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  • What Hillary and Bernie Voters Believe

    07/25/2016 8:36:11 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/25/16
    Many Americans say to themselves today, "How can anyone vote for Hillary? Are they nuts!!..." Well... it is much much more than that.. Let's take a look! The majority of Hillary and Bernie voters and those of the Democratic base are Liberal /progressives whose "reality and belief system" is rooted in the firm rejection of Almighty God and His ETERNAL RIGHTEOUSNESS, core moral absolutes and the practice of a sensual subjectivism, that view God ordained absolutes through the lawless prism of moral relativism and pluralism. These possess a fear of moral absolutes and believe that true freedom is to be...
  • Benedictine hermit produces gourmet vinegar used in NYC restaurants

    07/25/2016 2:26:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 25, 2016 | John Burger
    What’s that old saying? You can attract more with honey than with vinegar? Brother Victor Antoine d’Avila-Latourrette proves it wrong.That long French name might ring a bell with readers who are familiar with a number of spiritually-themed cookbooks that were published in recent years, Twelve Months of Monastery Soups and The Monastery Garden Cookbook among them.But to locals in the lower Hudson Valley region of New York, Brother Victor Antoine’s name conjures up images of an essential ingredient. Turns out this hermit monk has what aficionados call a “mother,” with a lineage going back four decades.“The term refers to the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/25/2016 1:14:48 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    7-25-16 | Kitty Mittens
  • [Hungarian] Archbishop: Muslims Have Come to Occupy Europe (and some advice for Pope Francis)

    07/24/2016 11:14:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 7/21/16 | Andras Kovacs
    An Interview with Monsignor Gyula Mrfi, Archbishop of Veszprm, HungaryIt is not accidental that there is this enormous pressure on Europe regarding immigration; the motivation to conquer on the part of Muslims may play a part, but the great powers also support it so says Monsignor Gyula Mrfi, Archbishop of Veszprm, in an interview where we discussed the need to rediscover the Christian faith. It is a fundamental task to contemplate anew the Christian faith seriously. Is Europe still Christian?Recently I was in Poland with some pilgrims. According to the external signs, Christianity is still alive there. Along with...
  • Macys Fires Catholic Employee for Questioning Transgender Bathroom Policy

    07/24/2016 11:02:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/21/16 | Lisa Bourne
    FLUSHING, New York, July 21, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) Macys department store has fired a Catholic employee because he questioned their transgender bathroom policy, even though he says he told his employer he would enforce the policy. Back in May, Javier Chavez, a senior store detective at Macys Flushing, New York, location got a phone call about a male accessing the ladies room along with a female. A female customer and her daughter were afraid to enter the restroom due the males presence there, and a security guard reporting to Chavez directed the man to leave and use the mens room....
  • Spin Of The Year (Possibly the most heretical seminary in the US is going out of business)

    07/23/2016 4:16:43 PM PDT · by NRx · 93 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 07-21-2016 | Rod Dreher
    The Very Rev. Katherine Ragsdale, lesbian cleric and then president and dean of Episcopal Divinity School, delivers 2009 'abortion is a blessing' address (National Organization for Women/Flickr) Via the Episcopal News Service, a press release revealing that the ultramegaliberal Episcopal Divinity School is winding things down: Episcopal Divinity School will cease to grant degrees at the end of the upcoming academic year, the seminarys board of trustees decided July 21 on a 11-4 vote. During the next year, the board will explore options for EDSs future, some of which were suggested by a specially convened Futures Task Force to...
  • The solution to racial war (The Cross and the Switchblade movie)

    07/23/2016 5:39:35 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 18 replies
    www.peacebyjesus.com ^ | 7-23-2016 | daniel1212
    The solution to racial war. All lives matter, but the problem is sin, not skin (though aspects of cultural can be sinful). The Cross and the Switchblade movie (1969, copyright Dick Ross and associates, and which can be seen here) is about the true story which is told in the book, the Cross and the Switchblade written in 1962. The movie (which mostly used local talent) stars Pat Boone as David Wilkerson and Erik Estrada as Nicky Cruz, the teen gang member whose life was dramatically transformed by Christ. Nicky was the leader of the notorious Brooklyn Puerto Rican gang...
  • Heil to the Progressive Coming Utopia

    07/22/2016 2:19:48 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 9 replies
    www.truthXchange.com ^ | 07/22/2016 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Commentators in major national newspapers in Scotland are aghast. A 100-member youth choir from a Southern Baptist church in Plano, Texas gave a free concert at a shopping center in Edinburgh. The journalists compared this event to Nazi or ISIS propaganda. One asserted: as a nation we should be stating clearly: bigots are not welcome here. Scotland is the land of John Knox, the great Scotts reformer (151372), and of the young, deeply spiritual Robert Murray McCheyne (181343) who declared: The Christian is a person who makes it easy for others to believe in God. Now Scotland is a land...
  • Pro-Life Medics Face Harassment and Discrimination, Admits Doctors Union [UK]

    07/22/2016 7:22:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald ^ | 7/21/16 | Simon Caldwell
    Inquiry finds that doctors who conscientiously object to abortion are denied career choicesDoctors who refuse to take part in abortions are suffering increasingly from harassment and discrimination at work, the British Medical Association has told MPs. Healthcare professionals are complaining to the union that they are facing pressure to take part in abortions and confronted with glass ceilings to advancement when they refuse, a new report reveals today. The BMA highlighted the problem in written evidence submitted to a parliamentary inquiry into the working of the conscience clause of the 1967 Abortion Act. The BMA said in its evidence that...
  • US cardinal says Christian nations in West must counter Islamic influx

    07/21/2016 1:39:25 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | July 21, 2016 | David Gibson
    Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam wants to govern the world and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert the Christian origin of our own nation in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is fundamentally a form of government. While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to be...
  • US Cardinal [Burke] Says Christian Nations in West Must Counter Islamic Influx

    07/21/2016 1:38:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Religion News Seervice ^ | 7/21/16 | David Gibson
    (RNS) Amid heightened tensions over ISIS-fueled terror attacks and anti-Muslim rhetoric, a prominent U.S. cardinal says Islam wants to govern the world and Americans must decide if they are going to reassert the Christian origin of our own nation in order to avoid that fate. Cardinal Raymond Burke, a Rome-based prelate known as an outspoken conservative and critic of Pope Francis reformist approach, said in an interview on Wednesday (July 20) that Islam is fundamentally a form of government. While Catholic teaching recognizes that all Abrahamic faiths worship the same God, Burke criticized Catholic leaders who, in an effort to...
  • Ven. Fulton Sheen on the Devil: "As Theologians Dropped the Demonic, Psychiatrists Picked it Up"

    07/20/2016 3:58:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Big Catholics ^ | July 19, 2016
    Venerable Fulton J. Sheen discusses the Devil's incessant attempts to turn our heats away from God. May we never forget that Satan, the father of lies, is a cruel deceiver of men whose only desire is our destruction. Below is a partial transcript of Venerable Sheen's remarks.The Devil - Venerable Fulton Sheen Starting at 4:43: I thought perhaps you might be interested in hearing about the Devil from a sound philosophical and theological point of view. I'm going to describe to you the Devil, first from the psychiatric point of view, and secondly from the biblical. First the psychiatric....
  • First stop of World Youth Day adventure - Berlin

    07/20/2016 12:01:08 PM PDT · by Shark24 · 14 replies
    Self
    Arrived last night in Berlin for first stop of World Youth Day Tour. I'm with about 150 attendees from Los Angeles Diocese that includes many smaller groups of teens, young adults and chaperones. Also includes four priests and a really great nun that has been to every WYD. Attended Mass this morning then toured Reischstag, Brandenburg Gate, Olympic Stadium and CheckPoint Charlie. Excellent learning experience for the teens and young adults. We will also be visiting Potsdam, Dresden, Prague and Auschwitz before getting into Krakow for start of formal WYD events. The Diocese wanted the youth to experience some history...
  • Pro-Government Mobs Attack Religious Minorities in Turkey

    07/20/2016 7:18:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    New Europe ^ | 7/19/16
    Pro-government mob groups attack religious in the aftermath of the attempted coup in Turkey, a democratic watchdog reports. Reportedly, in some cases Muslim citizens reacted against the mobs to protect their fellow citizens. The attacks by Islamist mobs begun on Saturday evening, that is, the evening after the attempted coup had been averted. Attacks were reported at the Catholic Church of Santa Maria in Trabzon; a second attacks was reported on a Protestant Church in Malatya. In Trabzon a mob of 10 people attacked the Catholic Church, throwing stones drawn from the pavement. The mob also carried sledge hummers. Fortunately,...
  • The path of destruction of modern Christianity - my thoughts on the near future. [vanity]

    07/19/2016 9:25:10 AM PDT · by StormPrepper · 20 replies
    7/19/2016 | Stormprepper
    As we get closer the second coming of Jesus Christ, all peoples on the earth will endure terrible hardships, pain, and misery. Persecution of the people of God will intensify and become almost unbearable. The churches that are based in Europe will be destroyed. How can I say this? Easy. They are already on the path of destruction. Every day we see church after church accepting the doctrine of the beast, which is accepting homosexuality as normal. Homosexual marriage came straight from the devil. But destruction? Yes. The Lord said: Matt 7: 27 And the rain descended, and the floods...
  • FULL Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016

    07/19/2016 8:54:34 AM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 18, 2016 | Mark Burns
    Pastor Mark Burns Benediction At The Republican National Convention 2016
  • Gay Christians to Join Catholic World Youth Day in Poland

    07/18/2016 11:10:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Gay and transgender Christians will set up a ministry during World Youth Day, when Pope Francis is expected to meet hundreds of thousands of young Catholics in southern Poland later this month. Leaders of the Warsaw-based "Faith and Rainbow" LGBT organisation say they want to minister to the thousands of gay, lesbian and transgender people attending the event by setting up a "LGBT Pilgrim's Haven". "We want to create a space in which they will feel safe and where they will find answers to issues facing them," organiser Misza Czerniak told the Monday edition of Poland's Rzeczpospolita broadsheet daily. Organisers...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/18/2016 1:14:22 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    7-18-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 44:21,22 "O Israel, I'll Never Forget you! I've Wiped the Slate of All your Wrongdoings. There's Nothing Left of your Sins. Come Back to Me, Come Back. I've Redeemed you."
  • Senior Cardinal Warns About Anti-Muslim Rhetoric

    07/17/2016 10:09:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 77 replies
    RTE News ^ | 6/17/16
    A senior adviser to Pope Francis has said he is worried about the anti-Muslim rhetoric of presumptive US Republican Party candidate Donald Trump. In an interview with RT News, Cardinal Sen OMalley also warned against scapegoating Muslims following this week's atrocity in Nice and other terrorist attacks on the west. Speaking in Knock, Co Mayo, the cardinal recalled that the Irish were once blamed for America's ills. And he urged Catholics to heed the advice of Pope Francis to strengthen dialogue with Muslims. "Its very easy to stir up resentment and to blame groups of people. "I think immigration is...
  • The Template for Restored Unity and peace amongst our various peoples starts first in our churches!

    07/17/2016 3:53:05 AM PDT · by mdmathis6 · 23 replies
    self | 7/17/16 | Michael Mathis
    The template as to how all inter-relations between Christians of the Church should work is to be found here in Galatians 3: "For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29 And if you are Christs, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise." This passage ALSO provides a NATIONAL roadmap...
  • Methodists elect 1st openly gay bishop in defiance of ban

    07/16/2016 12:29:36 PM PDT · by StormPrepper · 87 replies
    SCOTTSDALE, Arizona The Western district of the Methodist church has elected an openly gay bishop despite the denomination's ban on same-sex relationships.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/16/2016 10:31:25 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 10 replies
    July 16, 2016 | Irish Rose
    His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful. (Luke 1:50-54)
  • German Bishops Release New figures: Fewer Churchgoers, Parishes, and Priests

    07/16/2016 10:06:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    EWTN ^ | 7/16/17 | Anian Christoph Wimmer
    Figures released Friday by the German bishops' conference draw a bleak picture of the ongoing decline of Catholicism in Germany. However, the head of the conference, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, described the Church July 15 as a continuing "strong force, whose message is heard and accepted". With more than 23.7 million members in Germany, Catholicism is the largest single religious group in country, comprising 29 percent of the population. Yet people are leaving the Church in droves: in 2015, a total of 181,925 people departed. By comparison, 2,685 people became Catholic, and 6,474 reverted to Catholicism. Whilst...
  • What kind of tree?

    07/16/2016 7:54:14 AM PDT · by William of Barsoom · 113 replies
    Myself | July 16, 2016 | William Of Barsoom
    This may seem frivolous, but I assure you it is real. I'm on a small committee to select a tree for planting to honor a good man's memory who passed away 2 years ago. He was a moral man, a Christian, a father, and a good husband.
  • After Decades of Mistrust, Pope Pushes for Diplomatic Breakthrough with China

    07/15/2016 7:47:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Reuters ^ | 7/14/16 | Lisa Jucca, Benjamin Kang Lim and Greg Torode
    Catholic officials say a deal is in the works that would defuse a core dispute between the Holy See and Chinas Communist leaders: the fate of eight bishops the Vatican views as illegitimate. But the talks face internal resistance on both sides.HONG KONG/BEIJING Pope Francis is leading a determined push to fundamentally alter the relationship between the Vatican and China, which for decades has been infused with mutual suspicion and acrimony. Interviews with some two dozen Catholic officials and clergy in Hong Kong, Italy and mainland China, as well as sources with ties to the leadership in Beijing, reveal...
  • Secularism as Religious Indoctrination

    07/14/2016 3:40:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 14, 2016 | KENNETH CROWTHER
    Australia has a program in its schools that, at first glance, youd have to be crazy to be against. Its called Safe Schools, and it is an anti-bullying campaign.Well, at least thats how it has been promoted.In reality, Safe Schools has become a pro-LGBTQI indoctrination system designed by one academic Marxist with hopes of replacing the Australian flag with a red one, and another who has, in academic theory, supported pedophilia. The program consists of: allowing students to wear whatever uniforms that they want; encouraging schools to allow bathroom use by any gender; promoting homosexual and transgender role-play in...
  • CFN Media 15: Ecclesiastical Vandalism - The Cupich Appointment - special edition [VIDEO]

    07/14/2016 1:47:56 PM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 4 replies
    YouTube ^ | 14 July 2016 | John Vennari
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  • Whats the oldest continuously operating library in the world? St. Catherines Monastery of Sinai

    07/13/2016 1:25:32 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 12, 2016 | Daniel Esparza
    Considered one of the oldest Christian monasteries in the world still in operation, the Monastery of Saint Catherine in Sinai is home to more than two centuries of history — and more than that of legend. Tradition claims, for example, that the main altar of the monastery is built on the spot where the Burning Bush first addressed Moses. But the monastery, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO, also holds other seats of honor. For example, it accommodates the oldest continuously operating active library in the world.From the day it was founded in the sixth century (between 548 and...
  • [Canada] Anglicans recount same-sex votes, resolution now passes

    07/13/2016 7:09:43 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 12, 2016 7:03 PM EDT | Charmaine Noronha
    A day after the Anglican Church of Canada narrowly voted not to authorize gay unions, questions about the integrity of the voting process emerged Tuesday, leading to a reversal of the result with the church approving the measure.More than 200 delegates attending the six-day General Synod 2016 narrowly rejected the resolution Monday night after hearing from more than 60 speakers, most of them in favor of gay marriage. However, on Tuesday the last day of the triennial conference some members stood up to say their ballot had not been recorded during voting late Monday, when the resolution failed...
  • Chinese Publisher Has Printed 150M Bibles

    07/13/2016 7:05:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The worlds largest Bible publisher-- located in Jiangsu, China-- has printed 150 million Bibles since its founding in 1988, according to the Vatican newspaper and the Beijing-based China Christian Daily. The Amity Printing Companys Bibles are printed in 90 languages and are sold in 70 countries. In twenty-eight years 150 million Bibles (LOsservatore Romano, p. 9)150 Million Bibles to Be Printed in China (China Christian Daily)
  • A funeral service for Philando Castile will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul July 14.

    07/12/2016 6:55:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    The Catholic Spirit ^ | July 12, 2016 | Maria Wiering
    Philandos mother, Valerie Castile, requested to hold the service at the Cathedral because she wished the funeral to be an ecumenical opportunity for people to come together in a new way and pray for peace and reconciliation, according to a July 12 statement from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. The service will not be a Mass, as Philando was from a non-Catholic Christian tradition, according to the archdiocese. At a July 12 press conference on the Minnesota State Capitol lawn, spokespeople for the family said the Castiles are part of Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in St. Paul, and...
  • Excellent 4th of July Speech, Tom Price,MD (Ga/6th)

    07/12/2016 10:53:10 AM PDT · by Scooter100 · 3 replies
    4 July 2016 | Tom Price
    Excellent 4th of July speech by Tom Price,MD (R) Georgia's 6th District, to the Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Atlanta. Tom Price/July 4th Speech >>>>> click on the "here!" URL Warning to Dems and other terrorists, it may not be to your taste.
  • Massachusetts Bishops Issue Neutral Statement on State Guarantee for 'Transgender' Rights

    07/12/2016 10:32:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic bishops of Massachusetts have issued a public statement encouraging "careful oversight and respect for all individuals" in the wake of the state legislature's approval of a new law that will give "transgender" individual the right to use the public accomodations of their choice. In their statement-- issued through the Massachusetts Catholic Conference, the public-policy arm of the state's bishops-- the bishops indicate no opposition to the claims of people who identify with the opposite gender; they assert: "The understanding of and respect for transgender persons has only recently commanded widespread attention." Acknowledging that public debate on the issue...
  • Cardinal Caffarra on Marriage, Family, Amoris Laetitia, & Confusion in the Church

    07/11/2016 6:39:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 11, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Editors note: the following is an exclusive interview with Cardinal Carlo Caffara, conducted by OnePeterFives Dr. Maike Hickson. Cardinal Caffarra is Archbishop emeritus of Bologna and former member of the Pontifical Council for the Family. It was in a letter to Cardinal Caffarra that Sister Lucia of Fatima revealed that the final battle between the Lord and the reign of Satan will be about marriage and the family. Maike Hickson (MH): You have spoken, in a recent interview, about the papal exhortation Amoris Laetitia, and you have said that especially Chapter 8 is unclear and has already caused confusion even...
  • Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter Publishes a Critique of Amoris Laetitia [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2016 5:25:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide
    The Wanderer Press ^ | July 12, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    On the official website of the German section of the Fraternity of St. Peter, the head of the German District, Father Bernhard Gerstle has published a polite critique (http://petrusbruderschaft.de/pages/archiv/distriktsoberer/mai-2016amoris-laetitia.php) of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. In his short 19 May commentary of one page, there are to be found some strong objections against the message of Amoris Laetitia which very well now could, in Gerstles eyes, give a doubtful opening toward the already wide-spread practice (praxis) of allowing remarried divorcees to receive Holy Communion. In the aftermath of this official statement, the Fraternity also has received permission to print and...
  • The Vatican Digital Library is Now Online. Heres What You Need to Know

    07/11/2016 1:39:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Epic Pew ^ | SHAUN MCAFEE
    First, some historyThe Vatican Library was established in 1475 and is one of the oldest libraries in the world, and also one of the biggest and most safely guarded. Currently, Vatican Library holds about 75000 codices, 85000 incunabula and about 1.1 million books. Apart from all these, there are around 400000 coins and medals, millions of  photographs, prints, drawings. The library stores a large collection starting from the pre-Christian era to the present day collection. Vatican Library  is a huge collection, consisting of many languages from the west to the east, and has added Mathematics, Science, Social Science and other important subjects. What it...
  • Poverty According to Francis. Virtue and Vice Together [Catholic Caucus]

    07/11/2016 9:27:04 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 3 replies
    Chisea ^ | July 11, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    It is the cornerstone of the magisterium of the pope. Who exalts it as a salvific value, but at the same time condemns it as an enemy to be fought. A philosopher analyzes this unresolved contradiction of the pontificate ROME, July 11, 2016 The reception of the major magisterial acts of Pope Francis ranges between two extremes. On one side there is the almost universal chorus of applause that his environmentalist encyclical Laudato Si enjoys, especially outside of Catholicism. On the other side there is the ever more conflictual dispute, in this case above all within the Church, stirred...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/11/2016 1:27:44 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 7 replies
    7-11-16 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 54:17 No Weapon that is Formed Against thee shall Prosper; And Every Tongue that shall Rise Against thee in Judgment thou shalt Condemn. This is the Heritage of the Servants of the Lord, And their Righteousness is of Me, Saith the Lord.
  • WYD pilgrims to receive a social doctrine app from the Pope

    07/10/2016 7:24:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Catholic News Live ^ | July 9, 2016 | CNA/EWTN
    Pope Francis has established a tech-savvy track record as Pope, and now in addition to breaking records on Instagram and becoming the first Pope to use Google Hangouts, he will give World Youth Day pilgrims a new electronic app. From the creators of 2011s YouCat youth catechism, a new version of the book called the DoCat has been developed, which intends to present the Church's social teaching in a creative style more attractive and comprehensible to youth. The new book will be launched during World Youth Day in Krakow and given to young pilgrims by Pope Francis in the form...
  • Popes Teaching on Divorce Divides Bishops [Catholic Caucus]

    07/10/2016 4:54:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | July 10, 2016 | Francis X Rocca
    Conservative and liberal prelates in the Catholic Church have put forth sharply different readings of Pope Francis teaching on divorcea situation complicated by the pontiffs own ambiguity.
  • The Sin Many Christian Men Are Loathe to Repent

    07/10/2016 7:28:27 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | July 10, 2016 | JP
    Tom Lance, Senior Pastor of the Grove Community Church in Inland Southern California, recently received a copy of GQ magazine in the mail. He was taken aback because he certainly had not subscribed to the mens magazine. Then he remembered buying a few subscriptions from his grandson who was participating in a school fund-raising drive and that he left it to the lad to choose the magazines his grandfather would receive. So thats how Pastor Lance received GQs 10TH ANNUAL LOVE, SEX & MADNESS ISSUE. It features a nude Kim Kardashian on the cover holding a strategically-placed leather...
  • Amoris Laetitia Divides and Conquers

    07/09/2016 5:49:13 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    The Remanant Newspaper ^ | July 9, 2016 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    Archbishop Chaput has just come out with pastoral guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia (AL) in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The guidelines unswervingly maintain the Churchs bimillenial discipline precluding the admission to Confession and Holy Communion of public adulterers who divorce and civilly remarry and decline to cease their adulterous sexual relations: With divorced and civilly-remarried persons, Church teaching requires them to refrain from sexual intimacy. This applies even if they must (for the care of their children) continue to live under one roof. Undertaking to live as brother and sister is necessary for the divorced and civilly-remarried to...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    07/09/2016 8:20:27 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 8 replies
    July 9, 2016 | Irish Rose
    Glorious and majestic are his deeds, and his righteousness endures forever. He has caused his wonders to be remembered; the LORD is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; he remembers his covenant forever. He has shown his people the power of his works, giving them the lands of other nations. The works of his hands are faithful and just; all his precepts are trustworthy. They are steadfast for ever and ever, done in faithfulness and uprightness. He provided redemption for his people; he ordained his covenant forever holy and awesome is his name. (Psalm...
  • Vatican newspaper offers reflection on conversions to Islam

    07/08/2016 3:56:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 32 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | July 8, 2016
    The Vatican newspaper has published a front-page reflection on conversions to Islam. Summarizing a recent book by journalist Virginie Riva examining the conversions of 11 French women, historian Lucetta Scaraffia writes that the women were between the ages of 25 and 35, university educated, not attracted by terrorism, and either agnostic or Catholic. These women were drawn to Islam, Scaraffia said, through their friendship with Muslim students who witnessed to their religion, delighted in studying the Quran, and did not downplay Islam’s requirements regarding prayer and the role of the sexes. Accepting invitations to Ramadan meals, these women, “very often”...
  • Parish shopping: Should I stay or should I go?

    07/08/2016 3:07:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aletelial ^ | July 7, 2016 | Katrina Fernandez
    Katrina,A few weeks ago you suggested to a man that he should consider finding another church. My opinion is that shopping for a new parish shouldn’t be done before extensive prayer for your present parish.– C——————–Dear C, I don’t actually disagree with you; I’m not of a mind to advise superficial church-hopping, especially when it’s about something related to church decor, or a Mass schedule that suits one’s preference. There is a good argument to be made that remaining in your geographical parish is important in maintaining the strength of a community.That is not always the case, though. If...
  • Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family [Catholic Caucus]

    07/08/2016 1:14:50 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | July 8, 2016
    Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family. So says Cardinal Carlo Caffarra, who reports that the visionary sent him a letter with this prediction when he was Archbishop of Bologna, Italy. This reported statement by Sister Lucia, expressed during the pontificate of Saint John Paul II, was recently revisited by the Desde la Fe (From the Faith) weekly of the Archdiocese of Mexico, in the midst of...
  • Cardinal Schnborn Says Amoris Laetitia is Binding Doctrine [Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2016 3:18:04 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | July 7, 2016 | Maike Hickson
    Austrian Catholic website kath.net reports that on 7 July, Cardinal Christoph Schnborn published an interview in the Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, in which he said that Amoris Laetitia is a binding doctrinal document. From now on, says Schnborn, all the previous magisterial texts concerning marriage and the family have to be read in the light of Amoris Laetitia. Schnborn also said in this interview a fuller excerpt of this text has now been published in English in the Jesuit journal Civilt Cattolica that it is obvious that Amoris Laetitia is an act of the Magisterium since it...
  • Russian Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/07/2016 12:34:58 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The Russians are returning to their tradition of Symphonia, inherited from Byzantium and instituted by Constantine the Great, where church and state complement each other.The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care. The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation on the protection of maternal and...
  • Churches Fear Iowa Law Will Silence Pastors, Open Church Bathrooms to Transgenders

    07/07/2016 12:25:00 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/6/16 | Todd Starnes
    Congregations across the state of Iowa are in grave danger of having their pastors silenced in the pulpit over LGBT public accommodation rules, according to a federal lawsuit filed against the Iowa Civil Rights Commission. Fort Des Moines Church of Christ filed what is known as a pre-enforcement challenge arguing that a portion of the Iowa Civil Rights Act, is a threat to First Amendment freedoms. Alliance Defending Freedom, a legal firm that specializes in religious liberty lawsuits, is representing the church in its fight against the commission. Churches should be free to teach their religious beliefs and operate...
  • Pope Taps Pro-Homosexual Cupich for Key Bishop-Making Panel {Catholic Caucus]

    07/07/2016 12:10:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Catholic Family News and Crux News ^ | July 7, 2016 | John Venarri; Crux News Staff
    CFN intro: Leftist Cupich is notoriously pro-homosexual. He is now positioned by Francis to recommend men of his ilk to become bishops in the United States. The Francis disaster continues full throttle and will further poison the Church in America and worldwide. Oremus - jv Crux Staff, July 7, 2016 By naming Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican's all-important Congregation for Bishops, Pope Francis effectively has positioned him, in tandem with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to be the American "kingmakers" on this pope's watch. Pope Francis on Thursday named Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the...