Values: Are kidney patients dying because of a principle?

In this continuing series on Values by the Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore, we examine the difference between organ donation and organ trading. On June 27, 2008, an Indonesian Sulaiman Damanik pleaded guilty in a Singapore Court for trying to sell his kidney to retail magnate Tang Wee Sung for $23,700. The broker of [...]

How many more young people will die needlessly?

BY NOW, you’ve probably heard about the death of British soul singer Amy Winehouse.Winehouse’s second album, Back to Black, captured the attention of everyone who listened to it because of its originality and the sheer technical proficiency of Winehouse’s singing.Outside of music, though, Winehouse’s life was a raucous, downward spiral as she made attempt after [...]

Introducing new Mass text to young US adults

WASHINGTON – Mr Todd Williamson, director of the Office for Divine Worship in Chicago archdiocese, has a pretty tight schedule from now until Nov 27.He’s making sure Chicago Catholics are prepared for the new responses to be used in the Mass effective from the first Sunday of Advent, when the third edition of the Roman [...]

Teens likely to adapt quickly to new missal, say catechists

‘Teens are not as wedded to tradition. In today’s culture everything is always changing. New is not something they’re afraid of.’ – Fr Richard Hilgartner, executive director of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Secretariat on Divine Worship WASHINGTON – Although the phrase “consubstantial with the Father” might not roll off the tongues of Catholic [...]

Obama ‘dismays’ US Catholics

Editorial in Nashville diocese’s newspaper accuses US administration of hostility to Catholic valuesCNS photo AFTER President Barack Obama was elected in 2008, the Catholic bishops of the United States applauded the historic nature of the election of the first African-American as president while at the same time expressing fear that the new president would pursue [...]

US diocese bids for megachurch’s ‘glass cathedral’

The Crystal Cathedral. The US Diocese of Orange, which does not have a cathedral, has made a bid for the building, which is made up of more than 10,000 panes of glass. CNS photosORANGE, CALIFORNIA – A US diocese has made a formal bid of US$50 (S$60.7 million) million to buy a cathedral complex, which [...]

Jesuits sell historic book to raise funds

Left: The Jesuits have sold the seventh-century St Cuthbert Gospel, believed to be Europe’s oldest intact book, to the British Library. Right: A page from the book. (CNS photo)LONDON – The Jesuits have sold the historic St Cuthbert Gospel – believed to be the oldest intact book produced in Europe – to the British Library [...]

Helicopter crash reminder of ‘tragedy of war’

US soldiers fire artillery in Kandahar province, Afghanistan. The head of the US Archdiocese for the Military Services has expressed sorrow at the loss of lives after a military helicopter crashed. -CNS file photoWASHINGTON – The deaths of 30 US service members and eight Afghans in the crash of a US military helicopter in Afghanistan [...]

Priests, laypeople learn about new Roman missal

Above: About 200 people attended a workshop during which they learnt about the rationale behind the new English translation of the Roman Missal. Inset: The DVD, Become One Body One Spirit in Christ, delves into the meaning of the missal’s texts.SINGAPORE – Singapore Catholics will be able to use the Order of the Mass booklets [...]