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  • Moscow Patriarchate Suspends Mentioning of Patriarch Bartholomew in Prayers at Church Services

    09/19/2018 7:05:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/14/18
    Moscow, September 14, Interfax - Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople will no longer be mentioned in prayers after the Divine Liturgy, the Russian Synod has decided at an emergency meeting. "In the critical situation where Constantinople practically refuses to resolve the issue through dialogue, Moscow Patriarchate is forced to suspend prayer mentioning of Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople after religious service and with deep regret suspends joint service with Patriarchate of Constantinople hierarchs," the Synod, which met in Moscow on Friday, said in a statement. In addition, the Russian Church suspends its participation in episcopal assemblies and theological dialogues, multilateral commissions and...
  • Pope’s Sex Abuse Prevention Summit Won’t Address Protecting Seminarians

    09/19/2018 6:49:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/14/18 | Lisa Bourne
    September 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ sexual abuse prevention summit planned for winter’s end in Rome with the world’s bishops will apparently not address protections for the demographic found in recent months to be at significant risk from sexual predators in the Church: seminarians. After meeting with his Council of Cardinals this week, Francis summoned all the presidents of the national bishops’ conferences to Rome next February 21-24 to discuss the sex abuse crisis. The memorials of St. Peter Damian, who strongly addressed a similar problem of priestly homosexuality over 900 years ago, in both the old and new...
  • China and Vatican strike controversial deal over bishops; China now has a say on appointments

    09/18/2018 12:22:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    AXIOS ^ | 09/16/2018
    In a controversial move, China and the Vatican are preparing to sign a landmark deal this month allowing each side a voice in choosing the church's bishops in China, reports the Wall Street Journal. The details: Pope Francis will recognize excommunicated Chinese bishops that were approved without the Vatican's green light, and China will acknowledge the Pope as leader of the nation's Catholics and allow the Vatican a voice in bishop selection moving forward. The deal comes with controversy as China's current regime is largely atheist and authoritarian. The agreement is also seen as China recognizing religious autonomy — something...
  • Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory Invites Homosexualist Fr. James Martin to Speak

    09/17/2018 5:02:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/14/18 | Stephen Wynne
    ATLANTA ( - Celebrity Jesuit Fr. James Martin is heading to Georgia, courtesy of pro-gay Abp. Wilton Gregory of Atlanta, Georgia. On Friday, Martin announced on Twitter that Abp. Gregory has invited him to speak in October at two Atlanta-area locations. "Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has graciously invited me to his archdiocese to speak," Martin tweeted, "so I will be speaking at St. Thomas More Parish (the Jesuit parish) on Sat. Oct 20 and at the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on the morning of Sun. Oct 21." Gregory's personal invitation comes as no surprise to faithful Catholics, as...
  • Sex Abuse Claims Rock Dutch Catholic Church

    09/17/2018 4:55:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/15/18 | AFP
    The Hague (AFP) - More than half of the Netherlands' senior clerics were involved in covering up sexual assault of children between 1945 and 2010, a press report claimed Saturday, further engulfing the Catholic Church in a global abuse scandal. Over the course of 65 years, 20 of 39 Dutch cardinals, bishops and their auxiliaries "covered up sexual abuse, allowing the perpetrators to cause many more victims", the daily NRC reported. "Four abused children and 16 others allowed the transfer of paedophile priests who could have caused new victims in other parishes," the Dutch newspaper added. Church spokeswoman Daphne van...
  • Pope Accepts Resignation of W Va. Bishop as Inquiry Into Abuse Claims Launched

    09/17/2018 4:46:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/13/18 | Hannah Brockhaus/CNA
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore was named apostolic administrator of the diocese.VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael Bransfield from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, and asked the archbishop of Baltimore to launch an investigation into allegations of abuse. Archbishop William Lori was named apostolic administrator of the diocese. He was instructed by the Vatican to investigate allegations of “sexual harassment of adults” against Bishop Bransfield, according to a Sept. 13 statement from the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston. Accusations of abuse against Bransfield arose in 2012 during the criminal trial of...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL –September 17, 2018 (Prayer)

    09/16/2018 11:17:39 PM PDT · by · 24 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | September 17,/2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with others to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Family, Government, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Russia's Military to Build a Giant Orthodox Christian Cathedral in Moscow

    09/16/2018 5:35:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 9/12/18
    "The Main Temple of the Armed Forces" -- Russia under Putin has little use for separation of church and stateThe Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation will build the main temple of the Armed Forces in the Patriot Park near Moscow, General of the Army Sergei Shoigu, head of the military department, said at a conference call with the leadership of the Russian Armed Forces today. "Now, the Russian Defense Ministry is realizing a plan for building the main temple of the Armed Forces in Patriot Park. This idea was approved by the public, state authorities, military administration, the...
  • No Mention of Apostolic Visitation After US Bishops’ Meeting with Pope

    09/16/2018 5:29:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/13/18 | Staff Reporter
    Senior US bishops thanked the Pope for meeting them, but declined to go into details on what was discussedThe leaders of the US bishops’ conference had a “lengthy, fruitful and good exchange” with Pope Francis during their meeting today, but have not mentioned any details about what was discussed or whether any concrete measures were taken or promised. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, met the Pope at the Vatican along with Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston – who also serves as President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors – Conference Vice-President...
  • A Remarkable Thing Just Happened in Liverpool, England

    09/16/2018 5:20:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/12/18 | KV Turley
    Sunday’s event was the largest Catholic procession in England since Pope St. John Paul II's visit to Britain in 1982. Last Sunday through the rain they walked. Approximately 10,000 people gathered for the largest Catholic procession in England since Pope John Paul II's visit to Britain in 1982. This was the culminating act of the 2018 Eucharistic Congress then taking place in Liverpool. This was a Eucharistic procession with a difference though. On English streets it was a very public act of worship — an act of faith in the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ. The procession comes...
  • EXPOSED! Vatican ll and the Vigano Effect (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/16/2018 11:12:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies ^ | September 15, 2018 |
    Question: Do you think PA District Attorney Josh Shapiro is a friend of the Catholic Church? Remnant Underground's Michael J. Matt not only steps outside the box but also smashes it to bits as he analyses what's really going on with the clerical sex abuse crisis. What is the Viganň Effect? How do Vatican II and the New Mass come into this? With the Catholic Church clearly occupied, should faithful Catholics just join the lynch mob? What's a faithful Catholic to do? There's more to this...much more. Watch this video and share it far and wide.
  • ...Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics

    09/16/2018 3:32:48 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 23 replies
    Novus Ordo Watch ^ | September 16, 2018 | Editor
    The Francis Show in Palermo… The Blessing that Wasn’t: Francis omits “Papal” Benediction because it could offend Non-Catholics On Saturday, Sep. 15, the Francis Show made a stop in Sicily, with the “Pope” visiting the dioceses of Piazza Armerina and Palermo. As always, Francis had a lot to say, cranking out such incredible nuggets of wisdom as, “Those belonging to the mafia are not living as Christians”, and, “…those who give themselves find the meaning of life and win” (source). The Vatican web site has posted the entire program of the trip to Sicily here. One of the highlights of...
  • Chicago Parish Cuts Up, Burns Rainbow Flag

    09/15/2018 3:10:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    LGBT flag once hung over sanctuary of gay parish, displayed at Cdl. Bernardin's MassParishioners of Resurrection Parish in Chicago, Illinois, held a rainbow flag-burning event last week, cutting up and setting on fire an LGBT flag that once hung in the sanctuary at the parish's first Mass. The event was originally scheduled for Sept. 29, the Feast of St. Michael and the Archangels, but the Chicago archdiocese — heeding complaints by gay activists — called the pastor, Fr. Paul John Kalchik, and ordered him not to hold the event. A handful of parishioners took things into their own hands and...
  • Syriac Patriarch Celebrates Restored Cathedral: ‘Our People Have Overcome’

    09/15/2018 2:28:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/11/18 | Doreen Abi Raad
    The Syriac Catholic Patriarch rededicated the cathedral in AleppoIn war-torn Aleppo, Syria, the Syriac Catholic patriarch proclaimed that “the will of life has overcome death; hope and security have overcome despair and chaos. Our people have overcome.” Celebrating Mass on September 9 at the inauguration and rededication of the restored Our Lady of the Assumption Syriac Catholic Cathedral, Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan said, “We will always be people of hope and life.” The cathedral’s inaugural Mass, filled with worshippers, was attended by Cardinal Mario Zenari, the Vatican nuncio to Syria; bishops of other Christian churches; and representatives of Aleppo...
  • ‘Elitist, Clericalist’ Church Allows Abuse to Thrive, Pope Says

    09/15/2018 2:24:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/13/18 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME - Sexual and physical abuse by priests and religious and the scandal of its cover-up by Church authorities thrive in countries where the Catholic Church is “elitist and clericalist,” Pope Francis told Jesuits in Ireland in August. “There is something I have understood with great clarity: this drama of abuse, especially when it is widespread and gives great scandal - think of Chile, here in Ireland or in the United States - has behind it a Church that is elitist and clericalist, an inability to be near to the people of God,” the pope told the Jesuits during a...
  • Pro-Gay Archbishop Rips ‘Conservative’ Bishops for ‘Attacks’ on Pope

    09/15/2018 2:00:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/13/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    SANTA FE, New Mexico, September 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A bishop known for his radical pro-LGBT views has issued a letter to the priests of his diocese ripping “conservative” bishops for statements critical of Pope Francis. Santa Fe Archbishop John Wester accuses “conservatives” within the Church of using recent revelations of homosexual abuse and subsequent cover ups in order to “further an agenda.” “Sadly, since the recent revelations of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury and the abuse committed by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, there have been many who, it seems to me, have been using these tragedies to further an agenda,”...
  • Hungarian Foreign Minister: We Want a Christian Hungary, a Christian Europe

    09/15/2018 1:54:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/14/18 | Ed Pentin
    In an interview with the Register, Péter Szijjártó explains why he believes his government’s EU-opposed immigration policy is necessary to preserve Hungary’s and Europe’s Christian heritage. In recent years, Hungary has been almost alone in Europe in fighting to retain its Christian heritage and to preserve its Christian identity in the face of a European Union that has tried to do the opposite. And it has done so largely through what some see as a “hardline” immigration policy, but which the country’s government insists is a sensible policy of controlled immigration (it opposes illegal and irregular immigration and favors tight...
  • The Injustice of Social Justice

    09/15/2018 12:10:29 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 6 replies
    Grace To You ^ | September 7, 2018 | John MacArthur
    The besetting sin of pragmatic, style-conscious evangelicals has always been that they shamelessly borrow fads and talking points from the unbelieving world. Today’s evangelicals evidently don’t believe the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God (1 Corinthians 3:19). Virtually any theory, ideology, or amusement that captures the fancy of secular pop culture will be adopted, slightly adapted, perhaps cloaked in spiritual-sounding language, propped up with specious proof texts, and peddled as an issue that is vital for evangelicals to embrace if we don’t want to become totally irrelevant. That’s precisely how evangelicals in the mid-twentieth century became obsessed for...
  • Moscow Ceases Commemoration of Pat. Bartholomew- Calls for Urgent Meeting of Heads of Local Churches

    09/15/2018 8:15:37 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 09-14-2018 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church
    The Statement was adopted at an extraordinary session of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church on 14 September 2018 (Minutes No. 69). With profound regret and sorrow the Holy Synod the Russian Orthodox Church learned about the statement made by the Holy Synod of the Orthodox Church of Constantinople concerning the appointment of its two “exarchs” to Kiev. This decision was taken without an agreement with the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church and His Beatitude Metropolitan Onufry of Kiev and All Ukraine – the only canonical head of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine. It constitutes a flagrant...
  • Constantinople's Actions Can Result in a Schism in Orthodoxy, Exceeding Great Schism of 1054....

    09/14/2018 4:46:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/13/18
    Moscow, September 13, Interfax - The schism in global Orthodoxy caused by non-canonical Ukrainian autocephaly can be compared, and perhaps, even exceeds the Great Schism of 1054 between the Orthodox and the Catholic Orthodox Churches. "It is necessary to understand that much more people than in XI century will participate in the schism, considering how the population has grown since then. So the scale and drama of this schism will be much sharper," Secretary for Inter-Orthodox Affairs of the Department for External Church Relations Archpriest Igor Yakimchuk told Interfax-Religion. The history proves that after break up in the eucharistic (prayerful...