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  • Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance

    02/24/2015 8:46:22 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 7 replies
    1Peter5 ^ | February 24, 2015 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance by Dr. Brian KoppFebruary 24, 2015Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. The February 2015 Linacre Quarterly (the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association) features a groundbreaking study by Chris Kahlenborn, MD of The Polycarp Research Institute titled Mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception. The study, contrasting the theoretical basis on which emergency contraception (otherwise known as “Plan B”) is claimed to function with the facts and statistics of the most recent research outlining the mechanism by which they cause early abortions, is sure to cause heartburn among...
  • Pope Shares Remarks on American Culture with Bishops; Issues Call to Laity By: Msgr. Charles Pope

    02/14/2012 2:28:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On January 19, Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic “ad limina” visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral matters.His words provide some sober reflection for us. As is usually the case, I would like to provide excerpts of the Pope’s remarks from a CNS News Article and then present my own comments in red.Pope Benedict XVI warned visiting U.S. bishops that “radical secularism”...
  • CWR to Bishop Critics: Know Your Place and Don't Make Trouble

    02/04/2015 6:47:10 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 33 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | 2/3/15 | Frank Walker
    Catholic World Report has an unfortunate piece which tries to make Faithful sensible Catholics feel guilty for honest direct criticism of bishops. Right out of the box we’re all disgruntled, full of pride and ‘cheap chatter.’ Oh, and if we knew anything of Church teaching, we’d be very careful with our ‘murmuring.’ While disgruntled criticisms of Catholic bishops are nothing new, there seems to be an increase of late, especially since the start of Pope Francis’s pontificate. There is clearly no denying that there are problems within the Church, but Catholic moral teaching makes it clear that murmuring against our...
  • Must Bishops Be the Husband of One Wife?

    02/01/2015 10:20:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 68 replies
    catholic.com ^ | May 5, 2013 | Tim Staples
    Must Bishops Be the Husband of One Wife? Tim Staples May 5, 2013 | 0 comments Share on twitter Share on facebook Share on email Share on print Share on gmail More Sharing Services As both a guest and, at times, a host on our radio broadcast, Catholic Answers Live, I have spoken on many different topics over the years. Mostly, I do the “Open Forum Q&A” on Tuesdays, but my favorite hours have been our “Open Forum for Non-Catholics,” when we take calls only from non-Catholics or from people who are in the process of coming into full communion...
  • Anglican Bishops March Proclaiming "Every Life is a Gift"

    01/26/2015 10:01:33 PM PST · by Tyndales Child · 4 replies
    Virtueonline ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jeff Walton
    By Jeff Waltonhttp://juicyecumenism.com/ January 23, 2015A delegation of one dozen bishops from the Anglican Church in North America joined in the annual March for Life on Thursday, January 22 in Washington, D.C.Led by Archbishop Foley Beach, the Anglican group was organized for the third year by Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic Bishop John Guernsey and Georgette Forney of Anglicans for Life.The March for Life is the largest annual protest in the United States, regularly drawing tens of thousands of people to mark the anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision that struck down state restrictions on abortions in 1973....
  • Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism

    01/14/2015 6:40:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism Pope Francis, a native of Argentina, has established himself as a critic of capitalism, but now he has received a statement from the bishops of Venezuela offering some insight on that Latin American nation’s experience with socialism and Marxism. I am not an expert on the internal workings of the Catholic Church, but this strikes me as an extraordinary move. Writing in Investor’s Business Daily, Monica Showalter lays out the message the bishops delivered:  Venezuela's bishops Monday blamed "Marxist socialism" and "communism" by name for the horrors...
  • Former Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral planned for Tuesday

    01/02/2015 9:02:39 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 46 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 2 Jan 2015 | Glenn Blain, Kenneth Lovett
    Funeral services for former Gov. Mario Cuomo are being planned for Tuesday at the Saint Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan, a church official told the Daily News.
  • WE RESPECTFULLY DISAGREE (Immigration)

    11/14/2014 3:12:26 PM PST · by NYer · 58 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 12, 2014 | BRIAN BURCH
    What is a Catholic to think?We are called to welcome the stranger, but also to respect the law. We are morally bound to respect the dignity of every human person, but cannot create civil disorder.Reports suggest that President Obama may soon act by Executive Order to expand ‘deferred action’ for parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents. By doing so, the Obama administration would no longer enforce our immigration laws as applied to an estimated 4-5 million people living illegally in the United States.A good idea? Necessary? Legal?Unfortunately this constitutionally suspect move has the apparent support of Bishop Eusebio...
  • US BISHOPS STRUGGLING UNDER FRANCIS' PONTIFICATE

    11/09/2014 12:27:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 11/8/2014 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP RELIGION WRITER
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families. The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the...
  • 2014Cardinal O'Malley is apparently okay with souls being led to Hell

    09/08/2014 7:54:07 AM PDT · by cleghornboy
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 8, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Vatican II, in its Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity (Apostolicam Actuositatem), explains that, "The hierarchy should promote the apostolate of the laity, provide it with spiritual principles and support, direct the conduct of this apostolate to the common good of the Church, and attend to the preservation of doctrine and order. Indeed, the lay apostolate admits of different types of relationships with the hierarchy in accordance with the various forms and objects of this apostolate. For in the Church there are many apostolic undertakings which are established by the free choice of the laity and regulated by their...
  • Family Synod Lasting Harm

    10/26/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Dads.org ^ | Steve Wood
    I can’t remember where I came across this riveting Civil War question, “Why didn’t the Civil War soldiers turn in battle when facing canons loaded with canister?” I often wondered how men kept marching forward in the face of near-certain death by having their flesh mercilessly shredded. Surely there was uncommon valor and bravery. Yet, was there another dynamic moving them forward in the face of a hideous death? Civil War soldiers marched into battle in units composed of men from their hometowns and home states. If a man turned in battle, his cowardice meant that he couldn’t go home...
  • "Over half the Bishops (in the Synod) have already switched religion"

    10/23/2014 6:23:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/23/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi,
    Alessandro Gnocchi, in his weekly piece for La Riscossa Cristiana in which he responds to letters he has received, calls our attention to this truly lamentable event that clearly shows where most of the Bishops and Cardinals are in terms of their understanding of the Catholic Faith and the immutability of doctrine.
  • Kenya Catholic Bishops criticise Tetanus vaccinations (Tetanus Vaccine Sterilize Women)

    10/22/2014 6:24:38 PM PDT · by Coleus · 26 replies
    NEWS.VA ^ | 10.10.2014
    The Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Health Commission has criticised the Government’s planned nation-wide Tetanus vaccination campaign. The statement has expressed deep concern regarding the vaccinations. It says that the campaign leaves many questions unanswered hence the alarm. This is contained in a media statement released by the Catholic Health Commission of Kenya currently meeting at St Patrick’s Pastoral Centre, Kabula in Bungoma. The statement is co-signed by Bishop Paul Kariuki Njiru of Embu Diocese with his counterpart, Bishop Joseph Mbatia of Nyahururu on behalf of the Commisssion of the Bishops' Conference. The Commission includes 24 health facility managers drawn...
  • African Cardinal: Pressure Groups Lobbying to Change Church Teaching

    10/17/2014 9:44:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY — Inaccurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family’s midterm relatio was released are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has said. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA Oct. 16 that “what has been published by the media about homosexual unions is an attempt to push the Church [to change] her doctrine.” “The Church has never judged homosexual persons, but homosexual behavior and homosexual unions are grave deviations...
  • Full Text of Cardinal Burke's Major Interview to Il Foglio on the Synod

    10/16/2014 10:45:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/13/14 | Alessandro Gnocchi
    The world likes Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke very little or not at all. And , if it is possible, the Church likes him even less than does the world. On the other hand, this 66 year- old American from Richland Center, Wisconsin, has done everything as a Catholic to successfully carry out his intent to set a fire under the consciences of Christians who are all too inclined to tepidity. He participates in the Marches for Life, he says that Communion is not to be given to those politicians who support abortion laws, he denounces the rapid progression of the...
  • Evidence Emerges of an Engineered Synod

    10/16/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 10/15/14 | Edward Pentin
    More and more there is talk in Rome that this synod is being engineered by groups intent on steering the Church in a heterodox direction, and increasingly evidence is coming to light that points to it. . It still remains unclear who exactly wrote it and how many eyes had seen it before it was made public, but the strong criticisms of it from such Church leaders as Cardinals Raymond Burke and Gerhard Mueller are enough to point to a lamentable lack of scrutiny, with consequences for souls. Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, known to be a keen...
  • In the Church’s hour of greatest need, Dolan fails again

    10/16/2014 9:14:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    Seeing as this only has 500 views on Youtube, maybe most folks haven’t seen this, yet. Reader MFG sent this to me this morning. I find this interview disconcerting on many levels. First, his initial glad-handed chuminess is way over the top and appears just overtly insincere. Then he attempts constantly to minimize the divisions in the Synod and gives an unreserved approval of the attempt to redefine Church Doctrine with regard to the groinal issues so sacred to the modernists (adulterers receiving the Blessed Sacrament, regularizing and “solemnizing” divorce through reception of the Blessed Sacrament, gift-bearing sodomites, the whole...
  • MSN Headline: Vatican Alters Report Translation about Gays

    10/16/2014 9:44:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 10-16-2014 | AP
    Check it out http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/vatican-alters-draft-report-translation-about-gays/ar-BB9qgYh
  • AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father mentioned issue

    10/16/2014 2:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | October 15, 2014
    FULL TITLE: AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father had even mentioned issue in Synod Hall Bruno "Outed" Forte From Nicole Winfield's Associated Press article on Synod special secretary Abp. Bruno "Outed" Forte. We post it here for the record of the history of the most embarrassing document in Catholic history, and its most infamous passage, where Forte sneaked his own "New Gospel": Erdo has already "outed" the official who wrote the section on gays, Monsignor [Archbishop] Bruno Forte, appointed by Pope Francis as the special secretary to the synod. Forte is an Italian theologian known...
  • "Synod Fathers under intense pressure from the Kasper Front to modify their views - or else"

    10/16/2014 2:53:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | October 15, 2014
    It seems Walter Kasper's racist remarks on Africa and Africans have caused an understandable shock wave throughout the assembly. They reflect a racist, xenophobic, and anti-African mindset that has removed the Church in Africa from any participation in the Synodal administration and governance, or in the committee formed to help draft the final relatio. Other than that, Synod Fathers are being strongly pressured by the allies of the racist German cardinal, who are in the minority, to modify as little as possible the partial relatio: as Tosatti explains below, that was one of the main reasons why the racist manipulators...
  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 8:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A recently released midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family, which defended the traditional definition of marriage but used positive language toward same-sex couples in some situations, has garnered controversy among some bishops who say it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views. "In regard to homosexuality, there was noted the need for welcoming, with the right degree of prudence, so as not to create the impression of a positive valuation of that orientation," read a summary of the remarks some bishops had toward the report, Catholic News Service reported. "It was hoped that the same care...
  • October 13, 2014: The Day That Will Be Remembered for Starting the Catholic Schism?

    10/14/2014 9:10:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    Two Hearts Press ^ | 10/13/14 | Dr. Kelly Bowring
    Will today be remembered as the first day that led to the Church’s prophesied schism? Quite likely yes. By many accounts people are waking up to see that the Family Synod of October 2014 is an officially Vatican-orchestrated work of manipulation. The mid-way report was released, October 13th, a day of great spiritual significance. This report has been called an “earthquake” by one Catholic reporter, and “one of the worst official documents drafted in Church history” by John Smeaton, co-founder of Voice of the Family. He went on to say: “We urge Catholics not to be complacent or give in...
  • The Secret Synod Does What We Expected: Evil

    10/14/2014 5:49:20 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 37 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/13/14 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As if we didn’t know it before, today we learned why the Secret Synod was conducted in secret, with the faithful not being permitted to see the texts of the participants’ addresses or even to know which bishop or cardinal was advancing which position. The Secret Synod was conducted in secret because evil advances in shadows. Many others, and not just traditionalists, have already expressed outrage over the disastrous “Relatio post disceptationem,” which appeared on the Vatican website today, October 13. This is the anniversary of Pope Leo’s vision of Satan’s attack on the Church (leading to his composition of...
  • The Great Catholic Cave-In That Wasn’t

    10/14/2014 2:41:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 1 replies
    National Review ^ | October 14, 2014 | GEORGE WEIGEL
    October 14, 2014 The Great Catholic Cave-In That Wasn’t The Times’s wishful thinking notwithstanding, the synod of bishops hasn’t thrown out Church teaching. GEORGE WEIGEL For the better part of a half century, the New York Times, and similarly situated purveyors of news and opinion, have eagerly awaited the Great Catholic Cave-In: that blessed moment when, at long last, the Catholic Church, like many other Christian communities, would concede that the sexual revolution had gotten it right all along and would adjust its teaching and practice to suit. A Times “breaking story” on October 13, under the headline “Vatican Signals...
  • Six things you need to know about the Synod of Bishops' interim report

    10/14/2014 11:52:54 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 54 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 14 Oct ober 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you in Jesus Christ our Lord. Inaugural Mass of the Synod of Bishops in Rome There's been a lot of misunderstanding regarding the interim report issued by the Synod of Bishops this last weekend. Much of the misunderstanding is due to a New York Times (NYT) article formerly titled Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage since renamed At the Vatican, a Shift in Tone Toward Gays and Divorce - probably because they were so far off the mark in the first place. (George Weigel's take on the NYT article dispatches the MSM approach...
  • Pope Francis distances himself from ‘very conservative’ bishops

    10/08/2014 10:06:18 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 56 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/8/14 | John-Henry Westen
    Wed Oct 8, 2014 - 10:59 am EST Pope Francis distances himself from ‘very conservative’ bishops John-Henry Westen Follow John-Henry By John-Henry Westen catholic , pope francis , synod on the family ROME – In an interview released on the opening of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis distanced himself from “very conservative” bishops, adding however that he enjoys "debating" them as long as they are "intellectually well-formed."In an interview with the pope, published October 5, reporter Joaquín Morales Solá at Argentina’s La Nacion newspaper asked if he was “worried” about the recent book by five cardinals opposing Kasper’s...
  • US Bishops Focus on Family, Religious Freedom at Spring Meeting [Catholic Caucus]

    06/19/2014 4:26:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Catholic World Report.com ^ | 06-18-14 | Helen Hull Hitchcock
    US Bishops Focus on Family, Religious Freedom at Spring MeetingJune 18, 2014 Bishops present unified front on current challenges to faith, freedom, and family. Helen Hull HitchcockBishop Michael J. Sis of of San Angelo, Texas, listens to presentation June 11 during the annual spring meeting of the U .S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in New Orleans. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)The family, marriage, religious freedom, and evangelization were linked in the discussions and action items of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) at their Spring General Assembly, held in New Orleans June 10-13.  Only three public sessions on the first...
  • Amnesty-Hawking Bishops Exploit Holy Mass

    04/05/2014 12:53:26 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM ^ | 4/4/14 | RESTORE-DC-CATHOLICISM
    Last Tuesday, April 2, several bishops decided to hold a Mass at the Mexican border. I wrote a bit about that farcical abuse of Holy Mass on March 30 - no need to rehash what I already wrote. Let me, however link to this article from New American, written yesterday. At the bottom are some words of common sense from Arizona State Senator Al Melvin. He believes (and I absolutely agree) that the bishops' little stunt, a thinly-disguised attempt to pander to progressives in power will only add to the chaos that's already there. I'm sure most reasonable people have...
  • Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out

    04/03/2014 5:54:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3,2014 | Michael Paulson
    The archbishop of Atlanta had a plan to resolve the space crunch at his cathedral: He would move out of his residence so priests could move in, and then he would build himself a new house with donated money and land.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America (Wuerl's Web of Lies)

    03/31/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/25/2014 5:02:53 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 14 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them [Dolan, O'Malley, Chaput, George...] are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America

    03/24/2014 6:24:52 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 117 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Here is the text of Canon 915: “Those who have been excommunicated or interdicted after the imposition or declaration of the penalty and others obstinately persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” Several American bishops have made statements to the effect that a bishop must exercise “discretion” regarding whether to “impose the penalty” of denial of Communion. Among them: Chaput, Dolan, O’Malley, and Wuerl. All bishops who refuse to “impose the penalty” are participating in a lie. Namely, that denial of Communion is a penalty. Denial of Communion is NOT a penalty. So? What...
  • Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

    02/16/2014 6:02:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | February 12, 2014 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism February 12, 2014 Frontpage No Comments By PAUL LIKOUDISThe horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is...
  • Catholic Bishops Declare Obama's 'Unjust and Illegal Mandate' 'A Violation of Personal Civil Rights'

    03/19/2012 12:41:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies · 2+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 18, 2012
    New York Archbishop at St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican last month when he was installed as a cardinal. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Editor's Note: The leadership of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops this week issued a statement reiterating the conviction of the Catholic Church in the United States that President Barack Obama's mandate that all insurance plans--including those that are purchased by and provided by Catholics and Catholic institutions--must provide free coverage for sterilizations, contraceptives and abortifacients is an "unjust and illegal mandate."The Administrative Committee of the conference, led by Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, declared the mandate...
  • US bishops’ book on immigration urges compassion

    01/09/2014 8:29:55 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Church Times ^ | 10 Jan 2014 | Tim Wyatt
    FOUR bishops in the United States have published a book, Bishops on the Border, that calls for immigration reform, and urges Christians in the US to approach the issue with compassion. Bishop Minerva Carcańo, of the United Methodist Church; Bishop Stephen Talmage, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; the Roman Catholic Bishop of Tucson, the Rt Revd Gerald Kicanas; and the Episcopal Bishop of Arizona, the Rt Revd Kirk Smith, all minister in Arizona - a state where large numbers of Mexicans have illegally crossed the border in recent years. The bishops explain their experiences of the debate over...
  • [Connecticut] Bishops: Don't Make Catholic Hospitals Perform Abortions

    04/22/2012 11:10:14 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies
    ...[S]ome Democratic candidates for U.S. Senate said they'd favor the concept of a federal law requiring even Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. Now, the state's Catholic bishops are objecting. ...[They] issued a statement expressing their dismay after all five Democratic candidates said during Sunday's "Face the State" debate that they would support legislation forcing Catholic hospitals to perform abortions. "If it is their [the candidates'] position that our hospitals should be forced by law or regulations to provide abortions in spite of our teaching, it is unfortunate to note their readiness to violate religious liberty"... Here are some excerpts of...
  • On the Mandate, a Dangerous Crack in the Bishops' United Front

    05/27/2012 6:11:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/25/12 | Phil Lawler
    The counter-attack has begun. You knew it was coming, didn’t you? For weeks now the American bishops have been marching in lockstep unity, completely unanimous in their opposition to the HHS contraceptive mandate. The Catholic hierarchy has been headed into a showdown with President Obama, and not a single bishop had shown any inclination to back away from the fight. But you knew it couldn’t last. And it didn’t. This week Bishop Stephen Blaire became the first prelate to break stride, voicing his misgivings about the confrontation. Oh, Bishop Blaire wasn’t suggesting that the Catholic hierarchy should accede to the...
  • Bishops tell Catholics to disobey 'unjust laws

    04/13/2012 12:08:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    St. Louis Today ^ | 13 Apr 2012 | David Gibson
    The nation's Roman Catholic bishops called Thursday for a national campaign in defense of religious liberty, and urged resistance to laws that church officials consider unjust....The statement by the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty was released Wednesday, and its chief concern is President Barack Obama's proposal to provide contraception coverage to all employees with health insurance, including those who work for religious groups. The statement includes an explicit threat of widespread civil disobedience by the nation's 67 million Catholics. "If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens,...
  • Pope Is No Judge of Character

    12/17/2013 2:58:40 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 31 replies
    Bing Search ^ | 13/12/16 | Bing
    This is worse than all the Pope's maladroit statements in all the interviews put together. The Pope's most valued adviser on American matters is Cardinal Sean O'Malley, of Ted Kennedy canonization fame. Now the Pope has pushed aside Cardinal Raymond Burke in favor of the oleaginous Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, a leader among those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, despite the fact that disobedience to Canon 915 is ALWAYS a mortal sin. Proving that this Pope is no judge of character.
  • ACLU sues U.S. Bishops over anti-abortion directives for Catholic hospitals

    12/03/2013 9:27:00 AM PST · by Rufus2007 · 18 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 3, 2013 | Caroline May
    The American Civil Liberties Union and its Michigan affiliate are suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops charging that its anti-abortion religious dictates resulted in a Michigan woman’s dangerous miscarriage. The ACLU filed the lawsuit Friday on behalf of Tamesha Means, a pregnant woman whose water broke 18 weeks into her pregnancy and who sought medical aid at Mercy Health Partners in Muskegon, Mich., a Catholic hospital. According to the ACLU, while Means’ baby had virtually no chance of survival, the hospital sent her home twice without offering termination as an option, “even though [Means] was in excruciating pain; there...
  • Pittsburgh bishop won’t comply with HHS mandate, even if it shuts down Catholic schools

    11/15/2013 3:48:30 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 14, 2013 | DUSTIN SIGGINS
    Bp. David Zubik of Pittsburgh WASHINGTON, D.C., November 14, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Bishop David Zubik, the Catholic bishop of the Diocese of Pittsburgh, told a district judge this week he would not comply with the HHS mandate under any circumstance. The decision was made because the mandate endangers “the integrity of our beliefs,” the bishop said. Zubik’s statement comes as the General Assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a “Special Message” to the Obama administration opposing the mandate, which requires employers to pay for health insurance plans that cover contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization at no...
  • The Day I Met John Paul II in a Pizza Joint (Joked: Catholic Church will collapse. But what if..)

    10/05/2013 10:58:24 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | October 4, 2013 | Cari Donaldson
    For nearly a decade I wandered in a spiritual wasteland trying to find God, but looking for him everywhere but in Christianity. I looked for him in New Age occult practices, in Buddhism, and the world’s other non-Christian organized religions. One day, while living deep in the Bible Belt, I came across a Chick tract, which insisted that Catholics were Satanists who worshipped something he called a “Death Cookie.” The tract was so jarringly abrasive, I felt indignant on behalf of Catholics. In an attempt to disprove the wild accusations of Jack Chick, I found myself researching Catholicism for the...
  • The “New” Tone of U.S. Bishops Sounds Very Familiar

    09/20/2013 12:10:51 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 4, 2013 | George Neumayr
    In a frank interview with the Wall Street Journal last year, Cardinal Timothy Dolan conceded that the post-Vatican II Church in America has “gotten gun-shy” on hot-button moral issues. The Church’s encyclical on artificial birth control, Humanae Vitae, “brought such a tsunami of dissent, departure, disapproval of the Church, that I think most of us—and I’m using the first-person plural intentionally, including myself—kind of subconsciously said, ‘Whoa. We’d better never talk about that, because it’s just too hot to handle.’” The soft-pedaling started, he said, “when the whole world seemed to be caving in, and where Catholics in general got...
  • Breaking News: Rome's Gay Clergy [Catholic Caucus}

    06/27/2013 10:11:30 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 17 replies
    ChurchMilitant.TV ^ | 06/27/13 | Michael Voris
    Published on Jun 27, 2013Disturbing news from the Vatican - stay tuned for more details.
  • Vatican Rentboy and Satanism Claims Revealed by Paedophile Priest Don Patrizio Poggi

    06/27/2013 11:24:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    International Business Times ^ | June 27, 2013 | Umberto Bacchi
    Italian investigators have opened an inquiry into claims by a convicted paedophile priest that an underage prostitution ring has been operating inside the Holy Roman Church with clergymen hiring rentboys for sex inside churches. Don Patrizio Poggi, 46, told Italian authorities that a former Carabinieri pimped boys for nine clergymen. Poggi, who served a five-year sentence for abusing teenage boys while he was a parish priest at the San Filippo Neri church in Rome, said he made the allegations to "protect the Holy Church and the Christian community." The boys were chosen because they were starving and desperate, he claimed,...
  • Al Qaeda on march across the globe - Two years after SEALs got bin Laden

    05/02/2013 8:28:13 PM PDT · by Fred · 11 replies
    NY Post ^ | 050213 | Peter Brookes
    Two years ago today, SEAL Team Six sent Osama bin Laden on his way to Davy Jones’ Locker — but his Islamist terror machine is anything but sinking to the depths. It remains a vicious, global threat. Since Osama’s demise, the terror group’s strength has ebbed in some areas, but flowed strongly in others. Indeed, one current estimate concludes that al Qaeda affiliates and associates (i.e., groups, cells or operatives) are active in more than 30 countries (of some 190) on four continents. Including our continent. While we don’t yet know the whole story behind the Boston bombing, just last...
  • Religious leaders push for kidnapped bishops’ release (Please Sign Obama Petition)

    05/01/2013 5:04:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 30, 2013 | Michele Chabin
    JERUSALEM — Religious leaders from around the world have stepped up their pleas for the safe return of two Syrian bishops who were kidnapped April 22 by armed men as they were driving near the war-torn city of Aleppo.The kidnappers, who have not been identified, abducted Greek Orthodox Metropolitan Boulos Yazigi and Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, both of Aleppo, while they were undertaking a “humanitarian mission” to help Syria’s Christian minority, according to Syrian Christian expatriates in the U.S.The bishops’ Syrian Orthodox driver was killed in the attack.Since 2011, more than 70,000 Syrians have died in fighting in...
  • DETAILS OF KIDNAPPING OF GREEK AND SYRIAC ORTHODOX METROPOLITANS OF ALEPPO

    04/28/2013 12:57:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | April 26, 2013
    FULL TITLE: THE WHOLE STORY OF THE KIDNAPPING OF THE GREEK AND SYRIAC ORTHODOX METROPOLITANS OF ALEPPO The two kidnapped metropolitans are Metropolitan Youhanna Ibrahim, Syriac Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo, and Boulos Yazigi, Greek Orthodox Metropolitan of Aleppo and Alexandretta, brother of Greek Orthodox Patriarch John X Yazigi, who has been struck with a double tragedy. Bishop Matta Khoury, secretary to Syriac Orthodox Patriarch Zakka I Iwas, spoke to al-Joumhouria on behalf of the patriarch, who had just come out of the hospital on the night of the incident. He confirmed, also in his capacity as Bishop of Bab Touma...
  • Kidnapping of Syrian bishops by Chechen jihadists was an act of retaliation

    04/24/2013 5:45:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    La Stampa ^ | 4/24/2013
    The kidnapping of the two Syrian Orthodox archbishops in Syria is an act of retaliation on the part of terrorist Chechen jihadists who are fighting with anti-Assad rebels over the killing of one of two Chechens responsible for the Boston Marathon bombings and the arrest of the other, by U.S. police forces, Turkish newspaper Sabah reported this morning. The two prelates, the Syrian Orthodox Archbishop of Aleppo, Yohanna Ibrabhim and the Greek Orthodox bishop Boulos Yaziji were taken hostage on Monday, 30 kilometres from the Turkish border, as they were returning by car to Aleppo. Their driver was killed by...
  • 2 bishops kidnapped while traveling in northern Syria have been released

    04/23/2013 4:01:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | April 22, 2013
    Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church, left, and John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, right BEIRUT –  A church official says two bishops who were abducted by gunmen while traveling in northern Syria have been released.Greek Orthodox Bishop Tony Yazigi says the kidnapped priests, Bishop Boulos Yazigi of the Greek Orthodox Church and Bishop John Ibrahim of the Assyrian Orthodox Church, were released Tuesday and have arrived safely in the city of Aleppo.Yazigi said the two bishops were abducted late Monday from the village of Kfar Dael, and their driver was killed by the gunmen.It was not...