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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 29 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/29/2017 8:28:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Society's Slide Into Sexual Immorality An overlooked sex survey English anthropologist J.D. Unwin extensively studied 86 societies through 5,000 years of history. After his death in 1936 the results of his research were published under the title “ Hopousia: The Sexual and Economic Foundations of a New Society .” Unwin studied cultures and empires from the standpoint of their sexual behavior. In particular he was interested in their prenuptial and post-nuptial behavior. He noticed a correlation between such behavior and what he termed a nation’s “expansive energy.” We might refer to this as the capability to remain productive and maintain...
  • James Martin SJ Thinks Youre a Nazi

    09/29/2017 6:14:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 29, 2017 | Ausitn Ruse
    Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego wrote a column about James Martin SJ that said Martins critics are a cancer on the Church, that criticism of his work is driven by homophobia, a distortion of Catholic moral theology, and is an attack on Pope Francis. This shameful column was applauded by a chorus including Elizabeth Scalia, the editor of one of the largest Catholic websites in the country, Austen Ivereigh, founder of Catholic Voices, Massimo Faggioli of Villanova University, among others.James Martin himself has taken to calling his critics the Catholic alt-right, a phrase he likes very much and has...
  • [Catholic Caucus] To Sign or Not to Sign

    09/28/2017 8:49:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | September 28, 2017 | Fr Ray Blake
    I have been asked to sign the Filial Correction, I signed the letter of the 45 academics and pastors last year, and almost immediately found Cardinal Nichols' tanks parked on my lawn to inform me of his displeasure, which was quite mild unlike other lay signatories, who were sacked from their jobs in Catholic institutions for their pains, Dr. Josef Seifertis being the most high profile. I admit it, I am afraid to sign and I know other priests who share my fear. Many of those who might have signed have in the last four years have a certain fear about...
  • Head of Refounded John Paul II Institute Outlines His Vision

    09/28/2017 6:10:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    LOsservatore Romano has published a front-page article by Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, the president of the newly refounded John Paul II Pontifical Theological Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. In 2016, the theologian became president of the former Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Writing in the September 22 edition, Msgr. Sequeri said that the Second Vatican Council presented a positive theological vision of marital intimacy and sought to revive the evangelizing spirit of early Christian families, while emphasizing that the Church is a family. Since then, Peters barque has resolutely set its course on these...
  • [Cath Cauc] Pope to Jesuits: Help Critics of Amoris Laetitia to See Its Morality Is Thomist

    09/28/2017 4:08:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 28, 2017 | Edward Penting
    He (Pope Francis) also insisted the morality of the document is Thomist, the morality of the great Thomas, and again directed questions in this regard to Cardinal Christoph Schnborn, the Dominican Archbishop of Vienna. For a critique of the assertion that Amoris Laetitia is Thomistic, see Dominican Father Basil Coles commentary here, and his more recent critique of the exhortation here. The Pope said those who criticize the document have a purely casuistic approach to morality, and urged his brother Jesuits to help them understand that the great Thomas possesses the greatest richness, which is still able to inspire us...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Parolin wants dialogue after heresy case

    09/28/2017 3:30:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    ANSA en Vatican ^ | September 28, 2017 | ANSA
    Rome, September 28 - Vatican Secretary of State Pietro Parolin said on Thursday that "it's important to dialogue even within the Church", in response to a letter from a group of conservative Catholics accusing Pope Francis of heresy.
  • Francis spoke about AL in Colombia. Was it because the Correction was weighing on his mind?

    09/28/2017 11:24:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Call Me Jorge ^ | September 28, 2017 | HereisJorge
    Francis spoke about Amoris Laetitia in Colombia. Was it because the Filial Correction was weighing on his mind? Francis meeting with his fellow revolutionary Jesuits in Colombia. While in Colombia during his travels, Francis stopped the city of Cartagena de Indias, the capital of the region of Bolvar, on 10 September 2017. After meeting the crowds of laity there, he went into the inner courtyard where he met privately with representatives of the community of the Society of Jesus made up of 65 religious. A brief Question & Answer session transpired between Francis and the assembled Jesuits. Even though none...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 28 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/28/2017 7:43:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 28 (NKJV) The Righteous Are Bold as a Lion 01 The wicked flee when no one pursues, 00But the righteous are bold as a lion. 02 Because of the transgression of a land, many are its princes; 00But by a man of understanding and knowledge 00Right will be prolonged. 03 A poor man who oppresses the poor 00Is like a driving rain which leaves no food. 04 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked, 00But such as keep the law contend with them. 05 Evil men do not understand justice, 00But those who seek the LORD understand...
  • 40 Days for Life keeps growing September 27 through November 5

    09/27/2017 9:28:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 144 replies
    40 Days for ^ | 09--27-17 | 40 Days for Life staff
    40 Days for Life keeps growing Planned Parenthood keeps shrinking September 27, 2017 As 40 Days for Life begins its eleventh year as a coordinated pro-life outreach, Christians began prayer vigils today in more than 375 locations around the world the largest campaign yet for this pro-life movement.More than 150 of these peaceful vigils will be taking place in front of Planned Parenthood facilities in the United States, said 40 Days for Life president Shawn Carney. While Planned Parenthood remains the largest abortion chain in the United States, 2017 has not been a good year for them.As 40...
  • Ireland to Hold Abortion Vote Weeks Before Papal Visit

    09/27/2017 6:47:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Leo Varadkar told MPs the government has agreed an 'indicative timeline'Irelands prime minister says the country will hold a referendum on lifting its constitutional ban on abortion in May or June. Leo Varadkar told lawmakers on Tuesday that the government has agreed an indicative timeline for the vote on the Eighth Amendment to the Irish constitution. The 1983 amendment commits authorities to defend equally the right to life of the mother and unborn child, giving largely Roman Catholic Ireland the strictest abortion ban in Europe. Abortion is legal only in rare cases where the mothers life is in danger.
  • [Archbishop] Justin Welby Conducts Wedding of His Divorced Aide

    09/27/2017 6:43:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/24/17 | Steve Doughty
    * The Archbishop of Canterbury, 61, has conducted the wedding of a divorcee* Dr Justin Welby presided over ceremony at Lambeth Palace in central London* He was involved to show support for those who want to remarry in a church The Archbishop of Canterbury has conducted the wedding of a divorcee in a sign of support for those who wish to remarry in church. Dr Justin Welby presided over the ceremony at Lambeth Palace where one of his senior staff, Ailsa Anderson, married journalist Simon Cole. Miss Anderson, Dr Welby's head of media relations and former press secretary to the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Exemplar, oblatio, and terra firma (ideal model, offering, dry land)

    09/27/2017 1:08:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    semiduplex ^ | September 27, 2017 | unknown
    At Vatican Insider, there is an article by theologian Robert Fastiggi and the theologian and journalist Dawn Eden Goldstein, arguing that the Latin version of paragraph 303 of Amoris laetitia has a significantly different meaning than the English translation. Their argument hinges on the translation of objectivum exemplar as objective ideal instead of objective model and on the nontranslation of oblatio. It is their opinion that these translation choices have had an impact on the understanding on Amoris laetitia by its critics. In short, Fastiggi and Goldstein argue that the critics are wrong about what paragraph 303 says because they...
  • [Catholic Caucus] De Mattei: The worldwide impact and significance of the Correctio filialis

    09/27/2017 8:49:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | September 27, 2017 | Rober de Mattei
    The filial correction addressed to Pope Francis by more than 60 priests and scholars of the Church, has had an extraordinary impact all over the world. There was no lack of those who tried to minimize the initiative, declaring the number of signatories to be limited and marginal. Yet if the initiative is irrelevant, why have its repercussions been so widespread in all the media outlets of the five continents, including countries like Russia and China? Steve Skojec on Onepeterfive reports that research on Google News resulted in more than 5,000 news articles, while there were 100,000 visits on the...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 27 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/27/2017 7:38:58 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 27 (NKJV) My Son, Be Wise 01 Do not boast about tomorrow, 00 For you do not know what a day may bring forth. 02 Let another man praise you, and not your own mouth; 00 A stranger, and not your own lips. 03 A stone is heavy and sand is weighty, 00 But a fool's wrath is heavier than both of them. 04 Wrath is cruel and anger a torrent, 00 But who is able to stand before jealousy? 05 Open rebuke is better 00 Than love carefully concealed. 06 Faithful are the wounds of a friend,...
  • Socci on Bergoglio as Jesus II

    09/27/2017 6:04:35 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 26, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As the Filial Correction to which I am a signatory continues to gather support that now includes Bishop Ren Gracida, Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Corpus Christi, Pope Bergoglio is facing an unprecedented display of opposition from mainstream Catholics who are awakening to the astounding debacle of this out-of-control papacy. Antonio Socci gives a surprising new indication of just how out-of-control Bergoglio is in his column of September 24, entitled What He Did He Wanted to Do as Pope Jesus II, the Demolitionist (translation mine). He begins by noting that in the just-published book-interview with Dominique Wilton, Bergoglio jokes...
  • Head of Vatican pro-life academy: John Paul II began revolution to give adulterers Communion

    09/27/2017 5:52:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 26, 2017 | Claire Chretien
    The President of the Pontifical Academy for Life has defended the Popes recent replacement of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family with a school focused on Amoris Laetitia, and argues it is in facta revamping of pro-life efforts. In the same interview, he said being pro-life encompasses opposing gun violence, support of immigration, and environmentalism, and claimed Pope St. John Paul II laid the way for Church approval of Communion for adulterers. In addition to heading the Vatican pro-life academy, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia is the Grand Chancellor of the new Amoris Laetitia-focused school, the John...
  • Cardinal Ouellet warns against alarmist interpretations of Amoris Laetitia

    09/26/2017 6:47:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | September 26, 2017 | Deborah Gyapong
    Cardinal Marc Ouellet has denounced the alarmist and unfaithful interpretations of the Pope Francis document Amoris Laetitia. The Canadian cardinal, who serves as the Vaticans Prefect for the Congregation of Bishops, told Canadian bishops the 2016 apostolic exhortation on the family does not signal changes to doctrine or to sacramental discipline, but represents a pastoral approach that takes into consideration the good of the person according to his or her circumstances. Any alarmist interpretation that says the document is a break with tradition, or a permissive interpretation that celebrates access to the sacraments for the divorced and remarried, is unfaithful...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 26 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/26/2017 7:38:36 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 26 (NKJV) Honor Is Not Fitting for a Fool 01 As snow in summer and rain in harvest, 00 So honor is not fitting for a fool. 02 Like a flitting sparrow, like a flying swallow, 00 So a curse without cause shall not alight. 03 A whip for the horse, 00 A bridle for the donkey, 00 And a rod for the fool's back. 04 Do not answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest you also be like him. 05 Answer a fool according to his folly, 00 Lest he be wise in his own...
  • UN Pushes for International Law to Make Abortion a Human Right

    09/25/2017 8:09:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/21/17 | Stefano Gennarini
    September 21, 2017 (Public Discourse) Imagine a day in the not-too-distant future when we finally have the coveted fifth vote necessary to strike down Roe v. Wade. Recall the many years of sweat and tears, ups and downs, wrangling about judicial nominations, and arguing about presidential elections. Then imagine that fifth vote no longer even matters because abortion has been declared a human right by international law. The issue is not just out of the hands of the Supreme Court it is out of the hands of the American people. This nightmare is now unfolding before our very...
  • Scholars say correction of Francis for heresy marked by hypocrisy, lack of signatories

    09/25/2017 6:47:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    La Stampa ^ | JOSHUA J. MCELWEE (a Vatican NCR correspondent
    A few dozen Catholics have publicly accused Pope Francis of committing heresy, claiming in a 25-page letter issued Sept. 24 that the pontiffs 2016 apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia contradicts previous church teaching. The signatories also claim that Francis has been swayed by false understandings of divine revelation and has shown an unprecedented sympathy for Martin Luther, the German priest and theologian whose criticisms of the Catholic church in 1517 launched the Protestant reformation. But several prominent theologians and scholars said the accusations are marked by hypocrisy and represent a marginal fringe view among academics. They noted that the 62 signatories...