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Pope Francis: Weekly General Audience

April 16, 2014 Pope Francis, Uncategorized Comments Off
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2014-04-16 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis held his weekly General Audience on Wednesday – the Wednesday of Holy Week or “Spy Wednesday” as it is called in many parts of the English-speaking world. The Gospel reading of the day recounts Judas’ betrayal of Jesus, which sets in motion the events of Christ’s Passion, Death and Resurrection. In his catechetical remarks to pilgrims and tourists gathered in St. Peter’s Square under a brilliant blue April sky, with a crisp spring breeze blowing through the city, Pope Francis spoke of Christ’s free embrace of suffering and death, which he took on for our sake. It was a theme to which he returned in the English-language remarks that were read out following…Continue Reading

Resisting The New Blacklist

April 5, 2014 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off
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April 4, 2014 By Rebecca Hamilton There’s a new blacklist. Its members are anyone who dares to oppose gay marriage, or gay behavior of any sort. The punishment, even for icons of the tech industry, is to have their careers deep-sixed; all in the name of “inclusiveness” and “tolerance.” We have reached the point that these very fine words, inclusiveness and tolerance, have become the tools of a new totalitarianism that strikes at freedom of expression, freedom of political action and freedom of religion for every American. This blacklist is the opposite of freedom. It is absolute intolerance. It is the apogee of exclusiveness. It is bigoted, biased, hate-filled, discriminatory and totalitarian. It is the ghost of Jim Crow, the…Continue Reading

Thoughts On Son Of God Movie

March 10, 2014 Frontpage, Uncategorized Comments Off

 By PEGGY MOEN          I saw the Son of God movie on March 9, after its opening weekend with a second-place box office rank.       Its strongest point is its portrayal of the intrigue and politics leading up to the Passion. The cowardice of Caiaphas in the face of Pilate’s threats and brutality, and then Pilate’s fear of Caesar, are well scripted and well acted. Judas delivers the immortal line “What’s in it for me?” when Caiaphas approaches him to betray Jesus.       Also strong is the movie’s beginning and ending with a monologue by St. John the Evangelist, setting forth salvation history through the Word at the beginning, and the martyrdom of all the apostles except John…Continue Reading

New Orleans Catholic Church Boycotts Companies Aiding Planned Parenthood

February 13, 2014 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off

Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 01:51 PM By Jennifer Hickey The Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans is taking a stand against a new Planned Parenthood clinic, pledging not do business with any individual or business participating in the construction or opening of the facility. “The archdiocese, including its churches, schools, apartments for the elderly, and nursing homes,” will not “enter into business relationships with any person or organization that participates in actions that are essential to making this abortion facility a reality,” Archbishop Gregory M. Aymond wrote in a Feb. 1 open letter published in the Catholic newspaper The Clarion-Herald. “This policy applies to all businesses regardless of religious affiliation or non-affiliation,” Archbishop Aymond wrote, further stating that “affiliation or support…Continue Reading

Catholic Flash Mobs Fill Pews, Lift Prayers At NY Churches

February 3, 2014 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off

BUFFALO, N.Y. –  You’ve heard of flash mobs? Behold the Mass mob. Playing off the idea of using social media to summon crowds for parties or mischief, mobs of Buffalo-area Roman Catholics have been filling pews and lifting spirits at some of the city’s original, now often sparsely attended, churches. It works this way: On a given Sunday, participants attend Mass en masse at a church they’ve picked in an online vote and promoted through Facebook and Twitter. Visitors experience the architecture,

German bishop: allow Communion for divorced/remarried, despite Vatican disapproval

November 26, 2013 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off

CWN – November 25, 2013 A German bishop has said that the country’s episcopal conference will move forward with plans to allow Communion for divorced and remarried Catholics, despite clear disapproval from the Vatican. Bishop Gebhard Fürst of Stuttgart told a lay group, the Central Committee of German Catholics, that the German bishops have already drafted new guidelines for the reception of Communion by divorced/remarried Catholics, and hope to vote their approval to those new rules in March 2014. Bishop Fürst said that the German hierarchy is responding to demands from the faithful. “Expectations are great, and impatience and anger are greater still,” he said. Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller, the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith,…Continue Reading

CCHD is making progress in funding, but problems persist: Watchdogs

November 24, 2013 Uncategorized Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS Fri Nov 22, 2013 16:03 EST CHAMPAIGN, IL, November 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Critics are saying, while the latest round of grants from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development seem to be an improvement, problems persist. Most recently, the University of Illinois’ YMCA chapter has lost $60,000 in funding from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) over its partnership with a pro-gay “marriage” organization. Michael Hichborn of ALL. The YMCA chapter, which has received $41,000 from the local Catholic church and CCHD in two years, also formally aligned with and received money from the Illinois Coalition for Immigrants and Refugee Rights. The Coalition is a statewide organization that works with illegal immigrants. However, because the organization…Continue Reading

Man’s Capacity For God

November 8, 2013 Don Fier, Uncategorized Comments Off

By DON FIER Having considered the Prologue of the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) in our previous installment, we will now turn our attention to the first of the Catechism’s four pillars: “The Profession of Faith.” It is the longest section of the CCC, comprising 39% of its total volume, and is foundational for the rest, for it is essential to know God and what He has done before we consider how man can and ought to respond. As is the case for each of the four major parts of the CCC, it is composed of two sections. The first, as expressed by Christoph Cardinal Schönborn, “lays…the foundation of the subject, while the second further develops the particular themes…Continue Reading

Christ’s Temptations In The Desert

October 22, 2013 Uncategorized Comments Off

By DON FIER As we saw in last week’s column, Jesus freely chose to receive the “baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins” (Luke 3:3) from John the Baptist to mark the transition between His hidden life of thirty years and His public ministry of three years. “To inaugurate His public life and to anticipate the ‘Baptism’ of His death,” explains the Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, “He Who was without sin accepted to be numbered among sinners” (n. 105). Jesus’ baptism in the Jordan, then, signified His acceptance of the mission given to Him by the Father to be “the ‘Servant’ wholly consecrated to the redemptive work that He will accomplish by the ‘baptism’ of…Continue Reading

‘Devastating’: Kansas Supreme Court suspends law license of pro-life former attorney general

October 19, 2013 Frontpage, Uncategorized Comments Off

By John Jalsevac Topeka, KS, October 18, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) — Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline, a pro-life Republican who used his post to prosecute the abortion industry, will appeal a decision from the Kansas Supreme Court today indefinitely suspending his law license, his attorney said today. In a lengthy 154-page decision, the Court upheld six of 11 ethics violations brought against Kline, the only prosecutor in U.S. history to successfully file charges against the abortion giant Planned Parenthood. Kline was Kansas attorney general from 2003 to 2007 and Johnson County district attorney in 2007 and 2008. Former Kansas Attorney General Phill Kline “The violations we have found are significant and numerous, and Kline’s inability or refusal to acknowledge or…Continue Reading