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Renewal Amid Divisions (1788)

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12/19/2014 Comments (5)
CNA

– CNA

“You have not only a glorious history to remember and to recount, but also a great history still to be accomplished!” St. John Paul II told clergy and religious women in his 1996 apostolic exhortation, Vita Consecrata.

“Look to the future, where the Spirit is sending you, in order to do even greater things.”

At that point, the Holy Father had labored for almost two decades to address the crisis in religious life that had prompted the departure of tens of thousands of women religious from storied teaching and nursing orders in the United States and resulted in the steady contraction of their apostolates.

At the center of John Paul’s long struggle to reform religious orders that had lost...READ MORE

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William May, Catholic Moral Theologian and Defender of 'Humanae Vitae,' Dies at 86 (2004)

May clarified Catholic doctrine through his scholarship and challenged efforts to change Church teaching on human life and sexuality issues.

12/19/2014 Comments (3)

WASHINGTON — William May, a leading Catholic moral theologian and a stalwart defender of Church doctrine on the most contested moral teachings of the past half century, died Dec. 13, after an extended illness; he was 86.

The Mass of Christian burial for William May will be held on Dec. 20 at Holy Redeemer Church in Kensington, Md., at 10am.

A key player in the moral debates that roiled theology departments at Catholic universities in the wake of the Second Vatican Council, May clarified Catholic doctrine through his scholarship and challenged efforts to modify and reorient Church teaching on contraception, abortion, euthanasia, homosexual relations and assisted reproduction.

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Celebrating Christmas in the West Bank Presents Challenges (900)

Christians in the Holy Land say it is sometimes difficult to feel the joy of Christmas, but it is easier to relate to the challenges faced by the Holy Family.

12/19/2014 Comment
Michele Chabin

Bethlehem residents Veronica Ghattas (l) and her friend Jocelyn Mukarker traveled to Nazareth, in northern Israel. Every year, Israel issues visitor’s permits so that West Bank Christians can visit family and holy sites in Israel in the days leading up to Christmas and Easter.

– Michele Chabin

BETHLEHEM, West Bank — Even in the best of times, Christmas cheer can sometimes be hard to come by in the Holy Land.

The intermittent violence that has gripped Israel and the Palestinian-ruled West Bank and Gaza Strip since June has scared away busloads of pilgrims, and that is hurting the many Christians whose livelihoods depend on tourism.

Furthermore, despite the Christmas-related festivities that take place in Bethlehem in the Palestinian-ruled West Bank and Nazareth in northern Israel, the fact that local Christians comprise less than 2% of the population is a constant reminder that they are a minority and that their numbers have dwindled dramatically during the past century.

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U.K. Midwife Abortion Ruling Sparks Pro-Life Outcry (1311)

The U.K. high court ruled that midwives in charge of maternity wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions.

12/19/2014 Comments (9)
Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

Scottish midwives Connie Wood (l) and Mary Doogan

– Society for the Protection of Unborn Children

LONDON — The U.K. Supreme Court has ruled that midwives in charge of delivery wards are not exempt from assisting in the procurement of abortions — prompting warnings that the decision will have significant consequences for medical personnel opposed to the procedure.

“Today's decision, sadly, makes it likely that senior midwives who refuse to kill babies will be forced to leave the profession,” said Paul Tully, general secretary of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, Dec. 17.

“This will affect anyone who objects to abortion, of any religion or none. It will create a second-class status in midwifery for those who only deliver babies and don't kill them,” he said.

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Kentucky Priest Returns to Ministry After Unsubstantiated Abuse Claim (1453)

Archbishop Joseph Kurtz removed the pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church Sept. 25. He resumed his ministry on Dec. 17.

12/19/2014 Comments (4)
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Father Ronald Domhoff, a priest of the Archdiocese of Louisville, Ky., has returned to ministry after being cleared of sexual-abuse allegations.

The priest was pastor of St. Peter the Apostle Church. Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville placed him on administrative leave Sept. 25, after police informed him of the allegation. The accuser said the abuse took place in the 1980s.

The Louisville Metro Police Department ended its investigation of the priest, and the claim against him could not be substantiated, WAVE 3 News reported.

“The archdiocese said a private investigator with expertise in crimes against children reviewed the information gathered, interviewed Domhoff...READ MORE

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In Central African Republic, Catholics Reach Out to Muslim Ex-Rebels (653)

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga said former fighters with the Seleka terrorist organization are seeking to reintegrate into society.

12/19/2014 Comment
CNA/Kim Pozniak/Catholic Relief Services

Displaced persons in Central African Republic received aid from Catholic Relief Services.

– CNA/Kim Pozniak/Catholic Relief Services

BANGUI, Central African Republic — The Catholic Church in the Central African Republic continues to work for peace and reconciliation within the country, with its leading bishop visiting and reaching out to displaced Muslims.

Archbishop Dieudonné Nzapalainga, the president of the bishops’ conference and archbishop of the capital city of Bangui, recently visited a camp where former members of the Seleka rebel militia, most of whom are Muslim, are housed, along with their families.

For several years, the fighters of this now-dissolved militia have committed many atrocities, targeting especially the Christian population of the country. Archbishop Nzapalainga was accompanied during his visit...READ MORE

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Church Mourns ‘Barbaric’ Massacre of Peshawar Schoolchildren (2692)

Catholic leaders in Pakistan call for a ‘somber Christmas’ in memory of the victims of this week’s Taliban terror attack.

12/18/2014 Comments (5)
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Warisha Umair, age 5, attends a candlelight vigil in Brooklyn for the 132 students killed in a Dec. 16 terror attack at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan.

– Andrew Burton/Getty Images

KARACHI, Pakistan — While joining the global mourning over the deadly Taliban attack on an army school in Peshawar that has left 148 children and others dead, the Catholic Church in Pakistan has called for a scaling down of Christmas festivities.

Condemning the “brutal attack” on the school children, Archbishop Joseph Coutts of Karachi, the president of Pakistan's Catholic Bishops' Conference (PCBC), urged Christians in a press statement on Dec. 17 to celebrate Christmas “in a somber manner, as a mark of respect for all victims of terror attacks.”

As many as 132 students and 16 staff perished in the attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec. 16, after heavily armed Taliban...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Expands Commission for the Protection of Minors (674)

Eight new members were appointed to the Vatican commission on Wednesday.

12/18/2014 Comments (2)
Wikipedia

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appointed eight new members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors on Wednesday, completing the ranks of the commission with a balanced geographical representation.

“The commission was enlarged with the purpose of having an interdisciplinary view, with different perspectives coming from several parts of the world,” Msgr. Robert Oliver, secretary of the pontifical commission, commented to CNA Dec. 17.

The eight new members come from Africa, Oceania, Asia and South America.

Father Luis Manuel Ali Herrera comes from Colombia, where he serves as a professor of pastoral psychology and director of the psychology department in the Conciliar...READ MORE

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