Category Archives: General

General discussion and articles that don’t fit into any other category.

“Commonweal Catholic” Professor who called diversity training a ‘waste’ resigns after liberal Protestant divinity school dean punishes him

[“Commonweal Catholic”] Professor who called diversity training a ‘waste’ resigns after [liberal Protestant divinity school] dean punishes him

[Hat-tip to New Oxford Review]

JENNIFER KABBANY
MAY 23, 2017

A Duke University Divinity School professor who called diversity training a “waste” of time has resigned after disciplinary proceedings were launched against him and he was barred by his dean from faculty meetings.

At issue is a February email in which Professor Paul Griffiths advised his colleagues not to bother with a proffered volunteer diversity training, called “Racial Equity Institute Phase I Training.” Slated for March, it would work to ensure the divinity school is “equitable and anti-racist in its practices and culture,” according to the invite.

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“TRUMP EFFECT” EVIDENT IN THE STATES

“TRUMP EFFECT” EVIDENT IN THE STATES

Catholic League
5/23/17

Bill Donohue comments on state laws protecting unborn babies and affirming religious liberty:

Human rights legislation is quickening in the states: protections for the unborn are gaining across the nation. Similarly, there is a determined effort to secure religious liberty.

Progress against child abuse in the womb is so strong in Kentucky that it may become the first state not to have a single abortion clinic. Planned Parenthood efforts to house new abortion clinics have been stopped, and it is now illegal to kill children after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Requiring doctors to inform pregnant women of ultrasound details is also law.

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Francis: Catholics Persecuted Communists?

Francis: Catholics Persecuted Communists?

[I agree with the sentiment expressed – not by the Pope but by the Argentinians in the example that he cites; Communists should be pursued and prosecuted, including in the US – especially academia where they chase away and persecute those with whom they disagree]

en.news
5/23/17

In his Tuesday homily Pope Francis gave an example from Argentina, “I remember in my country many, many men and women, consecrated good people, not ideologists, who used to say, ‘No, the Church of Christ is such and such… – This one is a Communist, get him out!’. And they chased them away and persecuted them.”

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Pope Asks for “Collegiality” and Refuses It

Pope Asks for “Collegiality” and Refuses It

en.news
5/23/17

According to a special wish of Pope Francis, the general assembly of the Italian Bishops chooses today democratically three bishops out of which Francis said he would name the new president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference. At the same time Francis announced in yesterday’s meeting with the bishops that he will not respect the choice if it does not please him, “Remember, I am not bound by the list.”

On Praying to an Abstract God

On Praying to an Abstract God

On the pressure to suppress the particular truths of religion. We’re asked to accept that all faiths are equally true, even if they deny Christ’s divinity.

James V. Schall, S.J.
TUESDAY, MAY 23, 2017

Note: Fr. Schall, as usual, enlightens us, this time about the dangers that we run in the ways we’ve handled religious pluralism lately – as if the lowest common elements of various faiths were the ultimate truth about God. At The Catholic Thing, we think that spells religious shipwreck not only for Catholics but for all believers in anything more than – at most – one, minimalist, unobtrusive God. Our Unitarian friends long ago decided that even the term “God” was too divisive for them. If we’re not all going to end up in that leaky boat, those of us who understand the stakes must act. … – Robert Royal

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Cardinal Burke: ‘I hope to continue to be able to suffer for the faith’

Cardinal Burke: ‘I hope to continue to be able to suffer for the faith’

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Cardinal Raymond Burke receives the Law of Life ‘Nail’ award, May 19, 2017.

Pete Baklinski

ROME, May 19, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Cardinal Raymond Burke received in person on Friday the Law of Life Achievement Award, a replica of the nail that held Jesus to the cross. The award, given to those who have endured suffering in the fight to defend and protect life and family, honors the Cardinal for his work in “defending faith, life, and family from all quarters.”

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Pope Francis condemns Catholics who hold true to doctrine, calls them, “fanatics”

Pope Francis condemns Catholics who hold true to doctrine, calls them, “fanatics”

Posted by Vox Cantoris at Tuesday, May 23, 2017

… Cardinal Maradiaga’s inflammatory comments about Cardinal Burke

… the homily given by Francis, Bishop of Rome last Friday, May 19, at the chapel in the Casa Santa Marta.

Note the similarity between the two. Note also that this homily was given whilst the Rome Life Forum organised by Voice of the Family was continuing. Is it possible that this rebuke was meant for these and the speakers, including Cardinals Caffara and Burke, Bishop Schneider and such luminous laymen as Prof. Roberto de Mattei?

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NATION’S FIRST-EVER PUBLIC SATANIC MONUMENT APPROVED

Nation’s First-Ever Public Satanic Monument Approved

The approval comes following the latest antics from the Satanic Temple

[The local AmChurch (Saint Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese) takes a see-no-evil/hear-no-evil attitude]

by Trey Elmore • ChurchMilitant • May 22, 2017

BELLE PLAINE, Minn. – Minnesota will soon be hosting the country’s first public, permanent satanic monument. The Satanic Temple (TST), headed by Detroit native Doug Mesner (also known by his public pseudonym Lucien Greaves), announced May 5 that Belle Plaine had approved a monument for Veterans’ Memorial Park that will consist of a two-foot-high, black steel cube, with inverted pentagrams etched into its sides and a dark soldier’s helmet overturned on top.

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A Plea From Nigeria

Posted last week on Facebook by Mr. Fadaluca Ogbonn:

Do you know what? Yobe State in Nigeria has been boiling since Friday. Churches are being burnt, many christians killed.

Please pray and forward to other people of Faith for intercession.

Don’t ignore.

Cry to our God against those Islamic Terrorists. He’ll hear and heal our land, Nigeria!

ST. LOUIS ARCHBISHOP FULFILS VOW TO FIGHT ABORTION ORDINANCE

St. Louis Archbishop Fulfils Vow to Fight Abortion Ordinance

Abp. Carlson: “There is no room for compromise on such a matter”

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • May 22, 2017

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – The archbishop of St. Louis is making good on his promise to fight a city ordinance that forces the archdiocese to support abortion and contraception.

On Monday, Abp. Robert Carlson and two other groups represented by St. Thomas More Society (STMS) sued the city of St. Louis, Missouri, in U.S. District Court over city ordinance 70459, which extends protected class status to abortion advocates.

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Francis: “It is difficult to work with this Pope”

Francis: “It is difficult to work with this Pope”

en.news
5/22/17

Pope Francis thanked Genoa Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, the outgoing president of the Italian Bishops’ Conference, for his ten years of service notably “for the patience he has had with me.” He added: “It is not easy to work with this Pope.” Francis spoke at the opening of the general assembly of the Italian Bishops in Rome. Talking to the bishops he encouraged them to speak without fear, “I am ready to hear opinions that are unpleasant to me.”

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The Path to Rome and the Ascendency of Pope Peter II?

The Path to Rome and the Ascendency of Pope Peter II?

Written by Hilary White
5/22/17

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Is the Pope conversing here with his successor? (God help us if he is!)

Cardinal Pietro Parolin and the Knights of Malta

Has Bergoglio reached the end of his usefulness? And if so, what’s next on the agenda?

While most eyes are still lingering on the repellant business in Fatima, and watching the skies for fire from above, the rumour mill is firing up again. There are people around about who want information to come out, and they like to send it to me and to others we know who are doing similar work. I’ve also been having conversations with various folks who have been sharing what they have heard. Then I suppose it is more or less my job to put the pieces of the puzzle together, with one bit from one person, and another bit from another, and see if it makes a picture.

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English bishops sees influence of gay-rights advocates in bishops’ program

English bishops sees influence of gay-rights advocates in bishops’ program

[Similar to St. John Fisher, the only English bishop of his time who opposed the immorality of King Henry VIII’s divorce of Queen Catherine and subsequent “marriage” to Anne Boleyn]

Catholic World News – May 22, 2017

An English bishop has expressed dismay that a sex-education program distributed by the bishops’ conference contains material from gay-rights activist groups.

The bishops’ conference recently roused protests by distributing a special program, entitled “Made in God’s Image: Challenging homophobic and biphobic bullying in Catholic schools.” The program, which was distributed to all the country’s secondary schools, contained material taken from the literature of two groups—Stonewall and LGBTYouth—that have advanced the homosexual cause.

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Pope names 5 new cardinals

Pope names 5 new cardinals

Catholic World News – May 22, 2017

At the conclusion of his May 21 Regina Coeli address, Pope Francis announced that he will create five new cardinals in a June 28 consistory.

The five prelates are

Archbishop Jean Zerbo, 73, of Bamako, Mali
Archbishop Juan José Omella Omella, 71, of Barcelona
Bishop Anders Arborelius, OCD, 67, of Stockholm
Bishop Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, IVD, 73, apostolic vicar of Paksé, Laos
Auxiliary Bishop José Gregorio Rosa Chávez, 74, of San Salvador, El Salvador

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