Catholic Flash News Analysis catechesis Catholic education Catholic schools charter schools Seton Education Partners In NYC, a new approach to Catholic school bears fruit A charter school with after-school faith-formation may be a way forward in an age of Catholic school closures. <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="In NYC, a new approach to Catholic school bears fruit">[...]</a> Fri, 25 May 2018 00:38:48 Z Edward Short 0 2018-05-25 00:38 +00:00 2018-05-24 17:38 -07:00 The Dispatch When Justice Anthony Kennedy retires, an ugly struggle will follow Anthony Kennedy’s opinions in Planned Parenthood and Obergefell were expressions of radical libertarianism grounded in an individualistic philosophy of life and law. <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="When Justice Anthony Kennedy retires, an ugly struggle will follow">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 23:12:32 Z Russell Shaw 1 2018-05-24 23:12 +00:00 2018-05-24 16:12 -07:00 News Briefs US Appeals court denies stay of ruling against California assisted suicide law <img src=""><p>San Bernardino, Calif., May 24, 2018 / 04:02 pm (<a href="" target="_self">CNA/EWTN News</a>).- A state appellate court on Wednesday denied a request for an immediate stay of a ruling which said California's assisted suicide law was wrongly passed in a special legislative session.<br><br> The May 23 decision by California's 4th District Court of Appeal did give the state attorney general, Xavier Becerra, more time to provide arguments as to why the lower court's ruling should be overruled.<br><br> Judge Daniel Ottolia of the Riverside County Superior Court had ruled May 15 that lawmakers had unconstitutionally passed the law in a 2015 special session of the legislature dedicated to health care funding.<br><br> Ottolia's ruling was welcomed by the California Catholic Conference, whose executive director, Ned Dolejsi, said May 18 that &#8220;Our opposition to assisted suicide is no secret, but this legislation was also opposed by a broad coalition of doctors, nurses, seniors and the disabled community, who fought this bill for many, many reasons.&#8221;<br><br> &#8220;Health care professionals &#8230; questioned why the state was embracing doctor-assisted suicide as the standard of care for people who needed respect and support,&#8221; he said. &#8220;Others were offended at the way Medi-Cal patients - often refused coverage for palliative care &#8211; were offered coverage for lethal prescriptions instead.&#8221;<br><br> Dolejsi also noted that &#8220;At an oversight hearing in January to review the implementation of the End-of-Life Option Act, even though presented with clear evidence of poor data collection and other implementation uncertainties, legislators openly discussed ways that physician-assisted suicide could be expanded &#8211; especially to poor and minority communities.&#8221;<br><br> Under the law, lethal prescriptions may be given to adults who are able to make medical decisions if their attending physician and a consulting physician have diagnosed a terminal disease expected to end in death within six months.<br><br> The initial legislative effort to pass an assisted suicide bill failed in committee during the 2015 regular season. It was subsequently passed during a special legislative session later the same year which was called to address state health care funding shortages.<br><br> Opponents of the law have charged that it was rushed through the special session and lacks safeguards against abuse, such as an adequate definition of terminal illness.<br><br> In the first six months after the law took effect, 111 people in California committed assisted suicide under its provisions. Assisted suicide has also been legally sanctioned in Colorado, Montana, Oregon, Vermont, Washington, Hawaii, and the District of Columbia.<br><br></p><div> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></a> </div><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""> <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Appeals court denies stay of ruling against California assisted suicide law">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 22:02:00 Z CNA Daily News 0 2018-05-24 22:02 +00:00 2018-05-24 15:02 -07:00 News Briefs US Pro-life pregnancy center demands removal from ‘libelous’ video Denver, Colo., May 24, 2018 / 03:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A video that frames a Colorado women&#8217;s clinic as a bogus, sub-par healthcare provider is libelous, said the clinic&#8217;s directors and lawyer, who are demanding that it be corrected. Las... <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Pro-life pregnancy center demands removal from &#8216;libelous&#8217; video">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 21:15:00 Z CNA Daily News 0 2018-05-24 21:15 +00:00 2018-05-24 14:15 -07:00 News Briefs US Archbishop Chaput highlights voices of young adults ahead of synod Philadelphia, Pa., May 24, 2018 / 02:36 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In an effort to highlight the voices of young people ahead of the Synod on Youth this fall, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia is periodically offering his column space in the diocesan... <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Archbishop Chaput highlights voices of young adults ahead of synod">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 20:36:00 Z CNA Daily News 0 2018-05-24 20:36 +00:00 2018-05-24 13:36 -07:00 The Dispatch Bishops Chile ordination Pope Francis What happens to bishops who resign? The problem is a metaphysical one because when bishops, priests, and deacons are ordained, they are changed ontologically, at the very level of their being <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="What happens to bishops who resign?">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 20:25:41 Z Nicholas Senz 2 2018-05-24 20:25 +00:00 2018-05-24 13:25 -07:00 News Briefs Middle East - Africa Nationwide protests in Nigeria ask government to improve church security Abuja, Nigeria, May 24, 2018 / 12:38 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics from across Nigeria participated in peaceful protests on Tuesday, calling for greater government protection following a recent attack at a Catholic Church that left 19 dead. Thousand... <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Nationwide protests in Nigeria ask government to improve church security">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 18:38:00 Z CNA Daily News 0 2018-05-24 18:38 +00:00 2018-05-24 11:38 -07:00 News Briefs Vatican Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary <img src=""><p>Vatican City, May 24, 2018 / 11:08 am (<a href="" target="_self">CNA/EWTN News</a>).- In a closed-door speech to Italian bishops on Monday, Pope Francis reportedly spoke about the number and quality of seminary candidates, including concerns about their sexual orientation.<br><br> At the start of <a href="">his May 21 audience with Italian bishops</a>, Pope Francis voiced three areas of concern for the Church in Italy, the first of which was the lack of vocations.<br><br> Francis' brief remarks on his concerns, which also touched on evangelical poverty and transparency and the incorporation of Italian dioceses, were televised; however, his discussion with the bishops afterward was not.<br><br> In his public remarks on vocations, Pope Francis lamented the culture of the provisional, of relativism, and of the dictatorship of money, which hinder young people from discerning consecrated life. He also proposed that Italian dioceses with an abundance of vocations lend some of their priests to those Italian dioceses lacking in priests.<br><br> But according to Italian media sites, in the discussion that followed the pope was more direct, telling the bishops to care more for the quality of seminary candidates than the quantity.<br><br> He reportedly touched on the topic of homosexuality, particularly when it comes to individuals with &#8220;deep-seated tendencies&#8221; or who practice &#8220;homosexual acts&#8221;, yet who want to enter the seminary.<br><br> In these cases, &#8220;if you have even the slightest doubt it's better not to let them enter,&#8221; Francis said, because these acts or deep-seated tendencies can lead to scandals and can compromise the life of the seminary, as well as the man himself and his future priesthood.<br><br> Pope Francis' comments were allegedly made during the opening May 21 session of the 71st general assembly of the Italian bishops' conference. Several Italian news sites have reported on the pope's comments, but they have not been confirmed by the Vatican or by the Italian bishops.<br><br> However, the pope's statements on the issue of homosexuality and the seminary reflect the Church's teaching on the topic.<br><br> In <a href="">the 2016 edition of the Congregation for Clergy's <em>ratio</em> on priestly formation</a>, the dicastery had written that &#8220;in relation to people with homosexual tendencies who approach seminaries, or who discover this situation in the course of formation, in coherence with her own magisterium, 'the Church, while profoundly respecting the persons in question, cannot admit to the seminary or to holy orders those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called &#8220;gay culture&#8221;.'&#8221;<br><br> The <em>ratio</em> quoted from the Congregation for Catholic Education's 2005 instruction &#8220;<a href="">Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders</a>.&#8221;<br><br> The instruction noted that those who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies, or support the gay culture &#8220;find themselves in a situation that gravely hinders them from relating correctly to men and women. One must in no way overlook the negative consequences that can derive from the ordination of persons with deep-seated homosexual tendencies.&#8221;<br><br> It distinguished those with deep-seated homosexual tendencies from those &#8220;with homosexual tendencies that were only the expression of a transitory problem - for example, that of an adolescence not yet superseded.&#8221;<br><br> Men with transitory homosexual tendencies could be admitted to seminary, the congregation wrote, though &#8220;such tendencies must be clearly overcome at least three years before ordination to the diaconate.&#8221;<br><br> The instruction drew, in turn, from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a 1985 memo from the Congregation for Catholic Education, and <a href="">a 2002 letter</a> <a href="">from the Congregation for Divine Worship</a>.<br><br> Though Pope Francis has not addressed the topic publicly, he alluded to problems of homosexuality in seminary formation during a recent meeting with Chilean bishops.<br><br> In a letter written to the bishops which was leaked to Chilean media, the pope issued a sharp correction of his brother prelates for a systematic cover-up of clerical abuse in the country.<br><br> One footnote in the letter noted how abuses were not limited to just one person or group, but was rather the result of a fractured seminary process.<br><br> In the case of many abusers in Chile, Francis noted how problems had been detected while they were in seminary or the novitiate, but rather than expelling these individuals, some bishops or superiors &#8220;sent priests suspected of active homosexuality to these educational institutions.&#8221;<br><br></p><div> <a href=""><img src="" border="0"></a> </div><img src="" height="1" width="1" alt=""> <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Report: Pope Francis affirms Church practice against admitting gay men to seminary">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 17:08:00 Z CNA Daily News 2 2018-05-24 17:08 +00:00 2018-05-24 10:08 -07:00 Essay celibacy Eucharist Jesus Christ Marriage Priesthood Christ, the Eternal High Priest, and the meaning of priestly celibacy It is the Church's hope and desire that her celibate clergy (and her consecrated religious, too) would show forth to the world, in a unique <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="Christ, the Eternal High Priest, and the meaning of priestly celibacy">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 16:54:00 Z Peter M.J. Stravinskas 3 2018-05-24 16:54 +00:00 2018-05-24 09:54 -07:00 News Briefs Vatican After five decades, Pacem in terris is still relevant, Francis says Vatican City, May 24, 2018 / 05:29 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking about St. Pope John XXIII&#8217;s encyclical on establishing universal peace, Pacem in terris, Pope Francis said that even 55 years after its publication, the document still stands as &#38;ld... <a class="mh-excerpt-more" href="" title="After five decades, Pacem in terris is still relevant, Francis says">[...]</a> Thu, 24 May 2018 11:29:00 Z CNA Daily News 0 2018-05-24 11:29 +00:00 2018-05-24 04:29 -07:00