Religion & Culture (Religion)

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Unlocking the mystery of Our Lady of Guadalupe [ CATHOLIC CAUCUS ]

    09/25/2016 4:09:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 15, 2016 | Jeff Mirus
    Earlier this year, Ignatius Press brought out an English edition of a remarkable coffee-table book entitled Guadalupe Mysteries: Deciphering the Code. Authored by film director Grszegorz Górny and photographer Janusz Rosikoń, the 280-page oversize hardback book is printed in full color on high-gloss paper, complete with photographs, paintings, maps and charts to supplement the text on every page. Guadalupe Mysteries retells the history of Mary’s appearance to St. Juan Diego in 1531 in Mexico, the miraculous image she left on his tilma, the importance of Our Lady of Guadalupe to the conversion of Mexico, and the extraordinary details of the...
  • Relics Of Russian Orthodox Saint Set To Spend Six Months In Space

    09/25/2016 1:46:24 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty ^ | 9/25/16 | Robert Coalson, Lilya Palveleva
    The influence of the Russian Orthodox Church in the country's political and social life has grown markedly in the 15 years since President Vladimir Putin came to power. But the church's intrusion into the realm of space exploration has particularly raised eyebrows.After spending nearly nine decades forgotten in a Moscow storeroom during the Soviet era, some relics of Russian Orthodox St. Serafim of Sarov should soon be circling the globe aboard the International Space Station (ISS). When the next mission to the ISS blasts off, a box containing a tiny relic of Serafim's body will be strapped to the chest...
  • Unlike Italy, Pope Backs Anti-Gay Marriage Push in Mexico

    09/25/2016 1:38:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Crux ^ | 9/25/16 | Ins San Martn
    After having sat out an Italian debate in May over the legalization of civil unions for same-sex couples, Pope Francis broke his silence on Sunday by coming out in support of Mexico's Catholic bishops in their efforts to derail a push for gay marriage.ROME-After having remained quiet while Italy debated civil unions for same-sex couples in May, on Sunday Pope Francis expressed support for the Mexican bishops in their efforts to support the family and life amid a burgeoning national debate over gay marriage. I join willingly the Bishops of Mexico in supporting the efforts of the Church and civil...
  • Italy: Muslims, Atheists Blast Christian TV News Anchor for Wearing Crucifix

    09/25/2016 1:31:37 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/24/16 | Thomas D. Williams
    An Italian television news anchor has ignited a firestorm of criticism by wearing a crucifix around her neck while reporting the news, drawing the ire of Muslims, atheists and many viewers, according to reports. Marina Nalesso, a well-known news anchor on the State-owned Tg1 television news show, wore a crucifix around her neck several times last week while on the air, a choice that Silvio Viale, a leftist politician and vocal atheist, has described as arrogance. TG is a public, secular news show, not a Vatican news show, he said. On her FanPage, Nalesso defended her actions saying that she...
  • Music for a Sunday morning

    09/25/2016 4:14:14 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 5 replies
    email from a friend ^ | 9/25/2016 | self
    An early Christmas present. Enjoy and give thanks.
  • How Methodists Invented Your Kid's Grape Juice Sugar High

    09/24/2016 9:04:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 31 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 09-23-2016 | Luke T. Harrington
    Its weird to think about, but a lot of the things we take for granted are almost shockingly recent inventions. The can opener didnt exist until 1870nearly a full century after canned food was first produced (people ate so much canned food that year, you guys). Doors have been around forever, but doorknobs werent invented until 1878 (and people were finally able to leave their houses). And grape juice?
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/24/2016 7:07:32 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    September 24, 2016 | Irish Rose
    The LORD is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my fathers God, and I will exalt him. The LORD is a warrior; the LORD is his name. Pharaohs chariots and his army he has hurled into the sea. The best of Pharaohs officers are drowned in the Red Sea. The deep waters have covered them; they sank to the depths like a stone. (Exodus 14:2-5)
  • Iraqi Catholic Church in U.S. Torn by Immigration Efforts

    09/23/2016 6:45:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 9/22/16 | Ian Lovett
    In opposition to church officials, some Iraqis in the U.S. have been helping Christians escape Iraq EL CAJON, Calif.The backyard gathering was part Catholic Mass, part rebellion. The priest, an Iraqi immigrant, had been kicked out of the local church. Parishioners had been warned by local church leaders not to worship with him. Yet 50 people sat in makeshift pews behind a home east of San Diego in a show of opposition to church officials urging Christians to stay in Iraq, where their numbers are dwindling. There is no future for Christians in Iraq, said Bahaa Gandor, a 31-year-old who...
  • Poland Initially Approves New Law Banning All Abortions and Protecting Unborn Children

    09/23/2016 6:06:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 9/23/16 | Micaiah Bilger
    Polish legislators debated a citizen-led bill this week that would ban almost all abortions and protect unborn babies right to life. And in an initial vote on the measure has been approved. The strong Catholic country already prohibits most abortions. Unlike most of Europe, abortions are legal in Poland in only cases of rape and incest, the life or health of the mother or severe fetal deformities though severe is widely defined and unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities have been legally aborted. The new citizen-led bill, which has wide support from the public, top government officials...
  • On Marriage and Gender, Wheres the FCA?

    09/22/2016 1:07:23 PM PDT · by DWW1990 · 10 replies
    Trevor Grant Thomas.com ^ | 9/21/2016 | Trevor Grant Thomas
    A wise pastor, whose name Ive forgotten, once said, If you want to know what to preach about, find out what sin with which your congregation is struggling. Or, as I noted after the infamous Obergefell ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court that legally redefined the oldest institution in the history of humanity, pastors, as they prepare their sermons, should always be asking, Where is the enemy at work in attempting to deceive my congregation? Likewise, any organization devoted to the works of Jesus Christor seeking to impact the world for Jesus Christshould be well prepared to confront the popular...
  • Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend

    09/22/2016 10:45:55 AM PDT · by fishtank · 221 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | 9-22-16 | Lita Cosner and Scott Gillis
    Pastor Andy Stanley says the Bible is too hard to defend Evangelical pastor preaches that the Bible isnt the foundation for the Christian faith by Lita Cosner and Scott Gillis Published: 22 September 2016 (GMT+10) Andy Stanley has a church network of over 30,000 people in the Atlanta area, and his church was rated the fastest-growing in America in 2014 and 2015.1 Recently, he has been criticized by many evangelicals for saying that we need to take the focus off the Bible and put it on the Resurrection, because he claims that gives us a firmer foundation for our faith....
  • Mexico: The Worlds Most Dangerous Place to be a Priest

    09/21/2016 4:55:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/20/16 | Tim MacGabhann
    Dozens of priests have either died or vanished without trace in the country in the past 25 yearsFr Gregorio Lpez Gorostieta thought he had done enough to stay safe on the night of December 21, 2014. He had spent a long day celebrating Masses and overseeing a religious festival at the cathedral of Ciudad Altamirano, in southwestern Mexicos troubled Guerrero state. The end-of-year collection to fund Asuncin seminary, where he taught had been substantial, so it was late when he finished counting the donations. At 11.30pm, he locked the money in the cathedral and drove back to the...
  • National Catholic University Opens in Vietnam

    09/20/2016 5:33:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    UCA News ^ | 9/19/16
    It is the first ever institution of its type since the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975 The first Catholic university that is expected to improve theological knowledge among Catholics in Vietnam has opened. The Catholic Institute of Vietnam, the first ever one since the country was reunified under communist rule in 1975, was inaugurated on Sept. 14 in Ho Chi Minh City. "The institute aims to enhance theological knowledge and competence among all priests, religious and laypeople," Bishop Joseph Dinh Duc Dao, rector of the institute, said at the opening ceremony. Theological understanding is very necessary for...
  • Let us Free Ourselves from the Heavy Burdens of Fundamentalism and Hate [Assisi]

    09/20/2016 5:25:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 9/20/16 | Andrea Tornielli
    In his final speech in Assisi, Francis said no to the paganism of indifference. Our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from withinNo to a paganism of indifference, our path leads us to immersing ourselves in situations and giving first place to those who suffer; to taking on conflicts and healing them from within let us free ourselves from the heavy burdens of fundamentalism and hate. In the heart of Assisi, warmed by the afternoon sun, Pope Francis, along with hundreds of men...
  • FROM THE PASTOR (This is good- short but deep)

    09/20/2016 1:22:04 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Email | 09-18-2016 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    A certain kind of journalism thrives on scandals, but they are not what theologians or any kind of deep thinkers mean by a scandal. A skandalon is a stick in a trap that ensnares an animal that touches it and, intellectually, it is a mental trap on the path to truth. Saint Paul said that the concept of God becoming human in Christ was a kind of joke for the Greek philosophers who enjoyed playing with words, but for the Jews to whom God had revealed himself as singular and lofty, it was scandalous to the ultimate degree. The philosophers...
  • McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape

    09/20/2016 9:52:52 AM PDT · by Morgana · 60 replies
    BreakingNewsFirstNY youtube ^ | Published on Aug 31, 2013 | BreakingNewsFirstNY
    McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape McDonald's Assault VIDEO Angry Woman Attacks Drive-Thru Employee Caught On Tape Associated Press: TOLEDO, Ohio A security video from a McDonald's in Ohio shows a woman punching two restaurant employees and smashing a drive-thru window because she couldn't get Chicken McNuggets. The tantrum caught on tape in Toledo earlier this year shows the customer reaching through the drive-thru window, slugging one worker and then another. She then grabs a bottle out of her car and tosses it...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/19/2016 11:08:18 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    9-19-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 26:3,4 He will Keep in Perfect Peace All those who Trust in the Lord, Whose Thoughts Turn Often to the Lord. Trust in the Lord God Always, For in the Lord Jehovah is your Everlasting Strength.
  • The Deeply Troubling Federal Report Targeting Religious Freedom

    09/18/2016 5:32:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/16/16 | Charles C. Haynes
    Nearly 225 years after the ratification of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the cause of conscience protected by the principles of no establishment and free exercise may be losing support in the minds and hearts of the American people. Appeals by religious individuals and groups for exemption from government laws and regulations that substantially burden religious practice are increasingly unpopular and controversial. So much so that many in the media have taken to using scare quotes, transforming religious freedom into religious freedom. Now the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights appears to be recommending that we make it official:...
  • Dilution of Doctrine (Excellent)

    09/18/2016 4:33:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-17-2016 | Ross Douthat
    LAST weekend Tim Kaine, the Democratic vice-presidential nominee and a churchgoing Catholic, briefly escaped obscurity by telling an audience of L.G.B.T. activists that he expects his church to eventually bless and celebrate same-sex marriages. In short order his bishop, Francis X. DiLorenzo of Richmond, Va., had a statement out declaring that the Catholic understanding of marriage would remain unchanged and resolute. In a normal moment, it would be the task of this conservative Catholic scribbler to explain why the governor is wrong and the bishop is right, why scripture and tradition make it impossible for Catholicism to simply reinvent its...
  • Swedish church leaders oppose support for persecuted Christians

    09/17/2016 3:45:42 PM PDT · by NRx · 20 replies
    Barnabasaid ^ | 09-15-2016 | Staff
    Liberal Church leaders in Sweden have opposed an initiative aimed at showing support for persecuted Christians. After the murder of French priest Father Jacques Hamel by jihadists in July three Swedish priests started an initiative called Mitt kors (My cross) in which Swedish Christians took selfies with a cross to show solidarity with persecuted Christians. However, the initiative has been attacked by liberal church leaders apparently concerned that it might offend Muslims! The head of communications for the Church of Sweden even called it seditious and un-Christian. The Church of Sweden's attacks on the "My cross" initiative continued until one...
  • Intimately good

    09/17/2016 9:38:19 AM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies
    OSV.com ^ | 09-18-16 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Intimately good In marriage, couples exchange a right to expect a reasonable recourse to sexual intimacy Msgr. Charles Pope September 18, 2016 9/7/2016 Question: If one spouse indicates an unwillingness to have any more children, would the other spouse be free to refuse all sexual intimacy? — Name Withheld, Wichita, Kansas Answer: You raise and link two issues that must first be treated separately. In the second matter, refusing all marital intimacy, except for a grave cause, is a violation of the rights of one’s spouse. When a man and a woman marry, they exchange, among other goods, what Canon...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/17/2016 8:23:23 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    September 17, 2016 | Irish Rose
    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. Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on pilgrimage. As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools. They go from strength to strength, till each appears before God in Zion. (Psalm 84:3-7)...
  • Catholic Identity College Guide 2016v

    09/17/2016 5:29:23 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    NC Register ^ | September 10, 2016
    A look at 35 faithfully Catholic colleges and universities ... and features on the vocations such colleges bring and the renaming of a university for the Year of Mercy. Here is the complete guide from the Sept. 4, 2016, print edition. The complete list, with links to the schools: Aquinas College Augustine Institute Ave Maria University Avila Institute Belmont Abbey College Benedictine College Campion College Australia Catholic Distance University The Catholic University of America Christendom College DeSales University Divine Mercy University Donnelly College Franciscan University of Steubenville Holy Cross College International Theological Institute John Paul the Great Catholic University Pontifical...
  • Head of Zoroastrian temple says people are returning to their roots

    09/16/2016 7:15:44 PM PDT · by odds · 40 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | 1/2/2016 | Rudaw
    There has been a recent surge in conversions to Zoroastrianism among Kurds at home and abroad. Andaz Hawezi, chief of the Zoroastrian Temple in Sweden says thousands have joined the faith. In 2011 he was elected to lead the temple. Zoroastrianism is one of the worlds oldest religions to which most Kurds trace their ancestral faith. Hawezi says not all the new converts or followers are Kurds. There are Arabs, Turks, Persian, Swedish, Polish, British and other nationalities. We hope to come back to Kurdistan. Thats why we named the Temple Kurdish Zoroastrian. Hawezi says. The Temple in Sweden is...
  • The changing face of Islam in Kurdistan

    09/16/2016 7:11:45 PM PDT · by odds · 8 replies
    Rudaw (Kurdish Website) ^ | July 2, 2016 | Hannah Lynch
    ERBIL, Kurdistan Region We Muslims have a lot of problems with our religion, for a lot of reasons, the words of Sanger Najim, a young man living in Erbil, echo the sentiments of a growing population in the Kurdistan Region who struggle with questions about their faith. Many Muslims are confronted by the violent extremism of the Islamic State (ISIS) and wonder how to reconcile their personal beliefs with the actions of the extremist group. The Kurdish population is approximately 94% nominally Muslim. Recently, however, there have been many reports of Kurds leaving Islam or converting to other religions....
  • Humanae Vitae Dissidents to Oppose Vatican at United Nations Event

    09/16/2016 4:54:45 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 9/16/16 | CNS Staff
    With the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae approaching in 2018, dozens of 1960s-era dissenting theologians have dusted off their Rules for Radicals handbooks and launched what hopefully will be a final senseless ploy to challenge the Catholic Churchs teaching on contraception. On September 20 at the United Nations, dissidents will release a statement signed by 135 scholars, including more than two dozen Catholic theologians and other professors at U.S. Catholic colleges. Among the signers are the infamous Father Charles Curran, who was ousted from The Catholic University of America by the Vatican in 1986 and now teaches at Southern Methodist...
  • Romes celebrated exorcist, Gabriele Amorth, is dead at age 91

    09/16/2016 2:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 16, 2016 | John Burger
    Father Gabriele Amorth, perhaps the best known Catholic exorcist in the world, has died at the age of 91, Italian media are reporting.Father Amorth, who frequently made headlines beyond the Diocese of Rome, where he was the official exorcist, had been hospitalized for several weeks for complications from pneumonia at the Saint Lucy Foundation Hospital in Rome, according to Corriere delle Sera.Born in Modena on May 1, 1925, Father Amorth joined the Society of St. Paul in Alba in 1947, and was ordained in Rome in 1951. In 1985, he was appointed exorcist of the Diocese of Rome by Cardinal Ugo Poletti.Over...
  • First Mongolian priest in a thousand years meets with Aleteia

    09/16/2016 2:15:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aletelial ^ | September 16, 2016 | Louis Plantier-Vassal
    Aleteia: You were ordained a priest in Mongolia on August 28, 2016, which makes you the first indigenous priest for almost 1000 years! How do you feel about the historical significance of this?  Joseph Enkhee-Baatar: I am just glad and honored to have been chosen to be ordained here in Mongolia, and to be a small part of the mission. The first missionaries who came to the Mongol Empire were Nestorians. They came as early as the 7th and 8th century. Consequently, several Mongol tribes converted to Christianity. Then, in the thirteenth century under the Yuan dynasty, the first Catholic missionaries arrived. According to some historical...
  • Pope Amends Canon Law to show sensitivity to Eastern Churches

    09/16/2016 12:01:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Crux ^ | September 15, 2016 | Cindy Wooden
    VATICAN CITY — In a change to church law, Latin-rite Catholic deacons may not preside at a wedding when one or both of the new spouses are members of an Eastern Catholic church.The new rule is one of the changes to 11 canons in the Latin-rite Code of Canon law that Pope Francis approved in order to harmonize the laws of the Latin and Eastern Catholic churches on several issues involving the sacraments of baptism and marriage.After more than 15 years of study and worldwide consultation, the conflicting rules were resolved by adopting the Eastern code’s formulations for the Latin...
  • Beethoven and the Catholic Church

    09/15/2016 8:44:11 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    CERC.org via Crisis magazine ^ | September 7, 2016 | Michael DeSapio
    Beethoven and the Catholic Church MICHAEL DE SAPIO Ludwig van Beethoven,Johann Sebastian Bach, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart form the great trinity of Western classical composers. Of the three, it is Beethoven whose religious beliefs have proven the most elusive. We know all about the devout Lutheranism of Bach, who wrote his music "for the glory of God and the refreshment of the soul"; and Mozart was a practicing Catholic, as his letters make clear. Beethoven, by contrast, was reticent about expressing his religious convictions. He is often portrayed as a child of the secular-humanist Enlightenment a freethinking individualist...
  • A Bizarre Papal Move

    09/15/2016 7:00:21 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    https://www.thecatholicthing.org ^ | September 14, 2016 | Robert Royal
    So now we know. We knew before, really, but didnt have explicit confirmation. The long, agonizing slog, however, is finally over: from Pope Francis invitation to Cardinal Kasper to address the bishops in Rome in February of 2014 to the popes letter last week to some Argentinean bishops affirming guidelines they had developed in a joint document that, in exceptional cases, people divorced and remarried (living in an adulterous relationship as we believed for 2000 years in Western Christianity), may receive Holy Communion. This whole affair is bizarre. No other word will do. As I wrote on this page many...
  • Catholic School Leaders Ousted Amid Lesbian Court Battle

    09/15/2016 6:59:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 9/14/16 | Joseph Pelletier
    The archdiocese is refusing to disclose reason behind sudden removalPARAMUS, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Two administrators at a Catholic high school currently engaged in a legal battle with a lesbian teacher have been ousted without explanation. According to the archdiocese of Newark Tuesday, Pres. James P. Vail and Principal Stephanie Macaluso "are on leave from their posts" at Paramus Catholic High School effective immediately. The reasons, archdiocesan spokesman James Goodness stated, are personal, and further details would not be given. Paramus Catholic High School in northeastern New Jersey is presently fighting a lawsuit filed by Kate Drumgoole, an open lesbian fired...
  • Backlash Against "Catholics For Choice" Grows...Group Places Ads Demanding Taxpayer Funding Abortion

    09/15/2016 6:33:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 23 replies
    Townhall ^ | 15 Sep 16 | Christine Rousselle
    The pro-abortion group Catholics for Choice placed "Abortion in Good Faith" full-page ads in several newspapers around the country on Monday urging the repeal of the Hyde Amendment. The Hyde Amendment prohibits taxpayer funding of abortion. Today, we launched a campaign to show that Catholics support abortion funding #InGoodFaith. Join us. https://t.co/rsmlSxOBDO— Catholics for Choice (@Catholic4Choice) September 12, 2016 On Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement condemning the group. Cardinal Dolan said that the use of the name "Catholic" to promote abortion is offensive and that they are in no way...
  • Many US Catholics Don't Have a Positive View of Muslims, Finds Study

    09/14/2016 5:42:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 49 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9/13/16 | Mazin Sidahmed
    Of 1,027 Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam and one in three said they had either very or somewhat unfavorable viewsOnly 14% of American Catholics have a favorable view of Muslims and Catholic media outlets tend to have a bias against Muslims, a study has found. The findings, carried out by the Bridge initiative, a multi-year research project that focuses on Islamophobia at Georgetown University, conducted research on how mainstream and Catholic media consumption correlates to respondents perceptions of Islam. Of the 1,027 self-identified Catholics polled, only 14% said they had favorable views of Islam...
  • St. Seraphim Relics to be Conveyed to the International Space Station

    09/14/2016 5:28:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/14/16
    Nizhny Novgorod, September 14, Interfax - A particle of St. Seraphim relics will be conveyed to the crew of the International Space Station. The ceremony will take place in St. Seraphim Diveyevo Monastery on September 16 in the Nizhny Novgorod Region, press service of the local diocese reports on Tuesday. The members of the crewed spacecraft Soyuz MS-02, which consists of Sergey Ryzhikov, Andrey Borisenko, Shane Kimbrough (NASA), will deliver the particle to the ISS. After the flight, the particle will be conveyed to the Transfiguration Cathedral in Zvezdny Gorodok, the Moscow Region. As was reported, Ryzhikov is going to...
  • Teenage girls exorcised for FIVE HRS after being possessed by demons while summoning evil ghost

    09/14/2016 1:22:32 PM PDT · by tired&retired · 68 replies
    Mirror ^ | 14 SEP 2016 | SCOTT CAMPBELL
    The girls who had taken the Charlie Charlie challenge were filmed screaming and convulsing on the floor of a church while being exorcised. The girls were filmed screaming and convulsing on the floor of a church after taking the ouija board-inspired Charlie Charlie challenge . In a clip of the exorcism one of the teens can be seen lurching forward and trying to grapple another youngster. She is quickly restrained by police and church workers who are clutching bibles in a desperate bid to revive the girls. A source said: "These girls apparently played the famous 'Charlie Charlie' and apparently...
  • In Expanding Russian Influence, Faith Combines With Firepower (NY Times Hit Piece)

    09/14/2016 12:27:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    NY Times ^ | 09-14-2016 | ANDREW HIGGINS
    <p>Natalia Narochnitskaya, the institutes head, told an Orthodox Church website run by Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, a Moscow monk close to Mr. Putin, that Europeans are fed up with what she called the victory parade of sin and increasingly look to Russia for guidance and solace. We have started to get letters at the institute: Thank you Russia and its leader, Ms. Narochnitskaya said.</p>
  • DONALD TRUMP/MIKE PENCE PRAYER VIGIL 9/14/16

    09/13/2016 10:27:00 PM PDT · by stars & stripes forever · 26 replies
    914/2016 | Self
    Join with fellow FREEPERS to pray for Presidential candidate DONALD TRUMP and Vice Presidential candidate MIKE PENCE. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 1 JOHN 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind.
  • Rome's Grand Mosque Refuses to Join in Anti-Violence Initiative

    09/13/2016 7:06:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Grand Mosque of Rome declined to take part in a national "Say no to violence" initiative that was supported by more than 2,000 other Islamic communities in Italy. For the September 11 observance-- deliberately timed for the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on America-- Italian Christians were welcomed at mosques throughout the country. But the Grand Mosque did not participate. A spokesman, Abdellah Redouane, said that the observance could cause "confusion and ambiguity," and blamed "those who seek visibility at any cost and present themselves as representative" of the Islamic faith. Rome's Grand Mosque will not take part in...
  • Catholic School Wont Cave to Transgenders Demands

    09/13/2016 5:56:09 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    churchmilitant.com ^ | September 13, 2016 | Aaron Maxwell
    CHERRY HILL, N.J. (ChurchMilitant.com) - A Catholic high school in New Jersey is denying a self-described transgender enrollment in its school. Madelyn Catrambone, a 14-year-old girl, applied to Camden Catholic High School in Cherry Hill in February, and was accepted. Since then, she has decided to start identifying as male, and when the school found out, it rescinded its offer. Camden's principle Heather Crisci said last week that the school's Catholic identity made it impossible to accept a child who believes she is the opposite sex, because to do so would involve implicit rejection of Church teaching Catrambone commented, "I...
  • Recent Key Appointments Unsettle John Paul II Institute on Marriage and Family

    09/13/2016 2:15:54 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 9/12/2016 | Edward Pentin
    Given the willingness of both Archbishop Paglia and Msgr. Sequeri to entertain views and pastoral practices which critics say would contradict the moral clarity of traditional Church approaches to these issues, some are concerned by their appointments to such key roles related to life, marriage and family, and the changes they might enact.
  • Coptic Filmmaker Blamed for Benghazi Attack Now Broke, Living in Homeless Shelter

    09/13/2016 9:05:15 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 34 replies
    www.thegatewaypundit.com ^ | Sep 13th, 2016 8:01 am | Jim Hoft
    In September 2012 Hillary blamed an awful internet video for the deaths of four American heroes in Benghazi. Hillary Clinton made the statements as the bodies of the four dead Americans were brought back to US soil. She made the public comments just three days after the assault on the compound that killed Ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty. But thanks to leaked Wikileaks emails we now know that Hillary Clinton wrote Chelsea during the Benghazi attacks telling her Americans were killed by an al-Qaeda like group. Hillary later lied and blamed the attack on a...
  • The Urgent Call of the Cross

    09/12/2016 9:15:29 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 10 replies
    OnePeterFive ^ | 9/12/2016 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    The Urgent Call of the Cross Dr. Brian Kopp 9/12/2016 Many of us are suffering right now. Its recent and sudden, and happening in ways we never anticipated or imagined. Steve Skojec has heroically shared with us his incomprehensible crosses. The family discord, this falling away between family members and among otherwise close friends, the many cancers, diseases, catastrophic accidents and job losses, the persecutions, both wet and dry, the malfeasance among many of our highest shepherds, all this and more is bewildering and overwhelming. Everyone who has a deep Faith and a spiritual awareness right now feels the palpable...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/12/2016 3:59:43 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 6 replies
    9-12-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 25:9 In that Day, the People will Proclaim, "This is our God, in Whom we Trust, For Whom we have waited. Now at Last He is Here." What a Day of Rejoicing!
  • Cardinal warns that many Muslims want the conquest of Europe

    09/12/2016 3:22:32 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Catholic Conclave ^ | 12/9/2016 | CG
    The Viennese Cardinal Christoph Schnborn warned last Sunday at a Mass for the Feast of the Holy Name of Mary that "Europe is well on the way to forfeiting its Christian heritage"...
  • The Beheading of St. John the Baptist and 9/11 (A sermon)

    09/11/2016 7:49:31 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    We do not generally celebrate the birthdays of saints. We celebrate the date of their deaths, because how we end our lives is more important than how we begin them. However, St. John the Baptist is one of the two exceptions to this rule. We celebrate both the conception and the birth of St. John as well as the Theotokos, because these two people are the holiest of the saints. St. John was, we are told in the Gospels, filled with the Holy Spirit while still in his mother's womb (Luke 1:15), and so he was a great saint,...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Bergoglio confirms Amoris Laetitia allows for Eucharistic Sacrilege!

    09/10/2016 4:22:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Vox Cantoris ^ | September 10, 2016 | Vox Cantoris
    "No other interpretation," The words of Jorge Berogoglio on the infamous chapter in Amoris Laetitia! Now we know. Now we know what Bergoglio really thinks, there is no more doubting it. Yet, there will be people, including in this combox, who will say, that he did not say this or that he said elsewhere. No. This is modernism and this is heresy. It only takes a drop of water to poison a litre of water. If you drink it, you will still die. The Bishops of Buenos Aires have issued a document to their priests on the interpretation of Amoris...
  • The Church is not split btwn traditionalists and progressives, but btwn Catholics and modernists

    09/10/2016 2:54:08 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    https://veneremurcernui.wordpress.com/2016/09/09/the-church-is-not-split-between-traditionalists-and | September 9, 2016 | tantumblogo
    So said the well-known liturgist Msgr. Nicola Bux. To help explicate his definition a little more, consider the two items below. First, a priest in Sicily mirroring more than one in Spain, for centuries perhaps the most Catholic country in the world has blessed a lesbian couple in church, and called for the Church to bless gay unions: What is true in Spain, is also possible in Italy. A priest of the Archdiocese of Palermo, where Pope Francis recently installed a Bergoglian as archbishop, blessed a lesbian couple. I hope that the church will one day bless gay...
  • The Real Reason Behind Kaepernick Outrage

    09/10/2016 10:22:11 AM PDT · by amessenger4god · 31 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 9/10/16 | Dolley
    Why are people so angry over an NFL player that refused to stand for the National Anthem? Hundreds of thousands of words have been written on the subject and I won't rehash any of them, but I'd ask you to consider the reason people are outraged and why it matters. Sportsfan is a shortened form of the original term, sports fanatic. Fanatic is defined asa person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal (great energy or enthusiasm in pursuit of a cause or an objective), especially for an extreme religious or political cause. A religion can be defined as a...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/10/2016 7:20:17 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    September 10, 2016 | Irish Rose
    For this is what the LORD says he who created the heavens, he is God; he who fashioned and made the earth, he founded it; he did not create it to be empty, but formed it to be inhabited he says: I am the LORD, and there is no other. I have not spoken in secret, from somewhere in a land of darkness; I have not said to Jacobs descendants, Seek me in vain. I, the LORD, speak the truth; I declare what is right. Gather together and come; assemble, you fugitives from the nations. Ignorant are those who...