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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Prayer and Fasting for our Nation

    11/14/2018 5:43:49 PM PST · by metmom · 21 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/14/2018 | self
    <p>To say that our nation is in serious trouble is a vast understatement. We are daily being bombarded with news of immorality and corruption in all levels of politics and society.</p> <p>We are under attack on many fronts.</p> <p>Abortion is still legal, homosexuality and sexual perversion is being flaunted and lauded in the streets, elections are being brazenly stolen right under our noses as we watch, and nobody is stopping it, God was kicked out of our schools and public life decades ago. Our culture has embraced humanism and sees no need for God.</p>
  • [Cath Cauc] Sexual abuse victims file class action lawsuit against Vatican, Catholic bishops

    11/14/2018 4:51:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Six men filed a class action and racketeering lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican and America’s Catholic bishops, arguing they were aware of but ignored evidence of rape and sexual abuse within the clergy. The 80-page complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., asks a judge to order a personal apology from the church hierarchy to abuse victims, to demand a full public accounting of all cases dating back to 1940, and to compensate victims and create a medical monitoring fund to help in recovery. The plaintiffs all say they were abused when they were children attending churches from...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The USCCB’s uselessness as an agent of holiness is on display yet again.

    11/14/2018 9:31:30 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 14, 2018 | George Neumayr
    In the early days of Baltimore, if a Catholic leader had proposed a religious gathering at a swanky hotel, he would have been ridiculed. Such a suggestion would have been taken as a mark of spiritual unseriousness. Ascetic, serious-minded bishops might meet in monasteries or religious houses to discuss matters of grave importance to the Church. But a hotel? That practice only became popular after worldly, faux-populist fetishes saturated the post-Vatican II Church.And so now every November Catholics in the pews have to pony up hundreds of thousands of dollars for the bishops to enjoy a cushy get-away at such...
  • Ripe for Abuse’: How Catholic Sex Scandal Convinced One Seminarian to Go Public

    11/13/2018 6:34:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Philly Inquirer ^ | 11/12/18 | Julia Terruso
    DENVER — Stephen Szutenbach had never kissed anyone when, he says, a priest he had befriended in the late 1990s started making sexual advances. Szutenbach was 18, a devout Catholic teenager interested in the seminary; the Rev. Kent Drotar was a 39-year-old ranking administrator at St. John Vianney Seminary. "I was so sheltered and I was very uncomfortable because … he's in charge," Szutenbach said. "He's the person who could say, 'I don't think he's fit to be in the seminary.' " But the young man did get into the seminary. And in the ensuing four years, he experienced repeated...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Laity are fed up with 'the dreaded silence of a haughty hierarchy'

    11/13/2018 5:02:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church MIlitant ^ | November 13, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    BALTIMORE ( - At the Silence Stops Now rally in Baltimore on Tuesday, international child protection attorney Liz Yore, Esq. called out, "We need to protect the children!" "And like the courageous laity who led the fight to protect the unborn children," she proclaimed, "the laity will lead the fight to protect the children from the sexual predators in the Catholic clergy." "We faithful Catholics," she declared, "are fed up with the dreaded silence of a haughty hierarchy!"  "This haughty hierarchy covered up and participated in the rape of our innocent boys and our precious seminarians," she said, indicating the mass of Catholic bishops meeting across the...
  • Archbishop praises West Virginians for ending taxpayer funding of abortion

    11/13/2018 4:31:34 PM PST · by Morgana · 1 replies ^ | November 10, 2018 | Colleen Rowan
    The people of West Virginia have shown their devotion to the culture of life by voting to end taxpayer funding of abortion in the state, said Baltimore Archbishop William Lori, who is apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Voters approved Amendment 1, which adds to the state constitution: “Nothing in this constitution secures or protects a right to abortion or requires the funding of abortion.” “West Virginians told lawmakers that they stand for life through the passage of Amendment 1,” the archbishop said. “Their voices put an end to decades of taxpayer-funded abortions through Medicaid that have resulted in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Remembering Cardinal Hans Hermann Groër, O.S.B

    11/13/2018 4:00:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | November 13, 2018 | Randy Engel
    [The following article was originally published in the September issue of The Catholic Inquisitor. With the USCCB meeting presently taking place in Baltimore, along with news that Rome has acted to prevent the bishops’ vote on the proposed Standards of Episcopal Conduct – and this even as the clerical homo-predator scandal dominates Catholic and secular news – it is well worth either reading for the first time or revisiting. – ED.] IntroductionIt’s been more than 23 years since the Cardinal Hans Groër, O.S.Bsex abuse scandal erupted in Vienna, Austria.Recently, while researching the Cardinal McCarrick case, I had occasion to go...
  • [Cath Cauc] Shock, Confusion As Vatican Orders American Bishops Not to Vote on Abuse Measures

    11/13/2018 3:46:03 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 13, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    Yesterday, during the opening session of the US Bishops’ fall annual meeting, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the American bishops’ conference, announced that the Holy See had intervened to stop the bishops from voting on two measures designed to tackle the Church’s ongoing sex abuse crisis. The Vatican has inexplicably ordered the bishops to wait on taking further action to address the crisis until after a February meeting in which the pope plans to gather the heads of the bishops’ conferences from around the world.Ed Condon of the Catholic News Agency (CNA) reports that the crowd of assembled bishops were “visibly surprised”...
  • A Welcome Diagnosis but No Cure

    11/13/2018 2:44:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | November 13, 2018 | Chris Ferrrara
    Writing in Catholic World Report, Dr. Douglas Farrow, a professor of Theology and Christian Thought at McGill University, joins the growing ranks of “mainstream” commentators who are, at last, one with traditionalists in sounding the alarm about what Farrow calls “the troubling Bergoglio pontificate…”. (I hasten to add that the very emergence of the term “traditionalist” in the life of the Church, signifying simply those Catholics who have continued to believe and practice the unreconstructed Faith after Vatican II, as is their God-given right and duty, demonstrates the gravity of the crisis that has led to this troubling pontificate.) I...
  • Liberal Commentator Claims Bible Encourages Abortion: ‘That’s a Fact’

    11/13/2018 11:19:31 AM PST · by Morgana · 40 replies
    Faith Wire .com ^ | November 12, 2018 | Tré Goins-Phillips Editor
    Progressive pundit Cenk Uygur argued recently the Bible is pro-abortion. The founder of The Young Turks — a far-left outlet — employed a passage from the Old Testament to make his case. Uygur, taking Numbers 5 out of context, claimed it’s “a fact” Scripture endorses abortion. “You’re wrong about your Bible,” he said, speaking to Christians. “You’ve been misled; you’ve been lied to. Your religious and political leaders have kept you in ignorance. The Bible is actually pro-abortion — that’s a fact.” Uygur went on to suggest abortion has never been a religious issue. “It was never about the Bible,”...
  • [Cath Cauc] Pope Francis has pulled the rug out from under the feet of the US bishops

    11/12/2018 4:02:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 12, 2018 | Church Militant
    Welcome to this special report from the bishops' conference in Baltimore where, moments into the meeting, conference President Cdl. Daniel DiNardo dropped the bombshell that Pope Francis has pulled the rug out from under the feet of the U.S. bishops and ordered them to cancel their expected Thursday vote in what to do about the priestly sex abuse crisis, most of which is homosexual predatory abuse. DiNardo appeared disturbed by the orders from the Vatican having been given to him at essentially the last minute late last night. Following that, Papal Nuncio Christophe Pierre got up and essentially said great strides...
  • Episcopal bishop, William Love, bans gay unions on his turf [Albany NY]

    11/12/2018 9:50:34 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 12, 2018
    An Episcopal bishop in Albany, New York, has issued a directive banning same-sex marriages in his diocese, saying the church has been “hijacked by the ‘Gay Rights Agenda.’” The Rev. William Love says in a pastoral letter that Scripture describes same-sex relationships as “sinful.” He also says that “Satan is having a heyday bringing division into the church.” His directive Saturday comes three weeks before a resolution allowing same-sex marriages in Episcopal churches nationwide goes into effect. …
  • [Catholic Caucus] Vatican Cancels US Bishops’ Vote on Sex-Abuse Reform Measures

    11/12/2018 9:03:34 AM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 12, 2018 | Ed Condon
    Vatican Cancels US Bishops’ Vote on Sex-Abuse Reform Measures Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals that had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual-abuse crisis. The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14. The instruction to delay consideration of a new “Code of Conduct” for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct came directly from the Holy See, Cardinal...
  • [Catholic Caucus] From Martini To Bergoglio. Toward a Vatican Council III

    11/12/2018 6:24:48 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | November 12, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    From Martini To Bergoglio. Toward a Vatican Council III The synod of last October was supposed to be about young people. And instead in concluding it, Pope Francis said that “its first fruit” was “synodality.”In fact, the most surprising paragraphs of the final document - and also the most contested, with dozens of votes against - were precisely the ones on the “synodal form of the Church.”Surprising because synodality was practically never talked about, neither in the preparatory phase of the synod, nor in the assembly, nor in the working groups. Only to see it appear in the final document,...
  • [Cath Cauc] Cardinal Burke on Viganò testimony: God’s law is higher than the pontifical secret

    11/10/2018 4:10:04 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 9, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    Cardinal Burke on Viganò testimony: God’s law is higher than the pontifical secret November 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – God’s law comes before all else, Cardinal Raymond Burke said recently in regard to bombshell testimonies from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò on mishandling of clergy sexual abuse in the Church up to and including Pope Francis. Because of this, the former U.S. papal nuncio was obligated to come forward with what he knew, the cardinal said. “The evils he had denounced are of the most serious nature,” said Cardinal Burke, and if true, then “he was obliged in conscience” to release...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Burke on Vigano: To Ignore Him is Negligence

    11/10/2018 3:38:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 9, 2018 | Michael Matt
    Cardinal Burke on Vigano: To Ignore Him is Negligence Cardinal Burke has been quite vocal recently in defense of Archbishop Viganò.LifeSiteNews reports: “The evils he had denounced are of the most serious nature,” said Cardinal Burke, and if true, then “he was obliged in conscience” to release the information as he did.“The law of God in these matters is higher than, for example, the pontifical secret,” Burke said.And in a recent interview with The Wanderer: “We ought to take very seriously all that he has said,” Cardinal Burke stated, as Vigano has said he has evidence to back his...
  • Most tone-deaf pro-abortion ad ever says smiling baby ‘deserves to be a choice’

    11/09/2018 5:58:51 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 9, 2018 | Calvin Freiburger
    Most tone-deaf pro-abortion ad ever says smiling baby ‘deserves to be a choice’ The baby girl featured in the Agenda Project's pro-abortion ad. November 9, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – There’s missing the point, there’s shooting yourself in the foot, and then there’s the Agenda Project. That’s the left-wing advocacy group best known for the infamous 2011 commercial about Paul Ryan pushing grannies in wheelchairs off of cliffs. Believe it or not, ChoiceForTwo founder and director Laura Klassen discovered this week that that the AP actually managed to outdo that classic in 2015. The spot, titled “The Chosen,” features a closeup...
  • Pastors Will Ask for God’s Blessing on Local Abortion Clinic Tonight

    11/09/2018 7:21:55 AM PST · by Morgana · 39 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | November 9, 2018 | Steven Ertelt
    It’s one of the most sacrilegious acts a religious leader could perform, but it’s happening again — this time in Columbus, Ohio. Tonight, the the so-called Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice is planning a “blessing” of a local abortion clinic. This appears to be a response to the closing ceremony of the 40 Days for Life campaign where pro-life advocates pray outside abortion facilities worldwide and offer practical pregnancy help and support for women. Originally, the blessing was supposed to take place at a Planned Parenthood abortion center. Although, the Planned Parenthood event has now been taken off their website,...
  • “Catholics” for Choice ...Abortionists Call Pope Francis a “Villain” for Opposing Abortion

    11/08/2018 7:06:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies ^ | Nov 7, 2018 | Joshua Gill
    Catholics for Choice decried Pope Francis as a “villain” in an open letter signed by 50 abortion providers over his comparison of abortion to contract killing. Catholics for Choice published the letter Wednesday in response to an address Francis delivered in St. Peter’s Square on October 10 in which he said abortion was as unfair as hiring “a hitman to solve a problem.” The group expressed shock that the leader of the Catholic Church, who has compared abortion to Nazi eugenics, would disparage abortion, and called his comments “a disappointment to abortion providers.” “The villains here are not those who...
  • Trump Administration Announces New Conscience Exemptions for Contraceptive Mandate

    11/08/2018 6:23:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Organizations and individuals objecting to the mandate’s provisions on either religious or moral grounds will be exemptThe Departments of Health and Human Services, Treasury, and Labor released two updated rules concerning conscience protections for organizations and individuals in relation to the HHS contraception mandate. Under the new rules, organizations and individuals objecting to the controversial mandate’s provisions on either religious or moral grounds will be exempt. According to a press release from HHS, the new rules “provide an exemption from the contraceptive coverage mandate to entities and individuals that object to services covered by the mandate on the basis of...