Kentucky AG claims decision not to defend marriage was 'shaped partly' by Pope Francis
3/6/2014 8:00:00 PM Pope Francis has unequivocally opposed same-sex "marriage." As a cardinal he went so far as to call it a "machination of the Father of lies." But that hasn't stopped Catholic politicians from claiming him as their inspiration when they take part in overturning the traditional definition of marriage.
By Patrick B. Craine
Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway, a Catholic Democrat, became the latest to do so when he explained to Time magazine this week his decision not to defend his state's marriage laws after a federal judge ruled Kentucky must recognize out-of-state same-sex "marriages."
In the words of Time:
A Catholic and a Democrat considering running for governor in 2015, Conway said he knew the decision could put him at odds with voters and with church leaders in his hometown. His thinking was shaped partly by statements from Pope Francis that encouraged openness toward gays. "Our new pope recently said on an airplane 'Who am I to judge.' The new pope has said a lot of things that Catholics like me really like. I have, as someone who grew up as a Catholic listened to some of the words of the new pope and found them inspirational."
'All eyes are on you,' Cardinal Müller tells ordinariate
3/6/2014 10:00:00 AM Ordinariate members attend a papal audience at the Vatican (CNS)
By MADELEINE TEAHAN
The Prefect for the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) has told the leaders of ordinariates from across the world that "all eyes" are upon them.
Addressing the three ordinaries from around the world during a meeting in Rome last month, Cardinal Gerhard Ludwig Müller reminded them of the delicacy and importance of their task in the first few years and added: "You will come under scrutiny from many quarters. All eyes are upon you!"
Mgr Keith Newton of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK, Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter in the United States and Mgr Harry Entwistle, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia visited Cardinal Müller in the run up to him being made a cardinal.
Historian critiques Cardinal Kasper's speech as a 'cultural revolution'
3/6/2014 8:57:00 AM -California Catholic Daily
Keep Children Home From School on GLSEN's Day of Silence April 11 2014
3/5/2014 4:41:00 PM
By Laurie Higgins
-Illinois Family Institute
Pope: Church Should Tolerate Some Civil Unions
3/5/2014 4:26:00 PM
By Bill Hoffmann
Survey: Pope Francis popular; Mass attendance unchanged over past year
3/6/2014 10:33:00 AM -CatholicCulture.org
A new Pew Research Center survey has found that Pope Francis remains popular among Catholics in the United States.
According to the survey, 85% of Catholics view Pope Francis favorably, up from 79% in September; in the past, similar surveys found that 67%-83% of Catholics viewed Pope Benedict XVI favorably, and 91%-93% viewed Blessed John Paul II favorably. 68% of the 1,821 Catholics surveyed believe that Pope Francis represents a "major change" in direction "for the better."
Majorities of Catholics report that their excitement about their faith, their time spent in prayer, and their time spent reading the Bible "has not changed much" in the past year. 40% of Catholics told Pew that they attend Mass weekly-- the same percentage as a year ago.
President Obama's Budget Eliminates Abstinence Education Programs
3/6/2014 10:23:00 AM President Barack Obama's budget sends hundreds of millions of dollars to the Planned Parenthood abortion business - but that's not the only concern it presents for pro-life advocates.
By Steven Ertelt
Yesterday, President Obama sent his proposed FY 2015 budget to Congress. Despite the fact that most parents of teens, whether Democrat or Republican, favor the abstinence approach, the president proposed the elimination of every sexual risk avoidance program, while continuing every sex education program that normalizes teen sex.
STUNNING TURN OF EVENTS FOR PERSECUTED HOMESCHOOLERS
3/4/2014 5:00:00 PM
By BOB UNRUH
-World Net Daily
Pope Francis Opens the Vatican Gardens at Castel Gandolfo to the Public
3/4/2014 3:10:00 PM
By Kathy Schiffer
Walt Disney World to Boy Scouts: Allow gay Scoutmasters by 2015 or lose our funding
3/4/2014 9:25:00 AM
By Ben Johnson