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  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."
  • Pope Francis Says the Devil Is Keeping Evangelicals and Catholics Divided: 'We Are One'

    05/26/2015 1:02:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/26/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that it's the devil himself who keeps evangelicals, Catholics, and Christians from other denominations divided, and rejected the notion that it's heretical to believe that all Christians are one. "Division is the work of the 'Father of Lies,' 'the Father of Discord,' who does everything possible to keep us divided," Francis said in a video message to a gathering sponsored by the John 17 Movement, according to Catholic Herald. "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial, or even heretical, perhaps," he added. "But there is someone who 'knows' that, despite our differences, we are...
  • 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, “The Church...
  • Gay marriage will split the Catholic Church

    05/24/2015 11:05:02 AM PDT · by NRx · 69 replies
    The Spectator ^ | 05-23-2015 | Damian Thompson
    Ireland, for so long the most overtly Catholic state in Western Europe, has voted for gay marriage by a stupendous margin – 62 per cent. Never before has a country legalised the practice by popular vote. It would be naive to ask: how could this happen? Hatred of the Church is one of the central features of modern Ireland, thanks not only to the paedophile scandals but also to the joyless quasi-Jansenist character of the Irish Church, which was handed complete control of education in the Free State after partition in 1922. (Many of its priests were outstandingly holy and...
  • Ireland `changed utterly` by gay marriage vote [Traditional Catholic teaching rejected]

    05/24/2015 6:32:31 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    Zee News ^ | 05/24/2015
    Ireland`s newspapers said Sunday that the country had dramatically changed and confirmed its emergence from the shadow of the traditionally powerful Catholic Church by voting in favour of gay marriage. Tabloids and broadsheets alike carried colourful pictures of partying "Yes" supporters cheering the landslide referendum result Saturday as they reflected on what the decision meant for Ireland. The Sunday Independent, Ireland`s biggest-selling newspaper, said the vote was truly "historic". "A new beginning" said its front page, which carried a picture of a lesbian couple who plan to marry as others in the background jumped in the air waving the rainbow...
  • Irish voters back gay marriage in 'social revolution'

    05/23/2015 7:42:35 AM PDT · by NRx · 59 replies
    Rueters ^ | 05-23-2015 | Padraic Halpin and Conor Humphries
    Irish voters backed same-sex marriage by a landslide in a referendum marking a dramatic social shift in the traditionally Catholic country, government ministers and opponents of the bill said on Saturday. Final results were not expected until later in the day, but ministers predicted Ireland had become the first country to adopt same-sex marriage via a popular vote by a margin of around two-to-one, just two decades after it decriminalized homosexuality.
  • Ireland has said 'yes' to gay marriage and 'no' to Catholicism

    05/23/2015 7:35:19 AM PDT · by NRx · 34 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 05-23-2015 | Tim Stanley
    ...It used to be that Irishness was defined by affection for the Catholic Church and resistance to European liberal trends. So stubborn was this identity that the country took longer than the rest of Western Europe to embrace secularism. But the paedophile revelations of the 1990s rightly rocked faith in the Church as an institution, while a series of recent scandals shook faith in its actual theology. The latter set of outrages were, frankly, distortions of the facts. It was wrongly claimed that a woman had been allowed to die because Catholic doctors would not give her a life saving...
  • When Will This Madness End?

    05/19/2015 5:37:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 27 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | May 18, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    She personally performed abortions on women, using a bicycle pump, and later boasted that she and her group had personally murdered exactly 10,141 children in the womb. She supports the legalization of euthanasia, the liberalization of drug use, and the legal prohibition of conscience exemptions for doctors who refuse to perform abortion. She even opposes the burial of aborted children in cemeteries. She is Emma Bonino, the radical leftist Italian politician, a member of the Italian Radical Party currently serving, incredibly enough, as Foreign Minister for the corrupt Italian government. And she was greeted warmly days ago by Pope Francis,...
  • Time To Worry: Americans Are Turning Away From Christianity

    05/12/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change America’s religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, they’re succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who don’t affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call “nones” the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday." Christians are still the majority, but their numbers have fallen from 78 percent to just under 71 percent. The main reason? Increasingly more Americans consider themselves “non affiliated” with any...
  • Raul Castro: This pope's so impressive, I might return to church

    05/11/2015 7:34:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    AP ^ | 05/11/2015 | By FRANCES D'EMILIO, Associated Press
    VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cuban President Raul Castro paid a call on Pope Francis at the Vatican Sunday to thank him for working for Cuban-US detente and later said he is so impressed by the pontiff he is considering a return to the Catholic church's fold. "Bienvenido!" Francis said in his native Spanish, welcoming Castro to his studio near the Vatican public audience hall. The Cuban president, bowing his head, gripped Francis' hand with both of his, and the two men began private talks. The meeting lasted nearly an hour, as the Argentine-born Francis and Castro spoke in their native...
  • The Crafting of the 4th Century Roman Church, Doctrine, and Papacy

    05/06/2015 3:22:31 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 55 replies
    triablogue ^ | February 26, 2013 | John Bugay
    The Crafting of the 4th Century Roman Church, Doctrine, and Papacy There is no question that there were “bishops” in Rome, likely beginning in the late second or early third centuries. But these were not “bishops” as we would understand them today. Roger Collins, in his work “Keepers of the Keys of Heaven: A History of the Papacy”, New York, NY: Basic Books, a Member of the Perseus Books Group, ©2009) wrote: Not everyone is convinced that what has been called a monarchic bishop, with unquestioned authority over all of the Christian clergy in the city, was to be found...
  • Refusing to support a “Gay awareness Day” Bay area nuns take a stand for Catholic doctrine

    05/03/2015 8:29:56 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 10 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/3/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In response to their own Catholic high school’s participation in a day of silence designed to show support for homosexuality, five nuns walked out of their classrooms last week. These strong women decided to stand with Catholic doctrine in recognition of their faith, beliefs and mission to teach their students the Church’s position on aberrant sexuality. Billed as a “national Day of Silence” the stunt was concocted by the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network a New York organization which has been pushing the “Day” scheme since 2000. The stand taken by the nuns comes as an affirmation of the...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2)

    05/02/2015 12:50:12 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 37 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 24, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 2) Because neither the apostolic nor the earliest post-apostolic Christians refer to a jurisdictional primacy of the bishop of Rome, Catholics often cite references to any type of primacy of the Roman church. But a non-jurisdictional primacy of the Roman church doesn't prove a jurisdictional primacy of the Roman bishop. Even Peter himself isn't referred to as having papal authority among the early post-apostolic sources. Terence Smith explains: "there is an astonishing lack of reference to Peter among ecclesiastical authors of the first half of the second century. He is barely mentioned in...
  • Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1)

    05/01/2015 11:05:57 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 68 replies
    triablogue ^ | June 23, 2006 | Jason Engwer
    Was The Papacy Established By Christ? (Part 1) For those who don't have much familiarity with the dispute between Protestants and Catholics over the doctrine of the papacy, I want to post two introductory articles on the subject today and tomorrow. The first article, this one, will be about the Biblical evidence, and tomorrow's article will be about the early post-Biblical evidence. Roman Catholicism claims the papacy as its foundation. According to the Catholic Church, the doctrine of the papacy was understood and universally accepted as early as the time of Peter: "At open variance with this clear doctrine of...
  • Coach is Right, Friday Short Stories

    05/01/2015 8:29:53 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax
    Coach is Right ^ | 5/1/15 | John C. Velisek USN (Ret.)
    1.) ACLU sues feds in bid to make Catholic groups provide abortion to illegal immigrants Providing food and shelter to illegal immigrants isn’t enough for federally-funded Catholic organizations according to the American Civil Liberties Union which is suing the federal government to help ensure the religious organizations provide abortion and contraception to them as well. The suit aims to obtain government records related to reproductive healthcare policy for unaccompanied immigrant children in the care of federally funded Catholic agencies, which do not believe in abortion. “We have heard reports that Catholic bishops are prohibiting Catholic charities from allowing teens in...
  • Why the Left Won’t Budge on “Born That Way”

    04/26/2015 2:48:44 PM PDT · by walford · 54 replies
    Facebook ^ | 04/26/2015 | walford
    The linked article has plenty of researched evidence that at least throws into question whether homosexuals are Born That Way, but that is of no matter to the Left. As it is with abortion, even to bring it up as a topic of discussion will garner extreme, hysterical responses. This is yet another “irretrievably settled” Leftist position that is not amenable to logic reason or evidence. It is also one of the most sacred beliefs in Secular Humanist canon. If you do not accept the Born That Way catechism, you are the Infidel. You are “homophobic,” in fact. [Homophobia is...
  • Making Catholicism Countercultural and Supernatural Again

    04/08/2015 9:41:58 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 5 replies
    Countercultural Christianity and the need of the supernaturalNot too long ago I had the pleasure to read a series of three articles that grabbed my attention, and which allowed me to formulate a series of thoughts regarding the need of what is known as “Countercultural Christianity” and furthermore of making Christianity “strange” again. All of this simply implies the need of bringing back the supernatural elements of Christianity.Two articles that I read on these specific subjects were both written by Rod Dreher a senior editor for The American Conservative. The first article is called Christian and Countercultural and the second...
  • The end of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the beginning of “Irish Day”

    03/17/2015 6:59:42 AM PDT · by ConservingFreedom · 17 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kevin “Coach” Collins
    In 1762 Irish Catholic soldiers, who were serving in the British Army stationed in New York City, organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. They wanted to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and show their gratitude for his having brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland. From its very beginning, the parade was a religious celebration that included attendance at mass receiving Holy Communion and prayerful contemplation of the gift St. Patrick had given the Irish. Over the centuries since 1762 the parade has become a major event in the lives of many people. Those who are...
  • The end of New York’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the beginning of “Irish Day”

    03/17/2015 8:33:44 AM PDT · by Oldpuppymax · 14 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 3/17/15 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    In 1762 Irish Catholic soldiers, who were serving in the British Army stationed in New York City, organized the first St. Patrick’s Day Parade in the City. They wanted to celebrate the life of St. Patrick and show their gratitude for his having brought the Catholic Faith to Ireland. From its very beginning, the parade was a religious celebration that included attendance at mass receiving Holy Communion and prayerful contemplation of the gift St. Patrick had given the Irish. Over the centuries since 1762 the parade has become a major event in the lives of many people. Those who are...
  • Pope says Koran is a book of peace and Islam is a peaceful religion

    03/13/2015 6:41:54 PM PDT · by RaceBannon · 162 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 3/13/15 | The Pope himself
    People need to examine whether the faith they claim is really Biblical.
  • SF Supes Tell Archbishop His Morality Clauses Are Unwanted

    03/06/2015 7:03:23 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 3/4/15 | Emily Green and Jill Tucker
    In a rebuke to the archbishop of San Francisco, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday urging the conservative Catholic leader to respect the rights of teachers and administrators. The measure comes after Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone included morality clauses in a new handbook and proposed changes to the labor contract of teachers at four Bay Area Catholic high schools, setting off a wave of opposition. “These actions really conflict with the values of San Francisco,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell, who introduced the resolution. “In San Francisco, we stand up for everyone. We stand up for our...
  • Against Rome's Apostolic Succession Argument by Bullinger (Part 1)

    02/16/2015 12:14:36 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 97 replies
    Beggars All ^ | Dec 29,2013 | - James Swan
    Sunday, December 29, 2013 Against Rome's Apostolic Succession Argument by Bullinger (Part 1) Heinrich Bullinger (1504-1575) was a Swiss Reformer and author of a popular writing entitled The Decades. This particular writing was influential in England, highly esteemed and used as a textbook of sorts for training English clergy. Included in The Decades is a section entitled Of The Holy Catholic Church, and included therein is Bullinger's refutation of Rome's apostolic succession argument (that Rome is the true church because of an historical succession of church authority that began with Peter). Here is the first part of Bullinger's argument: Second,...
  • The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome

    02/16/2015 8:49:55 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 61 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 08, 2010 | Matthew Schultz
    Friday, October 08, 2010 The Late Development of the Bishop of Rome John Bugay has posted on Hermas and the structure of the early Roman church before. I don't have anything original to add to that discussion. However, I'd like to provide some corroboration by Roman Catholic scholars Raymond Brown and John Meier, whose book received both the Nihil Obstat and the Imprimatur (bold mine): There is no doubt that it [The Shepherd of Hermas] was written at Rome (Vis. 1.1.1.; 2.1.1; 4.1.2); and the suggestion that Clement would send it abroad (Vis. 2.4.3) may mean that Hermas' revelations had...
  • Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome

    02/15/2015 10:17:53 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 60 replies
    Beggars All ^ | October 05, 2010 | John Bugay
    Hermas – a primary eyewitness source regarding the leadership structure of early church at Rome Paul writes to the church at Rome without addressing a leader. He writes in the years 57-58, a date that is very firm in history, in a letter that is not contested. Excuses are made as to why there is no mention of Peter in Rome, even though the church has been attested in Rome perhaps from Acts 2, when visitors for Rome were present at/saved at Pentecost. In Acts 18, Aquila and Priscilla are expelled from Rome by the edict of Claudius, attested in...
  • How the fictional early papacy became real

    02/14/2015 1:16:14 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 527 replies
    Beggars All Martin Luther's Mariology ^ | June 7,2010 | John Bugay
    "Historically, Catholics have argued that the papacy was a divinely-given institution papacy (Matt 16:17-19) etc., and they have relied on the notion that there have been bishops of Rome extending all the way back to the time of Peter. This notion of bishops extending all the way back was thought to be actual history. In fact, as Shotwell and Loomis pointed out, in the General Introduction to their 1927 work "The See of Peter": With reference to the Petrine doctrine, however, the Catholic attitude is much more than a "pre-disposition to believe." That doctrine is the fundamental basis of the...
  • 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.” 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 “historical Jesus” 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...
  • Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress

    02/11/2015 6:33:59 PM PST · by juliosevero · 17 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Landmark Event: Pope Will Address U.S. Congress By Julio Severo For the first time in the U.S. history, a pope will address the Congress, invited by Republican John Boehner and Democrat Nancy Pelosi. When he speaks to American lawmakers September 24, Pope Francis will address a Congress that is 31 percent Catholic, well above the 22 percent of all the American population, according to a survey released last month by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center. Boehner and Pelosi are both Catholic. “We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message...
  • America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere

    11/22/2014 4:39:13 PM PST · by Salvation · 158 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | Nov, 21, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    America Loves Catholicism: As Seen in Place Names Everywhere By: Msgr. Charles PopeThe video below boasts, “America loves Italy” and features a Fiat car driving through American towns with Italian names.If that is the case then America loves Catholicism even more, since thousands of towns and places are named for Catholic saints, themes, and objects. Consider the following:In California: San Diego, San Miguel, San Francisco, San Bernadino, San Clemente, San Luis Obispo, San Jose, San Rafael, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz, Los Angeles (aka Nuestra Senora de los Angeles de la Porciuncula), Santa Cruz, Santa Clarita, Sacramento, San...
  • The Protestant's Dilemma: A Review (Part One)

    02/01/2015 1:05:39 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 64 replies
    Beggers All ^ | Jan. 13 2015 | James Swan
    Recently I picked up The Protestant's Dilemma: How the Reformation’s Shocking Consequences Point to the Truth of Catholicism (San Diego: Catholic Answers Press, 2014). In the preface of the Kindle edition, an unidentified author states that the primary author, Devin Rose, has put forth a book looking to engage in "dialogue" specifically"with members of the thousands of Protestant sects." The book is said to raise issues that a Protestant "has never considered before," not simply to have dialogue for the sake of mutual understanding, but rather to have "conciliar" dialogue in which the goal is to show the logical inconsistency of Protestantism...
  • MLA Gets Religion Wrong

    01/28/2015 7:17:58 AM PST · by Academiadotorg · 7 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | January 27, 2015 | Spencer Irvine
    When professors do pay attention to religion, they usually get it wrong. “Conservatives would rather have [social welfare] provided by religious organizations, which is incompatible with other aspects of Catholic social teaching,” Robin Sowards, an adjunct professor at Duquesne University told an audience at the Modern Language Association (MLA) convention in Vancouver, Canada. Here are a few highlights from the history of Catholic Charities: October 24, 1727—“Ursuline sisters arrive from France to open an orphanage, school for street girls, and health facility in New Orleans. It is the first formal Catholic charity in the present United States.” January 1, 1845—“The...
  • Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian and church expert, dies at 78 [NCR, aka Fishwrap, aka National Sch

    01/25/2015 10:09:40 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    “Fr. McBrien was an able and indefatigable proponent of the Catholic revolution that never was and, now, never will be,” said George Weigel, widely seen as America’s leading conservative Catholic commentator.
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 204 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • What May Christians Safely Disbelieve?

    01/17/2015 5:23:38 PM PST · by Jandy on Genesis · 52 replies
    Ethics Forum ^ | January 10, 2015 | Alice C. Linsley
    My Roman Catholic friend, Michael Liccione, has written on his Facebook page that "the main disagreement among American Catholics is not about whether we should believe 'all that the Holy Catholic Church believes, professes, and teaches,' but which teachings we may safely disbelieve." I responded, "Aggiornamento has that effect on us! There is an interesting parallel between the Roman Catholic Church in the USA and the Anglicans in the USA in that liturgical reform suggested to many that the historic Catholic faith had changed. The Vatican II liturgical changes and the Episcopal Church's 1979 prayer book changed words and forms....
  • What Did the Saints Say about Islam?

    01/15/2015 9:21:38 AM PST · by billys kid · 15 replies
    Spirit Daily ^ | August 12, 2014 | By Andrew Bieszad on
    What Did the Saints Say about Islam? 187 By Andrew Bieszad on August 12, 2014 Evangelization, Interfaith, Islam 2.9K SHARES juanderibera St. Juan de Ribera, Viceroy and Bishop of Valencia (1568-1611), Supervising the Expulsion of Moriscos; Francisco Domingo Marques, 1912 For Islamic scholars, there is a statement in the apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, which is particularly troubling: Faced with disconcerting episodes of violent fundamentalism, our respect for true followers of Islam should lead us to avoid hateful generalisations, for authentic Islam and the proper reading of the Koran are opposed to every form of violence. (p. 253)...
  • Dublin priest says he is gay during Mass – receives standing ovation

    01/09/2015 7:59:28 AM PST · by massmike · 62 replies
    irishcentral.com ^ | 01/09/2015 | Cathy Hayes
    Father Martin Dolan, who has been a priest at Church of St Nicholas of Myra in Francis Street in Dublin’s city center for 15 years, opened up to his congregation at the Saturday night Mass. He also confided in his Sunday morning congregation. Dolan is the only priest in the parish. Calling on his Dublin city congregation to support same sex marriage in the upcoming Irish referendum, set for the end May, Dolan said “I’m gay myself.” Dolan’s statement at Mass on Saturday was met by applause and a standing ovation from his “proud” parishioners. Speaking to the Irish Sun...
  • St. Juan Diego: Ordinary Son of Mary

    12/09/2014 5:23:25 PM PST · by Salvation · 33 replies
    CE.com ^ | 12-09-14 | Daniel Stewart
    St. Juan Diego: Ordinary Son of Mary Daniel StewartJuan Diego was born in 1474 in a place called Cuautitlán. Once a part of the Aztec Empire, Cuautitlán was conquered by the Spanish and is now in present day Mexico City. Born before the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire, Juan Diego was an indigenous Mexican who was given the name Cuauhtlatoatzin at birth. When Franciscan missionaries arrived, Cuauhtlatoatzin and his wife were some of the first indigenous people to convert. At baptism, they were given the names Juan Diego and Maria Lucia. Juan Diego was not a slave but...
  • The “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn

    12/09/2014 8:08:20 AM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-08-14 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The “Great Gettin’ Up Morning” as Described in an Unlikely Advent Hymn By: Msgr. Charles PopeHere in the heart of Advent, we are considering how prepared we are for the Lord to come again. Either He will come to us or we will go to Him, but either way we must prepare. In today’s post I’d like to consider some teachings about the Day of Judgment, from an Advent hymn that most do not know is an Advent hymn. Tomorrow I would like to consider the great Parousia, wherein the saved enter into glory with the Lord.Regarding the “Great and...
  • Rick Warren’s Call for Christians to Unite With ‘Holy Father’ Raising Concerns [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 1:36:57 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 73 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/02/2014 | Heather Clark
    In a new video, megachurch leader and author Rick Warren is calling for Christians to unite with Roman Catholics and “Pope Francis,” who Warren recently referred to as the “Holy Father”—a move that is raising concerns among Christians nationwide and is resulting in calls for Warren to repent. Warren made the comments following his visit to the Vatican last month, where he spoke at an interfaith conference on the “Complementarity of Man and Woman.”...
  • Pope Francis Asserts Islam Can’t Be Equated With Violence [Babylon the Great]

    12/05/2014 3:05:05 PM PST · by Jan_Sobieski · 81 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 12/04/2014 | Heather Clark
    ROME – On his flight back to Rome after visiting Turkey, the Roman Catholic Pontiff known as Pope Francis told reporters that Islam should not be equated with terrorism and violence–a statement that some may disagree with considering the teachings of the religion. “On Islamophobia, it is true that when one sees these terrorist acts, not only in this region, but also in Africa, there is this reaction [of], ‘If this is Islam, I am going to get angry,'” he said. “And so many Islamic people are offended.” “Many, many [Muslims] say, ‘No, we are not this. The Koran is...
  • Pope Francis: I seek communion with Orthodox Churches

    11/30/2014 3:00:37 PM PST · by NYer · 32 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 30, 2014
    Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I embraces Pope Francis at a celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul - REUTERS (Vatican Radio)  In an address upon conclusion of the Divine Liturgy celebrated by Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I at the Orthodox Church of St. George in Istanbul, Pope Francis said “the one thing that the Catholic Church desires and that I seek as Bishop of Rome…is communion with the Orthodox Churches.” Below, please find the complete text of the Holy Father’s address:             When I was the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, I often took part in the celebration of the Divine Liturgy of...
  • Atheist Confession: “I like Pope Francis.”

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    I’m going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. He’s so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his “liberal agenda.” The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for “The Spectator,” had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • End of communism not good for Catholicism?

    11/19/2014 7:35:12 AM PST · by juliosevero · 7 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    End of communism not good for Catholicism? Brazil and its large Catholic population are prisoners of socialism, but the Vatican has been worried (for about 1,000 years!) about the Orthodox Church By Julio Severo While the world is celebrating the end of communist tyranny in Europe, its end was not all positive for Catholicism, a senior Vatican official indicated on Monday. According to Reuters through WorldNetDaily, the Catholic official thinks the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago brought religious tensions between Rome and Russia back to the surface. These tensions are much older than the Soviet Union....
  • Translation ‘error’? Final English Synod text cuts marriage ‘between a man and a woman’

    11/12/2014 11:17:44 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/11/14 | Hilary White
    Just at first glance, and without looking it up on Google Translate, what is the difference between these two passages of a recent important Vatican document, the final “Relatio” from October’s Extraordinary Synod of Bishops? “…confronto alla luce del Signore Gesů per discernere le vie con cui rinnovare la Chiesa e la societŕ nel loro impegno per la famiglia fondata sul matrimonio tra uomo e donna.” and “…facing the situation, with an eye on the Lord Jesus, to discern how the Church and society can renew their commitment to the family.” A little pared down, perhaps? The official Italian original...
  • Catholic bishops prefer the collection of money to the teaching of religion

    11/12/2014 9:01:56 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 6 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 11/12/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    Don’t expect to see any breakout sessions on the bumper sticker “You Can’t Be Both Catholic and Pro-Choice” at the meeting this week of the U.S. Roman Catholic bishops in Baltimore. And you probably won’t be allowed to take part in any discussions about clarity from the bishops regarding how Joe Biden, Nancy Pelosi, and Patrick Murphy can be both Catholic and pro-abortion. The demoted Cardinal Raymond Burke, former St. Louis archbishop, is saying the church “is like a ship without a rudder” under Pope Francis. (1) The Illinois Catholic Conference of state church leaders called abortion and related issues...
  • Pontifical Council For Culture Supports Women Priests? -- The "Erotic Buddhist", Whom Francis...

    11/11/2014 8:54:13 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | 11/10/14 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) The Pontifical Council for Culture is preparing an "opening" towards women priests? Pablo d'Ors, appointed papal Consultor of the Council for Culture since July, 1st, is convinced of a realignment. "While orthodox Church representatives are being kicked out from the Vatican, heretics are being brought in," said Messa in Latino about the Spanish priest, novelist and "Zen Buddhist" and his interview in the daily newspaper La Repubblica . The Pontifical Council for Cultural, headed by Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, seems to deal not only with culture and sports, but also with the Doctrine of the Faith, and ground filled with...
  • US BISHOPS STRUGGLING UNDER FRANCIS' PONTIFICATE

    11/09/2014 12:27:43 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 11/8/2014 | RACHEL ZOLL, AP RELIGION WRITER
    U.S. Roman Catholic bishops are gathering at a moment of turbulence for them and the American church, as Pope Francis moves toward crafting new policies for carrying out his mission of mercy - a prospect that has conservative Catholics and some bishops in an uproar. The assembly, which starts Monday in Baltimore, comes less than a month after Francis ended a dramatic Vatican meeting on how the church can more compassionately minister to Catholic families. The gathering in Rome was only a prelude to a larger meeting next year which will more concretely advise Francis on church practice. Still, the...
  • Religion News Service monkeys around with that Pope Francis evolution speech

    11/01/2014 3:25:44 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 11 replies
    GetReligion ^ | October 30, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    If the mainstream media had a mantra these days, it would be "The Pope Is Just Like Us!" A recent variation on the meme of Francis as an earth-shattering revolutionary is the press's guiding interpretation of the pope's address to the Pontifical Academy of the Sciences. As Catholic blogger Damian Geminder observes, MSNBC Community Editor Daniel Berger had "the most popular article on msnbc.com for much of Tuesday, featuring this completely-not-sensationalistic-and-totally-journalistic headline" No need to give details here on where the MSNBC spin goes off the rails, as Geminder has done a serviceable (albeit highly polemicized) job. So too has...
  • Elton John calls Pope Francis ‘my hero’ for acceptance of gays

    10/29/2014 3:12:35 AM PDT · by xp38 · 29 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | Oct. 29 2014 | Associated Press
    Elton John called Pope Francis "my hero" for his compassion and push to accept gays in the Catholic church, at his annual AIDS benefit. John hosted the event, "An Enduring Vision: A Benefit for the Elton John AIDS Foundation," Tuesday night in Manhattan. He said Francis is pushing boundaries in the church and told the crowd: "Make this man a saint now, OK?"
  • Pope Francis Says Evolution Is Not Inconsistent With God, Backs Scientific Advancements

    10/28/2014 9:44:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 133 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Evolution is not inconsistent with God, said Pope Francis during an unveiling of a bust of his predecessor, Pope-emeritus Benedict XVI, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on Monday. "Evolution in nature is not inconsistent with the notion of creation," Francis said. "The scientist," he continued, "must [nevertheless] be moved by a trust in the idea that nature hides, within her evolutionary mechanisms, potentialities that it is the task of intellect and freedom to discover and actuate, in order to achieve the [kind of] development that is in the design of the Creator." The pope, who backed the Roman Catholic...