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  • 8 Reasons Why Trump’s John Bolton Appointment is Causing a Frenzy Among Jews

    03/24/2018 10:06:46 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 28 replies
    JP ^ | 3/24/18 | JTA
    You may have heard: President Donald Trump replaced his national security adviser, H.R. McMaster, with John Bolton. You may have heard because of the mixed reaction to the prospect of Bolton running national security — “mixed” as in apocalyptic among leftists and heaven-sent to many on the right. Look no further than the pro-Israel spectrum for each extremes: “We are horrified by his selection to be national security adviser and believe this move by the president gravely imperils our country’s national standing and the fundamental security of the United States and its allies, including Israel,” said Jeremy Ben-Ami, the president...
  • Top 10 European Countries Where Young People Are Least Religious; Over 90% Nones in 1 Nation

    03/23/2018 8:02:05 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2018 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A major analysis on the religious beliefs of young people across Europe has found that the proportion of those who report having no faith continues to rise, with some nations, such as the Czech Republic, having over 90 percent of young people who classify as "nones." Academics from St Mary's University, Twickenham and the Institut Catholique de Paris released their report Wednesday that studies the levels of religious affiliation among 16–29 year-olds across 22 European countries. Among the key findings, it noted that nones make up 91 percent of young people in the Czech Republic, the least religious country on...
  • Catholic Mother Says Vatican Archbishop Should be Fired for Justifying ‘Killing’ of Alfie Evans

    03/23/2018 6:23:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/22/18 | Diane Montagna
    ROME, March 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The mother of a 9-year-old boy who suffers from a severe disability due to a mitochondrial disease has offered the Vatican’s Academy for Life president a “filial correction” following his recent statements on the Alfie Evans case. She has also said if Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia’s recent statements about Alfie Evans are true, he “cannot and should not” remain as head of the Pontifical Academy for Life. Taking a leaf out of the ‘dubia’ cardinals handbook, the Italian mother said she “respectfully” wrote to Archbishop Paglia regarding his recent interview with the Italian agency Tempi,...
  • Goodbye to Religious Affairs Bureau: Religions Are Now Under the Direct Control of the Party [China]

    03/23/2018 6:14:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 3/22/18 | Wang Zhicheng
    The reform, wanted by the Party’s Central Committee, was voted by the National People’s Congress and made public yesterday. Some Christians see no change: the repression continues. A Protestant professor: It's an important change since the Mao era. What it reveals is the unlimited expansion of Party power. Doubts about the dialogue between China and the Vatican: The Catholic Church will become an instrument of support for the Party. The promotion of Xia Baolong, the destroyer of Zhejiang crosses.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), also known as the "Religious Affairs Bureau", so far under the authority...
  • Pope cancels audience with Papal Foundation donors after objections to $25 million grant

    03/23/2018 6:06:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    John-Henry Westen ^ | March 23, 2018 | LifeSite News
    Pope cancels audience with Papal Foundation donors after objections to $25 million grant John-Henry Westen Follow John-Henry catholic , papal foundation , pope francis WASHINGTON, D.C., March 23, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has cancelled a regular meeting with donors to the Papal Foundation, a US-based charity that contributes to the works of the Pope. The cancellation comes just after the members objected strenuously to a personal request by the Pope for the Foundation to grant $25 million to a Rome hospital plagued with allegations of money laundering and financial corruption. The cancelled meeting is being called “vindictive” by Papal Foundation...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Viganò’s resignation: background and unanswered questions

    03/23/2018 7:56:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide
    Vatican Insider / La Stampa ^ | March 22, 2018 | andrea tornielli
    Monsignor Dario Viganò, Vatican communication’s strong man resigned in a letter to Pope Francis dated 19 March. The resignation was accepted yesterday “not without some effort” by the Pope who, in turn wrote to his now former head of communications begging him to remain as “assessor”, an ad hoc position made for the occasion, of the same department. It is the epilogue - for some inevitable, for others surprising - of the “Mystery tied to Benedict XVI’s letter of and its omissis. A “Mystery” still bearing many unanswered questions.    The letter with the omissis  On Monday 12 March, when...
  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Dictator Pope’ author: My suspension from Knights of Malta is illegal

    03/23/2018 6:50:20 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | March 22, 2018 | LifeSite News Staff
    The Knights of Malta say they have suspended historian Henry Sire for allegedly breaching their constitution, following revelations that he is the mysterious author of The Dictator Pope. However, Sire himself maintains the suspension is null and illegal under the Order's rules. According to the Order, Sire was notified of the alleged suspension on Wednesday. Sire’s identity as the author of The Dictator Pope was confirmed on Monday, when Regnery Press posted his name and background on an online description of the book. Sire originally self-published the book under the pseudonym Marcantonio Colonna, a historical figure best remembered for his...
  • Irish Political Party Suspends Member of Parliament After She Votes Against Legalizing Abortion

    03/22/2018 6:51:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    Life News ^ | March 22, 2018 | Micaiah Bilger
    Irish Political Party Suspends Member of Parliament After She Votes Against Legalizing Abortion International   Micaiah Bilger   Mar 22, 2018   |   10:25AM    Dublin, Ireland Share this story: For voting to protect unborn babies’ lives, an Irish member of parliament has been suspended from her party. ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT The Irish News reports TD Carol Nolan, a member of Sinn Féin, voted against her party Wednesday on the referendum of the Eighth Amendment, which protects unborn babies’ right to life.A referendum vote on the amendment is slated for May.Though her party supports legalizing abortion in Ireland, Nolan does...
  • Christian Teacher Dismissed for Saying 'God Loves You' to Lesbian Student [UK]

    03/22/2018 5:09:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 36 replies
    CBN News ^ | 3/21/18 | Peter Wooding
    A UK Employment Tribunal has dismissed the discrimination claim by a Christian teacher dismissed by a UK government-funded pre-apprenticeship academy for answering students' questions about her beliefs. Svetlana Powell, a teacher of some 17 years' experience, was dismissed by the T2 Apprenticeship Academy in Bristol, England in July 2016 after being asked by students about her views on homosexuality. She was also reported as a "radicalization threat" to the government's anti-terrorist watchdog, Prevent. In reply to a question by a 17-year-old student, Mrs. Powell said that her personal belief was that homosexuality was against God's will, but that He loved...
  • Judge Blocks Mississippi’s 15-Week Abortion Ban

    03/22/2018 5:05:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The bill would give the state the most restrictive abortion law in AmericaMississippi Governor Phil Bryant signed into law on March 19 the most restrictive state abortion bill in the nation because it bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The owner of the state’s only abortion clinic, Jackson Women’s Health Organization, filed suit immediately after Bryant signed the bill, claiming it is unconstitutional. At a morning hearing March 20, a federal judge blocked the law with a temporary restraining order, in effect for 10 days. The state and the clinic must now provide “expedited briefings” to the court while...
  • What Will The Texas Bishops Do?

    03/22/2018 3:27:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | March 18, 2018 | CHRISTOPHER MANION
    On March 7, Cong. Beto O’Rourke (D., El Paso) won the Democrat primary to run against Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. O’Rourke’s victory puts Texas bishops in a bind. Their legislative agenda and their political priorities put them on the same page as O’Rourke, the USCCB, and the Democrat left — on gun control, welfare, health care, the travel ban, refugee policy, Cuba policy, the Paris agreement, the death penalty, global warming, the environment, immigration, foreign aid, deportations, and border security. Their only differences with Democrats lie in areas that magisterial teaching requires them to disagree: the anti-life, anti-family, anti-religious-freedom agenda...
  • [Catholic Caucus] ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta

    03/22/2018 9:04:13 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 22, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire suspended from Order of Malta by Staff Reporter posted Thursday, 22 Mar 2018 Sire, a longstanding member of the Order of Malta, was revealed as the author earlier this weekThe Order of Malta has suspended ‘Dictator Pope’ author Henry Sire for allegedly breaching its constitution.The Catholic Herald understands that the Order notified Sire yesterday of his suspension, days after he was revealed to be the mysterious author.Sire’s identity was confirmed on Monday when Regnery Publishing posted his name in an online description of the book. He had originally self-published the book under the penname Marcantonio Colonna,...
  • Witch Hunt At Providence College

    03/22/2018 7:14:34 AM PDT · by NRx · 14 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 03-21-2018 | Rod Dreher
    A few years back, a professor at a liberal Catholic college told me that he would never quote Pope Francis’s teachings on family and sexuality in his classes, for fear that one of his students would report him to the administration for anti-LGBT bigotry, and that the administration would punish or even fire him. I heard from three other professors who teach there who agreed with him. Sounds crazy, right? Well, here’s a story for you.This evening, there was a scheduled a campus march at Providence College in Rhode Island, in which students were to have stand firm against a...
  • [Cath Cauc] Dioceses edit photo of priest in cassock to make it look like he’s wearing jeans

    03/21/2018 5:14:00 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | March 21, 2018 | Staff Reporter
    Dioceses edit photo of priest in cassock to make it look like he’s wearing jeans by Staff Reporter posted Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 Three French dioceses apparently doctored the image as part of a fundraising campaignThree French dioceses have apparently altered an image of a priest in a cassock to make it look as if he is wearing jeans and a shirt.Four dioceses in the south of the country, Perpignan, Montpellier, Nimes and Carcassonne made a video to solicit donations for an annual collection. The video featured a priest wearing a cassock meeting young people and taking a selfie with...
  • Stephen Hawking's Ashes to be Kept at Westminster Abbey

    03/21/2018 4:49:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies ^ | 3/20/18 | Tola Mbakwe
    The ashes of Professor Stephen Hawking will be interred at Westminster Abbey near the grave of Sir Isaac Newton during a thanksgiving service later this year, a spokesman for the abbey said. The 76-year-old passed away "peacefully" at his home in Cambridge last week according to his family, after battling motor neurone disease for many decades. Very Reverend Dr John Hall, Dean of Westminster said in a statement: "It is entirely fitting that the remains of Professor Stephen Hawking are to be buried in the Abbey, near those of distinguished fellow scientists. Sir Isaac Newton was buried in the Abbey...
  • Shock: Dozens of ‘Christian’ Faith Leaders Sign Letter Supporting ‘Right to…Abortion’

    03/21/2018 4:42:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 3/10/18 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    DES MOINES, Iowa, March 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Sixty-eight faith leaders who say they are Christian signed a letter of protest against a proposed Iowa law that would protect preborn children from abortion once their heartbeat is detectable. "As faith leaders, we want to use our collective voices to stand with Iowa women in support of their constitutional right ... to an abortion," the letter to the editor of the Des Moines Register begins. Speaking against the Iowa Heartbeat Bill, the faith leaders write supportively of a pregnant mother's "private medical decisions,” referring to her choosing abortion. “Most Iowans, people...
  • Memphis megachurch pastor resigns following sexual abuse investigation

    03/21/2018 10:30:51 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies
    kvue ^ | Ron Maxey
    MEMPHIS — A pastor accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Texas 20 years ago resigned from his ministerial post Tuesday at a Memphis megachurch. Andy Savage, teaching pastor at Highpoint Church and part of the church's senior leadership team, follows a leave of absence and lengthy investigation by Scott Fredricks, a Fort Worth lawyer whose specialties include assisting churches with child-abuse investigations. Savage's fall culminates more than two months of accusations and soul-searching over a case that became symbolic of the #churchtoo offshoot of the #metoo movement. While the investigation found no other instances of abuse, "the leadership...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lettergate produces a casualty: Msgr. Viganò. Well… not quite.

    03/21/2018 7:50:34 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | March 21, 2018 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Lettergate produces a casualty: Msgr. Viganò. Well… not quite. Posted on 21 March 2018 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Lettergate has produced a casualty… another casualty, the first being the Truth.Or did it?The Prefect of the Secretariate for Communications, Msgr. Dario Viganò  – who so botched the the handling of the pro-Francis booklet roll out by unscrupulously slicing and dicing Benedict XVI’s letter and then weaponizing it – has resigned.  The Bolletino has a declaration from the Holy See Press Office’s Greg Burke.  It includes links to Viganò’s letter and Pope Francis’ response.Not content with writing just a resignation letter Viganò extends the agony with...
  • 'Christianity as default is gone': the rise of a non-Christian Europe

    03/20/2018 7:22:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 50 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 03-20-2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    Europe’s march towards a post-Christian society has been starkly illustrated by research showing a majority of young people in a dozen countries do not follow a religion. The survey of 16- to 29-year-olds found the Czech Republic is the least religious country in Europe, with 91% of that age group saying they have no religious affiliation. Between 70% and 80% of young adults in Estonia, Sweden and the Netherlands also categorise themselves as non-religious. The most religious country is Poland, where 17% of young adults define themselves as non-religious, followed by Lithuania with 25%. Religious affiliation in European countries In...
  • California Teacher Put on Leave After Asking if School Would Allow a Pro-Life Walkout

    03/20/2018 6:20:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Julianne Benzel, a teacher at Rocklin High School, asked students if school administrators would permit an anti-abortion protest, gets placed on administrative leave as a consequence A California high school teacher has been placed on leave after she wondered if her school would permit an organized walkout to protest abortion. According to CBS Sacramento, Rocklin High School’s Julianne Benzel said all she did was have a conversation with her class last Thursday and Friday about the “politics of protest” — a lesson ahead of yesterday’s school walkouts. However, this seems to have angered some students and their parents. Benzel said...