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  • Rereading Regensburg

    01/23/2015 7:18:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Questions that need to be asked about Islam were asked by Pope Benedict nearly ten years ago.On a plane ride between Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week, Pope Francis made headlines while talking with reporters about the moral limits to free expression. The issue came up, of course, in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France, which Pope Francis has strongly condemned. The attacks in Paris — including one at a kosher deli — along with the slaughter that Boko Haram inflicts in Nigeria, the terrorist attack in the Lindt café in Sydney...
  • Pope Francis' Visit Promises a Busy Day in NYC (addressing UN summit on sustainable development

    01/25/2015 10:37:41 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 5 replies
    Newsmax.com ^ | 21 Jan 2015 | Elliot Jager
    Church officials continue to work on the agenda of Pope Francis' planned visit to the United States in September, The New York Times reported. The schedule for the Sept. 22-27 papal visit calls for stops in Philadelphia, Washington, D.C., and one very busy day in New York City, the Times said.
  • New-World-Pope Francis Climate Change 'Encyclical' Coming In 2015 To Push Agenda 21 On Catholicism

    01/25/2015 10:30:42 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 19 replies
    Another Voice (Rev. 18:4) ^ | 12/29/14 | Tom M.
    Follow up on: New Pope Arrives 3-13-13: Bergoglio Anagram and "Last Pope Prophecy", A21, Purpose Driven, Seagull Symbolism 3-13-13 "This post...in general, [is] to look at the result of the selection of the new pope to try and determine whether what happened fits the basic scenario with regard to the "Zionist global agenda"... Three things are apparent right of the bat. They are (1) the name of the selected pope, (2) the papal name chosen by the selected pope, and (3) the meaning of that name as indicative of what his mission will be and the significance of that "mission"...First...
  • Pope Francis Will Fight for Climate Change Funded by Wealth Redistribution

    01/25/2015 10:26:50 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 22 replies
    Independent Sentinal ^ | December 29, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Christians are being martyred worldwide but Pope Francis is focused on fiscal and climate matters. He seems to see the problems facing Christians as rooted in capitalism and global warming.Pope Francis is planning to fight for climate change goals as outlined by the statists in the U.N. The only way the goals will be paid for is from wealth redistribution.The U.S. will distribute and the statists will collect.In May, Pope Francis called for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the “economy of exclusion”. He called on the U.N. to promote “worldwide ethical...
  • Pope Francis Pushes Limited Free Speech and UN Agenda 21 (YouTube video)

    01/25/2015 10:18:29 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    YouTube.com ^ | Jan 15, 2015 | grindall61
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H4YHaD882TM
  • My challenge to Pope Francis: One which will, of course, go unanswered

    01/25/2015 11:25:21 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 11 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 25, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Most of you are aware of Pope Francis' concern over the size of Catholic families. The pontiff suggested the use of Natural Family Planning while quipping that married couples do not have to "breed like rabbits." As I said on Facebook: "It's true that married people do not have to "breed like rabbits." But then, priests don't have to float around the altar like Liberace around his Steinway or resemble Judy Garland." Where is the Holy Father's concern over homosexual priests? At the onset of his pontificate, when asked about the Vatican's alleged "gay lobby" [read Lavender Mafia] the Pope...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • Benedict XVI Aide Denies Rift with Francis

    01/22/2015 7:52:39 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 1/22/15 | Inés San Martín
    Archbishop Georg Gänswein says retired pope is not working behind-the-scenes with conservativesROME — A close aide to emeritus Pope Benedict XVI has denied the former pontiff is playing any behind-the-scenes role over the issue of Communion for divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, calling such reports a “pure invention.” The aide also dismissed suggestions that Benedict is a sort of “anti-pope” for conservatives upset with Francis, calling it “stupid and irresponsible,” and labeling such rumors a form of “theological arson.” Archbishop Georg Gänswein, prefect of the papal household and personal secretary of emeritus pope Benedict XVI, made the comments in an...
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to ‘Hitler Youth’ indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.” "She said yes,...
  • Pope flashes hand sign in Manila, prompts head-scratching

    01/22/2015 11:34:13 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 12/21/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Pope Francis, during his recent love-filled tour of the Phillippines, raised his hand in a salute and prompted some Internet tongue-wagging. Standing next to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in Manila, the Pope raised his index and pinkie fingers, keeping his third and fourth fingers down and his thumb extended. The cardinal did the same. All of which prompted the Los Angeles Times to post on its music blog that the pontiff might have been making the sign of the horns, a heavy metal staple among concert fans, or perhaps a centuries-old devil sign.
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to 'Hitler Youth' indoctrination

    01/22/2015 7:11:32 AM PST · by NetAddicted · 23 replies
    Lifesite News | 1/21/2015 | John Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.”
  • POPNews: Pope Says Good Catholics Need Not Mate “Like Wasp Spiders”

    01/20/2015 9:40:25 AM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    While firmly upholding Church teaching regarding contraception, Pope Francis clarified that good Catholics need not mate “like rabbits, or wasp spiders, with the female devouring the male following the procreative act.” “Openness to life for the husband,” the pontiff said to reporters on his return flight from the Philippines, “is a condition for the sacrament of matrimony.” Catholic couples should practice mutual love and tenderness, he explained, rather than the female “catching her partner in a web and slowly gnawing on him while he’s still alive, resulting in his slow, agonizing death.”
  • Palestinian Liberation Theology Exposed

    01/20/2015 4:51:09 AM PST · by SJackson · 10 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | January 20, 2015 | Susan Warner
    Palestinian Liberation Theology ExposedPosted By Susan Warner On January 20, 2015 @ 12:15 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 3 Comments It is not a secret that Jesus was Jewish.  Reliable scholarly sources validate this incontestable fact.His genealogies are posted in the books of Matthew and Luke. These alone are sufficient to corroborate the authenticity of Jesus’s Jewish lineage.Archeology and historical geography confirm that the regions of Judea and Samaria are the ancient stomping grounds of Jewish heroes. The Romans plowed under the city of Jerusalem, which Hadrian renamed Aelia Capitolina in 135 CE. He subsequently renamed the entire region Syria Palestina....
  • Uh-oh. Secularists Sad to Discover Pope Francis is Catholic

    01/19/2015 2:06:43 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    CreAtive Minority Reporta ^ | January 19, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    This is a breakup letter. But it's worse than that. This is a breakup letter by a junior high schooler who is trying to tell everyone in the hallway outside homeroom that the person they had liked a few days ago is just like kinda' totally awful or something. Some lib in The Inquisitr wrote:Elected in 2013, Pope Francis has since shown us a very convincing image of a bold, refreshing deviant who has adamantly defied the church’s typically iron-fisted conservatism. His stance on LGBT, women’s rights, atheism, and evolution were so mind-blowingly revolutionary that many people saw him as...
  • Filipino Columnist: Why I don’t like Pope Francis

    01/19/2015 4:49:54 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Philippine Inquirer ^ | 01/19/2015 | Red Tani
    rogressive friends wonder why I’m not a fan of Pope Francis, who—according to these friends, the mainstream media, and pretty much every progressive Catholic I’ve spoken to—is clearly progressive. The short answer: He is not. The long answer starts in Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic. * * * A poor 13-year-old Dominican boy needed epilepsy medicine, so an archbishop gave it to him in exchange for sexual acts. The archbishop would go on to abuse the boy for four more years. In 2013, minors interviewed by the police admitted to masturbating and having oral sex with the same archbishop...
  • Pope: Catholics Don't Have to Breed 'Like Rabbits' (would've loved to enter U.S. via Mexico border)

    01/19/2015 3:55:33 PM PST · by Yossarian · 36 replies
    NewsMax ^ | 1/19/2015
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis is denouncing what he calls the "ideological colonization" of families and the developing world, where he says progressive, Western ideas about birth control and gay rights are increasingly being imposed by groups, institutions or individual nations — often as a condition for development aid. No, he said, Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible. The Pope said there are plenty of church-approved ways to regulate births. But he said most importantly, no outside institution should impose its views on families. Speaking to reporters en...
  • Pope Says Three Catholic Phrases. Pollyannas Are Delighted.

    01/19/2015 11:13:37 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 1/18/15 | Mundabor
    In a very small whiff of fresh air in the stench in which we are living, Pope Francis has said two or three things which really sound Catholic. Look at the Patheos crowd delighting in being able to tell themselves the Pope is orthodox, after having waited 12 hours for the broken clock to show the right time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, it’s as bad as that: Francis must only say a couple of words vaguely resembling Catholicism every couple of months, and the enthusiastic following of the blind is assured to him. The words aren’t even so strong, not...
  • Why the Left Wants Conservatives to View Francis as a Liberal

    01/18/2015 10:48:24 AM PST · by Steelfish · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | January 18, 2015 | Gene M. Van Son
    January 18, 2015 Why the Left Wants Conservatives to View Francis as a Liberal By Gene M. Van Son In an opinion piece at The Week on January 13 entitled “The Republican Party’s War with the Pope has finally started,” Damon Linker states, “It looks like 2015 is shaping up to be the year when Catholic Conservatives declare war on Pope Francis.” Pope Francis’s soon to be released encyclical on the environment, says Linker, will touch off the war. Linker goes on to say that Ross Douthat’s op-ed in the NY Times late last year about the possibility of schism...
  • Democratic lawmakers visit Cuba amid changes in US relations

    01/17/2015 5:55:23 PM PST · by mdittmar · 28 replies
    yahoo ^ | 1/17/2015 | ap
  • Who Am to Judge Your Carbon Footprint? Pope Francis and Climate Change

    01/17/2015 2:32:45 PM PST · by ebb tide · 49 replies
    Catholic Family News | 1/16/15 | John Venarri
    Pope Francis is in the news for speaking out on the alleged dangers of man-made Climate Change. Unfortunately, Francis is outside his field in making comments on this topic, and seems to have accepted uncritically the unproven pop-science of the moment. Francis himself is not a climatologist, and no one would expect a Pope to be so. Francis, however, is also not a theologian, (no Doctorate, that is) but was a teacher of literature in Argentina, who went on to become Novice Master, Jesuit Provincial and then Rector of the Jesuit Collegio Maximo, prior to his elevation to the episcopacy....
  • The Obama-Francis “Axis”

    01/17/2015 5:57:21 AM PST · by HomerBohn · 14 replies
    TFP ^ | 1/14/2014 | Armando F. Valladares
    (Cuba, Sleights-of-Hand, and Confusion) It is extremely painful to say it, but the boot with which Castro continues to crush Cubans on the island, now has a high-ranking endorsement. Unfortunately, the statements, deeds and gestures of Francis favor the oppression of the Cuban people and a leftward shift in Latin America. In this regard we might be faced with a pontificate marked by confusion and even chaos with disturbing consequences for the political, social and Christian future of the Americas. My homeland Cuba has just completed 56 years of martyrdom under a nefarious communist revolution. Facing this gigantic drama and...
  • Pope Francis says global warming is 'mostly manmade'

    01/15/2015 7:34:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 181 replies
    Mashable ^ | 1/15/15 | Andrew Freedman
    As the United States Senate prepares to vote on a non-binding resolution on whether or not manmade global warming exists, Pope Francis weighed in on the issue with his most extensive and forceful comments on the subject to date. Let's just say that the pope is not aligned with many Senate Republicans, who doubt the reality and threat of manmade global warming, on this issue. Speaking to reporters aboard his plane while flying to Manila from Sri Lanka, Pope Francis said the "majority" of global warming is manmade, which is a view that is consistent with mainstream climate-science findings. “I...
  • Pope Francis: 'You cannot make fun of the faith of others'

    01/16/2015 7:39:02 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 131 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/15/2015 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the religious attacks in Paris, saying that anyone who insults a religion can expect a "punch in the nose". ... He said "If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother [Mary?], he can expect a punch in the nose." Throwing a pretend punch, the Pope said: "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." ...
  • What the Pope Got Wrong About Free Speech

    01/16/2015 6:37:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/16/2015 | David Harsanyi
    If free expression is a fundamental right, why does it not apply to mocking a faith? We heathens can leave the theological debate to others. But Pope Francis, the bishop of Rome and world leader of the Roman Catholic Church, has some ideas about laws governing the secular world. We expect Francis to defend the dignity of faith, to bring clarity to the Catholic position. Yet instead, the pope, while en route to the Philippines, offered a number of comments about freedom of expression, which ranged from the unclear to the contradictory. More than simply saying that poking fun at...
  • Pope Francis: This is why authentic dialogue with Islam is impossible

    01/16/2015 5:39:36 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 16, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In his Encyclical Letter Ecclesiam Suam, Pope Paul VI told us that, "The Church must enter into dialogue with the world in which it lives. It has something to say, a message to give, a communication to make." (No. 65). The Holy Father goes on to say that, "Dialogue, therefore, is a recognized method of the apostolate. It is a way of making spiritual contact. It should however have the following characteristics: 1) Clarity before all else; the dialogue demands that what is said should be intelligible. We can think of it as a kind of thought transfusion. It is...
  • Pope Francis Announces Sainthood for Junipero Serra, Founder of California Missions

    01/15/2015 9:23:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    Reuters and KQED-TV ^ | January 15, 2015 | Dan Brekke
    <p>Pope Francis announced Thursday that he will canonize Father Junipero Serra, the founder of California’s missions and a controversial figure for his role in a process that began the decimation of the Native American population here.</p> <p>The pope said the canonization — the formal elevation of a person to sainthood — will take place in September, when he’s scheduled to visit the East Coast.</p>
  • Pope Francis on Freedom of Speech: 'One Cannot Make Fun of Faith'

    Pope Francis suggested there are limits to freedom of expression, saying in response to the Charlie Hebdo terror attack that "one cannot make fun of faith" and that anyone who throws insults can expect a "punch." The pontiff said that both freedom of faith and freedom of speech were fundamental human rights and that "every religion has its dignity." "One cannot provoke, one cannot insult other people's faith, one cannot make fun of faith," he said. "There is a limit. Every religion has its dignity ... in freedom of expression there are limits." The pope was speaking to reporters on...
  • Pope on Charlie Hebdo: There are limits to freedom of expression when faith is insulted

    01/15/2015 5:54:28 AM PST · by DaveMSmith · 140 replies
    Fox News ^ | January 15, 2015 | AP
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE – Pope Francis said Thursday there are limits to freedom of expression, especially when it insults or ridicules someone's faith.[...]"If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, throwing a pretend punch his way. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others."[...]"There are so many people who speak badly about religions or other religions, who make fun of them, who make a game out of the religions of others," he said. "They...
  • Pope Francis: Jesus said, "Let the children come to Me..."

    01/14/2015 12:59:03 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 3 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 14, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The Daily Mail is reporting that, "Street children as young as five are being caged in brutal detention centres alongside adult criminals in a cynical drive to smarten up the Philippines capital ahead of a visit by Pope Francis this week. Hundreds of boys and girls have been rounded up from doorways and roadsides by police and officials and put behind bars in recent weeks to make the poverty-racked city more presentable when Pope Francis arrives tomorrow, a MailOnline investigation has found. In a blatant abuse of the country's own child protection laws, the terrified children are locked up in...
  • Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism

    01/14/2015 6:40:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/14/2015 | Thomas Lifson
    Wow! Venezuela bishops tell Pope Francis the downside of socialism and communism Pope Francis, a native of Argentina, has established himself as a critic of capitalism, but now he has received a statement from the bishops of Venezuela offering some insight on that Latin American nation’s experience with socialism and Marxism. I am not an expert on the internal workings of the Catholic Church, but this strikes me as an extraordinary move. Writing in Investor’s Business Daily, Monica Showalter lays out the message the bishops delivered:  Venezuela's bishops Monday blamed "Marxist socialism" and "communism" by name for the horrors...
  • Papal Purge: Bishop Coadjutor Assigned to Traditional Diocese of Albenga-Imperia

    01/13/2015 7:20:57 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 3 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 1/12/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Rome) Pope Francis has found a coadjutor for the Bishop of Albenga-Imperia, Msgr. Mario Oliveri with right of succession to the side. As Bishop Oliveri enjoys good health, the papal decision appears as a disempowerment without disavowing the ruling bishop entirely through impeachment. It is the indirect, more elegant form of impeachment. The direct form was felt by Bishop Rogelio Livieres of Ciudad del Este. A dismissal with no ifs or buts. A coadjutor, sometimes with right of succession, is an auxiliary device, such as when an incumbent bishop is no longer in a position to fully exercise his office...
  • Pope Denouces Jihad By "Deviant Forms Of Religion"

    01/12/2015 6:43:07 AM PST · by Biggirl · 64 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | January 12, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    In his yearly address to the Vatican Diplomatic Corps on Monday, Pope Francis decried the breakdown of society “spawning violence and death.” Referencing the “tragic slayings which took place in Paris,” Francis blamed enslavement to “deviant forms of religion.” This fundamentalism, Francis said, which uses religion as a pretext for evil, is “born of a corrupt heart, a heart incapable of recognizing and doing good, of pursuing peace.”
  • Pope says concern for poor is Gospel, not communism

    01/10/2015 11:56:58 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 73 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 11, 2015 1:44 AM EST
    Pope Francis is insisting that his concern for the poor and critique of the global economic system isn’t some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core “touchstone” of the Christian faith. Some U.S. conservatives have branded the first Latin American pope a Marxist for his frequent critiques of consumerism and focus on a church “that is poor and for the poor.” But in an interview contained in a new book, Francis explains that his message is rooted in the Gospel and has been echoed by church fathers since Christianity’s first centuries. “The Gospel does not condemn the wealthy,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Four Things to Remember About the Pope’s Environment Letter

    01/08/2015 7:41:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 14 replies
    First Things ^ | 01.13.15 | Robert P. George
    So here we are waiting for Pope Francis to hand down his encyclical on our moral responsibility to care for the natural environment. Already there is lots of huffing and puffing, and ideological battle lines are being drawn. It seems that virtually nobody in the public media is interested in being taught by the Pope in his magisterial capacity. Instead, all the talk is about how the encyclical can or can’t be used to advance political agendas. Catholics who fear that the Pope is a secret (or perhaps not-so-secret) radical left-winger, are preemptively questioning the Pope’s authority as pope to address...
  • Report: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt will meet with Pope Francis

    01/07/2015 6:31:12 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 44 replies
    http://www.foxnews.com ^ | January 7, 2015 | FoxNews
    The King and Queen of Hollywood are set to meet another titled leader – the Pope, reports Us Weekly. The couple will reportedly visit the Vatican early this month for a “VIP meet-and-greet” with Pope Francis. Pitt grew up Baptist but told the Hollywood Reporter in 2012, “I don’t have a great relationship with religion. I oscillate between agnosticism and atheism.” But a friend tells the magazine that the glamorous couple “admire the Pope” and like his message of tolerance and non-judgement. In 2013 talking about homosexuality the Pope famously said, “If someone is gay and he searches for the...
  • Pope Francis, the Climate, and Leftism

    01/06/2015 6:56:16 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    National Review ^ | 01/06/2015 | Dennis Prager
    One of the rarest and most important things a pope does is issue encyclicals. In the eight years of Pope Benedict’s papacy, he issued three encyclicals. In the 27 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy, he issued 14 encyclicals. Since his ascendancy to the papacy in March 2013, Pope Francis has issued one. But Pope Francis is about to issue an encyclical to the world’s 5,000 bishops and 400,000 priests that tells us a great deal about him, about Latin America, and, most of all, about the influence of what has been the most dynamic religion in the...
  • Pope Francis chooses 15 new cardinals reflecting diversity

    01/05/2015 10:25:43 AM PST · by CedarDave · 39 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | January 5, 2015 | Frances D'emilio (AP)
    VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis named 15 new cardinals Sunday, selecting them from 14 nations including far-flung corners of the world such as Tonga, New Zealand, Cape Verde and Myanmar to reflect the diversity of the church and its growth in places like Asia and Africa compared to affluent regions. Other cardinals hail from Ethiopia, Thailand and Vietnam. None came from the United States ...
  • Francis' Pro-Life Words Censored by Translator

    01/05/2015 6:34:06 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 7 replies
    Presentation Right 2 Life ^ | 1/5/2015 | Presentation Right to Life
    Francis ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Pro-Life Words Censored by Translator According to a source at Priests for Life: Something I wanted to bring to your attention is the address that Pope Francis gave on Christmas day at noon during his “Urbi et Orbi” (to the city and to the world) blessing. He mentioned the babies in the womb, and his exact words in that section of his address were as follows: “The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their...
  • 2015: The Forecast is for Stormy Weather

    01/04/2015 3:14:16 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill ^ | 1/3/15 | That The Bones You Have Crushed May Thrill
    Well, His Holiness Pope Francis has not yet issued his encyclical on the environment, but already it is attracting a great deal of attention. Fr Alexander Lucie-Smith makes a good case in his article suggesting that such an encyclical is perhaps not such a great idea. I'm with him on that, but of course there are various interests and various groups for whom such an encyclical will most likely be a 'godsend'. During this post, I am going to be as balanced and level-headed as a conspiracy theorist fruit-cake can be, but I am confident that within the next year,...
  • Truth the Size of Mustard Seed to Move Morons

    01/04/2015 7:47:04 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | January 4, 2015 | John Ransom
    ericynot1 wrote: Interesting article about the futility and wastefulness of border fencing from Forbes Magazine -- "The Border Fence: Horrible Deal At Cost Up To $40,000 Per Illegal Immigrant Apprehended" http://www.forbes.com/sites/richardfinger/2013/07/18/the-border-fence-horrible-deal-at-cost-up-to-40000-per-illegal-immigrant-apprehended/2/ I don't know about you, but I hate wasting huge sums of money on "solutions" that don't work. - A Documented American Stands Up Against FencesDear Comrade Y,Oh, yes, the usual liberal prescription: “That won’t work, let’s do nothing instead.” I suppose we should just be happy that they haven’t opted for the other liberal prescription: “Let’s do something and give it a huge budget, see no results and...
  • Pope Francis: President Obama’s gift that keeps on giving…

    01/03/2015 6:49:15 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | January 2, 2015 | The Montly Monk
    When the Washington Times brandishes the banner headline “Obama finds an ally on political controversies at the Vatican,” it may be time to step back and assess what exactly is transpiring. From income inequality to Cuba and soon to global warming, it seems that Pope Francis is doing some heavy lifting for President Obama, his political agenda, and his legacy. That’s not to say that’s what the Pope intends; it is to say that this may very well be the outcome of what the Pope actually doing. Suffice it to say, the Pope’s interests are primarily evangelical. Economic structures that...
  • Pope Francis: Toward a New Religion for the forward thinking

    01/03/2015 6:55:01 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 36 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 3, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    During the Jubilee Year (on March 6, 2000), Cardinal Giacomo Biffi asserted what I had been saying since the mid 1990s, that the Antichrist is walking among us. Cardinal Biffi said the Antichrist was not the beast with seven heads described in the Book of Revelation but a "fascinating personality" whose outward charm and plausibility had deceived his enemies. The cardinal said the Antichrist espoused vegetarianism, pacifism, environmentalism and animal rights. He also identified the Antichrist as an expert on the Bible who nonetheless promotes "vague and fashionable spiritual values" rather than the Scriptures. He advocates ecumenical dialogue between the...
  • Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale

    01/03/2015 4:57:59 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 19 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | Jan 2, 2014 | Naftali Bendavid
    Europe News Europe’s Empty Churches Go on Sale Hundreds of Churches Have Closed or Are Threatened by Plunging Membership, Posing Question: What to Do With Unused Buildings? By Naftali Bendavid Jan. 2, 2015 7:36 p.m. ET ARNHEM, Netherlands—Two dozen scruffy skateboarders launched perilous jumps in a soaring old church building here on a recent night, watched over by a mosaic likeness of Jesus and a solemn array of stone saints. This is the Arnhem Skate Hall, an uneasy reincarnation of the Church of St. Joseph, which once rang with the prayers of nearly 1,000 worshipers. It is one of hundreds...
  • POPE: UN MUST FIGHT 'GLOBAL WARMING'

    12/29/2014 1:02:45 PM PST · by bestintxas · 333 replies
    the guardian ^ | 12/27/14 | j vidal
    He has been called the “superman pope”, and it would be hard to deny that Pope Francis has had a good December. Cited by President Barack Obama as a key player in the thawing relations between the US and Cuba, the Argentinian pontiff followed that by lecturing his cardinals on the need to clean up Vatican politics. But can Francis achieve a feat that has so far eluded secular powers and inspire decisive action on climate change? It looks as if he will give it a go. In 2015, the pope will issue a lengthy message on the subject to...
  • Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

    07/18/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Palestinian soldier stands guard during Pope Francis' May 25, 2014 Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace. “Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas,” a July 18 statement from the Vatican read. During the calls,...
  • The Vatican and Cuba: Some More Background

    01/01/2015 5:46:27 PM PST · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 1, 2015 | Andrew Stuttaford
    With the latest crackdown in Cuba showing just how Havana has ‘read’ Obama’s policy shift towards the Castro dictatorship, this new Foreign Affairs article by Victor Gaetan giving some background to the Vatican’s involvement in the deal that was eventually struck makes timely reading. Here’s an extract (my emphasis added): In Cuba, in other words, the church is still strong. Havana’s Cardinal Archbishop Jaime Lucas Ortega y Alamino has followed a strategy of reconciliation on the island, avoiding confrontation with the state while winning more independence to carry out the Church’s religious mission. Under Ortega’s 35-year leadership, the Catholic Church,...
  • Pope Francis, the examen, and Bonny and Clyde

    01/01/2015 12:57:59 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | January 1, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In his book entitled, "Rise, Let Us Be On Our Way," Pope John Paul II writes that: "By his manner of life, a bishop demonstrates that the Christ as "Model" lives on and still speaks to us today. One could say that a diocese reflects the manner of life of its bishop. His virtues - chastity, a spirit of poverty and prayer, simplicity, sensitivity of conscience - will, as it were, be written into the hearts of his priests. They, in their turn, will convey these values to the faithful entrusted to their care, and in this way young people...
  • How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Pope’s Climate Change Plans

    12/31/2014 11:01:03 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 81 replies
    KPBS ^ | 12/29/14 | David Wagner
    ...The church is prioritizing climate change just months after the Scripps Institution of Oceanography's Veerabhadran "Ram" Ramanathan organized a Vatican meeting on the issue. Ramanathan said the discussion, which spanned four days in May, was encouraging. "The Vatican agreed that we need a massive mobilization of public opinion about the seriousness of the issue, and why it's our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet," he said. Ramanathan is a member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. He believes religious leaders are now in a better position than scientists to inspire action....
  • What Can a Popular Pope Do About Climate Change?

    12/31/2014 6:26:34 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | December 30, 2014 | Nicholas St. Fleur
    The pontiff plans to issue a rare and controversial plea for Catholics to consider the environment. Recent polls show his message just might resonate. Pope Francis has ambitious environmental plans for 2015. Come March, he will deliver a 50 to 60-page edict urging his 1.2 billion Catholic followers to take action against climate change. The Pontiff will make his announcement during his visit to the Philippian city of Tacloban, which was ravaged by typhoon Haiyan, which killed thousands in 2013. But within his global congregation, many conservative Catholics are expected to oppose the pope’s environmental views. The message comes months...
  • Pope Francis: Environmental Destruction A Sin, Will Write Encyclical On Climate Change

    12/30/2014 5:11:40 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 123 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 12/30/2014
    Pope Francis continues his groundbreaking progressive approach to Catholicism with plans to expand next year on one of his favorite causes: climate change and protecting the environment. The pope is expected to make climate change a large part of his leadership efforts throughout 2015, according to ThinkProgress.org, using the papacy to encourage the 1.2 billion Catholics to protect the environment as “God’s creation.” Pope Francis has even gone as far as to call the destruction of the rainforest a sin, and cautioned Catholics and non-Catholics alike that protecting the environment is a sacred matter, going as far as back as...