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  • Pope Francis Walks the Talk: Vatican Signals on Gays and Remarriage Are a Hopeful Beginning

    10/17/2014 8:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    A half-century after the historic changes of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is showing his intent to drive a comparably ambitious agenda for the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century. The current synod of bishops in Rome, called by Francis to encourage reform and modernization, set a ringing tone of compassion this week with an opening call for a more welcoming attitude toward gay people, unmarried couples, divorced Catholics who remarry, and children in these unions. The bishops’ report on their first week of private discussions did not immediately change church doctrine. But it signaled the pope’s determination...
  • CBS Drives Away 'Anti-Gay' Catholics

    10/17/2014 7:36:12 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 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...
  • The Great Catholic Cave-In that Wasn’t: The synod of bishops has NOT thrown out Church teaching.

    10/14/2014 9:12:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/14/2014 | George Weigel
    For the better part of a half century, the New York Times, and similarly situated purveyors of news and opinion, have eagerly awaited the Great Catholic Cave-In: that blessed moment when, at long last, the Catholic Church, like many other Christian communities, would concede that the sexual revolution had gotten it right all along and would adjust its teaching and practice to suit. A Times “breaking story” on October 13, under the headline “Vatican Signals More Tolerance Toward Gays and Remarriage,” might have struck the unwary or uninformed (or those equally committed to the Times agenda in these matters) as...
  • Why not Communion for polygamists if we give it to divorced and remarried?: South African Cardinal

    10/13/2014 5:30:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 10, 2014 | Hilary White
    If someone in Germany who is divorced and civilly remarried can receive Communion without being expected to change his lifestyle, why can’t someone in Africa who is “married” to two women do so as well? That’s the question that Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, the archbishop of Durban, South Africa, asked in a recent interview with Catholic News Service. Napier added that a better way forward for the Church than the recommendation made by the German Cardinal Walter Kasper is to recommend the traditional Christian practice of fortitude in the face of suffering; the carrying of the cross. “Jesus didn’t say ‘I...
  • The Pope Francis Progressive Set-Up

    10/10/2014 2:24:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | October 10, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    The secular-progressive media is hell-bent on trying to shape an image of Pope Francis as a fellow liberal-progressive, just like them. Give him more time, the media suggests, and he’ll soon be allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion, allowing gays to marry within the Church, ordaining gays, ordaining women, endorsing the HHS mandate, praising Planned Parenthood, and who knows what else.It’s an incessant, incestuous, exasperating image that liberals in the media are pushing with abandon. Almost every one of Francis’ actions or statements is contorted to try to remake the man, and thus his Church, in their (the...
  • Mormons Accept SCOTUS Same-Sex Marriage Decision While Catholic, GOP Groups May Continue To Fight

    10/08/2014 2:26:02 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 70 replies
    International Business Times ^ | October 7, 2014 | Zoe Mintz
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints says its doctrine on marriage will remain unchanged despite Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized gay marriage in five states, including Utah, and opened the door for legalization in six more. “As far as the civil law is concerned, the courts have spoken,” the church said in a statement reacting to the Supreme Court’s decision. “Church leaders will continue to encourage our people to be persons of good will toward all, rejecting persecution of any kind based on race, ethnicity, religious belief or nonbelief, and differences in sexual orientation.” In...
  • Modern Catholics

    10/05/2014 8:20:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Indiana Daily Student ^ | October 5, 2014 | Sarah Kissel
    Since Pope Francis’ innaguration in March 2013 , the Holy Father has unflinchingly addressed controversial topics that have historically been indisputable within the Catholic Church. His groundbreaking, “Who am I to judge?” remark regarding gay individuals who seek a relationship with Jesus set the tone for a revolutionary reign. A newly modern stance on issues such as charity, service, money, divorce and gay marriage has given Pope Francis universal, inter-denominational appeal. The Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, often referred to as a “synod,” began in Rome this weekend. A synod is a gathering of more than 200...
  • 'In 1976 I discovered Ebola, now I fear an unimaginable tragedy'

    10/04/2014 3:00:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Manchester Guardian ^ | October 4, 2014 | Rafaela von Bredow and Veronika Hackenbroch, The Observer
    Peter Piot was a researcher at a lab in Antwerp when a pilot brought him a blood sample from a Belgian nun who had fallen mysteriously ill in Zaire.Professor Piot, as a young scientist in Antwerp, you were part of the team that discovered the Ebola virus in 1976. How did it happen? I still remember exactly. One day in September, a pilot from Sabena Airlines brought us a shiny blue Thermos and a letter from a doctor in Kinshasa in what was then Zaire. In the Thermos, he wrote, there was a blood sample from a Belgian nun who...
  • Bad Omens for the Future of Marriage: Is equivalent of no-fault divorce on the table for Catholics?

    10/04/2014 7:52:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/04/2014 | Nicholas Frankovich
    Traditionally, social conservatism has enjoyed the support of Catholicism, whose body of teaching on morals is a mother lode of ideas and arguments that retain much of their force even apart from their theological context. Rumors that the Church is poised to relax its position on the indissolubility of marriage are therefore troubling or encouraging, depending on which side you stand in the culture war. Tomorrow, a synod of bishops will convene in Rome to discuss the family. It’s a big topic, but what has developed as the headline item on the agenda is a question that on its face...
  • Religious conservatives opposed to Hillary Clinton

    09/28/2014 12:12:49 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2014 | Ken Thomas and Steve Peoples
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK) WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton is the one figure uniting religious conservatives frustrated by a leaderless Republican Party that's divided over foreign policy, immigration and social issues. The prospect of another Clinton White House stirred anguish at the Values Voter Summit this weekend where hundreds of conservative activists debated the GOP's future and warned that the acknowledged but unannounced 2016 Democratic front-runner would cement what they see as President Barack Obama's attack on religious freedom....
  • Pope Albania visit showcases Muslim-Christian ties

    09/20/2014 10:01:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Associated Press ^ | September 20, 2014 | Llazar Semini
    DERVEN, Albania (AP) — The one-room, stone church of St. Nicholas has sat on the top of a hill here since the 16th century, destroyed three times and rebuilt in a testament to the Catholic presence in this region that dates to St. Paul. Its latest incarnation, however, is particularly poignant: 15 Muslim families chipped in to help rebuild it in a sign of the remarkable coexistence that exists in Albania between Christians and Muslims. Pope Francis will highlight this interfaith harmony when he makes a one-day trip to the Balkan nation on Sunday, holding it up as a model...
  • Ted Cruz Takes Tough Stands For Religious Liberty

    09/12/2014 4:39:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 53 replies
    Investors.com ^ | September 12, 2014 | IBD Editorial
    Leadership: Say this for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz: He routinely takes principled stands on tough issues, even if it puts him at odds with his own party. Case in point: His comments this week in support of nuns and Israel. With the White House filing a new brief signalling it intends to force Catholic Sisters to violate their religious beliefs, the Texas Republican strongly defended religious liberty. Despite its defeat in the Hobby Lobby case, the White House last Monday was back at it, filing a brief in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado explaining a rule...
  • Ross Shouldn’t Do That (Ref: Ross Douthat’s New York Times hit piece on Ted Cruz)

    09/14/2014 12:32:54 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    PJ Media's Spengler ^ | September 13, 2014 | David P. Goldman
    I had to read the penultimate paragraph of Ross Douthat’s New York Times piece on “friendless Middle East Christians” before the enormity of it sunk in. Douthat wrote: If Cruz felt that he couldn’t address an audience of persecuted Arab Christians without including a florid, “no greater ally” preamble about Israel, he could have withdrawn from the event. The fact that he preferred to do it this way says a lot–none of it good–about his priorities and instincts. In so many words: Jew-hatred among Middle Eastern Christians is so rampant that it should be ignored in the interests of saving...
  • Response to Cardinal on Gay Rights Group in St. Patrick’s Parade [To Apostolic Nuncio Washington]

    09/09/2014 9:05:15 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Deligate Bob .com ^ | September 6, 2014 | Delegate Robert G. “Bob” Marshall (R-13) Virginia
    On Saturday I sent the letter below to Archbishop Vigano with regard to the statment Cardinal Dolan of New York gave in support of a Gay Rights Group being included in the 2015 New York St. Patrick’s Day Parade. This parade is a Catholic event and I am disheartened to hear that Cardinal Dolan would support a position contrary to that of the church in this situation. September 6, 2014 H. E. Most Rev. Archbishop Carlo Vigano Apostolic Nuncio 3339 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20008 Your Excellency Archbishop Vigano: New York's Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the...
  • Catholic League President: I May Not March in St. Patrick's Parade

    09/08/2014 7:56:28 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 7, 2014 | BRIAN FRAGA
    Extreme political, cultural and economic forces are colluding to secularize the St. Patrick's Day Parade in New York City, argues William A. Donohue, president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights. "If it gets to the point where the Catholic element is completely diluted, then I will no longer march in the parade," Donohue told Aleteia two days after the St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee agreed to allow a group of gay NBC Universal employees to march under its own banner in the 2015 parade. In a written statement provided to the Associated Press, the parade committee said...
  • Notre Dame Retreats, Will Provide Contraceptive Coverage in Student Health Programs

    09/07/2014 10:25:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The University of Notre Dame will provide for contraceptives and abortifacient drugs in its student health-care program, the National Catholic Register reports. Notre Dame had joined other Catholic institutions in filing suit against the contraceptive mandate in the federal health-care program. In that lawsuit, Notre Dame said that the mandate would "require Notre Dame to commit scandal." But after preliminary court rulings against the university-- which Notre Dame is now appealing-- the university administration has chosen to cover contraceptive costs.
  • St. Patrick’s Day Parade ending ban on gay groups (NYC)

    09/03/2014 12:03:39 PM PDT · by Ray76 · 41 replies
    NY Post ^ | Sep 3, 2014 | David K. Li
    New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade will finally end its ban on gay groups marching in its annual Irish celebration, organizers said Wednesday. The organizing committee said this move to “change of tone and expanded inclusiveness is a gesture of goodwill to the LGBT community in our continuing effort to keep the parade above politics.”
  • How do you define a “More Sedate” “Black Mass”, Oklahoma?

    09/01/2014 9:46:28 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Canada Free Press | 09/01/14 | Judi McLeod
    Thousands of TFP Student Action supporting university students are right on the money for lamenting to Oklahoma authorities that… “only Jesus gets no respect”. The students call the “Black Mass” permitted to take place on Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center by local authorities, including Mayor Mick Cornett, “sacrilegious” and “obscene”. Even though the apathy-dogged civic level government is the one most ignored by everyday people, more than 70,000 online petitions have been collected calling on the Civic Center to cancel the “Black Mass”, which is an attack on God and a desecration of the true Catholic Mass.
  • Who Is the Man Who Fears We Could Be on the Eve of 'World War III'?

    08/31/2014 7:44:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | August 31, 2014 | Robert Moynihan
    Hardly any Americans will know of Hilarion Alfeyev, 48, a Russian Orthodox bishop who acts as the "foreign minister" of his Church, but it is important that they do. He is a bridge between not just the Orthodox Church and Catholicism but a bridge between Russia and America. As a Catholic American, I first saw him 15 years ago on a cold December day in Moscow. Hilarion, then 33, was already a rising star in the firmament of the Russian Orthodox Church. He had done his graduate studies in philosophy at Oxford — rather rare for Russian Orthodox Church leaders....
  • WHY CATHOLICS ARE SO OBSESSED WITH SEX

    08/26/2014 8:38:18 AM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    “Why is it,” said Jessica, my long-time friend, a non-observant Church of Scotland member, “that the Catholic Church won’t just, er, enter the modern era? Why are they so obsessed with sex?” Um, I thought, here we go. We were sitting in a coffee place in Edinburgh, trying to catch up from our busy lives. Even though our lives have taken different paths, Jessica and I go back a long time. I took a deep breath. “For the same reason that traditionally Jews forbade pre-marital sex, and sex outside marriage,” I said evenly. “After all, Christianity is an offshoot of...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • Pope Francis signals support for military action to protect Christians from brutal Islamic jihadists

    08/13/2014 9:57:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    The Vatican is increasingly indicating support for military action in Iraq to protect Christians and other religious minorities from persecution by brutal Islamic jihadists. As the world grapples with how to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), the Vatican released a letter Wednesday in which Pope Francis urges the international community “to take action to end the humanitarian tragedy now underway.” The Pope’s entreaty came before U.S. defence officials revealed late Wednesday that air strikes and the work of Kurdish fighters had allowed many of the thousands of Yazidis trapped on Mount Sinjar to escape....
  • Papal envoy calls for ARMED RESPONSE to defend Christians from Genocide

    08/11/2014 4:10:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | August 11, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pope Francis has joined with Christians facing genocide in Iraq and Syria, calling upon the world to make an armed response to the Islamic State. He has asked the world to "stop these crimes" and his envoy called for the use of "a professional, well-equipped army."You know a situation is bad when a pope or his envoy calls for an armed response. Pope Francis, widely appreciated as a practical and realistic man, is not just calling for a cease-fire or negotiations. Instead, he is inviting an armed response to the terrorism of the Islamic State. Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican's...
  • Catholic Bishops Say Amnesty for Illegal Immigrant Children Is 'Pro-Life'

    08/01/2014 9:47:00 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 31, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Some Catholic bishops have recently suggested that granting amnesty to illegal immigrant children from Central America is consistent with “pro-life” Catholic teachings. As reported in National Catholic Register, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said that providing for the needs of the young illegal immigrants is one facet of a truly pro-life philosophy. “The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” Zubik said in a statement on July 19th. “Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death.” “Whether they are traveling because of...
  • Tom Petty: ‘No one’s got Christ more wrong than the Christians’

    07/24/2014 1:29:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 54 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 23, 2014 | Jessica Chasmar
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Tom Petty says that no one has interpreted Jesus Christ’s teaching more incorrectly than Christians, as he was asked to explain the history behind his new song “Playing Dumb.” In an interview with Billboard, the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer explained his inspiration behind the song, which will be featured as a bonus cut on the accompanying vinyl release of “Hypnotic Eye.” “Catholics, don’t write me,” Mr. Petty said. “I’m fine with whatever religion you want to have, but it can’t tell anybody it’s OK to kill people, and it can’t abuse children systematically for God knows how many...
  • 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...
  • Syracuse NY mayor to Obama: Send those immigrant kids up here!

    07/19/2014 11:18:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Hot Air ^ | July 19, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Even as Congress struggles with the ongoing crisis at the border and the President plans some sort of meeting with Central American leaders, there seems to be no shortage of elected officials who want to get in on the action. Of course, if you’re looking for help with a huge problem on the Texas border, your first thought might not be to ask somebody in upstate New York. But that won’t stop the city’s mayor, Stephanie Minor. (Go ahead… say “Mayor Minor” five times fast.) The mayor’s latest pitch came in a letter to President Obama. “We have a network...
  • 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...
  • Obama, Catholics, and Illegals

    07/15/2014 3:09:52 PM PDT · by jobim · 8 replies
    Church Militant TV ^ | 7/15/14 | Michael Voris
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y2dw-KnKEakscroll to the :40 seconds to begin broadcast The study dated 3/20/14 from University of Texas at El Paso detailing the planning of the "crisis": http://ncbsi.utep.edu/documents/UAC%20Project%20Site%20Visits/UTEP%20NCBSI%20Final%20Report%20March%2020%202014.pdf
  • Bishop Madden among Catholics who dialogue with Iran’s religious leaders

    07/11/2014 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/11/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden is enthused by the fruit that came from recent discussions between U.S. bishops and Iran’s religious leaders. “When you build a certain sense of trust and respect, then you can move forward and deal with the issues,” he said. The faith leaders announced June 14 that they oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the creation of weapons of mass destruction. That declaration was the result of a March dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers...
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the “Sainthood Cause” for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Obama Admin Not to Send Back Unaccompanied Illegal Children

    07/03/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration has called upon the Obama administration to halt any plans to send back unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors who have been flooding across the U.S. border. “This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in a press release Wednesday. “To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable.” The bishops have asked the Obama administration to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for “fast track” authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied...
  • Too many Catholics on the Supreme Court ?

    07/03/2014 7:14:48 AM PDT · by A'elian' nation · 37 replies
    Red State ^ | 7/2/2014 | Streiff
    RedState.com quotes a Huffington Post article wondering whether there are too many Catholics on the Supreme Court? At present there are no Protestants on the Supreme Court. 3 are Jewish ( Kagan, Breyer, and Bader ) and the remaining 6 are Catholic. It's been noted that the Supreme Court has never reflected the demographics of the country. The Court was all white until 1967 with the appointment of Thurgood Marshall, and Sandra Day O'Conner became the first female SC justice in 1981. Andrew Jackson appointed the first Catholic SC justice, Roger Taney, in 1836. The largest Protestant group in the...
  • Satanism 101: The Faith Behind the Headlines

    07/01/2014 10:16:46 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    Charlotte Observer ^ | Wednesday, Jul. 02, 2014 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    From efforts to install a monument at the Oklahoma Capitol to a controversial “Black Mass” at Harvard University, Satanists are all over the news. But are they, along with Wiccans and pagans, all together in one non-Abrahamic lump? Not at all, say experts on paganism and the major Satanist groups’ websites. “Paganism is an umbrella term for a wide variety of traditions outside the Abrahamic faiths. Wicca is the largest but there are countless others, from Druid to Heathen to people who are creating their own faiths even as we speak,” said Laura Wildman-Hanlon, a Wiccan priestess and editor of...
  • Ex-Vatican envoy defrocked for sex abuse: First time in history

    06/30/2014 12:36:44 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    Rappler / Agence France-Presse ^ | June 27, 2014 | Ella Ide
    VATICAN CITY – The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted of sex abuse by a church tribunal and defrocked pending further criminal proceedings in the first case of its kind. Polish archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, who was recalled to Rome last year amid claims that he sexually abused a number of children in the slums of Santo Domingo, was found guilty by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican said on Friday. It is the first time that a Vatican ambassador has been defrocked for sexual abuse. Wesolowski, who has two months to appeal,...
  • Bahrain Welcomes First Catholic Cathedral

    06/27/2014 11:29:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 6/26/14 | Kate Tracy
    The Persian Gulf island has had a Christian presence for over a centuryBahrain, the small island country nestled between Qatar and Saudi Arabia in the Persian Gulf, will gain a Catholic cathedral, a step some see as an increased interest in Christianity in the heart of the Islamic world. King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa donated land for the project recently — the only church he has done so for, Northern Arabia vicar Bishop Camillo Ballin told Real Clear Religion, though Bahrain's cathedral is not the first church that the country's rulers have supported. "The king has a special appreciation...
  • Boston's Cardinal O'Malley: Americans Against Amnesty Have 'Irrational' Fear (Communion thru fence)

    06/18/2014 10:21:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 62 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | June 18, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    In a recent interview with the Daily Beast that focused on the “bigotry” and “xenophobia” of Americans who are opposed to amnesty for illegal immigrants, Boston archbishop Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, “Obviously, the fear is not rational, and I think we are dealing with it in an irrational way.” The Daily Beast’s Christopher Dickey lead up to his discussion with O’Malley about the thousands of illegal immigrant minors flooding the United States following President Obama’s decision to relax their deportations: The fear and hatred of foreigners is nothing new in the United States, nation of immigrants though it is. O’Malley...
  • 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."
  • Meet the ‘evangelical’ Catholics who are remaking the GOP

    06/16/2014 6:46:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 16, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    How many voters know that former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is a Roman Catholic? Or that Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is a Southern Baptist, not a Latino Catholic? Or that Florida Sen. Marco Rubio worships at both a Catholic parish and an evangelical church? More importantly, does it matter? Actually, it does in today’s Republican Party, where a number of factors have forged a new religious identity that supersedes familiar old categories. These prominent Republicans are emblematic of the new religious amalgam that, in many instances, has helped refashion denominational differences that were once almost insurmountable. Look no further than...
  • Catholics Against Capitalism

    06/10/2014 6:36:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The National Review ^ | June 10, 2014 | Kevin D. Williamson
    Something strange happened in Washington last week: A panel of Catholic intellectuals and clergy, led by His Eminence Oscar Andrés Maradiaga, was convened to denounce a political philosophy under the headline “Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case against Libertarianism.” The conference was mainly about free-market economics rather than libertarianism per se, and it was an excellent reminder that the hierarchy of the Church has no special grace to pronounce upon matters of specific economic organization. The best that can be said of the clergy’s corporate approach to economic thinking is that it is intellectually incoherent, which is lucky inasmuch as the...
  • 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...
  • The AP Stylebook of Galileo, Pedophiles, and Galileo

    05/30/2014 3:54:57 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 2 replies
    NCRegister ^ | May 29, 2014 | Simcha Fisher
    I haven't seen the [AP Stylebook's] new religion chapter, but I have seen how the press generally reports on Catholicism -- and it seems like there are already some agreed-upon guidelines. For instance: Catholics in the news. If an actor, a football player, a CEO, or any other reasonably decent, successful or attractive person is a practicing Catholic, that is never relevant, and any reference to receiving the sacraments or belief in God must be edited out for clarity and brevity. However, if the story is about a transvestite stripper, a comedian who draws heavily on the comedic value of...
  • CNN Anchor Shamelessly Rages Against ‘Climate Change Deniers’ During Straight News Hour

    05/21/2014 12:18:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 53 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | May 21, 2014 | Brendan Bordelon
    Fresh off promises from CNN boss Jeff Zucker that the channel will pursue more stories on global warming — whether their audience likes it or not — CNN anchor Carol Costello presided over a segment with two religious figures agreeing that to deny climate change is to sin against God. But Costello did much more than just moderate the “debate,” railing against “deniers” and questioning whether they’re “reading the Bible.” In the eye-popping intro to the segment — which aired during CNN’s “Newsroom”, not an opinion program — Costello pulls no punches while savaging those who dare to question the...
  • Pope Francis: 'Tea Party Catholic'?

    05/10/2014 8:46:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 121 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | May 10, 2014 | Robert Wilde
    On Breitbart News Saturday, Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon and Editor in Chief Alex Marlow discussed Pope Francis's remarks to the United Nations where he called for "legitimate redistribution of economic benefits by the State," using government and the private sector. Bannon asked guest Austin Ruse, former head of the Catholic Family and Human Rights Institute and a Breitbart contributor, “Is Pope Francis a Commie?" "I know he is a Jesuit," Bannon said, explaining that Jesuits sit at the vanguard of the Communist revolution in Latin America there, before asking if "Pope Francis been taken over by liberation theology?” Bannon,...
  • Millions Of Latinos Have Abandoned Catholic Church Since 2010, Pew Says

    05/08/2014 5:10:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | May 7, 2014
    More than 4 million Latinos in the United States have left the Catholic Church since 2010, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that spotlighted the church’s ongoing exodus of Latinos, a group seen as pivotal to the future of Catholicism. In 2010, two-thirds of Hispanics (67 percent) in the U.S. were Catholic. Today, that number has dwindled to 55 percent of the nation's 35 million Latino adults. While close to 20 million Latinos still identify as Catholic, the church has lost 12 percent, or 4 million Latinos in the U.S. over the past four years alone, according to...
  • Simon Pegg Scolds Climate Change 'Deniers,' Says They'll Be Drowning, Burning or Starving

    05/06/2014 6:32:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Breitbart's Big Hollywood ^ | May 6, 2014 | Christian Toto
    Simon Pegg dabbled in apocalyptic nightmares via his zombie horror comedy Shaun of the Dead. Now the British actor and Star Trek star is trying to scare "deniers" into accepting the climate change doomsayers. Pegg fired off the following tweet today, his personal way of telling those who don't worship at the altar of Al Gore that there's no turning back from being wrong. Simon Pegg âś” @simonpegg What will all the deniers say when their lives are palpably affected by climate change. When theyÂ’re drowning, burning or starving. Oopsie? 11:54 AM - 6 May 2014 635 Retweets 874 favorites...
  • Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis

    05/06/2014 6:00:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/06/2014 | By Michael Brendan Dougherty
    Pope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I'd like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church. Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to...
  • Why Protestants are more popular than Catholics in China

    05/06/2014 11:00:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    UCA News ^ | 05/06/2014 | Fr Michael Kelly SJ
    Questions abound over the recent vicious actions of the Chinese government towards Christians in the prosperous Zhejiang Province just south of Shanghai. The actions of the government during the fortnight after Easter against both Protestants and Catholics are unprecedented in recent decades and, justifiably, have received world attention. As with all actions in a country as vast as China, whose government could never be accused of transparency, it is difficult to discover who is making the decisions and what they hope to achieve. But one issue that has surprised many people outside China is both the size of its Christian...
  • Police Remove Traditional Marriage Group from Notre Dame University

    05/01/2014 8:58:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Townhall ^ | May 1, 2014 | Sarah Jean Seman
    Notre Dame University employed the police to order a group of traditional marriage advocates off its campus late last week. Volunteers with the Tradition Family Property Student Action were given permission by an official campus student group to set up a table, according to TFP director John Ritchie. The police arrived shortly after the group began handing out pro-family literature and told them to “cease and desist.” On its website TFP Student Action claimed: The TFP handout, 10 Reasons Why Same-Sex “Marriage” is Harmful and Must Be Opposed, was being warmly received by students and faculty members alike. However, several...
  • 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...