Excommunication to anyone who try to promote woman priesthood

Vatican City, May. 30, 2008 (vaticans.org) - The Vatican has announced that any Catholic bishop who attempts the ordination of a woman to the priesthood, and any woman who participates in such a ceremony, is subject to automatic excommunication. The decree from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, published in the May 30 issue of L'Osservatore Romano, takes effect immediately and applies throughout the universal Church. The document was signed by Cardinal William Levada and Archbishop Angelo Amato, the prefect and secretary, respectively, of the Congregation. "Both the one who attempts to confer a sacred order on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive a sacred order, incurs excommunication latae sententiae." The Vatican document declares that "he who attempts to confer Holy Orders on a woman, and the woman who attempts to receive Holy Orders, incurs excommunication latae sententiae." A latae sententi ...Read More


Pope Benedict XVI argued that a democratic state should support Catholic schools

Vatican City, May. 29, 2008 (vaticans.org) - In a May 29 talk to the Italian bishops' conference, Pope Benedict XVI argued that a democratic state should support Catholic schools. Since the government invests resources in many different projects, the Holy Father reasoned, "there does not appear to be any justification for excluding adequate support for the work of Church institutions in the field of education." Public investment in Catholic schools, he said, "could not fail to produce beneficial effects" for secular society. The Italian bishops are holding their 58th general assembly in Rome this week, with the meetings taking place in the Vatican Synod hall. The Pope spoke to the bishops about the main topics for this meeting: education and evangelization. Italy today faces an "educational crisis," the Pope warned, raising a theme that he has mentioned frequently during his pontificate. The Pontiff has repeatedly spoken about the n ...Read More


Pope addressed today to the bishops of the episcopal conference of Myanmar

Vatican City (vaticans.org) - Benedict XVI hopes that, thanks to agreements concluded with the government of Myanmar, the international community and "all who are ready to help" may bring to the victims of cyclone Nargis "the type of assistance required and enjoy effective access to the places where it is needed most". And "may God open the hearts of all so that a concerted effort may be made to facilitate and coordinate the ongoing endeavour to bring relief to the suffering and rebuild the country's infrastructure".Help for the people struck by the catastrophe was, naturally, central to the thoughts that the pope addressed today to the bishops of the episcopal conference of Myanmar, received this morning after previous meetings in separate audiences, on the occasion of their five-year visit "ad Limina Apostolorum". The Church of Myanmar, in the words of the pope, "is known and admired for its solidarity with the poor and ne ...Read More


900 Vietnamese anxious to join the World Youth Day

Haiphong, Vietnam, May.20, 2008 (vaticans.org) - 900 young Vietnamese Catholics are preparing to take part in the World Youth Day that will be held from July 15-20 in Sydney, with the participation of Pope Benedict XVI.  They have requested visas from the Australian embassy, and cannot wait to join their peers to pray together, exchange experiences, and discuss the mission of young people in the society and Church of today. "World Youth Day is approaching", Vu Van Thien, bishop of Haiphong and coordinator of the World Youth Day for the Vietnamese bishops, wrote in a letter to the young people.  "The Holy Father", the message continues, "will be among the young people who will arrive in great numbers from various countries.  Many Vietnamese will also participate in the event, an expression of the Vietnamese youth, ope ...Read More


Pro-family groups protests legal recognition to same-sex marriages

Sacramento, May. 16, 2008 - Pro-family groups in California have vowed to wage a political battle against implementation of a May 15 decision of the state's Supreme Court that would extend legal recognition to same-sex marriages. By a 4-3 vote, the California Supreme Court ruled that homosexual couples cannot be denied the right to legal recognition of their unions. Chief Justice Ronald George, writing the decision for the majority, said that "our state now recognizes that an individual's capacity to establish a loving and long-term committed relationship with another person and responsibly care for and raise children does not depend upon the individual's sexual orientation." Conservative groups have pledged to bring the decision before the state's voters on the November ballot. Leaders of the movement to protect traditional marriage said that they would petition the court to delay implementation of same-sex marriage until the voters had an opportunity to wei ...Read More


Importance of the ecclesial movements and new communities

Vatican City, 19, May, 2008 - "The ecclesial movements and new communities are one of the most important new developments prompted by the Holy Spirit in the Church for the implementation of Vatican Council II . . . this development is still awaiting adequate comprehension in the light of God's plan and of the Church's mission in the context of our time".  The pope addressed these words to 100 bishops from 53 countries, who had come to Rome at the invitation of the Pontifical Council for the Laity. The audience with the pontiff concluded the seminar organised by the Vatican dicastery "to reflect and dialogue on the reality of the movements in the Church".  The seminar was held from May 15-17 in Rocca di Papa (Rome), and saw the presence of many representatives and founders of movements and new communities. Benedict XVI has never concealed his affection for the ecclesial movements.  Even as cardinal prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the ...Read More


"Smoke of Satan" entering the Catholic Church - Pope Paul VI

Vatican City, May. 16, 2008  - When Pope Paul VI spoke about the "smoke of Satan" entering the Catholic Church, he was referring to liturgical abuses, according to the prelate who served as his master of ceremonies. Cardinal Virgilio Noe, the chief Vatican liturgist during the pontificate of Paul VI, spoke candidly about the late Pope's concerns in an interview with the Roman Petrus web site. The Italian prelate-- who was also the Vatican's top liturgist under Pope John Paul I and the early years of the pontificate of John Paul II-- is now retired, and at the age of 86 his health is failing. In his interview with Petrus he concentrated primarily on his years serving Pope Paul VI. Pope Paul accepted the liturgical reforms after Vatican II "with pleasure," Cardinal Noe said. He added that Paul VI was not be nature a sad man, but "he was saddened by the fact of having been left alone by the Roman Curia." Regarding the late Pope's famous remar ...Read More


Pope Benedict XVI decided a special day of prayer for the Church in China

Vatican City, May. 17, 2008 - Pope Benedict XVI has composed a prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan, following up on his decision to make May 24 a special day of prayer for the Church in China. In his message to the Chinese faithful, released in May 2007, the Holy Father asked the worldwide Church to join in prayer for Chinese Catholicism on May 24. That date is the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians. In China, devotion to the Virgin Mary centers on the shrine of Our Lady of Sheshan, in Shanghai. Pope Benedict 's prayer to Our Lady of Sheshan reads: Virgin Most Holy, Mother of the Incarnate Word and our Mother, venerated in the Shrine of Sheshan under the title 'Help of Christians,' the entire Church in China looks to you with devout affection. We come before you today to implore your protection. Look upon the People of God and, with a mother's care, guide them along the paths of truth and love, so that they may always be a leaven of harmonious coexisten ...Read More


Science, religion not in conflict, U.S. bishops on Stem Cell

WASHINGTON (vaticans.org /cns) -- The brief policy statement on embryonic stem-cell research that is to come before the U.S. bishops at their June 12-14 meeting in Orlando, Fla., is designed to set the stage for a later, more pastoral document explaining why the Catholic Church opposes some reproductive technologies."While human life is threatened in many ways in our society, the destruction of human embryos for stem-cell research confronts us with an issue of respect for life in a stark new way," says the statement drawn up by the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.Although the topic of embryonic stem-cell research has been raised in several broader USCCB documents and has been the subject of testimony and many letters to Congress, there has never been a formal statement on the issue from the full body of bishops, said Cardinal Justin Rigali of Philadelphia, chairman of the pro-life ...Read More


Pope Benedict XVI's tlk on the Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite

Vatican City, May. 15, 2008 (vaticans.org) - Pope Benedict XVI resumed his series of talks on the early Church Fathers at his weekly public audience on May 14, introducing the Pseudo-Dionysius the Areopagite, explaining how that 6th-century scholar anticipated the demands of inter-faith dialogue today. The actual author of the works written by the Pseudo-Dionysius (also sometimes known as Dionysius the Pseudo-Areopagite) is unknown. He took his pseudonym from the Athenian named Dionysius, a prominent figure at the Areopagus, whose conversion by St. Paul is described in the Acts of the Apostles. The goal of the Pseudo-Dionysius, Pope Benedict explained to his Wednesday audience, was "to place Greek wisdom at the service of the Gospel." The Pseudo-Dionysius firmly believed that truth "eradicates error and brings the good to shine forth," the Holy Father said. Since the truth is found in God, the scholar's work provided the Church with the first " ...Read More


warning of doctrinal difficulties in Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church

Canberra, May. 13, 2008 (vaticans.org) - The Australian Catholic bishops' conference has issued a public statement warning of "doctrinal difficulties" in a book by the retired bishop. Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who was an auxiliary bishop of the Sydney archdiocese for 20 years prior to his retirement in 2001, is the author of Confronting Power and Sex in the Catholic Church: Reclaiming the Spirit of Jesus. Bishop Robinson is currently on a promotional tour, speaking about the book to audiences in the United States. At their May meeting, the Australian bishops warn that Confronting Power calls into question "the authority of the Catholic Church to teach the truth definitively." The book reflects "Bishop Robinson’s uncertainty about the knowledge and authority of Christ himself," the bishops report. The bishops' statement goes on to note problems with the bishop's book on "among other things, the nature of Tradition, ...Read More


Possibility for Christians to believe in the existence of extra-terrestrial life

Vatican City, May. 14, 2008 (vaticans.org) - In an interview for L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican's astronomer has offered his opinion that it is possible for Christians to believe in the existence of extra-terrestrial life. Father José Gabriel Funes, an Argentine Jesuit, told the Vatican newspaper: "Just there is a multiplicity of creatures on earth there could be other beings, intelligent ones, created by God." The astronomer's remarks appeared under the headline: "The extra-terrestrial is my brother." The interview in L'Osservatore Romano spawned dozens of headline stories in the secular press, many of them suggesting-- inaccurately-- that the Vatican had given official approval to belief in life on other planets. Father Funes offered a more limited view, saying that the possibility of extra-terrestrial life cannot be disproved, and "does not contradict our faith." He argued that Christians should not attempt to pl ...Read More


Archbishop Oscar Cruz has been charged with libel

Manila, May. 13, 2008 (vaticans.org) - A longstanding dispute between a Filipino archbishop and the country's government leaders came to a head on May 13 when a Manila court issued a warrant for the prelate's arrest. Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen Dagupan, a persistent critic of government corruption, has been charged with libel. The complaint was filed by a group of government employees who say that the archbishop defamed them when he said that they had acted as "guest-relations officers" at a party for José Miguel Arroyo, the husband of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. In April, Archbishop Cruz said that he would not be deterred by the threat of a libel charge. Government leaders are trying to silence public critic ...Read More


Internet – Easy access to Sin?!

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Today in Church History - April 21

1957 Pope Pius XII publishes encyclical Fidei Donum 1878 Pope Leo XIII publishes encyclical Inscrutabili ...Read More


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