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  • Priestly Celibacy and the Demise of Marriage

    11/28/2014 11:21:03 AM PST · by NYer · 5 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | November 28, 2014 | JOE BISSONNETTE
    Fr. Richard John Neuhaus used to call it “the parish paper,” a gentle barb at the pretensions of the self-described “paper of record,” but also, I think, a subtle pastoral hand extended to those who think they get all the advice they need when they look in the mirror.Yes, I’m talking about the New York Times, which just ran a discussion group on dropping the celibacy requirement for Catholic clergy. It was a “usual suspects” sort of panel, with the balance one would expect. Of 7 panelists 4 were in favor of married priests, one argued both for and...
  • THE SISTERHOOD: BECOMING NUNS PORTRAYS THE REALITY OF RELIGIOUS LIFE

    11/28/2014 10:28:21 AM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | November 27, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Floods of tears; ecstatic, frankly romantic visions of Jesus; low points and high drama — you’re either reading St. Therese’s autobiography “The Story of a Soul” or you’re watching “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns.”Of course, one of these is a classic work of spirituality by a Doctor of the Church, and the other is a Lifetime reality show (premiering Tuesday, Nov. 25 at 10 p.m. ET/PT), but they’re both the stories of emotional, expressive young women dealing with the notion of becoming a Bride of Christ.Granted, Therese would never have done anything like “twerking,” as does one of the five young...
  • Same-Self Marriage

    11/28/2014 7:00:20 AM PST · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 11-28-14 | Timothy George
    Its only a trickle, not yet a trend, but it is out there, and it has a name: sologamy. Sologamy is the marriage of someone to ones own selfthe his- or herness of it is not relevant, although it seems to be mostly women who are doing it. Apparently Linda Baker was the first person to marry herself back in December 1993. Others have followed suit, including Sara Sharpe, who wrote about her self-marriage in A Dress, A Ring, Promises to Self. And theres Nadine Schweigert, a thirty-six-year-old-woman from Fargo, North Dakota, who was interviewed by Anderson Cooper after marrying...
  • Thanksgiving and Chanukah

    11/27/2014 9:08:19 PM PST · by Phinneous · 2 replies
    Chabad.org / YouTube ^ | 2010 | Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson, ZT'L
    A brief (8 minute) talk about the connection between Thanksgiving, its acknowledgement of G-d, America's religious freedom/founding, and Chanukah (spreading light.) Note: This is subtitled (the Rebbe, Rabbi Schneerson speaks in Yiddish) but it's worth listening, reading, and watching. He highlights our REAL American values so poignantly and perfectly-- and blesses Reagan to boot... a great end of the Holiday!
  • A Brief History of Catholic Claims to Shakespeare

    11/27/2014 7:27:57 PM PST · by annalex · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | NOV 26 2014, 4:35 PM ET | ADAM CHANDLER
    On Tuesday, word spread about the discovery of a "first folio" of the works of William Shakespeare [...]. It was uncovered by some industrious librarians in St.-Omer, France, near the city of Calais, at a public library that already boasts possession of an even rarer Gutenberg Bible. The folio, as the BBC noted, "collects 36 of Shakespeare's 38 known plays for the first time, and was originally printed in 1623, seven years after the playwright's death." As Jennifer Schuessler reported, the folio's unearthing brings the total number of known Shakespeare compendiums to 233. [...] ...over the past century-and-a-half, based on...
  • Cyber-Shopping: 10 Great Christmas Gifts made by Monks and Nuns

    11/27/2014 1:54:48 PM PST · by NYer · 48 replies
    Aleteia ^ | November 27, 2014 | ZELDA CALDWELL
    Zelda Caldwell November 27, 2014 The Texas Nuns Does the thought of hitting the malls this Black Friday (and beyond) fill you with dread? Is a crowded parking lot an occasion of sin for you? Do gift cards leave you feeling like a failure? Why not skip all that stress and and give your loved ones thoughtful, unique, and delicious gifts made by monks and nuns from monasteries and religious communities around the country and available online? These handcrafted and original gifts will thrill everyone on your list, from your most pious aunt to your hipster nephew searching...
  • Thanksgiving Day Is For Thanking and Praising God Just Ask Lincoln

    11/27/2014 9:32:48 AM PST · by millegan · 6 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    In the midst of the American Civil War, Lincoln noted that the countrys industry and population was still growing. In the document officially instituting Thanksgiving as a national holiday, he explicitly credited this to nothing else but Gods grace: "No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy." He then asked everyone in the country to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of...
  • George Washington's 1789 Thanksgiving Proclamation

    11/27/2014 5:31:07 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/27/14
    Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me to "recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:" Now, therefore, I do...
  • Yeshua Returns to Israel (Song)

    11/26/2014 2:53:32 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    A song about Messiah's return to Israel! (Zech. 12:10-14, 13:9) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Bo9zXhA5ko&list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&index=3
  • Topless Activist Jumps on Main Altar at Strasbourg Cathedral to Protest Pope Francis

    11/26/2014 1:29:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 11/25/14 | Jeanne Smits
    Hours before Pope Francis visit to the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg on Tuesday, a Femen protester stripped to the waist and jumped onto the main altar of the towns cathedral on Monday afternoon waving a European Union flag and multi-colored streamers. She danced on the altar for a full minute before running to the cathedrals exit, vanishing among the crowd on the cathedral square. The womans identity has not been disclosed, nor has she been interrogated or arrested by the police. The topless protester had painted slogans on her naked torso: Pope is not a...
  • Pope Francis to General Audience: "We will all meet in Heaven"

    11/26/2014 11:10:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 74 replies
    http://www.romereports.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | RomeReports
    It was a damp, cold morning in Rome. Many umbrellas and brightly colored ponchos could be seen as the popemobile circled around St. Peter's Square. Before beginning his catechesis, the Pope gave an encouraging word to the pilgrims. POPE FRANCIS "It's kind of an ugly day, huh? But you are courageous. Congratulations! Pope Francis explained that the Church is on a path towards the Kingdom of Heaven, a seed that has been in the Earth. He also said that after death, Christians will come face to face with God. POPE FRANCIS "It is beautiful to think of this, to think...
  • Thanksgiving Day Should Be Year Round

    11/26/2014 8:25:40 AM PST · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    ProjectYM.com ^ | November 26, 2014 | Father Mathew P. Schneider, LC
    Sometimes, meeting other people gives us perspective. The other day I was serving some homeless people in one of the men said that he was thankful to God that he was alive, and he asked us to bring more Bibles next time. The next morning I had to get up early and I was complaining interiorly about the alarm clock and my sore muscles.
  • Pope Francis: Europe Seems 'Elderly and Haggard'

    11/26/2014 8:13:59 AM PST · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    In a major address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Pope Francis called for a Europe which revolves not around the economy, but around the sacredness of the human person. My visit comes more than a quarter of a century after that of Pope John Paul II, he said. Since then, much has changed throughout Europe and the world as a whole Despite a larger and stronger Union, Europe seems to give the impression of being somewhat elderly and haggard. Offering a message of hope in the Lord, who turns evil into good and death into life, Pope Francis...
  • Our Nations Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God

    11/26/2014 7:08:02 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.thomasmore.org ^ | November 26, 2014 | TMLC
    Our Nations Thanksgiving A Time to Thank Almighty God Our Nations first Thanksgiving Day took place on November 26, 1789. It was a religious event. To the chagrin of the anti-religionists among us today, on September 25, 1789, the first act of Congress after framing the Bill of Rights, which prohibited an establishment of religion, was to pass a resolution requesting that the President of the United States recommend to the people a Day of Public Thanksgiving and Prayer. This Resolution is clear evidence that our Founding Fathers never imagined that the language of the Establishment Clause they had just...
  • A Remnant That Is Truly Thankful!

    11/26/2014 4:12:55 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/26/14
    My dear friends in light of our nation's godlessness, abounding moral relativistic thinking and secularism there is still a remnant (Isa. 1:4-9) throughout this nation today that still chooses to follow Almighty God and knows His Son as their personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures so teach (John 1:12). They are thankful daily for all that Almighty God has provided for them (in time and in ETERNITY) and they are found throughout the social classes today (1 Cor. 10:31). Sadly these are outcasts, rejected and scoffed at by the political parties of today and this godless nation. UNTHANKFULNESS has engulfed...
  • Immigration and the Christian: The Balance of the Welcome and the Wall

    11/25/2014 6:13:50 PM PST · by Yosemitest · 10 replies
    www.WaterMark.org ^ | Nov 16, 2014 | Todd Wagner, Senior Pastor, Elder
    (Note from poster: This one hour video is very fast moving and well worth your time.You will probably need to watch it a couple of times to grasp it's full value. I learned about it through Glenn Beck's interview on the third hour of his Nov 21, 2014 radio program. I know little about Todd R. Wagner (Senior Pastor, Elder) and his Watermark Community Church, but more can be found at Forbes.com, and God has certainly rewarded him for his works. I think this sermon is one that should be studied and reviewed.) Immigration and the Christian: The Balance...
  • Christian Rapper Lecrae on Ferguson: Have Compassion, Dont Add Salt to Wounds

    11/25/2014 3:00:25 PM PST · by millegan · 13 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    A grand jury has decided not to indict officer Darren Wilson, the white police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, on a street in Ferguson, Missouri, in August. Christian rapper Lecrae offered his perspective of the issue on social media. Heres what he wrote on Facebook:
  • The Dangers of Secondhand Christmas

    11/25/2014 2:54:50 PM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | November 25, 2014 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A PTA of a public school in the Boston area apparently worked behind closed doors to prevent elementary school students from being exposed to the eeeeevil dangers of a...Christmas tree!!! (Cue the impending doom music.) It's gotten so bad that one news report says that one board member may step down over the controversy over the fear ofexposing children to secondhand Christmas.Sheesh. The Butler Elementary School PTA made a decision to cancel the annual field trip to see "The Nutcracker" ballet because supposedly some parents complained about the Christmas tree on stage in some scenes. Maybe they should've taken the...
  • Vatican Humanum Conference Erases LGBT People With Trite Gender Norms (Gay Lobby disappointed)

    11/25/2014 8:26:36 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 33 replies
    Schnizzle Newsblog ^ | November 19, 2014 | Zack Ford
    This week, the Vatican has hosted an international colloquium called Humanum dedicated to the complementarity of man and woman and the importance of marriage. Not just limited to Catholics, the conference has included people from many different faiths, including a litany of the United States anti-LGBT conservatives. The messages of Humanum have sounded mostly like excerpts from Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, asserting various archaic gender stereotypes as evidence that men and women are uniquely designed to be together and that no other relationship should ever be considered a marriage. For example, Russell Moore, media-savvy...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/24/2014 1:40:40 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
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  • Bizarre Pagan Influences on the U.S. National Mall

    11/24/2014 8:15:25 AM PST · by millegan · 22 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    Previously, we brought you Where God is Carved in Stone on the National Mall. Today, were looking at weird pagan influences on the National Mall in Washington D.C.. While the U.S. certainly has been greatly influenced by the Christian faith, it has also been influenced by certain strains of Enlightenment thought that are decidedly un-Christian. Remember that while the U.S. was in its infancy in the late 18th century, over in Europe during the French Revolution crowds took the Cathedral of Notre Dame and the replaced the altar with an altar to Liberty. This type of thinking was in the...
  • Rick Warren at the Vatican: "Were More Effective and Better Together Than We Are Apart"

    11/24/2014 6:13:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 97 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 11/24/14 | Diane Montagna
    Saddleback Church founder speaks at Vatican-hosted Humanum Colloquium.Pastor Rick Warren, Founder and Senior Pastor of Saddleback Churchan evangelical megachurch located in Lake Forest, Californiawas among the featured presenters at last week's Vatican-hosted Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman. Also known as the Humanum Colloquium, the conference gathered leaders and scholars from various Christian and non-Christian religions across the globe November 17-19 to examine and propose anew the beauty of the relationship between man and woman in marriage. Warren, one of the most prominent evangelical leaders in the world, is perhaps most widely known as the author of the...
  • The Return of Mormon Polygamy?

    11/23/2014 7:48:59 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | November 21, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Ross Douthat has a thought-provoking reflection on the future of religion, both globally and in America. He says that its dangerous to assume that the future will look like the present, only moreso. Which Catholics in 1940 would have foreseen something as epochal as the Second Vatican Council, coming just 20 years later? Who could have anticipated that China is on track to having the largest Christian population in the world, and that Africa would be sending missionaries to the West? But here we are. Douthat calls attention to Will Saletans Slate piece saying that the Mormon Church has a...
  • Atheist Confession: I like Pope Francis.

    11/23/2014 5:16:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Filipino Freethinkers ^ | November 23, 2014 | Dustin Celestino.
    Im going to say something many of my fellow secularism advocates would probably not appreciate: I like Pope Francis. Why? I like Pope Francis because, in my opinion, he is more liberal than many liberals. American conservatives already hate him for his seemingly liberal position on many issues. Hes so liberal that Sarah Palin is actually taken aback by what she calls his liberal agenda. The Pope is so liberal that writer Damian Thompson, in an article he wrote for The Spectator, had to ask if we were in the early stages of a Catholic civil war. Apparently, even Catholics...
  • There's a Voice (Song)

    11/23/2014 1:26:22 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    Here is a song of personal testimony. May it be a blessing to you this Lord's Day https://www.youtube.com/watch?list=PLCIlBJSHXyrrhBeYGilqH9S5DgotIqAR8&v=E3ZdHmO0e6c
  • Why has Pentecostalism grown so dramatically in Latin America?

    11/23/2014 7:39:25 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Pew Research Center ^ | 11/23/2014 | BY DAVID MASCI
    (Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images) Tens of millions of Latin Americans have left the Roman Catholic Church in recent decades and embraced Pentecostal Christianity, according to a new Pew Research Center survey on religion in 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico. Indeed, nearly one-in-five Latin Americans now describe themselves as Protestant, and across the countries surveyed majorities of them self-identify as Pentecostal or belong to a Pentecostal denomination. Pentecostals share many beliefs with other evangelical Protestants, but they put more emphasis on the gifts of the Holy Spirit, such as speaking in tongues, faith healing and prophesying.With...
  • Guest commentary: Muslims, Mormons and Obama, one might think they would do better together

    11/22/2014 7:38:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Contra Costa Times News ^ | November 22, 2014 | Robert A. Rees
    A recent Gallup poll reflecting President Barack Obama's approval rating among American religious groups revealed that the president's highest rating was among Muslims (72 percent) and the lowest among Mormons (18 percent). That's an enormous difference between two groups that actually have a lot in common. What explains such radically divergent views? According to Mormon political analyst Quin Monson, the explanation for Obama's low ranking among Mormons has to do with party affiliation: "It's not surprising, given the fact Mormons are overwhelmingly Republican. There aren't very many Mormon Democrats, and that explains it." That surely is not the whole explanation....
  • China seeks agreement with Vatican on appointment of new bishops

    11/22/2014 3:31:12 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | November 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    The Chinese government has proposed a cooperative arrangement with the Vatican regarding the appointment of Catholic bishops. The Beijing regime has clashed repeatedly with Rome over the appointment of bishops. The Vatican insists that all bishops must be appointed with a mandate from the Holy See, and has announced the excommunication of Chinese bishops appointed without that mandate. China, on the other hand, claims that the government-backed Catholic Patriotic Association should appoint bishops. In his 2007 letter on the Church in China, Pope Benedict XVI said that the universal Church cannot recognize the authority of a group like the Patriotic...
  • Knights donate $2 million for Middle East refugee housing

    11/22/2014 3:08:35 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | November 21, 2014 | Matt Hadro
    Refugee child in Ankaway, Erbil at the opening of his tent_Catholic News Agency. Credit: Maria Lozano. Washington D.C., Nov 20, 2014 / 04:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Knights of Columbus is putting more than $2 million toward new homes for Iraqi and Syrian refugees fleeing violence, and not a moment too soon, said Supreme Knight Carl Anderson. “We have tens of thousands of refugees in this area [Northern Iraq] who have been driven from their homes at the point of a gun. Many of them are sleeping outdoors, in hallways, three, four families together in a Christian school. And winter...
  • Pope appoints Cardinal Napier as synod (on the family) organiser

    11/22/2014 2:01:29 PM PST · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Herald ^ | November 21, 2014
    Cardinal Napier (Photo: CNS) The cardinal was a leading critic of the mid-term reportCardinal Wilfrid Napier of Durban, South Africa, has been added to the organising committee for next years family synod.The appointment is seen as significant because Cardinal Napier was critical of the mid-term report in last months synod and is regarded as an influential voice in favour of tradition.Otherwise the committee remains the same, including the theologian Archbishop Bruno Forte of Chieti Vasto, who is seen as responsible for the most contentious aspects of the mid-term report.Other members of the committee are Cardinal Luis Tagle, Cardinal Peter...
  • German Bishops to Unveil 'Hidden Bombshell'

    11/22/2014 12:03:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 11/22/14 | Edward Pentin
    n the latest in a series of attempts by German bishops to align Church teaching with secular values, a sub-committee of the German episcopal conference is planning to amend Church labor law to allow Church employees who are homosexual or divorced and civilly remarried to work in ecclesiastical institutions. Until now, those employed in the German Church the second largest employer in the country are required to adhere to lifestyles consistent with Church teaching. But on Nov. 24th, a majority of bishops are expected to vote to introduce changes to Church rules to allow such employees to continue...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    11/22/2014 10:31:23 AM PST · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    November 22, 2014 | Irish Rose
    He makes springs pour water into the ravines; it flows between the mountains. They give water to all the beasts of the field; the wild donkeys quench their thirst. The birds of the air nest by the waters; they sing among the branches. He waters the mountains from his upper chambers; the earth is satisfied by the fruit of his work. He makes grass grow for the cattle, and plants for man to cultivate bringing forth food from the earth: wine that gladdens the heart of man, oil to make his face shine, and bread that sustains his...
  • The Father's Love Always at Work for You!

    11/22/2014 8:44:24 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/22/14
    Gods ETERNAL and PERFECT LOVE transcends the realms of time and ETERNITY. It seeks ONLY our HIGHEST and BEST for His glory in RIGHTEOUSNESS in this world and for our ETERNAL future (Rom. 8:28, 1 John 3:1-3, 4:9). It is the Fathers delight to give us good things! And the majority of those good things that He gives us are NOT material blessings but spiritual blessings and wisdom, heavenly discernment, REALITY, TRUTH, ETERNAL and Heavenly perception, earthly provisions, good, sound believing friends in the Lord, Divine protection from the evil one (Satan), opportunities to bring glory to His WONDROUS Name...
  • Count It All Joy! Song

    11/22/2014 8:40:21 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman
    A Christian song of personal testimony You tube link and video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DZ1aE6qHSOc
  • IS POPE FRANCIS DUPING LIBERALS ON MARRIAGE?

    11/21/2014 3:08:09 PM PST · by NYer · 37 replies
    The Spectator ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Kengor
    Its no secret that liberals adore Pope Francis. The more secular the progressive, the greater the reverence for the new man in the Vatican. Liberalswhich includes liberal Catholics and Protestants as well as secularistssee the pontiff as the long-awaited liberator of the reactionary Roman Catholic Church.And yet, if you think about it, there arent many things they actually want from Francis. What kind of wish-list do they have in mind as they celebrate his arrival? Francis is not calling for women priests, for abortion-on-demand, or for clowns dancing at the altar during consecration of the Eucharist. Sure, they relish his...
  • Is God The Problem With American Politics?

    11/21/2014 12:30:28 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 30 replies
    The Huffington Post UK ^ | November 21, 2014 | Paul Vale
    Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling those who've taken on faith to create a force for change."Youre the anti-Christ, you will be destroyed, screamed an incensed heckler during a speech by Barack Obama in June this year. It was not the first time Obama had heard this very pointed line, nor was he the first President to hear it. Anti-Obama rallies are often decorated with signs or t-shirts carrying overtly religious messages, whether its likening him to the Devil, demanding that Christian prayers be returned to schools or suggesting that America has a...
  • Pope urges doctors to witness to sanctity of life

    11/21/2014 12:01:51 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | November 15, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis meets medical doctors at Paul VI hall - ANSA (Vatican Radio) Pope Francis met with the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors on Saturday. He urged them to resist false compassion and witness by word and by example that human life is always sacred, valuable, and inviolable. Read the full statement below: I welcome you on the occasion of the seventieth anniversary of the founding of the Association of Italian Catholic Doctors. In particular, I address a cordial greeting to the chaplain, Msgr. Edward Menichelli, to Cardinal Fiorenzo Angelini, who for decades has followed the life of the...
  • Evangelicals Favorite Heresies

    11/21/2014 9:09:43 AM PST · by Maudeen · 103 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | November 21, 2014 | Tom Olago
    Based on the numbers of denominations, sects and cults professing adherence to Christianity, it is not really surprising that there are wide margins of difference in how these different groups understand and interpret the Bible. Within Protestantism, there is still much theological debate and confusion around doctrines and principles especially those not considered central or cardinal to the Christian faith. And even within mainstream church affiliations that hold fast to the central doctrines of Christianity, there is still considerable confusion and disagreement within church laity with regards to the understanding and interpretation of Biblical doctrine.
  • 120 Christian Students at Ohio Bible College Face Deportation by US Immigration Agents

    11/21/2014 9:04:21 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2014 | Samuel Smith
    About 120 international Christian students attending a Bible college in Ohio could possibly face deportation after their school was recently denied recertification with the U.S. immigration exchange student program. Although President Barack Obama plans to announce Thursday night an immigration overhaul that could allow nearly 5 million illegal immigrants to remain in the country, the 120 foreign Christian students at Marietta Bible College are in a bind after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement declined to issue the school recertification into the the agency's Student and Exchange Visitor Program. In doing so, the school's international students must either find a new...
  • President Obama Cites the Bible in Immigration Speech

    11/21/2014 8:58:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/21/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    President Barack Obama appealed to the Good Book on Thursday evening when he addressed the nation regarding his executive order on immigration amnesty. During his speech, Obama alluded to the Old Testament law that mandated that the Ancient nation of Israel look after the foreigners among them. "Scripture tells us that we shall not oppress a stranger, for we know the heart of a stranger - we were strangers once, too," said Obama. "My fellow Americans, we are and always will be a nation of immigrants. We were strangers once, too. And whether our forebears were strangers who crossed the...
  • Heaven's Illegal Immigration Policy

    11/21/2014 5:04:26 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    On the eve of Obama's decree we stand at the threshold of entering a new day here in America where - with a swipe of the pen - millions of illegal aliens will be made legal and invade this nation with a heart that withstands our constitutional republic, English language, Judeo/Christian heritage and rule of moral laws. Does this sound harsh to you do-gooders of lawlessness out there? Think again my friends, this act has absolutely nothing to do with helping children or individuals but only seeks to further destroy America, divide Americans and to incite law abiding American citizens...
  • Pope Francis prefers 'simple' papal visit to PH (Philippines)

    11/20/2014 7:54:29 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 1 replies
    Rappler ^ | November 20, 2014 | Katerina Francisco
    MANILA, Philippines Pope Francis, the Argentine pope known for espousing a simpler Church, also wants the same treatment for his upcoming visit to the Philippines next year. At a press briefing on Thursday, November 20, papal visit media relations sub-committee chair Fr Anton Pascual said the Vatican would prefer a simple papal visit with minimal expenditures. The Vatican also urged for more resources to be spent on helping the victims of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) and the earthquake in Bohol in 2013, according to an article on the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) news site. The Pope will...
  • While Youre Distracted, Humanum is Happening (HUGE Traditional Marriage Conf in Rome)

    11/20/2014 3:07:41 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 28 replies
    November 19th, 2014 | Erick Erickson
    There are more important things in life than politics. One of those things is happening as I write. Most of the world is oblivious to it. The press corps has completely ignored it. But it may be one of the most consequential events in the early twenty-first century. It is called Humanum. In Rome, at the Vatican, an interfaith gathering is occurring to discus marriage. Leading voices in the Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Mormon, Muslim, and Christian communities have gathered to support and strengthen each other in the struggle against growing anti-faith norms toward marriage and family. Pope Francis opened the...
  • 5 reasons why people want to believe Jesus was married

    11/20/2014 2:41:48 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 38 replies
    Religious News Service ^ | 11/20/2014 | David Gibson
    Another day, another stunning blockbuster report that Jesus was married! And to Mary Magdalene! The latest version of this meme comes from Simcha Jacobovici, an author and filmmaker who is famous for promoting stunning theories about Jesus that on further review often turn out to be dubious. Jacobovicis new claim that he has decoded an old text that reveals Jesus and the Magdalene were married and had two kids (and she was a co-deity with her husband) came out this month and has also been widely dismissed. But as happened earlier this year with the so-called Gospel of Jesuss...
  • Maryland County Pushes Churches to Preach Environmentalism In Exchange for Tax Credits

    11/20/2014 2:17:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    IJ Review ^ | 11/19/14 | Joseph Perticone
    Churches in a Maryland county are being offered tax breaks for incorporating environmentalism into their sermons. In Prince Georges County, 30 pastors have started preaching green ministries to avoid extra taxes, the Washington Post reports. The taxes depend on the acreage for all property owners, including churches, as part of Marylands storm water remediation fee. Reverend Nathaniel B. Thomas of Forestville New Redeemer Baptist Church said he attempted to challenge the fee and said: "Once Uncle Sam finds a way to take your money, he doesnt stop.Thomas acknowledged the people of his congregation have higher priorities than the environment, such...
  • Billy Graham: In Lawless and Wicked AgeWe've Taught Philosophy of the Devil--Do As You Please

    11/19/2014 7:15:58 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    CNS News ^ | November 19, 2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    World renowned evangelist Rev. Billy Graham, the founder and chairman of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that our children are growing up in a lawless and wicked age, infused with the philosophy of the Devil, who says, Do as you please. Further, rearing children in this culture is difficult because we have taken God out of our educational systems and thought we could get away with it, said Rev. Graham. We have sown the wind, and we are now reaping the whirlwind. We have laughed at God, religion and the Bible. Reverend Grahams commentary, first broadcast in August 1955,...
  • How (Pope) Francis Is Befriending the Pentecostals

    11/19/2014 2:24:41 PM PST · by NYer · 87 replies
    Chiesa ^ | November 19, 2014 | Sandro Magister
    In Latin America, they're pulling millions of faithful away from the Catholic Church. But the pope has only words of friendship for them. This is his way of doing ecumenism, unveiled here in two of his video messages by Sandro Magister ROME, November 19, 2014 - With the mastery for which it is known all over the world, the Washington-based Pew Research Center has conducted a survey on a massive scale that gives substance to a fact that was already known in general terms, the startling decline of Catholic membership in the Latin American subcontinent:> Religion in Latin America. Widespread...
  • All Is A Mystery To The Unbelieving

    11/19/2014 2:06:17 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 11/19/14
    Only Almighty God has and offers the answers that we so desperately need today. WITHOUT Almighty Gods Word and revelation ALL is a mystery! ALL is unanswerable! ALL is despair! ALL is hopeless! A man, woman, boy or girl MUST be born again to FULLY comprehend Almighty God's revelation and see the ETERNAL picture of our day (John 3:3-7, Rom. 8:5-9, 1 Cor. 2:9-16). My friend, do not deceive yourselves with false hopes, false vain ambitions, false saviors, and false Utopian visions that can NEVER come to pass in this sin ravished world (Gal. 1:4). My friend, do the very...
  • 5 Reasons Abp. Cupich is a Great Choice for Chicago (or Anywhere)

    11/19/2014 8:50:17 AM PST · by millegan · 11 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    Yesterday, Archbishop Blase Cupich began his tenure as the Archdiocese of Chicagos 9th prelate. My wife and I were blessed a few weeks ago to attend one final young adult Pub Night with the archbishop before he vacated his seat as Bishop of the Diocese of Spokane, where he spoke on the Popes encyclical Joy of the Gospel and took questions from the audience on anything and everything. Lots of people have been saying lots of things about Pope Francis recent selection good and bad, Christian and un-Christian, smart and dumb but at the end of the day,...
  • New York High School Rejects Student's Request to Launch Christian Club 'Dare to Believe'

    11/19/2014 8:07:39 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 11/19/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A New York high school has rejected a student's request to have a Christian club on campus, prompting possible legal action by a Texas-based organization. Wantagh High School of the Wantagh Union Free School District recently denied official recognition for Elizabeth Loverde's proposed club "Dare to Believe." In response to the rejection, Loverde and her family contacted the Plano, Texas-based Liberty Institute, which sent a letter Monday to the principal, as well as to other school district officials. "Once a secondary school such as yours creates a limited open forum, it cannot deny equal access to student groups on the...