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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • The Subverters of the Word of God

    05/29/2015 11:10:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 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...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei'

    05/28/2015 6:28:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis wants to retool the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said. Kasper, a noted theologian whose writings are known to have influenced Francis, said the pope wants to create a "listening magisterium." Kasper said one concept important to the pope is that of the sensus fidei, or the capacity of individual believers and the church as a whole to discern the truths of faith. That concept, Kasper said, "was emphasized by the council ... [but] Francis now...
  • Marriage Redefined: Young Evangelicals in Crisis

    05/28/2015 5:51:04 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 44 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | May 28, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    What does the rising generation of young evangelicals think about marriage? [Catholics too!] Here's the troubling truth. For five years, Dr. Abigail Rine has been teaching a course on gender theory at George Fox University, an evangelical school in the Quaker tradition. At the beginning of the semester, she tells her students that “they are guaranteed to read something they will find disagreeable, probably even offensive.” Writing at FirstThings.com recently, she related how five years ago it was easy to find readings that challenged and even offended the evangelical college students “considering the secular bent of contemporary gender studies.” But...
  • Helder Câmara, "Servant of God"? - Have They Gone Mad?

    05/28/2015 5:07:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/23/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One has the impression that under Francis the Church is becoming, in her human element, the equivalent of a banana republic, replete with Latin American-style demagoguery, exalting the poor and depicting them as always the innocent victims of the greedy rich. Our Lord said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:3)." Francis' version of this beatitude is: "blessed are the poor" — apparently just because they are poor. He has even gone so far as to suggest that the poor be treated as objects of veneration before whom we should literally kneel...
  • Another bishop thinks Catholic teachers should be role models

    05/28/2015 4:17:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Another bishop supports the idea that teachers in Catholic schools must serve also as role models. The Cardinal New Society, which watches the status quaestionis of Catholic education in these USA, has a letter that His Excellency Most Rev. Richard Lennon, Bishop of Cleveland, sent to teachers in the diocese entrusted to his care.Find the great news feed of the Cardinal Newman Society on the sidebar of this blog! Teachers ‘Instrumental’ in Developing Students’ Catholic Faith, Says Cleveland’s Bishop LennonCatholic school teachers must be role models of faith and morality for their students to emulate, Bishop Richard Lennon of Cleveland,...
  • The rise of militant American Catholic men (arming themselves for battle)

    05/28/2015 3:59:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Crux Now ^ | May 28, 2015 | Rev. DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Catholic men are arming themselves for battle.Spiritual battle.Behind the headlines and beneath the radar, a grassroots movement is growing among Catholic men in the United States. Spurred on by the culture wars, they are rallying to conferences, retreats, seminars, and parish study groups that aim to support them in their faith, encourage fellowship, and motivate Christian action in support of charity, social justice, pro-life causes, and the traditional family. Catholic men’s events have become phenomenally successful, gathering Catholic men from a wide spectrum of age ranges to hear motivational speakers, inspiring converts, and spiritual leaders.In an interview with Tim Drake...
  • The Two Prongs of the Burgeoning Persecution (radical collapse of moral consensus)

    05/28/2015 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 28, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    (Photo: us.fotolia.com | matf16) The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t—thank God—bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors’ moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court...
  • Pastor: 'I Never Thought’ My Nation Would Persecute ‘Bible-Believing’ Christians

    05/28/2015 3:25:18 PM PDT · by PROCON · 36 replies
    CNSNEWS.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Penny Starr
    The Rev. E. W. Jackson spoke at the Family Research Council's Watchmen onthe Wall event on May 22, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (CNSNews.com/Penny Starr) (CNSNews.com) – The Rev. E.W. Jackson told attendees at the Family Research Council’s Watchmen on the Wall event in Washington, D.C., last week that Americans who believe biblical teachings about marriage and the sanctity of life are being persecuted. “It bothers me to think my own country is a strange land,” Jackson said Friday at the pastors’ retreat. “I never thought there would be a day when my nation would persecute the Bible-believing Christian for standing...
  • Gallup Finds American Opinion Moving Strongly Toward Acceptance of Extra-Marital Sex

    05/28/2015 11:44:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    A new Gallup poll finds that since 2001, American opinion has shifted markedly toward acceptance of extra-marital sexual behavior. The poll found that between 2001 and 2015 there have been sharp increases in the number of Americans who say that it is “acceptable” to engage in homosexual relations or to give birth to a child outside wedlock, or obtain a divorce. The poll also found substantially more support for assisted suicide, the cloning of human beings, and polygamy. Remarkably, the survey showed only a slight increase in acceptance of abortion. According to the Gallup findings, the overwhelming majority of Americans...
  • Pope Francis Tells Couples To Wait Until Marriage To Have Sex

    05/28/2015 7:33:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his weekly audience Wednesday, Pope Francis gave dating couples some radically countercultural advice, encouraging them to hold off on sex until they are properly married. While the Pope’s words merely reiterated traditional Christian teaching on sex, they clash with a reigning mentality that advocates any and all sexual activity, provided it is consensual.
  • Confidential Meeting Seeks to Sway Synod to Accept Same-Sex Unions

    05/27/2015 7:57:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    National Catholic Register | 5/26/2015 | Edward Pentin
    A one-day study meeting — open only to a select group of individuals — took place at the Pontifical Gregorian University on Monday with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family in October. Around 50 participants, including bishops, theologians and media representatives, took part in the gathering, at the invitation of the presidents of the bishops’ conferences of Germany, Switzerland and France — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Bishop Markus Büchel and Archbishop Georges Pontier. One of the key topics discussed at the closed-door meeting was how the Church could better welcome those in...
  • Robert Gates to Boy Scouts: Surrender Your Principles

    05/27/2015 3:27:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 27, 2015 | JASON MORGAN
    The Boy Scouts of America is a venerable institution. I can well remember when, as a Cub Scout in southern Louisiana, I learned the mysteries of initiation into the Scouts. It was exciting to become part of such a universally respected group. There were badges denoting achievement, uniforms indicating rank, handshakes conveying to other boys the hidden riches of membership, and, perhaps best of all, there was an oath.It was a galvanizing promise. One recited the oath while aiming for the heights, straining beyond one’s boyhood to glimpse the upright man that, with God’s help, one hoped to become....
  • On Same-Sex Marriage, Catholics Are Leading the Way in Legalization

    05/27/2015 12:26:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 128 replies
    New York Times ^ | 05/27/2015 | Frank Bruni
    Take a look at this list of countries: Belgium, Canada, Spain, Argentina, Portugal, Brazil, France, Uruguay, Luxembourg and Ireland. Name two things that they have in common. They don’t share a continent, obviously. Or a language. But in all of them, the Roman Catholic Church has more adherents, at least nominally, than any other religious denomination does. And all of them belong to the vanguard of 20 nations that have decided to make same-sex marriage legal. In fact, countries with a Catholic majority or plurality make up half of those where two men or two women can now wed or...
  • Duggar Girls Victimized … And It Wasn’t Over 10 Years Ago Like You’ve Heard!

    05/27/2015 9:41:01 AM PDT · by Theo · 84 replies
    Mad World News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Christy Lee Parker
    As we’ve all heard by now, the Duggars have some skeletons in their family closet. While the news is buzzing with the very bad things Josh Duggar did to some of his sisters over a decade ago, what people aren’t talking about is the fact that the girls have recently been victimized … as recent as today. You’ve seen it in your own social media news feed — and you may even have participated. Before I go on, let me explain that this isn’t about Josh. This isn’t defending Josh. I don’t even want to talk about what Josh did...
  • We Are All The Duggars

    05/27/2015 6:30:45 AM PDT · by grame · 84 replies
    Liberate ^ | 5/26/15 | Chad Bird, Daniel Emery Price
    Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” The problem is that I’ve yet to meet a family that fits into Tolstoy’s tidy categories of “happy” and “unhappy.” The reality is far messier. Put tears and laughter, love and betrayal, fights and hugs into a blender and out will come a family. Even in homes where the walls are decorated with portraits of grinning moms and dads and kids, there’s usually a closet door that’s kept shut. Last week we were reminded of that, when the media flung open that...
  • France, Vatican Still Discussing Ambassador's Nomination

    05/27/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    French and Vatican officials are still discussing the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as French ambassador to the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has disclosed. The government of France put forward Stefanini’s name in January. The Vatican has not yet formally responded to the nomination. In a highly unusual twist, Pope Francis met privately with Stefanini in April. The Vatican has not commented on Stefanini’s nomination, but media reports in France have suggested that the would-be ambassador is being blocked because he is homosexual—although Stefanini has never been identified in public with a homosexual partner or...
  • As Synod Council Meets, 'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Gay Unions

    05/26/2015 8:15:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Rome, Italy, May 26, 2015 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- While the Synod of Bishops' ordinary council gathered to discuss the upcoming Synod on the Family this week, a private group of bishops and experts convened behind closed doors in Rome to consider the most controversial issues at the synod, particularly support of gay unions and Communion for the divorced and remarried. Pope Francis chaired the May 25-26 meeting of the Ordinary Council of the Synod of Bishops, which is preparing for this October's synod on “the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in contemporary world.”...
  • Can a Sincere Christian be a "Practicing Homosexual"

    05/26/2015 7:08:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 59 replies
    SBM Ministries ^ | 05/26/2015
    Q&A. Christian Apologist Ravi Zacharias responds to an audience's question: Can a Sincere Christian be a "Practicing Homosexual" CLICK ABOVE LINK FOR THE VIDEO OF HIS REPONSE
  • San Francisco Protesters Redefine Catholicism

    05/26/2015 2:30:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | NICHOLAS SENZ
    The dispute between Catholic high school teachers and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone continues. After protests, rallies, and full-page ads printed in metropolitan newspapers, opponents of the seemingly common-sense proposal that Catholic school teachers teach Catholic teaching in Catholic schools have now moved to the time-honored tradition of the “open letter.” Jim McGarry, an organizer of the group Concerned Parents and Students, has written an open letter addressed “to the administrators at the Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese” which was published in the National Catholic Reporter.The letter is dotted with the same language we have seen heretofore: Archbishop...
  • Is the Catholic Church a Force for Good?

    05/25/2015 3:25:43 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 200 replies
    http://www.wordonfire.org ^ | May 25, 2015 | Matt Nelson
    Western civilization is greatly indebted to the Catholic Church. Modern historical studies—such as Dr. Thomas E. Woods' How The Catholic Church Built Western Civilization—have demonstrated with force and clarity that it is the Catholic Church who has been the primary driving force behind the development and progress of the civilized world. The Church has provided innumerable 'goods' for the benefit of humanity. Nonetheless, modern critics assert that no amount of good could outweigh the evil the Church has allegedly committed in contrast. Talk is cheap, however. We must look at the evidence. Has the Church really been an irreconcilable force...
  • Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking are the worst evils of our time.

    05/25/2015 11:55:50 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 24, 2015 | Pope Francis
    La Voz del Pueblo: What are the worst evils that beset the world today? Pope Francis: Poverty, corruption and human trafficking. I can be wrong with the statistics, but what will you tell me if I ask you: When it comes to spending, what thing in the world comes after food, clothing and medicine? The fourth is cosmetics and the fifth are pets. That is serious. Pet care is like love that is somewhat programmed; that is, I can program the loving response of a dog or a little cat, and I do not need to have the experience of...
  • The Aftermath - Ireland lies in ruins, and the laity are not to blame

    05/25/2015 6:13:58 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 53 replies
    http://www.churchmilitant.com ^ | May 24, 2015 | CHRISTINE NILES
    The day after the same-sex marriage referendum revealed an Ireland overwhelmingly in favor of legalized sodomy, the Primate of Ireland, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, said to the press: "I appreciate how gay and lesbian men and women feel on this day. That they feel this is something that is enriching the way they live. I think it is a social revolution." His words echoed that of Leo Varadkar, Ireland's first openly gay Health Minister, who said the referendum was "almost like a social revolution." Shortly before the referendum, Martin had said he wouldn't tell Catholics how to vote. Although...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • Ireland Goes Gay

    05/24/2015 4:20:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 23, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A fellow named Danny Smith posted a street scene of Dublin on Twitter late afternoon on Saturday. In the background was a glimpse of that celestial phenomenon that appears after a storm, at the other end of which, it is said, there's a pot of gold.  "There's a big gay rainbow over Dublin," Smith tweeted. "If that's not Jesus giving the Yes vote I don't know what is." Danny Boy can be forgiven for his hyperbole. Though his Twitter page identifies him as being a resident of Manchester, England, he's joining in the enthusiasm being demonstrated in streets, squares...
  • Rome Celebrates First Gay Civil Unions

    05/23/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    ANSA ^ | 5/21/15
    Twenty couples seal their commitment at City Hall(ANSA) - Rome, May 21 - Rome's brand-new civil unions registry kicked off Thursday as 20 couples - 14 of them gay and six straight - sealed their commitment to one another at City Hall. Actors Michela Andreozzi and Massimiliano Vado were first in line to celebrate their civil union on what center-left Mayor Ignazio Marino has called Celebration Day. Another couple tying the knot are Paola and Stella, both volunteers at Rome's Gay Center who have been together for 31 years. "Today a just, serene, peaceful and egalitarian Italy takes center stage,"...
  • Me, MySelfie, and I

    05/23/2015 6:59:35 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 14 replies
    Pentecostal, The Magazine ^ | May 2015 | Luke Levine
    It begins with a carefully chosen angle and a smartphone tilted somewhere above eye level. Background, lighting, and facial expression are then all considered—perhaps a doe-eyed stare in the restroom mirror or an enthusiastic smile sitting down to your favorite meal. The arm is carefully extended, smartphone in hand, the camera looks you in the face, and snap. Flattering filters soften the colors, fix the blemishes, and blur the outlines. This is the selfie. No true selfie is complete until it is offered up for public consumption via at least one of various available social media outlets. As your...
  • Pope Francis, protagonist of the Ninth International Meeting of the Silos School of Thought

    05/23/2015 2:00:46 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Silos School of Thought, Spain, will dedicate its next two international meetings to the study and dissemination of the thought and action of Pope Francis. It is the ninth encounter of the School which, in collaboration with the UNESCO Chair in Spain, and under the auspices of the Benedictine Abbey of Silos, gathered together figures from the worlds of science and culture in an atmosphere of respectful pluralism and convergence in relation to universal values. In a letter to the Steering Committee of the School, Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, writes: “In the two...
  • Remember when the Boy Scouts said changing their policy wouldn't involve gay scout leaders?

    05/23/2015 1:27:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | May 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Well that was then. Boy Scouts President Robert Gates Calls for End of Ban on Gay Troop Leaders The new policy is coming quicker than you can say Jack Robinson. In effect gay scout leaders are now permitted since Gates says he will not revoke the charter of troops that allow homosexuals leaders.  Any parents who leave their sons in the Boy Scouts are insane. Homosexuals represent about 3% of the population; they commit about thirty percent of child sex abuse. Not every homosexual is an abuser, but those who are look for opportunities to be around children -- especially...
  • Church of England considering a transgender naming ritual, similar to baptism

    05/23/2015 1:12:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | May 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    No, this is not a joke:  The Church of England is to debate plans to introduce a ceremony akin to a baptism to mark the new identities of Christians who undergo gender transition.The Rev Chris Newlands, the vicar of Lancaster Priory, has proposed a motion to the General Synod to debate the issue, after he was approached by a young transgender person seeking to be “re-baptised” in his new identity.The motion, which was passed by Blackburn Diocese last month, calls on the House of Bishops to consider whether it should introduce a new service to mark the milestone in the...
  • CRS (Catholic Relief Services) SMELLS LIKE ROTTEN EGGS

    05/23/2015 11:58:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    American Life League ^ | May 22, 2015 | Judie Brown
    Carolyn Woo is the first woman to be president of Catholic Relief Services and the second lay person to do so. CRS has been in existence since 1943. During World War II, “the Roman Catholic bishops of the United States established CRS to help war-torn Europe and its refugees recover from this great conflict.” While the history of CRS goes on to say that “even today, 70 years later, our mission continues to focus on the poor overseas, using the gospel of Jesus Christ as our mandate,” something is not ringing quite true. RottenDuring a recent interview, Woo noted that,...
  • The ‘Francis effect’ is silencing Catholic bishops, priests, and laity [Catholic Caucus]

    05/23/2015 8:15:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 74 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Fr. Linus Clovis
    Editor’s note: Father Linus Clovis of Saint Lucia gave the following address at the Rome Life Forum on May 9, 2015. May 22, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A crisis is a time of intense difficulty or danger. Medically, it is the turning point of a disease when an important change takes place, indicating either recovery or death. Bishop Athanasius Schneider has identified four great crises in the Church: Arianism, the Western Schism, the Reformation and Modernism. This last, which the Church has been fighting for well over a century, has managed to get a stranglehold on the Church ever since the...
  • Ireland has said 'yes' to gay marriage and 'no' to Catholicism

    05/23/2015 7:35:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05-23-2015 | Tim Stanley
    ...It used to be that Irishness was defined by affection for the Catholic Church and resistance to European liberal trends. So stubborn was this identity that the country took longer than the rest of Western Europe to embrace secularism. But the paedophile revelations of the 1990s rightly rocked faith in the Church as an institution, while a series of recent scandals shook faith in its actual theology. The latter set of outrages were, frankly, distortions of the facts. It was wrongly claimed that a woman had been allowed to die because Catholic doctors would not give her a life saving...
  • Vatican’s eco guru champions Occupy Wall Street thugs

    05/22/2015 6:12:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 22, 2015 | Elizabeth Yore
    He is known as the architect of the UN Millennium Development Goals, and the proponent of the upcoming UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). His new book, entitled, (what else) The Age of Sustainable Development provides the lesson plan for the SDGs implementation. In his various UN roles, Sachs advocates for population control services of abortion, sterilization and all assorted reproductive rights.
  • Triad mother recounts miraculous events surrounding high-risk pregnancy, healing

    05/22/2015 4:16:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic News Herald ^ | May 22, 2015
     GREENSBORO — Donielle Wilde, her husband Keith and their 10 children know what it's like to receive a miracle ‒ well, two miracles, actually. One is a healthy little bundle of joy named Sylvia Hope, delivered via C-section after a harrowing pregnancy which was overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. The other, they say, is a complete healing from that cancer.The Wilde family's ordeal began when Donielle was nine weeks pregnant. When she met with her obstetrician for a routine ultrasound, he noticed a 5-centimeter mass on her ovary that looked suspicious. Donielle underwent surgery to remove the stage IV...
  • "Progressive" Bishops Planning Synod Coup: Secret Meeting in Rome on Monday [Catholic Caucus]

    05/22/2015 4:12:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 22, 2015 | Jean-Marie Guénois
    Jean-Marie Guénois, Religious Affairs correspondent for French daily Le Figaro, has the report (main excerpt below) of a Vatican-II-style Rhineland coup for the October 2015 Synod on the Family: Family Synod: a Very Discreet Meeting of the Reformers in Rome Le Figaro On Monday [May 25], European episcopates will debate the welcoming of remarried divorcees and homosexuals in the Church. The initiative has remained very discreet, indeed secret, but it is important. According to our information, three episcopates -- the German, the Swiss, and the French -- have gotten together in order to organize, behind closed doors, on Monday, May...
  • For the Vatican, Climate Change Leads to ... Abortion?

    05/22/2015 3:46:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Reason.com ^ | May 21, 2015 | Nick Gillespie
    Via Life Site News come some frankly bizarre statements from the Vatican official who put together last month's Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity conference. Two major speakers at the conference were Jeffrey Sachs, widely criticized for the abject failure of his Millennium Villages initiative, and Ban-Ki moon, current secretary general of the United Nations—both of whom are extremely pro-abortion. Which the Catholic Church is not. Stefano Gennarini asks Archbishop Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academies of Science and Social Sciences, whether he knew about the pro-abortion and population control chops of his two big guests and whether that...
  • DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines

    05/22/2015 2:52:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 22, 2015 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    WASHINGTON — A majority of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. According to the archdiocese and Priests for Life, the mandate as it currently applies forces them to be complicit in the provision of contraceptive services, including abortifacient drugs that seriously violate their Catholic beliefs. “We concluded that the regulation challenged in this case does not, as a matter of law or fact, give plaintiffs’ conduct the contraception-facilitating...
  • Syrian Priest Reportedly Kidnapped as ISIS Moves Beyond Palmyra

    05/22/2015 2:22:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A Syrian priest who has worked for the restoration of a monastery and for improved relations between Muslims and Christians in Syria has been kidnapped. ​The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed the news Friday, said Fides news agency. Just a day before he went missing, Father Jacques Mourad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian and pastor of the community in Qaryatayn, wrote an appeal as jihadist forces spread out from the nearby city of Palmyra: "We are currently experiencing a very difficult time because the extremists who call themselves Daech approach our city Qaryatayn after their domination of Palmyra,...
  • ‘Massive confusion’ in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification

    05/21/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 20,2015 | John Jalsevac
    Speaking at the Rome Life Forum earlier this month before a crowd of 300, including Cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell, LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen lamented the communications failures at the Vatican that he said have led to widespread and serious confusion about the Church's teachings. Pointing to the chaos in the wake of last year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, and the ubiquitous misinterpretations of some of Pope Francis' remarks, Westen said, “There is a lack of clarity and communications even from the offices here that require that clarification, so that we can understand what is happening." For decades...
  • Priests Are Bucking Catholic Church Leadership to Support Same-Sex Marriage in Ireland

    05/21/2015 6:24:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 5/20/15 | Sarah Kaplan
    For the Rev. Pádraig Standún, a Catholic priest in western Ireland, voting “yes” is a matter of what’s right. To another Irish priest, the Rev. Iggy O’Donovan, it’s about creating an inclusive state. To the Rev. Martin Dolan, Ireland’s upcoming referendum on same-sex marriage is deeply personal. “I’m gay myself,” he announced to his Dublin congregation in January. It was a surprise ending to Dolan’s homily, in which he urged his congregation to vote “yes” in the referendum. But his parishioners took it in stride — they gave him a standing ovation, according to the Belfast Telegraph. As the Friday...
  • Pope urges prayers for China, persecuted Christians over Pentecost (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 3:43:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | May 20, 2015 | Laura Ieraci
    Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, in this 2007 photo. The community of nuns was founded in the 1930s by Maryknoll. (CNS file/Nancy Wiechec) By Laura Ieraci Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked Catholics worldwide to show solidarity through their prayers for Catholics in China and for persecuted Christians over the Pentecost weekend.The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is observed each year on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, May 24, which this year falls on Pentecost.Catholics in China invoke Mary,...
  • Pope Seen as Too Strict

    05/20/2015 5:23:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Corriere Della Serra ^ | May 20, 2015
    The new Vatican Has support of only 20% of bishops. Enthusiasts, enemies and silent dissenters colour Francis’s fraught relationship with Curia. Bond with ordinary people and harshness with Church hierarchy criticised “There’s depression. Heads are cowed. When he speaks about bishops, this Pope who shows great compassion to everyone else is inclined to use a stick”. On rereading it the following day, the Pope’s address to the opening of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) left a deep impression, provoking some bitter reflections. The address was received as confirmation of severity that has been perceived with pained surprise over the past...
  • Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church?

    05/20/2015 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | 05/19/2015 | JIMMY AKIN
    Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again...Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable. Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canada’s National Post, he says that it was because of the Church’s teaching on homosexuality... [long snip] He says that although the Church’s teaching on homosexuality was the main reason he left, “there’s more than that — some teachings on contraception and on life. There seemed to be an obsession with issues that Jesus never mentioned.” Dude, really? The Gospels are limited documents...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • Equality Law is Destroying Religious Freedom, Says Top Barrister [UK]

    05/20/2015 6:55:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/20/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Neil Addison said that he was surprised by the ruling in the Ashers Bakery case Equality law in Northern Ireland is being used to destroy individual freedom, a leading Catholic barrister has said. Following a legal ruling in Northern Ireland, in which a judge ruled that a bakery run by Christians discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, Neil Addison wrote on his personal blog: “The case will undoubtedly be appealed but what does emerge from it is the complete intolerance of the “equality” industry and the way in which equality...
  • Archbishop Declines to Tell Catholics How to Vote in Referendum

    05/20/2015 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 5/20/15 | Patsy McGarry
    Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marriage referendum. It was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”, a spokeswoman said, while he stressed “that people should be informed”. Responding to a query from The Irish Times as to the position of Catholics who may in conscience vote Yes on Friday, she said: “Archbishop Martin has publicly stated how he intends to vote and why. “It is not his policy, however,...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • Bill Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Submitted to State Duma

    05/19/2015 5:00:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/15
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs...
  • Romanian Orthodox Church urges Parliament to reject gay civil unions

    05/18/2015 7:04:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    NineOclock ^ | 05-18-2015 | NineOclock
    The Romanian Patriarchate is calling on the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body in this case, to “once again reject” the legislative proposal on the regulation of the civil partnership, since this represents “an attack on the enduring value of the family and the identity thereof.” The Romanian Patriarchate took this stance amid third-time attempts in recent years “to regulate the civil partnership, a bill which was every time massively rejected in Parliament.” According to the cited source, “ever since the oldest times, the Romanian people have cultivated the legacy of utmost respect towards the family, called the Church at...
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denomination’s top official. “The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world,” an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. “Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...