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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • 'What good would it do to forfeit your convictions & not gain your political world?' [Vanity]

    03/08/2012 10:54:36 AM PST · by Colofornian · 7 replies
    Colofornian | March 8, 2012 | Colofornian
    What if a mini-Obama ran your homeowners' association... and Satan offered you an 'alternative' candidate???... A PARABLE ABOUT GOP & ITS VOTERS: Joe Republican was desperate! The most despotic Marxist-leaning socialist had been running the local homeowners' association for the past three years, and Joe was beside himself with the association presidential election coming up. Who would run against him? Suddenly, the devil himself appeared to Joe, offering a "solution": "I have a candidate in mind who could defeat your socialist nemesis," soothed Satan. "Oh," said Joe. "Do tell." "Well," said Satan "he's an experienced businessman who's done quite well...
  • Pat Robertson Backs Legalizing Marijuana

    03/08/2012 8:30:25 AM PST · by AnTiw1 · 277 replies
    Clem Britt/AP ^ | Jesse McKinley
    Of the many roles Pat Robertson has assumed over his five-decade-long career as an evangelical leader - including presidential candidate and provocative voice of the right wing - his newest guise may perhaps surprise his followers the most: marijuana legalization advocate. "I really believe we should treat marijuana the way we treat beverage alcohol," Mr. Robertson said in an interview on Wednesday. "I've never used marijuana and I don't intend to, but it's just one of those things that I think: this war on drugs just hasn't succeeded."
  • Leading Jesuit college sacks dissident professor

    03/08/2012 5:19:42 AM PST · by NYer · 38 replies
    UCA News ^ | March 7, 2012 | Monica Brady-Myerov
    Several students are protesting the decision by Boston College to not renew the contract of an adjunct professor in its School of Theology and Ministry who has openly questioned why the Catholic church won’t ordain women.The Boston College mission statement on its website talks about the Jesuit foundation of the school that makes it unique. It reads: “No other institution so explicitly embodies the fundamental human desire to know.”But after Father John Shea, a professor of pastoral care and counseling, asked church leaders for a theological explanation for why women are not being ordained to the priesthood of the...
  • Racist principles were taught to older Mormons such as Professor Randy Bott [Admits Lds columnist]

    03/07/2012 2:37:47 PM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | March 1, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    Theres one big reason the usually popular BYU Professor Randy Bott stepped in it big time trying to explain the LDS Churchs longtime denial of priesthood and temple blessings to members of African descent by calling it a blessing. (Read, read, and read) Bott and others of that era in the LDS Church were taught these types of condescending compassionate racist principles when learning about the LDS Churches ban on blacks decades ago. Bott was born in 1945 and grew up in Northern Utah. In 1958, the Mutual Improvement Association listed Choose Ye This Day, a young adult novel, published...
  • Catholic Missionary Suing Government Willing to Risk Health (Crohn's) Over HHS Mandate

    03/07/2012 1:47:18 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    In caritate non ficta ^ | March 7, 2012 | Philip Gerard Johnson
    DENVER, March 6, 2012. A missionary with FOCUS, the Fellowship of Catholic University Students, is one of two private citizens who has joined states, senators and others in a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' mandate that nearly all health insurance plans cover contraceptives free of charge, says she would give up her critically important health insurance if the mandate is not overturned. Stacy Molai, of Omaha, Neb., suffers from Crohn's disease and says her health insurance coverage is critical in order to avoid financial ruin and possibly life-threatening consequences. Medical supplies for her condition cost...
  • News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mothers Funeral is a Buddhist and ...

    03/07/2012 11:54:19 AM PST · by A.A. Cunningham · 30 replies
    CatholicVote.org ^ | 7 March 2012 | Thomas Peters
    News Outlets Failed to Reveal Lesbian Denied Communion at Mothers Funeral is a Buddhist and Gay Rights Activist I didnt get involved in the story of a lesbian woman denied communion at her mothers funeral which the Washington Post plastered across its front page (Seeking Communion, Finding Rejection, in the lower right-hand corner) at first but the more I thought about the scenario the more it irked me. According to Barbara Johnsons version of events, and the version of events unquestioningly passed on by the mainstream media, she was denied Communion at her own mothers funeral by a priest...
  • Cardinal Dolan: White House Lectured My USCCB Staff On How to Interpret Catholic Teaching

    03/07/2012 10:14:16 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 6, 2012 | Thomas Peters
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan sent a letter to his brother bishops earlier this week where he revealed a shocking conversation that recently took place at a meeting between White House and USCCB staff: At a recent meeting between staff of the bishops’ conference and the White House staff, our staff members asked directly whether the broader concerns of religious freedom—that is, revisiting the straight-jacketing mandates, or broadening the maligned exemption—are all off the table. They were informed that they are. So much for “working out the wrinkles.” Instead, they advised the bishops’ conference that we should listen to the “enlightened” voices...
  • Loudly Catholic Santorum loses Ohio Catholics

    03/07/2012 7:50:09 AM PST · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    CNN ^ | 3/7/12 | Dan Gilgoff
    (CNN) - Rick Santorum, a conservative Catholic who is outspoken about faith-based issues, lost Catholic voters by a wide margin in Ohio on Tuesday, potentially a key factor that allowed Mitt Romney to squeak out the narrowest of victories overall in the state. According to CNNs exit polls, Romney took 43% of Ohio Catholics on Super Tuesday, compared to 31% for Rick Santorum, and Romney beat Santorum overall by 38% to 37%. Catholic voters accounted for a third of Ohios Republican electorate, the largest share of Catholics in any Super Tuesday state. The margin of Romney's win among Ohio Catholics...
  • JFK's privatized religion (Is it possible for a President's religion to have no influence at all?)

    03/07/2012 6:49:19 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Christian Century ^ | 03/07/2012 | David Helm
    John F. Kennedy's famous Houston speech on church and state during the 1960 presidential campaign elicited Rick Santorum's after-the-fact disgust. Though Santorum misrepresents the speech in some ways--Kennedy didn't say anything about limiting religious institutions and leaders from speaking on public issues--he is right to find the speech theologically lame. In trying to assure Protestant voters that they had nothing to fear in voting for a Catholic as president, JFK stressed that his religious views were "his own private affair." He laid out his vision of a chief executive whose public acts would not be "limited or conditioned by any...
  • HHS mandate could close 13 percent of the nations hospitals

    03/06/2012 11:15:27 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 3-5-12 | Ben Johnson
    The nations Catholic bishops have vowed to close their religious institutions rather than comply with the HHS mandate that they provide insurance coverage for contraception, sterilization, and abortion-inducing drugs. In a column printed on CatholicNewWorld, Francis Cardinal George urged people to purchase a copy of the Archdiocesan directory as a souvenir, because in two years the page containing a list of Catholic hospitals and health care institutions will be blank. Ed Morrissey of the Hot Air blog calculated what it would mean if the Catholic bishops shut down all religious institutions that are ineligible for the conscience clause under the...
  • Scottish Midwives Lose Legal Battle not to Assist in Abortions

    03/06/2012 7:38:04 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Two senior midwives from Glasgow have lost their battle not to assist in abortions following a court ruling. In a judgment handed down today from the Court of Session in Edinburgh, Lady Smith ruled that the midwives must accept the decision of their hospital management to oversee other midwives who are performing abortions on the labour ward. The midwives in the case, Miss Mary Doogan and Mrs Connie Wood, argued that they had never been required to supervise abortion procedures in the past, and that the hospital was asking them to be morally, medically and legally responsible for abortions. Although...
  • Who Is Sister Carol Keehan?

    03/06/2012 5:49:42 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    NC Register ^ | March 5, 2012 | Ann Carey
    >She has been photographed with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. She is frequently cited by the mainstream media as the ultimate authority on Catholic health care. She has consistently been in the top tier of “100 Most Powerful People in Health Care.” And she is credited with capturing the “Catholic vote” needed to pass the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act commonly called Obamacare.So, who is Sister Carol Keehan? And how did the Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul come to wield such power? Sister Carol did not respond to repeated requests for an...
  • Mormon church's racial history continues to haunt Romney

    03/06/2012 5:44:27 AM PST · by Colofornian · 78 replies
    The Grio.com ^ | March 1, 2012 | Edward Wyckoff Williams
    Mitt Romney, despite a seemingly lackluster appeal to the Republican base, is steadily marching toward the GOP nomination. A relatively private man, Romney has suffered for appearing awkward in public. But the businessman turned politician is learning to be transparent: he has finally released his tax returns, made attempts to clarify a myriad number of changed policy positions, and has even held his own in debates -- fine tuning well-rehearsed attacks on President Obama ahead of their likely general election fight. Yet there is one subject Romney has consistently avoided -- for good reason -- and that is the sordid...
  • Exclusive: Inside sources provide new info on priest censured for denying lesbian Communion

    (Editors note: An earlier version of this story identified Barbara Johnson as the partner of Kathleen DeBold and written up in Metro Weekly. A homosexual activist organization contacted LSN to note that it is a different Barbara Johnson identified in the newspaper. We are investigating the matter.) GAITHERSBURG, MD, March 1, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - In the wake of international press coverage of a priests decision to deny a lesbian communion, and the womans subsequent demands that he be removed from the parish, a source close to the incident contacted LifeSiteNews with new information that he says will set the record...
  • Is Nothing Sacred? Apparently Not. Reflecting on Another Absurdity in the News

    03/05/2012 11:49:54 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | March 4, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    We live in a culture where, increasingly, any sense of the sacred is being lost. The thought that something could be sacred, special, holy, or somehow “off-limits” is bewildering to many. Indeed many secularists consider those who do see some things as sacred, to be stuffy and somehow arrogant. There are many in our culture who defend the rights of others to burn the flag, ridicule religious symbols (e.g. the cross submerged in urine some years back in a noted “art” museum), and even applaud when, a couple years back, homosexual activists desecrated the Body of Christ by stomping on...
  • Bishop Lori rips America editorial on HHS mandate

    03/05/2012 11:37:37 AM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 5, 2012
    Bishop William Lori of Bridgeport has joined Cardinal Timothy Dolan in criticizing an America Magazine editorial on the Obama administrations mandate that contraceptives, sterilization, and some abortion-inducing drugs be provided free of charge under most insurance plans. Cardinal Dolan has called the editorial in the Jesuit publication hardly surprising but terribly unfortunate. The March 5th Americaeditorial takes the United States Bishops to task for entering too deeply into the finer points of health care policy as they ponder what the slightly revised Obama Administration mandate might mean for the Catholic Church in the United States, Bishop Lori said in a...
  • We Cannot Afford to Indulge This Madness

    03/05/2012 9:40:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Sunday Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/3/12 | Cardinal Keith O'Brien
    Cardinal Keith O'Brien, Britain's most senior Catholic, sets out his opposition to the Government's plans to legalise gay marriage.The Government is this month launching a consultation on same-sex marriage, asking the public whether it should be introduced in England and Wales. I hope many respond and consider signing the petition in support of traditional marriage organised by a new organisation, the Coalition for Marriage. On the surface, the question of same-sex marriage may seem to be an innocuous one. Civil partnerships have been in place for several years now, allowing same-sex couples to register their relationship and enjoy a variety...
  • A History Lesson: Guess Who Wins?

    03/05/2012 6:11:27 AM PST · by jacknhoo · 2 replies
    CatholicVote ^ | 03-02-2012 | Patrick Thornton
    In the last few weeks of HHS influenced dead-horse beating and extended discussions on Womens Health, I consistently find myself coming back to the idea that President Obama and his administration really think they can take on the Catholics and win. They are obviously trying to win at all costs. After all, at Notre Dame the President of the United States LIED about respecting conscience. Then he LIED about accommodating us Catholics (last time I had an accommodation like that was when I had my prostate checked). The Church has a pretty good track record of outlasting other empires. So,...
  • No Cooperation with Evil ( formal vs material cooperation in evil)

    03/04/2012 12:58:20 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 4, 2012 | Randall Smith
    A teaching of the Church getting some ill-use recently is the distinction between “formal” and “material” cooperation in evil, with some commentators trying mightily to convince Catholics they have a “free pass” on the HHS mandates because paying for contraceptive services would only be “material” cooperation with evil, and “material” cooperation, they say, isn’t a problem. So, for example, Religion News Service’s David Gibson, writing in USA Today, scolds the bishops on these grounds for their continued opposition to the HHS mandate. “This is Moral Theology 101,” he quotes one unnamed moral theologian as saying. “I do not think the bishops and their...
  • Top U.S. Bishop to All Bishops: We Did Not Ask for This Fight, But We Will Not Run From It

    03/04/2012 12:44:57 PM PST · by NYer · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 4, 2012 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Pope Benedict XVI makes Archbishop Timothy Dolan a cardinal of the Catholic Church on Feb. 18, 2012 at Saint Peter's Basilica in the Vatican. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini) (CNSNews.com) - Cardinal Timothy Dolan, archbishop of New York and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, sent a letter on Friday to all the Catholic bishops of the United States reasserting the conviction of the Catholic Church that it will not yield to the Obama administrations commandissued in the form of a Health and Human Services regulation implementing the presidents health-care plan--that Catholics and Catholic institutions must violate the teachings...