Archives for May 2015

Is the Catholic Church drifting into eco-spirituality?

"Messianic environmentalism is about to assume the status of dogma in Pope Francis’ looming encyclical"

The following is a May 28 Federalist article by Maureen Mullarkey: Is Catholicism on a slide into nature mysticism? It is a discomforting question for a Catholic to ask, but it bears scrutiny. Messianic environmentalism is about to assume the status of dogma in Pope Francis’ looming encyclical. Once discarding our incandescent light bulbs and biking to work become a … [Read more...]

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Things are about to get worse for some faith-based groups

White House to order grant recipients to accept LGBT applicants

The following comes from a May 29 C-Fam article by Austin Ruse: A source within the federal government has informed the Friday Fax that the White House is quietly moving forward with a policy change that will require charitable humanitarian groups to accept LGBT applicants in order to qualify for government funding, even those religious groups that might have religious … [Read more...]

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Did UCLA grad student lie about pro-gay study?

Doubts about research rattle the field

The following comes from a May 25 New York Times article by Benedict Carey and Pam Bullock: He was a graduate student who seemingly had it all: drive, a big idea and the financial backing to pay for a sprawling study to test it. In 2012, as same-sex marriage advocates were working to build support in California, Michael LaCour, a political science researcher at the … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis: educators must be “authentic witnesses” of Catholic faith

Papal message buttresses Cordileone’s efforts

On May 4, 2015 the Holy Father Francis sent a letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Laity, His Excellency Cardinal Stanislaw Rylko. The letter was an address to those meeting at the International Study Seminar on the topic: “Coaches: Educators of People” in Rome. The meeting was organized by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. While the Holy Father’s … [Read more...]

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Statue of Jesus Christ stolen from Castro Valley church

Church isn't looking for retribution, just wants crucifix back

The following comes from a May 27 Castro Valley Patch article by Autumn Johnson: A Castro Valley Catholic church is hoping the people responsible for taking a life-sized bronze statue of Jesus Christ from the church grounds last week will return it. The statue stood outside the Church of the Transfiguration, located at 400 E. Castro Valley Blvd., for nine years before it was … [Read more...]

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Monterey city council will see about that “church- state situation,” may send letter to pope

Opposing councilman: Who are are we to tell the pope who he should consider for his decision?

The following comes from a May 27 KSBW news story by Caitlin Conrad: At least one Monterey City Council member wants to send the pope a letter urging him not to declare Father Junipero Serra a saint. "I would like to propose that we send a letter to the pope and question his plan to make father Sierra (sic) a saint," councilwoman Libby Downey said. Downey brought up her … [Read more...]

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Oops! stem cells weren’t from adults after all

Sports heroes' treatment was actually derived from brain of aborted baby

The following comes from a May 28 Christian News Wire article by Jennifer Kimball Watson: The San Diego-based biotech company, Stemedica Cell Technologies, recently received attention for providing the "adult" neural stem cells that treated two sports heroes, hockey legend Gordie Howe and football MVP John Brodie. But USA Today recently broke a story showing that the … [Read more...]

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