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  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan

    12/21/2014 11:04:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.For a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Mr. Dolan spoke about the good news the church is set to deliver on Christmas. “Now, some days that’s...
  • What CHRISTmas Means to Me!

    12/21/2014 7:53:07 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 8 replies
    Vanity | 11/26/1997 | Dick Bachert
    Around this time of year I can get a little blue or down. (The events of 9-11 – and the last two presidential “elections” have made the blue this year a little deeper and darker.) When that happens, I drag this out and reread it until I again remember what this season is REALLY all about. I hope that it also helps you to drift back to those special people and times now gone and what THEY meant to us all. Merry Christmas -- and God bless us every one! ********** In a few days, much of the Christian world...
  • Justin Welby 'Trying to Bridge Gay Marriage Split'

    12/20/2014 7:30:13 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/20/14
    The Archbishop of Canterbury has said he is trying to bridge a split in the Anglican Church over same-sex marriage. The Most Rev Justin Welby told Radio 4's Desert Island Discs he wanted to listen to both sides. He also admitted to moments of frustration on the issue. He did not discuss his previous opposition to gay marriage, saying it would be "inappropriate" while the Church was debating it. He also told the programme about growing up with an alcoholic father. 'Listen carefully'On gay marriage, he told presenter Kirsty Young: "When I listen to people I know that I'm listening...
  • Le Figaro on the Vatican "Secret War" - Cardinal Burke's interview to Le Figaro

    12/20/2014 1:13:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/19/2014 | New Catholic
    The weekly magazine of major French daily Le Figaro dedicates this week's issue to what it calls the "Secret War in the Vatican: How Pope Francis shakes up the Church". The general theme is that already mentioned elsewhere, of an authoritarian pope, his strong decisions, and individuals who are dissatisfied or merely puzzled with his procedures and ideas - and are therefore eliminated one by one. There are interesting passages such as the following: Did not this pope, who feels himself to be first of all the bishop of Rome - the word 'pope' rarely comes out of his lips...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/19/2014 8:17:59 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.religionnews.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules

    12/19/2014 6:39:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/19/14 | Greg Daly
    Bishop says establishment has become an oppressor of basic freedoms in the name of being pro-choice.Britain’s Supreme Court has rejected the case of two Scottish midwives who refused to be involved with abortion procedures, following an appeal from National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde against last year’s Court of Session ruling that the “right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose.” Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan were experienced midwives working as labor ward coordinators at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, which since 2010...
  • The Catholic Con Regroups

    12/19/2014 2:53:33 PM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 18, 2014
    Gearing up for 2016, left-leaning Catholic political organizations prepare to make the case for the Democratic platform. Promising yet again to “move beyond partisan and ideological divisions,” the George Soros-supported Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) has refined its successful strategies of the past in its attempts to convince Catholic voters that the pro-choice Democratic nominees for public office in 2016 will do more to reduce the number of abortions than pro-life Republicans will. The group’s main argument supporting this claim is that Democrats will reduce poverty—a major factor in the choice to abort an unborn child.  It...
  • 4 Teachings Of Jesus That His Followers (Almost) Never Take Seriously

    12/19/2014 1:30:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 194 replies
    Revangelical ^ | 12/19/2014 | Brandon Robertson
    It’s no secret that those of us who claim to follow Jesus Christ consistently fall short of living up to the way of life of our Rabbi. Being a disciple of Jesus is a lifelong journey towards conforming ourselves to the image and way of life that Jesus taught. However, so often, followers of Jesus chose to blatantly ignore some of the clearest instruction of our Rabbi and obscure it with vague theology so that we can get off the hook. Other times, followers of Jesus are taught something explicitly contradictory to the plain words of Jesus and then spend...
  • Yes, Christians Can Support Torture: And They're Not Bad Christians For Doing So

    12/19/2014 5:36:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | D.C. McAllister
    In a recent post cited by Patheos, nondenominational pastor Brian Zahnd brashly proclaims “You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture.” There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some version of a ‘patriot’ and support the use of torture, but you cannot be any version of Christian and support torture. So choose one: A torture-endorsing patriot or a Jesus-following Christian. But don’t lie to yourself that you can be both. You cannot. …Any thoughtful person, no matter their religion or non-religion, knows that you cannot...
  • Pope Francis curses sinners

    12/18/2014 8:27:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | December 18, 2014 | The Tenth Crusade
    I kinda wasn't too surprised to hear the pope say he prays that people fall to temptation. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to figure out the kind of Catholics he curses. You know the irony of his ruthless perversion of prayer and role of a Pope? Catholics who want their religion taught to them are the very Catholics who humbly acknowledge their temptation and sin. That is why we constantly beg for pastoral perspectives on ways to recognize the devil long before he has us duped, ways to circumvent temptation and sin and remain in a state of Sanctifying...
  • The Occidental Tourist: 10 Must-See Attractions in Dante’s Hell

    12/18/2014 3:48:36 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Epicpew ^ | December 17, 2014 | Dr. Sebastian Mahfood, OP
    I’ve been through hell several dozen times, and each time I go I want to take pictures and bring them back to show life-size on my living room wall with my $399 data projector from Microcenter in order to warn my family and friends. I find in the Gospel of Luke my folly in this daydream, for “if they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead” (16:31).Oh, well. If people won’t heed warnings, the next best thing is to give them a list of 10 must-see...
  • Jane Austen’s Guide to Thomistic Virtue Ethics

    12/18/2014 3:27:19 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    lauramcalister ^ | December 17, 2014
    Everyone knows that good Christian girls love Jane Austen.But perhaps not everyone knows that good Catholic Christian girls also love St. Thomas Aquinas.That is why I had to have mama fetch my smelling salts when the Masked Thomist linked me to a whole series of posts on Austen, Aquinas and Aristotle at the Dominicana blog. In a series of 5 posts, Br. Aquinas Beale argues that, There is something more than romance and drama in the novels of Jane Austen, namely a systematic approach to leading the good and happy life. It’s true you know.Austen’s novels are a perfect education in...
  • Abortion protest in SLO ruffles feathers

    12/18/2014 3:25:05 PM PST · by Morgana · 2 replies
    New Times ^ | December 17th, 2014 | RHYS HEYDEN
    heated dispute between a pro-life protester and parishioners of First Presbyterian Church in San Luis Obispo ended with police involvement and multiple citations issued on Dec. 14. However, after initially citing protester and Paso Robles resident Danny Ehinger for two municipal code violations on Dec. 14 and sticking by the decision in a conversation with New Times on Dec. 15, SLOPD Capt. Chris Staley said on Dec. 17 that the department has decided to dismiss both citations. “We reviewed the case with [SLO City Attorney Christine Dietrick], and we decided to dismiss both of the citations,” Staley said. “She didn’t...
  • Tell IWU: Do Not Tolerate Pro-Abortion Professors

    12/18/2014 10:59:48 AM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal ^ | none given | Created Equal
    Background: On Nov 5th, 2014, Dr. Gregory Fiebig, a professor at Indiana Wesleyan University (a Christian university), presented his pro-abortion views at the "Life vs Choice" public forum. His statements included, "I’m very strongly supportive of pro-choice, and I have a very theological reason for that." Days later, Dr. Fiebig gave a more detailed defense of legal abortion in a letter to IWU's student newspaper, The Sojourn. In a letter to the IWU community, President Dr. David Wright offered no evidence to change the perception that Dr. Fiebig supports legal abortion. This is why we are calling for Dr. Fiebig...
  • Rick Santorum: “We Need to Wake Up the Church” to Confront Abortion

    12/18/2014 9:34:01 AM PST · by Morgana · 80 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/18/14 | Josh Shepherd
    Many observers have called 2014 the “Year of the Bible Movie” and it’s easy to see why. A vast array of faith-based films have released this year, some to significant success including Heaven is for Real, Irreplaceable and Son of God. But Rick Santorum says we can do more than entertain with films. “Yes, we make films for the church,” he said recently at The Heritage Foundation. “We need to wake up the church!” As CEO of Echolight Studios, Santorum aims to do just that with the new documentary film One Generation Away. His group invites local churches to host...
  • Atheist Group Erects 11 Billboards Across Chicago; Argues That Kindness 'Comes From Altruism'

    12/18/2014 7:35:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Freedom From Religion Foundation, one of the largest secular groups in America, announced it is erecting 11 different billboards across Chicago this week with various messages. Some of the ads ask people to "think for (themselves)," while others argue that kindness "comes from altruism" and not from "seeking divine reward." "Research shows that atheists and other nonbelievers remain at the bottom of the totem pole when it comes to social acceptance. One reason for that is that even though at least 20% of the population today is nonreligious in the United States, many Americans have never knowingly met an...
  • College students tell story about abortion

    12/17/2014 9:08:32 PM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | May 29, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    One young woman, a college student at Texas Christian University, tells the following story: “Several years ago, a 19-year-old mother found herself pregnant in Houston, Texas from a one night stand. She had a thriving acting and modeling career and was planning to move to LA to persue more in the performing arts as soon as she had enough money. Her parents were ex-pats in Indonesia, and she was living alone in the big city with no one to turn to. She had enough money to get an abortion, and she had the legal right to get an abortion since...
  • Alexandria church to close at year's end members left after dispute involving gay choir director

    12/17/2014 5:25:11 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 39 replies
    Herald Bulletin ^ | 12/17/14 | Zach Osowski
    ALEXANDRIA -- The First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, which lost some members about a year ago after a dispute involving its gay choir director, will close its doors for good at the end of 2014. David Mantor, pastor of the church, said the decision to close the church resulted from falling attendance, membership and financing problems. Mantor said statistics he's seen from United Methodist Church headquarters show a "downward spiral" of membership and donations across the whole UM church for the past 30 years. "This is a problem that's going on everywhere," Mantor said. "And that's why we're closing."
  • Francis, filtered (George Weigel finds something missing...)

    12/17/2014 6:43:28 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 38 replies
    Denver Catholic Register ^ | December 16, 2014 | George Weigel
    George Weigel About a year ago, I suggested to one of the top editors of a major American newspaper that his journal’s coverage of things papal left something to be desired, as it seemed based on the assumption that Pope Francis was some kind of radical wild-man, eager to toss into the garbage bin of history all those aspects of Catholic faith and practice that mainstream western culture finds distasteful. My friend replied, in so many words, look, you know how these media narratives are: they’re like bamboo. Once they get started, there’s no stopping them. They just keep...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/17/2014 7:24:59 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/15/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • Stop pro-abortion internships at the University of St. Thomas

    12/16/2014 9:01:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 7 replies
    tfp student action ^ | December 9, 2014: | staff
    Students at the University of St. Thomas in Minnesota – a Catholic institution founded in 1885 – are currently being offered "volunteer/internship opportunities" with mega-abortion provider Planned Parenthood, according to the university's web site. Other pro-abortion advocacy groups featured by the university as "volunteer/internship opportunities," include NARAL Pro-Choice Minnesota, Pro-Choice Resources, Family Tree Clinic, and the National Organization for Women-Minnesota (NOW). Sign your petition to remove these pro-abortion listings. Your instant protest will go to the president of the University of St. Thomas, Dr. Julie Sullivan, urging her to remove every pro-abortion group on the list of “volunteer/internship opportunities.” How...
  • Very religious Christian woman comes in for abortion

    12/16/2014 5:53:24 PM PST · by Morgana · 75 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | October 30, 2013 | Sarah Terzo
    A clinic worker described one of the women who came to her clinic for an abortion: “Another [woman coming in for an abortion] who identified herself as Christian, was very active in her church. Before the abortion she said, “I’m in church six days a week, yet here I am.” She said that her religion forbids abortion, but after a good conversation she said that maybe her church was “too comfortable” in its position against abortion. She thought maybe they needed to examine the aspects of the issue that they were comfortable with. Even though she was steeped in her...
  • The Mormon Church's official statement on abortion [rape+ incest+mom's 'health'+'defect'+prayer-ok]

    12/16/2014 4:38:29 PM PST · by Colofornian · 63 replies
    "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints believes in the sanctity of human life... The Church allows for possible exceptions for its members when: Pregnancy results from rape or incest, or A competent physician determines that the life or health of the mother is in serious jeopardy, or A competent physician determines that the fetus has severe defects that will not allow the baby to survive beyond birth. The Church teaches its members that even these rare exceptions do not justify abortion automatically. Abortion is a most serious matter and should be considered only after the persons involved have...
  • The Bishops and the Catholic “man-crisis”

    12/16/2014 1:54:52 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | December 15, 2014 | Matthew James Christoff
    (Photo: CNS) The III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops met for several weeks in October 2014 and issued the document, “Pastoral Challenges to the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” There has been much commentary about the ill-conceived interim report, Relatio post Disceptationem, which implied that homosexuality had inherent positive gifts and that divorced and remarried people who were in a state of perpetual adultery could somehow be accommodated to be able to receive communion. The scandalous nature of these ill-conceived paragraphs created great public confusion. Thankfully, in the final Relatio Synodi, the scandalous language was removed....
  • Ph.D.s and Other False Gods: Why the worship of God alone is the basis for a good world.

    12/16/2014 6:21:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    National Review ^ | 12/16/2014 | Dennis Prager
    I have been devoting my columns this month to the Ten Commandments because we need a fixed moral anchor to solve the problem of evil. And nothing is as effective as the Ten Commandments. Two weeks ago PragerUniversity.com released eleven five-minute video courses — one for each commandment and an introduction. The series has received over 2 million views. Everything needed to make a good world is contained in these Ten Commandments. Whatever your faith, or if you have no faith, I invite you to watch the videos at www.prageru.com. They are cleverly animated with text and graphics. Here is...
  • United Church of Christ minister: Planned Parenthood Does “Sacred Work” of “Love” and “Justice”

    12/15/2014 9:40:59 PM PST · by Morgana · 50 replies
    Clinic Quotes ^ | August 23, 2014 | Sarah Terzo
    Tom Davis, who is an ordained minister with the United Church of Christ and a chaplain and professor at Skidmore College: “I contend that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a form of sacred work, the work, that is, of securing reproductive justice for women… Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA) is thoroughly secular. But when it comes to the issue of sacred work, that doesn’t matter. The scripture is clear about one thing: sacred work, the work of justice, is sacred no matter who does it.… In the biblical view, sacred work is love, and in practical social realities, sacred...
  • When my church found out I worked for Planned Parenthood, they kicked me out. What if…

    12/15/2014 5:29:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 62 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Mon Nov 10, 2014 | Abby Johnson
    I wrote in my book, “unPlanned,” about a church that kicked me out when they found out that I worked for Planned Parenthood. I often get questioned about that, whether I still think they made the wrong decision. My answer is a resounding YES. I try not to go down the “what if” road very often. It isn’t fruitful and just makes you feel crummy. But, just for the sake of this article, let’s go there. What if I had been ministered to instead of shunned by that church? How could my life be different? Well, maybe I would have...
  • An Interview with Cardinal Burke

    12/15/2014 4:39:33 PM PST · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Radical Catholic ^ | December 11, 2014 | Una Voca Austria
    On Vatican II Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I'm of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful...
  • Bible Mystery: What Terrible Thing Did Ham Do to Drunken, Naked Noah?

    12/15/2014 9:12:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 12/15/2014 | Dave Swindle
    Yesterday a friend and I were talking about some of the weird, perplexing things in the Bible, swapping quotes and links to try to make sense of a strange passage. I decided I’d throw it out there today and see what others thought.Genesis 9:18-27 describes how after Noah lands the ark and makes a covenant with God he plants an orchard, invents wine, and gets drunk. Then his son Ham “saw the nakedness of his father” and told his brothers, who then covered their eyes so they didn’t see him, but went in and covered him. Afterwards Noah curses Ham’s...
  • Christmas According to Matthew, Luke, and Obama

    12/15/2014 8:55:03 AM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | December 15, 2014 | Jan LaRue
    After expounding repeatedly about who or what is Islamic, President Obama continues to assume the role of America’s theologian in chief by giving us his twist on the “Greatest Story Ever Told.” Obama injected his private interpretation into the Christmas story to bolster support of his executive amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. As reported by Charlie Spiering of Breitbart.com, Obama told an audience of amnesty advocates at a town hall meeting in Nashville, Tenn. on Dec. 9: “If we’re serious about the Christmas season, now is the time to reflect on those who are strangers in our midst and...
  • Mormons hate polygamy thiiiiiiiiis much

    12/15/2014 8:18:37 AM PST · by Morgana · 92 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | | Jana Riess
    When asked whether they felt an issue was immoral, morally acceptable, or “not a moral issue,” here’s a breakdown of how many Mormons declared that certain activities were “morally wrong.” Drinking alcohol: 54% Having an abortion: 74% Sex between unmarried adults: 79% Practicing polygamy: 86% Hold the phone. 86% of Mormons say that polygamy is morally wrong?* It seems that Mormons hate polygamy even more than abortion. Remember that abortion is discussed in the church handbook as a sin that requires serious repentance — and sometimes disciplinary action on the part of the church. Abortion is permissible only in rare...
  • Mesa priest among 5 arrested in a prostitution sting

    12/15/2014 7:58:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 24 replies
    Arizon Daily Sun ^ | December 12, 2014 | Jim Walsh
    A Catholic priest assigned to an east Mesa church is among five men arrested by Mesa police in a sting operation that targeted prostitution involving underaged girls. Mesa police detectives posed as 16-year-old girls and advertised their services on a website known for trading in prostitution. Police say the men came to a Mesa motel at a predetermined time Thursday to rendezvous with the prostitutes for sex.
  • It's baaaaaack!

    12/14/2014 5:26:28 PM PST · by ebb tide · 48 replies
    Dyspeptic Mutterings ^ | December 11, 2014 | Dyspeptic Mutterings
    I have been assured, over and over again, sometimes condescendingly and sometimes not, that the Kasper Proposal is a dead letter. First it was Cardinal Muller's letter in L'Osservatore Romano. Then it was some random papal comment affirming marital indissolubility (which ignored the fact Cardinal Kasper swearsies he's all about keeping marriages intact). Then, most recently, it was the supposed door-slamming vote at the end of the Synod, which asserted that the matter was--this time for sure, how could you ever doubt it?--done. Over. Locked into a safe, wrapped in chains and dumped square in into Challenger Deep, where it...
  • Sunday Word: The abolitionist history of “O Holy Night”

    12/14/2014 10:52:36 AM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Jill Stanek ^ | Dec.14, 2014 | Jill Stanek
    Every year during December I have been posting the surprising abolitionist history behind some of our most beloved Christmas hymns. Pro-lifers identify closely with those 150 years ago who fought to free another oppressed class of people. This Sunday, Wk 2 of 4, we examine… O Holy Night In 1847, his parish priest asked French poet Placide Cappeau de Roquemaure to compose a Christmas poem. He wrote “Cantique de Noel” while contemplating what it would have been like to be present at Christ’s birth and asked his friend Adolphe-Charles Adam to set it to music. The song became an instant...
  • Scottish monk arrested for distributing leaflets promoting sexual morality

    12/13/2014 8:54:12 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    Life Site news ^ | Dec 12, 2014 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • Does Women’s Rights Equal Abortion?

    12/13/2014 8:46:50 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Patheos ^ | December 12, 2014 | Rebecca Hamilton
    It seems I’ve run afoul of the atheist portal here at Patheos One. More. Time. Nobody sticks in these folks’ collective craw more than I do. They love to hate me and they love to trash me. If one of them was slowly slipping away, I think the doc could show them one of my blog posts to get their poor little heart started beating again. I’m not sure how I do it, and to be honest, I don’t care, but I do get under their skin. They react to me the way Tribbles react to Klingons. I’ve studiously ignored...
  • Scottish Monk Arrested for Distributing Leaflets Promoting Sexual Morality

    12/13/2014 1:49:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/14 | Thaddeus Baklinski
    A Scottish monk has been arrested for distributing a series of leaflets in the Cambridgeshire area critical of homosexuality, fornication, contraception, euthanasia, abortion, and divorce. Brother Damon Jonah Kelly, head of the Glasgow based charity the Black Hermits, was arrested by Cambridgeshire Police on December 8 on suspicion of a Section 5 (religious/racial) public order offence after he wrote a letter to the homosexual news publication, Pink News, claiming responsibility for the distribution of leaflets in the city of Ely, as well as in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and several other Cambridgeshire towns and cities. Initially police declined to take any...
  • The Elephant at the Synod: Contraception

    12/13/2014 5:47:39 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | December 13, 2014 | Howard Kainz
    At the Extraordinary Synod held at the Vatican in October, several Catholic married couples were invited as “non-voting” auditors to offer some experiences “from the ground up” for consideration by the synod fathers.A Brazilian couple, Arturo and Hermelinda As Zamberline, were exceptional in focusing on contraception as the larger context in which the various problems concerning marriage should be understood. Their experience certainly coincides with the facts of Catholic existence in other parts of the world. As they put it: We must admit without fear that many Catholic couples, even those who seek to live their marriage seriously, do not...
  • Beware the Red Kettle: The Salvation Army and Abortion

    12/13/2014 5:24:46 AM PST · by NYer · 149 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | December 12, 2014 | Birgit Jones
    It’s Advent and our thoughts naturally turn toward less fortunate souls, longing for basic niceties, and the call for selfless giving. Christ-like love, almsgiving, and prayer are staples of this anticipatory time which brings in the new Church year. The scripture readings at Mass remind us of those in need and our moral obligation toward them. What a sad statement about current times, then, that we are forced to look a gift horse in the mouth.No, not the gifts we receive, but the gifts we give.As the giving season continues, as well as the rest of the year, we are often...
  • American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011

    12/12/2014 8:26:15 AM PST · by daniel1212 · 33 replies
    Association of Religion Data Archives ^ | 12-14 | Association of Religion Data Archives
    American Catholic Laity Poll, 2011 Data Archive > U.S. Surveys > Religious Groups > Members or Leaders > Catholic > Summary SummaryCodebookSearchDownload The American Catholic Laity Poll contains many questions on pressing issues in the Catholic Church--views of the hierarchy, political positions of the church, women's roles in the church, what it takes to be a "good Catholic," how churches can respond to the current shortage of priests, and the effects of sex abuse in the church. Other questions also concern Mass attendance, prayer, Communion, and demographic characteristics. This poll contains respondents from many different generations of Catholics, and it...
  • PopeWatch: Synod Chicanery

    12/12/2014 6:12:03 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com/ ^ | December 12, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    Chicanery, to be polite, is afoot in regard to the Synod next year. Father Z gives us the details. The outline of features for the next Synod of Bishops in October 2015, or Lineamenta, has been released. The Lineamenta is based on the last Synod’s final document, the Relatio Synodi. For the Relatio, the members of the Synod voted on each paragraph. According to the Synod’s own rules, established and approved by those appointed by Pope Francis to run the Synod, in order to be included in the Relatio each paragraph had to receive a 2/3’s majority of voting members....
  • This Pastor, Father of Four Adopted Children, is Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    12/11/2014 8:23:07 PM PST · by Morgana · 4 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | 12/11/14 | Kelsey Harkness
    For 36 years, Jim Garlow didn’t know his first adopted child was the result of a rape. But after his wife Carol lost a six-year battle with cancer last year, their daughter, Janie, went in search of her birth mother. In succeeding, Janie also discovered the horrific circumstances of her own conception. The story spurs Jim Garlow, a pastor in California, to fight a state mandate that his church’s employee health plan pay for elective abortions. When Janie’s birth mother was a freshman in high school, two senior boys asked her to go to the movies. Instead, they took her...
  • A Response to the Cohabitation Epidemic

    12/11/2014 2:33:45 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    CRisis Magazinei ^ | December 11, 2014 | ARLAND K. NICHOLS
    The proliferation of research and literature about the sexual and marital habits of “Millennials” is staggering. Research indicates a casual or cavalier approach to sexual intimacy and of marriage. Marriage is increasingly postponed or rejected in favor of transitional “trial marriages” or temporary live-in situations glamorized today in popular media as “the next step” in intimate relationships.The intimate relationship choices of young adults today expose a culture that increasingly fails to appreciate moral norms and the inherent value and beauty of marriage. The rapid acceptance of cohabitation and the dissolution of a culture of marriage in the wake of...
  • Seven Things I Wish My Pastor Knew About My Homosexuality

    12/11/2014 3:45:08 AM PST · by rhema · 60 replies
    Public Discourse ^ | December 10th, 2014 | Jean Lloyd
    May I make two requests? Love me, but remember that you cannot be more merciful than God. It isn’t mercy to affirm same-sex acts as good. Don’t compromise truth; help me to live in harmony with it.Over thirty years have passed since same-sex attraction rushed up from deep within my twelve-year-old frame. This attraction was unbidden and unwanted, yet simultaneously forceful and compelling. As a Christian, the conflict between my sexuality and my faith would become the deepest and most intense of my life. Now in my forties, I’ve gone from being closeted to openly lesbian to celibate to heterosexually...
  • Obamacare Architect Is a Eugenicist

    12/10/2014 6:55:26 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Creation Evolution Headlines ^ | 12/10/2014 | David F. Coppedge
    Jonathan Gruber has published papers justifying abortion for improving the lives of the living. Did he suggest that for the elderly in the Affordable Care Act?The MIT economist who has taken heat in recent months for year-old videos calling American voters “stupid” for falling for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), commonly known as Obamacare, and who considered lack of transparency a political advantage, was grilled by Congresspersons in the House Oversight and Government Reform (OGR) Committee today (Dec. 9, 2014). Jonathan Gruber denied being the “architect” of the ACA despite receiving high praise as a key expert from Democrats...
  • Episode 25: Scandalized by Pope Francis

    12/10/2014 11:26:21 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 25 replies
    The Remnant ^ | December 10, 2014 | Michael Matt
    Michael Matt discusses Pope Bergoglio's invitation to Patti Smith.
  • On Giving Communion to Pro-Abortion Politicians

    12/10/2014 9:53:21 AM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Crisis Magazinei ^ | December 10, 2014 | BILL MAGUIRE
    It is curious in a non-Catholic country like ours that the question of who should or shouldn’t be allowed to receive communion has become such a hot topic. Seemingly, this kind of question would be considered inside baseball, simply an intra-church matter. Yet, our secular media is dominated by headlines about what this or that bishop (or Synod of bishops) has to say about whether the Church should deny the Eucharist to the divorced and remarried or pro-abortion politicians.In his interview with Face the Nation’s Norah O’Donnell, Chicago archbishop Blase Cupich was asked to comment on the following issue:When...
  • Seven Things Atheists Get Wrong

    12/10/2014 7:43:34 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/10/2014 | David Marcus
    In a spectacular and telling failure of journalism MSNBC reported recently that Pope Francis “broke with Catholic tradition” by asserting that the Big Bang theory is real. Instantly, the Internet responded with the name Georges Lemaitre, one of the creators of the Theory of Universal Expansion who also happened to be a Jesuit priest. He is also the first entry on a Google search of “Catholic Big Bang.” That the MSNBC author did not bother to do one search before making a pronouncement about the faith of a billion people displays abysmal incompetence. But it also reflects very skewed...
  • The Presbyterian Church USA’s Terrorist Ties

    12/09/2014 7:24:57 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | 12/09/2014 | Ari Lieberman
    On April 18, 1983, an explosive laden truck driven by a Hezbollah terrorist slammed into the U.S. embassy in Beirut killing 63 people, including 17 Americans, some of whom were CIA operatives. According to the CIA, it was the most lethal attack ever against the Agency. Just six months later, Hezbollah terrorists struck again, this time hitting the U.S. Marine compound in Beirut. In a repeat of the embassy bombing, a Hezbollah homicide bomber crashed his explosive laden truck into the barracks killing 220 marines and another 21 U.S. service personnel. It was the largest single-day loss of life sustained...
  • Catholic Profs Told to Report Opposition to 'Gay Marriage' as Harassment

    12/09/2014 3:03:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 12/9/14 | Kevin J. Jones
    Milwaukee, Wis., Dec 9, 2014 / 04:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- An anti-harassment training presentation at a Catholic college encourages employees to report critics of “gay marriage” – and could reflect recent federal decisions that the belief in marriage as a union of a man and a woman is discriminatory. Part of the employee anti-harassment training at the Wisconsin-based Marquette University includes a presentation with a comic strip-style story about a fictional employee named “Harassed Hans,” a man in a wheelchair. The training encourages Hans to report to the university human resources his co-workers Becky and Maria who “have been talking...