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  • Chinese Catholics puzzled by Bishop Ma's reversal, leery of Vatican stand

    06/30/2016 6:29:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 30, 2016
    Chinese Catholics continue to question the reversal of Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin of Shanghai, who has indicated his support for the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association, after serving four years of house arrest for publically renouncing his membership in the same group. Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, has questioned whether Bishop Ma's reversal can be taken seriously. Other Chinese Church officials have said that he made his new statement under pressure. Father Gianni Criveller of the Pontifical Missions observes: "I believe that the question of whether Bishop Ma has written the article or not is misleading, because...
  • America's Rejection of Almighty God and Our Founding Fathers

    06/30/2016 6:19:25 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 22 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/1/16
    If this 4th of July George Washington, John Adams, Benjamin Rush and the rest of our Founding Fathers were to come back from the grave and testified against America for her national departure from our founding, the majority of American’s would NOT hear them and would fully reject them. I truly believe Americans would be fully enraged by their words of condemnation and rebuke and seek to destroy and slander them 24/7 on all the media news outlets and then have them stoned. We as a nation are too far gone morally to restore this nation and the majority of...
  • No Exit (from Islam) [the chief catalyst for Brexit is Muslim immigration]

    06/30/2016 2:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 29, 2016 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    The world is abuzz with talk of Brexit—the British vote to leave the European Union. Britain’s reclamation of its independence is now prompting talk that other nations might exit the EU—the Netherlands, Denmark, Greece, Italy, and a dozen more. Over on this side of the Atlantic, the Brexit initiative has renewed discussion about the U.S. exiting the UN.What you won’t hear about is any discussion of Exslam—exiting Islam. No one seems to want to suggest that it might be a good idea for Muslims to consider leaving Islam. That’s curious because Islam figures prominently in the Brexit decision. It’s...
  • Trump Gains with ‘Highly Religious’ White Protestant Republicans

    06/29/2016 9:11:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    KTIC-AM/FM ^ | June 29, 2016 | ABC News Radio
    Donald Trump has maintained and even increased his favorability numbers among white Protestant Republican voters in the past few weeks, a recent Gallup poll shows. The numbers stand in stark contrast to the latest ABC News-Washington Post poll showing his loss of support in the past few weeks among several other key voting blocs, including Hispanics and African-Americans. The Gallup poll found that Trump’s favorability among “highly religious” white Protestant Republicans increased to 66 percent this month from 57 percent in the window between February and the end of May. The 9-point gain is reflective of attitudes among evangelical Republicans,...
  • Supreme Court Justice Alito: 'Those Who Value Religious Freedom Have Cause for Great Concern'

    06/29/2016 1:50:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/29/16 | Kelsey Harkness
    The Supreme Court’s decision not to hear a case challenging a Washington state law that forces a family-owned pharmacy to dispense emergency contraceptives is an “ominous sign” for those who value religious freedom, Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. said. “If this is a sign of how religious liberty claims will be treated in the years ahead, those who value religious freedom have cause for great concern,” Alito said Tuesday in a critical dissent. Alito was joined in his dissent by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justice Clarence Thomas, falling one justice short of the four needed for the...
  • Breakaway Catholic group accuses pope of spreading errors [SSPX]

    06/29/2016 11:02:17 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 29, 2016 1:27 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield
    A breakaway traditionalist Catholic group accused Pope Francis on Wednesday of spreading confusion and errors about the faith, joining a chorus of conservative criticism over his perceived lax doctrine and emphasis on mercy at the expense of morals. A statement from the schismatic Society of St. Pius X suggested that a new attempt at reconciliation with Rome had stalled, or that the society itself was divided over next steps and decided at least to take a hard line against Francis. The statement, issued after a meeting of the society’s superiors, said its members weren’t primarily looking for a legal resolution...
  • Key #NeverTrump Leader Announces He's Now #MaybeTrump

    06/28/2016 11:42:56 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    Charisma News' Chaisma Caucus ^ | June 28, 2016 | Bob Eschliman
    Matt Barber, one of the founding members of the #NeverTrump faction, has said he's glad he attended the gathering of evangelical leaders in New York City last week to meet with Donald Trump. The founder and editor of BarbWire.com was an early and enthusiastic supporter of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) in the Republican presidential primary. But he recently wrote about his experience in The Big Apple for his website, noting the experience has moved him away from #NeverTrump to #MaybeTrump: For better or worse, this election has come down to two people: Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Anyone who...
  • Fooling the Nazis: How a Roman hospital invented ‘K Disease’ to save dozens of Jewish lives

    06/28/2016 3:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 23, 2016 | Jesús Colina
    The name was terrible, but the “K Disease” was not a lethal virus. It was actually the clever invention of Professor Giovanni Borromeo and a religious of the Hospital of the Brothers Hospitallers of Saint John of God, to save the lives of dozens of Jews persecuted by the Nazis during World War II.When the SS entered the Fatebenefratelli hospital located on the Tiber Island in Rome, medical personnel and religious explained to the Germans that behind the doors of two special wards, there were patients suffering from this terrible K Disease, some of whom were terminally ill. The...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/27/2016 8:06:47 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    6-27-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Job 5:9 He Doeth Great Things, and Unsearchable, And Marvelous Things Without Number.
  • Vatican Selling out Egyptian Christians to Buy Good Relations with Islam, Claim Copts

    06/27/2016 3:40:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Anglican Ink ^ | 6/25/16 | Ashraf Ramelah
    Pope Francis, who is “building bridges to build peace” around the world, has naturally reached out to embrace Sunni Muslims. Last month, for the first time after years of Vatican silence, Pope Francis summoned to his private library in Rome grand imam Ahmed El-Tayeb of Cairo’s Al-Ahzar Mosque Institute. Absent a press release before this event, the Pope was quoted as saying, “this meeting is the message” – leading all to dwell on the meaning and purpose of their 25 minutes together. Christians, especially Egyptian Coptic Christians, have observed the Catholic pope give the “sign of peace” to the grand...
  • Globalists Get Punched In The Face: Brexit Wins

    06/27/2016 8:35:49 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 9 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 6/24/16 | Gary
    In an amazing and unexpected turn of events the Brexit vote actually passed despite a massive and coordinated effort by the powers that be, EU bureaucrats, Obama, and major corporations to prevent it.  Yesterday the betting odds favored Remain with an astonishing 84%, yet they were all wrong. Leave won 52 to 48. I can't begin to tell you the significance of this, suffice to say I think things may speed up substantially in the realm of Bible prophecy for the following reasons: 1. The EU is seemingly coming apart with other minority parties in other countries calling for...
  • Mexican Bishop and His Clergy: We Will Go to Jail Rather than Bless Gay ‘Marriages’

    06/26/2016 5:45:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/25/16 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    June 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Following a declaration by the Mexican Supreme Court nullifying state laws prohibiting “marriage” to people of the same sex, Nuevo Laredo Bishop Gustavo Rodríguez Vega has issued his own declaration along with the clergy of his diocese, assuring the faithful that he will suffer imprisonment rather than cooperate with such unions. “They can’t require an institution like this Church to go against its principles,” the archdiocesan clergy are quoted as saying in various local and national news reports. “Let the Supreme Court send the bishops and the priests to jail, whomever they want, but the...
  • Catholic Institutions Cleared the Path for the Latest Assault on Religious Freedom

    06/26/2016 5:28:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/24/16 | Phil Lawler
    As a result of the latest federal ruling against religious freedom—and pending the result of what seems an inevitable court challenge— Catholic churches in California are now required to provide abortion coverage in their employees’ health-insurance programs. The US Catholic bishops are rightly outraged. It's easy to blame the Obama administration, which has been so consistently hostile to the claims of religious freedom. But probe a little deeper, and you realize that the American Catholic bishops themselves deserve a goodly part of the blame, for a failure to implement a clear Vatican directive 25 years ago. This week’s ruling from...
  • Cardinal Canizares: "I Shall Continue Even If They Crucify Me"

    06/25/2016 7:41:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    OnePeter5 ^ | 6/24/16 | Maike Hickson
    On 16 June, it was reported that the courageous prelate from Spain, Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cańizares Llovera, was being investigated by the government of the Spanish Province of Valencia for his purportedly abusive remarks about the increasingly disintegrating pressure on the traditional family exercised by applied gender theory and the so called “gay empire.” The report said: The government of the Spanish province of Valencia has opened an investigation against the Cardinal Archbishop of Valencia, Antonio Cańizares Llovera, following numerous complaints over a sermon in which he denounced the influence of the “gay empire” on society. If prosecuted...
  • Francis is the Pope Until the Pope Says He’s Not

    06/25/2016 2:13:49 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 34 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 23 June 2016 | Hillary White
    Our friend Ann Barnhardt has sent up a flare this week, declaring, like Italian journalist Antonio Socci, her belief that Jorge Mario Bergoglio is not Pope Francis, that his election was invalid and he is an antipope, mainly because Pope Benedict XVI is still lawfully the pope. She has presented as her evidence Bergoglio’s “heresies, blasphemies and antichristological actions,” as well as a canonical detail that, she correctly points out, no one is yet talking about. She has asked for responses. Now, no one will accuse me of being a Francis apologist, but I cannot really completely agree with Ann’s...
  • Catholic Bishops Blast Obama Admin for Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions

    06/24/2016 8:48:53 PM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    LifeNews.com ^ | July 23, 2016 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishops Blast Obama Admin for Forcing Churches to Pay for Abortions The leading pro-life spokesmen for the Catholic bishops are blasting an Obama administration decision revoking federal protection for chruches in California forced to pay for abortions. As LifeNews reported, churches in California are officially subject to an onerous state regulation that requires them to pay for abortions, thanks to a ruling by the Obama administration.The troubling situation began in 2014 when the California Department of Managed Health Care reclassified abortion as a “basic health service” under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state...
  • This Black Pastor Says His 'Attitude Changed' on Donald Trump After Meeting With 900 Evangelicals

    06/24/2016 10:42:51 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | June 23, 2016 | Samuel Smith
    Conservative evangelical bishop E.W. Jackson says that his "attitude" about Donald Trump changed as a result of Tuesday's meeting between Trump and hundreds of America's top evangelical leaders in New York City. Jackson, who is the founder of the conservative nonprofit S.T.A.N.D., said in a conference call during the meeting that he can now back the presumptive Republican nominee instead of just preferring him over presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. "What I am hoping we will see is the evangelical community unify around Donald Trump because we just don't have any choice," Jackson said. "I hope that there will be...
  • Vatican Denies Involvement in Chinese Bishop's Reversal on Patriotic Association

    06/24/2016 7:05:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    After Cardinal Joseph Zen protested the silence of Vatican officials in the wake of a shocking public statement by Shanghai's Bishop Thaddeus Ma Daqin, the Vatican issued a short statement denying any role in the matter. Bishop Ma sent shock waves through the Catholic Church in China when he posted an apology on his blog for his "errors of words and deeds against the Patriotic Association." Bishop Ma had previously been a leading figure in opposition to the government-backed Patriotic Association; he had been under house arrest since announcing at his episcopal ordination that he was breaking from the group....
  • Miami Prelate Laments Persecution of Christians, Criticizes Bishop’s Post-Orlando Remarks

    06/24/2016 7:01:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | 6/24/16
    In his homily at a Fortnight for Freedom opening Mass, Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami lamented the persecution of Christians and took issue with remarks made by Bishop Robert Lynch of St. Petersburg following the June 12 Orlando nightclub shooting. Preaching in Coral Gables, Florida, Archbishop Wenski said that “in the second decade of the 21st century, some 150,000 Christians are killed for their faith every year” and that “these modern-day martyrs are victims of a despotism in its hardest and harshest form.” “A new religious intolerance is being established in our country,” he continued. “We see this when Christian...
  • USCCB Confirms That Its Funding Request to Congress Includes Contraception and Condoms

    06/23/2016 6:19:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | June 20, 2016 | Michael Hichborn
    On 2 May, the Lepanto Institute published an article titled, CRS: A Tale of Two Letters. In this article, the Lepanto Institute raised grave concerns over a joint letter signed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and Catholic Relief Services (CRS), because the letter requested that Congress provide vast amounts of money to two agencies (USAID and PEPFAR) which are committed to the distribution of abortifacient contraception and condoms. What follows is an analysis of the responses received from two USCCB officials which directly admit that our concerns are real, but then deny that there is any problem.
  • CATHOLICS FEEL HELPLESS WHILE ‘GUTLESS’ BISHOP EMBRACES LGBT AGENDA

    06/23/2016 3:19:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 20 replies
    Church Militant ^ | June 22, 2016 | Rodney Pelletier
    Faithful Catholics in the Australian diocese of Wollongong are expressing frustration after the bishop canceled a presentation defending marriage, instead joining LGBT activists in their pro-homosexual propaganda on church property. On June 14 the Australian Family Association (AFA) was scheduled to deliver a presentation at the hall of St. Therese Catholic School in Wollongong, about 50 miles south of Sydney. The AFA describes as its mission "to cultivate within society an appreciation that the integrity and well-being of the family is essential to the stability, morale, security and prosperity of the Australian nation." A flyer for the event was emailed...
  • In 'Shocking' Move, California Churches Forced to Cover Abortions

    06/23/2016 6:32:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Washington D.C., Jun 22, 2016 / 04:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Obama administration has rejected a challenge to the State of California’s requirement that health care plans include abortion coverage. A major federal budget amendment intended to protect abortion foes does not apply, it ruled. Leaders with the U.S. bishops’ conference said it was “shocking” that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allowed the State of California to force all employers, including churches, to fund and facilitate elective abortions. “Even those who disagree on the issue of life should be able to respect the conscience rights of those...
  • Vatican Silence Over Shanghai’s Mgr Ma Daqin Causing Confusion and Controversy

    06/22/2016 10:26:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/21/16 | Bernardo Cervellera
    For some, Mgr Ma’s blog post praising the Patriotic Association and acknowledging his mistakes is nothing but “dirt”. For others, he chose humiliation for the “sake of his diocese”. Many wonder why the Holy See has remained silent about the article’s content and the bishop’s persecution. Some suspect the Vatican views the episode in positive terms. Yet, the Ma Daqin affair raises a major question. Has Benedict XVI’s Letter to Chinese Catholics (which describes the Patriotic Association as “incompatible with Catholic doctrine”) been abolished? If it has, who did it? A journey of compromises without truth is full of risks.Vatican...
  • Card. Cańizares persecuted for defending nature law and common sense

    06/22/2016 6:09:36 AM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | June 21, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    FULL TITLE: Valencia’s Card. Cañizares persecuted for defending nature, common sense against “gender theory”, homosexualist agenda I was in Spain recently, having breakfast – as one does – and, while munching the ubiquitous toast with tomato looked up at the TV only to see a discussion of Card. Canizares Llovera and the trouble he was in for giving what sounded like a really good sermon in Valencia.I shot a photo of the screen… it I can find it… Since then the Cardinal’s problems have multiplied. BTW… he had the nickname “Ratzingerino” for a while and had served as the Prefect...
  • Pope Francis losing support in Argentina

    06/21/2016 2:57:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | June 17, 2016 | ANDRÉS OPPENHEIMER
    Pope Francis is very popular around the world, but there are growing signs that his popularity is dwindling in his own country, Argentina. And there are good reasons for it. When former archbishop of the Argentine capital of Buenos Aires Jorge Bergoglio was chosen pope of the Roman Catholic Church in 2013, there were massive celebrations in Argentina. He was the first Latin American pope, and a respected priest in Argentina, where he was known to be at odds with the corrupt populist government of former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner. Once in the Vatican, Francis’ frequent calls to Argentine...
  • It’s About More Than Restrooms

    06/21/2016 6:10:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Diocese of Oklahoma City ^ | 5/29/16 | Archbishop Paul S. Coakley
    Earlier this year I came across an “all gender” restroom in the airport of a large American city. I had never seen such a thing. I snapped a picture. It struck me as strange, certainly not something I would expect to find in Oklahoma, for example. That may be about to change. The media have been highlighting recent legal attempts in some states to keep boys out of girl’s restrooms and vice versa. This latest restroom controversy is a manifestation of the new battleground over “gender.” This battle, however, is about more than who can use which restroom. According to...
  • Assad Receives Patriarch and 6 Cath Bishops: "the President is Planning a New Secular Constitution"

    06/21/2016 4:18:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 6/17/16
    Damascus (Agenzia Fides) - Syrian President Bashar Assad is planning a new Constitution for the nation led by him, to ensure equal rights for all citizens and eliminate discrimination toward religious minorities. These are some of the projects for the future confided by the same Assad to a delegation of the Syriac Catholic Church, composed by Patriarch Ignace Youssif III accompanied by six Bishops, received by Syrian President in Damascus on Monday, June 13. During the meeting, which lasted an hour and a half, Assad expressed his intention to remove from the new Constitution, even the provision which binds the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/20/2016 7:28:29 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 5 replies
    6-20-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 41:13 Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, from Everlasting to Everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
  • Gaffe of the Century! NYT Says St. Paul Ordered Christians to ‘Execute’ Homosexuals

    06/20/2016 4:12:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 19, 2016 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    With remarkable insouciance, NYT writers Jeremy W. Peters and Lizette Alvarez blithely make reference to “a Bible verse from Romans that calls for the execution of gays,” meaning Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans 1:18-32.As anyone who has ever read the New Testament knows, Saint Paul never permits that Christians should commit any violence whatsoever against homosexuals, but the Times editors apparently thought that fact-checking with the original text was superfluous or that readers were too ignorant to check for themselves.The Times report, titled “After Orlando, a Political Divide on Gay Rights Still Stands,” follows on the fatal shooting of...
  • The 28 Principles of Liberty our Founding Fathers used!

    06/19/2016 10:26:17 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    Link to You Tube Video. What's missing today! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FiK0bkaIT1I
  • Remembering Our Founding Fathers on Father's Day

    06/19/2016 10:23:15 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 9 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/19/16
    Today many in the United States are crying out to President Obama and Government (i.e., Washington D.C.) to do more and more to fix our national ills. The notion that Big Government has all our answers and the solutions we need in this very chaotic and unstable world is fairy tale. Our Founding Fathers wisely understood that the less power government possessed the better off we as Americans would be. Our Foundering Fathers fully comprehend that with the abandonment of Judeo/ Christian foundations and principles that our government would be transformed into an ever controlling monster with a tyrant as...
  • Florida Rabbi Loses Job After Protesting Trump

    06/18/2016 4:11:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 18 replies
    Haaretz ^ | June 18, 2016 | Ben Sales
    David Paskin staged a walkout during Trump's speech at AIPAC. Two months later, his contract with Temple Beth David in Palm Beach Gardens was unexpectedly not renewed. A Florida rabbi must leave his pulpit after his protest of Donald Trump’s speech at the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference riled congregants. David Paskin, who serves as rabbi of the Conservative Temple Beth David synagogue in the south Florida city of Palm Beach Gardens, will leave his position in July. In March, Paskin was one of a group of Conservative rabbis who led a protest of Trump’s speech at the...
  • Progressive Catholic groups publish “Pope Francis” voter guide (George Soros)

    06/17/2016 8:42:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | June 17, 2016 | Anne Hendershott
    While the IRS revoked the non-profit status of the George Soros-subsidized Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG) in October 2013 for failing to file a form 990 for three consecutive years, the organization recently re-emerged with a progressive voter guide for the November presidential elections. For A Revolution of Tenderness: A 2016 Election Pope Francis Voter Guide, CACG collaborated with other progressive groups—including the Soros-supported Faith in Public Life Catholic Program, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, Pax Christi International, and others—to produce a voter guide that claims to “show how we apply the teachings of our Church...
  • The Near Extinction of the God Honoring Father

    06/17/2016 7:53:41 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 15 replies
    IFB ^ | 6/17/16
    We here in America have witnessed over the last past 50 years the EXPONENTIAL disintegration of the family unit and its catastrophic tsunami of violent physiological effects on our nation’s citizenry. From this disintegration and devastation has come most of the horrific social consequences in which we as a nation shall NEVER recover. The question that must be asked is, “Where is the God honoring father today in the “Land of the Free?” Well, America's culture has replaced the father by marriage to the mother with the "Baby's Daddy" and countless women are selling themselves to this immoral practice only...
  • Pope Francis to Meet With Radical Leftist Podemos-Chief Pablo Iglesias - First Denied, Now Confirmed

    06/17/2016 4:40:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | June 17, 2016 | Giuseppe Nardi
    While verbal and physical attacks against churches and religious leaders accumulate in the heated election climate in Spain, Pope Francis will meet Pablo Iglesias, the current irrepressible leader of the radical left Spain in September. With this meeting Pope Francis continues his unilateral contacts with representatives of the radical left. Acts of vandalism against churches and religious institutions, but also verbal attacks against high church officials, have characterized the time before the early Spanish general elections which are to take place on 26 June. One of the most prominent victims of the attacks is Antonio Cardinal Cañizares, Archbishop of Valencia...
  • Will local evangelical Christians turn out to vote for and work for Donald Trump?

    06/17/2016 10:51:17 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WCPO-TV ^ | June 17, 2016 | Kevin Eigelbach
    So far, the answer seems to be 'yes' Since the late ’70s, some of the most reliable voters for Republican candidates have been Christians who take the Bible literally — conservative Christians, we’ll call them. About 65 percent vote Republican now, and they typically turn out in large numbers for elections, said Andrew Lewis, a political science professor at the University of Cincinnati. Will they do so this year, when the Republican standard-bearer is Donald Trump, a not particularly religious person whose support for the pro-life movement has been lukewarm at best? The short answer is yes, said Lewis, who...
  • Apart From Jesus, We’re Always in Danger

    06/17/2016 6:29:12 AM PDT · by DWW1990
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 6/17/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    "Of all bad men," wrote C.S. Lewis, "religious bad men are the worst." Lewis added, "The 'average sensual man,' who is sometimes unfaithful to his wife, sometimes tipsy, always a little selfish, now and then (within the law) a trip sharp in his deals, is certainly, by ordinary standards, a 'lower' type than the man whose soul is filled with some great Cause, to which he will subordinate his appetites, his fortune, and even his safety." In the atrocity that plagued Orlando this past weekend, we saw Lewis’s long proverb on display. The homosexual nightclub Pulse was filled with those...
  • A River in Egypt: Denying the Undeniable (Brilliant! The reality of Islam)

    06/16/2016 2:05:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 16, 2016 | Fr. George Rutler
    Mark Twain would have understood the protest of Yogi Berra: “Most of the things I said I didn’t say.” To Twain, with no evidence, is attributed: “Denial is not just a river in Egypt.” The source of the quotation is debated as is the source of the Nile, but the meaning is as valid as the river is wet. Denial is the typical first stage of learning that one is dying, and that applies to our culture. It certainly is so of Christian culture in many places, sometimes the result of lassitude as in Europe and harshly so in...
  • How Saint John Paul II Conquered Communism

    06/16/2016 1:40:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 16, 2016 | Filip Mazurczak
    The documentary "Liberating a Continent" is a subtly provocative refutation of what our secularized elites believe about what truly drives history and how Christianity impacts the world. Next month, the Catholic world’s eyes will for one week focus on Poland, as millions of pilgrims will celebrate World Youth Day with Pope Francis. This is the perfect time to get to know the country’s Catholic heritage. The many contributions of Poland and its native son Pope St. John Paul II include unleashing a revolution of the spirit that showed that the Soviet empire was based on an anthropological lie. This story...
  • Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted [snip] Regarding the Orlando Mass Shootings[Catholic Caucus]

    06/15/2016 10:49:08 AM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 6 replies
    Diocese of Phoenix ^ | June 15, 2016 | Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares
    Statement from Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted and Auxiliary Bishop Eduardo A. Nevares Regarding the Orlando Mass Shootings PHOENIX — We join the Holy Father in encouraging the faithful to pray for the victims, families and first responders of those involved in the tragic events of the Orlando mass shootings.We express our profound condolences for the victims of this senseless act of terror, and support the statements made by Pope Francis, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville and the President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and Orlando Bishop John G. Noonan, shared below:A statement from Archbishop Joseph E....
  • Criminal ‘Hate Speech’ Case Opens Against Spanish Cardinal

    06/15/2016 9:03:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6/14/16 | Thomas Williams
    On Tuesday, the Provincial Prosecutor’s Office of Valencia initiated criminal proceedings against the Archbishop of Valencia, Cardinal Antonio Cańizares, who has been charged with inciting “hate crimes,” after the prelate spoke out in a homily against a reigning “gay empire,” criticized radical feminist groups, and decried Europe’s open-door policy toward migrants. “The family is haunted today, in our culture, by an endless threat of serious difficulties, and this is not hidden from anyone,” Cańizares said in his May 13 homily, pronounced on the eve of the International Day Against Lesbophobia, Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia, at a Mass celebrated in the...
  • Pope Francis Rejects Donation from Argentinian President with 666 in Sum

    06/15/2016 8:58:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 6/14/16 | Uki Goni
    Centre-right leader Mauricio Macri gave 16,666,000 pesos to educational foundation backed by pope, reports sayThe frosty relationship between two of the world’s most prominent Argentinians appears to have taken a turn for the worse after it emerged that Pope Francis rejected a charitable donation from the government of President Mauricio Macri – at least partly – because the sum included the figure 666. Earlier this month, the centre-right president made a donation that totaled 16,666,000 pesos (slightly under $1.2m) from the Argentinian government to the Scholas Occurentes educational foundation, which is backed by the pope and is based on a...
  • Kimberly Hahn: Wife, Mother, Author—and (now) Local Politician [Inspiring]

    06/15/2016 4:55:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | June 14, 2016 | Jim Graves
    Kimberly Hahn being sworn in as Steubenville, Ohio, City Council member in December 2015. (Photo: www.facebook.com/kimberlyforsteubenville) Kimberly Hahn, a respected Catholic author and wife of theologian and well-known speaker and author Scott Hahn, has entered the world of local politics.  Running as a Republican reformer in an old mill town long dominated by Democrats, she won a seat on the Steubenville, Ohio, City Council in 2015 by a margin of 2,711 to 2,166.  Motivated by her Catholic faith, she’s devoted her efforts to improving the community in which she raised her six children, and which is home to the...
  • PAT. OF ALEXANDRIA CALLS UPON ALL LOCAL ORTHODOX CHURCHES TO PARTICIPATE IN PAN-ORTHODOX COUNCIL

    06/15/2016 4:03:56 AM PDT · by Kolokotronis · 6 replies
    Paroslavie ^ | June 14, 2016
    Theodoros II, the Patriarch of Alexandria and All Africa, appealed to all Local Orthodox Churches to participate in the Pan-Orthodox Council on Crete, reports Sedmitsa.ru, with reference to Romfea. In an interview given to radio station 98.4, Patriarch Theodoros regarded as an historical Church Council that which is to take place in June 2016 on the island of Crete. The Alexandrian Patriarch stated that “the Orthodox Church should be far from political, national, and racial affiliations. “It’s impossible to imagine that it would be possible in the last minutes to not come to the Church Council, in line with personal...
  • LGBT activists blame Christians for Orlando attack

    06/14/2016 9:15:16 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 96 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | June 13, 2016 | Bradford Richardson
    Several prominent gay-rights activists took to social media to blame Christians for Sunday’s massacre at a gay nightclub in Orlando. Chase Strangio, a staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union, on Sunday said the “Christian Right” is implicated in the slaughter by passing “anti-LGBT bills.” “The Christian Right has introduced 200 anti-LGBT bills in the last six months, and people are blaming Islam for this. No,” Mr. Strangio said in a Twitter post....
  • Will Egypt's Copts Get to Build More Churches?

    06/14/2016 6:27:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AL Monitor ^ | 6/9/16 | Rania Rabeaa Elabd
    The draft law on the construction of churches has renewed the crisis that has existed between the ruling regimes and the Copts in Egypt since the Ottoman era. Over the years, Egypt’s Christians have requested the state to promulgate a law governing the construction of houses of worship, regulating the building of mosques for Muslims and churches for Christians, in light of the challenges in obtaining permission to build new churches, despite the growing Christian population. A law was issued on Oct. 17, 2001, governing only the construction of mosques, with no mention of the building of churches. In Egypt,...
  • The UN Ruled that Ireland's Abortion Ban Violates Human Rights

    06/14/2016 6:07:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/13/16 | Kevin J. Jones
    Dublin, Ireland, Jun 13, 2016 / 03:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pro-life groups in Ireland are charging that a United Nations human rights committee contradicted its mission when it ruled that the Republic of Ireland’s laws against abortion violated a woman’s rights. The ruling’s critics included Niamh Ui Bhriain of Ireland’s Life Institute. “Instead of protecting the most vulnerable, the U.N. has chosen, yet again, to champion abortion, and has trampled on the right of people with disabilities,” she said. She charged that the committee “seriously undermined its credibility by rushing to support abortion.” Ui Bhriain told CNA the committee used...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/13/2016 5:55:49 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    6-13-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 13:5,6 I have Trusted in Thy Mercy; mine Heart shall Rejoice in Thy Salvation. I will Sing unto the LORD, because He hath Dealt Lovingly with me.
  • When Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger Predicted the Future of the (Catholic) Church

    06/13/2016 11:48:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Aletelial ^ | June 13, 2016 | Tod Worner
    He didn’t pretend he could tell the future. No. He was much too wise for that. As a matter of fact, he tempered his initial remarks with this disclaimer,“Let us, therefore, be cautious in our prognostications. What St. Augustine said is still true: man is an abyss; what will rise out of these depths, no one can see in advance. And whoever believes that the Church is not only determined by the abyss that is man, but reaches down into the greater, infinite abyss that is God, will be the first to hesitate with his predictions, for this naïve...
  • Vatican Official Uncritically ‘Welcomes’ UN Development Goal – Despite its Pro-Abortion Language

    06/13/2016 8:50:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/10/16 | Pete Baklinski
    GENEVA, Switzerland, June 10, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ representative to the United Nations told the World Health Assembly in Switzerland last month that the Holy See “welcomes” goal 3 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), focused on ensuring “healthy lives,” and the goal’s 13 targets. However, the representative is coming under fire because one of the 13 targets included in his praise, specifically target 3.7, calls for “universal access to sexual and reproductive health care services.” The UN defined these terms at the 1994 Cairo conference to mean providing women with “modern contraception” for “family planning” and with “safe...