Archive for Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.

Pope Francis Says He Is on ‘Waiting List’ to Become a Saint

In this photo taken on June 28, 2017, Pope Francis embraces Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, at the Vatican. The Vatican is denying a German tabloid report that suggested that Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI is suffering from a neurological disease. (L'Osservatore Romano/Pool Photo via AP)
In a meeting with priests, Pope Francis announced that he would canonize Pope Paul VI later this year, and that he and emeritus Pope Benedict XVI are on the “waiting list” to become saints.

Report: Modern Culture Is Not Just Revealing Transgenders, ‘It Is Creating Them’

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All scientific evidence indicates that gender identity disorders result principally from cultural causes and moreover, modern society is facilitating them.

Indian Bishops Denounce Hindu Nationalism as ‘Path of Self-Annihilation’

Oswald Cardinal Gracias, archbishop of Bombay, speaks during a ceremony to mark the 500th anniversary of the Roman Catholic Church’s arrival to Myanmar at Saint Mary Cathedral Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, in Yangon, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Khin Maung Win)
The Indian conference of Catholic bishops has issued a strongly worded statement condemning a “dangerous” new nationalism based on religious uniformity and appealing for greater respect for the country’s religious diversity.

Catholic Group Accuses China of Launching Cyberattack Against Website Opposing Vatican Deal

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A Hong Kong-based group of prominent lay Catholics said that a cyberattack originating from China has targeted their website opposing a forthcoming deal between the Vatican and the Chinese government.

Moscow Archbishop Accuses U.S. of ‘Direct Interference’ in Russian Elections

In a curious role reversal, a leading prelate of the Russian Orthodox Church has accused the United States of “direct interference” in Russia’s elections by circulating the so-called “Kremlin list” prepared by the U.S. Treasury Department.
In a curious role reversal, a leading prelate of the Russian Orthodox Church has accused the United States of “direct interference” in Russia’s elections by circulating the so-called “Kremlin list” prepared by the U.S. Treasury Department.

Ignoring Human Rights Abuses, Mainstream Media Gush Over North Korea’s ‘Charm’

In this photo provided by South Korea Presidential Blue House, South Koran President Moon Jae-in, right, waves as North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, left, Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, and Hyon Song Wol, second from left, leader of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra, applaud after a performance of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra at National Theater in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday, Feb. 11, 2018. A rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korea's president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour, part of an accelerating diplomatic thaw that included some Korean liquor over lunch and the shared joy of watching a "unified" Korea team play hockey at the Olympics. (Presidential Blue House, via AP)
In a bizarre display of willful blindness, U.S. liberal media have lavished praise on North Korea’s dictatorship during the first days of the Winter Olympics, gushing over its “charm offensive” and comparing it favorably to the Trump administration.

Roman Colosseum to Be Lit Blood Red for Persecuted Christians


The Roman Colosseum along with two churches in Mosul and Aleppo will be lit up by red lights later this month to draw attention to the global persecution of Christians.

Italian Police Arrest Two More Immigrants for Murder and Dismemberment of Teenage Girl

TOPSHOT - Inmates that are to appear in court for their trial are rounded up at the Quezon City Jail in Manila in this picture taken on July 29, 2016. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in a relentless contest for space. Men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Philippines-politics-crime-jails, FOCUS by Ayee Macaraig (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian police have arrested two more Nigerian immigrants in their investigation into the brutal murder of Pamela Mastropietro, the Roman 18-year-old whose dismembered remains were found inside two suitcases outside Macerata in central Italy earlier this month.

Italian Police Arrest Two More Immigrants for Murder and Dismemberment of Teenage Girl

TOPSHOT - Inmates that are to appear in court for their trial are rounded up at the Quezon City Jail in Manila in this picture taken on July 29, 2016. There are 3,800 inmates at the jail, which was built six decades ago to house 800, and they engage in a relentless contest for space. Men take turns to sleep on the cracked cement floor of an open-air basketball court, the steps of staircases, underneath beds and hammocks made out of old blankets. / AFP / NOEL CELIS / TO GO WITH AFP STORY: Philippines-politics-crime-jails, FOCUS by Ayee Macaraig (Photo credit should read NOEL CELIS/AFP/Getty Images)
Italian police have arrested two more Nigerian immigrants in their investigation into the brutal murder of Pamela Mastropietro, the Roman 18-year-old whose dismembered remains were found inside two suitcases outside Macerata in central Italy earlier this month.

Chinese Tabloid Disses Breitbart, Defends Vatican Bishop for Speaking ‘Truth’ About China

A man peeks through a main entrance gate of the Nantang Catholic Church in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016. China's head of religious affairs said that Beijing is willing to have constructive dialogue with the Vatican but stressed that Catholics should "hold up high the flag of patriotism" and adapt Catholicism to Chinese society. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
The communist-party controlled Global Times has lavished praise on a Vatican bishop who recently proposed China as the “best” model of Catholic social teaching, claiming he speaks the “truth” about life in China.

Chinese Pastors Ordered to Post Signs on Churches Forbidding Entry to Minors


As part of its most recent clampdown on Christian churches, Chinese authorities have instructed priests and pastors to post signs on churches barring entry to minors.

As Elections Approach, Italy Shows Record Alienation from European Union

MILAN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 17: The flags of Italy and the European Union are displayed on November 17, 2011 in Milan, Italy. Italy's new Prime Minister Mario Monti unveiled the country's new government yesterday, November 16, as the country steps up efforts to avoid being dragged further into the euro zone debt crisis. (Photo by Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)
As national elections draw near, Italians find themselves further and further removed from the European Union (EU), according to a new study.

Pope Francis: Human Trafficking Is Fueled by Lack of ‘Regular Channels’ for Migration


Many migrants wind up as slaves to human traffickers, thanks to a lack of “regular channels” of migration, Pope Francis said Wednesday

Top Vatican Official Proposes Communist China as ‘Best’ Model of Catholic Social Teaching Today


The chancellor of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences has heaped high and unexpected praise on China, insisting that the atheistic communist regime has created the best model for living out Catholic social teaching today.

Catholic Group Slams Pope Francis for Defense of Chilean Bishop Accused of Sex Abuse Cover-Up


A Chilean lay Catholic group has sharply criticized Pope Francis for defending Bishop Juan Barros while claiming he had no knowledge of sex abuse charges involving a cover-up by the bishop.

Pope Francis Welcomes Turkish President Erdogan in Vatican to Discuss Status of Jerusalem


On Monday morning, Pope Francis received the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, for a 50-minute meeting in the Vatican, in the midst of heightened security, with thousands of extra police officers in evidence throughout Rome.

Leading German Cardinal Opens the Door to Church Blessings of Homosexual Couples


In a controversial new statement, progressive German Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he could envision blessing homosexual couples in the Catholic Church, but added that it would have to be up to the “pastor on the ground” rather than made into a universal rule.

‘Whiteness Group’ at Liberal Arts College Bars Whites from Asking Blacks Questions

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A student group formed to address “white privilege” at Ohio’s Kenyon College bars white members from asking questions of a person of color as part of a process to combat racism.

In Gender-Inclusive Guidelines, Catholic College Eliminates Use of ‘Husband’ and ‘Wife’


In its guidelines for the use of gender-inclusive language, the University of Dayton proposes the elimination of the gender-specific terms of “husband” and “wife,” substituting them with “spouse, partner, significant other.”

Pope Francis: At Mass We Need ‘Good Readers,’ Not Mumblers


Reflecting on the “Liturgy of the Word” Wednesday, Pope Francis insisted that good readers must be found to proclaim the biblical readings in order for the faithful to get the most out of the experience.

Franklin Graham: Senate Vote on Abortion Keeps U.S. ‘Among the Worst 7 Countries in the World’

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In a scathing rebuke to U.S. senators, many of whom profess to be Christian, Evangelical pastor Franklin Graham has condemned the shameful failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Children Protection Act, calling it a vote “against human rights, the right to be born.”

Cecile Richards Challenges Right of Physicians Not to Perform Abortions for ‘Moral’ Objections

WASHINGTON DC- JUNE 09: President and CEO Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards onstage at the 2016 Planned Parenthood Action Fund Membership Event held during the Planned Parenthood National Convention at Washington Hilton on June 10, 2016 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Jennifer Graylock/WireImage)
Former Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards has attacked the Trump Administration’s push for freedom of conscience among health care workers, saying it is “shameful” for doctors to opt out of performing abortions “because of religious, moral, or personal objections.”

Cardinal Timothy Dolan: Senate Vote on Abortion Bill ‘Appalling’

New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan blasted the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, calling the vote a rejection of “common sense.”
New York Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan blasted the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, calling the vote a rejection of “common sense.”

Pope Francis: Indifference to Anti-Semitism Is ‘The Root of Death’

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The Holocaust was fueled by hate but was made possible by indifference, Pope Francis said Monday in an address at the Vatican.

Pope Francis: Indifference to Anti-Semitism Is ‘The Root of Death’

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The Holocaust was fueled by hate but was made possible by indifference, Pope Francis said Monday in an address at the Vatican.

Cardinal Joseph Zen: ‘Vatican Is Selling Out the Catholic Church in China’

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In a troubling new open letter to the media, the redoubtable Cardinal Joseph Zen, China’s highest ranking Catholic prelate, has accused the Vatican of “selling out” the Church by caving in to demands of the Communist leaders.

Irish Bishop: Let’s Be Honest, in Abortion, the Baby Has ‘No Choice’


Despite the “choice” rhetoric of abortion advocates, the unborn child has no voice and no choice and is at the mercy of what adults choose to do to him or her, said Irish bishop Kevin Doran in a pastoral letter released this week. “When it comes to the right to choose, there is a tendency to forget that there is another person involved; a vulnerable person who has no choice and who depends entirely on others for protection,” wrote Doran, the bishop of the Elphin diocese. “If society accepts that one human being has the right to end the life of another, then it is no longer possible to claim the right to life as a fundamental human right for anybody.” The bishop’s strong words came as debate over abortion is heating up in Ireland in the lead-up to an important referendum over the eighth amendment of the Irish Constitution that guarantees the rights of the unborn child, while also recognizing its humanity. “We are facing an enormous and dramatic clash between good and evil, death and life, the ‘culture of death’ and the ‘culture of life,’” the bishop said, noting that “we are all involved and we all share

George Soros: President Trump Is Trying to ‘Establish a Mafia State’

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Billionaire speculator and social activist George Soros came out swinging at Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday, accusing the U.S. President of trying to turn the country into a “mafia state.” “I find the current moment in history rather painful,” Soros stated in his remarks. “In the United States, President Trump would like to establish a mafia state but he can’t, because the Constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.” The left-wing billionaire also said that “the United States is set on a course toward nuclear war by refusing to accept that North Korea has become a nuclear power.” “Not only the survival of open society, but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake,” he said. “The rise of leaders such as Kim Jong-Un in North Korea and Donald Trump in the US have much to do with this.” In his address, Soros said that he considers the Trump administration “a danger to the world,” while insisting, however, that it is “a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.” “I give President Trump credit for motivating his core supporters brilliantly, but for every core supporter, he

George Soros: President Trump Is Trying to ‘Establish a Mafia State’

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Billionaire speculator and social activist George Soros came out swinging at Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum in Davos Thursday, accusing the U.S. President of trying to turn the country into a “mafia state.” “I find the current moment in history rather painful,” Soros stated in his remarks. “In the United States, President Trump would like to establish a mafia state but he can’t, because the Constitution, other institutions, and a vibrant civil society won’t allow it.” The left-wing billionaire also said that “the United States is set on a course toward nuclear war by refusing to accept that North Korea has become a nuclear power.” “Not only the survival of open society, but the survival of our entire civilization is at stake,” he said. “The rise of leaders such as Kim Jong-Un in North Korea and Donald Trump in the US have much to do with this.” In his address, Soros said that he considers the Trump administration “a danger to the world,” while insisting, however, that it is “a purely temporary phenomenon that will disappear in 2020, or even sooner.” “I give President Trump credit for motivating his core supporters brilliantly, but for every core supporter, he

Now That U.S. Economy Is Booming, Dems Say It’s Not a Key Policy Priority

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A telling new survey by the Pew Research Center reveals that Democrats who considered the economy a top priority under the Obama administration have changed their tune now that the economy has taken off under Trump.

Irish Exorcist Calls for Back-Up to Face Surge in ‘Malicious Activity’ by the Devil


The demand for exorcists “has risen exponentially” in Ireland thanks to a surge in demonic activity, according to exorcist Father Patrick Collins, who has called on the nation’s bishops to train more priests to fight the devil.

Report: American Religiosity ‘Growing More Exceptional All the Time’


Contrary to popular opinion, religiosity is not on the decline in the United States but enjoys “persistent and exceptional intensity,” according to groundbreaking new research.

Paris ‘March for Life’ Draws 40,000 in Protest Against Legal Abortion

Pro-life demonstrators hold banners reading 'Human rights begin from the origin' in Paris on January 21, 2018 during a 'March for life' demonstration against abortion and medically assisted procreation. / AFP PHOTO / Eric FEFERBERG (Photo credit should read ERIC FEFERBERG/AFP/Getty Images)
Braving rainy January weather, some 40,000 marchers took to the Paris streets Sunday to protest the legal killing of unborn infants through abortion.

Pope Francis Warns Peru of ‘Looming Threat’ of Environmental Degradation


In his apostolic visit to Peru, Pope Francis has praised the Peruvians’ “respect and gratitude for mother earth,” while warning of an ominous threats to Peru’s “entire ecosytem.”

Philly Archbishop: Abortion Is ‘Violence with Bitter Public Consequences’

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Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has once again lent his strong voice to the abortion debate, reminding Americans that abortion is “a uniquely intimate form of violence – but violence with bitter public consequences.”

President Trump to Pro-Life Marchers: U.S. Abortion Law ‘Has to Change’

President Donald Trump speaks to participants of the annual March for Life event, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
President Donald Trump encouraged participants in their opposition to abortion as he delivered his March for Life satellite address Friday from the Rose Garden; he assured them that “every life is sacred, that every child is a precious gift from God.”

Italian Police Arrest 33 in Blitz on ‘Chinese Mafia’

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Italian law enforcement has arrested 33 alleged members of a “Chinese mafia” responsible for trafficking Chinese products, as well as running clandestine gambling dens, night clubs, prostitution rings, and drug dealing.

USA Today: Media Pay More Attention to Trump Tweets than Policy

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with reporters as he arrives to speak at a No Labels Problem Solver convention, Monday, Oct. 12, 2015, in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole)
In a fascinating confession, USA Today has acknowledged that the mainstream media pay far more attention to President Trump’s tweets than they do to his policy decisions.

White House Homepage Features First Couple in Sistine Chapel for Religious Freedom Day


If a picture paints a thousand words, then the White House’s choice of image for its homepage—featuring President and Mrs. Trump in the Vatican Sistine Chapel—tells an entire story of the President’s commitment to religious liberty.

Pope Francis Honors Dutch Abortion Activist with Pontifical Medal of Knighthood


Pope Francis has conferred the title of “Commander of the Pontifical Equestrian Order of St. Gregory the Great” on Lilianne Ploumen, a Dutch politician and vocal agitator for abortion rights.
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