On state ballot measures, voters reject most issues of Catholic concern
By Carol Zimmermann • Catholic News Service • Posted November 9, 2016
UPDATED — WASHINGTON (CNS) — In this year’s election, voters went against nearly all the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.
Voters passed an assisted suicide measure in Colorado and voted in favor of the death penalty in three states and in favor of legalized recreational marijuana in four states and against it in one. …
Religious, lay leaders react to Trump win in presidential election
By Catholic News Service • Posted November 9, 2016
UPDATED — WASHINGTON (CNS) — Lay and religious leaders of all stripes reacted to news of Donald J. Trump’s upset win in the Nov. 8 presidential election.
Most expressed hope that Trump would pay attention to their agenda, while others were more decidedly downbeat and still others counseled prayer.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, outlined an ambitious agenda in a Nov. 9 postelection statement that congratulated Trump and all election victors.
Vatican rejects latest appeal of Bucks County parish merger
By Matthew Gambino • Posted November 10, 2016
Last April the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy upheld the decision by Archbishop Charles Chaput in 2014 to merge St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Bensalem with nearby St. Thomas of Aquinas Parish at its Croydon campus.
But that ruling by the Vatican itself was appealed by some former St. Elizabeth parishioners. They requested that the decision by revoked.
In a letter to Archbishop Chaput dated Oct. 25, Cardinal Benjamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, found that the appellants “provided no canonical…
Clergy of many faiths from across the United States participate in a prayer circle Nov. 3 in front of a bridge in Standing Rock, N.D., where demonstrators confront police during a protest of the Dakota Access pipeline. Demonstrations against the pipeline are taking place on the Standing Rock Indian Reservation near Cannonball, N.D. (CNS photo/Stephanie Keith, Reuters)
By Dennis Sadowski • Catholic News Service • Posted November 7, 2016
WASHINGTON (CNS) — When Sisters Aine O’Connor and Kathleen Erickson heard a call for a peaceful and prayerful presence on the front line of a campaign to protect sacred Sioux lands…
Andrew Garfield stars in a scene from the movie “Hacksaw Ridge.” (CNS photo/Cross Creek Pictures)
By Joseph McAleer • Catholic News Service • Posted November 3, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells his disciples, “No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”
That statement is vividly realized in “Hacksaw Ridge” (Summit), which recounts the extraordinary heroism of Army medic Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield) during the Battle of Okinawa in the closing days of World War II.
A committed Christian and conscientious objector who refused to bear…
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — After celebrating Mass with detainees and people who had been in prison, Pope Francis called on governments to mark the end of the Year of Mercy by extending clemency to deserving inmates.
The pope also called for renewed efforts to ensure justice systems not only punish crimes but also work to give prisoners hope for the future.
Civil authorities must work to improve living conditions for those serving time “so that the human dignity of prisoners may be fully respected,” the pope said Nov. 6 during his Sunday Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square.
Madam Clinton’s plan for free college tuition has a glaring omission
Father William Byron, S.J.
By Father William J. Byron SJ • Catholic News Service • Posted September 12, 2016
Hillary Clinton, influenced by the public support of her former rival Bernie Sanders’ proposal to make public college tuition free for most young Americans, has now made that idea her own.
She is apparently willing to ignore the private sector of higher education by excluding independent colleges from participation in her proposal to make college affordable and accessible. That is a glaring omission.
Limiting assistance to students who choose public…
Movie review: The Wild Life
By Joseph McAleer • Catholic News Service • Posted September 12, 2016
NEW YORK (CNS) — Daniel Defoe is spinning in his grave.
The English author’s celebrated 1719 novel “Robinson Crusoe,” which set the standard for thrilling, realistic adventure fiction, has morphed into a 3-D animated kiddie comedy called “The Wild Life” (Summit).
Needless to say, this Franco-Belgian production, co-directed by Vincent Kesteloot and Ben Stassen, only pulls a few strands from Defoe’s story. A sailor named Crusoe (voice of Matthias Schweighofer) is shipwrecked and washes ashore a deserted island. …
Some additional thoughts — and the elephant in the room
Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap.
By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. • Posted August 19, 2016
In my column last week, I offered some personal thoughts about the nature of the presidential race this election season and both candidates’ removal by several light years from the experience of ordinary Americans. Each candidate has skills and deficits. Both are remote in wealth, privilege, influence and education from our nation’s everyday life as many millions of citizens actually live it.
Wealth, of course, can result in great generosity. And it needn’t…
By Matthew Gambino • Posted June 15, 2016
A young woman from Philadelphia with a promising future and outstanding scholastic career at West Catholic Preparatory School was a victim of the Orlando nightclub shooting June 12.
Family members and friends will remember Akyra Murray, a recent graduate from the archdiocesan high school, at a private memorial vigil tonight, June 15, at the school in West Philadelphia.
Murray transferred to the school to begin her junior year. By the time she graduated this spring, she had become a career 1,000-point scorer for the girls’ basketball team and was named a Second…