Monthly Archives - July 2014

Vatican II Necessary – Kidding, Right?

By Russell Shaw... Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council. That answer isn’t wrong. But a half-century after Vatican II (it took place...

Pope Francis The Great… Betrayer

Pope Francis to group of Protestant visitors filmed with him at the Vatican... "I'm not expecting any of you to join the Catholic Church. Please understand that's not what this is about. What we are talking about is a unified position to go before the world and say we are proclaiming Christ as the only hope of...

Media Silence: Christians Persecuted in Iraq – Not That You’d Ever Guess…

The plight of Christians and other minority groups in northern Iraq has taken a turn for the worse, according to reports, as thousands fleeing regions controlled by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, have been robbed of their possessions at ISIS checkpoints. ISIS, a Sunni extremist group that advocates Islamic Shariah law, is reportedly persecuting...

Pope Paul VI Enthusiastic About The Spirit of Novelty Within the Church

Reader, Jim Paton from Perth, submitted the following extract from the text of the General Audience of Pope Paul VI on 2nd July, 1969. It is not available in English on the Vatican website, but you can read the original text by clicking on the photo of Paul VI. All emphases have been added by...

Catholicism & The Commonwealth Games, Glasgow 2014 – The Problem…

Celebrating the Gift in Sport Pope Francis gives blessing to Glasgow conference  Pope Francis has sent his good wishes and prayers to athletes and theologians gathering for a conference in Glasgow on the eve of the Commonwealth Games. Sponsored by the Bishops Conference of Scotland, Celebrating the Gift in Sport will explore how sport and faith can...

Cardinal O’Brien Doing Penance in a Monastery? Yeah Right…

[C]ardinal  Keith O’Brien is enjoying a quiet retirement in a comfortable home provided by the Catholic Church. It had been believed O’Brien was doing penance at a monastery in England after admitting he had “fallen beneath the standards” expected of him. But the UK’s former senior Catholic is staying in a £208,750 bungalow – bought by Archbishop...

2 (faithful) homosexuals same as “heterosexuals” – New Cardinal

(Reuters) - The Vatican has appointed the archbishop of Berlin, seen by German media as part of a "new generation" of less dogmatic clergy, to take over the Cologne archdiocese, the largest and richest in Germany, it said on Friday. The move makes Rainer Maria Woelki, who turns 58 next month, one of the most...