Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • Cardinal George: ‘Society Will Be The Worse For It’ If Gay Marriage Legalized

    09/24/2012 9:20:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 9/23/12
    CHICAGO (CBS) – Cardinal Francis George, speaking Sunday at a mass to celebrate the golden anniversaries of more than 400 couples, used the celebration as a platform to reiterate the Catholic Church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. The cardinal spoke at a ceremony where 400 couples who have been married for 50 years renewed their wedding vows at Holy Name Cathedral. George honored the couples for their lifetime commitments to each other, and the families they have helped to raise. “I thank you for the way in which you are open to others in Christ’s name. I think you for the...
  • 'They're Serious and They're Not Going to Back Down': Archbishop Cordileone, Heads to San Francisco

    09/24/2012 9:17:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/24/12 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I believe that the Archbishop was chosen precisely because he is up to this kind of challenge.SAN FRANCISCO, CA (Catholic Online) - A weekend article in the Los Angeles Times expressed the surprise of some in the main stream media over Pope Benedict's superb choice to Shepherd the faithful of San Francisco. ArchBishop Salvatore Cordileone will be installed on October 4, 2012, the Feast of the patron of the City, Francis of Assisi. This Bishop is ready, as was Francis, to assume the work of rebuilding the Church. He understands, as did that great Saint, that the Church carries forward...
  • Victorian Catholic Church reveals 620 abuse cases

    09/24/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/22/2012
    The Catholic Church in Victoria has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call for an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday but said the instances of abuse reported had fallen dramatically from the "appalling" numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Evangelicals: the new Face of Brazilian Fashion

    09/24/2012 7:53:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 15 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | September 23, 2012 | AP
    ITABORAI, Brazil – The latest fashion trend hitting the streets of Rio de Janeiro is the polar opposite of the famous Brazilian bikini. Instead of second-skin dresses in shocking pink spandex or strapless tops with strategically placed peek-a-boo paneling, the newest fashion craze is overt modesty. Found in stores like Silca Evangelical Fashion, these coveted pieces include demure, long-sleeved frocks with how-low-can-you-go hemlines and the polyester putty-colored potato sack dresses. In the birthplace of the "fio dental" or dental floss string bikini, so-called evangelical fashion has emerged as a growing segment of the country's $52 billion-a-year textile industry, catering to...
  • San Rafael priest granted diversion in China Camp nudity case

    09/24/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gary Klien
    A San Rafael priest charged with exposing himself at China Camp State Park was granted misdemeanor diversion, giving him the chance to clear his record in two years. The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was arrested Aug. 23 during an undercover sting at the state park, where rangers were cracking down on lewd behavior and sexual activity. The park said Mofan approached a plainclothes ranger at Chicken Coop Hill, propositioned him for sex and exposed himself.
  • Albanian bishops to excommunicate Catholics who take part in ‘blood-feud’ killings

    09/24/2012 7:10:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 24, 2012 | CWN
    The Albanian bishops have announced that they will excommunicate Catholics who take part in the practice of gjakmarrja: revenge killings that avenge murders or violations to a family’s honor such as a divorce. “People kill without hesitation in this bloody, barbaric system of revenge, often justifying their actions from a centuries-old tradition," said Archbishop Angelo Massafra of Shkodrë-Pult. “They attach more importance to human tradition than the law of God, and through their murderous behavior trample on the Gospel of Life and cross of Christ.” “Every person of the Catholic faith who kills for motives of vendetta will be excommunicated,”...
  • Bishop Joseph Devine's Auschwitz Abortion Image Link Condemned [UK]

    09/24/2012 6:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/12
    Pro-choice campaigners have condemned a Scottish Roman Catholic Bishop who made comparisons between images of Nazi death camps and abortion. Bishop Joseph Devine was responding to the case of two Christian campaigners who held up banners of aborted foetuses at a Brighton clinic. He said Holocaust images "brought home the horrors of such evil catastrophes" more effectively than words. The British Pregnancy Advisory Service described his views as "very warped". Earlier this week a judge dismissed the case of two protesters arrested by police for displaying graphic banners outside Wiston Clinic in Brighton. In a statement responding to the decision...
  • The Boy They Couldn't Kill

    09/22/2012 2:49:41 PM PDT · by lastchance · 5 replies
    Sports Illustrated, SI Vault ^ | September 17, 2012 | Thomas Lake
    The English language has a million words, but only one for the two kinds of forgiveness. This is a major failure. The two kinds may be similar at the molecular level but they are far removed in magnitude. Like a candle flame and a volcano, an April shower and a hurricane, a soft tremor beneath your feet and the great San Francisco earthquake. The first kind of forgiveness is the easy kind. Someone wounds you, and in time this offender comes to see what he has done. He returns to lay the crime at your feet. And when you reach...
  • ACLU wins round in fight for French Quarter preachers

    09/22/2012 11:01:53 AM PDT · by Uncle Slayton · 3 replies
    NOLA.com ^ | 9/21/12 | Bruce Nolan
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of a New Orleans law recently used to arrest Christian evangelists preaching on Bourbon Street during Southern Decadence, the annual celebration of gay culture in the French Quarter. Part of the city's recently enacted "aggressive solicitation" ordinance orders people not to "loiter or congregate on Bourbon Street for the purpose of disseminating any social, political or religious message between the hours of sunset and sunrise."
  • Should Christians Adopt Embryos?

    09/22/2012 8:15:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/22/2012 | By Russell D. Moore
    Evangelical Christians, it seems, are adopting embryos at an increasing rate, and the secular media are noticing the trend. Last week, religion journalist Krista Kapralos wrote about the theological and missional underpinnings of born-again believers giving birth to "unused embryos." In a few minutes, I plan to talk to her about whether we should see this as something God calls us to do. I mentioned, awhile back, that I had received some kick-back from someone who opposed any talk of so-called "snowflake adoption," and objected to such an adoption happening in his extended family. How, he wondered, could I support...
  • Top ELCA Leader Confirms Homosexual Marriages Allowed in Denomination

    09/22/2012 2:58:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/21/12 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially allows homosexual marriages, so says the “number two man” in the denomination, David Swartling. At the 2012 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly it has been reported that, “(I)n response to a query from the floor of the assembly, Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, at the assembly as the representative of the national church, said that the marriage of same-gender couples in states where that was legal was neither endorsed nor precluded by ELCA policy. Marriage in those circumstances was at the discretion of pastors and congregations.” (read here) One of the duties of...
  • John Piper: 'Change' for the Homosexual Is Possible

    09/21/2012 3:17:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/21/2012 | Audrey Barrick , Christian Post Reporter
    Theologian John Piper has weighed in on the "change is possible" debate, arguing that the possibility of changing one's sexual orientation should not be ruled out. But the Reformed pastor also argued that sexual identity is complicated and cannot be simplified into three groups: heterosexual, homosexual and bisexual. "There are hundreds of variations of impulses that make up our peculiar sexual identities. This means that 'change' is not a movement from one of three groups to another of three groups," Piper blogged on the Desiring God ministries website. While the debate over whether gay persons can become straight has long...
  • Mormons Want to Excommunicate Romney Critic

    09/21/2012 1:10:53 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 121 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | September 21, 2012 | Jamie Reno
    After writing negative articles about the Republican candidate, the managing editor of MormonThink.com says he faces excommunication. Is the Church on a witch hunt?David Twede, 47, a scientist, novelist, and fifth-generation Mormon, is managing editor of MormonThink.com, an online magazine produced largely by members of the Mormon Church that welcomes scholarly debate about the religion’s history from both critics and true believers. A Mormon in good standing, Twede has never been disciplined by Latter Day Saints leadership. But it now appears his days as a Mormon may be numbered because of a series of articles he wrote this past week...
  • Faithful should distinguish between Catholic faith and Vatican state [Vatican - the Last Monarchy?]

    09/21/2012 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 40 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | September 21, 2012 | JOHN MANNION
    THE PUBLIC response to the recent Vatican embassy closure indicates that many devout Catholics are unable to distinguish between the Catholic faith and the Vatican state. Central to the former is our belief in Jesus Christ as God incarnate, but nowhere in our creed do we profess a belief in the Vatican state, of whose origins and history we know practically nothing. Given that Taoiseach Enda Kenny travels to Rome this weekend to meet the pope, it may be timely to try lift the veil on these matters. To do so, it is necessary to go back to AD313 when...
  • Oakdale priest, 47, charged in sex assault of boy, 12

    09/21/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | Emily Gurnon
    An Oakdale priest has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy. The boy reported to his mother that Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, had been sexually abusing him in a camper trailer in the church parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
  • Vatican Helps Launch Church-Approved Ads for Catholic Websites

    09/21/2012 6:35:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Religion News Service ^ | 9/19/12 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) An Italian startup is launching a web advertising platform that aims to provide Catholic websites with Catholic-approved advertisements. The platform, called AdEthic, will be presented on Thursday (Sept. 20) at a press conference in Rome, as part of a wider Catholic project to engage in social media. According to Andrea Salvati, a manager at Google Italy who will take the role of CEO at AdEthic in October, the platform wants to tap into the vast Catholic online market that has so far been unable or unwilling to use advertisements. Many Catholic webmasters are "scared" that inappropriate advertisements,...
  • Retired Air Force chaplain arrested in sexual assault case

    09/21/2012 6:31:57 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 6 replies
    KWGN ^ | September 19, 2012 | David Mitchell
    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A retired Air Force chaplain was arrested Wednesday in a sexual assault case that detectives say involves at least four victims. The suspect is 78-year-old David Grosse. Police received a report of an alleged sexual assault on July 3 and opened their investigation at that time. “Investigators are concerned that there may be more victims,” says Colorado Springs police spokeswoman Barbara Miller.
  • Abortion Will Hinder Rise of China and India: Catholic Cardinal

    09/21/2012 6:30:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Expressing concern over the gender imbalance in India and China due to selective abortion of female foetuses, an Australian Catholic Archbishop has said that this trend would hinder the rise of the two Asian giants. "The social consequences of these infamous policies over the next few decades are likely to bring new meaning to the term of reaping the whirlwind," Cardinal George Pell said during a function in Sydney. "Unlike Europe and Japan, where societies aged after they had become rich, in China and India they will follow their more prosperous predecessors into serious demographic decline in a few decades,...
  • Amish found guilty of hate crimes

    09/21/2012 6:13:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 13 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | September 21, 2012 | James F. McCarty
    CLEVELAND — Amish bishop Samuel Mullet Sr. was convicted yesterday of federal hate crimes and conspiracy for exhorting followers to forcibly shear the hair and beards of those who opposed his breakaway Ohio sect. Mullet’s three sons, his daughter and 11 other family members and followers in his ultra-strict Amish order 100 miles southeast of Cleveland also were convicted of conspiracy and hate crimes after a trial that attracted international attention. The 66-year-old bishop could face life in prison for his crimes. U.S. District Judge Dan Aaron Polster scheduled sentencing hearings for Jan. 24. Assistant U.S. Attorney Bridget Brennan said...
  • How The Church Sold Out America For Thirty Pieces Of Silver

    09/19/2012 9:20:53 PM PDT · by Smthrn · 3 replies
    NorCal Blogs ^ | Sept 19, 2012 | Chuck Wolk
    How The Church Sold Out America For 30 Pieces of Silver (Zonation Video) By Gate on September 19, 2012 6:00 AM | No Comments by Chuck Woll The day the clergy became silent on government matters in return for a tax exempt status, is the day they sold out their congregations. Every Sunday the ministers preach about the need to have faith in God. Yet, by taking advantage of their tax exempt status, they are putting their faith in Caesar to help pay the church's bills, instead of God. Imagine how different America would have been if God was not...
  • Fundamentalism by another name

    09/19/2012 7:02:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    WORLD magazine ^ | Sept. 17, 2012 | Janie B. Cheaney
    According to some people, the state of Missouri last week began a determined slide back to the “Dark Ages.” The Dark Ages of 2011, that is. The legislature overrode a veto by Gov. Jay Nixon of Senate Bill 749, which exempts employers from providing reproductive services to their employees on the basis of religious scruples. The vote was decisive: 109-45 in the House and 26-6 in the Senate. Here’s the key paragraph of the summary of the bill: “No employer, health plan provider, health plan sponsor, health care provider, or any other person or entity shall be compelled to provide...
  • Why do Catholic women reject their Church’s teaching on contraception? Now we know.

    09/19/2012 6:31:06 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 64 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | Sep 18, 2012 | Carolyn Moynihan
    Back in February this year, when the battle between religious leaders and the Obama administration over the latter’s contraceptive mandate reached a new pitch of intensity, the White House defended its policy by alleging that 98 per cent of Catholic women had used contraception. If that was the case, we were meant to ask, what on earth were the Catholic bishops, for one, making a song and dance about? Hadn’t their own female constituency effectively deserted them on this issue? The claim, quoted far and wide at the time, turned out to be a political factoid rather than a real...
  • Joliet bishop revokes return of priest accused of sex with teen

    09/18/2012 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/18/2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    A Joliet-area priest reinstated last week after being removed from ministry over an allegation of sexual abuse has been withdrawn once again, Joliet Bishop R. Daniel Conlon confirmed today. Last week, parishioners learned that the Rev. F. Lee Ryan could minister to homebound parishioners of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, south of Kankakee, and St. Joseph Mission in Crescent City. He had been removed from ministry in May 2010 because of an alleged relationship with a teenager in the 1970s.
  • Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    09/18/2012 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/18/2012 | Brooks Egerton
    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice. The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.”
  • Catholic group calls for KC Bishop Robert Finn to resign

    09/18/2012 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 9/16/2012 | Karen Dillon
    Members of a national Catholic organization on Sunday demanded the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn, who was convicted this month of failing to report child sexual abuse.The National Survivor Advocates Coalition, which has its headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, held a news conference at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City - in the shadow of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - to make its demand."A criminally convicted bishop cannot lead. Bishop Finn must resign or be removed by Pope Benedict," said coalition chairwoman Kristine Ward. "Every hour he remains bishop revictimizes survivors and their families."
  • The myth of Mitt Romney’s evangelical problem

    09/18/2012 7:13:26 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 14 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 17, 2012 | Jonathan Merritt
    Mitt Romney has an evangelical problem. Or so we’ve been told by everyone from The New Yorker to The Huffington Post to The Daily Beast. The national media have perpetuated this narrative throughout the election season, and political pundits aplenty have assumed its reliability in their columns and commentary. But there’s one glaring problem with the storyline: It’s not true. [SNIP] There are at least two explanations for why Romney’s Mormonism matters so little among this powerful voting bloc. First, evangelicals seem to care more about political ideology than orthodox theology as far as voting is concerned. Polls show that...
  • Catholic church suspends Philadelphia priest

    09/18/2012 7:04:04 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    SFGate.com ^ | 9/17/2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia who was previously cleared of inappropriate conduct has been suspended due to new allegations of sexual abuse, church officials said Monday. The accusations, which involve minors and date back about 30 years, first surfaced last spring, according to the archdiocese. The Associated Press is not naming the 56-year-old priest because he has not been criminally charged. He could not be reached for comment on Monday.
  • Missouri Law Big Victory for Religious Freedom

    09/18/2012 6:36:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/17/12 | CNS Staff
    Last week’s approval of a religious liberty law in Missouri will have a significant impact on Catholic education in the state, and it is a hopeful sign for religious employers and families who oppose the Obama health plan’s mandatory coverage for abortion-causing drugs, sterilizations and contraception. According to Matt Bowman of Alliance Defending Freedom: On Wednesday, Missouri lawmakers ignored the warnings of the Obama administration and overrode their governor’s veto to enact religious exemptions to the abortion pill mandate. The bill, which passed through the state senate on a 26-6 vote and through the house on a 109-45 vote, is...
  • Los Angeles Archbishop Suspends Faculties of Pro-Homosexual Priest

    09/18/2012 6:22:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The following excerpt comes from a September 14 story on LifeSiteNews.com.A priest who helped found a gay ‘marriage’ advocacy group for Catholics has been suspended from distributing the sacraments or representing himself publicly as a cleric by his bishop. The National Catholic Register reported Monday that Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles had spoken to Rev. Joseph Palacios, co-founder of Catholics for Equality, a small group created two years ago with strong connections to the Human Rights Campaign. Palacios described the purpose of his outreach at Princeton University in February 2011, where he called the Church’s faithful the key target...
  • Martin Luther Weeps

    09/17/2012 7:42:06 PM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies
    Patriot Mash ^ | 9/17/12 | Rick Adams
    On a small so-called Lutheran college campus in northern Minnesota, a national battle for the soul of America is being played out in microcosm. In response to the left’s cancer that has plagued America’s institutions, where fealty to leftist Pagan values is now a virtue, and the hostile intolerance of all other values a requirement, a courageous young lady has decided to lay down her own very small gauntlet against the oppressive and Orwellian indoctrination of the left. In her world, that indoctrination starts early, via the insidious and not-so-subtle “Coming Out” week, where Pagan propaganda is not only celebrated,...
  • Abp Chaput on voting for Obama: ‘I certainly can’t vote for somebody who’s pro-choice’

    09/17/2012 11:38:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 129 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 17, 2012 | Patrick B. Craine
    PHILADELPHIA, Sept. 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - As the November general election approaches, America’s Catholic bishops have been walking a fine line as they strive to avoid appearances of partisanship while at the same time they wage a high-profile battle against the Obama administration over religious freedom. Earlier this month, one of the leading lights in the U.S. episcopate insisted he “certainly” could not vote for Obama, while not specifically endorsing his Republic opponent Mitt Romney. Asked whether a Catholic could vote for Obama in good faith, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia replied: “I can only speak in terms of my...
  • African-American Christians waver over vote

    09/16/2012 1:15:05 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Some black clergy see no good presidential choice between a Mormon candidate and one who supports gay marriage, so they are telling their flocks to stay home on Election Day. That's a worrisome message for the nation's first African-American president, who can't afford to lose any voters from his base in a tight race. The pastors say their congregants are asking how a true Christian could back same-sex marriage, as President Barack Obama did in May. As for Republican Mitt Romney, the first Mormon nominee from a major party, congregants are questioning the theology of the Church of Jesus Christ...
  • Parliaments and Nations Will Pass Away, the Words of Christ Will Last Forever

    09/16/2012 6:00:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/15/12
    No nation is guaranteed a permanent place in this world, these ridiculous parliaments and governments with no sense of their impermanence will one day disappear: the only end of history is Our Lord Jesus Christ. From the declarations of Cardinal Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, upon meeting a minister of the French government, that will soon push through parliament the modification of the civil notion of marriage in order to include unnatural unions: "This has many consequences that cannot be numbered. Afterwards, they will try to create 'couples' of three, or of four. After that, one day, perhaps, the prohibition of...
  • FIRST-PERSON: There is no right to not be offended

    09/15/2012 4:34:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Kelly Boggs
    "The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended cannot coexist," rightly observed Philip Sharp. It seems, however, that the "unrealistic expectation" cited by the retired U.S. Army Ranger and author is being viewed increasingly as a right. The belief that individuals have a "right" to not be offended seems to be gaining momentum in the United States. As this concept grows in popularity it is set to challenge one of America's first freedoms -- the freedom of speech. If the "right" against offense ever triumphs, if it is ever enshrined in law, free speech, of...
  • 'We have no king but Caesar:' Some thoughts on Catholic faith and public life

    09/15/2012 3:48:01 PM PDT · by Not gonna take it anymore · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | September 15, 2012 | Archbishop Charles J. Chaput
    Home » Columns » Bishops' Corner September 15, 2012 'We have no king but Caesar:' Some thoughts on Catholic faith and public life By Archbishop Charles J. Chaput * 41 A priest I know does a lot of spiritual direction. Two of the men he was helping died suddenly this past year, one of a heart attack and one of a stroke. In both cases they were relatively young men and quite successful. In both cases they watched Fox News. And in both cases they had gotten into the nightly habit of shouting at President Obama whenever he came on...
  • Does The Church Need To Keep Up With The Times?

    09/15/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | September 14, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy Dolan
    “That old-fashioned, dusty, out-of-it, stuck-in-the-mud Church just has to get with it! She’s got to keep up with the times or she is going to lose folks!”How often have you heard that? I hear it at almost every reception, dinner, or meeting I go to, or read some version of it every time I peruse magazines, newspapers, and blog-sites, or listen to radio or TV.What About Vatican Two?A subset of this chant is that Good Pope John and the Second Vatican Council were well on their way to making those radical changes in the Church, making it more “relevant and...
  • Los Angeles archbishop suspends faculties of ‘Catholics for Equality’ priest

    09/15/2012 1:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 14, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Archbishop Gomez LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A priest who helped found a gay ‘marriage’ advocacy group for Catholics has been suspended from distributing the sacraments or representing himself publicly as a cleric by his bishop. The National Catholic Register reported Monday that Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles had spoken to Rev. Joseph Palacios, co-founder of “Catholics for Equality” (CFE), a small group created two years ago with strong connections to the Human Rights Campaign. Palacios described the purpose of his outreach at Princeton University in February 2011, where he called the Church’s faithful the key target...
  • What Catholics Really Believe

    09/14/2012 1:28:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    “….the Catechism has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates , lives, and prays in her daily life.” – Pope John Paul II (CCC pg xiv) God gave everyone a Free Will. No one is forced to be Catholic. People are Catholic because they want to be Catholic. The Catholic Church is not a salad bar where individuals can pick and choose what he or she wishes to believe. We do not vote on what is...
  • Hobby Lobby: First Evangelical-Led Business Files Lawsuit Against HHS Mandate

    09/14/2012 8:40:49 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 13, 2012 | Alex Murashko
    Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., a privately held retail chain with 22,500 employees led by a Christian family, filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma, opposing the Health and Human Services "preventive services" mandate, the company announced Wednesday. The company becomes the largest and only non-Catholic-owned business to file a lawsuit against the government's contraception mandate. The company's CEO and founder, David Green, said Wednesday that the mandate would force the Christian-owned-and-operated business to provide, without co-pay, the "morning after pill" and "week after pill" in their health insurance plan, or face crippling fines...
  • The prickly Catholic vote ["bargaining with evil" vs "sitting the election out"]

    09/14/2012 6:04:54 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 26 replies
    RenewAmerica ^ | September 14, 2012 | Louie Verrecchio
    In the days immediately following Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate, the Catholic blogosphere was all abuzz with excitement, but it was also filled with a lot of hand-wringing over the Wisconsin congressman's alleged attachment to the philosophy of Ayn Rand. Now, I'm not talking about liberals in Catholic clothing like James Salt of Catholics United and other likeminded posers who are engaged in a two-front war against both Jesus Christ and capitalism; rather, I'm referring to otherwise sensible commentators who sincerely love the Lord and His Church. Over the last couple of weeks, speculation about...
  • Imprisoned Philly priest appeals for bail in higher court

    09/13/2012 11:35:14 AM PDT · by count-your-change · 8 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Aug. 16, 2012 | John P. Martin, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
    Lynn is serving 3 to 6 years in state prison after a Common Pleas Court jury found him guilty of endangering children when he was secretary for clergy under Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua. Lynn, who managed archdiocesan priests assignments, let one remain in active ministry at a Northeast Philadelphia parish in the 1990s despite concluding that he had once abused a minor. That priest, Edward Avery, later sexually assaulted a 10-year-old altar boy
  • Catholic Conundrum: What's an Anti-Abortion, Pro-Immigrant Voter to Do?

    09/13/2012 8:28:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies
    Phoenix New Times ^ | Sep 13 2012 | Monica Alonzo
    ....religious-minded Americans also have to reconcile conflicting stances on political views within the church itself. For example, both Mormon and Catholic doctrines preach anti-abortion and traditional family values that align with the Republican way. At the same time, church leaders also publicly adopted a Democrat-esque, humane approach to immigration enforcement, inccluding a path to citizenship. [SNIP] The conversation also is about immigration and church officials' views that politicians should adopt a more tolerant view of the presence of immigrants. The softer stance stems from a growing number of undocumented immigrants converting to Mormonism — an estimated 70 percent of Latino...
  • HuffPo News Flash: Mormons Don't Think Jesus was Black

    09/12/2012 9:20:59 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 70 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | Sept 10, 2012 | Matthew Philbin
    Finding racism in ridiculous places: It isn’t just for MSNBC anymore. The Huffington Post has performed a neat trick, exercising its own religious bigotry by accusing someone else of racism. The result is a breathtakingly inane article. (The crusade to re-elect Obama has spurred his media acolytes to heroic exertions, hasn’t it?) Writing in HuffPo on Sept. 9, Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum broke incredible news: Mormon iconography commonly includes a statue of a white Jesus! And that white statue first appeared in Salt Lake City in 1966, “the middle of the Civil Rights movement.” The image, called Christus,...
  • Helen Alvare: 'Birth Control's Worst Enemy' 'Feminine Genius' Champion

    09/12/2012 9:05:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/11/12 | Christopher White
    Her new book challenges the ‘war on women’ rhetoric.WASHINGTON — During an election year dominated by a partisan drumbeat heralding a “war on women", Helen Alvaré will provide a welcome reprieve: She is the editor of a new book of essays — stories by Catholic women that challenge the assertion that unrestricted access to contraception is essential to women’s happiness and well-being. Currently a professor at George Mason Law School, Alvaré has dedicated her life’s work to the defense of the unborn and making a public case for traditional marriage. Her involvement in pro-life and pro-family causes has been a...
  • Nuns Supporting Obama? Social Responsibility is 'Part of Pro-Life Stance,' They Say

    09/12/2012 7:33:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2012 | Brittney R. Villalva
    Nuns wearing the expected black and white habits and sitting backstage of the Republican National Convention are not the only ones who have taken a political stance. A second group, supported by Sister Simone Campbell during the Democratic National Convention, have taken their own stand and are speaking out for social responsibility. The Catholic Church has found itself in the midst of a boxing match as it struggles to gain political advantage. And this time, the group leading the fight is not composed of bishops and priests, but women who are ready to speak their mind. In one corner you...
  • University Criticized for Class That Deems Homosexuality 'Deviant Behavior'

    09/12/2012 7:27:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A Catholic academic institution in Ohio has come under fire for having a class in which homosexuality is declared a "deviant behavior" alongside things like murder, rape, drug use, and prostitution. Franciscan University of Steubenville came under fire from a homosexual alumnus who was researching a story and stumbled upon the course description for Social Work 314. SWK 314 is a course that focuses on deviant behavior, stating that behaviors to be "primarily examined" would include "murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness, and drug use." While Tom Sofio of the public relations department at Franciscan University declined to give...
  • Franciscan U of Steubenville Under Investigation for Teaching Homosexuality as Deviant

    09/12/2012 6:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/11/12 | Johanna Dasteel
    STEUBENVILLE, OH, September 11, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The national agency which grants accreditation to social work courses is questioning Franciscan University of Steubenville over a course which lists homosexuality as a deviant behavior. Attention was drawn to the course by a group of Franciscan University alumni, identifying themselves as “Franciscan Gay Alumni & Allies”, who are demanding publicly that the university “revise its course descriptions and to stop contributing the culture of hate and ignorance.” The course is called ‘Deviant Behavior’ and the part of the course description in question states, “The behaviors that are primarily examined are murder, rape,...
  • Obama Ad Panders to Catholics, Ignores His Abortion Record

    09/11/2012 2:52:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | September 11, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The campaign to coverup President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record in his campaign’s outreach to Catholic voters has begun in earnest.Already, a Catholic University of America professor is under fire for claiming Obama is pro-life and saying he deserves re-election. Now, the Obama re-election campaign has released a new vide that one leading pro-life Catholic activist calls “laughably lame” in its attempt to “gin up support for his “Catholics for Obama” group.”The ad contains no mention of Obama’s promotion of abortion, abortion funding, funding Planned Parenthood or the HHS mandate that has drawn strong opposition from Catholics and the Catholic bishops.Thomas...
  • Evangelicals seek a future for thousands of frozen embryos

    09/11/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012 | Krista Kapralos
    The embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen when Gabriel and Callie Fluhrer found it. They didn’t know whether that embryo would grow to be a boy or a girl, or whether it would even grow at all. But to the Fluhrers, it was worth the risk. That tiny collection of cells was a baby, they believed. And if they didn’t pluck it from the warehouse where it had been stored since its biological parents decided they didn’t need or want it any longer, it was likely to die. “If we’re going to stand against abortion, it’s not simply picketing a...