U.S. Bishops Reject All Current Health-Care Bills

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 1:47 PM Comments (1)

As the Senate Finance Committee prepares to vote on health-care legislation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has made it known that none of the existing bills are adequate. All of them include abortion funding.

“So far, the health-reform bills considered in committee … have not met President Obama’s challenge of barring use of federal dollars for abortion and maintaining current conscience laws,” the USCCB wrote in its Sept. 30 letter to members of the Senate. “These deficiencies must be corrected.”

The bishops’ letter refers to all of the existing health-care reform bills currently on the table: the Kennedy bill in the Senate, the Baucus bill, and the three versions...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gregory’s Synod Comments

Wednesday, October 07, 2009 12:48 PM Comments (0)

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta (CNS)

Below is the text of the remarks made yesterday by Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta to the Second Synod for Africa:

“I welcome this opportunity to summarize the importance that this Second Synod for Africa holds for the Church in the United States of America. We Americans find ourselves increasingly drawn in by issues and events that occur on the African continent. We, like people everywhere, feel ever more acutely the impact of the intensifying global character of our world.

First and foremost, we praise Almighty God for the gift of the one faith that binds the Church in the United States to all of the other Churches throughout the world.

Our Catholic community has benefited...READ MORE

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Sumatra Aid Efforts

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 6:21 PM Comments (0)

Collecting goods for Sumatran earthquake victims. (UCAN)

This Union of Catholic Asian News article details efforts undertaken by some young Indonesian Catholics to send aid to survivors of the earthquake that devastated the island of Sumatra Sept. 30.

Their efforts are mostly small-scale, but this only serves to highlight that even small shipments of aid are desperately needed there. And to remind Catholics who are lucky enough to live in more economically privileged countries that they too should be ready to help out victims of natural disasters.

Catholic Americans who want to make donations to disaster relief efforts in Sumatra, and to other countries such as the Philippines that have been struck recently by natural calamities, can go here to...READ MORE

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Atheist-Funded Researcher: Shroud of Turin Is a Fraud

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 4:28 PM Comments (2)

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schonborn celebrates Mass at St. John the Baptist Cathedral in Turin in 2000, the last time the Shroud of Turin was on public display. (CNS)

That’s right, an Italian scientist whose work was funded by an Italian association of atheists and agnostics has undertaken some experiments that he claims “prove” the Shroud of Turin isn’t really the burial cloth of Jesus, but rather a fraud created in medieval times.

What is the conclusive research that the scientist has conducted that allegedly refutes the substantial body of scientific findings that suggest the cloth was indeed wrapped around the body of Jesus following his crucifixion?

According to this Reuters article, it consists of nothing more than the fact that the scientist has managed to come up with a complicated technique to create an image on a linen cloth that...READ MORE

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Father Morris Takes on Michael Moore

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 1:20 PM Comments (2)

While many mainstream media types are calling Michael Moore’s new film both moral and “Christian,” others aren’t convinced that Moore’s view is correct.

In the accompanying video, Fox News’ Father Jonathan Morris takes on Moore’s assertions that “the Church is universally against capitalism.”

“Capitalism can help people become more humane,” says Father Morris, who describes Moore as being “disingenuous.” Father Morris goes on to ask, “Who is spreading wealth, under socialism? I haven’t seen the movie because he hasn’t made it free,” said Father Morris.

Father Morris isn’t the only one taking exception with Moore’s portrayal in his film Capitalism: A Love Story....READ MORE

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Mass Translations Video

Tuesday, October 06, 2009 12:40 PM Comments (0)

Rome Reports has released this short video encapsulating the reasons why a new English translation of the Roman Missal is being prepared.

The new translation is now entering the final stages of approval, and it is expected to be introduced into widespread liturgical use in about two years.

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, who heads the Vatican’s Vox Clara committee that is charged with overseeing the international project to create a new English translation, says in the video, “The main goal of the translations is to get them accurate, faithful to the Latin. But also beautiful, strong and compelling English. And that means a lot of hard work.”

The Register has published...READ MORE

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Europe 4 Christ Message

Monday, October 05, 2009 7:43 PM Comments (0)

As the Synod on Africa gets underway at the Vatican, the following message from a Nigerian seminarian serves as a timely and striking wake-up call for apathetic European Catholics. It could also apply to Catholics anywhere where secularism and relativism has become widespread.

The message was posted yesterday on Europe4Christ, a German-based website founded by members of different Christian confessions in response to discrimination against Christians in Europe. The message forms part of its ‘Letters to Europe’ series.

With attitudes like those expressed in the message, it’s perhaps not surprising the faith is growing so fast on the African continent.

Here is the text of the...READ MORE

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African Synod Begins

Monday, October 05, 2009 4:45 PM Comments (0)

Choir members from Africa sing after Pope Benedict XVI celebrated the opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops for Africa in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Oct. 4. (CNS)

Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson of Ghana has said there’s no reason why a future pope can’t be black, just as the United Nations has had a black secretary general and the United States now has a black president.

Responding to a question at a Vatican press conference today about whether the Church is ready for a black pope, Cardinal Turkson replied: “Why not?” He added the Church has historically been “very successful” in electing “everyone” as popes.

The archbishop of Cape Coast referred to modern-day precedents in high-profile international positions, such as his countryman Kofi Annan who served as U.N. secretary general from 1997 through 2006, and now Barack Obama as...READ MORE

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