Vatican urges Venezuela to suspend constitutional revision to avoid violence, guarantee rights
by Elise Harris
Vatican City, Aug 4, 2017 / 05:26 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As tensions and deaths continue to rise in Venezuela over the government’s push to re-write their constitution, the Holy See has urged the country’s leaders to hold off on the constitutional assembly, focusing instead on alleviating the nation’s crippling humanitarian crisis.
“The Holy See expresses again her profound concern for the radicalization and aggravation of the crisis in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, with the increase in the number of deaths, wounded and those who have been detained,” read an Aug. 4 Vatican communique. read more
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
Caracas, Venezuela, Aug 2, 2017 / 04:42 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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”
New Document on CorruptionJIM FAIR
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 CHRISTby Stephen Wynne • ChurchMilitant.com • July 28, 2017
Reminds faithful that the contest for souls begins with their own
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 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.
Bishop Paprocki Reiterates Catholic Teaching: Repentance Is for All Grave SinBishop 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
Napa, Calif., Jul 27, 2017 / 04:40 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- 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
By CBCP News | 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
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