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  • Mohler [Southern Baptist] Says Insurance Mandate Not Just 'Catholic' Issue

    02/01/2012 12:35:01 PM PST · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | 1/31/12 | Bob Allen
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (ABP) – A Southern Baptist seminary president applauded Roman Catholic bishops for refusing to obey an insurance mandate forcing employers to offer coverage for contraceptives and sterilization, and predicted that evangelical leaders will soon face similar choices. “Our religious liberty is being similarly subverted and attacked,” Albert Mohler, president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said of the Obama administration’s inclusion of pregnancy in “preventive services” that health insurers must provide. In his daily podcast briefing Jan. 31, Mohler commented on a letter from bishops read in Catholic churches Jan. 27 stating in part, “We cannot -- we will...
  • The Pope Told You So

    02/01/2012 8:19:19 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 1/31/12 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Our many fellow Catholics now enchained for the Faith of our Fathers in such places as China, Syria, and Egypt are, as Father Faber’s hymn says, “in heart and conscience free.” But what happens when a government tries to chain the conscience itself? A few weeks ago, in a remarkably unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court rejected the attempt of the present Administration in Hosanna-Tabor Evangelical Lutheran Church and School v. EEOC to restrict religious freedom by interfering with the hiring of ministerial personnel. Chief Justice Roberts wrote that the Administration’s argument that the First Amendment does not guarantee the...
  • An Open Letter to President Barack Obama Concerning Recent Tyranny (With Pictures!)

    01/31/2012 7:29:32 PM PST · by Not gonna take it anymore · 5 replies
    Patheos ^ | January 30, 2012 | Marc Barnes
    Dear Mr. President, I am fully aware that these are days in which the federal government is — for all practical purposes — unlimited in its power. As it stands, you — sir — can detain any American citizen without due process simply because you suspect him of being a terrorist, you have magically managed to become the Chairman of the UN Security Council without the approval of Congress — despite that awkward Article 1.9 of the Constitution — and you — along with the FCC — seem to think the Internet is thine to regulate. Now I’m sure this...
  • Back to the Future in Ireland

    01/31/2012 7:04:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/30/12 | Dr. Jeff Mirus
    I doubt things have deteriorated quite enough for this to go anywhere, but the logic of a recent hate crime complaint in Ireland is intriguing. Humanist John Colgan argued that a recent homily of Bishop Philip Boyce of Raphoe constituted a hate crime under an act passed in 1989. Before I point out what is so interesting about this particular case, let me first acknowledge that the interplay of opposing factions in any culture is complex and varied. When groups disagree on fundamental issues, they naturally view any advance of the values of their opponents as a threat to, and...
  • T he Beginnings of Social Justice advocacy AD33

    01/30/2012 1:35:46 PM PST · by mdmathis6 · 11 replies
    vanity posting | 1/30/2012 | Micahel Mathis
    “ought not that box of perfume, had been sold and given to the poor”
  • Bruskewitz: Fight Insurance Ruling [Sebelius a "bitter, fallen away Catholic"]

    01/30/2012 7:19:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Omaha World Herald ^ | 1/29/12 | Leslie Reed
    LINCOLN — Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz has issued a blistering letter calling on Roman Catholics in the Lincoln Diocese to fight a federal decision requiring all employers to provide health insurance that pays for birth control, female sterilization procedures and "the morning after" pill. U.S. bishops had asked for an exemption from the rule for employers such as Catholic hospitals and social services agencies. That request was denied this month by Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, a Catholic. "The present secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, a bitter fallen-away Catholic, now requires that all insurance, even when issued privately, must carry coverage...
  • Bishop Blasts Secularist Intolerance, Calls For ‘Assertive Action’ to Defend Church

    01/27/2012 6:52:07 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Noting that “American Catholics have in recent decades become remarkably passive even in the face of relentless hostility from the media, the entertainment industry, and now from some politicians,” Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria has issued a pastoral letter on secularism. The letter, issued on January 8, received a wider audience when it was published in the January 26 issue of Origins. “The Catholic Diocese of Peoria now exists in a political reality that is increasingly secular in outlook and today is often specifically hostile to the convictions of our Faith,” he said. “Atheists and secularists have long realized that...
  • The March for Life Photos You Probably Haven't Seen

    01/25/2012 7:27:29 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 1/24/12 | y Mary DeTurris Poust
    If your local newspapers are anything like mine, you probably didn't see more than two inches of copy devoted to the annual March for Life and the thousands of people who walked in the rain to stand up for the unborn. The secular world doesn't like to focus on that story. There were even some Catholics -- visible bloggers -- out there yesterday pontificating about why they don't support the march, about the lack of "diversity," and the self-important attitudes of the marchers, so I thought I'd share some awesome photos by Matt K Cassens of St. Blogustine that show...
  • Occupy Protestors Disrupt Washington Pro-Life Prayer Vigil

    01/24/2012 7:17:37 AM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 1/23/12 | Steven Ertelt
    A peaceful religious tradition was disrupted today as the pro-abortion version of Occupy Washington attempted to surround and overwhelm a group of prayerful pro-life advocates in front of the Supreme Court. For the last nine years, CEC For Life has sponsored a prayer vigil for unborn babies on the morning of the March for Life. Opposition from pro-abortion advocates is always expected, but often minimal. This year, however, CEC For Life found themselves quickly surrounded by a much larger and far more hostile group than usual, according to Fr. Terry Gensemer of the o0rganization. Gensemer said that, as those leading...
  • Abortion. It Ain’t An Easy Question.

    01/24/2012 7:05:25 AM PST · by EnglishCon · 123 replies
    EnglishCon ^ | 01/245/12 | EnglishCon
    One of the questions I get a lot is what is my stand on abortion. To be flippant, I don’t stand on abortion, that is a heavy enough load for me to need to sit down and catch my breath. Flippancy doesn’t really cut it. I believe that, outside certain specific circumstances, abortion is wrong. I believe it is right for pregnancies which imperil the mother. Triage is an old part of medicine, and you save the one that is most likely to be salvagable. Usually, that is the mother. Rarely, it is the child, yet it happens. I believe...
  • The Pope's Alarming Message on American Religious Freedom

    01/22/2012 2:55:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 44 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 1/19/12 | Phil Lawler
    Is it humiliating for American political leaders to read that Pope Benedict sees an erosion of religious freedom in our country? It should be. If there is one boast that Americans have traditionally made before the world, it is the claim that our country is a bastion of freedom. And of all the freedoms we cherish, religious freedom takes pride of place. In our nation’s history it was the search for religious freedom that drove the Pilgrims to Massachusetts. When the founders presented the people of the newly independent States with a proposed Constitution, popular demand required the addition of...
  • Belmont Abbey College Is the Last Best Hope for Religious Liberty

    01/22/2012 2:48:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    It’s David vs. Goliath.It’s the small Catholic college in North Carolina vs. the Obama administration. The outcome will decide the fate of religious liberty in this country. When it was announced last year that the Obama administration intended to force religious institutions to pay for contraceptive drugs –including those that would cause abortions there were letters sent by many of the leading Catholic organizations, press statements delivered, and meetings with the Obama administration held asking for a wider religious exemption. But it wasn’t the Catholic Health Association which had endorsed Obamacare, not Catholic Charities, not Notre Dame which had honored...
  • 10 Things Christians and Atheists can - and must - agree on

    01/21/2012 12:39:39 PM PST · by emax · 4 replies
    http://www.cracked.com/article_15759_10-things-christians-atheists-can-and-must-agree-on.html
  • Where the Religious Right Went Wrong (Podcast)

    01/17/2012 5:55:25 PM PST · by rzman21
    Podcast. Click on the link. The religious right from an Eastern Orthodox perspective.
  • Mater Dolorosa Church in Holyoke Marks Six-Month Anniversary of its 24-Hour Vigil

    01/02/2012 7:52:40 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Masslive ^ | 1/1/12 | Jeanette DeForge
    HOLYOKE – The New Year brought a celebration of a different kind at the Mater Dolorosa Church where more than 100 people gathered to recognize the six-month anniversary of a round-the-clock vigil held to save the church. Friends of Mater Dolorosa – formed shortly after the last Mass was said at the Maple Street church in June – gathered inside the church to say prayers and sing in Polish and English. They shared food and hugged. Throughout the six months of arranging a schedule to make sure at least two people are in the church at all times, huddling in...
  • IN THIS SEASON OF LIGHTS LET MY LIGHT SHINE IN YOU !

    12/24/2011 11:47:50 AM PST · by Jedediah · 6 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles , Bible ^ | 12-24-11 | Jedediah
    You are my children of light , you are my children of light , you are my children of light , and in this season of lights , let MY Light shine through you , for MY SEASON NEVER ENDS ! Truly this is a season of lights , but we are to be lights for Christ Jesus in an open season and heaven for him ! Isaiah 60 The Gentiles Bless Zion 1 Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. 2 For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth,...
  • Statement Regarding "Real Catholic TV" and its Name [Don't use the word "Catholic"]

    12/23/2011 9:45:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Detroit ^ | December 2011
    The Church encourages the Christian faithful to promote or sustain a variety of apostolic undertakings but, nevertheless, prohibits any such undertaking from claiming the name Catholic without the consent of the competent ecclesiastical authority (see canon 216 of the 1983 Code of Canon Law). For some time, the Archdiocese of Detroit has been in communication with Mr. Michael Voris and his media partner at Real Catholic TV regarding their prominent use of the word “Catholic” in identifying and promoting their public activities disseminated from the enterprise’s production facility in Ferndale, Michigan. The Archdiocese has informed Mr. Voris and Real Catholic...
  • Traditional Catholic Reacts to Blasphemous Poster of Our Lady by Destroying It-Was It Right Thing..

    12/22/2011 7:41:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 96 replies · 1+ views
    A Reluctant Sinner ^ | 12/22/11 | Dylan Parry
    A few days ago a man referring to himself as a traditional Catholic decided to vandalise a controversial image of the Blessed Virgin Mary. According to the New Zealand Herald, Arthur Skinner from the Catholic Action Group in New Zealand damaged the poster as he deemed it to be so offensive that he felt a responsibility to remove it. The image showing the Virgin Mary holding a pregnancy testing kit with a shocked expression on her face had been commissioned by an Auckland Anglican church, St Matthew-in-the-City. This parish is already known for displaying controversial (some would say blasphemous) quasi-religious...
  • An atheist Christmas coloring book aimed at kids

    12/19/2011 12:47:11 PM PST · by Talkwire · 11 replies
    This site has some thing called the Atheist Christmas Coloring Book. It is for KIDS and tries to steal Christmas from Christians and make it for everyone. http://www.mindposts.com/uncategorized/celebrate-a-rational-holiday-with-the-atheist-christmas-coloring-book The war on Christmas has become the war FOR it.
  • Esther Fast

    12/16/2011 8:49:37 AM PST · by Uri’el-2012 · 11 replies
    Wilbur Ministries ^ | Dec 14, 2011 | Wilbur Ministries
    A video by Paul Wilber about the metaphor of Esther saving the nation of Israel through prayer and fasting