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  • Faith is lived in community, Pope Benedict reflects

    11/01/2012 2:57:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    Vatican City, Oct 31, 2012 / 10:19 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Although faith is intensely personal, it is necessarily transmitted and lived through relationships with others, Pope Benedict XVI said at his general audience on Wednesday. “I cannot build my personal faith in a private dialogue with Jesus, because faith is given to me by God through a community of believers,” the Pope said in a rain-soaked St. Peter's Square Oct. 31. “The Church, and I become part of the multitude of believers in a community that is...rooted in the eternal love of God.” Responding to the question of whether...
  • Reformation Sunday or All Saints Day?

    11/01/2012 8:58:12 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 47 replies
    Ponderings on a Faith Journey ^ | October 31, 2009 | Bob Cornwall
    Tomorrow we have our choice -- we can go with Reformation Sunday or All Saints Day. We can sing "For All the Saints" or "A Mighty Fortress is Our God." Being that I pastor neither a Lutheran nor a Presbyterian Church, and thus my connections as a Disciple to the Reformation of the 16th century are more derivative than direct, and perhaps because my sermon tomorrow has to do with the Worship of God, we'll take the All Saints Day route. But, instead of For All the Saints, we'll be singing Holy, Holy, Holy. But, it would be appropriate to...
  • Its About Contraception

    11/01/2012 7:07:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 10/31/12 | Katie van Schaijik
    American Catholics seem to be sleepwalking toward the edge of an abyss. Its as if weve hardly begun to realize to ourselves whats at stake in this election. We dont like to think about it. Were vaguely banking on the hope that whatever happens will not turn out to be a big deal. One reason for the moral somnolence is that the Obama administration, abetted by the media, has been deliberately misleading the public with lying rhetoric about access to birth control, and a Republican war on women. Vice President Biden brazenly asserted that no Catholic institution would be required...
  • Catholic Voices from Eastern Europe

    11/01/2012 6:53:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 11/11/12 | Emily Stimpson
    The Church in Eastern and Central Europe has made progress in recent decades, but the road ahead remains longTwenty-three years ago this November, the Berlin Wall fell. At the time, Catholics around the world rejoiced. Finally, their brothers and sisters in the East could worship in peace, free from the persecution that had hindered Catholic life and belief for so many years. The promise of the moment was great. But has the promise been realized? To what extent have two decades of democracy and capitalism helped the Church in the lands where atheistic communism once reigned? In September, Our Sunday...
  • Prospects for China-Vatican Dialogue are Bleak, Say Clergy

    11/01/2012 6:33:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 10/31/12
    Bishops and priests in mainland China are pessimistic that their government will respond to a Vatican senior officials invitation to enter into a new dialogue. Cardinal Fernando Filoni, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, issued a message last Thursday, titled Five years after the publication of Benedict XVIs letter to the Church in China.While reiterating the Churchs stance, the cardinal showed his openness to restarting dialogue with the Chinese authorities and resolving the impasse in Sino-Vatican relations. A parallel report from Fides Service, a website run by the Congregation, also spelled out the prefects hope for the...
  • Have Freepers Forgotten God? Round-The-Clock Prayer Thread starts Saturday. SIGN UP!

    11/01/2012 4:53:23 AM PDT · by Blogger · 58 replies
    Having been around here since 1998, I know the initial question this thread poses is not true. Freepers pray. Freepers pray hard and believe that God will answer. Still, in an election where "getting out the vote" seems to occupy much of our time, "getting out the prayer" is even more important. Only God can save this nation. Romney can not. Regardless of who is elected, the next 4 years are likely to be pivotal in the history of this nation. We will be tried as gold in fire. When the trial ends, will anything remain? If we seek God,...
  • Catholic Bishop: Vote for Obama Stretches the Imagination [DiMarzio of Brooklyn]

    11/01/2012 2:28:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    Life News ^ | October 30, 2012 | Steven Ertelt
    Catholic Bishop: Vote for Obama “Stretches the Imagination” by Steven Ertelt | | 10/30/12 6:24 PMBishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is the latest Catholic official to say that voting for pro-abortion President Barack Obama is essentially off limits for Catholic voters.He said the Catholic Church needs to do a better job of teaching Catholic voters who gravitate towards pro-abortion candidates. In his column in the diocesan newspaper, Bishop DiMarzio wrote: It is inconceivable to me how Catholics could support such policies. Indeed, Roman Catholics who support abortion rights and vote for a candidate because of those policies, place...
  • Top Ten Moments of the Reformation [Today is Reformation Day]

    10/31/2012 9:17:09 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 9 replies
    Kingdom People ^ | October 32, 2007 | Trevin Wax
    The Reformation was a political and religious movement in Europe that began in the 1500s and lasted for roughly 150 years. It is difficult to pinpoint exact starting and ending dates for the Reformation, but we can point to two events that seem to begin and to culminate the Reformation era: 1517 (Martin Luthers 95 Theses and his protest against the indulgence system of the Roman Catholic Church) and 1648 (The Peace of Westphalia, treaties that ended both the Thirty Years War and the Eighty Years War and thus put an end to most of the civil disruption caused...
  • BillionGraves Webinar to Highlight New Genealogy Technology

    10/31/2012 11:05:59 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 29 replies ^ | Nov. 15, 2011
    A new mobile device app called BillionGraves, which combines GPS location data with the pictures users take of gravestones...
  • It's Halloween, Let's All Idol-Worship Tonight!

    10/31/2012 10:31:16 AM PDT · by Zionist Conspirator · 223 replies
    The Jewish Press ^ | 10/31/'12 | Tzvi Fishman
    If you allow your kids to participate in the pagan rites of a gentile culture, they are likely to grow up with pumpkin heads instead of Jewish heads.Tonight, Jewish youth all over the world except in Israel will celebrate the pagan holiday of Halloween. Halloween is also called All Hallows Eve, because, for the gentiles, it is a hallowed evening, the eve of All Saints Day, a day which honors all Christian saints. The Encyclopedia Britannica explains that in ancient Britain and Ireland, the Festival of Halloween was also celebration of the end of the fertile period of the...
  • Slovenia Celebrating Reformation Day [Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 7:11:52 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy
    Slovenia Times ^ | 1 Oct 2012
    Slovenia is on Wednesday celebrating Reformation Day dedicated to the Reformation and Protestant movement, which brought Slovenians their first books in own language. The government decided in March that Reformation Day would not be marked with a high-profile national ceremony this year, due to cost cutting. However, the Slovenian Protestant Association Primož Trubar held a ceremony in Ljubljana's arts centre Cankarjev dom on the eve of the bank holiday, with President Danilo Türk as the keynote speaker. The Reformation movement in Slovenia brought the country Protestant reforms, following the example of Martin Luther in Germany. The most prominent Slovenian Reformist...
  • Religious Freedom: A View From Across the Pond

    10/31/2012 6:39:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/29/12 | Joanna Bogle
    Vatican IIs Declaration on Religious Freedom is just as timely today as it was fifty years ago.Religious freedom is the issue of the hour: in America, in Europe, in what we (used to?) think of as the West. But what is particularly interesting is that this comes just as we are marking the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council the Council in which the Church explored the whole question of religious freedom and gave the world a valuable document which established the Churchs approach to this subject for the new millennium. The Declaration on Religious...
  • Always Reforming, Without Tarrying [Today is Reformation Day][Reformed Caucus]

    10/31/2012 6:32:24 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies
    Acton Institute ^ | October 31, 2012 | Jordan J. Ballor
    Today is Reformation Day, and I wanted to pass along a quote that I have found to embody a valuable perspective about the imperative to always be seeking reform of ones own life and manners, without needing to tarry for broader social or political change. The quote appears in the newly-published translation of a work by the Dutch Reformed theologian Herman Bavinck, The Christian Family, which originally appeared in 1908. The point of departure is his exploration of the institution of the family and its social significance, but Bavincks words apply equally as well to efforts for improving other spheres...
  • EGYPT: Devout Muslim groups attempt to legalise Paedophilia

    10/30/2012 2:34:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Atlas Shrugs ^ | October 30, 2012 | Pamela Geller
    More of Obama's war on women, the fallout of Obama's pro-sharia foreign policy. Much thanks to Assad Elepty for sending this. EGYPT: Islamists & Salafist attempt to legalise Paedophilia National Council for Women (NCW) called on Egypt's Ministry of Interior and security officials in Egypt's northwestern governorate of Matrouh, Saturday, to take the required action to find Sara Abdel-Malik, a 13-year-old girl who was reportedly kidnapped in September. Abdel-Malik's father had filed a complaint to the the national body for women's issues, reporting that his teenage daughter was kidnapped after leaving school on 30 September. According to the father, the...
  • Exorcist Author: GU Abusing Identity

    10/30/2012 6:43:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Hoya ^ | 10/26/12 | William Peter Blatty
    I loved Georgetown from the first day that I set my footlocker down in Healy Circle and asked an upperclassman how to find a room to put it in. I loved the Jesuits, too. In my novel The Exorcist, I thanked them for teaching me to think. Georgetown gave me the gift of a liberal education that included the keys of reason to unlock the mysteries of faith. Throughout an undeservedly wonderful life, I have been guided by the light of my Georgetown education, grounded firmly, as I had been even in my youth, in the unmatched intellectual wealth of...
  • Polish Catholic Church in Halloween Warning

    10/30/2012 6:32:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    BBC ^ | 10/29/12
    Poland's Catholic Church has warned that modern Halloween rituals risk promoting the occult. In a statement on its website, the Church said that celebrating Halloween could contradict Church teachings and Christianity. One archbishop said the 31 October celebrations were promoting paganism to young people. Archbishop Andrzej Dziega warned that Halloween was behind a "culture of death". "This kind of fun, tempting children like candy, also poses the real possibility of great spiritual damage, even destroying spiritual life," the archbishop of Szczecin-Kamien wrote in a letter to be read out at Sunday sermons, according to the Polish Press Agency. He wrote...
  • 1st Native American Saint Stirs Pride, Skepticism

    10/29/2012 9:32:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Some traditional Mohawks are treating the naming of the nation's first Native American saint with skepticism and fear that the Roman Catholic Church is using it to shore up its image and marginalize traditional spiritual practices.Some traditional Mohawks are treating the naming of the nation's first Native American saint with skepticism and fear that the Roman Catholic Church is using it to shore up its image and marginalize traditional spiritual practices. They see the story of Kateri Tekakwitha as yet another reminder of colonial atrocities and religious oppression. "I was a recipient of these historical profanities and want to ensure...
  • Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II

    10/29/2012 9:25:15 AM PDT · by MJVO5342 · 2 replies
    Obama and Communism ^ | 10/22/2012 | Mike
    Whole Nations Will Be Annihilated: Obama, America, and the Errors of Russia, PART II Error #4: Obama, Marriage, and the Unnatural Vice ...such a [Communist] doctrine logically makes of marriage and the family a purely artificial and civil institution...[Communism says that] there exists no matrimonial bond of a juridico-moral nature that is not subject to the whim of the individual or of the collectivity.Pope Pius XI, Divini Redemptoris, n. 11 (Italics added) Im a Christian. I do believe that tradition and my religious beliefs say that marriage is something sanctified between a man and a woman. (1)Barack Obama, 2004 Ive...
  • Pray For Our American Heroes

    10/28/2012 7:08:42 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 8 replies
    10-28-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Ezekiel 34:31 Ye are My Flock, the Sheep of My Pasture. You are My Men and I Am Your God, Saith the Lord GOD.
  • Have Darwinists Finally Found The Missing Link?

    10/28/2012 9:06:23 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 37 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | October 28, 2012 | JP
    They never stop the God-deniers who worship at the altar of evolution. Who pay homage to their high priest, Charles Darwin. Who continue to place their faith in theories they contend to be indisputable science. The latest example is a new fossil study, published in the journal Science, co-authored by David Green, an anatomy professor at Midwestern University in Illinois, and Zeresenay Alemseged, chair of the anthropology department at the California Academy of Sciences. The study claims that that the 3.3 million-year-old remains of a baby monkey, discovered in Ethiopia, somehow confirm that our early human ancestors swung from...
  • Obama and Biden: Rude, Crude, and Lewd!

    10/27/2012 6:30:52 PM PDT · by John Leland 1789 · 10 replies
    CSTNEWS ^ | October 26, 2012 | Don Boys, Ph.D.
    I am amazingly tolerant and can discuss, debate, and disagree with anyone about anything and still respect them in their wrong-headed beliefs. Every American has a right to be wrong. However, today I am shamed as an American by our crop of leaders (who cant lead) who are daily embarrassing this once-great nation. Obama (call him President if you choose, I wont) blackened and besmirched his office and this nation when he told an interviewer, Well, thats a bullsher, I can tell, referring to his opponent, Gov. Mitt Romney. I even blush using the word in a disguised form. Not...
  • Russias War on Halloween

    10/27/2012 4:32:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 61 replies
    ABC News ^ | 10/26/12 | Kirit Radia
    MOSCOW While many in the U.S. bemoan what they see as a war on Christmas, in Russia a very different holiday is under attack: Halloween. Here some dont see it as the holiday of tricks and treats, but as a sinister celebration that endangers children. The latest salvo came from a group of Russian Orthodox Church leaders and a group of Cossacks, who are spearheading an effort to cancel Halloween celebrations in the region of Stavropol Krai, in southern Russia. A nearby region, Krasnodar Krai, recently prohibited celebrating the holiday in schools. But why are the church and the...
  • Vatican: Savile's papal honor cannot be removed

    10/27/2012 3:00:33 PM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    AP ^ | 10/27/12 | SYLVIA HUI
    The Vatican said Saturday it never would have given Jimmy Savile his papal knighthood had it known of allegations the British TV star was a child sex predator, but that it can't rescind the honor now that he has died. The Catholic Church of England wrote to the Holy See last week, asking it to consider whether it could posthumously remove the honor awarded to Savile because of the many recent child sex abuse allegations against him. Savile, a much-loved BBC children's television host, died last year at age 84. The church said its leader, Archbishop of Westminster Vincent Nichols,...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/27/2012 11:34:44 AM PDT · by Irish Rose · 11 replies
    October 27, 2012 | Irish Rose
    Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded? He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth, and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in. He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of this world to nothing. No sooner are they planted, no sooner are they sown, no sooner do they take root in the ground, than he blows on them and they...
  • Can I Be a Christian and a Divorce Lawyer?

    10/27/2012 10:53:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/27/2012 | Russell D. Moore
    Dear Dr. Moore, I've heard you say before that a pastor's calling is to shape the consciences of God's people toward conformity to Christ through the faithful preaching of the Word, and that this informs their callings in the everyday world. I agree. But here's my problem. I have a church member, a devoted Christian, who is an attorney specializing in divorce cases. Our church believes that divorce is (in almost every case) sin. If so, isn't he empowering sin? Should I counsel him to follow Christ by walking away from this job and to do something else? If he...
  • Russia: The Orthodox Spring

    10/27/2012 9:47:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Journey to Orthodoxy ^ | 10/17/12 | Alessio Schiesari
    88% of the population professes to believe in God, while the number of agnostics and atheists is constantly dropping: a study examines religions comeback in former kingdom of State atheism.The long slog is over. The exile of the Orthodox Church from Russian society began in 17 with the October Revolution and the birth of gosateizm, or State atheism. Ninety five years on, the Patriarchate in Moscow is reliving its youth all over again. A recent survey carried out by the Levada Centre has captured the religious sentiment within the Federation: 79% of Russians profess themselves to be Orthodox, 6% Muslim...
  • Catholic chapel to open near Okla. abortion clinic

    10/26/2012 9:11:06 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/26/12 | Kevin J. Jones
    Catholic pro-life advocates in Oklahoma plan to open a perpetual adoration chapel and counseling offices next to an abortion clinic in hopes of serving women in need and ending abortion through prayer. We are 20 feet from the abortionist, Father M. Price Oswalt, a leader of the project, told CNA Oct. 25. Were going to have some signs in our windows that say Pregnant? Need help? Come here. That will draw people in. Fr. Price hopes the adoration chapel will end abortion through prayerful reflection and prayerful means. Its the ultimate good right next to the ultimate evil, he said....
  • Cardinal-designate reveals he was informed of appointment only 1 day before announcement

    10/26/2012 12:41:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | October 26, 2012
    Major Archbishop Baselios Cleemis (Isaac) Thottunkal, the head of the Syro-Malankara Catholic Church since 2007, has revealed that he learned he would be named a cardinal on October 23, only one day before Pope Benedict made his surprise announcement of a November 24 consistory. On receiving the letter [from Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone] I straight away went to St. Peters Basilica, to Peters tomb and I knelt down and prayed, the prelate said. And then I spent an hour at the tomb of Blessed John Paul II, who in fact appointed me as bishop in 2001, at...
  • Catholics and the Arts: An Unfortunate Estrangement

    10/26/2012 8:53:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/22/12 | Thomas M. Doran
    If Catholics continue to cede art in the public square to atheists and nihilists, culture will continue to erode.A sizeable percentage of committed Catholics have given up on the arts: literature, poetry, visual art, music, and film, at least art that is produced in the public arena. Other Catholics have built a wall between their beliefs and the entertainment they seek from fiction, films, and music, dividing their faith and their recreational reading, viewing, and listening. The problem with these attitudes is that modern society, in large part, is formed by the arts, and the steady stream of art that...
  • Joy over Syro-Malankara appointment (Church head becomes its first ever cardinal)

    10/26/2012 7:00:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    ucanews ^ | October 25, 2012
    Cardinal-designate Cleemis will be ordained on November 24 Half a million faithful across the globe were today celebrating yesterday’s papal announcement appointing Major Archbishop Catholicos Baselios Mar Cleemis, the head of the Syro-Malankara Church in India, a cardinal.The 53-year-old cardinal-designate becomes the Syro-Malankara Church’s first ever cardinal and the youngest in the Catholic Church’s College of Cardinals which elects the Pope.Metropolitan Archbishop Thomas Mar Coorilos of Thiruvalla made the announcement at St. Mary’s Cathedral in Pattom in the southern state of Kerala yesterday afternoon.“It’s a historic moment for our church and a great honor. We thank God for this...
  • Folk Mass Band Upset Over Masses Interrupting Their Concerts

    10/25/2012 2:31:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Eye of the Tiber ^ | October 25, 2012
    Yonkers, NY––Blake Jennings, lead guitarist at St. Therese Parish in Yonkers, New York is outraged over what he calls “years of concerts being interrupted by the Mass.” The 56-year-old accountant and father of three has played with his band at the 9:30 Folk Mass since 2009. “Our fans love us,” Jennings said, after Sunday Mass. “You can see it in their eyes…the way they droop down, lazily closing as we play…as if their entering into some kind of ecstasy. Or the way some in the parish are so moved they just can’t stand another moment of joy, and simply walk...
  • Billy Graham Evangelistic Association Addresses Critics on Support for Romney

    10/25/2012 10:24:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association has responded to rising criticism from people accusing the Rev. Billy Graham of becoming too political by praising GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. "Throughout his public ministry spanning more than six decades, Mr. Graham has been careful to remain non-partisan, but has been a consistent advocate for a biblical worldview and taken a strong stand for biblical values with respect to political issues," Larry Ross, spokesperson for Billy Graham, said in an email with The Christian Post. "During this time, a number of political leaders and candidates have stopped by to visit Mr. Graham in...
  • 10 Questions a Pro-Choice Candidate Is Never Asked by the Media

    10/25/2012 8:08:41 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 10/25/2012 | Trevin Wax
    Debate moderators and reporters love to ask pro-life candidates hard questions about abortion. Curiously, they dont do the same for pro-choice candidates. Here are 10 questions you never hear a pro-choice candidate asked by the media: 1. You say you support a womans right to make her own reproductive choices in regards to abortion and contraception. Are there any restrictions you would approve of? 2. In 2010, The Economist featured a cover story on the war on girls and the growth of gendercide in the world abortion based solely on the sex of the baby. Does this phenomenon pose...
  • Two-Thirds of Respondents Tell Pollsters in Russia They are Happy with Orthodox Patrols Idea

    10/25/2012 7:19:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 10/18/12
    Moscow, October 18, Interfax - The majority of Russians questioned in an opinion poll expressed support for a proposal to organize Orthodox Christian militias for the declared purpose of protecting holy sites. The idea was backed by 66% of respondents in a survey carried out by the All-Russia Center for Public Opinion Studies (VCIOM) last month. The initiative to form militias for patrolling city streets, put forward in August by the leader of the Holy Russia organization, had the widest support among respondents who support the ruling Yedinaya Rossia (United Russia) party - 71%, - among those are older than...
  • Archbishop Chaput: We Are Catholics Before We Are Americans

    10/25/2012 7:04:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10/24/12 | Jeannine Hunter
    Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia urged the faithful to put their faith ahead of politics, according to an interview with Catholic News Service within two weeks of the presidential election. The Catholic leader clarified the duty of Catholics as he discussed the politics of abortion. He emphasized a need to honor God above country, of Catholic identity taking precedence over everything. Were Catholics before were Democrats. Were Catholics before were Republicans. Were even Catholics before were Americans because we know that God has a demand on us prior to any government demand on us, he said in a new...
  • Offering Encouragement

    10/25/2012 6:23:52 AM PDT · by Cosevative2theCore · 1 replies
    you tube ^ | 10/25/2012 | Jason C The Crabb Family Through The Fire it always lifts my spirits
  • Cardinal Burke, at synod, rues anti-law culture in society and Church (antinomianism)

    10/25/2012 3:53:29 AM PDT · by markomalley
    In a written submission to the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, criticized the antinomianism embedded in civil society, which has unfortunately infected post-Council ecclesial life. Among the most serious wounds of society today is the separation of legal culture from its metaphysical objective, which is moral law, he wrote in his Italian-language intervention. In recent times this separation has been much accentuated, manifesting itself as a real antinomianism, which claims to render actions which are intrinsically evil as legal, for example, abortion on demand, artificial conception of human life with...
  • Ted Haggard Says Gay Marriage Not Biblical, But Should Be Legal

    10/24/2012 2:03:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/24/2012 | Anugrah Kumar
    Colorado evangelical pastor Ted Haggard, who was involved in a sex and drug scandal six years ago, appears to have changed his earlier position against same-sex marriage. In an online debate, he said while biblical law is against homosexual marriage, the state should allow it. "We've reached a point where human dignity and mutual respect is so important," Haggard said in a recent online debate with Rabbi Benjamin Hecht, director of Orthodox Jewish think tank Nishma. Responding to the question, "Should same-sex marriage be allowed by the state?" he went on to say, "If someone is dealing with same-sex attraction...
  • Fashion, Design Ideology in Sacred Architecture: A Review of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

    10/24/2012 1:49:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 23, 2012 | Nikos Salingaros
    Where to begin? Well, there are hardly any right angles in this building. Broken forms, discontinuities, and protrusions in its geometry both inside and outside characterize the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Such imbalance and departure from mathematical harmony is usually explained away by labeling it a “postmodern-deconstructivist” building, as if style were sufficient reason to violate tectonic harmony and geometrical coherence. We have here a celebration of asymmetry, which might be understandable if there were a sound reason for it coming either from design necessities, or from religion. But there is none. The building’s asymmetry serves an...
  • Pope announces Consistory for creation of cardinals (brings total to 100)

    10/24/2012 1:05:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | October 24, 2012
    (Vatican Radio) Pope Benedict XVI has announced a consistory for the creation of six new Cardinals. To the joy of pilgrims gathered in St Peter's Square for the weekly audience with the Holy Father, he made his announcement at the end of his catechesis. Emer McCarthy reports: The new cardinals come from three continents: America, Africa and Asia, and they are:Archbishop James Michael Harvey, Prefect of the Pontifical House, who will be appointed Archpriest of the Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls, His Beatitude Bechara Boutros Ra, Patriarch of Antioch of the Maronites (Lebanon), His Beatitude Baselios...
  • Bishop Williamson is ousted from SSPX

    10/24/2012 10:07:38 AM PDT · by vladimir998 · 11 replies
    TradiNews ^ | 10/24/12 | SSPX
    Well, it looks like Williamson is now free to become as much of a sedevacante as he has always wanted to be.
  • Europe: Two Souls, Three Reasons for Hope

    10/24/2012 7:27:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 10/24/12 | Fr. James V. Schall, S.J.
    The second reason for my hope lies in the fact that the Gospel of Jesus Christ, faith in Jesus Christ is quite simply true and the truth never ages. Pope Benedict XVI, Interview, October 15, 2012.In this short interview, Benedict XVI was asked two questions. The first one is concerned with his hope for Europe. Europe, as we know, is reluctant to acknowledge where it came from, to admit its classical and Christian roots. Benedict gives as his first reason for hope that, in the very being of each person, the desire for God, the search for God, is profoundly...
  • The Wrong Side of History

    10/24/2012 6:48:46 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic New World ^ | 10/21/12 | Cardinal Francis George
    October is the month of the Most Holy Rosary, a devotion associated in modern times with the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima in 1917, during the First World War. Mary asked for prayer and penance, which she always requests in these private revelations that echo the public revelation in the Gospel: Repent, the kingdom of God is at hand. Mary at Fatima also entered into the history of the modern world when she told three unlettered peasant children that the Great War then being waged, President Wilsons war to end all wars, would soon end, but that...
  • Cardinal George warns US secularization is more serious than elections

    10/23/2012 6:44:22 PM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    CNA ^ | 10/23/12
    Cardinal Francis George of Chicago has said that the secularizing of American culture is a much larger issue than political causes or the outcome of the presidential elections, warning against a rise of anti-religious sentiment and restating his fears of a future persecution in the United States. The world divorced from the God who created and redeemed it inevitably comes to a bad end. Its on the wrong side of the only history that finally matters, Cardinal George said in his Oct. 21 column for the Catholic New World. He said the 2012 political campaigns have brought to the surface...
  • Barak Obama, Pro-Life Hero

    10/23/2012 4:55:26 PM PDT · by God pays good · 8 replies
    Religion Dispatches ^ | Oct. 22, 2012 | Eric C. Miller
    Writing in the National Catholic Reporter in early August, Nicholas Cafardi made the provocative assertion that between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama, the president is the more pro-life candidate. A significant part of the Duquesne law professors argument is that Obama favors support for vulnerable pregnant women and alternatives to abortion [which] will make abortions much less likely, since most abortions are economic. A few weeks later, just thirty-four days before the election, that argument became even stronger. On October 3, researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine published a study with profound implications for policy making in the...
  • Holy Photoshop! LSU Erased Christian Football Fans' Crosses

    10/23/2012 9:09:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/22/12
    A group of Louisiana State University football fans whose admiration for the Tigers is second only to their love for Jesus is outraged after the school digitally erased the tiny crosses they painted on their bare upper chests at a recent football game. LSU officials sent out a photo of The Painted Posse, Christian students who paint their bodies with LSU school colors and small crosses for home games, in an email about the LSU game against South Carolina on Oct. 13. The students were shocked to see the photo, which appeared to be otherwise untouched, in the newsletter that...

    10/23/2012 7:51:38 AM PDT · by Columbo · 9 replies
    Reform CCHD Now ^ | 10/23/2012 | Reform CCHD Now coalition
    GAMALIEL FOUNDATION DECEIVES CATHOLIC FUNDING AGENCY The Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) Uncovers Fraud and Deception By Network of Grantees Receiving Catholic Funds WASHINGTON, DC The 24 member Reform CCHD Now Coalition (RCN) released its latest report on organizations receiving funds from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). The 2012 report reveals that one of the CCHDs longest-running grant recipients, the Gamaliel Foundation, attempted to deceive the CCHD regarding its relationship with an organization promoting homosexuality. Beginning in 2010, RCN has investigated organizations receiving funds from the CCHD, reporting on grantees that promote abortion, homosexuality, birth control and...
  • Attorney struggles to pay off student loans to enter cloistered monastery

    10/22/2012 1:34:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | October 21, 2012 | Effie Caldarola
    Anchorage, Alaska, Oct 21, 2012 / 01:05 pm (CNA).- Like many young urban professionals, Anchorage attorney Tara Clemens is gradually chipping away at her burdensome student loans. Unlike everybody else in town, though, Clemens’ motive for paying off the debt has to do with a desire to become a cloistered Dominican nun. Having already been accepted into the Dominican convent in Menlo Park, Calif., Clemens has been forced to put her religious vocation on hold until she pays off the debt. Clemens, who has been profiled in two previous Catholic Anchor articles, is not alone in her situation of having...
  • For the Future of New Evangelization, Look to Ukraine

    10/22/2012 1:24:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | 10/22/12 | John L. Allen Jr.
    Back in 1974, music writer John Landau achieved immortality after attending a set in the Harvard Square Theatre by a then-obscure act out of New Jersey, and declaring: "I have seen the future of rock and roll, and its name is Bruce Springsteen." In a similar vein, let me say here and now: "I have seen the future of the new evangelization, and its name is the Ukrainian Catholic University." If the place eventually becomes known as "the Boss" of Catholic evangelism, remember you heard it here first. Located in Lviv in western Ukraine, the university is part of the...
  • Poll: Religiously unaffiliated less likely to vote

    10/22/2012 12:15:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 10/22/2012 | By Michelle Boorstein
    The recent boom in religiously unaffiliated Americans may ultimately help explain the results of the upcoming 2012 presidential election, according to a new poll that shows such voters lean heavily toward President Obama but are less likely than the religiously affiliated to turn out. Nearly one-quarter of likely Obama supporters say they have have no particular religion a group less likely to vote than those affiliated with an organized religion, according to a poll released Monday by the Public Religion Research Institute. Sixty-one percent of unaffiliated Americans said they are certain to cast a ballot, compared with 73 percent...