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New interview: Cardinal Burke says ‘I will never be part of a schism’

August 22, 2016 breaking Comments Off

August 22, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In a new interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke has revealed that he and other “serious-minded” Church leaders are calling on Pope Francis to release a document correcting the confusion emanating from his recent apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia. He also decried characterizations that he is an “enemy” of Pope Francis. The cardinal says clarification of Amoris Laetitia is essential “for the sake of souls” because of the rampant confusion right now. “I trust that something will have to happen also because some very formal calls for clarification are in process and they simply will demand a response,” Burke told Religion News Service’s David Gibson in an interview published today. “Not in any kind of…Continue Reading

Life Issue Is Not Front and Center with Pennsylvania Catholics . . . Catholic voters split, perplexed by presidential choices

August 21, 2016 breaking Comments Off

By Peter Smith / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The conversation flowed freely at the school cafeteria tables as families sat Thursday over a dinner of chicken and ratatouille at Our Lady of Grace Church’s annual parish festival in Scott. But when a reporter brought up the presidential election, there was more head-shaking dismay than enthusiasm for any candidate. “I can’t see myself voting for Clinton,” said Bob Bauer. But as for Donald Trump, he’s still going “back and forth.” “I’m disappointed in our options,” added Mark Mox. “We need some true leaders to step up.” Pennsylvania Catholics are the ultimate swing voters in a presidential election that, if Mr. Trump has any path to victory, would have to hinge on the Keystone…Continue Reading

Lifesite editorial . . .The first step needed to get the Church out of the current crisis

August 20, 2016 breaking Comments Off

August 19, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – In his book Magisterial Authority, Fr. Chad Ripperger, PhD, says “the Church will not climb out of this tumultuous period” without reversing the “practice since the Second Vatican Council onward not to police the doctrinal integrity” among bishops, priests and theologians. The crucial observation comes at the end of nearly fifty years of destructive leniency, which has in the Francis pontificate taken on new dimensions. While under the pontificates of Pope St. John Paul II and Benedict XVI dissident bishops were indeed appointed, there was still the understanding that they had to keep their heads down. Should their doctrinal errors become too

Catholic politicians should embrace Church teaching or quit: Knights of Columbus leader

August 19, 2016 breaking Comments Off

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 17, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – The leader of the Knights of Columbus has said Catholic politicians should follow the Catholic Church’s teachings or resign from office. In an op-ed for The Hill, KofC Supreme Knight Carl Anderson begins by citing the common argument by pro-abortion politicians that they may wall off their public and private morality into separate, hermetically sealed compartments: This line of reasoning got its start from the late New York Gov. Mario Cuomo, in a speech at Notre Dame in 1984. He said: “As a Catholic I accept the church’s teaching authority…I accept the bishops’ position

Kasperite Bishop Appointed Head of Pontifical Academy for Life

August 17, 2016 breaking Comments Off

Vatican expert Dr. Sandro Magister revealed yesterday – a day before the announcement was officially made – the troubling news that Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia has been chosen by Pope Francis to be the new head of the Pontifical Academy for Life, as well as of the Pontifical  John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. Paglia is already the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family. With this decision, Pope Francis makes another move in order to strengthen the progressive direction of his papal teaching concerning moral matters. Paglia is known to be a strong supporter of the “opening” of the Catholic Church’s moral teaching with regard to marriage and the family. Paglia himself had published between the two Family Synods…Continue Reading

The State of the Catholic Vote

August 17, 2016 breaking Comments Off

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, the quadrennial surveys forecasting voting preferences of so-called Catholic voters are appearing in the press. But many of these polls are misleading because a large subset of baptized Catholics no longer practice their faith and ignore church teachings when determining their choice for president. In my 2004 book, “The American Catholic Voter: Two Hundred Years of Political Impact,” I pointed out that historically, Catholics have been a pivotal swing vote that determined outcomes in numerous national, state, and local elections. In the early decades of the 20th century, the Democratic Party endorsed various Catholic social principles that appealed to northern urban Catholic immigrants. Breaking News at Urgent: Do You Back…Continue Reading

Online Quiz Asks: How Well Do You Know Catholic Colleges?

August 17, 2016 breaking Comments Off

An online quiz published this week by the Catholic website features questions about faithful Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College. The quiz uses information found in The Newman Guide to ask “How Well Do You Know Catholic Colleges?” The multiple-choice questions include: —Which of these schools has the highest percentage of Catholic students? —Which of these schools offer Perpetual Adoration? —One of these colleges offers Mass in the extraordinary form – do you know which one it is? —Which of these colleges offers confession for students every day of the week? —Which of these colleges’ faculty is 100% Catholic? —Which of these Catholic colleges has only single sex dorm options? —Which of these…Continue Reading

Euthanasia is Part of a “Throwaway Culture” That Devalues Human Life, Catholic Bishops Say

August 16, 2016 breaking Comments Off

Two Catholic bishops in Malta wrote a strong pastoral letter last week in response to a petition calling for the legalization of euthanasia on the island nation, Malta Today reports. The bishops described euthanasia as part of a larger “throwaway culture” that cheapens human life and threatens the lives of the most vulnerable human beings in society. Their letter comes as the island nation considers a citizen-led petition to legalize euthanasia, started by the wife of Joe Magto who has ALS and wants to be euthanized, according to the report. Malta Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Gozo Bishop Mario Grech said people who are suffering like Magto deserve pain relief and medical care, not death.

Cecile Richards: Vote for Hillary So Your Daughter Has the “Opportunity” to Abort Her Baby

August 14, 2016 breaking Comments Off

In the latest of what appears to be a never-ending series of news profiles lauding Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards, STAT gave space to the leader of the abortion giant to campaign for her favorite presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. In the new interview, Richards pushed Clinton with her usual pro-abortion talking points, but she specifically targeted male and young voters. According to the report: Richards is now more deeply immersed in presidential politics than perhaps ever before. The Clinton campaign is planning to send her to campaign in battleground

Hillary Clinton Calls for Funding Planned Parenthood Abortion Biz to Fight the Zika Virus

August 12, 2016 breaking Comments Off

Planned Parenthood wants to get its hands on more taxpayer funding by exploiting the Zika virus scare. And on Tuesday, Hillary Clinton came to the abortion group’s aid. While visiting Florida where there is heightened concern about the virus, Clinton demanded that Congress pass federal aid bills that include funding for Planned Parenthood, Christian Today reports. She blamed Republicans for not passing the bills before Congress recessed for the summer. “I am very disappointed that the Congress went on recess before actually