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  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money — while acknowledging its importance to business. “Money,” he said, “is the devil’s dung.” “It is not easy to talk about money,” Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: “Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a person’s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.” The Pope called for “creative imagination” to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the “culture...
  • Islamic State blows up Church of Immaculate Virgin

    Islamic State blows up Church of Immaculate Virgin FEBRUARY 6, 2015 9:42 AM BY RAYMOND IBRAHIM] According to Rudaw, an Iraqi news agency, on February 2, security sources from the Ninevah police district said that the Islamic State blew up the Church of the Immaculate Virgin—one of the largest and oldest Chaldean churches in the ancient section of Mosul. The security source said: “The organization finished wiring the church with explosives this morning and detonated it, leaving widespread destruction in the church and neighboring buildings.” Prior to this, the old church — which stood on the foundation of what was...
  • Islamic State’s Plans/Justifications: “DABIQ” Magazine & Its Strategic Outlook

    02/14/2015 7:56:21 PM PST · by Reverend Saltine · 6 replies
    Adinakutnicki.com ^ | 2/14/2015 | Adina Kutnicki
    ...Al-Muhallab said, “You must use deception in war, for it is more effective than reinforcements.” Some methods of deception include: a. Planting spies. b. Reconnaissance. c. Feigning an intent to attack an area other than the actual target, for when the Prophet (sallallāhu ‘alayhi wa sallam) wanted to attack one area, he would give his army the impression they were going to attack another. “If a man’s chest is too narrow to hold his own secret, then the chest of the one with whom he stores the secret is even narrower” [Poetry]. And be on guard against your enemy at...
  • Extreme-left Dems pushing Middle America away

    02/10/2015 1:21:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | February 7, 2015 | Salena Zito
    The unofficial death of the moderate American Democrat went largely unnoticed last week. Tim Ryan — a once-strident champion of the Rust Belt city of Youngstown, filled with moderate Catholic Democrats whose issues are still firmly pocketbook-based — penned an op-ed saying he now supports abortion. The Ohio congressman, who once sat on the board of the Democrats for Life in America advocacy group, made that surprising reversal as he contemplates a run for U.S. Senate. You see, plenty of Jacksonian Democrats remain in his district — and all across the country, for that matter — but no tolerance for...
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell: Catholicism Was Once 'The Most Murderous Force on the Face of the Earth'

    02/06/2015 3:17:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 6, 2015 | Matthew Balan
    MSNBC's resident socialist Lawrence O'Donnell made a whopper of a historical claim on the Thursday edition of his program. In the midst of ripping President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech from earlier in the day, O'Donnell asserted that "Catholicism was the most murderous force on the face of the Earth for hundreds of years," as he ripped President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech from earlier in the day. [video below] The left-wing host led the segment by mocking the breakfast as "the place where presidents go to pander to leaders of organized religions once a year." He continued...
  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 5:22:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 308 replies
    Beggars All ^ | February 11, 2009 | "carrie"
    The Absurdity of Separated Brethren Before Protestants were "separated brethren"... Q. Does the Lord make use of apostate Catholics, such as Martin Luther, Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII., King of England, to reform the manners of the people? A. The thought is absurd. The lives of those men were evil, and it is only the devil that makes use of them to pervert the people still more. The Lord makes use of His saints, such as a St. Francis of Assisium, a St. Dominick, a St. Ignatius, a St. Alphonsus, to convert the people and reform their evil manners...
  • Eat, pray, shop: Philippines embraces mall worshipping

    01/17/2015 7:45:19 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | January 17, 2015 | Agence France-Presse
    On a recent busy evening in one of the Philippines’ top malls, shoppers wandered through luxury brand shops while prostitutes sat expectantly at a bar and a priest gave a sermon at a chapel. The scene may appear an unlikely combination but in the Philippines the Catholic Church has successfully set up shop where millions increasingly spend their leisure time. As a visit by Pope Francis to the Philippines this week shines a spotlight on the nation’s vibrant brand of Catholicism, local Church leaders said he would endorse the mixing of faith with consumerism. “It was Jesus who went to...
  • Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ

    01/10/2015 7:54:39 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 34 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | January 9, 2015 | F. Peter Brown
    Catholic Theologians Protest ‘Deep-Seated Racism’ Of US, Compare Eric Garner To Christ A "statement of commitment to racial justice." More than 400 Catholic theologians signed a statement protesting the “deep-seated racism” of the US and compared Eric Garner to Jesus Christ. Written by St. Louis University Professor of Theological Ethics Dr. Tobias Winright, it is called a “statement of commitment to racial justice.” Advertisement-content continues below What prompted the writing of the statement was the killing of blacks by police officers. The statement reads: The killings of Black [sic] men, women and children—including but not limited to Rekia Boyd, Eric...
  • How Christians Will Know They Can Join Hands With Rome

    01/01/2015 2:06:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 325 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | October 29, 2014 | Eric Davis, Pastor since 2008 of Cornerstone Church, Jackson Hole, WY
    With Reformation Day coming up, this is a good time to recall why the Reformers departed from Roman Catholicism. In our day especially, it seems that many Christians have history-amnesia when it comes to the importance of what God did through the Reformers. During the Reformation, great confusion existed regarding what was, and was not, the true church of Christ. Rome had asserted itself as the true church for centuries, and continues to do so today. However, as the Reformers recognized then, Christians must follow in step today by recalling that joining hands with Rome is a departure from Christ....
  • Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

    01/03/2015 4:57:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Naftali Bendavid
    Europe News Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings? By Naftali Bendavid Jan. 2, 2015 7:36 p.m. ET ARNHEM, Netherlands—Two dozen scruffy skateboarders launched perilous jumps in a soaring old church building here on a recent night, watched over by a mosaic likeness of Jesus and a solemn array of stone saints. This is the Arnhem Skate Hall, an uneasy reincarnation of the Church of St. Joseph, which once rang with the prayers of nearly 1,000 worshipers. It is one of hundreds...
  • What Can a Popular Pope Do About Climate Change?

    12/31/2014 6:26:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas St. Fleur
    The pontiff plans to issue a rare and controversial plea for Catholics to consider the environment. Recent polls show his message just might resonate. Pope Francis has ambitious environmental plans for 2015. Come March, he will deliver a 50 to 60-page edict urging his 1.2 billion Catholic followers to take action against climate change. The Pontiff will make his announcement during his visit to the Philippian city of Tacloban, which was ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in 2013. But within his global congregation, many conservative Catholics are expected to oppose the pope’s environmental views. The message comes months...
  • 2 NYPD officers promoted posthumously; Ramos also made honorary chaplain

    12/27/2014 10:47:52 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    CNN ^ | December 27, 2014 | Michael Martinez, Kevin Conlon and Miguel Marquez
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)A sea of blue flooded the streets around a Queens church Saturday morning -- thousands of police waiting to pay respects for one of two New York officers who lost their lives in the line of duty last weekend. More than 25,000 police officers attended Christ Tabernacle church in the Glendale neighborhood for the funeral of Rafael Ramos, the New York City police officer murdered one week ago. Vice President Joe Biden, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton and Mayor Bill de Blasio are among those in attendance. During the service, Bratton announced he was appointing Ramos to an...
  • Immigrants still surging into Texas shelters [Catholic Charities]

    12/24/2014 11:46:34 AM PST · by logi_cal869 · 8 replies
    Tuscon Sentinel ^ | 12/24/2014 | Julian Aguilar
    The media tent that once stood in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church is gone, as are the television crews and reporters who descended this summer when the flow of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the Texas border was major news. But after a brief lull, the surge of undocumented families passing through a temporary shelter set up by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley seems to be rising again. The spotlight may have turned away, but if the sense of crisis is gone, the people have not stopped coming. “The numbers increased a lot this past month,...
  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan

    12/21/2014 11:04:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.For a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Mr. Dolan spoke about the good news the church is set to deliver on Christmas. “Now, some days that’s...
  • Pope Francis, Canada brokered Cuba deal

    12/17/2014 1:32:39 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 12/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    >The conclusion of an agreement to normalize diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba has the White House treading cautiously, especially after bipartisan condemnation from Cuban-American Senators Marco Rubio and Bob Menendez. The latter, who chaired the Foreign Relations Committee until yesterday, accused Barack Obama of “vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government” and of “set[ting] an extremely dangerous precedent.” Menendez is of course a Democrat and ostensibly an ally of the White House on foreign policy.In anticipation, at least one official in the Obama administration has decided it’s better to share the credit, and preferably with someone whose...
  • Pope Francis and the Catholic Crisis

    12/15/2014 1:44:59 PM PST · by detective · 7 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 12/15/2014 | Charles J. Reid Jr.
    There is a growing crisis haunting the Catholic Church. And it is a crisis larger than the events that have so greatly afflicted the American Catholic Church. The pedophilia scandals are a horrifying element of this crisis. So, too, are the bishops who covered up and excused these outrages. And so, also, the more general loss of confidence Catholics have in a hierarchy that seems oddly concerned with rank and privilege and with fighting yesterday's culture wars. Yes, these are all elements of the crisis, but the crisis is larger than this. And that something larger is both sad and...
  • Michigan License To Discriminate A Portent Of Impending Theocracy (Compares us to ISIS)

    12/05/2014 9:42:22 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | December 5, 2014 | Rmuse
    There has been no dearth of news stories, reports, and commentary over the past few months on the epidemic of racists, whether in law enforcement or the general population, either inflicting or attempting to inflict, punishment on African Americans for being African Americans. As noted here on Tuesday, “there are certain groups who are adamant that as superior human beings they have authority to mete out punishment for violations of their beliefs that are usually borne of religion.” Despite protections in the U.S. Constitution and federal and state laws, the past six years have seen an increase in religious fundamentalists...
  • Pfleger Wants Churches To Lead Protests Of Ferguson, NYC Police Killing Cases

    12/04/2014 11:13:15 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Newsradio WBBM-FM ^ | December 4, 2014 | Mike Krauser
    Activist priest Michael Pfleger was urging churches everywhere to take time out of services on Sunday for some civil disobedience, as a response to the second case of a grand jury failing to indict a white police officer who killed an unarmed black man. “I think it’s a great opportunity to show a unity in church. The church has to be vocal in this,” Pfleger said. His call for action comes one day after a Staten Island grand jury decided not to indict New York Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of 43-year-old Eric Garner. The grand jury decided...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With Catholics, ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns

    12/03/2014 10:23:22 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 582 replies
    http://christiannews.net ^ | December 2, 2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.” “We have far more in common than what divides us,” he said in the two-minute video released by the Catholic News Service on Wednesday, described as...
  • Harry Reid: 'We Sure Do Like' Pope Francis

    11/28/2014 11:42:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 31 replies
    NewsMax ^ | November 26, 2014 | Cathy Burke
    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Mormon, says he's an unabashed fan of Roman Catholic Pope Francis. "We sure do like this new pope," Reid gushed to the The New York Times. The veteran Democrat acknowledges that he can profess his admiration even though he's "had dealings" with Cardinal Raymond Burke, a powerful Roman Catholic leader who's been demoted twice from key positions by the pope.
  • Atheist Confession: “I like Pope Francis.”

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    I’m going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. He’s so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his “liberal agenda.” The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for “The Spectator,” had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines – Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • Catholics Turning to Protestant Churches in Latin America to Find Relationship With God: Pew Survey

    11/13/2014 1:35:24 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/13/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A new Pew survey found that Latin American Catholics are increasingly leaving the Catholic Church, either to join evangelical Protestant churches or are abandoning religion altogether. The survey participants cited a search for a personal connection with God as the biggest reason for their shift. The wide-ranging survey, released on Thursday, reported that although 69 percent of adults across the region identify as Catholic, in almost every country surveyed there was a reported net loss of Catholics in terms of people raised Catholic and currently Catholic. Overall for Latin America as a whole, 84 percent of the population was raised...
  • GOP Owes 'Prayer of Thanks' for Evangelicals

    11/05/2014 6:56:09 PM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    CBN ^ | November 05, 2014 | CBNNews.com
    Republicans sealed control of the Senate with more than six seats needed, a momentum Reuters suggested the GOP owes to evangelical voters. FOX News exit polls showed that nearly 60 percent of voters who identified themselves as Protestant or Christian also identified themselves as Republican. "If Republicans win control of the Senate in the midterm elections they should say a prayer of thanks for Christian conservatives," Reuters reporter Alistair Bell wrote more than a week ago. Studies suggest the voting block may be shrinking, but it's still a considerable force. The latest Reuters-Ipsos polling shows Evangelicals are more enthusiastic about...
  • Mayor Thomas Menino’s Funeral Held in Boston

    11/03/2014 12:14:10 PM PST · by daniel1212 · 53 replies
    Boston.com ^ | November 3, 2014 9:00 AM | By Jack Pickell
    A funeral mass for former Boston Mayor Tom Menino is being held [10am] at Most Precious Blood Church in Hyde Park. Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, is presiding. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick offered words of remembrance... According to WBZ-TV, at the request of the family, the live video feed is not showing the distribution of Communion... Rev. John J. Connolly, Jr.: “The reason that Tom Menino is so beloved by so many … is because he recognized that each of us is blessed by God with the gift of life.".. Boston Mayor Martin Walsh:...
  • Stranger in the Land: Catholics and Illegal Aliens

    11/03/2014 9:58:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/2/2014 | By Robert Klein Engler
    Scripture and Illegal Immigration In the Book of Exodus, Chapter 22, verse 21, we read, "You shall neither wrong a stranger, nor oppress him: for you were strangers in the land of Egypt" (King James 2000 Bible). This biblical verse is often used by so-called Roman Catholics as a justification for their support of illegal alien South and Central Americans coming to, and living in, the United States.  These Catholics also use this verse to encourage amnesty for all illegal aliens.  Are these Catholics right to interpret the Book of Exodus this way? Verse 21 of Exodus is written...
  • Is the Pope Catholic? Critics Rally Around Benedict As Talk of Schism Looms

    11/02/2014 9:57:57 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | November 2, 2014 | Joel Baden and Candida Moss
    Conservative Catholics, angry at Pope Francis’s more moderate tone, are bucking the Church’s hierarchy. Almost from the beginning, there have been rumblings of discontent about Pope Francis I. While the world’s media fell in love with him, there were more conservative bishops who felt that Francis’s popular appeal came at the expense of carefully worked-out Church rituals and teachings. They saw Francis as chipping away at established Church teachings on sexuality, kowtowing to the liberal media, and acting aggressively towards conservative church leaders. Criticism of Francis has come to a head with the publication of the final report of the...
  • Cardinal Sarah: Crisis of Today's Families Is How Concepts of Marriage, Family Have Changed

    10/27/2014 7:46:42 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    Echoes - A Forum of Catholic Thought ^ | October 26, 2014 | Deborah Castellano Lubov
    VATICAN CITY, October 23, 2014 (Zenit.org) - While saying that the Holy Father sees that families today have been attacked and feels their pain and brokenness, Cardinal Robert Sarah has reaffirmed that we must strongly and firmly defend the Church teachings given to us, especially Jesus' words about marriage. In an interview with ZENIT this week, the president of the Pontifical Council 'Cor Unum' says, "Stemming from the effects of a secular and relativistic society, the crisis of today's family is in how the concept of marriage and family has changed." The current culture, he explained, speaks of family without...
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Pope Francis Walks the Talk: Vatican Signals on Gays and Remarriage Are a Hopeful Beginning

    10/17/2014 8:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    A half-century after the historic changes of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is showing his intent to drive a comparably ambitious agenda for the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century. The current synod of bishops in Rome, called by Francis to encourage reform and modernization, set a ringing tone of compassion this week with an opening call for a more welcoming attitude toward gay people, unmarried couples, divorced Catholics who remarry, and children in these unions. The bishops’ report on their first week of private discussions did not immediately change church doctrine. But it signaled the pope’s determination...
  • CBS Drives Away 'Anti-Gay' Catholics

    10/17/2014 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. "NCIS" keeps spinning off shows -- this year in New Orleans -- and "Blue Bloods" is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won't see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time. "Blue Bloods" deals with an Irish-Catholic family of cops, headed by New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Selleck. Some Catholics became fans of the show as a...
  • The Great Catholic Cave-In that Wasn’t: The synod of bishops has NOT thrown out Church teaching.

    10/14/2014 9:12:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/14/2014 | George Weigel
    For the better part of a half century, the New York Times, and similarly situated purveyors of news and opinion, have eagerly awaited the Great Catholic Cave-In: that blessed moment when, at long last, the Catholic Church, like many other Christian communities, would concede that the sexual revolution had gotten it right all along and would adjust its teaching and practice to suit. A Times “breaking story” on October 13, under the headline “Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage,” might have struck the unwary or uninformed (or those equally committed to the Times agenda in these matters) as...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: South African Cardinal

    10/13/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well? That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I...
  • The Pope Francis Progressive Set-Up

    10/10/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 10, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    The secular-progressive media is hell-bent on trying to shape an image of Pope Francis as a fellow liberal-progressive, just like them. Give him more time, the media suggests, and he’ll soon be allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, allowing gays to marry within the Church, ordaining gays, ordaining women, endorsing the HHS mandate, praising Planned Parenthood, and who knows what else.It’s an incessant, incestuous, exasperating image that liberals in the media are pushing with abandon. Almost every one of Francis’ actions or statements is contorted to try to remake the man, and thus his Church, in their (the...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • Modern Catholics

    10/05/2014 8:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | October 5, 2014 | Sarah Kissel
    Since Pope Francis’ innaguration in March 2013 , the Holy Father has unflinchingly addressed controversial topics that have historically been indisputable within the Catholic Church. His groundbreaking, “Who am I to judge?” remark regarding gay individuals who seek a relationship with Jesus set the tone for a revolutionary reign. A newly modern stance on issues such as charity, service, money, divorce and gay marriage has given Pope Francis universal, inter-denominational appeal. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, often referred to as a “synod,” began in Rome this weekend. A synod is a gathering of more than 200...
  • 'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'

    10/04/2014 3:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 4, 2014 | Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch, The Observer
    Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire.Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen? I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who...
  • Bad Omens for the Future of Marriage: Is equivalent of no-fault divorce on the table for Catholics?

    10/04/2014 7:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    Traditionally, social conservatism has enjoyed the support of Catholicism, whose body of teaching on morals is a mother lode of ideas and arguments that retain much of their force even apart from their theological context. Rumors that the Church is poised to relax its position on the indissolubility of marriage are therefore troubling or encouraging, depending on which side you stand in the culture war. Tomorrow, a synod of bishops will convene in Rome to discuss the family. It’s a big topic, but what has developed as the headline item on the agenda is a question that on its face...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    09/20/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014 | Llazar Semini
    DERVEN, Albania (AP) — The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • Ross Shouldn’t Do That (Ref: Ross Douthat’s New York Times hit piece on Ted Cruz)

    09/14/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | September 13, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    I had to read the penultimate paragraph of Ross Douthat’s New York Times piece on “friendless Middle East Christians” before the enormity of it sunk in. Douthat wrote: If Cruz felt that he couldn’t address an audience of persecuted Arab Christians without including a florid, “no greater ally” preamble about Israel, he could have withdrawn from the event. The fact that he preferred to do it this way says a lot–none of it good–about his priorities and instincts. In so many words: Jew-hatred among Middle Eastern Christians is so rampant that it should be ignored in the interests of saving...
  • Response to Cardinal on Gay Rights Group in St. Patrick’s Parade [To Apostolic Nuncio Washington]

    09/09/2014 9:05:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Deligate Bob .com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13) Virginia
    On Saturday I sent the letter below to Archbishop Vigano with regard to the statment Cardinal Dolan of New York gave in support of a Gay Rights Group being included in the 2015 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is a Catholic event and I am disheartened to hear that Cardinal Dolan would support a position contrary to that of the church in this situation. September 6, 2014 H. E. Most Rev. Archbishop Carlo Vigano Apostolic Nuncio 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Your Excellency Archbishop Vigano: New York's Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the...
  • Catholic League President: I May Not March in St. Patrick's Parade

    09/08/2014 7:56:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | BRIAN FRAGA
    Extreme political, cultural and economic forces are colluding to secularize the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, argues William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. "If it gets to the point where the Catholic element is completely diluted, then I will no longer march in the parade," Donohue told Aleteia two days after the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee agreed to allow a group of gay NBC Universal employees to march under its own banner in the 2015 parade. In a written statement provided to the Associated Press, the parade committee said...
  • Notre Dame Retreats, Will Provide Contraceptive Coverage in Student Health Programs

    09/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other Catholic institutions in filing suit against the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. In that lawsuit, Notre Dame said that the mandate would "require Notre Dame to commit scandal." But after preliminary court rulings against the university-- which Notre Dame is now appealing-- the university administration has chosen to cover contraceptive costs.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade ending ban on gay groups (NYC)

    09/03/2014 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | Sep 3, 2014 | David K. Li
    New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. The organizing committee said this move to “change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.”
  • How do you define a “More Sedate” “Black Mass”, Oklahoma?

    09/01/2014 9:46:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press | 09/01/14 | Judi McLeod
    Thousands of TFP Student Action supporting university students are right on the money for lamenting to Oklahoma authorities that… “only Jesus gets no respect”. The students call the “Black Mass” permitted to take place on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center by local authorities, including Mayor Mick Cornett, “sacrilegious” and “obscene”. Even though the apathy-dogged civic level government is the one most ignored by everyday people, more than 70,000 online petitions have been collected calling on the Civic Center to cancel the “Black Mass”, which is an attack on God and a desecration of the true Catholic Mass.
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford — rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    “Why is it,” said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, “that the Catholic Church won’t just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex?” Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. “For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage,” I said evenly. “After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...