Congressman writes to DOJ after attacks on Catholic churches

Congressman writes to DOJ after attacks on Catholic churches

A Catholic congressman is asking the U.S. Attorney General to respond to a spate of acts of vandalism against churches around the country. In a letter to Attorney General William Barr on Wednesday, Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) urged the Justice Department “to protect religious freedom and combat religious discrimination in the United States.” Fleischmann cited…
China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

China offers rewards for reporting underground churches

CNA—The Chinese Communist Party is offering monetary rewards to those who report the presence of home churches in their communities, the magazine Bitter Winter reported on Thursday. The rewards appear to be an expansion of a program already in place in the province of Heilongjiang, reported earlier this year. In the city of Nenjiang, residents…
Saint vs. Congresswoman:  After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

Saint vs. Congresswoman: After AOC decries statue, Hawaiian Catholic says St Damien of Molokai ‘gave his life’ serving lepers

CNA—A Hawaiian Catholic catechist said that St. Damien of Molokai is a “hero” to the Hawaiian people, after an outspoken congresswoman, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), claimed the statue honoring him in the U.S. Capitol is part of colonialism and “patriarchy and white supremacist culture.”  St. Damien “gave his life” serving the isolated leper colony at Kalaupapa…
Mass, procession to mark fourth anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder

Mass, procession to mark fourth anniversary of Fr. Jacques Hamel’s murder

CNA—The Diocese of Rouen, France will mark the fourth anniversary of the murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel with a Mass and procession at the local church on Sunday. Archbishop Dominique Lebrun of Rouen and Archbishop Eric de Moulins-Beaufort of Reims, president of the French bishops’ conference, will be present, according to local media. French Minister…
Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Cardinal Bo: Hagia Sophia’s conversion into a mosque will ‘reopen wounds’

Catholic News Agency—As Hagia Sophia opened for Muslim prayers Friday, July 24, 2020, for the first time in 86 years, a leading Asian cardinal said that the decision to turn the building back into a mosque will reopen wounds and intensify divisions. In a statement sent via email July 24, Cardinal Charles Maung Bo said…
TWO BIG WINS FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

TWO BIG WINS FOR RELIGIOUS LIBERTY

Catholic League—Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on two Supreme Court decisions handed down today: In the last week of its 2019-2020 term, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered two back-to-back victories for religious liberty; they were both 7-2 decisions. Catholic schools and agencies were the big winners. The Supreme Court ruled in 2012 that religious…
Churches and statues vandalized, burnt, attacked across US over weekend

Churches and statues vandalized, burnt, attacked across US over weekend

After violent mobs toppled the Saint Junipero Serra statue in San Francisco, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone performed a public exorcism on the same spot.  “An act of sacrilege occurred here. That is an act of the Evil One,” the Archbishop said. He is right. Absolutely right. When a deadly COVID virus—one that now has several…
Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

Archbishop Cordileone offers exorcism prayers after St. Junípero Serra statue torn down

After a mob tore down statues, including a figure of St. Junípero Serra statue, in a San Francisco park, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was joined by several dozen Catholics Saturday in prayer and acts of spiritual reparation. “Evil has made itself present here. So we have gathered together to pray for God, to ask the saints…for…
Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue; Muslim Action Network “take this thing down”

Catholic priest among defenders of St Louis statue; Muslim Action Network “take this thing down”

Fr. Stephen Schumacher, a priest of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, was among the defenders of a prominent statue of the city’s namesake as protesters called for its removal Saturday. Umar Lee, an organizer of the protests, said June 27 that the statue “is gonna come down,” reported Joel Currier of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.…
More than 200 Citizens and Catholics Protect City’s Namesake Statue from Mob in St. Louis

More than 200 Citizens and Catholics Protect City’s Namesake Statue from Mob in St. Louis

CNA—According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, some 200 people were at the protest on Saturday. Catholics defending the statue at the protest prayed the rosary and sang, and several police officers separated them from the protesters. The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Sunday released a statement defending the city’s namesake, amid calls from activists to…
Saint statue vandalized at Ukrainian Catholic cathedral in Canada

Saint statue vandalized at Ukrainian Catholic cathedral in Canada

St. Vladimir died of old age in 1015, but his modern-day statue in Canada met a much more gruesome end. The rector of Sts Volodymyr and Olga Cathedral in Winnipeg said he is “devastated” after a statue of St. Vladimir was found decapitated Tuesday. The head, along with pieces of the statue’s staff, are still…
Cross and graves vandalized at Catholic university cemetery

Cross and graves vandalized at Catholic university cemetery

CNA—A man has been arrested and charged with vandalism and assault after  swastikas were painted on the graves of several Dominican friars and a security guard was assaulted at Catholic college on Monday evening.  A statement from Fr. Brian J. Shanley, O.P., and Fr. Kenneth Sicard, O.P., the president and president-elect of Providence College, Rhode Island,…
Catholic priests and Orthodox Jews sue New York’s Cuomo, de Blasio in Federal Court Over Discriminatory Orders & “Pseudo-Scientific” Reopening Plan

Catholic priests and Orthodox Jews sue New York’s Cuomo, de Blasio in Federal Court Over Discriminatory Orders & “Pseudo-Scientific” Reopening Plan

New York’s Governor Andrew Cuomo, his Attorney General Letitia James and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio are being sued by two Catholic priests from upstate New York and a trio of Orthodox Jewish congregants from Brooklyn for violation of civil rights by prejudicial orders and selective enforcement. The federal lawsuit, filed June 10,…
Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

Delaware lifts controversial rules for reopening churches

CNA—The governor of Delaware has amended controversial restrictions on houses of worship after a local church threatened a lawsuit.  In an updated guidance released by Gov. John Carney (D) on the evening of June 2, the number of people who are allowed to gather in a house of worship was adjusted to match that of…
Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

Madison changes church reopening rules after Catholic bishop threatens lawsuit

CNA—Churches in Dane County, Wisconsin, will be permitted to operate at 25% capacity, it was announced Friday, after the Diocese of Madison threatened to sue if previous reopening plans were not changed. “Emergency Order #4 makes a clarification with respect to religious services,” said a release from Dane County on Friday.  “Religious worship services will…
Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Maryland County Lifts Ban on Holy Communion

Howard County, Maryland, has reversed a policy that banned consumption of any food or drink during religious services, effectively preventing the licit celebration of Mass.  A county spokesman told CNA May 28 the prohibition will be removed, and faith leaders will be consulted on future guidelines for church reopenings amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Tuesday,…
Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

Maryland county bans Eucharist in church reopening order

CNA—An executive order issued Tuesday in Maryland’s Howard County outlines public health rules under which churches may reopen. The order prohibits the distribution and consumption of any food or drink as part of any religious service, effectively outlawing the distribution of Communion and the celebration of the Mass.  Howard County Executive Order #2020-09 outlines the…
Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

Baltimore archdiocese—Oldest Diocese in the U.S.—has ‘serious concerns’ about county Communion ban

CMN—The Archdiocese of Baltimore said it has “serious concerns” about public health guidance from Howard County, Maryland, which prohibits the reception of Communion as a condition for churches to reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. “For the Catholic community, the reception of Communion is central to our faith lives and to our public worship,” said a…
Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

Chicago Pastor Claims Mayor Sent Police ‘Like the Soviet-Styled KGB’ to His Church Sunday

faithwire—A pastor in Chicago said he was in the middle of delivering a sermon when armed police officers began banging on the doors of his sanctuary. The cops were sent by Democratic Mayor Lori Lightfoot, who said in early May she was “watching” and ready to arrest and jail anyone going to a “large or…
Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

Coast to Coast Lawsuits: Faith and Business Leaders sue States, cite violation of Constitutional rights and freedom

In Minnesota, a coalition of Twin Cities faith organizations and local businesses sued and called on Gov. Tim Walz to end what it calls an unconstitutional and draconian scheme to close businesses and places of worship.  This lawsuit says it all The Minnesota lawsuit states, in part, that Walz’s executive orders during the pandemic unfairly…