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Topics: Catholic Bishops

Vatican to Allow Beijing to Name Bishops



This article originally appeared on OnePeterFive The Vatican is set to sign an agreement with China by the end of the month, one that cedes control over the appointment of bishops to Beijing. In return, we are told, Beijing has agreed to recognize the pope as the head of China’s Catholics. From my position as a longtime observer of the machinations of the Chinese Party-State, this seems like a bad deal. The pope is ceding his very real …

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Argentina Lower House Approves Bill to Legalize Abortion On-Demand



The lower house of the Argentine congress, known as the Chamber of Deputies, has narrowly approved of a bill that would legalize abortion on-demand up 14 weeks gestation. The bill would also legalize abortion after 14 weeks in cases of rape, health of the mother, and fetal disability. The shocking result came yesterday morning after 23 hours of often heated debate. The final vote tally showed 129 deputies in favor of legalizing abortion with 125 …

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Xi Jinping Places Catholic Church in China Under Direct Party Control



This article originally appeared on One Peter Five https://www.pop.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/HV_Podcast-2_WB_China-Church-Under-Party-Control.mp3 On March 22, the Chinese Communist Party announced that all “religious affairs” in China would henceforth be supervised by a shadowy Party office called the “United Front Department.” The former government agency responsible for Catholic and other believers–the State Administration of Religious Affairs bureau (SARA)—has been summarily abolished. The reorganization attracted little attention outside of China, but it is certain to have unpleasant repercussions for Chinese believers. I believe that …

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Parolin and the China Negotiations: First, Do No Harm



This article originally appeared in OnePeterFive Not long after I became Catholic in the early nineties, I traveled to China to learn more about the fate of my fellow believers under communism. They were divided into two opposing camps, or so I believed at the time, with some belonging to the state-controlled church – the so-called Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association – while others belonged to the Catholic Church in communion with Rome. Truth be told, …

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Eliminating Poverty or Eliminating Children?



We are not alone in being suspicious of the United Nations when it comes to the life issues. Beginning with the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo in 1994, abortion advocates have been attempting to use the language of U.N. documents, as well as the statements of certain U.N. committees themselves–think the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)–to advance their agenda. There have been constant battles over …

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Fortnight for Freedom



The third annual Fortnight for Freedom, instituted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in the face of intensifying anti-religious restrictions imposed by the United States government, is swiftly coming to a close. The Fortnight for Freedom, which takes place from June 21 through July 4, serves as a poignant reminder that the exercise of our first freedom is paramount for the well-being of our nation. The Fortnight has special importance this year. …

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Fundamental Reform Needed at Catholic Relief Services



There is a fundamental—and well-nigh irreconcilable—conflict between authentic Catholic charity and government-funded “humanitarian” programs. So say many of the bishops of the developing world.  They should know, since they are on the receiving end of both. You didn’t read about it in the press, but from November 19-22, 2012, dozens of African bishops and African presidents of Caritas met in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, to discuss precisely this question. We ourselves only learned about …

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After Passage of Pro-Abortion Constitution, Kenyan Bishops Urge Immediate Amendment



Thanks to the Obama administration, American taxpayers footed the bill for a lobbying campaign in Kenya on behalf of that country’s new constitution, which virtually allows abortion on demand. Vol. 12/No. 23 Kenya has a new constitution. Approved by an overwhelming majority of Kenyans in a 4 August 2010 referendum, the document’s 250 or so pages represent, in some ways, a new beginning for the Kenyan people. Unfortunately, it also means a premature end for …

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