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  • WHAT ARE CATHOLICS TO DO? HERE ARE THE TOP 5 PLACES FOR VOLUNTARY EXILE

    07/13/2013 3:06:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 13, 2013 | JOSHUA BOWMAN
    Over the past few years, Catholics have seen a non-stop assault on traditional values. With the reversal of DOMA by the Supreme Court, the aggressively anti-Catholic liberal agenda will only become stronger. As Christians, it is our duty to bear witness and to stand up for our beliefs, but what if things get really bad–like secret catacombs, beheadings, burning at the stake, and thrown to the lions bad? What are the best places to hide away from the increasingly hostile secular culture? As a service to our readers, we present the top five places for faithful Catholics to spend a...
  • Patriarch Kirill Conducts Romanov Dynasty 400th Anniversary Service in St. Petersburg

    07/12/2013 7:28:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/12/13
    St. Petersburg, July 12, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia presided over a religious service marking the 400th anniversary of the House of Romanov at the Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg on Friday. Hundreds of worshippers gathered at the cathedral and in the square in front of it for the service, an Interfax correspondent reported. The event was also broadcast live on TV screens installed across St. Petersburg. Grand Duchess Maria Vladimirovna of Russia arrived from Madrid to attend the religious service. After the service, Patriarch Kirill said that it was dedicated to the 400th...
  • Bishop: Catholic Mom Brutally Murdered by Homosexual ‘Died as a Martyr for Her Faith’

    07/12/2013 4:44:09 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    CNS News ^ | July 11, 2013 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic diocese of Springfield, Illinois. (CNSNews.com) – A Catholic mother who was brutally murdered by a gay man because she challenged him about his homosexual lifestyle “died as a martyr for her faith,” according to Bishop Thomas Paprocki, head of the Catholic diocese in Springfield, Ill., who also said the woman’s “murder was widely ignored by the media,” apparently for political reasons.The woman, Mary Stachowicz, a 51-year-old mother of four children and devout Catholic, was beaten, stabbed, raped, and strangled to death by then-19-year-old Nicholas Gutierrez on Nov. 13, 2002. He then wrapped her...
  • DOMA and the Rock

    07/11/2013 4:36:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 2 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 7-11-13 | Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
    Here is what I know: God is bigger than my sin. And God is sovereign over Supreme Court decisions and shifting worldviews. He has had the first and he will have the last word on all matters of sin and grace. The Church, Christ’s bride, is a God-made institution and will sustain herself in majesty in times of persecution or revival. Context matters not. Providence will paint the walls of this worldview. Who Owns Your Heart But Jesus, the Word made flesh, will not be drawn and quartered. He came to fulfill the whole law, every jot and tittle. And...
  • POPE CRACKS DOWN ON SEX ABUSE (Issues Motu Proprio)

    07/11/2013 3:34:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic League ^ | July 11, 2013 | Bill Donohue
    As Pope Francis proved today, he has no stomach for child exploitation, or for any type of sexual abuse. His decision to revise the norms affecting these crimes, complete with more stringent penalties, is a welcome tonic. However, he does not need to be congratulated for this initiative—he needs to be supported by those in a position to do so.Child sexual abuse is a serious worldwide problem. It affects every secular and religious organization where there is sustained interaction between adults and children. In the West, it is aided and abetted by a sick culture bent on eroticizing youth. From...
  • Why Pelosi Catholics Love Pope Francis (What is a Pelosi Catholic Anyway?)

    07/11/2013 3:18:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | July 11, 2013
    Fr. Dwight Longenecker created this article about why liberals love Pope Francis (or hope to love him.) He coined a phrase the “Pelosi Catholic” which “Magesterial Catholics” liked so much he decided to fully define it. Here are both of Father Longenecker’s articles. Why are progressive Catholics and the secular press so in love with Pope Francis? Not because they love the Catholic faith, but because they see Francis as a vehicle for their own agenda. The Crescat has a couple of interesting posts about how the press is handling Pope Francis here and here. She says what I...
  • Pray for our American Heroes and our Nation

    07/11/2013 1:37:45 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    7-11-13 | Kitty Mittens
  • Pope Francis issues Motu Proprio on criminal law matters in Vatican

    07/11/2013 7:03:02 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 2013-07-11
    June 11, 2013: Pope Francis on Thursday has issued a Motu Proprio on criminal law matters and administrative sanctions within Vatican City State and the Holy See. In a statement by the Holy See’s Press Office, it was announced that on this same date, the Pontifical Commission for Vatican City State has adopted the following laws: Law No. VIII containing Supplementary Norms on Criminal Law Matters; Law No. IX containing Amendments to the Criminal Code and the Criminal Procedure Code; Law No. X containing General Provisions on Administrative Sanctions. The note from the Holy See Press Office goes on to...
  • Bishop warns: Egypt’s amended constitution is even more Islamist than the previous one

    07/11/2013 6:42:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies
    A Coptic Catholic bishop has criticized Egypt’s new amended constitution, which came into force on July 8 by government decree. “We are concerned,” said Bishop Kamal Fahim Awad (Boutros) Hanna of Minya. “We are ridiculed. The provisions that in the old constitution seemed bad in the eyes of Christians are highlighted in the new text. If we do not speak now, we will not be able to say anything.” Coptic Christians criticized Egypt’s constitution, adopted by referendum in 2012, for declaring the principles of Sharia to be the “main source of legislation.” The amended constitution, which Egypt’s new government states...
  • Smearing Evangelical Christians

    07/11/2013 4:33:29 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Spero News ^ | 7/11/2013 | WILLIAM DONOHUE
    Tony Perkins and a coalition of allies have urged support for Rep. John Fleming’s military religious freedom amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act. The Catholic League joins with them. But we are doing more than that: I am calling attention today to the way Mikey Weinstein, the president of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has smeared Evangelicals. In a report released yesterday, FRC detailed some of the irresponsible comments made by Weinstein, the man who has been leading the fight to censor religious speech in the military. Last month, we prepared our own report: to read “Mikey Weinstein’s Inflammatory...
  • French bishop decries prison sentence for man protesting gay unions

    07/10/2013 3:52:41 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 7/10/2013
    Bishop Marc Aillet of Bayona, France, has criticized recent charges against a 23-year-old man detained for protesting the country’s new law allowing homosexual unions. Nicolas Bernard was detained on June 16 when police cracked down on demonstrators protesting the new law at the Champs-Elysees. The law was passed by France’s Socialist government despite overwhelming opposition. Bernard took refuge in a nearby restaurant as police moved through the area, but he was forcibly detained and accused of resisting arrest and producing a false ID. He has been sentenced to two months in jail. “The charges seem surreal and the punishment disproportionate...
  • Abp. Chaput: "The more secular we become, the less we care about the true, right and lasting."

    07/10/2013 1:54:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 10, 2013 | Carl E. Olson
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia is pictured following an interview in Rome in October 2012 (CNS photo). First Things has posted an address, "Wisdom, Christian Witness, and the Year of Faith", given yesterday by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C., as part of the National Shrine’s Year of Faith lecture series. It begins with a reflection on the 1800-year-old diary of a Roman emperor: Marcus Aurelius held absolute power in a corrupt age. Yet despite that, he chose to seek what is true and right and lasting; and he disciplined his own life accordingly....
  • Pope accused of encouraging illegal immigration

    07/10/2013 6:46:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7-10-2013
    During his visit on Monday, Francis called for greater compassion for the tens of thousands of migrants from Africa and the Middle East who each year make the hazardous crossing from Tunisia and Libya to the remote island, Italy's southernmost territory. He said the migrants were "brothers and sisters of ours trying to escape difficult situations to find some serenity and peace." He prayed for the thousands of migrants who have drowned in the Mediterranean during boat sinkings – "they were looking for a better place for themselves and their families, but instead they found death," he said. While his...
  • Ky. church wants pastor gone after wife's column

    07/10/2013 3:05:50 AM PDT · by markomalley · 91 replies
    AP ^ | 7/10/2013 | DYLAN LOVAN
    A newspaper column lampooning Southern Baptists, calling the group "the crazy old paranoid uncle of evangelical Christians," is causing quite a stir in a Kentucky city and put a pastor's job in jeopardy. The column was written by Angela Thomas, the wife of Bill Thomas, an assistant pastor at the First Baptist Church in Madisonville. Her column was done in response to the Southern Baptist Convention's opposition to a new Boy Scouts of America policy that welcomes gay members. "Sexuality doesn't come up and isn't relative to typical scouting activities but now, thanks to Southern Baptists, the parents of little...
  • Letter from Ukraine

    07/09/2013 8:00:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 7/9/13 | George Weigel
    A Church of martyrs confronts the cultural iron curtain.L’viv, Ukraine — It was almost a decade ago when I last visited Ukraine, and the surface changes over that period are immediately evident. Then, my flight from Poland was met by a Soviet-era school bus, sans engine, towed by a Soviet-era tractor: a bizarre jury-rigged hybrid that carted my companions and me to a one-hour wait in a Soviet-era “VIP lounge” at the Soviet-era L’viv International Airport, while the visas we had spent the better part of a day acquiring in a classic Soviet-era bureaucratic muddle were validated. On July 3,...
  • U.S. Catholic leader invokes pope’s immigration comments [Jose Gomez promoting immigration reform]

    07/09/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 9, 2013 | Aaron Blake
    A chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on Tuesday called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform, citing remarks made by Pope Francis about the treatment of immigrants. “I call upon the House of Representatives to pass comprehensive immigration reform which is just and humane,” said Archbishop Jose H. Gomez (of Los Angeles), who chairs the conference’s committee on migration issues. “The current immigration system, which causes so much human suffering, is a stain on the soul of our nation.” The pope over the weekend criticized a “globalization of indifference” when it comes to the status of...
  • Catholic hospitals accept birth control compromise

    07/09/2013 3:02:40 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    Yahoo / AP ^ | 7/9/2013 | Rachel Zoll
    NEW YORK (AP) -- In a split with U.S. bishops, a trade group for Catholic hospitals said Tuesday it can accept the Obama's administration latest compromise on birth control coverage by religious employers. "We are pleased that our members now have an accommodation that will not require them to contract, provide, pay or refer for contraceptive coverage," said the Catholic Health Association. Under President Barack Obama's health care law, most employers are required to cover birth control as a free preventive service for women workers. Churches and other houses of worship are fully exempt from the mandate. But religiously-affiliated hospitals,...
  • The Challenge of Defending the Normal (in contemporary culture)

    07/09/2013 11:47:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 9, 2013 | Dale Ahlquist
    We continue to reel from the blows dealt by the Culture of Death. The attack on life, and particularly on the family, that institution which is the incubator and nourisher of life, continues relentlessly. Our states and our courts have now given the name of “marriage” to a fundamentally unnatural and barren relationship that was once unmentionable in polite company. Being pummeled like this can be disorienting, and even good people are starting to talk like they’ve been hit in the head too many times.We have let ourselves get cornered. But we can change the momentum in this fight....
  • WHERE IS RULE OF LAW FOR CATHOLIC LEADERS ON NATION'S BOUNDARIES?

    07/08/2013 3:36:09 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 7/8/13 | Dr. Susan Berry
    "...It is curious that as Catholic leaders are campaigning essentially for amnesty, providing a plethora of images of “needy,” “struggling” families being “welcomed” by those who supposedly have “more,” there is scarce mention of another concept that many of these same Catholic leaders have highly prized, particularly in their recent struggles with the U.S. government: the rule of law. The notion that those who have come to the United States illegally should be exempted from the nation’s laws is not only not mentioned by these Catholic leaders, but also seemingly dismissed. The fact that many Americans have been the victims...
  • WaPo on Planned Parenthood and ALCU suing in Wisconsin

    07/08/2013 2:42:49 PM PDT · by markomalley
    Pay attention to the language in “news” reports from the MSM.  There is often a rhetorical battle being waged at the level of word choices.  Background on the Wisconsin story HERE.From WaPo: Planned Parenthood, ACLU sue Wisconsin over abortion lawPlanned Parenthood Federation of America and the American Civil Liberties Union are suing Wisconsin to try to block a new law that would require abortion providers to have admitting privileges at local hospitals. [Aside... big business abortion wants to keep their profits high.]The law, set to take effect Monday, was “rushed” through the legislative process last month, [That's not a journalist's...