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  • Astonishing Discovery at Christ's Tomb Supports Turin Shroud

    12/03/2016 9:15:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 57 replies
    EWTN Great Britain ^ | 11/26/16 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    An astonishing discovery has been made during repair work to the Edicule -- the ancient chamber housing Jesus' tomb in Jerusalem's Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Scientists have reported extraordinary phemonena that may support the authenticity of the Holy Shroud of Turin. On October 26, 27 and 28, 2016 a group of scientists and religious authorities oversaw the removal of the marble slab that covers the tomb of Christ. Marie-Armelle Beaulieu, editor-in-chief of Terre Sainte Magazine, reports that some of the measuring instruments used by scientists were altered by electromagnetic disturbances when they were placed directly on the stone in...
  • Fighting the Battle that BuzzFeed Insists We Fight

    12/02/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 15 replies
    Trevor Grant ^ | 12/3/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    We were warned. Because the left is not going to remain silent on the moral issues—and because most liberals are devoted to a “theology of self” (or a “philosophical dumpster fire” as described by David French)—Christians, especially Christian celebrities, are going to remain targets of the homosexual agenda. It doesn’t matter whether you are tied to the wedding industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business owner, a large corporation, or a state government. In spite of the meme they like to perpetuate, the left simply will not tolerate dissent when it...
  • Keeping Advent when it’s not yet Christmas

    12/02/2016 5:17:09 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jenny Uebbing
    Keeping Advent when it’s not yet ChristmasJenny Uebbing It’s nearing the end of November. Which means Christmas music has already begun playing in stores, and I’m too late to buy Thanksgiving blend at Starbucks, because Christmas blend has already been out for weeks and weeks.The grocery stores are starting to fill out their fabricated forest of Christmas trees out front, and okay, yes, I’ve let my kids watched Mickey’s Christmas Carol on Netflix. Twice.But I don’t want to get pulled too far down the path of celebrating Christmas before we’ve kept Advent.Now, we live in a culture that beckons us...
  • The Providence College Mob Comes for Anthony Esolen

    12/02/2016 3:17:08 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | December 2, 2016 | EMMETT MCGROARTY AND JANE ROBBINS
    Those who doubt that orthodox Christians risk persecution should consider the case of Anthony Esolen. A prominent scholar of Renaissance literature, Esolen authored a widely used translation of Dante’s Divine Comedy. He writes books and essays incessantly, contributing to Magnificat, Crisis magazine, and other publications and online outlets that take seriously Christianity and human excellence. Perhaps the best description of his writing is “luminous.” In other words, he is exactly the type of person the totalitarian Left wants to silence.Esolen is under fire for being Catholic and not having the sense to keep quiet about it. The particular objects...
  • Pope Francis Meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Vatican

    12/02/2016 1:39:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 2, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Dec 2, 2016 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration.Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day “Rome Med – Mediterranean Dialogues” meeting, which this year runs Dec. 1-3. The second annual event is a high-level initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).The...
  • Staunch Dubia Opponent Father Pinto on Famous List of Freemasons

    12/02/2016 1:27:36 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 2, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    I don’t know about you, but I just love a good Freemasonic conspiracy.Let’s face it: Freemasons have been trying to infiltrate the Church for over a century. They even announced their intentions in the mid 1800s, and were condemned by several popes who had no qualms about expressing the danger they represented to the Faith.The ubiquity of the threat, however, began to numb most Catholics to its reality. The subtlety of their work makes them appear innocuous, and this is by design. Their method of infiltration was laid out in a document known as The Permanent Instruction on the Alta Vendita,...
  • Should Islam Be Banned from America?

    12/02/2016 12:09:22 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 63 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 12/1/2016 | Dan Payne
    As it relates to religious liberty in the United States of America, here is the famous portion of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... Many people extrapolate from the Establishment Clause a total prohibition of anything remotely associated with the Christian God from all branches of local, state, and federal government. Of course, the Christian God of the Holy Bible is the primary target of those who proudly tout the “Separation of Church and State.” Other religions seem to...
  • Gay man is left stunned and hurt after Catholic pastor bans him from singing at his own.....

    12/02/2016 8:28:13 AM PST · by Morgana · 93 replies ^ | December 1, 2016 | Miranda Bryant For
    FULL TITLE: Gay man is left stunned and hurt after Catholic pastor bans him from singing at his own grandmother's funeral because of his sexuality, insisting that it would 'cause a scandal' A gay man has told of his shock and disbelief after a Catholic pastor banned him from singing at his grandmother's funeral because of his sexuality. Connor Hakes, 23, from Indiana, had planned to sing Franz Schubert’s Ave Maria at the service to remember his late grandparent Carolyn. But before the funeral Connor received a letter from the priest in Decatur, which he shared on Facebook, forbidding him...
  • Prophecy Update: Special Update on Syria (video)

    12/02/2016 8:03:15 AM PST · by Lera · 4 replies
    Behold Israel Youtube ^ | 12/1/16 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir's special update on Syria in light of Bible Prophecy.
  • Did Pope Francis Just Validate China’s Godless Communist Regime?

    12/02/2016 6:38:21 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 1, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    According to reports, the Vatican and Communist China have reached an agreement that would end six decades of diplomatic gridlock. While details of the agreement haven’t been officially announced, from what has been leaked to the public, Catholics in China and around the world have reason to be concerned. Catholicism has had a long and convoluted history in China. Catholic missionaries traveled to China to spread the words of the gospels as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). But Italian missionary Matteo Ricci’s arrival in 1582 is often regarded as the official introduction of the Catholic Church to China.
  • German Theologian and Book Author Strongly Comes to the Defense of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:30:46 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | November 30, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    “This Is an Insult Toward Many Catholics!” is the trenchant title of an article written in defense of the Four Cardinals and published today on the Austrian Catholic news website, The author of this text is Dr. Markus Brüning, a German theologian, lawyer, book author, and father of a family. Several of his books have dealt with the question as to how one is to grow in holiness; one book deals with the aspects of the virtues (with a foreword by Cardinal Joachim Meisner, one of the Four Cardinals); another book discusses the importance of the Sacramentals for our...
  • Bergoglian Thug, Don Pinto, Leads Once Again with His Chin

    12/02/2016 3:15:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | December 2, 2016 | N/A
    What rock did this pathetic cretin crawl out from under? Who thought this modernist thug was ever fit for ordination? Clearly trying to distance himself from the blowback that his boss might remove the red hats from the Four Cardinals, this intellectually challenged clericalist and papal hitman has, by his seemingly backing off, doubles down. Maike Hickson has the story at OnePeterFive. Let's take a look at hit-man Pinto's statement, shall we? They have written to the pope and that is correct and legitimate. But, after there did not come [from the pope] an answer after a few weeks, they...
  • Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto Redoubles His Rebuke of the Four Cardinals

    12/02/2016 3:08:57 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    After there has now come to us a sort of denial concerning the recent words attributed to Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto about the Four Cardinals – namely, that he did not say that the pope would remove the red hats of these Cardinals – the German Catholic website has published its own interview with Archbishop Pinto where he now redoubles his critique of the four prelates. In this interview, Pinto again uses very harsh language against these Four Cardinals who have expressed their serious concern that Amoris Laetitia could teach the faithful doctrines that go against the traditional...
  • Whose Side Are We on? (Amoris Laetitia)

    12/02/2016 3:01:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 2, 2016 | David Carlin
    If you approve of bank robbery, you won’t be able to condemn the act of shoplifting candy bars from a convenience store. I mean, you won’t be able to do this if you are to be logically consistent. If you approve of a greater evil, you can’t logically condemn lesser evils of the same genus.Likewise, if you approve of murder you cannot, if you wish to retain your reputation for logical consistency, condemn assault and battery.Again, if you are a Catholic who approves of adultery, you cannot very well condemn contraception and fornication.But in the now famous (perhaps I...
  • Under Pope Francis, Has the ‘Theology of Dissent’ Triumphed?

    12/02/2016 2:35:22 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Father Peter Mitchell
    December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- I am a parish priest, a pastor of a typical suburban American parish who tries, as kindly and patiently as I can, to help people who often have not been well-formed in their Catholic faith to understand what the Church teaches and why. My repeated experience is that people are grateful when a priest explains to them the teaching of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, as most adult Catholics today readily admit that they generally have not been well catechized. Like many of my brother priests, I have been concerned by the two...
  • Prelate Lists Mandates, Executive Orders that Trump Should Rescind to Protect Religious Freedom

    12/01/2016 7:43:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has called upon President-elect Donald Trump to take several actions that would reverse mandates and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama and his administration that impinge upon religious liberty. “President-elect Trump has the opportunity to ensure that people of all faiths can continue to do their good work in serving their communities without having to violate their consciences or face crippling fines or onerous lawsuits,” wrote Archbishop Lori, who leads the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “Our hope is that the next administration will ensure that Americans remain free to serve.” In...
  • Foreign Citizens Urged to Stay Away from Central Jakarta Ahead of Islamist Rally

    12/01/2016 7:32:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Last month 100,000 people protested over the alleged blasphemy of the city's Christian governorForeign governments are warning citizens in Indonesia to stay away from central Jakarta ahead of a huge rally against the capital’s minority Christian governor. The United States, Japan and Australia issued advisories highlighting the possibility of Friday’s protest turning violent or the risk extremists could stage an attack. A related protest on November 4 drew more than 100,000 people demanding the arrest of Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama, who is being prosecuted for blasphemy, a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Indonesia. After nightfall, hard-liners clashed with police, with...
  • Islamist Mob Destroys Christian Homes in Egypt

    12/01/2016 7:27:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 12/1/16 | Staff Reporter
    Islamists attacked a village after reports that Christians intended to build a churchThe homes and properties of Coptic Christians in Egypt have been attacked by radical Islamists after reports surfaced that a new church was going to be built. According to International Christian Concern, the attacks occurred in the Sohag Governorate in Upper Egypt in the village of Manshiet El-Naghamish. The village is populated by more than 2,000 Christians and the nearest church is more than three miles away. The villagers decided the build a four-storey building to be used as a community centre, nursery and retirement home, prompting suspicions...
  • Slovakia passes law to BAN Islam from being registered as a religion

    SLOVAKIA has passed a law which will effectively ban Islam from gaining official status as a religion, in the latest signs of a growing anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe.
  • The End of Catholic Marriage

    12/01/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 216 | Ross Douthat
    I haven’t written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture what’s happening in Roman Catholicism’s remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday column talked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of “Amoris Laetitia,” Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the family, have produced variations in official Catholic teaching on marriage from diocese to diocese, region to region – a “submerged schism,” to borrow a phrase from the Vatican-watcher Andrea Gagliarducci, which thanks to the astringent words of certain bishops is no longer even that submerged.One reading of...
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE– Dean of Rota: Pope could strip Four Cardinals of Cardinalate because of Five Dubia

    12/01/2016 11:47:23 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 22 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 1 Dec:This we now read at Religion Confidencial: Religión Confidencial publicó el martes una noticia que ponía en boca de monseñor Pio Vito Pinto, decano de la Rota Romana, la afirmación de que los cuatro cardenales que han escrito al Papa “podrían perder el cardenalato”. La frase, tomada de una entrevista realizada por RC en la que monseñor Vito respondía en italiano, no es correcta. Revisada la grabación, se ha comprobado que lo que afirma es que el Papa Francisco no es un Papa de otros tiempos, en los que sí se tomaron ese tipo de medidas, y...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL: December 1, 2016 [Prayer]

    11/30/2016 10:29:17 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 49 replies
    FreeRepublic | 12/01/16 | APV team
    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. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Bulgarian Orthodox Church Formally Rejects Pan-Orthodox Council

    11/30/2016 6:01:14 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Sofia Globe ^ | 11/29/16 | Globe Staff
    The Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s governing body, the Holy Synod, has formally rejected the Pan-Orthodox Council and its conclusions, it emerged from an announcement in Sofia on November 29. The Bulgarian Orthodox Church declined to attend the council, held in Crete in June, after its call for the Pan-Orthodox Council to be postponed was not heeded. It was among four autocephalous Orthodox churches that refused to attend, along with the Patriarchate of Antioch, the Georgian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church. The event in Crete was “neither Great, nor Pan, nor Pan-Orthodox,” the Holy Synod said in its November 29...
  • The Next Battlefront for Religious Freedom

    11/30/2016 5:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/16 | Phillip Booth
    Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populistsOne reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised. They cared much more deeply about that one issue than a whole range of other issues, on which they may have disagreed with the Republican nominee. This is one explanation for Trump’s lead among Catholics. Particular concerns among Catholics included life issues, of course. Many people...
  • Will Bergoglio Betray Christ to Appease the Dragon of Red China?

    11/30/2016 2:59:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | November 30, 2016 | N/A
    The issue of Far "Ostpolitik" too China has been covered by this writer previously. I have written no less than five times on this matter since the first post in March 2015. At that time, I was given information from a Vatican contact that indeed, Francis was opening the door to China and the result would be detrimental to the true Catholic Church in China, that which is underground, and to Catholics in Taiwan. The Red China government has become an absurd mix of communism and corporate fascism. It is not pure communism as thousands have become obscenely wealthy...
  • Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis Would ‘Betray Christ’ by Allowing Communist China to Select Bishops

    11/30/2016 2:55:24 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    HONG KONG, November 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The highest ranking Chinese Catholic has stated that if Pope Francis allows Communist China to have a hand in the selection of the nation's Catholic bishops it would be “betraying Jesus Christ.” “You cannot go into negotiations with the mentality ‘we want to sign an agreement at any cost,’ then you are surrendering yourself, you are betraying yourself, you are betraying Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Joseph Zen told The Guardian this week. The 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong has firmly opposed a potential deal between the Vatican and the Chinese government that would...
  • Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: 'My Tears Just Stopped'

    11/30/2016 2:18:01 PM PST · by Steelfish · 32 replies
    CNS ^ | November 30, 2016 | Mark Judge
    Acclaimed Atheist Poet Becomes Catholic: 'My Tears Just Stopped' By Mark Judge | November 30, 2016 “If you’re there, you have to help me.” Those are the words that poet Sally Read said to an icon of Jesus in 2010. Read, a British poet and atheist, had stopped into a church in Santa Marinella, Italy. She felt burdened. Her young daughter was having health issues. Her husband Fabio was enduring some stress at work. “There was this incredible experience where this presence almost came down, and my tears just stopped, just dried,” Read tells “I felt almost physically carried...
  • The Bishops Enter the War

    11/30/2016 2:15:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | November 30, 2016 | Hilary White
    The week of November 14 to 21st, 2016 will be remembered as the one in which open war was finally declared between the two long-contending factions in the Catholic Church. And while this has caused a lot of wailing and lamenting, the truth is I have never been so happy and contented to be a traditional Catholic than I am under this pontificate of madness. Everything I thought about the modern, post-conciliar Church is being demonstrated to be true every day.Four senior cardinals revealed to the Catholic world the fact that Pope Francis has refused — in essence — to...
  • Pope's "Mouthpiece" Spadaro Used Fake Sock-Puppet Account to Attack Four Cardinals

    11/30/2016 2:10:38 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | November 30, 2016 | Oakes Spalding
    All of the tweets are posted in the article at the link. Almost two weeks ago I reported on the bizarre social media behavior of Antonio Spadaro, the Pope's "mouthpiece" and editor of the influential Jesuit journal La Civiltà Cattolica. He had used Twitter in various ways to attack the "four cardinals" who had submitted the "dubia" to Pope Francis. This included using screenshots of the movie trilogy Lord of the Rings to equate the Pope's opponents with grotesque fictional villains. Spadaro appeared to be conflicted about the appropriateness of his actions. He alternated between acting like a man with something to...
  • Don Vito to the Four Cardinals: Your Red Hats Will Sleep with the Fishes

    11/30/2016 1:55:21 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Remnant ^ | November 29, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    For more than three years a Bergoglian mafia of handpicked soldiers in clerical garb and miters has been conducting the Capo di Tutti Capi’s relentless campaign to rub out the bimillenial teaching and discipline of the Church respecting divorced and “remarried” persons living in what even John Paul II’s often nebulous Catechism calls “a situation of permanent and public adultery.” The hit list includes the teaching of both of the Capo’s two immediate predecessors that “under no circumstances can their new union be considered lawful and therefore reception of the sacraments is intrinsically impossible. The conscience of the individual...
  • Sorry, But I’ve Changed My Mind About Pope Francis (another one sees the light)

    11/30/2016 1:47:38 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Patheos ^ | November 30, 2016 | Scott Eric Alt
    I mean, I do like Pope Francis. I’ve defended Pope Francis. I want to believe—I really want to believe—that footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia can (and should) be read consistently with Familiaris Consortio 84. I have argued as much multiple times on this wery blog.Footnote 351 of Amoris Laetitia says that “in some cases” couples who are in an irregular marital union but unable to separate for the sake of children can “receive the help of the sacraments.” The main text (par. 305) refers to such a couple as being in “an objective situation of sin,” even if “not subjectively...
  • St. Andrew Christmas Novena (Powerful Prayer - Nov 30 to Christmas)

    11/30/2016 9:19:49 AM PST · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 1 replies ^ | Church Militant
    A powerful prayer Recite this prayer 15 times a day from November 30, the feast of St. Andrew, until Christmas. Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His blessed Mother. Amen. Imprimatur: +Michael Augustine, Archbishop of New York, New York, February 6, 1897.
  • Christian school sends strong message to vandals who defaced abortion memorial: We won’t back down

    11/30/2016 7:35:06 AM PST · by Morgana · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 22, 2016 | Peter LaBarbera
    ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Illinois, November 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Vandals defaced a pro-life banner at a student group’s abortion-victim memorial over the weekend — the second time it has been vandalized since being erected November 3. In what looks like a repeat case of pro-abortion criminality, a person or people defaced a banner reading, “Abortion Takes Human Life,” which accompanies rows of white crosses representing victims of abortion on the lawn of the Christian Liberty Academy. The crosses represent the 113 unborn lives taken by abortion-on-demand each day in Illinois, said Chris Iverson, a local pro-life leader and adviser to the...
  • Cardinals in the Church Have Rights, Too

    11/30/2016 4:44:14 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    In Light of the Law ^ | November 29, 2016 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap
    The rashest reaction to the “Four Cardinals’ Five Dubia” so far is that from Bp. Frangiskos Papamanolis, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Greece, whose railing against the questions posed by Cdls. Brandmüller, Burke, Caffarra, and Meisner in regard to Pope Francis’ Amoris laetitia must be read to be believed. The Greek prelate hurls epithets such as apostasy, sacrilege, heresy, schism, at four brothers in the episcopate (brothers making text-book use of their rights under Canon 212 § 3 to pose doctrinal and disciplinary questions that urgently need addressing in our day) giving little indication that he even knows what...
  • Confusion, Conflict, and Chaos Increase in the Wake of the Dubia

    11/29/2016 11:50:15 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | November 29, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Since the publication of the Four Cardinals Letter, the Catholic world is in turmoil. While there are some harsh rebukes of the four courageous cardinals – who have done nothing but defend the traditional Catholic teaching on marriage and the family – there are also some encouraging new voices coming forth in their support.In the following, I shall give just two examples of the ongoing debate surrounding the Four Cardinals Letter — though more are yet emerging — with a contrasting third example added at the end to show also the growing sense of heterodoxy in the Church.First, Cardinal...
  • When Questions Are Perceived as Threats, a Guilty Conscience Is at Work (Commentary)

    11/29/2016 11:42:27 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 5 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 29, 2016 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    As the fallout from Amoris Laetitia continues to settle, it is difficult to imagine a more illuminating exercise than to compare recent statements by San Diego’s Bishop Robert McElroy and Cardinal George Pell. Bishop McElroy’s new policies invite the divorced and remarried to discern for themselves whether or not they should receive Communion. But Cardinal Pell emphasizes that “the idea that you can somehow discern that moral truths should not be followed or should not be recognized is absurd.” Meanwhile, the dean of the Roman Rota, Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto, noted that Pope Francis could, if he so chooses, discipline...
  • Pope Warns Trump: Do Not Back Away from UN Climate Pact – Pope Declares ‘Crisis of Climatic Change’

    11/29/2016 5:28:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 115 replies
    The Climate Depot ^ | 11/29/16 | Marc Morano
    Pope Francis has issued a climate change challenge directly to President Elect Trump. The Pope, in thinly veiled speech, urged Trump not to withdraw the U.S. from the United Nations Paris agreement reached in 2015. The UN treaty has been said by critics to be “history’s most expensive treaty’,” with a “cost of between $1 trillion and $2 trillion annually.” Pope Francis warned of the “crisis of climate change.” “The ‘distraction’ or delay in implementing global agreements on the environment shows that politics has become submissive to a technology and economy which seek profit above all else,” Francis said, in...
  • The Pope Has Already Answered the Four Cardinals’ Questions, Says Fr Spadaro

    11/29/2016 5:13:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/29/16 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Spadaro said the dubia had already been addressed in depthFr Antonio Spadaro has said that the questions raised by four cardinals following the publication of Amoris Laetitia, have already been answered. The editor-in-chief of La Civilta’ Cattolica, was commenting on the dubia submitted to the Pope by Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmüller and Joachim Meisner in September, which the Pope has not yet answered. In an exclusive piece for CNN, Fr Spadaro said that the apostolic exhortation had created an “open and honest debate.” He said: “During the Synod, all of the necessary responses were given and...
  • Some Catholics Are ‘Unnerved’ by Current Events in the Church, says Cardinal Pell

    11/29/2016 4:02:49 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 29, 2016 | Dan Hitchens
    The cardinal said that conscience must refer to revealed truth and the moral lawCardinal George Pell has said that “a number of regularly worshipping Catholics” are “unnerved by the turn of events” in the Church.In a talk at St Patrick’s Church, London, Cardinal Pell said one cause for concern was false theories of conscience and the moral law.Cardinal Pell was giving a talk on St Damien of Molokai as part of St Patrick’s series of talks for the Year of Mercy. But he also reflected on Catholicism today. He said that while Pope Francis has “a prestige and popularity outside...
  • Bones of 4th Century Christian Saint Survive ISIS' Destruction of Syrian Church

    11/28/2016 6:27:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/28/16 | Stoyan Zamov
    Christians returning home to the Syrian town of Al Qaryatayn have said that even though the Islamic State terror group destroyed the monastery of fourth century saint Mar Elian, his relics survived, and will be restored. In Mar Elian, we have always hoped to welcome everyone. Mar Elian was really a sign of hope for the Syrian people," Father Jacques Mourad, a priest who was previously captured by IS, told Catholic News Agency. Everything changed when I was taken hostage. But we can still build something. We must, however, await the end of this war." Mourad said that Mar Elian...
  • The Children Are Still Listening

    11/28/2016 10:55:58 AM PST · by truthxchange · 6 replies ^ | 11-27-2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    The Children Are Still Listening In an election deemed one of the nastiest in recent times, our children heard hateful things said about women. CNN analyst and Marxist Van Jones expressed anguished concern on national TV: “It’s hard to be a parent tonight for a lot of us.” It is easy to conclude that Trump, the new President-Elect, is responsible for this negative effect on children, since it is his words that are quoted. But I wonder if others also contribute to filling our children’s ears with things they need not hear. In private, salacious talk about sex is apparently...
  • Catholic Priest at Centre of Gay Mafia Row Under Pressure to Quit Church Job [Scotland]

    11/27/2016 7:04:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Daily Record (Scotland) ^ | 11/27/16 | Lynn McPherson
    Father Matthew Despard had written a book about a powerful gay mafia in the Catholic Church in Scotland and is set to resign after pressure from the bishop.A Catholic priest at the centre of a gay mafia row is being pressurised to resign as parish priest after a three-year battle with the church. Father Matthew Despard was sent a three-page letter from Bishop of Motherwell, Joseph Toal, calling for him to quit his post at St John Ogilvie’s Parish in Blantyre. Father Despard wrote a book claiming that a “powerful gay mafia” was operating at the top of the Catholic...
  • Same-Sex “Marriage” Was Doomed Long Before President-Elect Donald Trump

    11/27/2016 6:37:35 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 25 replies
    Trevor Grant ^ | 11/27/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Efforts to redefine marriage will ultimately, and always, fail, and as in the case of Elton John and David Furnish, will be revealed as folly. As Gamaliel warned the Sanhedrin concerning the Apostles of Jesus, “[I]f their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:38b-39)” As liberals work to hold onto their perverse legal redefinition of marriage, they are not merely battling conservatism, but God Himself, and that is always a losing proposition.
  • 2016 11 27 John Haller Prophecy Update Really Speeding Up (video)

    11/27/2016 6:26:54 PM PST · by Lera · 6 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | Nov 27, 2016 | John Haller
    John Haller's weekly Prophecy Update for Sunday, November 27, 2016: "Really Speeding Up". A look at some issues arising from the recent US
  • Pope's possible deal with China would 'betray Christ', says Hong Kong cardinal

    11/27/2016 6:00:49 PM PST · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11-27-2016 | Benjamin Haas - Tom Phillips
    The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six decades of bitter relations. Talk of a deal between the two sides has been building for months, with some saying the diplomatic coup for Pope Francis would be resolving the highly controversial issue of allowing China’s Communist government to have a hand in selecting bishops. But Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong, has been an outspoken critic, saying any agreement where Beijing would have a hand in...
  • Did God Just Grant America a Great Reprieve?

    11/27/2016 4:14:59 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 64 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 11-24-16 | John Horvat
    Countless Americans who woke up on the morning after the election sensed their prayers had been answered and a calamity had been averted. If we have been given this reprieve, then we should use it to turn back to God… To those Americans concerned about the moral state of the nation, the immediate reaction to the November 8 elections was one of enormous relief. It was as if a colossal amount of pressure was suddenly released. There was the thrill of something entirely unexpected. People were overjoyed beyond words. Adding to the intense drama, there was the sensation that a...
  • So, 5000 Rabbis Walk Into a Bar...

    11/27/2016 1:22:17 PM PST · by Phinneous · 10 replies ^ | 11/27/16 | None
    At 6 pm EST begins the live broadcast of the annual gathering of Chabad emissaries-- rabbis "stationed" in college campuses and cities all over the world. The live broadcast of the gala banquet includes the famous roll-call, with countries as far as Chabad of Napal to as close to home as Park Slope in Brooklyn. Tune in, celebrate, and dance with the chassidim of the Rebbe, as they aspire and inspire each other to "turn over the world" for G-d.
  • His Holiness Declines to Answer [Catholic Caucus}

    11/27/2016 2:45:50 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 15 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 26, 2016 | Ross Douthat
    Two weeks ago, four cardinals published a so-called dubia — a set of questions, posed to Pope Francis, requesting that he clarify his apostolic exhortation on the family, “Amoris Laetitia...” Francis offered no reply... ...he produced a document, the as-yet-unclarified Amoris, that essentially talked around the controversy... This indirectness matters because within Catholicism the pope’s formal words, his encyclicals and exhortations, have a weight that winks and implications and personal letters lack. They’re what’s supposed to require obedience, what’s supposed to be supernaturally preserved from error... Francis...continued his practice of offering interviews and sermons lamenting rigidity and pharisaism and possible...
  • Pope Francis grieves, prays for atheist revolutionary Castro

    11/26/2016 8:19:00 AM PST · by detective · 60 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | November 26, 2016
    Pope Francis said the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was "sad news" and that he was grieving and praying for his repose. Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday. The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the "sad news" and added: "I express to you my sentiments of grief."
  • Why the Next House Minority Leader Will Be a Pro-abortion Catholic

    11/26/2016 2:34:59 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 25, 2016 | N/A
    Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2016 / 03:59 am (CNA).- When the Democratic Party makes its decisions about leadership at the end of the month, the House Minority Leader will be a self-proclaimed “pro-choice Catholic.”Both current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), profess to be Catholic but also support legalized abortion.Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987. She has consistently advocated in favor of legal abortion, and has earned high ratings from pro-abortion groups including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL.Ryan represents a district in Northeast Ohio...