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  • President Trump May Not Get an Invite to Notre Dame Graduation

    12/05/2016 5:32:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 12/5/16 | David Gibson
    If President Obama’s appearance at the Notre Dame commencement in 2009 sparked an unprecedented uproar among American Catholics, imagine what inviting President Trump to graduation might provoke. That concern is making Notre Dame's president, Fr. John Jenkins, think twice about making a pitch for the incoming U.S. president to receive an honorary degree, an appearance that almost any school would normally covet — and one that the iconic Catholic university has been more successful than others in securing. “I do think the elected leader of the nation should be listened to. And it would be good to have that person...
  • Catholic Vietnam: Growing Despite Communist Oppression

    12/05/2016 5:25:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 12/5/16 | CWR Staff
    While the situation for Vietnamese Catholics has improved in recent decades, threats of violence, coercion, and harassment still exist.Late last month, the president of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang, met with Pope Francis for a private audience at the Vatican. Though the meeting was described by the Holy See Press Office as “cordial,” relations between Rome and Vietnam have been bumpy for the last several decades. One of five remaining Communist nations, Vietnam has been ranked as the world’s 20th most oppressive country for Christians by the non-profit Open Doors USA. And yet the nation’s Catholic population—which has been listed at...
  • Is the Pope submitting to Islam?

    12/05/2016 3:10:37 PM PST · by Jonty30 · 61 replies
    http://www.jewsnews.co.il/2014/12/02/when-the-pope-is-now-entering-mosques-and-praying-towards-mecca
    What is the meaning of the Pope praying in a mosque?
  • Lord Jesus: Please Reveal Truth About The Election Vote & Unveil Criminal Activity

    12/05/2016 10:35:28 AM PST · by Sontagged · 43 replies
    December 5, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Please reveal the truth about the Presidential vote and all other votes cast in the election this year. There is nothing better to do than to cry out to You for justice, Lord. Reveal all chicanery, lies, deceit and fraud at the ballot boxes and in the ranks of either party, Lord God. You know what is in the hearts of all men AND You know the true motives of all men; reveal the truth and the secret agendas now, we beseech You. Not for our righteousness, but for the sake of Yours, show Americans what is...
  • Greek metropolitan sharply criticizes Tsipras’ speech at funeral of Fidel Castro

    12/05/2016 10:26:13 AM PST · by NRx · 3 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12-05-2016 | Pravoslavie
    Metropolitan Ambrose of Kalavryta and Aigialeia wrote on Thursday an open letter to Prime Minister Tsipras, condemning him for comparing the 1821 Greek Revolution with the 1959 Cuban Civil War, which he called a national crime and shame, simultaneously criticizing the extravagance of the Prime Minister’s “unnecessary” trip to Cuba, reports Russian Athens. (According to the presidential palace, the Prime Minister’s Cuba trip cost 22,900 euros, but according to the newspaper Ta Nea it was no less than $300,000.) In particular, he writes: “As reported by the mass media, you said the following blasphemous words: ‘Freedom or death was the...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL

    12/04/2016 11:10:38 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 40 replies
    12-5-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Isaiah 12:2 Behold, God is my Salvation; I will Trust, and not be Afraid: For the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation.
  • Britain Bans Heroic Bishops: Persecuted Christian Leaders From War Zones Refused Entry

    12/04/2016 4:26:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Daily Express (UK) ^ | 12/4/16 | Caroline Wheeler
    THREE archbishops from war-torn Iraq and Syria have been refused permission to enter the UK despite being invited to London to meet Prince Charles.The Christians, including the Archbishop of Mosul, were told there was “no room at the inn” by the Home Office when they applied for visas to attend the consecration of the UK’s first Syriac Orthodox Cathedral. Last night the decision was described as “unbelievable” by critics who pointed out that extreme Islamic leaders had been allowed visas. The Prince of Wales addressed the congregation at St Thomas Cathedral in London last week, while both the Queen and...
  • French Government Votes to Ban Pro-Life Websites

    12/04/2016 4:19:52 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/2/16 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, December 2, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) --The socialist government of France passed a bill after one day's debate that criminalizes websites that might dissuade women from abortion. The “digital interference” bill is aimed at cracking down on French websites that would, in the words of the bill, "deliberately mislead, intimidate and/or exert psychological or moral pressure to discourage recourse to abortion." Convicted website owners could face two years in prison and fines up to 30,000 euros ($31,799 USD). The majority left voted in a block for the bill while the minority right formed a block against it. Bruno Retailleau, who heads...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 12/4/16 [Prayer]

    12/04/2016 1:48:34 PM PST · by SisterK · 31 replies
    Free Republic ^ | December 4, 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind
  • Not Afraid To Say “Christmas”

    12/04/2016 8:25:07 AM PST · by rhett october · 14 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 12-4-2016 | Steven Hutson
    Another Christmas is quickly approaching and with it yet another round of insults to the Christian faith. Increasingly we are afraid to utter the “C” word in public places, or in seasonal advertising. We wouldn’t want to offend those people of other faiths, you know. Before I go any further, let me explain: I’m not one of those self-righteous fire-breathing religious types who reflexively seek vengeance over the smallest slight. I don’t argue endlessly over subjects like school prayer, or a cross on a government building. I refuse to accept the notion, held by so many, that my religion entitles...
  • French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go

    12/03/2016 2:03:46 PM PST · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    BBCNews ^ | December 3, 2016
    French Town Told Park's Virgin Mary Statue Must Go The Virgin Mary, Jesus and Joseph are widely represented in European public art. A French town has been told it must take down its statue of the Virgin Mary to comply with a national ban on religious symbols in public spaces, the town's mayor said on Saturday. A court has given the town of Publier, in eastern France, three months to remove the work. If it fails to do so, it will be fined €100 (Ł80; $105) a day. Mayor Gaston Lacroix said he will try to relocate the marble statue...
  • Fighting the Battle that BuzzFeed Insists We Fight

    12/02/2016 9:06:44 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 15 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 12/3/16 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    We were warned. Because the left is not going to remain silent on the moral issues—and because most liberals are devoted to a “theology of self” (or a “philosophical dumpster fire” as described by David French)—Christians, especially Christian celebrities, are going to remain targets of the homosexual agenda. It doesn’t matter whether you are tied to the wedding industry. It doesn’t matter if you’re famous. It doesn’t matter whether you are a small business owner, a large corporation, or a state government. In spite of the meme they like to perpetuate, the left simply will not tolerate dissent when it...
  • Pope Francis Meets U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry at the Vatican

    12/02/2016 1:39:03 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | December 2, 2016 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Dec 2, 2016 / 07:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- While he was in town for a global meeting on the crisis in the Mediterranean region, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry stopped by the Vatican for a meeting with Pope Francis that likely centered largely on the challenges of migration.Kerry is currently in Rome for the three-day “Rome Med – Mediterranean Dialogues” meeting, which this year runs Dec. 1-3. The second annual event is a high-level initiative of the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, as well as the Italian Institute for International Political Studies (ISPI).The...
  • Should Islam Be Banned from America?

    12/02/2016 12:09:22 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 63 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 12/1/2016 | Dan Payne
    As it relates to religious liberty in the United States of America, here is the famous portion of the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof... Many people extrapolate from the Establishment Clause a total prohibition of anything remotely associated with the Christian God from all branches of local, state, and federal government. Of course, the Christian God of the Holy Bible is the primary target of those who proudly tout the “Separation of Church and State.” Other religions seem to...
  • Why do church leaders suck up to Marxist regimes?

    12/02/2016 9:20:14 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Spectator ^ | Damian Thompson
    When Fidel Castro died, Pope Francis ‘grieved’. That’s right: he grieved for the man who – in addition to murdering and torturing his opponents – spent half a century persecuting the Catholic Church in Cuba. But perhaps we shouldn’t be surprised: when Francis visited the island last year, he was gushingly appreciative of the regime’s hospitality and pointedly ignored dissidents. Even the liberal Washington Post accused him of ‘appeasing the Castros in repressive Cuba’. It all reminds me of the way, in my youth, churchmen soft-pedalled their criticism of Communist regimes because, whatever their ‘flaws’, they were supposedly on the...
  • Prelate Lists Mandates, Executive Orders that Trump Should Rescind to Protect Religious Freedom

    12/01/2016 7:43:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has called upon President-elect Donald Trump to take several actions that would reverse mandates and executive orders issued by President Barack Obama and his administration that impinge upon religious liberty. “President-elect Trump has the opportunity to ensure that people of all faiths can continue to do their good work in serving their communities without having to violate their consciences or face crippling fines or onerous lawsuits,” wrote Archbishop Lori, who leads the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty. “Our hope is that the next administration will ensure that Americans remain free to serve.” In...
  • Bishops say Guadalupe feast to be day of prayer for refugees, migrants

    12/01/2016 7:06:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Heral ^ | December 1, 2016
    A day of prayer with a focus on the plight of refugees and migrants will take place across the United States Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. "As Christmas approaches and especially on this feast of Our Lady, we are reminded of how our savior Jesus Christ was not born in the comfort of his own home, but rather in an unfamiliar manger," said Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston. "To all those families separated and far from home in uncertain times, we join with...
  • Slovakia passes law to BAN Islam from being registered as a religion

    SLOVAKIA has passed a law which will effectively ban Islam from gaining official status as a religion, in the latest signs of a growing anti-Muslim sentiment across Europe.
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL: December 1, 2016 [Prayer]

    11/30/2016 10:29:17 PM PST · by Albion Wilde · 49 replies
    FreeRepublic | 12/01/16 | APV team
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • San Diego Bishop Bans Outspoken Pro-Life Priest from Writing Bulletin Columns

    11/30/2016 6:06:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/30/16 | Claire Chretien
    SAN DIEGO, California, November 30, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy ordered a pastor to cease publishing columns in his church's weekly bulletin after the priest wrote in support of the Catholic Church's teaching on intrinsic evils and took strong stands on matters of prudential judgment within Catholic teaching. Father Richard Perozich of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church first came under fire this fall when inserts appeared in his parish bulletin that said it's a "mortal sin" to vote for pro-abortion Democrats. The fliers pointed out the Democratic Party’s official support for such intrinsic evils and warned Catholics they...
  • The Next Battlefront for Religious Freedom

    11/30/2016 5:56:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/30/16 | Phillip Booth
    Liberal elites are paying the price for sidelining religious liberty. But Catholics must not leave the fightback to maverick populistsOne reason Donald Trump was able to put together a coalition big enough to get him elected as president was that there were so many single issues about which different groups of people were exercised. They cared much more deeply about that one issue than a whole range of other issues, on which they may have disagreed with the Republican nominee. This is one explanation for Trump’s lead among Catholics. Particular concerns among Catholics included life issues, of course. Many people...
  • Will Bergoglio Betray Christ to Appease the Dragon of Red China?

    11/30/2016 2:59:52 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | November 30, 2016 | N/A
    The issue of Far "Ostpolitik" too China has been covered by this writer previously. I have written no less than five times on this matter since the first post in March 2015. At that time, I was given information from a Vatican contact that indeed, Francis was opening the door to China and the result would be detrimental to the true Catholic Church in China, that which is underground, and to Catholics in Taiwan. http://voxcantor.blogspot.ca/2015/03/is-sell-out-of-mindzenty-and-slipyj-for.html The Red China government has become an absurd mix of communism and corporate fascism. It is not pure communism as thousands have become obscenely wealthy...
  • Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis Would ‘Betray Christ’ by Allowing Communist China to Select Bishops

    11/30/2016 2:55:24 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | November 29, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    HONG KONG, November 29, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — The highest ranking Chinese Catholic has stated that if Pope Francis allows Communist China to have a hand in the selection of the nation's Catholic bishops it would be “betraying Jesus Christ.” “You cannot go into negotiations with the mentality ‘we want to sign an agreement at any cost,’ then you are surrendering yourself, you are betraying yourself, you are betraying Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Joseph Zen told The Guardian this week. The 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong has firmly opposed a potential deal between the Vatican and the Chinese government that would...
  • Catholic Charities Resettled Ohio State’s Somali Attacker

    11/30/2016 5:03:27 AM PST · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 30, 2016 | MICHAEL PATRICK LEAHY
    Abdul Razak Ali Artan, the Somali refugee who attacked eleven people on the campus of Ohio State University on Monday, was initially resettled in Texas by Catholic Charities of Dallas in June 2014, according to The Dallas Morning News. snip Artan and his family “arrived at DFW Airport by way of JFK International Airport, and stayed in temporary housing in Dallas for 23 days,” according to NBC5. A spokesperson for the State Department tells Breitbart News that 98 Somali refugees arrived in Texas in June of 2014, according to the U.S. Department of State’s Worldwide Refugee Admissions Processing System database....
  • Patriarch Kirill Calls Fidel Castro a Sincere Friend of the Russian Church

    11/29/2016 5:17:38 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/28/16
    Moscow, November 28, Interfax - Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia says he will always remember Fidel Castro, who was not only a legendary person, but a true friend of the Russian Orthodox Church. "Comandante Fidel was one of the most well-known and prominent state figures of the present time, enjoyed international authority and became a legend when he was alive. He was from the flesh of the Cuban people and focused his force on gaining true independence for his Motherland and giving it a worthy place in the family of nations," the patriarch said in his letter of condolences...
  • Fidel Castro’s War on Religion

    11/29/2016 2:25:16 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 28, 2016 | Paul Kengor
    COMMENTARY: Among the worst of Castro’s crimes and legacies, consider what he did to religious faith in this once-great Catholic nation.
  • Navarro-Vals: “Here’s How Wojtyla Convinced Fidel to Celebrate Christmas”

    11/28/2016 6:36:57 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 11/27/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    The Polish Pope’s former spokesman said the late Fidel Castro “wanted to know everything there was to know about John Paul II”"Fidel Castro kept me talking for six hours. He was fascinated by John Paul II and although he was jealous of his inner life, I sensed he wanted to delve deeper… I told him he was a lucky man because the Pope prayed for him every day. For once he was silent.” On the occasion of Wojtyla’s visit to Cuba in January 1998, the role of Joaquín Navarro-Valls, John Paul II’s spokesman, went far beyond his official duties as...
  • Appeal to Freeper Prayer Warriors to address Recount Madness

    11/28/2016 1:30:48 PM PST · by East Tennessee Redhead · 16 replies
    This is a request for the prayer warriors on Free Republic who were so stalwart during the election to re-initiate a daily prayer thread for Donald Trump and Mike Pence to address the nefarious re-count efforts undertaken by the Dr. Stein.
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 11/28/2016 [Prayer]

    11/28/2016 12:22:07 AM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 45 replies
    Free Republic ^ | November 28, 2016 | UMCRevMom
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Heroes and Nation Prayer Thread” have combined to form the America Prayer Vigil prayer thread. Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for our President and Vice-President-Elect and for America: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14 Religion forum threads labeled “Prayer” are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Same-Sex “Marriage” Was Doomed Long Before President-Elect Donald Trump

    11/27/2016 6:37:35 PM PST · by DWW1990 · 25 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 11/27/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Efforts to redefine marriage will ultimately, and always, fail, and as in the case of Elton John and David Furnish, will be revealed as folly. As Gamaliel warned the Sanhedrin concerning the Apostles of Jesus, “[I]f their purpose or activity is of human origin, it will fail. But if it is from God, you will not be able to stop these men; you will only find yourselves fighting against God. (Acts 5:38b-39)” As liberals work to hold onto their perverse legal redefinition of marriage, they are not merely battling conservatism, but God Himself, and that is always a losing proposition.
  • Pope's possible deal with China would 'betray Christ', says Hong Kong cardinal

    11/27/2016 6:00:49 PM PST · by NRx · 19 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 11-27-2016 | Benjamin Haas - Tom Phillips
    The most senior Chinese Catholic has slammed a potential rapprochement between the Vatican and Beijing, saying it would be “betraying Jesus Christ”, amid a thaw in more than six decades of bitter relations. Talk of a deal between the two sides has been building for months, with some saying the diplomatic coup for Pope Francis would be resolving the highly controversial issue of allowing China’s Communist government to have a hand in selecting bishops. But Cardinal Joseph Zen, the 84-year-old former bishop of Hong Kong, has been an outspoken critic, saying any agreement where Beijing would have a hand in...
  • Did God Just Grant America a Great Reprieve?

    11/27/2016 4:14:59 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 64 replies
    The Imaginative Conservative ^ | 11-24-16 | John Horvat
    Countless Americans who woke up on the morning after the election sensed their prayers had been answered and a calamity had been averted. If we have been given this reprieve, then we should use it to turn back to God… To those Americans concerned about the moral state of the nation, the immediate reaction to the November 8 elections was one of enormous relief. It was as if a colossal amount of pressure was suddenly released. There was the thrill of something entirely unexpected. People were overjoyed beyond words. Adding to the intense drama, there was the sensation that a...
  • Pope Francis' "sorrow" at Fidel Castro's passing, and a look back at his 2015 visit to Cuba

    11/27/2016 1:51:42 PM PST · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | November 27, 2016 | Augustinus
    On receiving the sad news of the death of your dear brother, His Excellency Mister Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, former president of the State Council and of the Government of the Republic of Cuba, I express my sentiments of sorrow to Your Excellency and other family members of the deceased dignitary, as well as to the people of this beloved nation. At the same time, I offer prayers to the Lord for his rest and I entrust the whole Cuban people to the maternal intercession of our Lady of the Charity of El Cobre, patroness of that country. Francisco, PP....
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 11/27/2016 [Prayer]

    11/27/2016 4:48:29 AM PST · by SisterK · 44 replies
    Free Republic ^ | November 27, 2016 | self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT-ELECT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind
  • Pope Grieves Death of Mass Murdering Communist Dictator

    11/26/2016 8:03:47 AM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis said the death of Cuba's revolutionary leader Fidel Castro was "sad news" and that he was grieving and praying for his repose. Francis expressed his condolences in a Spanish-language message to Fidel's brother, President Raul Castro on Saturday. The pope, who met Fidel Castro when he visited Cuba last year, said he had received the "sad news" and added: "I express to you my sentiments of grief." Fidel Castro, who was a professed atheist, was baptized as a Catholic and educated in schools run by the Jesuits, the religious order of which the pope is a member.
  • Why the Next House Minority Leader Will Be a Pro-abortion Catholic

    11/26/2016 2:34:59 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 24 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 25, 2016 | N/A
    Washington D.C., Nov 25, 2016 / 03:59 am (CNA).- When the Democratic Party makes its decisions about leadership at the end of the month, the House Minority Leader will be a self-proclaimed “pro-choice Catholic.”Both current House minority leader, Nancy Pelosi, and her challenger, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), profess to be Catholic but also support legalized abortion.Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1987. She has consistently advocated in favor of legal abortion, and has earned high ratings from pro-abortion groups including Planned Parenthood Action Fund and NARAL.Ryan represents a district in Northeast Ohio...
  • Catholicism and Islam Growing Fast in Norway, Liberal State Church Declines

    11/26/2016 12:58:52 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 25 Nov 2016 | Breitbart London
    STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norway’s official statistics agency says the country’s Roman Catholic and Muslim communities have added tens of thousands of members in recent years while the state Lutheran Church is declining. Statistics Norway said Friday the number of Catholics has jumped 42 percent since 2012, to 145,000 this year.
  • European Parliament Names Russian Religious Organizations Instruments of External Propaganda

    11/25/2016 3:09:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Interfax ^ | 11/2/163
    Brussels, November 23, Interfax - The European Parliament passed on Wednesday a resolution to combat propaganda hostile to the European Union, which, Brussels thinks, is in particular coming from Russia. As many as 691 MEPs took part in the voting on this advisory resolution. It was passed by 304 votes to 179, with 208 abstentions. The document holds that such propaganda forms part of a 'hybrid war' and seeks "to distort the truth, provoke doubt, divide the EU and its North American partners, paralyze the decision-making process, discredit EU institutions and incite fear and uncertainty among EU citizens." The European...
  • Archdiocese Appealing Archbishop Sheen Ruling (Catholic Caucus)

    11/25/2016 2:26:09 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cny ^ | November 23, 2016
    The Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral will appeal a Nov. 17 ruling by the Supreme Court of the State of New York in favor of the family of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen regarding their request to allow the transfer of the sainthood candidate’s remains to Peoria, Ill., where he was raised and ordained a priest. “The Trustees of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, who oversee both Calvary Cemetery and the crypt beneath the high altar of the cathedral, have decided to appeal the judge’s decision, and will be seeking a stay of the order allowing the transfer of Archbishop Sheen’s earthly remains...
  • Canadian Court Refuses Parent's Religious Accommodation Request

    11/25/2016 9:02:45 AM PST · by NRx · 14 replies
    Religion Clause | 11-25-2016 | Howard Friedman
    In E.T. v. Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board, (ON Super. Ct. Jus., Nov. 23, 2016), an Ontario (Canada) trial court rejected an attempt by the father of two elementary school students to require his children's school to notify him in advance of specific curriculum areas being taught to his children so he could withdraw them from classes, lessons or activities that conflict with his Greek Orthodox religious beliefs.  The father contended that he has an obligation to protect his children from "false teachings," including moral relativism and issues surrounding human sexuality. While the school had a religious accommodation guideline and the parent...
  • Progressive Christians to “Take Back Their Faith” After Election

    11/25/2016 7:52:28 AM PST · by Sam's Army · 45 replies
    JuicyEcumenism ^ | 11/25/16 | Derryck Green
    A week after the election, the Huffington Post published a blog entry in which Progressive Christians suggested what like-minded Christians should do in order to “take back their faith.” Still reeling from the election in which Donald Trump was elected president, several progressive Christians pondered the necessary steps to draw a stronger contrast between their brand of kindhearted progressive Christianity, and the kind of conservative, evangelical Christianity that helped elect Donald Trump. The responses were predictably representative of left-wing Christianity, which centered on re-emphasizing social justice issues and identity politics as the “loving,” compassionate, anti-Trumpian counterpart to the hate-filled Christianity...
  • EU Bishops Back Pillar of Social Rights, Call for Recognition of Sunday Rest

    11/25/2016 1:17:20 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 23, 2016 | N/A
    The Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Community (COMECE) have renewed their support of the European Pillar of Social Rights, an EU document on labor, education, and other social issues. In recent comments on the draft document, COMECE called for a recognition of Sunday rest. “As in times of digitalization of the economy, the boundaries between private and work-life become increasingly blurred, COMECE proposes to incorporate decent working hours and the right to a common weekly day of rest,” the bishops’ commission stated. “This day should be in principal the Sunday, which is recognized by tradition and custom...
  • Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You For All Your Blessings This Election Season & Help PE Trump

    11/24/2016 3:58:51 PM PST · by Sontagged · 48 replies
    November 24, 2016 | Vanity
    Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You for all of Your blessings to us this election season, and please bless President-Elect Trump, his family and his advisors with all the wisdom, discernment and love that they need. Please unveil any potential for evil in his cabinet picks and unmask any attempt at unraveling the election results; may all lying perpetrators be unmasked and revealed in their deception. You know what's in the hearts of all men, Lord Jesus, please reveal to President-Elect Trump any man or woman who has deceptive intent in their hearts around him. We are thankful to You Lord...
  • In Jesuit Q&A, Pope Despairs of Current Politics and Rigid Seminary Morality

    11/24/2016 3:10:06 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | November 24, 2016 | Austen Ivereigh
    In a wide-ranging off-the-cuff question-and-answer session with Jesuit delegates in Rome, Pope Francis had two big topics on his mind: the decline of politics, and the rise of rigidity in seminaries. Lamenting that “big politics” has descended into “small politics,” Pope Francis says politicians generally are “on the wane” and no longer capable of building unity out of diversity.“Countries [today] lack those great politicians who were able to spend themselves seriously for their ideals and were not afraid of dialogue or struggle, but went ahead, with intelligence and with the charism specific to politics,” he told the Jesuits in Rome on October...
  • Pope’s Envoy to Mexicans: Stop Marching Against Gay ‘Marriage’ and ‘Practice Dialog’ Instead

    11/24/2016 2:09:12 PM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/23/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    November 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – After months of successful pro-family marches protesting an attempt to amend the constitution to create homosexual “marriage,” Pope Francis’ new apostolic nuncio to Mexico has come with a perplexing message for Mexicans: Don’t march, but rather enter into “dialog” over the gay agenda. Archbishop Franco Coppola, a career diplomat with the Holy See who has served as nuncio to several African countries, arrived in Mexico on September 29. He soon began commenting on the struggle underway in the country over a proposed set of reforms by Mexican president Enrique Peńa Nieto to amend the constitution...
  • Did your church offer prayers of thanksgiving for the election results?

    11/24/2016 10:07:29 AM PST · by old-ager · 30 replies
    Vanity | 2016-11-24 | Vanity
    Did your church offer a specific prayer thanking God for Clinton's defeat? In my church, which is in a 100% pro-life denomination (MO Synod Lutheran), it was notably absent.
  • Trump’s Nomination of Sessions for Attorney General Marks New Era

    11/24/2016 12:43:02 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 16 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November. 23, 2016 | Joan Frawley Desmond
    WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump marked the advent of what many predict will be a new era in civil rights and criminal-justice enforcement with his nomination of Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., for U.S. attorney general. A former prosecutor and attorney general for the state of Alabama, Sessions, 69, is serving his fourth term in the U.S. Senate. There, he has built a legacy as a fierce opponent of abortion and an advocate for religious freedom. Meanwhile, he has criticized the Obama administration’s immigration policies and supported the right of states to enforce their own marriage laws, after the Obama...
  • Cardinal Joseph Zen on the Dangers of Making an Agreement with Communist China

    11/23/2016 6:19:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 11/23/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 21 November, 2016, Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun, the prominent former bishop of Hong Kong and defender of the loyal Underground Church of China, has given an important interview to the German Bishops’ official website, Katholisch.de. In it, he describes the dangers of the Vatican’s current policy of working with the Chinese Government while at the same time weakening the Catholic witness of the lay faithful who are not willing to submit themselves to Communist rule. In the following, I shall present, in my own translation, some important parts of this candid interview. When asked why he was critical of...
  • Cardinal Dolan Calls for New Energy in Fight against Assisted Suicide

    11/23/2016 2:40:29 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | November 23, 2016 | N/A
    New York City, N.Y., Nov 23, 2016 / 12:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the push for physician-assisted suicide continues throughout the country, Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York is asking the faithful to step up in opposing anti-life measures.“Catholics must join medical professionals, disability rights groups, and other concerned citizens in fighting for the authentic care of those facing terminal illness,” he said.The cardinal, who heads the U.S. bishops’ committee for pro-life activities, reflected on recent ballot measures and legislative acts permitting assisted suicide.“Seven jurisdictions in the United States have now opened the legal door to this dangerous abuse...
  • Ky. man sues after turned down for 'IM GOD' license plate

    11/22/2016 1:58:08 PM PST · by Morgana · 21 replies
    wowk ^ | November 22, 2016 | wowk
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - An atheist's request for a personalized license plate saying "IM GOD" was denied by the state of Kentucky, which said it might distract other drivers, and would be in bad taste. Bennie Hart says that by announcing "IM GOD" on his license plate, he simply wants to show the impossibility of disproving anyone's claim to being "God." Besides, Hart says, he had the same plate for a dozen years when he lived in Ohio, without causing any problems.