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  • Father Thomas J. Rosica, Spokesman for Pope Francis says that "Certain other issues, he shared...

    10/06/2015 3:27:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | 10/6/15 | Vox Cantoris
    "Father Thomas J. Rosica, Spokesman for Pope Francis says that "Certain other issues, he shared, may also make sense to consider locally, such as polygamy."" I have nothing to say except to repeat what he has said himself: "Doctrine changes when pastoral contexts shift and new insights emerge such that particularly doctrinal formulations no longer mediate the saving message of God's transforming love?" Does he mean that "Doctrine changes when the Church has leaders and teachers who are not afraid to take note of new contexts and emerging insights?" Or does he mean that, "It changes when the Church has...
  • Totally inspired by the Pope, House Dems want to extend ObamaCare coverage to illegals

    10/05/2015 4:16:18 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 18 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Robert Laurie
    Conservative predictions come true In a move that virtually every conservative on Earth saw coming a mile away, House Democrats have introduced a bill that would extend ObamaCare coverage to America’s illegal alien population. Sponsored by radical Dem Representatives Luis Gutierrez and Judy Chu (the usual suspects of illegal support) the “Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act of 2015” seeks to grant illegals ACA enrollment via the healthcare exchanges. Here’s Luis Gutierrez, outlining the ways in which his admiration for the Pope and his belief in the golden rule were responsible for this piece of legislation. Keep in mind,...
  • Ethicist: The ACLU is Right to Sue Catholic Hospitals

    10/05/2015 10:24:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    NBC News ^ | 10/05/2015 | Arthur Caplan
    The visit to the United States by Pope Francis left a lot of goodwill behind. But there are areas where that goodwill slams into a church-state wall. The views of the church are completely out of step with American law and values when it comes to health care for women. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has just announced a lawsuit against Trinity Health Corporation, one of the largest Catholic health systems in the country. The suit highlights a key area where the Catholic Church and the law of land are colliding.The lawsuit says Trinity is failing in its duties...
  • ‘I am a gay priest who is happy': Vatican official fired after coming out on eve of Church conf.

    10/05/2015 9:18:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/04/2015 | By Sarah Kaplan
    On Saturday evening, as hundreds of bishops convened in Rome for a major church assembly on family issues, former Vatican priest Krzysztof Charamsa headed a mile across town to a different gathering: the founding meeting of the Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, a group of 13 organizations advocating for inclusion of gays in the church. Charamsa had lost his job just before, when he was fired from his position in the Vatican’s doctrine office after announcing that he was gay and introducing reporters to his boyfriend. “I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay...
  • Pope says Church can't be 'museum', must be open to change

    10/05/2015 11:40:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    Pope Francis told a Roman Catholic meeting on family issues on Monday that the Church should not be a stuffy "museum of memories" but have the courage to change if that was what God wanted. Francis urged bishops at the start of a three-week gathering, known as a synod, to humbly empty themselves of conventions and prejudices. They should not "point fingers at the others to judge them" or feel superior to those with different ideas. In a passage that appeared to be directed at unbending traditionalists, the pope said bishops should beware the "hardening of some hearts, which despite...
  • Someone Is Lying About the Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis

    10/04/2015 5:05:13 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Big Government ^ | 9/2/15 | Austin Ruse
    Papal spokesman Father Thomas Rosica flatly denies Kim Davis met privately with Pope Francis when he visited Washington, D.C. which stands in flat contradiction to Davis’s claims. In Roscia’s telling Davis was part of a large number of people as part of “the farewell greeting as the Pope was leaving the Nunciature in Washington” prior to his departure for New York City. Rosica said the Vatican ambassador to the United States, “…invited a number of guests, his own choice, to greet the Pope, very brief greetings, and in the Pope’s characteristic kindness and hospitality he shook people’s hands and gave...
  • The Facts About Pope’s Meeting With Kim Davis

    10/05/2015 9:13:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Townhall ^ | 10/04/2015 | Matt Barber
    Big news this week as “progressives” worldwide learned, to their utter shock and mournful consternation, that the pope is Catholic. Rumors are they will next examine wild bears, the woods and certain mysteries therein. On Wednesday the Vatican confirmed what a handful of us knew days before. Pope Francis secretly (and privately) met with Kim Davis at Washington’s Vatican Embassy to personally offer his broad support for her bold stand against that insidious and “intrinsically disordered” counterfeit called “gay marriage.” Does Pope Francis really support Kim Davis? While specifics of Davis’ legal case were not discussed during the private meeting,...
  • Totally inspired by the Pope, House Dems want to extend ObamaCare coverage to illegals

    10/05/2015 8:54:30 AM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 16 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 10/05/15 | Robert Laurie
    <p>In a move that virtually every conservative on Earth saw coming a mile away, House Democrats have introduced a bill that would extend ObamaCare coverage to America’s illegal alien population.</p> <p>Sponsored by radical Dem Representatives Luis Gutierrez and Judy Chu (the usual suspects of illegal support) the “Exchange Inclusion for a Healthy America Act of 2015” seeks to grant illegals ACA enrollment via the healthcare exchanges.</p>
  • History Lesson on the Death Penalty

    10/05/2015 7:38:09 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 1 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 3, 20153 | Cliff Kincaid
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia notes that support for the death penalty has been part of Christian and Catholic tradition in the Old and New Testaments. What’s more, it was morally accepted when the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Scalia recently told a group of students, “If the death penalty did not violate the Eighth Amendment when the Eighth Amendment was adopted, it doesn’t violate it today.” The Supreme Court has formally ruled that the death penalty is not a violation of the Eighth Amendment’s ban on cruel and unusual punishment. What’s more, in June, the Court in a 5-4 ruling...
  • Complicit Silence Abounds about Biafraland

    10/05/2015 7:23:22 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 2 replies ^ | October 5, 2015 | Terry Paulson
    Pope Francis’s speech to the UN called for a coordinated international response to the plight of Christians in the Middle East and Africa: “Christians, together with other cultural or ethnic groups,… have been forced to witness the destruction of their places of worship, their cultural and religious heritage, their houses and property, and have faced the alternative either of fleeing or of paying for their adhesion to good and to peace by their own lives, or by enslavement. “There are individual persons, our brothers and sisters, men and women, young and old, boys and girls who weep, suffer and die....
  • The Next Big Science vs. Church Battle: Can Transhumanism and Christianity Co-Exist?

    10/05/2015 3:29:05 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/04/15 | Michael Gryboski
    Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist. Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone. Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations....
  • Volkswagen Emissions Probe Zeroes In on Two Engineers

    10/05/2015 12:23:46 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 45 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | October 4, 2015 | By William Boston
    WOLFSBURG, Germany—Two top Volkswagen engineers who found they couldn’t deliver as promised a clean diesel engine for the U.S. market are at the center of a company probe into the installation of engine software designed to fool regulators, according to people familiar with the matter. The two men, Ulrich Hackenberg, Audi ’s chief engineer, and Wolfgang Hatz, developer of Porsche’s winning Formula One engines, were among the engineers suspended in the investigation of the emissions cheating scandal that sank the company’s market value by 43% since Sept. 18 and triggered a world-wide recall to refit the engines to meet clear-air...
  • Gay former student of Pope Francis’ speaks out

    10/04/2015 4:36:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 4, 2015 2:29 AM EDT | Jessica Gresko
    <p>An openly gay former student of Pope Francis’ who visited with the pope during his recent trip to Washington said he was surprised Francis had met with the Kentucky county clerk who gained attention for refusing to issue same-sex couples marriage licenses.</p>
  • Ann Barnhardt Heckles Bishop [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2015 3:49:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    A little while back I had the opportunity to attend a small conference about Marriage and Evolution, as in Darwinian evolution, specifically addressing the damage that the Evolutionary theory has done to society in general, and to the cultural foundation of marriage and family, namely by the Evolutionary base premise that everything is constantly changing and that everything “new” is “better” and everything “old” is “inferior” or, sin-of-sins, “unevolved”. The morning session was a series of presentations on marriage and family, and then the afternoon sessions were incredibly interesting hard science – fossil records, genetics, molecular biology, etc. The final...
  • This Catholic healthcare group is being sued for refusing to provide abortions

    10/04/2015 10:07:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Maggie Maslak
    Detroit, Mich., Oct 4, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Trinity Health Corporations, one of the largest Catholic health care operations in America, is seeking the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union over its refusal to provide women with abortion services at their medical facilities.   "This case has no merit.  A federal court already dismissed a similar ACLU claim, and we will seek dismissal of this suit for the same reason," stated Eve Pidgeon, the manager of public relations at Trinity Health Corporations. Trinity Health Corporations is a multi-facility operation headquartered in Livonia, a...
  • God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

    10/04/2015 9:53:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    cna ^ | October 4, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Oct 4, 2015 / 03:18 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world. “This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self,” the Pope said in his opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops. He explained that...
  • Law firm labeled hate group leading Kim Davis' crusade

    10/04/2015 9:17:57 AM PDT · by PROCON · 29 replies
    AP ^ | Oct. 4, 2015 | AP
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Kim Davis' lawyer stood onstage in a Washington D.C. hotel and pointed to a photo on the screen. It showed 100,000 people packed into a Peruvian soccer stadium, Mat Staver told the crowd, all there to pray for the Kentucky clerk battling against gay marriage. The crowd erupted. It wasn't true.
  • Vatican official in gay relationship fired for media conference, NOT for sins against God & nature

    10/04/2015 2:35:09 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rotate Caeli ^ | 10/03/2015 | Adhere
    So we bring to those of you who don't follow us on Twitter this news, for the record. And, also for the record, the fact that the Vatican is now, for the first time ever, using words such as "in a gay relationship" on an official website to describe a sexually active homosexual priest. And, one other nugget: According to the pope's spokesman, this priest being an active homosexual, that was not what got him fired from his numerous posts.
  • Yayo Grassi, Gay Man and Pope's Former Student, Opens Up About Meeting with Francis in DC

    10/04/2015 10:51:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/3/15 | Meredith McGraw and Emily Shapiro
    Yayo Grassi, a gay man and former student of Pope Francis who met with the pope in Washington D.C., said Francis "is not afraid to have a gay friend." "Me being gay is no different [to the pope] than me having blue eyes," Grassi told ABC News today. "It's not different than me living in Washington. It is part of my life. And the way he accepted my boyfriend, it is a validation of how happy he is that two people of the same sex can be together and happy and miss each other when we are not close to...
  • Pope opens synod; calls for welcoming Church but no gay marriage

    10/04/2015 12:09:53 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 4, 2015 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis on Sunday reaffirmed Catholic opposition to gay marriage as he opened a three-week gathering of bishops from around the world but said the Church had to show love and understanding towards all. Francis presided at a solemn Mass in St. Peter's Basilica to open the meeting, known as a synod, on the theme of the family in the modern world.
  • 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 Vatican’s 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 clerk’s right to be conscientious objector. He says Vatican personnel initiated contact with Davis’ camp on Sept. 14 saying the pope wanted to meet her.
  • Pope’s World and the Real World

    09/29/2015 7:57:18 AM PDT · by duckln · 8 replies
    Human Events ^ | 9/29/15 | Pat Buchanan
    Though Gen. David Petraeus claims Vladimir Putin seeks to re-establish the Russian Empire, this misses the point. If Putin sought that, he would by now, 15 years in power, have annexed Belarus and Ukraine, but he has not even annexed the pro-Russian Donbass. Putin is a nationalist who sees his country as one of the world’s great powers and sees himself as protector of Russian peoples everywhere. He believes Moscow should have its own Monroe Doctrine, and that rival powers should not be planting military bases on Russia’s doorstep.
  • The un-Christian immorality of socialist Pope Francis

    10/03/2015 1:11:49 PM PDT · by Yashcheritsiy · 11 replies
    Renew America ^ | Oct. 3, 2015 | Tim Dunkin
    There was a time when even if you were not Catholic, and even if you strenuously disagreed with Roman Catholic doctrine and practice, you could still expect the pontiffs to be on the right side of world events. Yet, we've come a long way from John Paul II joining with Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher to oppose the Soviet Union and worldwide Communism. Those who believed that Communism "fell" with the Berlin Wall were premature, and didn't realize that it was merely going underground, taking on new forms and putting forward new faces to the public at large. One of...
  • Hardline Archbishop Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

    10/03/2015 12:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newser ^ | October 3, 2015 | Rob Quinn
    Her lawyer is now feuding with the Vatican. A Vatican official says there is now "a sense of regret" that Pope Francis ever met Kim Davis, reports Reuters—and that could be bad news for the archbishop who set up the meeting. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US, was appointed by Benedict XVI and is known for his hardline stance against same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports. Vatican officials say Francis wasn't briefed on the Davis case and the meeting "should not be considered a form of support," which has left church insiders wondering whether Vigano deliberately...

    10/03/2015 1:25:24 AM PDT · by JustaCowgirl · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 Oct 2015 | James Delingpole
    The plan by climate alarmists to have other scientists imprisoned for their ‘global warming’ skepticism is backfiring horribly, and the chief alarmist is now facing a House investigation into what has been called “the largest science scandal in US history.”
  • Openly homosexual Vatican priest denounces CDF on video :"I AM GAY"

    10/02/2015 9:44:05 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    Vox Cantoris Blog ^ | 10/02/2015 | Vox Cantoris
    The sodomite mafia that we've long suspected in the Vatican is raising its filthy head on the eve of the Synod to destroy the family. Father Oko's work on the infiltration of the priesthood in Rome and in Poland must be held up as a warning of what was to come. The dossier of three hundred pages handed over by Benedict XVI to Jorge Bergoglio gathers dust but the truth will come out along with coming out of these sodomite moles into the light where they can no longer hide. „Jestem gejem. Dumnym i szczęśliwym księdzem gejem”. Coming out księdza...
  • Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

    10/02/2015 8:32:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 10/2/15 | 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 pope’s meeting with Davis was not an endorsement...
  • Pope Squishes Out on Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 7:09:37 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 48 replies
    Rush ^ | October 2, 2015 | Rush Limbaugh
    RUSH: In addition to that, the pope, the Vatican, they're walking back the fact that they met with Kim Davis. This is unheard of. I have never heard of anything like this. The Vatican is like, "Whoa, whoa, whoa wait a minute, maybe we didn't meet with Kim Davis. Well, we did, but we didn't. No, no, no, don't we're not necessarily -- no don't think that we are." I have never seen this kind of squishiness. I'm telling you, folks, the left is corrupting everything it touches. It's not uplifting anything. It isn't fixing anything. It isn't strengthening anything....
  • The real story behind the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 11:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Amy Sullivan, senior editor
    This is what it sounds like when a pope gets mad. On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis, debunking nearly everything that has been reported this week about a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The private meeting between Davis, her husband, Joe, and the pope, which Davis’ attorney says took place at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. last Thursday? It didn’t happen. Instead, Davis was one of “several dozen persons who had...
  • Vatican says private 'audience' in D.C. was with gay ex-student, not Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 2:04:57 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 10/02/2015 | Tom Kington
    A week after Pope Francis met Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk jailed for her refusal to issue marriage licenses for same-sex couples, the Vatican on Friday suggested that she exploited the meeting to promote her views, denied that the pope fully supports her and cast doubt on her account of the encounter. The Vatican later noted that the only “audience” Francis had at the gathering in Washington was with a former student of the pope, Yayo Grassi, an openly gay Argentine who along with his longtime partner and some friends met with Francis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said...
  • Pope Francis Requested Meeting With Gay Couple, Wanted ‘A Hug’

    10/02/2015 2:54:19 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Ben Shapiro
    After the Vatican revealed Friday that Pope Francis’ meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis did not constitute “support,” the Vatican revealed yet another juicy tidbit about the Pope’s trip: he requested a meeting with a homosexual couple. According to CNN, Pope Francis explicitly requested a meeting with Yayo Grassi and his partner Iwan. Francis hugged Grassi and Iwan for the cameras. According to Grassi, Francis initiated the meeting: “Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug.” Furthermore, the Vatican, in disowning the Davis meeting, explained, “The only...
  • Vatican: ‘Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis not a show of support

    10/02/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Vatican says Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis “should not be considered a form of support of her position.” Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who became a grassroots conservative hero after refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, was one of “several dozen” individuals invited by the Vatican ambassador to meet with Francis at the embassy in Washington last week, said spokesman Federico Lombardi. “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular...
  • 'Sense of regret' in Vatican over Pope Francis' meeting with gay marriage opponent

    10/02/2015 11:58:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 100 replies
    Reuters ^ | 10/02/2015 | BY PHILIP PULLELLA, Vatican City
    Pope Francis' meeting last week with an American woman at the center of a row over gay marriage was not something he had sought and should not be seen as an endorsement of her views, the Vatican said on Friday. One Vatican official said there was "a sense of regret" that the pope had ever seen Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk who went to jail in September for refusing to honor a U.S. Supreme Court ruling and issue same-sex marriage licenses. The encounter in Washington was originally kept secret and has sparked widespread debate since it became public this...
  • Pope Francis’ only ‘real audience’ at U.S. embassy was with former gay student and his partner

    10/02/2015 11:54:35 AM PDT · by wagglebee · 49 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 10/2/15 | Dustin Siggins
    WASHINGTON, D.C., October 2, 20015 (LifeSiteNews) -- Hours after the Vatican distanced itself from embattled Kentucky clerk Kim Davis, CNN has reported Pope Francis met privately with a gay couple and their friends while in the U.S. "Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug," Yayo Grassi told CNN. Grassi was a student of Pope Francis' in the 1960s in Argentina. In its statement this morning about the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis, the Vatican press office had said that Davis was just one of a large...
  • Pope Francis Should’ve Been More Like Mother Teresa in Meeting Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 7:29:21 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/02/2015 | Richard Land
    Pope Francis made a powerful statement by meeting with gay marriage dissenter Kim Davis. But imagine how much more powerful it would have been had the meeting been public, rather than private. Pope Francis has come and gone. His five-day sojourn in America started with a visit to Washington, D.C. (including speaking to a joint session of the U.S. Congress), continued in New York City (including a speech to the U.N. General Assembly) and concluded with a World Congress of Families in Philadelphia. What should one make of this historic visit? The mass appeal generated by the pope's visit,...
  • Pope of the poor arrives in US denying he’s a liberal

    10/02/2015 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep. 22, 2015 11:44 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The pope of the poor arrived for his first-ever visit to the world’s wealthiest superpower Tuesday denying he is a leftist and riding in a frugal little family car, windows rolled down. […] The Argentine, known as the “slum pope” for ministering to the downtrodden in his native Buenos Aires, is expected to urge America to take better care of the environment and the poor and return to its founding ideals of religious liberty and open arms toward immigrants.During the flight, Francis defended himself against conservative criticism that his condemnation of trickle-down economics makes him a communist. “I am certain...
  • Meeting with Kim Davis has pope-watchers asking, what did Francis mean?

    10/01/2015 2:27:42 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/01/2015 | By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    The revelation of a private meeting last week between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, set off a vigorous debate in the United States on Wednesday about what message the popular pontiff may have been trying to send. Unlike some of the other private sit-downs during the pope’s trip to the United States and Cuba, the Vatican declined to discuss the session with Davis, whose stance in the wake of the Supreme Court’s ruling affirming the right to same-sex marriage has made her a hero to some religious...
  • Congressman Wants To Heed Pope's Advice, Open Obamacare To The Undocumented

    10/01/2015 9:34:10 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Huffington Post's Politics ^ | September 30, 2015 | Ruby Mellen, Fellow, The Huffington Post
    He's not expecting a vote, though. Many undocumented immigrants who pay taxes would be able to access Obamacare under a long-shot bill introduced Wednesday by Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-Ill.). The Affordable Care Act currently limits access to its exchanges and subsidies to those "lawfully present." That means the approximately 11.3 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are not eligible for Obamacare, nor can they shop on the exchanges if their employer does not provide them with coverage. Gutiérrez's bill would open the exchanges and extend the subsidies to undocumented immigrants who provide proof of state residency and tax filings. It...
  • After the Pope’s visit, Americans-Catholic or not-are still waiting for someone to say thank you

    10/01/2015 9:03:22 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 5 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 10/1/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    For adherent Catholics the announcement of the pending visit of Pope Francis promised much. Some felt that perhaps the Vatican had finally realized that the American Catholic Church represents the very future survival of the Catholic Church worldwide. There was great hope among some that Francis would come to America and say, “Thank you America; thank you for always being there in times of need for so many around the world, even those who hate you as the Bible directs; thank you American Catholics for contributing so much to support foreign missions; thank you for being the pro-life beacon in...
  • 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...
  • Twitter blasts Pope Francis over meeting with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 7:28:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | PAUL LIOTTA
    Kim Davis seemed to put an end to Pope Francis fever. The controversial county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been drawing negative attention on social media since she came to the forefront of the news for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment. Now the Pope is getting some of that same social media heat for meeting with the embattled clerk during his visit to the United States last week. The meeting was first disclosed by Davis' attorney and has since been confirmed by the Vatican. When reporters asked the pope about Davis on...
  • Pope Francis Reaffirms that Catholic Marriage is Indissoluble

    09/30/2015 11:43:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 30, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Answering a question about the Synod and annulment reform, Pontiff says the door to divorce is closed Those who fear that the Church is about to allow divorced Catholics to remarry can take heart by something Pope Francis said on his way back to Rome from the United States.The Pope’s words might also reassure those worried that his recent motu proprio Mitis Iudex reforming the annulment process will weaken the sanctity of the marriage bond.“Marriage is indissoluble when it is a sacrament. And this the Church cannot change. It’s doctrine. It’s an indissoluble sacrament,” the Pope told reporters during an...
  • Liberals found a reason to hate Pope Francis...

    09/30/2015 5:26:00 PM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 4 replies
    American Irony ^ | 9-30-15 | The Looking Spoon
    Last week I did a version of this (here) to point out liberals only like Francis as long as he is useful to them. Boy oh boy was I right.
  • Pope Shows No Mercy As He Blasts Rome Mayor As A 'Pretend Catholic'

    09/30/2015 3:52:59 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 27 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | September 29, 2015 | Olivier Baube
    Pope Shows No Mercy As He Blasts Rome Mayor As A 'Pretend Catholic' By Olivier Baube September 29, 2015 Pope Francis raised eyebrows in Italy on Tuesday by slapping down the left-leaning mayor of Rome as someone who "pretends to be Catholic". The unforgiving assessment of Ignazio Marino -- a man the Italian media love to hate -- further heightened tensions between the pope and the mayor in the run-up to the start of the Holy Year of Mercy in December, with the Vatican fearful the Italian capital is ill-prepared for the millions of extra pilgrims. "He pretends to be...
  • Inside the Vatican: September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis

    09/30/2015 2:35:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Inside the Vatican ^ | 09/29/2015 | BY ROBERT MOYNIHAN
    September 29, 2015, Tuesday — Kim and Francis “For there is not any thing secret that shall not be made manifest, nor hidden, that shall not be known and come to light.” —Luke 8:17“Holy Father, you visited the Little Sisters of the Poor and we were told that you wanted to show your support for them and their case in the courts. And, Holy Father, do you also support those individuals, including government officials, who say they cannot in good conscience, their own personal conscience, abide by some laws or discharge their duties as government officials, for example in issuing...
  • What it means that Pope Francis met Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 2:30:00 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    CRUX ^ | 09/30/2015 | By John L. Allen Jr.
    ROME – If anyone suspected that Pope Francis didn’t really mean the strong words he spoke on religious freedom last week in the United States – that he was phoning it in, while his real concerns were elsewhere – claims that he held a private meeting with Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis certainly should lay that suspicion to rest. The meeting was first reported by Robert Moynihan of Inside the Vatican magazine. A Vatican spokesman said Wednesday, “I do not deny that the meeting took place, but I have no comments to add,” which, in effect, is a way of...
  • Why Was The Pope's Meeting With Kim Davis A Secret?

    09/30/2015 12:56:41 PM PDT · by Biggirl · 17 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    To many observers, it may seem strange that the Vatican would choose to keep a secret of what has been called “the most significant meeting” of the Pope’s entire trip to the United States: his 15-minute encounter with Kentucky County Clerk, Kim Davis.
  • 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 pope’s 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.
  • Pope Grabs Third Rail Of American Culture Wars:Gays,Marriage,Religious Freedom

    09/30/2015 8:04:52 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 1 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    While politically progressive Catholics and their cheerleaders in the secular press shouted praise for Pope Francis and the things he said about climate change, the death penalty and immigration, his actions more than his words show a Pope unafraid to engage highly controversial issues in the ongoing culture wars.