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  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/29/2015 9:31:02 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 6 replies
    August 29, 2015 | Irish Rose
    He who made the Pleiades and Orion, who turns blackness into dawn and darkens day into night, who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out over the face of the land – the LORD is his name – he flashes destruction on the stronghold and brings the fortified city to ruin. (Amos 5:8-9)
  • St. Petersburg Cossacks Deny Involvement In Mephistopheles Relief Destruction

    08/28/2015 8:35:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | 8/28/15 | Anna Dolqov
    A Cossack organization denied that one of its members was responsible for the removal of a 100-year-old bas relief depicting the mythical demon Mephistopheles from a historic building in St. Petersburg after a man claiming responsibility for the act said he was a member of the group. In a letter sent to the editors of St. Petersburg news site Fontanka.ru, a man named Denis Gorchin — the self-described former leader of a group known as the Cossacks of St. Petersburg — said his organization was responsible for the removal of the bas relief from the building on Lakhtinskaya Street, which...
  • Poll: 38% born-again Christians believe prayer boosts wealth, 24% think wealth sign of God’s favor

    08/28/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/28/2015 | AllahPundit
    A little comments food-fight starter for a slow Friday news cycle. Even your friendly neighborhood atheist blogger is surprised by this result: My memory of youthful Christian lessons is rusty but I do vaguely recall something about rich men and heaven and camels and the eye of a needle. Then again, there’s a difference between praying for a Lamborghini and praying for a pay raise to help make ends meet. Wanting more wealth doesn’t necessarily make you greedy.The question: Why are born-again Christians more likely than those who don’t describe themselves as born again to tie wealth to faith?...
  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue.
  • Planned Parenthood Travesty - The Archdiocese Of Washington Makes Its Mind Known

    08/27/2015 7:18:47 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    The Archdiocese of Washington has made a statement regarding Planned Parenthood's sale of babies whom they have murdered. Click on the player to hear one of their spokespeople speak of the concern that the chancery has regarding this matter. (audio at link) That's about the size of it! Two weeks ago the Catholic Standard buried this blurb towards the back of the print edition when the first few videos were released. Today I received the August 27th edition. Bearing in mind that this is the first edition out since the massive Planned Parenthood protests this past Saturday, with 70 thousand...
  • Archbishop Chaput Chastises Critics of Organizing Team for World Meeting of Families

    08/27/2015 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians who support legal abortion. The WMOF will be held in Philadelphia in September, with an appearance by Pope Francis as the highlight. In preparation for the event, the Philadelphia archdiocese assembled a team of organizers, including both full-time executives to arrange the events and community leaders to serve in advisory or honorary roles. The Lepanto Institute and ChurchMilitant.com issued reports earlier this week, revealing that Robert Ciarrufoli, the head of the WMOF leadership...
  • ‘No Shaking’ on Sodomy [Nigerian bishops: "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien...]

    08/27/2015 5:53:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/27/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    The Nigerian bishops won't budge in their firm stance against same-sex "marriage." That's the latest word from Abp. Ignatius Kaigama, president of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Nigeria and leader of the Jos archdiocese. He told a recent Catholic assembly in his archdiocese, "The culture of same-sex marriage is alien to our understanding of the family and should not be imposed on Nigerians." These words were met with heavy applause. The archbishop then shifted to Nigeria's Same-Sex Marriage Prohibition Act, which took effect in 2014. He is an ardent supporter of it, and at the time he lauded Nigeria's president,...
  • Pope's Visit May Bring Out the Best, or Worst, in Washingtonians

    08/27/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Jostling for tickets, preparing to introduce special legislation, pushing pet causes, and gearing up for the kinds of crowds that could rival those of a presidential inauguration day are some of the ways Washington, D.C., is getting ready for Pope Francis. Yep, that sounds just like Washington.  The Pope will be in the nation's capital Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24, and the coveting of papal event tickets might be just as strong in Congress as it is in parishes.  Previous popes have celebrated public Masses in Washington—the last was Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in 2008—and visited the White...
  • "THERE ARE MONKEYS OF JEWISH ORIGIN; NONE DENY THIS WHO BELIEVE IN THE QURAN"

    08/27/2015 2:28:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    F ^ | 08/27/2015 | Daniel Greenfield
      Critics of Islam are often accused of bigotry. The accusers tend to overlook the kind of crazy racism that Islam teaches. And we are talking really, really crazy racism. (via Religion of Peace) Al-Mosharraf, whose Elaph blog posts often contain anti-Semitic overtones, argues that some monkeys are Jews whom Allah punished for desecrating the Sabbath, as is told in the Quran. He included numerous photos of macaque monkeys in his post, and pointed out the similarities between their behavior and Jewish behavior. Sure. Who can forget the time that six Muslim armies were defeated by an army of...
  • Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population, Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It

    08/27/2015 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic. When asked about whether gay and lesbian...
  • Everybody Wants to Rule Their World

    08/27/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by DWW1990
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/26/15 | Trevor Thomas
    When one abandons eternal truth, there is virtually no limit to the extremeness and no end to the amount of folly that will follow. Modern liberalism again demonstrates this well. Because of his commitment to liberalism, which makes him unable to call the public display of women’s breasts that is occurring in Times Square what it really is (offensive, absurd, gross, and yes, wicked and sinful), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to wield one of the favorite tools of modern liberals: the dreaded “multiagency task force.”
  • Mormon church to support Boy Scouts despite gay troop leaders

    08/26/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/26/15 | Jessica Mendoza
    The Mormon church will continue to support the Boy Scouts of America despite the group’s decision to allow gay troop leaders, say church leaders. After a month of deliberation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints – which is the nation’s largest sponsor of Boy Scout units and continues to restrict gay and lesbian members from participating fully in church activities and leadership – said in a statement Wednesday that it would maintain its 102-year-old association with Scouting following the BSA’s controversial July decision to let gay men lead Scout units. The announcement, which comes after the BSA assured...
  • Catacomb time? (Catholicism by osmosis is dead)

    08/26/2015 4:32:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | August 26, 2015 | George Weigel
    View of interior of the catacombs of Saint Gennaro in Naples. (us.fotolia.com | dudlajzov) At Christmas 1969, Professor Joseph Ratzinger gave a radio talk with the provocative title, “What Will the Future Church Look Like?” (You can find it in Faith and the Future, published by Ignatius Press). One of the concluding paragraphs was destined to become perhaps the most quoted excerpt from Ratzinger’s extensive bibliography, when Professor Ratzinger became Pope Benedict XVI: “From the crisis of today a new Church of tomorrow will emerge – a Church that has lost much. She will become small and will have...
  • Did God Send A Prophet to Rebuke John MacArthur?

    08/26/2015 2:25:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 157 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/25/2015 | Michael Brown
    The video has now gone viral, providing embarrassment for the charismatic movement and fodder for those who deny that the prophetic gifts are for today. A self-proclaimed prophet from Scotland disrupted a Sunday morning service on August 16th as Pastor MacArthur stood behind the pulpit, rebuking him for teaching cessationism and for being divisive, announcing that he was a prophet sent by God. Pastor MacArthur listened quietly before security removed the man, who continued to call for repentance as he was escorted out the door. Pastor MacArthur then responded like a completely composed, totally unruffled, senior statesman, using humor and...
  • Efforts to Silence Clergy Continue Apace

    08/25/2015 7:40:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 8/25/15 | William Kilpatrick
    Christians in the U.S. worry that the day may be coming when they will no longer be able to freely speak their minds about their faith. But that day has already arrived in Canada, Europe, and the U.K. In 2008, a Canadian Human Rights panel imposed a $5,000 fine on the Reverend Stephen Boisson for a letter he had written in 2002 to a small newspaper describing homosexual activists as immoral (the ruling was eventually overturned by a higher court). In the same year (2002), an Ontario court ordered a Catholic school to admit a homosexual teen and his older...
  • Catholic Hospital to Permit Sterilization Following Lawsuit Threat

    08/25/2015 7:16:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth," the newspaper reported. Miller says that her insurance will not cover both childbirth and sterilization at any other hospital in a 150-mile radius. Citing the US bishops’ healthcare directives, Mercy Medical Center in Redding initially...
  • Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • Ahead of pope's visit to US, some friction over LGBT issues

    08/25/2015 5:12:17 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    AP ^ | 8/25/15 | David Crary
    The World Meeting of Families, the central religious event of Pope Francis' first visit to the United States, is intended to convey a message of love and joy as it seeks to promote church teaching on marriage. Yet four weeks away from its opening in Philadelphia, friction is mounting as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Roman Catholics lobby for a broader role in the event and organizers move to limit them.The tensions surrounding the gathering will pose a real-world test of the pope's approach that emphasizes compassion and welcome while upholding Catholic doctrine that marriage is only between a man...
  • Half a million people sign petition urging Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage at synod

    08/25/2015 3:20:37 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 24, 2015
    Pope Francis at last October's extraordinary synod (CNS) Five cardinals are among the signatories to a petition organised by Catholic student association TFP Student ActionMore than 500,000 people, including five cardinals, have signed a petition asking Pope Francis to reinforce Church teaching on marriage and the family at the synod of bishops in October.The petition, launched by Catholic student association TFP Student Action and backed by 25 pro-family groups around the world, was posted on the organisation’s site in late January. It has since been signed by five cardinals, 117 bishops and hundreds of civil leaders, in addition to...
  • A New Kind of Eternal Life: The Growing Christian Transhumanism Movement

    08/25/2015 1:16:34 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 13 replies
    Outer Places ^ | Janey Tracey
    Transhumanism, the movement which aims to use science fiction-esque methods such as brain uploading, cyborgism, and cryogenics to achieve immortality and/or a higher state of evolution, is strongly associated with atheism. Not only is there a strong emphasis on science, which is often considered to be at odds with religion to a certain extent, but this particular brand of science seems particularly opposed to the notion that God should have control over life and death. But according to transhumanist Micah Redding, there's a growing contingent of Christians in the transhumanist movement who are seeking a slightly different type of...
  • INHUMAN—PART 5: THE SPIRIT BEHIND TRANSHUMANISM

    08/25/2015 1:08:57 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 8 replies
    INHUMAN—PART 5: THE SPIRIT BEHIND TRANSHUMANISM July 5, 2015 by SkyWatch Editor Share EDITOR’S NOTE: In the countdown to the release of the highly anticipated documentary “INHUMAN: THE NEXT AND FINAL PHASE OF MAN IS HERE”(scheduled for release around August 15), SkyWatch TV is running this exclusive online series on transhumanism and the dawn of the Human Hybrid Age.CONTINUED FROM PART ONE, PART TWO, PART THREE, PART FOUR  It would be nice to be an artilect, a god, a supremely powerful omnipotent being. I could be such a creature [soon.] It’s possible. It’s not an unattainable dream. All I...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (tinyurl.com/qb63fpr), in his latest video (youtu.be/ZmKeXj91Wfo) says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • THE CATHOLIC CHURCH IS NOT THE BERGOGLIO PARTY (Catholic Caucus)

    08/24/2015 5:38:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | August 23, 2015 | Antonio Socci
    To the courageous headline in yesterday’s “Libero” (“The Pope’s Party. The Vatican’s Political Shift”.) only one idea should be added: the Bergoglio Party is one thing (which is its doing harm, but will fade with him), the Catholic Church is another. The other day Matteo Salvini* rightly noted this in the polemics he had with Monsignor Galantino. Plus, the very caustic interview with Giovanni Sartori - the king of political analysts - helped clarify it all: “For me this Vatican that utters such nonsense is a disaster. They aren’t interested at all in the real facts and focus on very...
  • African Bishops Keep Fighting the Good Fight

    08/24/2015 3:05:35 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/24/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    African bishops continue to fight for life, marriage and family in their country. Following a pro-life rally that drew more than 1,000 supporters, the Ghana Catholic Bishops' Conference (GCBC) issued a statement resolving to resist evils such as abortion, population control, adulterous remarriages, promiscuity and sodomy. 1. Every human being is created in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:26–27). Human life is God's gift and this life begins at conception. Thus, every nation, every institution, every man and woman must respect, protect and uphold the dignity and sanctity of every human life from the moment of conception until...
  • Row over messianic red heifer divides Jewish activists

    08/24/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 26 replies
    Mail & Guardian ^ | Peter Beaumont
    Row over messianic red heifer divides Jewish activists 14 Aug 2015 00:00 Peter BeaumontAgriculture researchers, US exporters and Jewish activists clash over plans to breed a holy cow. Sacred, profane: Hopes to build the Third Temple at the Temple Mount, or Noble Sanctuary, are controversial. (Spencer Platt/Getty) A Jewish activist group dedicated to controversially building a Third Temple in Jerusalem has launched a crowdfunding appeal to scientifically breed the perfect “red heifer”. The creation of a Third Temple as a permanent house in which God will reside was prophesied by Ezekiel, and most orthodox Jewish authorities regard it as something...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/24/2015 12:46:57 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    8-24-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Genesis 49:24 His Bow Remained Strong and Steady and Rested in the Strength that does not Fail him, For the Arms of his Hands were Made Strong and Active by the Hands of the Mighty God of Jacob, By the Name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel.
  • Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today – Pro-life manifesto calls upon the...

    08/24/2015 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    standtrue.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bryan Kemper
    FULL TITLE: Father Pavone’s Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today – Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said he’s not just fighting abortion, he’s working to end it. His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States. In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in...
  • Witches, Lesbians and Liberal Pro-Aborts

    08/23/2015 12:27:55 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    As part of a nationwide effort mobilizing thousands of pro-lifers, hundreds turned out in various metro Detroit locations to protest and pray in front of Planned Parenthood abortion mills. In the suburb of Ferndale, about 250 pro-lifers stood across a major thoroughfare in front of Planned Parenthood, where about a dozen abortion advocates held signs and went through their usual pro-abortion "My body, my choice" chants. Included were the usual assortment of witches and lesbians. The entire national effort was pulled together in response to the gruesome videos serving as proof that Planned Parenthood is engaged in a lucrative business...
  • The Network of Stolen Consciousness - How Black Magick is used in Mind Control

    08/22/2015 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Sir Gawain · 82 replies
    Metatech.org ^ | Beth Goobie
    The Network of Stolen Consciousness – How Black Magick is used in Mind Control August 10, 2014 by user8127 The Network of Stolen Consciousness How Black Magick is used in Mind Control by Beth GoobieThis is a terrifying look at the inner most procedures of satanic intelligence cults. This is without a doubt one of the most advanced exposes of advanced mind control technology and processes that I have ever seen published.—————————————I am a survivor of intelligence cults that operate across Canada and are connected internationally. In 1959, I was born into an intergenerational CIA-connected cult that continues to operate...
  • "Synod of Doom" Update-Petition to Francis Reaches 471,000 Signatures

    08/22/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 21, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As of this writing the “Filial Petition” to Francis pleading with him to repair a “breach [that] has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery — by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion — and would virtually accept even homosexual unions” has reached 471,000 signatures, including that of Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The Petition identifies the “breach” of which it complains with “information published on the last Synod,” meaning the disgraceful “midterm report” calling precisely for “permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion” and “virtual[ly] accept[ing] even homosexual unions.” Of...
  • Josh Duggar is Not Our Standard

    08/22/2015 6:48:23 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/22/15 | Trevor Thomas
    If you’re looking to discredit Christianity, you’re going to have to do a lot better than point to the failings of the followers of Christ. Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, who was recently outed as a user of the adultery promoting website Ashley Madison, is simply the latest in a long line of public Christians caught failing to “practice what he preached.” Christianity isn’t about what Josh Duggar, Jimmy Swaggart, Billy Graham, James Dobson, myself, or anyone else did or will do. It isn’t about what we’ve said or will say. Christianity is in the words and...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    08/22/2015 3:30:47 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 9 replies
    August 22, 2015 | Irish Rose
    This is what the LORD says: “Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the LORD. He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes. He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives. “But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does...
  • A Look at (Archdiocese of) San Francisco’s New Teacher Contract

    08/21/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 21, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    In an August 19 press release, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced the details of a collective bargaining agreement with its teacher’s union. The original proposal gained national attention when over 75 percent of the high school teachers signed a petition against Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts to add language to employment documents that specifically identified “hot button issues” (mostly around issues of human sexuality and reproduction) that they should not publicly contradict by word or example. Also at issue was how the private lives of teachers might impact their ability to teach in a Catholic school. Additionally, the union also...
  • Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian (Catholic) monastery

    08/21/2015 2:42:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 21, 2015
    The monastery was originally built in the fourth century Islamists destroy 5th-century Mar Elian monasteryISIS fighters have demolished a monastery in central Syria, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said.The Mar Elian monastery in the town of Qaryatain near Homs, was captured by the terrorists  from the Syrian Army two weeks ago. This week they used bulldozers to raze the holy site,Mar Elian is also where Fr Jacques Mourad was kidnapped in May. He remains one of six clergy in Syria who have been kidnapped by rebel groups, their fates unknown.Qaryatain is near a road linking the ancient...
  • Planned Parenthood and the silence of the Church

    08/21/2015 1:42:19 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    christiantoday.com ^ | 21 August 2015 | David Robertson
    Having taken a six-week break from social media, the internet and writing, it was with a sense of trepidation that I emerged from my cocoon. What has been going on in the world? In seeking to catch up I read over newsfeeds, papers and websites, and found there is one issue that stands out – mainly because apart from in US Christian circles, the silence has been deafening. I am talking, of course, about the Planned Parenthood videos. I am sure that most readers on Christian Today will be aware of the basics of the story – how the Center...
  • Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

    08/21/2015 9:53:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality. First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA. The Rev. Andrew Chaney, senior pastor at First and Calvary, told The Christian Post that his congregation voted following months of consideration. "First and Calvary Presbyterian Church voted to disaffiliate from the PCUSA because it felt that the PCUSA has drifted from its Reformed theological moorings," said Chaney. "Political and theological controversies of the...
  • Saturday is Protest Planned Parenthood Day. Join the Battle!

    08/20/2015 6:46:49 PM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Les Femmes - The Truth ^ | 8/20/15 | Mary Ann Kreizer
    If you can't attend one of the 300 rallies against Planned Parenthood help arm the warriors by attending Mass and praying the rosary. To see if there is a rally near you, go here. This is the biggest demonstration against Planned Parenthood ever to take place in this country and has the potential to cut off the head of this Goliath despite its protection by the elite liberal establishment and the corrupt mainstream media. Pray and fight. Bring your rosary to the rally and pray continuously. The Blessed Mother has the power to crush the head of the serpent. The...
  • Got Joy? New Study Suggests Religion Is The Key To Lasting Happiness

    08/20/2015 2:21:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | KIRSTEN ANDERSEN
    Happiness is a big deal to Americans.  Our country was founded, in part, on the right to pursue it.  But how many of us have actually found the key to true and lasting contentment?  According to one recent study, the answer might be found in the pews of our churches on Sunday mornings.   The Washington Post reports:   A study in the  American Journal of Epidemiology by researchers at the London School of Economics and Erasmus University Medical Center in the Netherlands found that the secret to sustained happiness lies in participation in religion.   “The church appears to...
  • Pope Francis: Work Hard for the Glory of God, Don't "Live Off" Others

    08/20/2015 2:06:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 20, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Wednesday praised hard work as an essential aspect of God’s design for the family, and he applauded personal readiness to contribute to the common good rather than “Iiving off the backs” of others. Speaking to pilgrims in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall during his weekly catechesis, the Pope said “the nicest thing one can say about a serious, honest person is: ‘he’s a worker.’” The Pope denounced idleness, citing St. Paul’s injunction to the early Christians: “If anyone will not work, let him not eat” (2 Thess. 3:10).  “That’s a recipe for losing...
  • United Church of Canada Sells Fossil Fuel Holdings, Commits $6 Million to Alternative Energy

    08/20/2015 9:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The United Church of Canada plans to invest nearly $6 million into alternative energy sources that it acquired from selling all of its assets in fossil fuels. The denomination views the move as a bold step toward stewarding the gift of creation. "Care for creation and concern for the way that climate is impacting the most marginalized populations made this move an act of justice, of faith, and of solidarity with First Nations and other impacted communities," said Christine Boyle, General Council commissioner of the United Church and a veteran climate advocate, according to the National Advocate. The church will...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • Same-sex marriage threatens to tear apart Christian college association as some members promise exit

    08/20/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 08/20/2015 | SAMANTHA WATKINS - PT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
    You’ve waffled on the issue too long, dissident leader tells CCCUShe saw the warning signs, but didn’t act until it was too late.Nearly a year after taking the reins of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities – following the messy and expensive firing of its last chief – President Shirley Hoogstra is dealing with a potential revolt of its members.Because CCCU took no action after two of its members recently changed their hiring policies to allow same-sex married couples as faculty and staff, the organization lost a high-profile member, Tennessee’s Union University.For almost two years CCCU has known of...
  • Kathie Lee Shares Touching Tribute To Husband Frank Gifford | TODAY

    08/19/2015 4:32:52 PM PDT · by roamer_1 · 5 replies
    YouTube: The Today Show Channel ^ | Aug 17, 2015 | Today Show
    Youtube: Today Show: Kathie Lee Shares Touching Tribute To Husband Frank Gifford | TODAY
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • Christianity and Pregnancy.mp4

    08/19/2015 12:00:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Dynamics Inc / Youtube ^ | Published on Jun 11, 2012 | Life Dynamics Inc
    Christianity and Pregnancy.mp4 In our July 2009 episode, we discussed some ways christian businesses and schools discipline a pregnant, single woman can drive her to get an abortion... ****VIDEO ONLY ON LINK******
  • Men and the Liturgy – Thoughts on a Recent Survey

    08/19/2015 6:33:56 AM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-18-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Men and the Liturgy – Thoughts on a Recent Survey Msgr. Charles Pope • August 18, 2015 • A recent study of more than 1400 Catholic men from over 1000 parishes indicates a substantial disconnect from the Church and a dissatisfaction with what the Church offers and how she ministers to men. The survey was conducted in the fall of 2014 and an analysis of the results was published by Matthew James Christoff, Director of The New Emangelization Project (Helping Priests Become More Effective in Evangelizing Men).It is clear that “men” are not monolithic; they have a range of views...
  • Facebook strikes again, blocking Msgr. Charles Pope

    08/19/2015 7:22:18 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 30 replies
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 08/19/2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    Just a brief note to inform you that I have been blocked from Facebook. They claim that Msgr. Charles Pope is not my real name and are requiring me to submit government ID proving that Msgr. Charles Pope is my true identity. As of now, I have no intention of doing this since I consider it an unreasonable demand by them. They further indicate that even if I supply the IDs from at least two sources, that they reserve the right not to reactivate my account if the name I have used does not meet their preferences. They explain the...
  • Same-Sex Marriage Movement Knocking on Australia's Door, Archbishop Warns Faithful

    08/19/2015 6:04:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 8/18/15 | Jonah Hicap
    After its success in Ireland and then the United States, the movement to legalise same-sex marriage is now knocking on Australia's doors to the dismay of devoted Christians in the Land Down Under. Australian Archbishop Anthony Fisher revealed recently that "there are voices in our culture that no longer think marriage need be for life, or be open to children, or be exclusive, or be between man and wife." Addressing the faithful during the Annual Marriage Mass with Renewal of Vows at Saint Mary's Cathedral in Sydney last July 12, Fisher said those behind this movement "write off as benighted...
  • Former Satanist: “I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics” [use caution when reading]

    08/18/2015 3:46:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 56 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | 8/18/15 | Michael Hichborn
    In light of the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of the organs and tissues of preborn babies, the Lepanto Institute interviewed former satanic High Wizard, Zachary King. Zachary was an average boy from an American neighborhood who grew up in a Baptist home. He began practicing magick at 10, joined a satanic coven at 13, and had broken all 10 Commandments by the time he was 15 years old. From his teen years to adulthood he worked his way up to High Wizard in the coven and actively pushed satan’s agenda including ritualistic abortions. Zachary is currently writing about...
  • Churches in the West Trying to Throw Lifeline to Iraqi and Syrian Christians

    08/18/2015 3:11:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 17, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Sister Diana Momeka encounters stories like this on a daily basis. A mother came to her the other day, desperate for answers. She couldn't get her four-year-old son to eat. He couldn't sleep at night. His bones ached constantly. And the medicine he was taking was no help. In ways, the boy is a metaphor for the larger Christian community in Iraq—100,000-plus souls still wondering what will happen to them, more than a year after an Islamist movement forced them from Mosul and the Nineveh Plain. Once industrious, hard-working, proud homeowners, the sons and daughters of a millennia-old Christian...