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  • Key African Cardinal on AIDS, ‘Amoris,’ Trump, Francis, and More (John Onaiyekan of Nigeria)

    03/25/2017 3:41:08 AM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | March 25, 2017 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Cardinal John Onaiyekan of Nigeria says that African experience proves that distributing condoms is less effective in the fight against HIV/AIDS than promoting abstinence and behavioral change. In a Crux interview, he also discussed 'Amoris Laetita,' Islam, Trump, Pope Francis, and his personal crusade against corruption. ROME – One of Africa’s most prominent Catholic prelates says he finds it hard to understand why public opinion so often focuses on condoms when it comes to the fight against HIV/AIDS, when his continent’s experience clearly shows that’s not the best approach.“Take South Africa. It’s a country that went all-out distributing condoms to...
  • Pope Tells European Leaders: Solidarity Will Overcome Populism, ‘Fruit of Egotism’

    03/24/2017 6:33:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Addressing 27 European heads of state on March 24, Pope Francis said that the founders of the European Union rightly understood that “the heart of the European political project could only be man himself. The Pope spoke to a distinguished group of European leaders in the Sala Regia, in an event marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome, which gave birth to today’s European Union. In a formal address, the Holy Father said that it is important to “relive that event in order to appreciate its significance for the present.” In 1957, the Pontiff recalled,...
  • Russia, France Need to Pool Efforts to Protect World from Globalism, Islamic Fundamentalism; Le Pen

    03/24/2017 8:26:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/24/17
    Moscow, March 24, Interfax - The world is facing two increasingly serious threats today, Marine Le Pen, the leader of France's National Front and a presidential candidate, said on Friday. "This new world taking shape right before our eyes now is already facing two gigantic, monumental challenges, namely globalism and Islamic fundamentalism," Le Pen said at a meeting with members of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee in Moscow. Islamic fundamentalism is delivering blows to peace and security by committing acts of terrorism, she said. As far as globalism is concerned, all trade is supposed to be tightly regulated,...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, March 23, 2017 [prayer]

    03/23/2017 6:21:57 AM PDT · by Albion Wilde · 31 replies
    APV prayer team ^ | March 23, 2017
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • California May File Lawsuit to Force Churches to Fund Abortions

    03/22/2017 5:05:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 22, 2017 | MICA
    California is the only state in the U.S. that requires health insurance plans to cover elective abortions. Its onerous mandate even forces churches and other religious groups to pay for abortions in their employee health plans. The new plan to repeal and replace Obamacare in Congress could change that, and some California leaders are upset. The Sacramento Bee reports the proposed American Health Care Act would get rid of taxpayer-funded subsidies for insurance plans that cover elective abortions. If enacted, all of the health insurance plans in the California exchange would no longer be subsidized, according to the report. Here’s...
  • Church Official Believes Lenin Will be Buried Sooner or Later

    03/22/2017 12:56:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/21/17
    Moscow, March 22, Interfax - The Russian Church official is sure that Lenin's body should be buried when there are enough preconditions for it. "I believe that Lenin certainly should be moved out and I am sure this question will be settled sooner or later," head of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media Relations Vladimir Legoyda said on air Dozhd TV channel. According to him, it will take place "when it doesn't give grounds for splits." Legoyda does not agree that "sometimes they make a touchstone of it: if you are an Orthodox Christian, you should demand to...
  • LGBT activists threatened deadly violence if they weren’t allowed in Boston St. Patrick’s parade

    03/22/2017 7:57:12 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 21, 2017 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    LGBTQ activists threatened "large-scale violence," rioting and "possible deaths" if they were not allowed to participate in Sunday's St. Patrick’s Day Parade, parade organizers said. According to parade officials, Boston Police said homosexuals bused in from other states to "disrupt" the festivities were a serious threat unless Catholic organizers permitted a gay veterans group in the parade. Police not only determined the gay threats were "credible" but warned that they would not guarantee the safety of the public, including children. It was also implied that organizers would be responsible if gay violence erupted. Faced with the threat of "large-scale" gay...
  • Gorsuch Defends Protecting Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters From Obama Making Them Fund Abortions

    03/21/2017 5:00:39 PM PDT · by Morgana · 8 replies
    life news ^ | march 21, 2017 | Steven Ertelt
    Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch defended his role today in protecting Hobby Lobby and Little Sisters of the Poor from the Obama Administration making them fund abortions. At the time, the Supreme Court nominee said that the Obama Administration was getting in the way of their right to exercise their religious views and opposition to abortion. Gorsuch outlined a broad definition of religious freedom that could point to how he would rule in similar cases regarding abortion if confirmed by the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court ultimately sided with Hobby Lobby and the Court ruled that companies like it can...

    03/20/2017 7:42:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Church Militant ^ | March 20, 2017 | Rodney Pelletier
    A new investigation shows the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) gave preferential treatment in 2014 to a satanic organization by quickly approving a non-profit request. Judicial Watch, a government watchdog organization, released a report on March 16, exposing how the IRS fast-tracked an application to approve a satanist-after-school club while holding up the approval of conservative organizations. The report notes the Satanic Temple (ST) of Seattle, also called the Reason Alliance, applied for tax-exempt status on October 21, 2014 and received it 10 days later on October 31 — the satanic feast of Samhain. The group, based in Somerville, Massachusetts, started...
  • The Moscow Patriarchate Believes Lenin's Burial is Untimely

    03/20/2017 5:37:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/17/17
    Moscow, March 17, Interfax - Representative of the Moscow Patriarchate calls extremely untimely the idea to bury Lenin's body and urges to introduce a moratorium on a war against political symbols in Russia. "We understand that his presence on Red Square has nothing to do with Christian traditions. But we can raise a question about reburial only when a campaign on decommunization and desovietization is stopped in the post-Soviet territory. And afterwards, when we pose this question, we should base only on religious, not political grounds," first deputy chairman of the Synodal Department for Church, Society and Media relations, PhD...
  • Canon lawyers and theologians to hold conference on ‘deposing the pope’

    03/20/2017 1:42:02 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 30 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 17 March 2017 | Pete Baklinski
    PARIS, March 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Canon lawyers, theologians, and scholars will be meeting in Paris in two weeks to discuss a topic that has never been the focus of a Catholic conference before: How to depose a heretical pope. Titled Deposing the Pope: Theological Premises, Canonical Models, Constitutional Challenge, the conference seeks to explore the mechanisms that are built into the Catholic Church for dealing with a pope who openly teaches falsehood and even heresy. Speaking at the conference will be University of Paris Professor Laurent Fonbaustier who published a 1200 page book last year on the topic that...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 3/19/2017 [Prayer]

    03/19/2017 9:29:20 PM PDT · by · 27 replies
    prayer intercessors ^ | 3-20-2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join with us in prayer.
  • Pope tells priests to call in exorcists when needed

    03/17/2017 12:26:04 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 11 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 17, 2017 | AFP
    Pope Francis on Friday advised priests who hear troubled confessions from parishioners to not hesitate to call on the services of an exorcist. A good confessor has to be very discerning, particularly when he has to deal with "real spiritual disorders," the 80-year-old pontiff told priests at a Vatican training seminar on the art of hearing believers recount their sins. Disorders could have their roots in all manner of circumstances, including supernatural ones, he suggested. In such circumstances the confessor "must not hesitate to refer to exorcists... chosen with great care and prudence." It is not the first time the...
  • Trump is right: France is no longer France

    03/17/2017 6:39:00 AM PDT · by high info voter · 24 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | 3/17/2017 | Giulio Meotti
    “Paris is no longer Paris,” US President Donald Trump recently said. A few days later, the New York Times ran a story entitled “As France’s Towns Wither, Fears of a Decline in ‘Frenchness.’” But the liberal newspaper refused to testify about the real metamorphosis of the French landscape. That is perfectly summarized by a book entitled Will the Church Bells Ring Tomorrow?, in which Philippe de Villiers writes that France, the “eldest daughter” of the Catholic Church, is turning into the “eldest daughter of Islam.” Trump was right. A 2,200-page report, entitled “Suburbs of the Republic,” commissioned by the French...
  • Turkish FM Warns of ‘Religion Wars’ in Europe in Remarks on Dutch Elections

    03/16/2017 8:10:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 3/16/17 | Anatalya
    Europe will soon be the site of “religion wars,” Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on March 16, in Ankara’s first comment on the general elections in the Netherlands that saw the victory of Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s Liberal VVD. “Now the election is over in the Netherlands ... “When you look at the many parties you see there is no difference between the social democrats and fascist [Geert] Wilders. All have the same mentality. Where will you go? Where are you taking Europe? You have begun to collapse Europe. You are dragging Europe into the abyss. Holy wars will soon...
  • Irish archbishop: St. Patrick was an ‘undocumented migrant’ [Barf Alert]

    03/16/2017 7:32:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 28 replies
    Catholic Sun ^ | March 16, 2017 | CNS
    The leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has urged Irish people and those of Irish descent celebrating St. Patrick’s Day to remember the plight of migrants. Archbishop Eamon Martin — St. Patrick’s modern-day successor as archbishop of Armagh — used his message for the March 17 feast to recall that St. Patrick was first brought to Ireland as a slave by traffickers. The archbishop said that “as Irish people, we cannot think of Patrick without acknowledging the enormous humanitarian and pastoral challenges facing growing numbers of people who find themselves displaced and without status in our world.” “This is...
  • Rod Dreher explains the ‘Benedict Option’ and why we need it

    03/16/2017 4:12:35 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | March 16, 2017 | Rod Dreher
    Christian families and communities that don’t embrace some form of the Benedict Option aren’t going to make it through this time of testing Veteran journalist Rod Dreher has just produced a potent study of what ails America—and is proposing that the best solution may be (as his new book is titled) “The Benedict Option.” As the book’s promotional materials describe it: Now is a time of testing, when believers will learn the difference between shallow optimism and Christian hope. However dark the shadow falling over the West, the light of Christianity need not flicker out. It will not be...
  • When the Spirit of the Age Has a Cosmic Tantrum - Hatred Off the Charts

    03/16/2017 10:18:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 25 replies
    Olive Tree Ministries ^ | 3/16/17 | Jill Martin Rische
    Whoever thought an entire country could disappear down the rabbit hole? If only we were headed to Wonderland, like Alice and her rabbit! But America is going someplace far darker. The spirit of this age is furious and we are seeing a cosmic tantrum. Hatred Off the Charts Who could imagine that witches cursing Trump would be a top headline on Fox News or that media outlets would actually print the spell, with handy hints on how to curse your President? In what reality does assassination lunacy go mainstream? America -- and now the world -- has lost its collective...
  • Federal Court: 1964 Civil Rights Act Does Not Bar Discrimination on Basis of Sexual Orientation

    03/15/2017 6:00:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    A US circuit court in Georgia has ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sex, does not by that fact prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. In November 2016, a federal district court in Pennsylvania reached a different conclusion in a similar case. The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has argued that discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation is a kind of sex discrimination. 11th Circuit: Title VII Does Not Bar Sexual Orientation Discrimination (Religion Clause)
  • The Ongoing Discussion about Pope Benedict XVI’s Resignation Receives New Fuel

    03/15/2017 5:03:50 PM PDT · by BlessedBeGod · 4 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | March 13, 2017 | Maike Hickson
    Since the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI in February of 2013, speculations have never fully ceased as to whether he was pressured to do so, after all, in order to make way for a more progressive-leaning pontiff. Archbishop Luigi Negri has now given new fuel to this debate in a recent 6 March interview, as reported by John-Henry Westen at LifeSiteNews: An Italian archbishop close to Pope Benedict XVI says the former pope decided to resign as a result of “tremendous pressure.”Archbishop Luigi Negri, who says he has visited Pope Benedict “several times” since his resignation in 2013, is the...
  • Women’s Day Protestors Perform ‘Abortion’ on ‘Virgin Mary'

    03/15/2017 10:53:59 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    cns ^ | march 14, 2017 | Michael W. Chapman
    As part of International Women’s Day (March 8), feminist protestors simulated a bloody abortion on a woman dressed as the Virgin Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ, outside the cathedral in Tucuman, Argentina. The protestors, according to Life Site News, which reported the incident in the English language press, cheered the fake abortion as symbolically killing “patriarchy” and “forced heterosexuality.” ****WARNING OFFENSIVE AND GRAPHIC IMAGE ON LINK****
  • Archbishop Paglia wants ‘broadest possible agreement’ on Italian living-will legislation

    03/14/2017 5:30:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 14, 2017 | unknown
    Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the president of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has applauded the introduction of legislation that would allow for living wills in Italy. The legislation, introduced in the Italian parliament on March 13, would allow individuals to register their own preferences regarding treatment in case of terminal illness. The proposal would allow for DNR (do-not-resuscitate) orders and establish guidelines for limiting treatment and the artificial provision of nutrition and hydration. Saying that the bill had “nothing to do with euthanasia or assisted suicide,” but merely provided against “excessive” treatment, Archbishop Paglia said that he hopes for “the broadest...
  • Many Young Adults are Turning to Witchcraft as a Way to Rebel Against...

    03/14/2017 1:10:20 PM PDT · by VaeVictis · 90 replies
    The Washington Standard ^ | March 14, 2017 | The Washington Standard
    MANY YOUNG ADULTS ARE TURNING TO WITCHCRAFT AS A WAY TO REBEL AGAINST THEIR CONSERVATIVE CHRISTIAN UPBRINGINGS Young adults in America are far less likely to identify themselves as “Christians” than previous generations of Americans, but that does not mean that they have given up on searching for spiritual meaning in their lives. According to Wikipedia, one very popular form of witchcraft known as Wicca has been growing at a rate of more than 100 percent annually in recent years, and this has been happening at a time when Christianity has been in decline in the United States. Of course...
  • Irreconcilable Differences: Conservatives and Liberals Are Worlds Apart on Worldview

    03/14/2017 11:32:35 AM PDT · by Boomer · 12 replies
    CNS News ^ | March 14, 2017 | Dr. Richard Land
    If it wasn’t already clear during the November election and in the months since the inauguration, conservatives and liberals have some “irreconcilable differences” when it comes to their outlook on the world, especially when it comes to who God is, the inerrancy of the Bible, the definition of success and the meaning of life.
  • ROCOR Urges to Rid Red Square of Lenin's Remains and Destroy Monuments to Him

    03/13/2017 6:42:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    Interfax ^ | 3/13/17
    New York, March 13, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia on occasion of the hundredth anniversary of the revolution urges to liberate cities and towns from monuments to Lenin and to rid the center of Moscow of his body. "A symbol of reconciliation of the Russian nation with the Lord would be to rid Red Square of the remains of the main persecutor and executioner of the 20th century, and the destruction of monuments to him. They are all symbols of catastrophe, tragedy, and of the destruction of our God-given Sovereignty. The same applies to the cities,...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL 3-13-17 {Prayer}

    03/12/2017 11:22:43 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 35 replies
    3-13-17 | Kitty Mittens
    Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind.
  • A prayer for Steve Bannon & President Trump:

    03/12/2017 5:46:04 PM PDT · by Sontagged · 37 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 3/12/17 | sontagged
    Dear Lord Jesus: Thank You for the election & safe installation in office of President Trump. We ask You now to strip away the lies & liars that surround this Administration; we ask You show Mr. Bannon & the President whom to trust and whom to distrust; we ask You reveal the wicked works of darkness & expose any plans or strategies of Hell against this White House and all the people there; then we ask, in accordance with Your Word, that the wicked deeds of those around the President & those in the Media would be revealed for all...
  • Christians Warn Pope Francis: Making Deal With China Is Big Mistake, Would Worsen Persecution

    03/12/2017 1:23:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 3/8/17 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Reports of warming relations between China's atheistic Communist Party and the Vatican have beet met with high caution by some watchdog groups, which are warning that the persecution of Christians could get worse. "A partnership between the Vatican and the Chinese government would worsen the lives of house church Christians. The Communist Party already targets clergy who are not ordained by the state as illegitimate, which leads to persecution, and having the Vatican's backing gives them a further excuse to do so," ChinaAid President Bob Fu told The Christian Post in an interview earlier this week. They may also feel...
  • Humanism as a Religion, and Why it Matters

    03/11/2017 9:49:13 AM PST · by Unmasking_Humanism · 33 replies
    Unmasking Humanism ^ | 11 March 2017 | Kevin
    Have you ever heard somebody say “I’m not religious, I’m an atheist/agnostic”? On the contrary, atheism and agnosticism are subsets of Humanism, which can certainly be classified as a religion.
  • Canada's New Blasphemy Laws

    03/10/2017 11:08:05 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 10 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 3/10/17 | Tyler Durden
    Although these motions against "Islamophobia" are not legally binding, extremists have already started demanding them as laws. People in hostile societies put their lives at risk by speaking against the majority; meanwhile, shutting out any criticism against hardliner behaviour in the West actually means giving extremists a license to keep on committing atrocities. Motions such as these are how most Muslim societies -- and other authoritarian states -- were founded: by depriving citizens of the basic right to express a difference of opinion, and worse, on the pretense of "doing good." The blasphemy laws of Pakistan were introduced on the...
  • America Prayer Vigil [3/10/2017]

    03/10/2017 4:56:20 AM PST · by JustaCowgirl · 32 replies
    free republic ^ | 3/10/2017 | APV prayer team
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Wyoming Judge Censured for Same-Sex Marriage Refusal

    03/09/2017 7:46:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    In a 3-2 decision, the Wyoming Supreme Court has censured a judge who declined to officiate at same-sex civil marriages because of her faith. Judge Ruth Neely, a member of the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod), was willing to refer same-sex couples to other judges for civil marriage. “We find that Judge Neely’s misconduct warrants a public censure,” the court ruled. “We further find that Judge Neely must perform her judicial functions, including performing marriages, with impartiality. She must either commit to performing marriages regardless of the couple’s sexual orientation, or cease performing all marriage ceremonies.” Wyoming Supreme Court Censures Judge...
  • Former Archbishop [of Canterbury] ‘Out of Step’ with C of E on Assisted Suicide

    03/08/2017 7:33:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    A former Archbishop of Canterbury has reiterated his view that assisted suicide should be legalised in the UK.Speaking in the House of Lords on Monday, Lord Carey of Clifton lauded countries with liberal euthanasia laws. A Bill to legalise assisted suicide was soundly defeated in the House of Commons in 2015 by 330 votes to 118. 'Out of step’Lord Carey admitted he was “out of step” with the Church of England, as he claimed that laws in Canada had put a stop to “the unnecessary prolongation of life, which for some is not worth the candle”. He made the comments...
  • As Europe Declines, the Church Dithers

    03/08/2017 7:24:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/8/17 | Dr. Samuel Gregg
    Six decades after the Treaty of Rome, the European Union is in deep trouble. But is the Catholic Church capable of helping Europe change course? In 1985, the then-European Economic Community which eventually became today’s European Union formally adopted what’s known as “The Flag of Europe.” Consisting of a circle of 12 golden stars on an azure background, many believe that the flag, first used by the Council of Europe in 1955, combines the traditional Marian blue with the crown of twelve stars worn by the Woman Clothed in the Sun portrayed in the Book of Revelation. The overseer of...
  • Beatification Process Underway for Pyongyang Bishop and the Other 213 Martyrs

    03/08/2017 6:36:38 PM PST · by marshmallow
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/7/17 | Pietro Kim
    The process will be national and not diocesan in scope. It covers two groups: Korean martyrs killed between 1785 and 1879 and those killed in modern Korea, from 1901 to Communist persecution after the Korean War (1950-1953). The first group includes John Baptist Yi Byeok, killed for the faith along with his whole family. The second group includes the bishop of P’yŏng-yang, presumed dead in a concentration camp, and Mgr Patrick James Byrne, Maryknoll missionary, taken to the North who died from exhaustion. For Mgr Lazarus You, the candidates are already saints for the faithful.Seoul (AsiaNews) – The special committee...
  • Could Catholicism handle the discovery of extraterrestrial life?

    03/08/2017 5:26:48 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 59 replies
    Crux ^ | 2/23/2017 | Claire Giangrave
    NASA confirmed the discovery of seven new exoplanets not too far from Earth, bringing humanity one step closer to finding other livable planets and, possibly, extraterrestrial life. Does Catholicism have the means to survive such a discovery? The pope, experts and theologians say yes. In a highly anticipated press conference on February 22, NASA declared that seven Earth-sized planets have been discovered orbiting a relatively close dwarf star. For space enthusiasts, trekkies and stargazers, the possibility of finding alien life forms just got one step closer to reality. The tiny “salmon-colored” star is unassumingly called Trappist-1. Held tightly in its...
  • Catholic university drops Crusaders mascot: ‘troublesome, offensive’

    03/07/2017 8:23:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 24 replies
    The College Fix ^ | March 6, 2017 | Jennifer Kabbany
    Alvernia University has dropped its “Crusaders” mascot, saying many have found it “troublesome, even offensive.” “Even more important, they view the image as opposed to the peace and harmony of ‘right relationships’ modeled by St. Francis and the spirit of inclusiveness for which Franciscans strive,” officials with the Franciscan-Catholic university in Pennsylvania state on their website. In a Frequently Asked Questions page, officials reject the notion that the decision is steeped in political correctness. “It’s a matter of being true to our Franciscan mission and our core values of service, humility, peacemaking, contemplation, and collegiality,” they state. “This change is...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 3/6/2017 [Prayer]

    03/06/2017 1:45:27 AM PST · by · 36 replies
    Free Republic Prayer Vigil ^ | 3/6/2017 | UMCRevMom
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for: PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. "This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us." 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind.
  • ‘We Lost Everything’: Christian Baker’s Emotional Appeal After Govt Forces Her to Pay $135,000...

    03/05/2017 5:42:11 PM PST · by marshmallow · 68 replies
    Faith Wire ^ | 3/3/17
    An Oregon couple who were forced to pay $135,000 after declining to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple had their first appearance before the Oregon Court of Appeals on Thursday, as they continue to fight back against the massive judgement. Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa, are arguing that the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries — the state agency responsible for discrimination claims — violated their religious liberty, due process and free speech, after forcing the bakers to pay $135,000 to the lesbian couple at the center of the dispute. The Klein v....
  • Is the Pope the Anti-Trump?

    03/05/2017 11:20:59 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 31 replies
    New York Times ^ | March 4, 2017 | Austen Ivereigh
    ONE emerged from a crisis conclave, the other was elected after the strangest campaign in recent American history. Both have upended traditions and reached outside the usual channels to speak to the concerns of ordinary people. Donald J. Trump and Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the president and the pope, are the world’s most famous populists. But they are in conflict.To grasp why Pope Francis has become the flag-bearer of the global anti-Trump resistance, consider his Feb. 17 appearance at a university campus in Rome, where one of the students who asked him a question was a Syrian woman, Nour Essa....
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 3/5/2017 [Prayer]

    03/05/2017 4:16:22 AM PST · by SisterK · 64 replies
    Free Republic ^ | March 5, 2017 | prayer intercessors
    “AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL ping!” To be added or dropped from this ping list, post or freepmail to stars & stripes forever. Lamentations 3:25 The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for Him, to those who seek Him.
  • Fred's Store Displays Easter Crucifixion Made of Mr. Pibb's

    03/04/2017 10:16:19 AM PST · by rhett october · 38 replies
    Grace Centered Magazine ^ | 3-4-2017 | Marie Wellmond
    A Fred’s store in Murfreesboro, TN is getting a lot of attention due to a religious display ahead of Easter. The display, pictured below has the three crosses told of in the New Testament account of the crucifixion of Jesus. According to all four gospels, Jesus was brought to the “Place of a Skull” and crucified between two thieves, with the charge of claiming to be “King of the Jews,” and the soldiers divided his clothes before he bowed his head and died. (Image at source)
  • These US Catholic Bishops Promise to ‘Disrupt’ Trump

    03/04/2017 7:44:22 AM PST · by ebb tide · 38 replies via LifeSite News ^ | March 3, 2017 | John Zmirak
    Imagine if your teenage son’s pastor had told him to apply “If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off,” by applying a buzzsaw to his own right wrist. You’d yank your son out of that group and start making some phone calls. That same sense of alarm and horror is what we should feel when we learn that influential Christians have interpreted our faith in some deeply misguided way which will do grave harm to them and others. A Cabal of Catholic Leftists Cardinal Peter Turkson and twenty-four American Catholic bishops have recently endorsed a political program...
  • The Next Papal Conclave will Act Very Unexpectedly

    03/04/2017 6:08:17 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 12 replies
    Freep | 3/4/2017 | CharlesOconnell
    How do the choices in various Papal conclaves square with the Holy Spirit's will, which is Love? Jesus Himself chose Peter. +/- 235 papacies later, we tend to get the quality of Pope inversely proportional to how much some corrupt power faction like the St. Gallen Mafia can rig the results after decades of planning. (Read School of Darkness by Bella Dodd who recruited 1,500 communists into the hierarchy to understand their thinking.) Bergoglio's drive to rig the curia is liable to backfire on him, as his own supporters futilely try to get him to resign before he shatters the...
  • Pro-Abort Vatican Speaker: Decreasing Population by 6 Billion Would Have a ‘Pro-Life Effect.’

    03/03/2017 6:14:41 PM PST · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/2/17 | Jeanne Smits
    March 2, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) -- Ridding the world of 6 billion people to bring the population down to 1 billion would have an “overall pro-life effect,” a pro-abortion population control advocate told the press two days before delivering his speech at a Vatican-run conference on saving the natural world. “A world population of around a billion would have an overall pro-life effect,” The Guardian indirectly quoted Sanford biologist Paul Ehrlich as saying. “This could be supported for many millennia and sustain many more human lives in the long term compared with our current uncontrolled growth and prospect of sudden collapse,”...
  • Catholic MP with Ashes on Her Forehead Causes Stir in the [House of] Commons [UK]

    03/03/2017 5:46:16 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/3/17 | Staff Reporter
    Carol Monaghan said that most people did not know what the symbol meantCatholic MP Carol Monaghan has said that having ashes on her forehead at a Commons select committee meeting turned into a teaching moment when a number of colleagues did not know what the symbol meant. The MP for Glasgow North West told the BBC that she was not embarrassed to appear on television displaying the mark. “When I came into committee, one of the members asked me about it. I said ‘it’s Ash Wednesday’ and they said ‘but this is going to be broadcast’. “I think they just...
  • Notre Dame Picks Mike Pence as Commencement Speaker

    03/03/2017 5:37:05 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The selection of Pence marks the first time a sitting vice president delivers the commencement address at the Catholic university.SOUTH BEND, Ind. — U.S. Vice President Mike Pence will be this year’s commencement speaker at the University of Notre Dame, it was announced Thursday. This will mark the first time a sitting vice president delivers the commencement address at the university. Pence will also receive an honorary degree at the May 21 ceremony. “It is fitting that in the 175th year of our founding on Indiana soil that Notre Dame recognize a native son who served our state and now...
  • Divine intervention! EU leaders will turn to the POPE over plans to revive struggling bloc

    03/03/2017 4:24:01 PM PST · by ebb tide · 39 replies
    Express ^ | March 1, 2017 | Nick Gutteridge
    EUROPEAN leaders are set to hold an historic meeting with the Pope later this month when they head to Rome to unveil their make-or-break plans to revive the struggling EU. Brussels chiefs are hoping the Pontiff can provide them with the “leadership” they are lacking to help solve the debilitating crises tearing the bloc apart. The 28 heads of government will meet with Pope Francis on March 24, the day before they all gather in the Italian capital to celebrate the 60th birthday of the EU and launch its “rebirth”.
  • Mexican [Catholic] Bishops Excoriate Trump for Precisely Emulating Mexican Policy…..

    03/03/2017 4:05:50 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    A Blog for Dallas Area Catholics ^ | March 3, 2017 | tantumblogo
    ……..policy over which they have never expressed much concern. Cynical, much? The Mexican government constantly and quite roughly deports any and all illegal immigrants they catch coming over their southern border – that is, if those immigrants don’t have sufficient inducements with which to bribe Mexican officials, not all of which involve money, if you know what I mean. The Mexican Church has had very little to say about that. But in a sense, this very much makes sense, as bishops for a given country should have as their primary concern the well-being of their own citizens. Of course, Mexicans...
  • Report: Some Cardinals Want Pope Francis to Resign, Fear Schism Worse Than The Reformation

    03/03/2017 3:46:36 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 38 replies
    CNS News ^ | 3/2/17 | Michael W. Chapman
    According to a report in The London Times and best selling Catholic author and journalist Antonio Socci, about 12 cardinals who have supported Pope Francis since his election in March 2013 now fear that his controversial reforms may cause a schism in the Church, and so they hope to pressure the Pope to resign. "A large part of the cardinals who voted for him is very worried and the curia ... that organized his election and has accompanied him thus far, without ever disassociating itself from him, is cultivationg the idea of a moral suasion to convince him to retire,"...