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  • Vermont doctors push back against assisted-suicide requirement

    07/22/2016 2:51:26 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Megynkelly.org ^ | July 21, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Vermont doctors and health care professionals are pushing back against an interpretation of state law that they say requires them to help kill patients who wish to die. Members of two medical groups, the Vermont Alliance for Ethical Healthcare and Christian Medical & Dental Associations, filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against officials in two state medical agencies responsible for the interpretation. The lawsuit says these agencies have interpreted a 2013 physician-assisted suicide law, Act 39, in a way that would require health care professionals to counsel terminally ill patients about the option to commit suicide. Additionally, under such an interpretation...
  • Celebs, Media and Dem Pols responsible for spreading hate Alicia Colon

    07/19/2016 6:49:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 1 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | July 19, 2016 | Alicia Colon
    As I watched a video recently of Black Lives Matter protestors, I saw several of the mostly peaceful marchers raise their hands in the "Hands Up, Don't shoot" routine. Apparently, they haven't heard that Michael Brown never said that but since, celebrities, athletes, the mainstream media and of course, Democrats continue to spread that lie, who can blame the low infos from believing it. [snip] Certainly, the demonstrators don't even pay attention to what black journalists have reported but they aren't interested unless Beyonce, Jay-Z and other hip-hop singers tell them what to think. When MSNBC's Jonathan Capehart, wrote an...
  • Sister of slain Baton Rouge officer: 'It's coming to the point where no lives matter'

    07/18/2016 6:54:33 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Hartford Courant ^ | July 17, 2016 | Carrie Camillo
    Slain Baton Rouge Police Officer Montrell Jackson, holds his son Mason Jocelyn Jackson was already sitting in church when she found herself needing God most. She hadn't yet learned that her younger brother Montrell Jackson was among the three officer killed in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, when her pastor asked the congregation to send prayers to her family. "I didn't want to break down in church, but it was just something I couldn't hold," said Jackson, 49. "He was a wonderful person. A wonderful person." Jocelyn Jackson said that she understands the anger behind the movement Black Lives Matter but...
  • Connecticut Department Of Children And Families: Believing There Are Only Two Genders Is 'Genderism'

    07/17/2016 9:18:22 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    07/15/2016 | Peter Hasson
    According the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), which published an LGBT glossary of more than 250 terms, the belief that there are only two genders — male and female — should be treated as "genderism." The guide, which was published as part of the DCF’s Safe Harbors Project and was last updated July 7, defines "genderism" as: "The system of belief that there are only two genders (men and women) and that gender is inherently tied to one’s sex assigned at birth. It holds cisgender people as superior to transgender people, and punishes or excludes those who don’t...
  • Turkey: The sick man of Europe, once again — Spengler

    07/16/2016 9:13:28 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    Google Hong Kong ^ | July 15, 2016 | David P. Goldman (Spengler)
    The outcome of tonight’s apparent coup attempt in Turkey remains unclear, but the motivation for regime change in Turkey has been building under the surface for years. Turkey faces a perfect storm of economic, political and foreign policy problems. First, Turkey’s much-heralded economic growth spurt of the 2000’s has come to a grinding stop. The Erdogan boom, which inspired predictions that Turkey might emerge as another China, resembled the Asian experience less than it did the Latin American credidt bubbles of the 1980s or the American subprime bubble of the 2000s. I wrote last April 25: Turkey’s economy appears to...
  • 12 Ways For a Catholic to Stay Calm & Not Freak Out Every Time Pope Francis Speaks

    07/06/2016 5:55:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 44 replies
    BeautySoAncient Blog ^ | 3 July 2016 | Rev. Peter M. J. Stravinskas
    [Original text, a sermon, had no title/headline. The above headline was tacked on by the BeautySoAncient Blog] Homily preached by the Reverend Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D., S.T.D., on 3 July 2016, the external Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (Extraordinary Form), at the Church of the Holy Innocents, New York City. “On this past Wednesday, the Church Universal (all 23 of her rites) and the Orthodox Churches as well celebrated the Solemnity of the Apostles Peter and Paul. This morning, we are observing its so-called “external” solemnity for the benefit of those who were not able to participate in...
  • Texas may not restore lost abortion clinics despite ruling

    06/28/2016 8:53:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    PhillyVoice ^ | June 28, 2016 | Paul J. Weber
    AUSTIN, Texas — Long wait times for abortions and lengthy drives to clinics are likely to continue in Texas for months and maybe years despite the U.S. Supreme Court striking down restrictions that since 2013 have drastically reduced the number of providers statewide. Texas lost more than half of its 41 abortion clinics in the three years since former Republican Gov. Rick Perry signed a sweeping anti-abortion law that justices largely dismantled in a 5-3 ruling Monday. The decision amounted to the Supreme Court's strongest defense of abortion rights in a generation and could imperil similar restrictions in other states....
  • Draft women? Let's Abolish the Draft

    06/24/2016 3:58:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 59 replies
    NCRegister ^ | 06/22/2016 | Simcha Fisher
    Yesterday, the Senate voted to extend the draft to women who turn 18 during or after 2018. Obama has promised to veto such a bill, but there is probably enough support in congress to override a veto... I opposed allowing women to serve in combat positions. I hold the monstrously retrograde opinion that women are different from men. ... I find myself at a loss to explain why, to those who don't find this truth obvious. It's like explaining why buttered toast smells good, or why bottomless holes are terrifying. What can I say? I have many female friends who...
  • Venezuela: Mass Famine Is Imminent as Neighbors, Washington Stand By (it's not about oil)

    06/23/2016 3:10:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    PanAmPost ^ | June 22, 2016 | PanAm Post Staf
    A humanitarian crisis, the likes of which have never been seen in the Western Hemisphere, is brewing in Venezuela and it will be inevitable in a few weeks. Much has been written recently about the crisis in Venezuela. During the last week, the world’s leading media outlets have amply reported the shortages of food, medicine and other basic supplies in the country. Unfortunately, despite some great reporting by various journalists, the true extent and the reasons for the country’s desperate situation have not yet been clearly understood by the media and the international community. The majority of those reporting on...
  • Report: Media Give Gorilla Death 6 Times More Coverage Than ISIS Beheadings of Christians

    06/07/2016 2:42:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7 Jun 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    A new study by the Media Research Center (MRC) has revealed that mainstream media devoted some six times as much air time to covering the recent death of Harambe the gorilla than they did to the gruesome Islamic State decapitation of 21 Coptic Christians on a Libyan beach last year. On Saturday, May 28, security officials shot a gorilla named Harambe to protect a three-year-old boy who'd fallen into the pen at the Cincinnati Zoo. In the five days that followed the animal’s death, the three major networks devoted a total of 1 hour, 28 minutes and 17 seconds to...
  • Falling birth rates could spell end of the West - [Rabbi] Lord Sacks

    06/07/2016 1:51:10 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 65 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6 June 2016 | John Bingham
    Western civilisation is on the brink of a collapse like that of ancient Rome because the modern generation does not want the responsibility of bringing up children, the former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks has warned. ... ultimately, he said, European society as we know it “will die” because of the demographic crisis. And mass immigration is not a solution because of problems integrating new arrivals into existing society. "Europe is going to die because of this because Europe can only maintain its population by unprecedented levels of immigration" - Lord Sacks This makes him one of only a handful of...
  • Nun Who Hid Jews from the Nazis to Be Proclaimed a Saint

    06/04/2016 5:13:51 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 4, 2016 | David Newberger
    Sr. Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, a Swedish religious sister, will be canonized by Pope Francis on Sunday Pope Francis will on Sunday officially recognize the sanctity of Maria Elizabeth Hesselblad, who readily risked her life in the midst of the Second World War, opening the doors of the Roman convent where she was the superior to take in persecuted Jews. Piero Piperno, 87, owes his life to this Swedish woman who, after having been a nurse in New York, embraced Catholicism and joined the Order of the Brigittine Sisters. Piperno, who was 15 years old when Mother Elizabeth took in his...
  • Outbreak of super STI (Gonorrhea) is proving difficult to contain ("Untreatable" "Soon unstoppable")

    06/02/2016 4:00:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    mirror.co.uk ^ | June 2, 2016 | Dr Miriam Stoppard
    Gonorrhea was relatively benign in years gone by, going by the name “the clap” and was easily treated with penicillin. Now it’s a monster. A super-resistant form is cutting a swath through straight and gay communities. When it emerged in Leeds last year, the new superbug prompted a national alert when one of the main treatments became useless against it. The Neisseria ­gonorrhoeae infection is spread through unprotected vaginal, oral and anal sex. Left untreated, gonorrhoea can lead to pelvic inflammatory disease. Inflammation of the ­fallopian tubes can cause a blockage which can result in infertility. Gonorrhoea can also be...
  • Putin on mount Athos sat on the throne of the Byzantine emperors (trunc)

    05/28/2016 4:36:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    Last News from Russia ^ | May 29, 2016 | RU Admin
    Russian President Vladimir Putin during a visit to the Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos on mount Athos sat in the chair, which previously could only occupy the Byzantine emperors. Putin said about the need to “strengthen the spiritual power of all the Orthodox” and declared the Greek mountain “a source of well-being and grace” for the Russian Orthodox world. Putin visited Athos, having participated in events in honor of the 1000th anniversary of the appearance of Russian monks on the Holy mountain. On the website of the Kremlin promptly a photo gallery, and Greek TV covered the...
  • In Alien vs. Predator, I'm for Predator, Because He's OUR Predator ("Spengler" for Trump)

    05/12/2016 6:46:53 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    PJMedia ^ | May 11, 2016 | David P. Goldman ("Spengler")
    A fit of high dudgeon has gripped many of my Republican friends, ex-friends, and soon-to-be-ex-friends now that Donald Trump has all but won the Republican nomination. My advice to them: get over it. This presidential race will look like Alien vs. Predator. I'm for Predator, without a second's hesitation, because he's our Predator. For all his faults Donald Trump would be (and I'm confident will be) an incomparably better president. I'm not pleased about the outcome of the primaries. I supported Ted Cruz and helped out in his campaign with economic research and news analysis. Yes, Trump is a...
  • Pope Francis targeted with sickening abuse by Twitter trolls after posting about Jesus

    05/03/2016 3:10:59 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | 3 May 2016 | Anthony Bond
    WARNING - UPSETTING CONTENT: The Pope was subjected to violent sexual imagery after writing of Jesus' "love for us" on Twitter Reuters Pope Francis arrives at the weekly audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican Pope Francis has been subjected to abusive tweets after writing about Jesus' love on Twitter The Pope has been targeted by Twitter trolls with sickening abuse after he posted a message about Jesus on the social networking site. Pope Francis was subjected to the vile abuse just seconds after writing on his Twitter page. He wrote: "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God’s mercy, out...
  • Cruz, Kasich Fuse Into Single Candidate In Last-Ditch Effort To Stop Trump (Jed Crusich!!)

    04/26/2016 3:55:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    Babylon Bee, note, a satire site ^ | April 26, 2016 | Babylon Bee
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—In a scientific marvel reportedly funded by the Koch brothers, Ted Cruz and John Kasich announced at a press conference Tuesday that they have fused into a single candidate, in what is being seen as a last-ditch effort to deny Donald Trump the Republican nomination. The new candidate, named Jed Crusich, reportedly came into being by merging the bodies and essences—and voting bases, as the plan certainly goes—of the two former candidates Cruz and Kasich. Also fused are their delegate counts, bringing Crusich to 707—within striking distance of Trump’s 845. Crusich, whom Donald Trump has already dubbed “Cheatin’ Jed”...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus Is the Only Way to Heaven

    04/20/2016 7:27:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 94 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 20, 2016 | Katherine Weber
    We should only look to Jesus for Heaven, Pope Francis said during a recent mass. The pontiff made his comments Monday while speaking from Casa Santa Marta at the Vatican, saying that only through Jesus can people go to heaven "The Lord thus clearly says: you cannot enter eternal life by any entryway that is not the door – that is not Jesus," the pontiff said. "He is the door of our life – and not only of eternal life, but also of our daily lives." The pope added that he who attempts to reach heaven by an alternative way...
  • The Controversy at the Heart of Amoris Laetitia

    04/13/2016 4:49:39 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | Apr 11, 2016 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    If Catholics who have divorced and remarried without obtaining an annulment can in some cases be given permission to receive communion, will this do more harm than good? That’s the question at the heart of the controversy over Pope Francis’ post synodal apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. Other questions are so easily answered that we can skim over them very quickly. For example: 1. Is the text too long? It is long, yes. It used 95 pages coming out of my printer, with 391 footnotes. But it is not out of keeping with other post-synodal apostolic exhortations on complex topics, for...
  • Was Trump Right That Women Who Have Abortions Should Be Punished? (Good John Zmirak article)

    04/06/2016 4:55:25 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 73 replies
    The Stream ^ | March 30, 2016 | John Zmirak
    Abortion is unique because pregnancy is. The fact that an unborn baby resides entirely inside the body of another human being with rights of her own makes mincemeat of our whole approach to justice, which is based on individual rights, balanced against the rights of others and the claims of the common good. Yes, the baby has the right to life, but the mother has the right to control her body, too, so how can we disentangle the claims of two people who literally inhabit the same space, eat the same food, and are intimately related? To what else...
  • The Porn Catastrophe

    04/06/2016 3:48:16 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | April 5, 2016 | Rod Dreher
    Time magazine’s cover story this week is about what ubiquitous hardcore pornography is doing to men. I can’t link to it because it’s a subscribers-only piece, but Southern Baptist pastor Denny Burk has a detailed (but not NSFW) rundown of what it reports. The gist of it is that porn is changing the brains of young men, who have been watching it from a young age, such that they are impotent with actual women. Burk, quoting the article: A growing number of young men are convinced that their sexual responses have been sabotaged because their brains were virtually marinated in...
  • Pregnancy Centers Win Battle After New York City Attempts to Force Them to Promote Abortion State

    04/02/2016 3:09:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | Mar 31, 2016
    A settlement that a federal district court approved Wednesday protects the right of pro-life pregnancy care centers in New York City to serve women without being forced to speak or post messages that are contrary to their pro-life beliefs or that direct women away from the services the centers offer. The settlement protects the centers’ constitutionally protected freedoms that were in jeopardy because of Local Law 17, an anti-pregnancy care law that the courts mostly invalidated through the ADF lawsuit Pregnancy Care Center of New York v. City of New York. An appeals court affirmed most of a district court’s...
  • The World May Have Too Much Food (More people are obese than underweight)

    04/02/2016 1:45:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    Psychology Today ^ | March 31, 2016 | John Tozzi
    The past 40 years have seen an unprecedented increase in the number of obese adults worldwide, climbing to about 640 million from 105 million in 1975. If the current trend continues, about one-fifth of adults will be obese by 2025. The rate has more than doubled for women and tripled for men, according to a new analysis published in the Lancet. Under the present trajectory, the chance of meeting a goal set by the World Health Organization to halt the increase over the next decade is, according to the study, “virtually zero.” Behind the global spike is greater access to...
  • One of Pope Francis’ strongest critics' note of hope (SSPX Bishop Fellay) (Really)

    04/01/2016 8:13:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | Fri Apr 1, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    April 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Of all the people many would assume to be Pope Francis’ greatest enemy, the head of the Society of Saint Pius X would likely hit the top of many lists. Bishop Bernard Fellay, the head of the SSPX, however has made some remarkably hopeful statements about the Pope, revealing what he sees as Francis’ own embrace of the SSPX. Rumors of reunification effort have been circulating since Pope Francis’ surprise announcement that the priests of the SSPX would be given permission to hear confessions of all Catholics during the Year of Mercy. Those rumors were...
  • Do Radicalized Islamic Communities Exist in the US?(Yes: 22)

    04/01/2016 8:54:06 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    Clarion Project ^ | March 30, 2016 | Ryan Mauro
    GOP presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz's call for patrolling of Muslim communities with signs of extremism is being bashed as pandering to anti-Muslim voters, with critics saying there aren't even Islamist communities in the U.S. to begin with. They are wrong. They exist — and newly-published documents show that they've boasted of enforcing Islamic sharia law, even going so far as to whip children. Jamaat ul-Fuqra, a Pakistani militant group that has rebranded itself as Muslims of the Americas, says it has 22 "Islamic villages" in the U.S. Its "Islamberg" headquarters in New York is the most well-known. The Clarion...
  • Marquette: University Moves to Fire Conservative Professor Over His (Catholic) Views

    03/30/2016 8:35:22 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Mar 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Marquette University has moved to suspend and then fire Professor John McAdams for backing a student who tried to defend man-woman marriage when a leftist teaching assistant shut the student down. In the fall of 2014, junior faculty member Cheryl Abbate told a student, who secretly recorded the exchange, that his defense of man-woman marriage was an unacceptable topic in her ethics class and compared his views to racism. She said, "You can have whatever opinions you want but I can tell you right now, in this class homophobic comments, racist comments, and sexist comments will not be tolerated." And...
  • Moscow Region Duma Holds Conference to Combat Abortion

    03/28/2016 12:44:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | Mar. 28 2016 17:04 | Igor Tabakov
    The Moscow Region Duma held a conference — titled “Therefore choose life, for both thou and thy seed” — to promote chastity among adolescents and lower the abortion rate, the Duma's official web portal reported Friday. The conference was dedicated to combating the growing rate of abortion in Russia and preserving family, motherhood and childhood values. Attendees included deputies of the regional government, NGO representatives and members of the Russian Orthodox Church. The conference aims to use lectures, seminars and conferences to promote chastity amongst young students and to oppose abortion, the official website reported. Spokesman Igor Bryntsalov drew attention...
  • Not Destroying ISIS: The true reason there are no "moderate" Muslim armies killing ISIS terrorists

    03/25/2016 12:21:20 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    frontpagemag.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Nonie Darwish
    Obama and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan Western media, President Obama, all Muslim countries, and myriad groups and individuals have been telling us that ISIS does not represent Islam. Muslims, especially in the West, insist that their beloved faith has nothing to do with the terrorists who are embarrassing the good and peaceful Muslims and who are giving Islam a bad name and dishonoring the real Islam. It is a fact that Arab/Islamic culture highly values honor and pride and has little tolerance for those who dishonor Islam and Islamic "family values." Because honor is so vital in Islamic culture,...
  • Good Friday and the Feast of the Annunciation: The Alpha and the Omega

    03/23/2016 1:18:46 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute Blog ^ | March 22, 2016 | Miachel Hichborn
    March 25th is Good Friday *and* the Feast of the Annunciation. Talk about a powerful moment for reflection... We couldn't help but notice that the Feast of the Annunciation fell on Good Friday (of all days!) and wanted to share Mike's thoughts on the coincidence... if you believe in such things as coincidence. This week is the holiest week of the year. Through the Passion, suffering, death and resurrection of Our Blessed Lord, the curse of Adam is undone. Our Lord provides the path to salvation through the cross so that we are no longer permanent exiles from Paradise. This...
  • To Maintain Supply of Sex Slaves, ISIS Pushes Birth Control

    03/13/2016 4:54:33 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 12, 2017 | Rukmini Callimachi
    DOHUK, Iraq — Locked inside a room where the only furniture was a bed, the 16-year-old learned to fear the sunset, because nightfall started the countdown to her next rape. During the year she was held by the Islamic State, she spent her days dreading the smell of the ISIS fighter’s breath, the disgusting sounds he made and the pain he inflicted on her body.... Soon after buying her, the fighter brought the teenage girl a round box containing four strips of pills, one of them colored red. [She] learned only months later that she was being given birth control....
  • Pope Francis Condemns "Diabolical" Attack on Missionaries of Charity in Yemen

    03/05/2016 5:37:48 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    March 5, 2016
    (Mother Teresa's missionary order) VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was “shocked and profoundly saddened” by the murder of four Missionaries of Charity and 12 other people at a home for the elderly in Aden, Yemen. Gunmen entered the building on Friday and went room to room, handcuffing victims before shooting them in the head. A message signed by the Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, said the Holy Father “sends the assurance of his prayers for the dead and his spiritual closeness to their families and to all affected from this act of senseless and diabolical violence.” The message...
  • Death of the Hospice Chaplain Profession?

    02/25/2016 2:12:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Offbeat Comnpassion ^ | February 24, 2016 | Karen Bookman Kaplan
    Off the record, a colleague of mine with decades of hospice experience predicted to me that the government would eventually get rid of the requirement that hospices hire chaplains. This particularly caught me off guard because I had just procured such a position with Center for Hope Hospice in Elizabeth, NJ. He elaborated that "the government wants to save money. They say America is becoming more secularized anyway, and so chaplains aren't needed all that much." Not that my shiny new job offer was about to vanish and "go gentle into that good night," but I was nettled by the...
  • Abortion Access Rapidly Declining (162 clinics shut down)

    02/24/2016 4:14:23 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Arkansas Times ^ | February 24, 2016 | Esmé E Deprez
    Abortion access in the U.S. has been vanishing at the fastest annual pace on record, propelled by Republican state lawmakers’ push to legislate the industry out of existence. Since 2011, at least 162 abortion providers have shut or stopped offering the procedure, while just 21 opened. At no time since before 1973, when the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion, has a woman’s ability to terminate a pregnancy been more dependent on her zip code or financial resources to travel. The drop-off in providers—more than one every two weeks—occurred in 35 states, in both small towns and big cities that are...
  • Against Popesplaning

    02/24/2016 12:19:13 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 41 replies
    amywelborn.wordpress.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Amy Welborn
    Guess what. You don't have to defend every word the Pope says. Even if you consider yourself an enthusiastic and faithful Catholic of any stripe you are not obligated to defend every utterance in every papal interview or even every papal homily or declaration. Popes -- all popes --can say things that are wrong, incorrect, ill-informed, narrow, short-sighted and more reflective of their personal biases, interests and limitations than the broader, deeper tradition of Catholicism. Which is why, traditionally, popes didn't do a lot of public talking. Quite a few issues have popped up recently -- well, more or...
  • Zika hysteria is way ahead of research into virus, says expert (Microcephaly? Maybe not..)

    02/17/2016 10:23:18 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 57 replies
    Guardian ^ | February 20, 2016 | Jonathan Watts
    One of the world's leading virologists has warned against public hysteria surrounding the Zika virus, saying global health authorities need to focus more broadly on prevention of infectious diseases rather than finding a cure for specific outbreaks. Leslie Lobel, an Israeli physician who has worked with the US military and the Uganda Virus Research Institute to try to find a vaccine for Ebola, believes ...the evidence is not yet conclusive. "it's not clear that what's going on in Brazil is linked to the Zika virus. There's no definitive proof that Zika is causing microcephaly. I believe the hysteria is way...
  • Please pray for Don-o's Mama (Update #68)

    02/11/2016 6:30:19 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    reality | February 11, 2016 | Mrs Don-o
    Don-o's Mama, my mother-in-law, Irene, who just celebrated her 90th birthday, happy, healthy, with all the family, was found unresponsive at home following a probable cardiac arrest. She was rushed to the hospital this afternoon and put on a ventilator, but her prognosis is extremely poor. Sometime rather soon--- maybe it's a matter of hours, though only God knows --- we expect she will pass from this life to the next. I will post more later, because dear Mama deserves to be better known and loved, and I want to share what she has meant to me. Briefly, she is...
  • Women, know your limits! (Drinking, Contrceptives, Pregnancy)

    02/04/2016 11:16:34 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | February | Jenny Uebbing
    I'm just so thankful to be an American with a uterus today, because federal agencies have really got all the bases covered for me. (Which is a relief because who has got time to use reason? Also, science is hard. Let's go shopping.) The CDC issued a nuanced, thoughtful report this morning with the brilliant recommendation that card-carrying members of the x-chromosome club ought to either be using contraception throughout the entirety of their childbearing years, or teetotaling. Thankfully, being a simple suburban housewife with little capacity to make reasonable, well-researched choices for my own health and wellbeing and that...
  • Famous left-winger Jimmy Carter is now backing Donald Trump - here's why

    02/03/2016 6:20:32 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 72 replies
    Mirror (UK) ^ | Feb 3, 2016 | Jack Blanchard
    Former US President Jimmy Carter tonight told the UK Parliament he wants Donald Trump to land the Republican nomination ahead of frontrunner Ted Cruz . Speaking on a visit to Britain, the 91-year-old Democrat warned Mr Cruz is committed to "Far Right-wing politics" which he would pursue "aggressively" if he makes it to the White House. By contrast, Carter said, outspoken billionaire Mr Trump has no fixed views at all. "If I had a choice of Republican nominees, between Cruz and Trump, I think I would choose. Trump - which may surprise some of you," he told an audience in...
  • Evangelize the poor: that is your mission, Pope says

    01/24/2016 4:36:40 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 98 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Jan 24, 2016 | Ann Schneible
    Pope Francis centered his Angelus address this Sunday on what it means to evangelize the poor, and how this is the mission of the Church. "Evangelize the poor: this is the mission of Jesus; this is also the mission of the Church, and of all the baptized in the Church," the Pope said Jan. 24 to the crowds in Saint Peter's Square. "To be a Christian and to be a missionary is the same thing." "What does it mean to evangelize the poor? It means to be close to them, to serve them, to free them from oppression, and all...
  • New issue of ISIS magazine Dabiq calls for war on ...Muslims

    01/21/2016 3:51:58 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 21, 2016 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The latest issue of Islamic State's online magazine targets the terror group's fellow Muslims even more than the West. Dabiq, as the English-language publication is called, devotes a majority of the 56 pages in the latest issue to justifying the killing of Shia Muslims. In numerous articles, the magazine goes to great lengths to give a theological basis for killing members of the minority Muslim sect that controls Iran and Iraq and has been at odds with Sunni Muslims for over a millennia. "The magazine spends so much time justifying the killing of innocent Shiites that it suggests that ISIL...
  • Czech leader says Muslims 'impossible to integrate' in Europe

    01/17/2016 9:02:41 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    AFP ^ | January 17, 2016 | unlisted
    Prague (AFP) - Czech President Milos Zeman, known for his fiery anti-migrant comments, said on Sunday that it was almost impossible to integrate the Muslim community into European society. "The experience of Western European countries which have ghettos and excluded localities shows that the integration of the Muslim community is practically impossible," Zeman said in a televised interview. "Let them have their culture in their countries and not take it to Europe, otherwise it will end up like Cologne," he added, referring to the mass New Year's Eve assaults on women in Germany and elsewhere. "Integration is possible with cultures...
  • Meet the Jew Who Saved 149 Christian Lives (Aron Shaviv)

    01/13/2016 2:29:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    Land of Israel/ SoundCloud ^ | January 11, 2106 | unlisted
    Audio only. Jews rescuing Christians in Middle East.
  • For refugees, overcoming radical Islam may be the hardest journey (children brutalized)

    01/03/2016 9:25:37 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 72 replies
    NY Post ^ | January 2, 2016 | Maureen Callahan
    He found himself a refugee at 12 years old, crammed onto a boat with no toilets, shoulder-to-shoulder with men who had soiled themselves. There was no room to sleep, no food and very little water. This boy had never seen the ocean before. Yet here he was, three days at sea now, and this ramshackle boat, tossed in heavy winds and high waves, began sinking. Grown men began screaming for help. Passengers locked below deck pounded against the door. ... For a brief, strange moment, I was calm, "So, this is how you will die." In his new memoir "The...
  • Pope Francis and Communications: Next Year’s Challenges (Hey Look Kim Davis! Vigano is IN!)

    12/28/2015 4:40:56 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    MondayVatican ^ | 28 dicembre 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    [big snip] Greg Burke also entertained good relations with the secular and Anglo-American media environment that still "makes the news" in the world.... Certainly he emphasized paying attention to secular media. The same happened with Msgr. Vigano... [snip] Msgr. Vigano knows how to communicate, and he communicates wherever he can get a good audience, and the secular media are in fact a perfect stage. Spreading the message is the most fundamental thing to him. As Prefect of the Secretariat for Communications [my comment: Whoa!], Msgr. Vigano will take over the reins not only of the structures, but also of the...
  • New Vatican (Press office) Appointment (Greg Burke) Leaves Fr. Thomas Rosica's Position in Doubt

    12/27/2015 10:10:12 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 36 replies
    ChurchMilitant ^ | December 23, 2016 | Christine Niles
    VATICAN CITY (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Holy See Press Office has a new vice director. Greg Burke, former Fox News correspondent and a member of Opus Dei, has been appointed deputy spokesman for the Pope, as announced by the Vatican Monday. As of February 1, Burke --- a St. Louis, Missouri native ---will become the Pope's No. 2 spokesman, reporting directly to longtime head spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi. In addition to arranging press conferences and helping communicate information about Vatican activities, Burke will also step in for Lombardi when he is unavailable. The new appointment leaves the position of the current...
  • The Paris agreement is another false ‘turning point’ on the climate (George Will, and witty)

    12/17/2015 9:31:10 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 16, 2015 | George Will
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  • That New York Times headline about Catholics witnessing to Jews? Look again ...

    12/16/2015 12:50:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 104 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 16, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    Trust me, I know that it is hard to write accurate, easy-to-read articles about complicated Vatican theological documents. This is especially true when dealing with materials focusing on very nuanced issues that continue to cause behind-the-scenes debates among Catholics. It's even harder to write informative, catchy and, yes, accurate headlines for these kinds of stories. This brings me to a recent New York Times report that ran with this headline: "Vatican Says Catholics Should Not Try to Convert Jews." The problem with that headline is that it is simplistic to the point of being inaccurate -- that is, if the...
  • BBC 100 Women: The fearless nun inside 'hell on earth' [Nun in Venezuelan prison]

    11/28/2015 4:38:20 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    BBC Mundo ^ | 27 November 2015 | Margarita Rodriguez
    For more than 17 years, a Catholic nun named Neyda Rojas has been serving God in a place that many describe as hell on earth - a Venezuelan prison. For decades, penitentiaries here have been criticised by human rights organisations for allowing serious human rights violations to take place behind their walls. Venezuelan prisons are among the most violent and overcrowded in Latin America. None of that has stopped this missionary, who belongs to the Mercedarian Order, help teach inmates some of the basics of life, like literacy. "I'm very happy when they learn to read and write. I...
  • [In Africa] Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “Resist Practices That Threaten the Innocent Unborn”

    11/28/2015 3:52:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Africa to reject abortion and treat children as a blessing on Thursday in Kenya. "We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn," the pontiff said during a Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, according to the BBC. He encouraged young people to stand up for the sanctity of every human life by shaping "a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity." He added that they "should reject everything that leads to prejudice...
  • Pope Francis to German Bishops: Your Church is a mess! Fix it and 
 GO TO CONFESSION!

    11/27/2015 5:46:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Fr. Z ^ | 20 November 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The German bishops are making their ad limina visit. Every few years diocesan bishops have to go to Rome to meet with offices of the Roman Curia and, usually, the Pope. Pope Francis gave an address to the German bishops that was clear, coherent, well-crafted and, in many respects, stinging. He painted a dire portrait of the Church in Germany. At one point he said: One notes in particular in traditionally Catholic regions a very strong decline in participation at Sunday Mass, not to mention the sacramental life. Where in the 1960's everywhere just about all the faithful still participated...