Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Bishops’

Argentina’s bishops speak out against violence in their nation Comments 0

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

Argentina’s Catholic bishops have spoken out about violence that is besetting their nation. In a statement released at their recent annual conference, the bishops said “We notice with pain and concern that Argentina is sick with violence. Some symptoms are clear, others more subtle”. “Criminal acts have not only risen in number, but in aggressiveness; a Read more

Church backs unionists on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland Comments 0

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

The Catholic Church has backed unionist politicians’ moves to block legalised same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland. A Sinn Fein motion to introduce same-sex marriage legislation is likely to be defeated in the Northern Ireland assembly next week. Unionist parties will introduce a “petition of concern” against the move. Under the rules of the Stormont assembly, Read more

Brazil’s bishops admit some prelates backed military dictatorship Comments 0

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Brazil’s Catholic bishops’ conference has acknowledged that some of its members supported the military dictatorship that ruled the country from 1964 to 1985. Some bishops backed the junta in order to combat communism. Continue reading   Related Posts:NZ does not recognise Catholic order’s passportsRio Olympics ‘missed opportunity’ to help Brazil’s…Priest kidnapped in Yemen alive, says Read more

Irish bishops issue statement on Vatican survey findings Comments 0

Friday, March 21st, 2014

Ireland’s bishops have issued a public statement about the local results of the Vatican survey on family life, in a reversal of a previous decision. The bishops acknowledged that Church teaching can sometimes be a challenge, with some respondents seeing the teaching “as disconnected from real-life experience”. Continue reading   Related Posts:NZ Bishops ask that Read more

“We take up this journey”, a year with Pope Francis Comments 0

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

When Jorge Mario Bergoglio appeared in the white papal cassock on the central balcony of St Peter’s Basilica on 13 March 2013, few people – if anyone – could have predicted how the then 76-year-old Jesuit would dramatically re-energise the Catholic Church over the next 12 months. He had been profiled as a moderately conservative Read more

US bishops to offer Mass on Mexico border Comments 0

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

A United States cardinal and several bishops will offer Mass on the US/Mexico border for thousands of migrants who have died there. “The US/Mexico border is our Lampedusa. Migrants in this hemisphere try to reach it, but often die in the attempt,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo. Bishop Elizondo chairs the US bishops’ Committee on Migration. Read more

Bishops defend Ukraine’s right to self-determination Comments 0

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Ukrainian Catholic bishops have asked for prayers for peace, but have also defended their nation’s right to self determination. Bishop Bronislaw Bernacki of Odessa-Simferopol, whose diocese includes Crimea, said Catholics believed “every nation has a right to decide about its own future”. He asked Christians worldwide to “fast and pray for peace”. “The Catholic Church Read more

Pope wants bishops who will argue with God Comments 0

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014

Pope Francis has called for bishops who are genuine pastors and who will argue with God on behalf of their people. He said this in an address to the Vatican’s Congregation of Bishops on February 27. The Pope told the office they should not seek prelates who are mainly concerned with doctrinal matters. Rather the Read more

Pope makes significant changes to committee who nominate bishops Comments 1

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Pope Francis has re-confirmed Cardinal Marc Ouellet PSS, 69, as prefect of the Congregation for Bishops, an office he has headed since 2010. But the Pope today also significantly altered the congregation’s membership by replacing three leading conservatives – including US Cardinal Raymond Burke, 65. Among the new faces is 68-year-old Archbishop Vincent Nichols of Read more

A truly Catholic consultation Comments 0

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Most remarkable about the consultation regarding sex, marriage and family life, in which the Catholic Church has asked Catholics throughout the world to take part, is its brave implication that things have to change. One sentence in the official document accompanying the Vatican’s questionnaire is an example of this. As a result of the current Read more