Pope Francis met on February 27 with the members of the Congregation for Bishops, and spoke at some length about the characteristics of the leaders the Church needs. In the process of appointing bishops, the Pope said: “This Congregation exists to ensure that the name chosen has first of all been pronounced by the Lord.” [...]
“Meek and merciful”: Does that sound like your bishop or the kind of bishop you hope might be appointed to your diocese? How’d you like a local ordinary you could describe as “gentle, patient … animated by inner poverty … and also by outward simplicity and austerity of life”? What would you think of a [...]
In a June 21 address to apostolic nuncios, Pope Francis stressed the importance of finding bishops who will be good pastors and servants of the faithful in their dioceses. The nuncios are diplomatic representatives of the Holy See, but in his talk the Pope downplayed their work as ambassadors and laid the heaviest emphasis on [...]
Asian Church leaders have been largely silent on the issue of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious. Cover-ups are not unknown, and sometimes even admitted. A priest at a clergy gathering in Faisalbad, Pakistan, admitted to ucanews.com in June 2010 that, “accused priests may be sent away or even abroad ‘for their [...]
A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic Church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide health insurance that covers birth control for free. Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said church leaders are open to working toward [...]
The Catholic Church in Kerala received a major jolt yesterday when the state’s High Court refused to revoke the sacking of two prelates from the board of a television channel. The boardroom war in the Jeevan Telecasting Corporation that manages the Church-initiated Jeevan TV took a dramatic turn three days ago when its shareholders in [...]
September 23, 1972, was a Saturday. But at St. Theresa’s College Quezon City (STCQC), we were at school to make up for unplanned holidays owed to typhoons and mass protests. The lesson we got was unplanned, too. Scrawled on the blackboards were the words “Martial law has been declared.” Proclamation 1081, dated Sept. 21, 1972, [...]
Nobel Prize-winning economist George Akerlof contradicted the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ use of his research in a public statement opposing the Reproductive Health (RH) Bill.
The Catholic clergy has called for “judgment day” on the reproductive health (RH) bill on Saturday, as it urged opponents of the measure to join a mass protest at the EDSA Shrine three days before the actual House vote on it.
The Chinese government is exacting revenge against seven priests in Heilongjiang province who resisted the illicit episcopal ordination of Father Joseph Yue Fusheng in Harbin earlier this month, local Church sources say.
Malacanang on Wednesday said President Benigno Aquino III’s fresh push for the passage of the Reproductive Health bill is part of its “war on poverty” and was not a declaration of “war” against the Catholic Church, which is staunchly opposed to the measure.
House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. on Monday told lawmakers it is time for them to vote on the Reproductive Health (RH) bill, one of the most contentious measures in the country where the influence of the Catholic Church remains strong.