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  • President Donald J. Trump Recognizes National Catholic Schools Week

    02/19/2017 5:13:59 AM PST · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    White House ^ | February 03, 2017 | Donald J. Trump
    Today, the President issued a letter recognizing National Catholic Schools Week.   THE WHITE HOUSE WASHINGTON February 3, 2017 In recognition of National Catholic Schools Week, I want to extend my heartfelt appreciation to all of the dedicated Catholic school administrators, teachers, priests, and support organizations who work tirelessly to build and sustain quality Catholic schools across the Nation.  The theme of this year’s National Catholic Schools Week is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service.”  I appreciate the many ways in which Catholic schools nurture devotion, impart wisdom, and minister to the 2 million students who enter...
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    “Becoming One-Standing Together,” is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • Why Are Christian Women Watching 'Fifty Shades Darker'?

    02/18/2017 12:32:39 PM PST · by metmom · 131 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 16, 2017 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    The unavoidable truth is that many are becoming desensitized. When the Holy Spirit no longer fills hearts and minds with a passion for purity and holiness, there is a general lack of conviction. Compromise in this area can be well-illustrated through a story I heard years ago. Eskimos in the barren North often kill wolves by taking a razor-sharp knife and dipping it in blood. They allow the blood to freeze to the blade. Then they bury the handle of the knife in the snow with the blade exposed. As the wolf begins to lick the blade, his tongue becomes...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROME—Famous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to “speak from the heart” to thousands of students from Rome’s youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • 6 False Teachings Bringing Deceptive Darkness Into the Church

    02/17/2017 7:01:56 AM PST · by metmom · 115 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | Feb 8,2017
    Since that very moment in the Garden of Eden when a single bite shattered the harmony of the world, man has tried to make his own way, be his own master, and set up his own kingdom. It's nothing new. Nevertheless, if we want to be faithful followers of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in this day and age, we must be alert and ready to boldly stand against the spirit of the age that seeks to modify the message of Christ, undermine His power to set us free from sin, repaint Christ's picture to make Him more acceptable...
  • Beware: This Line of Thinking Will Move You Quickly Into Universalism

    02/17/2017 6:51:33 AM PST · by metmom · 15 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 2/17/2017
    Have you taken a close look at your theology lately? Have you caught yourself thinking maybe everyone will be saved in the end? Maybe you've started to accept some of the hallmarks of our culture that the Bible defines as sin—some without even noticing, such as greed and materialism, and some out of fear since Christians are vilified for opposing them, such as homosexuality and abortion. Or you may be thinking, "If God is loving, surely He wouldn't send people to hell for their lifestyle choices. Right?" Perhaps you see people who do not follow God, yet they work tirelessly...
  • New Pew Center Poll Shows Improving Attitudes Toward Catholics and All Faith Groups

    02/16/2017 8:41:39 PM PST · by GonzoII · 9 replies
    NCR ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Kathy Schiffer
    They like me, they really like me! A poll released by the Pew Research Center on February 15 reveals that Americans' attitudes toward people of faith have improved in just three years – and that Jews and Catholics are especially well regarded by people of all faiths. Pew's survey of U.S. adults – titled “Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings Toward Religious Groups” – was conducted on January 9-23, 2017. The American Trends Panel's survey participants included both Republicans and Democrats, men and women, younger and older Americans. The respondents were asked to rate various religious groups on a “feeling thermometer,”...
  • Socialist Militants Storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 8:41:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpitMilitant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!”The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group,...
  • Syrian Orthodox Bishops Assail Patriarch for Reverencing Qu’ran

    02/16/2017 8:16:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Six bishops of the Syrian Orthodox Church have accused their Patriarch Ignatius Ephem II of “betrayal of the faith,” after the Patriarch made a gesture of respect for the Qu’ran and referred to “the prophet Mohammed.” During a meeting with Muslim leaders, the Syrian Patriarch raised the Qu’ran in an indication of reverence. That gesture outraged some Syrian prelates, whose protests were acknowledged by the Patriarch as a “serious internal problem” for his Orthodox community. The Patriarch defended his expressions of respect for Islam. “Christ loves everyone, and calls us to be peacemakers with everyone,” he explained. Six bishops against...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: “You Can’t Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion”

    02/16/2017 3:21:44 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | February 16, 2017 | MICAIAH BILGER
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Edward Scharfenberger’s statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant.Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity...
  • Do Catholic Bishops Miss Obama

    02/16/2017 11:43:41 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 19 replies
    lewrockwell.com ^ | 2/16/17 | christopher manion
    Donald Trump has scared the devil out of America’s Catholic bishops. They have supported the Democrat agenda for so long – global warming, amnesty, raising the minimum wage, and national health care – that they can’t seem to let go. As a result, with few exceptions, these prelates have blithely ignored Trump’s defense of moral principles supported by the Church – on abortion, on religious freedom, on radical federal judges, and on education. Given Trump’s reversals of Obama’s pernicious policies, why aren’t Catholic bishops cheering? Why haven’t they told the faithful and the public that at last we have a...
  • Animal Rights Activists Storm Church Demanding Pets be Treated Like Christians

    02/15/2017 5:32:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/15/17 | Staff Reporter
    The protestors believe that animals have souls and should be let into churchesAnimal rights activists in Italy have stormed a Mass demanding that their dogs be treated as Christians. The Times reported that police were called to Santa Maria della Cima in Genzano to deal with a group of 20 protestors who were waving banners and carrying their pets while calling for animals to be allowed into church because they have souls. The church was targeted by Animalisti Italiani after Roxana Grasso, 47, was told she would not be allowed to bring her Pomeranian to prayers. “I believe that animals...
  • Pope Appears to Back Native Tribes in Dakota Pipeline Conflict

    02/15/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2017 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth".The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.While he did not name the pipeline, he used strong and clear language applicable to the conflict, saying development had to be reconciled with "the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples...
  • 2016: The year Pope Francis finally showed his hand

    02/15/2017 6:12:00 AM PST · by richardtavor · 13 replies
    LifeSite ^ | January 3, 2017 | John-Henry Westen
    ROME, January 3, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – 2016 marked a dramatic turning point in the pontificate of Pope Francis. It may be called the year of the great awakening, as more and more faithful Catholics and prelates, Cardinals included, came to a frightening understanding that there is a major problem with the current Pope. For the beginning years of his papacy, most, including LifeSite, gave Francis the benefit of the doubt. They repeatedly told themselves and others not to believe the media; that his words were being taken out of context or mistranslated; that he was just plain poor at doing...
  • Romanian Orthodox Church emphasizes traditional family values as marriage rises, divorce falls

    02/14/2017 6:02:32 PM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-14-2017
    Photo: Basilica.ro      The family, as the foundation of human society, is ever at the center of the Church’s pastoral and social mission. Patriarch Daniel of Romania has consistently and vocally supported those traditional families struggling to cope with the multiple challenges and crises of modern society. In this light, recent statistics on marriage and divorce in the Eastern European Orthodox country are cause for rejoicing. According to recent information from the National Statistics Institute, 133,000 marriages were recorded in Romania in 2016, with 28,000 divorces, reports Romania Insider. 125,300 marriages were recorded in 2015, with 31,500 divorces. The...
  • A dose of reality about the Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke axis

    02/14/2017 4:59:19 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    cruxnow.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Steve Bannon in his natural plumage: no Magna Cappa Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that Trump mastermind Steve Bannon and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as a leading traditionalist critic of Pope Francis, have formed a pact to “legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy,” in the words of the Washington Post. (What the specific aim of this alliance may be isn’t terribly clear, since nobody seriously believes a Trump-backed Vatican palace coup is in the offing. Presumably, the idea is to encourage and embolden...
  • Catholic Church Ignores Growing Threat of Islam in Europe

    02/14/2017 3:21:25 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Punching Bag Media ^ | February 12, 2017 | Alice Greene
    “There are now many Catholic commentators who are questioning the Church’s blindness about the danger Europe is facing,” writes Giulio Meotti of the Gatestone Institute.The Gatestone Institute is a not-for-profit, non-partisan international policy council dedicated to filling in the gaps when the mainstream media fails to educate the public on topics ranging from energy independence to human rights. This week, they published a piece focused on the Catholic Church's ongoing ignorance of the growing threat of Islam in Europe. As we have pointed out time and time again, Islam does not mesh with Western law and culture. Over the past few years,...
  • Chaput: Amazing 'how hostile the press is to everything the president does'

    02/13/2017 8:38:53 PM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    philly.com ^ | February 13, 2017 | David O'Reilly
    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a radio talk show host Monday that he believes fewer than 25 percent of those working in the “mainstream … elite” media have religious faith, and expressed surprise at what he termed was media hostility to President Trump. “It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does,” Chaput told the California-based Hugh Hewitt, a Catholic conservative. “I don’t want to be partisan in my comments here, but it seems to me if we are really serious about our common responsibilities, we support the president,” Chaput said, “whether we...
  • Protests Mark Cathedral's Return to Russian Orthodox Control

    02/13/2017 6:12:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    KWWL.com ^ | 2/13/17 | Irina Titova
    <p>ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Thousands of people in Russia's second-largest city held competing demonstrations Sunday for and against the return of the renowned St. Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church.</p> <p>The cathedral, one of St. Petersburg's top tourist destinations, was seized by the state after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and became a museum. The city announced last month that it would be returned to church control.</p>
  • Security Personnel to Be Permanently Stationed at Cologne Cathedral

    02/13/2017 5:59:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/13/17 | Nick Hallet
    Cologne Cathedral is to introduce stringent new security measures amid ongoing security fears, with worshippers’ bags being searched and private security drafted in. Cathedral provost Gerd Bachner told a press conference on Saturday that people “must not be afraid” when they visit the building. “We have to do more to ensure safety,” the provost said. However, that personnel should still act “proportionately”. From 1 March, there will be a ban on bringing large suitcases, travel bags, and hiking bags into the cathedral. Kölnischer Rundschau also reports that a private security firm will join the traditional cathedral vergers in policing worshippers,...
  • Take back Our Catholic Holidays and Story of Saint Valentine

    02/13/2017 5:46:07 PM PST · by jafojeffsurf · 5 replies
    America Needs Fatima ^ | Feb 2017 | america needs fatima
    "Saint Valentine, priest and martyr, lived nearly 1,700 years ago in pagan Rome. Father Valentine answered God’s call to the priesthood at a time when it wasn’t easy to be a Catholic, and it was downright dangerous to be a priest or bishop. The infant Catholic Church was being brutally persecuted by Emperor Claudius II. But that didn’t scare young Valentine! He knew that the Christian Faith was the only remedy for the sick and permissive society in which he lived. Especially when it came to Her teachings about the relationship that should exist between a man and a woman...
  • A funny thing happened when some Women’s Marchers met the Dominican Friars

    02/13/2017 3:33:58 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Aletelia ^ | February 12, 2017 | Br. Martin Davis, OP
    “Jesus Christ was recklessly charitable,” a wise friar told me after hundreds of people lined up to use the restroom at a Dominican priory.There were not enough restrooms set up for the Women’s March that took place in Washington, DC, the day after the presidential inauguration. I found this out while visiting the Dominican priory on the southern side of the National Mall, where I saw many people from the March looking around for a restroom. Observing the desperation of those outside, some friars kindly offered to let a dozen marchers use the public restrooms in the priory. But,...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 2-13-17 {Prayer}

    02/12/2017 10:25:16 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 38 replies
    2-13-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 116:5 God is Gracious—it is He Who Makes Things Right, Our Most Compassionate God. God Takes the Side of the Helpless; When I was at the End of my Rope, He Saved me.
  • Tim Tebow and John 3:16

    02/12/2017 4:03:31 PM PST · by BwanaNdege · 5 replies
    Self | BwanaNdege
    This morning I listened to Dr. David Jeremiah's sermon on John 3:16 on http://www.oneplace.com/. In his sermon, Dr. Jeremiah mentioned the numerous "John 3:16" signs displayed by football fans in the stands. He also mentioned Tim Tebow's writing that verse reference on his eyeblack. Tebow is as identified with "John 3:16" as he is with kneeling in the end zone.
  • Debunking the Washington Post’s Creepy Cardinal Burke Conspiracy

    02/12/2017 3:18:39 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | February 11, 2017 | Christian Browne
    On 9 February, the Washington Post ran a disgraceful and bizarre opinion piece designed to join the burgeoning propaganda efforts to link Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to U.S. presidential adviser Stephen Bannon and President Donald Trump’s White House. From that alliance, the story goes, Bannon, through Burke, is plotting to bring the Trump administration into a conflict with Pope Francis. The Post opinion piece is linked here. There there have been several other similar “news” stories run over the last several days at major outlets, including on the NPR website. The point of this obviously coordinated campaign is entirely unclear....
  • Episcopal Church Issues Veiled Threat to Move GC Over Proposed Texas Bathroom Law

    02/11/2017 6:10:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2/9/17 | Mary Ann Mueller
    The Episcopal General Convention is scheduled to meet next summer in Austin, the Lone Star State's capitol city, where July temperatures easily soar into the triple digits beneath a blazing Texas sun suspended in a cloudless azure sky. However, as the Episcopal Executive Council prepared to meet in Lithicum Heights, Maryland, the two presiding officers of General Convention -- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings -- penned a joint letter to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) protesting Texas' latest privacy bill which, if passed, would "require Texas...
  • Mandolin Solo & True Story

    02/11/2017 6:31:12 AM PST · by Revski · 2 replies
    Revski's Youtube Ministry ^ | 2/11/2017 | Revski
    This instrumental is informative, has a true story that happened long ago in the late 1950's, the Lord Jesus reveals to me that, He is Real, also the music is the song, God Be With You, Till We Meet Again, accompanied with lyrics, at the bottom of the video. I cover the song with the mandolin.
  • Italian Bishops Deplore ‘Vulgar’ Anti-Pope Posters

    02/10/2017 5:39:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Indian Express ^ | 2/8/17 | IANS/AKI
    The Vatican did not comment on the postersThe Conference of Italian Bishops (CEI) has condemned “vulgar” posters critical of Pope Francis that appeared all over Rome at the weekend and expressed solidarity with the reformist pontiff. The anonymous posters, written in the local working-class ‘Romanesco’ dialect, picture a stern-faced Francis and allege a series of misuses of papal power, with the words: “Where’s your mercy?”“Probably the best reply is silence,” the CEI said in a statement published on Tuesday in Catholic daily Avvenire. “But at the same time, it’s hard not to react to the denigration of the successor to...
  • Satanic Temple Celebrates Valentine’s Day With “Hugs and Kisses for Satan” Fundraiser for Abortion

    02/10/2017 1:38:53 PM PST · by Morgana · 9 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 10, 2017 | Erin Parfet
    A Satanic Temple, a liberal anti-Christian group that self-proclaims to represent “compassion and empathy,” is offering hugs and kisses in exchange for donations that fund two pro-abortion lawsuits filed against the State of Missouri, the International Business Times reports. “You might want to present a person you approach with a Satanic Valentine’s card as means to courteously explain the event,” the Satanist group told the International Business Times about its efforts to recruit participants. Pledges are granted based on the number of hugs and kisses received by participants on Valentine’s Day, the Libertarian Republic reported. In the example cited in...
  • Fake Vatican Newspaper Delivers New Shot at Pope Francis

    02/10/2017 9:20:50 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Crux ^ | February 10, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    ROME— Barely a week after Rome woke up full of anti- Pope Francis posters, anonymous critics were back at it, sending a fake version of the Vatican’s official newspaper to cardinals and officials via email, claiming that the pontiff had answered five dubia, or questions, posed to him by four conservative cardinals about his document Amoris Laetita.“He has answered!” reads the cover of the satirical edition of L’Osservatore Romano (LOR), the Vatican’s newspaper, which carries the date of Jan. 17.“May your speech be yes yes no no,” reads the excerpt of the cover story, in reference to Matthew’s Gospel that...
  • Liam Neeson's Latest Anti-Catholic Campaign Attacks Identity of Christian Schools in N.Ireland

    02/10/2017 9:10:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 10, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Liam Neeson, the Hollywood star, is fronting a campaign attacking the identity of Christian schools in N.Ireland, seeking to replace them with "integrated schools". This is seen by some as a step towards eventually promoting secularist education.  Neeson has released an online video message as part of the new "Integrate My School - I'm In" initiative. At present Catholic children attend Catholic schools to ensure that they are educated according to the faith and the principles of Catholic education. The 'Integrate My School" campaign targets all Christian schools in Northern Ireland. In his video, Liam Neeson says We look to our children for...
  • America Prayer Vigil. Feb 10, 2017

    02/10/2017 8:19:35 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 48 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 2/10/2017 | APV Prayer Team
    <p>Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media.</p> <p>Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.</p>
  • American Women – Would You Enjoy Being Beaten Up?

    02/10/2017 5:37:15 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 29 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 1/9/17 | Pat Franklin
    Fact: Islam condones beating women. The Koran declares: ‘…when you go to bed, hit them.’ This is in the ‘holy book of the muslim people’, Sura (chapter) 4:34. The Koran is supposedly a divine revelation to Islam’s founder, Muhammad, in the 7th century A.D. I wonder if the American women marching in protest would enjoy being beaten by their husbands in bed? Fact: I personally saw a young girl in Morocco who came to me in tears. She held out her arms. Both her hands had been cut off. To this day I feel great guilt that I could not...
  • ‘Tolerance’ is just the cheap counterfeit of Christian love

    02/09/2017 8:02:25 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2-9-17 | Jonathan Van Maren
    February 9, 2017 (TheBridgehead) -- Due to relentless influences from Hollywood and progressive activists, many people now believe that Christians are hateful people. Specifically, Christians are hateful because Christianity forbids a broad range of sexual behaviors, and secular progressives have decided that this makes Christians “homophobic.” This term can be applied willy-nilly and irrespective of whether or not Christians do, in fact, fear or hate gay people. If Christians cannot agree that the definition of marriage can be arbitrarily changed after thousands of years, for example, this is indicative that Christians are desperately in need of the one quality progressives...
  • China and the Vatican Have Reached an Agreement on Bishops, Says Cardinal

    02/09/2017 6:42:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/8/17 | Barb Fraze
    Cardinal John Tong says the deal will end a 'crisis of division' between official and underground churchesChina and the Vatican have reached consensus on the appointment of bishops, which will lead to the resolution of other outstanding problems, Hong Kong Cardinal John Tong has said. “From now on, there will be no more the crisis of a division between the open and underground communities in the Church in China,” the cardinal said. “On the contrary, these two communities will gradually move toward reconciliation and communion on the aspects of law, pastoral care and relationships. The Church in China will work...
  • Pro-Abort Population Controller [Ehrlich] ‘Thrilled’ with Direction Francis is Taking Church

    02/09/2017 6:38:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 2/9/17 | Pete Baklinski
    February 9, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- The undisputed father of the modern, pro-abortion population control movement told LifeSiteNews in an exclusive interview that he is “thrilled” with the direction Pope Francis is taking the Catholic Church. “I’m thrilled with the new pope moving the Church in the right direction,” Dr. Paul Ehrlich, author of the 1968 bestseller The Population Bomb, told LifeSiteNews in a back-and-forth email exchange this week. The Stanford biologist has been invited by the Vatican to present a paper at its conference at the end of this month on the topic of “sav[ing] the natural world” from extinction....
  • What Atheist Ricky Gervais Got Wrong Debating God With Stephen Colbert

    02/09/2017 8:11:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/09/2017 | John Ellis
    Comedian and atheist Ricky Gervais recently squared off with comedian and Roman Catholic Stephen Colbert over religion during a recent taping of "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert." The exchange was brief and mostly unproductive in terms of articulating anything of value, but it did provide some insight into one of atheism's blind spots—teleology (the purpose of things). I encourage you to watch the video. Not long into the discussion, Colbert presents Gervais with the philosophical question, "Why is there something instead of nothing?" Gervais immediately dismisses the question as making "no sense at all." Ricky Gervais then proceeds to change the question...
  • 17th-Century Catholic Samurai-Martyr Beatified

    02/09/2017 7:45:20 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    National Catholic Register/CNA/EWTN News ^ | Feb. 8, 2017 | National Catholic Register
    Justo Takayama Ukon was an example of ‘great fidelity to the Christian vocation.’ CNA/EWTN News TOKYO, Japan — A 17th-century Catholic Samurai and martyr was beatified during a Mass in ‎Osaka, Japan, on Tuesday. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s ‎Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided over the beatification Mass of Justo Takayama Ukon, who was declared a martyr by Pope Francis in January last year. Takayama Ukon was born in 1552 in Japan during the time when Jesuit missionaries were being introduced within the country. By the time Takayama was 12, his father had converted to Catholicism...
  • God Is A Revealer Of Secrets (The life of George Washington Carver)

    02/08/2017 2:34:32 PM PST · by Sontagged · 7 replies
    The Love Commandment ^ | Feb. 20, 2014 | Larry Vaughn
    George Washington Carver was a creative genius. He invented crop rotation, and discovered over 300 new uses for peanuts. He was a friend of Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and three American Presidents. He saved the economy of the South from the devastation that followed the Civil War; and this was in spite of the fact that his father and mother were slaves. How was he able to accomplish all of these things? This is his answer to that question: “There is literally nothing that I ever wanted to do, that I asked the blessed Creator to help me to do,...
  • POPE FRANCIS MARKS “DAY FOR LIFE” WITH ABORTION LANGUAGE CONDEMNED BY JP II

    02/07/2017 3:17:22 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Voice of the Family ^ | February 7, 2017
    Pope Francis has marked the “day for life” in Italy by adopting the abortion lobby’s euphemism “interruption of pregnancy” in place of language that accurately describes the killing of unborn children. In his message the Holy Father does speak some welcome words, encouraging “courageous educational action in favour of human life” and reminding the gathered crowds that “every life is sacred”. Unfortunately rather than refer to abortion he adopts terminology used by the abortion industry. In fact, the form of words used by Pope Francis is specifically condemned by Pope John Paul II in his encyclical letter Evangelium Vitae:“Especially in...
  • A fearful email from Malta

    02/07/2017 11:05:05 AM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | February 7, 2017 | Fr. Ray Blake
    I had this email from a friend in Malta who is concerned about the high handed way in which Archbishop Scicluna is dealing with his clergy over Amoris Laetitia, I will be grateful if others could verify or otherwise its details. It is very sad that faithful priests are mocked by their bishop, who despite his CDF credentials and the apparent rebuke from Cardinal Mueller has not yet retracted his singular interpretation of the Pope. Several unconnected people have told me similar things by telephone or email. If any other Maltese priests wish to comment anonymously, I will happily withhold...
  • Former Archbishop blasts hysteria surrounding Trump

    02/07/2017 8:08:01 AM PST · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    Westmonster ^ | February 5, 2017 | by Westmonster
    Former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey has shown faith in Donald Trump by claiming “he has the strength of personality to be an outstanding President”. Lord Carey condemned the “hysterical overreaction” by anti-Trump protesters to date, describing their behaviour as “reprehensible” and warned continuous demonstrations would “damage the fabric of democracy.”
  • Lessons from Thomas Aquinas for President Trump

    02/07/2017 7:45:11 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | Feb 3, 2017 | Joseph Pearce
    What would Thomas Aquinas, in his wisdom, say about President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning travel from seven Muslim countries, in terms of its justness and conformity to right reason?… I am grateful to The Imaginative Conservative for publishing Fr. Dwight Longenecker’s reasoned defence of President Trump’s executive order placing a ninety day moratorium on immigration from countries deemed to pose a terrorist threat to the United States. I am grateful also for a recent essay by John Horvat II in which Mr. Horvat discusses what Thomas Aquinas says on the thorny topic of immigration.[1] Both of these essays have served as...
  • The Biblical Infidelity Of Progressive Christians

    02/06/2017 8:43:27 AM PST · by Maudeen · 7 replies
    Prophecy News Watch Headlines ^ | 2/6/2017 | Peter Heck
    One of the most fascinating speeches in the Bible happens in Acts 5 with Jewish Pharisee Gamaliel addressing the Sanhedrin. He warns them that if the message being preached by the Apostles of Jesus was of man, it would fail. But if it was from God, it couldn't be stopped. It was of God, and it wasn't stopped. I find that passage particularly relevant today within American Christendom. . . . . There is a reason that liberal Christian movements like those championed by Jim Wallis, Rachel Held Evans, Shane Claiborne and others are so ineffective and unpersuasive in American...
  • Church in revolt at pope’s ‘blessing’ of Islam’s expansion in Europe

    02/06/2017 8:18:20 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    World Tribune ^ | 02/06/2017
    Several leaders in the Catholic Church are openly challenging what they say is Pope Francis’s decision to condone the rapid spread of Islam in Europe. “[T]hey are not refugees, this is an invasion, they come here with cries of ‘Allahu Akbar’, they want to take over,” said Laszlo Kiss Rigo, head of the Catholic Hungarian southern community. Rigo “belongs to a growing branch of Catholic leaders who refuse to see the future belonging to Islam in Europe,” Giulio Meotti wrote for Gatestone Institute on Jan. 29. “They speak in open opposition to Pope Francis, who does not seem too impressed...
  • Vatican defends inviting Chinese ex-minister to organ trafficking talks [Catholic Caucus]

    02/06/2017 7:32:50 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 6, 2017 | Stehpani Kirchgaessner
    Vatican officials have defended their decision to invite a Chinese former deputy health minister to a conference on organ trafficking despite concerns that China still relies on the organs of executed prisoners in its transplant programme. Medical ethics experts and human rights activists have decried the move by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences to invite Huang Jiefu to a two-day conference starting on Tuesday that aims to expose organ trafficking and seeks to find “moral and appropriate solutions” to the issue. Wendy Rogers, a medical ethics expert at Macquarie University in Australia, said Huang’s inclusion in the conference, where there...
  • A ‘Marshall Plan’ for Iraq: Rebuilding Christian Villages on the Nineveh Plains

    02/06/2017 4:47:37 AM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Lane ^ | February 3, 2017 | Maria Lozano
    Destruction on the Nineveh plains; ACN photo NEW YORK—“Hope is coming back to the Nineveh plains!” That is the verdict of the Middle East expert of Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), the international Catholic charity.Just back from a fact-finding mission to the region in northern Iraq recently liberated from the grip of ISIS, Father Andrzej Halemba said that “despite the many urgent questions that need clarification, people are willing to return to their villages.” The biggest challenges include the illegal property appropriations of abandoned homes, an investigation into the alleged use of chemical weapons in the destruction of...
  • Iraqi Archbishop: Where Were the Protesters ‘When ISIS Came to Kill Christians’?

    02/05/2017 6:27:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 2/3/17 | Thomas D. Williams
    The Catholic Archbishop of Erbil has denounced the hypocrisy of those protesting President Trump’s recent executive order on immigration, wondering aloud where all of the demonstrators were when Islamic State fighters were slaughtering Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. In an interview with the online journal Crux, Archbishop Bashar Warda said that from his perspective in Iraq, he couldn’t help but ask “why all of these protesters were not protesting in the streets when ISIS came to kill Christians and Yazidis and other minority groups.” Warda also criticized the policies of the Obama administration, which offered no financial...
  • Vacant Catholic Church Will Become Mosque on Buffalo's East Side

    02/05/2017 6:22:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    TWC News ^ | 2/3/17 | LaMonica Peters
    BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The former St. Gerard Roman Catholic Church, a vacant Catholic church on Buffalo's east side, is answering a second calling. The Diocese sold the building for for $120,000 and it will be converted into a mosque. Former pastor Father Butch Mazur says even with the current political and social climate around the country, the community should embrace the new place of worship. "People should not be uncomfortable with having a mosque in this community. The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a long-standing, healthy, great relationship with the Muslim community for almost 40 years," Mazur said. Some of...