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Pro-life leaders urge caution, while Pope, Cardinal Dolan praise controversial Nelson Mandela

December 7, 2013 World News Comments Off

BY JOHN-HENRY WESTEN Fri Dec 06, 2013 18:10 EST CAPE TOWN, South Africa, December 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The death of South African former President Nelson ‘Madiba’ Rolihlahla Mandela on Thursday has led to an outpouring of glowing praise for the man most known for ending apartheid – a system of racial segregation. However, pro-life leaders have warned that praise from Christian leaders is inappropriate given Mandela’s role in bringing abortion-on-demand and homosexual “marriage” to South Africa. According to official statistics, nearly a million unborn children have been killed in South Africa since President Mandela signed legislation in 1996 permitting abortion on demand two years after taking office. Same-sex ‘marriage’ was legalized in 2006, with Mandela having supported it long…Continue Reading

The pro-life movement ignores the black community at its peril: jailed black pastor

December 6, 2013 World News Comments Off

By JOHN JALSEVAC Fri Dec 06, 2013 17:43 EST December 6, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – If the pro-life movement is serious about ending abortion in America, it has no option but to start making a deliberate effort to reach out to the black and other minority communities, a prominent black pro-life pastor and his wife told a meeting of pro-life leaders in San Francisco last month. “Why does black America say ‘no’ to the pro-life movement?” Walter Hoye asked. “The pro-life community has not asked us ‘Why?’ You have no idea why we’re saying no.” Hoye is a pastor in Oakland who was famously so effective at sidewalk counseling outside a local abortion clinic, that the city passed an ordinance to…Continue Reading

We Need a Catholic Subculture

December 4, 2013 World News Comments Off

BY RUSSELL SHAW December 4, 2013 One way to describe the present situation of the Church in the United States is to say American Catholicism is in a state of cultural crisis. And if that is true, then restoring a healthy Catholic subculture is necessary not just for the Church’s flourishing but for its very survival. Literature and art have to be part of it. There’s a powerful link, a genuine two-way street, between culture and art. Writers and artists are products of their culture, which they also do much to create and shape and sustain. A religious body lacking writers and artists is impoverished at its roots and at risk of stagnation and atrophy.

Lay Catholics Object to Cardinal Dolan’s Lament That Catholics Could’ve Been ‘Cheerleaders’ for Obamacare

December 4, 2013 World News Comments Off

 December 3, 2013 – 3:45 PM New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (AP photo) (CNSNews.com) —  A number of prominent lay Catholics are taking issue with New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan’s statement on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that were it not for the Obamacare’s treatment of abortion, undocumented immigrants and provisions that require they violate the “dictates of our conscience,” Catholics would be among the loudest “cheerleaders” for Obamacare.   When “Meet the Press” host David Gregory asked the cardinal whether he supports the “overall goal” of Obamacare, Dolan replied that the Catholic bishops were “early supporters” of universal health insurance and should be its “cheerleaders” now. “What about Obamacare? You have voiced your displeasure with certain aspects of it…Continue Reading

Bishop Olmsted: key to New Evangelization is to trust the ‘tough truths’ on sexuality

December 3, 2013 World News Comments Off

BY JOHN-HENRY WESTON MEXICO CITY, November 29, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Even “some of our clergy” have lost confidence in the truth about marriage, life and religious liberty, Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix warned at a major meeting of Catholic leaders held in Mexico City November 16-19. This loss of confidence comes as a result of the relentless attack from secular culture, he said, adding that if Christians don’t maintain their confidence in these “tough truths” it will hurt the spread of the Gospel. Bishop Olmsted was speaking during one of the working sessions at the gathering of 70 bishops and cardinals along with Catholic leaders form North, Central and South America, which had the goal of hammering out a plan for…Continue Reading

Pope Francis issues Peace Day Message

December 2, 2013 World News Comments Off

2013-12-12 Vatican Radio  (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis has issued his Message for the 2014 World Day of Peace, to be marked on January 1st. The Message is themed Fraternity: the Foundation and Pathway to Peace. Below, please find the official English text, in full.MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS FRANCIS FOR THE CELEBRATION OF THE WORLD DAY OF PEACE January 1, 2014 FRATERNITY, THE FOUNDATION AND PATHWAY TO PEACE 1. In this, my first Message for the World Day of Peace, I wish to offer to everyone, individuals and peoples, my best wishes for a life filled with joy and hope. In the heart of every man and woman is the desire for a full life, including that irrepressible longing for fraternity which…Continue Reading

Morality and economics, Pope Francis, and Rush Limbaugh

November 30, 2013 World News Comments Off

November 30, 2013 By Matt C. Abbott Pope Francis recently issued the apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” Click here to read it. Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh isn’t pleased with the document, calling it “pure Marxism coming out of the mouth of the pope.” (Source) I sought comment on the matter from Father John Trigilio Jr., Ph.D., Th.D., president of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy. Below is Father’s analysis (slightly edited).

Pope: Intelligence is a gift

November 30, 2013 World News Comments Off

2013-11-29 Vatican Radio (Vatican Radio)The Christian conforms his way of thinking to God’s, and for this reason rejects ways of thinking that are weak and restricted. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily during Mass on Friday morning in the Casa Sanctae Martha. The Lord taught his disciples to be attentive to the signs of the times, signs which the Pharisees failed to comprehend. The Pope said that, in order to understand the signs of the times, a Christian must think not only with his head, but also with his heart and spirit. Otherwise, he cannot understand the “way of God in history”:“In the Gospel, Jesus does become angry, but pretends to when the disciples do not understand…Continue Reading

Synopsis of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’

November 27, 2013 World News Comments Off

Synopsis of the Apostolic Exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium’ Vatican City, November 26, 2013 (Zenit.org) | The following is a brief synopsis of Evangelii Gaudium, the first Apostolic Exhortation written by Pope Francis. * * * The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Thus begins the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, by which Pope Francis develops the theme of the proclamation of the Gospel in the contemporary world, drawn from, among other sources, the contribution of the work of the Synod held in the Vatican, from 7 to 28 October 2012, on the theme The new evangelization for the transmission of the faith. I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new…Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court agrees to hear Hobby Lobby challenge to HHS mandate

November 26, 2013 World News Comments Off

by LifeSiteNews.com Tue Nov 26, 2013 12:13 EST WASHINGTON, Nov. 26, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to hear the challenge by the Christian-owned Hobby Lobby stores against the HHS birth control mandate, which requires all employers to provide health insurance that covers contraception, abortifacient drugs and sterilizations. The HHS mandate is a key component of the Obama administration’s embattled healthcare reform law. “My family and I are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to decide our case,” said Mr. Green, Hobby Lobby’s founder and CEO. The nation’s highest court accepted the federal government’s appeal of a June decision by the U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. The Court had decided that the HHS mandate places a…Continue Reading