Bishop Olmsted's booklet, in a question and answer format, answers 29 poignant questions about Catholic teaching and civic issues such as separation of Church and State, public policies, political issues, and voting responsibilities. Olmsted explains how certain policies, such as capital punishment, are a matter of opinion but other issues, like a pro-life stance, are non-negotiable at all times. The booklet does not endorse or condemn any specific candidate, political party or legislative proposal.Bishop Olmsted contrasts his apostoliclic mission from many orthopraxy bishops in the United States that hide behind their chancellors and issue edicts on soft issues such as immigration reform while abandoninging pro-life issues. Bishop Olmsted also strengthens other bishops who are hesitant to fulfill their apostolic duties by his example. Some strong statements that Bishop Olmsted issues is the denial of Communion to politicians who create scandal, such as Congresswoman Pelosi, by supporting abortion.
Olmsted explains that certain social issues can be left up to the opinion of the voter and two Catholics may legitimately differ in opinion. However, he is careful to express that "there are other issues, such as abortion or euthanasia, that are always wrong and do not allow for the correct use of prudential judgment to justify them."To read more about Bishop Olmsteds new book click here. To read 'Catholics in Public Square' click here. UPDATED: Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Denver flexes his apostolic muscles once again (*sigh*, the laypeople of Denver are fortunate) makes clear that the abortion issue should be the "foundational" issue for Catholic voters. For more click here.
For more than 20 years, the former sheikh was a member of the fundamentalist Islamic group Tabligh and Da’wa, which actively proselytized non-Muslims but strictly opposed violence.Bahaa converted in 2005 and was immediately detained by the notorious State Security Investigation (SSI) indefinately with no charges. The charges were finally revealed as "committing blasphemy against Islam". He has been in jail for over 18 months now and counting. He is rotting in one of Egypts worst jails, the Wadi el-Natroun Prison where most of Egypts worse Islamic militants are jailed in spartan conditions out in the desert.
"He is locked in a place where he may die because his age, body and mind cannot tolerate this cruelty and stubbornness of the state security authorities,"He is 57 years old and is unable to cope with his surroundings at his age. His conversion arised from his disillusionment of Islam.
"This is a proof to all Muslims,” El-Akkad wrote, “that the person who studies the two religions from an objective and serious perspective will choose the Christian approach."Let us pray for his safe and quick release from jail. Let us pray also for all those that have converted to Christianity in the Middle East but have kept it a secret due to a fear of losing their lives. Finaly let us pray that Egypt, as well as the rest of the Islamic world, will allow freedom of worship in their respective countries. For more on this article click here.
The executives were asked what they would do if Cohen decided to throw ‘Kosher food’, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Bible, and the Quran in the garbage bin. The executives said they would allow everything to be thrown in the garbage bin, save the Quran, for fear of offending the British Muslim community.And it gets even better:
One senior BBC executive admitted to the ‘Daily Express’, "There was a widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness. Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC's culture, that it is very hard to change it."The BBC needs to get their funding cut completely and let the free market determine what people want to watch as opposed as should watch. For more on this article click here. (Hat Tip: NewBusters by Gary Sheffield) For previous postings of BBC bias click here and here. UPDATED: More analysis of BBC bias and their avertion to admitting it click here.
The initiative says that 'No person may clone or attempt to clone a human being.' But when the fine print is read, it actually allows for therapeutic cloning. . . 'What therapeutic cloning does is to create a human embryo for the purpose of extracting stem cells, and in doing so it kills the embryo. However, in Missouri the conversation has not been about therapeutic cloning' it has been about 'somatic cell nuclear transfer' (that's the Orwellian euphemism preferred by the Stowers Institute, the financial source of almost all the $29 million spent on this stealth campaign). As bioethicist Wesley J. Smith has written, 'biologically, the act of human cloning is asexual reproduction performed via somatic cell nuclear transfer, or SCNT. This act of cloning culminates in the creation of a new human embryo.' 'Researcher William L. Saunders has said that SCNT, or what he calls 'experimental cloning,' violates the Nuremberg Code. He is correct: Article 5 bars experiments 'where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur'. 'Because SCNT deliberately creates life for the purpose of destroying and harvesting it, it violates the Nuremberg Code. Hopefully, Missourians will not be fooled.'Article 5 of the Nuremberg Code states "No experiment should be conducted where there is an a priori reason to believe that death or disabling injury will occur; except, perhaps, in those experiments where the experimental physicians also serve as subjects." Basically this begins to wade into 'when a human is human' debate. For Catholics it's plain and simple. In bizarro world it depends who speak with, ie, relativism at its worse. To read more about his vote click here. To read the Nuremberg Code click here. (Hat Tip: Catholic League) UPDATED: A commercial that responds to Michael J. Fox's attempt to sell killing humans will be shown during the World Series. To view the video click here.
The pope's hourlong speech, interrupted repeatedly with applause, explored a favorite topic of his 18-month-old pontificate: that personal faith should have a cultural impact, particularly in areas of the family, marriage, protection of human life and education.When one hears a U.S. Catholic politician state his faith is private, that is the problem. Besides suffering from psychosis, our 'personal' faith does have an impact on culture which in turn forms public policy. Anyways, for more on this speech by Pope Benedict XVI click here.
In 1999, Pope John Paul II barred a US priest, the Rev. Robert Nugent , and nun, Sister Jeannine Gramick , from "any pastoral work involving homosexual persons," declaring that they had refused to communicate the church's teaching about "the intrinsic evil of homosexual acts and the objective disorder of the homosexual inclination."Of course homosexual license groups, otherwise called 'gay rights advocacy' in bizarro world, have mixed reactions towards this document.
Harry Knox , the director of the religion and faith program at the Human Rights Campaign, a gay rights advocacy organization, said, ``it's dangerous and immoral for the church to make the kinds of statements that they are thinking about making."For more on this article click here. UPDATED: Whispers has an excellent analysis of next months Plenary in Baltimore on this forthcoming document. It seems that contraception and church music will also be addressed, maybe Tony will appreciate that. For Rocco's posting click here. Jeff over at the The Curt Jester makes a great point of why the document will hope that active homosexual partners will raise their children Catholic. For more click here.
"We recognized that the juxtaposition of passionately held iconography, such as the Bible, alongside the image of blood, was likely to be deemed inappropriate by some" their judgment stated.By "some". How convenient. Treating Christians as if they were a subculture or insignificant minority group residing in the United States. 85% of Americans claim to be Christians and 98% claim a belief in God. For more on this lavender story click here.
The airline's uniform code states that staff must not wear visible jewelry or other 'adornments' while on duty without permission from management. It makes exceptions for Muslim and Sikh minorities by allowing them to wear hijabs and turbans. But Miss Eweida, 55, from Twickenham, insisted her cross, which is smaller than a ten pence piece, was not jewelry but an expression of her deep Christian faith.For more of this ridiculous political correctness click here. UPDATED: Miss Eweida rejects British Airways 'compromise' by moving to recruitment. Which begs the question, wouldn't she be an affront to anyone who gets offended by the Cross? To read her rejection click here.
The National Assembly, defying appeals from Turkey, approved legislation Thursday that would make it a crime to deny that mass killings of Armenians in Turkey during and after World War I were genocide.For more on this article click here.
The effects are apparent in many countries. Improvident habits, slovenly systems of agriculture, sluggish methods of commerce, and insecurity of property exist wherever the followers of the Prophet rule or live.
How dreadful are the curses which Mohammedanism lays on its votaries! Besides the fanatical frenzy, which is as dangerous in a man as hydrophobia in a dog, there is this fearful fatalistic apathy.
A degraded sensualism deprives this life of its grace and refinement; the next of its dignity and sanctity. The fact that in Mohammedan law every woman must belong to some man as his absolute property, either as a child, a wife, or a concubine, must delay the final extinction of slavery until the faith of Islam has ceased to be a great power among men.
Individual Moslems may show splendid qualities, but the influence of the religion paralyses the social development of those who follow it.
No stronger retrograde force exists in the world. Far from being moribund, Mohammedanism is a militant and proselytizing faith. It has already spread throughout Central Africa, raising fearless warriors at every step; and were it not that Christianity is sheltered in the strong arms of science, the science against which it had vainly struggled, the civilization of modern Europe might fall, as fell the civilization of ancient Rome.
--Sir Winston Churchill (The River War, first edition, Vol. II, pages 248-50 [London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1899]).
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Using strong language throughout the 950-word missive, the authors allege a widespread finding that Egan's relationship with his priests has been "defined by dishonesty, deception, disinterest and disregard."For more on the Whispers in the Loggia exclusive click here. FLASHBACK: Cardinal Egan demands Fr. Pavones resignation from Priests for Life in 2001. For the article click here.
"Central concern of this writing is to put Christians on guard from all those who give as pretext the grace of God to excuse their own licentiousness and to lead astray other brothers with unacceptable teachings, introducing divisions within the Church, 'under the influence of their dreams,'" the Pope added.
Benedict XVI continued: "Today we are no longer in the habit of using such controversial language, which nevertheless tells us something important: That in all the existing temptations, with all the currents of modern life, we must preserve the identity of our faith."To read more on this click here and here.
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