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  • Francis, filtered (George Weigel finds something missing...)

    12/17/2014 6:43:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Weigel
    George Weigel About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: they’re like bamboo. Once they get started, there’s no stopping them. They just keep...
  • British court: unborn are “organisms”...(no compensation for baby born w/ fetal alcohol syndrome)

    12/08/2014 9:45:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 December 2014 | Philippa Taylor
    Unborn baby a 10 weeks Seven years ago, a baby girl (who cannot be named for legal reasons) was born to a 19 year old mother who had drunk heavily throughout her pregnancy, despite warnings from healthcare workers that her drinking could damage her baby. This girl and, indirectly, her mother, are now making headlines. The girl was badly harmed by her mothers drinking. She now has Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), which has lead to retarded growth, facial abnormalities, intellectual impairment and other major complications. For the last five years her Local Authority has tried to secure Criminal Injuries...
  • Pope Francis retains patriarchal view of women

    12/06/2014 3:19:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    Google/LAT ^ | December 8, 2014 | Candida Moss and Joel Baden
    At first, it was easy to overlook. With all of his statements about caring for the poor, the disabled and immigrants, and all the fanfare surrounding his famous "Who am I to judge?" proclamation, Pope Francis seemed like a breath of fresh air for a church stuck resolutely in the past. The fact that he never commented on the long-standing marginalization of women in the Catholic Church, and asserted quite plainly that there would be no ordination of women, did nothing to dampen progressive enthusiasm for the new pope. There has been a hopeful sense that he would get around...
  • Mennonite working with drug cartel gets 15 months

    12/05/2014 7:52:30 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | December 2, 2014 | Sadie Gurman
    Abraham Friesen-Remple In what prosecutors called a drug smuggling conspiracy involving Mennonites and a Mexican drug cartel, a Mennonite man was sentenced Monday to 15 months in prison for aiding the movement of tons of marijuana to the US. It was an unlikely alliance that authorities said involved a group of pacifist Mexican Mennonites accused of growing tons of marijuana and working with a notoriously vicious Mexican cartel to ship it across the U.S. border. Abraham Friesen-Remple was one of six members of the Mennonite farming community in Ciudad Cuauhtémoc who were indicted and accused of smuggling pot in the...
  • Death By Police

    12/04/2014 12:21:06 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    First Things ^ | December 4, 2014 | Russell E. Saltzman
    One April night thirteen years ago, a police sharpshooter killed Jake. Jake (I have disguised his name) was my step brother-in-law, husband to one of my wife’s step-sisters. He was a big man who tried to act bigger, but he was a pussycat with his wife and infant daughter. His wife had to monitor his medications for a mood disorder and he was normally compliant. I would never have described him as dangerous; he just talked big. He was a guy struggling to come to terms with his past, trying to do the right thing moving forward. Mostly, I think...
  • The ambiguous legacy of The Pill (didn't solve our problems, created new ones)

    12/03/2014 1:46:54 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | December 3, 2014 | Jennifer Roback Morse
    I am in the process of writing a book which argues that the Sexual Revolution has been a rich person’s hobby horse from the beginning. The rich and powerful like the idea of separating sex from child-bearing. While this idea is sometimes wrapped up in a disguise of helping woman and the poor, the fact remains that the rich and powerful pioneered and implemented these ideas, quite often at the expense of women and the poor. So I wondered, when I picked up a book, The Birth of the Pill: How Four Crusaders Reinvented Sex and Launched a Revolution, celebrating...
  • Pope Francis against common Eucharistic celebrations with Protestants

    12/01/2014 4:29:18 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 137 replies
    KathNet ^ | December 1, 2014 | Pope Francis
    (Google Translate)(Full Speech below) Vatican City (kath.net/KAP/red) Francis Pope has spoken out against a common celebration of the Eucharist by Catholics and Protestants. "If we have to hide our Eucharistic faith under the pretext of a certain accommodation by, then we take our own treasure neither nor our interlocutor seriously enough," he said on Monday in front of the Swiss bishops at the Vatican. In ecumenical dialogue, the bishops should make sure that the believers of all faiths could live their faith "unambiguous and free of confusion" and "without the differences at the expense of truth wegzuretuschieren". At the same...
  • These Buildings Used to Be Abortion Clinics, What They Do Now is Amazing (Re-Purposed for Life!)

    11/28/2014 9:51:29 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    7/21/14 | Kelsey Hazzard
    Years ago, I encountered a piece in Feminism & Nonviolence Studies entitled “Feminist, Prolife, and Atheist,” by Kathryn Reed. At the time, I had no idea that atheism was in my future. What really stuck with me was not the title, or even the body of the article, but one of the subheadings: “Converting Abortion Clinics To Peacetime Use.” The idea of “peacetime use” has been on my mind a lot lately, as the pro-life movement has seen a record number of abortion businesses close in recent months. On a whim, I thought I’d put together a list showing how...
  • The weirdest-ever reason for same-sex marriage: “so I can get a divorce”

    11/26/2014 5:41:14 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Mercatornet ^ | 26 NOVEMBER 2014 | MICHAEL COOK
    Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham A Mississippi woman wants the state Supreme Court to recognise gay marriage – so that she can divorce a partner she married in San Francisco. Lauren Beth Czekala-Chatham, a 52-year-old credit analyst, who already had two children from a failed heterosexual marriage, moved to California in 2008 so that she could marry Dana Ann Melancon. But the relationship soured and they separated in 2010. When Ms Czekala-Chatham, who now has a new girlfriend, applied for a divorce, citing adultery and habitual cruel and inhuman treatment, she failed. The state predictably argued that Mississippi could not grant...
  • Pope Francis urges Europe to reject ‘throwaway culture’ (tells EU Parliament, "No to Abortion")

    11/25/2014 4:31:27 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    St. Louis Tribune ^ | Nov 25 2014 | JOSEPHINE MCKENNA
    Strasbourg, France • Pope Francis on Tuesday urged European leaders to reject a "throwaway culture" that treats people like "cogs in a machine" too easily discarded through abortion and euthanasia. Francis made the comments Tuesday to the European Parliament during a brief visit meant to highlight his vision for Europe a quarter-century after St. John Paul II travelled to Strasbourg to address a continent still divided by the Iron Curtain. In a highly critical address amid tight security, Francis blamed "selfish lifestyles" and "uncontrolled consumerism" for promoting alienation and indifference to the poor during a time of economic crisis....
  • Vatican Humanum Conference Erases LGBT People With Trite Gender Norms (Gay Lobby disappointed)

    11/25/2014 8:26:36 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Schnizzle Newsblog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Zack Ford
    This week, the Vatican has hosted an international colloquium called Humanum dedicated to “the complementarity of man and woman” and the importance of marriage. Not just limited to Catholics, the conference has included people from many different faiths, including a litany of the United States’ anti-LGBT conservatives. The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together — and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy...
  • In tapping new liturgy chief, Pope Francis reaches across the aisle (conservative African)

    11/24/2014 4:51:08 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 24, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME — Just when you think you have Pope Francis figured out, he surprises you. In that spirit, Monday’s appointment of Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea as the new head of the Vatican’s department for liturgical policy will certainly surprise some. Sarah becomes the second African to have the Vatican’s top liturgical post, after Nigerian Cardinal Francis Arinze from 2002 to 2008. When he recently removed US Cardinal Raymond Burke from a senior Vatican job, many observers concluded that Francis simply didn’t want such a strong conservative on his team. Yet he’s now handed over the Congregation for Divine...
  • Archbishop Chaput: The Church Needs to Say Any Kind of Extra-Marital Sex is “Disordered”

    11/24/2014 10:23:21 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 88 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Rourke/AP/SIPA
    Leader of Philadelphia Church discusses plans for World Meeting of Families, to be attended by Pope Francis. The Holy See confirmed this week that Pope Francis will visit the United States for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, September 22-27, 2015. The historic visit will fall just one week before the opening of the General Synod of Bishops on the Family to be held in Vatican City, October 4-25, 2015. When the announcement came, Archbishop Chaput of Philadelphia was on hand at at the Vatican attending the Humanum Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. The...
  • CBS, NBC censor Pope Francis’ call against abortion

    11/23/2014 2:12:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    OneNewsNow.com ^ | November 23, 2014 | Michael F. Haverluck
    In a bold stand for life, Pope Francis called physicians to refrain from performing abortions and euthanasia, even if their jobs call for it. In what many are seeing as the latest example of progressive media’s gross censorship, NBC and CBS cut short the pope’s message... Pope Francis made his take on the sanctity of human life loud and clear during his address last weekend to Catholic doctors in Italy, asserting that doctors must make the “brave choice” to never administer an abortion or euthanasia — even if doing so is considered an act of civil disobedience. “To play with...
  • Planned Parenthood Supports President Obama's Executive Action on Immigration [truncated]

    11/22/2014 1:05:46 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Targeted News Service ^ | November 21, 2014 | Cecile Richards
    WASHINGTON, Nov. 21 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: Planned Parenthood Federation of America commends President Obama for taking long overdue executive action addressing key issues in our nation's broken immigration system, and calling on the administration and Congress to work to extend healthcare coverage to these individuals. Statement from Cecile Richards, president, Planned Parenthood Federation of America: "We commend President Obama for extending much needed and long overdue relief to millions of women and families currently living in fear of deportation due to our nation's broken immigration system. This is a bold...
  • Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life

    11/21/2014 12:01:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 15, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis meets medical doctors at Paul VI hall - ANSA (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. He urged them to resist “false compassion” and “witness by word and by example that human life is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable.” Read the full statement below: I welcome you on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. In particular, I address a cordial greeting to the chaplain, Msgr. Edward Menichelli, to Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who for decades has followed the life of the...
  • While You’re Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 2:42:16 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | November 20, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    Princeton University law professor Robert P. George ROME — So far, Pope Francis’ most significant internal opposition has come from conservative Catholics alarmed over what they see as playing fast-and-loose with Catholic doctrine. This week, however, an all-star lineup of conservatives gathered in Rome has come to the pope’s defense. “I am a conservative politically,” said Princeton University law professor Robert P. George, considered one of America’s most prominent Catholic commentators. “But I’m a Pope Francis Catholic, which is simply to say that I’m a Catholic.” Harvard law professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann...
  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/19/2014 12:20:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 68 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 9, 2014 | David Mills
    He is probably known among Catholics almost entirely as the man who last July gave the Holy Father a high five. I happened to meet the Evangelical evangelist James Robison recently at a gathering to discuss a common project, and was surprised when he said, to a group mixing conservative Evangelicals and Catholics (two of us converts), “I’ve met the pope. I love that man.” The high five, which left some Catholics I know muttering, he explained in the Huffington Post a few days afterward. At a three-hour meeting at the Vatican, Francis listened to several Evangelical leaders talk...
  • Human Rights Campaign says Barilla has turned around its policies on LGBT (Now 100% gay ally)

    11/19/2014 8:49:01 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Washington Post ^ | November 19 2014 | Sandhya Somashekhar
    Not long ago, pasta-maker Barilla was just one more major company that had run afoul of the gay rights movement... But in a sign of how toxic it has become for a company to be viewed as unfriendly toward gays, Barilla has made a dramatic turnaround in the space of one year, expanding health benefits for transgender workers and their families, contributing money to gay rights causes, and featuring a lesbian couple on a promotional Web site. ...companies, which typically shy away from controversy, are increasingly being forced to take sides in the cultural battle over gay rights and...
  • (TN) Amendment 1 Opponents Sue, Want Vote Invalidated

    11/12/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    TnGovWatch ^ | Novrmber 11, 2014
    Opponents of Amendment 1 are asking a federal judge to void the vote that amended the Tennessee Constitution to make it easier for lawmakers to restrict abortions. In a lawsuit filed late Friday in federal court, plaintiffs say the state ignored the plain language of the constitution, which says it can be amended by “a majority of all the citizens in the state voting for governor, voting in … favor” of the amendment. The plaintiffs want the judge to order the state to count only those Amendment 1 votes where the voters also cast ballots for governor. If that is...
  • For White Catholic Voters, 2014 Exit Polls Showed a Surge

    11/11/2014 5:36:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 40 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 11, 2014 | Mark Stricherz
    White Catholic voters have gone through many transformations over the last half century, from died-in-the wool Democrats to ticket-splitting Reagan Democrats to dependable Republicans. In the elections last Tuesday, they went through a change less political than demographic: They were the fastest growing segment not only among those who identify with a religious denomination but also those who don’t. ... Overall, at 19 percent, white Catholics made up nearly as large a slice of the religious and non-religious electorate as secular and religious minorities combined at 20 percent. Catholic voters overall made up a larger part of the electorate Tuesday,...
  • Trouble In Transtopia: Murmurs Of Sex Change Regret

    11/11/2014 12:37:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 76 replies
    The Federalist ^ | November 11, 2014 | Stella Morabito
    Transgender people who regret their sex changes typically get buried in venom rather than loved. Everyone has regrets. Some of us have big regrets. Most everyone has some place to go to get help dealing with them. Except for, say, a guy who had sex-change surgery and now would like to have his penis back. (The one God gave him.) Our culture seems pretty much “to each his own” when it comes to elective bodily mutilation and the regret thereof. And there’s a lot of regret out there. According to a British poll, a whopping 65 percent of those who’ve...
  • Tattoo artist turned monk: not your typical art story

    11/10/2014 10:39:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    Oregon Dotnewz ^ | November 9, 2014 | Tom Mayhall Rastrelli
    Brother Andre Love, a Benedictine monk, sits in the church after praying at the Mount Angel Abbey on Thursday, Oct. 23, 2014. Love, a former tattoo artist, still has tattoos on his hands, arms and neck. Six years ago, Mount Angel Abbey's serene hilltop campus shook, as leather-clad Bobby Love rolled in on his motorcycle. Love removed his helmet revealing pierced ears and a mop of dreadlocks. With tattoos on his hands, arms and neck, he looked like an extra on "Sons of Anarchy" not a someone attending a retreat for those who might become Catholic monks. "One of...
  • A Vatican Mulligan? (CDF's "Humanum" Conf. to reaffirm traditional man-woman marriage)

    11/09/2014 11:39:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 07, 2014 | John Paul Shimek
    The logo for the "Humanum" conference, to be held held November 17-19 at the Vatican’s Pope Paul VI Hall. (Photo: www.humanum.it/) In golf, a “do-over” is a called a “mulligan”. At the Vatican, might it be called a “post-synodal conference”? October’s Synod on the Family proved disappointing to many. Fraught with controversy and confusion, some believe church leadership missed an opportunity to propose clear and effective doctrine. Reportedly, bishops raised their voices. One pounded his fist on his desk in disgust. But a year out from next fall’s summit, some Vatican leaders are already trying to retake important ground,...
  • How Cardinal Burke welcomed home a gay activist

    11/05/2014 11:19:33 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | Steve Weatherbe
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke emerged from the recent, tempestuous Extraordinary Synod on the Family as a champion of orthodox Catholic sexual morality just as Pope Francis has removed him from the Church’s most senior canon law posting. However, if you sit across the Church leadership’s widening cultural gap from the former archbishop of St. Louis, as Alicia Ambrosio, producer and host of Vatican Connections on Canada’s Salt and Light Television, evidently does, you see him as stuck in “an ivory tower” cut off from “the messiness of life” that homosexual Catholics contend with. Now a testimony from one of...
  • How Cardinal Burke welcomed home a gay activist

    11/05/2014 11:00:42 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Oct 30, 2014 | Steve Weatherbe
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke emerged from the recent, tempestuous Extraordinary Synod on the Family as a champion of orthodox Catholic sexual morality just as Pope Francis has removed him from the Church’s most senior canon law posting. However, if you sit across the Church leadership’s widening cultural gap from the former archbishop of St. Louis, as Alicia Ambrosio, producer and host of Vatican Connections on Canada’s Salt and Light Television, evidently does, you see him as stuck in “an ivory tower” cut off from “the messiness of life” that homosexual Catholics contend with. Now a testimony from one of...
  • Pope Francis Wants To Know What Rick Warren, Russell Moore, N. T. Wright Think about Marriage

    11/04/2014 1:26:15 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 11/3/2014 | Morgan Lee
    <p>Even Southern Baptists know not to turn down an invitation from the Pope.</p> <p>Rick Warren, senior pastor of Saddleback Church, and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics and Religious Liberties Commission, will meet Pope Francis and offer an “evangelical Protestant” perspective as part of a Vatican colloquium on marriage and family held this November 17-19.</p>
  • Southern Baptists, LGBT activists happily coexist, but for how long?

    11/03/2014 11:14:00 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 113 replies
    Crux ^ | October 31, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NWhen Southern Baptists convened a national conference here this week to discuss issues of human sexuality, bringing conservative evangelicals and LGBT Christian activists into the same ballroom was a recipe ripe for potential fireworks. Perhaps the most shocking thing was how few fireworks there were. The Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission was clear: Sex is reserved between a man and a woman within the bonds in marriage. And openly gay evangelicals in attendance were equally clear: Homosexuality is not incompatible with Christianity. No concessions were made, but leaders on both sides expressed surprise at how the two...
  • Religion News Service monkeys around with that Pope Francis evolution speech

    11/01/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    GetReligion ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    If the mainstream media had a mantra these days, it would be "The Pope Is Just Like Us!" A recent variation on the meme of Francis as an earth-shattering revolutionary is the press's guiding interpretation of the pope's address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. As Catholic blogger Damian Geminder observes, MSNBC Community Editor Daniel Berger had "the most popular article on msnbc.com for much of Tuesday, featuring this completely-not-sensationalistic-and-totally-journalistic headline" No need to give details here on where the MSNBC spin goes off the rails, as Geminder has done a serviceable (albeit highly polemicized) job. So too has...
  • Gay Marriage: No One Expects the Secular Inquisition (Pastors Threatened)

    10/29/2014 11:55:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | October 20, 2014 | Robert Tracinski
    On Friday, city officials in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, informed Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and proprietors of the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel, that they would be required to perform gay weddings or face fines or possibly jail time under the city’s “public accommodations” statute. Their religious views are expected to adjust to the edicts of the state. So it’s official: a new religious orthodoxy is sweeping across the nation, imposed by government and backed by force. It’s a religious orthodoxy required by secular authorities for a secular purpose, but no matter. Heretics will be found out and forced...
  • Don’t rob them of hope, Brittany (plans to kill herself on November 1 b/c brain tumor. But...)

    10/25/2014 9:34:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 24 October 2014 | Denis Strangman
    But...She should think of her fellow sufferers. Brittany Maynard is a 29-year-old woman who learned not long after her wedding that she had an aggressive brain tumour. She has therefore announced that she has chosen to die on November 1, taking advantage of Oregon’s assisted suicide law. A video that she made with the help of the leading assisted suicide organisation in the US, Compassion and Choices, has been a huge hit on YouTube. An Australian whose wife died of a similar disease, Denis Strangman, has written her an open letter below. * * * * * I am...
  • Kasper’s Apparently Intentional Ambiguities

    10/25/2014 8:51:56 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    David Mills/Patheos ^ | October 2, 2014 | David Mills
    In his writings and talk on marriage, Cardinal Walter Kasper remains ambiguous but, or rather therefore, untrustworthy. He writes like a man trying to pull a fast one. Steven J. Kovacs notes in a New Oxford Review review of Kasper’s book The Gospel of the Family (the emphasis is mine): Cardinal Kasper correctly notes that someone in such a situation requires the sacrament of penance before receiving Holy Communion. Our Lord Himself said, “Whoever divorces his wife and marries another commits adultery against her; and if she divorces her husband and marries another, she commits adultery” (Mk. 10:11-12). The Church...
  • Pat Buchanan’s Dishonesty

    10/24/2014 5:08:18 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    David Mills at Patheos ^ | October 21, 2014 | David Mills
    Not unsurprisingly, Pat Buchanan has teed off on Pope Francis, and he has done so dishonestly. His latest column will stand for many others of the same sort that mix distortion, assertion, misleading rhetorical questions, dishonest extrapolations, and selective quotation to attack the pope. These writers want to hit him and they donÂ’t seem concerned to hit fairly. People who complained of how the media misrepresented Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI have no problem using the same methods on Francis. And sadly, many conservative Catholics revel in watching the Holy Father get hit. IÂ’ll give two examples from...
  • Medieval Golden Age, Modern Barbarism (Islam more civilized 800 years ago)

    10/22/2014 6:05:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 61 replies
    First Things ^ | ct 20, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    [Medieval Islamic astronomers predict eclipse of the moon] Earlier this year, as conflict raged in northern Syria, two professors, one Lebanese and the other American, both from elite universities in the Washington, D.C. area, passed the long night at Queen Alia International Airport in Amman, Jordan, drinking tea. They pondered the weighty issues of the region: whether the nation-state paradigm was the residue of colonialism or a reality to which nations of the Middle East must conform; American military engagement and its consequences; and, of course, the sources of violent extremism. At one point, the Lebanese professor lamented, “These...
  • NYT, RNS report 'real or implied' Vatican 'earthquake' that 'may or may not' have an effect

    10/14/2014 3:00:16 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    GetReligion ^ | October 14, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    What exactly happened at the Vatican's Extraordinary Synod on the Family yesterday? At the conservative NewsBusters site, Ken Shepherd observed that, if you look to "many liberal media reporters" for the answer, you will find them "giddy as schoolchildren" at the synod's midterm report on its discussions about gays and divorced Catholics. That's an advocacy journalist critiquing the work of people that he clearly considered to be advocates. A check of Twitter bears this out: Did the earth really move? It sure did for Josephine McKenna of Religion News Service (author of that last tweet), whose own story on the...
  • Letter to the senior rabbi who “came out” (Gay DC rabbi Steinlauf left wife, kids)

    10/08/2014 10:58:19 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Times of Israel ^ | October 8, 2014 | David Benkof
    Rabbi Steinlauf and is soon-to-be-ex-wife, who is also a rabbi, Batya Dear Rabbi Gil Steinlauf: You sure made a splash yesterday when, as the senior rabbi of Adas Israel (the largest Conservative synagogue in Washington DC) you announced that you are divorcing your wife and coming out as gay. In a letter to your congregation, you asked for its “continued trust in me to guide you as your spiritual leader as I truly am.” Such assertions are common by LGBT people – that being gay is “who they are.” But it’s an unfortunate and very narrow construction of someone’s identity....
  • ‘Vicar of Baghdad’ unarmed on the front lines, standing up to ISIS

    10/04/2014 10:43:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Human Events ^ | October 3, 2015 | John Zmirak
    Canon Andrew White, pastor of Baghdad's St. George (Anglican) Church, the "Vicar of Baghdad." (Courtesy) Last week I got to visit the chic headquarters of Estee Lauder, and savor its privileged view of New York’s Central Park, where ornate pre-war towers flank the green, rolling hillets of America’s Versailles gardens. But perfume and real estate were starkly beside the point. I was there to meet an eyewitness to ongoing genocide, and his report from the front reminded me once again why pacifism is deadly, and why the Nazis loved gun control. Some background first. I just published a book...
  • Two arrested in connection with protests of 'black mass' in Oklahoma City (Joan Andrews Bell!)

    09/25/2014 3:53:19 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    NewsOK ^ | September 22, 2014 | DARLA SLIPKE
    A woman — later identified as Joan Andrews — is arrested Sunday after refusing to leave the entrance to the “black mass” on the north side of Civic Center Music Hall during the event in Oklahoma City . Two people were arrested in connection with protests outside of Sunday’s “black mass” in downtown Oklahoma City, and police received a bomb threat tied to the event, authorities said Monday.About 42 people attended the satanic ritual at the Civic Center Music Hall. Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered outside the venue to decry the ritual being held inside. Despite a couple of...
  • Tennesseeans: Don't Vote for Governor!

    09/22/2014 10:30:04 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    her own self | Augus 22, 2014 | Mrs Don-o
    Tennesseeans, this is what I wrote for my fellow parishioners, making the case that we ought to consider leaving the GOVERNOR line blank, and just voting Pro-Life YesOn1. Your comments, please? I personally am convinced that the governor's election means nada, since Haslam is going to win unless Christ comes again, or a supercaldera blows somewhere to the West of Memphis and destroys our beloved RockyTop altogether. So the best thing we can do --- owing to math generated by the "dual majority" or "supermajority" mechanism of amending the Constitution --- is to skip the governor race and boost...
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book [Fessio! Speaks!]

    09/20/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | CNA staff
    Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that “a senior source close to the Argentine Pope” claimed that Pope Francis would be “annoyed by the publication of this collective work.” However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from Ignatius Press, is titled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in...
  • Exorcists Warn of Danger from Oklahoma City Black Mass

    09/19/2014 12:00:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    Breitbart Big-Government/ ^ | 18 Sep 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    < [It] may be that the Oklahoma City satanists, who call themselves the Dakhma Angra Mainyu, believe that the black mass they're holding on Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, is harmless fun, or a deliberate insult to Catholics (since the "black mass" is a perverted parody of the Catholic Mass), or even a serious attempt to call upon dark forces. But according to the beliefs of a priest from the neighboring Diocese of Tulsa, both those putting on the event and those attending--this year's event has sold out all 88 tickets--may be in spiritual peril. Monsignor...
  • Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab (130,000 Christian "Arabs" to re-register)

    09/17/2014 10:28:11 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    ArutzSheva7 Israel National News ^ | 9/17/2014 | Ido Ben Porat
    Fr. Gabriel Nadaf with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Netanyahu Israeli Christians' New Nationality: Aramaean, not Arab. 130,000 of Israel's 160,000 Christians, hitherto registered as Arabs, are expected to re-register as Aramaeans; their leaders are ecstatic.Interior Minister Gideon Saar has instructed the Population, Immigration and Border Authority (PIBA) to allow the registration of a new nationality – Aramaean – in the identity cards of Christian citizens who were registered as Arabs until now. In a letter to PIBA Director Amnon Ben-Ami, Saar wrote that he has “received rulings according to which the existence of the Aramaean nationality is clear and obvious,...
  • Femen Protesters Acquitted of Charges They Vandalized Notre Dame’s Bell (And they get PAID for it!)

    09/11/2014 11:28:34 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    September 10, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Marcel - bell in Notre Dame CathedralToday nine activists from the pro-abortion group Femen have been acquitted of charges that they caused substantial damage to a bell at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris in February 2013. The bell named Marcel is named in honor of St. Marcel, the ninth bishop of Paris, who lived in the fifth century. Marcel was particularly revered by Parisians for his charity towards the poor and the sick. The bell which bears his name weighs 244 pounds and stands 55 inches high, and is covered with gold leaf. After the bare-breasted Femen protesters repeatedly...
  • The Islamic State Is Not ‘Midevil’ (sic)(intentional misspelling)

    09/11/2014 10:44:07 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | September 10, 2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    We should stop calling the Islamic State “medieval.” We use that word for rhetorical effect but fail to appreciate how much doubt it conveys. It’s a mistake to reach for special vocabulary to intensify our condemnation of “this medieval and vile movement,” as Nick Clegg, deputy prime minister of the U.K., recently described it. What happened to British understatement? Take Clegg’s remark, delete “medieval and,” keep “vile,” and rearrange the letters: The Islamic State is evil. That’s enough. Resist the temptation to pile on more words. They weaken the assertion. More is less. Another reason that the specific adjective “medieval”...
  • Regensburg Redux: Can Benedict say 'I told you so' about Islam?

    09/11/2014 9:15:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | September 10, 2014 | David Gibson/RNS
    Pope Benedict XVI lectured on faith and reason at the University of Regensburg in Germany in this Sept. 12, 2006, file photo. A quotation from a Byzantine emperor that the pope used in this talk provoked outrage in the Muslim world. Eight years ago this Friday, Sept. 12, Pope Benedict XVI delivered a lecture at the University of Regensburg in Bavaria in which he seemed to diagnose Islam as a religion inherently flawed by fanaticism. It was an undiplomatic assertion, to say the least — especially coming a day after the 9/11 anniversary — and it sparked an enormous...
  • Cardinal (Francis George): U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/11/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • The Dying Russians (she says it's from broken hearts)

    09/10/2014 4:22:53 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 76 replies
    NYU Review of Books blog ^ | September 2, 2014 | Masha Gessen
    Sometime in 1993, after several trips to Russia, I noticed something bizarre and disturbing: people kept dying. I was used to losing friends to AIDS in the United States, but this was different. People in Russia were dying suddenly and violently, and their own friends and colleagues did not find these deaths shocking. Upon arriving in Moscow I called a friend with whom I had become close over the course of a year. “Vadim is no more,” said his father, who picked up the phone. “He drowned.” I showed up for a meeting with a newspaper reporter to have the...
  • Latin lessons: What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.

    09/08/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 September 2014 | Michael Cook
    My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much. So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics. I have just finished (in translation) and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, which chronicles the years of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula and Nero, (an) analysis of palace politics. Whoa! Excuse me: just where is all this going? Is this relevant to anything at all or is it just self-indulgent bloviation? Well, sort of. Be patient. Let me press on. It was a bit dismaying to read how...
  • Who is Abdul Hamid? When Christian Young Men Turn to Islam

    09/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Thoe Catholic Men ^ | September 4, 2014 | Fr. Brian Doerr
    Although Abdul Hamid has largely been forgotten, he is the young man sitting in the pew next to you at Mass. Abdul was the renowned American boy John Walker Lindh who turned Taliban fighter in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001. The argument can be made that he is an icon for many American Catholic youth of our current day. John Walker Lindh was “raised Catholic” in his suburban California home. By the age of 16, he left his spiritual heritage in search of “his own spiritual path.” That eventually led him to Islam and to his senseless death...