Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

Cardinal Tagle: ‘Lent time to reflect on sins against nature’

Cardinal Tagle: ‘Lent time to reflect on sins against nature’

Posted by  | Feb 14, 2018 |     

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle

MANILA – As the Lenten season begins today, Feb. 14, a prelate stressed the need to recognize one’s sins against the environment as sins that need to be brought before God.

“It will be Lent again, there will be a lot of people going to Confession again. How many will actually confess, ‘I threw trash just any where I please’? Do we even look at that act as something against our faith?”, said Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, D.D during his keynote message for the Ecclesiastical Province of Manila’s Laudato Si conference held at the De La Salle University on Feb. 2. read more

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT: DURING LENT CATHOLICS CAN FORM THEIR CONSCIENCES

ARCHBISHOP CHARLES CHAPUT: DURING LENT CATHOLICS CAN FORM THEIR CONSCIENCES


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 14, 2018

“God invites all of us to smash our miserable little concordats with sin and its alibis”

As Catholics are choosing spiritual exercises for Lent, the archbishop of Philadelphia is suggesting they start with reforming their consciences according to Church teaching.

In his column on February 13, Abp. Charles Chaput, who withholds Holy Communion from couples living in adultery, warns Catholics that lax consciences are of little value in spiritually directing a person. He wrote:

For every forbidden, hurtful, dishonest thing we like to do, we’re experts at self-deceit, at training our consciences to perform like pets … well-manicured poodles that offer us alibis on demand like: read more

Catholics urged to practice faith as Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Catholics urged to practice faith as Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday – Archbishop Socrates Villegas

Posted by  | Feb 13, 2018 |     

Ash Wednesday is a day when the Catholic faithful receive ashes on their foreheads, signaling the start of the Lenten season. FILE PHOTO

MANILA – With Valentine’s Day and the beginning of Lent falling on the same date, a Catholic archbishop reminded the faithful that the obligations of Ash Wednesday still apply.

For the first time in 73 years, Valentine’s Day falls on Ash Wednesday, an obligatory day of prayer, charity, fasting, and abstinence for Catholics. read more

US Bishops Applaud US Limits on Abortion Funding – Cardinal Timothy Dolan

US Bishops Applaud US Limits on Abortion Funding – Cardinal Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. (CNA file photo) NATION  |  FEB. 12, 2018 Bishops Applaud US Limits on Abortion Funding Speaking on behalf of the USCCB, Cardinal Timothy Dolan praised the Trump Administration’s ban on foreign aid funding of groups that perform or promote abortions. by CNA/EWTN News

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops have praised signs of progress against “abortion ideology,” in response to a State Department report on new limits to U.S. funding for groups involved in abortion.

“Abortion undermines basic human rights, certainly for the child, and it also can wound the mother emotionally and physically,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York said Feb. 8. “U.S. tax dollars have no business going to organizations that are unwilling to pursue health outcomes for every person and instead insist on promoting and imposing their abortion ideology on women and children.” read more

The Clarity of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

The Clarity of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago

, FEBRUARY 14,2018

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago is all for clarity. It has been a consistent theme, as when in September of 2017 he issued a decree banning guns in all parishes, schools and other facilities across the archdiocese “so there would be absolute clarity on our position.” His official statement put “clarity” in italics. When he was bishop of Rapid City, he called for “civility and clarity” in discussing legislation that would limit abortion, but he was somewhat unclear in explaining that the law “must recognize both the suffering of the unborn children in abortion and the suffering of the pregnant women in dire circumstances.” The bill was defeated 55 percent to 45 percent. As bishop of Spokane, he spoke clearly in prohibiting the use of the traditional Latin liturgical books in the Paschal Triduum. He made very clear his disapproval of seminarians and priests demonstrating against Planned Parenthood: “Decisions about abortion are not usually made in front of clinics.” In 2012, his pastoral letter on a state referendum to legalize same-sex “marriage” said: “I also want to be very clear that in stating our position the Catholic Church has no tolerance for the misuse of this moment to incite hostility towards homosexual persons or promote an agenda that is hateful and disrespectful of their human dignity.” read more

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to lead walk against killings in Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle to lead walk against killings in Manila, Philippines

Posted by  | Feb 12, 2018 |     

(L-R) George Campos of the Couples for Christ, CBCP Commission on Laity chairman; Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo; Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas president Julieta Wasan, and Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) Philippines media direcor Peachy Yamsuan hold a press conference, Feb. 12, 2018. ROY LAGARDE

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle will lead the march in Manila next week to protest the continued killings in the country.

In what could be the largest pro-life event so far this year, the “Walk for Life” will be held simultaneously in other dioceses on Feb. 24. read more

DOUBLE STANDARD IN SAN ANTONIO: Prelate sent faithful sisters packing after embracing gay priest

DOUBLE STANDARD IN SAN ANTONIO: Prelate sent faithful sisters packing after embracing gay priest

Double Standard in San Antonio by Stephen Wynne  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 13, 2018

Prelate sent faithful sisters packing after embracing gay priest

SAN ANTONIO (ChurchMilitant.com) – Recent statements by San Antonio Abp. Gustavo Garcia-Siller are reinforcing the glaring divide between his words and deeds.On Saturday, the prelate took to Twitter, saying, “Sinners can become saints but the corrupt not.”

It comes six weeks after Garcia-Siller evicted a group of Poor Clare nuns from their adopted home, Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (OLA), allegedly as an act of revenge against the parish.

WATCH MORE LIKE THIS The archbishop’s move, OLA members say, was in retaliation for the parish’s transfer to the Anglican Use Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Houston. The parish had been locked in a power struggle with Garcia-Siller for years, who wanted to retain control of the property. When Rome finally sided with the parish in March 2017, the prelate seems to have exacted his revenge, taking out his wrath on three religious sisters.

Looking further back, the gulf between Garcia-Siller’s words and actions becomes clearer still. For more than a year, the archbishop of San Antonio has waged an open campaign of persecution against Our Lady of the Atonement — against orthodox Roman Catholics.

A year before he severed the sisters from their parish, as part of the same alleged “land grab,” Garcia-Siller dismissed OLA pastor Fr. Christopher Phillips in a move Atonement parishioners described as “illegal and abusive.” read more

BISHOP KEVIN RHOADES SLAMS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOR COVERING ‘SIMPLE CONTRACEPTIVES’

BISHOP KEVIN RHOADES SLAMS UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOR COVERING ‘SIMPLE CONTRACEPTIVES’

Bishop Slams Univ. of Notre Dame for Covering ‘Simple Contraceptives’ by Alexander Slavsky  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 12, 2018

Students and staff “should not expect the university to act contrary to its Catholic beliefs”

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (ChurchMilitant.com) – An Indiana bishop is criticizing the University of Notre Dame’s decision to cover birth control in its health plans.

On Saturday, Bp. Kevin C. Rhoades of the diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend issued a statementpraising the Catholic university for providing natural family planning services while criticizing the school for funding simple contraception (drugs that prevent pregnancy).

“I understand Notre Dame’s desire to respect other religious traditions and the conscientious decisions of members of the Notre Dame community on this issue,” commented Bp. Rhoades. “Members of the community who decide to use contraceptives, however, should not expect the university to act contrary to its Catholic beliefs by funding these contraceptives.” read more

ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN BATTLED CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN’S PREDECESSOR: Cardinal Spellman – “I will get even with you”

ARCHBISHOP FULTON SHEEN BATTLED CARDINAL TIMOTHY DOLAN’S PREDECESSOR: Cardinal Spellman – “I will get even with you”


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 12, 2018

Cdl. Spellman: “I will get even with you”

Monsignor Hilary Franco is again alleging that Abp. Fulton Sheen had an unspoken desire to be buried at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The monsignor doesn’t claim, however, that Abp. Sheen loved the archdiocese of New York nor does he mention how Abp. Sheen was attacked by Cdl. Timothy Dolan’s predecessor, the late Cdl. Francis Spellman.

In 1957, Cdl. Spellman gave free, government-surplus milk to Abp. Fulton Sheen’s Society for the Propagation of the Faith for use in the missions. The cardinal later demanded the society pay the New York archdiocese $1 million for the milk. When Abp. Sheen refused, Cdl. Spellman accused him in person before Pope Pius XII. After calling President Dwight Eisenhower, who verified the surplus milk was free, Pius XII sided with Abp. Sheen in the case. read more

CARDINAL WILFRID NAPIER SUBTLY REBUKES FR. JAMES MARTIN’S PRO-GAY AGENDA

CARDINAL WILFRID NAPIER SUBTLY REBUKES FR. JAMES MARTIN’S PRO-GAY AGENDA

Cdl. Napier Subtly Rebukes Fr. James Martin by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  February 12, 2018    Praises Jesuit priest’s critics on Twitter DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – An African cardinal is making clear he disapproves of Fr. James Martin’s pro-gay agenda.Cardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, jumped into the celebrity Jesuit’s Twitter feed over the weekend. Martin was attending an LGBT conference at Loyola University in Maryland, and tweeted about his excitement over the event.

“I’m meeting so many amazing young people, and learning so much [at] the ‘Ignatian Q’ conference at @LoyolaMaryland today in Baltimore,” Martin wrote. “It’s an inspiring gathering of LBGTQ students and their advisers from the 28 Jesuit colleges and universities in this country. AMDG.”

Napier entered the discussion by praising the work of authors Daniel Mattson and Avera Maria Santo — two Catholics who have specifically written against Fr. Martin’s pro-LGBT stance. read more