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Diocese bans Alinsky critic from speaking on church property

October 30, 2015 World News Comments Off on Diocese bans Alinsky critic from speaking on church property

For many years, Catholic researcher Stephanie Block has been exposing the link between the American Catholic church bureaucracy – which has effectively become another arm of the Democratic Party – and the supporters of radical leftist Saul Alinsky (who influenced President Obama) and his “machine.” Now, at least one Catholic diocese is forbidding her from speaking on church property. Ms. Block was recently scheduled to speak at St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, California. However, just a few days before her scheduled talk, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange informed the parish that she was not permitted to speak on church property. The organizer was able to secure a local college auditorium on short notice, so Ms. Block’s…Continue Reading

American Girl Disappoints Conservative Customers

October 30, 2015 World News Comments Off on American Girl Disappoints Conservative Customers

One Million Moms is extremely disappointed that American Girl, owned by Mattel, is promoting sin in the November/December 2015 issue of its magazine. On pages 28-31 of the magazine is an article titled “Forever Family” about adoption from foster care, which would have been wonderful if they had not decided to include a large picture of a girl with her two dads, Daddy and Dada, and three other adopted children. 1MM supports adoption and taking care of orphans as we are biblically instructed to do in Psalm 82:3, but American Girl could have focused the article on the child and not about the parents since it is a magazine for children. The magazine also could have chosen another child to…Continue Reading

Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too

October 30, 2015 World News Comments Off on Justice Kennedy: Christians with convictions resigned under Hitler and they should today too

CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, October 29, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy told a Harvard Law School audience that government employees with religious convictions about marriage should resign. The Ronald Reagan appointee said on Wednesday that if a public official has a moral objection to homosexuality, he must either follow the law or quit public service. The judge’s comment came in answer to a question a student asked about government officials who disagree with the Supreme Court’s decisions on gay marriage, or abortion, and if those citizens have the constitutional right to act according to their sincerely held moral beliefs.

Angry “Catholic Theologians”

October 29, 2015 World News Comments Off on Angry “Catholic Theologians”

epending on who you have on your Facebook feed, you might have seen a post from University of St. Thomas theologian Massimo Faggioli yesterday about the letter he and a number of other theologians have sent to The New York Times in response to columnist Ross Douthat’s Oct. 18 piece, “The Plot to Change Catholicism.” Here is that letter in full: On Sunday, October 18, the Times published Ross Douthat’s piece “The Plot to Change C

Pro-life leaders say Vatican’s new department ‘demotes’ life and family

October 25, 2015 World News Comments Off on Pro-life leaders say Vatican’s new department ‘demotes’ life and family

ROME, October 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis has combined the Vatican’s existing departments, or dicasteries, for life, the family, and the laity into one, a move which two prominent Catholic pro-life leaders decry as a “demotion” for life and family issues. Pope Francis said in statement released yesterday, “I have decided to establish a new Dicastery with competency for Laity, Family and Life, that will replace the Pontifical Council for the Laity and the Pontifical Council for the Family.” He later added the Pontifical Academy for Life in the new dicastery. It follows recommendations of a relatively new Council of Cardinals Francis created to streamline the Vatican. John Smeaton, head of the London-based Society for the Protection of the…Continue Reading

‘Confidential’ Planned Parenthood video leaked

October 23, 2015 World News Comments Off on ‘Confidential’ Planned Parenthood video leaked

Complete raw footage from the Planned Parenthood videos surfaced Thursday on the conservative website Got News?, whose editor said he had gotten it from a House staffer despite lawmakers’ pledge to keep it confidential. Editor Charles Johnson released the full footage Thursday even after the National Abortion Federation got a temporary restraining order a day earlier prohibiting any dissemination. Johnson vowed to “contest any unconstitutional prior restraint of speech.” Read more: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/10/planned-parenthood-video-leak-215094#ixzz3pOCDSzUh

Arinze rebuts cardinal’s claim that Catholic faith is unrealistic: ‘Who do you think you are? Greater than Christ?’

October 21, 2015 World News Comments Off on Arinze rebuts cardinal’s claim that Catholic faith is unrealistic: ‘Who do you think you are? Greater than Christ?’

ROME, October 21, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria strongly defended the Catholic faith against the proposal put forward by one influential Synod Father who said last week that it is “unrealistic” for the divorced-and-remarried to refrain from sexual activity – what the Church following Christ calls “adultery.” Cardinal Reinhard Marx, archbishop of Berlin and a leading advisor to Pope Francis, had said such activity should be judged according to “lived context,” and that such persons should be able to receive Holy Communion. However, Cardinal Arinze told LifeSiteNews in a video interview on Saturday, “The Ten Commandments

Synod signals insufficient support for changing rules on divorce and Communion

October 21, 2015 World News Comments Off on Synod signals insufficient support for changing rules on divorce and Communion

Despite pastoral challenges posed by divorced-and-civilly-remarried Catholics, many synod fathers are in favor of current Church teaching and practice, according to a new round of small group reports. “The majority without full consensus affirmed the current teaching and practice of the Church regarding the participation in the Eucharist of those who are divorced and civilly remarried,” reads a new report from group “A” of the four English-speaking synod circles. “We acknowledged that this pathway may be difficult, and pastors should accompany them with understanding, always ready to extend God’s mercy to them anew when they stand in need of it.” The vast majority of the group’s members affirmed the current pastoral practice regarding the reception of communion by divorced-and-civilly-remarried individuals.

Vatican denies rumour Pope is suffering from brain tumour

October 21, 2015 World News Comments Off on Vatican denies rumour Pope is suffering from brain tumour

The Vatican described the report on an Italian website as ‘seriously irresponsible’ Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said an Italian newspaper’s claims about the Pope’s health were “entirely unfounded.” After checking with the Pope himself and other sources, Father Lombardi told reporters “the pope enjoys good health” and that the unsubstantiated news report was “a serious act of irresponsibility, absolutely unjustifiable and unspeakable.” The Quotidiano Nazionale” reported on October 21 that an unnamed nurse at a clinic in Pisa told the pape

Synod’s small groups seek consensus amid diverging visions

October 21, 2015 World News Comments Off on Synod’s small groups seek consensus amid diverging visions

(Vatican Radio) Participants at the Synod on the Family have concluded their small group work and presented the results of their discussions on the third and final part of the working document, dedicated to ‘The Mission of the Family today’. On Wednesday members of a special committee are drawing together the recommendations of all the small groups into a final document which will be presented and voted on by Synod Fathers on Saturday. Philippa Hitchen takes a look at the conclusions of those Circuli Minores which were presented to Synod on Tuesday afternoon: Listen: The afternoon began with a presentation from the Russian Orthodox delegate to the Synod, Metropolitan Hilarion, who gave a bleak assessment of secular society incapable of…Continue Reading