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  • Announcing: A Summons To Perdition

    05/09/2012 10:53:22 AM PDT · by JLWORK · 1 replies ^ | January 13, 2012 | John L. Work
    John L. Work, a retired detective and writer and good friend who blogs here, and often about the threat Islam poses to Western-style liberty, has taken jihad to the next level -- the thriller novel. In "A Summons to Perdition," which is a Kindle Original available at Amazon, John taps his hero, J.D. Welch -- coincidentally also a retired detective and veteran of two previous detective novels (available as Kindle Originals) -- for one final case in this series. HIs mission is to help find a missing college freshman who has disappeared with her Egyptian lover -- one of a...
  • College Disinvites Bishop: You Would Be “a Distraction” at Graduation Ceremonies

    05/09/2012 9:29:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/8/12 | Charlotte Hays
    Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus won’t be attending graduation exercises at Anna Maria College this year at the behest of college officials, who met with the bishop and asked him to stay home this year. Because of Bishop McManus’s concerns, Anna Maria previously withdrew an invitation to “pro-choice” Catholic Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, to be the 2012 commencement speaker and to receive an honorary degree. But then Anna Maria President Jack Calareso and Sister Yvette Bellerose, chairman of the board of trustees, met briefly last week with the bishop, who has generally been present...
  • Church to blame for spread of Islam in Europe

    05/08/2012 6:08:40 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 9/5/2012 | Cathcon
    The Egyptian-Italian MEP, Magdi Cristiano Allam criticized yesterday an article published in the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, the Islamization of Europe. As "clear evidence", he cited the citizens of European countries, who convert to Islam. "Did you know that in Italy there are already 70,000 Muslim citizens?" Allam asks in his article. The total number of Muslims currently living in Italy comes to, according to the Interior Ministry, to more than 1,583,000. "Did you know that on average every four days in Italy a new Islamic place of worship is established?"
  • Emory University Commencement Speaker Sparks Evolution Controversy

    05/08/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A letter signed by about 500 Emory University faculty, students and alumni seeks to bring attention to the anti-evolution views of Dr. Ben Carson. The world-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon will be the Atlanta university's May 14 commencement speaker. The letter does not ask that Carson be dis-invited. Rather, it seeks to bring attention to the issue. It notes Carson's accomplishments as a neurosurgeon and philanthropist, then adds, "But, as those students, their families, and the Emory Community listen to his speech, we ask you to also consider the enormous positive impact of science on our lives and how that...
  • Pope Benedict XVI wants Catholic colleges to ensure that faculty are faithful to church doctrine

    05/08/2012 1:39:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Religion News ^ | 05/08/2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (May 5) called on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to do more to affirm their “Catholic identity,” particularly by ensuring the doctrinal orthodoxy of their faculty and staff. Speaking to a group of bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, who are in Rome on a regularly scheduled visit, Benedict said there has been a “growing recognition” on the part of Catholic colleges of the need to “reaffirm their distinctive identity.” But “much remains to be done,” the pope said, singling out the church law requirement that Catholic...
  • Defeat Awaits Gay-Marriage Backers in North Carolina

    05/08/2012 10:56:13 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 8, 2012 | JP
    Here’s a message to gay America as voters in North Carolina go to the polls today to decide the fate of Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the Tarheel State’s constitution: Don’t attack those who vote for the measure as “gay haters.” I voted for a similar measure in my state. And it was not because of any animus I have toward gays – some of whom I count as valued friends, some as respected colleagues and some as beloved members of my very own family. I simply believe...
  • Princeton’s Robert George Understands Why Georgetown Invited Sebelius

    05/08/2012 9:44:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Princeton University Professor Robert George is taken aback by Georgetown University’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he writes at The Mirror of Justice blog that he understands exactly why they did it: The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights...
  • Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church

    05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said... A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m., ...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said. Targets included the main church,...
  • Catholic Bishop Won’t Let Foundation Present Scholarship to Gay Iowa Student at Award Ceremony

    05/08/2012 8:48:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/7/12 | AP
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Overruling school officials, a Catholic bishop in Iowa said Monday he would not let a group that promotes equal rights for gays and lesbians present a college scholarship to an openly gay student during an upcoming award ceremony. Bishop Martin Amos in Davenport said the Eychaner Foundation would not be allowed to present the Matthew Shepard Scholarship to Keaton Fuller during the May 20 ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, saying the group’s support for gay rights conflicts with church doctrine. The announcement comes after a school official signed a document last month...
  • Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education...

    05/08/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 68 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | 8 May 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education... May 08, 2012 04:03 EST By Carl E. Olson ... ends up promoting and spreading the culture of death—worldwide. Via The Daily Mail: Facing backlash from the Catholic Church on an already controversial issue, Bill Gates' wife Melinda announced this week that contraception will be the primary goal of their foundation, with plans to revolutionize it globally. And from the May 7th Newsweek piece, "Melinda Gates' New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women's Health": There’s currently very little investment in contraceptive research and development. The single biggest funder, Darmstadt says, is...
  • Clergy Abuse Crisis in Philadelphia: Initial Results of Year-Long Review

    05/08/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/7/12 | Michael J. Miller
    At a news conference on Friday, May 4, 2012, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced that “the work of the special team investigating the 26 priests publicly placed on leave by Cardinal Rigali last year is now largely done.” He recalled that “the 2011 grand jury report challenged the Archdiocese to review certain cases of past allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy as well as some cases involving violations of the Archdiocese’s Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.” The 26 cases were examined by “a veteran Philadelphia child abuse prosecutor, Mrs. Gina Maisto Smith, and a multi-disciplinary team...
  • Study: Over Half of South Jersey's Catholics Believe That Jesus Sinned

    05/07/2012 2:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 273 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Although the sinless life of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith, a study recently released by the Diocese of Camden found that 60 percent of practicing Catholics in southern New Jersey believe Jesus sinned during his time on Earth. "The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that's troublesome," Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden said during a press conference, USA Today reports. "We've got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics." The...
  • Lefebvrians Await “Yes” Answer From Pope

    05/07/2012 11:43:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/6/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The process for the Society of St. Pius X’s return to full communion with Rome is expected to be concluded by the end of MayThe response sent to the Vatican on 17 April by Bishop Bernard Fellay will be examined in the next few days by the cardinal and bishop members in Ordinary Session of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith, commonly known as Feria Quarta; their decision will then be submitted to Benedict XVI. The process which should lead the Society of St. Pius X – founded by Mgr. Lefebvre - to return to full communion with...
  • Georgetown Scandal [Sign the Petition to disinvite Sebelius as Commencement speaker]

    05/06/2012 1:45:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Dear President DeGioia: It has come to the attention of The Cardinal Newman Society and the following signers that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been granted the honor of speaking at the commencement ceremony for Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18. We strongly urge you to withdraw the invitation to Secretary Sebelius immediately. It is scandalous and outrageous that America's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly "pro-choice" Catholic who is most responsible for the Obama administration's effort to restrict the Constitution's first...
  • Sister Brigid McDonald calls Vatican's reprimand of U.S. nuns group a 'misuse of power

    05/06/2012 1:27:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    MinnPost ^ | May 4, 2012 | Beth Hawkins
    MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley Sister Brigid McDonald on Pope Benedict XVI: "I can't even begin to imagine what he could say or do that would change religious women's beliefs." As a rule, Sister Brigid McDonald tries not to pay too much attention to papal pronouncements, but Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to rein in American nuns, found by a Vatican investigation to harbor “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith,” caught her attention.Last month, Benedict announced that a four-year Vatican investigation had found the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has challenged church teaching on homosexuality, the ordination...
  • It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests (Catholic caucus)

    05/06/2012 10:06:16 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3 May 2012 | Bishop Robert C. Morlino
    It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests Bishop's Column Thursday, May. 03, 2012 -- 12:00 AM This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop. This past Sunday is often called, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The word the Scriptures use is really not adequately translated in English as simply, “good.” The word really means, “honorable, worthy, noble,” or, “so excellent in every way that its goodness is itself beautiful.” And, in particular, our Gospel for this past Sunday (Jn 10:11-18) points out that the shepherd...
  • Cardinal Law Linked to Crackdown on Nuns

    05/06/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Three respected Catholic publications are reporting that Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the controversial former Boston archbishop, played a key role in the Vatican's decision to tighten its grip on the largest association of Catholic nuns in the United States. The Vatican announced its initiative on April 18, naming three American prelates to ensure that US nuns conform to Church doctrine, which has grown more conservative under Pope John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Earlier this week, a columnist for The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, reported that the Vatican's initiative was sparked by William E. Lori, the...
  • ‘The time is finished’: Religious sect erects billboards in Toronto ahead of the ‘transformation’

    05/06/2012 9:27:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut · 47 replies
    National Post ^ | 5/1/12 | Armina Ligaya,
    ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — Doris Rosado watches her teenage daughters, Ninette and Kiara Mongrut, get the numbers “666” tattooed on their wrists, beaming with pride. The number typically conjures up biblical symbolism tied to the Antichrist, but this St. Catharines, Ont., family belongs to a obscure Christian sect for which “666” is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader. “They wanted to do it,” Ms. Rosado, 45, said at the St. Catharines tattoo parlour where her daughters were inked. “But now it’s more important because we’re counting down… I’m so proud.” For this family, and other members of Growing...
  • EWTN Radio Network Celebrates 20 Years on Air (thanks to a Dutch Businessman)

    05/05/2012 6:16:17 PM PDT · by NJ_Dutchman · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | 03/24/2012 | Joseph Pronechen
    EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network marked a huge milestone on March 7 to celebrate its 20th year on the air: It added its 180th affiliate when Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego flipped the switch to launch KCEO 1000 AM. On hand for the festivities were San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, his wife, Tiffany, and attorney Charles LiMandri, the co-chairpersons who helped raise the funds for this new station. The occasion included another milestone, too. This affiliate also is Immaculate Heart Radio’s 26th station that broadcasts EWTN radio programming throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Immaculate is...
  • Georgetown University Invites Kathleen Sebelius to Give Commencement Address

    05/05/2012 1:43:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/5/12 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2012, ( – The Catholic university at the center of the HHS mandate controversy has invited the mandate’s sponsor and chief Catholic advocate to address graduates who plan on going into politics. Georgetown University, an historically Jesuit institution, has announced it is inviting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address the commencement of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18. The invitation of the militantly pro-abortion Catholic is buried as the next-to-the last announcement on its list of speakers. Controversy has engulfed the campus since an alumna, Sandra Fluke, became an outspoken...