Archive for Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Report: Immigration Crisis Causing ‘Unprecedented’ Shift in Italy’s Demographics

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A deadly combination of a plummeting birthrate and massive immigration portend that native Italians will make up an increasingly small percentage of Italy’s overall population, a new study reports.

Facebook Restores Blocked Catholic Pages, Blames ‘Spam Detection’ Software

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The social media giant Facebook has restored the more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages it had mysteriously blocked on Tuesday, blaming the incident on “a spam detection mechanism on the platform.”

Facebook Blocks More Than Two Dozen Popular Catholic Pages Without Explanation

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Social media giant Facebook blocked more than two dozen conservative Catholic pages in a 24-hour period, some with millions of followers, saying only they were “suspected of suspicious activities.”

Philly Archbishop Decries Vatican Article Attacking U.S. Christians as ‘Willfully Ignorant’

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In a hard-hitting essay, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has joined the dozens of Christian leaders who have denounced the ignorant and insulting article published this week by the Vatican-vetted journal, La Civiltà Cattolica.

Vatican Commences Trial for Embezzlement of Funds Meant for Children’s Hospital


A Vatican criminal process against two men charged with redirecting funds earmarked for a children’s hospital to refurbish a cardinal’s apartment began Tuesday with a two-hour pretrial hearing.

Satanic Monument in Veterans’ Park Sparks Sharp Opposition

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A provocative satanic monument approved for a city-run veterans’ park in Minnesota has elicited strong opposition from local Christians and other groups who say the offensive object has no business in a public park.

Christian Pastor Shot Dead Outside Church in India

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In the latest instance of lethal violence against Christians in India, two masked gunmen on motorcycles shot a Christian pastor to death on Saturday night as he was standing outside the Temple of God church in Punjab state.

Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI: Church Is ‘on the Verge of Capsizing’


The Catholic Church is a boat “on the verge of capsizing,” said Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI in a personal message for the funeral Mass of his close friend, Cardinal Joachim Meisner on Saturday.

Pope Francis Aides Attack Steve Bannon as Promoter of ‘Apocalyptic Geopolitics’


Two of Pope Francis’s closest aides have written a scathing article denouncing conservative American Christians in which they assail Stephen K. Bannon by name as a fundamentalist with an “apocalyptic” views of geopolitics.

Papal Advisers Bash American Christians in Bigoted Screed


In a peculiar, rambling essay, papal adviser Father Antonio Spadaro SJ has caricatured white southern evangelicals as well as conservative American Catholics as ignorant, theocratic, Manichean, war-mongering fanatics anxiously awaiting the apocalypse.

Congressmen: Russia Funds U.S. Anti-Fracking Groups to Suppress ‘Domestic Oil & Gas’


The Russian government has been funding radical environmental groups to “suppress the U.S. domestic oil & gas industry,” according to leading Congressional House members.

Alarmists Threaten ‘Biological Annihilation’ from Overpopulation and Global Warming


Just when you thought the hyped-up rhetoric among climate alarmists couldn’t get any more shrill, a new report has declared that a new era of “biological annihilation” is already underway on earth.

Alarmists Threaten ‘Biological Annihilation’ from Overpopulation and Global Warming


Just when you thought the hyped-up rhetoric among climate alarmists couldn’t get any more shrill, a new report has declared that a new era of “biological annihilation” is already underway on earth.

Pope Francis Adds ‘Fourth Path’ to Official Sainthood


Pope Francis has established a new path to canonization as a saint, adding the “free and voluntary offering of one’s life” to the three previously recognized ways to sainthood.

French PM Emmanuel Macron Deemed ‘Racist’ for Dissing African Fertility

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In unguarded comments following the recent G20 meetings, French Prime Minister Emmanuel Macron chided African nations for having too many children, bringing an avalanche of accusations of racism crashing down upon his head.

Pope Francis Decries ‘Very Dangerous Alliance’ Between U.S. and Russia

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In a new interview, Pope Francis said he fears there are “very dangerous alliances between powers who have a distorted view of the world,” including such an alliance between the United States and Russia.

NYT Poll: Americans Agree with Mike Pence’s Rules About Dining with Women


After the mainstream media pilloried Vice President Mike Pence over his principle about not eating alone with women other than his wife, it turns out that most Americans agree with him, according to a New York Times poll.

Vatican Police Raid Drug-Infused Gay Orgy at Home of Cardinal’s Aide


In a sordid new sex scandal, Vatican police raided the apartment of a 50-year-old priest, breaking up a gay orgy fueled by drugs and alcohol.

Vatican Police Raid Drug-Infused Gay Orgy at Home of Cardinal’s Aide


In a sordid new sex scandal, Vatican police raided the apartment of a 50-year-old priest, breaking up a gay orgy fueled by drugs and alcohol.

Vatican Children’s Hospital Offers to Treat Charlie Gard, Blocked for ‘Legal Reasons’


The UK hospital where young Charlie Gard is being held has said they cannot accept an offer from the Vatican’s Bambino Gesù children’s hospital to treat the boy, since they are barred by “legal reasons.”

U.S. Cardinal Tobin Trashes Trump: Appeals to ‘Dark Side of Americans’


The Catholic Archbishop of Newark slammed U.S. President Donald Trump Tuesday, painting him as a fear-monger who appeals to the “dark side of Americans.”

Colombia Celebrates First ‘Three-Way Gay Marriage’


Colombia has become the first country to legally recognize the union of three gay men, where Manuel Bermúdez, Alejandro Rodríguez and Víctor Hugo Prada have united in a “special three-way patrimonial regime” in the city of Medellín.

Mainstream Media Silence: Tragic Case of Charlie Gard


In a remarkable show of biased reporting, the major news networks in the United States have studiously avoided any mention of the controversial case of Charlie Gard, an 11-month-old British baby suffering from a debilitating genetic condition, sparking accusations of censorship.

Pope Francis Reverses Vatican Judgment on Charlie Gard Case, Siding with Parents


In a rare display of ecclesiastical cross-purposes, Pope Francis has reversed the statement from his newly appointed head of the Academy for Life regarding care for a British baby suffering from a debilitating genetic condition.

Irish Pro-Life Rally Draws 70,000 in March Against Abortion


Ireland’s annual “Rally for Life” in Dublin drew some 70,000 marchers Saturday, calling for the protection of the Eighth Amendment to the Constitution, which prohibits abortion.

African Cardinal in Vatican Urges Europe to ‘Turn Off the Faucet’ of Immigration


Cardinal Peter Turkson, the highest ranking African prelate in the Vatican, said it is high time to “close the tap” of African immigration into Europe, which has reached new records in recent days. Asked about recent rumblings that Italian authorities are finally ready to close down ports and begin turning away ships filled with migrants, Turkson told reporters the time has come to “turn off the faucet” of African migration to Europe and instead focus on migrants’ countries of origin. “It is like water flowing from an open tap,” he said. “It’s not enough just to dry it, you have to turn off the faucet,” he added, noting that the vast majority of African countries are not war zones from which the populations must necessarily flee. “In my opinion, we can change things in order to keep young people where they are.” The Cardinal is the chairman of the Vatican office of integral human development, which was born on January 1 as a merger of four former departments and is responsible for issues such as justice, peace, environment, health, humanitarian aid and migration. Earlier this week, Italian leaders suggested they may finally be ready to block the massive flows of

State of ‘Collapse’: Italy Overwhelmed as 13,500 African Migrants Arrive in Past Two Days

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Italy’s migrant welcome centers are in a state of “collapse” as huge waves of African migrants take advantage of the temperate climate to make the crossing from Libya to the Italian peninsula.

Catholic Bishops’ Chairman ‘Deeply Concerned’ About SCOTUS Decision on Travel Ban


Following Monday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that allows much of President Trump’s travel ban to go immediately into effect, the chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration released a statement expressing grave concerns over the ruling.

Vatican Laments ‘Forcible Removal’ and Disappearance of Chinese Bishop


In a rare move, the Vatican expressed its displeasure with the Chinese government Monday for the recent disappearance of Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou.

U.S. Ambassador: ‘As an American, I Have to Support Gay Marriage All Over the World’


The Obama-appointed ambassador to Romania, Hans Klemm, has stoked a national debate on the role of U.S. diplomacy abroad by openly advocating same-sex marriage as the country deliberates over a proposed constitutional amendment affirming traditional marriage.

Pope Francis Meets with NFL Delegation, Extols ‘Virtues’ of Athletics


Pope Francis met with a delegation from the National Football League in the Vatican Wednesday, joking that where he comes from, football is played “very differently.”

Pope Francis Urges Parents to Stop Pretending to be ‘Eternal Teenagers’


One of the greatest problems with modern-day parents, according to Pope Francis, is that they compete with their teenage children instead of educating them, by attempting to be “eternal teenagers” themselves instead of role models.

Jesuit Scholar: Islamic Extremists Are the True Muslims

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Islamic extremists who carry out acts of terror are simply applying what their faith requires of them, according to Jesuit Father Henri Boulad, an Islamic scholar of the Egyptian Greek Melkite rite.

Vatican Bank Posts $40 Million Profit in 2016, Doubling Prior Year’s Result


The Institute for Works of Religion (IOR), better known as the Vatican Bank, has released its earnings statement for 2016, showing a profit of 36 million euros ($40.33 million).

Italy’s Open-Borders Policy Causes 52 More Migrant Deaths Off Libyan Coast


Italy’s reckless open-borders policy has cost the lives of another 52 African migrants, who died Saturday off the Libyan coast while trying to make the perilous crossing to Italy.

Italy’s Open-Borders Policy Causes 52 More Migrant Deaths Off Libyan Coast


Italy’s reckless open-borders policy has cost the lives of another 52 African migrants, who died Saturday off the Libyan coast while trying to make the perilous crossing to Italy.

In Major Smackdown, Pope Francis Threatens Renegade African Priests, Demanding ‘Total Obedience’

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In what is perhaps the most strongly worded address of the Francis pontificate, the Pope blasted a group of Nigerian priests who have rejected the papal appointment of their bishop to the diocese of Ahiara, comparing them to the “murderous tenants” spoken of by Jesus in the gospel.

Cardinal Robert Sarah: Criticisms of Pope Benedict XVI Are ‘Diabolical’


Outspoken African Cardinal Robert Sarah has reacted fiercely to detractors of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, accusing them of “vulgarity and baseness” in their criticisms of the former pope’s afterword to the cardinal’s latest book.

Boko Haram Jihadists Slay 15 Civilians in Ramadan Attacks in Northern Nigeria

Boko Haram Leader Again Declares ‘I’m Alive’ After Alleged ‘Fatal Injury’
Islamist militants from the Boko Haram terror group killed at least fifteen civilians Wednesday night in coordinated attacks including three female suicide bombers in the large city of Maiduguri in northeastern Nigeria.

Trump Accused of ‘Environmental Racism’ in Withdrawal from Paris Agreement

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In a logic-defying leap of reason, a several journals and news outlets have accused Donald Trump of “environmental racism” by pulling the United States out of the Paris climate accord.
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