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  • Former [Anglican] archbishop lends his support to campaign to legalise right to die

    07/12/2014 12:42:13 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Friday 11 July 2014 | Nicholas Watt
    The cross-party campaign to legalise the right to die took a significant step forward last night when the former archbishop of Canterbury, Dr George Carey, announced his support for the proposal as a way of preventing "needless suffering". The Church of England is strongly opposed to the bill. But in an article for the Daily Mail, Carey said he had changed his mind after witnessing the pain of Tony Nicklinson who suffered from locked-in syndrome. He died two years ago just weeks after losing his high court battle. "Here was a dignified man making a simple appeal for mercy, begging...
  • Putin: I Support The Struggle Of Israel Calls himself a true friend of Israel

    07/12/2014 8:29:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 44 replies
    Israel Revolt /Truth Revolt ^ | 7.10.2014 | "Israel Revolt "
    On Wednesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support for Israel in its struggle against Hamas and its supporters, and cited the three Israeli teenagers who had been recently murdered. "I follow closely what's going on in Israel," said Putin to a delegation of rabbis. "I support the struggle of Israel as it attempts to protect its citizens. I also heard about the shocking murder of the three youths. It is an act that cannot be allowed, and I ask you to transmit my condolences to the families." Putin referenced Jews during the Holocaust, saying, "I remember visiting in the Yad...
  • Todd Unctuous on Hobby Lobby [Hilarious! Parody!] [.... I Think...]

    07/11/2014 11:32:48 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 16 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    [Guest blogger Todd Unctuous is top commentator for MSM. With a degree in Media Studies from Scranton Community College, Todd writes for many papers and websites, and is known for his incisive writing, objective reporting and razor sharp comment.] As we prepare to celebrate the Forth of July vacation this weekend I am deeply concerned to find that a small group of rich white Christian men are persecuting women in their businesses by denying them proper health care. I have heard that the owner of Hobby Lobby insists that his female employees sign a contract assuring him that they are...
  • Immigration, Patriotism and the Common Good

    07/10/2014 4:30:02 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 30 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 07/09/2014 | JOHN ZMIRAK
    [huge snip] Strict justice for such immigrants would mean deportation. But we want to be merciful, where we can, while protecting the common good. And it is surely imprudent to deport 12 million people. It is equally imprudent to grant those people an amnesty while the U.S. borders are still insecure — since doing so would surely invite yet another influx. Even the rumor of a possible amnesty goaded thousands of parents to dump their children across our borders. Every child who dies in the desert is a victim of those rumors. A sane solution... would entail both border security...
  • “An Unrelated Gestational Carrier" - The Real Handmaid’s Tale

    07/09/2014 11:00:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Public Catholic - Patheos blog ^ | July 9, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    Margaret Atwood wrote a gripping novel back in 1985 called The Handmaid’s Tale. The main character, Offred, is a Handmaid in the Republic of Gilead, a totalitarian and theocratic state that has replaced the United States of America. Handmaids are walking wombs, child bearers for elite couples. Offred services the Commander and his wife Serena Joy, who is a former gospel singer and advocate for “traditional values.” Every month in her fertile period, Offred is required to have impersonal, wordless sex with the Commander while Serena sits by, holding her hands. The Republic of Gilead is what America has...
  • Child of surrogacy campaigns to outlaw the practice

    06/27/2014 10:09:29 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    NY Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Jane Ridley
    Child of surrogacy campaigns to outlaw the practice Jessica Kern, a donor-conceived child, wants tighter controls over laws governing assisted reproduction. When Jessica Kern gave evidence to lawmakers in Washington, DC, last summer opposing the legalization of surrogacy in the district, she was pointedly asked why she wasn’t grateful for the procedure that created her. “The question was so simple and dismissive,” she recalls. “Like I would choose this for myself? When the only reason you’re in this world is a big fat paycheck, it’s degrading.” Kern, 30, of Culpepper, Va. — the product of the old-fashioned, traditional method...
  • Pope Francis meets with Franciscans of the Immaculate

    06/26/2014 5:05:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 43 replies
    Examiner ^ | June 26, 2014 | David Oatney
    Father Frederico Lombardi, the Vatican's official spokesman, revealed in an official statement regarding the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate on Wednesday that a house is being sought in Rome for members of the religious order studying at the Vatican's Pontifical colleges and universities. The news that community living quarters are desired for members of the order are a clear indication that relations between the Congregation and the FFI are warming significantly. Father Lombardi revealed that the seminarians of the order were received in private audience at the St. Martha Residence to meet with the Holy Father, Pope Francis, along with...
  • Reza Aslan claims anti-fascist Pope Pius XI was a fascist

    06/19/2014 11:23:25 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Jun 19, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Nowadays if you parrot the accepted establishment opinions, you can rise far and fast, and be hailed as a “respected scholar” even if you’re, well, dimwitted and arrogant. In particular, if you oppose America’s defense against the global jihad, hate Israel, love those who wish to destroy both the U.S. and Israel, and profess to debunk orthodox Christianity, you can become the next media star: hence Reza Aslan. Why does it matter how vacuous Reza Aslan really is? Because he is a quintessential example of how those whom the mainstream media elevates as authorities are generally of the Emperor’s-New-Clothes variety,...
  • I'm Gay, but I'm Not Switching to a Church That Supports Gay Marriage

    06/18/2014 12:16:25 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 276 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | May 30, 2013 | Eve Tushnet
    When I became Catholic in 1998, as a college sophomore, I didn't know any other gay Christians. I'd been raised in a kind of pointillist Reform Judaism... This sheltered upbringing may help explain my sunny undergraduate confidence that even though I knew of literally nobody else who had ever tried to be both unashamedly gay and obediently Catholic, I was totally going to do it. No problem, guys, I got this. [snip] [M]any Christian churches are beginning to integrate gay marriage into their theology... With so many more options for gay Christians, why [not] just de-pope myself? It's that I...
  • Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

    06/17/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 06/17/14 | Noam E. Marans
    Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes. Asher’s mother tries to understand her son’s artistic longings, yet says in exasperation, “Your painting. It’s taken us to Jesus. And to the way they paint women. Painting is for goyim, Asher. Jews don’t draw and paint.” Asher responds, “Chagall is a Jew,” but his mother cuts him...
  • What’s Behind Pelosi’s Attack on Archbishop Cordileone? (Names names: Soros,"Faithful America")

    06/17/2014 12:07:58 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Crisismagazine ^ | June 17, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, and one of the most powerful Catholic politicians in the United States, has recently warned the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, to cancel his plans to speak at the June 19 National Organization for Marriage march on the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Calling the event “venom masquerading as virtue,” Pelosi urged Archbishop Cordileone to stay away from the event, and “join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred.” Pelosi has partnered with other self-described Catholics including California Lt. Governor Gavin...
  • Nancy Pelosi urges S.F. archbishop to exit marriage march

    06/15/2014 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 74 replies
    SF Gate ^ | Saturday, June 14, 2014 | Carla Marinucci
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took the lead this week in a high-profile lobbying effort to pressure San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone not to attend the controversial March for Marriage event, which she characterized as "venom masquerading as virtue." Pelosi, who is one of the country's most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage's June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington. Cordileone, who is one of the featured speakers at the event, was a leader in the campaign for Proposition 8, the 2008 California anti-gay-marriage initiative....
  • David Brat’s Biblical Views Shape His Tea Party Politics (Christianity + Capitalism)

    06/13/2014 10:59:57 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 25 replies
    Time ^ | June 11, 2014 | Elizabeth Dias
    The Republican primary race in Virginia’s 7th district was a David and Goliath story from the beginning. [snip] Brat’s spiritual life has long been as central to his identity, even though it has also been difficult to pigeonhole. He currently attends a Catholic church, but he also identifies as a Calvinist, and he lists four churches as affiliations on his resume: St. Michael’s Catholic, Christ Church Episcopal, Third Presbyterian, and Shady Grove Methodist. He earned his bachelors from Hope College, a Christian liberal arts college in Holland, Mich., which is historically affiliated with the Reformed Church in America, a Protestant...
  • Caged, diseased and desperate: the child illegal immigrants (Biden: Bring More!)

    06/13/2014 6:45:50 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 12 June 2014 | Ryan Parry
    (Go to link for photos) These shocking photos show child immigrants crammed inside cages and tiny rooms at a U.S. Government border facility - further highlighting the humanitarian crisis along America's border with Mexico. The images were taken at a holding center in Texas which can no longer accommodate large numbers of children and mothers traveling alone with their kids, forcing the federal government to open more facilities. Caged: Congressman Henry Cuellar took these shocking images to highlight how overwhelmed the US authorities are with the recent tide of illegal immigrants Young faces: The pictures, taken recently, show just how...
  • Forbes: Why That Story About Irish Babies In A Septic Tank Is A Hoax

    06/10/2014 9:04:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 163 replies
    Forbes ^ | 6/09/2014 | Eamonn Fingleton
    Few of us are inclined to look a gift horse in the mouth, and that applies in spades to journalists running with a sensational news story. But even by normal media standards, recent reports about the bones of 796 babies being found in the septic tank of an Irish orphanage betray a degree of cynicism and irresponsibility rarely surpassed by allegedly reputable news organizations. Although the media attributed the “dumped in a septic tank” allegation to Catherine Corless, a local amateur historian, she denies making it. Her attempt to correct the record was reported by the Irish Times newspaper on...
  • Pope Francis leads Catholic Church in pro-Jewish direction

    06/09/2014 5:07:40 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 82 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 06/08/2014 | PADDY MONAGHAN
    I strongly disagree with Caroline Glick’s conclusion in her May 27 article that Pope Francis “is leading the Catholic Church in a distressingly anti-Jewish direction.” I can understand Caroline’s distress at some of the pope’s actions and words but it is important to have balance and not draw wrong conclusions. Pope Francis is totally committed to reconciliation between the Church and Israel. I would like to demonstrate this under five headings: 1. State of Israel Pope Francis in his first Encyclical in November 2013 affirmed God’s everlasting covenant with the Jews: “We hold the Jewish people in special regard because...
  • Pope Francis Joins the 'Samba School' of Charismatic Catholicism

    06/05/2014 3:25:27 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    HuffPo ^ | 06/05/2014 | R. Andrew Chesnut
    Pope Francis's spirited participation in the 37th Annual Convocation of the Charismatic movements along with some 50,000 Catholics at Rome's Olympic Stadium leaves no doubt that he is the first ever Charismatic pope... Like their Pentecostal brethren who inspired the movement, Catholic Charismatics practice a form of Christianity centered on the transformative role of the Holy Spirit in their lives.... While the Catholic Charismatic Renewal enjoyed papal endorsements from both of Francis's predecessors, the Argentine pope became the first to attend an annual Charismatic convocation. Verbally, the dynamic pope called the Charismatic Renewal "a great force" for the Catholic Church,...
  • Christian activists gather enough support to launch bill banning abortion [no, not US: Russia)

    05/31/2014 8:12:48 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    RT.com ^ | May 29, 2014
    A pregnant woman and her child pass by a banner with an echography of a fetus during a rally against abortion in Moscow (AFP Photo / Alexey Sazonov) A group of Orthodox Christian activists claim that they have gathered 100,000 signatures under a petition seeking to completely ban abortions in Russia – a number enough to make it a valid legislative initiative. In the near future all the documents will be submitted to the authorities and the activists will be waiting for an official reaction to their demands, a member of the Public Chamber, priest Aleksander Pelin was quoted...
  • The AP Stylebook of Galileo, Pedophiles, and Galileo

    05/30/2014 3:54:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    NCRegister ^ | May 29, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    I haven't seen the [AP Stylebook's] new religion chapter, but I have seen how the press generally reports on Catholicism -- and it seems like there are already some agreed-upon guidelines. For instance: Catholics in the news. If an actor, a football player, a CEO, or any other reasonably decent, successful or attractive person is a practicing Catholic, that is never relevant, and any reference to receiving the sacraments or belief in God must be edited out for clarity and brevity. However, if the story is about a transvestite stripper, a comedian who draws heavily on the comedic value of...
  • Is this democracy? - 28 EU commissioners veto 2 million strong petition

    05/30/2014 9:33:52 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 30 May 2014 | Carolyn Moynihan
    You don’t have to be a Eurosceptic to have issues with Big Europe. Given five years of record unemployment and austerity budgets in Europe, elections for the European Parliament, held last week, were always expected to produce victories for the populist parties that reject the EU and its political values. But the scale of their success – parties described as “far right” gained about one-sixth of the seats in the Strasbourg-based assembly, and a couple polled better than their own governing parties at home -- has given a jolt to the European establishment. Tens of millions of people are...
  • Catholic doctors who follow church teaching advised to emigrate (UK says: Catholics get out)

    05/28/2014 10:34:27 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 27 May 2014 | Elena Curti
    Catholic doctors who follow church teaching on sexual ethics cannot work as gynaecologists in Britain, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference was told. Charlie O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine, said the best advice he could give to an “orthodox” Catholic wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology would be to “emigrate”. Dr O’Donnell told the conference at Ealing Abbey, west London, on 17 May that a Catholic training to be a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology would soon find he or she had conscientious objections to such tasks as prescribing artificial contraceptives, giving unmarried couples fertility...
  • Pope Francis Against Gay Adoption: ‘Every Person Needs a Male Father and a Female Mother

    05/22/2014 3:22:52 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 54 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | May 21, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    ...The Pope has rejected the idea of same-sex marriage as an “anthropological regression” and stressed that when it comes to adoption, “every person needs a male father and a female mother.” Pope Francis explained his views on these hot-button issues in his book, On Heaven and Earth: Pope Francis on Faith, Family, and the Church in the Twenty-First Century, which he co-wrote with Rabbi Abraham Skorka in 2010 and which was republished after the then-Argentine cardinal was elected to the papacy in March 2013. The book is a dialogue between Skorka and the future Pope and includes a chapter on...
  • Pope Francis’ message to 40 Days for Life UK: Vatican ‘greatly appreciates’ your pro-life work

    05/20/2014 3:14:41 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 6 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Tue May 20, 2014 | Hilary White
    Pope Francis has expressed his public support for the peaceful pro-life ministry of 40 Days for Life. In a letter sent through his Secretariat of State, the pope said he “greatly appreciates the dedicated work” that the group, which leads people to pray in front of abortion facilities, has undertaken “to promote respect for the lives of all unborn children.” “His Holiness assures you of his prayerful support for you, your colleagues and all those whose prayer, fasting and sacrifices are saving countless lives and giving glory to God,” the letter says. The organizers of one of the most successful...
  • When will Pope Francis show all his cards? (The Left Laments)

    05/20/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    NCR Today (Fishwrap) ^ | May 19, 2014 | Robert McClory
    In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally. In my inbox on Friday morning were no fewer than four no-nonsense messages from very upset Catholic organizations urging the signing of petitions calling on Pope Francis to apologize for Cardinal Gerhard Müller's harsh words to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and urging him to tell the Vatican to back off the "unjust reform agenda" it imposed on U.S. nuns....
  • Israeli parliament lauds (Pope Saint) John XXIII as example of unity

    05/16/2014 11:58:59 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 3 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | May 16, 2014 | Elise Harris
    In an unprecedented session held earlier this week, members of the Israeli parliament praised St John XXIII for his efforts in improving Jewish-Christian relations, both before and during his pontificate. “John XXIII should serve as an example for all men of the need to bring together peoples of different races, faiths and beliefs,” former immigration and absorption minister Yair Tzeven voiced during the May 13 event, according to the Jerusalem Post. The paper reports in a May 13 article that during the encounter members of the parliament, known as the Knesset, gave special attention to the saint’s efforts in saving...
  • Time to face facts: Pope Francis agrees with the doctrinal assessment of LCWR (Fishwrap)

    05/14/2014 4:13:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    National Catholic Reporter (Fishwrap) ^ | May 13, 2014 | Jamie Manson
    On May 9, 2013, I wrote the following headline: "For LCWR, the more the papacy changes, the more it stays the same." One year later, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, sadly, has confirmed my suspicions. I wrote the headline after the head of the doctrinal congregation, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, announced that the newly elected pope had affirmed the findings of the doctrinal assessment of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. At that point, Francis' papacy had barely hit the two-month mark. Many saw hopeful signs that the Vatican would soon undergo substantive changes and that the whole...
  • Women spurning the pill for non-religious reasons

    05/14/2014 2:25:09 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    QMI Agency Vancouver ^ | May 13, 2014 | Ada Slivinski
    Natural family planning is gaining support with some women because of health concerns about hormonal birth control. (FOTOLIA) "Women start to realize if I’m eating organic and I’m drinking out of glass, and I’m making all these efforts in every other aspect of my life, why would I manage my fertility with a carcinogen?" — Karen Murphy Corr, Serena BC Natural family planning is gaining popularity with those who have no religious reasons for abstaining from hormonal birth control. “I would say that there is a shift of people using NFP for reasons other than faith,” said Kristen Gilbert,...
  • Warren Buffett has given $1.2 billion to abortion groups

    05/13/2014 7:47:37 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | Dan Gainor
    <p>May 13, 2014, marks one year since Philadelphia abortion Dr. Kermit Gosnell was convicted of first-degree murder ...Gosnell instantly became the face of abortion in the prolife community.</p> <p>But there’s another, more recognizable face pushing abortion in the U.S. – liberal billionaire Warren Buffett. The so-called “Oracle of Omaha” has donated more than $1.2 billion to abortion organizations from 2001 to 2012.</p>
  • When Pope Francis Visits Israel, This Rabbi Will Be His Guide

    05/12/2014 3:58:08 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    Tablet ("A New Read on Jewish Life") ^ | May 12, 2014 | Meredith Hoffman
    The day before her wedding, Florence Ofer, a blonde 27-year-old accountant, strolled out of the Shabbat service at Benei Tikva, a synagogue in Buenos Aires, praising the shul’s rabbi, Abraham Skorka, who was going to conduct her wedding. Though she isn’t a member of the congregation, Ofer is among Jews from across the Argentine capital drawn to celebrate weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other special occasions at Benei Tikva. “We chose to get married here because of him,” she told me. “He speaks from the heart.” Her father Leti, a local doctor, piped up to add that the...
  • Chief rabbi helps sick boy fulfill dream to meet the pope

    05/11/2014 4:41:21 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    Israel Hayom ^ | Sunday, May 11, 2014 | Unsigned (staff)
    Mark Rouk, a 16-year-old Christian Arab boy from east Jerusalem who suffers from a chronic illness, believes the only way for him to heal is with a blessing from the pope Chief Rabbi David Lau says he will invite Rouk to pope's reception ceremony. Photo credit: Courtesy of the Rouk family For one 16-year-old boy from east Jerusalem, Pope Francis' upcoming visit to Israel will be a dream come true. Mark Rouk, a Christian Arab youth who suffers from a chronic illness, approached Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau and asked him to help him meet the pope. In addition to...
  • Humanae Vitae: what if? (Context: JP2's "Theology of the Body")

    05/08/2014 11:09:28 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | May 6, 2014 | George Weigel
    Cardinal Carlo Caffarra of Bologna has long been a vocal supporter of Humanae Vitae’s teaching on the morally appropriate means of family planning. So it was noteworthy that Cardinal Caffarra recently conceded that, while Humanae Vitae’s conclusions were true, its presentation of those truths left something to be desired. As the cardinal put it, “No one today would dispute that, at the time it was published, Humanae Vitae rested on the foundations of a fragile anthropology, and that there was a certain ‘biologism’ in its argumentation.” Which put me in mind of a document I discovered in 1997 in a...
  • The Obama Bird Genocide Is Out of Control (Solar/Wind Devices Butchering Birds0

    05/07/2014 5:42:01 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 29 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | May 6, 2014 | Andrew Stiles
    An adorable baby bald eagle whose parents were executed by solar panels. (AP) The Obama administration has opened up a new front in its war on America’s eagles. For years, the president has relied on wind turbines to orchestrate his eco-genocide. Biologists estimate that wind farms kill as many as 328,000 birds each year by chopping them out of the sky. The administration’s successful weaponization of solar farms will only accelerate the death rate. Studies indicate that the Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System in California has proved to be an especially efficient apparatus for eagle extermination. The facility, which...
  • Scientific Community Plagued by Western Self-Loathing (why 'Intellectuals' Dig Climate Catastrophe)

    04/20/2014 5:11:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | 20 Apr 2014 | David Archibald
    What stops the Earth from looking like Pluto is energy from the Sun. The quantity and type of energy coming from the Sun varies over cycles that range up to 1,500 years long. The cycle we can see with our own eyes, in our own lifetimes, is the sunspot cycle that is normally eleven years long. A decade ago there was a wide range of predictions from the solar physics community about how strong the current cycle, No 24, would be. One list of 45 predictions ranged from a sunspot number of 50 at the low end to 190 at...
  • A poem for Holy Saturday (brought an unexpected tear to my eye)

    04/19/2014 2:07:52 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    Sr. Mary Ada | April 19, 2014 | Sister Mary Ada, OSJ
    Limbo by Sister Mary Ada, OSJ The ancient grayness shifted Suddenly and thinned Like mist upon the moors Before a wind. An old, old prophet lifted A shining face and said: “He will be coming soon. The Son of God is dead; He died this afternoon.” A murmurous excitement stirred All souls. They wondered if they dreamed – Save one old man who seemed Not even to have heard. And Moses, standing, Hushed them all to ask If any had a welcome song prepared. If not, would David take the task? And if they cared Could not the three young...
  • UPDATE: Bp. Jugis (Charlotte) endorses Sr. Jane Laurel and talk at High School

    04/08/2014 8:38:10 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Fr. Z's WDTPRS ^ | 8 April 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have written about the incident at the High School in Charlotte, where Dominican Sister Jane Laurel gave a talk on human sexuality that produced sparked a mob reaction. Spittle-flecked nutty, bullying, intimidation ensue. From LifeNews: Charlotte diocese backs nun who gave school talk promoting Church teaching on homosexuality CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speech promoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School. After a public meeting with...
  • Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

    04/07/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2013 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania. Many non-Catholic health care workers advocate condoms as an important weapon to fight the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The Vatican opposes condom use because church teaching forbids contraception. Francis praised church health care workers in Africa who care for those with HIV/AIDS and "all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity." In 2010, Pope...
  • 400 PPM: Carbon Dioxide in the Atmosphere Reaches Prehistoric Levels

    03/19/2014 6:15:30 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 76 replies
    Scientific American ^ | May 9, 2013 | David Biello
    400 PPM: What’s Next for a Warming Planet Concentrations of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere have reached this level for the first time in millions of years. What does this portend? » On May 2, after nightfall shut down photosynthesis for the day in Hawaii, carbon dioxide levels in the atmosphere touched 400 parts-per-million there for the first time in at least 800,000 years. Near the summit of volcanic Mauna Loa—where a member of the Keeling family has kept watch since 1958—sensors measured this record through sunrise the following day. Levels have continued to dance near that benchmark in recent...
  • [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus] Synod 2014 on marriage: Lots of smoke, but hardly any mirrors

    03/19/2014 5:05:05 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | March 17, 2014 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    In my last Insights message, I prophesied that the media furor over divorce, remarriage, and the sacraments in the Catholic Church would not result, at the 2014 Extraordinary Synod and thereafter, in the same sort of breakdown in Catholic discipline that followed Vatican II (closing in 1965) and Humanae Vitae (promulgated in 1968). One reason I gave is that it is not the 1960s any more. This was shorthand for saying that the world and the Church are no longer teetering over the same precipice. The world has already fallen over, and the Church —-- in the light of Christ...
  • Prayer Request: Fr. Ray Ryland (Steubenville OH) Near Death

    03/18/2014 9:17:08 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    Private e-mail | March 18, 2014 | Myself
    Yesterday while on his way to the Perpetual Adoration chapel at his parish church in Steubenville, Fr Ray fell on the steps and suffered very serious injuries. Barring a miracle, he is not expected to recover. He is unconscious and receiving palliative care at the hospital in Steubenville. Father Ray was the second married convert clergyman ordained priest under the Pastoral Provision. Those, especially, who attend Anglican Use parishes will want to join their prayers to those of Fr Ray's friends and family. Father is a native of Crescent, Oklahoma, and was chaplain at Cassidy School in OKC at the...
  • Help Me Find Good Catholic Stuff from a Climate-Skeptic Perspective (Vanity)

    03/14/2014 9:51:15 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 52 replies
    Myself | Mrs Don-o
    I am the editor of our tiny monthly parish newsletter. My pastor, with whom I have a pretty fair relationship, has just directed me to devote the April issue to Earth Day, the Environment, and Climate Change. He included a link to a compostable, shovel-ready statement by Bp Stephen Blair. I am aghast. I don't wish to fight my pastor about this --- being a busy man, I doubt he has much of an opinion on "Climate" one way or the other, aside from what parish Greenies tell him. Bless their hearts. Therefore I'm looking for articles which will take...
  • Catholicism growing in heart of Muslim world

    03/10/2014 10:50:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 22 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | March 8, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    From the “not what you might expect” files, here’s a fact about Catholicism in the early 21st century that flies in the face of conventional wisdom: It’s growing by leaps and bounds in the heart of the Muslim world. Many Americans have heard about an exodus of Christians out of the Middle East, and that’s all too real. Christians now make up only 5 percent of the region’s population, down from 20 percent a century ago. In places like Iraq, whole Christian communities are on the brink of extinction. Yet the Arabian Peninsula today is also seeing one of the...
  • ‘The Romeikes Can Stay!!!’: Shocking 180 in the Case of German Home-Schooling Family

    03/04/2014 12:51:44 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 56 replies
    The Blaze ^ | Mar. 4, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    On Tuesday, the Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) announced a drastic turnaround on the part of the federal government: The German Romeike family, which sought asylum in the United States to home-school their children, will now be allowed to stay in America. “The Romeikes can stay!!!” the HSLDA announced on its Facebook page. Just one day ago, the Romeikes thought they would be forced to return to Germany, where the state could take custody of their children because of their decision to home-school. At a minimum, they would face increasingly harsh fines for violating Germany’s compulsory attendance law....
  • Cardinal Burke: Pope Francis has spoken unambiguously on abortion, contraception, marriage

    02/24/2014 1:33:11 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CWN - Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, Cardinal Raymond Burke emphasized that Pope has spoken “unambiguously” in defense of Catholic teaching on abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and marriage. “It is not that the Holy Father is not clear in his opposition to abortion and euthanasia, or in his support of marriage as the indissoluble, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman,” the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura wrote in L’Osservatore Romano. “Rather he concentrates his attention on inviting all to nurture an intimate relationship, indeed communion, with Christ, within which the non-negotiable truths, inscribed by God upon...
  • Loyola bans same-sex wedding ceremonies in new policy [Loyola University Chicago]

    02/22/2014 5:52:29 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    WindyCity Media Group (Gay) ^ | 2014-02-20 | by Derrick Clifton
    (Note that this article is from a LGBT media group's point of view.) Loyola University Chicago changed its guidelines for wedding ceremonies on campus, adopting an official policy ahead of Illinois' equal-marriage law on June 1. The new policy, enacted last December, only allows Catholic weddings in the university's Madonna della Strada Chapel. All other civil or religious weddings, including same-sex unions, are banned from campus facilities. The decision also comes after a Loyola student launched a Change.org petition last September, urging university administrators to allow same-sex ceremonies on campus. Christine Irvine, a Loyola junior studying visual communication, started the...
  • Ukraine Priests in Frontlines, Ministering to People Amid Violence

    02/22/2014 3:02:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | February 21, 2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Ukraine priests speaking to the crowd at the backdrop of armed guards Striking images have been released, showing Ukrainian priests on the front lines before armed guards and burning barricades, reaching out to the people in the midst of violent conflict between the Ukrainian government and protesters, which led to close to 100 deaths on Thursday. "Ukraine's Orthodox and Catholic priests have been frequently seen on or near the front lines of the clashes, ministering to protesters and riot police alike, though at times some have appeared to more closely align themselves near the protesters," The Washington Post reported...
  • Israeli study: Breastfeeding can significantly reduce risk of children getting cancer

    02/13/2014 7:30:55 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    jns.org ^ | February 12, 2014 | jns.org
    (JNS.org) Breastfeeding can significantly reduce the risk of children getting cancer, says a new study conducted by Israel’s University of Haifa. According to the study, children who were breastfed decreased the chances of developing cancer by 60 percent. “We asked the mothers in the study about breastfeeding, nutrition, exposure to pets, exposure to detergents, etc.,” said Dr. Keinan-Boker, a professor in the University of Haifa’s School of Public Health and deputy director of the Israeli Health Ministry’s Center for Disease Control. Additionally, the study compared children who were exclusively breastfed up until four months old with children who stopped being...
  • 'Global War on Christians' (John Allen Gives Testimony to U.S. House Subcommittee)

    Catholic author and journalist John L. Allen, Jr., gave testimony Tuesday before the House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations, on why he believes the “Global War on Christians” is the premier human rights issue of the early 21st century. Allen offered statistics and examples from time spent on the front lines of anti-Christian persecution around the globe. Allen addressed the issue of why he thinks the worldwide persecution of Christians is so often wrapped in silence. “I believe we have a problem with narrative,” noted Allen. “In the West, we are conditioned to think...
  • Israel at a Point of No Return – In the Right Direction

    02/13/2014 9:13:56 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    PJ Media ^ | February 12th, 2014 | David Goldman (Spengler)
    I should like to advance a conjecture which I lack the qualifications to adequately develop: The global Left, and the Israeli Left most of all, perceives that the clock is running out, and has worked itself up into a froth of hysteria against Israel. The world of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” where there are no countries and no religions, is about to dissipate like last night’s marijuana fumes. The demographic time bomb that worries the Left is not the relative increase of Arab vs. Jewish populations between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River, speciously cited by John Kerry and a host...
  • Local Psychologist A Former Skeptic, Now Trains Priests In Exorcisms

    02/11/2014 6:24:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 35 replies
    KDKA - Pittsburgh ^ | February 10, 2014 | Andy Sheehan
    Psychologist Adam Blai PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — So, exorcism might seem like fiction. But did you know that the Vatican has actually encouraged every Catholic diocese to have a trained exorcist on staff? A local psychologist is an expert who is traveling around the world to train those priests. Once he was a skeptic, but he tells KDKA’s Andy Sheehan, after assisting in nearly 100 exorcisms, his experiences have made him a believer. For the past 10 years Adam Blai has been on the front line. “Basically, it’s a war between heaven and hell,” says Blai. “That’s been going on since...
  • Spanish prosecutor to investigate Cardinal-elect for calling homosexuality ‘defective’

    02/10/2014 1:42:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Feb 07, 2014 | Peter Baklinski
    Cardinal-elect Fernanco Sebastian Aguilar, a Pope Francis appointee MADRID, Spain- A Spanish prosecutor has agreed to investigate Cardinal-elect Fernando Sebastian Aguilar after a national homosexualist group launched a legal action against him last month, accusing him of hate speech for calling homosexuality a “defective way of expressing sexuality.” Aguilar, recently named as a cardinal-elect by Pope Francis, told the Spanish newspaper Diario Sur January 20 that sex “has a structure and a purpose, which is procreation.” Cardinal-elect Fernando Sebastián Aguilar with Pope Francis “A homosexual who can’t achieve procreation is failing,” he said. “Our bodies have many defects. I have...