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  • High Court in Northern Ireland Rules Abortion Law Illegal

    11/30/2015 6:14:28 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/15 | Staff Reporter
    Landmark ruling will liberalise abortion law in provinceThe High Court in Belfast has ruled that Northern Ireland's abortion legislation is in breach of human rights laws. In a landmark ruling the court has declared that abortion should be available in the case of foetal abnormality and rape. The 1967 Abortion Act does not currently apply in the province, where abortion is only permitted where the mother's life is in danger.
  • German Bishops’ Conference Says Church in Africa Growing Only Because of Ignorance and Poverty

    11/29/2015 7:06:15 PM PST · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Stream ^ | November 28, 2015 | First Things
    Björn Odendahl, an editor at Katholisch.de, writes the following in the course of commenting on the Pope’s plans for Africa in a piece entitled “The Romantic, Poor Church”: So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions(of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result...
  • The Voice of Miss America? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 3:29:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | November 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    Heard any good jokes lately? I saw one online this morning. It's an oldie but goodie; a real side splitter. The Holy See is reporting Pope Francis' diplomatic voyage to Kenya as ... get this: an Apostolic Journey. It's dark humor to be sure, but downright hilarious just the same. The sad thing is, however, the people reporting it seem to be serious.
  • A Call to Terminate Papal Trips: A noisy, expensive counterfeit of Papal Duty [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 2:37:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/27/15 | John Vennari
    In 1761, speaking of the primary duty of the Pope, Clement XIII wrote, “In the Lord’s field, for the tending of which Divine Providence placed us as overseer, there is nothing which demands as much vigilant care and unremitting labor in its cultivation than guarding the good seed of Catholic teaching which the Apostles received from Jesus Christ and handed on to Us. If in laziness this is neglected, the enemy of the human race will sow weeds while the workers sleep.”[1] Likewise Pope St. Pius X, the greatest Pope of modern times, noted that one of the “primary obligations...
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • During the Nativity Fast [Devotional]

    11/28/2015 3:53:39 PM PST · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | December 2013 | Archpriest Victor Potapov
    Photo: A.Pospelov / Pravoslavie.ru The Nativity Fast continues... The Fast is a time of cleansing the soul and body. It is considered, and quite rightly so, that for a Christian cleansing is necessary not only for its own sake, in general, but also so that one might worthily commune of the Holy Gifts of Christ. Therefore, people are right in saying that the Fast exists so that during the Fast one may become “worthy” to receive Communion. That is true because fasting, abstinence, and asceticism are good means toward repentance. This is something that should be emphasized: fasting...
  • [In Africa] Pope Francis Condemns Abortion: “Resist Practices That Threaten the Innocent Unborn”

    11/28/2015 3:52:57 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 39 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | Nov 27, 2015 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pope Francis encouraged Catholics in Africa to reject abortion and treat children as a blessing on Thursday in Kenya. "We are also called to resist practices which foster arrogance in men, hurt or demean women, and threaten the life of the innocent unborn," the pontiff said during a Mass at the University of Nairobi, Kenya, according to the BBC. He encouraged young people to stand up for the sanctity of every human life by shaping "a society which is ever more just, inclusive and respectful of human dignity." He added that they "should reject everything that leads to prejudice...
  • 4th Forum on “The Sanctity of Motherhood” opens in Kazan

    11/28/2015 3:43:27 PM PST · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 11-27-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    On 26 November 2015, the 4th Forum held within the framework of the All-Russian Programme “The Sanctity of Motherhood” began its work in the capital of Tatarstan. This year the meeting, organized by St Andrew the First-Called Foundation and the Centre of National Glory, focuses on the Centuries-Old Family Traditions as the Foundation of Russia’s Future.” The meeting has brought together over seven hundred delegates from Russia and other countries, representing the governmental authorities, research centres, higher education institutions, public and religious organizations, and youth groups. Among those who took part in the meeting were Metropolitan Feofan of Kazan and...
  • Pope Francis to German Bishops: Your Church is a mess! Fix it and … GO TO CONFESSION!

    11/27/2015 5:46:09 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    Fr. Z ^ | 20 November 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The German bishops are making their ad limina visit. Every few years diocesan bishops have to go to Rome to meet with offices of the Roman Curia and, usually, the Pope. Pope Francis gave an address to the German bishops that was clear, coherent, well-crafted and, in many respects, stinging. He painted a dire portrait of the Church in Germany. At one point he said: One notes in particular in traditionally Catholic regions a very strong decline in participation at Sunday Mass, not to mention the sacramental life. Where in the 1960's everywhere just about all the faithful still participated...
  • Christian 'naturism' advocate appointed (Anglican) Bishop of Sherborne

    11/27/2015 2:05:49 PM PST · by Loyalist · 10 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | November 27, 2015 | George Conger
    The Church of England has appointed as Bishop of Sherborne a leading advocate of Christian nudism. On 26 Nov 2015 the Prime Minister’s Office announced the The Queen had approved the nomination of the Ven Karen Gorham, the Archdeacon of Buckingham, to the Suffragan See of Sherborne in the diocese of Salisbury in succession to the Rt Rev. Graham Kings. Archdeacon Gorham was educated at the University of Bristol and trained for the ministry at Trinity College, Bristol. She served her title at Northallerton with Kirby Sigston in the diocese of York from 1995 to 1999 and went on to...
  • Leading Pastor Endorses Ted Cruz

    11/25/2015 6:07:04 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    Charisma News ^ | November 25, 2015 | Bob Eschliman
    Republican presidential candidate U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz has made a point of seeking the support of conservative Christians this election cycle. In Iowa, the first state in the presidential primary process, he has the support of dozens of pastors who hail from each of the state's 99 counties. But, he has the same kind of support in each of the early-voting states. "I am excited by the growing number of endorsements we are receiving from pastors," Cruz said recently. Tuesday, his campaign announced a major endorsement that may affect his standing in the biggest primary event that follows the "first...
  • Ted Cruz makes his move

    11/25/2015 9:32:37 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | November 25, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk
    The religious right may be yesterday’s news, but its signal accomplishment, the white evangelical voting bloc, remains the Republican Party’s most important constituency. And it’s moving toward Ted Cruz. The latest numbers from Iowa show Cruz neck and neck with Donald Trump thanks to evangelical support. According to Quinnipiac, it’s now Trump at 25 percent, Cruz at 23 percent, and Ben Carson slipping to 18 percent among all likely Republican caucus-goers. White evangelicals, who make up 60 percent of them, now favor Cruz over Carson, 27 percent to 24 percent, with Trump at 20 percent. And as white evangelicals in...
  • Ben Carson Won’t Apologize to Terri Schiavo’s Family After “Much Ado About Nothing” Quip

    11/24/2015 10:36:47 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | November 24, 2015 | STEVEN ERTELT
    Pro-life Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson won’t meet with or apologize to Bobby Schindler, Terri Schiavo’s brother, about comments Carson made concerning the legislation Congress passed to help Terri Schiavo’s family try to save her life. As LifeNews reported, Carson thinks the federal and state governments overreached when they attempted to protect Terri Schiavo from a painful 14-day starvation and dehydration death. Despite the best efforts of pro-life lawmakers in Congress and the Florida state legislature, where lawmakers approved pro-life laws to allow Terri’s family to take their case to federal courts and to allow then-Governor Jeb Bush to try...
  • Will the Poor Really Always Be With Us?

    11/23/2015 2:27:02 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 23, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    “Those who want to eradicate poverty make the Son of God a liar. They are mistaken and lying.”  ∼ Robert Cardinal Sarah“The economic problem … has been solved already: we know how to provide enough and do not require any hostile, inhuman, aggressive technologies to do so. There is no economic problem and, in a sense, there never has been.”  ∼ E. F. SchumacherI.In Chapter 19 of Luke, we have the account of one Zacchaeus, a wealthy tax-collector in Jericho. As he seems to have been short in stature, he climbs a sycamore tree in order to see Jesus who was...
  • Why Some Churches Choose to Die

    11/22/2015 4:17:13 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/22/2015 | Thom S. Rainer
    The conversation surprised me. I was recently meeting with about a dozen members of a church that was on the precipice of closing. During their perceived "good old days," the average worship attendance was in the 40s and 50s. Now the church attendance was in the teens. The church was on metaphorical life support. I shared with them some items of urgency that might give them some glimmer of hope. So I was surprised when one of the members asked me a question that seemed to come from nowhere: "Will we have to sing from screens instead of hymnals?" she...
  • I went to church with Ted Cruz. He is building an army of young Christian voters in Iowa

    11/22/2015 3:29:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Salon ^ | November 20, 2015 | Robert Leonard
    These Iowa voters buy into Fox News war on Christmas, and love Ted Cruz's patriotic, end-times rhetoric. Look out.One of the more endearing customs of many of our small town Iowa churches on Sunday morning is story time. The pastor welcomes elementary and pre-school aged kids up front, where he or she sits with the children, and shares a parable. Often the pastor sits down on the steps leading up to the altar, and the children will sit, cross legged at the pastor’s feet. Always the pastor picks a good story, something about the importance of friendship, kindness, sharing, telling...
  • Islamic Refugee Crisis: Good Samaritan or Maccabean Response? Or both

    11/21/2015 3:08:04 PM PST · by SweetAkitoRose · 8 replies
    blog ^ | November 20, 2015 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    This article is politically incorrect and says things that might shock you. Please read the entire article until the very last two paragraphs before making a judgment or writing incendiary comments. This might be one of the clearest things you’ve read on the topic, because it draws on virtue ethics of Thomas Aquinas – something generally ignored in our day and age. – Godspeed, Taylor Marshall
  • US Bishops Conference Betrays Catholic Church (Cafeteria Catholics Not Happy) {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    11/20/2015 6:26:27 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com ^ | November 20, 2015 | Marianne T. Duddy-Burke
    As the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) concludes its annual meeting this week, it reveals itself as grossly out of touch with both grassroots Catholicism and with Pope Francis. While there were certainly some who objected, the strong majority of US Bishops set forth an agenda that has little to do with the Gospel of Jesus, is opposed by the majority of US Catholics, and will squander Church resources, even as parishes, schools, and service programs continue to be shuttered due to decimated diocesan budgets. USCCB members voted 210-21 (with a handful of abstentions) to promote a Voters' Guide...
  • The Old Testament: Was Israel Commanded to Commit Genocide?

    11/20/2015 1:24:30 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    CRI ^ | By: Paul Copan and Matthew Flannagan
    Have you ever been in a discussion with a skeptic about God and morality? Perhaps you've admirably made the case that God's good character is the basis for human dignity and worth. Maybe you've shown how objective moral values and duties can't be explained naturalistically. Then someone takes the wind out of your sails by asking, "Well, if God is so good, why would He command Israel to engage in ethnic cleansing and genocidal warfare against the Canaanites? After all, doesn't Deuteronomy 20:16-17 plainly state this? 'Only in the cities of these peoples that the Lord your God is giving...
  • This Week's Torah Portion: Why Did Rachel Fool Jacob Into Marrying Her Sister?

    11/20/2015 8:34:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY AVNER ZARMI
    Dëvar Torah – Parashath Va-Yétzé' (Genesis XXVII, 10 -- XXXII, 3)Our parasha tells the story of Ya'aqov's ("Jacob's") sojourn with his uncle and father-in-law, Lavan. As we read at the end of last week's parasha (XXVII, 42 -- XXVIII, 9), Rivqa ("Rebecca") persuaded Ya'aqov to flee to her brother in Charan both to escape from the wrath of his brother 'Esav and to find himself a proper wife. Just as Avraham had opposed the marriage of Yitzchaq to any daughter of the depraved Canaanites (XXIV, 3), so too did Rivqa consider any such prospect repugnant.When Ya'aqov arrived in Charan,...
  • What Would the Buddha Say About the Paris Attacks?

    11/20/2015 8:30:09 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 11/20/2015 | BY CHARLIE MARTIN
    Directly after the Paris attacks, the usual suspects posted a famous quotation from the Dhammapada: In this world Hate never yet dispelled hate. Only love dispels hate. This is the law, Ancient and inexhaustible. This is a legitimate quote -- or as legitimate as any quote from the Buddha. (Although it's kind of a horrible translation. What the Pali verse really says is more like "hate can't be dispelled with more hate, it can only be dispelled by ceasing to hate.") It's usually quoted, however, by man-bun Buddhists who think of Buddhism as Upper West Side liberal pacifism with incense...
  • Islam, Terrorism, and Denial

    11/20/2015 4:58:08 AM PST · by DWW1990 · 3 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/19/15 | Michael Brown
    According to Middle Eastern scholar Daniel Pipes, since 9/11, there have been "27,000 attacks globally connected to Islam," many of which have involved Muslims killing Muslims. This number certainly dwarfs all other terrorist attacks worldwide by non-Islamic groups, reinforcing the simple message of my tweet.
  • Inter Communion with Lutherans? A Convert Comments

    11/19/2015 1:55:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 18, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    It is the same with Lutherans and Anglicans. They might have a high liturgy and a more sacramental view of the Lord’s presence than a Baptist, but the 39 Articles of Religion–the Anglican statement of belief (which has never been scrapped) specifically denies transubstantiation. The Lutheran Formula of Concord also denies transubstantiation. The Lutherans and Anglicans believe “The Lord is present” but not as Catholics do, and although individual Lutherans and Anglicans may have a Catholic understanding we can’t decide policy and behaviors according to each individual’s theological opinion. It is very nice of the Holy Father to be kind...
  • The Left’s Dishonest Biblical Argument for Taking in Syrian Refugees

    11/19/2015 7:09:32 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/19/2015 | David French
    Is Jesus telling America to open its borders? To read the secular and religious Left --and to hear President Obama speak --you'd think that American Christians who argue against welcoming Syrian migrants to our shores are hateful, bigoted hypocrites ignoring clear scriptural imperatives of openness and compassion. In reality, however, Christians who urge that we care for Syrian refugees abroad rather than here at home are responding wisely to national leaders who've failed in their own God-ordained duties. We can be compassionate from afar, and we'd be wise to do so. But don't tell that to the Left. Writing...
  • Overrated Synod. Before All Else in the Church There Is a Crisis of Faith

    11/19/2015 4:25:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Chiesa Online ^ | 11/19/15 | Sandro Magister
    This is what African cardinal Robert Sarah maintains in his book "God or Nothing" and in the discussion that has followed. An exclusive preview of his remarks in the next issue of "L'Homme Nouveau" ROME, November 19, 2015 - In the four jam-packed pages of the dossier that the French Catholic magazine "L'Homme Nouveau" is about to publish in its next issue, the word "synod" does not occur even once. Much less does one find cited there the "Relatio finalis" that the synod fathers have delivered to the pope. And yet the topics addressed in the dossier include the most...
  • New Chasuble for the Year of Mercy [Catholic-Orthodox Caucus]

    11/18/2015 1:07:13 PM PST · by NRx · 4 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11-17-2015 | Tancred
    I am not posting the image. Someone else will I'm sure.
  • Pope Bergoglio in Florence, With the People Against the Structures

    11/17/2015 8:26:57 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Chiesa News ^ | November 13, 2015 | Pietro De Marco
    In the address of Pope Francis to participants at the national ecclesial conference of last November 10, in the cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence, we find three features of his communication strategy: the theological-spiritual, the intra-ecclesiastical, and the explicit, prescriptive pastoral focus. The pope duly covered all three, amid repeated applause, interesting for its different intensity depending on the different tone and content of the talk. I will permit myself to observe, because it is not extraneous to what I will say, that the pope could have avoided rather than invited the applause, which in its way...
  • Visit of Cardinal Burke [Catholic Caucus]

    11/17/2015 8:09:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LMS Chairman ^ | November 16, 2015 | Joseph Shaw
    We had a wonderful weekend with Cardinal Burke. I don't have time to blog about it now, and I won't have time tomorrow, but I will do so thereafter. As well as liturgies and public speaking, His Eminence granted an interview with Mass of Ages, the LMS Magazine. As a tiny taster, when asked what Catholics should do when confronted with bad teaching, he said: I think Catholics should simply say that "I cannot accept this teaching as it goes against what the Church has always taught and practiced." I don't think that Catholics should permit themselves to be driven...
  • Death or Incapacitation of Pope Francis: Soon

    11/17/2015 8:44:25 AM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Arise! Let us be going! ^ | November 16, 2015 | Father George David Byers
    AN OPEN LETTER TO POPE FRANCIS Most Holy Father, Bishop of Rome, Francis: I note your overture to a Lutheran woman at the Lutheran church on Via Sicilia in Rome on 15 November 2015, the one who asked about intercommunion (starting minute 21.00 on the Vatican YouTube video). I had to wonder before if your recent interview with Eugenio Scalfari was correctly reported. I now have no doubt. With due respect to your person and your office, I ask you not to make this kind of thing part of what you want to publish about the Synod with the authority...
  • Reverend Jeremiah Wright asks crowd at Divinity School if ‘black lives matter’

    11/17/2015 12:43:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Vanderbilt Hustler ^ | November 17, 2015 | Nathan Kiker
    “The field of education reinforces racism, white supremacy, white privilege and exceptionalism upon which western civilization is built” Reverend Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., Barack Obama’s former pastor, came into the spotlight during the 2008 presidential election when he drew harsh criticism for his comments damning America and using anti-semitic language. Wright spoke on the evening of Nov. 17 at the Vanderbilt Divinity School. In his talk titled “Prophetic Faith for Social Justice”, Wright spoke to a crowd of 100 about the need for a new theology that can lift African Americans from the despair of exploitation, war and racism. “The...
  • The Bible Speaks On Welfare

    11/15/2015 7:17:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Since 1964 the United States Governments (Federal and State) have transferred over five trillion dollars from the middle class and the rich to the poor. Are the poor better off today or have they become more enslaved and dependent on government? How much is five trillion dollars? A billion dollars is one thousand million dollars. A trillion dollars is one thousand billion dollars, thus five trillion dollars is five thousand billion dollars. That amount is inconceivable to the human mind. That is how much government has taken from the middle and rich class and transferred it to the poor. This...
  • Merlin Falcon & Jungle Friends

    11/14/2015 3:16:25 PM PST · by Revski
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 11-14-2015 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    This is an animation of a Merlin Falcon in flight, a roaring tiger in it jungle resting place and a South American Parakeet (Perija) that is listed as critically endangered and is a threatened species is quoting biblical scriptures. In the Bible, Philippians 1: 18 says this; What then? Notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense, or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and will rejoice. My animation are good to go and I rejoice as well. :)
  • 'Attack on Free Speech': Australian Catholic Church Probed Over Anti-Same-Sex Marriage Leaflet

    11/13/2015 6:32:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 11/13/15
    Tasmania's anti-discrimination commissioner has begun a probe into the Catholic Church over an anti-same-sex-marriage leaflet that was published in mid-2015. Some human rights campaigners criticize the move as an attack on free speech. The leaflet, titled 'Don't mess with marriage' and published by the Australian Catholic Bishop's Conference, authorized by Hobart's Catholic Archbishop Julian Porteous, was sent to thousands of families through Church schools. The leaflet pointed out the church's opposition to changing the Tasmanian Marriage Act to include same-sex couples into it. "Same-sex friendships" differ a lot from "real marriages," the leaflet distributed across Australian schools said. "Marriage includes...
  • De Mattei: The Pharisees and Sadducees of our time [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 7:22:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Corrispondenza Romana via Rorate Caeli ^ | November 11, 2015 | Roberto de Mattei
    Criticizing the “Pharisees” is recurrent in Pope Francis’ words. In numerous discourses, between 2013 and 2015, he has spoken of “the sickness of the Pharisees” (7th November 2013), “who rebuke Jesus for not respecting the Sabbath” (1st April 2014), of “the temptation of self-sufficiency and of clericalism, that codification of the faith in rules and regulations, as the scribes, the Pharisees, the doctors of the law did at the time of Jesus” (September 19th 2014). In the Angelus of August 30th 2015 he said that just as it was for the Pharisees it is “dangerous too for us to consider...
  • Prominent Dominican Publishes Book Claiming Thomas Aquinas Said Homosexuality is 'Natural'

    11/12/2015 5:05:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/12/15 | Jeanne Smits
    Nov. 12, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) - A Dominican friar, Fr. Adriano Oliva, has celebrated the 800th anniversary of his religious order with a book about "the Church, the divorced and remarried, and homosexual couples." Amours ("Loves") is a study of St Thomas Aquinas' definition of love and aims to show that the "Angelic Doctor" recognized the 'natural" character of homosexuality. In the wake of the Synod on the family, Oliva pleads for new ways of welcoming divorced and remarried and homosexual couples into the Church and of recognizing their unions in civil law. His editor, the "editions du Cerf" publishing house,...
  • Pope’s concept of a synodal church must be put into practice, Marx says [Catholic Caucus]

    11/12/2015 4:03:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | November 11, 2015 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    The pope's concept of a synodal church, which Francis outlined in his address on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 17, must be put into practice, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich, the president of the German bishops' conference, has emphasized. "In this striking address in the middle of the synod, Pope Francis made it quite clear that the church's future path could only be one of synodal cooperation," Marx said at a study day on "Salutary Decentralization -- What local structures does a missionary church need?" at St. Georgen Jesuit College at Frankfurt....
  • Mormons to resign in Utah protest at church's gay marriage stance

    11/12/2015 3:48:17 PM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/12/15 | Alex Dobuzinskis
    Hundreds of Mormons plan to resign from the church in Salt Lake City this weekend at a protest against a church policy barring the children of married same-sex couples from receiving baptism, organizers said on Thursday. The policy, approved last week by leaders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, added same-sex marriage to the list of acts considered to be a renunciation of the Mormon faith and thus subject to church discipline, including excommunication.
  • BREAKING: Francis reveals contents of upcoming Apostolic Exhortation {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    11/11/2015 6:56:56 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 35 replies
    Earlier today, Pope Francis delivered an address to the Convention of the Italian Church held at the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore in Florence. Though he did not specifically mention by name the Synod on Marriage and Family, much less the anticipated Apostolic Exhortation that it allegedly inspired, Pope Francis did reveal, or perhaps more accurately said, he confirmed, his upcoming plan of attack aimed at removing and all obstacles that might stand between unrepentant public sinners (and eventually even non-Catholics) and the Most Holy Eucharist. On a number of occasions during the address, the humble Bishop of Rome...
  • Prelate Calls for Prayer as Supreme Court Considers HHS Mandate Cases

    11/11/2015 6:33:02 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, the chairman of United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty, called for prayer as the Supreme Court agreed to decide whether religious nonprofits should be forced to comply with the HHS mandate. "Charitable ministries across the nation simply want to provide life-affirming health care for their employees, without fear of massive government penalties," said Archbishop Lori. "At stake is nothing less than their freedom to serve others. Let us pray for justice for those who offer mercy."
  • Brussels’ new archbishop: ‘Mercy’ is condescending, Church needs to be more ‘relevant’

    11/10/2015 8:56:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 10, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his As Pope Francis’ decreed Jubilee Year of Mercy approaches, one of his newest appointees suggests the term “mercy” is patronizing to those in need of it, and that the Church needs to more “relevant for society.” Named last week by the pope to head the see of Mechelen-Brussels in Belgium, Archbishop-elect Jozef De Kesel expressed disappointment that the Vatican’s recently concluded Synod on the Family didn’t go far enough in allowing Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics. “The Synod may not have brought the concrete results that...
  • Gay Lobby and Western Consuls Against the Bishop of Hong Kong

    11/10/2015 7:55:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/8/15 | Paul Wang
    Gay Pride slams Card Tong for defending the family, as a union of a man and a woman. The aim is to enshrine gay "rights" and eliminate "discrimination" in the law, including the recognition of gay marriage. Criticised for not following the pope and the Synod, the bishop calls on Catholics to be vigilant. A workshop on lovemaking techniques involves sex workers showing how to use sex toys and perform massages. For the upcoming District Council elections, the bishop calls on the faithful to take into account candidates' views on gay marriage.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - In the past few days,...
  • Forgotten warrior for the faith [Catholic Caucus]

    11/10/2015 7:35:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 11/08/2015 | Augustinus
    Today would have been the 80th birthday of one of the great conservative cardinals of the era of John Paul II, Alfonso Cardinal López Trujillo (Nov. 8, 1935 -- April 19, 2008). He was appointed President of the Pontifical Council for the Family (PCF) exactly 25 years ago (November 8, 1990, his 55th birthday); he remained at this post until his death from cancer in 2008, at the age of 72. It can be argued that it was López Trujillo, even more than Ratzinger, who provided much of the steel behind John Paul II's war on the "culture of death"...
  • The Protesting Pope

    11/10/2015 7:20:15 PM PST · by ebb tide
    The Radical Catholic ^ | November 10, 2015 | The Radical Catholic
    In the 500 years since its inception, the Protestant revolt has evolved from the erroneous opinions of a single mad monk into a thousand-headed hydra of heresy, with each head snapping at the other almost as frequently as at the Catholic Church itself. Nonetheless, the many heads have remained joined at one common point - a point which Protestant theologians such as Paul Tillich and Dietrich Bonhoeffer desired to see writ large on the flag of modern Protestantism: Ecclesia semper reformanda est, i.e. "The Church is always to be reformed." Today, speaking to bishops and faithful gathered in Florence, Pope...
  • Cardinal of Hong Kong Denounces Sexual Libertinism and Homosexuality in Pastoral Letter to Faithful

    11/10/2015 11:40:24 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Toronto Catholic Witness ^ | November 10, 2015 | Barona
    His Eminence, John Cardinal Tong Hon, the Archbishop of Hong Kong, has issued a powerful statement against the evil of homosexuality and sexual libertinism. This is the same Cardinal-Archbishop who was not invited to the Synod (thus depriving the great and noble Chinese nation of any representation at the Synod of the Family), whilst the filthy, dirty, pedophile protector, Daneels was personally invited by the Bishop of Rome. A full report on the evil, apostate Belgian Cardinal may be read at Vox Cantoris. As we read the Chinese Cardinal's Letter and denouncement of sexual immorality and the abomination of sodomy,...
  • Did Pope Benedict Have a Role in the Müller-Kasper Compromise?

    11/10/2015 11:22:21 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    One Peter 5 ^ | November 10, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    Editor's note: as with all stories attempting to uncover what is transpiring behind the scenes at the Vatican, this report includes, by necessity, a certain amount of speculation based on information gleaned from unnamed sources. While the Italian press appears to have long-since accepted the blurring of the lines between reporting and rumor that is unavoidable in covering Vatican politics, this can be uncomfortable for the uninitiated. We present the following report as something plausible but unable to be definitively verified. We have chosen to share this information with our audience because it potentially sheds light on the new direction...
  • Syrian Christians in a European No-Man’s Land

    11/09/2015 3:32:19 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelia ^ | November 9, 2015 | WAEL SALIBI AND JOHN BURGER
    As European countries continue to struggle to absorb hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria and other parts of the Middle East and Africa, two Syrian Christians are worried that now that they’ve made it to Italy, after jumping many hurdles, they will end up having to go back to Syria.Europe was not even their first choice. Natives of Aleppo, the economic capital of Syria, which is witnessing violent battles between regime and rebel forces and the Islamic State group, these two young men, who wish to remain anonymous in order to protect their families, feel they are on...
  • Shocking Church Sign in Buffalo Diocese [Catholic Caucus]

    11/09/2015 1:49:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 11/09/15 | John Vennari
    Yesterday a friend sent me a photo of the sign at St. Columba-Brigid R. C. Church in Buffalo. The sign was so scandalous I had a hard time believing it was not photo-shopped. This morning I drove to the church to see for myself. With great sadness I report it is true. I snapped the above photos this morning. This pro-homosexual sign effectively mocks the Blessed Trinity, mocks the Hypostatic Union, mocks the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – some of the most sacred components of our Catholic Faith. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost include the...
  • Catholicism's Aqua Regia

    11/08/2015 6:52:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Dyspeptic Mutterings ^ | November 6, 2015 | DP
    Aqua regia ("the king's water") is a mixture of acids which dissolves gold. It does one heck of a job: A useful short history of the king's water can be found here. Since 1965, Catholicism has had its own version of aqua regia, and the Church has been guzzling it. It's called ecumenism, but it has gone well beyond rational discussion to a positive hysteria--ecumania, if you will. And it appears to have made ecumaniacs of the USCCB, what with their recommendation for expanded intercommunion. Sounds positively ecumaniacal, in fact. A better dissolver of Catholic teaching you will not find....
  • Christians Are At War With One Another As Americans Leave The Church In Droves

    11/08/2015 11:19:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 135 replies
    EAD ^ | 11/08/2015 | Michael Snyder
    Christianity is under attack from a thousand different directions all at once, and yet many believers have turned their guns on one another. This war among Christians seems to intensify with each passing year, and believers are often fighting for some of the stupidest reasons you can possibly imagine. Meanwhile, people are leaving our churches in droves and church attendance is way down. This is especially true of younger Americans. According to an incredible new report that was just released by the Pew Research Center, only 27 percent of all Millennials (U.S. adults born since 1990) attend religious services on...
  • Francis Is Silent, But Another Jesuit Is Speaking For Him

    11/07/2015 2:33:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 11/07/15 | Sandro Magister
    He is Antonio Spadaro, director of "La Civiltà Cattolica.” In an article in his magazine he has already written what the pope will say on communion for the divorced and remarried ROME, November 7, 2015 – Last Wednesday, at the weekly catechesis in Saint Peter’s Square, after recalling that the synod fathers have delivered the text of their conclusions to him, Pope Francis limited himself to saying in sibylline language: “This is not the moment to examine such conclusions, on which I myself must meditate.” While waiting for the enigma on the pope’s future moves to be unraveled, nothing remains...