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  • Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (moral and social disintegration)

    05/29/2015 6:49:16 AM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 28, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study. In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had. In...
  • The Word That Wasn’t There

    05/29/2015 6:45:57 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Gates of Vienna ^ | May 28, 2015 | Baron Bodissey
    Yesterday, upon the air, I heard a word that wasn’t there. It wasn’t there again today, I wish that it would go away… (With apologies to Hughes Mearns) In his report yesterday on the latest OSCE conference, Henrik Rćder Clausen included this summary of a dominant meme among ideological leaders in the West: Panel members stressed the importance of not calling the Islamic State the “Islamic State”, for doing so could give the impression that Islam motivates people to war, terrorism and other crimes. The avoidance of the I-word seems to have become a fixation in the revolving-door world...
  • The New Persecution

    05/29/2015 6:25:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 5/29/15 | Russell Shaw
    The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn't -- thank God -- bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it's real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors' moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court announces...
  • Fox News Contributor Goes Off on Christians: So Bible verses are "vile" now?

    05/28/2015 6:18:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 76 replies
    PJ Media's PJ Lifestyle ^ | May 28, 2015 | Paula Bolyard
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Fox News contributor Bernard Goldberg told Bill O’Reilly last week that Republicans live in fear of “the organized Christian right.” Goldberg and O’Reilly were discussing presidential candidate Ted Cruz, who recently asked a local reporter in Texas if the left — including the media — is obsessed with sex, after reporters repeatedly badgered him with questions about gay marriage and homosexuality. Both said that Cruz handled the question well, even though Goldberg admitted, “I’m not a fan of Ted Cruz.” But Goldberg had more to say. “Ted Cruz could have said, of course, I have no animosity against gay Americans....
  • Helder Câmara, "Servant of God"? - Have They Gone Mad?

    05/28/2015 5:07:21 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/23/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    One has the impression that under Francis the Church is becoming, in her human element, the equivalent of a banana republic, replete with Latin American-style demagoguery, exalting the poor and depicting them as always the innocent victims of the greedy rich. Our Lord said: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven (Matt. 5:3)." Francis' version of this beatitude is: "blessed are the poor" — apparently just because they are poor. He has even gone so far as to suggest that the poor be treated as objects of veneration before whom we should literally kneel...
  • Catholic Cardinal: Ireland's Vote for Gay Marriage 'In Defiance of God,' Worse Than 'Pagans'

    05/28/2015 4:15:38 PM PDT · by markomalley · 86 replies
    CNS News ^ | 5/28/15 | Michael W. Chapman
    Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, former head of the highest court at the Vatican, said that the Irish people's vote to legalize homosexual marriage was in "defiance of God" and an action more depraved than that practiced by "pagans.""I mean, this is a defiance of God, it's just incredible," said Cardinal Burke, speaking at the Newman Society at Oxford University's Catholic Society on May 27."Pagans may have tolerated homosexual behaviors, [but] they never dared to say this was marriage," said the cardinal, as reported in The Tablet. Cardinal Burke, who is now patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, made...
  • Death of the Irish Church?

    05/28/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 5/27/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    The vote in Ireland has been to legalise ‘same-sex marriage’, an outcome which suggests a loss of moral clarity among the majority of Catholics in the Irish Church. I am left asking the question - is the Irish Church dead? I know this may sound shocking and some may accuse me of alarmism and defeatism. However, Sacred Scripture is clear that though Our Lord has promised to be with the Universal Church until the end of time (Mt 28:20), it is possible for a local church to die. The Book of Revelation contains the locutions and visions Our Lord granted...
  • The Two Prongs of the Burgeoning Persecution (radical collapse of moral consensus)

    05/28/2015 3:51:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | May 28, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    (Photo: us.fotolia.com | matf16) The persecution of the Catholic Church and other morally conservative religious bodies has begun in the United States. As predicted, it isn’t—thank God—bloody persecution like the persecution of Christians in many countries. But it’s real persecution and likely to get worse. This new persecution currently has two prongs. One consists of pressuring individual religious believers to cooperate with public policies inimical to faith. The other prong is pressure targeted at religious groups and institutions to adapt their programs to the promotion of values hostile to the sponsors’ moral convictions. When and if the Supreme Court...
  • A Letter to My Liberal Jewish Friends

    05/28/2015 2:10:53 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 7 replies
    Mosaic ^ | May 28 2015 12:01AM | Michael Doran
    The president’s address last week to Congregation Adas Israel as “an honorary member of the tribe” was something other than it seemed. Dear Congregants of Adas Israel: On Friday, May 22, President Obama, calling himself “an honorary member of the tribe,” addressed you not just as the president of the United States but also as an explicit adherent of the “tikkun olam” tradition: a Jewish viewpoint for “repairing the world” that, in his reading, promotes universal progressive ideals like fighting bigotry and working for social justice everywhere. Thus, for him, the same “shared values” that underlay the civil-rights movement in...
  • Franklin Graham Says There Is No Tolerance for Christians After Marine Court-Martialed

    05/28/2015 8:54:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/28/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham has spoken out on a case concerning a Marine Corporal who was court-martialed for refusing to remove a Bible verse from her computer at work, stating that it shows that there is no tolerance in culture for Christians. Marine Lance Cpl. Monifa Sterling was court-martialed earlier this week after she was convicted Feb. 1, 2014, for refusing to remove the verse "No weapon formed against you shall prosper" (Isaiah 54:17) from her computer. "Unbelievably, she was criminally prosecuted by the U.S. government for displaying this encouraging scripture on her computer in her workspace. Give me a...
  • Burke Warns Oxford Audience of Dictatorship of Relativism

    05/28/2015 6:18:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 5/27/15 | Katherine Backler
    Cardinal Raymond Burke preached yesterday against a “dictatorship of relativism” which brands Christians“fundamentalists and extremists”. At a Mass in Oxford to celebrate the quincentenary of the birth of St. Philip Neri, founder and patron of the Oratorians, the cardinal who has just left the Vatican to become patron of the Knights of Malta, compared today's world to the Renaissance world of “corruption” which St. Philip chose to stand apart from, despite his youth and the expectations of his culture. The cardinal encouraged the assembled faithful to take inspiration from the saint in encounters with our own culture, which Burke described...
  • Fascism: Yours, Mine, and Ours

    05/28/2015 6:07:25 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 15 replies
    R.C. Sproul Jr. ^ | Friday, May 22, 2015 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    [Embedded Audio (7:39)] Fascism is an economic system that marries the state to business, where business holds the title but state holds control. Transcript: Some of you, though I trust not all of you, are familiar with what we call “Godwin’s law.” This is a particular law which is born out of empirical study of the Internet and it holds that, given enough time, any and all internet arguments will eventually involve some side of the argument accusing the other side of the argument of either being like Hitler or of being a Nazi. The corollary to that is...
  • Southern Baptist volunteers on hold to help flooded Houston

    05/27/2015 3:10:33 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 27, 2015 | Joni B. Hannigan
    With flash flood warnings waking residents of America's fourth largest city today, yesterday's hope of receding waters have hampered volunteers who are waiting to descend on the city to help. "The water has to go down before we can do anything, but when it does we will be quick to mobilize our recovery and feeding units," Scottie Stice, director of Disaster Relief Ministries for the Southern Baptists of Texas Convention told Christian Examiner early this morning. Floodwaters had begun to recede in Houston, according to reports by the city's Mayor Annise Parker. But the rivers and Bayous needed at least...
  • Duggar Girls Victimized … And It Wasn’t Over 10 Years Ago Like You’ve Heard!

    05/27/2015 9:41:01 AM PDT · by Theo · 88 replies
    Mad World News ^ | May 23, 2015 | Christy Lee Parker
    As we’ve all heard by now, the Duggars have some skeletons in their family closet. While the news is buzzing with the very bad things Josh Duggar did to some of his sisters over a decade ago, what people aren’t talking about is the fact that the girls have recently been victimized … as recent as today. You’ve seen it in your own social media news feed — and you may even have participated. Before I go on, let me explain that this isn’t about Josh. This isn’t defending Josh. I don’t even want to talk about what Josh did...
  • France, Vatican Still Discussing Ambassador's Nomination

    05/27/2015 6:12:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    French and Vatican officials are still discussing the nomination of Laurent Stefanini as French ambassador to the Holy See, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, has disclosed. The government of France put forward Stefanini’s name in January. The Vatican has not yet formally responded to the nomination. In a highly unusual twist, Pope Francis met privately with Stefanini in April. The Vatican has not commented on Stefanini’s nomination, but media reports in France have suggested that the would-be ambassador is being blocked because he is homosexual—although Stefanini has never been identified in public with a homosexual partner or...
  • Erdogan And The Prime Minister Of The Turkey, Just Made This Declaration To The Entire Islamic...

    05/27/2015 4:12:39 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 5/27/15 | Theodore Shoebat
    By AllahÂ’s will, Jerusalem belongs to the Kurds, the Turks, the Arabs, and to all Muslims. And as our forefathers fought side by side at Gallipoli, and just as our forefathers went together to liberate Jerusalem with Saladin, we will march together on the same path [to liberate Jerusalem]. These are the words just declared by Dovutoglu, the Prime Minister of Turkey. You would think its coming straight from the mouth of the Antichrist. The amazing speeches by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu were given at the inauguration ceremony at the countryÂ’s 55th airport...
  • The Joyful Death of Catholic Ireland

    05/27/2015 2:45:59 AM PDT · by markomalley · 31 replies
    Crisis ^ | 5/25/15 | James Matthew Wilson
    Do you remember the joke about the Irish brewery worker who drowned in a vat of suds? “Poor Sean,” the new widow said upon learning her husband’s fate, “He didn’t stand a chance.” “Oh, I wouldn’t say that, Mrs. Reilly,” replies the foreman. “He did crawl out three times to use the bathroom.”The Republic of Ireland has just voted, by a commanding and unprecedented popular vote, to establish “gay marriage” in its territory. The world, and the Irish themselves, who generally look at themselves from the viewpoint of the foreigner in a sad kind of “double consciousness,” will not fail...
  • Ireland’s 40-Percent Solution

    05/26/2015 3:01:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | May 26, 2015 | Robert Royal
    You have to hand it to the Irish bishops, priests, and religious. It’s not easy to de-Christianize a whole people. Yet they managed, in about a generation, to help detach an almost entirely Catholic population from its 1500-year-old religious and social roots. Social “scientists” are going to have to closely study this phenomenon, which far exceeds what has happened even in what used to be thought of as bellwether secularizing states like Germany and France.The media have been touting the massive popular support, over 60 percent, for gay marriage in Ireland’s referendum last Friday. It’s clear that they regard it...
  • San Francisco Protesters Redefine Catholicism

    05/26/2015 2:30:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | NICHOLAS SENZ
    The dispute between Catholic high school teachers and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone continues. After protests, rallies, and full-page ads printed in metropolitan newspapers, opponents of the seemingly common-sense proposal that Catholic school teachers teach Catholic teaching in Catholic schools have now moved to the time-honored tradition of the “open letter.” Jim McGarry, an organizer of the group Concerned Parents and Students, has written an open letter addressed “to the administrators at the Catholic High Schools in the San Francisco Archdiocese” which was published in the National Catholic Reporter.The letter is dotted with the same language we have seen heretofore: Archbishop...
  • How to Alienate Moderate Muslims

    05/26/2015 7:43:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 47 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 26, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    The recent “draw Muhammad” contest in Garland, Texas not only drew fire from two armed jihadists, it also drew fire from Christian leaders and media critics. One of the chief objections was that events of this type will alienate moderate Muslims and possibly drive them into the radical camp.
  • Was Politician Forced Into Mental Institution for “Islamophobia”?

    05/26/2015 12:12:01 AM PDT · by bob_denard · 9 replies
    The new american ^ | Monday, 18 May 2015 | Written by Selwyn Duke
    One tactic Soviet-bloc countries would use to stifle dissidents was involuntary confinement to mental institutions. After all, you have to be crazy to oppose state ideology, right? Now, though, 26 years after the Berlin Wall’s fall comes a similar shocking story — from well west of where the wall stood. It is alleged that a French mayor has been involuntarily confined to a mental asylum for “Islamophobia.” The story involves Robert Chardon, mayor of the southern French town of Venelles; the problems began when, participating in a public Twitter discussion initiated by former French president Nicolas Sarkozy, the mayor proposed...
  • The 13 Catholics in Statuary Hall: On Memorial Day, Remembering Our Heroes

    05/25/2015 3:22:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 25, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
      THE NATIONAL STATUARY HALL COLLECTION By user:Southgeist [Public domain], via Wikimedia CommonsOne of the most popular tourist destinations in Washington, D.C. is National Statuary Hall. Also known as the Old Hall of the House, it’s a semicircular gallery immediately south of the Capitol Rotunda. For nearly fifty years—from 1807 through 1857—Statuary Hall served as the meeting place for the House of Representatives. The Hall now houses many of the 100 statues of great Americans (two from each state) which together comprise the National Statuary Hall Collection.It’s an extraordinary honor for the men and women depicted here to have been...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/25/2015 2:55:57 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
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  • DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines

    05/25/2015 6:58:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/22/15 | Peter Jesserer Smith
    The Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life suffered a legal setback at the D.C. Court of Appeals that puts their case on a path to the U.S. Supreme Court.WASHINGTON — A majority of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. According to the archdiocese and Priests for Life, the mandate as it currently applies forces them to be complicit in the provision of contraceptive services, including abortifacient drugs...
  • A DAY TO REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICE!

    05/25/2015 6:01:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    WHEN? In at least 10 major wars, in 18+ conflict situations from the 1898 Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf War and even to the present War on Terrorism, which is like no other war. WHO? More than 1,000,000 lives in the 10 major wars given up for something of greater value, something having a more pressing claim. WHY? Not to aggressively seek to get or to gain what someone else has, whether it be land, power or wealth (see James 4:1-3), but to DEFEND our nation “and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do...
  • Memorial Day in Light of Our Day

    05/24/2015 10:47:58 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 4 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    This Memorial Day we think of those who gave their last full measure on our behalf as Americans; to preserve our freedoms and liberties, which only come from Almighty God (John 8:32, 36, Gal. 1:4, 3:13, 5:1, Titus 2:14). There can NEVER be TRUE liberty without a saving relationship to our Creator and apart from the firm adherence to Almighty God's moral absolutes (Prov. 14:34). Our Founding Fathers knew this to be true and have communicated it to us in their writings and in our nation's birth certificate. Today, America has full well rejected our founder's vision and have squandered...
  • Ireland Goes Gay

    05/24/2015 4:20:11 AM PDT · by NYer · 61 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 23, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A fellow named Danny Smith posted a street scene of Dublin on Twitter late afternoon on Saturday. In the background was a glimpse of that celestial phenomenon that appears after a storm, at the other end of which, it is said, there's a pot of gold.  "There's a big gay rainbow over Dublin," Smith tweeted. "If that's not Jesus giving the Yes vote I don't know what is." Danny Boy can be forgiven for his hyperbole. Though his Twitter page identifies him as being a resident of Manchester, England, he's joining in the enthusiasm being demonstrated in streets, squares...
  • Obama touts Oscar Romero sainthood

    05/23/2015 10:01:51 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 23 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2015 | Sarah Westwood
    President Obama embraced the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador Saturday ahead of celebrations in El Salvador over the controversial religious figure's progression toward sainthood. "I join people in El Salvador and around the world today in welcoming the beatification of Archbishop Oscar Romero," Obama said. "He fearlessly confronted the evils he saw, guided by the needs of his beloved pueblo, the poor and oppressed people of El Salvador." Romero was shot while performing Mass in 1980 just one day after imploring the country's military to abandon their orders to violently repress a leftist uprising. Pope Francis called...
  • Rome Celebrates First Gay Civil Unions

    05/23/2015 7:31:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    ANSA ^ | 5/21/15
    Twenty couples seal their commitment at City Hall(ANSA) - Rome, May 21 - Rome's brand-new civil unions registry kicked off Thursday as 20 couples - 14 of them gay and six straight - sealed their commitment to one another at City Hall. Actors Michela Andreozzi and Massimiliano Vado were first in line to celebrate their civil union on what center-left Mayor Ignazio Marino has called Celebration Day. Another couple tying the knot are Paola and Stella, both volunteers at Rome's Gay Center who have been together for 31 years. "Today a just, serene, peaceful and egalitarian Italy takes center stage,"...
  • *Ugh* Catholic Cardinal Pushes “Sustainable Development”

    05/23/2015 6:02:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    The Gateway Pundit ^ | May 22, 2015 | Patch Adams
    The current trend of combining religion, business, governments around the globe, and the radical Climate “church” should be concerning to anyone who values liberty. The dangers of Agenda 21’s push for worldwide Sustainable Development is well documented. Though the dangers of the radical green agenda have been trumpeted by many, including Glenn Beck, their warnings seem to have fallen on deaf ears even among those who surround the his holiness, the Pope. Catholic World reports that Catholic leaders recently held an international forum on economic growth and environmental sustainability in Rome. During the event Cardinal Wuerl made a disturbingly socialist...
  • DC Court Tells Catholic Groups: Submit to HHS Mandate or Pay Massive Fines

    05/22/2015 2:52:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 22, 2015 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    WASHINGTON — A majority of judges on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals this week rejected a request from the Archdiocese of Washington and Priests for Life to have the full court review their challenge to the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate. According to the archdiocese and Priests for Life, the mandate as it currently applies forces them to be complicit in the provision of contraceptive services, including abortifacient drugs that seriously violate their Catholic beliefs. “We concluded that the regulation challenged in this case does not, as a matter of law or fact, give plaintiffs’ conduct the contraception-facilitating...
  • South Carolina Federal Judge Partially Upholds Christian Prayers at School Graduation

    05/22/2015 10:13:50 AM PDT · by OK Sun · 4 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | May 21, 2015 | Heather Clark
    GREENVILLE, S.C. — A federal judge in South Carolina has partially upheld the practice of Christian prayers during high school graduation ceremonies. As previously reported, an anonymous couple contacted the American Humanist Association (AHA) in 2013 to complain that Mountain View Elementary School had held its graduation ceremony at the chapel on the campus of North Greenville University, a Christian institution in Traveler’s Rest. They also cited that prayers had been presented at the event. The prayers, according to reports, had been written by the children and were reviewed by school officials before being presented. In response to the complaint,...
  • Communist China's Unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

    05/22/2015 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 5/21/15 | Sebastien Blanc
    Why many Catholic Tibetans have maintained the faith despite decades of persecutionOpening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis — something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. But despite its remoteness, French missionaries built the church — with a curved, Chinese-style roof — at the end of the 19th century. Pope Gregory XVI assigned Tibet to the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, shortly after China was forced to open its doors following its defeat...
  • Issachar Training mobilizes 'God's people of faith' for 2016 election

    05/21/2015 3:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014. | Karen L. Willoughby
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Christian Examiner) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes in "God's people of faith," the 2016 presidential contender wrote in a recent letter to pastors across the nation. The letter was an invitation for recipients to participate in Issachar Training today and tomorrow -- May 21-22 -- in Oklahoma City. The unique training, offered in various cities throughout the year, provides information and motivation for at least 1,000 pastors across the nation in 2016 to run for an elective office at the local, state or national level. The event takes its name from I Chronicles 12:32: "Men who...
  • Pope urges prayers for China, persecuted Christians over Pentecost (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 3:43:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | May 20, 2015 | Laura Ieraci
    Members of the Sisters of the Sacred Heart pray in their motherhouse chapel in Fushun, China, in this 2007 photo. The community of nuns was founded in the 1930s by Maryknoll. (CNS file/Nancy Wiechec) By Laura Ieraci Catholic News ServiceVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis asked Catholics worldwide to show solidarity through their prayers for Catholics in China and for persecuted Christians over the Pentecost weekend.The World Day of Prayer for the Church in China is observed each year on the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians, May 24, which this year falls on Pentecost.Catholics in China invoke Mary,...
  • Catholic Relief Service president: It may not be wrong for us to have a VP in a gay ‘marriage’

    05/20/2015 7:07:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    BALTIMORE, MD, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Breaking a month of silence on the scandal created by one of its high-level executives living in a homosexual “marriage,” the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said the organization has yet to decide whether it should employ someone who violates Church teaching in this manner. The US Bishops’ international relief agency is working on it, CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo told Aleteia’s John Burger in an interview published May 18. “CRS has a senior person who is in a civil gay marriage,” Woo said, “and the question is, ‘Is that a...
  • QUO VADIS FRANCIS?

    05/20/2015 5:54:15 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 10 replies
    SELF | 5/20/2015 | DQBAN22
    QUO VADIS FRANCIS?FRANCIS, THE LIBERATION POPEAccording to Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller, Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the same Discaterio that once condemned the movement. In the 1980s the CDF under then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, attacked liberation theology as borrowing “from various currents of Marxist thought and praxis“.By embracing and supporting Marxist liberation theology Francis has renegade the Magisterium of the Church that condemned Communism as “the fatal plague which insinuates itself into the very marrow of the human society only to bring about its ruin” Pope Leo XIII...
  • Alinskyian community organizers use churches to pursue radical politics

    05/20/2015 3:21:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Spero News ^ | 5/20/15 | Stephanie Block
    If you go to the website of any Alinskyian organization with congregational members, it isn’t likely they’ll admit to supporting abortion or same-sex marriage or birth control or a host of other progressive positions that travel together in the political world. In fact, if one were to ask the question directly, he would likely receive an answer similar to Mark Warren’s in his book Dry Bones Rattling: Community Building to Revitalize American Democracy. He writes that the Alinskyian organizing networks and their local affiliates take “no action on such culturally pisive issues as abortion and teaching about gay life styles...
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

    05/20/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith. 1. While Cruz says that government should protect the religious rights of people, leaders should avoid using their faith for political gain. In a 2013 interview, he explained that faith is "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Life, liberty, and property, the...
  • Archbishop Declines to Tell Catholics How to Vote in Referendum

    05/20/2015 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 5/20/15 | Patsy McGarry
    Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marriage referendum. It was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”, a spokeswoman said, while he stressed “that people should be informed”. Responding to a query from The Irish Times as to the position of Catholics who may in conscience vote Yes on Friday, she said: “Archbishop Martin has publicly stated how he intends to vote and why. “It is not his policy, however,...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • VATICAN BIG GOES HARD AGAINST U.S. TEA PARTY CLIMATE SKEPTICS

    05/19/2015 5:18:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 271 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Many Catholics and others were puzzled by the appearance of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and former Senator Tim Wirth as speakers or honored guests at a Vatican sponsored conference on global warming. All three have spent years actively undermining Church teaching on questions of abortion and UN-style family planning, which includes active population control.
  • Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East (Where's the outrage?)

    05/19/2015 3:52:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | DANIEL PHILPOTT
    Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East — and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it.  Last month, journalist Kirsten Powerswrote in USA Today that President Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.”  Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes: As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama   was mute on the killings. He...
  • Why religion will dominate the 21st century

    05/18/2015 10:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview. Exhibit A is usually Western Europe, which grew more secular as it grew richer (and much, much more violent) across the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibit B is the world's most religious continent — Africa — which happens to be its poorest. Under this view, the 21st century will be the century in which secularization spreads even further as the...
  • Hope for the Church: Making Disciples Out of Cultural Catholics

    05/19/2015 2:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | REV THOMAS BERG
    Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1% from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the “nones”, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbing revelation last week from the Pew Research Center.  That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period. So there it was in black in white:  approximately 51 million adult Catholics in the United States as of 2014 versus approximately 56 million religiously “unaffiliated” adults. That should come as no surprise to any Catholic...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported “very constructive talks” with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the “role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • Bill Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Submitted to State Duma

    05/19/2015 5:00:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/15
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs...
  • The Fraud of Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative

    05/19/2015 4:40:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19,2015 | Dr. Stephen Kirby
    The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has lofty goals for the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim partners involved. It is best summed up in the Tri-Faith’s Vision Statement: In working together, our vision is to build bridges of respect, trust and acceptance, to challenge stereotypes of each other, to learn from one another, and to counter the influence of extremists and agents of hate.
  • Romanian Orthodox Church urges Parliament to reject gay civil unions

    05/18/2015 7:04:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    NineOclock ^ | 05-18-2015 | NineOclock
    The Romanian Patriarchate is calling on the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body in this case, to “once again reject” the legislative proposal on the regulation of the civil partnership, since this represents “an attack on the enduring value of the family and the identity thereof.” The Romanian Patriarchate took this stance amid third-time attempts in recent years “to regulate the civil partnership, a bill which was every time massively rejected in Parliament.” According to the cited source, “ever since the oldest times, the Romanian people have cultivated the legacy of utmost respect towards the family, called the Church at...