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  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 6:26:24 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | July 26, 2016 | Don Snyder
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation. Francis will be in Krakow to celebrate World Youth Day, the event initiated more than 30 years ago by Pope John Paul II in which hundreds of thousands of young people from all over the world gather. But unlike the favorite son the Eastern European nation sent to the Vatican, Francis has received a chilly...
  • Greece Eyes Constitution Overhaul Limiting MPs Terms, Defining Role of Church

    07/26/2016 9:09:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 7/25/16 | Michele Kambas
    ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece on Monday unveiled plans to revise its constitution, formally proposing a clearer distinction between the state and the powerful Orthodox Church, changes in how the president is elected and limiting terms of lawmakers in parliament. Left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said the proposals were aimed at transforming a system full of "pathogens", and public feedback would be sought from September before the plans are put to parliament for further consultation. "We aspire to see a process of active participation of citizens, and not something which is restricted within four walls of parliament," Tsipras told state officials...
  • Pro-abort VP candidate Tim Kaine Gets Standing O at Mass, Bishop Mum on Denying Communion

    07/26/2016 8:58:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/26/16 | Claire Chretien
    RICHMOND, Virginia, July 26, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-abortion Democratic Vice Presidential candidate Senator Tim Kaine received a standing ovation at his parish on Sunday and several Catholic priests praised his nomination. Meanwhile, as Catholics call for Kaine to be denied Communion in accord with the Church’s laws, his bishop in the Diocese of Richmond has issued a statement saying that Catholics have a duty to determine their own worthiness “through an upright and informed conscience.” Kaine and his wife were “like every other married couple going to church on a Sunday morning — if every other couple were met by...
  • Catholic Priest to Tim Kaine: ‘Don’t Show Up in My Communion Line’

    07/26/2016 8:54:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/25/16 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic priest asked that pro-abortion Vice Presidential nominee Tim Kaine “do us both a favor” and not show up in his Communion line. “I take Canon 915 seriously. It'd be embarrassing for you & for me,” tweeted Dominican Father Thomas Petri, the vice president and academic dean of the Pontifical Faculty of the Immaculate Conception at the Dominican House of Studies. Canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law instructs that those “persevering in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches,...
  • On eve of Pope Francis visit to Poland, country refuses the red-carpet treatment

    07/26/2016 8:52:09 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 26, 2016
    Pope Francis is set to arrive Wednesday in Poland, but the homeland of Saint Pope John Paul II – Francis’ most popular modern-day predecessor -- is not rolling out the red carpet for the pontiff whose social agenda has alienated many in the conservative nation.
  • What Hillary and Bernie Voters Believe

    07/25/2016 8:36:11 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/25/16
    Many Americans say to themselves today, "How can anyone vote for Hillary? Are they nuts!!..." Well... it is much much more than that.. Let's take a look! The majority of Hillary and Bernie voters and those of the Democratic base are Liberal /progressives whose "reality and belief system" is rooted in the firm rejection of Almighty God and His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS, core moral absolutes and the practice of a sensual subjectivism, that view God ordained absolutes through the lawless prism of moral relativism and pluralism. These possess a fear of moral absolutes and believe that true freedom is to be...
  • Catholic bishop: Pro-abortion Tim Kaine’s faith is obviously not ‘central’ to his public life

    07/25/2016 8:59:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 14 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | July 25, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island, July 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic bishop has criticized Democratic vice presidential nominee Senator Tim Kaine for touting his self-proclaimed Catholic faith while publicly supporting abortion, same-sex “marriage,” and same-sex adoptions. “Democratic VP choice, Tim Kaine, has been widely identified as a Roman Catholic,” Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island wrote on Facebook. “It is also reported that he publicly supports ‘freedom of choice’ for abortion, same-sex marriage, gay adoptions, and the ordination of women as priests. All of these positions are clearly contrary to well-established Catholic teachings; all of them have been opposed...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/25/2016 1:14:48 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
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  • Vatican Statement Accuses Polish Politicians of Whipping Up Fear Against Muslims

    07/23/2016 3:31:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/23/17 | Christopher Lamb
    Bishops’ spokesman stresses Church in Poland has welcomed refugees as country prepares to welcome Francis for World Youth DayJust days before Pope Francis’ visit to Poland a Vatican statement has denounced an “artificially created fear of Muslims” which it says is being fed by some political parties in the country. The press release, released by the Holy See but written by spokesman for the Polish Bishops, describes Poland as “ethnically homogenous” and that immigration is a relatively new phenomenon seen as strange to the average Polish person. “For this reason, even through the official statistics relating to foreign citizens legally...
  • Was an Anti-Abortion Bishop Too Outspoken?

    07/23/2016 11:40:48 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 31 replies
    http://content.time.com ^ | September 2, 2009 | Amy Sullivan
    For suddenly departing politicians and CEOs, the standard line is to "spend time with family." Now the Catholic Church may have its own version of this unconvincing, stock answer. On Aug. 31, Joseph Martino, the controversial bishop from Scranton, Pa., stunned longtime church watchers by announcing that he was resigning his post because of problems with insomnia and fatigue. The Catholic leader, who has gained national prominence for his outspoken pro-life advocacy and aggressive criticism of pro-choice Democratic politicians, is still more than a decade away from reaching the church's automatic retirement age of 75. Martino's abrupt resignation, along with...
  • Hillary's VP pick: The worst kind of Catholic politician

    07/23/2016 7:16:55 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | July 22, 2016
    A predictable pick by Hillary Clinton. Pandering to the Catholic vote, and in light of the fact that the majority of Catholics in America are poorly catechized and barely practicing, she tags Virginia Senator Tim Kaine for her running mate, a man who is a "Catholic but": In an interview in the Capitol, Kaine -- a Catholic who personally opposes abortion -- says his views on the issue have not changed over his career.  But asked if he would characterize himself as "pro-life," he said: "I've never embraced labels."  "I have a traditional Catholic personal position, but I am very...
  • WaPo: A "Pope Francis Catholic" can have a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood, NARAL

    07/23/2016 4:33:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 22, 2016 | Carl E. Olson
    Just one example of how the secular media is going to spin, spin, and spin some more in the quest to provide cover for pro-abort, pro-homosexual politicians. (us.fotolia.com/JJAVA) UPDATED (9:15pm, Pacific; July 22): Sen. Kaine has been chosen to be Hillary Clinton's running mate. In the meantime, CWR's managing editor, Catherine Harmon, reminded me of this interesting story from last year:  U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic and former missionary, had a clear message Wednesday for Pope Francis: Allow women to become priests. Kaine said ending the church's centuries-old rule that only men can be ordained would be the most significant...
  • Heil to the Progressive Coming Utopia

    07/22/2016 2:19:48 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 07/22/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Commentators in major national newspapers in Scotland are aghast. A 100-member youth choir from a Southern Baptist church in Plano, Texas gave a free concert at a shopping center in Edinburgh. The journalists compared this event to Nazi or ISIS propaganda. One asserted: “as a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here.” Scotland is the land of John Knox, the great Scotts reformer (1513–72), and of the young, deeply spiritual Robert Murray McCheyne (1813–43) who declared: “The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God.” Now Scotland is a land...
  • Pope’s climate encyclical ‘made possible’ passage of pro-abortion SDGs: UN leader [Catholic Caucus]

    07/22/2016 2:04:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 22, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    Pope Francis reaffirmed the Vatican’s support for the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at a June pontifical conference on human trafficking that featured an address by abortion and population control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. “We can also count an important and decisive collaboration with the United Nations,” the Holy Father told the Judges Summit Against Human Trafficking and Organized Crime, organized by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences. Added the pope: “I am grateful for the fact that the representatives of the 193 UN member states unanimously approved the new Sustainable Development Goals.” In his turn, Sachs, a Harvard-educated economist, bestselling...
  • Your Soul is Worth More than Your Vote (Catholic Caucus)

    07/22/2016 1:32:34 PM PDT · by rwa265 · 50 replies
    shamelesspopery.com ^ | July 20, 2016 | Joe Heschmeyer
    It’s election season, and I’ve hesitated to say much on the subject for many reasons. One of those reasons is because our obsession with politics is unhealthy and unholy (in that it reflects our fixation on this life rather than the next, and on worldly power instead of true discipleship). Another is that this election season has been like watching a slow-burning dumpster fire. I don’t plan to tell you how to vote, but I do want to establish a few basic principles: No well-formed Catholic should feel comfortable with Trump or Clinton; Thus, voters face a difficult decision this...
  • Syria: Patriarch Blasts Western Efforts to Remove Assad

    07/22/2016 7:26:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The head of the Syriac Catholic Church—an Eastern Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See—offered strong criticism of “American, French, English, [and] European Union politicians” whose efforts to remove President Bashar al-Assad have led to a nightmare for the region’s Christians. Patriarch Ignatius Joseph III Yonan told the National Catholic Register that Syria was a place “where they were fighting against illiteracy, where you had medical care for all, a peaceful country, where you could go wherever you wanted to go, 24 hours a day without any problem — they [the Western powers] find it has a dictatorship...
  • US cardinal says ‘Christian nations’ in West must counter Islamic influx

    07/21/2016 1:39:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | July 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to be...
  • US Cardinal [Burke] Says ‘Christian Nations’ in West Must Counter Islamic Influx

    07/21/2016 1:38:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Seervice ^ | 7/21/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam “wants to govern the world” and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert “the Christian origin of our own nation” in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis’ reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is “fundamentally a form of government.” While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to...
  • COULD THE TIME BE RIPE FOR THE GREAT MONARCH? IS HE HERE AMONG US NOW?

    07/21/2016 1:20:31 PM PDT · by Just a little eagle · 59 replies
    JULY 11,2016 | SANDRA AIREY
    Could The Time Be Ripe for The Great Monarch? Is He Here Among Us Now? by Sandra Airey I'm a Catholic born in 1947, raised in a family with many devout Catholics, and taught by pre-Vatican II nuns for 12 years. My life has been unusual for more than one reason. I was born the second child to a woman with Rh negative blood and a severe heart defect. I ended up with minimal brain damage ( causing partial seizures affecting awareness ) and connective tissue disease. My mother knowing about the circumstances of my birth was aware that I...
  • Vatican Watch...The Vatican’s ‘Greatest Supporter’ and Collaborator

    07/19/2016 6:27:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Remant Newspaper ^ | July 19, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    Be forewarned. This photo (immediately below) speaks volumes about this papacy and its collaborators. Know them by the radical company they keep. Clout affords him heightened access to the Pope, as he sits prominently at the speaker’s dais when Pope Francis addresses the Pontifical Academy’s Human Trafficking Judicial Conference in early June 2016. He smiles and listens as Francis acknowledges and thanks “a number of prestigious external collaborators—to whom I offer my heartfelt thanks—have engaged in important activities in defense of human dignity and freedom in our day.” He nods knowingly because he ranks foremost as the Pope’s ‘prestigious external...
  • FULL Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016

    07/19/2016 8:54:34 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 18, 2016 | Mark Burns
    Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016
  • New Religious Laws in Russia Not Expected to Affect Catholic Church

    07/18/2016 11:05:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 7/18/16 | Mary Rezac
    The new anti-evangelism law carries fines up to $780 for an individual and $15,500 for an organization. Foreign visitors who violate the law face deportation. MOSCOW — Despite protests from religious leaders and human rights groups, Russian president Vladimir Putin last week approved a new set of laws that would restrict evangelization and missionary activity to officially registered Church buildings and worship areas. The laws fall under the umbrella of new anti-terrorism legislation, and prohibit sharing faith in private homes, online, or anywhere but recognized church buildings. A missionary Catholic priest serving in Russia, who asked to be kept anonymous...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/18/2016 1:14:22 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    7-18-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 44:21,22 "O Israel, I'll Never Forget you! I've Wiped the Slate of All your Wrongdoings. There's Nothing Left of your Sins. Come Back to Me, Come Back. I've Redeemed you."
  • The Template for Restored Unity and peace amongst our various peoples starts first in our churches!

    07/17/2016 3:53:05 AM PDT · by mdmathis6 · 23 replies
    self | 7/17/16 | Michael Mathis
    The template as to how all inter-relations between Christians of the Church should work is to be found here in Galatians 3: "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise." This passage ALSO provides a NATIONAL roadmap...
  • Thanks, M. Valls’: Social media furious over PM’s ‘France will have to live with terrorism’ comment

    07/15/2016 7:58:04 AM PDT · by TigerClaws · 48 replies
    Social media reacted with anger to French Prime Minister Manuel Valls’ assertion that France “will have to live with terrorism.” Users shamed the PM, saying that more people apparently need to be killed in terror attacks to wake up the French government. READ MORE: France vows to retaliate for Nice attack, extends state of emergencyLIVE UPDATES Valls made the statement following the attack in Nice that killed at least 84 people and injured dozens. “Times have changed, and France is going to have to live with terrorism, and we must face this together and show our collective sang-froid,” he said....
  • After Decades of Mistrust, Pope Pushes for Diplomatic Breakthrough with China

    07/15/2016 7:47:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/14/16 | Lisa Jucca, Benjamin Kang Lim and Greg Torode
    Catholic officials say a deal is in the works that would defuse a core dispute between the Holy See and China’s Communist leaders: the fate of eight bishops the Vatican views as illegitimate. But the talks face internal resistance on both sides.HONG KONG/BEIJING – Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China, which for decades has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony. Interviews with some two dozen Catholic officials and clergy in Hong Kong, Italy and mainland China, as well as sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing, reveal...
  • US Catholic voters lean toward Clinton, survey shows

    07/14/2016 7:22:01 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 83 replies
    Catholic World News ^ | July 14 2016
    American Catholic voters lean strongly toward Hillary Clinton in this year's presidential contest, according to a new Pew Forum survey. The Pew poll found that Clinton held a 56-39% advantage over Donald Trump among Catholic voters. That 17% margin was markedly different from the results of a similar poll in the last presidential race, when then-Senator Barack Obama was virtually even with Mitt Romney among Catholic voters in June 2012. However, Clinton's margin among Catholic voters was entirely attributable to a huge (77-16%) advantage among Hispanic Catholics. Among white Catholics, Trump had a slight (50-46) edge. Among all voters surveyed,...
  • Secularism as Religious Indoctrination

    07/14/2016 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 14, 2016 | KENNETH CROWTHER
    Australia has a program in its schools that, at first glance, you’d have to be crazy to be against. It’s called Safe Schools, and it is an anti-bullying campaign.Well, at least that’s how it has been promoted.In reality, Safe Schools has become a pro-LGBTQI indoctrination system designed by one academic Marxist with hopes of replacing the Australian flag with a red one, and another who has, in academic theory, supported pedophilia. The program consists of: allowing students to wear whatever uniforms that they want; encouraging schools to allow bathroom use by any gender; promoting homosexual and transgender role-play in...
  • CFN Media 15: Ecclesiastical Vandalism - The Cupich Appointment - special edition [VIDEO]

    07/14/2016 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2016 | John Vennari
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  • Franklin Graham Asks for Day of Prayer for America - July 18, 2016 - 12noon EST

    07/12/2016 12:25:16 PM PDT · by milford421 · 28 replies
    Franklin Graham facebook ^ | 7/12/16 | Franklin Graham
    "Our country is in a huge mess. Shootings, riots, and protests now claim the headlines about America, and that’s heartbreaking. We are in desperate need of Divine intervention. We need healing. Prayer is what can make a difference in America. One week from today—Monday, July 18, at 12:00 Noon Eastern—I’m asking you to pray with me live on Facebook just before the Republican National Convention opens." ... "Then the following Monday, July 25, before the opening of the Democratic National Convention, we will pray together again. Ask your friends to join us as well—we need the whole nation praying."
  • Massachusetts Bishops Issue Neutral Statement on State Guarantee for 'Transgender' Rights

    07/12/2016 10:32:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have issued a public statement encouraging "careful oversight and respect for all individuals" in the wake of the state legislature's approval of a new law that will give "transgender" individual the right to use the public accomodations of their choice. In their statement-- issued through the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public-policy arm of the state's bishops-- the bishops indicate no opposition to the claims of people who identify with the opposite gender; they assert: "The understanding of and respect for transgender persons has only recently commanded widespread attention." Acknowledging that public debate on the issue...
  • Poverty According to Francis. Virtue and Vice Together [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2016 9:27:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 11, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    It is the cornerstone of the magisterium of the pope. Who exalts it as a salvific value, but at the same time condemns it as an enemy to be fought. A philosopher analyzes this unresolved contradiction of the pontificate ROME, July 11, 2016 – The reception of the major magisterial acts of Pope Francis ranges between two extremes. On one side there is the almost universal chorus of applause that his environmentalist encyclical “Laudato Si’” enjoys, especially outside of Catholicism. On the other side there is the ever more conflictual dispute, in this case above all within the Church, stirred...
  • The War in Iraq and St. John Paul II’s Prophecy

    07/11/2016 9:09:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | Andrea Tornielli
    The Chilcot Report has brought to light the absurdity of the conflict to bring down Saddam Hussein which has transformed the Country into a cesspool of terrorists. The Pope, already old and ill, tried everything to stop it. But in vainIn January 2003, during a working meal with some Vaticanists at the Nunciature in Italy, the then Secretary of State Angelo Sodano decided to reply to some questions on the already imminent Anglo-Saxon war against Saddam Hussein’s Iraq. “We say to our American friends: is it in your interest to anger a billion Muslims and risk having the hostility of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/11/2016 1:27:44 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    7-11-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 54:17 No Weapon that is Formed Against thee shall Prosper; And Every Tongue that shall Rise Against thee in Judgment thou shalt Condemn. This is the Heritage of the Servants of the Lord, And their Righteousness is of Me, Saith the Lord.
  • Philly Mayor Attacks Eucharistic Doctrine as “Not Christian” [Catholic Caucus]

    07/09/2016 7:16:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | July 9, 2016 | Kathy Schiffer
    Archbishop Charles Chaput is "not Christian"? That's the claim made by Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, who disagrees with the archbishop's recent directive to priests in his archdiocese to deny communion to gay, divorced and unwed couples. Kenney, who was raised in an Irish Catholic family and who attended St. Joseph's Preparatory School, tweeted his dissatisfaction with the archbishop's statement:
  • Pope Francis again trims scope of Vatican economy czar

    07/09/2016 6:43:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fox News ^ | July 9, 2016 | AP
    Pope Francis has again clipped the wings of his finance czar Cardinal George Pell by effectively removing many of the administrative functions of the Vatican's key financial office from his department.
  • Pope Enables Progressive Bishop To Select Other Heterodox Clerics For Episcopal Ordination

    07/09/2016 12:12:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    July 9, 2016 | restore dc catholicism
    Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago ranks as one of the most progressive (if not heretical) bishops in the United States. His disdain for Catholic morality is all-too-well known. To wit: As bishop of Spokane Washington he forbade his priests from participating in the 40 Days for Life campaign. When the Supreme Court passed a ruling on "gay mowwidge", the statement he uttered was, at best, limp-wristed lip service to marriage. He issued a statement claiming that gun control and immigration are equal in importance to baby-slaughter. He advocates violations of Canon 915. Despite all these serious and blatant shortcomings, the...
  • Catholic Priests in Central Vietnam go up Against Government in Land Grab Case

    07/09/2016 11:50:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The head priest of a Catholic monastery in central Vietnam’s Thua Thien-Hue province has sent a petition to national and foreign officials in the country protesting what it says is the local government’s illegal appropriation of its land, RFA’s Vietnamese Service has learned. Antoine Nguyen Van Duc, head of Vietnam’s Thien An Catholic monastery sent the petition dated June 27 to the provincial People’s Committee, the Roman Catholic archdiocese in Hue, the European Union commission in Vietnam, and the U.S. embassy in Hanoi, complaining about the illegal seizure of land and the disrespect authorities had shown to a cross. Hoang...
  • “You don’t sell the Motherland,” Pope says in a letter to Argentina

    07/08/2016 7:22:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider News ^ | July 8, 2016 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    Francis has sent a message to the Argentinians for the 200th anniversary of their country’s independence. We pray that the country will be defended against all forms of colonisation, he said
  • Pope names left-wing Archbishop Cupich to key role in picking future U.S. bishops

    07/08/2016 9:04:22 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | July 7, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis has named Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to serve as a member of the Congregation for Bishops, the Vatican office that recommends to the Pope candidates to be appointed bishops. The move has alarmed traditional-minded Catholics since Cupich has shown himself to be an extremely liberal bishop. In this role, Cupich will now exercise one of the most prominent roles in deciding who to appoint as new bishops in the United States. Cupich is said to have been hand-picked by Pope Francis for his prominent position as Archbishop of Chicago. Cupich will join Washington, D.C.'s Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who...
  • [Philadelphia] Mayor Kenney: Archbishop Chaput's Actions 'Are Not Christian'

    07/07/2016 12:43:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Philly Voice ^ | 6/7/16 | AP
    Chaput issues pastoral guidelines saying divorced and gay Catholics must avoid sexJim Kenney did not mince words when a Twitter follower asked the Philadelphia mayor his thoughts on a new set of pastoral guidelines for clergy and other church leaders issued by Archdiocese of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. The guidelines say divorced and remarried parishioners should abstain from sex and live "like brother and sister" if they want to receive Holy Communion and haven't had their previous marriage annulled. The guidelines say gay Catholics should abstain from sex, too. Keeping his response within Twitter's 140-character limit, Kenney said Chaput's directives...
  • Russian Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/07/2016 12:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Russians are returning to their tradition of Symphonia, inherited from Byzantium and instituted by Constantine the Great, where church and state complement each other.The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and...
  • Churches Fear Iowa Law Will Silence Pastors, Open Church Bathrooms to Transgenders

    07/07/2016 12:25:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/6/16 | Todd Starnes
    Congregations across the state of Iowa are in grave danger of having their pastors silenced in the pulpit over LGBT public accommodation rules, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed what is known as a “pre-enforcement challenge” – arguing that a portion of the Iowa Civil Rights Act, is a threat to First Amendment freedoms. Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm that specializes in religious liberty lawsuits, is representing the church in its fight against the commission. “Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate...
  • Where Obama's Godless "Utopian" Vision is Heading

    07/06/2016 8:05:01 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/7/16
    The Progressive coop under President Obama has already taken place and has won the day here in America, and I challenge anyone anywhere to prove what I am saying is wrong. However the poetic justice in all this is that Obama's and the Left's delusional godless utopian visions are headed straight into the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19) with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ready to greet them (Rev. 6). O Fools!! There can NEVER be a Utopia apart from RIGHTEOUSNESS and the saving grace of Jesus Christ (Dan. 2:43-44, 7:13-14, Rev. 21-22:1-5)! While Conservative talk show hosts...
  • [Catholic] Church Marriage Annulment Invalid: Supreme Court [of India]

    07/06/2016 9:25:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India says marriage annulment granted by church courts has no legal sanctity and those remarrying after obtaining such a decree would commit an offence. The July 4 observation from the apex court will have far reaching and serious consequences for Catholics in India, who get their marriages annulled by diocesan ecclesiastical tribunals. A bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justice D Y Chandrachud made this observation while hearing a petition filed by Clarence Pais, a Bengaluru-based Catholic lawyer, who sought legal sanctity for divorce decrees granted by church courts. Pais had pleaded...
  • Catholic Ministries in Mississippi Impacted by Supreme Court Rulings

    07/06/2016 9:20:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Recent major court rulings may affect the work of the Church in the southern American state, says bishopFederal court decisions in three cases in late June will directly impact the work of the Catholic Church in Mississippi. On June 30, US District Court Judge Carlton Reeves blocked the implementation of H.B. 1523, also known as the Religious Accommodations Act, hours before it was to go into effect July 1. Earlier that week, the US Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal of a proposed law that would have required abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. Turning away...
  • Russia's Proposed Law: No Evangelizing Outside of Church

    07/05/2016 7:26:07 AM PDT · by Sam's Army · 50 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/29/2016 | Kate Shellnutt
    Christians in Russia won’t be allowed to email their friends an invitation to church or to evangelize in their own homes if Russia’s newest set of surveillance and anti-terrorism laws are enacted. The proposed laws, considered the country’s most restrictive measures in post-Soviet history, place broad limitations on missionary work, including preaching, teaching, and engaging in any activity designed to recruit people into a religious group. To share their faith, citizens must secure a government permit through a registered religious organization, and they cannot evangelize anywhere besides churches and other religious sites. The restrictions even apply to activity in private...
  • Catholic Care Home in Belgium Fined for Refusing Euthanasia

    07/05/2016 4:27:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/4/16 | Simon Caldwell
    St Augustine rest home was fined €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to a 74-year-old womanJudges in Belgium have fined a Catholic nursing home for refusing to allow the euthanasia of a lung cancer sufferer on its premises. The St Augustine rest home in Diest was ordered to pay a total of €6,000 after it stopped doctors from giving a lethal injection to Mariette Buntjens. Days later, the 74-year-old woman was instead taken by ambulance to her private address to die “in peaceful surroundings”. Buntjens’ family later sued the nursing home for causing their mother “unnecessary...
  • A Tale of Two Georges

    07/04/2016 1:33:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 4, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    In Philadelphia, in what now is called Independence Hall, is preserved a Chippendale style chair crafted in 1779 by the cabinetmaker John Folwell, with a sun on the horizon carved at the top. For nearly three months in 1787, George Washington used this chair during the sessions of the Federal Convention. According to James Madison, whose feet would have dangled from it since, at 5’4” he was ten inches shorter than Washington, Benjamin Franklin mused: “I have often in the course of the session looked at that sun behind the President without being able to tell whether it was...
  • Imprtant New "Drudge-Style" Catholic Website

    07/04/2016 1:23:34 PM PDT · by jobim · 20 replies
    vanity ^ | 7/4/16 | jobim
    I learned of this site today at the irreplaceable One Peter Five by Steve Skojec [ http://www.onepeterfive.com/ ]. The site follows the Drudge format, with a page of links to stories and websites. This will be of most interest to Catholic Conservatives faithful to the Magisterium.