Here is the list of items, referenced above, with the blacklisted link deleted. I have had no problem sending this to other discussion groups.
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Violence grows as gay marriage bill divides France, Rise in homophobia worries Paris’s gay community
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Happy Sunday. I gave Pope Francesca a chance, but she blew it. “Pope Francis called homosexual “marriage” a “machination of the Father of Lies” ” -T
Pope Francis to maintain hard line on American nuns LCWR ‘radically feminist’ on birth control, gay marriage15 April, 15:05
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(ANSA) - Vatican City, April 15 - Pope Francis is continuing the Church’s critical position on the majority of American nuns for deviating from official Catholic doctrine, the Vatican said Monday. Gerhard Mueller, prefect of Church orthodoxy watchdog Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, met with directors from the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), which represents more than 80% of American nuns. In April last year the LCWR was chided in a Vatican report for allegedly promoting “radical feminist themes” and devoting too much time to social justice while remaining unacceptably quiet on the Church’s opposition to birth control and same-sex marriage. On Monday, Mueller said he recently discussed the report with the pope, “who reaffirmed its conclusions and the reform plan for LCWR”. The reforms, which included getting the group’s statutes and by-laws in line with official Vatican doctrine, have been put off by LCWR leaders, who have
cited a need to have a further ecclesial dialogue with the Holy See.
Pope Francis will never approve homosexual civil unions by John-Henry Westen Fri Mar 22, 2013 16:31 EST Comments () Tags: civil unions, pope francis
ROME, March 22, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Rumors have been swirling that perhaps Pope Francis will approve of homosexual civil unions. There have been suggestions, which have been refuted by others, that as Archbishop of Buenos Aires he approved such unions in the context of trying to stop a homosexual â€œmarriageâ€ push in the nation.
Beyond the rumors, though, the simple fact of the matter is that the Pope will not reverse the Churchâ€™s teaching on the matter.
Specifically on the matter of homosexual civil unions, the Churchâ€™s teaching is laid out in a 2003 document approved and ordered published by Pope John Paul II and written by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was is currently Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
That document Considerations Regarding Proposals to give Legal Recognition to unions between Homosexual Persons, leaves no room for doubt on the teaching of the Church regarding homosexual unions. It says:
There are absolutely no grounds for considering homosexual unions to be in any way similar or even remotely analogous to God’s plan for marriage and family. Marriage is holy, while homosexual acts go against the natural moral law. Homosexual acts â€œclose the sexual act to the gift of life. They do not proceed from a genuine affective and sexual complementarity. Under no circumstances can they be approvedâ€. In those situations where homosexual unions have been legally recognized or have been given the legal status and rights belonging to marriage, clear and emphatic opposition is a duty. One must refrain from any kind of formal cooperation in the enactment or application of such gravely unjust laws and, as far as possible, from material cooperation on the level of their application. In this area, everyone can exercise the right to conscientious objection. The Church teaches that respect for homosexual persons cannot lead in any way to approval
of homosexual behaviour or to legal recognition of homosexual unions And what weight does this Vatican document ordered published by the Pope carry? Could the thrust of it be reversed by a future Pope?
To answer that I spoke with Professor Scott Nicholson, the Chair of the Theology at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, ranked one of the most faithful Catholic colleges in North America by the Cardinal Newman Society.
Professor Nicholson said that the document in question, issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, expressly approved by the Pope has the same status as the Catechism. (see ref. Vatican IIâ€™s Lumen Gentium 25, and On the Ecclesial Vocation of the Theologian, AAS 82, pp. 1550-1570) In theological parlance, they â€œparticipate in the ordinary magisterium of the successor of Peter.
Thus, the document on homosexual civil unions, he said, â€œdemands religious submission of mind and will.â€
Nicholson added, A Catholic following Vatican II teaching will accept such a document, aware that one may explore the issue further, but that the general thrust will not be reversed.
Meanwhile, additional information has come out strongly refuting contentions that Francis in some way supported the concept of giving recognition to homosexual unions.
Catholic News Agency reports today its Argentina director, Miquel Woites, told the agency that claims by Sergio Rubin that then Cardinal Bergoglio “proposed that the bishops [of Argentina] adopt a moderate position and perhaps leave room for civil unions as a compromise” are in fact “not true, they are totally inaccurate.” CNA adds Woites emphasized It’s wrong to invent something like this out of thin air.”
Related LifeSiteNews story:
Bergoglio didn’t suggest endorsing homosexual civil unions in 2010, says confidant of new pope
New Pope Francis called homosexual ˜marriage™ amachination of the Father of Lies™ by John-Henry Westen Wed Mar 13, 2013 15:37 EST Comments () VATICAN CITY, March 13, 2013 (LifeSiteNews.com) Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, is known to LifeSiteNews readers as a valiant defender of life and family.
In terms of homosexual marriage, Cardinal Bergoglio fought valiantly to have the law in Argentina continue to protect the traditional family.
Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, now Pope FrancisIn July 2009, he called on the priests of the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires to bring the faithful to an upcoming protest against homosexual “marriage.”
“Let’s not be naive, we’re not talking about a simple political battle; it is a destructive pretension against the plan of God,” wrote Cardinal Bergoglio in a letter sent to the monasteries of Buenos Aires. “We are not talking about a mere bill, but rather a machination of the Father of Lies that seeks to confuse and deceive the children of God.”
To the clergy of the parishes, Bergoglio requested that all of them read from the pulpits a declaration defending the true definition and understanding of marriage.
“The Argentinean people will have to confront, in the coming weeks, a situation whose result could gravely injure the family. We are speaking of a bill regarding marriage between people of the same sex,” a bill that calls into question “the identity, and the survival of the family: father, mother, and children.”
The latter, warns Bergoglio, might also be threatened by homosexual adoption, which would be a true form of discrimination.
The country now needs “the special assistance of the Holy Spirit, to place the light of truth in the middle of the darkness of error, to defend us against the enchantment of so many sophistries with which they seek to justify this bill,” he wrote.
At the same time, in a story that is being much-repeated today, Pope Francis demonstrated his compassion when he visited a hospice on Holy Thursday where he kissed and washed the feet of 12 patients suffering from AIDS, a disease that is often associated with homosexuality.