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  • From Southern Baptist to Goddess Worship, Sue Monk Kidd

    05/22/2015 8:54:09 PM PDT · by imardmd1 · 47 replies
    Excerpted: What Catholic mysticism does is reject the Bible as the sole and sufficient and perfect revelation of God and tries to delve beyond the Bible, even beyond thought of any kind, and find God through mystical “intuition.” In other words, it is a rejection of the God of the Bible. It says that God cannot be known by doctrine and cannot be described in words. He can only be experienced through mysticism. This is a blatant denial of the Bible’s claim to be the very Word of God. This opens the practitioner to demonic delusion. He is left with...
  • Triad mother recounts miraculous events surrounding high-risk pregnancy, healing

    05/22/2015 4:16:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Catholic News Herald ^ | May 22, 2015
     GREENSBORO — Donielle Wilde, her husband Keith and their 10 children know what it's like to receive a miracle ‒ well, two miracles, actually. One is a healthy little bundle of joy named Sylvia Hope, delivered via C-section after a harrowing pregnancy which was overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. The other, they say, is a complete healing from that cancer.The Wilde family's ordeal began when Donielle was nine weeks pregnant. When she met with her obstetrician for a routine ultrasound, he noticed a 5-centimeter mass on her ovary that looked suspicious. Donielle underwent surgery to remove the stage IV...
  • Wisdom Cries Out...On Stoning The Duggars

    05/22/2015 8:53:13 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles · 59 replies
    billrandles/wordpress ^ | 05-23-15 | Bill Randles
    Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying, How long, ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge? Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.(Proverbs 1:20-23)I believe that one of the ways Wisdom from God cries out in the streets, is through notable current events. Through the media culture we are...
  • Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/22/2015 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 23 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace this past weekend was most disconcerting. Any openly dissident priest who advocates for Catholic acceptance of gay relationships and identity, women’s ordination, and the “Eucharistic” nature of sodomy — a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance — should not be given a platform of any kind. In a sane world, they would be disciplined. Since the Radcliffe appointment, I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at the reaction of Catholics on various websites and social media. Many are perplexed. Some are outraged....
  • Communist China's Unlikely Catholic outpost: Tibetans

    05/22/2015 6:27:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 5/21/15 | Sebastien Blanc
    Why many Catholic Tibetans have maintained the faith despite decades of persecutionOpening the church door in Baihanluo reveals a large portrait of Pope Francis — something of a paradox in an ethnically Tibetan area of Communist China. The village is only reachable on foot or by horse, and surrounded by snow-capped Himalayan peaks. But despite its remoteness, French missionaries built the church — with a curved, Chinese-style roof — at the end of the 19th century. Pope Gregory XVI assigned Tibet to the Foreign Missions Society of Paris, shortly after China was forced to open its doors following its defeat...
  • ‘Massive confusion’ in wake of Vatican miscommunications, Synod requires clarification

    05/21/2015 6:24:44 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 20,2015 | John Jalsevac
    Speaking at the Rome Life Forum earlier this month before a crowd of 300, including Cardinals Raymond Burke and George Pell, LifeSiteNews co-founder John-Henry Westen lamented the communications failures at the Vatican that he said have led to widespread and serious confusion about the Church's teachings. Pointing to the chaos in the wake of last year's Extraordinary Synod on the Family, and the ubiquitous misinterpretations of some of Pope Francis' remarks, Westen said, “There is a lack of clarity and communications even from the offices here that require that clarification, so that we can understand what is happening." For decades...
  • Issachar Training mobilizes 'God's people of faith' for 2016 election

    05/21/2015 3:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014. | Karen L. Willoughby
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Christian Examiner) – Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes in "God's people of faith," the 2016 presidential contender wrote in a recent letter to pastors across the nation. The letter was an invitation for recipients to participate in Issachar Training today and tomorrow -- May 21-22 -- in Oklahoma City. The unique training, offered in various cities throughout the year, provides information and motivation for at least 1,000 pastors across the nation in 2016 to run for an elective office at the local, state or national level. The event takes its name from I Chronicles 12:32: "Men who...
  • Monks bring Trappist art of beer-making to the United States

    05/21/2015 2:19:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | May 21, 2015 | Chaz Muth
    Trappist Brother Jonah Pociadlo prepares to pour Spencer ale (CNS) Two members spent six months learning the art in BelgiumA Trappist brewery has opened for the first time in the United States.The new brew, Spencer Trappist Ale, is made at St Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, Massachusetts, by Cistercian, or Trappist, monks who wear the distinctive black and white habit.Brother Jonah Pociadlo told Catholic News Service: “It’s got a wonderful smell to it. I hesitate to describe it, because it’s something I think is pretty subjective. But I can almost taste it without it even touching my lips.”The association requires...
  • Francis: “Wars and jealousies in the Church are not on, Christians must fight for unity”

    Christians have two main tasks: to ask for the grace of unity and to fight in order to prevent rifts and tensions among them. Pope Francis highlighted this at his morning mass in St. Martha’s House. Jesus Christ paid the “price” of the Church’s unity with God, with His “wounds”. So “Jesus’ great prayer” is this: that the Church be united, that Christians “be one”, as Jesus is with the Lord His Father.
  • Is the Atheist Population Really Skyrocketing?

    05/21/2015 9:39:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/21/2015 | Jerry Newcombe
    Will the last true Christian in America please turn out the lights on the way out? A recent study on religion and America that has received much attention has been interpreted by some to indicate that Christianity is on its virtual deathbed. But as the saying goes, “The good news is the bad news is wrong.” The study comes from the respected Pew Research Center: “America’s Changing Religious Landscape” (5/12/15). The subtitle is: “Christians Decline Sharply as Share of Population; Unaffiliated and Other Faiths Continue to Grow.” They note that as recently as 2007, nearly eight in 10 Americans identify...
  • Courageous Teen Convert Continues to Risk All for Jesus

    05/21/2015 4:13:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Women of Grace ^ | May 20, 2015
    Six years ago, the nation was captivated by the story of a young teen named Rifqa Bary who was forced to flee her family home in Ohio after converting from Islam to Christianity. Even though she still canÂ’t reveal her whereabouts, her new book chronicles her journey from a life of fear into that of a happy Christian college student who is now free to love the God who set her free.The Columbia Dispatch is reporting on BaryÂ’s new book, Hiding in the Light: Why I Risked Everything to Leave Islam and Follow Jesus, which documents the long and turbulent...
  • Defenders of the Faith: Augustine, Aquinas, and the Evolution of Medieval Just War Theory

    05/21/2015 3:11:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 12 replies
    http://www.medievalists.net ^ | May 19, 2015 | Robert Busek
    The attempt to reconcile Christ’s injunctions against violence with the unfortunate necessity of war resulted in the development of what philosophers now call the “just war theory,” the conditions under which war can be waged without sin. It is fitting that the first great philosopher to write about the just war, Augustine of Hippo, lived during the death throes of the Roman Empire, in a world plagued by the strife of nations. Over eight hundred years later, the man who would further develop this theory, Thomas Aquinas, lived in a world where warfare had assumed a truly spiritual function through...
  • Catholic Relief Service president: It may not be wrong for us to have a VP in a gay ‘marriage’

    05/20/2015 7:07:10 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Life Site News ^ | May 19, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    BALTIMORE, MD, May 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Breaking a month of silence on the scandal created by one of its high-level executives living in a homosexual “marriage,” the head of Catholic Relief Services (CRS) said the organization has yet to decide whether it should employ someone who violates Church teaching in this manner. The US Bishops’ international relief agency is working on it, CRS President and CEO Carolyn Woo told Aleteia’s John Burger in an interview published May 18. “CRS has a senior person who is in a civil gay marriage,” Woo said, “and the question is, ‘Is that a...
  • Pope Seen as Too Strict

    05/20/2015 5:23:33 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Corriere Della Serra ^ | May 20, 2015
    The new Vatican Has support of only 20% of bishops. Enthusiasts, enemies and silent dissenters colour Francis’s fraught relationship with Curia. Bond with ordinary people and harshness with Church hierarchy criticised “There’s depression. Heads are cowed. When he speaks about bishops, this Pope who shows great compassion to everyone else is inclined to use a stick”. On rereading it the following day, the Pope’s address to the opening of the Italian bishops’ conference (CEI) left a deep impression, provoking some bitter reflections. The address was received as confirmation of severity that has been perceived with pained surprise over the past...
  • From Israel to Italy Today; Troublesome Muslims there too; Urinating on Mary; Wake up America!

    05/20/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Convert ^ | May 20, 2015 | Steve Ray
    On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary.  They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna.Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including several small children, were preparing to receive their first Holy Communion, when Muslims from the Islamic Center began howling verbal abuses and threats at the passing procession.According to an eyewitness, “During the slow procession of the sacred image, some kids on the ground floor of the building of the headquarters of...
  • Scientific Neutrality and Modernist Christians in a Man-Centered Universe

    05/20/2015 10:36:20 AM PDT · by spirited irish · 8 replies
    Renew America ^ | May 19, 2015 | Linda Kimball
    "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." John 14:6 "...in him dwelleth all the fullness of the Godhead bodily." Colossians 2:9 John 1:10 tells us that everything seen and unseen was created ex nihilo by the spoken Word of the Son of God, which means that Jesus Christ was active and present long before His incarnation, therefore eternally co-existent with the Father. Jesus Christ is therefore God just as the Father and Holy Spirit are God, thus the Word of the Old Testament's creation account...
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

    05/20/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith. 1. While Cruz says that government should protect the religious rights of people, leaders should avoid using their faith for political gain. In a 2013 interview, he explained that faith is "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Life, liberty, and property, the...
  • Equality Law is Destroying Religious Freedom, Says Top Barrister [UK]

    05/20/2015 6:55:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/20/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Neil Addison said that he was surprised by the ruling in the Ashers Bakery case Equality law in Northern Ireland is being used to destroy individual freedom, a leading Catholic barrister has said. Following a legal ruling in Northern Ireland, in which a judge ruled that a bakery run by Christians discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, Neil Addison wrote on his personal blog: “The case will undoubtedly be appealed but what does emerge from it is the complete intolerance of the “equality” industry and the way in which equality...
  • Archbishop Declines to Tell Catholics How to Vote in Referendum

    05/20/2015 6:49:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 5/20/15 | Patsy McGarry
    Diarmuid Martin stresses ‘people should be informed’ about about same-sex marriage Catholic Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has declined to comment on the position of those Catholics who may vote Yes in Friday’s same-sex marriage referendum. It was not his policy “to tell others how to vote”, a spokeswoman said, while he stressed “that people should be informed”. Responding to a query from The Irish Times as to the position of Catholics who may in conscience vote Yes on Friday, she said: “Archbishop Martin has publicly stated how he intends to vote and why. “It is not his policy, however,...
  • The Reception of Holy Communion in the United States (Catholic Caucus)

    05/20/2015 4:14:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 20, 2015 | CHRISTIAN BROWNE
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Pope Francis has decided to mark the occasion with the “Year of Mercy.” Despite much happy-talk and positive papal press, it is a time of foreboding in the Church. The anxiety over the coming Synod on the Family is substantial and growing, with the German bishops’ recent moves to formally ignore the Church’s teachings on sexual morality and the family. Their corruption, and the decayed state of the Church in Europe, is a source of much distress.The social and political situation in the United States is...
  • VATICAN BIG GOES HARD AGAINST U.S. TEA PARTY CLIMATE SKEPTICS

    05/19/2015 5:18:06 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 226 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 19, 2015 | Austin Ruse
    Many Catholics and others were puzzled by the appearance of Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Professor Jeffrey Sachs and former Senator Tim Wirth as speakers or honored guests at a Vatican sponsored conference on global warming. All three have spent years actively undermining Church teaching on questions of abortion and UN-style family planning, which includes active population control.
  • Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East (Where's the outrage?)

    05/19/2015 3:52:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | DANIEL PHILPOTT
    Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East — and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it.  Last month, journalist Kirsten Powerswrote in USA Today that President Obama “just can’t seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians.”  Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes: As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama   was mute on the killings. He...
  • Why religion will dominate the 21st century

    05/18/2015 10:49:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Week ^ | May 18, 2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    One of the most common assumptions is that religiosity is linked to economic and technological underdevelopment. As a society gets more technologically and economically advanced, the thinking goes, religiosity naturally fades away and is replaced by a more secular worldview. Exhibit A is usually Western Europe, which grew more secular as it grew richer (and much, much more violent) across the 19th and 20th centuries. Exhibit B is the world's most religious continent — Africa — which happens to be its poorest. Under this view, the 21st century will be the century in which secularization spreads even further as the...
  • Hope for the Church: Making Disciples Out of Cultural Catholics

    05/19/2015 2:03:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | REV THOMAS BERG
    Catholics, as a segment of U.S. population, shrank by 3.1% from 2007 to 2014, and are now outnumbered as a portion of American population by the “nones”, the religiously unaffiliated. That was the headline-grabbing revelation last week from the Pew Research Center.  That trend fits within the overall decline in affiliation with Christian denominations, notwithstanding population growth in the U.S. in the same time period. So there it was in black in white:  approximately 51 million adult Catholics in the United States as of 2014 versus approximately 56 million religiously “unaffiliated” adults. That should come as no surprise to any Catholic...
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Friday’s referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that “this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a ‘home-grown’ phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding”. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Bill Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Submitted to State Duma

    05/19/2015 5:00:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/15
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs...
  • The Fraud of Omaha’s Tri-Faith Initiative

    05/19/2015 4:40:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19,2015 | Dr. Stephen Kirby
    The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has lofty goals for the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim partners involved. It is best summed up in the Tri-Faith’s Vision Statement: In working together, our vision is to build bridges of respect, trust and acceptance, to challenge stereotypes of each other, to learn from one another, and to counter the influence of extremists and agents of hate.
  • Jude Law Will Topline Paolo Sorrentino’s TV Skein ‘The Young Pope,’ HBO on Board

    05/18/2015 8:28:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Variety ^ | 05-17-2015 | Nick Vivarelli
    ...Law will play Lenny Belardo, a conservative American pontiff recruited by a Vatican fed up with liberals. “No one, even at the Vatican, is prepared for how hard-line this American pope really is,” Tony Grisoni, who is one of the writers, recently told Variety.
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or “Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating”? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denomination’s top official. “The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world,” an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. “Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...
  • Medved: Invisible armies of evangelicals can't deliver victory in 2016

    05/18/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    USA Today | May 18, 2015 | Michael Medved
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/18/christian-evangelicals-elections-demographics-medved-column/26474707/
  • Pro-homosexual Dominican, appointed as Consulter to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/18/2015 5:21:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Catholic Family News ^ | 5/16/15 | John Vennari
    CFN Intro: One cannot help but wonder if Pope Francis is a calculating enemy of the faith, or hideously incompetent due to his modernist mindset. Neither of the two are praiseworthy qualities. Francis continually manifests himself as a destroyer, particularly by his benevolent promotion of those who attack the most basic precepts of Catholic morality and natural law. Oremus - j. vennari
  • From the White House to the Courthouse, Reparative Therapy Is Under Attack

    05/18/2015 2:34:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | May 18, 2015 | BRIAN FRAGA
    RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Thomas Schmierer thought he was just a normal marriage and family therapist “flying under the radar” in Riverside, Calif. But Schmierer’s work with clients who seek him out for therapy for their unwanted same-sex attraction landed him in the crosshairs of homosexual-rights groups. The Human Rights Campaign, which lobbies for same-sex “marriage” and homosexual causes, wrote a letter to Psychology Today in February demanding that the magazine remove Schmierer from its professional referral service. The magazine complied, and it no longer accepts advertising from Schmierer, who says the listing is essential for his private practice, Vatican Values...
  • Was Raul Castro Joking About His Return to the Church?

    05/18/2015 1:41:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | May 17, 2015 | Kathy Schiffer
    So what do you think:  Was Cuban President Raul Castro mocking Pope Francis when he said that the Holy Father had inspired him, that after reading his speeches and becoming impressed by the Pope’s “wisdom and modesty,” he might consider returning to prayer and returning to the Catholic Faith?Berta Soler, head of the Cuban human rights movement “Ladies In White”, thinks so.  In an interview with Spanish radio station Onda Cero, Soler claimed that Castro was “…mocking the Holy Father when he said that he might return to the bosom of the Church. He has never believed in Christ and he never...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/18/2015 11:46:15 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    5-18-15 | Kitty Mittens
    2Samuel 7:22 Thou art Great, O Lord God: For their is None like Thee, Neither is their any God beside Thee.
  • Of Course America Is Giving Up on Christianity — We Gave Up on God Ages Ago

    05/18/2015 8:17:08 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 05/18/2015 | Susan L.M. Goldberg
    Christians decided going to church was enough, rather than advocating Christian morals and values. Jews decided even God wasn’t necessary.— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) May 12, 2015 If Ben Shapiro’s simply stated point isn’t enough to drive home the idea that the latest Pew survey on religious life in America reported absolutely nothing new, just check out one of the latest episodes of the Kardashians in which Kim Kardashian has to Google who baptized Jesus before concluding that she wanted to “find a guy named John” to baptize her daughter, North West. What’s worse, the “guy named John” concept, the...
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Evangelicals From Pew's Religion Report

    05/18/2015 8:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The big story this week from Pew Research Center's report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," was the sharp decline in the number of Christians and large growth in those who are unaffiliated with any religion. Digging deeper, the report contains interesting news about Evangelicals. Here are 10 interesting facts about Evangelicals from the report: 1. The number of Evangelicals likely increased. Evangelicals were the only segment of Christianity that likely saw growth. Evangelicals added about two million to their fold from 2007 to 2014. Taking the margin of error into account, the actual increase could be anywhere between zero and five...
  • Catholic Priest: I Was Fired For Supporting LGBT Community [You Can't Serve God And Mammon!]

    05/17/2015 9:17:03 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 45 replies
    NYPost ^ | May 17, 2015 | Modal Trigger
    Catholic Priest: I Was Fired For Supporting LGBT Community By David K. Li May 17, 2015 | 11:13am Modal Trigger The Newark Archdiocese allegedly fired a Seton Hall University priest because of his support of gay and lesbian students. The Rev. Warren Hall, who was among the school’s visible employees as director of campus ministry at his alma mater, stunned students by announcing his own ousting via Twitter on Friday. “I’ve been fired from SHU for posting a pic on FB supporting LGBT `NO H8,’ ” he wrote, according to NJ Advance Media. “I’m sorry it was met with this...
  • Pope Francis Canonizes First Palestinian Saints of Modern Times

    05/17/2015 4:07:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 17, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday sent a powerful message of solidarity and encouragement to Christians in the Holy Land, as he canonized two Palestinian religious sisters, the first Palestinian saints of modern times. Marie-Alphonsine, founder of Palestine’s first congregation, the Sisters of the  Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy, the founder of Carmelite Convents in Bethlehem and India, were raised to the altars on Sunday, along with two other women religious, one French and one Italian — French nun and foundress, Sr. Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, and Sr. Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception...
  • THE DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM (Pope Benedict XVI)

    05/17/2015 3:35:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Loyola School of Theology ^ | May 17, 2015 | Pope Benedict XVI
    A conversation with Peter SeewaldIn his futuristic novel Brave New World, the British author Aldous Huxley had predicted in 1932 that falsification would be the decisive element of modernity. In a false reality with its false truth – or the absence of truth altogether – nothing, in the final analysis, is important any more.There is no truth, there is no standpoint. Today, in fact, truth is regarded as far too subjective a concept for us to find therein a universally valid standard. The distinction between genuine and fake seems to have been abolished. Everything is to some extent negotiable. Is...
  • O'Reilly Blames Catholic Church Corruption, Rap Music for Christianity's Decline in US

    05/17/2015 6:06:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 40 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | BY VINCENT FUNARO
    While discussing the latest Pew Survey that documented the decline of people professing to be Christian in America, Fox News pundit Bill O'Reilly blamed the Catholic Church's corruption and rap music's "promotion of depraved behavior" as a few reasons for the decline of Christianity in U.S. culture. "There is no question that people of faith are being marginalized by a secular media and pernicious entertainment," O'Reilly said. "The rap industry, for example, often glorifies depraved behavior, and that sinks into the minds of some young people – the group that is most likely to reject religion. Also, many movies and...
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • ASK FATHER: Is baptism by fake women ‘priests’ valid? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/16/2015 2:51:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | May 15, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    From a reader…QUAERITUR: While discussing the ecclesial status of someone baptized by an SSPX priest (is the newly baptized person Catholic?), I had a troubling thought: what about someone who is baptized by a Catholic woman who has pretended to be ordained as a priest? Is that newly baptized person considered Catholic? I tend to think not, since these women have gone to non-Catholic bishops to simulate their ordination. I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts. Thanks for all your work. Every priest has a story about a “grandmother baptizing in the bathroom sink.” Usually it’s a pious woman, motivated by sincere faith and love for...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    05/16/2015 11:36:24 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 12 replies
    May 16, 2015 | Irish Rose
    He draws up the drops of water, which distill as rain to the streams; the clouds pour down their moisture and abundant showers fall on mankind. Who can understand how he spreads out the clouds, how he thunders from his pavilion? See how he scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea. This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance. He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. (Job 36:27-32)
  • Megachurch Pastor Robert Jeffress: Satan 'Delivered' Islam to Muhammad

    05/16/2015 6:47:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/16/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Dallas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress said Sunday during his "Countdown to the Apocalypse," sermon series that it was Satan who delivered the religion of Islam to the prophet Muhammad and further asserted that following that religion will "lead you to hell." In his six-week sermon series, Jeffress, who pastors Dallas' 11,000-member First Baptist Church, explains how Jesus told of the rise of radical Islam and that increased Christian persecution around the world would "precede His return to this Earth." In a Sunday sermon, the 59-year-old attempted to debunk the claim that Muhammad was delivered Islam by an angel and stated...
  • Is Christianity in America doomed?

    05/16/2015 6:43:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/16/2015 | Damon Linker
    Last month, New Atheist God-hater Daniel Dennett wrote an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal that used a Pew poll to argue that the future of religion is bleak. I responded with a column of my own in which I mocked this claim, since the poll Dennett relied on actually made mixed predictions about the future of religion in the United States and painted a fairly rosy picture of its next few decades around the globe. Now Pew has released another major poll focused in much greater depth on the United States, and it's being widely interpreted as providing...
  • A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

    05/16/2015 4:29:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 15, 2015 | Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
    Interior of a damaged church building in Aleppo, April 2015. Credit: Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo. Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need. Aleppo, Syria, May 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop is staying to rebuild the Church in Aleppo, in the northwest corner of the country. “The Church is living,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo told CNA earlier this month. “Here, I am building, I am restoring, I am maintaining a lively Church in which every stone...
  • Iraqi Christians have lost everything – except their faith, nun tells Congress

    05/16/2015 4:20:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015. Credit: Matt Hadro/CNA. Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in...
  • Should the Vatican Sell its Treasures…

    05/15/2015 4:04:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 71 replies
    Catholic Convert ^ | May 15, 2015 | Steve Ray
    … to feed the poor?Geez, I used to say that myself in my former life as a Protestant – when I was an anti-Catholic. Actually, if you added up all wealth and property of the Protestant churches and organizations it would FAR exceed that of the Vatican or all the individual dioceses around the world! Since it is often Protestants who make this challenge, do they ever suggest Protestants should sell all their land, buildings, pastors’ fancy cars and the mega-church $ millions?Most people don’t realize that most of the Catholic Church’s “wealth” is in property, hospitals, schools, social...
  • Ted Cruz may be about to stoke religious liberty fight at state GOP convention (Tonight in GA)

    05/15/2015 3:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 15, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    ATHENS – The fight over religious liberty legislation in Georgia is about to get much hotter. Ted Cruz is almost sure to make it so. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Texas senator will address a dinner gathering of the Georgia GOP here. His remarks will come roughly 15 hours before the convention takes up, as a platform resolution, an endorsement of SB 129, the religious liberty legislation sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon. A floor fight is anticipated. What will Cruz say tonight about the issue? He just gave us a preview. Said the senator: “It is sad. It wasn’t...