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    AmP Countdown: Time left to demand that Congress make health care reform pro-life: 2009-11-07 18:00:00 GMT-05:00

    Saturday, March 01, 2008

    CNS & CNA most-read stories in February

    1. Vatican official: Church should reconsider Communion in the hand
    2. Pope OKs plenary indulgence for Lourdes’ 150th anniversary
    3. Catholic school closures, vouchers are in the national spotlight
    4. Pope reduces waiting period for sainthood cause for Fatima visionary
    5. Polish priest: Young priests plagiarize homilies from Internet
    6. Archbishop to ordain seminarians in Tridentine Mass in Rome cathedral
    7. Lourdes bishop says Mary sought devotion to Jesus, Eucharist
    8. Sister Dorothy Marie Hennessey, peace activist jailed at age 88, dies
    9. Pope tells Jesuits to make clear their acceptance of church teachings
    10. St. Patrick’s Day falling during Holy Week prompts parade dilemma
    CNA (more recently popular):
    1. Writer votes for Obama, defends his choice saying, “Bishops be damned”
    2. Obama pledged to Planned Parenthood: “I will not yield” to pro-life concerns
    3. Anti-Catholic pastor who endorsed McCain likened to Farrakhan
    4. Oscar awards portrayed an America without hope, Vatican newspaper says
    5. Survey finds one-tenth of Americans used to be Catholic
    6. Vocation inquiries increased 30 percent in 2007, survey finds
    7. Chavez supporters invade chancery, expel employees and bishop
    8. UCLA student sting exposes racism at Planned Parenthood
    9. Planned Parenthood youth website promotes pornography to teenagers
    10. CDF rules feminist-inspired baptisms invalid


    Monday, December 10, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights - Dec. 10th

    Friday, November 23, 2007

    Friday news update

    Thursday, October 04, 2007

    CNS covers Aussie bishops' opposition to preemptive war

    Catholic News Service:

    The Australian Catholic Bishops' Conference said it did not believe the war in Iraq is justified and warned against participating in another pre-emptive strike with the United States.

    While admitting that Australia's alliance with the U.S. is an "important element of Australia's international security arrangements," the bishops questioned whether the doctrine of pre-emption was consistent with Catholic teaching on just war.

    The bishops stressed that war cannot be judged only by its consequences.They said Australians "would fail in our duty ... if we were again to take military action without our own thorough assessment of its morality and prospects, and without broad international approval."

    "Obligations to an ally cannot include an obligation to engage in war that is not justified," the bishops said.

    From what I've read, the possibility of a preemptive strike against Iran by the end of the current administration or during a Hillary Clinton administration is significant. I'm trying to keep track of what local bishop conferences are saying both about the legitimacy of the current war in Iraq and about the application of just war principles to the future of U.S. relations with Iran.

    Related: Jeff Miller covers CNS's recent woeful coverage of Dutch dominican liturgical abuses.

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    Thursday, September 20, 2007

    News bits (9/20/07)

    CWNews, "Cardinal Bertone reflects on 1st year as Secretary of State":
    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who completed his first year as Vatican Secretary of State on September 15, told the Italian daily Avvenire that he has no desire to lead the Church himself, but seeks simply to serve the needs of Pope Benedict XVI.
    CNS, "Vatican: Pope's refusal to meet Rice should not be seen as snub":

    Pope Benedict XVI declined to meet with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during his August vacation, but Vatican officials said it should not be interpreted as a diplomatic snub."

    The only reason she wasn't received was that she came during a period when the pope doesn't receive anyone. It was a purely technical question of protocol," an informed Vatican source told Catholic News Service Sept. 20.

    CNA, "Hundreds witness miracle of St. Januarius in Naples":
    As has occurred every year for the last 400 years, the liquification of the blood of St. Januarius took place in the city of Naples on the martyr’s feast day of September 19.


    Tuesday, September 18, 2007

    So many topics and so little time

    Monday, September 17, 2007

    Beginning of the week link roundup

    Wednesday, September 05, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Wednesday September 5th

    Thursday, August 30, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Thursday August 30th

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    Catholic News Service:

    Catholic World News:



    Friday, August 24, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Friday August 24th

    Catholic News Agency:

    Catholic News Service:

    Catholic World News:



    Friday, August 17, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Friday August 17th

    Catholic News Highlights:


    Thursday, August 02, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Friday August 3rd

    Catholic News Highlights, Thursday August 2nd


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    Monday, July 23, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Monday July 23rd

    Catholic News Highlights....

    Catholic News Agency:
    • End all wars, Pope pleads: "...the Holy Father said that the peaceful surroundings of the Alpine region made him feel "even more intensely" the impact of the news that he received on "the bloody confrontations and episodes of violence happening in many parts of the world."
    • Cardinal Zen meets with Pope on Chinese reaction: "...Church spokesmen confirmed that although the Pope has held few private audiences during his vacation, he did talk with Cardinal Zen about the Chinese reaction to his message."
    • Vatican expert pleased with Turkish election results: "... the strong showing by ... [the]Justice and Development Party (AKP) represented the best chance for a stable secular government in the country."

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    Monday, July 09, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Tuesday July 10th

    Thursday, July 05, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Thursday July 5th

    Tuesday, July 03, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, July 3rd

    Thursday, June 28, 2007


    Running errands today. Here's all the news of note:


    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

    A flury of Vatican news bits & rumors

    Rocco has a fine post with various interesting little newsbits. I've picked out the best crumbs:

    "A record 51 archbishops will receive the pallium on Friday ... Of the group, there are five new metropolitans each from Canada, Mexico, India and Brazil."

    "This Saturday, meanwhile, several reports are that the also long-awaited papal letter to Chinese Catholics will see the light of day."

    "The Pope's own vacation, which won't see him back in Rome until late September, begins on 9 July."

    "More provocatively, the April report was headlined by murmurs of a bombshell: the transfer of Cardinal William Levada from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith back to the States as archbishop of New York." [this would, of course, leave CDF vacant and in need of a new head.]

    "[in response to the publication of Pope Benedict's comment re: miracles in britain:] "... the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi SJ penned a letter to the editor published in today's Times (of London). Saying that the "certain articles" painted "a negative picture of the atmosphere of the meetings that took place," Lombardi wrote that said image "does not reflect what really happened."

    "And, lastly for now, look for the States to reap yet another share of appointment goodness in the morning..... So they're sayin'."

    Eventful days!

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    Tuesday, June 26, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Tuesday June 26th



    Thursday, June 21, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights (expanded), Thursday June 21st

    Catholic News Agency:
    • Catholic convent desecrated, school ransacked in attacks in Gaza Strip: "Crosses were broken, a statue of Jesus was damaged, and prayer books were burned at the Rosary Sisters School and nearby convent, said Fr. Manuel Musallem. In addition, the doors of the convent were knocked open with mortars and furniture was damaged. Prayer books in the chapel were burned."
    • Cardinal Pell to be interrogated by parliamentary committee: "Under the Crimes Act, contempt of Parliament is a highly serious offence punishable by up to 25 years in jail. The move, unheard of in recent history, was swiftly condemned as an absurd attack on free speech."
    • Abortion advocate wants IRS to probe bishop who criticized Giuliani: "A leading abortion activist has filed a complaint with the IRS in an attempt to silence Bishop Thomas Tobin, who said he could never support Republican presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani, who believes abortion should be legal."
    • Kenya to hold first national Catholic conference on HIV/AIDS: "The Catholic Church in Kenya has 430 facilities offering care to more than five million HIV/AIDS-infected people annually, with more than 114 projects for orphans of AIDS and vulnerable children."
    • 200 million Christians in 60 countries subject to persecution: "North Korea, China, Ethiopia, Nigeria and Uganda are other countries where Christians are persecuted. North Korea has sent some 50 thousand Christians to concentration camps, while in China some 40 thousand have suffered the same fate. The report also notes the increasing difficulties facing Palestinian Christians due to the progressive radicalization of the Islamic masses in the Middle East."
    • Cardinal Keeler of Baltimore recovering after brain surgery: "When Keeler turned 75 last year, he submitted a letter of resignation to the Vatican as required by canon law. But Pope Benedict XVI has not accepted Keeler's retirement or indicated when a replacement might be named."
    • New Catholic website helps fight porn addiction: "For Rasvage, combating pornography and masturbation is made more difficult by the reluctance of the addicted to discuss their problem and a lack of Catholic teaching and counsel in homilies and in the confessional. "
    • Pope tells the youth to imitate the example of Francis’ radical conversion: "Francis' conversion at the age of 25 "came about when he at the peak of his vitality, his experiences, his dreams," said Benedict XVI. He also dwelt on Francis' character before his conversion, describing him as a "carefree and generous," person "who wandered the city of Assisi day and night with his friends."
      "How can it be denied," the Pope went on, "that may people are tempted to follow the life of the young Francis before his conversion? That lifestyle hides the desire for happiness that dwells in every human heart." Yet the saint did not find "true joy" there, because "the truth is that finite things can give glimmers of joy but only the infinite can fill the heart."

    Catholic News Service:

    • Papal preacher won't lecture in Medjugorje after bishop nixes plan: "As the local bishop, I maintain that regarding the events of Medjugorje, on the basis of the investigations and experience gained thus far throughout these last 25 years, the church has not confirmed a single apparition as authentically being the Madonna," he said."

    Catholic World News:

    • Holy Grail buried under Roman basilica?: "Barbagallo believes that the Holy Grail-- the chalice used at the Last Supper-- is kept in a room that is now buried under the basilica. His claim is based on two years of studying medieval iconography inside the basilica. In the wake of Barbagallo’s claim, archeological authorities in Rome may give approval for the catacombs to be opened and examined."


    Monday, June 11, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Monday June 11th

    Notable Rocco

    Easing back into the blogging after a busy weekend (Detroit symphony orchestra on Friday, diocese of Lansing ordination on Saturday, and Corpus Christi procession on Sunday), let's let Rocco take the reigns for a bit:
    • Deacon TB?: "Rumors that Blair -- an Anglican who frequently attends Mass with his Catholic wife and kids -- will himself swim the Tiber have swirled for years, resurfacing anew in recent weeks. However, several UK papers report today that the outgoing PM, whose last foreign commitment in office is a private audience with Pope Benedict next week, isn't just considering being received into the church, but ordination to the permanent diaconate:"
    • Rocco's bet for the next Abp. of Louiseville ... Bp. Joseph Kurtz of Knoxville
    • Why the Delays?: "It's been mentioned here fairly frequently of late, but the hold-up on several major initiatives of this pontificate has made the Roman Curia a rather cagey place in B16's Vatican.In light of said state of affairs, props to John Thavis of CNS Rome for taking a closer look at the deliberative pace of the papal apartment, with comment from the Holy See's top media op, Jesuit Fr Federico Lombardi."


    Thursday, June 07, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Thursday June 7th

    Monday, May 28, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Monday May 28th

    Saturday, May 26, 2007

    Around the blogs... (May 26th)

    Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, May 22nd

    Saturday, May 19, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, May 19th

    Tuesday, May 15, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Tuesday May 15th

    Monday, May 14, 2007

    Catholic News Highlights, Monday May 14th

    Monday roundup of interesting links

    Sadly, I am elsewhere occupied until the evening.

    In the meantime, however, here's the topics I would blog about at length simply linked:

    And finally, what day would be complete without some Motu mania?

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    Friday, May 11, 2007

    Some Notable CNA Headlines

    Monday, May 07, 2007

    CWNews: Three Vatican City News Bits

    Saturday, April 21, 2007

    Three news highlights

    Friday, April 20, 2007

    Prepare for Limbo fallout

    Amy notes that the International Theological Commission's report on Limbo has been released.

    CNS has very good coverage:

    After several years of study, the Vatican's International Theological Commission said there are good reasons to hope that babies who die without being baptized go to heaven.

    In a document published April 20, the commission said the traditional concept of limbo -- as a place where unbaptized infants spend eternity but without communion with God -- seemed to reflect an "unduly restrictive view of salvation."

    The church continues to teach that, because of original sin, baptism is the ordinary way of salvation for all people and urges parents to baptize infants, the document said.

    But there is greater theological awareness today that God is merciful and "wants all human beings to be saved," it said. Grace has priority over sin, and the exclusion of innocent babies from heaven does not seem to reflect Christ's special love for "the little ones," it said.

    "Our conclusion is that the many factors that we have considered ... give serious theological and liturgical grounds for hope that unbaptized infants who die will be saved and enjoy the beatific vision," the document said."We emphasize that these are reasons for prayerful hope, rather than grounds for sure knowledge," it added. [More...]

    The entire article is well worth the read for those who are interested.

    Zadok (who I can't believe fell off my blogroll for awhile - he's back now) has this to say:

    "We cannot expect intelligent reporting of this in the secular press. Expect headlines to speak of the 'Pope' or 'the Vatican' 'abolishing Limbo'.What we actually seem to have is a rather measured document which does not declare the automatic salvation of the unbaptized and does not totally dismiss limbo as being an unsupportable theological position. The report suggests that it does not obscure the genuine difficulty of the question and insists on the necessity and obligation of baptism."
    To be fair, the Reuters treatment isn't so bad at all. In fact, the article quotes CNS's coverage twice. It seems that Philip Pullella, the author of the Reuters coverage, stuck very close to what CNS said on the topic. What somewhat puzzles me is why Pullella decided to throw in a reference to Dante at the end of his piece. Now, don't get me wrong, I dearly love Dante and his Divine Comedy, but Dante wasn't a priest, and the Divine Comedy has practically nothing to do with this new ITC document. Maybe Pullella thought the article needed some spice?

    The Associated Press coverage is a bit closer to what Zadok predicted, but still very decent. Again, I think this is so because it references the CNS coverage and clearly stays close to what it says. The only line that irks me in the AP coverage is this one, the opening line: "Pope Benedict XVI has revised traditional Roman Catholic teaching on so-called "limbo," approving a church report released Friday that said there was reason to hope that babies who die without baptism can go to heaven." (underlining added.) I guess if you have a little dig to make, it *has* to go in the first line, because that's the one that most people will read.

    Well, I have yet to see what the New York Times and the UK tabloids do to this news. Nonetheless, I can't really fault the AP or Reuters on their take. If I have anything to tell the MSM writers, it's this: keep reading CNS! Your coverage will benefit and your reputation among knowledgeable Catholic readers might improve.

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    Tuesday, March 20, 2007

    CNA highlights, March 20th

    Some of today's Catholic News Agency articles are especially good reading:

    Traditionally, the Pope sends a message to these participants. Here's the 2004 message of Jp2.

    • Venezuelan bishop responds to Socialist youth brigade: Jesus Christ is the authentic "new man": In response to a plan in Venezuela by supporters of "21st century Socialism" to create a youth brigade to promote the image of a "new man," Bishop Mario Moronta of San Cristobal called on the faithful not to let themselves be guided by ideologies but rather by the Gospel, which reveals that Jesus Christ is the authentic model for the human person.
    • Irish primate urges Christians to go beyond parades for St. Patrick’s Day: Christians should go beyond parades and honor St. Patrick by living according to his example, said Archbishop Sean Brady of Armagh and primate of Ireland. In a St. Patrick's Day message, Archbishop Brady urged Christians to carefully read St. Patrick's "Confession of Grace", which tells of the Saint's love for God and desire to share the Good News with the Irish. The archbishop expressed his regret that this work is not widely known...

    Here is the full text of the Archbishop's speech. I was not able to find an online text version of St. Patrick's confession, but Amazon is offering copies for about $7. Goodness, another book on the reading list!

    Update: Thanks to Hank, who found an online version of St. Patrick's confession here.

    Update 2: A headline I missed....

    • Holy See: Youth have the right to truth and respect from media: "Youth have the right to ask the media to inform with truth, respecting the dignity due to every human," so said the President of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, Archbishop John Foley, at a meeting regarding "Information and protection of children's rights" held in Messina, Italy yesterday.....Foley noted that "it is never too early to be involved in the media, not just as users but also as participants," but warned that much of the content in modern media, "especially on the Internet, TV and movies – can contribute to corruption, instead of a healthy development."

    That's right, folks: bookmark AmericanPapist. ;-)