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John Paul II Adviser on ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Confusion: Church Teaching Must Be Upheld (2650)

Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of papal exhortation in interview with CNA’s German-language edition.

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Robert Spaemann before the obelisk in front of Santa Maria sopra Minerva in Rome.

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STUTTGART, Germany — Greatly valued as an adviser by St. John Paul II, a friend of Benedict XVI and widely held to be the most important German-Catholic philosopher of recent decades, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, expressed a distinctly critical interpretation of Amoris Laetitia in this interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA’s German-language edition. Please find below the full text of the interview.


Professor Spaemann, you have accompanied the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI with your philosophy. Many believers are now asking about whether and how Pope Francis’ post-synodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia...READ MORE

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Arrests Foil ISIS Terror Strike on Vatican, Israeli Embassy in Rome (1443)

Italian police say they have in custody four suspects, with two at large, who were plotting specific attacks with Islamic State group terror leaders.

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St. Peter's Basilica

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VATICAN CITY — Italian police arrested four people and issued arrest warrants for two more Thursday on suspicion of conspiring with the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS or Daesh. One of the arrested suspects was reportedly plotting an attack on the Vatican and the Israeli Embassy in Rome.

Authorities said suspect Abderrahim Moutahrrick reportedly received a WhatsApp message from ISIS-held territory that read: “Dear brother Abderrahim, I send you … the bomb poem  … listen to the sheik and strike,” possibly referencing ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. Moutahrrick was identified by authorities as Moroccan-born but residing in Italy at the time.

Moutahrrick also reportedly...READ MORE

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A Life Defending Life: U.S. Bishops’ Pro-Life Point Man Richard Doerflinger Retires (1784)

At the conclusion of his 36 years of service to the pro-life cause, the associate director of the USCCB’s Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities reflects on significant milestones in his career.

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Richard Doerflinger worked for the U.S. bishops' pro-life office from 1980 to 2016.

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Richard Doerflinger, the associate director of the Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) — and among the most influential activists and policymakers on life issues in the nation — is retiring from the conference after 36 years of service.

In 1980, Doerflinger took a break from theological studies at The Catholic University of America to join the bishops’ conference as a legislative assistant — and never returned to the academy. As the U.S. bishops’ point man on life issues, he became a leading strategist and policy analyst for the pro-life movement, influencing the development of legislation on Capitol Hill and in state legislatures....READ MORE

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Alleged Visionary Charlie Johnston Continues Ministry, Despite Denver Archdiocese's Warning (22897)

Archbishop Samuel Aquila prohibits Johnston from speaking in Church venues in Denver and stresses the need for prudence and caution regarding Johnston’s claims and prophecies.

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“God loves the ordinary. So do I, and so should you. That’s just a simple fact.”

That’s how Charlie Johnston began a presentation in Birmingham, Ala., last summer. Then he went on to recount conversations he has allegedly had since he was a young boy with his guardian angel about a grave crisis that will happen in his lifetime — a crisis he says has already begun.

“We are given these things as sort of mileposts, so that when they come to pass, we see the hand of God in them — and that, really, is what I do. I’m not trying to convince anybody of anything except to acknowledge God, take the next right step and be a sign of hope to those around them,” said Johnston of his unusual message.

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Pope: Ethical Medical Research Requires Morality, ‘Safeguards Human Life’ (1413)

The Holy Father spoke to participants at an April 28-30 conference at the Vatican entitled “Cellular Horizons: How Science, Technology, Information and Communication Will Impact Society.” Vice President Joe Biden was also in attendance.

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Pope Francis greets Vice President Joe Biden and others at Vatican conference April 29.

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VATICAN CITY — On April 29, Pope Francis told participants in a Vatican stem-cell summit that a renewed sense of empathy ought to fuel their work and research, ensuring that no person goes without access to proper care.

“It is fundamentally important that we promote greater empathy in society and not remain indifferent to our neighbor’s cry for help, including when he or she is suffering from a rare disease,” the Pope said.

While it’s not always possible to find a fast cure to complex diseases, it is possible to be prompt in caring for people who suffer from such ailments, who often feel “abandoned and ignored,” Francis said.

He stressed the need to be attentive to all, regardless of...READ MORE

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Carl Anderson: ‘We Know ISIS Has Killed Thousands of Christians’ (1369)

The head of the Knights of Columbus was part of a panel at the #WeAreN2016 congress, discussing the status and needed aid for Christians targeted for persecution in the Middle East.

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#WeAreN2016 congress at the United Nations in New York

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NEW YORK — The plight of Christians and other Middle-East minorities demands action from the international community, one leader in relief efforts said at a panel at the United Nations.

“We have a unique opportunity to change things for the better,” said Carl Anderson, head of the Knights of Columbus. “Never before has the world’s attention been so focused on the suffering of these minorities. Never has their plight been so high on the agenda of the world’s governments, the vast majority of the world’s Muslims and all people of goodwill.”

He said the Middle-East crisis is “the world’s greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II.”

He cited hundreds of thousands of deaths in Syria and...READ MORE

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Notre Dame Nixes Collaboration With Chinese University (2035)

ANALYSIS: Fidelity to Notre Dame’s Catholic mission seems to have taken precedence over its quest for secular prestige.

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In the fall of 2014, faculty at the University of Notre Dame were informed that their administration had started a dialogue with China’s Zhejiang University (ZJU) about a potentially exciting project. ZJU was forming an international campus in Haining, China, and partnering with a handful of universities from around the globe in administering the six separate campuses. The college was interested in working with Notre Dame.

Clearly, the invitation was a great honor. At the same time, many had concerns about the appropriateness of establishing such a strong institutional presence in a nation whose government has repeatedly disregarded academic freedom, while also severely impeding Christians...READ MORE

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Will More Catholic Schools Pivot From Common Core to Classical Education? (8672)

Amid the debate over Common Core, the classical-education movement is gaining traction among Catholics.

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Students at the New England Classical Academy

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CLAREMONT, N.H. — When Mario and his wife, Julie, left Switzerland for New Hampshire, they faced a frustrating dilemma as parents: Where were they going to educate their five children? Julie, while she had a theology doctorate from the Angelicum, was not able to home school, and both she and Mario, a former Swiss Guard under Pope St. John Paul II, had no confidence in the education coming from the public schools or from New England Catholic schools that followed a similar curriculum with an added religion class.

Only one course of action remained: They decided to found their own school in the Catholic tradition that would give their children and others the kind of classical education that...READ MORE

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