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  • Young Catholics urge Vatican to issue inclusive LGBT message

    10/21/2018 5:32:28 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 21, 2018 6:38 AM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    Catholic bishops are entering their final week of debate over hot-button issues facing young Catholics, including how the church should welcome gays and respond to the clerical sex abuse scandal that has discredited many in the church hierarchy. The month-long synod of bishops ends next Saturday with the adoption by the 260-plus cardinals, bishops and priests of a final document and approval of a separate, shorter letter to the world’s Catholic youth. Some of the youth delegates to the meeting have insisted that the final document express an inclusive message to make LGBT Catholics feel welcome in a church that...
  • 40 Percent of U.S. Children Born to Unmarried Parents, Rate Increasing Worldwide

    10/20/2018 6:12:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    Washington D.C., Oct 18, 2018 / 05:00 pm (CNA).- New data shows that an increasing number of babies worldwide are born to unmarried parents. The data was released in an annual report published by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA.) About 40 percent of U.S. children born in 2016 had unmarried parents, the report shows. This is more than double the percent of U.S. children born with unmarried parents in 1980, and 10 percentage points higher than in 1990. In the rest of the world, even more children are born to unmarried parents. In 2016, 60 percent of French babies...
  • ‘Conservative’ Steubenville Is Becoming Liberal Notre Dame

    10/20/2018 6:08:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 10/19/18 | George Neumayr
    At the center of this evil evolution are two products of Donald Wuerl’s world.Secularized American Catholic universities fail every test of honest advertisement: they are neither Catholic nor American, insofar as they peddle heresies and anti-American ideologies, and they don’t even resemble universities. They are more like glorified PC high schools or left-wing adult learning annexes. They are worse than a waste of time and money; they corrode souls and deform minds. A few of them are academically strong in this or that department, but in general they are ghastly messes — sorry products of the 1967 Land O’ Lakes...
  • [Seton Hall] Students Warned Against Insulting Future Catholic Priests

    10/19/2018 4:18:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/18/18 | AP
    SOUTH ORANGE, New Jersey - Seton Hall University is reminding students to be civil to future Catholic priests. Seminarians at New Jersey’s largest Catholic university have been the target of expletives and insults as a result of the priest sex abuse scandal. In a letter to the campus community, The Star-Ledger of Newark reports interim President Mary Meehan wrote it is “unacceptable and cannot be tolerated.” Meehan wrote she was “saddened” to have to remind the campus to be welcoming. She said the school expects “nothing less than civility.”
  • Dr. Mason’s The Woke Church’s Misrepresentation

    10/19/2018 2:23:35 PM PDT · by OddLane · 2 replies
    Alpha and Omega Ministries ^ | 10/19/18 | James White
    Started off with a rebuttal of the misrepresentation published by Dr. Eric Mason in his new book (endorsed by many Reformed leaders) regarding yours truly and the May 11th meme I posted that insists that there is no room for “black spaces” or “white spaces” at the Lord’s Table, but only room for a singular focus upon Christ. This led to Mason calling for an “ecumenical council” to deal with “heretics” like…me.
  • BREAKING: Viganò issues third testimony, refutes accusations of Cardinal Ouellet [Catholic Caucus]

    10/19/2018 10:15:42 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | October 19, AD 2018 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, October 19, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò today has issued a third explosive testimony, in response to an open letter from Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops. Here below we publish the official English text of Archbishop Viganò’s third testimony, dated October 19, the liturgical Feast of the North American Martyrs. On the Feast of the North American Martyrs To bear witness to corruption in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church was a painful decision for me, and remains so. But I am an old man, one who knows he must soon give an...
  • Anthony Burgess and Free Will

    10/18/2018 1:02:14 PM PDT · by donaldo · 22 replies
    “The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.” Malcolm Muggeridge
  • The Eastern Schism: A Political Clash over Ukraine Shakes Eastern Orthodox Unity

    10/18/2018 8:47:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/17./2018 | By TYLER ARNOLD
    The patriarch of Constantinople recognizes the independence of Christians who have broken from Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church cries foul. The Russian Orthodox Church on Monday officially broke communion with the Orthodox Church of Constantinople, whose patriarch has held the title “first among equals” for nearly a thousand years, following the East–West schism of 1054 — the schism that separated Roman Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy. If communion between Moscow and Constantinople is not reinstated, the schism would be the largest in nearly a millennium. Typically, questions of church are a purely ecclesiological matter, but in this case politics seems to...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, October 18, 2018 [prayer]

    10/18/2018 4:21:02 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 27 replies ^ | October 18, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Far Eastern Russian Airport Could be Renamed for St. Innocent of Alaska

    10/17/2018 7:20:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 10/17/18
    Ten candidates were proposed yesterday for the renaming of South Sakhalin Airport on the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin. Among the nominees was St. Innocent (Veniamin) of Moscow, the Equal to the Apostles and Enlightener of North America, reports Interfax-Religion. St. Innocent was proposed as the future airport patron by Archpriest Viktor Gorbach, a member of the Public Chamber of the Sakhalin Region, during a meeting of the organizing committee for the renaming of the South Sakhalin Airport. Documents with the proposals will be sent to the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation for consideration. St. Innocent, the Metropolitan...
  • Youth Synod Group Calls Church to Attend to ‘Realities’ of Gay ‘Marriage’, Surrogacy, Adoption

    10/17/2018 7:12:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/16/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    VATICAN CITY, October 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A group at the Vatican’s Youth Synod has called for the Catholic Church to pay more attention to homosexuals and the “realities” they face, specifically mentioning “marriage,” surrogate pregnancy, and adoption. “[...]There is the issue of what to do and how to act with homosexuals, which cannot remain outside of our pastoral activity and other realities such as marriages between homosexuals, wombs for rent, adoption on the part of couples of the same sex, all of which are current issues and favored and sponsored by international governmental institutions,” said a group of Spanish-speaking...
  • Radical Feminists Attack Church and Town Hall in Argentina

    10/17/2018 7:07:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The women also attacked other public buildings with bombs, stones, and graffitiRadical feminists firebombed a town hall and spray painted a Catholic Church in Argentina. The series of attacks came during a women’s conference held in the Patagonia region this past weekend. The conference was the 33rd National Women’s Encounter held October 13-15 in the city of Trelew in Chubut province, and focused primarily on promoting abortion and so-called gender ideology. On October 14, participants in the conference marched through the streets of Trelew with signs in favor of legalized abortion and the separation of church and state. During the...
  • The Identity Politics of Heaven

    10/17/2018 12:19:55 PM PDT · by unlearner · 4 replies
    WND ^ | 10/16/2018 | David Kupelian
    ... The mesmerizing ad ends with these words on screen: "Unlock your past. Inspire your future. Ancestry." There are currently over 10 million people in Ancestry's DNA database, each of whom sent the company $99 plus tiny bit of saliva, hoping to discover more about where they came from, who they're related to, what they're made of, what hidden gifts might lie dormant within them – in short, who they really are. While a few fortunate customers are reunited with long-lost relatives, most people, in return for paying for the privilege of giving their most private, personal data – their...
  • Vatican II Church Meltdown – Days 39-51 News & Comment...ongoing Viganò Drama… [Catholic Caucus]

    10/17/2018 6:10:24 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 1 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | October 15, AD 2018 | Editor
    Developments & Reactions This post continues our coverage of the ongoing ecclesiastical Chernobyl unleashed by the accusations of the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, “Abp.” Carlo Viganò, which were first published on Aug. 25, 2018 and have the potential not only to bring an end to the Francis “pontificate” but even to throw the entire Vatican II Sect into unprecedented chaos: Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018 Developments •After meeting with Francis, English Novus Ordo bishops say he is “serene” in this “time of turmoil” •In Poland a movie about Novus Ordo sex abuse sets box office record, surpasses Fifty...
  • Catholic poll: does your church still pray for the president during prayer if the faithful?

    10/16/2018 6:54:16 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 21 replies
    I have noticed that since Trump was elected, our church and others in the area no longer pray for the president and our leaders during the Prayer of the Faithful. It is really starting to irritate me. Traditionally, this was always part of the prayer and he needs it now more than mkst presidents have. Did other Freepers notice that they stopped? What about other Christian churches?
  • A Synod Slap at Home Schoolers

    10/16/2018 6:37:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 10/11/18 | Phil Lawler
    From Patrick Reilly of the Cardinal Newman Society, via the National Catholic Register, comes this ominous warning: At the Youth Synod in Rome this week, one of the bishops’ discussion groups made some disappointing and ignorant comments about Catholic homeschoolers.In one of the English-language discussion groups at the Synod, a summary of the conversation included these disturbing notes: Home based schools—a model coming from America. USA has many home schoolers—bishops in USA are not united, as homeschooling can have an ideological basis—kids may have special needs are parents qualified to homeschool them?Let’s answer that last question first. Yes, parents are...
  • Matthew Shepard to be interred at Washington National Cathedral after public service

    10/16/2018 6:27:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 33 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | 10-11-2018 | David Paulsen
    Twenty years after the brutal murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard sparked national outrage, his ashes will be interred at Washington National Cathedral following a public service of remembrance. The Service of Thanksgiving and Remembrance for Matthew Shepard on Oct. 26 will be led by Washington Bishop Marian Budde and retired New Hampshire Bishop Gene Robinson, the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop and an acquaintance of the Shepard family. Until now, Shepard’s parents had not settled on a final resting place for his remains out of concern the site would be vandalized. As they approached 20 years since...
  • French Hero.....Won’t Have a Place Named After Him as ‘it May Offend Muslims

    10/15/2018 7:21:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 10/13/18 | Abdelhamid Kaddour
    French hero Arnaud Beltrame, who sacrificed himself to save a hostage from a Islamist terrorist, won’t have a place named after him because it may upset Marseille’s huge Muslim community, Valeurs Actuelles reports. On 24 March 2018, an ISIS terrorist stormed a supermarket in Trèbes, armed with a handgun, a hunting knife and three homemade bombs. He shot two people dead and took others hostage. During the negotiation with the police, the terrorist accepted Beltrame’s offer to swap places with the last hostage, a female cashier. Beltrame also set his phone on a table with its line open so that...
  • Eastern European Bishops Want a Focus on Eucharist, Fatherhood in Youth Synod

    10/15/2018 7:16:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 10/13/18 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    One bishop pointed out that the Instrumentum Laboris mentions the sacraments only 8 timesTwo Eastern European bishops asked the Synod of Bishops in Rome for a greater focus on the importance of the Eucharist, the liturgy and fatherhood in the final Synod document during their interventions this week. These issues were raised by Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk Belarus and Archbishop Zbignevs Stankevics of Riga, Latvia at the synod of bishops on young people, the faith, and vocational discernment being held at the Vatican Oct. 3-28. Synod fathers periodically have the opportunity to give interventions lasting 3-5 minutes. In his...
  • Cardinal Wuerl Is Out... Or Is He? For the love of all that is holy, Pope Francis, man up!

    10/15/2018 8:12:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 10/15/2018 | Megan Fox
    Embattled Cardinal Wuerl is finally out after Pope Francis accepted his resignation. Wuerl was named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report accusing him of being responsible for shuffling known predator priests around. In one egregious case, he allegedly paid off a priest who was involved in a child porn ring. It is disturbing to many Catholics that Wuerl is being allowed to retire with all his benefits after so terrible a cover-up, but at one point it was debatable whether he would even resign. USA Today reported: "A Vatican statement Friday said Francis had accepted Wuerl’s resignation, but named no...