Celibacy Issue Holds Up Apostolic Constitution

10/29/2009 Comment

The delay in publishing the apostolic constitution, which will allow large numbers of Anglicans to be received into the Catholic Church, is due not so much to translation problems as the more weighty issue of priestly celibacy.

According to two reliably informed Italian newspapers, Il Giornale and Il Foglio, canon lawyers are continuing to define what has been a particularly unclear aspect of the new provision: whether married Anglicans could train as seminarians.

Andrea Tornielli of Il Giornale reports that over the last few days, the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts has been working to clarify this point. He writes that “everything suggests” seminarians in these future...READ MORE

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Another Kind of ‘Public Option’

10/28/2009 Comment

While members of Congress continue to debate whether to include a “public option” health-care plan in a national health system, the Catholic Medical Association has called for a “reset” of the entire effort.

The CMA, meeting in Springfield, Ill., for their 78th annual general assembly, issued a resolution Oct. 23 calling on Congress to “begin the process anew.”

One of the things the doctors call for is not an idea you’ll hear much about in Congress or in the mainstream media.

But it’s a very important principle in Catholic social teaching: subsidiarity.

That’s the idea that nothing should be done by a larger and more complex organization which can be done as well by a...READ MORE

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Mutual Respect?

10/28/2009 Comment

St. Joseph’s College in Hartford, Conn., describes itself as an institution of higher learning “enhanced by the Catholic intellectual tradition and the values of its founding Sisters of Mercy.”

Tonight, it’s hosting a speaker whose views would clash with those values.

Adrienne Germain, president of the International Women’s Health Coalition, is presenting the third in a four-part series on global “gender-based health care for women sponsored by Pfizer,” said college spokeswoman Cynthia Mariani.

“Germain was invited by the World Affairs Councils of Connecticut, Western Michigan and North Carolina who, in partnership with St. Joseph College, is hosting this series,” Mariani...READ MORE

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Nun Is an Abortion Escort

10/27/2009 Comments (1)

Dominican Sister Donna Quinn is serving as an escort at the ACU Health Center, a prominent abortion business in Hinsdale, Ill.

A recent photo in the Chicago Tribune pictured two older women, one of which was Sister Donna, wearing “Clinic Escort” vests outside the center, which proclaims on its website it “now offers the RU486 abortion pill.”

A check on Loyola University Chicago’s Women and Leadership Archives, Center for Women and Leadership and the National Coalition of American Nuns (NCAN) website, a group that opposes Church teachings on moral issues, finds Sister Donna helped to either co-found or organize different groups with feminist radical causes, actively advocating...READ MORE

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Benedict to Visit Shroud in May

10/27/2009 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI will visit the Shroud of Turin May 2, 2010, the archbishop of Turin announced today.

During his visit, the Holy Father will pray privately in front of the holy shroud before celebrating Mass and reciting the Angelus with pilgrims in Turin’s main square. In the afternoon, the Pope will have a meeting with young people and call into the Little House of Divine Providence, a shelter for the poor, disabled and elderly.

Cardinal Severino Poletto, the archbishop of Turin, said the city “will welcome him with great enthusiasm and affection,” adding that for the local people his visit will be a “unique occasion” to meet and pray with the Pope, and listen to the message...READ MORE

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Being There

10/26/2009 Comment

The 40 Days for Life Fall 2009 campaign is coming to a close this Sunday, and the Register will have a wrap-up on it in its Nov. 8 edition.

40 Days for Life describes itself as a “community-based campaign that draws attention to the evil of abortion through the use of … prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach.”

This fall, people organized 40 Days for Life campaigns in about 45 states, and so far the national office reports over 400 babies saved from abortion.

Recently, a Wichita, Kan., woman who serves as her parish’s Respect Life coordinator, called the Register to offer her perspective on what can come out of the presence of prayerful pro-life people in front of...READ MORE

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Vatican-SSPX Statement

10/26/2009 Comment

The Vatican has now released a statement concerning the meeting this morning between Church officials and the SSPX. It reads:

“On Monday, Oct. 26, 2009, in the Palazzo del Sant’Uffizio, headquarters of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei,’ the study commission made up of experts from ‘Ecclesia Dei’ and from the Society of St. Pius X held its first meeting, with the aim of examining the doctrinal differences still outstanding between the society and the Apostolic See.

“In a cordial, respectful and constructive climate, the main doctrinal questions were identified. These will be studied in the course of discussions to be held over...READ MORE

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Turkson Succeeds Martino

10/26/2009 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI has appointed Cardinal Peter Turkson, until now archbishop of Cape Coast in Ghana, as president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.

He replaces Cardinal Renato Martino, who has headed the department since 2002.  A Vatican communiqué stated the Holy Father had welcomed his resignation, “presented for reaching the limit of age.”

Cardinal Martino, who will be 77 next month, served longer than usual in the post, as the traditional age limit of cardinals is 75. He had already stepped down, in February of this year, from his previous leadership position in the Roman Curia, as president of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerants. He...READ MORE

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