Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Catholic Relief Services CEO to Speak for Radical Dissident Group FutureChurch

    12/05/2016 12:24:07 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 1 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    Editor's note: LifeSiteNews has contacted Catholic Relief Services for a comment on Woo's involvement in the FutureChurch event. We will post an update if they respond. December 1, 2016 (Lepanto Institute) — The outgoing president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services, Dr. Carolyn Woo, is slated to participate in new project initiative of the heretical organization called FutureChurch. According to a press release by FutureChurch: On November 1, a brand new initiative – Catholic Women Preach (CWP) – launches in time for Advent. Using modern technology to bring the voices of Catholic women to the proclamation of the Gospel,...
  • If We Arent Being Attacked For Our Faith As Christians, Were Doing Something Wrong

    12/04/2016 7:53:32 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 18 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 12-4-16 | Matt Walsh
    A lot of people have seemed pretty shocked by the leftist medias assault on Chip and Joanna Gaines. BuzzFeed, along with other liberal sites, went after the Gaines family this week for committing the crime of being Christian. Sure, they didnt put it like that exactly. Instead they accused Chip and Joanna of attending a church led by a pastor who doesnt believe in gay marriage. But, as anyone with even a trivial understanding of the worlds largest religion already knows, every authentic Christian church in the world teaches the same thing. There has never existed a real Christian church...
  • French Government Votes to Ban Pro-Life Websites

    12/04/2016 4:19:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 35 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/2/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) --The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day's debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion. The digital interference bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, "deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion." Convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros ($31,799 USD). The majority left voted in a block for the bill while the minority right formed a block against it. Bruno Retailleau, who heads...
  • Mller & Francis: Birds of a feather [Catholic Caucus]

    12/04/2016 3:54:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    AKA Catholic ^ | December 3, 2016 | Louie Verrecchio
    In an April 2015 interview with the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, Cardinal Gerhard Müller, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, stated: The arrival of a theologian like Benedict XVI in the Chair of St. Peter was no doubt an exception. But John XXIII was not a professional theologian. Pope Francis is also more pastoral and our mission at the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is to provide the theological structure of a pontificate. Oh, really? More than two months ago, the CDF and Prefect Müller were presented with the now infamous dubia consisting...
  • Bizarre move:Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article...endorsing Amoris Laetitia.

    12/03/2016 8:53:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 8 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 3, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "Bizarre move: Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople writes article for L'Osservatore Romano endorsing Amoris Laetitia. Revisiting the contrasting positions of Moscow and Constantinople at the Synod of 2015" In what is surely one of the most bizarre twists in the debate on Amoris Laetitia, Pariarch Bartholomew, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople, has penned an article unabashedly endorsing that exhortation. While it is no secret that the Kasperite and liberal wing have partly taken inspiration from Eastern Orthodox praxis, that L'Osservatore Romano would go to the extent of publishing an article from Bartholomew in support of AL will only exacerbate...
  • Cardinals Opposing Cardinals, Bishops against Bishops, Popes against Popes

    12/03/2016 7:13:48 PM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | December 2, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their confreres churches and altars sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord. Thus warned Our Lady of Akita in 1973, no doubt echoing Her warning in the integral Third Secret of Fatima, Her own explanation of which has been suppressed in favor of...
  • The Dangerous Road of Papal Silence

    12/03/2016 4:45:53 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 3, 2016 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    The letter of the four Cardinals to Pope Francis, and the decision to go public with this document certainly constitute a stunning affair in the history of the Church. When has anything like this ever taken place? Theres the sad history of Ignaz Von Dollinger, which eventually led to his excommunication, but Dollinger was simply a priest-historian, and no Cardinals ever joined his challenge to Vatican Is solemn teaching on papal infallibility. This present event is a dramatic challenge to Pope Francis who, ironically, has several times called for a shaking up of the Church. The Cardinals are all well...
  • Fighting the Battle that BuzzFeed Insists We Fight

    12/02/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 15 replies
    Trevor Grant ^ | 12/3/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    We were warned. Because the left is not going to remain silent on the moral issuesand because most liberals are devoted to a theology of self (or a philosophical dumpster fire as described by David French)Christians, especially Christian celebrities, are going to remain targets of the homosexual agenda. It doesnt matter whether you are tied to the wedding industry. It doesnt matter if youre famous. It doesnt matter whether you are a small business owner, a large corporation, or a state government. In spite of the meme they like to perpetuate, the left simply will not tolerate dissent when it...
  • Staunch Dubia Opponent Father Pinto on Famous List of Freemasons

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

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

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

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

    12/02/2016 3:01:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 2, 2016 | David Carlin
    If you approve of bank robbery, you wont be able to condemn the act of shoplifting candy bars from a convenience store. I mean, you wont be able to do this if you are to be logically consistent. If you approve of a greater evil, you cant logically condemn lesser evils of the same genus.Likewise, if you approve of murder you cannot, if you wish to retain your reputation for logical consistency, condemn assault and battery.Again, if you are a Catholic who approves of adultery, you cannot very well condemn contraception and fornication.But in the now famous (perhaps I...
  • Indiana Priest under Fire for Barring Advocate of LGBT Cause from Singing at Funeral

    12/02/2016 2:41:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | December 1, 2016 | Lisa Bourne
    DECATUR, Indiana, December 1, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – An Indiana Catholic priest is facing criticism after barring an open advocate of the LGBT agenda from singing at his grandmother’s funeral. Connor Hakes said it was a picture of him attending a gay pride rally shared on his Facebook page last year that prompted Father Bob Lengerich, the pastor of Saint Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church in Decatur, to deny his request to sing at the funeral. The Bloomington man’s grandmother passed away November 21. He made the request to the Decatur parish to sing the following day. Father Lengerich...
  • Under Pope Francis, Has the Theology of Dissent Triumphed?

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

    12/01/2016 5:19:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | December 1, 2016 | Maike HIckson
    And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Mt. 16:18) But when Cephas was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed. (Galatians 2:11) As OnePeterFive has been reporting over the past week, several bishops and theologians have come to the defense of the Four Cardinals who have written to Pope Francis, asking him to clarify several important ambiguities and potentially heretical statements in his post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. We have now learned,...
  • Admitting his hands are tied over dubia Card. Mller says CDF could settle the dispute

    12/01/2016 4:13:29 PM PST · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | December 1, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Cardinal Mller has made his first comments about the four cardinals' dubia and the controversy following Pope Francis's decision not to respond. The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has told Kathpress that the dicastery charged with upholding the Faith of the Church would not be involved in the discussions because it acts and speaks "with the authority of the pope" and "cannot participate in the controversy of opinions." Cardinal Mller further explained that though the dubia were personally addressed to the Holy Father, Pope Francis could commission the CDF to "settle the dispute ad hoc"....
  • The End of Catholic Marriage

    12/01/2016 11:56:38 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 27 replies
    New York Times ^ | December 1, 216 | Ross Douthat
    I havent written in this space for some time, but now that the election is over some additional interventions seem necessary to capture whats happening in Roman Catholicisms remarkable period of controversy. My Sunday columntalked a bit about the way in which varying interpretations of Amoris Laetitia, Pope Franciss apostolic exhortation on the family, have produced variations in official Catholic teaching on marriage from diocese to diocese, region to region a submerged schism, to borrow a phrase from the Vatican-watcher Andrea Gagliarducci, whichthanks to the astringent words of certain bishops is no longer even that submerged.One reading of...
  • IMPORTANT UPDATE Dean of Rota: Pope could strip Four Cardinals of Cardinalate because of Five Dubia

    12/01/2016 11:47:23 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 22 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | December 1, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 1 Dec:This we now read at Religion Confidencial: Religin Confidencial public el martes una noticia que pona en boca de monseor Pio Vito Pinto, decano de la Rota Romana, la afirmacin de que los cuatro cardenales que han escrito al Papa podran perder el cardenalato. La frase, tomada de una entrevista realizada por RC en la que monseor Vito responda en italiano, no es correcta. Revisada la grabacin, se ha comprobado que lo que afirma es que el Papa Francisco no es un Papa de otros tiempos, en los que s se tomaron ese tipo de medidas, y...
  • HGTV "Fixer-Upper" Couple Chip and Joanna Gaines Under Attack for Attending Bible Believing Church

    12/01/2016 9:21:05 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/01/2016 | Brandon Showalter
    Chip and Joanna Gaines, stars of HGTV's No. 1 series "Fixer Upper," are being lambasted by secular media this week for attending a church that espouses the traditional view of marriage and sexual morality. Buzzfeed and Cosmopolitan magazine reported this week that the Gaines family are members of Antioch Community Church in Waco, Texas, where Pastor Jimmy Seibert has preached that the practice of homosexuality is a sin, and urged Christians not to adopt the Supreme Court's redefinition of marriage after it ruled that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide in July 2015. Cosmo called the Gaines' church attendance a "startling...
  • The Teaching of Jesus: What 'Judge Not' Really Means

    12/01/2016 9:12:37 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/01/2016 | Shane Idleman
    News reports are featuring famous athletes, actors, and pop-stars being asked about abortion and gay-marriage. Often, they criticize Christians: "Doesn't the Bible say 'judge not'; who are you to tell people what they can, and cannot do?" Unfortunately, misrepresentation of this Scripture is common among the media and other groups who often misquote Jesus' words from Matthew 7:1, "Judge not, that you be not judged." Ironically, few reference another scripture that also deals with judging, John 7:24. Here Jesus encourages His followers to "judge with righteous judgment." At first, these two scriptures may seem contradictory, but when we look at...
  • The View Slams Christians Against Birth Control: Are They Talking to God Now?

    11/30/2016 8:04:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 20 replies
    newsbusters ^ | November 30, 2016 | Katie Yoder
    When it comes to womens issues, The View ladies need some education. On Tuesday, The View discussed President-elect Donald Trumps appointment of Rep. Tom Price as secretary of health and human services. In particular, Prices position against government-funded birth control and abortion. During the show, not only did Joy Behar completely skew Catholic and Christian views on contraception, but Whoopi Goldberg once again pushed for abortion (or, as she called it, terminating this). Behar first took issue with Price, because, as she saw it, birth control was necessary to prevent abortion. He wants to roll back birth control benefits from...
  • The Bishops Enter the War

    11/30/2016 7:20:21 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 30, 2016 | Hilary White
    The week of November 14 to 21st, 2016 will be remembered as the one in which open war was finally declared between the two long-contending factions in the Catholic Church. And while this has caused a lot of wailing and lamenting, the truth is I have never been so happy and contented to be a traditional Catholic than I am under this pontificate of madness. Everything I thought about the modern, post-conciliar Church is being demonstrated to be true every day. Four senior cardinals revealed to the Catholic world the fact that Pope Francis has refused in essence ...
  • The Concern

    11/30/2016 6:23:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Crisis ^ | November 30, 2016 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    A relative recently wrote an e-mail to me in which he made the following off-handed comment: What do you think of the popes recent course change on abortion? Now, unless I missed something, on this subject the pope has not changed anything. He has, no doubt, indicated that he wanted to downplay its relative importance compared to other issues. He avoids right-to-life marches in Italy. Many of his ecological friends want to control world population. But the questioner was perceptive, nonetheless. Most people do think that the pope has or soon will change Catholic doctrine on abortion and many other...
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Partys official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • "Silence" = the antithesis of "A Man for All Seasons"

    11/30/2016 5:14:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 11/30/26 | Kenneth J. Wolfe
    In 1966 the movie "A Man for All Seasons" was released in the U.S., the same year Japanese author Shūsaku Endō wrote the historical fiction novel "Silence". Last night, the Vatican hosted the world premiere of the movie version of "Silence," which will be released next month. Shown at the Pontifical Oriental Institute, administered by the Jesuits, approximately 400 priests and others attended. Rorate's invitation to the screening may have been lost in the mail, so we have not seen the movie. But based on the novel, the endings for the two 1966 works could not be more opposite. One...
  • Will Bergoglio Betray Christ to Appease the Dragon of Red China?

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

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

    11/30/2016 2:25:31 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | November 25, 2016 | Eduardo Echeverria
    May I? Sorry, Thank you, Open Dialogue about relationships, marriage and family (2016) is simplistic, misleading, and in direct opposition to Church teaching in numerous ways. Christ is the Light of the world The opening sentences of Vatican IIs Lumen gentium state that Christ is the light of all nations, not the Church, but that this light shines on the Churchs face, especially in its proclamation of the Gospel. The human reception of that lightand hence of the Gospelis, however, open to resistance and hence to distortion, misinterpretation, and rejection (see John Paul II, Dominum et Vivificantum, 55-56, 47). Thus,...
  • The Bishops Enter the War

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

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

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

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

    11/30/2016 7:42:26 AM PST · by Morgana · 27 replies
    Life News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Abortionist Willie Parker has given himself a reputation for using the Bible to defend killing unborn babies. In a new column for Broadly, Parker reflected on the results of the presidential election and compared his situation to that of the biblical character Job, who suffered intense pain and loss inflicted by Satan. When Parker woke up the morning after the election, he said two thoughts went through his head: My Christian mind remembered the words of Job as his trials unfolded: That which I have feared greatly has come upon me. My cultural bluesy, soulful music-loving brain remembered the opening...
  • Christian University Openly Promotes Abortion Clinic Partnership

    11/30/2016 7:38:33 AM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies ^ | November 29, 2016 | Jessilyn Justice
    Presbyterian-affiliated Whitworth University openly partners with the area's Planned Parenthood, according to several reports. The same students who are encouraged to be dedicated Christian scholars are also given the opportunity to work with the local abortion clinic. "They are not equipping their graduates to be Christians and follow Christ," Katie Lodjic of Students for Life of America tells One News Now.
  • Christian school sends strong message to vandals who defaced abortion memorial: We wont back down

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

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

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

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

    11/29/2016 5:46:56 PM PST · by NRx · 28 replies
    The Stream ^ | 11-25-2016 | John Zmirak
    Q: What is this controversy among Catholics and Pope Francis about?A:It concerns the appearance that Pope Francis is tryingto change a perennialCatholic doctrine.Q: Why would he do that?A: Youd have to ask him. I was the English language editor of his first book, but I couldnt make head or tails of what he was saying. Francis makes no pretense of being a systematic thinker.So its sometimes hard to tell if hes simply speaking (and writing) imprecisely, or is using imprecision as a cover for doctrinal change.Q: Youve got cardinals asking the pope to clarify his teaching, with other bishops condemning...
  • San Diego bishop to priests: Embrace LGBT families, give Communion to remarried

    11/29/2016 9:50:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    Life Site News ^ | November 28, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy is calling on his city's priests to embrace "LGBT families," and to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Communion in certain cases. Following a much-hyped diocesan synod on the family last month, Bishop McElroy encouraged priests to publish a diocesan notice in their bulletins saying the Church will "assist those who are divorced and remarried and cannot receive an annulment to utilize the internal forum of conscience in order to discern if God is calling them to return to the Eucharist." "The Synod proposed a spirituality of family life which is deeply inclusive," and...
  • Amoris Laetitia: New Jesuit General Defends Pope on "Dubia" of the Four Cardinals

    11/29/2016 7:35:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | November 29, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While Pope Francis continues his silence, the Jesuit General has commented on the Dubia (doubts), the controversial post-synodal Letter Amoris laetitia of four cardinals Brandmller, Burke, Caffarra and Meisner. On 14 October, Arturo Sosa Abascal was selected 31 Superior General of the Jesuits. The Venezuelan Jesuit has now entered into the public for the first time and does so with a defense of Pope Francis, who also belongs to the Jesuit Order. So far, the new "Black General", as the Father General of the Jesuits is also called, has only been known for statements from the distant past. This includes...
  • Dean of Rota warns Pope could strip Card. Burke & others of cardinalate

    11/29/2016 7:05:31 AM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    EWTN ^ | November 29, 2016 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto, Dean of the Roman Rota, told a conference in Spain that Cardinal Burke and the three cardinals who submitted the dubia to Pope Francis "could lose their Cardinalate" for causing "grave scandal" by making the dubia public. The Dean of the Roman Rota went on to accuse Cardinals Raymond Burke, Carlo Caffarra, Walter Brandmller and Joachim Meisner of questioning the Holy Spirit. Archbishop Pio Vito Pinto made his astounding accusations during a conference to religious in Spain. Archbishop Pio Vito's indictment against the four cardinals, and other people who question Pope Francis and Amoris Laetitia, was...
  • "Mind-boggling Stuff of Nightmare": Fr. Brian Harrison on Pope's Proselytism Comments

    11/28/2016 8:33:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 114 replies
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | November 28,, 2016 | Fr. Brian Harrison, O.S
    "Proselytism among Christians, therefore, in itself, is a grave sin, said Pope Francis. The journalist then asked, Why? Because it contradicts the very dynamic of how to become and to remain Christian, he said. The Church is not a soccer team that goes around seeking fans. It would be hard to conceive of a more superficial, more puerile, remark on relations with other Christian denominations. How much lower can the papacy sink - in terms of both cheap jibes that demean and dishonor the supreme office of Christ's Vicar on earth (lambasting an opposing position with a crude straw-man caricature...
  • Are seminaries soon to be targeted for "reform" by Francis?

    11/28/2016 5:35:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 28, 2016 | Augustinus
    Full title: "For the record - In latest interview, Pope attacks "rigidity" in seminaries and in priestly formation. Are seminaries soon to be targeted for "reform" by Francis?" It is extremely difficult to keep up with the unending barrage of words from Pope Francis. One interview after another, press conferences, speeches, letters, phone calls, off-the-cuff remarks, daily homilies... the endless flow of words results in people knowing not so much what the Pope has exactly said on this or that topic, but rather the general run of this Pope's thinking and the main themes of his stated policies. Rather than...
  • Once upon a Time, There Was This Pope Who Was Corrected.

    11/28/2016 4:06:50 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 18 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 28, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    In the wake of the confused and confusing elements in Chapter 8 of Amoris laetitia and in light of the Five Dubia submitted by the Four Cardinals, and in view of the remarks made by Card. Burke about what would possibly need to be done were no responses given or further confused and confusing points be issued, some people have wondered what it takes to “correct” a Pope, or if “correction” is even possible.How would such a thing happen, given the fact that the Pope has as his superior only Christ, whose vicar he is, and … the People of God, whose...
  • Cardinal Hummes: On the Dubia, The Whole College of Cardinals is With the Pope

    11/28/2016 3:32:06 PM PST · by ebb tide · 37 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | November 28, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    It is once more thanks to the untiring Guiseppe Nardi, author of the German traditional website, that we learn of the confidant statement recently made by the Brazilian Cardinal Cludio Hummes who is a close friend of Pope Francis concerning the Dubia of the Four Cardinals. Cardinal Hummes is also the prominent promoter of the slackening of the priestly celibacy. However, he also has been under critique for questioning whether Jesus Christ really was opposed to homosexuality. On 25 November, 2016, Hummes gave an interview to the Spanish news website Religion Digital. In this interview, the former...
  • The Refiners Fire: The Biblical Vision of Purgatory

    11/28/2016 3:03:26 PM PST · by NYer · 50 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | November 28, 2016 | STEPHEN BEALE
    Contrary to what skeptics may say, Scripture directly describes purgatory for us.Perhaps the most famous text is 1 Corinthians 3:10-15,According to the grace of God given to me, like a wise master builder I laid a foundation, and another is building upon it. But each one must be careful how he builds upon it, for no one can lay a foundation other than the one that is there, namely, Jesus Christ. If anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or straw, the work of each will come to light, for the Day will disclose...
  • Bishops facing Amoris Laetitia: Thinking along with Ross Douthat and John L. Allen, Jr.

    11/28/2016 2:46:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Get Religion ^ | November 27, 2016 | Terry Mattingly
    What Ross Douthat said. While most American journalists, and many scribes overseas, continue their meltdown about the election of Citizen Donald Trump, there is another amazing puzzle out there in world affairs that simply must be contemplated. It centers on Pope Francis, of course. However, this is not your normal Pope Francis conundrum, one in which the pope picks a controversial issue and says something off the cuff that is complex and possibly confusing, the The New York Times and its disciples pick one sound bite out of the mix ("Who am I to judge?") and proclaim it as evidence...
  • The Children Are Still Listening

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