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  • Papyrus Referring to Jesus’ Wife Is More Likely Ancient Than Fake, Scientists Say

    04/10/2014 1:54:14 PM PDT · by mojito · 81 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...

    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...
  • The non-revolutiton

    03/18/2014 10:12:54 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/18/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    Are you ready for a crazy statistic? Pope Francis, who just completed his first year as pope, had a favorability rating of 79 percent midway through his reign. Surprisingly, Pope Benedict XVl about halfway through his reign in April 2008 had a favorability rating of 83 percent. It’s shocking that the pope demonized and held to be unpopular by almost everyone in the media had a higher approval rating at one point than the pope celebrated daily in the news. Least, I seem dishonest. Benedict’s average for his entire reign was around 74 percent and Francis’s average over the entire...
  • Bill Gates Reveals Family Goes to Catholic Church: 'It Makes Sense to Believe in God'

    03/17/2014 6:02:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 3/14/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, revealed in a recent interview that his family goes to a Catholic church and that religious morality inspires a lot of his charity work. He also shared his personal thoughts on God and the biggest issues facing the world today. "The moral systems of religion, I think, are super important. We've raised our kids in a religious way; they've gone to the Catholic church that Melinda goes to and I participate in. I've been very lucky, and therefore I owe it to try and reduce the inequity in the world. And that's...
  • Guinness Pulls Out of St. Patty’s Parade Over LGBT Ban (New York City)

    03/16/2014 7:03:20 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 104 replies
    New York Post ^ | March 16, 2014 | Leonard Greene
    Guinness pulls out of St. Patty’s parade over LGBT ban Guinness beer has pulled its sponsorship from New York’s famed St. Patrick’s day parade over a controversial policy that prohibits gays and lesbians from marching openly, according to reports. “Guinness has a strong history of supporting diversity and being an advocate for equality for all,” the company said in a statement on the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation website. “We were hopeful that the policy of exclusion would be reversed for this year’s parade. As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation. We will continue...
  • A long history in America of portraying Catholic priests as predators

    03/14/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 27 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 14, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In an article which may be found here, Dr. William Oddie notes that, "Pope Francis has now once again (though to judge by the so far sparse coverage, you’d think he’d never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popes—indeed most senior clergy—are normally too reticent, however, to do what he has now done as well, that is to say, he has defended the Catholic Church’s record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, by declaring what is now the simple truth: that “no one else has done more” than the Church...
  • Pass Immigration Reform This Year, Catholic and Evangelical Leaders Ask Congress

    03/11/2014 9:27:32 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    christianpost ^ | February 27, 2014 | NAPP NAZWORTH,
    Leaders from the Evangelical Immigration Table and U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops joined in a letter to Congress asking for passage of a bill this year that fixes the immigration system. "Common sense fixes to our immigration policies are long overdue. As a nation founded upon the principles of the rule of law and the centrality of family, we can no longer delay fixing this system," the letter states. The leaders note that they encounter the difficulties caused by the nation's immigration system through interactions they have with people in their faith communities. "As leaders in our respective faith communities,...
  • Archbishop Gomez: avoid 'dead end' on immigration reform

    02/22/2014 7:55:14 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    CNA/EWTN News ^ | Feb 21, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Los Angeles, Calif., Feb 21, 2014 / 12:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- L.A. Archbishop José H. Gomez has called for “interim measures” such as a moratorium on immigration raids and help for undocumented minors in order to bypass immigration reform’s apparent “political dead end.” “These two proposals are no substitute for true immigration reform — but they would make a big difference in the lives of millions of our neighbors,” Archbishop Gomez said in his Nov. 21 column for the Los Angeles archdiocese’s newspaper The Tidings. He voiced disappointment in the House of Representatives’ recent decision not to move forward with...
  • What Remains of the Christians of the East (up to date map of churches)

    02/11/2014 3:38:32 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    chiesa ^ | February 11, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In the Arab countries they are fewer and fewer, driven to exodus by growing hostility. An up-to-date map of how many and who they are, three months before the pope's voyage to the Holy Land by Sandro Magister ROME, February 11, 2014 – Behind the scenes preparations are in full swing for the voyage of Pope Francis to the Holy Land, scheduled for May 24-26. When half a century ago Pope VI went to Jerusalem - the first pope in history to do do so - almost all of the holy places of the city were within the boundaries of...
  • United Nations Scolds Catholic Church On Human Rights

    02/11/2014 11:31:20 AM PST · by raptor22 · 37 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | February 10, 2014 | IBD EDITORIALS
    Anti-Religion: Ignoring abhorrences such as China's one-child policy and atrocities condoned by Shariah law, a U.N. committee tells the Vatican to deal with abusive priests and change its teachings on abortion, contraception and homosexuality. That the report issued by the U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child would mention the instances of abuse of children by priests in the United States is not surprising. What is surprising and unfortunate is that the U.N. would act as if the Catholic Church had done nothing about it and use the report as a springboard to attack the core doctrines of a...
  • Police: Catholic deacon, principal accused of sexually assaulting altar boy

    01/18/2014 7:51:15 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 22 replies
    Valley Central ^ | Jan 18,2014 | Action 4 News
    A Rio Grande Valley Catholic deacon who is also a school principal was arrested after allegedly sexually abusing an altar boy, according to police. Ronaldo Mitchell Chavez was arrested Friday by the Mission Police Department on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. The alleged sexual abuse of a child started when the boy was 15-years-old, police said. The now 17-year-old first spoke to an investigator in December where he allegedly provided a statement about the sexual abuse, according to the Mission Police Department. Police told Action 4 News the deacon would drop the other children off at...
  • Remember 'human faces' of immigration, LA archbishop says

    01/15/2014 7:15:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 59 replies ^ | Jan 14, 2014 | CNA
    Los Angeles, Calif., Jan 14, 2014 / 02:04 am (CNA).- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles has said Americans have to see “the human faces of immigration”: the children and families suffering under America's “broken” immigration policy. “In the name of enforcing our laws, we’re breaking up families. Punishing kids for the mistakes of their parents,” he said, referring to the nearly two million people deported over the last four years. “That’s the sad truth – one out of every four people we deport is being taken away from an intact family.” The archbishop’s remarks came Jan. 10 in a...
  • The Church is a Bride, not a Widow

    08/17/2012 1:50:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 16, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The readings from the Feast of the Assumption still echo in my mind. I am particularly mindful of their announcement of victory: I heard a loud voice in heaven say: “Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and the authority of his Anointed One. Rev (12:10) Then comes the end, when [Christ] hands over the Kingdom to his God and Father, when he has destroyed every sovereignty and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death, for...
  • Woe to the Solitary Man – A Brief Meditation on our Need for the Church

    02/15/2012 3:28:20 PM PST · by NYer · 2 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 14, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    There is a line from the Book of Hebrews that says this: And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Heb 10:24-25). The teaching is clear, we must come together each week for Mass and learn to live in deep communion with one another. We are not meant to make this journey alone. We need encouragement and exhortation, food for the journey, company and protection. In...
  • San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform

    01/09/2014 12:10:12 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin ^ | 01/08/14, | Neil Nisperos,
    San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga San Bernardino Diocese to celebrate cultures, push for immigration reform at Mass in Rancho Cucamonga..RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> The region’s Catholics will gather Sunday at Sacred Heart Church, 12704 Foothill Blvd., to celebrate the contribution migrants have played as parishioners in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The diocese, which covers San Bernardino and Riverside counties, will celebrate its eighth annual migration Mass at 12:30 p.m. at the church. The diocesan Mass concludes the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ observance of National Migration Week. The diocese has...
  • U.S. Catholic bishops urge immigration reform

    01/08/2014 12:44:38 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 20 replies ^ | January 7, 2014 3 | Agencia EFE
    Denver, Jan 7 (EFE).- The Catholic Church of the United States launched Tuesday a campaign of contacts with federal lawmakers urging them to pass immigration reform, as part of its annual observance of National Migration Week. The U.S. Catholic Bishops Conference considers that migrants, especially children, the undocumented, political refugees and victims of human trafficking, "often find themselves existing in a kind of figurative darkness where their options remain limited." For that reason, besides the social services and spiritual support the Catholic Church regularly offers, the bishops asked U.S. Catholics to contact legislators this week to ask them to pass...
  • Sonia Sotomayor Grants ObamaCare Contraception Stay

    01/03/2014 6:46:43 PM PST · by raptor22 · 13 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | January 3, 2015 | IBD EDITORIALS
    ObamaCare: In bad news for a White House intent on shredding the First Amendment, a Supreme Court justice has exempted a group of nuns from the mandate to provide contraceptive coverage in health plans. Just hours before ObamaCare's birth-control mandate was to take effect, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Tuesday issued a last-minute stay in response to a case brought by the Denver-based Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged against the Department of Health and Human Services. The U.S. government is "temporarily enjoined from enforcing against applicants the contraceptive coverage requirements imposed by the Patient Protection...
  • Amish, Ok. Catholics, No. (HHS Mandate)

    03/11/2012 5:25:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies · 1+ views
    FaithfulCitizens ^ | March 9, 2012 | SR. MARYANN WALSH, USCCB
    BY SR. MARYANN WALSH, USCCBThe Amish are exempt from the entire health care reform law. So are members of Medi-Share, a program of Christian Care Ministry. Yet, when the Catholic Church asks for a religious exemption from just one regulation issued under the law – the mandate that all employers, including religious institutions, must pay for sterilization and contraceptives, including abortion-inducing drugs – the Administration balks.The government respects the First Amendment that guarantees the right to freely exercise one’s religious beliefs, but only to a point. In the health care law it picks and chooses which beliefs it respects. The...
  • Is the Bottom Really Falling Out of Catholic Mass Attendance? ..CARA Survey..

    12/21/2010 7:12:08 PM PST · by Salvation · 76 replies · 3+ views
    Archdiocese of ^ | December 15, 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Dec15 Is the Bottom Really Falling Out of Catholic Mass Attendance? A Recent CARA Survey Ponders the QuestionBy: Msgr. Charles Pope Is the number of Catholics really dropping? Is the bottom really falling out of Catholic Mass attendance? If you are a regular reader of this blog you know that I have written several articles and cited several studies that detail an increasingly grave situation for the Church (e.g. HERE). Most of us are familiar with a significant number of Church closings, school closings and the like thought Catholic America. These surely strengthen the view that we are in an increasingly...
  • When did the Resurrection become truly the Faith, and the official teaching of the Church?

    04/13/2012 3:05:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | April 12, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the early hours of the resurrection appearances on the first Easter Sunday news began to be circulated that Jesus was alive and had been seen. These reports were, at first disbelieved or at least doubted by the apostles. Various reports from both women and men were dismissed by the apostles. But suddenly in the evening of that first Easter Sunday there is a change, and a declaration by the apostles that the Lord “has truly risen!” What effected this change? We will see in a moment. But first note the early reports of the resurrection and how they were...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] The Church is A Miracle

    05/23/2010 12:40:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 34 replies · 390+ views ^ | May 20 2010 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    May20 The Church is A MiracleBy: Msgr. Charles Pope If the Church were depending on human beings to exist and stay unified how long do think she would have lasted? Probably about twenty minutes, max! There are no governments or nations that have lasted 2000 years. Very little else in this world can claim such antiquity and even if it does can it claim to have remained essentially unchanged in its dogma or teaching? The Catholic Church is one, even after 2000 years. An unbroken line of Popes back to Peter and an unbroken line of succession for all...
  • Understanding Oppostion to the HHS Mandate (Part 1): Why the Church Won’t Pay for Contracept

    02/07/2012 2:11:19 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 6, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In discussing the Health and Human Services (HHS) Mandate that will attempt to force the Catholic Church to pay for contraceptives, abortifacients, and sterilization, I have discovered that many Catholics, while generally understanding why we object to paying for sterilization and abortifacients, are less than enthusiastic about our refusal to pay for contraceptives. This “lack of enthusiasm” for the Church’s position on Contraception, along with political irritation, makes many Catholics ambivalent or even hostile to the Bishop’s call that we oppose the HHS mandate.Why we won’t pay for contraceptives – While the fundamental issue is this matter is Religious Freedom...
  • Settlement reached in Evansville Diocese rape suit

    12/28/2013 2:32:06 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    Washington Times Herald ^ | December 27, 2013 | Nate Smith
    A settlement was reached in the 2010 case of a Hispanic woman against the Evansville Catholic Diocese and others. A confidential settlement agreement was reached in the case where Silvia Gameros alleged the diocese, employees and the Catholic Community of Washington asked her to cover up the rape of her developmentally disabled daughter in 2007. The agreement, filed earlier this month in Daviess Circuit Court, was signed between Gameros and the diocese was confidential and claims against the diocese, the Catholic Community of Washington and employees Sister Karen Durliat, Kande Batz and Jorge Gomez were dismissed. A default judgment was...
  • COMMENTARY: Bishop Michael Pfeifer: Immigration reform needed

    12/18/2013 11:25:24 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies
    The Monitor ^ | December 18, 2013 | Bishop Michael Pfeifer
    According to the Pew Hispanic Center, there are about 11.2 million unauthorized persons residing in the United States. Each year, approximately 300,000 more unauthorized immigrants enter the country. In large part, these immigrants feel compelled to enter by either the explicit or implicit promise of employment in the American agriculture, construction, service and other industries. Most of this unauthorized flow comes from Mexico, a nation struggling with severe poverty. Survival has thus become the primary impetus for unauthorized immigration flow into the United States. Today’s unauthorized immigrants are largely low-skilled workers who come to the United States for work to...
  • Iraqi Catholic Leader Asks West: 'If They Kill Us All, Will You Do Something Then?'

    12/16/2013 6:06:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/15/13 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Warning that a Middle East empty of Christians would be “just like the Taliban,” Iraq’s most senior Catholic leader pointedly called on the West to show greater concern for suffering Christians in the region. “We feel forgotten and isolated,” said Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako, head of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholic Church. “We sometimes wonder, if they kill us all, what would be the reaction of Christians in the West? Would they do something then?” Sako made clear he’s not asking for a mobilization “to protect Christians,” but rather Western efforts to support “harmonious societies for all human beings”, based on...
  • Catholic leader brands immigration policies 'inhumane'

    12/16/2013 5:51:15 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 16 Dec 2013 | Miranda Prynne
    The head of the Catholic Church in England and Wales labelled the Government’s immigration policies which prevent families from living together in Britain “inhumane”. Vincent Nicholas, the archbishop of Westminster, said rules which prevent foreign spouses of UK citizens moving here would blight the lives of thousands of British children. He called on the Government to rethink the legislation which came into force in 2012 which prevents people from outside the European Union settling in the UK with their British husband or wife unless they can show an annual income of at least Ł18,600. Writing in the Guardian, Nichols said:...
  • Archbishop stresses need to educate on Church immigration teaching

    12/15/2013 9:46:38 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 21 replies
    CNA Daily News ^ | December 13th, 2013 | CNA Daily News
    Washington D.C., Dec 13, 2013 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church’s welcoming stance on immigration is rooted in the person-centered recognition of human dignity, said one of the leading Hispanic bishops in the U.S. Church. “For us, as Catholics – following the example of Jesus in the Gospels – there is no way that we cannot be in favor of the immigrant,” said Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio. The Catholic position on immigration is a “humane position,” he told CNA in a November interview, “humane, and therefore very divine” The archbishop spoke at the annual fall meeting of...
  • Church teaching on immigration is a 'humane position'

    12/13/2013 11:57:32 AM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 10 replies
    (CNA/EWTN News ^ | Dec 13, 2013 | Adelaide Mena
    (In recent months, the U.S. bishops have been emphasizing the need to increase lawful means for immigrants to enter the country, in order to focus enforcement on those who pose a threat to public safety, including smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists.) The Catholic Church also has a moral responsibility speak up address nations such as Mexico others to the south. The Catholic Church answer is relocate people, without doing anything to press leaders of Latin American countries about making improvement to yheir countries so nobody will have to leave.All the church is doing without saying anything negative about other countries...
  • Time magazine names Pope Francis the Person of the Year

    12/11/2013 5:10:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 11, 2013 | Lillian Cunningham
    The iconic red border of Time magazine will frame Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year, the magazine announced Wednesday morning. By the judgement of Time’s editorial staff, the pope–elected earlier this year after a surprise resignation by predecessor Pope Benedict–was the most influential global newsmaker of the past 12 months. Earlier this week, Time narrowed the finalists down to ten, then five. Pope Francis ultimately won out over Edward Snowden, Syrian president Bashar Assad, Texas senator Ted Cruz and gay rights activist Edith Windsor.
  • Anne Arundel infant center of attention at Pope Francis audience

    12/02/2013 9:41:27 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 6 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 12/2/13 | Paul McMullen
    Katie Scrivener worried that her infant son, Fulton, would cry when he encountered a very important man in Rome. She was the one who wound up weeping, albeit tears of joy. One of the enduring images that came out of the weekly general audience Pope Francis gave in St. Peter’s Square Nov. 20 has the pontiff trading gazes with Fulton Scrivener, who will celebrate his first birthday Dec. 19. In a photo that ran the next day on Page 1 of L’Osservatore Romano, the Vatican newspaper, the Holy Father shows unabashed joy as he places his right hand on the...
  • Calif. Church, political leaders fast for immigration reform

    12/01/2013 3:26:30 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 25 replies ^ | Nov 30, 2013 | catholicnewsagency
    Los Angeles, Calif., Nov 30, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez and local political leaders have held a 24-hour fast to pray for immigration reform and to remember families who are separated from each other at Thanksgiving. “Today we are standing up for those who won't be sharing Thanksgiving dinner with their families and loved ones – those who are suffering because of our broken immigration system,” Archbishop Gomez said Nov. 25 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He called for a “conversion of hearts” to fix U.S. immigration law. The...
  • Soros-Funded Catholic Group Denounces Rush Limbaugh's Disagreement with Pope

    11/29/2013 8:20:56 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 92 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 11/29/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    A spokesman for the liberal organization Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has posted on the group’s website a denunciation of what he states were “incendiary remarks about Pope Francis” by conservative talk-show host Rush Limbaugh on Wednesday. Limbaugh said that Pope Francis was wrong in his apostolic exhortation released this week in which he appears to blame capitalism for the reason why people are poor in the world. CACG’s Christopher Jolly Hale wrote on Wednesday: Catholics of all political stripes are disturbed by Rush Limbaugh's incendiary comments this afternoon about Pope Francis. To call the Holy Father...
  • Pope backs male priesthood, urges 'feminine genius' in Church

    11/27/2013 6:13:19 AM PST · by NYer · 85 replies
    cna ^ | November 26, 2013
    Pope Francis lays flowers at the foot of the statue of Our Lady of Lujan on May 8, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA. Vatican City, Nov 26, 2013 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis reaffirmed Catholic teaching on male priesthood in his first apostolic exhortation, while calling for a broader application of the “feminine genius” in Church life. “The reservation of the priesthood to males, as a sign of Christ the Spouse who gives himself in the Eucharist, is not a question open to discussion,” he said, “but it can prove especially divisive if sacramental power is too closely identified...
  • Border Bishops Call for Immigration Reform, Reuniting of Famileis

    11/26/2013 12:45:35 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies ^ | November 26th 2013 | Kevin Haraldson
    The bishops of several dioceses in the southwestern US and Mexico today released a strongly worded open letter which stresses the need for immigration reform, and a program which will reunite families divided by illegal immigration, 1200 WOAI news reports. "We border bishops believe that what it happening to the immigrant family in the United States is an offense against God and human conscience," San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller said in releasing the pastoral letter, called 'Family Beyond Borders.' The letter says that not only is immigration reform the moral course of action, it says it is a 'misperception' that...
  • Love, Life and Liberty

    11/24/2013 6:15:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 3 replies ^ | November 24, 2013 | Kathryn Lopez
    Mexico City -- Children giggle with hysterical joy as drops of holy water hit them. A handicapped man in pain groans, reaching for the hope that is so palpable here. A pregnant woman takes in a little of the peace of this place, even in the midst of all the noise. All along, I can't help but remember: "Like it or not, we must be good to the poor, because if we're not, we're going to hell." The quote comes from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. It's something to think about this Thanksgiving. I'm at the Mexican capital's...
  • Organ Music and Tradition at St. Gertrude the Great (Keeping the faith)

    11/15/2013 4:26:25 AM PST · by IbJensen · 12 replies
    Quidlibet: ^ | 11/12/2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    EVEN AT AGE 13 in 1964, the Vatican II liturgical changes that were just being introduced left me a bit uneasy, in particular, the near-immediate decline of good Catholic church music. I resolved to do something about it, so at age 14, with no keyboard training at all, I began to study organ and aspired to compose good liturgical music. To make a long story short, in a mere year or two my enthusiasm (it sure wasn’t my keyboard technique!) landed me a little scholarship at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. The head of the Conservatory was Michael P. Hammond...
  • Bishop Zubik says he won’t cooperate with government mandate

    11/12/2013 11:05:25 AM PST · by rightwingintelligentsia · 23 replies
    WPXI ^ | November 12, 2013
    PITTSBURGH — The Roman Catholic bishop of Pittsburgh said that he will refuse to sign a document allowing a third-party insurer to provide preventative reproductive services for employees of a diocese-related charity even if it means that the nonprofit will have to pay fines. According to Channel 11's news exchange partners at TribLIVE, Bishop David Zubik said Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh that he wouldn't be able to live with himself "knowing that we're contradicting what we believe." The Pittsburgh and Erie dioceses are challenging a new health care mandate that requires religious employers to either provide contraceptive and...
  • The Masonic Plan For The Destruction Of The Catholic Church

    11/10/2013 10:01:37 AM PST · by JosephJames · 106 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | November 10, 2013 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    The Masonic Plan For The Destruction Of The Catholic Church A French priest who has renounced his membership of Freemasonry, announced this Masonic plan that he followed when he was part of the sect. As we have received this document so we publish it, asking our readers to offer on this point, a contribution of discernment and further documentation. Directives of the Grand Master of the Masons to the Catholic Bishops, effective since 1962. (Updating of Vatican II). All mason brethren will have to report on the progress of these crucial provisions. Revised in October 1993 as a progressive plan...
  • Terry McAuliffe's Anti-Catholic Campaign

    10/30/2013 4:50:32 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies ^ | October 30, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    There may be no more misleading newspaper sentence in the Virginia governor's race than this one from reporter Carol Morello in the Oct. 26 Washington Post: "The two major-party candidates running for governor in Virginia are both practicing Catholics." The Post did not ask McAuliffe where near his home in Fairfax County he attends church every Sunday and holy day of obligation, which is part of the definition of a "practicing Catholic." When radio show host Hugh Hewitt pressed him in 2007 about his church attendance after McAuliffe repeatedly cited his "Irish Catholic" bona fides in his autobiography "What a...