It seems that applause is becoming more widespread in our churches. According to Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict, in his book The Spirit of the Liturgy, "when applause breaks out at Mass, it becomes ecclesiastical entertainment."
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Re: "Crisis needs more talk, less secrecy, says Kenny" (WCR, April 30).
Words cannot express the chagrin and mortification suffered by the faithful for the utter rot heaped upon their beloved Church by the sex abuse crisis. The perverts gave themselves over to the devil and the devil has done his dirt.
OTTAWA – Raymond Lahey, the retired bishop of Antigonish, N.S., who was convicted of importing child pornography, has been laicized by the Vatican.
Both the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., are defending themselves against lawsuits filed by Catholic school teachers who were fired for pursuing in vitro fertilization treatments.
The Catholic bishops of the Philippines welcomed a statement by the country's finance secretary, who said the nation's rising population is a boon to the economy.
The leader of the Catholic Church in Nigeria has criticized his government for allegedly failing to protect Christians in the north of his country from attack by Islamist terrorists.
The Second Vatican Council's teaching, particularly on Judaism and other religions, is rooted in traditional Christian theology and the Bible, and the Catholic Church should not offer concessions to those who do not accept its teaching, said a judge on a top Vatican court.
Delegates attending the General Conference of the United Methodist Church in Tampa, Fla., voted May 3 against changing the wording in the Church's book of laws and doctrines that says homosexual acts are "incompatible with Christian teaching."
The March visit to Cuba by Pope Benedict has helped reawaken people's interest in the Catholic Church, say two Cuban bishops visiting the United States.
As Chinese and U.S. diplomats sought a resolution to the diplomatic crisis surrounding Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng, many Chinese-Americans turned their attention to the nature of Chen's dissent.