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  • Trump booed at Catholic fundraising dinner

    10/21/2016 6:20:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 127 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | October 21, 2016
    Donald Trump was booed by diners during a Catholic fundraising event last night.The Alfred E Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual white-tie gala in New York, is often the last time the two presidential nominees share a stage before Election Day and is traditionally a time when campaign hostilities are set aside. The event raises money for impoverished children throughout New YorkThe speakers usually poke fun at themselves and each other. But the audience seemed to think Trump had crossed a line with his caustic language about Clinton.Trump referred to his opponent as “corrupt” during a lengthy riff on the FBI’s investigation into her use of...
  • Al Smith Dinner: Cardinal Dolan fails to speak against abortion

    10/21/2016 4:52:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2016 | J. Marsolo
    While the tradition of the Alfred E. Smith dinner to invite the Republican and Democrat nominee to raise money for charity is admirable, it was disturbing to see Timothy Cardinal Dolan laughing and joking with Hillary Clinton less than twenty-four hours after Hillary announced she supports abortion up to the moment of birth. Worse, when he spoke at the end, he made a vague oblique reference to the life of the unborn when he said some of the money raised would help poor women give birth. I understand that the dinner is to raise money and everyone tries to...
  • Donald Trump Reveals Evangelical Rifts That Could Shape Politics for Years

    10/18/2016 5:29:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/17/16 | Laurie Goodstein
    When Jen Hatmaker speaks to stadiums full of Christian women, she regales them with stories about her five children and her garden back in Austin, Tex. and stays away from politics. But recently she took to Facebook and Instagram to blast Donald J. Trump as a national disgrace, and remind her legions of followers that there are other names on the ballot in November. Trump has consistently normalized violence, sexual deviance, bigotry and hate speech, she said in an email interview. I wouldnt accept this from my seventh-grade son, much less from a potential leader of the free world....
  • WikiLeaks: Hillary Clinton Confidantes Mock Evangelicals and Conservative Catholics in Podesta Email

    10/11/2016 6:21:52 PM PDT · by Hojczyk · 45 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 11,2016 | Leonardo Blair
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton's campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri and Center for American Progress fellow John Halpin mocked conservative Catholicism as an "amazing bastardization of the faith" in new emails released by WikiLeaks.
  • WikiLeaks: Podesta and Left-Wing Activist Plot Catholic Spring

    10/12/2016 8:05:11 AM PDT · by FR_addict · 68 replies ^ | Oct 12, 2016 | Edmund Kozak
    Longtime Clinton confidante discussed infiltrating the Catholic Church with progressive ideology to foment revolution A newly leaked email shows Hillary Clintons current campaign chairman John Podesta and a Left-wing activist casually discussing fomenting revolution in the Catholic Church. There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church, Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, writes to Podesta in an email titled opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing. There...
  • WikiLeaks: Podesta and Left-Wing Activist Plot Catholic Spring

    10/12/2016 9:27:14 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 14 replies ^ | October 12, 2016 | Edmund Kozak
    Longtime Clinton confidante discussed infiltrating the Catholic Church with progressive ideology to foment revolutionA newly leaked email shows Hillary Clinton’s current campaign chairman John Podesta and a Left-wing activist casually discussing fomenting “revolution” in the Catholic Church.“There needs to be a Catholic Spring, in which Catholics themselves demand the end of a middle ages dictatorship and the beginning of a little democracy and respect for gender equality in the Catholic Church,” Sandy Newman, president and founder of the progressive nonprofit Voices for Progress, writes to Podesta in an email titled “opening for a Catholic Spring? just musing.” “There needs to...
  • In New Cardinal Picks, Pope Francis Sidelines Conservatives, Promotes Progressives

    10/09/2016 3:31:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | October 9, 2016
    Pope Francis announced his choices for new Catholic cardinals Sunday, promoting a number of well-known progressives while snubbing conservatives who were up for the job. In all, the Pope named 17 new cardinals, including 13 who are under 80 years old and therefore eligible to participate in the conclave electing the next pope. Notably, in his selection for cardinals from among the United States bishops, Francis named the recently appointed archbishop of Chicago, Blaise Cupich, a man with impeccable liberal credentials. He also broke with protocol by choosing Archbishop William Tobin of Indianapolis, a relatively small archdiocese never before considered...
  • Nude Female "Christa" Back at Episcopal Cathedral

    10/08/2016 10:07:52 AM PDT · by lqcincinnatus · 31 replies
    The Institute on Religion & Democracy ^ | October 6, 2016 | Jeff Walton
    Beginning today, a controversial sculpture depicting a nude female Christ on the cross is returning to New Yorks Episcopal Cathedral, displayed on a chapel altar. Christa, the bronze sculpture by artist Edwina Sandys, will appear alongside the work of 21 other contemporary artists according to the Cathedral of St. John the Divine web site: all exploring the language, symbolism, art, and ritual associated with the historic concept of the Christ image and the divine as manifested in every personacross all genders, races, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and abilities.
  • Progressive "Evangelicals" Show their Bias in Anti-Trump Letter

    10/08/2016 6:05:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 17 replies ^ | October 8, 2016 | Calvin Beisner
    Reading "A Declaration by American Evangelicals Concerning Donald Trump" reminded me of the truth that what a document doesn't say is often as important as what it does.A survey of the initial signers reveals that its most famous signers have long been on the Progressive wing of American Protestantism: Tony Campolo, Rich Cizik, Claiborne, Wes Granberg-Michaelson, Rachel Held Evans, Jo Anne Lyon, McLaren, David Neff, Ron Sider (of Evangelicals for Social Action), and Jim Wallis (of Sojourners). A more candid title would have been "A Declaration by American Progressive Evangelicals Concerning Donald Trump."The letter's specific objections to Trump begin in...
  • Belgian Bishop Calls on Catholic Church to Approve Ritual for Blessing Gay Unions

    10/07/2016 5:44:39 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/6/16 | Jeanne Smits
    October 6, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Bishop Johan Bonny of Antwerp, Belgium, suggested that homosexual couples, divorced and remarried Catholics, and cohabiting pairs should be given some sort of Church blessing as part of a diversity of rituals that would recognize the exclusiveness and stability of their unions. Since the two Synods on the Family and the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, this is probably one of the most radical viewpoints to have been expressed to date in the name of pastoral care and mercy by a Catholic prelate. Bishop Bonny offers his thoughts in a book to be published October 11...
  • Tim Kaine's Catholic Mutiny

    10/07/2016 9:42:43 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    American Thinker ^ | October 7, 2016 | Daniel John Sobieski
    Liberal Catholic candidates for public office such as Democratic nominee for vice president Tim Kaine often proclaim their Catholic identity to curry favor with this constituency, but when it comes to practicing the doctrines of their faith often are what are called cafeteria Catholics. They pick and chooses from what they might call the Ten Suggestions, particularly when it comes to a womans right to choose. Unfortunately for Tim Kaine and fellow cafeteria devotees, there is no right to choose on what are called doctrines of the church, even if he seems to think so. On the issue of same-sex...
  • Liberal Evangelicals Contort and Distort to Promote Pro-Abortion Hillary Clinton

    10/07/2016 5:12:59 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | October 6, 2016 | Ryan Bomberger
    The Christian Post has allowed a Democrat operative to shill for Hillary Clinton, who rivals Barack Obama as the most pro-abortion presidential candidate in history. I’m trying to imagine if the issue were slavery, would the Christian Post give its space to the promotion of someone so determined to violently dehumanize God’s creation? If it’s remotely Christian to support a billion-dollar business that daily destroys nearly 1,000 defenseless human lives, then Christians can support anything.Eric Sapp authors a ridiculously dishonest piece entitled “Hillary Clinton is the Best Choice for Voters Against Abortion”. He writes: “I'll start by saying that I...
  • Why this white pastor is not saying all lives matter

    10/06/2016 8:18:39 PM PDT · by GuavaCheesePuff · 19 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | October 6, 2016 | Lindsey Bever
    A white pastor in New York has been swept up in a race debate following a proclamation that he would not say all lives matter. The mantra, he said, does not address an essential issue. The 37-year-olds comment came just days after two police shootings left two black men dead. Terence Crutcher, an unarmed black man, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Tulsa on Sept. 16; four days later, another black man, Keith Lamont Scott, was killed at the hands of police in Charlotte. The shootings ignited peaceful protests interrupted by chaos in cities 1,000 miles...
  • An Evolving Episcopal Church Invites Back a Controversial Sculpture [Female Christ]

    10/05/2016 5:45:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 10/4/16 | James Barron
    Edwina Sandys had seen this before: the 250-pound bronze statue of a bare-breasted woman on a translucent acrylic cross being installed in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. This time around, however, she does not expect to see something else she had seen before: the statue being packed up after a call from a ranking church official telling her it had to go. That happened the first time Christa, Ms. Sandyss sculpture of a crucified woman, was shown at the cathedral in Manhattan during Holy Week in 1984. A controversy erupted, complete with hate mail attacking it as...
  • Tim Kaines Radical Roots in Honduras

    10/05/2016 2:25:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | October 5, 2016
    SUMMARY In media appearances since he was named the Vice Presidential running mate of Secretary Clinton, Tim Kaine has continuously referenced his time in Honduras as the decisive period that helped shape both his political and religious views. The facts surrounding this mission trip, however, raise grave and serious concerns, particularly given his continued relationships with the successors of a number of political and religious extremists. Catholic voters and leaders are entitled to the truth about this decisive period in Kaines life. This memo has been published based on extensive research and reporting in an effort to help all people...
  • Pope Francis calls woman with sex-change operation a man and calls partners married

    10/03/2016 6:23:21 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 3, 2016 | John-Henry Westen
    Despite the Vaticans assertion that a so-called sex-change surgery does not alter the sex of a person, Pope Francis has nevertheless chosen to refer to a woman who underwent a sex-change operation as a man, and also referred to her as having married another woman and admitted to receiving them in the Vatican last year. As with most of his most controversial remarks, the statements came during an in-flight press scrum. On October 2, on his return flight from his papal visit to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Pope referred to a woman who felt like a man but was physically...
  • DCLeaks Bombshell: The Soros/{POPE}Francis Alliance Confirmed

    09/21/2016 8:04:13 AM PDT · by drpix · 36 replies ^ | 9/19/16 | Elizabeth Yore
    The drip, drip, drip of more leaked Soros Open Society Foundation (OSF) documents surfaced in the DCLeaks website to illustrate the ongoing unholy alliance between George Soros and Pope Francis. The Pope appears in the weekly OSF reports as the subject of laudatory and strategic accounts of papal pronouncements and actions promoting Soros new normal of massive Muslim migration in Europe. While Francis seems oblivious, even the DCLeaks hackers recognize the treacherous and manipulative Soros as a monstrous global threat. DCLeaks introduces its infamous subject accordingly...
  • Democrat fake Catholics have finally pushed the Catholic Church too far and will feel the blow back

    09/20/2016 9:27:17 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 18 replies
    The Coach's Team ^ | 9/20/16 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    For years genuine Catholics have been forced to watch helplessly as Democrat, fake Catholics have trashed Catholic doctrine for political gain with little more than a peep from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. We have been forced to shy away from discussions about the feckless response our Church leaders have displayed in the face of Democrat fake Catholic demands. When the Bishops give an inch or appear to give an inch the fake Catholic Democrats demand a yard. This has embarrassed us to no end; but things might be changing. After years of remaining largely silent while Democrat fake...
  • Dilution of Doctrine (Excellent)

    09/18/2016 4:33:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-17-2016 | Ross Douthat
    LAST weekend Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of L.G.B.T. activists that he expects his church to eventually bless and celebrate same-sex marriages. In short order his bishop, Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Va., had a statement out declaring that the Catholic understanding of marriage would remain unchanged and resolute. In a normal moment, it would be the task of this conservative Catholic scribbler to explain why the governor is wrong and the bishop is right, why scripture and tradition make it impossible for Catholicism to simply reinvent its...
  • (Oregon Episcopal) Pastor Who Will Destroy Weapon Won't Be Charged

    09/17/2016 2:33:21 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 38 replies
    Lake Oswego Patch ^ | September 16, 2016 | Colin Miner
    Father Jeremy Lucas won an AR-15 at auction so he could have it destroyed. The pastor from Lake Oswego who spent $3,000 on auction tickets in a successful attempt to win an automatic weapon so that he could have it destroyed, will be able to proceed as planned. Reverend Jeremy Lucas from the Christ Church Episcopal Church in Lake Oswego was being investigated by the Oregon State Police for allegedly giving the gun to someone for safekeeping without having conducted a background check. "The case was referred to the Clackamas County District Attorney's Office for review who advised OSP that...
  • Did Flint Preacher Set a Trap for Trump?

    09/16/2016 5:15:54 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 47 replies
    Todd ^ | September 14, 2016 | Todd Starnes
    The minister of a Methodist church made national headlines after she scolded Donald Trump for injecting politics into a campaign stop. The Rev. Faith Green Timmons came on stage and stopped Trump in the middle of his remarks at Bethel United Methodist Church. She told him to stay focused on the water crisis and not Hillary Clinton. I invited you here to thank us for what weve done in Flint, not give a political speech," the reverend told Mr. Trump. Trump graciously complied with her demand. But something doesn't pass the smell test. Consider this screen grab from the minister's...
  • Archbishop of Wales: Gay Relationships Are Also Biblical

    09/15/2016 9:24:14 AM PDT · by C19fan · 36 replies
    Breitbart ^ | September 15, 2016 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Sex within a committed homosexual relationship is perfectly proper, the Archbishop of Wales has said, arguing that Christians who support same-sex marriage are not abandoning the Bible. Dr. Barry Morgan used his final address to the governing body of The Church in Wales to suggest that biblical stories should be re-examined and re-interpreted in a way that fully accepts homosexual lifestyles.
  • Devout Roman Catholic Tim Kaine Butchers the Bible and Embraces Gay Radicalism

    09/13/2016 1:46:17 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 41 replies ^ | September 13, 2016 | Michael Brown
    Speaking at the Human Rights Campaigns annual Washington, DC dinner, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine butchered the Bible and made one of the most twisted arguments for same-sex marriage that youll ever hear. Yet the very article laying out his arguments described him as a devout Roman Catholic. How can this be?Putting aside the obvious question of how Kaine could serve on a presidential ticket with the radically pro-abortion candidate Hillary Clinton indeed, he has already been challenged for saying he is both a traditional Catholic and a strong supporter of abortion Kaine raised further eyebrows when suggesting...
  • Texas Archbishop Slaps Down Catholics for Choice!

    09/13/2016 8:03:49 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 19 replies
    The Christian Review ^ | Sep 13, 2016 | Deal Hudson
    Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S. of San Antonio has shown the kind of leadership so badly needed in this election season. When the oxymoronic Catholics of Choice published a advertisement in the San Antonio newspaper (September 12), Archbishop Garcia-Siller answered with the following broadside. This statement has the ring of a bishop who has had enough of the nonsense and wants to set the record straight. Thank you Archbishop Garcia-Siller! (Italics are added for emphasis.) ARCHDIOCESE RESPONDS TO CATHOLICS FOR CHOICE ADVERTISEMENT IN SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS An organization called Catholics for Choice placed a full-page advertisement in the Sept. 12 edition...
  • Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian and Presbyterian Clergy Participate in Rally for Abortion

    09/13/2016 6:56:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 40 replies ^ | September 13, 2016 | Micaiah Bilger
    Many Judeo-Christian leaders speak out against abortion, but the few who advocate for abortion often are the ones who get the most media attention. On Monday in Kentucky, pro-abortion clergy held a rally at the State Capitol to advocate for abortion and other issues, the State-Journal reports. The event was called the Higher Ground Moral Day of Action, and it was held in conjunction with other rallies nation-wide. Led by clergy, the event highlighted the upcoming election and called on candidates and elected officials to uphold the most sacred moral principles of our faith and constitutional values. These included the...
  • Kaine's [Catholic] Bishop rebukes him on gay marriage

    09/13/2016 5:33:45 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    Sept. 13, 2016 | Paul Bedard
    Sen. Tim Kaine's Catholic bishop in Richmond, Va., has an answer for the Democratic vice presidential pick's prediction that the Vatican will change its opposition to same sex marriage: Never. In a statement provided to Secrets, Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo said, "Marriage is the only institution uniting one man and one woman with each other and with any child who comes from their union. Redefining marriage furthers no one's rights." Speaking Saturday to the Human Rights Campaign, the nation's leading LGBT lobbying group, Kaine said he believes the church will change its position on gay marriage. "I think it's going...
  • Hillary Clinton Bares Her Soul At Baptist Convention

    09/12/2016 8:10:40 AM PDT · by sevinufnine · 70 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/9/16 | by Charlie Spiering
    Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton staged a personal speech about her faith, baring her soul to the congregation and talking personally about her commitment to her faith. This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it, Clinton said, citing Scripture as she took the stage at the National Baptist Convention in Kansas City. For me, it has always been about trying to live up to the responsibility described by the Prophet Micah that we do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God, she said.
  • Kaine predicts Catholic church will change its teaching on gay marriage

    09/11/2016 5:07:56 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 46 replies
    WA POST ^ | 9/10/16 | John Wagner
    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend, Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights. But I think thats going to change, too.
  • Kaine Predicts Catholic Church Will Change its Teaching on Gay Marriage

    09/10/2016 7:38:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/10/16 | John Wagner
    Democratic vice-presidential nominee Tim Kaine, a practicing Catholic, on Saturday described his evolution on same-sex marriage and predicted that his church would change its views as well. My full, complete, unconditional support for marriage equality is at odds with the current doctrine of the church that I still attend, Kaine said at a dinner celebrating gay rights. But I think thats going to change, too. Kaine, a senator from Virginia, spoke to a crowd of about 3,700 attending the 20th Annual Human Rights Campaign National Dinner in Washington, at which he also touted reasons why his running mate, presidential nominee...
  • Clinton Campaign Stunner Dismal Attendance For Hillary Clinton Key Note Address in Kansas City

    09/08/2016 9:51:49 PM PDT · by onyx · 75 replies
    The National Baptist Convention is being held in Kansas City Missouri with thousands of baptist worshipers from all fifty states. Hillary Clinton was the key note speaker.The convention organizers anticipated considerable -and enthusiastic- attendance, amid a predominantly black audience, and set up the venue accordingly in the Kansas City Convention Center Thursday afternoon.Then this happened:It gets worse:And worse:The stunningly lackluster results must be sending shock waves throughout the DNC and Clinton Campaign. This portends trouble…. Big Trouble.The latest poll results via Kansas City Star for the presidential race – Sept 6th:In a four-way race for president: R – Donald...
  • Pope Benedict: My biggest accomplishment was breaking up Vatican gay lobby

    09/08/2016 4:42:44 PM PDT · by annalex · 30 replies
    <p>VATICAN CITY (AP) Retired Pope Benedict XVI has acknowledged that governing the church wasnt his strong suit but says he doesnt see his papacy as a failure and that he succeeded at least in breaking up the Vaticans so-called gay lobby.</p>
  • New Jersey priest suspended for homosexual advocacy

    09/03/2016 11:49:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 09-02-2016 | Staff
    A New Jersey priest has been suspended from public ministry because of his persistent homosexual advocacy. Father Warren Hall revealed on Twitter that he had been suspended by Archbishop John Myers of Newark, because his public statements and actions are confusing the faithful. Last year Father Hall had been removed from his post as chaplain at Seton Hall University because of his outspoken support for homosexual causes. Father Hall indicated that he thought his suspension showed that Archbishop Myers was out of step with Catholic thinking. He wrote on Twitter that @Pontifexs Reform are taking too long.
  • Soros Paid Leftist Groups to Silence Pope on Abortion and Marriage

    08/30/2016 10:45:33 AM PDT · by detective · 43 replies
    Breitbart ^ | August 29, 2016 | Austin Ruse
    Newly released documents from Wikileaks have exposed the efforts of hard-left billionaire George Soros to make Pope Francis quiet down on social issues like abortion and man-woman marriage and make income equality and global warming the centerpiece of his visit last year to the U.S. The documents show how these wealthy groups worked closely with the Popes closest advisers including two U.S. Bishops and one Latin American Cardinal. The plan was first advanced at a board meeting of Soross Open Society U.S. Programs Board in May, 2015, where the radical group boasts of direct influence with Pope Francis. At that...
  • Leaked E-Mails Show George Soros Paid $650K to Influence Bishops During Popes US Visit

    08/24/2016 5:36:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/23/16 | John-Henry Westen
    August 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Leaked emails through WikiLeaks reveal that billionaire globalist George Soros - one of Hilary Clinton's top donors - paid $650,000 to influence Pope Francis September 2015 visit to the USA with a view to "shift[ing] national paradigms and priorities in the run-up to the 2016 presidential campaign." The funds were allocated in April 2015 and the report on their effectiveness suggests that successful achievements included, Buy-in of individual bishops to more publicly voice support of economic and racial justice messages in order to begin to create a critical mass of bishops who are aligned with...
  • Gay Anglican Clergy to Defy Church's Official Stance on Same-Sex Marriage

    08/21/2016 5:16:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 8/21/16 | Nicola Slawson
    Several gay ministers will write to church leaders to say they are already in same-sex marriage and want official position reconsideredA group of gay Church of England clergy are set to reveal that they have married their partners, defying the official line taken by church leaders on same-sex marriage. A dozen gay ministers are to sign an open letter that also urges the church to allow clergy to carry out blessings for parishioners entering into same-sex marriages. Half the signatories have already declared themselves to be in a gay marriage, including Andrew Foreshew-Cain, who was one of the first priests...
  • [Irish Senator] Jerry Buttimer: Its Time for Gay Priests

    08/21/2016 5:10:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    Evening Echo ^ | 8/9/16 | Alan Healy
    THE Catholic Church needs to have an open discussion on celibacy and welcome LGBTQ people as priests in the fallout from the Maynooth affair. That is according to Cork senator and former Fine Gael TD for Cork South Central, Jerry Buttimer, who trained for the priesthood for five years in Maynooth before returning to lay life. Mr Buttimer became the first openly gay Fine Gael TD in advance of the fight for marriage equality in last years historic referendum. He is a committed Catholic, despite the opposition within the faith to homosexuality, which is regarded as sinful. He was speaking...
  • NY Rabbi Argues for Transgender God

    08/16/2016 6:07:30 PM PDT · by Morgana · 18 replies ^ | August 15, 2016 | Joseph Pelletier
    PLEASANTVILLE, NY ( - A New York rabbi is claiming God is transgender. In an op-ed published Friday in the New York Times, Rabbi Mark Sameth of the Pleasantville Community Synagogue maintains the Hebrew Bible's "highly elastic" view of gender leaves open the possibility that God Himself is transgender. Citing various examples of pronoun usage found in several passages in Genesis, the rabbi comes to the conclusion that, "counter to everything we grew up believing, the God of Israel the God of the three monotheistic, Abrahamic religions to which fully half the people on the planet today belong ...
  • ELCA Approves Lutheran-Roman Catholic Ecumenical Document

    08/15/2016 11:16:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    [ELCA News] The 2016 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Churchwide Assembly took several significant steps Aug. 10 moving forward the mission of this church as a church for the sake of the world. By a vote of 931 to 9, the assembly overwhelmingly accepted the Declaration on the Way, a unique ecumenical document that marks a path toward greater unity between Roman Catholics and Lutherans. Following the vote, an emotional assembly stood to applaud the momentous decision. At the heart of the document are 32 Statements of Agreement that state where Lutherans and Roman Catholics do not have church-dividing...
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church calls to stop U.S. aid to Israel

    08/14/2016 8:54:59 PM PDT · by Mr. M.J.B. · 57 replies
    Israel National News ^ | 8/15/16 | Ben Ariel
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has approved a resolution calling on the American government to end all aid to Israel if Israel does not stop building in Judea and Samaria and "enable an independent Palestinian state", JTA reported Sunday. Voting at its triennial assembly in New Orleans that ended Saturday, the church also sought a halt to all investment in companies that profit from Israel's alleged occupation and called on the president of the United States to recognize the State of Palestine.
  • At World Youth Day, Popes leading Italian bishop suggests Sodom wasnt destroyed

    08/10/2016 1:58:53 PM PDT · by redleghunter · 80 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 9 August 2016 | Patrick B. Craine
    August 9, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Italian Bishop Nunzio Galantino, a personal appointee of the pope and a prelate who has been extolled as the prototypical Pope Francis bishop, is coming under criticism after delivering a homily to young people at World Youth Day in which he rewrote the story of Gods destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. While the clear meaning of the text is to emphasize Gods hatred of sin, in the bishops telling the message of the story is about Abrahams willingness to emphasize positive possibilities and "signs of hope" despite the misdeeds of the people of Sodom. Its...
  • Dennis Prager: Pope Francis And The Decline Of The West

    08/10/2016 7:07:31 AM PDT · by detective · 20 replies
    IBD ^ | 9 Aug 2016 | Dennis Prager
    Pope Francis made comments last week that reveal the most important single thing you need to know about the modern world: The most dynamic religion of the last hundred years has been leftism. Not Christianity, and not Islam, but leftism. Leftism has taken over the world's leading educational institutions, the world's news media and the world's popular entertainment, and it has influenced Christianity (and Judaism) far more than Christianity (or Judaism) has influenced anything. On July 26, two Muslims slit the throat of a French Roman Catholic priest, the Rev. Jacques Hamel, 85, while he was saying Mass in his...
  • Justin Welby: We'll Stop Protests at Consecration of Women Bishops

    08/09/2016 5:37:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 8/9/16 | Mark Woods
    The Church of England is to ban protests at the consecration of female bishops after a campaign mounted by Women and the Church (WATCH). The organisation wrote to the Archbishop of Canterbury following protests that disrupted the last four consecrations of women bishops, saying: "Such interruptions create the perception that the Church is willing to allow a woman who has been called by God and the Church, and appointed by the Crown, to be publicly insulted and undermined. "If that is so, it undermines and insults all women: and especially women for whom female bishops are potent symbols of a...
  • Papal Advisor Sees Female Cardinals a Possibility

    08/09/2016 4:59:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wanderer ^ | 8/9/16 | Maike Hickson
    The German theologian Karl-Heinz Menke one of the members of the new papal commission on female deacons said in a 4 August 2016 interview with the German newspaper Die Welt that female cardinals are possible if that is what Pope Francis wishes. The retired professor of theology who also was appointed in 2014 by Pope Francis to be a member of the International Theological Commission points out in this interview that it is out of the question to make women ordained deaconesses because it would mean that they would become part of the three-fold Sacrament of...
  • Tim Kaine must not get away with styling himself a Pope Francis Catholic

    08/09/2016 3:48:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 9. 2016 | Deal Hudson
    The Vatican may need to step in and rebuke Hillary Clinton's pro-abortion running mate With the nomination of Senator Tim Kaine, American Catholic voters once again face a decision about whether to send a pro-abortion, dissenting Catholic to Number One Observatory Circle, the official residence of the Vice President of the United States.For the past eight years Vice President Joseph Biden has lived there, an abortion supporter for sure, but he never pitched his Catholic credentials to the voters in the way that Hillary, her surrogates, the Democratic Party and Kaine himself have done from the get-go.Kaine, unlike Biden,...
  • Drag Queen in the Nave

    08/08/2016 9:50:49 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 6 replies ^ | August 5, 2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Why would anyone except a professional organist take the magazine The American Organist? A friend gave me a recent issue of this highly specialized publication. The stunning picture on the front cover got my attention. The foreground features a glorious pipe organ with five key boards, endless foot pedals and a hundred stops. In the background is the grandiose nave and the vaulted ceiling of the historic Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago. To me, the church organ is a symbol of high Western Christian culture, made famous by the soaring oratorios of Johann Sebastian Bach and the stirring grandeur of...
  • Bishops Make Tepid Statement on Marriage [Biden scandal]

    08/07/2016 1:25:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    USCCB blog refers to Joe Biden's recent performance of same-sex wedding, but doesn't mention him by nameThe following comes from an August 5 statement from Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, Bishop Richard J. Malone and Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski published on the USCCB Blog. Archbishop Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops; Bishop Malone of Buffalo, New York, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth; and Archbishop Wenski of Miami, is chairman of the USCCB Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development.Questions revolving around marriage and human sexuality are...
  • Biden Unlikely to be Punished Over Role at Same-Sex Marriage

    08/06/2016 9:24:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    CathNews ^ | 8/5/16 | Washington Examiner
    Princeton's Robert George called for Mr Biden's excommunication soon after Mr Biden's wedding duty was reported. But although the Church doesn't sanctify gay marriage and considers homosexual behaviour a sin, Mr Biden didn't actually break Church law, said Fr James Bretzke, a theologian at Boston College. A Catholic can only be excommunicated on "canonical grounds," he said. "It's not like voting the person off the island." A bishop would have to cite the specific Church law, known as canon, that the Catholic follower broke, "much like arresting someone," Fr Bretzke said. "There is no provision in canon allowing for the...
  • VP Biden officiated at same-sex wedding. Where are his pastors?

    08/04/2016 3:11:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 4, 2016 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The other day, pro-abortion, “practicing Catholic”, democrat Vice President Joe Biden performed a same-sex civil “marriage”.In effect, Biden gave the digitus infamis to the Catholic Church.Canonist Ed Peters has observations about this scandalous flipping of the proverbial bird.  HERE Some canonical thoughts VP Biden’s recent deed[After discussion of why excommunication doesn’t apply in this case….]But if canonical criminal law as found in Book Six of the Code is not (at least not immediately) useful against Biden’s affront to Christ’s and the Church’s teaching on marriage, canonical sacramental law as found in Book Four of the Code, especially Canon 915 therein, could...
  • African Methodist Episcopal Church: Global Warming Hurts Black People

    07/27/2016 8:06:48 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 25, 2016 | 12:32 PM EDT | Melanie Hunter (w/Guardian link)
    One of the nations largest and oldest black churches, the African Methodist Episcopal Church, is warning black people about the dangers of climate change. The Guardian reported Sunday that the AME church passed its first resolution in its 200-year history devoted to climate change, calling for a swift transition to renewable energy at the churchs general conference in Philadelphia. We can move away from the dirty fuels that make us sick and shift toward safe, clean energy like wind and solar that help make every breath our neighbors and families take a healthy one, the resolution stated according to the...
  • At WYD, Vatican releases teen sex-ed program that leaves out parents and mortal sin [Cath Caucus]

    07/27/2016 7:21:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 27, 2016 | Pete Baklinski
    "More souls go to hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason," Our Lady of Fatima warned the three young seers in 1917. But this message, unfortunately, is entirely absent from the Vaticans newly released sex-ed program for teens. Instead, sexual sins are not mentioned at all. The 6th and 9th commandments are ignored while sexually explicit images and immoral videos are used as springboards for discussion.