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  • Roman Catholics – The Neighborhood Mission Field

    06/04/2014 6:21:11 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    Christian Research Service ^ | July 2012 | T. A. McMahon
    Thirty-five years ago I was delivered from the bondage of Roman Catholicism. That may sound somewhat unkind to many evangelicals today, but it is nevertheless true, as all former Catholics who have been saved by faith alone in Christ alone will attest. Why would we claim that we were set free from bondage? IsnÂ’t that an insult directed at a long-established professing Christian Church that has more than a billion followers? Or is it a reality for all of them? Those who grew up Catholic, as I did for thirty-some years, know what itÂ’s like to have experienced spiritual bondage....
  • Homosexuality promoted through Catholic Charities [vanity]

    03/25/2014 7:32:08 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 209 replies
    Something I was reminded of when I heard about World Vision deciding to hire those in "gay marriages" is how Catholic Charities has long promoted homosexuality. I know this because when I was living as a lesbian 15 to 20 years ago, I went to Catholic Charities several times for counsleing, and I found that the counseling was purely secular. When I went with a "partner," our lifestyle was embraced by the counselor. When I went to a couple other counselors myself later on, I was beginning to have doubts about this life, but one counselor even tried to encourage...
  • Priest jailed for 'systematic' sexual abuse of boy

    03/24/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    RTE News ^ | 3/21/2014
    A 61-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for seven years for systematically sexually abusing a boy in Co Wicklow over a five year period beginning in 2007 when the boy was 12. Denis Nolan, with an address at Carrigmore, Tinahely, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at that address between 1 January and 30 June 2007. He also pleaded guilty to a total of ten counts of defilement of a child between 1 July 2007 and 25 August 2011.
  • The Catholic Roots of Obama’s Activism

    03/24/2014 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | JASON HOROWITZ
    In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers. “He so quickly got us,” said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdiocese’s Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congress’s plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and “Barack Obama was key in helping us do that.” By the...
  • As I Have Been Screeching for Years, Timothy Dolan is an Unmitigated ..

    03/12/2014 3:55:30 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 23 replies
    Barnhardt. Blog ^ | March 9, 2014 A.D. | Ann Barnhardt
    As I Have Been Screeching for Years, Timothy Dolan is an Unmitigated Jackass Really, what more is there to say? Anyone with a brain knew years ago that Timothy Dolan was a craven, politicking imbecile. Presiding at the “gay” Mass at St. Francis Xavier parish in Manhattan and CHEERING the unrepentant sodomite club introduced at said Mass – yeah – that was a SUBTLE CLUE. Inviting antichrist forerunner Obama to the Al Smith dinner and slapping his back while wearing a perpetual ****-eating grin the whole time was another SUBTLE CLUE. But now, ol’ Tracksuit Timmy has officially jumped the...
  • Pope urges Italy to find houses for all families

    12/23/2013 8:48:54 PM PST · by plain talk · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 22, 2013 | AP
    Pope Francis urged anti-austerity protesters who attended his weekly Angelus blessing to use dialogue and not violence to press their demands. Addressing a group of protesters among the pilgrims gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed for `'a constructive contribution, rejecting the temptation for conflict and violence and following always the path of dialogue." The pope read aloud one of their banners: `'The poor cannot wait." He urged everyone from charities to Italian authorities `'to do everything possible so that every family can have a house" this holiday season.
  • Catholic Sacraments - Richard Bennett (Former Roman Catholic Priest, Now a Calvinist)

    12/16/2013 5:43:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    YouTube video here.
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Said To Be In Talks With Insurers

    12/02/2013 5:51:27 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio News ^ | 012/2/213 | Chuck Quirmbach
    It's coming up on three years since the Milwaukee Archdiocese declared bankruptcy. Archbishop Jerome Listecki has spent $11 million on lawyers' fees trying to limit the amount of money paid to the more than 500 people who say they were sexually abused by local Catholic clergy. Recently, insurance companies started buying back policies they sold to the archdiocese as a way of limiting liability.
  • Large differences in “hookup culture” between Catholic/Secular college students and Evangelical ones

    11/27/2013 5:57:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 27 November 2013 | Troy Gibson
    Dr. Donna Freitas, perhaps the nation’s leading expert on university hookup culture, has being doing research among college students and on college campuses regarding sex, the hookup culture, and student religiosity for several years.  She has produced many scholarly publications and studies.  One consistent finding she has observed is that evangelical college students are significantly less likely to hookup than any of their counterparts (Catholic or secular).  Why?  An excerpt from an interview: The attitudes toward sexuality on evangelical campuses were remarkably different from everywhere else. Everyone is struggling with sex, but they do it in very different ways.It’s impossible on...
  • Signs of a Cult

    09/27/2013 1:26:05 AM PDT · by jodyel · 185 replies
    There are about seven principle signs that identify a cult. Now when one hears the word "cult," the first connotation is that of some strange obscure religious group. But for our discussion the word cult is simply a word that describes organized heresy. In other words, any religious group that systematically teaches false doctrine. Knowing some of these signs is key to preventing people from following these cults. The sign we will focus on here is the teaching of exclusivity. Cults will declare that they are the only way to heaven. Apart from them there is no salvation. They alone...
  • Jesus As Mary's First-Born

    09/03/2013 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 337 replies
    Question: It is obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. As long as Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, why was it necessary that Mary have no previous children? I am not asking why it was necessary that Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit—I understand that. I guess my question is, Why would it matter that Mary had other children first, as long as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit? Answer: I agree with you that from what is said in Scripture, it appears to be "obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. "...
  • Gomez book on immigration called 'an intellectual train wreck' [vomit-inducing-analysis warning]

    07/15/2013 9:15:25 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    LA Observed ^ | July 15, 2013 | Kevin Roderick | July 15, 2013 12:20 AM
    didn't realize that Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese has a new book out, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, that steps right into the national debate on immigration reform. Gomez and the publisher describe the book as "a personal, passionate and practical contribution to the national debate about immigration - pointing the way toward a recovery of America's highest ideals....Immigration is a human rights test of our generation. It's also a defining historical moment for America." Daily News columnist Tim Rutten disagrees in his Sunday column. He calls the book by...
  • Papal conclave: Anti-mafia police raid offices in diocese of frontrunner

    03/13/2013 7:37:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Nigerian Tribune ^ | 13 March 2013 | Seyi Gesinde
    Cardinals began election of a new Pope on Tuesday, with a special Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, as 1.2 billion Catholics wait to know who takes over as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal-electors, after the Mass went into the Sistine Chapel to begin their secret deliberations. They will vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate. Before the election began, a report had it that anti-mafia investigators had carried out a string of raids in the diocese of the leading candidate, just as the cardinals had been urged to overcome divisions at a...
  • 'Amateur hour': Vatican conclave drama is one for the history books, experts say

    02/26/2013 1:17:24 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/26/2013 | Tracy Connor
    A lame-duck pope. A secret dossier. Rumors of a gay cabal. A cardinal accused of "inappropriate" behavior. The Vatican is in an uproar, and church scholars say there hasn't been this much drama surrounding a conclave since 1800, when Pope Pius VI died while being held prisoner by Napoleon. One Vatican watcher says you have to go back to 1730 — when Pope Benedict XIII's right-hand man fled Rome in disguise amid allegations of corruption — to find a conclave buffeted by this much scandal. "This is not a healthy situation for any kind of institution," said the Rev. Thomas...
  • Pope Benedict XVI says goodbye — to his red shoes

    02/26/2013 9:18:01 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/26/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Retiring Pope Benedict XVI gets to keep a couple titles — “Your Holiness Benedict XVI” and “emeritus pope” — and his white cassock. But he’s turning in his signature red shoes and going brown. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope decided on his future wear — which has been widely discussed since he announced his retirement — in consultation with Vatican officials, according to The Associated Press. Replacing the red shoes will be the hand-crafted brown loafers given him during a 2012 visit to Mexico, the AP states.
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • Pret A Manger forced to withdraw 'Virgin Mary' crisps ["it's 'offensive to Jesus's mother'"]

    02/04/2013 7:19:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Helen Collis
    Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn its 'Virgin Mary' brand of crisps after a flurry of religious complaints. The coffee-shop made the costly decision to pull the brand after campaigners on the Protect the Pope website pointed out the offensive crisps branding to its members. Responding to the complaints, the religious website says Pret a Manger has 'apologised for any unintentional offence they have caused and have indicted that they will give any unsold crisps to the homeless'. Posting on the website, Deacon Nick Donnelly, says: 'Clive Schlee (Pret CEO) has admitted to a reader of Protect...
  • LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse

    02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:40 ET | BBC
    A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor. Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday. The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation. Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years. In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (£415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record. Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for...
  • The Holy Week Hit Pieces Begin

    04/01/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 1, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Every year during Holy Week the mainstream media conducts its own special ritual called the anti-Christian hit piece. The formula goes like this. Find some author who says that everything that Christians believe and hold dear is a lie. Report all his/her assertions as if they are fact without bothering to address the mountains of scholarly work over centuries that contradict his/her primary assertions. Some years it the "Real Jesus" or the "Real Mary" or the "Real Bible," but the purpose is always the same. Everything you believe is a lie. Happy Easter. This year, CNN begins the annual dance...
  • German Catholic Priest Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse

    01/13/2012 10:31:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 218 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sanya Khetani
    A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over almost a decade, the BBC reported. About 2,800 pornographic images -- including several of his victims -- were found on the priest's computer. Named only as Andreas L, the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.
  • ALL EYES ON FATIMA-The coming event on June 30, 2011: 04:00-07:30 a.m. Lisbon, Portugal time

    06/28/2011 8:13:55 PM PDT · by TaraP · 122 replies
    Fatima Movement ^ | June 29th, 2010
    The Shrine of Fatima, which replaced the Vatican as the authority of the Catholic Church in 1960, was also built as an observatory. Up to 300,000 people are rumored to be in the Shrine's courtyard Wednesday night/Thursday morning to witness Our Lady's Seventh and Final Visit at Fatima, which apparently is the beginning of the 7 week Tribulation. Click on the images to enlarge. This is all we can tell you at the moment...this is all we know right now...more coverage here... This is apparently the first time that the planets have been aligned this sharply since the star over...
  • Denis Leary Defames Pope, Priests and Nuns (Gives Cross the Finger)

    01/20/2011 10:00:54 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 56 replies
    Catholic League ^ | 01/19/2011 | n/a
    On January 16, Comedy Central aired "Denis Leary & Friends Present Douchebags & Donuts." On January 18, Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released the DVD nationwide. The opening segment of this video is addressed by Bill Donohue today: The standup special opens with a clip of Pope Benedict XVI talking to a crowd. But there is a voice-over that is dubbed in to make it seem like he is discussing priestly sexual abuse. Leary then appears on a stage with a large illuminated Cross in the background; he prances around extending his middle finger at it. On...
  • The Holy Spirit Versus “Another Gospel”

    06/11/2011 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 617 replies
    Enrichment Journal ^ | Lynn D. Kanga
    By the year 1000, the simple gospel had accumulated extensive ecclesiastical baggage. No longer was there only one mediator between God and man. The spiritually penitent had to seek the intervention of a priest — whether the priest was moral or not — by means of the confessional. And the priest, as the “representative of Christ,” assumed the right to “absolve” the sins of the sinner or — as an alternative — require acts of penance, often in the form of monetary gifts to the Church. Additionally, the priest might also require the spiritually penitent to seek the mediation of...
  • Catholic bishop enters custody..after pleading guilty to importing child pornography

    05/04/2011 6:47:12 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 81 replies
    The Ottawa Citizen ^ | 4 May 11 | Andrew Seymour
    FULL TITLE: Catholic bishop enters custody at Ottawa courthouse after pleading guilty to importing child pornography OTTAWA — In an extraordinary move, a Catholic bishop who admitted to importing graphic images and videos of child sexual abuse asked a judge to jail him Wednesday, voluntarily beginning to serve a sentence that will last at least a year. Raymond Lahey, 70, looked back into the courtroom and seemed to take a deep breath before pulling the door to the prisoner’s dock closed behind him and letting himself be led into the back hallway that leads to the cells of the Elgin...
  • California priest placed on leave. {Another Roman Catholic Scandal Brewing]

    02/21/2011 6:05:50 PM PST · by Gamecock · 59 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 18, 2011
    Full Title: California priest placed on leave, reportedly concelebrated with Protestant pastor Bishop Tod Brown of Orange has placed Father Augustin Escobar on leave following reports that he permitted a Protestant pastor to act as a concelebrant during Mass and to distribute Holy Communion. Concelebrating Mass with ministers of ecclesial communities that do not have apostolic succession is an “exceptionally serious” crime against the sacraments, according to canonical norms currently in force. Violation of the norm falls under the purview of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and may result in dismissal from the clerical state without an...
  • Priest sentenced for molesting girl, 11

    02/18/2011 5:42:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 1,341 replies
    A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching an 11-year-old Fairfax County girl last year was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail. In September, he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery. Owino, a native of Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers. He had been serving as a philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, W.Va. Owino did not exactly apologize when given the opportunity to speak...but instead prayed aloud for several...
  • Mary Worship? A Study of Catholic Practice and Doctrine

    02/10/2011 7:57:12 AM PST · by Christian Engineer Mass · 349 replies
    Park View ^ | July 2001 | Mary Ann Collins (A Former Catholic Nun)
    Jesus said that the truth will set us free. (John 8:32) However, He did not say that the truth would necessarily be easy to accept. It was painful for me to learn the information that I am about to share with you, but it was also liberating and it led to a closer relationship with God. As a faithful Catholic, and later as a nun, I practiced Mary worship for many years without realizing it. The prayers and practices were so familiar. They were taught to me by good people, sincere people that I trusted. I prayed rosaries and wore...
  • How The Reformation Changed The Church

    02/05/2011 11:07:42 AM PST · by Gamecock · 2,712 replies
    frontline.org ^ | Dr. Peter Hammond
    In the book of Judges we read about another generation which arose, which knew neither the Lord nor what He had done (Judges 2:10). Today, it appears that a generation has arisen, which like Israel under the Judges, knows little of either the Lord nor of what He did during the time of the Protestant exodus and the struggles in the wilderness, which followed in the 16th and 17th century. Sometimes this is from a cowardly dislike of controversy and confrontation. But few people seem to understand either the evils from which the Reformation delivered us or the blessings which...
  • Pope includes Hindu verses in prayers on Good Friday

    02/08/2011 7:12:21 AM PST · by Gamecock · 1,016 replies
    merinews ^ | Apr 14, 2009
    HINDUS HAVE applauded Pope Benedict for including verse from ancient Hindu scripture Upanishads in the Good Friday Meditations and Prayers led by him at Roman Colosseum. Acclaimed Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was a remarkable gesture from Pope and invited him to study more ancient Hindu scriptures, which were very rich in philosophical thought. He or other Hindu scholars would gladly provide the help and resources in this regard, if asked, Zed added. Zed, who is president of Universal Society of Hinduism, also commended His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI for inclusion...
  • St. Louis Catholic Blogger Upset (Again) With Archdiocese Honoring Martin Luther King Jr.

    01/11/2011 3:50:53 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 8 replies
    Riverfront Times ^ | Jan. 11 2011 | Chad Garrison
    For the 35th year in a row, the St. Louis Archdiocese this Sunday will hold a special mass honoring the life and works of Martin Luther King Jr. And for the third year in a row, the blog St. Louis Catholic is bitching about it. Why? Because, per St. Louis Catholic, "it is grossly inappropriate to celebrate a Mass 'in honor' of a non-Catholic. Period." The St. Louis Catholic notes that while MLK Jr. did accomplish "wonderful things" in the field of civil rights, there were "certain sinful behaviors in his personal life" that shouldn't be overlooked. Moreover, how can...
  • Number of Austrian Catholics leaving church increase to a record high since 1945

    01/11/2011 11:09:28 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 1/11/2011 | Associated Press
    Church officials say 87,000 Austrian Catholics left in 2010. That's a 64 per cent increase over the 53,000 who formally had their names struck from church registries in 2009. [SNIP] Austrian law forces residents registered as followers of most recognized religions to pay a small percentage of their earnings toward support of their churches or temples.
  • What did Jesus (not) say about... His mother, Mary?

    12/31/2010 1:09:10 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 67 replies
    Pyromanics ^ | 12/31/2010 | Dan Phillips
    What did Jesus (not) say about... His mother, Mary? "You know what you lot's problem is? You just don't think enough about My mother." I've often had two thoughts about Mary: I dearly hope that her heavenly bliss has not been spoiled by the knowledge of how monstrously men came to pervert her significance and place in relation to her Son. And... In that view, I've thought that my article on Mary in a Bible dictionary might read, "The mother of Jesus. A pivotal yet minor figure in the New Testament, mentioned by name in only four books." On the...
  • Are You More Blessed Than the Virgin Mary?

    12/15/2010 5:09:09 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 914 replies · 3+ views
    Desiring God ^ | 12/15/2010 | Jonathan Parnell
    In the sermon descriptively entitled, “That Hearing and Keeping the Word of God Renders a Person More Blessed Than Any Other Privilege That Ever God Bestowed on Any of the Children of Men,” Jonathan Edwards writes: The hearing and keeping the word of God brings the happiness of a spiritual union and communion with God. ‘Tis a greater blessedness to have spiritual communion with God and to have a saving intercourse with him by the instances of his Spirit and by the exercise of true devotion than it is to converse with God externally, to see the visible representation and...
  • The invisible church of Rome

    12/13/2010 8:26:38 AM PST · by the_conscience · 19 replies
    Triablogue ^ | Triablogue Monday, December 13, 2010 | Steve Hays
    Roman Catholics constantly attack the Protestant distinction between the visible and invisible aspects of the church. For a classic statement of the Protestant distinction, see chap. 5 of the Westminster Confession. Bryan Cross has coined the phrase “Ecclesial “Docetism” (doesn’t that just send shivers up your spine!) to designate this altogether appalling distinction. But what’s ironic about all this is that Catholic epologists like Bryan have a conception of The One True Church® which is at least as dualistic or “Docetic” as the Protestant conception (or their caricature of the Protestant conception). Catholic apologists constantly alternate between two One Church(es)....
  • Was Mary Sinless?

    12/05/2010 6:14:57 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 3,412 replies · 1+ views
    The Aristophrenium ^ | 12/05/2010 | " Fisher"
    ............The Historical Evidence The Roman Catholic Church claims that this doctrine, like all of their other distinctive doctrines, has the “unanimous consent of the Fathers” (contra unanimen consensum Patrum).[10] They argue that what they teach concerning the Immaculate Conception has been the historic belief of the Christian Church since the very beginning. As Ineffabilis Deus puts it, The Catholic Church, directed by the Holy Spirit of God… has ever held as divinely revealed and as contained in the deposit of heavenly revelation this doctrine concerning the original innocence of the august Virgin… and thus has never ceased to explain, to...
  • One Mediator Between God and Men: CHRIST JESUS

    12/03/2010 4:14:50 PM PST · by bibletruth · 725 replies
    2010 | God's Word
    1 Timothy 2:5 ...one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus. There is NO debate here: God's Word clearly points out who the mediator is between God and men: i.e., Christ Jesus If you believe in God's Word, who is Christ Jesus: The Word of God, then 1 Timothy 2:5 will be easily be understood as Christ the mediator.
  • NY Times, Boston Globe and THEIR “Zero Tolerance” rule

    07/22/2010 10:57:08 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 99 replies · 1+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 07/22/10 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    22 July 2010 NY Times, Boston Globe and THEIR “Zero Tolerance” rule CATEGORY: Biased Media Coverage — Fr. John Zuhlsdorf @ 12:32 pm From The Catholic League with my emphases and comments: BOSTON GLOBE & NYT LACK "ZERO TOLERANCE" RULE Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows: Yesterday, a Boston Globe editorial unfavorably compared the Vatican to the American bishops, saying that "Until the church adopts a zero-tolerance policy, justice cannot be served…." On July 9 and July 17, the New York Times, which owns the Globe, ran editorials voicing the same criticism. The Times editorial of July 17...
  • Ten Facts Most Catholics Don’t Know (But Should!)[OPEN thread (Start your engines!)]

    07/12/2010 10:28:06 PM PDT · by Quix · 237 replies
    [ROMAN] CATHOLIC EXCHANGE ^ | 9 JUL 2010 | GARY ZIMAK
    Quixicated emphases in color and/or bold appear below within some paragraphs. The headings in bold are in the original. Some extra paragraphing also injected.].... Every time I hear someone claim to be an “ex-Catholic”, a sense of sadness comes over me.  In just about every case, people leave the Catholic Faith due to a lack of understanding.  What unmitigated balderdash! What a cop-out! What a brazen distortion of reality! Far from "just about every case," probably a major chunk of such folks were heavily well trained in the hallowed halls of the Institution. Many were instructors--even Catechism instructors for...
  • Gunning for Godfried? Belgian abuse probe asks what Danneels knew

    06/30/2010 8:45:52 PM PDT · by TSgt · 33 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jun 29, 2010 12:37 EDT | Reuters
    Are the Belgian judicial authorities gunning for Godfried? It looks like Cardinal Godfried Danneels, the popular grandfatherly Catholic prelate who stepped down in January as archbishop of Brussels-Mechelen after three decades, is the main target of the incredible “tomb raider” sweeps that shocked the Church last Thursday. The police who swooped down on the diocesan headquarters in Mechelen, Danneels’s own apartment nearby and the offices of the Church commission on abuse in Leuven did not suspect the cardinal of abuse himself. But it seems the investigating magistrate behind the raid is convinced that Danneels hushed up cases during his long...
  • POPE: BELGIUM SEX ABUSE RAIDS DEPLORABLE

    06/28/2010 12:23:15 AM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 217 replies · 1+ views
    AP ^ | June 27, 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - The pope on Sunday called the raids carried out by Belgian police investigating priestly sex abuse "deplorable" and asserted the right of the Catholic Church to investigate abuse alongside civil law enforcement authorities. Pope Benedict XVI issued a message Sunday to the head of the Belgian bishops' conference, Monsignor Andre-Joseph Leonard, expressing his solidarity with all Belgian bishops "in this sad moment." The June 24 raids targeted the home and office of a retired archbishop and also the graves of two prelates. The Vatican has slowly ratcheted up its criticism of the searches...
  • Lady Gaga Is Latest Celeb to Abuse Catholic Imagery in Hollywood's 'War on Religion'

    06/12/2010 7:35:36 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 43 replies · 819+ views
    FOX ^ | June 11, 2010 | Hollie McKay
    Queen of controversy Lady Gaga is making headlines for yet another racy video featuring highly sexualized material combined with religious imagery. But while some argue Gaga has crossed the line between edgy and tasteless, her use of distorted Catholic imagery speaks to a rising trend in Hollywood. The pop princess, real name Stefani Germanotta, recently released the music video for her single “Alejandro” and has sparked quite the outcry given its saturation of controversial imagery, including her swallowing rosary beads in a latex-version of a nun’s habit, holding the crucifix in front of her crotch and simulating group sex with...
  • Weigel discards Time Magazine's spread against Catholic Church as 'nonsense'

    06/08/2010 7:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies · 46+ views
    cna ^ | June 8, 2010
    Catholic scholar George Weigel. Washington D.C., Jun 8, 2010 / 06:10 am (CNA).- Noted Catholic scholar and commentator George Weigel has reacted to strongly to Time Magazine's recent 10-page spread criticizing the Catholic Church as “nonsense,” and has offered counter points to several accusations the magazine raised.In a National Review Online article last week, Weigel addressed Time's June 7 cover story titled, “Why Being Pope Means Never Having to Say You’re Sorry,” and responded to what he believes to be multiple erroneous claims that the feature story presented. According to the scholar, Time printed “significant misunderstandings” about the Catholic...
  • Give Your All To . . . ? . . . . [A Rel Forum Research thread--Open]

    04/30/2010 8:03:48 AM PDT · by Quix · 2,697 replies · 14,256+ views
    Bible, Vultus Christi, Quix's noggin ^ | 28 APR 2010; 30 APR 2010 | Jesus, Mark Kirby & Quix
    GIVE IT ALL TO . . . ? . . . . --A Research Thread-- . . . . 7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again. 8 Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him! 9 Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10 May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 11...
  • Anti-Catholic bigotry [Ecumenical]

    04/27/2010 9:22:37 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 52 replies · 794+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 4-27-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Perhaps the term "bigot" is overused these days, particularly by the libertine left when referring to those of us who oppose the homosexual lobby, which in turn promotes the homosexual lifestyle and same-sex "marriage" and denigrates the traditional family unit. (The homosexual lobby often supports the abortion industry as well.) Yet bigotry does exist — and we orthodox Christians bear the brunt of it. Consider: Abortion and homosexual activists frequently exhibit bigotry toward us. Vicious secular humanists such as Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins frequently exhibit bigotry toward us. And then there's the bigotry exhibited by some Protestants toward Catholics...
  • Roseanne Barr: Church-going Catholics 'Should Lose Custody' of Their Kids

    04/08/2010 8:37:32 AM PDT · by jentilla · 119 replies · 2,588+ views
    Roseanne: "The pedo priests are trying to cover up the number of LITTLE GIRLS they have molested too, as if that doesn't matter as much as what happens to boys. Trust me, the number of girls raped and molested by priests is at least double the boys. They are trying to cover it all up so that they can end up purging gay priests, and laying the blame on them. The fact is pedos like to rape both boys and girls, and only a small number of pedos are exclusively into male children. I am starting to think that any...
  • Rabbi calls media coverage of Church abuse scandal one-dimensional

    04/07/2010 9:52:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies · 500+ views
    cna ^ | April 7, 2010
    Rabbi Jack Bemporad. Carlstadt, N.J., Apr 7, 2010 / 03:05 am (CNA).- In an interview with CNA on Tuesday, Rabbi Jack Bemporad commented on the recent media onslaught concerning the Holy Father, calling the coverage “one dimensional” and saying that the depiction of the Church in the media has not been given “proper context.”Rabbi Bemporad, director of the New Jersey-based Center for Interreligious Understanding, was recently quoted as a lone voice in an Associated Press article in which other Jewish leaders denounced the papal preacher, Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, for his comments likening the media depiction of the Church to...
  • Nurse barred from wearing crucifix loses discrimination claim

    04/07/2010 9:38:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 634+ views
    cna ^ | April 7, 2010
    Nurse Shirley Chaplin. London, England, Apr 7, 2010 / 12:46 am (CNA).- A Christian nurse in Britain lost a discrimination claim on Tuesday after fighting a policy that barred her from wearing her crucifix to work.Shirley Chaplin, 54, was told by the Royal Devon and Exeter NHS Trust Hospital last year that the crucifix she has worn for almost 40 years on the job without incident needed to be removed for “health and safety reasons.” Chaplin refused to comply and consequently took the hospital to an Employment Tribunal which ruled on Tuesday that Chaplin is not facing discrimination, as...
  • Abuse docs provided to NY Times by lawyer trying to sue the Vatican

    04/07/2010 9:43:24 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 361+ views
    cna ^ | April 7, 2010
    Bill McGurn New York City, N.Y., Apr 7, 2010 / 06:31 am (CNA).- Claims that Pope Benedict declined to defrock a Milwaukee priest who molested deaf students rely upon documents supplied by a leading lawyer in lawsuits against the Catholic Church, Bill McGurn reports. He charges that the New York Times did not sufficiently disclose this connection and advises more “journalistic skepticism” about the narrative of an attorney who stands to make millions. The attorney in question has charged that Pope Benedict is the head of an “international conspiracy” to cover up crimes and evade the law.In a Tuesday...
  • Rosie O'Donnell: Catholic Church is Like Jonestown Suicide Cult

    04/07/2010 8:46:19 AM PDT · by Justaham · 27 replies · 471+ views
    Newsbusters.org ^ | 4-7-10 | Matthew Balan
    On her April 5 satellite radio show, Rosie O'Donnell took her anti-Catholicism to a new level by likening the Catholic Church to the Jonestown cult. As Brian Maloney of The Radio Equalizer put it, "in Rosie's twisted world, there's really no distinction to be made between the Pope and Jim Jones, murderous cult leader responsible for the deaths of more than 900 people in the Guyanese jungle." O'Donnell certainly has a past of Catholic/Christian bashing. On the April 19, 2007 edition of ABC's The View, she expressed her concern that having five Catholic Supreme Court justice somehow violated the separation...
  • Joe Biden the cussing Catholic

    03/24/2010 12:40:10 PM PDT · by RGirard · 30 replies · 586+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | March 24, 2010 | Réne Girard
    By now everyone in San Diego has surely heard of Joe Biden's well-publicized remark to President Obama after the U.S. House of Representatives passed HR 3962, The Affordable Health Care for America Act, when Biden turned to embrace Barack and said "This is a big (expletive) deal!" Joe Biden, known for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, is also known as a practicing Catholic - recently seen with a smudge of ash on his forehead from Ash Wednesday. So far Joe Biden, the cussing Catholic, has yet to apologize to the American people, or, as far as we...