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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • What’s Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...
  • Salon.com proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism

    01/27/2015 2:14:48 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 27, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Andrew Juodawlkis prays the rosary with fellow members of Students for Life of Michigan outside the Supreme Court during the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Tens of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd ann iversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) The Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, who first penned a version of those words in a note to a friend on November 4, 1897, Salon readers were recently...
  • Pope Trannie Is Satan's Tool

    01/27/2015 1:34:47 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 18 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 270115 | Mundabor
    There is a reason why I keep calling the Bishop of Rome TMAHICH, The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History. The reason is that the double-tongued falseness of this man simply defies imagination. We see evidence of this all the time. “Rabbitgate” is just a few days old, and it now turns out Francis has reached a new depth in his constant encouragement and promotion of sexual perversion. The events unfolded as follows: 1) A Trannie writes to the Pope and complains about his “discrimination” because hey, his fellow Catholics and (the horror!) his own priest just do not want...
  • Why The Prosperity Gospel Is The Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

    01/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 95 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 01/27/2015 | Nicholas McDonald, Associate Pastor at Carlisle Congregational Church
    I have a confession.  When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense. The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white...
  • Archbp. Cordileone to Nancy Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion

    01/27/2015 10:02:53 AM PST · by NYer · 47 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Abortion Absolutist Democrat Canon 915!From CNS: SF Archbishop on Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion(CNSNews.com) – Responding to statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy [the Theologian] Pelosi [more HERE] — who would not say at her press briefing last week if a 20-week-old unborn child is a “human being”–Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that it is a “scientific fact that human life begins at conception” and that “no Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from Church teaching on the sanctity of life.[…]CNSNews.com asked Archbishop Cordileone about Pelosi’s comments on human life, particularly in...
  • Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

    01/27/2015 9:51:24 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/2015 | Sonya Dowsett
    MADRID (Reuters) - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself.
  • Cardinal Baldisseri furthers post-Synod confusion

    01/27/2015 9:31:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    ROME, 25 January 2015: Comments made by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri have further undermined Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage says Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-family groups. An international conference, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family from 22-24 January, was addressed by Cardinal Baldisseri, organiser of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The expressed purpose of the conference was to provide opportunity for around 80 lay groups to assist the PCF provide input into the synod to be held in October 2015. Baldisseri defended the right of Walter Cardinal Kasper to assert that divorced...
  • Francis welcomes in private audience same-sex "couple": transexual "former woman" and "wife"

    01/26/2015 6:13:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 57 replies
    Rorate Cael ^ | 1/26/15 | New Catholic
    Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of "Diego" Neria Lejárraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her "wife". Excerpts: The Blessed Encounter between Francis and Diego The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery ... "I would have never dared before, but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me." Diego Neria Lejárraga is a 48-yearold native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24]...
  • Minister leaves Church of Scotland over Kirk's 'unbiblical decisions'

    01/26/2015 3:38:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    heraldscotland.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | staff
    An Inverness minister has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland over a series of "unbiblical" decisions by the Kirk. Rev Andrew McMillan, 38, will depart Dalneigh and Bona at the end of February and plans to establish a new church in the west of Inverness with the Free Church. The former Royal Marine said the Kirk is setting itself on a "fatal course" with a series of "unbiblical" decisions, including proposals to change religious observance rules in state schools, and criticised its divided stance on assisted suicide. It is understood Rev Andrew McMillan will become the eleventh former...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/26/2015 3:30:01 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/24/15 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery.
  • Christian Blogger Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post About Leggings

    01/26/2015 3:20:42 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 52 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/26/15 | Benge Nsenduluka
    Full title: Christian Blogger Veronica Partridge Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post Claiming Leggings Tempt Men Draws Criticism A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan. Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral. "I've had a lot of both positive and negative...
  • Pope reportedly holds private audience with transgender man (Salon)

    01/26/2015 2:25:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/26/15 | Luke Brinker
    Pope Francis met privately with a Spanish transgender man this weekend, according to new report featured in the Washington Blade. Diego Neria Lejárraga told the Spanish newspaper Hoy that he and his fiancée met with the pontiff at his official Vatican residence on Saturday, in what would mark the first meeting of a pope with a transgender person.
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 80 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Patriarch Seeks Abortion Ban in Russia in Parliament Speech

    01/26/2015 12:23:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Mag ^ | 1/23/15
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called upon MPs to begin a campaign against abortions, starting with canceling state sponsorship for the procedure and aiming at a total nationwide ban. “If we manage to cut the number of abortions by 50 percent we would have stable and powerful population growth,” Patriarch Kirill said, speaking before the Lower House on Thursday. This was the first ever speech of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before the State Duma. “The argument that a ban would cause an increase in the number of underground abortions is pure nonsense. People have...
  • Christianity’s Human Sacrifice Problem: If God called upon you to wipe out a village ...

    01/26/2015 7:58:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Does Christianity call for human sacrifice?When you put the question like that, the instinctive response of any given Christian would tend toward a resounding “no.” After all, human sacrifice is a barbaric act which no rational person could condone. We believers like to regard ourselves as rational.Yet, a cursory examination of popular Christian doctrine suggests that human sacrifice – to one degree or another – stands as a central tenet of the faith. In his book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, author Craig Biddle cites “religionists” – including many prominent Christian theologians –...
  • “Rabbitgate”: Video Witness Shames The Pope

    01/25/2015 4:42:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Muddabor's Blog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mundabor
    He (Francis) has backpedaled, I know. He has backpedaled in pretty much as much of a clear and unmistakeable way as can be normally expected by a Pope. But there is no doubt in my mind that this backpedaling is not the fruit of him realising that he has inadvertently expressed himself in, say, an unlucky way. On the contrary: he says very clearly what he means, and his body language makes the point all the way. The backpedaling is therefore, without the shadow of a doubt, an exercise in damage control meant to distract the faithful from what the...
  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Church’s teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancé, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”: “Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • The Miracle Mile

    01/25/2015 12:06:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Love Worth Finding ^ | unknown | Adrian Rogers
    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth... (snip) Jesus calls us to not only do what is required, but to go the extra mile. How can a Christian learn the joy of the selfless, Christ-filled life in such a selfish world? Christ calls us not to merely go one mile, but to go that extra mile ─ that miracle mile, the one that causes our lives to change. The Principle of the Miracle Mile When Christ said these words, Palestine had been occupied by Rome for about one...
  • Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

    01/25/2015 6:27:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Guardian of the Grotto ^ | 1/23/15 | Michael Bradley
    Notre Dame's acceptance of the same-sex marriage movement's rhetorical paradigm has made our nation's flagship Catholic institution impotent. Yet there is an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to model ways to promote the good amid the crumbling ruins of institutional integrity.When I entered the University of Notre Dame in August of 2010, same-sex marriage was an invisible issue. Three weeks ago, the university announced that it had decided to extend employment benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The university did so willingly and without coercion of civil law. Notre Dame's president has even hailed the decision as one that...
  • Good Sunday Morning

    01/25/2015 4:43:38 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    various authors ^ | January 25, 2015 | knarf various
    Background for getting ready for church
  • ERLC, Focus unveil 2016 Evangelicals for Life

    01/24/2015 7:31:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    bpnews.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Tom Strode,
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists' ethics entity and a leading pro-family organization took a public, first step Thursday (Jan. 22) in mobilizing extensive evangelical Christian involvement in the annual March for Life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family introduced Evangelicals for Life -- a major evangelical, pro-life conference in conjunction with the 2016 March for Life -- at an event by the same name that preceded this year's march. At the morning session, the ERLC and Focus on the Family announced they will sponsor with other organizations the first-of-its-kind event next Jan. 21-22 in...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Belgian Bishop Distances Himself from Gay Rights Award

    01/24/2015 12:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 1/19/15 | AFP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to “respect” divorced people and homosexuals. Bishop Johan Bonny of the city of Antwerp said he wished to “preserve his independence” and did not need to be honored for a stance he considered part of his “mission and responsibility,” Belgian news agency Belga reported Sunday. Flemish gay rights umbrella group Cavaria had bestowed an award on Bonny over an open letter he published ahead of a major synod on family issues hosted by Pope Francis...
  • The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

    01/24/2015 10:14:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 01/24/2015 | VALERIE TARICO,
    Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good. I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexico’s three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Sánchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first “window of opportunity” in years to end late-term abortions in the state. “For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governor’s desk,” Sánchez said. “We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. “It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine,” said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. “I got a call from a...
  • Methodist Head of “Human Rights” Mocks Prolife Marchers

    01/23/2015 1:11:15 PM PST · by Morgana · 43 replies
    firstthings.com ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.” TWEET ON LINK Here’s a thought. A great proportion of the pro-life marchers are young people. They are volunteers, unpaid and untrained. Mefford, on the other hand, is a grown man, one whose actual job is to represent Christians in the...
  • Rabbits and NFP

    01/23/2015 10:57:36 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 67 replies
    Faith, Reason and Health blog ^ | 01/23/15 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Friday, January 23, 2015 Rabbits and NFP My wife and and I taught NFP for ten years. We heard all the jokes (i.e., half truths and outright lies) about NFP, typified by this perennial favorite: "What do you call couples who use NPF? 'Parents.'" We heard the continual disparagement about "breeding like rabbits." We had couples who walked out of our class after my presentation on the necessity of having "grave reason" for recourse to NFP. We also had couples who, after hearing the Church's teaching on the necessity of having "grave reason" for having recourse NFP, realized they had...
  • Cardinal Marx on Francis, the Synod, Women in the Church and Gay Relationships

    01/23/2015 10:44:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    America Magazine ^ | January 22, 2015 | Luke Hansen S.J.
    It is very important that the synod does not have the spirit of “all or nothing.” It is not a good way. The synod cannot have winners and losers. That is not the spirit of the synod. The spirit of the synod is to find a way together, not to say, “How can I find a way to bring my position through?” Rather: “How can I understand the other position, and how can we together find a new position?” That is the spirit of the synod.
  • About those “catholic-rabbits” criticized by the Pope

    01/23/2015 10:35:37 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fratres in Unum.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Patricia Medina
    I have been blessed with six children. Children I had by six C-sections. My C-sections were never because of convenience or fear of labor pains. Quite the contrary. I have always wanted to give birth naturally, but my firstborn went into fetal distress after 13 hours of labor. Meconium[1] and blood made his birth a medical emergency and the C-section inevitable to save his life. Thank God I gave birth in a time when the C-section is an option. Some decades before, and me and my boy would both be dead. Even though he had a very low initial APGAR[2],...
  • The ELCA and Abortion

    01/23/2015 10:13:29 AM PST · by rhema · 37 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | 1/21/15 | JoAnna Wahlund
    A while ago, I read a blog post over at First Things that was a blast from my past. The author, a Lutheran pastor, recently left the ELCA to become a member of the newly-formed North American Lutheran Church (NALC). He said, “My real disaffection with the ELCA didn’t start with sex. It began in earnest over the ELCA abortion statement and the subsequent decision by the national council to treat elective abortion for pastors and dependents as a reimbursable medical expense under the church health plan.” It was this exact issue that was my first step on the path...
  • Are we really pro-LIFE?

    01/23/2015 9:51:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    religionnews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    I will never forget the first ultrasound of my unborn child. Expecting an idle smudge on a grainy screen, my wife and I were greeted by a hyperactive baby, all four flailing limbs foiling the doctor’s attempt at accurate measurement. Our child was beautiful, and very much alive. This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and across the country pro-lifers gather to profess the humanity of unborn children. However, as Brennan Manning noted in The Ragamuffin Gospel, “the danger of the pro-life position… is that it can be frighteningly selective.” Recent events provide repeated and disturbing evidence...
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to ‘Hitler Youth’ indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.” "She said yes,...
  • METHODIST HEAD OF “HUMAN RIGHTS” MOCKS PROLIFE MARCHERS

    01/23/2015 7:00:20 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 39 replies
    First Things ^ | 1 . 23 . 15 | Matthew Schmitz
    The “Director of Civil and Human Rights” for the United Methodist Church, Bill Mefford, posted a picture to Twitter yesterday mocking the pro-life marchers. Mefford, who works for the Church’s lobby arm, the General Board of Church and Society, ridiculed the marchers by posting a picture of himself standing before them with a sign saying “I march for sandwiches.”[...]
  • FEELING DEVASTATED BY WHAT POPE FRANCIS SAYS? TRY THESE 3 HELPFUL KEYS

    01/23/2015 6:35:46 AM PST · by NYer · 115 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 22, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane.The reactions have been visceral at times. For instance, what the Pope said in support of Humanae Vitae caused one feminist commentator at Crux News to declare she was “devastated“.My first reaction to reading the Pope’s comments on free speech and Islam was to throw my hands up in the air and declare...
  • Postabortion Man Calls for Churches to Recognize Abortion Grief

    01/22/2015 8:35:43 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    Clinicquotes.com ^ | December 19, 2012 | Sarah Terzo
    “Research indicates that by age 40 one in four women have had an abortion and the fact is that many of them are sitting in our church pews broken and silent. It is my position that the same can be said of the men. What about the post-abortive father’s guilt, anger and emotional scars? Many of these fathers are as hurt as the mothers. It’s time for the church to open its eyes as well as it’s hearts and arms to these wounded men. They need assistance to break their chains of secrecy, seek godly professional counsel and find true...
  • WE SHALL NOT WEARY, WE SHALL NOT REST (March for Life)

    01/22/2015 2:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard John Neuhaus
    The following address—which Robert P. George has called “the greatest pro-life speech ever given”—was delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee. Once again this year, the National Right to Life convention is partly a reunion of veterans from battles past and partly a youth rally of those recruited for the battles to come. And that is just what it should be. The pro-life movement that began in the twentieth century laid the foundation for the pro-life movement of the twenty-first century. We have been at this a long time,...
  • What It Means to Be Evangelical

    01/22/2015 12:51:45 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    RealClearReligion ^ | 01/22/2015 | Rob Schwarzwalder
    A number of thoughtful Evangelical commentators (captured here by my brave and faithful friend Owen Strachan) have responded pointedly to Elizabeth Dias's Time story, "Inside the Evangelical Fight Over Gay Marriage." They have demonstrated logically, theologically and philosophically why the movement to abandon Scripture's teaching on human sexuality in order to accommodate supposedly Evangelical advocates of normalizing same-sex "marriage" and attraction is an offense to God and the Gospel.At the Family Research Council, we have joined them in addressing the concerns of younger Evangelicals regarding homosexuality, in recognizing the uniqueness of male-female complementarity and in celebrating God's plan for sexual intimacy...
  • ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000...

    01/22/2015 11:46:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFESITENEWS.COM ^ | Jan 22, 2015 | Pete Baklinski and Lisa Bourne
    FULL TITLE: ‘Glamorization of promiscuity’ must end before abortion can, Cardinal O’Malley tells 11,000 at March for Life vigil Abortion will not end until the “glamorization of promiscuity” is reversed, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley told an overflow crowd of over 11,000 pro-life pilgrims attending the National Prayer Vigil for Life at the Capitol’s Catholic Basilica Wednesday evening. “People who favor legal abortion claim they want to reduce the number of abortions. One of the logical ways to reduce the number of abortions would be to discourage the promiscuous behavior that is rampant in our culture,” he said in his homily...
  • “I Regret My Abortion”: Heartbreaking Stories from Women Who Are Silent No More

    01/22/2015 9:16:41 AM PST · by millegan · 5 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    There have been more than 53 million abortions since Roe v. Wade in 1973. And it is estimated that by the age of 45, 30% of U.S. women will have had at least one abortion. That’s a lot of women who have had abortions. That’s a lot of women who need healing.
  • Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness...A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time

    01/22/2015 7:08:12 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many Have Reduced Love to Kindness, and Kindness to Mere Affirmation – A Further Reflection on the Moral Troubles of our Time By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn yesterday’s post, there was a critique of a flawed moral perspective that sets up a false dichotomy between mercy  and moral teaching, and between love and the law. As noted yesterday, well-ordered love and mercy must be rooted in truth. The greatest mercy is to keep people out of Hell and to save them from all the suffering that comes from sin.Jesus exhibits this in His person, for He who is love insists on moral...
  • Cardinal Urges Pro-Life Movement to be ‘a Field Hospital, not Judge Judy’

    01/22/2015 6:12:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/22/15 | Mark Greaves
    Pro-lifers must overcome indifference with love, says Cardinal O'Malley at March for Life vigilCardinal Seán O’Malley has said that indifference is the “greatest enemy” of the pro-life movement, adding that “to change people’s hearts we must love them”. The cardinal was speaking at the March for Life vigil Mass at the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC. He cited Pope Francis’s words at Lampedusa about the “globalisation of indifference”, and added that the pro-life movement was “about overcoming that indifference, indifference to the suffering of a woman in a difficult pregnancy, indifference to the voiceless child who is...
  • A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate”

    01/21/2015 6:40:28 AM PST · by Salvation · 27 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Lowly Pastor Comments on Troubling Developments in the “Divorce Debate” By: Msgr. Charles PopeIt is sadly evident that the Church is currently divided into two camps over the question of divorce and remarriage, this in the aftermath (confusion) of the recent synod in Rome and in the rampup to the synod this coming October. Please pray a lot!If you read the blog here often, you know that I am strongly opposed to any notions that would seek to set aside what I regard as the ipsissima verba Jesu (the very words of Jesus) in this matter, words that are,...
  • Pope Pius XII on Large Catholic Families

    01/20/2015 6:18:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | January 19, 2015 | Brian Wiliams
    Below is an excerpt from an address given by Pope Pius XII to the Directors of the Associations for Large Families of Rome and Italy in January 20, 1958, the nineteenth (and final) year of his papacy. Throughout the address the Holy Father eloquently speaks of the joy, sacrifice and generosity so prevalent amongst those families who God has abundantly blessed with the gift of children. “Large families are the most splendid flower-beds in the garden of the Church; happiness flowers in them and sanctity ripens in favorable soil. Every family group, even the smallest, was meant by God to...
  • Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila

    01/20/2015 5:47:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Full Transcript of Pope's Press Conference on Flight from Manila In a wide-ranging press conference, on the flight from Manila to Rome, Pope Francis spoke about corruption in Governments and the Church, the need for prudence with freedom of expression, why he didn’t meet the Dalai Lama recently and the Church’s position on birth control. He talked too about the trips he intends to make to three cities in the USA, and—though plans are not yet finalized—to three Latin American countries (Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay) and two African countries (Uganda and the Central African Republic) this year, and his hope...
  • Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children

    01/19/2015 5:25:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 101 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter | January 19, 2015 | Joshua L. McElwee
    Pope Francis has obliquely but sharply criticized how financially stable nations lend aid to developing countries, saying they sometimes require concessions that strike echoes of 20th century dictatorships. The pontiff has also made what appears to be an unprecedented statement that Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children, while reaffirming Pope Paul VI’s ban on artificial means of birth control. Francis’ statement about development aid was a clarification of an earlier warning against what he called an "ideological colonization" of family life, made during a meeting with families in the Philippines last week. Speaking...
  • Pope: Catholics Don't Have to Breed 'Like Rabbits'

    01/19/2015 5:12:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2015
    >>No, he said, Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible. << >>Francis said he would have loved to have entered the U.S. via the Mexican border, saying it would have been a "beautiful thing, as a sign of brotherhood and of help to the immigrants."<< >>"But you know that going to Mexico without going to visit the Madonna (of Guadalupe) would be a drama. A war could break out!" he said, laughing. He said a Mexico visit would come in the future.<<