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Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Rescued Marawi priest Father Chito wants to hold mass

Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Soganub asked for a Bible and a rosary, among his first requests, according to the military that is still keeping custody of the priest

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

FROM MARAWI TO MANILA. Father Teresito Soganub is flow to Manila two days after his rescue. Photo courtesy of Zia Alonto Adiong

MARAWI CITY, Philippines – The military said former Maute hostage Father Teresito “Chito” Soganub is already planning to hold mass.

Nagbabalak po siyang mag-misa. Gusto niyang mag-misa (He’s planning to hold mass. He wants to hold mass),” said Colonel Romeo Brawner, deputy commander of Task Group Ranao in Marawi. read more

From NASA to nunhood: P.E.I. engineer explores faith as scientist and sister

From NASA to nunhood: P.E.I. engineer explores faith as scientist and sister

ADINA BRESGE / THE CANADIAN PRESS
AUGUST 27, 2017 11:02 AM
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CHARLOTTETOWN — When Libby Osgood looks into the night sky above Charlottetown, she said she sees it through the lens of God’s creation and her own contribution to the engineering of NASA’s satellites.

Osgood, an aerospace engineer who has worked for NASA, is taking a sabbatical from her job as a professor at the University of Prince Edward Island to pursue a new vocation —becoming a nun.

“I feel so whole. It feels like there was all these different puzzle pieces before and they just all fit now together,” she said. “With the science and religion perspective … I’m already getting to learn more about my two passions, and seeing how other people have put them together.” read more

The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

Source: Homiletic & Pastoral Review

The Flawed Strategy Behind Amoris Laetitia

AUGUST 18, 2017 BY 

Cardinal Francisco Coccopalmerio, Pope Francis and his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and Cardinal Gerhard Muller

Catholics continue to be confounded by the mixed signals sent by Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Given the high-ranking Church officials who have weighed in (but on opposite sides), and some who have been apparently released by the Holy Father due to their disagreement, it’s clear that a profound and troubling division exists at the highest levels of the Church about this document, and what it appears to be saying about Catholic teaching and the pastoral practice on marriage. Let us try to understand, yet again, what this document is trying to do, and the turmoil surrounding it. read more

Have you heard this one? “7 seminarians walk into a bar ….”

Source:  Archdiocese of Cardiff

Have you heard this one? 7 seminarians walk into a bar ….

There are a number of long standing jokes that we tell when we are with friends or family most of which start “An ‘x’, a ‘y’ and a ‘z’ walk into a bar ….”, well ….

*clears throat*

7 seminarians walk into a bar to celebrate after an ordination.  Naturally they are dressed in their clerical shirts etc.  The bartender says “Sorry gents, we don’t do fancy dress or stag dos”.  Aghast, the seminarians thought this must surely be a joke, but in fact he was serious.  “But we are real” they say, to no avail, they turn and leave.  Denied of their pint of Brains, they leave all sullen wondering where to go next.   Suddenly a man presumed to be the bar manager approaches them at the door and reassures them that he believes that they are real and invites them back in.  As a goodwill gesture he provides the men with a round of drinks and an outburst of applause fills the bar. read more

ART OR BLASPHEMY?

Source: The Coeur d’Alene Press

ART OR BLASPHEMY?

Art or blasphemy?
Some members of the Catholic community have asked Art Spirit Gallery in Coeur d’Alene to remove “Our Lady of G and Me,” from display at the gallery. They said it is offensive and it is blasphemy. LOREN BENOIT/Press

By MAUREEN DOLAN

Staff Writer

COEUR d’ALENE — A piece of artwork being exhibited in the window of a Coeur d’Alene art gallery has rankled some members of the local Catholic community who say it is offensive to their faith.

Bob Runkle, who attends St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Coeur d’Alene, said a network of parishioners from at least two local Catholic parishes have appealed to Art Spirit Gallery on Sherman Avenue to remove the piece — a sculpted depiction of Our Lady of Guadalupe — from display. read more

“Islamic terrorism does not exist” (!?)

Francis:Islamic terrorism does not exist

Magdi Cristiano Allam:Dear Pope Francis, You’re wrong, islamic terrorism does exist

[Google translation of Magdi Allam’s reply – currently available only in Italian]

“Pope Francis is mistaken: Islamic terrorism exists”

It is not the first time he takes the field to fulfill the responsibility of Islam from terrorism. The reality is different

It is not the first time that Pope Francis takes the field to fulfill the responsibilities of terrorism from Islam who slaughters, beheading, massacre and blows himself up screaming “Allah is the greatest.” read more

Amoris Laetitia and the Dubia, Cardinal Raymond Burke with Raymond Arroyo

Raymond Arroyo: Welcome back to The World Over Live. He is the former head of the Vatican’s highest Court, the Apostolic Signatura, and one of the world’s foremost canon lawyers. He’s also the author of a new book, Hope for the World: To Unite All Things in Christ. Tonight, Raymond Cardinal Burke reflects on the backlash he and three other cardinals are experiencing in the wake of a letter they submitted to Pope Francis asking for clarity on certain points of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Specifically, they asked whether divorced and civilly remarried Catholics without an annulment can be allowed Communion. The letter was first submitted privately to the pope, but when Cardinal Burke and the others received no response, they made the letter public. This sparked an outcry from Pope Francis’s supporters. Papal confidante Father Anthony Spadaro, for example, called the four cardinals’ letter a ‘sign of a bad spirit.’ Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia told America magazine that the four cardinals are seeking a ‘false clarity’ by failing to address the reality of those Catholics in irregular relationships. To respond, I spoke with Cardinal Burke earlier this week from the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadaloupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. We talked about his reasons for issuing the dubia, as the questions are officially known, and what he and the others are prepared to do should Pope Francis refuse to address their concerns. Here is my exclusive and very candid interview with Raymond Cardinal Burke. read more

Regarding Amoris Laetitia, neo-cardinal Farrell: “I don’t share the view of what Archbishop Chaput did”

Source: Catholic News Service

Bishops need shared approach to ‘Amoris Laetitia,’ new cardinal says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

11.15.2016 11:40 AM ET

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell believes the U.S. bishops as a whole should have discussed pastoral guidelines for implementing Pope Francis’ exhortation on the family before individual bishops began issuing guidelines for their own dioceses.

Implementing the pope’s exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia,” he said, “has to be done in communion with our bishops. I think that it would have been wiser to wait for the gathering of the conference of bishops where all the bishops of the United States or all the bishops of a country would sit down and discuss these things.” read more

New Hampshire parish set to offer traditional Latin Mass

Source: The Washington Times

New Hampshire parish set to offer traditional Latin Mass

– Associated Press
Saturday, August 6, 2016

In this photo taken Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 the Saint Stanislaus parish in seen in Nashua, N.H. The newly-reopened Saint Stanislaus parish will celebrate its first Mass on Sunday, August 7, with Reverend John Brancich. The parish is set to become the first New England be dedicated to Latin Mass. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In this photo taken Thursday Aug. 4, 2016 the Saint Stanislaus parish in seen in Nashua, N.H. The newly-reopened Saint Stanislaus parish will celebrate its first Mass on Sunday, August 7, with Reverend John Brancich. The parish is set to become the first New England be dedicated to Latin Mass. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) – When he arrived in Manchester nearly four years ago, Bishop Peter Libasci started getting letters from parishioners looking for a church that offered a traditional Latin Mass.

Few New Hampshire churches at the time offered the services, which date to the 15th century and had largely had been replaced since the 1960s by services in English, Spanish and French.

First, Libasci had a dozen priests trained to conduct Masses in Latin. Then, he went in search of a parish. He settled on St. Stanislaus in Nashua, which opened in 1908 to serve the Polish community but stopped holding mass after it was combined with St. Aloysius of Gonzaga parish in 2002. He recruited Rev. John Brancich, a member of the conservative Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and the church will reopen Sunday – making it the first parish in New Hampshire dedicated to traditional Latin Mass. read more

Pope’s Teaching on Divorce Divides Bishops

Pope’s Teaching on Divorce Divides Bishops

Pontiff’s elliptical language leaves meaning open to interpretation, with dioceses going divergent ways

By FRANCIS X. ROCCA

ROME—Conservative and liberal prelates in the Catholic Church have put forth sharply different readings of Pope Francis’ teaching on divorce—a situation complicated by the pontiff’s own ambiguity.

In April, Pope Francis published “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), which responded to a turbulent meeting of bishops on family issues by urging a more lenient approach to divorced Catholics, in effect encouraging priests to grant some of those who remarry Holy Communion. read more

Church doctrine on homosexuality remains, says priest

Source: Inquirer.net

Church doctrine on homosexuality remains, says priest

By:

01:28 AM June 28th, 2016

A ROMAN Catholic Church official on Monday said the call of Pope Francis for the Church and Christian communities to apologize for their treatment of gays and other groups throughout history did not mean a change in the Church doctrine on homosexuality.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs, said Francis’ statements expressing compassion for the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) community again showed his humility. read more

I have been among those who have applauded the Pope enthusiastically in the past, but lately…

Source: The Miami Herald

Pope Francis losing support in Argentina

Andrés Oppenheimer

Pope Francis is very popular around the world, but there are growing signs that his popularity is dwindling in his own country, Argentina. And there are good reasons for it.

When former archbishop of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio was chosen pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, there were massive celebrations in Argentina. He was the first Latin American pope, and a respected priest in Argentina, where he was known to be at odds with the corrupt populist government of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. read more