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The Church Needs To Stop Taking Government Money

July 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

by ELISE HILTON on FRIDAY, JULY 25, 2014 Phil Lawler at CatholicCulture.org voices what should be obvious: that by taking federal money and grants, the Catholic Church has put herself in a very awkward place. Money from the government always comes with strings attached, and those strings have tied the hands of too many  Catholics. Earlier this week, President Obama handed down an executive order that requires the cutting off of government funds from “any organizations that discriminate against homosexual or ‘transgendered’ persons. This executive order is not aimed solely at the Catholic Church; many others will lose federal contracts.” The

U.S. Considering Refugee Status for Hondurans

July 26, 2014 World News Comments Off

By FRANCES ROBLES and MICHAEL D. SHEARJULY 24, 2014 Hoping to stem the recent surge of migrants at the Southwest border, the Obama administration is considering whether to allow hundreds of minors and young adults from Honduras into the United States without making the dangerous trek through Mexico, according to a draft of the proposal. If approved, the plan would direct the government to screen thousands of children and youths in Honduras to see if they can enter the United States as refugees or on emergency humanitarian grounds. It would be the first American refugee effort in a nation reachable by land to the United States, the White House said, putting the violence in Honduras on the level of humanitarian emergencies in Haiti…Continue Reading

Marco Rubio To Take On Abortion and Gay Marriage in Catholic U Speech

July 23, 2014 World News Comments Off

Senator Marco Rubio (R., Fla.) plans to take on social and cultural issues in the latest installment of his policy speeches outlining a new conservative agenda. “Senator Rubio will discuss the values needed for economic success in the 21st century: values like hard work, discipline, and the importance of family,” an aide to the senator tells National Review Online, previewing his Wednesday speech at the Catholic University of America’s Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies. “No one is born with those values, and reinvigorating them begins with reinvigorating the institutions that teach and reinforce those values,” the aide says. ”While government can’t solve these problems alone, Senator Rubio will propose education reforms, ideas to encourage innovation and job creation, and ensure that government policies do…Continue Reading

USCCB Chairmen Respond To ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’ Executive Order

July 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

The executive order prohibits “gender identity” discrimination, a prohibition that is previously unknown at the federal level, and that is predicated on the false idea that “gender” is nothing more than a social construct or psychological reality that can be chosen at variance from one’s biological sex. This is a problem not only of principle but of practice, as it will jeopardize the privacy and associational rights of both federal contractor employees and federal employees.

Dallas-Fort Worth Catholic leaders appeal for legal help in border crisis

July 22, 2014 World News Comments Off

Dallas Bishop Kevin Farrell (center) and Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson on Monday asked for volunteers to assist with a “humanitarian crisis.” By DIANNE SOLÍS Staff Writer dsolís@dallasnews.com Published: 21 July 2014 10:32 PM Updated: 22 July 2014 12:21 AM Dallas Catholic Bishop Kevin Farrell called on lawyers Monday to help assist thousands of Central American migrant children who entered the U.S. unlawfully and are now facing immigration judges alone in deportation proceedings. Farrell was joined by Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and the leaders from Catholic Charities in both cities to ask for volunteers to assist with what religious leaders call a “humanitarian crisis.”

Iraq Catholic leader says Islamic State worse than Genghis Khan

July 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Dominic Evans and Raheem Salman BAGHDAD (Reuters) – The head of Iraq’s largest church said on Sunday that Islamic State militants who drove Christians out of Mosul were worse than Mongol leader Genghis Khan and his grandson Hulagu who ransacked medieval Baghdad. Chaldean Catholic Patriarch Louis Raphael Sako led a wave of condemnation for the Sunni Islamists who demanded Christians either co

CHRISTIAN HOLOCAUST UNDERWAY IN IRAQ, USA AND WORLD LOOK ON

July 21, 2014 World News Comments Off

When U.S. troops invaded Iraq in 2003, there were at least 1.5 million Christians in Iraq. Over the last ten years, significantly in the last few months with the emergence of ISIS, that figure has dropped to about 400,000. In a region where Christians predate Muslims by centuries, over one million Christians have been killed or have had to flee because of jihadi persecution, while America is basically standing by and watching. This is the sad news that Breitbart’s National Security Editor and one of the world’s leading experts on asymmetric warfare, Dr. Sebastian Gorka, brought to Breitbart News Saturday, hosted by Editor in Chief Alex Marlow on Sirius XM Patriot Radio. Dr. Gorka explained that “in the last 48 hours, ISIS, which is…Continue Reading

Vancouver Catholic Schools Adopt Transgender Policy

July 17, 2014 World News Comments Off

James Keller, The Canadian Press Published Wednesday, July 16, 2014 7:20PM EDT Last Updated Thursday, July 17, 2014 7:24AM EDT VANCOUVER — Catholic schools in Vancouver have adopted a policy that could allow transgender students to use the pronouns, uniforms and washrooms that match their gender identity after a human rights complaint forced the local archdiocese to balance its religious teachings with the rights of transgender children. The lawyer for the 11-year-old transgender girl behind the complaint says Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese appears to be the first Catholic school board in North American to implement such a policy. Read more: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/vancouver-catholic-schools-adopt-transgender-policy-1.1917367#ixzz37j7nSzUX

New Catholic Bishops Say Civil Disobedience OK If For Common Good

July 13, 2014 World News Comments Off

Newly appointed auxiliary bishops, two Catholic clergymen suggest Occupy Central could be just, while third weighs in on reform report St Two auxiliary bishops newly appointed by the Vatican have spoken out about the Occupy Central campaign, saying the church supports civil disobedience when it’s for the common good. A third new auxiliary bishop meanwhile said the Hong Kong Catholic diocese had come under pressure from the government to consider shutting down its outspoken Justice and Peace Commission because it has been critical of the administration. uart Lau

Skeptics And The Claims Of The Catholic Church Seventeen Reasons Scoffers Ought To Rethink Catholicism, If They Really Thought About It

July 12, 2014 World News Comments Off

July 11, 2014 05:09 EST By Thomas M. Doran In today’s world, isn’t it crazy to appeal to scoffers to consider Catholicism? Why would a rational modern man or woman in the 21st century be attracted to what the world and its enlightened guides consider an outdated, misogynistic, anti-LGBT, anti-science cult? Is historical momentum on the side of these scoffers? Doesn’t history itself demonstrate the allegedly backwards and inhuman nature of the Catholic Church? The modern soothsayers say yes, but here are 17 reasons—hardly an exhaustive list—why the soothsayers are wrong: 1. The Church “conceived” the university, the hospital, and countless institutions to assist the world’s suffering. 2. Catholic martyrs—unlike Muslim “martyrs”—never kill, but offer their own lives as a sign…Continue Reading