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  • Milwaukee Art Museum's embrace of condom portrait of pope draws disgust

    The decision by the Milwaukee Art Museum to acquire and prominently display a controversial portrait of Pope Benedict XVI fashioned from 17,000 colored condoms has created outrage among Catholics and others who see it as profoundly disrespectful, even blasphemous. Many suggest that if a piece were as offensive to other faith traditions or communities it would not be tolerated, much less embraced. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki blasted the decision as insulting and callous. The museum acknowledged it has fielded about 200 complaints. A handful of patrons dropped their memberships; one longtime docent tendered her resignation; and at least one donor...
  • Pope Francis Appoints Population Control Extremist to Vatican Post

    06/28/2015 8:23:31 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 19 replies
    Breirtbart ^ | Austin Ruse
    A scientist who believes the world is overpopulated by 6 billion people has been appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Science. The Holy See Press office made the announcement today that besides being one of four official presenters of the Pope’s controversial encyclical on the environment Thursday in Vatican City, Hans Joachim Schellnhuber is to join 80 other scientists who are official advisers to the Vatican on scientific matters. As Breitbart News reported last week, Schellnhuber said in a 2009 speech at the Copenhagen Climate Conference that global warming would devastate Earth’s population and “In a very...
  • The Pope Says Nothing About The Supreme Court Ruling On Gay Marriage, but...(Vanity)

    06/28/2015 7:03:33 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 34 replies
    06/28/15
    The Pope says nothing about the Supreme Court ruling on gay marriage, but he believes in global warming and is for planetary government. Just an observation....
  • Pope Blames Markets for Environment’s Ills

    06/24/2015 4:43:46 AM PDT · by expat_panama · 59 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 18, 2015 | Francis X. Rocca
    ROME— Pope Francis in his much-awaited encyclical on the environment offered a broad and uncompromising indictment of the global market economy, accusing it of plundering the Earth at the expense of the poor and of future generations. In passionate language, the pontiff attributed global warming to human activity, blamed special interests for holding back policy responses and said the global North owes the South “an ecological debt.” The 183-page document, which Pope Francis addresses to “every person living on this planet,” includes pointed critiques of globalization and consumerism,... [snip] “Economic powers continue to justify the current global system where priority...
  • Pope’s key science advisor Hans Schellnhuber is an atheist who believes in ‘Gaia, but not in God’

    06/23/2015 9:30:01 AM PDT · by SaveFerris · 77 replies
    ClimateDepot.com ^ | June 23, 2015 7:45 AM | By: Marc Morano - Climate Depot
    So dedicated is Schellnhuber to this belief that he says “the Gaia approach may even include the influence of biospheric activities on the Earth’s plate-tectonic processes.” Not the other way around, mind you, where continental drift and earthquakes effects life, but where life effects earthquakes...
  • When is the Swiss Guard Going to Disarm?

    06/22/2015 4:06:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    The American Catholic ^ | 6/22/15 | Donald R. McClarey
    I assume the Pope will now be having the Swiss Guard disarmed, and foreswearing any and all protection by the Italian police and military: People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. “If you trust only men you have lost,” he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war,...
  • So, the Catholic Church has a major problem right now. ...And the Pope is only a part of it

    06/22/2015 1:25:19 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/22/15 | Robert Laurie
    Anti-capitalism, pro-AGW, and anti-gun By now, you’ve probably seen the Tweets, read the quotes, or listened to the proclamations coming from the Vatican. The Pope has decided to embrace the global warming faith, attack capitalism, decry the successes of western nations, and rail against guns, gun manufacturers, and those who support the industry. In short (abortion and gay marriage aside) he’s taken a turn to the hard-left. In the span of a decade, we’ve gone from a Pope teaming with Reagan to defeat the Soviet Union to a Pope who embraces the classist financial rhetoric of our old enemies. That’s...
  • Pope asks pardon from Waldensian Protestants for past persecution

    06/22/2015 7:32:34 AM PDT · by aimhigh · 18 replies
    DNA ^ | 06/22/2015 | Reuters
    Pope Francis asked forgiveness on Monday for the Roman Catholic Church's "non-Christian and inhumane" treatment in the past of the Waldensians, a tiny Protestant movement the Vatican tried to exterminate in the 15th century. The Waldensians, who now live mostly in Italy and Latin America, were founded by Peter Waldo in France in the late 12th century. He gave up his wealth and preached poverty but as the movement grew it came into increasing theological conflict with the papacy. The movement, an early precursor of the Protestant Reformation in the 16th century, was branded as heretical and in 1487 Pope...
  • Pope: 'Weapon Makers Are Not Christians'

    06/22/2015 5:27:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 57 replies
    Sky News ^ | June 22, 2015
    Pope Francis has said people who make weapons or invest in arms industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christians. "If you trust only men you have lost," he said to applause during a speech about war, money and politics. "It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" Francis also spoke about bloodshed in the Second World War, saying: "The great powers had the pictures of the railway lines that brought the trains to the concentration camps like Auschwitz to kill Jews,...
  • Pope Francis Says Weapons Manufacturers Shouldn’t Call Themselves Christians

    06/21/2015 9:08:12 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 88 replies
    NYMAG ^ | June 21, 2015 | NYMAG
    Pope Francis, who's been espousing pro-life positions in all senses of the term, took a moment on Sunday to inform those involved in weapons manufacturing that they're not really Christians. "If you trust only men you have lost," he told thousands of young people during a rally in the Italian city of Turin. "It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen who call themselves Christian and they manufacture weapons. That leads to a bit a distrust, doesn't it?" The crowd applauded and he went on to criticize those who invest in weapons industries, saying, "duplicity is the currency of...
  • A Poverty of Understanding; the Climate Encyclical

    06/21/2015 6:01:18 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 7 replies
    Most non-Catholics and many Catholics think the Pope is always infallible according to Catholic teaching. This is not true; he must be speaking on a matter of Faith and Morals and then only Ex Cathedra God created poverty. This proposition, while demonstrably true, is guaranteed to bring guffaws and cries of outrage from the religious Left, but it is true nonetheless. It hearkens back to the curse of Man in Genesis: “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for...
  • The Two Popes

    06/21/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/21/15 | Joseph A. Klein
    Economic freedom, individual liberties must not be sacrificed at the altar of religious or secular dogma, that climate change is an immediate existential crisis that can only be solved by top-down dictates and controlled wealth redistribution Pope Francis issued a lengthy encyclical last week calling for radical change in human behavior to confront climate change. He presented climate change as the moral issue of our time. “Humanity is called to recognize the need for changes of lifestyle, production and consumption, in order to combat this warming or at least the human causes which produce or aggravate it,” the pope declared....
  • Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

    06/21/2015 1:31:47 PM PDT · by txgirl4Bush · 4 replies
    Thomas Reuters Foundation ^ | 21 Jun 2015 | By Philip Pullella
    TURIN, Italy, June 21 (Reuters) - People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. "If you trust only men you have lost," he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address. "It makes me think of ... people, managers, businessmen...
  • How climate-change doubters lost a papal fight

    06/20/2015 6:13:31 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 94 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 20, 2015 | By Anthony Faiola and Chris Mooney
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis was about to take a major step backing the science behind ­human-driven global warming, and Philippe de Larminat was determined to change his mind. A French doubter who authored a book arguing that solar activity — not greenhouse gases — was driving global warming, de Larminat sought a spot at a climate summit in April sponsored by the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy of Sciences. Nobel laureates would be there. So would U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. economist Jeffrey Sachs and others calling for dramatic steps to curb carbon emissions. fter securing a high-level meeting at...
  • Pope says weapons manufacturers can't call themselves Christian

    06/21/2015 12:36:05 PM PDT · by windcliff · 301 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6-21-2015 | Philip Pullella
    Print Leave us a comment By Philip Pullella TURIN, Italy, June 21 (Reuters) - People who manufacture weapons or invest in weapons industries are hypocrites if they call themselves Christian, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Francis issued his toughest condemnation to date of the weapons industry at a rally of thousands of young people at the end of the first day of his trip to the Italian city of Turin. "If you trust only men you have lost," he told the young people in a long, rambling talk about war, trust and politics after putting aside his prepared address. "It...
  • Why I’m Disregarding Laudato Si and You Should Too

    06/21/2015 9:29:37 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | June 19, 2015 | Chris Jackson
    Having wasted over an hour of my life, I now can say that I have read Laudato Si. It is the Pope’s latest verbose tome of an encyclical, which: espouses global warming alarmism, calls for international organizations to police climate change, and waxes poetic about people leading animals to God. In short it is as if Al Gore, Karl Marx, and Teilhard de Chardin wrote an encyclical. What’s worse is that because it came from a Pope, otherwise sane and rational people are actually taking it seriously.
  • Pope Francis Included Islamic Passages In Climate Hoax Encyclical – What’s He Up To?

    06/20/2015 10:36:03 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 83 replies
    RickWells.us ^ | Posted on June 21, 2015 | by Rick Wells
    Pope Francis was not content with merely spreading the politics of Marxist wealth redistribution in his “climate change” fairyhoax encyclical, arguably the whole reason for its creation in the first place. He also chose to reinforce its supposed legitimacy by featuring a passage from an Islamic poet, Ali al-Khawas. As reported in Breitbart News, the “climate” encyclical included a depiction of the Muslim poet as cautioning people not to “put too much distance between the creatures of the world and the interior experience of God.” The symbolism of incorporating this Islamic text into the encyclical is much more significant than...
  • Talk Show Host Michael Savage Announces Pope Francis Is The False Prophet From Revelation

    06/20/2015 7:06:51 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 89 replies
    Now the End Begins ^ | 20 June 15 | Geoffrey Grider
    Pope Francis is on an unstoppable collision course with prophetic destiny “And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet.” Revelation 16:13 (KJV) Radio talk show host Michael Savage must be a regular reader of NTEB, because we’ve been saying this from the moment Pope Francis was elected to rule the Vatican corporation. People used to laugh when we said that Francis was fulfilling the role of the False Prophet from the book of Revelation, but...
  • Pope Francis’s Relentless Pessimism Fuels His Faith in Politics

    06/19/2015 7:05:39 AM PDT · by all the best · 25 replies
    Mises Institute ^ | June 19, 2015 | Ryan McMaken
    Pope Francis’s new encyclical “On Care for Our Common Home” has been released to much acclaim from the mainstream media. One German news source declares “Papal encyclical could break climate change deadlock.” “Pope Francis' views on climate change present a moral challenge to many 2016 GOP contenders,” declares US News and World Report. Not in many decades has a papal document been so easily used as a tool for political and electoral ax-grinding. Indeed, we would not normally cover a papal document at mises.org at all. Benedict’s “Caritas in Veritate,” for example, was published without any mention in free-market circles....
  • Pope Francis calls out Obama on climate change, says world must abandon fossil fuels

    06/18/2015 5:21:45 AM PDT · by bestintxas · 79 replies
    wash times ^ | 6/18/15 | b wolfgang
    n a sweeping, sometimes apocalyptic encyclical, Pope Francis on Thursday blasted the Obama administration and other world governments for not doing nearly enough to confront climate change, and said mankind is squandering the planet given to it by God and must abandon fossil fuels as soon as possible. “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth,” the pontiff said in his 184-page climate-change encyclical, a long-awaited document released publicly Thursday by the Vatican.”These situations have caused sister earth, along with all the abandoned of our world, to cry out, pleading that...
  • Against Eco-pessimism: Half a Century of False Bad News

    06/17/2015 10:54:45 AM PDT · by all the best · 4 replies
    Pope Francis's new encyclical on the environment (Laudato Sii) warns of the coming environmental catastrophe ("unprecedented destruction of ecosystems, with serious consequences for all of us"). It's the latest entry in a long literary tradition of environmental doomsday warnings. In contrast, Matt Ridley, bestselling author of Genome, The Agile Gene, and The Rational Optimist, who also received the 2012 Julian Simon Memorial Award from the Competitive Enterprise Institute, says this outlook has proven wrong time again. This is the full text of his acceptance speech. Video is embedded below. It is now 32 years, nearly a third of a century,...
  • Climates and Pontiffs change, Christ never does

    06/17/2015 7:45:25 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 24 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 06/17/15 | Judi Mcleod
    The sad truth is that under Francis, the papacy has drifted over from religion to politics; from the saving of souls to outright propagandizing. On an undeniable roll, man-made global warming/climate change activists can legitimately present the greatest coup in their decades-long history: The Pope, social media’s top public figure, has thrown in with them. In President Barack Obama’s ‘Brave New World’ world where transitioning over to genders and colours with which you weren’t born is a growing trend, Pope Francis is now the world’s prime global warming/climate change activist, in terms of Internet popularity, now bigger than Obama and...
  • RED FRANCIS: Commie Pope Blames Wealthy Nations for Plight of the Poor

    06/16/2015 11:59:24 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 101 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | June 15, 2015 | Jim Hoft
    Pope Francis blames wealthy nations for the plight of the poor in his anticipated encyclical on Global Warming junk science. Red Francis also says Global warming is real and wealthy countries must do more to save the planet. The National Journal reported:
  • Pope Francis’ Climate Change Encyclical Leaked Four Days Early by Italian Magazine

    06/15/2015 11:43:39 AM PDT · by winoneforthegipper · 49 replies
    Time ^ | 06/15/15 | time
    The 192-page document is Pope Francis' first major teaching letter on climate change and its effects on the planet's poor Italian Magazine L’Espresso leaked Pope Francis’ hotly anticipated encyclical on climate change on its website on Monday, breaking an embargo on the document set for Thursday.
  • Is climate change natural or man-induced? For Pope Francis, it’s both

    06/15/2015 5:18:35 AM PDT · by EBH · 19 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 6/15/2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jun 15, 2015 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- One of the most challenging scientific questions Pope Francis faces in his new encyclical on creation is that of climate change, which a source close to the document says the Pope addresses in a balanced perspective without taking sides. “The great novelty which emerges from the encyclical is that it comes from a shepherd who’s thinking of all those who are his,” a source familiar the encyclical has said. "(It) has a big overview, the capacity of helping us walk towards a more integral ecology that is all inclusive and...
  • Pope Francis to Explore Climate’s Effect on World’s Poor

    06/15/2015 3:20:26 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 40 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 13 June 15 | JIM YARDLEYJUNE
    Ban Ki-moon arrived at the Vatican with his own college of cardinals. Mr. Ban, the United Nations secretary general, had brought the leaders of all his major agencies to see Pope Francis, a show of organizational muscle and respect for a meeting between two global institutions that had sometimes shared a bumpy past but now had a mutual interest. The agenda was poverty, and Francis inveighed against the “economy of exclusion” as he addressed Mr. Ban’s delegation at the Apostolic Palace. But in an informal meeting with Mr. Ban and his advisers, Francis shifted the discussion to the environment and...
  • Francis is not the Left's Pope

    06/13/2015 1:21:57 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 12 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | June 13, 2015 | Gene M. Van Son
    Apart from the recent misquote regarding Mahmoud Abbas (Pope Francis encouraged Abbas to “become an angel of mercy;” he did not say that Abbas ‘is an angel of mercy’), the silence from the Left has been pretty deafening in regard to Pope Francis lately. Perhaps the Left has finally realized that Pope Francis is not the progressive they hoped he was, and that apart from encouraging dialogue he is not going to be changing Catholic Doctrine after all. On March 7 Breitbart noted the shift in the Left’s attitude with an article by Thomas Williams titled, “New York Times Ends...
  • U.N.: Pope's encyclical may have 'major impact' on climate talks

    06/11/2015 7:27:22 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 28 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 6/11/15 | Alister Doyle - Reuters
    BONN, Germany (Reuters) - Pope Francis is likely to have a major impact in spurring U.N. negotiations on global warming with an encyclical on the environment next week, the U.N.'s climate chief said on Thursday. "Pope Francis is personally committed to this issue like no other pope before him," Christiana Figueres told a news conference at June 1-11 talks on a deal to combat climate change due to be agreed in Paris in December. The encyclical, a letter sent to bishops, due next Thursday would add a moral dimension to work on climate change for many believers, who would view...
  • Ukraine crisis the focal point in Pope's discussion with Putin

    06/10/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | June 10, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Archbishop Georg Gaenswein, prefect of the papal household, greets Russian president Vladimir Putin upon his arrival at the Vatican, June 10, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA. Vatican City, Jun 10, 2015 / 01:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In the second meeting between Pope Francis and Russian president Vladimir Putin, held on Wednesday at the Vatican, the discussion focused on the current crises in both Ukraine and the Middle East. Under Putin, Russia has annexed the Crimean peninsula from Ukraine; and according to the Ukrainian government and Western nations, Russian arms and soldiers are fighting alongside pro-Russian separatists in the east of the...
  • Pope's warning against 'seers' seems aimed at Medjugorje (Catholic Caucus)

    06/09/2015 2:50:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | June 9, 2015 | Diogenes
    Pope Francis encouraged the faithful to be on guard against “visionaries” – in a remark that seemed to be aimed at the ‘seers’ of Medjugorje--during his homily at Mass on June 9. In a comment about Christians who search constantly for some special new insight, some novelty in the faith, the Pope said: “Where are the visionaries who can tell us exactly what message Our Lady will be sending at four in the morning?” Although the Pope did not identify any particular “visionaries,” his comment came just a few days after he had been asked to make a public statement...
  • Pope Francis: Gender Theory Is a Threat to Society

    06/09/2015 4:10:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Aleteia ^ | June 9, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — One week after Bruce Jenner appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair wearing an ivory corset declaring he is a woman, Pope Francis again denounced gender ideology as an aberration.  Speaking to the bishops of Puerto Rico on Monday, June 8th, during their ad limina visit to Rome, the Pope said the ideology is among the most pernicious threats to marriage and family life. “Let me draw your attention to the value and beauty of marriage,” he said. “The complementarity of man and woman, the crown of God's creation, is being questioned by so-called gender ideology, in...
  • Exorcist Author Offers 'Proof' of Life After Death

    06/08/2015 3:16:45 PM PDT · by TigerTown · 31 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | June 8, 2015 | Brett M. Decker
    Decker: There are many near-death stories out there in which people recount being in a tunnel of light, hearing music, sometimes sensing a figure at the end of the tunnel, and then they come back to life. What do you know about what comes next? Blatty: There are three things that assure me that what comes next is more life: 1. My Catholic faith; 2. my capacity to reason, as follows: Never in history -- never! – has there been a universal yearning by all of mankind for something that does not exist. But we have all and everywhere desired...
  • Global Left’s Machiavellian Misrepresentation of the Pope Is Failing

    06/08/2015 5:43:07 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 23 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | June 8, 2015 | Gene J. Koprowski
    There has not been this kind of palace intrigue at the Vatican since the 1500s. Foreign potentates are making a power grab, trying to seize the moral authority of the papacy for their own, secular ends. Like modern-day courtiers, lay and clerical aides to Pope Francis are slyly assisting these foreign princes from the United Nations, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and other such non-friends of Catholicism. In public comments, for months, officials such as Jeffrey Sachs and Ban Ki Moon from the UN, and lay leaders such as Margaret Archer at the Vatican, have been telling the public the...
  • Cardinal Kasper Says Francis Did Not Approve his Communion Proposal

    06/04/2015 6:32:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/4/15 | Staff Reporter
    The German cardinal appears to backtrack on earlier comments in interview with EWTNCardinal Walter Kasper has clarified that Pope Francis did not approve his proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion after a period of penance. The cardinal made the remarks in an interview with EWTN during a visit to the United States. He said the Pope wanted him to “put the question”, and that afterwards he “expressed his satisfaction with my talk”. But he added: “I wouldn’t say he approved the proposal, no, no, no.” The remarks appear to represent a backtracking from earlier comments....
  • Papal Silence: The Most Decisive Factor in Ireland's Same-Sex "Marriage" Victory

    06/02/2015 11:07:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 146 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/27/15 | Robert Mauro
    The most decisive factor in Ireland's support for "gay marriage'" was the failure of Pope Francis to publicly oppose " gay marriage " prior to the vote. The Pope speaks almost every day on trivial subjects such as his not watching television but when the date the of Irish referendum was first set, and up to the actual days before the election he should have publicly opposed "gay marriage" in Ireland. The recent post-election comments of Vatican Secretary of State that the Pope was " saddened" by the Irish vote mean nothing. The Pope could have prevented the passage of...
  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Pope Francis Says the Devil Is Keeping Evangelicals and Catholics Divided: 'We Are One'

    05/26/2015 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one. "Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald. "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are...
  • Who Really Speaks For God?

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, “The Church...
  • Americans tour base to recruit Libyan anti-militant force: commander (Benghazigate!!)

    11/06/2012 7:11:22 PM PST · by haffast · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 6, 2012 2:22pm EST | Hadeel Al Shalchi
    (Reuters) - U.S. officials in Libya have begun to look for recruits for a commando force which they plan to train to fight militants, a former commander of Libyan rebels who toppled Muammar Gaddafi said on Tuesday. There was no immediate U.S. comment. After a wave of anti-American violence in the Arab world in September during which the U.S. ambassador to Libya died in an Islamist militant attack, President Barack Obama took measures to improve the security of U.S. diplomatic installations in the region. A team of about 10 Americans from the embassy in Tripoli visited a paramilitary base in...
  • Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/22/2015 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 26 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace this past weekend was most disconcerting. Any openly dissident priest who advocates for Catholic acceptance of gay relationships and identity, women’s ordination, and the “Eucharistic” nature of sodomy — a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance — should not be given a platform of any kind. In a sane world, they would be disciplined. Since the Radcliffe appointment, I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at the reaction of Catholics on various websites and social media. Many are perplexed. Some are outraged....
  • Vatican appointee says gay sex can express Christ’s ‘self-gift’

    05/20/2015 9:26:41 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 349 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    ROME, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Pope Francis has appointed radically liberal, pro-homosexual Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe as a consultor for the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The Holy Father made the appointment on Saturday, according to Vatican Radio. Father Radcliffe, an Englishman, author and speaker, was Master of the Dominican order from 1992 to 2001, and is an outspoken proponent of homosexuality. "We must accompany [gay people] as they discern what this means, letting our images be stretched open,” he said in a 2006 religious education lecture in Los Angeles. “This means watching 'Brokeback Mountain,' reading gay novels,...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • News Agencies Clarify: Pope Only Said Abbas 'A Bit' of an Angel

    05/19/2015 11:48:20 AM PDT · by Nachum · 17 replies
    inn ^ | 5/19/15 | Ari Soffer
    Leading news services AP and Reuters have issued corrections to reports last Saturday claiming that Pope Francis called Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas an "angel of peace." That translation of the Pope's comments was republished by numerous international news outlets, including Arutz Sheva. But after initial doubts as to the accuracy of the translation ensued, several Italian-language experts confirmed to Arutz Sheva that Francis actually told Abbas that he "may" or "could" be an "angel of peace," in an attempt to persuade him to return to peace talks with Israel. Now the mis-translation has finally been acknowledged, at least partially,...
  • Pope ‘canonizes’ Abbas as ‘angel of peace’, betraying Iraqi nuns

    05/18/2015 8:33:38 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 23 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | A. Dru Kristenev
    As leaders of state, including the Vatican, recognize the illegitimate claim of Palestinian statehood, there can be no peace as that claim is based wholly on the outright destruction of Israel, the Jews, and the subjugation of Christianity Abandoning his own constituents, Pope Francis has embraced the divisive, terror-backed Palestinian Authority with a treaty recognizing its (nonexistent) statehood and an open-armed welcome of Mahmoud Abbas, P.A. leader, as an “angel of peace.” With this action, the pope iced the cake of tumultuous Middle East politics by celebrating a condoner of ISIS that continues to persecute members of his own Catholic...
  • Clear Communication is EVERYTHING

    05/18/2015 8:26:26 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 2 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/18/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Messaging the Vatican: IF Ellen Carmichael, writing for the National Review, is right about the Pope never having declared Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace”, is correct; that the context of the pontiff’s words is quite different when one reads the English version of what he really said, then the Vatican needs to bone up on communication. In a world where lies and propaganda masquerade freely as truth, communication is everything. “It’s astonishing that international news sources have continued to print false information, even after the pope’s remarks were made available in English. (National Review, May 17,...
  • Pope Francis Did NOT Call Abbas an ‘Angel of Peace’

    05/18/2015 7:56:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 05/18/2015 | Ellen Carmichael
    Sunday morning, Americans awakened to headlines proclaiming that Pope Francis had called Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas “an angel of peace” during an event at the Vatican the day before. News organizations gleefully printed this claim across newspapers and news sites around the globe. Agence France-Presse’s headline: “Pope meets ‘angel of peace’ Abbas after treaty announcement.” BBC: “Pope Francis calls Palestinians’ Abbas ‘angel of peace.’” The New York Times: “In Vatican, Abbas Is Praised as ‘Angel of Peace.’” Even Jonathan S. Tobin of Commentary magazine published a piece entitled, “Sorry, Your Holiness, But Abbas Is No Angel.” Of course,...
  • Installing ‘angel-hood’ on Christian persecutors

    05/17/2015 9:44:41 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 1 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 05/17/15 | Judi Mcleod
    Meanwhile, Earth to Pope Francis: It’s not declarations of angel hood or your sanction that the leaders of radical Islam want--it’s your own and all other Christian heads Having convinced themselves that they will be able to convert the centuries old Catholic Church now that Pope Francis has thrown in with Obama and Palestine, the chickens of the lib-left are heading home to roost. The pious music you can hear in the background, emanating as steadily as greenhouse gas emissions, is coming from three of the far left’s top dogs belting out “I love Pope Francis” hymns on their way...
  • Pope meets 'angel of peace' Abbas ahead of landmark accord recognising Palestine

    05/16/2015 8:39:39 AM PDT · by Wiz-Nerd · 62 replies
    The Express Tribune ^ | May 16, 2015 | AFP
    Pope Francis met Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas on Saturday, calling him “an angel of peace,” days after the Vatican said it was preparing to sign its first accord with Palestine to the anger of Israel. Abbas met the pontiff for about 20 minutes for a private audience, a meeting that comes a day before the pope is due to canonise two Palestinian nuns, who will become the first Palestinian Arabs to gain sainthood.
  • Pope Francis endorses Catholic Climate Petition

    05/15/2015 10:26:46 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 23 replies
    Pope Francis endorsed the Catholic Climate Petition after meeting with a group of representatives of our Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) in the Vatican. Through the petition we are collecting signatures from Catholics all over the world to raise a strong voice demanding bold climate action. The petition signatures will be presented to world leaders in December 2015, when they will meet in the United Nations climate summit at Paris with the goal of signing a treaty to tackle climate change. “Pope Francis was very supportive of the work we are doing to engage Catholics around the world in a coordinated response to climate change,”...
  • The Vatican Against the Jews [Numbers 23]

    05/14/2015 11:19:44 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 23 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 5/14/2015 | Giulio Meotti
    It is since 2012 that the Vatican, under Pope Benedict XVI, spoke of the “State of Palestine” in its official documents. So the decision of the Holy See to recognize this non-existent state should not be a surprise. But the treaty is the first legal and bilateral document in which the Vatican speaks of the “State of Palestine” and no more of the “Organization for the Liberation of Palestine” (PLO): it is, in fact, an official recognition. A symbolic and historic breakthrough. When the Vatican recognized Israel, at the beginning of the Nineties, it happened within the framework of Oslo...