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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...