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  • ABC: Vatican Trial Balloon Shot Down 'Faster Than Old-School Nun Might Rap You On Knuckles'

    02/17/2013 6:41:03 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 14 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    ABC News reporter David Wright chose an odd metaphor to describe criticism of the possible timing of the selection of Pope Benedict XVI's successor. Wright, speaking live from the Vatican on today's Good Morning America, reported that yesterday the Vatican spokesman had floated a trial balloon suggesting that the conclave to choose a new Pope could be moved up from its originally established date of March 15th. Continued Wright: "but in other quarters of the Church, that trial balloon is being shot down faster than an old-school nun might rap you on the knuckles." View the video here.
  • Richard Nixon Tapes: Archie Bunker & homosexuality

    09/30/2011 8:34:26 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | May 13, 1971 | Richard M. Nixon
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TivVcfSBVSM
  • MUST READ: Young person’s account of harassment and violence at WYD

    08/22/2011 3:32:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 21 August 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Nolite mirari fratres si odit vos mundus.Wonder not, brethren, if the world hate you.1 John 3:13 In Madrid during WYD the were no lack of twisted, benighted wing-nut protesters harrassing the pilgrims and young people.One of the readers here has a daughter who was in the midst of the unrest the protesters caused.  She wrote to me about her daughter’s description of what happened.  I asked her permission, and through her her daughter’s to post the young lady’s account here, which I believe was posted on her Facebook page.  I am anonymizing it for now.The the reader and/or her...
  • Chinese paper challenges Vatican's authority to appoint bishops

    08/14/2011 1:08:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 12, 2011
    China has pressed its case for the local appointment of bishops, with an article in the government-controlled People Daily arguing that the Vatican’s claim to authority is “the West’s historical baggage and frankly its problem.” People Daily claims that the Vatican’s assertion of the right to name diocesan bishops is an aspect of the temporal power that arose around the papacy in Europe. “China’s history has taken place outside the historical lands of Christianity,” the paper says, “and its experience is totally different.” The Pope is not only a spiritual leader, but also the head of an independent state, the...
  • Homosexual Ideology, Satanic Pride

    07/03/2011 9:45:25 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Spero News ^ | 7/3/11 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    June 11, 2011 saw one more parade to glorify the vice of homosexuality. Dubbed, Europride or Eurogaypride, it was held in Rome, once known as the Eternal City, the center of Catholicism. The expression, “homosexual pride” summarizes the essence of the homosexual ideology. Let us see how.Pride and revolt against God Sin is a revolt against the order established by God and, therefore, a revolt against the Creator Himself. The more this revolt becomes manifest, the greater is the sin. Man can sin out of weakness and feel shame for his sin and desire to make amends; or he...
  • Bishop Vasa: gay ‘marriage’ supporters misunderstand sex, human nature (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    06/27/2011 3:43:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies · 1+ views
    LifeSite ^ | 6/23/11 | Kathleen Gilbert
    Supporters of gay “marriage” fail to understand both the purpose of sex and the nature of human beings, said one Catholic bishop last week. Bishop Robert Vasa, formerly of Baker, Oregon and now coadjutor bishop of Santa Rosa, California, spoke with LifeSiteNews.com on the topic at the U.S. bishops’ conference in Seattle. Asked to comment on the fight for same-sex “marriage,” Vasa indicated that the mainstream emphasis on equality and civil rights completely misses the point of the debate. The real controversy, said Vasa, revolves around “a proper philosophical understanding of the nature of the human person, and the nature...
  • NY State Catholic Conference on SSM Passage

    06/25/2011 9:25:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 67 replies
    NOM ^ | June 24, 2011
    Released immediately after the vote: The passage by the Legislature of a bill to alter radically and forever humanity’s historic understanding of marriage leaves us deeply disappointed and troubled.We strongly uphold the Catholic Church’s clear teaching that we always treat our homosexual brothers and sisters with respect, dignity and love. But we just as strongly affirm that marriage is the joining of one man and one woman in a lifelong, loving union that is open to children, ordered for the good of those children and the spouses themselves. This definition cannot change, though we realize that our beliefs about the...
  • New York debate on same-sex marriage seen as key to nation's handling of question

    06/23/2011 3:39:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 22, 2011 | Diogenes
    Los Angeles Times columnist Tim Rutten, a frequent critic of the Catholic Church, sees the political debate over same-sex marriage in New York as crucial to the future of the question all across America. But Rutten, who favors legal recognition of same-sex marriage, recognizes that the issue raises serious concerns for the religious freedom of those who oppose homosexuality. Citing the conflict in Illinois, where Catholic Charities may be forced to discontinue adoptions because, Rutten looks for a legislative solution that might soften the conflict: If a bipartisan majority in the New York Legislature can work out a path to...
  • John Paul II beatification will mark first time in 1,000 years a Pope will beatify predecessor

    01/18/2011 3:41:03 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 1/18/11
    The beatification of John Paul II, which Pope Benedict XVI will preside over on May 1, will mark the first time in 1,000 years a Pontiff has beatified his immediate predecessor. The director of the L’Osservatore Romano, Giovanni Maria Vian, said a Jan. 16 article, “One has to return to the heart of the Middle Ages to find a similar situation.” However, he continued, “even in that context it doesn’t compare with the decision of Benedict XVI: in the last 10 centuries no Pope has raised his immediate predecessor to the altars.” “Pietro del Morrone (Celestine V) was canonized in...
  • Astronomer Copernicus reburied as hero in Poland

    05/22/2010 5:52:31 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 55 replies · 1,152+ views
    AP ^ | May 22, 2010 | VANESSA GERA, Associated Press Writer
    FROMBORK, Poland – Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a church canon and doctor indicates how far the church has come in making peace with the scientist whose revolutionary theory that the Earth revolves around the Sun helped usher in the modern scientific age. Copernicus, who lived from 1473 to 1543, died as a...
  • Larry O'Donnell: Bishop Who Banned Patrick Kennedy 'A Political Hack'

    11/23/2009 7:59:18 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies · 1,780+ views
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    On today's Morning Joe, Larry O'Donnell called the Roman Catholic bishop who barred Rep. Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) from taking communion a "political hack." Interestingly, Mika Brzezinski had a totally different take, arguing the controversy was not about the Church but about Kennedy publicizing the matter in a play to his base. Though Bishop Thomas Tobin sent his letter to Kennedy more than two years ago, its contents didn't come to light until Kennedy recently revealed them to a Rhode Island newspaper. View video here.
  • Pope's gambit could see 1,000 quit Church of England

    10/20/2009 8:37:36 PM PDT · by pissant · 48 replies · 1,440+ views
    Telegraph UK ^ | 10/20/09 | Ruth Gledhill
    As many as 1,000 priests could quit the Church of England and thousands more may leave churches in America and Australia under bold proposals to welcome Anglicans to Rome. Entire parishes and even dioceses could be tempted to defect after Pope Benedict XVI’s decision to offer a legal structure to Anglicans joining the Roman Catholic Church. His decree, issued yesterday, is a serious blow to attempts by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, to save the Anglican Communion from further fragmentation and threatens to wreck decades of ecumenical dialogue. Dr Williams was notified formally only last weekend by the...
  • Atheist ads are kicked off the buses in Italy

    01/18/2009 7:33:12 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 12 replies · 659+ views
    dailymail.co.uk ^ | January 18, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A plan to put atheist slogans on buses in Italy has been shot down by the Roman Catholic Church. The campaign, which follows a similar one in Britain, had caused controversy in the deeply Catholic country. The ads read 'The bad news is that God doesn't exist. The good news is that you don't need him' and were to have made their first appearance today in the streets of Genoa. The city was targeted because it is home to the head of the Italian Catholic Bishops Conference Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, an outspoken opponent of artificial insemination and gay marriage.
  • Pope will pray for terrorists at Ground Zero ("The pontiff will call for terrorists to convert")

    04/13/2008 7:58:42 PM PDT · by neverdem · 86 replies · 747+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 14/04/2008 | Malcolm Moore
    The Pope will pray for the redemption of Islamic terrorists when he visits the site of the September 11 attacks in New York next week. The pontiff will call for terrorists to convert to Christianity, saying: "Turn to Your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred. "God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance". The prayer is likely to further incense the Muslim world, which has already attacked the Pope for publicly converting Magdi Allam, a journalist and one of Italy's most high-profile Muslims, at Easter. Osama...
  • Scotland's Roman Catholics' O'Brian, called for Muslims to apologise for the 9/11 & 7/7 attacks

    10/22/2006 4:50:24 AM PDT · by PRePublic · 22 replies · 824+ views
    Scotsman.com ^ | 21,Oct, 2006
    http://scotlandonsunday.scotsman.com/index.cfm?id=1563542006 Scotland on Sunday, UK - O'Brien urges Muslims to say sorry for 9/11 THE leader of Scotland's Roman Catholics, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, has called for Muslims to apologise for the 9/11 and 7/7 bomb attacks, declaring that the ...
  • The Pope’s Words (gigabarf alert!)

    09/16/2006 12:01:58 PM PDT · by neverdem · 73 replies · 1,377+ views
    NY Slimes ^ | September 16, 2006 | Megameathead Editorial
    There is more than enough religious anger in the world. So it is particularly disturbing that Pope Benedict XVI has insulted Muslims, quoting a 14th-century description of Islam as “evil and inhuman.” In the most provocative part of a speech this week on “faith and reason,” the pontiff recounted a conversation between an “erudite” Byzantine Christian emperor and a “learned” Muslim Persian circa 1391. The pope quoted the emperor saying, “Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith...
  • Professor-Turned-Pope Leads a Seminar on Evolution

    09/03/2006 10:52:54 AM PDT · by neverdem · 145 replies · 2,159+ views
    The Pernicious NY Times ^ | September 2, 2006 | IAN FISHER
    ROME, Sept. 1 — They meet every year, the eminent German professor and his old doctoral students, for a weekend of high-minded talk on a chosen topic. For years it was nothing more than that. But now the professor, once called Joseph Ratzinger, has become Pope Benedict XVI. And this year, for three days beginning Friday, the topic on the table is evolution, an issue perched on the ever more contentious front between science and belief. And so the questions rise as the meeting unfolds at a papal palace just outside Rome. Is this merely another yearly seminar? Or is...
  • Gay Priest Says Homophobia Kept Him From AIDS Mission

    08/10/2006 7:51:52 AM PDT · by Dane · 15 replies · 650+ views
    ABC News ^ | August 10, 2006 | Mry Kate Burke
    Aug. 10, 2006 — The Rev. Fred Daley, 59, and a Roman Catholic priest, was scheduled to be on an AIDS mission to Africa last Sunday. He had undergone months of training and was preparing to spend more than a year in Lesotho, where one-third of the population suffers from AIDS. "The airline tickets had been sent," Daley said to ABC News. "There was no condition to that." It turns out there was a condition, and now Daley won't be going anywhere. On July 18, Daley was suddenly withdrawn from his mission to Lesotho by its organizers, Catholic Relief Services....
  • Pope Cites Secularism in Canada Birth Rate

    05/22/2006 6:48:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 11 replies · 673+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Monday, May 20, 2006 | AP
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday that low birth rates in Canada are the result of the "pervasive effects of secularism" and asked the country's bishops to counter the trend by preaching the truth of Christ. Benedict, who has spoken out several times in favor of large families, blamed Canada's low birth rate on social ills and moral ambiguities that result from secular ideology. "Like many countries ... Canada is today suffering from the pervasive effects of secularism," Benedict told visiting bishops from Canada. "One of the more dramatic symptoms of this mentality, clearly evident in your own...
  • 'Satanic' Art In Catholic Church Exposed

    03/25/2006 11:29:40 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 237 replies · 4,457+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | March 25, 2006 | Staff
    Could the Roman Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis be tied to embedded Satanic and occult imagery in its artwork - some of it hundred's of years old? That is the seemingly incredible thesis of a new documentary, "Rape of the Soul," made not by anti-Catholic bigots, but by devout followers of the Church. Rape of the Soul is in theatrical release in major cities, including New York and Los Angeles. The documentary explores the prevalent use of satanic, sexual, and occult and anti-Catholic images in historical and contemporary religious artwork. The film also discusses the acceptance of the artwork at...
  • AN ALTERED LIFE (How a Methodist preacher switched to Roman Catholicism)

    09/06/2005 8:57:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 388 replies · 2,949+ views
    Herald Leader ^ | September 3, 2005
    Park United Methodist Church minister Mike Allen knew it would turn his life upside down -- cost him his job, his home and his preaching credentials.Despite the certain consequences, the Lexington pastor made his choice.One Sunday in January, he stood in front of his stunned congregation and broke the news: He was going to follow his heart and convert to Roman Catholicism.With that decision, Allen joined not only thousands of members who are leaving mainstream denominations, but hundreds of Protestant ministers who are joining the Roman Catholic Church.For Allen, conversion was an eight-year process of study, prayer and reflection.It began...
  • Pope May Color Debate in U.S. Over 'Life' Issues Like Abortion

    04/20/2005 8:13:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 63 replies · 989+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 21, 2005 | ROBIN TONER
    WASHINGTON, April 20 - The election of an unstintingly conservative pope could inject a powerful new force into the intense conflicts in American politics over abortion and other social issues, which put many Catholic elected officials at odds with their church. Pope Benedict XVI ascends to power at a tumultuous time for his church in American politics: Catholic voters, long overwhelmingly Democratic, have become a critical swing vote. Republicans have become increasingly successful at winning the support of more traditional Catholics by appealing to what President Bush calls the "culture of life" issues, including abortion, euthanasia and research on embryonic...
  • The Smart Money

    04/11/2005 9:28:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 3 replies · 575+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 12, 2005 | JOHN TIERNEY
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Do not be fooled by the talking heads in Rome. The journalists handicapping the papal election may sound as confident as ever, authoritatively quoting anonymous cardinals and exclusive sources deep in Opus Dei. But our profession is in trouble. A specter is haunting the punditocracy - the specter of Intrade. That's an online futures market, based in Dublin and used by more than 50,000 speculators worldwide who put their money where our mouths are. They're expected to spend at least $1 million on futures contracts tied to the election of the pope. And if recent history is any...
  • Catholics in U.S. Keep Faith, but Live With Contradictions

    04/10/2005 8:45:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 69 replies · 1,641+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 11, 2005 | DEAN E. MURPHY and NEELA BANERJEE
    LOS ANGELES, April 8 - Lily Velazquez, who turned 18 on Thursday, is the sixth of 12 children of Mexican immigrants in a poor suburb of Los Angeles. She considers herself both a devoted Catholic and a hopeless sinner. She attends Mass every Sunday but has had two children out of wedlock. She thinks abortion is murder but chafes at the Vatican's ban on birth control. She mourns the death of Pope John Paul II but hopes his successor will be "new and different." "My mom gets mad if I don't go to church," Ms. Velazquez said, as her 2-year-old...
  • A Culture of Death, Not Life (Rich barf alert)

    04/09/2005 11:25:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 680+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | FRANK RICH
    OP-ED COLUMNIST IT takes planning to produce a classic chapter in television history. "We've rehearsed," Thom Bird, a Fox News producer, bragged to Variety before Pope John Paul II died. "We will pull out all the stops on this story." He wasn't kidding. On the same day that boast saw print, a Fox anchor, Shepard Smith, solemnly told the world that "facts are facts" and "it is now our understanding the pope has died." Unfortunately, this understanding was reached 26 hours before the pope actually did die, but as Mr. Smith would explain, he had been misled by "Italian reports."...
  • Let Fathers Be Fathers

    04/09/2005 7:09:00 PM PDT · by neverdem · 24 replies · 1,208+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 10, 2005 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    OP-ED COLUMNIST Here's my prophecy about the next pope: He will allow married men to become priests. This is simply a matter of survival: all over the world, the Catholic Church is running out of priests. In the United States, there was one priest for every 800 Catholics in 1965, while now there is one for every 1,400 Catholics - and the average age is nearly 60. In all the United States, with 65 million Catholics, only 479 priests were ordained in 2002. The upshot is that the Catholic Church is losing ground around the world to evangelical and especially...
  • Buffet-style faith dilutes pope's sway

    04/04/2005 7:33:19 AM PDT · by SmithL · 76 replies · 920+ views
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 4/4/5 | Jack Chang and Lisa Vorderbrueggen
    U.S. Roman Catholics adored Pope John Paul II but vast numbers of the nation's 67 million parishioners openly disregard the pontiff's core teachings about abortion, divorce, extramarital sex and birth control. But Catholics have become more conservative in recent years, a movement fueled, in part, by the growing numbers of more traditional Latino members. Church officials estimate Latinos will comprise half of the U.S. membership within a decade. A majority of Catholics voted for President Bush, the first time a Republican presidential candidate has taken the Catholic vote. A historic union between conservative Protestants and Catholics helped re-elect Bush. Catholic...
  • Vatican begins preparations for funeral and conclave

    04/03/2005 11:02:24 PM PDT · by kingattax · 15 replies · 665+ views
    Associated Press ^ | , April 4, 2005 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- John Paul's earthly remains lay clothed in crimson vestments, his head on golden pillows and adorned with a white bishop's miter. His hands held a rosary, a pastoral staff was tucked under his left forearm. Swiss Guards stood watch on either side. Karol Joseph Wojtyla was finally at peace, the lines of pain erased from his face after years of crippling disease. ''It was very satisfying for all of us to see him so serene,'' said Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles, one of many church officials, diplomats and politicians who paid their respects at the...
  • Catholics in America: A Restive People

    04/02/2005 5:21:32 PM PST · by neverdem · 81 replies · 2,040+ views
    NY Times ^ | April 3, 2005 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    Jeff Robbins/Associated Press John Paul II's teachings on social issues resonated with the conservative shift in American opinion in the 1980's and 1990's. He celebrated a World Youth Day Mass in Aurora, Colo., in 1993. IT is hard to remember now that when Pope John Paul II was elected 27 years ago, the church he inherited was destabilized and dispirited. His immediate predecessor, John Paul I, had been found dead in bed one morning after only 34 days in office. The pope before that, Paul VI, spent his last years melancholy and withdrawn, his accomplishments overshadowed by the uproar...
  • U.S. Health Plans Include One With Catholic Tenets

    09/25/2004 11:10:13 AM PDT · by neverdem · 9 replies · 452+ views
    NY Times ^ | September 25, 2004 | MILT FREUDENHEIM
    The Bush administration has broken new ground in its "faith-based" initiative, this time by offering federal employees a Catholic health plan that specifically excludes payment for contraceptives, abortion, sterilization and artificial insemination. The new plan, announced last week, combines two White House priorities. It is part of a $1 billion project seeking to involve religious organizations in all types of federal social programs. At the same time, the plan is a new form of coverage - a health savings account combined with high-deductible coverage - that is being promoted as a centerpiece of President Bush's health care policy. The plan,...
  • Anti-Catholic mailings in New Zealand: "You're goin' to hell"

    07/14/2004 11:19:46 PM PDT · by MegaSilver · 10 replies · 366+ views
    TV NZ ^ | 15 July 2004
    The parishioners at a Matamata church are so upset about receiving anti-Catholic mail that they are making a complaint to the police. Anti-Catholic messages are being delivered to letterboxes of members of the Holy Angels Catholic Church in Matamata. Three other parishes in the Hamilton area have also received the mail. The Parish Priest, Eamon Kennedy, says the person responsible apparently wants to save Catholics from going to hell by attacking aspects of the Catholic faith. He says the mail has been addressed to individual parishioners in some cases and is very upsetting for some people.
  • Bishop gets earful on new Cathedral

    05/08/2004 11:44:19 AM PDT · by MegaSilver · 112 replies · 416+ views
    Oakland Tribune ^ | 08 May 2004 | Peggy Stinnett
    BISHOP ALLEN VIGNERON, shepherd of the Roman Catholic Diocese, heard something he didn't like from his flock about Diocesan plans for the 17-story Christ the Light Cathedral last week at a community meeting. These were not sheep-like Catholics, and they knew the scriptures. What the bishop heard was a respectful bleating. "Baaaaa ..." Several who spoke said the $131 million price tag for building the cathedral complex should instead be spent on the poor and homeless as taught by Jesus Christ and the Bible. The proposed soaring edifice would be a "symbol of wealth and the pride of man," said...
  • As Mass. Lawmakers Ready for Homosexual 'Marriage', Catholics Ready to Vote Them Out

    03/26/2004 7:22:05 PM PST · by MegaSilver · 13 replies · 291+ views
    LifeSite Daily News ^ | 26 March 2004
    "A constitutional amendment recognizing both marriage and civil unions is no 'compromise.'"BOSTON, March 26, 2004 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Massachusetts clerks are readying for homosexual "marriages". Town and city clerks were notified by the Registry of Vital Records and Statistics that training to perform the services would begin in early May, in time for the prescribed May 17 date set by the Supreme Judicial Court last November. A spokeswoman for Governor Mitt Romney, controller of the Department of Public Health, denied knowledge of the training being offered. "I have no knowledge of training being scheduled," Nicole St. Peter told the Boston Globe....
  • World Net Daily: Hannity, You're Making Me Crazy

    04/28/2003 1:22:23 PM PDT · by joesnuffy · 82 replies · 509+ views
    2003 WorldNetDaily.com ^ | April 28, 2003 | Mary Jo Anderson
    Hannity, you're making me crazy! Posted: April 28, 2003 1:00 a.m. Eastern By Mary Jo Anderson © 2003 WorldNetDaily.com He is smart. He is conservative. (He is handsome, too, but that's for another time.) So what's the problem with talk-radio superstar Sean Hannity? Why am I driving around shouting at the radio and punching his phone number into my cell phone? It's the Catholic Church. Hannity wants to talk about the Church and public policy, but he isn't up to snuff on his theology. It's maddening. I'm gnawing my knuckles. Half the hot news stories in the past year touched...