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Pope: “Doctrine” does not come before mercy

September 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope: “Doctrine” does not come before mercy

Vatican City (AsiaNews) – “The door that leads to encounter with Jesus is recognizing ourselves as we are, the truth. Sinners. And He comes”. “I want mercy and not sacrifices” said Pope Francis at Mass this morning at Casa Santa Marta, commenting on the gospel song of the day recalling the conversion of St. Matthew to return

Pro-Life Speaker Ben Shapiro Answers Pro-Abortion Student’s Question With an “Epic Takedown”

September 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pro-Life Speaker Ben Shapiro Answers Pro-Abortion Student’s Question With an “Epic Takedown”

Popular conservative author and speaker Ben Shapiro continued to impress his audience Thursday at UC Berkeley when he rapidly refuted a young man’s abortion arguments. Shapiro’s speech at the liberal California university drew massive media attention because of the violent protests that have broken out on campus during past conservative speakers’ talks. The university and local police increased security, and several people were arrested Thursday. Inside the sold-out auditorium, Shapiro received a huge applause when he quickly destroyed a young man’s arguments in favor of first-trimester abortions. A video of the exchange received a lot of attention Friday, and so

Cardinal Sarah: Reverent liturgy is essential to fighting the culture of death

September 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Sarah: Reverent liturgy is essential to fighting the culture of death

ROME, September 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – One of the chief antidotes to a world “marked by the blight of Godless terrorism, of an increasingly aggressive secularism” and an “advancing culture of death” is to restore primacy to God in the Catholic liturgy, Cardinal Robert Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, said Thursday. The cardinal was speaking to an international gathering of cardinals, priests, religious and laity at the Fifth Roman Colloquium on Summorum Pontificum, held at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas (Angelicum). The date marks the 10th anniversary of the coming into force of Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, which gave pri

Pope to new bishops: ‘Discernment’ means avoiding ‘rigid’ answers to moral questions

September 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope to new bishops: ‘Discernment’ means avoiding ‘rigid’ answers to moral questions

ROME, September 14, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis told a group of newly ordained bishops that “authentic discernment” cannot be reduced to repeating “rigid” moral formulas to persons whose situations “can’t be reduced to black and white.” Discernment, the pope said, “can’t be reduced to repeating formulas such as ‘high clouds send little rain’ to a concrete person, who’s often immersed in a reality that can’t be reduced to black and white.” He cautioned bishops against being “imprison

Catholic leaders defend Trump after Pope challenges his pro-life views

September 13, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Catholic leaders defend Trump after Pope challenges his pro-life views

September 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pro-life Catholic leaders are defending President Trump against Pope Francis after the Pontiff questioned Trump’s pro-life views, despite the fact that Trump has racked up major pro-life accomplishments during his short time in office. “If Pope Francis is so concerned with the commitment of others to the defense of preborn children, he should consider his own words and actions, as well,” said Michael Hichborn, founder and president of the Lepanto Institute. The Pope questions the President’s pro-life credentials On the return flight from his visit to Colombia, Pope Francis criticized Trump over his plans to end the Deferr

Sex, sanity, and beliefs that ‘live loudly’ within us

September 12, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Sex, sanity, and beliefs that ‘live loudly’ within us

“I do not know any country where, in general, less independence of mind and genuine freedom of discussion reign than in America.” — Tocqueville, “Democracy in America” Alexis de Tocqueville was the great French chronicler of the early United States.  Nearly 200 years ago, he spotted a basic tension in our national character.  It’s this:  Americans place a big stress on individual rights.  But we’re also big conformists.  The dynamic of self-assertion and fear of being out of step with the herd is one of the key contradictions of American life. Nobody wants to be told what to do.  But most of us urgently want to be inside the constantly shifting range of acceptable opinions.

New Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio changes law about preparation, approval of liturgical translations

September 9, 2017 breaking Comments Off on New Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio changes law about preparation, approval of liturgical translations

Today a new Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio was issued under the Latin title “Magnum principium”.   In various languages HERE (including the Latin text). There’s a lot to say.  I can’t now be exhaustive.  In brief, Pope Francis established that the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments [CDWDS] will have less of a role in the creation of liturgical texts.  Till now, the CDWDS could strongly intervene and make changes on its own to translations of liturgical texts.  Henceforth, their primary role will be to approve the texts prepared by Episcopal Conferences.  This takes effect in Octo

Trump urges Supreme Court: Uphold right to refuse gay ‘wedding’ cakes

September 9, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Trump urges Supreme Court: Uphold right to refuse gay ‘wedding’ cakes

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 8, 2017  (LifeSiteNews) – In a move that LGBT proponents are calling “shocking,” President  Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of the Colorado baker who was found to have violated the state’s anti-discrimination act for declining to bake a cake to celebrate a “gay wedding.” In 2012, a gay couple visited the Masterpiece Cakeshop in Lakewood, Colorado, seeking to commission the creation of a cake for their gay wedding. Owner Jack Phillips declined to make the cake because same-sex “marriage” stands in opposition to his religious beliefs. The two men were not seeking to buy an off-the-shelf product; they wanted Phillips to use his talent to create a unique…Continue Reading

The truth, and nothing but

September 7, 2017 breaking Comments Off on The truth, and nothing but

Over the Labor Day weekend I got a note from a friendly Catholic scholar who’s an expert in the history of religions.  She teaches at one of Europe’s large secular universities.  And while she doesn’t publicize her faith, neither does she hide it – a fact which does not always help her academic career. Speaking of her relations with colleagues and students, and the difficult atmosphere in which she works, she wrote: “Today’s moral conflicts [in the classroom and beyond it] are fundamentally about the structure of reality.  In other words, is there an objective world with a st

Dubia signer Cardinal Caffarra dies awaiting Pope’s clarification

September 6, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Dubia signer Cardinal Caffarra dies awaiting Pope’s clarification
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September 6, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, one of the four cardinals who sent Pope Francis the dubia asking for clarity on Amoris Laetitia, died at 79, the Vatican confirmed. He is the second dubia cardinal to die in the last two months. German Cardinal Joachim Meisner died peacefully in his sleep in July, holding his breviary and preparing to offer Mass. The two remaining dubia signers are Cardinals Raymond Burke, 69, and Walter Brandmuller, 88. Cardinal Caffarra, former archbishop of Bologna, was tasked by Saint Pope John Paul II more than three decades ago with foun