Catholics must learn to resist their popes — even Pope Francis Too many are becoming party apparatchiks By Michael Brendan Dougherty | May 6, 2014
ope Francis has a funny way of naming and shaming certain tendencies in the church, using insults that are inventive, apposite, and confounding. His ear is finely tuned for the way the Catholic faith can be distorted by ideology. And I’d like to imitate his example when I say this: Most Catholics are completely unprepared for a wicked pope. And they may not be prepared for Pope Francis either. They are more loyal to an imagined Catholic party than to the Catholic faith or the church.
Between Pentecost and the launch of Vatican.va, most Catholics did not have access to the day-to-day musings of their pope. The Roman pontiff’s theological speculations have been of almost no interest to Catholics throughout history, and never became so…
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Karen and Rod Mersino with daughter-in-law Erinat Legatus conference in Orlando. Credit: Steve Jalsevac/LifeSiteNews
NN ARBOR, MI, March 13, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Erin Mersino is a lawyer with the Thomas More Law Center. When she entered service to the pro-life, pro-family, and pro-freedom movement three years ago with the center, she had no idea that one battle would become personal.
“I am extremely humbled and proud to be representing Karen and Rod Mersino – my parents-in-law, and two of the people most dear to my heart,” she told LifeSiteNews.
There have been over 90 lawsuits filed against the federal government to protect religious liberty since the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) mandated coverage of abortifacients, sterilization, and contraception by employers. One of them was filed by the Mersinos and their business, Mersino Management Company.
The lawsuit was filed by the Thomas More Law Center on March 22, 2013. The Mersinos oppose the HHS mandate because, according to Erin, it “forces the Mersinos to pay for and provide, as part of their employee health plan, products and services that directly violate the doctrine of the Catholic Church.”
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A new video of the twelve Christian nuns kidnapped in Syria recently appeared. In it, the nuns are taped sitting in a room and being questioned by an unseen man, presumably a member of the kidnappers. He asks them how they are, if they’ve been mistreated, etc.
They respond that they are being treated fine, that they very much look forward to being returned to their convent, that they heartily thank the world for its concern, and that they continually pray that God grant peace to all nations.
Their words say one thing, their expressions and demeanor another. Put differently, as female captives of Islamic jihadis, what else could they say but what they were told to say?
Read More Here: http://www.meforum.org/3759/kidnapped-nuns
SPEYER, Germany — Islam continues to grow in power and influence across Europe. But at a recent concert in Germany, one Christian woman decided to stand up to it.
“The Armed Man: A Mass for Peace” by Welsh composer Karl Jenkins was supposed to be an interfaith event to bring Christianity and Islam together.
But when the Muslim imam began his call to prayer during the concert, he was interrupted by a small woman in the balcony proclaiming that “Jesus Christ alone is Lord of Germany,” and shouting, “I break this curse.”
She also invoked the name of Martin Luther and warned the audience that what was happening was “a lie.”
The video went viral.
Read More Here: http://www.cbn.com/cbnnews/world/2014/February/German-Woman-Publicly-Rebuking-Islam-Goes-Viral-/