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  • 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...
  • Time To Admit It: The Church Has Always Been Right On Birth Control

    09/04/2014 10:35:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 38 replies
    http://www.businessinsider.com ^ | February 8, 2012 | Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Painting the Catholic Church as "out of touch" is like shooting fish in a barrel, what with the funny hats and gilded churches. And nothing makes it easier than the Church's stance against contraception. Many people, (including our editor) are wondering why the Catholic Church doesn't just ditch this requirement. They note that most Catholics ignore it, and that most everyone else finds it divisive, or "out-dated." C'mon! It's the 21st century, they say! Don't they SEE that it's STUPID, they scream. Here's the thing, though: the Catholic Church is the world's biggest and oldest organization. It has buried all...
  • Are Modern Catholic Academic Viewpoints on Labor a Help or a Hindrance?

    08/23/2014 10:24:21 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 3 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 8/23/14 | Jerry Todd
    I’ve always been a great fan of Pope St. Leo XIII’s whose moves to protect the working man during the Industrial Revolution resulted in the rise of labor unions. It saddens me to see how unionism has fallen under totalitarian rule with the leaders thriving on power rather than the welfare of the workers – or the survival of the companies that employ them. More than one union has committed economic suicide by demanding pay and benefits beyond what an industry can support. They forgot it wasn’t only solidarity, it was also subsidiarity – well-stated in Pope Benedict XVI’s “Caritas...
  • CNN is wrong about the archbishop’s residence

    08/11/2014 6:04:35 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/11/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    I have a brilliant idea. Let’s sell the White House to help pay off the debt. It’s valued at more than $300 million and that would make a significant contribution. The Obamas could move into a nice townhouse, probably in the $300,000 range, within commuting distance of Washington, D.C. I suppose some complications would arise from this plan. For security purposes, they would probably have to buy the surrounding houses or even the whole block. The president’s entourage would likely back up traffic as he is commuting downtown every day. They would also have to purchase new office space for...
  • Sign of peace at Mass: Vatican says it stays put, but urges education

    08/04/2014 8:22:12 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 28 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/4/14 | Cindy Wooden
    The sign of peace at Mass has not always led to serenity among liturgists or within the congregations gathered each Sunday in Catholic churches around the world. After nine years of study and consultation, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments has told Latin-rite bishops around the world that the sign of peace will stay where it is in the Mass. However, the congregation said, “if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly,” it can be omitted. But when it is used, it must be done with dignity and awareness that it is not a liturgical...
  • Pope lifts suspension of Father D’Escoto, former Sandinista official

    08/04/2014 7:45:13 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/4/14 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope lifts suspension of Father D’Escoto, former Sandinista official August 04, 2014 By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis has lifted the suspension of Maryknoll Father Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, who was ordered 29 years ago to stop exercising his priestly ministry because he refused to give up his political position in Nicaragua’s Sandinista government. The pope made his decision after Father D’Escoto, 81, formally requested permission to resume priestly duties, Passionist Father Ciro Benedettini, assistant director of the Vatican press office, said Aug. 4. Vatican Radio reported that Father D’Escoto had written that he wanted to...
  • ISIL Spearheads Worldwide War On Christians

    07/22/2014 8:24:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 20 replies
    INVESTOR'S BUSINESS DAILY ^ | July 22, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    War On Terror: The fanatical Islamist group torches an 1,800-year-old church built before the founding of Islam and forces the Christian residents of Mosul to convert, pay a tax, leave or face execution. This is what the West faces. 'From Boston to Zanzibar, there's a worldwide war on Christianity," Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said at the Values Voters Summit last October, an annual conservative gathering. The number and intensity of attacks was so great, he said, that it's "almost as if we lived in the Middle Ages." That was an era when the swords of Islam had conquered much...
  • The church in the home

    07/17/2014 7:32:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 7 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/17/14 | Archbishop Lori
    Growing up in New Albany, Ind., during the 1950s, I never heard the term “domestic church,” but I knew what it meant. I knew it because my parents and my friends’ parents made their homes domestic churches, even before that phrase from our Catholic tradition was retrieved during the Second Vatican Council. I guess you could say that my childhood friends and neighbors were at home in church and in church at home. But what did it mean in practical terms that we experienced the family as a domestic church? For one thing, it meant that nearly every Catholic family...
  • Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation

    07/16/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | BRIGID CURTIS AYER
    WASHINGTON — Tensions between Girl Scouts’ messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts. Now a panel of U.S. bishops has released the results of a two-year investigation into Girl Scouts’ problematic messaging, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organization’s international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Their findings indicate that the concerns continue to persist, regarding the problematic connections between the Girl Scouts...
  • Prayer for Pope Francis To Save America

    07/14/2014 7:14:15 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 07/14/14 | Judi McLeod
    From a far-flung from the Vatican, lonely post in Canada, Canada Free Press (CFP) is asking Pope Francis where did all the money go to help the “poorest of the poor” in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala before their mass exodus to the southern borders of the United States of America?
  • Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

    07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 74 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/7/14 | Carol Glatz
    Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that “despicable actions” caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been “camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained.” “There is no place in the church’s ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not,” and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each...
  • Baltimore Catholic Church Celebrates Homosexual "Pride" Month

    06/16/2014 8:51:55 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 380 replies
    "Celebrate Pride Month with the St. Ignatius Community!" "As members of the Mystical Body of Christ, the Church, we are called to celebrate and share the gifts of diversity of sexuality in our church today. Our organization, Embracing God's Gifts, has been formed as an instrument for recognizing these gifts and incorporating their goodness and use into the life of our parish."
  • Kino Teens bring youthful zeal to immigration reform efforts

    06/14/2014 5:57:26 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 9 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | Jun 13, 2014 | NEWSNATION/WORLD
    NOGALES, Mexico (CNS) — In a soup kitchen just across the U.S. border, Nicole Davison sat down at a table lined with men. There was a clatter of plates as the guests who were served dinner help clear the dishes. The guests all had been recently deported from the United States. Davison, 19, learned that one man had been working in the U.S. for more than 20 years, and that his wife and children were at home in Scottsdale, Arizona. A Mexican without a U.S. visa or work permit, the man was now stuck here, where he knew no one....
  • Pope Francis pays tribute to 'heavy sacrifice' of soldiers on 70th anniversary of D-Day landings

    06/06/2014 9:56:54 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | June 6, 2014 | Vatican Radio
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis says the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings is an opportunity for present generations to show gratitude for the “heavy sacrifice” of soldiers who landed on the beaches of Normandy to fight against “Nazi barbarism” and free occupied France during World War II. He also states that it should serve as a reminder that excluding God from the lives of people and societies can bring nothing but death and suffering and he calls on the people of Europe to find their roots and future hopes in the Gospel of Christ. The Holy Father’s words are contained...
  • U.S. Conference of Bishops Meet with Congress on Immigration Reform

    06/04/2014 8:11:28 PM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 5 replies
    KAWC ^ | JUNE 4, 2014 | LOU GUM
    Arizona Edition - Last week, members of the U.S. Conference of Bishops led a mass for immigrants and their families at St. Peter’s Catholic Church on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. It was meant to recall a mass conducted in Nogales on the U.S.-Mexico border two months earlier on April 1st. After the mass, members of the delegation met with members of Congress, including House Speaker John Boehner to encourage them to take on immigration reform as soon as possible. Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, was one of the six clerics in attendance. KAWC’s Lou Gum spoke to Kicanas...
  • Gay multi-millionaire activist funds Catholics United

    06/04/2014 2:13:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | 6/4/2014 | Kevin Jones
    The Catholics United Education Fund, a Democrat-leaning advocacy group which began criticizing Church opposition to same-sex “marriage” in 2012, received most of its operational budget that year from a gay activist foundation run by influential multi-millionaire Tim Gill. “I would say it is very obvious that Mr. Gill does not agree with the Catholic Church and Her teachings on the issues of homosexuality and marriage,” Jennifer Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference, told CNA May 29. “His attitude toward the Church on these issues is definitely one of extreme disagreement.” Tax forms show the Colorado-based Gill Foundation made...
  • Someone Please Tell Melinda Gates that She is Excommunicated

    05/26/2014 7:56:02 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 38 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 05/26/2014 | David L. Gray
    In a recent interview with the Telegraph newspaper in the UK, Melinda Gates talked about why she decided to dissent from the teaching of the Catholic Church, but still seems to believe that she is a Catholic in good standing. She said: "I’ve traveled so much all over the world. India, Bangladesh; so many counties in Africa. And I would come home and the stories would ring in my head of the women I talked to on the ground in those counties. I go out to the rural areas. I go out to slums and townships, and I would be...
  • Harvard Celebrates Satanism Like It's a Costume Party

    05/13/2014 12:44:04 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 13, 2014 | John Ransom
    What is wrong with you people? Seriously. A Black Mass was to be celebrated at Harvard. “The event, organized by the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club and the New York-based Satanic Temple,” writes FoxNews, “is to take place at an on-campus bar and is being billed as part of a ‘larger effort to explore the religious facets’ that influence contemporary culture, organizers from the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club say. The ceremony has traditionally been performed by satanic cults to parody the Catholic Church, and officials at the Archdiocese of Boston are furious that such an event could be held...
  • Cardinal Burke: Stick to canon law when closing churches

    05/09/2014 8:53:56 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 5/9/14 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    When considering the suppression of parishes or the closing of church buildings, bishops should hew closely to canon law not simply because it’s a legal requirement of the church, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said, but because it helps foster unity. In a May 7 interview with the Catholic Review, the prefect of the Supreme Court of the Apostolic Signature, the Vatican’s highest court, said following proper procedures helps ensure legitimate decisions. “When we don’t follow the requirements of the law, then people rightly claim that they’ve been aggrieved by this,” said Cardinal Burke, who was a featured speaker at the...
  • Harvard Student Club to Host Satanic Black Mass

    05/07/2014 5:22:32 PM PDT · by MeshugeMikey · 76 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 6 2014 | Debra Heine
    A Harvard University student club is hosting a satanic black mass on May 12 to be staged by The Satanic Temple. The Cultural Studies Club characterizes the event as a "reenactment" to be "performed" by The Satanic Temple, but reportedly, the group has obtained and will be using a Consecrated Eucharistic Host - making the event as real as it gets as far as the Catholic Church is concerned. The Black Mass is "a magical ceremony and inversion or parody of the Catholic Mass that was indulged in ostensibly for the purpose of mocking God and worshipping the devil; a...
  • The Work of Saints

    05/03/2014 8:24:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 3, 2014 | Kathryn Lopez
    Rome -- "When did you first know he was a saint?" It's a question Joaquin Navarro-Valls gets often and especially now, in the days surrounding the canonization of his former boss, now St. John Paul II. Navarro-Valls served as press director for the Holy See during JPII's pontificate, and speaking to Catholic communicators at a conference at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross here, he remembers "the first time I saw him pray." "A person who prayed the way he did could not not be a saint," Navarro-Valls recalls. He was "deeply bound to God." He "didn't move, he...
  • Catholic Archbishop: No Guns in My Churches

    05/02/2014 11:00:31 AM PDT · by from occupied ga · 74 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 4/30/14 | cathy Burke
    Responding to Georgia's new "guns everywhere" law, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has pledged to keep guns out of Catholic churches, schools and other institutions. ..."Before this legislation takes effect in July, I will officially restrict the presence of weapons in our Catholic institutions except for those carried by the people that civic authorities have designated and trained to protect and guard us, and those who are duly authorized by law and military officials," Gregory wrote. ...Georgia has always banned licensed weapons in churches, but the new legislation drops the penalty to a $100 fine and the legal charge to...
  • Only sodomite "marriage" may be advanced at Notre Dame?

    05/01/2014 7:42:56 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 27 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 1, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for TFP, Peter Miller reports: Officials at the University of Notre Dame revoke permission for pro-marriage table, tell young Catholics to “cease and desist” promoting natural marriage on campus. Sound Bend, Indiana: April 29, 2014 -- Young volunteers with Tradition Family Property Student Action were ordered to “cease and desist” promoting traditional marriage at the University of Notre Dame on Friday, April 25. “Permission to have a table had been granted through an officially recognized on-campus student group,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie. “But that permission was revoked for some odd reason. Police officers arrived soon after...
  • Man crushed to death by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope (To be Canonised Sunday)

    04/24/2014 3:13:43 PM PDT · by equalator · 16 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | 4-24-14 | Nick Squires
    An Italian man was crushed to death on Thursday by a giant crucifix dedicated to the late Pope John Paul II, just days before the Polish pontiff will be made a saint in a ceremony at the Vatican. In a bizarre coincidence, the 21-year-old man was reported to have been living in a street named after Pope John XXIII – who will also be canonised in the ceremony on Sunday, in an event that is unprecedented in the 2,000 year history of the Catholic Church. The man, named as Marco Gusmini, was posing for a photograph with a group of...
  • Costa Rican a celebrity after certified miracle

    04/19/2014 3:27:33 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | April 19, 2014 | JAVIER CORDOBA
    TRES RIOS, Costa Rica (AP) — On a warm spring day, Floribeth Mora was in her bed waiting to die from a seemingly inoperable brain aneurysm when her gaze fell upon a photograph of Pope John Paul II in a newspaper. "Stand up," Mora recalls the image of the pope saying to her. "Don't be afraid." Mora, her doctors and the Catholic Church say her aneurysm disappeared that day in a miracle that cleared the way for the late pope to be declared a saint on April 27 in a ceremony at the Vatican where Mora will be a guest...
  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

    04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 82 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | 4/10/2014 | Laurie Goodstein
    A faded fragment of papyrus known as the “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife,” which caused an uproar when unveiled by a Harvard Divinity School historian in 2012, has been tested by scientists who conclude in a journal published on Thursday that the ink and papyrus are very likely ancient, and not a modern forgery. Skepticism about the tiny scrap of papyrus has been fierce because it contained a phrase never before seen in any piece of Scripture: “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife...’ ” Too convenient for some, it also contained the words “she will be able to be my disciple,”...
  • N4T Investigators: Undocumented immigrants arrested inside Catholic church

    04/09/2014 11:54:41 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 3 replies
    kVOA ^ | APRIL 9,2014 | Tom McNamara and Paul Birmingham
    Are there places that should be off-limits to law enforcement? It's a question that some are raising in the wake of a recent incident in Pima county. The incident happened on March 23, in the community of Ajo, about 130 miles southwest of Tucson. The News 4 Tucson Investigators received a number of emails from people concerned that Sheriff's deputies and the Border Patrol stepped over a sacred line. According to a Pima County Sheriff's Department incident report obtained by the News 4 Tucson Investigators, a deputy passing by the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church spotted three Hispanic males on the...
  • Papacy / Hierarchy in the Bible

    03/08/2014 10:06:40 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 384 replies
    The following outline shows that Jesus intended to create a holy, visible Church; complete with a prime minister, a hierarchy, binding authority, and perpetuity—the one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. It is important for Protestants to understand some basic facts. Contrary to the modern belief that the Bible is a “blueprint” or “textbook” which explains how a church should be structured, it is a product of the Catholic Church—a compilation of writings that reflect a structure that was already present. As such, the “Bible alone” has no reason to provide fine details of proper ecclesiology; however, proper ecclesiology is detectable....
  • Washington Post: gay marriage is new test for Catholic Church

    04/07/2014 4:12:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 47 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 4/6/2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details:   Having worked in Catholic church music ministry for nearly 40 years — basically his entire adult life — Mike McMahon thought he knew the landscape and his place in it. As a gay person, all was fine as long as he was “discreet.”And that worked for him even in the conservative Roman Catholic Diocese of Arlington, Va., where he was employed for about 30 of those years as music director at several parishes. In that time, McMahon, who has three graduate degrees in theology, also served as president of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, the national body for...
  • Islamic group gets OK to cut crosses off NY church (Syracuse NY)

    04/03/2014 1:45:07 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 3, 2014 4:37 PM EDT
    A city board on Thursday gave a Muslim group the go-ahead to remove six crosses from the roof and spires of a century-old former Catholic church so the now-vacant Gothic structure can be used as a mosque. More than 200 people had signed an online petition calling on the Syracuse Landmark Preservation Board to deny an application by North Side Learning Center, the church’s new owner, to remove the crosses and build a six-foot chain-link fence. …
  • Abuse survivor says new Vatican commission must achieve real change

    03/25/2014 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/25/14 | Sarah MacDonald
    The lone clerical abuse survivor nominated by Pope Francis to sit on the new Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said the commission needs to achieve concrete change in order to “show other survivors that the church is going to get it right.” Marie Collins, who was abused by a chaplain as a sick 13-year-old at Crumlin hospital in Dublin in the 1960s, told Catholic News Service that many survivors will be watching the new Vatican commission “with interest, but many will have written it off as merely a PR exercise.” “Survivors will not be satisfied with more words...
  • Will ordination doctrine drive a “mass exodus of the faithful” from the Catholic Church?

    03/24/2014 2:51:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 62 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/24/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    So says my colleague at The Week, Damon Linker, in an essay predicting that all churches would need to change doctrines to keep up with the modern world, especially the Catholic Church. Refusing to adapt doctrine to modern thought will force an exodus of people from their faiths, Damon writes, especially the Catholic insistence that ordination is limited to men: By contrast, the majority of Catholics who support women’s ordination are confronted on the altar with the all-male priesthood every time they go to church. At the moment, frustration about the issue is muted because Pope Francis has inspired so...
  • Carter Blames Catholic, Southern Baptist Churches For Abuse of Women Around World

    03/24/2014 6:30:46 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 67 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Jimmy Carter has blamed the Catholic and Southern Baptist churches for the abuse of women around the world. According to Carter, men around the world use the doctrine of those churches on the role of women as justification for abusing women. Appearing on today's Morning Joe, the former president said: "with the writing of St. Paul, you can selectively take verses out of the Bible and you can justify women not being able to be priests and so forth, so the Catholic church and the Southern Baptist Convention and others quite often say well women are not qualified to have...
  • SERIOUS QUESTION: DO CATHOLICS REALLY BELIEVE THIS ABOUT MARY??

    03/19/2014 8:19:20 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 802 replies
    CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH SECOND EDITION PART ONE THE PROFESSION OF FAITH SECTION TWO THE PROFESSION OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH CHAPTER THREE I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY SPIRIT ARTICLE 9 "I BELIEVE IN THE HOLY CATHOLIC CHURCH" Paragraph 6. Mary - Mother of Christ, Mother of the Church 963 Since the Virgin Mary's role in the mystery of Christ and the Spirit has been treated, it is fitting now to consider her place in the mystery of the Church. "The Virgin Mary . . . is acknowledged and honored as being truly the Mother of God and of the...
  • Vatican scientists co-host conference on alien life forms

    03/19/2014 1:53:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Cath News ^ | March 19, 2014
    Nearly 200 scientists are attending the conference, called The Search for Life Beyond the Solar System: Exoplanets, Biosignature & Instruments, which runs from March 16-21 in Tucson, Arizona. The Vatican Observatory is co-hosting the conference with the University of Arizona's Steward Observatory. 'Finding life beyond Earth is one of the great challenges of modern science and we are excited to have the world leaders in this field together in Tucson,' said event co-chair Daniel Apai, assistant professor of astronomy and planetary sciences at the UA Steward Observatory.'But reaching such an ambitious goal takes planning and time. The goal of this meeting is...
  • Good riddance to PC phony beer companies who care more about not offending gays than Catholic rights

    03/19/2014 12:13:41 PM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 11 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/19/14 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    It seems like every year Catholics are threatened by various homosexual groups because they have declared war on our religion and the secular world helps them any way they can. This year the phonies who sell beer have joined them. Subgroups within the homosexual community take the occasion of St. Patrick’s Day to try to force Catholics to violate deeply held religious doctrines against the celebration of homosexuality. They delight in their attempts to pressure the organizers of St. Patrick’s Day Parades around the country to allow them to march under a banner proclaiming their sexuality. As often as they...
  • Panelists at The Francis Factor: Pope’s celebrity should turn eyes to Jesus

    03/19/2014 11:33:55 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 3 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/19/14 | Maria Wiering
    “Like Pope Francis? You’ll love Jesus.” It was a well-circulated Washington Post headline in December, but it could have been the tagline for the March 18 Francis Factor event held at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. As a cardinal, archbishop and four Catholic expert panelists shared insights from Pope Francis’ first year, they repeatedly shifted the attention away from the pope and onto the Son of God. Pope Francis would have done no less. “The pope is a true companion of Jesus,” said Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, a Capuchin Franciscan and archbishop of Boston, in the evening’s keynote address. Speaking...
  • Who Needs the Church? You might as well ask, “Who needs Jesus?”

    03/18/2014 2:14:03 AM PDT · by markomalley · 72 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/17/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I was asked to go to a neighboring parish and address some fundamental questions related to the necessity of the Church. Many today question the need for a church or The Church and claim they can have Jesus without the Church. And thus the fundamental question “Who needs the Church?” ought to be addressed.I propose here a rather more doctrinal answer to the question and hope tomorrow to offer a more personal answer. But, the fundamental answer I offer to “Who needs the Church?” is that everyone does, because the Church is the Body of Christ.To the related questions “Why...