Monday November 8, 2010

NewsBytes – Religion – Catholic

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A Thumb in Leviathan’s Eye by John Zmirak

The only hope for Christians of any sort to carry on our mission of evangelization and social charity is to shrink the secular State. We must push back, hard, against the ever-expanding, Utilitarian Leviathan. We do so because we see the family as the basic unit of society, churches and families as the primary educators of children, and the godless modern State as a monster that must be killed.

Woman seeks ‘Christian roommate,’ state cites her for discrimination

Michigan alleges notice posted on church billboard breaks rules

Post-election, threat seen to Catholic social justice agenda

The loss of moderate, pro-life Democrats may well apply the brakes on a social justice agenda that two years ago seemed to have traction.

3 new Jesuit college presidents donated to ‘pro-choice’ candidates

Three laymen recently named presidents of Jesuit universities have contributed to candidates who favor legalized abortion, according to federal election records.

Jesuit Catholic America mag discouraged about “unremarkable” election, divided nation, lack of compromise.

CCHD Coalition Finds Radical Group Featured in Bishop’s Renewal Document; Urges Delay of Annual Collection

Liberal Priests Oppose CCHD Reform Efforts in Chicago

liberal priests in the Chicago archdiocese are urging Cardinal Francis George to roll back reforms of the local CCHD effort. Last year, prompted by heavy criticism of the CCHD, archdiocesan officials in Chicago took extra steps to ensure that grants would not be directed toward organizations that promote abortion, same-sex unions, and other causes at odds with Catholic moral principles. The priests argue that it is insulting for grant applications to be asked whether their organizations are involved in advocacy for abortion or same-sex marriage.

The superiors of the Legion of Christ are opposing change – why not sack the lot?

Pope fights to reclaim Spain from social change

Pope Benedict XVI lands in Spain Saturday to reclaim a bastion of the Church from the lure of quick divorce, abortion rights and gay marriage.

Pope Benedict, the bishops, and the “clash of civilizations”

The world suffers under two destructive idols, he suggested in the meditation, one from the East that assumes the form of false religion, one from the West that takes the form of no religion. Both idols must fall under the advance of true religion.

The “clash of civilizations” is at bottom a clash of irrational ideologies: a distorted faith without reason in the East advances upon a culture of distorted reason without faith in the West. Modernist commentators propose that the two find peace in “pluralism” and other articles of man-made faith, but Pope Benedict can see that secular humanism provides no resolution to the conflict at all. It is just one more false divinity.

Speaking before Muslims and Hindus, Pope asks for right to change religion to be respected

Red hats, mixed messages: new American cardinals (Burke, Wuerl) differ on a crucial issue by Phil Lawler

Families will not “hold their tongue” about bishop-protected dissent on pro-life/pro-family issues

The homosexualist agenda in Catholic schools By Matt C. Abbott

2 Belgian Bishops Question Celibacy Discipline

CNN: Vatican Conducting ‘Inquisition’ Against Dissenting Nuns

Michael Voris vs. Country Club Christianity

Successor named to Canadian bishop Wingle who disappeared for months

Repentance rather than structural change to beat clerical abuse

The solution to the problem of clerical sex abuse lies in a spirit of penitence and conversion, rather than a radical change of church structures, said Pope Benedict.

LA’s Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels site of campaign kick-off for pro-abortion Democrats

A rogues gallery of some of California’s most pro-abortion, pro-embryonic stem-cell research and pro-same-sex marriage politicians gathered to kick off their fall campaigns on Labor Day at, of all places, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angeles in Los Angeles.

After Reading NCR I Can’t Stop Laughing

The Separation of God from Public Life By Russell Shaw

A look back at John F. Kennedy’s disastrously influential speech on secularism to the Greater Houston Ministerial Association. September marks the speech’s 50th anniversary, as it continues to reverberate in America’s politics.

Hong Kong cardinal criticizes Vatican congregation, warns of Communist persecution

“Why They Are Attacking Me.” Autobiography of a Pontificate by Sandro Magister

Ever since he was elected, Joseph Ratzinger has been the target of a crescendo of assaults, from inside and outside of the Church. The first and main enemy is the external one. It is the currents of opinion and centers of power hostile to the Church and to this pope.

The second enemy is those Catholics – including not a few priests and bishops – who see Benedict XVI as an obstacle to their project of “modernist” reform for the Church. Finally, the third enemy is those officials of the Vatican curia who hurt the pope instead of helping him, out of incapacity, ignorance, or even opposition.

The time is Now for Reform of the CCHD by Phil Lawler

For more than 25 years, since the days of the Reagan administration, conservative Catholics have complained that the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), the official “anti-poverty” effort of the US bishops’ conference, has become too closely allied with leftist political causes-in some cases even funding radical groups that promote causes such as legal abortion and same-sex marriage. At long last, those criticisms have begun to have a serious impact.

When the Tribunal of the World Condemns the Church for Heresy by Sandro Magister

There are truths that the dominant culture sees as subversive: on life, the family, sexuality. American archbishop Chaput explains why, and calls Christians to a great battle of resistance. “Only the truth can set men free”

Chaput’s appeal is not only defensive. It is above all proactive. And it is connected to the master plan of Benedict XVI’s pontificate, for a “new evangelization” of the regions of the world in which Christianity is at risk of being extinguished. The engagement of Catholics in the public sphere – according to Chaput – must be part of this overall plan. In which God comes before Caesar.

Maciel’s Ghost Still Haunts the Castle by Sandro Magister

In many of the houses of the Legionaries of Christ, the portrait of their disgraced founder is still on display. And his system of power continues to function. The letter of accusation by a priest of the Legion to its leaders. But at the Vatican, they don’t have any protectors anymore.

Court denies Vatican bank’s efforts to reclaim millions

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