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Faith & Values in the News

Mom Screams for Clinic to Call 911 When Baby Born Alive After Abortion

There is so much complicity in this type of homocide. I recall as a seminarian a great controversy when some of the guys with holy communion were obliged to visit women in hospitals who were abortion patients. They were told not to be judgmental. Here is a woman who regrets her decision, but too late.

Three fake nuns arrested with 12 pounds of cocaine

The fact that they were dressed as nuns was probably the give-away, now if they were in polyester pant-suits, they might have gotten away with it. Goodness!

Kentucky woman ordained as priest by dissident Roman Catholics

I can say that I am a ballerina or a space alien, but saying it will not make it so. The poor lady is just one more fake wannabe priest.

At Boston’s bombing scene: Catholic priests need not apply

But it is a poignant irony that Martin Richard, the 8-year-old boy who died on Boylston Street, was a Catholic who had received his first Communion just last year. As Martin lay dying, priests were only yards away, beyond the police tape, unable to reach him to administer last rites…

Archbishop prays while topless gay activists shout curses and douse him with water

It could have been worse. I recall a bishop several years ago being spat upon and purportedly doused with urine by protestors. We will see more of this as our clash with the modern world intensifies.

Baby girl sacrificed on bonfire after sect leader says tot is the Antichrist, Chile cops say

Tell me again there is no hell. Such monsters will not escape divine justice!

Arabic mandatory at city public school

Not Spanish, despite their high numbers of immigrants and their birthrate? Hum, could it be because they are mostly Catholic? Arabic is necessary for the proper reading of the Koran and the required prayer chants. While there are translations, traditional Islam frowns upon them and only the original text is regarded as “inspired” or authoritative. Such would make language education a vital ingredient to the expansion of Islam. I vote for compulsory Latin… it will open up the classics of Western civilization, help restore dignity to Catholic worship and make a big difference in understanding basic grammar.

How many public schools teach compulsory Hebrew? Israel is also a big part of the world-peace struggle, too. Of course, Judaism does not tend to be as proactive in making converts as is either Islam or Christianity.

The article includes the quote, “Soon, Arabic will be a global language like French and Spanish. These kids are like sponges. It’s amazing to see their progress.” What is not said is that Arabic is not really a secular language but is one rooted in a particular culture and faith. I am not saying that I am opposed to such instances of education, as long as schools provide other languages and teach the classics. However, many schools no longer teach Latin and Greek. The Christian worldview, along with its culture, is being ecclipsed by a secular humanism that is ill-equipped for the ideological wars and faith conflicts which are pressing upon us.

Pope Francis reaffirms the CDF’s assessment of the LCWR

This was never in question, popes may change, doctrine does not.

Pope Francis clear on denying Communion to those who facilitate abortion

A true consistent life-ethic.

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