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March 13, 2013
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BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

nbcnightlynews:

BREAKING NEWS: White smoke emerges from Sistine Chapel chimney, signaling new pope elected

Reblogging for the white smoke crew. 

14:13 // 1 year ago
February 28, 2013
13:32 // 1 year ago
February 23, 2013
It is deplorable that, as we draw closer to the time of the beginning of the conclave… there be a widespread distribution of often unverified, unverifiable or completely false news stories that cause serious damage to persons and institutions.
A statement from the Vatican • Decrying reports in the Italian media, in advance of the meeting of the conclave to select a new Pope. Of particular irritation to the Vatican — an unsourced story in La Repubblica, Italy’s largest-circulation daily newspaper, regarding a special report by three Cardinals, conducted in the aftermath of the theft and leaking of the Pope’s personal papers by his butler. It suggests that the special report uncovered myriad scandals relating to sex, money, and the management of the Vatican’s bank, but CNN’s Senior Vatican Analyst John Allen finds the idea this hastened Benedict’s departure unlikely: “For the most part, one has to take the pope at his word: He’s stepping aside because he’s old and tired, not because of any particular crisis.” source
12:57 // 1 year ago
December 2, 2012
16:54 // 1 year ago
June 25, 2012
There’s a bus full of nuns headed towards Washington to lobby against the Ryan plan. Do you have any power to pull the nuns on the bus over and pistol whip them?
Conservative talk radio host Jan Mickelson • Wondering if congressional members have the power to condone police brutality during an interview with Iowa Representative Tom Latham. Latham did not reply to or condone the remarks, even as Mickelson attempted to justify them. According to Mickelson, the National Catholic Social Justice Lobby started everything by deciding to picket the “Ryan Plan,” Republican Rep. Paul Ryan’s controversial economic plan. “They say he is fake Catholic,” said Mickelson, adding, “They’re the ones that threw the first punch.” (Check the source for audio of the whole thing.) source (viafollow)
16:36 // 2 years ago
June 9, 2012

Hundreds, many Catholics, turn out to protest birth control mandate

  • 500+ protesting birth control mandate in Chicago source

» A modest throng of protesters have descended on Federal Plaza in Chicago today, rallying against the mandate in the Affordable Care Act dictating that employers must cover birth control in their employees’ health insurance plans. The original dustup on this issue came about because the law, while it did exempt churches from the mandate, did not have an exemption for other religiously-backed institutions (such as Catholic hospitals). The Obama administration thus compromised, tweaking the rules so that insurers themselves would have to foot the bill, not directly the religious institutions, but that hasn’t quelled a testy opposition.

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16:47 // 2 years ago
April 8, 2012

How separate are church and state these days? Let’s ask a cardinal

  • 1960 In a speech on religion during his presidential run, noted Catholic John F. Kennedy famously argued the importance of the separation of church and state, saying “I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for President who happens also to be a Catholic.”
  • 2011 Noted Catholic presidential candidate Rick Santorum said a few, uh, less famous words about the speech: ”I almost threw up. In my opinion it was the beginning of the secular movement of politicians to separate their faith from the public square.”
  • 2012 Noted Catholic Cardinal Timothy Dolan offered his take on both Kennedy’s quote and Santorum’s: “I find myself, believe it or not, agreeing with both of them.” Dolan explained that he thinks Kennedy’s speech has long been misinterpreted. source

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20:19 // 2 years ago
February 10, 2012

On the rise of culture war politics

A brief, yet very astute observation by MSNBC’s Chris Hayes. Following news that among other (tenuous, obviously) positive economic indicators, the rate of unemployment claims had fallen to a four-year low, it’s hard not to notice that the conservative tact against the Obama administration has been a whole lot of talk on contraception, and the occasional remark on same-sex marriage.

17:20 // 2 years ago
March 2, 2011
This kind of attack was expected after the government’s response to governor Taseer’s assassination. Because of the government’s very weak response … it has encouraged the hardliners in society.
Pakistan Institute for Peace Studies Amir Rana • Explaining how the response to the assassination of Salman Taseer, who fought a blasphemy law unpopular with Christians in the country, may have led to today’s assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti. Before his death, Taseer fought in favor of a pardon for a Christian mother of four who had been sentenced to death for reportedly saying blasphemous things about Prophet Muhammad. After Taseer’s death, Pakistani officials have stayed away from changing the law. Some feel that the effect of this has encouraged some to take more hardline approach to minority groups. Sigh. source (viafollow)
11:09 // 3 years ago
Christian Pakistani official Shahbaz Bhatti assassinated
Shahbaz Bhatti was targeted because he was Christian. Pakistan’s minister of minorities was ambushed in his car, shot multiple times and killed. He was one of Pakistan’s only Christian political figures and its only Christian political minister. As Bhatti was Catholic, the Vatican has already condemned his murder. “To the prayer for the victim, the condemnations for this dishonorable act of violence, to our closeness to Christian Pakistanis so beset by hatred,” a Vatican spokesperson said about the incident. source
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Shahbaz Bhatti was targeted because he was Christian. Pakistan’s minister of minorities was ambushed in his car, shot multiple times and killed. He was one of Pakistan’s only Christian political figures and its only Christian political minister. As Bhatti was Catholic, the Vatican has already condemned his murder. “To the prayer for the victim, the condemnations for this dishonorable act of violence, to our closeness to Christian Pakistanis so beset by hatred,” a Vatican spokesperson said about the incident. source

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9:55 // 3 years ago