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  • Pope Francis Praises Soros-Funded Organization; Encourages “Resistance”

    02/20/2017 12:20:31 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 29 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | February 20, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    On 17 February, Pope Francis released a letter written for those gathered for the World Meeting of Popular Movements held in California from 16-19 February — a meeting organized by the Vatican. Such meetings regularly take place in the Vatican and are initiated by Pope Francis himself in his attempt to work together with a variety of grassroots movements world-wide.In the letter, which is dated 10 February, Pope Francis publicly praises the organization PICO — People Improving Communities through Organizing — which was one of the promoters of this Vatican event. Francis writes: I would also like to highlight the work done by...
  • San Diego Bishop Tells Catholics to 'All Become Disrupters'

    02/20/2017 11:47:12 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 29 replies
    NewsMax ^ | February 20, 2017 | Deal W. Hudson
    Both the Catholic bishops of the United States and the Vatican have now virtually endorsed the strategy of “disruption” being used across the nation to oppose the new administration of President Trump. Held in Modesto, California, the U.S. Regional World Meeting of Popular Movements (WMPM), was sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Vatican’s Department of Integral Human Development to address issues of “land, labor, and lodging,” as well as racism and immigration.The 700 attendees applauded and cheered as Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego told them, “President Trump was the candidate of disruption. . . ....
  • Ungodly Speech

    02/20/2017 11:15:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | February 20, 2017
    Ungodly Speech: Last Friday Pope Francis visited the Third Roman University. Francis spoke 45 minutes and never mentioned God or Jesus Christ, although they were contained in the written text, but Francis chose to drop these passages. Bergoglio focused instead on promoting Islamic mass-immigration.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/20/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 11:14:00 PM PST · by · 39 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | February 20, 2017 |
    Please join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and our nation to return to serve the Lord: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. The LORD is my shepherd I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul; he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff...
  • ‘Destroy’ the Johnson Amendment? Trump’s Rhetoric Meets Reality

    02/19/2017 2:23:56 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 9 replies
    Crux ^ | February 18, 2017 | David Gibson
    Catholic Church to the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America to the Mormons, specifically bar or strongly discourage their clergy and churches from endorsing or campaigning for candidates. Any change to the Johnson Amendment wouldn’t affect those strictures. Expanding religious freedom is a defining issue for religious conservatives who propelled President Trump to the White House, and the centerpiece of Trump’s religious freedom agenda is ending the 1950s-era law that says houses of worship can lose their tax-exempt status if they engage in partisan campaigning.Indeed, Trump won’t just overturn that ban — known as the Johnson Amendment — but, as he...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 2/19/17 [Prayer]

    02/19/2017 3:07:17 AM PST · by SisterK · 39 replies
    Free Republic ^ | February 19, 2017 | prayer intercessors
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 1 John 5:14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Join Bishop David Zubik at a prayer service with immigrants and refugees

    02/18/2017 7:38:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    “Becoming One-Standing Together,” is an interfaith gathering of prayer and celebration with immigrants, refugees, and allies. This worship event will take place on Monday, February 20 at 10 a.m. in St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church, 1500 Centre Avenue, Pittsburgh 15219. It will bring together leaders from faith communities who will lead prayers and read sacred scriptures, as well as immigrants and refugees who will tell their personal stories.
  • Chinese Priest: The Life of the Faithful is the Same With or Without China-Holy See Agreements

    02/18/2017 5:59:56 AM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/16/17 | Shan Ren Shen Fu
    The majority of Chinese faithful have no interest in China-Vatican dialogue. They are not affected by the Patriotic Association. This is a mere instrument of government policy.Hong Kong (AsiaNews) - "The life of the faithful is the same before and during the China-Vatican negotiations": This is the opinion of a well-known blogger priest regarding the article published last week by Card. John Tong on "The future of Sino-Vatican dialogue from the ecclesiological point of view". The blogger, whose nom de guerre is "Shanren Shenfu" (the hermit priest), notes that the faithful in China are rather indifferent to the progress of...
  • Vatican-sponsored conference criticizes Trump orders (A million illegals just in Los Angeles?)

    02/18/2017 12:35:55 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    WTOP-TV ^ | February 17, 2017 | The Associated Press
    MODESTO, Calif. (AP) — Speakers at a Vatican-sponsored conference in Northern California — including an archbishop — denounced President Donald Trump’s orders on immigration and travel and vowed to fight them at a meeting Friday. Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez said President Barack Obama deported a high number of people, but the harsh tone and cruelty coming out of the new administration was prompting mass fear and panic. “They’re playing with people’s emotions and toying with their lives and futures, and that is not right,” said Gomez, who noted his city has an estimated 1 million people who are living...
  • Pope Francis: ‘Muslim Terrorism Does Not Exist’

    02/17/2017 6:11:23 PM PST · by Repeal 16-17 · 129 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 17, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D
    In an impassioned address Friday, Pope Francis denied the existence of Islamic terrorism, while simultaneously asserting that “the ecological crisis is real.” “Christian terrorism does not exist, Jewish terrorism does not exist, and Muslim terrorism does not exist. They do not exist,” Francis said in his speech to a world meeting of populist movements.
  • Jesus Fulfilled the Promise of His Second Coming

    02/17/2017 2:51:19 PM PST · by searchinsany · 30 replies
    HubPages ^ | 17.2.17 | searchinsany
    Critics of Christianity try to undermine the integrety of the Lord Jesus Christ, declaring Him a false prophet because they cannot reconcile the 'imminent' factor of His 'end times' predictions. Most Christians are also unable to account for the simple statements Jesus made concerning His impending return. In my opinion, Dispensationalism's emphasis on empirical evidence and imaginative narrative has blinded the eyes of many believers.
  • Pope appears to back anti-Trump protests in letter condemning populism

    02/17/2017 2:20:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    The Guardian ^ | February 17, 2017 | Stephanie Kirchgassener
    Pope Francis has offered his unequivocal support to grassroots organisers and activists who are fighting for social justice, migrants, and environmentalism, saying he “reaffirms” their choice to fight against tyranny amid a “gutting of democracies”. “As Christians and all people of good will, it is for us to live and act at this moment. It is a grave responsibility, since certain present realities, unless effectively dealt with, are capable of setting off processes of dehumanisation which would then be hard to reverse,” the pontiff wrote in a letter that was read to organisers this week. The remarks can be viewed...
  • Cardinal Zen: I Fear the Vatican’s Ostpolitik With Communist China

    02/17/2017 12:14:46 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod
    National Catholic Register ^ | February 17, 2017 | Daniel Blackman
    …You’re reported as saying that a Vatican deal with China would be to “betray Christ.”… …What I mean is that if the Pope “knowingly” signed a bad agreement with the communists, it would be a betrayal of Jesus, and a betrayal of the good and faithful people in the Catholic Church in China. I’m not against the dialogue…I cannot see goodwill on the side of the communists. …To dialogue means to compromise, but the communists are not ready to give anything…they have full control of the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association... …They probably want to see a decision from the Vatican...
  • Pope Says Immigrants No Threat to Europe’s Christian Identity

    02/17/2017 12:04:42 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 52 replies
    Crux ^ | February 17, 2017 | Inés San Martín
    Visiting a state run university in Rome, Pope Francis set aside his prepared remarks to talk instead "from the heart," answering questions about the threat migrants pose to Europe's Christian identity and the historic presence of violence in the world. ROME—Famous for his off-the-cuff remarks, Pope Francis was at it again on Friday when he set aside a prepared address to “speak from the heart” to thousands of students from Rome’s youngest university, Roma Tre, where he revisited some of his usual concerns: war and violence, a lack of dialogue and the need for the West to acknowledge its responsibility...
  • Stop hurling insults and listen, Pope Francis tells politicians [Barf Alert]

    02/17/2017 8:36:31 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | 2/17/17 | Philip Pullella
    Politicians should lower the volume of their debates and stop insulting each other, Pope Francis said on Friday, adding that leaders should be open to dialogue with perceived enemies or risk sowing the seeds of war. "Insulting has become normal," he said in a 45-minute-long improvised talk to university students in Rome. "We need to lower the volume a bit and we need to talk less and listen more."
  • Socialist Militants Storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 8:41:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/17 | Staff Reporter
    Worshippers were left shaken after militants denounced their priest in a speech at his pulpitMilitant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!”The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group,...
  • Border bishops call for dignity regardless of "migration (aka illegal aliens) condition"

    02/16/2017 7:46:32 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | February 16, 2017 | Rhina Guidos
    In a joint statement, Catholic bishops whose dioceses are along the U.S.-Mexico border spoke of the "pain, the fear, and the anguish" they're seeing in immigrants and vowed to follow the example of the pope in building "bridges, rather than the walls of exclusion and exploitation." The Feb. 14 statement was read at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of San Juan del Valle in Texas after a visit by the bishops to an immigration detention center as well as to a humanitarian respite center at Sacred Heart Parish in McAllen, Texas, in the Brownsville Diocese. The...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: “You Can’t Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion”

    02/16/2017 3:33:17 PM PST · by Morgana · 13 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. Bishop Edward Scharfenberger’s statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant. Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity of...
  • Seven Reasons Why Christians Can Be Thankful for President Trump

    02/16/2017 3:24:47 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 3 replies
    EWTN UK ^ | February 16, 2017 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    Only twenty-four days since the inauguration of the new president and Christians have plenty of reasons to be thankful for Donald Trump. The President, Vice President and the Republican party are keeping their campaign promises to Catholics and evangelical Christians about pro-life issues, gender ideology, and Obamacare.  Here are just some of the reasons why Christians can be thankful for President Trump and his administration: U.S. House of Representatives votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood Faced with an increasing number of states passing laws to defund the industrial-scale abortion providers Planned Parenthood, ex-President Obama...
  • Bishop to Pro-Abortion Politicians: “You Can’t Publicly be Catholic While Promoting Abortion”

    02/16/2017 3:21:44 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    Life News ^ | February 16, 2017 | MICAIAH BILGER
    The Catholic bishop of Albany, New York did not spare any criticism this week for politicians who support abortion and claim to be practicing Catholics. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT Bishop Edward Scharfenberger’s statement on Monday came in response to the national debate about defunding the abortion business Planned Parenthood, according to the Church Militant.Three politicians who represent his area and claim to be Catholic attended a pro-Planned Parenthood rallies last weekend, the report continued. Scharfenberger did not mention any names in his statement Monday, but he did criticize politicians who ignore the plight of unborn babies and biblical teachings about the sanctity...
  • Socialist militants storm Mass in Venezuela

    02/16/2017 2:10:20 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 16, 2017 | Staff Reporter
    Militant socialists stormed a Mass in Venezuela on Sunday, shouting slogans such as “Satan in a cassock” and “fascist!” Congregants told Reuters that about 20 people barged in to San Pedro Claver church in the “23 De Enero” community, shouting “Chavez lives!” The area is militantly loyal to Venezuela’s socialist government. Luis Arias, 67, a catechism teacher, said: “Some people were scared, obviously, but no one was hurt. “They said: ‘Because the priests have spoken about politics, we have the right too.'” The leader of the group, who works at a nearby radio station, made a political speech from the...
  • Knights of Malta Chief Says It Was Burke Who Asked Official to Resign

    02/16/2017 5:19:33 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | February 15, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    In an interview with an Austrian newspaper, the acting head of the Order of Malta has described being present at the meeting where the Grand Chancellor was asked to resign -- and that it was American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not the Grand Master, who made the request. The Knights of Malta’s chaplain, the pope’s arch-critic American Cardinal Raymond Burke, not its Grand Master, was the one who asked the order’s Grand Chancellor to resign, according to the Knights’ acting head.Ludwing Hoffmann von Rumerstein, who is Austrian, was present at a meeting on December 6 in which the Grand Chancellor, Albrecht Von Boeselager, was...
  • Pope Appears to Back Native Tribes in Dakota Pipeline Conflict

    02/15/2017 4:22:26 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 26 replies
    Reuters ^ | February 15, 2017 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis appeared on Wednesday to back Native Americans seeking to halt part of the Dakota Access Pipeline, saying indigenous cultures have a right to defend "their ancestral relationship to the earth".The Latin American pope, who has often strongly defended indigenous rights since his election in 2013, made his comments on protection of native lands to representative of tribes attending the Indigenous Peoples Forum in Rome.While he did not name the pipeline, he used strong and clear language applicable to the conflict, saying development had to be reconciled with "the protection of the particular characteristics of indigenous peoples...
  • Undocumented mom facing deportation takes sanctuary in Denver church

    02/15/2017 10:33:42 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 73 replies
    KDVR-TV ^ | February 15, 2017 | CNN Wire
    An undocumented immigrant is taking refuge at a church in Denver while she fights to remain in the country. Jeanette Vizguerra, a mother of four, was scheduled to check in with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Wednesday morning. She wanted to extend the stay on her deportation order, which expired last week, while she applies for a special visa. It was denied. She now faces separation from her American-born children, the youngest of whom is just 6. Vizguerra’s attorney appeared in court for her, saying she probably would have been taken into custody if she appeared. She is now taking...
  • Put down the revolt of those Catholic peasants!

    02/15/2017 8:07:40 AM PST · by ebb tide · 70 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | February 14, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    With each passing day it becomes more apparent that Antonio Socci was not exaggerating when he wrote that with the unexpected defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald J. Trump — a rude shock that has driven the worldwide liberal establishment to the brink of collective insanity — none other than Pope Francis has become “the only point of reference for the international Left, deprived of a leader…” Whoever doubts it need only consult a revealing editorial in the Washington Post, one of the most prominent organs of international Leftist opinion. Under the telling editorial category “Global Opinions,” one Emma-Kate Symons...
  • Cross Missing From Moldavian Flag During its President's Visit to Iran Results in Scandal

    02/14/2017 7:06:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Interfax ^ | 2/13/17
    Kishinev, February 13, Interfax - Moldavia faces a scandal connected with the distortion of national flag demonstrated during president Igor Dodon's visit to Iran. The Moldavian leader, who is also a president of the chess federation, participated in the ceremony of opening the world chess championship among women in Iran. The national flag of Moldavia was set up behind the president's back. The coat of arms depicted at the flag lacked the cross in the eagle's beak and scepter. Dodon posted the photos in Facebook right after the ceremony. Certain mass media paid attention to the distortion of the flag....
  • Russian Orthodox Church supports U.S. moves to defund abortion

    02/14/2017 6:05:50 PM PST · by NRx · 6 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 02-14-2017
    The Chairman of the Synodal Department for Church and Society and Media Vlaidmir Legoida has stated that the steps taken in the US to ban funding of abortions from the state budget are welcomed by the Moscow Patriarchate, and resonate with its own initiative to remove abortion from Russia’s obligatory medical insurance. The US House of Representatives passed a bill in late January that forbids allocating budget funds for abortion and the granting of tax creds to employers who buy their employees insurance that includes abortion. Additionally, on January 23, President Trump signed an executive order abolishing the financing of...
  • A dose of reality about the Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke axis

    02/14/2017 4:59:19 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Steve Bannon in his natural plumage: no Magna Cappa Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that Trump mastermind Steve Bannon and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as a leading traditionalist critic of Pope Francis, have formed a pact to “legitimize extremist forces that want to bring down Western liberal democracy,” in the words of the Washington Post. (What the specific aim of this alliance may be isn’t terribly clear, since nobody seriously believes a Trump-backed Vatican palace coup is in the offing. Presumably, the idea is to encourage and embolden...
  • It's Not Just Cardinal Burke

    02/14/2017 1:27:55 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Commonweal ^ | February 14, 2017 | Massimo Faggioli
    Kremlinology was supposed to have gone out with the end of the Cold War, but the murky connections between the Trump administration and Vladimir Putin may be bringing it back into fashion. Vaticanology, on the other hand, never went away, and with reports on the links between Stephen Bannon, Cardinal Raymond Burke, and conservative elements in Rome, it seems a more vibrant area of study every day. Just consider how the most influential papers in the United States have taken up the topic of Bannon and Burke lately, with the New York Times featuring multiple stories and the Washington...
  • White House, Red Hat

    02/14/2017 1:25:30 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 7 replies
    Commonweal ^ | February 9, 2017 | John Gehring
    President Donald Trump’s chief strategist and the driving ideological force behind his “America First” agenda is a Catholic whose Islamophobia and reactionary nationalism have found an audience among a band of aggrieved church leaders openly hostile to Pope Francis. In a deep-dive report from Rome, the New York Times chronicles how Steve Bannon has skillfully networked with Cardinal Raymond Burke and other Vatican operators to push his dark vision of right-wing populism: When Stephen K. Bannon was still heading Breitbart News, he went to the Vatican to cover the canonization of John Paul II and make some friends. High...
  • Trump’s Stalled Action on Proposed Religious Freedom Order Raises Concerns

    02/14/2017 6:44:31 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 21 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | February 14, 2017 | Catholic News Service
    'We hope that President Trump and his administration will take action soon,' said Baltimore Archbishop William Lori. Talk of President Donald Trump possibly signing an executive order on religious freedom — which drew both criticism and praise — has been replaced with discussion about what happened to it and what a final version, if there is one, will look like.A draft version of the executive order, called Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom, had been widely criticised in late January by those who said it would legalise discrimination and was too far-reaching. It then failed to appear on...
  • Papal Politics: Playing the Nazi Card

    02/14/2017 4:54:46 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 6 replies
    The Remnant ^ | February 13, 2017 | Helen M. Weir
    So, the inevitable has finally occurred: Pope Francis has speculated openly that President Donald Trump may turn out to be the next Adolf Hitler. I wish to note at the outset that I am not at all interested (at the moment) in defending the incoming American administration, or even in considering it directly. Let’s wonder instead about the characteristic way in which this Holy Father consistently tries to demonize others who might conceivably stand in the way of the accomplishment of his agenda. Since he has brought it up, let’s focus on this particular way--on Pope Francis playing the Nazi...
  • Jesuit Priest Stokes Fake War Between Pope Francis and Steve Bannon

    02/13/2017 10:25:18 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 8 replies
    Breitbart ^ | February 13, 2017 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D.
    On the far-left MSNBC cable television channel Sunday, Father James Martin said that Steve Bannon is a “radical traditionalist” opposing Pope Francis’s reforms and pining “for a time when the Church was purer.”In a segment titled “Steve Bannon vs. the Pope,” Martin suggested that Bannon uses Church teaching to promote “racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic sentiments.”Apparently, in Father Martin’s version of the gospel, it is wrong to oppose radical Islamists, but it is fine to bear false witness against a fellow Christian, running him down with baseless slanders and slurs.Bannon is not only an anti-Pope Francis, Martin alleged, “I would also...
  • Chaput: Amazing 'how hostile the press is to everything the president does'

    02/13/2017 8:38:53 PM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies ^ | February 13, 2017 | David O'Reilly
    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a radio talk show host Monday that he believes fewer than 25 percent of those working in the “mainstream … elite” media have religious faith, and expressed surprise at what he termed was media hostility to President Trump. “It’s just amazing to me how hostile the press is to everything the president does,” Chaput told the California-based Hugh Hewitt, a Catholic conservative. “I don’t want to be partisan in my comments here, but it seems to me if we are really serious about our common responsibilities, we support the president,” Chaput said, “whether we...
  • Pope Francis, get out of Venezuela. You’re only making things worse.

    02/13/2017 8:28:35 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | February 8, 2017 | Andres Oppenheimer
    Many of us have praised Pope Francis for his humbleness and for his tolerance toward victims of discrimination who had long been neglected by the Vatican, but it’s time to tell him loud and clear: Get out of Venezuela. The Vatican’s mediation effort in Venezuela has been — to use a word much in vogue in Washington these days — a disaster. It has legitimized that country’s authoritarian ruler Nicolás Maduro, throwing him a lifeline when millions of protesters were demanding his resignation on the streets in October 2016. And it has helped him get back on his feet by...
  • Chinese Official: Underground Bishops Cannot be Recognized

    02/13/2017 6:16:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    A top Chinese official has cautioned that the Beijing regime has not reached an agreement with the Vatican on the appointment of bishops, and dismissed any possibility that bishops of the “underground” Church will be recognized by the government. In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Liu Bainian, the head of the Catholic Patriotic Association, said that the “underground” bishops (who have been recognized by the Holy See but not by the government) are “unfit for the [Communist] Party to work with.” Liu Bainian was reacting to an article in which Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong...
  • Protests Mark Cathedral's Return to Russian Orthodox Control

    02/13/2017 6:12:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies ^ | 2/13/17 | Irina Titova
    <p>ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) - Thousands of people in Russia's second-largest city held competing demonstrations Sunday for and against the return of the renowned St. Isaac's Cathedral to the Russian Orthodox Church.</p> <p>The cathedral, one of St. Petersburg's top tourist destinations, was seized by the state after the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution and became a museum. The city announced last month that it would be returned to church control.</p>
  • How Pope Francis Helped An Unrepentant Terrorist Get A Presidential Pardon

    02/13/2017 4:05:12 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 13, 2017 | Maueen Mallarkey
    On January 13, Robert González Nieves, archbishop of San Juan, revealed Pope Francis’ role in Barack Obama’s pardon of terrorist mastermind Oscar Lopez-Rivera. Speaking from the Cathedral of San Juan, Nieves announced that although the Holy Father made no public statement of his involvement, he had indeed worked behind the curtain on behalf of the unrepentant, bloody-handed Lopez-Rivera. The archbishop was pleased to say: “I know that there have been efforts made through diplomatic channels. The pope is very aware. We are grateful to the Holy Father for his support.” Papal complicity in this politically charged act received little notice...
  • On Defining Religion [Islam is a Quasi-Religious Political Movement]

    02/13/2017 8:21:44 AM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 11 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | 2/12/2017 | Nonie Darwish
    Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) said that President Donald Trump's 90-day ban on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries is "a religiously based ban," and "if they can ban Muslims, why can't they ban Mormons." This has become the position of the Democratic Party and the mainstream media, which has influenced not only the American public but has convinced the majority of the world that America is "bad." How can we blame the world, and even a good segment of American citizens, for hating America when such disingenuous and misleading claims are aired to the world from US officials and broadcast...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 2-13-17 {Prayer}

    02/12/2017 10:25:16 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 38 replies
    2-13-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT 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. Psalm 116:5 God is Gracious—it is He Who Makes Things Right, Our Most Compassionate God. God Takes the Side of the Helpless; When I was at the End of my Rope, He Saved me.
  • Catholic Heroes. . . Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac

    02/12/2017 8:05:39 PM PST · by ebb tide
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | February 6, 2017
    The Trial of Blessed Cardinal Aloysius Stepinac: - Hailed by Pope Pius XII as the "most important priest in the Catholic Church." - Beatified by Pope John Paul II - So hated by the Nazis that they demanded Pope Pius XII remove him (Pius refused) - Imprisoned by the Communists - Laid down his life for those most persecuted during and after World War II - Died of complications from his imprisonment for defending the rights of Christ the King - Denounced Martin Luther as a "False Prophet" - Blamed Protestantism for the “hell in which human society suffers today”...
  • Are President Trump and Steve Bannon Conspiring with Cardinal Burke to Thwart Pope Francis?

    02/12/2017 6:39:11 PM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Stream ^ | 2/12/17 | John Zmirak
    Media are positively frothing with stories suggesting a showdown between President Trump and Pope Francis, with conservative Catholics worldwide (but especially in America) as the prize that the two leaders will fight over.Here’s a piece from NBC that pretends that a theological satire by wearied faithful Catholics in Rome of the pope’s increasingly Progressive newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, is an instance of politicized “fake news.” You know, the kind of conservative news and opinion pieces from sources like Breitbart that the European Union, Google, Facebook, and Angela Merkel are scrambling to censor.Next we see a much more ambitious story — a...
  • Debunking the Washington Post’s Creepy Cardinal Burke Conspiracy

    02/12/2017 3:18:39 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | February 11, 2017 | Christian Browne
    On 9 February, the Washington Post ran a disgraceful and bizarre opinion piece designed to join the burgeoning propaganda efforts to link Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke to U.S. presidential adviser Stephen Bannon and President Donald Trump’s White House. From that alliance, the story goes, Bannon, through Burke, is plotting to bring the Trump administration into a conflict with Pope Francis. The Post opinion piece is linked here. There there have been several other similar “news” stories run over the last several days at major outlets, including on the NPR website. The point of this obviously coordinated campaign is entirely unclear....
  • A Case Study in Sophistry: Bishop McElroy of San Diego on the Last Election [Catholic Caucus]

    02/11/2017 6:29:47 PM PST · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Fatima Perspectives | February 7, 2017 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    “Sophistry” is “subtly deceptive reasoning or argumentation… that seems plausible on a superficial level but is actually unsound, or reasoning that is used to deceive.” The word is derived from the Greek sophistēs, the clever “wise men” with whom Socrates had to contend during the dialogues in which he so methodically exposed their errors. Sophistry, sad to say, has become the stock-in-trade of the liberal American bishops who, for the past half-century, have acted as pallbearers for the Church Militant in this country, essentially reducing the Church’s role ad extra to what Antonio Socci has called a “social assistant” to...
  • Episcopal Church Issues Veiled Threat to Move GC Over Proposed Texas Bathroom Law

    02/11/2017 6:10:23 PM PST · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 2/9/17 | Mary Ann Mueller
    The Episcopal General Convention is scheduled to meet next summer in Austin, the Lone Star State's capitol city, where July temperatures easily soar into the triple digits beneath a blazing Texas sun suspended in a cloudless azure sky. However, as the Episcopal Executive Council prepared to meet in Lithicum Heights, Maryland, the two presiding officers of General Convention -- Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and House of Deputies President Gay Clark Jennings -- penned a joint letter to the Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) protesting Texas' latest privacy bill which, if passed, would "require Texas...
  • Trump Strategist Seeks Like-Minded Allies in the Vatican

    02/11/2017 5:49:31 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The NY Times via California Catholic Daily ^ | 2/10/17 | Jason Horowitz (NY Times)
    Does Cardinal Burke share the same ideology as Breitbart's Steve Bannon?When Stephen K. Bannon was still heading Breitbart News, he went to the Vatican to cover the canonization of John Paul II and make some friends. High on his list of people to meet was an archconservative American cardinal, Raymond Burke, who had openly clashed with Pope Francis. In one of the cardinal’s antechambers, amid religious statues and book-lined walls, Cardinal Burke and Mr. Bannon — who is now President Trump’s anti-establishment eminence — bonded over their shared worldview. They saw Islam as threatening to overrun a prostrate West weakened...
  • Pope Francis and the Population Control Lobby [Catholic Caucus]

    02/11/2017 12:12:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | February 8, 2017 | Michael Hichborn
    In a stunning break with Pope John Paul II’s insistence that abortion should always be discussed as the murder of an innocent child, Pope Francis instead adopted the linguistic rhetoric of the abortion and population control lobby. Addressing participants of Italy’s fifth annual March for Life this past Sunday, Pope Francis encouraged the crowd to “pray for the babies who are at risk of the interruption of pregnancy.” In order to ensure that there was no translation error, we found an Italian news source for the comments, and a video of Pope Francis giving the address. Beginning at the 0:45...
  • The Book of Revelation was Written Before AD 70

    02/11/2017 6:41:06 AM PST · by searchinsany · 113 replies ^ | 11 February 2017 | searchinsany
    John received the Revelation prior to AD 70, to encourage and prepare the Church for the events leading to the vision's imminent fulfillment. I believe therefore, Christ's second coming described in the Revelation took place during the ‘great and the dreadful day of the Lord’ in AD 70. On that 'day' of judgement, Old Covenant Israel ended with the destruction of the temple and Jerusalem; the remaining survivors of the Jewish nation were enslaved and dispersed throughout the Roman Empire. Futurists, Dispensationalism in particular, adamantly oppose this view by insisting on a post-AD 70 date, in an attempt to refute...
  • The aristocracy may not like him, but the simple faithful just love Cardinal Burke

    02/11/2017 6:20:27 AM PST · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 2/10/17 | Lisa Bourne
    In keeping with his role as Patron for the Sovereign Order of Malta, Cardinal Raymond Burke blessed a gift of medical equipment Thursday given by the Knights of Malta to a medical clinic serving the poor and uninsured. The Cardinal blessed a $10,000 procedure table recently given to the Duchesne Clinic with a grant from the world’s oldest medical mission, a lay religious order founded in 1113 serving people in 120 countries. Despite the controversy swirling around Cardinal Burke in Rome with the aristocracy of the Knights of Malta, local Knights and especially the simple faithful have found in...
  • WashPO’s Deranged Rant Against Cdl. Raymond Burke

    02/11/2017 5:33:28 AM PST · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/10/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    Calls on Pope Francis to fight Vatican conservatism that "wants to reassert white Christian dominance" An opinion column in the Washington Post is denouncing Cardinal Raymond Burke as a "rebel prince," claiming he is part of the "far-right rot" in the Catholic Church. Emma-Kate Symons' unhinged, invective-filled rant calls for Pope Francis "to take tougher action against the United States' most influential Catholic in Rome, Cdl. Raymond 'Breitbart' Burke." She calls Burke a "renegade cleric," accusing him of "undermining [Pope] Francis' reformist, compassionate papacy and (G)ospel teaching as it applies to refugees and Muslims." She further slams the cardinal, alleging,...