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  • The Marxist Core of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development

    11/23/2015 12:00:09 PM PST · by Beave Meister · 11 replies
    Church ^ | 11/18/2015 | Michael Hichborn
    The annual national collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) is this weekend. What many Catholics do not realize is that at the very core of the CCHD is a philosophy of revolutionary leftist ideologies. Over the years, the CCHD has been rightly criticized for funding organizations that are themselves promoting contraception, homosexuality, abortion, prostitution, and socialism. But these issues are only symptoms of an overall thrust that is aimed directly at convincing Catholics to fund Marxist revolution in the United States. The intent of this article, while certainly not exhaustive, is to help Catholics understand how the...
  • Christmas is a charade:Pope says atrocities such as Paris massacre have made festivities...

    11/20/2015 7:56:24 PM PST · by QT3.14 · 53 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | November 20, 2015 | Nick Enoch
    Full title: 'Christmas is a charade': Pope says atrocities such as Paris massacre have made festivities meaningless in a world which has chosen 'war and hate'... The Pope has called Christmas a 'charade' during a sermon in which he reflected on recent atrocities around the world. Among the acts of inhumanity he denounced were the Paris attacks, which left 129 dead, and the bombing of a Russian airliner over Egypt, which killed all 224 people on board. Christmas festivities will seem empty in a world which has chosen 'war and hate', Pope Francis said yesterday at the Vatican.
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • New measures seek to prevent ISIS drone attack on Vatican in Year of Mercy

    11/18/2015 9:12:50 AM PST · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 18, 2015
    Drones are to be banned from the airspace over the centre of Rome, during the Year of Mercy as a precaution against ISIS attacks. In the wake of the Paris attacks, Italian Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Monday that drones will be banned from the airspace from December 8, as the Year of Mercy is due to attract millions of tourists to the Italian capital.Addressing the Italian Parliament, Mr Alfano said that security would be tightened around any potential target, particularly around St Peter’s Square, he said: “Particular attention has been dedicated to the risk of an attack...
  • The Pope Wanted Hitler Dead: The Secret Story of the Vaticans War to Kill the Nazi Despot

    10/17/2015 1:18:18 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 34 replies
    Salon ^ | SATURDAY, OCT 17, 2015 | MARK RIEBLING
    History hasn't looked kindly on the Catholic Church during WW II. The conventional narrative is not the whole storyAt six in the morning on Sunday, 12 March, a procession snaked toward the bronze doors of St. Peters. Swiss Guards led the line, followed by barefoot friars with belts of rope. Pius took his place at the end, borne on a portable throne. Ostrich plumes stirred silently to either side, like quotation marks. Pius entered the basilica to a blare of silver trumpets and a burst of applause. Through pillars of incense he blessed the faces. At the High Altar, attendants...
  • "Wake Up!" The Rock of Peter is a Rolling Stone

    11/09/2015 11:52:08 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 14 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 11/9/15 | Michael Matt
    Dear God, help us. A whole slew of the doctrine-lite and emotion-overload homilies of Pope Francis have found their way into the Pope's first rock-pop album released in Italy last Friday (November 6, 2015). The ghastly thing is called "Wake Up!", which somehow seems appropriate given that it should serve as a fairly effective wake-up call for Catholics everywhere. That's right, time to wake up to the fact that the Catholic Church has suffered a coup d'etat at the highest levels and that the bride of Christ now finds herself held hostage by a cabal of modernists who intend to...
  • Pope stumbles in church for second time in three days

    11/09/2015 11:17:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 52 replies
    Reuters on Yahoo News ^ | 11/9/15 | Isla Binnie
    ROME (Reuters) - Pope Francis had to be helped up the steps to an altar at a Rome basilica on Monday after stumbling in public for the second time in three days. Two church officials flanked the 78-year-old pontiff and took him by the arm as he faltered on his way up the steps during a service in the Basilica of St. John Lateran. On Saturday, the pope tripped on the steps of St. Peter's Basilica, stopping his fall with his outstretched hands, before two aides helped him back to his feet. Last month, the Vatican dismissed an Italian newspaper...
  • What does the Jesuit master reveal about the Jesuit Bishop of Rome's intention...

    11/07/2015 4:06:30 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 11/7/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "What does the Jesuit master reveal about the Jesuit Bishop of Rome's intention. Are we on the verge of heresy and schism?" Journalists have had unprecedented access to the Pope. It is a disgraceful and utterly contemptible reality that old men with decaying minds from a lifetime of atheism such as Scalfari and Jesuits with burning errors steeped in modernism and heterodoxy are able to communicate that which is in the mind of Jorge Bergoglio better than faithful Catholic media or better still, faithful cardinals and bishops! The Jesuit Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi tried to walk back the Scalfari report,...
  • The LAST Word on Scalfari

    11/04/2015 7:52:58 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 21 replies
    Mahound's Paradise ^ | 11/4/15 | Oakes Spalding
    ...It's now clear that the Eugenio Scalfari interviews in the anticlerical La Repubblica are actually an important part of Bergoglio's controlled demolition of the Church. In the interviews all sorts of heresies are proclaimed, as befits a South American Jesuit who came of age in the late twentieth-century: Indifferentism (proselytism is solemn nonsense), relativism (what really matters is that we all journey towards our own conceptions of the good) annihilationism or universalism (there is no hell), Kasperism (doctrine should bend to practicality) and so on. Bergoglio knows the message that he believes these things, and thus that they are now...
  • Vatican arrests two advisers over alleged links to leaked documents

    11/02/2015 10:48:57 AM PST · by Beowulf9 · 10 replies ^ | November 2 | Anthony Faiola
    BERLIN — The Vatican on Monday said it had arrested two members of a papal reform commission on suspicion of leaking classified information, opening a week of intrigue as the Holy See braces for two potentially damaging books purporting to reveal inside corruption. The stunning detentions of two Pope Francis advisers also could become personal blows to the pontiff and further expose the internal Vatican rifts between Francis’s ideological allies and factions opposing his effort put his reformist stamp on the church.
  • Pope Francis to Publish First Book of His Papacy

    11/02/2015 6:20:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/30/15 | Jennifer Maloney
    Pope Francis in January will publish the first book of his papacy, written in an interview format with Italian journalist and Vatican expert Andrea Tornielli. The book's world-wide release on Jan. 12 will coincide with a special jubilee "year of mercy" that Pope Francis has called to reach out to alienated members of the church and to non-Catholics in need. In the new book, "The Name of God Is Mercy: A Conversation with Andrea Tornielli," the pope "discusses mercy, a subject of central importance in his teaching and testimony, and in addition sums up other ideas-reconciliation, the closeness of God-that...
  • Francis: "All the divorced who ask will be admitted"

    Yes, he said it over the phone to his favorite journalist, Italian editor Eugenio Scalfari of La Repubblica, in a conversation on October 28, revealed by the latter in an editorial published this Sunday. There is no reason to doubt its accuracy. We are way past the time of doubting the accuracy of the Scalfari quotes. Not now, that the papal interviews to Scalfari have been published in the Vatican website, that they have been occasionally published by the Vatican publishing house (LEV) itself - for instance, as part of the book to the right. It was a direct quote...
  • The Pope’s Caricaturing of Conservatives(The continued disintegration of a religion)

    10/29/2015 7:38:16 PM PDT · by bestintxas · 9 replies
    am spectator ^ | 10/28/15 | George Neumayr
    he scandalous synod on the family skidded to a stop last weekend in Rome but not before Pope Francis got in a few more licks at conservatives, whom he caricatured in his final remarks as heartless. The speech was notable for its nastiness, displaying the very lack of charity he routinely assigns to conservatives. The synod, he said, had exposed “closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions, in order to sit in the chair of Moses and judge, sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families.” He continued: “It was about trying...
  • Pelosi Claims Pope Sides with Democrats [semi-satire]

    10/25/2015 7:58:53 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 3 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 25 Oct 2015 | John Semmens
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif) denounced renewed GOP efforts to defund Planned Parenthood and claimed to have Pope Francis on her side. Pope Francis urged that political leaders shun dogmatic rigidity and make pragmatic compromises for the good of the whole, Pelosi contended. The compromise she suggested the Pope would support would be to allow women to preserve their health by accessing the services of organizations like Planned Parenthood and to pursue the Catholic reverence for innocent life by sustaining those who cannot support themselves. If you pay attention to what Jesus actually said, youll find numerous mention of...

    10/22/2015 3:52:58 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | October 22, 2015 | Joseph Klein
    The Islamic Republic of Iran is already reaping diplomatic dividends from the disastrous nuclear deal it entered into last July with the P-5 + 1 nations (the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Russia, China and Germany). Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will be visiting Rome Italy next month, marking his first trip to a European Union capital. His trip will include a meeting with Pope Francis. Rouhani will then be moving on to Paris. It is a victory lap by the president of a regime that got virtually everything it wanted in the deal, and is choosing selectively which portions...
  • Benedict XVI: I Feel That I Am in Even Closer Communion with God

    10/21/2015 8:15:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insdier ^ | 10/19/15 | Maria teresa Pontara Pederiva
    Kai Diekmann, Editor-in-chief of Bild Zeitung, talks about his visit to Benedict XVI: Bright-eyed, smiley, no signs of wearinessA small reception hall, a wooden staircase that leads up to the first floor. The sitting room is welcoming and bright, there is a white leather sofa and a simple seat. A book case that reaches the ceiling, a flat-screen TV with a DVD player and some religious icons on the walls. A coffee table and a piano with a black-and-white photo of his brother Georg. The story Kai Diekmann, Editor-in-chief of Bild Zeitung, wishes to share with his readers is very...
  • Pope Francis is now at war with the Vatican. If he wins, the Catholic Church could fall apart

    10/19/2015 9:17:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 134 replies
    The Spectator ^ | October 18, 2015 | Damian Thompson
    Pope Francis yesterday gave an address to the profoundly divided Synod on the Family in which he confirmed his plans to decentralise the Catholic Church giving local bishops conferences more freedom to work out their own solutions to the problems of divorce and homosexuality. This is the nightmare of conservative Catholic cardinals, including unsurprisingly those in the Vatican. They thought they had a sufficient majority in the synod to stop the lifting of the ban on divorced and remarried Catholics receiving communion, or any softening on the Churchs attitude to gay couples. But in yesterdays keynote speech,...
  • Did The Pont Hint At Synod Infallibility?

    10/17/2015 10:01:10 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 23 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/17/15 | Patrick Archbold
    Today at the Synod, in a speech commemorating the institution of Synod, The Pope used language indicative that the outcome of the Synod is binding. Finally, explained Pope Francis, the synodal process culminates in listening to the Bishop of Rome, called upon to speak authoritatively [It. pronunciare] as Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians: not on the basis of his personal beliefs, but as the supreme witness of the Faith of the whole Church, the guarantor of the Churchs conformity with and obedience to the will of God, to the Gospel of Christ and the Tradition of the Church. That...
  • The Papal Elephant in the Kasperite Drawing Room

    10/12/2015 12:22:25 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    What's Up With the Synod? ^ | 10/12/15 | Jeanne Smits
    We can be confident in assuming that Pope Francis is in favor of finding a way to administer Holy Communion to those divorced, remarried, or actively homosexual. He would be in favor of either changing Church teaching or changing Church practice, i.e. finding a loophole in which he doesnt have to promote heresy via a declaration, but rather, showing a false sense of mercy towards the sinner. How can I be so certain that he wants to defy Christs teaching? Simple. Cardinal Kasper said so. Cardinal Kasper, much like a priest exorcising a brand new baby in the old form...
  • Sturm: The Pope and Sanders: Misguided economic missionaries

    10/08/2015 8:47:05 AM PDT · by LibertysWordsmith · 1 replies
    The Aspen Times ^ | October 8, 2015 | Melanie Sturm
    If only Pope Francis were in my Buenos Aires taxi last Christmas. I could have used his moral authority (and Argentine-accented Spanish) in negotiating with a driver whod forgotten the Golden Rule. And in witnessing my struggle, the self-described very allergic to economics pontiff might have gleaned a moral lesson, helping him Think Again about the free-enterprise system hes criticized.
  • Synod 2015: Serenity abounds

    10/07/2015 8:51:05 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 10/7/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    Conservative cheers resonated throughout much of Catholic social media when it was reported that on day one of the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Péter Erdő, with Pope Francis seated directly by his side, delivered an address that forcefully reaffirmed traditional Church doctrine and discipline relative to the civilly divorced and remarried and those in homosexual relationships. Spurring on the applause is the fact that the cardinal’s intentions seemed rather obvious; namely, to preemptively discredit the arguments that are expected to be made by those who favor the controversial proposals put forth by Cardinal Walter Kasper. More provocative still is that...
  • SHOCKING IMAGE FINALLY APPEARS: When the Pope met the "transexual" woman and her "fiance"

    10/07/2015 8:43:57 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 45 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/6/15 | New Catholic
    We were the first to break the news in English at the time: the Pope granted a hidden audience to a same-sex couple (that is, two homosexual women) constituted of a transexual woman (who, after much transformation and hormones, uses the alias "Diego", and who complained of not being welcomed in her parish) and her "fiance"...
  • Bracing for the SynodMeans, Motive, and Opportunity

    10/05/2015 11:42:06 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 1 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 10/5/15 | Patrick Archbold
    A few weeks back, I happened upon an article from Catholic Answers own Karl Keating in which he speculated upon the possibility that Pope Francis might resign in a year or so in acceptance of his own limitations and suitability to the role. While that is certainly an interesting topic, it was not that part of the article that greatly interested me. After making fair and respectful critique of Pope Francis communication style and general suitability to the role of Vicar of Christ, Mr. Keating makes the following remarks: "I dont think it [retirement] would be before Octobers synod. He...
  • Davis Lawyer Disputes Vatican Description of Meeting

    10/04/2015 10:39:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 58 replies ^ | 10/2/15 | AP
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Kim Davis attorney is disputing the Vaticans description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis. Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Kentucky county clerks right to be conscientious objector. He says Vatican personnel initiated contact with Davis camp on Sept. 14 saying the pope wanted to meet her.
  • Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

    10/02/2015 6:42:04 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 43 replies
    CBS Local ^ | 10/01/2015 | Jay Levine
    (CBS) Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is on his way to Rome tonight. Before he left, he spoke out for the first time on that controversial meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Cupich in essence told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine not to read too much into it. A highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided. The Vatican has since tried to distance Pope Francis from Davis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the popes meeting with Davis was not an endorsement...

    10/01/2015 9:17:35 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 1, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    The meeting between Pope Francis and Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis came at the invitation of a high-ranking Vatican official connected to the Secretariat of State of the Holy See acting on behalf of the Pope himself, Breitbart News has learned. According to a person involved in arranging the meeting but who requested anonymity, the Vatican official called Robert Moynihan, editor of Inside the Vatican who is well known in Rome. The official asked Moynihan if he could help arrange a meeting while the Pope was in the United States.
  • Pope Burnout

    10/01/2015 5:19:31 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 56 replies ^ | October 1, 2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    Unpopular though it may be to say so, I, for one, grew exhausted by the nonstop pronouncements/commentaries of Pope Francis. The spiritual leader of 1 billion Catholics -- roughly half of the world's Christians -- Francis just completed a high-profile, endlessly publicized visit to the United States. But unlike past visiting pontiffs, the Argentine-born Francis weighed in on a number of hot-button U.S. social, domestic and foreign-policy issues during a heated presidential election cycle. Francis, in characteristic cryptic language, pontificated about climate change. He lectured on illegal immigration. He harped on the harshness of capitalism, as well as abortion and...
  • Pope Francis meets with Kim Davis. The Left melts down.

    09/30/2015 4:42:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 9/30/15 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The catholic Left are desperate to silence the so-called “culture warriors”, especially to squelch Catholics who uphold clear Catholic teaching in the public square.You may have heard that during his visit to these USA Pope Francis is reported to have met privately with the “culture warrior” Kim Davis, the Christian, non-Catholic, county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.  She went to jail for a time rather than knuckle under.We don’t know for sure what Pope Francis said in this private meeting, but Davis didn’t say that the Pope told her to stop fighting.  She wasn’t disappointed afterward.  Quite the opposite,...
  • How Pope Francis Undermined the Goodwill of His Trip and Proved to Be a Coward

    09/30/2015 12:45:01 PM PDT · by detective · 24 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | September 30, 2015 | Michaelangelo Signorile
    After first refusing to confirm nor deny it, the Vatican has confirmed that Pope Francis met with the Kentucky clerk Kim Davis at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, where Davis' attorney -- who made the news public after the pope's trip ended -- said Francis told her to "stay strong." And that simple encounter completely undermines all the goodwill the pope created in downplaying "the gay issue" on his U.S. trip. The pope played us for fools, trying to have it both ways. As I noted last week, he's an artful politician, telling different audiences what they want to hear...
  • Kim Davis Recounts Secret Meeting With Pope Francis

    09/30/2015 9:45:36 AM PDT · by detective · 15 replies
    yahoo News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis says a private meeting with Pope Francis has inspired her - and given her a renewed sense of purpose. I was crying. I had tears coming out of my eyes, Davis said in an exclusive interview with ABC News. I'm just a nobody, so it was really humbling to think he would want to meet or know me.
  • Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met privately with Pope Francis, Vatican confirms

    09/30/2015 8:08:04 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/30/2015 | By Abby Ohlheiser and Justin Wm. Moyer
    Pope Francis met with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis during the popes visit to the United States, the Vatican confirmed on Wednesday morning. Rev. Manuel Dorantes, a spokesman for the Vatican, said to The Washington Post, I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add. The meeting between Davis, who went to jail for six days after refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, and the pope was announced late Tuesday by Liberty Counsel, a religious freedom nonprofit that is representing the elected Rowan County clerk in her ongoing legal struggles. Liberty...
  • Vatican confirms pope met Kentucky clerk in gay marriage row

    09/30/2015 7:58:11 AM PDT · by detective · 14 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 30, 2015
    Pope Francis met a Kentucky county clerk last week who was jailed for refusing to issue marriage licenses to gay couples, the Vatican said on Wednesday, confirming earlier reports from the United States.
  • James David Manning: Mia Marie Pope Outs Obama [Homosexuality, Drug Use]

    09/29/2015 7:30:06 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 34 replies
    August 8, 2015
    A classmate from Hawaii tells pastor Manning the truth about who Barry Soetoro (Barack Obama) is: a homosexual man who is a drug addict and a pathological liar. Mia Marie Pope Outs Obama
  • Attorney: Kentucky clerk Kim Davis met with pope

    09/29/2015 7:09:15 PM PDT · by icwhatudo · 50 replies
    CBS News ^ | 9-29-2015
    Kim Davis, the Kentucky clerk who went to jail for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, met with Pope Francis last week during his visit to the U.S., Davis' attorney Mat Staver told CBS News. According to Staver, the two met briefly last Thursday, September 24, at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C. Staver said Pope Francis spoke to Davis in English and asked her to pray for him. He said Davis, in return, asked the pope to pray for her. The pope told her to stay strong, according to her lawyer.
  • For Him Who Has Ears To Hear...Mystery Babylon pt 3

    Thank you for your kind words. Once again, following a tradition by which I feel honored, the Secretary General of the United Nations has invited the Pope to address this distinguished assembly of nations. In my own name, and that of the entire Catholic community, I wish to express to you, Mr Ban Ki-moon, my heartfelt gratitudeAddress of Pope Francis to The General Assembly of the United NationsDid you catch that? The Pope, is one of the Gentile Kings of the Earth, having episcopal authority over the worlds 1.2 billion Catholics, and claiming to be the vicar of Christ on...
  • Parole Board Green-Lights Execution of Kelly Gissendaner Despite Pope's Plea

    09/29/2015 11:49:31 AM PDT · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 86 replies
    NBC News ^ | 09/29/2015 | Tracy Connor
    Georgia's parole board declined Tuesday to commute the death sentence of Kelly Renee Gissendaner even after Pope Francis called for a halt to her execution. Gissendaner, who was sentenced to death for the 1997 murder of her husband at the hands of her lover, is set to receive a lethal injection at 7 p.m. ET. Pope Francis, who called for a ban on the death penalty during his visit to the United States last week, asked the Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles to spare her life, through a letter written by a local archbishop. "While not wishing to minimize...
  • Hundreds of thousands crowd the heart of Philadelphia to bid farewell to the Pope: [tr]

    09/29/2015 7:15:36 AM PDT · by C19fan · 7 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | September 27, 2015 | Chris Pleasance and Kelly McLaughlin
    Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to America's bishops. The wide Benjamin Franklin Parkway overflowed with the jubilant, who stood in line for hours and endured airport-style security checks to see history's first pope from the Americas celebrate an open-air Mass in the birthplace of the United States. The Mass - the last major event on Francis'...
  • Immigration group planned girl's pope encounter for a year

    09/28/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by aquila48 · 10 replies
    AP ^ | Sep. 25, 2015 | ALICIA A. CALDWELL
    Sophie Cruz's encounter with the pope during a parade in Washington this week looked to be one of those spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime-moments Francis has become known for. But for 5-year-old Sophie, the chance to wrap her arm around the pope's neck as he offered a hug, kiss and a blessing unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups. For nearly a year the group had been preparing the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents...
  • Pope Francis and the State of the Union

    09/28/2015 7:33:26 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 9/28/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In the first papal address ever given to the United States Congress by a Pope, the Vicar of Christ never mentioned Christ, but rather only Moses as the one who leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being. Given an historic opportunity to preach Catholic truth to secular power, Francis held up as models for imitation not Christ, nor any of the saints of the Catholic Church, but rather Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, the controversial convert Dorothy Day (a socialist and early womens rights activist) and Thomas Merton, the Modernist monk whose...
  • Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only...

    09/28/2015 7:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/28/15 | Augustinus
    "Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only on his political priorities" Pope Francis' visit has shown us once more that he can be clear and unambiguous on his priorities, and vocal and forthright in saying what he wants to say. He did not hesitate to make direct statements on immigration, on the environment, on the abolition of the death penalty and in praise of religious liberty (that is, religious liberty as understood by the Western secular consensus rather than the defense of the Church's right to proclaim the truth in...
  • The Marxist Pope Comes To America

    09/28/2015 6:52:04 PM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 19 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 9-28-2015 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Pope Francis came to America this past week with great fanfare. Thousands lined up for a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see and get near him. I have written on this Pope previously and my firm belief is that he is a Marxist. With all that I have seen and documented, there is no doubt in my mind that this is the case. The Pope embodies all the sought for goals of the Left and he delivers them wrapped in religion and piety. The Pope has blamed the evils of this world on capitalism and greed. He has used that as a...
  • Ahmed the Clock Maker and the Art of the Psychodrama

    09/28/2015 8:30:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 09/28/2015 | Victor Davis Hanson
    During Pope Francis’s parade in Washington, 5-year-old Sophie Cruz suddenly dashed up to the popemobile and handed His Holiness a note about the wretched plight of her illegal-alien parents from Los Angeles, who are apparently terrified of all the recent talk about deportations. The media loved the spontaneity and courage of 5-year-old Sophie.But that was not quite the whole story. The entire event reportedly had been scripted for about a year by a group called “Full Rights for Immigrants Coalition,” which, in actuality, is not about immigration per se, but rather full rights for illegal immigrants. According to spokesman...
  • Govt workers have right to refuse gay marriage licenses -pope

    09/28/2015 9:29:03 AM PDT · by detective · 9 replies
    MSN News ^ | September 28, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.
  • Drafting the Pope into global warming and One World Government Battles a failure

    09/28/2015 8:23:20 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 6 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 09/28/15 | Judi McLeod
    Message to Obama and the UN: Your drafting of the Pope into your decades long battle was an absolute failure because you can never make a silk purse out of a sows ear, or a global citizen out of a patriot Proof of the abysmal failure of President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and the ever interchanging Poohbahs of the United Nations the first day after the uber pomp and circumstance of the papal visit becomes the past can be found in the answer to a single question: Are you any more a global citizen today than you were yesterday? The...
  • Dissidents arrested as Pope Francis celebrates his first Mass in Cuba

    09/21/2015 3:10:40 PM PDT · by detective · 6 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | September 21, 2015 | Nick Squires
    Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist regimes rigid intolerance of political opposition. Two well-known dissidents, Marta Beatriz Roque and Miriam Leiva, had been invited by the Vatican to attend a vespers service led by the Popes in Havanas historic baroque cathedral. But they said they were detained by security agents and barred from attending the event.
  • Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba

    09/23/2015 12:56:42 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 9 replies
    Washington Posr ^ | Sept 21, 2015 | WP Editorial Board
    Pope Francis appeases the Castros in repressive Cuba The Post's View By WP Editorial Board September 21 IN HIS visit to the United States beginning Tuesday, Pope Francis will meet not just President Obama and Congress but also those marginalized by our society: homeless people, immigrants, refugees and even the inmates of a jail. Hes expected to raise topics that many Americans will find challenging, such as his harsh critique of capitalism. His supporters say its all part of the role the pope has embraced as an advocate for the powerless, one that has earned him admiration from both Catholics...
  • As Cuban dissidents arrested, Pope Francis enjoys friendly and informal conversation with Castro

    09/21/2015 1:42:18 PM PDT · by detective · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | September 21, 2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Pope Franciss visit to Cuba is proving to be a very comfortable event for the brutally repressive and dictatorial regime. The closest thing, so far, to a challenge to the oppression of dissidents has been the invitation to a dissident group, The Ladies in White, to attend a cathedral service held by the pope. However, according to the U.K. Telegraph, 22 of 24 members of the group were detained by security police and could not attend. Other dissidents fared as badly: Cuban authorities prevented leading dissidents from meeting Pope Francis in Havana on Sunday, in a sign of the Communist...
  • Government officials have right to refuse gay marriage licenses: pope

    09/28/2015 7:09:03 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 15 replies
    NY Post ^ | 28 September 2015 | Reuters
    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a human right to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience.
  • Pope Francis concludes visit to USA

    09/28/2015 2:16:11 AM PDT · by Ethan Clive Osgoode · 46 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 2015-09-28 | Vatican Radio
    Jesus says in the Scriptures: Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me. Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him. So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life. In all of this, you recognize that Jesus is in your midst and that your care for one another is care for Jesus...