Category Archives: Bishop’s messages

African Bishops Keep Fighting the Good Fight on the Culture of Death

African Bishops Keep Fighting the Good Fight on the Culture of Death

Ghana’s bishops’ conference is battling the culture of death

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   August 24, 2015

ACCRA, Ghana, August 24, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – African bishops continue to fight for life, marriage and family in their country.

Following a pro-life rally that drew more than 1,000 supporters, the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) issued a statement resolving to resist evils such as abortion, population control, adulterous remarriages, promiscuity and sodomy. read more

Cardinal John Njue to Kenyan Americans: On Morality, Be Kenyan, Not American

Cardinal John Njue to Kenyan Americans: On Morality, Be Kenyan, Not American

“Bring up your children in the ways of the Lord by saying no to destructive influences perpetuated here”

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   August 21, 2015

BEAR, Del., August 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – Do not succumb to America’s destructive moral climate. Cling to your African Catholic morality.

Those comments last week from Kenya’s Cardinal John Njue, who is urging Kenyans living in America to hold onto the traditional morality of Africa despite living in America’s moral depravity.

Speaking to Kenyan Americans at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish in Bear, Delaware, he told them they find themselves in tough times, since the culture in which they live is at odds with their religious beliefs as well as their traditional African norms. read more

Divorce’s Many Victims

Divorce’s Many Victims

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EDITORIAL: Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, the archbishop of Vienna, still points to the childhood trauma of his parents’ divorce as a critical turning point in his emotional and spiritual life.

BY THE EDITORS AUGUST 19,2015 

Cardinal Christoph Schönborn — the archbishop of Vienna, the chief editor of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and a Church leader who was considered a papabile during the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis — just celebrated his 70th birthday.

But despite his long and storied personal history, he still points to the childhood trauma of his parents’ divorce as a critical turning point in his emotional and spiritual life.

“It is so obvious that the first victims of divorce are always the children,” notes the cardinal in his page-one interview. When the father and mother separate, “something is always broken in the life of the child.” read more

Slowly But Surely Making Gay Okay

Slowly But Surely Making Gay Okay

Bp. Schneider: “[T]o commit homosexual acts and that lifestyle is not correct.”

by Joseph Gonzalez  •   August 17, 2015

When you control the language, you control the argument. And that’s what the gay agenda has done and continues to do.

The media portrays so-called gays and lesbians as victims of discrimination and hatred. They paint homosexuals as harmless people who simply want to express their love differently but are marginalized and bullied by bigots. Even in the Church today there is a movement to speak inclusively and positively of those who experience same-sex attraction. read more

More Christ, Less ‘Worldly Entertainment’ at Mass, Says Vatican’s Head of Worship

More Christ, Less ‘Worldly Entertainment’ at Mass, Says Vatican’s Head of Worship

“We run the real risk of leaving no room for God in our celebrations”

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   August 17, 2015

VATICAN CITY, August 17, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) – The Church still hasn’t seen a genuine implementation of the Second Vatican Council’s teachings on the Mass, says Cdl. Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments.

In a recently translated document published in L’Osservatore Romano, the African cardinal asserts that in spite of all the liturgical changes witnessed since the 1960s, the Church has yet to authentically realize the Council’s understanding of what the liturgy actually is. read more

Archbishop Villegas: Pastoral Guidance on the COMPASSIONATE USE OF CANNABIS

Archbishop Villegas: Pastoral Guidance on the COMPASSIONATE USE OF CANNABIS

Published August 16, 2015

Some of our Catholic faithful have come to us their bishops to seek moral guidance on the so called “compassionate use of cannabis or marijuana.” In the spirit of pastoral concern, we respond gladly to the expressed need for moral guidance.

Our Competence

What lies within the competence of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to make statements on, and what lies beyond must be made clear. When a question of right and wrong, an issue of the ethical as against the unethical is raised, the Church, as prophetic, must exercise its teaching office and must offer the faithful guidance and instruction. read more

Bishop Schneider: ‘False Prophets Inside the Church’

Bishop Schneider: ‘False Prophets Inside the Church’

“A certain clerical pressure group” is pushing a politically correct Marxist agenda

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   August 14, 2015

False prophets in the Church are trying to hijack the upcoming Synod on the Family and impose an anti-Catholic ideology.

That’s the latest warning from Kazakhstan’s tradition-minded bishop Athanasius Schneider inanother wide-ranging new interview, this time with Ireland’s Catholic Voice.

He says the Instrumentum Laboris, the working document for October’s synod, pushes “the agenda of a certain clerical pressure group” seeking to change divine law and let divorced adulterers receive Communion, among other things. read more

Pope Francis and the Devil

Pope Francis and the Devil

Since the election of Pope Francis, the media has spent a great deal of time focusing on his constant challenge to help the poor. More recently, the media reported heavily on his encyclical on the environment. Helping the poor and care for the environment are themes that people of good will can agree on. One theme, however, that the media seems to shy away from is the Pope’s consistent warnings about the reality of the devil.

It seems that a week doesn’t pass without Pope Francis talking about the existence of the devil and his plan to lead us away from God. Why is the Pope so focused on the devil? First, Francis is teaching us Scripture, which warns against the wiles of the devil. St. Peter writes, “Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith…” (1 Peter 5:8-9). Second, the Pope’s words about the devil reveal to us that Francis is a man of profound spiritual depth. He is aware of the spiritual war that is being waged for our souls.Some have tried to make Francis out to be a feel-good liberal who seems to shy away from the controversial moral issues of our time. On the contrary, Francis’ continual warnings about the reality of the devil make it clear that he is trying to strengthen us in our moral and spiritual lives. The battle is real and it can only be won by staying united to Christ, which is exactly what Pope Francis has been saying all along. read more

Bishop Schneider Slams Liturgical Abuse, Stands Up for Traditional Catholics

Bishop Schneider Slams Liturgical Abuse, Stands Up for Traditional Catholics

Bishop Athanasius Schneider is defending tradition and analyzing the crisis in the Church

by Ryan Fitzgerald  •   August 11, 2015

Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan, an outspoken champion of the Traditional Latin Mass, is condemning modern liturgical abuses and speaking out in defense of tradition.

In a recent interview with Adelante la Fe, he blasts Communion in the hand and use of female lectors, as well as other ritual abuses.

“It is now a proven fact that a considerable part of those who receive the Holy Communion habitually in hand, especially the younger generation which had not known the manner of receiving Communion kneeling and on the tongue, [no longer has] the full Catholic faith in the Real Presence,” he says, “because they treat the consecrated Host almost in the same exterior manner as they take ordinary food.” read more

Cardinal Pell: No Parent Should Fail to Teach Christ’s Core Teachings

Cardinal Pell: No Parent Should Fail to Teach Christ’s Core Teachings

05/20/2015 

Here below is the full text of a keynote speech given by Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Vatican Secretariat for the Economy, to the Rome Life Forum on 9th Mary.

The annual meeting was this year co-sponsored by Associazione Famiglia Domani, Family Life International New Zealand, Human Life International, LifeSiteNews, and the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children.

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Parents as the best teachers of their children

by H.E. Cardinal George Pell

The story is told of a rich American family who decided that their family history should be written. One problem was that Uncle Charlie had been executed in the electric chair. When this difficulty was explained to the historian, he replied that he could cope with this. So he wrote: read more