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  • WILL THE FIFA SHOWDOWN BE A PAPAL THROWDOWN?

    07/10/2014 2:24:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | July 10, 2014 | KATE O'HARE
    Courtesy of the very funny folks at CatholicMemes.com.Who saw this coming? The papal craziness hits a new high on Sunday, July 13 — OMIGOSH, it’s 7/13, and Pope Francis was elected on 3/13/13, and my mind is blown — when Argentina goes up against Germany in the finals of the FIFA World Cup of Soccer/Football, in Rio de Janeiro, host city for Francis’ triumphal “Pope-acabana” phenomenon at 2013 World Youth Day.Some are even calling it the Pope Cup and hashtagging it #PopeCupSunday.The Catholic world now faces a dilemma of intercontinental proportions.Team Benedict XVI or Team Francis? And if you...
  • The Christian Thing to Do (Defends Glenn Beck on the young illegals issue)

    07/10/2014 9:59:28 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 47 replies
    Red State ^ | July 10, 2014 | Erick Erickson, editor
    He executes justice for the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing. Deuteronomy 10:18 (ESV)Christians are used to hearing people say its the Christian thing to do. Most often, it is by people deeply hostile to Christianity who say it. I get this all the time even more so since I announced I am going to seminary. Liberals with no sense of Christianity want to tell Christians how they must behave and, by and large, hate us when we behave as Christians. Now, I know many of you do not share my faith....
  • Church of England Women Bishops: Archbishops Will Overrule Synod

    07/10/2014 8:50:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/9/14 | Andrew Brown
    The archbishop of Canterbury plans to force legislation through if the General Synod does not accept female bishopsThe archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby is preparing to drive through legislation to allow women bishops even if it is rejected by the church's governing body, the General Synod. The synod is poised to vote again on the vexed plan next week but senior sources have told the Guardian that should the move be blocked again, there are now options being considered to force the change on the church. Options under consideration include an immediate dissolution of the synod so that fresh elections...
  • Should Good Samaritans Be Border Security Advocates?

    07/10/2014 7:26:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/10/2014 | Dan Delzell
    Most Americans are deeply appreciative that our nation has welcomed millions of immigrants throughout our history. But is it possible to sustain a practice whereby social services are freely provided to anyone who can sneak across the border? Does such a practice ever reach a tipping point where it becomes self-defeating and detrimental to everyone in the nation? What does a community look like when there are not enough federal, state or local funds to meet the basic needs of the poor? Should limits ever be set on who gets to come across the border to America? Compare it to...
  • A Sexual Revolution for Young Evangelicals? No.

    07/09/2014 9:49:18 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-9-14 | Russell D. Moore & Andrew Walker
    In any discussion about the future of religion in America, especially as it relates to stalled growth in churches and denominations, those outside our religious communities find one theory especially compelling. This is the idea: that young Evangelicals are frustrated with Christian orthodoxys strict standards of sexual morality. Were told that these young Evangelicals will soon revolutionize our churches with liberalized views on same-sex marriage, premarital sex, gender identity, and so on. But a new study by a University of Texas sociologist finds that Evangelical Christians ages 18 to 39 are resisting liberalizing trends in the culture. The suggestion of...
  • 200 Muslims Attack Church, Christians Fight Back, Slaughter Them, And Take The Victory For Christ

    07/09/2014 7:13:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 49 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/9/2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    200 Muslims attacked the Cherebeen convent in Syria, but Christian militants protecting the premises fought back, slaughtered the Muslims and took the victory for Christ.One of the head Christian militants, named Sari, said: We stopped them and we killed them but Christian guys from Saidnaya also died in the battle The Syrian government protects and provides Christian people with weapons and ammunition because they are loyal to Syria Shoebat.com wrote an exclusive and detailed report on the Christian militia, called The Lions of the Cherubim, who are are protecting the beautiful and ancient church at Saidnaya, which can be read...
  • U.S. Church Official: 'The Day May Come When We Have to Resist'

    07/09/2014 6:54:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    "World Congress of Families" Ambassador Tells ZENIT Faithful Must Be Visible and in the Public Square to Defend Our CivilizationThe day may come when U.S. citizens actually have to resist the nation's radically-changing forces, set to limit religious freedom - just one of the views shared with ZENIT by an ambassador of the World Congress of Families, Fr. Marcel Guarnizio. An expert on the region and Russia having ministered there extensively, Fr. Guarnizio warns that hope disappears when populations dont see a need to have families. He believes Russia now has a new vitality, needed to help Western Europe resist...
  • High School Graduation Speaker Defies District, Mentions Their Edits To Her Speech

    07/09/2014 3:32:30 PM PDT · by statestreet · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | July 9, 2014 | David Pietrusza
    It was just another high school graduation in one more streamer-bedecked gym, with all the usual trappings, the procession, the band, the beach balls, the decorated caps, the parents, the dignitaries. Except it wasnt ordinary at all: it was as powerful a statement of faith from both a student and from the crowd itself as you will ever see.
  • Town Bans Christians From Using Publicly Funded Facilities!

    07/09/2014 9:04:58 AM PDT · by PeteePie · 28 replies
    Mad World ^ | July 4, 2014 | Brandon Walker
    A town has banned Christians from using publicly funded facilities. When people talk about Christian persecution, most people picture the Middle East, Asia, or Africa. Most people dont expect something as shocking as this right in the Northern Hemisphere. Most people think of British Colombia as a beautiful place to vacation. I must admit, I spent some time there myself when I lived in the North East. Nobody would expect the tourist rich town of Nanaimo to pull a stunt like this, so full of hatred and arrogance. Just days before a Christian Convention was to be hosted at this...
  • Twelve Ways to Know God

    07/08/2014 6:25:55 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 4 replies
    Jesus defines eternal life as knowing God (Jn 17:3). What are the ways? In how many different ways can we know God, and thus know eternal life? When I take an inventory, I find twelve. 1. The final, complete, definitive way, of course, is Christ, God himself in human flesh. 2. His church is his body, so we know God also through the church. 3. The Scriptures are the church's book. This book, like Christ himself, is called "The Word of God." 4. Scripture also says we can know God in nature see Romans 1. This is an innate, spontaneous,...
  • Chase Bank employee surveys asks about "LGBT" support (vanity)

    07/08/2014 2:35:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
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    According to Chase Bank employees, it has added to an employee survey a question about whether or not they are LGBT supporters, as the put it. The survey isn't anonymous as each one is tied to individuals through a unique number. I heard of this in an email today from the American Family Association, and see that numerous sites are reporting it; however, I can't cut and paste from the phone I'm posting from, and it's hard to type in links, so sorry for no link, but it should be very easy to find stories on it.
  • Chaldean nuns remain missing amid Islamist takeover in Iraq

    07/08/2014 9:59:13 AM PDT · by markomalley · 8 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 7/8/2014
    For eleven days, Christians leaders have waited in vain to hear back from two Chaldean nuns, who disappeared in the ravaged city of Mosul, in northern Iraq. Sisters Miskintah and Utoor Joseph are part of the Chaldean Daughters of Mary Order. The pair, along with three other women, had returned to an orphanage they had been forced to evacuate days earlier, after the city fell to ISIS militants. Christian leaders in the country, fear these militants kidnapped the women. A week ago, the terrorist group declared an Islamic State spanning large areas in Iraq and Syria. They have aggressively persecuted...
  • Louisiana Ruling that Catholic Priest Testify About Confession Criticized by Baton Rouge Diocese

    07/08/2014 6:07:48 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    The Times Picayune ^ | 7/7/14 | Emily Lane
    The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. The statement, published Monday (July 7) on the diocese's website, said forcing such testimony "attacks the seal of confession," a sacrament that "cuts to the core of the Catholic faith." The statement refers to a lawsuit naming the Rev. Jeff Bayhi...
  • MAJOR NEWS Muslims Destroy The Tomb Of The Prophet Jonah, The Prophet Seth, And Burn Down

    07/08/2014 5:40:42 AM PDT · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 7/8/2014 | Walid Shoebat and Theodore Shoebat
    Muslims destroying the tomb of the prophet JonahMuslim devils in Iraq, members of ISIS, destroyed the tomb of the prophet Jonah (called Younas in Arabic). Shoebat.com obtained a video of the destruction:(video at link)According to one Mid East report: On Friday a local Nineveh official, Zuhair al-Chalabi said that there is information that almost certainly confirms that members of the organization of the Islamic state in Iraq and the Levant dug up the grave of the Prophet Younis in the east of Mosul. Al-Chalabi said in an interview for IraqiNews.com, that The elements of ISIL controlled the mosque of the...
  • Guest Post: Ignoring Logic And The Misrepresentation Of Ordain Women [Non-OW questions Lds leaders]

    07/07/2014 9:11:38 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 13 replies
    The Exponent ^ | July 2, 2014 | LoriAnn
    As Ive thought about the issues of asking questions, faithful agitation, and looking for a much-needed change regarding gender inequality in the Church, I have come to the conclusion that we as a church dont know all there is to know about God. None of that has to take away from the truthfulness of the Gospel, but the suggestion that the Church is perfect makes the declaration of having a living prophet seem a bit confusing. If there are not things that we are waiting to open our eyes to (which means God is waiting on us to ask him)...
  • Iraq's Beleaguered Christians Make Final Stand on the Mosul Frontline

    07/07/2014 7:20:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Some Christian families from Mosul have sought refuge in St Matthews Monastery, writes Richard Spencer. Others vow to take a stand against the Islamists - whatever the cost.Captain Firaz Jacob knows he may well be mounting a last stand at the frontiers of the Christian settlement of Bartella on the outskirts of Mosul. Less than a mile down the road are the jihadists of Isis, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, and the portly, middle-aged Mr Jacob is aware that his home-grown militia are outnumbered. I stand here waiting for my destiny, he said, as he stood this week...
  • Toronto cardinal: Catholic teaching on divorce not changing

    07/07/2014 6:53:20 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 2, 2014 | CNA/EWTN News
    Toronto, Canada, Jul 2, 2014 / 12:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic teaching on divorce and remarriage is not open to change as it is faithful to Jesus but the Church can do better in helping those suffering in this area, says Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto. Although it would not be right for them to receive the sacraments, we need to find better ways to reach out to people in this situation, to offer them loving assistance, the cardinal said in an interview published on the Word on Fire blog June 25. He said one form of help would be...
  • Multimillion-dollar S.C. Episcopal split heads to trial Tuesday

    07/07/2014 3:02:15 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 13 replies
    Post and Courier ^ | July 7, 2014 | Jennifer Berry Hawes
    Like many divorces, this one began with small tiffs that escalated. After years of arguing over theology and administrative control, disputes among Episcopalians boiled over in 2012 when the local bishop and a majority of parishes left the national church. The aftermath flows Tuesday into the courtroom of a circuit judge in St. George who will decide the future of more than $500 million in church property - although her ruling is likely to be appealed. As the much-anticipated trial begins, two men will be in court, each in Anglican bishop purple, each claiming to be the rightful leader of...
  • On Hobby Lobby: Where Ginsburg and Alito Go Astray

    07/07/2014 1:15:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 7, 2014 | JOSHUA SCHULZ
    As a faithful Catholic with moral objections to forced Christian complicity in both abortion and contraception, I had many reasons to rejoice in the Supreme Court’s majority decision in Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby written by Justice Alito. Unfortunately, the Court’s reasoning was not one of them. Two premises in the majority’s argument were especially troubling: first, the Court’s assertion of the legal inscrutability of moral and religious beliefs, and second, its assumption of the Government’s claim that contraceptives and abortifacients are necessary for women’s health and well-being. Contrary to the first premise, I agree with dissenting Justice Ginsburg that...
  • Pope meets sex abuse victims, says clergy actions cloaked in complicity

    07/07/2014 10:16:41 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 73 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/7/14 | Carol Glatz
    Asking for forgiveness, Pope Francis told abuse survivors that despicable actions caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained. There is no place in the churchs ministry for those who commit these abuses, and I commit myself not to tolerate harm done to a minor by any individual, whether a cleric or not, and to hold all bishops accountable for protecting young people, the pope said during a special early morning Mass for six survivors of abuse by clergy. The Mass and private meetings held later with each...
  • Pope Francis jokes 'woman was from a rib'

    In his first interview with a female journalist since his election to the spiritual leadership of the world's 1.2 billion baptised Catholics, Pope Francis dodged a string of questions about whether he intended raising the status of women in his church and made a joke about women being "taken from a rib". The pope said women were "the most beautiful thing God has made". And he added: "Theology cannot be done without this feminine touch." He agreed not enough was said about women and promised that steps were being taken to remedy the situation. But when his interviewer, the Vatican...
  • Pope Francis Names New Bishop To Fall River (MA) Diocese

    07/06/2014 3:19:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    EWTN ^ | July 3, 2014
    VATICAN CITY, July 3 (CNA/EWTN News) .- It was announced by the Vatican earlier today that Pope Francis has tapped Bishop Edgar Moreira da Cunha, S.D.V., auxiliary for Newark, N.J., to lead the diocese of Fall River, Mass. "Today, with a mixture of great joy and sadness, I congratulate Bishop Edgar da Cunha on his appointment as Bishop of Fall River," Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark said in a July 3 statement. "I am confident that the priests, religious and laity of the diocese of Fall River will quickly come to appreciate his many gifts as he undertakes his...
  • Why Everyone Should Oppose Same-Sex Marriage

    07/06/2014 12:39:59 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://catholicanalysis.org ^ | June 20, 2014 | Matthew Olson
    The arguments in favor of same-sex civil marriage are well known. Thrown into the ring are the buzzwords of equality and discrimination. So the typical argument goes: Discrimination is bad, and equality is good, so our government should give homosexual couples the recognition and subsidies reserved for heterosexual couples. But there are problems with those. For one thing, discrimination and prejudice are innate to our psyche. If I have a soccer ball, for example, I will only intend to use it for soccer, because that is its purpose. Since I refuse to use it for basketball, does that mean I...
  • Head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church dies at 78

    07/05/2014 1:31:07 PM PDT · by annalex · 14 replies
    News Observer ^ | July 5, 2014 | Maria Danilova
    Head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church dies at 78 The Associated PressJuly 5, 2014 Updated 8 hours ago KIEV, UKRAINE The head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church has died at 78 after leading it for more than two decades during the tumultuous post-Soviet period. In this file photo taken on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2010, the head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church under the Moscow Patriarchate, Volodymyr leaves a booth at a polling station in Kiev, Ukraine. The head of Ukraine's Orthodox Church under the Moscow patriarchate died on Saturday, July 5, 2014, the patriarchate said on its website. Volodymyr , 78,...
  • Australian Anglicans abandon their seal of confession. Trouble to follow.

    07/05/2014 9:04:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | July 5, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The pressure will now rise, since Anglicans have betrayed Christian tradition and history (again).Never mind that the Church of England has cobbled up a rite of baptism that omits any reference to the Devil (HERE), now we have this from CNW: Anglicans in Australia abandon seal of confession for serious crimesAnglican leaders in Australia have unanimously approved a proposal to abandon the confessional seal, authorizing priests to disclose information about serious crimes such as sexual abuse.The General Synod in Australia, meeting on July 2, passed an amendment to the Anglican canon on confessional secrecy. The change must now be approved...
  • Meriam Ibrahim's Muslim Relatives Trying to Prove She is Muslim; Lawsuit Could Delay Departure to US

    07/05/2014 7:13:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/05/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Sudanese Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim is facing a new lawsuit after her Islamic relatives submitted a case on Thursday trying to prove that she is a Muslim, which would make her marriage to a Christian man illegal under Islamic Shariah Law. The lawsuit could further delay Ibrahim's hopes to travel with her husband and children to the U.S. and seek refuge. Abdel Rahman Malek, the lawyer hired by Ibrahim's Muslim family, said that the Khartoum Religious Court will be reviewing their case "asking to prove that Meriam Ibrahim belongs to her (Muslim) father and family," according to Reuters. The 27-year-old...
  • Are Christians in the Midst of a Social Secession?

    07/04/2014 6:17:34 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 31 replies
    National Review ^ | 7-3-14 | David French
    As a Christian lawyer even when I was engaged in the commercial practice of law rather than the nonprofit, constitutional work I do now I always drew moral lines around my representations decisions. I was not going to use whatever meager talents God gave me to advance or celebrate causes or principles I knew to be wrong. In other words, I discriminated. But not on the basis of race, gender, disability, or sexual orientation, but rather on the basis of the action or legal principle the case would advance. Id happily represent anyone, gay or straight, in a...
  • Lutheran Satire on the Secular Progressive reaction to the Hobby Lobby SCOTUS decision

    07/04/2014 3:28:40 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    Lutheran Satire | 7-2-14 | Lutheran Satire
    Everyone has a church and everyone has an understanding of the marks of the church, of what makes their church the true church. For the Roman Catholic, the mark of the church is the pope. In his mind, if you don't have the pope, then you don't have the church as God instituted it. And so a faithful Catholic would get furious if his priest rejected papal supremacy, because doing so would stop the church in his midst from being what the church is and doing what it should do. For the Lutheran, the marks of the church are the...
  • Nun Who Challenged Billy the Kid is on the Road to Sainthood

    07/04/2014 6:59:19 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 11 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | June 26, 2014 | Tony Rossi
    The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Wednesday it is exploring sainthood for an Italian-born nun who challenged Billy the Kid, calmed angry mobs and helped open New Mexico territory hospitals and schools. Archbishop Michael Sheehan said he has received permission from the Vatican to open the Sainthood Cause for Sister Blandina Segale, an educator and social worker who worked in Ohio, Colorado and New Mexico. Segale, a nun with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, came to Trinidad, Colorado, in 1877 to teach poor children and was later transferred to Santa Fe, where she co-founded public and Catholic schools. During...
  • Wave of religious freedom rulings follows Supreme Court decision

    07/04/2014 6:31:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/2/14 | Adelaide Mena
    In the days following a Supreme Court ruling upholding religious freedom in the workplace, several lower courts have issued decisions protecting religious liberty in similar circumstances. Several new injunctions issued since the Supreme Courts ruling on Hobby Lobbys case show that the HHS Mandate is on its last legs when it comes to religious non-profits, said Lori Windham, senior counsel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, which is defending many of those challenging the controversial mandate. The sad part is that it has taken almost three years of litigation to get to a result the Administration should have supported...
  • Patriarchs Call on Region's Christians to Hold on to Their Lands

    07/04/2014 6:25:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 7/3/14 | Antoine Amrieh
    Balamand, Lebanon -- The patriarchs of Eastern churches Tuesday deplored the raging violence in Iraq and Syria that has caused a massive wave of refugees, exhorting Christians to maintain their presence in the region's war-torn countries and keep hold of their lands. In a statement released at the opening of their Holy Synod in Lady of Balamand Convent in north Lebanon, Maronite Patriarch Beshara Rai, Melkite Gregorius III Lahham, Syriarc Catholic Patriarch Ignatius III Younan, Syrian Orthodox Patriarch Ignatius Ephrem and Greek Orthodox Patriarch John Yazigi released a statement on local and regional developments. "The patriarchs prayed for the people...
  • Disappearing Act: Presbyterians Embrace Leftist Politics, Shun Reformed Roots

    07/03/2014 6:28:21 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 46 replies
    Breakpoint ^ | 7-3-14 | Stan Guthrie
    Over the last two decades, more than three-fourths of Iraqs Christians have fled the country, driven out by a combination of Muslim fanaticism and economic and social collapse. Iraq, however, isnt the only place to experience a mass Christian exodus in recent years. Look at the Presbyterian Church (USA), the 10th largest denomination in this country. But youd better look fast. The PC(USA), which is the nations largest Presbyterian denomination (at least for now), is driving out members through its own brand of leftist fanaticism. From a high of more than 4 million members back in 1965, the Louisville-based PC(USA)...
  • U.S. Bishops Urge Obama Admin Not to Send Back Unaccompanied Illegal Children

    07/03/2014 6:19:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | July 3, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    The chairman of the U.S. Bishops Committee on Migration has called upon the Obama administration to halt any plans to send back unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors who have been flooding across the U.S. border. This is a very vulnerable population which has been targeted by organized crime networks in Central America, said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo in a press release Wednesday. To return them to these criminal elements without a proper adjudication of their cases is unconscionable. The bishops have asked the Obama administration to reconsider their proposed request to Congress for fast track authority to expedite the removal of unaccompanied...
  • The Satanic Origin Of Medjugorje

    07/03/2014 4:20:05 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Christian Order ^ | March 2014 | MARK WATERINCKX
    1. During the first days in June 1981, after interrogation of all the seers, Fr. Jozo Zovko concluded: You have seen satan, not the Gospa; there is no sign, there is no message. These words of the curate of Medjugorje have been tape-recorded, and are in the possession of the Bishop of Mostar (I wrote the text). Later on, Fr. Jozo manipulated the children. He refused to exorcise them. Ref.: Ces 10 jours qui ont fait Medjugorje, J.Bouflet, Ed. CLD,Tours 2007, ISBN 978-2-85443-512-2, pp. 147-8. 2. Ex-Father Tomislav Vlasic insinuates in a letter to the pope that his bishop is...
  • Anti-Catholic Full-Page Ad in the New York Times Today

    07/03/2014 2:35:40 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | 7/3/14 | Ed Lasky
    The Hobby Lobby decision has ignited liberals and unleashed their prejudice. And this ad is shameful. The New York Times has a full-page ad in its print edition today that should elicit protests around the nation (but likely wont). Here is a copy from the website of the Freedom From Religious Foundation that wrote and paid for the ad The photo of the woman at top is that of Margaret Sanger-idol of the pro-choice movement (and the founder of Planned Parenthood) who -- this has been all but erased from the panegyrics to her greatness -- was a proponent of...
  • Kentucky Baptist Church to Hold Gay Wedding

    07/03/2014 2:15:26 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 27 replies
    A Baptist congregation in Kentucky has garnered national headlines for its intention to hold a gay wedding at its facility, despite most of their fellow Baptist churches' disapproval. Highland Baptist Church of Louisville recently announced their intention to hold a same-sex wedding for David Bannister Jr., 29, and Steven Carr, 25. It is scheduled for next May. Joseph Phelps, pastor at Highland Baptist, told The Christian Post that the gay couple "have been active and faithful members of the congregation for over five years." "Our deacons concluded that conscience would not allow us to welcome gay and lesbian members as...
  • Hillary Clinton Thinks Hobby Lobby Decision Was a Misogynist Plot Against Women

    07/03/2014 2:03:16 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 29 replies
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suggested that the Supreme Court's Burwell vs. Hobby Lobby decision makes the United States akin to extremist authoritarian and theocratic nations that restrict women's rights. When asked Monday about the Court's decision, Clinton, who may run for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, said, "it is a disturbing trend that you see in a lot of societies that are very unstable, anti-democratic, and frankly prone to extremism, where women and women's bodies are used as the defining and unifying issue to bring together people, men, to get them to behave in ways that are...
  • Sudan Mother: Baby Harmed Because of the Chains

    07/03/2014 2:00:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 8 replies
    CBN ^ | 7/3/14
    Meriam Ibrahim, the Christian Sudanese mother who was forced to give birth with her legs chained in prison, says that her baby daughter is disabled as a result. "Something has happened to the baby," she said, according to The Telegraph. Ibrahim said she doesn't know the extent of the harm her daughter Maya may have suffered, and would probably only know as she grows older. "I don't know in the future whether she'll need support to walk or not," Ibrahim said. The Christian mom, who was imprisoned in Sudan for her faith, was freed last week after her conviction of...
  • Take This ChalicePlease

    07/03/2014 8:44:00 AM PDT · by right-wing agnostic · 32 replies
    Commonweal ^ | June 30, 2014 | Rita Ferrone
    The results of a recent survey by the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate indicate that more than half the priests in the United States dislike the new Missal translation. A very large majority finds parts of it awkward and distracting. Many believe it urgently needs revision. Fr. Tony Cutcher, president of the Federation of Priests Councils, says its time to move forward with constructive criticism and changes. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton Gregory said much the same thing recently at a conference in Florida. OK, Im ready. Can we change chalice back to cup now? The new translation retired the...
  • A Message from Metropolitan JOSEPH

    07/03/2014 8:03:39 AM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese ^ | 3 July A.D. 2014 | Fr. George Kevorkian
    A Message from Metropolitan Joseph Venerable Hierarchs, Brother Clergy, Esteemed Members of the Board of Trustees: Christ is in our Midst! It is with joy that we confirm the election of Archbishop Joseph by the Holy Synod of Antioch to be the new Metropolitan of the Archdiocese of New York and all North America. His Eminence Metropolitan Joseph asked me to convey to all of you his love and prayers. He said that he stands ready to lead this Archdiocese with the support and assistance from each and every one of you, and looks forward to working together for the...
  • [Public] Black Mass Planned for Oklahoma City

    07/03/2014 5:53:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/1/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley calls on organizers to change plans.For the second time this year, a public Black Mass is being plannedthis time in Oklahoma City. According to the Oklahoma City Civic Center website, the event is planned for Sept. 21. Tickets go on sale Wednesday. The website announces: "The Black Mass has been a feared ritual, and now it's being brought into the light! This will be not only enlightening but educational as well. This Black Mass will [be] conducted for the public to attend with certain adaptations to allow for a legal celebration." That includes clothing the "female altar," which...
  • Again, Rembert Weakland's Plans to Retire Out East Fall Through

    07/03/2014 5:47:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 7/1/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Retired Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland, who had hoped to return to the Benedictine monastery where he began his religious life more than 70 years ago, will not be going after all. Weakland, 87, had planned to move from Milwaukee to St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, Pa., by Sept. 1. But the retired prelate told Milwaukee's Catholic Herald that the archabbot there asked him to postpone those plans indefinitely. "Personally, I wanted to get back to the monastery and get back to the monastic routine," Weakland said in a story published on the Herald's Web site on Tuesday. "It's always been...
  • Will the True Prophet Please Stand Up?

    07/03/2014 5:27:25 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 7 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | July 3, 2014 | Larry C. Roff
    Here in Schenectady, NY yesterday, First United Methodist Church hosted a guest preacher/lecturer who forfeited his ministerial credentials for performing a so-called same-sex marriage for his son and partner. His credentials have been reinstated and he is traveling around as a prophet calling people to follow the evolving culture. Well, call me a prophet who calls people to live in fidelity to the God who made us and knows best how we are designed to function. Here is the text of a letter to the editor which I have submitted to the local newspaper. Dear Editor: GLAAD for some ...
  • Why Gay-Affirming Christians Can't Accept the Inspiration of the Bible

    07/02/2014 5:59:50 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 24 replies
    Charisma News ^ | June 30, 2014 | Dr. Michael Brown
    The simple fact is that is impossible to fully affirm the divine inspiration of the Scriptures, which includes a full affirmation of the deity of Jesus, while at the same time claiming that God approves of committed homosexual relationships. For example, gay-affirming Christians commonly claim that while the Bible's prohibition of homosexual practice is categorical, it is not talking about homosexuality as we know it today. Instead, we are told that the biblical authors were speaking against abusive homosexual relationships involving pederasty or prostitution or rape or excessive lust. (Another argument would be that they were denouncing homosexual practices involved...
  • Where the Christian Right Is Strong (national map included)

    07/02/2014 5:05:48 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 157 replies
    The New York Times ^ | July 2, 2014
    The religious right remains one of the most potent forces in American politics, but Northeasterners could be forgiven for forgetting. Evangelical Christians and Mormons, the two religious groups who most consistently espouse conservative political and cultural views, are basically absent in the Northeastern corridor. The map shows the number of regular Evangelical Christian or Mormon congregation members, as reported by religious bodies. The data, therefore, does not include every Mormon or Evangelical Christian in the country. Black Protestant denominations are a separate category from other Evangelical Protestant denominations in this data set, and are not represented on this map. The...
  • Obama Praises LGBT Activists at Event Attended by SBC Pastor Who Rejects Bible on Homosexuality

    07/02/2014 4:58:22 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 30 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 2, 2014 | Morgan Lee
    President Barack Obama highlighted Monday his administration's efforts to bolster the gay community at a reception celebrating LGBT Pride Month, which was attended by a Southern Baptist pastor who recently broke with his denomination on the homosexuality issue, and his gay son. Danny Cortez, who leads New Heart Community Church in La Mirada, California, rejected his denomination's stance on homosexuality by deciding to accept the LGBT community without teaching that homosexual behavior is a sin. He and his 15-year-old son, Drew, who came out as a gay earlier this year, received an invitation to the presidential reception, which was also...
  • Why Do Nuns Need Birth Control?

    07/02/2014 2:57:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.fpiw.org ^ | July 2, 2014 | Joseph Backholm
    When the Supreme Court released their decision inHobby Lobby v. Sebelius on Monday it started the race to understand what it means for the other challenges to the contraceptive mandate in Obamacare. The Hobby Lobby case established that the mandate violates the religious freedom of private, family owned companies, but a number of religiously affiliated non-profit organizations have challenged the mandate as well. Obamacare includes an exemption from the mandate for churches, but that does not extend to thousands of religiously affiliated organizations like hospitals, colleges, universities, religious schools, and charities. For example, Tyndale House Publishing, which is owned by...
  • Church Desecration: Tabernacle Broken Into and Consecrated Hosts Smeared with Excrement

    07/02/2014 12:28:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | June 5, 2014 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Milan - Again the Catholic Church has been a target of sacrilege. The scene of the crime was the Holy Cross Church of San Giorgio su Legnano, in Lombardy. Unknown vandals broke the tabernacle and threw the consecrated Hosts on the floor and smeared it with human excrement, with which they also defiled the altar. The statue of Our Lady of Sorrows they blackened with the soot of candles and hot wax was poured over her head. The face of suffering Jesus and the large cross was blackened, which is venerated in the church, and gave it its name. The...
  • Australian Girl was Married Off at 13 in Syria

    07/02/2014 8:10:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/02/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    This is a tragic story, but child marriage is routine in the Muslim world. Islamic immigration means that little girls in Australia, America and through the West will be subject to Islamic norms.No amount of laws criminalizing child marriage can change that. Only immigration laws can. An Australian girl who was kidnapped, beaten and married off to her older cousin by her father’s family in Syria at the age of 13 has spoken out about her horrific five-year ordeal for the first time.Ms Farrah, who grew up living in Sydney’s southwest and is the daughter of a Syrian Muslim and...
  • Too Many Catholics on the Bench?

    07/02/2014 6:39:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 1, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue notes the reaction of bigots to the Hobby Lobby case: Once again an all-Catholic, all-male, all-ultra-conservative majority of five has voted en bloc to eviscerate fundamental rights, said Annie Laurie Gaylor of the atheist Freedom From Religion Foundation. Yup. Catholics always conspire to do things en bloc (save for Sonia). Courts Catholic Justices Attack Womens Rights is the headline of Margery Eagans Boston Herald article (its those Catholics again). The American Humanist Association issued a statement with a picture of a rosary next to birth control pills. Cute. In the Huffington Post, Ryan Grim noted that these men...