Catechesis requires creativity, Pope says (Vatican News) Speaking on September 17 to participants in a Vatican conference on catechesis, Pope Francis said that catechists are “people who tirelessly proclaim the Gospel of mercy.” He said that the work of catechists is not “abstract communication of theoretical knowledge,” but a process marked by listening. The formal office of catechist, which he created, requires creativity, the Pontiff said—not “the pre-packaged answers we carry in our briefcase.”
USCCB: Act now to stop most extreme abortion bill ever (USCCB) “Congress is about to vote on the most radical abortion bill of all time,” the US bishops’ conference warns. “The so-called ‘Women’s Health Protection Act’ (H.R. 3755/S. 1975) would impose abortion on demand, at any stage of pregnancy.”“It would apply nationwide—even in states that don’t want it,” the USCCB continues. “Even modest and popular pro-life laws at every level of government—the federal, state, and local level—would be on the chopping block.”
Most Catholics favor Communion for Biden, poll says (Pew Forum) A majority of American Catholics believe that President Biden should be allowed to receive Communion despite his abortion advocacy, according to a new Pew survey. Even among Catholics who attend Mass weekly, only 42% say that politicians who support abortion should be barred from Communion.
The results of the Pew survey broke down along sharply partisan lines. Most Republicans (55%) said that Biden should not receive the Eucharist, but an overwhelming majority of Democrats (87%) said that he should.
Northern Ireland diocese charged with sheltering bombing suspect (CNA) The Diocese of Derry is a defendant in a lawsuit stemming from a terrorist bombing that killed nine people in 1972. A priest of the Derry diocese, Father James Chesney was suspected of organizing the bombing, as a key figure in the Irish Republic Army. Although Father Chesney (who died in 1980) was never charged with a crime, Church officials arranged to send him to a new assignment in another diocese.
Ecumenical Patriarch announces trip to US (Orthodox Times) Born in 1940, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew was installed in 1991 as Archbishop of Constantinople. The Ecumenical Patriarch, who holds a primacy of honor among the Orthodox churches, will begin an 11-day trip to the US on October 23, during which he will visit Ground Zero and meet with President Biden.
Irish president meets with Pope (Vatican News) Pope Francis met on September 17 with Ireland’s President Michael Higgins. A Vatican release said that their conversation focused on the environment and the coming UN conference on climate change. They also spoke about the Covid epidemic and the prospects for continued peace in Ireland.
Ukrainian Christians begin 3 days of prayer to preserve traditional family values (Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church) “In the contemporary world a family as an institution passes through tremendous attacks of new gender ideologies of a totalitarian type – ideologies which undermine the very existence of a family, minimize its sense and values, the core of what is respect for human dignity and human’s life from conception to their natural death,” the All-Ukrainian Council of Churches said in a statement. “These global challenges in Ukraine gain a form of systematic attacks directed at destruction of traditional values and roots of morality.”
Pro-life group says Google engaging in censorship (Aleteia) “At the request of abortion activists, Google has just BANNED all of LiveAction ‘s pro-life ads, including those promoting the Abortion Pill Reversal treatment, a resource that has saved 2500 children to date,” tweeted Lila Rose of Live Action.
Miniature Vatican built of Legos (CNS) An Illinois man has created a painstakingly accurate scale model of the Vatican, using 67,000 Lego blocks. Rocco Buttliere spent three months on the project, working at home during the Covid lockdown.
Mary's faith is 'journey, prophecy, and compassion,' Pope preaches at final Mass in Slovakia (Vatican Press Office) On September 15, the final day of the 34th apostolic journey of his pontificate, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Sorrows in Sastin.Following a prayer of entrustment to Our Lady with Slovakia’s bishops, Pope Francis presided at an outdoor Mass (video). “May Mary Most Holy obtain for you the grace of a faith that ever sets out anew, is deeply prophetic and abounds in compassion,” he said at the conclusion of his homily.Following a farewell ceremony (video), the Pope returned to Rome and prayed at the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. During his in-flight press conference, he discussed abortion and Catholic politicians who support it.
Pope warns movement leaders against desire for power, disloyalty (Vatican News) In an address to leaders of Catholic ecclesial movements, Pope Francis warned against two dangers. The “desire for power,” he said, comes when “someone wants to serve the Lord but also serves other things.” The second problem, “disloyalty,” arises “when we present ourselves to others as the sole interpreters of the charism.”
Pope Francis said that these problems had caused crises in some ecclesial movements, creating “noisy” and “ugly” situations that required Vatican intervention to begin “difficult processes of rehabilitation.”