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San Diego’s Catholic bishop urges citizens to be ‘disruptors’ and ‘rebuilders’ in Trump era

February 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on San Diego’s Catholic bishop urges citizens to be ‘disruptors’ and ‘rebuilders’ in Trump era

Even before the White House announced stricter immigration policies Tuesday, there were signs of opposition. Addressing people “of all faiths and no faith,” San Diego’s Roman Catholic bishop on Saturday urged Americans to be “disruptors” and “rebuilders.” Donald Trump, Bishop Robert McElroy noted, had campaigned for the presidency as “the disruptor.” “Well now,” McElroy told almost 700 community organizers and social justice advocates meeting in Modesto on the weekend that “we must all

Washington D.C. Becomes 6th Place in the U.S. to Legalize Assisted Suicide

February 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Washington D.C. Becomes 6th Place in the U.S. to Legalize Assisted Suicide

A Washington, D.C. law allowing doctors to prescribe their patients lethal drugs to commit suicide went into effect Saturday after U.S. Congress failed to block the measure, the Washington Times reports. The district is the sixth area in the U.S. to legalize the deadly procedure, following Oregon, Washington state, Vermont, California and Colorado. The D.C. council passed the law at the end of 2016, despite wide-spread opposition from African Americans, people with disabilities, medical professionals, pro-lifers and religious groups. U.S. Congressional leaders did take initial steps to overturn the D.C. law, but their measures did not pass in time. Here’s more from the report: Under the federal Home Rule

Cardinal Burke urges massive U.S. crowd to defend faith amid Church confusion

February 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Burke urges massive U.S. crowd to defend faith amid Church confusion
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LENEXA, Kansas, February 17, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The façade of Cardinal Raymond Burke as a boogeyman of tradition projected by his critics and the media was nowhere to be found last Friday when he gave his usual clear witness to the Catholic faith before an overflow crowd in the Kansas City area. Cardinal Burke delivered a stirring, clear message on defending the Catholic faith amid the current confusion in the Church that was embraced with resounding gratitude by more than 1,500 who flocked to St. James Catholic Academy. Many had come from various parts of Kansas

Again More Questions than Answers . . . MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD MEETINGS OF POPULAR MOVEMENTS IN MODESTO

February 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Again More Questions than Answers . . . MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ON THE OCCASION OF THE WORLD MEETINGS OF POPULAR MOVEMENTS IN MODESTO

Dear Brothers and Sisters, First of all, I would like to congratulate you for your effort in replicating on a national level the work being developed in the World Meetings of Popular Movements. By way of this letter, I want to encourage and strengthen each one of you, your organizations, and all who strive with you for “Land, Work and Housing,” the three T’s in Spanish: Tierra, Trabajo y Techo. I congratulate you for all that you are doing. I would like to thank the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, its chairman Bishop David Talley, and the host Bishops Stephen Blaire, Armando Ochoa and Jaime Soto, for the wholehearted support they have offered to this meeting. Thank you, Cardinal Peter…Continue Reading

U.S. House votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood

February 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on U.S. House votes to overturn Obama regulation forcing states to fund Planned Parenthood

WASHINGTON, D.C., February 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The  U.S. House of Representatives voted 230 to 188 today to overturn former President Obama’s “eleventh hour” HHS rule forcing states to give Title X money to organizations that commit abortions. Title X money comes from the government to fund “family planning services,” but technically not abortion. Before he left office, Obama pushed through an HHS regulation that essentially forces states to give Planned Parenthood Title X

When Cardinals Clash

February 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on When Cardinals Clash

It was easily predictable that the Amoris Laetitia (particularly footnote 351), would lead to jarring assaults on the Church’s doctrinal unity – even by some of the Church’s own shepherds. Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio, President of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, has just joined the ranks of prelates who say that Pope Francis has authorized giving Holy Communion to those in adulterous second “marriages

Churchill: Bishop scolds Catholic politicians who stood with Planned Parenthood

February 16, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Churchill: Bishop scolds Catholic politicians who stood with Planned Parenthood

The words from Bishop Edward Scharfenberger were startling. They were unlike anything we’ve heard from him during his three years here. The head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany didn’t just hit Planned Parenthood with tough language in a newly released statement. He rebuked three Catholic politicians — Kathy Sheehan, Paul Tonko and Patricia Fahy — for participating in Saturday’s rally in support of the organization. The rally emphasized Planned Parenthood services that aren’t controversial, like pregnancy testing and cancer screening. But Scharfenberger said focusing on Planned Parenthood’s unobjectionable health services is like “saying that a man who beats his wife sometimes gives her flowers.”

Cardinal Burke travels to Guam to investigate alleged sex abuse case

February 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Burke travels to Guam to investigate alleged sex abuse case

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has sent conservative Cardinal Raymond Burke to the Pacific island of Guam to investigate an important case of sexual abuse, dispatching a seasoned jurist who has clashed repeatedly with Pope Francis for a sensitive mission halfway around the world. The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith back in October named Burke, former archbishop in St. Louis, the presiding judge in its trial of Guam Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who is facing multiple allegations of sex abuse of altar boys in the 1970s, the Vati

Unrest at the Vatican; reassurances backfire

February 15, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Unrest at the Vatican; reassurances backfire

What in the world is going on in Rome this week? First the Vatican press office issues a statement from the Council of Cardinals, supporting the Pope. It would certainly be news if the Council of Cardinals did not support the Pope. But why was this statement newsworthy? Why did the Council thank the Pontiff in February for a speech he delivered to the Roman Curia in December? Is there any way to see this message as something other than damage control—as a bid to reassure the world that the increasingly evident tensions within the Catholic hierarchy are not tearing the Church apart?

Trump administration won’t pursue Obama transgender school bathrooms edict in court

February 14, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Trump administration won’t pursue Obama transgender school bathrooms edict in court

February 13, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – On Friday, the Trump administration announced it will not defend the Obama administration’s transgender school bathrooms mandate. The Trump administration is not challenging an injunction preventing boys from accessing girls’ intimate facilities and vice versa. The injunction temporarily blocked the Obama order from taking place in schools across the country. U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor granted the injunction in August after