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  • Planned Parenthood CEO: My Proudest Moment is Forcing Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

    05/03/2016 2:25:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Life News ^ | May 2, 2016 | MICAIAH BILGER
    Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards seems to jump at every chance she gets to do an interview with a journalist who will flatter her abortion work. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT In her latest interview, Richards revealed her proudest moment on the job – forcing Christians to pay for contraception, including methods that many say can cause early abortions.She told the Texas Observer: TO: And your proudest moment at Planned Parenthood?CR: Definitely the day President Obama called to say he was about to announce that birth control would be covered for all women under their insurance plans, because it had been a hard-fought...
  • Ancient Christian Artifacts at the Louvre

    05/02/2016 3:59:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2016 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    Our Ambrosian correspondent Nicola de’ Grandi was recently in Paris, and took these photographs of some of the ancient Christian artworks kept at the Louvre Museum. A gilded piece of glass of the type frequent used as grave markers in ancient Christian burial sites; this was a fairly precious object both for its gold, but also because glass was difficult to make in antiquity, and considered a kind of jewel. The image is of the Prophet Jonah being thrown out of the boat, and swallowed by the “whale”, here a large sea monster. (The Hebrew word “bechamah” can also mean either. Jonah...
  • A Reason for Lukewarm Catholics

    05/02/2016 11:50:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | May 1, 2016 | David Roney
    It is all too common to hear stories about fallen away Catholics, and how fewer are attending Mass and following their faith. Many blame theirs or others’ lukewarm faith or lack of catechesis on priests, their schools, bishops, Vatican II, popes, liturgical abuses, scandals, or any number of things. The problem of being lukewarm is mentioned in Revelation 3:16, where it states, rather indelicately but deliberately, “But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, not hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.”We hear regular criticism that the Church is failing Catholics and thus the world,...
  • The Real Sword in the Stone Is in a Church in Italy

    05/02/2016 11:28:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 1, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Thirty kilometers southwest of Siena, among the hills of Tuscany, are the ruins of an ancient Cistercian Gothic abbey. In one of the nearby chapels you will find one of the most remarkable relics of the Middle Ages: the sword of St. Galgano Guidotti.When tourists visiting Siena wonder what can be seen in the city, apart from the beautiful hills and villas, one answer is “visit the village of Chiusdino” for the magnificent medieval architecture, its outdoor opera festivals and to see the real sword in the stone.Yes: the sword of St. Galgano is buried to the hilt in...
  • Incorrupt bodies of the Saints -St Charbel Makhlouf -incorruptable (Catholic Caucus)

    05/01/2016 4:21:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Incorrupt bodies of the Saints -St Charbel Makhlouf -incorruptable "The Incorruptables" -The incorrupt bodies of certain Saints What is perhaps one of the most unusual phenomenon regarding the bodies of Saints is that of the miraculous preservation of a great number of them after being interred for years in conditions that normally should have provoked their destruction according to the laws of nature, and even more so because in almost every case of incorruption in the lives of the Saints the bodies were not embalmed or preserved in any way. Yet in spite of not being embalmed or treated in...
  • Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him (Cath Cauc)

    04/29/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 103 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 29, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    FULL TITLE: “Even if the Pope were Satan incarnate, we ought not to raise up our heads against him” – St. Catherine of Siena Today is the – in the post-Conciliar, modern, non-traditional – Ordinary Form – Novus Ordo Calendar – Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, Patroness of Europe and named by Paul VI as Doctor of the Church. Thus, her life and works reflect something of the Church’s own role as Teacher.  Her head may be venerated in Siena and the rest of her in Rome in the Church Santa Maria sopra Minerva (near the ecclesiastical tailor Gammarelli...
  • Suspects arrested in alleged ISIS plot to attack Vatican

    04/29/2016 3:19:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 29, 2016 | Junno Arocho Esteves
    Italian police officers patrol St Peter's Square (AP) Authorities monitored conversations between the suspects via WhatsAppItalian authorities have arrested six suspects who allegedly received orders from ISIS to attack the Vatican and the Israeli embassy in Rome.The arrests made in Lombardy and Piedmont were the result of a joint operation coordinated by the district attorney of Milan and the Italian anti-terrorism agency.According to the Italian news agency ANSA, authorities arrested Abderrahim Moutaharrik and his wife, Salma Bencharki; Abderrahmane Khachia, and three people who have maintained contact with a couple that left Italy to join ISIS in Syria. All of the suspects...
  • Looking for a good book for the Year of Mercy? Read Lord of the Rings

    04/27/2016 4:25:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Elizabeth Anderson
    In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wants the faithful to recognize God’s mercy toward each individual soul, and then in turn to show increased mercy toward one another. In his bull proclaiming the Jubilee, our Holy Father affirms “we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” Mercy can, however, seem rather abstract to us; the imagination may need some prodding. Few books provide a better depiction of mercy...
  • Do You Like Dialect Quizzes? You Have a French Bicyclist To Thank

    04/26/2016 3:28:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 22, 2016 | Cara Giaimo
    How a 19th century "human transcribing machine" inspired generations of linguists. A 1900s-era bicycleEdmond Edmont's tool of the trade. (Image: Public Domain)Back in 2013, millions of Americans spent a few minutes clicking through this dialect survey. They threw their lots in with "crayfish" or "crawdad." They marveled at the number of words for rubbernecking. At the end, they likely received their geographic diagnoses with pride. Despite coming out on December 20, this quiz was the New York Times's top-trafficked storyof that year. A decade earlier, when linguist Bert Vaux wrote the questions that inspired the quiz, he was thinking about...
  • The Unexpected Individuals Featured on American Currency

    04/26/2016 2:30:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 24, 2016 | Jessie Guy-Ryan
    Before presidents were the standard, a variety of American figures could be found on our banknotes. Twenty dollar bills, soon to be updated. (Photo: selbstfotografiert/CC BY-SA-3.0)This week, the U.S. Treasury announced a number of changes to the banknotes designs, most prominently changing the face featured on the $20 bill from Andrew Jackson to Harriet Tubman. The makeoverthe first change to the portraits featured on banknotes since 1928incorporates numerous women and African-Americans from US history, such as Eleanor Roosevelt and Martin Luther King, Jr. While the currency overhaul seems novel to us, banknote portraiture has changed frequently enough that 53 individuals...
  • Cultural Identity Theft (alarming statistics)

    04/25/2016 5:55:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 20, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    A recent New York Times article revealed that 90 percent of teens in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek think of the Brussels terrorists as heroes. The main thing to notice here is not that these youth have warped values (which they do), but that their heroes are people who are willing to die for what they believe. Which means that some of these young people are likely willing to die for the same beliefs. Meanwhile, a test given to thirteen-year-olds in an Italian middle school revealed that 90 percent of them would convert to Islam if...
  • To label a priest non-judgmental is damning. (can't think clearly, affirms people moral errors)

    04/24/2016 2:22:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 24, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Catholic Thing Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has a good piece about being non-judgmental, particularly about non-judgmental priests.  I think we have all met that sort, right?  These pathetic, flexi-spined cowards who would be, were Dante in charge, consigned to chase the pointless ever-whirling banner on the empty plain, pursued by stinging flies, treading upon hideous worms.Two snips: Non-Judgmental Shepherds[…]Someone recently told me about a Catholic religion teacher who was called by a concerned parent. The teacher was presenting the Catholic faith in a methodical fashion. An upcoming topic was to be love and marriage. The parent wanted assurances that his...
  • A Note on The Voris Confession (Catholic Caucus)

    04/23/2016 4:41:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | April 22, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    Yesterday, Michael Voris of Church Militant released a very difficult and courageous episode of the Vortex. In it, he alleged that the New York Archdiocese, in apparent retribution for his investigation of the strong homosexual culture within the clergy there, intended to publicly reveal his own past sins. If true, this would amount to an egregious violation of the 8th Commandment. And the sins in question were unquestionably shocking and unexpected. Voris said, in part: I have never made a secret that my life prior to my reversion was extremely sinful. I have said many times — in public — that I was in...
  • Why Modern Meteorologists Use a 19th-Century Crystal Ball

    04/22/2016 12:04:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 19, 2016 | Ella Morton
    Crystal balls at the South Pole. (Photo: Eli Duke/CC BY-SA 2.0)It sounds like the premise for a riddle: At the South Pole are twocrystal balls that provides unfailingly accurate informationnot about the future, but about the past.This is no trick. It's just meteorology. The dual glass spheres at the South Pole are Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorders, orbs that capture the number of hours of direct sunlight each day, as well as its intensity.Sunshine recorders first came about in the 1850s, thanks toJohn Francis Campbellthe Campbell in Campbell-Stokes. Around 1853, Campbell, a Scottish author who focused onCeltic folklore, developed a desire toquantify...
  • Point Roberts (an American city stranded at the tip of a Canadian peninsula)

    04/22/2016 10:17:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | April 22, 2016
    The Convention of 1818 between Britain and America following the War of 1812 had a tough job to take on: determining the border between Canada and the United States. In an effort to avoid controversy and confusion caused by drawing the boundary based on watershed, the two countries agreed on a simpler solution: the 49th parallel. There were, of course, multiple problems that arose with this solution, including the fact that Vancouver Island was split in two by the imaginary line.The debate over whether the line of latitude should split the island in two or if it should be ignored,...
  • The Anatomy Drawings of Leonardo, Now Available Online

    04/17/2016 3:11:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 17, 2016 | Daniel R. Esparza
    Maybe this is yet another reason to say “God save the Queen”: dozens of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomy drawings, so far reserved for those who visited Buckingham Palace, have been carefully digitalized and made available for you, lucky internaut. But besides this collection of the beautiful, intricate and detailed drawings and sketches of the Italian Renaissance master, along with his notes and observations, the Royal Collection Trust has also launched an iPad application that compiles the whole 268 pages of the da Vinci notebooks. This is no coloring book, but you might enjoy trying to copy some of these! 
  • How the Hays Code Brought Us the Sensational Screen Kiss

    04/16/2016 7:06:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 16, 2016 | William F. Greene
    Sometimes restrictions serve to bring out our creativity in startling and memorable ways There was a time in the early years of motion pictures when a kiss was the ultimate expression of love. Anything beyond a brush of the lips was left to the imagination, and love scenes were actually more potent because of it.In the 1930s a strict code dictated to directors and writers the lines of demarcation between what was permissible, not only for lovemaking, but also for vulgarity and other delicate themes. Though marked in part by what was considered backward in the era [i.e., miscegenation – ed],...
  • Broken Trust: The Cause of Angry Politics

    04/16/2016 5:39:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 15, 2016 | JOHN HORVAT II
    Everyone agrees that there is something different about todays angry politics. The ordinary issues that have shaped the political debate for years have largely remained the same. The economy is still in bad shape, terrorism remains a top concern and the deficit is still growing as fast as ever.The mood of the nation, however, has undergone a great shift. People are angry. They are not angry about something, but rather angry at someone.Digging a bit deeper, one finds that, more often than not, people are venting their rage not at any particular individual, but rather a class, institution or...
  • New Documents Make It Clear: Obama Wants to Force Christians to Pay for Abortions

    04/15/2016 3:19:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life News ^ | April 15, 2016 | CONOR BECK
    As a general rule, one is typically on the wrong side of the issue if they are fighting against a group of nuns providing care for the elderly and poor. One, in this case, is unsurprisingly the Obama Administration. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The pending U.S. Supreme Court case Zubik v. Burwell involves the Catholic charity the Little Sister of the Poor and other religious organizations desire to not provide services in their health plans that violate their religious beliefs. Namely, this includes free access to contraceptive drugs, including some that may cause abortions.The Obama Administration claims that they include a workaround...
  • Court: Church of Flying Spaghetti Monster Not a Religion

    04/15/2016 2:27:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 15, 2016 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    The Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster isn't real and it's followers, who call themselves Pastafarians, are just kinda' being jerks, a federal court in Nevada. (OK, the court didn't say they were being jerks but hey I'm allowed some editorial leeway. It's just a blog anyway.) A blast of common sense from the bench. Whoa. Newsweek:Worshippers of the Flying Spaghetti Monster call their faith FSMism or Pastafarianism, a portmanteau of pasta and Rastafarianism. One such worshipper, Stephen Cavanaugh, a prisoner in a Nebraska state penitentiary, sued the state in 2014 over the right to practice his faith. Cavanaugh argued...
  • Kobe Bryant, Formed and Saved by His Catholic Faith

    04/15/2016 2:22:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 15, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    On Wednesday, April 13 Kobe Bryant, one of the greatest athletes of all time, ended his 20-year basketball career with a bang, scoring 60 points in his last game.While Bryant’s stats can be recited by many  five-time NBA champion, two-time Olympic champion, 18-time All-Star and the third leading scorer in NBA history — few know about the role his Catholic faith played in helping him through one of his darkest hours.Born in Philadelphia, Kobe Bryant was raised in a Catholic household and even spent some of his youth in Italy. Drafted into the NBA at the age of 17, he eventually married Vanessa Laine at...
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer attacks Fr. Sirico of Acton Institute for questioning global warming VIDEO/ POLL

    04/15/2016 1:52:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 15, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I have long contended that Sen. Barbara Boxer may be the dimmest light in that intellectual constellation called the U.S. Senate.  She has competition, I’ll grant.I saw this at the Daily Caller, which, by the way, has a poll asking if she should apologize to Fr. Sirico.  HERE – Great video below. Sen. Barbara Boxer Attacks Catholic Priest For Questioning Global Warming [VIDEO]California Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer went after a Catholic priest in a Wednesday hearing for supposedly questioning the pope’s statements on the dangers of man-made global warming.“So do you disagree with the pope when he says that climate change...
  • Atheist Blogger Challenges New Russian Blasphemy Law

    04/14/2016 3:25:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 14, 2016 | John Burger
    In a twist that would have been unthinkable five decades ago, a man in Russia could go to jail for blogging that God does not exist.Ironically, Viktor Krasnov’s day in court was to be Tuesday, which was the 55th anniversary of the historic space flight of Cosmonaut Yuri Gargarin. Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev later said in a speech that Gargarin found no evidence of God while orbiting Earth.Much has changed since 1961, but the change that concerns religious freedom advocates was prompted by a protest the feminist punk rock band known as Pussy Riot staged in a Russian Orthodox church four years ago. The group went...
  • Bishop Barron: Miracles from Heaven and the Problem of Theodicy

    04/14/2016 2:59:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 13, 2016 | Bishop Robert Barron
    As any apologist worth his/her salt will tell you, the great objection to the proposition that God exists is the fact of innocent suffering. If you want a particularly vivid presentation of this complaint, go on YouTube and look up Stephen Frys disquisition on why he doesnt believe in God. (Then right afterward, please, do look at my answer to Fry). But the anguished question of an army of non-believers remains: how could an all-loving and all-powerful God possibly allow the horrific suffering endured by those who simply dont deserve it? Say all you want, these critics hold, about...
  • The Powerful Testimony and Conversion of The Girl in the Picture

    04/13/2016 3:40:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | DEACON GREG KANDRA
    The picture is the iconic image of a Vietnamese girl, naked, burned by napalm as she runs down a road.The girl is Kim Phuc, and her life could have ended in that moment. It didn’t. She has taken an extraordinary journey and has not let that searing moment in her life define her: Despite the fear that no one would want her, Kim is now married and has two sons. She says her conversion from the Cao Dai religion to Christianity at the age of 19 changed everything.“And when I read in John 14:6, where Jesus say, ‘I am the...
  • New Study: The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo Covered the Same Person

    04/12/2016 4:26:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 11, 2016 | Paraula
    The Shroud of Turin and the Sudarium of Oviedo almost certainly covered the cadaver of the same person. This is the conclusion from an investigation that has compared the two relics using forensics and geometry.The research was done by Dr. Juan Manuel Miarro, a sculpture professor at the University of Seville, as part of a project sponsored by the Valencia-based Centro Espaol de Sindonologa (CES) (The Spanish Center of Sindonology).Transparency acetate on three-dimensional model used in the investigation of Juan Manuel Miarro . LINTEUM The study thus supports what tradition has held for more than two millennia: that the...
  • Jane Austen Prays

    04/11/2016 2:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 11, 2016 | Guy McClung, J.D., Ph.D.
    The primary reason for this article is to make those who do not know of the prayers written by Jane Austen. Below are some links to the full text of her prayers. The comments that follow are mere pedestrian commentary and do not hold a candle to the beauty and sublimity of her prayerful words.These prayers were probably written when Jane was a young woman, perhaps even in her teenage years. They are all “night” prayers, said at the end of day before retiring.Decades ago, good catholic elementary school students learned that prayer had four major themes or goals:...
  • Why Are 2 Different Popes Telling Us to Read Lord of the World?

    04/11/2016 2:07:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Aletelial ^ | April 8, 2016 | Colin O'Brien
    Its a somewhat obscure apocalyptic novel, much overlooked since its publication in 1907, and yet it comes with a recommendation that just about any best-selling author would covet: the spiritual leader of the whole world says its a good read. And not just the current pope, the previous one too.Pope Francis raised eyebrows in 2013 and again in 2015 when he recommended Robert Hugh Bensons Lord of the World to the faithful as a book that depicts a globalization of hegemonic uniformity. Similarly, then-Cardinal Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI, referred to the Universalism depicted in Lord of the...
  • Amazing 6th Century Church Uncovered in Rome

    04/02/2016 3:58:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 53 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | March 30, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    After 30 years and millions of dollars of restoration, 1500-year-old Santa Maria Antiqua, buried beneath the Roman Forum by an earthquake in 847, has finally reopened to the public, and it is stunning: “This church is the Sistine Chapel of the early Middle Ages,” Maria Andaloro, an art historian involved in the project, told Reuters. “It collected the very best of figurative culture of the Christian world between Rome and Byzantium.” Being buried by the earthquake saved the church from being altered in later centuries, particularly during the Counter-Reformation, said Prof Andaloro. Among the most significant frescoes is a depiction...
  • 'She's in heaven' Pope Francis on Mother Angelica

    03/30/2016 4:10:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | March 30, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis offers a special blessing for the repose of Mother Angelica's soul during his general audience March 30, 2016. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Mar 30, 2016 / 06:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Wednesday offered a special blessing for Mother Angelica following her death on Easter Sunday, expressing his confidence that she is already in heaven.Shes in heaven. The Pope pointed to the sky as he spoke these words to members of EWTNs Rome bureau, who brought an image of the late Poor Clare nun to his March 30 general audience as a sign of affection and remembrance.Francis...
  • A Teachers First Encounter with Gay Activism

    03/30/2016 3:56:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 30, 2016 | TOM MCLAUGHLIN
    Homosexuality became an issue early in my teaching career with the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, which coincided with my return to the classroom from an administrative position in 1979. The outbreak was a major news story and I covered it in the current events portion of my classes. We had only one nurse for six schools in our Fryeburg, Maine district and she asked if she could come into my social studies classes so we could teach sex education together. She believed my presence would make it easier on the boys. She was a conservative, Catholic woman and...
  • Animal Rights Activists Disrupt Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Basilica

    03/30/2016 3:40:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 30, 2016 | ANGELO STAGNARO
    Sometimes it's hard to love those who hate you. But it's even more difficult to love those who refuse to see reason or to recognize their own errors, self-contradictions, mistakes and hysteria. Misology is the irrational and intractable hatred of logic and reason. It's a deep-seated, delusional self-assurance that one is right not only despite logic, scholarship and scientific and historical reality but even despite one's own assertions. Misological people will demand they are right even after they've contradicted themselves thus proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are axiomatically and patently wrong. And it's never a pleasant conversation with them. Rather, it's...
  • Mother Angelicas funeral to be broadcast live on media network she founded

    03/29/2016 3:25:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 29, 2016
    The Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN) will broadcast the funeral of Mother Angelica live on Friday.A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11am on Friday at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Hanceville, and interment will immediately follow in the Shrines Crypt Church.Mother Mary Angelica died on Easter Sunday at the age of 92 at her orders Our Lady of Angels Monastery in rural Alabama. Mother Angelica was born Rita Rizzo in Canton, Ohio, in 1923. She entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration monastery in Cleveland at age 21 and joined other nuns in moving...
  • When the Man Who Played Jesus in The Passion of the Christ Met John Paul II

    03/29/2016 2:34:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 29, 2016 | Esteban Pittaro
    When Jim Caviezel was young, he had to stay home to study Spanish while his family went to see John Paul II during his visit to Vancouver, British Colombia. He missed out on that chance to see the pope. But 20 years later, having a well-established career in the cinema and having earned the right to play the role of Jesus of Nazareth in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, he got a second chance.There are two parts to his meeting with John Paul II, which Caviezel recounted on separate occasions. One is serious; the other hilarious. Together...
  • Georgia governor vetoes religious exemptions bill on gay marriage

    03/28/2016 9:22:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Columbus Dispatch ^ | March 28, 2016
    ATLANTA (AP) Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal on Monday said he will veto legislation shielding opponents of same-sex marriage, after a groundswell of opposition from companies threatening to boycott the state if it became law.The Republican announced his decision during a news conference in his office at the Georgia Capitol, saying, I have examined the protections that this bill proposes to provide to the faith based community and I can find no examples of any of those circumstances occurring in our state."Deal added, I do not think that we have to discriminate against anyone to protect the faith-based community in...
  • Mother Angelica, foundress of EWTN, dies on Easter

    03/27/2016 5:10:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 109 replies
    cna ^ | March 27, 2016
    Mother Angelica. Credit: EWTN. Irondale, Ala., Mar 27, 2016 / 06:00 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Catholic Church in the United States has lost the Poor Clare nun who changed the face of Catholicism in the United States and around the world. Mother Mary Angelica of the Annunciation, foundress of the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN), passed away on March 27 after a lengthy struggle with the aftereffects of a stroke. She was 92 years old.Mother has always and will always personify EWTN, the network that God asked her to found, said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael Warsaw. Her...
  • Welcome Home, Fellow Converts, and May Truth Sustain You Always!

    03/27/2016 1:45:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 26, 2016 | SCOTT ERIC ALT
    I extend a very happy “Wel­come Home” to all those who will be received into full com­mu­nion with the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil Sat­ur­day evening. As an RCIA team member, I have lis­tened to the emo­tions of new Catholics, after the Vigil, as they recalled mak­ing their first Eucharist. In them there is one feel­ing, unmis­tak­able and com­mon to them all: joy, often to the point of tears that would not be refused. I have not met, in my years working with RCIA and after, the Catholic con­vert who does not expe­ri­ence that same joy. Nor have I...
  • The Easter Sermon of St. John Chrysostom

    03/27/2016 12:49:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Church of St. Michael ^ | March 27, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    This week in place of the regular Pastor's Column, we share the Paschal joy of the Hieratikon (Catechetical Sermon) of Saint John Chrysostom. Are there any who are devout lovers of God? Let them enjoy this beautiful bright festival! Are there any who are grateful servants? Let them rejoice and enter into the joy of their Lord! Are there any weary with fasting? Let them now receive their wages! If any have toiled from the first hour, let them receive their due reward; If any have come after the third hour, let him with gratitude join in the Feast! And...
  • Justices, Attorneys Hash out Religious Freedom Issue in Contraceptive Mandate Case

    03/24/2016 2:19:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 24, 2016 | John Burger
    The Chief Justice of the United States seemed to show sympathy with the Little Sisters of the Poor and others in a case challenging an Obamacare provision when he agreed that the government is “hijacking” their health care plans.Chief Justice John Roberts presided over oral arguments Wednesday in Zubik v. Burwell, where faith-based employers claim that signing a form or letter requesting exemption from the requirement to provide contraceptive coverage for their lay employees actually triggers the coverage and makes them complicit.Roberts said he finds the faith-based groups’ use of the phrase “hijacking” to be an “accurate description of what the government...
  • The Return of the Absent Clockmaker

    03/23/2016 3:45:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 23, 2016 | JOHN HORVAT II
    At a certain point in modern times, it was decided that God, the Creator of heaven and earth, should stay out of the business of running the world he created. Supposedly, men could do it much better without him.All this was done, mind you, with a certain amount of tact and propriety so as not to overly offend God or those who believed in him. It was decided that God would be given the title of the maker of a clock, where the clock was a great mechanical universe. As “clockmaker,” all God had to do was wind up...
  • The FAQs: Religious Liberty and the Little Sisters of the Poor (SCOTUS)

    03/23/2016 1:20:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | March 23, 2016 | Joe Carter
    The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments todayin a casefrom religious nonprofit groups challenging thefederal governments contraceptive/abortifacient mandate. Here is what you should knowabout that case.What is this case, and whats it about? The case the Supreme Court will hear, Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged v. Burwell, combines seven challenges to the Health and Human Services (HHS) contraceptive/abortifacient mandate.To fulfill the requirements of the Affordable Healthcare Act (aka ObamaCare) the federal government passed a regulation (often called the HHS Mandate) that attempts to force groups into providing insurance coverage for contraceptives, sterilization, and abortifacients. Some religious...
  • The Man Who Develops the World's Found Film

    03/22/2016 2:43:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | March 21, 2016 | Andy Wright
    Some of Bettwieser's recovered film includes photographs from World War II. (All Photos: Courtesy The Rescued Film Project)Its happened to everyone. Youre rifling through a bin at a thrift store, or a garage sale, or an unmarked box in your attic, and you find an undeveloped roll of film. The thought crosses your mind: should I get this developed? See whats on it?But who has time these days to find a convenient place to develop it, let alone pay for the process.That question, and that obstacle, are exactly what led Boise, Idaho-based photographer and video producer Levi Bettwieser to...
  • When School Tolerance Stifles the Christian Conscience

    03/22/2016 1:59:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 22, 2016 | KRISSIE ALLEN
    People often speak of places of sanctuary, where they feel most free and where they can breathe. One such place for mea former high school teacheris within the walls of a school. There is something invigorating and God-inspired in having people of different ages, backgrounds, and experiences exercise their minds around common subjects and principles, learn the facets of the world, and seek answers about their place in it. Whether in the context of a public or private educational institution, this wide-open breath of a school community has always provided me a true sense of freedom.Presently, however, the air...
  • Letter #19, 2016: The Nuncio (Catholic Caucus)

    03/22/2016 1:29:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | March 22, 2016 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    March 22, 2016, Tuesday — The NuncioA Man of the ChurchAbout half a decade ago, at an event in Rome, I ran into an American woman I hadn’t seen for more than 20 years, since the time we were both students working on dissertations in the manuscript room of the Vatican Library.To my surprise, she was working in a Vatican office. I had thought she had returned to America to be a professor in a university.We got to talking about this and that, and the subject of “Vatileaks 1” came up. I asked her what she thought about some of...
  • How Not to Interpret Scripture

    03/21/2016 3:43:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 159 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 21, 2016 | MICHAEL HAYES
    There is a class that most college students will take at one point in their academic career. It is the course on Western CivilizationWestern Civ for short. It is a feeble attempt to supplement the modern college curriculum (typically in two freshman-level courses) with what used to be the very backbone of a liberal education. The course revolves around classics of the Western Tradition: Platos Republic, Virgils Aeneid, Augustines Confessions, Descartes Meditations, and Lockes Second Treatise on Government. But one text in particular, I think, has been subject to mistreatment and misusethe Holy Bible.The problem is simple. One of...
  • Fascinating Photos from the Secret Trash Collection in a New York Sanitation Garage

    03/21/2016 5:48:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Atlas Obscura ^ | March 17, 2016 | Dylan Thuras
    (All Photos: Dylan Thuras)On the second floor of a nondescript warehouse owned by New York City's Sanitation Department in East Harlem is a treasure trovefilled with other people's trash.Most of the building is used as a depot for garbage trucks, but there's a secret collectionthat takes over an entire floor. The space is populated by a mind-bogglingly wide array of items: a bestiary ofTamagotchis, Furbies; dozens of Pez dispensers; female weight lifting trophies; 8-track tapes; plates, paintings, sporting equipment and much more.This is theTreasures in the Trash collection, created entirely out of objects found byNelson Molina, a now-retired sanitation...
  • SCOTUS Nominee endorsed by Planned Parenthood

    03/19/2016 3:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 19, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From Live Action News: Obama nominee Garland sided against Priests for Life in contraception mandate caseAs Americans attempt to discern the views of Judge Merrick Garland, President Barack Obama’s nominee to replace Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court, the Washington Post’s Julie Zauzmer has identified a past case in which he sided against Priests for Life.In May, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals voted 6-3 to deny the group an en banc hearing by the whole court in its case against the Obama Administration’s contraception mandate, which had the result of preserving an earlier ruling in favor of the...
  • Can Society Determine Right and Wrong?

    03/19/2016 3:12:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 81 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2016 | Karlo Broussard
    A person with whom I was corresponding recently asserted that skeptics are free to hold that objective morality is derived from the society in which we live. In this view, he claimed, moral principles exist beyond the individual and thus are objective.This correspondent is in good company with Richard Dawkins. To the question How do we decide what is right and what is wrong?, Professor Dawkins answers, "There is a consensus about what we do as a matter of fact consider right and wrong: a consensus that prevails surprisingly widely (The God Delusion,298).But such morality isnotobjective in the true...
  • Pope Emeritus Benedict breaks silence: speaks of deep crisis facing Church post-Vatican II

    03/16/2016 2:41:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 16, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    March 16, 2016 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- On March 16, speaking publicly on a rare occasion, Pope Benedict XVI gave an interview to Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference, in which he spoke of a “two-sided deep crisis” the Church is facing in the wake of the Second Vatican Council. The report has already hit Germany courtesy of Vaticanist Guiseppe Nardi, of the German Catholic news website Katholisches.info. Pope Benedict reminds us of the formerly indispensable Catholic conviction of the possibility of the loss of eternal salvation, or that people go to hell: The missionaries of the 16th...
  • Clintons presided over population control plan to keep black Haitians from breeding

    03/15/2016 3:36:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 15, 2016 | Ben Johnson
    March 15, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Clinton administration enacted a population control policy in Haiti designed to stop poor black people from reproducing, according to a prominent left-wing website. After reading an internal memo from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the authors concluded that under the Clinton administration, "the fundamental goal of the American government is to keep the natives from breeding." Jeffrey St. Clair and Alexander Cockburn wrote on CounterPunch: The June 1993 document (unearthed by Ken Silverstein in CounterPunch) states policy “targets” for Haiti baldly: to obtain 200,000 new “acceptors” of contraception; a “social marketing component” target of “6,000...