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Pelosi Slams Planned Parenthood Defunding Attempts, Encourages Compromise: ‘That’s What Pope Francis Told Us to Do’

By Lauretta Brown
CNS News
October 22, 2015
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( – House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) criticized Republican attempts to defund Planned Parenthood and repeal the Affordable Care Act in the House’s upcoming vote on a reconciliation bill Friday.

Pelosi told reporters in her Thursday press briefing that “it doesn’t have to be this way,” saying that there could be legislative compromise, which was “what Pope Francis told us to do.” Then she cited remarks in the Pope’s September speech to Congress. read more

Keep political posts relevant to Catholicism/religion

Political posts can be worked onto the AQ board. In fact we do it all the time. Tom’s post regarding Mosques is a good  example of how to work political type posts onto the board. So are other posts with known Catholic authors , religious subject matter etc.

That said, we are not a political or “issues of the day” type of site. Please do not to post articles or vanity posts that have nothing whatsoever to do with our subject matter.

As the presidential election goes forward and gets progressively heated, keep this in mind and try to keep it topical. read more

Buchanan: Can Trump be stopped?


Patrick J. Buchanan
World Net Daily
October 20, 2016
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Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump

Three months ago, this writer sent out a column entitled, “Could Trump win?” meaning the Republican nomination.

Today even the Trump deniers concede the possibility.

And the emerging question has become: “Can Trump be stopped? And if so, where, and by whom?”

Consider the catbird seat in which The Donald sits.

An average of national polls puts him around 30 percent, trailed by Dr. Ben Carson with about 20 percent. No other GOP candidate gets double digits. read more

Rebel cardinals accuse pope of stacking synod cards

By Angus MacKinnon
AFP via Yahoo!
October 12, 2015
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Vatican City (AFP) – Conservative cardinals have accused Pope Francis of stacking the cards against them in an ongoing battle over issues including the Church’s approach to gays and to divorced and remarried believers, it emerged Monday.

In a letter sent to the pontiff on October 5, the opening day of a Church synod on the family, a group of cardinals described procedures for three weeks of discussions as “designed to facilitate predetermined results on important disputed questions.” read more

Kevin McCarthy quits speaker race amid allegations of affair with Renee Ellmers

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) pictured with Renee Ellmers (R-NC)

Catholic Online
By David Drudge
October 9, 2015
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LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – Kevin McCarthy dropped out of the race for Speaker of the House and Washington sources have told the California Network that it’s because he has been having an intimate affair with Representative Renee Ellmers. Video footage of McCarthy dining with Ellmers in an intimate setting has reportedly been circulated on Capitol Hill.

Both McCarthy and Ellmers deny they are having an affair. Insiders claim the affair has been ongoing since 2011. McCarthy is married with two children, Ellmers is married with one child. read more

Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod

Associated Press via Killeen Daily Herald
October 3, 2015
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The Vatican took action after Krzysztof Charamsa, a mid-level official in its doctrine office, came out in newspaper interviews in Italy and Poland saying he was happy and proud to be a gay priest, and that he was in love with a man whom he identified as his boyfriend.

“The decision to make such a pointed statement on the eve of the opening of the synod appears very serious and irresponsible, since it aims to subject the synod assembly to undue media pressure,” the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said in a statement. read more

CNN Exclusive: Pope held private meeting with same-sex couple in U.S.

By Daniel Burke
October 25, 2015
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(CNN)The day before Pope Francis met anti-gay county clerk Kim Davis in Washington last week, he held a private meeting with a longtime friend from Argentina who has been in a same-sex relationship for 19 years.

Yayo Grassi, an openly gay man, brought his partner, Iwan, as well several other friends to the Vatican Embassy on September 23 for a brief visit with the Pope. A video of the meeting shows Grassi and Francis greeting each other with a warm hug. read more

Georgia Plans to Execute Kelly Gissendaner Despite Pope’s Plea

Death row inmate Kelly Renee Gissendaner is seen in an undated picture from the Georgia Department of Corrections. Georgia Department of Corrections/Reuters

By Polly Mosendz
September 29, 2015
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The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency to Kelly Renee Gissendaner on Tuesday afternoon. As a result, Gissendaner, who was charged with convincing her boyfriend to kill her husband in 1998, will be executed at 7 p.m.

The execution is unusual, as Gissendaner did not carry out the crime, though she was involved. “Ms. Gissendaner, who was not present during the killing, got death while the actual killer got life. The State of Georgia has not executed a non-trigger person since the penalty was reinstated in 1976,” her lawyers wrote in the application for reconsideration of clemency. read more

New AQ Private Messaging System

It’s way up at the top right on the toolbar; just mouse-over your screen name to get to it. Let me know on this thread what you think, or perhaps take the new system for a test run and use that to let me know. Thus far It seems much better designed and more user-friendly than the old system from what I can tell.

If we go with the new PM system, which seems likely, I’ll be removing the one we’ve been using, so if there’s anything in your inboxes you need (contact info, whatever) you may want to cut/paste it to a .doc and save on your local computer. read more

Pope Francis’ Marxist Adviser, Naomi Klein (Jewish – arrested Occupy Wall St. protest)

Independent Sentinel
By S. Nobel
June 30, 2015
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A very high profile anti-Capitalist from Canada named Naomi Klein has been invited by Pope Francis to join forces with Climate Change activist and senior aide to the Pope, Cardinal Peter Turkson. Together they will lead a prominent conference on the environment with churchmen, scientists, and activists. The conference will exclude climate change doubters and moderates.

The Pope had walked back some of his comments on the economy which were anti-Capitalist but Klein says he got it right the first time – we need to overturn Capitalism. read more

Immigration group planned girl’s pope encounter for a year (Kodak moment was STAGED)

Associated Press
September 25, 2115
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Sophie Cruz’s encounter with the pope during a parade in Washington this week looked to be one of those spontaneous, once-in-a-lifetime-moments Francis has become known for.

But for 5-year-old Sophie, the chance to wrap her arm around the pope’s neck as he offered a hug, kiss and a blessing unfolded as perfectly as it was scripted by members of a coalition of Los Angeles-based immigration rights groups. For nearly a year the group had been preparing the young girl from suburban Los Angeles to make a dash for the popemobile to deliver a message about the plight of immigrant parents living in the country illegally. read more

Unbelievable – New AQ members haven’t been able to post for about 2 years

In my latest efforts to do some much needed upgrading and repairing of AQ, I decided to go through the user list (which I haven’t gone through in detail for some time) and saw that we now have over 6,200 members. I didn’t realize we had that many – and something about that figure just started bugging me. The math didn’t seem right. So, I decided to drilling down further on these statuses and realized that the majority of those users had a status that didn’t allow posting. read more

How to add images with the new comments system

You da man Tom!

Leave it to Tom… and just when you thought I knew what I was doing  – if anyone actually ever thought that.

Here I am, beating my head against the wall, looking high and low for a solution to our problem of not being able to post pics using the new comment system. Meanwhile, Tom is nonchalantly adding images/pics into his comments, like – “no problem d00d.” I’m like “how did he do that?!”

Tom is a sly dog, and is MUCH smarter than he lets on. We can all thank him for finding the simple solution to what I thought was a complicated problem. read more

Okay, it’s getting prettier – the changes to AQ (avatars! voting! Editing!)

It’s, it’s… overwhelming!

I’ve been busy as of late.  We were due for a facelift on the frontend and backend. Not THAT backend – which I’m sure some of our enemies would to like to see.

The previous AQ worked well for us but the theme was outdated, not scalable, not stable and contained old hack code that would have been very difficult to clean. Even if it could have been cleaned, the theme was 3rd party and wasn’t supported, so we would have continued to have headaches. I got tired of involuntarily advertising Levitra – plus with the Holy Father in town we should look our best. read more

Trump disagrees with pope’s “beautiful” words on immigration

By Rebecca Kaplan
CBS News
September 24, 2015
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Pope Francis has already failed to reach one Republican politician during his trip to the United States: Republican presidential candidate and businessman Donald Trump.

Reacting to the pope’s address to bishops Wednesday, when the pontiff said the U.S. should “not be afraid to welcome” immigrants, Trump said the pope’s words were “beautiful” – but the U.S. can’t afford to do what he’s asking. read more