Pope Calls for Civil Unions for Same-Sex Couples

Straying away from a belief long held by the Vatican, Pope Francis has stepped out to endorse and promote gay marriage within the Catholic church. NBC news reported: Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples in a documentary that aired in Rome on Wednesday, in a major departure from the position held by the Vatican’s doctrinal office. “Homosexuals have a right to be part of the family,” the Pontiff said in “Francesco,” a documentary about his life, according to the Catholic News Agency. “They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out, or be made miserable because of it.” MORE: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/religion/pope-calls-civil-unions-same-sex-couples-major-departure-vatican-n1244137

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Pope Francis is a Socialist

Not only has the Pope recently endorsed gay marriage within Catholicism, but he has also openly endorsed socialism. Newsmax reported: Earlier this month, from his home, the opulent solid marble Vatican castle, the pope endorsed socialism. Some of it sounded a lot like communism. While the Holy Father’s message no doubt comes from good intentions, it’s sadly misinformed — and dangerous. MORE: https://www.newsmax.com/robschmitt/capitalism-communism-left-leftism/2020/10/15/id/992096/

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S.F. Archbishop Cordileone Pushes for More ‘Inclusive’ Civil Unions

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone released a statement Wednesday arguing for ‘inclusive’ civil unions that disregard people’s sexual proclivities to embrace non-sexual partnerships. “In our bishops region’s audience with Pope Francis last January during our ad limina visit (the visit diocesan bishops make every five years to the Vatican), the topic of civil unions came up in conversation,” Archbishop Cordileone

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Australia: Police Investigate Vatican Funds Transfer During Sex Abuse Trial

The Australian Federal Police (AFP) said on Wednesday they are investigating reports that the Vatican transferred funds to Australia during the trial of former Vatican treasurer and Archbishop of Melbourne George Pell on sex abuse charges. “The Australian Federal Police confirmed they have received information from Australia’s financial crimes watchdog,” Reuters reported. “The AFP is undertaking a review of the

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Cardinal Joseph Zen: Renewed Vatican-China Deal Is a ‘Complete Defeat’

ROME — The former bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, has labeled the Vatican’s extended deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) a “complete defeat” for faithful Catholics. “With the protection of this agreement, the government forced the people from the underground to join the Patriotic Association… which is objectively schismatic,” Cardinal Joseph Zen told AFP this week, adding

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Vatican Renews Controversial Agreement with Chinese Communist Party

ROME — The Vatican has extended its controversial 2018 agreement with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) regarding the naming of Catholic bishops in the country. In a communiqué Thursday, the Holy See Press Office announced that “the two Parties have agreed to extend the experimental implementation phase of the Provisional Agreement for another two years.” “The Holy See considers the

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Pope Francis Urges Passage of Civil Union Laws for Homosexuals

ROME — Pope Francis has given his tentative support for civil union laws for same-sex couples in a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome. “Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family. They’re children of God and have a right to a family. Nobody should be thrown out or be made miserable because of it,” Pope Francis

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Pope Francis Declares Support for Civil Unions for Gay Couples

Same-sex couples should be recognized under the law, Pope Francis said in a new documentary that premiered in Rome today. "What we have to create is a civil union law," he said in an interview for the documentary Francesco, according to Jesuit magazine America. "That way they are legally covered. I stood up for that." This is being treated as major news, the first time that a pope has called for legal recognition of gay relationships. However, it's reportedly not a new position for Francis. When he was an archbishop in Buenos Aires, America notes, he supported civil unions for same-sex couples as an alternative to legal recognition of gay marriage, which the Catholic Church was resisting. The Church ultimately lost that debate; Argentina legalized gay marriage in 2010. As pope, Francis has been supportive of embracing the Catholic Church's LGBT members as part of its family. Catholic teaching opposes gay sexual activity and marriage recognition but does not call for the rejection or abandonment of LGBT people. Francis had not at this point, though, made any statements as pope that staked out a position like the one he took in Buenos Aires—that same-sex couples should be entitled to some form of legal recognition. This does not change the Catholic Church's official teachings or position on same-sex relationships. In just a couple of weeks, the Supreme Court will be hearing a case about whether a Catholic foster agency can refuse to place children in the homes of same-sex couples. Nevertheless, Pope Francis openly revealing his support for legal recognition for same-sex couples, even if it's not called "marriage," is a significant cultural shift and an indicator of how much the Overton window on LGBT policies has been moved. The Catholic Church is following the path of millions of others who have slowly come around to accept LGBT relationships as valid. The "civil union" compromise was once an extremely popular position for many Americans, including many Democratic politicians before around 2012, when polls fully shifted to support for full marriage recognition. It's too soon to speculate about whether Pope Francis' statement will lead the whole Church down the same path or whether the teachings will someday change. But it's worth the attention precisely because it's the first time a pope has directly supported legal recognition of same-sex relationships, even if he doesn't call it "marriage." That's a big deal.

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Pope Francis: Egotism Is the ‘Father of All Evils’

Pope Francis urged Christians on Tuesday to learn from the example of Jesus Christ dying so that others may live. All of us “are specialists in crucifying others to save ourselves,” the pontiff said in a homily delivered in the Roman basilica of Santa Maria in Aracoeli. “Yet Jesus allowed himself to be crucified, in order to teach us not

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U.S. Senators Urge Pope Francis to Press China on Religious Liberty

U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-IN) and Tim Kaine (D-VA) sent a letter to Pope Francis Monday asking the pontiff to use his moral authority to pressure Beijing to halt abuses of Uyghur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province. “We ask that Your Holiness challenge the leadership of the People’s Republic of China, as you have challenged leaders around the globe,” Young

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Pope Francis Meme Sparks Controversy Online

Twitter users are having a little too much fun with a meme of Pope Francis online. And while some are finding the trend hilarious, others are calling it disrespectful and inconsiderate at the same time.  The meme consists of four images posted to the platform. Each one shows Pope Francis holding different items or people up. Due to how Twitter’s posting works, the four photos make up one cohesive image for social media users to see as they scroll through their timelines. The Internet Gods Have Blessed Us With This New Meme Featuring Pope Francis https://t.co/iOdRuBRrdw pic.twitter.com/bO4UWZFk4K — Dariel Atkins (@AtkinsDariel) October 18, 2020 Pope Francis is closing his eyes and holding up his arms towards the sky presenting an object. The fourth frame has been replaced with everything from funny tweets to drugs and movie posters. Pretty cool how we can do this and nobody ends up beheaded for it 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ypHUBZB6LV — Ahoy!⚓️ (@ahoy_desu) October 17, 2020 The meme originally started out as a harmless joke. However, some people who follow Catholicism do not find the trend funny and feel disrespected by it. This has caused fights and disagreements online between those with different religious beliefs.  just a little reminder that the pope francis memes can be offensive to some people — maia (@maialovesyou_) October 19, 2020 Some users are going as far as accusing those who are making the meme of violating the first commandment. The Catechism of the Catholic Church states under paragraph 2120: “Sacrilege consists in profaning or treating unworthily the sacraments and other liturgical actions, as well as persons, things, or places consecrated to God. Sacrilege is a grave sin especially when committed against the Eucharist, for in this sacrament the true Body of Christ is made substantially present for us.” Hi, i posted this elsewhere and as read it, these memes are a sin against the first commandment: pic.twitter.com/Rf8mYpAT9r — Michael (@mj33096) October 18, 2020 One Twitter user responded to the meme with a screenshot of the statement above. Other users in the comments are confused why people are making the meme into a big deal.  this is my favourite Pope Francis meme pic.twitter.com/iL7bHfx4Om — . (@cambaro_) October 18, 2020 Pope Francis has not addressed the meme publicly yet. However, many assume that he will not make any sort of statement on the matter. This is not the first time that the pope has been the subject of a viral meme. In fact, the photo that is being used currently was taken in 2013 and memes have been created using it prior to 2020.  why are people making weed and inappropriate memes out of Pope Francis …thats so disrespectful :/ — l a i l a ¨̮ d b (@lilouthenoodle) October 16, 2020 The original photo was taken in Brazil during Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady Aparecida. It is credited to a photographer named Buda Mendes and Getty Images. In the original photo, the pope is holding a wafer of sacramental bread for Holy Communion. The sacramental bread is meant to represent Christ’s body as part of the Eucharist or Holy Communion. There are countless versions of the meme circulating the internet currently. Most are harmless, including the pope holding Baby Yoda. However, a small percentage of the Twitter population have used the meme as an opportunity to spread hate.  the c*tholic church will condemn the pope francis meme but not the most anti-christian values president we've ever had… — kt (@ktweaves) October 19, 2020 While most memes are typically not controversial, this one has become a bit more tricky because of its’ religious aspect. The overwhelming majority see it as funny and are circulating the image for a good laugh. However, others simply do not find any humor behind the trend.  Another user, Simcha Fisher, stated the memes were “hurting Catholics.” She said, “I suppose people think it’s fine to mock Catholicism because pedo priests and other various grave scandals. Please understand that, when you mock the sacrament of the Eucharist, all you’re doing is hurting Catholics who have already been profoundly hurt by these same scandals.”  There's a meme circulating with Pope Francis holding up an object with his eyes closed, and people are shopping in various funny objects. In the original photo, the object is a host being consecrated. This means being turned from bread into the actual body and blood of God. 1/ — (((Simcha Fisher))) (@SimchaFisher) October 17, 2020 Sister Theresa Aletheia said, “The pope meme is not funny. If you’re Catholic (or anyone who desires to have a modicum of respect for someone else’s deeply held religious beliefs) don’t tweet or retweet it.” The counter argument seems to be that the people spreading this meme are not attacking Catholics or mocking their faith. However, it is just something funny and lighthearted to look at or share with friends online. Others are saying that it is acceptable to poke fun at the religion regardless of the meme due to all of the scandals surrounding the Catholic Church that have been exposed over the years.  am i a bad Catholic for laughing at the Pope Francis memes? probablyare they hilarious? yes — spooky™ sydknee (@soitssyd) October 17, 2020 Regardless of the memes critics, it does not seem as though the photoshopping and editing to create new versions of this trend will stop anytime soon. Religion is typically a controversial and sensitive topic when discussed seriously and in depth. However, this meme may not be on the same wavelength as something that should be taken seriously. There are several different perspectives on this trending topic and Twitter users will have to wait and see if Pope Francis will respond at all to this chaos. 

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Pope Francis Is Wrong. Property Rights Are Human Rights.

A friend of mine, who had spent many years establishing a successful printing business in the Midwest, opened his local newspaper to find a story about a fancy redevelopment project that the city had proposed in his neighborhood. How nice, he thought, until he realized that planning officials were going to put the project on top of his company's existing building. He was one of many people I had interviewed for my 2004 book about the abuse of eminent domain—the government's right to take property upon payment of "just" compensation. The Constitution allows such takings for roads, courthouses and other public uses, but the courts have expanded that definition to allow the government to take private property if it deemed the new use more beneficial than the old one. The U.S. Supreme Court's 2005 Kelo decision gave governments the imprimatur to do so, although Justice Sandra Day O'Connor's dissent still resonates: "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms. As for the victims, the government now has license to transfer property from those with fewer resources to those with more." I thought of that case, as well as many sad interviews with victimized property owners in various eminent domain and other property rights disputes, after reading Pope Francis' latest encyclical called Fratelli Tutti, or "Brothers All." This pope has repeatedly diminished the importance of private property and free markets, but he usually leaves enough wiggle room so his supporters could describe what he meant in "proper context." We need no such context this time. "The right to private property can only be considered a secondary natural right," Pope Francis explained. "Yet it often happens that secondary rights displace primary and overriding rights, in practice making them irrelevant." He added that, "the right to private property is always accompanied by the primary and prior principle of the subordination of all private property to the universal destination of the Earth's goods." There's plenty to debunk in this 43,000-word missive—from its description of the market system as one based on exploitation, to its call to for stronger international institutions. But I'll focus on the pope's distorted view of property and his failure to grasp how this supposed secondary right undergirds those primary values of life, family, and brotherhood. As this nation's founders recognized, property is the foundation of those bigger things. The city's taking of my friend's business devastated him—not because of some dollars-and-cents accounting. In many (but not all) of these cases, the government eventually reimburses owners for the assessed value of their properties. A business, however, is not merely the collected value of its bricks and mortar. It reflects the hard work and creative energies and vision of its owners. From his lavish Vatican surroundings, the pope describes property ownership as something secondary and even tawdry, yet even in doing so he reinforces the primacy of property. "To care for the world in which we live means to care for ourselves," Francis wrote. "Yet we need to think of ourselves more and more as a single family dwelling in a common home." Note the reference to a person's home. One need not own a house to have a home, but ownership is the linchpin of our other freedoms—and the best assurance that we can provide for our families and help others. That Pope Francis would erode such rights in the name of helping the poor is foolhardy. Even the pope admits that "corruption and inefficiency" are the hallmarks of politicians. To relegate tangible property ownership to intangible values (e.g., advancing human dignity, promoting equality) is to, as Justice O'Connor noted, benefit the rich and powerful at the expense of the poor. I find 18th century British statesman William Pitt's argument far more compelling: "The poorest man may in his cottage, bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown. It may be frail, its roof may shake; the wind may blow through it; the storm may enter; the rain may enter; but the King of England may not enter; all his force dares not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement." To help the poor, protect their right to property—so they can defy even the forces of the king. As Pope Francis correctly noted, some people will use their resources to exploit others. But he conveniently forgets that injustices have existed throughout history. As the property-rights-based market economy has expanded, grueling poverty has receded worldwide. The population living in extreme poverty has dropped precipitously in tandem with the growth of the economic "dogmas" that the pope decries. Perhaps there's a connection. Sorry, but property rights are not secondary. As an attorney who defended property owners from government takings liked to say, "Property rights are human rights." You can't have one without the other. This column was first published by The Orange County Register.

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Pope Francis Preaching Anti-Capitalist Dogma – Swamponomics

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Pope: ‘Market Capitalism Has Failed’

It’s no secret that Pope Francis is a socialist. His latest proclamation is quite interesting when considering how the Pope and the Antichrist will team up together in the last days. Pope Francis says the coronavirus pandemic has proven that the “magic theories” of market capitalism have failed and that the world needs a new type of politics that promotes dialogue and solidarity and rejects war at all costs. Francis on Sunday laid out his vision for a post-COVID world by uniting the core elements of his social teachings into a new encyclical aimed at inspiring a revived sense of the human family. “Fratelli Tutti” (Brothers All) was released on the feast day of his namesake, the peace-loving St. Francis of Assisi. MORE: https://apnews.com/article/virus-outbreak-pope-francis-archive-capitalism-bcde0053314e65612add0709fada5519

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Why Pope Francis Sermonizes Anti-Capitalist Rhetoric

Please respect our republishing guidelines - Click Here Pope Francis A chief tenet of progressive orthodoxy is that disciples must repeatedly sermonize anti-capitalist dogma to the socialist left congregation. Whether it is an international event or a political development, followers are required to crack open the gospel of Karl Marx, break gluten-free bread, drink the blood of

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Pope: Nationalism ‘Must Not Prevail’

According to the Pope,the multilateral approach is God’s plan and the nationalism approach “must not prevail.” Religion News Service reported: In a video message to the United Nations, Pope Francis said the COVID-19 pandemic has put the international community at a crossroads and that it’s up to U.N. leaders to decide whether to choose the path of multilateralism and dialogue or nationalism and individualism. “We are faced, then, with a choice between two possible paths,” the pontiff said on the occurrence of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations (Sept. 25). MORE: https://religionnews.com/2020/09/25/nationalism-must-not-prevail-pope-francis-said-addressing-the-united-nations/

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Pope Francis Launches Post-COVID Agenda

The Bible prophecies speak of a world religious leader that will aid the Antichrist. We believe that world religious leader will be the Pope at the time of the reign of the Antichrist. Pope Francis recently launched a post-COVID agenda with an announcement, of a new encyclical. The Salt Lake Tribune reported: With the announcement of a new document coming this fall, Pope Francis is launching his agenda for a world after the pandemic, one in which nations and individuals will rethink economic models and create more just systems. Vatican spokesman Matteo Bruni confirmed rumors Saturday of the release of a new encyclical by Pope Francis on human fraternity. The title, “Brothers all,” is inspired by the words of St. Francis of Assisi. MORE: https://www.sltrib.com/religion/2020/09/08/pope-francis-launches-his/

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