Daily News

‘After the Fall’ Study Highlights Catholic Concerns With Common Core (179)

Authored by prominent Catholic scholars, the paper argues that the federal standards are ‘incompatible’ with Catholic education.

10/21/2016 Comment

– Shutterstock

WASHINGTON — “After the Fall: Catholic Schools Beyond the Common Core,” a white paper written by Catholic scholars who have opposed the Common Core federal standards in the past, argues that the standards are “incompatible” with Catholic education and that, furthermore, they cannot be adapted for use in Catholic schools.

“After the Fall” was released earlier this month by two nonprofits, Boston’s Pioneer Institute, a research organization that supports free-market economics and is active in the school-choice movement, and the American Principles Project, a Washington, D.C., think tank founded by Catholic scholar Robert George.

The authors of the paper are Anthony Esolen, Dante scholar and...READ MORE

Filed under catholic schools, charlotte hays, common core, common core standards

Polls: Most Catholics Lean Democrat (521)

According to Pew Research, Latinos, as do most Catholic voters, have doubts about the Republican candidate’s commitment to pro-life issues and other areas identified by the U.S. bishops as being of paramount concern.

10/21/2016 Comment
AP photo/John Locher

IMPORTANT VOTING BLOC. A sign in Spanish that says, ‘Don't Lose Your Voice, Vote!’ is displayed near a polling place in a Cardenas supermarket in Las Vegas in June. In the battleground state of Nevada, some 17% of eligible voters are Hispanics.

– AP photo/John Locher

WASHINGTON — Latino Catholics may be strongly leaning toward Hillary Clinton — but immigration is not the only issue that is driving them away from Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Nearly six in 10 registered Latino voters — 58% — are backing Clinton, and 19% are supporting Trump, leaving just 10% for Libertarian Gary Johnson and 6% for Green Party nominee Jill Stein, according to an Oct. 11 Pew Research Center poll. The gap widens among Catholics, with 69% opting for Clinton and just 15% favoring Trump. (The survey included 804 registered voters and was done from Aug. 23 to Sept. 21.)

Such results are consistent with the findings of other polls. An Aug. 25 survey done by the...READ MORE

Filed under election 2016, latino catholics, latinos, stephen beale

Pope Francis and the Conclave: Cardinals, Continuity and Innovation (521)

COMMENTARY: These are the keys to the consistory of 2016.

10/21/2016 Comment
L'Osservatore Romano

– L'Osservatore Romano

The consistory for new cardinals announced for Nov. 19 reveals the changing nature of the College of Cardinals and the changing priorities of Pope Francis. The 13 new cardinal-electors named clearly reveal four priorities of the Holy Father.

First, the most obvious aspect of the new cohort is geographical diversity, which has been the hallmark of Pope Francis’ preference for the peripheries. Eleven of the new electors are bishops of dioceses that have never had a cardinal, including Archbishop Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis, as well as Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga of Bangui, Central African Republic; Archbishop Patrick D’Rozario of Dhaka, Bangladesh; Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo of...READ MORE

Filed under college of cardinals, father raymond j. de souza, pope benedict, pope francis, st. john paul ii

Vatican and Islamic University to Officially Resume Dialogue (451)

In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar.

10/21/2016 Comment
L’Osservatore Romano

Pope Francis meets with the grand imam Sheikh Ahmed Muhammad Al-Tayyib at the Vatican May 23.

– L’Osservatore Romano

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican announced on Friday they will be sending a representative to Egypt to set plans for the official re-launching of dialogue between the Holy See and the Al-Azhar Mosque and adjunct University, marking a seismic step in Catholic-Muslim relations.

In an Oct. 21 communique, the Vatican said the secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Bishop Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot, will be heading back to Cairo for an Oct. 23 meeting with a delegation from Al-Azhar.

He will be accompanied by Msgr. Khaled Akasheh, head of the council’s Office for Islam; Bishop Emmanuel Ayad Bishop of Luxor, Egypt; Professor Joseph Maila, an expert in Islamic Studies and...READ MORE

Filed under al-azhar, elise harris, ismal

Are Clinton’s Catholics Getting Things ‘Backwards’? (3341)

Leaked emails have highlighted that some of the Democratic presidential nominee’s closest advisers are dissenters who have lobbied for changes to Church teaching on key moral issues.

10/21/2016 Comments (6)
Drew Angerer/Getty Images

John Podesta, chairman of the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, delivers a speech on the first day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 25 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

– Drew Angerer/Getty Images

WASHINGTON — Hillary Clinton’s campaign team members are taking to social media and news outlets to rebut charges of anti-Catholicism, but critics say private emails released this month by WikiLeaks reveal a level of hostility toward faithful Catholics shared by people in Clinton’s inner circle.

And some of the key players involved — including John Podesta, Clinton’s campaign manager, and Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications director — are Catholics themselves.

“When you say you want to create a revolution inside someone’s religion, that’s not just a matter of idle chatter. And this is not a volunteer from Missouri or a low-level staff employee. This is the chief campaign...READ MORE

Filed under anti-catholicism, brian fraga, catholic, catholic teaching, election 2016, hillary clinton

The Liberation of Mosul: Christian Hopes and Fears (1310)

The long-awaited battle to rout the Islamic State group from Iraq’s former Christian heartland is now under way.

10/20/2016 Comments (1)
Carl Court/Getty Images

Kurdish peshmerga fighters fire at an ISIS position during an assault to recapture the village of Tiskharab, near Mosul, Iraq, on Oct. 20. Kurdish and Iraqi forces, supported by numerous countries, including Britain and the USA, have continued their advance towards towards Iraq's second-largest city of Mosul, which has been held by Islamic State militants since 2014.

– Carl Court/Getty Images

The liberation of Mosul and its surrounding villages from the grip of the Islamic State group (ISIS) is offering hope for Iraqi Christians and other religious minorities in the region, but restoring trust and guaranteeing security will be a much longer process once the military operation is completed.

This is the general opinion of Iraqi Christians and aid workers after Iraq’s Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared Oct. 16 the beginning of an assault to recapture Mosul, the country’s second-largest city.

Around 30,000 pro-government forces made up of the Iraqi army, Kurdish peshmerga soldiers and Sunni tribal militia are taking part in the liberation. Coalition forces are also providing...READ MORE

Filed under edward pentin, isis, islam, islamic state group, jihad, mosul

Our Choices End Where Another’s More Fundamental Rights Begin (5237)


10/20/2016 Comments (29)

Archbishop Joseph Naumann of Kansas City, Kansas

– TheLeaven.org

Though he has local roots in the Kansas City area, I have never met vice-presidential candidate Sen. Tim Kaine. From those who do know him, I understand that he is a very affable and likable person.
In the Oct. 4 vice-presidential debate, Sen. Kaine acknowledged he was blessed with great Irish-Catholic parents and grew up in a wonderful, faith-filled family. He also mentioned proudly that he is a graduate of Rockhurst High School, crediting the Jesuits with instilling within him a desire for public service and a commitment to advocate for the poor. I wish that was the end of the story.
It was painful to listen to Sen. Kaine repeat the same tired and contorted reasoning to profess...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, life issues, archbishop joseph naumann, catholic teaching, dignity of the human person, election 2016, sen. tim kaine

Has the Al Smith Dinner Ceased to Be a Worthwhile Event for the Catholic Church? (5646)

COMMENTARY: After three contentious debates and in final stretch before Election Day, Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton will trade humorous barbs at tonight's annual fundraiser in New York.

10/20/2016 Comments (26)
Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump shakes hands with Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton during the town hall debate at Washington University on Oct. 9 in St Louis. The two will attend the annual Al Smith fundraiser in New York tonight.

– Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Since 1945, the annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel has been a potent election-year symbol of Catholic political clout in United States, as it raises money for poor and needy children in the Archdiocese of New York.

For the presidential nominees of the two major political parties to adorn themselves in white tie — a near-extinct practice in the 21st century — less than three weeks before the election to pay homage to the cardinal-archbishop of New York and his flock is as illustrative of the rise of Catholics in the Land of the Free as John F. Kennedy’s arrival at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. in 1961.

But are the candidates any longer acknowledging the...READ MORE

Filed under al smith dinner, donald trump, election 2016, hillary clinton, thomas mcardle

Page 1 of 1420 pages  1 2 3 >  Last ›