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Pope Francis, Koran Kisser?

June 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

By hosting Muslim prayers in the Vatican, the pope is bound to garner some disrespect. Fr Dwight Longenecker Some Catholics like to slam St. John Paul II for an incident in which he showed respect to the Islamic religion by kissing the Koran. By hosting Muslim prayers in the Vatican, is Pope Francis headed for the same fate? Every pope will have his critics — and no doubt some Catholics will start branding Pope Francis as a Muslim loving, Koran kissing pontiff — but the prayers for peace with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Israeli President Shimon Peres on Pentecost Sunday should not put him in that category. A headline was screaming across the Internet about the meeting of the…Continue Reading

US District Judge Strikes Down WI Constitution’s Marriage Amendment. Bp. Morlino Responds.

June 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

Posted on 7 June 2014 by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf Legislatures don’t make the laws in these USA anymore. Judges nobody elected have taken over.  They do whatever the hell they want in this new kritarchy. A case in point. A US District Court, Judge Barbara Crabb, struck down as unconstitutional Article XIII, Section 13 of Wisconsin’s state constitution, which reads: “Only a marriage between one man and one woman shall be valid or recognized as a marriage in this state. A legal status identical or substantially similar to that of marriage for unmarried individuals shall not be valid or recognized in this state.”  The people of Wisconsin voted in a referendum to amend the constitution with that article in November 2006.

Our Moral Obligation To Vote

June 7, 2014 World News Comments Off

Catholic education played a vital role in the founding of our nation. Among the signers of the Declaration of Independence was Charles Carroll, a Catholic landowner who had been educated in Catholic schools in Maryland and in France—even receiving a Catholic legal education in France. Charles Carroll was one of the earliest advocates for American independence. In the early 1770s, he began writing newspaper columns supporting independence. He funded the early tea-protests against British rule. And while many revolutionaries were content writing pamphlets and columns against the King, Charles Carroll was among the first to call American patriots to armed revolution. Charles Carroll signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. After the war, he became a United States Senator, and…Continue Reading

Irish Catholic Church says horrified by children’s mass grave

June 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

June 5, 2014 3:05 AM The entrance to the site of a mass grave of hundreds of children who died in the former Bons Secours … DUBLIN (Reuters) – Ireland’s Roman Catholic Church told the order of nuns who ran the former home where a mass grave of almost 800 children was found that it must co-operate with any inquiry into the discovery. Ireland is considering an investigation into what the government called a “deeply disturbing” discovery of an unmarked graveyard at a former home run by the Bon Secours Sister where 796 children died between 1925 and 1961.

US judge grants injunction for Catholic employers seeking contraceptives coverage exemption

June 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

Published June 05, 2014 Associated Press OKLAHOMA CITY –  A federal judge has granted nearly 200 Catholic employers an injunction to temporarily prevent the U.S. government from forcing them to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives. The Catholic Benefits Association filed a lawsuit in March alleging that a provision of the Affordable Care Act forced them to violate their religious objections to contraception and abortion-inducing drugs. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge David Russell of Oklahoma City granted an injunction that exempts members from any fines or penalties arising from not complying with the provision while their objections are litigated.

Fetal Models Credited For Saving Late-term Baby From Abortion

June 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY DUSTIN SIGGINS Wed Jun 04, 2014 12:40 EST LANSING, MI, June 4, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) — A late-term baby was saved from abortion earlier this week thanks to fetal models used by 40 Days for Life Lansing. On its Facebook page, the pro-life group says that an organizer “showed the 30-week model to a late-term mom who left the clinic and DID NOT have an abortion. Praise God!” Credit: 40 Days for Life Lansing The prayer vigil and activism take place in front of what 40 Days for Life Lansing calls “the last, free-standing surgical clinic” in Michigan. Fetal models have long been an effective pro-life strategy

Abortion Killings Are Ignored

June 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

With the news of yet another mass murder, this time from a celebrity shooter, comes more cries from those seeking gun control. The shooter Elliot Rodgers is yet another example of the symptoms that plague our world. The son of an Assistant Director of the award winning sans gratuitously violent film “The Hunger Games” went on a violent stabbing/shooting spree in what was an apparent cry for help gone wrong. Once again the elephant in the room is hiding in plain sight while the obvious is being overlooked. Yes we lament the death of Rodgers’ victims while at the same time we make no accepted outcry over the deaths of the thousands of innocent people being killed right here in…Continue Reading

Survey: More Than Four In 10 Americans Support Controversial Contraception Mandate

June 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

Sarah Pulliam Bailey  Jun 2, 2014 (RNS) More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections. More than four in 10 Americans support the Obama administration’s controversial contraception mandate, which requires nonprofits and businesses to provide birth control even if they have religious objections. The poll from Public Religion Research Institute comes as the Supreme Court prepares to issue its decision in a challenge to the contraception mandate filed by the evangelical owners of the Hobby Lobby arts and crafts chain and a Mennonite-owned wood cabinetry business. Churches and houses of worship are exempt from the mandate, but nearly 100 nonprofits, colleges and universities and businesses run…Continue Reading

Vatican: Too early to confirm 2025 Orthodox-Catholic summit

June 3, 2014 World News Comments Off

Josephine McKenna  Jun 2, 2014 VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican spokesman said it’s premature to suggest a gathering between Catholic and Orthodox faiths to mark the 1700th anniversary of the first church council held in Nicea in 325 A.D. Despite cordial meetings between Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople during the pontiff’s visit to Jerusalem in May, the Vatican has rejected media reports that a 2025 event had been confirmed. “Several news agencies, publications and individuals have reported on this gathering as a fait accompli,” said the Rev. Thomas Rosica, a Vatican spokesman, in a statement. “No formal announcement of or convocation of this event has come from the Vatican. It is very early to jump to conclusions.” The two faiths…Continue Reading

St. Joan of Arc: A Guide for Every Age

May 29, 2014 World News Comments Off

May 29, 2014 Christopher Check Mark Twain, who considered his biography of Saint Joan of Arc, whose feast we celebrate Friday, to be his best work. He called the Maid of Orleans “easily and by far the most extraordinary person the human race has ever produced.” The story of St. Joan is well known by Catholics and non-Catholics alike, but we may be surprised to learn just how well it is known: There may be no medieval figure whose life is better documented than that of Saint Joan of Arc. The story of her life and of her liberation of France from the English had survived for centuries as a kind of French national myth, but it was, in fact,…Continue Reading