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Defending Catholic Teaching Lands Marquette Professor in Limbo (8193)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The controversial censuring and suspension of political-science professor John McAdams reveals the inner workings at a major Jesuit university.

02/25/2015 Comments (27)

What does one have to do to get fired from a Catholic university these days? The answer, or so it must seem to tenured political science professor John McAdams, an evangelical Protestant, is to insist that it hold fast to the teaching on which it was founded.

The precise incident that lead to McAdams being suspended — and on the verge of being fired — by Marquette University, the Jesuit institution where he had taught since 1977, is far from simple and ties together secretly recorded phone conversations, hate mail, departmental complaints, accusations of “homophobia,” perennial public dissent from the magisterium and a student refusing on principle to continue a certain course. None of...READ MORE

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Vatican: Pope’s ‘Mexicanization’ Comment Not Intended to Offend (2431)

In a private email to a friend, Pope Francis used the term to warn that Argentina was in danger of experiencing a drug-trafficking problem similar to Mexico’s.

02/25/2015 Comments (4)

Mexican Marines participate in a raid in July 2012 targeting members of the Los Zetas drug cartel.

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Wednesday issued a statement clarifying a private comment made by Pope Francis to a friend, warning that his native Argentina was in danger of a “Mexicanization” by drug traffickers.

“The Pope did not in any way intend to offend the Mexican population, for whom he holds special affection, nor to underestimate the commitment of the Mexican government in its fight against narco-trafficking,” Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi told journalists in a statement.

Controversy broke out in Mexico following the publication of the Pope’s comments, which prompted a protest from Mexican citizens, who claimed that Francis was stigmatizing the country and being...READ MORE

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Czech Priest Witnessed the ‘Cihost Miracle’ and Was Killed for It (14840)

The life and legacy of Father Josef Toufar, who was killed in 1949 by communist police, was marked Feb. 22 at a Mass celebrated by Cardinal Dominik Duka, archbishop of Prague.

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Courtesy of Father Tomas Fiala

Father Josef Toufar

– Courtesy of Father Tomas Fiala

ROME — A priest who witnessed a miracle in communist Czechoslovakia in the 1940s was tortured and beaten to death for refusing to recant what he’d seen. And now Catholics from the country are honoring his heroic virtue and pushing for him to be recognized as a martyr.

At a recent gathering in Číhošť commemorating the priest’s brutal death, his current successor at the parish church says he’s grateful for efforts to overturn the decades-long silence on atrocities against Catholics in the 20th century.

“Naturally, I am glad that the issue of Father Josef Toufar is starting to be resolved, in which it will be shown how the political regime in our country actually was,” Father Tomas Fiala...READ MORE

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Speak Up on Marriage Before It’s Too Late, U.K. Bishop Says (2154)

Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury issued his warning at a Mass Feb. 14 for more than 50 couples who were commemorating their wedding anniversaries.

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– CNA/Fabio Sola Penna via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

SHREWSBURY, England — Inside a small English church dedicated to St. Columba, a congregation of Catholics gathered, sitting in the midst of 2,500 years of marriage.

As they celebrated marriage as a blessing to society, they also received a warning: Speak up on behalf of marriage now, before doing so becomes taboo.

Bishop Mark Davies of the Diocese of Shrewsbury celebrated Mass on Feb. 14 for more than 50 couples who were commemorating their anniversaries of marriage, which collectively added up to more than 2,500 years. One couple, Vincent and Mollie Mooney, were recognizing their 65th year together.

While the faithful applauded and cheered for the couples who were united in marriage,...READ MORE

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Catholic, and Killing for a Living (10119)

American sniper Jack Coughlin tells his story.

02/25/2015 Comments (114)

This story has been updated since it was posted.


LOS ANGELES — “You shall not kill.” As a Catholic altar boy and student at St. Jude’s School near Boston, Jack Coughlin learned the Fifth Commandment early in life.

As a Marine Corps sniper and devout pro-life Catholic, Coughlin killed for a living. From rooftops, hillsides and shelled-out buildings, he focused the crosshairs on distant individuals, squeezed the trigger and ended their lives. By the time he retired, Coughlin had accumulated 60 confirmed kills in Somalia, Iraq and other foreign battlefields he will not identify.

Coughlin, author of the autobiography Shooter, has little trouble sleeping at night. He has confided his...READ MORE

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Is There a Link Between Priestly Celibacy and Sexual Abuse? (7564)

A psychiatrist on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors thinks those who say ‘Yes’ are being ‘much too simplistic.’

02/24/2015 Comments (26)
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Baroness Sheila Hollins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks to the press in Rome on Feb. 7.

– David Kerr/CNA

ROME — To say that clerical celibacy can lead to sex abuse is “much too simplistic,” because most abuse happens in the family, where the majority of the perpetrators are married men or other family members, a psychiatrist member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said.

In an interview with the Register Feb. 16, Baroness Sheila Hollins said any link between priestly celibacy and sex abuse is “complicated, and I think it would be much too simplistic to say celibacy is the cause of it, because in fact 80% of abuse happens in the family, where perpetrators are mostly going to be married men, but sometimes, of course, they may be other family members.”

She added that to...READ MORE

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New U.S. Religious-Freedom Ambassador: Time for Action Is Now (1523)

As he was sworn in on Feb. 20, Rabbi David Saperstein emphasized the ‘fierce urgency’ of responding to international religious persecution.

02/24/2015 Comment

Rabbi David Saperstein (l) is sworn in as ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom by Secretary of State John Kerry on Feb. 20 in Washington.

– state.gov

WASHINGTON — The new U.S. religious-freedom ambassador wasted no time emphasizing the urgency of his mission as he was sworn in on Feb. 20.

Noting that enemies of religious freedom “have grown alarmingly strong” worldwide, Ambassador David Saperstein quoted Dr. Martin Luther King, “We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now,” and pledged to promote religious freedom around the globe.

“It will not be enough for us to mourn victims of religious persecution or even to condemn the traducers of faith who murder in its name,” Saperstein said. The U.S. must be “actualizing, facilitating, coordinating, mobilizing, shaping effective responses, even while learning from the best practices...READ MORE

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Priest Freed by Taliban: ‘God Has Saved Me’ (3437)

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar was released last weekend after eight months of captivity in Afghanistan.

02/24/2015 Comments (3)
Anto Akkara

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar speaks with reporters Feb. 22 in New Delhi, following his release after eight months of Taliban captivity in Afghanistan.

– Anto Akkara

NEW DELHI — The Church in India and the family of an Indian priest kidnapped by the Taliban have expressed relief and thanked India’s federal government for securing the release of the priest after eight months in captivity.

Jesuit Father Alexis Prem Kumar, who was kidnapped in June 2014 in Herat province in western Afghanistan, was flown into New Delhi from Kabul on Feb. 22. He is the former head of Jesuit Refugee Service in Afghanistan.

“First of all, I thank God almighty. I thought I would be never safe. God has saved me,” Father Kumar told this correspondent in an interview at the Ashoka Hotel in New Delhi, after being escorted there by Indian government officials after his arrival on...READ MORE

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