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  • Catholic Word of the Day: LADY DAY, 11-11-11

    11/11/2011 8:32:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 11-11-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LADY DAY Originally the feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin (March 25), although now the title is applied to other Marian feast days, e.g., the Assumption into Heaven. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 6:39:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt. “As more and more LGBT couples are getting married and starting families, we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes,” said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat and lead sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, Monday at the Huffington Post. The past year has seen many moves toward gay equality, and “the momentum is there to build on our progress,” she said,...
  • Fathers vs. the Evangelicals

    10/27/2011 4:05:56 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 526 replies
    I challenge Evangelicals to put their interpretation of the Bible and their theology up against the acid test of what the Early Church Fathers taught. Perhaps, Evangelicalism is closer to the truth than Mormonism, but it still has a long way to go. Purpose This Web page is dedicated to the defense of Catholic doctrines within Patristic thought. The Catholic rule of faith consists of three coordinate and complementary authorities: Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the teaching Church. The Church Fathers used both Scripture and Tradition to explain and defend the Catholic faith. Corunum's mission is to present the outline...
  • Mormonism, Catholicism, and the Romney Candidacy

    10/26/2011 8:31:31 PM PDT · by rzman21 · 52 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | June 2011 | Francis Beckwith
    By Francis J. Beckwith 1 In a piece recently published in the Catholic and Evangelical portals of the Patheos website, Warren Cole Smith explains why he cannot support Mitt Romney’s candidacy for President of the United States. “A Vote for Romney is a Vote for the LDS Church” reminded me of the sort of anti-Catholic screeds that were widely published during the presidential candidacy of Senator John F. Kennedy. Catholics conversant with the 1960 election will recognize in Mr. Smith’s piece the sort of histrionics that were employed against them and their faith in the not-too-distant past. Consider this excerpt...
  • Mexican couple arrested with ice chest filled with body parts; army raids bulletproofing auto shop

    10/25/2011 4:54:53 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies
    The Monitor ^ | October 25, 2011
    In Acapulco, meanwhile, federal police said they caught a young woman and a young man as they were getting out of a car near a shopping mall with an ice chest that contained a decapitated head and other human remains. Police had followed them because the car matched the description in a kidnapping report. Inside the vehicle, police said, they found another head inside another ice chest. Police officers discovered the bound bodies of the victims in a car near Acapulco two hours after the arrest. Federal police said 19-year-old Damaris Gomez leads a group of killers working for “the...
  • Suicide of a Super Power

    10/19/2011 6:18:22 PM PDT · by Sick of Lefties · 18 replies
    Noman Says ^ | 10/19/11 | Noman
    Suicide of a Super Power Pat Buchanan has written about the demise of the European-American peoples beneath the trampling of northward trekking, Third World immigrants. "America is disintegrating. The centrifugal forces pulling us apart are growing inexorably. What unites us is dissolving. And this is true of Western Civilization....Meanwhile, the state is failing in its most fundamental duties. It is no longer able to defend our borders, balance our budgets, or win our wars." Noman doesn't disagree with the overall concern expressed in the assessment, though he's more hopeful than the author about America's righting its course, sooner rather than...
  • Who Is a True Jew?

    10/19/2011 2:40:04 PM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 168 replies · 1+ views ^ | October 19, 2011 | Dr. Tony Garland
    Q. In the Old Testament, the terms "Israel," "Jacob," and "Jew" all seem to clearly be applied to the grandson of Abraham, the son of Isaac, the man Jacob and his physical descendants (Gen. 32:28; 35:10). But in the New Testament, the terms "Israel" and "Jew" are used in passages which are more difficult to understand which some interpret as teaching that faithful Gentiles are described as "Israel" or "true Jews" (e.g., Rom. 2:28-29; 9:4; Gal. 6:16). Can you shed some light on this? A. I believe that much of the confusion concerning the use of the term “Israel” in...
  • 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain

    10/16/2011 4:48:31 AM PDT · by JimWayne · 69 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 10/16/2011 | Polly Dunbar
    Full headline: 300,000 babies stolen from their parents - and sold for adoption: Haunting BBC documentary exposes 50-year scandal of baby trafficking by the Catholic church in Spain But the women, often young and unmarried, were told they could not see the body of the infant or attend their burial. In reality, the babies were sold to childless couples whose devout beliefs and financial security meant that they were seen as more appropriate parents. ... There are also many mothers who have maintained for years that their babies did not die – and were labelled “hysterical” – but are now...
  • The Catholic Revolution Will Be Televised

    09/24/2011 9:32:19 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | September 24, 2011 | Kathryn Lopez
    "I'd like you to convert Chicago," Father Robert Barron remembers his boss, Francis Cardinal George, archbishop of the Windy City, telling him about six years ago. The result of that charge will be airing on many PBS stations, starting this week. Barron, a Chicago priest and professor, has created a remarkable book and TV series called "Catholicism" -- which, in reintroducing a 2,000-year-old tradition, manages to be both elaborate and humble. It's self-conscious as a work of evangelization (complete with available study guides and a prayer card for those who care for such things), yet welcoming to a wide potential...
  • Legal Persecution of the Catholic Church

    09/22/2011 9:04:25 AM PDT · by magdalen · 11 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 22, 2011 | Magdalen
    Legal Persecution By James V. Schall, S. J. Thursday, 22 September 2011 Catholics have little legal future in this country except as a narrow, strictly defined sect. Catholic law schools, lawyers, and politicians have proved mostly ineffective or indeed abettors in the process by which “human rights” are used, step by seemingly logical step, to eliminate Catholics from the public order. Much has already occurred. The “Catholics” who are the prime target are those who hold and live the central teachings of reason and faith. Those who do not, matter little. Addressing a new Health and Human Services mandate concerning...
  • City Demands Christians Get Permit For Bible Study

    09/18/2011 2:31:40 PM PDT · by Just4Him · 96 replies
    WND ^ | 9/18/2011
    Chuck and Stephanie Fromm already have been fined $300 for holding Bible studies for their friends at their home, and they face the potential for additional fines of $500 for each study held, according to a legal team taking their case to court. The newest conflict over Bible studies in homes in America arose in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., where city officials say city code section 9-3.301 prohibits religious organizations in residential neighborhoods without a conditional-use permit, a sometimes very expensive procedure. The code cites "churches, temples, synagogues, monasteries, religious retreats, and other places of religious worship and other fraternal...
  • Report: Islam Has Overtaken Catholicism In France

    08/19/2011 5:01:21 PM PDT · by PROCON · 16 replies ^ | Aug. 19, 2011 | El Cid
    Troubling numbers and facts from Soeren Kern at the Hudson Institute: “Islamic mosques are being built more often in France than Roman Catholic churches, and there now are more practising Muslims in the country than practising Catholics. Nearly 150 new mosques currently are under construction in France, home to the biggest Muslim community in Europe. The mosque-building projects are at various stages of completion, according to Mohammed Moussaoui, the president of the Muslim Council of France (CFCM), who provided the data in an August 2 interview with the French radio station RTL.
  • Catholic Professor Misinforms on Abortion

    08/10/2011 11:39:38 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 9, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    “Bianca Laureano, a professor at College of Mount Saint Vincent is under fire for contributing to a pro-abortion blog and promoting criticism of the pro-life work of the nation’s Catholic bishops,” Steven Ertelt wrote on on August 5, 2011. “A conversation about Latinas choosing abortion and what the rates are, as well as a focus on Rosie Jimenez was provided,” Dr. Laureano wrote of a presentation that she gave at her alma mater, the University of Maryland, this year. “It’s not often that I get choked up during presentations, but this time I teared up and my voice cracked...
  • How can we STOP this girl who claims she saw Blessed Pope John Paul II in Hell?

    08/04/2011 3:20:58 PM PDT · by GADEL · 129 replies
    GADEL said what? ^ | April 30, 2011 | GADEL
    Claim: For a period of 23 hours, a young Ecuadorian girl named Angelica was shown the Kingdoms of Heaven and Hell, and the Return of Christ. She witnessed Jesus weeping as He overlooked multitudes of souls lost forever, a world that has rejected Him, a Church that is mostly unprepared for Him, a people that have stopped witnessing to the lost, and an entertainment industry that even lures children to satan. She witnessed many of our esteemed cultural icons suffering in the Pit; singers, entertainers, and even a pope. This ex-Catholic girl now an Evangelical Preacher is spreading the message...
  • Erin Go Bonkers (Anti-Catholicism Surges in Ireland)

    08/02/2011 8:49:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    National Review ^ | 08/02/2011 | Georeg Weigel
    While America’s attention has been absorbed in recent weeks by domestic affairs, something quite remarkable has become unmistakably clear across the Atlantic: Ireland — where the constitution begins, “In the name of the Most Holy Trinity” — has become the most stridently anti-Catholic country in the Western world. Its Taoiseach (prime minister), Enda Kenny, recently took to the floor of the Dáil to denounce the Vatican as a house of “dysfunction, disconnection, elitism . . . [and] narcissism” and to commit an act of calumny against Pope Benedict XVI, accusing him of being a party to the coverup of the...
  • Michele Bachmann Should Not 'Get a Pass' on Past Membership in Anti-Catholic Church

    07/17/2011 1:06:48 PM PDT · by Brices Crossroads · 450 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/17/2011 | Deacon Keith A. Fournier
    The news and blogosphere is filled with responses to the July 14, 2011 story by Joshua Green, the Senior Editor of the Atlantic, entitled "Michele Bachmann's Church Says the Pope Is the Antichrist." That is because it raises a serious matter which should not be taken lightly, and one which the candidate must address. First, let me share some personal context. I am what is often called a "revert" to the Catholic Church, someone who returned to the Church of my childhood after a long search for the truth. I love being a Catholic Christian. I hold an undergraduate degree...
  • Michele Bachmann Should Not 'Get a Pass' on Past Membership in Anti-Catholic Church

    07/15/2011 5:01:33 AM PDT · by tcg · 213 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/15/11 | Keith A Fournier
    ....some of my colleagues in the world of Catholic media, journalism and the Press have attributed the positions of this Church and Bachmanns past membership to just "being a Protestant." As someone who has worked ecumenically for decades I reject that dismissal. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod does not represent many Protestants. It is an Anti-Catholic body. ....I have worked with, prayed with and collaborated with MANY Protestant Christians, for over three decades, who would NEVER call the successor of Peter the Antichrist. The colleagues to which I refer go further, they seemingly accept the notion that if Protestant Christians...
  • China's Birth Policy: National Suicide or Atheists' Desperate Ploy?

    05/20/2011 8:05:43 PM PDT · by dangus · 14 replies · 1+ views
    China has claimed for several years a national fertility rate of 1.8 children born per female of child-bearing age. The latest census figures, released just weeks ago, report about 220 million children aged 0-15. This is consistent with a fertility rate of only 1.4. So why the discrepancy? Why would China lie about failing to reach a birth rate goal that it has succeeded in reaching? If China is lying about having as many as 1.8 children per female, doesn't that suggest that China finds it more advantageous to report the higher birth rate? The birth dearth in China is...
  • What we need is a little charity

    05/18/2011 10:59:21 AM PDT · by TheConservativeCitizen · 4 replies
    The Constitution Club ^ | 05-18-11 | Cultural Limits
    One of the aspects of Catholic culture that drives most Americans insane, Catholic and not, is the super formal way the clergy communicate. They go out of their way not to offend unnecessarily and think of all sides of a situation before completing their thought or publishing an instruction (at least, that’s what they are supposed to do. We all know at one time or another it just doesn’t happen that way) – even when they disagree. It’s particularly painful when there is a statement in a larger letter that is not specific, as such communications are known to invite...
  • Soros Infiltrates Catholic University

    05/12/2011 9:58:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 11, 2011 | Cliff Kincaid
    The Catholic University of America (CUA) may have thought that AFL-CIO President Emeritus John Sweeney’s May 2nd speech on campus would be non-controversial. But Sweeney, a Catholic who doesn’t hide his commitment to socialism and a progressive takeover of the Democratic Party, promised controversy from the start. He attacked conservatives, in particular Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and told the event that opponents of organized labor were out-of-step with the teachings of the church and Jesus Christ Himself. Then, however, Sweeney unloaded on the sponsors of his appearance, attacking university officials as union busters. Perhaps Sweeney thought his comments would go...
  • Protest of the banning of Verdugo

    05/01/2011 12:17:34 PM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 75 replies
    Self | 5/1/'11 | Zionist Conspirator
    To begin, I must state that I do not know what it was that led to the banning of Verdugo from Free Republic. It is quite possible he said something absolutely outrageous. However, if this is the case, I am unaware of it. I also wish to state that I do not in the least dispute the right of Jim Robinson to ban anyone from this site--his private property--at any time for any reason. However, I believe the banning of Verdugo was an injustice and I wish to protest it. I hope everyone who reads this will recall that my...
  • Philippine Priest In Ancient Battle With 'Demons'

    04/14/2011 7:44:56 PM PDT · by edpc · 39 replies
    AFP via Yahoo News ^ | 14 April 2011 | Jason Gutierrez
    MANILA (AFP) – A blood-curdling scream echoes through the Roman Catholic chapel in Manila as Father Jose Francisco Syquia says a prayer of exorcism over a Satanic cult member believed to be possessed by the devil. "It's very painful," the woman cries in an unearthly voice, her body contorting in an attempt to break free from the tight grasp of Syquia's assistants. After a few minutes she falls silent, her limp body exhausted. The case is among hundreds documented on video and kept by Syquia, who heads the Manila Archdiocese's Office of Exorcism -- the only one that exists in...
  • School crucifixes 'do not breach human rights'

    03/20/2011 2:36:36 PM PDT · by Republicain · 8 replies
    BBC ^ | 03/18/2011
    Displaying crucifixes in schools in Italy does not breach the rights of non-Catholic families, the European Court of Human Rights has ruled.
  • The last acceptable prejudice (Fr. Robert Barron on anti-Catholicism)

    02/24/2011 3:15:40 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Catholic-sf ^ | February 23, 2011 | Father Robert Barron
    February 23rd, 2011By Father Robert Barron Anti-Catholicism has long been a feature of both the high and the low culture in America. From the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, it was out in the open: Many editorialists, cartoonists, politicians and other shapers of popular opinion in that era were crudely explicit in their opposition to the Catholic Church. But then, in the latter half of the 20th century, anti-Catholicism went relatively underground. It still existed, to be sure, but it was considered bad form to be too obvious about it. However, in the last 10 years or...
  • Austria €10 Richard the Lionheart Silver Coins Issued [Redhead Caucus]

    02/22/2011 5:27:33 PM PST · by WPaCon · 41 replies ^ | October 8, 2009 | Austrian Mint
    The Austrian Mint in Vienna is issuing the second coin in its €10 silver commemorative series "Tales and Legends in Austria". The theme of the new coin is the captivity of the English king, Richard I, on his homeward journey from the Third Crusade in 1192 and the legend of his loyal friend and troubadour who is said to have discovered in which castle the king was being held. Austria 10€ Richard the Lionheart Silver Coin The first part of the story is indeed history. Richard, called the "Lionhearted" even in his lifetime, mortally offended Duke Leopold V of Austria...
  • Christianity Experiences the Largest Growth and Islam Too -- 270 Christians are Killed Daily

    02/12/2011 10:26:57 PM PST · by 0beron · 7 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 02/12/11 | Tancred
    (New York) For 27 years the International Bulletin of Missionary Research (News Haven, Connecticut) has published a yearly report about the situation of Christians in the world. The "Status of Global Mission" - Report offers interesting and astonishing numbers every year of the numerical strength of Christians and other religions. The strength of the various denominations are also be included. In the report of 2011 (which deals with the year of 2010) puts the martyrdom of Christians right before your eyes. The report defines "martyr" Christians, as those "who lose their lives violently for their faith". The report estimates that...
  • Episcopalian Alberto Cutie's new show to focus on ... Catholics? Wha...?

    01/29/2011 1:56:30 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | January 28, 2011 | Carl Olson
    I made a solemn New Year's resolution (complete with a long, unblinking stare while swearing with my hand placed upon a copy of "O" magazine) to not waste much more time or cyber ink on Alberto Cutie. But then I read this interesting bit of "news":Alberto Cutie, a priest who was forced out of the Catholic Church because of the fact that he married a woman is now getting his own reality TV show (Fox) in a bizarre turn of events.I thought, "That's strange: I don't remember Cutie being forced out of the Catholic Church." I do remember that he...
  • Religious Persecution by Muslims? Perish the Thought!

    01/25/2011 3:58:13 AM PST · by markomalley · 2 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/25/11 | Doug Bandow
    Religious dialogue is worthwhile endeavor. In particular, Christians and Muslims should engage one another. While miracles are unlikely to result, greater familiarity may reduce unintended misunderstanding and insult. However, any dialogue must be based on truth. Including the pervasive Islamic persecution of Christians, Jews, and other religious minorities. Unfortunately, truth apparently is not a concern of the Muslim side of one well-publicized engagement process with Catholics. The al-Azhar Islamic Research Council, Sunni Islam's highest seat of learning, held an emergency meeting and decided to suspend its bi-annual meetings with the Vatican. The reason: "repeatedly insulting remarks issued by the Vatican...
  • Pope's Christmas Warning: 'The Future Of The World Is At Stake'

    12/26/2010 7:17:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies · 4+ views
    The Bulletin (Philadelphia) ^ | 12/24/10 | John-Henry Westen
    In his traditional Christmas greeting to Vatican officials this morning, the Pope drew a link between the times of the fall of the Roman Empire and our own times, arguing that “the future of the world is at stake"VATICAN ( – In his traditional Christmas greeting to Vatican officials this morning, the Pope drew a link between the times of the fall of the Roman Empire and our own times, arguing that “the future of the world is at stake.” Describing the decline of the Roman Empire he said, “The disintegration of the key principles of law and of the...
  • Shadowing an Exorcist

    12/16/2010 10:55:36 AM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/16/10 | TRISH BAILEY DE ARCEO
    A movie starring Anthony Hopkins explores exorcism. The man who wrote the book behind the film talks about what chasing the devil really entails. Matt Baglio’s curiosity was piqued. An exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Rome? It was an unusual topic. As an American journalist living in the Eternal City, he thought it might make for an interesting article; as a non-practicing Catholic at the time, he approached it with some skepticism. Taught by exorcists and experts in theology, satanic cults, criminology and psychology, the course he took challenged many of his assumptions. But what really intrigued him...
  • Viking culture - much more alive than Roman heritage

    11/16/2010 9:00:21 PM PST · by WesternCulture · 39 replies · 2+ views
    11/17/2010 | WesternCulture
    If we are to believe the wisdom received by early medieval (southern) European scholars, the northernmost parts of the continent prior and after the fall of the Roman Empire was not only cold, barbaric and uninviting. It also was inferior. Pretty much like people of today not having visited Scandinavia and Finland would describe it. In fact, certain Romans and Arabs did actually pay visits to frozen, godforsaken "Thule". What did they meet with? Although they were not all that impressed with certain aspects of Nordic culture, like eating habits, they understood the Vikings had developed forging, warrior code and...
  • Archbishop Dolan Slams New York Times for Bias

    10/25/2010 8:59:12 AM PDT · by stocksthatgoup · 6 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 10/23/2010 | Don Weil
    New York City Archbishop Anthony Dolan offers scathing criticism of The New York Times for its positive reviews of a play and art exhibit that he says are offensive to Catholics. The art exhibit, showing in Cambridge, Mass., includes a poster showing the late Cardinal John O'Connor next to a condom. The exhibit was created by AIDS advocacy group ACT UP. The play, "The Divine Sister," is a comedy about nuns that is playing in New York City.
  • Girls Gone Wild on 'The View'

    10/15/2010 11:23:41 PM PDT · by malkee · 53 replies
    Spero News ^ | October 15 2010 | Martin Barillas
    Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, commented from New York saying "For years, Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg have been painting priests with a wide brush, labeling all of them as molesters (Behar has been pathologically relentless). But today they were 'outraged' when an unqualified remark was made about Muslims." The acerbic Donohue, who frequently appears on television to defend against what he has termed an anti-Catholic bias in the media, added "'The View' is so bigoted that I took out an ad in the New York Times in 2007 citing 15 of the most sweeping anti-Catholic comments made...
  • The New Dichotomy

    08/31/2010 9:33:48 PM PDT · by citizenredstater9271 · 7 replies
    An insight into how liberals and conservatives differ not just in politics but also ways of thinking.
  • Georgetown Employees Help Launch Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Crusade on Catholic Campuses

    08/24/2010 3:59:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    A new organization which aims to persuade Catholics to support same-sex “marriage”—in part by targeting students at Catholic colleges and universities—was co-founded by employees of Georgetown University. “Catholics for Equality represents outright rebellion—‘mutiny’ in the words of one of the group’s founders—in opposition to the U.S. bishops and Catholic doctrine,” wrote Patrick J. Reilly, President of The Cardinal Newman Society, in a letter yesterday to Georgetown President John DiGioia. The Cardinal Newman Society is urging DiGioia to ensure that employees of the Catholic Jesuit university do not participate in the new dissident organization. Rev. Joseph Palacios, Assistant Professor at Georgetown...
  • Duke Henry of Parma-Bourbon is Dead: Socialist claimant to the Spanish Throne

    08/20/2010 10:00:39 AM PDT · by 0beron · 20 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/19/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: We try as best we can to grieve with Catholic Spain at the loss of one of its sons, whose troubled history has come to an end as he goes to his particular judgement like all men must. The Duke is a claimant to the throne of Spain now held by King Juan Carlos. Like Prince Norodom Sihanouk, he was one of those quixotic legitimist leaders who sided with the Communists. After reading his life story, you can come to understand the grudge that is held by many Traditionalists against Franco for choosing a man for King who had...
  • Nun's Death Rallies Anti-Immigration Forces

    08/09/2010 6:37:13 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 14 replies
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) -- In Arizona, the shooting death of a rancher blew the lid off simmering anger over border security and helped solidify support for a tough new immigration law. A similar eruption threatens in Virginia following the death of a Catholic nun in a car accident involving a man in the country illegally and accused of drunken driving.</p>
  • The long path of Ken Howell, instructor who lost UI position

    08/04/2010 6:31:51 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 9 replies
    The News-Gazette ^ | 7-25-10 | Paul Wood
    CHAMPAIGN – The University of Illinois scholar who lost his job over his exposition of Catholic teachings has walked a winding path that includes a decades-long conversion, leaving other positions, including one as a Presbyterian minister, and facing down an armed man who shot at him five times. Until May, Kenneth Howell taught a course on Catholicism in the Religious Studies Department as an adjunct professor whose salary was paid by the Newman Foundation. The university responded to a complaint that Howell used hate speech in an email to students when he described the Catholic natural law and utilitarian theories...
  • Nun killed, two others injured in DUI crash (3rd DUI in 5 years. )

    08/02/2010 7:42:41 AM PDT · by Feline_AIDS · 24 replies · 2+ views
    PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - A Richmond nun has been killed by an alleged drunk driver. The crash happened in Bristow, Prince William County, just after 8:00am Sunday morning. Police say 23-year-old Carlos Montano was drunk when his car ran off the side of the road, and hit the nun's car head on. 66-year-old Jeanette Mosier was in the backseat of the car. Also known as Sister Denise Dosier, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities say she was not wearing a seat belt. Also in the car was Sister Charlotte Lange. She and Sister Connie Lupton were...
  • Anne Rice says no more to Christianity (and no new vampires)

    07/30/2010 7:54:04 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 63 replies · 6+ views
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | 7-30-10 | Hillel Italie
    "In the name of Christ, I refuse to be anti-gay. I refuse to be anti-feminist. I refuse to be anti-artificial birth control," the author wrote Wednesday on her Facebook page. "In the name of ... Christ, I quit Christianity and being Christian. Amen" ... "I believed for a long time that the differences, the quarrels among Christians didn't matter a lot for the individual, that you live your life and stay out of it. But then I began to realize that it wasn't an easy thing to do," said Rice, speaking from her home near Palm Springs, California. "I came...
  • Professor Fired For Offending Friend Of Student (Then Rehired)

    07/31/2010 4:55:55 AM PDT · by mattstat · 8 replies
    Whatever you do, don’t diss John Stuart Mill or Jeremy Bentham at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. You might just “offend” the friend of a student, and will thus be out on your keister. Here’s what happened: according to the Alliance Defense Fund, Kenneth Howell, an adjunct, sent an email to his class explaining the dismal philosophy of utilitarianism. It is crucial to understand that Howell’s class was in the Religious Studies Department, and the course was “RLST 447 Modern Catholic Thought”. The blurb for that course reads: Traces the history of Catholicism in its interaction with the modern...
  • Modernist Benedictines Fear Sacramentals

    07/26/2010 2:35:52 AM PDT · by 0beron · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 07/26/2010 | Tancred
    Editor: The modernist Monastery's new blog entry written by "Father" Ruff reveals an unsteady and uncertain hand. He says traditionalist clergy and their laity are "afraid", playing dress up and pining away for a "less complicated" by-gone era. If anyone is afraid, it's Father Ruff. Why is Father Ruff afraid? Probably because he knows that if he entered a debate with anyone, like say, Father Z at, he'd be shown up for what he is. Could it be that the Abbey to which he belongs has an average age well into the 60s and doesn't attract any new vocations?...
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 4 Sins that Cry Out to Heaven

    07/23/2010 8:02:29 AM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies · 2+ views ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With: The 7 Capital Sins and their Contrary Virtues

    07/21/2010 9:18:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | not given |
    Lists Every Catholic Should be Familiar With Jump to: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)The 7 Corporal Works of MercyThe 7 Spiritual Works of MercyThe 3 Eminent Good WorksThe 7 Gifts of the Holy Ghost (& the Charismata)The 12 Fruits of the Holy GhostThe 3 Theological VirtuesThe 4 Cardinal VirtuesThe 7 Capital Sins & Their Contrary VirtuesThe 6 Sins Against the Holy GhostThe 4 Sins That Cry Out to HeavenThe 3 Conditions of Mortal SinThe 9 Ways We Participate in Others' SinsThe 10 CommandmentsThe 2 Greatest CommandmentsThe 3 Evangelical CounselsThe 6 Precepts of the ChurchThe Holy Days of Obligation (English)The...
  • Professor FIRED for Being Catholic

    07/17/2010 4:47:25 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 4 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 7-16-10 | By John Ritchie
    Shocking news: The University of Illinois fires professor for articulating Catholic moral teaching -- Register your urgent protest here:SIGN THE PROTESTYour voice can make a HUGE difference in this case. Please join TFP Student Action in urging the president of the University of Illinois to stop the persecution and reinstate Prof. Kenneth Howell who was recently fired – yes, dismissed – for simply repeating Catholic moral teaching on marriage and Natural Law. According to press reports, this is what happened: Prof. Kenneth Howell Adjunct Prof. Kenneth Howell, a Catholic, explained to his students that homosexual vice violates Natural Law during...
  • Demonstrators in Spain protest new abortion law

    07/03/2010 6:20:59 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 4 replies
    AFP via Yahoo! News ^ | July 3, 2010
    Hundreds of people on Saturday staged a protest outside Spain's highest court to demand the suspension of a new more liberal abortion law, two days before it was to take effect. The Socialist government's new abortion reforms -- which notably allow all women to end their pregnancies up until 14 weeks -- take effect on Monday. Last year around 115,000 abortions were carried out in Spain, according to the health ministry. The vast majority took place in private clinics and were justified on the grounds that the pregnancy posed a "psychological risk" for the health of the woman.
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Exorcisms and Abuses

    06/25/2010 3:05:49 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 17 replies
    Human Life International ^ | 6-25-10 | Father Thomas J. Euteneuer
    Exorcisms and AbusesOne of the three commands that Jesus gave to the disciples was to "drive out demons" (Mk 16:17) in His Name. "Heal the sick" and "preach the good news" (Lk 10:9) are regular ministries of the Church, but the ministry of exorcising demons has received less attention. It is my view that the next decade will force the Church - and priests in particular - to embrace this ministry of casting out demons with professionalism and zeal as we will have to deal with the nuclear fallout of the pervasive occultism in our society now. In order to...
  • Latest Very Postmortem Find: 13th Century Saint Rose of Viterbo's Blocked Heart

    06/13/2010 8:38:19 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies · 317+ views
    AOL News ^ | June 12, 2010 | Theunis Bates
    Scientists: 13th-C. Saint Died From Blocked Heart Researchers examining Saint Rose of Viterbo's mummified body have concluded that she died of a heart condition, rather than tuberculosis, as had previously been thought. (June 12) -- The miracles performed by Rose of Viterbo are well known to many Catholics. Legend has it the 13th-century Italian saint stood for hours on a raging pyre without being burned (a useful skill if you want to impress and convert pagans) and could foretell events. But exactly how this godly young prodigy died in 1252 at the age of just 18 or 19 -- some...
  • Conflict Between Pentagon and Catholic Military Chaplains Brews Over ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

    06/07/2010 5:50:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 18+ views
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6/7/10 | Paul Conner
    The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who serve on active-duty in the military. “Those with a homosexual orientation can expect respect and treatment worthy of their human dignity,” said Archbishop Timothy Broglio, Catholic overseer for military chaplains, in a statement released late last week. “However, unions between individuals of the same gender resembling marriage will not be accepted or blessed by Catholic chaplains.” Broglio was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI two...
  • God is not sophisticated enough

    05/29/2010 2:43:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies · 365+ views
    First Things ^ | May 29, 2010 | Elizabeth Scalia
    There is a quote from Archbishop Oscar Romero that both traditional and progressive Catholics love to latch onto, because each feels Romero was speaking for them: A church that doesn’t provoke any crisis, a gospel that doesn’t unsettle, a Word of God that doesn’t get under anyone’s skin, what kind of gospel is that? Preachers who avoid every thorny matter so as not to be harassed do not light up the world! In truth, Romero was speaking for Christ. His words are a challenge to all of us, from the happy-clappy-God-is-Love-so-let’s-not-judge mushes to the stern God-is-Justice-and-you’re-going-to-hell prunes. It is...