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  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    04/10/2015 6:19:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 136 replies
    CNA ^ | April 10, 2015 | Mary Rezac
    The argument that divorced and civilly remarried Catholics (lacking annulments) be allowed to receive the Eucharist is kind of like 40+ year-old, re-heated mashed potatoes: it’s been spit out by the authority of Church time and again, but for some reason keeps appearing on the spoon of stubborn theologians and bishops who keep trying to trick us into eating it by making cutesie airplane noises. In an essay for Communio entitled “The Merciful Gift Of Indissolubility and the Question Of Pastoral Care For Civilly Divorced And Remarried Catholics”, Nicholas J. Healy, JR. traces the history of this argument, as well...
  • “Who Will Resist the Lynch Mob?”: Robert George’s Rousing Call to Action

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    03/24/2015 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Change.org ^ | March 24, 2015 | Staff writer
    (Photo: BishopBootkoski.jpg) Story Highlights Patricia Jannuzzi was suspended by Immaculata High School two weeks ago after her personal Facebook post on the gay 'agenda' went viral. A conservative Catholic group is running radio ads defending the teacher. The Diocese of Metuchen says no decision has been made whether to rehire the teacher. SOMERVILLE – A longtime Catholic school teacher suspended from her job after celebrities drew attention to her anti-gay posts on Facebook has become a cause célèbre among a growing number of conservatives rushing to her defense. And the controversy shows no signs of slowing down as questions...
  • Pope Francis Gets 300 Homeless People to Distribute 50,000 Pocket Gospels

    03/22/2015 3:50:55 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | March 22, 2015 | Linda Bordoni
    Pope Francis holding the pocket-sized volume of the Gospel distributed in St. Peter's Square on Sunday (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the lives of Christians must be coherent and express faith in action. Speaking to the crowds gathered in a rainy St. Peter’s Square for the Sunday Angelus, the Pope invited all believers to always bear in mind the message of the Gospel, the image of the Crucified Lord, and the need to be witnesses of faith. Calling on Christians to express their faith in action, the Pope also turned to those who have yet to experience an encounter...
  • We Are ‘Synthetic Children’ And We Agree With Dolce & Gabbana

    03/21/2015 3:38:46 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 19, 2015 | Hattie Hart and Alana Newman
    This past week has seen the outrage generated by parents of donor and invitro-fertilization children following a now-infamous Panorama magazine interview conducted with the fashion designers Dolce & Gabbana, wherein Domenico Dolce proclaimed, “You are born to a mother and a father — or at least that’s how it should be. I call children of chemistry, synthetic children.” Immediately, Elton John advocated a boycott of the designers’ products in retaliation for the perceived offense against his two sons, who were conceived via an egg donor and surrogate mother. Speaking as two donor-conceived young women—alive because of reproductive technologies—we felt an...
  • Who Is Patricia Jannuzzi? (Catholic School teacher fired for "homophobic" Facebook comment)

    03/21/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | March 19, 2015 Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/415700/who-patricia-jannuzzi-mag | Maggie Gallagher
    I can’t get this question out of my head: Who is Patricia Jannuzzi? These last few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of religious organizations publicly wrestling with gay rights. The Mormon Church authorized new protections for gay people, while attempting to protect religious believers, too. A rapidly dwindling denomination of Presbyterians decided to embrace gay marriage. San Francisco’s City Church, the largest evangelical megachurch, embraced gay marriage for its congregants. Cardinal Dolan was the grand marshal of the first St. Patrick’s Day parade that permitted people to march with LGBT banners. Some of these churches are discarding ancient Christian moral...
  • REMEMBRANCE OF EASTER 2005

    03/21/2015 7:44:58 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Mrs. Don-o ^ | March 21, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    REMEMBRANCE of EASTER 2005 Crowd my eyes, you bevies of daffodils, And you forsythias in throngs of cheer, Dandelion galaxies and fountains of trees. Fill my mouth with the breath of hyacinths, you purple air And you roistering breeze. And you quince-buds so eager, you swelling seeds, You squirrels running stitches across the loom Of woven grasses, inflorescent weeds; Jasmine-bush, loop me with your lariats of perfume. Fill me, small birds, with your versicles, And chuckled replies. She is bleeding from the mouth and eyes. Sate me then, Sun, all dapple and spangle Crowd out all else Lade me...
  • No sprinklers required: How my church kept homeless people off church steps

    03/20/2015 6:11:17 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 47 replies
    cruxnow ^ | March 19, 2015 | Linda Kaufman
    WASHINGTON — St. Mary’s Cathedral in San Francisco is getting bad press this week over a sprinkler system it installed to keep homeless people from sleeping on church grounds. People are outraged that a church would treat the poor so callously. But St. Mary’s isn’t alone. Many houses of worship all over the country face the question of how to keep safe, welcoming grounds while being compassionate to homeless neighbors sleeping on porches and in doorways. Here’s what we tried at Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church in Washington, DC. A couple of months ago, we started a dialogue about...
  • Francis laments "children...not even allowed to be born..." ~Vat. News Service censors Holy Father

    03/19/2015 5:04:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | March 18, 2015 | "Witness"
    You will not read this address on news.va, the official Holy See news service, controlled by the Holy See Press Office. I have written in the past that the Holy See Press Office is corrupt, and pushing a heterodox agenda. They were busy at it during the October Synod of the Family, pushing the Adulterist and Homosexualist Party positions. They were busy away distorting the Pope's words last October 3rd, when he addressed the Council of the Bishops' Conferences of Europe. At that time, The Holy See Press Office released this document. But the actual words of the Pope were...
  • Are Dolce and Gabbana truly Catholic?

    03/18/2015 1:05:47 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 34 replies
    Cruxnow ^ | March 18, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longnecker
    Fashion designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana are facing criticism after Dolce's comments about "synthetic babies" drew the ire of many and prompted Elton John to call for a boycott of their designs. Fashion designers Domenico Dolce, right, and Stefano Gabbana are facing criticism after Dolce's comments about "synthetic babies" drew the ire of many and prompted Elton John to call for a boycott of their designs. By The Rev. Dwight Longenecker Italian fashion designers Dolce&Gabbana waded into a gay rights hurricane last week by criticizing same sex marriage and “designer babies.” The storm started when Stefano Gabbana...
  • Pope to Faithful: 'Do Not Be Afraid of Confession' (Francis promotes Sacrament of Penance)

    03/17/2015 6:38:50 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 77 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | February 19, 2014 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Reflects on the Sacrament of Penance During General Audience Continuing his catechetical series on the Sacraments, Pope Francis reflected on the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which along with the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick form what he described the “Sacraments of Healing”. “The Sacraments of Penance and Reconciliation [...] flow directly from the Paschal mystery,” he told pilgrims attending his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square. "In fact, the same evening of Easter the Lord appeared to the disciples, closed in the Cenacle, and, after addressing to them the greeting ‘Peace be with you’, he breathed on them...
  • How bad can the Pope Francis vs. Pope Benedict XVI frame game get? Check this out!

    03/16/2015 5:01:22 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    GetReligion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    Several months ago, your GetReligionistas created our "What is this?" logo to salute a question that we have found ourselves asking over and over during the past decade. Here's the deal. So you are reading something in a newspaper or online source that is supposed to be producing old-school hard news. Then you hit a passage or two that, simply stated, are wildly opinionated or built on what appears to be secret information, without a source that is shared with readers. In other words, you hit a patch of blatant opinion in the middle of a "news" article, like a...
  • Liberal liturgists try to explain away a key appointment by Pope Francis (Catholic Caucus)

    03/12/2015 3:43:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    CatholicCulture ^ | Mar 11, 2015 | Phil Lawler
    Within a few weeks after the election of Pope Francis, rumors began to circulate in Rome that the new Pontiff would appoint Archbishop Piero Marini as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship (CDW). For liberal liturgists, these rumors were cause for celebration; for conservatives, for despondency. It never happened. After many months of silence—during which time the rumors continued to swirl—the Pope announced that Cardinal Robert Sarah would be the new head of the CDW. Catholics who favor a reverent liturgy should rejoice at that appointment; the cardinal from Guinea is an excellent choice. Archbishop Marini—who was once private...