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  • Turning to a Support Group to Deal With Celibacy

    10/15/2011 8:14:29 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 17 replies
    NY Times ^ | October 14th 2011 | Debra Weiner
    Publicly, he is a religious brother with a Roman Catholic order. Privately, although he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, he said, at 23 he was a sex addict, anonymously cruising bars, parks and Cook County Forest Preserves for quick hookups. Six years ago, his superiors found out and encouraged him to seek help. He agreed readily and spent the next six months in intense therapy at a residential treatment clinic north of Toronto for male and female church ministers with psychological and addiction problems. Brother Patrick has been chaste ever since (his real name is being withheld because...
  • What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? [Catholic/Orthodox Caucus]

    10/14/2011 5:20:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 31 replies ^ | June 15th, 2006 | Eric Stoutz and CE Editors
    What Is the Unforgivable Sin against the Holy Spirit? June 15th, 2006 by CE EditorsEric Stoutz Information Specialist Catholics United for the Faith 827 North Fourth Street Steubenville, OH 43952 800-MY-FAITH (800-693-2484) Editor's Note: To submit a faith question to Catholic Exchange, email Please note that all email submitted to Catholic Exchange becomes the property of Catholic Exchange and may be published in this space. Published letters may be edited for length and clarity. Names and cities of letter writers may also be published. Email addresses of viewers will not normally be published. Dear Catholic Exchange:I recently read a...
  • DOJ: Feds Can Tell Church Who Its Ministers Will Be

    10/12/2011 11:27:49 AM PDT · by Dr. White · 77 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/12/2011 | Terry Jeffrey
    In yet another stunning attack on freedom of religion, President Barack Obama's Justice Department asked the Supreme Court last week to give the federal government the power to tell a church who its ministers will be. The case involves a former teacher at Lutheran school, who along with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is pushing a claim that a Lutheran congregation should be forced to restore her ministry position. Americans United for Separation of Church and State and American Atheists, Inc. have filed briefs siding with the Obama administration against the church. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the Church...
  • Jeffress Says Satan Rules Catholicism

    10/12/2011 12:03:22 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 320 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/12/2011 | n/a
    Last Friday, Rev. Robert Jeffress, the Dallas pastor who introduced Gov. Rick Perry at the Values Voter Summit, spoke derisively about the Mormon faith of Mitt Romney, making the case that “Mormonism is a cult.” Two days later, he chided Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism as “false religions.” Last year, Rev. Jeffress said the Roman Catholic Church was the outgrowth of a “corruption” called the “Babylonian mystery.” He continued, “Much of what you see in the Catholic Church today doesn’t come from God’s word. It comes from that cult-like pagan religion. Isn’t that the genius of Satan?” Catholic League president Bill...
  • Vatican asks bishops to create ministry roles for priests who left to marry (Catholic Caucus)

    10/08/2011 2:09:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Beliefnet ^ | October 7, 2011 | Rob Kerby
    Facing a growing shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Church is turning to former priests who left their callings to get married.While the “dispensed” priests won’t be allowed to take confessions or celebrate mass — they will be asked to serve as teachers and lay workers in such roles as helping serve communion to the congregation, roles already filled by lay members of local congregations.“The Vatican has appealed to diocesan bishops to encourage priests who have left ministry in order to get married to play a more active role in parish life,” reports Catholic Herald magazine, which reports that Cardinal...
  • Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’

    10/03/2011 10:52:57 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies ^ | 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 | Paul Conner
    Conflict between Pentagon and Catholic military chaplains brews over ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ Published: 5:06 AM 06/07/2010 | Updated: 5:04 PM 04/26/2011 By Paul Conner - The Daily Caller Bio | Archive | Email Paul Conner   (From left) Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the U.S. military, Pope Benedict XVI, and then-President George W. Bush during the Popes 2008 visit to the United States. The archbishop for the U.S. military spoke out for the first time against the effort to repeal “don’t ask, don’t tell,” setting up a possible conflict between Pentagon brass and the 285 Roman Catholic priests who...
  • My 'granddaddy' John Wayne, actor and Catholic convert

    10/02/2011 12:12:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies · 1+ views
    cna ^ | October 1, 2011 | David Kerr
    Fr. Matthew Muńoz Rome, Italy, Oct 1, 2011 / 12:29 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- John Wayne, for many, was a Hollywood legend who symbolized true masculinity and American values. To Fr. Matthew Muńoz, though, he was simply “granddaddy.” “When we were little we’d go to his house and we’d simply hang out with granddaddy and we’d play and we’d have fun: a very different image from what most people have of him,”  Fr. Muńoz told CNA on a recent visit to Rome. Fr. Muńoz was 14 years old when his grandfather died of cancer in 1979. In his lifetime, “The...
  • Bp. Thomas Doran (D. Rockford) on kneeling for Holy Communion… heh heh… (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/30/2011 5:13:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 29 September 2011 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In this last week’s edition of The Wanderer, we read a reprint of a column by Most Rev. Thomas Doran, Bishop of Rockford.  I believe it was originally on the site of the diocese on 2 September 2011. My emphases and comments. Reverence and Respect of The Blessed SacramentFrom time to time people make inquiries of the Bishop’s office that demand more than a private answer. One of the things that disturbs practicing Catholics more and more is the seeming lack of reverence and respect for our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament in our liturgy and in our devotions.As I...
  • Priest barred from saying mass ["it is we Catholics who are destroying our Catholic Church"]

    09/27/2011 7:13:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 37 replies
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | September 22nd, 2011 | SHAWN BERRY
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes: Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic.

    09/24/2011 9:27:31 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald.Catholic News Service ^ | September 2011 | Catholic News Service
    Dolores Hope supported Catholic causes Bob Hope's widow was a lifelong Catholic. By Catholic News Service   Dolores Hope (right) was responsible for the conversion of her husband, Bob, to Catholicism. She died Sept. 19 at the age of 102. By Catholic News Service LOS ANGELES — Dolores Hope, a lifelong Catholic who was the widow of comedian Bob Hope and an entertainer in her own right, died Sept. 19 at age 102 at her home in Toluca Lake outside of Los Angeles. A family spokesman said she died of natural causes. "Dolores Hope was a Catholic of deep and...
  • Brownback endorses Perry for president

    09/22/2011 10:40:11 PM PDT · by Clairity · 29 replies
    Wichita Eagle ^ | Sept. 21, 2011 | Eagle Staff
    Gov. Sam Brownback endorsed Texas Gov. Rick Perry for president on Thursday, citing Perry's record on creating jobs and reducing taxes. "Rick Perry is the right leader for this moment in history," he said in a prepared statement. "I think he's really got the right message that it's about jobs, it's about job creation and it's about getting the atmosphere right," Brownback said. "They've maintained and created a very positive, growth-oriented atmosphere in Texas that we've got to get back to in the United States." Perry's campaign issued a statement calling Brownback "one of the most respected voices for conservatism...
  • Abp. Dolan to Obama: Cease Attacks on Marriage or Risk “National Conflict…of Enormous Proportions”

    09/22/2011 11:08:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | September 22, 2011 | Thomas Peters
    Wow. This definitely represents a significant escalation of tone and includes the threat of consequences if the Obama administration does not, as this letter from Archbishop Timothy Dolan to the President calls for, “push the reset button” on their multipronged efforts to undermine marriage and treat Catholics who believe in marriage as bigots.Abp. Dolan is careful to point out that his opinion represents the view of the bishops conference: The Justice Department‟s move [to undermine DOMA], in addition to other troubling federal decisions occurring recently, prompts me yet again to register my grave concerns. The content of this letter reflects...
  • Priest Barred From Saying Mass [Canada; for remarks on abortion, homosexuality]

    09/22/2011 7:11:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 1+ views
    Telegraph-Journal ^ | 9/22/11 | Shawn Berry
    An elderly priest on the Acadian Peninsula has been barred from performing church services in the Bathurst diocese after he made remarks about homosexuals and women who have had an abortion. Rev. Donat Gionet, 85, gave the sermon at the Roman Catholic church in Saint-Léolin while replacing the regular parish priest late last month. He stands by the comments he made in Saint-Léolin, a village of about 730 people located about 50 kilometres east of Bathurst. Reached in Caraquet on Wednesday, Gionet declined an interview but did provide a written statement. In a letter written in French that he provided...
  • ...on the day of judgment: A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip

    09/21/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken….” A Reflection on the Sin of GossipBy: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the more under-rated categories of sin are the sins of speech. There are many ways we sin, but perhaps the most common way is by speech. Too easily, almost without thought, do we engage in gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, uncharitable observations and remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness, spread misinformation, cause temptation, discourage, teach error,...
  • Why bother going to Mass in the state of sin? Fr. Z rants with hellfire and brimstone (Catholic)

    09/21/2011 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 21, 2011
    From a reader: Fr. Z I’m struggling to wrap my head around what the point of going to Mass if we’re not in the state of sanctifying grace.My understanding is when we fall from grace, any good works we do merit us nothing. Also, it only takes one mortal sin to sever our relationship with God, so committing another one by not fulfilling my Sunday obligation wouldn’t really make a difference in regards of the state of my soul. And finally, I can’t receive communion, so I don’t receive any graces from that.So in summation, I wouldn’t sever my relationship...
  • Disillusioned German Catholics: The Pope's Difficult Visit to His Homeland

    09/20/2011 12:50:05 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 27 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | September 20th 2011 | Staff
    When Joseph Ratzinger became pope in 2005, Catholics in Germany joyfully celebrated the first German pope in almost 500 years. Since then, the euphoria has turned to disappointment and disillusionment. Benedict XVI's visit to Germany this week will do little to heal the deep divide between conservatives and reformers in the German Church. One thing is already clear: The two men will be all smiles when they meet. Sticking to the Rules Benedict is scheduled to arrive at Berlin's Olympic Stadium at 6 p.m., where he will celebrate mass and meet with Berlin's openly gay Mayor, Klaus Wowereit. Will the...
  • East German Stasi Considered Ratzinger a Fierce Foe (How Secret Police Spied on Future Pope)

    09/17/2011 5:20:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/15/11 | Edward Pentin
    In 1974, a Trabant -- an old East German car -- was chugging through the Thuringian countryside, a province in the communist German Democratic Republic.In its passenger seat sat Professor Joseph Ratzinger and at the wheel was Father Joachim Wanke, then an assistant at a local seminary -- the only one in the GDR.The two priests, writes Rainer Erice, a journalist for the German radio station Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk Thüringen (MDR), were on a harmless sightseeing tour, taking in the historic cities of Jena and Weimar. It was a moment of relaxation during Father Ratzinger's short visit to East Germany, the...
  • Gay Choir Director At East Rutherford Parish Resigns After Priest’s Comments

    09/16/2011 1:18:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    CBS ^ | September 15, 2011
    Bob Russell EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (CBS 2) – He says he can’t take it anymore.A gay choir director at a Catholic Church in New Jersey has quit his job because he says the priest is making his work environment hostile.But does he have a case?St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in East Rutherford is where Bob Russell has been the choir director for decades. On Thursday, however, the 55-year-old was taking boxes into the parish to pack up his belongings.“Felt that I was put into a position that I had to resign my job because of my sexuality,” Russell told CBS...
  • America's conservative Catholics are on the warpath. Republicans should be courting them.

    09/13/2011 4:06:15 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 46 replies
    The Telegraph UK ^ | August 22, 2011 | Tim Stanley
    Michael Voris is the favourite talking head of the Catholic Taliban, that motley crew of traditionalists who believe in way-out stuff like “abortion is evil” and “Jesus rose on the third day”. He runs his own online TV station in Michigan and has hair so unreal it could be miraculous. In an age when the average priest seems to get the life – and the theology – sucked out of him at seminary, Voris speaks with clarity and humour. This is the man who dismissed liberal nuns as Marxists “embracing lesbianism”, “yoga” and “witchcraft”. He became a viral sensation after...
  • CatholicTV calls for "Benevolent Dictatorship"?!

    04/08/2011 2:27:55 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 150 replies
    Above Top Secret ^ | 04-08-2011 | thedeadlyrhythm
    This may be one of the more disturbing things I have ever seen. This video is shown to people, and even more frightening, many are likely inspired by it. This guy basically says that the problem with our country is that "everyone can vote", both ignorant know-nothings who only care about themselves(aka people who support abortion, gay marriage, etc), and informed people(aka people who agree with his/the organizations particular views) and this is all presented in such a way as if it is incontrovertible. as if having an opinion that a woman has a right to choose or that homosexuality...
  • The Anti-Catholic's Guide to Catholic Comboxes

    09/09/2011 3:16:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | September 08, 2011 | Matthew Archbold
    (snip) As far as I know there is no “Guide to Catholic Comboxes for Anti-Catholics” but I thought it would look something like this: 1) If the writer of a Catholic blog has raised the specter of something being immoral (like say abortion), the angry comboxer must bring up the sex abuse scandal as a way of discounting anything or everything any Catholic writer says about anything.... 2) Anytime a conversation actually starts where something might be learned it’s always helpful to accuse the Pope of being a Nazi... 3) In the 21st century it’s become commonplace to accuse opponents...
  • ‘Bordering on bigotry’: CNN’s Piers Morgan attacks Santorum’s marriage beliefs during interview

    09/02/2011 2:24:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 90 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 2, 2011 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Piers Morgan interviews Rick Santorum on CNN. September 1, 2011 ( - In the course of drilling Rick Santorum on homosexuality, CNN’s Piers Morgan accused the presidential candidate’s views of “bordering on bigotry” and challenged him as a fellow Catholic with different beliefs on the issue. “I guess one of the reasons it’s troubling and difficult for people to come out [as gay] is because of the level of bigotry that’s out there against them. I have to say that your views you espoused on this issue are bordering on bigotry, aren’t they?” Morgan asked the candidate. “I think just...
  • A Clergy Rebellion in Austria's Catholic Church (Catholic Caucus)

    08/31/2011 3:05:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Time ^ | August 31, 2011 | Michael Frank
    VIENNA — There is open rebellion among the clergy of Austria's Catholic Church. One highly placed man of the cloth has even warned about the risk of a coming schism as significant numbers of priests are refusing obedience to the Pope and bishops for the first time in memory. The 300-plus supporters of the so-called Priests' Initiative have had enough of what they call the church's "delaying" tactics, and they are advocating pushing ahead with policies that openly defy current practices. These include letting nonordained people lead religious services and deliver sermons; making communion available to divorced people who have...
  • No Altar Girls at Phoenix Cathedral (Barf Alert)

    08/22/2011 7:47:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    National Catholic Fishwrap ^ | Aug. 22, 2011 | Michael Sean Winters
    The rector of the Cathedral of Sts. Simon and Jude in Phoenix has decided [3]to only allow boys to be altar servers at Mass. The Rev. John Lankeit said the decision was his alone, not that of Bishop Thomas Olmsted. Lankeit cited the historic connection between altar boys and vocations. The decision is regrettable from every angle. There may be an historic connection between boys being altar servers and some of those boys going on to be priests. Hard to tell. There was also an historical connection between maleness and, say, the American founding. There was, until recently, a connection...
  • Teachers saw off armed school invaders

    08/21/2011 5:23:55 PM PDT · by naturalman1975 · 22 replies
    Courier-Mail (Brisbane) ^ | 22nd August 2011 | Jeremy Pierce
    CLASS ACT: St. Laurence's College teachers Chris Oakes and Andrew Kendall. WHEN teachers at Brisbane's St Laurence's College say the children are their top priority, they mean it. Five teachers from the Catholic boys school will today be honoured for fending off a group of armed thugs who terrorised and stabbed students during a violent playground invasion three years ago. Andrew Kendall, Chris Oakes, Anthony Samois, Michael Sharkey and Edward Wallace have been awarded bravery citations in the Governor-General's Australian Bravery Decorations. They confronted and then chased two groups of youths who had invaded the school on July 28, 2008....
  • Pope defends marriage between 'man and woman'

    08/21/2011 7:39:16 AM PDT · by bronxville · 32 replies
    India Vision ^ | 08-21=2011 | Staff
    Madrid - Pope Benedict XVI warned in a speech to more than one million pilgrims in Madrid that marriage is between a man and a woman and cannot be dissolved... "The Lord calls many people to marriage, in which a man and a woman, in becoming one flesh, find fulfilment in a profound life of communion," he told the young pilgrims. A Vatican spokesman said on Sunday as many as 1.5 million pilgrims had gathered to hear the pope. Marriage was a project for true love, deepened by sharing joys and sorrows, and marked by "complete self-giving", said the pope....
  • Pope laments 'amnesia' about God (Pope in Spain)

    08/19/2011 8:38:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    CBC News ^ | August 19, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI, centre, arrives at San Lorenzo del Escorial monastery in Madrid on Friday, part of a four-day visit for the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day festivities. (Arturo Rodriguez/Associated Press)Pope Benedict XVI lamented modern society's "amnesia" about God as he travelled Friday to a famed Spanish monastery on the second day of his four-day visit for the Roman Catholic Church's world youth festival.Several hundred young nuns cheered, waved flags and performed the "wave" at El Escorial monastery as they waited for Benedict inside a courtyard of a 16th-century complex, a UNESCO world heritage site about 50 kilometres northwest...
  • QUAERITUR: Why don’t liberals just leave the Church?

    08/17/2011 12:27:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8/17/11 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader: Why do these liberals and people like in the LCWR stay in the Church?  Wouldn’t it make sense for them to go to the Anglicans?  They could be wymynpriests there and do all the crazy stuff they like instead of forcing it on faithful Catholics. Good points.  And you may remember my facetious post about Romanorum coetibus.I have often pondered this very thing.  If they are so unhappy with the present state of things, why not just go?But I think we have to change our lens when we look at them.  They see themselves as righteous agents...
  • US Bishop on unrepentant pro-abort pols: ‘Treat them as a tax collector or Gentile. Expel him.’

    08/11/2011 3:32:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Life Site News ^ | August 11, 2011 | CHRISTINE DHANAGOM
    FARGO, North Dakota, August 11, 2011 ( - The Church should seek the conversion of pro-abortion politicians, but if they remain obstinate they should be expelled from the Church, says Bishop Samuel Aquila of Fargo. The Bishop proposed in an interview with Catholic World Report this week that Bishops should take their cue from the Gospel of Matthew in handling pro-abortion politicians. “Our Lord tells us to speak to the person, and then take two or three others with us if he does not change,” he said. “If he still does not change, the Church can speak to him,...
  • The Gumby university [ Even non-Catholics Want Catholic Schools to be Catholic ]

    08/10/2011 9:57:22 AM PDT · by Diago · 29 replies
    World Magazine ^ | August 9, 8:39 AM | Andrée Seu
    Two rising high school seniors I know recently went to explore a local Catholic university. In economic times like these, no one wants to lose the fish nibbling at his line. Without knowing anything of the young ladies’ religious persuasions, the school representative dutifully mentioned that a semester of religion was required at the institution. But he was quick to add that the students could fulfill that requirement with any kind of religious study—Catholic, Buddhism, or others. Neither of the visitors was particularly religious, but one of them told me later that she was turned off by the visit: “If...
  • Catholic governor debates archbishop on same-sex marriage

    08/09/2011 3:26:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 9, 2011 | Diogenes
    Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has rejected an appeal from Baltimore’s Archbishop Edwin O’Brien, who urged him not to promote same-sex marriage out of “mere political expediency.” Responding to a personal letter from the archbishop, O’Malley—who is Catholic—said that he felt a moral obligation to change a law that produces an “unjust result.” Archbishop O’Brien wrote to O’Malley in July, warning him not to endorse a measure “that so deeply conflicts with your faith, not to mention the best interests of our society.” In his reply, the governor said that he has “a public obligation to try to change that injustice.”...
  • Pope Recommends Bible For Vacation Reading

    08/08/2011 8:37:22 AM PDT · by ConservativeStLouisGuy · 17 replies
    EWTN ^ | August 3, 2011
    Pope Benedict XVI has urged Catholics to read the Bible while on vacation, particularly the lesser known books of sacred scripture."This seems to be a good thing to do on the holidays: take a book of the Bible, so you have some relaxation and, at the same time, enter into the great expanse of ​​the Word of God and deepen our contact with the Eternal," said the Pope in his Wednesday General Audience address at his holiday residence of Castle Gandolfo, 15 miles south of Rome, Aug. 3. Pope Benedict noted how "each of us needs time and space...
  • ACLU joins suit against Catholic Charities

    08/01/2011 10:41:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 2 August 2011 | Manya A Brachear
    The American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois got the go-ahead Monday to intervene in a lawsuit and join the state's battle against Catholic Charities' policy of turning away prospective parents who are in civil unions. Catholic Charities in Joliet, Peoria, Springfield and Belleville filed the lawsuit this summer, asking a Sangamon County judge to uphold their policy of providing publicly funded foster care and adoption services only to married couples and single parents living alone, while referring couples in civil unions to other agencies. On Monday, the judge allowed the ACLU of Illinois to intervene after lawyers argued that allowing...

    07/24/2011 4:55:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Catholic League ^ | July 22, 2011 | William Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on new survey data profiling Catholicism:All we ever hear from the wild-eyed critics of the Catholic Church, including the dissidents within, is that the Church had better "get with it" and change its teachings on abortion, homosexuality and women's ordination. Yet it is precisely those religious institutions that are the most liberal on these issues—the mainline Protestant denominations—that are collapsing. Not so the Catholic Church. Indeed, its numbers are going north while the mainline denominations are going south.The latest findings by the "Emerging Models of Pastoral Leadership" project, a collaborative effort with Georgetown University's...
  • Gays outraged at Catholic rally plans

    07/21/2011 3:09:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 12 replies ^ | 21.7.2011 | Nathan Partenza
    THE Border’s homosexual community has hit back at organisers of a rally against same-sex marriage, saying the protest is futile. Albury members of the Wagga Catholic Diocese will hire buses to travel to Parliament House in Canberra next month to “stand up for traditional marriage”. But Hume Phoenix male convenor Steve Onley said members of his social support group were disappointed. “The anger stems from people again dictating to a minority group that we can’t do what we want to do,” he said.“The protest is futile because as far as I’m concerned the laws are going to pass, it’s only...
  • . Homosexual Bigots Attack the Wildflower Inn

    07/22/2011 8:58:26 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Right Side News ^ | 7/22/2011 | Bryan Fisher
    “A hate crime is usually defined by state law as one that involves threats, harassment, or physical harm and is motivated by prejudice against someone's race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation or physical or mental disability.” - “ generally defined as a course of conduct which annoys, threatens, intimidates, alarms, or puts a person in fear of their safety. Harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and uninvited behavior that demeans, threatens or offends the victim and results in a hostile environment for the victim.” Homosexual bigots continue the “Night of the Long Knives” purge against anyone and everyone who...
  • Is Michelle Bachman an anti-Catholic? Or merely a Protestant? {ECUMENICAL thread}

    07/15/2011 3:14:18 AM PDT · by Cronos · 65 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 14 Jul 2011 | CC
    An unusually ignorant story in The Atlantic--with a completely misleading headline—questions the religious affiliation of Rep. Michelle Bachman Republican presidential candidate. Bachman was—but no longer is—a member of a Minnesota Lutheran congregation that belongs to the Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod. The latter, a theologically conservative group, teaches that the Roman Catholic Church embodies the spirit of Antichrist—although a representative of the group reports that this view is rarely expressed today. Columnist Joshua Green asks whether Catholic voters will find Bachman’s beliefs offensive. But Bachman herself never professed that belief. When questioned about it, she repudiated it, and said that she...
  • Michele Bachmann Should Not 'Get a Pass' on Past Membership in Anti-Catholic Church

    07/15/2011 5:01:33 AM PDT · by tcg · 213 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/15/11 | Keith A Fournier
    ....some of my colleagues in the world of Catholic media, journalism and the Press have attributed the positions of this Church and Bachmanns past membership to just "being a Protestant." As someone who has worked ecumenically for decades I reject that dismissal. The Wisconsin Evangelical Lutheran Synod does not represent many Protestants. It is an Anti-Catholic body. ....I have worked with, prayed with and collaborated with MANY Protestant Christians, for over three decades, who would NEVER call the successor of Peter the Antichrist. The colleagues to which I refer go further, they seemingly accept the notion that if Protestant Christians...
  • Catholic Senator Tells Gay Rally His Priest Embraced and Gave Him Communion After Voting for SSM

    07/12/2011 10:41:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 12, 2011 | Thomas Peters
    The unwritten story about the vote to legalize gay marriage in New York last month was the role Catholic dissent played in letting it happen.In this revealing video, Catholic State Senator Jim Alesi (a Republican from Rochester NY who voted for same-sex marriage) tells a party hosted by the Human Rights Campaign (the wealthiest gay rights organization in America) how his Catholic parish and pastor celebrated his vote to redefine marriage (while harming society and threatening the Church with legal penalties, by the way): I think this line by Sen. Alesi reveals his woeful lack of catechesis: “The best...
  • 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...
  • China to Ordain 40 Catholic Bishops Without Vatican Approval

    06/24/2011 3:05:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Turkish Weekly ^ | June 24, 2011
    China's state-controlled Catholic church says it wants to quickly ordain at least 40 bishops, a move likely to further aggravate tensions with the Vatican. The official Xinhua news agency quoted Yang Yu, spokesman for the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, as saying more than 40 of the country's 97 dioceses were without a bishop. The report said Church leaders agreed at a recent meeting that the church would strive to select and ordain bishops at those diocese without delay. Tensions between Beijing and the Vatican have been high since an official church gathering in December which, the Vatican says, bishops...
  • 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...
  • Cafeteria Catholics: Arnold and Maria Schwarznegger

    06/06/2011 3:26:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Speroforum ^ | June 6, 2011 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    Betrayal -- that's what living a cafeteria lifestyle means, so it's hard to feel too sorry for proud, self-proclaimed "cafeteria Catholic" Maria Shriver who is experiencing the reality of betrayal from her cafeteria husband. In 2008, Shriver told the world, via the Washington Post's religion blog, that she chooses what she wants from Church teaching: "Even though I consider myself a Catholic in good standing, I disagree with a lot of the teachings of the Church....I don’t believe that if someone’s divorced they shouldn’t get Communion; I don’t believe that people who are gay shouldn’t be accepted into the...
  • Italy arrests 6 for stirring hate vs pope

    02/25/2011 5:58:26 AM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    wfmj ^ | February 25, 2011
    ROME (AP) - Italian police on Friday arrested six Moroccan men suspected of inciting hatred against Pope Benedict XVI for converting a Muslim journalist in Italy to Catholicism.Stefano Fonsi, head of Brescia police's anti-terrorism squad in northern Italy, said the suspects allegedly banded together and met privately with the goal of stirring up religious hatred against non-Muslims, including the pope.Investigators say they found literature exhorting Muslim immigrants against integrating into Italian society and saying the pope should be punished for having baptized the journalist during an Easter vigil ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica.The investigation grew out of security checks ahead...
  • The Feminization of the Catholic Church

    02/28/2011 5:35:55 AM PST · by verdugo · 84 replies
    Tradition In Action ^ | 2009 | Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D.
    The Feminization of the Church and Vatican II Marian T. Horvat, Ph.D. There has been much talk of late about a long-observable fact: the feminization of the Catholic Church. My friend Jan was quite impressed with the term and thought it accurately expressed the reality. “I went to a Catholic church downtown yesterday,” she said, “and really, it was all women on the altar – except for the priest. At Communion four ladies – three in pants –went to the side altar to pick up the chalices. The song leader was sensuous, in a blouse showing cleavage, waving her arms...
  • The last acceptable prejudice (Fr. Robert Barron on anti-Catholicism)

    02/24/2011 3:15:40 PM PST · by NYer · 61 replies
    Catholic-sf ^ | February 23, 2011 | Father Robert Barron
    February 23rd, 2011By Father Robert Barron Anti-Catholicism has long been a feature of both the high and the low culture in America. From the 19th century to the middle of the 20th, it was out in the open: Many editorialists, cartoonists, politicians and other shapers of popular opinion in that era were crudely explicit in their opposition to the Catholic Church. But then, in the latter half of the 20th century, anti-Catholicism went relatively underground. It still existed, to be sure, but it was considered bad form to be too obvious about it. However, in the last 10 years or...
  • 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...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: INFANTICIDE, 01-11-11

    01/11/2011 8:25:14 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies ^ | 01-11-11 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INFANTICIDE Child murder. Distinguished from direct abortion, which is also murder, by the fact that the child is already born, alive, and then deliberately put to death. (Etym. Latin infans, a young child, a babe; literally, not yet able to speak + -cidium, killing: infanticidium.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pell Blasts Catholic MPs on Gay Issues

    01/04/2011 7:14:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AUSTRALIA'S senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal George Pell, has denounced Catholic politicians who defy church teachings on controversial issues such as same-sex adoption. Cardinal Pell sharply rebuked MPs who "fly under the Christian or Captain Catholic flag" but "blithely disregard Christian perspectives" when they voted in parliament on moral issues. Federal MP Teresa Gambaro recently sparked concerns from church leaders in her Brisbane electorate after hinting at supporting gay marriage. "If a person says, 'look, I'm not a Christian, I've a different set of perspectives', I disagree but I understand," the Archbishop of Sydney told The Sunday Mail."If a person says...