Things like this make us ashamed to be called Catholic

Holy See welcomes UN recognition of Palestine

CWN – November 30, 2012

The Holy See is welcoming the United Nations General Assembly’s decision to grant Palestine the status of a non-observer member state.

“Today’s vote manifests the sentiment of the majority of the international community and recognizes a more significant presence to Palestinians within the United Nations,” the Holy See stated in a communiqué. “At the same time, it is the conviction of the Holy See that this result does not constitute, per se, a sufficient solution to the existing problems in the region: which, in fact, can only find an adequate response through the effective commitment to building peace and stability, in justice and in the respect for legitimate aspirations, both of the Israelis and of the Palestinians.”

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L’Osservatore Romano, The joy of unity

Washington, 29. “The joy on their faces… that’s the thing that sticks in my mind the most”. Almost a year has passed since the establishment and inauguration (1 January and 12 February 2012) in the United States of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, which welcomes former Anglicans and is led by Mons. Jeffrey Neil Steenson. In various statements to Catholic News Agency, Steenson offered his impressions which emerged from a series of meetings he had with the faithful of the community who have decided to enter in full communion with the Catholic Church. The ordinariates, established in accord with the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of Benedict XVI, allow Anglican faithful of every kind and from every walk of life “to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church”, while preserving the elements common to both Anglicanism and Catholicism.

Mons. Steenson — former Episcopalian Bishop of Rio Grande, who now holds the title of Monsignor — underlined the enthusiasm that is prevalent among the faithful of the communities which have decided to join the Ordinariate. He however observed that the decision does not represent a simple uniform change, but requires a “profound transforma

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Bishops say Colombians unaware of truth behind euthanasia law :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Bishops say Colombians unaware of truth behind euthanasia law :: Catholic News Agency (CNA).

Is Feminism the Supreme Religion? | Crisis Magazine

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Two recent incidents have received a great deal of media attention in Canada, raising the question, once again, as to whether secular feminism takes precedence over every other religion. Ontario’s Minister of Education, Laurel Broten, has declared that Catholic teaching is “misogynistic” inasmuch as it opposes woman’s choice for abortion. According to Ms. Broten, “taking away a woman’s right to choose could be arguably one of the most misogynistic actions one could take.” Consequently, the education minister wants to prohibit pro-life teaching in Catholic schools.

Catholicism’s central message is one of love. It has both humanitarian as well as theological dimensions, mandating love for neighbor and for God. Pro-life Catholics believe that abortion is not consistent with love, either for the unborn or for the mother. Now it is stated, in effect, that “choice” in such matters is “higher” than love. Logically, if one chooses hate, then hate must take precedence over love.

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On The News : Open season on Catholicism – Catholic Culture

It’s open season on Catholicism. In Ireland and in Australia, public opinion is being whipped into frenzy in crusades against Church teachings. In both cases the arguments are thoroughly irrational.

In Ireland, Savita Halappanavar died a horrible, painful, needless death. But rather than mourning her death, and demanding a full accounting of where the doctors went wrong, pundits are blaming the tragedy on teachings of the Catholic Church. We really don’t know, at this point, what caused her death. But one thing is quite clear already: it was not due to Catholic teaching, nor to Catholic influence on Ireland’s laws.

In Australia, there are angry demands for Catholic priests to break the confessional seal. This campaign is fueled by the notion that the seal has protected perpetrators of sexual abuse. There is zero evidence—zero—to support that notion. And there is ample evidence that the campaign against the Catholic Church is tinged by political motives.

Let’s examine each case rationally.

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Catholic Bishop Promises Civil Disobedience if ObamaCare Abortion Mandates Enforced « News for Catholics

In Catholic News on November 13, 2012 at 9:23 pm

It appears that the Catholic Church is gearing up for a showdown against the Obama Administration, especially when it comes to the ObamaCare mandates concerning abortion. Gateway Pundit has more…

Catholic.org reported:

Martin Luther King’s “Letter from the Birmingham Jail” (April 16, 1963) is one of our nation’s elegant testimonies to the political implications of our Declaration of Independence:

“One may want to ask: ‘How can you advocate breaking some laws and obeying others?’ The answer lies in the fact that there are two types of laws: just and unjust. I would be the first to advocate obeying just laws. One has not only a legal but a moral responsibility to obey just laws. Conversely, one has a moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws. I would agree with St. Augustine that ‘an unjust law is no law at all.’”

Indeed, there may be more theological letters written from the confines of jail cells in the near future, as the Catholic bishops quickly approach the end of a one-year deadline given to them by the Obama administration to obey the HHS mandate or face the consequences. Not a single bishop has signaled any other intention than to embrace the consequences with the joy of serving Christ.

Was Archbishop Chaput predicting the future in the interview when he concluded,“This has been the story of the martyrs through the centuries”? We know it has crossed his mind: At Chester Springs, he said, but only half-jokingly, “I don’t want to go to jail.”

If the election affirms the Obama administration’s HHS mandate, there is a 100 percent chance that there will be civil disobedience in the Catholic Church, led by its bishops. Whether jail will follow is anyone’s guess.

I wonder how the media will cover this? Will the Catholics be portrayed as “dangerous radicals?” Will they be accused of all the things that OWS actually did, and was given cover for? I think we all know the answer to that. Though, there is a possibility that Obama will relent, if to only take some of the pressure off.

We’ll see what happens.

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Some thoughts on the five stages of religious persecution. | Archdiocese of Washington

It is rare that a respected segment of American life would become vilified and hated overnight. The usual transformation from respect to vilification goes in stages which grow in intensity. And hereby the Church, once a respected aspect of American life, along with the Protestant denominations has become increasingly marginalized and hated by many. It may help us to review these stages of persecution since it would seem that things are going to get more difficult for the Church in the years ahead. Generally there are distinguished five basic stages of persecution.

By way of giving due credit I want to say that these stages were recalled to me by Johnette Benkovic, of Women of Grace EWTN. She spoke at a recent fundraiser here in DC for WMET 1160 AM, Our Catholic Radio Station in the Guadalupe Radio Network. She gave a wonderful talk and a summons to courage. And among the things she set forth was a sober vision of how we have come to this current place where the culture is increasingly hostile to Christians and to Catholics particularly. The stages are from her talk, the commentary is my own.

Here then are the Five stages:

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Your Excellencies: Tell the National ‘c’atholic Reporter to drop the term “Catholic” | Fr. Z’s Blog

I see the other day, election day, that The National Catholic Reporter – aka Fishwrap – pandered for The First Gay President, effectively begging Catholics to endanger our nation and their souls by voting for him. They have an editorial in which they gush about supporters of homosexual “marriage” and applaud unnatural act promoters in another article. In another editorial they attack bishops who publicly uphold the Church’s teachings as extremists. They also have a panegyric of the late Card. Bernardin, whose “seamless garment” notion gave permission to Catholics to support pro-abortion positions and politicians.

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Green Bay diocese’s tax status challenged after bishop’s voting letter | Green Bay Press Gazette | greenbaypressgazette.com

Bishop David Ricken of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.

A Madison-based group that advocates the separation of church and state and once took on Green Bay City Hall for putting up a nativity scene is now taking on the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Green Bay.The Freedom From Religion Foundation is looking for help from the Internal Revenue Service in going after Bishop David Ricken for what it says is a violation of the diocese’s nonprofit tax status. The foundation argues Ricken intervened in a political campaign.The foundation is asking the IRS to investigate the diocese and take “appropriate action to remedy any violations” of the diocese’s non-profit tax status.

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Archbishop Cordileone emphasizes that marriage cannot be redefined : News Headlines – Catholic Culture

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco, chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, has issued a statement following ballot victories for same-sex marriage.

“November 6 was a disappointing day for marriage, as the effort to preserve the unique meaning of marriage in the law lost by only a narrow margin in four states, even though vastly outspent by those who promote the redefinition of marriage,” he said.

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