Monday, February 11, 2013
The Pontiff will be the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. We want to know what people in Libertyville would like to see in the next pope. What sort of policies and traits do you want him to have?
Pope Benedict XVI announced his resignation from the papal office effective Feb. 28, The Vatican Today reports. The Pontiff made the announcement early this morning, citing his age and health concerns as the primary reason for leaving the position. “After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry,” Pope Bendict XVI said. Read and listen to Pope Benedict XVI’s announcement on the Vatican’s website. Pope Benedict XVI, formerly known as Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was elected as the successor to Pope John Paul II in April of 2005. He will be the first pope to resign in nearly 600 years. Pope…
Friday, January 4, 2013
Cardinal Francis George releases a strongly worded letter as the State Legislature moves closer to a vote on gay marriage.
As gay marriage moves closer to a vote in the Illinois General Assembly, Cardinal Francis George has released a letter attacking the notion of same- sex marriage itself and urging Catholics to voice their objections. A full floor vote was delayed Thursday, though an Illinois Senate Executive Committee did approve it, according to the Huffington Post. Despite the delay, proponents say the bill could still ultimately be approved. Illinois would become the 10th state in the country to allow same-sex marriages. In his letter, George argued that because same-sex marriages cannot be consummated and are not undertaken for the purpose of conceiving children that government, "has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is …
Saturday, November 12, 2011
A number of revisions will be adopted by Roman Catholic churches beginning Nov. 27.
Catholic church-goers will soon experience a number of changes in Mass upon the adoption of a re-translated Roman Missal. The news has elicited a range of emotions from church leaders and parishioners, as noted in an article on The Huffington Post. The changes, which will go into effect Nov. 27, include revisions to the Nicene Creed, where the words “one in being with the Father” will become "consubstantial with the Father." Other notable changes impact the Penitential Act, greeting and the song “Gloria.” The changes, which come as a directive from the Vatican, will result in the English words more closely reflecting the Latin text.