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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Quebec Catholic parish invites cohabitating and same-sex couples to renew ‘conjugal commitment’

    05/27/2016 3:58:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 27, 2016 | Lianne Laurence
    A Quebec Catholic parish invited same-sex and cohabitating couples to “renew their conjugal commitment” in a “Feast of Love” last month. Sainte-Anne’s Parish in the Diocese of Chicoutimi decided to move away from its annual “Feast of Fidelity” honoring married couples, in favor of the new event, because Pope Francis has said not to judge, says Father Sylvain Gravel. The April 23-24 Feast of Love, announced in the parish bulletin a week earlier, was “simply to recognize all forms of love,” Gravel told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, adding that inspiration for the event was “le nouveau pape” and his...
  • Philippine President-Elect’s Latest Insult Is Directed at Catholic Bishops

    05/27/2016 2:38:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    CNA/EWTN NEWS ^ | May 27, 2016 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    MANILA, Philippines — The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, recently described the country’s bishops as corrupt and “sons of whores” for allegedly resorting to seeking favors from politicians. During a May 20 press conference, the president-elect described the Catholic Church as “the most hypocritical institution” and insulted the Filipino bishops: “You sons of whores, aren’t you ashamed? You ask for so many favors, even from me.”Currently mayor of Davao City, Duterte has built his political image as a tough leader. Nicknamed  “The Punisher” by Time magazine, Duterte brought law and order to Davao, which was known in the ’70s...
  • United Methodists Step Back from Child Sacrifice… and That’s Not Good

    05/26/2016 3:22:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 22 replies
    pulpitandpen.org ^ | May 26, 2016 | Alan Maricle
    It’s instinctive for us to look favorably upon a situation where a markedly messed up and apostate group such as the United Methodist Church takes a step ostensibly in the direction of a better position than what they held before. But let’s check out some reasons why this is not necessarily a great reason to celebrate. First, let’s note that 310 delegates voted against the resolution to stop supporting Roe v Wade. Let that sink in. I’m no mathematician, but it sure looks like 40% of the people that United Methodist churches across the USA selected to represent them at...
  • 43 Republicans Join Democrats to Support Obama’s Transgender Agenda

    05/26/2016 12:28:50 PM PDT · by milton23 · 51 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 5/26/16 | Ryan T. Anderson
    On Wednesday night, 43 Republican members of Congress joined the Democrats to vote for President Barack Obama’s transgender agenda. Whereas last week Congress voted to reject this proposal—known as the Maloney Amendment—last night they voted to ratify Obama’s 2014 executive order barring federal contractors from what it describes as “discrimination” on the basis of “sexual orientation and gender identity” in their private employment policies. And, of course, “discrimination” on the basis of “gender identity” can be something as simple as having a bathroom policy based on biological sex, not gender identity, as we learned last week from Obama’s transgender directives....
  • Muslims Think US 'Has Gone Completely Insane' Over LGBT Issues, Muslim Leader Says

    05/26/2016 4:32:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 5/25/16 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON — Peaceful Muslims who live outside the United States think American society "has gone completely insane" over LGBT issues, Sheikh Hamza Yusuf said on a Monday panel hosted by the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission. After discussing President Barack Obama's edict directing all public schools to base their bathroom use policies upon gender identity rather than biological sex, the moderator turned to Yusuf to ask how Muslims view the issue. Even to think about thinking about it is probably difficult for a lot of Muslims. In the Muslim world ... they think we're a society that's gone...
  • PJC Ruling: One Woman and One Man Marriage Polices are Discriminatory (PCUSA)

    05/25/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by PAR35 · 7 replies
    The Layman ^ | May 16, 2016 | Paula R. Kincaid
    A presbytery’s Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) has ruled that a church’s session cannot adopt a policy requiring all weddings performed on church property be only between one man and one woman. In the case of Thomas E. Morgan, complainant vs. Session, First Presbyterian Church, Asheboro, N.C., respondent, the PJC of Salem Presbytery ruled that “A categorical decision by the session not to permit any marriage by a couple of the same-sex on church property without consideration of their commitment to each other, their understanding of the nature of the marriage covenant and their commitment to living their lives together according...
  • The Mad Virtues of Pope Francis, and the Desperate Resistance

    05/25/2016 3:19:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 53 replies
    St Corbian's Bear ^ | May 24, 2016 | St Corbian's Bear
    Typically, for the Bear, this is not short. You may find it entertaining, however. It wraps up several issues that have been occupying the Bear's mind lately as he grapples with the why and the how of what he is doing. Pope Francis: Finally, a Smiling Face to the Horror For decades we have had to sit and watch helplessly as the Church was consumed by preventable scandal and ceaseless innovation. The enemy was hard to get a fix on. He seemed to be everywhere and nowhere, and his name was Legion. But it was clear that somehow the schwerpunkt...
  • Synods: A hugely expensive Fraud: Essential Passages of AL had already been written 10 years ago

    05/25/2016 3:12:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 5/25/2016 | New Catholic
    What we did not expect was for Tucho (pronounced TOO-cho) to merely copy-paste inside a papal document the most controversial parts of the exhortation from his own controversial words of the past -- articles written for no other reason than to counter the foundational encyclical of Pope John Paul II on the Moral Doctrine of the Church, and against all kinds of relativism, "Veritatis Splendor". The fabulous trick was revealed by Sandro Magister today.
  • The absurdity of “safe zones” for the secularist and the saint.

    05/23/2016 8:37:16 AM PDT · by Morgana · 3 replies
    Created Equal podbean.com ^ | May 23, 2016 | Mark Harrington
    This is not violence,” an angry abortion advocate screams while physically attacking a Created Equal team member. Last week a Columbus, OH resident roughed up one of our outreach team members even before he had an opportunity to dialogue with his intended audience. It seems increasingly common for abortion advocates not only to dissent to our message but also to resort to violence. In defending the violence of abortion, abortion advocates use violence to intimidate preborn defenders. But this call for protectionism isn’t just for abortion advocates or unbelievers anymore, but we now see it cropping up among Christians, especially...
  • A New and Improved God

    05/23/2016 2:49:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 20, 2016 | David Carlin
    It is difficult, indeed almost impossible, to know how many Americans believe in God. Why? Because the word “God” means different things to different people. Mr. A may have one idea of God while Mr. B has quite another, even though they both tell us that they believe in God. It’s like “democracy.” Communists and anti-Communists both called themselves democrats, but they had radically different ideas of democracy.A couple of centuries ago, almost everybody in the western world (which used to be called Christendom) had pretty much the same idea of God. You might be Catholic or Protestant, but your...
  • A Journey Using a Medieval “Map of Hell”

    05/22/2016 10:52:54 AM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    Aletelial ^ | March 20, 2016 | Matthew Becklo
    The “religious sense” has hit Nat Geo overnight – and the Catholic Church has found itself on center stage.First came a dramatized documentary about Pope Francis and a new series from Morgan Freeman about the “the story of God” (which affirmed the co-existence of faith and science in Catholicism and displayed a kind of “spiritual bond” with Rome).Now, Catholicism is at the center of a very different sort of travelogue, a two-hour special called “Map of Hell.” Donning a silver cross, action anti-hero Danny Trejo (Machete) kicks this special off with some “bad news”: “Someday, we’re all gonna die.”...
  • Baby Bison and the Danger of "Misplaced Concern" (as it applies to the LGBT community)

    05/21/2016 2:43:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 20, 2016 | Carrie Gress, Ph.D.
    As the emotional trumps the rational, people increasingly act on sentiment and subjective desires, often making bad situations even worse. American Bison mother and calf stop traffic in Yellowstone National Park (Photo: Martha Marks | us.fotolia.com) On May 9th at Yellowstone National Park, a bison calf was euthanized. The reason? A tourist, concerned about the welfare of the calf in the cold temperatures, had put it in her SUV. The calf was later rejected by its mother after repeated attempts to return it to the herd. “Rob Heusevelet, another park visitor, said he warned the tourists they didn't need to...
  • Metropolitan Hilarion Criticizes Protestant Churches that Support Modern Secular Values

    05/21/2016 11:50:27 AM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 05-19-2016 | ROC
    In his address at the grand meeting on the occasion of the DECR 70th anniversary, Metropolitan Hilarion said that the relations of the Russian Church with the Catholic Church and with the Ancient Oriental Churches could be characterized by positive dynamics, but, regrettably, we cannot say the same about relations with the Protestant world. ‘The contradictions between the Orthodox Church and the Protestant communities that consistently distort the Church’s teaching to accommodate modern secular standards are intensifying,’ he said and added that the Moscow Patriarchate was still open to cooperation with representatives of the conservative circles of the Protestant world...
  • Vatican cardinal: U.S. bathroom battle is part of ‘insidious war’ against human nature

    05/21/2016 9:03:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 17, 2016 | Claire Chretien
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – A top Vatican cardinal blasted the transgender bathroom agenda in the United States on Tuesday as diabolical. Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect for the Congregation of Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., that there are clear signs in the United States of religious persecution and a war against human nature. “Do we not see signs of this insidious war in this great nation of the United States?” Sarah asked.  “In the name of ‘tolerance,’ the Church’s teachings on marriage, sexuality and the human...
  • Pope Francis Calls Greedy Employers 'True Leeches'

    05/21/2016 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Auntie Mame · 53 replies
    Courthouse News Service ^ | May 20, 2016 | SEAN DUFFY
        (CN) — Pope Francis condemned the sin of "living off the blood of the people" while criticizing immoral employers for not providing health care for their employees, calling them "true leeches."     During his homily on Thursday, the pontiff brought up a hypothetical situation in which a business employs a worker from September to June but does not provide health care coverage.     "Exploitation of people today is a true slavery," he said. "We thought that slaves do not exist anymore. They exist. It's true, people don't go to Africa to take them and then sell them in America, no. But it's in our...
  • Diocese of Maryland takes up reparations

    05/20/2016 6:02:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 49 replies
    Episcopal News Service ^ | May 17, 2016 | M. Dion Thompson
    Young protesters from the Baltimore uprising share their experience and hope to the Diocese of Maryland convention. Delegates began the work of what reparations for the sin of racism and slavery to determine what that might look like. At its recent convention, the Diocese of Maryland took the first of what could be many small steps to engage the issue of reparations and set aside money to help heal the centuries-old wounds of slavery. Though the resolution that anchored the conversation, known as “Reparations Investment,” was referred to Diocesan Council for further review, its appearance marked a beginning for the...
  • 'Rotten fruit' endemic in this entire industry [Christian Publishing]

    05/20/2016 2:53:17 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 13 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5/20/2016 | Jim Fletcher
    Although few talk about it publicly, I continue to be astonished by the rotten fruit in the Christian book publishing industry. I feel almost forced to say this at the outset: There are still good publishers. There are still good authors. There is still some good material being produced. It’s just not mostly in the popular categories/circles (makers). Checking out Christian retailing online the other day was a real downer. Among the top-selling books/authors making their rounds through evangelical circles: "Jesus Calling," "The Power of I Am" (Joel Osteen), Thom Rainer, Rick Warren, Jen Hatmaker, Steven Furtick and "Half Truths"...
  • Babylon Rises (Blog on Transgender Bathroom Controversy)

    05/20/2016 7:44:13 AM PDT · by pcottraux · 13 replies
    Depths Of Pentecost ^ | 5-14--2016 | Philip Cottraux
    Babylon Rises By Philip Cottraux I normally avoid controversial topics, preferring Bible teachings to divisive political issues. However, I have addressed gay marriage, church shootings and abortion, and now a particular firestorm has come against my state in recent weeks that I can no longer ignore. God is calling His people to take a stand. As homosexual fascism has swept America into embracing immorality under the phony guise of “civil rights,” ethical dilemmas have been created for local governments to deal with. North Carolina recently passed House Bill 2, which states that a transgendered person should use the restroom of...
  • To Transform Society, Be Ready to Die, Cardinal (Burke) Advises

    05/19/2016 3:34:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 19, 2016 | John Burger
    When Catholics approach Cardinal Raymond L. Burke to express their concerns about evidence of decay in society and the Church, he urges them to “deepen their understanding of the constant teaching and discipline of the Church” and to make their voices heard by Church leaders.In a May 7 talk addressing the “Rome Life Forum” sponsored by the group Voice of the Family, Cardinal Burke, patron of the Order of Malta, acknowledged concerns about possible confusion in the Church on fundamental dogmatic and moral truths, and said bishops need to “understand the urgent need to announce again with clarity and courage...
  • 'God is Being Eroded, Eclipsed, Liquidated' in the United States, Cardinal Says

    05/18/2016 6:57:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    US News ^ | May 18, 2016
    In a keynote address at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Cardinal Sarah said that in the United States, "God is being eroded, eclipsed, liquidated," Catholic News Agency reports. Cardinal Sarah pointed out specific events "in the name of 'tolerance'" that have contributed to this erosion, including "the legalization of same sex marriage, the obligation to accept contraception within health care programs, and even 'bathroom bills' that allow men to use the women’s restrooms and locker rooms." [MORE:  Jesus' Tomb in Danger of Collapsing] "Should not a biological man use the men’s restroom?" he said in...
  • Methodists trying to avoid church split over gay rights

    05/18/2016 4:08:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 68 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May. 18, 2016 7:01 PM EDT
    The top policy body for the United Methodist Church is struggling to avert a split over gay rights. The Methodist General Conference voted 428-405 to delay all discussion of church policy related to LGBT people during a meeting in Portland, Oregon. Delegates created a commission Wednesday to review all relevant church law on the subject over a period of at least two years, then hold a special meeting to discuss the way forward. …
  • Bishop Conley, The Obama Administration is “Simply Wrong”

    05/18/2016 3:42:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | May 17, 2016 | Bishop James D. Conley
    Transgenderism: The Tyranny of Tolerance On Friday, May 13, the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice issued a joint instruction, which they called “significant guidance,” to public school districts across the country.Bishop James D. Conley, The Obama Administration is Simply Wrong The guidance stated that in order to receive federal funds for education, every public school district must provide services, restrooms, and “equal access” to all students according to their stated gender identity.The federal government has ordered that when any student and his parents tell the school that his “gender identity” has changed—if he was born a...
  • Mexican bishop calls for compassion for people growing poppies

    05/17/2016 3:19:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 5/17/2016 | David Agren
    A Catholic bishop in the southern Mexican state of Guerrero has called for compassion toward the impoverished populations harvesting opium poppies out of necessity, saying such people are not sinners and are neglected by the government. He asked the army to stop fumigating small farmers' poppy fields "until there are other options for opium poppy growers" and said the practice was "taking food out of their mouths (and) starving them to death." "People who grow opium poppies are the most marginalized people in the state and the country. ... It's campesinos (peasant farmers) who plant the flower, not narcotics traffickers,"...
  • The Catholic Church must stop flirting with anti-family ideologies and oppose them: Romanian doctor

    05/17/2016 2:51:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | May 16, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    Instead of leading faithful Catholics in battle against forces of evil that seek to undermine and erase Christianity’s mark on civilization, the Catholic Church under the leadership of Pope Francis is kowtowing to problematic ideological systems that are opposed to life, family, the well-being of society, and ultimately, to the Gospel of Jesus Christ, said Dr. Anca Cernea of Romania in a talk given at an international life-and-family conference in Rome last week. She urged conference participants to earnestly pray that Catholic shepherds return to their primary “duty” of saving souls through evangelization and conversion. See the full text of...
  • Anglican-Catholic dialogue hammering out the ‘tough difficulties’

    05/16/2016 5:14:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Catholic Register ^ | May 16, 2016 | Michael Swan
    After nearly 50 years of discourse between the Catholic and Anglican communions, the official dialogue body wants to fine-tune how it studies the differences and similarities between two churches which both call themselves Catholic. “ARCIC III hasn’t proved itself yet,” Sir David Moxon, Anglican co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission, told The Catholic Register following an ecumenical evensong on Pentecost Sunday. This third stage of the dialogue has been meeting since 2011, but has yet to publish a major document. It is currently studying how the Church arrives at moral teaching. The official dialogue sponsored by the Vatican and...
  • Charlie Daniels: How Much Longer Will a Just God Allow America to Prosper?

    05/16/2016 7:23:25 PM PDT · by PROCON · 32 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | May 16, 2016 | Charlie Daniels
    When I look at the unfathomable vastness of the universe, the intricate workings of the solar system, the constant, predictable journey of the moon around the earth and the earth around the sun, it's incomprehensible to me that it just happened. It is inconceivable for me to believe that it was just a random occurrence, nothing more than the explosion of gases in space that luckily resulted in a nine planet solar system, with the third one from the center being the only known inhabited planet in existence. When I consider the process by which a child is conceived and...
  • Breaking: Supreme Court sends Little Sisters' case back to lower court

    05/16/2016 3:58:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | May 16, 2016 | Matt Hadro
    Little Sisters of the Poor at the Denver, Colorado house. Credit: El Pueblo Catolico/James Baca. Washington D.C., May 16, 2016 / 08:53 am (CNA).- In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court sent the Little Sisters of the Poor HHS mandate case back to the lower courts on Monday, in light of new developments in the case.“We are very encouraged by the Court’s decision, which is an important win for the Little Sisters. The Court has recognized that the government changed its position,” said Mark Rienzi, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney for the Little...
  • What Does It Mean to Receive Communion Worthily? (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/16/2016 3:49:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | Jenna M. Cooper, J.C.L.
    [Editor’s Note: In response to a recent piece by Judy Landrieu Klein, our “Daily Catch” blog polled readers about their habits of confession and the reception of Holy Communion. As nearly 60% of the respondents admitted to knowingly participating in Communion while not in a state of grace, we asked canonist Jenna Cooper to address what the church teaches about this issue, and why.]As the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium tells us, the Eucharist is the “source and summit of Christian life” (LG 11), in which Jesus Christ is made really and truly present to us. During the holy sacrifice of...
  • Supreme Court Sends Little Sisters of the Poor Case Back to Lower Courts

    05/16/2016 3:40:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 16, 2016 | John Burger
    In a unanimous decision, the Supreme Court on Monday vacated lower court rulings against religious non-profits objecting to Obamacare’s “contraceptive mandate.”The court did not rule on the merits of Zubik v. Burwell, a closely-watched case that included the Little Sisters of the Poor, several Catholic dioceses and colleges and Priests for Life. But in the unsigned decision, the eight justices said the government may not fine the non-profits involved. The court sent the case back to the lower courts, saying the parties to the case “should be afforded an opportunity to arrive at an approach going forward that accommodates petitioners’ religious exercise while at the same time ensuring that women covered...
  • Collectibles for Christ

    05/16/2016 9:55:41 AM PDT · by pboyington
    Go Fund Me ^ | May 16, 2016 | Colonel Brian Sperling
    This seems like a good cause, a new organization started by a friend of mine, Colonel Brian Sperling. Ever since I took part in my first mission trip, over a decade ago in Zimbabwe, my heart for missions, for the homeless, and for the poor all over the world has grown. My name is Brian Sperling, a career Army officer, and I have reached a time in my life and achieved a conviction where I am taking steps to do something more than I have been. I have moved 14 times in my 27-year career and have seen financial needs,...
  • 2016 05 15 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Fighting God" (video)

    05/15/2016 9:26:31 PM PDT · by Lera · 6 replies
    Fellowship Bible Chapel ^ | May 15, 2016 | John Haller
    "Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!" That line, spoken by Bill Murray in the movie "Ghostbusters" is incredibly not very far from the truth these days. Keep in mind, it has been only 10 1/2 months since the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage, and the complete breakdown and degeneration of society here and abroad is now in full force. John has had enough, and he shares his anger and frustration during this week's update entitled "Fighting God". In an unusually harsh rebuke of our elected officials and world leaders, John takes them to task on heir...
  • A Young Priest Sets the Record Straight for the Catholic Left

    05/15/2016 9:16:57 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    This past week Sulpician Fr. Phillip J. Brown, rector of the Theological College, the national diocesan seminary of the Catholic University of America, thought it a good idea to grant an interview to the dissident media outlet the National Catholic Reporter. The topic? Is there a "Francis effect" noticeable to Fr. Brown among the current crop of seminarians, and if so, what does it look like? In the article, Fr. Brown and the NCR present the all too common false narrative of the Catholic Left: namely, that those already ordained to the priesthood in recent years are not really interested...
  • Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God

    05/11/2016 8:35:53 AM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-10-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Justice and Mercy Are Alike for God Msgr. Charles Pope • May 10, 2016 • I recently prepared a talk to present to a group of lawyers on the relationship between justice and mercy. The following is a summary of the basic points: I. Distinctions – From our perspective as humans, we tend to distinguish sharply between justice and mercy.For us, justice is the rendering to each person what is due to him or her. There is a kind of “You did it, you get it” mentality (whether praise or rebuke, reward or punishment). For us, justice is about...
  • Cardi Burke: We must ‘resist’ those in the Church presenting false teaching on marriage, sacraments

    05/14/2016 3:36:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 13, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    ROME, May 11, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) -- Cardinal Raymond Burke stated on the weekend that faithful Catholics must “resist” a perspective within the Church that seeks to undermine the truths of the Catholic faith regarding the indissolubility of marriage and the real presence of Christ in the Eucharist. The general theme of the talk was “Martyrdom for the Faith in Our Times. “Of particular concern to me is a growing mundane perspective, a man-centered and world-centered perspective, especially in the Church,” he said, adding that the perspective expresses itself in a “secular understanding of the divine realities.” He was speaking to pro-life...
  • Cardinal Lehmann on Popes, Cardinal Müller, and Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    05/14/2016 11:43:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 13, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Cardinal Karl Lehmann, the former head of the German Bishops’ Conference and a famous “neo-Modernist Dissenter” turns 80 years old this month, and has thus submitted his final resignation from his office as the bishop of Mainz. In the course of this transition into retirement, Cardinal Lehmann has given several candid, and sometimes casual, interviews that are acutely relevant to the Catholic world for several reasons. Before we go into these reasons, however, let us briefly review some of the things for which Lehmann stands: He stands for the Sankt Gallen Group – he was one of the members of...
  • 5 Surprising Revelations of the Third Secret of Fatima (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/13/2016 6:50:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 13, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    May 13, 2016 marks the 99th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. For the past century individuals around the world have developed theories meant to decipher the hidden message of the three “secrets” of Fatima. Yet, Sister Lucia said herself that, “the interpretation belonged not to the visionary but to the Church.” It is up to the Church to interpret the various signs and symbols of Our Lady of Fatima to give the faithful a clear guide in understanding what God wants to reveal to us.The Church did exactly that in the year 2000 when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,...
  • Yes, No, I Don’t Know, You Figure It Out. The Fluid Magisterium of Pope Francis [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2016 6:21:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 45 replies
    Chisea ^ | May 13, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He never says all that he has in mind, he just leaves it to guesswork. He allows everything to be brought up again for discussion. Thus everything becomes a matter of opinion, in a Church where everyone does what he wants by Sandro Magister ROME, May 13, 2016 – How the magisterium of Pope Francis works was explained a few days ago by one of his pupils, Archbishop Bruno Forte. He recounted that during the synod on the family, for which he was special secretary, the pope said to him: “If we talk explicitly about communion for the divorced and...
  • Same-Sex Marriage is Uniting Evangelicals and Catholic

    05/13/2016 6:16:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 5/9/16 | Michael Cook
    A major Evangelical figure in the US says that Catholics were right about The PillOne surprising effect of the rise of same-sex marriage in the United States may be a convergence between evangelicals and the Catholic Church. The best evidence for this is a recent book by Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and one of the nation’s most prominent Evangelical thinkers. In We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, & The Very Meaning of Right & Wrong, he tackles the challenge of same-sex marriage. From a scriptural point of view, the idea...
  • One-In-Four New Children Murdered... 56 MILLION Per Year

    05/12/2016 2:32:59 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 10 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 5/12/16 | Gary
    A new study reveals that one-fourth of unborn children around the world are murdered - a staggering 56 million children per year.  The study reveals that the number is actually significantly higher than previously thought. From the BBC: One in four pregnancies ends in an abortion each year, global estimates from the World Health Organization and Guttmacher Institute suggest. The report in the Lancet said 56m induced abortions take place annually - higher than previously thought. Researchers acknowledge rates have improved in many rich countries but warn this masks no change in poorer areas over the past 15 years. Experts...
  • Italian Legislators Enact Civil-Union Law

    05/12/2016 5:50:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Italy's lawmakers has approved a bill that gives legal recognition to civil unions. By an overwhelming vote of 372 to 51, with 99 abstentions, the lower house of the Italian parliament approved the government's plan to establish civil unions. News of the result drew applause on the floor of the legislature and from a crowd waiting outside the building. The law-- which gives same-sex couples the same legal standing as married couples, but does not recognize same-sex marriages-- brings Italy into line with every other country in western Europe, in giving legal recognition to same-sex unions. Civil unions become law...
  • Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook

    05/10/2016 7:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-09-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Sin Can Be Attractive Bait, but There’s Always a Hook Msgr. Charles Pope • May 9, 2016 • Satan, it would seem, does not act in an arbitrary manner when trying to tempt us. Rather, he is more a master hunter carefully setting traps, or a skilled fisherman studying behavior in order to choose the most effective bait. Satan is calculating and clever.Sadly, most of us are far less calculating and clever in seeking to avoid temptation and sin. We often engage in the wishful thinking that no trouble will befall us. Our strategy seems to depend more on...
  • ACLU Attacks US Catholic Hospitals, Saying 'Health Care' is Restricted

    05/10/2016 6:05:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has launched a campaign against Catholic hospitals, charging that the health of patients-- especially women-- may be endangered by the US bishops' health-care directives. Noting that Catholic institutions account for one of every six hospital beds in the US, the ACLU remarks that Catholic institutions are generally forbidden to perform abortions and sterilizations or to euthanize patients: procedures that the ACLU defines as forms of "health care" Thus the ACLU report concludes that "health care" is not always available at US hospitals because of Catholic teachings. "When hospitals prevent doctors from providing care, the...
  • Defying church ban, dozens of Methodist clergy come out as gay and lesbian

    05/09/2016 3:59:08 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/9/2016 | Daniel Burke
    Dozens of United Methodist clergy members came out as lesbian, gay or bisexual on Monday, defying their church's ban on "self-avowed practicing homosexuals" serving in ministry and essentially daring their supervisors to discipline them. In a public letter posted online, 111 pastors, deacons, elders and candidates for ministry said church rules require "that we not bring our full selves to ministry, that we hide from view our sexual orientations and gender identities." "While some of us have been lucky to serve in places where we could serve honestly and openly, there are others in places far more hostile, who continue...
  • Is Donald Trump Evil? The Religious Left Thinks He Is

    05/09/2016 9:19:12 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 49 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 9, 2016 | JP
    “Christians are ‘called to resist’ Trump.” So read the headline accompanying a polemic authored by Rev. Dr. David Gushee, Director of the Center for Theology and Public Life at Mercer University in Georgia. It was published this past week by Religion News Service, which provides left-of-center religious news and commentary to more than 100 media outlets, including the Washington Post, Chicago Tribune and Huffington Post. The “call” to which Gushee referred is a statement (which he helped draft) that was released last month by “a multiracial group of Christian ministers and scholars.” The group condemns Donald Trump, they say, because...
  • Lavender Graduations Harmful to Students at Catholic Colleges

    05/09/2016 6:12:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 4/28/16 | Adam Cassandra
    At least eight Catholic colleges across the country are hosting “lavender graduations” this spring — many of them as part of an annual campus tradition — to celebrate and honor students with same-sex attraction (SSA) or who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or queer (LGBTQ). Lavender graduations and similar ceremonies for seniors have been announced at the College of St. Rose, DePaul University, Georgetown University, Loyola Marymount University, St. Mary’s College of California, Santa Clara University, Seattle University and the University of San Francisco. Although intended as a compassionate gesture to students, the ceremonies reinforce harmful ideologies about sexuality...
  • Is My Same-Sex Attraction a Sin?

    05/08/2016 6:09:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 102 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2016 | Matt Moore
    Last week, one of my recent articles was published on The Gospel Coalition website. I have realized over the years that any time I write about the ever-controversial topic of homosexuality, I should expect a couple truckloads of criticism to come rolling into the comments section. This TGC article was no exception. I scrolled through "the aftermath" on Facebook and Twitter the day following its publishing, trying my best to humbly process the comments of some disgruntled readers. Quite a few people commended my commitment to celibacy but also shared that they believe my ongoing experience of same-sex attraction is...
  • Forte: Pope Did Not Want to Speak “Plainly” Of Communion for Remarried [Catholic Caucus]

    05/07/2016 9:00:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 7, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    At a meeting to discuss the apostolic exhoration Amoris Laetitia, Archbishop Bruno Forte revealed new insights into the mind of Pope Francis on one of the most controversial issues facing the Church: communion for the divorced and “remarried.” Forte was the man personally chosen by Pope Francis as the Special Secretary for the synods on marriage and family, and he is widely believed responsible for the insertion of the explosive language pertaining to homosexuals in the 2014 Synod’s mid-term relatio. During his presentation, the details of which were published on 3 May on the Italian news website, Zonalocale.it, Forte recalled...
  • Russian Patriarch Kirill Proclaims 'Holy War'

    05/07/2016 4:20:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    This is a fight against the fearsome foe that is currently not only spreading evil through the Middle East but also threatening the whole of mankind'The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called the fight against terrorism a “holy war” and urged international unity and an abandoning of double standards to defeat this global evil. “Today, when our warriors take part in combat operations in the Middle East, we know that this is not an aggression, occupation or an attempt to impose some ideology on other people, this has nothing to do with supporting certain governments,” Patriarch Kirill said...
  • De Mattei - The current crisis in the context of Church history

    05/06/2016 8:48:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 6, 2016 | Roberto de Mattei
    In the Gospel, Jesus uses many metaphors to indicate the Church He founded. One of the most fitting is the image of the boat threatened by a tempest (Matt. 8, 23-27; Mark, 4, 35-41; Luke 8, 22-25). This image has often been used by the Fathers of the Church and the Saints when depicting the Church as a barque at sea, shaken and tossed by the waves and, which lives, we could say, amid tempests, without ever being submerged by the waves. Well-known in the Gospel, is the scene of the tempest on Lake Tiberias, calmed by Our Lord: “Tunc...
  • Most Christians DON'T care about the suffering of preborn babies

    05/05/2016 5:44:43 PM PDT · by Morgana · 30 replies
    AbolitionistSociety ofTampa ^ | Published on Jul 18, 2015 | AbolitionistSociety ofTampa
    It's a sad, sad reality that most Christians simply don't care about the suffering of preborn babies. See it for yourself in this footage that was captured at the Church of the Brethren 2015 Conference. When will you start being a voice for your preborn neighbors? www.AbolishHumanAbortion.com www.TampaAHA.com VIDEO ONLY ON LINK