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  • 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 nations 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 ODonnell, 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 ODonnell 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 ^ | May 20, 2014 | George Weigel
    Prior to April 27s 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 Churchs 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? Hows 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 Laurels 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 Shouldnt 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 ( - 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 speakers 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 Carolinas 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 isnt against morality, it isnt 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 Conventions 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 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, well 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 worlds 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 cant speak for others, but Ill tell you what is on my mind. My Upbringing in CatholicismHardly a week goes by in which I dont receive an email from a Catholic reader of my...

    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 medias 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 Prcis 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 Churchs 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 ^ | 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 Unions 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 Croatias constitution will be amended to ban same-sex marriage. The vote has deeply divided Croatia. Liberal groups have said the referendums 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...

    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 ^ | 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, 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
    Its 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 Ive 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 afraidCatholics 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 mornings audience with the delegation of the Lutheran World Federation and representatives of the Lutheran-Catholic Commission on Unity. The Popes meeting with Bishop Munib Younan, the Federations 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 Churchs opposition to gay weddings. The Bishops 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...
  • Pope Francis, Striking Out or Hitting a Home Run?

    09/26/2013 12:05:47 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Townhall ^ | 09/25/2013 | Michael Brown
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan is certainly right when he says that Pope Francis wants to shake us [Catholics] up. But is he doing more harm than good? Among his most quoted recent statements are: I see the church as a field hospital after battle. It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol and about the level of his blood sugars. You have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. And, The most important thing is the first proclamation: Jesus Christ has saved you. And the ministers of the Church must be...
  • Marks of the True Church

    09/22/2013 7:38:11 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 54 replies ^ | MOST REVEREND LOUIS LARAVOIRE MORROW, S.T.D.
    Did Christ establish many Churches? --Christ established only one Church, to continue till the end of time. As God is one, He established one Church, which He commanded all men to obey and to follow in the way of salvation. God is essentially one. He is Truth itself. How can He say to one group of men that there are three Persons in one God, and to another that there is only one Person? How can He say to one body that the Holy Eucharist is Himself, and to another that it is mere bread? God cannot contradict Himself. "He...
  • What the Secular Media Doesn't Know about Pope Francis

    09/22/2013 3:41:39 PM PDT · by Zakeet · 48 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 22, 2013 | Alicia Colon
    In recent columns in the mainstream press, columnists have been distorting gleefully the Pope's recent statements to make it appear he's the liberal that will bring the Catholic Church in line with their own agenda. (See: What the Pope really said.) In actuality, Pope Francis is no more likely to approve gay marriage or homosexual activity than any other pope. If the media were less agenda-driven, they would be trying to debunk a miracle that defies explanation and which involves Pope Francis when he was a bishop in Argentina in 1996. For many Christians, Holy Communion is a symbolic...
  • Does the Church have small-minded rules?

    09/20/2013 10:12:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 9-20-2013 | Ed Peters
    Of course. The Church is a two-thousand year old, transnational society. Its bound to have acquired some small-minded rules along the way. Want an example? Take Canon 718 of the Pio-Benedictine Code, the rule that prohibited non-members of the parish rosary society from marching under the flag of the rosary society in a Corpus Christi procession. Per Canon 718, mom (who was a member of the rosary society) could walk under the rosary banner, while dad and the kids (who were not members) had to march under, what? I guess, the banner of the Non-Members of the Rosary Society. One...
  • Humanae Vitae at 45

    09/15/2013 1:21:15 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 4 replies
    National Review Online ^ | July 25, 2013 | George Weigel
    A few weeks ago, while pondering the upcoming sapphire anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s Humanae Vitae (Of Human Life) and the continuing controversy over the “birth control encyclical” throughout both Church and society, I came across the following, in an essay the Polish Nobel laureate Czesław Miłosz wrote shortly before his death in 2004: “Increasingly the institution of marriage is being replaced by simply living together, which has followed upon the sundering of the link between sex and fertility. This is not just a revolution in the area of moral norms; it reaches much deeper, into the very definition of...
  • Newspapers are not where the Church deepens doctrine or changes disciplines.

    09/12/2013 1:06:08 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/12/2013 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is a screenshot from Drudge:Today someone wrote: Three links on the Drudge Report referencing comments made by the Pope and/or THE VATICAN regarding atheists and papal celibacy. Is this more MSM nonsense? Benedict and the condom kerfluffle part deaux?Im surprised not to see any comments from Catholic media regarding this stuff. Im interested in your thoughts. There might not be a lot of commentary because headlines like these are too stupid for explanations. Then again I am getting all sort of panicky email, so Ill do this again.This will have to be a little messy, but it should be...
  • Calling Priests "Father"

    09/01/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 31, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The other day I received a rather lengthy email from a fellow responding to a chapter in my book, Nuts and Bolts - A Practical How-To Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith, specifically responding to my defense of calling priests "father."Score One Up For the ProtestantsI have answered this question hundreds of times over the years, but this fellow's critique caught my attention first of all because he used my own style of argumentation against me. I liked that. "Matthew 23:9," he reminded me, "says, Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father,...