The 2008 raid on a Postville, Iowa, meatpacking plant by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that ignited church efforts for a more just immigration policy is now the subject of a documentary, "abUSed: The Postville Raid," by Luis Argueta and Vivian Rivas.
Cardinal Burke takes possession of his titular church in Rome
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
ROME (CNS) -- Sealing his new status as a member of the clergy of Rome, U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke celebrated Mass at his titular church in Rome.
The cardinal, who is prefect of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican's supreme tribunal, formally took possession of the Church of St. Agatha of the Goths Feb. 5, the feast of the martyred saint.
The United States faces a dilemma of its own making in the Egyptian crisis. Despite expressing sentiments over the years for greater democratization in the Middle East and, for that matter, in other parts of the world, the U.S. has possessed a history over the course of the 20th century and into this century of supporting dictatorships and oppressive military regimes.
We support democracy only up to the point that it does not interfere with our economic, political, and strategic objectives.
On this day we observe the feast of Bl. Pope Pius IX.
Giovanni Maria Mastai-Ferretti, born in Senigallia on May 13, 1792, was elected Pope on June 16, 1846. The longest reigning Pope in history died on Feb. 7, 1878.
"He had a difficult pontificate, but precisely because of that he was a great Pope, certainly one of the greatest."
--from "Pope Pius IX", L'Osservatore Romano, Weekly Edition in English 6 September 2000.
Sandusky, Ohio Catholic schools losing students
Change of course: Bishop Paul Coakley of Salina, Kans., to be installed in Archdiocese of Oklahoma City
Merced, Calif. Catholic Charities: No rest while there's need
Philippine bishops to Depart. of Health: No condoms on Valentine's Day, please
The Vatican has said that under no circumstances can Pope Benedict's organs be harvested for medical purposes. Before he was pope Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger carried a organ donor card - but Vatican officials have said it became invalid upon his papal election.
Apparently the pro life ethic goes only so far.
Iris Müller, one of the original seven women ordained in 2002 on the Danube River, died Jan. 30. Long time advocate of women’s equality and women’s ordination, Muller’s life story is recently captured in a book written by Gretchen Kloten Minney, “Called: Women Hear the Voice of the Divine.”
In a chapter entitled “Pioneers: Grandmothers of the Return of Women’s Ordination in the Roman Catholic Church,” Minney writes of Muller and her lifetime friend, Ida Raming, also ordained on the Danube.
The Association of Catholic Priests of Ireland today asked the Irish Bishops to postpone the implementation of the new liturgical texts.
The following is the substance of their statement:
The ACP understands that the Irish Conference of Bishops has decided that the new translation of the Missal will be introduced in Ireland on the First Sunday of Advent 2011. While a new and improved version of the current missal would be welcome, this new translation is not what is needed. The ACP urgently calls on the bishops to defer its introduction for five years. During that period the bishops, together with the people and priests, can properly examine the suitability of these texts for the Irish Church. The celebration of the Mass is central to our work as priests and, more importantly, to the lives of the people we serve.
More than 140 German, Austrian, and Swiss Catholic theologians have called for a fundamental reform of the Church of Rome that would end the celibacy of priests, it was reported Friday.
In their petition entitled, "The Church 2011: an indispensable renewal," which is accessible via the Internet site of the German daily Süddeutsche Zeitung, these 143 theologians, mostly teachers in German speaking universities, also call for the ordination of women, and for the Church's acceptance of homosexual partners. They also demand participation of the faithful in the nomination of bishops and an end to the "moral rigidity" of the Church.
President Obama’s personal remarks on his faith life touched me as they did many others. He seemed to speak from the heart. Nevertheless, pundits quickly attempted to place his remarks into the framework of political strategy. Three general lines of reason were offered yesterday:
- He is playing the faith card: This is just the latest manifestation of "Barack Obama 2.0," says Ed Lasky at American Thinker. Having "barely attended any religious services in the last two years," Obama is now attempting a "public baptism" to attract the Christian vote in 2012. "Talk about religious hucksters..." "Another two steps in the Obama extreme makeover"