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  • Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of Government

    04/19/2012 3:40:02 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 16 replies
    Life And Liberty/ SummorumPontificum.net ^ | April 2012 | Mark Chuff and Mark Frederick
    Thursday, April 19, 2012 Catholic Teaching and Healthcare Reform: The Proper Role of GovernmentBy Brian Kopp The following full page ad is being run in newspapers in Altoona, Johnstown, and Pittsburgh PA by our local pro-life group. Anyone who would like to use this for advertisements in their own market is free to use/reproduce the text of this ad:       In adhering to the doctrine of the Church, Catholics must follow specific moral teaching relative to the life issues (i.e. abortion, euthanasia, capital punishment, etc.), and Catholic social teachings which include the person, society and the role of...
  • CNN, MSNBC Attack Mormons, Romney [Breitbart.com: Obama religion deflection tries a lib tactic]

    04/19/2012 1:32:13 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Tony Katz
    CNN has been having repeated discussions about Romney, his religion...MSNBC...had the same conversation... ...I find the concept of baptizing the dead off-putting (and baptizing Holocaust victims absurd.)...Newsbusters...remarked on how MSNBC is trying to connect Romney and the Mormon church to issues of race...: ...(BuzzFeed writer and Mormon McKay) Coppins cited...MSNBC regulars...Marc Lamont Hill and Joy Ann Reid: ...Reid...said Romney deserves to be challenged on his church's past. "I think if he were a child when anti-black policies were in place, that would be different," said Reid. "But he was an adult, active in the ministry of his church, and it's...
  • CNN’s Jack Cafferty: ‘Lingering Questions About Mormonism … Odd and Insular’ [MSM Unleashing]

    04/19/2012 12:10:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 10 replies
    The Other McCain.com ^ | April 18, 2012 | Robert Stacy McCain
    A steady drip, drip, drip from the major media continues, and notice how this is framed as helpful advice to Mitt Romney: Now that Mitt Romney is likely the Republican nominee he may begin talking about his Mormon faith. Politico reports a lot of Republicans think he should embrace his Mormonism publicly so people can better understand him. . . . Mormonism is a big part of who Mitt Romney is. He traveled to France on a two-year mission for the church as a young adult, and who raised his five sons as Mormons and has held several church leadership...
  • Liberal Outrage in Spain: Homosexual Groups Seek Prosecution of Bishop Over Sermon on Homosexuality

    04/19/2012 12:01:56 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/18/12 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    April 18, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Homosexual groups are seeking the prosecution of a Spanish bishop after he gave a sermon repeating the Catholic Church’s teaching associating the gay lifestyle with the suffering of hell, and then an interview in which he endorsed psychological treatment for homosexual behavior. Bishop Juan Antonio Reig Plŕ of the diocese of Alcalá de Henares began the brouhaha on Good Friday earlier this month, when he gave a sermon on the death of the soul as a result of sin. Referring to various kinds of sinful behavior, including adultery, theft, and failure to pay wages to...
  • Why do Catholics leave, and what can be done about it?

    04/19/2012 11:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 410 replies
    cna ^ | April 19, 2012 | Father Robert Barron
    I saw an advance copy of a survey by William J. Byron and Charles Zech, which will appear in the April 30th edition of “America” magazine.  It was conducted at the request of David O’Connell, the bishop of Trenton, and its focus was very simple:  it endeavored to discover why Catholics have left the church.  No one denies that a rather substantive number of Catholics have taken their leave during the past 20 years, and Byron and Zech wanted to find out why.  They did so in the most direct way possible and asked those who had quit.The answers they...
  • Pop Artists Turning to Satanic Imagery to Drum up Controversy, Sales, Experts say

    04/19/2012 1:28:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4/19/12 | Jo Piazza
    NEW YORK – It’s an age-old saying in Hollywood that sex sells, but with consumers finding themselves oversaturated with sexual imagery, today’s top acts are turning to something even more sinful to get our attention: Satan. Performer Nicki Minaj’s “Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded” is getting a lot of buzz this month, due in large part to her infamous Grammy performance earlier this year, where she acted out scenes from an exorcism onstage. While critics, particularly religious groups, blasted the imagery in that performance as ill-timed and awkward, there is no denying that Minaj garnered the attention she was looking for...
  • Manufactured Outrage, Religious Edition [Team Romney sees boogiemen critiquing Ldsism everywhere!]

    04/19/2012 1:16:19 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    The New Republic ^ | April 17, 2012 | Alec MacGillis
    Well, that didn’t take long. You had to figure it would just be a matter of time before Team Romney alleged anti-Mormon bias by its opponents or the press, and bingo, today we had two separate instances of the charge being raised... ...on Mike Allen’s Playbook this morning, suggesting...Obama campaign’s argument that Romney has a “penchant for secrecy” has a hidden anti-Mormon message. WHAT REPUBLICANS ARE SAYING about the “penchant for secrecy” attack line against Romney: “These are exactly the kind of questions we asked about Obama in 2008 and were accused of race baiting, or suggesting he was somehow...
  • How Mitt Romney's supporters Are Like Uncle Leo: Is Anti-Mormonism Lurking Everywhere?

    04/19/2012 12:53:56 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 44 replies
    Prospect.org ^ | April 18, 2011 | Paul Waldman
    We always knew that Mormonism was going to be a touchy issue in this presidential campaign. After all, there are still many Americans who express discomfort with the idea of a Mormon president (up to 40 percent, depending on how you ask the question). But it's one thing when you ask that question in the abstract, and quite another when we're talking about a particular Mormon. In that case, I'm fairly sure that nearly everyone is going to decide their votes on how they feel about Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, not how they feel about Joseph Smith. Even Robert...
  • Islam's Cartoon Missionaries

    04/18/2012 6:10:23 PM PDT · by forty_years · 5 replies
    National Review Online ^ | April 17, 2012 | by Daniel Pipes
    Comic books as a method of missionizing for Islam (da'wa)?Yes. One year ago, Harvard University hosted a workshop to teach comic book artists how to address Americans' "unease with Islam and the Middle East." And later this week, Georgetown University will air a PBS documentary, Wham! Bam! Islam! celebrating a comic book called The 99. Wham! Bam! Islam! The 99 sounds innocuous. Adweek describes its topic as "a team of multinational superheroes [who] band together to fight the forces of evil." The American children's network Hub more fully explains that, "Created by noted Middle East scholar and clinical psychologist Dr....
  • IO 88: For Shame—Speech Crimes and Ideology

    04/18/2012 12:10:40 PM PDT · by truthxchange · 1 replies
    truthxchange ^ | April 18, 2012 | Dr. Peter Jones
    Fifteen years ago James Twitchel’s For Shame: The Loss of Common Decency in American Culture argued for the socially redeeming character of shame: “Shame is the basis of individual responsibility …It is where de­cency comes from… shame inhibits behavior— that’s the point. It retards action, it increases reticence, it invokes self‑censorship. Its final object is not banishment, but reintegration.” Twitchell’s book describes a past moral ethos eroded by an ideology of radical sexual freedom that shamelessly rejected the “old ways.” In 1996 Senator Fred Thomson said of Bill Clinton: “He is a man of his times…He literally has no shame.”...
  • Catholic Pastor Applauded for Shunning Anti-gay Marriage Drive

    04/18/2012 8:32:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Seattle Post-Intelligencer ^ | 4/17/12 | Joel Connelly
    The congregation at Seattle’s Our Lady of the Lake Catholic Church gave the Rev. Tim Clark a standing ovation Sunday when he announced that the parish would not gather signatures for a referendum to repeal same-sex marriage. The parish became the sixth in Seattle to opt out of the petition drive for Referendum 74 that has been endorsed and foisted on parishes by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain. “I am happy to report that Our Lady of the Lake parish-oners have been overwhelmingly and, thus far, unanimously supportive of the decision I made NOT to gather signatures in support of this...
  • Vanity - Lyrics I wrote years ago

    04/18/2012 7:53:02 AM PDT · by jagusafr · 7 replies
    self | 1996 | jagusafr
    I Know by Dana D. Jacobson I know my God is everlasting and I know His love is never-ending and I know my God will not forsake me for I know of Calvary Yes, I know of Calvary When my Lord lay weeping in a garden He raised his hands in final supplication Then bowed His will and turned to my salvation God chose to die for me My Lord chose to die for me So when I feel the darkness all about me and though I hear the storms that would enfold me yet shall I see and follow...
  • South Korea, the Asian Tiger of the Church

    04/18/2012 6:51:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 4/18/12 | Sandro Magister
    The number of Catholics there is growing at a staggering pace. With many thousands of new baptized adults every year. The report of a great missionaryROME, April 18, 2012 – The seven years of pontificate that Benedict XVI will mark tomorrow are associated, in common opinion, with the general decline of the Church. But this opinion is nurtured by a view restricted to the Christianity of the Old Continent: to a Europe that in effect has suffered the blows of a growing secularization. If one simply widens the perspective, in fact, the reality appears different. In the past century the...
  • Ukraine abortion ban proposal sparks topless feminist protest at cathedral

    04/18/2012 5:02:04 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 17, 2012 | Hilary White
    KIEV, April 17, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Feminists and pro-aborts in Ukraine have staged a topless protest against government plans to outlaw abortion in some circumstances. The protest comes as the country has been plunged into a debate over the abortion law, which allows abortion in the first 12 weeks of pregnancy, while the country faces a looming demographic crisis with one of the lowest fertility rates in the world. The feminist group ‘Femen’ angered Ukrainian Catholics by staging a protest in which a group of women exposed themselves after climbing to the top of the Cathedral of St. Sophia in...
  • Americans Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths

    04/17/2012 5:25:28 PM PDT · by sreastman · 28 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/17/2012 | DeMossNews.com
    Americans Evenly Split on Whether the Bible, Koran and Book of Mormon Teach the Same Spiritual Truths FaithIssues On the heels of Gallup's assessment of the religiosity by state, American Bible Society is releasing in-depth findings from its State of the Bible survey, which details Americans' beliefs about the Bible, its role in society, its presence in US homes and more. The annual State of the Bible 2012 survey, conducted by Barna Group on behalf of American Bible Society, found that: 47% of American adults believe the Bible has too little influence in society today; only 16% believe it has...
  • US Bishops Issue Document on New Evangelization

    04/17/2012 4:23:59 PM PDT · by eastsider · 2 replies
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | April 17, 2012 | Staff
    As the Church throughout the world prepares for the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis, led by Bishop David Ricken of Green Bay, has issued a 31-page statement entitled “Disciples Called to Witness: The New Evangelization.” “The New Evangelization seeks to invite modern man and culture into a relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church,” the document states. “The New Evangelization strives to engage our culture and to help us draw our inspiration from the Gospel. The New Evangelization calls all Catholics first to be evangelized and...
  • Bishop Calls for ‘Heroic Catholicism,’ Rips Obama’s ‘Radical Pro-Abortion Agenda’

    04/17/2012 9:13:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Bishop Daniel Jenky of Peoria told the 500 men who attended the diocese’s annual men’s march and Mass that “the days in which we live now require heroic Catholicism, not casual Catholicism.” “We can no longer be Catholics by accident, but instead [must] be Catholics by conviction. In our own families, in our parishes, where we live and where we work--like that very first apostolic generation--we must be bold witnesses to the Lordship of Jesus Christ,” he preached. “We must be a fearless army of Catholic men, ready to give everything we have for the Lord, who gave everything for...
  • Radio Replies Second Volume - The Church and Peace

    04/17/2012 8:40:54 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    Celledoor.Com ^ | 1940 | Fathers Rumble & Carty
    The Church and Peace 1204. Your Church seems to be "anti" every effort to give peace on earth and good will towards men in practice. No one could write those words save one who has little or no knowledge of the attitude of the Catholic Church towards the problem of peace. 1205. Your Church is in a wonderful position to bring about peace, if it liked. The Catholic Church could be in a wonderful position to do so, if only the nations would accept her advice and submit to her rulings. Don't forget that, at the beginning of the last...
  • Life after lesbianism

    04/16/2012 8:28:30 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 10 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-16-12 | Dawn Wilde
    Editor’s note: This article is a follow-up to Dawn Wilde’s Confessions of a Recovering Lesbian. It was first printed at Catholicsistas.com and is reprinted with permission. In January, I wrote about my struggles with same-sex attraction (SSA), while living out my vocation as a Catholic wife and mother. The article was picked up by several Catholic websites and secular blogs. I wrote the article anonymously and considering the vitriol of the comments that followed, I’m glad I did. Especially after reading one man’s enraged, sentence-by-sentence dissection of the piece on a site called Face Punch. There seemed to be three...
  • Benedict XVI: God’s Revolutionary

    04/16/2012 8:01:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/16/12 | Samuel Gregg
    “Revolution” – it’s a word that conjures up images of winter palaces being stormed and the leveling of Bastilles. But if a true revolutionary is someone who regularly turns conventional thinking upside-down, then one of the world’s most prominent status-quo challengers may well be a quietly-spoken Catholic theologian who turns 85 today. While regularly derided by his critics as “decrepit” and “out-of-touch,” Benedict XVI continues to do what he’s done since his election as pope seven years ago: which is to shake up not just the Catholic Church but also the world it’s called upon to evangelize. His means of...
  • Kate Upton Plays Hoochie Nun in ‘Stooges’ Flick

    04/16/2012 7:40:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 65 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 16, 2012 | JP
    I’m not Catholic. But I can certainly understand why my Catholic friends are offended by the new “Three Stooges” movie, helmed by the irreverent Farrelly Brothers, released by Twentieth Century Fox. The film would have been fine had Peter and Bobby Farrelly stuck to the slapstick comedy for which Moe, Larry and Curly are beloved by Stooges fans. But they had to ruin it, had to court controversy, by their sacrilegious portrayal of a Catholic nun as some sort of hoochie. Cast as “Sister Bernice,” Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Kate Upton wears a nun’s veil, an oversized rosary and a...
  • When Mormons were socialists [From 'United Order' communism --> Lds Church, Inc.]

    04/16/2012 7:12:15 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies
    Salon.com ^ | April 15, 2012 | Troy Williams
    SNIP One hundred and eighty-two years after its founding, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is certainly prospering. The Church has diversified into commercial enterprises, owning television and radio stations, universities, farms, banks and...retail. Last month, the Church opened City Creek Mall, a stunning billion-dollar downtown renovation in Salt Lake City... Mitt Romney and City Creek represent the culmination of a great transformation within Mormonism. As an outcast faith, early Mormons experimented with communal living and alternative marriages. This original brand of Mormonism was typified by their rugged frontier prophet and polygamist outsider Brigham Young... Young’s egalitarian separatism...
  • The Souls of Cylons [Mormon vs. Christian]

    04/15/2012 4:58:06 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    Belief.net ^ | Ellen Leventry interviews Ron Moor
    Glen Larson, creator and producer of the first show, is a member of the Church of Latter-day Saints. He based much of the first series on Mormon cosmology. Was there a concerted effort to move away from that in this version? Not specifically, no. I looked at the original series as mythos and the way it dealt with religion as sort of a global sense. I was aware that Glen had used Mormon influences and how he had created the cosmology, but I'm not that familiar with Mormon belief or practice. To me there were things that were sort of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/15/2012 4:25:47 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    4-15-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 134:1,2 Oh, Bless the Lord, You who Serve Him as Watchmen In the Temple Every Night. Lift your Hands in Holiness And Bless the Lord.
  • Planned Parenthood’s Prayer of “Thanks for Abortion Providers” and their "Sacred Care”

    04/15/2012 4:05:55 PM PDT · by sreastman · 19 replies
    Faith Issues ^ | 4/15/2012 | Matthew Clark
    Planned Parenthood’s Prayer of “Thanks for Abortion Providers” and their "Sacred Care” by Matthew Clark, Faith Issues/American Center for Law and Justice “Today we pray for all the staff at abortion clinics around the nation. May they be daily confirmed in the sacred care that they offer women.” This is not a satirical prayer. This is the actual prayer of Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion business. Planned Parenthood has recently put out a pro-abortion prayer guide, "40 Days of Prayer Supporting Women Everywhere," encouraging abortion supporters everywhere to offer prayers of “thanks for abortion providers.” As Jay Sekulow, ACLJ...
  • The Apostasy [What Lds believe re: Christians: Label us 'apostates' like Islam calls us 'infidels']

    04/15/2012 3:02:11 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 43 replies
    The Church...of Latter-day Saints affirms...there was a falling away...The long night of apostasy lasted well over a millennium. During this period, man-made creeds and practices were substituted for the plan of salvation that Jesus...taught. SNIP C. A universal apostasy occurred... “For over seventeen hundred years on the eastern hemisphere, and for more than fourteen centuries on the western, there appears to have been silence between the heavens and the earth. Of direct revelation from God to man during this long interval, we have no authentic record...The passing of the apostles was followed by...a universal apostasy...“...an absolute apostasy of the Church...”...
  • Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen

    04/15/2012 2:02:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 15, 2012 | Michelle Boorstein
    Young Catholic Women Try To Give Church’s Position On Birth Control New Sheen Ashley McGuire is part of a movement of younger, religiously conservative Catholic women who are trying to rebrand what may be Catholicism’s most-ignored teaching: its ban on birth control methods such as the Pill. Michelle Boorstein April 15 Ashley McGuire fell in love with the Catholic Church five years ago, after reading its teaching against artificial birth control. McGuire, then a skeptical Protestant college student, initially saw the ban as a mandatory march to “domestic slavery.” But the more she read, the more she was blown away...
  • JOHN HARPER True Hero on the Titanic

    04/14/2012 8:18:06 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 10 replies
    The Titanic's Last Hero ^ | 4/14/2012 | Author Unknown.
    ......On board the ship that night was John Harper and his much-beloved six-year-old daughter Nana. According to documented reports, as soon as it was apparent that the ship was going to sink, John Harper immediately took his daughter to a lifeboat. It is reasonable to assume that this widowed preacher could have easily gotten on board this boat to safety; however, it never seems to have crossed his mind. He bent down and kissed his precious little girl; looking into her eyes he told her that she would see him again someday. The flares going off in the dark sky...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/14/2012 4:07:00 PM PDT · by Irish Rose · 14 replies
    April 14, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, sing praise to the Lord, to him who rides the ancient skies above, who thunders with mighty voice. Proclaim the power of God, whose majesty is over Israel, whose power is in the skies. You are awesome, O God, in your sanctuary; the God of Israel gives power and strength to his people. Praise be to God! (Psalm 68:32-35)
  • Black Pastors Silent as Farrakhan Attacks Christianity

    04/14/2012 1:48:19 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 51 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 14, 2012 | JP
    Not a word from Jesse Jackson. Not a peep from Al Sharpton. Not one black pastor stepped up this week to respond to the attack upon the Christian faith by Louis Farrakhan, leader of the Nation of Islam. In separate appearances at predominantly black Alabama A&M University in Normal, Ala. and Miss ionary Baptist Church in Nashville, Tenn., Farrakhan declared that black Christians are self-hating; that they are following the white man’s religion. “See,” said Farrakhan, “you’ve got a song you sing in the church, ‘Ride on Kind Jesus.’” What it really means, he told his black audience, is “Ride...
  • US Bishops: Bloggers play ‘critical role’ in defending the Church

    04/14/2012 9:08:33 AM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 12 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 04/12/12 | Patrick B. Craine
    US Bishops: Bloggers play ‘critical role’ in defending the Church by Patrick B. Craine Thu Apr 12 9:06 AM EST Relations between Catholic bloggers and Church officials have at times been quite strained as the new media has developed in the last couple years. Some prelates, clergy, and chancery officials have expressed strong reservations about the Catholic blogosphere, with some even speaking quite derogatorily. Church leaders have been angered by the penchant of many bloggers to call them out on their failures to expound and defend controversial Catholic teachings on moral issues like contraception, homosexuality, and abortion. The difficulties...
  • Humility Brings Blessings?

    04/14/2012 5:58:32 AM PDT · by destinedforheaven · 1 replies
    DestinedForHeaven.com ^ | April 11, 2012 | DestinedforHeaven.com
    David never holds any of His feelings back when he pleads with His Heavenly Father. Every heartfelt song/prayer is written with so much anguish and humble spirit behind it. David’s words can teach us to pray to God in the same fashion. There is an undeniable closeness between God and David that the Psalms show us. In Psalm 39 David is recognizing how small we all are in God’s eyes. Imagine that, a King humbling himself enough to see the futility of holding onto material things in our short life compared to eternity. His son Solomon writes in this similar...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes & Nation

    04/13/2012 2:51:30 PM PDT · by tajgirvan · 13 replies
    4-13-2012 | tajgirvan
    ” Blessed is the man whose strength is in You.” ~~~ Psalm 84:5 ~~~
  • In the Country that Used to be England

    04/13/2012 1:06:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/12/12 | Mark Shea
    ...it has long been a given that all religions are equally superior to the Catholic Church. Now that the country has largely de-Christianized, that has expanded to the confidence that all religions are equally superior to Christianity. So, for instance, Cameron's Britain takes it for granted that Christians can not only be compelled not to wear crosses, but that if one of them becomes uppity enough to do so, all you have to do is trot out the language about mean Christians who advertise their faith as though it was superior to other beliefs. Whipped Christians, timid about appearing "judgmental",...
  • Catholic College President: No Compromise. We Must be Willing to Die for What We Believe.

    04/13/2012 12:58:51 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 4/12/12 | Matthew Archbold
    The waiting is the hardest part. Few people in the country followed the Supreme Court’s hearing on the Affordable Care Act more closely than Belmont Abbey College President Bill Thierfelder. As you probably remember, Belmont Abbey College filed the initial lawsuit against the Obama administration’s HHS contraceptive mandate that would require religious institutions, in violation of their conscience, to pay for contraceptive drugs—including those that could cause an abortion. Thierfelder said that the initial idea wasn’t some part of a large legal strategy. It came from a conversation between him and the Abbot of the monastery on campus, Placid Solari,...
  • A Vatican Document to Make Socrates Proud

    04/13/2012 6:58:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 4/13/12 | John L Allen Jr
    As Pope Paul VI once famously told the United Nations, the Catholic church likes to think of itself as an “expert in humanity.” Development of Catholic social teaching over the last 120 years is a good example, as the church has tried to bring its moral tradition to bear on questions of economic justice. Yet whenever the church tries to say something on economics, it faces a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” dilemma about whether or not to get concrete. If the church sticks to abstract principles, it’s accused of being pie in the sky and irrelevant....
  • As I lay dying a voice said: ‘Let’s go’ (the near-death experience of a cynical prof)

    04/13/2012 5:50:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 103 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 12, 2012 | Rory Fitzgerald
    Howard Storm and his wife, Marcia Howard Storm was an atheist until he had an extraordinary near-death experience. After that, everything changed. Indeed, he is now a Christian minister. His book, My Descent into Death, shot to prominence globally after the novelist Anne Rice called it “a book you devour from cover to cover, and pass on to others”.She added that “Storm was meant to write it and we were meant to read it.”Storm recently spoke to me from his home in Kentucky. He recounted going out to San Francisco in 1967, aged 19, in pursuit of the hippy dream.“We...
  • U.S. seminary confronts abortion mill head-on through weekly prayer invasion

    04/13/2012 5:25:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 12, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    COLUMBUS, Ohio, April 12, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Seminarians from the only Pontifical College in the U.S. have an awe-inspiring approach for confronting abortion head-on. Dressed in full regalia of a black cassock, a traditional red sash, and armed with a rosary, the seminarians descend in a powerful show of force every Saturday on a local abortion facility to confront with prayer what the seminary’s rector calls the “poison of abortion.” Father James Wehner, rector of the Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, says he believes that seminarians need to “see visibly the forces of evil at work, and respond with an...
  • University forces Vanderbilt Catholic group to change its name

    04/13/2012 4:55:24 AM PDT · by markomalley · 17 replies
    CNA ^ | 4/12/12 | Benjamin Mann
    Forced to leave campus for reasons of conscience, Vanderbilt University's Catholic student organization has now been ordered by the university to change its name. “The name that's important is the name of Jesus Christ. I don't think they can take that name from us,” said Father John Sims Baker, chaplain of the group that has been told to stop calling itself Vanderbilt Catholic. “Technically and legally, if we wanted to push the issue, I doubt that the university could keep us from that,” Fr. Baker told CNA on April 12. He indicated that the group could also switch to a...
  • Test of Fire: Election 2012

    04/12/2012 9:07:13 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 13 replies
    Will you vote the values that will stand the test of fire? Some things are more important than high gas prices or a faltering economy. They are life, marriage and freedom. This November, Catholics must stand up and protect their sacred rights and duties. Please share this YouTube video with your friends! Test of Fire: Election 2012 Visit www.CC2W.org for more details.
  • Parents Speak Out and Keep “God” in “God Bless the USA” Song

    04/12/2012 5:05:09 PM PDT · by sreastman · 6 replies
    FaithIssues ^ | 4/12/2012 | Liberty Counsel
    Parents Speak Out and Keep “God” in “God Bless the USA” Song Faith Issues/Liberty Counsel Today, fourth graders at Stall Brook Elementary School were permitted to perform “God Bless the USA” at their public school assembly, because people in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and around the country stood for common sense and the children’s First Amendment rights. Originally, teachers replaced the phrase “God Bless the USA” with “We Love the USA,” in the song written by Lee Greenwood. After parents strongly voiced their disapproval, the school pulled the song from the itinerary altogether, but that did not sit well with the parents...
  • Radical Muslims threaten journalists in Germany over mass distribution of Korans

    04/12/2012 4:56:23 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 10 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 12 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Now German journalists critical of Islamists are in the cross hairs: In a video on YouTube radical Mulsims showed private photos of an employee of the "Frankfurter Rundschau" - accompanied by threats against the "apes and pigs" who published "mendacious" reports. Research by the newspaper "Die Welt" revealed that the film was created by a group associated with the Salafists, who presently are distributing 25 million Korans in German. The initiative began on Saturday in several towns. The day before the video was posted online. In Berlin, as far as we are aware, no Korans have yet been distributed.
  • Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"

    04/12/2012 1:24:48 PM PDT · by Brian Kopp DPM · 42 replies
    SummorumPontificum.net ^ | 4/12/2012 | Brian J. Kopp
    Thursday, April 12, 2012 Bishops warned: Obama will seize assets, only proper response is "Courageous Defiance"By Brian Kopp Cardinal O'Connor's response to Clinton admin abortion mandate:  "Jail me!" In a recent Sunday column in Catholic New World, Cardinal Francis George wrote that only three options will exist for Catholic institutions to avoid shutting down under the Obama administration’s HHS mandate: 1) secularize itself, breaking its connection to the church, her moral and social teachings and the oversight of its ministry by the local bishop, 2) pay exorbitant annual fees to avoid paying for birth control-inclusive insurance policies or 3) “sell...
  • Humanists to Mount Legal Challenge Against New [Catholic] Schools [UK]

    04/12/2012 6:46:34 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/12/12 | Madeleine Teahan
    A legal challenge will be launched against the building of two new Catholic schools in southwest London. The British Humanist Association (BHA) and the Richmond Inclusive Schools Campaign (RISC) are planning to mount a legal challenge against Richmond Council, following an application by the Diocese of Westminster to build a Catholic primary and secondary school. A spokesman for the Diocese of Westminster defended the application stating: “The Diocese of Westminster believe that Richmond Council have acted entirely properly in respect of proposals for the establishment of new Voluntary Aided Catholic primary and secondary schools in the borough. “The proposed court...
  • Catholic Voices heeds Pope's call for public witness in US

    04/12/2012 5:01:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | April 11, 2012
    Denver, Colo., Apr 11, 2012 / 03:17 pm (CNA).- The recently-formed Catholic Voices USA organization is seeking volunteers to defend Church teachings, in response to Pope Benedict XVI's recent call for an effective witness in public life. At a January 2012 meeting with U.S. bishops in Rome, the Pope said that “articulate and well-formed Catholic laity” were needed to “counter a reductive secularism which would delegitimize the Church's participation in public debate about the issues which are determining the future of American society.”In order to fulfill this call, Catholic Voices USA is seeking members of the Church in the...
  • The nasty taint of porn [Less than 5 years ago, Lds church-owned paper took Romney to task]

    04/12/2012 4:13:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 41 replies
    Pornography taints everything it touches. Mitt Romney should have understood that. So should the Marriott Corp. and other hotel owners who offer hard-core movies in hotel rooms. Romney caught a bit of flack...because he spent nearly 10 years on the Marriott board and yet never tried to reverse the company's policy of providing pornography on demand, something J.W. "Bill" Marriott Jr., defended in a 2000 letter as being economically important... For a presidential candidate who has railed against pornography, this is not entirely insignificant. Even if the subject never came up at a board meeting, one can argue that at...
  • A Large Collection Of Anti-Islam Flyers, Brochures and Booklets to Educate The Public With

    04/11/2012 9:48:27 PM PDT · by damonw · 6 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/11/12 | Damon Whitsell
    With desperation in their voice, someone asked me what they could do about Islam and I replied by telling them that we must study Islam, educate others about Islam and become Activist by joining Activist and Lobbying groups that stand for not only human rights, but the rights of the individual. I also told them about a real important webpage at WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com. That page suggest over 33 things that a non-Muslim can do about Islam. One of the things that are suggested is starting a personal campaign to educate the public using leaflets, flyers, brochures, and booklets. So in preparing...
  • Jimmy Carter’s pro-life rhetoric ‘a political decision,’ Baptist leaders say

    04/11/2012 8:23:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-11-12 | Ben Johnson
    Leader of former President Jimmy Carter’s longtime denomination say his calls for the Democratic Party to adopt a less radical pro-choice platform is a political calculation to help the party in the South. “I never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,” Carter told talk show host Laura Ingraham, while promoting his new study Bible. “I’ve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the need…and limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result...
  • Was C.S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon

    04/11/2012 4:15:32 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 12 replies
    MormonInfo.org ^ | R. M. Sivulka
    Was C. S. Lewis a Crypto-Mormon? If you would like for us to consider adding your comments here, please send an e-mail to Rob@MormonInfo.org. Many LDS writers have been fascinated with C. S. Lewis to the point of making him an "honorary member" of the LDS Church. A recent article stated, "Lewis wrote about the nature of God and how man's ultimate potential is to become like deity, something that seems to resonate with LDS audiences." To LDS, this means that we can become gods like our God is a God for us. In his book, The Mormon Faith: A...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Government’s Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...