Saturday, 24 March 2012

SNAP’s Defenders Show True Colours

Another must read from the Catholic League president Bill Donohue as he comments on those who continue to defend the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP).

Sunday, 18 March 2012

Why Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

I have returned to this week’s editorial in The Southern Cross, titled “Real Religious Freedom”, a few times since I read it the first time. I have been trying to put my finger on what it is about it that makes me feel uncomfortable.

Saturday, 17 March 2012

US Government Helps Robert Bales Escape

Most of us are aware that last Sunday a US soldier walked off his military base in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province, Afghanistan and began to cold-bloodedly shoot innocent Afghan civilians. When he eventually stopped, he had wounded 5 Afghans and killed 9 children, 3 women and 4 men.

Thursday, 15 March 2012

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests Unravels

David Clohessy
President of SNAP

Bill Donohue the President of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights has written an interesting report about the deposition of the President of SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests). 

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Messenger of Peace

Pope Benedict XVI is due to visit Mexico from the 23rd to 25th of March this year. In preparation for that visit, the Conference of Bishops’ for Mexico have released the official anthem for Pope Benedict XVI’s visit.

Southern Cross Tolerates Mendacious Blog About Pope

On the 22nd of February 2012, Sr. Sue Rakoczy ranted, in her blog on The Southern Cross website, that the Pope had apparently made use of the term “Lord Cardinals” during the recent consistory. Sr. Sue stated that she found the Pope’s use of the term “Lord Cardinals” disturbing. 

Tuesday, 13 March 2012

Number of Priests And Bishops Increased

Here is some really good news from the Catholic News Service:   
The number of Catholics in the world and the number of deacons, priests and bishops all increased in 2010, while the number of women in religious orders continued to decline, according to Vatican statistics.

Monday, 12 March 2012

No Cross or Crucifix To Be Worn At Work

According to The Telegraph, the UK government is apparently now set on arguing in the European Court of Human Rights, that Christians cannot claim the right to wear a cross or a crucifix at work.

Friday, 9 March 2012

Bishops Restores Order Of Sacraments Of Initiation

As someone who was born into the Anglican Church I was accustomed to the Sacraments of Initiation being conferred in the following order: Baptism, followed by Confirmation and then First Holy Communion. When I converted to Catholicism, in 1987, I became aware that this order was different in the Catholic Church.

Theologians Must Submit To Truth Proclaimed By Magisterium

Yesterday the International Theological Commission issued a 35 page document titled “Theology Today: Perspectives, Principles and Criteria” in English. The document was authorised for publication by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Thursday, 8 March 2012

Deadly Health Risks For Women

For far too long there has been an ominous silence across America on arguably the most controversial and devastating issue of the day—birth control. Read more »

Lesbian Buddhist Demands Holy Communion

Ms. Barbara Johnson
I wrote recently about a lesbian woman, Ms Barbara Johnson, who was denied Holy Communion during the funeral Mass for her mother. The priest who did so was Fr Marcel Guarnizo. (You can find it here… Lesbian Denied Holy Communion)

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Do We Accept The Cup Given Or Do We Exchange It?

The reality that doing the will of God is not always easy and comfortable, and that it may in fact include a great deal of hardship and suffering, seems to escape many people today. We live in an age where the tremendous accomplishments, of the human race, blind us into believing that there must surely always be an easier and less inconvenient route to the achievement of our objectives.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Who Said "Lord Cardinals"?

Sr. Sue Rakoczy
As Displayed On Her Blog Post

A blogger recently had a rant about how disturbed she was at the fact that the Pope made use of the term “Lord Cardinals” during the recent consistory. The blogger, sadly a Catholic nun, then went on to dispense advice on the Gospel reading that the Pope should have used and why it is that the Pope should not have used the term “Lord”.

My Brother The Pope

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It wasn't always the case that Msgr. Georg Ratzinger lived in the shadow of his younger brother, Joseph. Georg was an accomplished musician, who for over 30 years directed the Regensburger Domspatzchor, the world-famous boys choir of the Regensburg cathedral. Brother Joseph was a brilliant young professor, but mostly known in German academic circles.

Monday, 5 March 2012

Obama Votes For Infanticide?

It was recently raised as a matter of concern that Obama, while he was a senator in Illinois, voted in 2001, 2002 and in 2003, against the “Born Alive Infants Protection Act”. Newt Gingrich raised this during a debate on Ash Wednesday.

Saturday, 3 March 2012

Why Should Baby Live?

Consider these two statements: “After-birth abortion: why should the baby live?” and “After-birth abortion (killing a new born) should be permissible in all cases where abortion is, including cases where the new born is not disabled.[i]

Lesbian Denied Holy Communion

Yesterday I read an article about a woman who is calling for a priest to be removed from his diocese because the priest had refused to give her Holy Communion. The priest apparently learned, directly from Ms Johnson, just before the funeral Mass for her mother began, that Ms Johnson was a lesbian who has been living with her lesbian partner for 19 years already and would continue to do so. You can read the secular media articles here and here.