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  • Catholics wrestle with teachings as gay employees dismissed

    08/09/2015 4:04:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    KSL.com ^ | Aug 9, 2015 | MARYCLAIRE DALE
    Margie Winters, right, ex-nun, ex-Director of Religious Education at Waldron Mercy, a private Catholic high school--- and partner Andrea Vettori Pope Francis refined his vision for the church last week when he said long-spurned divorced and remarried Catholics should be welcomed with "open doors." And he has famously parsed centuries of thought on homosexuality into a five-word quip: "Who am I to judge?" Yet the Archdiocese of Philadelphia opened its door only briefly when married gay teacher Margie Winters, trailed by supporters, arrived Monday with 23,000 petitions seeking reinstatement to her job at a Catholic elementary school. "The school and...
  • Children need heterosexual parents, says pope after gay pride march

    08/08/2015 6:46:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 136 replies
    Deseret News ^ | JUne 15, 2015 | Rosie Scamell, RNS
    Pope Francis on Sunday stressed the importance of children having heterosexual parents, just a day after Rome’s gay pride march demonstrated the changing attitudes about same-sex couples outside the Vatican walls. Addressing around 25,000 followers from the Diocese of Rome, the pope said the differences between men and women are fundamental and “an integral part of being human.” The pontiff likened a long-lasting marriage to a good wine, in which a husband and wife make the most of their gender differences. “They’re not scared of the differences!” the pope said. “What great richness this diversity is, a diversity which becomes...
  • Kirsten Powers: I've got news for Democrats. It's a baby!

    08/05/2015 2:11:16 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    RealClear Politics ^ | August 5, 2015 | Kirsten Powers
    Rally in front of Planned Parenthood in Columbia, Mo., on July 28, 2015. Democrats like to talk about the importance of being on the “right side of history.”...Yet when faced with a series of videos detailing grotesque human rights abuses against unborn children by Planned Parenthood doctors, Democratic Party forces have eschewed all concern for historical or moral rightness. Pope Francis has correctly described the unborn as “the most defenseless and innocent among us.” But in the sordid tale of strategic crushing of the unborn to better harvest their hearts, lungs and livers, many Democrats have incredibly cast an...
  • Obama: Killing Humans And Harvesting Their Organs Is An Atrocity That Must End

    08/05/2015 12:21:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 54 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 5, 2015 | Mollie Hemingway
    President Barack Obama told a group of young African leaders on Monday that harvesting organs from humans that are killed as part of an African ritual was “craziness” and a “cruel” tradition that needed to stop. He warned of dehumanizing marginal groups of humans and of the problems that arise when “you are not able to see someone else as a human being.” In a wide-ranging question and answer session with members of the Young African Leaders Initiative [YALI], a woman from Kenya said “Persons with albinism in Africa are being killed and their body parts harvested for ritual...
  • Planned Parenthood and the barbarity of America

    08/01/2015 7:52:36 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | Auust 1, 2015 | George Will
    Executives of Planned Parenthood’s federally subsidized meat markets — your tax dollars at work — lack the courage of their convictions. They should drop the pretense of conducting a complex moral calculus about the organs they harvest from the babies they kill. First came the video showing a salad-nibbling, wine-sipping Planned Parenthood official explaining how “I’m going to basically crush below, I’m going to crush above” whatever organ (“heart, lung, liver”) is being harvested. Then the president of a Planned Parenthood chapter explained the happy side of harvesting: “For a lot of the women participating in the fetal tissue donation...
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • Kenyan Pastors to Obama: Don't Bring 'The Gay Talk' Here

    07/23/2015 5:01:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    CBN News ^ | July 22, 2015 | George Thomas
    NAIROBI, Kenya -- President Barack Obama heads to Kenya this week for a global economic summit. It will be Obama's first visit as president to his father's homeland. While some hope the trip will bring closer ties between our two countries, there's one subject many Kenyans don't want the president to talk about: gay rights and same-sex marriage. The streets are already buzzing in anticipation of his arrival, with polls showing Obama enjoys widespread popularity among Kenyans. "I think this is a guy who really appreciates his roots," said one resident of the capital city. "Because he is our brother,...
  • Misappropriated Womanhood (Is Mr. Potato Head now "Potato Head Person"?)

    07/18/2015 1:20:56 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Stream ^ | July 17, 2015 | Jennifer Hartline
    I see the liberal, secular feminist and the homosexual/transgender ideologies running smack into each other like bulls. The losers in this bloody clash? There will be many, but let’s talk about the most ironic losers: women. Neither ideology respects true femininity and the beauty of womanhood. Both want to empty it of its gift and uniqueness. Both have created a caricature of woman. Both exploit what they find useful about the female body and shun the rest. Both have reduced womanhood to only the parts that serve their agenda. Both the modern, perpetually-contracepting woman and the transgender “woman” are sterile....
  • Report: Guns Used 199X More Often to Stop Crime Than to Kill

    06/26/2015 6:16:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    TeaParty.org ^ | June 25, 2015 | Kit Daniels
    A gun control group claims 12,558 people were shot and killed in 2014, but since guns are used to stop an estimated 2.5 million crimes a year, that means guns are used 199 times more often to prevent crime than to kill, as journalist Kit Daniels explains. VIDEO
  • Gays can't use U.S. Catholic family meet to attack Church (Vatican-sponsored conference)

    06/26/2015 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    RobinsPost ^ | 06/25/2015 | Philip Pullella
    <p>Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack Church teachings, the city's archbishop said on Thursday.</p> <p>"We don't want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our Church," said Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Catholic Church teaches homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are.</p>
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.” Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.” But...
  • Unprecedented Demonstration in Jerusalem of Christian Schools

    05/24/2015 3:01:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 48 replies
    ComeAndSee ^ | May 21, 2015 | Christian Website from Nazareth
    Picture: Fr. Fahim Abdelmaseh, Bishop Giacinto-Bulos(center), and Catholic Arab students On Wednesday, the 27th of May 2015, at 11:00 AM, an unprecedented demonstration will be held in the plaza in front of the Lev Ram building in Jerusalem (Ministry of Education headquarters) by the Christian Schools in Israel against the policy of the Ministry of Education. Participants in the demonstration will include clergymen (Bishops, Priests, Nuns, and Pastors) in addition to parents of children in Christian schools throughout the country. The Christian schools in the country consist of more than 30,000 students, almost equally divided between Christians and Muslims....
  • Standing Athwart the March of History, Yelling, “Stop! Wait for Me!” (Nat Review OK's Gay Marriage)

    05/21/2015 2:04:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 21, 2015 | The Editors
    With its managing editor endorsing same-sex marriage, will National Review join the ranks of the Church's persecutors? For decades, National Review has performed a hygienic function on the right, defining the bounds of respectable conservatism, marking it off from unreasoned, bigoted or conspiratorial worldviews. It acted as a virus check, targeting ideas which in fact were Trojan horses for dangerous radicalism — whether racial, religious or ideological. On several occasions, that magazine used its power for good, excluding from its pages apologists for ultra-nationalism, eugenics, racism, anti-Semitism and paranoid anti-government hysteria. For many of us, National Review is indispensable...
  • Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church?

    05/20/2015 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | 05/19/2015 | JIMMY AKIN
    Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again...Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable. Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canada’s National Post, he says that it was because of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality... [long snip] He says that although the Church’s teaching on homosexuality was the main reason he left, “there’s more than that — some teachings on contraception and on life. There seemed to be an obsession with issues that Jesus never mentioned.” Dude, really? The Gospels are limited documents...
  • Catholic co-op sprouting mini-farms in Northern California (Fr. Joe Fessio/NanoFarms USA)

    05/18/2015 6:56:53 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The CWR Blog ^ | May 14, 2015 | Valerie Schmalz
    The grounds of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University boast row upon row of broccoli, Swiss chard, kale, and strawberries this spring, products of a new parish Catholic workers cooperative created in a venture among the seminary, Guadalupe Associates, and the parish of St. Francis of Assisi, East Palo Alto. “I was actually surprised we yielded so much the first year,” said Sulpician Father Gladstone Stevens, rector of the seminary who, along with San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, approved the use of seminary grounds to grow the crops as part of NanoFarms USA’s pilot project. The website is nanofarms.com....
  • Archbishop Nienstedt blocks church from hosting LGBT Catholic youth event (welcomed by Lutherans)

    05/18/2015 3:52:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    The Column (gay news outlet) ^ | May 15, 2015 | Andy Birkey
    Organizers were planning for more than 100 participants at Minneapolis’ Church of Christ the King on Saturday to talk about the intersection of being LGBT and Catholic and the how to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. That gap got a little wider when organizers of the LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit were notified on Sunday — just days before the event — that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not permit the event in a Catholic Church. Instead, event organizers have found a welcoming home down the street at the Edina Community...
  • The Reckless Joyride of Gay Parenting (Robert Oscar Lopez)

    05/15/2015 6:14:52 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    The Stream ^ | May 13, 2015 | Anika Smith
    Robert Oscar Lopez is an associate professor of English and Classics at Cal State-Northridge. He specializes in American literature and loves Michel Foucault. He identifies as bisexual and is married [to a woman] and the father of two children. And in August 2012, he published “Growing Up with Two Moms” in Public Discourse, which described his life growing up with a lesbian mother and her partner. Because he shared his story, he was labeled a homophobe and became the target of a silencing campaign that worked to keep him off the air and off college campuses. Professor Lopez talked...
  • NY Post: Pope Francis finally opens door to reconciliation for women after abortions? (Media Mangle)

    05/12/2015 10:51:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    GetReligion ^ | May 11, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    You know you are in for a wild ride when a GetReligion reader sends you a URL from The New York Post (or The New York Daily News, for that matter) with one of those, "Yeah, consider the source, BUT" notes that basically is warning you to duck and cover. Incoming. So here is the headline on this one: "The Catholic Church will now forgive your abortion." The loyal reader noted: "The title is bad, but it gets worse from there. Wouldn't have wasted your time with it, but it is such awful dreck that it seemed to me...
  • Big Gay Hate Machine Organizes Dissident Catholics to Attack the Church

    05/09/2015 5:52:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 6, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    The anti-Christian Human Rights Campaign funded a meeting of dissident Catholics groups to strategize how to fight the Church over the firing of church employees who oppose Church teaching and practice. Representatives from many organizations condemned by the Church attended the meeting in Chicago including pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice, and pro-gay groups New Ways Ministry and Dignity USA. The Democratic pressure group Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good also attended, as did the largely-failed grassroots reform group Call to Action. In recent months, as same-sex marriage has been imposed by courts around the country, same-sex attracted Church...
  • Key cardinal the family synod: Nothing’s changing (Cath. teaching on Marriage stays Catholic)

    05/09/2015 4:17:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | May 8, 2015 | Inés San Martín
    A Hungarian cardinal set to play a key role in the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family suggested Thursday that no change will result from the summit, either on Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics or on broader matters such as contraception.Cardinal Péter Erdő said that talk of revisions on those fronts is the result of “a pressure with no foundation to change Church teaching.” Erdő was the relator — more or less the chairman — of last October’s synod, and will reprise his role this year. It’s an influential post, among other things giving him the chance...
  • Norway ranks as world's best place to be a mother (USA #33)

    05/05/2015 8:35:44 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Manila Bulletin ^ | May 5, 2015 | unlisted
    Norway ranks as the world's best place to be a mother, well ahead of the United States which dropped to the 33rd spot in the annual scorecard released by Save the Children on Monday. Somalia is the worst place, just below the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic. Save the Children released its 16th annual Mothers' Index, which rates 179 countries based on five indicators related to maternal health, education, income levels and the status of women. This year, the United States dropped from number 31 on the list to 33, behind Japan, Poland and Croatia....
  • Fools or Liars? (The Sexual Revolution)

    04/30/2015 1:36:52 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 30 2015 | Anthony Esolen
    The latest apologists for the Sexual Revolution – that great swamp of sewage backup, human misery, family breakdown, squalid entertainment, and lawyers – have been saying that the most radical anthropological breach ever known to man, the detachment of marriage from childbirth and the plain facts of nature, will have no effect (none at all, not to worry) on marriage and childbirth and family and community life. To which I reply, “Haven’t you said that before?” About what exactly have the sexual revolutionaries been right? Which of their non-predictions has been confirmed? They told us that liberalization of the divorce...
  • Pope Francis and the family, the next step

    04/27/2015 5:32:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    April 15 was the deadline given to dioceses to return the questionnaire to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in preparation for the up-coming Synod. Then, beginning on April 15, Pope Francis dedicated his address in two consecutive general audiences to the complementarity between man and woman. In his speeches, Pope Francis defended the traditional family, and attacked gender ideology, emphasizing that “difference is the solution, it is not the problem.” Those who believed that Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution presaged a doctrinal change in terms of marriage and family heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing his...
  • “Support Sweet Cakes by Melissa” GoFundMe Page shut down (because "discrimination")

    04/25/2015 7:20:29 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    GoLocalPDX ^ | April 25, 2015 | Byron Beck
    The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industry (BOLI) completed its case against Sweet Cakes by Melissa, a Gresham bakery that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple planning to marry. The bakery was fined $135,000. Following the decision Sweet Cakes immediately started a GoFundMe page and raised over $100,000 before it was shut down. As for the decision, BOLI issued the following statement on Friday regarding the agency’s Proposed Order in the Sweet Cakes case: “The facts of this case clearly demonstrate that the Kleins' unlawfully discriminated against the Complainants. Under Oregon law, businesses cannot discriminate...
  • Presbyterian Pastor: “I Love Planned Parenthood.” Calls Abortion Business a “Ministry”

    04/24/2015 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In a tweet by Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, recently released she states, “So grateful to the many faith leaders who stand with Planned Parenthood and our patients. http://ppact.io/1IIU4QF Thank you, @awkukla!” @awkukla is Andrew Kukla, who describes himself as a , “Presby minister, love philosophy and Kierkegaard in particular, dad of four young kids, and I live in Boise, ID,” on his twitter page. The link takes you to a post written by the Presbyterian pastor which calls what Planned Parenthood does “a ministry“. He titled the blog post, “I (heart) Planned Parenthood.” Hard to believe? Read for yourself:...
  • Pope Francis Calls Christians to Stand United with Jews in Condemning Anti-Semitism

    04/23/2015 3:10:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Christian Times ^ | 23 April, 2015 | Monica Cantilero
    Chief Rabbi Goldschmidt, left, shakes hands with Pope Francis during their meeting in the Vatican on April 20, 2015. Pope Francis called on Christians to stand united with Jews to defend themselves against discrimination and persecution. The Pope made the call during a meeting with a 30-member delegation from the Conference of European Rabbis on Monday at the Vatican. The highest leader of the Catholic Church cited the "troubling" anti-Semitic movements in Europe, in his address to rabbis who met with him in anticipation of the 50th anniversary in October of the "Nostra Aetate," the Second Vatican Council's declaration on...
  • Guardian UK: Pope Francis is starting to look a lot like Sarah Palin or Kevin Rudd

    04/23/2015 1:47:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    The (leftwing) Guardian ^ | April 21, 2015 | Kristina Keneally
    I’m starting to have a crisis of faith. Not in God, but rather, in Pope Francis. It seems a betrayal to even write these words. I’m a progressive Catholic who longs for a church that is more welcoming of women, homosexuals and divorced people.(Yadda Yadda) Francis – global superstar, media darling, a truly modern pope – is the best hope people like me have had for many years, right? He’s the second coming of John XXIII, isn’t he? I confess that I am starting to doubt it. Francis swept into the Chair of St Peter with such animation and apparent...
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • Jesuit Theologian Banned From Teaching Catholic Theology (Pro-Gay Agenda, Liberation Theology)

    04/19/2015 7:44:31 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | April 15, 2015 | Justin Petrisek
    Amid misleading reports and accusations of academic freedom violations, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, sent a strong message last month in support of Catholic teaching and identity by effectively banning the dissident theologian Father Jorge Costadoat, S.J., from teaching theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PCUC). The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with Ryan Thomas, director of operations for Catholic News Agency and former South American bureau chief for its sister agency, ACI Prensa, to clear up conflicting reports and better understand the situation. In a letter dated March 24, Cardinal Ezzati Andrello withdrew his stamp of...
  • The new celibacy? How porn may be destroying the impetus for sex

    04/17/2015 4:53:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 80 replies
    CNA ^ | Apr 16, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    One of music artist John Mayer's signature songs is “Daughters,” a sweet and simple tribute to the importance of parents' influence on their little girls. Here's the refrain: “So fathers, be good to your daughters, Daughters will love like you do. Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, So mothers, be good to your daughters too.” But when John Mayer isn't crooning about your beautiful daughters, he's looking at naked pictures of them, sometimes hundreds at a time before he gets out of bed in the morning. In fact, he often prefers that to an actual human being, according to...
  • Dear Miss Manners: I am a teenage boy who apparently has impregnated a teenage girl...

    04/17/2015 12:07:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 83 replies
    uexpress.com ^ | March 1, 2015 | Miss Manners
    If you scroll halfway down the link you'll see..... DEAR MISS MANNERS: I am a teenage boy who apparently has impregnated a teenage girl. She says she's in love with me still, but also she will not get an abortion and insists that I pay support. I think this is all mood swings. How do I support her morally but not monetarily? GENTLE READER: That is neither a moral nor a legal position. Miss Manners trusts that the young lady's lawyer will explain that to you. (Please send your questions to Miss Manners at her website, www.missmanners.com; to her email,...
  • Atheism is Dying Out Around the World

    04/17/2015 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Churchpop.com ^ | April 16 | Rev. Dwight Longnecker
    We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason. Atheist “intellectuals” speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The facts indicate exactly the opposite. It is religion which continues to grow around the world while the statistics indicate that agnosticism and atheism are dying out. [See also:11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion] [See also:24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in...
  • To keep free of federal reins, a Catholic college is refusing aid (Wyoming College)

    04/15/2015 5:53:25 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jack Healy
    Praying at an outdoor Mass at Wyoming Catholic College College officials believe there are growing threats to religious freedom The decision means no federal aid to finance the annual $28,000 tuition It's part of a national debate over religious liberty vs. bias The college is urging students to seek loans from private banks LANDER, Wyo. — An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin. Citing concerns about federal rules on birth control and same-sex marriage,...
  • Pope Rejects 'So-Called Gender Theory': 'God Has Entrusted Earth to the Alliance of Man and Woman'

    04/15/2015 1:36:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 15, 2015 | Lauretta Brown
    Couple at Vatican wedding last September (CNSNews.com) – Pope Francis criticized "so-called gender theory" today and reaffirmed that marriage is the union of a man and a woman and was created so by God. "For instance," said the pope, "I wonder, for example, if the so-called gender theory is not also an expression of a frustration and of a resignation, which aims to cancel the sexual difference because it no longer knows how to address it. Yes, we risk taking a step backward. "The removal of the difference, in fact, is the problem, not the solution," the pope said....
  • The Complementarity Between Man and Woman

    04/15/2015 12:49:42 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Vatican Information Service ^ | April 15, 2015 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis congratulates Manuel and Lila Igual on their 25th wedding anniversary> Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the family by dedicating this morning's general audience to the difference and complementarity between man and woman, recalling first of all that the Book of Genesis insists that both are the image and semblance of God. “Not only man as such, not only woman as such, but rather man and woman, as a couple, are the image of God. The difference between them is not a question of contrast or subordination, but instead of communion and generation, always in the image and...
  • Patricia Jannuzzi Wins! (Immaculata Cath. school teacher REINSTATED after anti-gay Facebook posts)

    04/12/2015 2:21:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 10, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Patricia Jannuzzi SOMERVILLE — Patricia Jannuzzi, the veteran Immaculata High School School teacher suspended for her anti-gay Facebook posts, will be reinstated immediately, school principal Jean Kline said in a letter dated Friday. Jannuzzi, a 33-year theology teacher at Immaculata, was forced by Immaculata to deactivate her Facebook page after several alumni started circulating screen shots of her sharply worded posts against gay marriage and gay rights. Two days later, the school placed her on administrative leave. The letter to students and parents, quoting school director Msgr. Seamus Brennan states in part: Immaculata High School has reached an understanding with...
  • Patricia Jannuzzi Reinstated! (Cath. schoolteacher fired for Facebook comments critical of LGBT)

    04/11/2015 4:20:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Apr 10, 2015 | LifeSite
    Patricia Jannuzzi A teacher suspended from a Catholic school for using Facebook to defend traditional marriage has been reinstated. Almost one month ago, Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended from Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey, after she made what became controversial comments about same-sex relationships. Over the next several weeks, she was told that the suspension was effectively a release from her job, as she would not be rehired for the 2016 school year. Jannuzzi was also told that she had lost her pay and benefits for the current school year. The scandal was compounded by the fact that the...
  • Four times the Church has held her ground on [no] Communion for the divorced and remarried

    04/10/2015 6:19:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    CNA ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    The argument that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (lacking annulments) be allowed to receive the Eucharist is kind of like 40+ year-old, re-heated mashed potatoes: it’s been spit out by the authority of Church time and again, but for some reason keeps appearing on the spoon of stubborn theologians and bishops who keep trying to trick us into eating it by making cutesie airplane noises. In an essay for Communio entitled “The Merciful Gift Of Indissolubility and the Question Of Pastoral Care For Civilly Divorced And Remarried Catholics”, Nicholas J. Healy, JR. traces the history of this argument, as well...
  • “Who Will Resist the Lynch Mob?”: Robert George’s Rousing Call to Action

    04/07/2015 12:10:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | April 4, 2015 | Robert P. George
    Robert George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University and co-author of What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense, recently made a spirited call to action for all those willing to refuse to be bullied into submission. Here’s what he wrote on Facebook: The lynch mob came for the brilliant mild-mannered techie Brendan Eich. The lynch mob came for the elderly florist Baronelle Stutzman. The lynch mob came for Eastern Michigan University counseling student Julea Ward. The lynch mob came for the African-American Fire Chief of once segregated Atlanta Kelvin Cochran. The lynch mob came for the owners of...
  • Families, lawsuits, raise questions about NuvaRing (Killer Contraceptive)

    04/07/2015 7:49:34 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    CNN ^ | April 7, 2015 | Randi Kaye and Shawna Shepherd
    [big snip] ...By the time Rick and Karen arrived at the Virginia Hospital Center, Erika was in a coma, in the ICU. "...they basically told us that she was brain dead and that's it," Rick Langhart said, fighting back tears. Hospital records cited the NuvaRing as a risk factor for Erika's multiple pulmonary embolisms. Records confirm what Erika's parents told CNN: that a blood clot started in an artery/vein in her right thigh and traveled to her lungs, causing "massive" pulmonary embolisms and "multiple episodes of cardiac arrest" on the way to the hospital and overnight. The Langharts never heard...
  • Why abortion reversal angers abortion backers (abortion pill can be sometimes be reversed)

    04/06/2015 6:55:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    LiveActionNews ^ | Apr 3, 2015 | Cassy Fiano
    Dr. Karen Poehailos can reverse chemical chemical aboriton pill For people who claim to advocate for choice, informed consent is key. If abortion is to be legal, then logically there should be no objection to women being informed about all of their options, about the details of their baby’s development, and about the procedure they are about to undergo. Women should never be lied to or pressured into having an abortion, yet it happens with alarming regularity. So it makes sense for laws to be passed ensuring women are given accurate information — otherwise, how can a woman truly...
  • RNS denies LGBT money influences religion coverage (Religious New Service bought by Left)

    04/05/2015 3:46:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Apr 1, 2015 | Kevin Jones
    The editor of Religion News Service has denied that a grant from a wealthy LGBT advocacy funder has biased its coverage of traditional religion, which includes a recent controversial story on Cardinal Raymond Burke. The Arcus Foundation dispenses millions of dollars in grants every year to support LGBT activism. Its 2014 grants included $120,000 to the Religion Newswriters Foundation, the owner of the widely syndicated Religion News Service. The Arcus Foundation’s grant listing said the one year of support was intended “to recruit and equip LGBT supportive leaders and advocates to counter rejection and antagonism within traditionally conservative Christian...
  • Surrogacy Firms are Selling “Extra” Babies on the Black Market to the Highest Bidder

    04/01/2015 5:53:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Lifenews ^ | Apr 1, 2015 | Rebecca Taylor
    International surrogacy is often touted as a win-win situation. Western couples get a baby gestated for them at a low price, and the women in third world countries get more money than they would normally see in a lifetime. But all we rich western countries have to do is look a tad bit closer and the whole facade falls apart. The women are exploited by signing contracts they cannot read, are kept under lock and key, forced to deliver by cesarean section, and then not paid the full amount they are promised. Some women die. Many of the contracting...
  • Gay Totalitarianism and the Coming Persecution of Christians (Zmirak)

    04/01/2015 11:21:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 70 replies
    Stream.org ^ | April 1, 2015 | John Zmirak
    Hatred of the Gospel is boiling over into the vilification of Christians. State violence won't be far behind, history teaches. The full force of the federal, state and local governments will soon be turned against defenders of biblical Christianity. Will we resist or collaborate? If you have been following mass media over the past few days, you will have learned from an economist at the U.S. Department of Labor that defenders of religious freedom are “Nazis.” Take a moment to ponder that assertion. Roll it around in your head for a while. You’ll be hearing a lot more fighting words...
  • Meet 10 Americans Helped By Religious Freedom Bills Like Indiana’s (Not Just Christians)

    03/31/2015 10:52:10 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 30, 2015 | Mollie Hemingway
    The federal government passed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act in 1993. It was authored by Chuck Schumer, passed with nearly unanimous support from both parties, and signed by President Bill Clinton. The legislation was needed after a bad Supreme Court ruling delivered by Antonin Scalia that limited religious freedom for Native Americans who smoke peyote as part of their religion. A later Supreme Court ruling ruled that the RFRA didn’t apply to state or local governments. Twenty states passed RFRAs and another 13 have protections like the ones in RFRA. And yet when Indiana passed the legislation last week,...
  • History, Truth, and Politics: the record on Father Junipero Serra

    03/30/2015 6:02:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | March 29, 2015 | Catholic News Agency
    Left: Monument of Junípero Serra on plaza de San Francisco de Asis in Havana; right: Mission church of Jalpan de Serra, Querétaro, Mexico, built by Junípero Serra between 1751 and 1758 (Images: Wikipedia) Los Angeles, Calif.- California missionary Father Junipero Serra’s canonization is “long overdue,” says a university professor concerned that the priest’s history has been politicized and misrepresented. “When he died, many native peoples came to the mission for his burial. They openly wept. Others of his colleagues and even colonists, believed that he would be made a saint, because of the way he had lived his life,...
  • Free Speech Outside the Abortion Clinic [Atlantic Magazine!]

    03/26/2015 5:10:16 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    The Atlantic Magazine ^ | March 19, 2015 | Diana Pearl
    When Kelsey McLain, then a 25-year-old in the midst of the first trimester of her pregnancy, arrived at the abortion clinic closest to her home, her car couldn’t get past the entrance of the parking lot. ... For pro-lifers, the opportunity to protest outside clinics is nothing less than a divine calling. In 1985, Joseph Scheidler, founder of the Pro-Life Action League and often called the ‘grandfather’ of the pro-life movement, published the book Closed: 99 Ways to Stop Abortion. It begins with a chapter on sidewalk counseling, which Scheidler called “the single most valuable activity that a pro-life...
  • German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome (Catholic Caucus)

    03/24/2015 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 23, 2015 | CNA staff
    A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome. Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes published a letter earlier this month objecting to the pronouncements of prominent leaders of the Church in Germany that the nation's bishops' conference will pursue its own program of pastoral care for marriages and family regardless of the outcome of October's Synod on the Family. At a Feb. 25 press conference following the German bishops' plenary assembly, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who is president...
  • The ‘African moment’ in global Catholicism gathers steam

    03/24/2015 3:34:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | March 24, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Ghanaian Archbishop Charles G. Palmer-Buckle of Accra, right, shown here with Cardinal Polycarp Pengo of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Just like assembling a jigsaw puzzle, it’s easier to sort through items in the news when you know what the big picture is supposed to look like. It’s already clear that one of the Catholic megatrends of our time is the coming of age of the Church in Africa, which gives three recent storylines special importance. In late February, the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM), the continent-wide assembly of African bishops, announced the appointment of a...
  • Bishop slammed in radio ads for not supporting Immaculata teacher Patricia Jannuzzi (Fight back!)

    03/24/2015 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Change.org ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff writer
    (Photo: BishopBootkoski.jpg) Story Highlights Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended by Immaculata High School two weeks ago after her personal Facebook post on the gay 'agenda' went viral. A conservative Catholic group is running radio ads defending the teacher. The Diocese of Metuchen says no decision has been made whether to rehire the teacher. SOMERVILLE – A longtime Catholic school teacher suspended from her job after celebrities drew attention to her anti-gay posts on Facebook has become a cause célèbre among a growing number of conservatives rushing to her defense. And the controversy shows no signs of slowing down as questions...