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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • [Cath Cauc] Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy

    11/18/2018 7:14:18 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 18, 2018 | Adfero
    For the Record: Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy For the Record: Msgr. Bux questions Ratzinger's resignation, Bergoglio's legitimacy We post this now as an important part of the record during the reign of Bergoglio. While we discussed this on Twitter a few days ago, we are just now able to post this on the blog. Long-time readers know we have followed the "Good Bux" for many years (click the tags at the bottom of the post to read more).  What the Msgr. is speaking to, the validity of Benedict's abdication, and naturally following the legitimacy of Bergoglio's election,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal

    11/18/2018 5:40:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 16, 2018 | Ed Condon
    Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal Washington D.C., Nov 16, 2018 / 06:56 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned.Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and staffers.The conference’s proposed plan would have established an independent lay-led commission to investigate allegations against bishops. The Cupich-Wuerl plan would instead send allegations against bishops to be investigated...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Pope Owns This

    11/18/2018 5:29:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 16, 2018 | Msgr Charles Pope
    The Pope Owns This The annual Fall Meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), which took place in Baltimore earlier this week, was a disappointment on many levels. Yet there were also moments of light and strength coming from a good number of bishops. They spoke with clarity, acknowledging the seriousness of the crisis both in terms of the need to bring some semblance of justice to the victims and of the faltering credibility of the Church. Some even made the forbidden connection of the crisis to active homosexuals in the priesthood. Still others lamented the collective...
  • UN Committee Declares Sovereign Nations ‘Must’ Legalize Abortion

    11/18/2018 5:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/13/18 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    GENEVA, Switzerland, November 13, 2018 (Population Research Institute) – The Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva has adopted a radically pro-abortion document that could have lasting implications for pro-life laws worldwide. The document, known as General Comment No. 36, is the first of its kind to declare that states “must” legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, and when the pregnancy “is not viable.” The General Comment also calls on nations to remove laws that impose criminal penalties on health care workers who perform illegal abortions, claiming that the mere enforcement of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Some Good Guys, But Not Enough

    11/17/2018 3:47:56 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | November 16, 2018 | Michael Voris
    Some Good Guys, But Not Enough And one really bad one. I'm Michael Voris wrapping up our coverage of the bishops' sex abuse meeting here in Baltimore, or rather what was supposed to be a meeting about clerical sex abuse — which is mostly homosexual clergy sex abuse. But it didn't exactly turn out that way once the gay mob in Rome abruptly ordered the U.S. bishops to cancel their planned vote on trying to get to the bottom of things. After that happened, not much else did.   There were speeches and grandstanding and controlling of events by Rome's waterboy,...
  • Where To Now, Bishops? And Laity?

    11/17/2018 12:19:17 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | November 16, 2018 | Rod Dreher
    Where To Now, Bishops? And Laity? #google_ads_iframe_\/339474670\/ADN_Native\/TAC_Native_1__container__ {padding: 10px 0; margin-bottom: 20px; border-top: solid 1px #000; border-bottom: solid 1px #000} #related_content ul {float: right; border: solid 1px #1b3346; width: 200px; padding: 15px; font: normal 80% sans-serif; color: #1b3346; margin-left: 8px;} #related_content > ul::before { content: "Related Articles"; font: bold 16pt sans-serif; } #related_content > ul li{ margin:0px 0px 0px 6px } From the Catholic News AgencyÂ’s report on the final day of the US Conference of Catholic BishopsÂ’ meeting this week. Here, the bishops were debating a resolution that would have put the US bishops on record urging the Vatican...
  • Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion?

    11/17/2018 11:16:10 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | November 17, 2018 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    This triumphalist statement is a staple of Islamic propaganda. If Islam is the “world’s fastest-growing religion,” then this must surely reflect, its adherents believe, its innate superiority to other faiths. And it suggests that this rise is inexorable and irreversible. But the picture is not quite so clear. Look at the figures being given for the world’s Muslim population. There still seems to be no agreement. The numbers range enormously, from a low of 1.4 billion to a high of 1.8 billion.In Muslim countries, the way Muslims are counted is to take the total population, subtract those who have definitely...
  • [Catholic Caucus] The Roots and Fruit of Ecclesial Idolatry

    11/17/2018 8:30:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 16, 2018 | Jonathan B. Cole
    The Roots and Fruit of Ecclesial Idolatry In this present crisis in the Church, with more and more revelations of a “sodomitic filth that insinuates itself like a cancer in the ecclesiastical order” (St. Peter Damian), and the subsequent cover-ups and payoffs, the Body of Christ is pierced again with new thorns and nails, and the Mother of God is pierced again in seeing her Son’s sufferings. In bringing some good out of all the depravity, the thoughts of the hearts of many are being revealed (Lk. 2:35).The apostle Paul certainly saw the redemptive side of scandal and division: “For...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis the Problem

    11/17/2018 8:17:33 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 16, 2018 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    Pope Francis the Problem In the print edition of today's USA Today, online here, is a sad commentary by Melinda Henneberger, a former Vatican correspondent for the New York Times, where she announces her apostasy. Henneberger, who is known to be center-left (dissident on, for instance, Humanae Vitae, but sympathetic toward limited pro-life causes) via her many years of writings, blamed her apostasy decision on "these men" and "the men who run the church" while avoiding any blame toward the man who runs the Church. Who runs the Church?  Who is the Supreme Pontiff?  Who blocked the U.S. Conference of...
  • Bishop Daly [Spokane]: Do Bishops Have Catholic Morals?

    11/16/2018 5:44:30 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/14/18 | Bradley Eli
    Asks bishops why they didn't stop disgraced archbishop McCarrickBALTIMORE ( - The bishop of Spokane, Washington is asking U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore if some of them no longer believe it's wrong for adults to engage in homosexual acts. Speaking at the bishops' meeting on Tuesday, Bp. Thomas Daly put forth some possible "reasons" why bishops turned a blind eye to disgraced Abp. Theodore McCarrick's homosexual predation of seminarians and priests. "Did this come to be," asked Daly, "because we have certain bishops and priests who don't see anything wrong with consensual sex between adults?" He did posit other possible...
  • Fake Orthodox Jews against Trump

    11/16/2018 3:32:43 PM PST · by Stepan12 · 16 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | November 16, 2018 | Daniel Greenfield
    Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is an investigative journalist and writer focusing on the radical Left and Islamic terrorism. You could find Rabbi Mike Moskowitz protesting for illegal aliens at “Moral Mincha” rallies organized by Torah Trumps Hate (TTH) and Hitoreri: An Orthodox Movement for Social Change. Both lefty groups claim to be Orthodox Jewish organizations and with his black hat, dark suit and black beard, “Rabbi” Mike Moskowitz certainly looks the part of a real Orthodox Rabbi. But he’s as real as Hitoreri and Torah Trumps Hate. “Rabbi” Moskowitz is actually employed by...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Undermines Vatican Diplomatic Immunity with USCCB Intervention

    11/16/2018 9:20:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 15, 2018 | Benjamin Harnwell
    In ordering the U.S. bishops to abstain from voting on measures aimed at addressing clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis may have inadvertently performed the most consequential and costly act of his papacy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) intended to vote on two measures responding to the ongoing sex abuse crisis in its annual fall meeting, which concluded in Baltimore on Wednesday. A last-minute intervention, however, from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops instructed the USCCB to stand down and to await a meeting of global episcopal conference leadership convoked by Pope Francis for February. The Vatican’s direct intervention into the bishops’ governance would...
  • [Cath Cauc]Synodality Up in Smoke. Exercises of Pontifical Monarchy in the U.S. and China

    11/16/2018 7:52:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | November 15, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    Anything but a synodal Church. After extolling “synodality” as the preeminent fruit of last October’s synod of bishops, and after promising since 2013 more autonomy and powers for the episcopal conferences, including some “authentic doctrinal authority,” Pope Francis has dismembered the agenda of the plenary assembly of one of the biggest episcopates in the world, that of the United States, which has been meeting in Baltimore since Monday, November 12. And at the same time he has abandoned to themselves, in China, those bishops who are not part of the secret accord signed at the end of September between the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] De Mattei: The “Viganò case and the “impasse” of Pope Francis

    11/16/2018 7:36:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 14, 2018 | Roberto de Mattei
    An answer has finally arrived. Not the answer – vainly expected - from Pope Francis, but a significant one nevertheless, from a journalist who is part of his close entourage. The author is Andrea Tornielli, the Vatican reporter for La Stampa, in charge of the website Vatican Insider. Along with the journalist Gianni Valente, he just published The Day of Judgment, an extensive paper on the “Viganò case”, with the eloquent subtitle: Conflicts, power struggles, abuses and scandals. What is really happening in the Church (Edizioni Piemme, 255 pp.). Tornielli’s main thesis is that Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s testimony on...
  • Cath Cauc: Cardinal Tobin to TAS: Yes, the Itl. actor Francesco Castiglione Lived at My Rectory

    11/15/2018 10:26:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | November 15, 2018 | George Neumayr
    I lurked about the Marriott lobby for a few minutes, then looked up and saw Tobin emerge from the elevator and saunter over to the check-out desk. Here was my chance. I waited for him to complete his business, then introduced myself and asked him about Francesco Castiglione. Was Castiglione living at the rectory until I reported it? Tobin responded that, yes, Castiglione was living at his rectory “temporarily.” I asked him why. He said that Castiglione was taking “language classes” at Seton Hall. Asked why he would provide temporary housing to a random Seton Hall student, Tobin couldn’t offer...
  • [Cath Cauc] US bishop challenges brother bishops for allowing pro-LGBT priest to speak in dioceses

    11/15/2018 9:10:23 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 14, 2018 | Lisa Bourne
    US bishop challenges brother bishops for allowing pro-LGBT priest to speak in dioceses BALTIMORE, Maryland, November 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Texas Bishop Joseph Strickland forthrightly articulated Church teaching on the immorality of homosexual acts to the U.S. Bishops’ Conference Tuesday. He questioned whether his brother bishops believed this “doctrine of the Church or not,” and if they did, why some of them have allowed certain clergy to speak in their dioceses with a pro-homosexual message.  “Brothers, I think part of the fraternal correction, or the fraternal support, we offer each other is to say, 'Can that be presented in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Tobin still doesn’t get it. Nighty-night, baby.

    11/15/2018 9:01:52 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 14, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    f the scorching address by Francesco Cesareo, calling for negligent bishops to resign voluntarily, produced the most encouraging moment in the USCCB meeting, the low point might have come when Cardinal Joseph Tobin spoke, and made it abundantly clear that some prelates still don’t “get it.” After delivering a report on the investigations into “Uncle Ted” McCarrick in his Newark archdiocese (it’s complicated), Cardinal Tobin wondered aloud why people don’t trust their bishops. “What was there before?” he asked rhetorically. “What was our credibility built on, that it could be so swept away?” Let me attempt to answer that question....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Monsignor Bux: Pope Francis Must Urgently Issue Profession of Faith

    11/15/2018 8:55:28 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Edward Pentin ^ | November 14, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The Vatican theologian says unless the Pope reaffirms Church teaching on morals, the faith and the sacraments, ‘the apostasy will deepen and the de facto schism will widen.’ In a forceful interview with Italian Vaticanist Aldo Maria Valli, Msgr. Nicola Bux has warned that the current pontificate is issuing statements that are generating “heresies, schisms, and controversies of various kinds” and that the Holy Father should issue a profession of faith to restore unity in the Church.In the interview, published Oct. 13 but overlooked due to the Youth Synod taking place in Rome last month, the theologian consultor to the Congregation for the Causes...
  • Prayer and Fasting for our Nation

    11/14/2018 5:43:49 PM PST · by metmom · 86 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/14/2018 | self
    <p>To say that our nation is in serious trouble is a vast understatement. We are daily being bombarded with news of immorality and corruption in all levels of politics and society.</p> <p>We are under attack on many fronts.</p> <p>Abortion is still legal, homosexuality and sexual perversion is being flaunted and lauded in the streets, elections are being brazenly stolen right under our noses as we watch, and nobody is stopping it, God was kicked out of our schools and public life decades ago. Our culture has embraced humanism and sees no need for God.</p>
  • [Cath Cauc] Sexual abuse victims file class action lawsuit against Vatican, Catholic bishops

    11/14/2018 4:51:14 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Washington Times ^ | November 13, 2018 | Stephen Dinan
    Six men filed a class action and racketeering lawsuit Tuesday against the Vatican and America’s Catholic bishops, arguing they were aware of but ignored evidence of rape and sexual abuse within the clergy. The 80-page complaint, filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C., asks a judge to order a personal apology from the church hierarchy to abuse victims, to demand a full public accounting of all cases dating back to 1940, and to compensate victims and create a medical monitoring fund to help in recovery. The plaintiffs all say they were abused when they were children attending churches from...