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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...