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  • ‘Straight, Christian’ Pretended to be Gay For a Year

    10/16/2012 7:56:47 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 30 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 16, 2012 | JP
    I don’t believe Timothy Kurek. He’s the alleged Christian, alleged heterosexual who told ABC News he spent a year “pretending” to be gay. Why did the 26-year-old Nashville man, a graduate of Liberty University (the so-called evangelical “West Point”) decide to go undercover? Because, he said, he wanted to “walk in the shoes” of a homosexual. So Kurek went all in. He “came out” as gay to all his family and friends. He got a job in a gay café. He hung out at a gay bar. He joined a gay softball league. He even got a gay bud of...
  • Farewell to the American Protestant Majority

    10/15/2012 4:41:39 PM PDT · by rhema · 19 replies
    Moore to the Point ^ | 10/9/12 | Russell Moore
    According to a new study by the Pew Forum, Protestants are, for the first time in history, not a majority in the United States of America. I don’t think that’s anything for evangelical Protestants, or anyone else, to panic about. Several years ago, I pointed out here that studies were showing a declining Protestant majority, and projections were being made for this very reality. Now, the surveys says we have a 48 percent plurality of Protestants. I wasn’t frantic about that several years ago, and I’m still not. When working toward our “God and country” badges, my childhood Boy Scout...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARCA, 10-15-12

    10/15/2012 9:03:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-15-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARCA A box in which the Eucharist was kept by the early Christians in their homes. It was also a chest for the safekeeping of church moneys, endowment funds for churches, schools, or other pious uses. The term is now used to describe the investments for some ecclesiastical purpose, e.g., arca seminarii, seminary fund. (Etym. Latin arca, chest, coffer.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Following the Truth: Attention Catholics,Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! (Year of Faith)

    10/14/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Sep 19th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Attention Catholics…It’s Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! Sep 19th, 2012 by Gary Zimak.  “The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Sept. 18,2012)On October 11, 2012 we officially begin the celebration of the Year of Faith, as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. The Holy Father has declared that the Year of Faith is “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to...
  • What does Heaven Cost? A Meditation on the Gospel for the 28th Sunday of the Year

    10/14/2012 2:24:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 13, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The Gospel today invites us to wrestle with fundamental, essential, and focal questions, What does heaven cost? And, Am I willing to pay it?I. Problematic Pondering. A man asks Jesus, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”Now, his question is a good one, but it is problematic, because he couches it in terms of his own personal power and achievement. For, he wonders what he, himself, must do to attain eternal life.The problem is, none of us have the holiness or the spiritual wealth or power to attain heaven based merely on what we do. The kind...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - Defections From the Catholic Church

    10/14/2012 6:20:30 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 13 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    Defections From the Catholic Church 1243. How many were the major forms of defection from the Catholic Church since the time of the Apostles? As a general estimate, I would say seven, namely, Gnosticism, Manichaeism, Arianism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Greek Orthodoxy, and Protestantism. I have given them in the order of their appearance on the stage of history. 1244. What was the principle cause of desertion in each case? That is a very comprehensive question, and I can but give here a general answer. In each case the dissident movement began either in a denial of the teachings of the Catholic...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LIGHT, 10-13-12

    10/13/2012 10:23:07 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-13-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LIGHT In revelation and sacred doctrine, a source of understanding or of insight into the truth. It may be either the truth itself, which enlightens the mind about what God wants human beings to know; or the inward supernatural power that enables the mind to grasp what is beyond its native capacity to understand; or the assistance of grace to help dispel the darkness induce by sinful passion that tends to prevent the intellect from seeing the things of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MOTIVE, 10-12-12

    10/12/2012 9:14:48 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-12-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MOTIVE A conscious good that incites a rational being to perform some action. It is a motive of assent when the intellect is moved to make a judgment, and the motive of consent when the will is moved to make a decision. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ (RTS Chancellor on the importance of a work ethic)

    10/12/2012 6:08:35 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 11 replies
    Reformed Theological Seminary ^ | 12/31/2011 | Dr. Michael Milton
    An ‘Error Message’ on the Screen of Western Civ? The Most Important Question Facing us in 2012 is more than an Election The most important question of the coming year is not “who will be the next occupant of the White House?” The single most important matter before us all is a question of value. It is a question that may be stated, “Will the Western world embrace the very thing that holds it together. Or will it continue the denial of the obvious and seal its inevitable decline?” Let me explain. In historiography – the study of history –...
  • What St. Paul’s example as both believer and Bishop can teach us about authority

    10/11/2012 1:41:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 10, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In the readings for daily Mass the past few days we have been reviewing the faith journey of St. Paul who describes his personal history and also his authority in the second chapter of the Letter to the Galatians. The story is interesting for three reasons. It can help correct notions that some have of PaulÂ’s rapid assent to the office of apostle (Bishop) and affirm that he was not a lone-ranger apostle. He was a man who was formed in the community of the Church for some length of time, and did not go on Mission until he was...
  • The State-Sponsored Fairy Tale

    10/11/2012 12:48:23 PM PDT · by Guido2012 · 35 replies
    Set Our Children Free ^ | 10/11/12 | Tony Caruso
    Evolution is the proverbial big lie. It is told over and over again by government bureaucrats, teachers, scientists, university professors, news anchors, and others who should know better. It remains unchallenged in the public arena because no dissent is permitted to this state religion. Like most government lies, particularly those it tells school children in order to perpetuate Marxism into the next generation, the theory of evolution enjoys near-sacred politically correct status. It is not to be questioned. Those who do so will be scorned by the establishment as uneducated zealots, marginalized as pariahs in the world of political discourse,...
  • Request for Calvinists to help "Freep" a "Two Kingdoms" blog opposing Christian pastors in politics

    10/11/2012 11:27:52 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 19 replies
    Presbyterian Blues ^ | 10/11/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Fellow Calvinists on the Great Reformed Ping List, I need some help. Go to this website, run by a lawyer who is also an Orthodox Presbyterian elder, and you'll see what is being advocated by prominent people in Calvinist circles today who are seriously arguing not only that the church ought to steer clear from political positions but also that Christians ought not to use their Bibles when they enter the civil realm.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALUMBRADOS, 10-11-12

    10/11/2012 9:18:16 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-11-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALUMBRADOS A loosely organized group of spiritual persons in sixteenth-century Spain, condemned many times by the Inquisition, who taught that once a person attains the vision of God's essence in this life he can dispense with all external means of sanctification. Vocal prayer, the use of the sacraments, the practice of justice and charity, penance and bodily mortification become unnecessary. Perfect souls need give themselves only to mental prayer and ecstatic contemplation, which unite them so intimately with God that they lose personal liberty and individuality. In the state of perfection a man becomes incapable of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CONCORDAT, 10-10-12

    10/10/2012 11:40:32 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-10-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CONCORDAT An official agreement between the Pope, in his spiritual capacity as visible head of the Catholic Church, and the temporal authority of a state. Commonly accepted as a contract between Church and State, it is a treaty governed by international laws and has been used by the Holy See since the early Middle Ages. The earliest agreement called such was the Concordat of Worms (1122), by which Pope Calixtus II and Emperor Henry V (1081-1125) put an end to the struggle over lay investiture. the best known in modern times was the Lateran Treaty of...
  • Why We Can't Go Back...

    10/09/2012 4:45:24 PM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 7 replies
    The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh. The mirth of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth. They shall not drink wine with a song; strong drink shall be bitter to them that drink it. The city of confusion is broken down: every house is shut up, that no man may come in. There is a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the mirth of the land is gone. In the city is left desolation, and the gate is smitten with destruction.(Isaiah 24:7-12)I...
  • Christian Apologist 'Eastwooding' After Richard Dawkins Refuses Debate (On the Existence of God)

    10/09/2012 12:47:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/09/2012 | By Michael Gryboski
    A video of a Californian Christian apologist who "Eastwooded" atheist author Richard Dawkins in response to Dawkins' refusal to debate him over the existence of God will soon be posted to YouTube. The video features Dr. William Lane Craig, a research professor of Philosophy and the New Testament at the Talbot School of Theology in La Mirada, delivering remarks at Contending with Christianity's Critics Conference held at Watermark Community Church in Dallas on Sept. 29. During his remarks, Craig places an empty chair opposite his podium and has a dialogue with it, a la Clint Eastwood's much talked about speech...
  • CULTURE WARTS or FAITHFUL SERVANTS? PART 1

    10/08/2012 10:01:54 AM PDT · by truthxchange · 3 replies
    truthxchange.com ^ | October 8, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Christians: Culture Warts or Faithful Servants? (Part I) According to recent polls, most young people “have graded Christianity, and so far, the grades aren’t looking good.” Young believers do not want the name “Christian” because of “the baggage that accompanies the label.” We all have baggage, but there is something very fishy going on here. Why is the most ethical, humane movement in two thousand years of Western history now covered in abject shame? Christianity has become “unchristian.” Much of the malaise of the young is due to the culture’s intimidating opposition to the biblical world and life view, which...
  • Official Vatican Newspaper Criticizes 'Prometheus' for 'Mishandling' Delicate Questions

    10/08/2012 9:40:50 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 18 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | 09/24/2012 | Eric J. Lyman
    ROME – The Vatican’s official newspaper attacked Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, taking issue with the film’s premise about the origins of mankind and saying it is “a bad idea to defy the gods.” The film, which opened in Italy Sept. 14, stars Michael Fassbender, Noomi Rapace, and Charlize Theron in a story about a team of explorers seeking to understand the origins of mankind on earth after discovering a series of clues left behind by ancient civilizations. The science fiction thriller has performed well in a relatively weak box office period in Italy, taking in €1 million ($1.3 million) last weekend,...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: GREED, 10-08-12

    10/08/2012 8:32:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-08-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):GREED Avarice or cupidity. It implies a controlling passion for wealth or possessions and suggests not so much a strong as an inordinate desire and is commonly associated with the lust for power. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Election and Lordship (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:57:34 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Dr. Sir Robert Anderson
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  • INSPIRATION (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:51:08 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | Pastor D. M. Stearns of Philadelphia
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  • The Jews : Their Election, Rejection, Restoration, and Mission (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:47:51 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 1 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | John Wilkinson
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  • The Jewish Question (Dispensational)

    10/06/2012 6:43:55 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 3 replies
    THINGS TO COME, A Journal of Biblical Literature | October, 1895 | James E. Mathieson
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  • Catholic Word of the Day: INHIBITIVE FEAR, 10-06-12

    10/06/2012 11:26:39 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-06-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):INHIBITIVE FEAR Mental agitation as affecting moral responsibility. Of itself, fear does not remove the voluntary character of human actions, but it usually lessens their guilt, as also their merit. There is a distinction, however, between acting through fear or with fear. One acts through fear if it is the fear that induces one to act, as when a student cheats out of fear of failing an examination. Such actions are voluntary and imputable in most cases. One acts with fear if the emotion merely accompanies an action but does not cause it. Any significant human...
  • Rap attack and "Precious Puritans" discussion (Vanity)

    10/06/2012 6:23:09 AM PDT · by darrellmaurina · 16 replies
    Christian Observer Forums: CO-URC | 10/6/2012 | Darrell Todd Maurina
    Most of us in conservative Reformed circles are not fans of rap. I'm not either, though I have Korean relatives who are -- the "Gangnam Style" video of Korean rappers which has gone viral has shown to lots of Americans how our culture is affecting lots of places we would least expect it. The result is that many of us were probably caught unaware by the explosion on the blogosphere which greeted a Reformed man of African-American ancestry who uses rap as his medium of Christian music. The rapper, who goes by the name of "Propaganda," produced a rap song...
  • The Principle of Contradiction: 8 things everyone should know

    10/05/2012 8:54:00 AM PDT · by concernedAmerican1 · 15 replies
    TFP Student Action ^ | 10-04-12 | TFP
    What is the principle of contradiction? In a nutshell, it’s this:  a thing cannot be and not be at the same time.  Saint Thomas Aquinas shows that not even God can deny the principle of contradiction, the absolute law of the order of being, because it is impossible for God to will the absolutely impossible (Summa Contra Gentiles, Book 1, chap. 84). Father Garrigou-Lagrange gives us eight principal reasons, based on Aristotle, for defending the necessity and real validity of the principle of contradiction. They are briefly: 1. To deny this necessity and this validity would be to deprive words of...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ALMS BOX, 10-05-12

    10/05/2012 8:35:46 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-05-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ALMS BOX Or alms chest. Permanent receptacle in a church for the donations that are prompted by charity and given to the poor by the parishioners or worshipers. See Also: POOR BOX All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • ‘Spiritual But Not Religious’ is Hokum

    10/05/2012 8:13:30 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 15 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 5, 2012 | JP
    There was an intriguing forum this week in New York City provocatively titled “I’m So Spiritual.” It was co-hosted by The New School, which trains up its students, it says, “to bring actual, positive change to the world,” and New York Salon, an organization composed of intellectuals, academics artists and public personalities, according to Wikipedia. The forum featured four speakers: Courtney Bender, an associate religion professor at ColumbiaUniversity, Matthew Hutson, a Psychology Today science writer, Sally Quinn, editor of the Washington Post’s On Faith blog, and Alan Miller, New York Salon’s co-director. Of the four speakers, Miller proved to be...
  • Contraception is contrary to God's law: Why the Hahns became Roman Catholic

    10/05/2012 3:22:55 AM PDT · by koinonia · 88 replies
    From a transcript of Scott Hahn telling his story: We [Kimberly & I] got married right out of college. Both of us had so much of the same vision. We wanted to do ministry together [as Presbyterians], we wanted to share the good news of Christ, we wanted to open up the Bible and make it come alive for people... We were off to seminary a week or two after our wedding... [In] a course that Kimberly took her first year... Dr. Davis had all the students break up into small groups so that each small group could tackle one...
  • Pope’s ambition, a blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep Church [Catholic Caucus]

    10/04/2012 4:23:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 51 replies
    CatholicHerald.co.uk ^ | Friday, 20 May 2011 | William Oddie
    The Pope’s ambition, a powerful blend of the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite, could sweep the Church There are too many difficulties attending both the Novus Ordo and the Old Rite By William Oddie on Friday, 20 May 2011 Cardinal Walter Brandmüller celebrated the Extraordinary Form Mass at St Peter's Basilica on Sunday (CNS photo) An extremely interesting story by John Thavis – which appears currently on the Herald’s homepage under the headline “Pope’s ‘reform of the reform’ in liturgy to continue” – reports what seems to me a potentially wondrous proposed advance. But will it happen? There is...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: MANASSEH, 10-04-12

    10/04/2012 12:09:26 PM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-04-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):MANASSEH 1. the older son of Joseph and Asenath. Joseph explained the name, which means "forget," as helping him forget his sufferings (Genesis 41:51). Jacob was the grandfather of Manasseh and his younger brother Ephraim, and adopted the two boys. This was a common custom because adoption ensured inheritance. When he gave them his blessing before he died, Jacob prophesied that Ephraim would be the ancestor of a great nation. His prophecy proved accurate (Genesis 48:19). Manasseh married a Canaanite and settled in the Jordan Valley. His best-known descendant was Gilead; 2. son of Hezekiah. He...
  • Converting Protestants [to Catholicism] - A Secret Method

    10/04/2012 6:39:23 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 27 replies
    Catholic in the Ozarks ^ | 24 September 2012 | Shane Schaetzel
    I have a secret.  I know how to get more Protestants into the Catholic Church.  Would you like to know?  It's guaranteed to work with shocking effectiveness.  You'll get more Protestant converts to the Catholic Church than you know what to do with.  They'll come in small numbers at first, just a trickle really, but that will slowly grow into a torrent.  You won't know what to do with them all.  You'll probably have to build bigger parishes or add on to existing ones.  From these converts you will find the most faithful and passionate Catholics in your whole diocese....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: CORNETTE, 10-03-12

    10/03/2012 7:42:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-03-012 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):CORNETTE A large, spreading white headgear. Formerly worn in France by both men and women and until recently by the Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul. (Etym.French cornette, headdress.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PANEGYRIC, 10-02-12

    10/02/2012 7:45:02 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-02-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PANEGYRIC An elaborate public praise given of some person or event, a formal eulogy. The most famous Christian panegyrics were those of the Fathers of the Church, e.g., St. John Chrysostom preaching on Sts. Lucian and Romanus in A.D. 387. (Etym. Greek pan_gyrikos, for a public festival.) All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PAIN OF SENSE, 10-01-12

    10/01/2012 8:32:33 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 10-01-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PAIN OF SENSE The suffering in hell caused by some agent called "fire" in Scripture, external to the person and secondary to the main punishment, which is the loss of God. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • "Twelve things to know about angels"

    09/29/2012 1:56:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Insight Scoop ^ | September 29, 2012 | Peter Kreeft
    As today is the Feast of of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, archangels, here is a popular post years I am "recycling" for those who missed it before. It is an excerpt from Angels (and Demons): What Do We Really About Them? (Ignatius Press; 2004, sixth printing) by Peter Kreeft:The Twelve Most Important Things to Know About Them 1. They really exist. Not just in our minds, or our myths, or our symbols, or our culture. They are as real as your dog, or your sister, or electricity. 2. They’re present, right here, right now, right next to you, reading...
  • When Two Become One: A Pastoral Teaching on the Definition, Purpose and Sanctity of Marriage

    09/28/2012 2:05:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 28, 2012 | Archbishop John Joseph Myers
    Marriage is as old as humankind. From the beginning, God created the human race in his own image and likeness; male and female he created them (cf. Gen 1:27). Sexual difference and complementarity have been present from the beginning as part of God’s creative plan. Equal in dignity but complementary in their sexual difference, men and women who are called to marriage are intended to form one-flesh unions: “Therefore a man leaves his father and his mother and clings to his wife, and they become one flesh” (Gen 2:24). Thus, marriage can be seen as the “primordial sacrament” predating the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: AFFECTED IGNORANCE, 09-28-12

    09/28/2012 8:18:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-28-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):AFFECTED IGNORANCE In ecclesiastical law, directly willed ignorance of a law or of its penalty, or both. Such ignorance does not excuse a person from automatic penalties (latae sententiae), i.e., those which follow immediately on breaking the law. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Dozens injured, thousands confused by riots over "Gospel of Jesus' Wife"

    09/27/2012 3:43:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | September 26, 2012 | Nick Bottom
    DEVIL'S ELBOW, Missouri (ASS)— Theocratic, mean-spirited violence has erupted throughout the deep South, the "Bible Belt", the Midwest, and a smattering of towns in the Rocky Mountains as thousands of Christians have taken to the streets, wielding swords, Bibles, and plowshares, to protest the recent revelation that Jesus had at least one wife. Other protests, less violent but also widespread, took place over reports that some scholars and pulp novelists believe Jesus merely dated, but never married. In Devil's Elbow, Missouri, a group of about two hundred men, women, and children, all blood relatives of one sort or another, dressed...
  • No Criticism of Islam: They Can’t Defend their Irrational Religion!

    09/27/2012 3:05:01 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 16 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | September 26, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    It is astounding that any American would give any consideration to the demand by the Muslim world that the U.S. should annul the First Amendment to our Constitution to forbid any criticism (speaking truth) about Islam! As I carefully parse my words I want to make it clear that any U.S. official who even considers such a rape of our treasured document is a traitor. I am not speaking symbolically or hyperbolically but literally. Such a person is a traitor making Tokyo Rose look like a misguided school girl and Benedict Arnold look like a rebellious Boy Scout. It is...
  • A brief meditation on the truth that we will all answer to God

    09/27/2012 1:19:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | September 27, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Earlier this week at daily Mass, we read from the Book of Proverbs and among the Proverbs we read was this one:All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes, but it is the Lord who measures hearts. (Proverbs 21:2).And in this Proverb we see an important reminder for our times. For an increasing attitude of our times it says, in effect, “I will do what I want to do, and I will decide whether it is right or wrong.” In other words, “No one is going to tell me what to do, I answer to...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HOLY OILS, 09-26-12

    09/26/2012 9:25:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-26-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):HOLY OILS Sacramentals blessed by a bishop. There are three kinds: oil of catechumens, holy chrism, and oil of the sick. The first and third are pure olive oil. chrism has in the oil a mixture of balm or balsam. In 1970, the Congregation for Divine Worship declared that, if necessary, the holy oils may be from any plant and not only from olives. The holy oils are symbols of spiritual nourishment and the light of grace. They are used in the public administration of baptism, confirmation, and anointing of the sick. The blessing of the...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD, 09-25-12

    09/25/2012 7:42:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-25-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):LITANY OF THE PRECIOUS BLOOD A series of invocations of the Savior, through his Precious Blood, approved in its present form by Pope John XXIII in 1960. Each of the twenty-four petitions begins with the term "Blood of Christ," to which the response is "Save us." The Blood of Christ represents wither Christ himself, as "Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word of God," or refers to the physical Blood of the Savior, as "Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross," or spans both meanings, as "Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory." The Litany of the...
  • Why the Singleness of Jesus Makes the Best Sense of the Historical Evidence

    09/23/2012 1:33:02 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/23/2012 | Timothy Paul Jones
    “It is an embarrassing insight into human nature that the more fantastic the scenario, the more sensational is the promotion it receives and the more intense the faddish interest it attracts,” Roman Catholic scholar Raymond Brown wrote nearly three decades ago. “People who would never bother reading a responsible analysis of the traditions about how Jesus was crucified, died, was buried, and rose from the dead are fascinated by the report of some ‘new insight’ to the effect he was not crucified or did not die, especially if his subsequent career involved running off with Mary Magdalene to India.” This...
  • The Gospel of Jesus’ Wife? When Sensationalism Masquerades as Scholarship

    09/22/2012 7:35:40 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 45 replies
    http://www.albertmohler.com ^ | September 20, 2012 | Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
    The whole world changed on Tuesday. At least, that is what many would have us to believe. Smithsonian magazine, published by the Smithsonian Institution, declares that the news released Tuesday was “apt to send jolts through the world of biblical scholarship — and beyond.” Really?What was this news? Professor Karen King of the Harvard Divinity School announced at a conference in Rome that she had identified an ancient papyrus fragment that includes the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” Within hours, headlines around the world advertised the announcement with headlines like “Ancient Papyrus Could Be Evidence that Jesus Had...
  • Top ELCA Leader Confirms Homosexual Marriages Allowed in Denomination

    09/22/2012 2:58:56 AM PDT · by rhema · 22 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 9/21/12 | Dan Skogen
    The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America officially allows homosexual marriages, so says the “number two man” in the denomination, David Swartling. At the 2012 Southwestern Washington Synod Assembly it has been reported that, “(I)n response to a query from the floor of the assembly, Secretary of the ELCA David Swartling, at the assembly as the representative of the national church, said that the marriage of same-gender couples in states where that was legal was neither endorsed nor precluded by ELCA policy. Marriage in those circumstances was at the discretion of pastors and congregations.” (read here) One of the duties of...
  • Catholics to exclude dodgers of church tax

    09/21/2012 9:19:48 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 91 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2012 | The Times
    ROMAN Catholics in Germany who decline to pay the country's church tax will be denied communion, confession and a religious burial under moves signed by the Pope that, in effect, excommunicate them. The decree, issued yesterday by Germany's bishops and approved by Benedict XVI, seeks to end a long-running dispute over the implications for Germany's 24.6 million Catholics of opting out from a church tax. It will block churchgoers who choose not to pay the optional levy from becoming godparents or belonging to a Roman Catholic congregation. The church tax, which is collected by provincial authorities and is between 8...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATER NOSTER, 09-20-12

    09/20/2012 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-20-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PATER NOSTER The prayer composed and taught by Christ to the Disciples (Matthew 6:9-13; Luke 11:2-4). Named from the first two words of the prayer in the Latin, Pater Noster (Our Father). The Pater Noster has been part of the Church's liturgy since apostolic times. It was part of the profession of faith for the reception of catechumens into the Church, has more commentary by the Fathers and Doctors of the Church than any other passage in the Bible, and, after baptism, is the best known bond of unity among Christians in every tradition. Its seven...
  • The Inside Story of a Controversial New Text About Jesus

    09/20/2012 5:34:56 AM PDT · by OldRanchHand · 40 replies
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | September 20, 2012 | OldRanchHand
    Harvard researcher Karen King today unveiled an ancient papyrus fragment with the phrase, “Jesus said to them, ‘My wife.’” The text also mentions “Mary,” arguably a reference to Mary Magdalene. The announcement at an academic conference in Rome is sure to send shock waves through the Christian world. The Smithsonian Channel will premiere a special documentary about the discovery on September 30 at 8 p.m. ET. And Smithsonian magazine reporter Ariel Sabar has been covering the story behind the scenes for weeks, tracing King’s steps from when a suspicious e-mail hit her in-box to the nerve-racking moment when she thought...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SITTING, 09-18-12

    09/18/2012 7:56:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 09-18-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SITTING The posture prescribed liturgically for certain parts of the Mass. The faithful are to be seated during the First Reading, the Responsorial Psalm, and the Second Reading; during the Homily; during the Offertory (optional); and during the period of Silence After Communion. In other liturgical functions sitting is also a part of the cermony, e.g., during the readign or singing of the psalms in the Divine Office. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.