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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 | LifeNews.com | 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
    Lds.org ^ | 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...