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The real scoop on Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago

February 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

A while back, I got the impression that commenter Steve (where have you gone? I did not intend to run you off entirely, I was just asking that you dial back your comments from 11 to, say, 5) thought I was being too harsh in some of my judgments regarding Archbishop Blaise Cupich of Chicago.  I have known and read about Bishop Cupich ever since this blog started, and what I have learned has been almost universally negative.  He took some quite heavy handed actions against the traditional practice of the Faith and pious works like priests praying outside mills while in Rapid City, SD, and continued similarly in Spokane.  I knew he was the most outspoken “peasnjustus” bishop at…Continue Reading

The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization?

February 16, 2015 World News Comments Off

The beheadings continue. What will be the response of civilization? “Rome” is a target for ISIS. What that means, we aren’t sure. It seems to be code for “Christians”, the lands which once comprised Christendom. It also probably means Rome itself. From the Catholic Herald: After beheading Coptic Christians, Islamists say they will ‘conquer Rome’ next Islamist militants claiming loyalty to ISIS have released a video appearing to show the beheading of 21 Coptic Christia

HHS Pushes Church Talking Points, Bulletins to Promote Obamacare

February 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

In an effort to sign up as many consumers as possible for insurance under the Affordable Care Act (or Obamacare), the Obama administration has gone to extraordinary lengths to partner with churches and other faith-based groups, even publishing sample church bulletin inserts, flyers, and scripts for announcements, as well as “talking points.” These materials are part of the “Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action Toolkit,” which is available on the website of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). From the beginning, HHS has sought to develop partnerships with faith-based organizations to promote the Obamacare. This “toolkit” has been available since 2013. However, the details of these partnerships have largely escaped the attention of the national media. The Second Sunday & Faith Weekend of Action program encourages churches…Continue Reading

Protesting Catholic schools – for being Catholic

February 15, 2015 World News Comments Off

How crazy is San Francisco? This may strike you as a little story in all the tumult and chaos in the world. But I think it’s truly a sign of the times.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider: Battling the New Gnosticism Within The Church

February 14, 2015 World News Comments Off
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Bishop Athanasius Schneider – It is a sad truth that we are in a time of great crisis in the Church. God is with us, however. You have asked me what the faithful can do to combat the errors spreading through the Church. I would like to answer with some suggestions: Spread The Gospel And Teachings Of The Church We must create groups of true Catholics, scholars, families, and clergy who will spread courageously the full Catholic truth, especially on the Church’s teachings on the family, on nature, and the commandments of God.

Exemption from HHS Mandate Reversed for Christian College, Catholic Dioceses

February 14, 2015 World News Comments Off

A Christian college and two Catholic dioceses in western Pennsylvania are again under the yoke of the HHS mandate as a federal court reversed the injunctions previously granted to the institutions by lower courts. Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa., the Diocese of Pittsburgh, the Diocese of Erie, and several Catholic charities under the dioceses had all been granted injunctions from the HHS mandate.  But on Wednesday, a panel of judges of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit unanimously ruled to reverse the exemptions. Judge Marjorie Rendell noted in her opinion that the institutions can take advantage – See more at: http://www.cardinalnewmansociety.org/CatholicEducationDaily/DetailsPage/tabid/102/ArticleID/3976/Exemption-from-HHS-Mandate-Reversed-for-Christian-College-Catholic-Dioceses.aspx#sthash.pWX6WzQq.dpuf

Archbishop Cordileone is a true shepherd of Catholic schools

February 13, 2015 World News Comments Off

Much ado has been made about Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone’s efforts to ensure that Catholic schoolteachers model moral behavior. If the mission of Catholic schools is to form students both in knowledge and in faith, then he is simply doing his job to ensure that teachers have the necessary qualifications for religious education. Archbishop Cordileone is the leader of the Catholic Church in San Francisco. He must protect the “brand” of his schools. His “Statement of the High Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco Regarding the Teachings and Practice of the Catholic Church” helpfully provides unambiguous guidance for archdiocesan high school employee

Two Years Ago . . . Benedict XVI became the first pope to resign in 600 years

February 11, 2015 World News Comments Off

February 11 is a holiday in the Vatican. It is the day when the Holy See celebrates the settlement in 1929 of the so-called “Roman Question”, the resolution of the 59-year stand-off between the Kingdom of Italy and the Holy See after the fall of Rome in 1870 to the Kingdom’s troops and the effective end of the ancient Papal States in central Italy. By chance it was also the day Pope Benedict XVI chose to resign. The date had been scheduled for a small consistory, comprising midday prayer and the announcement by Cardinal Angelo Amato of some beati due to be promoted to saints. There had also been a little gentle buzz for some time in the Roman Curia…Continue Reading

Cardinal hits young traditionalists who want to ‘be clear in their positions’: calls it ‘the beginning of terrorism’

February 10, 2015 World News Comments Off

February 9, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – One of Pope Francis’ closest advisors, and the leader of one of the most “liberal” Catholic hierarchies in the world, has denounced “traditional” young people for wanting “to be clear in their positions,” warning that it is a path to “terrorism.” In a related interview with the Jesuit magazine America, Cardinal Reinhard Marx, the head of the German Bishops’ conference, applauded people in homosexual partnerships who want a “lifelong” relationship. “I am astonished that most of our young people, and also Catholic homosexuals who are practicing, want a relationship that lasts forever,” Marx told America. “We must begin with the main points of the doctrine, to see the dream: the dream is to have a…Continue Reading

Abp. Cordileone: “Catholic schools exist to help young people attain holiness in their lives…to become saints.”

February 9, 2015 World News Comments Off

This past Friday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco gave an address to the Catholic High School Teachers Convocation titled, “Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness”. Here are a few excepts: The three factors – high academic expectations, faith and reason, and teachers interacting with students both in and outside the classroom – contribute to building a Catholic worldview.  All of this, of course, must be reflected in the school’s mission statement.  Catholic schools have mission statements that focus on these factors and what the goal of Cath