Catholic Controversies

Las Vegas, Nev., Dec 10, 2015 / 03:19 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Las Vegas Catholics are disturbed after self-described Muslim-turned-Christian protestors disrupted Masses at several churches in the metropolitan area within the past few weeks.

In at least three incidents, the group “Koosha Las Vegas” have walked in to churches in the middle of Mass, shouting at Catholics to repent and later posting videos of the protests to their YouTube page. According to their videos, the group consists of street preachers and self-proclaimed “soldiers” for Jesus.  

One video shows at least four men wearing bold “Trust Jesus” t-shirts walking up the aisle during a Mass, handing out pamphlets and telling the congregation that as Catholics they have “sinned against (God) and broken all of his laws.”

The man behind the camera then shouts “Guys repent! And turn to Jesus Christ! Pope is a Satan! Mary statue is a Satan!”

Another video shows the same camera man shouting: “Stop worshiping to the idols! Idols not going to save you! You need Jesus Christ! You need the father, the son, and the holy spirit,” at Catholics during Mass at Our Lady of Las Vegas Catholic Church on Dec. 5. 

While the group’s YouTube videos show that members have engaged in street preaching in and around the Las Vegas strip for at least a year, they have only recently begun entering churches and disrupting Masses.

Last week, the group protested outside of Bishop Gorman Catholic School in Las Vegas. In that video, a man can be heard telling passerby students, “If you look at the catechism of the Catholic Church and you look at scripture, you know why god hates this religious system.”

The Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas confirmed to a local news station that there have been “multiple disturbances at several of their properties.”  

The group’s emphasis of their Muslim background in their videos concerns Catholics in the area in light of the recent terror attacks, and several Catholics told local ABC affiliate KTNV Channel 13 News that they find the aggressive protests so unsettling that they fear for their lives.

Metro area police told Channel 13 that the incidents do not appear to be connected to any terrorist threats. So far, no arrests have been made since no crimes have technically been committed by the group, according to police.

Randy Sutton, crime and safety expert with Channel 13, said he is not sure he agrees with police that a crime has not been committed. 

The group could be violating a state statute, NRS 201.270, which classifies the disturbance of a religious meeting as a misdemeanor.

The statute reads: “Every person who shall willfully disturb, interrupt or disquiet any assemblage or congregation of people met for religious worship: 1. By noisy, rude or indecent behavior, profane discourse, either within the place where such meeting is held, or so near it as to disturb the order and solemnity of the meeting… shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.”

“This is really unusual behavior. This isn’t something that happens all the time. So the fact that it even happened, would be enough to cause alarm and legitimately so,” Sutton said.

The Diocese of Las Vegas is working with police to educate their clergy about the incidents.

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This morning  Janet and I are in Rome for a few days awaiting our pilgrimage group as we embark across Italy and then by ship voyaging around Greece and Turkey to follow the footprints of St. Paul and the Early Church.

This morning, from the rooftop of our rented apartment as we eat breakfast, we’re looking out over the Vatican (see St. Peter’s dome over my head) and we can imagine the rushing wind and the flutter of wings as the Holy Spirit is busy at work – as the Synod on the Family takes place below. 

I can imagine the dust cloud as ideas and controversy and theology swirl about. Many of the Prelates from Africa and other conservative areas of the world are wondering why the West is so fixated on irregular marriages and homosexuality. And those in countries where these issues abound the question is, “What do we do?”

More than one Archbishop has asked if Saints Thomas More and John Fisher, not to mention St. John the Baptist, were wrong in their assessment of a irregular marriages. Others ask if the German Bishops think they know better than Jesus Christ.

As we sit sipping our espressos we pray for our Church, realizing it’s not really ours but Jesus Christ’s and He is the one building and protecting it. He’s done a good job for 2,000 years and we decided to trust him for the next 2,000 years :-)

So we pray for God’s wisdom and the superintendence of the Holy Spirit as we sit here looking out over the place where the Holy Spirit is certainly busy doing what he does best. We feel an anxious calm.

We pray for our leaders, the bishops and the Pope, that they will make decisions in compliance with the words of our Lord Jesus Christ and toward the salvation of souls and the integrity of our one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. 

UPDATE AT LUNCHTIME:  Here is what we saw as we walked out later in the day for lunch. The Synod must have let the bishops all out for lunch. Bishops and Cardinals everywhere. I saw five in a matter of two minutes! God bless them and their decisions.

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Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew with Pope Francis

  Catholic World News – September 04, 2015Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. 

The Ecumenical Patriarch—recognized as the “first among equals” of the world’s Orthodox leaders—stressed the primary importance of ecumenical affairs, and reiterated that his role involves “protecting the unity of the whole Orthodox Church.” He said that opposition to ecumenical unity reflects a “diabolical” impulse. 

Patriarch Kirill of Russia

Patriarch Bartholomew said that his continuing contacts with the Holy See are a critical component of his ecumenical work. He expressed his enthusiasm for the planned worldwide Orthodox council, but conceded that it cannot accurately be described as an ecumenical council “because Western Christians are not invited to participate as members.” 

 The Ecumenical Patriarch—who has frequently sparred in recent years with the leaders of the Patriarchate of Moscow—clearly appeared to be criticizing the Russian Orthodox leadership when he spoke critically about Orthodox bodies that “maintain intimate connections with the government of their land and enjoy abundant financial support,” and advance the political interests of their nations. 

Additional sources for this story: Keynote Address By His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to the Synaxis of Hierarchs of the Throne (Ecumenical Patriarchate)

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June 26, 2015

The Pope has made it known that a decision on Medjugorje soon. Many things are being said and much speculation is swirling about. Jimmy Akin breaks down the latest reports and suggestions in this excellent article Waiting for a Medjugorje Decision, 12 Things You Should Know. If you have an interest in this issue, this [...]

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Draft of Pope’s Environment Encyclical Leaked: 12 Things You Should Know

June 16, 2015

Jimmy Akin has done a great job summarizing the situation and the encyclical to-date. It starts out: With just days to go before the release of Pope Francis’s highly anticipated encyclical on the environment, a draft copy has suddenly appeared on the Internet. Here are 12 things to know and share . . . 1) [...]

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Decision Coming Soon on Medjugorje

June 7, 2015

Pope on Papal Flight: We Are Nearing Making Decisions on Medjugorje; Returning from Sarajevo, Responds to Journalists’ Questions By Deborah Castellano Lubov Vatican City State, June 07, 2015 (ZENIT.org): On his return flight from Sarajevo last night, Pope Francis spoke to reporters where he discussed Medjugorje, arms dealers, the right way for young people to use [...]

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We Need More Heroes: Archbishop Cordilone’s Letter which Brought him MUCH Grief

March 16, 2015

It is too bad that a letter stating that Catholic schools must teach according to the truth and morals of the Catholic Church should bring condemnation and threats to an archbishop. Welcome to America in the 21st century. *************************************** Dissenting from Catholic Teaching or the Natural Moral Law in a Catholic High School does not [...]

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Okay, what about Catholics and the Death Penalty?

March 9, 2015

March 9, 2015 By Dr. Ed Peters, Canon Lawyer   (see also The Stream’s: “Should Catholics Oppose the Death Penalty?“) “Dr. Steven Long beat me to it. His rejoinder to the “Capital punishment must end” editorial of America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter, andOur Sunday Visitor is essential reading even if, in some places, Long’s essay, “Four Catholic [...]

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Consecrated Host Back in the Hands of Archbishop Coakley and the Catholic Church!

August 21, 2014

 Posted by CatholicVote.com The Consecrated Host is back in the hands of Archbishop Coakley and the Catholic Church. Deo Gratias! Additionally, the Satanists have agreed to sign a statement saying that they will not use a Consecrated Host in a black mass – if it happens. Talk about a great victory! I work in politics. [...]

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What Did Sister Jane Actually Say in Charlotte?

April 9, 2014

Dr. Ed Peters, canon lawyer, actually has a good point about the flare-up at the Catholic High School in Charlotte NC. Does anyone REALLY know what Sr. Jane Dominic actually said at the High School that started such a flurry of protest and defense? Much ado about, literally, who-knows-what by Dr. Edward Peters We either know [...]

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Welcome to the Reign of “Gay”

April 8, 2014

Make no mistake, it has nothing to do with fun and games, and everything to do with the forced rationalization of grave depravity By Carl Olsen, April 8, 2014 Editorial in Catholic News Report In the summer of 1992, I took my first real job, working as a graphic designer for the venerable Meier & [...]

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A Good Priest Friend in Deep Water Concerning Homosexuality after Teaching JPII’s “Theology of the Body”

March 31, 2014

  My good friend Fr. Kauth from Charlotte NC is embroiled in a huge fracas because of teaching JPII’s Theology of the Body in a Catholic High School. He is the chaplain at the high school. He invited a Dominican Sister to give a speech. She has a doctorate in theology. In the course of [...]

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Some Catholics Live in Nutsville; Does the Sun Really Revolve Around the Earth?

December 16, 2013

They wake up every morning and think the sun revolves around the earth. They live in a different universe than the rest of us. They want you to join their new alternate reality. These folks are marginalized and relatively unknown – and for good reason. They live in Nutsville, a cult that dwells on the [...]

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Medjugorje “Seer” Banned from Making Presentations in U.S.

November 9, 2013

Congregation for the Defense of the Faith prefect says alleged apparitions have yet to be ruled authentic VATICAN CITY, November 07, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Archbishop Gerhard Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, has reiterated that the Vatican has yet to rule the alleged Marian apparitions in Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, as authentic. [...]

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Obama Seriously Offends Catholics Again – Another Reason I Despise This Man

June 20, 2013

This is the Facecloth from the Tomb of Christ. Read Paul Badde’s book The Face of God. Join us in October for our St. Paul Meditteranean Cruise. One stop is to see this great relic of Christ’s resurrection. Obama Offends Catholics in UK: Says Religious Schools Divisive Wednesday, 19 Jun 2013 06:42 PM By Paul [...]

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The Invisible Boy – More on the Unhappy Decision by the “Boy” Scouts & They Didn’t Wait Long!

June 4, 2013

This week Catholic World Report has a biting article about the recent decision to allow openly gay “youth” to join the “Boy” Scouts. You’ll see why I put these words in quotations marks as you read. Here is an excerpt: The CWR Blog The Invisible Boy We must now pretend that boys are not boys, [...]

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