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  • Vatican Sex Education Program Significantly Flawed: Cardinal Newman Society

    08/25/2016 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In a study released today, the Cardinal Newman Society reported significant flaws in the high school sex education program made available during World Youth Day by the Pontifical Council for the Family. The Society concluded that this program is “not ready” for use in its target market of Catholic high schools, parishes and homes. The program, entitled The Meeting Point: Course of Affective Sexual Education for Young People, is currently available online. Responding to early doubts about the program, the Cardinal Newman Society decided to closely examine The Meeting Point as part of its mission “to promote and protect faithful...
  • Pope asks Jesuits to educate diocesan clergy in practice of discernment [Catholic Caucus]

    08/25/2016 4:24:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | 8/25/2016
    When it comes to the Christian life, too many seminaries teach students a rigid list of rules that make it difficult or impossible for them as priests to respond to the real-life situation of those who come to them seeking guidance, Pope Francis said. "Some priestly formation programs run the risk of educating in the light of overly clear and distinct ideas, and therefore to act within limits and criteria that are rigidly defined a priori, and that set aside concrete situations," the pope said during a meeting with 28 Polish Jesuits in Krakow during World Youth Day.
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • "Offering it up”: Is that still a thing? (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2016 3:52:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelial ^ | August 24. 2016 | Elizabeth Scalia
    We Catholics who grew up straddling the cusp of the conciliar divide may have a vague memory of the phrase “offer it up.” It was advice frequently given by the sisters who taught us our catechisms: “When you are in pain, when you are disappointed, when your feelings have been hurt, offer these things up to the Lord and ask him to use your suffering — that He join it to His own pain on the cross, for the good of others. Offer it as penance for your own sins, or the sins of those who cannot or will not...
  • Pope Francis to Catholics: ‘Who are you to judge others?’

    08/24/2016 10:43:31 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 104 replies
    Religion News ^ | June 20, 2016 | Rosie Scammell
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Stop being judgmental hypocrites and take a look at yourself in the mirror — without covering up your wrinkles — Pope Francis advised Catholics in a sermon that reprised one of his favorite themes. In his last homily at morning Mass before taking a break for the summer, Francis on Monday (June 20) said those who constantly judge people should instead reflect on their own behavior. “Look in the mirror, but not to put on makeup to hide the wrinkles. No, no, no, that’s not the advice! Look in the mirror to look at yourself as you...
  • Don Nicola Bux on Amoris Laetitia: "The Eucharist is Not a Sacrament for the Sinner"

    08/22/2016 5:58:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 136 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    "The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the sinner but the sacrament of reconciled sinners. Just as it is the source and principle of mercy. I hope I have been clear! Nicola Bux, August 13, 2016 at a youth meeting in Schio. The theologian spoke on the theme "The sacraments are not a joke." The Eucharist is not a sacrament for the divorced and remarried, but for reconciled sinners. The liturgist Nicola Bux is one of the most reputable practitioners of the liturgical science and is one of the leading supporters of Benedict XVI's intended liturgical renewal. He is a...
  • Notre Charge Apostolique [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 8:07:31 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 15, 1910 | Pope St. Pius X
    Excerpts from: Notre Charge Apostolique "Our Apostolic Mandate" Given by Pope Pius X to the French Bishops August 15, 1910 “We fear that worse is to come: the end result of this developing promiscuousness, the beneficiary of this cosmopolitan social action, can only be a Democracy which will be neither Catholic, nor Protestant, nor Jewish. It will be a religion (for Sillonism, so the leaders have said, is a religion) more universal than the Catholic Church, uniting all men to become brothers and comrades at last in the ‘Kingdom of God’. We do not work for the Church, we work...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • [Irish Senator] Jerry Buttimer: It’s Time for Gay Priests

    08/21/2016 5:10:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Evening Echo ^ | 8/9/16 | Alan Healy
    THE Catholic Church needs to have an open discussion on celibacy and welcome LGBTQ people as priests in the fallout from the Maynooth affair. That is according to Cork senator and former Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, who trained for the priesthood for five years in Maynooth before returning to lay life. Mr Buttimer became the first openly gay Fine Gael TD in advance of the fight for marriage equality in last year’s historic referendum. He is a committed Catholic, despite the opposition within the faith to homosexuality, which is regarded as sinful. He was speaking...
  • Who is Cardinal Wuerl Talking To?

    08/20/2016 3:19:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Les Femmes - the Truth ^ | August 19, 2016 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I confess I laughed when I read the interview. Let's face it. To whom do you think Cardinal Wuerl speaks? Do you think he's spending a lot of time outside his chancery speaking to the ordinary people of the diocese or is his contact with them from the window of his lavish apartment on embassy row?
  • Catholics hold 'Liturgy of Apology' to LGBTQs

    08/20/2016 9:47:22 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Sydney Star Observer ^ | August 15, 2016
    NEWTOWN’S Catholic Church has become one of the world’s first churches to apologise to LGBTI people for the hurt caused by the action and inaction of Catholic and Christian people and churches. In June, Pope Francis called for an apology to gay and lesbian people and St Joseph’s Catholic Church in Newtown become one of the first to respond holding a Liturgy of Apology organised by the Rainbow Catholic Interagency for Ministry on Friday. “It was difficult to choose which personal stories to share during the liturgy; each individual’s story is so powerful, unique and precious,” Francis Voon, a Catholic...
  • Vancouver Christians collide over televangelist Franklin Graham

    08/19/2016 9:19:02 AM PDT · by amorphous · 76 replies
    VancouverSun.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Douglas Todd
    Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the coming crusade of televangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for criticizing homosexuals, Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama. Saying that Graham is often “incendiary and intolerant,” some evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are opposing his participation in the three-day Festival of Hope event at Rogers Arena in early March, 2017, that many of the city’s mega-churches are supporting . “Rev. Graham is a polarizing figure … His ungracious and bigoted remarks have the potential to generate serious negative impact on the Christian witness in Vancouver,” says a statement from five prominent evangelical and...
  • Gay pastor agrees to leave her post at Johnson County church

    08/20/2016 5:30:42 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | Donald Bradley
    On a cold Sunday in January, Cynthia Meyer, pastor at Edgerton United Methodist Church, came out to her congregation. She did so with hope that change regarding the denomination’s stance on homosexuality was coming. But eight months later, that hope, for now at least, is gone. And after the end of August, Meyer will be gone as well. To avoid a church trial, Meyer and Methodist officials agreed that she would give up her duties and go on involuntary leave. Her final sermon in Edgerton in Johnson County will be Aug. 28.
  • L.A. City Attorney Pressures Pregnancy Center to Comply with State Law, Provide Info About Abortion

    08/19/2016 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/18/16 | Erica Evans
    A Los Angeles pregnancy center that failed to comply with a state law requiring it to provide clients with information about free or low-cost family planning services, prenatal care, contraception and abortions has agreed to cooperate, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Thursday. After the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills missed an Aug. 14 deadline to correct violations, the city attorney’s office moved to file a lawsuit under a state law that bars unfair business practices and carries a possible $2,500 daily penalty. Feuer also informed the center that his office would seek a temporary restraining order to force it...
  • Francis Places Entire Vatican Apparatus on Marriage and Family Under 2 Prelates Subversive of Both

    08/19/2016 3:45:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 18, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Today (August 17) the Vatican announced that by motu proprio (his own initiative), Francis has formally erected the new “super-dicastery” of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, the Family and Life (PCLFL), effective September 1. The new dicastery will absorb (and thus abolish) the Pontifical Councils for the Family and the Laity and will also overlap the function of the still-existing Pontifical Academy for Life, one of whose members, the German philosopher Josef Siefert, published a devastating critique of the disastrous Amoris Laetitia, calling upon Francis to correct its errors against the Faith. Francis has appointed as head of the...
  • Transgender Crusade Hits Funeral Homes

    08/19/2016 2:58:15 PM PDT · by Morgana · 45 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | August 19, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) - The push for transgender acceptance is making its way to funeral homes, as a transgender funeral director is taking a Christian-run business to court for refusing to accept his charade as a female. According to arguments heard August 11 by the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, Anthony Stephens, who now goes by the name Aimee Stephens, was denied the "right" to dress as a woman while at work after coming out as transgender in 2013. Stephens reports he provided his employer, RG & GR Funeral Homes in Detroit, with a letter outlining his...
  • No, God Isn’t Transgender

    08/19/2016 8:06:44 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 8 . 15 . 16 | Robert A. J. Gagnon
    In what has to be a new low for the New York Times, the Gray Lady (or should we now say the Bearded Lady?) has published an op-ed piece titled “Is God Transgender?” by a New York rabbi named Mark Sameth. Cousin to a man who “transitioned to a woman” in the 1970s, Sameth contends that “the Hebrew Bible, when read in its original language, offers a highly elastic view of gender.” He marshals many purported examples of gender fluidity in the Hebrew scriptures, in order to argue that religion should not be put in service of “social prejudices” against...
  • ‘The Church has never been better’: Is this madness or megalomania? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 1:56:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | August 18, 2016 | denziiger-bergoglio
    In concentration camps, diabolical methods of torture abound. Besides the various forms of physical abuse, prisoners are also subjected to harrowing psychological pressures. Imagine that after a week of torture, a languishing victim receives a visit from a physician. After checking him over, the doctor declares the poor captive to be in excellent health, well-nourished, possessing the energy levels and fitness of a youth! What would the prisoner think of this diagnosis? Surely that it was another act of psychological torture perpetrated by his captors…perhaps to make him continue with his ‘labor’. Clearly, such a doctor could only be considered...
  • Same-Sex, Humanist Weddings Exceed Catholic Weddings in Scotland

    08/17/2016 5:49:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The number of same-sex wedding ceremonies exceeded the number of Catholic weddings in Scotland in 2015, according to an annual demographic report released by Scotland’s government. Over 5% of weddings that took place in Scotland last year were same-sex ceremonies. 1,671 same-sex weddings took place—975 of women, and 696 of men—while 1,438 Catholic weddings were celebrated, down from 2,004 a decade earlier. The year 2015 was the first full year in which homosexual civil marriages were legal. For the sixth consecutive year, weddings conducted by Humanist Society Scotland exceeded the number of Catholic weddings.
  • Gay Activists Launch $104 Million Suit Against Christian for Preaching at Pride Parade [Canada]

    08/17/2016 5:45:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/17/16 | Pete Baklinski
    TORONTO, August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- While ‘tolerance’ and ‘diversity’ are the rallying cry of the homosexual movement, the words appear not to apply to Christians with an unconventional message. Christians led by Canadian activist Bill Whatcott were slapped with a $104-million legal threat last week after infiltrating Toronto’s Gay Pride Parade in July dressed as “gay zombies” in green skintight suits to hand out info packets about the physical and spiritual dangers of homosexual practices. Former Ontario MPP George Smitherman, the province’s first openly gay provincial representative as well first openly gay cabinet minister, told Daily Xtra that he...
  • Catholic Priest Tells Christians Stop Being So Naďve — Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination

    08/16/2016 9:37:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    https://www.thomasmore.org ^ | August 16, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    A Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Stop Being So Naďve — Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination In Islam, peace does not mean co-existence; it means the West’s submission. Father George Rutler is sounding the wake-up call to Christians and Western civilization to the threat of Islamic domination. We must respond to terrorist attacks with more than the balloons and flowers of the grieving. After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex...
  • Pope Denounces Transgender Ideology - Decries "ideological colonization" of children

    08/16/2016 6:22:34 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 32 replies
    ChurchMilitant.com ^ | August 5, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    Pope Francis is decrying "ideological colonization" of gender ideology. In an interview conducted in late July, published Thursday by the Vatican, the Pope slammed the indoctrination of children by educational institutions. "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place," the pontiff claimed, responding to a question from Bp. Christopher Zadarko of Koszalin-Kolobrzeg. And one of these — I will call it clearly by its name — is [the ideology of] 'gender.' Today children — children! — are taught in school that everyone can choose his or her...
  • Marco Rubio Tells Pastors to Love Gay People, 'Abandon a Spirit of Judgment'

    08/16/2016 4:52:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/15/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio told pastors during a conference on Rediscovering God in Orlando that loving gay people, instead of judging them, is a fulfillment of the teachings of the Bible, rather than something that goes against it. "In order to love people you have to listen to them," Rubio said in his speech at the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project, according to Breitbart News. "You have to understand their perspective, their hopes and their dreams and their fears and their pain." Rubio ran for this year's Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out in March after failing to win...
  • What Conservatives Did to Pull Off Religious Liberty Win in California

    08/15/2016 9:45:55 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/12/2016 | Andrew Egger
    California conservatives won a surprise victory this week, changing a state assembly bill that would have curtailed the freedom of private religious colleges. “We literally were able to see tens of thousands of people mobilize to make calls and to write their legislators, and to participate in the political process,” William Jessup University President John Jackson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “We were hearing from legislators who said that they had gotten hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of phone calls on just this one piece of legislation,” he added. “And I think that’s a tremendous, tremendous encouragement...
  • We Need Jesus, Through His Shed Blood

    08/15/2016 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Revski · 10 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 08/15/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    I sing the hymn, (I'd Rather Have Jesus), the music for that hymn was composed in 1939 by George Beverly Shea, the renowned gospel singer. and ending hymn, (Nothing But The Blood), by Robert Lowry.
  • Catholic Development and Peace ‘proud partners’ of pro-abortion World Social Forum

    08/12/2016 3:45:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 11, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    Development and Peace, the Catholic development organization founded by Canada’s bishops, has drawn fire for being a “proud sponsor and co-organizer” of World Social Forum 2016, a six-day gathering of some 1,200 assorted left-wing grassroots organizations which convened August 9 in Montreal. “By partnering with the World Social Forum, Development and Peace makes clear that its allegiance is with the Culture of Death and not with Christ, whom it is obliged to serve and obey,” pointed out Michael Hichborn, founder of the Virginia-based Lepanto Institute. The WSF, an annual event since 2001, was “created by several communist entities” and has...
  • Former Irish Seminarians Cite Secrecy Demands at Maynooth

    08/10/2016 6:54:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Two former students at Ireland's national seminary have reported that they were asked to sign a confidentiality agreement, promising not to sue the institution. The former seminarians told the Irish Times that the secrecy agreement was presented to them soon after they enrolled. "One can draw their own conclusions" as to the reasons for the agreement, one former student said. St. Patrick's seminary at Maynooth has been under heavy fire because of reports of an aggressive gay subculture. A ‘culture of secrecy and fear’ at Maynooth seminary (Irish Times)
  • Only 30% of Churchgoers Say Their Pastor or Priest Has Mentioned Abortion From the Pulpit

    08/09/2016 7:03:58 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | August 9, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortion is not an often-discussed issue in many religious services in America, but when it is, most clergy defend unborn babies’ right to life, a new survey found. The Pew Research Center released a new poll on Monday that examined how often Americans hear about political issues from the pulpit. Abortion was third on the list, with religious liberty and homosexuality ranking first and second. Other issues included immigration, the environment and poverty. According to the poll, 29 percent said their clergy member spoke out about abortion during a service. Most said their clergy spoke out against abortion (22 percent),...
  • Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a ‘Pope Francis Catholic’

    08/09/2016 3:48:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 9. 2016 | Deal Hudson
    The Vatican may need to step in and rebuke Hillary Clinton's pro-abortion running mate With the nomination of Senator Tim Kaine, American Catholic voters once again face a decision about whether to send a pro-abortion, dissenting Catholic to Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.For the past eight years Vice President Joseph Biden has lived there, an abortion supporter for sure, but he never pitched his Catholic credentials to the voters in the way that Hillary, her surrogates, the Democratic Party and Kaine himself have done from the get-go.Kaine, unlike Biden,...
  • Drag Queen in the Nave

    08/08/2016 9:50:49 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 6 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | August 5, 2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Why would anyone except a professional organist take the magazine The American Organist? A friend gave me a recent issue of this highly specialized publication. The stunning picture on the front cover got my attention. The foreground features a glorious pipe organ with five key boards, endless foot pedals and a hundred stops. In the background is the grandiose nave and the vaulted ceiling of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. To me, the church organ is a symbol of high Western Christian culture, made famous by the soaring oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach and the stirring grandeur of...
  • The sacred union btwn Christ & the Church is realized in a partial and analogous way by adultery??!!

    08/07/2016 6:07:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | July 17, 2016
    Christian marriage, as a reflection of the union between Christ and his Church, is fully realized in the union between a man and a woman who give themselves to each other in a free, faithful and exclusive love, who belong to each other until death and are open to the transmission of life, and are consecrated by the sacrament, which grants them the grace to become domestic church and a leaven of new life for society. Some forms of union radically contradict this ideal, while others realize it in at least a partial and analogous way. The Synod Fathers stated...
  • Keep the doctrinal unity…but practically deny it in interpretations and consequences (Cath Caucus)

    08/07/2016 5:59:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | July 27, 2016
    In the first paragraphs of Amoris Laetitia we encounter an affirmation that sets the entire gist of what Francis wishes to convey in this document: it is time to develop ‘various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching’ to ‘seek solutions better suited to its culture’ in family ministry. This hypothesis attempts to justify the crucial affirmations made in the chapters that follow, opening the doors to all kinds of subjectivism regarding the most serious issues. As a result, it is virtually impossible to recognize, in all of this, the sacred doctrine left by Christ to his Church. What...
  • Can Donald Trump Save America? - A Visible Picture of Our Doomed Nation is Worth a Thousand Words!

    08/07/2016 2:09:19 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 16 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/7/16
    Can Donald Trump save America (View this post's title image above)? Well, that is the question that at least half of America is asking themselves and with blind delusional optimism many think that he can. Tragically, many today are beyond clueless to America's incurable ills that are at an EXPONENTIAL zenith. In these Americans minds, their delusional optimistic, no depth appraisals and ignorant evaluations have zero perspective of our nation's EXPONENTIAL growing depths of depravity, lawlessness, and societal ills that can NEVER be reversed or overturned! As the Titanic minutes before her doom so is our nation. My dear friends,...
  • Bishops Make Tepid Statement on Marriage [Biden scandal]

    08/07/2016 1:25:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    USCCB blog refers to Joe Biden's recent performance of same-sex wedding, but doesn't mention him by nameThe following comes from an August 5 statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski published on the USCCB Blog. Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop Malone of Buffalo, New York, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop Wenski of Miami, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.Questions revolving around marriage and human sexuality are...
  • Amoris Laetitia… Does Francis have affinity with the Jovinian heresy? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/07/2016 11:46:32 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergolio ^ | August 7, 2016
    In a previous study, we analyzed a reference that Francis presented in number 159 of Amoris Laetitia. Taken from a catechesis of Pope John Paul II, July 14, 1982, this reference was truncated in its essential theological dimension. Consequently, having silenced what Pope John Paul II had affirmed in recalling that virginity and celibacy are based on an option for the sake of the “kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 19:12), Francis prompts a one-sided interpretation. In synthesis, Francis wishes to defend the theory that matrimony, virginity and celibacy are on an equal footing: 1640 “Rather than speak absolutely of the superiority...
  • LGBT Groups Lament Pope’s “Dangerous Ignorance” on Gender Identity. Francis Derangement Syndrome

    08/06/2016 7:43:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 21 replies
    patheos.com ^ | August 6, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    On August 2, Pope Francis said a few words about gender identity—words that are not at all new with him. In a meeting with bishops that day, he observed: "In Europe, America, Latin America, Africa, and in some countries of Asia, there are genuine forms of ideological colonization taking place. And one of these—I will call it clearly by its name—is [the ideology of] “gender.” [It is, in fact, an artificial construct, as is evident by the co-opting of a word that, in its normative meaning, refers to grammar.] Today children—children!—are taught in school that everyone can choose his or...
  • Biden Unlikely to be Punished Over Role at Same-Sex Marriage

    08/06/2016 9:24:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CathNews ^ | 8/5/16 | Washington Examiner
    Princeton's Robert George called for Mr Biden's excommunication soon after Mr Biden's wedding duty was reported. But although the Church doesn't sanctify gay marriage and considers homosexual behaviour a sin, Mr Biden didn't actually break Church law, said Fr James Bretzke, a theologian at Boston College. A Catholic can only be excommunicated on "canonical grounds," he said. "It's not like voting the person off the island." A bishop would have to cite the specific Church law, known as canon, that the Catholic follower broke, "much like arresting someone," Fr Bretzke said. "There is no provision in canon allowing for the...
  • UNFPA Teaming Up With This Church to Convince Religious Leaders to Promote Abortion

    08/05/2016 8:39:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | August 4, 2016 | Rebecca Oas
    (CFAM) – For many years UNFPA leadership has maintained that religion is one of the biggest barriers to people’s enjoyment of their “sexual rights.” The United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has teamed up with the Church of Sweden to convince religious leaders to accept abortion, contraception, and the sexual autonomy of children. A recent joint event in Sweden named “Women, Faith and Human Rights,” was ostensibly aimed at proving there is no incompatibility between faith and human rights. A closer look reveals deep fault lines between religion as practiced by most of the world’s believers and human rights as interpreted...
  • Pope says it's 'terrible' today's children are taught they can choose their gender

    08/04/2016 5:28:03 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | August 2, 2016 | AP
    Pope Francis has lamented that children are being taught at school that gender can be a choice, adding that his predecessor, Benedict XVI has labeled current times 'the epoch of sin against God the Creator'. Francis weighed in with his view on gender and what he said was that of the emeritus pontiff while meeting privately last week with bishops from Poland during his pilgrimage there. The pope said he wanted to conclude his remarks by reflecting on this: 'We are living a moment of annihilation of man as image of God.' Francis said: 'Today, in schools they are teaching...
  • 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...
  • Rosaria Butterfield: No free passes

    08/04/2016 12:12:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    World ^ | 8/6/2016 | Marvin Olasky
    I interviewed Rosaria Butterfield 3˝ years ago as her first book, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert, was coming out and heading toward wide readership. Since then she’s spoken widely throughout the United States and sometimes faced LGBTQ demonstrators displeased with her movement from lesbianism (and a tenured Syracuse professorship in women’s studies) to Christian believer and pastor’s wife. Here are edited excerpts of a new interview before Patrick Henry College students. You’ve previously spoken of your fascinating conversion, so I won’t ask about it today: Folks can read excerpts of our interview in WORLD (March 23, 2013) or...
  • Catholic Nun Applauds Activist Who Bragged About Her Abortion at Democrat Convention

    08/04/2016 9:42:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/4/17 | Steven Ertelt
    A Catholic nun is praising NARAL president Ilyse Hogue, who spoke to the Democratic national convention and bragged about the abortion she had. Hogue claims the abortion was the “best decision” for her — ignoring whether it was int he best interests of her unborn child to take his or her life. Hogue eventually called the decision a “compassionate” one. She said: To succeed in life, all we need are the tools, the trust, and the chance to chart our own path. I was fortunate enough to have these things when I found out I was pregnant years ago. I...
  • Abortionist: “How My Christian Faith Inspired Me To Become An Abortion” Doctor

    08/03/2016 9:08:12 PM PDT · by Morgana · 39 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | August 3, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Tennessee abortionist says her Christian faith led her to believe that women should have easy access to abortions without judgment or shame. In a column for Refinery 29, Sarah Wallett explained why she is both abortionist and a Christian. She said her Christian upbringing and her family’s dedication to caring for people in need were what “inspired” her to pursue her line of work. Women “require and deserve” abortions, Wallett claimed. She described her abortion work as an “integral” part of women’s health care, and said women should not be judged for having them. Wallet said her patients often...
  • Voting for pro-abortion politicians? There’s no excuse, head Knight of Columbus says

    08/03/2016 2:51:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | August 2, 2016
    Knights of Columbus Supreme Knight Carl Anderson speaks with CNA in Rome, June 26, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáńez/CNA. Toronto, Canada, Aug 2, 2016 / 08:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics need to stop voting for pro-abortion politicians, Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told an international gathering of the Knights of Columbus.“Pope Francis has emphasized how important it is for Catholics to be engaged in the political process,” Anderson said Aug 2. “His words regarding the importance of Catholics being faithful citizens are especially important for us.”Anderson’s remarks to the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus meeting in Toronto reiterated his comments...
  • Irish Police to Probe Complaints of Homosexual Cabal at Seminary

    08/03/2016 4:08:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    An Irish man who was allegedly dismissed from the national seminary after complaining of homosexual activities will meet with police to discuss a formal complaint. The man, who has sought to preserve his anonymity, told the Irish Independent that a faculty member at St. Patrick’s seminary in Maynooth made homosexual overtures. He eventually left the seminary and married, but testified that his experience left him “severely shaken” and troubled by depression. The possibility of policy involvement and formal charges comes at a time when the Irish news media are reporting multiple complaints of homosexual misconduct at the Maynooth seminary. Ex-trainee...
  • Parents Rebuked by Miami Archbishop After Finding Evidence of Priest’s Inappropriate Relationships

    08/03/2016 3:57:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/2/16 | Claire Chretien
    MIAMI SHORES, Florida, August 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — An investigation that began as a group of parents concerned with financial and personnel changes at their children’s parish school revealed that their priest violated archdiocesan policy by hiring someone with a criminal record who had also been arrested for prostitution, fired longtime school maintenance staff in order to hire his friends, and went on lavish vacations and outings with the man arrested for prostitution. A group of parishioners who call themselves Christifidelis (“Christ’s faithful” in Latin) at St. Rose of Lima parish became concerned with the sudden news that the religious...
  • Powerful tributes at funeral of priest killed in France terrorist attack

    08/02/2016 3:56:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | August 2, 2016
    Exactly a week after two terrorists killed Father Jacques Hamel while he said mass in his own church, nearly 2,000 mourners paid their respects to the Catholic priest, described by his sister as “my brother. Everyone’s brother.” The emotionally powerful ceremony at Rouen cathedral, attended by the French interior minister, Bernard Cazeneuve, and religious leaders including Muslim representatives, took place amid high security. Hundreds of people who could not get into the cathedral watched the ceremony from under umbrellas on a big screen. Priests lead the procession as Father Hamel’s coffin is carried to the cathedral. Photograph: Jacky Naegelen/Reuters Dominique...
  • Illinois Bishops “Neutral” On Abortion

    08/01/2016 4:47:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    In a shocking development the Illinois Conference of Catholic Bishops have declared themselves “neutral” on a controversial bill that would force pro-life medical professionals and pregnancy care centers to tell mothers about the “benefits” of abortion and give mothers information on where and how to end the life of her child in an abortion clinic. Pro-lifers have worked very hard to defeat SB 1564 since it was passed in May but the Illinois Bishops, by taking a “neutral” position, have essentially sided with Planned Parenthood and the Illinois abortion lobby in criminalizing any medical professional or care center worker who...
  • Martin Removes Priests from Maynooth Amid Allegations Seminarians Using Gay Dating App Grindr

    08/01/2016 11:24:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Irish Independent | 8/1/16 | Sarah MacDonald
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  • Beware the Deception of False Prophets

    08/01/2016 8:24:58 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-31-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Beware the Deception of False Prophets Msgr. Charles Pope • July 31, 2016 • In today’s first reading (Monday of the 18th Week) the Prophet Jeremiah denounces the false prophets of his day, who promise all sorts grand visions for Israel despite its sin. Jeremiah says to the people, By breaking a wooden yoke, you forge an iron yoke! (Jer 28:13) In other words, by failing to repent (breaking the wooden yoke) you shall know an iron yoke. (Think about the addiction to sin of many who do not show restraint earlier in life.) To the false prophets of...