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Church-State Separation Allows for Rules on Employee Morality, Lawyers Say (2545)

The Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., is being sued by a former church employee who was relieved of her job after her same-sex ‘marriage’ became public.

09/25/2014 Comments (3)

Seal of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The separation of church and state includes the freedom to require employees to follow Church teachings, said a legal group responding to a lawsuit over the firing of an employee of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese in Missouri, after her same-sex “marriage” became public.

“If dioceses are forced to employ people who do not follow Church doctrine, the government will have corrupted the Church, which will no longer be able to minister freely in accordance with its faith,” Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom senior counsel, said Sept. 18.

Stanley said that a church “is not obligated to employ those who willingly act contrary to the church’s teaching,” noting that...READ MORE

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Military Chaplains Battle for Souls in the Trenches of Ukraine (2221)

Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant clergy seek to keep the Ukrainian soldiers’ eyes on the prize.

09/25/2014 Comments (1)
CNA/Ukraine Greek Catholic Church

Ukraine Catholic military baptism

– CNA/Ukraine Greek Catholic Church

KIEV, Ukraine — Since April, Ukraine’s eastern provinces have experienced continual military confrontation between its government and pro-Russian separatists and Russian forces, and more than 3,200 have been killed in the conflict.

Accompanying the soldiers at the front are priests — both Catholic and Orthodox — as well as Protestant chaplains.

Vasyl Derkach, 23, recently returned to Lviv, in Ukraine’s west, to recover after his rotation in Ukraine’s military in the eastern conflict zone.

“Can you imagine: I have slept for seven days on clean sheets. I did not sleep on sheets for five months,” he told CNA in a recent interview. “Have you ever really thanked God for sleeping in a warm...READ MORE

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Spanish Bishop: Pope Said He Won’t Change Communion Rule (2785)

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba said that, earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the pope cannot change” what Jesus has instituted. 

09/25/2014 Comments (10)

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CORDOBA, Spain — Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish bishop says the Pope told him that this scenario is not possible.

Bishop Demetrio Fernandez of Cordoba, Spain, said that, during his ad limina visit to the Vatican earlier this year, the Holy Father told him that “the pope cannot change” what Jesus Christ has instituted.

The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried has surfaced due to an address given by Germany’s Cardinal Walter Kasper to a group of cardinals earlier this year. Some have speculated that the Church will change its teachings, which do not acknowledge a second civil...READ MORE

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Blessed in the U.S.A. (14794)

Sister Miriam Demjanovich’s Oct. 4 beatification will mark the first such event on U.S. soil.

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Sister Miriam Demjanovich

– Sisters of Charity of St. Elizabeth

NEWARK, N.J. — On Oct. 4, at the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J., the first beatification ever held in the United States will take place, as Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, a young Sister of Charity who died in the Garden State in 1927, will be formally raised to the altars.

In the history of the Church, 18 other men and women with U.S. ties have been beatified, with 12 of them proceeding on to canonization. But with the exception of St. Damien de Veuster, who was beatified in Brussels in 1995, all of their beatification and canonization ceremonies have taken place at the Vatican.

It will be a moment of special joy for the Church in the United States when Cardinal...READ MORE

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Cardinal Dolan's Conundrum, Christ's Teaching on Poverty, Mary and Litanies and Much More! (3614)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

09/24/2014 Comments (1)

Click on Cardinal Dolan Conundrum Continues: Pro-Life Group Banned from St. Patrick's Day Parade by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic link to read more.

Cardinal Dolan Conundrum Continues: Pro-Life Group Banned from St. Patrick's Day Parade by Donald R. McClarey JD of The American Catholic – BigPulpit.com

Christ’s Teaching on Poverty – James Chastek ThD, Just Thomism

ISIS and the Just War Doctrine – Matthew Tyson, Catholic Stand

Cohabitation and Canonical Form – Dr. Ed Peters, In the Light of of the Law

Christianity and Islam – BigPulpit.com

Successful Societies are (Always) Rooted in the Family – Dr. Jeff Mirus, Catholic Culture

Mary and Litanies and Titles, Oh My! – Molly Milroy, Ignitum Today

Yet More Evidence that Abortion Causes Breast Cancer – Steven W. Mosher, Aleteia∝

The Fall of the West – Saint Corbinian’s Bear

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Wisconsin Couple Synod-Bound (4075)

Jeff and Alice Heinzen discuss their role as one of 14 married couples from around the world — and the only American couple — who were invited to participate as auditors.

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Alice and Jeff Heinzen

– Courtesy of the Heinzens

Jeff and Alice Heinzen are just days away from heading to Rome, as one of 14 married couples from across the world — and the only American couple attending — who were invited to participate as auditors during the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops gathering Oct. 5-19 to discuss “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.”

Jeff, president of the McDonell Area Catholic Schools in Chippewa Falls, Wis., and his wife of 34 years, Alice, director of the Office for Marriage and Family Life for the Diocese of La Crosse, Wis., offered the Register their thoughts about participating in the synod, as well as what they believe to be some of the pastoral challenges of the...READ MORE

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Renovation of Orange’s Christ Cathedral Aims to Uplift (3481)

The first phase of the project, concerning the cathedral, courtyard and a reflection garden, is being undertaken with $29 million from the $100-million capital campaign.

09/24/2014 Comments (7)
CNA/Diocese of Orange, Calif.

An artist’s rendering of the renovation plan for the sanctuary of Christ Cathedral.

– CNA/Diocese of Orange, Calif.

ORANGE, Calif. — The Diocese of Orange, Calif., announced Wednesday the new design plans for Christ Cathedral, saying they are intended to transform the former Crystal Cathedral into a space that is “liturgically and intrinsically Catholic.”

“Through this innovative design process, an insightful plan has emerged that will establish Christ Cathedral as a place for involvement in the sacraments, a place to hear the word of God proclaimed and a place for personal prayer and devotion,” Bishop Kevin Vann of Orange said Sept. 24. “It will be a holy place, where God dwells among us.”

The Diocese of Orange purchased Crystal Cathedral in February of 2012, from the Protestant community which...READ MORE

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New Chicago Archbishop: ‘A Pastor, Not a Message’ (4907)

Bishop Blase Cupich will bring his own brand of Church service and public advocacy when he succeeds Cardinal Francis George in November.

09/24/2014 Comments (20)
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Archbishop-designate Blase Cupich (r) greets Cardinal Francis George during a press conference Sept. 20 in Chicago.

– Scott Olson/Getty Images

SPOKANE, Wash. — In 2012, as Catholics in Washington weighed a state referendum on same-sex “marriage,” Bishop Blase Cupich affirmed the Catholic Church’s full respect for homosexual persons but also warned against a law that made “same-sex unions identical to traditional marriages.”

“If marriage is only about relationships, why limit unions to two people?” Bishop Cupich asked in an Aug. 14, 2012, column on the Spokane Diocese’s website. “Why does the new law include the traditional prohibition of close, kinship unions for both opposite and same-sex couples?”

The tough questions may have raised the hackles of “marriage equality” activists, but they were framed with conciliatory language:...READ MORE

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