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Released Monday, Jul. 2

German prelate to head Vatican doctrinal congregation CWN - July 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller of Regensburg, Germany to become prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), the Vatican’s key doctrinal...

Health care requires compassion and love, Pope tells audience CWN - July 2, 2012

At his public audience on Sunday, July 1, Pope Benedict XVI remarked that the miracles of Jesus involve spiritual as well as physical healing. The day’s Gospel reading, which recounted the...

Pope leaves Rome Tuesday for summer residence CWN - July 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI will leave the Vatican on July 3 for his annual summer stay at the apostolic palace in Castel Gandolfo. With a flurry of appointments to the Roman Curia in the past week, the...

Presidents named for October meeting of Synod CWN - July 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has named the presidents delegate who will lead the discussions of the Synod of Bishops in October 2012. The presidents delegate are Cardinals John Tong Hon of Hong Kong;...

Candid conversation with Archbishop Di Noia about reconciliation with SSPX CWN - July 2, 2012

In a lengthy and revealing interview with the National Catholic Register, Archbishop Augustine Di Noia, the newly appointed vice president of the Ecclesia Dei commission, offers some revealing...

Pope plans October pilgrimage to Loreto CWN - July 2, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI plans a pilgrimage to the Shrine of Loreto in October, as part of his preparation for the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops. Loreto’s Archbishop Giovanni Tonucci revealed...

Pope dismisses Slovakian archbishop from pastoral office CWN - July 2, 2012

For the 4th time in just over one year, Pope Benedict XVI has forced a bishop from office. The Vatican announced on July 2 that the Pope had removed Archbishop Robert Bezak from his post as head...

Former international athlete to be Catholic chaplain at Olympics CWN - July 2, 2012

Among the Catholic chaplains at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games will be Father Geoff Hilton of the Diocese of Salford, England: a priest who has an impressive record of personal involvement in...

Kenyan Christians killed in terror attack on church CWN - July 2, 2012

At least 17 people were killed, and many others seriously wounded, in an armed assault on a Christian church in Garissa, Kenya, on July 1. Armed men killed two guards, then threw grenades into...

UNESCO declares Bethlehem basilica a World Heritage site CWN - July 2, 2012

The UN’s Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has designated the Nativity basilica in Bethlehem as a World Heritage site. The UNESCO decision, reached on a secret ballot,...

Israeli Holocaust memorial moderates critical tone in description of Pope Pius XII CWN - July 2, 2012

Yad Vashem, the Israeli memorial to Holocaust victims, has changed its description of Pope Pius XII, acknowledging the work of historians who have demonstrated the wartime Pontiff’s efforts to save...

Catholic proportion of Brazil's population in steep decline CWN - July 2, 2012

Brazil, the country with the world’s largest Catholic population, has seen a dramatic slip in the proportion of residents who identify themselves as Catholics, the latest census shows. In the...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 3

‘Raised under the GLBT umbrella’ CWN - July 3, 2012

Dawn Stefanowicz, a Canadian author raised by an actively homosexual father, discussed her experiences in a recent interview with Catholic World Report. “Our identity, security, and sense of...

International Catholic film festival begins in Rome CWN - July 3, 2012

The Mirabile Dictu International Catholic Film Festival is taking place in Rome from July 2-5. The festival, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for Culture and the Pontifical Council for...

Cardinals, scholars ponder St. Thomas Aquinas and John Paul II CWN - July 3, 2012

Over 50 scholars and prelates, including 10 cardinals, gathered at the Vatican from June 29 to July 1 for the twelfth plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of St. Thomas Aquinas. The topic of...

‘Nuns on the bus’ protest against Ryan budget concludes CWN - July 3, 2012

Fourteen nuns associated with the lobbying group Network have concluded a nine-state bus tour in protest of the House budget plan. The tour, which attracted considerable media attention, concluded...

Philadelphia archdiocese’s ex-CFO pleads guilty to $900,000 theft CWN - July 3, 2012

The former chief financial officer of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia pled guilty on June 29 to embezzling $906,000 from the archdiocese between 2004 and 2011. Anita Guzzardi, 43, will be sentenced...

Worldwide population of test-tube babies reaches 5 million CWN - July 3, 2012

The number of test-tube babies in the world has reached 5 million, according to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE). About 350,000 babies are conceived through...

Schedule released for Pope's September trip to Lebanon CWN - July 3, 2012

The Vatican has released the full schedule for the September 14-16 visit by Pope Benedict XVI to Lebanon, where he will release his apostolic exhortation concluding the work of the Synod for the...

New CDF prefect cut funding for dissenting groups in Germany CWN - July 3, 2012

Archbishop Gerhard Müller, the newly appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was instrumental in cutting of Church funding for dissident groups in Germany, the LifeSite...

Lessons from the Kulturkampf CWN - July 3, 2012

At MercatorNet, Michael Cook recalls the history of Otto von Bismarck’s effort to eliminate the power of the Catholic Church in Germany, and notes that the effort ultimately failed. Repression,...

Orchestra from Middle East plans concert at papal residence CWN - July 3, 2012

For the feast of St. Benedict, maestro Daniel Barenboim will conduct a concert by the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra at the summer residence of Pope Benedict XVI in Castel Gandolfo. The...

Violent assault on home of pro-life leader CWN - July 3, 2012

Police in Colorado are investigating a violent attack on the home of a pro-life leader. Keith Mason, the head of Personhood USA, was alarmed last week when vandals threw a rock through a window...

Liechtenstein’s pro-life prince wins key vote CWN - July 3, 2012

Prince Alois of Liechtenstein won a solid electoral victory when 65% of the little country’s voters opposed a referendum that would have ended his legislative veto power. Only 15% of Lichtenstein’s...

Vietnam: Mass disrupted by gang violence CWN - July 3, 2012

A gang attack on Vietnamese Catholics during Sunday Mass was instigated by government officials, local Catholics told the AsiaNews service. A Mass in Con Cuong was disrupted by the gang, and...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 4

‘The Catholic bishops are in nobody's political pocket’ CWN - July 4, 2012

In one of the first efforts of Catholics Voices USA—a “media-friendly and studio-ready” lay initiative that seeks to “put the Church's case in the public square”-- Melissa Moschella argues in the...

Islamist extremists destroying Timbuktu’s shrines CWN - July 4, 2012

Describing the Muslim shrines and tombs of Timbuktu as “un-Islamic,” members of the radical Islamist group Ansar Dine (“Defenders of the Faith”) are destroying much of the ancient city’s...

Zimbabwe’s bishops lament effects of Mugabe regime CWN - July 4, 2012

The bishops of the southern African nation of Zimbabwe have issued a pastoral letter to emigrants who have left the troubled nation, which Robert Mugabe has ruled since 1980. “As the fabric of...

Liturgical texts issued for ordinariates of former Anglicans: ‘with this ring I thee wed’ CWN - July 4, 2012

The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has promulgated the first liturgical texts for personal ordinariates of former Anglicans who have been received into full...

Vatican warns of excommunications if Chinese priest is ordained a bishop CWN - July 4, 2012

Noting that “the appointment of bishops is not a political but religious matter,” the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples is warning that Father Joseph Yue Fusheng will incur automatic...

Pope sends a message: Cardinal Bertone will stay CWN - July 4, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has strongly signaled his support for Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, in a highly unusual gesture clearly designed to end speculation that the Secretary of State might be replaced. ...

Italian physicist advances new theory on Shroud of Turin CWN - July 4, 2012

After studying the Shroud of Turin, the Italian scientist Giuseppe Baldacchini has reached the same conclusion as many others: the theory that it is a medieval forgery requires more leaps of faith...

Vatican prefect salutes religious in Congo CWN - July 4, 2012

Speaking to a conference of religious in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the prefect of the Congregation for Evangelization paid tribute to the religious men and women who “played a historic role...

Pope begins summer vacation CWN - July 4, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has begun his summer vacation, at the papal residence in Castel Gandolfo. The Holy Father—who, earlier in his pontificate, took short summer vacations in the Italian Alps—has...

Archbishop Chaput rallies US Catholics as Fortnight for Freedom concludes CWN - July 4, 2012

Real freedom isn’t something Caesar can give or take away. He can interfere with it; but when he does, he steals from his own legitimacy. At a July 4 Mass at the basilica of the National Shrine...

Released Thursday, Jul. 5

Austrian dissident group rips new CDF prefect CWN - July 5, 2012

An Austrian organization strongly critical of Church teaching is criticizing Pope Benedict’s appointment of the bishop of Regensburg as the new Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...

Leading Irish official calls for same-sex marriage CWN - July 5, 2012

Ireland’s deputy prime minister is calling upon the nation to legalize same-sex marriage. “I believe in gay marriage,” said Eamon Gilmore, who also serves as minister for foreign affairs and...

Researchers examine link between sacramental participation, belief in heaven, hell CWN - July 5, 2012

The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University has examined the link between sacramental practice and belief in heaven and hell. The Center found that 25% of...

Judge: worship services permitted in New York City schools outside school hours CWN - July 5, 2012

A federal district court judge has ruled that New York City public schools cannot discriminate against churches in permitting outside organizations to use school property outside school...

Iran: Protestant pastor sentenced to 6 years in prison CWN - July 5, 2012

An Iranian appeals court has affirmed the six-year prison sentence of Farshid Fathi Malayeri, a Protestant pastor convicted of administering funds for foreign organizations. “Pastor Fathi...

Cardinal Schönborn responds to conservative critics CWN - July 5, 2012

In an interview with Our Sunday Visitor, Cardinal Christoph Schönborn of Vienna responds to the criticism he has received for allowing an avowed homosexual to sit on a parish council, traveling to...

Vatican budget shows $19 million shortfall CWN - July 5, 2012

The Holy See ran a deficit of nearly €15 million ($18.6 million) in 2011, the largest shortfall in recent years. After posting a surplus of €9.8 million in 2010, the Vatican budget showed the...

European banking inspectors report on Vatican procedures CWN - July 5, 2012

European banking inspectors have completed their report on the Vatican’s financial procedures, although the contents of that report will not be made public for a month. Inspectors from the...

Summarizing the Church of England argument on women bishops CWN - July 5, 2012

In a BBC report on the decision facing the Church of England—whether or not to allow the ordination of women as bishops—Robert Pigott provides a generally accurate summary of the arguments....

No house arrest for convicted Philadelphia cleric CWN - July 5, 2012

A Philadelphia judge has refused to allow Msgr. William Lynn to be kept under house arrest pending his sentencing, saying that he must remain in prison. After Msgr. Lynn, a former Philadelphia...

Brazilian bishops see colonial attitude in exploitation of Amazon CWN - July 5, 2012

The economic practices of colonialism are still in evidence in Brazil’s resource-rich Amazon region, a Catholic bishop complained at a July 3 conference. Bishop Jesus Maria Berdonces of Cameta...

China reacts angrily to Vatican warning on illicit ordination CWN - July 5, 2012

After the Vatican warned that Chinese prelates would be excommunicated if they participated in the illicit ordination of a bishop on July 6, the Beijing government condemned the statement from Rome...

Muslims in Kenya vow to protect Christian churches CWN - July 5, 2012

Reacting to a massacre at a Christian church in Garissa, Kenya, a group of local Muslim leaders have promised to recruit volunteers to guard other Christian churches. Adan Wachu, who heads the...

Released Friday, Jul. 6

European Parliament condemns forced abortion in China CWN - July 6, 2012

A month after Feng Jianmei, a woman seventh months pregnant, was forced to undergo an abortion in China, the European Parliament has passed a resolution condemning “the practice of forced abortions...

Federal court victories for Maryland crisis pregnancy centers CWN - July 6, 2012

A federal appeals court has ruled that Baltimore’s mayor and city council infringed upon constitutional free speech rights in compelling crisis pregnancy centers to post signs stating that they “do...

Ambassador sees Anglican choir at papal Mass as ‘ecumenism in action’ CWN - July 6, 2012

Writing for L’Osservatore Romano, the United Kingdom’s ambassador to the Holy See described the role of an Anglican choir at the June 29 papal Mass as an instance of “ecumenism in action.” “While...

Vatican prefect calls Congo’s Catholics to deeper faith CWN - July 6, 2012

Continuing his pastoral visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo—a nation whose conflicts have claimed over five million lives since 1995—the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization...

Religious order must pay $6.4M for abuse committed by lay teacher CWN - July 6, 2012

A Seattle court has ruled that the Oblates of Mary Immaculate must pay $6.4 million to a 65-year-old man who said he was abused by a lay teacher at the school between 1961 and 1964. The teacher, who...

Man acquitted for beating priest he said abused him CWN - July 6, 2012

Two years after a man entered a retirement home and beat a Jesuit priest he says abused him, a California jury has ruled that the man is not guilty of felony assault and elder abuse. Father Jerold...

New inquiry planned for 'Bloody Sunday' killings in Northern Ireland CWN - July 6, 2012

Authorities in Northern Ireland have announced plans for a new investigation into the “Bloody Sunday” killings of January 30, 1972. An earlier investigation concluded that police had opened fire...

Stolen illustrated manuscript is returned to pilgrimage cathedral in Compostela CWN - July 6, 2012

A prized 12th-century guide for pilgrims has been returned to the cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in Spain, one year after it was stolen. The illustrated manuscript known as the Codex...

Vatican Observatory physicist reflects on 'God particle' discovery CWN - July 6, 2012

Scientists’ discovery of the Higgs boson, sometimes known as the “God particle,” should not detract from belief in God, an official of the Vatican Observatory told a Vatican Radio audience. The...

Esolen on bad Catholic hymns CWN - July 6, 2012

In Catholic World Report, Anthony Esolen laments that many hymns sung in Catholic churches combine bad music with worse poetry. Those who read this piece can choose between being depressed to learn...

Philadelphia archdiocese returns 4 priests to ministry, finds 2 unfit after investigations CWN - July 6, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has restored 4 priests to active ministry, after lengthy investigations into sex-abuse charges produced no substantial evidence against them. The archdiocese...

Many nations ignore commitments to religious freedom, Vatican envoy tells UN CWN - July 6, 2012

A Vatican representative has told the UN’s Human Rights Council that many nations are failing to honor their professed commitment to religious freedom. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s...

Most episcopal conferences now have sex-abuse guidelines, Vatican official reports CWN - July 6, 2012

About half of the world’s episcopal conferences have established policies for handling abuse problems, the Vatican top’s sex-abuse prosecutor told the Italian monthly Jesus. Msgr. Charles...

Ontarian parents' group urges Catholic schools to resist 'gay-straight' policy CWN - July 6, 2012

A Catholic parents’ group in Ontario is urging administrators of Catholic schools to resist a new government policy that requires administrators to approve the formation of “gay-straight alliance”...

China ordains new bishop in defiance of Rome CWN - July 6, 2012

Defying a warning from the Vatican, Chinese officials ordained a new bishop for the Harbin diocese without approval from the Holy See. Bishop Joseph Yue Fusheng, a vice-president of the...

Vatican-watcher sees Pope prepared to make changes in leadership of Roman Curia CWN - July 6, 2012

Earlier this week, Pope Benedict XVI released a letter of support to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, most observers saw the gesture as a signal from the Pope that the Secretary of State would remain in...

Released Monday, Jul. 9

Vatican spokesman devotes weekly editorial to Pope Benedict and Vatican II CWN - July 9, 2012

In preparation for Pope Benedict’s July 9 visit to Nemi, the director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the Pope and the Second Vatican Council. Nemi, recalls...

Archbishop Gomez: we need countercultural priests CWN - July 9, 2012

The July 5 issue of Origins has drawn attention to a recent address by Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles on priestly formation and the evangelization of culture. “The future of priestly...

Catholic-Jewish dialogue explores Jewish New Testament commentary; YouCat revision discussed CWN - July 9, 2012

Representatives of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and National Council of Synagogues met recently to discuss Amy Jill Levine and Mark Zvi Brettler’s Jewish Annotated New...

Annual Vatican message for seafarers CWN - July 9, 2012

The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People has published its annual message for seafarers. “Seafarers and their families are not invisible to God and to the...

Vatican prefect challenges Congo’s laity to strive for peace, reject polygamy, witchcraft CWN - July 9, 2012

As he continued his pastoral visit to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples praised those laity who serve as “an excellent example...

Israeli Holocaust memorial denies Vatican pressure in modifying Pius XII’s caption CWN - July 9, 2012

Following critical remarks by Chief Rabbi Riccardo Di Segni of Rome, Israel’s Holocaust memorial has defended its decision to moderate its tone in its description of Pope Pius XII. Reports that...

Cardinal Burke laments resistance to Summorum Pontificum CWN - July 9, 2012

Five years after Pope Benedict issued Summorum Pontificum, his motu proprio permitting priests to offer the extraordinary form of the Mass without first having to obtain permission from their...

Miracles require being open to God's love, Pope tells Sunday audience CWN - July 9, 2012

At his Angelus audience on Sunday, July 8, Pope Benedict XVI spoke on the day’s Gospel, in which Jesus reflects that a prophet is never accepted in his own country. The people of Nazareth could...

Pope reminisces about work on Vatican II statement CWN - July 9, 2012

On July 9, Pope Benedict XVI traveled from his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo to the village of Nemi, to visit the Ad Gentes Center where he had once worked on a commission drafting the...

New Chinese bishop, approved by Vatican, defies state control CWN - July 9, 2012

A new Chinese bishop, who underlined his loyalty to the Holy See during his ordination, has been reporting “resting” at a seminary after he briefly disappeared following the ceremony. Bishop...

Slovakian Catholics ask reason for archbishop's ouster, as audit triggers criminal probe CWN - July 9, 2012

Supporters of a Slovakian archbishop who was removed from office by Pope Benedict XVI are asking the Vatican for an explanation of the unusual move, while a public prosecutor has launched an...

Melinda Gates challenges Catholic teaching on contraception CWN - July 9, 2012

Melinda Gates, the Catholic wife of software czar Bill Gates and co-chair of his charitable foundation, has taken a public stand against the Church’s teaching on contraception. The Bill & Melinda...

Irish government planning a move to legalize abortion CWN - July 9, 2012

Ireland’s largest political party is planning to introduce legislation that would legalize abortion. Fine Gael, the leading party in Ireland’s ruling government coalition, had pledged in 2011...

SSPX meets amid tension on bid for reconciliation with Vatican CWN - July 9, 2012

As the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) opened a chapter general at Écone, Switzerland, on July 9, the French daily La Croix reported that the traditionalist group is deeply split on a proposed...

Former students allege psychological abuse at Legionary school CWN - July 9, 2012

A group of 77 former students at a school run by the Legion of Christ in Rhode Island have signed a letter complaining of psychological abuse, and urging the Vatican to shut down the troubled...

L'Osservatore editor sees 'misogyny' in Church leadership CWN - July 9, 2012

The leading female contributor to the Vatican newspaper has suggested that if women had a greater role in Church leadership, the sex-abuse scandal would not have occurred. “If there had been...

New violence against Christians in northern Nigeria CWN - July 9, 2012

At least 37 people were killed in armed attacks on Christians in northern Nigeria on July 7, in a series of raids around the city of Jos. A police official said that “hundreds” of armed men...

Scotland: gay activists protest Church campaign to protect marriage CWN - July 9, 2012

Gay activists in Scotland are raising pre-emptive protests about reports that the Catholic Church will mount an organized campaign to oppose legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The Scottish...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 10

Labor-priest movement reviving? CWN - July 10, 2012

Pope Leo XIII’s 1891 encyclical Rerum Novarum led some US priests—notably Msgr. John Ryan (1869-1945) and Msgr. George Higgins (1916-2002), among others—to devote themselves to labor-related issues....

USCCB spokeswoman decries threats to religious freedom CWN - July 10, 2012

Following the Fortnight for Freedom, Sister Mary Ann Walsh, director of media relations for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, asks, “Where do those who want to stand up for religious...

Episcopal Church approves transgender ordinations, blessing of same-sex relationships CWN - July 10, 2012

By a 111-41 vote, the bishops of the Episcopal Church USA have voted to approve a rite for the blessing of homosexual relationships. Some Episcopal Church leaders spoke out against the...

Nigerian prelate discusses Boko Haram threat CWN - July 10, 2012

Fearful that Nigeria may descend into anarchy, the president of the Nigerian bishops’ conference discussed the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram while receiving a peace prize in...

South Sudan: prelates lament attacks on Christians, political corruption CWN - July 10, 2012

As the largely Christian and animist nation of South Sudan celebrated the first anniversary of its independence, the new nation’s leading Catholic and Anglican prelates denounced corruption, called...

China: one bishop excommunicated, another arrested CWN - July 10, 2012

The Vatican announced the excommunication of a Chinese bishop who was ordained without the approval of the Holy See, while Chinese authorities have taken into custody another bishop who proclaimed...

Brazilian Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales dead at 91; was cardinal for 43 years CWN - July 10, 2012

Cardinal Eugenio de Araujo Sales, the retired Archbishop of Rio de Janeiro, died on July 9 at the age of 91. The Brazilian prelate had been the longest-serving member of the College of Cardinals,...

Irish bishops failed to use canonical authority in sex-abuse scandal CWN - July 10, 2012

Michael Kelly writes from Dublin for Catholic World Report to point out that in the Irish sex-abuse scandal the problem was not that canon law failed to provide remedies, but that bishops failed to...

Chicago archdiocese challenges Obama, once an ally in community organizing there CWN - July 10, 2012

William McGurn of the Wall Street Journal sees the irony as Catholic Charities of Chicago joins in a lawsuit against the Obama administration. After all it was the Chicago archdiocese that helped...

Priest who 'ad libbed' liturgies is suspended from ministry CWN - July 10, 2012

An Illinois priest who resigned as pastor because he refused to use the new English-language translation of the Mass has been suspended from ministry. Father William Rowe, who acknowledged that...

Earthquake near Pope's summer residence; no damage CWN - July 10, 2012

An earthquake measuring 3.5 on the Richter scale shook buildings in Italy on July 10, but no major damage was reported. The epicenter of the quake was just south of Rome, near Castel Gandolfo,...

Peruvian cardinal: Church must avoid partisan involvement CWN - July 10, 2012

Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani Thorne of Lima warned against clerical involvement in partisan political affairs, as Church leaders in Peru sought to mediate an increasingly tense conflict over the...

Priest in lesbian-Communion dispute no longer in Washington ministry CWN - July 10, 2012

Father Marcel Guarnizo, who became the focus of a nationwide controversy when he refused to administer the Eucharist to an avowed lesbian, is no longer engaged in priestly ministry in the Washington...

Boston archdiocese restricts future use of former parish properties CWN - July 10, 2012

Commonwealth, a magazine devoted to local politics in Massachusetts, has published a feature story criticizing the Archdiocese of Boston for restricting the use of parish properties that are offered...

Serbian Orthodox patriarch would welcome papal visit CWN - July 10, 2012

Serbian Orthodox Patriarch Irinej I has said that he would welcome a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, despite an earlier decision by the Serbian Orthodox Church not to invite the Pope to a major...

Congo: Bishops oppose rebel drive to divide country CWN - July 10, 2012

The Catholic bishops of the Democratic Republic of Congo have issued a statement opposing a bid to divide the country politically. "No to the balkanization of Congo. No to the division of the...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 11

Vatican newspaper: Hopkins, Péguy exemplars of new evangelization CWN - July 11, 2012

The famed Catholic poets Gerard Manley Hopkins and Charles Péguy can serve as “exemplars” in the new evangelization, Father Robert Imbelli writes in L’Osservatore Romano. Drawing upon Charles...

Cardinal Cottier assesses legacy of Vatican II CWN - July 11, 2012

Cardinal Georges Cottier, who served as theologian of the pontifical household from 1989 to 2005, assessed the legacy of the Second Vatican Council (1962-65) as the fiftieth anniversary of its...

US bishops weigh in on farm bill, lament proposed cuts to food stamps CWN - July 11, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), joined by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and the National Catholic Rural Life Conference (NCRLC), has weighed in on the Agriculture Reform,...

Dramatic fertility decline in Muslim world CWN - July 11, 2012

“The remarkable fertility declines now unfolding throughout the Muslim world is one of the most important demographic developments in our era,” write Nicholas Eberstadt and Apoorva Shah in Policy...

Caritas warns of worsening famine in Sahel CWN - July 11, 2012

The Church’s confederation of relief and development agencies is warning that the food crisis in the Sahel region of western Africa now affects more than 18 million people. “A bad harvest last...

Vatican-Israeli diplomatic pact nearly concluded, outgoing Israeli ambassador says CWN - July 11, 2012

The Holy See and Israel are “very close” to agreement on a long-awaited pact defining the economic and juridical rights of the Church in the Holy Land, according to the Israeli ambassador to the...

Canadian prosecutor lets priest accused of sexual assault leave the country CWN - July 11, 2012

Canadian prosecutors have struck an unusual deal, allowing a priest who is accused of sexual assault to leave the country and escape trial. Father Jose Silva, a Brazilian native who was serving...

Renegade priest reveals homosexual union CWN - July 11, 2012

A radical Catholic priest in London has revealed that he is legally married to his homosexual lover and has presided over many other same-sex unions. In his new book If it Wasn't Love: Sex,...

New papal nuncio making orthodox imprint on England's hierarchy CWN - July 11, 2012

William Oddie of the Catholic Herald writes that the appointment of Bishop Philip Egan to head the Portsmouth diocese reflect the influence of a new apostolic nuncio to Great Britain, Archbishop...

Vatican-Islamic committee meets CWN - July 11, 2012

Vatican officials met with Islamic leaders on July 10, in the latest session of a joint Islamic-Catholic Liaison Committee that has held periodic meetings since 1995. A brief Vatican statement...

Hong Kong demonstrators protest Chinese oppression of Church freedom CWN - July 11, 2012

Cardinal Joseph Zen led a group of Catholics a Hong Kong demonstration protesting Chinese government interference with the freedom of the Catholic Church. The protest, held outside the office of...

Vatican moves quickly to block German magazine's offensive depiction of Pope CWN - July 11, 2012

The Vatican has filed legal charges against a German satirical magazine that published an offensive depiction of Pope Benedict XVI. The July issue of Titanic magazine featured a photo of the...

Released Thursday, Jul. 12

Whistleblower alleges Medicaid fraud by Planned Parenthood CWN - July 12, 2012

A woman who once worked as a Planned Parenthood clinic director in Iowa has filed suit against her former employer, alleging that it illegally billed Medicaid for abortion-related procedures. The US...

Judge blocks enforcement of Mississippi abortion-clinic law CWN - July 12, 2012

A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a new Mississippi law requiring doctors who perform abortions to “have admitting privileges at a local hospital and staff privileges to replace...

Brief SSPX statement on talks with Holy See CWN - July 12, 2012

The Society of St. Pius X has issued a brief statement on the discussions between the Holy See and Bishop Bernard Fellay, its superior general. “The General Chapter of the Society of St. Pius X...

Rapprochement between Chávez regime, Venezuela’s bishops? CWN - July 12, 2012

Representatives of the Venezuelan bishops’ conference met with the nation’s vice president, justice minister, and youth minister on July 10. “We've come to express our intention, beyond the...

German court bans infant circumcision CWN - July 12, 2012

A German regional court has declared infant circumcision for religious reasons illegal because it “causes bodily harm and should only be performed on males old enough to give consent.” The judges...

Chinese authorities 'investigating' bishop who renounced Patriotic Association membership CWN - July 12, 2012

Chinese authorities have announced an investigation into the conduct of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who is being held in custody after announcing his resignation from the government-backed Catholic...

'Vatileaks' investigation nearing conclusion CWN - July 12, 2012

The Vatican’s investigation into the release of confidential papal documents is nearing its conclusion, and Paolo Gabriele, who was arrested in May on charges of stealing secret documents, will soon...

Beatification soon for Popes Paul VI, John Paul I? CWN - July 12, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI could beatify two of his predecessors during the coming Year of Faith, according to the former prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Cardinal José Saraiva...

Chinese officials pay damages to woman forced into late-term abortion CWN - July 12, 2012

Government officials in China’s Shaanxi province have agreed to pay 40,000 yuan (about $6,750) in damages to a woman who was forced to have a late-term abortion. Feng Jianmei was taken into...

Some catechists object to profession of faith CWN - July 12, 2012

Some Sunday-school teachers in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, have quit their posts in protest after the diocese asked all instructors to take an oath of fidelity to the Catholic...

Pope, Italy's President Napolitano, see music as a path to peace CWN - July 12, 2012

Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano visited with Pope Benedict XVI on July 11, at the papal summer residence in Castel Gandolfo. After an informal conversation, the Italian leader joined the...

English diocese held liable for abuse damages CWN - July 12, 2012

An English appeals court has affirmed a lower court’s decision that the Diocese of Portsmouth can be held liable for sexual abuse by a priest and even physical abuse by a nun working in the...

Ancient monastery in Turkey faces destruction in anti-Christian lawsuit CWN - July 12, 2012

The world’s oldest functioning Christian monastery faces a clouded future, after an appeals court in Turkey ruled that the building sits on land not owned by the monks. The Mor Gabriel monastery,...

European bishops discuss Year of Faith, media outreach, intergenerational solidarity CWN - July 12, 2012

Representatives of Europe’s episcopal conferences met in Cologne, Germany this week to discuss a series of mutual concerns, including preparations for the Year of Faith, relations with the media,...

Mediation in Syria allows civilians to leave besieged Homs CWN - July 12, 2012

Civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Syrian city of Homs as the result of an agreement between government troops and rebel forces. The civilians, who are mostly members of the...

Annual Orange Order marches spark confrontations in Northern Ireland CWN - July 12, 2012

Irish nationalists clashed with police in Belfast, Northern Ireland on July 12, as violence broke out in the wake of marches by the Orange Order. The annual marches, which commemorate the victory...

Christian, Muslim leaders warn against spread of religious conflict in Nigeria CWN - July 12, 2012

Christian and Muslim leaders have joined in a warning that terrorism initiated by the Boko Haram movement in Nigeria could lead to wider violence between religious groups. A 12-member delegation,...

Resist 'leveling,' safeguard African culture, says Senegalese cardinal CWN - July 12, 2012

Cardinal Adrien Sarr of Dakar, Senegal, has called for a concerted effort to preserve distinctive African cultures, in his introduction to a report for African bishops’ conferences. "It is time...

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USCCB announces NFP Awareness Week CWN - July 13, 2012

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced that a national Natural Family Planning Awareness Week with the theme “Faithfully Yours” will take place from July 22-28 in US...

20th anniversary of missionary presence in Mongolia CWN - July 13, 2012

Archbishop Savio Hon Tai-Fai, secretary of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, traveled to Mongolia to attend a special July 8 Mass in commemoration of the twentieth anniversary of a...

Christian TV station broadcasts throughout Arab world CWN - July 13, 2012

SAT-7, a Christian satellite television station founded in 1996, has expanded to five channels and broadcasts in Arabic, Farsi, and Turkish to the nations of the Middle East and North Africa....

Asian bishops call for end to arms trade CWN - July 13, 2012

The Federation of the Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) is calling for “the immediate stop to the trafficking of arms.” The bishops praised the Arms Trade Treaty, a prospective multilateral treaty...

Ecumenical Patriarch reaffirms commitment to Christian unity CWN - July 13, 2012

Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I has reaffirmed the See of Constantinople’s commitment to work for Christian unity. Patriarch Bartholomew, who has held office since 1991, said that his...

Philippine bishops announce 9-year plan to prepare for 500th anniversary of Gospel’s arrival CWN - July 13, 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has issued a pastoral letter on the new evangelization to help prepare Catholics for 2021, the 500th anniversary of the arrival of the Gospel in...

Papal nuncio pleads for international effort to stop bloodshed in Syria CWN - July 13, 2012

Archbishop Mario Zenari, the apostolic nuncio in Syria, is calling upon international leaders to take action to stop the growing violence in that country. "The situation is worse," the archbishop...

Legionaries, Regnum Christi to reflect on future ties CWN - July 13, 2012

The papal delegate supervising reform of the Legion of Christ has called for a “brief but intense period of joint reflection” involving both the Legionaries and their affiliated lay movement, Regnum...

Missouri archdiocese seeks override of governor's veto on conscience-protection bill CWN - July 13, 2012

The Archdiocese of St. Louis is encouraging Missouri legislators to override a veto by Governor Jay Nixon and enact legislation that would protect insurance buyers from being required to pay for...

Charges of financial irregularities raise new questions about Slovakian prelate's removal CWN - July 13, 2012

As a public prosecutor in Slovakia opened an investigation of financial dealings in the Trvana archdiocese, supporters of ousted Archbishop Robert Bezak claimed that the probe was triggered by...

English cathedral smashed by ice from passing plane CWN - July 13, 2012

Brentwood cathedral in Essex, England was the site of a bizarre accident last Sunday: the roof of the building was smashed by a block of ice dropped from an airplane passing overhead. Although...

Injected contraceptive may increase AIDS risk for African women CWN - July 13, 2012

A study published in the British medical journal Lancet has found that the use of a injected hormonal contraceptive seems to increase a woman's risk of infection with the HIV virus associated with...

English court ruling seen a danger to Church freedom CWN - July 13, 2012

Father Alexander Lucie-Smith writes in London's Catholic Herald that this week's appeals court ruling, holding the Portsmouth diocese liable for sexual abuse by a priest there, endangers religious...

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Vatican spokesman: editorial on music and peace CWN - July 16, 2012

Following a concert of the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra attended by Pope Benedict, the director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the theme of music and...

Poll: 46% of Catholics have ‘a lot’ of confidence in Church CWN - July 16, 2012

A newly-released Gallup survey has found that 46% of Catholics have “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Church and organized religion – down from 73% in 1975 and 52% in 2011, but up...

Prelate urges Clinton to speak out against Levy Report’s recommendations on Israeli settlements CWN - July 16, 2012

The chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on International Justice and Peace is urging Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to “reinforce strongly the unequivocal...

South African bishop speaks out against condoms CWN - July 16, 2012

A bishop in South Africa, where estimates of the HIV infection rate range as high as 22%, says that condoms are not a solution to the AIDS epidemic. “I think the international community is always...

SSPX to publicize ‘common statement to Rome’ CWN - July 16, 2012

Following the conclusion of its weeklong general chapter, the Society of St. Pius X has issued a statement on the discussions between the Holy See and Bishop Bernard Fellay, its superior...

Syria: nuncio condemns Tremseh attack, renews call for UN action CWN - July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict’s representative in Syria has condemned military action by the Assad regime that left 200 dead in the village of Tremseh. “The inactivity of the United Nations could be understood...

Liberal Christian denominations putting themselves out of business, warns Times columnist CWN - July 16, 2012

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat argues that by adapting themselves to the liberal secular culture, liberal Christian denominations have been making themselves irrelevant, since if you’re...

Hong Kong cardinal decries illicit Chinese ordinations CWN - July 16, 2012

Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong has said that Chinese authorities must stop ordaining new bishops without approval from Rome, and engage in open negotiations with the Holy See, to resolve the...

Vietnamese Catholics demonstrate despite government threats CWN - July 16, 2012

Thousands of Catholics joined in public demonstrations in the Vinh diocese on July 15, protesting government-sponsored violence against Catholics and the desecration of a church. The...

Father of Pope's accused valet says son sought to expose corruption CWN - July 16, 2012

The father of Paolo Gabriele, the only accused suspect in the “Vatileaks” scandal, insists that his son is innocent of wrongdoing, and wished only to expose corruption within the Vatican. Andrea...

Croatia widens access to assisted reproduction CWN - July 16, 2012

Croatian legislators have voted to expand legal access to assisted reproduction, easing the terms of a law that was already one of the most liberal in Europe. Ignoring opposition from the...

Australian Church spokesman welcomes restrictions on 'adult' video games CWN - July 16, 2012

New Australian legislation restricting sales of “adult” video games has been “cautiously welcomed” by the director of the Australian Catholic Office for Film and Broadcasting. "In an ideal world...

St. Teresa's Carmelite reforms are applicable today, Pope says CWN - July 16, 2012

In a July 16 message celebrating the 450th anniversary of the reform of the Carmelite order, Pope Benedict XVI said that the initiatives begun by St. Teresa of Avila offer a valuable model for our...

Pope's 2013 theme for World Day of Peace message: 'Blessed are the peacemakers" CWN - July 16, 2012

The Vatican has announced the theme and title for the annual World Day of Peace message that Pope Benedict XVI will release on January 1: “Blessed are the peacemakers.” The Pope’s message will...

Continue working on Christ's assignment , Pope tells faithful in Frascati CWN - July 16, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI visited the town of Frascati, near his summer residence at Castel Gandolfo, on July 15. Celebrating Sunday Mass there, the Holy Father spoke in his homily about the mission of all...

Irish government barred military from involvement in Eucharistic Congress CWN - July 16, 2012

Irish defense minister Alan Shatter refused to allow the army to play any official part in the Eucharistic Congress that was held in Dublin in June, the Irish Catholic has revealed. Organizers of...

Vatican expected to win passing grade from European banking inspectors CWN - July 16, 2012

European banking inspectors will give the Vatican a satisfactory rating for financial transparency, while suggesting some steps for further reform, the Reuters news service reports. That report...

Philadelphia priest involved in pyramid scheme is removed from ministry CWN - July 16, 2012

A Philadelphia priest who has been involved in an online business venture has been found “unsuitable for ministry.” Father Geraldo Pinero violated established standards for priestly conduct, the...

At Sunday audience, Pope highlights work of St. Bonaventure CWN - July 16, 2012

At his Angelus audience on July 15, Pope Benedict XVI paid tribute to St. Bonaventure, noting that the date is designated on the liturgical calendar as his feast day. Speaking to pilgrims who...

Russian Orthodox, Polish Catholic leaders push for reconciliation between nations CWN - July 16, 2012

Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill dedicated a church at the site of the Katyn massacre on July 15, saying that with the acknowledgment of the Soviet execution of thousands of Poles, “finally, the...

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US charity combines evangelization, relief for poor CWN - July 17, 2012

Vatican Radio has profiled Cross Catholic Outreach, a US charity that offers support for international relief and development efforts. James Cavnar, the charity’s president, emphasized that Cross...

Homeschool group warns: disabilities treaty will harm parental rights CWN - July 17, 2012

The Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) is urging the Senate not to ratify the United Nation’s Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). President Barack Obama signed...

Cardinal Cottier: ‘the future will be severe with us’ CWN - July 17, 2012

Cardinal Georges Cottier, the Swiss Dominican who served as theologian of the pontifical household from 1989 to 2005, said that “the future will be severe with us” because of lack of respect for...

Bishop Fellay criticizes new CDF prefect, says SSPX united in response to Holy See CWN - July 17, 2012

The superior general of the Society of St. Pius X said that its general chapter attained “peace and unity” during its July 8-14 meetings and “very soon” will respond to the Holy See’s offer of...

Seminary rector placed on leave following allegation CWN - July 17, 2012

The rector of the largest residential high school seminary in the nation has been placed on administrative leave following an accusation of sexual misconduct with a minor. The alleged incident took...

Topic announced for Pope’s annual meeting with former students CWN - July 17, 2012

The topic of the annual “Ratzinger Schulerkreis,” in which Pope Benedict meets with his former doctoral students, has been announced. The group will meet at Castel Gandolfo in late August to...

LCWR leader responds to Vatican criticism CWN - July 17, 2012

In a National Public Radio (NPR) interview, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) has defended her group against Vatican criticisms, and indicated that the LCWR is...

Indian doctors suspended for sex-selection tests CWN - July 17, 2012

A dozen doctors have been suspended from practicing medicine in India’s state of Rajasthan after authorities found that they were administering illegal sex-determination tests to pregnant...

Catholic prelate: outside influences are escalating Syrian conflict CWN - July 17, 2012

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham has issued “an urgent appeal for dialogue, reconciliation, peace” in Syria, begging for an end to a widening civil war and charging that outside forces...

Copts refuse to meet with Sec. Clinton CWN - July 17, 2012

Coptic Christian leaders refused to meet with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during her visit to Egypt, charging that American policy is tilted toward support for Islamic power in that...

Researcher under pressure for study showing problems with gay parents CWN - July 17, 2012

The sociologist who authored a study questioning whether same-sex parents are successful in raising children is now under investigation for allegations of “scientific misconduct.” Mark Regnerus,...

Italian journalist drops hints about ‘Vatileaks’ sources CWN - July 17, 2012

The Italian journalist who published dozens of confidential papal documents has said that he received some of the letters to Pope Benedict “from those who wrote them.” Gianluigi Nuzzi, whose...

Chinese bishop, in custody since defying officials, resumes blog posts CWN - July 17, 2012

Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, who has been held in custody in a Sheshan seminary since his ordination as auxiliary bishop of Shanghai, has posted a new entry on his blog—his first public statement of...

Australian parliamentary inquiry questions confessional seal CWN - July 17, 2012

A legislative committee in Australia’s state of Victoria is questioning whether the government should honor the confessional seal. The parliamentary committee is considering new laws to toughen...

Brazilian psychological society objects to counselor’s ‘Christian’ label CWN - July 17, 2012

Brazil’s Federal Council of Psychology has warned Mario Lobo that she could lose her license because she advertises herself as a “Christian psychologist.” Lobo, an Evangelical Christian, has...

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Vatican newspaper pays tribute to artist William Congdon CWN - July 18, 2012

L’Osservatore Romano has published an article paying tribute to US artist William Congdon (1912-98) a century after his birth. Art critic Alfredo Tradigo writes: The 36-year-old William...

Relief groups urge international action on Kenyan refugee camp CWN - July 18, 2012

Seven relief agencies, including Catholic Relief Services, are urging the international community not to turn its back on the world’s largest refugee camp, which is located in Dadaab, Kenya. “The...

USCCB doctrine official comments on Higgs Boson CWN - July 18, 2012

Physicist Lawrence Krauss of Arizona State University writes in Newsweek that the description of the Higgs Boson as the “God particle” is “unfortunate,” because the particle validates an...

Scotland rejects cardinal’s call for gay-marriage referendum CWN - July 18, 2012

As Scotland’s cabinet considers the legalization of same-sex marriage, the cabinet has rejected Cardinal Keith O’Brien’s call to bring the matter to a vote of the people. “The dangers of the...

Judge dismisses lawsuit against HHS mandate CWN - July 18, 2012

A Nebraska federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by seven states and several Catholic plaintiffs against the HHS mandate. Senior US District Judge Warren Urbom ruled that the Catholic...

Irish Catholics have become timid, Dublin's archbishop says CWN - July 18, 2012

Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin has said that the Catholic Church has been “too timid in bringing its liberating voice to the demons of Irish society.” “Scandals within the Church and perhaps...

Research shows link between contraceptives, higher HIV risks CWN - July 18, 2012

A Brown University Medical School professor has confirmed “serious concerns” about studies that suggest the use of contraceptives may increase the risk of contracting the HIV virus. Dr. Timothy...

New York is mission territory: Cardinal Dolan CWN - July 18, 2012

New York is “mission territory,” according to Cardinal Timothy Dolan. Writing on his blog, the New York prelate explained that in an important sense every diocese is always mission territory....

'Moneyval' report gives Vatican passing grade on financial transparency CWN - July 18, 2012

European banking inspectors have given the Holy See generally passing grades in an audit of financial transparency, while citing some deficiencies and calling for improvement. The “Moneyval”...

For women in poverty, contraception is not top priority, scholars argue CWN - July 18, 2012

In a devastating critique of plans for a redoubled international drive to promote contraception in the Third World, Greg Pfundstein and Meghan Grizzle point out that women living in poverty have...

US bishops' charity funded agency promoting contraception: news report CWN - July 18, 2012

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), “the official overseas relief and development agency of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops,” has provided millions of dollars in funding to an organization that...

Polish 'Youth Crusade' seeks cancellation of Madonna concert in Warsaw CWN - July 18, 2012

Young Catholics have organized a petition drive calling for cancellation of a concert scheduled by Madonna in Warsaw on August 1. August 1 is the anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, the petition...

Roman basilica honors contemporary martyrs CWN - July 18, 2012

The basilica of St. Bartholomew in Rome has amassed a collection of items paying tribute to the recent victims of anti-Christian violence, including Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador; the...

South African cardinal salutes Mandela for sacrifice, humility CWN - July 18, 2012

Nelson Mandela is a hero in South Africa because he “gave himself for the cause of freedom,” according to Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban. As South Africans mark "Nelson Mandela Day" on the...

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Cardinal calls for passage of conscience-protection provisions CWN - July 19, 2012

Two conscience-protection provisions--the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act and the Respect for Rights of Conscience Act--have been included in the current draft of the House budget for the...

Romney on religious freedom: ‘we’re all Catholic today’ CWN - July 19, 2012

Asked during an Ohio campaign appearance about the effects of the HHS mandate on religious freedom, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney said that “we’re all Catholic today” and...

200 million victims of ‘gendercide’ CWN - July 19, 2012

Reviewing the new documentary film It’s a Girl!, Kyle Duncan writes that sex-selective abortions, according to United Nations statistics, have led to an estimated 200 million “missing”...

Leading evangelical college partners with Catholic University in suit against HHS mandate CWN - July 19, 2012

One of the nation’s leading evangelical Protestant colleges, in partnership with the Catholic University of America, has filed suit against the HHS mandate. “The mandate, which is a regulation...

Vatican reshaping African nation’s hierarchy with episcopal ordinations CWN - July 19, 2012

The prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples arrived in the Central African Republic on July 18 to conduct a weeklong pastoral visit. In addition to meeting with the nation’s...

Prelate describes suffering, desperation in Damascus CWN - July 19, 2012

Syria’s capital has become a place of fear, desperation, and suffering, according to the city’s Maronite Catholic archbishop. “On the streets of Damascus you see people fleeing, there are...

SSPX declines Vatican offer--for now CWN - July 19, 2012

The traditionalist Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) has declined a Vatican offer for reconciliation, but left the door open for further talks. The SSPX answer to the Vatican was not a surprise, since...

Anti-Polish bias on display in Northern Ireland before Orange Order marches CWN - July 19, 2012

Polish flags were burned in bonfires in Belfast on July 11, on the eve of the annual marches by members of the Orange Order. The July 12 marches—commemorating the he victory of King William of...

Dispute over ‘sentimental’ liturgy at closing Mass of Eucharistic Congress CWN - July 19, 2012

Organizers of the International Eucharistic Congress held in Dublin in June have reacted strongly against criticism that the closing Mass of the event was “impossibly sentimental.” Msgr. Andrew...

Philadelphia priest’s lawyers argue against prison term CWN - July 19, 2012

Lawyers for the former Philadelphia archdiocesan official who was convicted of endangering children have asked the court to sentence him to probation or house arrest rather than a prison...

Same-sex marriage and the exploitation of women CWN - July 19, 2012

Writing for the Sydney Morning Herald), Michael Cook alerts readers to an unintended consequence of legalizing same-sex marriage. Married couples will want babies, Cook remarks. Lesbian couples can...

Vatican newspaper recalls massive forced migrations of 19th, 20th centuries CWN - July 19, 2012

The Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano has drawn attention to a ugly historical phenomenon of the 19th and 20th centuries: forced migration. In the century that began with the Crimean War...

No compromise on meaning of marriage, Robert George argues CWN - July 19, 2012

Robert George reminds readers of The Public Discourse that not too long ago, gay-rights activists were promising that legal recognition of same-sex marriage would not affect the legal rights of...

Pope encourages Latin American bishops' efforts to reach out to African American residents CWN - July 19, 2012

In a message to a meeting of Latin American bishops on pastoral care for African Americans, Pope Benedict XVI has encouraged a drive “to examine the cultural values, history and traditions of...

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Theologian sees irrational approach among some Catholic religious-education teachers CWN - July 20, 2012

Writing for The Catholic Thing, Francis Beckwith coins a new term, “egopapism,” to describe the attitude displayed by Arlington diocese religious-education instructors who refused to take an oath of...

Iowa nun's op-ed: Obama embodies Catholic values CWN - July 20, 2012

In an op-ed piece for the Des Moines Register, a Catholic nun, Sister Patricia Miller, claims that President Barack Obama represents “the values Catholics cherish.” Sister Miller argues that as a...

Citing juror bias, judge dismisses verdict against Green Bay diocese in abuse case CWN - July 20, 2012

A Wisconsin judge has dismissed a $700,000 judgment against the Green Bay diocese in a sex-abuse case, after finding that a member of the jury was likely biased against the defendant. Judge Nancy...

Pakistani bishops take quiet approach to appeal of Asia Bibi conviction CWN - July 20, 2012

While international pressure is growing for the release of Asia Bibi—the Christian woman who faces a death sentence in Pakistan after conviction on a highly questionable blasphemy charge—Church...

Catholic school’s suit against contraceptive mandate is ‘not ripe,’ court says CWN - July 20, 2012

A federal district court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by Belmont Abbey College against the HHS contraception mandate, saying that the case is “not ripe for decision.” Judge James Boasberg...

Maternal mortality soars in South Sudan; basic medical needs lacking CWN - July 20, 2012

The newly independent nation of South Sudan has the world’s highest rate of maternal mortality, with roughly 1 woman dying for every 50 children born. Infections, uncontrolled bleeding, poor...

On Lebanon visit, Pope will see 'mosaic of Eastern rite' CWN - July 20, 2012

“The excitement is building” in Lebanon as Catholics look forward to the September 14-16 visit by Pope Benedict XVI, the chief organizer of the papal trip has told Vatican Radio. Father Marwan...

Syrian prelate: Church works for peace, not to support regime CWN - July 20, 2012

Melkite Catholic Patriarch Gregory III Laham heatedly denies charges that Church leaders in Syria have acted as apologists for the Assad regime, insisting that the Syrian Church has worked...

Italian foreign minister: stopping anti-Christian violence should be international priority CWN - July 20, 2012

Italian foreign minister Giulio Terzi has said that a drive to stop anti-Christian atrocities should be a top priority of world leaders. Citing the killing of 800 Christians in Nigeria by the...

Moneyval report seen as major step toward Vatican accountability CWN - July 20, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter writes that the Moneyval report, giving the Holy See a passing grade for financial transparency, is a victory not only for Vatican banking officials but...

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Missouri bishops back proposed state prayer amendment CWN - July 23, 2012

The bishops of Missouri have endorsed a proposed constitutional amendment that will ensure “that any person shall have the right to pray individually or corporately in a private or public setting so...

Catholic Relief Services responds to news report on contraceptive funding CWN - July 23, 2012

Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the US bishops’ official relief and development agency, has responded to a LifeSiteNews report on its 2010 grant of $5,380,466 to CARE, a humanitarian agency that...

Peruvian prelate urges Congress to address environmental effects of US company’s mining CWN - July 23, 2012

One of Peru’s leading prelates traveled to Washington and urged members of a House subcommittee to hold a US company accountable for the environmental degradation caused by one of its...

Archdiocese urges prayer, offers assistance in wake of theater massacre CWN - July 23, 2012

Following the July 20 shooting at a Colorado movie theater that left 12 dead and 58 injures, the Archdiocese of Denver sought to console those affected by the massacre. On the evening of July 20,...

Peru university stripped of 'Catholic' status CWN - July 23, 2012

The Vatican has ruled that a Peruvian school no longer has the right to be called a “Catholic” or “Pontifical” university. The Vatican ruling, announced July 21, comes after 22 years of...

Parole granted to papal valet in Vatileaks case CWN - July 23, 2012

Paolo Gabriele, the valet to Pope Benedict XVI who was arrested in May for possessing confidential papal documents, has been released from custody, to remain under house arrest pending his trial on...

English columnist says bishops' conference trivializes Day for Life CWN - July 23, 2012

In his encyclical Evangelium Vitae, Pope John Paul II suggested that a Day for Life be set aside each year. In England, the bishops' conference has followed that suggestion--but in a way that misses...

LCWR leader missed chances to affirm Church teaching in NPR interview CWN - July 23, 2012

Donna Bethell notes that when she was interviewed by National Public Radio, Sister Patricia Farrell, the president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, was presented with multiple...

China considering change in "one-child" policy? CWN - July 23, 2012

Pressure is mounting for a change in China’s brutal “one-child” population policy, the New York Times reports. Stories about forcible abortions have sparked international outrage. But the Times...

God makes peace, Satan makes war, Pope tells audience CWN - July 23, 2012

At his Sunday public audience on July 22, Pope Benedict XVI reflected on the image of Jesus as Good Shepherd, and on the most famous of the “lost sheep,” St. Mary Magdalene. Noting that the date...

Papal blessing for London Olympics CWN - July 23, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI described the Olympic Games as “the greatest sporting event in the world,” and offered a prayer that the 30th Olympic Games, opening this week in London, will be “a true experience...

Vatican scolds reporters for 'Vatileaks' speculation CWN - July 23, 2012

The Vatican has voiced “firm and total disapproval” of Italian and German newspaper reports naming three individuals who are allegedly being investigated in connection with the leaks of confidential...

New trial likely for 2nd priest in Philadelphia sex-abuse case CWN - July 23, 2012

Prosecutors in Philadelphia have reportedly decided to seek a new trial of Father James Brennan, whose first trial on rape charges ended in a hung jury in June. Father Brennan was tried alongside...

Pope voices shock over Colorado theater killings CWN - July 23, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI said that he was profoundly shocked by the "senseless violance which took place in Aurora, Denver," where a lone gunman opened fire on a movie audience. Speaking at the close...

Devote time to relationship, Pope urges married couples CWN - July 23, 2012

The Pope also said that married couples have a “duty to sit down together” to discuss problems and deepen their relationships. He said: In our world, which is so deeply marked by individualism,...

Italian influence at Vatican now waning? CWN - July 23, 2012

A series of personnel changes in the Roman Curia—mostly at the level of second-in-command in various dicasteries—have lowered the level of Italian influence at the Vatican, writes Sandro Magister of...

Pope names new Vatican vice-chamberlain CWN - July 23, 2012

Archbishop Pier Luigi Celata, the retired secretary of the Pontifical Council for Inter-Religious Dialogue, has been named by Pope Benedict XVI to become vice-chamberlain of the Church. The...

Rising violence against Christian churches in Indonesian province CWN - July 23, 2012

Christian leaders in Indonesia's Aceh province are expressing grave concern over a wave of violent attacks against churches. The attacks have apparently been carried out by Muslim...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 24

New book: Chicago archdiocese, with CCHD approval, paid for Obama’s 1986 IAF training CWN - July 24, 2012

In 1986, Barack Obama, then a community organizer in Chicago, attended training offered by the Industrial Areas Foundation (IAF) with funds provided by the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to...

Catholics urged to contact Clinton about Israeli commission report CWN - July 24, 2012

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development and Catholic Relief Services (CRS) are calling upon Catholics to contact Secretary of State Hillary Rodham...

Phoenix man jailed for building code violations after using home for worship CWN - July 24, 2012

A Phoenix man who used his home for Bible study and worship has been jailed for 60 days and fined $12,000 for building code violations. “Mr. [Michael] Salman had regular gatherings of up to 80...

Philadelphia prosecutors reinvestigating allegation against West Virginia bishop CWN - July 24, 2012

At the request of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Montgomery County district attorney’s office is reinvestigating an abuse allegation against Bishop Michael Bransfield, who was appointed Bishop...

Populorum Progressio Foundation looks for more effective development plans in Latin America CWN - July 24, 2012

The Populorum Progressio Foundation—an arm of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, devoted to supporting development projects in Latin America—is meeting in Colombia this week, with an eye to revamping...

Msgr. Lynn given 3-6 year prison term in Philadelphia abuse case CWN - July 24, 2012

Msgr. William Lynn, who was convicted in June on child-endangerment charges, has been sentenced to serve 3 to 6 years in prison. A former vicar for clergy in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Msgr....

SSPX-Vatican problems hinge on authority of Vatican II CWN - July 24, 2012

A letter from a leading official of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX), and an interview with the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, have confirmed that the authority of...

Leading Cuban dissident killed in auto crash CWN - July 24, 2012

Oswaldo Paya, a leading Cuban Catholic and political dissident, was killed in an auto accident on July 22. Paya’s son said that activist’s car had been forced off the road by another vehicle,...

Report supports mandatum requirement for Catholic theology professors CWN - July 24, 2012

In a new report on teaching at American Catholic universities, the Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) argues that theology professors should be required to obtain the mandatum, the local bishop’s...

Valet in 'Vatileaks' scandal asks Pope's forgiveness CWN - July 24, 2012

Paolo Gabriele, the papal valet who was arrested in May for possession of confidential papal documents, has written to Pope Benedict XVI asking for forgiveness. Gabriele, who was released to...

Syrian refugees pouring into Lebanon CWN - July 24, 2012

Thousands of families are leaving Syria to escape the escalating violence there, and pouring into refugee camps in Lebanon, Catholic relief workers report. More than 47,000 people—predominantly...

The eccentric early proponents of contraception in America CWN - July 24, 2012

In Catholic World Report, John Buescher traces the roots of the movement to legalize contraception in the US, and finds that the 19th-century proponents of birth control were an exceeding odd lot....

Religion more interesting than politics: Tony Blair CWN - July 24, 2012

Former British prime minister Tony Blair, who converted to Catholicism after stepping down from public office, says that he has “always been more interested in religion than politics.” Blair...

Vatican message for World Tourism Day calls for steps against climate change CWN - July 24, 2012

The Vatican’s annual message for World Tourism Day is devoted to the theme of sustainable energy, arguing that “tourism not only contributes to global warming: it is also a victim of it.” The...

Released Wednesday, Jul. 25

Times finds ‘complex emotions’ surround Blessed Kateri’s canonization CWN - July 25, 2012

A New York Times article on Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha’s upcoming canonization focuses on the “complex emotions” that surround it. The Times finds that the reaction is “complex, particularly among...

Our Sunday Visitor to distribute Vatican newspaper in US CWN - July 25, 2012

The Our Sunday Visitor publishing company has been named the exclusive distributor of the North American English edition of L’Osservatore Romano. “Now subscribers on that side of the ocean will...

Bioethicist Haas questioned Catholic Relief Services’ support for CARE CWN - July 25, 2012

Days after Catholic Relief Services (CRS)—the US bishops’ relief and development agency—issued a statement that referred to the National Catholic Bioethics Center (NCBC) in its defense of a...

Church commission finds 49 abuse allegations in England, Wales in 2011 CWN - July 25, 2012

The National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, a lay body formed in 2008 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference in England and Wales and the Conference of Religious, released its annual report on July...

Bishop fears attacks on Christians in Aleppo CWN - July 25, 2012

The Chaldean Catholic bishop of Aleppo—Syria’s largest city—says fear is widespread that Christians there will be attacked. “If they come in around our churches and round our bishopric, just as...

Pontificate of Benedict XVI already exceeds average length CWN - July 25, 2012

Elected in April 2005 when he was 78, Pope Benedict XVI was generally expected to have a short reign. But his pontificate has now lasted longer than the average for all the Pontiffs in recorded...

Cardinal Dolan, Stephen Colbert to match wits in forum on comedy CWN - July 25, 2012

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York will team up with television comedian Stephen Colbert at a forum on faith and humor, to be held at Fordham University in September. The forum will be chaired...

Scottish archbishop-elect faces criticism for comment on homosexuality CWN - July 25, 2012

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia, named this week to be the new Archbishop of Glasgow, has come under heavy fire because of offhand remarks he made earlier this year about the sudden death of a...

African-American Catholics found more active in Church CWN - July 25, 2012

African-American Catholics are more actively involved with their faith than their white counterparts, according to a new study by Notre Dame researchers. By almost every measure of religious...

Pope offers condolences at death of Cuban activist CWN - July 25, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence on the deaths of Cuban human-rights activists Oswaldo Paya and Harold Cepero, who were killed in a car crash on July 22. Voicing his regret at...

Bishop defends Vatican critique of LCWR CWN - July 25, 2012

In an interview with National Public Radio, the bishop who conducted a Vatican-ordered apostolic visitation of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) explained the Holy See’s demand for...

Demonic influence in Colorado theater shootings? CWN - July 25, 2012

In a sober, informative analysis, Father Dwight Longenecker addresses the possibility that demonic influence may have been involved in the mass murder in a Aurora, Colorado movie theater....

Influential prelate said Vatican should drop Euro, author reports CWN - July 25, 2012

An influential Church official suggested that the Vatican should drop out of the Euro currency agreement, in order to avoid new European banking regulations, according to a new book by a veteran...

Old abuse charges have been disproven, says West Virginia bishop [Updated] CWN - July 25, 2012

Responding to reports that Philadelphia prosecutors are reopening an investigation of old sex-abuse charges, Bishop Michael Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia has pointed out that...

Released Thursday, Jul. 26

New CDF prefect discusses liberation theology, SSPX, LCWR CWN - July 26, 2012

In an interview with L’Osservatore Romano, the newly-appointed prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith discussed the centrality of faith and divine revelation and briefly addressed...

Burgeoning Christian-Muslim conflict in Assam CWN - July 26, 2012

In an effort to stem the burgeoning conflict between Christian indigenous peoples and Muslim settlers in the eastern Indian province of Assam, Bishop Thomas Pulloppillil of Bongaigaon is calling for...

Scotland: prelate laments ‘liberal agenda’ on same-sex marriage CWN - July 26, 2012

The newly-appointed archbishop of Glasgow has spoken out against same-sex marriage in an interview with Vatican Radio. “We have to constantly repropose a Christian vision of the dignity of the...

Bishop urges Senate to retain earned income, child tax credits CWN - July 26, 2012

The chairman of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development is urging the Senate to retain the Earned Income Tax Credit and the refundable Child Tax...

Caribbean cardinal decries violence against women CWN - July 26, 2012

The Dominican Republic’s leading prelate has denounced the “international scandal” of violence against women in the Caribbean nation. An estimated 1,000 women have been murdered there in the past...

Cardinal Stafford turns 80; 120 papal electors remain CWN - July 26, 2012

Cardinal James Francis Stafford, the retired head of the Apostolic Penitentiary, celebrated his 80th birthday on July 26, becoming ineligible to vote in a papal election. There are now 120...

Italian bishops debate translation of pro multis CWN - July 26, 2012

The Catholic bishops of Italy, among others, have resisted the urging of Pope Benedict XVI to revise translations of the Mass so that the Latin words pro multis in the words of consecration to read...

Vatican Museums will make priests available for visitors CWN - July 26, 2012

The Vatican Museums have announced that priests will be available, beginning in August, to offer spiritual care for visitors. Bishop Giuseppe Sciacca, the secretary-general of the Vatican...

Scottish archbishop will meet gay partner of deceased lawmaker CWN - July 26, 2012

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia has agreed to meet with the homosexual lover of a deceased Scottish politician. The newly appointed Archbishop of Glasgow has been heavily criticized for implying that...

Syrian mother-superior urges West: stop arming rebels CWN - July 26, 2012

The leader of a Catholic women’s religious community near the embattled Syrian city of Homs has appealed to Western nations to stop arming Syrian rebels. Rebels supported by Western countries are...

Released Friday, Jul. 27

Priest who led Campaign for Human Development greets Obama at campaign stop CWN - July 27, 2012

The priest who served as executive director of the Campaign for Human Development from 1978 to 1985 was the first person to greet President Barack Obama during a recent campaign stop in Iowa. The...

Federal appeals court upholds South Dakota’s informed consent law CWN - July 27, 2012

In a 7-4 decision, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a South Dakota law requiring that women considering an abortion be told about the “increased risk of suicide ideation and...

Malta’s bishops speak out against IVF CWN - July 27, 2012

The bishops of Malta have issued a pastoral letter on in vitro fertilization. “The conception of a human person should be the outcome of the mutual self-giving love of the married couple,” the...

Gaza: reports of forced conversions to Islam CWN - July 27, 2012

Hundreds of Christians gathered outside a church in Gaza amid allegations that two Christians were recently kidnapped and forced to convert to Islam. Hiba Daoud, a woman who was reportedly...

Indian bishops call for peace in Assam CWN - July 27, 2012

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India (CBCI) is appealing for peace in Assam, the eastern province in which fighting has flared between Christian tribals and Muslim settlers. “The Catholic...

British PM reiterates call for same-sex marriage, scolds churches that ‘lock out’ gay members CWN - July 27, 2012

Addressing a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender reception, Prime Minister David Cameron reaffirmed his commitment to legalizing same-sex marriage and said that “obviously there’ll be arguments...

US bishops' point man on same-sex marriage named new Archbishop of San Francisco CWN - July 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has named Bishop Salvatore Cordileone the new Archbishop of San Francisco. The appointment is certain to create shockwaves in a city known for homosexual activism. Recognized as...

Pope meets with cardinals in Vatileaks probe CWN - July 27, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI met on July 26 with commission of three cardinals set up to investigate the “Vatileaks” scandal. The cardinals presented their conclusions to the Pope, the Vatican said. The...

New head of Irish health service has sought liberalized abortion law CWN - July 27, 2012

The Irish government has named Tony O'Brien as head of the country's health service. O'Brien, who has served in various executive roles in the health service since 2006, had previously been...

City will erase Steubenville chapel from city logo CWN - July 27, 2012

The city of Steubenville, Ohio, has announced plans to change the city's official logo, removing an image of the chapel of Franciscan University. The city is taking this action in response to a...

Massachusetts bishops settle lawsuit brought by abuse victim CWN - July 27, 2012

Two former bishops of Springfield, Massachusetts, have settled a sex-abuse lawsuit, 3 days after the case came to trial. Bishops Joseph Maguire and Thomas Dupre reportedly agreed to pay $500,000...

England's Green Party may discipline member who voted against same-sex marriage CWN - July 27, 2012

A Christian member of England’s Green Party faces possible expulsion after she voted against a motion approved of same-sex marriage. Christian Summers, a Green Party member of the Brighton and...

Vatican, sidelined at UN conference, backs arms-trade treaty CWN - July 27, 2012

The Vatican’s representative at the UN endorsed a new international treaty to control arms traffic, at a conference in which the Holy See’s envoy was not recognized as a full...

America edging toward confrontation on religious freedom, Archbishop Chaput warns CWN - July 27, 2012

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia delivered an urgent call for Catholics to take action to protect the American tradition of religious freedom, in a July 26 address to the Napa Institute in...

Vatican steering cautious policy line on Syria CWN - July 27, 2012

John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter writes that as Pope Benedict XVI prepares for a visit to Lebanon, the Vatican is carefully avoiding diplomatic entanglements in Syria’s escalating...

Vatican newspaper hails spiritual vision of Chariots of Fire CWN - July 27, 2012

As the Olympic Games open in London, the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano recalls the film Chariots of Fire, with its portrayal of British Olympic athletes. Made on a modest budget,...

Pope St. Pius X helped arrange 1908 London Olympics, author recalls CWN - July 27, 2012

On the eve of the 2012 London Olympics, an Italian historian has recalled the involvement of Pope Pius X in helping to arrange the 1908 Olympics in London. St. Pius X was an advocate of sports at...

Federal judge backs Colorado firm's bid to block HHS contraceptive mandate CWN - July 27, 2012

A federal judge in Colorado has given a preliminary legal victory to a privately owned business, granting an injunction to stop the implementation of the Obama administration’s contraceptive...

Petition drive urges vigorous preaching of Humanae Vitae CWN - July 27, 2012

A lay Catholic group has organized a nationwide petition drive, encouraging American bishops to promote forthright teaching on the Church's stand regarding contraception. The Bellarmine Forum...

Released Monday, Jul. 30

China cracks down on priests who opposed illicit episcopal ordination CWN - July 30, 2012

Communist authorities in China are cracking down on the seven priests of the Diocese of Heilongjiang who opposed the ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng to the episcopate. The ordination,...

New CDF prefect: relativism leads to ‘intolerance of God’ CWN - July 30, 2012

The Vatican’s publishing house has released a book by the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The book is devoted to Pope Benedict’s controversial 2006 Regensburg address...

Prelate recalls suffering of Church in Cambodia CWN - July 30, 2012

The apostolic prefect of Battambang, a city located in northwestern Cambodia, discussed the terrible persecution of the Church there under the Khmer Rouge regime (1975-79). “It is a martyr...

New Evangelization is ‘return to first love,’ says Vatican archbishop CWN - July 30, 2012

In the second chapter of the Book of Revelation, the members of the Church in Ephesus are told that “you have abandoned the love you had at first” (2:4). That verse offers a key to understanding...

Positive media treatment of Catholic center for fertility care CWN - July 30, 2012

The Chicago Tribune has published an article describing how a local woman was able to conceive after receiving care at the Pope Paul VI Institute in Omaha. The institute was founded in 1985 and...

Vatican spokesman reflects on Olympics CWN - July 30, 2012

The director of the Holy See Press Office has devoted his weekly editorial to the 2012 Summer Olympics. Father Federico Lombardi reflects on a variety of themes: the More than Gold ecumenical...

Prelate asked to leave Slovenia amid paternity rumors CWN - July 30, 2012

A Slovenian prelate who resigned in 2009, citing reasons of health, has been asked by the Vatican to withdraw from public life because of persistent rumors that he has fathered two children, Vatican...

Republicans not seeking to block HHS contraceptive mandate? CWN - July 30, 2012

Although Republican political leaders have denounced President Obama for imposing a contraceptive mandate as part of his health-care reform, the Republican leadership has not taken action to...

Russian punk singers face criminal trial for disruption at cathedral CWN - July 30, 2012

Three members of a female Russian punk band went on trial July 30 for staging an unauthorized performance in Moscow’s Orthodox cathedral to denounce ties between the Moscow patriarchate and the...

Jesus fills our deeper hunger, Pope says tells Sunday audience CWN - July 30, 2012

At his midday audience on Sunday, July 29, Pope Benedict XVI commented on the Gospel story of the multiplication of loaves and fishes, pointing out that Jesus used a boy’s generosity as the basis...

Douthat sees secular attack on religious freedom CWN - July 30, 2012

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat offers another thoughtful reflection on religious liberty, observing that many secularists now regard Christian teachings on marriage and sexuality as...

Pope renews appeal for peace in Syria CWN - July 30, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI repeated his “appeal for all violence and bloodshed to end” in Syria, during his midday public audience on Sunday, July 29. The Pope said that he is troubled by the “depressing...

Spanish abortion advocates protest government's plan to amend law CWN - July 30, 2012

Advocates of unrestricted abortion rallied in Madrid on July 29 to protest plans by the Spanish government to amend the country's 2010 law. Justice minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon has announced...

LCWR meets this week to decide response to Vatican CWN - July 30, 2012

A New York Times report looked forward to this week’s meeting of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), at which members will discuss their response to a Vatican demand for reform of...

Papal condolences to Ghana on president's sudden death CWN - July 30, 2012

Pope Benedict XVI has sent a message of condolence to the people of Ghana upon the unexpected death of the country’s President John Atta Mills. Mills, who took office in 2009, died on July 24....

Vatican newspaper raps Gates Foundation, Nestle for exploiting needy women CWN - July 30, 2012

The Vatican newspaper has published an editorial sharply criticizing international foundations and corporations that promote contraception in the Third World. The editorial specifically targets the...

Irish columnist says Dublin archbishop needs to offer positive vision CWN - July 30, 2012

A columnist in the Irish Examiner has criticizes Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin for speaking about the problems facing the Church without offering the faithful any real reasons to have...

Historian says scandal sapped strength of Catholic witness in US CWN - July 30, 2012

Historian Philip Jenkins suggests that the Catholic Church might be opening new parishes all over America today, if not for the devastating financial impact of the sex-abuse scandal. Jenkins...

Released Tuesday, Jul. 31

Kenya’s bishops decry international push for contraception CWN - July 31, 2012

The bishops of Kenya have decried renewed international efforts to promote contraception in Africa. Contraception, the bishops write, “is both dehumanizing and goes against the teaching of the...

Cardinal George criticizes Chicago mayor’s comments on Chick-fil-A CWN - July 31, 2012

Cardinal Francis George has criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s recent comments on Chick-fil-A, a restaurant chain whose president said recently that he believes marriage is the union of a man and a...

Court backs Adventist in Sabbath work dispute CWN - July 31, 2012

In a 2-1 decision, a federal appeals court has ruled that a lower court erred in dismissing a suit filed by Kimberly Crider against the University of Tennessee at Knoxville (UTK). Crider, a...

At Olympic Mass, prelate calls upon Catholics to glorify God with their bodies CWN - July 31, 2012

Preaching at a Mass in celebration of the 30th Olympic Games on July 28, Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Westminster challenged Catholics to glorify God with their bodies. “We will see many fine...

Britain’s health service considers ‘elective ventilation’ for sake of organ donation CWN - July 31, 2012

The United Kingdom’s National Health Service is considering proposals to increase the number of organs available for donation, including presumed consent for organ donation and the ability of...

3 brothers pursue priestly vocations CWN - July 31, 2012

The Associated Press is distributing an article on a Wisconsin family whose three sons are pursuing priestly vocations. “Grandma would always say, ‘Maybe one of you boys is going to be a...

Vietnamese activist’s mother in self-immolation CWN - July 31, 2012

The distraught mother of an imprisoned Vietnamese Christian activist set herself on fire in front of government offices in Bac Lieu. The shocking death of Dang Thi Kim Lieng called attention to...

US report lists religious-freedom troubles worldwide CWN - July 31, 2012

An annual report on religious freedom throughout the world, released by the US State Department, "sends a signal to the worst offenders that the world is watching,” according to Secretary of State...

Same-sex attraction is not a gift, Christian essayist argues CWN - July 31, 2012

A Christian with same-sex attraction explains why he does not identify himself as a “gay Christian” in a thoughtful essay for First Things. Daniel Mattson remarks that many “gay Christians” see...

The secular liturgy of the Olympic ceremony CWN - July 31, 2012

In a witty and perceptive comment on the opening ceremonies of the Olympic Games, George Weigel remarks that the spectacular show should serve a useful purpose: “It reminds the world that you can’t...

Eucharistic adoration throughout Olympic Games CWN - July 31, 2012

Unnoticed despite the saturation media coverage of the Olympic Games, Catholics are engaged in 24-hour adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at St. Francis of Assisi church in East London for the...

Cuban dissident’s death was accidental: crash survivor CWN - July 31, 2012

Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, who was killed in a car crash on July 22, was not forced off the road, according to two survivors of the accident. Paya and Harold Cepero, another human-rights...

Pope Benedict’s prayer intentions for August 2012 CWN - July 31, 2012

The Vatican has released the prayer intentions of Pope Benedict XVI for August 2012. The Pope’s general intention is: "That prisoners may be treated with justice and respect for their human...

Australian investigators zero in on Church leaders in abuse cover-up CWN - July 31, 2012

Australian police are completing an investigation into how Church leaders covered up the evidence of sexual abuse by a notorious pedophile priest. The investigation centers on the activities of...

6 former US envoys to Vatican announce support for Romney CWN - July 31, 2012

Six former US ambassadors to the Holy See have joined in a declaration of support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. The former envoys--Frank Shakespeare, Tom Melady, Ray Flynn,...

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