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  • Legatus Temporarily Revokes Annual Tithe to Holy See

    11/18/2018 5:31:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 11/18/18 | Christine Niles
    Announcement comes after disappointing bishops' meeting in BaltimoreANN ARBOR, Mich. (ChurchMilitant.com) - Just after the close of the U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore, Legatus, a national group of Catholic businessmen, announced it would be temporarily revoking its annual tithe to the Holy See. Members who have already paid dues will get refunds, and members who have not yet donated will get revised invoices minus the tithe. On Friday, Chairman Thomas Monaghan issued a letter to members making clear it was not yet "prudent" to send money to the Vatican in light of "the current crisis in the Church." "Since our...
  • UN Committee Declares Sovereign Nations ‘Must’ Legalize Abortion

    11/18/2018 5:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/13/18 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    GENEVA, Switzerland, November 13, 2018 (Population Research Institute) – The Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva has adopted a radically pro-abortion document that could have lasting implications for pro-life laws worldwide. The document, known as General Comment No. 36, is the first of its kind to declare that states “must” legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, and when the pregnancy “is not viable.” The General Comment also calls on nations to remove laws that impose criminal penalties on health care workers who perform illegal abortions, claiming that the mere enforcement of...
  • 'God's Voice' Conference to Respond to Revoice, 'Queering' of Churches

    11/17/2018 6:36:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 11/11/18 | Brandon Showalter
    An upcoming conference is set to occur in February to respond to the "queering" of evangelical Churches, particularly the Revoice conference that took place earlier this year. Such an effort is necessary, organizers say, because of the confusion being brought into evangelical congregations with terms like "LGBTQ+ Christian" and "mixed-orientation marriages" that are now being mainstreamed. What is being called "God's Voice" will take place at First Moore Baptist Church in Moore, Oklahoma on February 22 and 23. "We are living in a day when Bible-believing churches are being hit with a tsunami of an 'LGBTQ+ Christian' narrative," said Stephen...
  • At Least 42 Dead in Cathedral Attack in Central African Republic

    11/17/2018 6:28:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    At least one priest was among those killed At least 42 people have died in an attack Thursday on the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Alindao, in the Central African Republic, according to local reports. At least one priest was among those killed in the Nov. 15 attack. Some unofficial estimates have said the death toll could reach as high as 100. Many of the people killed were refugees sheltering at the Church. The CAR has suffered violence since December 2012, when several bands of mainly Muslim rebel groups formed an alliance, taking the name Seleka, and seized power....
  • Russia's Next Weapon: A Military Church

    11/17/2018 6:21:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 53 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/11/18 | Michael Peck
    The walls of the military church are made in the color of the standard Russian missile system and armored vehicle. From the inside, the walls are decorated with paintings of battle scenes from military history and texts from the Holy Scriptures. The projected height is 311 feet tall, and it is designed to hold 6,000 people. "The modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,”Meet Vladimir Putin's newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main...
  • Vatican, US Bishops Face Class-Action Lawsuit From Victims of Clergy Sex Abuse

    11/17/2018 6:15:17 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Washington D.C., Nov 15, 2018 / 02:44 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs and others at the hands of active members of the clergy, religious...
  • Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion?

    11/17/2018 11:16:10 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | November 17, 2018 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    This triumphalist statement is a staple of Islamic propaganda. If Islam is the “world’s fastest-growing religion,” then this must surely reflect, its adherents believe, its innate superiority to other faiths. And it suggests that this rise is inexorable and irreversible. But the picture is not quite so clear. Look at the figures being given for the world’s Muslim population. There still seems to be no agreement. The numbers range enormously, from a low of 1.4 billion to a high of 1.8 billion.In Muslim countries, the way Muslims are counted is to take the total population, subtract those who have definitely...
  • There’s a Battle for the Soul of America: Christians Must Stand Firm

    11/16/2018 6:34:44 PM PST · by Maudeen · 17 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 11/15/2018 | Deborah R. Leininger
    There is a war raging throughout our nation — a battle for the soul of America. Unfortunately, a chief defender of liberty is the lukewarm, double-minded Church which embraces political correctness and has succumbed to fearful, blasphemous spirits. It is imperative that a remnant rise from the rubble, stand upon the Rock of their Salvation, and assume their roles in Church leadership and public discourse
  • Jesuit Superior Says Father Arrupe’s Sainthood Cause May Open in February

    11/16/2018 5:39:19 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/14/18 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME - Plans are underway for a solemn opening in February of the sainthood cause of Father Pedro Arrupe, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983. Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, the current superior, informed Jesuits Nov. 14 that the cause “has been set in motion in the Vicariate of Rome, the place of his death” and that “from now on, therefore, he is considered a ‘Servant of God.’” In July, during a meeting in Spain, Sosa told Jesuits and lay collaborators that the serious work of preparation had begun. That preparation included compiling all of Arrupe’s writings and...
  • Shame Over Msgr. Shao Zhumin, the Bishop Kidnapped by police

    11/16/2018 5:29:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/13/18 | Bernardo Cervellara
    The silence of so many commentators dictated by knockback: The belief that the Sino-Vatican agreement would have ensured smooth waters. Persecution takes place in many regions of the country and with the endorsement of central power. Underground Catholics bitterly suspect that the Vatican has abandoned them. The "papolatry" complex: instead of attending to the truth, things are measured on the basis of whether they are "for or against Francis". The "marketolatry" complex: trade with China is worth all the silences. But, as the Pope says, religious freedom is "a fundamental human right, a bulwark against totalitarian demands".Rome (AsiaNews) - We...
  • Italian Bishops Vote to Change Translation of the Our Father

    11/16/2018 5:22:37 PM PST · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/16/18 | Carol Glatz
    'Lead us not into temptation' will become the equivalent of 'Do not abandon us to temptation' The Italian bishops approved an updated translation of Mass prayers, including a change in the translation of the Our Father, and they passed a proposal to create a national office dedicated to serving dioceses in safeguarding minors and vulnerable adults. During the general assembly of the Italian bishops’ conference, which met Nov. 12-15 at the Vatican, the bishops approved the translation of the third edition of the Roman Missal, the book of prayers used at Mass, and included changes to the text of the...
  • What Will the Vatican Do with China's Underground Bishops?

    11/15/2018 7:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 11/14/18 | Michael Sainsbury
    The papally appointed prelates' fate was not included in the recent deal with Beijing and remains under discussionOn the face of it, one of the more curious issues about the recent "temporary" deal between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops, as described in the official state-run Chinese media, was the lack of any resolution of the status of bishops appointed by the Vatican but not recognized by Communist Party-run Catholic groups. It would seem to have been a logical quid pro quo — something granted or expected in return for something given — for the Vatican's forgiveness...
  • US Bishops Punt Resolution Encouraging Holy See to Release McCarrick Documents

    11/15/2018 7:05:58 PM PST · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Baltimore, Md., Nov 14, 2018 / 03:16 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker vote of 83-137, with three abstaining. The original text of the resolution, proposed by Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, read: "Be it resolved that the bishops of the...
  • ‘What Are People to Make of Our Silence?’ Bishops Discuss McCarrick in Baltimore

    11/15/2018 7:00:51 PM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/15/18 | Ed Condon
    US bishops vote down resolution urging Holy See to release McCarrick documents The bishops of the United States resumed their open-floor discussion on the recent sexual abuse scandals facing the Church in America Wednesday morning. In addition to debating the best means of institutionally responding to the crisis, the specific case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was raised by several speakers. Bishop Richard Stika of Knoxville told the conference Nov. 14 that the allegations against McCarrick, and the scandal of his rise and fall, were not just affecting long-time Catholics. Many people in the process of entering the Church found themselves...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 59 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, November 15, 2018 [prayer]

    11/15/2018 5:36:42 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 28 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | November 15, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Minnesota’s CAIR‘s Jaylani Hussein Tries to Link White Christian Protestants to the KKK!

    11/14/2018 2:28:28 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    bw ^ | 11/13/18 | Bradlee Dean
    A little homework into the Southern Poverty Law Center clarified its true mission: Make money while working hand in glove with the mainstream media to attack America’s foundation using a Communist/Marxist agenda. SPLC’s founder is lawyer Morris Dees who in 1961 earned money by doing legal work for the Ku Klux Klan. That information alone brings enough red flags to expose SPLC as an illegitimate and anti-American organization. Dees founded SPLC in 1971 after the civil rights battle had been won and there was no more money left in representing groups like the KKK. He then jumped to the other...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Zen presents letter to pope warning him on China

    11/14/2018 9:45:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    UCANEWS.COM ^ | November 9, 2018 | ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to become open, to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and to obtain a priest's certificate with the reason that the pope has signed the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement," said Cardinal Zen. He said some parts of the agreement...
  • Preachers, Activists Demanding Largest U.S. Denomination Confront ‘White Privilege

    11/13/2018 6:57:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 48 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 11/12/18 | Matthew Garnet
    When language such as 'postmodern ideology,' 'intersectionality,' and 'radical feminism' are being deployed in a very conservative wing of a denomination like the Southern Baptist Convention, well, those are fighting words.The Southern Baptist Convention is no stranger to internal religious disputes, but a new divide over racial politics is threatening to spill dramatically into the public square and split the convention. This disagreement differs from the normal clashes over theology and church polity with which the SBC is accustomed to dealing. The nation’s largest affiliation of Protestant churches faces a controversy that contains a potent admixture of politics and theology....
  • Survivors Call Vatican Telling US Bishops to Wait on Abuse ‘Totally Unacceptable’

    11/13/2018 6:37:24 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Crux ^ | 11/12/18 | Christopher White
    BALTIMORE - Following Monday’s shock announcement that the Vatican has requested the U.S. Catholic Bishops to delay voting on new standards for bishop accountability, survivors of sexual abuse and bishop accountability activists decried the move as “totally unacceptable.” Terence McKiernan, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, called the move a “preemptive strike” by the Vatican against U.S. bishops as they seek to respond to the current crisis of sexual abuse and its cover-up “in a modest way.” Peter Isley, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse who now works with the organization Ending Clergy Abuse, said the decision from the Vatican effectively means, “We...