Cardinal Marx: 'I am moved by the Pope's words, I accept his decision' (Vatican News) “I was not counting on such a quick reaction, nor was I expecting the decision that I should continue in my service,” Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich said after Pope Francis rejected his offer of resignation. The Pope’s decision, he added, “represents a great challenge for me,” and a return “to the agenda of ‘yesterday’ cannot be the way forward, neither for me nor for the archdiocese.”
Pontifical academy issues document on pandemic and persons with disabilities (Pontifical Academy for Life) “Friendship with persons with disabilities: the beginning of a new world—Learning from Experiences of Persons with Disabilities and Their Caregivers during the COVID-19 Pandemic” is the fourth note issued by the Pontifical Academy for Life during the pandemic. The document concludes, “Let us resolve and take steps during and after this pandemic to ensure that, after the mud of the devastation of this pandemic has been strained away, we will build a better world—a world in which persons with disabilities are always valued, befriended, and loved.”
American Catholics support death penalty, poll shows (Pew Forum) Most American Catholics favor the death penalty, despite the opposition of the Vatican and the US bishops’ conference, a new Pew Research survey shows. The poll found that 58% of Catholics support the use of the death penalty for convicted murderers, while 41% oppose it. Only 36% of the Catholic respondents said that capital punishment is morally wrong. Ironically, atheists (65%) and agnostics (58%) were most likely to oppose the death penalty.
Church in Colombia calls for peace amid waves of anti-government protests (America) “What began on April 28 as a public reaction to a tax reform proposal from President Iván Duque has expanded into a massive mobilization of broad discontent,” writes Brazilian journalist Filipe Domingues. “Cali, the third largest city in the country, has become the epicenter of unrest. A particularly harsh government response to protesters led even more people to the streets.”
Paris archdiocese seeks more funds for interior of Notre-Dame (AFP) Archbishop Michel Aupetit has begun a $7.3-million fundraising drive “to bring the cathedral into the 21st century, while ensuring the preservation of its identity in the spirit of the Christian tradition.” Devastated by a fire in 2019, Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral is scheduled to reopen in 2024.
In Ireland, Catholic students are targets of bullying, legislature told (Irish Times) The Oireachtas (Irish legislature’s) Committee on Education heard testimony on bullying. Students who are practicing Catholics are viewed as “old-fashioned or out of the mainstream culture,” said James O’Higgins Norman, the UNESCO Chair on Tackling Bullying in Schools and Cyberspace at Dublin City University, and the director of the National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre,
Pro-life advocates decry new bill that would codify Roe v. Wade (CNS) The Women’s Health Protection Act, introduced on June 8, “would invalidate nearly all existing state limitations on abortion,” warned Jennifer Popik, director of federal legislation for National Right to Life. “This legislation would also prohibit states from adopting new protective laws in the future, including various types of laws specifically upheld as constitutionally permissible by the US Supreme Court.”