After Four Cardinals, Six Laymen Speak. Who Knows If the Pope May At Least Listen To Them

After Four Cardinals, Six Laymen Speak. Who Knows If the Pope May At Least Listen To Them

Sandro Magister
22 apr 17

The four cardinals have never been alone with their “dubia.” Proof of this comes from what happened in Rome on April 22 in an auditorium of the Hotel Columbus, a short walk from Saint Peter’s Square, where six renowned lay scholars came together from as many countries of the world to give voice to an appeal that is being raised from a large part of the “people of God” so that clarity may be brought to the confusion raised by “Amoris Laetitia.”

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Catholics Failed in America

Catholics Failed in America, Part 1: Maryland

Posted by Laramie Hirsch on Thursday, April 13, 2017

There are many reasons that Catholicism has remained mostly politically insignificant in the United States. If I could boil it down to three reasons, it would be because on the important levels, Catholics have lacked spine, force, and conviction.

Today, we will examine what went wrong with Maryland.

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When the colonies were first coming into existence under the British Crown in the 1600s, it was not just the Judaized Puritans who crossed the Atlantic. There were also a significant number of English Catholics coming to the New World in hopes of escaping persecution from the Anglicans. Unfortunately, when the English Catholics got here, they discovered that the colonies were filled with Puritans who despised Catholicism even more than the Anglicans despised it. The Puritans hated Catholicism so much, that they despised seeing even the traces of Catholicism in their Anglican cousins–which is why the Puritans came here in the first place. They wanted to be isolated from all forms of Catholicism, even Anglicanism. Like the Jews who held a tribal sense of temporal destiny, so too would the Puritans come to the New World in hopes of building their City on a Hill.

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Controversial reforms of Pope Francis may destroy him

Controversial reforms of Pope Francis may destroy him

TESS LIVINGSTONE
The Australian
April 20, 2017

Hundreds of posters were plastered around Rome over Easter, in praise of Pope Francis. That wouldn’t be surprising on its own if it wasn’t for the unusual source sponsoring the bills.

The Global Tolerance Initiative, a group started six months ago by Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, where floggings and stonings prevail under sharia law, named Francis as its “Global Champion of Tolerance Easter 2017”.

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‘The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t’

‘The Ideas Made It, But I Didn’t’

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Pat Buchanan won after all. But now he thinks it might be too late for the nation he was trying to save.

[Hat-tip to gpmtrad: “Good Catholics still can influence others. Pat sure has.”]

By TIM ALBERTA
Politico, May/June 2017

His first date with his future wife was spent in a New Hampshire motel room drinking Wild Turkey into the wee hours with Hunter S. Thompson. He stood several feet away from Martin Luther King Jr. during the “I Have a Dream” speech. He went to China with Richard M. Nixon and walked away from Watergate unscathed. He survived Iran-Contra, too, and sat alongside Ronald Reagan at the Reykjavík Summit. He invaded America’s living rooms and pioneered the rhetorical combat that would power the cable news age. He defied the establishment by challenging a sitting president of his own party. He captured the fear and frustration of the right by proclaiming a great “culture war” was at hand. And his third-party candidacy in 2000 almost certainly handed George W. Bush the presidency, thanks to thousands of Palm Beach, Florida, residents mistakenly voting for him on the “butterfly ballot” when they meant to back Al Gore.

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Jesuit “Catholic” Holy Cross College Students Push Expanded LGBTQ Acronym

Jesuit “Catholic” Holy Cross College Students Push Expanded LGBTQ Acronym

Student government launches ‘visibility project’ to boost left-wing concepts of sexuality

by Edmund Kozak | Updated 21 Apr 2017

The student government at the College of the Holy Cross is pushing an expanded acronym in place of LGBT or LGBTQ: “LGBTQIAP+.”

The acronym stands for “lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, queer/questioning, intersex, asexual, pansexual,” and all the other non-heteronormative, non-cisgendered among us (that’s left-wing-speak for heterosexual people).

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News From the Crossroads

News From the Crossroads

Posted by Laramie Hirsch on Saturday, April 22, 2017

I’m not a guy who’s “in” on any circles. I make the friends that I make before the ringleader feels threatened and gives me the boot. I don’t have any super rich backers. Nor do I get support or recommendation too often. This blog, I suppose, is a form of guerrilla cultural warfare from one guy chained up at a crossroads.

Being the exiled outlier, as sometimes happens, people pass by me, and yours truly gets mentioned somewhere. A lot of different people end up coming across this blog for different reasons. This week, it was over at the website of Randy Engel. She wrote a piece titled All the Men Behind the Opus Dei Curtain. It’s a very long article that is the result of an investigation into the associations of Michael Voris and E. Michael Jones.

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Gänswein on Benedict: Someone is lying

Gänswein on Benedict: Someone is lying

[A new concept of the Pope as “Prisoner in the Vatican”? A title formerly applied to Popes from Pius IX to Pius XI after 1870 when Italian troops seized Rome and ended the Pope’s 1500-year temporal reign over central Italy until the 1929 Lateran Treaty recognizing the temporal sovereignty of the Vatican]

Louie Verrecchio
April 21, 2017

In an April 12th interview with the Italian daily La Repubblica, Archbishop Georg Gänswein confirmed that Benedict the Abdicator has read Amoris Laetitia and is well aware of the crisis surrounding it.

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FrankenPope appears in ‘climate change’ movie featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

FrankenPope appears in ‘climate change’ movie featuring Obama, Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio

[“Birds of a feather flock together”]

Pete Baklinski

ROME, April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Pope Francis made a climactic appearance in a National Geographic film about “global warming” that was narrated by Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio and released on DVD this week.

The film, titled Before The Flood, contained a line-up of left-leaning activists renowned for pushing the theory of man-made global warming. The list included Ban Ki-moon, Bill Clinton, Oprah, Elon Musk, John Kerry, and Barack Obama.

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Irish Health Minister demands nuns allow abortion in hospital on their land

Irish Health Minister demands nuns allow abortion in hospital on their land

Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC)

April 21, 2017 (SPUC via LifeSiteNews) — The Irish Health Minister has called on an order of nuns to agree on contracts allowing abortion and contraception in the new National Maternity Hospital being built on their land.

Irish Health Minister Simon Harris has intervened in a row about ownership and control of the proposed new National Maternity Hospital in south Dublin where the new 300 million euro facility is planned next to St Vincent’s Hospital.

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Ivanka Trump’s LGBT activism contradicts her Jewish faith

Ivanka Trump’s LGBT activism contradicts her Jewish faith

Peter LaBarbera
April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — Donald Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and her husband, Jared Kushner, are flouting their professed orthodox Jewish religion by advocating for the sins of homosexual behavior and “same-sex marriage,” several orthodox rabbis and traditional practitioners of Judaism told LifeSiteNews.

With the Kushners’ White House clout reportedly growing, many conservatives are wary of their liberalism. In particularly, pro-family advocates cannot understand how a couple who publicly practice a religion as biblically tradition-bound as orthodox Judaism can at the same time champion the revolutionary notion of creating “rights” — including “marriage” — based on homosexuality.

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Enviro activists co-opt Divine Mercy Sunday to push climate change agenda

Enviro activists co-opt Divine Mercy Sunday to push climate change agenda

Lisa Bourne

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – A concurrence of dates this weekend putting Earth Day just before Divine Mercy Sunday has environmental activists capitalizing on Pope Francis’ message from last year embracing the controversial notion of manmade climate change.

#Mercy2Earth Weekend combines the annual environmental activist Earth Day event with the Catholic devotion based on the Divine Mercy of Jesus. Divine Mercy Sunday is associated with apparitions attributed to the Polish nun St. Faustina Kowalska and is observed the Sunday after Easter. Both happen to fall on the same weekend this year.

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The Benedict Option—not radical enough

The Benedict Option—not radical enough

By Phil Lawler | Apr 21, 2017

The Benedict Option is the most talked-about book of 2017, at least among religious conservatives. Personally I am pleased with this development, for two reasons. First because I count the author, Rod Dreher, as a friend as well as a gifted controversialist, and I’m happy to see his work prosper. Second because the book examines the same question that I have been examining for years: How should American Christians live out their faith in an increasingly hostile environment?

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Santa Fe archdiocese backs tax on soft drinks

Santa Fe archdiocese backs tax on soft drinks

[Binding under pain of sin?]

Catholic World News – April 21, 2017

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, has given its approval to a legislative proposal that would place a tax on soft drinks, with the proceeds to be used for early-childhood education.

“The soda tax is a good attempt to address the dire conditions in which our children are living,” the archdiocese announced in a public statement. The proposal would place a 2¢-per-ounce tax on sugared beverages, aiming to raise $7 million a year for educational programs.

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Nervous Ordealer Goes Berserk in Brazil. Priest Charged!

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Priest Charged with Assault for Defending Eucharist during Traditional Latin Mass Featured
Written by  Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: We have received the following report from our Catholic brothers in the Archdiocese of Niterói (a municipality close to the City of Rio de Janeiro), Brazil, about a very serious incident that occurred last Ash Wednesday at São Domingos de Gusmão (Saint Dominic de Guzmán) parish church. We kindly ask you to read it and then meet our requests for Catholic action at the article’s conclusion. MJM
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Many “Catholic” colleges embrace yoga despite Hindu spirituality

Many “Catholic” colleges embrace yoga despite Hindu spirituality

From Cardinal Newman Society Report Card / April 19, 2017
By Matt Archbold

In a piece criticizing Benedictine College of Kansas for its plans to rename a yoga class and change the content to ensure the class focuses only on physical exercise and not spiritual or cultural elements—a perfectly appropriate action for a faithful Catholic college—The World Hindu News exposes several other Catholic colleges and universities that have yoga classes apparently without due caution.

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