Pope reverses Benedict, reimposes restrictions on Latin Mass
Pope Francis cracked down Friday on the spread of the old Latin Mass, reversing one of Pope Benedict XVI’s signature decisions in a major challenge to traditionalist Catholics who immediately decried it as an attack on them and the ancient liturgy. Francis reimposed restrictions on celebrating the Latin Mass that Benedict relaxed in 2007. The pontiff said he was taking action because Benedict’s reform had become a source of division in the church and been used as a tool by Catholics opposed to the Second Vatican Council, the 1960s meetings that modernized the liturgy.news.yahoo.com
"Not on the ballot": U.S. Catholic leaders clarify possible move to deny Biden communion
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops quietly clarified this week that there will be "no national policy on withholding Communion from politicians" after some bishops had raised the issue.Why it matters: A wave of controversy and debate occurred after the conference overwhelmingly voted to draft a "teaching document," which many hoped would rebuke Biden and other Catholic politicians for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights, per AP.Get market news worthy of your time wnews.yahoo.com
US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden
U.S. Catholic bishops have overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights.
Grand Rapids celebrates Ash Wednesday, start of Lent with scaled back rites due to COVID-19
GRAND RAPIDS, MI — On Ash Wednesday, people typically encounter Christians with a smudged cross from blessed ashes on their foreheads, but that ritual changed Wednesday at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew to help stem the spread of COVID-19. Ash Wednesday is the start of Lent, a season of prayer, fasting and almsgiving. “Here, our practice is to have the cross on the forehead,” said Constanza, about the traditional sign of repentance. It’s beautiful because they are returning to the Eucharist and returning to the community of believers. Constanza said Bishop David J. Walkowiak is inviting people the whole season of Lent to return to Mass and encouraging them to invite others.mlive.com
Ash Wednesday observed by residents across Genesee County
FLINT – Residents across Genesee County observed Ash Wednesday as Lent begins. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season in which Catholics and many Christians prepare themselves spiritually for Easter. “It’s like a spiritual boot camp for Catholics; 40 days of intense, committed, repentance, good works and prayer,” Krupp said. Beltran, 71, and his wife Margarita, attended the Ash Wednesday service at the Mt. Morris Township church, each receiving an ash cross on their forehead.mlive.com
Archdiocese of Detroit urges Catholics to return to mass when general dispensation expires in March
DETROIT – The Archdiocese of Detroit is urging Catholics to return to mass on Sundays and Holy Days starting March 13, when dispensation from the obligation will expire. The dispensation from the obligation to attend mass was first issued when coronavirus pandemic swept into Michigan in March 2020. The Archdiocese of Detroit has extended that dispensation several times in the past 10 months, most recently in November when it was announced it would be extended until Ash Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. Now, Catholics in the Detroit area are being advised to “to return to the heart and foundation of their faith” as they resume other activities. These individuals should also prepare to return to Mass in recognition of its preeminence in our lives as Catholics,” Archbishop Vigneron said in a letter to the faithful.
Pope book backs George Floyd protests, blasts virus skeptic
Pope Francis leaves after celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Christ the King festivity, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Sunday, Nov. 22, 2020. But it also offers new personal insights into the 83-year-old Argentine pope and his sense of humor. Francis was elected pope, and bishop of Rome, on March 13, 2013. For Francis, the pandemic offers an unprecedented opportunity to imagine and plan for a more socially just world. “I have a sense of how people with the coronavirus feel as they struggle to breathe on ventilators,” Francis wrote.
Archdiocese extends Mass attendance dispensation
The Archdiocese of Detroit is extending the dispensation from the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Feb. 17. The Archdiocese of Detroit is extending the dispensation from the obligation for Catholics to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation until Feb. 17, when Ash Wednesday is celebrated. “Things are getting worse … the pandemic is going in the wrong direction.”The dispensation with attending Mass has been in effect since churches reopened in May. Father David said dispensing with the obligation to attend Mass was a “hard thing” for the archbishop to decide. Father David said the archbishop is “asking everyone who is able to physically come to Mass to plan on coming once that weekend” for their Christmas Mass.monroenews.com
In a moment of turmoil, US Catholic bishops meet virtually
FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2003 file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., center, joins fellow clergy in prayer at the end of the opening session of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops meeting in Washington. McCarrick who was defrocked by Pope Francis in 2019 served as head of Catholic dioceses in Metuchen and Newark, New Jersey, and in Washington. “The shadow of the McCarrick report hangs over this meeting,” said John Gehring, Catholic program director at a Washington-based clergy network called Faith in Public Life. The report found that three decades of bishops, cardinals and popes dismissed or downplayed reports of McCarrick’s misconduct with young men. The bishops will discuss the McCarrick report twice Monday, first in a private session and later in a public livestream, according to the communications office of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Archdiocese of Detroit extends Mass dispensation due to COVID surge
DETROIT – For months, mass at St. Clare Montefalco Parish in Grosse Pointe Park has been different in many ways, but still celebrated weekly. Allen Vigneron, extended a blessing. Announced on Friday, the dispensation from the obligation to attend mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation was extended to Ash Wednesday, Feb, 17, 2021. Those who stay at home should keep holy the Lord’s Day by reading scripture or watching mass virtually. You can read the full letter from Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit here.
Ask Amy: Parent considers baptism they don’t want to quiet religious family’s pressure
Dear Amy: I grew up in a conservative Catholic family and went to 12 years of Catholic school. Ten months ago, we welcomed our first child (my parents' first grandchild) and have decided not to have her baptized. My family’s disappointment is really weighing on me and now I’m feeling guilty and a little resentful for them not respecting our decision. — Disappointed in IndianaDear Disappointed: You simply don’t know what other people are going through right now. You can email Amy Dickinson at firstname.lastname@example.org or send a letter to Ask Amy, P.O.mlive.com
For Lent, give up trolling, Pope tells Catholics
During Lent, Catholics are called on to give up something, like sweets. On Wednesday, Pope Francis added a modern twist to the list of things to quit during the season and beyond: insulting people on social media. Lent, he said in partially improvised remarks, "is a time to give up useless words, gossip, rumors, tittle-tattle and speak to God on a first name basis," he said. In recent years, Pope Francis himself has been the butt of insults from ultra-conservative Catholic websites and mostly anonymous anti-pope Twitter feeds. Later on Wednesday, Pope Francis was due to have ashes rubbed on his forehead at a traditional Ash Wednesday service that reminds Christians of mortality and that everyone will someday become dust.cnbc.com
Why Christians wear ashes for Ash Wednesday and give up their favorite things for Lent
INDIANAPOLIS On Ash Wednesday, you may encounter Christians, especially Catholics, wearing a smudge of ashes on their foreheads. Ash Wednesday officially known as the Day of Ashes is a day of repentance, when Christians confess their sins and profess their devotion to God. Ash Wednesday is important because it marks the start of the Lenten period leading up to Easter, when Christians believe Jesus was resurrected. During this period, Christians show repentance and mourning for their sins, because they believe Christ died for them. Early Christians in Rome were sprinkled with ashes during Lent, but the Ash Wednesday practice of placing ashes on the forehead of Christians didn't begin until the Middle Ages.monroenews.com
Catholics should refuse to participate in U.S. wars, Detroit-area bishop says
DETROIT Peace advocate and Catholic bishop Thomas Gumbleton of the Archdiocese of Detroit has called for Catholics to refuse to participate in any further U.S. wars, according to a report published in Detroit Metro Times on Tuesday.arabamericannews.com
Supreme Court will decide if religious freedom shields Catholic schools from teacher suits
In 2014, Kristen Biel told her principal at St. James Catholic School in Torrance that she had breast cancer and would need time off for chemotherapy. The justices announced they would hear them together in the spring (St. James School vs. Biel and Our Lady of Guadalupe vs. Morrissey-Berru). Beckets lawyers argue that the government and the courts should have no role in deciding who will be a teacher at a religious school. AdvertisementParents trust Catholic schools to assist them in one of their most important duties: forming the faith of their children, Montserrat Alvarado, the groups executive director, said Wednesday. If courts can second-guess a Catholic schools judgment about who should teach religious belief to fifth-graders, then neither Catholics nor any other religious group can be confident in their ability to convey the faith to the next generation.The legal disputes are not limited to Catholic schools.latimes.com
Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops
The bishops also are expected to authorize development of a "comprehensive vision" for Hispanic/Latino ministry, to be completed over the next few years. While Hispanics account for about 37% of all U.S. Catholics, they are no longer a majority-Catholic group, according to the Pew Research Center; a recent Pew survey said 47% of Hispanics in the U.S. now call themselves Catholic, down from 57% in 2009.chicagotribune.com
70 Catholics arrested in DC protest over migrant treatment
CNNWASHINGTON - Hundreds of Catholics gathered in the nation's capital to protest the federal government's treatment of migrants, and about 70 sisters, clergy and parishioners were arrested. The Washington Post reports protesters armed with photos of migrant children who died in federal custody recited The Lord's Prayer as they demonstrated in the Russell Senate Office Building on Thursday. The children's names rang out as some protesters laid on the floor in the shape of a cross. Dozens of protesters blocked access to the ICE headquarters Tuesday and 10 were arrested on charges of unlawful entry. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Pope issues guide to love, sex and marriage
The Vatican has released a new document called "The Joy of Love" on sex, marriage and family life that may help millions of Catholics find their way back to the church. Pope Francis tells Catholics to let their conscience show them how to behave, not church rules, and he tells priests and bishops not to judge. Seth Doane reports from Rome.cbsnews.com
Some conservative Catholics at odds with Pope Francis
A CBS News/New York Times poll finds 79 percent of Catholic Americans approve of the direction the pope is leading the church. But some Catholics worry the church is changing too much. Jan Crawford reports from Washington's Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where the pope will celebrate mass on Wednesday.cbsnews.com
Slain Salvadoran archbishop on path to sainthood
Around 250,000 Catholics turned out in El Salvador for the ceremonial first step of Archbishop Oscar Romero's path to sainthood. As Allen Pizzey reports, this is something that would have been considered unlikely when Romero was gunned down celebrating Mass 35 years ago.cbsnews.com
Pope Francis marks first anniversary as pontiff
Pope Francis marks first anniversary as pontiff As Pope Francis marks his first anniversary leading the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, he tweeted, "Please pray for me." Mark Phillips reports on the year of change for the church and how the transformation is not over.cbsnews.com