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December 12, 2019
The authority of an official Catechism  There are many Catechisms, but what kind of authority do they have? At Crisis, Charles Coulombe pointed out that a teaching doesn’t become authoritative just because it’s in a Catechism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church, for instance, is a collection of statements from various sources, some more authoritative
December 12, 2019
More details of the campaign against “eco sins”. A lay-led campaign, Journey to 2030, is encouraging Catholics to go to Confession, with help from its “Ecological examination of conscience cards”. It also encourages parishes to accompany these with regular guides to Confession. The idea, it seems, is that taking needless flights or failing to recycle can
December 12, 2019
Washington, DC Pelosi objects ‘as a Catholic’ to being accused of hate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a reporter “Don’t mess with me!” when he asked if she hated President Trump, after she had accused him of “abuse of power, undermining our national security and jeopardising the integrity of our elections”. “I don’t hate anybody,”
December 05, 2019
What happened? Two priests have been jailed for more than 40 years each for raping and sexually abusing deaf children at a school in Argentina. The school gardener was jailed for 18 years. Fr Horacio Corbacho, 59, was sentenced to 45 years, and Fr Nicola Corradi, 83, to 42 years. The priests were found guilty
December 05, 2019
What happened? A former senior official at the Vatican Secretariat of State has strongly denied a series of claims about his involvement with a financial deal which violated European banking regulations. Cardinal Angelo Becciu wrote to the journalist Sandro Magister denying that he had arranged a loan to help Rome’s IDI hospital. Why was it
December 05, 2019
Britain goes to the polls on Thursday, December 12, with most pollsters predicting a Conservative victory while others forecast a hung parliament. The bishops have urged Catholics to use their vote: “Conscious of the common good of every person and our society as a whole, we ask everyone to engage with the election and vote.”
December 05, 2019
A poor school with the strength of faith For more than 100 years, wrote Ray Domanico at City Journal, “All Hallows High School in the South Bronx has been educating immigrant and lower-income boys. Early on, the students were Irish; later, they were Italian; today, they are Hispanic and black.” All Hallows, founded by the
December 05, 2019
A 15-bedroom villa that used to belong to the family of Pope Leo XII can be yours for a mere £626,000. The Villa Leone, in Castiglioni, Marche, was once the family hunting lodge; it has its own private chapel dating to the late 18th/ early 19th century “with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, oval windows and some
December 05, 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan Diocese backs priest over Communion refusal The Diocese of Grand Rapids has backed a priest who refused Communion to a parishioner who is in a same-sex marriage. Judge Sara Smolenski, chief judge of the Kent County District Court, received the Eucharist on November 17, but then Fr Scott Nolan phoned her “to
November 21, 2019
What happened?  A debate over abortion has split the US bishops’ conference, with Church leaders disagreeing over its relative importance compared to other issues. At the bishops’ plenary meeting in Baltimore, bishops debated whether to include a long quotation from Pope Francis to their letter to Catholic voters. The paragraph criticises those who focus too much
November 21, 2019
What happened?  A Chinese bishop is reportedly “on the run” from police who are trying to force him to join a government-run organisation. Bishop Guo Xijin, an auxiliary bishop of the southeastern Diocese of Mindong, has faced months of pressure to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. He believes it would be wrong to join
November 21, 2019
Pope Francis arrives in Japan on Saturday November 23, on a visit whose theme is “Protect All Life”. He is expected to make a strong statement against nuclear weapons, particularly since he will be visiting both Nagasaki and Hiroshima. The Pope will also meet the bishops of Japan, political and diplomatic leaders, and Emperor Naruhito
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