Democrats 'want to put the churches out of business,' President Trump tells EWTN (CNA) Asked “if there was one message you wanted to say to our viewers,” President Trump responded: “Well, I think anybody having to do with, frankly, religion, but certainly the Catholic Church, you have to be with President Trump when it comes to pro-life, when it comes to all of the things, these people are going to take all of your rights away, including Second Amendment, because, you know, Catholics like their Second Amendment.”
Pope begins new series of talks on issues raised by pandemic (Vatican News) At his public audience on Wednesday, August 5, Pope Francis announced that he was beginning a new series of weekly talks on the social issues that have been highlighted by the Covid pandemic. The Pope—who was resuming his weekly audiences after a July break—said that the Church has no expertise on the medical aspects of the pandemic, but can offer a moral perspective on the social and political issues that have come to the fore.
Australian bishops issue statement on mental health (Catholic Outlook) “We want to say clearly that mental ill-health is not a moral failure, the result of a lack of faith, or of weak will,” Archbishop Mark Coleridge said in the foreword to the statement. “Jesus himself was labelled mad (Mark 3:21; John 10:19) and, like us, he suffered psychological distress (Luke 22:44; Matt 26:37; Mark 14:33; John 12:27).”
Kentucky bishops continue public Masses despite governor's request for 'pause' (The Record) After Gov. Andy Beshear asked churches to take a “two-Sunday pause” from in-person worship, Kentucky’s bishops “decided not to ask parishes to suspend worship because of the very good job Catholic parishes have been doing with what has been asked of us, e.g. social distancing, mask-wearing, hygiene, cleaning, etc. ,” said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville. “In light of the very legitimate concern about rising cases, I ask all pastors to double down on issues such as social distancing and mask-wearing.”
Bishops from Japan, US call Catholics to work for nuclear disarmament (CNS) “I did not witness the horrific scenes that unfolded immediately following the bombing myself,” said Archbishop Joseph Mitsuaki Takami of Nagasaki, who was in his mother’s womb during the atomic bomb of August 9, 1945 (video). “But my maternal grandmother suffered burns all over her body and died a painful death after one week without receiving any medical attention.”