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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Is the Vatican Slouching toward Wickedness?

    09/22/2017 9:57:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    American Life League ^ | September 15 | Judie Brown
    The situation in Vatican City continues to deteriorate, as news abounds of alliances not quite in harmony with Church teaching. Most recently we learned that “Chile’s president Michelle Bachelet, who sponsored a bid to allow legal abortion, will be one of the speakers at a November conference organized by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences.” At the same time, we are learning more about the newly appointed members of the Pontifical Academy for Life. One of them is a defender of remarried Catholic divorcees living in adultery. Her name is Professor Anne-Marie Pelletier, a biblical theologian who also defends homosexual marriages....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/22/2017 7:17:33 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Like a wolf in sheep's clothing, Church bullies can keep a church from being healthy and well balanced. I hope this helps for anyone who recognizes this problem in their church. Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility...
  • Barf Alert: The real scandal:Attacks on James Martin say about the Church in America

    09/21/2017 7:26:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    La Croix ^ | September 2017 | John Gehring
    f you’re looking for a Catholic priest who inspires people - and makes them laugh and think - James Martin, SJ, is your guy.  At the Ignatian Solidarity Network’s annual conference, he’s greeted like a rock star by swarms of young Catholics who devour his books and remember him as Stephen Colbert’s “chaplain” on the Colbert Report. To say this is unusual is an understatement. Millennials are leaving the church in droves, turned off in part by an institution that has made opposition to same-sex marriage central to Catholic identity in the public square.This generation of Catholics remains inspired by the...
  • [Archbishop] Justin Welby: Boy Wearing a Dress to School 'not a Problem'

    09/21/2017 7:06:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/21/17 | Olivia Rudgard
    A boy wearing a dress to school is "not a problem", the Archbishop of Canterbury has said. Speaking on LBC radio the most senior cleric in the Church of England said he would tell a concerned parishioner that they should help their child "understand". He said: "I would say to them, I don't think that's a problem. "The other family are making up their own minds. The other child is making up their own mind. "Talk to your child. Help them to understand. Help them to see what's going on and to be faithful to their own convictions." The Archbishop...
  • I called for Christians to love gay people. Now the Catholic alt-right is taking revenge.

    09/21/2017 11:56:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 21, 2017 | Fr. James Martin
    Ironically, these groups, like the website Church Militant, which tout their desire for “traditional” Catholic practices consistently set themselves against bishops and religious superiors. Thus, groups that have zero legitimacy in the Church (and which have often been criticized by Church leadership) are setting themselves up against legitimate authorities. Pope Francis himself, for example, is a frequent target. In this way, such supposedly “traditional” Catholic websites are subverting tradition. As a result of their hateful content, they cause confusion, frustration and contempt. Such campaigns can never lead to the kind of results that St. Ignatius calls indicative of the “Good...
  • Catholic Caucus: Bishop Schneider: priests must resist pressure on Communion for remarried

    09/21/2017 10:52:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Caucus ^ | September 21, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said priests have to follow the Church’s constant practice on Communion, even if their bishops and religious superiors command them to do otherwise.In an interview with the website One Peter Five, Bishop Schneider, an auxiliary bishop in Kazakhstan, encouraged Catholics to “remain faithful to the unchanging and constant teaching and practice of the entire Church”.In the aftermath of Pope Francis’s exhortation Amoris Laetitia, bishops’ conferences have released different guidelines on Communion. Some have reaffirmed the Church’s traditional practice, that the divorced and remarried can only receive Communion if they resolve to live “as brother and sister”....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/21/2017 6:50:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • The Correction of Amoris Laetitia Is About to Be Published

    09/20/2017 8:41:32 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 20, 2017 | n/a
    Anonimi della Croce wrote on September 16 that Cardinal Raymond Burke disclosed in a private setting during the recent Congress on Summorum Pontificum in Rome, that a "correction" of the controversial Amoris Laetitia is imminent. It will not openly confront Francis but will take the form of letter or document signed by Cardinal Burke and other prelates, who in a magisterial way will correct those parts of Amoris Laetitia that contradict the Catholic Faith.
  • [Catholic Caucus] German Bishops’ Website Comments on the New John Paul II Institute

    09/20/2017 7:52:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    One Peter Five ^ | September 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Yesterday, when the news broke about the arguably revolutionary remodeling of the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and the Family, Edward Pentin – the National Catholic Register‘s Rome Correspondent – revealed a possible German involvement in this new push for a rapid innovation. Pentin wrote: Meanwhile, the Register has learned via reliable sources that members of the German episcopate have recently grown frustrated with the pace of Francis’ reform and have been exerting pressure on the Pope to step up the pace — hence today’s motu proprio, and Magnum Principium, issued last week on liturgical translations. More...
  • Catholic Caucus: Rome conference to gather leading experts in defense of Humanae Vitae

    09/20/2017 6:03:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Diane Montagna
    On what grounds did Pope Paul VI condemn contraception in his controversial encyclical letter, Humanae Vitae, and are those reasons still valid today? Next month, an international group of experts will meet in Rome to examine and offer a vigorous defense of the Church’s teaching in Humanae Vitae, as concerns mount about an effort in the Vatican to “reinterpret” it so as to allow for contraception in certain cases. The event, organized by the pro-life and pro-family coalition Voice of the Family, will commemorate the upcoming 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical letter which reaffirmed the...

    09/20/2017 5:27:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Bradley Eli
    The bishops of Australia are divided over whether their country should legalize so-called same-sex marriage. Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney has teamed up with Dan White, executive director of Sydney Catholic Schools, in urging parents of Catholic students to vote "no" on the national postal survey on same-sex marriage that's going on now in Australia. In a two-page letter sent to parents Friday, Abp. Fisher related, "We will be voting 'no' and encourage you to do the same." The archbishop affirmed Catholics weren't bigots for rejecting gay marriage. "Sadly, there has been a campaign to label those who support traditional...
  • 18-year-old Aussie loses her job for saying ‘it’s OK to vote no’ on same-sex ‘marriage’

    09/20/2017 4:37:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 20, 2017 | Lisa Bourne
    An Australian children’s entertainment company fired a young woman for saying on social media “it’s OK to vote ‘no’” in the country’s current referendum on same-sex “marriage.” Capital Kids Parties owner Madlin Sims may have violated discrimination laws in firing an 18-year-old because Sims said her former employee’s view amounted to hate speech, The Guardian reported. The young woman known thus far as Madeline said in various media interviews that she was let go because her Christian view did not allow her to vote yes in Australia’s voluntary postal survey on gay “marriage.” The plebiscite runs from September 12 through...
  • Father Martin and his allies: intolerance masked as a plea for tolerance

    09/20/2017 4:22:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 20, 2017 | Phil Lawler
    See if you recognize this rhetorical strategy: Say that the people who disagree with you are motivated by hatred.Say that they’re dangerous extremists, a threat to civil society.Say that you are interested in genuine debate, but your opponents won’t allow it.Compare your opponents to Nazis.Insist that responsible people must disavow any connection with your opponents. And then…>Say that your opponents are intolerant. It’s a clever technique: a campaign of intolerance, camouflaged as a plea for tolerance. And it’s picking up steam in the Catholic media.The focus of the campaign is Father James Martin, the popular Jesuit, who has written a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Sets Up New John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

    09/20/2017 3:20:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 19, 2017 | Edward Pentin
    Today’s announcement comes after significant changes at the Institute, including the appointments last year of Archbishop Paglia as grand chancellor, and Msgr. Pierangelo Sequeri, as dean. Both are known to support a much criticized interpretation of Amoris Laetitia which would allow some remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion, as well as being supportive of a softening of the teaching of Paul VI’s encyclical, Humanae Vitae, which reaffirmed the Church’s ban on artificial contraception. Scholars also within the John Paul II Institute itself have criticized both stances as diametrically opposed to the teachings of St. John Paul II.

    09/20/2017 3:14:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 86 replies
    Church MIlitant ^ | September 20, 2017 | Trey Elmore
    Father James Martin is saying that chastity is not required of homosexuals. In a video posted on YouTube on September 20, the Jesuit claims the Church's teaching on chastity is not binding on the consciences of the faithful because it has not been "received" by the people. It's a denial of the infallible teaching authority of the Catholic Church in matters of both faith and morals. He also said in a post on Facebook, "Things can always improve. And the Holy Spirit knows what She's doing" (emphasis added). "For a teaching to be really authoritative," he said, "it is expected...

    09/20/2017 1:02:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Tablet ^ | September 20, 2017 | Christopher Lamb
    The cardinal criticised the Latin American approach to theology, in a thinly veiled critique of the Argentinian Pope The Vatican’s former doctrine chief has criticised Francis’ papacy for lacking theological rigour, while suggesting he is ready to make a comeback and work in the Roman Curia. During a book presentation in Germany last Friday, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, dismissed from his job by the Pope in July, recalled how the Jesuit Cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621) told Pope Clement VIII that he did not understand anything about theology. According to reports of the event in Mannheim the German cardinal then pointed out that Bellarmine was...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Jorge the Collegial doubles down

    09/20/2017 9:38:00 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | September 19, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    Jorge the Collegial is at it again; issuing yet another motu proprio from on high, this time, with a directive that amounts to a reconstitution of the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Marriage and Family Sciences. The motu proprio, presently available on the Holy See website in Latin and Italian, begins:Animated by the greatest care for the family, Saint John Paul II, following the 1980 Synod of Bishops of the Family and the Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation Familiaris consortio, 1981, conferred a stable juridical structure on the Pontifical Institute John Paul II for Studies on Marriage and Family.Some coglioni  this...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Teilhard, the Council and Bergoglio

    09/20/2017 9:29:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | September 19, 2017 | Louie Verrecchio
    With the publication of the Envirocylcical, Laudao Si’, many were shocked to discover that this represented the first time the once-condemned French Jesuit, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, was cited in a papal (if you will allow) encyclical. (Laudato Si’, footnote no. 53) In 1962, Teilhard was the subject of a monitum (warning) issued by the Holy Office which read in part:The most eminent and most revered Fathers of the Holy Office exhort all Ordinaries, as well as the superiors of Religious institutes, rectors of seminaries and presidents of universities, effectively to protect the minds, particularly of the youth, against the dangers...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    09/20/2017 6:33:23 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Wine is a mocker, strong drink a brawler, and whoever is led astray by it is not wise. Proverb 20:1 (NKJV) Allow me to begin my commentary by stating that it is my belief that God does condone drinking alcoholic beverages. However, as with everything in life, moderation is the key. Now for those who claim God is against drinking I would like to refer you to the wedding where Jesus performed His first miracle by changing the water into wine in John 2:1-12. My point of emphasis in the account is the part where the master of the...
  • “Biblical” Film “Mother!” Depicts Mob Eating A Baby

    09/20/2017 5:54:23 AM PDT · by Morgana · 38 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | September 19, 2017 | Corinne Weaver
    Note: If you plan on seeing the movie (heaven forbid), please note that there are SPOILERS in the following story Modern art has come to a bizarre stage: anything, literally anything, can be justified for the sake of it. When a film, that reviewers claim is based on biblical allegory, showcases graphic cannibalism and torture porn, you can bet the liberal media will cheer. Mother!, a film starring Jennifer Lawrence (yes, that one, the one that said Mother Nature’s rage was coming for Trump), is outraging normal audiences everywhere, and even triggering the feminists, with its gore and bizarre references...