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6. March 2010

6. March 2010
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Pope Reportedly Set Up Commission to Investigate Medjugorje

Cardinal Camillo Ruini will head the commission into the visions under the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  The Bishop of the Mostar diocese has warned against readily accepting the visions as reality.  You can read more in Italian here and in English here.

Migration in Europe: An Ecumenical Opportunity

(courtesy of H2O News)

Istanbul, Turkey, the European Capital of Culture 2010, will host the annual meeting of the Joint Committee of the Conference of European Churches (CEC) and the Council of Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE), which will be held from March 7th to 11th, following an invitation by the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I.
During the meeting there will be a overview of the activities, experiences and projects of Churches and Episcopal Conferences in the field of migration and on topical issues in the EU institutions.
Father Duarte da Cunha:
“Besides the theme of migration, the meeting will be an opportunity to reflect on other common issues that interest the CCEE, the CEC, the Catholic Church and the other confessions. It will be an occasion to visit Patriarch Bartholomew, and to strengthen the true friendship between the leaders of this institution. For this reason, we hope that it will be a step forward in the ecumenical movement.”

The task of the Joint Committee, which was set up in 1972, is to oversee the cooperation between the CEC — a communion of 120 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches of all European Countries, along with 40 associated organizations — and the CCEE, which gathers the Presidents of the current 33 European Bishops’ Conferences of this continent.


Dutch Catholic Support Priest Who Refused Communion to Practicing Homosexuals

(courtesy of Catholic Culture)

Dutch Catholics are organizing a petition drive in support of a parish priest who refused to distribute Communion to homosexual activists, and criticizing the bishop who apparently pressured the priest to compromise his position. The petition, organized by the magazine Catholica praises the pastor, Father Luc Buyen, but laments that he “has been attacked by homosexuals and then left in the cold by his own Church.” The protest criticizes Bishop Antonius Hurkmans of Den Bosch, who said that everyone should be admitted to Communion, on the assumption that the faithful are responsible for examining their own consciences before doing so. That statement prompted homosexual activists to lift their call for demonstrations at the parish, where scores of protestors– some wearing fright wigs– had attended Mass last Sunday, preparing to present themselves for Communion in defiance of the priest’s directive.

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