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Pope Francis Calls Abortion An ‘Abominable Crime’ In Strongest Remarks To Date

April 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

by Hilary White, Rome Correspondent Fri Apr 11, 2014 08:11 EST VATICAN CITY, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Human life is “sacred and inviolable” and “every civil law is based on the recognition of the first and most fundamental right, the right to life,” Pope Francis told an Italian pro-life organization today. The pope thanked the Movimento per la Vita, one of Italy’s leading political pro-life groups, for their work, urging them to continue “with courage and love” for life “in all its phases.” “It is therefore necessary to reiterate the strongest opposition to any direct attack on life, especially innocent and defenseless, and her unborn child in the womb is the innocent par excellence,” the pope told the gathering…Continue Reading

Jesuit Priest Championed Conservative Catholic Values In Era Of Change

April 10, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Jan Uebelherr of the Journal Sentinel The Rev. Cletus Healy warned about the evils of communism, presided over annual vigils at the gravesite of Sen. Joseph McCarthy and wrote “Stations of the Cross for the Victims of Abortion.” These were the passions of Healy, a Jesuit who — in an era of change that was troubling for some Catholics — emerged as a bastion of long-held conservative values. “He was a voice of reason, of continuity — a connection with the Vatican that was often blurred, especially through the ’60s and ’70s, when things were in such turmoil,” his friend Mary Lou Wirtz said of Healy, who died of congestive heart failure Monday at St. Camillus Jesuit Retirement Community in Wauwatosa. He was 96. The…Continue Reading

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on The Absurdity of Evil

April 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Fr Dwight Longenecker 4/8/2014 Catholic Online (www.catholic.org) This is the frightful absurdity of evil. This absurdity and rage is the demonic poison of hatred and pride, and the only antidote, I have come to accept-the only antidote for which I plead- is the Divine Mercy. The devil is a liar, and because he lies all the time dealing with him is like walking on quicksand or dancing in a minefield. When dealing with evil in the personality we are constantly confronted with false images, false diagnoses, confusing signals, distractions, distortions and disturbing evidence.

Charlotte Diocese Backs Nun Who Gave School Talk Promoting Church Teaching On Homosexuality

April 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

BY KIRSTEN ANDERSEN Mon Apr 07, 2014 18:27 EST CHARLOTTE, NC, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The bishop of Charlotte is backing a Dominican nun who has been at the center of a fiery controversy since last month when she gave a speechpromoting Catholic teaching on sexuality to students at Charlotte Catholic High School. After a public meeting with diocesan and school officials turned ugly, with parents and students alike shouting at administrators over what they perceived as “hateful” remarks criticizing homosexual behavior, divorce and extra-marital sex, a spokesman for the diocese told LifeSiteNews that the nun in question, Sr. Jane Dominic Laurel, did nothing wrong and will be welcome to speak on the issue again if she chooses. “Nothing in Sister’s…Continue Reading

Catholics, Methodists, & Deportations

April 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

Moral certainties and uncertainty on parade. By Mark Tooley – 4.6.14 Last Tuesday some Catholic bishops hosted a mass at the Arizona border with Mexico that largely was a plea for legalizing the 11 million or so illegal immigrants in the U.S. They focused on illegal immigrants who perish while surreptitiously crossing the desert. Cardinal Sean O’Malley gave a moving homily. “We come to the desert today because it is the road to Jericho; it is traveled by many trying to reach the metropolis of Jerusalem,” O’Malley said. “We come here today to be a neighbor and to find a neighbor in each of the suffering people who risk their lives and at times lose their lives in the desert.” Recalling his own…Continue Reading

Resisting The New Blacklist

April 5, 2014 Uncategorized, World News Comments Off
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April 4, 2014 By Rebecca Hamilton There’s a new blacklist. Its members are anyone who dares to oppose gay marriage, or gay behavior of any sort. The punishment, even for icons of the tech industry, is to have their careers deep-sixed; all in the name of “inclusiveness” and “tolerance.” We have reached the point that these very fine words, inclusiveness and tolerance, have become the tools of a new totalitarianism that strikes at freedom of expression, freedom of political action and freedom of religion for every American. This blacklist is the opposite of freedom. It is absolute intolerance. It is the apogee of exclusiveness. It is bigoted, biased, hate-filled, discriminatory and totalitarian. It is the ghost of Jim Crow, the…Continue Reading

Oakland Diocese Teachers Asked To Toe The Catholic Line At Home And At School

April 5, 2014 World News Comments Off

April 4 at 12:38pm | By Jill Tucker Teachers and staff working at dozens of Catholic schools in the Diocese of Oakland will have to sign off on a new morality clause in their contracts to keep their jobs. It’s small paragraph that dictates behavior in both their professional and personal lives. “In both the TEACHER’S personal and professional life, the TEACHER is expected to model and promote behavior in conformity with the teaching of the Roman Catholic faith in matters of faith and morals, and to do nothing that tends to bring discredit to the SCHOOL or to the Diocese of Oakland.”

False Accusations of Sexual Abuse Can Leave Lasting Scars

April 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

Two recent cases, in the U.S. and Ireland, have highlighted how the Church’s commitment to take all accusations against clergy seriously sometimes injures innocent parties. by JUDY ROBERTS 04/03/2014 Comments (9) Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul and Minneapolis – Catholic News Agency ST. PAUL, Minn. — A decision last month not to charge Archbishop John Nienstedt in connection with an allegation that he inappropriately touched a boy during a group photo was good news for a Church battered by scandal in recent years. The determination by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office in Minnesota that there was insufficient evidence to support a charge against the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis was announced March 11, days before another priest, Father Eugene Boland of…Continue Reading

This CEO Made a Political Donation, Then Lost His Job Because Liberals Didn’t Like It

April 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

Rob Bluey April 4, 2014 at 6:30 am The chief executive of Mozilla resigned yesterday amid protests over his $1,000 donation in support of California’s Proposition 8, which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. Brendan Eich’s 2008 donation was first revealed two years ago while he was serving in a senior role at Mozilla. But it was after his appointment as CEO last month that half of Mozilla’s board quit and company employees publicly voiced their disapproval. Others launched a public campaign seeking his ouster. In the wake of yesterday’s news, Andrew Sullivan, a leading advocate for redefining marriage, said the episode “should disgust anyone interested in a tolerant and diverse society.” Heritage Foundation scholars…Continue Reading

Catholic Teacher Contract Gets Exact On Behavior

April 4, 2014 World News Comments Off

April 3 BY LISA CORNWELL Associated Press CINCINNATI — The doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church is so complex the Archdiocese of Cincinnati is giving teachers a cheat sheet on some of the things that can get them fired. A new contract proposal from the diocese specifies some violations of Catholic doctrine that could put teachers out of a job — including abortion, artificial insemination and “homosexual lifestyles” — and extends forbidden behavior to include public support for those kinds of causes, drawing some complaints that the language is overly broad and a cynical attempt to make it harder for wrongfully terminated teachers to sue. Teachers have long been required to act in accordance with the Roman Catholic Church’s philosophy but…Continue Reading