The ‘traditional’ same-sex wedding

The ‘traditional’ same-sex wedding

By Phil Lawler | Feb 05, 2016 | www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1230

In this spectacularly lopsided article for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Joel Connelly is determined to show that it is unreasonable for a Catholic high school to refuse to publish a notice of a graduate’s same-sex wedding. Connelly blames the refusal on the “chilly, hard-line stand” taken by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, who has been “raining down prohibitions on same-sex marriage.”

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LGBT…ETC: The Code of the In Crowd

LGBT…ETC: The Code of the In Crowd

By Dr. Jeff Mirus | Feb 04, 2016 | www.catholicculture.org/commentary/the-city-gates.cfm?id=1228

First there were gays; then there were lesbians and gays; then there were lesbians, gays and bisexuals—a long enough list to require the initialism LGB; then there were lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders (LGBT). When the Archbishop of Canterbury spoke recently about the disagreements within the Anglican Communion which resulted in a suspension of the Episcopal Church (USA), he apologized for the pain caused to LGBTI people (adding “intersex” to the list).

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Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

[To increase enrollment but not necessarily to insure the authentic teaching of Catholic doctrine and morals (and their acceptance by the faculty – the few remaining religious and the increasing number of laity with little or poor formation in the faith)]

Diocesan officials are working to get more of their faithful, especially Hispanics, into school classrooms

FEBRUARY 5, 2016 @ cal-catholic.com/?p=22417

The following comes from a February 4 Press Enterprise article:

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What The Matter Is

What is wrong with the human brain? This is a complicated question and is most difficult to answer. The world, as we know it, teeters precariously between self-annihilation and safety. The concept of an All-Powerfu, All-Knowing Creator is both advanced and denied. Various nations have the capability to completely destroy the way of life that exists on planet Earth. Political leaders seem content to argue relatively non-essential points of conflict among us and some are seemingly content to resolve the matter with a “coin-toss.” Life itself is treated with disdain and babies are denied that precious right by the highest Judicial authorities in the land. .

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The Rome Jubilee Is A Colossal Flop

The Rome Jubilee Is A Colossal Flop

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Due To ISIS Fears, Church Scandals Going Around Rome

[Hat-tip to Rorate Caeli twitter]

February 4, 2016
BuzzInRome.com/2016/02/04/the-rome-jubilee-is-a-colossal-flop-due-to-is-fears-church-scandals/

Pope Francis Jubilee has been so far extremely disappointing, with incredibly few faithfuls showing up in Rome. Unbelievable! No one could forecast such a disappointing turnout of pilgrims. But it is the sad truth of the first two months of the Jubilee. It is time to draw a balance, and it’s a bitter one.

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Another Vatican venture in triviality: Pontifical Council and World Council of Churches discuss Christian witness in multi-faith world

Another Vatican venture in triviality: Pontifical Council and World Council of Churches discuss Christian witness in multi-faith world

[Hat-tip to National Review and Catholic World News for composite headline]

Communiqué: Annual meeting between the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue (PCID) and the Office for Interreligious Dialogue and Cooperation (IRDC) of the World Council of Churches (WCC) – Geneva, 3-4 February 2016

05 February 2016
press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2016/02/05/0083/00191.html

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LA Abp. Gomez warns against ‘seamless garment’ approach to life issues but …

LA Abp. Gomez warns against ‘seamless garment’ approach to life issues but …

… still manages to lump racism, unemployment, homelessness, and pollution in with them

[Hat-tip to PewSitter for headline]

FEBRUARY 4, 2016 @ cal-catholic.com/?p=22401

The following comes from a February 4 Catholic News Agency article:

Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said January 30 at the Hispanic Pro-Life Congress in Santa Ana, California.
Pro-life questions are not just one issue among many, the archbishop said, criticizing the effects of a “seamless garment” approach advocated by some Catholics, or what is sometimes called “a consistent ethic of life.” These views mislead people in practice, he said, and result in “a mistaken idea that all issues are morally equivalent.”
“So in everything we need to be clear that the root violence in our society is the violence against those who are not yet born and those who are at the end of their lives,” the archbishop said.
“If the child in the womb has no right to be born, if the sick and the old have no right to be taken care of – then there is no solid foundation to defend anyone’s human rights.”
The archbishop noted the problems of violence, drugs, “scandalous” prison conditions, the death penalty, deportations and injustices in the immigration system, racial discrimination, unemployment and homelessness, and environmental pollution.
“I am not trying to say that all of these issues are ‘equal.’ They are not. And we always need to be clear about that,” he said.
However, he continued. “In the face of the suffering and human need in the world, we cannot compartmentalize our compassion or draw lines between those we will care about and those we will not.”
The archbishop said the pro-life movement’s vision is “spiritual, not political.” This means it does not make sense for pro-life efforts to be separate from social justice efforts.

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‘Gender-inclusive housing’ offered at Jesuit University of San Francisco

‘Gender-inclusive housing’ offered at Jesuit University of San Francisco

Transgender housing confuses students who want to live with their romantic partners[!?]

FEBRUARY 4, 2016 @ cal-catholic.com/?p=22413

The following comes from the February 2 Cardinal Newman Society Catholic Education Daily:

The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco (USF) launched a pilot program for the 2015-2016 school year offering “gender-inclusive housing” to students who “identify as transgender” or “do not wish to be identified by any sex or gender identity,” embracing and promoting a view of human sexuality at odds with Church teaching and the statements of Pope Francis and the U.S. bishops.
The description on the USF website defines gender-inclusive housing as “an option for two or more students to share the same room regardless of their sex, gender, or gender identity,” and states that the housing option is intended to support the University’s mission “to create safe, affirming, and inclusive communities by providing options for students of varying identities and preferences.”
A number of freshmen called the student housing office about the gender-inclusive housing wanting to live with their romantic partners, the USF representative told the Newman Society. The University then had to explain that the primary purpose of the housing was for those facing gender identity concerns. The representative added that gender-inclusive housing accommodations for freshmen next year will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
Newman Society Vice President for Program Development Bob Laird said the University’s decision to embrace gender theory in their student housing “brings into question their core Catholic values.”

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MARTYROLOGY-FEBRUARY 6

Martyrology-February 6th
Roman Martyrology-February 6th-on this date in various years-

St. Titus, confessor and bishop of Crete, whose birthday is on the fourth of January.

At Caesarea in Cappadocia, the birthday of St. Dorothy, virgin and martyr, who was stretched on the rack, then scourged for a long time with the boughs of a palm tree, and finally condemned to capital punishment by Sapricius, governor of the province. Her noble confession of Christ converted a lawyer named Theophilus, who also was tortured in a barbarous manner, and finally put to death by the sword.

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MARTYROLOGY-FEBRUARY 5

Martyrology-February 5th
Roman Martyrology-February 5th-on this date in various years-

At Catana in Sicily, in the time of Emperor Decius and the judge Quinctian, the birthday of St. Agatha, virgin and martyr. After being buffeted, imprisoned, tortured, racked, dragged over pieces of earthenware and burning coals, and having her breasts cut away, she completed her sacrifice in prison while engaged in prayer.

At Nagasaki in Japan, the passion of twenty-six martyrs. Three priests, one cleric, and two lay brothers were members of the Order of Friars Minor; one cleric was of the Society of Jesus, and seventeen belonged to the Third Order of St. Francis. All of them, placed upon crosses for the Catholic faith, and pierced with lances, gloriously died in praising God and preaching that same faith. Their names were added to the roll of saints by Pope Pius IX.

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Catholic cardinal refuses to compromise on euthanasia at Parliamentary hearing

Catholic cardinal refuses to compromise on euthanasia at Parliamentary hearing

Lianne Laurence

OTTAWA, February 4, 2016 ( LifeSiteNews.com/news/catholic-cardinal-refuses-to-compromise-on-euthanasia-at-parliamentary-hear ) — Canada’s government must protect the conscience rights of both individuals and institutions that refuse to either participate in or refer patients for physician-assisted suicide or euthanasia, a Canada’s highest ranking Catholic prelate told the special parliamentary committee on “physician-assisted death” Wednesday.

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FrankenPope’s “Kitchen Cabinet” Member Pushes Gay Rights in India

[FrankenPope’s “Kitchen Cabinet” Member] Pushes Gay Rights in India

Bombay Cardinal Oswald Gracias is hoping the India supreme court will decriminalize same-sex acts

by Joseph Pelletier • ChurchMilitant.com/news/article/india-supreme-court-to-reconsider-gay-rights • February 3, 2016

NEW DELHI – The top court of India is re-evaluating a law deeming homosexual acts punishable with prison time — and the Catholic archbishop of Bombay is encouraging the move.

Cardinal Oswald Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, and known to be gay-friendly, has come out “in favor of decriminalization of Section 377” of the Indian Penal Code, which declares homosexual acts as “against the order of nature.”

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FrankenPope’s Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops: Bishops chosen for their ability to “to relate to people”

[FrankenPope’s Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops: Bishops chosen for their ability to “to relate to people”]

2/3/16
www.gloria.tv/media/ZEPDSnJuryv

Cardinal Marc Ouellet has unwittingly explained the reasons why Rome elects so many radical bishops. He confessed to Catholic News Service [ www.catholicnews.com/services/englishnews/2016/cardinal-confirms-some-priests-decline-appointment-as-bishop.cfm ] that bishops are chosen for their – quote – “pastoral quality”. According to Ouellet this means their capacity “to relate to people”, “to establish dialogue” and “to start from the point where people are”. It is obvious that with “people” Ouellet does not mean the faithful, believing Catholics, but the liberal power brokers who call the shots and are usually very anti-Catholic.

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FrankenPope’s Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Consecrated Life: No Dialogue with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate

[FrankenPope’s Cardinal Prefect of the Congregation for the Consecrated Life:] No Dialogue [with the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate]

2/3/16
www.gloria.tv/media/ZEPDSnJuryv

In an interview with an Italian news agency [
agensir.it/chiesa/2016/02/02/braz-de-aviz-serving-the-missions-to-overcome-the-crisis-asia-the-bishops-report-the-situation-of-the-franciscans-friars-of-the-immaculate ] radical Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, the prefect of the Congregation for the Consecrated Life, found harsh words for the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate whom Pope Francis forced to abandon the Old Rite. De Aviz accuses the friars of “serious mistakes” without naming them. He considers it as a positive step that their training was entrusted to the liberal Roman universities. The cardinal states that the founder of the friars, Father Stefano Manelli, will not be allowed to come back. De Aviz admits however that – quote – “not everyone agrees.”

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Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the ChiCom “Patriotic” Church

Global Times: the pope should accept the independence of the ChiCom “Patriotic” Church

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After 24 hours of silence, China’s media today published excerpts, comments and editorials about Pope Francis’ interview with Asia Times. Although the pope did not address religious issues or Church problems, many saw the interview as an attempt to improve diplomatic relations between China and the Vatican, and advised Francis to accept Mao Zedong’s “three principles of independence” (theology, administration, jurisdiction), which would leave the power to appoint bishops in the hands of the Party. The People’s Daily’s Global Times publishes an editorial on the issue.

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