Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Cardinal Francis George Dies At Age 78

Longtime LGBT rights foe Cardinal Francis George has died of cancer at the age of 78. Via USA Today: In recent years, his reputation was that of a conservative battling to stem the tide of secularism that witnessed millions of Catholics leaving the faith. One obituary even labeled him as “the American Ratzinger,” referring to Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, the reactionary ...

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Prominent Catholics To Pope Francis: Replace Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Via the San Francisco Chronicle: In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis ...

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Indiana Catholics Applaud RFRA Law

“Until recently, it was simply unthinkable that one person would attempt to force another to act contrary to that person’s religious conscience. While American law and culture reserved the right to act against religious practices when there was clear evidence that they directly endangered the public health and safety, it was simply not acceptable to force a person to choose ...

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Pope Francis To Visit White House

Via White House press release: The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, on their shared values and commitments on a wide range ...

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WASHINGTON: Catholic Archdiocese Joins Fight To Block DC Gay Rights Measure

Via the Washington Blade: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington signed on to a letter to members of the U.S. Senate on March 20 calling for Congress to block a D.C. bill that would protect LGBT students from discrimination at religious schools operating in the city. The letter, which was signed, among others, by Cardinal Donald Wuerl calls the Human Rights ...

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ITALY: Pope Dines With LGBT Inmates

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Vatican Accepts Resignation Of Cardinal Who Confessed To Sex With Priests

Via the Huffington Post: Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who was accused of sexually harassing several men in a scandal that exploded on the eve of the 2013 conclave that elected Pope Francis, has renounced the “rights and privileges” of his office but gets to keep his prestigious title, the Vatican announced Friday (March 20). O’Brien did not take part in ...

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FLORIDA: House Advances Bill To Allow Adoption Agencies To Refuse Gay Couples

Via SaintPetersBlog: One week after striking down a ban on gay adoption a House panel on Thursday approved a proposed committee bill that would allow private child placing agencies to refuse to perform adoptions without risking their state contracts if the placement violates their religious or moral convictions. The proposed bill, PCB HHSC 15-03, was supported by the Florida Conference ...

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Pope To Lunch With LGBT Prisoners

Via the National Catholic Reporter: Pope Francis reportedly will have lunch Saturday with about 90 prisoners, including 10 from a prison ward for transgender and gay prisoners and those who suffer from AIDS, as part of a visit to the southern Italian city of Naples. The prisoners won their spots after a raffle among some 1,900 detainees, according to a ...

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SAN FRANCISCO: Archdiocese Issues Apology, Will Stop Drenching Homeless

Via press release from the Archdiocese of San Francisco: When the system was installed, after other ideas were tried and failed, the people who were regularly sleeping in those doorways were informed in advance that the sprinklers were being installed. The idea was not to remove those persons, but to encourage them to relocate to other areas of the Cathedral, ...

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Headline Of The Day

Via CBS San Francisco: KCBS has learned that Saint Mary’s Cathedral, the principal church of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, has installed a watering system to keep the homeless from sleeping in the cathedral’s doorways. The cathedral, at Geary and Gough, is the home church of the Archbishop. There are four tall side doors, with sheltered alcoves, that attract homeless ...

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Bill Donohue Has The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Sadz: My Own People Did Me In

Start at the 3:00 mark.

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Today In NOM Hypocrisy

“A New Jersey school teacher needs your help right away. Patricia Januzzi, a teacher at the Catholic Immaculata High School in New Jersey, is under fire and in danger of losing her job because she posted her opinions (which are not, in fact, contrary to the professed beliefs of the Catholic Church) about marriage and family on her Facebook page. ...

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Pope Francis Hints At Brief Papacy

On the second anniversary of his assuming the papacy, yesterday Pope Francis indicated that he may retire relatively soon. “I have the feeling that my pontificate will be brief. Four or five years; I do not know, even two or three,” he said. He praised Pope Benedict’s decision to step aside in 2013 as “courageous”. “Benedict should not be considered ...

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VIRGINIA: Catholic Bishops Angry That Pro-Gay Gov Will Lead St. Patrick’s Parade

The Catholic bishops of Virgina have issued a joint statement denouncing (of all groups) the Knights of Columbus over their invitation for Gov. Terry McAuliffe to lead this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. We are aware that the Knights of Columbus Council #3548 has extended an invitation to Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to serve as Grand Marshal of the 2015 ...

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PERU: Monsignor Calls Gay Politician A “Faggot” As Civil Unions Vote Nears

The Peruvian Congress is about to vote on civil unions, prompting Monsignor Luis Barbaren to call the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Carlos Bruce, a “faggot.” Barbaren: “He said he’s gay, but gay is not a Peruvian word. The word is maricon (faggot).” Barbaren’s words came at a ceremony held today to honor the Catholic victims of the terrorist group Shining Path. ...

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Headline Of The Day

Photo caption: “Father Gordon Blue sprinkles holy water on Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk, left, and Jon Pollard in her office during a Rededication Service of the Glory Hole Shelter on Wednesday.” (Via Friendly Atheist)

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WISCONSIN: Court Rules Against Catholic Archdiocese In Bankruptcy Case

In 2013 it was revealed that while the Archbishop of Milwaukee, now-Cardinal Timothy Dolan sought the Vatican’s permission to move that money into a cemetery fund in order to shield assets from the victims of sexual abuse. The Archdiocese declared bankruptcy in 2011. UPDATE: Here’s the AP’s report. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago said Monday that ...

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IRELAND: Bishop Says Being Gay Is God’s Mistake, Like Having Down Syndrome

A Catholic bishop in Ireland has a strange argument against same-sex marriage. Via Raw Story: According to [Bishop Kevin] Doran, it was not a “sin” to be gay, as long as people did not “behave” like homosexuals. “What the church asks of people who are homosexual by orientation is exactly the same as what the church asks of people who ...

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Cardinal Edward Egan Dies At Age 82

Cardinal Edward Egan, a longtime foe of LGBT rights and the former Archbishop of New York, has died at the age of 82. Egan was pronounced dead at NYU Langone Medical Center at 2:20 p.m. after going into cardiac arrest, Archdiocese officials say. Joseph Zwilling, spokesman for the Archdiocese, told NBC 4 New York Egan seemed fine when he was ...

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