Thursday, April 30, 2015
Vatican City, 30 April 2015 (VIS) - The Holy Father's universal prayer intention for May is: “That, rejecting the culture of indifference, we may care for our neighbours who suffer, especially the sick and the poor”.
His intention for evangelisation is: “That Mary's intercession may help Christians in secularised cultures be open to proclaiming Jesus”.
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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage | National Review Online
The following excerpts are from National Review:
Religious institutions could be at risk of losing their tax-exempt status due to their beliefs about marriage if the Supreme Court holds that gay couples have a constitutional right to wed, President Obama’s attorney acknowledged to the Supreme Court today.
“It’s certainly going to be an issue,” Solicitor General Donald Verrilli replied when Justice Samuel Alito asked if schools that support the traditional definition of marriage would have to be treated like schools that once opposed interracial marriage. “I don’t deny that.”
Read more by clicking below:Obama’s Lawyer: Religious Institutions May Lose Tax-Exempt Status If Court Rules for Gay Marriage | National Review Online
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
From The Dignitatis Humanae Institute: Queen of Sweden to DHI: Do Whatever You Can to Help Children - All Children
Note:The following is a press release from The Dignitatis Humanae Institute
Rome, 28 April 2015
The DHI was honoured to participate April 27th in an exclusive, invitation-only Vatican seminar on Human trafficking.
Hosted by the ever-impressive Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo, Chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, in conjunction with the Swedish government, the "Seminar on Trafficking - with a Special Focus on Children" featured H.M. The Queen of Sweden, and DHI Board Member H.E. Cardinal Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace.
After thanking her for the work she was doing to highlight the terrible reality of the trafficking of children Benjamin Harnwell, DHI Founder, asked Queen Silvia - citing Mother Teresa - whether she also thought there was a connection between abortion and the hardness of hearts shown towards children after they are born.
The Queen, who is the Swedish Head of State, made immediately clear that she didn't want to - and cannot - enter the political debate on abortion. But as a global leader in the campaign for children's welfare, her answer in the context of the question deserves careful study and reflection.
Harnwell put to Her Majesty that Mother Teresa suggested that a society that aborts its children will never fully recognize the human dignity of people once they're born. He asked whether the way society in the West deals with children before they are born has somehow hardened our hearts to the plight of children being trafficked in the West today. "Is there is a correlation between these two events?," Harnwell asked.
Queen Silvia replied:
"I must say that Mother Teresa was a wonderful person and all the work she did was really fantastic. She was a Nobel Peace Prize winner - and so she really was a model. To talk about humanity and dignity was very important to her heart - I must say - and so I think she is very right: and so whatever you can do to help the children - all children - really, we should do.
The DHI will leave this excerpt as it stands without any editorialising interpretation, and encourages DHI supporters to keep the great Swedish people, and their noble Queen, in their prayers: especially Queen Silvia's mission to promote the rights of children - "all children" - in her work.
Taken from the Workshop programme:
"Inspired by the words of Pope Francis that 'Human Trafficking is Modern Slavery'and that this practice is a 'Crime against Humanity,'the purpose of the seminar is to highlight the special situation of children as victims of human trafficking as well as what measures, be it national legislation or international efforts, can be taken to protect better the rights of children. Practical examples of how children are affected and of possible legal measures will be given at the seminar."
The Dignitatis Humanae Institute aims to uphold human dignity based on the anthropological truth that man is born in the image and likeness of God and therefore has an innate human dignity of infinite worth to be upheld. The Institute promotes this understanding by supporting Christians in public life, assisting them to present effective and coherent responses to increasing efforts to silence the Christian voice in the public square.
Monday, April 27, 2015
As many of you are well aware, I am in need of cataract surgery. I had started a campaign to raise funds for my much needed surgery by using the crowd funding site, GoFundMe.
I had seen and heard good things about GoFundMe, but a recent decision of theirs has prompted me to remove my campaign from their site entirely.
My reason for deleting my campain is best summed up in the description given on a petition (which I have signed) at CitizenGo.org:
GoFundMe just removed a campaign... simply because it supported a couple exercising their Christian faith.
Sweet Cakes by Melissa owners Aaron and Melissa Klien refused to bake a cake for a lesbian same-sex ceremony after discovering that the wedding would have two brides. This same-sex ceremony went against their firmly held religious beliefs, and they believed that their God-given, Constitutionally-protected right to religious freedom should allow them to decline to bake a cake for the ceremony.
The state of Oregon disagreed with this right. The lesbian couple sued the Kliens, and they will likely have to pay at least $135,000 in "emotional damages" to the couple.
As if this compromise of religious freedom was not enough, GoFundMe took down a fundraiser to support the Klien family. The fundraiser was posted by a friend of the family late last week, and it had already raised $66,000 by Friday afternoon. But on Friday evening, the campaign was taken down by GoFundMe.
GoFundMe released a statement claiming that the fundraiser violated their “Terms and Conditions.” In the terms and conditions, GoFundMe explains that “Campaigns in defense of formal charges of heinous crimes, including violent, hateful, or sexual acts,” will not be allowed on their site. In deciding to remove this campaign, they're accusing the Kliens of committing a crime that was both “heinous” and “hateful.”....
You may read the rest here. While you are there, sign the petition!
I can not in good conscience continue to have my needs take precedence over GoFundMe's apparent decision on caving in to the pressure of the "unnatural marriage" crowd and their willing co-horts.
I fully support the Klien family and their willingness to stand by their religious convictions. In removing my campaign, I also stand by mine.
Saturday, April 25, 2015
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Faith of the Fathers:
Saint Quote of the Day:
Daily Catholic Mass Readings:
Daily Catholic Mass Readings For Tuesday, April 21, 2015 and Daily Catholic Mass Readings For Thursday, April 23, 2015 (tie)
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The Pope And Church News
Church Under Attack
Saints of the Faith
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Friday, April 24, 2015
The following excerpts are from AINA.org:
In his Sunday sermon on April 12, "Pope Francis referred to the 1915 Turkish mass killings of Armenians as the 'first genocide of the 20th century.'"
This papal declaration instantly flared into a diplomatic uproar. It absolutely infuriated Turkey's Islamist President Tayyip Erdogan, who "warned" the Pope against repeating his "mistaken" statement.
There was actually no mistake about it: The fact is, the Armenian Genocide cost 1.5 million Armenian Christians their lives, along with another million Assyrian and Greek believers.
And, thanks to the Pope's pronouncement and Erdogan's outrage, the rest of the world was effectively reminded of the approaching centennial of that genocide, which will take place on April 24.
Read more by clicking below:Armenian, Assyrian, Greek Genocide: 100 Years of Remembrance
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
The following excerpts are from EWTN News:
A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram.
Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears.
“Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18.
In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at first, but extended a sword toward him, and he in turn reached out for it.
“As soon as I received the sword, it turned into a rosary,” the bishop said, adding that Jesus then told him three times: “Boko Haram is gone.”
“I didn’t need any prophet to give me the explanation,” he said. “It was clear that with the rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram.”
Read more by clicking below:After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram :: EWTN News