Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Something Wicked (Michael Voris breaks it down)

    09/23/2014 7:46:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    http://www.youtube.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | ChurchMilitant
    Something Wicked this way comes. {CHURCHMILITANT.TV}
  • George Will: I Am a 'Low-Voltage Atheist'

    09/23/2014 5:30:28 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | September 23, 2014 | Jason Devaney
    In a wide-ranging interview, Pulitzer Prize-winning writer George Will discusses baseball, politics, and his status as an atheist. "I'm an atheist. An agnostic is someone who is not sure. I'm pretty sure. I see no evidence of God," Will told Real Clear Religion. "The basic question in life is not, 'Is there a God,' but 'Why does anything exist?' St. Thomas Aquinas said that there must be a first cause for everything, and we call the first cause 'God.' Fine, but it just has no hold on me. "I majored in religion in college. I was very interested, but I...
  • Americans fear religion losing influence, say churches should speak out more (Pew poll)

    09/23/2014 5:27:57 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    L.A. Times ^ | 9/22/14 | David Lauter
    ix years into a Democratic administration widely seen as pushing a secular agenda, nearly three-quarters of Americans say religion is losing influence in American life and about half say churches and other religious institutions should express their views on political issues.. The findings, from a new Pew survey, underscore a persistent pattern in American politics: During conservative administrations, the public tends to become more liberal and during liberal ones, more conservative. In this case, only about three in 10 Americans see the Obama administration as “friendly to religion.” About four in 10 rate the administration as neutral and another three...
  • It’s Official: Religion Doesn’t Make You More Moral

    09/23/2014 3:40:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 09/23/2014 | Elizabeth Picciuto
    A recent study comparing views on morality of religious and non-religious people found something surprising: Religion doesn’t make our everyday lives more moral. Suppose you actually do have an angel over your shoulder telling you the right thing to do. That angel probably wouldn’t tell you anything you didn’t already know. A recent study in Science aimed at uncovering how we experience morality in our everyday lives suggests that religious people are no more moral—or immoral—than non-religious people. Whether or not we believe that divine precepts give us guidance, our behavior is remarkably similar. The fact that atheists are apparently...
  • Two recent ecclesiastical developments giving me pause and cause for prayer

    09/23/2014 8:01:19 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 13 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 23 September 2014 | Teófilo de Jesús (@vivificat)
    In which Teófilo reflects about two recent developments in the Church, the onslaught against the Culture of life, the words of Pope Francis, and the five non-negotiable moral teachings of the Church, and the letter Teófilo wrote to Pope Francis a year ago. Brethren: Peace be with you. As you know, I am and always will be a faithful son of the Church and servant of the current Successor of Peter. That loyalty is based upon faith and it is unconditional. I make no excuses for disobeying Pope Francis or any Pope whatsoever, even when he speaks as a personal...
  • Why You Shouldn’t Sleep With Your Boyfriend

    09/22/2014 11:14:13 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Regina ^ | Beverly De Soto
    First, do NOT read this article if you can’t handle the cold, hard truth. Go back to your Vampire Diaries. Second, Catholics love sex. If you don’t believe me, read a little European history. Oh, and look at your own family. (Nuff said? Okay.) Third, why on earth is sex such a big deal? It would be far easier for Catholics to just relax, already, and do what everyone else is doing – guilt free! Right? Wrong. Read on, if you dare… Not About Your Self-Esteem You can relax, because I am not going to deliver a lecture on your...
  • Hundreds Turnout To Protest Black Mass, Held At OKC Civic Center

    09/22/2014 4:21:56 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    News9.com ^ | September 22, 2014 | News9.com
    OKLAHOMA CITY - The much talked about Black Mass was held in downtown Oklahoma City Sunday night. It was sold out event Sunday night at the Civic Center. There were Rock bands and rituals performed inside, much to the dismay of Christian protesters outside the theatre.
  • HEINOUS NEW LOW: Syrian rebels sabotage vaccinations, killing 50 babies

    09/21/2014 5:07:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | September 19, 2014
    As proof of their bravery, rebels fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad are suspected of sabotaging a batch of measles vaccinations, leading to the deaths of up to 50 young children. If true, it's a new low in an especially discouraging chapter of modern history.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Dozens of infants in the rebel-held cities of Jarjanaz and Sinjar in Idlib province fell ill and died after being given the drugs. The causes of death has not yet been established. Officials reportedly suspect the vaccines may have been tampered with while left unguarded in a storage facility in...
  • The Kraken Unleashed: Are We Ready to Fight the Beast?

    09/20/2014 10:20:10 AM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    onepeterfive ^ | September 18, 2014 | FATHER RICHARD HEILMAN
    And I saw a beast rising out of the sea, having ten horns and seven heads; and on its horns were ten diadems, and on its heads were blasphemous names. And the beast that I saw was like a leopard, its feet were like a bearÂ’s, and its mouth was like a lionÂ’s mouth. And the dragon gave it his power and his throne and great authority. One of its heads seemed to have received a death-blow, but its mortal wound had been healed. In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. They worshiped the dragon, for he had...
  • Vatican sources deny that Pope is upset over cardinals' marriage book [Fessio! Speaks!]

    09/20/2014 10:11:00 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    CNA ^ | Sep 19, 2014 | CNA staff
    Catholic Church sources have dismissed rumors that Pope Francis is annoyed by an Ignatius Press book critical of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s position on Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. The French Catholic newspaper La Croix said Sept. 17 that “a senior source close to the Argentine Pope” claimed that Pope Francis would be “annoyed by the publication of this collective work.” However, sources close to the Pope denied this claim, telling CNA that the Pope is not even aware of the book. The book, from Ignatius Press, is titled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in...
  • Holy Matrimony is Forever

    09/20/2014 8:41:16 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 32 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 20 September 2014 | TDJ (@Vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with all of you in Jesus Christ our Lord, the Church's faithful spouse whom we are called to emulate. There has been some discussion inside and outside the Church about changing the discipline surrounding the Sacrament of Marriage in the name of "mercy," by allowing some Catholics living in irregular unions to receive Holy Communion. Some of the cheer-leading is mere spin by the mainstream media. Other such hand-wringing comes from a senior churchman who then cried "foul" at public criticism of his public stance. My position is with the Church's historical Tradition and teaching regarding the institution...
  • Let Your Fountain be Blessed

    09/20/2014 6:20:35 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 1 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | September 19, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Drink water from your own cistern, flowing water from your own well. (Proverbs 5:15) At first reading, the meaning of this verse seems clear enough. Using images of a cistern and a well to describe your wife, the point is that you are to draw pleasure (water) only from her. Frankly, this interpretation is flawed. It does not sound like something a wise man would say: 1.Only a fool would compare his wife to a cistern. 2.Your wife is not merely there to give you what you want....
  • Pope Francis Adviser Hints at Rethink on Contraception Ban

    09/19/2014 6:37:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Tha Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7/19/14 | John Bingham
    Cardinal Walter Kasper, a close influence on Pope Francis, says it is up to parents to decide how many children to have ahead of global gathering of Roman Catholic bishops to discuss the family A leading reformist Cardinal close to Pope Francis has hinted at the possibility of a reinterpretation of the Roman Catholic Church’s blanket ban on artificial contraception. Cardinal Walter Kasper said it was “the responsibility of the parents” to decide how many children they should have. He also said that so-called natural family planning, which is promoted by the Church as an alternative to contraception, also...
  • Montana Gay Couple Denied Communion After Roman Catholic Priest Learns of Marriage

    09/19/2014 6:12:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/19/14 | AP
    BILLINGS, Mont. – A gay couple has been told they can no longer receive Communion or participate in church ministry after the new priest at a Roman Catholic church in central Montana learned they had been married in a civil ceremony more than a year ago. The decision set off a split that has cut attendance at St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Lewistown, population 5,900. It has prompted an upcoming visit from the bishop of the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings.
  • The Struggle Against the Black Mass, From Oklahoma Archbishop's Perspective

    09/19/2014 3:36:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Aleteia ^ | September 19, 2014 | JOHN BURGER
    Archdiocese of Boston Ever since he first learned of a local satanic group's plans to use a public theater to perform a "black mass," Archbishop Paul S. Coakley of Oklahoma City has been urging public officials to cancel the event and asking Catholics to pray for that intention. He has been unsuccessful, and this Sunday, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu will take to the stage in an 88-seat theater within the Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall to reenact a ritual that is an inversion of the Catholic Mass. Though they were forced to hand over what they claimed was...
  • THE HOUR HAS COME (Oklahoma Archbishop Coakley on impending Black Mass)

    09/19/2014 9:54:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    archokc ^ | September 19, 2014 | Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
    On Sunday, Sept. 21, a local satanic sect apparently will be allowed to conduct a public act of blasphemy in the form of a so-called black mass at the Civic Center in Oklahoma City. In spite of an overwhelming outcry of alarm from around the world, our city leaders will allow this outrage to take place in a publicly supported facility. They will not accede to the reasonable requests of local citizens to stop this outright mockery of the Catholic Mass nor the reasonable concerns of so many that this satanic ritual invokes powers of evil and invites them into...
  • Women Do Not Have to Submit to an Abusive Man, Says Pastor Tony Evans

    09/18/2014 7:47:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/18/2014 | Nicola Menzie
    Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship Pastor Tony Evans Speaks Out Amid Video Revelation of Former NFL Player Ray Rice Slugging His Wife. "Submission never means abuse," Pastor Tony Evans told his Dallas, Texas, congregation on Sunday, making it clear what he believes the Christian position is on domestic violence. "We've been hearing about one kind of struggle here lately — domestic abuse," said Evans, referring to recent news headlines concerning Ray Rice, who was suspended indefinitely by the NFL after being caught on tape punching his wife. "Ladies, you do not have to submit yourself to any man abusing you. You...
  • The Serpents Return to the Irish

    09/18/2014 4:56:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 18, 2014 | ANTHONY ESOLEN
    Jesus reached out to harlots. He did not reach out to their harlotry. Jesus reached out to hypocrites, often with a rhetorical fist to capture their attention. He did not reach out to their hypocrisy. He reached out to tax collectors, those half-traitors to their nation. He did not reach out to their treachery.I am imagining a parade down Main Street of Anyville.It’s the typical American parade. Some people are tootling on flutes, braying out almost-G on the trumpet, or banging the big bass drum. A group of high school girls in short skirts dance and twirl their batons....
  • My Year As an Abortion Doula (Slate)

    09/17/2014 5:24:53 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 5 replies
    Slate ^ | 9/15/14 | Alex Ronan
    My first patient ever stares at me blankly when I say the doctor will see her soon. Her two small children treat the waiting room chairs like monkey bars; they’ve been sitting around for hours. Dee (some names have been changed throughout) is here to get laminaria inserted, the small seaweed sticks positioned in the cervix that expand upon contact with moisture, producing enough dilation to enable a second trimester abortion, which will happen tomorrow. I know I’m not succeeding at giving her the warm, confident assurance I’ve practiced in the mirror. -snip- Women have historically supported other women through...
  • Church doctrine on marriage ‘cannot change’, but some bishops will try: Cardinal Martino

    09/17/2014 1:22:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 17, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    In a lengthy interview in an Italian Catholic paper, a former Vatican ambassador to the UN has said that any change to the Catholic doctrines surrounding marriage and sexuality is impossible. Cardinal Renato Martino has joined an impressive list of high-ranking prelates to say that the Synod cannot alter Catholic doctrine. The cardinal told La Nuova Bussola Quotidiana there will “certainly” be presentations from bishops at the Synod “that do not correspond with the doctrine of the Church, but in the end, it will not be able but to reaffirm what the Church has always said about the family.”...
  • Pre-Synodal Reconnaissance

    09/16/2014 4:53:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of the Vatican II ^ | September 16, 2014 | Louie Verrecchio
    As most readers know by now, Pope Francis witnessed the marriage of some twenty couples in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, September 14th. As Cardinal Dolan might say, Good for them! Bravo! (No, wait… these were heterosexual couples. Never mind.) In any case, like so many other things involving His Humbleness, there’s more to the story. According to a statement issued by the Diocese of Rome in the days leading up to the event, among those getting married that day were couples “who are already cohabitating; who already have children…” (NOTE: These people didn’t just happen to fall into a...
  • Surprise! One of the (Catholic) Church's family issues is polygamy (Synod on the Family)

    09/16/2014 2:12:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crux Now ^ | September 11, 2014 | John L. Allen Jr.
    The Tswana people of South Africa practice polygamy. (Photo/Wikipedia) Say “family issues” to most Americans or Europeans, and they’re likely to flash on divorce, or the challenges of single-parent households, or perhaps same-sex relationships and the push for gay marriage.What probably wouldn’t come naturally to mind is polygamy. Yet in many parts of the non-Western world, polygamy is a major feature of family life, and thus a major pastoral challenge for the Catholic Church.Discussion of polygamy is likely to surface at the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family in the Vatican, and could be a factor in the...
  • Vatican weddings a signal of “progressivism” at upcoming synod?

    09/15/2014 2:06:26 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Hotair ^ | 09/15/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    With the Vatican’s Synod on the Family fast approaching and Pope Francis’ call to the Catholic Church to be a “field hospital for sinners” more focused on mercy than rules, lots of people are looking for hints at what the gathering of bishops will urge at the extraordinary synod next month. A wedding of 20 couples in St. Peter’s Square, some of whom cohabited prior to marriage, has CBS News hailing the “progressive Pope,” who’s progressively progressive. Or something: Many had been living together prior to getting married, which is forbidden in Catholicism. Some even have children.But none of...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finns’ refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and that’s helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countries’ largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mäkinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • Being married by Pope Francis is a dream come true, couple says

    09/14/2014 5:44:21 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | September 12, 2014 | Marta Jiménez
    Marco Purcaro and Laura Capurso speak to CNA in St. Peter's Square on Sept. 11, 2014. The couple will be married by Pope Francis. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Rome, Italy, Sep 12, 2014 / 04:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- An Italian couple to be married over the weekend by Pope Francis say they could not wish for anything more than to receive the Sacrament of Matrimony from the pontiff who has influenced their lives so greatly. “Getting married by Pope Francis and marrying the man of my life is the apex of everything I could want,” said Laura Carpuso, a Catholic woman...
  • Virginia delegate slams Dolan in letter to Apostolic Nuncio

    09/13/2014 1:22:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | 9-12-14 | Tantumblogo
    Reader TM sent me a link to the following letter sent by Virginia House of Delegates member Bob Marshall to Archbishop Carlo Vignano, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States. Who knows how that letter will be received, what with the new focus on “mercy” cum indifference, but the author has requested that this letter be shared as widely as possible, and I agree with the concerns expressed therein. Some excerpts: New York’s Cardinal Dolan, appointed as Grand Marshal of the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, praised the decision to allow an openly gay group to march in the St. Patrick’s...
  • Nun says misery of Iraqis ‘pierced my heart like a knife’

    09/12/2014 4:14:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | September 12, 2014 | DOREEN ABI RAAD
    Displaced Iraqi Christians pray at a refugee camp in Irbil (Photo: CNS) Sister Marie Claude Naddaf, provincial leader of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for Lebanon and Syria, is still shaken by what she witnessed visiting Irbil, Iraq.Sister Marie Claude accompanied Catholic Near East Welfare Association on its mission to the capital of the Kurdish region in Iraq last week.More than 100,000 Christians and other minorities sought refuge in the region following attacks by Islamic State militants. Many were given less than half an hour to flee their houses.“I was not at all expecting to see that much misery,...
  • "Calvary" and a Portrait of a Real Priest

    09/12/2014 2:13:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 12, 2014 | Fr. Robert Barron
    Brendan Gleeson stars in a scene from the movie "Calvary." (CNS photo/Patrick Redmond, Twentieth Century Fox) St. Pope John Paul II said that a priest should have the heart of Christ the Good Shepherd. Far too many saccharine paintings of effeminate Jesuses in the midst of delicate lambs are conducive to a misconstrual of the image as something sentimental and harmless. But shepherds not only had the smell of their sheep (to use Pope Francis’ language), but they also wielded a stick, meant to bring back strays and to fend off threats. Real shepherding was, and is, a dirty...
  • 'Evangelicals for Marriage Equality' Launch Draws Harsh Criticism

    09/12/2014 10:15:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2014 | Alex Murashko
    Reaction to the launch earlier this week of a group calling itself "Evangelicals for Marriage Equality" heralded by an op-ed in TIME by its spokesman, was met with harsh criticism from some Christians, including the assertion that no "real arguments" were made to support same-sex marriages. "I eagerly await the young evangelical that finally convinces me that the Bible and human history are wrong on marriage and that justice requires that both Christianity and society bestow marriage on same-sex relationships," wrote Andrew T. Walker, director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention....
  • Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism

    09/12/2014 6:03:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | September 11, 2014 | STOYAN ZAIMOV
    FULL TITLE: Satanists Sell Out Controversial Oklahoma 'Black Mass' Event, Will Stage Exorcism Despite Christian Protests (Photo: Facebook/The Satanic Temple) Satanic rights activists outside Harvard Square, after the "black mass" was cancelled by Harvard.The Satanist group that will stage a controversial "black mass" at an Oklahoma City civic center has said that all 88 tickets for its Sept. 21 event are sold out. The co-founder of the group revealed that the ritual will go ahead despite strong Christian protests and will feature a satanic exorcism, but will be "toned down" to comply with state health laws."One of the dictates of...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother André Marie’s Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother André Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papauté princière, “the papacy of princes.”[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan’s meaning when he says “these popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.”[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that “they had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.”[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • Cardinal (Francis George): U.S. ‘Creed’ on Gay Marriage Like Sharia Law

    09/11/2014 7:48:54 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | September 10, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Francis George, head of the Catholic archdiocese of Chicago, said the levers of power in government, education, entertainment, and media are enforcing a “public creed,” a “fake church” that requires all citizens to approve of gay marriage and related sexual anomalies or be punished by the State, just “as Christians and Jews are fined for their religion in countries governed by Sharia law.” Cardinal George, who was president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) in 2007-10, made his remarks in his Sept. 7 column for the archdiocesean newspaper. In his commentary, the cardinal explains that America, despite...
  • US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia

    09/10/2014 7:41:18 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 26 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | September 10, 2014 | Catholic World News
    Cardinal George: US is adopting ‘official religion’ on homosexuality that is reminiscent of sharia Catholic World News - September 10, 2014 In an archdiocesan newspaper column, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago said that American law has “taken upon itself the mantle of a religion and officially told its citizens what they must personally think or what ‘values’ they must personalize in order to deserve to be part of the country.” He writes: Since the biblical vision of what it means to be human tells us that not every friendship or love can be expressed in sexual relations, the Church’s teaching...
  • Belgian bishop urges synod on family to hold real dialogue on moral issues

    09/10/2014 6:16:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 9/10/14 | Tom Heneghan
    Antwerp Bishop Johan Bonny has published a long letter on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urging the assembly to have the courage to bring the Church’s moral teachings more in line with the lived experience of the laity. "The Church must step away from its defensive, antithetical stance and seek anew the path of dialogue" on moral issues, he wrote in the 22-page letter posted on his diocese’s website in five languages. More Read the letter in full "It must dare once again to start with 'life' and then move on to 'teaching'. The Church has nothing to lose in...
  • Analyzing Cardinal Dolan's version of: "Who am I to judge?" [vanity]

    09/10/2014 1:17:39 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 38 replies
    Analyzing Cardinal Dolan's version of: "Who am I to judge?" (A hypothetical but useful word-substitution exercise) (Imagine Cardinal Dolan or other prominent Catholic leaders voicing these slightly modified questions)           Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in homosexual activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in bisexual activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether it's right or wrong to promote or engage in adulterous activities?" Cardinal Dolan:   "Who am I to judge whether...
  • How Christian fundamentalist homeschooling damages children (Salon)

    09/10/2014 10:27:41 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 82 replies
    Salon ^ | 9/10/14 | Kristin Rawls
    My interest in homeschooling was first sparked nearly 20 years ago, when I was a socially awkward adolescent with a chaotic family life. I became close to a conservative Christian homeschooling family that seemed perfect in every way. Through my connection to this family, I was introduced to a whole world of conservative Christian homeschoolers, some of whom we would now consider “Quiverfull” families: homeschooling conservatives who eschew any form of family planning and choose instead to “trust God” with matters related to procreation. Though I fell out of touch with my homeschooled friends as we grew older, a few...
  • Obama Admin Renews Attempt to Force Little Sisters of the Poor to Obey HHS Mandate

    09/10/2014 6:49:44 AM PDT · by Wisconsinlady · 16 replies
    Lifenews ^ | 09/09/14 | Steven Ertelt
    The Obama administration announced today it will continue its legal battle against the Little Sisters of the Poor, a religious order of nuns dedicated to serving the neediest elderly in society. This comes despite the fact that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby and another company in their bid to stop the HHS mandate
  • More Homosexual Groups Seek Entry in New York's St. Patrick's Day Parade

    09/10/2014 6:40:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Homosexual activists in New York are pressing organizers of the St. Patrick's Day parade to include more gay-rights groups in the march. Following up on last week's announcement that Out@NBCUniversal would be allowed to enter the 2015 parade, a group called Irish Queers announced on September 9 that it was applying for a place in the parade. "We want to march up Fifth Avenue as an Irish diaspora that has finally joined Ireland in rejecting religion-fueled bigotry," said a spokesman.
  • An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy Dolan

    09/10/2014 4:52:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Catholic Citizens ^ | September 7, 2014 | Mary Anne Hackett
    Editor’s note: In response to the news that the St. Patrick’s Parade in New York would now accept “gay” groups in the parade and that Cardinal Timothy Dolan would serve as Grand Marshall of the parade, Catholic Citizens of Illinois has sent an open letter to Cardinal Dolan, which is published below. Catholic Citizens of Illinois, 106 Calendar Court, PMB #122, La Grange, IL 60525-2325An Open Letter to Cardinal Timothy DolanSeptember 5, 2014Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York1011 1st Avenue, New York, NY 10022Your Eminence,We were dismayed and discouraged to read that the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York...
  • Megapastors take Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS—but where did the money go?

    09/09/2014 8:43:29 PM PDT · by Morgana · 4 replies
    Life Site ^ | Dustin Siggins
    Last week, several prominent megapastors took the ALS Association's Ice Bucket Challenge. A LifeSiteNews inquiry into whether the pastors donated to the ALS Association or another organization found that the pastors were, for the most part, unwilling to publicize where their monetary support went. In challenge videos reported by the Christian Post, Perry Noble, pastor of NewSpring Church; Jentezen Franklin, pastor of Free Chapel; Life Without Limbs ministry leader Nick Vujicic; Dr. Ed Young, pastor of Second Baptist Church Houston; and TD Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House, all promoted ALS research donations. However, only Young's spokesperson provided donation details...
  • Obama Administration Moves Forward in Challenging Little Sisters

    09/09/2014 7:25:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 9/9/14 | Adelaide Mena
    The Obama Administration has announced that it will continue its legal fight against the Little Sisters of the Poor over the contraception mandate, which religious liberty advocates say is still unconscionable. “Merely offering the Little Sisters a different way to violate their religion does not ease their conscience,” said Adele Keim, counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is representing the Little Sisters of the Poor in court. “Religious ministries in these cases serve tens of thousands of Americans, helping the poor and homeless and healing the sick. The Little Sisters of the Poor alone serve more than...
  • "The Blasphemy of a Homophobic Jesus" (Time/Patheos)

    09/09/2014 5:29:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    Well my goodness, it would seem that yet another “pastor” in yet another “Christian” church has found his 15 minutes of fame on the interwebs by intentionally whipping up theologically inaccurate, fear-based, power-hungry homophobia. Get a load of this little ditty as reported by Raw Story: "Brainerd Baptist Church Senior Pastor Robby Gallaty devoted his entire hour-long sermon on Sunday to justifying Christian opposition to the sexuality of LGBT people. "After spending about 20 minutes recounting the perils of homosexuality throughout history, Gallaty asserted that the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by God because of gay sex..."
  • Is the Catholic Church ‘Evolving’ on Gay Marriage? (Time magazine)

    09/09/2014 5:18:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 101 replies
    Time ^ | 9/8/14 | Christopher J Hale
    Bit by bit Last week New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan gave his okay to the St. Patrick Day Parade Committee’s decision to allow a gay group to march in the 2015 parade under their own banner. This was a remarkable shift from one of Dolan’s predecessors Cardinal John O’Connor who in 1993 declared that to allow a gay group to march in the parade would be a slander to the Apostle’s Creed. This closes a remarkable summer in which a number of high-ranking Catholic prelates have signaled that Pope Francis’s more open posture on gay issues has permeated through the...
  • Simon Burke on Devil's Playground: 'We couldn't avoid tackling sexual abuse'

    09/09/2014 3:15:40 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    Unsettling new Foxtel drama makes for tough watching as it unflinchingly faces child sex abuse within the Catholic church. You’ve read reports about how the Catholic church covered up evidence involving paedophile priests. You’ve followed the hearings of the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, established by Julia Gillard in 2012 following the shocking allegations of a cover-up in NSW. But nothing can prepare you for watching the grooming and abuse of an innocent 12-year-old boy by a respected school chaplain as it plays out dramatically in front of you.
  • Our anger, fragility – and the remedy (Cardinal Dolan and St. Patrick's Day Parade)

    09/09/2014 2:31:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | September 8, 2014 | Robert Royal
    A highly intelligent woman, who doesn’t particularly follow ecclesial politics, surprised me the other day. Hearing about Cardinal Dolan’s acceptance of gays marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, she said casually, “there’s going to be a schism in the Church.” An overreaction, to be sure, but she’s far from the only one to be shocked.A priest – steady of judgment – writes to me that since the announcement last week, “I’m meeting a lot of angry people.” The constant challenges to the Church’s teaching authority and countercultural truth-telling produces anger. Real anger. And internal Church weakness – especially in...
  • Marianist order focus of abuse probe with heavy ties to North Catholic High School

    09/09/2014 12:20:01 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    TribLive.com ^ | 9/6/2014 | Bill Zlatos and Bobby Kerlik
    From the former North Catholic High School in Pittsburgh's Troy Hill to Australia, 157 victims have accused 31 members of the Marianist order of sexual abuse, records show. Watchdog groups, victims and their attorneys say officials with the religious order failed to stop the abuse or to adequately supervise those accused. Experts say such abuse went on for decades in part because of a culture that granted members of religious groups more credibility than children. A spokeswoman for the St. Louis-based Marianist Province of the United States did not respond to questions about how many members have been accused of...
  • Islam, Immigration and the Importance of Culture

    09/09/2014 11:55:44 AM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 9, 2014 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The Catholic Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, recently condemned the barbarism of the Islamic State, but for some reason felt compelled to add: “It has nothing to do with real Islam….”Meanwhile, Amel Shimoun Nona, the exiled Chaldean Archbishop of Mosul, warned European and Western Christians that they “will also suffer in the near future” because: you are welcoming in your countries an ever-growing number of Muslims…. You think all men are created equal, but that is not true: Islam does not say that all men are created equal. Your values are not their values. If you do not understand...
  • Cardinals join to defend Church doctrine on divorce, remarriage

    09/09/2014 8:52:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 43 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | September 8, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Sep 9, 2014 / 03:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Five members of the College of Cardinals have joint-authored a book defending Church doctrine regarding divorced and remarried Catholics, affirming that it is the most merciful approach. Set to be published in English this October, the book is entitled “Remaining in the Truth of Christ: Marriage and Communion in the Catholic Church.” It offers a response to Cardinal Walter Kasper's call for the Church to open its doors to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive the Eucharist. According to publisher Ignatius Press, the book will outline both biblical arguments...
  • On My New Book and a Couple of Thoughts on the Moral Life

    09/09/2014 1:50:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 9/8/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    I am the proud father of a new book entitled simply The Ten Commandments (see at right). And you’ll be surprised, knowing me, at how brief it is—just 104 pages. But I wanted to keep it short, readable, connected to the catechism, and very practically related to living the Commandments on a daily basis. You can get it at the usual booksellers and there is also a Kindle version. I hope many will find it helpful, and it even fits neatly in your coat pocket.A couple of thoughts on moral law, which is a very precious gift to us from...
  • War Is Never Inevitable: Pope Francis Rues 'Senseless Slaughter'

    09/08/2014 2:52:46 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 42 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | Sep 8, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Sep 8, 2014 / 05:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a message to inter-religious faith leaders attending a conference on peace, Pope Francis said there are always alternatives to war and urged participants to seek avenues of dialogue. “War is never a necessity, nor is it inevitable. Another way can always be found: the way of dialogue, encounter and the sincere search for truth,” Pope Francis said in his Sept. 7 message to conference attendees. Organized by the Italian Sant'Egidio community, the Sept. 7-9 International Peace Meeting is being held in Antwerp, Belgium in commemoration of the centenary of...