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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Russian Orthodox Archbishop Says Western Europe’s Gender Policy 'Enormous Tragedy'

    01/19/2018 6:05:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    TASS ^ | 1/14/18
    MOSCOW, January 14. /TASS/. Western Europe’s gender policy is "an enormous tragedy and next generations will see its repercussions," Metropolitan Hilarion (Alfeev) of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow patriarchate's department for external church relations, said on the Rossiya’24 television on Saturday. "The decisions taken in many European countries nowadays are enforced by the same ideology which has already destroyed many families, the ideology which claims that an individual can choose gender, that even in their childhood a person can define who will be their partners in the future - same-sex or not," Metropolitan Hilarion said. "All sex reassignment surgeries are...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Imagine: Pastoral Opportunities

    01/19/2018 5:39:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fr. Ray Blake's Blog ^ | January 19,, 2018 | Fr. Ray Blake
    Fr Ray Blake's Blog Friday, January 19, 2018 Imagine: Pastoral Opportunities "If he were a priest in my diocese I would ensure he was suspended, and at his age retired from a public liturgical or pastoral function", was the reaction of a certain Vicar General to the Pope's 'marriage' of the Chilean couple after I placed on social media, "Next Thursday 3-4pm, in Waitrose gin aisle, I shall marry anyone who turns up, everyone welcome". I wasn't serious but the Vicar General was, he more or less followed Ed Peter's line that the marriage was very likely invalid, pastorally...
  • The latest stunt from the Bergoglian Circus UPDATED!

    01/19/2018 4:14:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | January 19, 2018
    The Greatest Show 30,000 Feet Above Earth®, otherwise known as the Bergoglian Circus, is in the news once again. Yesterday, aboard the “papal” airplane en route to the Chilean port city of Iquique, to the utter delight of Heathens and Humanists, and Heretics of all Ages ®, the ringleader of Modernist Rome performed a never-before-seen stunt.Billed by publicists in the Vatican as a “marriage ceremony,” this latest act of daring is perhaps the greatest feat of illusion Bergolgio has performed since 2013 when first he managed to convince unsuspecting Catholics the world over that he is the Successor of St....
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope shocks Chile by accusing sex abuse victims of slander

    01/19/2018 1:50:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    AP News ^ | January 19, 2018 | Nicole Winfield
    Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are “all calumny.”
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/19/2018 7:17:34 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Muller: An apostle’s duty calls

    01/19/2018 6:26:54 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | January 18, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Cardinal Muller chats with the “active” member of the Petrine ministryAs promised, today we will look at Part II of Cardinal Gerhard Müller’s online series of essays posted by First Things.In this installment, Cardinal Müller writes at length about “the pope’s Magisterium and the Tradition of the Church” and how the two relate.In doing so, it is perfectly plain that he is not only speaking about, but also, in a sense, lecturing, Francis.Yes, I too would like to see him and other timid churchmen identify the wolf by name for the good of the sheep. Even so, no doubt exists...
  • (Catholic) Bishop says Arkansas AG wrong for participating in rally

    01/18/2018 9:11:37 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Crux ^ | January 18, 2018 | Kelly P. Kissel
    A Catholic bishop who has led prayers at Arkansas anti-abortion rallies says he will not take part this year because its featured speaker is a public official who actively pushed for the state’s aggressive execution schedule last year. Bishop Anthony Taylor wrote an open letter to the state’s 125,000 Catholics inviting them to special Masses instead of attending the event featuring Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.“Arkansas Right to Life has chosen as the keynote speaker for the Rally a person who has good anti-abortion credentials but otherwise is decidedly not an appropriate pro-life speaker,” Taylor wrote. He said Rutledge “worked tirelessly...
  • White House Announces New HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division

    01/18/2018 6:23:56 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 1/18/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    WASHINGTON (ChurchMilitant.com) - The Trump administration is announcing the formation of the new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The press release states the division will be under the Office for Civil Rights, adding it's purpose is to "restore federal enforcement of our nation's laws that protect the fundamental and unalienable rights of conscience and religious freedom." It continues, "The creation of the new division will provide HHS with the focus it needs to more vigorously and effectively enforce existing laws protecting the rights of conscience and religious freedom, the first...
  • Hundreds of thousands of pro-lifers backed by Trump to march for life in D.C.

    01/18/2018 5:58:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Lianne Laurence
    Hundreds of thousands of pro-life advocates are converging on Washington for Friday’s March for Life to mark 45 years of legal abortion in the United States, and proclaim that “Love Saves Lives.”  They gather to mourn some 60 million children killed in the womb since the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade ruling struck down abortion laws on January 22, 1973, and to renew their strength to continue the battle to secure protection for their country’s tiniest and most vulnerable citizens. “Choosing life is not always easy, but it is the loving, empowering, and self-sacrificial option,” March for Life president Jeanne...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Braga Archbishop Encourages Mortal Sin

    01/18/2018 5:39:39 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | January 18, 2018 | Gloria TV
    Archbishop Jorge Ortiga of Braga, Portugal, published on January 17 sacrilegious guidelines admitting adulterers to the sacraments and contradicting the Gospel and Catholic doctrine. According to Ortiga divorcees living in a second liaison may undergo a six-months program with meetings. After that, Braga lets them receive Holy Communion. A condition to participate in the program is a valid first marriage and a subsequent adulterous liaison which has been ongoing for at least five years so that Ortiga considers it to be “stable”. Catholic doctrine calls bigamist living in "stable" liaisons "hardened sinners".
  • Cath Cauc: Pope conducts spontaneous wedding on papal plane for invalidly married couple

    01/18/2018 3:45:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | January 18, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    Pope Francis conducted a spontaneous marriage ceremony for a Catholic couple living in a civil, non-sacramental marriage during a flight in Chile today. The Chilean couple, Carlos Ciuffardi and Paula Podest Ruiz, are flight attendants who say that the pope proposed the idea to them while they sat and chatted with him after a group photo with the plane’s crew. “When the time came for the group photo of all flight crew with the pope, he invited us to sit down [next to him],” said Ciuffardi to the press afterwards in a video interview. “He asked us...” Podest Ruiz interrupted,...
  • Ray Vasser pat 2 "Unite and Conquer"

    01/18/2018 1:31:46 PM PST · by pastorbillrandles · 1 replies
    We are seeing, in the name of human rights, an all out assault on the unity of society as the exploitation of social distinctions are on rise. You see one might think the enemy of our souls would use the “old divide and conquer” motive. Not so fast! It is now to “unite and conquer.” One of the marks of the last days is division according to the Words of Jesus that is found in Matthew 10:34-39 He said “…I did not come to bring peace, but a sword…to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother…a...
  • [Catholic Caucus] How Bishop Athanasius Schneider Became a Leading Voice for Catholic Truth

    01/18/2018 11:59:19 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Bishop Athanasius Schneider was a “model child” who developed a deep love and reverence for the Eucharist, thanks to deeply devout parents and having been starved of the Blessed Sacrament under Soviet communist rule. This is the picture obtained from family and friends of the auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan who is becoming one of the leading voices of fidelity, continuity and tradition in the Church today. Most recently, Bishop Schneider took the lead in issuing a “Profession of Immutable Truths About Sacramental Marriage” in a bid to resolve the confusion over interpretations of Pope Francis’ 2016 post-synodal apostolic...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Survivors blast pope abuse apology in Chile as ‘cheap headline’

    01/18/2018 11:27:37 AM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | January 16, 2018 | John L. Allen Jr. Inés San Martin Crux Staff John L. Allen Jr. Inés San
    SANTIAGO, Chile - In his first public address in Chile, Pope Francis apologized for the “irreparable damage” caused by clerical sexual abuse. In the wake of what he had to say, abuse survivor Peter Saunders, a former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, wasn’t impressed.“The pope spoke today about shame, but that isn’t good enough,” Saunders told Crux on the phone. “He could have removed [Bishop Juan] Barros a long time ago, and that would have been a good symbolic move to make. Symbols are as good as words.”RELATED: Pope opens Chile trip with apology for clerical...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Litany of Papal Errors

    01/18/2018 10:31:12 AM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    De Omnibus Dubitandum Est. ^ | January 17, 2018 | Mark Lambert
    Pope Francis routinely honours, welcomes, greets, and entertains public sinners. No doubt many see in this imitation of Christ: When the Pharisees saw this, they asked His disciples, “Why does your Teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” ~Matthew 9:11 This makes anyone criticising things like his honouring of Dutch abortion activist Elisabeth Ploumen seem like the Pharisees in the Gospel. But St. Paul commands that the worst sinners are driven out of the community  “But now I have written to you, not to keep company, if any man that is named a brother, be a fornicator, or covetous, or...
  • [Catholic Caucus] (Barf Alert) Digging deeper into ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    01/18/2018 9:21:55 AM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    NZ Catholic ^ | January 18, 2018 | Rowena Orejana
    The inclusion of the Argentinian bishops’ guidelines on Communion for civilly remarried Catholic divorcees in “Acta Apostolicae Sedis”, the official record of Vatican documents and acts may clarify chapter 8 of Pope Francis’ Amoris Laetitia but it will not end the controversy surrounding it.Peruvian theologian Dr Rocio Figueroa, systematic theology lecturer at Good Shepherd College in Ponsonby, said while this might shed light on some issues raised against the exhortation, she does not think it will not silence the critics.Dr Figueroa lectured in spiritual theology for five years at the Giovanni Paolo II seminary in Salerno, Italy and Universidad Popular...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    01/18/2018 6:10:33 AM PST · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • [Catholic Caucus] UK Cardinal Reinstates Dissenting LGBT Group

    01/17/2018 8:41:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | January 17, 2018 | Rodney Pelletier
    The archbishop of Westminster is promoting a group opposing Church teaching on homosexuality. Cardinal Vincent Nichols is reinstating the status of Quest — a group that was removed from the Catholic Directory by his predecessor Cdl. Basil Hume — in the archdiocese of Westminster. Free clip from CHURCH MILITANT Premium WATCH MORE LIKE THIS   Quest, a self-proclaimed LGBT Catholic advocacy group, had been in the directory since 1992. Despite the fact Hume was an LGBT advocate, he had it removed because of its open opposition to Church teaching. Quest claims, "In the past, the language used by the Church...
  • [Catholic Caucus] On sex abuse, the Vatican still sends badly mixed signals

    01/17/2018 8:01:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Cullture ^ | January 17, 2018 | Phil Lawler
    The New York Times notes that on the very day when he apologized to Chileans for the Church’s handling of the sex-abuse scandal, Pope Francis concelebrated Mass with Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who was named by the Pope to head the Osorno diocese despite complaints about his long friendship with a notorious abuser. In fact, last week the Associated Press revealed that Bishop Barros had actually offered his resignation because of the scandal. But the Pope did not accept that resignation. Instead he promoted the embattled bishop, and announced that his critics in Chile were “carried away by the...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Is the pope pro-life?

    01/17/2018 5:30:59 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 17, 2018 | Matt C. Abbott
    Is the pope pro-life? Is the pope Catholic? At one time, the second question was a rhetorical retort meant to elicit a cheap laugh. Currently, it's a topic open for serious debate, sad to say.