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  • Cdl. Dolan: Yes, We Pay For Murder, But Under Protest

    05/29/2013 1:07:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 29, 2013 | Pat ARCHBOLD
    My mind would boggle if I had any boggles left. Cardinal Dolan, head of the USCCB and the ostensible leader of the fight against the unholy Obamacare mandates, admits that his own Diocese directly pays for employee health plans that cover contraception and abortion. Yes, the Cardinal Dolan and the Archdiocese of NY pay for the killing of children. Their excuse? They do it under protest. Well, I am sure that will make the dead babies feel better to know that they were killed 'under protest.' via NYT But even as Cardinal Dolan insists that requiring some religiously affiliated employers...
  • American Church [Who best understands the American experiment - Catholics or Protestants?]

    05/29/2013 11:28:22 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 54 replies
    The Catholic Sun ^ | George Weigel
    With his new book, “American Church: The Remarkable Rise, Meteoric Fall, and Uncertain Future of Catholicism in America” (Ignatius Press), mild-mannered Russell Shaw has become the bull in the china shop of U.S. Catholic history, knocking heroes off pedestals and overturning conventional story-lines—all in aid of trying to understand why the Church in America is in precarious position today vis-ŕ-vis the ambient public culture and the government. Shaw’s answer: we’re in deep trouble because of a longstanding U.S. Catholic determination to be more-American-than-thou—to disprove ancient charges of Catholicism’s incompatibility with American democracy by assimilating so dramatically that there’s no discernible...
  • U.S.-backed Syrian rebels reportedly massacre Christian village

    05/29/2013 8:20:44 AM PDT · by American in Israel · 37 replies ^ | 5-27-13 | Ryan Keller
    Members of the Free Syrian Army reportedly attacked the Christian-dominated al-Duvair village in Reef on the outskirts of Homs on Monday, where they massacred its citizens, including women and children, before the Syrian Army interfered. This reported attack comes shortly after intense fighting in the city of al-Qusseir over the weekend, in which Bashar Al-Assad’s forces inflicted heavy casualties on the rebels. Assad’s forces launched an offensive in April in an effort to cut off supply lines to the rebels by taking the city and its surrounding areas from the rebel groups that had been entrenched there since last year....
  • Scandalized: Cardinal Dolan & Cuomo

    05/28/2013 3:10:14 PM PDT · by NYer · 48 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | May 28, 2013 | Pat ARCHBOLD
    **I originally wrote this a week ago for another publication. This past Pentecost Sunday, I sat in my pew and listened to the reading. I heard how the Apostles, our first Bishops, after receiving the Holy Spirit preached to the multitudes gathered in Jerusalem. I heard how each person, no matter their language, could clearly understand everything said. I thought to myself, what a great miracle. Some of our Bishops speak the same language as I do, but I don't understand what they are saying at all. Last week, during a radio interview, Cardinal Dolan was asked several questions about...
  • Cardinal Pell apologises for Church sex abuse, admits cover-ups

    05/28/2013 8:38:58 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 20 replies
    CathNews ^ | May 27, 2013
    The Archbishop of Sydney, Cardinal Pell, has admitted to a Victorian parliamentary inquiry that some members of the Church tried to cover up child sexual abuse by other members of the clergy, and has apologised for decades of child sex abuse within the Church, the ABC reports. Cardinal George Pell told the inquiry he was "fully apologetic and absolutely sorry" about decades of child sex abuse within the Church. Some members of the packed public gallery wept as Cardinal Pell was forced to answer questions about the Church's systemic cover-up of cases of rape of children as young as five-years...
  • Intolerance in The Name of 'Tolerance' Should be Condemned

    05/28/2013 7:17:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 5/27/13
    (Vatican Radio) The Vatican Secretariat of State issued a tweet on Monday: “Intolerance against Christians, especially in the name of ‘tolerance’, should be condemned publicly.” The tweet referenced a Statement of the Holy See delivered by Bishop Mario Toso, SDB, at the High Level Conference on Tolerance and Non-discrimination (including Human Rights Youth Education), which took place May 21-22 in Tirana, Albania. The Conference was held under the auspices of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). Since the last High Level Conference, Bishop Toso said, “examples of intolerance and discrimination against Christians have not diminished, but rather...
  • Putin Invites Patriarch Theophilos to Join Baptism of Russia Celebrations

    05/28/2013 7:12:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/27/13
    Sochi, May 27, Interfax - President Vladimir Putin received Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia and Patriarch Theophilos of the Holy City of Jerusalem and all Palestine at his residence in Sochi on Monday. Putin invited Patriarch Theophilos to join celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia. "I hope to see you during celebrations of the 1025th anniversary of the Baptism of Russia," Putin said. He wished the patriarch of Jerusalem "a useful stay in Russia." The patriarch of Jerusalem has never been in Russia on a visit. Putin also thanked Patriarch Theophilos for supporting Russia's...
  • Marching Orders -- Support The Scouts of Saint George

    05/28/2013 4:12:45 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies ^ | May 27, 10`2 | The Catholic Kniight
    In the face of the recent decision by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) to admit openly practising homosexuals into the organisation, an exodus of Catholics from the BSA is under way. Already thousands have responded to the call of Dr. Taylor Marshall to create the Catholic "Scouts of Saint George."
  • Archdiocese Pays for Health Plan That Covers Birth Control

    05/27/2013 7:00:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 5/26/13 | Sharon Otterman
    As the nation’s leading Roman Catholic bishop, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York has been spearheading the fight against a provision of the new health care law that requires employers, including some that are religiously affiliated, to cover birth control in employee health plans. But even as Cardinal Dolan insists that requiring some religiously affiliated employers to pay for contraception services would be an unprecedented, and intolerable, government intrusion on religious liberty, the archdiocese he heads has quietly been paying for such coverage, albeit reluctantly and indirectly, for thousands of its unionized employees for over a decade. The Archdiocese...
  • Pope Francis's Economics: Yes, He Has A Leftist View Of Free Markets

    05/26/2013 7:28:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 66 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/25/2013 | Jerry Boyer
    When Cardinal Bergoglio was first chosen as Pope, my immediate reaction was that, although he would probably not tamper with the Church’s views on sexual issues, he would likely move it to the left in terms of economic rhetoric. I based that to some small degree on his choice of name: Saint Francis is something of a favorite of progressives in the Church due to his vow of poverty and his love of animals. But even more important to me was the intellectual milieu out of which he came: Argentine populism, and his own public statements as a cardinal in...
  • Catholic Pilgrims Blocked from Chinese Village Donglu for Virgin Mary Parade

    05/26/2013 6:30:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 5/26/13 | Agence France-Press
    Police surrounded a Chinese village on Sunday to prevent pilgrims from joining a Catholic parade to honour the Virgin Mary, who locals say appeared in the village a century ago. Authorities placed roadblocks on main roads leading to the small village of Donglu, just a few hours drive from Beijing, where locals – about 90 per cent of whom are Catholic – are fiercely devoted to Mary. Police don’t let any outsiders into the village during May... it’s been like that for years “Police don’t let any outsiders into the village during May... it’s been like that for years,” a...
  • Perhaps We Need to Pray for the Second Coming

    05/24/2013 11:07:19 AM PDT · by MSSC6644 · 42 replies
    VANITY | May 24, 2013 | MSSC6644
    Perhaps we need to pray for the second coming After reading headlines and the news this morning, I realized that the only way out of our rush to chaos, is to find a leader who can awaken the sleeping, invigorate the downhearted, punish the guilty and annihilate the evil.
  • Pope Francis's Economics: Yes, He Has A Leftist View Of Free Markets

    05/24/2013 8:07:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 25 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/23/2013 | Jerry Bowyer
    What are golden calves for? To be ridden by kings. The story in Exodus is a story of people enslaved to the state, led by God to freedom, but who keep lapsing back to the security of Egypt with its divine king and its steady meals and without the burden of choice. Moses was on the mountain receiving The Book of the Covenant, the civil implementation of the ten commandments, a short national constitution with a small state and strong protections of property rights. While he did that, the people reverted, and tried to reconstitute Egypt and its political cult....
  • With no bishop (house arrest), Shanghai priests concerned about Masses, pilgrimages

    05/23/2013 1:31:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cns ^ | May 22, 2013 | N.J. Viehland
    MANILA, Philippines (CNS) -- A Chinese priest who recently arrived in the Philippines said that, this year, he did not make his usual May trek up Sheshan hill outside Shanghai, where thousands of pilgrims offer special prayers to Mary, Help of Christians. Speaking to Catholic News Service on the condition of anonymity, the priest said that, until he left China, Shanghai priests -- who currently have no bishop -- were still discussing how to proceed with the month's largest pilgrimage, May 24. Shanghai Bishop Jin Luxian died April 27; his Vatican-approved successor, Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, is under house arrest....
  • Pope Francis Urges China's Catholics to Stay Loyal to Rome

    05/23/2013 1:13:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/22/13
    (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Wednesday urged Catholics in China to remain loyal to the Vatican, whose authority is challenged by China's Communist rulers. China's Catholics number between 8 and 12 million and are divided between the state-sanctioned Catholic Patriotic Association, which has installed bishops without Vatican approval, and an "underground" wing loyal to the Vatican that rejects state control. Francis's predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, made May 24 a day dedicated to prayer for China's Catholics. Francis said at his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square that he prayed that China's Catholics would receive "the grace to announce Christ with...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/23/2013 12:54:40 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    5-23-13 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 149:1 Sing to the Lord a New Song, Praise Him in the Assembly of His Saints.
  • Radical Islamism is The Most Real Threat to Russia - General Kulikov

    05/23/2013 10:15:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/22/13
    *** Russia has no honest allies in issues relating to the prevention of aggressive IslamismMoscow, May 22, Interfax - Radical Islamism is now present in 55 regions of Russia, General Anatoly Kulikov, former interior minister of Russia and president of the Russian Military Commanders Club, said at the conference Islamism and National Security of Russia held on Wednesday. "Of all existing threats, the most real threat to Russia is radical political Islam, or Islamism, which has declared a jihad in our country," Kulikov told the conference. Kulikov recalled that "Islamist centers have been at war with us since the time...
  • Three Things Only a PhD Can Believe

    05/22/2013 2:18:46 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 39 replies
    SALVO ^ | 05/22/2013 | Louis Markos
    It is often believed that people who have PhDs are possessed of higher self-esteem and greater independent thought than the average population. As a PhD myself, I fully understand why people believe this. The rigorous studying, testing, and writing required to receive a doctorate should free the PhD's mind from the idols of the marketplace and teach him that great truth that Socrates discovered: the more we learn, the more we realize what we do not know. That's what should happen. What I have more often found (in myself, as well as in others) is that the knowledge acquired puffs...
  • Fatima, Freemasonry, Vatican II and 1960

    05/22/2013 12:57:42 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 44 replies
    Consecration Now Conference ^ | May 13, 2011 | John Salza
    “Freemasonry, Vatican II and 1960” By John Salza Consecration Now Conference Rome, May 13, 2011 There is a body of clear and compelling testimony from the likes of Cardinal Pacelli (future Pope Pius XII), Fr. Fuentes, Fr. Alonso, Fr. Schweigl ,Cardinal Oddi, Cardinal Ciappi, Fr. Malachi Martin, and even Cardinal Ratzinger (the future pope Benedict XVI) that the Third Secret of Fatima, not yet revealed by the Vatican, predicts a spiritual crisis in the bosom of the Church. In this presentation, I am going to elaborate on this theme, by demonstrating that this crisis is nothing less than a world...
  • Supreme Court could give landmark ruling on public prayer

    05/22/2013 6:21:31 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    cna ^ | May 22, 2013 | Kevin J. Jones
    First Prayer in Congress, September 1774, in Carpenters Hall, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Washington D.C., May 22, 2013 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In a move that could have national consequences for prayer in public life, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a federal case challenging the constitutionality of opening prayers at the town council meetings of Greece, New York. “It is perfectly constitutional to allow community members to ask for God's blessing according to their conscience,” Brett Harvey, Senior Counsel with the Alliance Defending Freedom, told CNA May 21. “A Supreme Court ruling reaffirming this historic tradition and...