Detroit-Area Chaldean Priest, Once Kidnapped and Beaten in Iraq, Is Ordained Bishop of Baghdad

Photo courtesy of Bishop Yaldo's website

Father Basel Yaldo, a Chaldean Catholic priest who has served for the last nine years in suburban Detroit, was ordained on Friday, February 6, as an auxiliary bishop in Baghdad.  He was one of two Detroit-area Chaldean priests elevated by Pope Francis.  Bishop Yaldo, 44, will serve in Baghdad while the other, 58-year-old Chorbishop Emanuel Shaleta, will serve in Toronto.Nine years ago Father Basel was kidnapped in his native Iraq by anti-Christian extremists.  For three days, he was beaten by … [Read more...]

Church Vs. State: Six Court Cases To Watch

The year 2015 has begun with some high-profile legal cases pitting the Church against the State.  The following six cases will impact Church/State relations, and should be of particular interest to concerned Catholics. 1.  CONESTOGA WOOD SPECIALTIES On Friday, January 23, the Obama Administration was required to pay $570,000 to cover attorney fees for Conestoga Wood Specialties, costs incurred in its federal lawsuit challenging the Obama administration abortion-pill mandate. The mandate forces … [Read more...]

EWTN Gets Its Day in Court

February 4, 2015.  Mark your calendar.  That's the day when oral arguments will be heard in the Eternal Word Television Network's case against the HHS Mandate.The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending EWTN in the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, in its media advisory called EWTN "a Catholic network whose sole purpose is to spread the word of God," and noted that EWTN must fight for the right to remain faithful to the very religious message it advances.If they were to lose, E … [Read more...]