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  • Vanity: Freeper Advice: Thoughts on 2nd Baptism

    10/06/2015 10:35:57 AM PDT · by envisio · 335 replies
    10/6/15 | DG
    I have read a little and did some research on baptism and if there is a need to get baptized as an adult after being baptized as a child. I looked for the Church’s standing on it and I looked for scripture written about it. My research left me with the half-baked conclusion, in the eyes of the Lord, one only needs baptized once. I was baptized as a small child without any realization of what was happening. In the 40 years to follow there were plenty of times I was lost, sinning, doing the devils deeds with the liquor...
  • Cardinal Sarah: "Don't deceive people with 'mercy' without repentance."

    05/30/2015 8:20:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | May 30, 2015 | Matteo Matzuzzi
    “If the Eucharist is considered [simply] a meal we share in and that nobody can be excluded from it, then the sense of Mystery is lost”. So says Cardinal Robert Sarah, the new Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, in an intervention given at the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for the Studies on Marriage and the Family, at his presentation of: “The Family – a work in progress”, a compilation of essays published by Cantagalli, in view of the upcoming Synod in October. A compilation intent on stimulating a discussion which touches on...
  • ASK FATHER: Is baptism by fake women ‘priests’ valid? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/16/2015 2:51:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 15, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader
QUAERITUR: While discussing the ecclesial status of someone baptized by an SSPX priest (is the newly baptized person Catholic?), I had a troubling thought: what about someone who is baptized by a Catholic woman who has pretended to be ordained as a priest? Is that newly baptized person considered Catholic? I tend to think not, since these women have gone to non-Catholic bishops to simulate their ordination. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks for all your work. Every priest has a story about a “grandmother baptizing in the bathroom sink.” Usually it’s a pious woman, motivated by sincere faith and love for...
  • International Mission Board Drops Ban on Speaking in Tongues

    05/14/2015 2:58:15 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 38 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | May 14, 2015 | Bob Smietana
    New rules also loosen restrictions on baptism, divorce, and parents of teens. For more than a decade, the Southern Baptist Convention’s International Mission Board (IMB) disqualified candidates who spoke in tongues or who had been baptized in churches that disagreed with the convention’s view of baptism. Similar rules barred divorced people or those with teenagers from being missionaries. That changed Wednesday, when the IMB’s trustees, at the prompting of their new president David Platt, approved a new, simplified set of rules for the agency’s more than 4,800 missionaries. Missionary candidates must affirm the doctrines found in the Baptist Faith...
  • Baby With Two Dads Will Get Baptized, Bishop Says

    05/12/2015 10:16:00 AM PDT · by goodwithagun · 33 replies
    Yahoo! Parenting ^ | May 11, 2015 | Beth Greenfield
    A pair of gay Florida dads will have their son baptized this summer, following a soul-searching controversy within their Episcopal church that concluded with a meeting with — and the blessing of — their local bishop. “We talked about my being a part of the baptism and I told them I would be happy to do so,” said the Rt. Rev. Gregory O. Brewer, head of the Episcopal Diocese of Central Florida, in a statement. “We look forward to celebrating Jack’s baptism at the Cathedral in the near future.”
  • Aiming to deepen rite’s meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

    05/06/2015 6:08:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 77 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Jeff Brumley
    There are plenty of Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist churches in Dayton, Ohio, where parents could have an infant child baptized. But one local couple wanted Rodney Kennedy to baptize their 7-month-old son, even though they knew there was one hurdle to overcome: Kennedy is pastor at First Baptist Church in Dayton.And Baptists — both generally and specifically — do not baptize infants.“We knew that asking Rod, he might say no,” said Lucas, the boy’s father who requested only his first name be used in this article.But Kennedy did not say no, and during worship on Sunday, April 19, he conducted his...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

    05/03/2015 12:26:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    ccWatershed ^ | May 3, 2015 | Fr. David Friel
    HE BEST AGE to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation is a matter of discussion in my diocese, as it is in many others. There are advocates for quite a wide range of ages, from as early as Baptism to the latter years of high school. Reasonable arguments can be made in favor of almost any age between these two mileposts. But which age is best? Anyone involved in Catholic education/catechesis will know the struggle it is to keep young people in religious education after their Confirmation. A common tactic in many local Churches has been to raise the age at...
  • The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent

    02/22/2015 5:59:47 AM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-21-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Archdiocese of Washington The True Rainbow in the Sky – A Reflection on the Readings of the First Sunday of Lent By: Msgr. Charles PopeOn the first Sunday of Lent, the readings have a very baptismal theme. It makes sense, for it is common on this Sunday that the catechumens report to the Bishop for the Rite of Election, wherein they are recognized as elect (chosen) of God in these final weeks before their baptism.In today’s readings, there are many themes that form the “spokes” of a wagon wheel, and baptism is the central hub around which they turn. And arching over...
  • On the “Outrage” of the Flood and the Purposes of God

    02/18/2015 6:52:42 AM PST · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 02-17-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    On the “Outrage” of the Flood and the Purposes of God By: Msgr. Charles PopeTo the modern mind, the story of Noah and the flood is  a dark tale and one that is hard to equate with the “loving God” (i.e., the “kind” God of our notions). Why would God regret what He had done and want to kill everything He had made?Now never mind that we do this all the time when we harvest a field, or prune our roses or slaughter animals to feed ourselves, etc. When we do these things, we understand why we do them and so...
  • ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent (Catholic Caucus)

    03/27/2015 2:14:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | March 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader
QUAERITUR: The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that was born in late February, I effectively demanded the sacrament for her based on on CCC 1250, which tasks both the Church and the parents to “confer Baptism shortly after birth” without noting any exception based on the liturgical calendar. Our pastor was on my side and so obviously the Baptism occurred (during Lent, much to the PA’s chagrin). This practice of delaying the sacrament...
  • The Baptism of Jesus Christ

    03/09/2015 2:55:53 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | Middletown Bible Church
    CHAPTER 3 The Baptism of Christ   Why did the Lord Jesus come to the Jordan River unto John (Matthew 3:13)? ________________________________________________ John’s baptism was a "baptism of ________________________" (Acts 13:24; compare Matthew 3:2,8,11). Did Jesus need to repent? _______   Why not? _________________________________________________ When a Jew was baptized by John, what did he do according to Matthew 3:6? ____________________________________ Was it possible for Jesus to do this? ______  A person cannot confess his sins if he does not have any! The Bible declares that the Lord Jesus was absolutely SINLESS. Please match: ______ He did no sin.______ He knew no...
  • The Blessed Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit Lesson 6--Spirit Baptism

    03/07/2015 12:34:10 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 3 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | Middletown Bible Church
    The Blessed Person and Work of God the Holy Spirit   Lesson 6--Spirit Baptism The key passage on Spirit baptism is found in 1 Corinthians 12:13-"For by one _____________ are we all _______________ (immersed, placed) into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." The "one body" spoken of in this verse refers to the Church.   "And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the __________ over all things to the ______________, which is his ___________, the fulness of him...
  • The Baptism and The Filling: The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling

    03/06/2015 3:20:08 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 40 replies
    Middletown Bible Church | 3/6/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    The Baptism and The Filling  The Baptism in the Spirit and The Filling of the Spirit ***A Comparison and A Contrast*** THE BAPTISM THE FILLING Definition: The Baptism in the Spirit is that work of God whereby the believer is immersed into Jesus Christ and into His body which is the church (1 Corinthians 12:13 and Gal. 3:27). Definition: The Filling of the Spirit is that work of God whereby He fills and controls and enables the believer who is yielded and dependent and fit for the Master's use (Ephesians 5:18). The BAPTISM is presented as a fact to be...
  • Spirit Baptism 1 Corinthians 12:13

    03/06/2015 2:10:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 1 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/6/15 | Middletown Bible Church
      Spirit Baptism1 Corinthians 12:13[Including Important Grammatical Considerations]   The key passage on Spirit baptism is found in 1 Corinthians 12:13-"For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit." The "ONE BODY" spoken of in this verse refers to the Church (see 1 Cor. 12:27-28; Eph. 1:22-23; 5:30-32; Col. 1:18), the Body of which Christ is the Head. Spirit baptism is defined in 1 Corinthians 12:13 as that work of God whereby believers are baptized (immersed,...
  • The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion

    03/05/2015 7:28:13 PM PST · by RaceBannon · 26 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    Lesson 18GOD'S CALLED-OUT ASSEMBLYTHE CHURCH The Church Ordinances: Baptism and Communion  [This document is available in PDF Format]      There are two ordinances which Jesus Christ has instituted and established for His Church. An ordinance is a "prescribed practice." It is something that has been prescribed and ordered by Jesus Christ and practiced by the Church. An ordinance is something that the Church practices because Jesus Christ has told her to do so. The New Testament makes it very clear that the early Church practiced and observed two ordinances: 1) BAPTISM 2) COMMUNION ("the breaking of bread") These two ordinances are both...
  • Does Water Baptism Save?

    03/05/2015 2:28:53 AM PST · by RaceBannon · 277 replies
    Middletown Bible Church ^ | 3/5/15 | Middletown Bible Church
    p { margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 1px } <p>body { font-family: "Times New Roman", serif; font-size: 12pt; font-weight: normal; font-style: normal } Does Water Baptism Save? A Biblical Refutation of Baptismal Regeneration    Baptismal Regeneration is the teaching which says that water baptism is an essential requirement for salvation.  According to this teaching, if a person desires to be born again (born into God's family) then he must be baptized in water.  Those holding to this doctrine teach that apart from water baptism, a person cannot be saved, cannot be born again, cannot see the kingdom, and cannot enter heaven.     Introduction:...
  • Our Whole Bodies Are Cleansed (The Original Prot. on Baptism)

    02/23/2015 1:11:03 PM PST · by LearsFool · 53 replies
    Gnesio ^ | 1522 | Martin Luther
    But when the goodness and loving kindness of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of works done by us in righteousness, but according to his own mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewal of the Holy Spirit… (Titus 3:5) How beautifully the apostle in these strong words extols the grace of God bestowed in baptism! He refers to baptism as a washing, whereby not our feet only, not our hands, but our whole bodies are cleansed. Baptism perfectly and instantaneously cleanses and saves. For the vital part of salvation and its inheritance, nothing more is necessary...
  • Body of Ugandan Priest Found in Mexican Mass Grave

    11/14/2014 3:41:48 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | November 14, 2014
    IGUALA Mexico (Reuters) - The body of a Roman Catholic priest from Uganda who went missing in southwestern Mexico has been found in a mass grave as authorities search for the remains of 43 missing trainee teachers feared massacred, the local diocese said on Friday.The remains of the priest, identified as John Ssenyondo, were dug up about a week ago and identified by the recovered skull as well as dental records. He had been missing since May, the state attorney general's office said."It was found in a mass grave with six other bodies," said a spokesperson for the diocese of...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Lenten Series 2015: BAPTISM

    02/18/2015 8:51:31 AM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies
    BAPTISM[Prophecy] Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. - Ezekiel 36:25  Baptism is the First Sacrament, without it, no other sacrament can be validly received. The Old Covenant was entered into through circumcision; the New Covenant is entered into through Baptism. "Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again, he cannot see the Kingdom of GOD...Amen, amen I say to thee, unless a man be born again of WATER AND THE HOLY GHOST, he cannot enter...
  • Wading in the Troubled Water Saves You, Not Taking a Bridge Over It; A Homily...Baptism...Lord

    01/11/2015 8:13:33 AM PST · by Salvation · 10 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 01-10-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Wading in the Troubled Water Saves You, Not Taking a Bridge Over It – A Homily for the Baptism of the Lord By: Msgr. Charles PopeToday’s feast of the Baptism of the Lord provides a moment to reflect not only on the Lord’s baptism, but also on our own. For in an extended sense, when Christ is baptized, so are we, for we are members of His body. As Christ enters the water, He makes holy the water that will baptize us. He enters the water and we follow. And in these waters He acquires gifts to give us, as...
  • [Catholic Caucus] FROM THE PASTOR -- Baptism of the Lord

    01/10/2015 9:42:24 PM PST · by 9thLife · 4 replies
    Fr. Rutler ^ | January 11, 2015 | by Fr. George W. Rutler
    There was a theologian who, when discouraged, would keep repeating to himself, “I have been baptized.” Since the Prince of Lies has discouragement as his chief strategy and purpose, the Rite of Baptism includes an exorcism: an explicit renunciation of Satan, and all his works, and all his empty promises. Jesus our Encourager did not have to be baptized, for he had no sin to wash away, but by plunging into the waters of the Jordan and rising up, he was setting an example of dying and rising, which in daily life is played out by overcoming obstacles and refuting...
  • "Something in the Water" (Sermon for the Baptism of Our Lord; Mark 1; Romans 6; Genesis 1)

    01/10/2015 5:14:32 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 10 replies ^ | January 11, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    “Something in the Water” (Mark 1:4-11; Romans 6:1-11; Genesis 1:1-5)I don’t listen to pop music or country music on the radio, but recently I read that there is a song that’s popular on the airwaves right now that makes some references to baptism. That caught my attention, naturally, so I looked it up and listened to it online. It’s a song called “Something in the Water,” by a singer named Carrie Underwood. I don’t know if you’ve heard it or not. But it does have to do with baptism. Now very likely it’s coming from a theological perspective on baptism...
  • "Have you been saved?”

    11/16/2014 1:42:01 PM PST · by NYer · 198 replies
    The Integrated Catholic Life ^ | November 16, 2014 | DEACON MICHAEL BICKERSTAFF
    “Return of the Prodigal Son” (detail) by Murillo Have You Been Saved? In Acts 4, St. Peter delivers a powerful sermon. He concludes by saying, “There is no salvation through anyone else, nor is there any other name under heaven given to the human race by which we are to be saved.”I have written before in these pages of the time when I was growing up in the southern part of the United States and how I would from time to time encounter young, protestant teens and adults who would excitedly take to the streets to witness for Christ.Now...
  • Vicar outraged by rapping baby baptism commercial

    10/29/2014 10:32:25 AM PDT · by Brother Cracker · 1 replies
    Odd_News ^ | Oct. 28, 2014 | Ben Hooper
    STAVANGER, Norway, - A Norwegian vicar says a commercial featuring a flatulent baby rapping about being baptized is "one of the worst" representations of the ritual. The commercial, created by Norwegian religious group Baptism Aid, is shown in cinemas in the Rogaland area and stars a baby with a full set of adult teeth that passes gas and raps about baptism using special effects. The producers said the commercial is meant to "show the richness and blessing of baptism." However, Helge Helgesen, a vicar at the Tjensvoll church in Stavanger, said he wants the advertisement banned. "This is, to say...
  • Are Catholics Born Again?

    09/07/2014 5:21:18 PM PDT · by narses · 213 replies
    Catholics and Protestants agree that to be saved, you have to be born again. Jesus said so: "Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). When a Catholic says that he has been "born again," he refers to the transformation that God’s grace accomplished in him during baptism. Evangelical Protestants typically mean something quite different when they talk about being "born again." For an Evangelical, becoming "born again" often happens like this: He goes to a crusade or a revival where a minister delivers a sermon telling him...
  • ASK FATHER: Baptizing aliens who burst into flames from water. No. Really.

    09/25/2014 3:49:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 31 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 25, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader (who has sent queries before about a writing project): I’m sorry if I’m been annoying at all in the past. But I have another question this one is for a writing project that might never get off the ground, but in case it does. Could water that is extratrestrial in origin e.g from a comet or another planet be valid matter for baptism? I parried back: Water is water. H2O. Right? And I went about my day, self-assured in my concise response.The inquirer reposted: Yep, essentially. But there exist other types of water like D2O [which everyone...
  • Argentina Freak Show. Just in Time for Family Synod,

    09/17/2014 7:35:55 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 5 replies
    Rorate ^ | 9/15/14 | New Catholic
    "..."Luisa Lucía Paz" is a man from Santiago del Estero, Argentina. A transsexual, he is a high-ranking official in a homosexual-transsexual organization activist organization that was prominent both in the approval of the law on civil same-sex marriage and the law on the change of civil names for transsexuals. After this second law was approved, some years ago, he managed to have his name officially changed to "Luisa Lucía" -- he got his new "female" ID from President Cristina Kirchner herself in the first ceremony after the law was changed (source). He had been in a counternatural relationship with José...
  • New Pastoral Frontier: Baptisms of Children to Same-Sex Couples

    07/15/2014 1:31:45 PM PDT · by massmike · 5 replies ^ | 07/15/2014 | PETER JESSERER SMITH
    The Church is encountering requests for children’s baptism from parents in same-sex relationships. But few dioceses have actual policies in the area,which requires a great deal of pastoral attention and no one-size-fits-all answers. In the Diocese of Madison,Msgr. James Bartylla, sent out an email to pastors asking them to “please seek consultation and coordination” with his office on requests for baptism of children to same-sex couples. The email stated that each case “must be evaluated individually,” because of difficulties in same-sex unions that “touch upon theology, canon law, pastoral approach, liturgical adaptation and sacramental recording.” Madison Bishop Robert Morlino said...
  • Wis. Diocese Clarifies Stance on Baptizing Same-Sex Couples' Babies

    07/03/2014 6:01:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Madison, Wis., Jul 2, 2014 / 03:50 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Diocese of Madison, Wis. explained its response to same-sex couples who present children for baptism, welcoming sincere baptism requests but also warning of “speculative” or “scurrilous” news reports on the subject. In a June 27 statement, the diocese reproduced vicar general Monsignor James Bartylla's May 10 confidential e-mail to priests, which noted that each request for baptism for a child being raised by a same-sex couple “must be evaluated individually.” Priests who receive such requests should contact him to consult and coordinate, Msgr. Bartylla said. “As you know, there...
  • Anglicans Set to Remove Satan from Baptismal Rite

    06/30/2014 9:01:20 AM PDT · by NYer · 75 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2014 | ANNE HENDERSHOTT
    Declaring that the devil has departed from the Church of England’s baptism service, the Guardian reported on June 20 that “a simplified baptism which omits mention of the devil” is now favored by the clergy who have test-marketed it throughout the United Kingdom. Claiming that the traditional rejection of the devil and all rebellion against God “put off people who are offended to be addressed as sinners,” clergy claimed that they found it much easier to ask parents and godparents to make vows that do not mention Satan.Responding to a population “which sees no pressing reason to spend Sunday...
  • Christian Baptism

    06/26/2014 3:43:27 PM PDT · by GarySpFc · 12 replies
    Evidence for Jesus Christ ^ | June 15, 2014 | Greg Finch
    Christian Baptism Since the Protestant Reformation, the issue of baptism has been a source of much controversy. While arguments about doctrine have become less prevalent in recent years as such topics have become less in vogue, there continues to be disagreement over this subject – though it seems as though it ought to be a relatively straightforward and simple topic. This piece is not a comprehensive study of all the various issues associated with baptism with a lengthy series of ‘proof texts’ – there are plenty of articles like that which have been written over the years. Instead, I am...
  • Fight for the rights of the unborn, and think no less of a child born out of wedlock...

    06/15/2014 10:05:02 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    6/16/2014 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    1.) Fight for the rights of the unborn. 2.) Think no less of a baby/infant/child brought to you without any parent, without any Godparents, as you do not know the future. Which to you is better: baptizing a baby brought to you by good RC parents,that God knows will grow up to deny your faith and be a hell-raiser, or one that asas no one there with him/her or born out ofof wedlock to lapsed parents that God knows will turn out to be righteous?. Who cares about then and there? God told Samuel that He can see what no...
  • Mexican bishop baptizes child raised by lesbian couple

    06/01/2014 5:20:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 90 replies
    LifeSIteNews ^ | May 30, 2014 | SOFIA VAZQUEZ-MELLADO
    Mexico City, May 28, 2014 ( – Mons. Raul Vera Lopez, bishop of Saltillo in the northern Mexican state of Coahuila, baptized a 16-month-old who is being raised by her natural mother and her lesbian partner this past week. This was the second such baptism to take place in Latin America recently, after a similar event took place last month in the Archdiocese of Cordoba, Argentina. Bishop Vera Lopez has stirred controversy about his views on homosexuality in the past. Two years ago he was investigated by Vatican officials because he had affiliated his diocese with a group that openly...

    05/23/2014 12:07:18 PM PDT · by discipler · 73 replies
    The Imperative to be Baptized shows its Necessity “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit," Mt 28:19 [baptize the verb means be buried, immersed; verb does not mean sprinkle water; the person is baptized, not the water] "For you are saved by grace through faith" Eph 2:8,9 [works are important, even necessary, but only by faith in God is one saved] "‘Now why do you delay? Get up and be baptized, and wash away your sins, calling on His name.’" Acts 22:16 [Therefore...
  • Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    05/13/2014 9:35:11 AM PDT · by marthemaria · 220 replies
    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit. In other words: if God prompts some Martians to come to Earth, find the Pope, and say "we want in on this Catholicism thing."...
  • Palin on the wane: She's even ticking off Christians (The Left worried about Christianity?)

    05/02/2014 11:02:30 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    It's generally a waste of space to reference Sarah Palin, which is why she so rarely appears here. She long ago devolved into a cartoon, and her clout (such as it was) continues to wane. She's like the incoherently choleric aunt you see once a year at Thanksgiving. She's like the real-life version of Kristin Wiig's brain-addled Aunt Linda. But... (You knew there'd be a But.) But every great once in a while, John McCain's Hail Mary gift to America says something so scintillating that we'd be remiss to ignore it. Her remark earlier this week about the religious virtues...
  • What Made Texas Gov. Rick Perry Get Baptized Again?

    04/30/2014 7:15:17 PM PDT · by wonkowasright · 47 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 4/30/2014 | Jennifer Leclaire
    Do you remember the Christian prayer rally that filled Houston’s Reliant Stadium? "The Response" made cross-denominational waves, uniting people in prayer in a massive way. So why would its organizer, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, need to be baptized? The Associated Press reports that Perry was baptized last month in Little Rocky Creek near the small town of Independence. It was the same little creek where Texas icon Sam Houston was baptized. But again, why?
  • ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

    04/21/2014 3:56:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 21, 2013 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader
QUAERITUR: I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. I have talked to several people and they find that odd. My husband (who is Methodist) is going to be the godfather is weary about it finds it extremely odd as well. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you. I’m not sure who the “lady at the church” is – and sometimes these nameless and titleless people can...
  • For All the Newly Baptized

    04/20/2014 4:28:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    NC Register ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | MARK SHEA
    The Convert G.K. Chesterton After one moment when I bowed my head And the whole world turned over and came upright, And I came out where the old road shone white. I walked the ways and heard what all men said, Forests of tongues, like autumn leaves unshed, Being not unlovable but strange and light; Old riddles and new creeds, not in despite But softly, as men smile about the dead. The sages have a hundred maps to give That trace their crawling cosmos like a tree, They rattle reason out through many a sieve That stores the sand and...
  • A Comment on Argentina’s Uncharitable Baptism

    04/09/2014 5:53:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies ^ | April 8, 2014 | David L. Gray
    There was a well-reported Baptism of an Argentinian child, Umma Azul, that took place last Saturday, April 5, 2014. Umma’s mother, Soledad Ortiz happens to be ‘married’ to a woman named Carina Villarroel. Having never received the Sacrament of Confirmation, these women are not in full communion with the Catholic Church. The chosen Godmother of Umma is Argentina’s President Cristina Fernandez, who signed Argentina’s homosexual-marriage legislation into law in 2010. Fernandez is also a strong proponent of birth control and surgical abortion. She considers herself to be a Roman Catholic. Despite serious concerns raised in the weeks that preceded the...
  • California man swept out to sea during Sunday baptism

    03/31/2014 9:59:29 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 40 replies
    nydailynews ^ | March 31, 2014 | Joe Kemp
    The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away. A California man was feared dead after he was swept out to sea during a beach baptism on Sunday, officials said. Benito Flores, 43, was helping his cousin — Pastor Maurigro Cervantes — perform the religious ceremony on a man at Guadalupe beach when a hellacious wave toppled the trio, KCOY-TV reported. “A big wave came and took Benito,” Cervantes, of Jesus Christ Light of the Sky, told the news station. “I tried to take him out. He was heavy and then another big wave came.” The current pulled Flores away from...
  • Walk in the Light – A Homily for the 4th Sunday of Lent

    03/30/2014 1:35:08 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 3/29/2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus, the Light of the World, brings light to a man born blind. If you are prepared to accept it, you are the man born blind, for all of us were born blind and in darkness. It was our baptism alone, and the faith it gave, which has rendered us able to see, and, by stages, to come more fully into the light. The man in today’s Gospel shows forth the stages of the Christian walk, out of darkness, and into the beautiful light of Christ. Let’s take a moment and observe these stages evident in this...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PATRINI, 03-07-14

    03/07/2014 8:31:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 03-07-14 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random:PATRINI Sponsors at baptism. So called from the Medieval Latin term, which means those taking the place of parents. They undertake the office of spiritual patents toward those whom they bring to the baptismal font. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Megachurch pastor Steven Furtick’s ‘spontaneous baptisms’ not so spontaneous

    02/25/2014 6:06:56 PM PST · by Gamecock · 63 replies
    Religion News ^ | Feb 24, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    (RNS) A Southern Bapitst megachurch pastor in North Carolina, already under fire for buying a $1.6 million house, is in the spotlight again for “spontaneous baptisms” that turn out to be not nearly so spontaneous. Steven Furtick, 34, routinely draws about 14,000 worshippers to several campuses of Elevation Church in and around Charlotte. The church, launched in 2006, have been listed by Outreach magazine as one of the top 100 fastest-growing churches in the country. Part of that growth has been attributed to Elevation’s flashy baptism ceremonies, particularly as the Southern Baptist Convention grows increasingly concerned about declining baptism rates...
  • Elevation Church 'Emotionally Manipulating' Thousands Into 'Spontaneous' Baptisms, Say Critics

    02/20/2014 5:24:30 PM PST · by Gamecock · 75 replies ^ | February 20, 2014 | Leonardo Blair
    A baptism manual produced by Pastor Steven Furtick's popular Elevation Church in North Carolina, which teaches people how to produce "spontaneous" baptisms among the repentant, is being criticized as "emotional manipulation." The manual, Spontaneous Baptism How-To Guide, was produced by Elevation Church in 2011 and received its first critique in November from James Duncan, a Christian blogger and associate professor of communication at Anderson University who lives in South Carolina. "As a church we pray Sun Stand Still prayers all the time. We are constantly asking God to do something that seems impossible and then believing that He is going...
  • Catholic, Are You Born Again?

    02/07/2014 4:44:09 AM PST · by GonzoII · 123 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | February 5, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Catholic, Are You Born Again? Have you been born again, my friend?” Thousands of Catholics have been asked this question by well-meaning Fundamentalists or Evangelicals. Of course, by “born again” the Protestant usually means: “Have you accepted Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior through the recitation of ‘the sinner’s prayer?’” How is a Catholic to respond?The simple Catholic response is: “Yes, I have been born again—when I was baptized.” In fact, Jesus’ famous “born again” discourse of John 3:3-5, which is where we find the words “born again” (or “born anew”) in Scripture, teaches us about the essential nature...
  • Philips Sonicare Essence hx5300 Brush Heads (NC)

    01/31/2014 10:26:58 AM PST · by aimhigh · 57 replies
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 01/31/2014 | JOE MARUSAK
    A North Carolina high school football coach has been ordered to stop baptizing players and leading them in prayer. A national organization that says it promotes the constitutional separation of church and state contacted the Mooresville Graded School District last fall to request that coach Hal Capps stop the practices. . . . Edwards said the baptism in the Twitter photo happened at the Charles Mack Citizen Center in downtown Mooresville and wasn't a team baptism. A church that some of the players belong to held the baptism, Edwards said, and those players invited Capps to be there with them.
  • My wife and I are atheists, but our daughter wants to be baptised Catholic

    01/17/2014 4:45:21 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 14 January 2014 | James Harrington
    I'm most likely an atheist, leaning to the agnostic side of the spectrum. I know I'm a sceptic, in the true sense of the word. Or shallow. One of the two. [snip] About five years ago, work took me, my fellow-journalist wife and our then three-year-old child from eastern England to southwest France. We enrolled our little girl at a local Catholic school, selected purely on the recommendation of a colleague for the quality of its education. [snip} Being a Catholic school, an hour is set aside each week for catechism. A friend takes the class. She has often told...
  • Pope Francis: "No One Is Saved on Their Own"

    01/15/2014 9:13:18 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 134 replies ^ | January 15, 2014
    Beginning his address, the Holy Father reiterated his imagery of Baptism as an unbroken chain in the transmission of faith. Each baptized Christian, he said, is a link in that chain. “Such is the grace of God and so is our faith, that we should transmit to our children, because they, as adults, can transmit it to their children,” the Pope said. “Baptism makes us enter into this People of God that transmits the faith. This is very important. A People of God that walks and transmits faith.” Continuing his catechesis on the Sacrament of Baptism, Pope Francis reminded the...
  • Canon Law and Non-Infant Baptism

    01/09/2014 11:27:51 AM PST · by Weiss White · 40 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | January 9, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: My neighbors are Catholics who didn’t practice the faith for years, but now they are returning to the Church. Their children were never baptized, so they went to the parish priest to arrange for their baptism. But he refused, because he said the children are too old! He claims the children are mature enough to decide for themselves if they want to be Catholic or not…. The whole thing sounds bizarre. The parents truly want to raise their children as Catholics. Is it possible the priest doubts their sincerity? What can they do? –Rachel A: It’s impossible to be...