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  • 85 Members of Congress Ask FDA to Cancel Contract Purchasing Aborted Baby ‘Tissue’ for Research

    09/24/2018 5:26:10 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies ^ | 9/23/18 | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON — 85 members of Congress have signed a joint letter urging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to cancel its contract with a biomedical procurement company to purchase “fetal tissue” that will be used to create mice with a human immune system in order to test drug safety and efficacy. “Unborn children are not commodities to be bought and sold,” the letter reads. “The practice of conducting research using the body parts of children whose lives have been violently ended by abortion is abhorrent.” As previously reported, the FDA had posted a pre-solicitation notice in June outlining its intentions...
  • 2018 09 23 John Haller's Prophecy Update "Surveillance Society"

    09/23/2018 4:54:21 PM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    Stay right where you are. We know who you are and what you are doing at all times. And we're all for free speech, as long as it's not "hurty" speech, which will result in a lengthy It's George Orwell's utopian dream (aka, "nightmare") coming true much sooner than we could have envisioned just 5 years ago. We are on the verge of being arrested, tried and sentenced, not for actual crimes, but just for our very opinions and thoughts. Even in the midst of it all, do not lose hope. If your vertical alignment is right, it all turns...
  • Monsignor Rossi, Wuerl’s Gay Mafioso at the Basilica

    09/23/2018 9:22:51 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 18 replies ^ | September 21, 2018 | George Neumayr
    Why is this accused gay predator still running the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception? The other day I received a call from a former Catholic University of America student who recounted episodes of sexual harassment that he suffered at the hands of Monsignor Walter Rossi, the Gay Mafioso whom pederast Cardinal Theodore McCarrick appointed to run the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in 2005. Rossi succeeded another accused gay harasser, (then monsignor, later bishop) Michael Bransfield who is currently under investigation for preying upon men. So in Rossi’s rise we see another case of gay...
  • China's Catholic Church Pledges Loyalty to Party After Vatican Deal

    09/23/2018 6:50:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/23/18 | Adam Jourdan
    SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China’s Catholic Church reaffirmed its loyalty to the country’s ruling Communist Party on Sunday, while welcoming a landmark deal struck with the Vatican on appointing new bishops. The Vatican on Saturday signed an agreement giving it a long-desired and decisive say in the appointment of bishops in China, though critics labeled it a sellout to the government. China’s around 12 million Catholics have been split between an underground Church swearing loyalty to the Vatican and the state-supervised Catholic Patriotic Association. The Catholic Church in China said it would “persevere to walk a path suited to a socialist...
  • Protesters kill 30 at Iranian parade; more on the downing of the Russian plane (Amir Tsarfati)

    09/23/2018 6:02:27 AM PDT · by firebrand · 19 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Sept. 23, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Armed protesters fired on the unarmed Iranian soldiers in a parade yesterday, killing 30. This was not ISIS but a local group, displaying the division and weakness within Iran. More on the downing of the Russian plane and the slow but seemingly inexorable path toward war, due to the financial threats on Russia, Iran, and Turkey. This is still the calm before the storm but the dark cloud of the Ezekiel War can be seen. More comments on America's role in all of this, and a report on Amir's ministry here in the U.S.
  • Boston Archdiocese Won’t Answer Questions About Accused Predator Priest

    09/22/2018 6:53:06 AM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies ^ | 09/22/2018 | Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D.
    The archdiocese of Boston, Massachusetts is refusing transparency about a priest reportedly removed for homosexual assault. Boston Catholic Insider reported on Sept. 13 that Fr. Walter Cuenin abruptly left his position as chaplain at Brandeis University in January 2015 ostensibly for reasons of health, but was in fact removed after a male college student claimed the priest got him drunk and sexually molested him. Cuenin was well known as a gay advocate, the Brandeis notice on his departure stating that "Cuenin had recently gained the support of other students on campus by displaying a large gay pride flag in honor...
  • About 1 Billion Rubles Collected for Building the Main Church of Russian Military Forces

    09/21/2018 5:18:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/21/18
    Moscow, September 21, Interfax - About 1 billion rubles ($14,6 million) were conveyed to the charitable foundation Voskreseniye that collects means for building the main church of Russian Military Forces, the foundation press service reports. The fundraising was announced on September 4 at a conference call of the Russian Defense Ministry. The first to donate was the midshipman of the North Fleet, the second one was Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu. The church will become a spiritual and educational center for servicemen, Orthodox priests and citizens of Russia. It will house an exposition dedicated to the history of setting up...
  • Archbishop Close to Pope Suggests Archbishop Viganò Suffers from a Delusional Mental Illness

    09/21/2018 5:09:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/20/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    ARGENTINA, September 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – An Argentinian archbishop who is a close friend of Pope Francis has suggested that former U.S. nuncio Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò suffers from megalomania, a delusional mental illness “marked by feelings of personal omnipotence and grandeur.” Víctor Manuel “Tucho” Fernández, Archbishop of La Plata, Argentina said in an interview that Viganò has placed his conservative ideological interests above the good of the people who, as a result, end up confused and hopeless. The Fernández interview is filled with hyperbolic statements ranging from accusing Viganò of seeking to groundlessly discredit Pope Francis through his testimony...
  • Dolan ‘Impatient’ Waiting for Apostolic Visitation in Response to McCarrick

    09/21/2018 5:03:19 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    US bishops have asked for a Vatican investigation, but the Pope has so far not committedThe Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the Church’s ongoing sexual abuse crisis, he has grown “impatient” while awaiting a decision from the pope on a request made by U.S. bishops more than one month ago. Speaking at a press conference Sept. 21, Cardinal Timothy Dolan called for a formal investigation- an apostolic visitation- of the Church in the United States in response to allegations that have surfaced in recent months regarding decades...
  • Archbishop Viganó Might Make a Good Pope

    09/21/2018 12:04:21 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    After many years of sex scandals in the Catholic Church, someone finally blew the whistle in a way that could not be ignored. Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganó, a retired Vatican envoy to the United States, said on August 22nd that Pope Francis should resign because he had failed to discipline a major sex offender, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick of Washington, D.C. Archbishop Viganó accused McCarrick of having preyed upon Catholic seminarians for many years. He said that Pope Francis “must be the first to set a good example for cardinals and bishops who covered up McCarrick’s abuses.” The Pope, he...

    09/21/2018 8:19:45 AM PDT · by pgyanke · 22 replies
    Roman Catholic Man ^ | 8/19/2018 | Fr Robert Altier
    FR ROBERT ALTIER’S TRUTHFUL HOMILY ABOUT THE CURRENT CRISIS IN THE CHURCH The following is the transcription of the August 19, 2018 homily given at the Church of St. Raphael in Crystal, Minnesota by Fr. Robert Altier. In the second reading today St. Paul tells us that we have to make the most of our opportunity because the days are evil. We aren’t just simply living in days that are evil, we are living in the days that Isaiah spoke about, the days when they will call evil good and good evil. And we have been brainwashed into thinking that...
  • Archbishop Chaput publishes strong criticism of Youth Synod document (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    09/21/2018 6:20:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies ^ | September 21,2018 | Michael Davis
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was “received from a respected North American theologian”. The article, which appears in First Things, warns that the Instrumentum veers dangerously close to heresy – specifically the heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism. It begins by criticizing its “naturalist” understanding of modern sexual dysfunction: widespread promiscuity, online pornography, and the like. “The document laments only its ‘disfiguring the...
  • In rare WSJ op-ed, Cardinal Sarah says Fr. Martin's LGBT outreach falls short

    09/21/2018 5:19:35 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    New York City, N.Y., Sep 1, 2017 / 01:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic outreach to LGBT individuals must always include the truth about Catholic teaching and chastity, Cardinal Robert Sarah said in an article responding to Jesuit priest Fr. James Martin. “The Catholic Church has been criticized by many, including some of its own followers, for its pastoral response to the LGBT community,” Cardinal Sarah wrote in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal Sept. 1. “This criticism deserves a reply, not so much to defend the Church’s practices reflexively, but to determine whether we, as the Lord’s disciples, are...
  • The Vatican’s Photo Blunder Shows Media Reform is Still a Work in Progress

    09/20/2018 5:12:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/15/18 | Christopher Altieri
    Some Vatican staff shared the public's dismay at the image - but by then it was too lateA pair of photographs released by the Vatican – one in particular – caused quite a stir on Thursday. The offending image showed members of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Executive Committee sharing a jocular moment during a meeting with Pope Francis. That in itself is nothing too terribly newsworthy. But the meeting was to discuss the ongoing crisis in the US Church, precipitated by the spectacular fall from grace of one of the hierarchy’s best-known and most influential members: the disgraced...
  • Dean Defends [Anglican] Cathedral Screening Films with Graphic Sex Scenes and Paganism [UK]

    09/20/2018 5:07:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    ITV ^ | 8/20/18
    A cathedral is pressing ahead with plans to show two “not for the faint-hearted” horror films and Monty Python’s Life of Brian on an inflatable big screen – despite opposition from some church wardens. The Dean of Derby, The Very Reverend Dr Stephen Hance, said the decision to host the city’s QUAD cinema’s Fright Club and other films in the nave would not compromise the cathedral’s holiness. Critics of the plans have claimed 1970s classics The Wicker Man and Don’t Look Now are inappropriate for a place-of-worship because of a graphic nude sex scene and themes of paganism. Other films...
  • Dutch Catholic Church is Rapidly Disappearing – Archbishop

    09/20/2018 5:03:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Voice of Europe ^ | 8/16/18 | Alex King
    Over the next decade, the entire archdiocese of Utrecht is estimated to be reduced from 280 to less than 15 churches that still hold Eucharistic celebrations, according to Archbishop Wim Eijk. In an interview with local newspaper the Gelderlander, the Archbishop disclosed that 1 in 10 parishes in his diocese are bankrupt, with only 1 in 10 able to be considered ‘rich’, with the other 8 in 10 being somewhere in between. The problem lies in the fact that there is an ageing population coupled with a rapid decline in church attendance. Catholic Churches are currently seeing an annual decrease...
  • Famed Australian Atheist [Politician], Bill Hayden, is Baptized in the Catholic Church at 85

    09/20/2018 4:58:49 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Patheos ^ | 9/18/18 | Fr. Matthew P. Schneider
    Some amazing news came out of Australia today with a famous atheist politician receiving baptism. Bill Hayden had been the leader of a major Australian political party, then was the Governor General of Australia for 7 years. (The Governor General is the one who signs bills into law in the Queen’s name in 15 Commonwealth countries.) Recently, at 85, he renounced his atheism and joined the Catholic Church. Getting Close to DeathThe Australian reports his motivation to take this step. Bill Hayden, at age 85, has ­renounced his atheism and been baptised into the Catholic Church. The former Labor leader...
  • Fr. Ticozzi: 'The Chinese Government Wants Absolute Control Over the Church'

    09/20/2018 4:36:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 9/19/18
    While the rumor mill is churning over an imminent agreement between Beijing and the Holy See, doubts about the effective freedom that the Party could guarantee to Chinese Catholics remain strong. We must pray for them, for the unity of the Church and for the discernment of local pastors. China "continues to consider itself the absolute center of the world". The opinion of a missionary, a great expert in the Middle Empire.Rome (AsiaNews) - The possible agreement between China and the Vatican "does not change the concrete reality of the facts. The Chinese government wants absolute control over the Catholic...
  • Cardinal Falls Ill as Blood of St Januarius Liquefies

    09/20/2018 4:30:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 126 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/20/18 | Staff Reporter
    The ceremony takes place three times a year, and failure to liquefy is seen as a portent of disasterThe blood of St Januarius has liquefied at the thrice-yearly ceremony – but the officiating cardinal fell ill. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the Archbishop of Naples, “blanched and had to sit down”, according to the news agency ANSA. The blood of the saint had reportedly liquefied, but the cardinal was unable to take the reliquary outside. The liquefaction of St Januarius’s blood is said to take place three times a year: once in May, once in December, and once on September 19 –...
  • Leaked Letters: Benedict XVI Rebukes Criticism of Resignation

    09/20/2018 4:24:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/20/18 | Staff Reporter
    The former Pope apparently wrote the letters in response to criticism from Cardinal BrandmüllerBenedict XVI rebuked a cardinal who criticised his decision to resign and take the title Pope Emeritus, leaked letters reveal. In the letters – which were leaked to the German newspaper Bild, who then passed them to the New York Times – Benedict says he can understand the “deep-seated pain” his resignation caused. However, people’s anger at his decision is devaluing his entire pontificate, leading to it being “conflated with the sadness about the situation of the Church today.” The New York Times says that the letters...