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  • Bishop Denies Sen. Dick Durbin Communion Over His Pro-Abortion Voting Record

    02/24/2018 7:28:18 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 02/24/2018 | John Ellis
    One of the great hypocrisies of our time is the number of pro-abortion senators and congressmen who also claim to be Roman Catholic. Being pro-abortion and Roman Catholic is like being pro-LGBTQ rights and Muslim. Both sets are a contradiction of terms. Thankfully, the bishop of Senator Dick Durbin's (D-Ill.) diocese recognizes this contradiction of terms and is denying the senator communion until he repents of his grave sin. Senator Durbin's office has yet to comment on the matter, but his views on abortion are well known. Last year, Durbin insisted in a CNN interview that Democrats who are personally...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 24 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/24/2018 6:10:21 AM PST · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 24 (NKJV)Do Not Envy Evil Men 01 Do not be envious of evil men, 00 Nor desire to be with them; 02 For their heart devises violence, 00 And their lips talk of troublemaking. 03 Through wisdom a house is built, 00 And by understanding it is established; 04 By knowledge the rooms are filled 00 With all precious and pleasant riches. 05 A wise man is strong, 00 Yes, a man of knowledge increases strength; 06 For by wise counsel you will wage your own war, 00 And in a multitude of counselors there is safety. 07...
  • Chinese Priest Talks About the Enflamed Climate Surrounding China-Vatican Talks

    02/23/2018 6:27:59 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/22/18 | Cheng Zhi
    Some media in favour of a deal speak in "disgusting" ways. Those who oppose it are not against an agreement or against diplomatic relations, but are against reaching one at any cost. "[W]here does the Church truly exercise her rights?" The author is a priest in the underground Church in eastern China.Beijing (AsiaNews) – As a simple believer, it is useless to say anything with regard to what is happening in China-Vatican relations. However, someone has suggested that, as a member of the Church, one has to express one’s opinion on Church affairs so as to guide people who do...
  • France Debates How to Pay for Saving Crumbling Cathedrals

    02/23/2018 6:22:32 PM PST · by marshmallow · 42 replies
    Market Place ^ | 2/22/18 | John Laurenson
    Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral is in a dismal state of disrepair and needs $70 million for urgent renovations, according to Michel Picaud, head of Friends of Notre Dame de Paris. One possible solution for the famous church and other religious monuments is to ask patrons to pay an entrance fee, but so far the Church has been against that. Taking a tour of the decrepit parts of the cathedral (its construction began in the 1100s), is a long, breathtaking and dispiriting experience. Around the back of the cathedral, Picaud points to a collection of stones – including finely worked pinnacles...
  • Turkey: Why Can't Armenians Elect a Patriarch?

    02/23/2018 6:19:48 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Forum 18 ^ | 2/15/18 | Dr. Mine Yildirim
    The state has again blocked the long-delayed election of a new Armenian Apostolic Patriarch, arguing that such an election would be contrary to the community's traditions. Yet, freedom of religion or belief protects the right of religious communities to elect leaders in accordance with their traditions as they interpret themThe state has, again, blocked the process for the election of a new Patriarch for Turkey's Armenian Apostolic community. The Istanbul Governorship intervened again in early February as the community appeared to be on the point of initiating the long-delayed election. In light of the interference, the Armenian Patriarchate's Clerical Council...
  • Religion is Being Excluded from Public Life, Warns Bishop [UK]

    02/23/2018 6:10:25 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 1/21/18 | Bernadette Kehoe
    Political activism is seeking to exclude religion and religious expression from the public domain, according to the Bishop of Portsmouth, Philip Egan. Bishop Egan also said it is urgent to argue the case for theology in a university, and for religious education in schools. Otherwise, he warned, religiously illiterate law-makers and policy-makers will place "ever more draconian restrictions" on religious freedom.” In a lecture at St Mary’s University in Twickenham, based on Cardinal John Henry Newman’s "The Idea of a University", Bishop Egan said the book touched on such contemporary questions as, "What makes a Catholic school Catholic?" He said...

    02/23/2018 3:50:59 PM PST · by fwdude · 20 replies
    The Berean Call ^ | February 16, 2018 | T.A. McMahon
    Tom: Nothing in the history of the modern church has induced believers to abandon their faith in the sufficiency of GodÂ’s Word like the pseudo-science of psychological counseling. Consider the following: the evangelical church is a primary referral service for counseling psychologists and psychiatrists. Many large churches have licensed psychotherapists on staff. Mission agencies are requiring their missionary candidates to be evaluated and approved by licensed psychological professionals prior to being considered for service. Christian psychologists and counselors are often better known and more respected by evangelicals than preachers and teachers. Who has not heard of psychologist Dr. James Dobson?...
  • Church Holds Renaming Ceremony For Transgender Pastor

    02/23/2018 8:27:45 AM PST · by Maudeen · 23 replies
    Prophecy News Watch ^ | 2/23/2018 | PNW Staff
    Starting on February 11th, 2017, the congregation of St. Matthew Trinity Lutheran Church in Hoboken, New Jersey began referring to their pastor as Peter. Peter, formerly Rose Beeson, was the center of a renaming ceremony Sunday that was led by Bishop Tracie Bartholomew of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). The ceremony also coincided with the celebration known as Transfiguration Day for Lutherans.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 23 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/23/2018 6:18:21 AM PST · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 23 (NKJV) Listen to Your Father 01 When you sit down to eat with a ruler, 00 Consider carefully what is before you; 02 And put a knife to your throat 00 If you are a man given to appetite. 03 Do not desire his delicacies, 00 For they are deceptive food. 04 Do not overwork to be rich; 00 Because of your own understanding, cease! 05 Will you set your eyes on that which is not? 00 For riches certainly make themselves wings; 00 They fly away like an eagle toward heaven. 06 Do not eat the...
  • Australia Prelates Criticise 'Relentless' Media Campaign Against Church

    02/22/2018 5:58:15 PM PST · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | 2/20/18 | Mark Brolly
    Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney and Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen of Parramatta have both criticised as a "relentless" campaign a series of newspaper articles last week by Fairfax, publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, about the Catholic Church, its purported wealth and its response to victims of child sexual abuse by Church personnel. Archbishop Fisher, in an article in The Sydney Morning Herald on 12 February, wrote that given its many works, it was inevitable that the Church would have lots of "assets", but the works were done as a non-profit organisation. "To compare this with...
  • Sodomy Supporters Hijack World Meeting of Families

    02/22/2018 5:53:43 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/20/18 | David Nussman
    Preparatory video titled "God's Mercy: No One Excluded" normalizes homosexualityDUBLIN ( - Pro-gay activists in the Church are hijacking the World Meeting of Families. A recent video for the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin, Ireland, promotes the sin of homosexuality. The 13-minute "preparatory catechesis" video features individuals talking personally about their family situation. The first person on camera is a lady speaking about her father, who passed away rather young. The pro-gay propaganda starts soon after. The second person in the WMOF video begins, "The fact that I'm gay has never been a huge problem in my...
  • Jordan Peterson, Jung, and Hope for the Faint-Hearted

    02/22/2018 2:05:14 PM PST · by truthxchange · 3 replies ^ | 02/22/2018 | Dr. Peter Jones
    In our angry, divided, and polemical society, young Christians, eager for measured peace, encourage us to accept the good things our society brings. Do we always have to see culture wars? This is a laudable desire. Nevertheless, Christians enamored of modern culture run the risk of ignoring its underlying anti-Christian ideology and diluting the unique truth of the Gospel. Some have so adopted cultural norms that they are no longer even Christian. In my recent review of Brian McLaren’s The Great Spiritual Migration I quoted his statement that God must no longer be understood as the separate “omniscient, omnipresent and...
  • Televangelist Benny Hinn Admits Going Too Far With Prosperity Gospel in Wake of Billy Graham's Death

    02/22/2018 10:13:35 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 94 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 02/22/2018 | Leonardo Blair
    In the wake of the death of renowned evangelist Billy Graham, controversial faith-healing televangelist Benny Hinn, who has often been criticized for his endorsement of the prosperity gospel, said in a stunning confession Wednesday that sometimes he has taken the erroneous gospel too far. "We get attacked for preaching prosperity, well it's in the Bible, but I think some have gone to the extreme with it sadly, and it's not God's word what is taught and I think I'm as guilty as others. Sometimes you go a little farther than you really need to go and then God brings you...
  • Bishop Paprocki: Senator Durbin is not to be admitted to Holy Communion

    02/22/2018 8:49:54 AM PST · by fatima · 85 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | Bishop Thomas John Paprocki
    Statement from Bishop Thomas John Paprocki on Senate Failure to Pass Pain-Capable Unborn Children’s Act----- Edit------ Canon 915 of the Catholic Church’s Code of Canon Law states that those “who obstinately persist in mani­fest grave sin are not to be admitted to Holy Communion.” In our 2004 Statement on Catholics in Political Life, the USCCB said, “Failing to protect the lives of innocent and defenseless members of the human race is to sin against justice. Those who formulate law therefore have an obligation in conscience to work toward correcting morally defective laws, lest they be guilty of cooperating in evil...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    02/22/2018 7:07:50 AM PST · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV ^ | 900 B.C. | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Democrat Politicians Harass Church for Offering Counseling to Gays

    02/21/2018 6:19:47 PM PST · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 2/21/18 | Rodney Pelletier
    Representatives Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri pushing radical LGBT agenda, persecuting ChristiansLANSING, Mich. ( - Michigan Democrats are harassing a church for offering to counsel teenage girls struggling with their sexual identity. On February 8, Adam Zemke and Darrin Camilleri, both Democratic members of the Michigan House of Representatives, condemned the "Unashamed Identity Workshop" sponsored by the Metro City Church in Riverview. The announcement for the workshop — now taken down from the group's website — is a counseling session for girls aged 12–16 years old, asking, "Does your child or grandchild struggle with sexual identity? Do you see the...
  • ISIS Claims Responsibility for Dagestan Church Shooting

    02/21/2018 6:13:46 PM PST · by marshmallow
    Pravoslavie ^ | 2/20/18
    ISIS has claimed responsibility for the deadly shooting that took place on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. George in Kizlyar, Dagestan, Russia. A young man opened fire on parishioners exiting the church on Sunday, leaving five women dead, two more parishioners wounded, and two security guards wounded. Four of the women died instantly, while the fifth later died in the hospital. The parish had just served the Rite of Forgiveness in which everyone asks for and offers forgiveness for all their sins against one another, thus entering the Great Fast, and for these victims, eternity, with pure hearts. The...
  • Underground Catholic: We Are Excluded from Dialogue Between China and the Holy See

    02/21/2018 6:09:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 2/19/18 | John
    Catholics of the unofficial Church complain that the "imminent" agreement between Rome and Beijing on the appointment of bishops forgets all the persecutions that the Christian communities are subject to. A criticism also to Msgr. Giuseppe Wei Jingyi, who - according to the author - is "underground” in name but not in nature. The repentant bishops show "repentance" only in private, but continue government policy in public.Beijing (AsiaNews) - The news of an "imminent" agreement between China and the Holy See on how to appoint bishops is arousing tensions, debates and the taking of positions among the official and unofficial...
  • Church Spires to Boost Digital Connectivity in Rural Areas

    02/21/2018 6:05:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies ^ | 2/18/18
    Church spires across the UK will be used to boost digital connectivity in rural areas following an agreement between the Government and the Church of England. The accord (PDF, 74.9KB, 3 pages) , signed by the the National Church Institutions (NCIs) of the Church of England, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) encourages the Church of England to use its buildings and other property to improve broadband, mobile and WiFi connectivity for local communities. 65% of Anglican churches and 66% of parishes in England are in...
  • 42 Million Babies Born to Unmarried Mothers Over Last 30 Years

    02/21/2018 8:12:18 AM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 41 replies
    CNS News ^ | 2/20/18 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    The percentage of babies born to unmarried mothers dipped below 40 percent for the first time in 9 years in 2016, dropping to 39.8 percent, according to the final birth-data report for that year published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there were 1,569,796 babies born to unmarried mothers in the United States during that year, according to the report. That made 2016 the 29th straight year (1988-2016) that more than a million babies were born in the United States to unmarried mothers. Over the past 30 years on record (1987-2016), according to CDC data, there have...