Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

Vatican urges Venezuela to suspend constitutional revision to avoid violence, guarantee rights

Vatican urges Venezuela to suspend constitutional revision to avoid violence, guarantee rights

Pope Francis. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

DUTCH CARDINAL WILLEM EIJK: EUTHANASIA IS ALWAYS EVIL

DUTCH CARDINAL WILLEM EIJK: EUTHANASIA IS ALWAYS EVIL


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  August 3, 2017

Cdl. Willem Eijk: “It is never ever allowable to violate intrinsic values”

UTRECHT, Netherlands (ChurchMilitant.com) – A Dutch cardinal is affirming that euthanasia is always intrinsically evil while agreeing with one psychiatrist, who is alarmed over the nonconsensual killing of incapacitated mental patients in the Netherlands.

In a statement Tuesday, Cdl. Willem Eijk of Utrecht, Netherlands, agreed with psychiatrist Boudewijn Chabot, a Dutch promoter of assisted suicide, that the country was ignoring legal limits to its euthanasia laws and even killing patients without their consent. read more

Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa warns President Maduro over deaths of protestors

Venezuelan Cardinal Jorge Urosa warns President Maduro over deaths of protestors

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro speaks at a rally in Caracas in support calling a constituent assembly, May 23, 2017. Credit: Marco Salgado/Shutterstock.

.- Cardinal Jorge Urosa of Caracas has warned President Nicolás Maduro and the high command of the armed forces that they will be accountable to God for the deaths of Venezuelans killed by military personnel and Chavista groups during demonstrations against the country’s contentious Constituent Assembly. read more

Vatican calls fight against corruption a “moral obligation”

Vatican calls fight against corruption a “moral obligation”

New Document on Corruption

Cardinal Peter Turkson in the Vatican press room

Card. Peter Turkson © ZENIT – HSM

The Vatican calls fight against corruption and the barriers it creates to peace and justice a “moral obligation”, in a document that just released outlines plans by the International Consultation Group for Justice, Corruption, Organized Crime and Mafias (ICG), sponsored by the Holy See’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, Vatican Radio in english reports.

The document is the outcome of the ICG’s June meeting in the Vatican Gardens, which brought together leaders in religion, law enforcement and victim’s groups. read more

CARDINAL JOHN ONAIYEKAN RALLIES NIGERIAN CATHOLICS TO WIN COUNTRY FOR CHRIST

CARDINAL JOHN ONAIYEKAN RALLIES NIGERIAN CATHOLICS TO WIN COUNTRY FOR CHRIST

Cardinal Rallies Nigerian Catholics to Win Country for Christ by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 28, 2017

Reminds faithful that the contest for souls begins with their own

OGOJA, Nigeria (ChurchMilitant.com) – A leading Nigerian bishop is rallying the nation’s Catholics to win their country for Christ by proactively practicing the Faith.

In a homily last week, Cdl. John Onaiyekan, archbishop of Abuja, called on Nigeria’s Catholics to redouble evangelization efforts through peaceful persuasion and steadfastly living out the Gospel message.

The mission of Nigeria’s Catholics, Onaiyekan affirmed, entails “doing our best to propagate openly the Gospel of Jesus and to welcome all who freely accept faith in Jesus.” read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki under fire for denying funerals for people in same-sex ‘marriages’ refuses to back down

Bishop Thomas Paprocki under fire for denying funerals for people in same-sex ‘marriages’ refuses to back down

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois

By Lisa Bourne,Fri Jun 30, 2017 – 12:49 pm EST

SPRINGFIELD, Illinois, June 30, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s response to condemnation and controversy after his recent decree on same-sex “marriage” and a follow-up clarifying statement was to reaffirm Church teaching.

Asked in a Catholic World Report interview whether being denounced so strongly in the media had been difficult for him, the bishop’s answer also exhibited pastoral leadership. read more

Bishop Thomas Paprocki Reiterates Catholic Teaching: Repentance Is for All Grave Sin

Bishop Thomas Paprocki Reiterates Catholic Teaching: Repentance Is for All Grave Sin Bishop Thomas Paprocki Bishop Thomas Paprocki (Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, video) NATION  |  JUL. 26, 2017

Bishop Paprocki Reiterates Catholic Teaching: Repentance Is for All Grave Sin

Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, responds via video message about internal decree discussing same-sex ‘marriage’ and other pastoral issues. CNA/EWTN News

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A prominent media priest who criticized Bishop Thomas Paprocki’s restatement of norms regarding Church funerals “gets a lot wrong,” the bishop said in a response noting the importance of repentance for everyone.

Bishop Paprocki explained his decree in a July 9 video on the Diocese of Springfield’s website. He reminded everyone with a ministry in the Church that “while being clear and direct about what the Church teaches, our pastoral ministry must always be respectful, compassionate and sensitive to all our brothers and sisters in faith, as was the ministry of Christ Jesus, the Good Shepherd and our everlasting model for ministry,” the bishop said. read more

Want to change the world? It starts with joy – Archbishop Charles Chaput says

Want to change the world? It starts with joy – Archbishop Charles Chaput says

Archbishop Charles Chaput speaks with CNA in Rome on Sept. 15, 2014. Credit: Joaquín Peiró Pérez / CNA.

.- In a world that can sometimes seem disheartening, Christians have a path to the future in lives of joy and love, Archbishop Chaput said Thursday.

While Christians need to see the world’s problems as they are, “we can’t let the weight of the world crush the joy that’s our birthright by our rebirth in Jesus Christ through baptism,” he said. read more

Abolish CHR? President Duterte is ‘out of his mind’ — Bishop Arturo Bastes

Abolish CHR? President Duterte is ‘out of his mind’ — Bishop Arturo Bastes

By  | Jul 27, 2017

Militant groups march towards the Batasang Pambansa during President Rodrigo Duterte’s State of the Nation Address, July 24, 2017. MARIA TAN

MANILA— A Catholic bishop said President Rodrigo Duterte is ‘out of his mind’ to even think about abolishing the Commission on Human Rights (CHR).

Bishop Arturo Bastes of Sorsogon said Duterte’s threats to close down the independent body only shows his “no knowledge” about how governments should operate in a democratic society. read more

ATHEIST SLAMS CARDINAL RICARDO EZZATI FOR COWARDICE, HYPOCRISY

ATHEIST SLAMS CARDINAL RICARDO EZZATI FOR COWARDICE, HYPOCRISY


by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  July 26, 2017

Bishop blasted for refusing to fight Chile abortion law

SANTIAGO, Chile (ChurchMilitant.com) – A prominent Chilean atheist is calling the country’s top bishop to account for his weak approach on abortion.

Earlier this month, law professor Carlos Peña, rector of Diego Portales University, published a series of damning critiques of Cdl. Ricardo Ezzati’s refusal to do more to fight an abortion bill now before the National Congress of Chile.

Ezzati, archbishop of Santiago and head of the Episcopal Conference of Chile, has effectively removed himself from combat over the measure, suggesting the legalization of abortion is a political matter not a moral one. read more