Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

CARDINAL FERNANDO FILONI RALLIES CATHOLICS TO EVANGELIZE JAPAN

CARDINAL FERNANDO FILONI RALLIES CATHOLICS TO EVANGELIZE JAPAN

by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 21, 2017

Says the time has come to “resume missio for non-Christians”

NAGASAKI, Japan (ChurchMilitant.com) – A leading Vatican prelate is calling on Catholics to resume the evangelization of Japan.

Cardinal Fernando Filoni, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, told an audience in the archdiocese of Nagasaki Tuesday that the time has come to “resume missio for non-Christians.” Catholics, he said, must “put in the eyes of non-Christians the identity of Jesus through their lives, approaching them all with patience and friendship.” read more

MINNESOTA BISHOP MICHAEL HOEPPNER  SETTLES CIVIL LAWSUIT ALLEGING COVERUP OF SEXUAL ABUSE

MINNESOTA BISHOP MICHAEL HOEPPNER  SETTLES CIVIL LAWSUIT ALLEGING COVERUP OF SEXUAL ABUSE


by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 21, 2017

First of its kind litigation against a bishop aims to “use civil litigation to seek justice”

CROOKSTON, Minn. (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Minnesota bishop has settled a civil lawsuit against him for allegedly covering up a claim of sexual abuse from 1971.

Ron Vasek filed a first of its kind personal injury lawsuit against Bp. Michael J. Hoeppner of the diocese of Crookston on May 9, claiming that Hoeppner pressured Vasek to sign a letter recanting his story of sexual abuse in the diocese by refusing to ordain him a deacon and hurting his son’s priestly career. read more

Archbishop Socrates Villegas on martial law anniversary: ‘We can demand true change’

Church people join ‘End Tyranny’ rally

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Church people walk towards Rizal Park in Manila for “End Tyranny” rally and to call on the government for an end to extrajudicial killings in the country, Sept. 21, 2017. – Read the source: http://cbcpnews.net/cbcpnews/church-people-join-end-tyranny-rally/

Archbishop Socrates Villegas on martial law anniversary: ‘We can demand true change’

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Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the closing Mass of the Second Synod of Lingayen – Dagupan on Sept. 9 at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Manaoag. PHOTO COURTESY OF SABINS STUDIO

DAGUPAN City– Marking the declaration of Martial law in the country 45 years ago, Lingayen – Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas rallied the faithful to stay vigilant and to “keep on demanding” change. read more

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: The Pope is not the ‘owner’ of Catholic truths

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: The Pope is not the ‘owner’ of Catholic truths

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By Dorothy Cummings McLean, Sep 19, 2017 – 10:51 am EST

Bishop Schneider: The Pope is not the ‘owner’ of Catholic truths

September 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — In a recent interview, Bishop Athanasius Schneider said that some of the “ambiguous affirmations” in Amoris Laetitia are “causing a moral and disciplinary anarchy in the life of the Church.”

In an interview with Dr. Maike Hickson for OnePeterFive, Schneider defended Professor Josef Seifert for raising critical questions concerning the controversial papal document.

The theologian was recently fired from his university post by the Archbishop of Granada for doing so. read more

‘Killing of conscience’ worse than killing of addicts – Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

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‘Killing of conscience’ worse than killing of addicts – Bishop Pablo Virgilio David

‘Dapat tayong mabahala kapag sumasama ang ugali ng Pilipino,’ Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David says on Rappler Talk

Published 8:15 PM, September 20, 2017 Updated 8:42 PM, September 20, 2017 'KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.' Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the 'killing of conscience' as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

‘KILLING OF CONSCIENCE.’ Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warns in a Rappler Talk interview against the ‘killing of conscience’ as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David warned against the “killing of conscience” as many Filipinos condone the killing of drug addicts in predominantly Catholic Philippines. read more

AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS DIVIDE OVER LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE

AUSTRALIAN BISHOPS DIVIDE OVER LEGALIZING GAY MARRIAGE


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 20, 2017

Some bishops say vote no, some say vote yes and some say it’s not worth fighting over

SYDNEY (ChurchMilitant.com) – The bishops of Australia are divided over whether their country should legalize so-called same-sex marriage.

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has teamed up with Dan White, executive director of Sydney Catholic Schools, in urging parents of Catholic students to vote “no” on the national postal survey on same-sex marriage that’s going on now in Australia. In a two-page letter sent to parents Friday, Abp. Fisher related, “We will be voting ‘no’ and encourage you to do the same.” The archbishop affirmed Catholics weren’t bigots for rejecting gay marriage. “Sadly, there has been a campaign to label those who support traditional marriage as ‘bigots’ and ‘homophobes,’ so as to silence all opposition,” noted the archbishop. read more

SAN DIEGO BISHOP ROBERT MCELROY CALLS FAITHFUL CATHOLICS A ‘CANCER’ IN THE CHURCH TO THE DEFENSE OF PRO-GAY JESUIT FR. JAMES MARTIN

SAN DIEGO BISHOP ROBERT MCELROY CALLS FAITHFUL CATHOLICS A ‘CANCER’ IN THE CHURCH TO THE DEFENSE OF PRO-GAY JESUIT FR. JAMES MARTIN

San Diego Bishop Calls Faithful Catholics a ‘Cancer’ in the Church by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 19, 2017

Bp. Robert McElroy comes to the defense of pro-gay Jesuit Fr. James Martin

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (ChurchMilitant.com) – The bishop of San Diego, California is calling faithful Catholics who criticize the LGBT agenda a “cancer” in the Church. In an op-ed published Monday in America (where Fr. James Martin, S.J. is editor-at-large), Bp. Robert McElroy blasted critics of the celebrity Jesuit as fostering campaigns of “homophobia” and “bigotry.”

“This campaign of distortion must be challenged and exposed for what it is,” the bishop lamented, “not primarily for Father Martin’s sake but because this cancer of vilification is seeping into the institutional life of the church.”

He specifically referenced recent cancellations of Martin’s speaking events, which Martin blamed in part on Church Militant’s reporting. Since then, Martin has called on the institutional Church to censor the opposition.

“The larger question is how will the church deal with trolls?” Martin asked. “How will the church deal with well-organized and well-funded online sites and individuals which are motivated by hatred, and which seem to have as much influence as local ordinaries in getting a lecture cancelled? Basically, how will we deal with Catholics who hate?” read more

7 Deadly Sins and 7 Lively Virtues with Bishop Robert Barron

7 Deadly Sins and 7 Lively Virtues with Bishop Robert Barron

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PRO-LIFERS TO BOSTON CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY: STOP THE BETRAYALS!

PRO-LIFERS TO BOSTON CARDINAL SEAN O’MALLEY: STOP THE BETRAYALS!

Pro-Lifers to Boston Cdl. Sean O’Malley: Stop the Betrayals! by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 14, 2017

Petition accuses O’Malley of marginalizing pro-lifers, honoring pro-abortion politicians

BOSTON (ChurchMilitant.com) – A coalition of pro-life organizations is calling on the bishops in the state of Massachusetts to quit betraying the Church and the pro-life movement.

A petition titled “A Pro-Life Appeal to Cdl. O’Malley and all Massachusetts Bishops” was published Wednesday and decries Boston’s Cdl. Sean O’Malley of having a permissive attitude toward pro-abortion politicians. It’s signed by a number of notable pro-life groups, including William Cotter of Operation Rescue, Boston, Brian Camenker of Mass Resistance and C. Joseph Doyle of Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, among others.

The petition also criticizes a recent measure by the bishops of Massachusetts banning signature-gathering on Church properties. The undersigned lament that this ban hinders the work of pro-lifers, given its timing. It comes “just as another effort to end state abortion funding gets underway.” read more

AUSTRALIAN BISHOP VINCENT LONG WON’T FIGHT GAY MARRIAGE VOTE

AUSTRALIAN BISHOP VINCENT LONG WON’T FIGHT GAY MARRIAGE VOTE


by Anita Carey  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  September 14, 2017

Bp. Vincent Long: “It should not be a matter of a simple answer — yes or no”

PARRAMATTA, Australia (ChurchMilitant.com) – An Australian bishop won’t fight the upcoming gay marriage referendum, instead criticizing the Church for failing to be sufficiently welcoming to gays.

From September 13 to November 7, Australia’s government will be collecting postal surveys on whether so-called same-sex marriage should be legalized. While the survey is not legally binding, the outcome could affect whether legislation to change the country’s Marriage Act would be introduced. read more