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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Top Obama Bundlers Funded LGBT Attack on San Francisco Archbishop for Traditional Marriage Stance

A leftist group funded by top gay activist bundlers for Obama’s 2012 campaign coordinated both a “well planned and financed” attack against San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone for his decision to speak during the March for Marriage in Washington, D.C. in June, says Catholic San Francisco.

Faithful America is an organization that claims to be “the largest and fastest growing online community of Christians putting faith into action for social justice.”

According to Valerie Schmalz writing at Catholic San Francisco, there is “abundant evidence” that the attack on Cordileone, who is chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage, was coordinated by Faithful America and supported by politically powerful and wealthy individuals and foundations that have dedicated millions to promoting the LGBT agenda.

Read more at Breitbart >>

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Cardinal Newman Society Announces 2014 Catholic Schools of Excellence

Charleston's Bishop England High School, a 2014 School of Excellence
The Cardinal Newman Society has released the list of schools recognized by the Catholic Education Honor Roll as 2014 Schools of Excellence.  Comprising fewer than 5% of the Catholic high schools in the United States,  the schools, located in 26 states, "are marked by the integration of Catholic identity throughout all aspects of their programs and excellence in academics." 

Catholic Education Honor Roll:

2014 Schools of Excellence
Holy Rosary Academy, Anchorage

Saint Mary's Catholic High School, Phoenix

Saint Augustine Academy, Ventura Saint Joseph Academy, San Marcos Saint Michael’s Preparatory School, Silverado Saint Monica Academy, Pasadena
Holy Family High School, Broomfield
Archbishop Edward A. McCarthy High School, Southwest Ranches Belen Jesuit Preparatory School, Miami Rhodora J. Donahue Academy, Ave Maria
Holy Spirit Preparatory School, Atlanta Pinecrest Academy, Cumming
Bishop Chatard High School, Indianapolis Saint Joseph High School, South Bend Saint Theodore Guerin High School, Noblesville
St. James Academy, Lenexa
St. John's Catholic School, Beloit
Covington Latin School, Covington Holy Angels Academy, Louisville
Academy of Our Lady, Marrero John Paul the Great Academy, Lafayette Mount Carmel Academy, New Orleans
Trivium School, Lancaster
Mount de Sales Academy, Catonsville
Catholic Central High School, Grand Rapids Detroit Catholic Central High School, Novi Everest Collegiate High School, Clarkston Father Gabriel Richard High School, Ann Arbor Saint Francis High School, Traverse City West Catholic High School, Grand Rapids
Chesterton Academy, Edina Providence Academy, Plymouth Saint Agnes School, St. Paul
Notre Dame Regional High School, Cape Girardeau St. John Vianney High School, St. Louis St. Pius X High School, Festus St. Vincent High School, Perryville
Pius X High School, Lincoln
New Hampshire
Holy Family Academy, Manchester Mount Royal Academy, Sunapee
New York  
Cathedral Preparatory School and Seminary, Elmhurst Holy Cross Academy, Oneida The Montfort Academy, Mt. Vernon
The Lyceum, South Euclid
Aquinas Academy, Gibsonia Geibel Catholic Junior-Senior High School, Connellsville Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School, Coraopolis Quigley Catholic High School, Baden Saint Joseph High School, Natrona Heights Serra Catholic High School, McKeesport Seton-La Salle Catholic High School, Pittsburgh
South Carolina  
Bishop England High School, Charleston St. Joseph’s Catholic School, Greenville
South Dakota  
O’Gorman High School, Sioux Falls
Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville Saint Cecilia Academy, Nashville
ntonian College Preparatory High School, San Antonio Bishop T.K. Gorman Regional Catholic School, Tyler Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Muenster Saint Ignatius College Preparatory School, Fort Worth The Atonement Academy, San Antonio The Highlands School, Irving
Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School, Arlington Holy Family Academy, Manassas Paul VI Catholic High School, Fairfax Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School, Dumfries Seton School, Manassas
Catholic Memorial High School, Waukesha
Trinity Academy, Pewaukee
Xavier High School, Appleton
2014 High Schools Receiving Honorable Mention:
Beckman Catholic High School, Dyersville, IA
Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Ebensburg, PA
John Paul II Catholic High School, New Braunfels, TX
Notre Dame Academy, Toledo, OH
Padua Academy, Wilmington, DE
Saint Mary's Springs Academy High School, Fond du Lac, WI
St. John Paul II High School, Corpus Christi, TX
St. Pius X High School, Kansas City, MO
Trinity Catholic High School, Ocala, FL

Patriarchs Urge West to Stop Extinction of Middle East Christians

Chaldean Bishop Ibrahim Ibrahim, Antiochian Orthodox Metropolitan Joseph and Syriac Catholic Patriarch Ignace Joseph III Younan at an ecumenical service in Washington (CNS)

United in the suffering of their people, five Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs from the Middle East urged Westerners to take action to help ensure that Christians and other minorities can remain in the Middle East.

“Christians are not (just) looking for humanitarian aid. They are looking for humanitarian action, to save Christianity in the Middle East,” said Catholicos Aram of Cilicia, patriarch of the Armenian Apostolic Church.

The Armenian patriarch said a comprehensive strategy is needed to defeat Islamic State extremism that “threatens the very survival of Christianity” in places like Iraq and Syria. He said it was essential to promote human rights, pluralism and religious freedom.

The September 11 panel was part of an inaugural summit, In Defence of Christians (running from September 9-11), a new Washington-based group formed to promote awareness of the plight of Christians in the Middle East, and to lobby US policymakers on their behalf.

Read more at The Catholic Herald (UK) >>

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Dear Scotland: An Open Letter from Your Canadian Cousins

An editorial from The Globe and Mail

Dear Scotland,

You probably don’t know this, but you made us. The first European to cross the continent and reach our Pacific coast was Alexander Mackenzie – a Scot. Our first prime minister and chief Father of Confederation, Sir John A. Macdonald? Scottish. So too our second PM. Our country’s national dream, a railroad from sea to sea, was realized in 1885 when Sir Donald Smith, head of the Canadian Pacific Railway, drove The Last Spike at Craigellachie – a place named after a village in his homeland. The man who did the most to create Canada’s system of universal public health care, and chosen as “The Greatest Canadian” in a national survey of CBC viewers, was Tommy Douglas. He was born in Falkirk. The thistle and the red lion rampant on our national coat of arms identify you as one of our four founding nations; half of our provincial flags contain a Saint Andrew’s cross; and one of our provinces – Nova Scotia – is named after you. There are said to be more pipers and pipe bands in Canada than in Scotland. And nearly five million Canadians identify their ethnic origin as entirely or partly Scottish, which means we have almost as many Scottish-Canadians as you have people.

"Lift High the Cross"

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Last Night of the BBC Proms Finale

The Forever War

By Patrick J. Buchanan

The strategy that President Obama laid out Wednesday night to “degrade and ultimately destroy the terrorist group known as ISIL,” is incoherent, inconsistent and, ultimately, non-credible.

A year ago, Obama and John Kerry were straining at the leash to launch air strikes on Syrian President Bashar Assad for his alleged use of chemical weapons in “killing his own people.”

But when Americans rose as one to demand that we stay out of Syria, Obama hastily erased his “red line” and announced a new policy of not getting involved in “somebody else’s civil war.”