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  • What to Expect from the Christian Right in 2015

    12/26/2014 4:50:01 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Robert F. Kennedy, Junior's Ring Of Fire ^ | December 26, 2014 | Guest Blogger
    The Christian Right continued to strengthen its grasp on the Republican party in 2014, as was evident in the mid-term election results across the country. And while we can all hope that 2015 will be different, it’s sadly highly unlikely. Looking at the GOP candidates who might throw their hats into the 2016 presidential contest, it’s not hard to see the ties to the Religious Right. “There’s former Gov. Mike Huckabee, of course,” wrote Ed Kilgore on Talking Points Memo, “a Southern Baptist minister whose 2008 campaign almost entirely relied on conservative evangelical voters … Rick Santorum, is a Catholic...
  • Woman Intends to be Kansas City’s First Female Catholic Priest

    12/26/2014 3:21:42 PM PST · by marshmallow · 75 replies
    The Kansas City Star ^ | 12/25/14 | Matt Campbell
    In a few days Georgia Walker, at age 67, intends to become a priest, at which point she will be excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church. That doesn’t faze her. “I don’t accept the legitimacy of that excommunication,” said Walker, who will be the first woman in Kansas City to defy the church and be ordained a priest. The church in turn will not accept the legitimacy of her ordination because, under canon law, only men can be priests. “That’s their problem,” Walker said of the church. That steadfastness is a trait of the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests,...
  • Catholic refugee relief opens hearts in Syria

    12/26/2014 2:04:51 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | December 26, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Syrian refugee and Caritas Jordan volunteer Amer Fahd Al Naser, his wife Noor, and their sons, at their apartment in Jordan, October 2014. Credit: Kevin Jones/CNA. Beirut, Lebanon, Dec 26, 2014 / 06:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholic participation in refugee and humanitarian relief in the Syrian civil war is strengthening a foundation for future peace despite the great difficulties of the region, says an official of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum. “The Church is a very big player in the humanitarian efforts,” said Monsignor Giampietro Dal Toso, the pontifical council’s secretary. “The fact that we are helping the whole population...
  • Mary Wagner arrested again in Toronto while speaking to abortion-minded women

    12/26/2014 2:42:02 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Dec 24, 2014 | John Bulsza
    Mary Wagner was arrested Tuesday morning after entering the Bloor West Village Women’s Clinic. Mary entered the abortion facility around 9:15 a.m., with pairs of white and red roses with attached pregnancy support hot-line cards. She had pro-life counselling pamphlets available to give to the women who were scheduled for abortions that hour. It did not take very long for the police to arrive, three cruisers within 35 minutes. Mary was arrested and handcuffed around 10:00 a.m. Several supporters were outside on the sidewalk, praying and distributing pro-life pamphlets to the general public. One of the supporters, Father Paul Nicholson...
  • The feast of Stephen: Middle East's persecuted Christians need our help

    12/26/2014 11:54:44 AM PST · by Biggirl · 9 replies
    FoxNews.com ^ | December 26, 2014 | Ralph Peters
    On the day after Christmas, I wish those I meet a “Good St. Stephen’s Day.” Personal quirk? Surely. But it’s also been my small homage to my faith’s first martyr. And this year his all-but-forgotten feast day has a special relevance.
  • Did Pope Francis really give his own Curia a 'blistering attack' for Christmas?

    12/26/2014 10:58:43 AM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    GetReligion ^ | December 24, 2014 | Dawn Eden
    Call it truth in advertising–though not in reporting. Religion News Service's story on Pope Francis's Christmas address to the Curia bears a headline that aptly sums up its spin: "Pope Francis to Curia: Merry Christmas, you power-hungry hypocrites." The lede signals that we have before us the mainstream media's familiar "Francis as radical" meme: VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis launched a blistering attack on the Vatican bureaucracy on Monday (Dec. 22), outlining a “catalog of illnesses” that plague the church’s central administration, including “spiritual Alzheimer’s” and gossipy cliques. The pope’s traditional Christmas greeting to the cardinals, bishops and priests who...
  • Topless Feminist Activist Grabs Baby Jesus Statue in St Peter's Square

    12/26/2014 7:07:58 AM PST · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Feminist protest group Femen have staged a demonstration in St Peter's Square after the Pope's Christmas address, grabbing a statue of a newly-born Jesus from the square's nativity scene. Leader of the Femen movement, Inna Shevchenko, grabbed the statue with the words "God Is Woman" daubed in large letters on her chest. Ms Shevchenko was immediately detained by a Vatican guard who covered her with his cape before she was escorted to a local police station. The guard also wrestled the Jesus figurine away from her. Although the incident occurred well after Pope Francis delivered his Christmas message from the...
  • Pro-abortion reverend calls pro-lifers “wolves” and “false prophets” in Christmas greeting

    12/25/2014 11:34:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIVE ACTION NEWS ^ | December 25, 2014 | Susan Michelle
    The Reverend Harry Knox insists that pro-lifers are the wolves in sheep’s clothing Jesus warned about, and that we bear false witness. The not-very-reverent Rev. Knox heads up the largest faith-based pro-abortion organization in the nation, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC). Churches like the United Methodists, Evangelical Lutheran, Presbyterian USA, and Episcopals, as well as a host of more well-known liberal churches are the composite of this campaign for death in the name of the One who came to bring us life. The RCRC is a shame to the reality of Christianity as it manipulates the truth of...
  • Pavarotti - O Holy Night (Full Album)

    12/25/2014 7:45:34 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    https://www.youtube.com ^ | November 30, 2013 | PůshuncKö Mart
    Tenor; Pavarotti Album; O Holy Night Year; 1990 1. Cantique de Noel (O Holy Night) 00:00 2. Pieta, Signore 04:17 3. Panis Angelicus 12:45 4. Qual Giglio Candido (Parola Quinta) 16:48 5. Ave Maria 21:30 6. Gesu Bambino 26:20 7. Ave Maria 30:52 8. Mille Cherubini in Coro 33:50 9. Agnus Dei 37:55 10. Requiem: Sanctus 41:41 11. Adeste, Fideles 50:52
  • The Pope's Christmas prayer – deliver children who suffer due to violence

    12/25/2014 6:45:02 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | December 25, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Pope Francis celebrates Christmas Eve Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2014. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Dec 25, 2014 / 05:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his Christmas “Urbi et Orbi” blessing Pope Francis prayed for all who suffer due to war and conflict, asking that the salvation of the infant Jesus be given above all to abused and maltreated children. “The child Jesus. My thoughts go to all children today who are killed and maltreated...deprived of the generous love of their parents and buried in a culture of egoism and in a culture that does not love...
  • Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast [Uplifting Article For Christmas!]

    12/24/2014 7:19:36 PM PST · by Steelfish · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | December 24, 2014 | Andrew Doran
    DECEMBER 24, 2014 Hope for Persecuted Christians in the Mideast After two millennia of attempts to stamp out the Church, it has proved its resilience. By Andrew Doran If recent Christmases provide any indication of things to come, somewhere in the Middle East terrorists are constructing, as I write, bombs intended to kill Christians attending Christmas liturgies. The terrorists know that their targets will include the defenseless. They know that they will kill women, children, and the elderly but will carry out their attacks nonetheless. For some Christians in the Middle East, this Christmas liturgy be their last. They know...
  • 2014 Nativity Pastoral Letter of His Beatitude John X, Patriarch of Antioch and All the East

    12/24/2014 11:33:37 AM PST · by lightman · 2 replies
    Antiochian Christian Orthodox Archdiocese ^ | 24 December AD 2014 | His Beatitude John X
    By the mercy of God, Patriarch John X, The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Antioch and all the East To my brother pastors of the Antiochian Holy Church, and my children throughout the Holy See "Heaven and Earth are made one today, for Christ is born. Today God is come upon the earth, and man is gone up into the Heavens. Today He Who by nature is invisible, for man's sake is seen in the flesh. For this cause, let us also give glory and cry out to Him: Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, which Thy...
  • UK Bishops Compare Defenders of Catholic Moral Discipline to Ancient Rigorist Heretics

    12/24/2014 9:27:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/23/14 | Hilary White
    At almost the same moment that Cardinal Raymond Burke said in an interview that those defending Catholic moral teaching – and the practice of barring people in irregular sexual unions from receiving Communion – are being marginalized within the Church, the Catholic bishops of England and Wales have issued a document for clergy that all but accuses such Catholics of the ancient Donatist heresy. In a “Reflection Document for Clergy,” the English bishops appear to follow the line of Cardinal Walter Kasper and his followers, saying, “It is not for us to make rash or premature conclusions” about people living...
  • Satanic Display at Florida Capitol Damaged [by the "Catholic Warrior"]

    12/24/2014 9:18:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/23/14 | Brendan Farrington
    <p>TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida's Capitol has displayed a Pabst Blue Ribbon Festivus pole, atheist banners and even a tribute to the Flying Spaghetti Monster. But a display showing an angel falling into flames with the message "Happy Holidays from the Satanic Temple" was too much for one woman.</p>
  • Father Christmas Comes Home To St. Walburge

    12/24/2014 7:35:11 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://reginamag.com ^ | November 16, 2014 | Michael Durnan
    Canon Altiere is a newly-ordained priest with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign priest (ICKSP) at the new Shrine of St. Walburge in Preston, a historically Catholic town in northern England. A year ago, however, Saint Walburge’s fate hung by a thread. Though a most beloved landmark – and a center of faith going back 150 years — changing demographics had rendered its future very uncertain. The heart-breaking truth is that Saint Walburge’s was a church no longer able to sustain parish life; it was threatened with closure when Bishop Michael Campbell made a creative and forward-looking decision. Saint...
  • German Journalist Reports ISIS Planning the "Largest Religious Cleansing Strategy in History"

    12/24/2014 6:52:57 AM PST · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/23/14 | John Burger
    "It is not a question of if we will conquer Europe, just a matter of when that will happen. But it is certain ... For us, there is no such thing as borders. There are only front lines.”These were the chilling words German journalist Jürgen Todenhöfer heard from an Islamic State militant during his recent, stunning visit behind those “front lines,” in Iraq and Syria. The militant was himself a German, one of hundreds of sympathizers joining the Islamic State’s ranks from Europe and the United States. Todenhöfer, 74, who has been reporting from war zones for 50 years, got...
  • Midnight Mass Tradition Under Threat Amid Fears Of Drunken Disruptions [Bricks Thrown]

    12/23/2014 7:27:52 PM PST · by Steelfish · 13 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | December 23, 2014 | Andrew Brow
    Midnight Mass Tradition Under Threat Amid Fears Of Drunken Disruptions Catholic newspaper finds many parishes have had problems with drunk people interrupting services on way home from pub Andrew Brown 23 December 2014 It is a night-time event that is considered to be at the core of a traditional Christmas. But the Christmas Eve celebration of midnight mass is at risk of dying out, partly because of worries about the growing number of Yuletide drunks stumbling through church doors. A recent survey by Catholic newspaper the Tablet found that several of the parishes they contacted reported problems with drunk people...
  • Christmas Versus 'Smithmas': Joseph's Usurpation of Christmas Carols [Vanity]

    12/23/2014 5:08:37 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 23, 2014 | Colofornian
    Celebrated birthdate of Jesus Christ: December 25 Celebrated birthdate of Joseph Smith: December 23 Needless to say, some seasonal "competition" has arisen between the two through the centuries! #1: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation: O Little Town of Jerusalem? Birthplace of Jesus Christ: BethlehemBook of Mormon recorded birthplace of Jesus Christ: Jerusalem (Alma 7:10) Note: The 1830 Book of Mormon author (Joseph Smith) was apparently so scornful of Bethlehem receiving its Old Testament Micah 5:2 prophecy recognition that Jerusalem negated Bethlehem's place within Biblical history! #2: Christmas Carol Joseph Smith Usurpation Vignette: Only One Angel (Heard) From on High? 1840....
  • Will Colo. governor apologize to homeschooling families?

    12/23/2014 11:30:11 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/23/14 | Michael F. Haverluck
    In the latest attack on home education, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proclaimed that only public schools can educate children to be productive members of society — implying that parents are incapable of educating kids. "Government should do what people individually can't do, or can't do well themselves," the Democrat said in a speech at a luncheon last week. "You know, educating our young people, making sure our roads are designed and built properly, making sure our communities are safe." Most are adamant that by his comment, the governor made it very clear that he believes parents are not capable...
  • Argentina: Court grants orangutan basic rights

    12/23/2014 11:10:27 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 15 replies
    OneNewsNow ^ | 12/22/14 | AP
    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (December 22, 2014) -- An orangutan that has lived 20 years at the Buenos Aires zoo is entitled to some legal rights enjoyed by humans, an Argentine court has ruled, a decision the ape's attorney called unprecedented and a ticket to greater freedom. The ruling comes a month after a local animal rights group filed a habeas corpus writ in favor of Sandra, who was born in Germany but has lived in captivity in Buenos Aires most of her life. "Following a dynamic ... judicial interpretation, it is necessary to recognize that the animal is subject to...
  • NBC uses "O Come All Ye Faithful" in sports ad (vanity)

    12/23/2014 10:51:08 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    NBC/YouTube ^ | 12/2014
    I happened to see this on a television while at work recently, and could hardly believe it, at first. It really just seems more like the norm these days, though, which is sad indeed.
  • The Russians Fighting a 'Holy War' in Ukraine

    12/23/2014 8:57:56 AM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 12/17/14 | Tim Whewell
    Since the start of the conflict in eastern Ukraine eight months ago, the Kremlin has denied any direct involvement, including sending Russian troops. But there are Russian fighters on the ground who are proud to announce their presence - and to discuss their ideas of "holy war".Even when the morning sun catches the gold domes of its Orthodox churches, the Ukrainian city of Donetsk, stronghold of the pro-Russian rebels, doesn't look much like Jerusalem. Trolley-buses trundle through the dirty snow, past belching chimneys and the slag-heaps from the coal-mines on the edge of town. But through the smoke and grime,...
  • A New Federal Test for Discerning Religious Identity at Catholic Universities

    12/23/2014 8:49:52 AM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society (CNS), a Virginia-based group that works to protect Catholic identity in Catholic colleges and universities, has warmly welcomed a decision by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which ruled last week that a college’s claim to religious identity should be judged according to whether individual employees perform religious functions. In recent years the NLRB has involved itself in the hiring decisions of faith-based schools, devising complicated criteria to judge whether a particular hiring decision is protected by religious-freedom claims. But in a noteworthy decision last week the NLRB said that the relevant criterion should be whether...
  • Church Nativity Scene Depicts Homeless Virgin Mary At Bus Stop

    12/23/2014 8:30:29 AM PST · by Morgana · 24 replies
    CBS ^ | December 22, 2014 | CBS
    CLAREMONT (CBSLA.com) — A local church nativity scene depicts a homeless Virgin Mary at a bus stop with a newborn Baby Jesus swaddled in burlap. The theme for this year’s display at Claremont United Methodist Church on Foothill Boulevard is “Commercialism and the Oppressed.” Church leaders say the eyes of God are always watching and people should reflect on the true meaning of Christmas. “We want to draw attention to those people who are on the margins who Jesus would be standing with today,” said Pamela Bunce of Claremont United Methodist Church. The Southland church is known for its design...
  • Cardinal Marx: German Bishops Favor Allowing Communion for Divorced/Remarried

    12/22/2014 8:58:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 26 replies
    The president of the German bishops' conference has said that the bishops favor allowing divorced and remarried Catholics to share in the Eucharist. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said that most bishops support 'differentiated solutions that do justice to the individual case and under certain conditions allow admission to the sacraments.” Cardinal Marx-- who is also a member of the Council of Cardinals-- had signaled his own support for the "Kasper proposal" during October's meeting of the Synod of Bishops. But he took an additional step by saying that the German episcopal conference as a body would back the proposal.
  • Should Caesar torture Jesus?

    12/22/2014 4:04:08 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    In a recent article (7 Things Christians Should Know About Torture), I wrote that the recent Senate Report on the C.I.A.’s interrogation techniques should be the beginning, rather than the end, of the discussion on the morality and legality of torture. Since then I’ve been encouraged by the attempts to examine the issue (though I’ve been mostly disheartened by the outcomes supported). For example, in a recent article in The Federalist, D.C. McAllister argues that “Yes, Christians Can Support Torture.” One of her primary claims is that, If government officials have a known terrorist in custody, and it is certain...
  • Pope Francis greets Curia for Christmas, and rips them to shreds

    12/22/2014 2:09:07 PM PST · by NYer · 68 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | December 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Each year it is customary for the Roman Pontiff to meet and greet members of the Roman Curia just before Christmas. The Pope gives an address. Often that address is a kind of “State of the Union”, describing things that occurred and prospect for the future. In 2005 Benedict XVI famously used the occasion to deliver one of the most important addresses of many modern pontificates. He spoke of the proper interpretive principles to apply to the Second Vatican Council.Today Pope Francis also addressed the Curia. I just finished watching the video. It seemed to me, frankly, to be more...
  • Atheists Couldn't Stop This Flash Mob of Amazing Grace

    12/21/2014 8:55:27 PM PST · by metmom · 32 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 12/17/2014 | Jen Thompson
    When one lady asked for volunteers to join her at a Rivertown Mall in Grandville, Michigan, to sing "Amazing Grace," 250 people responded with RSVPs, and over 1,000 showed up at the mall. What makes this different from other "flash mobs" is that the lyrics were given out in a high-quality gospel tract form (so that anyone could join in with the singing). "Fortunately the singing at the Rivertown Mall was video-taped, and it brought tears to my eyes," says Ray Comfort, who came up with the idea. "In the clip you can see people holding the tracts as they...
  • Dec. 22, 23, 24 - Let us join the special pre-Christmas Fast of the Catholics of Iraq

    12/21/2014 3:25:59 PM PST · by NYer · 14 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | December 21, 2014
    Christian refugees in a Chaldean Catholic church in Erbil The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Raphael Louis Sako calls on Iraqi Christians to fast on Christmas Eve in order to implore the Lord for the return of refugees in Mosul and the Nineveh plains. At the same time, he asks the faithful not to organise "any worldly celebration" for Christmas and New Year as "a sign of solidarity with their displaced brothers and sisters, who are going through indescribable suffering." ... For this reason, he urges them to fast from Monday 22 December until night on 24 December, not touching...
  • Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory

    12/21/2014 1:30:57 PM PST · by Diago · 4 replies
    CatholicIreland.Net ^ | 12-21-2014 | Sarah MacDonald
    Fundraising deadline looms for Silverstream priory By Sarah Mac Donald - 21 December, 2014 Ireland’s newest monastery - the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory in Co Meath - need €150,000. Benedictine monks of Silverstream priory (l to r) Dom Elijah, Dom Mark Daniel Kirby, Dom Finian and Dom Benedict Andersen.The fundraising deadline for Ireland’s newest monastery is just four days away and the Benedictine monks of Silverstream Priory still need €150,000.The community of five was founded from its parent community in the diocese of Tulsa in Oklahoma in the US and ended up coming to Ireland when the house...
  • After Murder of NYPD Officers, de Blasio and Bratton Attend Mass With Cardinal Dolan

    12/21/2014 11:04:19 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    The New York Observer ^ | December 21, 2014 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, Mayor Bill de Blasio, first lady Chirlane McCray and Cardinal Timothy Dolan leave St. Patrick’s Cathedral this morning.For a mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral just days before Christmas, it was a solemn one. The morning after two police officers were gunned down execution-style in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, Cardinal Timothy Dolan delivered a moving sermon as Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner Bill Bratton sat in the front pew. As he took to the pulpit, Mr. Dolan spoke about the good news the church is set to deliver on Christmas. “Now, some days that’s...
  • What CHRISTmas Means to Me!

    12/21/2014 7:53:07 AM PST · by Dick Bachert · 12 replies
    Vanity | 11/26/1997 | Dick Bachert
    Around this time of year I can get a little blue or down. (The events of 9-11 – and the last two presidential “elections” have made the blue this year a little deeper and darker.) When that happens, I drag this out and reread it until I again remember what this season is REALLY all about. I hope that it also helps you to drift back to those special people and times now gone and what THEY meant to us all. Merry Christmas -- and God bless us every one! ********** In a few days, much of the Christian world...
  • Secularists Are Trying to Take Christ Out of Christmas

    12/21/2014 7:02:49 AM PST · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 26 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | December 21, 2014 | JP
    “Joyous Kwanzaa.” “Happy Hanukkah.” “Merry Christmas.” “Happy Ramadan.” So proclaims the secularist “holiday” poster that greets visitors to the office building where I labor. The building owner obviously thought the poster noncontroversial. But this Christ follower found it offensive. Because the upcoming holiday is not about Kwanza, the seven-day afrocentric celebration created in 1965, nor Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish festival hardly celebrated until the 1970s, and certainly not Ramadan, the Muslim month of fasting that actually takes place in June. No, Jesus is the reason for the season. It is the annual acknowledgement of the fulfillment two mellennia ago of...
  • Ward Christmas Party - Joseph and Emma Smith Family?? [A Humorous 'Merry Smithmas!' chat board!]

    12/21/2014 5:28:54 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    NewOrderMormon.org ^ | Dec. 1, 2014 | ZelphlessNOM
    Zelphless NOM Dec 01, 2014 This is kinda funny actually. The Exec Sec of our ward just sent out this announcement for the ward Christmas Party: Quote: As a Bishopric we would like to take this opportunity to invite everyone to come to the Ward Christmas Celebration...The theme this year will be "Christmas in Nauvoo" and will feature an 1843 Christmas in Nauvoo with the Joseph and Emma Smith family. Everyone is invited to come as you are, or dress in period clothing. The main dinner will be provided and if you wish you may bring your favorite holiday dessert...
  • The Christmas Reality in Light of Today's Crises

    12/21/2014 5:27:18 AM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 12/21/14
    In light of today's many different faceted trials and plagues that are effecting our society and country's well being, may we tune into the reality of the glorious Christmas message that Almighty God has given to all people! This Christmas Season, remember the REALITY of Christmas! A Savior was born, for you and for me! (Luke 2:1-20, Matt 1:18-25, 2:1-15, John 1:14) The TRUE GIFT of Christmas is that Almighty God has provided a Savior to deliver Adam's fallen race from their sins (i.e., the transgressions against Almighty God's ETERNAL righteous standards). Do you believe? Do you really believe? Or...
  • ISIS Reportedly Selling Christian Artifacts, Turning Churches into Torture Chambers

    12/20/2014 8:59:53 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/14 | Perry Chiaramonte
    The Islamic State is turning Christian churches in Iraq and Syria into dungeons and torture chambers after stripping them of priceless artifacts to sell on the black market, according to reports. Ancient relics and even entire murals are being torn from the houses of worship and smuggled out through the same routes previously established for moving oil and weapons in and out of the so-called caliphate, a vast region the jihadist army has claimed as sovereign under Sharia law. "ISIS has a stated goal to wipe out Christianity,” Jay Sekulow, of the American Center for Law and Justice and the...
  • Smithmas 2014

    12/20/2014 6:16:13 AM PST · by Colofornian · 17 replies
    MormonDialogue.com ^ | Dec 16, 2014 | Scott Lloyd
    Rain... I've not heard of "smithmas" before, but as soon as I saw this title I knew what the term meant because for years I did see/hear far more about Joseph Smith in church than about Christ in December and it really irked me... Rain #47   In 2005...And then from there it continued throughout 2006. Talk after talk was centered on his life. I could count months when Jesus was only mentioned in the prayers. So much so that when I moved in 7/2006 I very much struggled to be obedient when I was asked to give a talk...
  • Smithmas FR articles bumping up among top five hits on Google searches! [Vanity]

    12/20/2014 6:15:25 AM PST · by Colofornian · 25 replies
    Colofornian | Dec. 20, 2014 | Colofornian
    Finally, understanding the sub-culural history of "Smithmas" is making more digital headway! Smithmas Free Republic articles are "bumping up" among top five hits on Google searches! What exactly IS "Smithmas," anyway? Well, Joseph Smith -- THE founder of Mormonism -- was born on December 23. Through the decades, that recognition has often eclipsed a certain Other figure's birthday, Dec. 25. (To be fair to Mormons, who are my beloved extended family members, I would think they could extend a similar critique toward some Christians for allowing a jovial North Pole-based figure to edge out Jesus' birthday!) But if you want...
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan cuts ties with anti-abortion crusader Frank Pavone

    12/19/2014 8:17:59 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 16 replies
    http://www.religionnews.com ^ | December 15, 2014 | David Gibson
    NEW YORK (RNS) In the latest clash between the Catholic hierarchy and one of the church’s leading anti-abortion crusaders, New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan accused the Rev. Frank Pavone of continuing to stonewall on financial reforms, and Dolan said he is cutting ties with his group, Priests for Life. In a Nov. 20 letter to other U.S. bishops, Dolan said he did not know if the Vatican would now step in to take action against the New York-based priest, who for years has angered various bishops by rejecting oversight of the organization by church authorities and for refusing to sort...
  • British Midwives Obliged to Support Abortions, Supreme Court Rules

    12/19/2014 6:39:34 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 12/19/14 | Greg Daly
    Bishop says establishment has become an oppressor of basic freedoms in the name of being pro-choice.Britain’s Supreme Court has rejected the case of two Scottish midwives who refused to be involved with abortion procedures, following an appeal from National Health Service Greater Glasgow and Clyde against last year’s Court of Session ruling that the “right of conscientious objection extends not only to the actual medical or surgical termination but to the whole process of treatment given for that purpose.” Concepta Wood and Mary Doogan were experienced midwives working as labor ward coordinators at Glasgow’s Southern General Hospital, which since 2010...
  • Jesuit University [Marquette] Bans Prof from Campus After He Exposed Pro-Gay Scandal

    12/19/2014 6:30:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 12/18/14 | Kimberly Scharfenberger
    Dr. John McAdams, a professor of political science at Marquette University whose blog posts have brought to light many of the Jesuit University’s actions undermining its Catholic identity, has reportedly been suspended, banned from campus and is now under formal investigation by the administration. The Cardinal Newman Society spoke to the University in order to determine the grounds for the disciplinary action. McAdams released the news on his blog, Marquette Warrior, which included an email sent to him from the dean of Marquette, Richard Holz. The email stated that McAdams was to remain off campus while his conduct was reviewed...
  • Distancing the Dalai Lama: Is Vatican playing into Beijing's hands?

    12/19/2014 1:10:41 PM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Nerve.in ^ | Friday, 19 December 2014 | Amit Dasgupta
    " It was his efforts at peace that brought him the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite the huge popularity and respect he enjoys, he is not unaware of his increasing isolation by global leaders since being in Beijing's good books appears to be the global fascination. It remains to be seen how India reacts. It would be a sad day, indeed, if New Delhi also lacks the moral fibre and toes Beijing's line." Nobel laureates gathered in Rome last week were dismayed that Pope Francis had surprisingly refused to grant an audience to the Dalai Lama so as to not incur...
  • Christianity Attacked From Outside-Betrayed From Inside

    12/19/2014 10:44:40 AM PST · by Gamecock · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/18/14 | Larry Fell
    1 Timothy 4:1-2 New Living Translation (NLT)Warnings against False Teachers4 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. 2 These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead.In looking around at what is happening in the world today I am convinced that now, more than ever before, the evidence is clear we are living in the times God as chosen as the final period before He, the Father, will send Jesus back to claim His...
  • 5 Big Problems with “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

    12/19/2014 9:13:57 AM PST · by millegan · 32 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | Michael Saltis
    When known unbeliever Ridley Scott was announced as the director, faithful film buffs feared the worst. Not only were many unsure whether he would treat the Biblical story with respect, but his film record since the smash hit Gladiator has been rather uneven (Robin Hood, Kingdom of Heaven, and Prometheus all failed to connect with wide audiences). As it turns out, Exodus is thankfully respectful of believers, if not a little ambiguous about the goodness of God. But sadly, a number of Scott’s artistic decisions effectively rob the story of its potential to entertain and to uplift. Here are five...
  • PopeWatch: Cuba

    12/19/2014 6:21:19 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | December 18, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    The Babalu Blog, the go to site for news on Cuba, predicted the papal involvement in the “normalization” of relations with Cuba announced yesterday by Obama: We’re not clairvoyants or prophets. We just deal with the facts. Eleven months ago, when Secretary of State John Kerry visited the Vatican, a Babalu post asked: “Will Pope Francis Bring About the Release of Alan Gross?” Here’s a quote from that post: How’s this for a scenario?: Pope Francis gets Alan Gross freed in exchange for the four Castro spies, and, on top of that, orchestrates the restoration of US/Castro diplomatic ties, along...
  • Yes, Christians Can Support Torture: And They're Not Bad Christians For Doing So

    12/19/2014 5:36:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/18/2014 | D.C. McAllister
    In a recent post cited by Patheos, nondenominational pastor Brian Zahnd brashly proclaims “You Cannot Be Christian and Support Torture.” There is no possibility of compromise. The support of torture is off the table for a Christian. I suppose you can be some version of a ‘patriot’ and support the use of torture, but you cannot be any version of Christian and support torture. So choose one: A torture-endorsing patriot or a Jesus-following Christian. But don’t lie to yourself that you can be both. You cannot. …Any thoughtful person, no matter their religion or non-religion, knows that you cannot...
  • Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad

    12/18/2014 11:44:45 AM PST · by OneVike · 38 replies
    Answering Islam ^ | 12/18/14 | Sam Shamoun
    (I offer this for those who need information to refute the lies about Islam being just another religion born from Abraham. Muhammad is NOT a descendant of Ismael and thus it is not a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Hagar in Genesis 16:11 or Genesis 21:13-21.) Ishmael is not the Father of Muhammad Sam Shamoun According to the Holy Bible Ishmael settled in Paran and married an Egyptian from whom he had twelve sons: "Early the next morning Abraham took some food and a skin of water and gave them to Hagar. He set them on her shoulders...
  • "The Experience After The Council Was So Strong And In Some Cases Violent…" {CATHOLIC CAUCUS}

    12/18/2014 6:59:13 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 2 replies
    http://www.ccwatershed.org ^ | December 13, 2014 | Jeff Ostrowski
    Q. Your Eminence, you grew up before the Second Vatican Council. How do you remember those times? A. I grew up in a very beautiful time in the Church, in which we were carefully instructed in the faith, both at home and in the Catholic school, especially with the Baltimore Catechism. I remember the great beauty of the Sacred Liturgy, even in our little farming town, with beautiful Masses. And then, I’m of course most grateful for my parents who gave me a very sound up-bringing in how to live as a Catholic. So they were beautiful years. Q. A...
  • Irish priest in Sydney says Australians turned to prayer during siege

    12/18/2014 4:53:20 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | December 17, 2014
    A woman kneels down as she lays flowers in a makeshift memorial near the site where a gunman held hostages for 16 hours at a popular Sydney cafe, Australia (PA) Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary's Cathedral, close to where Monday's siege took placeAn Irish priest based in Sydney said he was struck by how people turned to prayer when a gunman took hostages at a cafe.Father Brendan Purcell is based at St Mary’s Cathedral, just a five-minute walk from the nearby Lindt Cafe, where Iranian-born gunman Man Haron Monis took dozens of hostages on Monday morning.Father...
  • Alexandria church to close at year's end members left after dispute involving gay choir director

    12/17/2014 5:25:11 PM PST · by Oliviaforever · 39 replies
    Herald Bulletin ^ | 12/17/14 | Zach Osowski
    ALEXANDRIA -- The First United Methodist Church in Alexandria, which lost some members about a year ago after a dispute involving its gay choir director, will close its doors for good at the end of 2014. David Mantor, pastor of the church, said the decision to close the church resulted from falling attendance, membership and financing problems. Mantor said statistics he's seen from United Methodist Church headquarters show a "downward spiral" of membership and donations across the whole UM church for the past 30 years. "This is a problem that's going on everywhere," Mantor said. "And that's why we're closing."