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  • Pope’s box, with wood from Baltimore basilica, puts religious liberty in spotlight, rector says

    03/27/2014 9:23:26 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 14 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 3/27/14 | Maria Wiering
    The use of wood from Baltimore’s basilica to construct a “seed chest” given to Pope Francis by President Barack Obama March 27 points to the history of American Catholicism and Baltimore’s role in it, said Monsignor Arthur Valenzano, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. “I’m very pleased,” Monsignor Valenzano said of the gift. “It gives us another chance to get the word out nationally, and now internationally, about the role that the basilica played and continues to play in the United States.” Robert S. Reier, the basilica’s operations manager, collected...
  • 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 As this has not come to pass, Guinness has withdrawn its participation.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...
  • Megachurch pastor stuns congregation by announcing he’s converting to Catholicism

    03/10/2014 2:16:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 135 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | March 10, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Details: During his Sunday morning service, Ulf Ekman announced the he and his wife, Birgitta, are converting to Roman Catholicism.Ekman is the founder of Word of Life, a megachurch in Uppsala, Sweden. News reports and blogs coming out of the nation reveal congregation was “partially stunned” after hearing what was packaged as a “special announcement.” The theme was “follow the Lamb wherever He goes.”“For Birgitta and me, this has been a slow process where we have gone from discovering new things, to appreciating what we have discovered, to approach and even learn from our fellow Christians,” Ekman says on his...
  • Challenge your friend, be generous to your foe: Part one of a series on cultural dialogue

    02/25/2014 9:38:57 AM PST · by Welchie25 · 1 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 2/22/14 | Dr. Bianchi
    The cultural chasm between religious individuals and American society is swelling. On a personal level, I feel distant from the current trends in politics, television, movies, and music. It’s becoming harder for individuals with Catholic sensibilities, for instance, to tune into the Grammys or scan across Yahoo’s headlines without feeling lost. Amidst the vast difference between my own beliefs and the accepted principles of secular culture, I have been contemplating how we can dialogue with people on the other side. How do we avoid hiding in our own little clique of likeminded individuals? How do we cut through all the...
  • Naziism Paved the Way

    02/23/2014 12:27:40 PM PST · by Shery · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 23.Feb.2014 | Enza Ferreri
    Of all the myriad myths spread at light speed by the enemies of Christianity and astonishingly believed without much critical thought by vast numbers of people, one of the most surreal must be the idea that Nazism was Christian. This is part of an email I received fromTony, a supporter of my party Liberty GB, who sent me a long list of sharp attacks against Christianity after watching my video: What Is Uniquely Good about Western Civilisation Derives from Christianity. For example Adolf Hitler was a Catholic and included proclamations of his beliefs in his writings, e.g. "We demand liberty...
  • Worldwide poll of Catholics shows … a lot of confusion

    02/10/2014 7:26:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Hotair ^ | 02/10/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    Not the least of which is on the part of the poll itself. Yesterday, the Washington Post’s religion reporters Michelle Boorstein and Peyton Craighill reported on a global survey conducted by Univision that showed a wide split among Catholics of different regions on adherence to church doctrine. Boorstein and Craighill argue that this demonstrates the uphill battle facing Pope Francis as he tries to unite the global Christian church, and his own: Most Catholics worldwide disagree with church teachings on divorce, abortion and contraception and are split on whether women and married men should become priests, according to a large...
  • A Catholic Showdown Worth Watching

    02/06/2014 9:15:58 AM PST · by cornelis · 20 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | Feb 6, 2013 | Patrick J. Deneen
    For most casual observers, whether Catholic or not, the main battle lines within American Catholicism today seem self-evident. The cleavage overlaps perfectly the divide between the political parties, leading to the frequently-used labels “liberal” and “conservative” Catholics. We have Nancy Pelosi and Andrew Cuomo representing the Left, and Rick Santorum and Sam Brownback aligned with the Right. Mainstream opinion has classified Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI as honorary Republicans, and Pope Francis as a Democrat (hence, why he is appearing on the covers of Time and Rolling Stone Magazines). This division does indeed capture real battle lines, but...
  • Op-Ed: Catholic France, Adieu; Welcome, Islam

    02/01/2014 11:37:56 AM PST · by Ravnagora · 12 replies
    Arutz Sheva - Israel National News ^ | January 30, 2014 | Giulio Meotti
    Minarets instead of church towers, muezzins instead of churchbells. A different France.The secular and libertarian magazine Causeur asks: “Is this the end of the bell towers of France?”. Until last week, the church bells of Boissettes, a town of five hundred inhabitants in the district of the Seine, were ringing every half hour. Then, the Administrative Court of Paris has stopped the bells, as an alleged violation of the 1905 law on the separation of church and state. The story seems a perfect epitaph to an essay that appeared ten years ago by Daničle Hervieu -Léger, “Catholicisme, la fin d’un...
  • When was it?

    01/27/2014 7:57:57 PM PST · by matthewrobertolson · 219 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 27 January 2014 | Matthew Olson
    For Protestantism to make much sense, the Church must have, at some point, abandoned the truth and become apostate. Otherwise, Protestantism has no license to exist. But when was this "Great Apostasy"? Protestants offer varying opinions, but none of them hold up to scrutiny. Was it right after the deaths of the Apostles?A view most supported by Mormons and Jehovah's Witnesses is that, after the Apostles, the Church quickly fell into apostasy. This would be a massive blow at both God's promise to guard His Church (Joshua 1:5; Matthew 16:18) and all of the doctrine mentioned hereafter. But if this...
  • Pope Benedict ‘defrocked’ nearly 400 priests for child sex abuse in 2 years

    01/26/2014 9:15:50 AM PST · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Russia Today ^ | 1-18-2014
    Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests for raping and molesting children in his final two years before stepping down as the head of the Catholic Church in 2013, documents obtained by The Associated Press reveal. According to the data, 260 priests were deprived of their ecclesiastical status in 2012 and 124 in 2012 – more than a twofold increase over the 171 priests defrocked in the preceding two years. The figures represent the first time the Vatican has provided statistics on the number of priests to be removed for sex abuse as a result of the Church’s in-house procedures....
  • Eastside Catholic president resigns [Seattle Area]

    01/21/2014 5:19:40 PM PST · by steve86 · 21 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 1/21/2014 | Lornet Turnbull
    The president of Eastside Catholic School has resigned amid the fallout from her decision to dismiss the school’s vice principal for marrying his gay partner. In December, Sister Mary Tracy terminated Vice Principal Mark Zmuda, who also served as the swim coach, saying his marriage to a man violated teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, which he’d agreed to uphold when he began working at the school.
  • Comments about Homosexual Acts cause National Catholic Reporter to Shut Down All Comments

    01/06/2014 10:23:26 AM PST · by MikeyB806 · 39 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 1/6/2004 | MIkeyB806
    Left-leaning NCR (National Catholic Reporter, not to be confused with the conservative National Catholic Register) decided to shut down comments on its site this morning due to a deluge of comments on posts about homosexuality that it deemed to be "malicious" and "abusive." Catholicism teaches that homosexuality is not a sin, but that homosexual acts are. Nonetheless, homosexual activists attack the Church in the media and elsewhere as being anti-homosexual. The objectional comments that caused NCR to shut down commenting called attention to that very distinction. Post topics particularly at issue were about the Boy Scouts' policy on homosexuality, an...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 5 January 2014

    01/05/2014 5:10:00 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 151 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 5 January 2014 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows January 5th, 2014 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Mitt Romney; Mark Rienzi, a lawyer for an organization of Catholic nuns challenging a requirement that some religion-affiliated groups provide health insurance that includes birth control; Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America.MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Former Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano; Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Md.; Gene Sperling, director of the White House's National Economic Council; Dr. John Noseworthy, CEO of the Mayo Clinic; Dr. Delos Cosgrove, CEO of the Cleveland Clinic.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Senate Majority Leader Harry...
  • Author Michael Coren on Pope Francis, Orthodoxy, and 'The future of Catholicism'

    01/01/2014 1:02:38 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Breitbart ^ | December 30, 2013 | KATE O'HARE
    Michael Coren didn't have to be Catholic. Actually, he's had several opportunities to walk away from the enterprise altogether. Born to a Jewish cab driver in Essex, England, in January 1959, he became a Roman Catholic in his 20s while still living in the U.K. After moving to Canada in the late '80s, he abandoned the Catholic Church for evangelical Christianity. A journalist and author known for his bruising honesty, sharp wit, and often provocative style, Coren continued to have a strained relationship with Rome, even though he was married to a cradle Catholic and was raising his children...
  • The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

    12/30/2013 9:35:20 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 319 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Apr. 18, 2011 | Thomas Reese
    ......"The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard numbers on the anecdotal evidence: One out of every 10 Americans is an ex-Catholic. If they were a separate denomination, they would be the third-largest denomination in the United States, after Catholics and Baptists. One of three people who were raised Catholic no longer identifies as Catholic........."Thankfully, although the U.S. bishops have not supported research on people who have left the church, the Pew Center has. Pew’s data shows that those leaving the church are not homogenous. They can be divided...
  • How I Became "Tiberjudy"

    12/26/2013 8:33:22 AM PST · by mlizzy · 14 replies
    Tiber Judy ^ | 12-26-13 | Tiber Judy
    I was 19 years old and was back home in Georgia following my first year away at college. It had been a transformative year for me in many ways. I had left my family to go to school in Dallas, with all the adjustments a teenager endures living in a dorm and being on their own for the first time. Back at home with my family I was anxious to share my new experiences with them. My mom and I talked for hours about my roommate and my classes, the new friends I’d made and my excitement about the coming...
  • Atheists, work with us for peace, Pope says on Christmas

    12/25/2013 5:25:17 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 25 replies
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/13 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis, celebrating his first Christmas as Roman Catholic leader, on Wednesday called on atheists to unite with believers of all religions and work for "a homemade peace" that can spread across the world... He said that people of other religions were also praying for peace, and - departing from his prepared text - he urged atheists to join forces with believers. "I invite even non-believers to desire peace. (Join us) with your desire, a desire that widens the heart. Let us all unite, either with prayer or with desire, but everyone, for peace," he said, drawing sustained applause from...
  • Papa Gaga’s “Pastoral” Code: The modernist trick of undermining faith through “experience”

    12/20/2013 5:46:30 AM PST · by IbJensen · 26 replies
    Quidlibet ^ | December 18, 2013 | Rev. Anthony Cekeda
    “WHEN I HEAR the word, ‘culture,’ I reach for my revolver.” The idea behind the pithy saying, usually attributed to Nazi Hermann Goering, is that a soothing term often hides a poisonous agenda. So it is with the term “pastoral” used in the context of the post-Vatican II religion. Every priest, bishop and indeed, pope worthy of his calling, of course, must strive to imitate the solicitude of the Good Shepherd as he goes about the work of teaching, ruling and sanctifying the flock in His Master’s name. But as those of us who lived through the first chaos-filled decades...
  • Catholic Sacraments - Explained without Protestant Bias

    12/16/2013 6:05:21 AM PST · by vladimir998 · 56 replies
    Youtube - posted by Jeremy Hochstein ^ | October 11, 2011 | Karlo Broussard
    Karlo Broussard does a very good job of explaining the sacraments without the distortions or misrepresentations of Protestants who never even walked the earth until more than 14 centuries after Christ established the sacraments.
  • The second face of LGBT (video of raging feminists at the link) - ADULT CONTENT

    12/13/2013 6:36:35 PM PST · by Marie · 27 replies
    LiveLeak ^ | Nov 24, 2013 | unknown
    Feminists (7000 members of LGBT congress) attack on people (1500 young catholics) who are stand and pray to defend their church. Next they are burning an effigy of the Pope. That's how they understand tolerance and modern world.
  • Developing the Case for Being a Tea Party Catholic

    12/11/2013 5:12:49 AM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Zenit ^ | 12/11/2013 | Giovanni Patriarca
    In his latest book Tea Party Catholic, Dr. Samuel Gregg develops a Catholic case for the values and institutions associated with the free economy, limited government, and America’s experiment in ordered liberty.He underscores the moral and economic benefits of business and markets, addresses the welfare state’s problems, and deals with related issues that divide Catholics in America such as the demands of social justice, the role of unions, immigration, poverty, and the relationship between secularism and big government.Gregg concludes that as a creative minority, limited government Catholics can help transform the wider movement to reground the United States upon the...
  • The unholy dollar: Pope Francis slams ‘tyranny’ of markets and ‘idolatry of money’

    11/26/2013 9:17:36 AM PST · by IbJensen · 62 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 11/26/2013 | Stephen Rex Brown
    In his first major work, Pope Francis urged the Catholic Church to commit itself to fighting poverty and called on world leaders to become more concerned about the current state of society. He opened the door to reforms of Vatican bureaucracy while reaffirming that female priests and the church’s opposition to abortion is 'not open to discussion.' (In his first major work, Pope Francis called on an end to society’s obsession with money. He also said he was open to reforms that would move power away from the Vatican.) Pope Francis decried the unfettered capitalism that has created “a new...
  • With Love and Charity to All [Mormonism's 'Catholic-bashing'; BYU plays Notre Dame today!]

    11/23/2013 8:42:02 AM PST · by Colofornian · 70 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | April 13, 2007 | Sharon Lindbloom
    Following the distribution of the Jesus Christ/Joseph Smith DVD last month, there have been many conversations and opinions published online regarding the Christian outreach effort. One exchange took place on the Salt Lake Tribune’s public forum. A Catholic woman, who believes in “love and charity to all” wrote to express her dismay over the DVD distribution, ending her letter with a kind hope that Latter-day Saints had been able to enjoy their Church’s General Conference despite the “sport” engaged in by “anti-Mormons.” Perhaps this was not the most charitable and loving letter “to all” in consideration of the nature of...
  • What drove English and American anti-Catholicism? A fear that it threatened freedom

    11/12/2013 3:47:47 PM PST · by NYer · 218 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 12, 2013 | DANIEL HANNAN
    The US Declaration of Indepdence: Thomas Jefferson saw Catholicism as despotism Foreign visitors are often bewildered, and occasionally disgusted, by the spectacle of Guy Fawkes Night. The English are not a notably religious people, yet here they are wallowing in what looks like a macabre orgy of anti-Catholicism.In fact, of course, the event has transcended its sectarian origins. To the extent that participants are aware of any historical resonance at all, they believe they are celebrating parliamentary democracy – which needs protecting, these days, from the Treaty of Rome, not the Bishop of Rome. Fifth of November bonfires serve as...
  • Author of 'Mormon Christianity' Claims Christians Can Learn From the LDS Church

    11/14/2013 9:24:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 358 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 11, 2013 | Tyler O'Neil
    A Roman Catholic scholar and former philosophy and religion professor has released a new book that defends Mormonism as "one of the youngest branches on the Christian tree," and claims that Christians can learn from the Mormon religion. Stephen H. Webb, former 25 year professor of religion and philosophy at Wabash College and author of the book, Mormon Christianity: What Other Christians Can Learn From the Latter-day Saints, told The Christian Post that, among other things, "Mormon theology teaches us to think of matter in new and creative ways." "Traditional theology teaches that matter is lifeless, without the soul it's...
  • Pope Francis: ‘The Devil Is on the First Page of the Bible’

    10/15/2013 9:48:37 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 46 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 15, 2013 - 5:04 PM | Michael W. Chapman
    Pope Francis said it is true that in the past, people with epilepsy might have been mischaracterized as being possessed by demons, but that confusion did not refute the fact that the Devil exists and is so important that he “is on the first page of the Bible” and at the Bible’s end, “with the victory of God over the Devil.” … As for his comments on Satan and other demons, the Pope said, “Some may say, ‘But Father, you’re too old-fashioned. You’re frightening us with these things.’ No, it’s not me! It is the Gospel! And these are not...
  • This Book is Rocking the Catholic World

    10/11/2013 1:51:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 46 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 10/10/13 | Father Thomas Berg
    My friends know that I appreciate candor, and that I can be frank to a fault. I don’t tolerate it well when everyone in the room is desperately trying to ignore the proverbial eight-hundred pound gorilla sitting in the corner. Author Sherry Weddell does not tolerate this well either. And she would like us – “active” and presumably committed Catholics, lay, religious, consecrated and clergy – to focus on one rather large gorilla sitting in the corner of our contemporary Church: the reality that a disturbingly large proportion of Church-going Catholics fail to live as disciples of Jesus – as...
  • Denying Catholics the right to hold Mass was a despicable act even for Obama

    10/10/2013 10:43:10 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 16 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/10/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    “Then they came for the Catholics, and I did not speak out Because I was not Catholic,” was the third stanza in a poem by Protestant Pastor Martin Niemoller who was imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp for seven years because he spoke against denial of religious freedom to worship as each individual sees fit. His theme centers around the Silence is Consent mantra of Germans who alleged they knew nothing about the gas fumes circling the country’s forests. Well, last weekend, here in America, our First Amendment Right of Religious Freedom was silenced by an edict from on high...
  • King Barack and his royal flunkies are the gang that couldn’t hate straight

    10/09/2013 9:48:06 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/9/13 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Last week the king declared it illegal for a large number of Catholic priests to enter upon HIS royal military bases and celebrate mass which is the central ritual of Catholicism. According to His Majesty’s edict, priests who have been hired as “Contract workers” to minister to the 25% of our military forces, who are Catholics, were declared non-essential workers the same as the goat herders who guide their hungry weed eating animals around some government lands. With this edict the king has again reminded us of just how over his head he is as he runs around our house...
  • The Inventions of Rome

    10/08/2013 7:21:16 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 164 replies
    Modern Reformation ^ | W. Robert Godfrey
    For vast numbers of people, Roman Catholicism is the religion of choice. Rome can be attractive for a wide variety of reasons. The most significant is familial, people born into and persevering in the Roman Church. But other attractions of various sorts can be readily found: theological, philosophical, liturgical, moral, psychological, and historical.Defenders of Protestantism over the centuries have entered the lists, confronting at great length all of Rome's attractions. Understandably, the discussions have often focused particularly on biblical and theological arguments. But historical arguments are of great importance as well. Rome often claims that it represents two thousand years...
  • Pope Francis stirs debate yet again with interview with an atheist Italian journalist

    10/02/2013 2:46:20 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 53 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 1 OCt 13 | Michelle Boorstein and Elizabeth Tenety
    Pope Francis cranked up his charm offensive on the world outside the Vatican on Tuesday, saying in the second widely shared media interview in two weeks that each person “must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them” and calling efforts to convert people to Christianity “solemn nonsense.” The Vatican’s head seemed intent on distancing himself from its power, saying church leaders “have often been narcissists” and “clericalism should not have anything to do with Christianity.” The interview with atheist Italian journalist Eugenio Scalfari set off another round of debate about what the pope meant: Was...
  • Pope Francis denounces abortion as George Pell clarifies church stance on social issues

    09/23/2013 11:59:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Pope Francis has denounced abortions as a symptom of a modern "throwaway culture", a day after criticising the Catholic Church's "obsession" with social issues, such as contraception and homosexuality. Speaking to a group of Catholic doctors, the Pope said that they should refuse to perform abortions because he says the first right of a person is to life. "Dear friends, doctors, those of you who are called to deal with human life in its initial phase, remind everybody, with facts and words, that this is always, in all its phases and at every age, sacred and always quality life, and...
  • Church Fathers and Church Music

    09/22/2013 6:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/12/13 | Christopher B. Warner
    The Fathers of the Church can help us refine our liturgical worship after 50 years of subjection to sentimental pop music.At the beginning of this 50th anniversary year of Vatican II, Benedict XVI called for a renewed, authentic reading and implementation of the council documents. After suffering through many decades of vulgar, saccharine Church music, it is encouraging to note a rise of musicians who are serious about authentic reform of sacred worship. The recent Sacred Liturgy Conference in Rome was a great success, and there is a spirit of joyful, liturgical rejuvenation among the youth. Today’s composers are considering...
  • Pope blasts abortion after decrying focus on rules

    09/20/2013 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 20, 2013 11:49 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis offered an olive branch of sorts to the doctrine-minded, conservative wing of the Catholic Church on Friday as he denounced abortions as a symptom of today’s “throw-away culture” and encouraged Catholic doctors to refuse to perform them. Francis issued a strong anti-abortion message and cited Vatican teaching on the need to defend the unborn during an audience with Catholic gynecologists. It came a day after he was quoted as blasting the church’s obsession with “small-minded rules” that are driving the faithful away. In an interview that has sent shock waves through the church, Francis urged its pastors to...
  • "[A]ll evangelizers proclaim Christ, but Catholic evangelizers proclaim a Eucharistic Christ.”

    09/19/2013 2:18:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 58 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 18, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Earlier this week, noted Scripture scholar and author Dr. Scott Hahn delivered the inaugural lecture in Christendom College’s Major Speaker Program, entitled, “The Bible, the Eucharist, and the New Evangelization.” The press release from Christendom College provides some highlights from Hahn's address: “We face the task of re-evangelizing the de-Christianized,” Hahn said. “The cause of de-Christianization has been this oppressive secularization, which doesn’t just cause us to forget the faith, but it causes us to become more and more distant from those structures that make it real.” Hahn explained that just as human love and relationships lead to a...
  • ObamaCare means lots more abortions

    09/14/2013 9:12:57 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 19 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 9/14/13 | Michael D. Shaw
    Imagine a situation whereby the number of abortions will be greatly increased, they will be performed by unqualified individuals, government money will be used to pay for them, and Planned Parenthood will receive the bulk of the windfall. Now, imagine you’re not imagining. Welcome to California’s AB 154. AB 154 would legalize nurse practitioners, nurse midwives and physician assistants, who have taken an 8 week course, to provide first trimester abortions—and it would reclassify that procedure of abortion by aspiration (vacuum) as non-surgical. The author and sponsor’s (Planned Parenthood) primary argument for the need for the bill was “access.” The...
  • Australia's PM elect Abbott vows quick action on asylum (Illegals)

    09/08/2013 7:20:48 AM PDT · by Nextrush · 22 replies
    BBC News ^ | 9/8/2013 | BBC
    Australia's PM-elect Tony Abbott has said his top priorities are to abolish a tax on carbon emissions and to stop asylum-seekers arriving by boat. His government would "swiftly implement Operation Soverign Borders" aimed at "intercepting vessels and turning them around", Mr. Abbott told the Herald Sun. Outgoing PM Kevin Rudd has said he will not stand again in for Labor leadership. The Australian Election Commission confirmed on its website that the Liberal-National coalition had won 88 seats in the House of Representatives and Labor 57...
  • President Obama, Women's Rights, Islam, Christianity and Syria

    09/08/2013 10:31:04 AM PDT · by DanMiller · 6 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | September 8, 2013 | Dan Miller
    President Obama has been touted as four-square in favor of the rights of women. Yet He tries very hard to further the spread of Islam.Islam and the rights of women[youtube]Video linkIslam is a religious, ideological and political movement that seeks an Islamist Caliphate through world conquest to convert heathen to Islam or to kill them and to make slaves of women. There is no Islamist "race" and disapproval of, and effective opposition to, Islam and its objectives are not racist. They are, however, necessary for the survival of what's left of our civilization. I wish some "feminists" would watch...
  • Cardinal Dolan: Congress Must Pass 'Once-in-a-Generation' Immigration Reform

    09/08/2013 7:15:30 AM PDT · by NoKoolAidforMe · 66 replies ^ | 09-07-13 | Tony Lee
    The head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said Congress must seize on a "once-in-a-generation" chance to pass comprehensive immigration reform when it comes back from its August recess next week. Writing in the New York Daily News, Timothy Dolan, who is also archbishop of New York, invoked Pope Francis and Martin Luther King, Jr. in arguing that immigration reform would help families and the economy while improving the country's security.

    09/08/2013 6:15:59 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 18 replies
    the blaze ^ | 9/8/2013 | Jason Howerton
    A nun in Qara, Syria, claims she has “evidence” proving video footage of the deadly chemical attack in Syria was fabricated. Mother Agnes Mariam el-Salib, mother superior of St. James Monastery, told Russia Today that she plans to submit her findings to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Before we go any further, it must be noted that RT is widely considered to be the media mouthpiece of Russian President Vladimir Putin and his regime. Given the political differences in the Syria conflict between the U.S. and Russia, as well as the numerous conspiracy theories surrounding the chemical attack, it’s...
  • Archbishop: Congress must pass immigration reform

    09/08/2013 6:13:37 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 16 replies ^ | September 5, 2013 | JOHN C. NIENSTEDT
    The Catholic Church in Minnesota and, indeed, around the United States, is deeply concerned about our nation’s immigration policy. It is inconsistent and ineffective, and it does not promote the common good. For more than two decades, this country has simultaneously had both a “keep out” and a “help wanted” sign at our borders. Our national policy has been to encourage (and permit) illegal immigration in order to create a new and inexpensive labor source. We have sent mixed messages to migrant workers and their families. Businesses, farmers, homeowners and communities rely on immigrants for labor, yet we simultaneously attack...
  • Deep Misunderstanding about the Bible by Fr. Robert Barron

    09/04/2013 2:37:48 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 19 replies
    youtube ^ | March 25, 2013 | Resource777
       Deep Misunderstanding about the Bible by Fr. Robert Barron In this talk at a Protestant College, hear Father Robert Barron explain some of the causes for many misunderstandings and misinterpretations of the Holy Scriptures, and suggest a very helpful and valuable tool that we all could use when we read and study the Bible. Note: The above youtube link is for an extracted segment from a longer talk (a very interesting talk), which can also be viewed in its entirety here:     Father Robert Barron: Evangelizing the Culture
  • Jesus As Mary's First-Born

    09/03/2013 5:38:10 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 337 replies
    Question: It is obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. As long as Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, why was it necessary that Mary have no previous children? I am not asking why it was necessary that Jesus be conceived by the Holy Spirit—I understand that. I guess my question is, Why would it matter that Mary had other children first, as long as Jesus was conceived by the Spirit? Answer: I agree with you that from what is said in Scripture, it appears to be "obvious that Mary had children after Jesus was born. "...
  • Calling Priests "Father"

    09/01/2013 2:10:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 66 replies
    Catholic Answers ^ | August 31, 2013 | Tim Staples
    The other day I received a rather lengthy email from a fellow responding to a chapter in my book, Nuts and Bolts - A Practical How-To Guide for Explaining and Defending the Catholic Faith, specifically responding to my defense of calling priests "father."Score One Up For the ProtestantsI have answered this question hundreds of times over the years, but this fellow's critique caught my attention first of all because he used my own style of argumentation against me. I liked that. "Matthew 23:9," he reminded me, "says, ‘Call no man your father on earth, for you have one Father,...
  • Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)

    08/31/2013 9:40:36 AM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 62 replies
    youtube ^ | January 27, 2013 | mobilevclips
    Hear Dr. Peter Kreeft tell his fascinating story of his conversion from Evangelical Protestantism to Catholicism.     Dr. Peter Kreeft's conversion to Catholicism from Protestantism (Full)
  • Does God Harden Human Hearts?

    08/28/2013 4:18:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | August 27, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the more difficult Biblical themes to understand is the concept of God hardening the hearts and minds of certain human beings. The most memorable case is that of Pharaoh wherein, before sending Moses to him God said he would “harden Pharaoh’s heart” (Ex 4:21). But there are other instances where biblical texts speak of God as hardening the hearts of sinners, even from among his own people.What are we to make of texts like these? How can God, who does no evil, be the source of a sinful mind or heart? Why would God do such a thing...
  • 8 Great Christian Songs

    08/19/2013 10:32:53 AM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 42 replies
    Ignitum Today ^ | 18 August 2013 | Matthew Olson
    Here are 8 great Christian songs. (The links lead to the corresponding audio via YouTube.) Read "8 Great Christian Songs"
  • Catholicism For Protestants

    08/22/2013 3:56:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 583 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | August 22, 2013 | Shane Schaetzel
    Like the article?  Read the book! INTRODUCTION Naturally, any blog entitled "Catholic in the Ozarks" is going to require a page dedicated to answering basic questions that are common to people in the Ozarks.  Since most people in this part of America (the "Bible Belt") are of Baptist and Pentecostal belief, they often don't have much knowledge of what Catholicism really is, or what Catholics really believe.  They may even be under some false impressions or have misunderstandings. This article is a Question and Answer (Q&A) format designed specifically for people in this area, or anyone else who might...
  • Catholic Church Plans Massive Push for Amnesty

    08/22/2013 7:44:07 AM PDT · by StarfireIV · 27 replies ^ | August 22, 2013 | Mike Flynn
    If you attend Mass on September 8th, it is likely the priest's homily will be less about spiritual mattersand more about the political imperative of passing an amnesty law for the nation's 11 million illegal immigrants.
  • Europe’s Cassandra ( how deregulation of sexual norms leads to the destruction of culture)

    08/16/2013 2:10:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 14, 2013 | Alvino-Mario Fantini
    German sociologist Gabriele Kuby has been warning the public about threats to society and dangers to the Catholic Faith for years. She has warned of the excesses of the cultural revolution of 1968, offered a critique of the ideology of feminism, and warned of the destructive effects of the sexual revolution. But what makes her especially qualified to speak about such matters is that she herself was a revolutionary soixante-huitard before converting to the Catholic Faith in 1997. Born in Konstanz, Germany, in 1944, Kuby studied sociology in Berlin and completed her Master’s degree in Konstanz under Ralf Dahrendorf...