Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • [Catholic Caucus] Viganò and Bux: A coordinated effort?

    12/18/2018 3:19:34 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | December 17, 2018 | Louie Verrecchio
    Viganò and Bux: A coordinated effort? On September 27, 2018, Archbishop Viganò issued the second in his series of three testimonies (thus far) that featured a “special appeal” to Cardinal Marc Ouellet; calling on the Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops to “bear witness to the truth” by releasing “key documents incriminating McCarrick and many in the curia for their cover-ups.”On October 7, Cardinal Ouellet responded with an open letter of his own; disparaging Viganò while also (perhaps inadvertently) confirming that documents do in fact exist relative to the restrictions that were placed against McCarrick.Six days later, on October 13, well-known Italian...

    12/18/2018 3:01:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | December 18, 2018 | Father Richard Gennaro Cipolla
    A Letter to Archbishop Viganò: TEMPUS ADEST -- The Time has Come ARCHBISHOP VIGANÒ:  TEMPUS ADEST!  THE TIME HAS COME! Dear Archbishop Viganò: I, as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. write this letter to you during the season of Advent, this time of waiting, of expectation, this time of violet that asks us to ponder the meaning of the coming of Jesus Christ into this world of sin and death, to ponder these things in the darkest part of the year when the darkness seems to overwhelm the light.  This is the liturgical season in which John...
  • Kids from ‘Right-Wing’ Families Must be Re-Educated: German Govt.-Backed Brochure

    12/17/2018 7:09:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/14/18 | Maike Hickson
    December 14, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs has supported a brochure that aims at changing the behavior of preschool-aged children who are raised by what the brochure’s authors call “right-wing” parents who oppose “gender” theory, “sexual diversity,” the “sexualization” of children, and “immigration.” Many Germans are protesting the brochure, calling it unacceptable for the state to intrude into the lives of families. Some have noted how such an intrusion is similar to what had been previously known in Germany during the times of both National-Socialist (Nazi) and Communist dictatorships. The German government is said to...
  • [Catholic Caucus] About that funeral Mass homily, some points

    12/17/2018 10:14:58 AM PST · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    In the Light of the Law ^ | December 15, 2018 | Edward Peters, JD, JCD, Ref. Sig. Ap.
    About that funeral Mass homily, some points I do not know Fr. Don LaCuesta or the Hullibarger family nor do I know what LaCuesta said in his homily at last week’s funeral for 18-year-old Maison Hullibarger (who had killed himself some days before) or how LaCuesta said what he said (reports here and here). Such caveats, however, in light of my treatments of other issues related to the canon law on Church funerals, might qualify me to make some objective comments on the controversy erupting in the wake of LaCuesta’s funeral homily wherein, it seems, Maison’s ‘life was not celebrated’ and doubts...
  • Poland and Hungary Block ‘LGBTIQ Rights’ From Being Enshrined in EU Legislation

    12/16/2018 6:51:00 AM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    BRUSSELS, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Poland and Hungary blocked the inclusion of “LGBTIQ” rights in a common European Union statement. Last week representatives from Poland and Hungary annoyed other European Union (EU) member states by vetoing the inclusion of the “LGBTIQ” acronym in a joint statement by employment and social affairs ministers meant to promote “gender equity in the digital era.” LGBTIQ is a reference to people who derive their identity from lesbianism, homosexuality, bisexuality, transgenderism, intersexuality, or an experimental “questioning” approach to sexuality. The European employment and social affairs ministers collectively form the EU Employment, Social Policy, Health...
  • LGBT Activists Want to Force Catholic Schools in Canada to Hire Teachers in Same-Sex ‘Marriage’

    12/14/2018 7:25:55 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/13/18 | Calvin Freiburger
    CALGARY, Alberta, December 13, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Expecting Catholic school employees to abide by long-standing Catholic morals will be added to the legal understanding of “discrimination,” if a case currently before the Alberta Human Rights Commission succeeds against Calgary Catholic School District. At issue is the district’s language in teacher contracts that holds them to “Catholic values,” particularly a “lifestyle and deportment in harmony with Catholic teaching and principles.” The Calgary Herald reports that Barb Hamilton, a former principal in the district, is one of two people suing over the requirement; another teacher has chosen to remain anonymous. Hamilton has...
  • Lists of Priests Accused of Sexual Abuse Are Spilling Out Across the Country

    12/14/2018 9:54:13 AM PST · by sodpoodle · 21 replies
    New York Times ^ | 12/14/2018 | Campbell Robertson
    PITTSBURGH — It was a list Charles L. Bailey Jr. had wanted to see for years: the names of the priests in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Syracuse who had been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Sign Up For the Morning Briefing Newsletter Mr. Bailey, 67, a longtime local advocate for survivors of abuse by priests, had heard excuses for why such a list was impossible to release. The last bishop said naming accused priests would be a violation of the Ten Commandments. The current bishop said he would not disclose the names, citing the request of unnamed victims. But...
  • [Catholic Caucus] If Pope Francis Doesn’t Engage the Issue, No One Else Will

    12/14/2018 8:45:01 AM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Edward Pentin ^ | December 2018 | Edward Pentin
    Father Weinandy: If Pope Francis Doesn’t Engage the Issue, No One Else Will Capuchin Father Thomas Weinandy offered the following comments for an article I wrote this week in the National Catholic Register on Pope Francis’ recent comments on homosexuality.His complete yet brief remarks could not fit into the piece, so I publish them here in full:Father Weinandy, do you think the Pope would be right to invite a discussion on this issue at the February meeting on protection of minors and vulnerable adults from clerical sex abuse, and why do you think he made these remarks, given Aug. 9 and...
  • Lauren Daigle and homosexuality: Why we should all be prepared to answer the question

    12/14/2018 7:25:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/14/2018 | By John Stonestreet and G. Shane Morris
    When yet another Christian celebrity fails to give a straight answer on a hot-button moral issue, it reveals a deeper problem. Back in September, an article in Rolling Stone announced, “A Christian Singer is Bigger than Drake and Arianna Grande this Week.” That singer is Lauren Daigle, the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter whose brilliant voice, soulful style, and hope-filled lyrics has won fans well beyond the Contemporary Christian genre. She’s becoming a regular on talk shows and in national publications, and has officially earned the coveted status of “crossover artist” at just 27 years old. But with broader appeal comes a challenge:...
  • Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron Fears Rebellion From Gay Priests

    12/13/2018 6:23:50 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/12/18 | Jay McNally
    Seminary professor Dr. Mary Healy makes frank remarks at recent conferenceDETROIT ( - Archbishop Allen Vigneron of Detroit allows pro-homosexual Dignity Masses to continue under his watch because he fears a "rebellion" by gay priests, according to Sacred Heart Seminary Professor Mary Healy. Vigneron has been tightlipped about his support for the dissident group Dignity throughout his nearly full decade as archbishop of Detroit, installed in January 2009. Indeed, there are no known public or private comments about Dignity from Vigneron as to why he consents to the scandalous Mass at Marygrove College, which is now in its 44th year....
  • Russian State to Award Those Who Fight Against Abortion

    12/13/2018 6:16:54 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 12/12/18
    At the Congress of Commissioners for Children’s Rights yesterday, December 11, the Civic Chamber of the Russian Federation presented a new project in defense of the unborn that will award those who lead the fight against abortion in a wide range of fields, reports award is designed to motivate people to speak out about how they stand in defense of life and against abortion. “This prize will be awarded to those activists, each in his own sphere, be it politics, social activities, medicine, business-society, journalism, or art, who are not ashamed to say that they speak out in defense...
  • Cath Cauc] Cdl. Pell to appeal jury’s ‘outrageous’ verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse

    12/13/2018 1:27:08 PM PST · by ebb tide · 33 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    Cdl. Pell to appeal jury’s ‘outrageous’ verdict finding him guilty of sexual abuse MELBOURNE, Australia, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Australian Cardinal George Pell is in the process of appealing a jury’s verdict that found him guilty of sexually abusing choir boys, LifeSiteNews has learned from a source with knowledge of the case.  A jury had found Pell guilty of charges related to the sexual abuse of two choir boys in his native Australia in the late 1990s, according to the Daily Beast in a story that broke yesterday.  Two unrevealed sources told the Daily Beast that the verdict...
  • 5 Christian-Owned Companies With Godly Values

    12/13/2018 9:15:12 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 12/13/2018 | Azalea Pena
    Christian-owned companies are diamonds in the ruff. It can be quite difficult to find a company or a store whose owner(s) shares the same ideals as you.As you may know, companies are made with different purposes. Some business owners simply want to make money, but for others, there's a deeper purpose for it.So if you're in the United States you probably know about In N' Out Burger and Chick-Fil-A, but there are still other Christian companies out there to support. Take a look at these 5 Christian companies with Godly values that you should know about:1. Forever 21Forever 21 is a...
  • Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations in Fundamental Baptist churches, investigation finds

    12/13/2018 8:07:31 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/13/2018 | Brandon Showalter
    Hundreds of sexual abuse allegations have been found in Independent Fundamental Baptist churches spanning 40 states and Canada, according to a new report. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram released an extensive, eight-month investigative report Sunday recounting the stories of women who were victims of sexual misconduct, including molestation and rape when they were minors, in IFB churches. Yet their perpetrators, who were in positions of church leadership, were able to weave away from accountability, and never faced criminal charges. As has been similarly uncovered in the Roman Catholic church in recent years, the network of these churches often covered up their...
  • [Cath Cauc] Itl bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions

    12/13/2018 7:56:06 AM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSIte News ^ | December 12, 2018 | Diane Montagna
    Italian bishop seems to approve Communion for some Catholics in adulterous unions ROME, December 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — The doctrinal dispute over Amoris Laetitia is in the air again this Advent, as one Italian bishop is inviting divorced and civilly remarried Catholics to begin an “ecclesial journey” that he says will lead, in some cases, to access to the sacraments of Penance and the Holy Eucharist.  In an Advent letter to the faithful of his diocese, Bishop Gianmarco Busca of the northern Italian diocese of Mantua has said “the faithful who are divorced and remarried, or who live stably in a...
  • Preferred Gender Pronouns Required in Virginia's Public Schools. The Bible? Not Allowed.

    12/13/2018 7:53:46 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 12/13/2018 | John Ellis
    Last Tuesday, unbeknownst to me, my son stuffed his beloved Bible into his bookbag. He was planning on using his class's show-and-tell time to share with his classmates what he was reading in God's Word. Keep in mind, my son is a second-grader in the Arlington County, Va., public school system. One of the most progressively leftist communities in the country, Arlington County has little room for conservative Christianity. Our neighborhood is filled with multi-colored yard signs proclaiming, "Love trumps hate!" or "All Are Welcome Here!" followed by a scolding for those who don't accept that boys can be girls...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Council of Cardinals drops three members

    12/12/2018 8:35:43 PM PST · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Cath.News ^ | December 13, 2018 | Cath.News
    Council of Cardinals drops three members Pope Francis and the Council of Cardinal advisors (Vatican Media) Pope Francis has released the three eldest cardinals from the duties of the Council of Cardinals advisory group, including Cardinal George Pell, with no immediate plans to add new members. Source: CNA. Papal spokesman Greg Burke told journalists in a briefing yesterday that the Pope sent letters to Cardinal Pell, Cardinal Francisco Javier Errazuriz, and Cardinal Laurent Monsengwo at the end of October to thank them for their service to the Council of Cardinals, known as the C9, over the last five years.Francis...
  • Cardinal Pell Found Guilty on All Counts of Sex Abuse

    12/12/2018 6:45:49 PM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 12/11/18 | Christine Niles
    SYDNEY, Australia ( - A jury has found Cdl. George Pell guilty on all counts related to sexually abusing two altar boys. According to sources who spoke to The Daily Beast, a jury returned a unanimous verdict Tuesday against the Australian cardinal after three days of deliberation. Church Militant confirmed the news with its own inside sources in Australia. Further details are unavailable, as the court has issued a suppression order to Australian media to "prevent a real and substantial risk of prejudice to the proper administration of justice." A previous trial resulted in a hung jury. Pell had been...
  • Church of England Introduces Baptism-Style Ceremony for Gender ‘Transitions’

    12/12/2018 6:40:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 37 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/11/18 | Doug Mainwaring
    UNITED KINGDOM, December 11, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – While the Church of England – the largest Christian denomination in the United Kingdom – is stopping short of calling its newly instituted blessing for “transgenders” a second baptism, priests are being directed to offer baptism-style ceremonies for those announcing their new sexual identity. In a newly issued pastoral guidance, clergy are being told to call men by their new female names, and women by their new male names. The guidance declares, “For a trans person to be addressed liturgically by the minister for the first time by their chosen name may be...
  • Late-Night Comedian Condemns Pope Francis for Homophobic Hate Speech

    12/12/2018 10:52:47 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 37 replies
    Friendly Atheist (Patheos) ^ | December 11, 2018 | Hemant Mehta
    Jenny Hagel, a writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers who is both gay and Catholic, issued a strong denunciation of Pope Francis‘ homophobia last night. In response to the pope reiterating Catholic doctrine that says gay priests must be celibate (or be kicked out of the priesthood), an idea that suggests there’s something intrinsically wrong with gay people, Hagel called out anyone who still sees the pope as a good guy. "The press dubbed him “Cool Pope.” But here’s the thing: This guy’s not cool. This guy’s homophobic… We should all care about this because the pope is a...