September 18, 2019: Benedict XVI provokes critics of his April essay on clerical sex abuse Benedict XVI has ignited new controversy by issuing a stinging response to critics of an essay in which he blamed the 1968 Movement for triggering the clerical sexual abuse of minors. The 92-year-old retired pope originally put forth his thesis with the 6,000-word article “The Church and the Scandal of Sexual Abuse”, published last April in […]

September 13, 2019: Vatican: German Synod Plans ‘Not Ecclesiologically Valid’ In a letter sent to German bishops last week, the Vatican has said that plans for a binding Church synod in Germany are “not ecclesiologically valid.”  Plans for a “binding synodal process” were first announced by Cardinal Reinhard Marx, head of the German episcopal conference, earlier this year.  CNA reported last week that draft […]

September 13, 2019: German bishops respond to Vatican intervention, but documents indicate ongoing disagreement

o The German bishops’ conference has responded to the Vatican’s intervention in preparations for a binding synodal process to be held in that country beginning in Advent. The conference said Friday that detailed criticisms from the Vatican’s legal department concerned older draft documents, and did not take into account changes made to the German plans. […]

September 11, 2019 – Cardinal Burke, Bishop Schneider Announce Crusade of Prayer and Fasting

Citing “serious theological errors and heresies” in the Amazon Synod’s working document, they call on the faithful to pray and fast for 40 days to prevent such errors being approved.

July 30, 2019 – Francis deplores prostitution as a ‘disease of humanity’

O ‘Any form of prostitution is a reduction into slavery, a criminal act, a disgusting vice that confuses love-making with venting one’s instincts.’

June 26, 2019 – Christian girls continue to be abducted. The latest case involves a 14-year-old in Lahore converted under threat Benish Imran was kidnapped by a man who then forced her to embrace Islam. In court, she said she was 19 and had married of her own free will. The association that follows the case complains of dozens of similar episodes.

June 21, 2019: UN Day marks victory for religious freedom OTTAWA — Getting the United Nations and the European Union to acknowledge the persecution of Christians is an ongoing challenge, but there are signs of progress, says Marcela Szymanski, a lobbyist for Aid to the Church in Need. One positive step was taken May 29 with a United Nations resolution to make Aug. 22 the […]

June 21, 2019 – Custody of Wunderlich Challenged By Authorities

Paul Coleman via      Newsletter – June 2019 The same court which ordered the removal of the Wunderlich children in 2013, has again challenged the custody of the children by demanding proof of their school attendance. The Wunderlich family were summoned to a court in Darmstadt, Germany, last week. The two younger children, who are still minors, […]

June 7, 2019 – Book review: ‘Equality and Non-Discrimination: Catholic Roots, Current Challenges’ The book is highly recommended to anyone interested in the issue of equality and non-discrimination. Too much is at stake not to be informed about these key issues. Several of the chapters are powerful enough to warrant book-length treatments of their own. Professor Benson was right to say that not one in a hundred […]

May 27, 2019 – “Aborting Reason and Equality: A Religious Pro-Life Critique of Roe, Casey, and Abortion Rights Rhetoric” Thus, while certain laws or lawsuits may present the issue of a religious accommodation regarding abortion, such constellation of legal issues should not confuse the fundamental position of religion in American society as to the abortion issue. Pro-life religious beliefs are a call to inclusion of all human beings as deserving of recognition before […]