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  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • What Would the Conversion of Russia Look Like?

    08/29/2014 1:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 29, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    For much of the twentieth century, Catholics around the world prayed after every Low Mass for the conversion of Russia.Called the Leonine Prayers, originally they were conceived as a protection of the sovereignty of the Papal States, which were then under attack. This intention ended with the Lateran Treaty of 1929 but the prayers continued from that time for the conversion of Russia that had become an atheistic state bent on destroying religion.The prayers included 3 Ave Marias, a Salve Regina, a versicle and response, a prayer for the conversion of sinners and the “exaltation of Holy Mother Church,”...
  • Answering a Muslim Apologist

    08/29/2014 1:14:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 29, 2014 | Robert Spencer
    Catholic apologists keep very busy clearing up common misconceptions about the Faith: explaining how the Churchs teaching, practice, and history are misunderstoodor willfully misrepresentedby its opponents.Islam, too, has its apologists. They also claim that many critiques of the Muslim religion are based on ignorance or animus, and insist that the record must be set straight.One such apologist is Princeton University Muslim chaplain Sohaib Sultan, whose recent piece in Time, ISIS Is Ignoring Islams Teachings on Yazidis and Christians, would seem to be something that every Catholic, and indeed every free person, should welcome. Sultan condemns the Islamic State (formerly...
  • London Imam Choudary to Hannity: You Have 'No Choice,' Sharia Is 'Coming to a Place Near You'

    08/28/2014 2:41:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 28, 2014 | Caleb Howe
    "The Sharia will be implemented in America. It's coming to a place very close to you." On Wednesday night, Fox News' Sean Hannity interviewed Muslim cleric, Imam Anjem Choudary, who made outrageous claims including direct threats against the United States, should give any non-Muslim pause, . His point of view closely aligns with ISIS and is all too common in Great Britain. Not only is Choudary a controversial and high profile cleric, but his followers reportedly indoctrinated and radicalized Abdel-Majed Abdel Bary, the main suspect in the barbaric beheading of James Foley. He also recently sent some terrible, treasonous tweets...
  • Call to Arms: Christians Joining Forces Against ISIS (a new generation of Crusaders)

    08/28/2014 2:09:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | August 28, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    While Americans like Douglas McAuthur McCain might be joining forces with the Islamic State in its effort to establish a caliphate throughout Iraq and Syria, others from the West also apparently are taking up armsto defend persecuted Christians in the region. McCain is the first American reported to have died fighting for the Islamic State in Syria.FBI Director James Comey said in June that roughly 100 people had left the United Statesto join the conflict in Syria But it's not just those who embrace the radical, fundamentalist version of Islam who are headed east. Apparently, a number of Christians from...
  • Card. Caizares Llovera, Prefect of CDW, transferred to Valencia

    08/28/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 28, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia.He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid.Thus, rumors that have been going around have been confirmed.What we don’t know yet is who will replace Card. Cañizares Llovera at CDW. Cañizares Llovera was known to be in line with the vision of Benedict XVI. At one point his nickname was “Ratzingerino”. His term at CDW was a bit of a mixed bag. I suspect that his successor won’t be so...
  • ISIS: Surprisingly Sophisticated, Extremely Well-Funded ($2 billion in the bank)

    08/28/2014 9:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    In a very interesting infographic on Medium, Matter Magazine offers us a paint by numbers assessment of the ISIS threat. Among other things, the Islamic State has a shocking amount of money — $2 BILLION dollars — four times as much as the Taliban. And their wealth is growing, with $3 million dollars a day in oil and gas revenue from captured facilities. (If you’re wondering who is buying, it’s all black market.)And they have other sources of income besides:The statistics go on, and they’re surprising. 80,000 fighters control 470,000 square miles and 6,000,000 people.And of course, they have vowed...
  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/27/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | MICHAEL TAMARA
    One day fifteen years ago, I happened to be channel surfing past the Eternal Word Television Network when I was greeted by a momentary flash of heavenly beauty across the screen. Quickly flipping back, I realized that it was a Mass being celebrated in an unusually majestic church with an extensively gilded and marbled interior.Having never seen this church before, I distinctly remember asking myself why todays churches cant still be built to glorify God the way this beautiful old work of art had been. Within minutes, however, I felt as though a joke too good to be true...
  • Onward Christian Soliders? Not Likely

    08/27/2014 2:36:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | August 27, 2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    George Tate George Tate was in the US Army in World War II. He served in a unit that was establishing communication lines across the Himalayas.George’s son, Sid is a parishioner, he said about his Dad, “His plane was riddled with enemy gunfire going in, and as I understand it his job was conducted in an active combat zone. He received the Bronze Star, which was the military’s 4th highest award: Awarded to ‘any person whom while serving in with the United States military after 6 December 1941, that distinguished himself or herself apart from his or her comrades...
  • USCCB Loses Its Head

    08/27/2014 2:08:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 27, 2014 | PATRICK ARCHBOLD
    It is a curious conceit of an obtuse generation that it believes itself to be committed to modernity, embodied by devotion to science and reason, and yet is so irrevocably immutable to evidence.The spiritual (but not religious) Mecca of modernity in the Catholic Church is the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, the headquarters of which would likely be a smoking ruin if we had a God quick to anger rather than slow.The absurdity of this very modern institution is embodied perfectly in their recent USCCB statement on their “Commitment To Dialogue With Muslims.”What is the bottom line? They are...
  • Dhimmitude: Coming Soon to a Country Near You

    08/27/2014 5:26:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | ANDREW BIESZAD
    The former Archbishop of Mosul, Amel Nona, said that the end of the Church in Iraq at ISIS’s hands is a warning to fellow Catholics throughout the world, particularly in the West: Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again our reality in the Middle East, because you are welcoming in your countries an ever growing number of Muslims. Also you are in danger. You must take strong and courageous decisions, even at the cost of contradicting your principles. You think all men are equal, but that is not...
  • Jewish leader blasts indifference to persecuted Christians

    08/26/2014 2:35:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | August 26, 2014
    A young refugee rests after having fled from ISIS and arrived in Ankawa in the northern part of Erbil, Iraq. Credit: www.ankawa.com. New York City, N.Y., Aug 26, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The leader of the World Jewish Congress slammed global apathy to persecution of Christians in the Middle East and other parts of the world, saying more countries should be moved to action. “The general indifference to ISIS, with its mass executions of Christians and its deadly preoccupation with Israel, isn't just wrong; it's obscene,” wrote Ronald S. Lauder in an Aug. 19 New York Times editorial....
  • Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

    08/26/2014 2:31:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | August 26, 2014
    Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. (File Photo/CNA). Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s Holy Will as expressed through the Successor of Peter and in the...
  • Family releases (final) letter from James Foley (written while Foley was held hostage)

    08/26/2014 2:18:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WMUR ^ | August 25, 2014
    ROCHESTER, N.H. The parents of slain journalist and New Hampshire native James Foley have released a letter they say their son wrote during his time in captivity. Foley was kidnapped in 2012 while covering the Syrian uprising. The Islamic State group posted an online video Tuesday showing his killing. In the letter, Foley says he was being held with 17 other hostages, and they passed the time by discussing movies, sports and trivia and playing games made up of scraps found in their jail cell.Foley says the hostages were fed daily and given tea and coffee.His parents say letters...
  • Taking Offense: An Enemy of Truth

    08/26/2014 11:34:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 26, 2014 | PETE JERMANN
    Taking offense certifies the modern man as one who cares. If we take offense on behalf of another, we can number ourselves among the sensitive and loving. If we take offense personally, we can brandish a stop sign declaring to all that the offense must cease. In either case, the offending words must stop and the conversation must end. For the modern lover never offends. Instead he unfailingly affirms. He affirms us with an “okay” that builds our self-esteem, engenders good feelings, and requires nothing of us beyond self-affirmation.But can people who love one another do so simply by...
  • This Obama Administration Proposal Would Effectively Authorize Some Americans Seceding

    08/26/2014 11:22:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | August 26, 2014 | Hans von Spakovsky
    In its latest assault on the U.S. Constitution, the Obama administration is proposing to recognize so-called Native Hawaiians as an Indian tribe entitled to separate and become an independent sovereign and to reestablish a government-to-government relationship between the United State and the Native Hawaiian community.Such an unconstitutional action would amount to authorizing secession for certain residents of Hawaii.It would also implicitly authorize government-sanctioned, discriminatory conduct against any other residents who dont meet the explicit ancestry and blood-quantum requirements to be considered a Native. This would balkanize Hawaii, dividing the islands into separate racial and ethnic enclaves, and undo the...
  • Three-Parent Babies: They Already Exist

    08/26/2014 11:15:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | August 26, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    Back in March, I wrote a piece for CatholicVote about FDA evaluation of a process that would create multi-parent embryos: Things like this always begin for such seemingly noble scientific reasons, don’t they? But they rarely stop there. And of course in addition to creating tri-parent offspring, which creates ethical and genealogical nightmares in its own right, virtually every instance of embryonic modification involves a slew of violations of the moral law, from in-vitro fertilization to the destruction of fertilized human embryos — human life — deemed imperfect or unnecessary to achieve the desired outcome. This morning, I read...
  • From Raqqa to Mosul: Islamic "Capital" was 1st to be "Cleaned" of Christians & 1st Dhimma Agreement

    08/23/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 23, 2014
    Cross being removed from the Armenian Church in Raqqa, Syria, 2013 Source:  Caffè Storia, August 22, 2014 It was in March 2013, at the peak of the complex phase of the civil war in Syria, when the Jihadist militants of Jabat al-Nusra captured the city of Ar Raqqah (Raqqa or Rakka) from the government troops of President Bashar al-Asad.  In May of 2013, while the United States and Europe were still discussing a possible military intervention in Syria against al-Asad and at the United Nations they were trying to find, without success, tangible proof as to who had really...
  • California Forces Catholic Universities to Pay for Abortions for Their Employees

    08/22/2014 3:33:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Life News ^ | August 22, 2014 | Steven Ertelt
    I told you this was coming. Now, Jerry Brown has decided to force two Catholic universities to cover abortion in their health insurance.From the San Francisco Chronicle story: Gov. Jerry Browns administration has reversed an earlier decision to allow two Catholic universities to eliminate coverage of most abortions for employees, saying state law requires health insurance plans to cover all abortionsUrged by abortion-rights groups and university employees to reconsider the issue, Browns Department of Managed Health Care, in letters to be sent Friday to insurers for both universities, said the exclusions violate a 1975 state law that requires group health...
  • Faith of Iraqi Christians called unbreakable, despite persecution (wear religious symbols)

    08/22/2014 3:17:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Blanca Ruiz
    A family of Christian refugees in Iraq who are taking shelter at the Syriac Catholic Mrtshmony Shrine in Erbil. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need-USA. Erbil, Iraq, Aug 22, 2014 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Iraqi Christians' faith is not diminished, even as they face exile from their homes and profound suffering, an official with a Catholic pastoral charity has said after visiting Kurdistan, where many have taken refuge. “The faith is the reason for their lives. And despite the persecution, children wear rosaries around their necks and the people do not hide their tattoos of crosses or their...
  • Papal envoy: Francis donated $1 million to Iraqi refugees

    08/22/2014 3:12:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cns ^ | August 22, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Fernando Filoni, who traveled to Iraq Aug. 12-20 as Pope Francis' personal envoy, speaks to CNA in Rome, Aug. 22, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 22, 2014 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has given $1 million as a personal contribution to help Christians and other religious minorities in Iraq who have been forced from their homes, according to his personal envoy to the country. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, visited Erbil as Pope Francis' envoy from Aug. 12-20. Erbil, where more than 70,000 Christians have fled from the...
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admins slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • A Letter on Divine Worship (Sign of Peace in the Latin Rite)

    08/22/2014 2:12:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments published a Circular Letter entitled “The Ritual Expression of the Gift of Peace at Mass” on July 8.  Pope Francis approved it the previous day and ordered its publication. The letter treats the question of the Sign of Peace, resolving the question whether the Holy See would move the Sign of Peace to earlier in the Mass. The decision was made to leave the Sign of Peace where it is. The Letter explains: In the Roman liturgical tradition, the exchange of peace is placed before Holy Communion with its...
  • feminists stay silent amidst genocidal war on women

    08/22/2014 2:05:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | August 22, 2014 | KATE BRYAN
    The National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood, and other groups who joined the Democrats outcry on the “War on Women” have remained silent amidst one of the greatest attacks against women in recent years. N.O.W. and Planned Parenthood railed against conservatives on the issue of birth control coverage, yet in instances where women are actually being attacked, or even worse, kidnapped, raped and killed, these so-called feminist organizations are nowhere to be found.On April 15th, 276 women were kidnapped by the brutal terrorist group Boko Haram, which launched the #BringBackOurGirls campaign on social media. “Bring Back Our Girls” sparked massive...
  • Popes personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq

    08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS) Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about:...
  • Spectators hard-hitting commentary on pontificate of Pope Francis

    08/22/2014 11:31:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Spectator there is a must read piece by Damian Thompson for anyone who is puzzled about what Pope Francis may be up to, especially in regard to the Roman Curia.Here is an excerpt with my emphases: [...]As a Latin American who didn’t know his way around Rome when he became pope, he approaches the Curia as an outsider. That is why the cardinals elected him. They did not imagine that this previously austere figure, who even as a prince of the church travelled on buses dressed as a simple priest, would turn on the charm for journalists and...
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's Black Mass, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • Catholic, Orthodox patriarchs visit Irbil to support displaced Iraqis

    08/21/2014 2:33:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cns ^ | August 20, 2014 | Doreen Abi Raad
    BEIRUT (CNS) -- A delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs visited Irbil, Iraq, to show their support and solidarity with the more than 100,000 Christians and minorities displaced in the country by the advance of Islamist militants. Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, patriarch of the Maronite Catholics, said the Aug. 20 trip was "a first step in the implementation of the statement issued by the patriarchs," referring to a special summit Aug. 7 to address the crisis facing Christians in Iraq and Syria. ebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, the patriarch of Maronite Catholics who headed a delegation of Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs...
  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit filed against those attempting Satanic event with consecrated Host

    08/21/2014 1:10:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 21, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black mass that organizers are planning to stage next month in the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall.The lawsuit asks the Oklahoma County Sheriff‘s Office to retrieve the consecrated host that the event‘s organizers claim to have, and return it to Oklahoma City...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were shocked by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • HOROWITZ: The Hell That Is The Obama White House

    08/20/2014 7:52:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 56 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | August 19, 2014 | David Horowitz
    Let me begin by acknowledging that this inspirational title is lifted from a tweet by screen actor James Woods. And now I will explicate his tweet. Every sentient human being whose brain isnt stuffed with ideological fairy dust can see that Obama is behind every major scandal of his administration from Benghazi to the I.R.S. disgrace. How can one know this? Because the culprits havent been fired. Moreover, if they are serial liars like Susan Rice, theyve actually been promoted to posts where their loyalty to the criminal-in-chief can do America and its citizens even more damage, if that...
  • Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

    08/20/2014 7:24:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 20, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    James Foley in Aleppo in 2012. The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in...
  • College Prof Calls Catholic Church Barbaric, Sexist, and Medieval

    08/20/2014 2:02:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 20, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Professor Jerry A. Coyne, professor of Ecology and Evolution at The University of Chicago, wrote one of the nastiest anti-Catholic diatribes I've read in a while; painting the Church as barbaric, sexist, and medieval and accusing it for torturing women. And then because he was still feeling it, he compared the Church to the most evilest of organizations in his estimation - The National Rifle Association. Insert gasp here. And The New Republic saw nothing wrong with this and decided to publish it. The issue at hand has to do with a woman in Ireland (but not a citizen there)...
  • Priest comforts Foley family after killing of journalist

    08/20/2014 1:54:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2014
    American journalist James Foley, who appears to have been killed by Islamic State terrorists Below: Fr Paul Gousse leaves the Foley family home in Rochester, Boston (PA) Islamic State have released a gruesome video appearing to show American photo journalist James Wright Foley being beheaded by a masked militant. Foley went missing in Syria in November 2012 while working for the GlobalPost agency.Mr Foley came from a Catholic family in Rochester, New Hampshire. On Tuesday Fr Paul Gousse, of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, where the Foleys are parishioners, spent about 45 minutes at the house before leaving without...
  • Francis Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters. Francis words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI before trips, archbishop reveals

    08/19/2014 2:52:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Pope Francis and Archbishop Georg Ganswein in St. Peter's Square after the Wednesday general audience, May 7, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Aug 19, 2014 / 12:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before any international trip Pope Francis visits Benedict XVI, a key Vatican archbishop revealed, noting the good relations between the two and how Pope Francis is carrying forward Benedict's vision.   Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, who serves as prefect of the Pontifical Household, spoke in an all-out interview Aug. 15 with the Austrian Catholic press agency in “Kath.net” while he was in the diocese in Freibourg. There he led  Aug....
  • New Ukrainian Orthodox head to face questions of independence

    08/19/2014 2:48:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 19, 2014 | Sofia Kochmar
    Onufriy, Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine for the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) was elected to his post Aug. 13, 2014. Credit: Maksym Brusnika. Kyiv, Ukraine, Aug 19, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine's eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the UOC-MP, which is one of the three primary Orthodox Churches in Ukraine. He...
  • In Defense of Christians Summit - Sep. 9-11, 2014

    08/19/2014 1:46:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    idcsummit ^ | August 18, 2014
    The mission of IDC is threefold: awareness, advocacy and unity. First, IDC hopes to increase awareness among our fellow citizens, the media, and policymakers about the faith and courage of those persecuted individuals and communities in the Middle East, particularly Christians and religious minorities, whose plight is worsening by the day. We are told in Hebrews 13 to continue to remember those mistreated as if we ourselves are suffering. As Christians, we are called to band together to shine a bright light on this ongoing, deteriorating situation in the Middle East, and to make it an issue of urgency for...
  • Frankenstein Science: Head Transplants Are Now Possible?

    08/18/2014 3:25:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 18, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Potentially unethical.” That’s how one expert described an Italian scientist’s plan to perform a “head transplant” by severing two heads at the same time, then cooling and flushing out the ‘recipient’ head before attaching it to its new body with polymer glue.That is “POTENTIALLY unethical?” Making one person out of two, and throwing away the unused halves, is only “potentially” unethical?Shock and awe.* * * * *Neuroscientist Sergio Canavero is undeterred by criticism, however. Canavero now reports that it’s possible to merge bone marrow, surgically cut with an ultra-sharp knife, when fusing one person’s head onto another person’s spine. The...
  • Pope Endorses "Force" To Stop ISIS

    08/18/2014 2:32:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Creative Minority Reporta ^ | August 18, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    In his most explicit statement yet, the Pope endorses the use of force to stop the monsters of ISIS, well, as close as he is likely to come. ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday endorsed the use of force to stop Islamic militants from attacking religious minorities in Iraq but said the international community — and not just one country — should decide how to intervene. Francis also said he and his advisers were considering whether he might go to northern Iraq himself to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. But he said he was holding off...
  • Recalcitrant LCWR Digs in Its Heels at Nashville Meeting

    08/18/2014 2:22:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | August 16, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    Fireworks this week, as the Leadership Conference of Women Religious met in Nashville for their 2014 annual meeting.The meeting marks the first time the women’s religious had met since Vatican officials imposed a requirement last April that the group pre-clear its speakers’ lists with Rome.LCWR leadership had snubbed their noses at that request–instead presenting their highest award, the Outstanding Leadership Award, to Fordham University’s Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, CSJ, who is considered one of the architects of feminist theology. Sister Johnson’s book Quest for the Living God has been called by the U.S. Bishops’ Conference “seriously inadequate as a presentation of...
  • "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims"

    08/18/2014 4:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 16, 2014
    FULL TITLE: Archbishop of Mosul: "I have lost my Diocese to Islam - You in the West will also become the victims of Muslims" Armenian Orthodox church in Raqqa, Syria, now an ISIS office Our sufferings today are the prelude of those you, Europeans and Western Christians, will also suffer in the near future. I lost my diocese. The physical setting of my apostolate has been occupied by Islamic radicals who want us converted or dead. But my community is still alive. Please, try to understand us. Your liberal and democratic principles are worth nothing here. You must consider again...
  • 800,000 watch as Pope Francis moves 124 Korean martyrs closer to sainthood

    08/17/2014 5:31:38 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Register ^ | August 16, 2014 | SIMONE ORENDAIN
    Pope Francis celebrates the beatification Mass of Paul Yun Ji-chung and 123 martyred companions in Seoul, South Korea, Aug. 16.CNS photo/Paul Haring SEOUL, South Korea - Pope Francis placed 124 Korean martyrs on the last step toward sainthood in a beatification Mass Aug. 16 that brought elation to the 800,000 people in attendance. The sun was searing as Bishop Francis Ahn Myong-ok of Masan, president of the commission for the beatification, asked the pope to pronounce the martyrs blessed. After hearing a brief collective biography of 124 of the original founders of the Korean Catholic Church, Pope Francis pronounced the...
  • Pope Francis' Korean Surprises (shuns helicopter for train)

    08/17/2014 5:19:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    ZNA ^ | August 16, 2014
    During his apostolic voyage to South Korea, the Holy Father has not lost his ability to surprise.Yesterday, the 77-year-old Pontiff not only opted to take a high-speed train from Seoul to Daejeon rather than the scheduled-helicopter, but he also called in on Jesuits in the capital. To reach Daejeon after celebrating Mass on the feast of the Assumption, the Pope gave up the helicopter and preferred to board the KTX high-speed train, despite never having been on a high-speed train before.The train left the station shortly before 9am and covered the 90 miles between the two cities in 50 minutes.According to...
  • Pope Francis prays at Korean cemetery for aborted babies

    08/17/2014 5:06:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | August 16, 2014
    Credit: Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 16, 2014 / 07:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- En route from visiting a rehabilitation center in Kkottognae and on his way to meet with Korean religious, Pope Francis stopped and prayed for a few minutes at local cemetery for aborted children. The Holy Father got out of the Kia Pope Mobile in which he was being transported to pray at this location, accompanied by a Korean Bishop and a priest acting as his translator. With his hands clasped together, Pope Francis prayed in silence before this cemetery...
  • Korean man takes name of 'Francis' at baptism by Pope

    08/17/2014 5:03:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | August 17, 2014
    Pope Francis baptizes Hojin Lee on August 17, 2014. Credit: Preparatory Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea. Seoul, South Korea, Aug 17, 2014 / 01:24 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Sunday morning Pope Francis baptized 62-year-old Lee Ho-Jin – the father of one of the victims from the Sewol Ferry tragedy earlier this year – who took on the baptismal name “Francis.” Vatican Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi reported that the baptism was celebrated in 20 minutes without Mass. It was officiated by a Korean priest, who is acting as the Pope's translator, with Pope Francis conducting the immersion and...
  • The battle of our century (the war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all)

    08/16/2014 1:40:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    CERC ^ | August 15, 2014 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    The battle of our centuryFATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZAIt is not a war between religions. It is a war within Islam that has lethal consequences for all those it touches. It began dramatically on Sept. 11, 2001. Our century is characterized by a lethal theological war in the house of Islam, with brutal consequences for the whole world, whether it be lower Manhattan or northern Iraq. Centuries are not exactly 100 years long. The late British historian Eric Hobsbawm proposed a more persuasive division of history with his "long 19th century," which began with the French Revolution in 1789 and...
  • Pope Francis in South Korea: Three Things to Know

    08/15/2014 4:00:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 15, 2014 | JOHN PAUL SHIMEK
    Hours ago, Pope Francis began his first Apostolic visit to Asia. After an overnight flight from Rome, which took the Roman Pontiff through Chinese airspacea first in the chronicles of the acts of the popesthe man from the ends of the earth landed at Seouls Incheon Airport and met and addressed (in English) South Korean President Park Guen-Hye and other dignitaries, including the President of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conferences, Cardinal Oswald Gracias, and the Primate of South Korea and Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung.No doubt the papal pilgrimage is of great and especial interest...
  • The Last Daily Latin Mass in New York Is Facing Extinction

    08/15/2014 2:45:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    New York Observer ^ | August 14, 2014 | Steffi Feldman
    The Church of the Holy Innocents, located on 37th Street (Photo by Kaitlyn Flannagan)Down the street from the lights and sounds of Times Square stands the oldest building in the Garment District, the Church of the Holy Innocents. Over the decades its neighborhood has evolved into the tangle of chain stores and litter that it is today while the almost 150-year-old church has remained mostly the same since the day it was built. Step inside and the din is somehow lost, replaced by the last quiet, peaceful haven for New York’s traditional Catholics.Yet what makes Holy Innocents truly unique is...