Belgium Looks Set to Euthanize Children

Thursday, December 05, 2013 7:05 AM Comments (7)
YouTube

Archbishop Andre-Joseph Leonard, president of Belgium’s bishops conference.

– YouTube

In the face of widespread public indifference and a largely silent media, Belgium looks set on passing a law allowing doctors to kill terminally ill children. 

Yesterday, the Senate justice and social affairs committee approved a draft bill allowing the practice. It will now pass to parliament where it will be voted upon in the coming months.

Three quarters of Belgians approve of the proposal, according to surveys, making it likely the bill will pass.

The proposed legislation would allow the euthanasia of terminally-ill minors so long as they are judged capable of deciding for themselves and are in pain that is "unbearable and cannot be alleviated", according to AFP.

A medical...READ MORE

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Full Text of Benedict XVI's Letter to Atheist

Tuesday, November 26, 2013 3:35 AM Comments (31)
Wikipedia/EP

Piergiorgio Odifreddi and Benedict XVI.

– Wikipedia/EP

Exclusive to the Register, we publish below the first English translation of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s letter to the militant Italian atheist, Piergiorgio Odifreddi.

In September, the Italian newspaper La Repubblica printed extracts of the letter whose full contents were published in Italian on Nov. 23 by the German-language agency Kath.net.

The Pope Emeritus sent the letter in response to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 entitled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The work was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings, beginning with his 1967 volume Introduction to Christianity, and including his book Jesus of Nazareth, which he wrote...READ MORE

Filed under atheism, atheist, benedict xvi, faith, piergiorgo odifreddi, science

Putin Meets Pope, Human Dignity and Syria Focus of Talks

Monday, November 25, 2013 4:14 PM Comments (0)
Presidential Press and Information Office

President Putin and Pope Francis.

– Presidential Press and Information Office

In one of the most eagerly anticipated meetings between a Russian head of state and a pope, Vladimir Putin arrived at the Apostolic Palace this evening for an audience with Pope Francis.   

During the meeting, which was said to have lasted roughly 35 minutes, the two men discussed several important areas of convergence between the Kremlin and the Holy See. These included peace in the Middle East and Syria as well as protection of life and the family.

Putin has been especially vocal on some of these issues recently, leading many to see him as a closer ally of the Church than many of his Western counterparts.

Following the meeting, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told...READ MORE

Filed under family, holy see, kremlin, life, pope francis, russia, syria, vatican, vladimir putin

Apprehension Over Plans to Relocate U.S. Embassy

Thursday, November 21, 2013 9:48 AM Comments (8)
U.S. State Department

– U.S. State Department

Plans are reportedly afoot to relocate the U.S. embassy to the Holy See to the grounds of the American embassy to Italy.

The move has yet to be publicly announced, but it looks set for completion by January 2015, according to an article by John Allen in the National Catholic Reporter.

Although the Obama administration is firmly denying it represents any kind of downgrade in U.S.-Vatican relations and is justifying it on grounds of security, locating both embassies on the same compound is rarely a good sign. All but three of the diplomatic missions to the Holy See in Rome are separate to embassies to Italy in order to respect the Vatican's sovereignty.

The plans to move the U.S....READ MORE

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Severely Disfigured Man Deeply Moved By Pope's Embrace

Vinicio Riva says meeting Pope Francis was like "being in Paradise."

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 12:06 PM Comments (3)

The severely disfigured man whom Pope Francis blessed and embraced in St. Peter’s Square two weeks ago has spoken for the first time of his encounter, saying it left him speechless.

Vinicio Riva, 53, who suffers from neurofibromatosis Type 1, a rare disease that causes painful tumors to grow throughout his body, told the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera that witnessing the Pope’s compassion was like “being in Paradise.”

“His hands were so soft and his smile was so clear and open,” he said in another interview with Panorama, an Italian magazine. “But the thing that struck me most is that he didn’t think twice about whether or not to hug me. I'm not contagious, but he did not know....READ MORE

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Scalfari Interview Taken Down from Vatican Website

Friday, November 15, 2013 11:04 AM Comments (31)

Pope Francis’ interview with Eugenio Scalfari, the atheist founder of La Repubblica, has been taken down from the Vatican website, Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi confirmed today.

The Oct. 1 interview, which was also published in L’Osservatore Romano, was criticised for its inaccuracies after it emerged that Scalfari hadn’t recorded it.

“The information in the interview is reliable on a general level but not on the level of each individual point analysed. This is why it was decided the text should not be available for consultation on the Holy See website," Fr. Lombardi told reporters Friday. "Its removal is a final update on the nature of this text. Some mistakes were made...READ MORE

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Archbishop Mueller Reaffirms Teaching on Divorced and Remarried Catholics

Thursday, November 14, 2013 5:45 PM Comments (4)

Freiburg Minster

– wikipedia

Archbishop Gerhard Mueller has again reaffirmed the Church’s teaching with regards divorced and remarried Catholics in response to efforts by some Catholics in Germany to subvert the Church’s doctrinal and pastoral positions on the matter.

In a recent letter to the German archdiocese of Freiburg im Breisgau, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith said the Church’s practice of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried “is based on sacred scripture.”

And that while priests “must recognise the various situations well and must invite the affected faithful to participation in the life of the Church,” he restated the Church’s position...READ MORE

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New Evangelization Needs Tradition and History to be Effective

Tuesday, November 12, 2013 5:18 PM Comments (8)
Dominik Cira

Cardinal Walter Brandmueller celebrates the Traditional Latin Mass with participants of the conference 'Sacra Liturgia' in the basilica of Sant'Apollinare alle Terme in Rome, June 28, 2013.

– Dominik Cira

The new head of a worldwide federation of traditional Catholics has stressed that if the New Evangelization is to be effective, it’s vital that the faithful know and understand the Church’s roots, history and tradition.

James Bogle, who was elected president of the International Una Voce Federation at a Rome conference this past weekend, said young people are especially aware of the importance of rediscovering the Church’s roots. “It’s a voyage of discovery and one that they enjoy,” he told the Register.

Bogle argued that if Catholics don’t understand their roots “then it’s difficult to evangelize because when you attempt to evangelise, people will ask you, 'Where does it all come...READ MORE

Filed under extraordinary form, history, james bogle, liturgy, new evangelization, old mass, tradition, una voce

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Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the National Catholic Register. He has also reported on the Holy See and the Catholic Church for a number of other publications including Newsweek, Newsmax, Zenit, The Catholic Herald, and The Holy Land Review, a Franciscan publication specializing in the Church and the Middle East. Follow on Twitter @edwardpentin