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More Than 100 Face Murder Charges for Lynching of Pakistani Christian Couple (377)

The husband and wife were killed and their bodies burned by a mob after they were accused of desecrating the Quran.

05/29/2015 Comment
CNA/Legal Evangelical Association Development

The site where a young Christian couple were lynched at a brick factory in Pakistan’s Punjab province in November 2014.

– CNA/Legal Evangelical Association Development

LAHORE, Pakistan — In Pakistan’s Punjab province, 106 people have been charged with the November 2014 murder of a Christian couple, who were attacked by a lynch mob and burned alive after being accused of blasphemy.

Pakistan’s anti-terrorism court charged that three Muslim clerics were involved in persistent provocative speech against the couple, while local media reported the clerics stirred up more than 400 people against Shahzad Masih and his wife, Shama, who was pregnant with the couple’s fourth child.

The Christian couple was killed and their bodies burned by a mob, after they were accused of desecrating the Quran. The couple lived in Kot Radha Kishan, a city located nearly 40 miles...READ MORE

Filed under blasphemy law, christian persecution, islam, murder, pakistan, punjab, sharia

What Temperament Are You, How Satan Desires a Society of 'Equality', Chastity and More! (2251)

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05/29/2015 Comment

Click on What Temperament Are You? by Bernard Toutounji of Ignitum Today link to read more.

What Temperament Are You? by Bernard Toutounji of Ignitum Today - Big Pulpit

How Satan Desires a Society of ‘Equality’ – Philip Kosloski, Put on the Armor of God

20 Things We Learned from Jim Gaffigan's 'Ask Me Aything' - Chloe Mooradian, Epic Pew

Chasing Chastity – Father Dwight Longenecker, Standing on my Head

Chesterton Quotes For the Supreme Court – Jamey Brown, Catholic Stand

Why Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ Arguments Are So Terrible – R. J. Snell PhD, Crisis Magazine

Popular Piety – Cristina Montes, Ignitum Today

Syrian Artist Shows Power of Faith Amid the Horrors of War – James Martone, Catholic Herald Magazine

A Catechesis on Emotions – Jeffery McLeod PhD, Catholic Stand

Beyond Our...READ MORE

Filed under chastity, equality, gk chesterton, henri de lubac, jim gaffigan, piety, religious freedom, satan, so-called same-sex marriage, temperament

Is This the Death of the Catholic Church in Ireland? (6358)

COMMENTARY: There have been three key moments in the recent history of the Irish Church when leading bishops and priests could have chosen to strengthen the faith of the people. Instead, poor choices and inaction have weakened what remains.

05/28/2015 Comments (20)

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The vote in Ireland has been to legalize same-sex “marriage,” an outcome that suggests a loss of moral clarity among the majority of Catholics in the Irish Church. I am left asking the question: Is the Irish Church dead?

I know this may sound shocking, and some may accuse me of alarmism and defeatism. However, sacred Scripture is clear that, though Our Lord has promised to be with the universal Church until the end of time (Matthew 28:20), it is possible for a local Church to die.

The Book of Revelation contains the locutions and visions Our Lord granted to his beloved disciple, St. John the Evangelist. Our Lord sent seven messages to the local Churches, one of which was addressed to the...READ MORE

Filed under church in ireland, deacon nick donnelly, enda kenny, ireland, irish marriage referendum

Is It Time for the Benedict Option? (9132)

COMMENTARY: In the face of moral and social disintegration, St. Benedict established core communities of intentional disciples.

05/28/2015 Comments (38)
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St. Benedict is depicted with a cross and a scroll stating 'Vade Retro Satana' ('Get thee behind me, Satan!'), which is abbreviated on the St. Benedict Medal.

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The poet T.S. Eliot predicted that, after the disintegration of Western society, civilization would be conserved and restored by a new monastic movement. He was referring to the events at the end of the fifth century, when Benedict of Nursia abandoned the decaying Roman Empire and established small communities of men and women dedicated to prayer, work and study.

In Benedict’s day, the once-great Roman Empire had collapsed into chaos. Through economic disaster, famine, plague, moral decadence and political corruption, the society was enervated and vulnerable. Barbarians invaded from the north and east, sensing lucrative spoils to be had.

In the face of the moral and social disintegration,...READ MORE

Filed under benedict option, benedict xvi, father dwight longenecker, rod dreher, st. benedict

Dear Justice Kennedy: A Letter From the Child of a Loving Gay Parent; Science Run Amok and More! (3246)

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05/28/2015 Comment

Click on Dear Supreme Court Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent by Katy Faust of Aleteia∝ link to read more.

Dear Supreme Court Justice Kennedy: An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent by Katy Faust of Aleteia∝ - Big Pulpit

Science Run Amok – Chelsea Zimmerman, Catholic Lane

The Moment, Mystery and Miracle of Kecharitōmenē – Susan Anne, Catholic Stand

Marriage and the United States Supreme Court: Clinging to the Strands of Hope – Hadley Arkes PhD, The Catholic Thing

The Destruction of Thought – James Kalb, The Catholic World Report

The United States Supreme Court Weighs Same-Sex ‘Marriage’ – Bridget L. Fay JD, OSV Newsweekly

What Makes You Powerful? – Strahlen Smith, Catholic Stand

Bishop Larry Silva: Returning Sacraments of Initiation to Their Proper Order – Hawaii Catholic...READ MORE

Filed under bishop larry silva, cassocks, justice kennedy, liturgical silence, science, shoulder cape, so-called same-sex marriage, supreme court of the united states

Christian Youth Is Detained Over Blasphemy Law in Pakistan; Muslim Mob Responds With Violence (1185)

On May 24, Humayun Faisal Masih was burning newspapers in Sanda, a Christian district in Lahore. Muslim onlookers accused him of blasphemy, alleging that some of the pages contained verses of the Quran.

05/28/2015 Comments (2)

LAHORE, Pakistan — Tension and fear have gripped the Christian community in Lahore, Pakistan, after a Muslim mob attacked the community on Sunday after a young Christian man was accused of blasphemy.

Archbishop Sebastian Shaw of Lahore, Pakistan's second-largest city, has credited local authorities with containing the mob and diverting the worst of the possible violence.

On May 24, Humayun Faisal Masih was burning newspapers in Sanda, a Christian district in Lahore’s northwestern section. Muslim onlookers accused him of blasphemy, alleging that some of the pages contained verses of the Quran.

Masih, who is mentally ill, was detained by police; and in the evening, a mob gathered, wishing...READ MORE

Filed under archbishop sebastian shaw, blasphemy law, christianity, islam, lahore, muslims, pakistan, quran, sharia

For the Vatican Bank, a New Direction Means Profitability (1370)

Pope Francis asked the bank ‘to continue to serve with prudence and to provide specialized financial services to the Catholic Church worldwide, thereby assisting him in his mission as universal pastor.’

05/28/2015 Comments (2)
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The Institute for Religious Works, known as the Vatican Bank.

– CNA/file photo

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Bank’s net profits in 2014 jumped to $75.5 million from only $3.2 million the previous year, reflecting a change in its financial management and investments.

The Institute for Religious Works (IOR), known informally as the Vatican Bank, released its third annual report on May 25. The report registered a massive increase in net profits.

This increase may be attributed both to a sharp rise in the bank’s net trading income and to a decline of its extraordinary operating expenses, like the costs of hiring external consultants to monitor and screen the IOR accounts.

The increase in net profit is also a result of the financial policy now under way that is aimed at...READ MORE

Filed under andrea gagliarducci, cardinal george pell, institute for works of religion, moneyval, pope francis, stewardship, vatican bank

Lay Catholics Prepare ‘Winsome’ Message for Pope Francis’ Visit (1987)

In three major U.S. cities, Catholic Voices is equipping volunteers with training in how to present the face of the local Church to thousands of reporters covering the papal visit.

05/27/2015 Comments (5)
Christopher White/Catholic Voices

Catholic Voices representatives Kim Daniels (left) and Mitch Boersma (center) speak with Jonathan Lewis, director of Young Adult Ministry and Evangelization Initiatives for the Archdiocese of Washington.

– Christopher White/Catholic Voices

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders hope to use Pope Francis’ visit in September as an opportunity to share the joy of the faith with the public.

At a time when some Church teachings are misunderstood or even attacked as out of date or discriminatory, one Catholic organization is preparing the faithful in three cities to project a “reasonable, happy and winsome” face of the Catholic Church to the deluge of reporters following the papal visit.

“This is a great opportunity for the Church to spread its message,” said Kim Daniels, senior adviser of Catholic Voices USA, told a group of white, black, Asian and Hispanic Catholics — from a variety of professions and walks of life — at a recent training...READ MORE

Filed under catholic voices, papal visit to the u.s., peter jesserer smith, pope francis, world meeting of families 2015

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