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  • Bishop Urges Other Bishops to be Honest About McCarrick Cover-Pp: ‘Be Men, Not Cowards’

    11/20/2018 6:54:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/20/18 | Lisa Bourne
    JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, November 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Shawn McKnight was “very disappointed” at the Holy See’s intervention last week prohibiting the U.S. bishops from taking action on measures to address sexual abuse. “My frustration, shared with many other people, is this,” Bishop McKnight of the Diocese of Jefferson City explained. “We have known about the scandal of Archbishop McCarrick since the end of June, and our Church must take immediate, decisive and substantive action in light of the deep wound the scandal has caused.” It’s not so much the time it’s taking to punish McCarrick, he said, and...
  • Lessons in “Patriotism” for Disobedient Underground Catholics [China]

    11/20/2018 6:48:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 11/20/18 | Feng Gang
    Hebei authorities forcefully erected a flagpole with the Chinese flag outside the church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zhengding, the residence of Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, one the most prominent leaders of the Underground Catholic Church. National symbols and Party propaganda play an essential role in President Xi Jinping’s “sinicization” policy. The initiative to hoist the national flag outside the places of worship, proposed by the state-sanctioned religious institutions in July this year, raised concerns among the underground Catholics as yet one more step toward the eradication of churches loyal to the Vatican. In display of power, authorities in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Catholics can do who’ve lost faith in their bishops and even the pope

    11/19/2018 7:56:22 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | November 16, 2018 | Shane Schaetzel
    It’s finally happened. Now that the US Bishops Conference is over, and absolutely nothing was done to combat the crisis of homosexual abuse and cover up within the US Catholic Church, I can finally say I’ve lost faith. No, I haven’t lost faith in Jesus Christ. No, I haven’t lost faith in the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No, I haven’t lost faith in the Creed, or the sacraments, or the teachings of the Church. No, I haven’t even lost faith in the Catholic Church herself. What I have lost faith in is the hierarchy of bishops, and their...
  • $25 Million Papal Foundation Grant to Vatican Remains Unaccounted For

    11/19/2018 6:58:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/18/18 | Christine Niles
    Wuerl was mastermind behind enormous grant that led to foundation's internal civil warPHILADELPHIA (ChurchMilitant.com) - After Cdl. Donald Wuerl spearheaded a $25 million grant to the Vatican earlier this year through the Papal Foundation, sources confirm the money remains unaccounted for, the Rome hospital designated as beneficiary apparently never having received the grant. Sources also confirm Wuerl was behind the pope's cancellation of a meeting with foundation members in March, and continues to pull the strings behind the scenes. A Controversial Loan-Turned-GrantControversy engulfed the Papal Foundation, a charity partially founded by Abp. Theodore McCarrick in 1988 with assets worth $206...
  • Gay Activists Sink an Australian Bridal Magazine

    11/19/2018 6:48:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Mercator.net ^ | 11/20/18 | Michael Cook
    The owners quietly refused to celebrate same-sex weddingsIn a dramatic demonstration of the power of the LGBTQI lobby, an Australian wedding magazine is closing down because its editors refuse to feature same-sex weddings. White, a glossy magazine published quarterly for 12 years by husband and wife team Luke and Carla Burrell, has been haemorrhaging advertisers since LGBTQI activists launched a campaign on social media to destroy it. White’s circulation had reached 32,000 copies and it was circulated in 17 countries. In addition to the Burrells it had one full-time employee. It depended on a network of photographers for content and...
  • Catholic Caucus: Watchdogs and Wolves

    11/19/2018 6:06:31 PM PST · by Coleus · 3 replies
    “Do you not know,” says Saint Paul to the lax and factious Corinthians, “that we shall judge angels?” They had ceded to the unbelievers around them the authority to judge a controversy between Christian brothers. But Jesus says, “Judge not, lest you be judged,” because the criterion by which we measure others will be our measure too, and we are not likely to pass that test. Does Paul contradict Jesus? Not at all.  Consider the Pharisees, who liked to pray and fast conspicuously, pulling long faces so that everyone would know they were in the grip of holiness. Jesus...
  • Catholic Caucus: The Roots and Fruit of Ecclesial Idolatry

    11/19/2018 6:04:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 11.16.18 | Jonathan B. Coe
    In this present crisis in the Church, with more and more revelations of a “sodomitic filth that insinuates itself like a cancer in the ecclesiastical order” (St. Peter Damian), and the subsequent cover-ups and payoffs, the Body of Christ is pierced again with new thorns and nails, and the Mother of God is pierced again in seeing her Son’s sufferings. In bringing some good out of all the depravity, the thoughts of the hearts of many are being revealed (Lk. 2:35).The apostle Paul certainly saw the redemptive side of scandal and division: “For there must be factions among you in...
  • Amir reports on airstrikes of today, Nov. 19, and more

    11/19/2018 2:43:15 PM PST · by firebrand · 7 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Nov. 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir reports on today's strikes by Israeli F-16s. He does not give exact target or targets but relates it to previous statements by Netanyahu. Russia, since September 17, when their spy plane was shot down, has been totally on the side of Iran and Turkey, and will move to take over the spoils of Syria and then eventually Israel. Some clarifications of prophecy and on the Gaza attacks. Be of good cheer, and give thanks to God.
  • Legatus Temporarily Revokes Annual Tithe to Holy See

    11/18/2018 5:31:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/18/18 | Christine Niles
    Announcement comes after disappointing bishops' meeting in BaltimoreANN ARBOR, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Just after the close of the U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore, Legatus, a national group of Catholic businessmen, announced it would be temporarily revoking its annual tithe to the Holy See. Members who have already paid dues will get refunds, and members who have not yet donated will get revised invoices minus the tithe. On Friday, Chairman Thomas Monaghan issued a letter to members making clear it was not yet "prudent" to send money to the Vatican in light of "the current crisis in the Church." "Since our...
  • UN Committee Declares Sovereign Nations ‘Must’ Legalize Abortion

    11/18/2018 5:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/13/18 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    GENEVA, Switzerland, November 13, 2018 (Population Research Institute) – The Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva has adopted a radically pro-abortion document that could have lasting implications for pro-life laws worldwide. The document, known as General Comment No. 36, is the first of its kind to declare that states “must” legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, and when the pregnancy “is not viable.” The General Comment also calls on nations to remove laws that impose criminal penalties on health care workers who perform illegal abortions, claiming that the mere enforcement of...
  • 'God's Voice' Conference to Respond to Revoice, 'Queering' of Churches

    11/17/2018 6:36:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/11/18 | Brandon Showalter
    An upcoming conference is set to occur in February to respond to the "queering" of evangelical Churches, particularly the Revoice conference that took place earlier this year. Such an effort is necessary, organizers say, because of the confusion being brought into evangelical congregations with terms like "LGBTQ+ Christian" and "mixed-orientation marriages" that are now being mainstreamed. What is being called "God's Voice" will take place at First Moore Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma on February 22 and 23. "We are living in a day when Bible-believing churches are being hit with a tsunami of an 'LGBTQ+ Christian' narrative," said Stephen...
  • At Least 42 Dead in Cathedral Attack in Central African Republic

    11/17/2018 6:28:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    At least one priest was among those killed At least 42 people have died in an attack Thursday on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Alindao, in the Central African Republic, according to local reports. At least one priest was among those killed in the Nov. 15 attack. Some unofficial estimates have said the death toll could reach as high as 100. Many of the people killed were refugees sheltering at the Church. The CAR has suffered violence since December 2012, when several bands of mainly Muslim rebel groups formed an alliance, taking the name Seleka, and seized power....
  • Russia's Next Weapon: A Military Church

    11/17/2018 6:21:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/11/18 | Michael Peck
    The walls of the military church are made in the color of the standard Russian missile system and armored vehicle. From the inside, the walls are decorated with paintings of battle scenes from military history and texts from the Holy Scriptures. The projected height is 311 feet tall, and it is designed to hold 6,000 people. "The modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,”Meet Vladimir Putin's newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main...
  • Vatican, US Bishops Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse

    11/17/2018 6:15:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Washington D.C., Nov 15, 2018 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs and others at the hands of active members of the clergy, religious...
  • Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion?

    11/17/2018 11:16:10 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | November 17, 2018 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    This triumphalist statement is a staple of Islamic propaganda. If Islam is the “world’s fastest-growing religion,” then this must surely reflect, its adherents believe, its innate superiority to other faiths. And it suggests that this rise is inexorable and irreversible. But the picture is not quite so clear. Look at the figures being given for the world’s Muslim population. There still seems to be no agreement. The numbers range enormously, from a low of 1.4 billion to a high of 1.8 billion.In Muslim countries, the way Muslims are counted is to take the total population, subtract those who have definitely...
  • There’s a Battle for the Soul of America: Christians Must Stand Firm

    11/16/2018 6:34:44 PM PST · by Maudeen · 17 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 11/15/2018 | Deborah R. Leininger
    There is a war raging throughout our nation — a battle for the soul of America. Unfortunately, a chief defender of liberty is the lukewarm, double-minded Church which embraces political correctness and has succumbed to fearful, blasphemous spirits. It is imperative that a remnant rise from the rubble, stand upon the Rock of their Salvation, and assume their roles in Church leadership and public discourse
  • Jesuit Superior Says Father Arrupe’s Sainthood Cause May Open in February

    11/16/2018 5:39:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/14/18 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME - Plans are underway for a solemn opening in February of the sainthood cause of Father Pedro Arrupe, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983. Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, the current superior, informed Jesuits Nov. 14 that the cause “has been set in motion in the Vicariate of Rome, the place of his death” and that “from now on, therefore, he is considered a ‘Servant of God.’” In July, during a meeting in Spain, Sosa told Jesuits and lay collaborators that the serious work of preparation had begun. That preparation included compiling all of Arrupe’s writings and...
  • Shame Over Msgr. Shao Zhumin, the Bishop Kidnapped by police

    11/16/2018 5:29:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/13/18 | Bernardo Cervellara
    The silence of so many commentators dictated by knockback: The belief that the Sino-Vatican agreement would have ensured smooth waters. Persecution takes place in many regions of the country and with the endorsement of central power. Underground Catholics bitterly suspect that the Vatican has abandoned them. The "papolatry" complex: instead of attending to the truth, things are measured on the basis of whether they are "for or against Francis". The "marketolatry" complex: trade with China is worth all the silences. But, as the Pope says, religious freedom is "a fundamental human right, a bulwark against totalitarian demands".Rome (AsiaNews) - We...
  • Italian Bishops Vote to Change Translation of the Our Father

    11/16/2018 5:22:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/16/18 | Carol Glatz
    'Lead us not into temptation' will become the equivalent of 'Do not abandon us to temptation' The Italian bishops approved an updated translation of Mass prayers, including a change in the translation of the Our Father, and they passed a proposal to create a national office dedicated to serving dioceses in safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults. During the general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference, which met Nov. 12-15 at the Vatican, the bishops approved the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, the book of prayers used at Mass, and included changes to the text of the...
  • What Will the Vatican Do with China's Underground Bishops?

    11/15/2018 7:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 11/14/18 | Michael Sainsbury
    The papally appointed prelates' fate was not included in the recent deal with Beijing and remains under discussionOn the face of it, one of the more curious issues about the recent "temporary" deal between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops, as described in the official state-run Chinese media, was the lack of any resolution of the status of bishops appointed by the Vatican but not recognized by Communist Party-run Catholic groups. It would seem to have been a logical quid pro quo — something granted or expected in return for something given — for the Vatican's forgiveness...