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  • On Day One of Synod 2015, conservatives strike first

    10/06/2015 7:55:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Family News ^ | October 5, 2015 | John L. Allen Jr.
    When the first Synod of Bishops on the family got underway last October, conservatives concerned with upholding traditional doctrine appeared caught off guard by a progressive push on several fronts, including relaxing the ban on Communion for Catholics who divorce and remarry outside the Church. The leading symbol of that disorientation was the way Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, ostensibly the man supposed to guide the summit’s work in his role as “General Relator,” appeared to be sidelined by more progressive prelates, especially Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, in producing a controversial interim report calling for greater openness on divorce, homosexuality, and...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/05/2015 8:59:06 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 3 replies
    10-5-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 33:18 Behold, the Lord's Eye is upon those who Fear Him [Who Revere and Worship Him with Awe], Who Wait for Him, And Hope in His Mercy and Lovingkindness.
  • Argument Over

    10/05/2015 6:57:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    City Journal ^ | 10/2/15
    New Yorks St. Patricks Day Parade capitulates in a two-decade-long dispute with gay groups. One of New York Citys longest-running civic and political battles came to an end this week, not with a bang but a whimper. The organizers of the New York City Saint Patricks Day Parade announced that they would allow the Lavender and Green Alliancea group composed of gay, lesbian, and transgender people of Irish descent to participate in the annual march up Fifth Avenue. The groups application to join the parade had been denied every year since 1994 due, parade organizers said, to its advocacy of...
  • ACLU Suit Seeks to Require Catholic Hospitals to Perform Abortions in Some Cases

    10/05/2015 6:27:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has brought a lawsuit against a Catholic health-care system based in Michigan, seeking to force the Church-run hospitals to perform abortions. The ACLU suit against Trinity Health Corporation alleges that affiliated hospitals, guided by the US bishops health-care directives, refused to perform abortions for women who had incomplete miscarriages. The suit claims that in these cases, the breaking of amniotic sac leaves the unborn child defenseless, with no realistic chance of survival, while exposing the mother to risk of complications. ACLU sues Catholic hospital chain over emergency abortions (USA Today)
  • Letter #41, 2015: The One Thing

    10/05/2015 11:54:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | October 5, 2015 | Robert Moynihan
    October 5, 2015, Monday — The One Thing“And he comes, moving slowly like a serpent, and makes those three proposals to Jesus: “If you are God, son of God, there are stones, you’re hungry, change them into bread”; “If you are the Son of God, why so much effort? Come with me to the terrace of the temple and thrown yourself down, and people will see this miracle and effortlessly you will be recognized as the Son of God”; the devil tries to seduce him and, in the end, as he could not seduce him, the last temptation: “Let’s be...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • World's First Lesbian Bishop Calls for Church to Remove Crosses, to Install Muslim Prayer Space

    10/05/2015 10:01:46 AM PDT · by House Atreides · 38 replies
    Breitbart London ^ | October 5, 2015 | Oliver Lane
    The Bishop of Stockholm has proposed a church in her diocese remove all signs of the cross and put down markings showing the direction to Mecca for the benefit of Muslim worshippers. Eva Brunne, who was made the worlds first openly lesbian bishop by the church of Sweden in 2009, and has a young son with her wife and fellow lesbian priest Gunilla Linden, made the suggestion to make those of other faiths more welcome.
  • Squaring the circle: the Synod's most likely outcome, barring a miracle.

    10/05/2015 9:33:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/05/2015 | Augustinus
    The Motu Proprio Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus whereby you reformed the procedures for the canonical process on the sacramental validity of marriages gives a valuable indication of the spirit in which we approach this phase of work. Without questioning the sacramental tradition of our Church or her doctrine on the indissolubility of marriage, you invite us to share our pastoral experiences and to better implement the paths of mercy by which the Lord invites those who so wish and who are able to enter a process of conversion with a view to (receiving) pardon. It appears the Holy Father would...
  • I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vaticans doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • Does Pope Francis fear God?

    10/05/2015 7:59:59 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Week ^ | October 5, 2015 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    "And therefore, if anyone eats this bread or drinks this cup of the Lord unworthily, he will be held to account for the Lord's body and blood. A man must examine himself first, and then eat of that bread and drink of that cup; he is eating and drinking damnation to himself if he eats and drinks unworthily, not recognizing the Lord's body for what it is." St. Paul 1 Corinthians 11:27-29 "The bond of Christian marriage is so strong that if it has attainted its full permanence with the use of conjugal rights, no power on Earth, not...
  • Pope: Synod is not a parliament seeking a compromise

    10/05/2015 6:27:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | October 5, 2015 | IACOPO SCARAMUZZI
    Family with child at the opening of the Synod Apostolic courage, evangelical humility and trusting prayer. The “deposit of faith” “is not a museum to be visited or even simply preserved” Iacopo Scaramuzzivatican city The Synod on the Family, which begins today “is not a parliament in which to reach a consensus or a common accord there is recourse to negotiation, to deal-making, or to compromise”. “The only method of the Synod is to open up to the Holy Spirit with apostolic courage, with evangelical humility and confident, trusting prayer”. It was with these pointers that Francis introduced the...
  • Farrakhan to pastors: Young blacks will leave Christian churches and 'turn on you' -- to follow him

    10/04/2015 9:53:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | September 29, 2015 | Gregory Tomlin
    Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan has issued a second forceful warning for black ministers in Christian churches who refuse to support his "Justice, or Else!" movement after he called for exercising the Quran's law of retaliation against whites and the government during an address at a Miami church in July. In a series of interview videos posted to his Facebook page, after which he solicits donations and support for his upcoming gathering on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., Oct. 10, Farrakhan says the ministers who have closed their doors to him are failing their communities and him. "I...
  • What is the Biblical Eschaton?

    10/04/2015 6:09:34 PM PDT · by grumpa · 22 replies
    self | October 4, 2015 | Charles Meek
    WHAT IS THE ESCHATON? The term ESCHATON refers to the so-called last days or end times. It is the same root word as ESCHATOLOGY, the study of the biblical last things. There is great confusion over the biblical end times. After studying this for many years, I am persuaded that the culmination of NONE of the mentions of the "last days" or "end times" in the Bible can be placed outside of the first century. While this is shocking at first to some Christians, it is worth taking the time to study this. There are 15 primary mentions of the...
  • Ann Barnhardt Heckles Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:49:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    A little while back I had the opportunity to attend a small conference about Marriage and Evolution, as in Darwinian evolution, specifically addressing the damage that the Evolutionary theory has done to society in general, and to the cultural foundation of marriage and family, namely by the Evolutionary base premise that everything is constantly changing and that everything new is better and everything old is inferior or, sin-of-sins, unevolved. The morning session was a series of presentations on marriage and family, and then the afternoon sessions were incredibly interesting hard science fossil records, genetics, molecular biology, etc. The final...
  • In Cauda Venenum: St. Corbinians Bear on the Popes Homily [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:31:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    St. Corbian's Bear ^ | 10/04/2015 | St. Corbian's Bear
    The old Latin phrase "in cauda venenum" came to mind when the Bear read the Pope's homily at the synod. In his storied career as a trial lawyer, the Bear learned that he was the best lawyer in the world as a prosecutor. He had to adjust his expectations as a defense lawyer. He knew that nearly all defense pre-trial motions would be denied by the court. The Bear noticed something else. The judge would always praise his argument at first, and only at the end pivot and give his reasons for denying the motion. This happened every time. The...
  • Synod, first day: "Unacceptable" - the danger of the Great Division has arrived

    10/04/2015 2:49:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/04/15 | New Catholic
    A follow-up on the procedural rigging created by Cardinal Baldisseri and Archbishop Forte (and the other Bergoglian strongmen) for the 2015 Synod. The Synod has officially opened today (right now, in fact, with its opening mass), and Xavier Rynne II explains in the Catholic Herald why the manipulation of this year's Synod is even worse than last year's - in fact, it is not a "synod" at all, barely a chat at tea time. More than one Synod father has described both the procedures and the final-report commission as unacceptable. ... Speeches (interventions, in Synod-speak) to the full assembly of...
  • Vatican official in gay relationship fired for media conference, NOT for sins against God & nature

    10/04/2015 2:35:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Adhere
    So we bring to those of you who don't follow us on Twitter this news, for the record. And, also for the record, the fact that the Vatican is now, for the first time ever, using words such as "in a gay relationship" on an official website to describe a sexually active homosexual priest. And, one other nugget: According to the pope's spokesman, this priest being an active homosexual, that was not what got him fired from his numerous posts.
  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • Cd Pell: Catholic Doctrine on Homosexuality Tantamount to Societal Heresy But Must be Proclaimed

    10/04/2015 11:02:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/2/15 | John Smeaton
    ROME, October 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - Our Voice of the Family team here in Rome for the Family Synod attended a lecture today from Cardinal Pell at the Angelicum, "Living the Truth in Love", an international conference and resource event to address pastoral approaches toward men and women with homosexual tendencies. In a powerful, compassionate, address, His Eminence said: "Too little is known about the Church's teaching on homosexuality*". Quoting in full the Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2357 - 2359, Cardinal Pell said: "Homosexuality refers to relations between men or between women who experience an exclusive or predominant sexual...
  • Yayo Grassi, Gay Man and Pope's Former Student, Opens Up About Meeting with Francis in DC

    10/04/2015 10:51:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/3/15 | Meredith McGraw and Emily Shapiro
    Yayo Grassi, a gay man and former student of Pope Francis who met with the pope in Washington D.C., said Francis "is not afraid to have a gay friend." "Me being gay is no different [to the pope] than me having blue eyes," Grassi told ABC News today. "It's not different than me living in Washington. It is part of my life. And the way he accepted my boyfriend, it is a validation of how happy he is that two people of the same sex can be together and happy and miss each other when we are not close to...
  • God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

    10/04/2015 9:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self,” the Pope said in his opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops. He explained that...
  • The Doctrine of Abrogation: How Muslims Reconciles Conflicting Koranic Verses of War and Peace

    10/04/2015 7:15:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | 12/7/2013 | by Baron Bodissey
    In the comments on Geert Wilders’ open letter to Pope Francis, a reader named MH indicated that he was unfamiliar with — or was pretending to be unfamiliar with — the Islamic doctrine of abrogation as it applies to contradictory verses within the Koran.In a nutshell, any earlier verse of the Koran is considered “abrogated” if a later verse contradicts it. The chronology of the suras of the Koran has been well-established by a consensus of Islamic scholars, so an observant Muslim can be in no doubt as to whether any particular verse of the Koran is binding upon...
  • Why we fear the Ordinary Synod on the Family is being manipulated

    10/03/2015 5:57:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | October 2, 2015 | Voice of the Family
    It is widely considered that the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, held in Rome last October, was manipulated by those controlling it in order to promote changes in the teachings of the Catholic Church on questions relating to human sexuality, marriage and the family. The evidence for such a view has been very ably set out by experienced Vatican correspondent Edward Pentin in his recent book The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? (a review of the book can be found here). An overview of events can also be found in Voice of the Familys document The Extraordinary Synod on the...
  • Vaticans firing of gay priest puts Who am I to Judge to the test

    10/03/2015 4:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephen White
    Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa Set aside, for a moment,...
  • Vatican Theologian Confesses: "Im Happy to Be Gay and I Have a Partner"

    10/03/2015 4:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    Corriere Della Sera ^ | October 3, 2015 | Elena Tebano
    "I know I will pay the consequences, but its time the Church opened its eyes."I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. Im prepared to pay the consequences, but its time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, 43 and Polish, who has been living in Rome for 17 years, speaks with a calm smile on his face. He is not just any priest, but has been a member...
  • On the eve of the Synod - critiques of the Instrumentum Laboris are piling up

    10/03/2015 4:34:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Augustinus
    We have already posted a comprehensive article on the growing number of critiques against the Instrumentum Laboris that will guide this month's Synod of Bishops on the family. Impossible to excuse or explain away: How the heterodoxy of the Instrumentum Laboris for the Synod of 2015 has been exposed. In addition to our own extended critique published on June 25 and critiques from Raymond Cardinal Burke, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Roberto de Mattei, LifeSite News and Voice of the Family, our report also includes First Things' open letter to the Pope against the threat posed to Humanae Vitae by the Instrumentum...
  • Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

    10/03/2015 2:11:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | October 3, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Prayer vigil before the 2015 Synod on the Family October 3, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik / CNA. Vatican City, Oct 3, 2015 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers to listen to families, including the Holy Family, over the course of their deliberations. “The family is a place of discernment, where we learn to recognize God’s plan for our lives and to embrace it with trust,” the Pope said. “It is a place of gratuitousness, of discreet fraternal presence and solidarity, a...
  • Hardline Archbishop Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

    10/03/2015 12:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newser ^ | October 3, 2015 | Rob Quinn
    Her lawyer is now feuding with the Vatican. A Vatican official says there is now "a sense of regret" that Pope Francis ever met Kim Davis, reports Reutersand that could be bad news for the archbishop who set up the meeting. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US, was appointed by Benedict XVI and is known for his hardline stance against same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports. Vatican officials say Francis wasn't briefed on the Davis case and the meeting "should not be considered a form of support," which has left church insiders wondering whether Vigano deliberately...
  • CDF priest comes out of the closet and makes demands. Hes fired (10 pt manifesto)

    10/03/2015 11:34:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 3, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    On the eve of the Synod, a homosexual priest working for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and teaching at a university in Rome publicly announced himself to be a homosexual and that he has a “companion”.  He took advantage of the imminent Synod and recent news stories about the “gay friendly” Pope Francis to come out and also to issue an absurd 10 point “manifesto” demanding that the Church change her teachings about homosexuality.Keep in mind that even were the Church to do that – in his dreams – it wouldn’t be enough. Nothing is enough for militant “gays”.The...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/03/2015 11:07:06 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    October 3, 2015 | Irish Rose
    The LORD reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice. Clouds and thick darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. Fire goes before him and consumes his foes on every side. His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. The mountains melt like wax before the LORD, before the Lord of all the earth. The heavens proclaim his righteousness, and all the peoples see his glory. (Psalm 97:1-6)
  • Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay

    10/03/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality. Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm where he had worked since 2003, a statement said. Charamsa, 43, and a Polish theologian, announced he was gay and had a partner in a long interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday. He later held a news conference...
  • The real story behind the popes meeting with Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 11:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Amy Sullivan, senior editor
    This is what it sounds like when a pope gets mad. On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis, debunking nearly everything that has been reported this week about a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The private meeting between Davis, her husband, Joe, and the pope, which Davis attorney says took place at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. last Thursday? It didnt happen. Instead, Davis was one of several dozen persons who had...
  • Openly homosexual Vatican priest denounces CDF on video :"I AM GAY"

    10/02/2015 9:44:05 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Vox Cantoris Blog ^ | 10/02/2015 | Vox Cantoris
    The sodomite mafia that we've long suspected in the Vatican is raising its filthy head on the eve of the Synod to destroy the family. Father Oko's work on the infiltration of the priesthood in Rome and in Poland must be held up as a warning of what was to come. The dossier of three hundred pages handed over by Benedict XVI to Jorge Bergoglio gathers dust but the truth will come out along with coming out of these sodomite moles into the light where they can no longer hide. „Jestem gejem. Dumnym i szczęśliwym księdzem gejem”. Coming out księdza...
  • These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:36:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa". Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that would effectively modify the Church's doctrine, by writing essays for a book meant to be a “contribution to the Synod onf the Family by African pastors.” This is the subtitle of Christ's New Homeland – Africa, published this week by Ignatius Press, and which features...
  • A Short Catechism on the Synod of Surrender

    10/02/2015 2:22:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 10/2/2015 | John Vennari
    Q: Why do you call the upcoming October event the Synod of Surrender? A: The thrust of the 2014 Synod, as well as the 2015 Synod Working Document, appears to re-orient Catholics towards some sort of change in moral teaching. We see an effective surrender, by highly placed Churchmen, to various aspects of contemporary moral permissiveness. Q: How can you say that change is in the works? A: Because of the principles on which the Synods are based. The Final Document from the 2014 Synod (the Relatio synodi) opens with what has been called the interpretive key[1] that gives the...
  • What to expect from this year's synod of bishops (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014 Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with it, such as no midterm report and a heightened emphasis on the small groups. Set to take place Oct. 4-25, this year’s ordinary synod will reflect on the theme “Jesus Christ reveals the mystery and vocation of the family” and will gather 279 cardinals, bishops and representatives from all over the world....
  • Changes to Synod of Bishops on Family unveiled (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | October 2, 2015
    (Vatican Radio) The Ordinary General Synod of bishops on the family, which opens in the Vatican this weekend, will be structured in a more “dynamic” way to allow greater participation of all its various members. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, held a press conference on Friday to announce the major changes to the three week meeting which will be discussing the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the modern world.” Philippa Hitchen reports….270 bishops from across the globe, 75 auditors and experts, lay and religious, and 14...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis meeting with Kim Davis not a show of support

    10/02/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Vatican says Pope Francis meeting with Kim Davis should not be considered a form of support of her position. Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who became a grassroots conservative hero after refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, was one of several dozen individuals invited by the Vatican ambassador to meet with Francis at the embassy in Washington last week, said spokesman Federico Lombardi. The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular...
  • Crematorium cross removed to avoid offending non-religious visitors

    10/02/2015 11:34:57 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-30-2015 | Staff
    A parish is in uproar after a crematorium's cross was taken down and stuffed in a cupboard to avoid offending non-religious visitors. Around 40 per cent of funeral services held the crematorium are non-Christian so it was decided that the cross should be kept in a storage cupboard rather than behind the alter. It will be brought out of the cupboard and put up on the wall for services at Accrington Crematorium in Burnley, Lancashire, only when requested.
  • The Christian Temptation Towards Socialism

    10/02/2015 9:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/01/2015 | Marc Fitch
    The last temptation of Christ may not have occurred in the desert when Satan confronted Jesus. In the biblical book of Matthew, Christ goes alone into the desert and fasts for 40 days. While he is starving, the Devil confronts and tempts him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Christ answers, Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God. The Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant, has faced a similar temptation to turn stone into bread in the form of socialism....
  • The Synod on the Family: Can the Good Bishops Save Us? (Don't Hold Your Breath)

    10/02/2015 9:20:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | Friday Oct 2, 2015 | Hilary White
    "The absurdity of the Synod organisers, including the pope, simply writing final documents for a Synod weeks in advance of the bishops even arriving in Rome, seems to be the final message. They no longer feel any need to hide their intentions..." The good bishops are not going to help us at the Synod. This is something we have to get used to right now, the weekend before the show starts. Every day I see in commboxes around the internet hopeful exclamations like, Oh, but Archbishop Whosits is going to stand up to them. Or, Cardinal Youknowwho, or that guy...
  • Pope Francis Shouldve Been More Like Mother Teresa in Meeting Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Richard Land
    Pope Francis made a powerful statement by meeting with gay marriage dissenter Kim Davis. But imagine how much more powerful it would have been had the meeting been public, rather than private. Pope Francis has come and gone. His five-day sojourn in America started with a visit to Washington, D.C. (including speaking to a joint session of the U.S. Congress), continued in New York City (including a speech to the U.N. General Assembly) and concluded with a World Congress of Families in Philadelphia. What should one make of this historic visit? The mass appeal generated by the pope's visit,...
  • Pope's Meeting with Kim Davis not an Endorsement, Vatican Says

    10/02/2015 6:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/15
    The Vatican has clarified the details of the Pope's meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Vatican deputy spokesman Father Thomas Rosica said the audience, which included several dozen other people, didn't amount to an endorsement. "The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," Rosica said. The session, on September 24 in Washington, sparked a...
  • The Folly of Comfortable Christianity (Ecumenical Thread)

    10/01/2015 4:45:13 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10-01-2015 | Bishop Pitirim
    On diluted Christianity, the rapid spread of Islamization, new European values, hatred for true Christianity, and where it all may lead. Bishop Pitirim of Dushanbe and Tadjikistan Comfortable Christianity is not wanting to carry your cross. Your Eminence, what are the comfortable Christianity and pink Christianity you talk about in your sermons that we publish on our site []? Could it be said that comfortable Christianity is the spiritual illness of our times? What did the Lord say? Take up your cross and follow Me. This is the meaning of Christianity. Comfortable Christianity is, first of all, not wanting to...
  • Second Gay Group to March in NYC St. Patricks Day Parade [2016]

    09/30/2015 7:17:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/30/15 | Joseph Pelletier
    The organizers of New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade have announced the approval of another "gay rights" group to participate in next year's march through Manhattan. The group, known as the Lavender and Green Alliance, is an LBGT activist organization that claims to celebrate "Irish LGBT culture." Following a vote Tuesday by the parade's board of directors, an invitation was extended to the group to take part in the 2016 festivities. This marks the first time in the parade's 253-year history that an independent homosexual group has been allowed to march in the parade under its own banner. Last...
  • Homosexuality on the threshold of the Synod: Two Conferences in Rome.

    09/30/2015 6:19:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/30/2015 | Sandro Magister
    Homosexuality is per se outside of the topics of discussion at the Synod convened to discuss matters of the family. But in fact it was present in a powerful way in the debates themselves. According to the media hype, the dominant leanings in the Catholic world are for a radical change in the doctrine and practice of the Church, with the full acceptance of the practice of homosexuality and with the blessing of unions between persons of the same sex. But there are also others who want to take a new path with respect to the pastoral ministry to homosexuals...
  • What Pope Francis Taught Me About Being a Catholic Lesbian

    09/30/2015 5:34:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 9/30/2015 | Victoria A. Brownworth
    I have been a lesbian activist since I was a teenager when I was expelled from my all-girls school for being a lesbian. Unlike some, I see no conflict between my sexual identity and my identity of faith. I attend Mass every Sunday. As I have watched Pope Francis since his arrival in America and especially in my own city, Philadelphia, the confluence of my lesbianism and my Catholicism has only been strengthened.
  • INTO THE BREACH (An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men...) [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    09/30/2015 5:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | 9/29/15 | +Thomas J. Olmsted
    I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would...
  • Pope Francis meets with Kim Davis. The Left melts down.

    09/30/2015 4:42:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/30/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The catholic Left are desperate to silence the so-called “culture warriors”, especially to squelch Catholics who uphold clear Catholic teaching in the public square.You may have heard that during his visit to these USA Pope Francis is reported to have met privately with the “culture warrior” Kim Davis, the Christian, non-Catholic, county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  She went to jail for a time rather than knuckle under.We don’t know for sure what Pope Francis said in this private meeting, but Davis didn’t say that the Pope told her to stop fighting.  She wasn’t disappointed afterward.  Quite the opposite,...
  • Soul Mates? Why Many Christian Marriages End Up In Divorce

    09/30/2015 2:40:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 101 replies
    BreakPoint ^ | 09/29/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    You want to know one reason why so many Christian marriages end up in divorce? Ronald Reagan once quipped that the trouble with his political opponents, is not that they are ignorant. Its just that they know so much that isnt so. Well, Ive had a bee in my bonnet for years over something that far too many of my fellow Christians believe in that just isnt so. I speak, gentle listener, of the whole soul mate nonsense, especially when it comes to finding a husband or wife. Let me be perfectly clear: No matter how many ads for Christian...