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Loyola Marymount Cancels Abortion Coverage Amid Faculty Protests (13616)

The decision is opposed by professors who insist that ‘obedience and conformity to Catholic doctrine’ contradicts LMU’s ‘Jesuit and Marymount traditions.’

09/25/2013 Comments (48)

LOS ANGELES — Abortion coverage in health-care plans is about to get the axe at Loyola Marymount University, but the step taken by the Jesuit college’s administration to follow Catholic teaching has raised protests from many of the faculty.

“LMU can either be a great American Catholic university in the Jesuit and Marymount traditions or it can be an institution that demands obedience to and conformity with Catholic doctrine; it cannot be both,” stated a letter written by a group of faculty to the school's president, David Burcham, and the board of trustees' chairwoman, Kathleen Aikenhead. The letter was an internal document anonymously obtained by the Register.

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Pier Giorgio Frassati: Archbishop Peter Sartain Interview, One Way Around Obamacare and Much More! (6249)

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09/24/2013 Comments (8)
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In his Sept. 19 interview with various Jesuit journals, Pope Francis said that religious “are called to be prophets,” and “being prophets may sometimes imply making waves … noise, uproar, some say ‘a mess.’”

The first pope to be a member of a religious order in 167 years has been showing that he certainly knows how to cause not just waves, but media tsunamis. And some are saying that he’s also making quite a mess for Catholics dedicated to upholding Church teachings on life and marriage.

Headlines in various secular newspapers declared that the Pope said too many Catholics were “obsessed” and spoke too much about homosexual persons, abortion and contraception. Articles claimed that he...READ MORE

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Bishop Hebda Appointed as Coadjutor of Newark Archdiocese (4113)

The former bishop of Gaylord, Mich., will be automatically appointed as archbishop of Newark following the retirement of current Archbishop John Myers.

09/24/2013 Comment
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Archbishop Bernard Hebda, coadjutor of Newark, speaking at a Sept. 24 press conference.

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NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis today appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, who had been serving as bishop of Gaylord, in northern Michigan, as coadjutor archbishop of Newark.

As coadjutor, Archbishop Hebda “possesses the right of succession” in the Archdiocese of Newark, according to canon law. This means he will be automatically appointed archbishop of Newark upon the retirement of the incumbent, Archbishop John Myers, who is now 72.

“Today’s news that the Holy Father has named me the coadjutor archbishop of Newark brings with it the sadness of having to leave the Diocese of Gaylord,” Archbishop Hebda wrote in a Sept. 24 letter to the people of the Diocese of Gaylord.

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Benedict XVI Publicly Responds to Atheist’s Critique (35275)

NEWS ANALYSIS: The pope emeritus’ 11-page letter was published in the same newspaper that printed Pope Francis’ recent responses about atheism and the Church.

09/24/2013 Comments (61)

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has joined Pope Francis in writing a letter to a prominent Italian atheist in an attempt to engage nonbelievers in a dialogue about the faith.

The 11-page letter, extracts of which were published in Monday’s edition of the Italian daily newspaper La Repubblica, is addressed to professor Piergiorgio Odifreddi, an Italian mathematician, popular science writer and a member of the Italian Union of Rationalist Atheists and Agnostics.

The Pope Emeritus was responding to a book Odifreddi wrote in 2011 titled Dear Pope, I’m Writing to You. The book was a critique of certain arguments and lines of thought found in Benedict’s theological writings,...READ MORE

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Pope Expresses Goodwill to Muslims in Letter to Sunni Grand Imam (2949)

The overture from Pope Francis seeks to resume dialogue and cooperation in working together for peace and justice.

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CAIRO — Pope Francis has written a letter to the head of the main cultural institution of Sunni Islam, indicating his respect “for Islam and Muslims” and desire to build mutual understanding and peace.

Ahmed el-Tayeb, grand imam of Cairo's al-Azhar University, one of the highest authorities in Sunni thought, received the Pope’s letter marking the end of Ramadan at the hands of Archbishop Jean-Paul Gobel, apostolic nuncio to Egypt, on Sept. 17, Fides News Agency reported.

A statement from the Cairo-based university said that the Holy Father’s letter expressed hope in the attempt to further “understanding among Christians and Muslims in the world” and “to build peace and justice.”


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Pope Francis’ Curial Reform Ramping Up (4211)

NEWS ANALYSIS: Two significant appointments precede his October meeting with his hand-picked group of eight cardinals.

09/24/2013 Comments (2)

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VATICAN CITY — The past week has seen the first major movements of Pope Francis’ reform of the Roman Curia, a process that is expected to begin in earnest in early October.

The Vatican announced a slew of appointments and confirmations Sept. 21 and Sept. 24, the most significant being the Pope’s confirmation of the prefects of two Vatican congregations.

Archbishop Gerhard Müller remains prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, while Cardinal Fernando Filoni stays as the “red pope” — prefect at the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.

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Louisiana Diocese Gets a New Bishop From Pope Francis (4848)

A native son of Louisiana, Bishop Shelton Fabre gets ready to shepherd the flock in Houma-Thibodaux.

09/24/2013 Comment
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Bishop Shelton Fabre will take over the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese on Oct. 30.

– Archdiocese of New Orleans

HOUMA, La. — Pope Francis appointed Bishop Shelton Fabre as head of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, La., Monday, and he accepted the resignation of Bishop Sam Jacobs, who had turned 75 in March.

Bishop Fabre will be installed as bishop of Houma-Thibodaux on Oct. 30.

He was born in 1963 in New Road, La., and after high school, he entered seminary for the Diocese of Baton Rouge. He studied at Saint Joseph Seminary College in Louisiana, and then he received a master’s degree in religious studies from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

Bishop Fabre was ordained a priest in 1989. He served at several parishes, headed the diocesan black Catholic office and served in the...READ MORE

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