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Mission, Dialogue, and Difficulties

February 19, 2014 World News Comments Off on Mission, Dialogue, and Difficulties

February 18, 2014 How religious freedom went from the freedom to practice and explain the Faith to permission to merely do what the State allows “In virtue of their baptism, all the members of the People of God have  become missionary disciples. All baptized, whatever their position is in the Church or their level of instruction in the faith, are agents of  evangelization….” — Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, #120.“The Church is thus obligated to do everything possible to carry out her  mission to the world and to reach all peoples. And she has the right to  do this, a right given her by God for the accomplishment of his plan.  Religious freedom, which is still at times limited or restricted, …Continue Reading

Obama Calls Homosexuality One Of Our ‘Fundamental Freedoms’ In Statement Slamming Ugandan Bill

February 18, 2014 World News Comments Off on Obama Calls Homosexuality One Of Our ‘Fundamental Freedoms’ In Statement Slamming Ugandan Bill

by Ben Johnson Mon Feb 17, 2014 16:21 EST WASHINGTON, D.C., February 17, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama has elevated the right to have sex with a member of the same sex to the level of universal “fundamental freedoms” in a new presidential statement criticizing Uganda. But critics say his promotion of homosexuality in a continent that overwhelmingly opposes that behavior amounts to a form of liberal “cultural imperialism.” Obama wrote on Sunday that he opposed a proposed bill in Uganda that would criminalize same-sex “marriages” and impose life imprisonment for repeated homosexual acts, among other provisions, because “as a country and a people, the United States has consistently stood for the protection of fundamental freedoms and universal human…Continue Reading

Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

February 14, 2014 World News Comments Off on Archbishop: ‘The More That Gov’t Mandates Evil Actions, The More Likely Civil Disobedience Becomes’

February 14, 2014 – 1:59 PM By Barbara Hollingsworth (CNSNews.com) – Calling the Obama administration “the most tone deaf to religious liberty issues in recent memory,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput warned that religious freedom in the U.S. is “at risk,” and that “the more government mandates evil action, the more likely civil disobedience becomes.”   Last February, Chaput urged his fellow prelates to take the “right action…whatever the cost” regarding the Health and Human Services’ contraceptive mandate, which requires nearly all insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act to pay for sterilization, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs. Due to “an unfriendly political class” and believers’ own apathy, Chaput told CNSNews.com, “government pressure on religious communities has clearly increased.” Which is why,…Continue Reading

You Can’t Build A Marriage In Just A Day

February 14, 2014 World News Comments Off on You Can’t Build A Marriage In Just A Day

The Church trains priests for seven years. So why does it only prepare some couples for marriage in a single day? By Madeleine Teahan on Friday, 14 February 2014  Christopher is 25 and believes he is called to the priesthood. After a rigorous application process he is accepted to a seminary where he will receive seven years training before his ordination. Throughout the Church will support him spiritually, psychologically and emotionally and he will have to demonstrate a real understanding of Church teaching and the solemn commitment that he is preparing to undertake. Now, imagine a man and a woman who are the same age as Christopher who also have a vocation – to marriage. They are due to receive…Continue Reading

Pro-marriage young people do exist, say youth fighting for Indiana same-sex ‘marriage’ ban

February 14, 2014 World News Comments Off on Pro-marriage young people do exist, say youth fighting for Indiana same-sex ‘marriage’ ban
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by Kirsten Andersen Over 100 young adults held a press conference Tuesday at Indiana’s state House calling for an amendment protecting true marriage. INDIANAPOLIS, IN, February 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – “The media claims we don’t exist. Freedom Indiana claims there are none of us left. But as young Hoosiers, we are here today.” Those were the words of Shane Weist, 33, who along with a group of more than 100 other young adults, held a press conference Tuesday in which they sought to prove that – despite media reports to the contrary – not every young person in America backs legally-sanctioned same-sex “marriage.” Weist and his companions make up Young Hoosiers for Marriage, an Indiana-based group fighting for passage of…Continue Reading

New Orleans Catholic Church Boycotts Companies Aiding Planned Parenthood

February 13, 2014 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off on New Orleans Catholic Church Boycotts Companies Aiding Planned Parenthood

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

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates $992 Million to Charity Funding Planned Parenthood

February 12, 2014 World News Comments Off on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Donates $992 Million to Charity Funding Planned Parenthood
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by Christinia Martin | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/12/14 11:59 AM     Philanthropy magazine released an article titled “A Look at the 50 Most Generous Donors of 2013.” Topping the list was Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, pediatrician Priscilla Chan.   In 2013 the couple donated 18 million shares of Facebook valued at $992.2 million to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation in Mountain View, California. The couple previously donated 19 million Facebook shares to the same foundation in 2012.   The Silicon Valley Community Foundation describes its organization as a “comprehensive center of philanthropy.” They partner with donors to fund for profit and non-profit organizations around the globe. On their website you can see…Continue Reading

What Did He Just Say?

February 11, 2014 World News Comments Off on What Did He Just Say?

 by Bishop David Kagan February 7, 2014 On Thursday, February 6, I took the time to watch the 61st National Prayer Breakfast and heard what I can only describe as an amazing defense of religious liberty and the pro-life cause from President Barack Obama (read the full text here). At first, I was inclined to think that he finally has had a change of heart concerning the true sanctity of all human life and human dignity, as well as the right of each of us to the free exercise of our religious liberty. However, one speech does not constitute a change; concrete actions fulfilling the words of this speech are what give evidence of sincerity or insincerity. I went back…Continue Reading

Deny communion to pro-abort politicians: Legatus pro-life award winner to world’s bishops

February 10, 2014 World News Comments Off on Deny communion to pro-abort politicians: Legatus pro-life award winner to world’s bishops

by John-Henry Westen Mon Feb 10, 2014 12:39 EST ORLANDO, FL, February 10, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The annual Legatus Summit, held this year at the Ritz-Carleton in Orlando, Florida, had an all-star cast of pro-life leaders, four of whom were selected as recipients of the prestigious Cardinal John J. O’Connor Award.  The only non-American recipient was John Smeaton, head of the UK’s Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), which is the oldest pro-life group in the world, founded in 1966.   Over 400 of the most influential and faithful Catholic business leaders in the United States were awed by inspiring speakers all weekend, and yet the crowd nevertheless rose to their feet in ovation at Smeaton’s rousing address…Continue Reading

Abortion From a 7-Year-Old’s Perspective

February 10, 2014 World News Comments Off on Abortion From a 7-Year-Old’s Perspective

by Micaiah Bilger | Washington, DC | LifeNews.com | 2/10/14 6:57 PM     A few weeks ago, my parents and my 7-year-old sister came to hear me speak during a pro-life rally in our area. Though my little sister may not understand the details about abortion, she knows that abortion kills a baby in its mommy’s belly.   But during the rally, my sister heard something that she had never thought about before – abortion centers.   As her innocent mind processed the thought, she looked up and asked my mom, “Is that where they kill the babies?”   “Yes,” my mom answered.   “Do they kill children there, too?” my sister asked.   “No,” my mom replied. “Just…Continue Reading