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  • In Ontario, Catholic schools are welcome; Catholic education is not

    04/08/2014 3:46:00 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 4/8/2014 | Phil Lawler
    Catholic schools are free to operate in Ontario, as long as they don’t provide religious education. That’s the message that seems to be coming from the Ontario Superior Court, which has ruled that Catholic high schools cannot require students to attend Mass. In its immediate impact, the court’s decision seems to affect only non-Catholic students, who are already excused from religious-education classes. But look carefully at the reasoning of Justice Ted Matlow, who concludes that school rules compelling students to attend Mass and other religious functions “have as their central purpose the provision of religious experiences and education to the...
  • Hillary Clinton Applauds (Russian) Hooligans Who Desecrated Cathedral

    04/08/2014 3:09:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | April 7, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    “Strong and brave young women.”That’s what former U.S. Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the members of Pussy Riot, a Russian anarchist punk band whose members have been convicted in Russian courts of “hooliganism” and inciting religious hatred.Clinton posed with two members of the band while in New York for the Women in the World Summit. On Friday, she posted the photo on Twitter, saying,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina served nearly two years in prison after their unauthorized performance February 21, 2012, in Moscow’s Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The two were stopped by...
  • (Canada) Catholic schools can't force student to attend mass, court rules

    04/08/2014 2:31:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Star ^ | A | Louise Brown
    Oliver Erazo stands in front of Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School with sons Amilcar, left, and Jonathan, in early 2013. Erazo went to court to press his contention that non-Catholic students attending publicly funded Catholic schools should not be required to attend events with a primarily religious focus. The Ontario Superior Court has ruled that student at a Catholic high school who is entitled to be excused from religious courses must also be excused, if they wish, from religious field trips and attending mass. The decision is being hailed by critics of publicly funded Catholic schools, who believe it brings...
  • Catholic Schools in U.S. Court China’s Youth, and Their Cash (secular source)

    04/08/2014 5:46:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    NYT ^ | April 7, 2014 | KYLE SPENCER
    WAYNE, N.J. — When she arrived at DePaul Catholic High School to join the class of 2014, Di Wang hardly lacked for international experience. The daughter of a Chinese petroleum executive from Shaanxi, she had attended an elite summer camp in Japan. She knew firsthand the pleasures of French cuisine. Her favorite movie was “The Godfather.”Her worldly exposure, though, did not extend to the particulars of a Roman Catholic education. Ms. Wang, 18, got her first lesson on that inside the school’s lobby. Gazing up at an emaciated Jesus hanging from a wooden cross, she was so startled she recalls...
  • Famed Jesuit priest abducted, beaten and executed in Syria

    04/08/2014 4:15:06 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Tri-City Herald ^ | April 7, 2014 | MITCHELL PROTHERO
    BEIRUT — An activist Jesuit priest who spent three years living alongside besieged civilians and rebels in the Syrian city of Homs was assassinated Monday, according to the Vatican, which said he was abducted by unidentified gunmen who beat him before executing him in front of his monastery.Father Francis Van Der Lugt, 75, a Dutch Jesuit priest, came to Syria in 1966 and eventually founded a home for children and adults with mental disabilities outside Homs, where he lived before the three-year-old civil war started. After fighting began, he relocated to the rebel-held neighborhood of Bustan al Diwan in...
  • Canon Fire: Burke vs. Wuerl

    04/07/2014 5:10:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    New Oxford Review ^ | April 2014 | Christopher Manion
    In his guest column “On ‘Politicizing’ the Eucharist” (Dec.), Fr. Regis Scanlon explains the wisdom of canon 915 of the Code of Canon Law, which reads, “Those who are excommunicated…and others who obstinately persist in manifest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” The argument over the canon’s application is not going to go away soon. Recent events, however, have significantly affected the prospects for applying this canon to pro-abortion politicians in the U.S.
  • The Core Mormon Teaching the LDS Church Didn’t Jettison

    04/07/2014 11:29:00 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 130 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | April 7, 2014 | Jay Michaelson
    While the church got headlines for dropping its much-mocked ‘Mormons get their own planets’ doctrine, it quietly reaffirmed a far more important, and more radical, tenet of the faith.The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints recently backpedaled on a key tenet of Mormon theology: that after death, righteous Mormons will become gods, with the capacity to create planets of their own. But while press coverage of the walk-back has focused on the “Mormons get their own planets” doctrine, already ridiculed on Broadway and TV, what’s remarkable is what the LDS church left in.Indeed, the church doubled down on the...
  • Patriarch Kirill Compares Events in Ukraine to 1917 Revolution

    04/07/2014 6:32:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/7/14
    Moscow, April 7, Interfax - The recent disturbances in Kiev can be compared to the events of the October 1917 revolt in Russia, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia said. "Most of us can hardly imagine what revolution is. The latest events in Ukraine, terrible pictures of the revolutionary uprising in the capital, people killed, distraught spiritually and consciously - all this helps us to understand what happened in Russia back then," the patriarch said to a small crowd following a prayer service he conducted near the relics of Patriarch Tikhon of Moscow and All Russia in Moscow's Donskoy...
  • Christians Form Human Shield Around Church in 'China's Jerusalem' After Demolition Threat

    04/06/2014 4:28:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/4/14 | Tom Phillips
    Christians have flocked to defend a church in eastern China after Communist Party officials claimed it was an "illegal construction" and announced plans to demolish it Thousands of Chinese Christians have mounted an extraordinary, round-the-clock defence of a church in a city known as the 'Jerusalem of the East' after Communist Party officials threatened to bulldoze their place of worship. In an episode that underlines the fierce and long-standing friction between China's officially atheist Communist Party and its rapidly growing Christian congregation, Bible-carrying believers this week flocked to the Sanjiang church in Wenzhou hoping to protect it from the bulldozers....
  • 2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM

    04/06/2014 5:46:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 5, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    PREFACE 2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM We had another roller-coaster ride in 2013, witnessing many impressive victories, and enduring some recalcitrant anti-Catholic offenders. As usual, we were forced to move quickly, jumping from one fire to another. But that’s the fun part of working here: we never have a dull moment; we must constantly keep on our toes. Many of the veteran staff... [Read more...] EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2013 ANNUAL REPORT ON ANTI-CATHOLICISM The biggest Catholic story of 2013 was seeing Pope Benedict XVI pass the baton to Pope Francis. Our new pontiff wasted no time becoming a media superstar, and by...
  • The South's Stunning Embrace of Gay Marriage

    04/05/2014 6:21:16 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 73 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | Mar 10 2014, 7:00 AM ET | Robert P. Jones
    [SNIP] First, it is difficult to overstate the effect of the generation gap. A decade ago, when most of these same-sex marriage bans were passed across the South, the vast majority of today’s Millennials were neither counted in public-opinion surveys of adults nor eligible to vote. Their attitudes strongly diverge from their parents and grandparents. Nationwide, nearly seven in 10 (69 percent) Americans ages 18 to 33 favor same-sex marriage, compared to just 37 percent of Americans ages 68 and older. This generation gap is evident in virtually every subgroup in America, including among southerners. Today, nearly two thirds of...
  • Charlotte fallout: nun cancels all speaking engagements, takes leave from teaching

    04/05/2014 1:56:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 94 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | April 5, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From The Catholic Herald: The Dominican sister who gave a presentation on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School that sparked controversy among students and parents last month is taking a sabbatical from teaching and canceling her other speaking engagements.The presentation March 21 by Dominican Sister Jane Dominic Laurel of Nashville, Tenn., entitled “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” drew the ire of hundreds of students and parents over the past two weeks, and their emotions boiled over during a parents meeting with school and diocesan leaders Wednesday night.Sister Jane has a doctorate in sacred theology from the Pontifical...
  • Were Jesus & the early Christians socialists?

    04/05/2014 1:42:45 PM PDT · by crazylibertarian · 74 replies
    April 5, 2014 | Roderick T. Beaman
    A member of a group sent this to me in response to a previous posting: Weird to suggest scripture on your side. Jesus made fun of people who accumulate wealth. Nothing in bible suggests Jesus would oppose inheritance or income tax. So many people pretend to be bible scholars without reading the bible. Bible explains unequivocally that all the early Christians lived as communists. So raise he'll about the need for no income or inheritance taxes if you want. You might be right. But you are a liar if you claim Jesus is on your side. New pope seems to...
  • Mass at the Border Raises Liturgical and Canonical Issues

    04/05/2014 10:23:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | 4/4/14 | Dr. Ed Peters
    I’ve been thinking about the bishops’ recent celebration of Mass at the US-Mexican border. My concern is not political (both sides of the immigration debate make good points and reasonable minds may differ about those), nor is my concern religious per se (we have participated in faith-based events at the border and we made sure our kids experienced them too). Rather, my concern is liturgical and canonical, specifically, treating the venue of holy Mass as an opportunity to make political statements and regarding canon law on liturgy as little more than suggestions. Canon 932 § 1 (one among the 1,752...
  • Plan for 'Sharia-Compliant' Student Loans to Get More Muslims into University [UK]

    04/04/2014 6:42:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/3/14 | Graeme Paton
    The Universities Minister unveils plans for ‘Sharia-compliant’ student loans amid fears Muslims are being put off degree courses by the higher education finance system A new system of “Sharia-compliant” student loans is to be launched to allow more Muslim students to go to university, it has been announced. David Willetts, the Universities Minister, said an alternative financial model was being created to satisfy Islamic law that forbids Muslims taking out loans that make interest. Under the system, students would apply for taxpayer-backed loans but repay them into a mutual-style fund that would be ring-fenced to provide future finance to other...
  • UK Bishops Assure Catholic MPs They Won’t be Denied Communion for Backing Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    04/04/2014 6:31:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/2/14 | Hilary White
    LONDON, April 2, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales assured Catholic Members of Parliament this week that there are “no plans” to refuse them Holy Communion after they voted to support the “gay marriage” legislation that came into effect yesterday. Greg Pope, head of parliamentary relations at the conference and a former Labour Party MP, wrote to MPs assuring them that comments by the bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan, on the Church’s Code of Canon Law forbidding Communion to “manifest grave sinners,” would not be applied to them. Today the media office of the bishops’...
  • Shepherds & Kings

    04/04/2014 4:41:44 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 5 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 4 April 2014 | Matthew Olson
    Shepherds & Kings: A Look at the Papacy http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MnNo2LgnnyI(Music used available for purchase here: http://www.amazon.com/Cantiones-sacrae-II-Exsurge-Domine/dp/B00B9E18Y8) There is to be one Shepherd here. It was first King David (Ezekiel 34:23), then Jesus (John 10:11), and now is the Pope (John 21:17). This role is tied to the role of King. As David was King (2 Samuel 5:12) and Christ is King (Matthew 27:11), so the Pope is (as the Vicar of Christ) "father of princes and kings". Historically, the Pope has been the unifier of everyone: emperors, artists, the religious, and so on. Whenever emperors would abandon the Faith, they would...
  • The False Dichotomy: Moderate Muslims vs. Radicals -- The Qur’an is not open to interpretation.

    04/04/2014 9:25:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/04/2014 | Majid Rafizadeh
    The liberal mainstream media has long portrayed the picture of moderate (good) Muslims versus extremist Muslims. This narrative has been institutionalized in the thinking of Western Muslim scholars who advocate for Islam as well. This has led to the thought that Islam is an ideology and religion of peace, because a majority of Muslims fall in the category of moderate or good Muslims. If we analyze this dichotomy in-depth, the reality of this phenomenon on the ideology of Islam can become clear. Besides analytical and theoretical frameworks, I will also draw on my own experience growing up in the Muslim...
  • [Ecumenical] Does Inaction Politicize the Faith?

    04/04/2014 8:58:37 AM PDT · by Rashputin · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | Friday, 04 April 2014 | Kristina Johannes
    Does Inaction Politicize the Faith? By Kristina Johannes Friday, 04 April 2014 I recently had lunch with a friend who is a revert to the Catholic faith. Now fervently Catholic, she has maintained the fiery and no nonsense evangelical spirit she picked up during her Protestant sojourn – one of the many reasons I enjoy spending time with her. This particular day she wanted to know why something hasn’t been done about politicians who support abortion or other practices that directly contradict the faith, and then are able to present to the public what amount to Catholic selfies. She...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 4 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/04/2014 7:04:22 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 4 (NKJV) Security in Wisdom 01 Hear, my children, the instruction of a father, 00 And give attention to know understanding; 02 For I give you good doctrine: 00 Do not forsake my law. 03 When I was my father's son, 00 Tender and the only one in the sight of my mother, 04 He also taught me, and said to me: 00 "Let your heart retain my words; 00 Keep my commands, and live. 05 Get wisdom! Get understanding! 00 Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 06 Do not forsake her,...
  • Vietnam, Con Dau Catholics suffer more land seizures and demolitions

    04/04/2014 2:41:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/2/2014
    Several families driven from their homes, houses razed to the ground and land seized: Vietnamese authorities continue to subject Catholics to raids against in Cồn Dáș§u, Cáș©m Lệ district, Da Nang province (south-central Vietnam), at the center of a land ownership controversy. For six years, Hanoi has tried in every possible way to justify its actions with claims that they are motivated by "ecological" needs, although in reality the real goal is the construction of a luxury tourist resort. The faithful try to resist and keep the historical community alive, even if their number is dwindling with the passage of...
  • Whose Side Is God on Now? (Barry's or Vladimir's?)

    04/03/2014 11:46:36 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 48 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | April 3, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond. Crimea, said Putin, "is the location of ancient Khersones, where Prince Vladimir was baptized. His spiritual feat of adopting Orthodoxy predetermined the overall basis of the culture, civilization and human values that unite the peoples of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus." Russia is a Christian country, Putin was saying. This speech recalls last December's address where the former KGB chief spoke of Russia as standing against a decadent...
  • Illinois Bishop Upholds Priest’s Decision to Deny Communion to Pro-Abort Sen. Dick Durbin

    04/03/2014 7:55:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/3/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    SPRINGFIELD, IL, April 3, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Bishop Thomas J. Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, known for his outspoken defense of the right to life and the natural family, has signaled his support for denying Communion to Catholic politicians who publicly endorse activities gravely contrary to the moral law. The bishop wrote recently to a pro-life activist to affirm that he is upholding a diocesan priest’s decision to deny Communion to U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, D-IL, who has a 100% rating from NARAL Pro-Choice America and Planned Parenthood. Paprocki’s e-mail was reported Thursday by Catholic commentator Matt Abbott. “Senator Durbin was...
  • Nigerian cardinal criticizes role of sharia, says Muslim leaders must ‘rein in their mad dogs’

    04/03/2014 6:34:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    CWN ^ | 4/2/2014
    Nigeria’s leading prelate has briefed the German Bishops’ Conference on religion and violence in Nigeria, particularly the violence committed by members of the Islamist terrorist movement Boko Haram. “Beyond verbal tirades by some pastors, so far I am not aware of any violent groups claiming Christian inspiration,” said Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Abuja, according to a report by the Catholic News Service of Nigeria. “This seems to me to put a significant responsibility on our Islamic community to do more about ‘reining in their mad dogs,’” he added. “It is not immediately clear how much they are doing in this...
  • Pope meets with Queen Elizabeth. Sends gift to little Prince George

    04/03/2014 1:34:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | April 3, 2014
    >With a row of Swiss Guards and cameras flickering away, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived to the Vatican. CARD. PIETRO PAROLINSecretary of State"Your majesty welcome”The Queen was about 20 minutes late, but as a true English woman, she was quite conscious of time.    QUEEN ELIZABETH II "I'm sorry to have kept you waiting. We were having lunch with the president.”  The meeting lasted about 20 minutes. It marks the first gathering between Pope Francis and Queen Elizabeth. First, she introduced her staff...  QUEEN ELIZABETH II"This is my private secretary. From Australia.”  And then gifts were exchanged. The Queen...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/03/2014 11:28:00 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    4-3-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 99:4,5 Jehovah Sits in Majesty in Zion, Supremed Above All Rulers of the Earth. Let them Reverence Your Great and Holy Name. This Mighty King is Determined to Give Justice. Fairness is the Touchstone of Everything He Does. He Gives Justice throughout Israel. Exalt the Lord our Holy God! Bow Low Before His Feet.
  • Belfast City Council to Invite Pope Francis to the City

    04/03/2014 6:29:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    BBC ^ | 4/1/14
    The motion was passed by 30 votes to zero, with unionists abstainingCouncillors in Belfast have voted in favour of inviting the Pope to the city. The proposal was backed by Sinn Féin, the SDLP and Alliance, but unionists councillors abstained. Earlier this year, the Irish senate unanimously voted to invite Pope Francis for an official visit. Pope Francis is due to meet the Queen on Thursday, and unionists argued it would be appropriate for her and the government to issue such an invitation. DUP councillor Lee Reynolds said the motion presented by the SDLP "was essentially an election stunt and...
  • Priest Who Survived Labor Camp Recalls Suffering as Gift

    04/03/2014 6:20:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/14 | Elise Harris
    Monsignor Matthew Koo recounted being detained in a Chinese labor camp for thirty years due to his Marian devotion, noting that although the experience was painful there were also many blessings. “Oh, I thought that sacrifice is God's gift. People say that 'you suffered a lot,' I said if not to suffer, how could I be here?” the priest said in a March 17 interview with CNA. Msgr. Koo is originally from Shanghai in mainland China. After entering the seminary in 1953, he was arrested two years later for being an active member of the Legion of Mary – a...
  • The (Rush) Limbaugh Letter, “My Conversation with Bill Donohue” (Catholic League)

    04/03/2014 6:09:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 2, 2014 | Bill Donohue
     The following article appeared in the April 2014 edition of The Limbaugh Letter. Reprinted with permission from The Limbaugh Letter, ©2014 Premiere Networks, Inc.For additional information, or to subscribe to The Limbaugh Letter please visit www.thelimbaughletter.comMy Conversation with Bill Donohueby Rush LimbaughA privilege to speak with this religious freedom warrior, president of the Catholic League, a bold presence on television, the author of many books, including Secular Sabotage: How Liberals Are Destroying Religion and Culture in America and Why Catholicism Matters: How Catholic Virtues Can Reshape Society in the 21st Century: Rush: Dr. Donohue, this is great. I have wanted...
  • Obama urged to create religious envoy after papal meeting

    04/02/2014 4:44:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 2, 2014
    Persecuted and Forgotten infographic. Credit: Aid to the Church in Need. Washington D.C., Apr 2, 2014 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Rep. Frank Wolf (R-Va.) has called on President Barack Obama to follow up on his meeting with Pope Francis by backing the creation of a special envoy for religious minorities in the Middle East and south central Asia. “I urge you to put your words into action, lest inaction be perceived as indifference,” Wolf wrote in a March 27 letter to Obama. “The scope of religious persecution around the world, but especially in the Middle East is gravely concerning,...
  • National Baptist Candidate Calls Black Church Too Quiet, Passive, Disconnected

    04/02/2014 3:57:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The Houston Forward Times ^ | April 2, 2014 | Hazel Trice Edney
    Tallahassee, Fla. Pastor Dr. R. B. Holmes, whose leadership against hazing and the infamous "stand your ground laws", has announced his candidacy for the presidency of the National Baptist Convention USA., Inc. At a National Press Club announcement last week, Holmes called on the Black church to arise and take back its historic role in fighting social justice issues. "The Black church has become too quiet, too passive, too disconnected when it comes to challenging policies programs and persons that degrade and devastate our people" said Holmes, flanked by dozens of church and community leaders. He also announced the formation...
  • Obama gives Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis

    04/01/2014 9:43:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 136 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | April 1, 2014 | Caroline May
    President Obama gave House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi rosary beads blessed by Pope Francis during lunch Tuesday at the White House, according to an NBC News reporter. Carrie Dann @CarrieNBCNews Pelosi says she received a rosary blessed by Pope Francis from Obama at lunch today 12:24 PM - 1 Apr 2014 Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican for the first time last week. Pelosi, a Catholic, has been criticized for her support of abortion — a practice which she has called “sacred ground” — by other Catholics. Last year, a Vatican official in Rome said that the California lawmaker...
  • The C of E: Gayer, Grayer … & Going Away?

    03/31/2014 7:29:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 3/29/14 | Rod Dreher
    Damian Thompson of the Telegraph writes that legalized gay marriage, which just arrived in England and Wales, could finally be the thing that breaks the weakened Church of England. He cites a suffragan Anglican bishop saying that even though the Church officially does not accept same-sex marriage, that priests can and will “creatively” defy Church order. Excerpt: How will Archbishop Justin Welby respond? ”I think the church has reacted by fully accepting that it’s the law, and should react on Saturday by continuing to demonstrate in word and action, the love of Christ for every human being,” he told the...
  • Pope Francis, Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues

    03/31/2014 4:15:35 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Arlington Catholic Herald.com ^ | Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service
    Pope Francis, Obama discuss religious freedom, life issues Francis X. Rocca | Catholic News Service   Stefano Spaziani, pool | CNSU.S. President Barack Obama speaks with Pope Francis during a private audience at the Vatican March 27.     VATICAN CITY -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics. During an extraordinarily long 50-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed "questions of particular relevance for the church...
  • Hobby Lobby’s Green family meets with Pope Francis

    03/31/2014 3:31:08 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 3/31/14 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    Days after discussing the U.S. Catholic bishops’ fight over contraception with President Obama, Pope Francis met Monday (March 31) with members of the Green family, the Oklahoma billionaires whose company, Hobby Lobby, took their challenge to Obama’s contraception mandate to the Supreme Court last week. The pope met with Obama on Thursday for the first time, touching on some hot-button disputes between the White House and U.S. Catholic bishops. A Vatican statement after the meeting said that the two men talked about issues including “the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection,” a veiled reference to...
  • The Scandal That Is Eating the Heart Out of the Catholic Church in America (Wuerl's Web of Lies)

    03/31/2014 2:43:50 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    American Life League ^ | March 24, 2014 | Fr. Vincent Fitzpatrick
    Cardinal Donald Wuerl has been the most outspoken of those bishops who refuse to obey Canon 915, but all of them are on record, as he is, as endorsing the commission of MORTAL SINS by their priests and other ministers of Communion. Cardinal Wuerl has even punished those who have obeyed Canon 915.
  • Russia’s Mission is to Proclaim God’s Truth to the Whole World Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin Believes

    03/31/2014 12:25:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/28/14
    Moscow, March 28, Interfax – Russia has a special calling in the world, and the country has to prove it both to Russians and foreigners, head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin said. I think we have a chance to say the word of God’s truth in the context of all this struggle of ideas. In various fields," the priest said in his interview to the Zavtra paper speaking to its editor-in-chief, famous wrighter Alexander Prokhanov. According to Father Vsevolod, in the economical field we have to say that money-lending is "a sinful thing...
  • County Commissioner Will Take Jail Over Being Denied Her Religious Rights

    03/31/2014 8:21:42 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | March 28, 2014 | Gary DeMar
    Judges are stepping in where they have no jurisdiction, no constitutional backing, no understanding of the limits of the federal government in relation to the states, and almost no knowledge of American history. “A Carroll County [Maryland] commissioner said she was ‘willing to go to jail’ opening up a board meeting with a prayer despite a federal judge in Maryland ruling the board has to stop with opening meetings with prayers that reference Jesus Christ or any specific deity. “‘If we cease to believe that our rights come from God, we cease to be America,’ (video) ‘We’ve been told to...
  • [Bolivia] The Church reflects on the situation: "The people no longer have hope in this government"

    03/31/2014 5:15:41 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 3/31/2014
    "It is a shame that the people no longer have hope in this government": This is what was expressed by the president of the Bolivian Episcopal Conference (CEB), Mgr. Oscar Aparicio, in his opening speech at the assembly of the Bishops of Bolivia. The note sent to Fides reports what the Bishop said: "Because of social decline and corruption, society, the press, authorities, justice and the Church cannot remain silent. We must do everything in our power to make the truth shine, because as the Evangelist John says, the truth shall make you free". In his message (see Fides 27/03/2014)...
  • Vietnam: Dreams and Reality

    03/29/2014 3:59:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | March 29, 2014 | Christine L. Niles
    “While the promises of the false prophets of this earth melt away in blood and tears, the great apocalyptic prophecy of the Redeemer shines forth in heavenly splendor: ‘Behold, I make all things new.’” – Divini Redemptoris (On Atheistic Communism) When Saigon fell to the Viet Cong on April 30, 1975, the Vietnam War ended, and a typically Communist, systematic program of depopulation, re-education, and redistribution of wealth ensued. In the next two years, a million people left the city for the countryside – or for farther shores.I had been born nine months earlier in a Saigon hospital. By April,...
  • Gay Marriage: MP Told He has "Excommunicated" Himself by Voting for Same Sex Weddings [UK]

    03/29/2014 3:48:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/28/14 | John Bingham
    Conor Burns, chair of a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, says he feels he cannot take Holy Communion at his local church following comments by the Bishop of Portsmouth on same sex marriage One of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic MPs says he feels unable to take Holy Communion in his local church after his bishop suggested that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied the sacrament. Conor Burns, who co-chairs a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, said the remarks by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, whose diocese includes his Bournemouth West constituency, were...
  • Unresisted Temptation can Destroy you, as seen on T.V. !

    03/29/2014 2:25:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/28/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The fight against temptation is a key Lenten theme and, of course, one that extends to each day of our life if we are going to be serious followers of the Lord.There is something rather mysterious about temptation. We are often strangely drawn to things that harm us, and even knowing this, we still feel the attraction. Deep within, we hear the warnings of conscience, but still we move toward sin and to many things that we know are both wrong and dangerous. How strange we are!Theologians have used the word “concupiscence” to describe our inordinate attractions or desires, and...
  • Cardinal Burke stresses Catholic media’s 'supreme importance'

    03/29/2014 7:37:44 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    Cardinal Raymond Burke has praised the work of Catholic media, noting its importance in forming a pro-life culture that respects religious freedom and the nature of marriage. “The culture of death advances, in large part, because of a lack of attention and information among the general public. What is more, the thoroughly galvanized anti-life and anti-family agenda of the pervasive secular mass media confuses and corrupts minds and hearts, and dulls consciences to the law written by God upon every human heart,” Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, said March 24.
  • [VANITY] The Pope and The Won...decoding diplomatic language

    03/28/2014 8:07:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Various | 3/28/2014 | moi
    So, Hussein had his visit with the Holy Father and, as we all knew in advance, his press corpse (yes, I spelled it that way) reacted in the very predictable way that we would all expect. I'm sure each of us would have loved to be a fly on the wall for the private audience part of that meeting. Of course, we weren't. We also all can pretty well identify when Obama is lying about something...we can tell because his lips are moving. Also, we should know that we won't hear what actually went on from the Holy See's point...
  • Jack Van Impe speaks about Obama

    03/28/2014 3:43:35 PM PDT · by King Kong McCoy · 17 replies
    Youtube ^ | patriotscott70
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2Wf2w1HnBA
  • Why ‘Moderate Islam’ Is an Oxymoron

    03/28/2014 7:25:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/28/2014 | Raymond Ibrahim
    At a time when terrorism committed in the name of Islam is rampant, we are continuously being assured—especially by three major institutions that play a dominant role in forming the Western mindset, namely, mainstream media, academia, and government—that the sort of Islam embraced by “radicals,” “jihadis,” and so forth, has nothing to do with “real” Islam.“True” Islam, so the narrative goes, is intrinsically free of anything “bad.” It’s the nut-jobs who hijack it for their own agenda that are to blame.More specifically, we are told that there exists a “moderate” Islam and an “extremist” Islam—the former good and true, embraced...
  • China’s Modern Martyrs: From Mao to Now (Part 3)

    03/28/2014 6:13:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/25/14 | Anthony E. Clark, Ph.D.
    The Maoist era marks one of the darkest hours of the Church’s history in China, and Chinese Catholics are begging to let the world know about the sacrifices of holy men and women to retain their faith.Photograph of a Red Guard attack on Tianjin’s Xikai cathedral in 1966. Author’s private collection. Resistance“Our greatest success is not in never falling, but in rising again every time we fall.” — ConfuciusIn 1952, the young and energetic Catholic students of Shanghai addressed their bishop, Ignatius Gong Pinmei (1901-2000). “The battle demands sacrifices,” they asserted, “even if the battle and sacrifice were painful, the...
  • Anger at Charlotte Catholic school after speaker criticizes homosexuality

    03/28/2014 5:13:32 AM PDT · by markomalley · 29 replies
    CWN ^ | 3-28-2014
    Some parents and students at one of North Carolina’s largest Catholic schools are outraged after a Nashville Dominican nun who holds a doctorate in theology criticized homosexuality in a presentation to students, according to the Charlotte Observer. “We the students of Charlotte Catholic High School would like to issue a formal complaint regarding Sr. Jane Dominic [Laurel]’s speech,” according to an online petition. “We believe that same sex couples have the ability to raise happy, well-adjusted and successful children … We believe that homosexual couples are capable of monogamy. As rational people, we know that most homosexual people lead healthy,...
  • Gay marriage: MP told he has "excommunicated" himself by voting for same sex weddings

    03/28/2014 3:12:21 AM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 3/28/2014 | John Bingham
    One of Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic MPs says he feels unable to take Holy Communion in his local church after his bishop suggested that politicians who voted for same-sex marriage should be denied the sacrament. Conor Burns, who co-chairs a parliamentary committee on Vatican relations, said the remarks by the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Philip Egan, whose diocese includes his Bournemouth West constituency, were a “tragedy”. Mr Burns, who is gay, said the bishop’s remarks effectively called into question whether he would be able to practise his faith fully in his local diocese. He said that since...
  • The Pope, the President, and the Right to Life

    03/27/2014 10:10:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.priestsforlife.org ^ | March 27, 2014 | Fr. Frank Pavone
    Pope Francis and President Obama met in Rome today, and the meeting has naturally generated commentary, both before and after the fact, including by the President himself at the National Prayer Breakfast last month. I am confident that the meeting itself will bear good fruit. I am not so confident that the commentary about it will bear as much fruit. What I mean is that I believe we are heading for a media and blogosphere circus in which commentary after commentary will reinforce the error that we can promote “human rights” and “social justice” while ignoring the most fundamental right...