'Profound sorrow': Cardinal Burke issues statement on Pope's restrictions on traditional Latin Mass (Cardinal Raymond Burke) “Those who are attached to the Usus Antiquior (More Ancient Usage) [UA], what Pope Benedict XVI called the Extraordinary Form, of the Roman Rite are deeply disheartened by the severity of the discipline which the Motu Proprio imposes and offended by the language it employs to describe them, their attitudes and their conduct,” said the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. “As a member of the faithful, who also has an intense bond with the UA, I fully share in their sentiments of profound sorrow.”
Pelosi defends taxpayer-funded abortion while citing Catholic faith; Archbishop Cordileone responds (CNA) As “a devout Catholic and mother of five in six years, I feel that God blessed my husband and me with our beautiful family,” said the Speaker of the House. “It’s not up to me to dictate that that’s what other people should do, and it [funding of abortion in Medicaid] is an issue of fairness and justice for poorer women in our country.”“Let me repeat: no one can claim to be a devout Catholic and condone the killing of innocent human life, let alone have the government pay for it,” Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco responded. “The right to life is a fundamental – the most fundamental – human right, and Catholics do not oppose fundamental human rights.”
Venezuela's Maduro rips Vatican 'compendium of hatred' (Reuters) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro condemned a statement by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, as a “compendium of hatred” against his country. Cardinal Parolin had sent a message to a businessmen’s organization, saying that political and economic crisis in Venezuela would end only “if Venezuelans, and especially those who have some political responsibility, are willing to sit down and negotiate in a serious way.” Maduro has clashed frequently with the country’s Catholic bishops, who have condemned the government’s suppression of democracy.
Congressional testimony highlights China's persecution of religious believers (US House of Representatives) Bob Fu, founder and president of the China Aid Association, testified before the House of Representatives’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission.“Today, as the world witnesses the worst religious persecution seen in China since Mao’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s, the rule of man has replaced the rule of law and rule by law,” said Fu. “Regardless of China’s attempts to block information on persecution from reaching the outside world, ChinaAid’s research shows that religious oppression continues to increase with each passing year since 2017.”
Coptic Orthodox church burned down near Vancouver (The B.C. Catholic) The burning of the church “comes as a terrible shock to the Coptic community and to all of us,” Catholic Archbishop J. Michael Miller of Vancouver said in a letter to Bishop Mina of the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Mississauga. “It is a tremendous loss to the Christian churches in British Columbia.”
To Church's dismay, Veracruz state approves bill decriminalizing abortion (CNS) Lawmakers in Mexico’s fourth most populous state (map) approved the legislation in a 25-3 vote.“It constitutes a grave injustice, which allows an unacceptable wrong to be committed against another human being in its most vulnerable stage, when he requires greater protection, along with his mother,” Mexico’s bishops said in response.
US bishops express solidarity with Cuban people (USCCB) An estimated 400 protestors have been arrested in Cuba since July 11.“As protests continue in Cuba and among the diaspora in the United States, we would like to express our solidarity, as well as that of our brother bishops in the United States, with our brothers in the Cuban episcopate, and with all men and women of goodwill in Cuba,” the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, joined by the chairman of the Committee on International Justice and Peace, said in a statement.
Russian Patriarch dedicates new cathedral to Our Lady of Kazan (AsiaNews) Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill consecrated the new cathedral of the Mother of God in Kazan, which has been rebuilt after having been demolished in the Stalin era. The cathedral houses the cherished icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which was presented to the Russian Orthodox Church as gift by Pope John Paul II; that icon has also disappeared from Russia at the time of the Communist revolution.
Patriarch Kirill was making his first public appearance since the outbreak of the Covid epidemic. Only about 300 people were allowed into the cathedral, but several thousand gathered outside for the ceremony.
New York Times tech columnist ponders data privacy, resignation of USCCB general secretary (New York Times) Commenting on the use of phone records and the resignation of the USCCB general secretary, columnist Shera Ovide writes that “this isn’t about one man. This is about a structural failure that allows real-time data on Americans’ movements to exist in the first place and to be used without our knowledge or true consent. This case shows the tangible consequences of practices by America’s vast and largely unregulated data-harvesting industries.”
USCCB general secretary resigns amid charges of sexual misconduct (Pillar) Msgr. Jeffrey Burrill, the general secretary of the US Catholic Conference, resigned on July 20, after the Pillar news site obtained evidence that he was engaged in regular sexual misconduct. Pillar reported that he had frequently used the “hookup agg” Grindr on his mobile phone to arrange homosexual encounters. Msgr. Burrill’s duties, as the top official of the US bishops’ conference, had included dealing with the fallout from the McCarrick scandal.