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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • God, My Destruction and Scrabble

    10/01/2016 8:18:32 AM PDT · by bogusname · 3 replies
    YouTube (Video) ^ | September 15, 2016 | Atheist Spanker
    On 9/14/2016 I legitimately lost a game of Scrabble to my wife. Why? What good can possibly come from this? Come along with me as I examine this life changing event. https://youtu.be/u7utxC08Ww8
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Quebec cardinal won’t refuse funerals for those choosing assisted suicide

    09/30/2016 7:38:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Catholic News Service via the Catholic Spirit ^ | September 30, 2016 | Philippe Vaillancourt
    Cardinal Gerald Lacroix of Quebec said he has no intention to follow in the steps of his fellow Canadian bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories in refusing funerals for those who asked to be euthanized. “I don’t plan specific directives aimed at refusing this support or refusing access to the anointing of the sick and the celebration of funerals,” Cardinal Lacroix said in a statement Sept. 29. The cardinal was reacting to a document published earlier this month by the bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, addressed to the clergy, in which they said these sacraments and celebrations...
  • Archdiocese provokes Mexican ‘discrimination’ police by stating ‘people aren’t born homosexual’

    09/30/2016 5:51:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9/30/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    The Archdiocese of Mexico has kindled the ire of the country’s “discrimination” police after publishing an interview with psychologist Richard Cohen, who recounts his conversion from homosexuality to heterosexuality as well as his subsequent career as a therapist for those suffering from same-sex attraction. In an article entitled “People aren’t born homosexual,” the archdiocesan weekly newspaper Desde la fe (From the Faith) writes that homosexuality is “reversible” and quotes Cohen stating that his own homosexuality was caused by the disordered relationships he experienced with his parents and siblings. “There was a lack of unity with my father and an excessive...
  • Amoris Laetitia versus the Church’s enduring Magisterium on matrimony [Catholic Caucus]

    09/30/2016 3:27:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Denzinger-Bergoglio ^ | 9/20/2016 | Denzinger-Bergoglio
    Catechism of the Catholic Church The catechism clearly states that Christ condemns adultery Adultery refers to marital infidelity. When two partners, of whom at least one is married to another party, have sexual relations – even transient ones – they commit adultery. Christ condemns even adultery of mere desire (cf. Mt 5:27–28). The sixth commandment and the New Testament forbid adultery absolutely (cf. Mt 5:32; 19:6; Mk 10:11; 1Cor 6:9–10). The prophets denounce the gravity of adultery; they see it as an image of the sin of idolatry (cf. Hos 2:7; Jer 5:7; 13:27). (Catechism of the Catholic Church, no....
  • Shock: Eucharist stolen from New York City church

    09/30/2016 2:50:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2016 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Catholic New York:  The Holy Eucharist was stolen early last week from Holy Trinity Church on Manhattan’s Upper West Side.The tabernacle door was reportedly vandalized and forced open and the Eucharist was removed what is believed to be sometime early Monday morning, Sept. 19, according to Msgr. Thomas Sandi, the pastor.Msgr. Sandi made the discovery when opening the church for 9 a.m. daily Mass that same day. He reported the incident to police, and at press time was awaiting results of their investigation. The tabernacle door is currently being repaired.On behalf of Cardinal Dolan, Auxiliary Bishop John O’Hara,...
  • Schönborn: No Understanding Why There is Resistance Against Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    09/30/2016 9:09:54 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    kath.net via Eponymous Flower ^ | September 29, 2016
    Cardinal in prayer for peace in the cathedral: People are grateful world that Francis "exemplifies the Gospel", within the church, there are hostile - Call for "patience" for Vatican ruling on Medjugorje Vienna (kath.net/KAP) Cardinal Christoph Schönborn has expressed shock at the resistance from Church circles against Pope Francis: "It hurts me that he faces so much hostility - within the Church. What is this? He is the successor of Peter! He's the pope!" said the Archbishop of Vienna on Tuesday in his homily during the Medjugorje prayer of peace, "Message for you" in the cathedral. Many people in the...
  • Some of 45 signatories feeling the heat over letter urging clarification of ‘Amoris Laetitia’

    09/30/2016 8:38:11 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 29, 2016 | Jan Bentz
    Some of the scholars who sent an appeal to the 218 Cardinals and patriarchs are under fire for urging corrective measures to clarify “a number of statements that can be understood in a sense that is contrary to Catholic faith and morals” in Amoris Laetitia. A few weeks ago, a letter from Pope Francis surfaced that expressed the Holy Father’s support to the bishops of the Buenos Aires, Argentina, pastoral region that read: “No other interpretation” of Amoris Laetitia is valid, consequently allowing the distribution of Holy Communion to divorced/remarried (Catholics) in some cases — certainly one of the hot...
  • The Beginning of the End of Abortion -- 40 Days for Life --

    09/29/2016 8:21:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    40 Days for Life.com ^ | 09-28-16 | 40 Days for Life staff
    The Beginning of the End of Abortion 40 Days for Life is the largest internationally coordinated pro-life mobilization in history, helping people in local communities end the injustice of abortion through: Prayer & Fasting Knowing that “with God, all things are possible,” people of faith and conscience unite in 40 days of prayer and fasting Community Outreach The pro-life message is taken proactively to every corner of your community during a local 40 Days for Life campaign Peaceful Vigil A focused, 40-day, round-the-clock prayer vigil is held outside an abortion facility or public place in your city
  • Cardinal Caffarra Among Signatories of Declaration Upholding Church's Teaching on Marriage

    09/29/2016 6:55:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/16 | Edward Pentin
    Declaration drawn up in response to what signatories see as continued confusion over the Church's moral teaching following the Synods on the Family and Amoris Laetitia.An increasing number of laity, clergy and prelates, including such prominent Church leaders as Cardinal Carlo Caffarra and the respected Austrian theologian Wolfgang Waldstein, have signed a declaration of faith to counter what they see as continued ambiguities over key moral Church teachings on marriage and the family. As of Sept. 28, over 1,800 Church figures, including many priests, pro-life leaders, and eminent scholars, had added their name to a “Declaration of Fidelity to the...
  • Catholics, Let’s Unite Around Pope Francis [Humor]

    09/29/2016 4:39:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    The Gregorian ^ | 9/27/2016 | Tom Hoopes
    The world is falling into darkness, and Pope Francis is promoting human dignity, gender sanity, religious freedom, peace against terrorism, and, yes, marriage, in effective ways that can reach new people.
  • “Mortal sins are very difficult to commit”

    09/29/2016 12:17:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 54 replies
    California Catholic Daily ^ | 9/28/16 | admin
    The following is from an article published in the September 2016 edition of Central California Catholic Life by Fr. Jim Rude, SJ, Co-Editor: I’m getting to be an old man, brushing the mid eighties, and I find that in these past few years, I have been doing a lot
 of reminiscing, thinking of people, places, events. I remember the theology we were taught in the early days, a theology that was rather simple, and in a way, rather sad. For there was not a great deal of explanation. I went to Mass every Sunday with my family, wouldn’t miss it,...
  • Boundaries And The Benedict Option

    09/28/2016 6:35:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 09-28-2016 | Rod Dreher
    Rod Dreher on boundaries and the limits to acceptable diversity of opinion within the Church and among Christians more broadly. I'm not excerpting this. Just follow the link and read it.
  • The Most Radical of Traditionalists

    09/28/2016 5:32:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | September 28, 2016 | Patrick Archbold
    If you spend even a few moments online among Catholics, you will come across the pejorative “Rad Trad” or radical traditionalist. This is an exclusive club I somehow got inducted into and yet I don’t remember filling out the application. And man, the dues… the dues are steep. As most of us know, “Rad Trad” is meant as an insult, a way of separating Catholics and, let’s be honest, smearing a group of good Catholics who attempt to practice their faith in a way similar to how Catholics have always practiced it. They label them as judgmental, holier-than-thou, Pelagian, Promethean,...
  • Only 1% of Catholic Democrats in Congress Pro-Life vs. 94% of Republican Catholics

    09/28/2016 2:00:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | September 28, 2016 | Andrew Parrish
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - According to statistics compiled by the National Right to Life Committee (NRLC) 94% of Republican Congressional representatives who identify as Catholic have a pro-life voting record, whereas only 1% of Democratic Catholics in Congress have such a record.Of the 82 Catholic Republicans in Congress, 77 Republican representatives have voted consistently pro-life (from 68-100%) and 3 have a mixed record (34-67%). 1 has voted consistently pro-abortion (89%), Rep. Richard Hanna of New York. The representatives with mixed records are Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) with a 63% pro-life record, Sen. Susan Collins (ME) with 40%, and Rep. John Katko...
  • New Bergoglian Bishop from Buenos Aires-believes embryos are not life and approves of "gay ...

    09/28/2016 12:41:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | September 28, 2016 | Vox Cantoris
    This is the newest Bergoglian Bishop. Clearly, Redemptionis Sacramentum never made it to Argentina. Fracto demum sacramento, ne vacilles, sed memento tantum esse sub fragmento, quantum toto tegitur. Nulla rei fit scissura: signi tantum fit fractura, qua nec status, nec statura signati minuitur. Nor a single doubt retain, when they break the Host in twain, but that in each part remain what was in the whole before; For the outward sign alone may some change have undergone, while the Signified stays one, and the same forevermore. From the Corpus Christi sequence, Lauda Sion by St. Thomas Aquinas; but what did...
  • 'Satanism and demonic possession' on the rise triggering EMERGENCY need for more exorcists

    09/28/2016 6:37:24 AM PDT · by tired&retired · 24 replies
    Daily Star UK ^ | 28th September 2016 | Henry Holloway
    DEMONIC possessions are on the rise and the church does not have enough exorcists to fight them. DEMONIC WAR: Catholic Church exorcists say they are not enough of them battle the forces of evil. This is the shock claim made by top priests from the Catholic Church close to the Vatican. Religious figures warned there was an “emergency” lack of priests with the ability to battle the possessions. Church experts insisted they need to recruit more priests to combat black magic, satanism and sorcery. They blamed the internet for the rise in the occult as more people begin to dabble...
  • Satan Apes Christ

    09/28/2016 6:28:52 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 10 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | September 19, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) Satan Apes Christ BELOW you will find many articles that you might find interesting: the true purpose of NASA, the Chemtrails, the fake extraterrestrials, the great danger of CERN, the Money Masters of the world, the continuing destruction of the sacrament of Matrimony and the family by “Pope Francis”, the “illumination of the consciences”, and more. Dear...
  • Outcry at Providence Church Over Firing of Gay Music Director

    09/27/2016 7:48:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Providence Journal ^ | 9/25/16 | Jacqueline Tempera
    PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rev. Francesco Francese kept his Sunday homily at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church on Broadway short as he encouraged worshipers to “be gentle” with people who stray from the path of God. “It’s our Christian duty to, if we can, to make up for mistakes, and try to help those who are also victims in one way or another,” said Father Francese. “God wants us to give others their due, to never be unjust to them.” As he closed his Bible the sanctuary fell silent. The rousing blend of voices, piano harmonies, and bongo drums associated...
  • Orthodox Patriarch Kirill Signs Appeal to Ban Abortion in Russia

    09/27/2016 12:31:30 PM PDT · by NRx · 3 replies
    Sputnik ^ | 09-27-2016 | Staff
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church signed on Tuesday an appeal to introduce a total nationwide ban on abortions in Russia, Patriarch Kirill's spokesman said. According to Father Alexander Volkov, the appeal calls for recognition of the beginning of human life at the moment of conception and stresses that the embryo should be legally protected. The document also proposes to ban any surgical or therapeutic interruption of pregnancy, as well as "the use of contraceptives with abortion-inducing effects." According to Russian pro-life activists, about 1 million women in Russia have induced abortions every year.
  • Renowned Philosopher and Friend of John Paul II: "Pope Must Act To Avoid Schism and Heresy"

    09/27/2016 11:24:33 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | September 26, 2016 | Christopher Ferrara
    The Catholic Church is being rocked to its foundations in the aftermath of the publication of Amoris laetitia and Pope Francis’ “confidential” (and promptly leaked) letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires affirming that the admission of public adulterers in “second marriages” to Holy Communion is the only correct interpretation of Amoris. Now we read that a friend of the late Pope John Paul II, the renowned Austrian philosopher Josef Seifert, has declared in a video interview that certain statements in Amoris are “objectively heretical” and that the Pope must act to correct them “to avoid schism and to avoid...
  • What Argentina’s ‘Amoris Laetitia’ Guidelines Really Mean [can it be interpreted as a Kasper loss?]

    09/26/2016 7:02:01 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies
    National Catholi Register ^ | Father Raymond J. de Souza
    When Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) was released in April, it was already clear that an unusual moment in the life of the Church had been reached. The September disclosure of guidelines formulated by Argentinian bishops — and explicitly endorsed personally by the Holy Father himself in a very peculiar manner — has served to reinforce [this]. Pope Francis clearly wanted to change the Church’s practice on the admission of the divorced and civilly remarried to holy Communion, but could not get the synod of bishops to agree. It was an example of the Holy Spirit guiding the magisterium...
  • Declaration of Fidelity to the Church's Unchangeable Doctrine ... and Discipline on Marriage

    09/26/2016 6:54:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 29, 2016 | multiple authors
    80 Catholic personalities reaffirm their loyalty to the Magisterium of the Church on the family and Catholic morals A Declaration of Fidelity to the ChurchÂ’s Unchangeable Teaching on Marriage and to Her Uninterrupted Discipline was disclosed today by a group of 78 Catholic personalities, including cardinals, bishops, priests, eminent scholars, leaders of pro-family and pro-life organizations and influential figures of civil society. The statement was disclosed by the association Supplica Filiale [Filial Appeal], the same organization that collected, between the two Synods on the family, nearly 900,000 signatures of Catholic faithful (including 211 prelates) in support of a petition asking...
  • Dear Lord, Please Let Your Truth Be Revealed Tonight

    09/26/2016 5:45:54 PM PDT · by Be Careful · 37 replies
    Amen.
  • Metropolitan of the Greek Orthodox Church to appear before court for sharp remarks concerning sodomy

    09/26/2016 9:25:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 09-27-2016 | agionoros.ru
    Source: agionoros.ruSeptember 25, 2016      Metropolitan Alexandros of Mantineia and Kynouria has reported that he received an official summons and will soon appear in court for his statements regarding representatives of sexual minorities. Vladyka reported that he is obliged to give testimony before Tuesday September 27. In April 2016 the metropolitan of Mantineia spoke out sharply against Greek Parliament’s adopting of the law on free cohabitation: “Worst of all is that Parliament voted for laws which call perversion and depraved couplings of people of the same sex marriage.” Speaking of sodomites, Vladyka said in particular: “They are an anomaly which...
  • Unlocking the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe [ CATHOLIC CAUCUS ]

    09/25/2016 4:09:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 15, 2016 | Jeff Mirus
    Earlier this year, Ignatius Press brought out an English edition of a remarkable coffee-table book entitled Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code. Authored by film director Grszegorz Górny and photographer Janusz Rosikoń, the 280-page oversize hardback book is printed in full color on high-gloss paper, complete with photographs, paintings, maps and charts to supplement the text on every page. Guadalupe Mysteries retells the history of Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico, the miraculous image she left on his tilma, the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the conversion of Mexico, and the extraordinary details of the...
  • A whiff of schism: when different Catholics hold radically different beliefs

    09/24/2016 6:17:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 43 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 23, 2016 | Phil Lawler
    At a Catholic parish in Athy, Ireland, a lesbian couple who resigned from parish ministry after entering a legal marriage has returned to active participation—and to loud applause. So now everyone is welcome in St. Michael’s parish, right? Wrong. Anthony Murphy, the editor of Catholic Voice—the man who objected to the lesbian couple’s prominent role in parish life—has received so many threats that he is, on the advice of the local police, staying away from the parish. But then again, if you know the whole story, you may wonder why Murphy would ever want to attend Mass at St. Michael’s....
  • Trump names 33 conservative Catholics as new advisers

    09/24/2016 2:00:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | September 22, 2016
    Washington D.C., Sep 22, 2016 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has released a list of 33 prominent conservative Catholic advisers for his campaign, according to reports from Philly.com, a website of The Inquirer and Daily News.The announcement comes in the midst of a highly contentious election season and at a time when Trump is struggling in the polls among Catholic voters, according to some reports.Among the released names of advisers are former Republican Sen. Rick Santorum, who ran for president in 2012 and 2016. When he left the race in February, Santorum originally endorsed...
  • Priest: ‘You might not have a church to go to if you don’t vote the right way in November’

    09/24/2016 6:54:21 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 24 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | September 23, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    NAPLES, Florida, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews)--We are at a "precarious moment in our history" when churches must speak truth to power or risk the loss of a lot more than their tax statuses, Ave Maria Law School chaplain Father Michael Orsi said in a blistering speech at a National Day of Remembrance for Aborted Children event on September 10. "For too long, pastors and churches have been bullied into believing that they can say nothing political from the pulpit," said Orsi. The regulation that is used to silence them "was a piece of spite work" against non-profits that had opposed...
  • Gloria.TV News on the 23rd of September

    09/23/2016 6:08:23 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | September 23, 2016
    Silent Support: Albert Roggenbuck, a so-called drag queen – a man who dresses up as a woman – gave the homily, functioned as a deacon and distributed Holy Communion during a Mass during the novena to Our Lady of Mount Carmel in the parish of Itaquera in the diocese of Sao Miguel Paulista, Sao Paolo. The local bishop Dom Manuel Parrado Carral has shown silent support of this scandal. Bishop Against Nature: The first two homosexuals – both over 40 years of age - have contracted a civil homosex pseudo-marriage in Rome after the Italian parliament voted for it and...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: Part III of III

    09/23/2016 3:25:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    Catholic Family News & The Remnant Newpaper | September 23, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part III of III "Have you no sense of alarm about the divisions you have provoked within the Church, with some bishops departing from the teaching of your predecessors on the divorced and 'remarried,' solely on your purported authority, while others attempt to maintain the bimillenial doctrine and practice you have labored without ceasing to overthrow?" A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family News PART III A “Pastoral Practice” at War with Doctrine You have approved as the only correct interpretation of Amoris a moral calculus that would in practice undermine...
  • The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World

    09/23/2016 8:19:49 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-22-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Lies of the Devil and the Empty Promises of the World Msgr. Charles Pope • September 22, 2016 • One of the great illusions under which we labor is that if we only get just one more thing from this world, then we will be happy. Perhaps we think that if we just had a little more money, or a better job, or the latest iPhone, or if we were married to so-and-so, or if we lived in a better neighborhood, then we would be satisfied and content at last. But “at last” never seems to come even...
  • The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education [Catholic Caucus]

    09/22/2016 4:49:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/22/2016 | Adfero
    The Francis Effect: "Catholic" schools and sexual education A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation. Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program. In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: - II of III

    09/22/2016 4:09:40 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper & Catholic Family News ^ | September 22, 2016 | Michael J. Matt, Christopher Ferrara & John Vennari
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis Part II of III "As you revealed in your manifesto (Evangelii gaudium, 94), you are filled with contempt for tradition-minded Catholics, whom you rashly accuse of “self-absorbed Promethean neopelagianism” and of “feel[ing] superior to others because they observe certain rules or remain intransigently faithful to a particular Catholic style from the past.” You even ridicule a “supposed soundness of doctrine or discipline” because, according to you, it “leads instead to a narcissistic and authoritarian elitism, whereby instead of evangelizing, one analyzes and classifies others…” A Joint Statement from The Remnant and Catholic Family...
  • Pope Francis: Vanity is osteoporosis of the soul

    09/22/2016 1:26:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 22, 2016 | Vatican Radio
    Pope Francis contrasted the anxiety that comes from the Holy Spirit and the anxiety that comes from a dirty conscience. During his homily during the daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, he also spoke about vanity, which “masks” life, making it look like something it is not. Listen to Christopher Wells' report: Two forms of anxiety The Gospel of the day describes King Herod (Antipas) as being perplexed or anxious because, having had John the Baptist killed, he now felt threatened by Jesus. He was worried just as his father, Herod the Great, was troubled after the visit of...
  • On Marriage and Gender, Where’s the FCA?

    09/22/2016 1:07:23 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 10 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 9/21/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A wise pastor, whose name I’ve forgotten, once said, “If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling.” Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, “Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation?” Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christ—or seeking to “impact the world for Jesus Christ”—should be well prepared to confront the popular...
  • Catholics Face a Choice

    09/21/2016 10:28:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    First Things ^ | September 19, 2016 | Matthew Schmitz
    Catholics face a choice. Will they uphold the Church's teaching that the divorced and remarried cannot be admitted to communion, or will they reject it? Pope Francis has brought this question before the Church, though he refuses to formulate it so starkly. He believes that an exception can be made in every case, so that the principle will be preserved even as it loses all force—as if faith need not shape practice, and practice would not remake faith. In the face of his campaign, many who value Catholic truth have fallen silent. It seems that only an outright denial of...
  • Prominent Jesuit will accept award from pro-homosexual group condemned...[Catholic Caucus]

    09/20/2016 7:52:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 20, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    One of the most prominent and well-known Jesuits in America is slated to accept an award from New Ways Ministry, a pro-homosexual group that rejects moral teachings of the Catholic Church, on October 30. New Ways Ministry will honor Father James Martin, the editor at large of America magazine and the author of numerous books, with its Bridge Building Award, which “honors those individuals who by their scholarship, leadership, or witness have promoted discussion, understanding, and reconciliation between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church.” The group chose Martin “as a recipient of our Bridge Building Award for his strong...
  • Argentine Bishop Threatened with Prosecution for Condemning ‘Culture of Fornication’

    09/20/2016 4:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    September 20, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic archbishop of the Argentinean city of La Plata is under investigation by the country’s “discrimination” police for condemning the modern acceptance of sexual promiscuity and “unnatural” unions, according to local media sources. Archbishop Héctor Aguer has incurred the wrath of Argentina’s Secretary for Human Rights and perhaps the government’s National Institute Against Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Racism for writing that modern society’s culture of promiscuity is “banal,” “animalistic,” and “infantile.” In a recent article written for the La Plata newspaper El Dia, Aguer laments that the act of “carnal copulation outside of marriage” has...
  • Over 500 Scholars Affirm Church Teaching on Contraception

    09/20/2016 4:32:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    More than 500 scholars have signed a statement of support for the Catholic Church's teaching on contraception. At a press conference held at the Catholic University of America on September 20, the scholars unveiled an "Affirmation of the Church's Teaching on the Gift of Sexuality." The statement was issued as a rebuttal to the "Wijngaards Statement," in which critics of the Church's teaching had called for acceptance of contraception. "Scholarly support for the Church's taching on the gift of sexuality, on marriage, and on contraception has burgeoned in recent decades," said the signatories of the "Affirmation." They added that the...
  • With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: [Catholic Caucus]

    09/20/2016 1:41:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | September 19, 2016 | John Vennari, Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara
    With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis: The Remnant & Catholic Family News - I of III With Burning Concern: We Accuse Pope Francis "The culminating event that impelled us to take this step was the revelation of your 'confidential' letter to the bishops of Buenos Aires authorizing them, solely on the basis of your own views as expressed in Amoris Laetitia, to admit public certain public adulterers in 'second marriages' to the sacraments of Confession and Holy Communion without any firm purpose of amending their lives by ceasing their adulterous sexual relations. " From Michael Matt, Christopher Ferrara &...
  • FROM THE PASTOR (This is good- short but deep)

    09/20/2016 1:22:04 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Email | 09-18-2016 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    A certain kind of journalism thrives on scandals, but they are not what theologians or any kind of deep thinkers mean by a scandal. A “skandalon” is a stick in a trap that ensnares an animal that touches it and, intellectually, it is a mental trap on the path to truth. Saint Paul said that the concept of God becoming human in Christ was a kind of joke for the Greek philosophers who enjoyed playing with words, but for the Jews to whom God had revealed himself as singular and lofty, it was scandalous to the ultimate degree. The philosophers...
  • Forbidden To Speak About Sin

    09/20/2016 6:11:03 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 2 replies
    Spiritual Food Blog ^ | September 18, 2016 | Rev. Joseph Dwight
    (Note: When pasting this document into FreeRepublic, it seems that most of the special formatting is lost, such as bold, italics, underlined words and embedded links. To read the document with the formatting and embedded links go to the link of the document.) Forbidden To Speak About Sin On September 14, 2016, at the monthly formation of the clergy of the diocese of Perugia, my cardinal said: “I would like to say something that I forgot to tell you, but I feel it is important. Because I myself had to reflect a lot on this to convince myself. When you...
  • U.S. bishop makes ‘erotic’ sex-ed mandatory, cites Vatican sex-ed ...[Catholic Caucus]

    09/19/2016 8:24:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 19, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    A U.S. Catholic bishop has explicitly refused to allow parents to opt their kids out of a diocesan-run school’s sex-ed program deemed by parents to be “erotic” and “salacious,” calling the program a “legitimate requirement” for graduation. Instead of listening to the parents’ concerns, the bishop has cited the Vatican’s newly minted and problematic sex-ed curriculum as a way to evaluate the school’s program. In a letter dated September 2, Bishop David Choby of the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Tennessee, told parents opposing the sex-ed program that while he “wholeheartedly support[s]” their right as “primary educator,” nevertheless, when they send...
  • Anglicans Divided Over New Bishops' Group on Homosexuality

    09/19/2016 5:37:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 9/19/16 | Ruth Gledhill
    Conservative and liberal Christians have criticised a new bishops' group set up to discuss the issue of homosexuality. Some conservatives are upset that such a group has been set up at all. Liberal Anglicans are equally angry, complaining that the new Bishops' Reflection Group contains no members who have advocated a change in the Church's traditional teaching on marriage. Others however have welcomed its membership as faithfully representing Biblical teaching on gay sex. The group includes at least two prominent evangelicals, the Bishop of Blackburn Julian Henderson and the Bishop of Maidstone Rod Thomas, former chair of the conservative Reform...
  • Another Kim Davis? Christian Government Worker Attempts to Skip LGBT Diversity Video

    09/19/2016 4:49:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Get Religion ^ | 9/16/16 | Julia Duin
    Guess which topic posted on the Washington Post’s “Morning Mix” blog got 2,000 responses within 20 hours? Yep, it was about a government official who balked at having to watch an “LGBT diversity and inclusivity training” video at his workplace, who’s planning on losing his job over it and who has asked his fellow Christians to join him. Anyone who’s applied for any job recently –- particularly in academia – finds oneself having to check certain boxes. I’ve also had to include a statement pledging my troth to diversity, plus give examples the Muslim family I helped sponsor back in...
  • Can One Commit Adultery When a Partner Pressures You?

    09/19/2016 11:35:47 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | September 18, 2016 | TTC
    I was really dumbfounded when Jeff Mirus said: "In this case, the continuing sins involved in the irregular union on the part of the repentant spouse would seem to be venial—on the grounds that full consent of the will to the moral evil of continued sexual relations is lacking. The sins would be rendered venial by either a very real confusion about the best course or the compulsion inherent in the particular situation, or both " So if your husband wants you to break one of the ten commandments, you're only committing venial sin because you're breaking them to keep...
  • Death of a Society

    09/19/2016 8:39:48 AM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Sensus Fidelium youtube ^ | Published on Aug 30, 2015 | Sensus Fidelium
    Death of a Society Destroying Marriage & the Family: An Essential Principle in the Culture of Death. Homily from 2008 before the election on the culture of death in our land. Father speaks of a story of an assisted suicide vote then brings in how the culture of death has attacked marriage & sex. For more please go to http://www.romans10seventeen.org/ & please say 3 Hail Marys for the priest Marriage provides a proper structure for family, and family is the unit cell of society. Society is made of families. Family is the building block of society. Changing the nature of...
  • Pope Francis and Divorce

    09/18/2016 5:43:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 9/17/16 | Ross Douthat
    The sin of a second marriage is not serious enough to justify excluding people of good intentions from the sacraments.Last weekend, Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of LGBT activists that he expects his church to eventually bless and celebrate same-sex marriages. In short order, his bishop, Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Virginia, had a statement out declaring that the Catholic understanding of marriage would remain “unchanged and resolute.” In a normal moment, it would be the task of this conservative Catholic scribbler to explain why the governor...
  • Church [of England] Homosexuality Talks 'to Remain Private'

    09/18/2016 5:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/18/16
    A homosexuality debate by Church of England bishops will remain private to allow views to "deepen and flourish", the new Bishop of Oxford has said. The College of Bishops met in Oxford earlier this week to discuss attitudes towards sexuality. The Right Reverend Dr Steven Croft told BBC Oxford talks were "constructive" and would continue through the autumn. He said the bishops would reveal their conclusions to the General Synod in February next year. The meeting was held just two weeks after the Bishop of Grantham, Nicholas Chamberlain, announced he was gay and in a relationship. 'Sensitive and challenging'Dr Croft...
  • Dilution of Doctrine (Excellent)

    09/18/2016 4:33:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-17-2016 | Ross Douthat
    LAST weekend Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of L.G.B.T. activists that he expects his church to eventually bless and celebrate same-sex marriages. In short order his bishop, Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Va., had a statement out declaring that the Catholic understanding of marriage would remain “unchanged and resolute.” In a normal moment, it would be the task of this conservative Catholic scribbler to explain why the governor is wrong and the bishop is right, why scripture and tradition make it impossible for Catholicism to simply reinvent its...