Vatican intervenes to clarify marriage teaching in Germany

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 01:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The head of the Vatican’s doctrine office has written to the archbishop emeritus of Freiburg in Breisgau, reaffirming that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce may not receive Communion.“Pastoral paths must all agree with the teaching of the Church,” Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, wrote in an Oct. 21 letter to Archbishop Robert Zollitsch.The … [Read more...]

Filipino priest returns home to aid in relief efforts

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 08:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A priest from the coastal city in the Philippines which was recently devastated by a typhoon, has decided to come back to his hometown in order to assist his family and those in need.“I have my congregation and my parents on my mind,” Fr. Erwin Balagapo said in a Nov. 13 interview with Rome Reports.Fr. Balagapo is currently studying in Rome, and is originally from Tacloban, one of the cities along the coast of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Kingdom of God ‘comes by wisdom’

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 05:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily, Pope Francis warned against a misguided ‘spirit of curiosity’ which can lead us away from God, stating that it is only through the spirit of wisdom that we are able to be close to him. “Jesus says that the Kingdom of God does not come in a way that attracts attention: it comes by wisdom,” the Pope said during his Nov. 14 homily.The words of the pontiff were directed to those gathered … [Read more...]

US bishops unanimously reaffirm opposition to HHS mandate

Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2013 / 03:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At their annual fall gathering in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops issued a message voicing their continued opposition to the federal contraception mandate and the threats that it poses to religious liberty.“We stand together as pastors charged with proclaiming the Gospel in its entirety. That Gospel calls us to feed the poor, heal the sick, and educate the young, and in so doing witness to our faith in its fullness,” noted the … [Read more...]

Priest formerly of Newark agrees to seek laicization

Newark, N.J., Nov 14, 2013 / 02:05 am (CNA).- A priest formerly of the Newark archdiocese, accused of sexual abuse, will apply to be removed from the priesthood instead of facing criminal prosecution after breaking an agreement to avoid youth ministry. Father Michael Fugee, 52, entered a new agreement with the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office that included laicization, the New Jersey Star-Ledger said. The agreement was announced Nov. 8. Fr. Fugee was accused of sexually abusing a … [Read more...]

Cardinal Bertone: Vatican secretary of state has pastoral task

Vatican City, Nov 14, 2013 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the Vatican's Secretary of State is also a bishop, his diplomatic action must take into consideration pastoral and missionary concerns, the secretary of state emeritus has said.“During those seven years, I worked as secretary of state with the certain conviction that I needed to imbue my post with pastorality and a missionary spirit,” Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who was secretary of state from 2006 until Oct. 15 of this … [Read more...]

US bishops’ new leaders commit to protecting human dignity

Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2013 / 05:43 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The incoming leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced a commitment to reaching out in love to defend human life and dignity wherever it is threatened in the modern culture.“We’re responding to where the need is,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., the president-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.At a Nov. 12 press conference during the U.S. bishops’ annual fall … [Read more...]