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  • [Catholic Caucus] IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited)

    05/26/2018 10:09:52 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Rorate Caeli / Roberto de Mattei ^ | May 26, 2018 | New Catholic /
    IRELAND: a post-mortem examination - by Roberto de Mattei (Revisited) Almost exactly three years ago, in May 2015, following the "same-sex marriage" referendum in Ireland, Roberto de Mattei made his "post-mortem examination" of the formerly Catholic powerhouse. On this sad Saturday, as vote tallies confirm that an overwhelming majority of Irish voters chose to remove the 8th amendment of the Irish Constitution, we take a moment to revisit his piece. What did the 8th amendment say exactly? These words: The State acknowledges the right to life of the unborn and, with due regard to the equal right to life of...
  • [Cath Cauc] Some Parting Thoughts For Your Friday – Memorial Day Weekend Edition

    05/25/2018 4:51:52 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 25, 2018 | Steve Skojec
    It’s been another long week, with lots to report, and many things left untouched. I’d like to offer a few parting thoughts before we head into what I hope will be a long weekend (Monday is a holiday here in America.)The Michael Smalanskas/Providence College Story Has Reached a New Low Michael Smalanskas, the Providence College student I interviewed this week after he received death threats from another student, about which the administration did nothing, received a temporary restraining order against him (filed by VP of Student Affairs Kristine Goodwin) after our story went live, as well as a no-trespass directive...
  • Irish Times exit poll projects Ireland has voted by landslide to repeal Eighth Amendment

    05/25/2018 4:07:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Irish Times ^ | May 25, 2018 | Pat Leahy
    Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI. The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning victory for the Yes side after a long and often divisive campaign. See here for liveblog coverage of events across Friday in the referendum vote.
  • Royal Wedding Pastor Michael Curry Leads 'Reclaiming Jesus' Movement Against Racism, Misogyny ...

    05/25/2018 9:38:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/25/2018 | Samuel Smith
    WASHINGTON — Less than one week after speaking at the royal wedding in England, Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, along with a group of multiracial progressive faith leaders, led hundreds in a procession to the White House Thursday night to condemn racism, misogyny and the immorality of political leaders."We are not a partisan group. We are not a left-wing group. We are not a right-wing group. We are a Jesus movement," Curry said during the prayer service at the Disciples of Christ national church. "We came together as Protestant, Catholic, evangelical. We came together — Republicans, Independents and Democrats....
  • How do I/we know I/we are in love?

    05/25/2018 8:18:20 AM PDT · by Bob Celeste · 30 replies ^ | 5.25.2018 | Pastor Bob Celeste for
    How do I/we know I/we are in love? Many a teen is faced with that question. In today's promiscuous, easy going, every thing goes society teens are not taught to wait for marriage, they are told, "it is ok, when you love someone". So girls, how do you know you are in love? How do you know the guy loves you? For girls, the answer is simply, so it is for boys as well. All we need do is go to the word of God. Girls, you are in love, really in love, when you are willing to do for...
  • Royal Wedding Bishop to Lead Anti-Trump Protest

    05/24/2018 10:30:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Bishop Michael Curry is using the attention he received while presiding over the Royal Wedding to lead a new anti-Trump protest. According to sources, Curry and other Chrisitan leaders will host a candlelight vigil to protest the “dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches” — crises that put “the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith” at stake. The event will kick off with a church service beforehand right in front of Lafayette Square, which is across the street from the White House. Who’s going?
  • Trump: “As the Lord Says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I Formed You in the Womb, I Knew You’”

    05/24/2018 7:47:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies ^ | 5/24/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    ( - Speaking at the annual gala of the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List on Tuesday night, President Donald Trump cited Jeremiah 1:5 in explaining his belief that “every life is totally worth protecting.” “As the Lord says in Jeremiah, ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I set you apart,’” said Trump. “When a mother and a father hold a new baby in their arms, they are changed forever.” “When we look into the eyes of a newborn child, there is no doubt we see the beauty of the human soul and...
  • Christians of Soviet Times Showed an Example of Uncompromising Faith, Benedict XVI Believes

    05/24/2018 7:44:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/24/18
    Moscow, May 24, Interfax - Former Pope of Rome Benedict XVI highly praised the heroism of Russian Christians after the October Revolution. “With special gratitude we commemorate all priests and ordinary believers who in the period of atheistic dictate, sparing no effort, violating bans and being subjected to persecutions gathered every Sunday to celebrate the Sacrament of Eucharist,” Benedict XVI wrote in his message read out at the presentation of Russian edition of his book Theology of the Liturgy in Moscow. According to him, thus Christians of the persecuted Church showed “beauty, transparency, irresistible attraction of the faith.” “These Christians,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope: Be ‘Spiritually United’ with Chinese Catholics

    05/24/2018 7:06:07 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | May 24, 2018 | Stephen Wynne
    Call comes amid evidence of Communist infiltration of Church in China Pope Francis is calling faithful across the world to be "spiritually united" with Chinese Catholics. On Thursday, the Pontiff dedicated morning Mass at the Casa Santa Marta to the "noble Chinese people" who, he acknowledged, are enduring many "difficulties." May 24, the Feast of Mary Help of Christians, is celebrated in China as the Feast of Our Lady of Sheshan. It is a special day for Chinese Catholics. In 2008, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed May 24 the World Day of Prayer for the Church in China, composing a special prayer through the intercession of Our Lady...
  • Australian archbishop guilty of covering up sex child abuse

    05/24/2018 10:19:34 AM PDT · by buffyt · 8 replies
    CNN ^ | May 22, 2018 | Samantha Beech, Sarah Faidell and Bard Wilkinson
    An Australian archbishop is facing up to two years in prison after being convicted of concealing child sex abuse by a fellow priest in the 1970s. Archbishop Philip Wilson is the highest ranking Catholic official to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse, part of a global scandal which has dogged the Vatican for decades. The 67-year-old archbishop of Adelaide was found guilty of having concealed the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest colleague, James Fletcher, in the 1970s, when he was an assistant parish priest in the state of New South Wales. Wilson's legal team argued that...
  • Another School Shooting: Why and What Should We Do?

    05/24/2018 2:16:28 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 37 replies ^ | 5/24/2018 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    Two weeks ago we endured the third anniversary of the death of my beloved pastor and father-in-law, David Fitzpatrick. David was killed by an impaired (alcohol and drugs), hit-and-run motorist. David’s killer pleaded guilty to first degree vehicular homicide, among other charges, and is now spending many years in prison. … I recall vividly the gut-wrenching moments on May 4, 2015 when we knew there was a bicyclist down in the area where my father-in-law used to ride. The calls to David’s cell phone that would never be answered; the rushed and lonely drive from my job to the crash...
  • [Cath Cauc] Former Honduran Ambassador’s Wife Speaks of Cardinal’s Alleged Role in Mismanaged Fund

    05/23/2018 10:55:45 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | May 22, 2018 | Edward Pentin
    The widow of a former dean of the Vatican diplomatic corps has called on Pope Francis to intervene after she lost her life savings with a fund manager recommended to her by one of the Pope’s chief advisers. Martha Alegria Reichmann, the widow of Alejandro Valladares who was Honduran ambassador to the Holy See for 22 years, alleges she and her husband were advised in 2012 by Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, the archbishop of Tegucigalpa, to make the investment with London-based investor Youssry Henien.  But Henien then disappeared with all their life savings.
  • [Cath Cauc] The Mutiny (?) of the Chilean Bishops and the Pope's Self-censorship on Venezuela

    05/22/2018 9:14:32 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    L'Espresso ^ | May 22, 2018 | Sandro Magister
    The glitches, the silences, the inconsistencies of the Vatican communications media often reveal serious divisions at the highest levels of the hierarchy. This is what has happened in recent days, in at least two pressing cases.*One of these concerns Venezuela. Against the background of the disaster into which the country has plunged and in the run-up to the false elections for reconfirming in power the heir of Hugo Chávez, Nicolás Maduro, there erupted last week a revolt - which was harshly repressed - in the El Helicoide prison in Caracas, a place of detention and torture for political prisoners who...
  • Cathedral Renounces Trudeau’s Pro-Abortion Pledge After Archbishop Intervenes

    05/22/2018 7:54:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/18/18 | Lianne Laurence
    ST. BONIFACE, Manitoba, May 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) — A Catholic cathedral parish that initially defended signing the Liberal pro-abortion attestation to receive summer job grants reversed its decision after LifeSiteNews contacted the archbishop, who subsequently intervened. Once the pastor and administrator of St. Boniface Cathedral “realized the implications of the attestation, they have decided to immediately cancel” the summer job grants, Archbishop Albert LeGatt of St. Boniface diocese in Winnipeg told LifeSiteNews. St. Boniface Cathedral issued a statement Friday confirming this. “Following an internal consultation, we now realize that we are unable to support this certification and for this reason...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 5-21-18 {Prayer}

    05/20/2018 10:45:17 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 19 replies
    5-21-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The “Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil” and “Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind.
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis to create 14 new cardinals on June 29

    05/20/2018 3:33:24 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Crux ^ | May 20, 2018 | Inés San Martín
    <p>ROME - Pope Francis announced Sunday that he will create 14 new cardinals in June coming from all over the world, including Iraq, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Peru, Japan, Madagascar, and several Vatican officials.</p> <p>Eleven of those new cardinals are under 80, meaning they’re eligible to participate in an eventual conclave to choose Francis’s successor. The consistory, meaning the ceremony for the creation of new cardinals, will take place in Rome on June 29, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul.</p>
  • An Impossible Right: Why 'Same-Sex Marriage' is Wrongheaded

    05/20/2018 11:44:47 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    YouTube ^ | 06-12-2013 | PatristicNectarFilms
    A Conversation on Same Sex "Marriage" with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco
  • Tory MPs Call for Gay Couples to be Allowed to Marry in Church

    05/19/2018 4:46:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies ^ | 5/18/18 | Press Association
    Gay people should be allowed to get married in churches, two Tory MPs have said, amid calls for leadership on the issue from the Archbishop of Canterbury. Senior MP Nigel Evans said he was "clearly a second class Christian, but a first class gay" given he could not get married in a church in England. Former Army officer Bob Stewart, meanwhile, said he was wrong to have voted against equal marriage legislation "because I've seen the joy it's given so many people". Mr Evans said: "I mentioned the royal wedding. A billion people will be tuning in to watch that...
  • Poles Blasting EU for Gay Flag

    05/19/2018 4:42:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/18/18 | Alexander Slavsky
    Claims that display normalizes homosexualityBRUSSELS ( - Brussels is getting backlash from Poland for flying a gay flag outside of the European Parliament. On Thursday, a rainbow flag was hoisted up in front of the building for the first time in its history, marking "International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia." Despite outcry from Polish conservatives, the European Union said, "Regrettably, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons in Europe are still subject to serious discrimination and maltreatment on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity." Ryszard Legutko, co-chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists group, said...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pioneers of the Underground Church in China

    05/18/2018 4:06:12 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    Remnant Newspaper ^ | May 11, 2018 | Teresa Marie Moreau
    And fear ye not them that kill the body and are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him that can destroy both soul and body in hell. - Matthew 10:28 From love, Timothy Peter Leonard was created, and from hate, he was destroyed.Born on the Feast of the Holy Apostles, June 29, 1893, the County Limerick native seemed destined to win a martyr’s crown, like Saint Peter, who was crucified upside down in Nero’s amphitheater, and Saint Paul, who was beheaded with a sword in Aquae Salviae.But rather than in Rome, the Eternal City, he would win...