Irish commission: Catholic school discriminated against atheist student

CNA Staff, May 4, 2020 / 05:01 pm (CNA).- The Republic of Ireland’s Workplace Relations Commission has decided that an atheist child was discriminated against by his Catholic school when students were rewarded for attending a religious ceremony.

The commission, an independent, quasi-judicial forum, ruled that the Yellow Furze National School in County Meath had discriminated against an atheist student.

Early in the 2019 school year, the students had been promised a homework pass if they took part in the choir during a First Communion ceremony

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ASK FATHER: Organ donation for research after death

From a reader…

QUAERITUR:

My husband has been diagnosed with ALS. He would like to be cremated when the time comes, but before he would like to donate his brain to medical research. I understand cremation is ok as long as ashes are not spread but is it legit to donate a body part for research? I really wouldn’t know where to look in the Catechism for this answer.

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Novus Ordo Latin Mass Streamed Daily

In many places, Catholics cannot go to Mass because of the restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. Many pastors have responded to this situation by offering Mass online to allow at least a spiritual participation. One option, however, has at first been absent: an opportunity to participate in daily Mass in Latin, the official liturgical language of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church. Latin Masses online do exist for the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (also known as the Tridentine Mass). Not so for the Ordinary Form (or Novus Ordo), which was introduced after the Second Vatican Council and is now commonly celebrated in the vernacular.

However, there is now an opportunity to follow the Daily Latin Mass on YouTube. Fr. Andreas Kramarz, professor of humanities and spiritual director at the Legion of Christ College at Cheshire, Connecticut, is celebrating every morning at 6:45 am EDT (time of New York) the daily liturgy, including Sundays, introduced with a brief reflection in English and Spanish. The Celebration of the Eucharist is streamed live and can be accessed afterward for those who cannot participate at the scheduled time. Fr. Andreas has produced a short explicatory video that can be found in English here, in Spanish here, and in German here.

For almost two millennia and until just about 50 years ago, the Roman liturgy was commonly celebrated in Latin and is capable of bringing together faithful of any nation, language, or culture, thus expressing the universal nature of the Catholic Church. The last council teaches (in Sacrosanctum Concilium, n. 36), that “the use of the Latin language is to be preserved in the Latin rites.” Some further interesting reflections about the value of the Latin Mass have been published by the Vatican Office of the Liturgical Celebrations and can be accessed here.

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Caritas Philippines Promotes ‘Kindness Stations’ in Communities Amid Covid-19 Crisis

Caritas Philippines (NASSA) has put their heart and soul into accompanying the poorest of the poor communities through the challenges of the global COVID-19 pandemic. According to the national government, there are more than 100 million Filipinos greatly affected by lockdown enforced due to COVID-19.

In a creative response to the restrictions of social distancing and the lockdown, which forced Caritas staff to stay at home, Caritas has set up Kindness Stations in communities in thirty dioceses across the Philippines.

With the instruction to “take what you need, leave some for others, and give what you can”, Caritas wants to create “ripples of hope” that permeate communities at this challenging time.

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