Sunday, December 30, 2012

Catholic church receives bomb threat post Christmas | The Jakarta Post

The following excerpts are from The Jakarta Post:
  • The North Sumatra Police’s bomb squad on Saturday secured an alleged homemade bomb, that contained 500 grams of nails, which was found in the backyard of Salaon Toba Catholic Church in Samosir Island, located at the center of the renowned Lake Toba.
  • The church’s priest, Herman Nainggolan, said the package was found following a text message received by local district head Ronggur Ni Huta at 11:11 p.m. local time on Friday that read, “There is a bomb in your jurisdiction at the Salaon Church.”
  • The text message was promptly reported to the police, which sent a team to inspect the church. 
  • “No one had the courage to move it. It [the bomb] was secured only after the bomb squad arrived today,” Nainggolan said on Saturday.
  • The suspicious package, which was packed in two drinking bottles, stirred panic among the congregation taking part in Christmas mass. 
  • The team arrived at the church at about 11:30 a.m. and brought the package to the Samosir Police headquarters for further examination.
  • Samosir Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Donny Damanik said the package had been examined and it was not a bomb. It did not contain explosive material, but it was equipped with batteries connected to the nails with cables.
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Thursday, December 27, 2012

Nigeria: 2 churches attacked during Christmas services; 12 dead : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Two Protestant churches in Nigeria suffered terrorist attacks during Christmas services.
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Thursday, November 29, 2012

India: court sentences Hindu marauders for anti-Christian violence in Orissa : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Reuters:
  • A court in India has sentenced 12 Hindu militants to prison terms in connection with the anti-Christian violence that broke out in the state of Orissa in 2008.
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Friday, November 23, 2012

From The Dignitatis Humanae Institute: Egypt's Embattled Christians Fear Exclusion Under New Islamist Constitution

Note: The following is a press release from The Dignitatis Humanae Institute


  London, 23 November 2012

As the Western media shift attention from crisis to crisis in the Middle East, one continuing, omnipresent tragedy goes wilfully ignored, the violent persecution of the regions' remaining Christians.  Nowhere is this more evident than Egypt, where the new government, dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, press on with the drafting of a new constitution with Sharia Law it is core and little tolerance for Christians.

As Syria and Gaza dominate the headlines, Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has quickly gone about shaping what was once a relatively moderate nation into an Islamist republic.  The Arab Spring's ambitious hopes for pluralist democracies has quickly faded, only to be supplemented with theocratic regimes potentially worse than those which preceded them.

The Christians of Egypt, amounting to approximately 10% of the population, have expressed growing despondency as to the nature of the draft constitution.  Church leaders have found themselves repeatedly shut out of dialogue by the nations' Salafis who are determined to enshrine their dominance into law.  While the future constitution looks bleak for religious minorities, the persecution of the Coptic community continues each day.  Since President Morsi and the Muslim brotherhood gained power dozens of Christians have been murdered in addition to increased attacks on Christian property and the burning of Churches.  Kidnappings are not uncommon as well as reports of qualified Christians being turned away from employment.

Speaking from his office in Westminster to the Dignitatis Humanae Institute, Lord Alton, Honorary President of the British Coptic Association and Chairman of the Cross-Party Working Group on Human Dignity, appealed to the Egyptian government to remain true to their election assurances: 

"Mohammed Morsi swept to power on the promise that he would rule for all Egyptians, including the Christian community.  As the future constitution is drafted and the next chapter of Egyptian history determined, President Morsi must be held accountable to his solemn pledge to bring peace and tolerance to the marginalised communities of Egypt.  The Coptic community have shown remarkable forbearance in these past five months, I sincerely hope their patience with the new government will not be betrayed through further degradation."

The Dignitatis Humanae Institute aims to uphold human dignity based on the anthropological truth that man is born in the image and likeness of God and therefore has an innate human dignity of infinite worth to be upheld. The Institute promotes this understanding by supporting Christians in public life, assisting them to present effective and coherent responses to increasing efforts to silence the Christian voice in the public square.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Bomb explodes near parish in Kenya : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A man threw a bomb into a minibus near a Catholic parish and primary school in Nairobi on November 18, killing seven.
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Monday, November 19, 2012

MN priest discusses ‘denial of Confirmation’ to pro-gay marriage teen : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • In a letter to his parishioners, Father Gary LaMoine, a priest of the Diocese of Crookston (Minnesota), discussed news reports that Lennon Cihak, a 17-year-old in his parish, was “denied” the Sacrament of Confirmation because of his support for same-sex marriage.
  • The teen, said Father LaMoine, was one of a few who chose not to be confirmed because of support for same-sex marriage.
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Increasing violence against Christians in Syria : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Violence against Christians and other religious and ethnic minorities in Syria is on the rise, according to John Pontifex of Aid to the Church in Need.
  • Pontifex fears that Syria, like Iraq, could lose the majority of its Christian population.
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Friday, November 16, 2012

The Malicious Mangling of the Virgin Mary - Brent Bozell - [page]

The following excerpts are from an article by Brent Bozell on Townhall.com:
  • A Christian can be crushed gazing at the picture of Mary standing at the foot of the cross, watching her beloved son suffocate and die. But in that vision, she stands there for hours, patiently enduring her suffering. For two millennia, she has been a role model for Christians, a woman who practiced obedience in the most difficult of human circumstances, with fervent hope for what this sacrifice will offer all mankind as it struggles with sin.
  • This is why it seems so hard to reflect that vision of patience when black-hearted "artists" practice character assassination on the Blessed Virgin Mary to strip her of every virtue: her patience, her obedience, her courageous love and her prayerful faith in God. On Nov. 13, Simon and Schuster launched a vicious little 96-page novella titled "The Testament of Mary."
  • The author, an Irish ex-Catholic named Colm Toibin, presents us instead with a Bible-burning "reimagination" of an alienated Mary who fled the scene of her son's death in fear for her own life. Two decades after the Resurrection -- or was there one? -- this anti-Mary is filled with bitterness and rage. She describes herself as "unhinged" and bubbling with contempt for her son's demented followers, to the extreme that she threatens the Gospel writers with a knife. She lives as a bandit, stealing to survive.
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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Australia: a campaign to break the confessional seal : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Politicians, pundits, and even a few dissenting Catholic clerics are calling upon Catholic priests to break the confessional seal in sex-abuse cases.
  • Attorney general Nicola Roxon said that a federal commission investigating sexual abuse would take up the question of whether priests should be required to disclose information from sacramental confessions. Prime Minister Julia Gillard also said that the commission should discuss the matter. But Senator Nick Xenophon, a persistent critic of the Catholic Church, was more candid, saying that the government’s recognition of the confessional seal is “a medieval law that needs to change.”
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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Australian cardinal: confessional seal is inviolable, even in abuse cases : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia, has said that while the Church will cooperate with a federal commission investigating child abuse, priests will not break the seal of confession.
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Friday, November 09, 2012

Dissenting Minnesota priest calls for archbishop’s resignation for defending marriage | LifeSiteNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeSiteNews.com:
  • A Minneapolis-area priest has called for the resignation of Archbishop John Nienstedt after the archbishop supported Minnesota’s effort to pass a constitutional amendment banning same-sex “marriage.”
  • Fr. Michael Tegeder wrote a letter to the editor of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune oh Thursday requesting that Archbishop Nienstedt “prayerfully consider stepping down from his office.”
  • Calling Nienstedt’s support for the marriage amendment a “misguided crusade,” he suggested that the archbishop’s resignation would be “healing for our state” and “would show some magnanimity on [Nienstedt’s] part.”
  • Tegeder has long been a dissenter from Catholic teaching on the issue of homosexuality. He and the archbishop have clashed repeatedly over the issue. 
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Thursday, November 08, 2012

Violence erupts at pro-abortion demonstration outside Buenos Aires cathedral : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Pro-abortion demonstrators clashed with police outside the Catholic cathedral in Bueno Aires, Argentina, in an angry confrontation that spilled over into violence.
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Persecution of Christians up 400% in Asia, group says : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Persecution of Christians up 400% in Asia, group says : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

German leader sees Christianity as 'most persecuted religion worldwide' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

German leader sees Christianity as 'most persecuted religion worldwide' : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Monday, November 05, 2012

Liberal Group Asks IRS to Investigate Catholic Church for Alleged Political Activity | CNSNews.com

The following excerpts are from cnsnews.com:
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), late Friday, filed a formal complaint asking the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) to investigate the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops for allegedly engaging in prohibited political activity in violation of its nonprofit tax status.
  • The CREW complaint alleges that the nation’s Catholic bishops are “abusing their positions to advocate against the election of President Barack Obama,” and anticipated further actions during this weekend’s sermons.
  • The complaint mentions several bishops -- including Nicholas Di Marzio in New York; David Ricken in Wisconsin; Edward J. Burns in Alaska and Paul Loverde in Virginia -- who it said have “warned of the evils of the Obama administration, followed by an exhortation for Catholics to vote.”
  • CREW also alleges that some bishops “have cautioned that voting for Democrats would not be faithful to Christ and would endanger the soul.”
  • But the complaint zeroed in on Illinois Bishop Daniel Jenky, who, the liberal activist group said, “previously compared President Obama to Stalin and Hitler.”
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Friday, November 02, 2012

English court rules Catholic adoption agency must serve same-sex couples : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A Catholic adoption agency representing three English dioceses has lost a 5-year court battle, and now faces a choice between placing children with homosexual couples or ending its adoption services.
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For Catholic Voters, Pro-Life Issues are Not Negotiable | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Election Day 2012 in the United States is only days away. While there are many who just can’t wait for all the political ads to disappear and the partisan discussions to finally be over with (at least for now), we cannot lose sight of the real, and potentially dangerous, consequences of this election.
  • This election, on the national, state and local levels, isn’t just about economic growth, tax returns and lofty speeches. This election is about life and death, the protection of the sacred institution of marriage and our fundamental rights to live our faith.
  • American Catholics are in the spotlight this election. This is the first time in history that both vice presidential candidates from the two major political parties are Catholic. It’s also the first time in history Catholic dioceses and institutions across the country have sued the federal government under an administration where the Catholic Vice President and Catholic Secretary of Health and Human Services are leading an assault against the First Amendment rights of Catholics and the moral teachings of the Church.
  • When Joe Biden says that he and President Obama “share the values of Catholics” even as their administration is the defendant in the largest collection of religious lawsuits in U.S. history, you can be sure there is some confusion among Catholic voters.
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Monday, October 22, 2012

Priests kidnapped in Congo : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Three Catholic priests were kidnapped by armed men in Congo on October 20.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Lutheran leader raps Catholic archbishop's opposition to same-sex marriage : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A Lutheran bishop has chastised a Catholic prelate for organizing public opposition to a bid for legal approval of same-sex marriage.
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Archbishop Lori denounces ‘godless secularism,’ Catholic politicians who favor abortion : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News :
  • At the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ special October 14 Mass and Pilgrimage for Life and Liberty at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore lamented the massive loss of human life through abortion, denounced pro-abortion Catholic politicians, and rued the mounting “culture of oppression” against religious believers.
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Monday, October 15, 2012

No progress on solving murder of Italian missionary in Philippines : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Police in the Philippines have made no progress toward solving the murder of Father Fausto Tentorio, an Italian PIME missionary who was killed in the Mindanao province nearly a full year ago.
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Monday, October 08, 2012

Obama: HHS Mandate is "Why We Passed" Obamacare, It's Staying | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • As the Obama administration faces dozens of lawsuits from Catholic and evangelical colleges, businesses and organizations forced to pay for abortion-causing drugs, President Barack Obama thumbed his nose at them.
  • Obama said on Friday that his administration has no plans to get rid of the controversial HHS mandate and that the mandate was one of the reasons for approving Obamacare in the first place. According to a CNS report:
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Following Egyptian president’s visit, gunmen attack Christian home : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Hours after Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi assured the Christians in the North Sinai city of Rafah that attacks on them “will not happen again,” gunmen opened fire on a Christian’s home.
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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Congressman Andrews Urged to Apologize for Insult to Christians, Other Religious Americans « Campus Notes

The following excerpts are from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) Blog "Campus Notes":
  • September 25, 2012, leaders of more than 20 religious and other organizations, many of them engaged in the defense of religious freedom, sent a letter urging Congressman Robert Andrews (N.J.-1st) to apologize for making insensitive and insulting remarks at a Congressional hearing on First Amendment concerns two weeks ago.
  • At the hearing on September 12th, Congressman Andrews complained that the issues being considered by two House Education and the Workforce subcommittees were not “compelling questions” that deserved a hearing. This included discussion of the National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) unconstitutional attempts to interfere with teaching faculty at religious colleges.
  • Andrews offensively characterized the hearing as a “classic case of Nero fiddling while Rome burns,” prompting today’s letter, which describes the comment as “most unfortunate and a great insult to Christians”:
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Pew: Religious Restrictions on the Rise « Campus Notes

The following excerpts are from The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS) Blog "Campus Notes":
  • The Pew Forum has released its annual report detailing the state of religious freedom in the United States. And the news isn’t good.
  • The bad news is that The United States has been moved from Pew’s “low” to “moderate” category of restrictions on religious freedom.
  • The worse news is that the report doesn’t even take into account the most recent year of activity from the federal government which includes the infringement of religious liberty that is the HHS Mandate.
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Syria’s Suffering Christians Flood Neighboring Countries as Civil War Continues | Daily News | NCRegister.com

The following excerpts are from The National Catholic Register:
  • Pope Benedict XVI’s mid-September visit to Lebanon reminded Christians in the turbulent Middle East that the Church has not forgotten them or the challenges they face.
  • “I am not unaware of the often dramatic situation endured by the populations of this region, which has been torn for too long by incessant conflict,” Benedict said the week before the visit during his weekly Sunday address.
  • Nowhere in the region are people suffering more right now than in Syria, where the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has been fighting rebel forces since April 2011, at the cost of thousands of lives.
  • While in Lebanon, the Pope referred twice to the strife in Syria, which threatens to spill over into the neighboring countries of Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. Israel, which captured the Golan Heights from Syria, is on high alert as well. “You know all too well the tragedy of the conflicts and the violence which generates so much suffering,” the Pope said Sept. 16 following an open-air Sunday Mass in Beirut attended by more than 350,000 people. He lamented that in Syria “the din of weapons” is now heard alongside “the cry of the widow and the orphan.”
  • The war has created an enormous refugee crisis, according to the United Nations, which places the number of those who have left Syria at roughly 250,000 people. Although most have sought shelter in refugee camps or private homes in neighboring countries, some have traveled as far as Switzerland.
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Monday, September 24, 2012

Christians in two Egyptian towns given ultimatum: leave or be killed : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Christian families in two north Sinai towns found notices attached to their homes and businesses ordering them to leave or be killed.
  • Pledging to remain, Father Gabriel Habib said that “even if we die, we are not better than the martyrs who sacrificed their lives for the sake of their homeland and religion.”
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Indonesia: Catholic school faces threat of closure if it doesn’t offer instruction in Islam : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Civil authorities in central Java have threatened to close a Catholic school unless it begins to offer Islamic instruction to its Muslim students. Approximately 40 of the 1,400 students enrolled in St. Pius Catholic Schools in Tegal District are Muslims.
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Indonesia: Catholic school faces threat of closure if it doesn’t offer instruction in Islam : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Nigeria: suicide bombing targets Catholic cathedral : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Three people were killed and 46 injured in a suicide bombing at the Catholic cathedral in Bauchi, a city of 500,000 in north-central Nigeria. Two policemen who had been guarding the cathedral in the largely Muslim city were among the injured.
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

‘Freedom cross’ campaign counters threatened lawsuit against city’s logo : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

‘Freedom cross’ campaign counters threatened lawsuit against city’s logo : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Tennessee diocese, other Catholic institutions file suit against HHS mandate : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Diocese of Nashville and seven area Catholic institutions have filed suit against the Department of Health and Human Services in an effort to prevent the implementation of the HHS mandate.
  • “We believe that our Constitution and form of government [express] the right to religious freedom,” wrote Bishop David Choby. “Such a right is much deeper and of greater consequence than freedom to worship.”
  • “We believe that the application of some provisions of the Affordable Health Care Act attack[s] this right,” he continued. “In seeking to force the Church to act or make provision to act against her moral principles, the government is asserting its interest over those appropriate and proper to the Church; and it is not competent to make such decisions or render judgments relative to moral principles long held and taught by any church, Catholic or otherwise.”
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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Aggressive secularism threatens Christians, Anglican bishop warns European court : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A prominent Anglican prelate has appealed to the European Court of Human Rights to protect Christians from militant secularists.
  • Anglican Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali said that secularists have advanced their own “human-rights agenda” that now threatens to become “another inhuman ideology” that suppresses religious groups.
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Aggressive secularism threatens Christians, Anglican bishop warns European court : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Church leaders decry vandalism, 'teaching of contempt' for Christians in Israel : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Catholic leaders in the Holy Land have condemned an attack by vandals on a monastery outside Jerusalem, and protested that a “teaching of contempt” is encouraging hatred for Christians in Israel.
  • A fire was set at the door of the abbey of Our Lady of the Seven Sorrows in Latrun, and anti-Christian slogans spray-painted on the outer walls, in the early hours of September 4. In a joint statement released the same day, Church leaders said that the incident was “only another in a long series of attacks against Christians and their places of worship."
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Monday, September 03, 2012

Orissa: 5,000 survivors mark anniversary of anti-Christian pogrom : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • An estimated 5,000 survivors, many with ribbons over their mouths, gathered in the Kandhamal district of the eastern Indian state of Orissa on August 30 to commemorate the fourth anniversary of attacks on Christians there.

  • The attacks left dozens dead and an estimated 50,000 homeless.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Islamic terror driving Christians out of Mali : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Vatican newspaper has called attention to the flight of Christians escaping Islamic persecution in Mali.
  • As many as 200,000 Christians from Mali have found their way to refugee camps in Algeria and Mauritania, L’Osservatore Romano reports.
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Islamic terror driving Christians out of Mali : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Pakistani Christian children under attack; rape, murder, kidnapping are common : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • The Fides news service has called attention to “a long trail of Christian children killed for different reasons” in Pakistan, as well as many incidents of young Christians kidnapped, raped, and enslaved.
  • The common denominator in these horrible cases, Fides notes, is an attitude among Pakistan’s Muslims: “Christian children are considered ‘goods’ and deprived of their dignity.”
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Islamist terrorists attack Catholic parish in Nigeria : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpt is from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • After destroying part of a school, gunmen attacked a Catholic parish and police station in Yobe State in northeastern Nigeria but were repulsed.
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Islamist terrorists attack Catholic parish in Nigeria : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Spanish Catholic justice fends off calls to recuse himself in abortion case :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The following excerpts are from CNA (Catholic News Agency):
  • Justice Andres Ollero of Spain's Constitutional Court, who will write the ruling on a case challenging the country's 2010 abortion law, has warded off calls to recuse himself because he is Catholic.
  • “It makes no sense to think that the justices come to the (court) with preconceived prescriptions,” Justice Ollero said in an Aug. 16 article published by the ABC newspaper.
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Survey reveals increasing hostility in US towards religion :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

The following excerpts are from CNA (Catholic News Agency):
  • A report examining court cases from recent years has found that hostility towards religion has grown to unprecedented levels in the United States.
  • The newly-updated Survey of Religious Hostility in America serves as “a testament to the radical shift in our culture’s worldview” on religion, said Kelly Shackelford, president of Liberty Institute, and Tony Perkins, president of Family Research Council.
  • On Aug. 20, Shackelford and Perkins announced the release of the updated analysis, describing “more than 600 recent examples of religious hostility” in the U.S., most occurring in the last decade.
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Survey reveals increasing hostility in US towards religion :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Friday, August 10, 2012

LCWR assembly: some sisters disagree with panelist over response to Vatican : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • At the second day of the annual assembly of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the publisher of the National Catholic Reporter called upon the sisters present to “just say no” to Vatican concerns—leading to “audible groans” from some of the sisters.
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Thursday, August 09, 2012

Obama Pro-Abortion HHS Mandate Faces September Court Date | LifeNews.com

The following excerpts are from LifeNews.com:
  • Before the November elections, pro-life advocates could have a result in one of the dozens of lawsuits taking on the Obama HHS mandate that forces religious employers to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees.
  • Federal District Judge Robert H. Cleland of the Eastern District of Michigan has set the date of September 26 to hear oral arguments on whether the federal government should be enjoined from enforcing the HHS Mandate. The hearing will take place at the U.S. Courthouse in Detroit, Michigan.
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Gingrich on Sebelius: 'She Is Waging War on The Catholic Church’ | CNSNews.com

The following excerpts are from CNSNews.com:
  • Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday that Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius was “waging war on the Catholic Church”--an apparent reference to the Obamacare regulation she finalized earlier this year that requires nearly all health-care plans to offer sterilizations, contraceptives, and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge.
  • “This secretary of HHS is a radical. She is waging war on the Catholic Church. She’s adopted radical positions on a range of issues,” Gingrich said during a conference call on Wednesday.
  • Gingrich made his remarks while discussing the HHS decision to grant waivers to the work requirements for welfare.
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Gingrich on Sebelius: 'She Is Waging War on The Catholic Church’ | CNSNews.com

Pax Christi, Call to Action chapters plan to oppose diocese, back HHS mandate in court : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • Call to Action Pennsylvania, Catholics for Social Justice, Pittsburgh Area Pax Christi and the Association of Pittsburgh Priests are seeking permission from a judge to file a friend-of-the-court brief in defense of the HHS mandate.
  • The four organizations criticized the Diocese of Erie, which has filed suit to overturn the mandate, for “join[ing] the attack on an important legislative effort to provide universal health care -- a vital human right that Church teaching has supported for decades as a natural right possessed by all people as a matter of social justice.”
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Wednesday, August 08, 2012

Continue the Fortnight for Freedom Spirit Against Obama's HHS Mandate | LifeNews.com

Continue the Fortnight for Freedom Spirit Against Obama's HHS Mandate | LifeNews.com

Chicago Values, Revisited: it’s not about chicken! - Cardinal's Network

The following excerpts are from Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago, on the Cardinal's Network:
  • There are three contexts for discussing “gay marriage”: 1) the arena of individual rights and their protection in civil law, 2) the field of activities defined by nature and its laws, and 3) the realm of faith as a response to God’s self-revelation in history. Unfortunately, when the only permissible context for discussing public values is that of individual rights protected by civil law, then it is the government alone that determines how it is acceptable to act. Every public actor (including faith communities) then becomes the government’s agent. This is a formula for tyranny.
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Boko Haram threatens Muslims too, archbishop says : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

The following excerpts are from Catholic Culture's Catholic World News:
  • A terrorist attack on a mosque in central Nigeria shows that “Boko Haram is a threat to everyone, not just Christians,” observed Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja.
  • Four people were killed when gunmen assaulted the mosque in Okene on August 8. A day earlier, at least 20 people had been killed in a similar attack on the Deeper Life Church in the same town. (Early reports had set the death toll at 19, but at least one more victim has succumbed to wounds.)
  • Archbishop Onaiyekan said that the attack on the mosque was not unprecedented, “but previous attacks against mosques have not had the same prominence of attacks against Christian churches, perhaps because when Islamic groups attack a mosque it is not news.” In fact, he said, Boko Haram has probably claimed more Muslim than Christian victims in its terrorist activities.
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Monday, August 06, 2012

Church faces defeat on family-planning bill in Philippines : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Church faces defeat on family-planning bill in Philippines : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Pope cites 'unprecedented gravity' of threat to religious freedom in US : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Pope cites 'unprecedented gravity' of threat to religious freedom in US : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Australia: dog receives communion at ‘Inclusive Catholics’ Mass : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Good grief. Thank goodness this "priest" had his faculties suspended.

Australia: dog receives communion at ‘Inclusive Catholics’ Mass : News Headlines - Catholic Culture

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Chick-fil-A and Chicago: A heads-up for the Church - By Joe Tremblay

The following excerpts are from the Catholic News Agency (CNA) column by Joe Trembley:
  • Timing is everything. This maxim is especially the case if good is to prevail over evil. Whether it be personal sin or political tyranny, response to a crisis is most effective when it is done in the beginning stages.
  • As the spiritual classic, the "Imitation of Christ," cautions: "(W)e must watch, especially in the beginning of temptation; for then the enemy is more easily overcome, if he be not suffered to enter the door of the mind, but is withstood upon the threshold the very moment he knocks. Whence a certain one has said 'Resist beginnings; all too late the cure.'"
  • What applies to sin in the spiritual order also applies to injustice in the political order. And just as with personal sin, when government is a menace to liberty it must be met head-on at the outset.
  • If history bears witness to the fact that secular-liberalism, when unleashed, runs roughshod over human rights, then the HHS contraceptive mandate is only a harbinger of things to come. This mandate bids us to resist the social and political intolerance while there is time to do so.
  • We can anticipate the State not stopping at coercing Catholic agencies to provide abortifacients and contraceptives to her employees.
  • No.
  • There is another demand that is turning out to be--and will certainly prove to be–a more pressing matter. Indeed, the political will to advance same-sex marriage and criminalize its opposition are much more emotionally charged than the demand for contraception. Enter Chick-fil-A.

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Chick-fil-A and Chicago: A heads-up for the Church - By Joe Tremblay