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  • The Sad Demise of a Once-Catholic University

    04/27/2016 8:11:58 AM PDT · by detective · 26 replies
    AIM ^ | April 26, 2016 | Cliff Kincaid
    At Georgetown, the oldest Catholic and Jesuit institution of higher learning in the U.S., the official teachings of the church against homosexuality have been set aside. Wednesday is the occasion for a “Lavender Graduation” event, described as “a special ceremony for LGBTQ and Ally undergraduate and graduate students,” in order to “acknowledge their achievements, contributions, and unique experiences at Georgetown University.” Before this eyebrow-raising event was set to occur, Georgetown University hosted Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood, which is responsible for 40 percent of all reported abortions committed in the United States. The student newspaper reported that Richards spoke...
  • The devil’s ‘work-cations’ in Oklahoma City

    04/20/2016 10:00:36 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 04/20/16 | Judi McLeod
    When the devil treats himself to 'work-cations', it's always in Oklahoma City, whose municipal authority is outwardly simpatico to the 'Black Mass' When the devil treats himself to ‘work-cations’, it’s always in Oklahoma City, whose municipal authority is outwardly simpatico to the ‘Black Mass’. Courtesy of sex offender satanist Adam Daniels, the devil will be back in town again 7 p.m., Monday August 15, 2016. “The government-run Civic Center—in other words the town hall in Oklahoma City—is now selling tickets for this summer’s second Black Mass.” (TFP Student Action April 17, 2016)
  • Trump Blows Off Pro-Life Leaders (Father Frank Pavone's and other groups)

    04/06/2016 2:30:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 6, 2016 | Betsy Woodruff
    The formerly pro-choice Republican, already in deep trouble after talking about “punishment” for women, just ticked off a lot of conservative activists. Donald Trump just blew off pro-life leaders exactly one week after he angered the movement by calling for “punishment” for abortion. Trump was reportedly expected to address Priests for Life and the 115 Forum conference during a conference call on Wednesday. But he bailed. Leslie Palma, a spokesperson for Priests for Life, told The Daily Beast that Trump did not dial-in. A conservative operative with knowledge of the call told The Daily Beast that pro-life leaders involved were...
  • Jesuit University Moves to Fire Conservative Professor Over His Political Views

    03/30/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 30 Mar 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Marquette University has moved to suspend and then fire Professor John McAdams for backing a student who tried to defend man-woman marriage when a leftist teaching assistant shut the student down.
  • Administration Insists Nuns Must Fund Abortions [semi-satire]

    03/27/2016 10:52:27 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 27 Mar 2016 | John Semmens
    The Obama Administration’s Department of Health and Human Services is adamantly arguing in a case before the Supreme Court (Zubik v. Burwell) that there can be no exemption for the Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obamacare mandate requiring all health insurance to cover abortions. This is despite the fact that HHS has issued such exemptions to several non-religious organizations including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Visa Inc. and PepsiCo. “It’s a basic question of respect for authority,” explained Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “The corporations we exempted acknowledged that the supreme authority lies with the government. The Little Sisters, in contrast, claim to...
  • Little Sisters of Poor challenge Obama Care

    03/23/2016 9:01:36 PM PDT · by AlienCrossfirePlayer · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 2016-03-23 | self
    Oral argument was heard today in the SCOTUS in the case of Zubik v Burwell. Obama Care regulations are forcing the Little Sisters of the Poor to be complicit in providing abortion inducing contraceptives to their employees. This is profoundly offensive to the Sisters religious beliefs. They are asking for reiief from these obligations. Justice Stephen Breyer said “a religious person living in society may have to accept all kinds of things that are just terrible for him.” The example Breyer uses is the forcing of Quakers to pay taxes which in part pay tor a war which is objectionable...
  • Good Friday Prayer for the Jews: a new Position Paper from the FIUV

    03/14/2016 4:42:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | March 12, 2016 | Joseph Shaw
    The paper's conclusion is simple: that while the actions of many Catholics have been gravely sinful, the voice of the Church in the ancient liturgy, a voice from the age of the Fathers of the Church, cannot be tarred with the brush of anti-Semitism. Let us repudiate violence and hatred: to do so does not require us to repudiate the Church's traditional liturgy.
  • Huffpo: Conservative Catholics Like Donald Trump Despite Pope's Opposition

    03/11/2016 9:54:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 11, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In a confused and confusing article, Huffington Post writer Massimo Faggioli declares that a majority of Catholic Republicans support Donald Trump in spite of the Pope’s alleged opposition to the Republican candidate, because of their underlying racism.
  • FRENCH PRIEST ARRESTED: ISLAM IS A PUNISHMENT FROM GOD FOR APOSTASY

    02/24/2016 8:56:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    The Cape Fear Caller ^ | February 24, 2014 | Kevin Whiteman
    Father Guy Pages has made quite clear that he loves God, Christendom, and his native France. Due to his fidelity to The Almighty, the Church and his homeland, Abbe Pages has found himself persecuted by civil authorities on the grounds of advocating terrorism. As noted by Andrew Bieszad on the Walid Shoebat news portal, French police have arrested the Catholic priest as well as shut down his website, Islam-et-Verite.com (Islam and Truth). Despite the government attempting to silence the Abbé, Bieszad cites an interview he recently gave to the website Polinia Christiana (Christian Poland). Unafraid to boldly declare the truth,...
  • Documentary shows Cuba's Castro as young rebel

    05/31/2005 9:04:12 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 10 replies · 459+ views
    Reuters ^ | 5/31/05 | Anthony Boadle
    HAVANA (Reuters) - How did a well-to-do country boy with a conservative education called Fidel Castro turn into a fearless rebel and enduring leader of one of the world's last Marxist states? For Finnish documentary-maker Folke West, granted rare access to early Cuban state archives, the answer lies in Castro's formative years, long before he became a Communist. His 2-hour, 50-minute "Young Fidel" traces the Cuban president's life from his father's ranch through Jesuit schools and volatile university politics to a nearly suicidal raid on Cuba's second largest military garrison, prison and finally exile in 1955. "Most biographies jump most...
  • Trump Wonders if Obama Would've Attended Scalia Funeral if Held in Mosque

    02/20/2016 11:38:28 AM PST · by TraditionalMerica · 82 replies
    Donald Trump on Saturday questioned whether President Barack Obama would have skipped late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s funeral had it been held in a different venue: a mosque. https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/701084443889381377?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw Scalia’s funeral Mass began Saturday morning in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Roman Catholic church in the U.S. Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid their respects to Scalia on Friday as he lay in repose in the Great Hall of the Supreme Court but did not attend the funeral.
  • Pope Francis OK's Contraception Use in Zika-Affected Countries

    02/18/2016 12:27:41 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 67 replies
    VOA ^ | 02/18/2016
    Pope Francis has suggested it is acceptable to use artificial contraception methods in countries affected by the Zika virus. "Avoiding pregnancy is not an absolute evil," he told reporters en route to Rome following his five-day trip to Mexico. He cited Pope Paul VI's decree in the 1960s that allowed nuns serving in Africa to use contraception due to the threat of rape. He said, "In certain cases, as in this one, such as the one I mentioned of Blessed Paul VI, it was clear." But he maintained the church's stance against abortion calling it "an absolute evil". CDC's advice...
  • Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS (Thanks Russia's effort)

    02/01/2016 2:03:22 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 7 replies
    cruxnow.com ^ | January 29, 2016 | Inés San Martín
    Anti-Christian persecution Syrian Catholic leader demands the West step up against ISIS By InĂ©s San MartĂ­n Vatican correspondent January 29, 2016 ROME — According to one of Syria’s most prominent Catholic leaders, if the West doesn’t commit to fighting extremism in the region, violence will escalate until there are no Christians left in the Middle East. “We have to say that the morale of the Christians in Syria and Iraq is getting lower, because we see how the world powers don’t care about the survival of minority communities, but [only] about their own geopolitical interests,” Syriac Catholic Patriarch Youssef III...
  • Catholic students celebrate Mass on snow altar while stranded on PA Turnpike

    01/24/2016 3:30:06 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 16 replies
    Stranded on buses overnight by a monster snowstorm that has shut down parts of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, hundreds of Catholic high school students from Nebraska and elsewhere nevertheless seemed to have things relatively in hand this afternoon. Returning from Washington D.C., where they took part Friday in the annual March for Life, they at least had food and water on board, said Tim McNeil, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha. A nearby maintenance building gave them access to bathrooms. And while there was nothing resembling a chapel anywhere near the cars, buses and trucks stopped westbound between the Bedford and...
  • Press Release: A joint Catholic-Lutheran “Common Prayer” for 500 years of Reformation

    01/14/2016 11:36:04 AM PST · by ebb tide · 30 replies
    Lutheran World Federation ^ | January 11, 2016
    GENEVA/VATICAN CITY, 11 January 2016 - The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) have invited Lutheran churches and Catholic bishops’ conferences across the world to make use of a jointly-developed Common Prayer to prepare commemorations for the 500 years of the Reformation in 2017. In a joint letter today to the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences and to LWF member church bishops, presidents and other leaders, LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge and PCPCU President Kurt Cardinal Koch introduce the Common Prayer for Lutheran-Catholic common commemoration of the Reformation in 2017. The document is...
  • Nonconformity and Freethinking Now Considered Mental Illnesses

    01/05/2016 5:57:59 PM PST · by TigerClaws · 35 replies
    Is nonconformity and freethinking a mental illness? According to the newest addition of the DSM-IV (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), it certainly is. The manual identifies a new mental illness called “oppositional defiant disorder” or ODD. Defined as an “ongoing pattern of disobedient, hostile and defiant behavior,” symptoms include questioning authority, negativity, defiance, argumentativeness, and being easily annoyed. - See more at: http://theunboundedspirit.com/nonconformity-and-freethinking-now-considered-mental-illnesses/#sthash.2oD6Hpv1.dpuf
  • Group Claiming to be Former Muslims Disrupts Masses Around Nevada

    12/10/2015 7:36:16 PM PST · by NYer · 159 replies
    Aletelia ^ | December 10, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From KTNV in Las Vegas:  Parishioners are terrified after protesters have disturbed Mass at several Catholic churches across the valley.The group, Koosha Las Vegas, includes members who clearly identify themselves as former Muslims turned Christians. They’ve been entering churches during services, shouting at Catholics that they need to repent now or else, and filming the acts and posting them on the internet.The videos make clear the group has been active on the Las Vegas Strip and several other places around the valley; they’re often seen with large signs and megaphones. The difference now is that they’re going into houses...
  • Can the Church Depose an Heretical Pope?

    12/08/2015 10:36:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 18, 2014 | Robert J. Siscoe
    There is a great deal of confusion over the issue of papal infallibility, which prevents the pope from erring when defining doctrines for the universal Church. Many erroneously believe that the charism would prevent a person raised to the Pontificate from erring when speaking on matters of faith and morals. In reality, the charism of infallibility only prevents the pope from erring in limited circumstances.
  • Red Francis: World Is “Near Suicide” on Climate Change – West Is to Blame for African Poverty

    12/01/2015 10:06:55 AM PST · by QT3.14 · 78 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | November 30, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Socialist Pope Francis announced today that the world is “near suicide” if no climate change deal is reached this week in Paris. The freewheeling Argentinian also blamed the West for African poverty. 75 million Africans were paid bribes in the last year. – which had nothing to do with the West.
  • The Marxist Core of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

    11/23/2015 12:00:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Church Militant.com ^ | 11/18/2015 | Michael Hichborn
    The annual national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is this weekend. What many Catholics do not realize is that at the very core of the CCHD is a philosophy of revolutionary leftist ideologies. Over the years, the CCHD has been rightly criticized for funding organizations that are themselves promoting contraception, homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, and socialism. But these issues are only symptoms of an overall thrust that is aimed directly at convincing Catholics to fund Marxist revolution in the United States. The intent of this article, while certainly not exhaustive, is to help Catholics understand how the...
  • President Trump? Part 2: What if he's the nominee?

    11/20/2015 8:40:20 AM PST · by JediJones · 47 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 11/18/2015 | Steve Deace
    ...Trump could absolutely win the nomination...the traditional coalition it takes for a Republican to win the White House may have to be reconfigured with Trump as standard-bearer. ...alliance of pro-life Catholics and evangelicals...became the dominant force in the GOP's grassroots... Since Roe...every Republican presidential election victory except one has one thing in common-the GOP won the Catholic vote. The lone exception was in 2000... If Republicans do not run a strong pro-life candidate for president, they don't have enough else in common with Catholic voters to win the Catholic vote. And Trump is not a strong pro-life candidate. Just a...
  • Chris Matthews Equates ISIS and Islam with Mussolini and Catholics

    11/18/2015 7:58:45 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/18/2015 | Jonathan Ehret
    Keeping up with the vacuity of progressive Leftists is nothing if not exhausting, and the terrorist attacks in Paris have left no shortage of bumbling dissembling among the Leftist elite. Yesterday, Democrat Propaganda Minister and MSNBC host Chris Matthews breathlessly declared: “I don’t think Franklin Roosevelt, as angry as he was at Mussolini, never declared war on the Catholics. Anyway, that would have been a stupid thing to say.” Mr. Matthews is of course referring to those not adhering to the politically correct mantra of ISIS having nothing to do with Islam. Well speaking of stupid things to say,...
  • Eichenberger filled with relief, but not joy (WI)

    11/17/2015 8:18:24 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 3 replies
    News Graphic ^ | 11-17-15 | Lisa Curtis
    St. Francis Borgia priest cleared of wrongdoing in assault allegation CEDARBURG — Pastor Tom Eichenberger said it will take the rest of his life to restore the credibility that was called into question following an accusation that he assaulted a boy while on his first assignment as a young priest. The St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church priest returned to his parish Monday after being cleared of any wrongdoing by a retired police detective and an Archdiocese of Milwaukee review board. “The first words out of my mouth have to be thanks be to God for restoring me to the place...
  • Matthews: FDR Didn't Blame Catholics for Mussolini, So Don't Blame Islam Now

    11/16/2015 6:01:54 PM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 42 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    2015 is drawing to a close, so unless some dark horse comes out of absolutely nowhere, Chris Matthews has a lock on the DisHonor award for the year's worst analogy. On this evening's Hardball, Matthews argued that we shouldn't blame Islam for ISIS terrorist attacks since, after all, FDR, despite despising Mussolini, "never declared war on the Catholics." Just a little difference: Italian fascism had no ideological affinity with Catholicism. To the contrary, it was rooted in notions of the revival of the Roman Empire of the Caesars. In contrast, you can't spell ISIS without "Islamic." To say that we...
  • Christianity And LGBT Rights: 70% Of US Catholics Say Gays Should Be Accepted By Society

    11/04/2015 11:35:40 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 11/04/2015 | By Ismat Sarah Mangla
    American Christians have become a lot more tolerant of homosexuality over the past eight years, according to a landmark study released by the Pew Research Center on Tuesday that showed big gains in acceptance since the last time the study was conducted in 2007. The 2014 Religious Landscape Study, a survey of more than 35,000 Americans, examined a vast array of religious and social issues, including immigration. The study concluded that nearly all major religious groups have become significantly more accepting of homosexuality -- and almost all Christian groups are more accepting than they were in 2007. It holds true...
  • Catholics And Lutherans Release ‘Declaration On The Way’ To Full Unity

    11/02/2015 8:58:07 AM PST · by ebb tide · 51 replies
    Drawing on 50 years of national and international dialogue, Lutherans and Catholics together have issued the "Declaration on the Way: Church, Ministry and Eucharist," a unique ecumenical document that marks a pathway toward greater visible unity between Catholics and Lutherans. The October 30 release of the document comes on the eve of the anniversary of Martin Luther's posting the 95 Theses, which sparked the Protestant Reformation. "Pope Francis in his recent visit to the United States emphasized again and again the need for and importance of dialogue. This Declaration on the Way represents in concrete form an opportunity for Lutherans...
  • Francis: "All the divorced who ask will be admitted"

    Yes, he said it over the phone to his favorite journalist, Italian editor Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, in a conversation on October 28, revealed by the latter in an editorial published this Sunday. There is no reason to doubt its accuracy. We are way past the time of doubting the accuracy of the Scalfari quotes. Not now, that the papal interviews to Scalfari have been published in the Vatican website, that they have been occasionally published by the Vatican publishing house (LEV) itself - for instance, as part of the book to the right. It was a direct quote...
  • US Bishops Call for Influx of 200,000 Refugees

    10/14/2015 3:57:59 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 46 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | October 13, 2015 | Joseph Pelletier
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is appealing to the U.S. government to take in 100,000 Syrian refugees by the end of the year, along with an additional 100,000 from other countries. The population of Syrian refugees is overwhelmingly Muslim. In a message distributed via email, the USCCB is encouraging Catholics to submit a letter to their congressional representatives as well as to President Obama urging the government to "protect the lives and dignity of people in Syria, Iraq and in other countries suffering war, persecution and poverty." According to the pre-transcribed letter this is to be accomplished by...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 95 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • The Pope, the Little Sisters, and ObamaCare

    09/28/2015 10:08:29 AM PDT · by raptor22 · 9 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 28, 2015 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Pope Francis’ unexpected and unscheduled visit to the Little Sisters of the Poor, a convent of elderly nuns fighting ObamaCare’s contraception mandate in the courts, is a clear message shot across the Obama administration’s bow that such religious persecution is not acceptable, backing up the American Catholic Church’s mantra: we will not comply While the lamestream media focuses on the Pope’s seeming alignment on issues such as climate change and immigration reform, the chattering class ignores this ongoing battle over religious liberty.
  • The Pope's Problem

    09/24/2015 7:45:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 34 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | September 24, 2015 | Michael Reagan
    I've been a Roman Catholic since 1954. I have great respect for Pope Francis. When it comes to matters of faith and morals, what he says, goes. But when it comes to politics and economics, the pope is about as far from infallible as anyone can get. For example, he was in Cuba earlier this week, meeting informally with Fidel Castro and touring the island to say Masses and meet with priests. Apparently the pope was having such a good time he forgot that for more than half a century Cuba has been a rotten communist prison camp and his...
  • Joe Biden says ‘life begins at the moment of conception’ - won’t stand up for that life, though

    09/23/2015 7:13:24 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/23/15 | Dan Calabrese
    Already trying to have it both ways. If you’re a Democrat who’s considering a run for the Presidency, there’s one thing you should never, ever, do. You can tell any lie and your base will let it slide. You can promote crazy tax schemes, anti-American foreign policy, and you can vow to limit individual liberty. You cannot, however, utter the words “life begins at the moment of conception.” For progressives this is the only unforgivable sin. It’s the third rail of left wing politics. In a word, it is unforgivable. ...And it’s just what Joe Biden has done. According to...
  • Pope Francis Denies Left-Wing Label

    09/23/2015 4:10:19 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 62 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | September 23, 2015 | Dr. Susan Berry
    Pope Francis today suggested to reporters during an airborne press conference that he is not a left-winger. “Some people might say some things [I said] sounded slightly more leftish, but that would be a mistake of interpretation,” the Pope said to journalists, according to Time.
  • White House Justifies Inviting Critics of Catholic Doctrine to Meet Pope [semi-satire]

    09/21/2015 9:57:41 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 6 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 19 Sep 2015 | John Semmens
    In what some are characterizing as a breach of diplomacy, President Obama has invited several prominent critics of Catholic doctrine to his meeting with Pope Francis. Among these controversial invitees are a pro-abortion nun, a transgender woman, a homosexual Episcopal bishop, and two Catholic homosexual activists. The intent of this affront says Press Secretary Josh Earnest “is to make the point that religious doctrine, just like Constitutional law, must evolve to meet evolving social customs and beliefs. High profile leaders like Pope Francis cannot afford to resist these trends if the Church hopes to stay relevant in the 21st century.”...
  • Junípero Serra not just another saint

    09/20/2015 9:47:45 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 58 replies
    Orange County Register ^ | September 20, 2015 | Deepa Bharath
    When Pope Francis canonizes Father Junípero Serra on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., Serra will be the first Hispanic American saint, and the first saint canonized on American soil. He also figures to be one of the most controversial saints in the long history of the Roman Catholic Church – a symbol that roils some hearts even as it lifts others. Serra, an 18th-century Spanish friar who founded nine of the 21 California missions, including Mission San Juan Capistrano, is gaining sainthood, in part, because he helped bring the church to the Americas. By one reckoning, Serra’s legacy is nothing less...
  • Vatican objects to White House invitation list for papal visit

    09/18/2015 10:40:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 50 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | September 18, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    At practically the same time that Barack Obama has decided that the US has to shut its eyes to dissenters in Cuba suffering under the yoke of oppression by the Castros, he plans to offer a lesson in dissent to Pope Francis. Obama has extended invitations for the pontiff’s first state visit to transgender activists, a gay Episcopal bishop, and the leader of a group of nuns that want changes to Catholic teachings on abortion and euthanasia. Needless to say, the Vatican is not pleased with this attempt to lecture Francis on catechesis, as longtime Vaticanista Francis X. Rocca reports...
  • Majority of American Catholics Have Left the Church, Pew Survey Reveals

    09/17/2015 12:42:53 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 226 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/17/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Over 50 percent of Americans raised in the Catholic Church say they've left the faith at some point in their lives, according to a Pew Research survey on religion and public life. The data further revealed that among the 52 percent who left the Church, about six out of 10 have returned at some point. Two-thirds of the group that left the Church now consider themselves ex-Catholics and no-longer identify with the faith. Around 13 percent, however, still identify as Catholic, but no longer practice the religion. For those who are still practicing, around 73 percent said they've been in...
  • Gays, Transgenders, 'Nun on the Bus' Invited to White House Pope Francis Reception

    09/16/2015 4:07:38 PM PDT · by PROCON · 39 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | Sep. 15, 2015 | Mark Judge
    Guests at the White House reception for Pope Francis on September 23 will include several gay and transgender persons, a controversial nun, a radical preacher and a gay Episcopal bishop. Several of the invitations to the event, which is part of the pope's three-city tour of America September 22-27, were offered by Vivian Taylor. Taylor, 30, considers himself transgender, which means he identifies as a sex different from his biology. Taylor has male anatomy but dresses and presents himself as female. Until March of this year he was the Executive Director of Integrity USA, a homosexual and transgender activist wing...
  • Conservative dissent is brewing inside the Vatican

    09/08/2015 2:11:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/08/2015 | By Anthony Faiola
    VATICAN CITY — On a sunny morning earlier this year, a camera crew entered a well-appointed apartment just outside the 9th-century gates of Vatican City. Pristinely dressed in the black robes and scarlet sash of the princes of the Roman Catholic Church, Wisconsin-born Cardinal Raymond Burke sat in his elaborately upholstered armchair and appeared to issue a warning to Pope Francis. A staunch conservative and Vatican bureaucrat, Burke had been demoted by the pope a few months earlier, but it did not take the fight out of him. Francis had been backing a more inclusive era, giving space to progressive...
  • Pew Research: U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families

    09/02/2015 11:40:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 09/02/2015
    When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that provides an in-depth look at American Catholics’ views on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity.Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families – those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried or...
  • Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population, Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It

    08/27/2015 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic. When asked about whether gay and lesbian...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being “the source and summit of the Christian life,” it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • Police in Northern Ireland investigating ‘Catholics will be crucified’ threat

    07/11/2015 9:46:34 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Irish Central ^ | July 10, 2015 01:00 AM | Casey Egan
    Police in Belfast are investigating a photo posted to social media on Monday in which a group of masked men yielding baseball bats, axes and stakes stand before a wall of graffiti that threatens to crucify Catholics. “Taigs will be crucified,” the shocking message reads, using a derogatory term for Irish Catholics. The letters “VTOT” are written below, with a cross. They are believed to stand for “Village Team on Tour,” the name of a loyalist gang in South Belfast. The graffiti was discovered on Monday, when the photo was first shared on social media. It has been widely viewed...
  • 12 THINGS TO REMEMBER IF THE SUPREME COURT’S GAY-MARRIAGE DECISION UPSETS YOU

    07/06/2015 5:25:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    The Splendor of the Church ^ | 07/06/2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The Supreme Court decision allowing gay “marriage” in the United States has upset all right minded Christians, and rightly so. It is pretty clear that the Supreme Court has rubber stamped a widespread rejection of Christian morality by a large segment of the American people. Not only has the Supreme Court ratified same sex “marriage” but they have overturned majority opinions of the people, set themselves up as arbiters of human morality, trampled on states’ rights, ignored not only historic Christian teaching, but the understanding of marriage held by all people at all times and in all cultures down through...
  • NEW YORK TIMES: UNTIL CATHOLICS LIKE MUSLIMS, TRY TO KILL US, WE WILL GO ON OFFENDING THEM

    07/01/2015 8:51:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/01/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
    The New York Times has a consistent position on art that offends religions. 1. Mohammed cartoons will not appear 2. Works mocking Christianity and Judaism will Briefly New York Times editor Dean Baquet pretended after the Hebdo and Garland attacks that there was some consistent policy about not offending religious people. Then it began once again featuring materials that offend Catholics. After a lot of squirming, the New York Times offered these criteria A. It's impossible not to offend anyone, so we won't offend Muslims, but we will offend Catholics "There's no simple, unwavering formula we can apply in situations...
  • Gay Marriage Vs. Religious Liberty

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

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

    The decision by the Milwaukee Art Museum to acquire and prominently display a controversial portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 colored condoms has created outrage among Catholics and others who see it as profoundly disrespectful, even blasphemous. Many suggest that if a piece were as offensive to other faith traditions or communities it would not be tolerated, much less embraced. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki blasted the decision as insulting and callous. The museum acknowledged it has fielded about 200 complaints. A handful of patrons dropped their memberships; one longtime docent tendered her resignation; and at least one donor...
  • 5 Reasons the Catholic Church is the True Church

    06/25/2015 7:00:52 PM PDT · by Morgana · 71 replies
    catholic365.com ^ | 6/24/2015 | Amelia Monroe Carlson
    There are many reasons the Roman Catholic Church is the true Church of Jesus Christ, however, some of those reasons are necessary for discussions with those outside the Catholic Church. Jesus prayed for unity of believers and unity begins with understanding. The understanding of the Church’s beliefs is essential in working toward that unity. Here are some key reasons to keep in mind when speaking to non-Catholics: 1.) Authority- Jesus gave specific instructions regarding dealing with members of the Church who were in sin. Matthew 18:15-18 says “If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault between...