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Released Monday, Aug. 2

15 Anglican bishops: Some among us will seek communion with Rome CWN - August 2, 2010

Expressing their deep distress at the prospect of the ordination of women bishops in the Church of England, 15 Anglo-Catholic bishops have told their clergy that some among them will seek communion...

AP admits: ‘Adult stem cell research far ahead of embryonic’ CWN - August 2, 2010

The Associated Press is drawing attention to a truth that pro-life advocates have noted for the past decade: embryonic stem-cell research, which involves the killing of human persons, has failed to...

Cardinal McCarrick: US should develop Marshall Plan to help Iraqis CWN - August 2, 2010

Noting that “Iraqi Christians continue to be the targets of systematic violence, especially in Mosul and Nineveh,” and that Iraqi Christian communities “face potential extinction,” Cardinal Theodore...

Alaska bishop: Vote yes on parental notification CWN - August 2, 2010

An Alaskan bishop is urging citizens to support a ballot initiative mandating that parents be notified when their minor daughters are considering having an abortion. “This measure is meant to...

Louisiana priest admits abuse, may have molested 30 boys CWN - August 2, 2010

A former priest of the Diocese of Baton Rouge has admitted in an affidavit that he sexually abused boys. Ordained in 1952 as a Redemptorist, Christopher Springer left the order in 1972 and was a...

Priest in Texas newspaper: ‘Homosexual acts lead to the damnation of souls’ CWN - August 2, 2010

A Texas parish priest has written a column for the El Paso Times in which he strongly denounces homosexual activity. “Every single Catholic, out of fidelity to charity and truth, has the absolute...

American priest appointed secretary of Congregation for Religious CWN - August 2, 2010

An American priest has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to become secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Religious. Father Joseph William Tobin, a 58-year-old Detroit native and Redemptorist...

Pope welcomes treaty against cluster bombs CWN - August 2, 2010

At his Sunday audience on August 1, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his support for a new international pact banning cluster bombs, which went into effect that day. The Pontiff observed that the bombs...

Vatican official raps US for approving clinical trial of embryonic stem-cell treatment CWN - August 2, 2010

A leading Vatican official has denounced the US decision to allow clinical testing on human subjects for medical treatments using embryonic stem cells. The Food and Drug Administration (DFA)...

Top English prelate more comfortable with new government leadership CWN - August 2, 2010

England’s leading Catholic prelate has praised the pragmatic approach of the new government under Prime Minister David Cameron, saying that the previous Labor government “required a high degree of...

Ticket shortage for papal Mass in Birmingham; glut in Scotland? CWN - August 2, 2010

Organizers of Pope Benedict’s September visit to the United Kingdom are facing a heavy demand for tickets to the beatification ceremonies for Cardinal John Henry Newman, but only lukewarm interest...

Russian Orthodox training young 'street ministers' to counter secularism CWN - August 2, 2010

The Russian Orthodox Church is training 100 young people for “street missionary activity.” The initiative, championed by Patriarch Kirill, is described as an effort to counteract the influence of...

Vatican document to address post-abortion syndrome CWN - August 2, 2010

The Pontifical Academy for Life is preparing a study of post-abortion syndrome. Archbishop Ignacio Carrasco de Paula, the new president of the Pontifical Academy, disclosed in an interview with...

Irish government to propose takeover of many Catholic schools CWN - August 2, 2010

The Irish government has given Catholic Church leaders a list of the areas where it hopes to assume control of schools currently administered by the Church, the Irish Catholic reports. The...

Nun raped in Orissa violence identifies another assailant CWN - August 2, 2010

The Catholic nun who was sexually assaulted during the burst of mob violence that struck India’s Orissa state in August 2008 has identified four of her assailants. Sister Meena Barwa picked her...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 3

Mexican bishops denounce Arizona immigration law CWN - August 3, 2010

The bishops of Mexico have released a press statement denouncing the controversial Arizona immigration law. The statement was signed by Bishop Víctor René Rodríguez Gómez of Texcoco, secretary...

Miles Jesu founder’s behavior ‘totally unacceptable,’ says current leader CWN - August 3, 2010

Father Alfonso Durán, a Spanish priest who founded Miles Jesu in Phoenix in 1964, exhibited behavior that was “totally unacceptable and not in accord with the discipline of the Church nor...

Missing Canadian bishop sends email, says he was in Jerusalem CWN - August 3, 2010

Bishop James Wingle, whose whereabouts have been unknown since he resigned as bishop of St. Catharines (Ontario) in April, has sent an e-mail to the administrator of his former diocese. Bishop...

Late soldier’s father blasts bishop for funeral call for military funding CWN - August 3, 2010

A late soldier’s father has criticized a Welsh bishop for calling for increased military funding during his son’s funeral Mass. Bishop Tom Burns of Menevia-- who served as Great Britain’s military...

Caritas appeal for flood-ravaged Pakistan CWN - August 3, 2010

Caritas Internationalis, the international consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, has issued an appeal on behalf of Pakistan, which is suffering from its worst floods in eight...

Catholic cemetery suffers $250K in vandalism CWN - August 3, 2010

Vandals damaged 30 graves at a Cincinnati Catholic cemetery before dawn on August 1, causing an estimated $250,000 in damage. It was the second act of vandalism in a month. The first, third, and...

Ground Zero mosque plan compared with Auschwitz Carmelite convent CWN - August 3, 2010

Muslims who are planning a mosque for the “Ground Zero” site of the World Trade Center bombing could learn from the example set by Pope John Paul II in his dealings with the Carmelite nuns at...

Trinkets going on sale for Pope's visit to UK CWN - August 3, 2010

Several weeks before Pope Benedict’s trip to the United Kingdom, souvenir merchandise is already on sale: caps, cards, T-shirts, flags, and a variety of trinkets. Some of them are...

US Senate committee approves bid for permanent repeal of 'Mexico City' policy CWN - August 3, 2010

The US Senate Appropriations committee has approved a measure that would repeal the “Mexico City policy” barring taxpayer support for organizations that promote abortion. Since the “Mexico City...

Indian railways to launch Mother Teresa Express on her centenary CWN - August 3, 2010

As India prepares to celebrate the centenary of the birth of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta on August 26, Indian Railways plans to launch a train named in honor of the “saint of the gutters.” "We...

Altar servers converge on Rome for international convention CWN - August 3, 2010

Over 50,000 altar servers are meeting in Rome this week to participate in an international jubilee organized by the...

Abortion advocates say Philippines abortion ban causes maternal deaths CWN - August 3, 2010

A New York-based group with ties to Planned Parenthood has denounced the government of the Philippines for maintaining legal restrictions on abortion. The Center for Reproductive Rights makes...

Irish bishops ready to discuss government school takeover; emphasize parental rights CWN - August 3, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Ireland have given a cautious welcome to a cabinet-level report proposing a government takeover of some schools now administered by the Church. “Catholic Bishops have for...

Pakistan: 5 killed as Islamic militants attack Christian church CWN - August 3, 2010

Masked gunman killed 5 Christians outside their church in Sukkur, Pakistan. Five other members of the congregation were wounded in the July 15 attack. News of the killings have only now reached the...

Pakistan: 5 killed as Islamic militants attack Christian church CWN - August 3, 2010

Masked gunman killed 5 Christians outside their church in Sukkur, Pakistan. Five other members of the congregation were wounded in the July 15 attack. News of the killings have only now reached the...

Spotlight on CHA efforts to promote Obama health-care plan CWN - August 3, 2010

The Capital Research Center, a Washington group, has highlighted the role that organized health-care groups played in providing critical political support for the Obama health-care reform bill. The...

Bishop Cordileone explains purpose of Manhattan Declaration CWN - August 3, 2010

A welcome new initiative, Reclaiming the Culture (the title itself suggests an affinity for the Catholic Culture Project), offers audio interviews with leading Catholic figures engaged in the battle...

Venezuelan cardinal urges lawmakers to respect Catholic voice CWN - August 3, 2010

After President Hugo Chavez lashed out at Cardinal Jorge Urosa, someVenezuelan politicians expected the prelate to take a confrontational stance during a speech to the national assembly. Instead the...

After winning recording contract, French nuns receive death threats CWN - August 3, 2010

In a disquieting new development, the cloistered Benedictine nuns who recently won a major contract to record Gregorian chants have reported receiving death...

Analyst sees Vatican concessions to Vietnamese government CWN - August 3, 2010

Vatican journalist Sandro Magister believes that the Vatican, in its bid to strengthen relations with the government of Vietnam, accepted a demand to replace the Archbishop of Hanoi, who had clashed...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 4

Congo bishops welcome new US law on ‘conflict minerals’ CWN - August 4, 2010

Two years after the bishops of the Democratic Republic of the Congo urged the international community to take action to address the “silent genocide” taking place in their midst, the president of...

Pope’s 2nd book on Jesus to be published in spring CWN - August 4, 2010

Ignatius Press has announced that it has reached an agreement with the Vatican’s publishing house to publish the English translation of Pope Benedict’s second book on Jesus. The book, which will be...

Alaska: woman withdraws accusation against priest CWN - August 4, 2010

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a missionary priest in Alaska after the plaintiff withdrew her claim. The plaintiff originally alleged that she had been abused by Father Gerald...

Welsh bishop apologizes to soldier’s father for funeral remarks CWN - August 4, 2010

A Welsh bishop has offered an apology after a late soldier’s father criticized him for calling for increased military funding during his son’s funeral Mass. “If what I said in my sermon added to...

Boston Catholic schools benefit from Jewish philanthropy CWN - August 4, 2010

The Boston Globe has published a profile of Jewish benefactors who donate generously to the archdiocese’s Catholic schools. “It’s really attractive because it touches a couple of different things...

Tennessee priest indicted in Virginia on abuse charges CWN - August 4, 2010

A 76-year-old priest of the Diocese of Knoxville has been indicted in Virginia on charges of sodomy and indecent liberties following an allegation that he abused a boy during a 1978 trip. Father...

Hitchens rips Pope Benedict as 'elderly criminal' CWN - August 4, 2010

In a forthcoming essay for Vanity Fair the avowedly atheist journalist Christopher Hitchens, who is suffering from terminal cancer, voices asks plaintively: “Will I really not live long enough … to...

US education rules could endanger academic freedom, says former Senator CWN - August 4, 2010

New federal regulations on American higher education could jeopardize religious and academic freedom, warns a former US Senator who now heads a private Christian college. William Armstrong, who...

Kenyans vote on new constitution; Church leaders press for No vote CWN - August 4, 2010

Kenyans cast their ballots today in a hotly contested referendum for approval of a new constitution. Christian leaders have urged a negative vote on the document; the Kenyan government—with powerful...

Poland: scuffle over cross outside government building CWN - August 4, 2010

Angry protests erupted in Warsaw on August 3 when government officials—acting on orders from President-elect Bronislaw Komorowski—moved to dismantle a cross that had been erected outside the...

Pope voices sympathy for disaster victims in Russia, Pakistan CWN - August 4, 2010

During a public audience on August 4, Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sympathy for the victims of forest fires in Russia and raging floods in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Noting the “serious natural...

Pope urges K of C to continue defending 'culture of life' CWN - August 4, 2010

In a message to the Knights of Columbus, who are holding their 128th annual convention in Washington, DC, Pope Benedict XVI said that the best response to criticism of the Church is “a great...

New Vatican official hopes to defuse tensions with US women religious CWN - August 4, 2010

The American priest named this week as secretary of the Congregation for Religious acknowledged that his appointment is a reflection of “just how badly” American leaders of women’s religious orders...

Federal judge strikes down California's ban on same-sex marriage CWN - August 4, 2010

A federal judge in California has overturned Proposition 8, the voter-approved measure that barred legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Judge Vaughn Walker said that Proposition 8 violates...

UK organizers of papal trip defend payment by attendees CWN - August 4, 2010

Organizers of the September visit by Pope Benedict XVI to the United Kingdom are finalizing plans to issue “pilgrim passports” for those attending papal events. Msgr. Andrew Summergill, who is...

Pope encourages altar servers: grow closer to Jesus in the Eucharist CWN - August 4, 2010

Addressing 55,000 altar servers who had gathered in St. Peter’s Square for his weekly public audience on August 4, Pope Benedict XVI said that their youthful enthusiasm made the Vatican “a happier...

Police close to solving 2007 murder of priest in Philippines CWN - August 4, 2010

Police in the Philippines have uncovered evidence linking the murder of a Catholic priest in 2007 with five other killings in the same region. The announcement that charges will soon be filed...

Victims' groups urge dismissal of Cardinal Law from Roman post CWN - August 4, 2010

Groups representing the victims of sexual abuse have called upon Pope Benedict XVI to dismiss Cardinal Bernard Law from his post as archpriest of St. Mary Major basilica. The American...

Released Thursday, Aug. 5

US bishops denounce court ruling on same-sex marriage CWN - August 5, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops denounced an August 4 ruling in which a federal court struck down a California law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. “It is...

Kenyan voters pass new constitution opposed by Church CWN - August 5, 2010

The people of Kenya have voted in a referendum to approve a new constitution, according to early election returns. The constitution, backed by the United States, was opposed by Catholic and...

Cardinal Ratzinger asked to resign in 1997, become Vatican librarian CWN - August 5, 2010

When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger turned 70 in 1997, he asked Pope John Paul to relieve him of his duties as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and permit him to become archivist...

Milwaukee priests lament more accurate Roman Missal translation; ‘salt in the wounds’ CWN - August 5, 2010

Milwaukee priests quoted in a local newspaper article on the third edition of the Roman Missal are lamenting the revised translations, which more closely reflect the content and majesty of the...

Vatican foundation for Latin America to fund nearly 200 projects CWN - August 5, 2010

The Populorum Progressio Foundation’s administrative council has voted to distribute nearly $2.1 million to 186 projects in 20 Latin American nations. Funding for these projects comes from the...

Uzbek police raid Christian prayer groups CWN - August 5, 2010

Authorities in Uzbekistan have been arresting Christians who participate in unauthorized prayer services, releasing them with a fine after short jail terms, the Forum 18 news service reports. Police...

Cuban prelate announces: all political prisoners will be freed CWN - August 5, 2010

The Cuban government plans to release all political prisoners within the next few months, reports Cardinal Jaime Ortega y Alamino of Havana. Cardinal Ortega, who has played an instrumental in...

Complaints continue on 'contribution' for pilgrims attending events during Pope's UK visit CWN - August 5, 2010

Criticism of the plans for Pope Benedict’s September visit to the United Kingdom continues, with Scottish Catholics noting that they are being asked to pay more than their counterparts in London for...

Belgian nun fights for exploited domestic workers in India CWN - August 5, 2010

AsiaNews profiles a Belgian nun, Sister Jeane Devos, who has worked for 25 years to secure decent conditions for domestic workers in India. “We broke a wall of silence, slavery, and exploitation,”...

Chicago: fundraiser stole from Catholic school, prosecutors charge CWN - August 5, 2010

Police in Chicago have brought criminal charges against a woman who allegedly stole $52,000 from a Catholic school. Yolanda Kazicz had been employed as a fundraiser for St. Pascal’s school;...

Maryland court hears arguments on law restricting crisis-pregnancy centers CWN - August 5, 2010

A federal court in Maryland heard arguments in a lawsuit brought by the Baltimore archdiocese to challenge a new law requiring crisis-pregnancy centers to advertise their unwillingness to provide...

Atheist leader enthusiastic about first Australian saint CWN - August 5, 2010

Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, an avowed atheist, joined Cardinal George Pell at a dinner to raise funds for the October canonization of Blessed Mary MacKillop, who will be Australia’s...

Released Friday, Aug. 6

Mexican cardinals back debate on drug legalization CWN - August 6, 2010

Two of Mexico’s cardinals-- Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City and Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez of Guadalajara-- have expressed support for President Felipe Calderon’s proposal to...

Jewish organizations disturbed by archdiocese’s support of Hebrew Catholics CWN - August 6, 2010

Local Jewish leaders are disturbed by the Archdiocese of St. Louis’s support for the Association of Hebrew Catholics, an organization that works to preserve the identity and heritage of Catholics of...

Recently removed Florida priest fathered child CWN - August 6, 2010

A popular Polish priest whose removal from parish duties led to controversy in his southwest Florida parish is the father of a child. Bishop Frank Dewane of Venice (Florida) announced Father Stan...

Tennessee priest: Pope should apologize for Catholic teaching on contraception CWN - August 6, 2010

A Tennessee priest has called upon the Pope to apologize for Catholic teaching on contraception. “We're not able to wait for this Pope or the next Pope to wait another hundred years to say 'we...

Bulgaria claims discovery of St. John the Baptist’s bones CWN - August 6, 2010

A Bulgarian government minister claims that the skull and other bones of St. John the Baptist have been discovered in the ruins of a fifth-century monastery. “We found the relics of St John the...

Holy Eucharist stolen from Scranton church CWN - August 6, 2010

A thief broke into a Pennsylvania parish church on the night of August 3, forcing his way into the tabernacle and stealing a ciborium with the Holy Eucharist. Nothing else was taken from the church,...

Scottish union threatens picket at ceremonies during Pope's visit CWN - August 6, 2010

Striking union members in Scotland could picket a public appearance by Pope Benedict XVI in September, union leaders have warned. Workers at Glasgow Life might take actions that could disrupt...

Kenyan Church leaders hope to amend new constitution CWN - August 6, 2010

Despite a defeat in this week’s nationwide referendum, in which voters approved a new constitution that Church leaders had opposed, the Kenyan hierarchy is resolved to seek changes in the...

Chicago archdiocese hit with another lawsuit involving ex-priest McCormack CWN - August 6, 2010

The Chicago archdiocese is facing a new lawsuit brought by a young man who says that he was molested by the ex-priest Daniel McCormack. The lawsuit claims that the archdiocese was negligent in...

Ukrainian Orthodox, Byzantine Catholics building a church together CWN - August 6, 2010

Ukrainian Catholic and Orthodox bishops in Kolomyia have joined in a ground-breaking ceremony for the construction of a new church, which they are building as a joint project to celebrate the 1022nd...

Italian Mass attendance: a generation gap CWN - August 6, 2010

Regular attendance at Sunday Mass remains high among Italian Catholics, particularly in comparison with their European neighbors. But recent surveys show a steep drop in attendance among younger...

US joins Japan in memorial to Hiroshima bomb victims CWN - August 6, 2010

For the first time, diplomatic representatives of the US and its World War II allies, England and France, participated in a memorial ceremony marking the August 6 anniversary of the atomic bombing...

Cardinal urges Spanish: resist abortion law CWN - August 6, 2010

Cardinal Antonio Cañizares Llovera, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, has denounced a “dictatorship of relativism” in his native Spain, and warned that public acceptance of...

Christian responsible for suicide bombing in Philippines? CWN - August 6, 2010

In a break from a familiar pattern, authorities in the Philippines suspect that a Christian may have been the suicide bomber struck at an airport in the Mindanao province yesterday. Authorities have...

Mexico's top court rejects challenge to same-sex marriage CWN - August 6, 2010

Mexico’s highest court has rejected a legal challenge to the new law recognizing same-sex marriages in Mexico City. In an 8-2 decision, the court found that the nation’s constitution, which...

North Korea arrests, executes Christians CWN - August 6, 2010

North Korean authorities have arrested 23 members of an underground Christian community, and executed 3 of them, AsiaNews reports. The arrests and executions, which took place in May, have only...

African Union looks to abortion to lower maternal mortality CWN - August 6, 2010

The African Union, under heavy pressure from UN officials and international organizations, has approved a statement suggesting that abortion offers a way to address the problem of high maternal...

America's fundamental problem: will children be better off? CWN - August 6, 2010

Columnist Peggy Noonan sees alarming signs of growing turmoil in American society, and traces the tensions to one fundamental problem: The biggest political change in my lifetime is that...

Rome's gay-priest exposé encounters skepticism CWN - August 6, 2010

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter notes that a recent article about homosexual priests in Rome, appearing in Italy’s Panorama magazine, follows in a long line of such exposés. However...

If gay couples can marry, what does marriage mean? CWN - August 6, 2010

In an insightful column for the Wall Street Journal, reacting to Judge Walker’s decision to overturn California’s Proposition 8, Dana Mack argues that gay activists want to be treated just like...

Released Monday, Aug. 9

Belgian bishop paid ‘substantial’ sums to abused nephew's family CWN - August 9, 2010

The Belgian bishop who resigned in April after admitting he sexually abused his nephew paid “substantial” sums to the victim’s family over the years, according to Peter Rossel, spokesman for the...

Philippine prelate emphasizes: Automatic excommunication for abortion CWN - August 9, 2010

A leading Philippine prelate is reminding Catholics that those who procure an abortion incur an automatic excommunication. The excommunication, says Archbishop Oscar Cruz, affects “the woman...

Bolivian bishops: Corruption, drug trafficking are creating a ‘culture of death’ CWN - August 9, 2010

The bishops of Bolivia have issued an independence day statement lamenting the “plague of corruption” and increasing rates of drug abuse among youth. “As a Church, rooted in our faith in Jesus...

Removed from ministry in Ohio, priest charged with abuse in Canada CWN - August 9, 2010

An Ohio priest whose alleged abuse of a teenage boy led to his removal from ministry in the Diocese of Columbus has been charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation, and sexual interference in...

Cardinal notes centenary of lowering of age of First Communion CWN - August 9, 2010

Writing in the August 8 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments recalled the 100th anniversary of Quam Singulari, the...

Media misreport bishop’s comments on Love Parade, God’s punishment CWN - August 9, 2010

Two weeks after a stampede killed 21 people participating in the Love Parade in Germany, an Austrian auxiliary bishop said that it is rash judgment to state that the victims’ deaths are an act of...

Paraguay's president, former bishop, has cancer CWN - August 9, 2010

Paraguay’s President Fernando Lugo, a Catholic bishop who was laicized shortly after he took office in 2008, has been diagnosed with cancer. Doctors said that Lugo is suffering from non-Hodgkin’s...

Slain relief workers were not proselytizing, Christian group insists CWN - August 9, 2010

After 10 members were killed in Afghanistan, a Christian relief group has denied that its members are engaged in efforts to convert Muslims. Leaders of the International Assistance Mission,...

Rebel St. Louis parish rebuffs archbishop's reconciliation offer CWN - August 9, 2010

Members of a rebellious Catholic congregation in St. Louis have voted to reject an offer of reconciliation put forward by Archbishop Robert Carlson. The people of St. Stanislaus Kostka parish--...

Use summer rest for spiritual growth, Pope advises audience CWN - August 9, 2010

At his Sunday audience on August 8, Pope Benedict XVI challenged the faithful to use the leisure of summer vacation time to enrich their spiritual lives. “During these quiet days of summer let us...

Chinese authorities install 'official' prelate in place of imprisoned bishop CWN - August 9, 2010

A Chinese bishop who left the “underground” Church to join the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association has been installed as the bishop of the Baoding diocese. To complicate matters, the...

Cardinal Pell rips Green Party; leftist leader fires back CWN - August 9, 2010

After Cardinal George charged that Australia’s Green Party is advancing an “anti-Christian” political agenda, a leader of that party replied: “The Greens are much close to mainstream Christian...

Scottish cardinal blasts US on death penalty, defends release of Lockerbie bomber CWN - August 9, 2010

A Scottish cardinal has denounced American critics of the early release of a convicted terrorist, and gone on to criticize the US for failing to abolish capital punishment. Cardinal Keith O’Brien...

Proposition 8 decision cites Vatican document as harmful to homosexuals CWN - August 9, 2010

In his decision overturning California’s Proposition 8, Judge Vaughn Walker included a footnote that cited a Vatican document as an example of religious beliefs that “harm gays and lesbians.” The...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 10

Kentucky plaintiffs drop abuse suit against Vatican CWN - August 10, 2010

Three Kentucky plaintiffs have abandoned a lawsuit that sought to make the Vatican responsible for clerical abuse that took place in the United States. Similar lawsuits have been filed in Oregon and...

Bishop blasts Arizona immigration law CWN - August 10, 2010

In a column published on the web site of the Washington Post, Auxiliary Bishop Gabino Zavala of Los Angeles offered strong criticism of Arizona’s immigration law “While it was heartening that...

Vatican newspaper praises girl altar servers CWN - August 10, 2010

In an article in the August 7 edition of L’Osservatore Romano, Lucetta Scaraffia defended the 1994 Vatican decision to permit female altar servers. Describing service at the altar as an unmatched...

US-Canadian bridge to be lit in blue and white in honor of Mother Teresa’s birth CWN - August 10, 2010

The Peace Bridge, which crosses the Niagara River between western New York and Ontario, will be lit in blue and white-- the colors of the habit of the Missionaries of Charity-- on August 26 in honor...

Atheist gives $5.6M to New York Catholic schools CWN - August 10, 2010

Robert Wilson, an 83-year-old atheist who made his fortune managing a hedge fund, has donated $5.6 million to Archdiocese of New York. The gift will help Catholic schools track down and solicit...

San Francisco archbishop urges lawmakers not to cut programs for the poor CWN - August 10, 2010

As California grapples with a $19-billion deficit, Archbishop George Niederauer is warning legislators that a decrease in funding for some social programs “hurts children and destroys families.”...

India: mother murdered for refusing to kill newborn baby girl CWN - August 10, 2010

In yet another shocking example of the deep-rooted cultural prejudice against female children in India, a young mother who gave birth to a second girl child was murdered by her husband. The...

Debate continues between Cardinal Pell, Australian Green Party CWN - August 10, 2010

A clash between Cardinal George Pell of Sydney and the leaders of the country’s Green Party has continued, with other Church leaders entering into the fray. While Cardinal Pell charged that the...

Australian bishops issue election statement: focus on human rights CWN - August 10, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Australia have issued a pre-election statement encouraging voters to judge political candidates on the basis of their stands regarding fundamental human rights. “Catholic...

Former archbishop returns to Hanoi after controversial replacement CWN - August 10, 2010

The former Archbishop of Hanoi, who spent several weeks in the US after his controversial retirement in May, has returned to Vietnam to take up residence in a monastery. Archbishop Joseph Ngo...

India's Christians join in 'black day' protest against discrimination CWN - August 10, 2010

Some Christian institutions in India raised black flags on August 10, and staff members wore black badges, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the decision that sanctioned discrimination against...

Young American adults less likely to drop religious ties? CWN - August 10, 2010

Young American adults are more likely to maintain their religious affiliation than their middle-aged counterparts of the “baby boom” generation, a new survey shows. Philip Schwadel of the...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 11

Pope pays tribute to slain Taizé founder CWN - August 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to Brother Roger (1915-2005), founder of the Taizé ecumenical community, as an “untiring witness of Gospel peace and reconciliation” in a brief letter written on the...

Episcopal Church reinstates bishop who concealed abuse CWN - August 11, 2010

An Episcopal Church bishop who was suspended for concealing sexual abuse committed by his brother will be reinstated in his office on August 12. Bishop Charles E. Bennison, Jr. failed to report...

Vatican welcomes Kentucky plaintiffs’ decision to drop abuse suit CWN - August 11, 2010

The director of the Holy See Press Office welcomed the decision by three Kentucky plaintiffs to abandon a lawsuit that sought to make the Vatican responsible for clerical abuse that took place in...

Vatican webmaster: Site undergoing significant redesign CWN - August 11, 2010

Vatican webmaster Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz, an Argentine priest who has taught computer science in Bogota and Rome, offered an overview of the Holy See’s web site in an August 11 L’Osservatore Romano...

Ex-priest in California faces extradition to Ireland on abuse charges CWN - August 11, 2010

A former priest who lives in California is facing extradition to Ireland on nine counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted indecent assault. While not admitting the abuse, Patrick McCabe...

Pope declines resignations of two Irish bishops CWN - August 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has chosen not to accept the resignations of two Irish bishops who were criticized in an independent report on Dublin’s sex-abuse scandal. Bishops Raymond Field and Eamonn...

Pope, at weekly audience, speaks on martyrdom CWN - August 11, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the witness of Christian martyrs at his weekly public audience on August 11. Noting that this week’s liturgical calendar includes the feasts of several martyrs (Sts....

Indian court sentences 16 for anti-Christian violence in Orissa CWN - August 11, 2010

A special court set up to try cases relating to the anti-Christian violence in India’s eastern Orissa state two years ago has sentenced 16 people to 3-year prison terms. The fast-track court also...

Turkey's government regularly intervenes in religious affairs CWN - August 11, 2010

The government of Turkey regularly intervenes in the affairs of the countries Jewish, Orthodox, and Armenian Apostolic communities, the Forum 18 news service reports. “The government makes no...

Vatican consultant warns African Church leaders on 'gender ideology' CWN - August 11, 2010

A prominent Vatican consultant has encouraged Africa’s Catholic bishops to guard against the acceptance of a “gender ideology” that is being advanced by some international organizations. Speaking...

India: human traffickers exploit teen victims of anti-Christian violence CWN - August 11, 2010

Teenage girls whose families were driven from their homes in India’s Orissa state by the anti-Christian violence of 2008 have been lured into New Delhi and sold as servants or pressured toward...

Bishops of Sri Lanka prod government to lift martial law CWN - August 11, 2010

Catholic leaders in Sri Lanka are pushing for greater efforts to achieve reconciliation between the northern and southern regions of the country after a long civil war, and prodding the government...

Relief agency fights myths to advance nutrition for pregnant women CWN - August 11, 2010

The international Catholic relief agency Caritas is fighting to overcome cultural myths and taboos in an effort to promote adequate nutrition for pregnant women and nursing mothers in Bangladesh. A...

Costa Rica's top court halts referendum on same-sex unions CWN - August 11, 2010

Costa Rica's highest court has ruled against a national referendum on whether the government should approve civil unions for same-sex couples. The court said that the referendum, scheduled for...

Wisconsin diocese tells employees: don't use insurance for contraceptive coverage CWN - August 11, 2010

Bowing to new state regulations that require coverage of contraceptives in employees' health-insurance policies, the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, has said that a new insurance plan will include...

US voters oppose change in military 'don't ask don't tell' policy CWN - August 11, 2010

American voters do not support a plan to abolish restrictions on homosexuals entering military service, a major new public-opinion survey has found. Voters want Congress to be guided by the military...

Group asks Pope to stop sale of Boston's Catholic health-care system CWN - August 11, 2010

A coalition of lay Catholics has appealed to Pope Benedict XVI to block the sale of Boston’s Catholic health-care system to a secular corporation. The Coalition to Save Catholic Health Care, in a...

Young Hispanics in US losing Catholic identity, survey finds CWN - August 11, 2010

Most Hispanic living in the US identify themselves as Catholics, but younger Hispanics are much less likely to identify with the Church and with Catholic stands on key issues, a new poll has...

Vatican shows special sympathy for Taizé, John Allen notes CWN - August 11, 2010

A glowing tribute to the Taizé community, published today in the Vatican newspaper, shows the Holy See’s special fondness for that ecumenical movement, observes John Allen of the National Catholic...

Irish newspaper touts campaign to boycott Sunday Mass CWN - August 11, 2010

The Irish Times has given front-page coverage to an Irish laywoman’s organize a boycott of Sunday Mass. Jennifer Sleeman, an 80-year-old convert to Catholicism, proposes that “the faithful women of...

Released Thursday, Aug. 12

Catholic parish to host Episcopal Church ordination of gay rights proponent CWN - August 12, 2010

Katharine Jefferts Schori, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, will ordain an Episcopal cleric from New York State as the Episcopal bishop of Alaska on September 4. The ceremony will take...

US bishops honor 3 pro-life stalwarts CWN - August 12, 2010

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, honored three pro-life stalwarts for their...

Court victory for Loretto Sisters in dispute with California bishop CWN - August 12, 2010

A California appellate court on August 10 sided with the Loretto Sisters and against Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento in a dispute over proceeds of the sale of a Catholic high school to a charter...

Oregon, Wisconsin suits against Vatican will continue CWN - August 12, 2010

Jeff Anderson, the attorney who represents Oregon and Wisconsin plaintiffs seeking to make the Vatican financially liable for clerical abuse, says that his lawsuits will continue despite the...

Experiment links Christianity, OCD because of discomfort with incestuous thoughts CWN - August 12, 2010

Dr. Jonathan Abramowitz, chairman of the psychology department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a graduate student conducted an experiment in which 43 highly religious...

87-year-old bishop praises clerical celibacy CWN - August 12, 2010

Bishop John Jukes, a Franciscan who served as auxiliary bishop of Southwark from 1980 to 1998, praised the discipline of clerical celibacy in an e-mail sent on his 87th birthday. “I have always...

India's president joins in tribute to country's first female saint CWN - August 12, 2010

Indian president Pratibha Devisingh Patil joined in the August 12 celebrations of the centenary of the birth of St. Alphonsa, India’s first female saint, at her shrine in Bharananganam in the...

Critics, analysts question Pope's decision not to accept Irish bishops' resignations CWN - August 12, 2010

Pope Benedict’s decision not to accept the resignations of two Irish bishops has prompted new speculation about the role of Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin in the handling of the sex-abuse...

Vatican newspaper airs plea to help poor countries predict major storms CWN - August 12, 2010

A prominent Italian scientist, writing in the Vatican newspaper, has said that advanced nations should provide technical assistance to less wealthy countries, helping to give them advance warning of...

Polish archbishop decries conflict over public display of cross CWN - August 12, 2010

Archbishop Kazimierz Nycz of Warsaw has warned partisan Polish activists not to make the cross a symbol of political conflict. At an August 12 press conference, the archbishop said that a cross...

Filipino bishops will continue work business leaders who support contraceptive program CWN - August 12, 2010

Catholic bishops in the Philippines have announced that although they are disappointed to know that corporate leaders are backing government plans for a new family-planning campaign, they will not...

New Hampshire bishop, key figure in abuse scandal, resigns at 75 CWN - August 12, 2010

Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, New Hampshire, reached his 75th birthday on August 12, and submitted his resignation to the Vatican as required upon reaching that age. Bishop McCormack has been...

Released Friday, Aug. 13

Victims recount horror of abuse as diocese faces bankruptcy CWN - August 13, 2010

Testifying in US Bankruptcy Court on August 12, seven abuse victims recounted in detail their sufferings at the hands of priests of the Diocese of Wilmington. Bishop W. Francis Malooly, who was...

Excommunicated Milingo to become ‘patriarch’ of sect CWN - August 13, 2010

Emmanuel Milingo, who was excommunicated in 2006 after illiclitly consecrating bishops and was reduced to the lay state in 2009, has been named the Ecumenical Catholic Apostolic Church of Peace’s...

State funeral board: Monks who sell caskets risk fines, prison time CWN - August 13, 2010

Citing a state law that threatens violators with major fines and imprisonment, the Louisiana Board of Embalmers and Funeral Directors has ordered the Benedictine monks of St. Joseph Abbey to stop...

Caritas renews appeal for flood-ravaged Pakistan CWN - August 13, 2010

Caritas, the international consortium of Catholic relief and development agencies, has issued a $5.5-million appeal to assist the people of Pakistan, which is suffering from its worst floods in...

Catholic outreach to college students expands to 50 campuses CWN - August 13, 2010

An apostolate to college students founded in 1998 will be sending more than 250 missionaries to 50 college campuses this fall. The Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS)-- whose board...

Vatican newspaper pays tribute to Florence Nightingale CWN - August 13, 2010

The August 13 edition of L’Osservatore Romano paid tribute to the famed nurse Florence Nightingale, who died a century ago. Venerated as a saint on the Episcopal Church calendar, Nightingale felt...

Father Rutler offers recollections of deceased acquaintances CWN - August 13, 2010

National Review questions Father George William Rutler about his new book, Cloud of Witnesses, in which he offers his memories of some of the prominent and not-so-prominent people he has known. The...

Philippines: Catholic bishop warns against Islamic threats on Mindanao CWN - August 13, 2010

An Islamic separatist group, the Moros Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), has threatened a military offensive in the southern Philippines. A bishop from the region responds: “The threat is uncalled...

Belgian court approves investigation of Church sex-abuse files CWN - August 13, 2010

Setting aside a complaint from the Belgian bishops’ conference, a court in Brussels has authorized a government investigator to continue his probe into sex-abuse complaints involving Catholic...

Episcopal bishop's ordination rescheduled; Alaska Catholic parish 'unavailable' CWN - August 13, 2010

The ordination of a new Episcopalian bishop in Alaska, originally scheduled to take place in a Catholic parish church, has been re-scheduled for a nearby Methodist church—apparently in response to...

President Obama salutes Muslims in Ramadan message CWN - August 13, 2010

US President Barack Obama has released a message to Muslims for the feast of Ramadan, praising the Islamic faith and welcoming the renewed Muslimic fervor that is awakened during the month of...

Assisted suicide now accounts for 2% of all Dutch deaths CWN - August 13, 2010

The practice of euthanasia in the Netherlands soared by 13% in 2009, according to government statistics. Physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia—which are allowed by Dutch law-- now account for 2%...

After 20 years, still struggling to implement Ex Corde Ecclesiae CWN - August 13, 2010

Sunday, August 15, marks the 20th anniversary of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, in which Pope John Paul II set forth the standards for ensuring authentic Catholic instruction in colleges and universities....

Turkish government makes rare concession to Orthodox CWN - August 13, 2010

In a major break from the past, the government of Turkey has approved a plan by the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople to celebrate the feast of the Dormition at an ancient monastery, with...

Irish bishops' resignations: were they warranted? were they coerced? CWN - August 13, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI declined to accept the resignations of two Irish bishops before they were submitted under pressure, and because the two bishops had not been involved in a cover-up of sex-abuse...

Relief efforts reach Pakistan's religious minorities last CWN - August 13, 2010

International relief efforts to help Pakistani flood victims are slow to reach Christians and members of other religious minorities, a priest from Lahore reports to the Fides news agency. The...

Active faith helps transplant patients survive, medical researchers find CWN - August 13, 2010

A study of liver-transplant recipients in Italy has found that those with a strong religious faith had a markedly better chance of long-term survival. The study by the Pisa National Research...

Spanish soccer team dedicates World Cup victory to Our Lady of Guadalupe CWN - August 13, 2010

The president of the Spanish Royal Federation of Soccer has offered the World Cup trophy to Our Lady of Guadalupe, in a visit to the shrine in Mexico. Angel Maria Villar, who made the trip along...

Released Monday, Aug. 16

South African bishops respond to Bishop Dowling’s criticism of Popes John Paul, Benedict CWN - August 16, 2010

The bishops of South Africa have responded to a June address in which a fellow bishop, Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, offered strong criticism of the extraordinary form of the Mass and what he...

Pilgrims evacuated from Lourdes following bomb threat CWN - August 16, 2010

Thirty thousand pilgrims, 900 of them severely ill, were evacuated from Lourdes on August 15 following an anonymous bomb threat. After a five-hour investigation by explosives experts, the shrine...

Cleveland priest defies bishop, starts breakaway group CWN - August 16, 2010

Defying a directive from Bishop Richard Lennon, a priest of a Cleveland parish closed in April has founded a new worship community. Father Robert Marrone was joined by 325 of his 700 former...

Lutheran schism following decision to ordain active homosexuals CWN - August 16, 2010

At least three Lutheran congregations in east central Illinois are severing ties with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America following its decision to ordain active homosexuals. Lutherans...

Boston Catholic weddings plunged 55% over decade CWN - August 16, 2010

The number of Catholic weddings in the Archdiocese of Boston has plunged by over 55% in the past decade, from 8,343 in 2000 to 3,727 in 2009. “They don’t go to church, so it doesn't have any meaning...

Gay man will not become president of city’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul CWN - August 16, 2010

Following consultation with Archbishop Robert Carlson, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul of St. Louis will not permit a man who has lived in a homosexual relationship for two decades to run for the...

Pope speaks on Mary: guide of Church, inspiration of artists CWN - August 16, 2010

At his Sunday audience on August 15, the feast of the Assumption, Pope Benedict XVI devoted his remarks to the Virgin Mary, “guide of the apostles, support of martyrs, light of the...

15,000 join in Orthodox ecumenical liturgy at historic Turkish monastery CWN - August 16, 2010

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople celebrated the Divine Liturgy for a congregation of 15,000 people—including Orthodox pilgrims from Russia, Romania, and other countries—at the...

Plaintiff in Kentucky lawsuit is reconciled with Catholic Church CWN - August 16, 2010

One of the named plaintiffs in a lawsuit that had named the Vatican as a defendant, has been reconciled with the Catholic Church after 80 years of alienation. James O'Bryan, who reported being...

Entire Irish hierarchy should resign, theologian suggests CWN - August 16, 2010

An Irish theologian has suggested that every member of the Irish hierarchy should resign because of the sex-abuse scandal. Reacting to the news that Pope Benedict has declined to accept the...

Lebanese TV networks cancel series on Jesus that offended Christians CWN - August 16, 2010

Lebanese television broadcasters have pulled a series on Jesus, amid complaints that the series, which studied Jesus from the Muslim perspective, was offensive to Christians. “The Messiah,”...

Cardinal Ouellet, headed for Rome, sounds conciliatory tone in final homily CWN - August 16, 2010

As he said farewell to Quebec to take up new duties at the Vatican, Cardinal Marc Ouellet expressed his apologies to any Canadians who had been hurt or offended by his public statements. Cardinal...

Revamped Vatican web site may feature Arabic, Russian versions CWN - August 16, 2010

The Vatican web site, which is undergoing a thorough updating, may soon introduce versions in Russian and Arabic, the webmaster told L’Osservatore Romano. Msgr. Lucio Adrian Ruiz said that the...

India: Protestant ministers arrested after Hindus disrupt assembly CWN - August 16, 2010

Two Protestant ministers spent India’s independence day in prison after a clash with fundamentalists in the southern Karnataka state. The Global Council of Indian Christians charges that two...

Church understands crisis better than media, French intellectual argues CWN - August 16, 2010

A prominent young French intellectual has remarked that attacks on the Catholic Church reflect a general “instinct about the special purity of its mission.” Fabrice Hadjadj, a convert from...

Vietnam: 55,000 join in pilgrimage to Our Lady of La Vang CWN - August 16, 2010

An estimated 55,000 Vietnamese Catholics joined in an annual pilgrimage to the shrine of Our Lady of La Vang, the country's most beloved Marian...

Sri Lanka: pilgrimage draws 450,000 faithful CWN - August 16, 2010

A staggering 450,000 people joined in celebrating the feast of the Assumption at the shrine of Our Lady of Madhu. This was the 2nd such post-war celebration at the beloved shrine, which was closed...

New York Times profiles rebel St. Louis parish CWN - August 16, 2010

The New York Times has published a lengthy story on the conflict between the St. Louis archdiocese and the rebellious parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Although the Times story has no important new...

Taiwanese prelate urges faithful to be bold, change society CWN - August 16, 2010

Speaking to leaders of the Cursillo movement, Archbishop John Hung Shan-chuan of Taipei, Taiwan, said that lay Catholics should take the initiative, speak out boldly, and change the shape of public...

US approves sale of new abortifacient drug CWN - August 16, 2010

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the sale of a new “emergency contraceptive” drug that is touted for its ability to “prevent pregnancy” up to 5 days after sexual...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 17

Court puts California same-sex marriage ruling on hold CWN - August 17, 2010

The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has put on hold an August 4 ruling in which a federal court struck down a California law defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The appeals court is...

Stolen relic of True Cross found CWN - August 17, 2010

A relic of the True Cross has been recovered in Vermont over six weeks after it was stolen from Holy Cross Cathedral in Boston. Last week, two Vermont men, described as partners by The Boston...

LCWR president lauds Bishop Dowling, reiterates support for health care reform CWN - August 17, 2010

In her outgoing address as president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious-- which is under investigation by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith-- Sister Marlene Weisenbeck...

14 Catholic colleges fail fiscal responsibility test CWN - August 17, 2010

319 of the nation’s postsecondary schools, 14 of them Catholic, have failed the US Department of Education’s fiscal responsibility test for 2008-09. Four of the schools-- Ave Maria School of Law,...

Philippines: archbishop criticizes bill that would legalize divorce CWN - August 17, 2010

A Philippine archbishop has offered strong criticism of a bill that would legalize divorce in the largely Catholic Asian nation. Philippine law currently allows for separations and...

Irish ex-priest accused of abuse in California CWN - August 17, 2010

A former priest who is facing extradition to Ireland on nine counts of indecent assault and has been accused by two California men of abusing them during the early 1980s. Patrick McCabe, who...

Papal praise for Malta's deceased leader CWN - August 17, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has paid tribute to Malta’s former president, Guido de Marco, who died on August 13 at the age of 79. In a message of condolence, sent in the Pope’s name by Cardinal Tarcisio...

Church growing in Malaysia despite Muslim resistance CWN - August 17, 2010

The Catholic faith is spreading in Malaysia in spite of social pressure from the country’s Muslim majority, the AsiaNews service reports. Although Malaysia’s constitution guarantees freedom of...

Protestant, Muslim groups oppose 'Burn a Qu'ran' plan CWN - August 17, 2010

The National Council of Churches has joined with American Islamic groups to denounce the plan of a Florida fundamentalist group to burn copies of the Qu’ran on September 11, on the anniversary of...

Irish bishop confirms: no advance notice on resignations CWN - August 17, 2010

An Irish bishop has confirmed that he had no advance knowledge of the decision by Pope Benedict XVI not to accept the resignations of two Irish auxiliary bishops. Bishop Donal McKeown, an...

Church protests Indian legislator’s call to 'weed out' Christianity CWN - August 17, 2010

Christians in India’s southern Karnataka state have decried the public call by a Hindu-nationalist legislator for a campaign to purge Christians. “People must remain watchful about the spread of...

Dublin archbishop wants parents educated for children's baptisms CWN - August 17, 2010

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has instructed the pastors of his Dublin archdiocese to offer “appropriate catechesis” for parents who wish for their children to be baptized. The archbishop said that...

Korean bishops enlist performers for rally against capital punishment CWN - August 17, 2010

The Korean Catholic bishops’ conference has enlisted prominent performing artists to join in a rally against the death penalty. The bishops’ justice-and-peace committee is organizing the...

Massive prayer campaign supports Pope's visit to United Kingdom CWN - August 17, 2010

The Catholic relief group Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) has announced that its benefactors have responded generously to a call for prayers for the success of Pope Benedict’s pastoral visit to the...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 18

Islamic insurgents expel Christian aid groups from southern Somalia CWN - August 18, 2010

Al-Shabaab, an Islamic insurgent group that controls most of southern and central Somalia, has expelled three Christian aid groups from the southern part of the nation. “Acting as missionaries under...

Lease signed for natural gas drilling under Pittsburgh's Catholic cemeteries CWN - August 18, 2010

The director of the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Catholic Cemeteries Association said on August 17 that she signed a five-year lease in 2008 granting a local company the option to drill for natural gas...

Spanish bishop emphasizes: No Islamic worship at cathedral, a former mosque CWN - August 18, 2010

In the face of a Muslim campaign, Bishop Demetrio Fernández González of the southern Spanish city of Córdoba, once the seat of Muslim power in Spain, is remaining firm in his resolve not to permit...

US bishops, Catholic Relief Services urge support for Haitian assistance bill CWN - August 18, 2010

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are urging Catholics in the United States to contact Congress in support of H.R. 6021, the Haiti Emergency...

Polish missionary reflects on Denmark's 'neo-paganism' CWN - August 18, 2010

In an interview with a Polish Catholic weekly, Father Leszek Kapusta, a Polish Redemptorist missionary in Denmark, discusses the devotion of young Polish immigrants, the cold reception from some...

Irish priests step down following allegations CWN - August 18, 2010

In a sign that Irish dioceses are adopting the recent approach of US dioceses to dealing with abuse allegations, two popular Irish priests-- Father Eugene Boland of the Diocese of Derry and Father...

Belgian court backs bishops, says police raid was illegal CWN - August 18, 2010

A Belgian court has ruled that the June 24 police raid on the offices of the country’s episcopal conference was illegal, and evidence collected in that raid cannot be used by prosecutors, according...

Full schedule released for Pope's visit to UK CWN - August 18, 2010

The Vatican has published the official schedule for Pope Benedict’s trip to the United Kingdom in September. The Pope will arrive on Thursday, September 16 in Scotland, and begin with an official...

Polish archbishop suggests monument to honor former president CWN - August 18, 2010

A Polish archbishop has decried the continued public controversy over a memorial for the late President Lech Kaczynski, while adding that a plaque recently unveiled on the wall of the presidential...

Pope speaks on St. Pius X, drive to encourage frequent Communion CWN - August 18, 2010

At his weekly public audience on August 18, Pope Benedict XVI spoke about the achievements of Pope St. Pius X, and particularly that Pope’s drive to encourage frequent reception of Holy Communion...

Pope repeats call for help for Pakistani flood victims CWN - August 18, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI renewed his appeal for help for the victims of flooding in Pakistan during his regular weekly public audience on August 18. “Our solidarity and the concrete support of the...

Mexican cardinal charges: judges rewarded for supporting same-sex marriage CWN - August 18, 2010

A Mexican cardinal has provoked a political firestorm by hinting that the country’s judges have “received gifts” in exchange for their decisions allowing for same-sex marriage. Cardinal Juan...

American voters think abortion is too easy, poll finds CWN - August 18, 2010

By a huge plurality, American voters believe that abortion is too readily available, a new national poll has found. In a Rasmussen survey, 48% of those questioned said that it is too easy to...

Released Thursday, Aug. 19

English Catholic agency loses appeal on same-sex adoption requirement CWN - August 19, 2010

An English Catholic adoption agency has lost its legal appeal against new rules requiring equal treatment for same-sex couples. The ruling will likely cause the closing of England’s remaining...

White US Catholics move toward GOP, Hispanic Catholics toward Democrats CWN - August 19, 2010

48% of the nation’s Catholics now identify themselves as Democrats, while 43% identify themselves as Republicans, according to a survey released August 19 by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public...

US lawmakers call for probe into Vietnamese mistreatment of Catholics CWN - August 19, 2010

Five American lawmakers urged the State Department to investigate Vietnamese violations of religious freedom during Congressional hearings on August 18. The legislators—including Rep. Anh Cao of...

New York archbishop to mediate in mosque dispute CWN - August 19, 2010

Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York has volunteered to act as a mediator in an increasingly bitter debate over plans to build a mosque near the "Ground Zero" site of the 9/11 terrorist...

Mexico City mayor sues cardinal for slander; prelate refuses to back down CWN - August 19, 2010

Mexico City’s Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has fulfilled a threat to file a lawsuit against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Iniguez, after the cardinal refused to apologize for his suggestion that Mexican judges had...

New lawsuit against Oakland diocese sheds new light on controversial case CWN - August 19, 2010

Seven plaintiffs have filed suit against the Diocese of Oakland, California, charging that Church officials were negligent in curtailing the activities of a pedophile priest. The lawsuit brought...

Quebec bishop says Cardinal Ouellet was out of touch CWN - August 19, 2010

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the new prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, was the target of some pointed criticism from another Catholic bishop in Quebec as he left for his new Vatican...

Irish analyst sees clear Vatican rebuke of Dublin's archbishop CWN - August 19, 2010

An Irish analyst argues that Pope Benedict’s decision not to accept the resignations of two auxiliary bishops in Dublin has put a heavy strain on the leadership of Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, and...

Adult stem cells show promise against heart disease CWN - August 19, 2010

In another medical advance involving the use of stem cells taken from adults, researchers at the Mayo Clinic have announced success in repairing damaged heart tissues. The research used stem...

Indonesian Muslim leader linked to terror attacks CWN - August 19, 2010

Strong documentary evidence links a prominent Indonesian Islamic leader, Abu Bakar Ba’asyir, to suspects in the terrorist attacks in Aceh, the AsiaNews service reports. ...

Australian bishop raps Green Party campaign on population fears CWN - August 19, 2010

Bishop Anthony Fisher of Parramatta, Australia, has criticized the country’s Green Party for its negative attitude toward population issues. “Hostility to ‘population is hostility to people,” the...

Japanese envoy to Holy See explains society's resistance to Christianity CWN - August 19, 2010

Japan’s ambassador to the Holy See offers some thoughts on the difficulties of introducing Christianity into that society. Ancient cultural precepts that minimize the importance of the individual...

Released Friday, Aug. 20

Irish nuns may face lawsuit over human vaccine trials CWN - August 20, 2010

An Irish religious order that operated maternity homes faces the prospect of a lawsuit over human vaccine trials that took place on babies there in 1960 and 1961. Mari Steed, born at one of the...

Vietnam rips congressional hearing on anti-Catholic persecution CWN - August 20, 2010

State-controlled media in Vietnam blasted five American congressmen who held hearings on a violent police assault against Catholics participating in a religious procession in May. “The sheer...

Tickets for Glasgow papal Mass sell quickly CWN - August 20, 2010

Three quarters of the 100,000 tickets for the September 16 papal Mass in Glasgow have already been sold, according to a spokesman for the Church in Scotland. “That is quite a remarkable result...

Georgia church named minor basilica CWN - August 20, 2010

Sacred Heart Church in Atlanta has been elevated to the status of a minor basilica by decree of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Over five dozen churches in...

Author documents how Belgian nuns saved Jewish children CWN - August 20, 2010

An upcoming lecture on Long Island draws attention to the scholarship of Suzanne Vromen, who has documented how Belgian nuns saved Jewish children from the Holocaust. “In the terrifying summer of...

New Mass translation approved, will debut in Advent next year CWN - August 20, 2010

The Vatican has given final approval for a new English-language translation of the Roman Missal. The new translation will introduced in the US beginning in Advent of 2011. “From that date...

Archbishop Tutu, South African cardinal oppose bid to restrain media CWN - August 20, 2010

Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has joined with the Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a public denunciation of proposed legislation to place new restrictions on the media....

Journalists clash on roots of Irish scandal, prospects for reform CWN - August 20, 2010

Robert Blair Kaiser, the former Newsweek columnist, told an Irish audience that reform will come to the Church only when the faithful tell their bishops to “get the hell out of your...

India's Catholics set aside a day to honor victims of Orissa violence CWN - August 20, 2010

On August 29, Catholics in India will observe a “Day for Indian Martyrs” to commemorate the victims of the religious violence that erupted in the state of Orissa in August 2008. Bishop Anil...

Legal group offers free defense for hospitals battling abortion mandates CWN - August 20, 2010

The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty has threatened to bring suit against the US federal government on behalf of any Church-run hospital that faces pressure to perform abortions. “We will...

Contraception an issue in debate over use of bankrupt New York Catholic hospital CWN - August 20, 2010

A bid to open a new medical facility at the site of a bankrupt Catholic hospital in New York has been stalled by disagreements over the terms of use for the Catholic facility—reportedly including a...

Vatican joins protests as France expels Gypsies CWN - August 20, 2010

The Vatican has joined in criticism of the French government for a campaign to round up and deport Gypsies living illegally in the country. French immigration authorities put 130 members of the...

Australian Catholic education group raps Opposition campaign proposals CWN - August 20, 2010

On the eve of elections in Australia, the National Catholic Education Commission has released a warning that the proposed policies of the Opposition coalition would harm poor children. The...

Israel policies avoid friction during Ramadan CWN - August 20, 2010

Israeli officials have put new policies in effect to avoid confrontations during the Islamic feast of Ramadan, the AsiaNews service reports. Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza have...

Croatian pastor ejects thousands for inappropriate dress CWN - August 20, 2010

A Croatian pastor who enforces strict standards for modesty in dress has told about 6,000 people—mostly tourists—to leave his parish church in Istria. His policy has drawn support from some...

Iraqi eyewitness: American troop withdrawal brings new dangers CWN - August 20, 2010

An Iraqi correspondent for AsiaNews argues that the withdrawal of US combat troops is not a cause for celebration but a reason for new concern. The sharp political divisions within the country, the...

Cardinal Ouellet: bishops should not be deterred by political opposition CWN - August 20, 2010

Church leaders should base their public statements on “spiritual discernment and not just political calculation,” according to the incoming prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Cardinal Marc...

New English translations will be previewed during visit to UK CWN - August 20, 2010

A new English translation of the Roman Missal will be used for portions of the Mass when Pope Benedict XVI visits the United Kingdom in September. Msgr. Guido Marini, the director of pontifical...

Released Monday, Aug. 23

US bishops urge support for ‘No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act’ CWN - August 23, 2010

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is urging members of Congress to support the “No...

Kenyan bishops: Amend new constitution to protect unborn CWN - August 23, 2010

The bishops of Kenya are calling upon lawmakers to amend the newly approved constitution in order to protect the unborn. The constitution, opposed by the bishops because it paved the way for the...

Nashville bishop rebukes priest who criticized Pope, Catholic teaching CWN - August 23, 2010

A Tennessee priest who called upon the Pope to apologize for Catholic teaching on contraception has retracted his comments and written a letter of apology to his parish and to the Pope. “Bishop...

Texas bishop rebukes priest who wrote against homosexuality, abortion CWN - August 23, 2010

Bishop Armando Ochoa of El Paso has rebuked a diocesan priest who wrote that “every single Catholic, out of fidelity to charity and truth, has the absolute duty to oppose (1) the murder of unborn...

Bishop Williamson warns against rumored ‘political deal’ between SSPX, Holy See CWN - August 23, 2010

Bishop Richard Williamson of the Society of St. Pius X, one of the four bishops illicitly ordained by the late Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1988, is warning against a possible “political deal”...

TV ad campaign portrays Mormons as ‘diverse,’ ‘friendly’ CWN - August 23, 2010

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has launched a television ad campaign that “portray Mormons as diverse people who are united in their belief in Jesus Christ,” according to Scott...

Boston Globe asks restrictions on sale of archdiocesan health-care system CWN - August 23, 2010

In an August 22 editorial, the Boston Globe asked Massachusetts attorney general Martha Coakley to recommend new conditions on the sale of Caritas Christi, the health-care system of the Boston...

First volume of Pope's collected theological works centers on liturgy CWN - August 23, 2010

The first volume of a projected 16-volume collection of the theological works of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinge prior to his election as Pope Benedict XVI, has been released. The first volume of the...

Iraqi bishop charges US troops leave country worse off CWN - August 23, 2010

In an interview with the Italian daily La Stampa, an Iraqi bishop charges that as US combat troops pull out, his country is in worse shape than when the Americans arrived. Bishop Shlemon Warduni...

Top Vatican sex-abuse prosecutor recalls Pope's anger, determination CWN - August 23, 2010

In an interview with the Fox News TV network, Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s top prosecutor for cases involving sexual abuse, recalls that he was “a direct witness to the compassion, the...

South African bishops decry strike by hospital workers CWN - August 23, 2010

The Catholic bishops of South Africa have asked striking hospital workers to “examine their own conscience and action seriously,” as a 4-day long strike has restricted access to health care. “We are...

Church weddings decline in Australia CWN - August 23, 2010

The number of Australian couples choosing to marry in a church service is in decline. A new survey shows that only one of four couples now schedules a church...

UK abortion provider advertising in Dublin on beer mats CWN - August 23, 2010

Marie Stopes International, the UK’s answer to Planned Parenthood, has inaugurated a new campaign to extend its influence into Ireland: flooding the pubs of Dublin with beer mats advertising its...

Security will be intense for Pope's visit to UK CWN - August 23, 2010

Security for Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United Kingdom will be “draconian,” a Church spokesman has said. Peter Jennings, the veteran spokesman for the Birmingham archdiocese, said that he...

Schismatic Kenyan sect names new bishop CWN - August 23, 2010

The Independent Catholic Charismatic Church of Kenya, which claims a following of 10,000 faithful, ordained its ninth bishop in an August 21 ceremony. The sect copies the liturgy of the Catholic...

Irish president throws support to Dublin's archbishop CWN - August 23, 2010

In an address to the annual Rimini meeting organized by the Communion and Liberation movement, Ireland’s President Mary McAleese paid homage of Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, describing him as...

Pope chides France on race policy CWN - August 23, 2010

In pointed remarks to French pilgrims who attended his midday audience on Sunday, August 22, Pope Benedict XVI said that parents should “educate your children to universal brotherhood.” The...

Italian journalists see medieval mystic's influence on President Obama CWN - August 23, 2010

Italian observers of the American political scene have long regarded President Barack Obama as being heavily influenced by the thoughts of the 12th-century mystic Joachim of Fiore, notes Sandro...

Follow Mary on the 'narrow road,' Pope urged Angelus audience CWN - August 23, 2010

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, August 22, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Church needs the help of Mary, Queen of Peace, to build a civilization of love. The Pope told the crowd gathered in...

Archbishop Dolan decries attacks on Hispanics in New York CWN - August 23, 2010

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan condemned a series of violence attacks on Hispanic immigrants, as he celebrated Mass on August 22 at a predominantly Hispanic parish in Staten Island. "We...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 24

Federal court blocks Obama administration’s stem cell policy CWN - August 24, 2010

Citing the 1995 Dickey Amendment, in which Congress banned the federal funding of “research in which a human embryo or embryos are destroyed,” the US District Court for the District of Columbia...

Archbishop: Reopen investigation into Father Kaiser’s murder CWN - August 24, 2010

Ten years after the murder of Father John Kaiser, the Church in Kenya is calling upon authorities to reopen their investigation into the American missionary’s murder. “As we converge here today...

Mother Teresa’s successor reflects on suffering CWN - August 24, 2010

In an interview with Fides, the news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, Sister Mary Prema, superior general of the Missionaries of Charity, reflects on suffering and on...

Tennessee priest pleads not guilty to Virginia abuse charges CWN - August 24, 2010

Father William Casey, a 76-year-old priest of the Diocese of Knoxville, has pled not guilty in Virginia to charges of forcible sodomy and indecent liberties with a minor over an incident that...

Michigan diocese: Late priest abused at least 6 boys CWN - August 24, 2010

The late Father John Martin, who died in 1968, abused at least a half dozen boys, according to officials of the Diocese of Lansing. “I pray to God there are no more victims,” said Bishop Earl Boyea....

Berlusconi splits Catholic vote, Catholic journal says CWN - August 24, 2010

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has “split the Catholic vote down the middle,” a Catholic weekly argues. Famiglia Cristiana, which has been very critical of Berlusconi, noted that his...

Catholic priest shielded from prosecution for bombing in Northern Ireland CWN - August 24, 2010

A Catholic priest was a prime suspect in a terrorist bombing in Northern Ireland in 1972, but his role was never fully investigated because of a “collusive act” between law-enforcement officials and...

Anti-conversion law sparked violence in Orissa, archbishop charges CWN - August 24, 2010

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack Bhubaneswar— whose archdiocese includes the troubled Kandhamal region that saw orchestrated mob violence against Christians two years ago—has issued a scathing...

Green Party seen as major victor in Australian elections CWN - August 24, 2010

Australian elections have produced a hung parliament, which will result in the nation’s first minority government in 70 years, observes Michael Cook of MercatorNet. That result, he says, is...

Cuban government to release more political prisoners, Church leaders announce CWN - August 24, 2010

Cuba’s government will release 6 more political prisoners this week, bringing the total of recent releases to 32, Church leaders have announced. The release of political prisoners, negotiated with...

Boston priest who ran center for abusers is laicized CWN - August 24, 2010

The Boston archdiocese has announced the laicization of two priests, including one—Robert Beale—who once ran a residence for other clerics who had been accused of sexual abuse. ...

Georgetown U. employees lead drive for same-sex marriage CWN - August 24, 2010

Employees at Georgetown, America’s oldest Catholic university, have been instrumental in founding a new organization that will seek to rally support for same-sex marriage on the campuses of Catholic...

Released Wednesday, Aug. 25

Leading Orthodox prelate: Time is ripe for meeting between Pope, patriarch CWN - August 25, 2010

Speaking at the annual Rimini meeting of the Communion and Liberation Movement, the head of the Belarusian Orthodox Church said that “the time is ripe for a meeting” between Pope Benedict and...

US bishops call for ‘new social contract’ based on Pope’s latest encyclical CWN - August 25, 2010

In their annual Labor Day statement, issued on August 24, the bishops of the United States said that the time is ripe for a new social contract, with Pope Benedict’s 2009 encyclical Caritas in...

Indonesia: Catholic mob drags priest from church CWN - August 25, 2010

A priest who had defied a 1996 order by his bishop to leave his parish was forcibly removed by an angry mob on August 24. According to a spokesman for the Diocese of Denpasar, Father Yohanes...

Americans adopting less favorable view of Islam CWN - August 25, 2010

For the first time in the past decade, more Americans hold an unfavorable view of Islam than a favorable one, according to a new survey conducted by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. A...

North Carolina bishops blast abortion coverage in student health plan CWN - August 25, 2010

Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh and Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte are urging North Carolina’s Catholics to oppose a decision by the University of North Carolina system to include abortion...

Legal scholar Hadley Arkes recounts conversion story CWN - August 25, 2010

In an interview with the National Catholic Register, Hadley Arkes, a professor at Amherst College and the architect of the Born-Alive Infants’ Protection Act, recounts his life’s religious journey...

Get acquainted with saints, Pope tells audience CWN - August 25, 2010

“Everyone should have a saint who is familiar to him,” Pope Benedict XVI told his weekly public audience on August 25. The faithful, he said, should become familiar with saints, and recognize them...

Pope denounces 'atrocities' in Somalia CWN - August 25, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI decried the “violent atrocities” taking place in Somalia, during his regular weekly audience on August 25. Speaking to people gathered in the courtyard of his summer residence...

Western world adopting narrow views on religious freedom, Archbishop Chaput warns CWN - August 25, 2010

Speaking in Slovakia to a conference of canon lawyers, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Denver said that Christians must resist the impulse in Western nations to treat religion as an “individual...

Wisconsin woman boasts of funding nearly 19,000 abortions CWN - August 25, 2010

The Wisconsin State Journal profiles an elderly woman who has devoted 34 years to an organization that provides financial support for women procuring abortions. After personally signing checks that...

Rival English groups to vie for media attention during Pope's visit CWN - August 25, 2010

Two rival groups in England are hoping to exploit the publicity surrounding a September visit by Pope Benedict XVI to advance their own very different understandings of Catholicism. One group,...

Vatican congregation to expand medical offensive against AIDS CWN - August 25, 2010

The Vatican is planning to expand medical services to address the AIDS epidemic, with €1.2 million ($1.5 million) going to fund 131 centers, mostly based in...

Seton Hall will offer course on same-sex marriage despite archbishop's concern CWN - August 25, 2010

A Catholic university in New Jersey has scheduled a course on same-sex marriage for the fall semester, despite a plea from the local archbishop to reconsider the course offering. Seton Hall’s...

Columnist asks why Catholics don't understand economics CWN - August 25, 2010

In a perceptive essay, Jeffrey Tucker argues that devout Catholics, who devote their first energies to the economy of salvation, have trouble understanding a fundamental challenge of economic...

Greek government probing financial dealings of Orthodox Church CWN - August 25, 2010

Serious questions about real-estate sales and tax benefits are adding tension to the complicated relationship between the Greek Orthodox Church and the country’s civil government. Law-enforcement...

New Orleans archbishop will not attend Obama's talk on Catholic campus CWN - August 25, 2010

Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans says that he was not consulted by officials at Xavier University about the August 29 appearance of President Barack Obama. The archbishop says that he will...

New York archbishop troubled by rancorous debate on mosque CWN - August 25, 2010

New York’s Archbishop Timothy Dolan has voiced new concern about the angry tone of debate over plans to build an Islamic center near the site of Ground Zero. The archbishop met on August 24 with New...

Anglican penchant for compromises seen a barrier to Church unity CWN - August 25, 2010

Looking forward to Pope Benedict’s September visit to the United Kingdom, George Weigel writes that the greatest challenge will be “re-framing the Anglican-Catholic ecumenical dialogue, which is on...

Released Thursday, Aug. 26

US bishops praise ruling on stem cell research, note ill effects of Clinton administration memo CWN - August 26, 2010

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued a statement on August 25 welcoming a US District Court’s...

Mother Teresa’s confessor recalls her ‘love without limits’ CWN - August 26, 2010

A century after Blessed Teresa of Calcutta’s birth, an Austrian priest who served as her confessor recalled her “love without limits.” “She was a missionary of love without limits,” Msgr. Leo...

German priest charged with rape CWN - August 26, 2010

A priest of the Diocese of Osnabrück has been charged with two counts of rape that date back two decades. A woman told police that a priest began a three-year relationship with her when she was 14;...

Diocese settles with attorney who claims repressed abuse memory for 50 years CWN - August 26, 2010

The Diocese of Lansing has paid a $225,000 settlement to a man who claimed he was abused in 1954 or 1955 by the priest who founded a children’s home. The priest died in 1983; no other abuse...

Harvard commencement speaker discusses decision to enter convent CWN - August 26, 2010

Mary Anne Marks, one of three student commencement speakers at Harvard University this spring, discussed her decision to enter religious life in an interview with National Review. Marks, who...

Prominent pro-life DA dead at 76 CWN - August 26, 2010

Denis Dillon, who served as Nassau County district attorney from 1974 to 2005, was buried from St. Agnes Cathedral on Long Island on August 19. He was 76. Dillon gained 130,000 votes in 1986 when...

CCHD facing key test of support among US bishops CWN - August 26, 2010

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is facing a critical test of support among the US bishops this week, CWN has learned. All members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Feast of Cardinal Newman will be October 9 CWN - August 26, 2010

When he proclaims the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, Pope Benedict XVI will fix the feast day of the great English convert and scholar on October 9. The Vatican will not formally...

Celebrations mark 100th anniversary of Mother Teresa's birth CWN - August 26, 2010

Celebrations of the 100th birthday of Mother Teresa began early in the morning of August 26 in Calcutta, with a solemn Mass at the chapel of the Missionaries of Charity, and Cardinal Telesphore...

SSPX leader: no deal is imminent CWN - August 26, 2010

The head of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has denied any knowledge of a forthcoming motu proprio that would regularize relations between the SSPX and the Holy See. Bishop...

Religious doctors found less likely to press end-of-life discussions CWN - August 26, 2010

Doctors who have strong religious convictions are less likely than their colleagues to make medical decisions that will bring about the earlier death of their patients, a London University study has...

French cardinal protests as government continues to expel Gypsies CWN - August 26, 2010

Cardinal André Vint-Trois of Paris spoke out in protest as the French government continued its campaign to expel illegal Roma (Gypsy) immigrants. As the government continued to raid Gypsy camps, and...

Released Friday, Aug. 27

Priestly vocations plummet in Ireland CWN - August 27, 2010

Only 16 men are entering the seminary in Ireland this year-- down from 39 in 2009, and over 150 during the average year in the 1980s. Ireland currently has 99 seminarians, while England and Wales...

Alaskans approve parental notification law backed by bishops CWN - August 27, 2010

By a 55%-44% margin, Alaska voters on August 24 approved a measure requiring teens to notify their parents before having an abortion. “I was happy to see that common sense prevailed,” said...

Kmiec, ambassador to Malta, in car crash; nun killed CWN - August 27, 2010

Douglas Kmiec, whom President Barack Obama appointed ambassador to Malta in 2009, is in stable condition following an automobile accident in California. Kmiec underwent surgery after the car he was...

Australian priest convicted for molesting teenage girl CWN - August 27, 2010

A priest of the Archdiocese of Brisbane has been sentenced to three months in prison for sexually abusing a young teenage girl back in the late 1970s. The victim, now 43, wore a tape-recording...

Lawsuit: Pennsylvania priest made teen pregnant CWN - August 27, 2010

A lawsuit filed against the Diocese of Allentown alleges that Father Luis A. Bonilla Margarito, while a parish priest and high school chaplain, had a relationship with a high school student that...

California victim becomes full-time advocate CWN - August 27, 2010

A California magazine has profiled Joelle Castix, who following a suicide attempt was seduced by a lay staff member at her Orange County Catholic high school in the 1980s. Castix subsequently had an...

Planned Parenthood rejects science in attack on Missouri 'personhood' proposal CWN - August 27, 2010

In Missouri, a legislative initiative would define human life as beginning at conception. A Planned Parenthood official objects: “Those are not sentiments that all the world’s religions, or all the...

Acute assessment of Pope Benedict's public-relations problems CWN - August 27, 2010

Two noted Italian Vatican-watchers have released a new book-- for now, unfortunately, available only in Italian-- on the public-relations failures that have marred the current pontificate....

Pope's former students gather to discuss understanding of Vatican II CWN - August 27, 2010

Every year Pope Benedict XVI invites his former theology students to gather for a few days in an informal seminar dedicated to one challenging topic. This year’s meeting, which will be held at...

Vatican message to Islamic world: work together to end religious violence CWN - August 27, 2010

In a message to the world’s Muslims, released for the end of Ramadan, the president of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue says that all believers should “oppose violence among...

Strikes fuel tensions in South Africa CWN - August 27, 2010

Strikes by public-service workers in South Africa have “taken a violent turn that is worrisome,” a missionary priest in Cape Town tells the Fides news service. The strikes by teachers and...

Hindu leader who became Christian is murder victim in Orissa CWN - August 27, 2010

The former leader of a Hindu militant group, who converted to Christianity three years ago, was found murdered today in the same region of India’s troubled Orissa state where anti-Christian mob...

Australia will unveil new English translation of Missal in mid-2011 CWN - August 27, 2010

The new English-language translation of the Roman Missal, which will be introduced in the US on the first Sunday of Advent in 2011, will be presented more gradually in Australia, beginning sometime...

Father Euteneuer leaves HLI, returns to parish work CWN - August 27, 2010

Father Thomas Euteneuer has resigned from his post as president of Human Life International (HLI) to return to pastoral work in the Palm Beach diocese. Father Euteneuer was appointed president...

Released Monday, Aug. 30

Belgian cardinal told victim to be silent until bishop who abused him retired CWN - August 30, 2010

During an April 8 meeting, Cardinal Godfried Danneels urged the man abused by Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Brugges to remain silent about the abuse until the bishop retired, according to a tape...

Archdiocese blasts Mexico’s immigration policy following murder of 72 migrants CWN - August 30, 2010

The Archdiocese of Mexico City has issued a statement condemning the massacre of 72 migrants from Central and South America. The migrants were likely traveling to the United States. “It is...

Cardinal Brady denies reports of resignation CWN - August 30, 2010

Cardinal Seán Brady of Armagh has denied reports that he has tendered his resignation to Pope Benedict. “This is not true about my resigning,” the primate of All Ireland said on August 29. “I am not...

Franciscan priest murdered in Peru CWN - August 30, 2010

An 80-year-old Franciscan priest who ran a soup kitchen was murdered in his bedroom in Lima on August 27. A 26-year-old assistant was also found murdered in the kitchen. Father Linan Ruiz Morales, a...

Priest accused of abuse in US remains in ministry in Philippines CWN - August 30, 2010

A priest credibly accused of abusing a minor in a Kansas diocese remains in active ministry in the Philippines, according to press reports. In May, the Diocese of Dodge City announced that...

New translation of Missal is a welcome break from the liturgists' monopoly, says Father Rutler CWN - August 30, 2010

Writing for First Things on the new English translation of the Roman Missal, Father George Rutler observes that professional liturgists have held the Church hostage for too long: Publicly owned...

India's president pays glowing tribute to Mother Teresa CWN - August 30, 2010

India’s President Pratibha Devisingh Patil paid glowing tribute to Mother Teresa on August 28 in New Delhi at the launch of the special memorial coins issued by the federal government to mark the...

Iraqi Christian killed-- in region proposed as safe haven CWN - August 30, 2010

The murder of another Iraqi Christian from Mosul has renewed fears in that city, where the Christian minority has been the target of a series of targeted killings. Louyaé Behnam was abducted...

Northern Ireland: man charged with burglary at bishop's home CWN - August 30, 2010

An Irish bishop was the target of an apparent bungled burglary attempt on August 30. Bishop Seamus Hegarty of Derry told police that he encountered a trespasser at his bedroom door in the early...

New York diocese removes deacon following abuse allegation CWN - August 30, 2010

A diocese in upstate New York has removed a permanent deacon from active ministry after determining that an abuse allegation against him was credible. Deacon Angel Garcia denies the allegation,...

Organizers face media challenge with Pope's trip to UK CWN - August 30, 2010

Looking forward to the September visit by Pope Benedict XVI, The Guardian questions whether the Church has a media team capable of responding to an enormous challenge. The Guardian analyst answers...

Scottish hospitals on alert during Pope's visit? CWN - August 30, 2010

Hospitals in Scotland will be prepared for an emergency during the September visit by Pope Benedict XVI. The alert seems to be nothing more than a matter of thorough advance planning by...

Planned Parenthood affiliate seeks to block disclosure on medical licensing CWN - August 30, 2010

A Planned Parenthood affiliate has asked an Iowa court to block the request of a pro-life group for full disclosure of information on the medical licensing of a new abortion procedure. The Iowa...

French cardinal turns 80: number of cardinal-electors drops to 106 CWN - August 30, 2010

French Cardinal Paul Poupard, the former president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, celebrated his 80th birthday on August 30, and thus became ineligible to participate in a a papal...

'Underground' Chinese bishop dies; funeral will test government control CWN - August 30, 2010

The death of a Chinese bishop who had spent more than 28 years in prison poses a new test for the level of cooperation between the “official” Catholics recognized by the Beijing regime and the...

Italian politicians rip visiting Qaddafi's appeal for Islam CWN - August 30, 2010

A visit to Italy by Muammar Qaddafi has sparked criticism from critics who objected to the Libyan leader’s staged plea for Italians to convert to Islam. Upon arriving in Rome on August 30,...

Pope prays for trapped miners in Chile CWN - August 30, 2010

At his Sunday public audience on August 29, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for the safety of the 33 men trapped in a copper mine in Chile. The Pope said that he was hoping for a “happy outcome” of the...

Poll: most Americans oppose tax funding for embryonic stem-cell research CWN - August 30, 2010

A new public-opinion survey shows strong opposition among US voters to taxpayer funding for embryonic stem-cell research. By a margin of 57- 33 percent, respondents said that taxpayers should...

Released Tuesday, Aug. 31

‘Brutal execution’ of 3 American Christians in Pakistan CWN - August 31, 2010

Three American Christians who were providing humanitarian relief in the flood-ravaged Swat valley in northern Pakistan were murdered on August 24 or 25, according to local sources. The Fides news...

Belgian cardinal disappointed that meeting with victim was taped CWN - August 31, 2010

A spokesman for Cardinal Godfried Danneels said that the cardinal regretted what transpired at a meeting with a now-retired bishop and the nephew whom the bishop abused. During an April 8...

Italian bishops' conference leader laments nation's population decline CWN - August 31, 2010

Italian society is “seriously mutilated” by the nation’s negative birthrate, said Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco of Genoa, president of the nation’s episcopal conference. The nation’s population is...

Catholic faith spreads in Muslim area of China CWN - August 31, 2010

The news agency of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is reporting that adult baptisms are taking place in the most unlikely of places: a largely Muslim area of a Communist nation....

Malta’s bishops defend marriage but warn against ‘crusade’ CWN - August 31, 2010

Malta’s bishops issued a statement on August 29 defending the indissolubility of marriage but warning against embarking on a “crusade” in marriage’s defense. The Maltese legislature has begun to...

Bishop: Australia should be more open to ‘genuine refugees’ CWN - August 31, 2010

An Australian bishop has called upon his nation’s government to be more open to “genuine refugees.” “We are challenged to remain open to newcomers, valuing the common human dignity we share,”...

Late bishop sought to bring peace to Colombia CWN - August 31, 2010

A Colombian bishop who sought to bring peace to his conflict-ravaged nation died of cancer on August 25 at the age of 69. Bishop Jaime Prieto Amaya of Cúcuta “was dedicated to bringing peace to...

Pope and former students discuss understanding of Vatican II CWN - August 31, 2010

The annual Ratzinger Schülerkreis-- the meeting of the Pope’s former theology students—concluded on Sunday, August 29, at Castel Gandolfo. Archbishop Kurt Koch, the new president of the...

Asian prelates to discuss religious freedom, challenge of Eastern faiths CWN - August 31, 2010

Questions of religious freedom, persecution, and the flight of Christian families will be on the agenda at a conference on evangelization in Asia, being held in Seoul, Korea this week under the...

ICEL director foresees more use of music in Mass CWN - August 31, 2010

Speaking recently at a conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the executive director of ICEL (the International Commission on English in the Liturgy) spoke on liturgical music, and the prospects for...

Israeli president to meet with Pontiff CWN - August 31, 2010

Israeli President Shimon Peres will meet with Pope Benedict XVI on September 2, at the summer papal residence in Castel Gandolfo. Although the meeting will be mainly ceremonial, it comes at a time...

Assault on Filipino priest linked to development project CWN - August 31, 2010

An armed assault on a Catholic priest in the Philippines was motivated by the cleric’s opposition to a major development project, an ecumenical group has charged. Father José Francisco Talaban was...

Archbishop rips Orissa government for indifference to Kandhamal victims CWN - August 31, 2010

Archbishop Raphael Cheenath of Cuttack-Bhubaneswar, whose archdiocese includes the troubled Kandhamal district, has denounced the Orissa state government for its indifference toward the Kandhamal...

Vatican official unruffled by Qaddafi's call for Europe to accept Islam CWN - August 31, 2010

While Italian politicians criticized Muammar Qaddafi for saying that Europe should embrace Islam, the secretary of the Vatican’s Congregation for Evangelization dismissed the Libyan leader’s remark,...

Papal visit brings new call to end ban on Catholics in British monarchy CWN - August 31, 2010

A Scottish politician is rallying support for an effort to repeal the Act of Settlement, which bars Catholics from the British throne. The law, enacted in 1701, stipulates that no monarch “shall...

German bishops require informing prosecutors of abuse reports CWN - August 31, 2010

The Catholic bishops of Germany have adopted a new set of policies to govern the handling of sex-abuse complaints. The new rules require that all credible reports of abuse should be forwarded to...

Coptic leader charged with detaining convert to Islam CWN - August 31, 2010

Egypt’s Coptic Orthodox leader, Pope Shenouda III, is being charged with detaining a woman after she converted from Christianity to Islam. The woman, the wife of a Coptic cleric, left her...

New Orleans archbishop: time to 'bury' Hurricane Katrina CWN - August 31, 2010

On the 5th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina’s devastating run through New Orleans, Archbishop Gregory Aymond has urged the city’s resident to commend the storm’s victims to God’s mercy and move on....

Book-length interview with Pope to be published late this year CWN - August 31, 2010

Pope Benedict XVI has granted a series of in-depth interviews with a German journalist. The Pope’s responses to questions about the state of the Church and his pontificate will form the basis for a...

Legionary priest complains of lingering ties to disgraced founder CWN - August 31, 2010

A priest of the Legionaries of Christ has written to the leaders of the troubled religious order, complaining that houses run by the Legionaries in Mexico still show signs of special reverence for...

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