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The Day Mother Teresa Put a Communist In His Place

Vatican bishop calls for sustainable energy, Tobin Tax at Caritas meeting
He also urged the use of more sustainable energy sources rather than coal, oil or nuclear power.

Archbishop Dolan tells US bishops he was impressed with Obama during meeting - Whispers in Loggia
Whispers in the logia noted it was interesting that Dolan’s Presidential Address included no references to religious freedom/calls for conscience protections.
- Dolan talks of NY outreach to gay community - “if you feel like some of your rights being violated (visitation, etc),” church would fight for those… but can’t compromise on nature of marriage
- “I did have the privilege of being invited to the Oval Office to meet the President…”
- “extraordinarily friendly, very candid—areas of agreement and disagreement”
- “I found POTUS to be very open to concerns of Catholic community… very sensitive, aware, assured me this was something he’d look long and hard at, and I felt more at peace than when I entered.”

Too Much Confusion. Bertone Puts the Curia Under Lock and Key by Sandro Magister
The document of “Iustitia et Pax” on the global financial crisis is blasted with criticism. The secretary of state disowns it. “L’Osservatore Romano” tears it to shreds. From now on, any new Vatican text will have to be authorized in advance by the cardinal

Church is not a social organization, Pope reminds pilgrims - Catholic Culture
Any planning on the mission of the Church must start with that recognition, he cautioned. “Otherwise we run the risk of reducing things to a horizontal dimension which perverts the identity of the Church and the announcement of the faith.”

Church gives hope to women who have had abortions, says cardinal - CNA

Vatican, biotech firm host adult stem cell meeting
The Vatican has entered into an unusual partnership with a small U.S. biotech company to promote using adult stem cells for treating disease, rather than focusing research on embryonic stem cells.

US bishop links environmental justice with pro-life cause - CNA
The U.S. bishops’ committee leader on domestic justice said that clean air and environmental stewardship should be serious concerns within the pro-life movement.

Can Bishop Robert Finn Get a Fair Hearing? National Catholic Register
The forces the Kansas City bishop faces are seemingly arrayed against him — and the Church.

Bishop Finn strikes deal with prosecutor to avoid new indictment - Catholic Culture
The agreement allows the bishop to escape a 2nd indictment on criminal charges of failing to report evidence of sexual abuse. He now becomes the 4th American prelate giving public officials some control over diocesan affairs in order to escape prosecution.

Catholic Charities: The Bishop of Springfield Gets it Right by Dr. Jeff Mirus - Catholic Culture
“The silver lining of this decision is that our Catholic Charities going forward will be able to focus on being more Catholic and more charitable, while less dependent on government funding and less encumbered by intrusive state policies.”

CNN’s ‘Belief Blog’: Good Catholics Accept Homosexuality - Newsbusters
Fordham religious professor Patrick Hornbeck, in a post titled “Why good Catholics are challenging church line on homosexuality,” argues that good Catholics are increasingly rejecting “official Church teaching” concerning homosexuality

‘Homosexuality and the Church Crisis’ By Matt C. Abbott
This paper demonstrates that there is indeed a very strong link between male homosexuality and child sexual abuse.

Chair of DNC believes Catholic teaching is extreme, radical, divisive, dangerous, and destructive - InsideScoop

Parents campaign against videos shown at Catholic school, get police sent after them

Bishop, USCCB oppose Vanderbilt’s nondiscrimination policy
Under the policy, a Catholic student organization would be guilty of discrimination if it required its leaders to be Catholic.

Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops Flush With “Cash” - Socon or Bust
According to the CCCB’s (CONCACAN INC.) 2010 charity financial return, the CCBB has shown a surplus in its operations. In fact, it has recorded a healthy “profit” for the past several years according to their charity financial returns at CRA’s website.

Liberal MP Justin Trudeau ‘Bad Catholic’ debate shows no signs of subsiding - Catholic Register
The head of Priests for Life Canada states, “If someone wishes to be a Catholic they cannot pick and choose over the fundamental social justice teachings of the Church.”  “You cannot pretend that life issues and human sexuality teachings are not central to the social justice teachings of the Church.

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development: Reform or Bust by Rey Flores - Crisis Magazine

Social “Justice” Perversions - Michael Voris VIDEO
The Church is NOT a social or philanthropic organization. Those who treat it as such do incredible amounts of spiritual damage to souls. Just ask the Pope.

Berlin’s new Catholic archbishop met the media on Tuesday - Reuters
to face accusations he was homophobic and far too conservative for such a prominent post in the free-wheeling German capital. Woelki’s Opus Dei academic credentials,  link to Meisner and statements reaffirming the Church view that homosexual acts are sinful sparked off a storm in Berlin.

Corapi: Why were warning signs ignored? By Phil Lawler
Have we really learned so little, over the past decade, about how we should respond to charges of priestly misconduct?  The fact that so many good Catholics are willing to cling loyally to the belief that Father John Corapi is innocent of all wrongdoing, despite so many clear warning signs, suggests that we still have not learned the necessary painful lessons.

China arrests Catholic priests, church members as persecution intensifies - BeliefNet

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Today’s chuckle: Rubio, Fiorina and Carson pardon a Thanksgiving turkey

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A little bit of humour now and then is a good thing.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American readers.

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BREAKING: Europe’s top human rights court slaps down German ban on pro-life leafletting

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STRASBOURG, France, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – The European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that a German regional court violated a pro-life activist’s freedom of expression when it barred him from leafleting in front of an abortion center.

It further ruled the German court’s order that Klaus Gunter Annen not list the names of two abortion doctors on his website likewise violated the 64-year-old pro-life advocate’s right to freedom of expression.

The court’s November 26 decision is “a real moral victory,” says Gregor Puppinck, director of the Strasbourg-based European Center for Law and Justice, which intervened in Annen’s case. “It really upholds the freedom of speech for pro-life activists in Europe.”

Annen, a father of two from Weinam, a mid-sized city in the Rhine-Neckar triangle, has appealed to the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights at least two times before, Puppinck told LifeSiteNews.

“This is the first time he made it,” he said, noting that this time around, Annen had support from the ECLJ and Alliance Defense Fund and the German Pro-life Federation (BVL). “I think he got more support, better arguments and so I think this helped.”

The court also ordered the German government to pay Annen costs of 13,696.87 EUR, or 14,530 USD.

Annen started distributing pamphlets outside a German abortion center ten years ago, ECLJ stated in a press release.

His leaflets contained the names and addresses of the two abortionists at the center, declared they were doing “unlawful abortions,” and stated in smaller print that, “the abortions were allowed by the German legislators and were not subject to criminal liability.”

Annen’s leaflets also stated that, “The murder of human beings in Auschwitz was unlawful, but the morally degraded NS State allowed the murder of innocent people and did not make it subject to criminal liability.” They referred to Annen’s website,, which listed a number of abortionists, including the two at the site he was leafleting.

In 2007, a German regional court barred Annen from pamphleteering in the vicinity of the abortion center, and ordered him to drop the name of the two abortion doctors from his website.

But the European Court of Human Rights ruled Thursday that the German courts had "failed to strike a fair balance between [Annen’s] right to freedom of expression and the doctor’s personality rights.”

The Court stated that, “there can be no doubt as to the acute sensitivity of the moral and ethical issues raised by the question of abortion or as to the importance of the public interest at stake.”

That means, stated ECLJ, that “freedom of expression in regard to abortion shall enjoy a full protection.”

ECLJ stated that the court noted Annen’s leaflets “made clear that the abortions performed in the clinic were not subject to criminal liability. Therefore, the statement that ‘unlawful abortions’ were being performed in the clinic was correct from a legal point of view.”

As for the Holocaust reference, the court stated that, “the applicant did not – at least not explicitly – equate abortion with the Holocaust.”  Rather, the reference was “a way of creating awareness of the more general fact that law might diverge from morality.”

The November 26 decision “is a quite good level of protection of freedom of speech for pro-life people,” observed Puppinck.

First, the European Court of Human Rights has permitted leafleting “in the direct proximate vicinity of the clinic, so there is no issue of zoning,” he told LifeSiteNews. “And second, the leaflets were mentioning the names of the doctors, and moreover, were mentioning the issue of the Holocaust, which made them quite strong leaflets.”

“And the court protected that.”

Annen has persevered in his pro-life awareness campaign through the years despite the restraints on his freedom.

“He did continue, and he did adapt,” Puppinck told LifeSiteNews. “He kept his freedom of speech as much as he could, but he continued to be sanctioned by the German authorities, and each time he went to the court of human rights. And this time, he won.”

ECLJ’s statement notes that “any party” has three months to appeal the November 26 decision.

However, as it stands, the European Court of Human Rights’s ruling affects “all the national courts,” noted Puppinck, and these will now “have to protect freedom of speech, recognize the freedom of speech for pro-lifers.”

“In the past, the courts have not always been very supportive of the freedom of speech of pro-life,” he said, so the ruling is “significant.”

As for Annen’s pro-life ministry, Pubbinck added: “He can continue to go and do, and I’m sure that he does, because he always did.”  

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‘Soft racism’: German Bishops’ website attributes African Catholics’ strong faith to simplemindedness

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GERMANY, November 26, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) --  The only reason the Catholic Church is growing in Africa is because the people have a “rather low level” of education and accept “simple answers to difficult questions” involving marriage and sexuality, posited an article on the official website of the German Bishops' Conference posted yesterday. The article targeted particularly Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea, the Vatican's prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and ardent defender of Catholic tradition.

First Things blogger Leroy Huizenga, who translated a portion of the article, criticized the article's view as “soft racism.”

In his article, titled “The Romantic, Poor Church,” editor Björn Odendahl writes: 

So also in Africa. Of course the Church is growing there. It grows because the people are socially dependent and often have nothing else but their faith. It grows because the educational situation there is on average at a rather low level and the people accept simple answers to difficult questions (of faith) [sic]. Answers like those that Cardinal Sarah of Guinea provides. And even the growing number of priests is a result not only of missionary power but also a result of the fact that the priesthood is one of the few possibilities for social security on the dark continent.

Huizenga said that such an article has no place on a bishops’ conference website. 

“We all know that the German Bishops' Conference is one of the most progressive in the world. But it nevertheless beggars belief that such a statement would appear on the Conference's official website, with its lazy slander of African Christians and priests as poor and uneducated (Odendahl might as well have added ‘easy to command’) and its gratuitous swipe at Cardinal Sarah,” he wrote. 

“Natürlich progressives could never be guilty of such a sin and crime, but these words sure do suggest soft racism, the racism of elite white Western paternalism,” he added. 

African prelates have gained a solid reputation for being strong defenders of Catholic sexual morality because of their unwavering orthodox input into the recently concluded Synod on the Family in Rome. 

At one point during the Synod, Cardinal Robert Sarah urged Catholic leaders to recognize as the greatest modern enemies of the family what he called the twin “demonic” “apocalyptic beasts” of “the idolatry of Western freedom” and “Islamic fundamentalism.”

STORY: Cardinal Danneels warns African bishops to avoid ‘triumphalism’

“What Nazi-Fascism and Communism were in the 20th century, Western homosexual and abortion ideologies and Islamic fanaticism are today,” he said during his speech at the Synod last month. 

But African prelates’ adherence to orthodoxy has earned them enemies, especially from the camp of Western prelates bent on forming the Catholic Church in their own image and likeness, not according to Scripture, tradition, and the teaching magisterium of the Church. 

During last year’s Synod, German Cardinal Walter Kasper went as far as stating that the voice of African Catholics in the area of Church teaching on homosexuality should simply be dismissed.

African cardinals “should not tell us too much what we have to do,” he said in an October 2014 interview with ZENIT, adding that African countries are "very different, especially about gays.” 

Earlier this month Belgian Cardinal Godfried Danneels, instead of praising Africa for its vibrant and flourishing Catholicism, said that African prelates will one day have to look to Europe to get what he called “useful tips” on how to deal with “secularization” and “individualism.” 

The statement was criticized by one pro-family advocate as “patronizing of the worst kind” in light of the facts that numerous European churches are practically empty, vocations to the priesthood and religious life are stagnant, and the Catholic faith in Europe, especially in Belgium, is overall in decline.

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