Archive for Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Irish Catholic Priest Tells Christians to Abandon the Word ‘Christmas’

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Father Desmond O’Donnell is urging Christians to give up the word “Christmas” and replace it with something else, saying that Christmas has been hijacked by “Santa and reindeer.”

Trump-Bashing Cardinals Hailed as Peacemakers and Bridge-Builders


A new article in Catholic media praises the two cardinals most conspicuous for their vocal criticism of President Trump as champions of a “culture of encounter.”

Bannon Discusses Growing Up in ‘a Very Observant Catholic Family’ in the South Where the KKK ‘Tarred and Feathered’ Priests

Steve Bannon, the former chief strategist to President Donald Trump, speaks at the Macomb County Republican Party dinner in Warren, Mich., Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. The event takes place on the anniversary of the election that put Trump in the White House. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In a freewheeling new interview with author Keith Koffler, Steve Bannon recounted his upbringing in a “very observant Catholic family” in the 1950s and 1960s and how that molded who he is now.

Pope Francis: Climate Change Skepticism Is ‘Perverse’

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Humanity is currently experiencing a “climate emergency,” Pope Francis said, while decrying denial of human-induced climate change as a perverse attitude that endangers all.

Pope Francis: Climate Change Skepticism Is ‘Perverse’

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Humanity is currently experiencing a “climate emergency,” Pope Francis said, while decrying denial of human-induced climate change as a perverse attitude that endangers all.

Greggs Apologizes for Replacing Baby Jesus with Sausage Roll in Advent Calendar

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The Yorkshire-based Greggs bakery has issued an apology for replacing an image of the baby Jesus in its advent calendar with a sausage roll.

France Debates Dropping Minimum Legal Age for Sexual Consent to 13

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In the midst of allegations of sexual abuse of minors by Hollywood executives and politicians, France is proposing a novel antidote to child sex abuse: make the children into consenting adults.

Holy Smoke! Pope Francis Bans Sale of Cigarettes in Vatican


Pope Francis has issued his personal version of “Thank you for not smoking,” announcing a ban on the sale of cigarettes in the Vatican to go into effect in 2018.

Pope Francis Tells Priests, Bishops, to Put Away Cell Phones During Mass


Pope Francis urged the faithful—including bishops and priests—to put away their cell phones during Mass and to focus on what is going on.

Populists Crush Center-Left Social Democrats in Sicily Elections

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In hugely significant regional elections Sunday, populists handed the reigning Democratic Party a stinging defeat in Sicily, presaging serious trouble for the ailing center-left in next spring’s national election.

Harvard Law Dean Denounces ‘Okay to Be White’ Stickers on Campus


Harvard Law School Dean of Students Marcia L. Sells has condemned the posting of “It’s okay to be white” stickers on the university campus, calling them divisive and “a provocation.”

Preaching ‘Climate Change’ in Vatican, Jerry Brown Says ‘Trump Factor Is Very Small’


California Governor Jerry Brown downplayed President Trump’s influence on the climate change debate in the U.S. at a Vatican symposium Saturday, saying that his impact is “very small.”

Abortion Lobby Denies Science Concerning Beginning of Human Life

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In a bold new article, abortion advocates attack President Trump’s HHS plan promising protection for Americans “at every stage of life, beginning at conception” by claiming that “life doesn’t begin at conception.”

Pope Francis Decries ‘Discriminatory and Xenophobic’ Reactions to Mass Migration


Pope Francis denounced “negative reactions” to the phenomenon of mass migration Saturday, suggesting that more formation of conscience is needed to combat an anti-immigration mentality.

Pope Francis Signals Willingness to Discuss Ordaining Married Men to Priesthood

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Pope Francis has reportedly expressed openness to discussing the possibility of ordaining married men to the priesthood in order to offset a priest shortage in Brazil.

On ‘All Souls Day,’ Pope Francis Visits American Military Cemetery to Pray for the Fallen


On Thursday, Pope Francis celebrated Mass at an American military cemetery outside Rome on the day that Catholics set aside to pray for all the faithful departed.

Former Mayor Fights Back Against Cross Removal in France: An Attack on ‘Our Culture’


After France’s highest administrative court ruled that a cross surmounting a statue of Saint John Paul II must be removed, the city’s former mayor has written an open letter criticizing the ruling as wrong-headed and contrary to France’s best interests.

Twitter Confesses to Burying Nearly 50% of #DNCLeak Tweets


Twitter “hid” nearly 50 percent of tweets bearing the hashtag #DNCLeak along with a quarter of those with #PodestaEmails during the last two months of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to new testimony from Twitter’s general counsel.

In Bombshell Letter, Ex-Bishops’ Doctrine Chief Accuses Pope Francis of Sowing ‘Chronic Confusion’


The former doctrinal chief of the U.S. Bishops Conference (USCCB) has written a forceful letter to Pope Francis, criticizing the pontiff’s “intentionally ambiguous” teaching, derision of conservatives and resentfulness of constructive criticism.

Pope Francis Condemns NYC Terror Attack as ‘Homicidal Lunacy’ That Abuses God’s Name to Sow Death


Pope Francis expressed his “deep sorrow” for Tuesday’s Islamist terror attack in New York, as well as for other recent jihadist attacks in Somalia and Afghanistan, in a heartfelt plea Wednesday.

Pope Francis Condemns NYC Terror Attack as ‘Homicidal Lunacy’ That Abuses God’s Name to Sow Death


Pope Francis expressed his “deep sorrow” for Tuesday’s Islamist terror attack in New York, as well as for other recent jihadist attacks in Somalia and Afghanistan, in a heartfelt plea Wednesday.

French High Court Orders Removal of Cross Above Statue of Pope John Paul II


The French administrative court has ordered the removal of a cross from a monument to Saint John Paul II in a public square in the northwest of France, saying it violates the secular nature of the state.

Watch: Man With Down Syndrome Tells Congress ‘My Life Is Worth Living’


Frank Stephens, a man with Down syndrome, told a congressional committee on Wednesday that his life is “worth living” while condemning the “final solution” proposed by abortion advocates who would kill babies with the genetic condition.

Climate Change Crusader Bill Nye Says, ‘I Am a Failure’


Looking back over his career as a climate activist, edutainer Bill Nye “The Science Guy” has admitted to being a failure at convincing people about the evils of global warming.

IMF Chief: We Will Be ‘Toasted, Roasted and Grilled’ by Global Warming

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Christine Lagarde, the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), has joined the ranks of the most ardent climate alarmists, prophesying that Armageddon is coming if the human race does not tackle climate change.

Gov. Jerry Brown Tells BBC: Trump ‘at War’ With America, I Will ‘Stabilize the Ship of State’


In a contentious interview with BBC radio, California Governor Jerry Brown has threatened to sue the Trump administration over climate change, while vowing to “stabilize the ship of state.”

Gov. Jerry Brown Tells BBC: Trump ‘at War’ With America, I Will ‘Stabilize the Ship of State’


In a contentious interview with BBC radio, California Governor Jerry Brown has threatened to sue the Trump administration over climate change, while vowing to “stabilize the ship of state.”

Vatican Invites Governor Jerry Brown to Give Keynote Address on ‘Climate Change’

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The Pontifical Academy of Sciences has invited California governor Jerry Brown to deliver a keynote address in their upcoming meeting on climate change to be held in the Vatican.

Mark Wahlberg Says He Asked God’s Forgiveness for ‘Boogie Nights’ Film

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Hollywood film star Mark Wahlberg said that the film “Boogie Nights” is at the top of the list of movies he has asked God’s forgiveness for at a youth event hosted by the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago last Friday.

Georgetown LGBT Lobby Calls for Defunding of Pro-Marriage Student Group as ‘Homophobic’

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Leaders of LGBT organizations at Jesuit Georgetown have denounced the pro-marriage group “Love Saxa” as homophobic, calling on the university to strip the group of funding and to deny it access to campus facility benefits.

Report: Most Signatories Are ‘Ignoring’ or ‘Abandoning’ Paris Climate Commitments


Following President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, a number of other nations have quietly begun ignoring the Paris energy goals, according to a new report out of Canada.

Pope Francis Condemns ‘Eugenic’ Mindset Behind Aborting Babies with Disabilities


Pope Francis has denounced what he called the “eugenic tendency” behind eliminating unborn babies with handicaps, which reveals a “narcissistic and utilitarian vision.”

University Gives PC ‘Practice Costumes’ so Students Can Dress Appropriately for Halloween


The University of Southern Indiana offered a student workshop this week to help students prepare to be culturally sensitive in their choices of Halloween costumes.

Papal Jailbreak: During Pope Francis’ Lunch with Prisoners, Two Inmates Escaped


Two prisoners took advantage of the hullabaloo surrounding Pope Francis’ recent lunch with inmates in Bologna to slip off unnoticed, and the two convicts are reportedly still at large.

Dan Brown Declares That ‘God Cannot Survive Science’

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Dan Brown, author of the best-selling Da Vinci Code, has joined philologist Friedrich Nietzsche in announcing the death of God, declaring that “God cannot survive science.”

Abortionist Caught with Aborted Baby Parts in His Car Pleads ‘No Contest’

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Michigan Abortionist Michael Arthur Roth, who was caught by police with 14 containers of aborted baby remains in his car, has entered a plea of “No Contest” to three felony counts of Larceny in a Building.

Report: 75% of Victims of Religious Persecution Are Christians


A grim new report on Christian persecution around the globe suggests that rather than improving, the situation of Christians worldwide is worsening, a fact whitewashed by mainstream media.

Pope Francis: ‘Wars and Climate Change’ Are Root Causes of World Hunger and Migration

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Pope Francis addressed the FAO Monday on the question of world hunger, proposing that wars and climate change must be overcome in order to properly address the crisis of world hunger and immigration.

Nestlé Removes Christian Cross from Greek Yogurt Packaging


Joining a growing trend in Europe to abolish Christian imagery to avoid offending other “sensibilities,” Nestlé has removed the image of a Christian cross from its Greek yogurt packaging featuring an Orthodox church on the island of Santorini.

Pope Francis: Safeguard Human Life ‘Especially in the Mother’s Womb’


Pope Francis has once again spoken out against abortion, calling for defense of babies in the womb, where human beings are most vulnerable in today’s world.
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