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  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Sherman quits Iran confab over ‘vulgar’ ad: Jewish groups slam Boteach ad on Susan Rice

    03/05/2015 7:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Jewish Standard ^ | March 5, 2015 | Deb Herman, JTA Wire Service
    Dr. Elie Wiesel, left, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, and Senator Ted Cruz at Rabbi Boteach’s panel discussion.An array of Jewish groups condemned an ad by a foundation associated with Rabbi Shmuley Boteach that accused National Security Adviser Susan Rice of turning a blind eye to genocide. “Susan Rice has a blind spot: Genocide,” said the advertisement, which appeared in Saturday’s New York Times, touting a talk on Iran in Washington hosted by Boteach, the Englewood-based author and pro-Israel advocate. As soon as Shabbat ended, Jewish groups rushed to condemn the ad by This World: The Values Network. The American Jewish Committee...
  • Pope Francis and Gender Theory

    03/05/2015 9:48:25 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | March 5, 2015 | Brianna Heldt
    Last month The Daily Beast published an essay that, among other things, accused Pope Francis of “dissing women”.  The piece was written by university professors Candida Moss and Joel Baden, who quote an interview where the pope discusses the issue of “gender theory, that does not recognize the order of creation”.By gender theory he simply means the modern notion that sexual identity is on a spectrum, versus the more traditional male/female binary classification.  And by order of creation, he is of course referring to the creation account in Genesis, which the essayists decry as having been used for centuries to subjugate women.  But the real kicker for them comes when...
  • PRO-LIFE RELIGIOUS FREEDOM PREVAILS OVER AMPLIFY AUSTIN POLICIES

    03/05/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by lqcincinnatus
    Texas Values ^ | Mar 3, 2015 | Nicole Hudgens
    Texas Values congratulates The Austin Pregnancy Resource Center (APRC) and two other faith-based pregnancy centers for women and babies, who made a victorious decision in choosing to stand for their convictions of faith. APRC withdrew its participation from Amplify Austin, a large 24-hour fundraising drive for non-profits this week, after the organization placed restrictions on faith-based groups. The restrictions included that funds from the event could not go to groups that communicate their faith while helping others or “promote religious doctrine or instruction.” Funding for the non-profit pregnancy centers is vital to their ability to help pregnant women and babies....
  • Billy Graham's Hometown Rejects Transgender Bathroom Ordinance

    03/05/2015 7:02:59 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/05/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The city council of Charlotte, N.C., the hometown of world-renowned Evangelist Billy Graham, narrowly voted on Monday to reject a proposed expansion to the town's non-discrimination law that would have made it legal for transgender persons to use bathrooms and other public facilities designated for the opposite sex. After hearing four hours of public input from supporters and opponents of the proposal Monday evening, the council voted, 6-5, after an hour of discussion, to throw out the entire ordinance bill. The proposal would not just have given transgenders the right to use the opposite gender's restrooms but would have also...
  • Christians Under Pressure in West - Lavrov

    03/03/2015 7:22:08 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/3/15
    Geneva, March 3, Interfax - Aggressive secularism is picking up pace in the West, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. "I can't leave out problems which Christians have been experiencing in many counties, where it is deemed politically incorrect to speak about one's Christian identity and where Christian values, the nucleus of European civilization, are being shunned," he said at a high-level conference on the defense of Christians in Geneva. "Aggressive secularism is picking up pace, and the notions of moral decency and traditional ethnic, cultural and religious identity are being eroded," the Russian foreign minister said. "Vandalism and the...
  • The West Misses the Point—and Lesson of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

    03/03/2015 9:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the “traumatic first-hand view” of a Muslim woman whose home was attacked and possessions plundered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Says the woman: “If I could meet those responsible, I would ask: ‘Sir, does your Lord Buddha teach this?’”Some paragraphs down, readers discover that her home was attacked...
  • Catholics and Jews pan film defending wartime Pope Pius XII

    03/03/2015 8:41:16 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    Daily Mail / Reuters ^ | March 3, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY, March 3 (Reuters) - A new Italian film that attempts to defend wartime Pope Pius XII against accusations he turned a blind eye to the Holocaust has been panned by the Vatican as well as Catholic and Jewish media. "Shades of Truth" is the account of a fictional present-day American journalist who starts off as a critic of Pius and changes his mind after research in Israel, Rome and elsewhere in Europe. [SNIP] After a screening on Monday near the Vatican, the film, which calls Pius "the most misunderstood person of the 20th century", was universally panned. The...
  • Pat Boone to represent evangelicals at Bibi speech

    03/03/2015 6:51:41 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 03/02/2015 | Drew Zahn
    When Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress Tuesday, seated in the gallery will be a man designated to represent the evangelical Christian community’s support for Israel: recording legend Pat Boone. [SNIP] “I expect to be sitting in a gallery position, where if my friend Bibi Netanyahu wants to … mention that evangelical Christians are among, as he knows, Israel’s most staunch supporters that number in the tens of millions in the United States, he can point to me as a representative of evangelical Christians,” Boone explained. “He is aware of it; it will...
  • Israel, Nukes and the Limbaugh Doctrine!

    03/02/2015 7:10:03 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 7 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/2/2015
    When the present world in which we are living in is becoming extremely more hostile and aggressive towards Israel - including America's policies under Obama, ISIS, Iran, Turkey, Hezbollah and Hamas breathing threats and her border enemies following suit - DO NOT expect to see Israel idly stand by and let the world decide their fate and eradicate them from off of the face of the earth. Israel is a military might in that region with nukes and is armed to the teeth. They have one of the best armies in the world and have been soldiers of war continually...
  • Saudi Award Goes to Muslim Televangelist

    03/02/2015 5:23:39 PM PST · by entropy12 · 13 replies
    nytimes.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Ben Hubbard
    He has publicly declared that “the Jews” control America, that apostates can be killed, that the United States is the world’s “biggest terrorist” and that the Sept. 11 attacks were an “inside job” by President George W. Bush. But last weekend, Dr. Zakir Naik, a prominent Muslim televangelist from India, appeared at an elaborate ceremony at a luxury hotel in Saudi Arabia, where the new monarch, King Salman, gave him one of the country’s highest honors.
  • Defending “Rome” (Just War policy)

    03/02/2015 2:36:49 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 2, 2015 | Robert Royal
    “Dabiq,” the ISIS recruiting magazine, sets it sights on Rome Shortly after 9/11, I happened to be in Rome, and several friends there argued at the time that a similar attack on St. Peter’s was unlikely. In those innocent days – before we learned that jihadists have often studied engineering, medicine, and computer science – Rome dwellers tried to calm their fears (as it seemed then to me, at least) by quoting some tech expert who argued that if anyone tried to fly a plane into the dome of St. Peter’s, it would probably just bounce off.That was Pollyannaish...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/02/2015 11:12:43 AM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    3-3-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Jeremiah 29:11 I Know the Plans I have for You, Says the Lord. They are Plans for Good and not for Evil, To Give you a Hope and a Future.
  • Lavrov to Raise Issue of Christians' Protection With UNHRC in Geneva

    03/02/2015 6:20:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/2/15
    Moscow, March 2, Interfax - Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will open a high-level event on the subject of protecting Christians on the sidelines of the 28th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. "Russia is seriously concerned by conflicts in the Middle East which has been the center of monotheistic religions since time immemorial. Regrettably, during these conflicts Christians are not only being harassed and discriminated against, but they also become victims of actions which fall under the definition of the genocide," the Russian Foreign Ministry's Department of Information and Press said. Christians in Iraq and...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Money Is the Devil’s Dung!’

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money — while acknowledging its importance to business. “Money,” he said, “is the devil’s dung.” “It is not easy to talk about money,” Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: “Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a person’s choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave.” The Pope called for “creative imagination” to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the “culture...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    02/28/2015 6:41:57 PM PST · by 9thLife · 2 replies
    Church of Saint Michael, New York City ^ | March 1, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    The Transfiguration is celebrated on the sixth of August, but an account of it is also proclaimed as the liturgical Gospel in Lent, because it was a way that the Lord prepared Peter, James and John for the Crucifixion. These were the same apostles who would be with the Lord as he sweat blood the night before his death. Immediately after Christ’s transfiguration, he would cure an epileptic suffering a violent seizure at the foot of the mountain: glory and agony within a few hours. The unearthly light that shone from Christ on the mountaintop strengthened the apostles for when...
  • Archdiocese [of San Francisco] releases statement on church teachings, practice in high schools

    02/27/2015 7:59:26 AM PST · by annalex · 24 replies
    San Francisco Archdiocese ^ | February 4th, 2015 | Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone
    Archdiocese releases statement on church teachings, practice in high schools February 4th, 2015 The following document, titled “Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice of the Catholic Church,” will be included in the faculty handbook Aug. 1. We, the Archdiocesan High Schools, affirm that we are educational institutions of the Catholic Church, and as such strive to present Catholic doctrine in its fullness, and that we hold, believe and practice all that the Holy Catholic Church teaches, believes and proclaims to be true, whether from the natural moral law or by...
  • Bishops Praise Net Neutrality Ruling (Surprise .... Not!)

    02/27/2015 6:41:11 AM PST · by NYer · 65 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 27, 2015 | MARK STRICHERZ
    WASHINGTON – For years, top Catholic bishops have argued for stronger federal oversight of the Internet superhighway. The alternative is intolerable, they said; big cable companies will force noncommercial religious speakers to pay more or assign them to slower lanes. On Thursday, the bishops saw their dream move one step closer to reality after the Federal Communications Commission voted for strict network neutrality or “open Internet” rules. Bishop John C. Wester, chairman of the communications committee of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), endorsed the FCC’s approval in a statement.  “From the inception of the Internet until the...
  • Family Awaits Confirmation Month After Report of Death of China’s Underground Catholic Bishop

    02/26/2015 8:01:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Family of Bishop Shi Enxiang, who spent more than half a century in detention for refusing to renounce Pope's authority, told by a village official last month that he had died, aged 93In a living room plastered with pious images, the Shi family flicked through timeworn pictures of a wizened man with tortoiseshell glasses and bright eyes, the oldest bishop of China’s underground Catholic church. Almost a month ago, they were passed word that Bishop Shi Enxiang – who spent more than half a century in detention for refusing to renounce the authority of the Pope – had died, aged...
  • A Message in Blood: ISIS and the Meaning of the Cross

    02/26/2015 2:36:56 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    When Christians boldly hold up an image of the humiliated, tortured Jesus to the world, they are saying: "We are not afraid.” (Photos: CNS) Last week, the attention of the world was riveted to a deserted beach in northern Libya, where a group of twenty one Coptic Christians were brutally beheaded by masked operatives of the ISIS movement. In the wake of the executions, ISIS released a gruesome video entitled “A Message in Blood to the Nation of the Cross.” I suppose that for the ISIS murderers the reference to “the Nation of the Cross” had little sense beyond a...
  • St. Gregory of Narek: Was the New Doctor of the Church a Catholic?

    02/26/2015 1:41:11 PM PST · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 26, 2015 | Dr. R. Jared Staudt
    St. Gregory is the first Doctor of the Church to have lived outside direct communion with the Bishop of Rome. Left: Icon of St. Gregory of Narek Matenadaran, in Yerevan, Armenia. Right: The 10th century Armenian monastery of Narekavank (now destroyed), Lake Van, Vaspurakan (modern Turkey). (Photos: Wikipedia.org) On February 21, Pope Francis announced his decision to make St. Gregory of Narek (950-1003) a Doctor of the Church. Once again, Pope Francis has caught us off guard and now many people are scrambling to figure out who St. Gregory was and what the implications of the new honor bestowed upon...
  • Russia is The Only Center of Non-Slaved Civilization, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Believes

    02/26/2015 10:08:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/25/15
    Moscow, February 25, Interfax - Russia is called to fulfill its Christian mission, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. "Russia is the third Rome. Russia is the only center of non-slaved civilization, which is capable to reveal itself as Christian. Thus, our patriotism is not chauvinism, not a call of the blood, not emotional passion for native land alien to any criticism, first of all, it is understanding the importance of the unique Christian mission which, I believe, our people live for," the priest said in his interview with Politrussia.comAccording to him,...
  • Should We Pray for the Defeat of ISIS, or Their Conversion?

    02/26/2015 10:00:08 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 02/26/2015 | Russell Moore
    A pastor friend told me last week that he had church members enraged with him when he suggested from the pulpit that we ought to pray for the salvation of Islamic State terrorists. The people in his church told him that he ought to be calling for justice against them, given their brutal murder of Christians, not for mercy. I thought about my friend a few days ago when these murderous fiends beheaded 21 of our brothers and sisters in Christ because they refused to renounce the name of Jesus. I was not just angry; I was furious. Can such...
  • February 23, 1945: The Mass on Mount Suribachi

    02/25/2015 9:42:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Seventy years ago today the Marines raised the flag over Mount Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima and a mass was said at the summit. Iwo Jima probably has the sad distinction of being the most expensive piece of worthless real estate in the history of the globe. Expensive not in something as minor as money, but costly in something as all important as human lives. In 1943 the island had a civilian population of 1018 who scratched a precarious living from sulfur mining, some sugar cane farming and fishing. All rice and consumer goods had to be imported...
  • Kootenai GOP rejects resolution declaring Idaho a 'Christian state'

    02/25/2015 7:24:45 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    The Spokesman-Review ^ | FEB. 25, 2015
    The Kootenai County Republican County Republican Central Committee last night rejected a resolution to declare Idaho a "Christian state" – a proposed resolution that had drawn national ridicule, including comparisons to ISIS. The S-R’s D.F. Oliveria reports in his “Huckleberries Online” blog that the resolution offered by Precinct Committeeman Hans Neumann was opposed by more than two-thirds of the Central Committee. Precinct Committeeman Bjorn Handeen offered a motion not to consider the resolution at all, and it carried overwhelmingly. The meeting attracted a standing-room-only crowd.
  • SF archbishop easing strict morality code

    02/25/2015 6:59:41 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | February 25, 2015 | Kevin Fagan
    SAN FRANCISCO — Under pressure from his Catholic schools community, the archbishop of the San Francisco archdiocese is peeling back strict guidelines he proposed for teachers that would require them to reject homosexuality, use of contraception, and other “evil” behavior. Most significantly, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone said he is dropping an effort to designate high school teachers as “ministers,” which, under a 2012 US Supreme Court ruling, would have eliminated them from government-mandated employee protections by placing them solely under Church control. In an hour-long meeting with The San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial board, Cordileone said he is forming a committee of...
  • EU to Probe Christian Schools After Humanist Complaint

    02/25/2015 6:37:45 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    British Christian schools could face a European Commission investigation, following complaints from a humanist campaign group. The British Humanist Association (BHA) claims that faith schools breach European Union (EU) equality rules when hiring staff, because they say religious adherence is a “desirable” quality. EU rules state that schools must prove there is a “genuine occupational requirement” in preferring to recruit teachers of faith. IntolerantSpokesman for The Christian Institute, Simon Calvert, said church schools are “hugely popular”, and their ethos is why “they do such a good job of preparing children for life in 21st-century Britain”. “It’s disappointing that humanists seem...
  • Unbelief is Unbelief - No Matter how You Dress it Up!

    02/25/2015 4:02:24 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 14 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/25/15
    My friends, the longer I walk with the Lord and exercise His Word in my life, the REALITIES of time and ETERNITY are ever more clear to me (Psalm 119: 98-100, Prov. 1:5-7, 1 Cor. 1:18-31). No matter who you are, whenever one seeks to abide and take on the Lord of ETERNITY'S yoke (Matt. 11:28-20), one will be illumined beyond ones wildest dreams to the REALITIES of time and ETERNITY. The REALITIES of time and ETERNITY are absolutely horrific! No wonder men love darkness instead of light and seek to hide themselves from the accountability of Almighty God (John...
  • Why Can't Three Men Marry Each Other?

    02/24/2015 8:59:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/24/2015 | Michael Brown
    If "love is love" and "everyone should have the right to marry the one they love," then why can't any number of people come together in "marriage"? On Valentine's Day, three men in Thailand were "married," and immediately, they became an Internet sensation. As reported on GayStarNews.com, when Joke, Bell, and Art posted their "wedding" pictures online, "the internet went crazy," with one Facebook post receiving 50,000 Likes and more than 1,000 comments. Why not? After all, "love is love," right? How can any gay activist object? As Art commented on Facebook, "Love occurs unconditionally and is not limited to...
  • Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance

    02/24/2015 8:46:22 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 7 replies
    1Peter5 ^ | February 24, 2015 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Emergency Contraception at Catholic Institutions: Bishops Can No Longer Claim Ignorance by Dr. Brian KoppFebruary 24, 2015Photo courtesy of Mike Mozart. The February 2015 Linacre Quarterly (the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association) features a groundbreaking study by Chris Kahlenborn, MD of The Polycarp Research Institute titled Mechanism of action of levonorgestrel emergency contraception. The study, contrasting the theoretical basis on which emergency contraception (otherwise known as “Plan B”) is claimed to function with the facts and statistics of the most recent research outlining the mechanism by which they cause early abortions, is sure to cause heartburn among...
  • Swiss Guard: We are ready to defend Pope from ISIS

    02/24/2015 4:36:20 AM PST · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015
    Swearing in of the Swiss Guard at the Vatican on May 6, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Feb 24, 2015 / 02:17 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The commander of the Pontifical Swiss Guard says the group of soldiers charged with protecting the Pope is on high alert and ready to act if any threat from ISIS materializes. “We are ready to intervene. Our job is security. and as gendarmes we are well organized. We are ready if anything happens,” said Cristoph Graf. At age 54, Graf is married with two children. Yet he and the other members of the Swiss...
  • The Number One Reason It’s Incredibly Obvious Barack Obama is Not a Christian

    02/23/2015 9:57:03 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.lifenews.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Steven Ertelt
    Whether President Barack Obama is truly a Christian has been a hot topic for debate recently, especially after the mainstream media attempted to trip up pro-life Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker on the question. The question of whether anyone is truly a Christian person has more to do with faith than anything else. Does the person in question truly have an authentic relationship with Jesus Christ and acknowledged the fact that he died on the cross to save humanity from our sins and bridge the gap sin caused between ourselves and God. While that question has more to do with worldview...
  • Up Close and Personal with the Families of the 21 Beheaded Copts (Family Faith)

    02/23/2015 1:45:02 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aleteia ^ | February 20, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The 21 Egyptian men who were kidnapped and eventually beheaded on a beach in Libya knew they were living in danger. But they felt they had little choice other than to sojourn in the tumultuous country in order to send money home to their impoverished families. Many went with a sense that God would look over them. Now, their families are in greater poverty, knowing the men will never come home. The World Post’s Middle East correspondent Sophia Jones visited grieving families in the village of Al Aour, about three hours south of Cairo, where 13 of the men...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    02/23/2015 1:27:09 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    2-23-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Revelation 1:5,6 Unto Him that Loves us, And Washed us from our Sins in His Own Blood, And hath Made us Kings and Priests unto God and His Father; To Him be Glory and Dominion Forever and Ever, amen.
  • ISIS and the Missing Christ

    02/23/2015 7:26:51 AM PST · by Lacey · 1 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 2/22/15 | Andrew Klavan
    Like everyone else who cares more about the facts than his own opinions, I’ve recently read Graeme Wood’s excellent Atlantic article “What Isis Really Wants.” Those of you making do with excerpts and pull quotes, stop, and go read the whole thing. That it renders the president’s statements about ISIS absurd is the least of the article’s accomplishments. No one but a small coterie of leftist knuckleheads believes what Obama says on this subject anyway — though it’s unfortunate that the president himself is part of that coterie. Among the many things in the piece that inspire thought is Wood’s...
  • Florist rejects AG’s offer, stands courageously on principle, and risks everything

    02/22/2015 7:42:27 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 44 replies
    www.dennyburk.com ^ | 2-20-15 | Denny Burk
    If you haven’t been following Barronelle Stutzman’s case in Washington State, you need to be. She is the florist being sued by the state attorney general for refusing to participate in a gay wedding. The attorney general is trying to compel her to ignore her Christian faith and to participate in gay weddings. If she refuses, he is threatening the full coercive power of the state to force her to do it. She stands to lose everything—her home, her savings, her business, her livelihood—if she does not comply. I have an article today at CNN.com explaining the situation. The conclusion...
  • Tired of Obamacare? Check out this new Catholic health-sharing ministry

    02/22/2015 3:31:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | February 20, 2015 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., February 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was signed into law nearly five years ago, Catholic leaders and laypeople have expressed grave concerns over the health care law's abortion funding and forced abortion and contraception coverage, as well as a lack of transparency in the law.Now, Catholics can avoid those concerns about risking their access to health care, thanks to a new Catholic health-sharing ministry launched late last year.According to director Louis Brown, Christ Medicus Foundation's CURO (CMF CURO) ministry "is faithful to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church" that "is open to all...
  • Coptic church formally recognizes martyrdom of 21 slain by ISIS

    02/22/2015 1:14:45 PM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    The stunning icon here depicts the martyrs and was created by Egyptian American artist Tony Rezk. It appears on the website for the Coptic Orthodox Diocese of Los Angeles. From Vatican Radio:  The Coptic Orthodox Church has announced that the murder of the 21 Egyptian Christians killed by the so-called Islamic State in Libya will be commemorated in its Church calendar.Pope Tawadros II announced that the names of the martyrs will be inserted into the Coptic Synaxarium, the Oriental Church’s equivalent to the Roman Martyrology. This procedure is also equivalent to canonization in the Latin Church.According to terrasanta.net, the martyrdom of the...
  • Getting Dead in Canada

    02/22/2015 9:34:57 AM PST · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 2/20/15 | David Warren
    In the time since I filed my last column from up here in the Arctic wastes, “physician-assisted dying” has been legalized by a unanimous decision of the Canadian Supreme Court. The decision reversed the Court’s own hard-reasoned position, upholding the law in 1993. It is stayed for one year to allow our Parliament a legislative response. This actually makes things worse. The only remaining live question is whether there will be any restrictions at all on euthanasia, and the likely answer is no. In 1988, our Supreme Court vacated certain restrictions on abortion that had been retained in the extremely...
  • FROM THE PASTOR

    02/21/2015 8:25:58 PM PST · by 9thLife · 7 replies
    Weekly Column by Fr. Rutler for February 22, 2015 ^ | February 22, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    Three times the Evangelists preserved our Lord’s words in the original Aramaic: When He cried out from the Cross, “My God, My God" When He raised from the dead the daughter of Jairus When He healed the man who had been deaf from birth That “Ephphatha”—“Be opened”—in the last instance, was a sign that our Lord opens human consciousness to a full awareness of God. The Latin word for deaf—surdus—gives us “absurd,” and the ultimate absurdity is to deny the existence of God and His appeal to the human soul. I recently had the privilege of preaching at the funeral...
  • Pope's Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison (Pope blasts gender theory. Media blasts Pope)

    02/21/2015 1:22:04 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    DailyBeast ^ | February 20, 2015
    The pontiff has a bad habit of dissing women and marginalizing sexual minorities. Is he as liberal as his image suggests?News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of the nuclear arms race.In an interview included in a new book by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, and released in part in the Italian daily La Stampa, Francis compared gender theory to nuclear arms: “Let’s think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few...
  • Will the Other Sleeping Giant Awake?

    02/21/2015 11:30:49 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 20, 2015 | William Kilpatrick
    Despite widespread slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities in Muslim lands, the Church currently seems unable to mount any kind of resistance to Islamic ideology. Left: St. Peter's Basilica (us.fotolia.com | © rudi1976); right: Muslim militants (us.fotolia.com | © Oleg_Zabielin) It is often said that when Admiral Yamamoto ordered the attack on Pearl Harbor, he awakened a sleeping giant. Even though the Nazis had occupied much of Europe, bombed London, and advanced to the outskirts of Moscow, the United States was still slumbering on the morning of December 7, 1941. Although we were aiding the anti-Nazi forces through Lend-Lease...
  • SF Archbishop Answers Disapproving Letter From Lawmakers

    02/20/2015 5:33:35 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/20/15 | AP
    SAN FRANCISCO — The archbishop of San Francisco sent a letter to California lawmakers on Thursday asking them to respect his right to hire people who uphold Catholic teachings. Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone wrote the message in response to a letter sent to him earlier this week by California lawmakers urging him to remove from a teachers’ handbook morality clauses they say are discriminatory and divisive. “Would you hire a campaign manager who advocates policies contrary to those you stand for, and who shows disrespect for you and the Democratic Party in general?” Cordileone asked the lawmakers in the letter.
  • Lawmakers to San Fran Archbishop: Drop Morality Clauses for Teachers

    02/20/2015 1:34:03 PM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 2/19/15 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    A group of California lawmakers asked Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco to remove "morality clauses" from a proposed contract for teachers in high schools under his jurisdiction, reported the Los Angeles Times. The new language in the contracts direct teachers in four archdiocesan high schools to avoid public statements or actions that oppose Church teaching on contraception, pre-marital sex or homosexual relationships. My story on the proposed change in contract language is here. In their letter to the archbishop, the California lawmakers argued that the morality clauses "conflict with settled areas of law and foment a discriminatory environment in...
  • Divinum Officium: Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned

    02/20/2015 2:37:38 AM PST · by Repent and Believe · 243 replies
    Divin Office of the Holy Catholic Church ^ | Traditional Catholic Church
    From the Martyrology today we have: "At Damascus, [in the year 743,] holy Peter Mavimeno. Some Arabs came to see him while he was ill, and to them he said, " Whoever does not embrace the Catholic Christian religion will be damned, as your false prophet Mohammed is," whereupon they killed him."
  • Obama's Lawless Agenda and the Coming Four Horsemen!

    02/19/2015 8:12:41 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 13 replies
    IFB ^ | 2/19/15
    The American progressive coop has already taken place here in America and won the day, and I challenge anyone anywhere to prove what I am saying is wrong. However the poetic justice in all of this is that Obama and the Left's delusional lawless and godless Utopian agenda and visions are heading the world straight into the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19) with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to greet them (Rev. 6). O Fools!! There can NEVER be a Utopia established by fallen men apart from the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ (Dan. 2:43-44, 7:13-14,...
  • What to do if the Supreme Court approves "same-sex marriage"?

    02/19/2015 3:47:49 PM PST · by NYer · 86 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | February 19, 2015 | Russell Shaw
    Visitors line up outside U.S. Supreme Court in Washington Oct. 6, 2014, to get a seat inside to watch oral arguments on the first day of the new term. (CNS/Jonathan Ernst, Reuters) The likelihood that the Supreme Court next June will announce its discovery of a constitutional right to same-sex marriage raises an obvious question for the Catholic Church: What do we do now? Two steps come to mind. First, press for strong legal protections for individuals and institutions conscientiously unable to cooperate with a legal regime that requires sweeping concessions to the LGBT agenda. Second, give serious thought...
  • Birmingham Pastor's explosive speech about gay marriage during city council meeting

    02/19/2015 12:37:22 PM PST · by javie · 19 replies
    Birmingham Pastor's explosive speech about gay marriageduring city council meeting
  • Greek “Hope,” the Pope, the Feasts and the Beasts

    02/19/2015 7:15:06 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 11 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 2/18/15 | Cynthia Nuara
    “We have the prophetic word more fully confirmed, to which you will do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place…” (2 Peter 1:19). What does Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, have to do with the new leader of Greece, who has just burst onto the world stage? What does Yom Kippur, the most solemn of the seven appointed Feast Days of the Lord, have to do with the pope? And what two things about the final blood moon of the tetrad on the Feast of Tabernacles (coming in September) make...
  • Robert Jeffress on Obama and ISIS: He Needs to Get Off His High Horse and Acknowledge Radical Islam

    02/18/2015 3:30:43 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 2/18/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Robert Jeffress, senior pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas. joined Father Gerald Murray of New York on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor" Tuesday night to encourage Americans of all faiths to contact the White House and demand that the Obama administration call out radical Islam and take action to defeat the Islamic State terrorist organization. "This is part of a disturbing pattern," Jeffress said when asked by Bill O'Reilly what he made of Obama's initial refusal to call the ISIS beheading victims Coptic Christians [until he publicly acknowledged that the 21 Egyptian men were Christians and not just "citizens"...