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  • Cardinal Would Refuse Communion to Pro-Gay Marriage Catholic Legislators

    11/16/2014 2:11:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 51 replies
    One of Pope Francis' most vocal critics, who was demoted last week from his leadership of the Vatican's Supreme Court, has said he would refuse Holy Communion to any Catholic legislator who voted for same-sex marriage. Speaking before a Limerick conference on the Catholic family, Cardinal Raymond Burke declined to comment on the Government's planned referendum over gay and lesbian marriage.However, he said he would refuse Communion to pro-gay marriage Catholic legislators in the same way he did in the case of pro-choice legislators in his native United States. He also reiterated his call to the Pontiff, made during last...
  • Breaking: Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman

    11/05/2014 1:42:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 25 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 11-13-14 | Joshua Mercer
    Breaking: Pope to host international conference on complementarity of man and woman By Joshua Mercer Big news, just announced by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith:Rome, November 3rd, 2014.On November 17-19, 2014, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will host a colloquium in Vatican City, in cooperation with the Pontifical Council for the Family, the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, on the subject of the Complementarity of Man and Woman in Marriage. It is a global, interreligious meeting featuring representatives from 14 religious traditions and 23 countries. The colloquium will...
  • Montana Gay Couple Denied Communion After Roman Catholic Priest Learns of Marriage

    09/19/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/14 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. – A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after the new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, population 5,900. It has prompted an upcoming visit from the bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
  • A Tale of Two Churches

    09/08/2014 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Catholic New World ^ | 9/7/14 | Francis Cardinal George
    Once upon a time there was a church founded on God’s entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking into the history of human sinfulness. This church, a hierarchical communion,...
  • Three Elderly Italian Nuns Raped, Murdered In Burundi Convent

    09/08/2014 8:35:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 18 replies
    AFP. ^ | 08 September 2014
    Three elderly Italian nuns were sexually assaulted and murdered in twin attacks in their convent in the capital of Burundi, police said today as a hunt was launched for their killers. Police initially reported that two nuns were stabbed to death yesterday afternoon. The killer then battered one of the two with a rock, before fleeing the convent. Italian authorities named the first two killed as Olga Raschietti, 83, and Lucia Pulici, 75, both Roman Catholic nuns. But in the early hours of today morning, another nun in the same convent was killed, her body beaten and head hacked off....
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    “Why is it,” said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, “that the Catholic Church won’t just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex?” Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. “For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage,” I said evenly. “After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • The 'Pope Francis Effect': The war on conservative Catholics in New York

    08/12/2014 3:09:02 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 78 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 12, 2014 | Adam Shaw
    When Cardinal Bergoglio was elected pope in 2013, many traditional Catholics were wary. Recently, their pessimism is being justified as "The Francis Effect" makes itself felt across the world and in America, most notably in the Archdiocese of New York. So-called "traditional" Catholics prefer to attend the Mass as it was celebrated before and during the Second Vatican Council (1962-5), before the liturgy was radically reformed in 1969. The Tridentine Mass, which was the ordinary form of the Mass from 1570-1969, is said in Latin, often accompanied by Gregorian Chant and incense, and emphasizes the sacrificial aspect of the Mass.
  • New Film Shows How to Leave the Gay Life Behind

    07/18/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    The modern day LGBT movement wants you to believe that the people featured in the new documentary “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” really don’t exist. They are figments of the fevered imaginations of the Christian right.Meet Dan, Rilene and Paul, all refugees from deep enmeshment in the LGBT life, each finding a home in sexual sobriety and, not incidentally, the Catholic Church.It is impossible to watch this important documentary without tears, and not sad tears either, but happy ones, tears that come from a joyful movement of the spirit.These are people who have been deeply wounded by the choices...
  • Lutheran Satire on the Secular Progressive reaction to the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision

    07/04/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Lutheran Satire | 7-2-14 | Lutheran Satire
    Everyone has a church and everyone has an understanding of the marks of the church, of what makes their church the true church. For the Roman Catholic, the mark of the church is the pope. In his mind, if you don't have the pope, then you don't have the church as God instituted it. And so a faithful Catholic would get furious if his priest rejected papal supremacy, because doing so would stop the church in his midst from being what the church is and doing what it should do. For the Lutheran, the marks of the church are the...
  • Fight for the rights of the unborn, and think no less of a child born out of wedlock...

    06/15/2014 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    6/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) Fight for the rights of the unborn. 2.) Think no less of a baby/infant/child brought to you without any parent, without any Godparents, as you do not know the future. Which to you is better: baptizing a baby brought to you by good RC parents,that God knows will grow up to deny your faith and be a hell-raiser, or one that asas no one there with him/her or born out ofof wedlock to lapsed parents that God knows will turn out to be righteous?. Who cares about then and there? God told Samuel that He can see what no...
  • Can an infant be baptized, be raised by believing parents & later turn from the faith?

    06/15/2014 12:52:19 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 290 replies
    6/15/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) An infant is baptized, is raised by believing parents and later when older turns from the faith. 2.) An infant is baptized, has no believing parents to be raised by, and when older doesn't turn from the faith. Given that the antithesis exists for 1 & 2, wouldn't it be prudent for the priest to baptize the fortunate infant as well as the unfortunate, as either could remain faithful when older, show perseverance against high odds, and no priest knows the future - only God Almighty? Given that only God knows the future, perhaps withholding baptism isn't an option...
  • Pope: Half-hearted Catholics aren't really Catholics at all

    06/06/2014 11:46:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 334 replies
    cns ^ | June 5, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Those who insist others pray and believe exactly like they do, those who have alternatives to every church teaching and benefactors who use the church as a cover for business connections may call themselves Catholics, but they have one foot out the door, Pope Francis said. "Many people say they belong to the church," but in reality have "only one foot inside," the pope said June 5 at the morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. (CNS/Paul Haring) "For these people, the church is not home," but is a place they use as a rental...
  • HRC Delivers Letter to Vatican Due to Growing Concern on Anti-LGBT Stance of Catholic Schools

    05/28/2014 12:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, delivered a letter to the Vatican on behalf of 9 teachers who have lost their jobs at Catholics Schools for either being LGBT, or supporting an LGBT family member. Last month, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati took anti-LGBT to a new level, calling not only for the firing of gay and lesbian school employees, but also citing support of the “homosexual lifestyle” as grounds for dismissal. More than 2,200 educators at 94 parochial schools in the archdiocese have been affected by this new contract....
  • Catholic Doctors Who Follow Church Teaching Advised to Emigrate Rather Than Train in Britain

    05/27/2014 7:27:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/27/14 | Elena Curti
    Catholic doctors who follow church teaching on sexual ethics cannot work as gynaecologists in Britain, the Catholic Medical Association (CMA) conference was told. Charlie O’Donnell, a consultant in emergency and intensive care medicine, said the best advice he could give to an “orthodox” Catholic wishing to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology would be to “emigrate”. Dr O’Donnell told the conference at Ealing Abbey, west London, on 17 May that a Catholic training to be a consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology would soon find he or she had conscientious objections to such tasks as prescribing artificial contraceptives, giving unmarried couples fertility...
  • The Angelican Wannabe Fallacy

    05/21/2014 9:36:13 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://denvercatholicregister.org ^ | May 20, 2014 | George Weigel
    Prior to April 27’s canonization-doubleheader, I taped a lengthy interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, discussing both John XXIII and John Paul II. The ABC was kind enough to send transcripts of the programs it did on these giants of modern Catholicism, so I was able to read what others had to say about the Church’s two newest saints. Much of it was interesting, but some comments verged on the bizarre. Dr. Lavinia Byrne (for those unfamiliar with the higher echelons of the British Catholic commentariat) is a former nun whose refusal to concede that the question of ordaining women...
  • Deacon Alex Jones: "No Price Too High"

    05/19/2014 11:52:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Da Mihi Animas ^ | May 19, 2014
    The conversion of Alex Jones is a powerful story and a book from Ignatius Press!  I came across the video and was reminded of the story. You can read more below. The following comes from the Deacons Bench Blog:One of the more celebrated Catholic converts -- and a recently ordained deacon, by the way -- is former evangelical Alex Jones. He now spends much of his time traveling the country, talking about his journey back to the Church. And a paper in Fort Wayne, Indiana profiles him this weekend: Ten years ago, Alex Jones was the charismatic preacher of...
  • The Holy See is not the Catholic Church and is not responsible for every act committed by Catholics

    05/06/2014 3:49:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Asia News ^ | May 5, 2014
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) - The Holy See has responsibility for the Vatican City State. It "has no jurisdiction [. . .] over every member of the Catholic Church", but it does "foster [in each of them] an interior conversion of hearts to love God and one's neighbour." In view of this, notwithstanding their affiliation with any Catholic institution, individuals are "subject to a particular State authority. [And] The obligation and responsibility of promoting justice in these cases resides with the competent domestic jurisdiction." In presenting the Initial Periodic Report of the Holy See to the Committee on the Convention against...
  • Teachers protest new Catholic teacher contract prohibiting gay “lifestyles,” IVF

    04/25/2014 2:22:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 25, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    You may remember when this made news a few weeks back.Now, some teachers are challenging the contract: About 60 people gathered Tuesday on Fountain Square to protest new language in the Cincinnati archdiocese’s teacher contract.They walked to the archdiocese offices on East Eighth Street, they said, to hand-deliver petitions – including an online version initiated locally – with more than 24,000 signatures.The contract, which all teachers in the 19-county archdiocesan school system are required to sign for the 2014-15 school year, includes so-called morality clauses that are more detailed and restrictive than in past teacher contracts.The contract for the first...
  • Pope Francis on the Devil, modern education “horrors”, mother and father families

    04/11/2014 1:46:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/11/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Today the Pope spoke during his non-Magisterial, off-the-cuff fervorino at morning Mass in strong terms not just about generic, impersonal “evil”, but about the Enemy of your soul, the Devil.From VR: “We too are tempted, we too are the target of attacks by the devil because the spirit of Evil does not want our holiness, he does not want our Christian witness, he does not want us to be disciples of Christ. And what does the Spirit of Evil do, through his temptations, to distance us from the path of Jesus? The temptation of the devil has three characteristics and...
  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere – the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? How’s this for starters? Homofascism – “a way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • What the Charlotte controversy reveals about the acceptance of Catholic teaching

    04/03/2014 6:46:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 04/03/14 | Jeff Mirus
    News coverage is now available for the resolution of complaints about Sister Jane Dominic Laurel’s controversial presentation at a Catholic high school in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Nashville Dominican sister spoke at a school assembly about Church teaching on marriage, divorce, homosexuality and gay marriage, and on the impact the disregard of Catholic teaching and the natural has on children growing up in broken our unnatural home environments. Complaints were numerous enough that a special meeting was called to discuss the matter, and diocesan officials decided to apologize for two things: First, that the school had not notified parents of...
  • San Francisco Archbishop: Those Dissenting from Church Teachings Shouldn’t Receive Communion

    04/01/2014 6:13:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/31/14 | John-Henry Westen
    SAN FRANCISCO, CA, March 31, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Speaking with LifeSiteNews about the matter of worthiness to receive Holy Communion last week, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said that Church teaching on the matter “has been very clear and consistent from literally the very beginning." The Church's teaching goes "all the way back to St. Paul who writes in 1 Corinthians that anyone who does not receive the Eucharist worthily, that is if they are in a state of sin, blasphemes the body and blood of the Lord," the archbishop explained.
  • Priest pretends to concelebrate fake Mass with a woman, removed from ministry by CDF

    03/30/2014 6:50:29 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    http://wdtprs.com/blog ^ | March 29, 2014 | John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is some cheery news. It is cheery in that the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith is doing its job diligently and that justice has been done and that the Faith has been defended. It is sad news, however, that any Catholic priest would be so wicked as to do such a thing. We are pleased that the proper thing has been done, and sad about the sin committed which required such intervention. From Fishwrap (aka National Schismatic Reporter), in mourning, with my emphases and comments:
  • Sister Jane Tells It Like It Is (Liberal Catholics revolt at Charlotte Catholic School)

    03/31/2014 7:47:42 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | March 28, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    In a testament to just how bad so much of what passes for Catholic education is today, note this reaction to Sister Jane Dominic Laurel preaching basic Catholic doctrine: Charlotte Catholic High School has invited parents to a meeting Wednesday night to air concerns many of them – and their kids – had about a recent speaker’s comments about homosexuality, divorce and single parents. Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun based in Nashville, Tenn., addressed a student assembly on March 21. Days later, some students launched an online petition that called her comments “offensive and unnecessarily derogatory.” A record...
  • Did the Bishops at the 1st Vatican Council, who voted on Papal Infallibility, possess infallibility?

    03/31/2014 7:35:15 AM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 259 replies
    3/31/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    A.) When the vote was taken on July 1870, at the First Vatican Council, with 433 votes in favour (placet) and only 2 against (non placet) against defining as dogma the infallibility of the pope when speaking ex cathedra, did those Bishops possess infallibility when (or at least only when) voting? Did any of them keep this infallibility (did it remain with all of them or any of them) after they left and returned home? Did any of these Bishops possess any infallibility at anytime before the vote was cast? B.) Was Mary's (the Mother of Jesus) mother immaculately conceived...
  • Anger at Charlotte Catholic school after speaker criticizes homosexuality

    03/28/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    CWN ^ | 3-28-2014
    Some parents and students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools are outraged after a Nashville Dominican nun who holds a doctorate in theology criticized homosexuality in a presentation to students, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]’s speech,” according to an online petition. “We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children … We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy,...
  • Cdl Caffarra on Communion for "Remarried": Approval Would Mean Complete End of "Catholic Doctrine..

    03/16/2014 1:32:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/15/14
    Regarding the wild proposals of Cardinal Kasper made before the last Consistory of Cardinals regarding legitimizing by way of Eucharistic communion the "remarriage" of divorced couples (we could call the Kasper Doctrine of "mariages sauvages"), Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, Archbishop of Bologna, had the firmest possible words in an interview to Matteo Matzuzzi published this Saturday in Il Foglio: [Regarding Cardinal Walter Kasper's proposal on the possibility of readmitting to communion, after a period of penance, the couples of remarried divorcees who ask for it, Caffarra says:] "If the Church admits [them] to the Eucharist, she must anyway grant a judgment...
  • ‘Abyss’ Between Church Teaching and Many Family Situations Must be Bridged, Says Cardinal [Kasper]

    03/12/2014 6:09:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/11/14 | Carol Glatz
    In its approach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, the Church needs to find a middle ground that does not destroy or abandon doctrine, but offers a “renewed” interpretation of Church teaching in order to help those whose marriages have failed, Cardinal Walter Kasper has said. “I propose a path that goes beyond strictness and leniency,” the German cardinal and theologian told Vatican Radio yesterday. An approach that avoids the two extremes “isn’t against morality, it isn’t against doctrine, but rather, (is meant) to support a realistic application of doctrine to the current situation of the great majority of people...
  • Archdiocese revises teacher contracts, prohibiting gay “lifestyles” and IVF

    03/11/2014 2:26:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 11, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    It’s happening in Cincinnati: Teachers in Cincinnati Archdiocese schools could lose their jobs if they violate a new employment contract that clamps down on their personal lives beyond school walls.The new contract obtained by The Enquirer has doubled in size and is strikingly different from previous Archdiocese teacher employment agreements.For the first time, it details prohibited practices such as gay “lifestyles,” out-of-wedlock relationships, abortions and fertility methods that go against Catholic teachings.The contract for the 2014-15 school year explicitly orders teachers to refrain “from any conduct or lifestyle which would reflect discredit on or cause scandal to the school or...
  • Catholic Program on Gays in Santa Rosa Draws Criticism

    03/10/2014 6:51:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Press Democrat ^ | 3/6/14 | Martin Espinoza
    A former gay-porn actor who says his Catholic faith saved him from a world of pornography, homosexuality and the occult is scheduled to make a presentation today in Santa Rosa to a religious group called Courage, an apostolate of the Catholic Church that ministers to people with same-sex attractions. The program, which will be held at the Faith Room of the Parish Life Center at St. Eugene's Cathedral, will feature Joseph Sciambra, an author and missionary who has said, among other things, that “gay identity is tantamount to imprisonment of the soul within the disorder” and that anal sex releases...
  • Attitudes Among Southern Baptist Leaders Shifting on Birth Control

    03/07/2014 3:33:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 87 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 3/5/14 | Bob Allen
    Questions about the morality of birth control increasingly appear in columns and blogs by SBC ethicists and ministers.On the surface, Roman Catholics and Southern Baptists might seem unlikely bedfellows in opposing mandated coverage of contraceptives under Obamacare, but observers say it points to ongoing reconsideration of the morality of birth control among the Southern Baptist Convention’s leading thinkers. “Evangelical leaders are tripping over themselves in the rush to stand with Roman Catholic bishops against this perceived governmental overreach,” Jacob Lupfer, a doctoral candidate in political science at Georgetown University, said in a Religion News Service commentary in December. “At the...
  • Vatican documents on legal recognition of homosexual unions

    03/05/2014 3:32:07 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 18 replies
    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH ^ | Various | JOSEPH CARDINAL RATZINGER
    CONGREGATION FOR THE DOCTRINE OF THE FAITH SOME CONSIDERATIONS CONCERNING THE RESPONSE TO LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS ON THE NON-DISCRIMINATION OF HOMOSEXUAL PERSONS*  FOREWORD Recently, legislation has been proposed in various places which would make discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation illegal. In some cities, municipal authorities have made public housing, otherwise reserved for families, available to homosexual (and unmarried heterosexual) couples. Such initiatives, even where they seem more directed toward support of basic civil rights than condonement of homosexual activity or a homosexual lifestyle, may in fact have a negative impact on the family and society. Such things as the...
  • The Dangerous Pressure for Change in Church Teaching on Divorce and Remarriage

    02/25/2014 6:42:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 2/24/14 | Phil Lawler
    As the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops draws near, we’ll hear more and more about one question: Whether Catholics who are divorced and remarried should be allowed to receive the Eucharist. Clearly this is the question on the minds of reporters, the question being posed by liberal bishops, the question that agitates Catholics especially in the German-speaking countries. But this is not the question being asked by Pope Francis, or the question that was asked by Pope Benedict before him. Both Pontiffs spoke about the need to provide pastoral care for Catholics in these irregular unions. They both...
  • Pope Francis faces church divided over doctrine, global poll of Catholics finds

    02/09/2014 12:55:18 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/9/14 | Michelle Boorstein and Peyton M. Craighill
    Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large new poll released Sunday and commissioned by the U.S. Spanish-language network Univision. On the topic of gay marriage, two-thirds of Catholics polled agree with church leaders. Overall, however, the poll of more than 12,000 Catholics in 12 countries reveals a church dramatically divided: Between the developing world in Africa and Asia, which hews closely to doctrine on these issues, and Western countries in Europe, North America and parts of Latin America, which...
  • Why I Am Still an Evangelical Protestant [And Not Roman Catholic]

    01/27/2014 1:46:12 PM PST · by Gamecock · 389 replies
    Chris Castaldo ^ | March 15th, 2013 | Chris Castaldo
    The election of Pope Francis has the world’s attention. It is fascinating to read the array of perspectives. Political pundits and cultural exegetes, with more or less knowledge of Catholicism, have expressed their opinions concerning the meaning and future prospects of this pope. But what about former Catholics, those of us who were raised Catholic and now identify with evangelical Protestantism? What are we saying? I can’t speak for others, but I’ll tell you what is on my mind. My Upbringing in CatholicismHardly a week goes by in which I don’t receive an email from a Catholic reader of my...
  • ‘FANTASY’ FRANCIS?

    01/23/2014 4:54:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 80 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/22/14 | George Neumayr
    While some of the media’s claims about Francis are excessive, at least one is dismayingly real, one which Coppen never allows: that Francis is more liberal than his predecessors. Indeed, not a week passes without some new papal statement or action to puzzle conservatives and embolden liberals.
  • Andrew Cuomo and the Sins of the Fathers (the silence of the bishops)

    01/20/2014 7:56:27 PM PST · by NYer · 39 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | January 20, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A Latvian woman was at my home this weekend and teared up when she learned of NY Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Friday outburst that there’s “no place” in his state for pro-lifers and supporters of traditional marriage: “It reminds me of what I experienced under Communism back home, when we weren’t allowed to talk about religion in public. I came here and was so happy to be in a country where we could speak and act freely. But that’s changed now.”Indeed, it has.We’re still far from the old Warsaw Pact repression, but there’s something in her reaction worth pondering. We simply...
  • Abortion Fanatics Attack Midnight Mass in Spain

    01/01/2014 12:19:25 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 15 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 12/31/13 | The Eponymous Flower
    (Madrid) Leftist abortionists and feminists disrupted a Midnight Mass in Spain on Christmas night to demand "full and free abortion". The incident took place in the parish church of San Felix in Sabadell near Barcelona. The abortion fanatics wanted to act as Herodians and chose therefore targeted the Creche, in which the birth of Jesus is celebrated.
  • Traditional Catholics care that sexual sins offend God and hurt us

    12/26/2013 4:58:00 PM PST · by mlizzy · 55 replies
    Traditional Catholic Priest ^ | 12-26-13 | Fr. Peter Carota
    Jesus never said; “Love the sinner, hate the sin,” but; “For I have not come to call the just, but sinners.” Jesus came to call us sinners to repent. He does not accept sinners so that they can continue to sin. Sin is a terrible offense against God and offends Him greatly.It was St. Augustine who said; “For this reason, the man who lives by God’s standards and not by man’s, must need be a lover of good, and it follows that he must hate what is evil. Further, since no one is evil by nature, but anyone who is...
  • A Précis of the Catholic Teaching on Homosexuality and Homosexual Acts

    12/21/2013 12:25:13 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Truth and charity ^ | December 20, 2013 | Mark S. Latkovic, S.T.D.
    The Catholic Church’s teaching on homosexuality is one rooted in what philosophers call natural law, but also illuminated by divine revelation. This means that the Church understands her teaching to be grounded in those truths that unaided human reason can affirm about the nature and purpose of human sexuality, but that what God has revealed in both Sacred Scripture and Tradition on the matter provides additional light.The ends and purposes of marriage and sexAccording to the Magisterium of the Church, the basic ends or purposes of marriage and sexuality are twofold: union and procreation. By the “unitive” end, she means...
  • Croatians vote against same-sex marriage

    12/01/2013 1:51:10 PM PST · by annalex · 23 replies
    thenews.com.pk ^ | December 02, 2013
    ZAGREB: A majority of Croatians voted in a referendum Sunday to ban gay marriages in what is a major victory for the Catholic Church-backed conservatives in the European Union´s newest nation. The state electoral commission, citing near complete results, said 65 percent of those who voted answered "yes" to the referendum question: "Do you agree that marriage is matrimony between a man and a woman?" About 34 percent voted against. The result meant that Croatia´s constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage. The vote has deeply divided Croatia. Liberal groups have said the referendum´s question infringes on basic human...
  • The Sword of the Saint, Unsheathed [Clerical Homosexuality]

    11/29/2013 6:56:08 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The New Oxford Review ^ | November 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    Book of Gomorrah: An Eleventh-Century Treatise Against Clerical Homosexual Practices. By St. Peter Damian. Translated and edited by Pierre Payer. Wilfrid Laurier University Press. 108 pages. $38.95.By the time he published the Book of Gomorrah around A.D. 1049, St. Peter Damian had been preaching for some time against homosexuality. He told Pope St. Leo IX, to whom he directed this work, that he needed his support against those who despised him for this preaching. While others in authority remained silent, he lamented, homosexuality kept spreading: “Vice against nature creeps in like a cancer and even touches the order of consecrated...
  • The Sword of the Saint, Unsheathed (against homosexuality)

    11/29/2013 6:25:34 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | November 28, 2013 | Anne Barbeau Gardiner
    By the time he published the Book of Gomorrah around A.D. 1049, St. Peter Damian had been preaching for some time against homosexuality. He told Pope St. Leo IX, to whom he directed this work, that he needed his support against those who despised him for this preaching. While others in authority remained silent, he lamented, homosexuality kept spreading: “Vice against nature creeps in like a cancer and even touches the order of consecrated men.” That homosexuality was indeed a problem at that time may be inferred from the fact that the vice was addressed at the Council of Rheims...
  • 12 MUST-READ QUOTES FROM BISHOP PAPROCKI’S SAME-SEX MARRIAGE EXORCISM

    11/22/2013 1:52:25 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 22, 2013 | John White
    In a much-publicized event on Wednesday that coincided with Governor Pat Quinn signing gay marriage into law in Illinois, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield led the faithful in “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.”In his homily at the service, Bishop Paprocki demonstrated once again why he is emerging as one of the most articulate, steadfast, and intrepid defenders of marriage in the Catholic Church in America.Bishop Paprocki’s entire homily is worth reading. Here I’ve excerpted some of the highlights.A few of the quotes are longer than others, but worth it. Some contain quotes...
  • An object lesson in fearlessness when defending Church teaching (Homosexual "marriage")

    11/17/2013 10:12:32 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | November 17, 2013 | Fr. Richard Jacobs
    When it comes to controversy, Bishop Thomas Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield (Illinois) is no stranger. This prelate is fearless when defending Church teaching. According to Breitbart.com, Bishop Paprocki will perform the Rite of Exorcism on Wednesday, November 20, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception located in the state capital. The rite is officially being called “Prayers of Supplication and Exorcism in Reparation for the Sin of Same-Sex Marriage.” Bishop Paprocki believes that so-called “homosexual marriage” is the work of the devil and, in this instance, Satan not only can inhabit people but also can invade the Church...
  • Religion stoush as questions are raised over communion wine hygiene (Catholic Caucus)

    11/01/2013 9:51:32 AM PDT · by RBStealth · 37 replies
    The Standard ^ | Nov 1, 2013 | Alex Sinnot
    Australia: AN unholy headache is developing for major churches, with questions raised over whether sacramental wine passes hygiene standards. Former Warrnambool mayor Frank McCarthy, a devout Catholic, is calling for the time-honoured tradition of drinking from a shared goblet during services to be scrapped. Mr McCarthy said wholesale consumption of wine from the same chalice would not be allowed in any pub or restaurant and queried why churches were given an exemption. The former businessman said the risk of spreading disease was heightened with a shared cup. “The rules and regulations surrounding beverages are pretty clear and no pub or...
  • Why Do Non-Catholics Want So Desperately for the Catholic Church to Change Its Teachings?

    10/30/2013 8:09:25 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 105 replies
    Public Catholic at Patheos ^ | October 29, 2013 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It’s fascinating, the amount of emotion at least some non-Catholics seem to have about Catholic teaching. I can tell you that when I was in the anti-God period of my life, I did not give one whit what any church taught. I paid them the ultimate diss of not giving a care. But from what I’ve seen on this blog, there are a large number of people who claim to be atheist or some what-not version of what I was in my anti-God period, who appear to think about Christianity, the Catholic Church in particular, 24/7. They appear to be,...
  • Pope Calls for “Mutual Forgiveness Between Catholics and Lutherans”

    10/21/2013 6:17:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 10/21/13 | Domenico Agasso Jr
    In his address to the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity, Francis said “there are no lack of difficulties but we must not be afraid”“Catholics and Lutherans can ask forgiveness for the harm they have caused one another and for their offenses committed in the sight of God,” Francis said during this morning’s audience with the delegation of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity. The Pope’s meeting with Bishop Munib Younan, the Federation’s president and its secretary, Martin Junge, follows on from the “very cordial and pleasant meeting” which...
  • Pope gives thanks for advances in Lutheran-Catholic relations

    10/21/2013 9:06:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Vatican News Agency ^ | October 21, 2013
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has expressed his gratitude for the “many advances made in relations between Lutherans and Catholics in these past decades, not only through theological dialogue, but also through fraternal cooperation in a variety of pastoral settings, and above all, in the commitment to progress in spiritual ecumenism.” Listen to Tracey McClure's report: The Pope made the comment in an audience in the Vatican Monday with members of the Lutheran World Federation and the representatives of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity. And “spiritual ecumenism,” he remarked, “constitutes the soul of our journey towards full communion.” In noting...
  • Catholics May Need Two Weddings, Says Archbishop [Scotland]

    09/30/2013 6:01:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    The Scotsman ^ | 9/30/13 | Stephan McGinty
    The introduction of gay marriage may mean Catholics in Scotland will have to exchange their vows twice, once in a registry office and once at the altar, the new Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh has said. Leo Cushley said the Catholic Church may have to consider the radical move to avoid legal challenges over the Church’s opposition to gay weddings. The Bishop’s Conference of Scotland believes the Church may one day have to adopt the French model whereby religious couples are married in the eyes of the state in town halls, then exchange rings and receive a blessing in...