Faith and Morals
The Vatican’s annual course on exorcism, entitled “Exorcism and Prayer of Liberation,” began on May 5 at Rome’s Pontifical Athenaeum Regina Apostolorum. The course concludes Saturday with an examination of the ministry of exorcism and a roundtable discussion. Its description states that the course “seeks to explore the theoretical and practical implications of the ministry of exorcism. It is designed particularly to help bishops in the preparation of the priests they assign to this ministry.”
First Amendment rights remained intact at the East Carolina University, much to the delight of religious graduates. Graduating students had been instructed by a chemistry professor that they could not mention God during a departmental graduation ceremony, but university officials have ultimately told students to disregard those instructions.
As religious freedom continues to come under ruthless attack by governments from Communist China and North Korea to the Middle East, major new threats to religious liberty are increasingly emerging across the West. While early warning signs have been flashing in the United States, across Europe efforts to infringe on the right to freedom of religion are even more advanced. If left unchecked, religious-freedom advocates warn that the controversial plots have the potential to eventually unleash mass abuses and human-rights violations by governments even in formerly free nations.
This year's National Day of Prayer included a call to repentance, along with a challenge to the "abortion president" by pro-family leader James Dobson.
An abortion rights group claims that it has persuaded Google to drop some online ads for pro-life services.