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  • Church attendance 'to fall by 90%

    12/22/2008 8:43:46 PM PST · by Marechal · 25 replies · 915+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 21 December 2008 | Jamie Doward
    In one of the most holy weeks in the Christian calendar, a report says that in just over a generation the number of people attending Church of England Sunday services will fall to less than a tenth of what they are now. Christian Research, the statistical arm of the Bible Society, claimed that by 2050 Sunday attendance will fall below 88,000, compared with just under a million now. The controversial forecast, based on a "snapshot" census of church attendances, has been seized upon by secular groups as proof that the established church is in decline. But the Church of England...
  • Philip Jenkins on Assyrian (er Nestorian) Christians

    12/16/2008 7:20:34 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies · 354+ views
    Culture11 ^ | December 16th, 2008 | Chris Dierkes
    Philip Jenkins has a piece up in the Boston Globe that is worth the read. It’s kinda two pieces (or maybe 1 1/2) in one. One side is a response to the Vatican inquiry (Jenkins is High Church Anglican) for investing Roman Catholic theologian Peter Phan on the question of inter-religious dialogue/discussion. Phan’s bio is here. A correction to Jenkins’ article–Phan is not a Jesuit, he teaches at a Jesuit school. For anyone interested, background on Phan’s case here from John Allen, Jr. That part of his article imo is less successful (and less interesting) than the other half which...
  • Muslims outnumber Catholics

    03/30/2008 8:36:11 PM PDT · by Aussie Dasher · 50 replies · 939+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 31 March 2008
    ISLAM has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's 2008 yearbook, said Muslims made up 19.2 per cent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 per cent. "For the first time in history we are no longer at the top - the Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Formenti told Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, saying the data referred to 2006. He said that if all Christian groups were considered, including Orthodox churches, Anglicans and Protestants, then Christians made up 33 per cent of the world's population - or about...
  • Vatican: Islam Has "Overtaken" Catholicism (With Population Increases, Muslims Now Larger)

    03/30/2008 4:48:31 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies · 1,134+ views
    CBS News ^ | March 30, 2008
    "For the first time in history, we are no longer at the top: Muslims have overtaken us," Monsignor Vittorio Formenti said in an interview with the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano. Formenti compiles the Vatican's yearbook. He said that Catholics accounted for 17.4 percent of the world population - a stable percentage - while Muslims were at 19.2 percent. "It is true that while Muslim families, as is well known, continue to make a lot of children, Christian ones on the contrary tend to have fewer and fewer," the monsignor said. Formenti said that the data refer to 2006. The figures...
  • Muslims more numerous than Catholics

    03/30/2008 9:12:09 AM PDT · by lajollasurfer · 63 replies · 1,483+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/30/08
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Islam has overtaken Roman Catholicism as the biggest single religious denomination in the world, the Vatican said on Sunday. Monsignor Vittorio Formenti, who compiled the Vatican's newly-released 2008 yearbook of statistics, said Muslims made up 19.2 percent of the world's population and Catholics 17.4 percent.
  • Resurrecting Christendom: A Blueprint

    03/26/2008 3:55:33 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 8 replies · 614+ views
    HNN ^ | 3-03-08 | Timothy R. Furnish
    Last September Jim Pinkerton penned a brilliant cover story for the American Conservative entitled “The Once & Future Christendom,”1 wherein he argued that Western civilization could only be saved from the onslaught of global radical Islam by uniting under the umbrella of its shared Christian heritage. He illuminated his thesis with trenchant examples taken from Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and in fact named his plan the “Shire strategy,” after the homeland of the hobbit heroes of the trilogy.2 This essay constitutes a sequel, fine-tuning of Pinkerton’s ideas and a further laying of the groundwork for re-establishing a political...
  • Catholic tradition fading in US (Evangelical Protestants now outnumber Catholics)

    02/26/2008 10:44:25 AM PST · by Between the Lines · 110 replies · 323+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | February 26, 2008 | Julia Duin
    Evangelical Christianity has become the largest religious tradition in this country, supplanting Roman Catholicism, which is slowly bleeding members, according to a survey released yesterday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life. Evangelical Protestants outnumber Catholics by 26.3 percent (59 million) to 24 percent (54 million) of the population, according to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey, a massive 45-question poll conducted last summer of more than 35,000 American adults. "There is no question that the demographic balance has shifted in past few decades toward evangelical churches," said Greg Smith, a research fellow at the Pew Forum. "They are...
  • Fewer People Claim Religious Affiliation -Survey Of 35,000 Finds Religious Landscape Changing

    02/25/2008 11:40:22 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 60 replies · 153+ views
    Fewer People Claim Religious Affiliation Survey Of 35,000 Finds Religious Landscape Changing POSTED: 1:10 pm EST February 25, 2008 UPDATED: 2:29 pm EST February 25, 2008 The U.S. religious marketplace is extremely volatile, with nearly half of American adults leaving the faith tradition of their upbringing to either switch allegiances or abandon religious affiliation altogether, a new survey finds. The study released Monday by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life is unusual for it sheer scope, relying on interviews with more than 35,000 adults to document a diverse and dynamic U.S. religious population. While much of the study...
  • How to Choose among Presidential Candidates

    01/25/2008 1:38:33 PM PST · by NYer · 31 replies · 61+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | January 25, 2008 | Dr. Jeffrey A. Mirus
    A kind reader suggested that I offer an analysis of all the presidential candidates in order to assist voters in making the right choice. Unfortunately, despite the shrill denunciations of modernist Catholics who insist that my opposition to abortion proves I am a shill for the Republican Party, I am one of the least qualified persons to make such an assessment. Though I do have a personal friend who is running for the Senate, I tend to be woefully uninterested in politics. I get most of my own political information from people I trust who are far more knowledgeable than...
  • Keep the faith or pull the plug? (The Anglican Church in Canada withering away)

    01/12/2008 3:08:51 AM PST · by mkleesma · 18 replies · 344+ views
    The Globe and Mail ^ | January 12, 2008 | MICHAEL VALPY
    He's been called the diocesan hit man. As a joke, of course. Not a great joke. People with the skills of Simon Bell have become necessary in Canada's major Christian churches. He determines which congregations can survive, and why, and which ones have slid so far into the abyss of decline that they need to be put out of their misery. His title is congregational development consultant with the Anglican Diocese of Toronto, the largest Anglican jurisdiction in Canada. Churches call him in when they realize they're in trouble. He acquired the hit-man sobriquet after his involvement in the protracted...
  • Poll: 1 in 8 Britons Know Christmas Story in Depth

    12/09/2007 8:48:46 AM PST · by squireofgothos · 31 replies · 93+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 12-08-07 | Maria Mackay
    Commenting on the results of the survey, Theos Director Paul Woolley said: "These findings provide us with a good snapshot of our national relationship with Christianity. They show that the Christmas story, in its classic formulation is still very much in our cultural blood stream, as indeed is the Christian story as a whole. "However, when you probe in any depth, you discover that our knowledge and understanding is rather more shaky.” The poll also found that knowledge of the Christmas story varied with age. The youngest people questioned (aged 18-24) knew the least about the story of the birth...
  • ‘Our country has become a Christian nation,’ says Zambia’s First Lady

    12/07/2007 11:10:09 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 111+ views
    Journal Chretien ^ | Dan Wooding
    ‘Our country has become a Christian nation,’ says Zambia’s First Lady Her husband, the President, has been publicly baptized at a Lusaka Baptist church By Dan Wooding The First Lady of Zambia has stated that her country has become a “Christian nation.” Mrs. Maureen Mwanawasa (mwah-nah-WAH-sah), made this statement during an interview with me for ANS and also Safe Worlds IPTV at the recent 3rd Annual Global Summit on AIDS and the Church held at Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, hosted by Pastor Rick Warren and his wife, Kay. I asked the first lady, a Christian, like her husband,...
  • Corpus Christianum - Private Association of the Faithful

    11/20/2007 1:36:30 PM PST · by CorpusChristianum · 13 replies · 43+ views
    I just wanted to post information that Corpus Christianum has a website - www.corpuschristianum.org. This international private association of the faithful is a Catholic group dedicated to praying daily for the renewal of Christendom.
  • The Once & Future Christendom

    09/14/2007 5:41:24 PM PDT · by Sherman Logan · 11 replies · 479+ views
    American Conservative ^ | September 10, 2007 | James P. Pinkerton
    The Once & Future Christendom From death of the West—to knights of the West The Call of Duty—and Destiny In one of the great epics of Western literature, the hero, confronted by numerous and powerful enemies, temporarily gives in to weakness and self-pity. “I wish,” he sighs, “none of this had happened.” The hero’s wise adviser responds, “So do all who live to see such times, but that is not for them to decide.” The old man continues, “There are other forces at work in this world … besides the will of evil.” Some events, he adds, are “meant” to...
  • The Third Islamic Wave

    04/28/2007 7:34:45 PM PDT · by gallaxyglue · 20 replies · 1,644+ views
    World Jewish Digest ^ | April 27, 2007 | Bernard Lewis
    The Third Islamic Wave by Bernard Lewis On March 7, The American Enterprise Institute granted Professor Bernard Lewis the Irving Kristol Award, an honor whose past recipients have included former President Gerald Ford, Henry Kissinger and Justice Antonin Scalia. Professor Lewis was also selected to deliver the Irving Kristol Lecture. Below are excerpts from that lecture. A favorite theme of the historian is periodization—dividing history into periods. Periodization is mostly a convenience of the historian for purposes of writing or teaching. Nevertheless, there are times in the long history of the human adventure when we have a real turning point,...
  • What Is Culture?

    04/10/2007 12:28:54 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 6 replies · 494+ views
    Goretti Publications ^ | 28 November 2006 | Donald P. Goodman III
    Culture is an enormous force shaping man's character and views of the world. It has inspired the loftiest goods and the greatest of evils, from the foundation and maintenance of Christendom for a millenium to the massacres of the American Indians. It inspires what and how we do everything. Yet culture has not been much examined by Catholics, and what examination there has been has focused almost entirely on how religion impacts culture. While this is, of course, a very important pursuit, culture contains many more aspects than those informed by religion. Furthermore, because culture has such an immense impact...
  • New Poll Asks: Are We Living in the Last Days? (Poll on Americans across political-religious lines)

    09/22/2006 6:21:42 PM PDT · by NZerFromHK · 135 replies · 2,382+ views
    Left Behind ^ | 21 September 2006
    Learn what American attitudes toward current events and Bible prophecy are in this exclusive new poll.Are We Living in the Last Days? We asked: "Do you agree or disagree with the following statement: 'Events such as the rebirth of the State of Israel, wars and instability in the Middle East, recent earthquakes, and the tsunami in Asia are evidence that we are living in what the Bible calls the last days.'"* 42% of all Americans agree * 44% disagree * 14% say they don’t know Last Days—Gender* 50 percent of women agree; 37 percent disagree; * 14 percent don’t know...
  • FOCUS ON DEVELOPING WORLD CHRISTIANITY - Winds of change come from the south

    08/18/2006 7:01:04 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 4 replies · 267+ views
    Mercator Net ^ | August 17, 2006 | Michael Cook
    Christianity is thriving amongst the burgeoning populations of Africa and Latin America. Will it become the Big Idea of the 21st century? --------------------------------------------- If God isn’t dead, at least Christianity is. That’s the impression you might have after driving past churches in many suburbs on Sunday mornings. It is white heads that you will see straggling through the doors -- to hear sermons from priests and ministers over 60. Sexual scandals have rocked all churches, not just the Catholic Church. This has made it easier for traditional Christian views on public morality to be sidelined by governments. Warnings that Christians...
  • Has "Christendom" Served its Purpose?

    05/23/2006 6:34:22 PM PDT · by sionnsar · 21 replies · 429+ views
    The Waffling Anglican ^ | 5/23/2006 | Mike the Geek
    A lot of people I run into seem to be angsting these days about the imminent failure of what used to be called “Christendom.”  On the one hand, the repaganization of Western Civilization seems to be progressing steadily.  (On CSI: Miami the other day, some character told another that “That’s between you and your own personal god.”  I found that to be a rather telling statement.  It can only be between “you and your own personal god” if your own personal god really exists!  Otherwise it’s the same as saying “it’s between you and your imaginary friend Skippy.”  The concept of “my personal god” lies at...
  • Evangelical growth is worldwide phenomenon

    03/31/2006 1:00:45 AM PST · by Gamecock · 25 replies · 636+ views
    The Presbyterian Layman ^ | December 10, 1998
    Evangelical Christians are the main force behind the growth of Christianity, according to Patrick Johnstone, author of The Church is Larger Than You Think. Johnstone's assessment of the growth in evangelical Christianity was reported in the November-December issue of Good News magazine, a journal that promotes evangelical renewal in the United Methodist Church. The magazine story quoted Johnstone as identifying the following trends: 1. Evangelical Christianity has grown slowly but steadily in the West, while the rest of Western Christianity has shrunk significantly; 2. The real growth of Evangelical Christianity in recent years has been in Latin America, Africa, and...
  • Evangelical Christianity shifting outside West

    02/21/2006 7:46:32 AM PST · by laney · 34 replies · 1,324+ views
    Religion news ^ | Feb 21st, 2006
    Integrity It is more than simple honesty. It's the key to success. Do you want to learn how integrity can make you a success? These essays explore the many ways we can find purpose when helping other people on a personal level, nurturing the environment, or when working with others toward a larger goal. Read More... See! Hear! Study! Enjoy! • Bibles • Bibles on CD • Bibles on MP3 • Bible Software • Electronic Bibles.... and more... Read More... See this? Advertise here! Evangelical Christianity, born in England and nurtured in the United States, is leaving home. Most evangelicals...
  • Parents With Children Head to Pagan Territory

    01/15/2006 7:53:29 PM PST · by Murtyo · 14 replies · 575+ views
    ZENIT News Services ^ | ROME, JAN. 15, 2006 | © Innovative Media, Inc.
    Neocatechumenal Families: the New MissionariesAfter Benedict XVI sent some 200 families of the Neocatechumenal Way on mission, the Way's founder revealed that these apostles will take on the toughest evangelical tasks. In an interview with the Veritas news agency, Kiko Argüello explained that the families are destined for places where Christ is absent. "Families are sent to areas where the situation is one of total paganism. It is a mission of the purest 'ad gentes' type," he said. "Some families go to cities of the former Communist regime where there still are no parishes, to European cities where there are...
  • Christianity credited for West's success

    01/07/2006 3:34:08 PM PST · by Gertie · 53 replies · 1,325+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | Sat Jan 7 2006 | By Richard N. Ostling
    IT'S one of history's most important questions: Why did Europe and North America embrace democracy and thrive economically while countries elsewhere suffered oppression and stagnation? Leading U.S. sociologist Rodney Stark says many scholars purposely overlook the obvious answer: It was the spread of Christianity that made possible political and economic freedoms, modern science and resulting western advancement. Such is the Baylor University professor's contention in The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism and Western Success (Random House), one of the more provocative of recent books, whose vigorous prose reflects the author's one-time employment as a newspaper reporter....
  • New Lausanne Report Highlights Global Shift of Christianity

    01/03/2006 8:18:27 PM PST · by dukeman · 3 replies · 457+ views
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/2/06 | Michelle Vu
    A report released this month by the Lausanne Researchers’ Network highlights the profound southern geographical shift of global Christianity over the past hundred years. USA Evangelicals/Evangelicals in a Global Context by Todd Johnson, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, offers new data on the southern shift in the evangelical movement from its roots in the United Kingdom and the United States. According to the study, over 80 percent of all Christians in 1900 were from Europe and North America, yet by 2005 it was under 45 percent. This statistic correlates with...
  • Charles Martel

    11/05/2005 8:39:40 AM PST · by thoughtomator · 5 replies · 923+ views
    Catholic Encyclopedia ^ | 2003 | Catholic Encyclopedia
    Charles Martel Born about 688; died at Quierzy on the Oise, 21 October, 741. He was the natural son of Pepin of Herstal and a woman named Alpaïde or Chalpaïde. Pepin, who died in 714, had outlived his two legitimate sons, Drogon and Grimoald, and to Theodoald, a son of the latter and then only six years old, fell the burdensome inheritance of the French monarchy. Charles, who was then twenty-six, was not excluded from the succession on account of his birth, Theodoald himself being the son of a concubine, but through the influence of Plectrude, Theodoald's grandmother, who wished...
  • Why Islam didn't conquer the world...

    10/31/2005 9:08:06 PM PST · by Eurotwit · 59 replies · 3,978+ views
    The Free Lance-Star ^ | Date published: 10/30/2005 | PAUL AKERS
    N A SUSTAINED, century-long rampage that would have wowed Rommel, the Prophet Mohammed and his successors beginning in A.D. 629 conquered not only Arabia, Persia, Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, but also branded the crescent of Islam on lands formerly within the fold of a Christian Roman Empire then in ruins. In 709, Arab horsemen and their allies crossed the Strait of Gibraltar. Four short years later, Spain belonged to the Empire of the Prophet. In the summer of 732, the centennial of Mohammed's death, this veteran Islamic juggernaut, at least 80,000 strong with the skilled and popular general Abd...
  • When The French Beat Back Moslem Aggression: Charles Martel at Tours

    03/09/2003 11:32:40 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 40 replies · 1,578+ views
    The Battle of ToursOctober 10, 732 AD marks the conclusion of the Battle of Tours, arguably one of the most decisive battles in all of history. A Moslem army, in a crusading search for land and the end of Christianity, after the conquest of Syria, Egypt, and North Africa, began to invade Western Europe under the leadership of Abd-er Rahman, governor of Spain. Abd-er Rahman led an infantry of 60,000 to 400,000 soldiers across the Western Pyrenees and toward the Loire River, but they were met just outside the city of Tours by Charles Martel, known as the Hammer, and...
  • TOURS 732

    10/10/2005 12:34:58 AM PDT · by B-Chan · 11 replies · 989+ views
    brucelewis.com ^ | 2005.10.10 | B-Chan
    1,273 years ago today.
  • Out of Africa [on ++Akinola]

    08/13/2005 8:09:56 AM PDT · by sionnsar · 1 replies · 188+ views
    Christianity Today ^ | 7/15/2005 | Douglas LeBlanc
    [All, CT's requirement for excerpting, and FR's excerpting rules, don't allow me to provide enough to give you any sense of this excellent article. --sionnsar] Philip Jenkins, in his groundbreaking The Next Christendom, wrote that a "global perspective should make us think carefully before asserting 'what Christians believe' or 'how the church is changing.' All too often [such statements] refer only to what that ever-shrinking remnant of Western Christians and Catholics believe. Such assertions are outrageous today. … The era of Western Christianity has passed within our lifetimes, and the day of Southern Christianity is dawning."In the Anglican Communion, the...
  • Documentary maker charts rise of Christianity across continent

    05/14/2005 9:58:47 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 5 replies · 593+ views
    Michigan Live ^ | 05/14/05 | Michigan Live
    Christianity in many of its forms and denominational faces is exploding across the continent of Africa, says documentary filmmaker James Ault. In Ghana, for example, the number of churches is doubling every few years, he says. In Zimbabwe, Christian ministers are regularly casting out demons and bringing healing, stability and comfort to people of all ages. And meanwhile, says Ault, Pentecostalism in Uganda has taken off and is given much of the credit for a miraculous stemming of the AIDS epidemic there. "The power and vitality of the Christian movement in Africa is beginning to be seen on the world...
  • 'Kingdom of Heaven' – Truth in Limbo - (tour de force review!)

    05/09/2005 4:47:54 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 50 replies · 1,765+ views
    NEWSMAX.COM ^ | MAY 9, 2005 | JAMES HIRSEN
    These days it seems that whenever Hollywood meets history, history gets the squeeze. Last year "King Arthur," "Troy" and "Alexander" were put through the revisionist wringer. Today it's the factually challenged movie "Kingdom of Heaven" whose historical content appears to have been schmushed. "Kingdom of Heaven"'s director Ridley Scott recently took a cue from Cecil B. DeMille and chose the Crusades as the subject of his latest epic. This is the same fellow who brought us "Gladiator" and "Blade Runner," which makes me wonder: How did a talented filmmaker like Scott get stuck with an incoherent script like this? It's...
  • Christianity taking over the planet?

    05/07/2005 8:05:03 AM PDT · by churchillbuff · 377 replies · 5,309+ views
    WND/Virtueonline ^ | 2005 | WND/
    What is the fastest-growing religion on Earth? Most news reports suggest it is Islam. But a new book makes a compelling case it is a new, or, perhaps, old form of biblically inspired evangelical Christianity that is sweeping through places like China, Africa, India and Southeast Asia. In "Megashift," author Jim Rutz coins a new phrase to define this fast-growing segment of the population. He calls them "core apostolics" - or "the new saints who are at the heart of the mushrooming kingdom of God." Rutz makes the point that Christianity is overlooked as the fastest-growing faith in the world...
  • Joseph Farah on the Church in America: "Bad News and Good News"

    05/03/2005 5:54:28 AM PDT · by Theodore R. · 20 replies · 771+ views
    WND.com ^ | 05-03-05 | Farah, Joseph
    Bad news and Good News -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Posted: May 3, 2005 1:00 a.m. Eastern © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com I've got bad news and good news – as you probably gathered from the headline. The bad news is the church in America is asleep. The same church that inspired the War of Independence, the same church that helped shape America's heritage and destiny, the same church that birthed the greatest experiment in freedom the world has ever known ... that church today is on life support. I don't know exactly when it happened. But I know it has been comatose for too long....
  • Benedict XVI's Quest for Unity - New Pope Reaches Out to Other Churches and Religions

    05/01/2005 3:15:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies · 759+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 30, 2005
    ROME, APRIL 30, 2005 (Zenit.org).- A key theme in the first public pronouncements of the new Pope is the need for greater unity between believers. Benedict XVI's determination to improve ecumenical and interreligious relations was evident in his message to the cardinals at a Mass the day after his election. "Nourished and sustained by the Eucharist, Catholics cannot but feel stimulated to tend to that full unity that Christ so ardently desired in the Cenacle," the Holy Father stated. He declared his intention, "as a primary commitment, to work without sparing energies for the reconstitution of the full and visible...
  • Great Britain: Navy bans St.George flags (Flag said to upset Turks; reminder of Crusades)

    04/22/2005 7:48:15 PM PDT · by Stoat · 43 replies · 5,416+ views
    The Sun (U.K.) ^ | April 22, 2005 | TOM NEWTON DUNN, Defence Editor, and ALEX PEAKE
    EXCLUSIVE Navy bans St George flags Banned ... St George's cross     By TOM NEWTON DUNN, Defence Editor and ALEX PEAKE THE Royal Navy has banned 12 warships from flying the English flag to commemorate St George’s Day today in case it upsets the Turks. The order, blasted as “political correctness gone mad”, has enraged men and women of the senior service.
  • New Pope Vows To Unify Christians (Pope Benedict XVI To Continue Eucumenical Outreach Alert)

    04/20/2005 5:47:40 AM PDT · by goldstategop · 123 replies · 2,440+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 04/20/05 | Nicole Winfield
    By NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI on Wednesday pledged to work to unify all Christians, reach out to other religions and continue implementing reforms from the Second Vatican Council as he outlined his goals and made clear his pontificate would closely follow the trajectory of his predecessor, Pope John Paul II. AP Photo Reuters Slideshow: Ratzinger Named Pope Benedict XVI Complete Coverage • News & Analysis • Photos & Slideshows Benedict, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, listed top priorities of his papacy in a message read in Latin to cardinals gathered in the Sistine...
  • African Catholic Church Growing Rapidly

    04/15/2005 8:39:38 AM PDT · by spetznaz · 27 replies · 2,489+ views
    Yahoo ^ | April 15, 2005 | TERRY LEONARD
    SOWETO, South Africa - Mass is so crowded at St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church that the parishioners spill out into the courtyard, where they huddle close to the doors to hear and be heard. Worship here is participatory and joyous, not a staid moral duty performed amid pomp and ritual beneath the stained glass of one of Europe's cavernous and magnificent cathedrals. The Catholic Church seems young, active and relevant, growing at a rate so explosive — with nearly 140 million Roman Catholics in Africa — that it's a vital part of today's Christian expansion. The next pope will inherit...
  • Where Faith Thrives

    03/25/2005 9:48:00 PM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies · 1,465+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 26, 2005 | NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
    OP-ED COLUMNIST DETE CROSSING, Zimbabwe — So with Easter approaching, here I am in the heart of Christendom. That's right - Africa. One of the most important trends reshaping the world is the decline of Christianity in Europe and its rise in Africa and other parts of the developing world, including Asia and Latin America. I stopped at a village last Sunday morning here in Zimbabwe - and found not a single person to interview, for everyone had hiked off to church a dozen miles away. And then I dropped by a grocery store with a grim selection of the...
  • Centre of Christianity moves to Africa

    02/25/2005 6:40:58 PM PST · by xzins · 5 replies · 741+ views
    News Telegraph ^ | 26 Feb 05 | David Blair
    Centre of Christianity moves to Africa By David Blair in Johannesberg (Filed: 26/02/2005) If a clergyman's success is measured by the size of his flock, then Africa's priests stand to inherit the earth. Their congregations are growing faster than any since the earliest years of Christianity. The pews of Africa's churches now hold 390 million worshippers – more than three times the total of 35 years ago. Over the next two decades, Africa's congregation is likely to grow by another 200 million, causing a huge shift in the character of the Christian faith. Its heartland will move decisively southwards, away...
  • Global rifts emerge as Christianity moves south

    02/22/2005 2:41:30 PM PST · by newheart · 6 replies · 354+ views
    Reuters via Titusonenine ^ | Feb 22, 2005 | Tom Hennegan
    Based in Europe for almost a millennium, Christianity has spread so widely around the world that its geographical centre has crossed into Africa and is now located near Timbuktu in mainly Muslim Mali, researchers say. By the end of this century, this "centre of gravity" -- the point on the globe at which the numbers of Christians living to the north, south, east and west are equal -- will have moved even further south to Africa's most populous state, Nigeria. Bishops of the Anglican Communion, the world denomination built around the Church of England, could be forgiven for thinking at...
  • America's Munificent Destiny

    02/15/2005 2:11:38 PM PST · by freeholland · 417+ views
    OPINION EDITORIALS.COM ^ | FEBRUARY 8, 2005 | JAMES ATTICUS BOWDEN
    Nations, like men, have destinies. They choose to fulfill them or fail. Free Will, not fate, makes choices at every crossroads in life for men and nations alike. President George W. Bush stated the vision for the United States as “our generational commitment to the advance of freedom”. That vision may be part of a greater destiny for our Nation. America has a Munificent Destiny, if we, The People, choose it. America’s Munificent Destiny serves us for a century, perhaps longer. America’s Munificent Destiny is to use our phenomenal aggregation of wealth, power, technology and culture with pragmatic generosity. The...
  • Why the Islamists Really Hate Us

    02/08/2005 5:04:52 PM PST · by quidnunc · 122 replies · 2,852+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | February 8, 2005 | Thomas Patrick Carroll
    One hears the same question again and again. “Why do so many Muslims hate America? Is it because of who we are, or is it the policies we pursue?” Usually this question comes from the anti-war left (and right), where the answer is always the same — it’s our policies. [1] A pure, almost quintessential, example of this position appeared in a recent interview with Michael Scheuer, erstwhile CIA officer and now freelance critic of the Administration’s war on terror. Scheuer said bluntly, “[T]his war has nothing to do with who we are or what we believe, and everything to...
  • God gets a stake in affairs of state (the rise of Christianity Downunder)

    02/05/2005 5:51:13 PM PST · by Dundee · 9 replies · 758+ views
    The Australian ^ | February 05, 2005 | Cameron Stewart
    God gets a stake in affairs of state AUSTRALIA'S holy war began under lights at the Sydney SuperDome. The combatants did not know it at the time, nor did the 20,000 strong crowd who poured in on this winter's night to celebrate the annual conference of the Hillsong Church. As music filled the arena, the fervour washed over the congregation. They raised their palms to the heavens, closed their eyes and swayed to the rhythm of God. But something unusual was afoot. On this night last July, the Almighty was eclipsed by a pasty, middle-aged man who emerged onto the...
  • Anglicans in global South urge repentance for US gay bishop consecration [puts it mildly]

    01/30/2005 7:41:05 AM PST · by sionnsar · 8 replies · 129+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 1/28/2005 | Ecumenical News Service
    “Nairobi, 28 January (ENI)–Anglican church leaders from the southern hemisphere on Friday called on the Episcopal (Anglican) Church in the United States to repent for consecrating an openly gay man as a bishop. “By their actions they have repudiated the provisions of the scriptures,” Nigerian Archbishop Peter Akinola, the chairman of the Global South Anglican Primates meeting, told journalists in Nairobi after a four-day meeting of the primates, or heads of churches, in the Kenyan capital. The call follows the consecration in 2003 of openly gay V. Gene Robinson as bishop of the US state of New Hampshire, a move...
  • Battling for Europe's Soul: Politicians ignore testimony of Western civilization's cathedrals

    01/08/2005 10:39:25 AM PST · by quidnunc · 7 replies · 616+ views
    The Charlotte [NC] Observer ^ | January 8, 2005 | Tom Ashcraft
    For Americans on their first trip to Europe, nothing stands out quite like the churches. In towns large and small, the churches, especially cathedrals, are often the most prominent buildings — tall, old and beautiful, frequently containing priceless artworks. Europe is so thick with them that many Americans, after only a few days of touring, have been known to say, with some justice, "Not another cathedral." Yet if their numbers make them hard to take in, they say something profound about who many of our ancestors were and how important Christianity was to building Western civilization. This eloquent testimony, however,...
  • Why isn't anyone offended by "Happy New Year"

    01/04/2005 6:14:44 AM PST · by Wil H · 56 replies · 1,097+ views
    vanity | 1/4 | Wil H
    Christmas is over - well nearly, it ends tomorrow on Jan 5th (Twelth Night) and this Christmas season we have seen an unprecedented attempt to stamp it out by the secularists and the left wing loonies. People have been cowered into not saying "Merry Christsmas" for fear of offending minorities who don't celebrate Christmas, so the question I ask is - why is no one offended by "Happy New Year"? A fifth of the world's population are Chinese -it's not their New Year! There are more Jews in in New York than in Israel -it's not their New Year either!...
  • NYT: A Sad New Carol: Go Ye From Bethlehem

    12/23/2004 7:28:42 AM PST · by OESY · 5 replies · 489+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 23, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    BETHLEHEM, West Bank, Dec. 20 - In the town where Christians believe Christ was born, the Christians are leaving. Four years of violence, an economic free fall and the Israeli separation barrier have all contributed to the hardships facing Palestinian Christians in Bethlehem, one of the largest concentrations of Christians in the region. An estimated 3,000 Christians in the Bethlehem area have moved abroad since the Palestinian uprising began in 2000, according to Bernard Sabella, an associate professor of sociology at Bethlehem University who has tracked the issue. While some others put the number a bit lower, there is a...
  • The Christian Future and Philip Jenkins [The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity]

    12/19/2004 3:49:43 PM PST · by sionnsar · 17 replies · 360+ views
    titusonenine ^ | 12/19/2004 | kendall
    “The numbers that Jenkins cites are remarkable. Of the roughly 2 billion Christians worldwide, Europe still claims a plurality, with 560 million believers — although that number includes many who are counted as Christian only on the baptismal rolls of their emptying churches. If present trends continue, by 2025 there will be 633 million Christians in Africa, 640 million in South America, and 460 million in Asia; Europe’s numbers will have remained constant, leaving it at third place among the continents and falling. By 2050, to extrapolate further, only a fifth of the world’s Christians will be non-Hispanic whites. As...
  • The post-Christian generation

    12/13/2004 2:48:15 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 12 replies · 451+ views
    The Age (Melbourne) ^ | 14th December 2004 | Muriel Porter
    The religious amnesia evident in Australia at Christmas is not only sad, it's dangerous, writes Muriel Porter. Friends of mine recently took their young son to see the Myer Christmas windows. He was engrossed by them, carefully following the story of The Polar Express - a story he knows well - from scene to scene. Then he came to the window depicting Mary, Joseph and the infant Jesus. The nativity tableau was quite new to him. "So what's the story here then?" he asked his parents. Similar anecdotes could be told around the country, and not just about schoolchildren. My...
  • Persecuted Christians

    11/20/2004 7:52:12 PM PST · by Destro · 47 replies · 2,542+ views
    telegraph.co.uk ^ | 20/11/2004 | opinion.telegraph
    Persecuted Christians (Filed: 20/11/2004) Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is perhaps the only man alive of whom it might be said that he is more Catholic than the Pope. Even though his enemies caricature him as the most bigoted of grand inquisitors, he knows John Paul II like nobody else. Among the college of cardinals, he is one of the few likely successors who is the ailing pontiff's intellectual equal. His long interview in yesterday's La Repubblica is thus an authentic reflection of the consensus inside the Vatican. It makes for...