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  • One girl under 15 married every seven seconds, says Save the Children

    10/11/2016 4:39:27 AM PDT · by kimtom · 21 replies ^ | 10/10/2016 | Reuters
    LONDON, Oct 11 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - One girl under 15 is married every seven seconds, according to a report by Save the Children released on Tuesday, with girls as young as 10 married off - often to much older men - in countries including Afghanistan, Yemen, India and Somalia. Early marriage not only deprives girls of education and opportunities but increases the risk of death or childbirth injuries if they have babies before their bodies are ready. "Child marriage starts a cycle of disadvantage that denies girls the most basic rights to learn, develop and be children," said Save...
  • Marriage Manuals: Good Reads for After the Wedding [Catholic Caucus]

    10/09/2016 1:39:32 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 8, 2016 | Patti Armstrong
    If it’s you or your spouse driving your relationship, you may get lost. But God knows the way. In fact, Catholic marriages receive his grace. The problem is that “grace” can seem so abstract that we don’t always know how to access it. Two new books on marriage written by two married couples share personal experiences and insights on how to access those graces.  Intimate Graces: How Practicing the Works of Mercy Brings Out the Best in Marriages by Teresa Tomeo (Pastore) and Dominick Pastore and The Four Keys to Everlasting Love: How Your Catholic Marriage Can Bring You Joy for...
  • Dont Be Fooled by Hollywood, Ladies Divorce Is No Magic Cure-All

    10/06/2016 12:26:11 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 19 replies
    New York Post ^ | October 6, 2016 | Naomi Schaefer Riley
    Divorce is looking pretty glamorous these days. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have already worked out the initial terms of their separation. Their six children are being home-schooled in Malibu, Calif., and Jolie is all set to release her next movie later this fall. And, of course, she is now free to happily continue her humanitarian globe-trotting. Wow, that was easy.
  • 7 admit sham marriages and crime reports in immigration scam

    10/04/2016 8:29:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2016 10:08 AM EDT | Jeff Amy
    Tarunkumar and Sachin Patel wanted to find a way so that more of their friends and business associates from India could get permanent legal status to remain in the United States. But they admitted Monday their plans were federal crimes. Now they and up to 17 others face prison time. The men said that in 2011 they arranged four sham marriages between their friends and American women the two Patels had met. The two are business acquaintances. Then in 2014, Tarunkumar Patel said he began bribing a Mississippi police officer to create false crime reports in an effort to get...
  • Shunned for supporting natural marriage, former Mozilla CEO is back with new and fast browser

    09/29/2016 7:20:43 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 38 replies
    LifeSite ^ | 09/28/16 | Mark Hodges
    Brendan Eich, the creator of JavaScript, continues to lead the technological revolution with Brave, an innovative concept in Internet browsers. After blowing away the competition (read: Microsoft's Internet Explorer) with the Internet browser Firefox, Eich has come up with Brave, a nearly ad-free, lightning-fast browser that eliminates intrusive ads as well as common but unwanted tracking tack-ons. A tech legend for his Java and Firefox contributions, Eich was betrayed by his contemporaries and forced out of business as CEO of Mozilla, the company behind Firefox, because he supported natural marriage... [less than 50%]
  • Healing The Black, White Education Gap

    09/24/2016 7:18:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 13 replies ^ | September 23, 2016 | Harry R. Jackson, Jr
    Youre getting your inheritance early. Those were my fathers words to me as he explained that he was taking money that he might have left me in his will and spending it on my private school tuition. My fathers reasoning was that I would be able to create more wealth for his grandchildren if he invested in my education. Thanks to his wisdom, I would go on to graduate from Williams, one of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the nation and to obtain my MBA from Harvard. Besides my parents willingness to sacrifice for my educationa decision my...
  • Wedding is cancelled after bride-to-be is filmed passionately kissing man 'she had just met' [tr]

    09/23/2016 6:33:29 AM PDT · by C19fan · 31 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 23, 2016 | Nick Enoch
    A bride-to-be filmed passionately kissing a man she had 'just met' during her hen do had to cancel the wedding after the clip went viral. Emma Alicia Paz Ayala from the north-western Mexican city of Hermosillo went out for her party with female friends to celebrate her last night of 'freedom' as a single lady. The do took place at the Playa del Carmen resort on the other side of the country and while drinking heavily at a pool bar, Emma was filmed locking lips with the apparent stranger.
  • On Marriage and Gender, Wheres the FCA?

    09/22/2016 1:07:23 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 10 replies
    Trevor Grant ^ | 9/21/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A wise pastor, whose name Ive forgotten, once said, If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling. Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation? Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christor seeking to impact the world for Jesus Christshould be well prepared to confront the popular...
  • Doctor urges single women to FREEZE their eggs as they dive into dating , saying it takes [tr]

    09/22/2016 7:25:38 AM PDT · by C19fan · 26 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 21, 2016 | Steven Trask
    Single women worried about finding Mr Right before getting too old should freeze their eggs as they dive into dating, a prominent sexologist has said. Dr Nikki Goldstein, 30, froze her eggs nearly a year ago and said the procedure had given a new lease on her love life. With an admitted preference for older men, Dr Goldstein said being frank with her dates about having her eggs frozen took a lot of pressure off budding romances.
  • Angelina Jolie files for divorce from Brad Pitt after 12 years together and requests custody [tr]

    09/20/2016 7:49:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 147 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 20, 2016 | Chris Spargo
    Angelina Jolie has filed for divorce from Brad Pitt. TMZ reports that the actress filed papers on Monday citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and asking for physical custody of the couple's six children. The pair began dating in 2004 and were married in August 2014.
  • Intimately good

    09/17/2016 9:38:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Intimately good In marriage, couples exchange a right to expect a reasonable recourse to sexual intimacy Msgr. Charles Pope September 18, 2016 9/7/2016 Question: If one spouse indicates an unwillingness to have any more children, would the other spouse be free to refuse all sexual intimacy? — Name Withheld, Wichita, Kansas Answer: You raise and link two issues that must first be treated separately. In the second matter, refusing all marital intimacy, except for a grave cause, is a violation of the rights of one’s spouse. When a man and a woman marry, they exchange, among other goods, what Canon...
  • Opinions on Early Marriage Please? My Son is Courting a Wonderful Young Woman.

    09/09/2016 5:37:46 PM PDT · by Chickensoup · 215 replies
    09.09.16 | chickensoup
    My son 21 is courting a wonderful young woman20. She is educated, motivated, traveled, religious, warm, intelligent, thoughtful and attractive. My son likes her very much. She likes him very much. They both are hearing family and friends tell them not to marry so early. She will have a great job with a great future. My son will have a baseline investment income and can work full or part time as the family needs. He is disorganized and would do well yoked. She seems to enjoy his eccentricities. I am encouraging early marriage. Would like to hear Freeper opinion on...
  • Sexual revolution in the Vatican. John Paul II Institute stormed and humiliated

    09/08/2016 4:24:25 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 5 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 9/9/2016 | CG
    "Familiaris Consortio" was yesterday, today is "Amoris Laetitia"
  • Priest blesses lesbian couple in Catholic Church

    09/08/2016 2:28:53 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 34 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 08/09/2016 | CG
    What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently appointed a "Bergoglianist" as archbishop, has "blessed" a lesbian couple. "I hope that the church will one day bless homosexual relationships," said the priest.
  • Mother who married her daughter faces prison for incestuous marriage - eight years [tr]

    09/08/2016 8:57:04 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 8, 2016 | Anneta Konstantinidies
    An Oklahoma mother and daughter are behind bars after it was revealed they had an incestuous marriage. Patricia Ann Spann, 43, and Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, 25, were married in March 2016 in Comanche County. It has since been revealed that Patricia Spann, also known as Patricia Clayton, was previously married to one of her sons, Jody Calvin Spann, in 2008.
  • The REAL reason why women are freezing their eggs - they are waiting for the perfect father

    09/08/2016 7:07:31 AM PDT · by C19fan · 67 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 7, 2016 | Fiona MacRae
    They are often portrayed as hard-hearted individuals who are putting motherhood on hold in order to climb the career ladder. But women who freeze their eggs are actually waiting for a man who is perfect father material to come along. Researcher Kylie Baldwin, who asked a group of women why they froze their eggs, said: 'I think they were looking for a hands-on father. 'And it was the absence of this particular type of potential father, not just the absence of any partner, that led them to freeze the eggs.
  • Spanish diocese reprimands priest for blessing gay couples marriage, considers punitive measures

    08/30/2016 6:54:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 30. 2016
    August 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Spanish priest who carried out a marriage-like “blessing” of a homosexual couple after the registration of their civil “marriage” last week has been reprimanded by his diocese and apologized, according to chancery officials. The diocese of Segorbe-Castellón in the Spanish province of Valencia issued a statement noting that the actions of Fr. José García, who conducted the ceremony on July 30, “gravely contradict” the teachings of the Catholic Church on the immorality of homosexual behavior. “Regarding the equalization of homosexual unions with marriage or of actions that could be understood in that way,...
  • Brendan Eich, Fired From Mozilla for Defending Marriage, Has a Brave New Web Browser

    08/26/2016 7:10:02 AM PDT · by Lera · 73 replies
    Stream ^ | 8/26/16 | Michael Brown
    Do you remember the name Brendan Eich? If you're internet savvy, you know him as the creator of JavaScript, the ubiquitous programming language, and you know him as the co-founder of Mozilla, which developed the Firefox browser. That makes him somewhat of a tech legend, and his legend will only increase with the release of his new browser, called Brave, which includes some cutting-edge enhancements. (More on that shortly.) You'll also remember his name if you've been following the culture wars, since Eich was forced to resign as the CEO of Mozilla in 2014 because he committed the cardinal sin...
  • Humanist Weddings Outstrip Church of Scotland Ceremonies for First Time

    08/19/2016 8:26:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 4 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 18, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    The number of weddings being performed by the Church of Scotland slipped below the number of humanist ceremonies taking place for the first time last year, latest figures have shown. The decline in church weddings is yet another indication of declining support for the increasingly liberal Kirk. According to figures from the National Records of Scotland 4,290 Humanist wedding ceremonies took place in Scotland in 2015, of which approximately 80 percent (3,378) were conducted by the Humanist Society Scotland (HSS).

    08/16/2016 9:39:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 45 replies
    TMZ ^ | August 16, 2016 | Staff
    Amber Heard has dismissed her domestic violence restraining order petition against Johnny Depp, because TMZ has learned the case has settled. Amber and Johnny filed legal docs Tuesday in which Amber withdrew her request for a restraining order. She had alleged Johnny brutalized her on May 21 but now the case is over. She dismissed the case with prejudice, meaning she can never re-file it.
  • Do You Have a Right to Privacy in Your Marriage? [Right to Adultery]

    08/10/2016 1:16:27 PM PDT · by C19fan · 33 replies
    Time ^ | August 8, 2016 | Stephanie Fairyington
    Privacy, a new off-Broadway play starring Daniel Radcliffe at the Public Theater in New York City, contemplates all the ways in which the digital revolution has destroyed privacyand it mourns for its loss. The provocative production got me thinking about renowned couples counselor Esther Perels Ted Talk, Rethinking Infidelity. In her eloquent lecture, she discusses the ways in which our privacy has dramatically decreased due to technological innovations, while our access to sexual possibilities has exponentially increased for the same reason, making the expectation of marital monogamy far harder to fulfill, and infidelity far easier to discover. Despite the frightening...
  • Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions

    08/09/2016 3:46:35 PM PDT · by LSUfan · 76 replies
    BreitBart ^ | 9 Aug 16 | Virginia Hale
    Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy. Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too. The founder of the Union of Islamic Communities and Organisations (UCOII) in Italy took to Facebook to claim polygamy is a civil right and that Italy would benefit from the large number of Muslim births it would promote.
  • Muslims Demand Polygamy In Response To Same Sex Unions [Italy]

    08/09/2016 5:47:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 9, 2016 | Virginia Hale
    Following the introduction of civil partnerships, Muslim representatives in Italy are now demanding the legalisation of polygamy. Responding to a new law allowing same sex couples to enter civil unions, Hamza Piccardo argued that if gay relationships, which Muslims disagree with, are a civil right then Italians must accept polygamy as a civil right too.
  • IRS Increases 'Marriage Penalty,' Unmarried Cohabitants To Get Twice The Mortgage Interest Deduction

    08/05/2016 9:46:56 PM PDT · by Rabin · 16 replies
    forbes ^ | AUGUST 1, 2016 | Tony Nitti , contributor
    IRS Increases 'Marriage Penalty,' Designated Cohabitants To Get 2 X 3, Prior Mortgage Interest Deduction rates Significant tax hits that come with getting hitched, or as theyve collectively been coined, the marriage penalty. For example, the 28% tax bracket kicks in at $45,577 each income for single, but at only $75,595 for taxpayers declared gander married pairs. In addition, single taxpayers to lose 3% of itemized deductions. In updated, AOD 2016-02, the IRS acquiesced in the Ninth Circuits decision in Sophy v. Commissioner, allowed a same-sex, unmarried, co-habiting singel and multi gender couple to each deduct the mortgage interest on...
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops: Faithful Witness to Marriage

    08/05/2016 7:08:28 PM PDT · by iowamark · 1 replies
    US Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | August 5. 2016 | Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski
    Questions revolving around marriage and human sexuality are deeply felt in our homes and communities. We join with our Holy Father Pope Francis in affirming the inviolable dignity of all people and the Churchs important role in accompanying all those in need. In doing so, we also stand with Pope Francis in preserving the dignity and meaning of marriage as the union of a man and a woman. The two strands of the dignity of the person and the dignity of marriage and the family are interwoven. To pull apart one is to unravel the whole fabric. When a prominent...
  • VP Biden officiated at same-sex wedding. Where are his pastors?

    08/04/2016 3:11:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 4, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day, pro-abortion, “practicing Catholic”, democrat Vice President Joe Biden performed a same-sex civil “marriage”.In effect, Biden gave the digitus infamis to the Catholic Church.Canonist Ed Peters has observations about this scandalous flipping of the proverbial bird.  HERE Some canonical thoughts VP Biden’s recent deed[After discussion of why excommunication doesn’t apply in this case….]But if canonical criminal law as found in Book Six of the Code is not (at least not immediately) useful against Biden’s affront to Christ’s and the Church’s teaching on marriage, canonical sacramental law as found in Book Four of the Code, especially Canon 915 therein, could...
  • Couples who divvy up household chores have best sex lives, study finds

    07/14/2016 8:09:05 PM PDT · by BJ1 · 52 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | Heidi Stevens
    A new study, "The Gendered Division of Housework and Couples' Sexual Relationships: A Reexamination" looks at the sex lives of three types of heterosexual couples: conventional (the woman does 65 percent or more of the housework), egalitarian (the male partner performs 35-65 percent of the housework) and counterconventional (the man performs 65 percent or more of the housework). No more. Today we enjoy "an eroticism of fairness," meaning an equitable arrangement no longer puts a damper on a couple's sex life and, in fact, boosts it slightly. Egalitarian couples had sex an average of 6.8 times per month, the study...
  • Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family [Catholic Caucus]

    07/08/2016 1:14:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 8, 2016
    Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family. So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy. This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was recently revisited by the Desde la Fe (From the Faith) weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico, in the midst of...
  • The Lone Man Resisting Judicial Tyranny

    07/03/2016 12:41:19 PM PDT · by T Ruth · 27 replies
    The Stand ^ | Monday, May 9, 2016 | Bryan Fischer
    The Constitution gives absolutely no authority, none, to the federal government to dictate marriage policy to the states. *** *** When the Obergefell case was decided by the Supreme Court, its ruling legally applied only to the plaintiffs before it, as is true in any case before any court. The concept of judicial review - in which the Court, and not Congress, gets to decide what the law is - is not found in the Constitution anywhere. It was invented out of the ether by Chief Justice John Marshall in 1803 as a way for the Court to grant dictatorial...
  • Muslim Marriage Counseling Husband Attempts to Behead Wife

    07/03/2016 9:08:08 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    Breitbart - Mirror ^ | 7-3-2016 | Elle Griffiths
    Elle Griffiths July 3, 2016 A horrifying clip, appearing to show the moment a man nearly be-headed his wife before neighbours intervened, has emerged online. The disturbing footage opens with a man crouched over a woman lying in the street. It appears he is trying to steady himself while he holds her head and attempts to cut her throat. Read the rest of the story at Mirror.(snip)
  • EWTN Panel: Popes Comments on Marriage Unacceptable, Reckless

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 29, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royals tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him. If the video doesnt take you there directly, go to 27:46. Even if youre not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
  • Debacle at the Lateran Part I [Catholic Caucus]

    06/22/2016 9:58:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 20, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    It seems that Pope Francis is determined to be more and more provocative with each passing week, as if to reveal deeper and deeper layers of what appears to be a liberal, seventies-era Latin American Jesuits constitutional disdain for the supposed rigidity of orthodox Catholicism. By now the whole world knows that on June 14, during his customary rambling remarks, this time at a pastoral conference at Saint John Lateran, Francis declared that the great majority of our sacramental marriages are null because the spouses dont know what they say when they say Yes, for life. He also dropped the...
  • Martini Pope: Cohabitating Couples Have Grace of "Real Marriage"

    06/20/2016 8:13:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | June 19, 2016 | John Vennari
    Francis Claims Those Who Cohabitate Can Have the Grace of a Real Marriage The Martini Legacy Continues By John Vennari Our Lord commanded Peter to confirm his brethren in the Faith (Luke 22:32). Pope Francis delights in doing the opposite. On June 16, at a question and answer session during a conference in Rome, Pope Francis implied that those living in faithful cohabitation can have the grace of real marriage because of their fidelity. Contrary to Francis claim, however, cohabitation can never carry within it the grace of real marriage, because it is the grave of real marriage. Continuing his...
  • St. John Paul II Advisers Amoris Laetitia Follow-Up [Catholic Caucus]

    06/20/2016 5:29:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/20/2016 | Robert Spaemann
    The Pope complained that some incited by the media go more or less out of the way of his countless discussions on the alarming state of the family in order to get tied up on a footnote on the topic of receiving holy Communion. But the pre-synodal public discussion revolved only once around this topic, because there is actually only a yes-or-no answer here. The debate was continued, and, indeed, equally controversial as before, because the Pope refused to quote his predecessors clear statements concerning this matter and because his answer is so obviously equivocal that everyone can...
  • Papal comments on cohabitation and civil marriage suggest a direction

    06/19/2016 9:45:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | June 18, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    The popes most recent comments on marriage point in a disturbing direction but lets address two important matters first. Point One. Cohabitation is not marriage. Largely overlooked amid the furor caused by Pope Francis rash claim that the great part of our sacramental marriages are nullan assertion reckless if false (which it is) and brimming with despair if true (which it is not), a claim followed not by an apology, an official retraction, or even a bureaucratic clarification but instead by an Orwellian alteration of the popes words in Vatican recordsoverlooked, I say, in this greater mess was the popes...
  • I Cant Stop Bashing My Husband to Other Moms, and Im Sorry

    06/18/2016 11:57:16 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 179 replies
    We four women are well into our second drink at the bar when the war on men begins. So he walks in ten minutes before the guests are supposed to arrive, still in his gym clothes, and asks if theres anything he can do, says my friend, a Long Island stay-at-home mother of three. The tables already set, the kids are already in bed, so I just tell him to get ready. And where do I find him five minutes later? Munching on the apps! Oh my God, at least he asked to help, sniffs another mom. My...
  • A few notes on journalistic points made today [Catholic Caucus]

    06/18/2016 11:28:40 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 17, 2016 | Edward N. Peters
    In a day fraught with canonical confusion may I offer a few observations on some journalistic issues I noticed along the way? First, I find John Allens pooh-poohing of widespread concerns that Francis remarks, yet again, needed to be walked-back by Vatican spin doctors off-putting in several respects. Ignoring Allens patronizing tone and his caricaturing of Vatican critics as emitting howls of outrage over mere retouching of the popes words, from several passages lets consider these. Allen writes: Theres nothing objectionable about a pope correcting what he said, as long as were sure its actually the pope making the corrections....
  • Vatican Transcript Alters Popes Bombshell Remark on Validity of Catholic Marriages

    06/18/2016 11:07:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/17/16 | John Jalsevac
    June 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) The official Vatican transcript of controversial remarks made by Pope Francis this week, in which he speculated that the great majority of Catholic marriages are in fact invalid, significantly alters his words. While a video of the popes remarks show clearly that he used the Italian words grande maggioranza (great majority) to indicate the proportion of marriages that he believes are null, the official Vatican transcript changes those words to the more measured parte i.e. a part, portion, or some. Yahoo News reports that a Vatican spokesperson stated that the Popes words may at...
  • The damage done (again) by the Pope's statements on marriage [Catholic Caucus]

    06/17/2016 9:26:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 17, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    During an address to a diocesan congress in Rome yesterday, Pope Francis was quoted as saying: that some priests are animals, that pastors should not be putting our noses into the moral life of other people, and that the great majority of Catholic marriages today are invalid. All of these shocking statements were attributed to the Holy Father by reliable journalists: experienced reporters who take pains to get things right, and usually do. Below Ill address the important question of whether or not the quotes were accurate. But first lets assess the damage done by the statements as they were...
  • Enough is enough, Pope Francis should resign

    06/17/2016 7:59:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | June 17, 2016 | Adam Shaw
    Pope Francis should resign, and Catholics should demand it, so the Church can begin recovering from the havoc his ill-advised and arrogant papacy has wrought.
  • Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary.

    06/17/2016 9:40:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | June 17, 2016 | Augustinus
    Pope Francis' catastrophic remarks of June 16, 2016 - Part I of Commentary. 1. Pope Francis says that "great majority of sacramental marriages are null", but some cohabitations are real marriages. 2. How Amoris Laetitia and Mitis Iudex paved the way for Francis' statement. 3. Throwback: when Bergoglio welcomed his niece's defiance of Church teaching on marriage In a short but already overheated papacy littered as no pontificate before with an avalanche of papal words, Francis' remarks during his Q & A on June 16, 2016 are surely among the worst that he has spoken. Our commentary is divided into...
  • Pope Francis: The Great Majority of Our Sacramental Marriages are Null

    06/17/2016 6:23:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    In the context of adjudicating annulments, Polish Bishop Antoni Stankiewicz said that any view that dismisses so many unions as invalid reflects an anthropological pessimism that would hold that its almost impossible to get married, in view of the current cultural situation. If the popes view is that 50 percent of Catholic marriages are invalid, it is not just an insult to our natural human ability to marry, but also an insult to St. Paul, who said that the moral law is written on mens hearts. And its an insult to Gods grace to imagine that our own age is...
  • China Bans Interracial Marriages For Females; No Plans To Restrict Men

    06/10/2016 12:54:31 PM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    East Asian Journal ^ | June 8, 2016 | Staff
    The Supreme Peoples Court of China today passed legislation that will ban Chinese women from marrying non-Chinese men, with the law coming into effect at the beginning of 2018. The policy had been fiercely debated for a number of months before it finally won approval from the required number of legislators earlier today. Civil rights groups in China have condemned the restriction, pointing out that it discriminates against women by still permitting males to enter into interracial marriages.
  • Minor Regrets: Coming Close Is Not A Tragedy

    06/08/2016 5:32:59 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies ^ | June 8, 2016 | Marvin Olasky
    Im going through life without ever having hit a home run. To hit a ball perfectly and round the bases, touching home: That must be a pleasure. Once I came close. Just turning 26 and finishing my dissertation, I played on the American Culture team in the University of Michigan graduate school coed softball league, one of the weakest leagues imaginable. Susan had finished her undergraduate career there and was technically ineligible, but we were short of women who didnt -- to use a phrase from those sexist days -- throw like girls. Heres the scene, one week before our...
  • Cardinal Kaspers Merciful Incoherencies [Catholic Caucus]

    06/07/2016 8:25:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    New Oxford Review | June 2016 | Christopher Roberts
    During Pope Franciss first Angelus address after ascending to the chair of Peter, he approvingly cited Walter Cardinal Kaspers book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life (2012), saying that he had read it recently and it had done him much good. Since that papal audience, Francis has spoken frequently about Gods mercy, even calling an Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy and issuing a book-length interview, The Name of God is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli (2016). Cardinal Kasper has also played a prominent role in discussions about how to extend mercy in the...
  • Amber Heard's dire finances revealed: Court documents show she earns $10,000 a month but [tr]

    06/01/2016 6:15:34 AM PDT · by C19fan · 14 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2016 | Jennifer Newton
    Amber Heard's dire financial situation has been revealed after court documents showed the actress is losing money at an alarming rate. The 30-year-old filed for divorce from husband Johnny Depp last week requesting he pay her spousal support of $50,000 (34,500) a month plus her legal costs. She cited irreconcilable differences for the split, which has triggered a battle over Depp's huge $400million fortune.
  • Lesbian couple battered son ... his heart ruptured Social services ... case went off the radar

    05/31/2016 8:12:41 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | June 1, 2016 | David Wilkes and Rachel Watson
    [Liam Fee]'s mother Rachel and her lesbian partner Nyomi were able to carry out two years of sustained attacks on the toddler and two other boys as social services repeatedly failed to act. The pairs depraved abuse included: * Imprisoning one boy in a cage made from a fire guard, using cable ties to bind his hands behind his back; * Tying another boy naked to a chair in a dark room with nine snakes and several rats, forcing him to eat his own vomit and telling him a boa constrictor ate naughty little boys; * Forcing the youngsters to...
  • What the dead can teach us about cowardice and weakness

    05/31/2016 7:21:31 PM PDT · by Steve Schulin · 2 replies
    Australian Christian Lobby ^ | June 1, 2016 | Lyle Shelton (Australian Christian Lobby)
    "Changing the definition of marriage to entrench motherless and fatherlessness in public policy and teaching our kids their gender is fluid should be opposed...The cowardice and weakness of Australia's 'gatekeepers' is causing unthinkable things to happen, just as unthinkable things happened in Germany in the 1930s." Mr Shelton began the post by declaring he loved to read obituaries in The Economist, specifically one published last week on the late German-born historian Fritz Stern. According to the obituary, Stern argued the rise of Adolf Hitler owed less to the Fuhrer's personality cult and more to the failure of Germany's 'gatekeepers' to...
  • Children of married parents have highest self-esteem, says new research

    05/30/2016 12:44:44 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 34 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 02:03 EST, 30 May 2016 | Vanessa Allen
    Children whose parents are married have significantly higher self-esteem, according to research unveiled yesterday. Teenagers of married couples were more confident than those in single-parent families or youngsters whose parents lived together in a stable long-term relationship, it found. Overall, boys with married parents had the highest self-esteem, while girls with cohabiting parents had the lowest. [] The study, from the Marriage Foundation, was based on data from 3,822 children polled in British Household Panel Survey. Harry Benson, research director at the foundation, said: Conventional wisdom has it that child outcomes depend on parents staying together rather than marital status....
  • Church of Scotland to Allow Same-Sex Marriage for Ministers

    05/22/2016 5:17:53 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    AFP ^ | May 22, 2016 | Staff
    The Church of Scotland voted Saturday to allow its ministers to be in same-sex marriages, following years of deliberation. The national churchs general assembly in Edinburgh voted to extend a law passed last May that permits its ministers to be in same-sex civil partnerships.