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  • Democrat [Hirono] Doubles Down Against Knights of Columbus, Suggests Catholic Org is ‘Alt-Right’

    01/22/2019 6:13:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/21/19 | Calvin Freiburger
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The United States Senate may have unanimously approved a resolution condemning religious discrimination against the Catholic fraternal organization Knights of Columbus, but one of the Democrat lawmakers who instigated the controversy is showing no regrets. Last Wednesday, the Senate passed by unanimous consent a resolution from Nebraska Republican Ben Sasse, expressing the “sense of the Senate that disqualifying a nominee to Federal office on the basis of membership in the Knights of Columbus” violates the Constitution’s bar on religious tests. It was a response to Sens. Mazie Hirono and Kamala Harris grilling Trump...
  • Ex-Carlsbad Priest Sentenced to Jail for Groping Seminary Student

    01/22/2019 6:08:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    NBC Los Angeles ^ | 1/18/19 | Staff
    Juan Garcia Castillo, 35, had served as an associate pastor at St. Patrick's Parish in Carlsbad A former associate pastor at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Carlsbad was sentenced Friday to 60 days in jail and three years probation after being found guilty of misdemeanor sexual battery last month. Rev. Juan Garcia Castillo will also be required to register as a sex offender, the District Attorney's office said. He was convicted Dec. 17 of groping a seminary student in a Carlsbad restaurant on Feb. 4, 2018. An attorney and former U.S. Naval officer who was studying to become a priest...
  • Covington Bishop Continues to ‘Condemn’ Catholic Students, Despite Videos Proving Innocence

    01/22/2019 6:04:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/21/19 | Martin M. Barillas and Pete Baklinski
    Update Jan. 22, 2:15 P.M.: The Diocese of Covington headed by Bishop Roger Joseph Foys issued a new statement today. Read full report on LifeSiteNews: Covington bishop speaks of ‘corrective action’, offers no apology to mistreated boysCOVINGTON, Kentucky, January 21, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop has issued a letter of condemnation against the Catholic students of his diocese who were at the center of a media firestorm this weekend over what turned out to be false and slanderous reports that the students had mocked Native Americans outside the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. Bishop Roger Joseph Foys of Covington,...
  • The Canonical Crisis [Orthodox/Catholic Caucus]

    01/22/2019 7:18:24 AM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    Monomakhos ^ | 01-20-2019 | Michael Pulos
    The situation in Ukraine is going from bad to worse. Seriously, did anybody honestly think that once the Church (or a portion of it) aligns itself so nakedly with secular actors anything good would come of it? Patriarch Bartholomew’s blatant power-grab in Ukraine, beginning first of all with the unilateral abrogation of the original tomos of transfer of 1689, has borne nothing but bitter fruit. And it will continue to do so unless and until a formal council (a real council) is called by the Orthodox Church to formally undo all his actions in this matter.The situation is that...
  • Attended Church 10 Years Ago? No Travel for You [China]

    01/21/2019 7:03:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 1/21/19
    Chinese believers are finding that their travel is being monitored or prohibited. They fear social credit system and growing pressure on family members.The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) authorities have been registering the personal information of religious believers on a comprehensive scale. The data collection is nationwide, centralized into a unified database, and associated with a similar collection of data on religious venues. Religious and human rights advocates are concerned that this information will be integrated into China’s so-called “social credit system,” and could be used as a powerful weapon against believers. In 2014, the State Council promulgated a Planning Outline...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 7:00:16 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture & Spirit and Life (HLI) ^ | 01.22.19 | Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro-Carámbula
    MASS READINGS January 22, 2019 (Readings on USCCB website)COLLECT PRAYER God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother's womb; grant, we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. January 22 is the anniversary...
  • Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children - January 22

    01/21/2019 6:54:48 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies
    Libreria Editrice Vaticana & CERC ^ | 05.24.15 | Pope Francis
    Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children POPE FRANCIS We need to develop a new synthesis capable of overcoming the false arguments of recent centuries. When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities — to offer just a few examples — it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.  Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble, for "instead of carrying out his role...
  • Letter to [Notre Dame] Campus Regarding Columbus Murals [from Jenkins]

    01/21/2019 6:50:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Office of the President of Notre Dame ^ | 1/20/19 | Fr. John Jenkins CSC
    January 20, 2019 Feast of Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy CrossDear Members of the Notre Dame Community, As we celebrate the feast of Fr. Basil Moreau, C.S.C., founder of the Congregation of Holy Cross, and as we prepare to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Walk the Walk Week at Notre Dame, I write to let you know of a recent decision. The murals by Luigi Gregori that adorn the ceremonial entrance to Notre Dame’s Main Building depict the life and exploration of Christopher Columbus. Painted in 1882-84, not long after a devastating fire and...
  • Jesus Christ's Shed Blood and RIGHTEOUSNESS Ends Racism To Those Who Receive Him

    01/21/2019 6:05:50 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/21/19
    Dear friends, have you had enough of the lawless race baiters on both sides of the color chart today? Lawless blacks and lawless whites dividing America and creating a horrific wake of envy, violence, lawlessness and discord because of their hatred and lawless mindsets (Psalm 14, Rom. 1:18-32; 3, 1 Cor. 1:18, Gal. 5:17-21, James 4:1-7, Jude 1:10). Almost everyone today is offended by something and a victim of someone yet none seek to look in the mirror and make a judgment based on the Word of Almighty God. Such is the world of lawless moral relativism. Many celebrities and...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil - 1/21/2019 [Prayer]

    01/20/2019 11:03:49 PM PST · by · 28 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | 1/21/2019 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice President and for AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • A Dominican Preaches in the Mosque, Recalling the Great Imam Promoter of Peace [Pakistan]

    01/20/2019 4:59:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 1/19/19
    Lahore (Agenzia Fides) - Maulana Muhammad Abdul Qadir Azad, who served the faithful as Grand Imam in the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore for about 30 years and died in January 2003, was considered "a great promoter of interreligious peace and harmony and above all of dialogue between Christians and Muslims. He was a great religious leader and a lover of peace. He was an ardent promoter of harmony between different Muslim communities and people of other religions": says the Dominican, Fr. James Channan, director of the "Peace Center" in Lahore, preaching in the Badshahi Mosque, the "Royal Mosque" in Lahore....
  • Ex-Deputy to Argentine Bishop [Zanchetta] Says Vatican Knew of Misdeeds

    01/20/2019 4:47:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AP ^ | 1/20/19 | Almudena Calatrava, Natacha Pisarenko and Nicole Winfield
    ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited “obscene” behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims that allegations of sexual abuse were only made a few months ago. Francis accepted Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta’s resignation in August 2017, after priests in the remote northern Argentine diocese of Oran complained about his authoritarian rule and a former vicar, seminary rector and another prelate provided reports to the Vatican alleging abuses of power,...
  • A great shaking[charismatic caucus]

    01/20/2019 1:34:13 PM PST · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    A GREAT SHAKING IS ABOUT TO OCCUR TO OPEN ALL EYES I see The Lord Jesus standing in the courts with a Scroll in His left hand and a standard or sceptor in His right hand , and I hear Him saying " What I AM about to do will shake the hearts of all mankind and open their eyes to their True Lord God And Savior for The Earth is about to shudder as its Axis is altered changing it's coarse and balance . So watch now as even your days and nights shall be adjusted from where they...
  • WATCH — Christian Pastor Jacqui Lewis: ‘Our Common Enemy Is White Supremacy, Transphobia, Sexism

    01/20/2019 12:35:45 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 69 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/19/19 | Kyle Morris
    Rev. Jacqui Lewis, a senior minister at Middle Collegiate Church in New York, took the stage Saturday at the Women’s March and announced what she believed to be Americans’ greatest enemies. “I am so glad to be able to follow my indigenous family and share some words of blessing,” Lewis said as she opened her speech. “Standing here and looking at you and thinking about this movement makes me want to tell you what it means for me to be a Christian pastor.” “There’s all kinds of Christians, but I’m the kind that believes that there’s more than one path...
  • Ex-Cardinal McCarrick Could be Defrocked Soon, Vatican Sources Tell Reuters

    01/19/2019 5:57:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 1/17/19 | Martin M. Barillas
    ROME, January 17, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Vatican sources told Reuters that the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is almost certain to be laicized following widely published allegations against him last summer that include the sexual abuse of a minor and adult seminarians. The 88-year-old McCarrick, who now resides in a Carmelite monastery in Kansas, has responded to only one of the allegations, claiming he has "absolutely no recollection" of allegations that he sexually abused a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago. In 2018, Pope Francis ordered a "thorough study" of Vatican documents about allegations against McCarrick. In addition, the...
  • Bishops’ Pro-Life Leader Says Abuse of Minors ‘Upends’ Witness

    01/19/2019 5:54:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/18/19 | Christopher White
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In the thick of the clergy sex abuse crisis, thousands of American Catholics descended on the nation’s capitol in protest of abortion where Archbishop Joseph Naumann reminded them that the abuse of minors is antithetical to the Church’s pro-life witness. “For all Catholics, the last several months have been profoundly difficult,” he said. “We have been devastated by the scandal of sexual misconduct by clergy and of past instances of the failure of bishops to respond with compassion to victims of abuse and to protect adequately the members of their flock.” “The abuse of children or minors...
  • Vietnam Demolitions Pit Catholic Church Against Authorities

    01/19/2019 5:46:26 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 1/17/19 | Rina Chandran
    BANGKOK (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The demolition of about 100 homes near Ho Chi Minh City, including one owned by the Catholic Church, has pitted the church against authorities in the latest such dispute over land in the Communist Party-ruled country. Residents in Tan Binh district received no warning of the demolitions earlier this month and were given little compensation, according to local media reports. Land conflicts have risen in Vietnam since the ruling Communist Party launched its economic reforms, or doi moi, in the late 1980s, which resulted in more farming land being taken over to build highways and...
  • European Court Upholds Removal of Children From Home Schooling

    01/19/2019 5:41:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 1/16/19 | Howard Friedman
    In Wunderlich v. Germany, (ECHR, Jan. 10, 2019), the European Court of Human Rights in a Chamber Judgment upheld Germany's three-week removal of four children from their parents' home after the parents insisted on home schooling them and refused to send them to state schools. The court held that there was no violation of Art. 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights (Right to Respect for Private and Family Life). the Court said in part: The Court finds that the enforcement of compulsory school attendance, to prevent social isolation of the applicants’ children and ensure their integration into society,...
  • Just got back from Santiago de Compestela's Portico of Glory

    01/19/2019 2:53:35 AM PST · by Oshkalaboomboom · 14 replies
    Myself ^ | Jan. 19, 2019 | Oshkalaboomboom
    We just returned from a visit to the city of Santiago de Compestela where we went to see the newly reopened Portico of Glory at the Cathedral. We stayed at the Hostal Dos Reis Catolicos, which is a treasure in its own right and steps away from the cathedral so we could easily take the first tour of the morning.There is good news and bad news about the Portico. The bad news is that you can no longer walk into it. It has been sealed off from the rest of the cathedral so other restoration work will not damage it...
  • North Sumatra Protests Against Protestant Church [Indonesia]

    01/18/2019 5:58:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 1/16/19 | Mathias Hariyadi
    Places of worship, especially non-Islamic ones, are one of the most controversial issues in Indonesia. The dispute began last August. Complaints stem from the lack of permits for the use of residential housing for religious purposes.Jakarta (AsiaNews) – The local Synod of Churches of Indonesia (MPH-PGIW) has condemned the latest "episode of intolerance" against a Protestant community in Medan Labuan, North Sumatra (Sumatera) province. Three days ago, local Muslims (picture 1) staged a protest that prevented the members of the Bethel Church of Indonesia of Philadelphia (GBI), in Martubung district, from entering a house of prayer. The authorities claim that...