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  • Robbing the Churches of Mexico: Conf. of Catholic Bishops is to the left of Obama on immigration

    08/05/2015 6:41:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/05/2015 | Jonathan David Carson
    Recently Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, applauded a federal district court that found the Obama administration excessively strict in its enforcement of immigration law. It's not easy getting to the left of Obama on illegal immigration, but the Conference of Catholic Bishops is up to the task. The bishops believe, no doubt, that they have prudential and humanitarian reasons for encouraging illegal immigration. Nevertheless, the prudence and humanity of the bishops would be easier to credit if they would admit to their conflict of interest. Without Catholic immigration, which is...
  • Cardinal Dolan’s remarks about Trump are personally offensive to me

    08/02/2015 8:54:42 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/2/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Is it me or is the Catholic Church beginning to look more and more like the ruling Uniparty in Washington? The Holy Father’s approval ratings are falling like a stone in a lake and not without good cause. If approval numbers for Francis were plummeting because he was constantly preaching warnings about the penalty for sinning, I would cheer him and say “Good riddance” to those who are upset and maybe want to move to another church because of such warnings. But this is not the case. We are getting a non-stop dose of “Liberation Theology” that provides solutions to...
  • Say It Ain’t So, Pope

    07/19/2015 5:31:47 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 51 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 19, 2015 | Bruce Bialosky
    Recently we had a rendezvous with my daughter’s future roommate (plus her mother and her mother’s best friend). The roommate is moving to Los Angeles from New Jersey after graduating from college. When we met the mother and her friend, they were both prominently wearing crosses on necklaces. We felt much more comfortable about the future of our child’s new living arrangement. They were delighted to find out we were committed Jews. I spend extensive time discussing with people who adhere to different denominations of Christianity. I am still befuddled by the varieties of Protestantism and I am confident I...
  • The New York Times's Anti-Christian Hypocrisy

    07/03/2015 5:30:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 07/03/2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Once again, this time by the New York Times, it has been proven that the only group that it is politically correct to bash or offend is Christians. They turn the other cheek and forgive those who trespass, rather than behead and bomb, or storm newspaper offices to murder and maim. That much was admitted by New York Times editor for standards Phil Corbett in defending the newspaper’s decision to publish Monday a picture of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned out of condoms, after being among those that refused to publish the Charlie Hebdo cartoons of the Mohammed that prompted a...
  • ASK FATHER: Who is a member of the Church? (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:24:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 22, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: Who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church? Is baptism all that is required? What about people baptised into the RC Church who later in life do not believe in some of the teachings of the RC Church (eg regarding homosexuality) but still go to Mass & Holy Communion? Can they still claim to be members? This seems like a simple question, calling for a simple answer.  It isn’t.From the perspective of the world, the Church, like any other “club” should have clearly demarcated lines of membership, with an initiation process, rules for membership, and penalties...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. Religious Liberty

    04/30/2015 10:04:08 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | April 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case to determine whether the Constitution requires states to issue same-sex marriage licenses and requires other states to honor same-sex marriages performed in those states. A primary argument by the plaintiffs is that gay marriage is covered under the equal protection clause of the 14th Amendment and that if straights can marry, then so can gays. The counterargument is that marriage is a privilege and not a right, a union of one man and one woman sanctioned over millennia by virtually every culture and country over time as the stable...
  • Churches Could Lose Tax Exemption Over Gay Marriage

    06/30/2015 10:40:19 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 30, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Lost in the celebrations over universal gay marriage, like abortion, being deemed a right found in the “penumbras and emanations” of the Constitution is the chilling effect the ruling has on religious liberty. In a telling exchange between the Obama administration’s Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito, detailed by Tom Blumer at Newsbusters.com, in which Verrilli admitted that churches could lose their tax exemptions if they refuse to perform gay weddings: Justice Alito: Well, in the Bob Jones case, the Court held that a college was not entitled to tax­exempt status if it opposed interracial marriage...
  • Salon Writer: For White Catholics, Climate Science ‘Clashes With Their Other God: The Free Market

    06/27/2015 6:19:53 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    NewsBusters.org ^ | June 27, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    When it comes to American Catholic opinions about climate change, a recent poll shows a major gap between whites and Latinos. The Public Religion Research Institute reports that by margins of approximately 20 percent, Latino Catholics are likelier than white Catholics to believe that there is such a thing as global warming; that it’s “due to human activity”; and that it “constitutes a crisis or a major problem.” What’s causing this discrepancy? A false god, suggests writer Patricia Miller. “White Catholics don’t accept the scientific consensus on climate change because it clashes with their other god: the free market,” declared...
  • Pope Francis Included Islamic Passages In Climate Hoax Encyclical – What’s He Up To?

    06/20/2015 10:36:03 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 83 replies
    RickWells.us ^ | Posted on June 21, 2015 | by Rick Wells
    Pope Francis was not content with merely spreading the politics of Marxist wealth redistribution in his “climate change” fairyhoax encyclical, arguably the whole reason for its creation in the first place. He also chose to reinforce its supposed legitimacy by featuring a passage from an Islamic poet, Ali al-Khawas. As reported in Breitbart News, the “climate” encyclical included a depiction of the Muslim poet as cautioning people not to “put too much distance between the creatures of the world and the interior experience of God.” The symbolism of incorporating this Islamic text into the encyclical is much more significant than...
  • Priests needed: As (Catholic) Church growth explodes worldwide, parishes can't keep up

    06/15/2015 2:33:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    cna ^ | January 12, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Pilgrims fill St. Peter's Square for Pope Francis' Wednesday general audience on Oct. 15, 2014. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Washington D.C., Jun 12, 2015 / 05:11 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The global Catholic population is growing – so quickly, in fact, that priest and parish numbers cannot keep up, says a new study on trends in the worldwide Church. And this poses a challenge: With an overall growth in the number of Catholics, especially in Africa and Asia, but not enough growth in the number of parishes and priests to supplement it, there are fewer opportunities for Catholics to receive the sacraments...
  • Pfleger and Jackson vs. the NRA

    06/15/2015 10:14:13 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 19 replies
    American Thinker ^ | June 15, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    One would think that Catholic priests like Chicago’s Rev. Michael Pfleger, an early supporter of Barack Obama and his push for gun control, would not be bearing false witness against one of his neighbors. Yet there he was standing in front of Chuck’s Gun Shop in suburban Riverdale, Illinois, to blame it, and other legal businesses like it, along with the National Rifle Association, for the murder spree in the gun-controlled progressive worker’s paradise of Chicago. Standing with the camera-shy Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence president Dan Gross in front of the gun shop,...
  • Vatican Speaker on Climate Thinks There are 6 Billion Too Many of Us

    06/13/2015 12:12:25 PM PDT · by detective · 56 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 12, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    One of the speakers slated for the Vatican rollout of the long-awaited Papal document on climate change once said the earth is overpopulated by at least 6 billion people. The teaching document, called an encyclical, is scheduled for release on June 18 at Vatican City. Perhaps with the exception of the 1968 encyclical on contraception, no Vatican document has been greeted with such anticipation. The political left is hoping for a document that ties belief in global warming to a religious obligation. Climate skeptics have already started criticizing the document.
  • Is Jesus Christ at Odds With the Catholic Church?

    06/02/2015 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | March 28, 2015 | Marlon De La Torre
    Have you ever wondered if Jesus actually believed everything He taught to those around Him? This is an out of the box type of question but it’s one that is gaining momentum amongst people who wish to defend a personal position contrary to the teachings of the Catholic Church.  Their method is to use Christ and somehow convince people that what he taught was an openness to embrace a golden rule of loving everyone but leaving the person to their own devices with no attempt at a genuine conversion of heart to Christ Himself.Our human condition is both a great...
  • The Church Fails Ireland, Will it Next Fail America?

    06/01/2015 9:40:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/30/2015 | Steve Deace
    It is nearly impossible to overstate the evangelistic failure of the Catholic Church in Ireland following that country’s democratic embrace of homosexual marriage – the first nation ever to openly choose such debauchery for itself instead of having it imposed by the courts. Many reasons were offered last week for why this happened on an island nation where roughly 84 percent of the population identifies as Catholic. Among them were the tone-setting decadence of a divorce culture, the priest abuse scandal and the fat, dumb and happy that came with the country’s economic revolution in the 1990s. There is something...
  • Progressive Catholics Organize to Promote Pope Francis’s Climate Change Message

    05/24/2015 12:15:14 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 24, 2015 | Breitbart News
    NEW YORK (AP) — There will be prayer vigils and pilgrimages, policy briefings and seminars, and sermons in parishes from the U.S. to the Philippines. When Pope Francis releases his much-anticipated teaching document on the environment and climate change in the coming weeks, a network of Roman Catholics will be ready. These environmental advocates – who work with bishops, religious orders, Catholic universities and lay movements – have been preparing for months to help maximize the effect of the statement, hoping for a transformative impact in the fight against global warming. “This is such a powerful moment,” said Patrick Carolan,...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 70 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • American dollars bequeathed us Ireland’s successful referendum

    05/24/2015 6:41:13 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/24/15 | Judi Mcleod
    If millions of dollars partnered with “aggressive social media” can wipe out corruption and bald-faced lies, then Hillary Clinton, who comes with great stores of both, could be America’s next president That it was suddenly magnanimous, home-grown Irish, a coming together of young and old, who made their country the first to approve same-sex marriage by way of referendum, is an exaggeration that surpasses the gifts said to come to the kissers of the legendary Blarney Stone. It was in point of fact American money raised by the billion dollar resourced Atlantic Philanthropies organization who poured in mega millions to...
  • How Can the (Catholic) Church Teach Angels?

    05/20/2015 2:41:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 317 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | March 15, 2015 | Tim Staples
    In John 5:43, Jesus declared:I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.With the advent of Protestantism and the confusion that followed, and that continues to this day, Christians, outside of the Catholic Church, have, at best, an incomplete understanding of the power of these words. When Jesus says, “I come in my father’s name,” he reveals the nature of the authority he possesses from God, the Father.We use this phrase—at least, the “in the name of” part—similarly in modern parlance in law enforcement when a police...
  • O'Reilly Blames Catholic Church Corruption, Rap Music for Christianity's Decline in US

    05/17/2015 6:06:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    While discussing the latest Pew Survey that documented the decline of people professing to be Christian in America, Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly blamed the Catholic Church's corruption and rap music's "promotion of depraved behavior" as a few reasons for the decline of Christianity in U.S. culture. "There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment," O'Reilly said. "The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people – the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and...
  • Has the Catholic Church Changed So Much That Marxist Dictators Now Feel Welcome There?

    05/12/2015 8:31:38 AM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 29 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    Apparently, the answer is ‘yes’: "Cuba has eased its persecution of religion in the last 23 years, but there have been few overtures suggesting the country’s executive office might be finding its faith. "That changed Sunday when President Raul Castro said the teachings of Pope Francis had persuaded him not only to take a softer line on religion, but perhaps to return to the Catholic Church and begin worshipping again as he once did, growing up in Jesuit schools." Now, you could interpret that to mean that Raul Castro has suddenly seen the light and decided that marxism is not...
  • The Decision of the Holy Spirit & Us – The Council of Jerusalem & the Catholicity of Early Church

    05/08/2015 7:56:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 57 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-07-15 | Msgr. Charlels Pope
    It is the Decision of the Holy Spirit and Us – On the Council of Jerusalem and the Catholicity of the Early Church By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn the first reading at today’s Mass is recounted the Council of Jerusalem, which scholars generally date to around 50 A.D. It was a pivotal moment in the history of the Church, since it would set forth an identity for the Church that was independent of the culture of Judaism per se, and would open wide the door of inculturation to the Gentiles. This surely had a significant effect on evangelization in the early...
  • What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None!

    04/07/2015 7:48:05 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-06-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    What Effect Will Pressure to Accept Same Sex Acts or “Marriage” Have on Church Teaching? None! By: Msgr. Charles PopeLast week was Holy Week, so sure enough there were many critical issues in the news that needed attention but we in the Church were off doing more important things like worshipping God and pondering our need for salvation. Permit a brief summary and some predictions from me based on the latest unpleasantness in Indiana last week.I am not a lawyer and neither know nor understand all the legal implications of the law signed by the Indiana governor and then later...
  • On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest”

    03/27/2015 7:34:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-26-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the Lost Justice of the “Sabbath Rest” By: Msgr. Charles PopeSome of us who are older remember that Sundays were once quiet in downtown; in shopping areas, parking lots were empty. Most businesses were closed and few people had to work on Sundays. Surely there were exceptions, such as medical personnel, emergency workers, and those who ran essential services like power plants. But for most, Sunday was a day off. And although the biblical Sabbath was Saturday, in a largely Christian nation Sunday was the “Sabbath” day of rest.In those days, Church was in the morning and then it was...
  • San Francisco Priest Who Defied Tyrants

    04/22/2015 7:23:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | Terry Jeffrey
    Every San Franciscan -- and every friend of freedom -- should learn about Eugene Fahy, a native of Northern California who took a stand against tyrants and never backed down. Born in San Mateo in 1911 and educated at Saint Ignatius and the University of San Francisco, Fahy was a brilliant man who left behind indisputable proof of his eloquence and courage. He could have been a prince of the city, one of San Francisco's most prominent and prosperous men. Instead he took a vow of poverty and devoted his life to God. He joined the Jesuits, went to China,...
  • Must Catholicism Be Patriarchal?

    03/30/2015 2:08:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 29, 2015 | FATHER DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    Someone was joking recently that the reason the Eastern Orthodox cannot have women bishops is because one can’t call a woman “Patriarch.” Behind the wisecrack is some wisdom, and the existence of women ministers in non-Catholic denominations raises the question of just how patriarchal the Christian religion must be.  Is it necessary to call priests “Father” and refer to the Pope as “Holy Father”? The title “Abbot” comes from the ancient term “Abba-Father,” and “pope” comes from the Greek word pappas — “daddy.” Are these no more than human traditions? Are these just social constructs? Or is the idea of...
  • At NJ School, Chalk It up to Intolerance

    03/23/2015 9:32:08 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 5 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | March 20, 2015 | Tony Perkins
    Is it possible to be too Catholic to teach at Catholic school? New Jersey’s Immaculata High School thinks so. In a story that would be shocking even for a public school, Immaculata suspended a long-time teacher for defending what its own church espouses about marriage! Patricia Jannuzzi didn’t make the comments in class — or even during school time. But when she used her personal Facebook to express her personal views, the attack quickly turned personal too. catholic theology teacher threatened Like Dr. Ben Carson (and science!), Patricia believes homosexual behavior is a choice. So when the popular Republican came...
  • Hollywood Targets the Catholic Priest

    03/13/2015 5:41:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 13, 2015 | Brent Bozell
    TV and movie producers rarely focus on Catholic priests in their plots, let alone use them as central characters, as in "The Father Dowling Mysteries" or "Father Murphy" in the 1980s. Maybe that's a good thing, because when Catholic priests are part of the plot these days, there is an unmistakable odor of aggression -- mocking, vilifying, and disparaging not just Catholic priests, but the priesthood itself. On March 4, on the nation's most religion-mocking channel, Comedy Central, the late-night game show "@Midnight" featured the comedian Neal Brennan. Host Chris Hardwick asked a question about confession, to which Brennan responded,...
  • Cardinal Dolan Must Step Down as Parade Grand Marshal

    02/24/2015 11:52:25 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 24, 2015 | MATTHEW HENNESSEY
    Now there can be no doubt—Timothy Cardinal Dolan has been played for a sucker by the organizers of the 2015 New York City St. Patrick’s Day parade. He must step down as Grand Marshal.According to reports, parade organizers are engaged in last-minute negotiations with city officials to allow additional Irish LGBT advocacy organizations to march in this year’s parade. Such groups had been prohibited from marching by a long-standing ban on explicitly political banners in the parade, a policy that also kept pro-life groups off Fifth Avenue.In September, the parade committee announced that a single group, OUT@NBCUniversal, would be allowed...
  • Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness'

    02/24/2015 8:03:21 AM PST · by Steelfish · 72 replies
    IBTimes ^ | February 25, 2015 | Bruce Wright
    Hindus Ask Pope Francis To Punish Priest Who Said Yoga Leads To Satanism, 'Kingdom Of Darkness' By Bruce Wright @bctw on February 23 2015 The pope has been asked by some Hindus to discipline a Catholic priest who equated yoga and the devil. Reuters/Max Rossi A group of Hindus is appealing to Pope Francis to intervene after a Catholic priest from Northern Ireland insinuated that the ancient discipline of yoga is tantamount to Satanism and paganism. Rev. Roland Colhoun from Glendermott parish was delivering a sermon in the village of Drumsurn on Feb. 8 dealing with the devil and exorcism...
  • Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some!

    01/23/2015 7:25:52 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-22-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Who Gets Hurt? At Least 50 Million, and Then Some! By: Msgr. Charles PopeThere’s a common “moral” standard that many like to employ today, especially regarding sexual matters, that goes something like this: “Two consenting adults can do what they please, as long as no one gets hurt.” But of course the sinners who talk like this seem to think that they get to determine if anyone gets hurt. Generally their notions of “no one” are very egocentric. But even there they are often quite wrong.Today, I marched with many who tried to give a voice to the at...
  • Nostra Aetate, the Historic Condemnation of Anti-Semitism by the Catholic Church

    02/09/2015 6:42:49 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | February 9, 2015 | Laurie Cardoza Moore
    The mainstream media lie of lone wolves and workplace violence is increasingly being exposed as a multi-state, multi-regional movement by Islamic terrorists to destroy the Judeo-Christian values of Western civilization. The terrorist attacks in France last month on a magazine office and a Jewish market, once again woke the world to the ever-growing threat of radical Islam and global, genocidal anti-Semitism. The time for the Christian faith to stand against such insidious hatred is long overdue.
  • Democrat Operatives, W.H. Overlords Contributing to Holy Climate Encyclical. What Must We Believe?

    02/03/2015 3:02:08 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | 2/3/15 | Frank Walker
    Why is the head of the U.S. Bishops meeting with the White House and the Director of the liberal Center for American Progress? What goals could they possibly share? Is there anything Catholic about that pro-gay, pro-death power group? As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a world leader on climate change ahead of United Nations talks, it's engaging a powerful ally: the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been moving the Church into a more aggressive posture on climate change, citing the moral need to protect the planet and its citizens. With countries preparing their own climate plans...
  • Governor Jindal trolls Barack Obama: ‘the Medieval Christian threat is under control’ (Ouch!)

    02/06/2015 5:26:58 PM PST · by cotton1706 · 49 replies
    redstate.com ^ | 2/6/15 | Streiff
    We’ve had a lot of fun at Obama’s expense following his juvenile and historically illiterate speech at the National Prayer Breakfast. We’ll let this bit of trolling by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal serve as our last word on the subject.
  • Cuba to Build Its First Catholic Church Since 1959 When Fidel Castro Jailed, Exiled Priests

    02/02/2015 8:49:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/02/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The construction of Cuba's first Roman Catholic Church since 1959 is set to begin in the village of Sandino in the province of Pinar del Rio. Cuba has recently experienced warming ties both with the U.S. and the Vatican. "There is money to begin, building materials to begin, and we have the permissions to start, so everything is ready," said Jorge Enrique Serpa Pérez, the bishop of Pinar del Río, according to Breitbart News. It is a significant development in the largely Catholic country, which had exiled and jailed a number of priests belonging to the Vatican following the 1959...
  • Filipino Columnist: Why I don’t like Pope Francis

    01/19/2015 4:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Philippine Inquirer ^ | 01/19/2015 | Red Tani
    rogressive friends wonder why I’m not a fan of Pope Francis, who—according to these friends, the mainstream media, and pretty much every progressive Catholic I’ve spoken to—is clearly progressive. The short answer: He is not. The long answer starts in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. * * * A poor 13-year-old Dominican boy needed epilepsy medicine, so an archbishop gave it to him in exchange for sexual acts. The archbishop would go on to abuse the boy for four more years. In 2013, minors interviewed by the police admitted to masturbating and having oral sex with the same archbishop...
  • Financier Linked to Burkle And Clinton Is Charged (Raffaello Follieri)

    06/24/2008 6:12:47 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 12 replies · 362+ views
    Excerpt - Federal prosecutors charged Raffaello Follieri, an Italian entrepreneur and former business partner of California billionaire Ron Burkle, with funding a lavish lifestyle by using money from a real-estate venture that was supposed to capitalize on his alleged Vatican ties to redevelop surplus Catholic Church properties. ~ snip ~ A criminal complaint filed by the U.S. attorney in Manhattan Tuesday alleged that Mr. Follieri stole hundreds of thousands of dollars of investor money to pay for a $37,000-a-month New York apartment where he lived for a time with Ms. Hathaway; private jet travel; expensive restaurants and clothes; medical expenses,...
  • The House of God

    12/31/2014 10:19:59 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 12/31/14 | Obie Usategui
    I will let each one of you reach your own conclusions regarding the Cuban pact and the role played by the Catholic church in this dark chapter of history There are a few topics or subjects in life which you just don’t care to discuss as, invariably you will always tap unto someone else’s wrong chord whenever you do; probably awakening, if you will, all kinds of passionate responses - at times outright anger. Needless to say, I refer to religion as one of those subjects if not [the] subject, habitually known for stirring more controversies than any other. To...
  • Pope officially demotes conservative American Cardinal Raymond Burke

    11/09/2014 8:12:48 AM PST · by Gamecock · 17 replies
    UPI ^ | 11.8.2014 | Thor Benson
    VATICAN CITY, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- After speaking out against statements of Pope Francis that appear to be very lenient toward homosexuals in the church, Cardinal Raymond Burke has been removed from his position as leader of the Vatican's highest court. The pope has worked on a draft of the synod of bishops that included welcoming homosexual people into the Catholic church, to some degree. That part did not make it to the final draft, but it did stir things up in the church. Around this time, Cardinal Raymond Burke told Buzzfeed "the pope is not free to change the...
  • Cardinal Burke: ‘I’m Praying Very Fervently That This Coming Year This Confusion Will Stop’

    10/31/2014 7:54:38 AM PDT · by detective · 17 replies
    cnsnews ^ | October 30, 2014 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Cardinal Raymond Burke, the Prefect of the Sacred Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, the highest court of the Catholic Church, said in an interview with CNSNews.com recorded Friday that he sees “a very serious responsibility to try to correct as quickly and as effectively as possible the scandal caused by the midterm report” that was published during the synod of bishops discussing the family that met in Rome earlier this month.
  • Elton John at AIDS event: Pope Francis is my hero

    10/29/2014 3:43:23 PM PDT · by Tennessee Nana · 10 replies
    ChattanoogaTimesfreePress ^ | October 29, 2014 | AP/Staff
    <p>NEW YORK — Elton John has called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit.</p> <p>John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in New York City. He says Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"</p>
  • Elton John calls Pope Francis ‘my hero’ for acceptance of gays

    10/29/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT · by xp38 · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 29 2014 | Associated Press
    Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in Manhattan. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"
  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 23 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Day’s periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • The Price of Papal Popularity

    10/20/2014 9:22:19 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 18 replies
    Creators.com ^ | October 21, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    While Francis I has nether denied not sought to change any doctrine, Cardinal Burke is correct. The pope has “done a lot of harm.” He has created confusion among the faithful and is soon going to have to speak with clarity on the unchanging truths of Catholicism. In his beatification of Paul VI on Sunday, Pope Francis celebrated change. “God is not afraid of new things,” he said, “we are making every effort to adapt ways and methods … to the changing conditions of society.” But among the social changes since Vatican II and Paul VI have been the West’s...
  • 'Humanae Vitae' Echoes Throughout Rome Synod

    10/18/2014 6:45:11 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Townhall.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    "The transmission of human life is a most serious role in which married people collaborate freely and responsibly with God the Creator. It has always been a source of great joy to them, even though it sometimes entails many difficulties and hardships." The words of Paul VI are like the background music for the Extraordinary Synod on the Family that is wrapping up in Rome. The opening words of the 1968 encyclical "Humanae Vitae" continue: "The fulfillment of this duty has always posed problems to the conscience of married people, but the recent course of human society and the concomitant...
  • CBS Drives Away 'Anti-Gay' Catholics

    10/17/2014 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    While the cultural commissars keep throwing praise and awards at raunchy shows on trendy Internet streaming channels, CBS has a series of highly-rated traditional police or military shows that get no attention or respect. "NCIS" keeps spinning off shows -- this year in New Orleans -- and "Blue Bloods" is a consistent Top 20 performer despite airing on Friday night. You won't see its star Tom Selleck at Emmy awards time. "Blue Bloods" deals with an Irish-Catholic family of cops, headed by New York police commissioner Frank Reagan, played by Selleck. Some Catholics became fans of the show as a...
  • Conservative Bishops Move Away From Gay Overture

    10/15/2014 4:13:51 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 40 replies
    Associated Press ^ | October 15, 2014 | Nicole Winfield
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- A fight for the soul of the Catholic Church has broken out, and the first battlefield is a document on family values that pits increasingly alarmed conservatives against more progressive bishops emboldened by Pope Francis' vision of a church that is more merciful than moralistic.
  • Vatican proposes 'stunning' shift on gays, lesbians

    10/13/2014 10:31:21 AM PDT · by Innovative · 79 replies
    CNN ^ | Oct 13, 2014 | Delia Gallagher,
    ROME (CNN) – Using strikingly open language, a new Vatican report says the church should welcome and appreciate gays, and offers a solution for divorced and remarried Catholics who want to receive Communion. “Regarding homosexuals, it went so far as to pose the question whether the church could accept and value their sexual orientation without compromising Catholic doctrine,” said John Thavis, a former Rome bureau chief for Catholic News Service. The Rev. James Martin, an author and Jesuit priest, called the report's language on gays and lesbians "revolutionary." “Homosexuals have gifts and qualities to offer to the Christian community. Are...
  • Pope and Prelates Get Crash Course in Joys of Sex

    10/08/2014 5:04:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    ABC ^ | Oct 7, 2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis, cardinals and bishops from around the world have gotten an unexpected lecture on the joys of sex, from a Catholic couple brought in to talk about what makes a marriage last. Ron and Mavis Pirola, parents of four from Sydney, Australia, told a Vatican gathering of some 200 prelates that sexual attraction brought them together 57 years ago and that sex has helped keep them married for 55 years. "The little things we did for each other, the telephone calls and love notes, the way we planned our day around each other and the things we shared were...
  • Sorry Cardinal Dolan, but your explanation doesn’t make sense

    09/21/2014 9:00:19 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 34 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/21/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    A few weeks ago New York City’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee (SPDC) made a cynical and politically correct decision to allow Gays to march in the parade under a banner proclaiming they are proud sodomites. No one else in the parade is allow to advertise their particular sin; there have been no demands from groups to march under a banner saying “Proud Irish burglars.” But none of this means much to the SPDC. Those of us who have loved this parade and have fond memories of watching it and marching in it held our collective breath and waited for...
  • Beacons in the Dark

    09/06/2014 8:17:51 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    While a prisoner of Islamic terrorists, Steven Sotloff faked illness so that he could observe Yom Kippur. It is said that he would also covertly pray facing Jerusalem. As with James Foley, another American journalist beheaded by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Sotloff's religious faith was reportedly important to him. "He was no hero," his family emphasized in a statement. "He was a man who tried to find good in a world full of darkness." Very far away from where national headlines tend to be made, about 250 Catholic scholars gathered in Bismarck, North Dakota, over...