Thursday, November 10, 2016

Catholic "church" is actively fighting for more gun restrictions in every state..

4 states pushed through tighter gun control which the Catholic church favored

https://www.ncronline.org/news/politics/voters-reject-nearly-all-ballot-measures-issues-catholic-concern


Voters reject nearly all ballot measures on issues of Catholic concern

  • International Workers' Day supporters gather in downtown Los Angeles May 1 to raise awareness about minimum wage and immigration issues. (CNS/Vida-Nueva/Victor Aleman)
In this year's election, voters went against nearly all of the ballot initiatives backed by Catholic leaders and advocates, except the referendums on minimum wage increases and gun control measures.

Voters passed an assisted suicide measure in Colorado and voted in favor of the death penalty in three states and in favor of legalized recreational marijuana in four states and against it in one. They also voted for minimum wage increases and gun control measures in four states.

In Colorado, the only state with an initiative to legalize assisted suicide, voters passed the measure, making the state the sixth in the nation with a so-called "right-to-die law," joining Washington, Oregon, California, Vermont and Montana.

"The decision the voters of Colorado have made to legalize physician-assisted suicide via the passage of Proposition 106 is a great travesty of compassion and choice for the sick, the poor, the elderly and our most vulnerable residents," said Jenny Kraska, executive director of the Colorado Catholic Conference.

"Killing, no matter what its motives, is never a private matter; it always impacts other people and has much wider implications," she said in a Nov. 9 statement.

Kraska also said the state's initiative will only "deepen divides along lines of race, ethnicity and income in our society and entrench us deeper into a culture that offers a false compassion by marginalizing the most vulnerable."

The three death penalty referendums before voters this year all ended in favor of capital punishment. Bishops and Catholic conferences in these states had engaged in efforts to educate Catholics in particular on this issue and urge them to vote against it.

Oklahoma voters re-approved the use of the death penalty after the state's attorney general had suspended executions last year. Nebraska voters also reinstated the death penalty that had been repealed by state lawmakers last year.

In California, voters defeated a ballot measure to repeal death penalty in the state and narrowly passed an initiative aiming to speed up executions of death row convictions.


Disabled protesters against physician-assisted suicide gather in their wheelchairs outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington. (CNS/Reuters/Jason Reed)

Karen Clifton, executive director of the Catholic Mobilizing Network, the national Catholic organization working to end the death penalty, said in a Nov. 9 statement that "despite referendum losses" in those states, she was hopeful "the country will continue to move away from the death penalty and toward a greater respect for life." She also praised the work of Catholics on the state level to end the death penalty.

Clifton said the state ballots gave Catholics the chance to "prayerfully reflect on the dignity and worth of all life during this Jubilee Year of Mercy and to continue moving away from violence as the answer in our criminal justice system."

The California Catholic Conference said it was "extremely disappointed" that the ballot to repeal the death penalty didn't pass, stressing "it would have been the fitting culmination of a yearlong calling to live out the works of mercy." And the Catholic bishops of Nebraska expressed similar disappointment, saying in a statement they would "continue to call for the repeal of the death penalty when it is not absolutely necessary to protect the public safety."

Voters in California, Massachusetts, Nevada and Maine approved recreational marijuana initiatives, while Arizona voters rejected it. California, Massachusetts and Arizona bishops spoke out against the initiatives.

The Boston archdiocese spent $850,000 in a last-minute effort to defeat the ballot measure, saying increased drug use was a threat those served by the Catholic church's health and social-service programs. A Boston Globe report on the campaign quoted an archdiocesan spokesman who said the money was from a discretionary, unrestricted central ministry fund.


Marijuana plants for sale are displayed at the medical marijuana farmers' market at the California Heritage Market in Los Angeles July 11. (CNS/Reuters/David McNew) 

In a statement opposing the ballot measure, the Massachusetts Catholic bishops referenced a report from the National Institute of Drug Abuse that said marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug in the United States.

"Its widespread use and abuse, particularly by young people under the age of 18, is steadily increasing while scientific evidence clearly links its long-term damaging effects on brain development," the bishops said.

On minimum wage ballots, voters in Maine, Arizona and Colorado voted to increase the minimum wage to at least $12 an hour by 2020 and in Washington they voted to increase it to $13.50 an hour by 2020. Catholic Charities USA has long been a proponent of raising the minimum wage as have other groups that work to reduce poverty.

Gun control measures passed in three states — California, Nevada and Washington — and lost in Maine.

Although gun control has not been taken up by the U.S. bishops as a body, some bishops have spoken out in favor of gun control measures, including Cardinals-designate Blase Cupich of Chicago and Kevin Farrell, the former bishop of Dallas who is prefect of the new Vatican office for laity, family and life.

Measures on climate change, an issue backed by the Catholic Climate Covenant, were rejected by voters. In Washington state, a ballot initiative called for the first carbon tax in the U.S., and a Florida measure would have restricted the ability of homeowners to sell electricity created through rooftop solar panels.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Pope Francis appoints outspoken anti-gun bishops as new U.S. cardinals

From Guns.com

Pope Francis, shown above in his visit to the White House last summer, has named his first Catholic cardinals from the U.S. over the weekend. (Photo: AFP)Pope Francis, shown above in his visit to the White House last summer, has named his first Catholic cardinals from the U.S. over the weekend. (Photo: AFP)

Two of the first U.S. Catholic bishops elevated by Pope Francis to the rank of cardinal have been forthright in their feelings towards increased gun control.

On Sunday, the Vatican announced 17 new cardinals that would be made official at the Nov. 19 consistory at the Holy See. The appointments include three Americans: Archbishops Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Blase J. Cupich of Chicago, as well as Kevin Farrell, who was the Bishop of Dallas until September.

Both Cupich and Farrell — who is currently the Pope’s Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life in Rome — have been publicly frank about gun control.

Last October, Cupich, current head of the 2.3 million Catholics of the Archdiocese of Chicago, delivered a scathing call to action against guns that was published in The Chicago Tribune.
“The Second Amendment was passed in an era when organized police forces were few and citizen militias were useful in maintaining the peace,” wrote Cupich in part of his 600-word opinion piece. “Its original authors could not have anticipated a time when the weapons we have a right to bear now include military-grade assault weapons that have turned our streets into battlefields.”
In response to a Texas law that went into effect this January to allow openly carried handguns, the Irish-born Farrell, then head of largest diocese in the state, decried “cowboy mentality” and declared church grounds off limits. As such, the religious figure ordered signage posted — allowed under state law — that bans the possession of any weapon in any facility owned, leased or operated by the million-member diocese.

“Sadly, Texas has become the 45th state to embrace the cowboy mentality that permits the open carrying of guns,” Farrell said. “It is difficult to see how this new law allowing persons with concealed handgun licenses to openly carry firearms can accomplish anything other than cause people to feel threatened and intimidated.”

The Pope himself has made remarks on several occasions in recent years that could be interpreted as anti-gun, last summer holding that weapons makers cannot call themselves Christian before reviling the global arms trade in a historic address to U.S. lawmakers.

“Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?” Francis asked in the first speech by a pope to Congress. “Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade.”
The new cardinals announced over the weekend will bring the number to 56 that Francis has appointed since being elevated to papal status in 2014. They will join the over 200 members of the Vatican’s College of Cardinals, who advise the pope on church matters and, upon his death or resignation, elect a new pontiff.

Filed Under: Gun Laws, Politics & 2nd Amendment

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Governor Andrew Cuomo, The Catholic cultist who hates the 2nd Amendment while covering for Catholic Pedo-Priests and Homosexuals

Cuomo the Cult-Puppet

Gov. Cuomo leaves Child Victims Act off end-of-session letter for legislature Link

Cuomo Planning Role in National Gun Control Campaign Link

Governor Cuomo Announces Executive Actions Banning Coverage of Conversion Therapy Link

Like Father, Like Son: " Mario Cuomo: "Catholic Intellectual and Friend of [Jesuit] Fordham" Link

Governor Mario Cuomo and former President Joseph O’Hare, S.J., in 1989.

Cuomo (Andrew) was presented with the group’s National Equality Award on Saturday night and told an audience his action “rejected fundamentally the absurd notion that being gay is a psychiatric disorder."

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Boycotts North Carolina over Anti-L.G.B.T. Law Link

“We will not stand idly by as misguided legislation replicates the discrimination of the past.” ~Cuomo (In other words, he wants to put women and children in danger by letting freaks into bathrooms of the oppostie sex. what a creep!)

Separation of Church and State? Not in New York!
See how the Catholic cult and their puppets push homosexuality and attack the 1st and 2nd Amendments of the US Constitution

Free Speech is equated to "hate" by these worms.

Other Articles of Interest:

1. Cuomo Demands Democrats Shut Down the Government Unless More Gun Control Legislation Passes Link

2. Timothy Cardinal Dolan urging Catholic church parishioners to contact Gov. Cuomo to support education tax credits Link

3. Cuomo enlists cardinal to help push assistance for private, parochial schools Link

The Two Biggest Criminals in New York (My Opinion)

4. Gov. Cuomo has 'candid' sitdown with Archbishop Timothy Dolan and state's Catholic bishops Link

5. Mario Cuomo Made the Case for Catholics to Be Pro-Choice (Pro-Death) Link

6. Pro-life leaders lament Catholic Gov. Mario Cuomo’s pro-abortion legacy link (The Catholic cult like to keep abortion legal WHILE claiming to be against it. The result? More non-Catholics get abortions!

7. New York Jesuit parish is the final stop for boldface Catholics Link

8. Andrew Cuomo’s Brave New 'Roe' Link

9. Card. Dolan ‘would not suggest’ pro-abort Gov. Cuomo not a Catholic ‘in good standing’: archdiocese Link


10. Advocating for gun control is not something new for the Church <---Straight from the horse's mouth. Link

11. Cuomo to make NYC world's 3rd-trimester-abortion capital Link

12. New York Gov. Cuomo Signs Tough New Gun Control Law Link

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Archbishop Cupich on city’s gun violence: ‘We can’t continue this way’


Archbishop of Chicago, City with some of the toughest gun legislation and yet highest gun violence statistics wants to "help"




CHICAGO -- Archbishop Blase Cupich today weighed in on the city’s gun violence problem. Chicago’s Catholic leader called on the people of Chicago to get involved in the anti-violence movement and he’s prepared to lead the charge.

“I really believe people in Chicago want the best for the city,” Archbishop Cupich said. “And if I can be a part of stirring up a greater sense of ownership for the issues that are there, so that we can join hands and get something significant done, then I’m happy to do that and I invite others as well to speak out as well.”

And the Archbishop says he needs help. His call to action includes a request that voters contact elected officials and deliver the same message he has for our leaders who can’t seem to find a solution or compromise.

“There really is no reason why we need these combat weapons on our streets,” he says. “And so my hope would be that legislators would take seriously the danger that is inflicted on our neighborhoods but also the will of the people who really see this as a sensible way to move forward.”

But that’s not enough. As peace banners hang at catholic schools in the Archdiocese, the symbols need to spur a movement.

“My hope would be that people who are involved in the violence in our city, people who are in gangs, people who want to take out revenge on others, I would ask them to pray, too. I think all of us need to pray. This is a bigger problem than any one of us can solve. We need Gods help and we need each other,” Archbishop Cupich said.

On Father’s Day weekend, when a dozen died and dozens more were injured by gun violence in the city, the leader of 2.2 million Catholics urges common sense about guns and a sense of family unity.

“My hope would be that we would start a public discussion in our families, in our neighborhoods in our churches our places of work about what we really want as a society,” he said. “We can’t continue this way of having so many shootings and murders in our streets … especially these high powered automatic weapons, these street sweepers as we call them, that gun down people. … “We don’t need that in our streets and it’s time for us to say that and join hands together and get the job done.”

And don’t forget the foot soldiers, pastors like Father Michael Phleger and other priests who have been battling the gang influence in their parishes for years. Archbishop Cupich says he wants to work with them to come up with a wide reaching solution.

“They are living firsthand in this environment,” Archbishop Cupich says. “They are doing the funerals for people. They are consoling those who grieve the loss of their sons and daughters, people who are gunned down and who are living in this violence ... they live with that day in and day out and they are real heroes.”

The day he arrived here in Chicago, one of the first questions he faced at the airport was about the violence in Chicago. Acrchbishop Cupich says he knew then this would be a major focus for him as a pastor.

“I indicated that I see this as a major issue for the church to be involved in. so really from the get go I saw this as the case,” he says.

The Archbishop says if people feel hopeless they will not be able to change the world around them. But together he says – no matter what the religion, we can achieve peace.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Fox’s Greg Gutfeld Lashes Out At The Pope For “Lecturing On Guns” After Orlando

Gutfeld: “If The Vatican Were As Unarmed As Pulse … The Pope Would Not Be Alive”

Video

GREG GUTFELD (CO-HOST): "....Now the Pope is lashing out at guns, not Islamism. He says guns circulate too freely. Doesn't he know that ISIS hits soft targets, not hard ones like the Vatican? Its all based on hard versus soft. If the Vatican were as unarmed as Pulse, the club, the pope would not be alive. But ISIS knows that the Pope is surrounded by a military force consisting of 100 plus ex-Swiss soldiers who carry muskets but also sub-machine guns, with heavily armed agents nearby. If that club, Pulse, had three percent of the Pope’s arms, he wouldn't lecturing on guns. The Pope complained that aid and food in few support countries are often blocked, but guns are not. Doesn't he see that if it weren't for armed men from our country, most aid would get nowhere. He says he is pro-life, not here I’m afraid. "

Source

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Reverend Pfleger, Care to explain...

I know you supposedly care greatly about firearms getting onto the streets in the city you work (whether it be a lawful citizen or a criminal, there seems to be no difference to you between the two.). So I'd like to know why you wont talk about or get to the bottom of this story below. More specifically, the 45 other guns that this sheriff's deputy bought in your geographical area? Will you track those down?

Gun used to shoot 3 Chicago cops traced to sheriff's deputy: sources


and


Chicago Tribune


The gun used in the shooting of three Chicago police officers last week has been linked to a former Chicago officer who later joined a police force in the northern suburbs, the Tribune has learned.

Chicago police now are trying to figure out how the gun — originally purchased by a man who until Friday was a Lake County sheriff's deputy — ended up in the hands of 29-year-old Lamar Harris, a convicted felon with dozens of arrests who was killed in the shootout with police.

Multiple law enforcement sources confirmed that authorities investigating the shooting have traced the weapon that wounded the three officers back to the deputy.

That officer was fired from his job with the Lake County sheriff's department Friday after being placed on leave two days earlier, Rich Bruno, vice president of the Illinois Council of Police, the union representing the deputies, confirmed.


The county was not required to give a reason for the termination because the 27-year-old deputy was within a 12-month probationary period for new officers, Bruno said.

The union official said he wasn't privy to all the facts of the investigation into the shooting of the Chicago officers, but he added: "In regard to that incident, (the ex-deputy) had no involvement."
Bruno did not directly address whether he was told that investigators had traced the gun to the fired deputy, but he said: "To the best of my knowledge, (the gun) was reported stolen." He did not say when the report was made or by whom.

Lake County Undersheriff Ray Rose confirmed the deputy left the department last Friday but would not elaborate on the circumstances.

One of the law enforcement sources said the deputy, when questioned by investigators, told them he had not realized the gun was missing. The source said the investigation has revealed that the deputy has purchased at least 45 guns.

A man reached by phone Wednesday identified himself as the deputy in question. When told the reason for the call, he said he would call back but did not, and later could not be reached.

The three Chicago officers were injured, and Harris was killed, during an exchange of gunfire at about 10 p.m. March 14 in the West Side's Homan Square neighborhood as the cops were investigating possible drug-related activity, police have said.

When the three Harrison District tactical officers approached Harris and a woman he was with in the area, Harris took off running and then opened fire on the trailing officers, striking all three, police said. At least one of the wounded officers managed to fire back at Harris, interim police Superintendent John Escalante has said.

The superintendent said a gun was recovered from Harris. The woman was questioned by police but later released without charges.

One of the officers was shot in the foot and the other caught gunfire in his bulletproof vest, sources said. The third officer was shot in his back.

State records show that the officer who initially purchased the handgun later used by Harris worked for the Chicago Police Department from June 2013 to January, and multiple law enforcement sources said he worked at least part of that time in the Harrison District where the shooting occurred. He started working for the Lake County sheriff's highway patrol division Jan. 11, the undersheriff said.
Prior to joining the Chicago force, the man served as a reserve officer for the Lake Geneva, Wis., department for about two months in spring 2013, according to department officials. He was still in a training phase and had limited, if any, experience on the street before he was hired by the Chicago force.

When asked about the fired deputy being tied to the investigation of the shooting of the three Chicago officers, Rose said: "I think our position is that it would be inappropriate to comment on a Chicago police investigation."

Law-enforcement officials said gun sales are registered with the federal government at the time a gun is initially purchased. Later, if a gun is resold privately, in Illinois the seller must retain a record of the sale.

Chicago police are still trying to determine how Harris obtained the gun that was used to shoot the officers, police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. He couldn't elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

Chicago Tribune's David Heinzmann contributed.
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Friday, September 11, 2015

Atlanta archbishop to restrict guns at Catholic churches in Georgia

Catholic institutions in Georgia will restrict firearms from their sanctuaries, schools and other institutions following Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval of legislation that widely expands the state’s gun laws.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. AJC file
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta. AJC file
Archbishop Wilton Gregory wrote in a column in the Georgia Bulletin that he will “officially restrict” the presence of weapons in Georgia’s Catholic churches and religious institutions.
Limited exceptions could be made for members of the military, law enforcement officials and others authorized by the government to protect the public, Gregory said.
Wrote Gregory:
The last thing we need is more firearms in public places, especially in those places frequented by children and the vulnerable. I do not want to suggest restricting firearms in places where they are needed, to protect one’s home and property or to defend the public by officials who are entrusted with our protection. Yet this new legislation de facto makes firearms more available in places where they may allow violence to escalate.
Gregory’s comments follow a directive issued Monday by Bishop Robert Wright of the Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta that also banned firearms from Episcopal churches in middle and north Georgia. The only exception to that policy will be on-duty law enforcement officers.
In fact, guns are now banned in every Episcopal church in Georgia. Here’s a rather definitive, April 24 letter from the Right Rev. Scott Anson Benhase, bishop of the Episcopal diocese of Georgia:
The broad expansion of gun rights, signed into law last week, allows Georgians to legally carry firearms in places including schools, bars and government buildings. It also for the first time expressly permits licensed concealed-weapons holders to bring firearms into the state’s churches, provided that an individual place of worship allows it.