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  • FIRST-PERSON: There is no right to not be offended

    09/15/2012 4:34:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Sept. 14, 2012 | Kelly Boggs
    "The right to free speech and the unrealistic expectation to never be offended cannot coexist," rightly observed Philip Sharp. It seems, however, that the "unrealistic expectation" cited by the retired U.S. Army Ranger and author is being viewed increasingly as a right. The belief that individuals have a "right" to not be offended seems to be gaining momentum in the United States. As this concept grows in popularity it is set to challenge one of America's first freedoms -- the freedom of speech. If the "right" against offense ever triumphs, if it is ever enshrined in law, free speech, of...
  • Does The Church Need To Keep Up With The Times?

    09/15/2012 2:50:42 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | September 14, 2012 | Cardinal Timothy Dolan
    That old-fashioned, dusty, out-of-it, stuck-in-the-mud Church just has to get with it! Shes got to keep up with the times or she is going to lose folks!How often have you heard that? I hear it at almost every reception, dinner, or meeting I go to, or read some version of it every time I peruse magazines, newspapers, and blog-sites, or listen to radio or TV.What About Vatican Two?A subset of this chant is that Good Pope John and the Second Vatican Council were well on their way to making those radical changes in the Church, making it more relevant and...
  • Democrats Denied God Thrice at DNC Convention

    09/15/2012 2:37:03 PM PDT · by pansgold · 10 replies
    IX / XV / MMXII | pansgold
    New International Version (1984) "I tell you the truth, this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times." Democrats in denial of God - 3 times before the rooster crowed in the morning. God finally got put back in to their platform by simply ignoring the voice vote. Now that's the Democratic Way!
  • Los Angeles archbishop suspends faculties of Catholics for Equality priest

    09/15/2012 1:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    Life Site News ^ | September 14, 2012 | KATHLEEN GILBERT
    Archbishop Gomez LOS ANGELES, September 14, 2012 ( - A priest who helped found a gay ‘marriage’ advocacy group for Catholics has been suspended from distributing the sacraments or representing himself publicly as a cleric by his bishop. The National Catholic Register reported Monday that Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles had spoken to Rev. Joseph Palacios, co-founder of “Catholics for Equality” (CFE), a small group created two years ago with strong connections to the Human Rights Campaign. Palacios described the purpose of his outreach at Princeton University in February 2011, where he called the Church’s faithful the key target...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/15/2012 11:56:51 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 14 replies
    September 15, 2012 | Irish Rose
    I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer. Show the wonder of your great love, you who save by your right hand those who take refuge in you from their foes. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings from the wicked who assail me, from my mortal enemies who surround me. (Psalm 17:6-9)

    09/15/2012 5:31:27 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 27 replies
    Watch Unto Prayer ^ | 9/15/12 | ?
    I found this post which provides great detail and excellent insight into the Feast of Rosh Hashana and the Rapture. It's Pre- Trib and I thought it was most excellent! Dig in my beloved! The title might sound like that it is setting a date but it isn't at all. Even so come Lord Jesus! DJP I.F. There are important parallels between Jewish feasts and the fulfillment of Christ. For example the Passover is now celebrated as the Lords Supper. The Sabbath is now celebrated by the Resurrection. Some other parallels are: Pesach / Passover Hag HaMatzah / Feast of...
  • What Catholics Really Believe

    09/14/2012 1:28:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    .the Catechism has raised throughout the world, even among non-Christians, and confirms its purpose of being presented as a full, complete exposition of Catholic doctrine, enabling everyone to know what the Church professes, celebrates , lives, and prays in her daily life. Pope John Paul II (CCC pg xiv) God gave everyone a Free Will. No one is forced to be Catholic. People are Catholic because they want to be Catholic. The Catholic Church is not a salad bar where individuals can pick and choose what he or she wishes to believe. We do not vote on what is...
  • Pope at Greek Melkite Basilica of St Paul 's Harissa (Full Text of Apostolic Exhortation)

    09/14/2012 12:57:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 14, 2012
    Wearing crimson and white vestments and clearly at ease in this beautiful shrine Pope Benedict smiled as Patriarch Laham welcomed him in German to celebrate this important event together on this Feast day of the Exaltation of the Cross. Byzantine chants accompanied the ceremony here at St Paul’s - an eastern rite Catholic shrine recalling an ancient Byzantine tradition in its interior layout and its richly gilded mosaics decorating its domes and apses. The basilica is part of a big mid 20th century complex also comprising a major seminary. Upon entering here, Pope Benedict could not fail to notice...
  • Thompson Valley High School student's rosary beads taken away

    09/14/2012 7:11:42 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 28 replies
    KMGH TV ^ | 9/13/2012
    LOVELAND, Colo. - A Thompson Valley High School student had his rosary beads taken away twice in three weeks after school officials said they were gang-related. The Loveland Reporter-Herald reported the story of Manuel Vigil, a junior at the high school. He is also Catholic and his mother told the newspaper that the beads had been especially important to him in dealing with the recent slaying of an uncle. School officials said the beads themselves are not prohibited, but they way they are worn could be gang-related and violate the school's dress code. Loveland Police Sgt. David Murphy, who heads...
  • Tensions have only strengthened Popes desire to visit Lebanon

    09/13/2012 12:02:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | September 12, 2012
    Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone vatican city The Popes forthcoming visit to Lebanon was never in question. Indeed, far from discouraging the Pope from visiting Lebanon, the rising tensions in the area, have made him even more anxious to go, so he can promote peace and show his profound solidarity to everyone. The Vatican Secretary of State stated this, ahead of the Popes Middle Eastern visit, in an interview with French national newspaper Le Figaro, which will be published in tomorrows issue but is already available on the newspapers online version.During the interview, the Popes right hand man spoke about the crisis...
  • The politics of race and religion in two pie charts

    09/13/2012 6:55:21 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 10 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012 | Chris Cillizza
    Lets start on the Republican side. Fully 87 percent of those who identify themselves as Republicans or Republican-leaners are white in 2012 Pew polling while just 5 percent are Hispanic and four percent are black. When it comes to the religious affiliations of GOPers and GOP leaners, the largest bloc are white evangelical Protestants who comprise roughly one in every three Republicans (34 percent). Heres the full GOP religious affiliation chart via Pew: Now, for the Democrats. As expected, the party is more racially diverse. Sixty-one percent of Democrats and Democratic-leaners are white while 21 percent are black and 10...
  • President Corey announces commitment to obtaining "Jesus Saves" sign

    09/13/2012 6:09:28 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    The Biola University Chimes ^ | September 6, 2012 | Julia Henning
    At the Convocation chapel on Wednesday, Aug. 29 president Barry Corey announced that Biola is going to attempt to procure an iconic Jesus Saves sign that was from the original Biola building in LA. One of the two signs is currently on what will soon become the Ace Hotel in Hollywood. “I’ve made up my mind this year. If we can’t get those original signs back, we’re gonna get some replicas made and put them back on this campus,” Corey said. His announcement was answered with overwhelming applause from students, staff and faculty alike in Chase Gymnasium. “It’s a part...
  • Libya in the Day of the Lord!

    09/13/2012 4:14:18 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 9/13/12
    One would have to be living in a closet today not to see the changing tide in the Middle East region of the world. Sadly, many of the leftist persuasion in the West truly believe that all of these public uprisings are wonderful and that only good can come from them. These - as usual - have drunk the demonic kool-aid and have deceived themselves into believing that these up risings will bring peace and democracy into this violent and unstable region of the world (2 Cor. 4:2-4, Eph 2:2-3, 6:12). With the death of Muammur Kaddafi, his vacuum is...
  • HuffPo News Flash: Mormons Don't Think Jesus was Black

    09/12/2012 9:20:59 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 70 replies ^ | Sept 10, 2012 | Matthew Philbin
    Finding racism in ridiculous places: It isn’t just for MSNBC anymore. The Huffington Post has performed a neat trick, exercising its own religious bigotry by accusing someone else of racism. The result is a breathtakingly inane article. (The crusade to re-elect Obama has spurred his media acolytes to heroic exertions, hasn’t it?) Writing in HuffPo on Sept. 9, Paul Harvey and Edward J. Blum broke incredible news: Mormon iconography commonly includes a statue of a white Jesus! And that white statue first appeared in Salt Lake City in 1966, “the middle of the Civil Rights movement.” The image, called Christus,...
  • True Colors of Islamists

    09/12/2012 8:59:31 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    One News Now ^ | 9-12-12 | Dr. Michael Youssef
    The extreme naivety of our foreign policy makers toward countries like Libya and Egypt is not only embarrassing, it is dangerous and disastrous. With yesterday's storming of American diplomatic offices in Egypt and Libya, the world is now watching the true colors of Islamists -- something that those of us with experience have known all along. Unfortunately the Obama administration has been doggedly colorblind to the Islamists' true colors. We give Egypt $2 billion a year. We give Libya military and financial aid to topple their dictator. But what do we get in the way of thanks? Death and destruction....
  • PIPES: Obama: My Muslim faith; President uses pious expressions with Muslims

    09/12/2012 3:23:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 11, 2012 | Daniel Pipes
    Editors Note: In this third of a five-part series, Middle East and Islam specialist Daniel Pipes continues his documentation of Barack Obamas close ties to the Islamic religion, focusing here on statements he made as an adult. Several statements by Barack Obama in recent years point to his Muslim childhood. (1) Robert Gibbs, campaign communications director for President Obamas first presidential race, asserted in January 2007: Sen. Obama has never been a Muslim, was not raised a Muslim, and is a committed Christian who attends the United Church of Christ in Chicago. But he backtracked in March 2007, asserting that...
  • Pope On Peace Visit To Lebanon

    09/12/2012 11:54:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    MB ^ | September 11, 2012 | ALVISE ARMELLINI and WEEDAH HAMZAH
    ROME, Italy/BEIRUT, Lebanon (DPA) — Pope Benedict XVI heads for Lebanon on Friday to bring a message of peace and reconciliation to a region shaken by religious tensions, civil war in Syria and the enduring Israel-Palestinian conflict.“My apostolic mission to Lebanon, and by extension to the whole Middle East, takes place under the banner of peace,” the pontiff said Sunday, in his traditional noon Angelus prayer.Calling on “all parties” to seek peace and reconciliation, he said he “understood the anguish” of local people and expressed concern for “those who, in search for an area of peace, leave their family and...
  • Son of Cristero Talks "For Greater Glory", Religious Freedom

    09/12/2012 9:22:33 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies ^ | 9/11/12 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Tell Christ the King I shall be with him soon, young Jos Snchez del Ro, reportedly told a fellow martyr of the Cristero War in Mexico, before he was murdered. His holy story is among those told in the movie, For Greater Glory, released on DVD today.The movie is about the Cristero War and has been held up as an important story about religious liberty and the lengths some have had to go to defend their God-given right to live their religious faith. We tend to forget the human suffering because our modern culture cannot make sense of it, Bishop...
  • Nuns Supporting Obama? Social Responsibility is 'Part of Pro-Life Stance,' They Say

    09/12/2012 7:33:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 28 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2012 | Brittney R. Villalva
    Nuns wearing the expected black and white habits and sitting backstage of the Republican National Convention are not the only ones who have taken a political stance. A second group, supported by Sister Simone Campbell during the Democratic National Convention, have taken their own stand and are speaking out for social responsibility. The Catholic Church has found itself in the midst of a boxing match as it struggles to gain political advantage. And this time, the group leading the fight is not composed of bishops and priests, but women who are ready to speak their mind. In one corner you...
  • University Criticized for Class That Deems Homosexuality 'Deviant Behavior'

    09/12/2012 7:27:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/12/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A Catholic academic institution in Ohio has come under fire for having a class in which homosexuality is declared a "deviant behavior" alongside things like murder, rape, drug use, and prostitution. Franciscan University of Steubenville came under fire from a homosexual alumnus who was researching a story and stumbled upon the course description for Social Work 314. SWK 314 is a course that focuses on deviant behavior, stating that behaviors to be "primarily examined" would include "murder, rape, robbery, prostitution, homosexuality, mental illness, and drug use." While Tom Sofio of the public relations department at Franciscan University declined to give...
  • God and 9/11

    09/12/2012 7:01:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 9/11/12 | Carl E. Olson
    False understandings of the nature of God lead to destruction from within and murder from withoutI hadn't planned on writing much, if anything, on the anniversary of the murderous attacks of September 11, 2001, if only because that event usually leaves me at loss for words. And what more can be said? It is an occasion, first of all, to pray for those who were murdered and for all those innocentborn and unborn, young and oldwho are victims of violence and hatred each and every day. But more can be said, even if with hesitation and some trepidation. For this...

    09/11/2012 5:41:01 PM PDT · by stfassisi · 10 replies
    It is a sign of sharp sickness in a society when it is actually led by some special sort of lunatic. A mild touch of madness may even keep a man sane; for it may keep him modest. So some exaggerations in the State may remind it of its own normal. But it is bad when the head is cracked; when the roof of the commonwealth has a tile loose. The two or three cases of this that occur in history have always been gibbeted gigantically. Thus Nero has become a black proverb, not merely because he was an oppressor,...
  • Obama Ad Panders to Catholics, Ignores His Abortion Record

    09/11/2012 2:52:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Life News ^ | September 11, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    The campaign to coverup President Barack Obama’s pro-abortion record in his campaign’s outreach to Catholic voters has begun in earnest.Already, a Catholic University of America professor is under fire for claiming Obama is pro-life and saying he deserves re-election. Now, the Obama re-election campaign has released a new vide that one leading pro-life Catholic activist calls “laughably lame” in its attempt to “gin up support for his “Catholics for Obama” group.”The ad contains no mention of Obama’s promotion of abortion, abortion funding, funding Planned Parenthood or the HHS mandate that has drawn strong opposition from Catholics and the Catholic bishops.Thomas...
  • Pope in Lebanon: (Latin) Patriarch of Jerusalem + EWTN Schedule

    09/11/2012 1:54:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | September 11, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) Final preparations are underway for Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to Lebanon, where he will present his Exhortation to the Church in the region after the special assembly of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East. The Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem, Fouad Twal, told Vatican Radio that, especially in the wake of disappointments following the violent turn the so-called “Arab Spring” has taken in many different places, the Christians of the Middle East await the Holy Father’s message of hope. "I am sure that his visit will encourage us," said the Patriarch, adding, "[The Pope] will for sure...
  • Do You Believe We Should Cast Out Demons Today?

    09/11/2012 10:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/11/2012 | John Piper
    The following is an edited transcript of the audio. Do you believe in casting out demons? How would you go about it? Rev. John Piper Answers: I do, and I think there is a steady state, normal way to go about it from 2 Timothy 2:24-26. And I think occasionally there is what David Powlison would call an ekballistic form. David doesn't think that is the normal way to do ministry, and we may or may not see things eye to eye there. So I would say, occasionally you see a manifestation of demonic power that is so in your...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Under Attack: Patriarch

    09/11/2012 8:11:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    MOSCOW - The head of the Russian Orthodox Church used a Sunday prayer service and a state TV interview to argue that the church he presides over is under attack from foes he said fear its post-Soviet revival and want to destroy its places of worship. Patriarch Kirill did not name punk music group Pussy Riot but was clearly referring to the collective, three of whose members were sentenced to jail for performing a "punk prayer" at the altar of a Moscow cathedral during which they criticized President Vladimir Putin. Since the verdict on August 17, which drew sharp Western...
  • Evangelicals seek a future for thousands of frozen embryos

    09/11/2012 7:50:56 AM PDT · by AnalogReigns · 2 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | September 10, 2012 | Krista Kapralos
    The embryo was frozen in liquid nitrogen when Gabriel and Callie Fluhrer found it. They didnt know whether that embryo would grow to be a boy or a girl, or whether it would even grow at all. But to the Fluhrers, it was worth the risk. That tiny collection of cells was a baby, they believed. And if they didnt pluck it from the warehouse where it had been stored since its biological parents decided they didnt need or want it any longer, it was likely to die. If were going to stand against abortion, its not simply picketing a...
  • The Decline and Fall of Catholic Democrats? (Sister Simone says abortion is above her pay grade)

    09/11/2012 7:07:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/11/2012 | Stephen P. White
    Sister Simone Campbell has become a minor celebrity over the last few months. Her 15 minutes began back in April when her social-justice lobbying outfit, NETWORK, earned a rare public rebuke from the Vatican for, ironically, its inadequate understanding of social justice. Capitalizing on the fawning media attention she received, Sister Simone and a few of her fellow progressive friends embarked on a highly publicized bus tour of the Midwest Nuns on the Bus, they called it during which they slammed Paul Ryans budget for being incompatible with Catholic social teaching. Sister Simones crusade against Paul Ryan has...
  • Iraq Prelate: Let's Talk to Benedict XVI Frankly, Openly

    09/11/2012 6:37:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Kirkuk Archbishop Hoping Church Leaders Will Tell Pope in Lebanon of Grave Situation for ChristiansROME, SEPT. 7, 2012 ( The archbishop of Kirkuk, Iraq, is hoping Benedict XVI's trip to Lebanon next week will motivate bishops of the Middle East to speak openly with the Pontiff about the danger of Christianity fading away from the region.Archbishop Louis Sako told the charity Aid to the Church in Need Christian leaders should go beyond the formalities to spell out their concerns for the survival of the faith when they see the Pope during his Sept. 14-16 trip. Archbishop Sako underlined the extent...
  • Exorcism boom in Poland sees magazine launch

    09/11/2012 5:29:40 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    Radio Netherlands Worldwide ^ | 11 September 2012
    With exorcism booming in Poland, Roman Catholic priests have joined forces with a publisher to launch what they claim is the world's first monthly magazine focused exclusively on chasing out the devil."The rise in the number or exorcists from four to more than 120 over the course of 15 years in Poland is telling," Father Aleksander Posacki, a professor of philosophy, theology and leading demonologist and exorcist told reporters in Warsaw at the Monday launch of the Egzorcysta monthly. Ironically, he attributed the rise in demonic possessions in what remains one of Europe's most devoutly Catholic nations partly to the...
  • More area Catholic ordinations challenge a national trend

    09/11/2012 12:21:19 AM PDT · by Cronos · 10 replies
    Kansas City ^ | 10 Sep 2012 | Helen T Gray
    Monsignor William Blacet rises early to start his prayers. He celebrates Mass every day at Our Lady of Good Counsel. He hears confessions and gives counsel. He conducts weddings and funerals. He cruised past his 90th birthday in December. “I was not ordained to retire,” explains the oldest pastor in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. “As long as I can do the duties of pastor, that’s what I want to do.” Seven men were ordained this year in the diocese, the largest single-year number in the last 30... Also, 10 men are beginning studying for the priesthood this year....
  • Catholic Priest Admits 14-Year Gay Marriage, Says Forced Celibacy Leads to Abuse

    09/10/2012 8:51:49 PM PDT · by count-your-change · 116 replies
    Christian Post Reporter ^ | July 11,2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Father Bernard Lynch, a homosexual Catholic priest and activist known for defying Vatican teachings, has once again challenged the Roman Catholic Church by revealing that he has been married to a man for the past 14 years. Lynch also blames teachings on celibacy for the child sex abuse cases gripping the Catholic Church.
  • Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah

    09/10/2012 6:58:49 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 92 replies
    1857 Truth Outreach ^ | August 8, 2007 | Deborah Gertz Husar
    Wagon Train Descendants tell tale of 1857 massacre in Utah Taping an episode of WTJR's "Truth Outreach" with host Rocky Hulse, the four men forgot about the cameras. They didn't forget their story. A massacre in 1857 in southwest Utah claimed the lives of some of their ancestors. What came to be called the Mountain Meadows Massacre shadows each generation, but Scott Fancher said the public knows little of "one of the single most important historical incidents" in the nation's history. "Apart from the Oklahoma City bombing, this was the single largest act of domestic white-on-white violence in the history...
  • Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator

    09/10/2012 5:51:41 PM PDT · by AstralisLux · 9 replies
    Spero News ^ | 9/10/12 | Martin Barillas
    Revealed: Soviets influenced reputation of Pope Pius XII as Nazi collaborator. Documents continue to trickle out from a number of sources, including the Vatican, that may begin to restore the image of the wartime pope who at the time was heralded as a champion of the rights of Europes minorities, including the Jewish community...
  • Egyptian Father Kills Three Daughters with Snakes

    09/10/2012 2:30:05 PM PDT · by forty_years · 9 replies ^ | September 7, 2012 | Raymond Ibrahim
    A tragic story concerning an Egyptian father who killed his three young daughters with snakes last April was largely missed in the West. According to Emirates24: An Egyptian man killed his three young daughters aged 7, 5 and 3 by letting a poisonous snake bite them. According to 'Al Youm Al Sabea'a' newspaper, the three kids were found dead in their bed in Bani Mazar town of Al Minya governorate of upper Egypt. Forensic reports confirm the kids died due to snake poison. The man allegedly bought two cobras and let them bite the children while they were asleep so...
  • Catholic church sued by gay couple over Massachusetts real estate deal

    09/10/2012 1:39:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Guardian ^ | September 10, 2012
    A gay couple is suing the Catholic church in Massachusetts for allegedly refusing to sell them a mansion out of concern that they would host same-sex weddings at the site.James Fairbanks and Alain Beret filed their discrimination lawsuit against the Catholic diocese of Worcester in county's superior court on Monday.They allege that they were in negotiations to buy Oakhurst, a former retreat center in Northbridge, when church officials suddenly pulled out due to the possibility of same-sex marriage ceremonies being held there."I have lived quietly in the mainstream for nearly 60 years, and I expected to continue that," Beret told...
  • Vatican hopes Apple partnership will spread Popes message

    09/10/2012 11:25:36 AM PDT · by Cronos · 8 replies
    EWTN ^ | 5 September 2012 | David Kerr
    The Vatican has teamed up with Apple to develop new hi-tech methods for communicating the works of Pope Benedict XVI to the world.It represents an enormous step on the international stage because, as you know, internet goes beyond space and time, said Father Giuseppe Costa, the director of the Vaticans publishing house Libreria Editrice Vaticana. The message of the Holy Father will now be received in every part of the world. The American technology firm will now work alongside the Vatican to produce eBooks and iTunes tracks of the Pope Benedicts weekly general audience. In recent months the pontiff has...
  • Teachers 'Face Sack' for Refusing to Endorse Gay Marriage [UK]

    09/10/2012 9:27:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/10/12 | Graeme Paton
    Teachers who refuse to endorse gay marriage in the classroom could face the sack under controversial Government reforms, a legal expert has warned.Schools will be within their statutory rights to dismiss staff that wilfully fail to use stories or textbooks promoting same-sex weddings, it is claimed. Aidan ONeill, a senior QC and expert on religious freedom and human rights, also warned that parents who object to gay marriage being taught to their children will have no right to withdraw their child from lessons. In a report, he said that any decision to redefine marriage would have far-reaching consequences for schools,...
  • Bid to Excommunicate Patriarch Enflames Russias Holy War

    09/10/2012 9:21:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    RIA Novosti ^ | 9/10/12 | Marc Bennetts
    Near boiling-point tensions between Russias major Christian faith and the creative class it says is waging a war against it were racked up even further on Monday after the head of a rights group launched a bid to have powerful Orthodox Church leader Patriarch Kirill excommunicated. There are at least six arguments for Patriarch Kirills defrocking and excommunication from the church, wrote Mikhail Anashkov, the head of Russias Consumer Rights Protection Society, on his Live Journal account. Anashkov said on Monday he had forwarded a request to have the patriarch excommunicated to the Council of Bishops, the only church body...
  • Pray for Our American Heroes

    09/10/2012 9:06:52 AM PDT · by Faith · 22 replies
    September 10, 2012 | faith
    I exhort therefore, that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; for kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. (I Tim. 2:1-2)
  • Pakistani Christian Girl Taken to Secret Location by Helicopter to Avoid Mob Justice

    09/10/2012 8:04:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 9/8/12 | Daily Mail Reporter and Sam Shead
    A young Christian girl accused burning pages of the Islam's holy book has been freed from a jail near the capital and taken by helicopter to a secret location in a dramatic operation. The release of Rimsha Masih comes a day after a judge granted her bail. Mushtaq Awan said Masih left the prison in Rawalpindi, a garrison city near Islamabad, this afternoon. She has been held for a little over three weeks after neighbours accused her of violating the country's strict blasphemy law. She was taken from the prison in an armoured vehicle and whisked to a waiting helicopter...
  • Pope: Beirut Trip is Mideast Peace Pilgrimage

    09/10/2012 7:57:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Yahoo News ^ | 9/9/12 | AP
    CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (AP) Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday characterized his trip to Beirut later this week as a pilgrimage for peace for the entire Middle East region and its anguished people. Benedict told pilgrims at his summer residence in Castel Gandolfo near Rome that while finding solutions for the Middle East's problems seems difficult, people "shouldn't resign themselves to violence or worsening tensions." He noted that during his three-day visit to the Lebanese capital, which begins Friday, he would meet with Lebanese authorities as well as Christians from Lebanon and other nearby countries. "I am not unaware of...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/09/2012 7:12:46 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 13 replies
    9-9-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 86:11,12 Teach me Your Way, O Lord, that I May Walk and Live in Your Truth; Direct and Unite my Heart {Solely, Reverently} to Fear and Honor Your Name. I will Confess and Praise You, O Lord my God, with my Whole (United) Heart; And I will Glorify Your Name Forevermore.
  • The Biblical Case for Limited Government and Low Taxes

    09/09/2012 3:09:14 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 09/09/2012 | James Arlandson
    Liberalism, generally, favors a bigger government and higher taxes to pay for it, while conservatives advocate moving in the opposite direction: limited government and low taxes. Let's face it. The government since FDR's New Deal has gotten bigger. LBJ instituted the Great Society. (I want my Game Show Government, no matter the cost!) By now conservatives would say Uncle Sam is morbidly obese. But liberalism is still winning, and liberals claim the moral high ground. But do they have the right to it? Not if we follow what the Bible recommends. I have to admit from the outset that I...
  • A Look at the Church in Lebanon (Papal Visit Begins on 9/14)

    09/09/2012 2:10:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Various ^ | September 9, 2012
    Saint Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Catholic Cathedral, Beirut, Lebanon Papal Trip Begins in Just Over a Week VATICAN CITY, SEPT. 6, 2012 ( For Benedict XVI's Sept. 14-16 apostolic trip to Lebanon, during which he will sign and issue the postsynodal apostolic exhortation of the Special Assembly for the Middle East of the Synod of Bishops, statistics concerning the Catholic Church in Lebanon have been published by the Vatican. The information, updated to Dec. 31, 2011, comes from the Central Statistical Office of the Church. Lebanon has a population of 4,039,000 of whom 2,148,000 (53.18%) are Catholic. There are 24...

    09/09/2012 10:06:10 AM PDT · by RichSr · 6 replies
    post is not religious. IT IS REALIt is what is happening to our nation. Anyone who cannot see that is .. as blind as the indian who tried so hard to shoot George Washington off his horse. They shot three horses out from under him and his coat was full of shot holes. Watch this ten or fifteen minute clip and see if I am lying. Go to truth that transforms and watch. 2Ch 7:17 And as for thee, if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, and do according to all that I have commanded thee,...
  • Catholic Church Calls for Public Prayers in Offices on Fridays

    09/09/2012 6:23:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/7/12 | John Bingham
    Millions of Roman Catholics are being urged to stop and pray publicly at 3pm on first Friday of every month as public expression of faith.A bishop is recommending that they set the alarms on their mobile phones to remind them of the new observance as part of a move to promote faith in the workplace ahead of the Churchs Year of Faith. It comes in the week that British government lawyers went to the European Court of Human Rights to defend the right of employers to ban the wearing of public symbols of faith such as the cross in the...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    09/08/2012 5:24:15 PM PDT · by Irish Rose · 16 replies
    September 8, 2012 | Irish Rose
    And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of his power? (Job 26:14)
  • Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Politics

    09/08/2012 4:10:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | September 8, 2012 | Patti Maguire Armstrong
    It’s campaign time again – a season of anxiety. Pro-lifers vote for life; something that trumps all else. Those defending a mother’s right to abort her unborn baby, get downright angry at the thought of candidates minding someone else’s business – the business being the life of a baby. Protecting traditional marriages labels one a hater. Then, the HHS Mandate has become a line in the sand that unites all bishops against politicians that seek to twist Catholic arms of business owners who refuse to minimize mortal sin.At the core, it’s those who follow their religious convictions pitted against those...
  • Land OLakes Statement at 45

    09/08/2012 6:12:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Legatus Magazine ^ | 9/3/12 | Michael McLean
    45 years after the Land O Lakes Statement, Catholic education is gaining strength . . .The 1960s was a time of great tumult in the United States one that had devastating effects on the countrys institutions and mores. Its ravages could be seen perhaps nowhere more clearly than on college campuses. Truth gave way to skepticism and relativism, and expressions such as free love and question authority became the catchphrases of student life. Catholic colleges were not immune to these influences. Venerable institutions that for many scores of years had faithfully passed on the intellectual patrimony of the Church...