Rush Limbaugh’s surprising comments about Pope Francis and the Catholic Church.

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RUSH: New pope. I am not Catholic. But I have endeavored, I have dug deep, I have attempted to find out from sources that I trust as much as I can, that I can understand, that I could then relay to you about this new pope. He’s the first pope from the Americas. I realize some of you from Rio Linda say, “What a minute. Argentina? That’s South America.” He’s the first one. And he didn’t want to be pope. But there’s some incredible things about this man. He is a classic Catholic theologian. There appears not to be one shred of moral relevance. In fact, I’ll play the sound bites for you in just a minute.The media, select members, they’re out there. I watched some of it this morning, and it’s kind of funny to watch. They’re wringing their hands, “How can the church attract young people when it is opposed to contraception? Doesn’t the church need to modernize? Doesn’t the pope, don’t these cardinals realize what they’ve gotta do if they want to attract young people to the church? If they want to spread their message they can’t have this position that’s anti-gay marriage and anti-contraception.” And they treat the church as a political institution.

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Answer: Because, deep down in their hearts, they know it’s true.

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Question: Why is the mainstream media (and the rest of the world) so interested in all the recent goings on inside the Vatican?

Read the true story of the discovery of the mortal remains of St. Peter and why Jesus Christ really wasn’t kidding when he said, And I say to thee: That thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.  (Matthew 16:18)

Penn State: Another homosexual sex scandal that’s NOT called what it obviously is!

by Doug Lawrence

The recent Penn State child abuse scandal is noteworthy for a number of reasons:

First, no one in the mainstream media has yet to call it what it really is … a homosexual sex scandal.

Second, although many have likened the scandal to those experienced by the Catholic Church, no one has yet pointed out that unlike Catholic priests, this sexually deviant perpetrator was not subject to a vow of celibacy or chastity … something which has heretofore been widely (but erroneously) cited … as the likely cause of priestly child abuse.

Why the double standard? Why the subtle obfuscations? Why the deliberate mischaracterizations by the mainstream media? Why hasn’t anyone owned up to the lies … or attempted to correct the record?

And why is the public apparently willing to put up with it?

Maybe they’re afraid of being labeled as bullies, haters, or homophobes.

Maybe they’re just weak, misinformed, or they simply don’t care.

Maybe a bit of both!

In any case, it’s just wrong!

Homosexuality and the Catholic Priest scandals (PDF)

Father Z sets Time Magazine writer straight about the Catholic Church and how it really works.

Editor’s note:

Father Z’s stuff (in red) is great, but don’t forget to spend some time reading the viewer comments, too.

The Vatican and Women: Casting the First Stone

By Tim Padgett

What a rich coincidence we Roman Catholics got to experience at Mass on Sunday, July 18. The scheduled Gospel passage was Luke’s story about Jesus visiting the sisters Martha and Mary of Bethany (who Catholic tradition says was Mary Magdalene). Many biblical scholars believe the narrative shows Jesus encouraging Mary to assume the role of a disciple, [That’s okay.  She is sitting at the Lord’s feet in the manner of a disciple.] like Peter and the guys. [Nooo… he goes to the zoo on that.  But move along.] That notion lent some cable-news significance to the reading — coming as it did just days after the Vatican issued an avowal, as obtuse as it was malicious, [Could be a self-description.] that ordaining women into the priesthood was a sin on par with pedophilia. [Again, anyone who actually read and understood what the Holy See did by issuing the new norms, and who is honest about them, knows that that is not what happened.]

Rome’s misogynous declaration, tossed into its new guidelines on reporting clerical sexual abuse, did more than just highlight the church’s hoary horror at the idea of female priests — or its penchant of late for sticking its papal slippers in its mouth every chance it gets. [Blah blah blah… keep reading…] It also pointed up an increasingly spiteful rhetoric of bigotry. [Look in the mirror, Padgett… but keep reading…] When Argentina in mid-July legalized gay marriage, the country’s Catholic bishops weren’t content to simply denounce the legislation; they used the occasion to argue for the subhumanity of homosexual men and lesbians, the way many white Southern preachers weren’t ashamed to degrade African Americans during the civil rights movement. Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio not only called the new law “a scheme to destroy God’s plan”; he termed it “a real and dire anthropological throwback,” as if homosexuality were evolutionarily inferior to heterosexuality. [I don’t think many people would consider it a dire anthropological throwback to say that homosexuality is actually evolutionarily inferior to normal sexuality.  Think about it.]

Link to more at Father Z’s site

Why the Mainstream Media Hates the Catholic Church

Bill Donohue, one of the staunchest defenders of the Church in this country, fought back against this latest attack from the very first blow. The president of the Catholic League calls the New York Times story on Father Murphy the “last straw,” but no doubt there will be more to ignite Donohue’s flaming pen.

I asked him and a number of other experts a question: “Why do media like the New York Times and the Washington Post hate the Catholic Church and the pope? What’s the source of the animus?”

Donohue replied, “As I said in today’s New York Times op-ed page ad, it stems from three issues: abortion, gay marriage, and women’s ordination. So, when they can nail the Church on promiscuity, they love it. The goal is to weaken the moral authority of the Church so it won’t be as persuasive on issues like health care.”

Fred Barnes, executive editor of the Weekly Standard, agrees that the media want to weaken the Church. He echoes what his friend the late Bob Novak used to tell me about the mainstream media: It is “the most secular, liberal group in the country. The Catholic Church stands for everything you and I believe (though I’m not a Catholic) and for practically nothing the media likes. But the media cannot ignore the Catholic Church because it is so strong, popular, and enduring. That leaves the media one avenue of attack: Jump on any mistakes or scandals involving the Church and don’t let go.”

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