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Cardinal Turkson on Laudato si’ and children

July 1, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) Cardinal Peter Turkson, the President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, on Tuesday addressed UNICEF House at the United Nations in New York. He spoke about the new Encyclical of Pope Francis, Laudato si’, and how it relates to children.   The full text of Cardinal Turkson’s remarks are blow   Remarks on Laudato si’ to Child-Focused Agencies UNICEF House, 30 June 2015 Cardinal Peter K.A. Turkson, President, Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Thank you for this opportunity to address you. I have prepared some brief remarks  to summarize the insights of Laudato si’ into the choices we have to make today to leave future generations a better “common home.” Then I will offer a…Continue Reading

U.S. decision to legalize same-sex “marriages” godless, sinful – Russian Church

June 30, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Moscow, June 29, Interfax – The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States’ decision to legalize same-sex “marriages”. “The people who are into ‘democracy the American way’ and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision,” the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is “trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model.”

Fr. Z Blog . . . Congratulations To His Eminence Cardinal Burke . . .

June 29, 2015 breaking Comments Off

Today is His Eminence Raymond Card. Burke’s 40th anniversary of ordination to the sacred priesthood.  He was, I believe, ordained by Paul VI. That was a good day for the Church. Card. Burke is one of the kindest men alive and a great scholar of Holy Church’s law. I am sure that all of you will stop, right now, and say a prayer for him.

Saint John Paull II (2003) . . . Clear And Emphatic Opposition Is A Duty

June 29, 2015 breaking Comments Off


Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools

June 28, 2015 breaking Comments Off

By Terence P. Jeffrey | June 26, 2015 | 1:53 PM EDT – In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the court’s ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination.  

USCCB Head calls Supreme Court decision “a tragic mistake”

June 27, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(USCCB) The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth,…Continue Reading

Supreme Court Extends Same-sex Marriage Nationwide

June 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage

Pope: True authority of Church of Rome is the love of Christ

June 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(Vatican Radio) “The true authority of the Church of Rome is the charity of Christ.” That was the message of Pope Francis to members of the Pontifical Eccesiastical Academy, the “Accademia” – the Roman institution responsible for preparing priests for the diplomatic service of the Holy See. It is only the charity of Christ that makes the Church of Rome “universal and credible” to human beings and to the world. This, the Pope continued, “is the heart of its truth, which does not build walls of division and exclusion, but makes bridges that build communion and recall the whole human race to unity; this is its secret power, which nourishes its unshakable hope, invincible despite momentary defeats.” Pope Francis told…Continue Reading

Pope Francis denounces the scandal of division between Christians – We must continue to dialogue

June 25, 2015 breaking Comments Off

2015-06-24 L’Osservatore Romano On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, the Holy Father sent a message to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches. The Pope’s message was read aloud on Tuesday afternoon, 23 June, by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during a commemorative congress held in Rome. The following is the English text of the Pope’s message. To the Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches The 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches is an occasion of thanksgiving…Continue Reading

Pope to families:children traumatized by breakups, hostility

June 24, 2015 breaking Comments Off

(Vatican Radio)  The self-inflicted wounds of the family and the need to put aside anger and friction to protect the couple’s children were at the heart of Pope Francis’ message to thousands of pilgrims gathered for the weekly General Audience on Wednesday. Speaking under overcast skies in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading from Matthew (Mt 18,6) in which Jesus says to his disciples, “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” And, Christ’s grave warning: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in…Continue Reading