Cardinal Dolan Says "Bravo" to Gay Football Player Michael Sam
3/10/2014 10:51:00 AM -NBC News
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York told "Meet the Press" that he doesn't judge gay football star Michael Sam
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York praised University of Missouri football star Michael Sam for coming out as gay, saying he would not judge the athlete for his sexual orientation.
"Good for him," Dolan said in an interview with NBC's "Meet the Press" airing Sunday.
"I would have no sense of judgment on him," Dolan continued. "God bless ya. I don't think, look, the same Bible that tells us, that teaches us well about the virtues of chastity and the virtue of fidelity and marriage also tells us not to judge people. So I would say, 'Bravo.'"
In rare interview, Benedict XVI recalls life of John Paul II
3/10/2014 10:13:00 AM Benedict XVI speaks of his time collaborating with John Paul II, highlighting the deceased Pope's sanctity and commitment to the truth.
By Elise Harris
"In the years of collaboration with him it became ever more clear to me that John Paul II was a saint," the retired pontiff told Polish journalist Wlodzimierz Redzioch in a written interview, selections of which appeared in Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera on March 7.
Published as part of the book "Beside JPII: Friends and Collaborators Speak," released by Italian press agency "Italian Edizioni Ares," Benedict's written interview was originally requested by Redzioch in Nov. of 2013, which he agreed to and completed in Jan. of this year.
During the interview, retired pontiff Benedict XVI recalled that he originally met John Paul II in the conclave where John Paul I was elected Pope, explaining how they had both read each others' work previously and had been wanting to meet each other.
Kentucky AG claims decision not to defend marriage was 'shaped partly' by Pope Francis
3/6/2014 8:00:00 PM
By Patrick B. Craine
'All eyes are on you,' Cardinal Müller tells ordinariate
3/6/2014 10:00:00 AM
By MADELEINE TEAHAN
Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper's speech as a 'cultural revolution'
3/6/2014 8:57:00 AM -California Catholic Daily
Lent: Taking stock of our lives
3/10/2014 9:14:00 AM Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
By Cardinal Francis George
-Catholic New World
Pope Francis, in his Lenten Message for 2014, writes about Gospel poverty. Poverty, he explains is a way of being one with Christ, who "became poor, so that by his poverty we might become rich." Poverty, the pope writes, is Christ's "way of loving us, his way of being our neighbor, just as the Good Samaritan was neighbor to the man left half dead by the side of the road. What gives us true freedom, true salvation and true happiness is the compassion, tenderness and solidarity of his love."
The pope's message distinguishes Gospel poverty from material, moral and spiritual destitution. The antidote to each of these evils is found in living within the embrace of the merciful love of God. Lent is a time to open our lives to that embrace, to become deliberately poor and self-sacrificing in order to create space for God to transform our lives. Lent is a time for us to enter a season of renewal by taking stock of our lives, preparing for the Sacrament of Penance, and professing our faith at the Easter Vigil.
If I may speak personally, this Lent finds me once again in poor health. My cancer, which was dormant for well over a year, is still confined to the area of the right kidney, but it is beginning to show signs of new activity. After many tests, scans, biopsies and other inconveniences, the settled judgment is that the best course of action is to enter into a regimen of chemotherapy, with drugs more aggressive than those that were used in the first round of chemo. This treatment will take place over the next two months, when my reaction to the chemo will be evaluated.
Survey: Pope Francis popular; Mass attendance unchanged over past year
3/6/2014 10:33:00 AM -CatholicCulture.org
A new Pew Research Center survey has found that Pope Francis remains popular among Catholics in the United States.
According to the survey, 85% of Catholics view Pope Francis favorably, up from 79% in September; in the past, similar surveys found that 67%-83% of Catholics viewed Pope Benedict XVI favorably, and 91%-93% viewed Blessed John Paul II favorably. 68% of the 1,821 Catholics surveyed believe that Pope Francis represents a "major change" in direction "for the better."
Majorities of Catholics report that their excitement about their faith, their time spent in prayer, and their time spent reading the Bible "has not changed much" in the past year. 40% of Catholics told Pew that they attend Mass weekly-- the same percentage as a year ago.
President Obama's Budget Eliminates Abstinence Education Programs
3/6/2014 10:23:00 AM
By Steven Ertelt
STUNNING TURN OF EVENTS FOR PERSECUTED HOMESCHOOLERS
3/4/2014 5:00:00 PM
By BOB UNRUH
-World Net Daily
Pope Francis Opens the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the Public
3/4/2014 3:10:00 PM
By Kathy Schiffer