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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...
  • Catholic bishops exhort faithful to oppose Obamacare in a Sunday message

    03/03/2012 3:00:03 PM PST · by NYer · 26 replies
    Speroforum ^ | March 2, 2012 | Martin Barillas
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic bishops is issuing a flyer to be distributed at Masses over the March 3-4 weekend that asks their congregation to voice their opposition to the Obama administration's requirement that all employers pay for their employees' contraceptives. The mandate, which President Obama has given just one year for compliance, would force Catholic hospitals - for instance - to pay for contraceptives, even though contrary to Catholic teachings. Besides the Catholic bishops, other religious groups, including non-Christians and secular people, have criticized the Obama administration's move as an unconstitutional intromission into religious freedoms and the freedom of association. The bishops ask their congregations to contact their Members of Congress to voice their opposition...
  • Larry Doyles Jesus-Eating Cult (Larry in conversation with Catholic Exchange)

    03/03/2012 2:46:05 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | March 2, 2012 | Harold Fickett
    [1]Larry Doyle The reaction of Catholic leaders to Larry Doyle’s satiric piece at HuffPo this week, “The Jesus-Eating Cult of Rick Santorum,” has been exactly the wrong reaction. We have taken offense, demanded apologies of Arianna Huffington, and asked that we please not be exposed through satire to the virulently-anti Catholic opinions of the Church’s opponents. Doyle’s piece, like the shows for which he has written, “Beavis and Butthead,” and “The Simpsons,” was crude. There’s no doubt about that.He led off“It’s time to take a good hard look at Rick Santorum’s faith.“Many of you will be shocked to learn...
  • Sluts no more

    03/03/2012 2:17:55 PM PST · by ellenbrewster · 14 replies
    Popular Culture Through a Biblical Lens ^ | March 3, 2012 | Ellen Makkai
    Promiscuous: not restricted to one sexual partner (Merriam Webster, Tenth edition 1993) Slut: a woman who has had many sexual partners (Merriam Webster Learners Dictionary) Great indignation spreads across the land. A famous blabbermouth, who calls a spade a spade, has called a slut a slut. But in our values-neutral society, we embrace a new normal: multiple sexual partners and the one-night-stand. The consequence? Todays young women dont recognize that each time they spread their legs to welcome a new lover; they inch up the slut scale. Slut is outmoded lingo and thus, they are sluts no more.
  • The Coming Persecution (a priest's projection on what is to come if Obama re-elected)

    03/03/2012 12:03:05 PM PST · by NYer · 40 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | March 2, 2012 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    So much talk amongst right wing Catholics of the erosion of religious liberty, the collapse of all things and the coming persecution. Talk of government detention centers and priests being shot like Bl. Miguel Pro. I don't think they get it. That's not what it will be like. America is different. We're into image big time. We thought the Soviets were into brainwashing and propaganda. We put them in the shade. America is all about healthy, lusty, good looking guys and gals who are clean cut, successful and smiling. We're into the good life. We're into being good and...
  • The HHS Mandate: Cardinal George and the Bishops Are Fighting the Last War (Excellent Analysis)

    03/03/2012 11:05:49 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies
    gerardnadal ^ | March 3, 2012 | Dr. Gerard M. Nadal
    It is a well-known phenomenon that generals have a tendency to “Fight the Last War,” meaning that they tend to use the tactics that brought them victory in the last war they fought. The problem is that the enemy usually shows up with new weapons and new tactics. Either the generals adapt, or go down to defeat.In the war over the HHS Mandate, it seems that the bishops have shown up with Cardinal O’Connor’s playbook from the 1980′s. It won’t work, and they had better grasp that reality today, and with all due urgency.This past week, Francis Cardinal George of...
  • Cardinal Dolan indicates possible legal actions; rebuffs "cave-in" Catholics

    03/03/2012 10:51:31 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | March 3, 2012 | Carl Olson
    From Cardinal Timothy Dolan's March 2nd, three-page letter to his fellow bishops:We will continue to accept invitations to meet with and to voice our concerns to anyone of any party, for this is hardly partisan, who is willing to correct the infringements on religious freedom that we are now under. But as we do so, we cannot rely on off the record promises of fixes without deadlines and without assurances of proposals that will concretely address the concerns in a manner that does not conflict with our principles and teaching. Congress might provide more hope, since thoughtful elected officials have...
  • Lets keep our wallets from their gonads too

    03/02/2012 6:55:18 PM PST · by Tefilo · 10 replies
    (Warning: I utilize anatomically-correct terms referencing sexual organs in a non-vulgar yet frank fashion on this post. If you object to this language, please dont continue reading this post)Brethren, Peace be with all of you.Rush Limbaughs recent criticism of Georgetown Universitys (a Catholic institution) law student Sandra Flukes stance in favor of the Obama Administrations conscience-violating contraception mandate, has charged the debate in such a way that our objections to the Administrations mandate will be more difficult to explain and sustain. Miss Fluke is now being portrayed as a victim and this portrayal will drown the debate into irrelevancies. Her...
  • Modern, secular liberalism is a political religion

    03/02/2012 3:16:27 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    CWR ^ | March 2, 2012 | Carl Olson
    Jonah Goldberg's most recent "Goldberg File" comments at length, and with several good points, on the maddening way that modern liberalism presents itself as an objective, secular belief system above the superstitious, backwards fray of traditional (and non-traditional) religions: Speaking of Liberal Fascism, one of its core themes -- and mine -- is that modern liberalism is a political religion. That's why I've been so intrigued and frustrated by the discussion around Rick Santorum and his various comments, including: His ham-fisted remarks about wanting to vomit after reading JFK's church-state speech, his defense of religious freedom, his insistence that Obama's...
  • From Cardinal Dolan: We Have to be Realistic and Prepare for Tough Times

    03/02/2012 1:34:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 3/1/12 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From his blog today: The President invited us to work out the wrinkles, and we have been taking him seriously. Unfortunately, this seems to be going nowhere: the White House Press Secretary, for instance, informed the nation that the mandates are a fait accompli (and, embarrassingly for him, commented that we bishops have always opposed Health Care anyway, a charge that is simply scurrilous and insulting). The White House already notified Congress that the dreaded mandates are now published in the Federal Registry without change. The Secretary of HHS is widely quoted as saying, Religious insurance companies dont really design...
  • Santorum and the Vote [Michael Voris on Michigan, Evangelicals and "Fake" Catholics]

    03/02/2012 8:50:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Real Catholic TV ^ | 3/2/12 | Michael Voris
    Take a look back at the results of the Michigan Republican Primary, and you might be surprised at who is embracing Catholic teaching. Video : Santorum and the Vote
  • UPDATE on Fr. Marcel Guarnizo [Denied Lesbian Communion]

    03/02/2012 6:22:38 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Deacon Greg posted the following update to his story. It seems that someone from St. John Newmann wrote to him the following:just wanted to let you know that there is a lot more to this story than has been published। I was in a meeting with Fr Marcel and heard the whole story। The woman in question brought her lesbian partner into the vesting sacristy just before the funeral Mass and made sure to introduce her partner to Fr Marcel, introducing her as her ‘lover’. He told her then that she should not present herself for Communion. I have been...
  • Biden: We 'Screwed up' Contraception Mandate

    03/02/2012 6:08:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/1/12 | Byron Tau and Donovan Slack
    Vice President Joe Biden, reflecting on the contraception debate that forced the administration to alter the policy to appease Catholic leaders, said that the administration "screwed up" the first version of the mandate. I was the one that was tasked to meet with the National Conference of Bishops, and others and Cardinal Dolan, to talk about this," Biden said in remarks at Iowa State University Thursday. "The fact of the matter is, the ultimate resolution to this problem is where it should have been in the first place.
  • Dream of Saint John Bosco: to Hell and Back

    03/02/2012 5:43:26 AM PST · by NYer · 23 replies · 91+ views
    Catholicism ^ | March 2, 2012 | St. John Bosco
    Introduction: At the beginning of Holy Week in 1868, haunting dreams began to trouble Don Bosco, and they “went on for several miserable nights.”“These dreams so exhausted me,” he stated, “that in the morning I felt more done in than if I had been working all night. They also alarmed and upset me very much.”The most frightful, but also the most salutary of these dreams occurred on Friday, April 10th. It is the account of this dream, which we have reprinted below. The reader will notice that, in this dream, Don Bosco is accompanied by a man who acted...
  • Trouble in Vatican: Pontifical Acad mmbrs upset with ethics deficit at infertility conference (CC)

    03/01/2012 3:44:31 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies · 9+ views
    Life Site News ^ | February 29, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    PAV Assembly in a conference center next to St. Peter's Basilica VATICAN CITY, February 27, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A gathering of the Vatican’s own academy for promoting respect for life was met with palpable discontent from its own members and other registrants after presenters on the topic of infertility alluded to in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and other artificial reproduction technologies as “natural” and legitimate for treating patients, despite their conflict with Catholic moral teaching. In addition, one prominent Catholic doctor who noted the link between the birth control pill and breast cancer was told by the moderator that his claim was...
  • Lesbian Judge Refuses to Marry Straight Couples

    03/01/2012 7:38:17 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies · 2+ views
    BET ^ | 2/27/12 | Danielle Wright
    Tonya Parker says until same-sex licenses are legal in Texas, she will not sign the forms.A Black, openly lesbian Texas judge is refusing to conduct straight-couple marriage ceremonies in her state until same-sex couples can wed. The judge, Tonya Parker, recently explained her decision during a Stonewall Democrats of Dallas monthly meeting. I do not perform them because it is not an equal application of the law. Period, she said, reports the NY Daily News. Parker says she is using her decision as an opportunity to give a lesson about marriage equality in the state. So I usually will offer...
  • Racist Remarks by popular BYU Religion Professor Spark Controversy

    02/29/2012 2:23:19 PM PST · by Colofornian · 13 replies · 3+ views
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Feb. 29, 2012 | Joanna Brooks
    Racist apologetics by a popular Brigham Young University religion professor are sparking controversy, as election-year scrutiny sheds a revealing light on the persistence of racist belief among LDS Church members. On Tuesday, Randy Bott, a BYU professor of religion, told the Washington Post that the LDS Churchs historic prohibition on priesthood ordination for men of African descent was a blessing to blacks because they were not ready for priesthood authority. God has always been discriminatory when it comes to whom he grants the authority of the priesthood, says Bott... Bott compares blacks with a young child prematurely asking for the...
  • British court rules Catholic midwives can be forced to participate in abortions

    EDINBURGH, U.K., February 29, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Judgment was handed down today in the case of two senior midwives from Glasgow who have a conscientious objection to abortion. The midwives have been told that they must accept the decision of their hospital management that they must oversee other midwives performing abortions on the labour ward. Lady Smith, judge in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, ruled that the senior midwives role is not covered by the conscience clause in the Abortion Act. Both the midwives have served for over 20 years at the Southern General Hospital, caring for many thousands...
  • The Catholic Diaspora and the Tragedy of Liberal Catholicism

    02/29/2012 2:02:55 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 1+ views
    First Things ^ | February 29, 2012 | George Weigel
    In a February 14 note to his people, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., the archbishop of Chicago, commented on the question of who speaks for the Catholic Church, which had become a subject of public controversy thanks to the Obama administrations contraceptive mandatewhich is, of course, an abortifacient and sterilization mandate as well. The cardinal noted the administrations crude attempt to play divide-and-conquer with the Catholic Church in the United States, a ploy to which some nominally Catholic groups quickly acquiesced. Yet something important in all of this was being missed, the cardinal suggested: The bishops of the Church make no...
  • A sermon explaining what Pres. Obama is doing.

    02/29/2012 11:10:59 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 2+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | February 29, 2012 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    A good sermon on 5 February 2012 by Fr. Sammie Maletta at St. John the Evangelist Parish in St. John, Indiana.You will not regret the 11 minutes you spend. LISTEN HEREGood job, Father.WDTPRS kudos. From Courageous Priest ... Father Sammie Maletta Quotes from his Sermon For those of you who voted for I cannot believe you voted for this (referring to the mandate).Let us be clear, President Obama let us be CatholicThe government wants to get in our business and tell us how to run our business, how to run our Churches.I cannot make a decision about the Church without...
  • D.C. Archdiocese: Denying Communion to Lesbian at Funeral Was Against Policy

    02/29/2012 10:07:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 69 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 2/29/12 | Michelle Boorstein
    Deep in grief, Barbara Johnson stood first in the line for Communion at her mother’s funeral Saturday morning. But the priest in front of her immediately made it clear that she would not receive the sacramental bread and wine. Johnson, an art-studio owner from the District, had come to St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Gaithersburg with her lesbian partner. The Rev. Marcel Guarnizo had learned of their relationship just before the service. “He put his hand over the body of Christ and looked at me and said, ‘I can’t give you Communion because you live with a woman, and...
  • Holder: 1st Amendment Allows Gov't to Force Catholics to Buy Sterilizat-Contracept-Abortn Insurance

    02/29/2012 9:59:15 AM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies · 1+ views
    CNSNews ^ | 2/28/12 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - The Justice Department will defend against any legal challenge to the new Obama administration mandate to force employers to provide abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization and contraception, even if it goes against their conscience, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House subcommittee Tuesday. The Department of Health and Human Services rule, part of Obamacare, violates the freedom of conscience for Catholics and other religious groups that expressed their objections to the mandate, opponents say. Already there is litigation asserting that the rule violates the First Amendments guarantee to free exercise of religion. I think I would respectfully disagree in the...
  • Sebelius Excludes Bishops From Obamacare Mandate Compromise Talks

    02/29/2012 7:20:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Vote.org ^ | 2/28/12 | Thomas Peters
    Im late to relay what Politico reported this morning: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says the Obama administration plans to issue a rule in the near future on its compromise plan on contraception coverage and is meeting with insurers, clergy and health leaders to get feedback on how to make it work.Weve begun outreach. I have talked to Catholic health leaders, Im reaching out to priests. Were also talking to union leaders, were talking to our partners at labor who run the self-insured plans to figure out a strategy, Sebelius told reporters at a conference in D.C. on Tuesday.One obvious conclusion...
  • Priest Attacked by Left-Wing Commentators for Allegedly Refusing Communion to Unrepentant Homosexual

    02/29/2012 7:16:30 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    A Reluctant Sinner (UK) ^ | 2/29/12 | Dylan Parry
    Several left-wing blogs decided to attack a Catholic priest yesterday because it seems that he may have denied holy communion to an openly 'active' lesbian during her mother's funeral Mass on Saturday. The priest is called Father Marcel Guarnizo, and I am sure he could do with some prayers now that so many of the Church's internal and external enemies have decided to launch this assault against him. Father Guarnizo is being vilified in a most virulent and unjust way on the comment threads at seemingly anti-Catholic sites such as The New Civil Rights Movement, Huffington Post, and Addicting Info...
  • Set the Captives Free: Why (and How) Abortion Should Be Talked About in Church

    02/29/2012 6:52:43 AM PST · by rhema · 2 replies
    He Leapt ^ | 2/25/12
    "Kristen decided to share her secret with someone she trusted, a youth pastor. He told her something that forever changed her life and the life of her baby. 'Abortion is not an option,' he said. 'Two wrongs dont make a right.' The kind pastor suggested that adoption would be a more loving option. 'His words reminded me that this was a baby we were talking about.'" --Peter Baklinski, LifeSiteNews.com, February 20, 2012 Not all Christian pastors would have spoken these words to Kristen, and not all Christian denominations teach their clergy to counsel in this way. I know this, tragically,...
  • It's No Longer Just Peter Singer

    02/29/2012 6:42:50 AM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Mirror of Justice ^ | 2/27/12 | Robert George
    It wasn't that many years ago that Peter Singer and Michael Tooley stood virtually alone in defending infanticide. But in recent years they've been joined by others on the left, following out (as they rightly see it) the logic of their commitment to a right to abortion. This week, the Journal of Medical Ethics, a peer reviewed journal for health professionals and researchers in medical ethics, has published an article by two Australian philosophers, Alberto Giubilini and Francesa Minerva, entitled "After-Birth Abortion: Why Should the Baby Live?" Their answer, of course, is that the baby should not live---he or she...
  • The Santorum forum pt VIII: Rick's Arizona and Michigan primary saints

    02/27/2012 6:05:37 PM PST · by mlizzy · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 2-25-12 | Tom O'Toole
    Satan is attacking the great institutions of America, using the great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality... -Rick Santorum, from a speech to Ave Maria University in 2008 [Romanus] made a pilgrimage to the reputed spot of the martyrdom of St. Maurice, and...healed two lepers along the way. News of this miracle reached Geneva...and the bishop and all the townspeople turned out to greet him. -from Butler's Lives of the Saints on St. Romanus of Condat On the outbreak of the First World War....[Fr. Brottier] enrolled as a volunteer chaplain and spent over four years on the front. He flung...
  • Christian Childrens Worker Who Was Forced to Resign Loses Case

    02/27/2012 4:22:19 PM PST · by sreastman · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Faith Issues ^ | 2/27/2012 | Peter Wooding
    Christian Childrens Worker Who Was Forced to Resign Loses Case by Peter Wooding, ASSIST News The London-based Christian Legal Centre expressed disappointment when an employment tribunal ruled that 57 year-old childrens worker Celestina Mba was not constructively dismissed from her job after she was forced to resign in 2010. Ms. Mba worked for almost three years at the Brightwell Childrens Home in Morden, in London, a respite home for children with disabilities including autism. She has been a Christian since she was a young girl and has never worked on a Sunday. According to the Christian Legal Centre Ms. Mba...
  • Jacksonville Church Hires Registered Sex Offender as Pastor, Bans Children from Service

    02/27/2012 12:01:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies · 1+ views
    Miami New Times ^ | February 21, 2012 | Kyle Munzenrieder
    The Lord may be forgiving. Sex offender laws? Not so much. A Baptist church in Jacksonville has hired a registered sex offender as its new pastor, but because a court has ruled the he's not allowed to have "unsupervised contact with children under 18 years old," the church has decided to ban kids from its Sunday services. Back in 2009, Darrell Gilyard pleaded guilty to charges of lewd conduct and lewd molestation according to News4Jax.com. At the time Gilyard was a pastor at Shiloh Baptist Church. His victims were female members of his congregation under 18. He molested one 15-year-old...
  • Cardinal George: No Catholic Hospitals in 2 Years Unless HHS Mandate is Rescinded

    02/27/2012 9:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 47 replies · 2+ views
    Warning that the Church is being despoiled of her institutions as freedom of conscience and of religion become a memory from a happier past, Cardinal Francis George of Chicago observes that the Catholic Church in the United States is being told she must give up her health care institutions, her universities and many of her social service organizations. So far in American history, our government has respected the freedom of individual conscience and of institutional integrity for all the many religious groups that shape our society, he continues. The government has not compelled them to perform or pay for what...
  • The Way Freedom of Religion Should Work

    02/27/2012 9:42:37 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 2-27-12 | Joseph Farah
    Barack Obama has a curious idea about the way freedom of religion is supposed to work. He mandates that everyone should be forced to provide services and funding that a significant percentage of the population finds morally objectionable. Then he backpedals and suggests that some institutions, such as the Catholic Church, be exempted from those requirements. That approach has nothing to do with the notion of freedom of religion as the Founding Fathers viewed it when they specifically safeguarded it in the First Amendment. Freedom of religion is supposed to be a personal matter of conscience. It is an individual...