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Catholic League - 4 hours 38 min ago
Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on civil unions for homosexuals: When it comes to marriage and the family, heterosexuals are entitled to a privileged position in law. Only a man and a woman can reproduce, without which the population ends, making it nonsensical not to codify their special gift in law. But our legal [...]

Vancouver school marks first step to towering future

Catholic Register Canada - News - 5 hours 38 min ago
Grade 5 students sing “O Canada” at the opening of the new fine arts annex at St. Mary’s Elementary School in Vancouver.

VANCOUVER -- After spending last year in a church basement, the young musicians in St. Mary’s Elementary School’s band class can now breathe easily in their very own fine arts annex.

The growing St. Mary’s parish community rallied to build the annex after the Vancouver elementary school became too small for its needs, said principal Brenda Krivuzoff.

“A lot of people were involved, and it was a lot of resources, of course, but we just felt we really value our music program and fine arts program and wanted to give it a special place,” she said of the annex, which was blessed in September by St. Mary’s Parish pastor Fr. Guy Rivard.

The fine arts annex, a portable structure in the parking lot behind the school, is the first small step toward a much greater expansion plan that would make St. Mary’s one of the first schools in Vancouver to incorporate a residential tower development.

Krivuzoff told The B.C. Catholic St. Mary’s is still in talks with the Archdiocese of Vancouver in the hope of moving ahead with plans to replace the existing school with a high-rise tower that would house school facilities as well as apartments. The massive redevelopment project would replace a school deemed in 2013 to be high-risk in case of an earthquake. It would also increase school capacity by about 100 students and use income from the rental housing to help pay for the project.

Officials were optimistically hoping the project would be completed by 2020, with a second phase — replacing the parish rectory with two residential towers, a parish centre and an adoration chapel — slated for completion in 2022, The B.C. Catholic reported in 2016.

Although the process has been delayed, Krivuzoff said “things are picking up pace.”

“We’ve done the demographic studies,” said Krivuzoff. 

“We’re definitely a growing area and I think a lot of people want to come to St. Mary’s. They value Catholic education and they want to come to their neighbourhood school.”

St. Mary’s currently has just under 300 students registered; the new school would be able to accommodate up to 400.

EU Awards top human rights prize to Belarus opposition

Vatican News - 5 hours 43 min ago
The European Union has awarded its top human rights prize to the Belarus opposition movement and its leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya. They received the Sakharov Prize for their challenge to what EU leaders view as Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko's long, hard-line reign.

Hariri returns as Lebanon's new Prime Minister

Vatican News - 5 hours 43 min ago
Lebanon has named the former Prime Minister Saad Hariri as new premier, with 65 votes out of 128, to form a cabinet.

Judiciary Committee votes to send Barrett nomination to full Senate

Natl Catholic Reporter - 6 hours 39 min ago
The nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the Supreme Court will now go to the full Senate for a confirmation vote, which could take place Oct. 29. Only 51 votes are needed for confirmation.

French cases lead Focolare to promise investigation of handling abuse claims

Natl Catholic Reporter - 6 hours 50 min ago
The president of Focolare has accepted the resignations of the lay movement's top leaders in France and announced the group will ask an independent committee to investigate how allegations of the sexual abuse of minors have been handled.

Pope's civil union comments appear to be taken out of context

Natl Catholic Reporter - 7 hours 1 min ago
Analysis of a clip in a new documentary in which Pope Francis expresses support for civil union laws for same-sex couples appears to indicate some of the pontiff's words came from an earlier interview.

Pope names new archbishop of Lyon after resignation of Cardinal Barbarin

Natl Catholic Reporter - 7 hours 12 min ago
Pope Francis has named Bishop Olivier de Germay of Ajaccio, Corsica, to be the new archbishop of Lyon, France, succeeding a cardinal whose conviction on charges of failing to report clerical sex abuse was overturned.

How long, O Lord? Praying about Pope Francis

Before I make some pointed remarks about Pope Francis’ latest demonstration of inadequacy, let me make one thing perfectly clear—for it is important to enter into this discussion somewhat chastened. If we are Catholic but have not prayed regularly for Pope Francis, we have no right to complain. Do we think Satan does not specifically target the successor of Peter? Do we think the prayers of the faithful are powerless against these attacks?

Texas bishop says Francis' support of civil unions is 'dangerous,' papacy lacks clarity

Natl Catholic Reporter - 9 hours 4 min ago
"What's getting broadcast around the world is Pope Francis' opinion on this, and I think that is confusing and very dangerous," said the bishop of Tyler, Texas, in an hourlong webinar Oct. 21.

State of emergency lifted in Thailand

Vatican News - 9 hours 37 min ago
Thailand on Thursday lifts an emergency decree aimed at ending months of protests against the government and monarchy.

India: three bishops on hunger strike for educational rights

Vatican News - 10 hours 9 min ago
Protesting against the infringement on the constitutional rights of Catholic educational institutions, three bishops in India advocate for the payment of teachers’ salaries in state-aided Church-run schools in Kerala.

Pope Francis appoints new Bishop in Canada

Vatican News - 12 hours 8 min ago
Pope Francis appoints Bishop Thomas Dowd to the Diocese of Sault Sainte Marie in Canada.

MAiD ‘nothing less than murder’: faith leaders

Catholic Register Canada - News - 12 hours 38 min ago
Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president Archbishop Richard Gagnon

OTTAWA -- Canada’s Catholic bishops have joined with religious leaders nationwide to denounce the federal government’s plan to make it easier to obtain a medically-assisted suicide.

In an open letter to Canadians, more than 50 religious leaders in Canada, including Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president Archbishop Richard Gagnon, argue against Bill C-7 and the expansion of who qualifies for a legally-sanctioned suicide.

“It perplexes our collective minds that we have come so far as a society yet, at the same time, have so seriously regressed in the manner that we treat the weak, the ill and the marginalized,” said the letter released Oct. 5.

“We the undersigned remain inalterably opposed to euthanasia and assisted suicide, the intentional killing of human beings, euphemistically being called ‘Medical Assistance in Dying’ (MAiD), but which is more accurately, and tragically, nothing less than murder.”

The bill would remove the requirement for a person’s natural death to be reasonably foreseeable in order to be eligible for MAID, introduces a two-track approach to procedural safeguards based on whether a person’s natural death is reasonably foreseeable, excludes eligibility for individuals suffering solely from mental illness, allows a waiver of final consent for eligible persons whose natural death is reasonably foreseeable and who may lose capacity to consent before MAID can be provided, and expands data collection about MAiD in Canada

The effort by the wide-range of religious leaders to win over the hearts and minds of Canadians comes as other civic groups against the expansion of the MAiD also speak out against Bill C-7. The MAiD to Mad campaign, which had garnered the signatures of more than 700 Canadian doctors by Oct. 20, is hoping to influence MPs from all political parties as the proposed changes are debated in the House of Commons.

“As medical doctors, we feel compelled to voice our dismay at how individuals who have little lived experience of the realities involved in the everyday practice of medicine suddenly and fundamentally changed the nature of medicine by decriminalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide,” MAiD to Mad said in an Oct. 19 statement, noting safeguards put in place when the procedure was legalized in 2016 are being removed.

“The reckless removal of safeguards previously deemed essential will place desperately vulnerable patients directly in harm’s way and may cost them their very lives. … Under the new bill, an individual whose natural death is considered to be ‘reasonably foreseeable’ could be diagnosed, assessed and euthanized all in one day. We are very concerned that removing the 10-day reflection period and other safeguards will lead to an increase in coerced or tragically unconsidered deaths.”

According to the faith leaders’ letter, which the Catholic bishops played a key role in drafting, the federal government’s effort to change the MAiD system to comply with a 2019 Quebec court decision that said the provision that a person’s death already be “reasonably foreseeable” was too restrictive and does not reflect “Canadian values.”

“Palliative care addresses pain in a loving and caring environment, wherein people go out of their way to offer comfort and solace. It makes everyone into a better person,” the faith leaders’ letter said.

“Palliative care is a viable and life-affirming alternative, which does not discriminate against any group and which gives expression to the ethics of caring and inclusion, hallmarks of Canadian values,” it continued, adding, “how precipitous a fall we have made into a moral abyss. This is not what we, as Canadians, have in mind when thinking of ourselves as a caring, compassionate and inclusive society.”

A statement released by the federal government Oct. 5 said Bill C-7 “reflects emerging societal consensus and was informed by views and concerns raised by Canadians, experts, practitioners, stakeholders, Indigenous groups, as well as provinces and territories during the public consultations undertaken in January and February 2020.”

Public opinion polls have consistently shown Canadians support MAiD, including a 2020 Angus Reid Institute survey that indicated “four-in-five (80 per cent) of Canadians now say it should be easier to make their own end-of-life decisions, compared to nearly three-quarters (73 per cent) in 2016.”

The Catholic Church’s position has consistently been that on issues of right and wrong and the sanctity of human life, popular opinion should not matter.

Gospel Truth: Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, 25 October

Vatican News - 13 hours 21 min ago
In this week's edition of "Gospel Truth”, the late Jill Bevilacqua and Seán-Patrick Lovett bring us readings and reflections from the Gospel of St. Matthew 22:34-40 of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Communiqué on extension of the Provisional Agreement between Holy See and China

Vatican News - 13 hours 37 min ago
The Holy See Press Office releases a communiqué on the extension of the Provisional Agreement between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China regarding the appointment of Bishops

Holy See and China renew Provisional Agreement for 2 years

Vatican News - 13 hours 38 min ago
The announcement was made through a statement issued by the Holy See Press Office: “The initial application has been positive, thanks to the good communication and cooperation between the parties”. An article follows that will be published in today’s edition of L’Osservatore Romano to explain the motivations behind the decision.

Vatican and China renew deal over bishop appointments for two more years

Natl Catholic Reporter - 13 hours 39 min ago
The Vatican and China have renewed their provisional 2018 deal over the appointment of Catholic bishops in the communist country for a further two years, the two sides announced Oct. 22.

African Union condemns the killing of protesters in Nigeria

Vatican News - 14 hours 21 min ago
Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, has denounced the killing of unarmed protesters in Nigeria.
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