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  • Finding the Good in Good Friday

    04/03/2015 8:16:04 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-02-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Finding the Good in Good Friday By: Msgr. Charles PopeWhen I was younger, and through my seminary years, I had usually seen the crucifix and Jesus’ suffering on the Cross in somber tones. It was my sin that put Him there, had made Him suffer. The Cross was something that compelled a silent reverence and suggested to me that I meditate deeply on what Jesus had to go through. I would also think of Mary, John, and the other women beneath the Cross mournfully beholding Jesus as He was slowly and painfully dying. These were heavy and somber notes but...
  • Christ worker in the Vatican Gardens

    03/20/2015 2:53:36 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    News Cattoliche ^ | 3/20/15 | Nicola Nuti
    Pieces of old gates, rusty chains, scrap metal scattered, which together have the form of Jesus, hung on the cross, is what has made a young Argentinean artist, Alejandro Marmo, friend of Francis, also referred to as "the artist of the Pope". "Christ worker", is the name of the work that a few days ago a good impression in the heart of the Vatican Gardens. The irons used for its development are all from a local Pontifical Farms in Castel Gandolfo where these irons and gates abandoned, scraps of yesteryear, were herded.
  • Michigans Underwater Crucifix Draws Record Crowd for Annual Viewing

    03/18/2015 2:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    kathyschiffer ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    Photo courtesy of Sgt. Dennis Jessick For the last 29 years, the faithful and the curious have braved the harsh Michigan winter on one Saturday in February or March to step onto the frozen surface of Little Traverse Bay, near Bayfront Park in Petoskey.There was a record crowd this year:  According to the Emmet County Sheriff’s Department, 2,021 viewers made the hike on the frozen lake March 7.  Sgt. Dennis Jessick of the Emmet County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team, who organizes the event each year, reported that many of the locals and international visitors stood in line for two and a half...
  • The Satanic Society: Penis Crucifix for Christmas

    12/13/2014 2:47:35 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 13, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    As noted here,Tom Ford, a designer and self-styled "provocateur," has created a penis crucifix for the Christmas season. When one of the world's leading exorcists, Father Gabriele Amorth, was asked how one can tell if someone is possessed, he replied, "By their aversion to the sacrament and all things sacred." One of the clearest signs of demonic possession is a hatred for the Eucharist or the crucifix. And isn't this precisely what we are witnessing today? As our world immerses itself more and more in sin, the numbers if demon-possessed multiply exponentially.
  • Thieves steal 5-foot crucifix from church during service

    12/07/2014 1:09:14 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 6, 2014 | Natasha Velez and Natalie Musumeci
    So much for the seventh commandment. Unholy crooks better pray the big man upstairs wasnt watching when they swiped a 5-by-3 foot crucifix from a Bronx church during services on Wednesday. The $5,000 German-made wooden cross was lifted from the lobby of Padau Roman Catholic Church near a sign proclaiming, Jesus wants all of us to come to him between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., police sources said. Im distressed. That crucifix means so much to the people here Ive never seen anything like this, said Josu Iriondo, 75, pastor of the church on East 166th Street...
  • Staurophobia or the pathological "fear of the Cross" explained

    06/25/2014 11:36:26 AM PDT · by Tefilo · 17 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 June 2014 | Tefilo de Jess (@vivificat)
    A crucifix with the corpus renderedwith the wounds as observed in thethe image on the Shroud of Turin. Beholding a crucifix discomfit us. The poles and the bloodied Man hanging from it makes us feel that not all is well with the world. Once understood, beholding a crucifix reminds us of the cost God paid for our salvation and that doesn't make us feel better with ourselves. All that pain and bloodshed was for us? It discomfit even more those who feel themselves as righteous enough to resist and even oppose such a barbaric death on their behalf. Brethren,...
  • Newburgh man sues church for losing leg when crucifix fell on him

    10/17/2012 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Daily Freeman ^ | October 17, 2012 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    David and Delia Jimenez of Newburgh consider themselves very religious Catholics, so, when Mrs. Jimenezs diagnosed cancer disappeared two years ago, they attributed it to their praying at St. Patricks Church. Mr. Jimenez wanted to show his appreciation, so his wife asked the priest if he could clean the large crucifix outside the house of worship as a thank-you. He was granted the OK and, on Memorial Day 2010, as he stood on a step stool scrubbing the stone image of Jesus Christ, the monument toppled over, crushing his leg. He was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where his leg...
  • Giant Pope John Paul II Crucifix Collapses And Kills Young Man In Italy

    04/24/2014 12:34:37 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 24 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 4/24/14 | Yasmine Hafiz
    <p>Just two days before the canonization of Pope John Paul II, a giant crucifix erected in his honor collapsed in Italy, crushing a young man and killing him, according to ANSA.</p> <p>A piece of the 30-meter (98-foot) high wooden crucifix fell down during an event near the village of Cevo, in northern Italy, instantly killing the 21-year-old man. The Jesus Christ figure attached to the cross is six meters high and weighs 600 kg, according to AFP.</p>
  • Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    04/27/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    iTV ^ | 24APR2014 | Staff Writer
    A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome. The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital. The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998. In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII who will also be...
  • Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope (To be Canonised Sunday)

    04/24/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4-24-14 | Nick Squires
    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of...
  • 'Crucifix is now just a fashion statement and has lost religious meaning': Archbishop Of Canterbury

    11/29/2013 4:24:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/29/2013 | Emily Davis
    The Most Rev Justin Welby said the Cross has been trivialised and ceases to shock or challenge people. Archbishop Welby wrote that the symbol should represent the deepest encounter and radical change for Christians. He added: For those early Christians it was a badge of shame. Today it is more commonly seen as a symbol of beauty to hang around your neck. As a friend of mine used to say, you might as well hang a tiny golden gallows or an electric chair around your neck. In a foreword to a book which will be published in the run-up to...
  • Gimme back My Crucifix!

    11/26/2013 2:34:43 AM PST · by markomalley · 46 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | 11/25/2013 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    This is not a crucifix Have you ever been in one of those Catholic institutionsmaybe a school or hospital where some well meaning, shallow minded sentimentalist has gone through and got rid of all the crucifixes and replaced them with those corny risen Lord crucifixes?Have you ever wondered why you dont like them much? Well, Ive figured it out.First of all I dont like them because they smell like a bit of politically correct maneuvering. Somebody somewhere got the idea that the crucifix was too gruesome for our little children in schools. They shouldnt be greeted with an image...
  • EPA's Regional Administrators Love Activism, Litigation

    07/03/2012 3:20:31 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    National Legal & Policy Center ^ | July 3, 2012 | Paul Chesser
    The suspicions of Oklahoma Sen. James Inhofe were correct: Rather than sitting before the House Energy and Commerce Committee three weeks ago to explain theways he crucified oil and natural gas companies, insteadAl Armendariz who cancelled his appearance at the last minute met with the Sierra Club for a job interview. This time the recently resigned EPAs Region 6 administrator will eagerly attack another fossil fuel, joining the litigious environmental group as part of its Beyond Coal campaign. If there was any question that Armendariz unfairly regulated the gas and oil businesses under his authority in Texas, Oklahoma,...
  • New York man crushed by giant crucifix has leg amputated

    11/05/2012 12:29:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 5, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A deeply religious New York man who believes a church's giant crucifix cured his wife of cancer had his own leg amputated after the same crucifix collapsed on top of him.
  • Catholic cardinal calls on Christians to wear their crosses every day

    04/07/2012 9:46:44 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 35 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 4-7-12 | Damien Pearse
    Head of the Scottish Catholic church, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, says symbol shows you 'live by Christ's standards in daily life' Britain's most senior Catholic cleric has called on Christians to wear a cross every day as "a symbol of their beliefs" and to combat the marginalisation of religion in modern society. The plea by Cardinal Keith O'Brien, head of the Catholic church in Scotland, to be made in his Easter sermon, comes as the Anglican archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, appealed for more people to attend church this Sunday even if they are "a bit vague" about religion....
  • 2012Rejecting the Crucifix as offensive: Preparation for the Reign of Antichrist

    03/15/2012 8:31:02 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 30 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 15, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    When one of the world's leading exorcists, Father Gabriele Amorth, was asked how one can tell if someone is possessed, he replied, "By their aversion to the sacrament and all things sacred." One of the clearest signs of demonic possession is a hatred for the Eucharist or the crucifix. Back in December of 2009, little Jalen Cromwell of Taunton, Massachusetts, was forced to undergo psychological evaluations for drawing a stick figure of the crucified Jesus. See here. And electrician Colin Atkinson's palm cross was deemed "insensitive." See here. As noted here, "..David Cameron's government will insist at the European Court...
  • Covering the Crucifix (Catholic Liturgical Celebrations)

    01/11/2012 7:08:12 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 20, 2011 | Father Edward McNamara
    Q: My parish has a beautiful crucifix mounted on the wall behind the altar that has been a great aid in my prayer life. Unfortunately, I must pray without this aid during the seasons of Christmas and of Easter, as during these seasons the crucifix is completely covered. During Christmas, a star is placed above the crucifix with a tail that hangs down to completely cover it. Likewise, during Easter, a banner of the Risen Christ is hung over the crucifix so that it is hidden from view. I realize that "a cross, with the figure of Christ crucified upon...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CROSS ON STAFF, 01-09-12

    01/09/2012 10:24:19 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 01-09-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CROSS ON STAFF Symbol of St. Philip the Apostle because he was a traveling missionary who used the cross effectively in his contest with paganism and eventually died on it. St. Bridget of Sweden (1303-73) likewise has a cross-mounted staff as her emblem. The Latin style pomme cross with knoblike rounded ends is often used as a ceremonial cross. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Coptic Christian Student Murdered By Classmates for Wearing a Cross [Egypt]

    10/31/2011 8:36:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    (AINA) -- In mid-October Egyptian media published news of an altercation between Muslim and Christian students over a classroom seat at a school in Mallawi, Minya province. The altercation lead to the murder of a Christian student. The media portrayed the incident as non-sectarian. However, Copts Without Borders, a Coptic news website, refuted this version and was first to report that the Christian student was murdered because he was wearing a crucifix. "We wanted to believe the official version," said activist Mark Ebeid, "because the Coptic version was a catastrophe, as it would take persecution of Christians also to schools."...
  • 9th Circuit won't rehear Calif. park cross case

    10/17/2011 1:56:02 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 10 replies
    Sacremento Bee ^ | October 17th 2011 | AP Staff
    SAN DIEGO -- A full panel of federal judges has declined to rehear the case of a war memorial cross in a public park in San Diego that has been deemed unconstitutional by the court. A group fighting to preserve the monument announced Monday that the 11-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied its request. Five of the judges dissented, stating the cross should stay. A three-judge panel in January ruled that the cross conveys a message of religion and is unconstitutional. Kelly Shackelford says her organization will appeal to the Supreme Court. Shackelford is an...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 09-14-11, Feast, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

    09/13/2011 10:37:37 PM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    USCCB.org/New American Bible ^ | 09-14-11 | New American Bible
    September 14, 2011 Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Reading 1Nm 21:4b-9 With their patience worn out by the journey,the people complained against God and Moses,"Why have you brought us up from Egypt to die in this desert,where there is no food or water?We are disgusted with this wretched food!" In punishment the LORD sent among the people saraph serpents,which bit the people so that many of them died.Then the people came to Moses and said,"We have sinned in complaining against the LORD and you.Pray the LORD to take the serpents from us."So Moses prayed for...
  • Arm of Crucified Jesus Sheared Off by Earthquake (Catholic Caucus)

    08/25/2011 11:55:55 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 30 replies
    CNS News ^ | 08/25/2011 | Penny Starr
    The 5.8 magnitude earthquake that shook the East Coast on Tuesday rattled a church in Alexandria, Va. so hard that bricks fell through a stained glass window in the ceiling and then broke off the right arm of Jesus Christ on a large crucifix above the altar. The damage occurred at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Old Town Alexandria, just a few miles across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. Further damage to the church included collapsed chimneys and brick walls crumbling. It was the latter that sent bricks tumbling through a stained glass window above the crucifix in the...
  • Photo: Sitting Bull Wore a Crucifix

    04/08/2011 12:22:25 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 62 replies · 1+ views
    cantuar.blogspot.com ^ | Friday, April 08, 2011 | Taylor Marshall
    Sitting Bull (sitting) wearing his crucifix Not long ago, I was speaking with Father Phil Wolfe about the evangelization of the Flathead Indians in northwest America. He stood up up from his desk and went to one of his many bookshelves and pulled down a book. He opened it and set it in front of me with a page open to a photo. "Who's that?" I had seen the photo several times since my youth. It's in every student's US History book. "That's Sitting Bull," I said. "Have you ever seen this photo before?" he asked. "Yes, of course."...
  • European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools [15 "Yes" 2 "No"]

    03/18/2011 11:51:46 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011
    www.catholicnewsagency.com European court says crucifixes can remain in Italian schools The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights issues its ruling. Credit: Council of Europe Strasbourg, France, Mar 18, 2011 / 12:08 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Italian public schools can continue to display crucifixes in classrooms, overturning an earlier decision that declared them to be a human rights violation.Seventeen judges of the Grand Chamber gave the 15-2 ruling on March 18, holding that there had been no violation of Article 2 of Protocol No. 1 (right to education) to...
  • Jewish European Lawyer Warns of Hate Against Christendom

    09/20/2010 7:58:05 PM PDT · by 0beron · 1 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/20/2010 | Tancred
    Europe is the most faith deprived region of the world, a cool zone of the gray secularism on the globe, whose own pious fervour has grown damp. [kreuz.net] The Munster Publicist Felizita Kble published an article in a broadcast in the church-antagonnistic German weekly 'Die Zeit'. The article was published on 6 August. There she interviewed US Attorney of European Law, Joseph Weiler.
  • Italy upbeat over crucifix appeal - European Human Rights Court hears crosses in schools appeal

    07/01/2010 7:26:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    ANSA ^ | 30 June 2010
    (ANSA) - Rome, June 30 - The Italian government has voiced its optimism over the outcome of an appeal heard Wednesday against a landmark European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) ruling on the display of crucifixes in school classrooms. Last November, the ECtHR said the compulsory display of crosses in Italian schools violated children's and parents' freedom of belief, prompting Rome to request that the matter be referred to the court's appeal body, the Grand Chamber. Following the three-hour hearing, Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini said Italy had "everything in order to ensure a positive result". "This is a great...
  • For atheist human rights activist, crucifix in Italian classrooms not against secularism

    06/30/2010 7:10:04 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06/30/10 | Nirmala Carvalho
    For atheist human rights activist, crucifix in Italian classrooms not against secularism Nirmala Carvalho According to Lenin Raghuvanshi, Human rights and democracy do not exist in a vacuum, in a value-neutral space. Denying the identity, culture and history of a society is a violation of secularism and human rights. New Delhi (AsiaNews) The crucifix in Italian classrooms is not a tradition that goes against the values of secularism, Indian human rights activist Lenin Raghuvanshi told AsiaNews. A secular education means learning from history and logic. Jesus Christ brought peace, reconciliation, non-violence and justice in the world, said Raghuvanshi who...
  • Netherlands: Egyptian-born tram conductor forbidden to wear crucifix but Islamic headscarf OK

    06/19/2010 2:59:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies · 566+ views
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 18, 2010
    Ezzaz Aziz and his offensive necklace "The Netherlands is a democratic country. I think it's nonsense that you can express one religion but not another. I feel a fire burning inside me because I don't live in a democratic country, but in a third world country." That's what it has come to. "Conductor banned from wearing crucifix necklace," by Thijs Papt for Radio Netherlands, June 16 (thanks to C. Cantoni): An Amsterdam appeal court has ruled that the Amsterdam public transport service is within its rights to ban its conductors from visibly wearing a necklace bearing a crucifix. The verdict...
  • 10 European States Join Italy to Defend Crucifix - Catholic and Orthodox Join in Alliance

    06/02/2010 10:54:26 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 343+ views
    Zenit ^ | 2010-06-01
    STRASBOURG, France, JUNE 1, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The "crucifix trial" in the European Court of Human Rights has given rise to an unprecedented intervention of 10 member States as third parties. The European Centre for Law and Justice, which was also authorized to become a third party in the court hearing regarding the legitimacy of displaying crucifixes in Italian schools, reported today that ten other States will have this amicus curiae status in the "Lautsi vs. Italy" case. This case was referred to the Grand Chamber when the Italian government appealed a decision issued by the Second Section of the court...
  • Crucifix appeal to be filed June 30 - Italy optimistic on getting ECHR ruling changed

    04/26/2010 9:39:39 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 272+ views
    ANSA ^ | 26 April 2010
    (ANSA) - Rome, April 26 - Italy will officially file its long-awaited appeal over a European court ruling against crosses in Italian classrooms on June 30, Cabinet Secretary Gianni Letta said Monday. The appeal against last year's sentence will be presented to the 17-strong governing panel of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), the Grand Chamber. On April 30, two months before the official submission of the plea, the Italian government will submit a detailed dossier to the ECHR, Letta said. "The issue of religious symbols is the subject of increasingly frequent polemics and interventions in the whole of...
  • CDU chastens new Muslim minister for mooting school crucifix ban (How about that!)

    04/26/2010 9:09:18 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 421+ views
    The Local.de ^ | 26 Apr 10
    Sign up for the editor'sweekly newsletter CDU chastens new Muslim minister for mooting school crucifix ban Published: 26 Apr 10 17:20 CETOnline: http://www.thelocal.de/politics/20100426-26797.html Just one day before taking her post, Lower Saxonys new Social Minister Aygl zkan has apologised to her fellow Christian Democrats for starting a heated political debate by suggesting that crucifixes dont belong in German public schools. East German message in a bottle sender meets boy finder - Society (26 Apr 10)Integration official rejects call for school crucifix ban - National (26 Apr 10)NRW coalition shaky as parties turn on each other ahead of poll - Politics...
  • [German] Muslim minister-designate calls for state school crucifix ban

    04/24/2010 4:48:10 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies · 387+ views
    The Local.de ^ | 24 Apr 10
    The designated social minister in Lower Saxony Germanys first woman Muslim state minister has called for crucifixes to be removed from state schools, saying they have as little place there as headscarves. Christian symbols do not belong in state schools. School should be a neutral place, said Aygl zkan, who is a member of the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and will be made Lower Saxony's social minister next week. She also stressed her support for the ban on headscarves in such schools as well as accepting that church schools would be an exception from a crucifix...
  • 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...
  • Hope of the Human Race, Victory over Satan...Answers to...Objections To The Crucifix [Ecumenical]

    04/06/2010 3:10:51 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 11 replies · 289+ views
    Catholic Answers ^ | 2000 | Mary Beth Kramski
    It wasnt until I found myself wanting a crucifix that I felt force of Protestantisms opposition to this particular sign. It happened during my "homecoming" to the Catholic Church. I remember having the strange notion that it would require courage for me to be seen wearing a crucifix. Why? Because to most of my Protestant friends a crucifix was "a sign to be spoken against" (cf. Luke 2:34). It was seen as a Catholic symbolbad enough in itselfthat revealed Catholicisms lack of appreciation for the resurrection and its desire to "keep Jesus on the cross." The implication was that a...
  • Ancient crucifix found in Gloucestershire is treasure

    03/19/2010 8:04:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,232+ views
    BBC ^ | March 18, 2010
    A late-Medieval crucifix found in Gloucestershire has been declared treasure by a coroner.The 500-year-old silver pendant was discovered by a man in Yanworth, near Cirencester, in June 2009. It depicts Christ on the front flanked by the Virgin Mary and John the Evangelist and on the reverse, St Christopher carrying the Christ Child. Cirencester's Corinium museum hopes to buy the cross, which is now being valued by independent auctioneers. Kurt Adams, finds liaison officer for Gloucestershire and Avon, said: "Finds such as this silver cross are a very rare finds, especially when considering this object is a truly exceptional example...
  • Anti-cross judge [Fired] struck off (Italian appeal ready against EU court's ruling)

    01/22/2010 11:59:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 326+ views
    ANSA ^ | Rome, January 22
    (ANSA) - Rome, January 22 - An Italian judge who gained headlines for refusing to hear cases with crucifixes in the courtroom was struck off the judiciary roll Friday. Luigi Tosti, 61, was removed from his job by the Italian judiciary's self-governing body, the Supreme Council of Magistrates (CSM). The CSM said in its ruling that Tosti, a Jew, was guilty of refusing to do his job in the Marche town of Camerino from May 2005 to January 2006. Tosti said he would appeal the sentence to Italy's highest court of appeal, the Cassation Court and, failing that, to the...
  • Pope wants crucifix at the centre of ALL westward-facing altars during Mass

    01/13/2010 10:43:08 AM PST · by NYer · 174 replies · 2,462+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 10, 2010 | Damian Thompson
    Monsignor Guido Marini, Benedict XVI’s master of ceremonies, this week strongly underlined the Pope’s recommendation that when Mass is celebrated facing westwards, the priest should place a crucifix at the centre of the altar. This was to make clear that the celebrant was not “facing the people”, but facing Christ. The Holy Father could hardly have made himself clearer on this point. So why do the Bishops of England and Wales allow the vast majority of their priests to ignore his wishes? Why do the bishops themselves routinely ignore the recommendation?Perhaps someone will ask the bishops when they make their...
  • College Crucifix Ban Prompts Lawsuit (professor compares it to a swastika)

    12/18/2009 2:31:09 AM PST · by NYer · 44 replies · 1,702+ views
    My Fox ^ | December 15, 2009 | Melissa Cutler
    MESQUITE, Texas - Joe Mitchell says all he wanted to do was make crosses as gifts for friends when he signed up for a ceramics class at Eastfield Community College in Mesquite.Instead, he says, the ceramics instructor compared the crucifix to a swastika in trying to explain why crosses were not permitted.I felt humiliated and that my spirituality was being demeaned, said Mitchell, a retired Dallas resident and student at the public college. The whole point of art is to express who you are.Mitchell says he was told on several occasions by instructors and administrative staff that he could...
  • Mass. 2nd-grader sent home for crucifix drawing

    12/15/2009 1:44:22 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 7 replies · 747+ views
    AP via Brietbart ^ | 12/15/09 | Staff
    TAUNTON, Mass. (AP) - An 8-year-old boy was sent home from school and ordered to undergo a psychological evaluation after he was asked to make a Christmas drawing and came up with what appeared to be a stick figure of Jesus on a cross, the child's father said Tuesday. Chester Johnson told WBZ-TV that his son made the drawing on Dec. 2 after his second-grade teacher asked children to sketch something that reminded them of the holiday. Johnson said the teacher became upset when his son said he drew himself on the cross. Johnson, who is black, told WBZ he...
  • Greek Orthodox Church joins opposition to EU courts ban on classroom crucifixes

    12/04/2009 8:50:24 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 494+ views
    cna ^ | December 4, 2009
    Athens, Greece, Dec 4, 2009 / 06:55 am (CNA).- The head of the Greek Orthodox Church has voiced his opposition to a court ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy and will hold an emergency synod to lay out a plan of action to combat the ban. Archbishop Ieronymos of Athens and All Greece said that the European Court of Human Rights (EHCR) had ignored the role of Christianity in Europes history. According to the BBC, he added that majorities, not only minorities, have rights.The Orthodox Church fears the EHCR ruling could trigger similar rulings about the public display of...
  • Critics Blast PETA Ad Showing Nude Joanna Krupa Holding Crucifix

    12/01/2009 2:45:02 PM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 63 replies · 3,080+ views
    FOXNews.com ^ | December 01, 2009 | By Hollie McKay and Joshua Rhett Miller
    A new PETA advertisement featuring model Joanna Krupa wearing nothing but a crucifix and a seductive smile is "totally inappropriate" and exploitative of Christian symbols, critics say. Krupa, a Playboy cover girl and a "Dancing With the Stars" regular, is seen topless and bottomless in the latest spot by the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, which urges people to adopt pets from rescue shelters instead of buying them from puppy mills. The Polish-born beauty appears in the ad with angel wings behind her and a digital halo over her head. Her private parts are covered -- barely --...
  • Association in favor of crucifixes in schools to march on St. Peter's square

    11/26/2009 3:33:27 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies · 594+ views
    cna ^ | November 26, 2009
    Vatican City, Nov 26, 2009 / 02:05 pm (CNA).- This Sunday, an Association called "Piccola Chiesa" a Movement for Family Love, is planning a march on St. Peter's square in Rome in protest of the recent European legislation barring the crucifix from being displayed in Italian public schools. The event is being organized as a way to reaffirm the crucifix as "a sign of faith and universal fraternity and a symbol of Italian, and European, art and culture."The Roman diocesan newspaper, Roma Sette, has announced that the initiative is being carried out to show support for "the love of...
  • Russian Patriarch protests court ruling to ban cross from Italian schools

    11/26/2009 8:12:30 AM PST · by GonzoII · 18 replies · 692+ views
    interfax.com ^ | 26 November 2009
    Moscow, November 26, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has supported Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's opposition to the idea of banning crucifixes from Italian public schools. "Italy and other European countries' Christian heritage must not be a subject of scrutiny at European rights agencies," Patriarch Kirill said in a letter to Berlusconi, posted on the Moscow Patriarchate's official website. Patriarch Kirill was commenting on a ruling, passed by the European Court of Human Rights on November 3, on a lawsuit, filed by an Italian mother, who claimed that crucifixes at public schools is a violation of...
  • Italian Mayors Order Crufixes Put in Classrooms in Revolt against European Court Ruling

    11/17/2009 10:39:50 AM PST · by NYer · 51 replies · 1,961+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 17, 2009 | Hilary White
    ROME, November 17, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Poland's president, Lech Kaczynski and the leadership of the Greek Orthodox Church have both hit out at a decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) attempting to ban the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools. At the same time, a general revolt against the ruling in municipalities all over Italy has been started by public officials, who are now ordering the display of crucifixes in schools, and levelling fines for non-compliance. The November 3rd ECHR ruling, made in response to a complaint by an Italian secularist campaigner, said that the display...
  • Young Muslim writer defends crucifixes in Italy

    11/13/2009 3:03:01 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies · 897+ views
    cna ^ | November 13, 2009
    Randa Ghazy Rome, Italy, Nov 13, 2009 / 02:37 pm (CNA).- A young Muslim writer named Randa Ghazy has written an article entitled, I, a Muslim, Defend the Crucifix, in which she expresses her opposition to a ruling by the EU Human Rights Court that ordered all crucifixes be taken down in classrooms across Italy. The article will appear in the December edition of the magazine Mondo e Missione, a publication of the Pontifical Institute Missioni Estere.One of the most beautiful memories of my childhood and adolescence was of Father Bruno, she writes. I would often go to the...
  • Greek [Orthodox] Church Acts on Crucifix Ban

    11/13/2009 5:37:11 AM PST · by marshmallow · 131 replies · 1,929+ views
    BBC ^ | 12/13/09 | Malcolm Brabant
    The Greek Orthodox Church is urging Christians across Europe to unite in an appeal against a ban on crucifixes in classrooms in Italy. The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled last week that the presence of crucifixes violated a child's right to freedom of religion. Greece's Orthodox Church fears the Italian case will set a precedent. It has called an emergency Holy Synod meeting for next week to devise an action plan. Although the Greek Orthodox Church has been at odds with Roman Catholicism for 1,000 years, the judicial threat to Christian symbols has acted as a unifying...
  • Italian mayors respond to Strasbourg ruling by hanging more crucifixes in schools

    11/12/2009 11:29:00 AM PST · by GonzoII · 27 replies · 1,161+ views
    CNA ^ | Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2009
    www.catholicnewsagency.com Italian mayors respond to Strasbourg ruling by hanging more crucifixes in schools Rome, Italy, Nov 12, 2009 / 01:49 pm (CNA).- A number of Italian officials have responded to the ruling by the European Human Rights Court that ordered schools in Italy to remove crucifixes from the classrooms by taking unprecedented measures to preserve the Christian symbol. According to the Italian daily Avvenire, the mayor of Sezzadio, Pier Luigi Arnera, has leveled a fine of 500 euros against anyone who removes a crucifix from a public place. Arnera explained that the displaying of the crucifix in places other...
  • Italians want crucifixes to stay in classrooms: poll

    11/09/2009 3:56:29 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 578+ views
    Reuters ^ | November 8, 2009
    ROME (Reuters) - Some 84 percent of Italians oppose a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights that crucifixes should be removed from Italian classrooms, according to a poll on Sunday. The poll in the Corriere della Sera newspaper showed 84 percent of Italians want the crucifixes to stay, 14 percent said they should be taken down and two percent had no opinion. Those in favor included many who are not practicing Catholics. Some 68 percent of those who said they never attended Mass said they still wanted the crucifixes to stay in schools. Italy has said it...
  • All Public Displays of Christianity Could End with Italian Crucifix Ruling: Legal Expert

    11/09/2009 10:22:28 AM PST · by NYer · 28 replies · 1,047+ views
    LifeSite ^ | November 9, 2009 | Hilary White
    ROME, November 9, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The recent decision by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) condemning the display of crucifixes in Italian public schools could result in the removal of all public displays of a Christian origin in all public buildings of Europe under the newly passed Lisbon Treaty, a British legal expert has warned. Given the intimate connections between the ECHR, the Lisbon Treaty and the European Convention on Human Rights, UK barrister and anti-discrimination law expert Neil Addison told LifeSiteNews.com (LSN), "unless the European Court of Human Rights overrules itself on appeal, Italy, and indeed the...
  • 12 Reasons the Cross Is Not a Violation of Freedom - And the Illusion of a Value-Neutral State

    11/07/2009 2:12:53 AM PST · by GonzoII · 2 replies · 384+ views
    Zenit ^ | NOV. 6, 2009
    VIENNA, Austria, NOV. 6, 2009 (Zenit.org).- Real religious freedom is not freedom from religion, says a historian writing in response to this week's European court decision discouraging crucifixes in Italian schools. Martin Kugler, an expert for the human rights network Christianophobia.eu in Vienna, offered 12 theses to unveil the mistaken thinking of the court, which decided in favor of an atheist mother who protested the crucifix in her children's school. Kugler explained: "The right to religious freedom can only mean its exercise -- not the freedom from confrontation. The meaning of 'freedom of religion' has nothing to do with creating...