Divorce is unconstitutional, say bishops in Philippines (Fides) The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have staked out a clear position against abid to legalize divorce. “Divorce is, first of all, unconstitutional,” said Father Jerome Seciliano, executive secretary of the bishops’ conference. “It is anti-family, anti-marriage, and anti-children.”
Biotech executive affirms harvesting brains from intact unborn babies (Live Action) The chief executive of StemExpress—a firm that bought fetal body parts from Planned Parenthood—has testified in court that her company harvested brains from “intact” unborn babies. Sandra Merritt testified at a hearing in the case of David Daleiden and his Center for Medical Progress, who are charged with invasion of privacy for their role in exposing the sale of fetal tissues.
Chinese agents tailed Cardinal Zen at Fatima (South China Morning Post) Cardinal Joseph Zen reports that he was carefully monitored by Chinese government agents while on a pilgrimage to Fatima in August. The cardinal and a Hong Kong politician, Martin Lee Chu-ming, were informed by Portuguese police of the Chinese government’s interest, as soon as they arrived at an airport in Lisbon.
Villanova theologian foresees robot priests (Daily Mail) Sister Ilia Delio, who holds a endowed chair in theology at Villanova University, has suggested that robots could fulfill some priestly functions. She suggests that robot-priests could be preferable to humans because they would not be capable of sexual abuse and because they would break the ‘patriarchal’ mold of the male priesthood.
Cardinal Marx meets Pontiff with German bishops, Vatican at odds (Vatican Press Office) Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the president of the German bishops’ conference, met with Pope Francis in a private audience on September 19. Although the Vatican press office did not indicate the topic of their discussion, it was likely to focus on the impasse between the Holy See and the German bishops, who are resolved to vote on potential doctrinal changes in a “binding synodal assembly.”
Pope Francis: Saints Matthew, Stanislaus Kostka inspire us to convert, follow vocation (Vatican Press Office) Pope Francis recalled the example of the two saints in greetings to pilgrims following his September 18 general audience. The Pontiff referred to St. Stanislaus Kostka (1550-1568) as a “young man from Vienna [who] arrived in Rome on foot to become a Jesuit. He demonstrated that it is necessary to sacrifice so much to follow the voice of one’s vocation. He is also an example for those young people who, fearing the reaction of their families, friends or others, are afraid to choose the vocational path to the priesthood or religious life. Dear young people, do not be afraid to follow the voice of Christ!”