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Communion on the tongue a health hazard Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Catholics who demand Communion on the tongue despite Covid-19 restrictions are selfish, Fr Liam Power from Waterford, Ireland says. They don’t seem to “respect the danger this represented to others.” They are also a cause of “very serious embarrassment for priests, many of whom are elderly,” he says. Although the number of people wanting to Read more

Pope warns of sick, closed-in Church Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Pope Francis says a closed-in Church system is a sick Church subject to evil and disease. It is better for the Church to be “outgoing” like God, and offer salvation to all, he says. Comparing God to the owner of a vineyard who goes out again and again looking for workers, he told the congregation Read more

US archbishop told – follow science, don’t risk lives Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi encourages San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop to follow science instead of pushing for fuller in-person gatherings for Mass and worship. Pelosi, a practising Catholic, says Archbishop Salvatore Joseph Cordileone should not be putting people’s lives at risk. “With all due respect to my archbishop, I think we should follow science on Read more

Put catechesis on hold, rethink Christian formation Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

It is important for the Church to rethink catechesis and Christian formation, says Quebec Cardinal Gerald Lacroix. He has asked parishes in the Archdiocese of Quebec to “pause” their catechetical programs and use the time to think of the future. Lacroix says the last few months have given the Quebec church an “unhoped-for opportunity” to Read more

Youth homelessness on the rise Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Catholic charities in the UK are warning that that youth homelessness is on the rise. Young people are leading a significant rise in the number of people sleeping rough and facing homelessness in various ways. “If you care about homelessness, youth homelessness should be at the top of your agenda,” the chief executive of the Read more

Speedy ceremonies risk reducing sacramental acts to commodities Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020
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Parishes risk reducing sacramental acts to commodities when they bow to pressure to rush through First Communion and Confirmation ceremonies. “Some efforts, often well intentioned, run the risk of reducing the administration of sacramental acts almost to the level of a supermarket in which you can drop in and ‘get the sacrament done.’ “This would Read more

Episcopal Diocese of Chicago planning to sell downtown headquarters Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

The Episcopal Diocese of Chicago is planning to put its downtown headquarters up for sale. The dark, mid-century office building at 65 E. Huron St. not far from the city’s downtown landmarks and glittering Magnificent Mile, houses the offices of the bishop, Episcopal Charities and the staff of St. James Cathedral, which is next door. Read more

World’s first sign language Bible completed Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

The fifteen year-long labor of love recently culminated with the public release of the final book of the New World Translation of the Holy Scriptures in American Sign Language (ASL), making it the world’s first complete sign language Bible translation. “As far as we know, Jehovah’s Witnesses are the first organization or group of persons Read more

Boris Johnson’s new baby baptised at Westminster Cathedral Comments 0

Thursday, September 24th, 2020

Prime Minister Boris Johnson and his fiancée Carrie Symonds had their baby son Wilfrid Lawrie Nicholas baptised at Westminster Cathedral on Saturday, 12 September, Downing Street said today. A spokesperson for the Diocese confirmed that baby Wilfred was baptised in a small private service on 12 September by Father Daniel Humphreys. Mr Johnson was himself Read more

Women priests: priest suspended, bishops scott free Comments 0

Monday, September 21st, 2020

Being prepared to consider ordaining women – and saying so – has seen a priest continue to be suspended from ministry while more senior clergy are not even smacked on the wrist. Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich SJ, recently admitted that he is “open” to the idea of ordaining women to the Catholic priesthood. “I am not Read more