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  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/29/2016 11:59:48 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 5 replies
    8-29-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps.33:12)
  • Pope Francis to Canonize Hillary Clinton Nemesis Mother Teresa

    08/28/2016 6:29:15 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 28 Aug 2016 | Thomas D. Williams
    Next Sunday Pope Francis will declare Mother Teresa a saint, the very woman who fought Hillary Clinton tooth and nail for her abortion advocacy. Before some 3,000 people at the National Prayer Breakfast at the Washington DC Hilton Hotel in 1994—including pro-abortion Bill and Hillary Clinton, and Al and Tipper Gore—Mother Teresa spoke passionately about abortion, calling it the “greatest destroyer of peace today,” “war against the child,” and “murder by the mother herself.” “And if we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?” the nun...
  • Mexican Gvmt in Greatest Clash with Church Since Persecution that Ignited Cristero War..

    08/26/2016 6:22:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    August 25, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico City in a recent interview. Fr. Hugo Valdemar told Mexico’s Proceso magazine that the president’s attempt to pass a homosexual “marriage” amendment has caused “a cooling of his relationship with the bishops, who are very troubled by his initiative.” “There hasn’t been a confrontation so strong between the government and the Church since...
  • Syrian Christian Leader Asks Russia to Help with Release of Captured Metropolitans

    08/25/2016 6:41:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/24/16
    Damascus, August 24, Interfax - Mor Ignatius Aphrem II, a leader of Syrian Christians and patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, has asked Russia to assist in the release of the metropolitans captured in Syria three years ago. The issue was addressed in a meeting between the patriarch and Russian Ambassador to Syria Alexander Kinshchak, the press service for the Syro-Jacobite Church said. "In light of the recent successes on the battleground near Aleppo, and also the improvement of relations between Russia and Turkey, His Holiness called on the Russian government to resume efforts on that track [the hierarchs' release],"...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Pope’s US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, “Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • “Reconciliation among China’s Catholics is close to Pope’s heart” [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    La Stampa ^ | August 24, 2016 | GIANNI VALENTE
    Communication between the Holy See and the People’s Republic of China “continues with a spirit of goodwill on both parts” and aims to seek “realistic solutions for the good of everyone”. Watertight confirmation of the important step in the dialogue between Beijing and the Holy See is given by His Holiness’s Secretary of the State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, himself. In a wide-spanning interview with Stefania Falasca of Italian Catholic newspaper Avvenire, the cardinal from Vicenza who is head of Vatican diplomacy, outlines the criteria and objectives of the Holy See in its present relations with representatives of the Chinese government....
  • Officer Cleared in Military Bible Complaint

    08/24/2016 7:11:53 AM PDT · by xzins · 41 replies
    ToddStarnes.com ^ | 23 Aug 16 | Todd Starnes
    An Air Force major, who was accused of civil rights violations for having a Bible on his work desk, has been cleared of any wrongdoing, according to military officials at the 310th Space Wing in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Maj. Steve Lewis, a supervisor at the Reserve National Security Space Institute, agreed to voluntarily remove the Bible pending a military review. The Military Religious Freedom Foundation had filed a complaint against Maj. Lewis -- accusing him of "harboring and encouraging a truly abhorrent example of First Amendment civil rights violations." But a public affairs spokesman told me late Tuesday that Maj....
  • Poverty, Politics, and the Church in Pope Francis’s Argentina

    08/22/2016 5:58:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/21/16 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Argentina is trying to break with 70 years of populism, corruption, and general economic decline. But in the age of the Argentine pope, what role will the Church play in this process? Before Jorge Bergoglio’s election as the first Latin American pope in 2013, Argentina was famous for many things: tango, its magnificent pampas, the beautiful late-nineteenth century architecture that marks much of Buenos Aires, to name just a few. Unfortunately, other things also come to mind: rampant and persistent corruption, extreme political instability, and, above all, the fact that Argentina is the twentieth century’s textbook-case of largely self-inflicted economic...
  • Foxes in the Chicken House! [Catholic Caucus]

    08/22/2016 4:07:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Torch of the Faith ^ | August19, 2016 | admin
    A Crisis of Some Depth When one studies the Catholic news this week, it is easy to see that the foxes are abroad in the chicken house. Indeed, it is hard not to come to the conclusion that they have been deliberately placed in control of the chickens. At this stage in the game, only those who are willfully blind can deny this. One of the things that helped me to discover more of the real depth of the crisis facing the Church, was studying the life and times of the great Cardinal Josef Mindszenty of Hungary, about 10 years...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/22/2016 1:39:47 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    8-22-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Job 11:17,18 Your Life will be Brighter than Sunshine at Noon, And Life's Darkest Hours will Shine like the Dawn. You will Live Secure and Full of Hope; God will Protect you and Give you Rest. You won't be Afraid of your Enemies; Many People will Ask you for Help. But the Wicked will Look Around in Despair And Find that there is No Way to Escape.
  • ISIS Responds to Pope Francis: This IS a Religious War and WE HATE YOU

    08/21/2016 7:25:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | August 20, 2016 | Jim Hoft
    The Islamic State responded to statements by Pope Francis that their war is not religious in nature. ISIS disagrees. ISIS tells the Socialist Pope that the Islamic State is in a war against the infidels approved by Allah. Translated from FDESouche, Via Vlad Tepes: The Islamic State has publicly responded to statements by Pope Francis that the war waged by the Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature. The article answers the pontiff that their only motivation is religious and approved by Allah in the Qur’an. Highlights of the latest issue of Dabiq – the official propaganda magazine of the...
  • Cardinal Zen’s Fears Come to Pass in China

    08/20/2016 5:31:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    OnePeter5 ^ | 8/16/16 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vatican’s increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new “formula” allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article “A winter of darkness for religions in China” by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: “From information that has...
  • Lesbian Sues Paramus Catholic School Over Firing After Gay Marriage

    08/20/2016 5:12:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    PARAMUS, New Jersey --A woman is suing a Roman Catholic school in New Jersey, alleging the school violated the state's discrimination law when she was fired because she's married to a woman. Kate Drumgoole and her wife say, they never asked for this, but on Friday, they found themselves in court defending their right to move forward with the case. It is emotional, and one of dozens that has emerged after the legalization of same-sex marriage. "We did nothing but fall in love with each other and exercise our rights," she said. And yet, she lost her job at Paramus...
  • Who is Cardinal Wuerl Talking To?

    08/20/2016 3:19:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Les Femmes - the Truth ^ | August 19, 2016 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    I confess I laughed when I read the interview. Let's face it. To whom do you think Cardinal Wuerl speaks? Do you think he's spending a lot of time outside his chancery speaking to the ordinary people of the diocese or is his contact with them from the window of his lavish apartment on embassy row?
  • 'Bishop of Arabia' Laments the 'Weakness of Christianity in Europe'

    08/19/2016 6:25:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Global Pulse ^ | 8/19/16 | Claire Lesegretain
    Bishop Paul Hinder has been vicar of the United Arab Emirates, and the Sultanate of Oman and Yemen since 2004In a book published in German, Bishop Paul Hinder, the apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia, based in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, recounts his long experience with Islam. "Paul Hinder, als Bischof in Arabien" or "Paul Hinder as Bishop of Arabia" is the title of a memoir written by Bishop Hinder, apostolic vicar of Southern Arabia (AVOSA) for the past twelve years. The book published by the German firm Herder Verlag in Freiburg im Breisgau is dedicated to the...
  • L.A. City Attorney Pressures Pregnancy Center to Comply with State Law, Provide Info About Abortion

    08/19/2016 6:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | 8/18/16 | Erica Evans
    A Los Angeles pregnancy center that failed to comply with a state law requiring it to provide clients with information about free or low-cost family planning services, prenatal care, contraception and abortions has agreed to cooperate, City Atty. Mike Feuer announced Thursday. After the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Mission Hills missed an Aug. 14 deadline to correct violations, the city attorney’s office moved to file a lawsuit under a state law that bars unfair business practices and carries a possible $2,500 daily penalty. Feuer also informed the center that his office would seek a temporary restraining order to force it...
  • Mark Shea Fired From National Catholic Register [Catholic Caucus]

    08/19/2016 5:20:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | August 19, 2016
    Edit: in an official statement today at the National Catholic Register, professional Catholic, Mark Shea has been let go from his position because while his contributions to their paper met editorial expectations, his online presence elsewhere was not charitable. How about heretical? It's still a good move and we applaud the Register for finally seeing the light after many long years. Apparently, attacking John Zmirak, and slandering him was a bridge too far. https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/mark-shea-would-lie-to-attack-pro-lifers-but-not-to-save-anne-frank-or-babi Good job, Remnant, for giving him a platform to spew.
  • Professor: Enough papal apologies for alleged historical ‘sins’

    08/19/2016 2:02:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 19, 2016 | Patrick B. Craine
    In an op-ed at Crisis, Steubenville professor Timothy J. Williams argues that the Church should spend less time apologizing for Christians’ alleged past sins, and instead own up to its indifference to the moral evils of our own day. In particular, Williams is concerned by Pope Francis’ recent remarks that Christians seek forgiveness “from the poor, from exploited women, [and] from children exploited as laborers.” The remarks came after the pope had said he agreed with Cardinal Reinhard Marx’s call for the Church to apologize to homosexuals. While these apologies have been a mainstay of the last three popes, starting...
  • Vancouver Christians collide over televangelist Franklin Graham

    08/19/2016 9:19:02 AM PDT · by amorphous · 76 replies
    VancouverSun.Com ^ | 18 August 2016 | Douglas Todd
    Metro Vancouver Christians are colliding over the coming crusade of televangelist Franklin Graham, who is known for criticizing homosexuals, Muslims and U.S. President Barack Obama. Saying that Graham is often “incendiary and intolerant,” some evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics are opposing his participation in the three-day Festival of Hope event at Rogers Arena in early March, 2017, that many of the city’s mega-churches are supporting . “Rev. Graham is a polarizing figure … His ungracious and bigoted remarks have the potential to generate serious negative impact on the Christian witness in Vancouver,” says a statement from five prominent evangelical and...
  • Islamic Leader Wants to Legalise Polygamy in Italy

    08/18/2016 5:03:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/18/16 | Staff Reporter
    Leader of Muslim group says there is 'no reason' for polygamy not to be permitted now that same-sex unions have been legalisedThe leader of the Union of Islamic Communities in Italy has said there is “no reason” for polygamy not to be legalised after the Italian government passed a law to recognise the union of same-sex civil unions. In a Facebook status, Hamza Piccardo wrote: “There’s no reason for Italy not to accept polygamous marriages of consenting persons. “When it comes to civil rights here, then polygamy is a civil right. Muslims don’t agree with homosexual partnership and still they...
  • In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 12:09:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/18/2016 | Zhao Nanxiong
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Here at AsiaNews we have received and gladly publish this urgent appeal from a priest in South China. Frequent appeals for help are arriving from the underground Catholic Chinese clergy, this year. They find themselves in a very difficult and serious dilemma: they are being forced to register by accepting the Catholic Patriotic Association with its three autonomy principles. But, it seems that nobody cares for them. The public attention of all Catholics concerned with the Church in China is drawn elsewhere: it is focused upon the possible results of the ongoing negotiations between the Holy...
  • Pulpit Freedom Hasn’t Existed in America Since 1954

    08/17/2016 7:47:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 17, 2016 | 10:48 AM EDT | Erik Stanley, “Alliance Defending Freedom”
    While it’s perfectly okay for people to have different opinions about what churches should say from the pulpit, especially with regard to politics, what’s not okay is for the federal government—rather than congregations themselves—to be in charge of what is said. And it won’t do to dangle the threat of taxing the church if it won’t comply. That’s why the Johnson Amendment has to go. The Tax Code’s restriction on political speech by non-profit organizations is popularly known as the Johnson Amendment, named after its sponsor, Lyndon Johnson, who maneuvered the levers of senatorial power to insert the provision into...
  • Archangel Michael Becomes Patron Saint of Russian Investigative Committee

    08/17/2016 5:58:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 84 replies
    Interfax ^ | 8/16/16
    Moscow, August 16, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has made Saint Michael the Archangel the patron saint of the Russian Investigative Committee at the initiative of the committee's head Alexander Bastrykin, Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told Interfax on Tuesday. "His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia blessed and made the Saint Archistratigus Michael the patron saint of the agency at the initiative of Russian Investigative Committee Chairman Bastrykin, as well as in order to strengthen the spiritual and moral foundations of the Russian Investigative Committee's staff," Markin said. St. Michael the Archangel was...
  • Is the end of white Christian America a good thing?

    08/17/2016 5:37:40 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 22 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | April 16, 2016 | Michael Barone
    "White Christian America is dying," proclaims the headline on a Monkey Cage blogpost by the perceptive political scientist John Sides. Like many headlines, it's an exaggeration of the thrust of the article that follows, which is an interview with Robert Jones, head of the Public Religion Research Institute, on his new book The End of White Christian America, based on PRRI and other research on religious beliefs and practices of Americans. Sides's questions and Jones's answers are pretty much neutral in tone, but many readers will detect a tone of triumphalism in the book's title and in the thrust of...
  • Catholic Priest Tells Christians Stop Being So Naïve — Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination

    08/16/2016 9:37:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 20 replies
    https://www.thomasmore.org ^ | August 16, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    A Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Stop Being So Naïve — Wake up to the Threat of Islamic Domination In Islam, peace does not mean co-existence; it means the West’s submission. Father George Rutler is sounding the wake-up call to Christians and Western civilization to the threat of Islamic domination. We must respond to terrorist attacks with more than the balloons and flowers of the grieving. After another devastating ISIS attack in France, this time against a priest in his 80s while he was saying Mass, the answer isn’t just, “Do nothing.” As racism distorts race and sexism corrupts sex...
  • Marco Rubio Tells Pastors to Love Gay People, 'Abandon a Spirit of Judgment'

    08/16/2016 4:52:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 8/15/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Florida Senator Marco Rubio told pastors during a conference on Rediscovering God in Orlando that loving gay people, instead of judging them, is a fulfillment of the teachings of the Bible, rather than something that goes against it. "In order to love people you have to listen to them," Rubio said in his speech at the Rediscovering God in America Renewal Project, according to Breitbart News. "You have to understand their perspective, their hopes and their dreams and their fears and their pain." Rubio ran for this year's Republican presidential nomination. He dropped out in March after failing to win...
  • Cardinal Zen’s Fears Come to Pass in China [Catholic Caucus]

    08/16/2016 1:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vatican’s increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new “formula” allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article “A winter of darkness for religions in China” by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: “From information that has...
  • Debate grows after Satanic invocation at Kenai Assembly meeting (Alaska)

    08/16/2016 12:18:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    ktuu ^ | August 12, 2016 | Nicki Caravajal
    SOLDOTNA, AK (KTUU) Debate is growing about what the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly should do after a Satanic prayer was read as an invocation at a public meeting. Nikki Carvajal reports from Soldotna (click above for video)
  • New Jersey Appeals Court OKs Religiously Discriminatory Disinheritance

    08/15/2016 11:09:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 08-15-2016 | Howard Friedman
    In In re the Estate of  Kenneth E. Jameson, (NJ App., Aug. 12, 2016), a New Jersey appeals court held that New Jersey law does not bar an individual from disinheriting his or her child for religiously discriminatory reasons. At issue was a will challenge by Stacy Wolin whose parents' wills were drafted when she was in college and in a romantic relationship with Marc Wolin, a Jewish man who she later married.  Her Catholic parents objected strenuously to her dating Marc because of his Jewish faith.  The court rejected a series of challenges to the father's will, including ones charging...
  • What Conservatives Did to Pull Off Religious Liberty Win in California

    08/15/2016 9:45:55 AM PDT · by milton23 · 3 replies
    Daily Signal ^ | 8/12/2016 | Andrew Egger
    California conservatives won a surprise victory this week, changing a state assembly bill that would have curtailed the freedom of private religious colleges. “We literally were able to see tens of thousands of people mobilize to make calls and to write their legislators, and to participate in the political process,” William Jessup University President John Jackson told The Daily Signal in a phone interview. “We were hearing from legislators who said that they had gotten hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of phone calls on just this one piece of legislation,” he added. “And I think that’s a tremendous, tremendous encouragement...
  • Catholic people of faith in our country will embrace a mission (Catholic Caucus)

    08/15/2016 9:22:12 AM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 12 replies
    Novena For Our Nation ^ | July 14, 2016 | Fr Stephen Imbarrato
    On August 15th, Catholic people of faith in our country will embrace a mission of what I consider self-survival, praying a 54 day Novena for our Nation. ( www.novenaforournation.com). The Novena starts on the great feast day of the Assumption of Our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary and ends on the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7th, a date which memorializes the Battle of Lepanto, the great sea victory of European Christians over the Muslim invaders of Europe in 1571. This well known victory was spurred on by the believers of Christian Europe praying the Rosary, at the...
  • We Need Jesus, Through His Shed Blood

    08/15/2016 8:41:19 AM PDT · by Revski · 10 replies
    Revski (o7jimmy) Youtube Ministy ^ | 08/15/2016 | Revski (o7jimmy)
    I sing the hymn, (I'd Rather Have Jesus), the music for that hymn was composed in 1939 by George Beverly Shea, the renowned gospel singer. and ending hymn, (Nothing But The Blood), by Robert Lowry.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/15/2016 12:56:13 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    8-15-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 32:8 I will Instruct thee and Teach thee in the Way which thou shalt Go: I will Guide thee with Mine Eye.
  • Turkey Heads Toward Radical Islamic Dictatorship

    08/14/2016 10:40:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/10/16 | Victor Gaetan
    NEWS ANALYSIS: Post-coup actions turn precarious for Christians, and potentially fatal for a vision of a civil Islam. In Turkey, a failed military coup against President Recep ErdoÄŸan on July 15, squelched in about six hours, has triggered a fierce government response: mass civilian arrests, declaration of a state of emergency giving ErdoÄŸan authoritarian power for at least three months and a hateful atmosphere of accusation that puts Christians at risk. As a longtime American ally, a member of NATO since 1952 and a country where important American military assets are located, TurkeyÂ’s stability has special significance for the U.S....
  • Turkey Bans Orthodox Christian Liturgy in Historic Monastery

    08/14/2016 10:27:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | 8/12/16 | Ralph Sidway
    The doors of the Sumela Monastery reopened in June 2010, after 88 years. The Turkish government had given permission to the Ecumenical Patriarchate to have a patriarchal liturgy for the Feast of the Assumption every year. That permission has been suddenly revoked, perhaps permanently. That the Greek Orthodox need special permission to celebrate divine services in any of their churches in what is now Turkey is a dark reminder of the Islamic oppression of Eastern Christians from the mid-7th century to today, and for the Greeks, especially from the Muslim conquest of Constantinople in 1453 through the defeat of the...
  • In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing [Catholic Caucus]

    08/14/2016 9:18:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Chisea ^ | August 14, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion by Sandro Magister ROME, August 14, 2016 – In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope's approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and...
  • Catholic Development and Peace ‘proud partners’ of pro-abortion World Social Forum

    08/12/2016 3:45:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 11, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    Development and Peace, the Catholic development organization founded by Canada’s bishops, has drawn fire for being a “proud sponsor and co-organizer” of World Social Forum 2016, a six-day gathering of some 1,200 assorted left-wing grassroots organizations which convened August 9 in Montreal. “By partnering with the World Social Forum, Development and Peace makes clear that its allegiance is with the Culture of Death and not with Christ, whom it is obliged to serve and obey,” pointed out Michael Hichborn, founder of the Virginia-based Lepanto Institute. The WSF, an annual event since 2001, was “created by several communist entities” and has...
  • "Trojan Horse of the Crusaders", "Cardinal in Pectore": Fanciful Accusations of Turkish Press..

    08/11/2016 5:56:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 10/8/16
    Ankara (Agenzia Fides) - In recent days, the Turkish press highlighted the participation of prominent members of the local Christian communities in demonstrations "in defense of democracy", convened in the Country to condemn the failed coup of State of 15 July. According to reports sent to Agenzia Fides, the Turkish media gave ample space to official statements disseminated by Greek-Orthodox Christian, Armenian and Syrian leaders to underline its disapproval against the failed coup. Nikolaos Uzunoglu , President of the World Federation of Greek-Orthodox in Istanbul said: "I strongly condemn the attempted coup of State on July 15 against the government...
  • Diocese: 'Aggressive' Feds Push Contraceptive Coverage for Agency Employees

    08/11/2016 5:50:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | 8/11/16 | Peter Smith
    The Diocese of Pittsburgh contends that the U.S. government is making an “extremely aggressive” attempt to get contraceptive coverage to female employees of Catholic Charities even as the diocese continues to battle in court over the Obamacare mandate for such coverage. The diocese and the feds are in a long-running legal dispute over religious liberty and the Affordable Care Act, which went up to the U.S. Supreme Court before the justices kicked it back down to lower courts earlier this year in hopes of reaching a settlement. Bishop David Zubik was the lead plaintiff in the case, in which Catholic...
  • "Moderate Muslims" Update

    08/11/2016 12:56:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 10, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    This column inaugurates a new topic for Fatima Perspectives: exposing the fraud of “moderate” Islam. In recent weeks, Pope Francis has continued his bizarre, dogged defense of the religion invented by Mohammed, whom Saint John Damascene described as “a false prophet” who “gave out that a certain book had been sent down to him from heaven. He had set down some ridiculous compositions in this book of his…” As the whole world knows, Francis has even gone so far as to equate Islamic terror and the mass murder of Christians with “Catholic violence,” meaning — believe it or not —...
  • Catholics Gain Toehold in Sweden — 500 Years After Luther

    08/10/2016 8:44:38 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 9, 2016 | ANGELO STAGNARO
    G.K. Chesterton believed that the medieval era (800-1400 AD) was the height of human civilization. The implication, of course, is that society has so degraded over the intervening centuries by abandoning the lofty goals and aspirational values taught when Christianity was an integrated part of Western society.
  • Does Vatican Disapprove of Cardinal's Nod to Give Buddhism 'Foremost Place' in Sri Lanka?

    08/09/2016 5:31:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The New Indian Express ^ | 8/8/16 | P.K.Balachandran
    The Vatican appears to disapprove of Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith’s statement of July 25, that it is right to give to Buddhism the “foremost place” in the Sri Lankan constitution and that it is not right to declare Sri Lanka a secular state. The Vatican Radio’s website carries a story from Colombo dated August 4, in which a group of Sri Lankan Catholics are quoted as saying that the new Sri Lankan constitution should be a secular one and that giving a special constitutional status to Buddhism is a violation of human rights. Cardinal Ranjith ,who is Colombo’s Archbishop, had said...
  • U.S. Bishops invite discernment ahead of presidential elections

    08/09/2016 3:52:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 8/09/2016 | Vatican Radio
    As Americans prepare to vote in an increasingly divisive presidential election, the Catholic bishops of the United States are urging U.S. Catholics to catch up on some summer reading. They’ve republished an updated version of “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,” their teaching document on the political responsibility of Catholics. Scandals, fear mongering, insults and lies – this electoral campaign pitting Republican Donald Trump against Democrat Hillary Clinton has seen it all. And U.S. bishops have seen enough. Reissuing their 2007 online document, they’re calling on American Catholics to think hard about their political responsibilities. And rather than blindly casting their...
  • Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a ‘Pope Francis Catholic’

    08/09/2016 3:48:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 9. 2016 | Deal Hudson
    The Vatican may need to step in and rebuke Hillary Clinton's pro-abortion running mate With the nomination of Senator Tim Kaine, American Catholic voters once again face a decision about whether to send a pro-abortion, dissenting Catholic to Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.For the past eight years Vice President Joseph Biden has lived there, an abortion supporter for sure, but he never pitched his Catholic credentials to the voters in the way that Hillary, her surrogates, the Democratic Party and Kaine himself have done from the get-go.Kaine, unlike Biden,...
  • Belleville bishop says Catholic church needs more connection to black struggles

    08/09/2016 3:12:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    St Louis Dispatch ^ | Kristen Taketa
    The Roman Catholic church is too timid and too silent about the racial inequalities that make African-Americans suffer, Bishop Edward Braxton of the Belleville Diocese argued in a speech Monday night that was critical of — but hopeful for — the church.
  • Allowing Chinese gov’t to appoint bishops would mean ‘surrender,’ says retired cardinal

    08/09/2016 2:36:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Hong Kong Free Press | August 9, 2016 | Gene Line
    Hong Kong’s retired bishop Joseph Zen Ze-kiun said on Monday that allowing the Chinese government to appoint Catholic bishops in the pope’s stead would mean “surrender.” The statement came after the city’s current bishop, John Tong Hon, said last Friday that the Chinese government and Vatican are in dialogue to discuss the contentious issue of appointing bishops in China. The official Catholic church of China is currently run by the government-controlled Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, which appoints its own bishops, whereas the Vatican insists on its right to appoint bishops in the region, prompting the creation of underground churches which...
  • John Hagee - America's Righteous Revolution

    08/09/2016 2:29:39 PM PDT · by SaveFerris · 8 replies
    itbn.org / John Hagee Ministries ^ | Jul 3, 2016 | itbn.org / John Hangee Ministries
    I was there for this rally. Someone made it possible for me to go and see JHM for a 3rd year in a row. I spoke to him briefly afterwards as I did a couple of years ago. This was a few months back. I'm pinging people who I don't normally ping to this forum so that more can see it. I used a link that can handle the bandwidth of multiple users simultaneously.
  • What is the Church for Francis? [Catholic Caucus]

    08/09/2016 8:38:29 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Jesus said: ‘Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you’ (Jn 14:27). This is why the Church has never wished to be considered a philanthropic institution that suits the likes and dislikes of humans of every age, regardless of their moral practices and customs. The peace that the Church gives to the world is the peace of Christ, and out of fidelity to Christian principles Catholics should never fear opposing the opinions of their times. The necessity to contradict worldly convictions leads the Christian to live...
  • China and Vatican Make Preliminary Agreement on the Election of Bishops

    08/08/2016 7:17:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/7/16 | Anthony E. Clark PhD
    Pope Francis is not the first pope to turn his pastoral gaze toward China, and in the long scope of the Middle Kingdom's history, the Vatican’s overtures to China are not so unusual.The American historian and novelist Edward Eggleston once said, “Journalism is organized gossip.” There has been a lot of journalism lately about the Church in China, but it has been extremely difficult to separate the genuine news from “organized gossip.” In June, the bishop of Shanghai, Ma Daqin, who has spent four years under house arrest for refusing to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA), released an...
  • PRAYER REQUEST FOR PAUL NEHLEN

    08/08/2016 4:52:27 PM PDT · by SisterK · 36 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 8/8/2016 | self
    Let us lift up Paul Nehlen in prayer, that he be elected.