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  • Baton Rouge Diocese Taking Order to Break Seal of Confession to Supreme Court

    09/06/2014 2:06:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies
    Zenit ^ | September 5, 2014
    Washington, D.C., September 05, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 3257 hits Below is a statement released Thursday by the Diocese of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, regarding the next legal battles facing the diocese regarding the state supreme court's attempt to mandate breaking the seal of confession. The diocese reports that now the "Louisiana Supreme Court has directed the trial court to hold an evidentiary hearing and then to take the unprecedented step of deciding whether or not a sacrament actually took place."It notes that "civil courts are entirely without jurisdiction to decide what constitutes a sacrament in the Catholic Church."A statement on the case from July...
  • Clinics secular nature intact (Catholics cave!)

    08/30/2014 5:10:50 PM PDT · by narses · 29 replies
    The Socialist-Review ^ | 8/30/2014 | Addy Hatch
    Religious directives that some worried could restrict medical care at a new health clinic preparing to open on the Washington State University Spokane campus are being jettisoned. The announcement Friday by Providence Health & Services comes two days after the American Civil Liberties Union expressed concern about the clinics bylaws and asked WSU regents to address the matter at their Sept. 11 meeting. The Spokane Teaching Health Center is a consortium of Providence, WSU Spokane and the Empire Health Foundation. Its expected to open on the WSU Spokane campus in 2016, and regents will consider selling $15 million in revenue...
  • USCCB committee reaffirms commitment to dialogue with Muslims

    08/30/2014 12:29:00 PM PDT · by detective · 28 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | August 25, 2014
    The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs has strongly reaffirmed its commitment to engage in dialogue with Muslims. After citing texts from the Second Vatican Council and St. John Paul II on dialogue with Muslims, the committee stated that sadly, in recent years, there has been a deliberate rejection of this call to engage in dialogue with our Muslim brothers and sisters by some in the Catholic Church and in other ecclesial families.
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions. On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might “just all be friends.”...
  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • Explaining the Vaticans surprising pro-US line on Iraq John Allen-Boston Globe link only)

    08/12/2014 10:21:38 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Aug 11, 2014 | John Allen
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  • Pope Francis calls for ARMED RESPONSE to defend Christians from Genocide

    08/11/2014 2:12:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 184 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 08/11/2014
    Pope Francis has joined with Christians facing genocide in Iraq and Syria, calling upon the world to make an armed response to the Islamic State. He has asked the world to "stop these crimes" and called for the use of "a professional, well-equipped army." You know a situation is bad when a pope calls for an armed response. Pope Francis, widely appreciated as a practical and realistic man, is not just calling for a cease-fire or negotiations. Instead, he is inviting an armed response to the terrorism of the Islamic State. Such a call is virtually unprecedented for a pontiff...
  • Papal envoy calls for ARMED RESPONSE to defend Christians from Genocide

    08/11/2014 4:10:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | August 11, 2014 | Staff
    (VIDEO-AT-LINK)Pope Francis has joined with Christians facing genocide in Iraq and Syria, calling upon the world to make an armed response to the Islamic State. He has asked the world to "stop these crimes" and his envoy called for the use of "a professional, well-equipped army."You know a situation is bad when a pope or his envoy calls for an armed response. Pope Francis, widely appreciated as a practical and realistic man, is not just calling for a cease-fire or negotiations. Instead, he is inviting an armed response to the terrorism of the Islamic State. Archbishop Giorgio Lingua, the Vatican's...
  • 'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    07/27/2014 5:29:59 PM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 45 replies
    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular. With his voice appearing to crack with emotion, the pope broke off from his scripted remarks to make a direct appeal for fighting to end. "Please stop!, I ask you with all my heart, it's...
  • Catholic Bishops Slam "Unprecendented and Extreme" Executive Order

    07/26/2014 11:19:28 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 8 replies
    The bishop-Chairmen of two USCCB Committees slammed President Obamas July 21 "gender identity" executive order for its lack of religious freedom protection and "flaws in its core prohibitions." This new "non-discrimination" executive order, aimed at preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT persons, opens the door to discrimination against Christians and those with deeply-held beliefs about the nature of marriage and human sexuality. -
  • Eden Foods' Hobby Lobby-esque Birth Control Fight Sparks Boycott

    07/19/2014 3:00:31 PM PDT · by DoodleDawg · 17 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 7/19/14 | Alexander Kaufman
    Spurred on by the Supreme Courts recent Hobby Lobby ruling, Eden Foods CEO Michael Potter has revived a March 2013 case to nix coverage of all birth control from his employees healthcare plans. In turn, many shoppers have soured on the organic food giant and are boycotting its products. In accordance with his Catholic faith, Potter believes that any action which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation, whether as an end or means -- including abortifacients and contraception -- is wrong, Erin Mersino, Edens lawyer from the conservative Thomas More...
  • Bishop Madden among Catholics who dialogue with Irans religious leaders

    07/11/2014 11:17:14 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/11/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    Baltimore Auxiliary Bishop Denis J. Madden is enthused by the fruit that came from recent discussions between U.S. bishops and Irans religious leaders. When you build a certain sense of trust and respect, then you can move forward and deal with the issues, he said. The faith leaders announced June 14 that they oppose actions that endanger the life, health, dignity and welfare of others, including the creation of weapons of mass destruction. That declaration was the result of a March dialogue between a delegation from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Supreme Council of the Seminary Teachers...
  • Francis Honeymoon is Over Another Liberal Bites Back

    06/28/2014 8:30:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Standing on my head ^ | 6/27/2014 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Last week Salon ran a hatchet piece on Pope Francis by Anna March. In one of the most ludicrous article Ive ever read it was suggested that Pope Francis nice guy image is nothing more than a PR stunt run by a sinister conservative member of Opus Dei I commented on Marchs piece here.Today Patricia Millera pro-abortion Catholic lets rip about Pope Francis.At the Huffington Post she declares that Pope Francis has let women down in three ways. Her article is here.You can predict what three ways the Pope has let women down: First he has not allowed womens ordination:...
  • Report: gay man in Michigan removed from parish ministry after commitment ceremony

    06/18/2014 2:12:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | June 18, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    This story isn’t that unusual. But the swift response from the bishop is.Details: A gay man in Marquette was told he can no longer have an active role in his Catholic church after he and his longtime partner held a commitment ceremony, according to news reports out of Northern Michigan.Bobby Glenn Brown and his partner ,Don Roberts, held a ceremony celebrating 31 years together among friends and family on Saturday, June 14. The next day, officials at St. Michael Parish said he couldn’t continue his role on the pastoral council or positions of cantor, lector and a member of the...
  • Pope Francis calls out 'greedy' bankers: 'Stop getting rich on financial speculation!'

    06/17/2014 8:54:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 100 replies
    Russia Today ^ | June 17, 2014
    Pope Francis has called on "greedy" bankers to establish a stricter ethics code, and stop getting rich through financial market speculation. He attacked the practice of hedging as intolerable equating it to stealing food from the poor. "It is increasingly intolerable that financial markets are shaping the destiny of peoples rather than serving their needs, or that the few derive immense wealth from financial speculation while the many are deeply burdened by the consequences," Pope Francis said at an investors ethics seminar at the Vatican on Monday. Specifically, the pope denounced the practice of betting on the price of commodities...
  • Pope Francis At It Again (Comrade Frank)

    06/17/2014 9:05:04 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 145 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | Jun. 17, 2014 | Michael Sean Winters
    I am pretty sure the editors of the Wall Street Journal would be disinclined to endorse Pope Francis' call for international regulation of markets via state action, to promote impact investment. Yet, that is just what he called for yesterday in speaking to a meeting at the Vatican on the theme "Investing in the Poor," which was organized, in part, by the University of Notre Dame. The pope said: Advances in technology have increased the speed of financial transactions, but in the long run this is significant only to the extent that it better serves the common good. In this...
  • Pope Francis, Chagall And Asher Lev

    06/17/2014 4:23:28 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    The Jewish Week ^ | 06/17/14 | Noam E. Marans
    Chaim Potok captured the strain of transition from religious traditionalism to artistic expression in his fictional character Asher Lev. As a young boy, Asher, a painter prodigy and the son of a chasidic luminary, is drawn to a Brooklyn museum where he surreptitiously views crucifixions and nudes. He subsequently paints such scenes. Ashers mother tries to understand her sons artistic longings, yet says in exasperation, Your painting. Its taken us to Jesus. And to the way they paint women. Painting is for goyim, Asher. Jews dont draw and paint. Asher responds, Chagall is a Jew, but his mother cuts him...
  • Whats Behind Pelosis Attack on Archbishop Cordileone? (Names names: Soros,"Faithful America")

    06/17/2014 12:07:58 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    Crisismagazine ^ | June 17, 2014 | Anne Hendershott
    Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), the U. S. House of Representatives Minority Leader, and one of the most powerful Catholic politicians in the United States, has recently warned the Most Rev. Salvatore Cordileone, the Archbishop of San Francisco, to cancel his plans to speak at the June 19 National Organization for Marriage march on the Supreme Court in Washington, DC. Calling the event venom masquerading as virtue, Pelosi urged Archbishop Cordileone to stay away from the event, and join us in seeking to promote reconciliation rather than division and hatred. Pelosi has partnered with other self-described Catholics including California Lt. Governor Gavin...
  • Nancy Pelosi Lectures Her Archbishop: Dont March For Marriage!

    06/16/2014 2:35:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | June 16, 2014 | THOMAS PETERS
    Just who the hell does Nancy Pelosi think she is?For decades she has said to her catholic critics that they should mind their own damn business.Now she’s telling her archbishop that their “shared love for [their] Catholic faith” dictates that he can’t march in support of real marriage this Thursday:“Pelosi, who is one of the country’s most powerful Catholic politicians, made a passionate appeal to the archbishop in a letter [link below] obtained by The Chronicle not to participate in the National Organization for Marriage’s June 19 march on the Supreme Court in Washington.[...] The San Francisco Democratic leader is...
  • What Did the Imam Really Say? [At the Vatican with the Pope]

    06/13/2014 5:46:16 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 30 replies
    Fr. Z/ WDTPRS ^ | 06/13/14 | Fr. Z
    What Did the Imam Really Say? Posted on 13 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf You probably know that, during the prayer for peace event in the gardens behind St. Peters basilica, held by Pope Francis with the leaders of Israel, Palestinians and also the Ecumenical Patriarch, one of the invited guests, an Imam, reportedlyprayed for Allah to grant victory over infidels.No, he didnt!, say some. Yes, he did!, say others.I read at Gates of Vienna: In his own words in the end he asked god to assist those in the state of weakness. He saidintasar al mustaDaafin fil ArD...
  • Bowe Bergdahl Is All of Us

    06/12/2014 2:30:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Jewish Daily Forward ^ | June 12, 2014 | The Editors
    Was He Worth It? blared the cover of Time magazine, as if that should be the question Americans ask in light of the release of Bowe Bergdahl after five years of brutal captivity by the Taliban. No, the question we should be asking is a version of the one Pope Francis made famous in a different context: Who Are We To Judge? Who are we, in the safety of our civilian homes, to judge whether an American soldier captured overseas is worthy of rescue? Who are we to decide whether, somehow, the fact that he was imprisoned for so many...
  • Islamic prayers to be held at the Vatican

    06/06/2014 5:24:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 259 replies
    Al Arabyia News ^ | June 6, 2004 | Staff writer
    For the first time in history, Islamic prayers and readings from the Quran will be heard at the Vatican on Sunday, in a move by Pope Francis to usher in peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Francis issued the invitation to Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas during his visit last week to Jordan, Israel, and the Palestinian Authority. Abbas, Peres, and Francis will be joined by Jewish, Christian and Islamic religious leaders, a statement released by Peress spokesperson said, according to the Times of Israel. Holy See officials on Friday said the evening prayers would be...
  • Jerusalem - Miracle during visit Papa Francesco - Double Sun

    05/30/2014 4:02:05 AM PDT · by FourtySeven · 17 replies
    Journal Courier ^ | May 26, 2014 | corrieredelmattino
    Visit to the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem to Pope Francis. Final day of the historic trip to the Holy Land to the Pope that he stopped for a moment of prayer between the stones of the wall. As predecessors Pope John Paul II and Benedict XVI left a prayer card between the large stones. After this ritual is a very strange phenomenon appeared in the skies of Jerusalem. A double sun remained in the sky for 2 minutes at around 14:30 pm and was filmed and photographed by thousands in attendance. The Pope said: "This is a sign of divine...
  • Pope Franciss unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 6:03:57 PM PDT · by DManA · 8 replies
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | 5/27/13 | CAROLINE B. GLICK
    In one of his blander pronouncements during the papal visit, Netanyahu mentioned on Monday that Jesus spoke Hebrew. There was nothing incorrect about Netanyahus statement. Jesus was after all, an Israeli Jew. But Francis couldnt take the truth. So he indelicately interrupted his host, interjecting, Aramaic. Netanyahu was probably flustered. True, at the time, educated Jews spoke and wrote in Aramaic. And Jesus was educated. But the language of the people was Hebrew. And Jesus preached to the people, in Hebrew. Netanyahu responded, He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew. Reuters write-up of the incident tried to explain away the...
  • Pope Francis' unfriendly visit

    05/28/2014 5:03:35 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 39 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 5/28/2014 | Caroline B. Glick
    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman were right when they blamed the noxious anti-Israel incitement rampant in Europe for Saturday's murderous shooting attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels >>SNIP<< Pope Benedict XVI was perceived as a friend of Israel, despite his childhood membership in the Hitler Youth. His opposition to Islam's rejection of reason, eloquently expressed at his speech at the University of Regensburg in 2006, positioned him as a religious champion of reason, individual responsibility and law Judaism's primary contributions to humanity. His predecessor Pope John Paul II was less willing to confront Islamic...
  • Pope, Netanyahu spar over Jesus' native language

    05/26/2014 10:50:43 AM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 91 replies
    Reuters ^ | 26 May 2014 | Reuters
    Pope Francis and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traded words on Monday over the language spoken by Jesus two millennia ago. "Jesus was here, in this land. He spoke Hebrew," Netanyahu told Francis, at a public meeting in Jerusalem in which the Israeli leader cited a strong connection between Judaism and Christianity. "Aramaic," the pope interjected. "He spoke Aramaic, but he knew Hebrew," Netanyahu shot back. Like many things in the Middle East, where the pope is on the last leg of a three-day visit, modern-day discourse about Jesus is complicated and often political. A Jew, Jesus was born in...
  • Pope Francis: Mahmoud Abbas is a Man of Peace

    05/27/2014 10:13:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 05/27/2014 | Robert Spen
    AP reported Sunday that “Pope Francis delivered a powerful boost of support to the Palestinians during a Holy Land pilgrimage Sunday, repeatedly backing their statehood aspirations, praying solemnly at Israel’s controversial separation barrier and calling the stalemate in peace efforts ‘unacceptable.’”Not only that, but “Palestinian officials hailed Francis’ decision to refer to the ‘state of Palestine.’ In its official program, the Vatican referred to President Mahmoud Abbas as the president of the ‘state of Palestine,’ and his Bethlehem office as the ‘presidential palace.’ He pointedly called Abbas a ‘man of peace.’”This is not really all that surprising. After all,...
  • Pope Francis invites Israeli, Palestinian leaders to Vatican peace talks

    05/25/2014 11:33:52 AM PDT · by Oliviaforever · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 5/25/14 | Laura Smith-Spark, Ivan Watson and Delia Gallagher,
    Bethlehem, West Bank (CNN) -- Pope Francis extended an invitation Sunday to the leaders of Israel and the Palestinian Authority to travel to the Vatican for a "peace initiative," after earlier calling for a two-state solution to the intractable conflict.
  • Pope Francis arrives in Jordan to begin Middle East trip

    05/24/2014 5:24:05 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | May 24, 2014
    Pope Francis arrived in Jordan on Saturday to kick off his first visit to the Middle East since becoming the head of the Catholic Church, bringing hope to the dwindling Christian population and an appeal to members of all religions to work together for peace.With a Rabbi and a Muslim leader in tow, the pontiff left Rome earlier on Saturday to begin his first visit to the Middle East, a delicate mission to push his vision of inter-religious dialogue as a vehicle for peace in the region.Security was tight on the streets of the Jordanian capital Amman on Saturday in...
  • Palestinian Exhibit for Pope Presents Palestinians as Jesus

    05/22/2014 3:15:58 PM PDT · by Former Fetus · 1 replies
    Exhibit shows parts of classical paintings of biblical scenes merged with photos of Palestinians. Official PA presidential committee requested the exhibit. For Pope Francis' visit to Israel and the Palestinian Authority next week, the PA has commissioned an art exhibit that includes works of art portraying Palestinians as Jesus. The exhibit consists of visual displays merging classical paintings of biblical scenes with photos of Palestinians and have been "designed by the Palestinian Museum at the request of the Presidential Higher Committee for Church Affairs." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 20, 2014] As Palestinian Media Watch has documented, the PA has misrepresented Jesus...
  • Palestinian Authority To Show Pope Art of Jesus as Suffering Palestinian

    05/22/2014 1:30:43 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    INN ^ | 5/22/2014, 9:24 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Palestinian Authority (PA) plans to modify history by modifying classical art, in an exhibit it commissioned to show Pope Francis during his visit to Bethlehem next Sunday, which presents Jesus as a suffering Palestinian. The Palestinian Museum arranged exhibit features an array of collages mixing classical paintings of Christian art with photographs of what are to be taken as oppressed Palestinians. [] One work on the display is a modification of Raphaels The Deposition (1507), which depicts the dead Jesus being brought to his tomb. The PA version weaves in a wounded Arab man being carried away as an...
  • Vatican Says Pope Will Demand Sovereign Palestine

    05/22/2014 10:45:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 134 replies
    INN ^ | 5/22/2014, 7:11 PM | Ari Yashar
    The Vaticans Secretary of State made a dramatic revelation ahead of Pope Franciss visit to Israel next Sunday and Monday, declaring that the pope will talk about the Palestinian peoples right to have a homeland, sovereign and independent. Cardinal Pietro Parolin holds a role in the Vatican City State, located in the Italian capital of Rome, equivalent to that of a prime minister. When asked what the pope particularly intends to talk about during the visit, Parolin revealed he would talk about on the one hand, Israels right to exist in peace and security within internationally recognized boundaries. On...
  • Israel Welcomes Pope Francis

    05/24/2014 9:26:50 AM PDT · by IsraelBeach · 24 replies
    Israel News Agency ^ | May 24, 2014 | Joel Leyden
    Israel Welcomes Pope FrancisBy Joel Leyden Israel News AgencyJerusalem --- May 24 ... Within 24 hours, the fourth Pope to visit Israel will arrive in the Holy Land. Pope Francis is under no obligation to visit Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians. He is not running for office. He is not closing a business deal. Nor is he seeking to find a cheaper source of gas for the Vatican from the newly discovered gas and oil fields off the shores of Israel. The Catholic church was not always welcoming of Jews and of Israel. For centuries, Jews were portrayed as the...
  • Dear Woman Priest, Youre ExcommunicatedLove, Bishop Paprocki

    05/22/2014 3:22:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 48 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 5/21/2014 | JOHN WHITE
    And P.S. Youre not a priest.That pretty much sums up Bishop Paprockis response to a local Catholic womans recent attempt to get ordained.The woman in question is Mary F. Keldermans of Springfield. Bishop Paprocki wrote to her last month asking her to reconsider her plan, but evidently she ignored him and tried to be ordained a priest at a Unitarian church on May 5.Bishop Paprocki promptly issued a decree of excommunication (and if youve never seen one of those before, they look like this).The bishop also issued this statement to his diocese: Please be advised that Ms. Mary F....
  • Dont convert same-sex civil partnerships automatically into marriages, urge bishops

    05/22/2014 3:39:10 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    The Bishops Conference of England and Wales has said it opposes a proposal to automatically convert same-sex civil partnerships into marriages.A submission to the Civil Partnership Review consultation, signed by Archbishop Peter Smith of Southwark, said: Now that same-sex marriage exists in law, a new issue is being raised. There are those lesbian and gay Catholics who have entered into civil partnerships in order to secure important and necessary legal rights, but who do not wish either to become married in the eyes of the state, or to have their civil partnership automatically converted into a marriage. To remove the...
  • When will Pope Francis show all his cards? (The Left Laments)

    05/20/2014 1:41:23 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 17 replies
    NCR Today (Fishwrap) ^ | May 19, 2014 | Robert McClory
    In November, I gave a talk about Pope Francis at the Call to Action conference, and every story, every quote I gave about him was greeted with smiles, cheers and laughter. It was something like a papal pep rally. In my inbox on Friday morning were no fewer than four no-nonsense messages from very upset Catholic organizations urging the signing of petitions calling on Pope Francis to apologize for Cardinal Gerhard Mller's harsh words to the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and urging him to tell the Vatican to back off the "unjust reform agenda" it imposed on U.S. nuns....
  • Pope in Visit Will Recognize Palestine, Call to End Occupation (says Pali Christian priest)

    05/19/2014 2:29:09 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 49 replies
    INN ^ | 5/19/2014, 12:10 PM | Ari Yashar
    Palestinian Authority (PA) and Arab Christian sources are already celebrating Pope Francis visit to Israel starting next Sunday, saying his choice to begin the trip directly in PA-held Bethlehem is meant to recognize Palestine and oppose the occupation. He is taking a helicopter directly from Jordan to Palestineto Bethlehem. Its a kind of sign of recognizing Palestine, Father Jamal Khader of the Latin patriarchate in Jerusalem told AFP. The claims that his trip will begin in a recognition of Palestine comes amid reports from February by Rabbi Sergio Bergman, a member of the Argentinian parliament and close friend of Pope...
  • In Holy Land, Pope Francis will focus on unity, not ignore conflict

    05/16/2014 1:53:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    cns ^ | May 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    A Christian pilgrim walks from the courtyard of St. Catherine Church where a poster for next weekend's visit of Pope Francis to the Holy Land is displayed in the West Bank town of Bethlehem. (CNS/EPA) By Francis X. RoccaCatholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- On Pope Francis' first trip to the Holy Land, May 24-26, his agenda will focus on the search for Christian unity, particularly between the Catholic and Orthodox churches. But inevitably, in a region so rich in history and so fraught with conflict, he will address other urgent issues, including dialogue with Jews and Muslims,...
  • Pope Francis demands 'legitimate redistribution' of wealth

    05/09/2014 7:15:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 306 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 05/09/2014 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis called Friday for governments to redistribute wealth to the poor in a new spirit of generosity to help curb the "economy of exclusion" that is taking hold today. Francis made the appeal during a speech to U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the heads of major U.N. agencies who met in Rome this week. Latin America's first pope has frequently lashed out at the injustices of capitalism and the global economic system that excludes so much of humanity, though his predecessors have voiced similar concerns. On Friday, Francis called for the United Nations to promote...
  • Purgatory is in the Bible

    05/02/2014 12:28:06 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 218 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | March 11, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Purgatory is in the Bible This may well be the most common single question I receive concerning our Catholic Faith whether it be at conferences, via email, snail mail, or any other venue. In fact, I’ve answered it twice today already, so I thought I might just blog about it.We’ll begin by making clear just what we mean by “Purgatory.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches:All who die in God’s grace, but still imperfectly purified, are indeed assured of their eternal salvation; but after death they undergo purification, so as to achieve the holiness necessary to enter the...
  • Vatican reveals Secret Archives (including letter from Genghis Khan's grandson)

    01/02/2010 4:42:07 AM PST · by NYer · 61 replies · 2,075+ views
    Telegraph ^ | January 1, 2010 | Nick Squires
    The Holy See’s archives contain scrolls, parchments and leather-bound volumes with correspondence dating back more than 1,000 years. High-quality reproductions of 105 documents, 19 of which have never been seen before in public, have now been published in a book. The Vatican Secret Archives features a papal letter to Hitler, an entreaty to Rome written on birch bark by a tribe of North American Indians, and a plea from Mary Queen of Scots. The book documents the Roman Catholic Church’s often hostile dealings with the world of science and the arts, including documents from the heresy trial against Galileo and...
  • UN committee on torture slams Vatican over child sex abuse

    05/05/2014 10:53:12 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 21 replies
    RT ^ | May 5 2014 | RT
    The Vatican attempted to minimize its culpability over the Catholic Churchs child sexual abuse scandal as a UN committee on torture grilled the institution over it alleged climate of impunity which has prevailed for decades. In a two-hour hearing in Geneva, the Committee Against Torture was unrelenting in its questioning of the Vatican delegation, asking about past policy decisions, the juridical distinction between the Holy See and Vatican City, and information on specific cases, Reuters reports. The Vatican, which is set to issue a formal answer on Tuesday, said the church has been cleaning house for the past decade and...
  • Israel to Grant Vatican Control of Site of Last Supper?

    05/02/2014 6:08:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    An Israeli lawmaker claims that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has spoken with Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef about the possibility of ceding the Tomb of David located in an old church building that is also revered by Christians as the site of the Last Supperto the Vatican. The reportwhich has not been confirmed by the Israeli governmentcomes after earlier rumors that the government was engaged in secret negotiations with the Vatican about future control of the site.
  • Pope: I cried over reports of crucified Christians (Media Silence is deafening)

    05/02/2014 2:51:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | May 2, 2014
    Pope Francis prays at General Audience Sept. 25, 2013. Credit: Elise Harris/CNA. Vatican City, May 2, 2014 / 09:28 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily on May 2, Pope Francis said that he wept over recent news of Christians allegedly being crucified, reflecting that there are still many martyrs in today’s world. “I cried when I saw reports on the news of Christians crucified in a certain country, that is not Christian,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio, during morning Mass in the chapel of his residence. In recent weeks, media groups have circulated images that appear to...
  • CDF head: Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology

    05/02/2014 2:08:03 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 27 replies
    The Tablet ^ | 5/2/14 | Christa Pongratz-Lippitt
    Pope Francis has close ties with liberation theology, the prefect of the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the body that once condemned the movement, has said. In a lengthy interview in the German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ), Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Mller said Pope Francis is not so much a liberation theologian in the academic sense, but as far as pastoral work is concerned, he has close ties with liberation theologys concerns. What we can learn from him is the insight that there is no pastoral work without profound theology and vice versa. In the 1980s the...
  • Newburgh man sues church for losing leg when crucifix fell on him

    10/17/2012 6:50:36 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    Daily Freeman ^ | October 17, 2012 | Mid-Hudson News Network
    David and Delia Jimenez of Newburgh consider themselves very religious Catholics, so, when Mrs. Jimenezs diagnosed cancer disappeared two years ago, they attributed it to their praying at St. Patricks Church. Mr. Jimenez wanted to show his appreciation, so his wife asked the priest if he could clean the large crucifix outside the house of worship as a thank-you. He was granted the OK and, on Memorial Day 2010, as he stood on a step stool scrubbing the stone image of Jesus Christ, the monument toppled over, crushing his leg. He was rushed to Westchester Medical Center, where his leg...
  • New York man crushed by giant crucifix has leg amputated

    11/05/2012 12:29:30 PM PST · by EveningStar · 10 replies
    Yahoo ^ | November 5, 2012 | Eric Pfeiffer
    A deeply religious New York man who believes a church's giant crucifix cured his wife of cancer had his own leg amputated after the same crucifix collapsed on top of him.
  • Man crushed by giant crucifix dedicated to Pope

    04/27/2014 5:25:27 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 11 replies
    iTV ^ | 24APR2014 | Staff Writer
    A man has been crushed to death after a giant crucifix dedicated to Pope John Paul II collapsed, just days before a historic Papal canonisation in Rome. The 30-metre-high (98ft) wooden and concrete cross fell during a ceremony in the Italian Alpine village of Cevo, near Brescia. Another man was taken to hospital. The structure was dedicated to John Paul II on his visit to the region in 1998. In a strange co-incidence, the 21-year-old man named as Marco Gusmini by local media, was reported to live in a street named after Pope John XXIII who will also be...
  • Shouldn't Bible-believing church leaders be speaking up on "sainthood"? (vanity)

    04/27/2014 3:47:28 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 404 replies
    With it so much in the news right now that the Catholic Church is making two former Popes "saints." shouldn't Bible-believing Christians, and those in leadership in particular, be pointing out the Bible truth on who is a saint is? The media won't do this themselves, and the Catholic use of "saint" has caused a lot of ignorance on this most important matter.
  • Obama Implicitly Compares Himself to Pope and Jesus in Tribute Message

    04/25/2014 6:43:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Truth Revolt blog ^ | April 24, 2014 | Trey Sanchez
    "Rare is the leader who makes us want to be better people." President Obama added his voice to Time's list of "The 100 Most Influential People" by penning a tribute to Pope Francis. By implication, Obama associated himself with the pontiff and ultimately to Jesus. Obama called the pope "a moral leader in word and deed," equating Francis's message of inclusion with Jesus's "essence." Sprinkled within this panegyric was Obama's own familiar refrain heard throughout his presidency: "alleviate povertyreduce inequalityopen new doors of opportunity and visions of possibility for everyone." Obama's social agenda is nothing he has kept secret. Nor...