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Pope Francis yesterday ordered Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, which is the office that shapes and enforces policy for the Roman Catholic Church, to take "act decisively" in sex abuse cases.
Francis said the Roman Catholic Church "credibility was on the line." It was an extraordinary public statement, however, not everyone was impressed. One group essentially said "it's easy to talk the talk, the church has to walk the walk."
"Big deal. Actions speak louder than words. And one of the first actions Pope Francis took was to visit perhaps the most high-profile corrupt prelate on the planet, Cardinal Bernard Law, who remains a powerful church official despite having been drummed out of Boston for hiding and enabling crimes by hundreds of child molesting clerics," said Barbara Dorris, an official of SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,
James Post, a professor at Boston University's School of Management who teaches corporate governance, accountability and ethic and who is also a founder of, and serves as an advisor to, Voice of the Faithful, a nationwide lay organization in the United States pushing for church reform, described the mandate to Mueller as "strongly symbolic" but one which should "be translated into forceful enforcement" of the policy.
This "may be a first step toward action and a test of whether the curia, the Vatican's notorious bureaucracy, will blunt the new pontiff's instruction," Post said. Some of those involved in protecting perpetrators "are almost certainly members of the curia," and it may well boil down to whether Francis has the skill and drive "to weed them out," Post said in a separate statement.
http://a57.foxnews.com/global.fncstatic.com/static/managed/img/Health/660/371/Pope%20Francis_Reuters.jpg?ve=1Pope Francis yesterday ordered Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, head of the Congregation... more
The films theme is based around identity perceived through accents. The short video which exhibits an array of whimsical observations about language, popular culture and class, put into question the film-makers own Northern Irish accent and the stereotypes and bias surrounding his perceived identity. The work aspires to stimulate constructive dialogue.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzh7j0ReZaAThe films theme is based around identity perceived through accents. The short video... more
Pretty incredible story
Funny how their change their stance when money is at stake
http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/01/24/catholic-hospital-chain-beats-malpractice-suit-by-saying-fetuses-arent-people/Pretty incredible story Funny how their change their stance when money is at stake... more
U.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care-UK CATHOLICS URGED TO LOBBY AGAINST GAY MARRIAGE-Md. woman sees long-term effects of radiation in Fukushima-Swearing woman freed from jail-HILLARY CLINTON HOSPITALIZED WITH BLOOD CLOTU.S. mentally ill and their families face barriers to care-UK CATHOLICS URGED TO LOBBY... more
Joe Biden, who is Catholic, long ago left Catholic doctrine behind with his stand on abortion, and today the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) called him out on his lie in last night’s debate about Catholic institutions being exempt from government control.
Last night Biden said:
With regard to the assault on the Catholic Church, let me make it absolutely clear. No religious institution — Catholic or otherwise, including Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital — none has to either refer contraception, none has to pay for contraception, none has to be a vehicle to get contraception in any insurance policy they provide. That is a fact. That is a fact.
No, it’s not, and the USCCB harshly condemned Biden for lying. In a statement, they said:
This is not a fact. The HHS mandate contains a narrow, four-part exemption for certain ‘religious employers.’ That exemption was made final in February and does not extend to ‘Catholic social services, Georgetown hospital, Mercy hospital, any hospital,’ or any other religious charity that offers its services to all, regardless of the faith of those served.
The USCCB added that HHS has used an additional “accommodation” that called religious organizations like these "non-exempt." The USCCB asserted that the organizations will have to serve as a vehicle to get contraception “because they will still be forced to provide their employees with health coverage, and that coverage will still have to include sterilization, contraception, and abortifacients. USCCB continues to urge HHS, in the strongest possible terms, actually to eliminate the various infringements on religious freedom imposed by the mandate.”http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2012/10/12/Catholic-Bishops-Blast-Biden-for-Debate-Lies
This is nowhere near the first lie Biden has told; but it certainly ranks with his best, if he really believes in the same God Catholics do. It’s understandable that Biden gets confused; he has to choose between the Judeo-Christian God (who may punish him later) and the one in the White House (who will punish him now.). But if the Catholic Church rises up and advises its constituents to rebuke Obama/Biden for their attacks on virtually everything the Catholic Church holds dear, there may be justice served much earlier than Biden thinks.Joe Biden, who is Catholic, long ago left Catholic doctrine behind with his stand on... more
Voters may typically support politicians with whom they share something in common, and chiefly on topics that can be classed as social issues. But that’s not the case for one particular presidential candidate.
A recent study by Pew Research Center found Catholic voters are less likely to support Rick Santorum, the Republican who’s a member of their same church, than they would Mitt Romney in a general election.
According to the survey, 44 percent of Catholic voters said they would support Romney if he faced Obama in November. Only 39 percent of these same voters said they would support the Catholic Santorum, however.
http://www.rob-servations.com/1/post/2012/03/catholic-voters-dont-support-catholic-santorum.htmlVoters may typically support politicians with whom they share something in common, and... more
Two things required to appreciate this satire. One, check out the Washington Post story about Rick Perry's old hunting camp. Two, ya gotta know the tune to the old bluegrass song "Rocky Top."
http://www.billschmalfeldt.com/2011/10/02/good-old-ngger-head/Two things required to appreciate this satire. One, check out the Washington Post... more
HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails
By Kevin Nix
May 23rd, 2011 at 5:40 pm
From star reporter Andy Birkey at the Minnesota Independent.
Sen. Scott Dibble told Minnesota Public Radio that 100,000 emails sent to legislators by gay marriage supporters were clogging the servers and that the Senate IT department was set to delete them Monday morning. The emails, sent through the Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBT rights group, chided Republicans and a handful of DFLers who voted Saturday night to put a constitutional ban on gay marriage on the ballot in 2012. Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman said the emails were being help in a spam filter and that his office was workign to get them back into the system.
“Hundreds of thousands of emails have come in the aftermath, so many so that the Republican caucus is deleting them before their members even get to see them,” Dibble told MPR.
Sen. Warren Limmer, the chief author of the anti-gay marriage amendment, said, “Not true. Not true. We aren’t wiping off comments of our constituents. That’s just simply not true.”
Sen. Dibble answered back, “That absolutely is true, and that’s exactly what the secretary of the Senate has told us.”
Secretary of the Senate Cal Ludeman tells the Minnesota Independent that the sheer volume of email coming into the system had caused it to crash on Sunday. By early Monday morning 230,000 emails had flooded in, he said, adding that he ordered the IT department to send a large number to a spam filter.
He said that those emails coming in would not be deleted and that they were working to “filter them back in.”
He wasn’t aware which emails were coming in or which ones needed to be sent to a spam filter.
“We are managing the traffic and they’ll be flowed back into the system,” he said.
Already the flood of emails has rankled some legislators. Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, responded to the emails over the weekend in a manner some thought rude.
The National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is a highly secretive organization believed to be largely funded by the Mormon and Catholic churches. During the country’s greatest economic decline in decades, NOM has amassed huge resources to stop marriage equality, whether at the ballot box or in court. NOM publicly projects rationality and tolerance, yet keeps company with zealots and long-time LGBT antagonists.HRC Jams MN Senate Computers with 100,000 marriage equality emails... more
WHACKO-TV editors were so busy with all that Charlie Sheen nonsense that they almost missed one of the biggest stories of the week: New York Republican Representative’s hearings on radicalization of Muslims in American Society. One of the old hippies in the newsroom wrote a song about it and so we decided to run with it. We don’t know what it means, but those guys are always daydreaming in there.WHACKO-TV editors were so busy with all that Charlie Sheen nonsense that they almost... more
WHACKO-TV is proud to bring back the never, ever nominated for any award investigative show DATELIME. This time the guy with the creepy voice and unrealistic infections examines the Shrine of the Martyrs in Auriesville, NY and Saratoga Race Course. We have no idea what they have in common.WHACKO-TV is proud to bring back the never, ever nominated for any award investigative... more
As the Vatican tries to defuse growing anger over child abuse by priests in the Roman Catholic Church, creepy pedophilic bishops in Mexico have released a statement asking victims for forgiveness.As the Vatican tries to defuse growing anger over child abuse by priests in the Roman... more
Lancaster to vote Tuesday on prayer policy at city meetings
The measure, which asks residents to weigh in on the city's practice of selecting clergy from different faiths to deliver the invocation at council meetings, has polarized voters.
By Ann M. Simmons
April 11, 2010
To pray to Jesus, or not?
That is the question that Lancaster voters are being asked to decide in Tuesday's municipal election.
Ballot Measure I asks whether the city should continue its policy of randomly selecting clergy from different faiths to deliver the invocation at council meetings, "without restricting the content based on their beliefs, including references to Jesus Christ."
Other Lancaster ballot measures include whether to change the mayor's term limit from two to four years and whether Lancaster should become a charter city. But it is Measure I that has by far polarized the most voters.
The issue of praying before city meetings came to a head in Lancaster last August when the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California sent a letter to city officials stating that the group had received "a number of complaints" about council members and commissioners opening their meetings with invocations given in "the name of Jesus," or containing other explicitly sectarian religious references.
The ACLU deemed the policy "divisive" and "unconstitutional" and warned Lancaster to quit the practice or risk facing legal action.
The California cities of Lodi, Turlock, Tracy and Tehachapi have been threatened in the last several months with lawsuits claiming that prayer at meetings breaches the separation of church and state.
In 2002, Burbank was ordered by courts to cease "knowingly and intentionally allowing sectarian prayer at City Council meetings," according to the ACLU. The city petitioned the California and U.S. supreme courts to review its case but was denied.
Lancaster -- which is home to Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists and Christians of various denominations -- has responded to the ACLU's legal threats by placing the issue on Tuesday's ballot.
"If the vast majority of the community is in favor of this," said Mayor R. Rex Parris, "I think the court should know that."
Vice Mayor Ron Smith, who wrote the ballot measure, has said that the policy of randomly selecting someone to deliver the invocation allows citizens "the opportunity of freedom of speech, to be able to pray the way they want to pray."
Many residents and religious leaders have voiced their support for praying at council meetings.
"All through our history, even in recent years, our leaders have offered public prayers seeking the hand of God's blessing," Paul Chappell, pastor of the Lancaster Baptist Church, recently wrote in his blog, "The Pastor's Perspective." "The current movement to erase our Christian heritage and deny the right to public prayers is not an issue concerning the separation of church and state; it is an attempt to remove God from hearts and minds."
But others oppose the practice.
"I am strongly against the measure," said Kamal Al-Khatib, president of the American Islamic Institute of Antelope Valley. "When they give an invocation in the name of Jesus Christ, they are basically promoting Christianity, which is a violation of church and state."
Tensions over religion were further ignited in Lancaster earlier this year when Councilwoman Sherry Marquez posted anti-Islam comments on her Facebook page. During his State of the City address, Parris told an audience of mostly Christian ministers that he was "growing a Christian community."
The two officials later apologized. But some people were not satisfied.
"If [Parris'] apology was sincere, he would have abandoned his support of Measure I," Al-Khatib said.
Photo: BigotCALIFORNIA ELECTIONS Lancaster to vote Tuesday on prayer policy at city meetings... more
Just in time for Easter Sunday! Here is an except from the Vatican Easter speech (translated into English, of course). The Pope does forget to mention the hundreds of thousands of children who were raped in God's Holy Name (amen), but does manage to talk about nearly everyone else in the world.Just in time for Easter Sunday! Here is an except from the Vatican Easter speech... more
With a simple search on the internet, we were able to find many interesting answers to the top 15 misconceptions about Catholics. They are both from official sources, reporters, academics, and more.
Link: http://onlinechristiancolleges.net/top-15-misconceptions-about-catholics/With a simple search on the internet, we were able to find many interesting answers to... more
this is who should be the pope
Are you afraid of the Devil?” The world’s most famous exorcist levels his gaze at me and then smiles.
“No, it is he who is afraid of me. I work in the name of the Lord. Poor Satan.”
“Oh yes. The Evil One shouts and makes noises, but we are made in God’s image, we have the Holy Trinity on our side. There is no need to be afraid of the Devil unless we give in to his temptations.”
Four exorcisms a day. Yes, it’s a devil of a job
Extract from Memoirs of an Exorcist
How to perform an exorcism
We are in the infirmary of the Society of St Paul, the order of Father Gabriele Amorth, in the shadow of St Paul’s Basilica, Rome. The Vatican’s chief exorcist was taken to hospital last autumn with a blood infection and is now convalescing — “they found nothing serious”. Perhaps it was the Devil who laid him low. “Oh no — just an illness. He has more serious evil to perform.”
Father Amorth made headlines this week by suggesting that those who had “given in to Satan’s temptations” included paedophile priests and even some cardinals and bishops who paid only lip service to the Gospels.
The growing crisis over the clerical sex abuse now engulfing Pope Benedict XVI and the Vatican, he said, was the work of Satan, who had even “infiltrated the Vatican corridors”.
Is the sex abuse crisis really due to the Devil? “Oh yes. All evil is due to the intervention of the Devil, including paedophilia.”
And the Vatican? “Legions of demons have lodged there. The majority of those in the Vatican do good work. But Pope Paul VI talked about the ‘smoke of Satan’ infiltrating the Vatican as long ago as 1972. Satan sets out to damage the leadership of the Church — and of politics, industry and sport, for that matter.”
And although all manner of incidents, scandals and misdemeanours in Italy and abroad leap to mind as potential evidence of diabolical intervention, he declines to give examples. Father Amorth — or Don Gabriele, as he is universally known — has just published The Memoirs of an Exorcist, a book of interviews with Marco Tosatti, the Vatican journalist. In a style that is somewhat reminiscent of a medieval chronicle, he describes his often hair-raising experiences over the past quarter of a century in the front line against the Evil One and his minions.
Father Amorth, aged nearly 85, is honorary president of the International Association of Exorcists. He fought for the Resistance in the Second World War, took a law degree but then entered the Church. He began conducting exorcisms shortly after his ordination 60 years ago; in 1986 he was appointed by Cardinal Ugo Poletti, then the Vicar of Rome, as assistant to Father Candido Amantini, the chief exorcist, eventually succeeding him.
Now frail, he becomes animated as he describes his life-long struggle with demons who possess the bodies of their victims, at one stage spreading his arms wide to show me the length of one particular demon occupying the body of a woman he had “liberated”.
He talks to Lucifer and his demons, he says, and knows their names. On the writing table in his room he keeps pictures of the Virgin Mary and Jesus, “who came into the world to fight the Devil and return us to God”. But the modern world, he says, has “given in to the Evil One. You see it in the lack of faith, the empty churches, the collapse of the family.”
“Compare the world of today to when I was a boy in Modena: families and parish communities were strong, women did not go out to work. Now they have to because one income cannot support a family. So young people are left to their own devices, they get into bad company, they have lost their roots and replaced them with the negative influences of television and the internet, or the occult.”
What about those who believe in neither God nor Satan? “The Devil is only too happy to take advantage of those who do not believe in his existence. It means he can operate with complete freedom, even inside the Church. He exploits lust and power.”
The Devil tries to reach all of us, Father Amorth adds, and “the possessed are those who listen to him most. Mind you, they are a minority. If you read my book you might get the impression the whole world is possessed, but I am describing a small number of cases, comparatively speaking.”
His claim to have carried out 70,000 exorcisms seems incredible. “But I was talking about the number of exorcisms, not the number of people exorcised. You often have to exorcise someone dozens, even hundreds, of times, and an exorcism ritual can take anything from a few minutes to several hours.”
Exorcism can only be done with the approval of the local bishop, usually after medical or psychiatric tests show no rational explanation for the symptoms, which include vomiting, violent headaches and stomach cramps but also superhuman strength, fits and extreme aversion to holy symbols. He is adept, he says, at distinguishing hysterics from the real thing. There are more women than men among the possessed, “but we don’t know why. There are various explanations: Satan taking revenge on the Virgin Mary, or using women as a means of reaching men. None of them is convincing.”
The possessed talk in languages they do not know, including ancient tongues such as Aramaic, the language of Christ. “Sometimes the language is incomprehensible. I once asked a demon what it was and he said, ‘Satanic language’.” The victims often react so violently to the ritual of prayers, incantations, holy water and the sign of the Cross that they have to be held or tied down while the priest touches the possessed person with his stole and places his hand on his or her head.
In many cases, he says, they vomit objects such as nails or glass. Father Amorth has a collection weighing two kilograms. “You get used to being vomited over. I once performed an exorcism on a woman who managed to hit me in the face with a stream of vomit from the other side of the room — physically impossible.”
The Devil, he says, is humourless but does sometimes play tricks. He and his demons speak through the victim, sometimes using their normal voice but sometimes in hoarse, raucous tones. He imitates the unnerving low growl for me. They are not, however visible, any more than angels are.
“Angels exist, and how, but they are not as depicted in art — they are pure spirit. We all have guardian angels. Demons are, of course, fallen angels who rebelled against God; that is why they are so intelligent, and so arrogant.”
He does not believe in ghosts, which are “an invention of the human mind”.
Father Amorth has no designated successor, and complains that even now the Church hierarchy does not take exorcism — or the Devil — seriously enough. But “the Lord has made use of me” and his example has inspired many other priests — as did the 1973 film The Exorcist, which although “exaggerated” was “substantially true”.
At his age does he still have the stomach for the battle with Satan? “Oh yes. I have work to do.”this is who should be the pope Are you afraid of the Devil?” The... more
If you’re a Christian, you may want to see a more Christian government. But if you’re a Baptist, do you want to see a more Catholic government? If you’re a member of the Foursquare Bible Congregation in Smallpond, Alabama, you probably agree with the Stupakers on abortion, but how do you feel about the idea that your duly elected representatives are keeping counsel with that German eunuch in the pointy hat? Think about it, Christian supermajority. Think hard.If you’re a Christian, you may want to see a more Christian government. But if... more
Wait a sec – back the truck up. An organized cabal of Roman Catholic aparatchiks are so far up Congress’s ass that they’re openly discussing how they’re going to inject Vatican dogma into a US health care bill?Wait a sec – back the truck up. An organized cabal of Roman Catholic aparatchiks... more