Catholic Church

African Bishops Raise Concern Over the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) Set for Nairobi

Kenya CitizenTV – The Kenya Conference of Catholic bishops on behalf of the catholic church in Kenya has raised concerns over the ICPD 25 conference, scheduled to take place in Nairobi from the 12th to 14th of this month. Their position is that the summit, under the guise of advancement and development of women, is advocating for sexual and reproductive health and rights, as well as comprehensive sexuality education

Fisherman Find Blood-Stained Bag Containing Two Dozen Aborted Babies (India), by Micaiah Bilger

By Micaiah Bilger, LifeNews – Police in eastern India are trying to find an illegal abortion practice this week after fishermen in found a blood-stained bag containing the bodies of about 24 aborted babies… locals found the bag near a pond where they planned to fish Friday in Habra, India… Police said they believe a local nursing home may be performing illegal abortions, and they are questioning local health care workers…

Advent’s Call to Repentance, by Gayle Somers

By Gayle Somers, Catholic Exchange – John the Baptist prepared the Jews for the first Advent of Jesus by baptizing them at the Jordan River. In Sunday’s readings, we find him yelling out, “You brood of vipers!” to some who came to see him. How indelicate!… Our Advent Gospel reminds us that repentance and the fruit that comes from a changed life are vital to our preparation for the Lord’s coming. John the Baptist fulfilled Isaiah’s ancient prophecy that “the voice of one crying out in the desert” would “prepare the way of the Lord” (Isa 40:3). The preparation consisted of one word: “Repent!”

Will the Supreme Court Stand Up for Reality? by Ryan T. Anderson

By Ryan T. Anderson, Patriot Post – Does a 50-year-old law banning discrimination based on sex mean employers must treat biological men who identify as women as if they are women? That’s the question the Supreme Court will consider Tuesday when it hears arguments in Harris Funeral Homes v. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission… The Supremes’ answer could have enormous implications for women’s rights… the directors at this family-owned business follow a basic dress code: Men wear dark business suits; women wear skirt suits. The dress code complies with federal law.

Hallmark Channel, Lifetime Wants to Make More Christmas Movies Focused on LGBT Characters, by Alana Mastrangelo

By Alana Mastrangelo, Breitbart – According to the entertainment news outlet, it’s not enough for gay characters to simply be present in films, they should also be the main characters, taking center stage… The report added that executives at Hallmark parent company Crown Media and Lifetime have expressed that in the future, they hope to “remedy” what they see as an issue of their movies not having enough LGBTQ representation… “We are continuing to expand our diversity”…

If Trump Wants to Win Again, He Should Pardon David Daleiden. And Lock Up Planned Parenthood, by John Zmirak

By John Zmirak, The Stream – Imagine if one of the major funders of the GOP was founded on an elitist racist conspiracy. Its goal? To regulate the child-bearing choices of every American. So as to improve our genetic “germ plasm.” To diminish the number of “human weeds” who were born each year. This group called for the government to decide who could have children. And how many. The feds would force would-be parents to apply for a license before each pregnancy.

Msgr. Charles Pope: Who Was Isaiah, and What Does His Message Mean for Us?

By Msgr. Charles Pope – During Advent, we read quite a bit from the Prophet Isaiah. Therefore, for my own meditation and yours, I offer the following reflection on Isaiah, the man and his message. Each of the issues with which he dealt is still with us, even though we live in a far more secular world than he could have imagined. Let’s consider key elements of his life, his struggle, and his message.

Cardinal Zen: Pope Francis is ‘Encouraging a Schism’ by ‘Legitimizing’ China’s Communist-Run Church, by Barillas and Baklinski

By Martin M. Barillas and Pete Baklinski, LifeSiteNews – Chinese Cardinal Joseph Zen said that Pope Francis is “encouraging a schism” in China by “legitimizing” the Communist-run Chinese catholic independent church… “Recently I learned that the Holy Father, on a flight back from (I don’t remember where) said, ‘Sure, I don’t want to see a schism. But I’m not afraid of a schism.’ And I’m going to tell him ‘you are encouraging a schism. You are legitimizing the schismatic church in China.’ Incredible,” said Cardinal Zen in a candid interview…

Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy: The Primacy of Jesus and the Church’s Liturgical Year

By Fr. Thomas G. Weinandy, OFM, Cap., The Catholic Thing – Today, even at the highest ecclesial levels, the importance of Catholic doctrine is disparaged. In particular, Jesus is reduced to one of many founders of divinely willed religions. I was contemplating this sad reality on the recent Solemnity of Christ the King, the celebration of Jesus Christ as the definitive Lord and universal Savior. In the entire cosmos, he alone holds primacy of place. There is no name greater, and therefore, there is no one superior to Jesus, the incarnate, only begotten, Spirit-filled Son of the Father.

Buffalo Closure? by Sean Fitzpatrick

By Sean Fitzpatrick, Crisis Magazine – After seven years of allegedly allowing priests accused of statutory rape and unwanted touching to remain in ministry, after concealing hundreds of pages of damning litigation documents from the public, after being secretly recorded calling an active parish priest a “sick puppy” and talking about a clerical “love triangle” that could “be the end of me as bishop,” after sweeping predatory priests under the diocesan carpet, and after months of outcry for his resignation as a silent accomplice to the crimes of homosexually-active and pedophile priests…