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  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/04/2015 11:41:44 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 1 replies
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  • The Greek Orthodox Church In Latin America Is Not Very Greek

    05/04/2015 6:31:57 AM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    Huffington Post ^ | 04-15-2015 | Carol Kuruvilla
    ...Metropolitan Athenagoras, a Chicago native, had no intention of seeking to spread the Orthodox faith to local communities. Still, they came, and the church began to grow. Of its 550,000 members, only 5,000 are Greek, according to Maxwell Dotson, executive director of One World One Community, a non-profit co-founded by Metropolitan Athenagoras. The vast majority are natives of that region who are seeking a spiritual identity within the transplanted Greek church. The Greek Orthodox Church in the archdiocese now has only three clergy members of Greek descent, of the 52 who are serving. Metropolitan Athenagoras said the local communities were...
  • We've Already Redefined Marriage, by Accepting Contraception

    05/04/2015 6:14:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 5/1/15 | Phil Lawler
    In a must-read column for the Wall Street Journal, Rev. Donald Sensing, a Methodist minister from Tennessee, argues that acceptance of same-sex marriage “will not cause the degeneration of the institution of marriage; it is the result of it.” Understand that Rev. Sensing is not happy with the situation as he sees it. “I believe that this state of affairs is contrary to the will of God,” he writes. But he argues persuasively that the public understanding of marriage was doomed when society accepted the Pill, and thereby severed the link between marriage and procreation. Marriage, he observes, had traditionally...
  • What to Say to a Pastor Who Wants to Officiate a "Gay Wedding"

    05/03/2015 3:21:08 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 36 replies
    Desiring God ^ | 4-30-15 | John Piper
    Question: “Pastor John, what should a church council or board do if one of their pastors asks to officiate a same-sex wedding?” I don’t feel like I can answer that question without dropping one level down. This is so sensitive and explosive and politically agitating that I want to go down to the bottom, and then come back up to the practical question. The practical question is relatively easy once you get the other things, which are not easy, sorted out. The emotional and physical sensations that we call same-sex attraction are disordered emotions and disordered sensations. And that disordering...
  • Pope Francis praises Junipero Serra as U.S. 'founding father'

    05/03/2015 1:33:15 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 111 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5-3-15 | Harriet Ryan
    Pope Francis weighed in on a thorny topic in California history Saturday when he spoke at length at a Rome Mass about Father Junipero Serra, the controversial California mission founder set to become America's first Latino saint later this year. Addressing an audience that included many American priests, including Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez, the pope referred to the 18th century Franciscan priest as “one of the founding fathers of the United States” and praised his willingness to abandon the comforts and privileges of his native Spain to spread the Christian message in the New World. I wonder if...
  • Bishop to Restore Traditional Order of the Sacraments of Initiation (Catholic Caucus)

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

    05/03/2015 11:24:34 AM PDT · by campg · 3 replies
    Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier ^ | May 3, 2015 | Dennis Clayson
    When some of us expressed fear of what we saw and heard about the protests against religious-rights laws, many people either saw no issue or condemned us for being alarmist or hate-filled Christians. It is time for well-meaning people to think this through. Hillary Clinton said last week culture and religious beliefs “have” to be changed to achieve women's rights. Is that just feel-good rhetoric, or does she really mean it? If so, what does it imply to say religious beliefs “have” to be changed? We don’t need to discuss theology. At its foundation this isn’t about theology at all,...
  • A Crisis in the German Church? Synod Questionnaire Would Suggest So

    05/03/2015 9:24:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/2/15 | Carl Bunderson
    Vatican City, May 2, 2015 / 05:44 pm (CNA).- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts. The synthesis of responses from Catholics in Germany was released by the nation's bishops conference on April 16. The 17-page document, provided in an English translation, summarizes the responses, which filled some 1,000 pages. According to the German bishops conference,...
  • Plan B on Marriage: A Proposal to Remove the State from Celebrating Marriages

    05/03/2015 7:53:17 AM PDT · by Teófilo · 21 replies
    Vivificat - From Contemplation to Action ^ | 3 May 2015 | TDJ (@vivificat)
    Brethren, Peace be with you. Back in 2011 I wrote Do We Need to Use a Different Word for Marriage in the Church? and, Should Catholic Clergy Cease Signing Civil “Marriage” Licenses? I say Aye!, in which I supported the idea of getting the Church out of the business of issuing marriage licenses, an idea originally put forward by Monsignor Charles Pope of the Archdiocese of Washington, DC. Today, Father (Protopresbyter) John Whiteford, an Orthodox priest from Houston, TX formulated on his blog a slightly different proposal which has the state, not the churches, get out of the business of licensing...
  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 72 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • How to take Christ out of Christianity [By being “Culturally Christian"]

    05/02/2015 7:59:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 32 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/02/2015 | By Alana Massey
    When I tell my socially progressive, atheist friends that I’m “culturally Christian,” they’re momentarily concerned that I have a latent preoccupation with guns and the Pledge of Allegiance. Using the term with devout believers gets me instructions that I just need to read more sophisticated theology to come around. I’ve tried hard to accept my fully secular identity, and at other times I’ve tried to read myself into theistic belief, going all the way through divinity school as part of the effort. Still, I remain unable to will myself into any belief in God or gods — but also unable...
  • Will the Pope declare that the Earth has “rights” this year?

    05/02/2015 4:04:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    Hot Air ^ | May 2, 2015 | Jazz Shaw
    Wesley Smith at National Review Online caught my attention while I was down here at Right Online with this piece on the question of nature rights. The nature rights movement is real and extremely subversive to human freedom and thriving. Most people think such a thing can never happen. But it already is happening. Bolivia and Ecuador have legalized the rights of nature, as have more than 30 U.S. cities, including Santa Monica. Moreover, the Secretary General of the UN, Ban-ki Moon has declared his support. Smith is referring to an article at Commonweal which discusses the Pope’s upcoming encyclical...
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    05/02/2015 10:04:34 AM PDT · by QT3.14 · 10 replies
    NRO ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/02/2015 8:38:34 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    May 2, 2015 | Irish Rose
    How lovely is your dwelling place, O LORD Almighty! My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God. Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young – a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God. Blessed are those who dwell in your house; they are ever praising you. (Psalm 84:1-4)
  • Synod. The Proposal of a “Third Way”

    05/02/2015 8:28:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 18 replies
    Chiesa ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, May 1, 2015 – Responses have come streaming into Rome from all over the world, answering the preparatory questionnaire for the second and final session of the synod on the family, scheduled for October 4-25. One widespread impression - sometimes deliberately fostered - is that the pre-synodal discussion is polarized between two extreme positions: on one side, those who would like to introduce radical changes into the Catholic doctrine and practice of marriage, allowing the dissolution of the bond and second marriages; on the other, those who are adamant in punishing with de facto excommunication anyone who violates the...
  • The Anti Christ - Seven Year Reign or Forty Two Month Reign?

    05/02/2015 6:26:45 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 28 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/2/15
    My dear friends, a few more key points and challenges I would like to make to Bible scholars is for them to see how many times the person of the "anti Christ" is found in the first half of the seven year tribulation period in comparison to the second half. The passages referring to the anti- Christ in the second half of the seven year tribulation are much more abundant and display him in a place of total global dominance and authority, while in the first half he is lightly esteemed. The Anti Christ/Messiah does NOT come to ABSOLUTE TOTAL...
  • Archbishop Cordileone Sends Back-Up to Priest Under Attack

    05/01/2015 8:21:36 PM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 5/1/2015 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    A solid new school chaplain takes over today at a San Francisco Catholic community that's recently been targeted by the media for its pastor's altar boys-only policy. Star of the Sea School, part of the same community as Star of the Sea parish, will now be ministered by Fr. Vito Perrone of the Contemplatives of St. Joseph, who's described as "a priest of impeccable orthodoxy." The parish's pastor, Fr. Joseph Illo, co-founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri, has been under attack since last November, when he announced the parish will only be training boys to serve at the...
  • Patriarchate: pan-Orthodox synod will not express solidarity with ‘sexual minorities’

    05/01/2015 5:00:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    The Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople has strongly denied a report on a Greek religious news site that the committee preparing the agenda for the 2016 Pan-Orthodox Council is seeking “to submit a methodology whereby the Holy and Great Council will express its solidarity with ‘sexual minorities.’” “Not only was there no such decision by the special committee that I chair, but absolutely not a single member of this committee expressed such support, whether direct or indirect, of the lifestyle of these ‘minorities,’” said Archbishop John Zizioulas of Pergamon. “Not demonstrating violence against sinners emanates from the Gospel principle of love...
  • Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

    05/01/2015 4:32:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 43 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2015
    Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa. Washington D.C., May 1, 2015 / 03:34 pm (CNA).- Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has seen his share of excitement, serving as general for Communist Romania’s secret police before defecting to the United States in the late 1970s. The highest-ranking defector from communism in the ‘70s, he spoke to CNA recently about the connection between the Soviet Union and Liberation Theology in Latin America. Below are excerpts of the interview....
  • Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver?

    05/01/2015 7:29:28 AM PDT · by Phinneous · 4 replies
    TheYeshiva.net ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Joseph Isaac Jacobson
    Are you a Kisser or a Cleaver? Exploring the literal, poetic, and mystical interpretations of the Book of Ruth. This is part one (with links contained within to subsequent classes) of an incredible series about the Book of Ruth, it's classical teachings, and messages for the future. On the night of the up-coming Jewish Holiday of Shavuot, many Jewish congregations read the Book of Ruth? Give a listen and learn the incredible depth of the story.
  • What is TRUTH in a World FULL of DARKNESS?

    05/01/2015 7:13:48 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 10 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/1/15
    This fallen world adheres to many different Babelologies (Gen. 11, Rev. 17:2), but out of the thousands of human religions or “spiritual philosophies” which have dominated our world since the Tower of Babel, these "religions" are placed into just two godless categories; relativism and fundamentalism. Spiritual relativism is the most damnable of all human philosophies for it eliminates any redemption in RIGHTEOUSNESS for the transgressions of the ETERNAL RIGHTEOUS absolutes of Almighty God. To adhere to spiritual relativism means (morally or spiritually) that there are NO absolute TRUTHS and all man made delusions are equal and relative (Prov. 14:12, John...
  • JONATHAN CAHN ON CAPITAL HILL: FOLLOW BAAL AND GO TO HELL!

    05/01/2015 7:08:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    Beth Israel Jonathan Cahn ^ | 5/1/15 | Johnathan Cahn
    This dear brother taking it to the American leaders and America from Capital Hill from Almighty God's Word! Rev. 3:8!
  • Nigerian Bishop: Hillary Clinton's Remarks About Religious Beliefs Show She "Thinks She Is a God"

    04/30/2015 1:29:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME—In this far reaching, follow-up interview to a story Aleteia brought you in February, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, who serves as Director of Communications for the African Bishops, discusses with Aleteia the latest developments regarding Boko Haram, and his fellow Nigerian bishop’s claim that he had vision of Jesus Christ, who told him the terrorist organization would be defeated through the power of the rosary.    He also offers his perspective on Hillary Clinton’s statement last week that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health...
  • Beauty will save the world – Gaudi's basilica inspires conversions

    04/30/2015 12:25:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies
    cna ^ | April 30, 2015 | Elise Harris and Alan Holdren
    Next Barcelona, Catalonia - The Sagrada FamĂ­lia, a Roman Catholic Church in Barcelona, Catalonia, designed by Catalan architect Antoni GaudĂ­. Barcelona, Spain, Apr 30, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though the renowned Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi died nearly 90 years ago and his best-known work remains under construction, the beauty of the Sagrada Familia basilica continues to draw people to Christ. “Almost nothing leads us to the divine, but then people go there,” said JosĂ© Manuel Almuzara PĂ©rez, reflecting on the awe inspired in those who visit the Sagrada Familia. Almuzara told CNA April 18 that “Even the...
  • Ted Cruz To Brody File: Evangelicals Will Decide Who Becomes President Of The United States

    04/30/2015 9:49:11 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    CBN's The Brody File ^ | April 30, 2015 | David Brody, chief political correspondent
    Ted Cruz tells The Brody File that evangelicals are the key to who is elected President of the United States in 2016. “I think evangelicals, Christians, people of faith are going to play the decisive role in the republican primary. And I think we’re going to play the decisive role in the general election in 2016.” Cruz resonates with evangelicals but so do quite a few other candidates so it’s going to be an all-out “holy war” during GOP Primary season. This interview was done at the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition near Des Moines this past weekend.(VIDEO-AT-LINK)David Brody, “...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Hillary Clinton's Christian Faith

    04/30/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/30/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States, but what actually guides her? The only currently declared candidate for the Democratic ticket was raised in the Methodist tradition and continues to practice that faith today. Here are six interesting facts about Clinton's faith as it relates to her candidacy and personal life. 1) Clinton was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and wrote in her book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us that "religion figures in my earliest memories of my family. Our spiritual life as a family was...
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    04/29/2015 11:39:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Yesterday, however, the solicitor general tugged at that curtain, revealing the Jacobin behind —...
  • Attacks on San Francisco Priest Aim to Test Abp. Cordileone

    04/29/2015 7:21:16 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/29/15 | Jim Graves
    The embattled pastor of a San Francisco parish has been the target of an unrelenting campaign aimed at pressuring Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone to oust him. At the same time, the charges against Father Joseph Illo are being used as part of a larger effort to lobby Pope Francis to remove the archbishop, according to local observers. This week, the Archdiocese of San Francisco quietly announced that a priest has been assigned as chaplain at the parish’s school. The connection between the efforts to push out both priest and archbishop became national news when more than 100 “prominent Catholics” published a...
  • Should Pastors Stop Signing Civil Marriage Certificates?

    04/29/2015 1:02:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/26/2015 | Compiled by Ruth Moon
    In response to same-sex marriage, hundreds signed a pledge endorsed by First Things to separate civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay Research found that 1 in 4 pastors (and 1 in 3 Americans) support such a move.Here’s how theologians and other experts answered the question. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom. "For a long time, Christianity has sewn its teachings into the fabric of Western culture. That was a good thing. But the season of sewing is ending. Now is a time for rending, not for the sake...
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • Victory for Nashville Dominicans, Other Catholic Entities Against HHS Mandate

    04/29/2015 6:16:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Without comment, the United States Supreme Court has ordered a federal appeals court to reconsider its ruling that the Michigan Catholic Conference and other Catholic entities fall under the purview of the HHS mandate. Plaintiffs in the case include the Michigan Catholic Conference, Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Kalamazoo, the Catholic Diocese of Nashville, Catholic Charities of Tennessee, Camp Marymount, Inc., Mary, Queen Of Angels, Inc., St. Mary Villa, Inc., the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation (popularly known as the Nashville Dominicans), and Aquinas College in Tennessee.
  • Data Check: Catholic Population Changes and New Ordinations

    04/29/2015 6:11:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Two recent news stories caught our eye at CARA. The first reports on “declining membership” in the Catholic Church and the second on an “increase in ordinations” in the United States: “Even though the membership of the Catholic Church in the U.S. has been declining in the past two decades, the billow of Hispanic immigrants to the U.S. has sustained the church and helped keep parishes across the country open.” -Albuquerque Journal “Almost 600 Catholic men will be ordained priests for the U.S. in 2015, an increase of more than 100 from last year.”-The Washington TimesBoth of these stories contain...
  • Cause for Controversy: Catholic School Teaches Catholic Morals to Catholic Students [UK]

    04/28/2015 8:24:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/28/15 | Joanna Bogle
    "The Telegraph" apparently finds it bothersome that Coloma Convent Girls' School presents the dark side of premarital sex and strongly encourages chaste choicesHeadlines about complaints over sex education in a Catholic school. Claims that some students are “scared” by the approach used in teaching about sexually transmitted diseases. The head teacher defending what had been done and saying the aim was to meet the needs of pupils and “discuss various issues and ideas”. Sound familiar? There has been plenty of controversy over sex education in recent years. So why did Britain's Daily Telegraph pick up this particular story? Coloma Convent...
  • (from December 2007) The Pope (Benedict) condemns the climate change prophets of doom

    04/28/2015 7:15:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | 13 December 2007 | SIMON CALDWELL
    Pope Benedict XVI has launched a surprise attack on climate change prophets of doom, warning them that any solutions to global warming must be based on firm evidence and not on dubious ideology.
  • VATICAN HEAVIES SILENCE CLIMATE HERETICS AT UN PAPAL SUMMIT

    04/28/2015 6:01:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 28, 2015 | James Delingpole
    Papal heavies shut down an awkward question at a Vatican press conference today when a journalist asked UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon his views on climate sceptics.
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • Are You Waiting for the Church to Change Her Teachings?

    04/28/2015 11:45:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 28, 2015 | Leila Miller
    If there is one sentiment that baffles me more than any other, it’s this:The Catholic Church will be changing her teachings, and I only need watch and wait. I am foolish for not seeing the “big picture” of how it’s all going to go down. It’s inevitable. The Church will come around, the Church will conform. It’s just a matter of time.In response, I question how many millennia have to pass without the Church changing before they’ll concede the point?Take a look at what a dissenting Catholic named James said to me just the other day, about the foolishness of...
  • The All-Important Race for Iowa’s Evangelicals Is Wide Open (Cruz "lit up audience")

    04/28/2015 9:16:23 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 27, 2015 | Brendan Bordelon
    “The Evangelical voting bloc is a dead thing,” Iowa Republican activist Tom Stockebrand says, a glint of mischief in his eye. A top state party official nods in agreement. “If you didn’t see it tonight, it’s 2015 now. Those days are gone.” He’s speaking as attendees stream noisily out of a packed auditorium in Waukee, Iowa, at Point of Grace church, the site of this year’s Faith and Freedom Coalition summit in the state. It’s nearly 10:00 p.m., and for the past five hours around 1,000 conservative Evangelicals have sat on raised bleachers, listening to nine potential White House contenders...
  • The Story Behind The Song: 'It Is No Secret: What God Can Do'

    04/28/2015 8:44:30 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/28/2015 | Eric Metaxas
    We've all had the experience of getting a song stuck in our head for an extended period of time. If you're really unfortunate, that song may be one by Christopher Cross or Air Supply. But sometimes, these "earworms," as they are dubbed, can lead to good things. That recently happened to one of us right here at BreakPoint. While reading a biography of the early 20th century evangelist Aimee Semple McPherson, my colleague and friend Roberto Rivera found himself humming and singing the gospel song "It Is No Secret (What God Can Do)." He's not sure why the song popped...
  • Plan to Build the Largest Virgin Mary Statue in Izmir [Turkey]

    04/28/2015 6:12:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Cemil ƞeboy, a deputy candidate for the ruling Justice and Development Party (AK Party), has suggested the construction of the world's biggest Virgin Mary statue in the Selçuk district of western İzmir province, in order to increase the district's tourism potential. ƞeboy said that a project will be submitted to the Ministry of Culture and Tourism to design the statue of the central Christian figure. As the deputy candidate for İzmir's first electoral district, ƞeboy said that several projects that will turn the district into a tourist destination are already completed. While listening to the problems of local craftsmen, ƞeboy...
  • Iowa Radio Host: Religious Freedom Top Conservative Presidential Issue

    04/27/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for the Washington Times, Steve Deace, explained that there are three specific issues animating the 2016 Republican presidential contest. “If you are weak on these, don’t even show up,” Deace cautioned conservative Republican presidential aspirants. “This is sort of the triumvirate of issues. That is amnesty, that is religious freedom, and the other is Common Core. If you are soft on these issues, or have been in the past, you’re done.” The author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, told Breitbart senior writer and guest host of Breitbart News Sunday airing...
  • Pope Francis and the family, the next step

    04/27/2015 5:32:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    April 15 was the deadline given to dioceses to return the questionnaire to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in preparation for the up-coming Synod. Then, beginning on April 15, Pope Francis dedicated his address in two consecutive general audiences to the complementarity between man and woman. In his speeches, Pope Francis defended the traditional family, and attacked gender ideology, emphasizing that “difference is the solution, it is not the problem.” Those who believed that Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution presaged a doctrinal change in terms of marriage and family heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing his...
  • Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT “Day of Silence”

    04/27/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    “We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised.” Image via Wikipedia Five Dominican sisters who teach at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California walked out of class on Friday of last week when it became evident that some students at the school were participating in a national “Day of Silence” for LGBT youth. “We went home on Friday because what happened was inappropriate,” the sisters explained in an email sent to Marin Catholic students over the weekend. “We went home because we were made to feel uncomfortable and used for another’s agenda. We went home because...
  • Hillary and Christian Dhimmis

    04/27/2015 2:45:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Royal
    Several years ago I visited a synagogue in Istanbul, one of the few remaining in all of Turkey. It had been firebombed a few weeks earlier – in response to some recent incident between Israelis and Palestinians. But because of security and a thick outer wall, it was relatively unharmed. Inside, ten elderly, eccentric Jewish Turks were gathered, the bare number needed for a minyan. We spoke for a short while about what it was to live as a religious minority in a big Muslim country. But I will never forget the atmosphere in that tiny congregation – wary, but...
  • THIS TRIDUUM, PRAY FOR THOSE FOMENTING HATRED AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN INDIANA

    04/27/2015 2:14:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    Honestly, did anyone expect the situation to get this bad in Indiana?Every single day seems to bring worse news.The situation of the O’Connor family in particular has me sick to my stomach. Local news ABC 57 went looking for a restaurant owner that would go on camera to share their beliefs and found an unsuspecting girl behind the counter of a small-town pizzeria who said she would have no problem serving gay people but that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked.Notice, there wasn’t even an act of discrimination — the girl simply answered a hypothetical question.For this...
  • CHARLOTTE BISHOP TO LGBT-ADVOCATE NUN GRAMICK: YOU’RE NOT SPEAKING IN MY DIOCESE

    04/27/2015 2:09:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN WHITE
    Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese.Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.”In announcing Bishop Jugis’ decision to cancel the event as soon as he was made aware of it, diocese spokesman David Hains noted that the Vatican has previously determined that Gramick and New Ways Ministry oppose the Catholic Church’s...
  • The Key for Personally Surviving Today in America's Last Days

    04/27/2015 12:47:02 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/27/15
    The key for personally surviving today in America's last days is for individuals to see ALL things from Almighty God’s heavenly and biblical perspective (John 17:17, Heb.11:1, 6). This is the position of TRUE reality, liberty and freedom (John 8:32). One must have a saving relationship to Almighty God's Son, the Savior and propitiation of the whole world (John 3:16-17, Acts 4:12, Rom. 10:2-4, 1 John 4:10). As Lucifer's godless and lawless lies and deception EXPONENTIALLY intensify and are more received today than ever, may you be sure that you personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior....
  • More Jesus Movies on the Way

    04/27/2015 11:49:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 27, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Never believe rumors of Jesus’ death. He is alive and well — and coming soon to a theater near you. Sean Bean is one a-list actor listed for a movie about Jesus’ boyhood that will hit theaters in 2016. Hugh Jackman will star as St. Paul in another reported movie due out next year. Pope Francis recently blessed the actor playing Jesus in a new version of Ben Hur. Thus, in 2016, Hollywood will feature at least three movies that more or less affirm the basic Christian understanding of Jesus Christ. Ironically, these three movies will come 10 years...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/27/2015 11:02:20 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
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  • French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat

    04/27/2015 11:01:54 AM PDT · by Dqban22 · 7 replies
    ALETEIA ^ | 4/24/2013 | John Burger
    French Prime Minister: Attending Mass "Most Beautiful" Response to Terror Threat Manuel Valls emphasizes Catholic culture of France and warns of division By John Burger Aleteia 4/24/2015 http://www.aleteia.org/en/world/article/french-prime-minister-attending-mass-most-beautiful-response-to-terror-threat-5888467040993280 It’s not the kind of sentiment one would expect to hear from the leader of a nation that prides itself on its history of secularism. But in the wake of a thwarted terrorist attack on churches in France this past weekend, Prime Minister Manuel Valls was clear: attending Mass is “the most beautiful and strongest" answer to terrorism. Valls spoke to reporters while standing next to Bishop Michel Santier of Creteil, the...