The Only Real Treasure

10/06/2008 Comment

German trader watches as the Frankfurt stock exchange falls today to a two-year low. (AFP/DDP)

Stocks slumped today in Europe and in early trading in the United States as the global financial system continues to be battered by bank failures.

Addressing the Synod of Bishops this morning in Rome, Pope Benedict XVI said, “We see it now in the collapse of the great banks that money disappears, it’s nothing.”

The Pope alluded to Christ’s reference in Matthew 7:26 to “a house built on sand” in explaining that ultimate security rests only in faith in God, not in material possessions.

At a press conference later in the day in Rome, Archbishop Claudio Maria Celli, president of the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, said Benedict “was expressing his spirituality” in...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, synod, wall street crisis

Benedict Reads Bible on TV

10/05/2008 Comment

Pope Benedict XVI's image projected on a giant screen at Rome's Basilica of Santa Croce. (AFP)

Pope Benedict XVI read a passage from the start of the Book of Genesis on Italian TV today.

The Pope’s reading was the first segment of a week-long, round-the-clock Bible-reading marathon on Italy’s RAI network.

The event is timed to coincide with the first week of the World Synod of Bishops.

The Holy Father’s Bible reading was broadcast from the papal apartments in the Vatican. Other readers, who will include participants in the synod, are reading their Bible passages at Rome’s Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme.

RAI is providing a live feed of the Bible readings on the Internet.

The reader immediately following the Pope was a representative of the Russian Orthodox Church...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, synod

Bailout Package Passes

10/03/2008 Comment

President Bush signs Wall Street bailout bill. (AFP)

The House of Representatives today voted 263-171 in favor of a $700-million bill to shore up the American financial system.

The Senate passed the bill on Wednesday. Immediately after the House vote, President George W. Bush signed it into law.

The law authorizes the Treasury Secretary to purchase up to $700 billion in non-performing loans from financial institutions to help revive the nation’s loan market.

In a Sept. 26 letter to Congress and the White House, the U.S. bishops outlined their recommendations for a moral approach to dealing with the U.S. debt crisis.

“Our Catholic tradition calls for a ‘society of work, enterprise and participation’ which ‘is not directed against...READ MORE

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‘Thou Shalt Not Flame’

10/03/2008 Comment

Moses evangelizes with pre-Internet technology.

Evangelical leaders in Britain have crafted a set of “Ten Commandments for Bloggers.”

The commandments were proclaimed at a Sept. 23 “Godblogs” conference in London, according to the Times of London.

“They have been engraved on cyberspace tablets by the Evangelical Alliance, the leading Christian umbrella group founded in 1846 that represents thousands of churches of most denominations nationwide,” the Times reported.

Patterned semi-humorously on the actual Ten Commandments, the commandments instruct Christian bloggers not to make an idol of the Internet and to refrain from virtual sins such as incessant or mean-spirited blogging.

But the Blogging Commandments have a serious...READ MORE

Filed under internet, ten commandments

Biden Backs ‘Borking’

10/03/2008 Comment

Sarah Palin and Joe Biden at last night's debate. (CNS/Reuters)

Last night’s vice-presidential debate between Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Joe Biden contained little discussion of religion, or of life issues.

But, as Catholic blogger and Register correspondent Sheila Liaugminas notes, Democratic candidate Biden did hit the pro-abortion button in his closing remarks.

Asked to identify an issue where he had revised his beliefs, Biden cited his leadership of the successful effort in 1987 by Senate Democrats to reject Ronald Reagan’s nomination of pro-life judge Robert Bork to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Bork’s nomination was rejected largely because he refused to declare support for the 1973 Roe. v. Wade decision legalizing abortion.


Filed under abortion, joe biden, politics, sarah palin

China Grounds Bishops

10/03/2008 Comment

St. Francis Cathedral in Xi'an, China. (CNS)

The Chinese government won’t allow Catholic bishops to come to this month’s World Synod of Bishops.

Vatican spokesman Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi said today that China has indicated that travel requests for the bishops have been rejected, Reuters reported.

However, bishops from Hong Kong and Macao will be allowed to attend the synod, which begins Sunday.

“[There were] talks with the Chinese authorities to see if other bishops from mainland China could come,” Father Lombardi said. “It was clear that there would be no agreement and they won’t come.”

Relations between the Vatican and China are complex.

The government-approved Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, which...READ MORE

Filed under china, synod, vatican

Respect Life Sunday

10/03/2008 Comment


This coming Sunday is Respect Life Sunday.

As pro-life Americans prepared this week for the annual event, Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia issued a statement marking the occasion.

Cardinal Rigali, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), highlighted several areas of particular concern this year.

One is assisted suicide.

Cardinal Rigali drew attention to Washington state’s ballot initiative to legalize doctor-assisted suicide.

“Such policies betray the ideal of America as a compassionate society honoring the inherent worth of every human being,” he said.

Regarding abortion, Cardinal Rigali applauded the...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, assisted suicide, u.s. bishops

Where the Boys Are

10/02/2008 Comment

Prayer service at Chaminade High School.

New York-area boys are flocking to a Long Island Catholic school that adheres to strong discipline and Church teachings.

And Chaminade High School is unapologetically Catholic: All students must have a baptismal certificate to register.

The New York Times reported Sept. 26 that more than 1,600 boys last year applied for places in Chaminade’s 425-member freshman class.

The school was founded in 1930 by the Marianist order and Marianist priests and brothers continue to teach there.

Chaminade’s daily regimen features prayers in the morning and before each class, and a tough four-year academic program.

Classes feature a strong element of Church teachings. Latin teacher Brother John...READ MORE

Filed under catholic schools, education

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