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  • Pope Francis says US Catholic conservatives have 'suicidal attitude'

    05/17/2024 7:37:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Reuters ^ | 05/16/2024 | Brad Brooks
    Pope Francis said his conservative critics within the Roman Catholic Church in the United States are trapped in a "suicidal attitude," according to an interview with CBS. During the April 24 interview with "60 Minutes" that will air this Sunday, Pope Francis was asked his thoughts on the conservative backlash against his papacy, with many of his critics being American clergy members. Pope Francis responded by saying a conservative is someone who "clings to something and does not want to see beyond that." "It is a suicidal attitude," the pontiff said, according to a brief transcript excerpt made available by...
  • Catholic Church sees membership rise but number of priests decline

    04/15/2024 10:12:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2024 | Ryan Foley
    While the number of Catholics worldwide slightly increased from 2021 to 2022, new statistics show that the number of priests continues to decline. The Vatican released the 2024 Pontifical Yearbook and the 2022 Statistical Yearbook of the Church earlier this month. Edited by the Vatican Secretariat of State's Central Statistical Office, the publications are being distributed in bookstores and published by the Vatican Printing Press.The publications highlight "statistical data to assess the main trends affecting the evolution of the Catholic Church worldwide," reports Vatican News.The latest edition of the Statistical Yearbook shows the number of baptized Catholics in the world...
  • Michael Steele Makes Like Biden, Half-Crosses Himself Over Black Republican

    02/26/2024 5:48:57 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 12 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Joe Biden has the odd and at times inappropriate habit of crossing himself in public, political situations. Thus the self-described devout Catholic crossed himself while mentioning Republican Congresswoman Lauren Boebert -- then proceeded to attack her at length. On two occasions, Biden even crossed himself while interacting with Israeli Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu, including once while Netanyahu was making a speech to Congress. Oy vey! On the Sunday edition of MSNBC's The Weekend, co-anchor Michael Steele, the former RNC Chairman turned member of the disgraced Lincoln Project, made like Biden. Steele sort of half-crossed himself in a discussion of North...
  • What does Pope Francis want LGBTQ Catholics to do?

    12/28/2023 9:45:32 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/28/2023 | Dan Delzell
    The Vatican declared in 2021 that same-sex relationships cannot be blessed because God “cannot bless sin.” And now less than three years later, Pope Francis has authorized blessings for same-sex couples. What exactly does Pope Francis want LGBTQ Catholics to do in response to his shocking declaration? The Pope has a huge responsibility to clarify his hopes and dreams for LGBTQ Catholics, especially since “some Catholic bishops in Africa, Poland and elsewhere say they will not implement the new Vatican policy allowing blessings for same-sex couples.”Does the Pope want these couples to view homosexual behavior as less sinful than fornication...
  • Pope Francis urges Vatican officials to avoid ‘rigid ideologies’ after approving blessings for gay couples

    12/26/2023 6:06:38 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/26/2023 | Anugrah Kumar
    Pope Francis urged Vatican officials to avoid "rigid ideological positions" in a speech days after his recent approval of blessings for same-sex couples.Addressing the Holy See hierarchy in his annual Christmas greeting last Thursday, Francis emphasized the importance of evolving to serve the Catholic Church effectively."In our service here in the Curia too, it is important to keep faring forward, to keep searching and growing in our understanding of the truth, overcoming the temptation to stand still and never leave the 'labyrinth' of our fears," the bishop of Rome said. "Fear, rigidity and monotony make for an immobility that has...
  • On gay blessings, Pope Francis sows confusion: Apparently Nothing's changed, but the press and its advocates are saying it is

    12/20/2023 8:11:58 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/20/2023 | Monica Showalter
    According to much of what's read in the media and among some advocates, the Vatican's changed! It's finally come around to embracing the LGBTQ+ agenda, and is now offering blessings for gay couples for inclusivity's sake, and who knows, soon may be offering gay marriages! Here is some of the cheering from Christopher Lamb at CNN:With five words, uttered right at the beginning of his pontificate, Pope Francis changed the Catholic conversation about LGBTQ+ people. In 2013, when asked by a journalist about gay priests, the pope famously replied: “Who am I to judge?”Over the last decade the pope has...
  • Pope approves blessings for same-sex couples if they don't resemble marriage

    12/18/2023 7:34:04 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 50 replies ^ | 12/18/23 | Story by By NICOLE WINFIELD and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press • 1h
    Pope approves blessings for same-sex couples if they don't resemble marriage Story by By NICOLE WINFIELD and DAVID CRARY, Associated Press • 1h
  • The Complete Richard Higgins Memo

    08/10/2017 8:17:47 PM PDT · by BRK · 20 replies
    Circulating | May 2017 | Richard Higgins
    Here is the entire memo... POTUS & POLITICAL WARFARE   May 2017   BACKGROUND.  The Trump administration is suffering under withering information campaigns designed to first undermine, then de legitimize and ultimately remove the President. Possibly confusing these attacks with an elevated interplay of otherwise normal D.C. partisan infighting and adversarial media relations, the White House response to these campaigns reflects a political advocacy mindset that it is intensely reactive, severely under-inclusive and dangerously inadequate to the threat. If action is not taken to re-scope and respond to these hostile campaigns very soon, the administration risks implosion and subsequent early...
  • MSNBC Blithely Reports Biden Making Sign of the Cross At Mention of Boebert's Name

    12/01/2023 8:04:01 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Wait! Aren't Republicans the ones who inappropriately drag religion into politics? And surely no Democrat would ever perform a religious ritual as protection against the mention of a Republican's name? And yet . . . On Thursday, Nicolle Wallace's MSNBC show, with Alicia Menendez as substitute host, rolled tape of Biden crossing himself after he mentioned the name of Lauren Boebert. Menendez blithely said, without comment, that Biden "made the sign of the Cross at Boebert's name." Think MSNBC would be so nonchalant if a prominent Republican made the sign of the Cross at the mention of a Democrat's name?Get...
  • Pope punishes leading critic Cardinal Burke in second action against conservative American prelates

    11/30/2023 5:56:46 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 11 replies
    AP ^ | 11.28.2023 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Twice, Burke has joined other conservative cardinals in issuing formal questions to the pontiff, known as “dubia,” asking him to clarify questions of doctrine that upset conservatives and traditionalists. In the first, they asked Francis to clarify his outreach to divorced and civilly remarried Catholics, and Francis never replied. In the second, they asked whether same-sex couples could receive church blessings — and received a conditional maybe in response.
  • The Catholic Church and Sexual Abuse, Then and Now

    11/15/2023 12:59:16 PM PST · by patriot torch · 19 replies
    OSU.EDU ^ | Whether De Boer
    The institution of the Catholic Church finds itself in a period of extraordinary crisis. An August 2018 grand jury report on clerical sex abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses gave a detailed, often graphic account of decades of criminal offenses against minors by Catholic priests. Other states have since launched their own investigations. Evidence that church superiors—bishops, archbishops, and even popes—failed to address abuses effectively has only amplified the outrage. (snip) All of these tragedies are tinged with a sense of déjà vu. Similar patterns of abuse have been front-page news in the United States since an explosive 2002 investigation by...
  • Comedian Rob Schneider converts to Catholicism, vows to show 'Christ's forgiveness'

    11/13/2023 9:37:28 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 193 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/13/2023 | Ryan Foley
    A famous comedian has announced his conversion to Catholicism and repentance for what he characterized as a failure to show “Christ’s forgiveness” to those he disagreed with. Rob Schneider, a “Saturday Night Live” alumnus known for starring in the comedy movies “Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo” and “The Animal” as well as his multiple appearances in Adam Sandler movies, announced on X on Oct. 31 that he had converted to Catholicism. Schneider’s post, which coincided with his 60th birthday, began with a declaration that “I am the luckiest man in the world” and featured shout-outs to his wife, Patricia, and their...
  • The Catholic Church Against Slavery: Setting the Record Straight

    11/12/2023 7:49:09 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/12/2023 | Janet Levy
    The Catholic Church, like many ancient institutions, has a checkered past. Its record has been marred by the horrors of the Inquisition, its ambivalence towards the Nazis and the Holocaust, and its complicity in – and even cover-up of – child abuse by priests. To its credit, however, the Church – despite some lapses – has a long and consistent history of opposing slavery.That is the thesis of The Worst of Indignities: The Catholic Church on Slavery, the latest book by Paul Kengor. A professor at Grove City College, Kengor is the bestselling author of over a dozen works, such...
  • Pope Francis Fires Conservative U.S. Bishop

    11/11/2023 10:10:45 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11.11.2023 | Francis X. Rocca
    ROME—Pope Francis removed Bishop Joseph Strickland, one of the pope’s most vocal critics in the U.S. hierarchy, the Vatican said Saturday.The Vatican said that the pope had “relieved [the bishop] of the pastoral governance of the Diocese of Tyler,” Texas, and appointed Bishop Joe Vázquez of Austin as “apostolic administrator,” or acting bishop, of Tyler.“I’m saddened for the harm to the faithful but at peace in His Truth, stay Jesus Strong,” Strickland wrote via email on Saturday, in response to a request for comment. Asked about his plans, he replied: “Just praying for now.”Strickland’s firing follows a Vatican investigation this...
  • Vatican takes 'step' towards transgender Catholics

    11/11/2023 9:54:44 AM PST · by Dr. Marten · 34 replies
    France 24 ^ | 11.11.2023 | France 24
    Vatican City (AFP) – LGBTQ rights campaigners welcomed a Vatican statement that transgender people can be baptised as a step towards a more inclusive Catholic Church, but denounced caveats that provide cover to those who object.In a document published on Wednesday, the powerful Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, one of the main departments that manages the affairs of the Holy See, said transgender believers can be baptised if it would not cause scandal or confusion.
  • Pope Francis calls for ‘paradigm shift’ in theology for world of today

    11/01/2023 4:03:38 PM PDT · by Dr. Marten · 44 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 11.01.2023 | Jonathan Liedl
    Pope Francis has called for a “paradigm shift” in Catholic theology that takes widespread engagement with contemporary science, culture, and people’s lived experience as an essential starting point. Citing the need to deal with “profound cultural transformations,” the pope presented his dramatic vision for the future of Catholic theology in a new motu proprio issued earlier today.Titled Ad Theologiam Promovendam, or “to promote theology,” the document revises the statutes of the Pontifical Academy of Theology (PATH) “to make them more suitable for the mission that our time imposes on theology.”“Theology can only develop in a culture of dialogue and encounter...
  • Pope Francis Softens Vatican’s Ban on Blessing Gay Couples: Pontiff’s statement is likely to inflame tensions with conservative church leaders

    10/02/2023 7:02:11 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 10/02/2023 | Francis X. Rocca
    ROME—Pope Francis softened the Vatican’s ban on blessing same-sex couples, saying that priests may use their discretion in giving such blessings, so long as they don’t imply a same-sex union is equivalent to a heterosexual marriage. The pope’s statement, in a letter released by the Vatican on Monday, marks a significant shift in the Catholic Church’s stance on blessing gay relationships. Its release comes on the eve of a major Vatican meeting that will consider possible changes to church teaching and practice on matters such as homosexuality and women’s ordination. Catholic priests in Germany and some other northern European countries...
  • The Documentary Spotlight

    09/19/2023 5:27:40 PM PDT · by patriot torch · 7 replies
    IMDB ^ | 2015
    Storyline When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.—Open Road
  • Catholic Priest Who Says “You Can’t Be Catholic and Democrat” Says “Pope Francis Is Not the Pope”

    09/09/2023 11:40:35 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 30 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 9/7/23 | "Guest Contributor"
    Fr. James Altman, the priest behind the viral video, “You cannot be Catholic and a Democrat”. He now has released another video claiming “Pope Francis is not the Pope”. Father James Altman is an inspiring Roman Catholic priest who has dedicated his life to serving God and spreading the message of the Gospel. Originally from the Diocese of Marquette, Father Altman was an attorney who had a family practice in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, when he answered the call to the priesthood. Graduating from the University of St. Mary of the Lake’s Mundelein Seminary outside Chicago, Father Altman was ordained...
  • Despite the pope's yelling and the FBI's spying, traditional Catholic Latin Mass is booming

    08/31/2023 7:46:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 08/31/2023 | Monica Showalter
    The pope yells about them. Joe Biden's FBI spies on them. But in a rather astonishing development, efforts to suppress the traditional Latin Mass among the Catholics is booming, which kind of tells us what's really going on. Even the mainstream media is noticing. According to a page one story in the Miami Herald:Traditional Latin Mass, also called the extraordinary form of the Roman rite, or the Tridentine Mass, has been celebrated in the Archdiocese of Miami for the past 40 years, beginning under former Archbishop Edward McCarthy. In recent years, Miami’s community has steadily grown, relocating to five different...