Modern exodus: Catholicism has lost more of its faithful than any other religion in the U.S.

About 13 percent of American adults are former Catholics - representing more departures than any other religion has experienced in the U.S., a survey says Overall, there are 6.5 former Catholics for every American convert to the religion The American Catholic Church has more than 17,000 parishes across the nation, with roughly 51 million adult believers – or one-fifth of the total U.S. population More Americans have left Catholicism behind than any other religion in the U.S., according to a new report. About 13 percent of American adults are former Catholics – people who were raised in the faith but now say they have no religion, or converted to Protestantism or other beliefs, according to a

We must ‘eradicate’ Church’s gay networks to fight sex abuse: moral theologian

August 7, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The allegations of sexual misconduct made public in June against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick finally brought the decades-old open secret of the disgraced former cardinal’s sexually abusive behavior out in the open – also raising the question of the extent of the abuse, and how it was enabled and covered up by other U.S. prelates. At the same time the exposure of “Uncle Ted” and his impressive rise in the Church – all while he apparently targeted young boys, seminarians and priests - bared as well the phenomenon of gay networks within the clergy of the Catholic Church. Professor Janet Smith, a moral theologian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, addres

Air Force Chaplain Under Investigation For Blaming ‘Effeminate’ Gay Priests For Church Abuse Scandal

The Air Force is looking into comments a Catholic chaplain made at a base chapel in which he allegedly equated child abuse in the church with homosexuality, prompting one officer’s family to walk out of mass. Capt. Antonio Rigonan, an Air Force chaplain at Goodfellow Air Force Base in San Angelo, Texas, said during an Aug. 19 service that many priests who’ve abused children were “homosexuals” and “effeminate,” according to a military officer’s spouse who attended that morning. After Rigonan allegedly repeated the stance several times, the spouse said her family got up and left. The woman, who spoke to on the condition of anonymity to protect her husband’s career, said she felt “

9/11: When Pope Saint John Paul II grieved with America

The 2001 terror attacks shook the Pontiff deeply As three airliners smashed into the World Trade Center towers and the Pentagon, and Flight 93 crashed into a Pennsylvania field on September 11, 2001, Joaquín Navarro-Valls, at the time the director of the Vatican press office, delivered the news to Pope John Paul II. “I remember that terrible afternoon as if it were yesterday. I called the Pope, who was at Castel Gandolfo, I gave him the news. He was shocked not only by the tragedy itself, but also because he could not explain how man could achieve this abyss of evil…” he recalled in a 2011 interview with Vatican Insider. John Paul II, who had grown up to watch his native Poland overtaken fir

U.S. bishop: Clerical abuse is ‘predominately homosexual behavior’

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama, August 21, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Birmingham Bishop Robert J. Baker condemned the sexual abuse by hundreds of priests outlined in the Pennsylvania grand jury report, stating that the abuse was “predominately homosexual.” “We are forced today to face the tragic revelation of scores of accusations of predominately homosexual behavior and abuse,” he wrote in a public letter issued Monday. "Again in recent weeks, the church is thrust deep into the throes of shocking and unanticipated betrayal by the revelations of the sinful, egregious actions of those in positions of power, by those whose lives were meant, through Christ, to be lived sacrificially for others," wrote the bish

Statement from Bishop Thomas Olmsted Supporting Archbishop Viganò’s Testimony

PHOENIX (Aug. 27, 2018) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has released the following statement today from the Most Rev. Thomas J. Olmsted, Bishop of Phoenix: “I have known Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò for 39 years. We became colleagues in the Secretariat of State of the Holy See in August 1979, where he had been serving prior to my entrance into this work in service to the ministry of Pope John Paul II. Although I have no knowledge of the information that he reveals in his written testimony of August 22, 2018, so I cannot personally verify its truthfulness, I have always known and respected him as a man of truthfulness, faith and integrity. St. Paul says of priests: “This is how one s

Vice President Mike Pence's response to being called 'Christian supremacist'

WASHINGTON — Vice President Mike Pence turned to the Bible when asked recently what he makes of a new critical biography that calls him as a “Christian supremacist." “The Bible says count it all joy when you endure trials of many kinds," Pence told the Christian Broadcasting Network in an interview excerpt (full excerpt below) released Friday. "Any time I’m criticized for my belief in Jesus Christ, I just breath a prayer of praise." In “The Shadow President: The Truth About Mike Pence,” that came out this week, authors Michael D’Antonio and Peter Eisner cast Pence's background – congressman, Indiana governor, Trump VP – in a harsh light, arguing that “the most successful Christian supremacis

How Catholics should view the death of John McCain. Pray!

DETROIT (The Daily Knight) - After a life of dedication and service to the Republic, the United States of America, it is natural for the public and media to celebrate United States Senator John McCain's life. I'm absolutely thrilled, as a fellow serviceman and Academy Grad (West Point, not Annapolis like McCain), to see that he will be viewed in the Arizona and United States capitol buildings. In my opinion, McCain deserves it. Unfortunately, for McCain's soul, the celebrations won't save his eternal soul from damnation or purgatory. In truth, only McCain had the power to do that. For his sake, I pray that he died in a state of sanctifying grace and repented for his sins. In knowing that McC

Trump warns Christian leaders of 'violence' if GOP loses the House in 2018

President Trump warned of "violence" if the GOP loses the House in the November midterm elections while speaking to evangelical leaders Monday evening. "They will overturn everything that we've done, and they'll do it quickly and violently, and violently. There's violence. When you look at Antifa and you look at some of these groups — these are violent people,” Trump said in a private dinner with Christian leaders, according to recorded excerpts observed by NBC News. In the White House meeting, Trump also repeated his claim that he got “rid of” the so-called Johnson Amendment, which states that churches are charities and are prohibited from participating in political campaigns. "Now one of t

Pope Saint Pius X

Pope Pius X 1835-1914 Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto, nicknamed “Bepi” by his family, was born on June 2, 1835 in Riese, Italy, a farming village near Venice. He was the oldest of nine children. We know him today as Pope Saint Pius X. His father, Giovanni Battista Sarto, was a mailman and he died before Giuseppe was ordained a priest. His mother, Margarita, was a dressmaker and lived to see her son become the Cardinal of Venice. Two of his sisters became religious nuns and served under him in the Archdiocese of Venice. Giuseppe was first in his grammar school class. When he was 11 years old, he told his father that he wanted to become a priest. His father, with the help of their local parish prie

St. Stephen, King of Hungary

On Aug. 16 (September 2nd in Traditional Liturgical Calendar), the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of King Saint Stephen of Hungary, the monarch who led his country to embrace the Christian faith during the 11th century. Before the future saint's birth in 975, his mother, the duchess Sarolt, is said to have received a vision in which the original Saint Stephen – the Church's first martyr – appeared telling her she would bear a son who would evangelize their land. Together with her husband, the Hungarian duke Geza, Sarolt is believed to have been converted and baptized by the bishop Saint Adalbert of Prague. The same saint baptized their son Vaik in 985, giving him the name of Step

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