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  • 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...
  • Unpaid Mormon Leaders Get a Pretty Sweet Deal [So-called 'unpaid' bishops get $100,000 in benefits!]

    01/31/2013 5:05:06 PM PST · by Colofornian · 170 replies
    Mormon Coffee ^ | Jan. 31, 2013 | Sharon Lindblum
    Late last year (2012) a copy of the 2006 Mission President’s Handbook was posted on an individual’s blog site. This document, produced by the Mormon Church as a practical instruction manual for mission presidents, “contains basic policies and guidelines established by the First Presidency and the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles to help you lead your missionaries and direct the work” (6). The book is not intended for general readership; “general” readers have found that it contains some things that are surprising in light of the public face that the Church puts forth. PaycheckOne such surprise is found in Appendix...
  • Exclusive: U.S. bishops say they’re willing to ‘go to jail’ over HHS mandate

    01/30/2013 5:26:02 AM PST · by NYer · 113 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2013 | PATRICK B. CRAINE
    Archbishop-elect Alexander Sample speaks with John-Henry Westen, LifeSiteNews' editor-in-chief WASHINGTON, D.C., Jan. 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the Obama administration and the U.S. Bishops remain locked in battle over the HHS mandate, the question on the minds of many observers is: what lengths are the bishops willing to go to to oppose the mandate? The prelates LifeSiteNews spoke to after the Vigil Mass for Life in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 24th indicated that they intend to do everything they can to oppose the mandate, including risking imprisonment if necessary. "I would be willing to go to jail in defense of religious...
  • Bishops Letter on the Economy - Economic Justice for All

    12/04/2012 4:55:11 AM PST · by publius1 · 17 replies
    NCCB ^ | 1986 | US Catholic Bishops
    The precarious economic situation of so many people and so many families calls for examination of U.S. economic arrangements. Christian conviction and the American promise of liberty and justice for all give the poor and the vulnerable a special claim on the nation's concern. They also challenge all members of the Church to help build a more just society. 20. The investment of human creativity and material resources in the production of the weapons of war makes these economic problems even more difficult to solve.
  • The Church of England Still Won't Allow Female Bishops: Good for Them

    11/23/2012 3:21:47 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-21-12 | Mollie Z. Hemingway
    "When the Church of England narrowly defeated a measure to allow women to be appointed bishops this week after a dozen years of legislative effort, many observers were surprised. After all, the group has ordained women as priests since 1994-what's the big deal with letting female priests become bishops? The answer helps explain why the measure failed. The Church of England is known for the graciousness with which it accommodates minority theological opinions. Since the 1990s, parties that disagreed about female ordination merely had to tolerate each other's presence. Female bishops, on the other hand, would hold significant ecclesial and...
  • UK: Synod Rejects women bishops. Laity knew more than bishops and clergy

    11/22/2012 10:37:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-22-12 | David W. Virtue
    And so it came to pass that the laity in the Church of England rose up and declared they would not have women bishops to reign over them. The vote was admittedly only six votes, but six votes are six votes. The issue cannot be revisited until a new Synod is elected in 2015. Liberals and progressives along with homosexuals and lesbians are in "tears" and "agony" over this defeat. So is the Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams and the soon to be Archbishop Justin Welby who both spoke up in favor of the measure. It was a bitter pill...
  • The feminist case against women bishops

    11/21/2012 7:48:43 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 11-19-12 | Susie Leafe
    Men and women are equal but different. I pray the Church of England will respect this. The question of whether women should become bishops can be boiled down to one word: equality. And it is because I believe in equality that I am against women becoming bishops. Opponents of women bishops in the Church of England are often dismissed as being incurably dusty and out of date. That in 2012 - 12 years into the third millennium - this issue is being argued about is taken as proof that the Church is hopelessly behind the curve. But if you listen...
  • Why the Church of England rejected female bishops

    11/21/2012 8:17:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 11/21/2012 | Robert Barr
    The Church of England's governing body blocked a move Tuesday to permit women to serve as bishops in a vote so close it failed to settle the question of female leadership and likely condemned the institution to years more debate on the issue. On Wednesday, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron told the Church of England to "get on with it" and reverse the decision now, not five years from now. And the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, said on Wednesday: "We have – to put it very bluntly – a lot of explaining to do," he said. "Whatever the motivations...
  • Church of England Narrowly Rejects Women Bishops

    11/20/2012 12:32:56 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    juicyecumenism ^ | November 20, 2012 | Bart Gingerich
    (Photo Credit: The Telegraph) Today, the General Synod for the Church of England rejectedthe ordination of women bishops by a mere handful of votes. So ends for now a nearly 12 year legislative process to upend standards for episcopal office. Much of the controversy surrounded the provision of stand-in bishops for parishes opposed to women’s ordination.Passage of the ordination innovations required a 2/3 majority in all houses. The votes were 44 for and two against in the house of bishops, 148 for and 45 against in the house of clergy, and 132 for and 74 against in the house of...
  • Catholic bishops pledge defiance on HHS mandate

    11/14/2012 12:04:25 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Hotair ^ | 11/13/2012 | Ed Morrissey
    If the Obama administration hoped that the election results and the narrow split in Barack Obama's favor among Catholic voters would force the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) into retreat on the HHS contraception mandate, the USCCB's unity yesterday had to be a bit disappointing. The current president of the USCCB announced that the bishops would keep fighting the mandate, and while they were open to dialogue, the only option they will refuse to consider is "capitulation": A top American bishop said Tuesday the Roman Catholic church will not comply with the Obama administration requirement that most employers provide...
  • Bishop Orders Priests To Read Anti-Obama Letter At Sunday Sermons

    11/01/2012 1:49:19 PM PDT · by topher · 50 replies
    Joining the chorus of Roman Catholic clergy in Illinois criticizing President Barack Obama before next week's election, Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky ordered priests to read a letter to parishioners on Sunday before the presidential election, explaining that politicians who support abortion rights also reject Jesus. "By virtue of your vow of obedience to me as your Bishop, I require that this letter be personally read by each celebrating priest at each Weekend Mass," Jenky wrote in a letter circulated to clergy in the Catholic Diocese of Peoria. In the letter, Jenky cautions parishioners that Obama and a majority of U.S....
  • Catholic Bishop: Vote for Obama “Stretches the Imagination” [DiMarzio of Brooklyn]

    11/01/2012 2:28:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | October 30, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishop: Vote for Obama “Stretches the Imagination” by Steven Ertelt | LifeNews.com | 10/30/12 6:24 PMBishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is the latest Catholic official to say that voting for pro-abortion President Barack Obama is essentially off limits for Catholic voters.He said the Catholic Church needs to do a better job of teaching Catholic voters who gravitate towards pro-abortion candidates. In his column in the diocesan newspaper, Bishop DiMarzio wrote: It is inconceivable to me how Catholics could support such policies. Indeed, Roman Catholics who support abortion rights and vote for a candidate because of those policies, place...
  • Catholic Campaign for Human Development Funds 74 Anti-Catholic Organizations

    10/25/2012 4:44:26 PM PDT · by schmootman · 2 replies
    ReformCCHDNow.com ^ | 10/24/12 | ReformCCHDNow
    CCHD 2011-2012 Grants Report What follows is a listing of all 74 grantees found to be in violation of CCHD guidelines and Catholic moral teaching. Each grantee is listed by diocese (in alphabetical order), along with codes to indicate the ways in which the grantees are in violation. Each letter code following (DA) indicates ways in which the grantees supported abortion, homosexuality, birth control, or Marxism through direct action. Each letter code following (CO) indicate the grantees indirect support through coalitions. Each letter code following (LE) indicates the actions of the leadership of the organization, which violate Catholic moral teaching.
  • Cardinal Dolan's Hypocrisy

    10/19/2012 8:05:04 AM PDT · by schmootman · 23 replies
    American Life League ^ | 10/19/12 | Judie Brown
    Just yesterday, the Al Smith Dinner, which has been the focus of many efforts at American Life League in our quest to encourage Cardinal Timothy Dolan to disinvite President Barack Obama, took place with the totally pro-abortion president attending and in excellent humor—as was the cardinal. In his defense of the invitation, the cardinal wrote in his blog, “In the end, I’m encouraged by the example of Jesus, who was blistered by his critics for dining with those some considered sinners; and by the recognition that, if I only sat down with people who agreed with me, and I with...
  • Looking for Email Addresses for American Catholic Bishops

    09/27/2012 12:16:25 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 12 replies
    Vanity | 9/27/2012 | pgyanke
    I didn't get any response when requested inside another thread, so I thought I would try a thread of its own. Does anyone have an email contact list for our Catholic Bishops in America?
  • Catholic Relief Services scandal hits the blogosphere

    08/16/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 16, 2012 | MEAGHEN HALE
    August 16, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In July, LifeSiteNews broke the story of Catholic Relief Services, “the official overseas relief and development agency of the USCCB,” granting $5.3 million to CARE, a pro-contraception and pro-abortion organization. Since then, numerous blogs have picked up the story—and investigated further. “Red State” has reported on CRS as a dues-paying member of both the pro-conraception CORE Group and the pro-abortion group MEDiCAM. “Societas Restituo Catholicam” has the evidence on MEDiCAM in a detailed post showing visual proof of the company’s “firm commitment to expanding abortion” since 2005. In a press release, CRS said their...
  • The Vortex:The Catholic Elite

    08/16/2012 1:43:44 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 23 replies
    Church Militant.TV ^ | 8-14-12 | Michael Voris
    Catholic Elites have become part of the problem .. despite good work they do. Video: The Catholic Elite
  • The Bishops Were Wrong On The Ryan Budget

    08/11/2012 5:48:00 AM PDT · by marcbold · 35 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 8/11/2012 | Patrick Archbold
    In the wake of the selection of Paul Ryan as the VP nominee, you will be hearing a lot about how Ryan is a bad Catholic because the Bishops criticized the Ryan budget plan. Let me cut to the chase, the USCCB was wrong. The text of the letter issued by the Bishops gets the basics wrong and completely ignores the immorality of continued debt. They say... On behalf of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, I write to urge you to resist for moral and human reasons unacceptable cuts to hunger and nutrition programs. The committee has been...
  • Are US Bishops Doing A Mexican Hat Dance? (Opposing contraception but not illegal immigration?)

    08/05/2012 1:42:16 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/04/2012 | Robert Klein Engler
    If you want to know what the Catholic bishops are going to do about the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare that went into effect August 1st, then you may first have to know what they are going to do about illegal immigration to the United States from Mexico. This is so because the same theology and Bible that teaches the Catholic Church to oppose contraception also teaches the Church to oppose illegal immigration. In short, the US Bishops can't oppose one without opposing the other. Nevertheless, reality and politics in the United States have put Church leaders in a situation where...
  • Liberal remnant of Church sees red “The Cordileone appointment is downright combative”

    08/04/2012 10:29:40 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Liberal remnant of Church sees red “The Cordileone appointment is downright combative” August 2, 2012 78 Comments Bishop Lori The following appeared in the online version of the National Catholic Reporter on July 31.If last week’s elevation of Bishop Salvatore Cordileone of Oakland, Calif., to archbishop of San Francisco proves anything, it’s that attacking marriage equality puts a man on the fast-track to promotion in the Roman Catholic Church. A quick survey of the hierarchy’s most recent, high-profile appointments reveals a common denominator.The trend became apparent in March, when Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport, Conn., was given his papal orders...
  • Religious Hypocrites Defend Obamacare

    07/31/2012 12:07:25 PM PDT · by Edmunds mom · 7 replies
    PhilanthropyDaily.com ^ | 07/30/2012 | Scott Walter
    God save us! A cabal of Catholic bishops is politicizing the faith! Or so I’m told by a few loud and bitter groups from the Catholic Left. To hear their angry denunciations of bishops with a “right-wing political agenda” who invent the “fiction” that religious liberty is endangered, you’d think these folks had never sullied their hands in politics or lifted a finger to assist any politician’s agenda. So, who are these pure souls, these naďfs scandalized by “politicized” religion?
  • Archbishop Chaput and the U.S. Bishops are challenging us: How shall we respond?

    07/07/2012 6:57:23 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 11 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | July 7, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    In a homily delivered at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception that brought the U.S. bishops' "fortnight for freedom" to a close, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput stressed that defending religious liberty is part of the bigger struggle to "convert our own hearts" and to "live for God completely." See here. This struggle to convert our own hearts and to live for God completely encompasses a battle against Satan and his demonic forces. Satan does not want the follower of Jesus to live in peace and harmony. He wants to seduce the followers of the Lord away...
  • Catholic Fund Cuts Off Aid Over Groups’ Affiliations

    07/05/2012 1:36:53 PM PDT · by Coleus · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04.05.12 | DAN FROSCH
    For three years now, Compańeros, a small nonprofit organization in rural southwestern Colorado, has received thousands of dollars from the Roman Catholic Church to help poor Hispanic immigrants with basic needs including access to health care and guidance on local laws. But in February, the group was informed by a representative from the Diocese of Pueblo that its financing from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, an arm of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops devoted to ending poverty, was in danger. The problem, the diocesan liaison explained, was Compańeros’s membership in an immigrant rights coalition that had joined...
  • Vatican Diary / The "who's who" of the deposed bishops

    06/15/2012 6:02:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Chiesa ^ | June 14, 2012 | Sandro Magister
    hat is, forced by the pope to leave their posts for immoral acts, administrative faults, or other serious violations. They number in the dozens. Their names have disappeared from the Annuario Pontificio. Here they are VATICAN CITY, June 15, 2012 – The old-timers of the curia remember a quip that one cardinal loved to repeat: "Among the apostles one out of twelve betrayed, and today among the successors of the apostles the average is certainly no better." Today, without counting the other Christian denominations, the Catholic bishops who are the heirs of the apostles number about 5200, and so by...
  • Fortnight for Freedom

    05/30/2012 9:46:36 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    USCCB.org ^ | U. S. Bishops/Fortnight for Freedom
    Fortnight for Freedom   On April 12, the Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) issued a document, "Our First, Most Cherished Liberty,” outlining the bishops’ concerns over threats to religious freedom, both at home and abroad. The bishops called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21-July 4.Bishops in their own dioceses are encouraged to arrange special events to highlight the importance of defending religious freedom. Catholic institutions are encouraged to do the same, especially in cooperation with...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANTISTES, 05-10-12

    05/10/2012 8:07:13 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANTISTES The title in liturgical language sometimes given to a bishop. It identifies him as the chief priest of the diocese. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Bishops Call For Two Weeks of Action Against Obama

    04/25/2012 4:21:57 PM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 10 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 24 Apr 2012 | Martin Gould
    Roman Catholic leaders are calling for two weeks of public protests against President Barack Obama's policies as they intensify their argument that the administration is engaged in a war on religion. The days between June 21 and July 4 have been set aside by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops which has sought to end the administration's contraception mandate, among other policies .... The bishops outlined their plan in an April 12 statement signed by Conference general secretary, Msgr. Ronny Jenkins. The statement entitled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty” was drawn up by the ad hoc committee for religious liberty,...