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Same-sex marriage? You’re fired, says Australian Catholic Church Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Australia’s Catholic church is threatening to fire teachers, nurses and other employees who marry their same-sex partner if gay marriage is legalised. The Church’s threats come as opponents and supporters of marriage equality stand firm to their view while the countdown to the federal government’s postal vote to decide the issue continues. The Archbishop of Read more

Catholic Church is Duterte’s strongest opponent Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

The Catholic Church in the Philippines is showing itself to be President Rodrigo Duterte’s strongest opponent, criticising and renaming Duterte’s “war on drugs” as “extra-judicial killings”. Bishop Jose Oliveros of Malolos, where 32 of last week’s 81 victims died, says: “We are all concerned about the number of drug related killings in the province because Read more

Medjugorje pastoral situation good, apparitions may be recognised soon Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

A Polish archbishop, Henryk Hoser, who has been studying the pastoral situation in Medjugorje, says it is in good heart. He also says he thinks the apparitions of Our Lady which appeared in the town in 1981 might be recognised by the Vatican later this year Although he expressed an opinion about the Vatican’s likely Read more

Pope Francis calls for inhuman violence to end Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

After recent terrorist attacks in Burkina Faso, Spain and Finland, Pope Francis is begging God “to free the world from this inhuman violence”. The world is carrying in its heart “the pain of these terrorist attacks,” Francis told the crowd in St Peter’s Square on Sunday, before leading them in prayer for the victims. Nineteen Read more

Twelve facts: Cardinal Burke’s papal correction plan Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Cardinal Raymond Burke, says it’s “necessary” to correct Pope Francis’s teachings in Amoris Laetitia on marriage and the family. Since Francis has not answered the five questions, Burke and three other cardinals put to him last June, he has developed plan to correct Francis’s teachings. “It seems to me that the essence of the correction Read more

What about a Year of the Laity? Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Church reformers are calling for a Year of the Laity, which would include conferences and observances around the world. They suggest the Year could run from this November until November 2018. Read more

myParish app connecting parishioners Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Catholics belonging to over 27 dioceses in the United States can now connect with their parish anywhere through “myParish” app. The app gives them access to prayers, readings and reflections and enables them to stay up-to-date with Church events and notifications. Read more

The power of 10,000 – anti-racists win against white supremacists Comments 0

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Over 10,000 demonstrators chanting anti-Nazi slogans forced a small group of white supremacists to cut short a “free speech rally” at a park in Boston on Saturday. Reports from say the 25-strong group was jeered at when it was “escorted out” the park by police officers. Read more

Australian Catholic Church unlikely to reform Comments 0

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Australia’s Truth Justice and Healing Council vice chair, Elizabeth Proust, says she’s “pessimistic” about the Catholic Church’s willingness to reform now the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has finished. Proust, whose role on the Council is to supervise and coordinate the Church’s response to the Commission and its recommendations, says she fears Read more

Confessional seal stays – priests risk jail Comments 2

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

Controversy has broken out in Australia since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse published recommendations saying priests should break the confessional seal when child sexual abuse is confessed. The Commission wants legislation introduced to jail people who fail to report child sexual abuse, including priests. In response, Australian Catholic Bishops Conference Read more