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  • Persecution More Likely With Court’s Marriage Decision

    06/30/2015 4:29:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The U.S. Supreme Court has just engaged in its latest unconstitutional exercise of raw judicial power and surely its most extravagant attempt to forcibly remake American culture since the 1973 Roe v. Wade/Doe v. Bolton abortion cases. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision on same-sex “marriage” was based on the notion of “substantive due process”—which essentially has meant rights that the Court, following the thinking of elite opinion-makers and organized interest groups, has read into the Constitution. While the first expression of substantive due process concerned a convoluted absolutist notion of property rights in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,...
  • Benedictine Monks' Disputed Role at Catholic University in Illinois at Center of New Lawsuit

    06/30/2015 4:11:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/28/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Chicago, Ill., Jun 28, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Seven monks of St. Procopius Abbey in Lisle, Ill. have filed suit against the leadership of Illinois’ Benedictine University, saying that the leadership has denied them their rights to help govern the university their abbey founded. Abbot Austin Murphy, who is also the university’s chancellor and a member of the board of trustees, said the dispute “goes to the very heart of maintaining the Catholic identity” of the university because of the monks’ oversight role in ensuring “that the university remains Catholic and Benedictine.” “They are surely not the only...
  • So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision?

    06/29/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/29/15 | Phil Lawler
    The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Father James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the decision. ”No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality,” Father Martin told his Facebook followers. He repeated the same message several times throughout the day, warning commenters that they must not indulge in “homophobia” and suggesting that someone who questioned whether we were all expected to sing “Kumbaya” was illustrating his point. So is sarcasm now prima facie evidence of hatred? In my own surfing...
  • Tax-Exempt Status of Churches Imperiled

    06/29/2015 1:36:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Donohue
    There aren’t enough homosexuals to wage war on religious institutions—they comprise only 1.6 percent of the population—but they have plenty of support among elites. From Wall Street to Wal-Mart, the corporate elite has gone lavender, embracing the gay-rights movement with as much gusto as exercised by elites in education, the arts, the entertainment industry, and the media. Will they now take the next step and attempt to shut down the churches? Anyone who thinks that radical activists will stop with gay marriage is ignorant: The big prize has always been to force the churches to fall in line. Consider Mark...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/29/2015 1:21:05 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    6-29-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Jude 1:24,25 All Glory to Him Who Alone is God, Who Saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, Splendor and Majesty, All Power and Authority Are His from the Beginning; His they are and His they Evermore shall be.
  • Colorado Supreme Court nixes Douglas county vouchers (vanity)

    06/29/2015 9:15:21 AM PDT · by taxcontrol · 8 replies
    Self ^ | 29 June 2015 | Taxcontrol
    I just read from 9News.com that the Colorado Supreme Court has just ruled against the voucher program in Douglas County School district. While I am disapointed in this ruling, it is technically correct. The Colorado Constitution states in Article IX, section 7: Aid to private schools, churches, sectarian purpose, forbidden. Neither the general assembly, nor any county, city, town, township, school district or other public corporation, shall ever make any appropriation, or pay from any public fund or moneys whatever, anything in aid of any church or sectarian society, or for any sectarian purpose, or to help support or sustain...
  • Why I'm Catholic, Sola Scriptura isn't Logical III

    06/29/2015 7:52:55 AM PDT · by Mercat · 47 replies
    Apologia ^ | 06/28/2015 | Ken Hensley
    APOLOGIA WHY I'M CATHOLIC: SOLA SCRIPTURA ISN'T LOGICAL, PART III 6/28/2015 3 Comments Even though I've been writing for thirteen weeks now about an obscure Latin phrase (sola scriptura) and using some terms that are so out of vogue in our modern "what I feel is all that's real" world (for instance, "logical") I can't stress enough that I'm talking about something I experienced to the depths of my being. Something existential. It was like the Northridge Earthquake. But this time it wasn't the foundation of my house moving and shifting and beginning to crumble; it was the foundation of...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • Supreme Court Decision Will Not Alter Doctrine on Marriage[LDS - Mormon]

    06/29/2015 7:03:19 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 36 replies
    SALT LAKE CITY — The Church issued the following statement Friday: "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints acknowledges that following today's ruling by the Supreme Court, same-sex marriages are now legal in the United States. The Court's decision does not alter the Lord's doctrine that marriage is a union between a man and a woman ordained by God. While showing respect for those who think differently, the Church will continue to teach and promote marriage between a man and a woman as a central part of our doctrine and practice."
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage

    06/28/2015 2:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jennifer Manning
    If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to understand or to explain the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and want a more detailed...
  • What Now? An Eternal Message of Biblical Morality

    06/28/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    6/28/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Man made systems and societies are not perfect. But there's a difference between good and productive and that which is tremendously destructive. America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values. In other words, the base and foundation of secular legal morality was Biblical. It is true there are various groups that seek to adhere to the Biblical Code in profoundly different ways, some of which even run opposite to the accepted original meaning of the verses, but all at least sought and spent energy pondering the meaning of G-d's word and what that means for society. And on that foundation, the most...
  • The Supreme Court Shakes Its Fist at God

    06/28/2015 12:01:30 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 28, 2015 | JP
    The U.S. Supreme Court must think God asleep. In its most odious decision since Roe v. Wade, which over the past four decades has resulted in the slaughter of more than 57 million unborn children, the High Court on Friday declared homosexual marriage a Constitutional right. In a majority opinion at odds with his putative Catholic faith, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests that those who oppose “marriage equality” just don’t get where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are coming from. “It would misunderstand these men and women,” wrote Kennedy, “to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that...
  • THE BODY POLITIC IS QUEER

    06/28/2015 11:58:35 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies
    Ironically, this claim [“the body of Christ is queer”], by an ordained bi-sexual female, Layton E. Williams, in the PC(USA), appeared the day before the decision of the USSC to legalize same sex marriage in all fifty states. Culturally, this legal decision represents an historic moment for the United States. The Declaration of Independence, declaring that rights and laws are endowed by the Creator, has been rendered meaningless by a fake redefining of marriage, with no reference to the Creator or to any objective standards. The charade is over. This decision indicates that what has been happening for some time...
  • Pope Francis Recruits Naomi Klein in Climate Change Battle

    06/28/2015 11:32:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 6/27/15 | Rosie Scammell
    Social activist ‘surprised but delighted’ to join top cardinal in high-level environment conference at the Vatican She is one of the world’s most high-profile social activists and a ferocious critic of 21st-century capitalism. He is one of the pope’s most senior aides and a professor of climate change economics. But this week the secular radical will join forces with the Catholic cardinal in the latest move by Pope Francis to shift the debate on global warming. Naomi Klein and Cardinal Peter Turkson are to lead a high-level conference on the environment, bringing together churchmen, scientists and activists to debate climate...
  • Obama: Americans Need to Shift Religious Views to Accept Gay Marriage

    06/28/2015 11:27:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 137 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | 6/27/15 | Fr. Allan McDonald
    After the Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said Americans need to change their religious views to be accepting of gay marriage, the Daily Caller reported. To that end, he encouraged gay marriage supporters to "help” people overcome their deeply-held religious views.“I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” he said. Initially, he exhibited a bit of respect for those who oppose same-sex marriage. "Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs,” he said. “All...
  • Franklin Graham: Obama Leading America to Sinful Course; 'God Will Judge Him, Us if We Don't Repent'

    06/28/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/28/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    President Obama is calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a "victory for America," but the Rev. Franklin Graham warns Obama is leading the nation on a sinful course and "God will judge him and us as a nation if we don't repent." At a Gay Pride event in the White House prior to the court ruling this week, Obama said, "There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country," and he was right, Graham wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "But it is definitely not a shift for the good of America. The shift...
  • Andrew Cuomo to officiate same-sex marriage before Gay Pride Parade

    06/28/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by delchiante · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/28/2015 | kenneth lovett, Larry mcshane
    ALBANY - Days after getting the right to marry people, Gov. Cuomo will officiate a same-sex marriage Sunday morning an hour before marching in the city gay pride parade. Cuomo will marry David Contreras Turley, 36, and Peter Thiede, 35. "It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours,” Turley told the Daily News on Saturday night. “The opportunity arose for us to get married by the governor, and we couldn’t be happier.” Longtime gay rights activist Edie Windsor, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision, will deliver the opening remarks at the ceremony, which...
  • Why Do We Waver in Our Faith?

    06/27/2015 5:06:19 PM PDT · by Resettozero · 3 replies
    InTouch.ORG ^ | Aired On 26 Jun 2015 | Charles Stanley
    Biblical faith is the confident conviction that God will do what He has promised. But what happens when we waver between our own thoughts and those of our Lord? How do we recover when our own feelings and our circumstances crowd out our faith in Him? Dr. Stanley answers these questions as he lists common doubts and how we can overcome them to avoid the future pain of regret.
  • Gay Marriage - Anti The ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS CREATOR!

    06/27/2015 4:46:01 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/27/15
    Our nation, which was founded on the Laws of Nature and Nature's God has now fully apostatized and our doom is sure with the "Supreme" Court's legalization of sodomy marriage. O godless judges, leaders and nation, will you overthrow the Almighty and His ETERNAL absolutes of RIGHTEOUSNESS and design? O godless dreamers, are not your days but as a smoking flax and at the end of your vanity will you not give an account to the ETERNAL SUPREME JUDGE and CREATOR of the earth and ETERNITY (Acts 17:30-31, Phil 2:9-11, Rev. 20:11-15)! No nation has ever survived the embrace of...
  • Catholic Leaders Resolve to Hold Firm to Biblical Marriage Teaching

    06/27/2015 3:20:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 26, 2015 | JOAN FRAWLEY DESMOND
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Friday that same-sex “marriage” is a constitutional right, in a long-awaited decision that will have sweeping and unpredictable consequences for U.S. jurisprudence, cultural norms and religious freedom. Catholic leaders, legal scholars and marriage experts reacted with dismay to the landmark ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges and three related cases. But they also expressed resolve that the decision would not discourage their efforts to preach and teach the truth about marriage and to advance respect for the institution as a union of one man and one woman committed to the care and education of...
  • The Worst Result of the SCOTUS Marriage Decision Won’t Be Persecution

    06/27/2015 2:51:11 PM PDT · by markomalley · 50 replies
    ChurchPop ^ | 6/26/15 | Brantly Millegan
    As everyone knows, the U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled gay marriage is a constitutionally protected right.Christians around the country have already lost jobs and businesses because they believe in traditional, one-man one-woman marriage, and many fear that this ruling will lead to more persecution.That may be so. But even if that does happen, it won’t be the worst result of our country’s acceptance of gay marriage.The worst outcome of our country’s acceptance of gay marriage will be the loss of souls to hell.Homosexual acts are gravely sinful. The approval of homosexual acts is gravely sinful. This court decision further entrenches...
  • (Catholic Canon Lawyer) Ed Peters on SCOTUS Obergefell v. Hodges

    06/27/2015 2:43:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 26, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Canonist Ed Peters has comments on SCOTUS decision today.  Read the whole thing over there, but… here: Two thoughts re the Supreme Court decision on ‘same-sex marriage’[..]Of course, the Court has not yet reached the end of its marriage line, for yet to come are “marriages” between siblings, parents and children, groups of people, and so on, but come they will, [….]Anyway, I make here two points especially for Catholics.First, we need to recall that the State has long recognized as married some persons who are not married, namely, when the State allows divorced persons simply to remarry. We have lived...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/27/2015 11:44:29 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    June 27, 2015 | Irish Rose
    Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they...
  • Mexican Bishop and His Clergy: We Will Go to Jail Rather Than Bless Gay ‘Marriages’

    06/27/2015 11:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/15 | Sofia Vazquez-Mellado
    June 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Following a declaration by the Mexican Supreme Court nullifying state laws prohibiting “marriage” to people of the same sex, Nuevo Laredo Bishop Gustavo Rodríguez Vega has issued his own declaration along with the clergy of his diocese, assuring the faithful that he will suffer imprisonment rather than cooperate with such unions. “They can’t require an institution like this Church to go against its principles,” the archdiocesan clergy are quoted as saying in various local and national news reports. “Let the Supreme Court send the bishops and the priests to jail, whomever they want, but the...
  • Supreme Court Justices Predict Next Battle: Religious Freedom

    06/27/2015 11:21:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/26/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    With same-sex marriage declared constitutional in all 50 states, some Supreme Court justices worry that religious freedom will face unprecedented challenges in coming years. In his dissent, Chief Justice John Roberts wrote, “Today’s decision, for example, creates serious questions about religious liberty. Many good and decent people oppose same-sex marriage as a tenet of faith, and their freedom to exercise religion is — unlike the right imagined by the majority — actually spelled out in the Constitution.”In his decision, Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that those who object to same-sex marriage because of religious beliefs still enjoy constitutional rights to “advocate”...
  • Where’s the Pope’s Encyclical on Christian Persecution?

    06/27/2015 9:37:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | June 26, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Pope Francis recently released a new encyclical. Portions of it deal with environmentalism, global warming, and climate change. Naturally, this has prompted controversy. It’s noteworthy that Francis didn’t merely make a passing comment on global warming during this or that sermon, but that he issued a papal encyclical on the matter. Encyclicals are much more formal and significant than remarks made during mass. They are letters written by a pope and sent to bishops all around the world. In turn, the bishops are meant to disseminate the encyclical’s ideas to all the priests and churches in their jurisdiction, so that...
  • Pope’s Encyclical Brandished at UN, Its Condemnation of Abortion Ignored

    06/27/2015 8:53:46 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Catholic Lane | June 26, 2015 | Stefano Gerrarini, J.D.
    Pope Francis’ new encyclical on the environment made an impact on UN negotiations this week. But in the rush to emphasize its input on climate change, his forceful condemnation of abortion and population control remain overlooked. At this week’s negotiations on sustainable development in the General Assembly, María Emma Mejía Vélez, ambassador of Colombia said the Pope’s encyclical on “climate change” was relevant to the UN development agenda. The new papal encyclical on the environment, “Laudato Si,” has been described as a “massive coup” for those who emphasize the human causes of climate change. It has lent the moral backing...
  • LGBT group backed by Cardinal to march in London’s huge ‘gay pride’ parade

    06/27/2015 7:22:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News | June 26, 2015 | Life Site News Staff
    LONDON, June 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) -- An LGBT group for Catholics supported by Britain’s most influential cardinal will participate as a registered group at a major ‘gay pride’ event this weekend. Westminster Cardinal Vincent Nichols says LGBT Catholics Westminster is hoping it will serve as an “opportunity for evangelization,” but also notes that they “arranged independently” to march in the event. The group’s leader, ex-priest Martin Prendergast, has been in a homosexual civil partnership with Julian Filochowski, the former head of Cafod, since 2006. Cafod is the official bishops’ conference charity for overseas development. Prendergast has claimed on film that...
  • So-Called Same-Sex Marriage: Lamenting the New Calamity

    06/27/2015 6:24:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 06/27/2015 | John Piper
    Jesus died so that heterosexual and homosexual sinners might be saved. Jesus created sexuality, and has a clear will for how it is to be experienced in holiness and joy. His will is that a man might leave his father and mother and cleave to his wife, and that the two become one flesh (Mark 10:6–9). In this union, sexuality finds its God-appointed meaning, whether in personal-physical unification, symbolic representation, sensual jubilation, or fruitful procreation. For those who have forsaken God’s path of sexual fulfillment, and walked into homosexual intercourse or heterosexual extramarital fornication or adultery, Jesus offers astonishing mercy....
  • Our Lady of Good Success (a prophecy that is materializing) [Catholic Caucus]

    06/27/2015 6:19:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    fisheaters ^ | June 26, 2015
    Our Lady of Good Success Date: very early 17th c., first approved 1611 Place: Quito, Ecuador Visionary: Venerable Mother Mariana de Jesus TorresThe story of Our Lady of Good Success is a most fascinating one -- and incredibly important and timely, as many of the prophecies of our Lady and our Lord given to Mariana pertain explicitly to the 20th c. and thereafter. Mother Mariana was a Spanish Conceptionist nun, blessed with the charismata of discernment and prophecy, who ran a convent in Quito, Ecuador. First, Our Lady told her to make a life-sized statue of her holding the...
  • BREAKING REPORT—June 26: A Day That Will Live in Infamy

    06/27/2015 6:10:57 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 6/26/15 | Michael Voris
    Persecution is coming — and it's been abetted by traitorous Catholics The High Court voted in a sweeping broad-based decision that sodomite marriage is a constitutional right. The vote went as largely expected in a 5–4 ruling where Catholic Justice Anthony Kennedy, a long time ally for homosexual rights, equated the struggle for sodomite marriage to the civil rights battle for blacks in the 1960s. In a giant step going even further, Kennedy also addressed the issue of the children of homosexual couples, saying they had a right not to be humiliated by their parents not being legally recognized as...
  • Rejoice! The Church's beacon just got brighter

    06/27/2015 6:00:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Little Catholic Bubble ^ | June 26, 2015 | Leila
    Maybe I should be upset and disheartened at today's Supreme Court decision. But I'm smiling. And I don't feel sad. I feel strangely excited. I remember the night that Obama was elected for his second term. I went to bed early, sick to my stomach, depressed and afraid. It was truly awful. I felt a dark shroud had descended on our nation, the America that I love so much. But I have grown and changed. The ins and outs of politics and courts and men do not bother me so much anymore. And in this case, I find myself untroubled....
  • America's Golden Calf Moment

    06/27/2015 5:40:31 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 6/27/15 | Carl E Olsen
    “There is no true liberty except the liberty of the happy who cleave to the eternal law.” — St. Augustine, On Freewill “Conservative commentator, and Blaze contributor, S.E. Cupp broke down on-air Friday after the Supreme Court decided in favor of same-sex marriage. Cupp was overjoyed, and said Republicans have to accept gay marriage or risk becoming 'relics.'” — The Blaze, June 26, 2015 I. The great division in modern politics, argued Russell Kirk in The Politics of Prudence, “is not between totalitarians on the one hand and liberals (or libertarians) on the other; instead, it lies between all...
  • Things Are Going to Get Very Tough, Very Quickly, for the Church and Her Allies

    06/26/2015 7:10:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    NC Register ^ | June 26, 2015 | MSGR. CHARLES POPE
    Most were not surprised by the Supreme Court decision today. Court watchers who had attended the hearings earlier this year were rather certain that the mood of the court was to find a constitutional right to marriage and extend it to those with same-sex attraction.  I am not a lawyer and will not therefore speak to the legal demerits of this decision. Others, including the minority on the Court, can speak to that.  But as a citizen I wonder how we have come to a place in our legal and legislative system where unelected judges for life, who in...
  • LCMS response to SCOTUS ruling today

    06/26/2015 4:40:14 PM PDT · by Mom MD · 64 replies
    LCMS ^ | 6/25/15 | LCMS
    Please see link I'm not good at posting text And no humble gunner it's not my blog
  • CALLING ALL BELIEVERS....UNITE IN PRAYER TONIGHT 11:00 PM EST

    06/26/2015 4:11:36 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 114 replies
    ealgeone | 06/26/2015 | ealgeone
    Calling all Christians to unite together in prayer tonight at 11:00 EST. We know the effectiveness of prayer (James 5:13-18). After our Lord had ascended the church had gathered in the upper room. Acts 1:14 tells us "these all with one mind were continually devoting themselves to prayer...." We may recall when Peter was in jail the church was praying fervently to God for him. The Lord sent an angel to free Peter (Acts 12:1-7). I can think of no other course of action for the followers of Christ than to cry out to Him at this time.
  • The Church and the “New Normal” (SCOTUS decision on gay marriage)

    06/26/2015 3:47:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    The marriage battle was lost in the culture long before it was lost in the courts. An opponent of same-sex marriage protests outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington June 18.(CNS photo/Carlos Barria, Reuters) In the wake of the Supreme Court’s marriage decision, these sober thoughts occur: (1) The Supreme Court of the United States [SCOTUS] has rendered a decision that puts the Court at odds with the Constitution, with reason, and with biblical religion. (2) SCOTUS has gotten it wrong before. It got it wrong on race in Dred Scott and it repeated the mistake in Plessy vs. Ferguson...
  • Will it Never End? Pope Francis Praises Quarreling in the Church

    06/26/2015 3:07:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 23, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Another day, another mind-boggling remark from Francis. The scenario is by now quite familiar: the Pope decides he will speak in Spanish so that he can “speak from the heart,” and the Church braces for the next explosion. This time it was remarks in Spanish to the World Retreat of Priests at the Basilica of Saint John Lateran on June 12. Francis said this about quarrels among members of the Church: “There are quarrels and arguments in the Church? Well, it makes good news! This is so since the beginning… A church without quarrels is a dead church. Do you...
  • Gays can't use U.S. Catholic family meet to attack Church (Vatican-sponsored conference)

    06/26/2015 12:26:41 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    RobinsPost ^ | 06/25/2015 | Philip Pullella
    <p>Homosexuals can attend a Catholic family congress in Philadelphia during Pope Francis' U.S. visit this year but won't be allowed to use it to attack Church teachings, the city's archbishop said on Thursday.</p> <p>"We don't want to provide a platform at the meeting for people to lobby for positions contrary to the life of our Church," said Archbishop Charles Chaput. The Catholic Church teaches homosexuality is not sinful but homosexual acts are.</p>
  • Why the church should neither cave nor panic about the decision on gay marriage

    06/26/2015 11:16:43 AM PDT · by Future Snake Eater · 58 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 26JUN15 | Russell Moore
    As I write this, the Supreme Court has handed down what will be the “Roe v. Wade” of marriage, redefining marriage in all 50 states. This is a sober moment, and I am a conscientious dissenter from this ruling. The Court now has disregarded thousands of years of definition of the most foundational unit of society, and the cultural changes here will be broad and deep. So how should the church respond? First of all, the church should not panic. The Supreme Court can do many things, but the Supreme Court cannot get Jesus back in that tomb. Jesus of...
  • Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    06/26/2015 10:31:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 32 replies
    http://www.usccb.org ^ | June 26, 2015 | Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years...
  • Supreme Court Decision On Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President Of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

    06/26/2015 9:23:22 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    USCCB ^ | 6-26-15 | Joseph Kurtz
    WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years...
  • My Assurance: God is in Control, Part 1 (Charles Stanley)

    06/26/2015 7:25:49 AM PDT · by fishtank · 16 replies
    In Touch (Charles Stanley) ^ | 9-26-2015 | Charles Stanley
    "Do you believe God is in complete control of everything - even the situation you face today? Dr. Charles Stanley reminds you in this sermon that understanding God's sovereignty - and acting on its truth - strengthens your faith and calms your fears. Take hold of God's love with My Assurance: God is in Control, Part 1." From Charles Stanley
  • Congress combats targeting of traditional marriage advocates

    06/26/2015 6:33:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    CNA ^ | 6-26-15
    A new bill protecting the religious liberty of traditional marriage advocates has the support of two leading U.S. bishops. But will the First Amendment Defense Act be enough to stem the rising tide of anti-discrimination lawsuits across the nation?  The First Amendment Defense Act establishes protections – largely regarding federal taxes and benefits – for individuals and organizations who conscientiously believe that marriage is between one man and one woman and that no sexual relations should take place outside this bond. “In a climate of increasing intolerance, these protections are very much needed,” wrote Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco...
  • [Marian Court, MA] Catholic College Shuts Down While Faithful Colleges Thrive, Report Finds

    06/25/2015 2:26:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    A struggling Catholic college in Massachusetts will close its doors next week, raising concerns about the stability of other small, highly tuition-dependent colleges. But a report from The Cardinal Newman Society finds that some small colleges which maintain a strong Catholic identity and promote it to prospective students are doing quite well.Marian Court College in Swampscott, Mass., will close at the end of June due to financial difficulties and low enrollment, reports Adam Wilson, managing editor of The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The tuition-dependent College had about 250 students this year and graduated 67 last month, including...
  • Catholic Church in Sydney Writing to Businesses Backing Same-Sex Marriage, Outlining Grave Concerns

    06/25/2015 6:16:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Church in Sydney is sending letters to companies that publicly support same-sex marriage, expressing its "grave concern" about their stance. The Archdiocese of Sydney has targeted some of the 150 businesses that put their names and logos to recent newspaper advertisements supporting gay marriage. The ABC has seen a copy of one letter addressed to the chairman of partners at Maurice Blackburn law firm, Steve Walsh, from the Archdiocese's business manager Michael Digges. "It is... with grave concern that I write to you about the Marriage Equality for Australians campaign," it reads. "You are publically supporting a strategic,...
  • Saying women should abstain unless they want children is “violence” says minister

    06/24/2015 10:58:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 19 replies
    clinicquotes.com ^ | June 11, 2015 | Sarah Terzo
    From pro-choice Methodist Minister John M Swomley: “There is also covert violence in the idea that women should not have sexual intercourse if they don’t want children. An act of sexual intercourse is not an implied contract to have children. While this may be the belief of those who accept the doctrine that every sexual act must be open to procreation, it would be violent for any government to decide that such a sectarian doctrine should be enforced against anyone, Catholic or non-Catholic, who does not accept that teaching.” John M Swomley Compulsory Pregnancy: The War against American Women (Amherst,...
  • Historian Uses Lasers to Unlock Mysteries of Gothic Cathedrals

    06/24/2015 6:21:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 6/22/15 | Rachel Hartigan Shea
    A tech-savvy art historian uses lasers to understand how medieval builders constructed their architectural masterpieces.Thirteen million people visit the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris every year, entering through massive wooden doors at the base of towers as solidly planted as mountains. They stand in front of walls filigreed with stained glass and gaze at a ceiling supported by delicate ribs of stone. If its beauty and magnificence is instantly apparent, so much about Notre Dame is not. To begin with, we don't know who built this cathedral—or how. The bishop of Paris, Maurice de Sully, commissioned the massive church complex...
  • This Carmelite Brother escaped Muslim soldiers by singing about Jesus

    06/23/2015 2:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | June 23, 2015
    As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt GodÂ’s call to the religious life there.That love for language and for God would one day save Brother JohnsonÂ’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was...
  • Every Businesses Should Be Gay Friendly,' Says Franklin Graham in Response to Critics

    06/23/2015 7:19:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/23/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    Evangelical leader the Rev. Franklin Graham has responded to critics of his decision to discontinue business with Wells Fargo following the company's TV ad featuring a same-sex couple. The head of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse had a column published last week arguing that the boycott was not about Wells Fargo being "gay-friendly." "Indeed, the bank we transferred our accounts to — BB&T based in Winston-Salem, N.C. — is also widely considered gay-friendly. In fact, it may surprise some to learn that I think every business should be gay-friendly," wrote Graham "By that I mean businesses —...