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  • Belgian Catholics Urge Rome to Discipline Antwerp Bishop Over Gay Advocacy

    10/24/2016 5:41:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/24/16 | Jeanne Smits
    October 24, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — Pro Familia, a Belgian association of Catholic lay people, has decided to act against the public stance made by Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny, who suggests in a new book published Friday that homosexual pairs, divorced, remarried and cohabiting couples should receive a Church blessing as part of a “diversity of rituals” that would recognize the “exclusiveness and stability” of their unions. “The question of Communion for the divorced and remarried should be carefully weighed," he writes. "It is not a question of a general ‘yes’ or ‘no,’ but of an evaluation. You have to judge...
  • “Beneath rigidity there is something else, there is often wickedness” [Catholic Caucus]

    10/24/2016 1:26:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Vatican Insider La Stampa ^ | October 24, 2016 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, the Pope said rigid people lead a “double life”, they seem good but they often aren’t; they are strangers to God’s freedom, “slaves of the law”. “How they suffer”! Beneath the rigid exterior of a person who is not free because he or she is a slave to the law, is a double life, something hidden, some sort of disease. Often wickedness. By contrast, the Lord gives freedom, in addition to meekness and kindness, Pope Francis said in this morning’s homily in St. Martha’s House. In today’s Gospel story, Christ heals a...
  • Italy's (Catholic) Bishops Give Full Support to Radical Party March for Prisoners

    10/23/2016 7:34:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 10-22-16 | Edward Pentin
    After choosing not to back two recent pro-life demonstrations, the Italian bishops' conference has now agreed to participate in an upcoming "March for Amnesty, Justice, Freedom" organized by the anti-clerical Radical Party. The Nov. 6 Rome march, dedicated to Pope Francis and Marco Pannella, the party’s long-serving and recently deceased leader, will end in a call for a prisoner amnesty and coincide with the Pope’s Jubilee of mercy for prisoners that day, according to Italian media reports. A spokesman for the Italian bishops' conference, Father Ivan Maffeis, said its general secretary, Bishop Nunzio Galantino, gives his "steadfast commitment" to the...
  • Launch of World Meeting of Families Process

    10/23/2016 5:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Archdiocese of Dublin ^ | October 22, 2016 | Most Rev. Diarmuid Martin
    Firstly he said that he was disappointed that so much media focus on the Amoris Laetitia was only about questions of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried and homosexuality. “I am sad”, he said, “because we are missing the most beautiful aspects of this exhortation if we just focus on that.” I would add – and this is a point that we could easily miss – focussing on those issues (communion for divorced and remarried in an isolated way, much comment – not just by the media but also by many bishops – has ended up in people not...
  • Priest tells Fox news he was “upset” Clinton cited Pope Francis to justify some of her positions

    10/23/2016 1:35:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 22, 2016
    October 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Once again a leading opponent of Catholic moral teachings, this time Hillary Clinton, has cited Pope Francis to give credibility to her actions. In a Fox news interview, Fr. Gerald Murray gives clear reasons why some of Clinton's remarks at the Al Smith dinner were highly inappropriate and that she should have used the event to publicly disown the anti-Catholic bigotry in her staff emails revealed by Wikileaks. Fr. Murray said, "there should have been a statement" by Mrs. Clinton "right at the start" of her remarks at the Al Smith dinner, "saying, 'I disown everything that was read in...
  • Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God.

    10/22/2016 9:30:27 AM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies ^ | 09/29/2016 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Be Catholic. Vote as a Catholic with a Catholic moral vision. Advance the Kingdom of God. by Msgr. Charles Pope -snip- To again be clear, abortion, euthanasia, embryonic stem cell research, and same-sex “marriage” are moral issues, and the Church must teach against them no matter where the political lines fall. The Catholic position on these matters currently coincides with one political party’s platform over another. But this not the intention or fault of the Catholic Church. -snip-
  • By God's Grace, Believers Needs to Expand Their Influence in American Society and Around the World

    10/22/2016 8:25:15 AM PDT · by Jim 0216 · 3 replies
    A pastor commented on the moral and spiritual decline in our country inferring a need to focus on our spiritual issues, not just our political political issues. I agree that the underlying cause of our political and social malaise is a deep spiritual need to come back to a trust and reliance on God, not a reliance on man and his government. "Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall...
  • Pope Francis Names Archbishop Cupich As His Successor [Humor/Sarcasm]

    10/22/2016 7:52:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 11, 2016 | Admin
    The Vatican announced this week that Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich has been selected to be Pope Francis’ successor after the 79-year-old pontiff hits the age of retirement next year. Cupich told worshipers yesterday that he was “so very grateful and humbled by the news that he would be given the opportunity to wreak havoc upon the Church while wearing white.” Cupich, 67, will receive his “white hat” in Rome on December 18, 2017, the day after Pope Francis turns 80. Cupich’s succession to the papacy also means he will have his choice of who will succeed him in the future....
  • Sending forth wolves among the lambs

    10/22/2016 7:03:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 21, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    According to Vatican News Service, a common declaration has been issued bearing the signatures of both “HIS GRACE JUSTIN WELBY” and “HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS” proposing to send “out on mission together 19 pairs of Anglican and Catholic bishops from countries around the world.” The document is precisely what one might expect in this post-conciliar age of radical ecumenism; namely, a grave offense against Christ and an embarrassment to the faithful. It’s more than that, though; it’s yet another indication of the faith, or lack thereof, of its signatories. Welby blesses francisThe text refers, not only to the heretic layman Justin...
  • Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput welcomes ‘smaller church’ of holier Catholics

    10/21/2016 11:48:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    RNS ^ | October 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, during the Festival of Families announcement at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on June 23, 2015. Photo courtesy of Chris Warde-Jones, Archdiocese of Philadelphia (RNS) In a stark prognosis for contemporary Catholicism, a leader of the conservative wing of the U.S. hierarchy has said that “a smaller, lighter church” of fewer but holier believers is preferable to one that promotes inclusion at the expense of traditional orthodoxy.In a speech delivered Wednesday (Oct. 19) at the University of Notre Dame, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput also suggested that many prominent Catholics are so weak in their...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican website erases John Paul II exhortations on marriage

    10/21/2016 9:16:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Spero News ^ | 10-20-16 | BAI MACFARLANE
    Five translations of Saint Pope John Paul II’s often-quoted instruction to tribunal judges was removed from the Vatican’s website some time last year. It is now only available in Italian. Each year, the Pope gives an address to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota and these are instructions to the world’s canon lawyers from THE legislator, the Pope. In 1987, Saint Pope John Paul II gave an address that cautioned against misusing the grounds for nullity of marriage - particularly “on the pretext of some immaturity or psychic weakness” (Canon 1095). I posted a YouTube video on the Mary’s Advocates...
  • Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

    10/21/2016 6:20:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 21, 2016
    Donald Trump was booed by diners during a Catholic fundraising event last night.The Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala in New York, is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day and is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. The event raises money for impoverished children throughout New YorkThe speakers usually poke fun at themselves and each other. But the audience seemed to think Trump had crossed a line with his caustic language about Clinton.Trump referred to his opponent as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of...
  • Al Smith Dinner: Cardinal Dolan fails to speak against abortion

    10/21/2016 4:52:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    While the tradition of the Alfred E. Smith dinner to invite the Republican and Democrat nominee to raise money for charity is admirable, it was disturbing to see Timothy Cardinal Dolan laughing and joking with Hillary Clinton less than twenty-four hours after Hillary announced she supports abortion up to the moment of birth.  Worse, when he spoke at the end, he made a vague oblique reference to the life of the unborn when he said some of the money raised would help poor women give birth. I understand that the dinner is to raise money and everyone tries to...
  • Catholic College Bars ‘Unborn Lives Matter’ Poster

    10/20/2016 7:19:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The president of a Catholic university has prohibited a Republican student organization from displaying an “unborn lives matter” poster on the campus. A DePaul University spokeswoman told National Review that Father Dennis Holtschneider denied the request because the poster “was, at best, deceptive, and the words, font, colors, and design clearly were intended to do a disservice to the Black Lives Matter and pro-life movements.” DePaul Invokes ‘Catholic Values’ to Ban Pro-Life Poster (National Review)
  • Rebuking the Unholy Pro-Abortion Coalition

    10/20/2016 5:39:12 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Stream ^ | 10-20-16 | Michael Brown
    Many years ago, while participating in an Operation Rescue sit-in at an abortion clinic near Washington, D.C., I was struck by the make-up of the pro-abortion protesters. They were largely a mix of atheists, Satanists and gays, and they proudly identified as such. What a coalition! I remember asking myself, “Why would homosexuals be so adamant about this — adamant enough to show up early in the morning to protest our event — when, for the most part, it’s not relevant to their lives, since they’re not having babies?” To this day, colleagues of mine who share the gospel outside...
  • So Many Errors, Your Holiness. And Some Marked With Red

    10/20/2016 11:30:57 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Chisea ^ | October 19, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Francis likes his talk freewheeling, with all the risks that go with it. Here is a review of his latest blunders, a dozen in four months. The most sensational with China by Sandro Magister ROME, October 19, 2016 – Last June, www.chiesa registered and analyzed a certain number of misinterpretations, gaffes, memory slip, errors in the discourses of Pope Francis: > The Pope Is Not Infallible. Here Are Eight Proofs (13.6.2016) Since then, Jorge Mario Bergoglio has again fallen into two of the errors pointed out there. The first was that of flattering Cardinal Christoph Schönborn with a role that...
  • A Vatican enemies list?

    10/20/2016 9:11:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 19, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Last week the Vatican Insider—ordinarily a solid source of news and reasonable analysis from Rome—published a remarkable piece with an inflammatory headline, “Catholics who are anti-Francis but love Putin.” The article is troubling, for several reasons: +The article seeks to convey the impression that there is a conspiracy against Pope Francis. “The attack against Francis is global,” the authors write, a bit breathlessly. +The authors lump together disparate groups and individuals, with very different ideas and priorities, as if they formed a united front of opposition to the papacy. All those who have questioned public statements by Pope Francis are...
  • Bshp Robert McElroy organizing the only diocesan synod in the country in response to Amoris Laetitia

    10/20/2016 8:22:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | September 29, 2016 | admin
    Bishop Robert McElroy The following comes from a Southern Cross article by Aida Bustos: SAN DIEGO — “Think big.” That’s what Bishop Robert W. McElroy urged parish delegates to do leading up to the first general assembly in the diocese in 40 years. This assembly, called a diocesan synod, will be held on Oct. 29 and 30. Its focus will be on how the San Diego Diocese and its individual parishes can strengthen marriage and families, give pastoral support to divorced Catholics and invite unmarried couples into the fold, all challenges faced by the Church. The seed for the synod...
  • As Papal Criticism Mounts, Vatican Insiders Fire Back

    10/19/2016 6:41:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | October 19, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    A thrown knife plunges menacingly into the wall. A handgun slides in from off-screen to fire a warning shot. Words of caution appear on the screen: “The only thing I can tell you is to watch your step.” When I was a young boy playing Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?, silly warnings like these told me I was hot on the trail of the villain. And now, thirty years later, these same images come immediately to mind after reading Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi’s flailing, indignant riposte to papal critics in the October 16 edition of Vatican Insider....
  • Dr. James Dobson Calls for Civil Disobedience

    10/19/2016 5:46:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 10/18/16 | James Dobson
    Christians across America must express their outrage at the Ninth Circuit Court's ruling to uphold California's so called 'Reproductive FACT Act.' This decision will require 150 pro-life crisis pregnancy clinics across the state to promote abortion services to the women they serve. Since Roe v. Wade, privately funded crisis pregnancy centers across America have provided a refuge and an alternative to women who might have otherwise chosen abortion. They are vitally important in the fight to promote a culture of life, adoption and health. This ruling now forces these clinics to violate their sincerely held religious beliefs, and it is...
  • Cardinal-elect Cupich cites pope to justify opening Communion to ‘remarried’

    10/19/2016 9:21:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 14, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    October 14, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Chicago Archbishop and Cardinal-elect Blase Cupich told an Italian newspaper that his support of Communion for the divorced and remarried is the same position as the pope’s, the bishops of Argentina, and Cardinal Christoph Schönborn. “My position is the same as that of Pope Francis, who has indicated that the proper interpretation of ‘Amoris Laetitia’ was given by Cardinal Christoph Schönborn and then again by the bishops of Argentina, for which the Pope noted ‘no further interpretation is needed,’” Cupich said. “So if people want to know what I think, they should refer to...
  • Election 2016 - Catholic Argument for Voting against Hillary

    10/18/2016 3:12:45 PM PDT · by Ouchthatonehurt · 13 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | October 18, 2016 | Ouch
    This sermon will knock your socks off!
  • 'God can anoint the jawbone of an ass, but He can't use a Jezebel'

    Not backing down. I told you some months back about an intriguing word from Christian teacher Lance Wallnau, who says he has heard from God that He is raising up Donald Trump to be a "wrecking ball against the spirit of political correctness." You might think that Wallnau would back off that assertion somewhat in light of the things that have come out about Trump over the course of the past two weeks. Well, if you think that, you're wrong. Quite to the contrary, Wallnau turns the circus of recent days on those who are driving all the hulaballoo, and...
  • Plans to desecrate image of Virgin Mary in Estonian museum prompt protest

    10/18/2016 3:44:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 14, 2016 | David V Barrett
    Archbishop Viilma of the Evangelical Lutheran Church said that the exhibit ridicules religionAn image of the Virgin Mary in a museum in Estonia, designed to be desecrated to commemorate the Protestant Reformation, has provoked protests from religious and political leaders.The exhibit in the recently-opened National Museum of Estonia, in Tartu, is part of an exhibition on the Reformation in Estonia. It shows a virtual image of Our Lady of Graces on a screen in a glass box. If visitors kick a marked spot on the plinth supporting the box the image shatters into pieces and is replaced by the...
  • Gays and Catholicism: Pope's Words Open Door to Confusion

    10/17/2016 4:52:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/12/16 | AP
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — An ideological tug of war over the firing of a Rhode Island church music director for marrying his same-sex partner illustrates the confusion that permeates some U.S. Roman Catholic parishes over Pope Francis' words on homosexuality. Francis' famous declaration "Who am I to judge?" in 2013 energized Catholics who had pushed the church to accept gays and lesbians. Now, some gay Catholics and supporters who hoped for rapid acceptance find themselves stymied by many bishops and pastors. Francis is being cited by both the music director, Michael Templeton, and by Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin, known for taking...
  • SexEd: A Catholic Mother’s Conviction

    10/17/2016 1:33:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | October 16, 2016 | Pete Socks
    Imagine for a moment that an innocent inquiry throws you into what amounts to a political firestorm. Your only purpose was to defend your Catholic faith. You meant no malice towards anyone. There was no personal agenda. The intent behind your inquiry and concern was merely to ensure that the teachings of the Church were being respected and upheld, not only for your child but for future children, as well. Then imagine that the very entity that you approach in this matter identifies themselves as Catholic and persecuted you for daring to question their authority. Concerned About SexEd Content This...
  • World's Last Chance

    10/17/2016 1:12:37 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 5 replies
    Unsealed World News ^ | 10/17/16 | Gary
    The following is just my own surmising in regards to the importance of the United States election on November 8th and what might happen depending on who wins. I firmly believe that 2015's Obergefell v. Hodges was a major moral turning point in the United States.  Some commentators, such as J.D. Farag, even thought that there could be no turning back or revival at this point.  The country has been on a downward spiral for a half-century, but up until 2015 Christians were still largely protected and individual states could support righteousness in a variety of ways.  The SCOTUS ruling...
  • Perfect Minded

    10/17/2016 11:49:15 AM PDT · by imardmd1 · 10 replies
    ICR "Days of Praise" ^ | October 14, 2016 | Henry M. Morris III
    Daily Meditation:"Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you. Nevertheless, whereto we have already attained, let us walk by the same rule, let us mind the same thing." (Philippians 3:15-16) Earlier, Paul had noted that he was not "already perfect" (Philippians 3:12), using a form of the Greek verb teleioo. In today’s verse, Paul uses the adjective form teleios. Although the root of the word is the same, this particular usage is significant. In verse 12, the Holy Spirit inspires Paul...
  • Catholic Relief Services dispensed millions of condoms, abortifacients in the Congo: new

    10/17/2016 11:06:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 17, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    URGENT: Pledge to boycott Catholic Relief Services until they commit to Church teaching. Sign here! BALTIMORE, Maryland , October 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Catholic Relief Services facilitated the distribution of more than two million units of various types of contraception, including abortifacients, in the Democratic Republic of Congo over the course of four years, the Lepanto Institute says in a new report. The program resulted in skyrocketing birth control use in the region where previously residents had minimal knowledge of contraception, says Lepanto. The US Bishops’ international relief agency was an implementing partner from 2006 to 2010 in the US-funded...
  • Trump and the Jewish Vote

    10/17/2016 5:37:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 17, 2016 | Karin McQuillan
    “On our issues Trump is perfect,” declares the grassroots organization, calling on fellow Jews across the country to remember, a word resonant with religious and historical meaning for Jews. It can't be true--the American Jewish community has "forgotten," or more accurately no longer chooses to remember, the existential threat to Israel, America, and Western civilization posed by Iran and the Iran Deal.  (snip)  Our children and grandchildren [will] ask us what were we thinking or were we even thinking when we ignored and denied the dangers facing us. (snip) Are American Jewish leaders once again going to deny...
  • Fake Catholic Groups and the "Catholic Spring" Emails

    10/17/2016 4:48:15 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | October 17, 2016 | Anne Hendershott
    It is now impossible to deny that Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United have worked for years to undermine and manipulate Catholic leadership John Podesta smiles after meeting Pope Francis after the canonization Mass for Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 27, 2014. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) Beginning in 2007, orthodox Catholic writers including myself wrote dozens of articles in an attempt to expose the funding and duplicitousness of two fake Catholic groups: the George Soros-funded Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good and Catholics United. (For example,...
  • When We Subordinate Our Christian Principles

    10/17/2016 4:28:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 17, 2016 | FR. BRANDON O'BRIEN
    “I die in the Catholic Apostolic and Roman religion, that of my fathers, that in which I was brought up, and which I have always professed” wrote Queen Marie Antoinette in the early morning hours before her execution on October 16, 1793. She penned these words in her final letter, written to her sister-in-law Princess Elisabeth, the youngest sister of her husband, King Louis XVI, who had been brought to the guillotine less than nine months earlier in January. In her letter to her sister-in-law, she decried the lack of priests in France who could supply the sacraments and...
  • Socci: Scandal in the Vatican

    10/16/2016 9:53:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lo Straniero via Rorate Caeli ^ | October 14, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    Last Thursday, the 13th of October, marked the beginning of the 100-year anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, yet Bergoglio, instead of honouring Our Lady, honoured Martin Luther by taking part in an audience (in the Vatican) where a statue of the German heretic and schismatic was exposed as if he were one of the saints. For that matter, Bergoglio is the Pope who, for the first time in two thousand years, has wanted the profanation of the Sacraments! If this is not an abomination – what is? Hence 2017 starts off in this manner ... what else is it...
  • No, Voting for Trump Is Not Idolatry—Speaking Truth to Christians

    10/15/2016 11:29:22 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    PJ Media ^ | October 13, 2016 | D. C. McAllister
    Many evangelicals and Catholics have been guilty in this election of casting baseless judgments and aspersions on fellow believers. This vilification has been leveled with such a fevered and mob-like malevolence that the fundamental commandment to love your brother has been all but shredded. No doubt, the devil is laughing even as Jesus grieves. The gist of the conflict is that Christians, who have decided that Donald Trump is so evil and immoral that any vote for him is to approve of and even become complicit in his sin, are questioning not only the character but the salvation of those...
  • Why Pope Francis Is A False-Prophet [Catholic]

    10/15/2016 9:04:45 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 10/14/16 | Fr. Jerome
    Today I present to you a post from Fr. Jerome entitled: Why Pope Francis Is A False-Prophet. Fr. Jerome is a pseudonym. Due to the times in which we lives, this has become necessary.The subject matter is difficult, but he has handled it in a very careful manner and it needs to be read. Fr. Carota was never shy about tackling subjects that were difficult. In fact, he received a lot of flack for doing just that. This is something that we need to think about carefully and something that should drive us to our knees beseeching God to have...
  • The Profoundly Politically Incorrect John Zmirak [Catholic]

    10/15/2016 8:26:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 14, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    John Zmirak makes all the right heads explode. For that alone, we should be grateful.John caused quite an Internet kerfuffle a few years ago with a column called Illiberal Catholicism where he identified and took apart a tendency he spotted among young Catholics who were trending toward a hatred of America, a belief now rampant in some circles that America was badly founded and is therefore always incompatible with Catholicism. He also noted their hatred of the free market. We both saw it among the traditionalists we knew in New York in the 1990s. During a Mass on Thanksgiving...
  • Raymond Ibrahim: Hungary Helps Persecuted Christians, Bans Muslim Immigration

    10/15/2016 7:39:07 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | October 14, 2016 | RAYMOND IBRAHIM
    October 14, 2016 8:05 pm By Raymond Ibrahim 49 Comments The nation of Hungary recently did something as unprecedented as it is commonsensical and humanitarian: it “has become the first government to open an office specifically to address the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Europe.”Zoltan Balog, Hungary’s Minister for Human Resources, explained: Today, Christianity has become the most persecuted religion, where out of five people killed [for] religious reasons, four of them are Christians.In 81 countries around the world, Christians are persecuted, and 200 million Christians live in areas where they are discriminated against. Millions of Christian...
  • Archbishop Chaput: About Those Unthinking, Backward Catholics

    10/15/2016 4:38:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | October 14, 2016 | Archbishop Charles Chaput
    By Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archdiocese of Philadelphia:Back in 2008, in the weeks leading up to the Obama-McCain presidential election, two young men visited me in Denver.  They were from Catholics United, a group describing itself as committed to social justice issues.  They voiced great concern at the manipulative skill of Catholic agents for the Republican Party.  And they hoped my brother bishops and I would resist identifying the Church with single-issue and partisan (read: abortion) politics.It was an interesting experience.  Both men were obvious flacks for the Obama campaign and the Democratic Party — creatures of a political machine,...
  • New Cardinal Farrell: Amoris Laetitia is 'the Holy Spirit speaking'

    10/14/2016 7:51:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 52 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | October 14, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic prelate Pope Francis recently appointed both as a cardinal and the head of the Vatican's new centralized office for laypeople says he considers the pontiff's apostolic exhortation on family life inspired by the Holy Spirit and plans to make it his department's guiding document. Speaking in an NCR interview Thursday, Cardinal-designate Kevin Farrell said he has a hard time understanding why some bishops have reacted negatively to Amoris Laetitia ("The Joy of Love.") "I honestly don't see what and why some bishops seem to think that they have to interpret this document," said Farrell, the head of the...
  • Federal Court: Christian Pregnancy Centers Must Tell Patients Where They Can Get Abortions

    10/14/2016 5:34:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/14/16 | Bre Payton
    A federal court just ruled that pregnancy centers have to tell their patients where they can get publicly-funded contraception and an abortion—even if it violates their religious beliefs. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled today that California law AB 775, which compels Christian, pro-life pregnancy centers to advocate for abortion, doesn’t impede their First Amendment right to exercise their religious beliefs. The National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, a faith-based pro-life group with 111 clinics in California, has been embroiled in lawsuit against California Attorney General Kamala Harris for a year since the bill was signed into law...
  • Evangelical Leaders Urge Bishops Not to Change Church Teaching on Gay Relationships [UK]

    10/14/2016 4:19:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/14/16 | Staff Reporter
    More than 80 evangelical leaders in the UK have written to the College of BishopsMore than 80 evangelical leaders in the UK have written to Anglican bishops saying that the church must not alter her practice or teaching on homosexuality, arguing that it would mark a departure from their “apostolic inheritance” and the moral teachings of the Bible. The letter which is signed by 83 leaders from different churches and organisations, states: “The Bible is clear that God has given the marriage of one man with one woman as the only context in which physical expression is to be given...
  • In Rome Yes, In Florence No. Here’s How “Amoris Laetitia” Is Dividing the Church

    10/14/2016 9:08:58 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Chisea ^ | October 14, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In the pope’s diocese, the divorced and remarried can receive communion, in other Italian dioceses no. Because every bishop is deciding as he wishes. A manual by Cardinal Antonelli for confessors who want to remain faithful to perennial doctrine by Sandro Magister ROME, October 14, 2016 – Pope Francis has said plainly right from the first lines of “Amoris Laetitia” that “unity of teaching and practice is certainly necessary in the Church, but this does not preclude various ways of interpreting some aspects of that teaching or drawing certain consequences from it.” And therefore “each country or region can seek...
  • Caritas India to Recruit Transgender People

    10/13/2016 7:02:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 10/13/16
    Caritas India, an official agency of the Catholic Church, has decided to fight against an openly discriminatory mentality, announcing the launch of a programme for the assistance and social promotion of transgender people. The Catholic Church's social service wing has confirmed the decision in a statement on Monday, Oct. 10 after holding internal talks on its inclusive development policy. "Caritas is open to work with transgender people. I am even open to recruiting them," said Fr Frederick D’Souza, executive director of Caritas India, during the meeting. Referring to the initiative as the “beginning of a new school of thought,” and...
  • Neo-Cardinal Cupich: "My Interpretation of Amoris Laetitia is That of Pope Francis"

    10/13/2016 8:49:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | October 12, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Washington) The Cardinal in Spe, Blase Cupich, Archbishop of Chicago, stated in an interview that his interpretation of the controversial post-synodal letter Amoris laetitia "is the same from Pope Francis." From a progressive outsider to the influential church prince Monsignor Cupich was not only the Bishop of the tiny Diocese of Spokane in the state of Washington in 2014, but also the progressive outsider in the American Episcopal Conference. Nevertheless, or just as observers say, Pope Francis appointed him Archbishop of Chicago, one of the most important diocese in the world. Since then, the Argentine pope has been calling on...
  • Second Vatican Council Q&A

    10/12/2016 4:10:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | October 11, 2016 | Louie Verracchio
    Today, October 11, 2016, marks the 54th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. While regular readers of this space are well-versed in matters concerning Vatican II, the Council it remains a source of confusion for many if not most in the Church, and that includes any number of those in Catholic media. With this in mind, I’d like to take the opportunity to provide some basic but critically important information, in an easy-to-read Q&A format, for the benefit of those who are struggling to come to grips with the reality of the Council’s place in the life...
  • Archbishop Sample corrects ‘troublesome misuses’ of Amoris Laetitia

    10/12/2016 3:59:57 AM PDT · by Petrosius · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 12, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    PORTLAND, Oregon, October 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)—Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample has issued a pastoral letter to clarify “troublesome misuses” of Amoris Laetitia that he says “do not correspond with the Church’s teaching tradition.” In his pastoral letter A Living and True Icon, Sample began by reminding the faithful that Catholic doctrine may not change and the development of doctrine “admits of no essential change, no variation in the essential shape and limits.” “All genuine [doctrinal] development exists in continuity with the past, both in the sense of following logically or organically from what was prior, but also in the sense of...
  • Archbishop De Kesel’s Being Newly Chosen for the Cardinalate Is Due to Cardinal Danneels

    10/11/2016 5:34:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | October 11, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The recent announcement that Pope Francis has chosen seventeen new cardinals has already raised much concern and debates among Catholics. The decision to select Archbishop Jozef de Kesel of Brussels, Belgium to be now a cardinal seems especially to have become a matter of controversy. An interview published in Cologne, Germany on 10 October on the website concerning Archbishop Jozef de Kesel himself has already received much attention. For example, the Austrian website, as well as the Dutch website, have already reported on this interview given by Domradio’s journalist and specialist in theology, Jan Hendrik Stens. Stens...
  • Anything But an Example For the World. The German [Catholic] Church Is a Black Hole

    10/11/2016 12:20:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Chisea ^ | October 11, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    Money, bureaucracy, worldliness, excommunications for those who do not pay. The biting accusation of Joseph Ratzinger against Catholicism in Germany. The same one that enjoys the favor of Pope Francis by Sandro Magister ROME, October 11, 2016 – “In Germany some persons are always trying to destroy me,” pope emeritus Benedict XVI has said in the book-length interview released in recent days. And he has cited the example of the “fabrication” mounted against him by some of his countrymen when he changed the old prayer of Good Friday against the “perfidi Iudaei.” But in the same book Joseph Ratzinger has...
  • A Battle Plan from St. Paul

    10/11/2016 8:10:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 10-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Battle Plan from St. Paul Msgr. Charles Pope • October 10, 2016 • The epistle in the Extraordinary Form this past Sunday (21st Sunday after Pentecost) was particularly appropriate for our times. The Holy Spirit, writing through St. Paul, gives us important reminders of how to live and fight as true soldiers of Christ in a world increasingly gripped by satanic darkness. Let’s examine the whole passage and then reflect on its teachings:Be strengthened in the Lord and in the might of His power. Put on the armor of God, that you may be able to stand against...
  • Father Frank Pavone: I Am Voting for Donald Trump and Pro-Life Voters Should Too. Here’s Why

    10/11/2016 4:33:55 AM PDT · by Shark24 · 18 replies ^ | Oct 10, 2016 | STEVEN ERTELT
    "But when it comes t evaluating which presidential candidate to vote for, Father Frank Pavone of Priests for Life says Hillary Clinton’s steadfast support for abortion makes it so he will be voting for Donald Trump — and he urges pro-life voters to vote for him too."