Following Pope’s example, Evangelical leader apologizes for hostility toward Catholics
“We all need to acknowledge all our failings and ask each other for forgiveness and I think Pope Francis set a great example,” said Rev. Dr. Geoff Tunnicliffe. “I recognize that in history there have been situations where Protestants, including Evangelicals, have discriminated against Catholic Christians and I am really sorry for these kinds of actions, because while we can disagree theologically, this should never lead to discrimination or persecution of the other.”
Migration fix must look at big picture, bishop encourages
“Instead of cooperating on intercepting them and sending them back to dangerous situations, the leaders should work together to protect them from those dangers, including providing them asylum in neighboring countries and in the United States,” Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of Seattle, the head of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee, said in a July 24 statement.
He Went to Find Brothers: Message of Pope Francis…
Their meeting - and the entire event - spoke loudly to the truth of that exhortation. The brotherly warmth shared between these two Christian men was evident in their joy filled greeting and their Christian embrace. What was also evident was their shared dedication to living and proclaiming the message of reconciliation and brotherhood in Jesus Christ.
Bombing damages Gaza’s Catholic parish school
An Israeli army bombing has damaged the school of Gaza’s only Catholic parish, as well as the office of Gaza’s parish priest. The target of the bombing was a nearby home, the Fides news agency reported. “Everything happens around us,” said Father Jorge Hernandez, the parish priest. “The Hamas militants continue to fire rockets and then hide in the alleys. And we cannot do anything.”
Resolution honoring Pope Francis stalls in US Congress, with little Republican support
The resolution, welcoming the election of the first Pope from the Americas and praising his spiritual leadership, was introduced by two lawmakers, a Democrat (Rep. John Larson of Connecticut) and a Republican (Peter King of New York). The resolution now has 221 co-sponsors. But only 19 of the lawmakers backing the bill are Republicans.
Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts
“We have seen that Catholic and mainline Protestant churches have not been successful in reaching poor working class Americans and bringing them into the pews on a regular basis, particularly men,” W. Bradford Wilcox, director of the University of Virginia’s National Marriage Project told CNA July 28.
Dallas bishop asks lawyers to assist migrant children
The children “are running from tremendous violence, drug wars,” said Bishop Farrell, according to a Dallas Morning News report. Bishop Farrell said that without legal representation before immigration judges, a child faces a 90% chance of deportation. “If that were to happen, what are they returning to? Some of them to certain death.”
Around the Net – Catholic Blogosphere
Time to Abandon the Genesis Story?
In light of these sorts of scientific claims, many professors of religious studies and theology in Catholic colleges and universities now argue that scientific developments require that polygenism be accepted. For example, a priest-theologian was given national media attention to make claims such as, “(I)f science shows that there is no evidence of monogenism, and there is lots of evidence for polygenism, then a Catholic need have no problem accepting that.”
Confusing validity and sacramentality in marriage
Not only is the sacramentality of a marriage NOT determined in an annulment case, the question of its sacramentality is not even RAISED in the process. The annulment process is about the validity of marriage and only about validity; a successful petition results in a “declaration of nullity”, not in a declaration of non-sacramentality. Experts must know and consistently present these distinctions if they are ever to help pew Catholics to understand first the fundamental juridic nature of all marriage and then the sacramentality of specifically Christian marriage.
Priests Should Not Be Forced to Break the Seal of Confession
I’m not going to comment on the specifics involved in the case with Fr. Bayhi because, frankly, doing so would be irresponsible. Most stories covering this case take advantage of the fact that both dead men and priests who hear confessions can’t defend themselves. Instead, of focusing on what Fr. Bayhi allegedly said in the confessional, I’d like to focus on a broader issue. Namely, when a priest learns about child abuse in the confessional, either from a victim or a perpetrator, should he be legally compelled to report that abuse to the authorities?
Encounter with the Demonic
In this chilling episode, Regina interviewer Christine Niles welcomes Fr. Michael Maginot, the exorcist in the famous Ammon family case, which involved phenomena witnessed by hospital staff — including their son walking backwards up the wall and their daughter levitating.