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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:

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

The Obama Administration’s Border-Crisis Plan B: Use the Catholic Church

July 11, 2014 World News Comments Off

The federal government reaches out to a California diocese to help shelter illegal immigrants in California. By Ryan Lovelace In order to avoid future clashes with the citizens of Murrieta, Calif., over attempts to transfer illegal immigrants there, the Obama administration has turned to an unusual bedfellow: the Catholic Church. Deacon Luis Sanchez of the Diocese of San Bernardino tells National Review Online that an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent approached the diocese on July 2, 2014, and “expressed his desire for the Church to help in helping these families reach their destination.” Since that time, he says, diocesan officials have spoken on the phone with ICE, and they held a planning meeting on Monday.

A New Low For Liberals: Attacking Catholic Nuns Over Hobby Lobby

July 9, 2014 World News Comments Off

I’m a big fan of absurdity in politics. But even absurdity has its limits, and the National Organization for Women has surpassed it in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision inBurwell v. Hobby Lobby. As part of its full-throated defense of ObamaCare’s contraception mandate, NOW has a list of what it calls “The Dirty 100” — entities that have sued the Department of Health and Human Services and demanded exemptions on the basis of their First Amendment right to religious expression and the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, the two firms that won the Hobby Lobby case last week, occupy two spots on the list, as does Wheaton College, which won a controversial injunction against HHS later…Continue Reading

Louisiana court’s ruling that Catholic priest testify about confession criticized by Baton Rouge Diocese:

July 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner.

Out Of Nowhere A Network Emerged To Save Catholic Schools

July 8, 2014 World News Comments Off

By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer POSTED: June 24, 2014   The fledgling Independence Mission Schools network of Catholic elementary schools is used to moving fast. It sprang into action two years ago to save 14 parish schools in low-income neighborhoods when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced plans to close them. And when the cash-strapped Philadelphia School District listed the shuttered Harrison Elementary School in North Philadelphia for a quick sale last fall, the network scrambled to raise $1.36 million to buy it to replace the nearby St. Malachy school. “This has never happened before,” said Al Cavalli, president of the Mission Schools network.

New Irish Guidelines Allow Abortion Up To Birth: Pro-life Group

July 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

DUBLIN — New guidelines on abortion set to be issued by Ireland’s Department of Health seem to be silent on the reality of what Fine Gael’s abortion legislation meant for mothers and babies, says the pro-life Life Institute. The Irish Times reported Thursday that the guidelines laid out when an abortion could be carried out in response to a threat of suicide. As expected, the abortion law will allow a baby’s life to be ended if doctors certify that a woman is suicidal and that risk “can only be averted by the termination of her pregnancy.” As also expected, no term limits were contained in the guidelines, leaving open the possibility of abortion until birth, despite the Constitutional provision that doctors have due regard…Continue Reading

79% Of Peruvians Support Catholic Church’s Strong Stand Against Abortion

July 6, 2014 World News Comments Off

LIMA, Peru — A new survey in Peru has revealed that the majority of the nation’s citizens support the Catholic Church’s position on abortion (79 percent) and homosexual civil unions (60 percent). The study, conducted by the Peruvian Company of Studies on Market and Public Opinion, also revealed that 62 percent of Lima inhabitants approve Cardinal Juan Luis Cipriani’s pastoral work. Cardinal Cipriani has criticized the recent governmental guidance that allows for the practice of so-called therapeutic abortion, calling it a “guidance to kill.” The Cardinal also said the guidance will directly lead to a vulgarization of the practice of abortion.