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  • Reformation Reminders: Rome & Her Desecration of Christ

    10/30/2015 11:11:35 AM PDT · by fishtank · 201 replies
    The CrippleGate ^ | OCTOBER 28, 2015 | Eric Davis
    Reformation Reminders: Rome & Her Desecration of Christ By Eric Davis OCTOBER 28, 2015 This Saturday, October 31, commemorates nearly 500 years since one of the greatest movements of God in church history; the Protestant Reformation. Up to the time of the Reformation, much of Europe had been dominated by the reign of Roman Catholicism. To the populace was propagated the idea that salvation was found under Rome and her system alone. But as the cultural and theological fog cleared in Europe and beyond, God's people gained a clarity that had been mostly absent for centuries. The Reformers gained this...
  • Notice: The daily sport of posting Catholic bashing threads on FR stops today. Thanks.

    07/19/2015 11:37:08 AM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 714 replies
    July 19, 2014 | Jim Robinson
    That's not the purpose of FR and not the purpose of our Religion forum. Trashing religion is not debate. Those who cannot live with this are welcome to post elsewhere.
  • Vatican makes history: Pope allows Islamic prayers, Koran readings [June 9, 2014]

    06/09/2015 11:30:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 298 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | June 9, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    For the first time in Vatican history, the pope allowed for the reading of Islamic prayers and Koran readings from the Catholic facility. The readings and prayer came as Pope Francis met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Vatican City, a gathering designed to pray for Middle Eastern peace. A Holy See spokesman said the prayers were supposed to be a ďpause in politics,Ē Breitbart reported. The pope said, too, that he hoped the interfaith prayers would foster peace specifically between Israelis and Palestinians, the news outlet said.
  • Who Really Speaks For God?

    05/24/2015 1:57:09 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 257 replies
    The Highway ^ | May 24,2015 | John H. Armstrong
    Serious evangelical dialogue with Roman Catholicism finds it virtually impossible to avoid the issues raised by the institution of the papacy. These issues were central in the sixteenth-century division, and they remain problematic for modern discussion as well. It is hard for many Catholics in the West to understand the serious concerns evangelicals have regarding the papacy, since they often think of John Paul II as a benevolent and kind gentleman who warmly radiates love for Christ and non-Catholics. In a special commentary on the Feast Day (1971) honoring St. Peter and St. Paul, the Vatican radio declared, ďThe Church...
  • The Church Prior to the Reformation: The Mass

    05/11/2015 12:53:42 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 71 replies
    triablogue ^ | October 21, 2013 | John Bugay
    The Church Prior to the Reformation: The Mass Medieval conception of Purgatory As Protestants, we all seem to know that the Roman Church was very bad during the middle ages, but in what ways? What, precisely, was being protested? In his work ďThe Reformation: A HistoryĒ, Diarmiad MacCulloch gives a brief overview of the Roman Church prior to the Reformation. He introduces that overview with this passage: Nicholas Ridley, one of the talented scholarly clergy who rebelled in England against the old [Roman] Church, wrote about this to one of his fellow rebels John Bradford in 1554, while they both...
  • Rome's Meaningless Claim to "Unbroken Chain Of Succession"

    05/03/2015 12:05:34 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 207 replies
    Thoughts of Francis Turrretin ^ | November 26, 2010 | TurretinFan
    The following is an example of Rome's claim of "unbroken succession" - provided by pope John Paul II:Nevertheless, the Roman Pontiffs have exercised their authority in Rome and, according to the conditions and opportunities of the times, have done so in wider and even universal areas, by virtue of their succeeding Peter. Written documents do not tell us how this succession occurred in the first link connecting Peter with the series of the bishops of Rome. It can be deduced, however, by considering everything that Pope Clement states in the letter cited above regarding the appointment of the first bishops...
  • Conversion from Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity

    03/02/2015 5:00:25 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 166 replies
    Gorden & Jacki's Place ^ | March 2<2015 | Jackie
    I grew up in a loving family who attended the Catholic Church regularly. Not just my immediate family, mind you(!) - but my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) was Catholic! I was a regular participant and played the organ at church and also was a leader in the "folk choir" for most of my teenage years. In short - I was as "Catholic" as they come! I never doubted my faith because I was told to just believe everything the Church taught me without question. The Pope was supreme in his authority, and the priests and nuns were...
  • Catholic University Throws 'Rainbow Prom 2015

    02/15/2015 3:19:54 PM PST · by redleghunter · 25 replies
    Truth Revolt ^ | February 14, 2015 | Staff report
    Santa Clara University, a Jesuit school in California, has hosted an on-campus "Rainbow Prom" for "people of all genders and sexualities." ďAll students are welcome to bring whomever they want to share the night with, but you are encouraged to bring a same-gender date in order to establish a prom environment that caters to LGBTQ students in a way that most proms donít,Ē said an event description the Rainbow Prom 2015: Big Queer Party. According to the university newspaper, the prom was hosted by Gay and Straight People for the Education of Diversity (GASPED). "We decide with this event what...
  • Christ in Colossians - Chapter 1

    02/15/2015 5:50:48 AM PST · by metmom · 19 replies
    All in All ^ | A.B. Simpson
    "And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence" (Col. 1:18). "Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth" (Col. 3: 2). Each of Paul's epistles has an expression peculiar to itself. The Thessalonian epistles are characterized by the advent tinge, and shine with the glory of the second coming. Ephesians is the epistle of the "heavenly places"; Philippians of the sweetness of the Christian temper; and Colossians is the portrait of Jesus, and its keynote is...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2

    02/14/2015 8:26:46 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Beggars All Reformation Blogspot. ^ | May 28,2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery 2 The right way to understand history is to start from the beginning. What was it like to be a Christian in the earliest church in Rome? We have a marvellous picture of this earliest church, provided by the New Testament scholar Peter Lampe, author of the work "From Paul to Valentinus: Christians in Rome in the First Two Centuries."The Catholic historian Eamon Duffy writes in his work, "Sinners and Saints": "All modern discussion of the issues must now start from [this] exhaustive and persuasive analysis by Peter Lampe.Ē Lampe seemingly searched...
  • Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1

    02/13/2015 5:56:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 124 replies
    Beggars All ^ | May 26, 2010 | John Bugay
    Papacy built on pious fiction and forgery, part 1 J. Gresham Machen said, in his 1915 lecture "History and Faith," that "The student of the New Testament should be primarily an historian." And in fact, thanks to the last few centuries' worth of historical criticism, and a couple of ďhistorical JesusĒ quests, both the life of Jesus and the history of the New Testament have undergone a thorough historical examination, and in the process, have only had their historical reliability enhanced. On the other hand, what we've been told about the early papacy has fallen away like chaff. Instead...
  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition

    02/12/2015 2:08:16 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 16 replies
    Christian Truth ^ | Feb.12,2015 | William Webster
    Rome's New and Novel Concept of TraditionLiving Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say) A Repudiation of the Patristic Concept of Tradition by William Webster In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that...
  • Christ's Work of Redemption is Finished, Not Continuing

    02/08/2015 3:28:55 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 217 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Feburary 7,2015 | James G. McCarthy
    Just before the Lord Jesus gave up His spirit upon the cross, He cried out, "It is finished!" (John 19:30). His sacrificial work of redemption was done. The Greek verb here is in the perfect tense. "It implies a process, but views that process as having reached its consummation and existing in a finished state." [1] In other words, the saving work of Christ was completed on the cross and continues in a state of completion. The verse can be translated: "It has been finished and stands complete" (John 19:30). [2]Roman Catholicism misrepresents the finished work of Christ on the...
  • What Caused the Reformation?

    02/05/2015 9:29:51 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 187 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | Oct 28,2014 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Masterís Seminary
    What caused the Reformation?Many people might answer that question by pointing to Martin Luther and his 95 Theses.But if you were to ask Luther himself, he would not point to himself or his own writings. Instead, he would give all the credit to God and His Word.Near the end of his life, Luther declared: ďAll I have done is put forth, preach and write the Word of God, and apart from this I have done nothing. . . . It is the Word that has done great things. . . . I have done nothing; the Word has done and...
  • The Gospel According To Church History (Part 7)

    02/07/2015 8:21:40 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 41 replies
    Truth2Freedom ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz
    The articles in this series have surveyed church history from the book of Acts through the early Middle Ages, asking the question, ďWhat did church leaders from the apostles through the church fathers believe about the essence of the gospel?Ē Time after time, we have found a common theme repeated: that sinners are justified before God by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. That was the fundamental message recaptured during the Protestant Reformation. But how did this message get lost in history, such that the Reformation was necessary? The answer to that question is complexóbecause the shift took...
  • 5 questions and the 5 solas

    02/07/2015 9:54:25 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 282 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 2, 2014 | Jesse Johnson
    The Protestant Reformation threw the Christian world into chaos. At the beginning of the 1400ís the Popeís authority was absolute and the only means of salvation were the sacraments given under his auspices. There was a secular/sacred distinction that was ironclad, meaning that the priests and laity lived in practically two separate worlds. There was no concept of church membership, corporate worship, preaching, or Bible reading in the churches. And as far as doctrine was concerned, there was no debateóthe creeds and declarations from Rome (and soon to be Avignon) were the law.Things had been this way for six hundred...
  • Christ Our High Priest In Heaven

    02/07/2015 4:12:53 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 13 replies
    Since then we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession ĖHEBREWS 4:14 This is a valuable text to consider. Its value is that it summarizes much of the teaching of the book of Hebrews. It enables us, in other words, to get a handle on the whole of Hebrews. Further, it provides us with this summary, not in a remote, academic way, but in a way that bears very directly on our lives. In particular, we will see, it has a crucial bearing on the...
  • Will the Real Church Please Stand Up?

    02/07/2015 6:02:09 PM PST · by Gamecock · 74 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | June 1st, 2004 | Keith Mathison
    When I was a child, there was a popular game show on television called ďTo Tell the Truth.Ē In the game, three contestants would claim to be the same person ó Bill Smith, for example. Four celebrities would question the contestants in an attempt to determine who was telling the truth. Finally the host would ask the big question, ďWill the real Bill Smith please stand up?Ē I do not remember how the game was actually won or lost, but I do think about the hostís final question sometimes when I think about the church. We confess in the Nicene...
  • Ooh, he said ĎchairíĒ Ė ďFlorilegiaĒ vs. the Reformation discipline of Textual Criticism</a>

    02/08/2015 11:42:11 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 15 replies
    Beggars All ^ | March 08, 2011 | - James Swan
    Ooh,ooh, he said ĎchairíĒ Ė ďFlorilegiaĒ (ďassertions of authorityĒ) vs. the Reformation discipline of Textual Criticism When youíve been involved with the sort of Protestant-vs-Roman-Catholic argumentation that we deal with on a daily basis, itís easy to discern some patterns. As Turretin noted in the 17th century, the Roman Catholic method of defending itself is to make a claim of over-arching authority; this claim is asserted and re-asserted, as if the re-assertion carries more weight than the original assertion. This method of argument-by-authority was very common in the early medieval years. In fact, the long lists of patristic citations that...
  • Is the Mass the Real Sacrifice of Christ?

    02/08/2015 12:34:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 293 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Febuary 7 ,2015 | James G. McCarthy
    Few Catholics think about this question. The reason is that most Catholics are not aware that the Church teaches that the Mass is an actual sacrifice. They know that the rite is called the Sacrifice of the Mass, that it is performed by a priest, that the congregation assembles before an altar, and that the consecrated bread wafers are called hosts. Nevertheless, most Catholics do not seem to realize that the Church teaches that the Mass is a real and true sacrifice, that a prime function of the Catholic priesthood is to offer sacrifice, that an altar is a place...
  • Mass as nourishment, not as obligation

    02/05/2015 2:50:39 PM PST · by NYer · 419 replies
    OSV ^ | February 5, 2015 | Melinda Selmys
    Most Catholics know we are supposed to attend Sunday Mass every week and observe various holy days of obligation throughout the year. It‚Äôs an obligation, however, that many do not observe. As my parish priest joked years ago when the pews of our sleepy rural parish were unexpectedly full, ‚ÄúThere must be nothing going on in Tweed [Onterio] today.‚ÄĚI suspect part of the reason so many Catholics ignore the Sunday obligation is, counter intuitively, the very word ‚Äúobligation.‚ÄĚ Our culture is not one that deals well with concepts like duty and obedience. The words ‚ÄúI was just following orders‚ÄĚ...
  • Evangelicals & the Eucharist (Part 1)

    01/28/2015 1:23:00 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 427 replies
    The Cripplegate, New Generation of Non-Conformists ^ | May 23, 2013 | Nathan Busenitz, professor of theology at Cripplegate's The Masterís Seminary
    Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchís celebration of the Lordís Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of these inquiries have come from Roman Catholics, each of whom has suggested that the Roman Catholic practice of transubstantiation best represents the way the Lordís Table was observed in the first few centuries of church history. Over the past few weeks, I have received no less than three inquiries regarding the early churchís celebration of the Lordís Table and its implications for the evangelical church today. Two of...
  • The Absurdity of Separated Brethren

    01/25/2015 5:22:50 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 308 replies
    Beggars All ^ | February 11, 2009 | "carrie"
    The Absurdity of Separated Brethren Before Protestants were "separated brethren"... Q. Does the Lord make use of apostate Catholics, such as Martin Luther, Calvin, John Knox, Henry VIII., King of England, to reform the manners of the people? A. The thought is absurd. The lives of those men were evil, and it is only the devil that makes use of them to pervert the people still more. The Lord makes use of His saints, such as a St. Francis of Assisium, a St. Dominick, a St. Ignatius, a St. Alphonsus, to convert the people and reform their evil manners...
  • Pagan Saints

    01/21/2015 4:47:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 470 replies
    The Cripplegate ^ | July 19,2012 | Nathan Busenitz
    As a church history professor, I am sometimes asked how certain practices developed in church history. For example: When did the Roman Catholic (and Eastern Orthodox)†emphasis on praying to saints and venerating relics and icons begin? A somewhat obscure, but extremely helpful,†book by John Calvin answers that question directly.In his work, A Treatise on Relics, Calvin utilizes his extensive knowledge of church history to demonstrate that prayers to the saints, prayers for the dead, the veneration of relics, the lighting of candles (in homage to the saints), and the veneration of icons are all rooted in Roman paganism. Such†practices infiltrated...
  • Pope: Catholics Don't Have to Breed 'Like Rabbits'

    01/19/2015 5:12:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 46 replies
    NewsMax ^ | January 19, 2015
    >>No, he said, Catholics don't have to "be like rabbits" and have more children than is safe or responsible. << >>Francis said he would have loved to have entered the U.S. via the Mexican border, saying it would have been a "beautiful thing, as a sign of brotherhood and of help to the immigrants."<< >>"But you know that going to Mexico without going to visit the Madonna (of Guadalupe) would be a drama. A war could break out!" he said, laughing. He said a Mexico visit would come in the future.<<
  • Pope Says Three Catholic Phrases. Pollyannas Are Delighted.

    01/19/2015 11:13:37 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 17 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 1/18/15 | Mundabor
    In a very small whiff of fresh air in the stench in which we are living, Pope Francis has said two or three things which really sound Catholic. Look at the Patheos crowd delighting in being able to tell themselves the Pope is orthodox, after having waited 12 hours for the broken clock to show the right time. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, itís as bad as that: Francis must only say a couple of words vaguely resembling Catholicism every couple of months, and the enthusiastic following of the blind is assured to him. The words arenít even so strong, not...
  • Francis lambasts international aid, suggests Catholics should limit children

    01/19/2015 5:25:30 PM PST · by ebb tide · 101 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter | January 19, 2015 | Joshua L. McElwee
    Pope Francis has obliquely but sharply criticized how financially stable nations lend aid to developing countries, saying they sometimes require concessions that strike echoes of 20th century dictatorships. The pontiff has also made what appears to be an unprecedented statement that Catholics may have a moral responsibility to limit the number of their children, while reaffirming Pope Paul VIís ban on artificial means of birth control. Francisí statement about development aid was a clarification of an earlier warning against what he called an "ideological colonization" of family life, made during a meeting with families in the Philippines last week. Speaking...
  • Pope Says Good Catholics Need Not Mate ďLike Wasp SpidersĒ

    01/20/2015 9:40:25 AM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    NBC News via ChurchPOP ^ | January 20, 2015
    While firmly upholding Church teaching regarding contraception, Pope Francis clarified that good Catholics need not mate ďlike rabbits, or wasp spiders, with the female devouring the male following the procreative act.Ē ďOpenness to life for the husband,Ē the pontiff said to reporters on his return flight from the Philippines, ďis a condition for the sacrament of matrimony.Ē Catholic couples should practice mutual love and tenderness, he explained, rather than the female ďcatching her partner in a web and slowly gnawing on him while heís still alive, resulting in his slow, agonizing death.Ē
  • Refuting anti-catholic objections

    11/11/2014 2:57:30 PM PST · by walkinginthedesert · 11 replies
    This is a refutation regarding some anti-Catholic statements that were made in a history class that I attend. The history class is based on ancient civilizations to the 16th century. The professor originally stated that the reason that the Catholic Mass used to be completely in Latin was because the Church did not want the people to understand what was going on, since the Church wanted to oppress the people. I refute this argument in my first response. In this response I describe the use of Latin in the Catholic Mass and why it continues to be used.The professor then...
  • Roman Catholics Ė The Neighborhood Mission Field

    06/04/2014 6:21:11 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 71 replies
    Christian Research Service ^ | July 2012 | T. A. McMahon
    Thirty-five years ago I was delivered from the bondage of Roman Catholicism. That may sound somewhat unkind to many evangelicals today, but it is nevertheless true, as all former Catholics who have been saved by faith alone in Christ alone will attest. Why would we claim that we were set free from bondage? Isn’t that an insult directed at a long-established professing Christian Church that has more than a billion followers? Or is it a reality for all of them? Those who grew up Catholic, as I did for thirty-some years, know what it’s like to have experienced spiritual bondage....
  • Homosexuality promoted through Catholic Charities [vanity]

    03/25/2014 7:32:08 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 209 replies
    Something I was reminded of when I heard about World Vision deciding to hire those in "gay marriages" is how Catholic Charities has long promoted homosexuality. I know this because when I was living as a lesbian 15 to 20 years ago, I went to Catholic Charities several times for counsleing, and I found that the counseling was purely secular. When I went with a "partner," our lifestyle was embraced by the counselor. When I went to a couple other counselors myself later on, I was beginning to have doubts about this life, but one counselor even tried to encourage...
  • Priest jailed for 'systematic' sexual abuse of boy

    03/24/2014 7:43:33 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 24 replies
    RTE News ^ | 3/21/2014
    A 61-year-old Catholic priest has been jailed for seven years for systematically sexually abusing a boy in Co Wicklow over a five year period beginning in 2007 when the boy was 12. Denis Nolan, with an address at Carrigmore, Tinahely, pleaded guilty to sexual assault at that address between 1 January and 30 June 2007. He also pleaded guilty to a total of ten counts of defilement of a child between 1 July 2007 and 25 August 2011.
  • The Catholic Roots of Obamaís Activism

    03/24/2014 6:23:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    New York Times ^ | MARCH 22, 2014 | JASON HOROWITZ
    In a meeting room under Holy Name Cathedral, a rapt group of black Roman Catholics listened as Barack Obama, a 25-year-old community organizer, trained them to lobby their fellow delegates to a national congress in Washington on issues like empowering lay leaders and attracting more believers. ďHe so quickly got us,Ē said Andrew Lyke, a participant in the meeting who is now the director of the Chicago Archdioceseís Office for Black Catholics. The group succeeded in inserting its priorities into the congressís plan for churches, Mr. Lyke said, and ďBarack Obama was key in helping us do that.Ē By the...
  • As I Have Been Screeching for Years, Timothy Dolan is an Unmitigated ..

    03/12/2014 3:55:30 AM PDT · by Repent and Believe · 23 replies
    Barnhardt. Blog ^ | March 9, 2014 A.D. | Ann Barnhardt
    As I Have Been Screeching for Years, Timothy Dolan is an Unmitigated Jackass Really, what more is there to say? Anyone with a brain knew years ago that Timothy Dolan was a craven, politicking imbecile. Presiding at the ďgayĒ Mass at St. Francis Xavier parish in Manhattan and CHEERING the unrepentant sodomite club introduced at said Mass Ė yeah Ė that was a SUBTLE CLUE. Inviting antichrist forerunner Obama to the Al Smith dinner and slapping his back while wearing a perpetual ****-eating grin the whole time was another SUBTLE CLUE. But now, olí Tracksuit Timmy has officially jumped the...
  • Pope urges Italy to find houses for all families

    12/23/2013 8:48:54 PM PST · by plain talk · 59 replies
    AP ^ | December 22, 2013 | AP
    Pope Francis urged anti-austerity protesters who attended his weekly Angelus blessing to use dialogue and not violence to press their demands. Addressing a group of protesters among the pilgrims gathered Sunday in St. Peter's Square, the pope appealed for `'a constructive contribution, rejecting the temptation for conflict and violence and following always the path of dialogue." The pope read aloud one of their banners: `'The poor cannot wait." He urged everyone from charities to Italian authorities `'to do everything possible so that every family can have a house" this holiday season.
  • Catholic Sacraments - Richard Bennett (Former Roman Catholic Priest, Now a Calvinist)

    12/16/2013 5:43:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    YouTube video here.
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Said To Be In Talks With Insurers

    12/02/2013 5:51:27 PM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 7 replies
    Wisconsin Public Radio News ^ | 012/2/213 | Chuck Quirmbach
    It's coming up on three years since the Milwaukee Archdiocese declared bankruptcy. Archbishop Jerome Listecki has spent $11 million on lawyers' fees trying to limit the amount of money paid to the more than 500 people who say they were sexually abused by local Catholic clergy. Recently, insurance companies started buying back policies they sold to the archdiocese as a way of limiting liability.
  • Large differences in ďhookup cultureĒ between Catholic/Secular college students and Evangelical ones

    11/27/2013 5:57:51 AM PST · by Gamecock · 82 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 27 November 2013 | Troy Gibson
    Dr. Donna Freitas, perhaps the nationís leading expert on university hookup culture, has being doing research among college students and on college campuses regarding sex, the hookup culture, and student religiosity for several years.† She has produced many scholarly publications and studies.† One consistent finding she has observed is that evangelical college students are significantly less likely to hookup than any of their counterparts (Catholic or secular).† Why?† An excerpt from an†interview: The attitudes toward sexuality on evangelical campuses were remarkably different from everywhere else. Everyone is struggling with sex, but they do it in very different ways.Itís impossible on...
  • Signs of a Cult

    09/27/2013 1:26:05 AM PDT · by jodyel · 185 replies
    There are about seven principle signs that identify a cult. Now when one hears the word "cult," the first connotation is that of some strange obscure religious group. But for our discussion the word cult is simply a word that describes organized heresy. In other words, any religious group that systematically teaches false doctrine. Knowing some of these signs is key to preventing people from following these cults. The sign we will focus on here is the teaching of exclusivity. Cults will declare that they are the only way to heaven. Apart from them there is no salvation. They alone...
  • Gomez book on immigration called 'an intellectual train wreck' [vomit-inducing-analysis warning]

    07/15/2013 9:15:25 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    LA Observed ^ | July 15, 2013 | Kevin Roderick | July 15, 2013 12:20 AM
    didn't realize that Archbishop Jose Gomez of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese has a new book out, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, that steps right into the national debate on immigration reform. Gomez and the publisher describe the book as "a personal, passionate and practical contribution to the national debate about immigration - pointing the way toward a recovery of America's highest ideals....Immigration is a human rights test of our generation. It's also a defining historical moment for America." Daily News columnist Tim Rutten disagrees in his Sunday column. He calls the book by...
  • Papal conclave: Anti-mafia police raid offices in diocese of frontrunner

    03/13/2013 7:37:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Nigerian Tribune ^ | 13 March 2013 | Seyi Gesinde
    Cardinals began election of a new Pope on Tuesday, with a special Mass in St Peterís Basilica, as 1.2 billion Catholics wait to know who takes over as head of the Roman Catholic Church. The 115 cardinal-electors, after the Mass went into the Sistine Chapel to begin their secret deliberations. They will vote four times daily until two-thirds can agree on a candidate. Before the election began, a report had it that anti-mafia investigators had carried out a string of raids in the diocese of the leading candidate, just as the cardinals had been urged to overcome divisions at a...
  • 'Amateur hour': Vatican conclave drama is one for the history books, experts say

    02/26/2013 1:17:24 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 24 replies
    NBC News ^ | 02/26/2013 | Tracy Connor
    A lame-duck pope. A secret dossier. Rumors of a gay cabal. A cardinal accused of "inappropriate" behavior. The Vatican is in an uproar, and church scholars say there hasn't been this much drama surrounding a conclave since 1800, when Pope Pius VI died while being held prisoner by Napoleon. One Vatican watcher says you have to go back to 1730 ó when Pope Benedict XIII's right-hand man fled Rome in disguise amid allegations of corruption ó to find a conclave buffeted by this much scandal. "This is not a healthy situation for any kind of institution," said the Rev. Thomas...
  • Pope Benedict XVI says goodbye ó to his red shoes

    02/26/2013 9:18:01 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 48 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 02/26/2013 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Retiring Pope Benedict XVI gets to keep a couple titles ó ďYour Holiness Benedict XVIĒ and ďemeritus popeĒ ó and his white cassock. But heís turning in his signature red shoes and going brown. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope decided on his future wear ó which has been widely discussed since he announced his retirement ó in consultation with Vatican officials, according to The Associated Press. Replacing the red shoes will be the hand-crafted brown loafers given him during a 2012 visit to Mexico, the AP states.
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • Pret A Manger forced to withdraw 'Virgin Mary' crisps ["it's 'offensive to Jesus's mother'"]

    02/04/2013 7:19:38 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 16 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 3 February 2013 | Helen Collis
    Coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger has withdrawn its 'Virgin Mary' brand of crisps after a flurry of religious complaints. The coffee-shop made the costly decision to pull the brand after campaigners on the Protect the Pope website pointed out the offensive crisps branding to its members. Responding to the complaints, the religious website says Pret a Manger has 'apologised for any unintentional offence they have caused and have indicted that they will give any unsold crisps to the homeless'. Posting on the website, Deacon Nick Donnelly, says: 'Clive Schlee (Pret CEO) has admitted to a reader of Protect...
  • LA Cardinal Mahony 'stripped of duties' over sex abuse

    02/01/2013 6:35:24 AM PST · by TSgt · 121 replies
    BBC ^ | 1 February 2013 Last updated at 05:40 ET | BBC
    A retired Los Angeles cardinal accused of mismanaging a child sex abuse crisis has been stripped of all administrative and public duties by his successor. Retired Cardinal Roger Mahony, 76, has apologised for his "failure", Archbishop Jose Gomez said on Thursday. The Los Angeles archdiocese, the largest in the US, has released thousands of pages of files on priests accused of child molestation. Cardinal Mahony retired in 2011, having run the archdiocese for 25 years. In 2007 Los Angeles paid $660m (£415m) to alleged victims of abuse, the largest sex abuse payout on record. Cardinal Mahony has publicly apologised for...
  • The Holy Week Hit Pieces Begin

    04/01/2012 10:15:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 1, 2012 | Patrick Archbold
    Every year during Holy Week the mainstream media conducts its own special ritual called the anti-Christian hit piece. The formula goes like this. Find some author who says that everything that Christians believe and hold dear is a lie. Report all his/her assertions as if they are fact without bothering to address the mountains of scholarly work over centuries that contradict his/her primary assertions. Some years it the "Real Jesus" or the "Real Mary" or the "Real Bible," but the purpose is always the same. Everything you believe is a lie. Happy Easter. This year, CNN begins the annual dance...
  • German Catholic Priest Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse

    01/13/2012 10:31:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 218 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sanya Khetani
    A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over almost a decade, the BBC reported. About 2,800 pornographic images -- including several of his victims -- were found on the priest's computer. Named only as Andreas L, the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.
  • ALL EYES ON FATIMA-The coming event on June 30, 2011: 04:00-07:30 a.m. Lisbon, Portugal time

    06/28/2011 8:13:55 PM PDT · by TaraP · 122 replies
    Fatima Movement ^ | June 29th, 2010
    The Shrine of Fatima, which replaced the Vatican as the authority of the Catholic Church in 1960, was also built as an observatory. Up to 300,000 people are rumored to be in the Shrine's courtyard Wednesday night/Thursday morning to witness Our Lady's Seventh and Final Visit at Fatima, which apparently is the beginning of the 7 week Tribulation. Click on the images to enlarge. This is all we can tell you at the moment...this is all we know right now...more coverage here... This is apparently the first time that the planets have been aligned this sharply since the star over...
  • Denis Leary Defames Pope, Priests and Nuns (Gives Cross the Finger)

    01/20/2011 10:00:54 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 56 replies
    Catholic League ^ | 01/19/2011 | n/a
    On January 16, Comedy Central aired "Denis Leary & Friends Present Douchebags & Donuts." On January 18, Comedy Central Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Entertainment released the DVD nationwide. The opening segment of this video is addressed by Bill Donohue today: The standup special opens with a clip of Pope Benedict XVI talking to a crowd. But there is a voice-over that is dubbed in to make it seem like he is discussing priestly sexual abuse. Leary then appears on a stage with a large illuminated Cross in the background; he prances around extending his middle finger at it. On...