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Saturday, February 20, 2016

EWTN Press Release: Court rules against EWTN in HHS Mandate Case




Appeals Court Rules Against EWTN in HHS Mandate Case
11th Circuit Court of Appeals Refuses to Protect Catholic Network



Irondale, AL (EWTN) –This afternoon, the 11th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals in Atlanta ruled against EWTN Global Catholic Network in its long-running battle against the government’s insurance mandate requiring employer-sponsored health plans to provide coverage for contraception, sterilizations and abortion-inducing drugs. A three-judge panel issued a 2-1 decision more than a year after oral arguments before the Appeals Court.

“We are extremely disappointed that the Court has refused to protect our religious freedom,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw. “This decision by the Court of Appeals ignores the arguments that EWTN and numerous plaintiffs around the country have made with regard to this mandate. In effect, this decision orders EWTN to violate its religious beliefs and comply with the government’s HHS mandate or pay massive fines to the IRS.”

In the majority opinion, the Court stated "We accept the plaintiffs’ sincere belief . . . that the accommodation puts them to a choice between honoring their religious beliefs and facing significant penalties. We nonetheless conclude that the accommodation imposes no substantial burden." 

“This is wrong,’ said Lori Windham, Senior Counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty and lead attorney on the case. “Rather than provide these drugs and devices through its own exchanges, our government wants to punish EWTN for practicing its faith. This 2-1 decision is not the end. The government’s unconstitutional mandate has lost repeatedly at the Supreme Court, and we believe it will lose again.”
EWTN filed its original lawsuit Feb. 9, 2012 against the Department of Health & Human Services, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and other government agencies seeking to stop the imposition of the contraception mandate as well as asking the court for a declaratory judgment that the mandate is unconstitutional. The Attorney General of the State of Alabama filed a motion to join EWTN March 22, 2012 as a plaintiff in the lawsuit. That lawsuit was dismissed pending the final HHS mandate rules.

The final rules promulgated in July 2013 granted no relief to EWTN.  In October 2013, EWTN and Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange joined together to challenge the unconstitutional HHS mandate. A federal judge ruled against EWTN in that case as well.  Hours after the US Supreme Court decision in the Hobby Lobby case in June 2014, the 11th Circuit granted EWTN an emergency injunction, protecting EWTN from the mandate while it filed an appeal. Today, a different panel of judges rendered a split decision, voting 2-1 against EWTN.

In a blistering dissent, Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat stated: "The majority runs roughshod over the sincerely held religious objections of Eternal Word Television Network," and concluded that "at bottom, the majority’s reasoning takes aim at the heart of RFRA (the Religious Freedom Restoration Act) itself."

Said Warsaw: “As we have said repeatedly, contraception, abortion-inducing drugs and voluntary sterilization are not health care and the government should not force EWTN to provide them as part of our employer-sponsored health plan. We are grateful for the prayers and support of the EWTN Family over the course of this litigation, as well as all those who have written in support of our lawsuit and in support of religious liberty. We ask for continued prayers as we consider our response to the Court’s decision.”


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. EWTN services include direct broadcast satellite television and radio; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio service; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.







Thursday, February 18, 2016

Is it a sin to tell Pope Francis to shut up?



I had intended to keep a very low Internet profile during Lent, but once more the Pope has opened his mouth and my head has exploded. 

If I could tell Pope Francis one thing, it would be to please, please, please "shut up".  The more he speaks (interviews, off the cuff remarks etc) the more damage is done. 

According to the delusions of our current progressive socialist-leaning global warming guru pope there is a new mortal sin that defines who is and who is not a Christian. 

Wall builders.

Wall builders are not Christians.  

(CNN)Thrusting himself into the combative 2016 presidential campaign, Pope Francis said Thursday that GOP frontrunner Donald Trump "is not Christian" if he calls for the deportation of undocumented immigrants and pledges to build a wall between the United States and Mexico.
The Pope, who was traveling back to Rome from Mexico, where he urged the United States to address the "humanitarian crisis" on its southern border, declined to say whether American Catholics should vote for Trump.
But Francis left little doubt where he stood on the polarizing issue of immigration reform.
"A person who thinks only about building walls, wherever they may be, and not building bridges, is not Christian. This is not in the gospel," the Pope told journalists.
**note: the politician in question here has never said "only" build a wall, so the pope is either purposely being deceptive or clueless, your guess is as good as anybody else's guess.**

Unless of course you're the pope sitting inside the Vatican walls. 
People waiting outside Vatican Wall.

There is NOTHING in the Bible that says building a wall to protect citizens and nations from terrorists, illegals, drugs or anything else makes a person unChristian.  If wall builders are not Christians then why so many convent and monastery and Vatican walls??  

I am once again DISGUSTED by this pope.  We've got people running for president who are supporting abortion, birth control and the right to die "with dignity" (euthanasia) and the pope says NOTHING. 

We have one person running for president who wants to build a border NOT to keep immigrants out, but to keep ILLEGAL immigrants out (big difference), to allow people to come into the country legally and Pope Francis has just decided to declare to the world that such a person is NOT a Christian. 

I have to honestly wonder...is Pope Francis a Catholic? I know I'm not the first to ask that question.  It's something many Catholics are thinking and have been thinking.  How could we not?  We've seen this pope wash Muslim women's feet on Holy Thursday... we've read horrendous interviews from this pope saying things like the most pressing evils facing the Church today are "jobless youth and lonely elderly"- not abortion, not euthanasia, not selling baby parts, not gay unions...nope, "jobless youth and lonely elderly".  In the same interview he declared God wasn't Catholic- as if Jesus Christ himself hadn't founded the Catholic Church! 

And now we have the pope declaring that people who build walls for protection are not Christians.

Are those who built those walls around the Vatican and Catholic convents/monasteries now deemed to be non Christians because they wished to protect what was held inside those walls? Will Pope Francis now order all those walls be taken down? 

This really shouldn't surprise anyone.  This pope is all about removing protective barriers and leaving the innocent unprotected. 

Christ in the Eucharist at Mass was once protected by His priests from blasphemy and sacrilege... not so with Pope Francis.  Lutheran's are given the Eucharist at Mass by Catholic priests at the Vatican and Pope Francis shuts up.  But a non-Catholic running for President in the United States says he's going to build a wall to protect the United States and Pope Francis declares to the world that such a man is not a Christian. 

This pope has a warped mind and twisted spirituality that is not in line with the Catholic Faith.  He's concerned more with global warming and other nations political candidates than he is with actual Catholics and Catholic teaching and worse of all he has little regard for saving souls! 

Where is the pope on these issues?  What does he say and do when faced with the very real mortal sin issues facing the world today?

Catholic clergy supporting the gay agenda... "who am I to judge?". 




Catholic politicians supporting gay marriage, euthanasia, birth control, abortion, selling baby parts, Catholic clergy marching for women priests and supporting the gay agenda...crickets from this pope.  


Franciscan Friars of Holy Name Provence's booth at Gay Pride parade


When is the rest of the Catholic world (I know there are many who have been speaking out for years, God bless you) going to open their eyes and speak out that WE HAVE A POPE PROBLEM

It saddens me greatly to write this, especially during Lent, but I feel overwhelmed to speak out against this pope (again). 

Church history shows we've had good popes, we've had great popes and we've had bad popes.  We've got a bad pope right now folks, there is no denying it.  This pope is more concerned with worldly issues than with saving souls.  

The world so desperately needs a pope who will continually give homilies, interviews and off the cuff remarks about mortal sin and eternal damnation.  We need a pope who will guide the people away from sin, not one who confuses people with "who am I to judge" statements that leave progressives thinking they are right to support gay marriage.  Chaos and confusion are not of God.  

Pray for him- pray many rosaries to Our Lady for help, pray to God that this pope either change drastically or that we are not burdened with him for long. The damage he is causing is phenomenal.  Whoever the next pope is he will have a tremendous job cleaning up after this disastrous papacy.

While the evil in this world is currently celebrating, the Catholics in the world should be weeping greatly over the things this pope says, does and allows.

All that said (right or wrong), if I can't tell the pope to please shut up already, I can't help but wonder if it would be a sin for me to pray that as John the Baptist's father was struck mute, so be it with our current pope?

God please save us from Pope Francis! 



In Christ,

Julie @ Connecticut Catholic Corner 

...And to anyone who thinks I've been too harsh in my views and opinions of this pope well... who are you to judge?  See the danger to souls in that statement now? 


Sources (quotes/photos): 

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/18/politics/pope-francis-trump-christian-wall/

http://www.dispatch.com/content/cartoons/2013/08/beeler0802.html

http://callmejorgebergoglio.blogspot.com/2014/06/franciscan-friars-in-full-communion.html

http://www.repubblica.it/cultura/2013/10/01/news/pope_s_conversation_with_scalfari_english-67643118/

http://www.onepeterfive.com/magister-lutherans-given-communion-in-rome-after-papal-audience

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Luke+1%3A+10-22&version=NRSVCE





Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Pope sends greeting to Mother Angelica


Pope Sends Greetings To EWTN Foundress
Mother Angelica From Aboard the Papal Plane


Irondale, AL (EWTN) – Pope Francis sent his greetings this morning to EWTN Foundress Mother Mary Angelica from aboard the papal plane to Cuba for his historic meeting with Russian Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. 





(View it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOOfuRP820s.) Following the meeting with Patriarch Kirill, the Pope will continue on a multi-day trip to Mexico.

“To Mother Angelica with my blessing and I ask you to pray for me; I need it,” the Pope said. “God bless you Mother Angelica.”

“On behalf of Mother Angelica, I thank the Holy Father for his greeting and want him to know that Mother, her Nuns and the EWTN family will be praying for him and for the success of this  historic journey,” said EWTN Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Michael P. Warsaw.


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and almost 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm. 




Sunday, February 7, 2016

EWTN Press Release: Call Me Catholic



‘Call Me Catholic:’ EWTN’s New Weekly Radio Show
Now Airing Live from the Christ Cathedral Studios

Irondale, AL (EWTN) – EWTN Global Catholic Network is pleased to announce its new weekly radio show “Call Me Catholic.”

Broadcasting from high atop the Tower of Hope on the beautiful Christ Cathedral Campus in Orange County, Calif., “Call Me Catholic” is a light and lively conversation about the blessings and challenges of embracing a Catholic identity in the modern world. This live one-hour show, a co-production of EWTN Radio and Orange County Radio, is hosted by Peggy Normandin and can be heard Saturdays at 1 p.m. ET and 11 p.m. ET on EWTN Radio.

The program features high-profile Catholic guests; live callers; commentary on faith in the news and arts; and heartfelt stories about growing up Catholic.
Host Peggy Normandin will leave you energized and excited to tell the world, "You can ‘Call Me Catholic."


EWTN Global Catholic Network, in its 35th year, is the largest religious media network in the world. EWTN’s 11 networks broadcast the Gospel message in multiple languages 24 hours a day, seven days a week to over 264 million television households in more than 145 countries and territories. Properties include direct broadcast satellite television and radio services; AM & FM radio networks transmitted through SIRIUS/XM, iHeart Radio, and over 500 Catholic domestic and international radio affiliates; a worldwide shortwave radio station; the largest Catholic website in the U.S.; electronic and print news services, including “The National Catholic Register” newspaper, and two global wire services; as well as a publishing arm.  




Saturday, February 6, 2016

Church approved Traditional Latin Mass in Connecticut

St. Martha Catholic Church in Enfield, Connecticut...


Sancta Missa link: http://www.sanctamissa.org/en/

Archbishop Blair has assigned a permanent Chaplin to the Latin Mass community at St. Martha Catholic Church in Enfield Ct.

Monsignor Guerrera has been sent to us by  Archbishop Blair. We at St. Martha in Enfield Ct. are very grateful to both the Archbishop, and Monsignor for this joyful moment in the life of our community and parish.

We are also very fortunate to have such a caring and supportive Pastor in Father Kelechi.




St. Martha offers both Rites of Holy Mass and has continued to be a shining example of the Catholic Faith.
We welcome, and encourage our fellow Catholics to come and experience the joy and sacredness of Holy Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form, also known as, The Traditional Latin Mass with
our families and friends here at St. Martha Catholic Church, Enfield CT.
Current events and announcements can be found at News Blog for St. Martha`s Latin Mass. maintained by Una Voce Enfield
Also upcoming events including rosary processions, Knights of Columbus events along with other Parish activities can be found here.
In The Immaculate Heart of Mary
Donald Mongeau

Chairman Una Voce Enfield Ct.


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