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  • Vatican’s firing of gay priest puts “Who am I to Judge” to the test

    10/03/2015 4:47:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 3, 2015 | Stephen White
    Today, on the eve of the Synod on the Family, a Polish priest who works–or rather, worked–in the Vatican decided to announce that he’s gay and has a partner. In an interview with “Corriere della Sera,” Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa said: I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman. Msgr. Krzystof Charamsa Set aside, for a moment,...
  • Vatican Theologian Confesses: "I’m Happy to Be Gay and I Have a Partner"

    10/03/2015 4:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Corriere Della Sera ^ | October 3, 2015 | Elena Tebano
    "I know I will pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes."“I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman”. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, 43 and Polish, who has been living in Rome for 17 years, speaks with a calm smile on his face. He is not just any priest, but has been a member...
  • Hardline Archbishop Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

    10/03/2015 12:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    Newser ^ | October 3, 2015 | Rob Quinn
    Her lawyer is now feuding with the Vatican. A Vatican official says there is now "a sense of regret" that Pope Francis ever met Kim Davis, reports Reuters—and that could be bad news for the archbishop who set up the meeting. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US, was appointed by Benedict XVI and is known for his hardline stance against same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports. Vatican officials say Francis wasn't briefed on the Davis case and the meeting "should not be considered a form of support," which has left church insiders wondering whether Vigano deliberately...
  • Vatican sacks priest after he comes out as gay

    10/03/2015 6:53:49 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Yahoo ^ | October 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican dismissed a priest from his post in a Holy See office on Saturday after he told a newspaper he was gay and urged the Catholic Church to change its stance on homosexuality. Monsignor Krzystof Charamsa was removed from his position at the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican's doctrinal arm where he had worked since 2003, a statement said. Charamsa, 43, and a Polish theologian, announced he was gay and had a partner in a long interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper on Saturday. He later held a news conference...
  • The real story behind the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 11:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Amy Sullivan, senior editor
    This is what it sounds like when a pope gets mad. On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis, debunking nearly everything that has been reported this week about a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The private meeting between Davis, her husband, Joe, and the pope, which Davis’ attorney says took place at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. last Thursday? It didn’t happen. Instead, Davis was one of “several dozen persons who had...
  • Openly homosexual Vatican priest denounces CDF on video :"I AM GAY"

    10/02/2015 9:44:05 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Vox Cantoris Blog ^ | 10/02/2015 | Vox Cantoris
    The sodomite mafia that we've long suspected in the Vatican is raising its filthy head on the eve of the Synod to destroy the family. Father Oko's work on the infiltration of the priesthood in Rome and in Poland must be held up as a warning of what was to come. The dossier of three hundred pages handed over by Benedict XVI to Jorge Bergoglio gathers dust but the truth will come out along with coming out of these sodomite moles into the light where they can no longer hide. „Jestem gejem. Dumnym i szczęśliwym księdzem gejem”. Coming out księdza...
  • Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

    10/02/2015 8:32:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 10/2/15 | Jay Levine
    (CBS) — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is on his way to Rome tonight. Before he left, he spoke out for the first time on that controversial meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Cupich in essence told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine not to read too much into it. A highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided. The Vatican has since tried to distance Pope Francis from Davis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope’s meeting with Davis was not an endorsement...
  • ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Hindo: " McCain’s Disturbing Words on Anti-Assad Rebels Armed by the CIA"

    10/02/2015 8:10:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Hassaké (Agenzia Fides) - "US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA". This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias. "Western propaganda", said Archbishop Hindo "keeps talking about moderate rebels,...
  • These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:36:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa". Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that would effectively modify the Church's doctrine, by writing essays for a book meant to be a “contribution to the Synod onf the Family by African pastors.” This is the subtitle of Christ's New Homeland – Africa, published this week by Ignatius Press, and which features...
  • What to expect from this year's synod of bishops (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014 Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with it, such as no midterm report and a heightened emphasis on the small groups. Set to take place Oct. 4-25, this year’s ordinary synod will reflect on the theme “Jesus Christ reveals the mystery and vocation of the family” and will gather 279 cardinals, bishops and representatives from all over the world....
  • Praying for Trump

    10/02/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk, Trinity College
    I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him. Yes, heÂ’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. HeÂ’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral. O Francis, what hast thou wrought? Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once...
  • Changes to Synod of Bishops on Family unveiled (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | October 2, 2015
    (Vatican Radio) The Ordinary General Synod of bishops on the family, which opens in the Vatican this weekend, will be structured in a more “dynamic” way to allow greater participation of all its various members. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, held a press conference on Friday to announce the major changes to the three week meeting which will be discussing the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the modern world.” Philippa Hitchen reports….270 bishops from across the globe, 75 auditors and experts, lay and religious, and 14...
  • Vatican: ‘Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis not a show of support

    10/02/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Vatican says Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis “should not be considered a form of support of her position.” Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who became a grassroots conservative hero after refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, was one of “several dozen” individuals invited by the Vatican ambassador to meet with Francis at the embassy in Washington last week, said spokesman Federico Lombardi. “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular...
  • Trump in the Prayer Hot Seat! (video at link)

    10/02/2015 12:54:02 PM PDT · by tflabo · 25 replies
    Trump in the Prayer Hot Seat! ^ | 10/1/15 | Aimee Hurd
    According to a Brody File report on CBN News, Trump recently met and prayed with about 40 pastors and religious leaders on Monday, for some 2 1/2 hours. The huddle reportedly culminated with the leaders surrounding Trump, laying hands on him in prayer, asking the Lord to give him "wisdom, stability and knowledge," as well as praying for America.
  • CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S.

    10/02/2015 10:54:28 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 11 replies
    CNN ^ | October 2, 2015 | Daniel Burke
    (CNN)—The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years. Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug. In an exclusive interview with CNN, Grassi declined to disclose details about the short visit, but said it was...
  • The Christian Temptation Towards Socialism

    10/02/2015 9:53:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 10/01/2015 | Marc Fitch
    The last temptation of Christ may not have occurred in the desert when Satan confronted Jesus. In the biblical book of Matthew, Christ goes alone into the desert and fasts for 40 days. While he is starving, the Devil confronts and tempts him: “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.” Christ answers, “Man shall not live by bread alone but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” The Christian church, both Catholic and Protestant, has faced a similar temptation to turn stone into bread in the form of socialism....
  • Pope Francis Should’ve Been More Like Mother Teresa in Meeting Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Richard Land
    Pope Francis made a powerful statement by meeting with gay marriage dissenter Kim Davis. But imagine how much more powerful it would have been had the meeting been public, rather than private. Pope Francis has come and gone. His five-day sojourn in America started with a visit to Washington, D.C. (including speaking to a joint session of the U.S. Congress), continued in New York City (including a speech to the U.N. General Assembly) and concluded with a World Congress of Families in Philadelphia. What should one make of this historic visit? The mass appeal generated by the pope's visit,...
  • Pope's Meeting with Kim Davis not an Endorsement, Vatican Says

    10/02/2015 6:16:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    CNN ^ | 10/2/15
    The Vatican has clarified the details of the Pope's meeting with Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who spent six days in jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Vatican deputy spokesman Father Thomas Rosica said the audience, which included several dozen other people, didn't amount to an endorsement. "The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis, and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular and complex aspects," Rosica said. The session, on September 24 in Washington, sparked a...
  • Trump Didn’t Know the Camera Was On… (video)

    10/01/2015 9:56:40 AM PDT · by Marie · 56 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 10/1/2015 | TPIWriter
    Conservative Republican Donald Trump is leading in all the polls by historic margins. Trump, who is a Presbyterian, recently held a meeting with 40 religious leaders at his Trump Towers office. Christian Pastor David Jeremiah along with television evangelist Jan Crouch, Pastor Darrell Scott, and Jews for Jesus Rabbi Kirt Schneider. While candidates have been open about sharing their faith in recent decades, true Christians act as Christians at all times… even when no one is watching. The two and a half hour meeting about faith was constructive, and all reports are that Trump asked the Lord for wisdom and...

    10/01/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    FB ^ | October 1, 2015 | knarf
    I just received this and considering the escalation of muslim aggression, I have every reason to believe we, in safe America, MUST be prayer warriors
  • Russian military participation in Syria should bring peace to region - patriarch Kirill

    10/01/2015 4:15:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/15
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has expressed hopes that Russia's participation in the solution of the Syrian conflict will bring peace to the region. "The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the people of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists. We believe this decision will bring peace and justice closer to this ancient land," the patriarch said in a statement quoted by the press service for the Synodal Information Department on Wednesday. "Wishing peace to the peoples of Syria, Iraq and other countries of the...
  • Russia in Syria: Air Strikes on Homs are 'Holy War Against Terrorism' says Russian Orthodox Church

    09/30/2015 8:05:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A Russian orthodox priest blesses a SU-27 SM fighter jet on the airfield of Belbek military airport outside SevastopolThe Russian Orthodox Church has backed the country's parliamentary decision to give President Vladimir Putin permission to use military force in Syria, saying the fight against terrorism is a "holy war". The head of Synodal department for church and society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told journalists on 30 September that the decision from the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council, to authorise air strikes in Syria was "consistent with international law, the mentality of our people and the role that our country...
  • Twitter blasts Pope Francis over meeting with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 7:28:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | PAUL LIOTTA
    Kim Davis seemed to put an end to Pope Francis fever. The controversial county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been drawing negative attention on social media since she came to the forefront of the news for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment. Now the Pope is getting some of that same social media heat for meeting with the embattled clerk during his visit to the United States last week. The meeting was first disclosed by Davis' attorney and has since been confirmed by the Vatican. When reporters asked the pope about Davis on...
  • INTO THE BREACH (An Apostolic Exhortation to Catholic Men...) [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    09/30/2015 5:02:45 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | 9/29/15 | +Thomas J. Olmsted
    I begin this letter with a clarion call and clear charge to you, my sons and brothers in Christ: Men, do not hesitate to engage in the battle that is raging around you, the battle that is wounding our children and families, the battle that is distorting the dignity of both women and men. This battle is often hidden, but the battle is real. It is primarily spiritual, but it is progressively killing the remaining Christian ethos in our society and culture, and even in our own homes.The world is under attack by Satan, as our Lord said it would...
  • Inside the Vatican: September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis

    09/30/2015 2:35:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | 09/29/2015 | BY ROBERT MOYNIHAN
    September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17“Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that you wanted to show your support for them and their case in the courts. And, Holy Father, do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing...
  • What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 2:30:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CRUX ^ | 09/30/2015 | By John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME – If anyone suspected that Pope Francis didn’t really mean the strong words he spoke on religious freedom last week in the United States – that he was phoning it in, while his real concerns were elsewhere – claims that he held a private meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis certainly should lay that suspicion to rest. The meeting was first reported by Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican magazine. A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday, “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add,” which, in effect, is a way of...
  • Pope Francis ‘criticises Rome’s mayor’

    09/30/2015 11:03:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 30, 2015
    Comments made on plane will increase tension ahead of Year of MercyPope Francis criticised the mayor of Rome during an in-flight press conference on the way home from America, according to Italian media reports.The Pontiff reportedly referred Mayor Ignazio Marino as someone who “professes to be Catholic”.Speaking on the flight home to Rome, Francis was asked whether he had invited the mayor, a supporter of same-sex marriage and euthanasia, to join him in Philadelphia.He is reported to have replied: “I didn’t invite the mayor. Is that clear? I asked the organisers and they didn’t invite him either.”The Holy Father reportedly...
  • Letter #38, 2015: Kim and Francis - “Thank you for your courage“

    09/30/2015 9:42:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | September 29, 2015 | Dr. Robert Moynihan
    September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17“Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that you wanted to show your support for them and their case in the courts. And, Holy Father, do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing...
  • Australian State Anti-Discrimination Minister Denounces Catholic Publication Affirming Marriage

    09/29/2015 10:16:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A prominent politician in the Australian state of Tasmania has lodged a formal complaint against a pamphlet on marriage produced by the Catholic Church, saying that it causes “immeasurable harm” by arguing against acceptance of same-sex unions. Martine Delaney, the anti-discrimination commissioner of Tasmania’s state government, called for an investigation of the Australian bishops’ conference which issued Don’t Mess with Marriage. The pamphlet was distributed to 12,000 families with children in the state’s Catholic schools. Delaney charged that the publication denigrated the rights of homosexuals.
  • Jews finding less comfort on the Left

    09/28/2015 7:49:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 27, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Jews are a contradictory people. Overall, achievement-oriented and very capitalistic, Jewish educational and self-employment statistics are among the highest for any religious group. They are also politically powerful; amounting to roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population – half their percentage a half century ago – Jews account for nine of 100 U.S. senators and 19 of 435 members of the House. Yet if Jews have achieved significant economic and political power, they have done so primarily as Democrats. Only one of the 28 Jews in Congress is a Republican – Lee Zeldin from New York’s Long Island – and...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/28/2015 7:14:35 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    9-28-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Jeremiah 20:11,12 The Lord Stands Beside me like a Great Warrior, And Before Him, the Mighty, Awesome One, my Persecutors shall Stumble. They cannot Defeat me; they shall be Shamed and thoroughly Humiliated, And they shall have a Stigma upon them Forever. O Lord of Hosts, Who Knows those that are Righteous, And Examines the Deepest Thoughts of Hearts and Minds, Let me See Your Vengeance upon them. For I have Committed my Cause to you. Therefore, I will Sing Out in Thanksgiving to the Lord. Praise Him! For He Rescues the Life of the Needy from the Hands...
  • Christian Conservatives’ Phantom Army

    09/28/2015 7:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Did you see the Values Voter Summit straw poll results from the weekend? From The Hill: Sen. Ted Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, a strong showing of support from evangelical voters for his 2016 presidential bid. The firebrand Texas senator won a whopping 35 percent in the poll of summit-goers, ahead of runner-up Ben Carson’s 18 percent. That margin is significantly wider than last year, where he edged out Carson by just 5 percentage points. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) took third with 14 percent, followed by Sen....
  • Catholic archbishop in Cuba criticizes government

    09/28/2015 6:21:23 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 2 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | 8/29/2014 | Nora Gomez Torres
    VATICAN EX-AMBASSADOR IN CUBA CRITICIZES THE GOVERNMENT The ex-Ambassador of the Vatican in Cuba, Archbisho Bruno , spoke openly about Cuba’s “extreme poverty and human and civil degradation.” Miami Herald 8/29/2014 By Nora Gamez Torres In an unusual gesture for a member high in the Catholic Church’s hierarchy in Cuba, the Apostolic nuncio Bruno Musaro spoke openly about Cuba’s “extreme poverty and human and civil degradation.” ...The Cuban people are “victims of a socialist dictatorship that has kept them subjugated for the past 56 years,” Musaro said, according to the Italian newspaper, Lecce News24. “I’m thankful to the pope for...
  • Inside the Religious Right’s hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the pope’s visit but were instead...
  • Flashback: A Different Sort of Papal Address to the UN

    09/28/2015 6:16:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture | 9/26/15 | Phil Lawler
    Almost exactly twenty years have passed since St. John Paul II addressed the UN on October 5, 1995. His message then contrasted vividly with the one delivered this week by Pope Francis, and the difference is not only a matter of calendar references. Notice this paragraph: As a Christian, my hope and trust are centered on Jesus Christ, the two thousandth anniversary of whose birth will be celebrated at the coming of the new millennium. We Christians believe that in his Death and Resurrection were fully revealed God's love and his care for all creation. Jesus Christ is for us...
  • Augustine, Aquinas, or Kant? Pope Francis at the UN

    09/28/2015 3:27:36 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Crisis ^ | 9/28/15 | Samuell Gregg
    One of the world’s worst-kept secrets is the Holy See’s high regard for the United Nations. Since Paul VI, popes have appeared before its General Assembly to express their “great esteem,” as Francis remarked in his recent UN address, for its work.Not all Catholics entertain favorable views of the UN. They point, for instance, to its relentless efforts to promote gender theory nonsense and evils such as “reproductive rights.” The Holy See, however, maintains that, despite such faults, the UN is worth engaging. There are, I think, three reasons for this.First, the Church teaches—and many Catholic natural law scholars hold—that...
  • <p> <b>WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS?</p> </B>

    09/27/2015 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 41 replies
    9/27/2015 | dqban22
    WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS? Which one of these is Pope Bergoglio: the voice of the oppressed, the poor, the marginalized or the voice of the oppressors? In Cuba we witnessed a political, never pastoral, WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS? by dqban229/27/2015Pope Bergoglio becoming the voice of the oppressors. He ignored the cry for help of 11 million Cubans marginalized, oppressed, the poorest among the poor enslaved under a brutal Stalinist regime for over 56 years. The Pope in Cuba called for "reconciliation" which in Francis' Orwellian lexicon means not to create "lios" (not to revolt), ask he asked the...
  • Mayor Nutter Attempts to Hijack Papal Appearance to Tout LGBT Rights

    09/27/2015 10:30:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/26/15 | Matthew Archbold
    In a disturbing turn of events, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, a graduate of a Jesuit high school, reportedly used the appearance of Pope Francis in Philadelphia to push the gay agenda. Nutter had previously promised to ask the pope to "end judgment" of LGBT people by the church and then today, the mayor used his public appearance before hundreds of thousands of Catholics who gathered to see the pope to do just that. Speaking at Independence Hall before the pope, the mayor said "In America, everyone has rights...Our lesbian, gay and bisexual citizens continue to fight for equality." "Keep fighting...
  • Pope's Address in Philadelphia on Religious Freedom

    09/27/2015 2:35:48 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/26/15
    Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this afternoon in Philadelphia, at a meeting with immigrants on the theme of religious freedom. ZENIT's transcription and translation of his few off-the-cuff remarks are found in brackets. * * * Dear Friends, [good afternoon,] One of the highlights of my visit is to stand here, before Independence Mall, the birthplace of the United States of America. It was here that the freedoms which define this country were first proclaimed. The Declaration of Independence stated that all men and women are created equal, that they are endowed by their...
  • Pope Francis Lashes Out: Praises Illegal Aliens While Attacking Donald Trump

    09/26/2015 8:14:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 75 replies
    Breitbart/DailyMail ^ | September 26, 2015 | Staff/Kelly Mclaughlin and Ollie Gillman
    <p>Pope Francis made a thinly-veiled swipe at Donald Trump as the Pontiff defended Latino immigrants who came to America at ‘great personal cost’ during a moving speech to 40,000 followers in Philadelphia.</p> <p>Francis called on migrants from Mexico and the rest of the world to “not feel discouraged by all the challenges and hardships” they face, saying they should never feel ashamed of their own traditions.</p>
  • Religious liberty: Ted Cruz’s conservative ‘rocket fuel’ (Why the senator could win Iowa caucus)

    09/26/2015 7:17:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | September 26, 2015 | Jon Ward, Senior political correspondent
    To watch Ted Cruz speak at a gathering of religious conservatives in Washington Friday was to more fully grasp why the Republican senator from Texas could win the Iowa caucus next year. In two words: religious liberty. Cruz has only one rival in the Republican field — former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee — who raises the issue as aggressively. But between the two of them, Cruz has a reputation as a fighter, having tangled repeatedly with GOP leadership in Congress on a host of issues since he was elected in 2010. And the grassroots wants a brawler. Iowa conservatives, who...
  • The Economic Fallacies of Progressive Christianity

    09/26/2015 6:31:19 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/26/2015 | David French
    When it comes to considering the arguments of newly resurgent Christian progressives, we hold these truths to be self-evident: Jesus was not a socialist, the Bible is not an economics textbook, and while scripture commands believers to help the poor, it also commands the poor to help themselves. As Pope Francis gains rock-star status on the economic left, Christians would do well to remember not just scripture, but the economic reality of recent world experience. This morning, the pope addressed Congress with relative restraint. Rather than decrying the perceived excesses of global capitalism — calling it, as he once...
  • Pope Francis to Release Pop-Rock Album 'Wake Up!'

    09/26/2015 3:32:55 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 25 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 25 September 2015 | Daniel Kreps
    Pope Francis will spread his message of hope, faith and unity this November with a new rock LP titled 'Wake Up!' As Pope Francis embarks on his historic visit to the United States, His Holiness will spread his message of hope, faith and unity in the form of a prog-rock-infused album titled Wake Up! this November. The Vatican-approved LP, a collaboration with Believe Digital, features the Pontiff delivering sacred hymns and excerpts of his most moving speeches in multiple languages paired with uplifting musical accompaniment ranging from pop-rock to Gregorian chant. Wake Up! arrives November 27th, with the iTunes pre-order...
  • Pope Francis Has Put Himself Into America’s Hot-Button Religious Freedom Debate

    09/26/2015 10:23:51 AM PDT · by Steelfish · 39 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2015 | Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Pope Francis Has Put Himself Into America’s Hot-Button Religious Freedom Debates Michelle Boorstein, Sarah Pulliam Bailey. September 26 In addition to immigration and climate change, Pope Francis has spotlighted another topic on his U.S. trip, one that is just as contentious: The debate over what constitutes religious freedom. His fellow bishops in the United States have in recent years selected as their top priority what they call threats to the rights of Americans to freely practice their faith. For them this has meant concern that, among other things, church-affiliated non-profits will have to do abortion referrals or treat gay spouses...
  • United States and Cuba, the Devil and Holy Water

    09/26/2015 10:13:26 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 1 replies
    Chiesa News ^ | 9/11/2015 | Sandro Magister
    United States and Cuba, the Devil and Holy Water They are the two destinations of the next journey of Pope Francis, at the opposite poles of his geopolitical vision. The enigma of the pope’s silence on the absence of freedom in the regime of Fidel and Raúl Castro by Sandro Magister ROME, September 11, 2015 - The United States and Cuba, or the devil and holy water. The journey that Pope Francis has scheduled from September 19 to 27 will take him to the two opposite poles of his geopolitical vision: to the temple of the “economy that kills” and...

    09/26/2015 8:43:32 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/24/2015 | Carlos Eire
    WHEN FRANCIS CAME TO CUBA By Carlos Eire We should cheer any time a pope mingles with sinners. It’s what Jesus did, and what his vicar on earth is supposed to do, too. Sin and evil need to be confronted, not ignored, and those who are unjust should be urged to repent and mend their ways. Unfortunately, there is little to cheer about when it comes to the mingling Pope Francis did with the Castro brothers in Cuba, and with other heads of state in Latin America who praise and emulate their dictatorship. Pope Francis seems much too comfortable with...
  • ‘I believe in the Bible’: Trump courts Christian right

    09/26/2015 7:03:30 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 154 replies ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jim Colvin
    WASHINGTON — Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand. “See, I’m better than you thought,” he said. Then came a black-and-white photograph from his confirmation to further prove his Christian cred. “Nobody believes this,” he said to laughs. “What went wrong?” As the Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman tries to maintain his lead in early polls with rivals gaining, Trump is increasingly courting a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians. After initially declining the invitation, Trump spoke...
  • 2 Catholic Bishops: Biden Not to Speak at Catholic Schools; Should Not Receive Communion

    09/25/2015 10:17:25 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies ^ | September 24, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Although Vice President Joe Biden says he is “a practicing Catholic” and believes that life begins at conception -- but he would not “say that” to people who “have a different view” -- his former bishop forbade Biden from speaking at Catholic schools, and the bishop for Colorado Springs has said Biden should not present himself for Communion at Mass. Also, in a document cited by the Wilmington, Del., office of Biden’s former bishop – Bishop Michael A. Saltarelli, who died in 2009 – it states that “Catholic politicians who take pro-abortion legislative positions … should never be put forward...
  • Rubio, Fiorina, and Cruz up among evangelical insiders

    09/25/2015 2:31:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    World ^ | September 24, 2015 | J.C. Derrick, Washington bureau
    Latest WORLD survey shows support consolidating behind a handful of candidates. Republican Marco Rubio still holds a commanding lead in WORLD’s third evangelical insiders survey, but GOP rival Carly Fiorina is gaining ground on the heels of another standout debate performance. The findings are part of a monthly survey of 103 evangelical leaders and insiders, 91 of whom participated in September. The results are not scientific or representative of all evangelicals but offer a snapshot of how some well-connected evangelicals are leaning in the 2016 presidential election. This month’s survey took place in the days after last Wednesday’s GOP debate,...
  • 'I believe in the Bible': Trump courts Christian right

    09/25/2015 1:57:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 25, 2015 | Jill Colvin
    Donald Trump recently showed up at a gathering of Iowa conservative Christian voters with a copy of the Bible in hand. "See, I'm better than you thought," he said. Then came a black-and-white photograph from his confirmation to further prove his Christian cred. "Nobody believes this," he said to laughs. "What went wrong?" As the Republican presidential front-runner and billionaire businessman tries to maintain his lead in early polls with rivals gaining, Trump is increasingly courting a wing of the Republican Party that might seem antithetical to his brand: evangelical Christians....