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  • When will Pope Francis show all his cards? (The Left Laments)

    05/20/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    NCR Today (Fishwrap) ^ | May 19, 2014 | Robert McClory
    In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally. In my inbox on Friday morning were no fewer than four no-nonsense messages from very upset Catholic organizations urging the signing of petitions calling on Pope Francis to apologize for Cardinal Gerhard Müller's harsh words to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and urging him to tell the Vatican to back off the "unjust reform agenda" it imposed on U.S. nuns....
  • The Vatican’s Real Housewives: 26 Women Petition Pope to Let Priests Marry

    05/20/2014 9:21:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Daily Beast ^ | 05/20/2014 | Barbie Latza Nadeau
    A group of women claiming to be the secret paramours of priests have written to Pope Francis to urge him to roll back the church’s celibacy requirements. A popular pontiff, Pope Francis receives hundreds of letters every day—but a recent one, signed by 26 women who would like his permission to have sex with their priest-boyfriends, was undoubtedly not like most of the others. The letter, published by La Stampa newspaper’s Vatican Insider website on Sunday, began with a plea for the pontiff to take heart and make celibacy optional for the signatories’ paramours, who happen to be priests. “Dear...
  • Pope’s ‘Last Supper’ Mass Raises Jewish Hackles

    05/19/2014 6:18:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    The Financial Times (UK) ^ | 5/18/14 | John Reed
    A plan by Pope Francis to celebrate mass in a Jerusalem room believed by Christians to have hosted the Last Supper has brought criticism, controversy and conspiracy theories worthy of a Dan Brown novel. The pope’s first official visit to the Holy Land this month was meant to showcase interfaith tolerance and the improved ties between Israel and the Holy See. But the plan to hold mass in the room, known as the Cenacle, has sparked an ugly disagreement that is threatening to undermine the visit. The Cenacle is on the upper floor of a Crusader-era building that is holy...
  • Pope in Visit Will ‘Recognize Palestine, Call to End Occupation’ (says ‘Pali Christian’ priest)

    05/19/2014 2:29:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    INN ^ | 5/19/2014, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) and Arab Christian sources are already celebrating Pope Francis’ visit to Israel starting next Sunday, saying his choice to begin the trip directly in PA-held Bethlehem is meant to “recognize Palestine” and “oppose the occupation.” “He is taking a helicopter directly from Jordan to Palestine—to Bethlehem. It’s a kind of sign of recognizing Palestine,” Father Jamal Khader of the Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem told AFP. The claims that his trip will begin in a “recognition of Palestine” comes amid reports from February by Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a member of the Argentinian parliament and close friend of Pope...
  • (Pope) Francis: “Pray with your heart, not like a parrot”

    05/17/2014 3:53:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 108 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | May 16, 2014 | DOMENICO AGASSO JR
    At this morning’s mass in St. Martha’s House, Francis mentioned three doors to knowing Jesus: Praying to Jesus, celebrating Jesus and imitating him Vatican City “Pope Francis says studying Jesus is not enough to get to know him, we must also pray to him, celebrate him and imitate him. This was the Pope’s core message at Mass on Friday in the Santa Marta residence, Vatican Radio reports. In his homily the Pope reflected on the best way for us to get to know Jesus, describing it as the most important work in our lives. At the same time he warned...
  • In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict

    05/16/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | May 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    A Christian pilgrim walks from the courtyard of St. Catherine Church where a poster for next weekend's visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land is displayed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (CNS/EPA) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims,...
  • The Spontaneity of Pope Francis: The Pope's spontaneous words and actions reflect his personality

    05/16/2014 9:46:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 05/16/2014 | Russell Shaw
    Spontaneity that reflects good-heartedness is a highly attractive trait, but the spontaneity of self-indulgence is reckless and often cruel. Spontaneity of either kind can cause confusion and dismay. Pope Francis’ spontaneity is clearly of the first sort—good-hearted, that is—but as with spontaneity of any kind, it can sometimes have confusing results. Last month brought what may have been another instance of that when it was reported that the Pope had told an Argentine woman, civilly married to a man for 19 years, that she could receive communion; accounts differed on whether the woman or the man was divorced. The woman’s...
  • Republicans Have Only Themselves To Blame For Piketty And The Pope

    05/15/2014 6:56:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/15/2014 | Louis Woodhill
    First, take today’s Unconventional Logic pop quiz: If you were kidnapped by terrorists, whom would you want to come to rescue you? Captain Sweden Captain Denmark Captain Belgium Captain France Captain America OK, now back to economics. With both Thomas Piketty and Pope Francis in the news calling for government-coerced redistribution to reduce inequality, it is useful to ask, “Why this, and why now?” Piketty’s argument for additional government redistribution programs, which he bases upon numbers that don’t take government redistribution programs into account, is certainly—to put it delicately—creative, but the question still remains why Piketty’s ideas (which have been...
  • Girl, 10, Gets Emotional Reunion With Dad At LAX After Making Plea To Pope Francis

    03/30/2014 11:01:43 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 31 replies
    CBSLA.com) ^ | March 29, 2014 11:28 PM | Brittney Hopper
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A 10-year-old Panorama City girl got her prayers answered Saturday during an emotional reunion at LAX with her dad. The girl, Jersey Vargas, had gone to the Vatican with a group who met with the Pope hoping to get the pontiff to speak to President Obama to move on immigration reform. Her father, Mario Vargas-Lopez, had been held in a Louisiana detention facility. He’s an undocumented immigrant who was in custody in Tennessee for a DUI since last September. Before Jersey left with the delegation, she told Associated Press, in Spanish, that her big wish was...
  • Pope Francis reminds us, Lucifer is real

    05/14/2014 10:30:12 AM PDT · by ghost of stonewall jackson · 19 replies
    WaPo ^ | 5/10/14 | Anthony Faiola
    “ ‘But Father, how old-fashioned you are to speak about the Devil in the 21st century,’ ” Francis, quoting those who have noted his frequent mentions of the Devil, said last month while presiding over Mass at the Vatican’s chapel in St. Martha’s House. He warned those gathered on that chilly morning to be vigilant and not be fooled by the hidden face of Satan in the modern world. “Look out because the Devil is present,” he said. *** The Rev. Cesar Truqui, an exorcist based in Switzerland, recounted one experience he had aboard a Swissair flight. “Two lesbians,” he said, had...
  • Cardinal O’Brien weighs in on pope’s Holy Land pilgrimage

    05/14/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/14/14 | Paul McMullen
    When Pope Francis highlights his upcoming pilgrimage to the Holy Land by meeting with the leader of the Orthodox Church, the papal delegation will include Cardinal Edwin F. O’Brien, a most interested observer. Since May 2012, the archbishop emeritus of Baltimore has served as grand master of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher, which promotes the support and protection of Christians in the Holy Land. The pope is scheduled to meet May 25 in Jerusalem with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople, according to Catholic News Service, “considered first among equals by Orthodox bishops.” According to an official itinerary, the...
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Michael Savage: Pope Francis Should Redistribute Vatican's Income First

    05/12/2014 9:45:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 180 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 05/12/2014 | Greg Richter
    Conservative radio talk show host Michael Savage says if Pope Francis wants income redistribution he should start with his own Church. On his Friday show, Savage said he would bid $1 million for Michelangelo's famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel at the Vatican. "The reason I'm offering that money to the pope and the Vatican is so they can redistribute the wealth that begins in the Vatican itself," Savage said. Savage said he was making a point that there is vast wealth within the Catholic Church, including priceless works of art and major shares in global companies....
  • Pope Francis: 'Tea Party Catholic'?

    05/10/2014 8:46:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 10, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Breitbart News Saturday, Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor in Chief Alex Marlow discussed Pope Francis's remarks to the United Nations where he called for "legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State," using government and the private sector. Bannon asked guest Austin Ruse, former head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and a Breitbart contributor, “Is Pope Francis a Commie?" "I know he is a Jesuit," Bannon said, explaining that Jesuits sit at the vanguard of the Communist revolution in Latin America there, before asking if "Pope Francis been taken over by liberation theology?” Bannon,...
  • Does a "legitimate redistribution" of wealth include the Vatican archives, Vatican library...?

    05/10/2014 2:47:21 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 66 replies
    5/10/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    I wonder if a "limited redistribution" of wealth includes selling the Vatican archives, the Vatican library, Vatican papers, vatican treasures, etc, etc to various museums and other institutions around the world, and then "redistributing" the wealth that would be procured from this? Some may say that words have been misinterpreted. If so, then clarify without any possible misunderstanding. But... if there is no misinterpretation, then why not include these in the redistribution of wealth?
  • Pope Francis' Wealth Redistribution Is Economically Fallible

    05/10/2014 10:03:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    IBD ^ | 05/10/2014
    Pope Francis demands wealth redistribution. He forgets St. John Paul's recognition of the "positive role of business, the market, private property" as "the model which ought to be proposed" for the Third World. Addressing U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and other officials on Friday, the first supreme pontiff from Latin America called for "the legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the state." Excuse the irreverence, but his holiness may be forgetting the hundreds of millions of souls whose lives have been improved, lengthened, even saved by maximizing capitalism and minimizing government.
  • Pope Francis to UN delegation: “legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State”

    05/09/2014 1:56:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 44 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 9, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today Pope Francis addressed a delegation of the UN – which I remind you is a principle agent for promoting abortion world-wide.Below please find the full text of Pope Francis’ address to the United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programmes on Friday, led by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.There is some blah blah at first, but keep reading. My emphases and comments.NOTE: A lot of this is simply warmed up John Paul II and Benedict XVI. There isn’t much new here, apart from the terrible wording about the State and redistribution. But we can, for the most part, say “Ho hum!...
  • Pope demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 6:04:29 AM PDT · by Abathar · 138 replies
    AP ^ | May 9,2014 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today.
  • Are Catholics now too dazzled by the Pope? Can Popes be criticized?

    05/09/2014 10:49:58 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | 5/9/14 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Do you remember the scene in Evelyn Waugh’s Brideshead Revisited when Rex Mottram is being given his catechism lessons before he can marry Julia? The priest and Rex have this exchange: “Yesterday I asked [Mottram] whether Our Lord had more than one nature. He said: ‘Just as many as you say, Father.’ Then again I asked him: ‘Supposing the Pope looked up and saw a cloud and said ‘It’s going to rain’, would that be bound to happen?’ ‘Oh, yes, Father.’ ‘But supposing it didn’t?’ He thought a moment and said, “I suppose it would be sort of raining spiritually,...
  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 7:15:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 306 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/09/2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week. Latin America's first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns. On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote...
  • Pope Francis: Zacchaeus and “legitimate redistribution”

    05/09/2014 7:11:05 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Hotair ^ | 05/09/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The latest speech from Pope Francis is leading Drudge and the Twittersphere, and for good reason. Any time a world leader talks about “legitimate redistribution” in regard to economic policy, it raises eyebrows, if not hackles. In the case of this pontiff, the highlight of that phrase provokes heightened scrutiny. However, the longer context of Francis’ remarks this morning to UN leadership provides a much more nuanced picture of Francis’ view of economic policy — although probably not nuanced enough for libertarian ears: With this in mind, I would like to remind you, as representatives of the chief agencies of...
  • Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis

    05/06/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/06/2014 | By Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Pope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I'd like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church. Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to...
  • Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians (Media Silence is deafening)

    05/02/2014 2:51:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | May 2, 2014
    Pope Francis prays at General Audience Sept. 25, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris/CNA. Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world. “I cried when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country, that is not Christian,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio, during morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. In recent weeks, media groups have circulated images that appear to...
  • CDF head: Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology

    05/02/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 5/2/14 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body that once condemned the movement, has said. In a lengthy interview in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller said Pope Francis “is not so much a liberation theologian in the academic sense, but as far as pastoral work is concerned, he has close ties with liberation theology’s concerns. What we can learn from him is the insight that there is no pastoral work without profound theology and vice versa”. In the 1980s the...
  • Pope Francis declares (via Twitter), ‘Inequality is the root of social evil’

    04/28/2014 8:25:07 PM PDT · by DaveMSmith · 90 replies
    Twichy ^ | 4/28/14
    See link for discussion.
  • Pope Francis makes history with dual canonization of Pope John XXIII, Pope John Paul II

    04/27/2014 6:45:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 45 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | FoxNews.com
    VATICAN CITY –  Pope Francis declared Popes John XXIII and John Paul II saints before some 800,000 people on Sunday in an unprecedented ceremony made even more historic by the presence of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.Never before have a reigning pope and a retired pope celebrated Mass together in public, much less at an event honoring two of their most famous predecessors.Benedict's presence was a reflection of the balancing act that Francis envisioned when he decided to canonize John and John Paul together, showing the unity of the Catholic Church by honoring popes beloved by...
  • Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    04/27/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    iTV ^ | 24APR2014 | Staff Writer
    A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome. The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital. The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998. In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be...
  • Obama Implicitly Compares Himself to Pope and Jesus in Tribute Message

    04/25/2014 6:43:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Truth Revolt blog ^ | April 24, 2014 | Trey Sanchez
    "Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people." President Obama added his voice to Time's list of "The 100 Most Influential People" by penning a tribute to Pope Francis. By implication, Obama associated himself with the pontiff and ultimately to Jesus. Obama called the pope "a moral leader in word and deed," equating Francis's message of inclusion with Jesus's "essence." Sprinkled within this panegyric was Obama's own familiar refrain heard throughout his presidency: "alleviate poverty…reduce inequality…open new doors of opportunity and visions of possibility for everyone." Obama's social agenda is nothing he has kept secret. Nor...
  • Vatican responds to Francis’ call to Argentinian woman; more details emerge

    04/24/2014 1:48:53 PM PDT · by NYer · 139 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 24, 2014 | Catherine Harmon
    CNS photo After yesterday’s media confusion about a phone call Pope Francis made to a woman in Argentina regarding her reception of Communion, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi today made a statement confirming that the phone call did take place, but indicating that reports about what was said may not be reliable and have no bearing on Church teaching. It has been widely reported that Pope Francis called Jaquelina Lisbona of San Lorenzo, Argentina on Easter Monday in response to a letter she sent him last fall. The Holy Father allegedly told her that she may receive Communion despite...
  • Doubts increase over Pope's alleged phone call on divorce

    04/24/2014 1:42:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2014
    Father Federico Lombardi. Credit: CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2014 / 05:14 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Media frenzy over an alleged phone call Pope Francis made to a divorced and remarried woman allowing her to receive Communion has seen a rise in conflicting details – and has been lamented by the Vatican as causing “confusion.” Spokesman Father Federico Lombardi said today that the Holy See will not officially comment on the alleged phone call Pope Francis made to an Argentinean woman this week, as the pontiff's “personal pastoral” relationships “do not in any way form part of the Pope's public activities.”...
  • Perverting the Resurrection

    04/24/2014 6:29:35 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 4/22/14 | Louie Verrecchio
    It is precisely the Holy Father’s unwillingness to embrace the “majestic” Resurrection of Christ the Most Benevolent King that gives rise to his twisted understanding of the Church’s hierarchical authority, even as it resides in the Successor of Peter as evidenced over the last year by his “regular Joe” comportment. Once the Risen Lord is effectively stripped of His Kingly dignity, power and authority, as in the minds of modernist thinkers like Pope Francis, to whom is the priest thus configured? According to Cardinal Oscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga: Jesus’ entire life was a priestly life, in the sense that He...
  • 'The Lord is waiting' Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil

    'The Lord is waiting'Pope baptizes 10 at Easter Vigil Catholic.net photoPope Francis enters a darkened St. Peter Basilica carrying a lone candle. Homily of Pope Francis, Easter Vigil The Gospel of the resurrection of Jesus Christ begins with the journey of the women to the tomb at dawn on the day after the Sabbath. They go to the tomb to honour the body of the Lord, but they find it open and empty. A mighty angel says to them: "Do not be afraid!" (Mt 28:5) and orders them to go and tell the disciples: "He has been raised from...
  • Radical Ideology Run Amok

    04/19/2014 5:32:13 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 5 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 19, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Pope Francis, your honeymoon with the Western press is over. Of course, media accolades and praise were never his motivation. In fact, he's directly warned against the cult of celebrity that is in danger of missing the point: the Gospel of Christ he teaches. But when Rolling Stone put him on their cover earlier this year, the piece inside was actually a secularist libertine warning: Don't disappoint us. Don't be another one of those guys reading from the Catechism. And now the pope, the Holy See, will be appearing before a United Nations committee on torture. The appearance is...
  • Pope breaks rules as he washes feet of disabled people in pre-Easter ritual

    04/18/2014 6:15:16 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 22 replies
    CBS News ^ | April 18, 2014 | CBSNews.com
    ROME - Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 disabled and elderly people Thursday - women and non-Catholics among them - in a pre-Easter ritual designed to show his willingness to serve others like a "slave."
  • Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

    04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama. Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved...
  • Msgr. Guido Marini reconfirmed as Papal MC

    04/12/2014 8:14:45 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://wdtprs.com/blog ^ | April 12, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today I saw on the front page of the Holy See’s daily that the Holy Father reconfirmed Msgr. Guido Marini as Master of Ceremonies for another term. Good sign. Pope Francis is keeping certain of Pope Benedict’s people pretty close.
  • The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church

    04/12/2014 9:30:55 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 133 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church By Ted on April 12, 2014 inFeatured, General SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE By Theodore Shoebat I remember a few years ago spending time with an Evangelical friend of mine. Within our conversation, somehow, the subject of the Crusades came up. Of course, I defended the Crusades, explaining that they were fighting off Islamic invaders in the Middle East. He, on the other hand, vehemently condemned the Crusaders as evil and barbarous people. I asked him, “Who would you rather win, the Muslims or the Crusaders?” He said,...
  • Pope Francis: Satan exists in the 21st century and how we can fight him

    04/11/2014 1:56:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    salesianity ^ | April 11, 2014
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis said Satan exists in our present century and we must learn from the Gospel how to fight against his temptations. This was the core message of his homily at the Mass celebrated on Friday in the Santa Marta residence.Pope Francis said the life of every Christian is a constant battle against evil just as Jesus during his life had to struggle against the devil and his many temptations. And he warned that whoever wants to follow Jesus must be aware of this reality. “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the...
  • Pope Francis calls abortion an ‘abominable crime’ in strongest remarks to date

    04/11/2014 1:08:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 11, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    VATICAN CITY, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Human life is “sacred and inviolable” and “every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and most fundamental right, the right to life,” Pope Francis told an Italian pro-life organization today. The pope thanked the Movimento per la Vita, one of Italy’s leading political pro-life groups, for their work, urging them to continue “with courage and love” for life “in all its phases.” “It is therefore necessary to reiterate the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless, and her unborn child in the womb...
  • Pope Francis – married men could be ordained priests if world's bishops agree on it

    04/10/2014 6:42:47 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 88 replies
    The Tablet ^ | April 10, 2014 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    A bishop who met with Pope Francis in a rare private audience on 4 April has said in an interview that the two men discussed the issue of the ordination of “proven” married men – viri probati – in a serious and positive way.
  • Francis looks to heal Church with two pope saints

    04/10/2014 6:01:59 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 54 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | April 10, 2014 | Jean-Louis De La Vaissiere (AFP)
    Pope Francis aims to unite conservative and reformist strands of Catholicism with the first canonisation of two popes this month -- an impressive masterstroke that has already stirred dissent in some quarters.
  • California Bishop Removes ‘Openly Homosexual’ Priest from Berkeley Campus Parish

    04/09/2014 6:13:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/14 | Colin Kerr
    BERKELEY, CA, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francis’ first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is “openly homosexual.” Newman Hall Holy Spirit Church, which functions as the parish church for Catholic students at the university, has been led by its pastor, Fr. Bernard Campbell, for the past seven years. Fr. Bill Edens, a self-identified homosexual, has served as student chaplain for the last five. Both are members of the Paulist order, which normally appoints priests at the...
  • Lesbian couple says baby’s baptism a sign Catholic views changing,want gay ‘marriage’ blessings

    04/08/2014 12:10:35 PM PDT · by massmike · 32 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | 04/08/2014 | GUALBERTO GARCIA JONES, J.D.
    Fears that a public Catholic baptism ceremony for a Argentinean lesbian couple’s child would amount to little more than a media stunt to promote the Church's acceptance of homosexuality appear to have been borne out Saturday at the Archdiocese of Cordoba’s cathedral. After the celebration of the sacrament, the couple, Karina Villarroel and Soledad Ortiz, kissed while posing for photos with the child, Umma Azul, at the front of the Church. Villarroel, the non-biological “mother,” told local press the Catholic Church’s decision to grant the baptism was important “because it signifies that there is a real social change and acceptance"...
  • Pope presses anti-AIDS chastity strategy in Africa

    04/07/2014 6:40:14 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 7, 2013 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has praised church workers in Africa who promote chastity as a key way to prevent the spread of HIV. Francis was speaking Monday at the Vatican to bishops from Tanzania. Many non-Catholic health care workers advocate condoms as an important weapon to fight the spread of the HIV virus that causes AIDS. The Vatican opposes condom use because church teaching forbids contraception. Francis praised church health care workers in Africa who care for those with HIV/AIDS and "all who strive diligently to educate people in the area of sexual responsibility and chastity." In 2010, Pope...
  • Why does progressive Pope Francis allow anti-gay bishops to preach hate? [BARF]

    04/07/2014 3:54:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Pittsburgh Post Gazette ^ | 4/5/2014 | Michael O'Loughlin
    A president struggling in the polls at home recently traveled to the Vatican. He was hoping that a photo with the wildly popular Pope Francis might boost his dismal approval ratings. But because the president had been championing historic LGBT legislation to appeal to his base, some wondered if the pope would actually use their meeting to chastise the president — reminding him how the policies he favors are out of sync with church teachings. Barack Obama, right? No — the president was Nigeria’s embattled leader, President Goodluck Jonathan. As we all know, the media reported, analyzed, critiqued, conjectured and...
  • Pope Francis: Put-Down Artist?

    04/06/2014 6:52:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 2014
    From the moment Jorge Mario Bergoglio stepped out onto the central balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and asked the world to “pray for me,” a persistent theme has resounded in the mainstream media. Pope Francis, as the popular narrative would have it, has singlehandedly set a “new tone” for the Church after decades, if not centuries — or millennia! — of crankiness and stagnation. Consider these headlines:
  • Pope meets with Queen Elizabeth. Sends gift to little Prince George

    04/03/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | April 3, 2014
    >With a row of Swiss Guards and cameras flickering away, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived to the Vatican. CARD. PIETRO PAROLINSecretary of State"Your majesty welcome”The Queen was about 20 minutes late, but as a true English woman, she was quite conscious of time.    QUEEN ELIZABETH II "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. We were having lunch with the president.”  The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. It marks the first gathering between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth. First, she introduced her staff...  QUEEN ELIZABETH II"This is my private secretary. From Australia.”  And then gifts were exchanged. The Queen...
  • Bishops Follow Pope’s Example: Opulence Is Out

    04/03/2014 5:54:33 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 16 replies
    The New York Times ^ | April 3,2014 | Michael Paulson
    The archbishop of Atlanta had a plan to resolve the space crunch at his cathedral: He would move out of his residence so priests could move in, and then he would build himself a new house with donated money and land.
  • Obama urged to create religious envoy after papal meeting

    04/02/2014 4:44:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 2, 2014
    Persecuted and Forgotten infographic. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need. Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south central Asia. “I urge you to put your words into action, lest inaction be perceived as indifference,” Wolf wrote in a March 27 letter to Obama. “The scope of religious persecution around the world, but especially in the Middle East is gravely concerning,...
  • Obama gives Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis

    04/01/2014 9:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2014 | Caroline May
    President Obama gave House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis during lunch Tuesday at the White House, according to an NBC News reporter. Carrie Dann @CarrieNBCNews Pelosi says she received a rosary blessed by Pope Francis from Obama at lunch today 12:24 PM - 1 Apr 2014 Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time last week. Pelosi, a Catholic, has been criticized for her support of abortion — a practice which she has called “sacred ground” — by other Catholics. Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that the California lawmaker...