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New documentary challenges the secrecy and denial surrounding abortion

June 27, 2017 breaking Comments Off on New documentary challenges the secrecy and denial surrounding abortion

“HUSH”, a film about abortion and women’s health, is a professional, persuasive piece of investigative journalism, fronted by Punam Kumar Gill, who manages to combine a dogged determination to break the silence surrounding abortion with a sensitivity borne out of her own personal experience of loss. Abortion advocates claim to be very keen on talking about abortion. They want women to shout out their abortions, to express pride and joy in a procedure they increasingly acknowledge as an act of killing. Abortion campaigners encourage women to tweet their abortions, wear T-shirts proclaiming I had an abortion in the vain hope that this will somehow break the visceral horror that still surrounds abortion, decades after its legalization in Britain and the…Continue Reading

James Martin Blasts Bishop Thomas Paprocki

June 26, 2017 breaking Comments Off on James Martin Blasts Bishop Thomas Paprocki

On June 12, 2017, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, issued a Decree “Regarding Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ and Related Pastoral Issues.” The Decree reaffirmed Catholic teaching that a marital union is only possible “between one man and one woman.” The Decree included the following directives: No member of the clergy or representative of the Diocese should assist or participate in a same-sex marriage; No Church property should be used to host same-sex marriage ceremonies or receptions; Persons in a same-sex marriage should not present themselves for Holy Communion, nor should they be admitted to Holy Communion;

Why Cardinal Sarah terrifies his critics

June 25, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Why Cardinal Sarah terrifies his critics

A growing crowd wants Cardinal Robert Sarah’s head on a platter. Open a liberal Catholic periodical and you are likely to find a call for the dismissal of the Guinean cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship: “It’s past time for [Pope Francis] to replace Cardinal Sarah” (Maureen Fiedler, National Catholic Reporter); “New wine might be needed at the Congregation for Divine Worship” (Christopher Lamb, the Tablet); “Curia officials who refuse to get with Francis’s programme should leave. Or the Pope should send them somewhere else” (Robert Mickens, Commonweal); “Francis must put his foot down. Cardinals like Robert Sarah … may feel that with a papacy heading in the wrong direction, foot-dragging is a duty. But that does not…Continue Reading

Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

June 23, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Illinois Catholic bishop decrees no Holy Communion, funerals for same-sex couples

The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Springfield, Ill., is calling on priests there to deny Holy Communion and even funeral rites to people in same-sex unions unless they show “some signs of repentance” for their relationships before death. The decree by Bishop Thomas Paprocki also said that people “living publicly” in same-sex marriages may not receive the sacrament of confirmation or be admitted to the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, a process by w

Trump’s Nationalism Is Consistent With Catholic Social Doctrine

June 22, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Trump’s Nationalism Is Consistent With Catholic Social Doctrine

Leading American bishops have complained about the “harshness” of Trump’s campaign rhetoric and called for an end to deportation of aliens until the “broken” system can be fixed. Yet, despite this opposition from the Church’s hierarchy, Trump won 52% of the Catholic vote (to Hillary’s 45%), a historic margin for a Republican. How to explain this contradiction? Real simple. The laity get it better than the bishops. Trump’s nationalism is fully consistent with Catholic social doctrine as it has developed in the last 126 years. It is the leaders of the Church who have disregarded key features of that doctrine in order to sign

No More Excuses, It’s Time to Defund Planned Parenthood

June 21, 2017 breaking Comments Off on No More Excuses, It’s Time to Defund Planned Parenthood

As the healthcare bill makes its way through whatever the Senate is doing with it, one provision is absolutely non-negotiable: The bill needs to defund the nation’s largest abortion giant, Planned Parenthood. They committed 328,548 abortions last year, which is equal to one of every three abortions in the country. Just because the Hyde Amendment states that taxpayer monies cannot be used to directly fund abortion, it does not prohibit tax dollars from paying for the costs to keep the abortion facilities up and running, the salaries of staff, or the medical equipment used for abortions. What other government contractor takes hundreds of thousa

Four Cardinals release letter asking to meet Pope about ‘confusion and disorientation’ in Church

June 20, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Four Cardinals release letter asking to meet Pope about ‘confusion and disorientation’ in Church
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ROME, June 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Four Cardinals have publicly released their letter to the Pope from April 25, 2017 unsuccessfully asking him for a private audience to discuss “confusion and disorientation” within the Church after the publication of the Pope’s April 2016 Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In the letter Cardinals lament the great division in the Church on basic morality as a result of the pope’s exhortation. “And so it is happening — how painful it is to see this! —

U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples

June 18, 2017 breaking Comments Off on U.S. bishops refuse to say whether Amoris Laetitia guarantees Communion for gay couples

INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana, June 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wasn’t interested in commenting on whether Amoris Laetitia means same-sex couples must be given Holy Communion if their “conscience” tells them it’s OK. As LifeSiteNews asked the question at a Thursday press conference, the bishop of Burlington, Vermont, whispered something to the USCCB’s director of public affairs, who then said questions should only relate to topics the bishops discussed that morning. “OK, I – you know, the press conference, the panel has been put together pertaining to topics from today’s news agenda, so I think we really n

Pope, Cardinals discuss plans for ‘healthy’ decentralization of Church authority

June 17, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Pope, Cardinals discuss plans for ‘healthy’ decentralization of Church authority

VATICAN CITY, June 16, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals met this week in Rome to talk about decentralizing the Catholic Church’s governance. This was the 20th meeting of the Council of Cardinals, the group of nine Cardinals that Pope Francis has established to work with him on Curial reform. The call for decentralization, or devolution of power, including “genuine doctrinal authority,” had been a demand made at the controversial 2015 Synod by individuals who also reject Catholic teaching on human sexuality.

Convocation of Catholic leaders will be historic event, bishops told

June 16, 2017 breaking Comments Off on Convocation of Catholic leaders will be historic event, bishops told

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — During their spring meeting in Indianapolis, U.S. bishops were reminded that the upcoming Convocation of Catholic Leaders — a gathering they began talking about years ago — is right around the corner. It will be a historic event, Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo, New York, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, told the bishops June 15 about the July 1-4 “Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America” in Orlando, Florid