SYRIAN PRELATE ARCHBISHOP SAMIR NASSAR NARROWLY SURVIVES BOMBING

SYRIAN PRELATE ARCHBISHOP SAMIR NASSAR NARROWLY SURVIVES BOMBING

Syrian Prelate Narrowly Survives Bombing by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2018

Exploding artillery shell came through a window at his residence

DAMASCUS, Syria (ChurchMilitant.com) –  Archbishop Samir Nassar is thankful to be alive after barely avoiding a deadly explosion.

The archbishop, a Maronite Catholic, was in his home in Damascus taking a nap on Monday. When he woke up and went to use the bathroom, an artillery shell apparently flew through a window and detonated near his bed.

It was part of a bombardment of the capital by opponents of the Syrian regime, according to international non-profit Aid to the Church in Need (ACN).

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Archbishop Nassar wrote to ACN, “A shell fell on my bed on Monday, January 8, 2018, at 1:20 p.m., when I had retired for a little siesta — a few seconds at the sink saved my life! The bed was riddled with shrapnel.” read more

GAY COUPLE SUES AFTER RECEIVING CATHOLIC PAMPHLETS

GAY COUPLE SUES AFTER RECEIVING CATHOLIC PAMPHLETS

Gay Couple Sues After Receiving Catholic Pamphlets by David Nussman  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2018

Ordered “wedding” brochures online, claim they received Catholic leaflets instead

DETROIT (ChurchMilitant.com) – A gay couple ordered programs for their same-sex “marriage” from VistaPrint; but when they received a stack of Catholic pamphlets instead, they were horrified. They are now filing a federal lawsuit.

For their same-sex “wedding” ceremony in September last year, Stephen Heasley and Andrew Borg purchased 100 custom wedding programs.

The night before the ceremony, the men received a box from VistaPrint in the mail. They opened the box, expecting to see their “wedding” programs. Instead, they found 80 copies of a Catholic pamphlet about the battle against temptation.

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It is unclear how the pamphlets ended up at their address. Some suspect it was just a shipping error on the part of VistaPrint. But earlier this week, Heasley and Borg filed a lawsuit against VistaPrint, accusing the company of discriminating against gays. read more

CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE: POOR CATECHESIS CAUSED CRISIS OF FAITH

CARDINAL RAYMOND BURKE: POOR CATECHESIS CAUSED CRISIS OF FAITH


by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th.  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  January 18, 2018

“Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history”

Cardinal Raymond Burke is continually warning Catholics that the Church is currently experiencing Her greatest crisis and is saying that the solution is sound catechesis.

During a talk sponsored by Voice of the Family in Rome the former prefect of the Apostolic Signature in May of 2016 warned faithful Catholics: “Catholicism is in the throes of the worst crisis in its entire history.” The cardinal added that to solve this crisis Catholics would need to learn their faith in order to heroically put it into practice: read more

CHURCH MILITANT HEADLINES, JANUARY 18, 2018

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January 18, 2018

Trump to Address March for Life
First time in history sitting president will speak live to pro-life march. FULL STORY 

LA REC Pushes LGBT Agenda — Again
LA Abp. Jose Gomez continues to allow heterodoxy from main stage. FULL STORY

Leftist Backlash After Trump Announces Religious Freedom Day
ACLU accuses president of hypocrisy towards Muslims. FULL STORY

Belgian Catholics Push Back Against Euthanasia
Concerns over abuse of medically assisted suicide. FULL STORY COMING SOON

Poll: Only a Quarter of Catholic Women Attend Mass Weekly
Results also show more Catholic women identify as Democrats than Republicans. FULL STORY read more

‘Deep sedation’ is ‘masked’ euthanasia, warns Catholic academic Roberto de Mattei after death of Italian actress

‘Deep sedation’ is ‘masked’ euthanasia, warns Catholic academic Roberto de Mattei after death of Italian actress

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By Lianne Laurence Follow Lianne, Jan 17, 2018 – 4:10 pm EST

ITALY, January 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In the wake of a high-profile death of an Italian actress and writer earlier this month, Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei is warning that “deep sedation” is a “masked form” of euthanasia, where a doctor deliberately kills a patient.

Media personality Marina Ripa di Meana died at home by deep sedation on January 5 at age 76, but not before a two-and-a-half minute video she produced explaining her decision was broadcast on Italian television. Ripa di Meana, who suffered from cancer for 16 years, did not shy away from speaking about her treatments and afflictions, or appearing in public ravaged by the disease. read more

The Story of a Convert from Islam to the Catholic Faith

The Story of a Convert from Islam to the Catholic Faith

 JANUARY 15, 2018 BY MARK SHEA

…via G.K. Chesterton. What’s not to love?

I first learned of G.K. Chesterton in 2007, while contemplating whether I should be baptized as a Christian.

My year between leaving Islam and being baptized as a Christian had rendered me spiritually rudderless.  I had subscribed to the view that all religions were equally useless.  At the time I was working in a marketing company, under a boss who helped me to realize that evil really does, in fact, exist.  There are some among us who lie, to ourselves and to others, so routinely that all bearing of truth gets lost, and the most fitting description for such a state is evil.  My life had become something of a mess in the other few aspects as well.  I was depressed and eager for some sort of a fresh start.  For the first time in my life, I was willing to lend an ear to the Gospel message, to consider what life would be like as a born again. read more

Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

Why do some young people leave the Church? A new study investigates

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.- A national two-year study released this week offers a look at why young people are leaving the Church as early as age 13.

The study was released today by St. Mary’s Press and the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate at Georgetown University (CARA).

Of those who left the Catholic Church, the median age for doing so was 13 years old, the study found. Seventy-four percent of the 214 former Catholics interviewed said that they decided to leave the Church between the ages of 10 and 20. read more

President Donald Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion

President Donald Trump admin creates office to ‘protect’ doctors’ consciences who refuse to do abortion

By Lisa Bourne, Follow Lisa, Jan 18, 2018 – 1:57 pm EST

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 18, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – President Donald Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) established today a new division within HHS’s civil rights office to enforce conscience protection and religious freedom for healthcare workers.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced the creation of the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) this morning. read more

President Donald Trump to address the 45th National March for Life via livestream & Cardinal Dolan – Prays against ‘powers of darkness’

President Donald Trump to address the 45th National March for Life via livestream

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.- U.S. President Donald Trump will address participants in the 45th national March for Life via live video, the White House confirmed Wednesday.

The march, held annually on or near the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. WadeSupreme Court decision, recognizes the lives lost since abortion became legal nationwide and celebrates the dignity of every human life.

The march typically draws crowds of several hundred thousand from across the country. It includes a rally with speakers and live music. This year, the theme of the march is “Love Saves Lives.” read more

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Daily Mass helps me do my job the ‘right way’

US Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas: Daily Mass helps me do my job the ‘right way’

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By Lisa Bourne, Follow Lisa, Jan 15, 2018 – 11:37 am EST

January 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Justice Clarence Thomas goes to Mass before work not out of habit, but because it gives him the “strength to do what I have to do every day.”

The Catholic justice, who is in his 27th term in the U.S. Supreme Court, said in a recent interview that daily Mass helps him do his “job, a secular job, in the right way and for the right reasons.”

Faith in God, he said, “gives you the wisdom, the insights, the capacity to do the work, to decide these things, the discipline. It gives content and meaning to the oath I took. At the end of my oath — and for this job I had to take two — you say ‘So help me God.’ It’s an oath to God. So, if you have a strong faith in God, then that oath gains in meaning and content,” he said. read more