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Why Not Women Patriarchs? (7528)

COMMENTARY: Is women’s ordination simply a matter of sentimentality, civil rights and practicality?

08/26/2014 Comments (21)
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Church of England clergy celebrate after the Church of England General Synod approved the ordination of women bishops in July.

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If Catholic and Anglican bishops were called “patriarchs,” would there be a move for women to be consecrated as bishops?

Calling Catholic priests “Father” hasn’t stopped feminists from becoming Anglican priests, so one presumes that ordained women would probably have no problem being called “patriarchs.”

It might sound ridiculous to call a female priest “Father,” but the question is connected to a deeper theological question: Is women’s ordination simply a matter of sentimentality, civil rights and practicality?

If so, then we should ordain women because it feels right and good to do so, they can do the job well enough, and it is fair to give them equal rights.

However, if ordination is...READ MORE

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Battle to Halt Ebola Epidemic Needs Concerted Effort, Vatican Adviser Says (2453)

Catholic organizations are ‘very active,’ Msgr. Robert Vitillo said, but there is no structured international network of volunteers.

08/26/2014 Comment
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The World Health Organization responds to the 2014 Ebola hemorrhagic fever outbreak across Guinea, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Nigeria.

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VATICAN CITY — Though the Church and others are doing much to help Ebola victims, “extraordinary measures” are needed to halt the epidemic, a Vatican adviser on health issues has said.

“For example, in a health-care center with a capacity of 70 patients, there is a need for at least 250 health workers, and now there is a lack of them,” Msgr. Robert Vitillo told CNA.

“The countries and the NGOs [non-governmental organizations] in the region are now searching for international volunteers to strengthen the professional response to the outbreak in those countries.”

Msgr. Vitillo is a special adviser to the Rome-based Catholic relief organization confederation Caritas Internationalis on...READ MORE

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Vatican: Disgraced Papal Nuncio Not Immune to Civil Prosecution (6999)

In an Aug. 25 statement, the Vatican said that the former nuncio may ‘be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him.’

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Former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican countered media reports that it protected a former nuncio who faces sex-abuse charges through diplomatic immunity, saying instead that the Holy See acted justly and swiftly in the case.

Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See Press Office, stated that former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski — following charges and a guilty verdict of sexual misconduct — has been removed from his post as nuncio, and thus, he no longer has diplomatic immunity.

The former nuncio may “be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts that could have specific jurisdiction over him” in the Dominican Republic, Father Lombardi said in an Aug. 25...READ MORE

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St. Therese of Lisieux's Daring Teaching on Purgatory, NFP Is Hard, Judge Not and Much More! (9050)

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Obama Stays Course on HHS Mandate Fight, Despite Hobby Lobby Ruling (6689)

Analysts say that the administration’s new ‘interim final rule’ will take time to interpret, but the early judgment is that it does little to accommodate religious liberty.

08/25/2014 Comments (28)

WASHINGTON — Earlier this summer, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Hobby Lobby, a craft-store chain owned by a Christian family, possessed free exercise rights and could not be forced by the government to violate its beliefs by complying with the Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.

The landmark decision led Mark Rienzi, the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty lawyer who represents Hobby Lobby, to hope that the White House would finally reassess its strategy for fighting legal challenges to the mandate and approve a broad exemption for family-run businesses and religious nonprofits that objected to the law on moral grounds.

But on Aug. 22, more than two years since the first...READ MORE

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Cardinal George Participating in Clinical Trial of Anti-Cancer Drug (1990)

The drug has shown promise for patients with the same type of cancer as the cardinal’s.

08/25/2014 Comments (2)

Cardinal Francis George celebrates Mass at the tomb of St. Peter.


CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George of Chicago is continuing cancer treatment and has agreed to take part in a clinical trial of a new anti-cancer drug, his archdiocese has announced.

“The cardinal is grateful to those who are praying for him and requests that everyone continue to remember him in their thoughts and prayers,” the Archdiocese of Chicago said Aug. 22.

Cardinal George, 77, is taking part in a clinical research trial at the University of Chicago for a new drug that may activate the cells of his immune system to attack cancer cells, the archdiocese reported. The drug has shown promise for patients with the same type of cancer as the cardinal’s, and the new study of the drug seeks...READ MORE

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St. Louis Archbishop: The Issue Is Bigger Than Ferguson, America (11351)

Without the love of Jesus Christ changing hearts in society, ‘Tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.’

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Archbishop Robert Carlson

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ST. LOUIS — Amid the inflamed passions in Ferguson, Mo., over the shooting of a black teenager by a white police officer, the Church has given a prayerful presence for peace and justice. Its chaplains have ministered to protesters and police alike.

But St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has a message for the rest of the country: The issues in this St. Louis metropolitan community go far beyond this tiny town of 21,000 and demand that Church and society work toward resolving them — or else “tragedies and chaos will occur again and again.”

The events surrounding the death of Michael Brown, 18, by Officer Darren Wilson, 28, are still unclear, and the work for justice and peace in Ferguson...READ MORE

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Pope Francis: Build Rock-Solid Faith Like St. Peter (3021)

In his Angelus address, the Holy Father challenged the faithful to build up the Church ‘in every part of the world.’

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel account of St. Peter’s recognition of Jesus as the Lord, urging those present to honestly evaluate their own faith.

“Brothers and sisters, what happened in a unique way in St. Peter also takes place in every Christian who develops a sincere faith in Jesus the Christ,” he told crowds gathered in St. Peter’s Square Sunday for his Angelus address on Aug. 24.

“Today’s Gospel challenges each of us: How is your faith? Let each of us answer in our heart. How is your faith? How is it? What does the Lord find in our hearts: a firm heart, like a rock? Or a heart like sand, that is, doubtful, mistrustful, unbelieving?”

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