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  • Is the Vatican, under Pope Francis, moving away from teachings of JPII on life and marriage?

    08/26/2016 5:42:35 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 26, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    Yesterday’s top CWN headline story, about problems with the sex-education guide issued by the Pontifical Council for the Family, sheds more light—or perhaps I should say, casts a darker shadow—on a story that appeared earlier this month, about new appointments to the Roman Curia. The problematical sex-ed program was prepared by the Pontifical Council for the Family, headed by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia. On August 14, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis had named Archbishop Paglia to become president of the Pontifical Academy for Life and chancellor of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. In...
  • 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...
  • More on the Marriage and Family Purge at the Vatican [Catholic Caucus]

    08/24/2016 4:10:29 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 22, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    When Sister Lucia warned Cardinal Caffarra in the 1990s that “the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family,” she did not reveal the particular reality unfolding now: a relentless drive by Church leaders to loosen the Church’s constant teaching on the impossibility of Holy Communion for public adulterers (the divorced and “remarried”) and cohabiters who refuse to abandon their illicit sexual relations, spearheaded by a Pope with a divorced and “remarried” sister and cohabiting nephew. The just-announced reorganization of the Vatican’s marriage and family departments, the subject of my last...
  • Leaked Document Shows Soros Spent $650K To Influence Pope Francis [trunc]

    08/24/2016 11:03:12 AM PDT · by Mr. Mojo · 15 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/24/2016 | ALEX PFEIFFER
    George Soros’s Open Society Foundations spent $650,000 in an effort to influence Pope Francis during his visit to the United States, a leaked document reveals. The document is an agenda for a May 2015 New York meeting of the U.S programs division of the Open Society Foundations. It states that it had allocated $650,000 for a grant related to Pope Francis’ September 2015 visit to the United States. The group DC Leaks has released over 2,000 documents from groups associated with Soros. “In order to seize this moment, we will support PICO’s organizing activities to engage the Pope on economic...
  • BREAKING: Leaked e-mails show George Soros paid $650K to influence bishops during Pope’s US visit

    08/24/2016 8:51:31 AM PDT · by amorphous · 62 replies
    LifeSiteNews.Com ^ | 24 August 2016 | 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...
  • 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...
  • The faithful are asking the Pope for clarity against the attacks of evil -- where is he?...

    08/15/2016 3:01:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 14, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    During the month of August, ‘Casa Santa Marta’ in the Vatican is emptied of its guests, but Pope Francis will spend the entire month in the Vatican, just like the past three years. Francis has announced he will forego a traditional papal appointment - the National Eucharistic Congress to take place this year in Genoa from the 15th to the 18th of August, while on the 19th of August the Pope will go to Assisi to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of the encounter among religions, organized by the Community of St. Egidio. The Vatican Press Office did not communicate this...
  • When Dr Goebbels Advises The Pope

    06/14/2015 7:18:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | June 12, 2015 | Mundabor
    The soon-to-be-released encyclical about the environment – no doubt, the biggest collection of rubbish ever published by a Pope – will be presented by three men. One of them if Prof. John Schellnhuber, a well-known climate Nazi. professor Schnellnhuber should, I think, be posed a simple questions: seen that no one believes that his own fantasy-targets about emission reduction will be reached, where does he think the global population should stabilise to avoid planetary food wars, and how does he think the target should be achieved? You see, our Enviro-Goebbels is already on record with saying that around 4.5 degrees...
  • 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,...
  • Stop Making Excuses For Militant Islam, Pope Francis

    08/07/2016 7:04:02 AM PDT · by ErikJohnsky · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | M.G. Oprea
    Pope Francis does a disservice to his followers and world leaders, who would look to him for the confidence and moral backing to call out Islamic terrorism and face it head-on. --------- On Sunday, Pope Francis responded to questions from reporters about why he won’t call out Islamic violence or reference Islamic terrorism when responding to terrorist attacks like the one that took the life of French priest Jacques Hamel last week. The pope denied any associations between Islam and violence and said “If I speak of Islamic violence, I should speak of Catholic violence.” By speaking this way, he...
  • Islamic State Answers Pope Francis: Ours Is a Religious War and We Hate You

    08/02/2016 5:14:58 AM PDT · by Right Wing Assault · 54 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 8/2/2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    The Islamic State terror group has come out publicly to reject Pope Francis’ claims that the war being waged by Islamic terrorists is not religious in nature, assuring the pontiff that their sole motivation is religious and sanctioned by Allah in the Qur’an. “This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief,” the authors state in an article titled “By the Sword.” The Islamic State directly attacks Francis for claiming that “authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Quran are opposed to every form of violence,” saying that by doing this, “Francis continues to...
  • Pope Francis defends Islam from 'terrorist' label

    08/01/2016 5:13:44 PM PDT · by Lera · 46 replies
    ABC News ^ | August 01, 2016
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE -- Pope Francis on Sunday said he won't label Islam as "terrorist" because that would be unfair and not true. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him home after a pilgrimage to Poland that began the day after extremists slit the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass in a French church, asked him why he never uses the world "Islam" to describe terrorism or other violence. While in Poland, Francis made an unscheduled stop at a church in Krakow to implore God to protect people from the "devastating wave" of terrorism in many part of...
  • Pope: not right to talk about a 'violent, terrorist' Islam

    08/01/2016 9:55:21 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 73 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 07/31/16
    Pope Francis on Sunday said he won't label Islam as "terrorist" because that would be unfair and not true. Reporters aboard the papal plane flying him home after a pilgrimage to Poland that began the day after extremists slit the throat of an elderly priest celebrating Mass in a French church, asked him why he never uses the world "Islam" to describe terrorism or other violence. While in Poland, Francis made an unscheduled stop at a church in Krakow to implore God to protect people from the "devastating wave" of terrorism in many part of the world. Francis replied that...
  • Pope to young on Poland trip: Believe 'in a new humanity'

    07/31/2016 7:17:24 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 45 replies
    AP ^ | 31 Jul 16 | FRANCES D'EMILIO
    Pope Francis encouraged hundreds of thousands of young people at a global gathering of the faithful Sunday to "believe in a new humanity" that is stronger than evil and refuses to see borders as barriers. His appeal came at the end of World Youth Day, a weeklong event being held in southern Poland this year that draws young Catholics from around the world every two to three years for a spiritual pep rally. The youth gathering was Francis' main focus during his pilgrimage to Poland, but over five days in this deeply Catholic nation he also prayed at the former...
  • Greenlighting ISIS: Pope Carpet-Bombs Just War Theory

    07/30/2016 8:04:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 29, 2016 | Hillary White
    Pope Francis has again said stupid things about war. In his latest plane presser on the way to Poland (dear Lord, are we going to have two of these for every trip from now on?!) he has again parroted the boilerplate leftist blither we were taught to recite in the 70s in our hippie free schools. CNA reports his comments: “When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, for dominion. This is the war,” Pope Francis told journalists on his July 27...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Every Religion Wants Peace’

    07/27/2016 9:37:40 AM PDT · by detective · 99 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 27 Jul 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In a brief address aboard the papal plane en route to Krakow for World Youth Day, Pope Francis expressed his conviction that the world is at war, but it is not a religious war, since every religion wants peace. The Pope told journalists traveling with him that the world is not only insecure, it is at war. “But it’s a real war, not a religious war,” Francis said. “It’s a war of interests, a war for money. A war for natural resources and for the dominion of the peoples. Some might say it’s a religious war. Every religion wants peace....
  • A Pope Like None Before. Somewhat Protestant

    07/21/2016 6:16:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 22, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    The idyll between Francis and the followers of Luther. The alarm of cardinals and bishops against the “Protestantization” of the Catholic Church. But also the distrust of authoritative Lutheran theologians by Sandro Magister ROME, July 22, 2016 - In the alarmed letter that thirteen cardinals from five continents were preparing to deliver to Pope Francis at the beginning of the last synod, they were warning him against leading the Catholic Church as well to “the collapse of liberal Protestant churches in the modern era, accelerated by their abandonment of key elements of Christian belief and practice in the name of...
  • Newspaper: Cardinal Müller to be Archbishop of Mainz

    07/18/2016 10:00:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Media report: In a counter-move the Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is supposed to switch to the Vatican and take over the management of the CDF Kuala Lumpur (kath.net/KNA) Accordjng to a report by the Malaysian Catholic weekly "Herald" Pope Francis plans personnel changes within the Curia. This suggests that the former prefect of the CDF, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller (68) will occupy the See if Mainz long since vacated by Cardinal Karl Lehmann. In return, the Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schönborn (71) is to switch to the Vatican and take over there, the management of the CDF, the Journal reported...
  • A Different Kind of Papal Press Conference [Catholic Caucus]

    07/17/2016 5:11:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 11, 2016 | Nick Bottom
    Pope Francis: Good morning, everyone. Thank you for coming. I have invited you today because I have had a change of heart that I must make public. In a homily recently, I spoke rather forcefully about employers who refuse to pay their workers a just wage. I have had a chance to reflect on that homily in the light of the principles I set forth in my Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. I brought a copy so I can refer to it as I take your questions. Please be patient with me as I find the appropriate passages, eh? I believe...
  • Vatican Squelches Rumors of New Rules on Mass Facing East

    07/11/2016 4:49:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/11/16 | Ines San Martin
    Although the pope's top official for liturgy recently suggested that priests should adopt the ad orientem posture for celebrating Mass beginning in Advent, meaning facing the east, a Vatican spokesman on Monday said that instructions recommending facing the people are not going to change.ROME- In the wake of recent comments by its chief liturgist recommending that priests celebrate Mass ad orientem, meaning facing east with their backs to the people, beginning in Advent, the Vatican released a statement on Monday saying no new rules along those lines are in the works. A Vatican spokesman also rejected the vocabulary of a...
  • Wuerl Says Only 'Very Few' Are Unhappy With Pope Francis

    07/11/2016 9:04:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Crux ^ | 7/10/16 | Mark Zimmermann
    In an interview on the 10th anniversary of his appointment as the Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says most people seem enthused by Pope Francis, warns against "secular hegemony" and "silence" on anti-Christian persecution, and says priests are grateful for the pope's approach on the family.Despite an undercurrent of criticism of Pope Francis in some sectors of social media, the blogosphere, cable TV talk shows, and so on, Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he’s experienced tremendous enthusiasm for the pontiff, and that those “threatened” and “unhappy” are “very few.” Marking his tenth anniversary as the Archbishop of Washington, Wuerl...
  • Socci: It appears the Bergoglian Inquisition is winning (at the moment) [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2016 10:10:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | July 10, 2016 | Antonio Socci
    I don’t know if you have noticed, but there is no longer one single counter-current voice in the [Italian]mass-media which reports truthfully what is happening under the Bergoglian regime in the Church. We are under an oppressive Argentine dictatorship. Those who disturb the Bergoglian Power would appear not to have any right to speak in the media. Even the most important Catholic intellectuals, who criticised Amoris laetitia severely (such as Spaemann, Grygiel and Seifert, close collaborators of John Paul II and Benedict XVI) have remained invisible in the [Italian] media. Their severe criticisms have been silenced. Even the explosive discourse...
  • Pope Taps Pro-Homosexual Cupich for Key Bishop-Making Panel {Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2016 12:10:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Family News and Crux News ^ | July 7, 2016 | John Venarri; Crux News Staff
    CFN intro: Leftist Cupich is notoriously pro-homosexual. He is now positioned by Francis to recommend men of his ilk to become bishops in the United States. The Francis disaster continues full throttle and will further poison the Church in America and worldwide. Oremus - jv Crux Staff, July 7, 2016 By naming Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican's all-important Congregation for Bishops, Pope Francis effectively has positioned him, in tandem with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to be the American "kingmakers" on this pope's watch. Pope Francis on Thursday named Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the...
  • Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters

    07/07/2016 6:50:38 AM PDT · by Salvation · 82 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-06-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Were the Pagan Gods Actually Demons? The Scriptural View and Why It Matters Msgr. Charles Pope • July 6, 2016 • There is a tendency for us to simplistically dismiss the gods of the ancient world as mere figments of human imagination, but the biblical approach is a bit more complex than that.To be clear, at no time in the Scriptures were these gods ever acknowledged to be gods in any true sense of the word. There is only one God and He is the LORD.Consider the following text by St. Paul:For although there may be so-called gods in...
  • What Is Monsignor Ganswein Up To?

    05/31/2016 4:08:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 30, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    During his recent presentation of the book Beyond the Crisis in the Church: The Pontificate of Benedict XVI, Monsignor Georg Ganswein, who serves as personal secretary to “Pope Emeritus” Benedict XVI, inexplicably and quite mysteriously provided new depth, and thus new impetus, to the novel idea that Benedict’s renunciation of the papacy was qualified by a “changed understanding” of the papacy, according to which Benedict retained a “passive” aspect of the Petrine office while turning over its active exercise to Francis. In the course of the book presentation Ganswein made remarks that surely reflect Benedict’s own understanding of his situation,...
  • Is Francis the Last Pope? A Rare Interview with Archbishop Ganswein

    06/25/2016 7:24:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/25/16 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Rome, Italy, Jun 25, 2016 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- What is Benedict XVI's own view of his historical resignation? What has the fall-out been from his secretary Archbishop Georg Gänswein's controversial remark on an “expanded petrine office”? What about the “Prophesy of Malachy,” which allegedly sees Francis as the last pontiff? In a recent and candid conversation, veteran journalist and EWTN Rome correspondent Paul Badde sat down with Archbishop Gänswein, who gave his take on these and a number of other questions. The German archbishop currently serves Pope Francis as Prefect of the Papal Household, and has also maintained...
  • The Mercy Impostor [Catholic Caucus]

    07/05/2016 3:28:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | July 4, 2016 | Elizabeth Yore
    Has Francis’ self-styled theology of mercy blinded him to the need for justice for the Church’s violent betrayal of children? Has mercy replaced justice in the lexicon of papal rules necessary to protect children? Is clergy sex abuse too bothersome and unfashionable for the popular globalist media star fixated on global warming and income redistribution? Or, is he simply the mercy impostor, unwilling to address the crisis, similar to his years in Argentina? Francis’ mercy minions may be shocked, but in the opinion of abuse survivors, the Francis “peripheries” don’t include the victims of clerical sexual predators. Several speakers denounced...
  • Pope vows he won’t be slowed down by ‘ultra-conservatives’ [Catholic Caucus]

    07/03/2016 12:26:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Crux News ^ | July 3, 2016 | Inés San Martín, VATICAN CORRESPONDENT
    Pope Francis delivers his blessing during the Angelus noon prayer he celebrated from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 3, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) In a new interview with an Argentine journalist, Pope Francis says there's a wing of the Catholic Church that "says no to everything," and while he's going ahead, he has no intention of launching a crackdown: “I don’t cut off heads. That was never my style. I’ve never liked doing that," he said. ROME-Pope Francis has vowed in a new interview that he won’t be slowed down by...
  • EWTN Panel: Pope’s Comments on Marriage “Unacceptable”, “Reckless”

    06/29/2016 7:38:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | June 29, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    On the June 23rd episode of The World Over With Raymond Arroyo, we witnessed one of the best (if not the best) discussions of papal impropriety in mainstream Catholic news. Again and again, Arroyo shows us that he gets it. And his guests (even with Robert Royal’s tendency to softpedal things) are right there with him. If the video doesn’t take you there directly, go to 27:46. Even if you’re not a regular viewer of the show (or not a fan) this is definitely worth your time:
  • Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors [SSPX]

    06/29/2016 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals. A statement from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society itself was divided over next steps and decided at least to take a hard line against Francis. The statement, issued after a meeting of the society’s superiors, said its members weren’t primarily looking for a legal resolution...
  • Benedict Endorses Pope Francis in Unprecedented Vatican Ceremony

    06/28/2016 10:24:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/28/16 | AP
    Backing from retired pope at event to mark his 65th year as a priest may help Francis gain favour among church conservativesBenedict XVI has endorsed Pope Francis’s ministry in an unprecedented Vatican ceremony featuring a reigning pontiff honouring a retired one on the 65th anniversary of his ordination as a priest. The ceremony in the Clementine Hall of the Apostolic Palace served in part to show continuity from Benedict to Francis amid continued nostalgia from some conservatives for the former’s tradition-minded papacy. Francis had invited the entire Vatican Curia, or bureaucracy, to celebrate Benedict’s anniversary, and prelates turned out in...
  • Pope Says Gays and Others Marginalized by Church Deserve Apology

    06/27/2016 9:47:02 PM PDT · by detective · 25 replies
    ABC News ^ | Jun 26, 2016 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis says gays — and all the other people the church has marginalized, such as the poor and the exploited — deserve an apology. Francis was asked Sunday en route home from Armenia if he agreed with one of his top advisers, German Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who told a conference in Dublin in the days after the deadly Orlando gay club attack that the church owes an apology to gays for having marginalized them. Francis responded with a variation of his famous "Who am I to judge?" comment and a repetition of church teaching that gays must not be...
  • Vatican Selling out Egyptian Christians to Buy Good Relations with Islam, Claim Copts

    06/27/2016 3:40:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 6/25/16 | Ashraf Ramelah
    Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the “sign of peace” to the grand...
  • Gay Catholic Groups Want the Vatican to Do More Than Apologize

    06/27/2016 5:51:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 6/27/16 | Jim Yardley
    ROME — Leaders of gay Catholic groups on Monday praised Pope Francis for saying that all Christians and the Roman Catholic Church owed an apology to gays for previous mistreatment, even as the groups called on the church to take more concrete steps to repudiate past teachings and condemn anti-gay violence. Streaking across the sky on Sunday night in his papal airliner, returning from a visit to Armenia, Francis also visibly winced, momentarily overcome with emotion, when a journalist, Cindy Wooden, mentioned the recent attack at an Orlando gay nightclub and noted that Christians are sometimes blamed for stigmatizing homosexuals....
  • Pope Francis Says You’re NOT Christian if You Support Gun Manufactures

    06/27/2016 7:26:56 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 191 replies
    Ammoland Shooting Sports News ^ | June 22, 2016 | Ammoland
    Italy (Ammoland.com) Pope Francis spoke with a group of young people at a rally of thousands at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. Francis started by attacking the Right to Keep and Bear Arms as well as accusing the allies during World War Two of being complicit in the killing of Jews, Christians and homosexuals. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry, saying. “If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after...
  • Francis: Christians must apologize to gay people for marginalizing them

    06/26/2016 5:54:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 64 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 26, 2016 | Joshua J. McElwee
    The Catholic church and other Christian communities must apologize to gay people and to many groups they have let down or offended throughout history, Pope Francis has said. In a press conference Sunday on the flight back to Rome after his weekend trip to Armenia, the pontiff said bluntly: "The church must say it's sorry for not having comported itself well many times, many times." "I believe that the church not only must say it's sorry ... to this person that is gay that it has offended," said the pope. "But it must say it's sorry to the poor, also,...
  • Pope says Church should ask forgiveness from gays for past treatment

    06/26/2016 5:25:56 PM PDT · by SkyPilot · 98 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 26 Jun 16 | By Philip Pullella
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Sunday that Christians and the Roman Catholic Church should seek forgiveness from homosexuals for the way they had treated them. Speaking to reporters aboard the plane taking him back to Rome from Armenia, he also said the Church should ask forgiveness for the way it has treated women, for turning a blind eye to child labor and for "blessing so many weapons" in the past. In the hour-long freewheeling conversation that has become a trademark of his international travels, Francis was asked if he agreed with recent comments by...
  • Pope to Armenians: Never forget the genocide, but reconcile

    06/25/2016 12:19:04 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 06/25/2016 | Nicole Winfield and Avet Demourian 
    The world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis declared Saturday even as he urged Armenians to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey. Turkey, though, didn’t budge. In its first reaction to Francis’ recognition of the 1915 “genocide,” Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli called the comments “greatly unfortunate” and said they bore the hallmarks of the “mentality of the Crusades.” Francis began his second day in Armenia by paying his respects at the country’s imposing genocide memorial and greeting descendants of survivors of the 1915...
  • Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not

    06/25/2016 2:13:49 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 34 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 23 June 2016 | Hillary White
    Our friend Ann Barnhardt has sent up a flare this week, declaring, like Italian journalist Antonio Socci, her belief that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not Pope Francis, that his election was invalid and he is an antipope, mainly because Pope Benedict XVI is still lawfully the pope. She has presented as her evidence Bergoglio’s “heresies, blasphemies and antichristological actions,” as well as a canonical detail that, she correctly points out, no one is yet talking about. She has asked for responses. Now, no one will accuse me of being a Francis apologist, but I cannot really completely agree with Ann’s...
  • Pope's Comments on Modern Marriage Raise Storm of Criticism

    06/18/2016 11:12:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/17/16 | Phillip Pullella
    Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments about doctrinal matters, was speaking at a question-and-answer session with priests, nuns and parish workers on Thursday night in a Rome basilica. "We are living in a provisional culture," Francis said in response to a man who spoke of "the crisis of marriage" and asked how the Church could better prepare young couples. "Because of this,...
  • HOLY SEE REP “WELCOMES” UN TARGET FOR “UNIVERSAL ACCESS TO SEXUAL AND REPRODUCTIVE HEALTH”

    06/04/2016 1:09:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | June 3, 2016 | unknown
    A representative of the Holy See, in an intervention at the World Health Assembly (WHA) in Geneva last week, welcomed Sustainable Development Goal 3 and all its targets, despite target 7 calling for “universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.” These terms are defined as including abortion and contraception by many powerful governments and agencies. Monsignor Jean-Marie Musivi Mupendawatu, secretary to the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Health Care Workers told the WHA that the Holy See commended the report on health in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which includes the United Nations’ Sustainable Development...
  • Müller Out, Schönborn In. The Pope Has Changed Doctrine Teachers

    05/30/2016 7:39:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Chisea ^ | May 30, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    For Francis, the right interpretation of “Amoris Laetitia” is not that of the prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith, but that of the Austrian cardinal. Here, for the first time, is his complete text by Sandro Magister ROME, May 30, 2016 – The prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith is still the same, German cardinal Gerhard L. Müller. Who diligently continues to carry out his task, most recently with the monumental address he gave in Oviedo on May 4 for a correct understanding of “Amoris Laetitia,” in harmony with the previous magisterium...
  • Pope Awards Medals to Celebrities George Clooney, Richard Gere, Salma Hayek

    05/30/2016 8:02:39 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 109 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | May 30, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    ope Francis honored American actors George Clooney and Richard Gere and actress Salma Hayek on Sunday, awarding them the “Olive Medal” for peace at a Vatican event. The Vatican event was organized to promote the work of a foundation called Scholas Occurrentes (schools of encounter), which Clooney praised as “a wonderful program” that enables “many different religions to speak of inclusion, because we know that hatred and fundamentalist attitudes are learned and inculcated.” It wasn’t clear from reports what the celebrities had actually done to merit the medals, although George Clooney is well known as a liberal activist and successful...
  • Pope Propaganda? Tells Hundreds Of Kids To Embrace Refugees (Leads in Group Chant)

    05/29/2016 4:39:23 PM PDT · by ghosthost · 27 replies
    World net Daily ^ | 5-29-2016 | Cheryl Chumley
    But his address took a turn toward the propaganda style when, minutes into his remarks, he said, “Migrants are not a danger – they are in danger,” and then called on the children to repeat after and with him: “They are not a danger – they are in danger,” Breitbart reported. During his remarks, the pope also invited the children to recite a Hail Mary prayer out loud with him, to honor those who’ve died at sea during their refugee flights. He also carried what he said was the life jacket of a drowned Syrian girl, age 6, who lost...
  • Pope and top imam embrace in historic Vatican meeting [Rev 13]

    05/26/2016 10:20:10 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 37 replies
    The Times of Israel ^ | 5/24/2016 | Staff
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis embraced the grand imam of Cairo's Al-Azhar Mosque at the Vatican on Monday in a historic encounter both sides hope will lead to greater understanding and dialogue between the two faiths. The first Vatican meeting between the leader of the world's Catholics and the highest authority in Sunni Islam marks the culmination of a significant improvement in relations between the two faiths since Francis took office in 2013. "Our meeting is the message," Francis said in a brief comment at the start of his meeting with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb, shortly after he had hugged and...
  • The Mad Virtues of Pope Francis, and the Desperate Resistance

    05/25/2016 3:19:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 59 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | May 24, 2016 | St Corbian's Bear
    Typically, for the Bear, this is not short. You may find it entertaining, however. It wraps up several issues that have been occupying the Bear's mind lately as he grapples with the why and the how of what he is doing. Pope Francis: Finally, a Smiling Face to the Horror For decades we have had to sit and watch helplessly as the Church was consumed by preventable scandal and ceaseless innovation. The enemy was hard to get a fix on. He seemed to be everywhere and nowhere, and his name was Legion. But it was clear that somehow the schwerpunkt...
  • The One World Religion Cometh: Pope Francis Warmly Welcomes Top Islamic Cleric To The Vatican

    05/23/2016 8:35:29 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 56 replies
    End of the American Dream ^ | 5/23/2016 | Michael Snyder
    When Pope Francis met with Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb on Monday, he told him that “our meeting is the message“. So precisely what kind of “message” was Pope Francis attempting to convey? Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayeb is the Grand Imam of Cairo’s Al-Azhar Mosque, and some have described him as “the highest figure in Sunni Islam“. The Daily Mail said that the meeting between these two men was a “historic bid to reopen dialogue between the two churches”, and as you will see below this is yet another in a long series of attempts by Pope Francis to build bridges between Catholicism...
  • Election of Pope Benedict in 2005 was Outcome of 'Dramatic Struggle,' Says Archbishop Ganswein

    05/23/2016 6:34:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The longtime personal secretary to Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI has spoken of a "dramatic struggle" at the conclave of 2005, and insisted that the former Pontiff did not resign because of the "Vatileaks" scandal. Speaking at the launch of a book about Pope Benedict, Archbishop Georg Gänswein-- who continues to act as secretary to the retired Pontiff, while also serving as prefect of the pontifical household-- said that the "Vatileaks" scandal had "little or nothing" to do with the Pontiff's decision to resign. He said that Benedict XVI was motivated by his realization that he was growing weaker. By resigning, Archbishop...
  • Pope Confuses Christians [semi-satire]

    05/22/2016 11:32:21 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 4 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 May 2016 | John Semmens
    Pope Francis startled many Catholics this week by likening Jesus' admonition to his apostles to go forth and preach the Gospel to Mohamed's call for Muslims to wage jihad against unbelievers, calling both "incitements to conquest." "In a way, beheading someone or blowing them up may be less intrusive than Jesus' command to 'love thy neighbor' or to 'turn the other cheek,'" Francis said. "The jihadi attacks the body, but the Christian missionary invades the soul. Even the most grievous injury to the flesh is transitory. But changing a person's soul persists beyond his temporary Earthly existence." Francis went on...
  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
        (CN) — Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."     During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage.     "Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...