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  • Major Victory: Sergeant First Class Martland Exonerated, Will Remain in Military

    04/30/2016 1:12:05 PM PDT · by GemStateConservative · 12 replies
    It’s a massive victory more than six months in the making. Sergeant First Class Charles Martland – a decorated war hero who faced expulsion from the Army for defending a child – has been exonerated and will be allowed to remain in the U.S. military. We have been aggressively advocating for SFC Martland for more than six months, and now we’ve helped achieve a significant victory for this Green Beret war hero. SFC Martland faced expulsion from the Army for defending a child from sexual abuse and confronting an admitted sexual predator in Afghanistan. The ACLJ argued that his actions...
  • Muslim leader in India under fire from activists for supporting female genital mutilation (FGM)

    04/29/2016 4:31:59 PM PDT · by StCloudMoose · 7 replies
    reuters ^ | 4/29/16
    MUMBAI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The leader of the only South Asian Muslim community known to practice female genital mutilation (FGM) came under criticism on Friday by campaigners who accused him of urging followers to continue the centuries-old custom. Little is known about FGM in India, where it is carried out in great secrecy by the close-knit Dawoodi Bohra community, a Shi'ite Muslim sect thought to number over 1 million that considers the practice to be a religious obligation. An audio clip of Syedna Muffadal Saifuddin's speech at a mosque in Mumbai, has been authenticated by several members of the...
  • Amoris Laetitia: A seminal moment is at hand

    04/28/2016 12:33:17 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | 4/28/16 | Louie Verrecchio
    National Catholic Distorter is reporting that the dissident theologian Hans Küng has publicly confirmed receipt of a letter from Pope Francis responding to his request “to give room to a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion on the problem of infallibility.” According to Küng, the pope gave him (and thus every other like-minded malcontent subversive in Catholic clothing) the green light to have at it. Given that Francis’ letter “set no restrictions,” according to Küng, “he has thus responded to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” Notice the language that is used: Küng...
  • Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends?

    04/28/2016 9:06:33 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 46 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 4/28/16 | Vox Cantoris
    "Heresiarch Kasper: Pope will not preserve that which has been! Do you get it yet friends? The Pope IS the problem!" It really is time Catholics; wake up! Get out of your doldrums and your daydreams and your fantasy that all is well. The crisis in the Church which came to the surface during and after the Second Vatican Council, the crisis and heresy of Modernism is upon us now greater than ever. Prelate after prelate and even the Pope, the Bishop of Rome himself, Jorge Bergoglio, are now proving on a daily basis that they do not hold to...
  • Believing in Two Genders is a ‘Hate Crime’ Under Police Investigation at Catholic College

    04/28/2016 5:40:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 4/27/16 | Matt Lamb
    You can have your opinion’ as long as it doesn’t ‘deny my existence’It’s uncommon at Jesuit universities these days for someone to openly share a traditional Catholic viewpoint. When it happened at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, the school was so spooked it called the Los Angeles Police Department. Both the police and the university’s Bias Incident Response Team are investigating the stated belief that only two genders exist, male and female, as a hate crime. A Loyola alumni office employee discussed her views on sexual orientation, which align with the Roman Catholic Church, with three students who were...
  • Joe Biden to Give Talk at Vatican Conference on Friday

    04/28/2016 5:22:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/27/16 | Edward Pentin
    Vice President Joe Biden arrives in Rome on Thursday to attend a conference on breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, part-hosted by the Pontifical Council for Culture. Biden will deliver a talk the following day about the Obama administration's "Moonshot" initiative which aims to make therapies available to more patients and accelerate cancer research by improving cancer prevention and detecting it at an early stage. The Vice President, whose son Beau died of brain cancer last year, is aiming to double the rate of progress toward a cancer cure, for which the Obama administration has asked Congress for $1 billion. The April...
  • The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"?

    04/27/2016 2:30:07 PM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    The Moynihan Letters (via email) | 04-27-2016 | Robert Moynihan
    April 27, 2016, Wednesday -- The Next Synod: The Return of "The Peace of God"? "The Pope would like to dedicate the next Synod of Bishops to the theme of peace." —The Italian news agency ANSA, in a short news article released this morning in Italy. The question of what topic the next Bishops' Synod would focus on was discussed in a meeting of the Synod's leadership in Rome on April 18 and 19; this is the first story that claims to give reliable information about what the topic will be    "Other proposals of the participants were the themes...
  • Looking for a good book for the Year of Mercy? Read Lord of the Rings

    04/27/2016 4:25:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 26, 2016 | Elizabeth Anderson
    In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis wants the faithful to recognize God’s mercy toward each individual soul, and then in turn to show increased mercy toward one another. In his bull proclaiming the Jubilee, our Holy Father affirms “we are called to show mercy because mercy has first been shown to us. Pardoning offences becomes the clearest expression of merciful love, and for us Christians it is an imperative from which we cannot excuse ourselves.” Mercy can, however, seem rather abstract to us; the imagination may need some prodding. Few books provide a better depiction of mercy...
  • WATCH: Satanists Mock Killing of Unborn Children in Bizarre and Grotesque Protest

    04/26/2016 5:53:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 16 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 26, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Pro-life protesters faced a disturbing scene this weekend in Michigan when a group of Satanists arrived to counter-protest wearing baby masks and carrying whips. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society organized a protest outside of the Detroit Planned Parenthood abortion clinic on Saturday as part of a larger #ProtestPP movement to expose the abortion giant’s deadly trade of aborting unborn babies and trafficking their body parts. During the pro-life event, a local Satanist group arrived and conducted a disturbingly grotesque counter-protest. Some of the Satanists dressed in masks and diapers to look like babies, while others dressed in black, carried whips...
  • Official response of Bishop Athanasius Schneider to Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    04/26/2016 10:56:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 24, 2016 | Bishop Athanasius Schneider
    The following was written by His Excellency Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan. This is the official response to Amoris Laetitia from the good bishop. He wishes this to be read by all so please repost and forward far and wide. "Amoris laetitia": a need for clarification in order to avoid a general confusion The paradox of the contradictory interpretations of "Amoris laetitia" The recently published Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” (AL), which contains a plethora of spiritual and pastoral riches with regard to life within marriage and the Christian family in our times,...
  • Catholic Bishop: “Never Vote for Any Candidate of Any Party Who Supports Abortion”

    04/26/2016 7:00:01 AM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 25, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Bishop Thomas J. Tobin of Rhode Island has a message for Catholic voters: never ever vote for any candidate who supports abortion. With Hillary Clinton as the likely presidential nominee for the Democratic Party, Bishop Tobin’s words make it clear that Catholic voters can’t vote for her for president. Bishop Tobin made the remarks in an April 21 post on Facebook: Catholics: Vote Pro-Life As the primary election draws near in Rhode Island, I encourage faithful Catholics to vote pro-life – and never to vote for any candidate, of any party, who supports abortion. And don’t be fooled by those...
  • Why Does a Catholic Diocese Provide Syringes?

    04/26/2016 6:20:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | 4/25/16 | Deal Hudson
    While I was the publisher and editor of Crisis Magazine, I chronicled the plight of the Albany Diocese in Upstate, NY under the former leadership of now Bishop Emeritus Howard J. Hubbard. His stewardship of the diocese was a test case in the failures of the progressive policies of many churchmen during the seventies and eighties that left dioceses throughout the country beset by dwindling Mass attendance, little or no vocations to the priestly and religious life and sex scandals which metastasized into a full blown scandal in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Things were so awful under Hubbard...
  • People leaving Church of Norway in droves over blessing of same-sex couples

    04/26/2016 5:31:16 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    RIA-Novosti ^ | 04-26-2016 | RIA-Novosti
    Oslo, April 23, 2016 People are leaving the Lutheran Church of Norway in droves after its Synod voted in favor of allowing gay people to be married in Church, reports RIA-Novosti. Nidaros Cathedral of the Church of Norway in Trondheim, Norway    The majority decision came in early April with 88 of 115 Synod members voting for the blessing of same-sex couples. In the resulting document it is noted that the Church should work out a special service which could be used for gay couples. Such a service could be approved already in early 2017. Representatives of the Church of...
  • Reflections on “Amoris Laetitia” {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    04/25/2016 9:00:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | April 23, 2016 | Fr. Gerald E. Murray
    The perennial discipline of the Catholic Church on the admissibility to Holy Communion of divorced and civilly remarried Catholics living in adulterous, or irregular, second unions was succinctly spelled out by St. John Paul II in Familiaris Consortio: “[T]he Church reaffirms her practice, which is based upon Sacred Scripture, of not admitting to Eucharistic Communion divorced persons who have remarried. They are unable to be admitted thereto from the fact that their state and condition of life objectively contradict that union of love between Christ and the Church which is signified and effected by the Eucharist. Besides this, there is...
  • On Exhortation, Bishop Schneider Says a “Veritatis Laetitia” is Needed [Catholic Caucus]

    04/25/2016 1:11:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 25, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    We all have been waiting for it for quite some time now. Finally, a prelate has spoken. On the topic of the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Astana, Kazakhstan, has given a statement of over 6,000 words to the Italian website Corrispondenza Romana, which was published yesterday, 24 April. (No English translation has yet been made available; all of the following excerpts are taken from our own partial translation.) While Schneider says that different interpretations of Amoris Laetitia now are now spreading, he sees that “Some of the statements of Amoris Laetitia are objectively liable to misinterpretation.”...
  • Cultural Identity Theft (alarming statistics)

    04/25/2016 5:55:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 20, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    A recent New York Times article revealed that 90 percent of teens in the predominantly Muslim districts of Molenbeek and Schaerbeek think of the Brussels terrorists as heroes. The main thing to notice here is not that these youth have warped values (which they do), but that their heroes are people who are willing to die for what they believe. Which means that some of these young people are likely willing to die for the same beliefs. Meanwhile, a test given to thirteen-year-olds in an Italian middle school revealed that 90 percent of them would convert to Islam if...
  • Signatures for Banning Abortions to be Collected in Russian Churches

    04/25/2016 5:31:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/25/16
    Moscow, April 25, Interfax - Signatures for the legal protection of life from the moment of conception and for banning abortions to be held on April 30, on the Easter eve, in churches of Russia. "Signatures will be collected with the blessing of the spiritual guide of His Holiness the patriarch elder Eli (Nozdrin)," press service of the For Life Movement told Interfax-Religion. Organizers expect to collect several thousand signatures at each parish: on the Easter eve churches will be full of believers who come to bless Easter cakes and eggs. "By now, we have collected 200,000 signatures, our objective...
  • Planned Parenthood on abortion: “God loves you no matter what you decide”

    04/24/2016 7:55:47 PM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    Saynsumthn.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Saynsumthn
    Child killing abortion giant Planned Parenthood is using God to target paying customers for abortion. In a Pastoral Letter to Patients, Planned Parenthood tells women and girls in a crisis pregnancy that there is nothing in the scriptures that says abortion is wrong and that many clergy think abortion is okay: The decision to have an abortion is personal. Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision. Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth...
  • Planned Parenthood uses God to sell abortion

    04/24/2016 7:43:17 PM PDT · by Morgana · 20 replies
    Saynsumthn.com ^ | May 23, 2014 | Saynsumthn
    Child killing abortion giant Planned Parenthood is using God to target paying customers for abortion. In a Pastoral Letter to Patients, Planned Parenthood tells women and girls in a crisis pregnancy that there is nothing in the scriptures that says abortion is wrong and that many clergy think abortion is okay: The decision to have an abortion is personal. Though your reasons may be complicated and private, you’re not alone. As religious leaders from a number of religious traditions, we’re here to support you in your decision. Many people wrongly assume that all religious leaders disapprove of abortion. The truth...
  • Presbyterian Pastor: “I Love Planned Parenthood.” Calls Abortion Business a “Ministry"

    04/24/2016 6:25:24 PM PDT · by Morgana · 61 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 24, 2016 | Carole Novielli
    The president of the largest chain of abortion clinics in the United States is thanking “Faith Leaders” for standing with them. In a tweet by Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, recently released she states, “So grateful to the many faith leaders who stand with Planned Parenthood and our patients. http://ppact.io/1IIU4QF Thank you, @awkukla!” Cecile Richards Planned Parenthood Faith Leaders @awkukla is Andrew Kukla, who describes himself as a , “Presby minister, love philosophy and Kierkegaard in particular, dad of four young kids, and I live in Boise, ID,” on his twitter page. The link takes you to a post written...
  • Amoris Laetitia: Pope Francis has created confusion where we needed clarity (Catholic Caucus)

    04/24/2016 6:12:51 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 04-18-2016 | Clifford Longley
    His thesis on the synod of the family is perfect in every way - except the vital topic of communion for divorced and remmarieds Still they argue, argue, argue. Yes he did; no he didn't. He can; he can't. What exactly did Pope Francis intend to convey by chapter eight of his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia? Conservatives say Pope Francis cannot have meant that "divorced and remarried Catholics could be admitted to Holy Communion in certain circumstances", as many have interpreted the document, because that would be plain contrary to long-standing Catholic practice sanctioned by the magisterium.But that would have...
  • “To label a priest “non-judgmental” is damning.” (can't think clearly, affirms people moral errors)

    04/24/2016 2:22:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 24, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    At The Catholic Thing Fr. Jerry Pokorsky has a good piece about being non-judgmental, particularly about non-judgmental priests.  I think we have all met that sort, right?  These pathetic, flexi-spined cowards who would be, were Dante in charge, consigned to chase the pointless ever-whirling banner on the empty plain, pursued by stinging flies, treading upon hideous worms.Two snips: Non-Judgmental Shepherds[…]Someone recently told me about a Catholic religion teacher who was called by a concerned parent. The teacher was presenting the Catholic faith in a methodical fashion. An upcoming topic was to be love and marriage. The parent wanted assurances that his...
  • Shot Across the Bow for Cardinal Pell: Non-Bergoglians Have a Difficult Situation in the Roman Curia

    04/23/2016 3:17:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 22, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Some heads of dicasteries of the Roman Curia have been removed by Pope Francis after his election to office. Others were left in office, but in fact isolated. Cardinal Pell is also under constant pressure. The Dismissal of "Ratzingerians" With the dismissals, it was not to questions of competence, but a directional decision. It touches on each convinced "Ratzingerianer", a cipher, which is shorthand encapsulating a faithful understanding of the Church. First, the Italian Cardinal Mauro Piacenza was replaced as Prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, and at only 70 year of age shoved off for the honorary management of...
  • I was in Hell: Huw Raphael on What It Was Like to Be Affirmed in Homosexuality

    04/23/2016 6:37:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    Touchstone ^ | Huw Raphael
    ...I stand by those words of Fr. Seraphim. This Hell is being driven by one’s hormones and knowing that to deny them is “unhealthy.” Hell is being driven by one’s desires and fantasies and knowing that to deny them is to deny the only joy there is, the joy that defines your whole being. Hell is a fine San Francisco morning standing trapped in your bedroom while an orgy takes place in the hallway outside. Hell is a foggy San Francisco afternoon standing in a room full of men involved in various actions with each other—and somewhere a voice tells...
  • Bishop Emeritus Erwin Kraeutler Undermines Celibacy

    04/23/2016 6:26:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | April 22, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    The Austrian Erwin Kräutler, the former bishop of Xingu, Brasil, is taking another step to promote his proposal to allow Catholic priests to marry. In January of 2016, the Vatican expert, Dr. Sandro Magister, had already written (http://chiesa.espresso.repubblica.it/articolo/1351206?eng=y) about this bishop, showing his attempts to undermine celibacy. Then and now, Kräutler repeats that he had been encouraged in 2014 by Pope Francis himself to make “courageous proposals” with regard to the question of the lack of priests in his diocese. It was Sandro Magister who then, in January, raised the question as to whether the pope is planning the put...
  • Norway's [Catholic]Church to Seek Vatican Permission to Stop Officiating at Civil Weddings

    04/23/2016 5:48:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/22/16 | Jonathon Luxmoore
    Bishop says politicians 'may get aggressive' over resistance to same-sex marriageA Norwegian bishop has said the country’s clergy will no longer officiate at civil weddings, after the predominant Lutheran Church’s governing synod voted to conduct gay marriages in Norway. Bishop Bernt Eidsvig of Oslo told Catholic News Service that he would have to seek permission from the Vatican, saying: “It’s clear we must distinguish our own Church marriages from others. “This is a matter of liturgy, so it doesn’t necessarily reflect broader change in our society’s moral values. But politicians may now get aggressive toward churches who resist these weddings,...
  • A Note on The Voris Confession (Catholic Caucus)

    04/23/2016 4:41:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | April 22, 2016 | STEVE SKOJEC
    Yesterday, Michael Voris of Church Militant released a very difficult and courageous episode of the Vortex. In it, he alleged that the New York Archdiocese, in apparent retribution for his investigation of the strong homosexual culture within the clergy there, intended to publicly reveal his own past sins. If true, this would amount to an egregious violation of the 8th Commandment. And the sins in question were unquestionably shocking and unexpected. Voris said, in part: I have never made a secret that my life prior to my reversion was extremely sinful. I have said many times — in public — that I was in...
  • No one is beyond conversion, Abby Johnson tells Georgetown students

    04/22/2016 12:47:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    patheos.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | CNA Daily News
    Washington D.C., Apr 21, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- No matter how deeply someone may be entrenched in the culture of death, they are never beyond the loving reach of Christ, said former Planned Parenthood clinic director Abby Johnson to a group of Georgetown University students on Wednesday. “I’m standing in front of you today as a testament to the power of conversion,” Johnson, a former Texas Planned Parenthood clinic director who later converted to Catholicism, said in a talk scheduled the same day as Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards’ address to students on Georgetown’s campus. Reflecting later on...
  • Almost without meaning to, Francis has shot ‘Humanae Vitae’ dead

    04/22/2016 12:35:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 60 replies
    The Church of the Holy Name ^ | April 16, 2016 | Clifford Longley
    In 2009 the Catholic Church’s International Theological Commission proposed a fundamental change to the way the Church regarded natural law. It could not be presented “as an already established set of rules that impose themselves a priori on the moral subject”, it said. Instead, “it is a source of objective inspiration for the deeply personal process of making decisions”. This raised some eyebrows, not least because of the way natural law had consistently been imposed a priori by moral theologians to explain and justify Catholic teaching regarding sex. The most obvious example was the way natural law was invoked as...
  • Despite short shrift in ‘Amoris’, Francis sees mercy for gays too

    04/22/2016 10:07:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crux News ^ | Apri 21, 2016 | Father Edward Beck
    The pope’s pastoral outreach to the divorced and civilly remarried in his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”) has been widely praised, but some feel that gays got short shrift. Pope Francis explores the possibility of those in “irregular” marriages receiving Communion after having entered a process of conscience formation and discernment with their pastor (“the internal forum”) and other committed Christians. He also calls for compassion and flexibility when ministering to engaged couples cohabitating without the benefit of marriage. “Hence it can no longer simply be said that all those in any ‘irregular’ situation are living in...
  • Cardinal Marx: “No Situation in Which Someone Is Excluded” [Catholic Caucus]

    04/22/2016 8:18:30 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | April 20, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 April, the head of the German Bishops’ Conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx – who is the archbishop of Munich – gave a homily during Holy Mass in Fürstenfeldbruck, Bavaria. In this homily, the cardinal – who is also a member of the pope’s “Council of Nine Cardinals” – said that “there is no situation in which someone is excluded forever [MH: not even in hell, finally?].” In his eyes, the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetita now invites and encourages priests in their pastoral care of the faithful to “lead to the Sacraments” and to “integrate [them]with the help of the...
  • Brideshead Revisited... (contrary to the Bergoglio, how shame is a medicinal mercy)

    04/22/2016 3:19:15 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 7 replies
    Ann Barnhardt's Blog ^ | April 20, AD 2016 | Ann Barnhardt
    Title: The Key Character in Brideshead Revisited Is Mrs. Beryl Muspratt In the aftermath of “The Exuberance of Buttsecks” more than one piece was written on the novel “Brideshead Revisited”, and how the entire point of the novel was essentially mocked unto destruction by Bergoglio and his army of diabolical faggots. I wrote on this previously in September of ARSH 2014. Here is that piece, even more relevant now than it was before. I have updated a couple of terms. ———- There are a few more points on the subject of shame that I would like to expand upon. The...
  • Churches hold classes about white privilege

    04/21/2016 10:39:43 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | April 21, 2016 | Adelle M. Banks, Religion News Service
    A year ago, when the death of Freddie Gray and resulting unrest in Baltimore filled the news, the Rev. Kathy Dwyer felt she had to do something. “Every time I turned on the TV, I just felt like I was getting punched in the gut from watching the issue of racism just escalate in our country,” said the white pastor of a predominantly white United Church of Christ congregation in Arlington, Va. In the wake of the continuing deaths of African-Americans at the hands of police officers, some white church leaders say they can no longer check off their racial-justice...
  • Cecile Richards Tells “Catholic” Georgetown University Abortion “is a Basic Human Right”

    04/21/2016 12:33:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 29 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 21, 2016 | Justin Petrisek, Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Georgetown University blocked concerned Catholics and reporters from attending today’s campus lecture by Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, but tweets from participating students revealed faithful Catholics’ worst fears: Richards spoke to a packed auditorium, flagrantly advocating abortion, deriding pro-lifers and scandalizing students at the nation’s oldest Catholic university. Richards was introduced by the student group H*yas for Choice, according to a tweet from The Hoya’s Twitter page, once again demonstrating the substantial leeway given by Georgetown to this “unofficial” pro-abortion club. “I can’t wait to come back when this [H*yas for Choice] is a recognized campus group,” Richards reportedly stated...
  • Exhortation allows Communion for divorced/remarried on case-by-case basis, claim 3 German bishops

    04/21/2016 12:16:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 15, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia permits divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to access the sacraments on a case-by-case basis, three German bishops claim. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, Archbishop Dr. Heiner Koch, and Bishop Franz-Josef Bode all cited footnote 351—the controversial footnote that critics worry undermines Church teaching by in certain cases allowing Holy Communion for those in objectively sinful situations—in their praise of the exhortation. The bishops also cited paragraph 301 of Amoris Laetitia, which states, “Hence it is can no longer simply be said that all those in any 'irregular' situation are living in a state of mortal sin...
  • Pope Francis and the Marginalization of the CDF

    04/21/2016 7:29:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | April 20, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    In his first interview with the a theist Eugenio Scalfari, published on October 1, 2013 in the daily newspaper La Repubblica, Pope Francis said overlooking some members of the Roman Curia: "The court is the leprosy of the papacy". But Francis seems "to be fighting not the leprosy but the leper," said Secretum meum mihi . The daily Il Foglio headline in yesterday's edition of the first page: "Müller Besieged". Schönborn instead of Müller The distance that exists between the Pope and the Cardinal Prefect of the Faith, Gerhard Müller, is recognized "by all". "The cold was obviously" felt by...
  • Bai Macfarlane, divorced 2005, on Live Radio Thurs 5 pm Eastern

    04/20/2016 8:26:53 PM PDT · by Bai Macfarlane · 4 replies
    Mary's Advocates ^ | April 20, 2016 | Bai Macfarlane
    Drew Mariani - Relevant Radio, Thursday 5 pm Eastern I'm scheduled for interview live with Drew Mariani at 5 pm Eastern tomorrow, Thursday, April 21. We'll be talking about Mary's Advocates efforts to ask the Church to work to prevent divorce from happening in the first place. The Catechism and the Code of Canon Law are my primary resources. Pope Francis' exhortation on the family, Amortia Leatitia, helps too. If you have a question or can share your own experience (good or bad) about the Church helping to keep a marriage together, give us a call (1-877-766-3777). See list of...
  • Situation Ethics Enshrined Francis’ Amoris Laetitia

    04/20/2016 6:41:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 4/20/16 | John Vennari
    Situation Ethics Enshrined - Q & A on Francis' Amoris Laetitia A simple Q & A on Certain Aspects of the Post-Synodal Exhortation What is Amoris Laetitia? Amoris Laetitia (the “Joy of Love”) is the much anticipated post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of Pope Francis on marriage and the family. Released on April 6, it runs 260 pages, approximately 59,000 words. Father George Rutler, wryly commenting on the exorbitant length of modern Vatican documents, notes that Francis’ text “is nearly two-thirds the length of all the Vatican II promulgations.” What are we to think of Amoris Laetitia? Respected Italian journalist Antonio Socci...
  • Austin pastor claims Whole Foods cake had homophobic slur

    04/20/2016 6:33:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 43 replies
    keyetv.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | KEYE TV
    AUSTIN, Texas (KEYE) — An Austin pastor says a cake he ordered from Whole Foods last Thursday had a homophobic slur written on the top when he received it. The attorney for Pastor Jordan Brown says he ordered a cake from the Whole Foods store on Lamar Boulevard with the personalized message "Love Wins," but when he received it said "Love Wins F--." "As a 30-year-old openly gay pastor, I have had to face years of discrimination and judgement for something that I had no control over," Brown says. He explains, that trauma resurfaced Thursday with the incident involving the...
  • I Will Raise Your Baby, Queline – Let Her Live

    04/20/2016 5:04:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Townhall ^ | April 17, 2016 | Matt Barber
    This is like nothing I’ve ever written before. It’s an open plea for prayer, an open window into my heart and that of my wife, Sarah, and an open last-ditch effort to reach out to a cherished young Jewish woman in New York City who finds herself in a desperate situation. Most importantly, it’s a frantic attempt to save a life – the precious life of a precious person whom, though we’ve never met, we already love. Let me explain. I was thumbing through my Twitter feed the other night and came across a tweet that immediately caught my eye....
  • Priest on papal exhortation: We must hold fast to the Tradition [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 4:44:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 20, 2016 | Fr. Linus Clovis
    Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation on the Family, Amoris Laetitia (AL) has been received with very mixed reactions ranging from positive jubilation to that of respectful reservation. It is a 60,000 word document that will require time, study and prayerful reflection in order to unravel all of its implications. While the nuances, implications and applications of AL are being unravelled, it seems to me that we ought to remain calm and take the sagacious advice of St Paul of simply following the well established Catholic rule of holding fast to what we have received and always believed. In practical terms and,...
  • Catholic university’s basketball coach doesn’t want faithful Catholics on the team?

    04/20/2016 1:56:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society via Life Site News ^ | April 19, 2016 | Adam Cassandra
    The head women’s basketball coach at the University of San Francisco (USF) recently announced her same-sex marriage to an assistant coach, and suggested that any student-athletes who have “an issue” with her sexuality and relationship are not welcome on the team. On March 31, USF coach Jennifer Azzi publicly announced that she was in a same-sex marriage with her top assistant, Blair Hardiek, during an Anti-Defamation League awards ceremony. She was there introducing Golden State Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. Welts became the first senior sports executive to openly acknowledge his same-sex attraction in 2011 while president...
  • Bl. Mother Teresa: "every abortion is the denial of receiving Jesus"

    04/20/2016 11:40:19 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | Published on Dec 30, 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Mother Teresa at the National Prayer Breakfast, on 3 February 1994.
  • Pope Francis: ‘I don’t remember’ controversial footnote in exhortation [Catholic Caucus]

    04/20/2016 10:00:48 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 18, 2016 | John Jalsevac
    It was the footnote heard around the world. Footnote 351, to be precise. The dynamite – or so it seemed to some – quietly buried deep in Pope Francis’ recent apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. To journalists poring over the exhortation hoping to learn how the pope intended to resolve the debate that had pitted cardinal against cardinal and bishop against bishop at the two recent synods at the family, it seemed to provide the key. “In certain cases, this can include the help of the sacraments,” the footnote reads, before making reference to the Eucharist and confession. Were these the...
  • Wendy Davis is Dedicated to Promoting Abortions With God’s Help: “By God, We Get Back Up”

    04/20/2016 6:41:20 AM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 20, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Since her humiliating defeat in the 2014 Texas gubernatorial race, Wendy Davis has not backed down from her abortion-fueled fame. On the contrary, she has double downed on her commitment to promoting abortion, referring to advances in the pro-life movement as getting “knocked down, but by God, we can get back up and we fight to see a new day.” Reading Jezebel’s new interview with the pro-abortion Texan, it is clear that getting clobbered in an election does not make Davis any less of a progressive darling. Jezebel lovingly describes Davis during her filibuster of a Texas pro-life law as...
  • Meet the 'Radical' Baptist Transgender Preacher Who Talks to Angels

    04/19/2016 9:35:10 PM PDT · by Morgana · 64 replies
    charismanews.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Jennifer LeClaire
    He's known in MSNBC ranks as "the most radical preacher in America." But it's not the message that makes him radical. Rather, it's the messenger himself. Allyson Dylan Robinson is the first openly transgender ordained in the Baptist church. Donning long red hair and thick-rimmed glasses, he told the Alliance of Baptists he was a "white, straight, lower/upper middle class, European-descended man" when he first arrived at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary. As Robinson tells the story, he prayed for 30 years that God would change him and even tried deliverance ministry to find freedom. But God did...
  • Americans agree: Obama administration unfair to Little Sisters of the Poor

    04/19/2016 6:50:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | April 19, 2016 | staff
    - A new survey says most Americans think the Obama administration’s federal contraception mandate is unfair to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious groups defending themselves before the U.S. Supreme Court. About 53 percent of Americans said the process required by the government is “unfair,” while only 32 percent did not, according to a new Marist Poll commissioned by the Knights of Columbus. The federal government has exempted many other organizations’ employee health care plans from a requirement to provide contraception and drugs that can produce abortions. But it has no exemption for the Little Sisters of...
  • Presbyterian Church Minister Backs Abortion: Says Abortions Are a “Matter of Compassion”

    04/18/2016 7:12:16 PM PDT · by Morgana · 28 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | April 18, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    A Northern Ireland Presbyterian minister is creating waves after she began advocating for abortion against the church’s teachings. The Rev. Lesley Carroll, who is running for election in the Irish Assembly, recently waded into the abortion debate when she gave a public statement to the pro-abortion Belfast Feminist Network, according to the News Letter. Abortion is illegal in Northern Ireland, but abortion activists are pushing to change that. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland has vocally opposed changes to the law, saying it “protect[s] both the life of the mother and the unborn child,” according to the news outlet. However, Carroll...
  • Covenant College Forfeits Women’s Tennis Championship Match Because Scheduled On Sunday

    04/18/2016 3:34:20 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 34 replies
    Aquila Report ^ | Apr 17, 2016 | Kyle Taylor
    “Covenant College has elected to forfeit the Women’s Tennis USA South Conference championship match, scheduled for April 17, 2016. The championship match takes place on a Sunday, and as an institution owned and operated by the Presbyterian Church in America we observe the Sabbath by not competing in athletic events on Sunday. This conviction is clearly stated in our Student Handbook and is informed by the Bible, the Westminster Confession of Faith, and the PCA Book of Church Order. In national tournaments, the NCAA makes accommodations for institutions that do not compete on a particular day for religious reasons. Bylaw...
  • The Day of the Great Battle

    04/18/2016 2:45:50 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 4/18/16 | Don Elia
    Reflections by Don Elia* and a message from Our Lady of the ‘Tre Fontane’ “Neither is there at this time prince, or leader, or prophet, or holocaust, or sacrifice, or oblation, or incense, or place of first fruits before thee, that we may find thy mercy:” (Daniel 3,38). It is the triumph of darkness. The authorization, if not the order, has finally arrived ... to feed hardened, obstinate public sinners, His Most Precious Body, which I provided for Him from my own most pure substance, united in an indissoluble way to His Divinity; that flesh with which He immolated Himself...