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Vatican throws wet blanket on U.S. bishops who want to deny Biden Communion

Cardinal Luis Ladaria's letter systematically pulls apart the rhetorical building blocks that had been assembled by the advocates of denying Communion to President Joe Biden.

Possible brain death law changes pose ethical concerns

Some Catholic doctors and medical ethicists have raised concern about possible forthcoming changes to the legal definition of brain death used in most U.S. states. 

Francis, the comic strip

Francis, the comic strip: Pope Francis instructs Brother Leo on the Ignatian daily examen.

Pope Francis' process for investigating accused Catholic bishops clearly requires reform

We say: The Vos Estis Lux Mundi system to evaluate allegations of sexual abuse or cover-up against individual Catholic bishops needs two major things.

Hello, I must be going

Pencil Preaching for Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Christian leaders in Jerusalem express concern over growing violence

The patriarchs and heads of Christian churches of Jerusalem expressed deep concern over the growing violence there, which increased with 331 Palestinians reportedly wounded at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound during clashes with Israeli police May 10. "These concerning developments, whether at the Al-Aqsa Mosque or in Sheikh Jarrah, violate the sanctity of the people of Jerusalem and of Jerusalem as the City of Peace," the church leaders said in a statement. 

Psalm 89:2—I will sing of your mercy …

I will sing of your mercy forever, Lord, proclaim your faithfulness through all ages.   — Psalm 89:2  

The post Psalm 89:2—I will sing of your mercy … appeared first on Catholic Digest.

Amazon bishops say bill threatens Brazil's Indigenous peoples and forest

The bill in question would allow illegally deforested federal lands to become private holdings. "Land grabbing is responsible for one-third of deforestation in Brazil, in addition to promoting violence," said the bishops.

Cardinal Ladaria cautions US bishops on politicians and Communion

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has urged the U.S. bishops to proceed with caution in their discussions about formulating a national policy "to address the situation of Catholics in public office who support legislation allowing abortion, euthanasia or other moral evils."

Bishops urge Mexicans to vote in elections, but some see warning signs

The Mexican bishops' conference has pledged to avoid promotion of any parties or candidates in the country's upcoming midterm elections. The bishops also issued a statement May 6 calling on citizens to vote and support candidates promoting the common good.