Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait… these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, there’s more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples “who are already cohabitating; who already have children…” (NOTE: These people didn’t just happen to fall into a...
  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/16/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Crux Now ^ | September 11, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    The Tswana people of South Africa practice polygamy. (Photo/Wikipedia) Say “family issues” to most Americans or Europeans, and they’re likely to flash on divorce, or the challenges of single-parent households, or perhaps same-sex relationships and the push for gay marriage.What probably wouldn’t come naturally to mind is polygamy. Yet in many parts of the non-Western world, polygamy is a major feature of family life, and thus a major pastoral challenge for the Catholic Church.Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the...
  • Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod?

    09/15/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the Vatican’s Synod on the Family fast approaching and Pope Francis’ call to the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital for sinners” more focused on mercy than rules, lots of people are looking for hints at what the gathering of bishops will urge at the extraordinary synod next month. A wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Square, some of whom cohabited prior to marriage, has CBS News hailing the “progressive Pope,” who’s progressively progressive. Or something: Many had been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism. Some even have children.But none of...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

    09/14/2014 5:44:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 12, 2014 | Marta Jiménez
    Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman...
  • Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio

    09/13/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9-12-14 | Tantumblogo
    Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States. Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the new focus on “mercy” cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein. Some excerpts: New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s...
  • Nun says misery of Iraqis ‘pierced my heart like a knife’

    09/12/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | DOREEN ABI RAAD
    Displaced Iraqi Christians pray at a refugee camp in Irbil (Photo: CNS) Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, provincial leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria, is still shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq.Sister Marie Claude accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq last week.More than 100,000 Christians and other minorities sought refuge in the region following attacks by Islamic State militants. Many were given less than half an hour to flee their houses.“I was not at all expecting to see that much misery,...
  • "Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest

    09/12/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 12, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Brendan Gleeson stars in a scene from the movie "Calvary." (CNS photo/Patrick Redmond, Twentieth Century Fox) St. Pope John Paul II said that a priest should have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Far too many saccharine paintings of effeminate Jesuses in the midst of delicate lambs are conducive to a misconstrual of the image as something sentimental and harmless. But shepherds not only had the smell of their sheep (to use Pope Francis’ language), but they also wielded a stick, meant to bring back strays and to fend off threats. Real shepherding was, and is, a dirty...
  • 'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism

    09/12/2014 10:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages. "I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention....
  • Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism

    09/12/2014 6:03:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 11, 2014 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    FULL TITLE: Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism Despite Christian Protests (Photo: Facebook/The Satanic Temple) Satanic rights activists outside Harvard Square, after the "black mass" was cancelled by Harvard.The Satanist group that will stage a controversial "black mass" at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be "toned down" to comply with state health laws."One of the dictates of...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother André Marie’s Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papauté princière, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • Cardinal (Francis George): U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/11/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia

    09/10/2014 7:41:18 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 26 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | September 10, 2014 | Catholic World News
    Cardinal George: US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia Catholic World News - September 10, 2014 In an archdiocesan newspaper column, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that American law has “taken upon itself the mantle of a religion and officially told its citizens what they must personally think or what ‘values’ they must personalize in order to deserve to be part of the country.” He writes: Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the Church’s teaching...
  • Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

    09/10/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 9/10/14 | Tom Heneghan
    Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. "The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages. More Read the letter in full "It must dare once again to start with 'life' and then move on to 'teaching'. The Church has nothing to lose in...
  • Analyzing Cardinal Dolan's version of: "Who am I to judge?" [vanity]

    09/10/2014 1:17:39 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 38 replies
    Analyzing Cardinal Dolan's version of: "Who am I to judge?" (A hypothetical but useful word-substitution exercise) (Imagine Cardinal Dolan or other prominent Catholic leaders voicing these slightly modified questions)           Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in homosexual activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in bisexual activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in adulterous activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether...
  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/10/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/10/14 | Kristin Rawls
    My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian homeschooling family that seemed perfect in every way. Through my connection to this family, I was introduced to a whole world of conservative Christian homeschoolers, some of whom we would now consider “Quiverfull” families: homeschooling conservatives who eschew any form of family planning and choose instead to “trust God” with matters related to procreation. Though I fell out of touch with my homeschooled friends as we grew older, a few...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • More Homosexual Groups Seek Entry in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade

    09/10/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Homosexual activists in New York are pressing organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade to include more gay-rights groups in the march. Following up on last week's announcement that Out@NBCUniversal would be allowed to enter the 2015 parade, a group called Irish Queers announced on September 9 that it was applying for a place in the parade. "We want to march up Fifth Avenue as an Irish diaspora that has finally joined Ireland in rejecting religion-fueled bigotry," said a spokesman.
  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/10/2014 4:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Anne Hackett
    Editor’s note: In response to the news that the St. Patrick’s Parade in New York would now accept “gay” groups in the parade and that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would serve as Grand Marshall of the parade, Catholic Citizens of Illinois has sent an open letter to Cardinal Dolan, which is published below. Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525-2325An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy DolanSeptember 5, 2014Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York1011 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022Your Eminence,We were dismayed and discouraged to read that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York...
  • Megapastors take Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS—but where did the money go?

    09/09/2014 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, several prominent megapastors took the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. A LifeSiteNews inquiry into whether the pastors donated to the ALS Association or another organization found that the pastors were, for the most part, unwilling to publicize where their monetary support went. In challenge videos reported by the Christian Post, Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church; Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel; Life Without Limbs ministry leader Nick Vujicic; Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church Houston; and TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House, all promoted ALS research donations. However, only Young's spokesperson provided donation details...
  • Obama Administration Moves Forward in Challenging Little Sisters

    09/09/2014 7:25:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/9/14 | Adelaide Mena
    The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is still unconscionable. “Merely offering the Little Sisters a different way to violate their religion does not ease their conscience,” said Adele Keim, counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor in court. “Religious ministries in these cases serve tens of thousands of Americans, helping the poor and homeless and healing the sick. The Little Sisters of the Poor alone serve more than...
  • "The Blasphemy of a Homophobic Jesus" (Time/Patheos)

    09/09/2014 5:29:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear-based, power-hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little ditty as reported by Raw Story: "Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexuality of LGBT people. "After spending about 20 minutes recounting the perils of homosexuality throughout history, Gallaty asserted that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of gay sex..."
  • Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage? (Time magazine)

    09/09/2014 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 101 replies
    Time ^ | 9/8/14 | Christopher J Hale
    Bit by bit Last week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committee’s decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolan’s predecessors Cardinal John O’Connor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostle’s Creed. This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Francis’s more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the...
  • Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

    09/09/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church. You’ve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. You’ve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in NSW. But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.
  • Our anger, fragility – and the remedy (Cardinal Dolan and St. Patrick's Day Parade)

    09/09/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 8, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A highly intelligent woman, who doesn’t particularly follow ecclesial politics, surprised me the other day. Hearing about Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance of gays marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she said casually, “there’s going to be a schism in the Church.” An overreaction, to be sure, but she’s far from the only one to be shocked.A priest – steady of judgment – writes to me that since the announcement last week, “I’m meeting a lot of angry people.” The constant challenges to the Church’s teaching authority and countercultural truth-telling produces anger. Real anger. And internal Church weakness – especially in...
  • Marianist order focus of abuse probe with heavy ties to North Catholic High School

    09/09/2014 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Bill Zlatos and Bobby Kerlik
    From the former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill to Australia, 157 victims have accused 31 members of the Marianist order of sexual abuse, records show. Watchdog groups, victims and their attorneys say officials with the religious order failed to stop the abuse or to adequately supervise those accused. Experts say such abuse went on for decades in part because of a culture that granted members of religious groups more credibility than children. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Marianist Province of the United States did not respond to questions about how many members have been accused of...
  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/09/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, recently condemned the barbarism of the Islamic State, but for some reason felt compelled to add: “It has nothing to do with real Islam….”Meanwhile, Amel Shimoun Nona, the exiled Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, warned European and Western Christians that they “will also suffer in the near future” because: you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims…. You think all men are created equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are created equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand...
  • Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage

    09/09/2014 8:52:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 43 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 03:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach. Set to be published in English this October, the book is entitled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.” It offers a response to Cardinal Walter Kasper's call for the Church to open its doors to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist. According to publisher Ignatius Press, the book will outline both biblical arguments...
  • On My New Book and a Couple of Thoughts on the Moral Life

    09/09/2014 1:50:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/8/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I am the proud father of a new book entitled simply The Ten Commandments (see at right). And you’ll be surprised, knowing me, at how brief it is—just 104 pages. But I wanted to keep it short, readable, connected to the catechism, and very practically related to living the Commandments on a daily basis. You can get it at the usual booksellers and there is also a Kindle version. I hope many will find it helpful, and it even fits neatly in your coat pocket.A couple of thoughts on moral law, which is a very precious gift to us from...
  • War Is Never Inevitable: Pope Francis Rues 'Senseless Slaughter'

    09/08/2014 2:52:46 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 42 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Sep 8, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis said there are always alternatives to war and urged participants to seek avenues of dialogue. “War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 7 message to conference attendees. Organized by the Italian Sant'Egidio community, the Sept. 7-9 International Peace Meeting is being held in Antwerp, Belgium in commemoration of the centenary of...
  • Beware the Tactics of the Devil

    09/08/2014 2:20:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | September 8, 2014 | FATHER RICHARD HEILMAN
    Any combat training and tactical planning begins with a process of intelligence collection, analysis, and dissemination. Recon (reconnaissance) is a military term used to determine the enemy force’s disposition and intention, gathering information (or intelligence) about an enemy’s composition and capabilities. Dr. Peter Kreeft wrote: “You cannot win a war if you are unwilling to admit we are even at war or you don’t know who your enemy is or you don’t know what strategy your enemy is using.”We have all witnessed how the arid wind of the enemy’s militant secular propaganda campaign has hardened the hearts of so...
  • When Catholic Leaders Abandon the Faithful

    09/08/2014 11:52:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 8, 2014 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Earlier this year I warned that New York City’s centuries-old St. Patrick’s Day parade up 5th Avenue could soon be shut down for violating the human rights of gay groups. It never occurred to me that the parade’s organizers would unilaterally surrender the issue.A political and public relations battle has raged for decades between the parade’s organizers—with historic ties to the Ancient Order of Hibernians, an Irish-Catholic fraternal organization—and groups which sought to march in the parade under banners proclaiming their sexual preferences. I thought the city’s progressive politicians would work to scuttle the parade’s legal basis by revoking...
  • "Conservative" Catholics "Turning" on Cardinal Dolan? (Catholic Caucus)

    09/07/2014 2:52:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    throwthebumsoutin2010 ^ | September 7, 2014
    A fun article in the Washington Post. It always amazes me that there are people 'out there' who want to believe "conservative" is the proper term for loving God so intimately you always strive never be unfaithful to Him. I often wonder if they think cheating on their spouse is just 'liberal'. In any event, it would seem Bill Donohue's credibility has finally imploded. The poor man's ministry has been suffering from the effects of needing the seat at the Bishop's swanky events for quite some time. He had to keep lowering the bar to defend the indefensible. Watching him...
  • Notre Dame Retreats, Will Provide Contraceptive Coverage in Student Health Programs

    09/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other Catholic institutions in filing suit against the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. In that lawsuit, Notre Dame said that the mandate would "require Notre Dame to commit scandal." But after preliminary court rulings against the university-- which Notre Dame is now appealing-- the university administration has chosen to cover contraceptive costs.
  • Who is Abdul Hamid? When Christian Young Men Turn to Islam

    09/07/2014 10:10:45 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 42 replies
    Thoe Catholic Men ^ | September 4, 2014 | Fr. Brian Doerr
    Although Abdul Hamid has largely been forgotten, he is the young man sitting in the pew next to you at Mass. Abdul was the renowned American boy John Walker Lindh who turned Taliban fighter in Afghanistan shortly after September 11, 2001. The argument can be made that he is an icon for many American Catholic youth of our current day. John Walker Lindh was “raised Catholic” in his suburban California home. By the age of 16, he left his spiritual heritage in search of “his own spiritual path.” That eventually led him to Islam and to his senseless death...
  • The dark side of the Ice Bucket Challenge

    09/07/2014 7:19:11 AM PDT · by Objective Scrutator · 31 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | September 2, 2014 | Selena Owens
    [...] Satanic ritual? Yes. Rituals abound in “Christian” America. Whenever spectators watch singers like Beyonce, JayZ, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and especially Nicki Minaj, they are indoctrinated and involved with blatantly satanic rituals that stem from the deep abyss of the occult. Some of these very same artists have taken the ALS IBC. Gaga doesn’t utter a word as she baptizes herself, arrayed in a sexy black leotard, sporting black lips, perched in an ornate black chair. Gaga doesn’t use a bucket; she instead uses a large silver bowl associated with pagan worship. Do you think she would take the IBC...
  • Judge allows (RC school teacher) (law)suit over in vitro firing

    09/06/2014 2:30:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 68 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | September 5, 2014
    INDIANAPOLIS — A lawsuit by a former Roman Catholic schoolteacher who says she was fired by a northern Indiana diocese for trying to get pregnant through in vitro fertilization can proceed to trial, a federal judge has ruled.In a mixed ruling this week, US District Judge Robert L. Miller Jr. in Fort Wayne said Emily Herx deserves a chance to prove her claim that her termination by the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend was based on sex discrimination.Herx, of Hoagland, Ind., sued the diocese in April 2012, alleging that her firing violated the Civil Rights Act and the Americans with...
  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • “What was once a request to live and let live has now become a demand for approval.”

    09/06/2014 11:35:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 6, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I warmly recommend to the readership a column by Francis Card. George, Archbishop of Chicago. His Eminence knocks this one over the fence.We enter in medias res. You can find the whole thing HERE: [...]In recent years, society has brought social and legislative approval to all types of sexual relationships that used to be considered “sinful.” Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the church’s teaching on these issues is now evidence of intolerance for what the civil law upholds and even...
  • Are Catholic conservatives turning on Cardinal Timothy Dolan?

    09/05/2014 9:28:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 55 replies
    http://www.washingtonpost.com ^ | September 5, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK — Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s positive reaction to this week’s decision by organizers of New York’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade to allow gay groups to march under their own banners initially drew charitable responses in many Catholic Church circles. But it didn’t take long for conservative church critics to turn. After initially signaling his grudging acceptance, William Donohue of the Catholic League came back with a revised view when he realized that more than one gay group could be allowed to march in the future.
  • What happened to the St. Patricks Parade Post? [Ecumenical; Msgr. Pope's Follow-Up]

    09/05/2014 3:13:06 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 47 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington blog ^ | 09/05/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Many of you have expressed concern about a blog post I wrote on the St. Patrick’s Day Parade which was removed. I am grateful for your concern about this and all the issues we discuss here. I removed the post upon further reflection due to the strong nature of the language I had used in parts of it. I apologize if the language I used caused offense. I remain concerned about the central point of the article, namely, how we as Catholics can effectively engage a culture that increasingly requires us to affirm what we cannot reasonably affirm. There are...
  • ‘We have to judge acts’: Vatican’s Cardinal Burke dismantles ‘Who am I to judge?’

    09/05/2014 3:02:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 4, 2014 | John Henry Westen
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, head of the Vatican’s highest court – the Apostolic Signatura – has given a lengthy televised interview in which he decisively rectifies the false notions about Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” quote that has been used frequently to suggest a change in Church teaching on the matter of homosexuality. Host Thomas McKenna of Catholic Action Insight questioned Cardinal Burke about instances where people must make judgments in light of Pope Francis’ “Who am I to judge” phrase.  “We have to judge acts, we have to,” Cardinal Burke replied. “All day long we make judgments with...
  • Concerns, confusion swirl over LGBT group in St. Patrick's parade

    09/05/2014 2:03:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    cna ^ | September 5, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    New York City, N.Y., Sep 5, 2014 / 11:48 am (CNA).- A spokesman for the New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade said the inclusion of an LGBT activist group in the traditionally Catholic parade was a “gesture of goodwill,” though concerns have been raised that some outside groups aim to remove the event’s Catholic character. Bill Donohue of the Catholic League, a longtime supporter of the parade’s previous policy against political signs and advocacy, said that organizers initially formally assured him that both homosexual groups and pro-life groups prohibited under the old policy could now apply to march...
  • Dolan once again proves himself a huge disappointment

    09/05/2014 1:48:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9/05/14 | tantumblogo
    How did Cardinal Dolan ever acquire a reputation for seeming orthodoxy? He’s about as orthodox a Catholic as Katherine Jefferts Schori. And it seems if there is any crowd to be played to, any group to be appeased (save, of course, for faithful Catholics), Dolan is ever ready to surrender to the demands of the world, no matter how craven he appears, no matter how great the scandal he gives, in so doing. Of course, his short little Archie Bunker clone attack dog will always be there yipping at his heels a chorus of unwavering if incoherent support. Pathetic: The...
  • Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

    09/04/2014 10:35:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or "out-dated." C'mon! It's the 21st century, they say! Don't they SEE that it's STUPID, they scream. Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all...
  • Cardinal Dolan and the Shameful NYC St. Patrick's Gay Parade

    09/04/2014 3:47:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    NC Register ^ | September 3, 2014 | Patrick Archbold
    If reports are to be believed, a compromise is in the works that will amount to nothing less than an endorsement of the gay identity in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade. The Irish Times reports that under pressure from NBC, not only will a group be allowed to march in the parade with a gay identity banner (something previously banned) but that none other than Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be Grand Marshal.A gay group of employees from NBC will march in next year’s New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade behind their own banner, a source with knowledge...
  • Why Do Many Pro-Life Catholics Vote Democrat?

    09/04/2014 7:41:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 104 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/03/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    Why do Catholics who are aligned with Democrats on social welfare and Republicans on abortion usually vote Democrat? Recent political science research suggests an answer. Some Catholics who vote for Democratic candidates incorrectly assume those candidates are pro-life. Catholics are often used as an example of "cross-pressured voters" due to the political party positions on abortion and welfare. Laura Hussey, associate professor of American public policy and administration at University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and Geoffrey Layman, professor of political science at University of Notre Dame, however, found that a minority of Catholics were both pro-life and pro-welfare, and those...
  • Gay Groups in St. Patrick’s Parade All Right with N.Y. Cardinal Dolan

    09/03/2014 7:19:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/3/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) After years of strong resistance, organizers of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Wednesday (Sept. 3) said that gays and lesbians will be allowed to march under their own banner for the first time, and Cardinal Timothy Dolan — the parade’s grand marshal next March — has welcomed the move. The decision is another sign of how quickly changing public attitudes toward gay people have pushed changes in state laws, government policies and the practices of private entities. Dolan’s positive response may also point to a shifting dynamic within the Catholic Church on gays and lesbians...
  • Cardinal Dolan and the NYC St. Patrick's Gay Parade?

    09/03/2014 9:12:46 AM PDT · by VermiciousKnid · 53 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 3 September 2014 | Pat Archbold
    If reports are to be believed, a compromise is in the works that will amount to nothing less than an endorsement of the gay identity in the 2015 NYC St. Patrick's Day parade. The Irish Times reports that under pressure from NBC, not only will a group be allowed to march in the parade with a gay identity banner (something previously banned) but that none other than Timothy Cardinal Dolan will be Grand Marshal. Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/blog/pat-archbold/cardinal-dolan-and-the-nyc-st.-patricks-gay-parade#ixzz3CGn0Y6ia
  • Abolish Vatican statehood

    09/03/2014 8:35:47 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 57 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 9/1/2014 | James Carroll
    This contradiction was laid bare recently when the Holy See, acting in secret, threw the protective cloak of diplomatic immunity over Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski — the papal nuncio in the Dominican Republic and an alleged serial abuser of minors. In a show of toughness, church officials defrocked Wesolowski and promised to try him according to the laws of Vatican City. In effect, though, church officials once again shielded a predator priest from civil jurisdiction.