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  • Letter from Notre Dame Faculty Demands Jenky Apologize [for remarks about Obama]

    04/23/2012 10:10:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 4/22/12 | Sarah Garfinkel
    Faculty members say comments demonstrate ‘ignorance’ and ‘insensitivity’Some faculty members at the University of Notre Dame are calling on Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky to renounce statements he made during a controversial April 14 homily or resign from the school’s Board of Fellows. More than 90 faculty members have so far signed the letter, which was released Monday to the Notre Dame student newspaper, according to John Duffy, an English professor at the university. Jenky, during his homily, analogized the political actions of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to those of President Obama. “Bishop Jenky’s comments demonstrate ignorance of history, insensitivity...
  • Liberty's choice of Romney leads to angry student response [Cultic commencement speaker outrage]

    04/23/2012 8:15:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | April 20, 2012 | Laura Bernardini and Dan Merica
    Washington (CNN) – Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the...Latter-day Saints whose adherents are called Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address. By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school's Facebook page about the Thursday announcement - a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith. “I can’t support Romney and I am happy I decided not to walk...
  • Racism mars process to choose Anglican leader {Gay Bish's don't like African views}

    04/23/2012 4:28:53 AM PDT · by Cronos · 17 replies
    Vancouver Sun ^ | 22 April 2012 | RICHARD EDEN AND EDWARD MALNICK
    The early favourite to become the next Archbishop of Canter-bury - spiritual leaders of the world's Anglicans - is the victim of "naked racism" by critics who are trying to besmirch his name, one of his closest sup-porters said. ..Arora's accusation of an "anonymous whispering" campaign against the archbishop has the potential to be hugely damaging to the church. It recalls the last time the Church sought a new Archbishop of Canterbury, in 2002, when the Michael Nazir-Ali, then Bishop of Rochester, was described as a "Paki Papist" by an unidentified cleric...., two bishops who spoke to the Sunday Telegraph...
  • First Presbyterian Congregation Votes To Leave Denomination {PCUSA}

    04/23/2012 4:17:58 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    KRDO ^ | 22 April 2012 | KRDO
    he congregation as First Presbyterian Church in Colorado Springs has officially voted to leave the Presbyterian USA denomination. The church plans to switch to a more conservative denomination called the Evangelical Covenant Order Of Presbyterians. Leaders say its because of scriptural conflicts and the decision to allow openly gay ministers to be ordained. 95.5% of those who voted said First Pres.should leave Presbyterian USA. There is also a financial aspect to the split. The congregation must pay $650,000 to keep worshiping in their church. It will be paid over a five-year period to their regional governing body Pueblo Presbytery. The...
  • ROMNEY AT LIBERTY LEADS TO ANGRY STUDENT RESPONSE [Falwell's U. issues Mitt commencement invite]

    04/22/2012 1:25:08 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 102 replies
    WorldNetDaily/CNN ^ | April 21, 2012
    'University should have gotten a Christian to speak not someone who practices a cult' (CNN) Liberty University students and alumni are accusing the Christian school of violating its own teachings by asking Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a member of the Church of...Mormons, to deliver its 2012 commencement address. By Friday morning, more than 700 comments had been posted on the school’s Facebook page about the Thursday announcement – a majority of them decidedly against the Chancellor Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation, citing that the school had taught them Mormonism isn’t part of the Christian faith.
  • Another Christian Athlete Makes Good

    04/22/2012 11:59:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 7 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 22, 2012 | JP
    Phil Humber’s Christian walk has had peaks and valleys. Yesterday was a peak for the Chicago White Sox hurler as he became only the 21st pitcher in major league baseball history to throw a perfect game. Humber faced 27 Seattle Mariner batters, retiring them one after another, in the Chisox’s 4-0 victory. His perfect game appeared most in jeopardy in the 9th inning when he ran the count to 3-2 with two batters, risking imperfect bases-on-balls. But the pitcher punched them both out. “God is so good,” said Humber, in a televised interview following his historic outing. And he was...
  • Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital

    04/22/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT · by annalex · 7 replies
    Gulf News ^ | 18:27 April 22, 2012
    Mob burns Catholic church in Sudan capital AP. Published: 18:27 April 22, 2012 A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum Khartoum, Sudan: A mob has set ablaze a Catholic church frequented by Southern Sudanese in the capital Khartoum, witnesses and media reports said on Sunday. The church in Khartoum's Al Jiraif district was built on a disputed plot of land but the Saturday night incident appeared to be part of the fallout from ongoing hostilities between Sudan and South Sudan over control of an oil town on their ill-defined border. Sudan...
  • Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80

    04/21/2012 4:26:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 16 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/21/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Chuck Colson Dead at Age 80 FaithIssues Evangelical Christianity lost one of its most eloquent and influential voices today with the death of Charles W. "Chuck" Colson. The Prison Fellowship and Colson Center for Christian Worldview founder died at 3:12 PM ET today at the age of 80. After a brief illness, Colson passed away at a Northern Virginia hospital with his wife, Patty, and family at his bedside. On March 30th, Colson became ill while speaking at a Colson Center for Christian Worldview conference in Lansdowne. The following morning he had surgery to remove a pool of clotted blood...
  • Russians Overwhelmingly Endorse ‘Gay Propaganda’ Ban

    04/21/2012 10:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/19/12 | Hilary White
    MOSCOW, April 19, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – A proposal to outlaw propaganda from the homosexualist movement, particularly that aimed at children, has met with overwhelming approval from the Russian public. A poll conducted by state-run pollster VTsIOM, showed 86 percent of 1,600 respondents nationwide said they supported a ban on the promotion of homosexual relationships. Recently, the Russian Federation delegation at the G8 Summit refused to endorse a joint statement by foreign ministers that included “lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender” people in its affirmation of human rights. A footnote to the statement read, “The Russian Federation disassociates itself from this language...
  • Crisis Proves a Curse for Greece's Orthodox Church

    04/21/2012 10:24:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/20/12 | Harry Papachristou
    * Government cutting priests' numbers and salaries* Demand for church charity soaring as crisis bites* Conservative church turns to modern business dealsATHENS, April 20 (Reuters) - Close links between the Greek state and the Orthodox Church are turning from a blessing for the clergy into a curse as the debt-laden government struggles to fund the ancient institution, just as impoverished Greeks need its charitable work most. Starved of money as the state makes huge spending cuts, the deeply conservative church which grew from one of the earliest centres of Christianity is seeking new sources of funds. But despite a new...
  • LCWR: getting to the truth of the matter (the blogosphere response to CDF document)

    04/20/2012 2:17:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    hancaquam ^ | April 20,
    Reactions to the CDF's assessment of the LCWR are flooding the Catholic blogosphere.   So far, 99% of these reactions have been predictably supportive of either the Left's narrative of Hierarchical Males Oppress the Alternative Spiritualities of Women or the Right's narrative of Holy Mother Church Finally Punishes Naughty Daughters. There have been a few reactions that hit closer to the truth of the matter. Tom McDonald makes a point that needs to be repeated like the "Hail Mary": The LCWR is a toxic organization that has slowly poisoned the church since the 1970s. . .They do not represent the 60,000+ women’s religious...
  • Medieval Abbot's Grave Uncovered

    04/20/2012 2:08:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | April 19, 2012 | SHAWN TRIBE
    Extraordinary discovery of 12th century abbot's grave For something like seven centuries he had lain undisturbed. He – or at least his remains – survived Henry VIII’s destruction of his abbey in 1537, eluded the grave-robbers that followed, and avoided discovery by Victorian archaeologists. Even deep excavations and the underpinning of the crumbling building in the 1930s failed to unearth him. But the abbot who headed Britain’s second richest and most powerful Cistercian monastery may soon be unmasked... [...] The skeleton of a portly figure was discovered almost by fluke when emergency repairs had to be made to the abbey...
  • CAMPAIGN AGAINST JON STEWART BEGINS (Graphic content)

    04/20/2012 6:36:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 19, 2012 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments as follows:Jon Stewart refused to apologize last night for the unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities he launched on April 16. In that episode, “The Daily Show” featured a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament placed between her legs; with the picture on the screen, Stewart laughed at what he called the “vagina manger.” To see the picture, click here.Our effort against Stewart includes asking his most consistent sponsors to pull their advertising (if necessary, we are not ruling out a boycott of their products), and a lengthy public relations...
  • ‘New Law Will Compel Churches to Offer Same-Sex Marriages’ [UK]

    04/20/2012 5:18:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/20/12 | Simon Caldwell
    David Cameron will not be able to exempt the Churches from a duty to offer marriages to gay couples, a senior Catholic barrister has warned. Neil Addison, the director of the Thomas More Legal Centre, said that the Prime Minister’s assurances to the Church that they would not be compelled to perform religious marriage for gay couples are worthless. He said two judgments by the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg combined with a Court of Appeal ruling in 2010 clearly showed that the Government would be acting illegally if it legalised civil gay marriages without permitting them on...
  • The First Lady's Curious Theology

    04/19/2012 11:20:27 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 19, 2012 | Rev. Michael Bresciani
    In America we elect presidents, we don't worship them. But the Weekly Standard blog offered a headline on April 17, 2012 that seemed to contradict this traditional practice. In a short piece by Daniel Halper the headline was "Michelle Obama: 'This President Has Brought Us Out of the Dark and Into the Light' If it were not a direct quote taken from Michelle Obama's rally speech at a campaign event in Nashville, Tennessee earlier the same day, we could only imagine that some virulent anti-Obama politico went too far and just made up a false and despiteful headline to hurt...
  • Test of Fire

    04/19/2012 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 16 replies
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  • On the Apostles' Response to Persecution

    04/19/2012 8:23:46 PM PDT · by ELS · 10 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 19, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Apostles' Response to Persecution "In the face of trial, they pray, they get in touch with God" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 19, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave at the general audience Wednesday. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the great feasts we return to the catechesis on prayer. In the audience before Holy Week we reflected on the figure of the Blessed Virgin Mary, present in the midst of the apostles when they were awaiting the descent of the Holy Spirit. An atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church’s first steps....
  • Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death

    04/19/2012 6:54:44 PM PDT · by sreastman · 6 replies
    Fatih Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Priosn Fellowship
    Colson Associates Expect His Imminent Death Faith Issues/DeMossNews.com "It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will soon be home with the Lord," said Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, in a statement. Jim Liske, CEO of Prison Fellowship Ministries, gave the following update Wednesday to the staff and supporters of Prison Fellowship, Justice Fellowship and the Colson Center for Christian Worldview: "Dear Friends: It is with a heavy, but hopeful heart that I share with you that it appears our friend, brother and founder will...
  • Family Research Council Sues Over Decision to Ban Bibles from Walter Reed

    04/19/2012 6:51:41 PM PDT · by sreastman · 9 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/19/2012 | Christian Newswire
    Faith Issues/Christian Newswire Judicial Watch, the public interest group that investigates and fights government corruption, announced today that it has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US Department of the Navy on behalf of the Family Research Council (FRC). The FOIA lawsuit, (Family Research Council, Inc. v. Department of the Navy (No. 1:12-cv-00589)), seeks access to records concerning a policy announced in a September 14, 2011, memo issued by the Commander of the Walter Reed National Military Medial Center banning the use and/or distribution of Bibles and other religious items during visits with wounded, ill or...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Vatican announces reform of US women's religious conference (more details)

    04/19/2012 11:52:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2012 / 01:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican called for reform amid a doctrinal “crisis” within the U.S.'s Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), appointing Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle to lead renewal efforts.The appointment was made as the Vatican Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith revealed the findings of its multi-year doctrinal assessment of the women's conference, which has more than 1,500 members throughout the country.The assessment document explained, “it is clear that greater emphasis needs to be placed both on the relationship of the LCWR...
  • Citing doctrinal problems, Vatican announces reforms of US nuns' group

    04/19/2012 11:42:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    cns ^ | April 18, 2012 | Francis X. Rocca
    Archbishop Sartain gave the homily during the annual Red Mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington last October. (CNS/Leslie E. Kossoff) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Citing "serious doctrinal problems which affect many in consecrated life," the Vatican announced a major reform of an association of women's religious congregations in the U.S. to ensure their fidelity to Catholic teaching in areas including abortion, euthanasia, women's ordination and homosexuality. Archbishop J. Peter Sartain of Seattle will provide "review, guidance and approval, where necessary, of the work" of the Leadership Conference of...
  • Pop Artists Turning to Satanic Imagery to Drum up Controversy, Sales, Experts say

    04/19/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/12 | Jo Piazza
    NEW YORK – It’s an age-old saying in Hollywood that sex sells, but with consumers finding themselves oversaturated with sexual imagery, today’s top acts are turning to something even more sinful to get our attention: Satan. Performer Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is getting a lot of buzz this month, due in large part to her infamous Grammy performance earlier this year, where she acted out scenes from an exorcism onstage. While critics, particularly religious groups, blasted the imagery in that performance as ill-timed and awkward, there is no denying that Minaj garnered the attention she was looking for...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...
  • April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy

    04/18/2012 2:17:36 PM PDT · by ELS · 2 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 16, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    April 11 Audience: On Easter's Spiritual Joy "Sadness and the wounds themselves become sources of joy" VATICAN CITY, APRIL 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square on Wednesday, April 11. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, After the solemn celebrations of Easter, our meeting today is pervaded by spiritual joy; even if the skies above are grey, in our hearts we carry the joy of Easter and the certainty of the Resurrection of Christ, who has definitively triumphed over death. First, I wish...
  • IO 88: For Shame—Speech Crimes and Ideology

    04/18/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthxchange ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fifteen years ago James Twitchel’s For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture argued for the socially redeeming character of shame: “Shame is the basis of individual responsibility …It is where de­cency comes from… shame inhibits behavior— that’s the point. It retards action, it increases reticence, it invokes self‑censorship. Its final object is not banishment, but reintegration.” Twitchell’s book describes a past moral ethos eroded by an ideology of radical sexual freedom that shamelessly rejected the “old ways.” In 1996 Senator Fred Thomson said of Bill Clinton: “He is a man of his times…He literally has no shame.”...
  • LCWR Having a Bad Day. Vatican Names Archbishop Delegate to Continue Watching LCWR and Network

    04/18/2012 11:52:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    What Does the Prayer Really Say ^ | 4/18/12 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    It is a bad day for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR… subsidiary of The Magisterium of Nuns). If the SSPX gets chilled Veuve, this one might get … dunno… a big chocolate cake? Popcorn? I save some milkfat from my clarified butter and it is fantastic on popcorn. That seems appropriate. From the USCCB: Vatican Names Archbishop Sartain To Lead Renewal Of LCWR April 18, 2012 Critiques doctrinal aspects of LCWR assemblies, publicationsFaults work with Network social justice lobby, financial, legal Resource CenterCalls for advisory group of bishops, sisters and other experts to assist in renewalWASHINGTON—The Vatican Congregation...
  • Vatican Says Traditionalists' Response Marks 'Step Forward' in Talks

    04/18/2012 6:43:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Service ^ | 4/18/12 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In what the Vatican described as an encouraging "step forward," the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X has revised its response to a Vatican document laying out certain basic doctrinal principles and criteria for interpreting church teaching. The latest response submitted by Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior general of the society, arrived at the Vatican April 17. It will be examined by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and then "placed under the judgment of the Holy Father," said a brief communique from the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei," which is handling the Vatican's discussions with...
  • Ukraine abortion ban proposal sparks topless feminist protest at cathedral

    04/18/2012 5:02:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 17, 2012 | Hilary White
    KIEV, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feminists and pro-aborts in Ukraine have staged a topless protest against government plans to outlaw abortion in some circumstances. The protest comes as the country has been plunged into a debate over the abortion law, which allows abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, while the country faces a looming demographic crisis with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The feminist group ‘Femen’ angered Ukrainian Catholics by staging a protest in which a group of women exposed themselves after climbing to the top of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in...
  • St. Pius X Society gives mixed response to Vatican

    04/18/2012 4:39:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Pope Benedict XVI and Bishop Bernard Fellay. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 06:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The breakaway Society of St. Pius X has given its assent to a statement of doctrinal belief presented to it by the Vatican, but with some suggested amendments to the text.It will now be for Pope Benedict XVI to decide whether the traditionalist group's response is sufficient to permit them back into full communion the Catholic Church.  Weekend media speculation suggested that there has been behind-the-scene dialogue between both sides in recent weeks trying to smooth reconciliation. “Unofficially and in the utmost...
  • Communiqué of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"

    04/18/2012 4:26:54 AM PDT · by monkapotamus
    RORATE CÆLI ^ | April 18, 2012 | Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei"
    Communiqué of the Pontifical Commission "Ecclesia Dei" The text of the response of His Excellency Bp. Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Pius X, requested during the meeting in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith of March 16, 2012, was delivered on April 17, 2012. This text will be examined by the Dicastery and submitted afterwards to the judgment of the Holy Father. [Source: original texts in Italian and French]
  • Scottish priest dies one week after ordination

    04/18/2012 4:26:37 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2012 | David Kerr
    Fr. Graham Turner at his ordination to the priesthood. Credit: Msgr. Michael Regan. Rome, Italy, Apr 17, 2012 / 11:59 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Father Graham Turner, 48, was a priest for only one week when he passed away from leukemia. “There is a great wave of sadness here at the moment but it was important that Graham was ordained,” said Monsignor Roderick Strange, Rector of the Beda College in Rome, where Fr. Turner studied for the priesthood. “Although we are ordained for active ministry this was also a completion of a significant period in Graham’s life of discernment and...
  • Healing a Schism: Vatican and Breakaway SSPX Seek Common Ground

    04/18/2012 12:30:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 04/16/2012 | Peter Wensierski
    For the pope's 85th birthday on Monday, his own brother showed up in Rome empty-handed. But the brothers of the controversial Catholic splinter group Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) were more generous. They sent a letter—and its contents may be the greatest gift yet to the papacy of Benedict XVI. The pope has long wanted to heal the schism with the SSPX and bring the conservative followers of the late French Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre back into the fold. That hope may now become reality. The Catholic traditionalist Lefebvre founded the SSPX in 1969 in answer to the reforms pushed...
  • For the record - Latest Tornielli: "Fellay's response has arrived; it is positive"

    04/17/2012 10:01:38 PM PDT · by narses · 8 replies
    Just mentioned by Andrea Tornielli for La Stampa: Lefebvrists: the positive response has arrived 17.09.2012 (1900 GMT - 2100 Rome) The Superior of the Society of Saint Pius X has signed the doctrinal preamble proposed by the Holy See, even if with some slight modifications ANDREA TORNIELLI CITTÀ DEL VATICANO The response of the Society of Saint Pius X has arrived in the Vatican and it is positive: according to the informal information gathered by Vatican Insider, Bishop Bernard Fellay would have signed the doctrinal preamble that the Holy See had proposed last September as a condition to reach full...
  • The Pope Told You So [Ecumenical]

    04/17/2012 6:31:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 9 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 17th, 2012 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    The Pope Told You So Media & CultureApril 17th, 2012 Rev. George W. Rutler Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself?A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran  Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom by interfering with the hiring of ministerial personnel. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Administration’s argument...
  • Americans Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths

    04/17/2012 5:25:28 PM PDT · by sreastman · 28 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/17/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Americans Evenly Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths FaithIssues On the heels of Gallup's assessment of the religiosity by state, American Bible Society is releasing in-depth findings from its State of the Bible survey, which details Americans' beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in US homes and more. The annual State of the Bible 2012 survey, conducted by Barna Group on behalf of American Bible Society, found that: 47% of American adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society today; only 16% believe it has...
  • Vatican Hoping to Make SSPX Announcement Early Next Week [Cath/Orth Caucus]

    04/16/2012 7:12:59 PM PDT · by annalex · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | Saturday, April 14, 2012 8:21 AM | Edward Pentin
    [...] the fraternity have “preannounced they will arrive at a final clarification, therefore I am hoping that at the beginning of next week we’ll be able to know their position and then take consequent positions.” [...]Msgr. Pozzo said “certain press reports, certain information, have been encouraging but we cannot predict their response until they give it to us.” [...] if the society “does not accept the offer of a pope like Benedict XVI, who has already made possible the gestures to meet them halfway, a historic opportunity would be lost, and, above all, there would be a further injury to...
  • Pope Benedict Celebrates 85th Birthday, Squashes Resignation Rumors

    04/16/2012 5:28:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 5 replies
    FoxNews ^ | April 16, 2012
    Pope Benedict Celebrates 85th Birthday, Squashes Resignation Rumors April 16, 2012 Fox News Children dressed in traditional Bavarian costumes dance for Pope Benedict XVI on the occasion of the Pontiff's 85th birthday celebrations in the Clementine hall at the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI celebrated a very Bavarian birthday Monday, marking his 85 years with his brother, German bishops and a musical band from his native land -- all while squashing speculation of a possible resignation despite his age and frailty. Benedict began the day with a Mass in which he alluded to his own mortality, saying he would carry on...
  • Kate Upton Plays Hoochie Nun in ‘Stooges’ Flick

    04/16/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 65 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2012 | JP
    I’m not Catholic. But I can certainly understand why my Catholic friends are offended by the new “Three Stooges” movie, helmed by the irreverent Farrelly Brothers, released by Twentieth Century Fox. The film would have been fine had Peter and Bobby Farrelly stuck to the slapstick comedy for which Moe, Larry and Curly are beloved by Stooges fans. But they had to ruin it, had to court controversy, by their sacrilegious portrayal of a Catholic nun as some sort of hoochie. Cast as “Sister Bernice,” Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton wears a nun’s veil, an oversized rosary and a...
  • Parishioners join vicar in protest conversion {to Catholicism} - Ecumenical

    04/16/2012 5:59:08 AM PDT · by Cronos · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 12 April 2012 | Telegraph
    The Rev Donald Minchew left his Anglican church of nearly two decades to join a Catholic church just up the road in Croydon, south London. ...after he resigned from St Michael's and All Angels parish following 16 and-a-half-years, 70 of his flock decided to join him in an extraordinary leap of faith. The vicar together with almost half of his previous congregation as well as three new members, were received into the full communion at St Mary's Church earlier this month. Former Anglican bishop Monsignor John Broadhurst received and confirmed the group, who will now form the Croydon Ordinariate. "These...
  • Mid-East Prophecy Update - April 15th, 2012 (Dispensational Caucus)

    04/16/2012 5:03:49 AM PDT · by GiovannaNicoletta · 1 replies
    YouTube ^ | April 15, 2012 | Uploaded by alohabibleprophecy
    Mid-East Prophecy Update - April 15th, 2012 This week's topic: Pastor JD explains why it is that there's a conspicuous silence concerning everything that's happening in the world today.
  • Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says

    04/16/2012 1:28:49 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 | Holy Mass is encounter with risen Jesus, Pope says
    Vatican City, Apr 15, 2012 / 04:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Holy Mass is more than a historical re-enactment, Pope Benedict XVI said on April 15, Divine Mercy Sunday. “Christian worship is not just a commemoration of past events, or even a particular mystical, interior experience, but essentially an encounter with the Risen Lord,” he told pilgrims in St. Peter’s Square prior to the midday recitation of the Regina Coeli prayer. For while Christ now “lives in the dimension of God, beyond space and time” he is still truly present in the midst of his creation as “he speaks to us...
  • The Souls of Cylons [Mormon vs. Christian]

    04/15/2012 4:58:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    Belief.net ^ | Ellen Leventry interviews Ron Moor
    Glen Larson, creator and producer of the first show, is a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. He based much of the first series on Mormon cosmology. Was there a concerted effort to move away from that in this version? Not specifically, no. I looked at the original series as mythos and the way it dealt with religion as sort of a global sense. I was aware that Glen had used Mormon influences and how he had created the cosmology, but I'm not that familiar with Mormon belief or practice. To me there were things that were sort of...
  • Planned Parenthood’s Prayer of “Thanks for Abortion Providers” and their "Sacred Care”

    04/15/2012 4:05:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 19 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/15/2012 | Matthew Clark
    Planned Parenthood’s Prayer of “Thanks for Abortion Providers” and their "Sacred Care” by Matthew Clark, Faith Issues/American Center for Law and Justice “Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.” This is not a satirical prayer. This is the actual prayer of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Planned Parenthood has recently put out a pro-abortion prayer guide, "40 Days of Prayer Supporting Women Everywhere," encouraging abortion supporters everywhere to offer prayers of “thanks for abortion providers.” As Jay Sekulow, ACLJ...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to “domestic slavery.” But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • Italian friend: 'Dear Mel Gibson! Why did you stain 'The Passion' with your ugly racism?'

    04/15/2012 3:42:47 AM PDT · by Milagros · 27 replies
    The following is from an Italian penpal: --- Mel Gibson accused of violent and anti-Jewish rants The script Eszterhas wrote for Mel Gibson is entitled " The MacCabees '," a project Gibson initiated after facing an earlier round of anti-semitism charges. Gibson..http://video.msnbc.msn.com/the-last-word/47037091 Eszterhas: Mel Gibson hates Jews; wanted to murder Oksana Eszterhas writes: “You said the Holocaust was ‘mostly a lot of horses—.’ You said the Torah made reference to the sacrifice of Christian babies and infants. When I told you that you were confusing the Torah with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, ... you insisted ‘it’s in...
  • Baptist leader criticizes Trayvon Martin support [Richard Land]

    04/15/2012 12:57:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Kansas City Star / The Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2012 | Travis Loller
    The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm condemns the response of many black leaders to the Trayvon Martin case as "shameful." Some black pastors within the nation's largest Protestant denomination say Richard Land's comments are setting back an effort to broaden the faith's appeal beyond its traditional white, Southern base. Land says he stands by his assertion that President Barack Obama "poured gasoline on the racialist fires" when he addressed Martin's slaying and that Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have used the case "to try to gin up the black vote for...
  • Le Figaro - "Rome and Écône on the Verge of Reaching an Agreement"

    04/14/2012 6:38:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/13/12 | Jean-Marie Guénois
    From major French daily Le Figaro, in an article signed by its main religion correspondent, Jean-Marie Guénois: The signing of a document establishing relations between the Holy See and the disciples of Abp. Lefebvre is a matter of days. Officially, the Vatican awaits the response of Bp. Bernard Fellay, the head of the Lefebvrists. As soon as it is received in Rome - "it is a matter of days, and no longer of weeks", - it will be immediately examined. If it conforms to expectations, the Holy See will very quickly announce a historic agreement with this group of faithful,...