Divorce is unconstitutional, say bishops in Philippines (Fides) The Catholic bishops of the Philippines have staked out a clear position against a bid 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.
Vatican to try 2 priests for alleged abuse of altar boys in St. Peter's Basilica (Crux) Father Gabriele Martinelli has been charged with sexual abuse; Father Enrico Radice, a minor seminary rector, has been charged with aiding and abetting the abuse. The case, dating back to 2012, was mentioned in July by Archbishop Vigano, who charged a Vatican cover-up. The student who made the original accusation against Martinelli was dismissed from the seminary, while Martinelli continued to ordination.