Posts Tagged ‘Catholics’

Senior Mormon apostle says Catholics don’t know who God is

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A senior Mormon apostle has said most Catholics don’t know who God is, who Jesus is or who the Holy Ghost is. Elder M. Russell Ballard made this remark at a gathering in Argentina last year, but it has only recently come to light in media. The comment has raised hackles both within and outside Read more

America’s dark history of hating Catholics

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015

Congress and the United Nations rolling out their red carpets, nuns working overtime to bake communion hosts, prison inmates carving a walnut throne, tickets for events snapped up in seconds: America is gearing up for pope-mania. Pope Francis is expected to be greeted with huge crowds and across-the-board reverence when he tours Washington, New York Read more

Who are cultural Catholics?

Friday, September 11th, 2015

The share of Americans whose primary religious affiliation is Catholic has fallen somewhat in recent years, and now stands at about one-in-five. But according to a new Pew Research Center survey of U.S. Catholics and others, an additional one-in-ten American adults (9%) consider themselves Catholic or partially Catholic in other ways, even though they do Read more

More Catholics in the world, and fewer priests

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015

(RNS) A new report mapping the Catholic Church’s more than 1.2 billion souls — on track to reach 1.64 billion by 2050 — holds some surprises. And not all bode well for the church’s future as it faces major demographic and social shifts. “Global Catholicism: Trends & Forecasts,” released Monday (June 1) by the Center Read more

Catholics could sway Scotland independence vote outcome

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Support from Catholics in Scotland could swing the upcoming referendum in favour of independence from Britain, a Scottish academic says. Writing in The Times, Professor Sir Tom Devine of Edinburgh University noted that, historically, Catholics in Scotland have not favoured devolution. This was because they were sceptical about the Presbyterian majority using devolution to gain Read more

Catholics around the world mourn Nelson Mandela

Tuesday, December 10th, 2013

Prayers and services of remembrance were held across the world this weekend for the country’s first black President, Nelson Mandela, who died on Thursday. South African Cardinal Wilfred Napier presided over a Requiem Mass at Emmanuel Cathedral in his archdiocese of Durban on Saturday night, which was followed by an ecumenical service and an all-night Read more

Filipino bishop admits Church failure in evangelization

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

The new head of the Catholic bishops’ conference says Church leaders in the Philippines have failed to evangelize the faithful despite there being large numbers of Filipino Catholics. “Many of our people do not even know the fundamentals of our faith,” Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan said in a pastoral letter on the Year of Read more

Not all Catholics happy with Pope Francis

Friday, November 15th, 2013

When Pope Francis was elected in March, Bridget Kurt received a small prayer card with his picture at her church and put it up on her refrigerator at home, next to pictures of her friends and her favourite saints. She is a regular attender of Mass, a longtime stalwart in her church’s anti-abortion movement and Read more

Catholics in Vietnam protest imprisonment of lawyer

Tuesday, October 1st, 2013

Thousands of Vietnamese Catholics took part in vigils in the cities of Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh, and Vinh on Sunday to protest the continued imprisonment of Le Quoc Quan, a Catholic lawyer. AsiaNews reported that Le Quoc Quan, a member of the Commission for Justice and Peace of the Vietnamese bishops’ conference, has been harassed Read more

Protestants are ‘more creative’ than Catholics and Jews

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

Researchers from the University of Illinois wanted to test a previously-held theory that introverted people who suppress emotions about sex and depravity are more creative than people who are more open and extroverted. They discovered that Protestants, or people who grow up in a Protestant communities, can channel suppressed emotions more effectively than their Catholic Read more