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  • A look at Pope Francis' summer trip to the Shroud of Turin

    03/27/2015 4:11:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | March 26, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Shroud of Turin negative. Vatican City, Mar 26, 2015 / 12:09 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican has released the schedule for Pope Francis' upcoming pilgrimage to Turin – home to what is believed to be the burial shroud of Jesus – with a program that largely centers on young people. The pontiff's June 21-22 visit to the northern Italian city also marks the bicentenary of the birth of Saint John Bosco, founder of the Salesian order and patron saint of youth. According to the Vatican, which released the schedule during a March 25 press briefing, the Pope will venerate the...
  • 5 Things President Obama Wants To Discuss With Pope Francis When The Pontiff Comes To Town

    03/27/2015 3:13:53 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 03/26/2015 | Antonia Blumberg
    President Barack Obama is slated to meet with Pope Francis in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 23, and Obama already has a list of topics he hopes to discuss. In a press release Thursday, the White House laid out some of the president's ideal subjects for the talk, and said that Obama "looks forward to continuing" conversations he and Pope Francis began during their initial meeting at the Vatican in March 2014. The topics on Obama's agenda are ones that both leaders have made top priorities in their careers thus far. Here's what he hopes to chat about with the pope:
  • Pope Francis: Doctrine is cold and leads to an abstract world devoid of Theological Virtues

    03/26/2015 1:55:49 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 19 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 26, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    The assault on doctrine continues as Rome disintegrates. Vatican Radio: "It is not 'cold doctrine' that brings joy, but faith, and the hope of meeting Jesus. He who cannot rejoice is an unhappy believer: thats what Pope Francis said in his homily at Thursday mornings Mass in Santa Marta in the Vatican: Abrahams joy upon hearing that as God promised, he may become a father inspired Pope Francis reflection Thursday. Commenting on the days readings, Pope Francis remarked that Abraham is old, as well as his wife Sara, but he believes and opens 'his heart to hope' and is 'full...
  • Pope Francis condemns gender theory a third time: The family is under attack

    03/23/2015 2:02:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 23, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    NAPLES, Italy, March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- For at least the third time in his pontificate Pope Francis has used very strong language to condemn the gender theory, one of the intellectual underpinnings of the ‘LGBT’ agenda. Speaking Sunday with young people on his voyage to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis spoke of the “ideological colonization” of families seen throughout Europe and the West.“Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion," he said. “So the family is under attack.” As to how to deal with the “secularization” or the “ideological colonization,” the pope said...
  • The Popes Un-Catholic Scolding Against The Death Penalty Demeans and Cheapens Innocent Life

    03/21/2015 3:31:14 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 63 replies
    The Stumbling Block ^ | 3/21/15 | Stumbling Block
    Why is it that we support clubs of people who think they can impose some unjust law upon the whole planet? How in the world is a collection of subsidized scolders, winers, and diners supposed to impose a worldwide moratorium on anything? Why does the Pope think they can? Pope Francis delivered a letter this week to the International Commission against the Death Penalty With these letters, I wish to have my greeting reach all the members of the International Commission against the Death Penalty, to the group of countries that support it, and to those who collaborate with the...
  • Pope Francis: Contradicting the Depositum Fidei

    03/21/2015 10:39:37 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 21, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    (Vatican Radio) "Capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and an offense to the dignity of human life. In today's world, the death penalty is "inadmissible, however serious the crime" that has been committed. That was Pope Francis unequivocal message to members of the International Commission against the death penalty who met with him on Friday morning in the Vatican." See here. God's Holy Word tells us: "Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is...
  • Catholic Caucus: Pope Francis declares Holy Year for Mercy

    03/20/2015 6:59:11 PM PDT · by Coleus · 8 replies
    CNA ^ | Mar 13, 2015 | Elise Harris
    ome, Italy, Mar 13, 2015 / 10:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his homily for a Lenten penitential service, Pope Francis announced an extraordinary Jubilee to start at the end of the year, which will be dedicated to a theme close to the pontiffs heart: mercy. Dear brothers and sisters, I have thought about how the Church can make clear its mission of being a witness of mercy, the Pope told attendees of his March 13 penitential liturgy in St. Peters Basilica. It's a journey that starts with a spiritual conversion. For this reason I have decided to declare an Extraordinary...
  • Pope Francis: no crime ever deserves the death penalty

    03/20/2015 1:12:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 86 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/20/2015 | Vatican Radio
    Capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and an offense to the dignity of human life. In today's world, the death penalty is "inadmissible, however serious the crime" that has been committed. That was Pope Francis unequivocal message to members of the International Commission against the death penalty who met with him on Friday morning in the Vatican. Listen to Philippa Hitchens report: In a lengthy letter written in Spanish and addressed to the president of the International Commission against the death penalty, Pope Francis thanks those who work tirelessly for a universal moratorium, with the goal of abolishing the use of...
  • The Great Division is here: Point (the Bishops of Poland) and Counterpoint (Pope Francis)

    03/19/2015 9:36:12 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/19/20 | New Catholic
    The Bishops of Poland concluded their plenary meeting a week ago, and the central paragraph of their final communiqu was a strong reaffirmation of the doctrine of the Church on the indissolubility of marriage and its consequences for the sacramental life of the Church faithful: Statement of the plenary meeting of the Polish Bishops' Conference Warsaw, March 12, 2015. On March 11-12, 2015, the Bishops gathered at the headquarters of the Secretariat of the Polish Bishops' Conference in Warsaw at their 368th plenary meeting. It was also attended by Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Apostolic Nuncio to Poland, and thirteen invited guests...
  • Speaker at LA Arch conf says Catholic teaching on homosexuality is abusive and gravely evil

    03/18/2015 1:40:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 18, 2015 | Steve Weatherb
    Arthur Fitzmaurice criticized the Church’s 'poor and dangerous theology' on homosexuality. LOS ANGELES, March 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- A speaker at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles annual conference for religious educators on the weekend denounced the Church’s teaching on homosexuality, saying the Catechism’s language on the issue is “abusive” and “gravely evil.”Speaking at the conference of 800 catechists from the U.S. and Canada, Arthur Fitzmaurice, the resource director for the Oakland-based Catholic Association for Lesbian and Gay Ministry a former co-chair of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles' Catholic Ministry with Lesbian and Gay Persons, criticized what he called the...
  • Francis: Who are you to shut the door of mercy for someone?

    03/17/2015 4:10:36 PM PDT · by Legatus · 40 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 03/17/2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis has again forcefully emphasized the Catholic church's need to be merciful, pointedly asking who Christians that do not allow someone to renter the church community think they are. Speaking Tuesday during his daily homily at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Francis asked bluntly: "Who are you who shuts the door of your heart to a man, a woman who wants to improve, to return back into the people of God, because the Holy Spirit has stirred his or her heart?" The church, the pontiff said, is "the home of Jesus and Jesus welcomes -- but not only welcomes, [he]...
  • Pope Francis twists Scripture to promote heresy of false mercy

    03/17/2015 4:14:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    From Rome ^ | Br. Alexis Bugnolo
    In an incredible and shameless act of defiance to Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit, Pope Francis preached a blasphemous sermon this morning at Mass. Here is the Italian text, from Radio Vaticana:
  • On The Paradox Of Abundance

    03/17/2015 1:32:27 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 3/17/15 | James V. Schall, S.J.
    On February 13, LOsservatore Romano (English edition) printed a full-page text of Pope Francis message to the Milan Expo of Ideas. Its theme was: Nourish the Planet, Energy for Life. Pope Bergoglio brought up again his now familiar suggestions about how to handle poverty and hunger. Pope Francis recalled his address to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO, November 20, 2014). There, he linked together the production, accessibility, and availability of foodstuffs, climate change, and agricultural trade. Our first concern, however, must be the individual person, who lacks daily nourishment, who has given up thinking about life . . .and...
  • Al Gore at SXSW: We Need to Punish Climate-Change Deniers and Put a Price on Carbon

    03/16/2015 9:19:42 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 84 replies
    ecowatch.com ^ | March 16, 2015 10:37 am | Cole Mellino
    The South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival is happening now in Austin, Texas. Running from March 9 to 22, its a massive film, interactive and music festival that is nearly 20 years old. The festival brings together designers, developers, investors, entrepreneurs and politicians for panels and discussions about technology and innovation. For the third time in the last few years, Al Gore, founder and chairman of the Climate Reality Project, spoke at the festival on Friday. Naturally, his interactive discussion focused on addressing the climate crisis. The former vice president focused on the need to punish climate-change deniers, saying politicians should...
  • Pope Francis and the politics of a (maybe) short papacy

    03/15/2015 2:30:54 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 5 replies
    CruxNow.com ^ | 14MAR2015 | John L. Allen, Jr.
    Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday with yet another blockbuster media interview, this one with the Mexican network Televisa. One headline from the conversation with veteran Vatican reporter Valentina Alazraki focused on his expectations for a short papacy. As he has on other occasions, Francis hinted that he doesnt expect to be around very long. I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief four or five years. I dont know, even two or three, he said. The pontiff called this nothing more than a vague sensation. Maybe its like the psychology of...
  • Catholic catechist: The Church is unjust to gays and lesbians

    03/15/2015 4:21:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Crux ^ | March 14, 2015 | Michael O'Loughlin
    The Catholic Church acts unjustly toward gay and lesbian Catholics, who are held to different standards than other Catholics, a situation harming the Church and one that must change. That was the message delivered Friday at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress by Arthur Fitzmaurice, an advocate for making the Church more welcoming for gay and lesbian Catholics. His talk, delivered to 800 catechists and religious educators during an official Church event, comes during renewed clashes between Catholics who hold the line on the Churchs teaching on issues of sexuality, and those who support same-sex marriage and other gay...
  • Pope grieves Pakistan bombings, says world hides Christian persecution

    03/15/2015 1:57:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | March 15, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA. Rome, Italy, Mar 15, 2015 / 06:49 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis lamented today’s terrorist attacks against two Christian churches – one of them Catholic – in Pakistan, and prayed that such violence will stop. “With suffering, with much suffering, I have learned of today's terrorist attacks against two churches in the city of Lahore, Pakistan, which have caused numerous deaths and injuries,” the Pope told pilgrims gathered in St. Peter’s Square March 15....
  • Vatican Calls for Use of Force Against ISIS

    The main Vatican UN diplomat, Italian Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, has called for armed resistance to ISIS in a document presented to the UN Human Rights Council. Crux interviewed him about its aims: Tomasi told Crux that in the first instance, he hopes the statement will galvanize nations around the world to provide humanitarian aid to Christians and other groups suffering at the hands of ISIS, so they can survive and stand up for their own rights. Beyond that, Tomasi said, the crisis requires more coordinated protection, including the use of force to stop the hands of an aggressor. It will...
  • Pope Francis: I Feel Like My Papacy Will Last Only Four or Five Years

    03/13/2015 6:21:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 3/13/15 | Staff Reporter
    Francis made the remark in his most candid interview to datePope Francis has said that he did not know what to say when greeting the world from the balcony overlooking St Peters Square after his election two years ago. He made the remark in a candid and wide-ranging interview with the Mexican broadcaster Televisa. In the interview he said he felt his pontificate would be brief and that he did not mind being pope, adding: The only thing I would like is to go out one day, without being recognised, and go to a pizzeria for a pizza. According to...
  • Not so happy anniversary

    03/13/2015 8:49:58 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | 3/13/15 | Louie Verrecchio
    Today marks the second anniversary of the elevation of Jorge Bergoglio to the Chair of St. Peter, and what have we learned since? I suppose I could go about offering a review of the things that stand out most from these last 24 months, but instead Ill get straight to the bottom line. If nothing else, weve discovered that Pope Francis is very passionate about his faith. Far from the unpredictable free-spirit that so many once imagined him to be, all indications are that his firmly held beliefs animate and account for nearly everything he says and does; including his...
  • Pope says Koran is a book of peace and Islam is a peaceful religion

    03/13/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 162 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/15 | The Pope himself
    People need to examine whether the faith they claim is really Biblical.
  • Afraid of Pope Francis: A Sobering Email from Father Anonymous

    03/10/2015 4:31:30 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 61 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 3/10/15 | Michael Matt
    Editors Note: There has been a tendency among some recent critics of The Remnant to confuse our editorial concern over the troubling pontificate of Pope Francis with expressions of indignation over mere personal effrontery. Nothing could be further from the truth. When we note the fact that the Holy Father, for example, appears to be scolding traditional Catholics on something of a regular basis, we are not particularly concerned about his less-than-favorable opinion of us as individuals. We are a remnant, after all, whose stock-in-trade is opinion which tends to struggle against the current. An attack on traditionalists by the...
  • Vatican hosted feminist conference featuring prof who compares Mass to gay sex

    03/11/2015 5:37:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 11, 2015 | Hilary White
    This weekend the Vatican formally hosted one of Britains most virulently pro-abortion and pro-homosexual writers, as well as the head of an American organization promoting female ordination, at an officially sanctioned event inside Vatican City walls. Organizers spoke to Vatican Radio as well as the secular press, praising the new atmosphere within the Churchs leadership that made the conference possible.
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco, said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Pope Francis and the Neocatechumenal Way: Is the Holy Father okay with their heresies?

    03/07/2015 5:22:25 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 4 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 7, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    There are many within the Catholic Church who are rightfully concerned about the Neocatechumenal Way and its approach to Catholic teaching and liturgy. See here for example. Back in 2002, I prepared a report on the Neocatechumenal Way for Our Lady's Warriors. See here. At EWTN's website, one Catholic notes that the Neocatechumenal Way has, "..un-Catholic beliefs and practices. The REALLY solidly Catholic magazine 'Christian Order' has two articles available on its website giving examples of this. They are: The Neocatechumenate: Testimonies www.christianorder.com/features/features_2000/features_feb00_1.html The Neocatechumenal Way -- A Fearful Danger to the Faith (by Father Enrico Zoffoli) www.christianorder.com/features/features_1995/features_apr95.html This group...
  • African bishop on polygamy, homosexuality & divorce (oh my).

    03/05/2015 10:29:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Commonweal Magazine's dotCommonweal Blog ^ | March 4, 2015 | Grant Gallicho
    In a wide-ranging, at points jaw-dropping interview with Aleteia, Archbishop Charles Palmer-Buckle of Accra, Ghana, signaled his openness to finding a way for remarried Catholics to be readmitted to Communion--and suggested the church might reinterpret Scripture to allow the "unbinding" of marriages. Palmer-Buckle, who is sixty-four years old, was selected by his brother bishops to represent Ghana at this October's Synod on the Family. Early in the interview, the archbishop makes it clear that he takes seriously Pope Francis's call for open discussion of the challenges facing Catholic families today. "There are people in polygamous relationships, who were involved in...
  • Pope Francis seeks closer Iran ties: Vatican envoy

    11/05/2013 2:46:31 PM PST · by Carbonsteel · 5 replies
    PressTV ^ | 11/03/2013 | N/A
    The Vaticans new Apostolic Nuncio to Iran says Pope Francis seeks closer bilateral relations between the Catholic government and the Islamic Republic.
  • Vatican security chief says ISIS threat to Pope Francis is real

    03/02/2015 3:21:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    CRUX NOW ^ | 03/02/2015 | Ins San Martn, Vatican Correspondent
    ROME While acknowledging that ISIS represents a real threat to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the commander of the Vatican gendarmes says security services have no knowledge of a planned attack. The threat exists. This is what has emerged from my conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues, said Domenico Giani, inspector general of the Corpo della Gendarmeria, the police and security service for the Vatican City State. At the moment, I can say that we know of no plan for an attack against the Vatican or the Holy Father, Giani said. The comments came in an interview with Giani...
  • Vatican on alert amid threat of Islamist attacks

    03/02/2015 1:10:17 PM PST · by mojito · 7 replies
    JPost/Reuters ^ | 3/2/2015 | Unattributed
    ROME - The Vatican is on alert in case of an attack by Islamist militants against the city-state or Pope Francis, but officials are not aware of any specific plot, the head of Vatican security said in a rare interview. "The threat exists. This is what has emerged from conversations with Italian and foreign colleagues," Domenico Giani told Polizia Moderna, the magazine published by Italian police, when asked if threats from Islamic State militants were credible. "(But) at the moment I can say that we are not aware of any plan to attack the Vatican or the Holy Father," he...
  • Pope Francis: Money Is the Devils Dung!

    02/28/2015 11:15:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | February 28, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    In his address to the Italian Confederation of Cooperatives Saturday, Pope Francis employed muscular language in speaking about money while acknowledging its importance to business. Money, he said, is the devils dung. It is not easy to talk about money, Francis said. Quoting Saint Basil the Great, the Pope said: Money is the dung of the devil! When money becomes an idol, it rules over a persons choices. And then it ruins a person and condemns him, turning him into a slave. The Pope called for creative imagination to find new methods, attitudes and tools to combat the culture...
  • Pope Francis attacks 'throw-away' economic globalization

    02/28/2015 1:21:42 PM PST · by SkyPilot · 16 replies
    Reuters and Yahoo News ^ | 28 Feb 15 | James Mackenzie
    Pope Francis launched a fresh attack on economic injustice on Saturday, condemning the "throw-away culture" of globalization and calling for new ways of thinking about poverty, welfare, employment and society. In a speech to the association of Italian cooperative movements, he pointed to the "dizzying rise in unemployment" and the problems that existing welfare systems had in meeting healthcare needs. For those living "at the existential margins" the current social and political system "seems fatally destined to suffocate hope and increase risks and threats," he said. The Argentinian-born pope, who has often criticized orthodox market economics for fostering unfairness and...
  • Plausible Hypothesis on What Exactly the Abomination of Desolation Might Be

    02/28/2015 1:13:39 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 48 replies
    Barnhardt ^ | 2/26/15 | Ann Barnhardt
    I recently tweeted THIS PIECE on the attempts by Francis and his felonious thug toadies to execute a de facto abrogation of the Sixth Commandment, written under a nome de plume (or is that nome de guerre?) over at The Remnant Newspaper. When I read the authors two concluding paragraphs, one thought entered my mind, and has not left since. That thought was, Oh my gosh. THAT is the Abomination of Desolation. First, let me quote the final two paragraphs from The Remnants piece: The gravity of this looming crisis cannot be overstated. If this proposal is adopted, it will...
  • Restaurant chain invites the pope (and you) to try its Lent menu

    02/27/2015 2:18:59 PM PST · by NYer · 28 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | February 21, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kendra
    How’s this for an unusual marketing gimmick: Red Robin is hoping to lure Catholics who are abstaining from meat during Lent by presenting its latest seafood menu — even inviting Pope Francis to lunch.And other fast food restaurants are jumping on the Lent wagon as well.Red Robin Gourmet Burgers Inc., based in Greenwood Village, Colorado, extended an invitation to the pope on Wednesday as it introduced its new “Wild Pacific” crab cake burger.The company released a statement “joyfully” extending an invitation to the pope to eat at Red Robin during the Lenten season.“If His Holiness accepts and visits any U.S. location between February 18 and...
  • American Priest Among Saints Causes Advanced by Pope Francis

    01/25/2015 6:33:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/23/15 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Jan 23, 2015 / 10:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Servant of God Aloysius Schwartz is one of the 11 causes for canonization that Pope Francis advanced yesterday, and will be granted the title Venerable with the pontiffs recognition of his heroic virtue. Pope Francis approved the advancement of the causes for canonization during a private Jan. 22 audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. In addition to Fr. Schwartz, six other Servants of God were recognized for heroic virtue, while three have been acknowledged as martyrs. The Pope also recognized a...
  • Mystic, monk and poet meet the newest Doctor of the Church (Catholic/Armenian Caucus)

    02/24/2015 10:27:51 AM PST · by NYer · 33 replies
    cna ^ | February 24, 2015 | Kevin Jones and Ann Schneible
    St Gregory of Narek. Credit: Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons. Vatican City, Feb 23, 2015 / 04:37 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- St. Gregory of Narek – a tenth century priest, monk, mystic, and poet beloved among Armenian Christians – has become the first Armenian to be named a Doctor of the Church. “It is a great honor for the Armenian Church to contribute to this very important rank of saints who have enriched the Catholic Church with their teachings,” Armenian Catholic priest Father Thomas Garabedian told CNA Feb. 23. “Certainly this is a big honor for us Armenian-Americans,” said Fr. Garabedian, who is...
  • Pope Francis Defends Human Nature Against Gender Radicals

    02/25/2015 7:12:03 AM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | February 25, 2015 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Disappointing progressives yet again, Pope Francis has now condemned contemporary gender theory as denying the order of creation. In an interview published in a new book, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, (portions of which were also published last monthin the Italian daily La Stampa), Pope Francis appears to reject the postmodern conceptualization of gender as a moveable point along a spectrum that is fluid and changeable. He does not accept the progressive claim that gender is socially constructed rather than God-given and instead appears to embrace gender in a traditional binary category of...
  • Pope Francis declares a non-Catholic Doctor of the Universal Church

    02/25/2015 6:11:56 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 39 replies
    New Sherwood ^ | 2/25/15 | New Sherwood
    Yesterday, on February 23, it was reported that Pope Francis formally declared Gregory of Narek to be a Doctor of the Universal Church. Gregory of Narek was an Armenian priest, monk, and poet who is greatly revered by Armenians but virtually unknown otherwise. So far as I can tell, he is the first and only non-Catholic among only 36 doctors of the Church. He lived and died in the bosom of a schismatic jurisdiction, and he was most likely an adherent of the Miaphysite heresy. Traditionally, a Doctor of the Church is chosen only among recognized Catholic saints. Is this...
  • "Lent Is Time Of Combat", Says Pope Francis

    02/23/2015 8:42:36 AM PST · by Biggirl · 11 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 23, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    On Sunday, Pope Francis spoke about the Christian season of lent, the period of prayer and penance leading up to Holy Week and Easter. Lent, said the Pope, is a time of combat and a time of spiritual battle against the spirit of evil.
  • Was Pope Francis warning against bishops ordaining traditionalist seminarians?

    02/22/2015 9:19:17 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 13 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 2/20/15 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments to Roman clergy yesterday Pope Francis referred to cases that happen often where bishops have accepted traditionalist seminarians who were rejected by other dioceses. Because they presented themselves very well, very devout, said the pope, the bishops failed to find out information about them, and they were later found to have psychological and moral problems." Ordaining such seminarians, said the pontiff, is like placing a mortgage on the Church. The comments came in a meeting with Roman clergy that, in order to be allowed to flow freely, Pope Francis asked not to be televised. However, Romes Zenit News...
  • Pope's Shocking Hitler Youth Comparison (Pope blasts gender theory. Media blasts Pope)

    02/21/2015 1:22:04 PM PST · by NYer · 21 replies
    DailyBeast ^ | February 20, 2015
    The pontiff has a bad habit of dissing women and marginalizing sexual minorities. Is he as liberal as his image suggests?News emerged last week that Pope Francis has strongly criticized modern theories of gender, comparing them to the educational policies of Hitler and the destructive possibilities of the nuclear arms race.In an interview included in a new book by Andrea Tornielli and Giacomo Galeazzi, Pope Francis: This Economy Kills, and released in part in the Italian daily La Stampa, Francis compared gender theory to nuclear arms: Lets think of the nuclear arms, of the possibility to annihilate in a few...
  • Pope Francis and the Copts Blood and ecumenism

    02/18/2015 6:33:55 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 2/17/15 | B.C.
    IT IS an almost provocative way of looking at things, but one that the pope has adopted several times. It came up yesterday when he was speaking to a delegation from Scotland about the 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt who were recently murdered by Islamist terrorists. According to Vatican Radio, he said: The blood of our Christian brothers and sisters is a testimony which cries out to be heard...It makes no difference whether they be Catholics, Orthodox, Copts or Protestants. They are Christians! Their blood is one and the same. Their blood confesses Christ. Today the pope followed this by...
  • Pope Francis: The blood of Christians slaughtered in Libya a testimony that cries out to the world

    02/16/2015 6:46:11 PM PST · by Kaslin · 29 replies
    Hot Air.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | ED MORRISEY
    Call this a contrast of leadership. In a meeting today with a delegation from the Church of Scotland, who traveled to the Vatican on an ecumenical visit, Pope Francis decried the slaughter of 21 Coptic Christians from Egypt by Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS). Speaking in his native Spanish, the pontiff used the ecumenical audience of Presbyterians to declare that the Copts were martyred for their faith — the faith of all Christians. They died “only because they confessed Christ,” Pope Francis emphasized, and their “testimony cries out to be heard”: I would now like to turn to...
  • No mention of Christians anywhere in Obamas White House statement on beach beheadings

    02/16/2015 10:42:22 AM PST · by a fool in paradise · 68 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | February 16, 2015 | Joe Saunders
    The 21 men beheaded on a Mediterranean beach in a video released by Islamist savages Sunday were killed because of their Coptic Christian faith, by men who proclaimed the reason for the murders before the whole world. And the White House won’t say the word. Christian beheading victims are marched to the beach in Libya to be murdered by Islamist militants on Sunday. (Daily Mail photo) “The United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,” a statement issued by the White House said.“ISIL’s barbarity knows no bounds.  It is unconstrained by...
  • After Beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists Say They Will Conquer Rome Next

    02/16/2015 6:19:01 AM PST · by marshmallow · 70 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/16/15 | Staff Reporter
    Militants declaring loyalty to Islamic State in Libya single out Rome as a targetIslamist militants claiming loyalty to ISIS have released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christians who were taken hostage in Libya several weeks ago. The video shows men apparently being beheaded after being forced to kneel next to the Mediterranean Sea. A militant says they are sending a message from the south of Rome. At the end of the footage the same English-speaking fighter raises his knife to the water and says ISIS would conquer Rome. This morning Egypt and the Libyan government...
  • Pope Francis Denounces ISIS Slaughter: "Their Blood Confesses Christ"

    02/16/2015 7:12:05 AM PST · by Biggirl · 34 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | February 16, 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, PH.D
    This morning, Pope Francis condemned the brutal slaying of 21 Coptic Christians perpetrated by ISIS in Libya over the weekend, proclaiming them martyrs killed out of hatred of their Christian faith.
  • Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress

    02/11/2015 6:33:59 PM PST · by juliosevero · 17 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress By Julio Severo For the first time in the U.S. history, a pope will address the Congress, invited by Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi. When he speaks to American lawmakers September 24, Pope Francis will address a Congress that is 31 percent Catholic, well above the 22 percent of all the American population, according to a survey released last month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Boehner and Pelosi are both Catholic. Were humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message...
  • There Is No Salvation Outside The Catholic Church (Extra Ecclesiam Nulla Salus)

    02/08/2015 5:56:52 AM PST · by infool7 · 265 replies
    Barnhardt.biz ^ | 2/6/2015 | Ann Barnhardt
    I have been meaning to write this up for months, as it is a regular question that lands in the ol inbox. It is on peoples minds, both inside and outside the Church, especially with the imbecilic, contra-educated words and deeds coming out of the Bishop of Rome in these dark, dark days. It is time to explain this clearly and forthrightly, because it is actually one of the truths that was most persuasive and attractive in my conversion process. Why? Because the explanation is logical, coherent, and satisfyingly beautiful. This statement is TRUE: There is no salvation outside of...
  • Pope Francis will address Congress

    02/07/2015 8:13:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 28 replies
    Catholic News Service via Catholic Herald ^ | 02-07-15 | Paul Haring | CNS
    Pope Francis will address Congress Catholic News Service Paul Haring | CNSPope Francis prays as he leads ecumenical vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome Jan. 25. WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation."Boehner noted that "in a time of global...
  • Democrat Operatives, W.H. Overlords Contributing to Holy Climate Encyclical. What Must We Believe?

    02/03/2015 3:02:08 PM PST · by BlatherNaut · 10 replies
    Pewsitter ^ | 2/3/15 | Frank Walker
    Why is the head of the U.S. Bishops meeting with the White House and the Director of the liberal Center for American Progress? What goals could they possibly share? Is there anything Catholic about that pro-gay, pro-death power group? As the Obama administration tries to position itself as a world leader on climate change ahead of United Nations talks, it's engaging a powerful ally: the Catholic Church. Pope Francis has been moving the Church into a more aggressive posture on climate change, citing the moral need to protect the planet and its citizens. With countries preparing their own climate plans...
  • Pope emphasizes right to food in address to 500 experts

    02/07/2015 11:58:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 66 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 7, 2015 9:42 AM EST | Colleen Barry
    Pope Francis emphasized the right to food as fundamental in a video address Saturday to 500 experts starting work on a wide-ranging document aimed at raising awareness and proposing solutions to issues including hunger, obesity and food waste. Francis said the paradox of abundance described by Pope John Paul IIwhereby there is food for everyone yet not everyone can eatcontinues to be an issue despite the multiplication of organizations and responses by the international community on nutrition. [] He also urged them (the experts) to show courage in protecting the planet the mother of everything that asks respect and not...