#ShortNews: England’s top Catholic prelate warns against gender ideology

The Archbishop of Westminster told a meeting of Catholic head teachers that children were not “single, self-determining individuals” but members of a great family with “firm points of reference” determined by birth. In his speech to school leaders of his archdiocese late last month, Cardinal Nichols, president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, appealed to a “common sense of humanity” as an antidote to the rampant individualism that he blamed for driving emerging ideologies.

“The Christian faith, more than any other, takes the reality of sin seriously, not pretending that we live in a utopia, or on a pathway of endless progress, but rather in a world marked by limitations and distortions.”

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#ShortNews: Amid strong Church opposition, Philippine government pushes to legalize divorce by Easter

The Government of the Philippines led by President Rodrigo Duterte intends to approve the bill of divorce in Parliament before Easter. The bill has the title “Act on the divorce and dissolution of marriage” and would complement the proposals presented in past months by several legislators in the lower House.The law aims to provide couples in crisis with a legal way to end marriage.

As Fides learns, parlamentarians Edcel Lagman, vice-president Pia Cayetano and Emmie de Jesus are among the supporters of the law and are pushing to promote the approval of the legislation. “Marriage, even if it is proclaimed by the Church as an inviolable institution can in some cases come to an end due to human weakness”, said Lagman. “Some marriages are already irreparably shattered, even if the state strives to protect and preserve marriage”, he said. According to a recent survey, 53% of respondents support a law that legalizes divorce, while 32% say they are against and 15% still undecided.

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#ShortNews: US adult Catholic population slipping, study shows

The U.S. adult population grew by 6.3% from 2010 to 2016. Growth in the numbers of adults self-identifying as Catholic have not kept pace and are falling into negative territory, according to an analysis of survey data in combination with Census numbers for adults. Since 2010, the adult Catholic population in the United States has declined by 0.9% (equivalent to a net loss of 511,558 adults affiliating). The number of adult Catholics declined from 59.1 million in 2010 to 58.6 million in 2016.

Globally, the Church continues to grow and the United States represents less than 6% of the world’s Catholics. It is also easy to think these changes are related to something that the Church specifically is or is not doing. Yet many other affiliations are experiencing much more significant declines. Generally speaking, these trends are also likely to be related to broader shifts in popular culture, the economy, the family, and to bring it back to the iGen—technology. There is so much more to explore.

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