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  • Video surfaces of Beto O’Rourke berating Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage

    03/22/2019 7:57:27 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 51 replies ^ | March 22, 2019 | Stephen Kokx
    EL PASO, Texas, March 22, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — A video of pro-abortion congressman Beto O’Rourke, who is running for president, has surfaced showing him berating a Catholic priest for defending male/female marriage at an El Paso City Council meeting in 2011. The incident took place in June 2011 when El Paso priest Fr. Michael Rodriguez spoke against extending marriage benefits to same-sex couples during the public comment part of the meeting. O’Rourke, who had been serving as city councilman since 2005, called Fr. Rodriguez back to the podium after his remarks, seemingly to do nothing more than lecture him so...
  • Vatican Participates for First Time at UN Women’s Leadership Event

    03/22/2019 6:27:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/15/19 | Claire Giangrave
    ROME - Amidst some objections, the Vatican participated for the first time at a United Nations session on the role of women on Tuesday, sending one of its most prominent examples of female leadership to say that “the Holy See is clearly adapting to the times.” “It’s the first time that the Holy See sends a representative to this assembly,” said Barbara Jatta, the first-ever female president of the Vatican Museums who represented the Vatican at the UN gathering, in an interview with Vatican News. “I’m personally honored, but I think it’s an important symbol that the Holy See wished...
  • Nashville Residents Accuse Area Churches of Violating Their Privacy by Praying for Them

    03/22/2019 7:32:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 03/22/2019 | John Ellis
    Led by Ethos Church, a group of Nashville churches spent 30 days praying for their city. That's not unusual, because many churches around the world pray for their cities. What sets the group in Nashville apart is that they took it a step further and decided to pray for every single resident of the city. In fact, the participants of Awaken Nashville were encouraged to send postcards letting people know they prayed for them. Some Nashvillians, however, took umbrage at the prayer and postcards, deeming the whole enterprise intrusive and a violation of their privacy.Speaking to Religion News Service,...
  • Catholic priest 'failed to maintain proper boundaries' in additional report, Diocese of Austin says

    03/22/2019 5:51:44 AM PDT · by buffyt · 21 replies
    KVUE Austin News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Andrew Wilson
    A Catholic priest, who was arrested for allegedly groping a woman in October 2018, has been removed from the Diocese of Austin after the diocese said he "failed to maintain proper boundaries with an adult" in an unrelated incident in February. According to the affidavit for the arrest of Gerold Langsch, 75, the victim suffers from several medical conditions and was put in hospice care after falling ill from diabetes. However, police said the victim, who is still alive, was fully aware of what was happening when she made the allegations. Police said the victim's ex-husband contacted the Knights of...
  • South African Court Invalidates Dutch Reformed Church's LGBT Policy

    03/21/2019 6:06:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 3/19/19 | Howard Friedman
    In South Africa, a 3-judge panel of the North Gauteng High Court set aside as unlawful and invalid a decision on same-sex relationships made by the General Synod of the Dutch Reformed Church during the Synod's November 2016 meeting. That decision reversed a 2015 policy that recognized same-sex civil unions and allowed the ordination of gays and lesbians. In Gaum v. Van Rensburg, S.A. High Ct., March 8, 2019), the court said in part: The Church denied that the 2016 decision prevents the participation of the LGBTQIA+ community in the church community, or that it impedes their private lives, or...
  • Irish Bishops Lament New Hospital Staff Will Be Required to Help With Abortions

    03/21/2019 5:47:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 3/15/19 | Charles Collins
    LEICESTER, United Kingdom - Ireland’s bishops have called the requirement that applicants to new posts at Dublins’s National Maternity Hospital be willing to carry out elective abortions, a violation of a doctor’s “constitutional and human right to freedom of conscience.” The recent advertisement for consultants in obstetrics/gynecology and anesthesia at the hospital said they must be willing to carry out abortions to be considered for the positions. “A doctor who is eminently qualified to work as a consultant in these fields is denied employment in these roles because of his/her conscience,” the bishops said in a March 13 statement. “Doctors...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, March 21, 2019 [prayer]

    03/21/2019 5:39:53 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 31 replies ^ | March 21, 2019 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation, and gratitude to our great God for blessings received.
  • Erdoğan: Agia Sophia Will Never Be a Church as Long as There Is Turkish People

    03/20/2019 6:49:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 3/18/19
    Agia Sophia, the ancient Christian cathedral in Istanbul, will never become a church again, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said recently in an angry commentary on the deadly New Zealand mosque shootings, reports Romfea. The shooter’s manifesto targets Turks and Erdoğan specifically, reports Egypt Today. “We are coming for Constantinople and we will destroy every mosque and minaret in the city. The Hagia Sophia will be free of minarets and Constantinople will be rightfully christian [sic] owned once more,” the text reads. The Turkish President reacted to this statement, calling the murder a “scumbag, who dared to call the city...
  • NY Bill Would Require Priests to Violate Confessional Seal

    03/20/2019 6:37:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 94 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/15/19 | Stephen Wynne
    CARE Act aimed at clamping down on child abuseALBANY, N.Y. ( - Under a proposed New York law, Catholic priests would be required to report cases of child abuse revealed inside the confessional. With the clerical sex abuse crisis continuing to unfold across the state's eight dioceses, on Thursday, Assemblywoman Monica P. Wallace (D-Cheektowaga) introduced the CARE Act, a bill to force clergy of all faiths to notify law enforcement of child abuse. Under current state law, dozens of professions are required to report harm to children, but a "clergy privilege" provision exempts priests from revealing crimes revealed in confession....
  • [Catholic Caucus] CRS Lobbies Gov’t for $9 Billion for Agencies Pushing Contraception

    03/20/2019 4:10:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 20, 2019 | William Mahoney, Ph.D.
    [Catholic Caucus] CRS Lobbies Gov’t for $9 Billion for Agencies Pushing Contraception Catholic Relief Services is lobbying for billions of dollars to go to groups that push contraception around the world. The Lepanto Institute has released its latest groundbreaking report on CRS' lobbying efforts, showing that CRS is making its largest ask yet: nearly $9 billion. CRS is making its largest ask yet: nearly $9 billion.Tweet On March 12, William O’Keefe, CRS' Vice President for Mission, Mobilization and Advocacy, testified before the House subcommittee on State, Foreign Operations and Related Programs and requested a total of $8.665 billion for allocation to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Unsustainable Papacy

    03/20/2019 1:59:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | March 19, 2019 | Elizabeth Yore
    [Catholic Caucus] The Unsustainable Papacy Written by  Elizabeth Yore From the outset, the renown think tank, Heartland Institute spotted the potted papal plant in the mate change hoax of the Francis papacy. As the world was mesmerized with the merciful and humble green Pope, Heartland recognized a flawed and unreliable model, devoid of science, reason, and flush with politics.In April of 2015, the Heartland Delegation went to Rome to attempt a dialogue with the Pope about his dangerous and incomprehensible partnership with the UN sustainable development climate change globalists. Yet, the dialoguer in chief was not interested in dialoguing...
  • UK police investigate Catholic mom of five for ‘misgendering’ trans in tweet

    03/20/2019 10:19:49 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 20, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    UK police investigate Catholic mom of five for ‘misgendering’ trans in tweet GUILDFORD, England, March 20, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – A UK Catholic mother of five is being investigated by police following a complaint that she deliberately referred to a biological male who believes he’s female as a “he” on social media last year. The mother says she’ll “happily” go to jail for the right to say that “people cannot change sex.” Caroline Farrow, 44, is a well-known Catholic apologist and commentator on social issues in the United Kingdom. She appeared on television talk show “Good Morning Britain” last September to debate...
  • Britain's War on Christianity: Part I

    03/20/2019 8:36:04 AM PDT · by yoe · 7 replies
    The Gatestone Institute ^ | March 19, 2019 |
    "Christian street preachers should be free to share the gospel, even where it means challenging the beliefs of others." — Christian Concern, in a petition to UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid.[snip](The unlawful arrest) of a Christian street preacher in London has drawn attention to the continuing use of hate speech laws to silence Christians in multicultural Britain — even as incendiary speech by Muslim extremists is routinely ignored.
  • Azusa Pacific removes ban on same-sex romantic relationships a second time

    03/20/2019 7:25:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/20/2019 | Michael Gryboski
    Azusa Pacific University, a major California-based Christian school, has once again opted to remove a ban on same-sex romantic relationships. The University changed their student guidelines on inappropriate sexual behavior last Thursday, removing the ban on homosexual relationships, according to a report by the San Gabriel Valley Tribune published Saturday. Azusa Pacific University spokesperson Rachel White explained in comments emailed to The Christian Post on Tuesday that the changes were part of an overall update of the undergraduate student handbook. “The old handbook, produced decades ago, underwent a significant revision and redesign after input from student leaders, board, administration, faculty,...
  • Michigan’s Lesbian AG Investigating Catholic Media Org as Part of ‘Hate Group’ Crackdown

    03/19/2019 5:35:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/15/19 | Martin M. Barillas
    LANSING, Michigan, March 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Michigan’s lesbian attorney general and the state’s Department of Civil Rights director are investigating organizations the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) has deemed “hate groups.” One such group in their state is Catholic news service Church Militant, which reports on clerical sexual misdeeds and advocates adherence to the teachings of the Catholic Church. The SPLC has labeled Church Militant “anti-LGBT.” The law center lumps pro-life, pro-marriage, and Christian organizations in with neo-Nazis and the KKK as “hate groups.” Its “hate map” inspired a man to attempt a shooting rampage at the Family...
  • Polish Bishops Reject LGBT+ Declaration

    03/19/2019 5:28:13 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 3/15/19 | Anita Carey
    'Everyone has the right to demand from public authorities protections of a child against demoralization'WARSAW, Poland ( - The Polish bishops are condemning a charter that claims to introduce protections for "LGBT rights" but instead proposes discrimination against those that are not supportive of it, pushing immoral and unchaste sexual education to children. Aimed at implementing anti-discrimination measures and introducing sexual education that complies with the World Health Organization (WHO) standards, Warsaw's mayor, Rafał Trzaskowski, signed the "LGBT+ Declaration," in February. In 2016, Poland has been accused by the European Union's Commission for Human Rights of violating women's human rights....
  • [Cath Cauc] China’s President Xi Jinping Unlikely to Meet Pope Francis During Rome Trip

    03/19/2019 5:13:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | March 19, 2019 | Edward Pentin
    China’s President Xi Jinping Unlikely to Meet Pope Francis During Rome Trip The leader of communist China arrives in Rome on Thursday, his first visit to Italy since the historic agreement last September between Beijing and the Holy See, but a papal audience is thought unlikely. The Pope and senior Vatican officials strongly want such a meeting with President Xi Jinping to go ahead, coming just six months after a controversial Sino-Vatican two-year provisional agreement on the appointment of bishops. The agreement also included the lifting of excommunications on seven illegitimate Chinese bishops. But Vatican sources say a papal audience is unlikely, primarily...
  • [Cath Cauc] Former altar server: Pell, Australian lay Catholics being persecuted as ‘scapegoats’ ...

    03/19/2019 7:55:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 18, 2019 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    [Catholic Caucus] Former altar server: Pell, Australian lay Catholics being persecuted as ‘scapegoats’ for clerical sexual abuse WASHINGTON, D.C., March 18, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) ― A former altar server at the Roman Catholic cathedral in Melbourne, Australia, says Cardinal George Pell was convicted as a “scapegoat” for real criminals among the clergy. And Pell’s not the only scapegoat.   Asked by EWTN’s “The World Over” host Raymond Arroyo if Pell’s jury ignored Justice Peter Kidd’s instruction not to scapegoat Pell, John Macaulay said it had. “Was the Church on trial?” Arroyo asked. “Very much so, and not just the hierarchy,” Macaulay...
  • Constantine's Vision of the Cross ~ Early Accounts and Backstory

    03/19/2019 7:07:09 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 13 replies
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 10/27/17 | Florentius
    Constantine's great victory at the Battle of the Milvian Bridge took place on October 28, AD 312. The day before — October 27 — is the date traditionally given for the miraculous vision and dream which Constantine experienced prior to the battle. This vision has been the subject of debate in both scholarly and popular imagination for hundreds of years. But what really happened on that day 1,705 years ago that changed forever the course of human history? As a prelude to the famous accounts of this vision, it should be noted that Constantine also seems to have had pagan...
  • Christian video on marriage removed from YouTube when Google employees object

    03/19/2019 6:53:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 03/19/2019 | Rick Moran
    Google employees on an internal company listserv complained when a Christian video on marriage appeared as an advertisement on several YouTube channels. A Google vice president agreed that it was "offensive" and had the video taken down. What was so "offensive" about it? Daily Caller: Christian radio host Michael L. Brown argues in the video that gay people are welcome as Christians but that, like every other person, they are called to follow Christian teachings on sex and marriage. Brown has spoken out in the past against “homo-hatred” and “ugly rhetoric” directed at gay and lesbian people by fringe groups like the...