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Theologian Dismisses Call for Women ‘Deacons’ (5657)

They would not be ordained to the sacrament of holy orders, he advises, and calling them deacons would be ‘ambiguous.’

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Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

German Archbishop Robert Zollitsch recently discussed the possibility of a 'specific office' of women deacons.

– Deutsche Bischofskonferenz

BERN, Switzerland — Theologian Father Manfred Hauke said recent comments from a German archbishop appearing to support a particular diaconate for women are confusing to Catholics and others.

“Allowing women to be deacons would create great confusion for the faithful,” Father Hauke, a professor of patristics and dogmatics at the Theological Faculty of Lugano, told Catholic News Agency April 30.

“You would have to explain to them the difference between male and female deacons,” he pointed out.

Female “deacons” would not be ordained to the sacrament of holy orders, and calling them “deacons” would be “ambiguous,” Father Hauke said. Women could “receive a benediction for services of...READ MORE

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Pennsylvania Mourns Sudden Loss of Bishop McFadden (3203)

The head of the Diocese of Harrisburg died May 2 in Philadelphia.

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Bishop Joseph McFadden of Harrisburg, Pa.

– File photo/CNA

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Church and public officials from Pennsylvania are saddened by the unexpected death of Bishop Joseph McFadden, who shepherded the Diocese of Harrisburg.

“I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Bishop Joseph McFadden,” Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said.

“I am grateful that I had the opportunity to be with him over the last few days at the annual spring meeting of the Pennsylvania bishops and spend time in conversation with him.”

Bishop McFadden died on May 2 at the age of 65 while in a series of weeklong meetings with his fellow bishops of Pennsylvania, which were being held in Philadelphia. He awoke feeling ill and was taken...READ MORE

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Knights of Columbus Welcome Gonzaga’s Recognition of Campus Council (2504)

On April 30, Gonzaga president's granted the Knights of Columbus status as a student club, after an earlier decision by the school’s student-life office suggested that they would not be granted this recognition. The statement also reaffirmed 'the university's value, respect and support for the purpose and good works of the Knights of Columbus.'

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SPOKANE, Wash. — The Knights of Columbus applauded a decision by Gonzaga University to grant them recognition as a sponsored organization after their application to be acknowledged as a student club was denied.

“We welcome this development and appreciate that our college Knights of Columbus Council #12583 has received official approval” as a sponsored university organization, the group said in a statement.

“We express our gratitude to the president of Gonzaga University, Dr. Thayne McCulloh, for his support and for asking for a review of the current 'Clubs and Organizations Recognition Policy and Process' to deal with any inconsistencies.”

On April 30, Gonzaga's president, Thayne...READ MORE

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The Cry of the Blood From Boston’s Streets (7231)


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As we learn more about the Boston Marathon terrorists who killed four people, dismembered 14 and sent 282 to the hospital, the inconvenient truth is becoming clearer: The bombers were motivated by a homicidal strain of Islamic theology.

The more seriously Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev began to take their Islamic faith, it seems, the more the lives of innocent people were endangered.

Rather than moving them to love and serve their neighbors, their increased zeal led them to devise how to murder and maim multitudes.

It is certainly true that the vast majority of Muslims are peaceful and that most Muslim religious leaders help people understand jihad as the struggle to live faithfully...READ MORE

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Pope Names Jesuit to Lead Oakland Diocese (3221)

Bishop-designate Michael Barber has served in numerous capacities, including as a Marine chaplain in Iraq and as a missionary in Samoa.

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Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif.

– Wikipedia

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has appointed Jesuit Father Michael C. Barber the next bishop of the Diocese of Oakland, Calif.

Bishop-designate Barber is currently the director of spiritual formation at St. John’s Seminary in Brighton, Mass., and has been serving in that capacity since 2010.

The announcement of his appointment was made on May 3 by the Holy See Press Office. He will succeed Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who now leads the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

The bishop-designate entered the Jesuits in 1973 and was ordained a priest in 1985.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and history at Gonzaga University in 1978, completed his theological studies at Regis...READ MORE

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Rosary Recalls Life — and Love — of Mary, Says Archbishop Gomez (2328)

Los Angeles' shepherd addresses a youth Rosary rally to kick off the Marian month.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez meets with participants of a youth Rosary rally at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Calif.

– Victor Alemán/Archdiocese of Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — At a youth Rosary rally recognizing May as the month dedicated to Mary, Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles said that by praying the Rosary “we're repeating little words of love for our Mother.”

“This is what Jesus wanted for us. He wanted his Mother to be our Mother,” he told a group of some 2,000 young people at Cantwell Sacred Heart of Mary High School in Montebello, Los Angeles County, on May 1.

“The goal of our life is to follow Jesus and become more like him. So, just like Jesus did, we need to learn from our Mother Mary what it means to be a child of God.”

Archbishop Gomez said that he prays the Rosary daily and encouraged thanksgiving for the gifts of life,...READ MORE

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Vatican Silent on John Paul II’s Cause for Canonization (8765)

Despite reports that medical personnel at the Holy See have approved a new miracle, the postulator of the cause won’t comment on the matter.

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Banner of John Paul II displayed on the central loggia of St. Peter's Basilica on May 1, 2011, immediately following his beatification ceremony.

– Catholic News Agency

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is remaining tight-lipped over recent reports that a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Pope John Paul II has been given approval by a committee of Vatican doctors.

An official refused to be moved to offer comment by the reports, as was the case with the postulator of John Paul’s cause. But if the news is true, the late Pope’s cause will have advanced considerably, possibly paving the way for his canonization later this year.

In late April, the veteran Vatican watcher Andrea Tornielli of La Stampa reported that a Vatican panel of doctors had confirmed there was no medical explanation for a healing attributed to the intercession of John Paul...READ MORE

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From Tolerance to Coercion; Facebook Rhetoric; Are You Now or Ever Have Been a Christian? and More! (4178)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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From Tolerance to Coercion. Follow the link by Paul Zummo of the Catholic Stand website to read more.

From Tolerance to Coercion - Paul Zummo, Catholic Stand

Facebook Rhetoric – Laura Mitchell, First Things/On the Square

Are You Now, Or Have You Even Been, a Christian? – Donald R. McClarey JD, The American Catholic

Ten Great Pictures of People Delighted to Meet Pp. Francis – Catholic Herald

A Mass Unlike Any Other by Michael Seagriff of the Catholic Lane website - Big Pulpit

Youth’s Unbelief Linked to Media, Home Life – Emily Stimpson, OSV Newsweekly

A Review of J. Budzisewski’s On the Meaning of Sex – J. C. Sanders, Ignitum Today

Expect the Unexpected: Unlikely Converts – Carolyn Moynihan, Catholic Exchange

Survive Mass with Children in 15 Seconds - Stacy Trasancos PhD


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