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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Gay Marriages Could Be Considered as Soon as Next Year by the Church of England

    05/24/2022 8:03:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ITV News ^ | 5/21/22 | James Webster
    For same-sex couples, being gay and being a Christian doesn’t always fit together easily, especially when they are making plans for their wedding day. They may be welcomed week-after-week to worship within the Church of England, but it is a welcome that is not extended to hosting their marriage ceremony. But one vicar, who is part of the team leading a project reviewing the church’s position on same-sex relationships says he believes the church has reached a point where change in some form is now inevitable. It means the church could be closer than ever to allowing gay couples to...
  • Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down on Abortion Support in Response to Communion Ban

    05/24/2022 4:30:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 38 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May 24, 2022 | CNA Staff
    Nancy Pelosi Doubles Down on Abortion Support in Response to Communion BanResponding publicly for the first time to her archbishop barring her from Holy Communion in her home diocese, the U.S. House speaker remains defiant in her support of abortion.Responding publicly for the first time to her archbishop barring her from Holy Communion in her home diocese, U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi remained defiant Tuesday in her support of abortion.Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone announced May 20 that the California Democrat may no longer receive Holy Communion in the Archdiocese of San Francisco after publicly supporting abortion as a Catholic politician....
  • Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her Communion

    05/24/2022 3:58:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    Crux ^ | May 24, 2022 | AP
    Pelosi pushes back on archbishop who denies her CommunionWASHINGTON, D.C. — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pushed back Tuesday on the decision by San Francisco’s Catholic archbishop to deny her Communion over her support of abortion, saying she respects that people have opposing views but not when they impose them on others.The California Democrat says she comes from a large family with many members who oppose abortion. “I respect people’s views about that. But I don’t respect us foisting it onto others.” Pelosi added, “Our archbishop has been vehemently against LGBTQ rights. In fact he led the way in an initiative...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Gay Church Worker Who Resigned After Hate Crimes Speaks at Vatican Conference

    05/24/2022 3:32:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | May 23, 2022 | Robert Shine (he/him)
    [Catholic Caucus] Gay Church Worker Who Resigned After Hate Crimes Speaks at Vatican ConferenceA gay church worker who resigned due to right wing hate crimes recently addressed a Vatican conference on the relationship between Amoris Laetitia and LGBTQ people.Aaron Bianco gave his talk at a conference organized by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life and the Pontifical Gregorian University. In 2018, Bianco resigned from his position as pastoral associate at a southern California parish after enduring repeated hate crimes, including death threats, slashed tires, and anti-gay graffiti on the church. He since became a theology professor at the...
  • Patriarch Kirill Offers Russia Renewed Understanding of Sovereignty Based on Traditional Values, Without Looking Back to West

    05/23/2022 7:17:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/18/22
    Moscow, May 18, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has urged lawmakers to learn a lesson from the current geopolitical situation and pass laws without regard to anyone but the Russian people. "I think we are called upon to deeply rethink the vector of public and state development in recent decades. It is important to focus not on what a certain external observer will think about our development, but on how to build the future of the country, based on our historical experience, national spiritual culture and Christian heritage," the patriarch said from the rostrum of the...
  • Italian Bishops Join Dissident ‘Catholic’ Groups for Ecumenical LGBT ‘Prayer Vigils’

    05/23/2022 7:07:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/17/22 | Michael Haynes
    Three Italian prelates joined in supporting the pro-LGBT ecumenical ‘prayer vigil’ movement, with Archbishop Corrado Lorefice of Palermo speaking of God's ‘fatherly womb.’(LifeSiteNews) – As part of events to mark the “International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia” (IDAHOT), three Italian prelates have joined with dissident “Catholic” LGBT organizations to create “sanctuaries of welcome and support for LGBT people.” The events comprise a number of ecumenical prayer services held in churches, Catholic and evangelical, all across Europe, starting May 15 and continuing through June 6, with a large number of such vigils taking place on May 17 – the “International Day...
  • [Catholic Caucus] DC archdiocese accidentally sends blunt response on Pelosi Communion ban

    05/23/2022 3:26:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 23, 2022 | Heather Hamilton
    [Catholic Caucus] DC archdiocese accidentally sends blunt response on Pelosi Communion banEXCLUSIVE — Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., has refused to comment publicly on whether he supports the barring of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from receiving Holy Communion in light of her stance on abortion, with his office saying in a blunt and mistakenly sent email to the Washington Examiner that requests “will be ignored.” A number of bishops have come together in support of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s announcement issued Friday that because of Pelosi’s stance on abortion and her recent calls to...
  • Alabama Enjoined From Enforcing Ban On Medical Treatments For Transgender Minors

    05/22/2022 7:45:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 5/15/22 | Howard Friedman
    In Eknes-Tucker v. Marshall, (MD AL, May 13, 2022), an Alabama federal district court issued an injunction pending trial of the portion of the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act that restricts transgender minors from being treated with puberty blockers and hormone therapies. The court said in part: Parent Plaintiffs have a fundamental right to direct the medical care of their children. This right includes the more specific right to treat their children with transitioning medications subject to medically accepted standards. The Act infringes on that right and, as such, is subject to strict scrutiny. At this stage of...
  • Vatican Number Two Says Giving Ukraine Weapons Legitimate, with Conditions

    05/22/2022 7:40:10 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 5/13/22 | Philip Pullella
    ROME, May 13 (Reuters) - The Vatican's number two said on Friday that supplying weapons to Ukraine to help it defend itself against Russian aggression is morally legitimate under certain conditions, citing the Catholic Church's teaching on "just war". Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin spoke to reporters on the sidelines of a conference in Rome, as the topic of supplying arms to Kyiv was discussed at a meeting of foreign ministers from the G7 rich nations in Germany. "There is a right to armed defence in the case of aggression," Parolin said in response to a question about countries...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mother Miriam warns about ‘deceptive’ Synod on Synodality: ‘It’s a sham’

    05/22/2022 3:00:14 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 20, 2022 | Raymond Wolfe
    [Catholic Caucus] Mother Miriam warns about ‘deceptive’ Synod on Synodality: ‘It’s a sham’The Synod on Synodality has been mired in scandal, including over dissident materials on the Synod website and pro-LGBT comments by Synod leaders described as ‘heresy.’ (LifeSiteNews) – Mother Miriam warned the faithful about the worldwide Synod on Synodality in a recent episode of LifeSite’s “Mother Miriam Live!” saying that the Vatican may seek to use the program to overhaul the Church in ways contrary to the faith.The longtime Catholic apologist and Benedictine nun added that she will not participate in the Synod, describing it as a “sham”...
  • Patriarch Kirill Proposes Stripping Private Clinics of Right to Receive Female Patients for Abortions

    05/21/2022 7:09:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/17/22
    Moscow, May 17, Interfax - Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia has come up with an initiative to prohibit private clinics from performing the artificial termination of pregnancies. "Proposals being articulated by lawmakers right now, specifically on stopping the facilitation of abortions in private clinics, which would make statistical data more accurate and eradicate the encouragement to chase profits by terminating children's lives, seem to be important," Patriarch said when speaking during Parliamentary Meetings in Russia's Federation Council on Tuesday. He went on to call on lawmakers to show a braver approach to the protection of life, without paying...
  • New Jersey’s Catholic Bishops Slam Murphy’s Latest Abortion Plan

    05/21/2022 7:04:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Shore News Network ^ | 5/16/22 | Robert Walker
    TRENTON, NJ – Last week, in light of the leak of a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to turn abortion rights over to the states, Governor Phil Murphy doubled down on his commitment to keeping abortions legal in New Jersey. Murphy’s administration issued a swift statement to combat the federal court’s decision. “With the U.S. Supreme Court poised to overturn Roe v. Wade – a decision that would have significant consequences for reproductive rights throughout the country – Governor Phil Murphy announced renewed efforts to secure abortion rights and bolster access to reproductive health care in New Jersey,” Murphy...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Church Unity Is "Illusion," Church Must "Appreciate" Homosex - Presiding German Bishop

    05/21/2022 8:34:19 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | May 21, 2022 | Gloria TV
    [Catholic Caucus] Church Unity Is "Illusion," Church Must "Appreciate" Homosex - Presiding German BishopThe Church's teaching on homosexuality must be "changed,” presiding German bishop Georg Bätzing told DeutschlandFunk.de (May 20).He believes that “homosexuals living in relationships" should not be "discriminated" but be considered "an opportunity that is treated with respect.”Bätzing has not yet performed a homosexual “blessing,” but he defends it: “The practice exists, and I will not discipline anyone who performs a blessing.” In real life, God calls practiced homosexuality an abomination (Sacred Scripture).Besides, Bätzing is fighting for women priests but knows from several conversations that Francis decidedly holds...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Grech: Civil War Among Bishops "Is Synodality"

    05/20/2022 12:12:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Gloria TV ^ | May 20, 2022 | Gloria TV
    [Catholic Caucus] Cardinal Grech: Civil War Among Bishops "Is Synodality"The Synod on Synodality is an „unprecedented event,” homosexualist Cardinal Mario Grech, the Synod's general-secretary, told Christopher Lamb (podcast, May 19).Previous synods were prepared by the Vatican but the ongoing will be formed by the submissions of the bishops’ conferences, Grech claims. He insists that “it is not true that nothing will change. I can tell you there is already a change.”.Regarding the usual underwear topics and female ordination, Grech replied that “nothing should be left under the carpet“ - as if sex hasn't been rotting on the ecclesiastical carpet for...
  • Spanish Bill Would Allow Girls 16 and 17 to Get an Abortion Without Parental Consent

    05/19/2022 6:10:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/13/22 | Marta Gómez de Castro
    Spain’s coalition government of Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez intends to propose a bill that would legalize abortion without parental consent for 16 and 17 year old children. Sources in the Ministry of Equality have confirmed to the EFE news agency that the text is in the last phase of negotiation in the government, formed by the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party and Unidas Podemos, and that the Council of Ministers are expected to approve it May 17. After approval by the cabinet, the bill would be introduced to the Congress of Deputies. The draft bill would eliminate a three day waiting...
  • Political Correctness Can't Overrule Bible - Top Russian Church Official (Hilarion)

    05/19/2022 5:59:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    “The rules of political correctness enforced on modern Western society are broadly incongruent with the teachings of the Bible”, Metropolitan Hilarion, Head of the ROC Department for External Church Relations, observed in his interview with the Russia 24 TV Channel. The Metropolitan was referring to the case of Finnish MP Päivi Räsänen, a physician and a mother of five in Finland, who was sent to trial on accusations of inciting hatred by quoting the Bible. The case created a disturbing precedent, though Päivi Räsänenwas was eventually acquitted of all charges. Päivi Räsänen is known as staunch defender of traditional family...
  • Berlin Archbishop Asks Forgiveness for Homophobia in the Church

    05/19/2022 5:54:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    UCANews ^ | 5/19/22
    Homophobia was an "unholy line of tradition" in the Catholic Church, says Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin Archbishop Heiner Koch of Berlin has asked forgiveness for the church's discrimination against people because of their sexual orientation. Homophobia was an "unholy line of tradition" in the Catholic Church, Koch said May 17 during an ecumenical service in the Protestant Twelve Apostles Church in Berlin. The German Catholic news agency KNA said he called for respect for the dignity of every human being, regardless of their sexual orientation, and announced that the Archdiocese of Berlin would take measures to ensure this. The...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Mother Miriam: Catholics cannot obey false, ‘sinful’ statements of the Pope

    05/19/2022 4:17:41 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | May 18, 2022 | Raymond Wolfe
    [Catholic Caucus] Mother Miriam: Catholics cannot obey false, ‘sinful’ statements of the PopePope Francis has made remarks on several topics, including on LGBT issues, that Catholics can’t accept, Mother Miriam said. Catholics must reject statements that contradict the faith even if the Pope utters them, Mother Miriam said in a recent episode of LifeSite’s “Mother Miriam Live!”“When the Pope says what is sinful, what is inaccurate, what is against the faith,” said the Benedictine prioress, “not only do we have the right to not believe, but we should not believe. We must follow God and not men, even when that...
  • Archbishop Appeals to Parents: Accept Your LGBTQ Children as God Does

    05/19/2022 3:55:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | May 19, 2022 | Robert Shine (he/him)
    Archbishop Appeals to Parents: Accept Your LGBTQ Children as God DoesTwo European archbishops offered LGBTQ-positive remarks to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), which was celebrated this past Tuesday.In Malta, Archbishop Charles Scicluna encouraged parents to accept LGBTQ children as a mandate of the Gospel. Newsbook reported:“‘My appeal to parents is this: accept your children as God the Father has done. Jesus is looking at your children – as he looks at each and every one of us – when he tells us that he is giving us a new commandment to love one another,’ the...
  • Evangelical Lutheran Church (ELCA) leader releases pastoral letter on abortion, expresses support for Roe v. Wade

    05/19/2022 3:52:06 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/19/2022 | Michael Gryboski
    The head of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has issued a pastoral letter supporting abortion access and expresseding opposition to overturning the United States Supreme Court decision Roe v. Wade. ELCA Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton released a “pastoral message on abortion” on Tuesday, explaining that the denomination teaches that “abortion must be legal, regulated and accessible.” "While this church longs for a future with fewer abortions every year, the social statement points out that outlawing all or nearly all abortions is not the way to do this,” stated Eaton. “The ELCA opposes both ‘the total lack of regulation of...