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SATANIC ‘BLACK MASS’ GETS GREEN LIGHT FROM U.S. CITY

August 27, 2014 World News Comments Off

Concerns mount about ‘dark powers that this invites into our community’ The Catholic Archbishop of Oklahoma City has agreed to drop a lawsuit against a satanic cult that plans to perform a “black mass” in the city now that the cult has returned a stolen consecrated host to the church. An Oklahoma-based satanic group called Dakhma of Angra Mainyu has leased space in the Civic Center Music Hall, which is owned and operated by the city, for a black mass on Sept. 21. The event is booked for the Cityspace theater, which is the facility’s smallest theater space, said Jennifer McClintock, public information officer for the Civic Center. She told WND the city will not block the black mass from being held…Continue Reading

California reverses: Catholic colleges must now pay for all abortions

August 26, 2014 World News Comments Off
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Two California Catholic universities must cover elective abortions in the health care plans they provide employees, according to a decision released Friday by Governor Jerry Brown. The affected schools are Loyola Marymount University and Santa Clara University. The decision comes after both schools announced last fall that they were dropping coverage of “elective” abortions as being incompatible with their Catholic identity. However, they continued to cover abortions in cases where the procedure was deemed necessary to protect the life or health of the mother, and Loyola Marymount had even allowed employees to pay extra for an abortion-on-demand option.

Catholic Church Warns Pro-Lifers About Ice Bucket Challenge Donations

August 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Steven Ertelt | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 8/25/14 11:59 AM A Catholic Archdiocese is warning pro-life advocates about the final destination of donations for the popular Ice Bucket Challenge, which has become a pop culture and social media phenomenon. The popularity of the #IceBucketChallenge continues on social media across the nation. This is the campaign to raise awareness about amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often called Lou Gehrig’s Disease. The pro-life community has a soft spot in its heart for the disabled and terminally ill. After all, they are often targeted in abortion or euthanasia. Unfortunately, asLifeNews has documented, there is a chance your donation to The ALS Association could be used to support embryonic stem cell research. ALSA has confirmed it support

Why Top Catholic Education Organization Says Common Core Could Threaten Religious Liberty

August 25, 2014 World News Comments Off

Aug. 21, 2014 10:25pm Fred Lucas A leading Catholic education organization is warning that Common Core could pose a threat to religious freedom for Catholic schools that adopt the controversial education standards. The Cardinal Newman Society’s summer newsletter named among the 10 things Catholics should know about Common Core is that it “could lead to religious liberty violations.” That’s in part because of the Department of Health and Human Services mandate to cover contraception coverage for employees. “Catholic schools’ protection from threats like the HHS mandate depends on showing consistent Catholic identit

It’s hard to engage in interfaith dialogue when your head has been cut off.

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

  By Benedict Kiely In times of evil, prophets who see it in what Ronald Knox called a “clear light” are not necessarily heeded, though they are desperately needed. Such a man was Hilaire Belloc, as Monsignor Knox described him at Belloc’s funeral Mass in 1953. “By derivation,” Knox explained, a prophet “is one who speaks out.” Belloc, the first truly revisionist historian, made it his life’s work to speak out. He warned of the rise of Islam throughout the early years of the 20th century and then between the two world wars, when such prophecy seemed absurd. In 2006 another great prophet, Pope Benedict XVI — James Schall, S.J., calls him “the clearest and most incisive mind in the public…Continue Reading

Archbishop Kurtz Provides Initial Response To Revised HHS Mandate Regulations

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

August 22, 2014 Disappointed that regulation will not expand exemption, only modifies ‘accommodation’ Extending ‘accommodation’ to exempted businesses reduces religious freedom More thorough study and detailed comments to come WASHINGTON–Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that it is issuing an additional set of interim final rules to implement its requirement that health plans, including employer-sponsored plans, provide for sterilization, contraception, and drugs that can cause an abortion. In response, Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), provided the following statement: “The Administration is once again revising its regulations on the HHS mandate. We will study the regulations carefully and will provide more detailed comments at…Continue Reading

Obama Tweaks the Birth Control Mandate—and the Right Is Still Angry

August 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Jonathan Cohn @citizencohn The controversy over Obamacare’s contraception mandate is back in the news. And it’s the same old story as before. Religious conservatives who run businesses and provide health insurance to employees don’t want those policies to cover all forms of birth control—no matter how hard the government tries to insulate the employers from actually paying for the contraception. The latest development is a new regulation, which the Administration released on Friday. It’s designed to comply with directives that the Supreme Court handed down early this summer, in the Hobby Lobby andWheaton College cases. You can read the full details in accounts by the Wall Street Journal‘s Louise Radnofsky, who broke the story, and MSNBC’s Irin 

The “Closure Crisis” Within The Church.

August 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

(RNS) What happens to a community when a Roman Catholic school closes its doors? That’s the question Nicole Stelle Garnett and Margaret F. Brinig, two Notre Dame law professors, pondered as they studied closures in Chicago, Philadelphia and Los Angeles. There were 7,000 Catholic schools in the U.S. in 2010, down from 13,000 in 1960, according to the National Catholic Education Association. The decline, rooted in the migration of parishioners to the suburbs and the secularization of Catholic culture, has been dubbed the “closure crisis” within the church.

Satanists Return Stolen Host to Archbishop Coakley

August 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

The organizer of a Sept. 21 black mass surrendered the consecrated Host, one day after the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit for its recovery. by CNA/EWTN NEWS 08/21/2014 OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City’s archbishop voiced relief that Satanists organizing a “black mass” in the city returned a stolen host that was to be desecrated, but restated his concern that the event should happen at all. The host was given to a priest Aug. 21 by an attorney representing Adam Daniels, who organized the black mass. “I am relieved that we have been able to secure the return of the sacred Host and that we have prevented its desecration as part of a planned Satanic ritual,” Archbishop Paul Coakley…Continue Reading

Slain journalist James Foley on praying the rosary in captivity

August 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

August 20, 2014 08:45 EST By Catherine Harmon The news broke late yesterday that Islamic State jihadists executed freelance journalist James Foley and posted a video of his beheading. Foley, 40, had been missing for two years while covering the conflict in Syria. I am not going to link to the video or include screen shots from it, but I will share another link that has been circulating since the news of Foley’s brutal death: an article he wrote for the alumni magazine of Marquette University, his alma mater. The piece is about the time Foley spent imprisoned in Libya in 2011: I began to pray the rosary. It was what my mother and grandmother would have prayed. 
I said 10 Hail Marys between each…Continue Reading