Vatican memo aims to boost priestly identity

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 05:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to promote priestly identity, the Vatican Secretary of State has issued a letter asking clerics and religious at the Vatican to dress as befits their identity as priests conformed to Christ.Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone said in an Oct. 15 letter that it is a “time in which everyone is specially called to renew his awareness of and consistency with his own identity.”This call includes … [Read more...]

Vatican dismisses Maryknoll priest from order

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 03:52 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican canonically dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers on Oct. 4, for disobedience and preaching against Church teaching on women's ordination. The decision, made by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, dispenses him from both the bonds of priesthood and religious life. On Aug. 8, 2008, Bourgeois preached a homily at the simulated ordination of a woman to the Catholic priesthood. His … [Read more...]

Pope urges French Catholics to make voices heard on marriage

Vatican City, Nov 19, 2012 / 01:55 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As France’s Socialist government pushes to legalize “gay marriage,” Catholics must continue to strongly and consistently bear witness to the teachings of Christ, Pope Benedict XVI said.“In society's key debates, the voice of the Church must make itself heard ceaselessly and with determination,” he said, praising the “rich Christian history” of France, which “cannot be ignored or … [Read more...]

Campaign seeks to repeal Uruguay abortion law

Montevideo, Uruguay, Nov 19, 2012 / 12:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life organizations in Uruguay have launched a signature drive for the country's political parties to repeal the newly enacted abortion law in their campaigns for the 2014 elections. In a statement sent to CNA on Nov. 16, the fifteen Uruguayan pro-life organizations said that “the right to life, like all human rights in general, is not dependent on majorities or minorities.” By a vote of 50-49, the Uruguayan … [Read more...]

Archbishop Chaput says Year of Faith holds solution to relativism

Baltimore, Md., Nov 19, 2012 / 11:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The current Year of Faith is an opportunity to counter the cultural relativism that plagues modern society and that has led many in the Church to deny Catholic teaching on important topics, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.“The appropriate response to relativism is faith, where you no longer are the center of the universe, you are no longer the one who decides what’s true, but you commit yourself in faith … [Read more...]

Jesus Christ is constant in transient world, Pope says

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2012 / 04:27 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus remarks at the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI said that the Sunday gospel reading about the passing of the world is a reminder that Jesus Christ is the focus and source of all creation.“Everything passes, but the Word of God does not change, and each of us is responsible for his behavior before it,” Pope Benedict said Nov. 18, from his window overlooking St. Peter’s Square. “It is … [Read more...]

Hurricane Sandy efforts move from relief to recovery

Camden, N.J., Nov 18, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Dioceses in the mid-Atlantic are starting to move their Hurricane Sandy relief efforts to a focus on recovery, 18 days after the storm first touched American soil. “This weekend, we're going to make the pivot from relief to recovery...relief is a shorter term proposition,” said Kevin Hickey, executive director of Catholic Charities of Camden. “Its length really depends on the scale of any given … [Read more...]


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