Values: Homosexuality – Different or disordered?

This is the first of two articles on the debate over homosexuality, in the ongoing series on Values by the Catholic Medical Guild and Caritas Singapore. Today, we examine social dogmas underlying the current perceptions. There has been a noticeable shift in public opinion on the much-discussed issue of homosexuality. Where once homosexuality was considered [...]

Philippine senators: Bishops can keep gifts from official charity

Archbishop Quevedo answers Philippine senators’ questions during the July 13 hearing. CNS photoMANILA – Senators have exonerated seven Catholic bishops who accepted donations of money and vehicles from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office during the administration of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.The senators said there was nothing irregular in the bishops’ actions, because the vehicles were [...]

Making WYD 2011 ‘the most environment-friendly’ event ever

THE sight of rows of youths pedaling away on stationary bicycles – recharging MP4s, laptops, mobile phones and other devices – will be a common sight at World Youth Day in Madrid and could become a hallmark of the event for years to come.The installation of energy-generating bicycles is just one of a number of [...]

The Magnetism of World Youth Day

What brings youths all over the world to this Church celebration? H. Richard McCord tries to uncover the special power of WYD.IN 1985, Blessed Pope John Paul II began a pilgrimage of young people to Rome. This gave birth to World Youth Day (WYD), which has increased in size and popularity year by year.Now celebrated [...]

Harry Potter film champions values: Vatican newspaper

Harry Potter and his friends ‘mature from the lightheartedness of infancy to the complex reality of adulthood’ in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. CNS photoVATICAN CITY – The last battle of the almost-grownup Harry Potter may be too scary for young viewers, but it champions the values of friendship and sacrifice, the [...]

Irish priests reject suggestion that they break seal of confession

The Irish government said it would introduce legislation that makes it mandatory for priests to reveal details of child abuse, even if they become known in the confessional.DUBLIN – The group that represents Ireland’s Catholic priests says the secrecy of confession must be protected, despite government indications that confessions would not be exempt from rules [...]

British Filipina’s song is a WYD anthem

LONDON – A song written and performed by a young Catholic singer from London has been selected as a World Youth Day (WYD) anthem after receiving more than 400,000 plays and beating more than 200 entries in a WYD song contest.Singer-songwriter Cherrie Anderson’s entry in the Tuned into Madrid song contest, entitled Faith In You, [...]

Athens archbishop fears disaster looms for Greek Catholic Church

OXFORD, ENGLAND – Greece’s Catholic Church faces disaster because the current economic crisis is forcing it to end vital social and charitable projects, said Archbishop Nikolaos Foskolos of Athens.“This crisis could be the worst in our history,” Archbishop Foskolos told Catholic News Service on July 6. “There’s corruption everywhere, especially among our politicians. We get [...]

Diocese to educate all its kids

KURNOOL, INDIA – Kurnool diocese in India’s Andhra Pradesh has come up with an ambitious plan to educate all its Catholic children and improve their lot.On July 9, Bishop Anthony Poola of Kurnool met with the heads of Catholic educational institutions to discuss how best to achieve this goal.The 102 participants present decided that no [...]