his work, Jesus of Nazareth, the Vatican press office has announced. The completed manuscript of the new book, which focuses on the Passion and...

Stage set for papal trip to Fatima CWN - May 10, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will leave Rome on May 11 for a 4-day trip to Portugal, highlighted by a visit to Fatima-- unless the clouds of volcanic ash in the atmosphere over Europe force a change in his...

Pope urges Belgian bishops to fight loss of faith CWN - May 10, 2010

"The fall in the number of priests must not be considered as an inevitable process," Pope Benedict XVI told a group of Belgian bishops during a meeting on May 8. The Pope urged the bishops, who were...

German bishop's resignation accepted CWN - May 10, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa of Augsburg, Germany. Bishop Mixa offered his resignation in April, after admitting that he had been guilty of physical...

New Polish primate named CWN - May 10, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Jozef Kowalczyk as Archbishop of Gniezno and primate of Poland. He will replace Archbishop Henryk Muszynski, who is retiring at the age of 77. Historically...

Join Mary in waiting for the Spirit, Pope tells Sunday audience CWN - May 10, 2010

At his midday audience on Sunday, May 9, Pope Benedict XVI pointed out that the month of May, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, "always coincides with Easter time, the time of the Hallelujah." Moreover,...

Protests by faithful mar installation of coadjutor in Hanoi CWN - May 10, 2010

Dozens of Catholic activists stood outside Hanoi's cathedral of St. Joseph on May 6, expressing their concern at the installation of Bishop Peter Nguyen Van Nhon as coadjutor to Archbishop Joseph...

Philadelphia man charged with bilking archdiocese for therapy in sex-abuse case CWN - May 10, 2010

Authorities in Pennsylvania have arrested a man on charges that he pocketed more than $100,000 that he had received from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia for counseling after he had reported being...

Papal tribute at funeral for Cardinal Poggi CWN - May 10, 2010

At the funeral of Cardinal Luigi Poggi, the former Vatican archivist, Pope Benedict XVI recalled that the Italian prelate had been a key figure in opening relations with the countries of the Soviet...

Rumored curial appointment of Cardinal Pell seen a major shift CWN - May 10, 2010

Vatican-watcher John Allen writes that the appointment of Cardinal George Pell as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops would mark an important shift in the direction of the Roman Curia. While...

Released Tuesday, May. 11

Archbishop Martin delivers ‘milestone’ address on future of Church in Ireland CWN - May 11, 2010

In what is being hailed as a milestone address on the future of the Church in Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said that “I have never since becoming Archbishop of Dublin felt so disheartened and...

Russian Orthodox official blasts Stalin CWN - May 11, 2010

As Russians recalled the 65th anniversary of victory over the Nazis in World War II, the deputy head of the Moscow Patriarchate Department for External Church Relations blasted Communist dictator...

El Salvador bishops warn: CEDAW threatens the unborn CWN - May 11, 2010

The bishops of El Salvador are urging the nation’s president and legislators not to ratify the pro-abortion Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW). The...

Catholic education leader rips ‘faux Catholic schools’ started by homeschoolers CWN - May 11, 2010

Citing the example of Pope John Paul II Academy-- an independent school that offers a classical college-preparatory curriculum and is faithful to the Magisterium-- the new executive director of the...

Prominent Philippine priest again accused of abuse in US CWN - May 11, 2010

A man has filed a lawsuit against the Diocese of El Paso alleging that Father Manuel Perez Maramba abused him while he ministered in the United States. Father Maramba, a Benedictine of Our Lady of...

Idaho priest, once removed for misconduct with adult, accused of abusing male CWN - May 11, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Boise who had been temporarily removed from ministry in 2005 because of sexual misconduct with an adult has again been removed from ministry by Bishop Michael Driscoll....

Greatest threat to Church comes from within, Pope says CWN - May 11, 2010

The greatest danger to the Church comes not from external enemies or critics, but "is born from the sin within the Church," Pope Benedict XVI said on May 11. In a conversation with reporters who...

Arguments for immigration reform presume a natural-law basis, scholar notes CWN - May 11, 2010

Writing for The Catholic Thing, the noted natural-law theorist (and newly baptized Catholic) Hadley Arkes makes the point that anyone who argues for the rights of immigrants must base his case on...

Vatican goes broadband CWN - May 11, 2010

The Vatican has announced plans for a fiber-optic network that will provide for broadband data, voice, and video communications. The Vatican city-state has signed a contract with Telecom Italia...

Pope Benedict begins pilgrimage to Fatima CWN - May 11, 2010

"I come as a pilgrim to Our Lady of Fatima," Pope Benedict XVI announced as he arrived in Portugal on May 11. Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, president of the Republic of Portugal, and...

Hanoi's archbishop to resign: a concession to government? CWN - May 11, 2010

Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet will resign, just days after the installation of a coadjutor archbishop for the Hanoi archdiocese, the AsiaNews service reports. The archbishop's resignation...

Legion must root out Maciel's influence, says bishop involved in apostolic visitation CWN - May 11, 2010

One of the five bishops who led an apostolic visitation of the Legion of Christ has said that the order must eliminate the strong personal influence of its founder, the late Father Marcial...

Saints, not structures, show the character of the Church, Pope tells Portuguese faithful CWN - May 11, 2010

In a subtle but powerful message to the people of Portugal, Pope Benedict XVI made a distinction between the failures of Catholic leadership and the enduring power of Christ's message. "In the...

Released Wednesday, May. 12

270 new abuse allegations in Belgium CWN - May 12, 2010

A Belgian commission investigating clerical abuse has received 270 allegations since April 23, when Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges resigned after it came to light that he abused a boy in the...

Manila cardinal regrets remarks against ‘people power’ activism CWN - May 12, 2010

Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales of Manila has expressed regret for recent remarks critical of “people power” activism. “I want to apologize to you all for having given the wrong impression that the...

Canada human rights tribunal: diocese, gay altar server sign confidentiality agreement CWN - May 12, 2010

An Ontario diocese and a gay altar server have consented to a confidentiality agreement following a May 11 mediation session at the Ontario Human Rights Tribunal. “Hopefully it is an acceptable...

Father Fessio explains Cardinal Schönborn’s remarks on homosexuality CWN - May 12, 2010

Father Joseph Fessio, the publisher of Ignatius Press, has written a column defending and clarifying remarks made by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn during a meeting with journalists. The cardinal...

Vatican newspaper highlights botanical evidence for Shroud’s authenticity CWN - May 12, 2010

In an article that appeared in the May 12 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Tania Mann summarized the research of Hebrew University Professor Avinoam Danin into the botanical images on the Shroud of...

New US bishop was one of nation’s most successful vocation directors CWN - May 12, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named Father Eduardo Nevares, the vice-rector of the Pontifical College Josephinum, as Auxiliary Bishop of Phoenix. Father Nevares served as co-vocations director of the...

Church always leads the search for truth, Pope tells cultural leaders CWN - May 12, 2010

In an address to Portuguese cultural leaders on May 12, Pope Benedict XVI said that " the Church considers that her most important mission in today’s culture is to keep alive the search for truth,...

Kenyan bishops launch campaign to defeat new constitution CWN - May 12, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Kenya have issued a call for rejection of a proposed new constitution for the African nation, citing the document's failure to protect the dignity of huma life. "A...

Birmingham Oratory rebuts Cornwell's argument against Newman cause CWN - May 12, 2010

The Birmingham Oratory has forcefully rejected the claim by author John Cornwell that the cause for beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman has been rushed to support the cause of theologically...

Pope did not ask Cardinal Sodano for statement of support, Vatican spokesman says CWN - May 12, 2010

The director of the Vatican press office has denied a report, published in an Italian newspaper, the Pope Benedict XVI asked for a statement of support from the dean of the College of...

Impossible to predict results of SSPX-Vatican talks, says Bishop Fellay CWN - May 12, 2010

Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), says that it is "impossible to say" what will be the outcome of current talks with the Vatican. In an...

Austrian bishop calls for end to priestly celibacy, consideration of ordination for women CWN - May 12, 2010

A controversial Austrian bishop has called for an end to the discipline of priestly celibacy and for reconsideration of ordination for women. In an interview with Die Presse, Bishop Paul Iby of...

Editor calls for removal of Cardinal Sodano as dean of College of Cardinals CWN - May 12, 2010

"Cardinal Sodano has to go," writes Joseph Bottum, the editor of First Things. He explains: The dean of the College of Cardinals, he has been found too often on the edges of scandal. Never quite...

Pope promotes general Fatima message, avoids discussion of 'secret' CWN - May 12, 2010

During his pilgrimage to Fatima, Pope Benedict XVI has laid heavy emphasis on the general content of the message that the Virgin Mary delivered during her appearances there, notes John Allen of the...

At Fatima, Pope Benedict entrusts all priests to the Virgin Mary CWN - May 12, 2010

Arriving at Fatima on Wednesday, May 12, Pope Benedict XVI consecrated all of the world's priests to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Addressing himself to the Virgin, and speaking on behalf of all...

Milwaukee archbishop opposed appointment of lesbian dean at Marquette CWN - May 12, 2010

Marquette University rescinded an offer to appoint a lesbian as dean after Milwaukee's Archbishop Jerome Listecki expressed concern about the move, the Journal-Sentinel reports. Informed of the...

Released Thursday, May. 13

Iraqi archbishop: UN should investigate anti-Christian violence CWN - May 13, 2010

The Syrian Catholic archbishop of Mosul has called for a United Nations investigation into the sources of anti-Christian violence in Iraq. “An international inquiry should be done by the United...

Chicago bishop says he was victim of racial profiling CWN - May 13, 2010

At a May 12 interfaith press conference denouncing new Arizona immigration legislation, a Chicago auxiliary bishop said that he was recently a victim of racial profiling. Bishop Gustavo...

Bishop Vasa: Recognize human dignity of illegal immigrants CWN - May 13, 2010

In a May 13 diocesan newspaper column devoted to illegal immigration, Bishop Robert Vasa of Baker (Oregon) urged Catholics to consider the human dignity of illegal immigrants. “I do not think the...

6 years after child porn found on computer, priest resumes ministry CWN - May 13, 2010

Six years after a half dozen photographs of naked boys and male teenagers were found on his parish computer, Father Darrell Mitchell will resume ministry in the Diocese of Yakima (Washington)....

Marquette’s would-be dean ‘one of today's most important theorists of sexual politics’ CWN - May 13, 2010

Dr. Jodi O’Brien, whose appointment as arts and sciences dean at Marquette University was recently rescinded-- reportedly after a call from Archbishop Jerome Listecki of Milwaukee-- has devoted an...

Fatima prophecy still relevant today, Pope says CWN - May 13, 2010

An estimated 500,000 people attended a Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI at the Fatima shrine on May 13, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. "I too have come as a pilgrim to Fatima," the Pope...

Text of Pope's homily at Fatima CWN - May 13, 2010

Dear Pilgrims, “Their descendants shall be renowned among the nations […], they are a people whom the Lord has blessed” (Is 61:9). So the first reading of this Eucharist began, and its words are...

Viet government presses propaganda campaign on resignation of Hanoi archbishop CWN - May 13, 2010

The resignation of Hanoi's Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet-- which was officially announced by the Vatican on May 13-- is being used by state-controlled media in Vietnam as an opportunity to...

Boston archdiocese questions parish school's decision to bar child of lesbian couple CWN - May 13, 2010

The Archdiocese of Boston has distanced itself from the decision by a parochial school to deny admission to the child of a lesbian couple. St. Paul's elementary school in Hingham, Massachusetts, had...

Released Friday, May. 14

Vermont diocese to pay over $20M in abuse settlements CWN - May 14, 2010

The Diocese of Burlington has agreed to pay over $20 million to settle 29 lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of minors by priests. Vermont’s sole diocese will pay $17.65 million to settle 26 pending...

At Catholic cathedral, Lutheran leader calls the Pill ‘God’s gift’ CWN - May 14, 2010

Speaking at an ecumenical event in Munich’s Catholic cathedral, Bishop Margot Käßmann, who led Germany’s Lutherans until her February arrest for drunk driving, paid tribute to the birth control...

Bishop lobbies Sen. McCain on immigration CWN - May 14, 2010

Accompanied by other Arizona religious leaders, Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, vice president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, met with Sen. John McCain on May 13 in an attempt...

Venezuela: Arrests made in stabbing of US missionary priest CWN - May 14, 2010

Venezuelan authorities announced on May 12 that they have charged three men in the brutal April 29 murder of a 68-year-old American missionary priest. Ordained in 1967, Father Stephen Wood was...

USCCB publishes FAQs on clerical abuse and canon law CWN - May 14, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has published answers to questions posed by journalists and others about the Code and Canon Law and the sexual abuse of minors. Among the questions...

With bishop present, death row inmate executed, praying ‘Hail Mary’ CWN - May 14, 2010

A hitchhiker who murdered one man and shot two others in the Cincinnati area in 1983 was executed in a prison in Ohio on May 13. Present at the execution of Michael Beuke was Bishop R. Daniel Conlon...

Pope exhorts laity: fight 'insidious' threats to human life, marriage CWN - May 14, 2010

Attacks on the dignity of human life and on marriage are "some of today's most insidious and dangerous threats to the common good," Pope Benedict XVI said during a Mass at Fatima on May 13....

Stressing evangelization, Pope says goodbye to Portugal CWN - May 14, 2010

"In Fatima I prayed for the whole world," Pope Benedict XVI said on May 14 as he ended a 4-day visit to Portugal and boarded his return flight for Rome. The Pontiff began the day on Friday by...

Dublin's Archbishop Martin pressed to identify 'strong forces' opposed to candor on abuse CWN - May 14, 2010

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin is facing public pressure to identify the "strong forces" that he said were resisting efforts to disclose the full truth about sexual abuse. Bishop William...

Cardinal Pell dismisses speculation on curial appointment CWN - May 14, 2010

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australian, has sidestepped a question about reports that he will soon be named prefect of the Vatican's powerful Congregation for Bishops. But Cardinal Pell did...

German government drops sex-abuse investigation of bishop who resigned CWN - May 14, 2010

The German government has dropped an investigation into sex-abuse charges against Bishop Walter Mixa, whose resignation was accepted by Pope Benedict earlier this week. Bishop Mixa had stepped...

Church in Middle East need saints, martyrs, says former Patriarch of Jerusalem CWN - May 14, 2010

The Church in the Middle East needs the heroic witness of saints, the retired Latin-rite Patriarch of Jerusalem told a conference in Lebanon. Archbishop Michel Sabbah, looking forward to the...

Hindu zealots vandalize another church in Karnataka CWN - May 14, 2010

A Catholic church was severely damaged by vandals in the Diocese of Karwar on May 12, in the latest episode of violence against the Christian minority in India's Karnataka state. The damage was...

Scottish bishop blocks use of extraordinary form CWN - May 14, 2010

Bishop Peter Moran of Aberdeen, Scotland, has vetoed plans for a celebration of Mass in the extraordinary form in the cathedral of St. Magnus in Kirkwall. The bishop told the traditionalist group...

Gay activists will confront Chicago's Cardinal George at Pentecost Mass CWN - May 14, 2010

The Rainbow Sash Movement, a homosexual activist group, has announced plans to confront Chicago's Cardinal Francis George during Mass on Pentecost Sunday at the city's cathedral. The group is...

Vatican, Vodafone ink cell-phone contract CWN - May 14, 2010

The Vatican has signed an agreement with Vodafone to provide mobile phone service for the Vatican city-state. The 3-year agreement will cover service for about 2,000...

Faithful still hear Fatima call, says papal spokesman CWN - May 14, 2010

The call of Our Lady of Fatima is still heard clearly by the Catholic faithful today, said the director of the Vatican press office in a commentary on the Pope's trip to the Fatima shrine....

Vietnamese archbishop denies pressure to resign CWN - May 14, 2010

Archbishop Joseph Ngo Quang Kiet, who this week resigned his post as head of the Hanoi archdiocese, has denied reports that the Vatican asked him to step down in order to ease tensions with the...

Moratorium on fishing for Sea of Galilee CWN - May 14, 2010

The government of Israel has announced a ban on fishing on the Sea of Galilee, to address severe depopulation of the fishing stock. The annual catch of St. Peter's Fish, the most famous product of...

Boston archdiocesan schools quick to accommodate child of lesbian couple CWN - May 14, 2010

The Boston archdiocese has announced that a child who was denied admission to a parochial school because her parents are lesbians will be placed in another Catholic school. The Catholic Schools...

Released Monday, May. 17

Phoenix Catholic hospital defends abortion that took place there; bishop warns of excommunication CWN - May 17, 2010

In late 2009, an abortion took place at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix after a hospital ethics committee deemed the abortion necessary to save the life of the mother. Sister...

Australia: Leading archbishop accused of turning blind eye to abuse CWN - May 17, 2010

A victim of Father James Fletcher, who was convicted of abuse and died in jail, has accused the president of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference of turning a blind eye to the abuse as it was...

Thai bishop warns: nation on path to civil war CWN - May 17, 2010

The president of the Bishops' Conference of Thailand is warning that the unrest that is gripping the nation may degenerate into a civil war unless the two sides begin serious negotiations. “We...

Chinese bishop ordained with approval of Holy See, government CWN - May 17, 2010

With the approval both of the Holy See and of the Chinese government, Father Joseph Cai Bingrui, 44, was ordained Bishop of Xiamen on May 8. The southeastern Chinese city has a population of 2.5...

New York Times examines Archbishop Dolan’s handling of abuse scandal CWN - May 17, 2010

The New York Times has examined Archbishop Timothy Dolan’s handling of the clerical abuse scandal during his years as Archbishop of Milwaukee and later as Archbishop of New York. While he posted the...

Bishops, National Review Board: What we have learned from abuse victims CWN - May 17, 2010

Bishop Blase Cupich of Rapid City, chairman of the Committee for Child and Youth Protection of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), and Diane Knight, chair of the USCCB’s...

Massive Italian rally to support Pope Benedict CWN - May 17, 2010

Over 150,000 people crammed into St. Peter's Square on Sunday, May 16, to show support for Pope Benedict XVI at his midday audience. The enormous crowd gathered in response to a call from the...

US court urged to dismiss abuse lawsuit against Vatican CWN - May 17, 2010

The Vatican is asking an American court to dismiss an effort by sex-abuse victims to bring suit against the Pope and the Holy See, saying that the Vatican is not responsible for administrative...

Italy expels Islamic students: a plot on Pope's life? CWN - May 17, 2010

Italian authorities expelled two Moroccan students in April, saying that they were threats to national security. Mohammed Hial and Errahmouni Ahmed, students at the University of Perguia, were...

Leaders of Legion seen jockeying to retain posts CWN - May 17, 2010

As Vatican-watchers await the appointment of a papal delegate to oversee the Legion of Christ, the leaders of the religious order have issued a statement claiming that few Legionaries were aware of...

Sin within Church does not extinguish hope, Pope tells German faithful CWN - May 17, 2010

Christians "should be glad amidst all the tribulations," Pope Benedict XVI said in a message to a German ecumenical event. Although "over recent months we have repeatedly had to absorb news that...

Prime Minister Cameron echoes British bishops' statement on 'common good' CWN - May 17, 2010

In his first address after taking the reins of the British government, Prime Minister David Cameron referred to the "common good." Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster saw the statement as an...

Pope, Bolivian leader speak on poverty, environment CWN - May 17, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 17 with President Juan Evo Morales of Bolivia. Their conversation, the Vatican reported, focused on the importance of policies "to protect the rights of the weakest" in...

Vatican stresses environmental concerns in annual message to Buddhists CWN - May 17, 2010

In an annual message to the world's Buddhists, the Vatican has emphasized the prospects for cooperation in work to protect the environment. Cardinal Jean Louis Tauran, the president of the...

Christian women battered by violence in Orissa CWN - May 17, 2010

Christian women have borne the brunt of anti-Christian violence in India's Kandhamal region. A new study records the level of violence-- evident in beatings, kidnappings, sexual assaults, and verbal...

Vatican turns down appeals on Boston parish closings CWN - May 17, 2010

The Vatican has rejected a final canonical appeal from a group in the Boston archdiocese that had fought the closing of 10 parishes. The group, the Council of Parishes, has indicated that it may now...

Columnist surveys restrictions on Christian speech in Britain CWN - May 17, 2010

Columnist Mark Steyn examines a series of cases in which British Christians have encountered legal trouble for expressing viewpoints that reflect orthodox Christian faith. The same restrictions are...

Released Tuesday, May. 18

Cardinal Brady will not resign, asks Pope for bishop to assist him CWN - May 18, 2010

“Committing himself to the Archdiocese of Armagh”-- in the words of an archdiocesan statement-- Cardinal Seán Brady announced that “in the years that remain to me as Archbishop of Armagh, I am fully...

Peruvian bishops: ‘The fight against corruption is a national need’ CWN - May 18, 2010

Amid mounting reports of government corruption, the bishops of Peru are “invite[ing] the public to practice ethics and to recover ancestral values that should govern the fate of all institutions of...

Physician: Pope John Paul never asked for sedatives, even in most intense pain CWN - May 18, 2010

In an interview that appeared in the May 17-18 edition L’Osservatore Romano, Dr. Renato Buzzonetti reflected on his years as Pope John Paul II’s personal physician. “The physical pain, in the last...

US priest named rector of Pontifical Oriental Institute CWN - May 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has named an American Jesuit as the rector of the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Father James McCann, 61, is the current director of the US bishops’ Office to Aid the...

Judge: Scranton diocese owes former teachers more than $1M CWN - May 18, 2010

A county judge in Pennsylvania ruled on May 17 that the Diocese of Scranton must pay former teachers from five Catholic schools over $1 million in severance pay and accumulated sick leave in accord...

Phoenix Catholic hospital: Doctor lauds nun who approved abortion CWN - May 18, 2010

A prominent doctor at a Phoenix Catholic hospital is publicily lauding the nun who helped approve an abortion that took place there in late 2009. The hospital's ethics committee, on which the nun--...

Kentucky lawsuit forces US court to ask: are bishops 'employees' of Vatican? CWN - May 18, 2010

A lawsuit brought by sex-abuse victims is forcing a US federal court to examine a complex theological issue: the nature and scope of a Roman Pontiff's authority over individual diocesan...

Cardinal Schönborn again indicates readiness to question priestly celibacy CWN - May 18, 2010

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna has repeated his argument that the Church should re-examine the question of priestly celibacy. Responding to questions about a public statement by outgoing...

Another bishop's retirement continues rapid change in Irish hierarchy CWN - May 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Willie Walsh of Killaloe, Ireland. Bishop Walsh had already reached retirement age, having celebrated his 75th birthday in January, and he...

Released Wednesday, May. 19

Guatemalan bishops’ conference: Arizona immigration law the ‘most shameful’ in history CWN - May 19, 2010

The Pastoral Care of Migrants Committee of the Guatemalan Bishops' Conference issued a statement on May 14 blasting Arizona’s recently enacted immigration law. Calling the legislation “the most...

Report: Liturgist whose book was endorsed by Pope had been suspended CWN - May 19, 2010

Deacon Scott [Alcuin] Reid, whose work The Organic Development of the Liturgy includes a preface by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, had his faculties revoked in 1991 by the Archdiocese of Melbourne,...

Archbishop Martin reaffirms: ‘Strong forces’ oppose emergence of truth about abuse CWN - May 19, 2010

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has reaffirmed that “strong forces” in the Church are opposed to the emergence of the truth about clerical sexual abuse but has strongly denied a press report...

US bishops’ conference part of coalition that backs Kagan for Supreme Court CWN - May 19, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is a member of a coalition that is supporting the nomination of Elena Kagan to the United States Supreme Court. “The President has...

Cardinal Dias calls for ‘3-D priests’ CWN - May 19, 2010

Addressing national directors of the Pontifical Mission Societies on May 17, Cardinal Ivan Dias said that “the world needs priests and missionaries in 3D, people who maintain doctrine, discipline,...

Phoenix Catholic doctors back bishop’s stand on Catholic hospital abortion CWN - May 19, 2010

The Catholic Physicians Guild of Phoenix has issued a statement in support of Bishop Thomas Olmsted, who condemned an abortion that took place at St. Joseph's Hospital and Medical Center in Phoenix....

Pope reflects on visit to Portugal, Fatima message CWN - May 19, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI used his weekly public audience on May 19 to reflect on his visit last week to Portugal, where he said he had become "a pilgrim among pilgrims" at the Fatima shrine. Recalling...

Portugal: president to sign law recognizing same-sex marriages CWN - May 19, 2010

Portugese President Anibal Cavaco Silva has announced that he will sign legislation giving legal recognition to same-sex marriage, which the nation's parliament passed after heated debate earlier...

Belgian bishops issue apology for abuse, inadequate reaction CWN - May 19, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Belgium have issued a public statement asking pardon for their failure to curb sexual abuse. After completing their ad limina visit to Rome, the Belgian bishops reported...

Knights of Columbus refuse to allow suspension of members who promote abortion, gay marriage CWN - May 19, 2010

The leadership of the Knights of Columbus (K of C) has forbidden local councils to take any action against members of the Catholic fraternal organization who support legalized abortion or same-sex...

Jesuit journalist raps Pope's attitude toward same-sex marriage CWN - May 19, 2010

A prominent American Jesuit journalist has characterized Pope Benedict XVI's statements on abortion and same-sex marriage as "bizarre." Father James Martin of the weekly magazine America said...

Viet government steps up pressure on Church; 6 new arrests CWN - May 19, 2010

Vietnamese government officials have escalated their campaign against Catholic activists, arresting 6 lay Catholics in Da Nang for "disrupting public order." The arrests came after a funeral...

British prosecutors drop charges against preacher who condemned homosexuality CWN - May 19, 2010

British prosecutors have dropped charges against Evangelical "street preacher" who was arrested in April for making public statements against homosexuality. The preacher, Dale McAlpine, had been...

Authors of new book defend Pope Benedict's handling of sex-abuse crisis CWN - May 19, 2010

Greg Erlandson and Matthew Bunson, authors of a new book from Our Sunday Visitor press defending Pope Benedict's handling of the sex-abuse crisis, offer a glimpse of their argument in an interview...

Released Thursday, May. 20

US bishops withdraw from coalition that backs Kagan for Supreme Court CWN - May 20, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has withdrawn its membership in the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, a coalition of more than 200 organizations. “In light of...

Bishops urge Obama, Calderón to make immigration reform a priority CWN - May 20, 2010

The chairmen of the migration committees of the US and Mexican bishops’ conferences have issued a joint statement on President Felipe Calderón’s visit to the United States. “We urge both leaders...

Boston cardinal weighs in on admission of lesbians couple’s child to Catholic school CWN - May 20, 2010

Referring to a recent controversy over whether to admit a child raised by a lesbian couple to a Catholic school, Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston praised everyone involved for having the good of...

African bishop welcomes troops to combat Lord’s Resistance Army CWN - May 20, 2010

A Spanish-born missionary bishop has welcomed the arrival of troops to protect the civilian population from the Lord’s Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group that has been acting with impunity in...

Illinois bishop removes priest for homosexual activity CWN - May 20, 2010

Bishop J. Peter Sartain of Joliet has removed Father Jerry Simonelli from his pastorate because he engaged in homosexual activity. “It was consenting behavior, but a priest takes a vow of...

New lawsuit involving notorious abuser Lavigne CWN - May 20, 2010

A 47-year-old mechanical engineer has filed suit against retired Bishops Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre of Springfield (Massachusetts), alleging that they failed to provide adequate supervision to...

No Catholic burial for woman ‘ordained’ as priest CWN - May 20, 2010

A Chicago lesbian who was automatically excommunicated last month following her “ordination” will not be permitted to have a Catholic burial, according to a Chicago archdiocesan official. The...

Australian lawmaker questions limits of confessional seal in abuse cases CWN - May 20, 2010

An Australian legislator has questioned whether the government should respect the confessional seal in cases involving sexual abuse. Senate Nick Xenophon called for "a debate about the sanctity of...

Pope tells Maltese inmates: Christians always have 'inner freedom' CWN - May 20, 2010

In a message to prison inmates in Malta, Pope Benedict XVI wrote of the "inner freedom" that Christians possess regardless of their circumstances. The Pope's message, made public by the Vatican on...

Vatican welcomes first-ever ambassador from United Arab Emirates CWN - May 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI welcomed the first ambassador from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the Holy See on May 20, saying that the Vatican hopes for religious freedom especially for guest workers...

Pope notes steps toward democracy, religious freedom in Mongolia CWN - May 20, 2010

As he met on May 20 with a new ambassador from Mongolia to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI voiced his appreciation for "the constant support of the government in ensuring religious liberty." The...

Tonga's premier meets with Pontiff CWN - May 20, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 20 with Prime Minister Feleti Vaka'uta Sevele of Tonga. Their brief conversation, the Vatican reported, centered on "the process of institutional reform in Tonga, on...

Australian churches to accommodate asylum seekers CWN - May 20, 2010

Catholic and Anglican churches in Ballarat, Australia, are moving to make their buildings available to asylum-seekers, in response to a severe shortage of space in detention centers for illegal...

Italian journalist sees pressure on Cardinal Sodano CWN - May 20, 2010

Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister of L'Espresso observes three different approaches to the sex-abuse scandal. While Pope Benedict looks to eliminate the spiritual corruption that has been exposed,...

Raul Castro meets with top Cuban Church leaders CWN - May 20, 2010

Cuba's President Raul Castro has held a face-to-face meeting with Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana and Archbishop Dionisio Garcia, the president of the Cuban bishops' conference, to discuss...

Russian Orthodox spokesman says Pope Benedict should meet with Patriarch Kirill CWN - May 20, 2010

A leading spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has said that Pope Benedict XVI should meet with the new Russian Patriarch Kirill I. Metropolitan Hilarion Afleyev of Volokolamsk, who is in...

Released Friday, May. 21

Shari’a court consents to destruction of churches in northern Nigeria CWN - May 21, 2010

Three Protestant churches and a pastor’s home were demolished on May 15 and 19 in Kano state in northern Nigeria after a local Shari’a court consented to their destruction. “It is unacceptable...

US bishops back effort to apply Hyde Amendment, conscience protection to new health care law CWN - May 21, 2010

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, urged members of Congress on May 20 to support...

US bishops, CRS: Don’t cut international aid to the poor CWN - May 21, 2010

Citing Pope Benedict-- who wrote in his 2009 encyclical Caritas in Veritate that “more economically developed nations should do all they can to allocate larger portions of their gross domestic...

Connecticut diocese, plaintiff battle over release of documents CWN - May 21, 2010

A woman who alleges abuse by the late Father Thomas Shea is seeking the release of 661 pages of documents from the Diocese of Norwich, including a 2005 letter to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger...

Archbishop: Zambia faces poverty, corruption, growth of Islam CWN - May 21, 2010

Zambia’s leading prelate, Archbishop Telesphore Mpundu of Lusaka, has granted a lengthy and candid interview on the challenges faced by the south-central African nation, including its endemic...

Oregon man claims abuse by deceased priest CWN - May 21, 2010

An Oregon man has filed a $2.8-million suit against the Archdiocese of Portland, alleging he was raped at in the 1970s at the age of eight or nine by his parish priest. The allegation is the first...

Lay Catholics responsible for political action, Pope says CWN - May 21, 2010

Speaking on May 21 to members of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, Pope Benedict XVI emphasized that lay Catholics are responsible for political activity that promotes a Christian moral...

Church officials cautious on man-made living cell CWN - May 21, 2010

Top Church officials have reacted cautiously to the announcement that a scientist has synthesized a living cell, using man-made DNA. The announcement by researcher J. Craig Venter has prompted...

Catholics, Orthodox should join to restore Europe's Christian culture, Pope says CWN - May 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI underlined the mutual interests of the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches, and the need for ecumenical cooperation in Europe, in a brief address on May 20 after a concert of...

Pope meets with president of Dominican Republic CWN - May 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 21 with President Leonel Antonio Fernandez Reyna of the Dominican Republic, for a conversation that centered on the current challeges facing that country and especially...

Louisiana advances bills requiring ultrasound before abortion CWN - May 21, 2010

The Louisiana state senate has voted by a lopsided 33-4 margin in favor of legislation that would require an ultrasound examination for any women seeking an...

Lawsuit draws out key questions about Pope's authority over bishops CWN - May 21, 2010

In arguing that sex-abuse victims should not be allowed to list the Pope as a defendant in an American lawsuit, the Vatican has entered into complicated legal and theological debates. John Allen...

Philippines: bishops will work with Aquino, but not on family planning CWN - May 21, 2010

The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have indicated their willingness to work with newly elected President Benigno Aquino, but drawn a firm line against cooperation with the new government...

Outgoing president of Catholic University concerned about loss of schools' Catholic identity CWN - May 21, 2010

Having completed his term as president of the Catholic University of America, Msgr. David O'Connell met with Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski, the prefect of the Congregation for Catholic Education, to...

Australian paper previews changes in English translation of the Mass CWN - May 21, 2010

In a remarkably sympathetic report, The Australian tells readers that the new English translation of the Catholic liturgy, which recently won formal approval from the Holy See, brings a "reverential...

Mission work is Church's greatest gift to mankind, says Pontiff CWN - May 21, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 21 with leaders of the Pontifical Missionary Works, and told them that their work is particular important at a time when the world is witnessing 'the spread of a...

Secular 'ethics' drive belittles religious faith: Cardinal Pell CWN - May 21, 2010

A campaign to promote ethics instruction in schools reflects a growing hostility toward formal religion, remarked Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia. Cardinal Pell pointed out that a...

Released Monday, May. 24

European Parliament blasts religious intolerance in Pakistan CWN - May 24, 2010

Recalling that “it was blasphemy accusations that triggered anti-Christian mob violence in Gojra and Korian in summer 2009, leaving eight dead and at least 100 houses destroyed,” the European...

Congo bishop urges Obama: Stop the Lord’s Resistance Army CWN - May 24, 2010

A bishop in the northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo has joined human rights groups in calling upon President Barack Obama to intervene to halt attacks by the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA),...

Mideast Bishop: US invasion of Iraq led to ‘one of the great disasters of this century’ CWN - May 24, 2010

In an address entitled “The Middle Eastern Synod in its Geopolitical and Pastoral Context,” Auxiliary Bishop William Shomali of Jerusalem analyzed the situation of Christians in each region of the...

US bishops: Catholic supporters of ‘profoundly flawed’ health care law wounded Catholic unity CWN - May 24, 2010

Criticizing the Catholic Health Association for supporting “profoundly flawed” health care legislation, and responding to criticisms-- such as those lodged by Rep. Bart Stupak-- over the US bishops’...

Philippine bishop: No Catholic burial for governor who was Freemason CWN - May 24, 2010

A Philippine bishop has denied a Catholic burial to Governor Rafael Nantes of Quezon, who died in a helicopter crash on May 17. The governor was a Freemason, as well as a born-again...

Kerala bishops warn against cohabitation CWN - May 24, 2010

The bishops of the southwestern Indian state of Kerala-- the nation’s Catholic stronghold since its evangelization by St. Thomas the Apostle-- is developing a campaign against cohabitation following...

Do not fear the fire of the Spirit, Pope exhorts faithful CWN - May 24, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI reminded the faithful that "there is no Church without Pentecost," adding that "there is no Pentecost without the Virgin Mary," as he led celebrations for the feast day. The...

Pope: common good, not just profit and consumption, must be society's goal CWN - May 24, 2010

"The common good is the goal that gives meaning to progress and development, which otherwise would be limited only to the production of material goods." That was the message of Pope Benedict XVI at...

Obama administration asks court to bar lawsuit against Vatican CWN - May 24, 2010

The Obama administration has weighed in strongly against efforts by abuse victims to bring suit against the Vatican. In a brief filed with the US Supreme Court, the Justice Department asked for a...

Pope asks prayers today for Chinese Church CWN - May 24, 2010

At the close of his Regina Coeli audience on Sunday, May 23, Pope Benedict XVI asked the faithful to remember a special Day of Prayer for the Church in China, to be observed on Monday, May 24....

Affirm Europe's Christian heritage, Pope asks leaders of Bulgaria, Macedonia CWN - May 24, 2010

On Saturday, May 22, Pope Benedict XVI met with Prime Minister Boiko Borissov of Bulgaria and President Trajko Veljanoski of Macedonia in separate private audiences. Both were in Rome for...

Congo's leader visits Vatican CWN - May 24, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI met on May 24 with President Denis Sassou N'guesso of the Republic of Congo. Their talks centered on that country's preparations for celebrating its 50th year of independence, and...

Maronite Catholics of Cyprus look for strength from papal visit CWN - May 24, 2010

Looking forward to Pope Benedict's visit to Cyprus, an Associated Press story profiles the small Maronite Catholic community on the predominantly northern side of the island. (The AP story might...

Vatican, Israel continue talks toward overdue pact CWN - May 24, 2010

Diplomatic representatives of Israel and the Holy See met last week to continue discussions toward the completion of a juridical-economic pact, to fulfill the terms of the "fundamental agreement"...

Malta: bishops remind cohabiting couples to abstain from Communion CWN - May 24, 2010

The bishops of Malta have issued a reminder that "couples who live together without being married should not receive Holy Communion." The bishops note that this insistence is not intended as a...

Silence on abuse harmed Church, says Australian archbishop CWN - May 24, 2010

Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Canberra, Australia, told a Radio National audience that everything possible should be done to stop sexual abuse within the Church. In the past, he said, Church leaders...

Patriarchate of Constantinople seeks government restitution of seized churches CWN - May 24, 2010

Patriarch Bartolomew I of Constantinople has told a Turkish government commission on minority rights that the country's Christian minority should receive compensation for the efforts by Turkish...

Germany: falling birth rate spreads alarm on future population CWN - May 24, 2010

The latest German government statistics show the country's birth rate dropping to its lowest level since the end of World War II. The number of births dropped 3.6% in 2009, and the fertility rate...

Moscow patriarchate moving closer to Rome, especially on 'new evangelization' CWN - May 24, 2010

Vatican-watcher Sandro Magister of L'Espresso sees a strong convergence of opinion between the Vatican and the Moscow patriarchate on the need for a "new evangelization" in Europe. More generally,...

Ukrainian security forces charged with pressure on Catholic university rector CWN - May 24, 2010

The rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University has reported that he received a visit from a representative of the state security agency-- the former KGB-- who ordered him to sign a statement...

Released Tuesday, May. 25

Jesuit head of Asian Catholic news agency criticizes transubstantiation CWN - May 25, 2010

Stating that “Catholics can become fanatical about one form of the Body of Christ in the bread of the Eucharist as the REAL presence of Christ,” Father Michael Kelly, the Jesuit CEO of the Asian...

2.1 million pilgrims venerated Shroud CWN - May 25, 2010

Over 2.1 million pilgrims, including Pope Benedict XVI, venerated the Shroud of Turin when it was on display in Turin’s cathedral between April 10 and May 23. “I had the clear perception that...

Leading biographer makes clear: Newman was neither gay nor a dissenter CWN - May 25, 2010

Responding to recent insinuations in the British press that Cardinal John Henry Newman was gay and was an intellectual forefather of today’s dissenters from Catholic teaching, Father Ian Ker, the...

Diocese sells 32-acre headquarters to fund abuse settlement CWN - May 25, 2010

Less than two weeks after Diocese of Burlington agreed to pay over $20 million to settle 29 lawsuits alleging the sexual abuse of minors by priests, the diocese has agreed to sell its historic...

Priest murdered in Brazil CWN - May 25, 2010

Father Rubens de Almeida Goncalves, 35, died on May 21 from a gunshot wound to the head. “Father Rubens died in the full exercise of his priestly ministry, which has always been marked by...

Illinois father of 5 ordained to priesthood following annulment CWN - May 25, 2010

A 57-year-old father of five whose marriage had been annulled was ordained as a priest of the Diocese of Belleville by Bishop Edward Braxton on May 22. A onetime lay employee of the diocesan...

Marquette faculty members rap school's decision not to appoint lesbian dean CWN - May 25, 2010

A group of faculty members at Jesuit-run Marquette University have joined in a public statement decrying the school's decision to back away from the appointment of a lesbian professor as dean....

Vatican agency, Italian firm join to promote adult stem-cell research CWN - May 25, 2010

The Pontifical Council for Culture has joined with an Italian biotech firm, NeoStem, in a joint effort to promote public recognition of the medical potential for use of adult stem cells. The...

Kenyan court rules against separate Islamic tribunals CWN - May 25, 2010

A three-judge court in Kenya has ruled against official acceptance of the Islamic system of kadhi court. The kadhi courts, which are intended for use only by Muslims, apply the principles of shari'a...

Released Wednesday, May. 26

Morocco expels 100 foreign Christians CWN - May 26, 2010

The Moroccan government has announced that since March, it has deported over 100 foreign Christians for proselytizing Muslims. “These incidents (expulsions) were prompted by the activism of some...

Cyprus: Orthodox leader rebukes prelates who oppose papal visit CWN - May 26, 2010

The head of the Orthodox Church of Cyprus has rebuked Orthodox prelates, including Bishop Athanasios of Limassol, who view Pope Benedict as a heretic and thus oppose his June 4-6 visit to the island...

Italian bishops: 100 clerical abuse allegations in 10 years CWN - May 26, 2010

Bishop Mariano Crociata, the secretary general of the Italian bishops’ conference, announced on May 25 that 100 clerical abuse allegations have led to canonical procedures, including trials, in the...

Italian priest, critic of Catholic teaching arrested for homosexual abuse of teen CWN - May 26, 2010

A 73-year-old Italian priest who has long been a critic of Catholic teaching that homosexual inclinations are objectively disordered was arrested on May 24 on charges of abusing a teenage boy....

Polish priest arrested in Brazil, accused of turning rectory into dungeon CWN - May 26, 2010

Father Marcin Michal Strachanowski, a 44-year-old Krakow priest who ministers in the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro, has been arrested on charges of handcuffing a 16-year-old boy to a bed and...

Disgraced Massachusetts bishop now in DC retirement home CWN - May 26, 2010

Bishop Thomas Dupré, who resigned from his position in 2004 and was later indicted on charges of raping two boys when he was a parish priest, is now living in a Washington, DC retirement home for...

Authority in the Church requires docility to Christ, Pope tells weekly audience CWN - May 26, 2010

All authority in the Church comes from Christ, Pope Benedict XVI told his public audience on May 26. Therefore, holding any office "subjects the person to the mystery of Christ, making him His...

Oklahoma lawmakers override veto, pass abortion-reporting law CWN - May 26, 2010

The upper house of the Oklahoma state legislature has voted to override the veto of Governor Brad Henry and pass a new law requiring abortionists to providing information about their procedures, and...

Under Islamic pressure, officials close church in Indonesian province CWN - May 26, 2010

Government officials in West Java ordered the closing of a popular Christian church, drawing a protest from the Indonesian Human Rights Commission. Although the Protestant church had obtained all...

California police investigating Catholic-school vandalism as 'hate crime' CWN - May 26, 2010

Vandals attacked a parish school in Maywood, California, writing "666" on the wall, desecrating a crucifix, and driving a knife into an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Police said that the incident...

Cannes prize to film about Cistercians killed by Muslim fundamentalists in Algeria CWN - May 26, 2010

The Cannes Film Festival has awarded its Grand Prix to a film about the French Cistercian monks who were killed by Islamic zealots in Algeria in 1996. Of Gods and Men, directed by Xavier Beauvois,...

Pope sends donation to help Polish flood victims CWN - May 26, 2010

The pontifical council Cor Unum has sent a donation from Pope Benedict XVI to the victims of flooding in Poland. The gift-- conveyed to Archbishop Jozef Michalik, the president of the Polish...

Archbishop Chaput explains: bishops are not Vatican employees CWN - May 26, 2010

Writing about the Kentucky case in which sex-abuse victims seek to list the Vatican as a defendant, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver argues that the plaintiffs' argument-- that the Vatican...

Vatican secret archives for World War II will open within 6 years: Cardinal Kasper CWN - May 26, 2010

Cardinal Walter Kasper, who coordinates the Vatican outreach to the world's Jews, has promised that the secret archives covering the pontificate of Pius XII will be open to scholars within 6 years....

Pope to visit Ukraine in 2012; Moscow patriarchate cool toward plan CWN - May 26, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI plans to visit Ukraine in 2012. Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzyck of Lviv has announced that the Pope accepted an invitation to visit Ukraine, "and a concrete date is now being...

Released Thursday, May. 27

US bishops oppose ENDA, call ‘gay rights’ bill a ‘threat to religious liberty’ CWN - May 27, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is urging members of Congress to oppose the Employment Nondiscrimination Act (ENDA), whose passage has been a priority for homosexual advocacy groups...

Canadian bishop won't report alleged abuse to police unless victim consents CWN - May 27, 2010

A Canadian bishop has announced that he will not formally report an incident of alleged abuse to authorities unless the alleged victim consents. Bishop David Douglas Crosby, OMI, of Corner Brook and...

Leading Anglican bishop criticizes child-protection bureaucracy, paperwork CWN - May 27, 2010

A leading Anglican bishop and New Testament scholar has criticized as a “waste of time” the bureaucratic paperwork surrounding government-mandated child-protection procedures. In a May 25 talk,...

Bishop recounts discrimination suffered by first black US priest CWN - May 27, 2010

In an interview with Chicago Public Radio, Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry recounted the discrimination suffered by Father Augustus Tolton (1854-97), the first African-American diocesan priest in the...

Los Angeles: ‘Mahony goes; Gomez comes’ CWN - May 27, 2010

Four thousand Catholics-- including seven cardinals, 59 bishops, and 411 priests-- welcomed Archbishop José Gomez as coadjutor archbishop of the United States’ largest diocese at a Mass of Reception...

Acton Institute: US bishops’ conference downplays Catholic teaching on subsidiarity CWN - May 27, 2010

In a May 26 blog posting, Samuel Gregg, director of research for the Acton Institute, criticized the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for downplaying Catholic teaching on subsidiarity....

Pope to Italian bishops: moral crisis is as serious as economic crisis CWN - May 27, 2010

Society today is facing a "cultural and spiritual crisis, as serious as the economic crisis," Pope Benedict XVI told the Italian bishops in a May 27 address. "It would be illusory to counter one,...

Killings of Church workers soared worldwide in 2009 CWN - May 27, 2010

There were 37 Catholic priests, religious, seminarians, and lay catechists killed on pastoral assignments in 2009: the largest number in the past 10 years. The Fides news service has provided an...

British official figures show over 1,000 abortions to girls under 15 CWN - May 27, 2010

More than 1,000 British girls under the age of 15 obtained an abortion last year, official statistics show. Another 21,000 abortions were procured by girls under 18. The Department of Health...

Congressman decries US support for pro-abortion Kenyan constitution CWN - May 27, 2010

Congressman Chris Smith of New Jersey has renewed his complaint that the Obama administration is illegally funding a campaign in favor of a new proposed constitution for Kenya. The Obama...

Over 200 abuse claims from German Jesuit schools CWN - May 27, 2010

A German investigation has yielded 205 complaints of abuse in the country's Jesuit-run schools. Ursula Raue, who was commissioned by the country's Jesuit leaders to conduct an independent probe,...

Indian Muslim leader decries 'useless' fatwas, outdated conception of Islam CWN - May 27, 2010

An Islamic scholar in India has said that the issuance of dozens of fatwas by militant Muslim clerics-- including many aimed at women who do not wear the prescribed veils, reflects an outdated...

Bishop Olmsted defended, attacked for stand against abortion in Catholic hospital CWN - May 27, 2010

An international coalition of pro-life activists and Catholic scholars has joined in a statement of support for Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix, who has drawn heavy press criticism for his...

Research shows homosexuality more common among children of broken families CWN - May 27, 2010

Patrick Fagan of the Family Research Council-- whose "Mapping America" project has provided a steady stream of revealing statistical insights into the connections between religious faith and social...

Released Friday, May. 28

Quebec cardinal astounded by uproar over pro-life remarks; assembly unanimously backs abortion CWN - May 28, 2010

Cardinal Marc Ouellet expressed astonishment at the reaction to his recent statement that abortion is a moral crime that cannot be justified even in the case of rape. In response, a newspaper...

Cardinal laments Italy’s ‘demographic suicide’ CWN - May 28, 2010

In a May 25 address to his fellow Italian bishops, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, president of the Italian episcopal conference, lamented his nation’s “slow demographic suicide.” “Over 50% of families...

Bishop criticizes plan to send troops to Mexican border CWN - May 28, 2010

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, criticized President Barack Obama’s decision to send up to 1,200 members...

New Oberammergau Passion Play emphasizes: ‘Jesus was against hierarchy’ CWN - May 28, 2010

The 2010 Oberammergau Passion Play, which began on May 15 and will run through October 3, emphasizes that “Jesus was against hierarchy and against institutions,” according to one of the two actors...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Dietrich von Hildebrand CWN - May 28, 2010

As the Dietrich von Hildebrand Legacy Project holds a conference in Rome devoted to “The Christian Personalism of Dietrich von Hildebrand: Exploring His Philosophy of Love,” L’Osservatore Romano on...

Italian woman ordained Old Catholic priest CWN - May 28, 2010

For the first time, a woman has been “ordained” in Italy as a priest of the Old Catholic Church, a schism that arose in the nineteenth century because it viewed the First Vatican Council’s...

Cardinal Dziwisz receives Anti-Defamation League award CWN - May 28, 2010

The Anti-Defamation League on May 26 honored Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary, with its Cardinal Bea Interfaith Award. “Cardinal Dziwisz is a valued...

St. Vincent de Paul confederation to choose new head CWN - May 28, 2010

The Confederation of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul opened a general assembly in Salamanca, Spain today, to elect its 15th president. The confederation represents 51,000 conferences of the...

Pope says immigration policy should balance individual rights, national sovereignty CWN - May 28, 2010

A proper approach to immigration should balance "the rights and duties of foreigners and those of the host communities," Pope Benedict XVI said at a private audience with members of the Pontifical...

Acapulco's bishops call for US action on immigration, drug traffic CWN - May 28, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Acapulco have called for cooperation between Mexican and US authorities to restore order to the border area, curbing the drug trade and associated violence and ensuring...

Vatican analyst raps Cardinal Schönborn for remarks on celibacy CWN - May 28, 2010

In the course of an essay analyzing the latest discussions among leading prelates about clerical celibacy, journalist Sandro Magister of L'Espresso gives a harsh assessment of Vienna's Cardinal...

Ukrainian priest sees country slipping backward on democracy, religious freedom CWN - May 28, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter interviews Father Borys Gudziak, the rector of the Ukrainian Catholic University, who recently lodged a public protest against what he saw as an effort...

Archbishop of Canterbury: punish both extremes on Anglican policy regarding homosexuality CWN - May 28, 2010

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr. Rowan Williams, has proposed penalties against Anglican provinces that break from the worldwide consensus on the proper approach to homosexuality. Citing earlier...

New Los Angeles coadjutor: secular culture saps Hispanic Catholic identity CWN - May 28, 2010

In an exclusive interview with Catholic News Agency, Archbishop José Gomez, the newly installed coadjutor of Los Angeles, speaks at some length about the challenges of pastoral ministry toward the...

Vatican Archives offer tours for select guests CWN - May 28, 2010

In a rare nod toward public opinion, the Vatican Secret Archives has offered tours to journalists and selected guests, giving them a realistic picture of the operation as an antidote to the...

Italian bishops may have covered up abuse, concedes president of episcopal conference CWN - May 28, 2010

Cases of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Italy may have been covered up by bishops there, as they were in other countries, the president of the Italian bishops' conference has conceded. Asked by...

Irish police investigate rash of arson attacks on Catholic churches CWN - May 28, 2010

Police in Ireland are asking for tighter security and heightened vigilance in Catholic parishes after a series of arson attacks on church buildings. The attacks-- in several different locations...

Eucharistic adoration in St. Peter's in reparation for abuse scandal CWN - May 28, 2010

The Vatican basilica will host a 2-hour service of Eucharistic adoration “in reparation for abuses committed by priests and for the healing of this wound within the Church" on May 29. Msgr....

Catholic Charities USA quietly drops out of coalition supporting Kagan nomination CWN - May 28, 2010

Without any public announcement, Catholic Charities USA has dropped out of a political coalition that is actively supporting the nomination of Elena Kagan for a Supreme court seat. Catholic...

Pope denounces abuse of public office for personal benefit CWN - May 28, 2010

In remarks to a new ambassador from Benin to the Holy See, Pope Benedict XVI decried the use of political power for private ends. "The search for personal advantage to the detriment of the...

Released Monday, May. 31

‘Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest’ CWN - May 31, 2010

In a manifest example of media bias, a May 30 Associated Press headline screamed, “Future pope refused defrocking of convicted priest”-- even though Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, then prefect of the...

New York Times examines homosexuality, seminary admissions CWN - May 31, 2010

A front-page story in the May 31 edition of The New York Times examined how vocations directors and seminaries are screening prospective seminarians in light of the Congregation for Catholic...

Scottish bishop criticizes bishops who covered up abuse, rips media attacks on Pope CWN - May 31, 2010

In a May 30 newspaper column, Bishop Joseph Devine of Motherwell denounced the clerical abuse of children, bishops who covered up the abuse, and those in the media who have attacked Pope...

Iowa bishop warns against woman’s ‘ordination’ CWN - May 31, 2010

An Iowa bishop has reminded Catholics in his diocese that “those who attempt to confer Holy Orders on women are excommunicated, as are the women who attempt to receive Holy Orders. This includes the...

Majority of US deacons over 60, uncompensated CWN - May 31, 2010

A new study of America’s 17,000 permanent deacons has found that 62% are 60 or older, while only 18% receive financial compensation for their ministry. The study, conducted by the Center for Applied...

Cardinals pay tribute to late Cardinal Costantini upon publication of diary CWN - May 31, 2010

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state, and Cardinal Ivan Dias, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, paid tribute to the Cardinal Celso Costantini upon...

Vatican decries Israeli raid on 'Freedom Flotilla' CWN - May 31, 2010

The Vatican has expressed intense concern about the Israeli raid on the "Freedom Flotilla" headed for the Gaza Strip on May 31. Father Federico Lombardi, the director of the Vatican press office,...

Pope's prayer intentions for June 2010 CWN - May 31, 2010

The Vatican has announced the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for June 2010. The Pope's general is: "That every national and trans-national institution may strive to guarantee respect for...

Vatican unveils plans for apostolic visitation of Irish Church to begin in fall CWN - May 31, 2010

The Vatican has announced plans for an apostolic visitation of the Church in Ireland in response to the sex-abuse crisis there. The investigation will begin in the fall of 2010. In his March 19...

Egyptian court says Coptic Church must allow divorce, remarriage CWN - May 31, 2010

Egypt's highest court has ruled that the Coptic Orthodox Church must allow divorce and remarriage. The Supreme Administrative Court, siding with a lower court decision, rejected an appeal by...

Irish-born bishop resigns, admits affair with young woman CWN - May 31, 2010

An Irish-born archbishop serving in Nigeria has resigned after being accused of sexual abuse. Archbishop Richard Burke stepped down from his post at the head of the Benin City, Nigeria...

Keep Easter commitment all year, Pope urges faithful CWN - May 31, 2010

At his Angelus audience on Trinity Sunday-- May 30-- Pope Benedict XVI said that the feast "in a certain sense recapitulates the revelation of God in the Paschal mysteries." Although the...

Boston archdiocese hit with tax bills for parishes that closed CWN - May 31, 2010

The Boston archdiocese is facing heavy tax payments for property in parishes that have been formally closed-- including two parishes in which residents have occupied the buildings in an effort to...

Cut ties with abusive priests to purify Church, says top Vatican prosecutor CWN - May 31, 2010

The Vatican's chief prosecutor in sex-abuse cases said that the process of removing abusive priests from the clergy is a form of "divine surgery" allowing for purification of the Church....

Pope honors Matteo Ricci, Jesuit missionary to China CWN - May 31, 2010

On Saturday, May 29, Pope Benedict XVI met with participants in a pilgrimage honoring Father Matteo Ricci, the great Jesuit missionary to China. The Pope commented that Father Ricci was "a unique...

Archeologist claims Mount Sinai is in Israel CWN - May 31, 2010

An Israeli archeologist has concluded that the "real" Mount Sinai described in the Old Testament is located in Israel, in the Negev desert, rather than on Egypt's Sinai peninsula. Emmanuel Anati...

President Obama designates June as LGBT Pride month CWN - May 31, 2010

US President Barack Obama has issued a proclamation that June 2010 will be "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month." The proclamation expresses "our commitment to the struggle for equal...

Congo bishop welcomes US effort against rebel group CWN - May 31, 2010

A Catholic bishop in the Democratic Republic of the Congo has welcomed American support for efforts to curb the violence of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in Uganda and neighboring countries....

AP preview sees diplomatic peril for Pope on trip to Cyprus CWN - May 31, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will be "heading into a potential diplomatic firestorm" when he visits Cyprus this coming weekend, according to an AP preview of the trip. Noting the longstanding tension...

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