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  • Communion For All, Even For Protestants

    07/01/2016 7:57:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 1, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    In addition to the divorced and remarried, for Luther’s followers as well there are those who are giving the go-ahead for the Eucharist. Here is how “La Civiltŕ Cattolica” interprets the pope’s enigmatic words on intercommunion by Sandro Magister ROME, July 1, 2016 – In his way, after encouraging communion for the divorced and remarried, in that it “is not a prize for the perfect, but a powerful medicine and nourishment for the weak,” Pope Francis is now also encouraging Protestants and Catholics to receive communion together at their respective Masses. He is doing so, as always, in a discursive,...
  • Avoid 'rigorism' on divorce and remarriage, Pope advises family conference [Catholic Caucus]

    06/16/2016 5:17:34 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 16, 2016
    Pope Francis tore into priests who refuse to baptize the children of unwed mothers-- referring to them as "animals"-- during a June 16 meeting with participants in a Rome conference on the family. It is "pastoral cruelty" to refuse baptism, the Pope told the group, which was gathered at the basilica of St. John Lateran. In answer to a question about the message of his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, the Pope said that the Church should avoid "rigorism" in responding to the pastoral needs of Catholics in irregular marital unions. "The Gospel chooses another way," he said: "welcoming, accompanying, integrating,...
  • Famed Catholic philosopher: How can Christ and Our Lady read Amoris Laetitia without weeping?

    06/10/2016 1:56:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 9, 2016 | Jan Bentz
    In a recent article for the Italian news platform “Corrispondenza Romana”, renowned Catholic philosopher Josef Seifert strongly criticizes Pope Francis for statements in his recent Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. Seifert, a longtime ordinary member of the Pontifical Academy for Life and a close associate of St. John Paul II, explains that he criticizes the document because instead of invoking joy – as stated in the exhortation title – the papal document would actually make Jesus and his mother cry. Many of the passages which seem merciful turn the teachings of the Church on their heads, according to Seifert. “In my...
  • Magister: Lutherans Given Communion in Rome after Papal Audience

    01/20/2016 6:45:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | January 20, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    But after the audience with the Pope, in the course of the liturgical celebrations that the delegation has officiated in Rome along with groups of faithful who came also from Finland, it happened during a Catholic Mass that communion was also given to the Lutherans. This, at least, is what was reported by the Finnish Lutheran weekly "Kotimaa", signaling the surprise of a member of the delegation, Samuel Salmi, bishop of Oulu, according to which the Catholic officiants knew very well to give communion to the Lutherans ...
  • Turning St. Peter’s Basilica into a projection screen for climate change panic propaganda

    12/08/2015 10:19:46 AM PST · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 8, 2015; Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I thought I could just let it pass...but I can't. On 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception) at 7 pm climate-change zealots will be allowed to project a light show entitled "Illuminating Our Common Home” onto the facade of St. Peter's Basilica in order to "educate and inspire change around the climate crisis across generations, cultures, languages, religions and class," a press release states. On the opening of the Year of Mercy? Why not rent out the Sistine chapel too, while they're at it? The Vatican basilica is a consecrated building. This is a non-sacred use - in fact...
  • Will Peter Refuse to Eat with the Gentiles Again? [Catholic Caucus]

    11/29/2015 1:56:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | November 26, 2015 | Michael Lofton
    The Church is currently awaiting the 'official' decision of Pope Francis on the Kasper Proposal (a proposal allowing obstinate adulterers to receive Holy Communion). In anticipation of his decision, there is a point from the Book of Galatians that I believe should be considered. In the Book of Galatians, we read about the Apostle Paul who rebuked the Apostle Peter for his hypocrisy, saying: “When Cephas [Peter] came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned. For before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began...
  • Ivy League students ask Rick Perry for anal sex during campus visit

    11/10/2014 11:47:24 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 86 replies ^ | 11/10/14 | Maggie Lit
    A student at Dartmouth College asked Texas Governor Rick Perry Sunday if he would accept anal sex in exchange for $102 million in campaign contributions. Senior Emily Sellers, a member of The Dartmouth, the official campus newspaper, posed the question to confront Perry’s stance on homosexuality. Another student, Timothy Messen, accused Perry of comparing homosexuality to alcoholism.
  • Two arrested in connection with protests of 'black mass' in Oklahoma City (Joan Andrews Bell!)

    09/25/2014 3:53:19 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    NewsOK ^ | September 22, 2014 | DARLA SLIPKE
    A woman — later identified as Joan Andrews — is arrested Sunday after refusing to leave the entrance to the “black mass” on the north side of Civic Center Music Hall during the event in Oklahoma City . Two people were arrested in connection with protests outside of Sunday’s “black mass” in downtown Oklahoma City, and police received a bomb threat tied to the event, authorities said Monday.About 42 people attended the satanic ritual at the Civic Center Music Hall. Meanwhile, hundreds of people gathered outside the venue to decry the ritual being held inside. Despite a couple of...
  • A Call to Action to Stop Yet Another Black Mass

    08/04/2014 9:36:29 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 18 replies
    As many might sadly know the militant Satanists (most of whom are actually Atheist) but who nevertheless literally invoke Satan the prince of evil, are hosting a Black Mass on Oklahoma City's Civic center. There is word that a stolen consecrated host will be used at this event. The event will take place on September 21, 2014. The event is hosted by Dakhma of Angra Mainyu. Most of us remember not too long ago the Satanic Black Mass which was to be held on Harvard University. It is through the prayers, actions and zeal of Catholic and Christian faithful which...
  • Pope Francis's Bad Examples (Intended Or Not) Continue To Emit Purification In The Church

    06/26/2014 11:03:05 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 42 replies
    Restore DC Cathholicism ^ | June 25, 2014 | restore-DC-Catholicism
    A few weeks ago I wrote about the debacle that Pope Francis allowed, if not orchestrated, at the Vatican Gardens on Pentecost Sunday. Well it seems that the fallout was rather immediate. In a Catholic Church in Orlando, FL, also on Pentecost Sunday, two Muslim men were allowed to give their "reflections" - in place of the homily!
  • Who Edited the Tape?

    06/14/2014 12:00:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | June 13, 2014 | Baron Bodissey
    That’s what everyone wanted to know about the notorious 18˝-minute gap in Richard Nixon’s Watergate tape, for which Rosemary Woods eventually took the fall. Now it appears that something similar happened with the Vatican’s tape of the interfaith prayers-for-peace from last Sunday, giving us even more reason to dub this controversy “Imamgate”. As we reported in last night’s post about the imam’s prayer at the Vatican, there seems to be nothing controversial in the chanted Arabic in the prayer and that spoken in his subsequent remarks. However, a reader and commenter named ritamalik — who is a former Muslim and...
  • [CATHOLIC / ORTHODOX CAUCUS] Restoring Greater Reverence to Sick Calls

    08/04/2010 2:52:01 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 8/3/2010 | Msgr Charles Pope
    In my Parish I work with the men of the Holy Name Society and also the women of the Sodality to ensure that the numerous sick in our parish are visited regularly. I try to visit the sick at least quarterly on a rolling basis to ensure they have had confession and anointing of the Sick. But, since I am without an assistant priest, as a general rule, I depend on them to bring communion regularly.We met as a group this past week and had an interesting discussion about a concern that a number of them expressed, that of reverence....
  • SF Easter celebrations blend indulgence, reverence

    04/09/2012 7:54:42 AM PDT · by SmithL · 10 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 4/9/12 | Meredith May
    As a kid growing up in San Francisco, 6-year-old Finley Cooper already knows how to celebrate in style. For Easter, he put on a white tux with tails, a robin's-egg-blue cummerbund and a matching bow tie. And when the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence yelled "Go, kids!" he raced for eggs in Dolores Park on Sunday with hundreds of other children decked out in bunny ears, princess dresses and "Beach Blanket Babylon"-style towering bonnets."Apparently, there's chocolate in the eggs," Finley said, sucking on a lollipop. He planned to pass his bounty out to kids who didn't get any eggs in the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SIMONY, 11-24-10

    11/24/2010 9:11:41 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies American Bible ^ | 11-24-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SIMONY A sacrilege that consists in buying and selling what is spiritual in return for what is temporal. In simony the person tries to equate material things, such as money, with spiritual things, such as divine grace, and treates the latter as though he or some other human being had full ownership of what really belongs to God. The term "simony" originated with the biblical account of Simon Magus, who sought to purchase from St. Peter the spiritual power derived from the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit (Acts 8:18). Simony includes...
  • "Condom" - Madonna: Still Being Defended by Freedom Party

    11/14/2010 2:49:18 AM PST · by 0beron · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/14/2010 | tancred
    The provocative exposition will be defended now as before by the Austrian Freedom Party. St. Pölten ( In connection with the "art exhibit" in the National House of Lower Austria, the FPO National Council, Walter Rosenkranz is making a statement to the State Attorney General of St. Polten. An Australian "artist" has put an oversized condom on a Marian statue and has covered it also with mock semen, which has till recently been on display at the Capital.
  • The News Just Noticed: "What's a Dancer Doing in the Basilica?"

    10/23/2010 3:17:34 AM PDT · by 0beron · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 10/21/2010 | Tancred
    Actually, completely acceptable: The versatile altar space with the supper table can also be used as a dance floor. [] Actually, Msgr Konrad Zdarsa was already named as Bishop of Augsburg on July 8th. In reality he will occupy his office on the 23rd of October - much later as prescribed by Catholic canon law. According to Canon 418, Paragraph 1, the installed Bishop must succeed within two Months.
  • 80 Hosts Stolen from Austrian Church

    09/01/2010 1:08:27 PM PDT · by 0beron · 11 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 09/01/2010 | Tancred
    The stealing of the host is supposedly comparable with the willful destruction of a Tora-roll or the desecration of a graveyard. [ Graz] Unknown persons have damaged more churches in the Austrian Diocese of Graz-Seckau. This was according to the Press Office of the Diocese today. The media has regarded this crime with indifference. The press text in the main speaks of "more disturbances and defacement of Catholic churches."
  • I am completely depressed.....

    07/09/2010 12:14:40 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 136 replies
    Dunkin Donuts | today | self
    You won't believe what just happened...
  • Portuguese Playboy Depicts Jesus Observing Sex Scenes

    07/07/2010 5:53:38 PM PDT · by OldDeckHand · 2 replies ^ | 07/07/2010 | Nathan Burchfiel
    Marking the death of an atheist by depicting Jesus Christ in sex scenes might seem like a non-sequitur. Somehow, it made sense to the Portuguese edition of Playboy magazine. The magazine features an actor portraying Jesus in at least four pornographic photos, including the cover, where he cradles an apparently dead - and bare-breasted - woman. Another photo depicts Jesus watching a lesbian kiss, while another shows him observing a topless woman reading a book. The images are reportedly meant to commemorate the death of Portuguese author Jose Saramago. He wrote, among many other books, "The Gospel According to Jesus...
  • Gay Jesus Play Headed to Fort Worth Stage

    04/09/2010 2:32:22 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 35 replies · 758+ views
    NBC-DFW ^ | 4/9/2010 | Frank Hines
    The gay Jesus play is back on! After drawing much scrutinty when it was set to play at Tarleton State University, where it was eventually canceled, the play has found a new home at a theater in Fort Worth, the Dallas Morning News reports. Though a specific date for the show has not been finalized, John Jordan Otte's production of Corpus Christi is expected to debut at the 250-seat Rose Marine Theater in May. Adam Adolfo, executive director of the theater, is offering the theater to the students free of charge, and told the Morning News that it was important...
  • Was Reagan a RINO?

    02/11/2010 10:46:32 AM PST · by The Right Way 1776 · 54 replies · 1,047+ views
    So I was thinking recently about the RINOs infesting the GOP and it hit me that -despite being one of the greatest presidents in the 20th century- there are certain elements during Reagan's terms that might make him a RINO. Make no mistake though, these are just that: ELEMENTS, the majority of his accomplishments were grand. Illegal Mexican ImmigrantsOne of Reagan's downfalls was not clamping down on illegal immigration. It's exemplified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act which gave Amnesty for illegals instead of trying to deport them. The act also followed on the leftist premise of a "pathway...
  • Shock Discovery: Community Organizers Pray to President-Elect Obama [BARF! BARF! BARF!]

    09/29/2009 7:43:58 AM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 340 replies · 14,876+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 2009-09-29
    "Hear our cry, Obama." "Deliver us, Obama." Video at link.
  • Excommunicated (Austrian) Female "Bishop" (denied communion) Seizes Host

    07/10/2009 1:58:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 99 replies · 2,041+ views
    Cathcon ^ | July 9, 2009
    In haste, late at night from the Upper Austrian News. The Sunday worship celebration in the Parish of St. Peter in Linz did not make the excommunicated "Bishop" Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger as happy as she would have wished. Bishop Ludwig Schwarz refused her communion with the Host. Then she took the wafer herself. 400 people joined the celebration of Mass in the Parish of St. Peter on 28June.. It was held in honour of the church's patron, St. Peter. Among them, high-ranking politicians. But few noticed what happened during the Communion. Christine Mayr-Lumetzberger was dressed as a Bishop when she...
  • Video Shows Canadian PM Putting Communion Wafer In His Pocket

    07/08/2009 7:44:13 PM PDT · by steven33442 · 32 replies · 1,249+ views
    <p>Telegraph Journal: A senior New Brunswick Roman Catholic priest is demanding the Prime Minister's Office explain what happened to the sacramental communion wafer Stephen Harper was given at Roméo LeBlanc's funeral mass.</p>
  • Gay Activist Desecrates Bible - (Where's the media?)

    04/19/2009 6:39:56 PM PDT · by Gordon Greene · 25 replies · 1,040+ views
    Foxnation ^ | April 19, 2009 | Foxnation
    For some reason something can happen to the Koran and everyone's all up in arms... Here's a homo-Same sex marriage activist desecrating the Bible. (Follow the link for video).Where's the national media???
  • Unholy vandalism is a sacrilege (Caution: heartbreaking pic)

    01/24/2009 2:41:23 AM PST · by GonzoII · 15 replies · 341+ views
    The Kansas City Star ^ | MARY SANCHEZ
    What’s left of St. Bernadette’s face fits neatly into Father Terry McCloskey’s palm. The Redemptorist Church priest keeps the piece of stone — about a three-pound chunk from the ruined statue — handy at the parish office. It’s a visual aide to the extent of damage done by vandals last weekend to a lovely grotto. At least the broken stone shows some of the physical damage. What McCloskey can’t capture is the hurt his parishioners are feeling. Probably Saturday night, some fool or fools nearly busted off the head of St. Bernadette’s statue on the grounds of Redemptorist Parish of...
  • Town Overboard! (Obamoron-mania)

    01/16/2009 5:03:20 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies · 799+ views
    Time Magazine ^ | January 15, 2009 | Ramesh Ponnuru
    At least one segment of the economy is booming: the market in Obama kitsch. The dedicated supporter of the incoming President need not content himself with a T shirt or bumper sticker. Also available are Obama coasters, lava lamps, jigsaw puzzles, mugs, skateboards, toy trains, CDs, DVDs and, of course, commemorative dinner plates. Ben & Jerry's is introducing a Yes Pecan flavor in honor of Obama's campaign slogan, and Marvel Comics is running a special Inaugural issue of Spider-Man. Pepsi has created the Pepsi Optimism Project with a red, white and blue logo almost identical to Obama's sunrise button. And...
  • Effort to Steal Consecrated Hosts Thwarted by Priest

    11/12/2008 5:03:13 PM PST · by tcg · 62 replies · 1,347+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/13/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    – A 33 yr old man from Connecticut named John Samuel Ricci is now in Police custody. His bond was set at $2,000 and he will stay in the Martin County Jail until he appears in Court on Dec. 11, 2008. He attempted to steal consecrated communion hosts from the priest while he was standing in line to receive the Eucharist on Saturday, November 8, 2008 at St. Martin de Porres Catholic Church in Jensen Beach, Florida. Reports from the Martin County Sherriff’s Office indicate that he was cornered by six or seven parishioners who detained him until Police arrived...
  • Catholic League Takes Lead Against 'YouTube' Desecrations of the Eucharist

    10/03/2008 3:11:36 AM PDT · by tcg · 19 replies · 460+ views
    The YouTube controversy involving Hate Speech against Catholics continues with the the apparent reposting of sacriligious, blasphemous videos of a student desecrating the Blessed Sacrament. The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines sacrilege with these words: "2120 Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us." The Catholic League is the nation's largest Catholic civil rights organization. The Catholic League...
  • Myers Still Wants to Abuse Eucharist; Shows Deference to Islam (No Surprise There)

    07/15/2008 4:47:28 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 171 replies · 97+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 7/15/2008 | n/a
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue commented on the latest developments to surface regarding the pledge made by Paul Z. Myers, a professor at the University of Minnesota, to desecrate the Eucharist: “Myers was quoted yesterday saying, ‘I have to do something. I’m not going to just let this disappear.’ [Last Friday it was reported that he had acquired a Host.] He continued, ‘Something will be done. It won’t be gross. It won’t be totally tasteless, but yeah, I’ll do something that shows this cracker has no power.’ “The biology professor made it clear that he would never disrespect Islam the...
  • Minnesota college instructor under fire over communion wafer comments (Anti-Catholic Bias)

    07/10/2008 9:43:57 AM PDT · by MplsSteve · 7 replies · 41+ views
    Minneapolis StarTribune (aka The Red Star) ^ | 7/10/08 | Paul Walsh - Staff Reporter
    A Minnesota university instructor is jousting with a national Catholic watch dog group over a kidnapped communion wafer, which the associate professor dismisses as a "frackin' cracker." Paul Z. Myers, who teaches biology at the University of Minnesota, Morris, on his blog this week expressed amazement that a Florida college student who briefly took a wafer "hostage" has been receiving death threats. Under the headline, "It's a frackin' cracker!" Myers wrote in an at-times profane blog entry: "Crazy Christian fanatics right here in our own country have been threatening to kill a young man over a cracker. This is insane."...
  • Editorial: Marriage - Sacrament or Sacrilege?

    06/12/2008 6:29:35 PM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies · 89+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 6/13/08 | Randy Sly
    On Monday, Episcopal Bishop Marc Handley Andrus, of the Diocese of California (the San Francisco area) issued a pastoral guideline calling for all couples, regardless of sexual orientation, to follow the same pattern for marriage, seeking a civil ceremony first followed by a church blessing. This will allow, the bishop said, for all couples to enter marriage on the same footing. He is even going to personally volunteer to perform the ceremonies as a Deputy Marriage Commissioner. In other words, he wants those whose marriages the church can sanction to seek a civil ceremony instead, followed by a church blessing......
  • A Brief Catechism of the Catholic Church - Lesson 34: The First Commandment

    08/16/2007 4:41:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 972+ views
    OLRL ^ | Fr. William J. Cogan
    Lesson 34: The First Commandment "Come let us praise the Lord with joy:  let us joyfully sing to God our savior.  Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; and make a joyful noise to Him with psalms.  For the Lord is a great God, and a great King above all gods.  For in His hand are all the ends of the earth:  and the heights of the mountains are His.  For the sea is His, and He made it:  and His hands formed the dry land.  Come let us adore and fall down:  and weep before the Lord that...
  • Jesus a vegetarian in PETA campaign

    03/24/2007 4:34:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 81 replies · 3,698+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 24, 2007 | Bob Unruh
    A controversial new public relations campaign by animal-rights group PETA proclaims Jesus Christ to have been a vegetarian, and portrays the Last Supper ? complete with 12 "disciples" including Beatle Paul McCartney and lesbian country-music singer k.d. lang ? as a spectacle meant to inspire mankind to forsake eating meat. The outreach has been built into a 28-foot 1955 Silver Streak Airstream trailer wherein the "Last Supper" is re-created, surrounding Jesus with famous vegetarians, officials of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals told WND. Dallas artist Greg Metz's work first was displayed in his hometown, then in Columbia, S.C.,...
  • JOHN EDWARDS HIRES TWO ANTI-CATHOLICS (amazingly foul-mouthed witches)

    02/06/2007 8:58:42 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 147 replies · 3,897+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 2/6/2007 | Bill Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue is demanding that presidential hopeful John Edwards fire two recently hired anti-Catholics who have joined his team: Amanda Marcotte as Blogmaster and Melissa McEwan as the Netroots Coordinator. Here’s why: “Writing on the Pandagon blogsite, December 26, 2006, Amanda Marcotte wrote that ‘the Catholic church is not about to let something like compassion for girls get in the way of using the state as an instrument to force women to bear more tithing Catholics.’ On October 9, 2006, she said that ‘the Pope’s gotta tell women who give birth to stillborns that their babies are...
  • Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics at church

    01/28/2007 8:57:58 PM PST · by Mount Athos · 98 replies · 2,468+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 29/01/2007 | onathan Petre
    John Lennon once enraged Christians by claiming that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus. The Church of England is now recognising the pulling power of rock stars by recruiting Bono, the singer and lyricist of U2, in its bid to boost congregations. A Church of England bishop is to preside at this country's first "U2-charist", an adapted Holy Communion service that uses the Irish supergroup's best-selling songs in place of hymns. US worshippers, Hymns replaced by Bono lyrics US worshippers at a U2 Eucharist sing along to lyrics of Bono In what is more rock concert than Book of Common...
  • Furor in Italy over "gay nativity" in parliament

    12/20/2006 11:46:55 AM PST · by Alouette · 41 replies · 1,472+ views
    Reuters ^ | Dec. 20, 2006 | Philip Pullella
    ROME (Reuters) - Two leftists in Italy's ruling coalition on Wednesday outraged fellow lawmakers by placing four dolls representing homosexual couples near the baby Jesus in the official nativity scene in parliament. The two parliamentarians from the small "Rose in the Fist" party said their gesture was to promote the legalization of gay marriage and granting legal recognition to unmarried couples. Bruno Mellano and Donatella Poretti placed the Barbie and Ken-type dolls in the parliamentary nativity scene, each couple lying down embraced among the shepherds witnessing the birth of Jesus. Each of the two doll couples, which parliamentary ushers removed...
  • Film explores spiritual life and sexuality of 'sassy' Saint Teresa

    08/25/2006 6:20:55 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 53 replies · 2,122+ views
    Timos Online (UK) ^ | August 25, 2006 | Dalya Alberge
    THE Church is facing another onslaught from film-makers. After the furore over The Da Vinci Code, it is now contending with an allegedly blasphemous account of the life of St Teresa of Ávila. Geraldine Chaplin heads the cast of Teresa: Death and Life, a feature film about one of the great Christian figures. The writings of the saint — a mystic who said that Christ conversed with her — are revered as spiritual masterpieces four centuries after her death. But film-makers don’t do spirituality as easily as sexuality and, in exploring the saint’s sex life, they find themselves accused of...
  • Howard Gensler | Madonna to Russian mob: Shove-sky this

    08/21/2006 7:21:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies · 620+ views
    Howard Gensler | Madonna to Russian mob: Shove-sky this MADONNA MAY BE a kidnapping target of the Russian mob. According to a report in the London Sun, Russian gangsters have threatened the Material Girl and her two children with abduction should Madonna go ahead with her Confessions tour in Moscow next month. But tough-gal Madonna is like "Law & Order's" Jack McCoy (Sam Waterston), refusing to bow to Russian mob pressure. "Madonna is well aware of the kidnap threats," said a source, "but she is brave and even a little nonchalant when it comes to her own safety." Her husband...
  • Drunk Britons shatter peace of Lourdes

    08/20/2006 10:37:43 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 526+ views
    UK Telegraph ^ | 8/20/06 | Peter Allen
    For millions of pilgrims, a visit to Lourdes to take its miraculous healing waters is an intensely spiritual experience. Since Bernadette Soubirous witnessed the first of 18 apparitions of the Virgin Mary almost 150 years ago, the shrine has become a place of quiet contemplation and religious devotion. Hail Mary or Bloody Mary? Lourdes is home to tacky gift shops and numerous bars and clubs But now the town's peace is being shattered by thousands of British tourists whose behaviour has become so bad that officials have brought in riot police. The decision to deploy officers from the notorious...
  • Faithful, Yet Not Traditional Catholics (Faithful to who?)

    06/05/2006 10:29:56 PM PDT · by right-wingin_It · 41 replies · 753+ views
    LA Times ^ | June 4, 2006 | David Hadlane
    Like Catholic priests everywhere, Bishop Peter Hickman dons a white tunic each Sunday to celebrate Mass in a sanctuary laden with incense and crosses. Unlike most, he'll often have lunch with his wife and children afterward. "Marriage promotes growth," says Hickman, 50, who has fathered five children, been married three times and divorced twice. "People who've never been married have a hard time knowing themselves." Marriage and children aren't the only things separating Hickman from nearly all Roman Catholic clergy. The church he has pastored for more than 20 years, St. Matthew in Orange, operates much like any other Catholic...
  • Loved ones' ashes can become gems

    01/14/2006 4:43:05 PM PST · by HarleyD · 34 replies · 1,331+ views
    Beacon Journal ^ | Nov. 05, 2005 | Marilyn Miller
    Diamonds are forever -- and now mom, dad and grandma can be, too -- thanks to a process that converts ashes from their cremated remains into gems. ``My wife and I had already decided on cremation when we die,'' said Scott Mason of the Adams-Mason Memorial Chapel in Akron. ``She never wants me to talk about business at home, but when I brought up the diamond option, it piqued her interest. ``We like the idea that when we die, we will be able to leave a lasting gift and a special memory to our family.'' The ashes-to-diamond cremation option was...
  • Bible used as toilet paper by Palestinian terrorists? (At Bethlehem's Church of the Nativity)

    01/01/2006 3:09:33 PM PST · by wagglebee · 50 replies · 2,360+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 1/1/06 | Aaron Klein
    In what many consider to be one of the most notorious holy site desecrations in recent history, nearly 100 Palestinian terrorists in April, 2002, holed up inside the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem while fleeing a massive Israeli anti-terror operation. One of Christianity's most sacred sites, the church is believed to be the birthplace of Jesus. Israel surrounded the Church area but refused to storm the structure. Gunmen inside included wanted senior Hamas, Tzanim and Al Aqsa Martyrs Brigades terrorists reportedly involved in suicide bombings and shooting attacks. Over 200 nuns and priests were trapped in the church...
  • Jesuit Magazine Carries Advertisement for Condom-Covered Virgin Mary Statue

    12/15/2005 12:03:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies · 2,499+ views
    First Things ^ | 12/15/05 | Joseph Bottum
    Vetting advertisements for a magazine is always a little tricky. Editors have a financial responsibility to keep the publication going, and it’s a fairly well-established practice in the trade to accept ads that don’t necessarily match the magazine’s editorial line—I suppose on the principle that if, say, the people at MoveOn.Org somehow believe their money is well spent trawling for converts with an ad in the John Birch Society’s newsletter, it’s not the business of the John Birch Society to correct them. Still, there are limits. Take, for example, the ad on page 36 of the December 5 issue of...
  • Defending the honour of Our Lady

    10/31/2005 11:22:04 AM PST · by Gillibrand · 6 replies · 350+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 30 October 2005 | Gillibrand
    from the attacks of blasphemers at the first night of the play "Our Lady of Flanders" at the Flemish theatre in Brussels, KVS (logo behind the banners) 150 demonstrators were met with some three van loads of police - some of whom were friendly others a little less so. Advertising for the play in the foyer. Those who attended the state-subsidised play were noticeably "middle class". The whole charade has more to do with bourgeois liberal guilt than anything else. It is not just American universities that are victims of this guilt!
  • Sprinkling Holy Water on 'The Da Vinci Code'

    08/04/2005 11:43:04 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 180 replies · 2,868+ views
    New York Times ^ | August 7, 2005 | SHARON WAXMAN
    But "Da Vinci," set for release in May, is shaping up as one of the movie world's more complicated exercises - so much so that Sony has dropped a scrim of secrecy over the affair, refusing to discuss anything but the barest details. The script has been closely controlled. Outsiders have been banned from the set. And those associated with the film have had to sign confidentiality agreements. ...their silence is a measure of concern about the potentially incendiary nature of the subject matter. The book, which is fiction, takes aim at central Christian dogma, claiming that Jesus had a...
  • The devil and all his works

    07/19/2005 10:25:36 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 36 replies · 758+ views
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 16/07/2005 | Gillibrand
    The devil and all his works are on display in the Church of Notre Dame de la Chapelle in Brussels, Belgium. Indeed the altars of the Church have been transformed into exhibition stands for the works of modern art from an art collective. The relics are still in place in these altars.
  • Protest of TFP and America Needs Fatima is successful. Ebay changes policy: Catholics rejoice

    05/04/2005 12:32:37 PM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 6 replies · 1,374+ views
    America Needs Fatima ^ | 05-03-05 | America Needs Fatima
    Once again, protests have been proven effective. After receiving an avalanche of protest emails, petitions and calls eBay has changed its policy and will now refuse to sell consecrated Hosts and other sacred objects. In an email sent to protestors, Kaelee of eBay’s Community Watch Team writes: “we have concluded that sales of the Eucharist, and similar highly sacred items, are not appropriate on eBay. We have, therefore, broadened our policies and will remove those types of listings should they appear on the site in the future.” The controversy began in mid April, when someone seeking to capitalize on the...
  • Ebay listing Claiming Consecrated Host from a JPII mass

    04/11/2005 6:26:58 PM PDT · by Knitting A Conundrum · 136 replies · 2,982+ views
    Ebay ^ | 4/11/05
    I suspect that this is a fraud, but it's horrendous if you are a Catholic. Person is selling what he purports to be a consecrated host from a 1998 mass with John Paul II. If this bothers you, you might want to complain to Ebay. you can get to that at
  • "Dare to Be Catholic!"

    03/29/2005 12:41:21 PM PST · by concernedAmerican1 · 5 replies · 630+ views
    TFP Student Action ^ | 03-29-05 | by John Ritchie
    Catholic University hosts sacrilegious display against the Blessed Mother, offending students, faculty and Catholics nationwide Something extremely alarming and shameful occurred at the University of Dayton, where Our Blessed Mother was depicted in an exhibit amid pictures of prostitutes and pornography.1 The sacrilegious display, "Heartlands," by Derek A. Cracco, an assistant professor of art at the University of Alabama, was on public display in the Rike Center Gallery of the University of Dayton from February 22 to March 11. Ranking among the ten largest Catholic universities in the country, the University of Dayton, founded by the Society of Mary in...