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Bishop Malloys Response to the Tragedy In Orlando, Florida

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2016 PRESS RELEASE  Bishop Malloy asks for prayers to end  violence and terrorism Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, David J. Malloy, issued a statement in reaction to the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12. 
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP DAVID MALLOY: 
I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that  “Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.”   As Bishop of Rockford I ask all Catholics as they attend Mass or spend time in silent prayer to remember all those affected by violence and terrorism and to pray vigorously for its end.


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Chick-Fil-A and the Correct Response to the Orlando Shooting

I was looking at my Facebook this morning and found an article about Chick Filet and their response to the Orlando shooting. Evidently they decided to offer free food to those who donated blood for the victims. I tried to repost the article with my own comments when I tried to repost it, somehow it refreshed and everything was lost. Did not spend much time trying to find the article due to time constraints, but could not even find it on the internet on my computer. So I decided to rewrite this on the web site. Here are my comments.

Chick-Fil-A’s response is the true Christian response to such a tragedy. These people who’s lives were snuffed out were not just the sum of their sexual preferences. They had their talents  and gifts to offer our society. They brought a light to the world, each one of them, that no one person can replace. They too are a holy and sacred Temple of God. Now the light they bore to the world is gone. It is a time of mourning.

For each person who died are parents, siblings and friends who knew the light they bore most personally. No longer can their full potential of goodness and virtue be realized. For those who mourn their loss, this Christian supports them with his prayers and words as little as they may seem. Jesus loves them and you. May the consolation of the Holy Spirit be with you always.

 


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Grand Imam of Al-Azhar: What Heads of Churches Who Accept Gay Marriage in US Will Say to Jesus

The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar has asked, “What will the heads of Churches in the US that accept gay marriage say to Jesus?” …

Grand Imam of Al-Azhar: What Heads of Churches Who Accept Gay Marriage in US Will Say to Jesus


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Pope: Family as God Wills It – 1 Man and 1 Woman – Is Being Deformed

There is a lot to say about this issue of a colonization of ideology or as the Pope says it, “ideological colonization”. It looks like the Pope will come down hard on this culture in America, and for good reason. It may not be a very popular thing. America has been forcing other smaller and vulnerable countries to adopt our values and beliefs. In the late nineties, we forced countries in Africa to have contraception when the people did not want it. We also forced them to accept abortions. Now we are trying to force them to have so called “same-sex marriages”. They have unequivocally renounced these values, yet the American culture has rammed these things down their throats. This is what Pope Francis is talking about when referring to capitalism and it’s evils. With God, America can be great. Without God, America would become the most wicked empire the world has ever seen from time immemorial. WE NEED GOD BACK IN OUR SCHOOLS! Please read this carefully and with a self critical heart on how we participate.      Rev Timothy Barr

 

Rome, September 10, 2015     

Pope Francis says that in the face of “ideological colonizations,” married couples are called to give testimony as a “happy family,” but must also go beyond giving testimony and find concrete ways to support other couples. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-family-as-god-wills-it-1-man-and-1-woman-is-being-deformed?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Urge Governor Rauner to Veto Deceitful, Vague, Anti-Autonomy Bill

There is a real problem with this bill. It would make any therapy for those who no longer wish to be homosexual illegal. Anybody who does not want the homosexual orientation would not be able to find it in Illinois. There has not been any case whatsoever of abuse of “forced conversions”. A person should have the right to self determination, even and particularly when it comes to their sexual orientation. This help should not be banned.

The politically expedient title of the anti-autonomy, anti-choice bill (HB 217) sitting Governor Bruce Rauner’s desk points to its nebulous, overbroad, and deceitful content. It’s titled the “Youth Mental Health Protection Act.” I mean, who isn’t for “youth mental health.” …

http://illinoisfamily.org/homosexuality/urge-governor-rauner-to-veto-deceitful-vague-anti-autonomy-bill/


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Dignity of Women and The Faith They Need


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Challenge & Hope for a New Generation | Part 5 of 6 of The Humanum Series