Australia investigating archbishop for distributing pamphlet defending true marriage

Nov 14, 2015 by

PLEASE SIGN PETITION IN SUPPORT OF ABP JULIAN PORTEOUS by Pete Baklinski, LifeSite: An Australian Catholic archbishop is facing legal action after recently distributing a pamphlet to local Catholic school children that supported Catholic teaching on marriage being between a man and woman. “Dear Friends, I have received notification from the Office of the Anti-Discrimination Commissioner that a complaint made about me has been viewed as a possible breach of the Anti-Discrimination Act 1998 (Tas),” Archbishop Julian Porteous from the Archdiocese of Hobart in Tasmania posted yesterday to Facebook about the allegations of discrimination against him. The 18-page pamphlet titled “Don’t Mess With Marriage” was put out by the country’s bishops and details the Church’s teaching on sexuality and marriage. The pamphlet states that it is “gravely unjust” to children, adults, and society to redefine marriage to allow for homosexual partnerships to be called “marriage.” “The Catholic Church cares...

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Vatican Meets with U.S. State Department’s Gay and Lesbian Envoy

Nov 12, 2015 by

By Elizabeth Dias, Time: A symbolic meeting to open a controversial dialog. The encounter took place in a non-descript room at the Vatican, and conversation stuck to regular diplomatic briefs. But for the parties involved on Tuesday morning, the meeting held historic significance: Randy Berry, the first-ever U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI persons, and Vatican officials from the Holy See’s Secretary of State office were meeting for the first time. The moment, simple as it was, marked a new level of U.S. engagement with the Catholic Church on LGBT human rights issues. Berry told TIME he met with officials for about an hour, and he met separately with representatives from the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. For both sides, the conversations were new. President Barack Obama only created Berry’s position at the State Department in April, and until now, Berry has primarily only talked...

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The Synod’s final report is a victory for liberals on homosexuality – here’s why

Oct 26, 2015 by

By John Henry Westen, LifeSite: The truth of the Catholic Church regarding homosexuality is so far removed from the mainstream media’s debates over same-sex “marriage” it is nearly impossible to achieve an accurate reading of the Synod’s final document (Relazione Finale) without an in depth understanding of the Church’s teaching in this regard. The most essential and basic teaching is that homosexual acts are gravely sinful, which means they separate the perpetrator from God and can lead to eternal damnation. (Naturally the inclination to commit homosexual acts – popularly called a homosexual orientation – is not sinful, just as the temptation to any other serious sin is not sinful in itself.)  Every subsequent understanding of homosexuality in the Catholic Church develops from this truth – and this teaching is missing from the Synod’s only paragraph concerning homosexuality. The Relazione Finale paragraph on homosexuality speaks first and foremost about respecting...

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Reflections on the Vatican Synod on Marriage and the Family

Oct 25, 2015 by

The Vatican Synod on the Family is over and the conservatives have won, by Damian Thompson, Spectator: Read here Read also:  Synod verdict: the Catholic Church is still Catholic by Tim Stanley, Telegraph Cardinal Burke: Synods are meant to preserve doctrine and discipline, by Edward Pentin, ncRegister   Read also some more pessimistic analysis: The Synod’s final report is a victory for liberals on homosexuality, and here’s why, by John Henry Westen, Lifesite The Catholic Church is in chaos, and Pope Francis is to blame, by Damian Thompson, Spectator Catholic divide deepens as traditionalists call for Synod walkout, by Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today...

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Laity Should Act When Clergy Won’t

Oct 22, 2015 by

By Jennifer Roback Morse, Crisis Magazine: Let’s face it: The 2015 Synod on the Family is a mess. I was one who gave Pope Francis the benefit of the doubt. I now have my doubts about him. And I have no doubt at all that some of the men surrounding him are either heretics or lunatics or both. The real question for us as lay people is this: what exactly can we do about it? We do not have full information about what is going on over there. Giving advice to cardinals and bishops is not likely to work. Screaming at them even less so. As faithful lay people, we believe all that the Church has taught about marriage, family and human sexuality. We do not want to see the Church water down that teaching, or surrender to the Sexual Revolution. It would be tragic indeed, if she did...

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Catholic divide deepens as traditionalists call for Synod walkout

Oct 15, 2015 by

By Ruth Gledhill, Christian Today: The Catholic Church moved closer to a split over homosexuality and marriage after divorce today after traditionalists called for a walk out by “faithful” bishops at the Synod on the Family in Rome. The Twitter hashtag #synodwalkout quickly began trending after the conservative blog One Peter Five set up a petition calling on the conservative cardinals and archbishops to stage a walkout. Within hours of being posted early this morning, the petition gained more than 1,600 signatures. Observers in Rome and on social media began talking of “chaos”, and headlines such as “showdown in Rome” began to appear on well-informed conservative websites. One Peter Five reports: “As the evidence mounts that the Synod’s outcome has been pre-determined, I have joined a number of other concerned Catholics in writing an open letter. In it, we request that those Synod fathers who are faithful to Christ’s teachings, if...

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