Register Radio - CRS in the Middle East and Fr. Check on Homosexuality & Compassion

11/07/2014 Comments (10)

This week on Register Radio, Jeanette DeMelo talks with staff writer Peter Jesserer Smith about his recent trip with Catholic Relief Services to refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan.  Also, Dan Burke and Father Paul Check—of the Courage apostolate—talk about homosexuality, the Church and what true compassion really means.

Catholic Relief Services in the Middle East, with Peter Jesserer Smith

Peter Jesserer Smith is a register staff writer he recently returned from a trip to refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon with Catholic Relief Services.

Smith was one of four journalists selected to be part of the 2014 Catholic Relief Services’ Egan Fellowship program and see the work of the Church...READ MORE

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Synod of the Family Shows Papal Rethink of Petrine Office, Says Cardinal Kasper

11/07/2014 Comment
Bohumil Petrik/CNA

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

– Bohumil Petrik/CNA

WASHINGTON — A project begun by St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI to restore the exercise of the Petrine Office to its early Church roots is coming to fruition under Pope Francis, and is being seen in the synod on the family, according to Cardinal Walter Kasper, the Vatican’s former point-man for ecumenism.

Cardinal Kasper, the president emeritus of the Pontifical Council for  Promoting Christian Unity, spoke at length Nov. 6 about Pope Francis and his theological vision at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where he was on-hand to receive the university’s 2014 Johannes Quasten Award.

Cardinal Kasper said Pope Francis’ first introduction of himself simply as the “bishop...READ MORE

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Who Am I to Judge?

11/07/2014 Comments (161)

In comments on my opinion piece for the National Catholic Register and in editorials and news stories in the secular media, I have been taken to task for judging Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old woman with brain cancer who chose to end her own life last weekend with lethal drugs prescribed legally in Oregon.

I did not judge her. I judged the act of suicide, which is wrong even if done for reasons as heartbreaking as Ms. Maynard’s fatal diagnosis. Suicide and its modern-day step-child, physician-assisted suicide, are wrong according to the Church I love and whose teachings I follow.

The Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith wrote in the “Vatican Document on Euthanasia” in 1980...READ MORE

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King David Among the Super-Righteous

11/07/2014 Comments (24)

If David lived today, I have a feeling not a few modern-day Greatest Catholics of All Time in the Reactionary blogosphere would read something like this:

Psalm 51
For the leader. A psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came to him after his affair with Bathsheba.

Oh great! Here it comes. A happy-clappy hymn from our Fearless Leaders, designed to make all of us hold hands, sing a little ditty, and forget the corruption at work in our "big happy family" at the very highest levels! Count me out! I am outraged at what this supposed "apple of God's eye" has done and no amount of cheery little campfire ditties from the "Psalmist of Israel" is going to make me forget the way he has frittered...READ MORE

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Same-Sex Marriage Case(s) Heading to U.S. Supreme Court?

11/06/2014 Comments (8)

On Nov.6, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, as expected, upheld state laws that effectively barred same-sex marriage in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, reported The New York Times.

Reacting to the news, constitutional experts predicted that the new ruling, which breaks with previous circuit court  decisions on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, will likely prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to hear one or more cases dealing with the issue by the next term, with a ruling likely by June.

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, the USCCB's point man on this issue, praised the decision

Judge Jeffrey Sutton, writing for the majority in the 2-1 decision, ruled that state laws banning...READ MORE

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NYC Church With Major Artwork Merges

11/06/2014 Comments (1)
Joseph Pronechen

The Crucifixion scene by Brumidi fills the apse in St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular Church in Manhattan

– Joseph Pronechen

The Church of St. Stephen/Our Lady of the Scapular is one of the nine Manhattan parishes that the Archdiocese of New York announced on Nov. 2 are among those to merge with other parishes and then, by Aug. 1, 2015, be used only for special occasions.

The decision is quite understandable yet sad, because this church is adorned with very significant artwork by painter Constantino Brumidi.

In fact, it has the largest number of Brumidi religious paintings done in a single church in the United States — 45 in all.

The major mural is the Crucifixion scene. It’s one of two he painted in Manhattan churches. Both Crucifixion scenes are more than 20 feet wide and 44 feet tall and among the biggest...READ MORE

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Is Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger Worthy of the Priesthood?

11/06/2014 Comments (47)

A few years ago, I had a freelance job editing the biographies of seminarians. It was especially difficult work, because the stories were so varied and so poignant, but my editor's pen had to be ruthless. Fifty words each, and that's all the room we had.

Even whittled down to the bare bones, story after story had one thing in common: they were all about Jesus. Jesus called me. Jesus put a billboard in my path. Jesus sent me a dream. Jesus wouldn't leave me alone until I talked to my pastor. Jesus wouldn't let me sleep until I went back to confession. Or sometimes: Mary kept sending me to Jesus. 

Contrast this focus on Christ with the words of Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger, the ex-nun...READ MORE

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Kiev: Where the Godly and Wicked Face Off

11/06/2014 Comments (7)

Cardinal Husar and Victor Gaetan

Cardinal Lubomyr Husar, age 81, is a beloved figure in Ukraine.

Born in Ukraine, his family fled turmoil during the Second World War and he grew up in the United States. He became a Ukrainian Greek Catholic priest in 1958, eventually moving back to his homeland to help guide its course after independence from the Soviet Union.

Cardinal Husar even renounced U.S. citizenship in order to fully participate in Ukrainian life — especially, to be able to vote.

Although the cardinal strongly supports Ukraine’s Western orientation in terms of rule of law, greater transparency, and independence from Russia — and he participated in Kiev’s Maidan protests last winter — he is wary of swallowing...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop sviatoslav shevchuk, cardinal lubomyr husar, catholic faith, christianity, communism, corruption, hivaids, human trafficking, kiev, maidan square

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