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  • Report: Top Vatican prosecutor failed to report abuser

    11/23/2014 9:37:21 PM PST · 13 of 17
    Alex Murphy to Arthur McGowan
    "As the second-highest official with the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s, the Rev. Robert J. Geisinger, SJ, was privy to documents chronicling the abuse of Rev. Donald J. McGuire, SJ, whom the Globe describes as “a globe-trotting priest with many influential supporters, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta.” A review of Church records by the Globe’s Michael Rezendes shows that Geisinger had knowledge of McGuire’s abuse as early as 1995, and was still making internal recommendations as late as 2002."

    Fr. John Hardon SJ was told by a close friend of mine about McGuire’s abuse, and did nothing. Up to a certain time in history, it seems never to have dawned on ANYBODY simply to call the police. One reads of hundreds of outraged, distraught parents, who complained again and again to chancellors and bishops—but never once picked up the phone to call the police themselves.


  • Rick Warren, Russell Moore Tell Pope 'Church Must Not Cave In' on Gay Marriage at Conference

    11/22/2014 9:13:08 AM PST · 23 of 27
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    Rick Warren, Russell Moore Tell Pope 'Church Must Not Cave In' on Gay Marriage at Conference


  • Have an HDTV? Use this neat trick to unlock better picture quality

    11/21/2014 5:07:53 PM PST · 6 of 70
    Alex Murphy to nascarnation

    I have a disc that I acquired from Best Buy years ago. It was produced by Monster Cable, and displayed a series of high contrast pictures with narration, that you follow along and adjust your color settings to, to produce recommended results. I would imagine this resource will contain something similar.

  • The Most Important Passage in the Whole of Scripture

    11/21/2014 1:59:58 PM PST · 4 of 109
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    ....“For by works of the Law no human being will be justified in his sight” (Rom 3:20). You can almost hear the gavel fall with a boom. Thankfully, Paul does not end his letter here....“But now” tells us that something has been done to solve the problem of our sins. What is it that solves the problem of our sins? “A righteousness of (from) God has been manifested apart from the law…through faith in Jesus Christ” (3:21-22). Luther referred to these verses as “the center of the whole Bible.” Martin Lloyd Jones called it “the most important and crucial passage in the whole of Scripture.” Leon Morris said it is “possibly the most important single paragraph ever written.” This passage is the basis for the great Reformation doctrine of sola fide–the idea that we are saved by faith alone and not by the works of the law.


  • Planned Parenthood Letter: Abortion Won’t Threaten Your Relationship With God

    11/21/2014 1:21:07 PM PST · 16 of 27
    Alex Murphy to Morgana
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:48:26 PM PST · 7 of 30
    Alex Murphy to 2ndDivisionVet
    Centuries of bloodshed over God finally persuaded Europeans to extricate religion from political life....

    And what did they get? "Peace for our time." It worked out pretty well for Europe and Neville Chamberlain, wouldn't you say?

  • Mexico to charge Americans Entry Fee

    11/21/2014 12:20:07 PM PST · 13 of 35
    Alex Murphy to WellyP
    The National Immigration Institute in Mexico has begun a program where foreigners that enter Mexico for more than seven days or are there work will have to pay 306 pesos which is approximately $28.

    How much does Mexico pay people to leave?

  • Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life

    11/21/2014 12:06:18 PM PST · 4 of 14
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock; metmom
    "When so many times in my life as a priest I have heard objections: “But tell me, why the Church is opposed to abortion, for example? Is it a religious problem?” No, no. It is not a religious problem. “Is it a philosophical problem?” No, it is not a philosophical problem. It’s a scientific problem, because there is a human life there, and it is not lawful to take out a human life to solve a problem.

    So he thinks it's only a scientific/legal problem? I'm sorry Francis, but it is a religious problem.

  • Latest Cosby Accuser: Lou Ferrigno's Wife

    11/21/2014 11:51:18 AM PST · 88 of 129
    Alex Murphy to Tenacious 1
    And I suppose we are supposed to believe Lou (AKA The Incredible Hulk) never heard anything going on?

    LOL you do know that Ferrigno has been mostly deaf since childhood, don't you?

  • Evangelicals Favorite Heresies

    11/21/2014 9:48:30 AM PST · 17 of 92
    Alex Murphy to wita; Maudeen
    Have to wonder what the rest of the article has to say. The two links do not take me to the article itself but to a home page not containing said article, and no search bar to find it.

    Had to do a search outside to hope to find it. The first hit was to your article on FR.

    Dead link / not on the home page? Makes me wonder what keywords were employed in a search engine, that led the OP straight to it.

  • Immigration and the Word of God. [vanity]

    11/21/2014 9:22:46 AM PST · 22 of 27
    Alex Murphy to huldah1776; SoConPubbie
    Were the aliens in the Old Testament those who converted to Judaism? That would answer the question. I know the Jews were not to associate with pagans, so that must be the answer.

    Let me add some perspective to soconpubbie's post:

    ....if a stranger dwells with you in your land, you shall not mistreat him.
    The stranger who dwells among you shall be to you as one born among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.
    -- Leviticus 19: 33-34
    The "do not mistreat him" verse instructs the behavior of the (existing) residents of the land, but the Mosaic Law itself equally applied to anyone and everyone that occupied land within Israel's borders. So once the theoretical immigrant/stranger "dwells with you in your land" i.e. sets foot inside Israel's borders (legally or illegally), the Israelites and other residents were not to mistreat him - and the stranger was now voluntarily submitting himself to live according to the Mosaic Laws (including any that might govern citizenship and government handouts) by virtue of occupancy, just as the Israelites and other residents were subject to them. Further, this immigrant was now expected to learn and know all of those laws for himself:
    ...when all Israel comes to appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, you shall read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
    Gather the people together, men and women and little ones, and the stranger who is within your gates, that they may hear and that they may learn to fear the LORD your God and carefully observe all the words of this law,
    and that their children, who have not known it, may hear and learn to fear the LORD your God as long as you live in the land which you cross the Jordan to possess.”
    -- Deuteronomy 31:11-13
    From an Old Testament point of view, moral assimilation was expected to follow physical immigration. Thus, the question of how citizens should treat immigrants can only be answered once we determine what to do when confronted with a lawbreaking stranger within the gates.

    Alex, I use the NASV because I thought it was the closest to the original texts but read a dissertation against that claim just this morning.

    NASV = New American Standard Version? That was my go-to translation until about ten years ago, and I'm still a big proponent of it. I'm using the NKJV and the ESB these days.

  • Immigration and the Word of God. [vanity]

    11/21/2014 8:40:53 AM PST · 8 of 27
    Alex Murphy to SoConPubbie
    Those who were aliens in Israel were commanded to obey the LAWS of Israel. By definition, an Illegal Alien has not obeyed the LAWS of the United States. They broke the law coming here illegally, and they break the law whenever they use EBT cards, and get Social Services of any kind, or get or use fake IDs. End of Debate, End of Discussion....

    Well stated!

  • Immigration and the Word of God. [vanity]

    11/21/2014 8:39:55 AM PST · 6 of 27
    Alex Murphy to huldah1776
    Question. I am doing a study on the return of the Messiah and His government. So far it's pretty exciting, but I am noticing a pattern His government is based on truth, justice, and righteousness. One of His major pet peeves is oppression of the alien....every time I read that we are not to oppress the alien, I get that twinge. Is it false guilt? Someone familiar with historical Jewish law around?

    I'd change Bible translations if I were you.

  • EXCLUSIVE: Another actress accuses Bill Cosby of sexual assault in Las Vegas hotel [#8 and counting]

    11/21/2014 8:15:26 AM PST · 5 of 38
    Alex Murphy to Red Badger
    The naked Cosby was lying in wait before the 1992 ambush of model-actress Angela Leslie, a beauty who says she was targeted after sending the comedian a letter and photograph. “The main thing I want is for people to know him for who he really is,” Leslie told the Daily News on Thursday. “He’s not this dad of America”....common threads emerged in the growing number of retellings: Cosby’s victims were all younger than he was, and six claimed the funnyman drugged them.


  • Who Do You Say That I Am.....not every Jesus is the real Jesus.

    11/21/2014 7:51:00 AM PST · 22 of 29
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    words and music by Steve Scott
    from his 1980 album Love In The Western World

    He weren't no Universal Principle
    He weren't no Universal Mind
    He weren't no new romantic
    Snowing us, that love is blind
    He never told us that He was invincible
    He never sold us on His x-ray eyes
    He didn't come on like an extraterrestrial
    hanging out in human disguise

    Flesh and Blood
    He wasn't no phantom
    Flesh and Blood
    He weren't no ghost

    He never came on like a 3-D hologram
    He got up hungry and He went down tired
    He got the anger
    He felt the sorrow
    He weren't a mannequin that moved on wires
    He never blinded us with party tricks
    strung us out on some astral fix
    He weren't no voodoo child
    or Gentle Jesus Meek and Mild

    Flesh and Blood
    He wasn't no phantom
    Flesh and Blood
    He weren't no ghost
    Flesh and Blood
    Flesh and Blood

  • Liberal “Christianity” Reveals Its Soul and Bares Its Fangs

    11/21/2014 7:35:02 AM PST · 15 of 15
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    The National Cathedral Dean, Rev. Gary Hall, characterized the biblical views of God and Jesus as “extremist Christianity.” He felt so at home with the traditions of his Moslems guests that he announced ahead of time: “we will not to try to convert one another,” openly admitting: “I have much more in common with progressive Jews, Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists than I do with certain people in my own tradition, with fundamentalist Christians.” This astonishing admission reveals how paganism has taken over the heart of the nation’s shrine, dressed up as “Christian” tolerance,” but quite willing to vilify and sideline biblical Christianity as the real enemy....

    ....The future struggle for religious truth will involve not only the historic confrontation between Gospel truth and the pagan lie but will increasingly divide Christendom, pitting “Christians” who have abandoned the Gospel and have joined with God-denying paganism, against Christians who defend biblical truth. When B. B. Warfield was asked ‘What is Christianity?’ he replied, “unembarrassed supernaturalism.” In our current confusing situation, we Christians must renew our commitment to a clear, courageous and unembarrassed statement of the Truth, “standing” in the power of the Lord, “having fastened on the belt of truth” (Eph. 6:14), doing nothing against the truth, but only for the truth (2 Cor 13:8). How are you being called to stand today?

    Good article.

  • Archdiocese reports roughly $9 million deficit; considering bankruptcy

    11/21/2014 7:23:26 AM PST · 26 of 37
    Alex Murphy to defconw
    True that. The Diocese is broke, because people like myself...don't give money to them either. I was in the Diocese of Winona. There were far to many lefties there. My envelope went into the plate, empty. I did not support the Bishops Appeal. There are plenty of Catholic organizations who are worthy of my money, they got it instead. I never had to say a word. They get it.

    Did the diocese get any of your money, or did it all go to these other "Catholic organizations"? Could it be that the same "empty envelope" behaviors took hold with the parishioners in the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, leading them into near-bankruptcy today?

    Would you say that any Catholic dioceses deserve bankruptcy?

  • German Church Historian Fears “Antipope” Benedict

    11/21/2014 6:48:21 AM PST · 8 of 13
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    I'm just here for the Michael Jackson eating popcorn meme

    Seinfeld popcorn shake

  • Archdiocese reports roughly $9 million deficit; considering bankruptcy

    11/21/2014 5:46:22 AM PST · 6 of 37
    Alex Murphy to defconw
    Bad Bishops? Like that’s something new. Thanks for posting this, because there are not nearly enough anti-Catholic articles on Free Republic.

    How is reporting on the archidiocese's lack of fiscal health considered to be "anti-Catholic"?

  • Archdiocese reports roughly $9 million deficit; considering bankruptcy

    11/21/2014 5:29:15 AM PST · 3 of 37
    Alex Murphy to TurboZamboni
    The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis reported a $9.1 million operating deficit for fiscal year 2014 and reiterated Thursday that it's considering filing for bankruptcy because of the potential for more lawsuits by victims of clergy sexual abuse. The archdiocese released its financial information in its newspaper, the Catholic Spirit, more than a week after it said it was cutting its central office budget by 20 percent, including 11 jobs. Archbishop John Nienstedt called the situation "disheartening" but wrote that the chancery's finances won't directly affect parishes, schools or other Catholic institutions. "I am determined to see that the ministries and essential services provided by the Chancery Corporation will continue," he wrote.
    [Faithful Departed author Philip] Lawler points out that while less than five percent of American priests have been accused of sexual abuse, some two-thirds of our bishops were apparently complicit in cover-ups. The real scandal isn't the sick excesses of a few dozen pedophiles, or even the hundreds of priests who had affairs with teenage boys -- the bulk of abuse cases. No, according to Lawler, it is the malfeasance of wealthy, powerful, and evidently worldly men who fill the thrones -- but not the shoes -- of the apostles. In case after case, we read in their correspondence, in the records of their soulless, bureaucratic responses to victims of psychic torture and spiritual betrayal, these bishops' prime concern was to save the infrastructure, the bricks and mortar and mortgages. Ironically, their lack of a supernatural concern for souls is precisely what cost them so much money in the end.
    -- excerpted from the "Inside Catholic" blog article and 'Catholic Caucus' thread Kneeling Before the World

    ....“The thesis of this book,” writes Lawler, “is that the sex abuse scandal in American Catholicism was not only aggravated but actually caused by the willingness of church leaders to sacrifice the essential for the inessential; to build up the human institution even to the detriment of the divine mandate.” Bishops again and again responded to the crisis as institutional managers, employing public relations stratagems to evade, deceive, and distract attention from their own responsibility. Lawler several times invokes the terse observation of St. Augustine, “God does not need my lie.” The bishops lied, says Lawler, and many of them are still lying. This is offered not as an accusation but as a conclusion that he believes is compelled by the evidence.

    “The first aspect of the scandal, the sexual abuse of children, has been acknowledged and addressed,” Lawler writes. “The second aspect, the rampant homosexuality among Catholic priests, has been acknowledged but not addressed, and later even denied....The third aspect of the scandal has never even been acknowledged by American church leaders.” The third aspect, the malfeasance of bishops, “is today the most serious of all.
    -- excerpted from the "First Things" blog article "Paved with the Skulls of Bishops" by Richard John Neuhaus

  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 5:56:05 PM PST · 19 of 53
    Alex Murphy to livius
    ....there is a difference between the political definition of conservative - which actually seems to have less and less meaning - and the religious definition, which relates to the truths of the faith.

    Considering that you're registered on, and posting on a political website, you might want to use the in-context, prevailing definitions that this site uses. Imagine the reaction I'd get if I started posting on Catholic Answers, and insisted on using the term "apostolic" to describe the political belief espoused by Lex, Rex.

  • Indonesian capital gets a Christian governor

    11/20/2014 4:58:06 PM PST · 10 of 13
    Alex Murphy to rjbemsha
    The first Christian governor of Indonesia's capital in 50 years was sworn in Wednesday despite loud protests from Islamic hard-liners who insisted Jakarta's top political job should go to a Muslim. Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, a Protestant who is also the first ethnic Chinese to become an Indonesian governor, gained a reputation as deputy governor of being outspoken and combating corruption and cutting red tape. He is better known by Chinese nickname "Ahok." Indonesia is the world's most populous Muslim nation, and 87 percent of its 250 million people are Muslim. Christians make up about 10 percent.


  • 'The View's' Rosie O'Donnell vs. All of Her Co-Hosts Over Bill Cosby Rape Allegations (Video)

    11/20/2014 4:51:05 PM PST · 29 of 66
    Alex Murphy to knarf
    Cosby is being destroyed because he dares to publicly state black kids, and males especially, are lazy and stupid and they have no daddy. He challenges them to grow up and be an intelligent man with a job and actually MARRY his girlfriend.

    Cosby has always been challenged regarding cheating on his wife. Married since 1964, he had an affair in the 70s, and denied having fathered an illegitimate daughter. When this came out in the press, he blamed his behavior as being influenced by the Playboy culture of that decade. But we learn now that his sexual appetite didn't end in the 70s.

    Instead of drugging himself into completing the marital challenge, he drugged other women into breaking it. I think his continued sexual behavior, which we learn was pursued during his 80s "Bill Cosby: Himself" rebranding and all the way into his advanced years, creates the sensationalism that makes "America's Dad" today's news. It was that 80s scrubbed-clean rebranding that is being questioned and placed in sharp contrast to his real character.

    IMO Cosby is getting no worse than "Father Knows Best" star Robert Young would have received, had Young been accused of this.

    "No, I won't! I won't drink your nasty herbal tea!"

  • Billy Graham is Not Gay.

    11/20/2014 4:23:43 PM PST · 19 of 41
    Alex Murphy to Steelfish; NKP_Vet


  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 4:07:44 PM PST · 17 of 53
    Alex Murphy to livius
    Alex, we’re talking about the Church here. I have no idea what their opinions on other things are...

    livius, we're posting to each other on Free Republic here. I'd like to believe that you have an idea what "conservative" means, in the context of this website, and more importantly that you have ideas on advancing political conservatism in this country.

    and for the purposes of this post, I don’t care.

    In regards to not having an idea what their opinions on "other things" are, some of us already know about their politically liberal stances, and we oppose them. I guess that makes us anti-Catholics, right?

  • Doomsday pope warns man's greed will destroy world

    11/20/2014 3:32:40 PM PST · 33 of 64
    Alex Murphy to SkyPilot
    Pope Francis warned Thursday that planet earth would not forgive the abuse of its resources for profit, urging the world's leaders to rein in their greed and help the hungry -- or risk a doomsday scenario in which nature would exact revenge. "God always forgives, but the earth does not," the Argentine pope told the Second International Conference on Nutrition (CIN2) in Rome, a three-day meeting aimed at tackling malnutrition, a global scourge which afflicts poor and rich alike. "Take care of the earth so it does not respond with destruction," he warned representatives from 190 countries gathered for the conference organised by the UN food agency (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) in the Italian capital.


  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 3:24:00 PM PST · 12 of 53
    Alex Murphy to Kennard
    Do you consider George, Glendon, Card and Chaput to be ‘conservative’, as in advocating adherence to Church doctrine?

    Do you consider George, Glendon, Card and Chaput to be ‘conservative’, in the Free Republic / political sense of the term, i.e. do they advocate for a constitutionally limited government, against amnesty for illegals, against government-run healthcare, for the rollback of Federal welfare programs, for strengthening US borders, for maintaining a strong civil and personal defense, and promoting personal responsibility and self-government?

  • Billy Gilman Reveals He's Gay

    11/20/2014 3:02:16 PM PST · 50 of 124
    Alex Murphy to ifinnegan
    Don’t know whom Billy Gilman is.

    Hence the motivation behind the announcement - free publicity for a previously unknown singer.

  • Conservatives defend Pope Francis (Robert George, Mary Ann Glendon, Card. Chaput)

    11/20/2014 3:00:24 PM PST · 6 of 53
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock; metmom; daniel1212; BlueDragon; ansel12
    Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, usually recognized as a strong conservative leader who also attended the Rome conference, told Crux that the problem isn’t the pope, but those interpreting him.

    In before the pope is mistranslated again PING

    Often at odds with the Obama administration over religious liberty, abortion, and gay marriage, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has come out on the president’s side this month, pleased with his decision to act unilaterally on immigration, a move they’ve been encouraging for some time.
    -- from the thread Catholic Bishops Encourage Obama’s Executive Action

    ....on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general....the Pew Center finds that an overwhelming number of US Catholics aged 18 to 29 accept homosexuality (85 percent) and support same-sex marriage (75 percent). More worryingly for conservative Catholics, when the question is asked of weekly massgoers, who are by definition more likely to be involved in the faith and in their parish, the number of overall pro-SSM Catholics is an astonishing 45 percent. Only 44 percent of weekly massgoers support the Church’s teaching, which is to oppose same-sex marriage. The last 11 percent presumably don’t know how they feel. Given the strong cultural currents moving toward full acceptance of gay marriage, there is no reason to believe that when they do make their minds up, that all, or even most, of those undecided Catholics will break for the Church’s position. In fact, given that Pew’s analysis doesn’t break out the weekly massgoers by age group, it is likely that the opposition to SSM is heavily weighted toward the seniors, a group that is literally dying out....

    ....In general, the higher a share of a country’s residents are Catholic, the higher percentage of residents express tolerance toward divorce and towards gays. The effect isn’t huge, but it’s consistent.
    -- from the thread Catholics, the Real Liberals

  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/20/2014 2:53:17 PM PST · 42 of 67
    Alex Murphy to Steelfish
    The Church doesn’t make saints. It confirms through proof of two miracles established by an international panel of experts and neutral scientists that a person who was praying to a particular individual was cured completely, of what the doctors called an incurable disease, and the cure must be complete and permanent. This is earthly confirmation that the person is in Heaven. It takes one miracle to achieve the status of “Blessed.” So far even Bishop Fulton J. Sheen has not attained the “Blessed” status. So good luck on Billy Graham.

    No argument from me, re the Catholic understanding of what a saint is. If you don't mind, I'm going to expand on those steps you posted to put some order to them:

    • Unrecognized saint dies
    • Unrecognized saint passes through Purgatory
    • Unrecognized saint makes it to Heaven
    • Living person prays to (unrecognized) non-saint for miracle re incurable disease
    • Unrecognized saint in Heaven, hears prayer
    • Unrecognized saint In Heaven, passes prayer on to God
    • God grants miracle re incurable disease
    • Living person experiences miraculous cure
    • Living person cites prayer to (unrecognized) non-saint
    • International Panel of Experts investigates living person's miraculous cure
    • International Panel of Experts declares living person's miraculous cure "complete" and "permanent"
    • International Panel of Experts attributes miraculous cure to (unrecognized) non-saint
    • International Panel of Experts declares that (unrecognized) non-saint is in Heaven, has answered prayer
    • Unrecognized saint formally granted title of "Blessed"

      If entire process successfully repeats:

    • Unrecognized saint formally granted title of "Saint"
    • Billy Graham probably won't go to Heaven, likely will not hear prayers or pass them on to God from where he's going
  • Sessions: Obama Now ‘Emperor of the United States’

    11/20/2014 11:10:33 AM PST · 33 of 34
    Alex Murphy to INVAR
    Senator Jeff Sessions calls Barack Obama an "Emperor of the United States" now that the president is going ahead with executive amnesty. "President Obama previously said he could not issue an executive amnesty because ‘I’m the President of the United States, I’m not the emperor of the United States. My job is to execute laws that are passed.’ Well, apparently we now have an ‘Emperor of the United States,’" Sessions writes in a statement.


  • Churches Won’t Be Charged “Rain Tax” if they Preach Against Global Warming

    11/20/2014 8:48:40 AM PST · 6 of 42
    Alex Murphy to SeekAndFind
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley made national news last year when he fought to pass and signed a tax bill that levied a tax on Marylanders, businesses and churches for the amount of “impervious surface” they have on their property. Though the O’Malley administration calls it a “fee,” it is commonly called the “rain tax” throughout the state. It is wildly unpopular and the promise to fight to repeal the tax was a large factor in Maryland electing Republican Larry Hogan governor this month. Now Prince George’s County is offering a way for churches to avoid paying the tax, which is estimated to be an average of $744 per year for them — preach “green” to their parishioners. So far 30 pastors have agreed to begin “‘green’ ministries to maintain the improvements at their churches, and to preach environmentally focused sermons to educate their congregations” to avoid being hit with the tax, The Washington Post reports.

    IMO they should lose their 501(c)3 status for doing so.

  • Throw Back Thursday: Reactions to the “60 Minutes” Joel Osteen Piece

    11/20/2014 6:48:31 AM PST · 8 of 39
    Alex Murphy to Gamecock
    The story no one seems to want to tell: Osteen never used the principles that are in his books in order to succeed. He dropped out of college after one year at ORU. (Too academic?) He was a media guy at his dad’s church. He was brought into the pulpit by his dad’s sudden death, and he was clueless. Parroted his dad’s methods for a couple of years, then found Norman Vincent Peale’s positive thinking and abandoned the Gospel for “life coaching.” In other words, he stumbled into daddy’s pulpit and found what drew the crowds. A guy with a message of personal improvement like Tony Robbins? Hardly.


    Want to know why thousands of us are looking toward Rome? How bad can Marian dogmas and purgatory be in comparison to a movement that has tens of millions of people hailing Osteen as the great Christian proclaimer of our age? From Graham to Osteen. God help us. You cannot help but feel dirty.

    Too true. Double ouch.

  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/20/2014 6:44:45 AM PST · 35 of 67
    Alex Murphy to Steelfish
    Can’t wait for the two miracles.

    Someone's going to have to start praying to Billy Graham first. There was a thread last month(?) wherein the author speculated on whether questionable-Catholic so-and-so was in Heaven. The author concluded with him stating that he would start praying to this deceased individual, to see if any miracles might happen. Maybe you could do likewise in Graham's case.

  • Utah revives plan for executions by firing squad

    11/19/2014 8:56:19 PM PST · 35 of 48
    Alex Murphy to TurboZamboni
    The proposal from Republican Rep. Paul Ray of Clearfield would call for a firing squad if the state cannot obtain the lethal injection drugs 30 days before the scheduled execution. Utah dropped firing squads out of concern about the media attention, but Ray said it's the most humane way to execute someone because the inmate dies instantly.

    Some of that unwanted "media attention" was specifically on the Mormon historical belief in "blood atonement" and it's connection to firing squads being offered as a method of execution in the mostly-Mormon state.

    Related threads:
    Old and bloody tradition revived as Utah prepares firing squad
    Firing squad in Utah may finally die - Utah studying changes in execution methods
    Utah May End Executions by Firing Squad (Drats!)
    Brigham Young on the Insufficiency of the Blood of Christ
    Defense enters motion to suppress confession in murder trial [Defense excludes Mormons from jury]
    'Blood atonement' issue delayed in Ogden murder trial
    Mormon church statement on blood atonement

  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 4:30:48 PM PST · 31 of 88
    Alex Murphy to miss marmelstein; Gamecock; metmom; Resettozero
    With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent....Today the proportion of Catholics is 23 points lower, at 69 percent of the population. The negative record belongs to Honduras, where Catholics have dropped to under half, from 94 to 46 percent. To get an idea of how sharp the decline has been, it should be enough to think that it has taken place entirely within the time span of the episcopal ministry of Cardinal Óscar Andrés Rodríguez Maradiaga, archbishop of Tegucigalpa and coordinator of the eight cardinals called by Pope Francis to assist him in the governance of the universal Church.

    The collapse in the number of Catholics has been accompanied everywhere by the exuberant growth of "evangelical" and Pentecostal Christians, of Protestant descent. This was known too, but the Pew Research Center has highlighted that those who are passing from one membership to another are not usually the most lukewarm in their faith, but the most fervent. The converts to the "evangelical" communities turn out, in fact, to be much more dynamic in propagating the Christian faith. And there is also a difference in helping the poor. While the Catholics assist them and that's it, the "evangelicals" are not only more active in works of charity, but also do not miss the opportunity to preach the Christian faith to the poor.

    Ping to some interesting statistics, in light of an earlier conversation.

  • High Fivin' the Pope (James Robison: We have much in common )

    11/19/2014 4:25:51 PM PST · 21 of 67
    Alex Murphy to Publius; Steelfish; NKP_Vet
    This isn’t the first time a prominent Catholic had good words for a Protestant counterpart. Half a century ago, Bishop Fulton Sheen said that when Billy Graham died, the Catholic Church should declare him a saint. This was praise from one great evangelist to another.

    I can think of a number of Catholics who would disagree with Sheen about Graham's character.

  • Citigroup banker found dead with throat slit in swanky apartment (New York)

    11/19/2014 3:21:32 PM PST · 19 of 89
    Alex Murphy to workerbee
    Who uses the word “swanky” these days?

    Full of swank.

  • Citigroup banker found dead with throat slit in swanky apartment (New York)

    11/19/2014 3:11:18 PM PST · 8 of 89
    Alex Murphy to dynachrome
    "no knife recovered at the scene, leading officials to suspect the death was not a suicide"

    Soylent Greeen
    Gilbert: They told me to say that they were sorry...but that you had become unreliable.
    William Simonson: That's true.
    Gilbert: They can't risk a catastrophe. They say.
    William Simonson: They're right.
    Gilbert: Then...this is right?
    William Simonson: No - not right. Necessary.
    Gilbert: To who?
    William Simonson: To God.

  • Jon Stewart Rips Nancy Pelosi For Her Treatment of Rep. Tammy Duckworth

    11/19/2014 3:04:27 PM PST · 13 of 23
    Alex Murphy to Kaslin
    Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) came under fire for refusing to permit Rep. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) to vote by proxy in the Democratic caucus. Duckworth, a double-amputee veteran of the Iraq War, is eight months pregnant and was unable to travel to Washington for the vote due to her pregnancy. Pelosi refused to allow Duckworth to vote by proxy, saying that the exception may spark a "slippery slope."

    Did they ask her to stand up and be counted?

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 3:00:36 PM PST · 73 of 172
    Alex Murphy to NorthMountain; CynicalBear; metmom; Resettozero
    [In response to Cynical Bear's post #71, but addressed to "all"]
    ROFL!!!! When you tell the mohammedans that they're violent, they get mad and threaten to riot. Jus' sayin'. Bye, y'all.

    LOL! Because a Catholic alluding that Protestants are like violent mohammedans could never be considered an example of interdenominational squabbling, backbiting, or gotcha-games. And it certainly isn't repugnant!

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 2:39:44 PM PST · 70 of 172
    Alex Murphy to NorthMountain
    It’s coming from all y’all; I don’t see any innocent parties.

    A) Do you number yourself among the "y'all"?
    B) We recently heard from one camp that "y'all" is bad wording. Can we re-word the accusation to say "It's coming from youse guys"?

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 2:35:32 PM PST · 68 of 172
    Alex Murphy to NorthMountain
    I’ve read stuff in the archives, Alex. The internet is forever.

    Prior to this one, I myself have produced 22,645 posts, or about 1,800 posts per year. I can imagine most FReepers produce similar volumes. What percentage have you read that allows you to generate an informed opinion?

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 2:21:43 PM PST · 62 of 172
    Alex Murphy to NorthMountain; Resettozero
    With respect, sir, you'd be well advised to refrain from attempts at mind-reading. It's a really bad habit, and it's a violation of this forum's rules. You'd also be well advised to actually read and comprehend what other folks write.

    That started off as really good advice, until you added this:

    I'll say again: The interdenominational squabbling on this forum, the incessant backbiting, the gotcha-games, are all repugnant.

    You yourself admit that you haven't been here very long. Maybe when you've been here longer, and get to know the players better, you can better assess what's going on. I'd consider the bolded words to be an attempt at mind-reading.

  • Haunting screams caught on camera as EXORCISM performed on woman in Czech Republic church

    11/19/2014 2:15:38 PM PST · 6 of 15
    Alex Murphy to lowbridge
    The exorcism, carried out in a Roman Catholic Church in Vranov nad Dyji, southern Czech Republic, was secretly filmed and posted on YouTube....the almost two-minute long video which shows a group of people standing close to the church's altar, while a woman can be heard screaming and crying while shouting swear words. The video is captioned 'Evocting devil (exorcism) Vranov nad Dyji' and was originally posted on YouTube in February, but was largely ignored until the church confirmed this week that it was genuine.

    That begs the question was the demon aware that it was being filmed, and thus the screams might be simply the demon playing to the audience?

  • Don Lemon Drags CNN to New Depths -- But the EIB Network Will Not Go Down with Him

    11/19/2014 2:12:32 PM PST · 23 of 30
    Alex Murphy to servo1969
    Don Lemon on CNN, this is the guy who asked a transportation expert if a black hole could have swallowed the missing Malaysian Airlines jet, a Boeing 777.

    ROFTL! I didn't realize this is the same idiot!

  • What is the Difference Between Asteroids and Comets?

    11/19/2014 2:06:59 PM PST · 15 of 33
    Alex Murphy to Hillarys Gate Cult
    Asteroids are an old school video game and Comets clean sinks.

    I was about to post "Comets never got their own video game" when I saw this!

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 2:04:45 PM PST · 58 of 172
    Alex Murphy to Resettozero; miss marmelstein
    Is this true? I'm 68 and haven't heard this until this thread today.

    I can't think of a single name at the moment, but I've encountered maybe a half-dozen over the last fourteen years. IIRC all of them were semi-pelagian at best. None of them stuck around very long.

  • Pope Francis Raffles Off His Swag to Help the Poor

    11/19/2014 1:28:30 PM PST · 43 of 172
    Alex Murphy to miss marmelstein; Gamecock; metmom; Resettozero
    Post 17: I realize there are some people of the Protestant persuasion who feel this is sinful but most people are happy to know that the Church is a great caretaker of these works and make them available to millions of people.

    Post 38: Many of the people who post here do not believe in representation of the Christ figure - they’ve told me it is an abomination. One fellow suggested the entire Vatican be burned to the ground. Not exactly art lovers.

    IMO there's art, there's icons, and then there are idols. Any of the first two can become an idol. I can understand why some FReepers (I'm not one of them) might think that any visual representation of Jesus Christ is sinful. I would imagine that, in their thinking, any art representing a religious figure being prayed to would quickly become an idol.

  • Church Leaders Alarmed That IRS Agents Could Pose as Clergy to Access Privileged Information

    11/19/2014 8:09:19 AM PST · 4 of 26
    Alex Murphy to SeekAndFind
    Mahoney and fellow church leaders that he's spoken with in the days since the Times' article was published have expressed concern that the IRS could possibly use undercover investigators disguised as clergy to help enforce the HHS' mandate that requires group and employer health insurance plans to cover all FDA-approved contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs, thus forcing churches and other faith-based organizations to act against their beliefs.

    "The red flag that's raised by all the ministers and faith leaders that I talked to over the last 48 hours is it would seem to have to do with healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, and churches complying with that," Mahoney added. "Is the IRS investigating churches and ministers who've said they cannot, in good faith, comply with Obamacare? These are very serious questions when you have a government agency sending undercover agents in as clergy to gather information and spying on American citizens.

    "I cannot think of a more serious issue and I think the IRS needs to explain why they are doing this?" Mahoney said. The IRS issued a statement to the Times stating that senior officials within the agency "are not aware of any investigations where special agents have posed as attorneys, physicians, members of clergy or members of the press specifically to gain information from a privileged relationship." However, the IRS declined to say whether undercover agents have posed in roles in efforts to gain information that's not considered "privileged."

    Although other federal agencies use undercover agents, like the FBI or the Department of Justice, they have to obey strict guidelines that provide tight oversight on their undercover operations. The IRS, however, doesn't have to abide by such guidelines and its undercover operations have far more latitude.