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  • Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of Government

    04/19/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Life And Liberty/ SummorumPontificum.net ^ | April 2012 | Mark Chuff and Mark Frederick
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of GovernmentBy Brian Kopp The following full page ad is being run in newspapers in Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh PA by our local pro-life group. Anyone who would like to use this for advertisements in their own market is free to use/reproduce the text of this ad:       In adhering to the doctrine of the Church, Catholics must follow specific moral teaching relative to the life issues (i.e. abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc.), and Catholic social teachings which include the person, society and the role of...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Top US Republican Rejects Criticism by Catholic Bishops

    04/19/2012 1:30:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/18/12 | Thomas Ferraro
    WASHINGTON, April 18 (Reuters) - The top Republican in the U.S. Congress on Wednesday defended his party's proposed deficit-cutting federal budget plan against complaints by Roman Catholic bishops that it would hurt the poor and violate certain "moral criteria." House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner argued that matters would worsen, with the government eventually unable to afford programs for the needy, unless it stops spending more money than it takes in. Boehner, who is Catholic, acknowledged that the bishops have a "moral argument," but said, "I want them to take a bigger look." "The bigger look is if we don't...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...
  • Islam's Cartoon Missionaries

    04/18/2012 6:10:23 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 17, 2012 | by Daniel Pipes
    Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da'wa)?Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic book artists how to address Americans' "unease with Islam and the Middle East." And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! celebrating a comic book called The 99. Wham! Bam! Islam! The 99 sounds innocuous. Adweek describes its topic as "a team of multinational superheroes [who] band together to fight the forces of evil." The American children's network Hub more fully explains that, "Created by noted Middle East scholar and clinical psychologist Dr....
  • IO 88: For Shame—Speech Crimes and Ideology

    04/18/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthxchange ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fifteen years ago James Twitchel’s For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture argued for the socially redeeming character of shame: “Shame is the basis of individual responsibility …It is where de­cency comes from… shame inhibits behavior— that’s the point. It retards action, it increases reticence, it invokes self‑censorship. Its final object is not banishment, but reintegration.” Twitchell’s book describes a past moral ethos eroded by an ideology of radical sexual freedom that shamelessly rejected the “old ways.” In 1996 Senator Fred Thomson said of Bill Clinton: “He is a man of his times…He literally has no shame.”...
  • Catholic Pastor Applauded for Shunning Anti-gay Marriage Drive

    04/18/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/17/12 | Joel Connelly
    The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. “I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parish-oners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this...
  • Are Mormons Christian?

    04/17/2012 9:55:18 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 65 replies
    Stand Up for the Truth.com ^ | April 17, 2012 | Faith
    NO. I’d end this article here, because that is your answer, should anyone ever ask you. And with the presidential election on the horizon, it is more than likely that Mormonism and Christianity might come up in conversation. Already the high-profile Christian leaders are being asked about it. Saddleback Church’s Rick Warren sort of answered it by saying that Mormons don’t believe in a trinity as we do, calling it a “sticking point.” And Christian apologist Ed Stetzer completely muffed it recently by asking the question and then dancing completely around it without giving the answer we all so desperately...
  • Bishop Calls for ‘Heroic Catholicism,’ Rips Obama’s ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

    04/17/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work--like that very first apostolic generation--we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/15/2012 4:25:47 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    4-15-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 134:1,2 Oh, Bless the Lord, You who Serve Him as Watchmen In the Temple Every Night. Lift your Hands in Holiness And Bless the Lord.
  • Today would be Corrie ten Boom's 120th Birthday

    04/15/2012 1:21:30 PM PDT · by passionfruit · 15 replies
    April 15, 2012 | Patti Filley Messenger
    Today, April 15, 2012 is the 120th anniversary of the birth of Corrie ten Boom. It is also the 29th anniversary of her death. She wrote the book The Hiding Place, about her family's story. In WWII, they lived in Haarlem Holland. They hid Jews in a small room in their home. The Nazis came and arrested the ten Boom family and sent them to concentration camps. Corrie was the only one who survived. But the Jews that were hiding there survived and escaped. You can read more about Corrie at the link. Happy birthday Dear Lady!Better yet, buy a...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - May Individuals Become Soldiers?

    04/15/2012 5:32:42 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    May Individuals Become Soldiers? 1184. What view does the Church take of a soldier killing another so-called enemy soldier? The Catholic Church takes the view that if the soldier knew quite well that the cause of his own country was unjust, he would be guilty of murder, unless he were acting solely in individual self-defense against some individual soldier of the enemy forces. If, however, he did not have certain knowledge that his own country's cause was unjust, he would be free from personal guilt in obeying his officers and fighting for victory, even though it meant his killing enemy...
  • Baptist leader criticizes Trayvon Martin support [Richard Land]

    04/15/2012 12:57:40 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Kansas City Star / The Associated Press ^ | April 14, 2012 | Travis Loller
    The head of the Southern Baptist Convention's public policy arm condemns the response of many black leaders to the Trayvon Martin case as "shameful." Some black pastors within the nation's largest Protestant denomination say Richard Land's comments are setting back an effort to broaden the faith's appeal beyond its traditional white, Southern base. Land says he stands by his assertion that President Barack Obama "poured gasoline on the racialist fires" when he addressed Martin's slaying and that Obama, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton have used the case "to try to gin up the black vote for...
  • US Bishops: Bloggers play ‘critical role’ in defending the Church

    04/14/2012 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 04/12/12 | Patrick B. Craine
    US Bishops: Bloggers play ‘critical role’ in defending the Church by Patrick B. Craine Thu Apr 12 9:06 AM EST Relations between Catholic bloggers and Church officials have at times been quite strained as the new media has developed in the last couple years. Some prelates, clergy, and chancery officials have expressed strong reservations about the Catholic blogosphere, with some even speaking quite derogatorily. Church leaders have been angered by the penchant of many bloggers to call them out on their failures to expound and defend controversial Catholic teachings on moral issues like contraception, homosexuality, and abortion. The difficulties...
  • Two more Catholic parishes say no to Ref. 74 signature drive

    04/13/2012 7:51:34 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    Seattle Post Intelligencer ^ | 4/12/2012 | Joel Connelly
    A growing number of Seattle’s Catholic parishes are saying “no” to Archbishop J. Peter Sartain’s offer that churches become signature gathering points for Referendum 74, the ballot measure to roll back Washington’s recently passed same-sex marriage law. St. Mary’s Parish in the Central Area, and the new, growing Christ Our Hope parish in downtown Seattle, are the latest to decide petitions won’t be circulated on their premises. The decision at St. Mary’s was announced by pastoral life coordinator Tricia Wittman-Todd in a “Dear People of St. Mary’s” letter. She wrote. “After much prayer and reflection, I have decided we will...
  • Catholic College President: No Compromise. We Must be Willing to Die for What We Believe.

    04/13/2012 12:58:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 4/12/12 | Matthew Archbold
    The waiting is the hardest part. Few people in the country followed the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Affordable Care Act more closely than Belmont Abbey College President Bill Thierfelder. As you probably remember, Belmont Abbey College filed the initial lawsuit against the Obama administration’s HHS contraceptive mandate that would require religious institutions, in violation of their conscience, to pay for contraceptive drugs—including those that could cause an abortion. Thierfelder said that the initial idea wasn’t some part of a large legal strategy. It came from a conversation between him and the Abbot of the monastery on campus, Placid Solari,...
  • The Speed of Change in the Republic of Rights

    04/13/2012 7:14:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/13/12 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    “I grew up in Kansas. When I began my book Render Unto Caesar in 2006, I had in my mind the America I always knew—or thought I knew. But that America, I admit, has been passing for fifty years, and probably longer.” —Charles Chaput, September 2010The Catholic thinkers, in the past century or so, argued that the Church’s tenets and principles are basically compatible with the intellectual framework of the Founding Fathers. Indeed, contrariwise, they argued that the American Founders discovered their basic principles, knowingly or not, from the Catholic tradition. One can dispute this assumption. Many of the founding...
  • University forces Vanderbilt Catholic group to change its name

    04/13/2012 4:55:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNA ^ | 4/12/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Forced to leave campus for reasons of conscience, Vanderbilt University's Catholic student organization has now been ordered by the university to change its name. “The name that's important is the name of Jesus Christ. I don't think they can take that name from us,” said Father John Sims Baker, chaplain of the group that has been told to stop calling itself Vanderbilt Catholic. “Technically and legally, if we wanted to push the issue, I doubt that the university could keep us from that,” Fr. Baker told CNA on April 12. He indicated that the group could also switch to a...
  • Bishops tell Catholics to disobey 'unjust laws

    04/13/2012 12:08:15 AM PDT · by Cronos · 14 replies
    St. Louis Today ^ | 13 Apr 2012 | David Gibson
    The nation's Roman Catholic bishops called Thursday for a national campaign in defense of religious liberty, and urged resistance to laws that church officials consider unjust....The statement by the bishops' Ad Hoc Committee on Religious Liberty was released Wednesday, and its chief concern is President Barack Obama's proposal to provide contraception coverage to all employees with health insurance, including those who work for religious groups. The statement includes an explicit threat of widespread civil disobedience by the nation's 67 million Catholics. "If we face today the prospect of unjust laws, then Catholics in America, in solidarity with our fellow citizens,...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012

    04/12/2012 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 13 replies
    Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties. Please share this YouTube video with your friends! Test of Fire: Election 2012 Visit www.CC2W.org for more details.
  • Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"

    04/12/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 42 replies
    SummorumPontificum.net ^ | 4/12/2012 | Brian J. Kopp
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"By Brian Kopp Cardinal O'Connor's response to Clinton admin abortion mandate:  "Jail me!" In a recent Sunday column in Catholic New World, Cardinal Francis George wrote that only three options will exist for Catholic institutions to avoid shutting down under the Obama administration’s HHS mandate: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop, 2) pay exorbitant annual fees to avoid paying for birth control-inclusive insurance policies or 3) “sell...
  • Land warns of political element in Martin case - "Rule of Law Assaulted by Racial Demagogues"

    04/10/2012 8:44:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    sbcbaptistpress.org ^ | April 10, 2012 | Erin Roach & Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, who played a key role in the Southern Baptist Convention's 1995 repentance of the "racism of which we have been guilty," has caught media attention over what he views as the infusion of politics into the Trayvon Martin killing. Land, on his radio show "Richard Land Live!" March 31, said President Obama and black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should not have been so quick to jump into the case. Land's comments were reported nationally by Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and other media. "Instead...
  • Santorum’s Linkage of Morals, Economy Could Have Lasting Impact

    04/12/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/11/12 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Rick Santorum ends his bid for president, political analysts are suggesting that his campaign may significantly effect the national discussion of morality. Dr. David Campbell, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame, told CNA on April 11 that the “intriguing link” that Santorum drew between morality and economics has the potential to “change our national discussion.” On April 10, Santorum announced that he was suspending his campaign, shortly after he took time off to be with his youngest daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized for the second time...
  • A Large Collection Of Anti-Islam Flyers, Brochures and Booklets to Educate The Public With

    04/11/2012 9:48:27 PM PDT · by damonw · 6 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/11/12 | Damon Whitsell
    With desperation in their voice, someone asked me what they could do about Islam and I replied by telling them that we must study Islam, educate others about Islam and become Activist by joining Activist and Lobbying groups that stand for not only human rights, but the rights of the individual. I also told them about a real important webpage at WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com. That page suggest over 33 things that a non-Muslim can do about Islam. One of the things that are suggested is starting a personal campaign to educate the public using leaflets, flyers, brochures, and booklets. So in preparing...
  • Obama: Jesus Is ‘A Son of God’

    04/11/2012 9:39:17 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Apr. 4, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as “a son of God.” ... “And for me, and I’m sure for some of you, it’s also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.” The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God.
  • Jesse Jackson lauds Zimmerman charges

    04/11/2012 9:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is congratulating the Florida special prosecutor for her actions in the case of Trayvon Martin and the charges filed against the suspect in his death. --snip-- In a statement, the head of Chicago-based Rainbow-PUSH Coalition said he is hopeful the judicial process will be fair and just. Jackson adds despite the charge against Zimmerman, the issue of the law under which he claims he acted must be addressed. He says Florida's Stand Your Ground law should be repealed....
  • Jimmy Carter’s pro-life rhetoric ‘a political decision,’ Baptist leaders say

    04/11/2012 8:23:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-11-12 | Ben Johnson
    Leader of former President Jimmy Carter’s longtime denomination say his calls for the Democratic Party to adopt a less radical pro-choice platform is a political calculation to help the party in the South. “I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,” Carter told talk show host Laura Ingraham, while promoting his new study Bible. “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need…and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result...
  • Open letter to Cardinal from disobedient priests in Austria

    04/11/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Peter Paul Kaspar, Academic Chaplain in Linz, author, musician, executive member of the Parish Priest Initiative helped to formulate the "Call to Disobedience" and now writes an open letter to Cardinal Christoph Schönborn THE OPEN LETTER Dear Cardinal! We - the executive of the Parish Priest Initiative - have issued at Pentecost 2011 a "Call to Disobedience," because we wanted our urgent demands for reform to be made public. This has succeeded worldwide even being cited in the Holy Thursday homily of the Pope. The decades-long internal proposals and suggestions put forward were so far always put politely in the...
  • The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Cuba

    04/11/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Jordan Allott
    In the wake of Pope Benedict's visit, Cuban Catholics express frustration and anger as the Castro regime continues political repression and religious persecution.A day before Pope Benedict XVI’s historic visit to Cuba on March 26, I was in Arroyo Naranjo, one of Havana’s poorest areas, meeting with Lilvio Fernandez Luis, a Catholic and the leader of JACU, or Joventud Activa Cuba Unida. Lilvio spent the day showing me the life he has worked hard to create—a life built on a strong family and the courage to fight against the repression that the Cuban government has inflicted on its people for...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...
  • Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin

    04/10/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.  In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers. “We are very blessed to be granted this interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who explains the Catholic...
  • 7 Questions for Mitt About Mormonism [Well, 2 questions at least re: Race & Abortion]

    04/10/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | April 9, 2012 | Jeffrey Weiss
    ...it is past time for Mitt Romney to address relevant questions about his religion. These are not questions about the afterlife or sacred clothing, but questions about how some of the distinctive aspects of doctrine of...Latter-Day Saints might inform his approach to governing. ...Romney has been less forthcoming about how Mormon beliefs have shaped him. ...Romney held a post of...authority in his church. ...He was a recognized, theologically defined church authority in the Boston area -- for more than a decade. ...LDS teaching about racial equality: From the church declaration issued in 1978: "...by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised...
  • Catholics Urged to Imitate St. Thomas More in Contraception Battle

    04/10/2012 9:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Arlington, Va., Apr 9, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should follow the example of St. Thomas More in their current conflict with the Obama administration, said Fr. Paul D. Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. More's faithful witness and willingness to sacrifice his life rather than violate his conscience “are instructive for us in this present crisis,” said Fr. Scalia, who serves as pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, Va. In an April 4 article for the Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper of Arlington, Fr. Scalia reflected on the life of St. Thomas...
  • The “I BET YOU CAN'T LOOK AT ISLAM IN THE NEWS AND NOT SEE EVIL” Challenge

    04/10/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by damonw · 9 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4-10-12 | Damon Whitsell
    To those who still think that Islam is The Religion of Peace,, or that Islam means peace – I have a challenge. I bet you can’t look at “Islam In The News” for just two weeks and not get highly concerned!!! There are really 4 things that should scare the hell out of you, but my challenge is about keeping up with Islam in the Non- Main-Stream Media News, FOR JUST TWO WEEKS. Those 4 things are… 1. THE ISLAMIC TEXT: The Koran, rightly understood with the help of the Sunnah of Mohammad (the Hadith [sayings of MO], Biographies of...
  • Pres. Obama, “breakfast theologian”, dazzles again about the Lord’s doubts

    04/09/2012 6:05:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/9/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Remember when Pres. Obama dazzled us with his theological insights at the National Prayer Breakfast?   He has been at it again.I was sent to link the White House site about the 2012 Prayer Breakfast: [...]Now, I have to be careful, I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon.  [Oh yes?] It’s always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals.  (Laughter.)  But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning.   And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, “Christ Jesus…and Him crucified.”It’s...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Decries Obama Contraception Compromise

    04/09/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 8, 2012 | Alex Roarty
    Influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that he is not satisfied with the Obama administration’s compromise on a requirement that religious-affiliated organizations provide contraception coverage to employees, and said religious freedom is at stake.“The issue here is not about women’s health,” Warren said on ABC’s This Week. “There is a greater principle, and that is do you have the right to decide what your faith practices?”The controversy has animated political discourse the last several months, with Republicans charging that Democrats are waging a "war on religion" while Democrats retort that Republicans are fighting a "war on women." The initial...
  • Julia Holcomb paints stunning work to be auctioned at LifeSiteNews’ gala

    04/09/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    Julia Holcomb's Our Lady of the Roses. Actual size is 24 X 30 in. This Internet posted image does not exactly reflect the actual colors and details of the original painting, April 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - What does beautiful art have to do with the pro-life movement? Plenty, if you are Julia Holcomb, former girlfriend of rockstar Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. “Art plays a very important role in the culture of life,” said Holcomb to LifeSiteNews. “The culture of life is under attack. All around us is a culture of death that is pushed on us. It’s really evident when...
  • The on-coming Romney onslaught against Christian conservatives [VANITY]

    04/08/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 70 replies
    You watch, Romney's campaign is going to throw allegations of religious bigotry at Christian conservatives like you can't believe. Let me tell you something. The Romney people have some of the best political consultants in the country and they don't get there because they're always wonderful people. The RINO/GOPe are tough. They're very tough. We saw how they undermined Governor Palin during the last election, and the scorched earth policy they carried out against Romney's primary opponents who were conservative or Christian. I've worked with some of them on other campaigns, they're the best there is in the business. And...
  • Cardinal Dolan criticizes Obama contraception policy as ‘radical intrusion' (still)

    04/08/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/08/12 | Russell Berman
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administration’s policy on contraception was “a dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal life” of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling. In an interview on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administration’s policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception. Dolan had led the Church’s effort against the regulation, which resulted in what the administration thought was an accommodation to concerns that it was unduly burdening religious groups opposed...
  • Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence (China)

    04/08/2012 7:53:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 04/07/2012 | Wang Zhicheng
    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Easter holiday will be "very discreetly" celebrated this year in unofficial (underground) communities in China. Many community leaders, bishops and priests, were in fact called in by the police for a "conversation" and even underwent weeks of indoctrination on the government's religious policy. Several Church observers clearly see a campaign underway to "convert" the underground Church and absorb it into the official church. "This year - an underground priest told AsiaNews - we will celebrate Easter in silence and discretion, without any solemnity. In other years, we had to find locations big enough so we could...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/08/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
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  • United Kingdom. Same sex marriage bill: The Big Chill

    04/08/2012 5:08:57 AM PDT · by markomalley
    La Stampa ^ | 04/ 6/2012 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    It’s time to celebrate thirty years of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See, but the relationship between the two countries is deteriorating because of the bill concerning same sex marriageSour anniversary. The United Kingdom celebrates thirty years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See just when the relationship between London and Rome is turning sour over homosexual marriages. The English Prime Minister David Cameron and his government want sex marriages to be legal by 2015, ten years after the introduction of the “civil partnership law” in the United Kingdom. The ecclesiastical hierarchies, from the Curia to the...
  • Crucifixion: History, Archaeology (with photos!), and Why Jesus Died This Way

    04/07/2012 6:27:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michael Barber
    Today we meditate on the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some extent, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) helped bring attention to the actual violence associated with this form of ancient execution. Indeed, the attempt to re-dramatize the violence caused deep controversy. Some have even claimed that the film exaggerated...
  • Attorney sees Easter as opportunity to voice religious freedom

    04/07/2012 5:08:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | April 6, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 6, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Easter Sunday will mark not only the celebration of Christ's resurrection, but will also serve as an opportunity to express religious freedom, says a Catholic legal expert. “We just want to keep making the point out in public that religion is not something that should be kept private,” said president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, Tom Brejcha.The Thomas More Society, a pro-bono public interest law firm dedicated to defending pro-life, religious freedom and traditional marriage cases, is in its fifth year of helping sponsor an...
  • War on Mormons [Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young; Lds baptize dead; Democrats have the dead vote]

    04/06/2012 9:47:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Fishersvillemike.blogspot ^ | April 5, 2012 | Fishersville Mike
    ...anti-Mormon stories coming out now that it looks like Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama in November. Mormons vs. Democratic morons. Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young (aka Tax 'em Old, Tax 'em All). Mormons baptize the dead. Democrats have the dead vote. It's going to be a fun election season.
  • Obama Misquotes Bible on Wealth Redistribution

    04/06/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/06/2012 | W.A. Beatty
    Liberals/Progressives/Democrats say the Bible is off-limits when it addresses the subject of homosexuality, homosexual marriage, abortion, or any issue liberals favor but the Bible condemns. But it's permitted to be used when wealth-redistribution is being discussed. The only problem is that when President Barack Hussein Obama quoted from the Bible, he both took his quotation out of context and got it wrong. On Friday, March 30, 2012, in an address to supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, Obama condemned what he called "you're-on-your-own economics," arguing for policies that involve transferring wealth from one group of citizens to...
  • Hungary Makes Waves With New Constitution

    04/06/2012 7:45:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/6/12 | Edward Pentin
    Ambassador Says Document Can Promote a 'Christian Renaissance' in EuropeROME, APRIL 6, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Hungary’s Ambassador to the Holy See is rather perplexed by the negative reaction of some European figures and institutions to his country’s new Constitution -- a document he sees as offering a possible impetus to a "Christian renaissance" in Europe. "We think it’s a little bit strange to hear such voices," Ambassador Gábor Győriványi told ZENIT March 27th. "The real founding fathers of the European Union planned to base the Union on Christian values, and expressed the notion that European democracy can only be viable if...
  • Grand Mufti in Saudi threatens churches

    04/06/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The debate on church buildings launched by Islamicist politicians in the Gulf continues. The Sheikha Fraiha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family and chairman of the Kuwaiti "Society for the Ideal Family," has attacked the Islamist parliamentarian Walid Al-Tabtabaei, because he attacked her commitment to the construction of an Armenian Apostolic Church. The lawyer for the Sheikha described the attacks of the MP as "absurd and offensive," as the foundation "Pro Oriente" reported on Friday, according to Kathpress.