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3 couples challenge religious objection for gay marriage

December 10, 2015 World News Comments Off

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina — Three couples filed a lawsuit Wednesday to challenge North Carolina’s law allowing officials to refuse to perform gay marriages based on their religious beliefs. Their attorney says the state is violating the First Amendment and using taxpayer money to advance a religious point of view, and they want to strike down the law — one of only two in the country. The law was pushed by Republicans and passed in June over the veto of GOP Gov. Pat McCrory. Under the law, local magistrates, who can preside over marriages, and some register of deeds officials, who issue licenses, can opt out of performing marriages if they have a “sincerely

The Shootings in San Bernardino: Another View

December 6, 2015 World News Comments Off

December 06, 2015 The so-called “Muslim terrorists” do not think of themselves as “Muslim terrorists” but consider themselves to be the only real followers of Mohammed James V. Schall, S.J.After almost every shooting involving a Muslim perpetrator, from 9/11 to Fort Hood to San Bernardino, we hear, from the President on down, some version of the following on-going narrative: “We are horrified by this inexplicable, horrendous act. Our hearts go out to the victims. This atrocity again proves the need for more gun laws.” We then have a statement from some Muslim group; its spokesmen, often women, are also horrified. They had nothing to do with it; they knew nothing about it. They are concerned with retaliation. Next we have…Continue Reading

Senate Passes Reconciliation Bill 52-47, Parts Of Obamacare, Planned Parenthood Gutted

December 4, 2015 World News Comments Off

UPDATE: Bill passes by a 52-47 vote. After hours of votes on amendments related to gun rights (and gun control), not a single one was attached to the House reconciliation bill that’s being considered in the Senate. The Senate voted to torpedo large portions of the president’s signature health care law, along with defunding Planned Parenthood for a year by a 52-47 vote. Moderate Republican Sens. Susan Collins and Mark Kirk of Maine and Illinois, respectively, seem to be the ‘no’ votes, according to Fox News’ Chad Pergram. The GOP could only risk three defections on a bill that required a simple majority to pass. Sens. Rubio, Cruz, and Graham all voted in the affirmative for the bill. It now goes…Continue Reading

Possible Suspect Named In Shootings That Killed 14, Wounded 17 In San Bernardino

December 3, 2015 World News Comments Off

SAN BERNARDINO ( — Fourteen people were confirmed killed and 17 more wounded in a mass shooting at a San Bernardino community social services building. “We do have some preliminary numbers of upwards of 14 people that are dead and upwards of 14 people that are injured,” said Chief Jarrod Burguan of San Bernardino Police. The number of injured was later upped to 17. At least 10 of the injured are reportedly in critical condition.

The Martyrs of Uganda Died Because They Resisted the Aberrosexual Desires of Their King

December 2, 2015 World News Comments Off

(Kampala) On Saturday, 28 November Pope Francis visited Namugongo in Uganda. At 8:30, he visited the memorial of the Anglican martyrs and at 9 o’clock the memorial of the Catholic martyrs. There he will conclude with the celebration of the Mass. In Namugongo, Charles Lwanga and other pages at the court of the Kabaka, king of Buganda were burned alive because of their Christian faith on 3 June 1886. In 1887 a total of 32 Christians were executed at the royal court in fourteen months between late and early 1885. 22 of them were Catholics, as well as Charles Lwanga. The martyrs of Uganda were beatified by Pope Benedict XV in 1920. In 1964 they were canonized by Pope Paul…Continue Reading

Police officer killed at Planned Parenthood was pro-life, Christian pastor

November 29, 2015 World News Comments Off

Nov. 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Officer Garrett Swasey, the police officer killed during a standoff with a lone gunman at a Planned Parenthood facility in Colorado Springs Friday, was reportedly a leading figure in his church who was also pro-life. Swasey was one of three people killed during the shootout with suspect Robert Lewis Dear. Nine others were injured during the shooting. Dear’s motives in the shooting remain unknown. Officer Swasey was on duty at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs campus when he responded to a call to support Colorado Springs police at around 11:50 am, local time

In Australia, bishops face legal complaint for defending marriage

November 28, 2015 World News Comments Off

Sydney, Australia (CNA/EWTN News) — The Sydney archbishop has strongly defended the freedom of the Catholic Church in response to a legal complaint claiming the Australian bishops’ pastoral letter on marriage violated Tasmania’s strict anti-discrimination law. “Australia is party to treaties guaranteeing freedoms of religion and of speech, and regularly exhorts other nations to observe these,” Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney said Nov. 13. “It is therefore astonishing and truly alarming that people might be proceeded against for stating traditional Christian beliefs on marriage.”

Obama Just Sent MAJOR Threat To Every US State That Won’t Take Syrian Refugees

November 28, 2015 World News Comments Off

The Obama Administration is issuing a showdown with states that are refusing to accept Syrian refugees. The administration sent a letter telling states they would be subject to enforcement action if they do not comply with federal plans to import thousands of refugees to the United States over the next few years. “Any state with such a policy would not be in compliance with the State Plan requirements, applicable statutes, and their own assurances, and could be subject to enforcement action, including suspension and termination,” the letter stated.

Pope at UN in Africa: We Have a Choice: Either Improve or Destroy the Environment

November 27, 2015 World News Comments Off

Says It Will Be ‘Catastrophic’ If Individual Interests Prevail Over the Common Good in Paris Meeting, and Information Is Manipulated to Protect ‘Plans and Projects’ Kenya, November 26, 2015 ( Staff Reporter Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening during his visit to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, the UN headquarters in Africa. This was the Pope’s final address of today. * * * I would like to thank Madame Sahle-Work Zewde, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Nairobi, for her kind invitation and words of welcome, as well as Mr Achim Steiner, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme, and Mr. Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-Habitat. I take this…Continue Reading

Cardinal Pell bets against the odds: insists Pope Francis will strongly reaffirm Catholic tradition

November 26, 2015 World News Comments Off

ROME, November 25, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) — Contradicting the statements of some of the pope’s closest advisors, the Vatican’s financial chief Cardinal George Pell has declared that Pope Francis will re-assert and “clarify” longstanding Church teaching and discipline that prohibits Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried in public adultery without sacramental confession and amendment of life. In a homily on Monday, Pell stressed the importance of fidelity to the pope, especially today as “we continue to look also to the successor of St. Peter as that guarantee of unity in doctrine and practice.” Pell was offering Mass at the Basilica of San Clemente in Rome on the feast of Pope St. Clement I, notable in history for being one