Pro-Choice Episcopal Bishop Says Climate Denial is a Moral Issue

03/31/2015 Comments (1)

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church, who is pro-choice on the issue of life, says climate change denial is a "moral issue."

“Episcopalians understand the life of the mind is a gift of God and to deny the best of current knowledge is not using the gifts God has given you,” she reportedly said. “In that sense, yes, it could be understood as a moral issue.”

She continued by saying, “I think it is a very blind position. I think it is a refusal to use the best of human knowledge, which is ultimately a gift of God.”

Wow. Seems like a hard line, huh? Well Jefferts Schori takes a rather more...nuanced view on other issues such as life.

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The Schism Nobody Sees Coming

03/27/2015 Comments (124)

Ever since the announcement of the Synod on the Family and Cardinal Kasper's infamous kickoff speech, people have been predicting that traditionalists might schism because, like Inspector Javert, they just can't handle all that awesome mercy.

People across the ideological spectrum have speculated what will happen when the Church realizes that Jesus was a big meanie and finally admits the divorced and remarried to communion. Will traditionalists finally realize the dreams of their schismatic little hearts and join the SSPX? Will Cardinal Burke chain himself to St. Peters with several litres of gasoline and the European equivalent of a Bic lighter threatening self-immolation unless we burn...READ MORE

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Dear Doug Kmiec at al, Abortion is Not a Poverty Issue

03/26/2015 Comments (11)

You might recall Catholic law professor Doug Kmiec's political conversion in which he surprised many by going from Mitt Romney's presidential campaign to supporting Barack Obama. He later went on to be Obama's ambassador to Malta and later ran for Congress, saying he wanted to be Hillary Clinton's vice presidential pick.

When asked about his political turnaround considering the issue of abortion, Kmiec essentially argued that Obama was actually more pro-life than many Republicans because he supported poverty programs. Specifically, he said:

The Democrats had a brilliant strategy on abortion this year: Don't play the futile court speculation game. Instead, Obama's team promoted life in...READ MORE

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Pope, Heresy, Marxist, Yawn

03/24/2015 Comments (27)

Perhaps the psy-ops are working.

What just 18 months ago would have set the Catholic internet on fire, this time around barely smoldered. In an editorial reflection (not a new interview) the Pope's infamous marxist atheist dialogue partner, Eugenio Scalfari, put the following words in the mouth of the Pope:

What happens to these extinct souls? Will they be punished? And how?
Francis’ answer is unambiguous and clear: There is no penalty but the annihilation of that soul. All others live on to share the the happiness in the presence of the Father. The extinguished souls have no part in this feast, with the death of the body is its end and this is the motivation of the missionary Church: to...READ MORE

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Making Abortion Clinics Safer is Unsafe. What?!

03/19/2015 Comments (27)

A bill to increase state regulations of abortion clinics is causing all sorts of crazy testimony from those opposing the bill at the state capitol in Nebraska.

The Judiciary Committee heard testimony on a bill that would require abortion clinics be defined as ambulatory surgical centers.

As Greg Schleppenbach of the Nebraska Catholic Conference says, abortion clinics must be equipped for emergencies. Makes sense, right? Oh but wait, the Nebraska Catholic Conference is anti-abortion so that's why they're actually supporting these measures, right? That's what's often said. But the two don't necessarily follow. In fact, it's quite logical that a group such as the Nebraska Catholic Conference...READ MORE

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Hard Sayings, Who Can Listen To It?

03/13/2015 Comments (123)

“This is a hard saying; who can listen to it?”

At an event in Britain, the Telegraph reports, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila "lamented the “harsh words” that the Church used about gay and divorced people in the past, saying it left them feeling “branded.”

The “harsh” and “severe” stance adopted by the Catholic clerics towards gay people, divorcees and single mothers has done lasting harm, one of the most prominent members of the Church’s new generation of Cardinals has acknowledged.
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, Archbishop of Manila in the Philippines, said the Church had to learn lessons from changing social attitudes and a greater understanding of psychology and...READ MORE

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Sooo, Would Pro-Life Abortionists Be OK?

03/11/2015 Comments (61)

Congress is being urged to considering overturning Washington D.C. legislation that could force religious and pro-life employers in our nation's capital to operate their businesses in ways counter to their beliefs.

The Reproductive Health Non-Discrimination Act (RHNDA), says it would protect people from discrimination against from an employer because of their reproductive health choices.

Here's the wording:

To amend the Human Rights Act of 1977 to ensure that individuals are protected from  10 discrimination by an employer, employment agency, or labor organization, based on an individual’s or dependent’s reproductive health decisions.

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What the Register Gets Wrong on the Death Penalty

03/06/2015 Comments (99)

As a person who does not generally support the death penalty, you might think that I would be pleased with the joint editorial issued the National Catholic Reporter, America Magazine, Our Sunday Visitor, and this paper, the National Catholic Register.

I am not.

When it comes to abolishing the death penalty in the United States, the means matter. The above publications have made the choice that granting unconstitutional power to the Supreme Court to ban the death penalty is a legitimate means as long as the end is good. They collectively write:

We join our bishops in hoping the court will reach the conclusion that it is time for our nation to embody its commitment to the right to life by...READ MORE

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