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Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools

June 28, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Alito Warns: Defenders of Traditional Marriage Now Risk Being Treated as Bigots by Governments, Employers, Schools

By Terence P. Jeffrey | June 26, 2015 | 1:53 PM EDT       CNSNews.com) – In his dissent from the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, which declared that same-sex marriage is a right, Justice Samuel Alito said the court had falsely likened opposition to same-sex marriage to racism and that its decision “will be used to vilify Americans unwilling to assent to the new orthodoxy.” Alito warned that in the wake of the court’s ruling, Americans who dare to publicly express views in favor the traditional understanding that marriage is between a man and a woman will risk recrimination.  

USCCB Head calls Supreme Court decision “a tragic mistake”

June 27, 2015 breaking Comments Off on USCCB Head calls Supreme Court decision “a tragic mistake”
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(USCCB) The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The full statement follows: Regardless of what a narrow majority of the Supreme Court may declare at this moment in history, the nature of the human person and marriage remains unchanged and unchangeable. Just as Roe v. Wade did not settle the question of abortion over forty years ago, Obergefell v. Hodges does not settle the question of marriage today. Neither decision is rooted in the truth,…Continue Reading

Supreme Court Extends Same-sex Marriage Nationwide

June 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Supreme Court Extends Same-sex Marriage Nationwide

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has declared that same-sex couples have a right to marry anywhere in the United States. Gay and lesbian couples already can marry in 36 states and the District of Columbia. The court’s ruling on Friday means the remaining 14 states, in the South and Midwest, will have to stop enforcing their bans on same-sex marriage

Pope: True authority of Church of Rome is the love of Christ

June 26, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: True authority of Church of Rome is the love of Christ
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(Vatican Radio) “The true authority of the Church of Rome is the charity of Christ.” That was the message of Pope Francis to members of the Pontifical Eccesiastical Academy, the “Accademia” – the Roman institution responsible for preparing priests for the diplomatic service of the Holy See. It is only the charity of Christ that makes the Church of Rome “universal and credible” to human beings and to the world. This, the Pope continued, “is the heart of its truth, which does not build walls of division and exclusion, but makes bridges that build communion and recall the whole human race to unity; this is its secret power, which nourishes its unshakable hope, invincible despite momentary defeats.” Pope Francis told…Continue Reading

Pope Francis denounces the scandal of division between Christians – We must continue to dialogue

June 25, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis denounces the scandal of division between Christians – We must continue to dialogue

2015-06-24 L’Osservatore Romano On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches, the Holy Father sent a message to Rev. Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches. The Pope’s message was read aloud on Tuesday afternoon, 23 June, by Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during a commemorative congress held in Rome. The following is the English text of the Pope’s message. To the Reverend Dr Olav Fykse Tveit General Secretary World Council of Churches The 50th anniversary of the Joint Working Group between the Catholic Church and the World Council of Churches is an occasion of thanksgiving…Continue Reading

Pope to families:children traumatized by breakups, hostility

June 24, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope to families:children traumatized by breakups, hostility

(Vatican Radio)  The self-inflicted wounds of the family and the need to put aside anger and friction to protect the couple’s children were at the heart of Pope Francis’ message to thousands of pilgrims gathered for the weekly General Audience on Wednesday. Speaking under overcast skies in St. Peter’s Square, Pope Francis reflected on the Gospel reading from Matthew (Mt 18,6) in which Jesus says to his disciples, “unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” And, Christ’s grave warning: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him to have a great millstone hung around his neck and to be drowned in…Continue Reading

Pope visits Waldensian temple in Turin

June 23, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope visits Waldensian temple in Turin
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(Vatican Radio) On the second day of his Apostolic Visit, Pope Francis made an historic visit to the Waldensian temple in Turin. Although numbering only about 30,000 adherents, the Waldensian Evangelical Church is an important dialogue partner with the Catholic Church, as it is one of the only non-Catholic Christian communities native to Italy. The early morning meeting marked the first time a Pope had visited a Waldensian house of worship.   Pope Francis began his speech to representatives of the Italian Waldensian community with a brief personal remembrance of his previous meetings with the friends of the Waldensian Evangelical Church of Rio del Plata, when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires. The Pope spoke of his appreciation of the…Continue Reading

Pope to youth: go against the flow; be courageous, creative

June 22, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope to youth: go against the flow; be courageous, creative

(Vatican Radio) At the end of the first day of a two day trip to Turin, Pope Francis met with tens of thousands of young people in the city’s central square, Piazza Vittorio. Pope Francis spoke to the young people “from the heart” for more than half an hour, laying aside his prepared remarks (which he promised would later be published). The Pope responded to questions from three young people on the topics of love, life, and friendship. Love, the Pope said, is concrete, and is seen more in actions than in words. Love always communicates itself. Love, he continued, is very respectful of persons, it does not use people, and so it is chaste. The Holy Father also responded…Continue Reading

Pope Francis at Mass in Turin: ‘Found yourselves on the rock of God’s love’

June 21, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope Francis at Mass in Turin: ‘Found yourselves on the rock of God’s love’

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis celebrated Mass in Piazza Vittorio during his Apostolic Visit to Turin on Sunday, reminding all to found their lives upon the ‘rock’ which is Christ. The Holy Father based his Sunday homily to the faithful of Turin on the Collect: “you never fail to help and govern those whom you have set upon the sure foundation of the rock of your love”, saying that three important aspects of the love of God are that it is ‘faithful’, it ‘recreates all things’, and is ‘stable and sure’. Recalling the Psalm ‘His love endures forever’, Pope Francis said that Jesus embodies the faithfulness of God’s love without limits or measure, since he is indeed ‘the face of God’s…Continue Reading

Pope: Blood of martyrs is the seed of unity in the Church

June 20, 2015 breaking Comments Off on Pope: Blood of martyrs is the seed of unity in the Church

(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis welcomed the Patriarch of the Syrian Orthodox Church, Mor Ignatius Aphram II, to the Vatican on Friday.   In his address to the Patriarch, Pope Francis spoke about the “bonds of unity and fraternity” that unite the Church of Rome to the Church of Antioch, recalling the meetings between Patriarch Mor Ignatius Jacob II and Pope Paul VI in Rome, and between Pope Saint John Paul II and Patriarch Mor Ignatius Zakka Iwas in Rome and Damascus. “How much has changed since those first encounters,” Pope Francis exclaimed. The Syrian Orthodox Church, he continued, “is a Church of martyrs from the very beginning, and it is so today, too, in the Middle East, where it continues…Continue Reading