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  • Exclusive: Huckabee responds to 'trashy women' reports

    01/29/2015 8:42:51 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies ^ | January 28, 2015 | Fox News
    Media reports claim former governor called Fox women "trashy".
  • Fed judge strikes down Alabama bans on same-sex marriage (33rd time a "judge" overrules the people)

    01/23/2015 7:35:43 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies ^ | January 23, 2015 | Christine Mai-Duc
    A federal judge struck down two Alabama laws banning same-sex marriage Friday, making it one of dozens of states where it is now legal for gays and lesbians to marry. In a 10-page decision, U.S. District Judge Callie V.S. Granade for the Southern District of Alabama said that an amendment to the state's constitution banning the recognition of gay marriage, and another law prohibiting same-sex marriage licenses from being issued, violated the due process and equal protection clauses of the 14th Amendment. The Alabama case was brought by Cari Searcy and Kimberly McKeand, a lesbian couple who married in California....
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to ‘Hitler Youth’ indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.” "She said yes,...
  • An Exercise in Raw Judicial Power (Roe v. Wade)

    01/22/2015 7:04:48 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies ^ | January 22, 2014 | Donald McClarey
    As we observe the sad forty-second anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that overturned all state laws banning abortions and effectively served as a judicial death warrant for tens of millions of innocents, I think it is appropriate to pay tribute to the two dissenting Justices, Byron White, a Democrat, and William Rehnquist, a Republican. Here are the texts of their dissents: MR. JUSTICE WHITE, with whom MR. JUSTICE REHNQUIST joins, dissenting. At the heart of the controversy in these cases are those recurring pregnancies that pose no danger whatsoever to the life or health of the...
  • Day of Penance for the Anniversary of Roe v. Wade

    01/22/2015 8:23:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet ^ | January 22, 2015 | Word on Fire
    Today the Church in the United States observes a day of penance on the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court Decision that deprived children in their mother’s womb of a human right so foundational that its denial precipitates an unraveling of all other rights that are necessary for a civil society to ensure human flourishing. This foundational right is the right to life. Penitential practices are a manifestation of contrition for sin and exhibit a conscience enlivened by the virtues of faith, hope and love. Penance displays that a person is willing to acknowledge what has been done and what...
  • Nellie Gray, 86, dies; was March for Life founder and emcee (Jan 22, 42d Anniversary Roe v. Wade)

    01/21/2015 9:19:13 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | August 15, 2012 | Mark Pattison
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Nellie Gray, who started the annual March for Life to protest the 1973 Supreme Court decision legalizing abortion nationwide, has died at age 86. She was found dead in her home Aug. 13 in Washington's Capitol Hill neighborhood by a March for Life staffer, Gene Ruane, who said the medical examiner will determine the cause and date of her death. The March for Life has grown into one of the signature events of the pro-life movement. After the first march in 1974, Gray, a Texas native, established the March for Life Education & Defense Fund to sustain...
  • Pastor Educates Lawmakers on Biblical Duty to Resist Tyranny

    01/19/2015 7:48:35 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | January 15, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In a revival of a centuries-old American tradition this month, a Wisconsin pastor offered a powerful election sermon to Montana lawmakers at the legislature urging them to do their biblical duty by standing up to escalating federal tyranny. Citing a broad array of Scriptures from the Bible and what is known as the “doctrine of the lesser magistrate,” Pastor Matt Trewhella told state legislators that they have more than just the right to protect citizens from growing lawlessness, tyranny, and wickedness in government — they have a moral and Christian obligation to do so. Increasing defiance of God’s law “is...
  • ‘For God and country’ recruiting poster removed; ‘God’ is a problem in Obama’s military?

    01/18/2015 10:25:27 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies ^ | January 18, 2015 | Michael Dorstewitz
    A Phoenix-area U.S. Army recruiting station was ordered Friday to remove a poster depicting a “stock image” of a Special Forces patch along with Ranger, Airborne and Special Forces tabs. The problem lay in what wasn’t “stock” — the phrase, “On a mission for both God and country.” The poster was put together and displayed without prior approval from Army Recruiting Command, according to Army Times. “Had the process been followed, the copy shown would not have been approved,” spokesman Brian Lepley told the Times. It was the “God” part they had a problem with. The Army Times reported: The...
  • Woman plans to marry her father after two years of dating

    01/18/2015 7:18:57 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 91 replies ^ | January 17, 2015 |
    A teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years. The unnamed 18-year-old revealed in an interview with New York Magazine her romantic relationship of almost two years with her biological father after being estranged from him for 12 years. In the interview, the girl also said the two also plan on having children. The teenager said her father reached out to her on Facebook when she was in high school and soon after, she went to stay with him for a week. After the week together, the...
  • Grown Children of Gay Couples Tell Courts Why They Support Traditional Marriage

    01/17/2015 7:46:30 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies ^ | January 16, 2015 | Brooke McGowan
    The battle over same sex marriage has brought about many legal claims – but not all from the couples themselves. Children of same sex couples often sue for the lack of family stability and denied benefits that a non recognized marital status entails. But some grown children of gay parents are now speaking out against gay marriage – based on their negative experiences. First, we need to muddle through all the hyperbole and understand what this debate is really about. Award winning author and apologist Frank Turek writes in Correct, Not Politically Correct, Activists want same sex marriage because they...
  • Shepard Smith: States that fought racial integration are opposing gay marriage

    01/17/2015 3:06:20 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 45 replies ^ | January 17, 2015 | Tom Tillison
    While reporting the breaking news that the U.S. Supreme Court will decide on gay marriage, Fox News host Shepard Smith observed that the same states that fought racial integration oppose same-sex marriage. To drive home his point, he added that among some Americans, “there is still disagreement over segregation.” “Not in every case, but in most cases, the same states which were fighting integration are fighting this as well,” Smith said. “Those states which always seem to be behind the curve for reasons which are explainable and understandable.” Is it because the inhabitants of these states are bitter, and cling...
  • Boy Scout membership falls again in 2014

    01/17/2015 12:09:54 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies ^ | January 17, 2015 | Marice Richter
    DALLAS (Reuters) - Membership in the Boy Scouts of America took a steeper tumble during 2014, the first year under a policy that allows openly gay youth to participate, than in recent years of a decade-long decline. About 2.4 million youth participated in the nearly 105-year-old Texas-based scouting program, representing a 7.4 percent decline over 2013 enrollment of 2.6 million youth, Boy Scout officials said in a statement on Friday. Enrollment declined by about 6 percent in 2013. BSA officials said that decreasing participation is a trend that most youth organizations are facing. "There are many factors that go into...
  • American Sniper' biggest Oscar surprise, but can it win?

    01/17/2015 10:17:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies ^ | January 16, 2015 | Hollie McKay
    LOS ANGELES – In November, the Hollywood Reporter quoted an anonymous industry insider predicting that the “lefty crowd isn’t going to gather around a Navy SEAL best known for killing people” when it comes Oscar time. The insider was talking about "American Sniper," which walked away with six Academy Award nominations on Thursday, including Best Picture. Which means the insider was wrong. “Big surprise of #Oscarnoms was Clint Eastwood’s ‘American Sniper,’” wrote the Wall Street Journal. “I was very surprised and pleasantly so,” said James Williamson, retired U.S. Special Forces colonel and co-founder of OPSEC, a non-profit organization that seeks...
  • Gary Sinise is Not Lieutenant Dan

    01/16/2015 11:39:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies ^ | January 16, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. Legatus is the organization of Catholic CEOs founded by pizza billionaire Tom Monaghan to advance the spirituality of Catholic men and women in the higher echelons of American business. The primary work of Legatus and its members is the increased holiness of the members and spreading the gospel within corporate America. Certainly there is a conservative tinge to...
  • Chick-fil-A Owner Declines Homeless Man’s Request to Work for Food, Does Him One Better

    01/15/2015 9:21:56 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 40 replies ^ | January 13, 2015 | BuzzPo Staff
    The owner of a Birmingham, AL, Chick-fil-A is making the faith-based company proud with his selfless actions and Christian attitude. When Mark Meadows went out of his way to help a local homeless man, he never expected it would garner him national attention. Meadows took the ‘do unto others’ adage to a whole new level when a homeless man entered the Chick-fil-A store he owns and operates. The downtrodden man offered to work for a hot meal, but Meadows did him one better. He gave him a chicken sandwich and a pair of his own gloves. A customer who witnessed...
  • PopeWatch: Deviant Forms of Religion

    01/14/2015 8:22:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 76 replies ^ | January 13, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    “Those who annoy Allah and His Messenger – Allah has cursed them in this World and in the Hereafter, and has prepared for them a humiliating Punishment. Truly, if the Hypocrites, and those in whose hearts is a disease, and those who stir up sedition in the City, desist not, We shall certainly stir thee up against them: Then will they not be able to stay in it as thy neighbours for any length of time: They shall have a curse on them: whenever they are found, they shall be seized and slain (without mercy).” — Quran 33:57–61 Pope Francis...
  • College Football Playoff: OSU Needs Decisive Wins To Overcome Weak Schedule, Virginia Tech Loss

    01/13/2015 7:35:36 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies ^ | October 24, 2014 | Ty Duffy
    Miami clobbered Virginia Tech 30-6 in Blacksburg Thursday night. That drops the Hokies to 3-4 vs. FBS teams on the season. Ohio State’s two-touchdown loss at home to them looks worse with each passing week. Tech’s continued slide could be devastating to the Buckeyes’ chances of reaching the playoff, despite their dominance of late. Here is a reasonable scenario if Ohio State wins out. Florida State wins out to get to 13-0 and is a lock for the playoff. Alabama wins out and wins the SEC claiming a second place. That leaves two places for a one-loss Ohio State (B1G...
  • Doctrine regarding relics

    01/13/2015 5:32:06 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    Few points of faith can be more satisfactorily traced back to the earliest ages of Christianity than the veneration of relics. The classical instance is to be found in the letter written by the inhabitants of Smyrna, about 156, describing the death of St. Polycarp. After he had been burnt at the stake, we are told that his faithful disciples wished to carry off his remains, but the Jews urged the Roman officer to refuse his consent for fear that the Christians "would only abandon the Crucified One and begin to worship this man". Eventually, however, as the Smyrnaeans say,...
  • Peyton Manning received a letter from a soldier’s wife—and then he did this

    01/09/2015 7:05:53 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | January 8, 2015 | Cassy Fiano
    Army Sgt. Ryan Patterson grew up a diehard Colts fan. Even living in Cincinnati, surrounded by Bengals lovers, he was loyal to his Colts and Peyton Manning. During his tours of duty to Afghanistan, he would stay up late to stream Colts games online. When Manning moved to the Broncos, he even tried to change his duty station to Colorado in order to be able to watch him play. Luckily for Patterson, his wife Kristen wrote his idol a letter—and Manning decided to respond, in spectacular fashion. Kristen had forgotten to include her contact information, so Manning set about tracking...
  • Extreme liberals, feminists and Church secularizers demand halt to criticism of Pope Francis

    01/08/2015 2:19:33 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies ^ | January 7, 2015 | Hilary White
    A group of the Catholic Church’s most notorious far-left dissenters has issued an open letter and petition attacking any questioning of the statements and actions of Pope Francis. The controversy was touched off by an article appearing over the holidays in Italy’s daily Corriere della Sera by the country’s most senior Vatican specialist, Vittorio Messori, who spoke of Pope Francis’s “perplexing” habit of apparent contradictions between his actions and statements, with which he is “disturbing the tranquility of the average Catholic.” The petition calls for a “Stop on attacks on Pope Francis.” It says, “At first, the chatter on the...
  • Edgar Martinez should be in the baseball Hall of Fame

    01/07/2015 10:18:57 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 13 replies ^ | January 6, 2015 | Neil Greenberg
    Edgar Martinez, a seven-time all-star, should be in the baseball Hall of Fame, but support for his candidacy has been waning over the past three seasons. “I’m not surprised that my percentage went down,” Martinez said a year ago. “We just have to wait and see for the future.” The biggest knock on his enshrinement is that he played as the team’s designated hitter and thus had little to no impact on the defensive part of the game. However, he still deserves to be in. For starters, the American League has required a designated hitter ever since the 1973 season,...
  • Report: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will meet with Pope Francis

    01/07/2015 6:31:12 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies ^ | January 7, 2015 | FoxNews
    The King and Queen of Hollywood are set to meet another titled leader – the Pope, reports Us Weekly. The couple will reportedly visit the Vatican early this month for a “VIP meet-and-greet” with Pope Francis. Pitt grew up Baptist but told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012, “I don’t have a great relationship with religion. I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.” But a friend tells the magazine that the glamorous couple “admire the Pope” and like his message of tolerance and non-judgement. In 2013 talking about homosexuality the Pope famously said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the...
  • Miami Archbishop to Staff: Support Same-Sex Marriage, Lose Your Job

    01/07/2015 6:57:08 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies ^ | January 6, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Archbishop Thomas Wenski, archbishop of Miami, has warned archdiocesan employees that any action in support of Florida’s now-legal same-sex marriage could cost them their jobs. “Because of the Church’s particular function in society,” the archbishop wrote, “certain conduct, inconsistent with the teachings of the Catholic Church, could lead to disciplinary action, including termination, even if it occurs outside the normal working day and outside the strict confines of work performed by the employee for the Archdiocese.” The policy extends to include posts (photos or comments) on social media sites. The preemptive letter by Archbishop Wenski should help to thwart potential...
  • Catholic liberals in Italy launch petition to back Pope Francis

    01/05/2015 2:09:07 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | January 3, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Amid a robust Italian debate over the leadership of Pope Francis, a cross-section of liberal Catholic groups in the country has launched an online petition to show backing for the Argentinian pontiff. Pointedly called “Stop the Attacks on Pope Francis,” the petition was launched on Christmas Day by groups including “We are Church,” “Blessed are the Peacemakers,” the Edith Stein Study Center, an Italian association of theologians, and a variety of base communities. All are generally associated with the liberal wing of the Italian Church. The petition is also signed by the Rev. Luigi Ciotti of Turin, one of Italy’s...
  • Joan of Arc: Scourge of Modern Feminists

    01/04/2015 1:21:53 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 50 replies ^ | April 9, 2014 | Solange Hertz
    Joan of Arc cut her hair short and wore men’s clothes. She particularly fancied beautiful armor and fine horses, which she rode astride, and was admired for her prowess with the lance. She led troops into battle, remaining in armor for six days running if necessary, and never faltered in her objective even after the enemy captured her. They tried her and executed her, not for war crimes, but for being a witch. We might expect to see her commemorated on a postage stamp or a silver dollar along with other intrepid females who fought for women’s rights or otherwise...
  • Francis reaches out to the margins in his picks for new cardinals

    01/04/2015 7:57:30 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | January 4, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME — With his picks for new cardinals announced on Sunday, Pope Francis continued his campaign to reach out to the peripheries. The pontiff bypassed traditional centers of power and awarded red hats to such typically overlooked locales as Panama, Thailand, Cape Verde, New Zealand, and the Pacific island of Tonga. For the second time, there were no new cardinals from the United States on the list announced by Francis. There were also no Americans in the first crop of cardinals named by Francis in February 2014. While geography seemed the determining factor in these picks for Pope Francis, who...
  • Pope Francis: President Obama’s gift that keeps on giving…

    01/03/2015 6:49:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies ^ | January 2, 2015 | The Montly Monk
    When the Washington Times brandishes the banner headline “Obama finds an ally on political controversies at the Vatican,” it may be time to step back and assess what exactly is transpiring. From income inequality to Cuba and soon to global warming, it seems that Pope Francis is doing some heavy lifting for President Obama, his political agenda, and his legacy. That’s not to say that’s what the Pope intends; it is to say that this may very well be the outcome of what the Pope actually doing. Suffice it to say, the Pope’s interests are primarily evangelical. Economic structures that...
  • The Virtuous Life

    01/02/2015 8:02:55 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | December 31, 2014 | SAM GUZMAN
    Virtue isn’t often associated with manliness these days. In fact, the exact opposite is true—many believe you aren’t a real man unless you are a “bad boy” or a rebel. But this wasn’t always the case. In fact, the virtue comes from the Latin word vir, meaning man. Virtue literally means manliness. In ancient times, philosophers like Aristotle encouraged men to cultivate virtue to reach their full potential. What is Virtue? It is hard to live a virtuous life if we don’t first know what virtue it is. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines virtue in the following way:...
  • Mother of God – Defender of Orthodoxy

    01/01/2015 1:00:37 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 193 replies ^ | December 31, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    <p>An excerpt from my book Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate–which will be re-published next year. I can remember soon after I moved to England (and still a convinced Evangelical) hearing a German Catholic refer to Mary as Mutter Gottes. I don’t know German and thought he was calling Mary “Mother Goddess”. I was suitably horrified and not really surprised that this Catholic actually referred to Mary as the Mother Goddess. Only when I expressed my dismay did a friend explain that I had misunderstood. The German was using the term “Mother of God”. I tell the story to make two points. First is the reminder of how easy it is to misunderstand the viewpoints of others. We often disagree with what we think they believe rather than what they really believe in the same way that I disagreed with what I thought the German said, rather than what he really said. This instant disagreement based on our honest misunderstanding can then stymie any further discussion. The second reason I relate the story is because it introduces the term “Mother of God.” It was a term he used naturally, but from which I still recoiled. I was dismayed by the term “Mother of God”, but I probably hadn’t stopped to ask myself why. I suppose some Christians are dismayed by our use of the term “Mother of God” because they imagine that we Catholics elevate Mary so much that we even think she was pre-existent to God the Father. This is not what Catholics believe. The logic for our use of the term is simple. Jesus was God in human flesh. Mary was his mother. Therefore Mary is termed “Mother of God.” This term theotokos was affirmed at the Council of Ephesus in the year 431. The Council upheld the title as a way of defending the true nature of Jesus Christ the God-Man. In 431 the Council of Ephesus affirmed the title “Mother of God” or “God-bearer”, but they didn’t invent it. The term had already been in use for hundreds of years. For example, around the year 189 Irenaeus writes, “The Virgin Mary, being obedient to his word, received from an angel the glad tidings that she would bear God.” It’s important to remember that Irenaeus knew Polycarp who had been instructed by the Apostle John, so this is a very early and important witness to the attitude of the early church to Mary. The teaching of the apostles was still echoing clearly in Irenaeus’ day. He wouldn’t have taught anything contrary to their teaching. When the title the ”Mother of God” was first formally affirmed by the church it was a bulwark to the right doctrine about Jesus. This is a very important point because, as Catholics, we believe that the correct understanding of Mary’s role and identity continues to be a strong support for the proper understanding of Jesus’ identity and role. If Mary is ignored or side-lined it is easy for Christians to treat Jesus as merely a good man. Graham Leonard has put it this way, “It is a fact of history that, if true honor is not paid to Mary as the Mother of God, people put Our Lord in her place as the highest of creation rather than adoring him as God Incarnate.” Isn’t it sometimes the case that in popular Christianity we get so chummy with Jesus that we forget he is also the incarnate God? It is true that Jesus is our friend and brother, but it is also true that he is Lord and God. (John 20:28.) The mystery of Mary being the Mother of God is reflected in the mystery of every human birth. As we contemplate the mystery of conception, gestation and birth we are taken into the mystery of the incarnation in a fresh and profound way. We are not separate from our mothers. Instead our lives are intertwined with theirs. Our mothers make us who we are. In Jesus’ case Mary contributed to his genetic make-up. She conceived, carried and bore him. She nursed, nurtured and loved him. If we really believe that Jesus was the God-Man we believe that he was half-Mary. As the early Christians meditated on this truth they came to understand the true importance of Mary. She was an integral part of God’s plan of salvation. So Hippolytus, around the year 217, writes, “To all generations they [the prophets] have pictured forth the grandest subjects for contemplation and for action. Thus, too, they preached of the advent of God in the flesh to the world, his advent by the spotless and God-bearing [theotokos] Mary in the way of birth and growth, and the manner of his life and conversation with men.” Early Christians like Hippolytus came to see that Mary was an integral part of who Jesus is. It is true to say that we would not have Jesus without Mary. Because of this we want to challenge non-Catholics about their historic neglect of Mary. She is honored by the vast majority of Christians in both the Catholic and Orthodox traditions, and has been from the beginning of the Christian Church. Why do non-Catholics neglect Mary so much?</p>
  • Number of Catholics growing throughout the world

    12/31/2014 7:24:23 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 56 replies ^ | December 31, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) The number of Catholics in the world has increased with growth registered across all five continents. The figures are taken by the Fides news agency from the latest edition of the Church’s Book of Statistics updated to 31 December 2012. These show that on that date the number of Catholics in the world stood at 1,228,621,000 with an overall increase of more than 15,000,000 compared to the previous year. The Americas and Africa registered the biggest increases followed by Asia, Europe and Oceania. The world percentage of Catholics stood at 17.49 %, a decrease of 0.01% compared to...
  • Spangdahlem Wing Commander Relieved of Duty

    12/31/2014 4:27:08 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies ^ | December 30, 2014 | John Vandiver
    Col. Peter M. Bilodeau, the commander of the 52nd Fighter Wing at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, was relieved of command on Tuesday after less than six months on the job because of loss of faith and confidence in his leadership, U.S. Air Forces in Europe announced. Bilodeau, who was removed by Lt. Gen. Darryl Roberson, the commander of the 3rd Air Force, was not relieved for any misconduct or wrongdoing, according to USAFE. "This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is in the best interest of the men and women of the 52nd Fighter Wing,"...
  • Boudreaux

    12/27/2014 5:49:56 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies
    December 27, 2014
    Boudreaux, a Cajun highlander from Rapides Parish in central Louisiana, wasan older, single gentleman, who was born and raised a Baptist, living in South Louisiana. Each Friday night after work, he would fire up his outdoor grill and cook a venison steak. Now, all of Boudreaux's neighbors were Catholic and since it was Lent, They were forbidden from eating meat on Fridays. The delicious aroma from the grilled venison steaks was causing such a problem for the Catholic faithful that they finally talked to their priest. The priest came to visit Boudreaux, and suggested that Boudreaux convert to Catholicism. After...
  • Cardinal Napier: Next Year’s Synod Will Feature ‘Truth, Fidelity and Authenticity’

    12/26/2014 9:14:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies ^ | December 26, 2014 | EDWARD PENTIN
    VATICAN CITY — Last month, Pope Francis appointed South African Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, as one of the presidents of next year’s Synod on the Family. His appointment was viewed as part of a push to have more African bishops represented in key leadership positions, and immediately preceded the Pope’s appointment of Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah as prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. Cardinal Napier was one of the most high-profile and outspoken critics of some aspects of the recent extraordinary synod on the family. In this Dec. 23 email...
  • Outrage After Rush Limbaugh Says This About Race

    12/25/2014 8:54:25 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 392 replies ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Spalding
    Liberals everywhere were outraged this week after Rush Limbaugh said a black man playing James Bond would be “ridiculous.” The comments were made on Tuesday in regard to leaked Sony emails that revealed that CEO Amy Paschal wanted the black actor Idris Elba to play James Bond. Rush, however, wasn’t having any of it. “James Bond is a total concept put together by Ian Fleming. He was white and Scottish. Period. That is who James Bond is, was,” the conservative radio show host said. “But now [they are] suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black...
  • Pavarotti - O Holy Night (Full Album)

    12/25/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | November 30, 2013 | PůshuncKö Mart
    Tenor; Pavarotti Album; O Holy Night Year; 1990 1. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 00:00 2. Pieta, Signore 04:17 3. Panis Angelicus 12:45 4. Qual Giglio Candido (Parola Quinta) 16:48 5. Ave Maria 21:30 6. Gesu Bambino 26:20 7. Ave Maria 30:52 8. Mille Cherubini in Coro 33:50 9. Agnus Dei 37:55 10. Requiem: Sanctus 41:41 11. Adeste, Fideles 50:52
  • Pentagon: Move retirees to Obamacare

    12/24/2014 11:05:49 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 61 replies ^ | December 20, 2014 | Jonn Lilyea
    Yeah, who didn’t see this coming; budget experts at the Pentagon say that the Department of Defense could save butt loads of money if they forced military retirees into Obamacare. We know that, but it’s not keeping faith with veterans who fulfilled their obligations depending on the government to keep their end up. From the Army Times; [T]he budget analysts said the Defense Department could realize tremendous savings if it tapped into the resources offered by the general, civilian health care system and coverage available through federal or state exchanges. “It’s a little radical, but should we be thinking about...
  • Father Christmas Comes Home To St. Walburge

    12/24/2014 7:35:11 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | November 16, 2014 | Michael Durnan
    Canon Altiere is a newly-ordained priest with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign priest (ICKSP) at the new Shrine of St. Walburge in Preston, a historically Catholic town in northern England. A year ago, however, Saint Walburge’s fate hung by a thread. Though a most beloved landmark – and a center of faith going back 150 years — changing demographics had rendered its future very uncertain. The heart-breaking truth is that Saint Walburge’s was a church no longer able to sustain parish life; it was threatened with closure when Bishop Michael Campbell made a creative and forward-looking decision. Saint...
  • Cardinal Burke: It’s ‘amazing’ that faithful Catholics are now accused of opposing the Church

    12/23/2014 6:09:54 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Hilary White
    Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview this week that it is “amazing” that those who have defended Catholic teaching and practice on withholding Communion from those in publicly “irregular” sexual situations, are being accused of “being against the Holy Father, and of not being in harmony with the Church.” The blog Rorate Caeli carried a translation of the comments Cardinal Burke made this week to the French language daily Le Figaro. Burke, one of a small group of vocal opponents of the so-called Kasper proposal, said that October’s Synod of Bishops on the family “was a difficult experience.” Those...
  • Christmas 1944: Battle of the Bulge

    12/23/2014 7:00:50 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In 1944, seventy years ago, at Christmas the American and German armies were fighting it out in the Battle of the Bulge, the last German offensive of the War.
  • Who Are the Modern Day Pharisees?

    12/23/2014 6:17:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies ^ | December 23, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    John Bergsma at The Sacred Place has a brilliant post in which he accurately describes the relationship between Christ and the Pharisees in regard to their teachings: Finally, let us reflect for a moment on the fact that, in the Sermon on the Mount, Our Lord consistently raised the moral requirements of true discipleship vis-ŕ-vis the Pharisees and contemporary Jewish practice, rather than lowering them. He says clearly: “I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt 5:20). The Pharisees were content if one did not murder;...
  • Veni Veni Emmanuel

    12/21/2014 8:12:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies ^ | November 30, 2008 | Zoltán Kodály
    Veni, Veni Emmanuel is a synthesis of the great "O Antiphons" that are used for Vespers during the octave before Christmas (Dec. 17-23). These antiphons are of ancient origin and date back to at least the ninth century.
  • Guess What Happened The Last Time The Price Of Oil Crashed Like This?

    12/20/2014 8:06:02 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 85 replies ^ | December 6, 2014 | Michael Snyder
    There has only been one other time in history when the price of oil has crashed by more than 40 dollars in less than 6 months. The last time this happened was during the second half of 2008, and the beginning of that oil price crash preceded the great financial collapse that happened later that year by several months. Well, now it is happening again, but this time the stakes are even higher. When the price of oil falls dramatically, that is a sign that economic activity is slowing down. It can also have a tremendously destabilizing affect on financial...
  • Funeral for [A] Dog

    12/20/2014 1:37:04 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    December 20, 2014
    Man walks into a Catholic church and asks the priest if he will do a funeral for his dog. Looking dazed the priest says "sir absolutely not, this is a Catholic church, we don't do funerals for animals. Go down to the protestant church, I'm sure they do a lovely funeral for your dog". The man said "thank your Father, do you think $10,000 is enough to offer for my dog's funeral". "$10,000 the priest exclaimed, why didn't you tell me your dog was Catholic"!!
  • U.S. Supreme Court allows gay marriage to proceed in Florida next month (7-2)

    12/20/2014 9:37:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 25 replies ^ | December 20, 2014 | Bill Cotterell
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday declined to extend a stay sought by Florida officials defending the state's ban on same-sex marriages, allowing gay marriages to proceed in Florida next month. Some weddings would be allowed to start when a stay expires after Jan. 5 following an order by the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta earlier this month. "The Supreme Court once again has spoken, opening the door for marriage equality here," said Nadine Smith, chief executive officer of Equality Florida, an advocacy group. Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who asked the high...
  • World War I in Photos: A Century Later

    12/20/2014 8:40:23 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies ^ | June 29, 2014 | Alan Taylor
    Yesterday, June 28, 2014, marked the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Assassin Gavrilo Princip fired the first shot in what was to become a horrific years-long bloodbath. However, after the sound of gunfire was silenced on Armistice Day, the deaths continued to mount. Revolutions spawned in Russia and Germany, arbitrary redrawing of national borders set the stage for decades of conflict, harsh reparation demands inspired the rise of Nazi Germany and the onset of World War II. The first World War continues to kill to this day - just this past March, two Belgian construction workers...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/19/2014 8:17:59 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies ^ | December 15, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • Patton on Prayer

    12/19/2014 6:49:54 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Almighty and most merciful Father, we humbly beseech Thee, of Thy great goodness, to restrain these immoderate rains with which we have had to contend. Grant us fair weather for Battle. Graciously hearken to us as soldiers who call upon Thee that, armed with Thy power, we may advance from victory to victory, and crush the oppression and wickedness of our enemies and establish Thy justice among men and nations.” The famous “weather prayer” of General Patton was written by a Catholic Chaplain, Colonel James H. O’Neill, Chief Chaplain of the Third Army. Here is his article on the incident...
  • PopeWatch: Cuba

    12/19/2014 6:21:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Babalu Blog, the go to site for news on Cuba, predicted the papal involvement in the “normalization” of relations with Cuba announced yesterday by Obama: We’re not clairvoyants or prophets. We just deal with the facts. Eleven months ago, when Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Vatican, a Babalu post asked: “Will Pope Francis Bring About the Release of Alan Gross?” Here’s a quote from that post: How’s this for a scenario?: Pope Francis gets Alan Gross freed in exchange for the four Castro spies, and, on top of that, orchestrates the restoration of US/Castro diplomatic ties, along...
  • "The Experience After The Council Was So Strong And In Some Cases Violent…" {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    12/18/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies ^ | December 13, 2014 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I’m of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful years. Q. A...
  • Prisoners of 'Ingenious' 1962 Alcatraz Escape Could Have Survived

    12/16/2014 4:21:28 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 8 replies ^ | December 16, 2014 | Yahoo News
    If they had timed their escape just right, three prisoners who slipped out of Alcatraz more than 50 years ago on a raft made from raincoats would have had a chance of survival, new research shows. Scientists who were studying the San Francisco Bay's strong tides reconstructed the possible routes of the audacious 1962 escape. The men might have been able to find shelter on an outcrop near the Golden Gate Bridge — that is, if they weren't swept out to sea first, according to the study. From 1934 to 1963, during its time as a maximum high-security federal prison,...