Pope, US bishops discuss polarization, migration, homosexuality (CNS) Pope Francis received the bishops of California, Nevada, and Hawaii on January 27. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said the Pope “made important distinctions between the (sexual) orientation and the question of marriage … And he spoke about the danger of the gender ideology and how it denies difference.” Bishop Larry Silva of Honolulu asked the Pope to clarify his distinction between evangelization and proselytism; “I have to say I am still a little confused about his distinction,” the bishop said. “I don’t know if he answered it directly.”
Irish priest nixes Sinn Fein meeting in parish, citing abortion stand (CNA) A Catholic pastor in Coalisland, in County Tyrone, has refused to allow a meeting of the Sinn Fein political party in the parish hall. Father Eugene O’Neill explained that the meeting in a Catholic facility would have been inappropriate insofar because of Sinn Fein’s stand in support of legal abortion.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration to discontinue perpetual prayer (LaCrosse Tribune) The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, have announced that they will discontinue perpetual adoration. Sister Eileen McKenzie, the group’s superior, says that the decision reflects “a growing understanding of a modern way to live in adoration through prayer lives and actions, no matter where we are.” The congregation will retain its name.