Three charts that show where Catholics and Protestants stand on the issues dividing the churches

Aug 31, 2015 by

By Samuel Osborne, Independent: Catholics have a more liberal attitude towards gay marriage than Protestants – but are more conservative when it comes to euthanasia and abortion, a survey suggests. YouGov questioned 863 Catholics and 1,707 Protestants in Great Britain – who strongly agreed with the statement “my faith is important to me” – on the three divisive issues. Here’s how they compared: […] Pope Francis, whose papacy began in 2013, is widely perceived to be a liberal influence. In July 2013, when asked if there was ‘gay lobby’ in the Vatican, the Pope said: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” Last year, the Church of England opposed legislation to legalise gay marriage in the UK. Same-sex marriage was made legal in the UK in March 2014, with the exception of Northern Ireland. It remains illegal for the Church of England to carry out same-sex marriages. Read here...

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Another cover-up of gay abusers

Jun 16, 2015 by

By Bill Donohue, Catholic League: Bill Donohue comments on the resignation of St. Paul and Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt: Both the New York Times and AP reported today that Archbishop Nienstedt protected a pedophile priest, Curtis Wehmeyer. But Wehmeyer is not a pedophile: as with almost all molesting priests—more than 80 percent of them—he is a homosexual. In 2010, Wehmeyer molested two postpubescent boys, 12 and 14, though it wasn’t until 2012 that the mother of the abused boys told a priest about it. She was told to call the cops. She did. Wehmeyer was immediately relieved of his duties, and the Ramsey County Attorney commended Archbishop Nienstedt for doing “the right thing.” It was Nienstedt who got the priest removed. Under his predecessor, Archbishop Harry Flynn, Wehmeyer made sexually suggestive remarks to two men, 19 and 20; he was sent for counseling. Two year later, while Flynn was still in charge, he was found cruising in an area known for gay sex. In 2009, with Nienstedt at the helm, he got a DUI. If Nienstedt made one mistake, it was not dumping Wehmeyer sooner. Ever since Nienstedt criticized the gay movie, “Brokeback Mountain,” he has been a marked man. TheStar Tribune, the St. Cloud Times, Minnesota Public Radio, the New York Times, as well as an array of wayward priests, Catholic journalists, former Catholics, and unethical lawyers, have been out to get him. Just today, Fr. Mike Tegeder said it was a good sign that Nienstedt resigned; Tegeder supports gay marriage. Read here...

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Vatican says Ireland gay marriage vote is ‘defeat for humanity’

May 27, 2015 by

By Stephanie Kirchgaessner, Guardian A senior Vatican official has attacked the legalisation of gay marriage in Ireland. The referendum that overwhelmingly backed marriage equality last weekend was a “defeat for humanity”, he claimed. “I was deeply saddened by the result,” Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state, said at a conference in Rome on Tuesday night. “The church must take account of this reality, but in the sense that it must strengthen its commitment to evangelisation. I think that you cannot just talk of a defeat for Christian principles, but of a defeat for humanity.” The remarks by the Vatican’s top diplomat, who is seen as second only to the pope in the church’s hierarchy, represent the most damning assessment of the Irish vote by a senior church official to date. It was a far more critical response than the circumspect reactionoffered by archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, who said: “It is very clear that if this referendum is an affirmation of the views of young people … [then the church needs] a reality check.” Read here...

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Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

May 24, 2015 by

By Damian Thompson, Spectator: Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and charitable, but you’ll get your head bitten off if you suggest that in today’s anti-clerical republic.) Anyway, I don’t want to focus on Ireland. Homosexuality as an issue is a greater threat to the Catholic Church worldwide than the sex abuse scandals. Here’s why: Read here...

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Ecumenism between Catholic and Anglican Churches may be ending

May 13, 2015 by

By Alison Lesley, World Religion News: Questions are being raised about whether the ecumenism between the Catholic and Anglican churches is coming to an end. According to Crux, many ask is there any point in the ecumenism as female bishops and gay bishops are present in Anglican churches, and they are now well-along the path toward same-sex marriage. Last week, the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission (ARCIC) held the fifth meeting of its current third phase at Villa Palazzola in Rome. Pope Francis recognized the “grave obstacles to unity” Anglicans have created in his opening remarks, but told the commission members not to give up hope by saying: “The cause of unity is not an optional undertaking and the differences which divide us must not be seen as inevitable… Despite difficulties, we must not lose heart, but we must trust even more in the power of the Holy Spirit, who can heal and reconcile us, and accomplish what humanly does not seem possible.” The situation is getting more complex because of widening rifts within the Anglican church. Read here...

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Cardinal Nichols to celebrate Mass at London’s ‘LGBT’ parish

May 7, 2015 by

By Hilary White, LifeSite: Cardinal Vincent Nichols has announced he will celebrate Mass for the so-called “Soho Mass” group, an organization of active homosexuals who want to see Catholic teaching on same-sex activity overturned. The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster announced that he will celebrate a Mass for “LGBT Catholics and their families” on May 10 at 6:15 pm at Immaculate Conception Parish, Farm Street, Mayfair. The Catholic Herald said that this will be the first time any cardinal has ever celebrated a Mass specifically for homosexuals. The Tablet notes that the Mass is scheduled “near to the anniversary of the founding of the Soho Mass” organization in 1999, although a spokesman for the archdiocese called this “entirely coincidental” and that the Mass will be part of a routine pastoral visit to the parish. Nonetheless, the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council issued a statement saying that they “will give a warm welcome” to the cardinal. Those who have watched the situation closely will not be surprised by the announcement. After many years of protests, both locally and to Rome, from faithful Catholics asking for the group to be shut down, Nichols officially recognized the group as a part of the Archdiocese of Westminster in 2013. They were renamed the “LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council” and Nichols mandated the group to “minister” to the “LGBT Catholics” of the Westminster archdiocese. Read here Read also:  An Alternative to Catholic Sexual Ethics? by Anthony Esolen...

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