Gorsuch: Gay marriage is ‘absolutely settled law’

Gorsuch: Gay marriage is ‘absolutely settled law’

[Parroting the Trump line and contradicting his previous testimony on “super precedents”]

Claire Chretien

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 22, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch refused to reveal his personal opinions on same-sex “marriage” at his confirmation hearing Tuesday.

Gorsuch told Sen. Al Franken, D-MN, that same-sex “marriage” is “absolutely settled law” as Franken aggressively questioned him on his views.

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Hope in a Time of Captivity and Persecution

Hope in a Time of Captivity and Persecution

JONATHAN B. COE
3/22/17

In reading the latest essay by Paul Kengor in Crisis, I was taken aback in learning about James K. A. Smith’s misguided and mean-spirited attack on Rod Dreher, Anthony Esolen, and Archbishop Charles Chaput, whose recent books, among other things, offer the self-evident thesis: American culture is going to hell on a hand basket.

As a former evangelical who attended an evangelical college and seminary, I’m convinced that Smith, an evangelical philosophy professor at Calvin College, should know better. Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is 113 miles west of Flint, Michigan, so at least I know he hasn’t been drinking the same water. Once again I am reminded of humanity’s amazing capacity for denial even in the face of cultural indicators that provide very compelling evidence to the contrary:

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MORAL MINORITY

MORAL MINORITY

[Review of:]

The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation
by rod dreher

Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World
by charles j. chaput

Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture
by anthony m. esolen

by Patrick J. Deneen
April 2017

I

Looking back on the rise and influence of the Christian right in American political life in the latter part of the twentieth century, Jerry Falwell said, “I was convinced that there was a moral majority out there among more than 200 million Americans sufficient in number to turn back the flood tide of moral permissiveness, family breakdown, and general capitulation to evil and foreign policies such as Marxism-Leninism.” Formally established in 1979, and credited with mobilizing millions of Evangelical voters to support the election and re-election of Ronald Reagan, Falwell’s Moral Majority was disbanded in 1989 with the claim that it had achieved its goals.

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Law and Legal Precedent – Pt II

It occurs to me that perhaps I should say more about this document, the Declaration of Independence, which along with the Constitution help lay the foundation for our country’s laws and jurisprudence. It says: “We find these truths to be self-evident” meaning that, first of all, we’re talking about truths, not theorems or propositions that we come up with, but truths which are self-evident. Where does that leave us in terms of “legal precedent?” Seems to me that it should be the first legal precedent to consider. Then it says: “that all men are created equal.” Interestingly enough it dispenses with the concept that we all just happened to be as a result of some “big-bang” chemical reaction as some have posited. It actually says we were created and thank God for that. ( I didn’t want to go through life thinking that I just evolved from a turnip-seed or some other lower life-form.) Further, it says: and they were “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.” Whoa! Back up the truck. What’s this about a Creator? Do you mean a God, a Supreme Being, a Master of the Universe, A Person who not only created us but endowed us with certain inalienable rights among which the first listed is Life and which is inalienable, meaning no one, not even the mother, has the right to take away?

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GAY PRIESTS COST MONEY

GAY PRIESTS COST MONEY

The price is too high.

Michael Voris
The Vortex
March 22, 2017

[Video will be posted when available]

TRANSCRIPT

This Vortex is coming to you from Manhattan, where the archdiocese of New York is facing a cash crisis because it has a gay priest crisis. Right behind me is a prized Manhattan property known as the Villard Houses. The property is on Madison Avenue in midtown Manhattan, directly behind St. Patrick’s Cathedral. The mansion used to be the residence of the archbishops of New York and is extremely valuable — worth hundreds of millions.

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Neil Gorsuch Shut Down Democratic Senator Over Sexism Allegations

Watch: Neil Gorsuch Shut Down Democratic Senator Over Sexism Allegations

Matt Vespa |Posted: Mar 21, 2017

Guy already wrote about the sexism smear that was going to be used to portray Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch as a sexist and anti-woman. It revolves around a question about maternity leave. Gorsuch asks this question in front of his students while teaching an ethics class at the University of Colorado Law School, a position he’s had for several years.

Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) said that he was going to bring this up at the hearings, a throwback to the Democrats’ war on women attacks.

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Muslim brandishing knife disrupts Catholic Mass

Muslim brandishing knife disrupts Catholic Mass

MARCH 21, 2017 2:20 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER 19 COMMENTS

“During the service, the man dressed in a traditional dishdasha walked inside the church and went straight to where the priest was speaking. A few parishioners nearby heard that the man was asking ‘to see the Pope.’”

If the Pope had been on the scene, he would have explained to him how true Islam and the proper understanding of the Qur’an reject every form of violence, and everything would have been all right.

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SOS Chretien d’Orient Helps Persecuted Middle-East Faithful

SOS Chretien d’Orient Helps Persecuted Middle-East Faithful

by Edward Pentin

Inspired by participation in France’s La Manif Pour Tous campaign, a group of young French Catholic friends have mobilized a network of 600 volunteers working in several countries.

VATICAN CITY — In 2013, a small group of young French Catholic friends took part in La Manif Pour Tous (March for All), a popular movement that led to millions marching for life and against same-sex “marriage” and adoption.

After the demonstrations ended, they wanted to do more: to help persecuted Christians in the Middle East, not only by giving them material aid, but also living and praying alongside them.

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AFTER LONG BATTLE, SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS, PARISH JOINS CATHOLIC ANGLICAN-USE ORDINARIATE

After Long Battle, San Antonio, Texas, Parish Joins Catholic Anglican-Use Ordinariate

by Christine Niles, M.St. (Oxon.), J.D. • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017

[Enhanced from other sources by AQ moderator Tom]

SAN ANTONIO – In a victory for a Texas parish, the Holy See has approved the admission of Our Lady of Atonement Catholic Church into the Anglican Ordinariate, effective March 21.

Our Lady of the Atonement was the nation’s first pastoral provision parish, established in 1983, after Pope John Paul II made special provisions for former Anglicans to found Catholic parishes where traditional Anglican liturgy is offered. The Vatican established the North American Ordinariate in 2012, and ordained its first bishop, Steven Lopes, in 2016.

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FOX NEWS TAKES CATHOLIC JUDGE NAPOLITANO OFF AIR

Fox News Takes Catholic Judge Napolitano Off Air

Popular Catholic contributor removed for Trump wiretapping remarks

[Is Fox News living down to its reputation “Faux (Fake) News” to join the liberal faux news media in the never-Trump movement?]

by Rodney Pelletier • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017

NEW YORK – It is being reported that Judge Andrew Napolitano — a conservative Catholic Fox News contributor — is off the air indefinitely because of his comments on alleged U.S. government spying on President Donald Trump.

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GORSUCH TIPS HAND ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Gorsuch Tips Hand on Religious Freedom

Comments signal a man who will defend Christians’ rights

by Derek Ganzhorn • ChurchMilitant • March 21, 2017

The second day of confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch dragged on Tuesday, the hours of questioning more about endurance than getting to the heart of the would-be justice’s opinions — but Gorsuch seemed to tip his hand on a major issue regarding religious liberty.

In his back-and-forth with Texas senator John Cornyn, Gorsuch seemed to denigrate the Lemon test. The Lemon test was created by the Supreme Court in 1971 to determine if a law gives too much aid to religion, supposedly in violation of the Establishment Clause. The Lemon test asks whether a law has a clear intent to promote a religion, if the law’s effect is to promote or diminish religion, and whether or not that law causes an “excessive government entanglement” with religion.

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Umbert, and the Rest of Us, Will Miss You, Gary, RIP

Umbert, and the Rest of Us, Will Miss You, Gary, RIP

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COMMENTARY: Remembering the Register’s pro-life cartoonist, Gary Cangemi.

Tom Hoopes
3/20/17

Cartoonist Gary Cangemi died March 18 due to the effects of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. He was 62. He leaves behind his wife, Nancy, a son, two daughters and two beloved granddaughters, whom he bragged relentlessly about.

The news hit me, and my children, hard — along with a great many in the pro-life community.

Gary is the creator of our favorite cartoon, Umbert the Unborn. When the strip made its debut in June 2001, it was an immediate hit.

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Pro-abort Senator grills Gorsuch on whether Roe v Wade is ‘super precedent’

WATCH: Pro-abort Senator grills Gorsuch on whether Roe v Wade is ‘super precedent’

[Was his “yes” a “yes” or a “no”?]

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch refused to label Roe v. Wade “super precedent” today as Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-CA, attempted to grill him on abortion.

Throughout day two of his confirmation hearing, Gorsuch repeatedly refused to make “campaign promises” about which cases he would support and which he wouldn’t, saying judges shouldn’t be like politicians. He indicated there are a number of factors that go into analyzing precedent.

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Law and Legal Precedent???

With the Senate Judiciary Committee questioning President Trump’s nominee to the Supreme Court there are lots of questions pertaining to what the nominee perceives to be the correct interpretation of the Law and legal precedent. But, no one has asked the preeminent question which is: do you believe that the Creator has the final decision on any matter coming before the Court as indicated by the following: “We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuits of Happiness.” Even that preposterous senior member of the Judiciary who claims to be Catholic and, indeed, who has graduated from my alma mater (which at that time purported to be a Catholic college) has asked the preeminent question. What an embarrassment! This bloviating, gravel-voiced, hypocrite needs to retire.

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Jesuit Loyola Marymount University (LMU) president cancels summer institute on Catholic identity

Jesuit Loyola Marymount University (LMU) president cancels summer institute on Catholic identity

Week-long seminar helped faculty gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic character of the Jesuit university; no reason for cancellation yet

[Because LMU no longer has a Catholic identity?]

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MARCH 20, 2017 BY CAL-CATHOLIC DAILY

Since the time of Father Thomas P. O’Malley, S.J., the President of LMU has sponsored a week-long summer seminar for faculty to help them gain a deeper understanding of the Catholic character of LMU. This annual event, sponsored since 1996, once provided a collegial setting in which to explore an aspect of LMU’s ethos as a Catholic, Jesuit-Marymount university.
It was one of the few institutionally provided opportunities for LMU faculty to better understand and explore the distinctive Catholic mission and identity of the university.
President Snyder has canceled this program for 2017. With fewer and fewer Catholic professors, and more and more signs of loss of Catholic identity, LMU needs programs like the Summer Institute now more than ever. Under President Snyder, LMU’s Catholic identity is moving from the magis to the minus.

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