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  • 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...
  • The secrets of the Santa Priscilla catacombs

    02/25/2015 6:49:58 AM PST · by WhiskeyX · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 25 February 2015 | Amanda Ruggeri
    The frescoes of the Santa Priscilla catacombs in Rome call our knowledge of the past into question and challenge the teachings of the Church. Amanda Ruggeri investigates. When archaeologists in Rome at the end of the 19th Century began to excavate the Catacombs of Santa Priscilla, they hoped to find treasure: intricately carved monuments and vibrant frescoes of the type found in other ancient, underground cemeteries. Instead, they found devastation.
  • No mention of ĎChristiansí anywhere in Obamaís 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¬ít say the word. Christian beheading victims are marched to the beach in Libya to be murdered by Islamist militants on Sunday. (Daily Mail photo) ¬ďThe United States condemns the despicable and cowardly murder of 21 Egyptian citizens in Libya by ISIL-affiliated terrorists,¬Ē a statement issued by the White House said.¬ďISIL¬ís barbarity knows no bounds.¬† It is unconstrained by...
  • 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.
  • After Beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists Say They Will ĎConquer Romeí 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 ďfrom the south of RomeĒ. At the end of the footage the same English-speaking fighter raises his knife to the water and says ISIS would ďconquer RomeĒ. This morning Egypt and the Libyan government...
  • Marquette Moves to Fire Professor who Said Students Should be Allowed to Oppose Gay Marriage

    02/08/2015 2:21:27 PM PST · by rightistight · 62 replies
    Pundit Press ^ | 2/8/15 | Aurelius
    Marquette University has begun the process to fire a tenured professor after he publicly said that students have the right to oppose gay marriage while in class, while also naming the professor who tried to ban it. In a letter to Dr. John McAdams, Marquette informed the professor that the "University is commencing the process to revoke your tenure and to dismiss you from the faculty. Marquette is taking this action after Dr. McAdams became aware that another professor, Cheryl Abbate, had banned a student from opposing gay marriage in her classroom. Parts of the incident were recorded secretly by...
  • Teacher to student: If you don't support gay marriage, drop my class

    11/22/2014 1:37:55 AM PST · by Cincinatus' Wife · 119 replies
    Fox News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Todd Starnes
    Students who oppose gay marriage are homophobic, according to an audio recording of a Marquette University instructor who went on to say that gay right issues cannot be discussed in class because it might offend homosexuals. I reached out to the 20-year-old student at the center of this outrageous episode and the story he tells should serve as a warning to anyone who thinks religious schools are safe havens for open discourse. The story was first reported on a blog run by a Marquette University professor and was picked up by the good folks over at The College Fix. The...
  • Kal Penn speaks to young voters at Marquette for Obama campaign

    09/18/2012 7:01:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 29 replies
    The Marquette Tribune ^ | September 18, 2012 | Jennifer Zahn
    When Kal Penn visited Marquette Saturday, he wasnít just stopping by on his way to White Castle. Best known for his parts in the series ďHouse M.D.Ē and the ďHarold and KumarĒ movies, Penn also stars for the White House under another role: associate director of public engagement. He spoke before a crowd of more than 100 in the Alumni Memorial Union. ďI got a phone call in 2008 asking if I could serve in a much bigger way in youth outreach,Ē Penn said. ďI am honored to serve my country. Iím happy to do this. I thought it was...
  • Former professor may be doomed to repeat history

    01/19/2006 2:24:06 PM PST · by Last Dakotan · 29 replies · 1,296+ views
    JSOnline ^ | Jan. 18, 2006 | MEGAN TWOHEY
    In the late 1980s, a history professor from Marquette University named John William Rooney walked into the French National Archives in Paris and walked out with a copy of the 1814 Treaty of Fontainebleau, a woven paper with red wax seals and a green silk cord through which Napoleon Bonaparte agreed to give up the French empire and accept exile. John William Rooney, former Marquette professor, on taking the 1814 Treaty of Fontainebleau from the French archives The opportunity to steal a major piece of history, Rooney said, was too tempting to pass up. "If you were to stand in...
  • GOP fundraiser for 'Adopt a Sniper' shut down at college

    02/03/2005 2:37:14 PM PST · by KidGlock · 14 replies · 671+ views
    GOP fundraiser for 'Adopt a Sniper' shut down at college The Associated Press Posted February 3 2005, 2:24 PM EST MILWAUKEE -- Marquette University administrators shut down a table set up by the school's College Republicans this week to take orders for bracelets and other trinkets so money could be raised to buy special equipment for American snipers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Brandon Henak, the group's chairman and a Marquette junior, said the College Republicans chose to promote the "Adopt a Sniper" program based in Pulaski after their request for setting up a general "support the troops" table at the...
  • Marquette Administration Suppresses CR ''Support Our Troops'' Table

    02/01/2005 9:23:40 PM PST · by MUCollegeRepublican1 · 32 replies · 1,877+ views
    Marquette University College Republicans ^ | 1/31/05 | Brandon Henak, Daniel Suhr
    January 31, 2005 For Immediate Release Contact: Brandon Henak, Chair, 414-243-9558 Once again the Marquette University Administration has taken its ultra-liberal inclinations to the extreme, violating its own commitment to academic freedom and ideological diversity. Yesterday afternoon, a University official abruptly suspended an approved ďSupport our TroopsĒ table the College Republicans at Marquette University (CRs) set up to benefit Adopt a Sniper, a 501c(3) organization helping our troops in the Middle East. Today, the University Administration issued a memo canceling the table for the rest of the week. Students were volunteering at an Office of Student Development (OSD)-approved ďSupport Our...
  • 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 olí inbox. It is on peopleís 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...
  • Why Are Catholic Cardinals Mute On Obama's Outrageous Statement On The Crusades?

    02/06/2015 9:24:14 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    February 06, 2015
    Catholic cardinals need to step up? Where's Cardinal Dolan? every single Christian denomination must rise up in arms against this "Muslim-defensive" statement. Perhaps there is a fear of stoking the fires in the Middle-East but there comes a time when fear must give way to political courage. Obama needs a ferocious rebuttal on the history of the Crusades who sought to recapture the Holy Land taken by Muslim invaders.
  • MSNBC's O'Donnell: Catholicism Was Once 'The Most Murderous Force on the Face of the Earth'

    02/06/2015 3:17:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 98 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | February 6, 2015 | Matthew Balan
    MSNBC's resident socialist Lawrence O'Donnell made a whopper of a historical claim on the Thursday edition of his program. In the midst of ripping President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech from earlier in the day, O'Donnell asserted that "Catholicism was the most murderous force on the face of the Earth for hundreds of years," as he ripped President Obama's controversial National Prayer Breakfast speech from earlier in the day. [video below] The left-wing host led the segment by mocking the breakfast as "the place where presidents go to pander to leaders of organized religions once a year." He continued...
  • Francis: "Today too there are many Christians who are killed by those who hate Jesus"

    02/06/2015 2:03:11 PM PST · by Medjman · 12 replies
    Vatican Insider: La Stampa ^ | Feb 6, 2015 | Domenico Agasso jr
    At this morningís mass in St. Marthaís House Francis talked about "the martyrs of our times, men, women, children who are being persecuted, hated, driven out of their homes, tortured, massacred Ö who are meeting their end under the authority of corrupt people who hate Jesus ChristĒ
  • Boehner: Pope Francis to address Congress on Sept. 24

    02/06/2015 6:54:19 AM PST · by don-o · 21 replies
    Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of the House and Senate on Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so, House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday. "We're humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people," Boehner, R-Ohio, told reporters. Boehner is Catholic and extended the invitation for the pope to speak to lawmakers. During his planned trip next fall, Francis is also expected to visit the White House as well as speak at the United Nations in New York and participate in a...
  • 7 History-Making Breakthroughs of Pope Francis that Werenít

    01/29/2015 9:18:44 PM PST · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Pope Francis has not been re-inventing the Church as much as the media would like people to believe. To say this isnít to detract from Francisí pontificate. He has certainly been a unique pope in many respects. As the first bishop of Rome to hail from South America, he has his own personality, style, and priorities Ė as does every pope. And itís not his job to re-invent the faith anyway. As the bishop of Rome, itís his job to simply defend and preach the faith that was passed on to him. Yet time and time again, weíve seen headlines...
  • Pope Francis approved family synodís controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vaticanís Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francisí role in the documentís publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synodís first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...
  • Pope mulls crossing U.S.-Mexico border to show solidarity with immigrants

    01/27/2015 11:28:02 AM PST · by lowbridge · 96 replies
    fox news ^ | january 26, 2015
    The U.S.-Mexico border may someday see a high-profile crosser Ė Pope Francis. The intrepid pontiff raised the possibility that among his future trips could be entering the U.S. border from Mexico. The pope, who made the comment while flying back recently from the Philippines, said he would do it to show solidarity with immigrants,†according to the Latin Post. "To enter the U.S. from the Mexico border would be a beautiful sign of brotherhood and help for immigrants," the pope said, according to the Post and other outlets. There are some logistical factors, however, that the pope indicated he would have...
  • Pope Francis Is A Leftist And Must Be Called Out

    01/27/2015 7:12:51 AM PST · by libstripper · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | Jan. 26, 2015 | Mauren Mullarkey
    Donít pick a political fight with Pope Francis? The title of Rachel Luís recent essay and the timidity behind it reminds me of a old Jewish joke. Max and Moishe are being escorted to the execution chamber in a Nazi prison. In a sudden gesture of defiance, Max raises his arm and gives the guards his middle finger. Horrified, Moishe pulls his arm down and blurts, ďPlease, Max, donít make waves.Ē Just so all the reflexive excuses for Pope Francisí dismaying behavior and increasingly obvious ideological bent. Lu forgets there exists such a thing as a loyal opposition. She cites...
  • My challenge to Pope Francis: One which will, of course, go unanswered

    01/25/2015 11:25:21 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 12 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' 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 ďeconomy of exclusionĒ. He called on the U.N. to promote ďworldwide 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
  • Losing Patience With the New Pope

    03/20/2013 2:29:33 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 20, 2013 | Brent Bozell
    Many millions of Catholics around the world were joyous with the naming of a new pope -- a holy man from the Third World no less. Even in choosing his name, Pope Francis is emphasizing a devotion to the poor, and humility in his clothing and manners. The liberal media should be lapping this up. There was an accurate recounting of the global rejoicing, especially in Argentina. There were hopeful words about his pastoral modesty. But as the day came for the pope to be installed, the natural secular liberal nastiness toward the oldest Christian faith bubbled up in demands...
  • 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....
  • 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....
  • Gary Sinise is Not Lieutenant Dan

    01/16/2015 11:39:40 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 49 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com/ ^ | January 16, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Word is now circulating around the Catholic world that conservative hero Gary Sinise, along with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, both publicly professed faithful Catholics, cancelled their appearances at a Legatus Summit at the last minute under pressure from the LGBT crowd. Legatus is the organization of Catholic CEOs founded by pizza billionaire Tom Monaghan to advance the spirituality of Catholic men and women in the higher echelons of American business. The primary work of Legatus and its members is the increased holiness of the members and spreading the gospel within corporate America. Certainly there is a conservative tinge to...
  • 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. ďI...
  • 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 isnít some novel, communist-inspired ideology but rather the original and core ďtouchstoneĒ 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 ďthat is poor and for the poor.Ē 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 Christianityís first centuries. ďThe Gospel does not condemn the wealthy,...
  • 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 ‚ÄėUrbi et Orbi‚Äô 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 ‚ÄúUrbi et Orbi‚ÄĚ (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: ‚ÄúThe 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...
  • 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 ďsuperman popeĒ, 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. ‚ÄúFollowing last Sunday‚Äôs 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,‚ÄĚ 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 · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | January 1, 2015 | Andrew Stuttaford
    With the latest crackdown in Cuba showing just how Havana has Ďreadí Obamaís policy shift towards the Castro dictatorship, this new Foreign Affairs article by Victor Gaetan giving some background to the Vaticanís involvement in the deal that was eventually struck makes timely reading. Hereís an extract (my emphasis added): In Cuba, in other words, the church is still strong. Havanaís 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 Churchís religious mission. Under Ortegaís 35-year leadership, the Catholic Church,...
  • How A San Diego Scientist Helped Shape The Popeís 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....
  • RI SC Rules Catholic Firefighters' Rights Not Violated When Forced to Drive Gay Parade Fire Truck

    12/31/2014 11:38:36 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/31/2014 | BY SAMUEL SMITH
    The Supreme Court of Rhode Island has unanimously ruled that that the constitutional rights of two Catholic Providence firefighters were not violated when they were forced to drive a fire truck in a gay pride parade despite their religious objections to the homosexual lifestyle. Prior to the 2001 Providence gay pride parade, Roman Catholic firefighters Theodore Fabrizio and Stephen Deninno were assigned by the city to drive a fire truck in the parade. Although the two men asked city officials to to be reassigned in light of their religious objection to homosexuality, their request for reassignment was denied. After 10...
  • Vatican archaeologists unearth St. Paul's tomb

    12/06/2006 6:18:21 AM PST · by NYer · 501 replies · 6,271+ views
    Pravda ^ | December 6, 2006
    Vatican archaeologists have unearthed a sarcophagus believed to contain the remains of the Apostle Paul that had been buried beneath Rome's second largest basilica. The sarcophagus, which dates back to at least 390 A.D., has been the subject of an extended excavation that began in 2002 and was completed last month, the project's head said this week. "Our objective was to bring the remains of the tomb back to light for devotional reasons, so that it could be venerated and be visible," said Giorgio Filippi, the Vatican archaeologist who headed the project at St. Paul Outside the Walls basilica....
  • Summing Up the Year: ABC Praises Pope Francis for Something He Didnít Say

    12/28/2014 3:13:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | December 28, 2014 | Patrick Brennan
    ABCís Sunday show, This Week, used its last edition of the year to review 2014ís key stories, and given the media coverage of the Catholic Church and Pope Francis this year, itís fitting that one of This Weekís contributors, radio host Michael Smerconish, labeled a few things Pope Francis didnít say as one of the key stories. Smerconish dubbed Pope Francis a ďgame changerĒ of the year ďbecause on issues from the treatment of women to the treatment of gays to even whether our pets are going to make it through the pearly gates, he put a soft, overdue face...
  • Pope Francisís edict on climate change will anger deniers and US churches

    12/27/2014 3:36:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 103 replies
    The Guardian ^ | December 27, 2014 | John Vidal
    He has been called the ďsuperman popeĒ, 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.
  • Vatican Storylines: Those Who Are Resisting Benedict XVI

    01/19/2006 12:33:10 PM PST · by NYer · 117 replies · 1,486+ views
    Chiesa ^ | January 19, 2006 | Sandro Magister
    ROMA, January 19, 2006 ‚Äď The first words of Benedict XVI‚Äôs first encyclical letter, almost the motto of his papacy, are ‚ÄúDeus Caritas Est,‚ÄĚ God is love. But not everyone in the upper levels of the Church is full of love and solidarity for this new pope. Resistance to his guidance is tenacious and widespread, and in some places it is on the rise. And almost all the resistance shields itself behind the protection of anonymity. The only open and avowed resistance is that of the Neocatechumenal Way, which has opposed a papal directive issued last December, which struck at...
  • Why the Next Pope Needs to Be Italian

    01/11/2004 12:42:37 AM PST · by Destro · 37 replies · 179+ views
    nytimes.com ^ | January 11, 2004 | ROBERTO PAZZI
    OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Why the Next Pope Needs to Be Italian By ROBERTO PAZZI Published: January 11, 2004 FERRARA, Italy--For years Vatican specialists in Italy have, in delineating the uncertain features of John Paul II's successor, been fueled by a silent question: will the new pope be Italian? Why, one might ask, should Italy hope for an Italian pope, given the almost universal praise for the pontificate of Karol Wojtyla? The origins of this question go back in time and deserve examination. I was watching on that unforgettable Roman evening of Oct. 16, 1978, when, on the state television network, RAI,...
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertisingĖthough not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a ďcatalog of illnessesĒ that plague the churchís central administration, including ďspiritual AlzheimerísĒ and gossipy cliques. The popeís traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Cultural Winner and Losers, 2014

    12/26/2014 4:09:38 AM PST · by Kaslin · 6 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Brent Bozell
    Looking back at our popular culture in 2014, it appears that Hollywood's power is on the wane. Politically, the leftist celebrities and the "Rock the Vote" gang couldn't help dig the Democrats out of their rut. Even that paragon of permissiveness Sandra Fluke couldn't exploit her Limbaugh-victim aura to win a state Senate seat in libertine California. The year's biggest loser was Sony, which looked pathetically powerless in the wake of an alleged North Korea's hack attack. Worst yet were the people involved. A clearly frustrated George Clooney announced there was no one in that industry willing to sign a...
  • Topless activist rushed the nativity scene in St Peterís Square

    12/25/2014 2:13:46 PM PST · by redreno · 79 replies
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk ^ | 12/25/2014 | By Stephanie Linning
    A feminist activist ran topless through St Peter's Square and rushed the nativity scene before attempting to flee with the baby Jesus figurine. The woman, who had the words 'God Is Woman' written on her chest, started her protest just one hour after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message. Thousands of pilgrims were still standing in the famous square when the woman, who is a member of Femen, was ambushed by a guard on her way off the platform. She was quickly arrested by officers from the Vatican police.
  • Cardinal Kasper on Pope Francis' condemnation of the Curia

    12/25/2014 2:10:39 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 5 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 25, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Religion News Service is reporting that: "Cardinal Walter Kasper, one of Pope Francisí closest advisers, has sought to downplay the pontiffís scathing critique of the Curia earlier this week. Kasper, who previously led the Vatican body responsible for promoting Christian unity, said the pope was asking the Curia, or Vatican administration, to examine their conscience in a bid to promote spiritual renewal. The German cardinal, joined by Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri, said Francis was asking the Curia to set an example. 'The fundamental thing is he wants spiritual reform of the Curia,' Kasper told the Italian daily Corriere della Sera...
  • Text Of Pope Francis' Homily During Christmas Eve Mass

    12/25/2014 3:37:10 AM PST · by Biggirl · 1 replies
    Associated Press ^ | December 25, 2014 | Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) -- The Vatican's official English-language translation of Pope Francis' prepared homily, to be delivered in Italian, during Christmas Eve Mass on Wednesday in St. Peter's Basilica. Spelling and style are the Vatican's.
  • Pope's role in Cuba deal fractures Cuban-American flock

    12/21/2014 9:29:07 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 40 replies
    wics abc 20 / ap ^ | 12-21-2014 | MATT SEDENSKY
    Though many Cuban-American Catholics praise the pontiff for encouraging progress, others feel betrayed by their spiritual leader. Those who equate Raul Castro with the devil are incensed by the pope's diplomacy. Cuban exile Efrain Rivas says he feels abandoned, calling himself "a Catholic without a pope."
  • Pope Francis, Cuba and the emerging Socialist State

    12/19/2014 8:45:39 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | December 19, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Writing for the Acton Institute, Joe Carter explains that, "The U.S. began imposing sanctions against Cuba after Fidel Castro seized power in 1959, nationalized the economy, and stole more than $1 billion in American assets on the island. Diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba broke off in 1961 as tensions between the two nations increased after Cuba signed a trade agreement with the Soviet Union. Even though the Cold War ended, not much has changed in the relationship between Cuba and the U.S." Why is it that even though Cuba hasn't changed at all and is as repressive...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/17/2014 7:24:59 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 11 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 12/15/14 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the churchís leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...