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Church should not accept those who deny Vatican II

May 14, 2012

The Second Vatican Council's teaching, particularly on Judaism and other religions, is rooted in traditional Christian theology and the Bible, and the Catholic Church should not offer concessions to those who do not accept its teaching, said a judge on a top Vatican court.

Methodists retain Church stance on homosexuality

May 14, 2012

Delegates attending the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., voted May 3 against changing the wording in the Church's book of laws and doctrines that says homosexual acts are "incompatible with Christian teaching."

Pope's Cuban visit pays dividends

Pope Benedict

May 14, 2012

The March visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict has helped reawaken people's interest in the Catholic Church, say two Cuban bishops visiting the United States.

Chinese dissenter stands up for girls

May 14, 2012

As Chinese and U.S. diplomats sought a resolution to the diplomatic crisis surrounding Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, many Chinese-Americans turned their attention to the nature of Chen's dissent.

Invite inactive Catholics back home, urge U.S. bishops

May 7, 2012

A document on the new evangelization from the U.S. bishops' Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis exhorts Catholics at all levels in the Church to invite Catholics who have stopped practising their faith to do so once again.

Chinese ordinations cause scandal – Vatican

May 7, 2012

Lay Catholics in China have been scandalized by priests who are ordained bishops without papal approval and by the participation of Vatican-recognized bishops in those ordinations, said the Vatican Commission for the Catholic Church in China.

'Pacem in Terris' provides model for today

Archbishop Roland Minnerath

May 7, 2012

As the Catholic Church increases its new evangelization efforts and works for justice and peace in the world, it would be wise to imitate the positive, prophetic approach taken by Blessed John XXIII in his encyclical Pacem in Terris, a French archbishop said.

Ocotogenarian cardinals to head investigation

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict named the members of a papal commission he established in March to investigate a series of leaks of letters exchanged among Vatican officials and between the officials and the pope himself.

Connecticut bans death penalty

Archbishop Henry Mansell

May 7, 2012

In what he called "a moment of sober reflection, not celebration," Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed into law a bill outlawing the use of capital punishment in the state.

Vietnamese ordinations

May 7, 2012

Newly ordained priests lie prostrate in prayer during an ordination ceremony at the Citeaux Chau Son abbey in Vietnam's Ninh Binh province April 29.

Liturgy needs literal translation – Benedict

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict told the German bishops that, as pope, he has celebrated Mass in different languages and "sometimes it is hard to find common ground" in the various translations.

U.S. Catholics called to lead worldwide revival

May 7, 2012

Pope Benedict wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus, Ohio.

Link charity, social justice with prayer – pope

May 7, 2012

All pastoral work, including promoting social justice and providing for the poor, must be nourished by prayer, Pope Benedict said.

Belgian beer honours Hawaiian saint

Damiaan Donker

May 7, 2012

First, a couple of schools. Then, several U.S. parishes.

Now . . . a fine craft beer?

Bishop's Hitler, Stalin references stir controversy

Bishop Daniel Jenky

April 30, 2012

An Illinois bishop's mention of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin in an April 14 homily calling Catholics to "heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism" has stirred widespread controversy.

Catholic communicators must obey Church teaching

Cardinal Raymond Burke

April 30, 2012

Church communicators have an important and serious duty to obey Church teaching and defend the Church's mission of saving souls and safeguarding truth, said the head of the Vatican's highest court.

U.S. bishops oppose cuts in services to poor

April 30, 2012

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has expressed its concerns over proposed cuts in federal programs serving the country's poorest and most vulnerable people in a series of letters to congressional leaders.

Philippine priest wins environmental prize

Fr. Edwin Gariguez

April 30, 2012

Father Edwin Gariguez thought it was a joke when he received the call from the office of the Goldman Environmental Prize that he was one of six international winners of a $150,000 award.

Sisters in the French Quarter

April 30, 2012

With St. Louis Cathedral in the background, Dominican nuns enjoy ice cream during the annual French Quarter Festival in New Orleans April 14.

Cleveland bishop to reopen 12 parishes

April 30, 2012

Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland said he will reopen 12 parishes as directed by the Vatican to promote "peace and unity" in the diocese.