Posts Tagged ‘Catholic Church’

Social media posts see Catholic priest denied place as uni chaplain

Monday, August 30th, 2021
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Catholic priest Fr David Palmer’s social media posts have seen the University of Nottingham decline to recognise him as a chaplain. “Our concern was not in relation to Fr. David’s views themselves, but the manner in which these views have been expressed in the context of our diverse community of people of many faiths,” the Read more

Catholic church removes Pride flag after hostile response

Thursday, June 24th, 2021
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An Irish Catholic church has been forced to remove a Pride flag flown on the premises following backlash from the Diocese and some of the public. Ballyfermot Assumption Parish Church in Dublin erected both an Irish Tricolour and an LGBT+ Pride flag last week. The flags were flown last week by decision of the parish Read more

Pope declines Marx resignation: ‘Ostrich policy’ has no future

Monday, June 14th, 2021

Pope Francis has written declining German Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s 21 May letter of resignation. In his letter Francis says he agrees with Marx that Catholic leaders cannot adopt an “ostrich policy” in the face of the clerical sexual abuse crisis. “If you are tempted to think that, by confirming your mission and not accepting your Read more

Synodality and papal primacy

Thursday, May 6th, 2021
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“There’s a short path that is long, and a long path that is short”. In the third seasons of the Netflix series “Shtisel,” an eminent ultra-Orthodox rabbi who heads a yeshiva in Jerusalem offers that bit of sage advice to a star student who is dealing with a life-and-death decision. Short paths tend to become Read more

Catholic priest fined for public Masses in lockdown

Thursday, March 25th, 2021

Police in Ireland have fined a Catholic priest for celebrating public Masses during a nationwide lockdown. The Gardaí (police) fined Fr. P.J. Hughes, 500 euros (NZ$830) after he offered Masses with a small number of parishioners present. This was the second time Hughes defied the gardai’s request to lock the church’s doors when he celebrated Read more

Make money transfers to Syria possible

Thursday, March 18th, 2021

Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) wants the European Union and the United States to help get humanitarian aid to Syria. The charity says it is unable to make money transfers to the local Church despite humanitarian exemptions to sanctions against Syria. ACNs call for help came on the 10th anniversary of Read more

Head of German Catholic bishops will not deny Protestants Communion

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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The president of the German Catholic bishops’ conference said he will continue to give Holy Communion to Protestants who ask for it. Bishop Georg Bätzing said it was necessary to respect the “personal decision of conscience” of those seeking to receive Communion. CNA Deutsch reported that Bätzing responded to a question about a controversial proposal Read more

The Church needs to form a ‘post-COVID-19’ generation

Monday, March 1st, 2021
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Romanian Catholic archbishop Aurel Percă believes, “there is a need to form a ‘post-COVID-19’ generation that will establish a different kind of relationship between people.” Percă has never led his archdiocese in normal times. He was installed as Metropolitan Archbishop of Bucharest in January 2020, shortly before the coronavirus pandemic engulfed Romania. In a Feb. Read more

Twitter deletes Irish bishop’s tweet

Thursday, February 25th, 2021

An Irish Catholic bishop’s tweet about assisted suicide has been restored after Twitter deleted it. Twitter said  the tweet was removed for “violating our rules against promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm.” In his 31 January 2021 tweet, Bishop Kevin Doran expressed opposition to efforts to legalize assisted suicide in Ireland. “There is dignity in Read more

Vatican finances must be like a house of glass

Monday, October 5th, 2020

The economy of the Holy See should be transparent like a house of glass, says Vatican Secretariat for the Economy prefect Fr. Juan A. Guerrero SJ. He made the comment when the Secretariat released the 2019 balance sheet for the Roman Curia last Thursday. “We want the budget to explain how the Holy See uses Read more