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  • Planned Parenthood and the Jesuits

    07/17/2015 4:18:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/17/15 | Matthew Hennessey
    There is a certain kind of American who, when overseas or in the presence of foreigners—especially Western Europeans—goes out of his way to advertise that he’s not at all like his ignorant and reactionary countrymen. Usually he does this preemptively. A well-timed joke about George W. Bush could do the trick. So could an ostentatious roll of the eyes at the sight of the fat Yankee tourists in their obnoxious yellow pants, baseball hats, and windbreakers.The point of this signaling is to acknowledge the intense shame that goes along with being a default member of a detested class. There is...
  • Theology Chairman’s Same-Sex Wedding Begins ‘Flood’ of Challenges to Catholic Identity

    07/08/2015 6:40:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | July 7, 2015 | CNS staff
    The Episcopalian marriage of Fordham University’s theology chairman to his same-sex partner, just one day after the Supreme Court’s marriage ruling, begins a new flood of challenges to Catholic identity that most Catholic colleges and universities are unprepared to face, warns Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick Reilly.“Even if a Catholic college leader wants to uphold Catholic teaching on marriage, the persistent embrace of dissent and opposition to the Church at many Catholic universities makes it highly unlikely that the law will now permit them to uphold moral standards for professors,” Reilly said.“The fact that a theology chairman at a...
  • Fordham University Theology Department Chairman Marries Another Man

    07/04/2015 4:04:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 114 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 4, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The chairman of the theology department at Fordham University has gotten married—to another man. The New York Times, which up until a few years ago, declined running wedding announcements involving same-sex couples, reported that J. Patrick Hornbeck II “married” Patrick Anthony Bergquist Saturday at St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The ceremony took place June 27, just a day after the US Supreme Court legalized same-sex “marriage” nationwide. That would not have been necessary legally, since New York State has allowed gay "marriage" since 2011. But the ceremony was conducted before the Episcopal Church in America voted this week...
  • How Should Christians Respond to the Court's Decision on Marriage?

    06/27/2015 11:33:53 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    America Magazine ^ | June 26, 2015 | Daniel P. Horan
    “The joys and hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the women and men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ” ("Gaudium et Spes," no. 1). With this now-famous line, the Second Vatican Council opened its “Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World” (1965). This passage immediately came to mind this morning as I heard of the U. S. Supreme Court decision (Obergefell v. Hodges) that upheld the constitutional right to same-sex marriage. My personal response was...
  • Tracing the Marxist Roots of the Assault on the Family

    06/17/2015 10:31:04 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | 17Jun15 | Jerry Newcombe
    Aristotle once said, “Men start revolutionary changes for reasons connected with their private lives.” Is there a link to Karl Marx and his own abysmal failure as a family man and the all-out assault on the traditional family today? Yes, says New York Times bestselling author, Dr. Paul Kengor, in his brand new book called Takedown: From Communists to Progressives, How the Left Has Sabotaged Family and Marriage. If you saw Dinesh D’Souza’s first movie on Obama, then you have seen a cameo of Paul Kengor. He was discussing his book The Communist, which documents that President Obama as a...
  • Theologian to La Civiltŕ Cattolica: “Yes” to exceptions for divorce and remarriage

    05/30/2015 5:44:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 5/28/2015 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    “Francis’s vision is that of a Church for all, because Christ really did die for all men, without exception, not just for some.” The “law of gradualness” does not mean “gradualness of the law” or relativism. It is possible to consider exceptions on a case-by-case basis, admitting remarried divorcees to the sacraments, without changes to the doctrine. This is according to Dominical theologian Jean-Miguel Garrigues, Professor of Patristics and Dogmatics at the Institut Supérieur Thomas d’Aquin, at the Dominican House of Studies in Toulouse and at the Seminaire International St Cure'd Ars. He and his confrčre, Cardinal Cristoph Schönborn, the...
  • The Rebel of St. Peter's Square: Where Is Pope Francis Steering the Church?

    05/30/2015 5:03:22 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | 05/30/2015 | Walter Mayr
    In the third year of his pontificate, criticism is growing of Pope Francis. Members of the Vatican establishment are turning against him and he even shocks his own staff with his free thinking. Where does this enigmatic pope want to steer the Catholic Church?
  • The Subverters of the Word of God

    05/29/2015 11:10:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/29/2015 | New Catholic
    The Subverters of the Word of God The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly." (Jn 18:19-20) *** May their names live in infamy forever and ever for their intent to assemble secretly to discard the clear words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the name of Him Who Himself is Love, and to favor a certain kind of press to make their new doctrine known...
  • Planets, Priests and a Persistent Myth

    05/28/2015 3:31:18 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 13 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | May 21, 2015 | Stephen Barr and Dermott Mullan
    Last week NASA’s Dawn spacecraft, after a voyage of about eight years, captured incredible video of two bright spots on Ceres. Ceres has an interesting history, labeled for decades a planet, then an asteroid (or minor planet), and most recently a dwarf planet, a category that includes another erstwhile planet, Pluto. Ceres was discovered through the dedication of a Catholic priest, Giuseppe Piazzi (1746-1826), who obtained the best astronomical instruments of his day, and positioned them where they could be used to best effect. When he was 19, Piazzi joined the Theatine Order of clerics, which supported his doctoral studies...
  • JESUIT-FUNDED QUEER SUMMIT TELLS STUDENTS TO CONSIDER DITCHING MONOGAMY

    04/10/2015 11:36:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    The College Fix ^ | April 7, 2015 | Matt Lamb
    A Jesuit university is hosting an “LGBTQIA college summit” this weekend that will not only affirm the sexual identities of queer students, but encourage them to consider ditching monogamy altogether. The agenda for Loyola University-Chicago’s “Qmunity!” doesn’t spell out exactly what each workshop will delve into – and organizers remain tight-lipped – but the titles give some clues. Beyond workshops that link queer identity to other activism, such as feminism and “racial and economic justice,” students will hear about “bisexual/pansexual” and “poly/non-monogamous” identities. Those two workshops, as are most of the other workshops, are led or co-led by Loyola students....
  • University of Scranton stands tall and says “No!” to abortion coverage for its employees

    03/25/2015 6:59:10 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 16 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 25, 2015 | Derrick Hollenbeck
    In a very encouraging turn of events, the Jesuit run University of Scranton has announced it will no longer pay for abortion coverage for its employees. The school’s President Father Kevin P. Quinn S.J. made his announcement in a statement issued on February 10th in which he said that “it [abortion] is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church. …. [Because] The University is self-insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage.” Like clockwork, the numbingly predictable protests from Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice appeared to show their ardent...
  • University of Scranton stands tall and says “No!” to abortion coverage for its employees

    03/25/2015 8:26:37 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/25/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In a very encouraging turn of events, the Jesuit run University of Scranton has announced it will no longer pay for abortion coverage for its employees. The school’s President Father Kevin P. Quinn S.J. made his announcement in a statement issued on February 10th in which he said that “it [abortion] is inconsistent with the moral teachings of the Church. …. [Because] The University is self-insured we can, and therefore must, offer insurance plans that are free of all abortion coverage.” Like clockwork, the numbingly predictable protests from Planned Parenthood and Concerned Clergy for Choice appeared to show their ardent...
  • French Jesuits publish anti-Catholic cartoons in tribute to Charlie Hebdo

    01/12/2015 4:45:18 PM PST · by Gillibrand · 50 replies
    Cathcon ^ | 13/01/2015 | Cathcon
    We are Charlie" How not to be indignant at the murder committed in cold blood? The attack that killed 12 people in the editorial office of Charlie Hebdo fills us with horror. As a result of a newspaper and its options, it is freedom of expression that is subject to terrorism. Unanimous reactions that have arisen, from right and left, among believers as from unbelievers, call out not to give in to fear and to defend a plural society. We have decided to put online [on our site] a few cartoons of Charlie Hebdo that relate to Catholicism.
  • O’Malley’s Catholic values will propel potential 2016 run

    01/11/2015 5:23:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1-10-15 | Maryland State Sen. Jim Rosapepe (D)
    Governor Martin O'Malley (D) announced last week he will commute the sentences of Maryland's last four death row inmates. Given his leadership in repealing the state's death penalty two years ago, his decision was not a surprise. But, just weeks before he completes eight years as governor and a year before Iowa's presidential caucuses, it dramatizes O'Malley's values and skills. Soon after he was elected governor and I elected to the state senate, we met to discuss the 2007 legislative session. He discussed his priorities and I pitched my ideas for higher education. As we walked out of his office,...
  • Former Gov. Mario Cuomo's funeral planned for Tuesday (Jesuits on parade)

    01/02/2015 12:16:34 PM PST · by campaignPete R-CT · 31 replies
    NEW YORK DAILY NEWS ^ | January 2, 2015 | Glenn Blain
    Funeral services for former Gov. Mario Cuomo are being planned for Tuesday at the Saint Ignatius Loyola Church on Park Avenue in Manhattan, a church official told the Daily News. A time for the service has not been determined but the funeral is likely to cause a week's postponment of the State of the Address, which had been planned for Wednesday, two sources said. Another source said Cuomo administration officials have asked the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, where the speech was to be held, to keep time availabe for the re-scheduled speech the week of Jan. 12. Officials in...
  • The Papacy of Resentment and its Future

    12/02/2014 7:32:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | December 2, 2014 | Donald R McClary
    I find it striking how often Pope Francis engages in pejoratives against people who really tick him off. The list of people who Pope Francis clearly does not like includes “fundamentalists”, the rich, conservatives, capitalists, self-absorbed promethean neopelagians, etc. One could be forgiven for thinking that for decades Pope Francis has been carefully putting groups he does not like in a “them” category as opposed to the “us” category he belongs to, and that his papacy is payback time against the thems. A striking example of this occurred recently: The Argentine pope, who has been trying to foster cooperation with...
  • Pope Francis makes an important move at the synod

    10/11/2014 11:12:06 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 77 replies
    JohnThavis.com ^ | October 10, 2014 | John Thavis
    The Vatican just announced that Pope Francis has named six additional prelates to help write the revised relatio for the Synod of Bishops, to be released Monday. At the risk of oversimplifying, they all seem to be on the pope’s wavelength when it comes to promoting pastoral mercy. They will assist Cardinal Peter Erdo, the primary drafter of the relatio, and two other synod officials, in the task of summing up the first week of spirited synod debate in a document that will form the basis for future discussion. Sources in Rome view the revised relatio as the key document...
  • Black Pope: "There can be more Christian Love in An Irregular Pair,...

    10/09/2014 6:02:58 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | Thursday, October 9, 2014 | Giacomo Galeazzi of Vatican Insider
    (Rome) Giacomo Galeazzi of Vatican Insider conducted an interview with Father Adolfo Nicolas, Superior General of the approximately 18,000 Jesuits worldwide. The General of the Jesuits provost is also called "Black Pope" because of the contrast to the white robe of the Pope, while the Jesuits have no habit, but wear the cassock of secular priests. At least that's the theory. But above all, for a fourth vow, the Jesuits owe allegiance to the Pope. "There can be a more Christian love in an irregular pair, than in one that was married in the Church," Nicolas said at the beginning...
  • JESUIT CREATIVITY IN THE VATICAN: Is Francis sending mixed messages about marriage?

    04/13/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 12, 2014 | Marielena Montesino de Stuart
    Francis is like a walk through London. You never know what to expect. But are his latest words on marriage based on his "Jesuit creativity"?
  • Jesuit priest cites Pope Francis in praising Catholic student activism backing gay marriage

    01/25/2014 12:55:13 PM PST · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | Fri Jan 24, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    A Jesuit parish priest who marched in a homosexual parade is now citing Pope Francis to protest the dismissal of an Eastside Catholic High School vice principal following his same-sex marriage, according to the priest’s Facebook site. In December, The Cardinal Newman Society reported on the forced resignation of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda at a Catholic high school in the Archdiocese of Seattle. Students at Eastside Catholic High School subsequently created a petition at Change.org, calling on the Catholic Church to end its opposition to same-sex marriage. The students are also reportedly planning a “Z day” nationwide protest on January...
  • Farewell Inisfada

    12/11/2013 2:46:59 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 11, 2013 | George J. Marlin
    This month a 72,000-square-foot Tudor mansion, completed in 1920 and containing eighty-seven rooms and a magnificent chapel (in which many notable Catholic clerics, including Bishop Fulton Sheen and Francis Cardinal Spellman, celebrated Mass), is being demolished.Known as Inisfada – Gaelic for “Long Island” – the house is located in the Nassau County “Gold Coast” village of Manhasset and was the home of Nicholas and Genevieve Brady, America’s leading Catholic couple in the early decades of the twentieth century. The most prominent guest ever to visit Inisfada arrived in 1936: the Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli – the...
  • Papal Neutrality in the Culture War?

    11/15/2013 1:07:43 PM PST · by Kaslin · 36 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | November 15, 2013 | Pat Buchanan
    "Pope Francis doesn't want cultural warriors; he doesn't want ideologues," said Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane, Wash.: "The nuncio said the Holy Father wants bishops with pastoral sensitivity, shepherds who know the smell of the sheep." Bishop Cupich was conveying instructions the papal nuncio had delivered from Rome to guide U.S. bishops in choosing a new leader. They chose Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., who has a master's degree in social work, to succeed Archbishop Timothy Dolan whom Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times describes thus: "[A] garrulous evangelist comfortable in front of a camera, [who] led...
  • Yet another Vatican PR debacle

    09/24/2013 6:01:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 23, 2013 | Phil Lawler
    Whether you think The Interview was a coup or a disaster—or something in between—we should all be able to agree that the Vatican’s handling of the Pope’s blockbuster was another public-relations debacle. Ironically, the Pontifical Council for Social Communications was meeting in Rome when the news broke. Greg Erlandson, the publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, who was at the meeting, observes that Church leaders had no warning about the interview. Secular media outlets received advance copies of the text under embargo. Bishops and their spokesmen didn’t. Then the story broke, and Erlandson reports: And as quick as you can say...
  • California priest reads letter supporting same-sex ‘marriage’ during homily

    07/17/2013 11:43:12 AM PDT · by topher · 71 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Wed Jul 17, 2013 12:46 EST | by Johanna Dasteel
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, July 17, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Days after the United States Supreme Court issued two decisions that delivered a significant blow to traditional marriage, a priest at the University of San Francisco’s St. Ignatius Catholic Church took the pulpit where he read a letter in support of same-sex “marriage” during his homily. The letter “Why am I in the parade?” was penned by Jesuit Fr. John Whitney, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church in Seattle, WA, for his parish’s bulletin. It explains Fr. Whitney’s reasons for participating in the nation’s largest demonstration in support of homosexual activity, the San...
  • Chicago Jesuits settle priest abuse case for $19.6 million

    05/22/2013 9:33:59 AM PDT · by haffast · 12 replies
    UPI ^ | May 22, 2013 at 11:11 AM | UPI
    CHICAGO, May 22 (UPI) -- Six men who charge they were victims of former priest Donald McGuire have settled a sex abuse lawsuit against Chicago Jesuits for $19.6 million. The payout averaging $3 million a person is the largest individual amount awarded in the history of the U.S. Catholic sexual abuse scandal, lawyers for the victims told the Chicago Tribune. Settlement of the lawsuit against the Chicago Province of the Society of Jesus names a number of Jesuit superiors who for four decades kept McGuire's crimes a secret and enabled him to abuse more young men, victims' attorneys said. Internal...
  • Catholic Gonzaga University Won’t Allow Catholic Students To Form Catholic Group [Diversity Rule!]

    04/06/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 22 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 06, 2013
    Catholic Gonzaga University Won’t Allow Catholic Students To Form Catholic Group The Daily Caller. Roman Catholic, Jesuit-affiliated Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington has refused to recognize the Knights of Columbus as an official student group because — wait for it — the Knights of Columbus is a Catholic organization. Gonzaga administrators notified the students who had sought the school’s official seal of approval last month, reports The Cardinal Newman Society’s Catholic Education Daily. “The Knights of Columbus, by their very nature, is a men’s organization in which only Catholics may participate via membership,” reads a letter written by Sue Weitz,...
  • Is Pope Francis a fraud? (That didn't take long)

    03/17/2013 9:59:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 97 replies
    Salon ^ | March 16, 2013 | Andrew O'Hehir
    It’s easy — maybe too easy — for people with progressive political views to dismiss the Roman Catholic Church as a vile anachronism, a nightmarish patriarchy of aging pedophiles, woman-haters, homophobes and/or closet cases that can offer nothing of value to the contemporary world. When it comes to the church hierarchy, and especially the Roman Curia, the corrupt and labyrinthine Vatican bureaucracy that makes the Soviet-era Kremlin look like a model of transparency, that point of view seems more than justified. But the church is not just the hierarchy, and as the spectacle of the last several days has demonstrated,...
  • Why has a Jesuit never been elected Pope, until now?

    03/16/2013 4:25:22 PM PDT · by FoxPro · 45 replies
    I have been researching this today and I haven't found anything definitive on this topic. The order was formed in 1540. That is a long time to be shut out.
  • Homosexuals See Advances on Catholic College Campuses

    03/16/2013 2:33:59 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Catholic Education Daily - The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | March 12, 2013, at 10:55 AM | Tim Drake
    Dan Meyer, writing (Warning: link contains offensive images) for Boston’s homosexual publication the Edge, reports that the homosexual community is making gains on Catholic college campuses. As examples, he cites changes to the student handbook, providing protection for people based on sexual orientation and gender identity, at San Antonio’s Our Lady of the Lake University, as well as examples from Boston College, The Catholic University of America, and Fordham University. An increasing number of Catholic colleges and universities have seen the addition of student-run homosexual advocacy and support groups and resource centers. “The Jesuits, who have been historically regarded as...
  • Our First American Pope

    03/14/2013 2:08:00 AM PDT · by nikos1121 · 9 replies
    NRO Online ^ | 3/14/2013 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Vatican City — I can’t tell you how tremendous it was to stand in St. Peter’s Square and hear Pope Francis speak Spanish to the crowd, as Romans continued through the streets to hear their new Holy Father! And it is hard to describe to you the emotions in the square as the white smoke rose. Screaming. Crying. Cheering. Praying. Love. People talked about how blessed they were as they waited. Ready to welcome their “papa” — before even knowing who he was. Earlier this year I attended a conference on the Church in America, and one thing that became...
  • 10 Facts about Pope Francis

    03/13/2013 3:42:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 78 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | March 13, 2013 | DR. TAYLOR MARSHALL
    10 Facts about our new Holy Father Pope Francis. Major curveball. Who saw this coming? Here are 10 quick facts about Pope Francis (Jorge Cardinal Bergoglio): Pope Francis, Jorge Bergoglio, was born in Buenos Aires, one of the five children of an Italian railway worker and his wife. He's a Jesuit. The first Jesuit Pope ever.Pope Francis is known for his humility, doctrinal conservatism, defender of the Church's moral theology, and a commitment to social justice.He has been critical of liberation theology.He is close to Comunione e Liberazione.He has opposed legislation introduced in 2010 by the Argentine Government to allow same-sex...
  • New Pope One of 'God's Marines'

    03/13/2013 2:20:35 PM PDT · by BarnacleCenturion · 63 replies
    Fairfax Media ^ | March 13 2013 | staff
    One of "God's Marines" is now Pope, with Argentine Jorge Mario Bergoglio today becoming the first Jesuit elected to lead the world's Catholics. Jesuits are labelled "God's Marines" or Catholic ''storm troopers'', in recognition of their 16th-century founder Ignatius of Loyola, who had a military background. The Society of Jesus (more commonly known as Jesuits) demands four vows: poverty, chastity, obedience to Christ, and obedience to the Pope. Its purpose is the propagation of the Catholic faith by any means possible. A Spanish nobleman, Ignatius of Loyola was set on a career as a professional soldier, until a cannonball shattered...
  • Elite Linguistics - Propaganda, Economics and Violence

    01/21/2013 11:53:41 AM PST · by guyshomenet · 5 replies
    Cowboy Confessional ^ | 1/21/2013 | Guy Smith
    What is the difference between Barack Obama and Ignatius Loyola? Not a hell of a lot. I’m thumbing through a copy of The Ten Commandments of Propaganda, a book by my academic buddy Brian Patrick. Aside from being a well-rounded review of the dark art, Brain illustrates historical cornerstones of propaganda, which includes Ignatius. The Roman church originated modern techniques for thought control with their Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith, known in Latin as “Congregatio de Propaganda Fide” and hence the modern perversion of the word ‘propaganda’.  In its purest form, ‘propaganda’ means to propagate information. It took...
  • Fordham Law Profs try to leverage Coulter dispute into funding for Vagina Monologues and ...

    11/18/2012 2:50:00 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    LegalInsurrection ^ | November 18, 2012 | William A. Jacobson
    … and free condom distribution too! Just when you thought the controversy over the Fordham Republicans rescinding their invitation to Ann Coulter couldn’t get any weirder …A group of law professors at Fordham Law School exchanged high-fives over Coulter’s departure, then quickly segued into demanding that the University fund the Vagina Monologues, pro-abortion groups, and other oppressed, um, minorities at Catholic universities on the theory that if the University was willing to fund Coulter’s “hate speech,” it should fund the feminist agenda even if contrary to Catholic teachings.As reported at The Fordham Observer, Coulter Controversy Prompts Fordham Law Faculty...
  • How Barack Bamboozled Catholics

    11/10/2012 8:42:39 AM PST · by NYer · 76 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | November 9, 2012 | George Neumayr
    The most anti-Catholic American president ever scooped up the Catholic vote again, winning half of all Catholics. This is down four points from 2008, but it is still an impressive feat after four years of persecuting the Church.Historians will no doubt record the grim irony of his achievement with some wonder. He has now won the Catholic vote twice and boasts an honorary degree in law from one of the Church's most prestigious universities, all while breaking her. Saul Alinsky, who pioneered the technique of bamboozling and exploiting the Church, would be proud.Obama also won the religious vote in general...
  • Georgetown Alum William Peter Blatty Says Canon Law Suit “Our Only Hope” (author "The Exorcist")

    05/31/2012 1:34:02 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 8 replies
    William Peter Blatty’s 1971 novel The Exorcist—which went on to become an Oscar-winning movie—depicts an epic battle of good versus evil waged under the auspices of the Catholic Church. Reportedly based on a real exorcism Blatty heard about as an undergraduate on a scholarship at Georgetown University, the novel is steeped in Catholicism. Indeed, the “hero” of The Exorcist is the fictional Father Damien Karras, a Georgetown Jesuit, who, at great personal cost, drives out the demon. Now Blatty, a longtime financial contributor to his alma mater, says that Georgetown is no longer true to the Catholic identity he knew...
  • Soul-searching for racial justice (Indescribable)

    05/26/2012 1:45:59 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | May. 26, 2012 | Professor Alex Mikulich
    It is a sign of the times that the Trayvon Martin case is waning away from public attention, and that the U.S. Catholic bishops have not addressed the fundamental issues of racial justice at stake for the nation. A failure to address the social structures and culture that is death-dealing for African-American and Latino men and women in America -- the context for the Feb. 26 killing of Martin -- is a “supreme dishonor to the Creator” in terms of the most basic tenet of Catholic social teaching: that we are all made in the image and likeness of God....
  • Noted author announces canonical lawsuit against Georgetown

    05/19/2012 10:03:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 18, 2012
    A prominent Georgetown University alumnus has announced plans for a canonical lawsuit in a bid to restore the school’s Catholic identity. William Peter Blatty, the author of The Exorcist, is asking Georgetown alumni, faculty, students, and friends to join in his canonical case, in which he will ask the Archdiocese of Washington and the Holy See to take action “up to including the possible removal or suspension of top-ranked Georgetown’s right to call itself Catholic or Jesuit in its fundraising and representations to applicants.” In his plea for support of the canonical case, Blatty argues that Georgetown has failed to...
  • Catholic Professor: Bishops “Un-Christian” on Coverage for Contraception

    05/09/2012 1:37:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    A sociology professor at Fordham University has blasted U.S. bishops and Catholic universities that uphold the Church’s teaching on contraception as “un-[C]hristian.” Writing in the Huffington Post, Associate Professor of Sociology Jeanne Flavin accused the bishops of showing a “staggering disregard for young women’s everyday lived reality, and their futures” for their stance against providing insurance coverage for contraceptives.Flavin, the author of Our Bodies, Our Crimes: The Policing of Women’s Reproduction in America, seems incensed by the recent decision by Xavier University to stop providing contraceptive coverage and the bishops very public struggle for religious liberty against the HHS contraceptive...
  • Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor

    03/08/2012 5:19:42 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Monica Brady-Myerov
    Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women.The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it unique. It reads: “No other institution so explicitly embodies the fundamental human desire to know.”But after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Anti-abortion advocates protest U of Scranton speaker

    01/30/2012 6:47:11 AM PST · by topher · 1 replies
    The Scranton times Tribune ^ | January 28, 2012 | By David Falchek
    Another showdown between a local Catholic institution and the Bishop of Scranton erupted Saturday, with conservative Catholic groups entering the debate on the side of Bishop Joseph Bambera. The Cardinal Newman Society, a group that scrutinizes Catholic colleges for adherence to doctrine, and the locally based American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, joined forces to protest former U.S. Rep. Marjorie Margolies at the University of Scranton, an institution sponsored by the Society of Jesus. "The Jesuits want to reform the church," shouted James Burke, former board chairman of King's College, Wilkes-Barre, from a flatbed stage parked...
  • The Catholic Church built Western civilization {Catholic/Orthodox Caucus}

    12/28/2011 1:06:53 PM PST · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 25 Dec 2011 | Thomas E Wood
    .. it is to the Catholic Church more than to any other institution that we owe so many of the treasures of Western civilization. .., scholars operated for two centuries under an Enlightenment prejudice that assumes all progress to come from religious skeptics, and that whatever the church touches is backward, superstitious, even barbaric.</p><p> Since the mid-20th century, this unscholarly prejudice has thankfully begun to melt away, and professors of a variety of religious backgrounds, or none at all, increasingly acknowledge the church's contributions.</p><p> ... modern historians of science freely acknowledge the church's contributions - both theoretical and material -...
  • Jesuits sell historic 7th-century St. Cuthbert Gospel for $14.7 million

    08/05/2011 7:27:29 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    cns ^ | August 4, 2011 | Simon Caldwell
    LONDON (CNS) -- The Jesuits have sold the historic St. Cuthbert Gospel -- believed the oldest intact book produced in Europe -- to the British Library for $14.7 million. The British Province of the Society of Jesus agreed to sell the late 7th-century Anglo-Saxon manuscript to raise funds to restore a historic church and pay for educational work in London and Glasgow, Scotland. The book, a pocket-size Latin translation of the Gospel of St. John, was found inside the coffin of St. Cuthbert, bishop of Lindisfarne, when the saint's grave was opened in 1104. Experts believe the manuscript was placed...
  • Jesuits at Oxford find painting believed to be by Michelangelo

    07/29/2011 6:13:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cns blog ^ | July 28, 2011 | Dennis Sadowski
    A painting of Christ’s crucifixion believed to be the work of Michelangelo has been hanging in the residence of a small Jesuit community at Oxford for more than 70 years.Purchased at auction by the Campion Hall community in the 1930s, the painting was believed to be the work of Marcello Venusti, one of Michelangelo’s 16th-century contemporaries. But recent tests revealed that the work was indeed created by the Renaissance painter, reports the National Jesuit News.The discovery was made by historian and conservationist Antonio Forcellino, who used infrared technology to uncover who he believes is the true creator of the painting.BBC...
  • Bill Mandating Gay History in Schools Goes to Calif. Governor

    07/05/2011 9:47:53 PM PDT · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 5, 2011 | Staff
    California lawmakers on Tuesday sent the governor a bill that would make the state the first requiring public schools to include the contributions of gays and lesbians in social studies curriculum. The bill, passed on a party-line vote, adds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people as well as people with disabilities to the list of groups that schools must include in the lessons. It also would prohibit material that reflects adversely on gays. Democratic Assemblyman Tom Ammiano of San Francisco says SB48 is crucial because of the bullying that happens to gay students. Republicans called it a well-intentioned but ill-conceived...
  • Jesuits pay record $166.1 million in child abuse case

    03/26/2011 8:39:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    CNN ^ | 03/26/2011 | Michael Martinez
    The Society of Jesus' Pacific Northwest unit and its insurers have agreed to pay a record $166.1 million to about 470 people who were sexually and psychologically abused as children by Jesuit priests from the 1940s to the 1990s, the victims' attorneys said Friday. Blaine Tamaki, an attorney in Yakima, Washington, described the payment as "the largest settlement between a religious order and abuse victims in the history of the United States." The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus is now in federal bankruptcy court in Portland, Oregon, the attorneys said. Insurers will pay $118 million, and the Jesuits'...
  • US Jesuits agree $166 million abuse payout: Lawyers

    03/25/2011 8:46:16 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 27 replies
    The Times of India ^ | Mar 26, 2011 | The Times of India
    SEATTLE: A US Jesuit order has agreed to pay $166.1 million to compensate nearly 500 victims of decades-long "horrific" sexual and psychological abuse by priests in five US states, lawyers said on Friday. The US Northwest chapter of the Rome-based Society of Jesus agreed to the payout -- which lawyers said is the biggest by a religious organization in the United States -- as part of bankruptcy proceedings. "I feel that nothing can compensate for the loss of being whole and being allowed to be a child and growing up in a healthy environment," she told the Oregonian newspaper. "But...
  • Jesuit: "I Am a Religious Atheist"

    12/08/2010 3:13:42 PM PST · by 0beron · 34 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/08/2010 | Tancred
    Austria.[kreuz.net] Christendom must become "atheistic and religionless". This was said by the old Liberal Jesuit, Father Roger Charles Lenaers (85), at a lecture in Vienna according to a report of the Linz commerce website, 'kath.net'. The old man is active in the parish of Vorderhornbach in the Diocese of Innsbruck. Religion consists in the thin flow of experience for the Jesuit that the human intellect can't grasp everything and is hidden behind an experiential "something": "In this since I am a deeply religious atheist."
  • Seeking God-Soul-Body at Esalen [bottoms up!]

    12/07/2010 6:07:43 AM PST · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 1+ views
    America ^ | 12-7-10 | FRANCIS X. CLOONEY, S.J.
    Cambridge, MA. This is a hectic time of the academic year, as classes end and papers are due, and as other school business gets wrapped up before the winter/Christmas break; and of course, life goes on, so there are always other preoccupations as well. But in the midst of it all, earlier this week I had a three-day sojourn at the Esalen Institute, near Big Sur on the California coast. It is a spectacularly beautiful setting, right by the ocean and beneath what was a perfectly clear sky; the Milky Way was so very present and bright, sweeping across the...
  • Jesuit Priest: Incense was Enemy Number One

    10/09/2010 2:29:12 PM PDT · by 0beron · 6 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/09/10 | Tancred
    Jesuit Revolutionary: Incense Was Enemy Number 1 When the readings of the Old Testament are replaced by readings of Karl Marx. Jesuit Father Edmund Runggaldier has now brought to light background information about Jesuit Education of the 68-Generation Munich-Innsbruck (kath.net) The Jesuit priest Edmund Runggaldier has illustrated for the benefit of the official news of the Jesuits of the German Province, the 68 Generation. Edmund Rundggaldier, the current professor at the Theological Faculty of the University of Innsbruck currently, was from 1966 to 1968, a novice in St. Andra in Austria. Then he studied philosophy in Pullach near Munich till...