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Trump rule to nix Obama order forcing religious contractors to hire LGBT workers

August 16, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Trump rule to nix Obama order forcing religious contractors to hire LGBT workers

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 15, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration is proposing a rule that would permit government contractors to make employment decisions that are consistent with their sincerely held religious tenets and beliefs, without fear of sanction by the federal government. If adopted, the rule would reverse an Obama-era executive order that restricted religious federal contractors’ ability to consider employees’ adherence to their faith on matters of sexuality and gender. In 2014, former President Ba

Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or no Amazon, the Church cannot allow any confusion’

August 13, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Pell: ‘Amazon or no Amazon, the Church cannot allow any confusion’

Melbourne, Australia, Aug 9, 2019 / 08:36 am (CNA).- Cardinal George Pell has written a letter thanking supporters for their prayers and saying he is “disturbed” by the preparations for the forthcoming synod on the Amazon. The text of the two-page, handwritten letter – images of which were shared with CNA and confirmed by sources close to Pell – has been circulated amongst a group of Pell’s closest supporters in Australia. In the letter, dated from Melbourne Assessment Prison on August 1, the cardinal also says that he has been sustained in his inca

Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke weighs in on 2020 Dems, calls out Biden, Harris

August 8, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke weighs in on 2020 Dems, calls out Biden, Harris
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Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke weighed in on the field of 2020 Democratic candidates and how some who describe themselves as Roman Catholics conflict with the religion. “I’ve had non-Catholic leaders of government in this nation tell me that they were certain that the Catholic teaching on abortion and so-called same-sex marriage have changed because so many Catholics on Capitol Hill are regularly supporting this kind of legislation. And that’s a scandal,” Cardinal Burke said in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

Three Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at the confessional

August 8, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Three Wisconsin lawmakers take aim at the confessional

MADISON, Wis. — Catholic priests would be required to report suspected child abuse or the sexual abuse of a minor based on information heard during the Sacrament of Penance under legislation proposed August 7th by a trio of Democrat state lawmakers. Legislation introduced by Reps. Chris Taylor and Melissa Sargent of Madison, and Sen. Lena Taylor of Milwaukee, would eliminate protection that exists in state law for information priests hear solely “in a confessional setting” or that they or other clergy hear “solely through confidential communications.” Priests and other clergy are otherwise mandatory reporters of suspected child abuse under state law. “It is time clergy become mandatory reporters of child

In his first public statement, Washington’s new Catholic archbishop slams Trump for ‘diminishing our national life’

August 2, 2019 breaking Comments Off on In his first public statement, Washington’s new Catholic archbishop slams Trump for ‘diminishing our national life’

Washington’s new Catholic leader — the country’s lone black archbishop — on Thursday issued his first public statement since his installation, accusing President Trump of “diminishing our national life” with his recent tweets about lawmakers of color. Wilton Gregory, who came to Washington in May, is known through his long, prominent career for being nonconfrontatio

Pro-contraception priest invited to teach at new John Paul II Institute in Rome

July 31, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Pro-contraception priest invited to teach at new John Paul II Institute in Rome

ROME, July 30, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — An Italian moral theologian who has argued that “responsible parenthood” can obligate a married couple to use artificial birth control has been invited to teach at the newly established John Paul II Institute in Rome, LifeSite has confirmed. Two informed sources in Rome told LifeSite that Fr. Maurizio Chiodi, a professor of moral theology at the Northern University of Milan and new member of the Pontifical Academy for Life, has been in

Joe Biden Flop-Flops on the Death Penalty: Opposes Executing Criminals, Supports Executing Babies

July 30, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Joe Biden Flop-Flops on the Death Penalty: Opposes Executing Criminals, Supports Executing Babies

Biden used to be one of the Democratic Party’s strongest advocates for the death penalty. He also used to be more moderate on abortion, supporting modest regulations and restrictions, including the Hyde Amendment, which prohibits taxpayer funding for elective abortions. This summer, however, he changed his positions on both – under pressure from an increasingly radical pro-abortion Democratic Party. In June, Biden rev

Cardinal Müller: No pope or council could permit female deacons, ‘it would be invalid’

July 26, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Müller: No pope or council could permit female deacons, ‘it would be invalid’
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July 26, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The cardinal in charge of safeguarding Catholic doctrine under Pope Benedict issued today a second detailed critique of the Amazon Synod’s working document (Instrumentum Laboris), saying that no synod, Pope, or council “could make possible the ordination of women as bishop, priest, or deacon.” Cardinal Gerhard Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith who was removed from his post by Pope Francis in 2017, concentrated especially on the question of the priesth

All profs suspended, president dismissed as part of ‘destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

July 26, 2019 breaking Comments Off on All profs suspended, president dismissed as part of ‘destruction’ of John Paul II Institute

ROME, July 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – In what critics see as an attack on the Catholic Church’s moral teaching, the successor of Cardinal Carlo Caffarra at the Institute on marriage and family founded by John Paul II has been dismissed and the institute’s courses  on fundamental and specialized moral theology has been eliminated. Monsignor Livio Melina, who holds the Chair of Fundamental Moral Theology, along with Father José Noriega, who holds the Chair of Specialized Moral Theology, will no longer be teaching a

Federal judge blocks Arkansas ban on late-term abortions, targeting Down syndrome babies

July 25, 2019 breaking Comments Off on Federal judge blocks Arkansas ban on late-term abortions, targeting Down syndrome babies

LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas, July 25, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – District Court Judge Kristine Baker of the Eastern District of Arkansas agreed Tuesday night to block three duly-enacted pro-life laws in Arkansas, intervening on the abortion industry’s behalf the day before they were to take effect. One of the laws forbids abortions from taking place more than 18 weeks after the first day of a woman’s last menstrual period, except in cases of rape, incest, or physical medical emergency. Another forbids abortionists from committing an abortion if they determine that the