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  • Man Says Cardinal McCarrick, His ‘Uncle Ted,’ Sexually Abused Him for Years

    07/22/2018 5:57:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 7/19/18 | Sharon Otterman
    James was 11 years old when Father Theodore E. McCarrick came into his bedroom in Northern New Jersey, looking for the bathroom. Father McCarrick, then 39 and a rising star in the Roman Catholic church, was a close family friend, whom James and his six siblings called Uncle Teddy. James was changing out of his bathing suit to get ready for dinner. “He said, turn around,” James, who is now 60, recalled in an interview last week. “And I really don’t want to, because I don’t want to show anybody anything.” But he did, he said, and was shocked when...
  • Australian [Catholic] Bishop Promotes Notion of Multiple Sexualities

    07/22/2018 5:52:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/18//18 | Christine Niles
    Bp. James Foley of Cairns diocese quotes pedophile-enabler Alfred Kinsey to support thesisCAIRNS, Queensland, Australia (ChurchMilitant.com) - The bishop of the Cairns diocese in Australia is offering the possibility of multiple sexualities, contrary to Church teaching. He has also shown support for a controversial Jesuit priest known for promoting same-sex marriage. Church Militant reached out to Foley in recent months to ask whether he'd be issuing a statement against pro-gay Jesuit Fr. Frank Brennan, a featured speaker at the Catholic Secondary Principals Australia Conference (CASPA), a gathering of Catholic school principals that took place in mid-July. Brennan has been widely...
  • Christian Fired for Beliefs on Same-Sex Parenting Granted Permission to Appeal [UK]

    07/22/2018 5:48:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/17/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    LONDON, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Christian magistrate dismissed for saying that it is in a child’s best interests to be raised by a mother and a father has won permission to appeal the National Health Service’s decision not to accept him back as a non-executive director. Richard Page, 71, appeared at the Employment Appeal Tribunal today at 10:00 a.m., supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC). The Chief Executive of the CLC, Andrea Williams, told LifeSiteNews, “We are absolutely delighted that Richard will continue to seek justice. It is vital that people like Richard who are passionate about...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New revelation surfaces about cardinal; editorials take church to task.

    07/22/2018 3:34:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Boston Pilot ^ | July 20, 2018 | Mark Pattison
    Editorials in national Catholic publications have taken the U.S. Catholic Church to task for its failure to root out all forms of clergy sexual abuse in the light of allegations made by former seminarians against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington. Not long after those editorials were published, a new series of allegations were published in The New York Times by a man who is believed to have been the first baby then-Father McCarrick ever baptized when he was a New York priest. "The Catholic Church cannot pretend to be shocked about the pattern of sexual abuse of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2018 6:42:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pro-LGBT Catholic priest blasts brother priest for opposing Gay Pride

    07/21/2018 8:31:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 20, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    A priest who made headlines for supporting the introduction of gender theory to Catholic schools has now attacked a faithful priest who refuses to burn incense before Emperor LGBT. Father Paul Morton, long-time pastor of St. Bride’s Roman Catholic Church in Motherwell, published an “open letter” to Glasgow’s Father Mark Morris on the “St. Bride’s RC” Facebook page, rebuking him for his attitude towards Glasgow’s LGBT Pride celebrations. Morris had just been dismissed as Catholic chaplain at Glasgow Caledonian University after holding a rosary service in reparation for what his parish advertisement called “the gross offence to God that...
  • Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial

    07/21/2018 8:43:37 AM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-18 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Straining Out Gnats but Swallowing Camels, as Seen in a Commercial Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2018 • In the Gospel of Matthew (Mat 12:1-8), Jesus is rebuked for violating the Sabbath. This reminded me of the video below, which illustrates how we sometimes follow smaller rules while overlooking more important ones in the process.The Lord Jesus was often scorned by the people of His day, who claimed that He overlooked certain details of the law (often Sabbath observances). But those who rebuked Him for this were guilty of far greater violations. For example, [Jesus] went into the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2018 6:04:16 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • Judge Says Philadelphia Can Cut Contracts with Catholic Groups for Refusing Same-Sex Adoption

    07/21/2018 5:54:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/17/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    HILADELPHIA, July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The city of Philadelphia has the power to suspend contracts with religious adoption agencies who refuse to place children in same-sex homes, a federal judge ruled Friday. Last year, a story about Bethany Christian Services turning away a same-sex couple raised public awareness of both it and Catholic Social Services (CSS) having a policy of placing children only in homes with a mother and/or a father. Despite both being expressly-religious organizations and the stance aligning with traditional Christian teaching, the city claimed to have been surprised by the revelation, and suspended its contracts with...
  • Forcing Priests to Report Abuse not a Breach of Human Rights: Watchirs [Australia]

    07/21/2018 5:48:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Canberra Times ^ | 7/16/18 | Katie Burgess
    New laws that will force priests to break the seal of confession to report child abuse are not in breach of the ACT's human right laws, despite concerns about the impact on religious freedoms, the ACT's Human Rights Commissioner says. Under the territory's expanded reportable conduct scheme, priests in Canberra will be required to report allegations, offences or convictions related to children to the ACT Ombudsman within 30 days from March 31, 2019 - even if the information was gleaned in the confessional. But the Australian Catholics Bishops Conference wrote to ACT Chief Minister Andrew Barr to say mandatory reporting...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A book about the McCarrick scandal? It’s already written

    07/20/2018 5:19:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 20, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    “Why don’t you write a book about the McCarrick scandal?” my friend asked me. I answered: “Because I already did!” True, The Faithful Departed doesn’t focus specifically on Cardinal McCarrick. But what this latest scandal has shown—the failure of the American bishops to hold each other accountable—was a major theme of that book, which was published ten years ago. Here’s a sample of what I wrote a decade ago. Again it wasn’t written with the McCarrick case in mind. But it applies nicely, don’t you think? The same corruption that produced the sex-abuse scandal, the greatest crisis in the history...
  • [Catholic Caucus] De Mattei: The Birth of Humanae Vitae in light of the Vatican Archives

    07/20/2018 5:02:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 18, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    De Mattei: The Birth of Humanae Vitae in light of the Vatican Archives Roberto de Mattei Corrispondenza Romana July 18, 2018 At the beginning of 2017, Pope Francis set up “a study committee” to prepare for the 50th anniversary of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25th 2018). The existence of this “secret” committee was brought to light some months later by two Catholic publications Stilum Curiae* and Corrispondenza Romana** The committee coordinated by Monsignor Gilfedo Marengo, has the task of finding the documentation in the Vatican Archives, related to the preparatory work for Humanae Vitae, which occurred during and after...
  • [Cath Cauc] As McCarrick spotlight grows, is revoking honors sensitivity or whitewash?

    07/20/2018 4:51:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Christopher White
    Sister Kathleen Lunsmann, center, who is an Immaculate Heart of Mary Sister and president of Support Our Aging Religious, or SOAR!, poses at the group's Nov. 3 awards dinner in Washington with Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, and Jane Sullivan Roberts. Cardinal McCarrick received the St. Katharine Drexel Award, and Jane Sullivan Roberts was given the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award. (Credit: CNS.) In light of the McCarrick case, Catholic institutions struggle with the appropriate response to past awards and honors given to prelates accused of sexual abuse. NEW YORK - Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that...
  • [Catholic Caucus] New sexual abuse allegations leveled against Cardinal McCarrick

    07/20/2018 12:35:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency via Crux ^ | July 20, 2018 | Catholic News Agency
    Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. (Credit: US Institute of Peace, cc by nc 2.0 via CNA.)A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to have begun. WASHINGTON, D.C. - A Virginia man filed a police report Monday, alleging that from the age of 11 he was sexually abused and assaulted serially by now-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York when the abuse was alleged to...
  • Liberal Groups Sue for Details on New HHS Religious Freedom Division

    07/20/2018 12:15:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    TOWN HALL ^ | July 19, 2018 | Lauretta Brown
    The Center for Reproductive Rights and the National Women's Law Center filed a lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Thursday after they received no response to a January Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for information about the new HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) Conscience and Religious Freedom division. The groups are seeking information about how the new division operates, how it allocates resources, whether its decision-making is influenced by outside groups, and why it was needed in the first place. When the division was first announced, HHS explained that it “has been established to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Birth of Humanae Vitae: Woe to Those Who Mishandle It*

    07/20/2018 11:11:42 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Settimo Cielo/Espresso ^ | July 19, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    *Original Title: "Humamae vitae: cosi le nata e guai a chi le tocca" Google translation, lightly copy-edited for clarity The demolition project aimed at "Humanae Vitae" --- Paul VI's 1968 encyclical that said no to artificial contraceptives --- now faces an unexpected stumbling block in a book that reconstructs the genesis of that text, thanks to the access, for the first time, to the secret documents concerning it, authorized by Pope Francis in person: Gilfredo Marengo, "The birth of an encyclical, 'Humanae vitae' in the light of the Vatican archives", Libreria Editrice Vaticana, Vatican City, 2018. The stumbling block is...
  • Uniting Church in Australia Changes Marriage Definition to Include Same-Sex Couples

    07/20/2018 9:07:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/20/2018 | John Paul Sunico
    The Uniting Church in Australia's Assembly voted Saturday to change the denomination's definition of marriage and allow ministers to officiate weddings for same-sex couples. In a statement posted on the Church's website, Uniting Church in Australia President Deidre Palmer announced the changes that were made by the 265-member assembly that gathered in Melbourne, saying: "To honor the diversity of Christian belief among our members, we will hold two equal and distinct statements of belief on marriage." The first statement of belief regarding marriage is one that the Uniting Church has been following for a long time. "The existing statement of...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2018 6:40:18 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Siege of Humanae Vitae: Has the enemy almost breached the ramparts?

    07/19/2018 6:51:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | July 19, 2018 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Sandro Magister has written a piece in which he proposes that a new book by Gilfredo Marengo on the genesis of the encyclical Humanae Vitae (HV) represents “an unexpected obstacle” to “[t]he campaign that is underway to demolish ‘Humanae Vitae’ — the 1968 encyclical of Paul VI that said no to artificial contraceptives.” I respectfully disagree. Based on the extensive summary of the book’s account provided by Andrea Tornielli, which Magister views as sufficient to see where Marengo is going, it is quite clear that Marengo, a member of Pope Francis’ semi-secret commission to “reappraise” HV on its fast-approaching 50th...
  • Bishop Paprocki Goes Against US Bishops on Unions

    07/19/2018 4:42:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/12/18 | David Nussman
    Illinois bishop openly rejects USCCB position on Supreme Court's Janus v. AFSCMESPRINGFIELD, Ill. (ChurchMilitant.com) - An American bishop is voicing his disagreement with an official statement from the American bishops' conference. On June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that public sector employees cannot be required to pay fees for labor unions that they don't want to be a part of. The case, Janus v. AFSCME, had an Illinois state employee arguing that he should not be forced to pay union dues on the grounds that the union was giving money to political organizations with agendas contrary to his own...