"Lawyers have told the Roman Catholic Church that it cannot sack a Catholic headmaster who has entered a civil partnership with a male teacher.
"The Archdiocese of Liverpool has been unable to take action against Charles Coyne, the head of St Cecilia's primary school, who has registered a partnership with Richard Jones, who is believed to work at a nearby school.
"The couple, who live together, had a reception in a parish centre.
"Local Catholics and family campaigners have urged the authorities Read More...
The Bishops lodged an appeal to the High Court after the Broadcasting Standards Authority rejected their complaint against the so-called "Bloody Mary" episode which aired last year, claiming it breached standards of good taste and decency.
The High Court dismissed the appeal, saying the bishops' sense of outrage is not shared by the wider community. To add insult to injury the court ordered the Catholic Bishops to pay the Defendant broadcaster's costs amounting to $8,000.
Yet outrage apparently exists at a Pace University student, Stanislav Shmulevich who flushed the Koran in a University toilet after admittedly having a disagreement with some Muslim students. Shmulevich was arrested and charged with two felony counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree as a Hate Crime.
It is inconceivable in the midst of today's pervasive militant atheism, relativism and cultural self-loathing that flushing Bibles would result in prosecution. In fact as Michele Malkin recently stated: if [Shmulevich] had Read More...
"John Reaney...took the Hereford Diocesan Board of Finance to an employment tribunal after his appointment to the role of youth worker was blocked by the Bishop of Hereford, the Rt Rev Anthony Priddis. Reaney is set to secure substantial compensation after the tribunal judgment, which said: "The respondents discriminated against the claimant on the grounds of sexual orientation.
"During his evidence, Bishop Priddis said he had made clear to Mr Reaney that a person in a committed sexual relationship outside of marriage, whether they were heterosexual, homosexual, bisexual or transgender, would be turned down for the role, which he said was a key appointment within the diocese."
This has been a bad week for Britain and an even worse week for Christianity. A teenager has lost the right to wear a symbol of her Christian faith to school, while a Church has to pay a sodomite damages when it denied him an appointment working with youth. The radical homosexual agenda must muzzle all religion that reminds them of their sin. This will surely be the source of much persecution of the Church in the future. Surely the legalization of homosexual marriage would bring about similar claims against churches that refuse to marry them. Muzzling the church, however, will not muzzle the consciences of those that live a self-loathing, self-destructive homosexual lifestyle.
"Carver Elementary in Oak Park added Arabic to its curriculum in September when it suddenly absorbed more than 100 students from a defunct charter school that had served mostly Somali Muslims.
"After subbing at Carver, [a] teacher claimed that religious indoctrination was taking place and said that a school aide had led Muslim students in prayer.
"An investigation by the San Diego Unified School District failed to substantiate Read More...
GERMAN CARDINAL CONDEMNS UNCRITICAL TOLERANCE TOWARD ALL RELIGION--CHRISTIANITY AND ISLAM ARE NOT EQUALS
German Cardinal Karl Lehmann, head of the German conference of bishops, recently expressed concern about all faiths being treated equally regardless of the size of their flock and their history.
"The neutrality of the state regarding individual religions must not be confused with indifference and uncritical tolerance toward the impact of religions on society".
There are those that agreed with Cardinal Lehmann's arguments:
"Ronald Pofalla, the general secretary of Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservative Christian Democratic Union party, said Lehmann was right to say Islam could not be afforded the same legal standing in Germany as Christianity.
"Unlike Christianity, Islam is not in Europe's cultural centre and is not reflected in everyday life in the same way," Pofalla said in a statement.
The irony of this seemingly benevolent uncritical tolerance toward religion is that it is ultimately destructive to Christianity. It relegates Christianity to the same status as the heretical newcomer Read More...
Here is an interview with Cardinal Bertone on the condition of faith in Europe. The interview is reprinted from the Polish Catholic publication niedziela:
Q: WLODZIMIERZ REDZIOCH: - Some political powers regard the presence of the Church as a threat to the secular character of the state...
A: CARDINAL TARCISIO BERTONE: - One should not mix secular character and laicism. A healthy laicism means the autonomy of the political sphere in relation to the religious sphere but not to morality. Faith is not a private act. Therefore, I am sad to see that some countries, for example France, strongly opposed the idea of including 'Christian roots' of the continent into the project of the European constitution.
Q: Why does Europe need faith?
A: I will begin by quoting the brief statement of Alexis de Tocqueville (the French historian, politician and specialist in American democracy, who lived in the years 1805-1859), 'Despotism can do without faith, but freedom Read More...
The church's vocal campaign to defeat a proposal to legalize abortions in Mexico City in April stepped over the line, politicians said in a complaint, after some prelates suggested voters should remember who voted for the law at election time. The law passed anyway.
On Saturday, the government dismissed the complaint, saying the church had done nothing wrong. But prelates say they are tired of being challenged over their every word.
If the Mexican Constitution's articles six and seven guarantee the right of free speech to all individuals ... then any law that limits that speech is like making priests second-class citizens, Carlos Villa, a church spokesman in Mexico City, said Monday.
Armando Martinez, president of Mexico's Catholic Lawyers College, said the church has asked his group to draw up a proposal to be presented in about two weeks to Read More...
Separation of church and state is the constant cry from secularists. But this will never suffice. What secularists truly seek is the subjection of Church to the State in all things. It won't be long before the denial of sacraments to certain persons will be seen as a violation of civil rights and tantamount to hate.
This scenario is not a false alarm, but is very real and was predicted by Pope St. Pius X in 1907:
"[I]t is not enough for the modernist school that the State should be separated from the Church...the Church must be subject to the State. This, indeed, modernists may not yet say openly but they are forced by the logic of their position to admit it. For granted the principle that in temporal matters the State possesses the sole power, it will follow that when the believer, not satisfied with merely internal acts of religion, proceeds to external acts --such for instance as the reception or administration of the of the Sacraments --these will fall under the control of the State. What will then become of ecclesiastical authority, which can only be exercised by external acts? Obviously it will be completely under the dominion of the State." Pascendi Gregis
The domination of the State over religion has begun and can be seen in the following: Pharmacists and Catholic hospitals in many states no longer have the right to refuse to dispense abortion drugs based upon conscience. Landlords have no right to refuse tenancy to those who live a lifestyle that violates the landlord's beliefs or principles. Religious employers must provide birth control coverage for its employees. Some Western countries are now prosecuting those who interpret the bible in a "hateful" manner so as to offend homosexuals.
All of these laws have in common the aim to protect sin in the name of civil rights--whether Read More...
Behind so much of this animosity is the radical homosexual agenda. Where this agenda is present there is a powerful spirit that is truly anti Jesus Christ. With any degree of proximity to it one can sense the degree of loathing and hatred that led to Christ's death on the cross.
Although these people lack the wisdom of God they do not lack satanic craftiness. This militant atheism has infiltrated the state run public schools. They seek to gain access to the blank slate of children's minds. It is now becoming a standard part of sex education to show children images of homosexual sex. In destroying the innocence of children in the name of tolerance, they are creating a generation that will experiment with homosexuality Read More...
Rest assured, the recent supreme court decision upholding the ban on partial birth abortion will cause a renewed call for the separation of church and state from the left.
From Politico: "The decision was...notable for the way the nine justices split on the question -- 5-4, with the Court's five Catholic justices forming the majority.
"Never before has the court had five Catholic justices, and their joining together in a decision to limit abortion, of all hot-button issues, is likely to spark discussion about the role of religion in forming social policy."
Those who call for the extraconstitutional separation of church and state seek the separation of authentic Catholics from any position where their faith and morality could be influential. The constitution does not contain any mention of the "separation of church and state". The constitution states:
"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof."
The left's call for the separation of church and state is never about the state intruding upon religion Read More...
"Liberty will ever be more free and secure in proportion as license is kept in restraint."
Pope Leo XIII
Secularists condemn Christianity as the foe of all liberty, most especially in the realm of intellectual and social liberties. They believe that the West will only be free when all vestiges of Christianity are removed from our culture.
The secularists are wrong. The abandonment of Christianity as a basis for our laws will eventually destroy our liberties. It is precisely because the West embraced Christianity that we have enjoyed freedom so consistently and extensively throughout history.
A delicate balance between authority and liberty is necessary for the proper functioning of a society. Too much liberty leads to anarchy, while too much authority leads to tyranny. The excess of either leads to a backlash toward the other.
Liberty increases or decreases depending on how a society views the nature of man and the value of human life. The hallmark of all pagan cultures throughout history has been the lack of belief in the inherent dignity of human life.
"...secularism is a religion that compels no specified behaviors and asks for nothing of its adherents. Even a secular fundamentalist would not suffer, let alone die, for the cause of secularism. After all, the dogma of relativism tells them that their beliefs are no better than anyone else's."
According to a recent Harris opinion poll only one in three people in England say they are "a believer". In Italy less than two-thirds are believers, and in France it's less than one in three.
A recent ICM poll found that an overwhelming majority of Britons believe that religion does more harm than good. Neither of the above polls account for the percentage of "believers" that are Muslim in Britain and France.
Everywhere we hear the mantra that religion has caused nothing but hatred, violence and bloodshed throughout history. The secularists assert that they can do a better job at keeping peace, justice and order in society than Christianity did.
"NPQ: When Pope Benedict XVI recently denounced what he saw as the "dictatorship of relativism," especially in European culture, it caused great controversy. Is the Pope right that we live in such a dictatorship?
René Girard: Yes, he is right.... It makes sense that this formula comes from a man—(the former) Cardinal Ratzinger—whose specialty is dogma and theory.
This reign of relativism which is so striking today is due, in part, to the necessities of our time. Societies are so mixed, with such plurality of peoples. You have to keep a balance between various creeds. You must not take sides. Every belief is supposed to be accorded equal value. Inevitably, even if you are not a relativist, you must sound like one if not act like one. Read More...