Archive for January, 2013

By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

Father Wojciech Giertych, pope's personal theologian, pictured at Vatican

Father Wojciech Giertych

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In October, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith dismissed Roy Bourgeois from the priesthood because of his participation in the invalid ordination of a woman.

Since then, a Jesuit in Wisconsin has had his priestly faculties suspended after he celebrated a liturgy with a woman purporting to be a Catholic priest; and the Redemptorist order has confirmed that one of its members is under Vatican investigation for alleged ambiguities “regarding fundamental areas of Catholic doctrine,” apparently including the question of women’s ordination.

The Catechism of the Catholic Church states that only men can receive holy orders because Jesus chose men as his apostles and the “apostles did the same when they chose collaborators to succeed them in their ministry.” Blessed John Paul II wrote in 1994 that this teaching is definitive and not open to debate among Catholics. (more…)

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By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service

usccb-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — In “amicus” or friend-of-the-court briefs in two Supreme Court cases that weigh the constitutionality of same-sex marriage, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops argues that redefining marriage as other than between one man and one woman is not required under the Constitution.

In separate briefs submitted Jan. 29, the USCCB urged the court to uphold California’s Proposition 8, in which voters said marriage should be limited to the traditional definition of one man and one woman and to uphold the federal Defense of Marriage Act, known as DOMA. (more…)

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Services held for Victor Lovelady

Lovelady“Victor Lovelady was the exact opposite of the people who took his life. He was a good man to everyone he met,” Msgr. Dan Malain, pastor of St. Charles Borromeo, Nederland, said at Lovelady’s funeral Jan. 29.

Lovelady, 57, was one of three American civilians killed at the Ain Amenas gas plant in Algeria during a four-day siege by Al-Qaeda that began Jan. 16.

Msgr. Malain described Lovelady’s death as a “loss inflicted by hatred and evil.”

“Family was at the heart of Victor Lovelady’s life. In marriage we have to learn unconditional love. Victor learned that and lived that,” Msgr. Malain said.

Lovelady and his wife of 33 years, Maureen Lovelady, had lived in Nederland until about two years ago. He graduated from Nederland High School, the same school his two children, Erin and Grant Lovelady, attended. (more…)

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BFA chairs point young hearts toward hope

BFA2013-Color“I was just lost. I didn’t know anything about being a mom for two little girls not alone – two little girls who were grieving. I didn’t know what to say to them. The Sherlocks knew I needed help with them and talked to me about Elijah’s Place. That was a year and a half ago, and we’re back there again for support. It was a safe place for my two little sisters.”

Craig and Pat Sherlock, this year’s Bishop’s Faith Appeal Chairs, were the bridge that helped then 28-year-old Laura James (a pseudonym) find a safe haven for her and her two half-sisters, 9 and 11, after the death of the little girls’ mother. James and her younger sisters have different moms. (more…)

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Walking it, doing it

BFA2013-ColorDon’t simply talk the talk, walk the walk. The apostle James may have said it a little better. “Be doers of the Word, not simply hearers. “ And Jesus said it even more eloquently, “Where your treasure is, there is your heart.”

But the underlying message is simple – support with all your effort and action that which you love and believe in. That’s also the message that will be sent out the weekend of Feb. 2 & 3 as Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, as well as clergy and lay leaders, asks the faithful to support the works of diocesan ministries and Catholic Charities with their prayers and financial gifts. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope delivers blessing during general audience at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Social media need to promote more logic, kindness and Christian witness than bluster, star-status and division, Pope Benedict XVI said.

Given that the online world exposes people to a wider range of opinions and beliefs, people need to accept the existence of these other cultures, “be enriched by it” and offer others what “they possess that is good, true and beautiful,” the pope said.

Christians are called to bring truth and values to the whole world — online and off — remembering that it’s ultimately the power of God’s word that touches hearts, not sheer human effort, he said in his message for World Communications Day. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Screen capture of "The Pope App," launched by Vatican Jan. 23VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican launched a new “Pope App” on the eve of the release of the pope’s World Communications Day message, which is dedicated to social networks as important spaces for evangelization.

The new app provides live streaming of papal events and video feeds from the Vatican’s six webcams. It sends out alerts and links to top stories coming out of the Vatican’s many news outlets, and carries words and images of Pope Benedict XVI. (more…)

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