Report on theology society both ‘encouraging, saddening’

Washington D.C., Oct 23, 2013 / 04:07 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A spiritual theology professor has said that an internal report acknowledging the Catholic Theological Society of America excludes more-orthodox and conservative thinkers is regrettable, yet an opportunity for change in the group. The National Catholic Reporter recently published a May 15 report of the Catholic Theological Society of America's committee on theological diversity, which said, “the self-conception of many … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Müller affirms Catholic marriage, urges care for divorced

Vatican City, Oct 23, 2013 / 02:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican’s head official on doctrinal matters has reaffirmed that Catholics in irregular marital unions after divorce cannot receive communion, but he urged that this means it is “all the more imperative” to show “pastoral concern” for them.“The path indicated by the Church is not easy for those concerned,” Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of … [Read more...]

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Be pro-life unconditionally, Denver archbishop says

Denver, Colo., Oct 23, 2013 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver urged Catholic medical workers to be “unconditionally” pro-life witnesses, criticizing those who support abortion and other forms of medical killing in the name of conscience. “Any time anyone takes the life of an unborn child, or promotes assisted suicide or euthanasia, or treats others as though they can be thrown away, their conscience is deadened and erroneous, and they are not … [Read more...]

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Religious liberty ambassador’s resignation raises concerns

Washington D.C., Oct 22, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The reported resignation of  Suzan Johnson Cook as U.S. ambassador for international religious freedom is an chance for the Obama administration to address the issue, but some are dubious that real changes will be made. “If the position remains vacant, or if it is filled with someone not qualified to move this issue into the mainstream of diplomacy, that will confirm the views of the critics – including me – … [Read more...]

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Catholic patriarch fears extremist slant of Syrian rebel groups

London, England, Oct 22, 2013 / 12:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Melkite Greek Catholic Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch has said that the success of Syrian rebels could worsen the plight of Christians because of the extreme Islamist elements among the rebel forces. “The extremists are against even the normal rebel opposition,” he said Oct. 16, according to the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph. “This is an issue for Muslims as well as Christians. I am not afraid of Islam, I am just … [Read more...]

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Sinners are closest to the heart of God, Pope reflects

Rome, Italy, Oct 22, 2013 / 09:34 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily Mass homily Pope Francis stressed that Jesus came to save sinners, emphasizing also the importance of knowing God on more than an intellectual level.“I have come to heal, to save,” said the Pope, quoting the words of Jesus from the Gospel.The Holy Father directed his Oct. 22 homily to those gathered at the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse, where he resides.Pope Francis began his reflections by echoing … [Read more...]

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Vatican event brings sports ‘into the heart’ of the Church

Vatican City, Oct 22, 2013 / 07:08 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture held a conference on “believers in the world of sports” this week to discuss the role of the Church in the realm of athletics. “We wanted to bring sports into the heart of the Church,” said Monsignor Melchor Sanchez de Toca, undersecretary of the council, “to remember that sports is important…for a sound and full Christian life.” He told CNA on … [Read more...]

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