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  • Marquette and L’affaire McAdams

    01/27/2015 7:37:00 PM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 1/27/15 | Howard Kainz
    With the ongoing advocacy of gay marriage and mandatory attendance at “sensitivity” classes, pressures on faculty at universities to avoid doing or saying anything “politically incorrect” have significantly increased. A recent example, which has entered into national headlines, arose when a graduate student in philosophy, Cheryl Abbate, teaching a course on ethics at Marquette University, was discussing John Rawls’ “Equal Liberty” principle, which affirms individual freedom unless the rights of others are impugned. When Abbate asked in class for examples where this principle might be employed, one student offered the example of bans on same-sex marriage as flouting the principle....
  • EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change

    01/27/2015 6:19:33 PM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 24 replies
    The Fishwrap ^ | 01/27/15 | Brian Roewe
    EPA chief headed to Vatican to talk climate change Brian Roewe  |  Jan. 27, 2015 Eco Catholic The head of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is scheduled to make a brief Vatican visit at the end of the week on the topic of addressing climate change. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy will meet there Friday with senior officials, among them Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. She is also slated to meet with Catholic journalists Friday morning and business leaders in Rome that afternoon. The agency initiated the meeting through U.S. Ambassador to the Holy...
  • Court Unanimously Bans Judges from Working with Boy Scouts Over Stance on Homosexuality

    01/27/2015 5:58:06 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 43 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 1/25/15 | Heather Clark
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Supreme Court of California has unanimously voted to ban judges in the state from working with groups such as the Boy Scouts of America due to their stance on homosexual behavior. The court voted on the matter on Friday, taking up a recommendation from the court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
  • (Liberal) scholar Marcus Borg dies at 72

    01/27/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 19 replies
    Full title: Scholar Marcus Borg Who Claimed Jesus Never Said Many of the Things Found in the Bible Dies at 72 Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday. His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon. Borg was known for being a pioneer in what is labeled by some as progressive Christianity, and he participated in the Jesus Seminar around 30 years ago where a group of scholars gathered...
  • Is evangelism going out of style?

    Gospel tracts, sidewalk evangelism, street preachers with bullhorns—all of these things seem like evangelistic efforts of yesteryear. But if this seems true, where does that leave the state of evangelism today? Is faith-sharing a fading practice, or does it simply look different today? In all their innovative efforts to engage culture, have Christians left this ancient practice so integral to their faith behind? Barna Group has charted evangelistic practices and attitudes for more than two decades, and the latest study sheds light on the gaps between evangelism in theory and practice, the social groups who are sharing their faith the...
  • Traditionalist Anglican Priest Interrupts Ordination of First Woman Bishop

    01/27/2015 4:08:23 PM PST · by NYer · 23 replies
    Aleteia ^ | January 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Rev. Libby Lane In a way, it was sort of like when the cleric officiating at a wedding asks, “If any of you has reasons why these two should not be married, speak now or forever hold your peace.” Usually, no one objects, except in movies. The ceremony that took place in England’s Yorkminster Monday will be memorable for the historic nature of it, to be sure, but also because one man did not hold his peace. The Anglican Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, gave the congregation one last chance to sign off on the consecration of Rev. Libby...
  • Christian Nurse Suspended for Praying for Sick Muslim Co-worker in UK

    01/27/2015 4:05:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    A Christian nurse says the U.K.'s National Health Service suspended her for "harassment and bullying" because she prayed a short prayer for her Muslim colleague who was going through heath and personal problems. The nurse is filing a legal challenge against the NHS. "God, I trust You will bring peace and You will bring healing," Victoria Wasteney, a 37-year-old senior occupational health therapist at the John Howard Centre, a secure mental hospital in east London, prayed for her Muslim colleague, Enya Nawaz, 25, according to The Telegraph. East London NHS Foundation Trust suspended her for nine months, but on full...
  • Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'

    01/27/2015 3:58:58 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 58 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/23/15 | Leonardo Blair
    An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury. Senior Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. is also expected to determine other compensation owed to the ex-employee, Beverly R. Butcher, at a later hearing, according to a report in The Exponent Telegram. The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher against Consol Energy in September 2013 after the company refused...
  • What’s Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...
  • Pope Trannie Is Satan's Tool

    01/27/2015 1:34:47 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 53 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 270115 | Mundabor
    There is a reason why I keep calling the Bishop of Rome TMAHICH, The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History. The reason is that the double-tongued falseness of this man simply defies imagination. We see evidence of this all the time. “Rabbitgate” is just a few days old, and it now turns out Francis has reached a new depth in his constant encouragement and promotion of sexual perversion. The events unfolded as follows: 1) A Trannie writes to the Pope and complains about his “discrimination” because hey, his fellow Catholics and (the horror!) his own priest just do not want...
  • Increased Religious Repression Reported in Cuba

    01/27/2015 7:06:13 AM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Violations of religious freedom in Cuba increased in 2014, according to Christian Solidarity Worldwide, a UK-based organization that advocates on behalf of persecuted Christians. “Week after week, scores of women affiliated with the Ladies in White dissident group, most of whom are Roman Catholic, were violently dragged away by state security agents to stop them from attending Sunday morning Mass,” the organization reported. “Many were beaten in the process and most were arbitrarily detained until after the conclusion of religious services.”
  • SF Archbishop to Pelosi: 'No Catholic Can Dissent' on Abortion

    01/26/2015 5:35:19 PM PST · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Newsmax ^ | January 25, 2015 | Courtney Coren
    SF Archbishop to Pelosi: 'No Catholic Can Dissent' on Abortion 26 Jan 2015 By Courtney Coren San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, responding to recent statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, says there is no debate in the Catholic Church about life beginning at conception and no room for Catholics to "dissent" on the principle. During a press conference on Jan. 22, the same day the pro-life group "March for Life" was holding its annual rally in Washington, Pelosi would not answer whether she believes life begins at 20 weeks, saying that "it's not up to politicians to" make...
  • Romney’s Consideration of Candidacy Is Closely Tied to His Faith, Allies Say

    01/26/2015 4:01:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    The New York Times ^ | January 25, 2015 | Ashley Parker and Alex Thompson
    prominent Republican delivered a direct request to Mitt Romney not long ago: He should make a third run for the presidency, not for vanity or redemption, but to answer a higher calling from his faith. Believing that Mr. Romney, a former Mormon pastor, would be most receptive on these grounds, the Republican made the case that Mr. Romney had a duty to serve, and said Mr. Romney seemed to take his appeal under consideration. Three years ago, Mr. Romney’s tortured approach to his religion — a strategy of awkward reluctance and studied avoidance that all but walled off a free-flowing...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/26/2015 3:30:01 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/24/15 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery.
  • Christian Blogger Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post About Leggings

    01/26/2015 3:20:42 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 54 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/26/15 | Benge Nsenduluka
    Full title: Christian Blogger Veronica Partridge Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post Claiming Leggings Tempt Men Draws Criticism A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan. Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral. "I've had a lot of both positive and negative...
  • Pope reportedly holds private audience with transgender man (Salon)

    01/26/2015 2:25:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/26/15 | Luke Brinker
    Pope Francis met privately with a Spanish transgender man this weekend, according to new report featured in the Washington Blade. Diego Neria Lejárraga told the Spanish newspaper Hoy that he and his fiancée met with the pontiff at his official Vatican residence on Saturday, in what would mark the first meeting of a pope with a transgender person.
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 81 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Fr. Richard McBrien, theologian, has died [NCR, aka Fishwrap, aka National Schismatic Distorter]

    01/25/2015 10:09:40 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 17 replies
    “Fr. McBrien was an able and indefatigable proponent of the Catholic revolution that never was and, now, never will be,” said George Weigel, widely seen as America’s leading conservative Catholic commentator.
  • Notre Dame Theologian Rev. Richard McBrien Dies at 78.

    01/25/2015 7:17:07 PM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    WTHR News ^ | 1/25/15 | AP
    SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The Rev. Richard McBrien, a University of Notre Dame theology professor known for his popular books on Catholicism and unabashed liberal stands on various church teachings, has died. He was 78. Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown says McBrien died Sunday in Connecticut after a lengthy illness. McBrien was often a critic of the church, speaking in favor of the ordination of female priests and optional celibacy for priests. He also had liberal stands on artificial contraception.
  • The Miracle Mile

    01/25/2015 12:06:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Love Worth Finding ^ | unknown | Adrian Rogers
    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth... (snip) Jesus calls us to not only do what is required, but to go the extra mile. How can a Christian learn the joy of the selfless, Christ-filled life in such a selfish world? Christ calls us not to merely go one mile, but to go that extra mile ─ that miracle mile, the one that causes our lives to change. The Principle of the Miracle Mile When Christ said these words, Palestine had been occupied by Rome for about one...
  • Rereading Regensburg

    01/23/2015 7:18:21 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Questions that need to be asked about Islam were asked by Pope Benedict nearly ten years ago.On a plane ride between Sri Lanka and the Philippines this week, Pope Francis made headlines while talking with reporters about the moral limits to free expression. The issue came up, of course, in the wake of the attack on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in France, which Pope Francis has strongly condemned. The attacks in Paris — including one at a kosher deli — along with the slaughter that Boko Haram inflicts in Nigeria, the terrorist attack in the Lindt café in Sydney...
  • Rabbits and NFP

    01/23/2015 10:57:36 AM PST · by Brian Kopp DPM · 67 replies
    Faith, Reason and Health blog ^ | 01/23/15 | Dr. Brian Kopp
    Friday, January 23, 2015 Rabbits and NFP My wife and and I taught NFP for ten years. We heard all the jokes (i.e., half truths and outright lies) about NFP, typified by this perennial favorite: "What do you call couples who use NPF? 'Parents.'" We heard the continual disparagement about "breeding like rabbits." We had couples who walked out of our class after my presentation on the necessity of having "grave reason" for recourse to NFP. We also had couples who, after hearing the Church's teaching on the necessity of having "grave reason" for having recourse NFP, realized they had...
  • Are we really pro-LIFE?

    01/23/2015 9:51:57 AM PST · by Morgana · 11 replies
    religionnews.com ^ | Jan 23, 2015 | Boz Tchividjian
    I will never forget the first ultrasound of my unborn child. Expecting an idle smudge on a grainy screen, my wife and I were greeted by a hyperactive baby, all four flailing limbs foiling the doctor’s attempt at accurate measurement. Our child was beautiful, and very much alive. This week marks the 42nd anniversary of Roe v. Wade, and across the country pro-lifers gather to profess the humanity of unborn children. However, as Brennan Manning noted in The Ragamuffin Gospel, “the danger of the pro-life position… is that it can be frighteningly selective.” Recent events provide repeated and disturbing evidence...
  • Pope Francis compares pushing gay agenda to ‘Hitler Youth’ indoctrination

    01/23/2015 8:02:48 AM PST · by NKP_Vet · 36 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | January 21, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    In comments at his Monday in-air interview that were totally ignored by the mainstream media, Pope Francis lamented the Western practice of imposing a homosexual agenda on other nations through foreign aid, which he called a form of “ideological colonization” and compared to the Nazi propaganda machine. Asked by a reporter to explain the phrase “ideological colonization,” the pope gave an example from 1995 when, he says, a minister of education in a poor area was told she could have a loan for building schools so long as the schools used a book that taught “gender theory.” "She said yes,...
  • Priest: Claims I attacked another priest with a crucifix cost me my job

    01/23/2015 6:56:47 AM PST · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    NJ.Com ^ | January 21, 2015 | Ben Horowitz
    A priest is suing a former colleague at a Florham Park retreat, accusing him of thefts and of making a false criminal allegation. In a lawsuit made public Wednesday in Superior Court in Morristown, the Rev. Frank Hreno accused the Rev. Emeka Okwuosa of spitting in his face; pinning him against the wall; taking Hreno's checkbook and writing checks to himself; damaging cars Hreno was authorized to use; taking Hreno's van without authorization and using Hreno's credit card without authorization. Florham Park Police say Hreno attacked Okwuosa with a four-foot crucifix that he swung through a glass door. Both priests...
  • FEELING DEVASTATED BY WHAT POPE FRANCIS SAYS? TRY THESE 3 HELPFUL KEYS

    01/23/2015 6:35:46 AM PST · by NYer · 115 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 22, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    I can hardly recall a papal visit which has touched upon so many hot topics and ignited so much controversy as Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines.You would almost think the Pope had just issued an encyclical, when actually most of what he did was talk to reporters on a plane.The reactions have been visceral at times. For instance, what the Pope said in support of Humanae Vitae caused one feminist commentator at Crux News to declare she was “devastated“.My first reaction to reading the Pope’s comments on free speech and Islam was to throw my hands up in the air and declare...
  • Church in Niger Suspends Operation of Schools, Other Apostolates

    01/23/2015 6:20:26 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Citing the widespread destruction of churches and other Catholic institutions and the general situation of insecurity, the bishops of Niger have indefinitely suspended the operation of all Catholic schools, health centers, charities, and development agencies. The bishops said that this suspension would allow them to pray and reflection upon “the painful events we have just endured.” The bishops pleaded for donations and attributed the destruction to rampaging young people who were responding to caricatures of Muhammad that appeared in Charlie Hebdo. The West African nation of 17.1 million is 80% Muslim and 0.1% Catholic.
  • Will a Future Pope Be Forced to Flee Rome?

    01/23/2015 6:14:32 AM PST · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 1/21/15 | William Kilpatrick
    The current arc of history seems to be drawing us back into a very dark past—a time when Islam ruled half the civilized world and threatened the rest of it.Where will the Pope live when Rome falls to Islam? It’s not an idle question. For one thing, there is historical precedent. Popes have been forced from Rome in the past. For another thing, numerous Islamic authorities have explicitly targeted Rome for conquest. Rome may be the Eternal City, but it has seen rough times. In 846, for instance, Pope Leo IV had to briefly flee Rome when it was attacked...
  • Islam-on-Christian Persecution Around the World

    01/23/2015 4:50:11 AM PST · by Biggirl · 5 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Jack Kerwick
    Since at least the time of the outset of the Iraq War—and quite possibly well before then—there has been much debate among those on the right over why Islamic militants have set their sights upon America and the West.
  • Church Leader Warns Russian Lawmakers Against Western 'Pseudo Values'

    01/22/2015 7:45:09 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    The Peninsula (Qatar) ^ | 1/22/15 | AFP
    MOSCOW--The head of the Russian Orthodox Church on Thursday delivered a historic first address to parliament in which he urged lawmakers to guard against Western "pseudo values". Speaking to the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, Patriarch Kirill also warned Russians against interfering with "God's plan" by having abortions or using surrogate mothers. Patriarch Kirill's address was the first time the head of the Russian Orthodox Church had delivered a major address to the State Duma in post-Soviet Russia. "The idea of the absolute priority of freedom -- freedom of choice -- and the renunciation of the priority of...
  • WE SHALL NOT WEARY, WE SHALL NOT REST (March for Life)

    01/22/2015 2:43:18 PM PST · by NYer · 7 replies
    First Things ^ | January 22, 2015 | Richard John Neuhaus
    The following address—which Robert P. George has called “the greatest pro-life speech ever given”—was delivered on July 5 at the close of the 2008 convention of the National Right to Life Committee. Once again this year, the National Right to Life convention is partly a reunion of veterans from battles past and partly a youth rally of those recruited for the battles to come. And that is just what it should be. The pro-life movement that began in the twentieth century laid the foundation for the pro-life movement of the twenty-first century. We have been at this a long time,...
  • Woe! Woe! Woe! Unto You Abortion America!

    01/22/2015 2:29:19 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    IFB ^ | 1/22/15
    WOE! WOE! WOE! Unto you Abortion America!! WOE!!! Forty two years later and 55,000,000 abortions and will not Almighty God hold this nation FULLY accountable for the barbaric villainy which is called Pro-choice?!. What is the most astounding thing today is that on the anniversary of the legalization of abortion; not barely a peep from the major news outlets; especially conservative ones. WOE unto you Abortion America! WOE! You are absolutely consumed with your self-seeking unbridled passions of licentiousness! How shall we (America) - which was founded on the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God – ever escape the...
  • Pope flashes hand sign in Manila, prompts head-scratching

    01/22/2015 11:34:13 AM PST · by Faith Presses On · 61 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | 12/21/14 | Deborah Hastings
    Pope Francis, during his recent love-filled tour of the Phillippines, raised his hand in a salute and prompted some Internet tongue-wagging. Standing next to Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in Manila, the Pope raised his index and pinkie fingers, keeping his third and fourth fingers down and his thumb extended. The cardinal did the same. All of which prompted the Los Angeles Times to post on its music blog that the pontiff might have been making the sign of the horns, a heavy metal staple among concert fans, or perhaps a centuries-old devil sign.
  • German Pegida Priest Banned from Representing Church

    01/22/2015 4:20:55 AM PST · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    BBC ^ | 1/21/15
    A Catholic priest in Germany has been banned from giving sermons or representing the church after speaking at a Pegida rally. Father Paul Spaetling, from the Diocese of Munster, told the rally that Europe had spent over a thousand years fighting against Islam. He said that he did not agree that Islam had a place in the country, which the German chancellor had said.
  • The Biggest Island of Christianity in the Islamic Ocean

    01/22/2015 4:15:42 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 1/21/15 | Doreen Abi Raad
    On Aug. 6, 2014, after evening Mass on the feast of the Transfiguration, the Christian residents of Qaraqosh, Iraq, were threatened by the Islamic State to convert to Islam, pay a tax or be killed. That prompted the exodus of the city's 50,000 Christians, who fled to Irbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, with nothing but the clothes on their backs. Qaraqosh, a bed of Christianity since the first century, was totally Syriac Catholic. Syriac-Catholic Bishop Barnaba Yousif Habash of the Syrian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Deliverance, based in Bayonne, N.J., is a native of Qaroqosh. He describes...
  • Pope Francis blesses two lambs on the Feast of St. Agnes

    01/21/2015 3:51:08 PM PST · by NYer · 30 replies
    cna ^ | January 21, 2015
    A lamb is wreathed in flowers during a special Mass for the Feast of St. Agnes at the Basilica of St. Agnes Outside the Wall on Jan. 21, 2014. Credit: Paul Badde/CNA. Vatican City, Jan 21, 2015 / 01:05 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis observed the feast of St. Agnes with the time-honored custom of the blessing of lambs, whose wool will be used to make stoles worn by archbishops and known as palliums. The two small lambs, traditionally less than a year old, were placed in baskets and carried to the Casa Santa Marta on Wednesday where they received...
  • Obama's State of Delusion Address - Biblical Perspective

    01/21/2015 3:09:16 PM PST · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 5 replies
    My dear friends, we as "Christians first and conservatives second" continually offer great solutions, ideas and suggestions based in TRUTH and REALITY to our nation which would bring ETERNAL liberty (John 1:12, 8:32,36), fiscal soundness and relief, moral and social healing and the restitution of liberty until the Lord comes, but tragically these truths and suggestions - which are rooted and based on Almighty God's Word and moral absolutes - are scoffed and slandered at as evil by the majority of Americans, the GOP and Progressive Democratic Party (Isa. 5:20). In light of the moral relativistic, decadent and lawless mindset...
  • Breakpoint - The War on Christians: Persecution Hits Record Levels (Unprecedented Tribulation?)

    01/21/2015 7:56:24 AM PST · by xzins · 27 replies
    Christian Headlines ^ | January 21, 2015 | John Stonestreet
    While in 2014 the days of throwing Christians to wild beasts in the arena may be behind us, the persecution of Christians around the world isn't. In fact, the number of our brothers and sisters subjected to imprisonment, torture, and death for their faith in just the last twelve months dwarfs the number who suffered during the entire tenure of Nero. As a new report from a leading ministry to the persecuted church shows, last year was one of the most violent on record for believers worldwide—and 2015 could be worse. Open Doors International released its World Watch List earlier...
  • US Supreme Court Declines to Hear Appeal of Louisiana Case Challenging Confessional Seal

    01/21/2015 6:26:33 AM PST · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    The US Supreme Court has declined to hear an appeal of a Louisiana ruling that would force a Catholic priest to disclose what he heard in a sacramental confession or face imprisonment. Last May, the Supreme Court of Louisiana ruled that the confessional seal does not apply if the penitent waives the right to confidentiality. The Diocese of Baton Rouge appealed the decision, saying that violation of the confessional seal “cuts to the core of the Catholic faith.” By declining to hear the appeal, the US Supreme Court let the Louisiana decision stand. The case involves a lawsuit brought by...
  • Newsweek's Falsehoods on the Bible: Leviticus and Christians (vanity)

    01/20/2015 7:03:15 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 25 replies
    I read the Newsweek article on the Bible and of course noted all the falsehoods in it. I pray for the writer Kurt Eichenwald, but also hope to respond to the falsehoods and that he and Newsweek won't succeed in further undermining the Bible. http://www.newsweek.com/2015/01/02/thats-not-what-bible-says-294018.html This is a partial response to the article's falsehoods in the section on Christians and the question of keeping the Mosaic law or not. From the article: >>When they heard about the goings-on in Antioch, a debate ensued: Did gentiles have to become Jews first (like Jesus) and follow Mosaic Law before they could be...
  • The Pope Creates a New Sui Juris Church in Eritrea

    01/20/2015 2:27:58 PM PST · by NYer · 3 replies
    New Liturgical Movement ^ | January 20, 2015 | GREGORY DIPIPPO
    It was announced yesterday on the Bulletin of the Holy See that the Holy Father has erected the Eritrean Catholic Church to sui juris status as a Metropolitan Church, separating its territory from that of the Archeparchy of Addis Ababa (the capital of Ethiopia). The 23rd sui juris Church, which follows the Alexandrian liturgical tradition, will comprise four eparchies, covering the entire territory of the nation of Eritrea: the Archeparchy of Asmara, seat of the new Metropolitan and the national capital, and the Eparchies of Barentu, Keren and Segheneity. The Pope has nominated as the first Metropolitan His Excellency Mons. Menghesteab Tesfamariam, who...
  • POPNews: Pope Says Good Catholics Need Not Mate “Like Wasp Spiders”

    01/20/2015 9:40:25 AM PST · by millegan · 21 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    While firmly upholding Church teaching regarding contraception, Pope Francis clarified that good Catholics need not mate “like rabbits, or wasp spiders, with the female devouring the male following the procreative act.” “Openness to life for the husband,” the pontiff said to reporters on his return flight from the Philippines, “is a condition for the sacrament of matrimony.” Catholic couples should practice mutual love and tenderness, he explained, rather than the female “catching her partner in a web and slowly gnawing on him while he’s still alive, resulting in his slow, agonizing death.”
  • Nigeria Bishop: ‘West Must Send in Troops to Fight Boko Haram’

    01/20/2015 4:06:20 AM PST · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 1/20/15 | John Pontifex
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that military intervention was the only viable option for combating the IslamistsA bishop whose diocese in north-east Nigeria has suffered at the hands of Boko Haram wants the West to send in military forces to defeat the militants. Describing how Boko Haram was now recruiting from countries across north Africa, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that Western military intervention was the only viable option in the fight against the militants. In an interview with Aid to the Church in Need, the Catholic charity for persecuted and other suffering Christians, the bishop...
  • Pastor Educates Lawmakers on Biblical Duty to Resist Tyranny

    01/19/2015 7:48:35 PM PST · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://www.thenewamerican.com ^ | January 15, 2015 | Alex Newman
    In a revival of a centuries-old American tradition this month, a Wisconsin pastor offered a powerful election sermon to Montana lawmakers at the legislature urging them to do their biblical duty by standing up to escalating federal tyranny. Citing a broad array of Scriptures from the Bible and what is known as the “doctrine of the lesser magistrate,” Pastor Matt Trewhella told state legislators that they have more than just the right to protect citizens from growing lawlessness, tyranny, and wickedness in government — they have a moral and Christian obligation to do so. Increasing defiance of God’s law “is...
  • Chaldean Patriarch Says No to Pope

    01/19/2015 6:21:53 PM PST · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Calif. priests must return to Iraq.The following comes from a Jan. 15 story in the Los Angeles Times. Intervention by Pope Francis has apparently not solved the schism between a prominent Chaldean priest in eastern San Diego County and the head of the Chaldean Catholic Church in Iraq. At issue is a demand by Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako that Father Noel Gorgis and several other Chaldean priests in the U.S. return to Iraq or face, in effect, excommunication. In an interview with Aleteia, a Rome-based Catholic news agency, Sako said that the survival of the church was at stake...
  • Martin Luther King Jr., That Great Religious Fundamentalist?

    01/19/2015 2:35:57 PM PST · by millegan · 10 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    Today we remember the great civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr. Nearly universally respected, King is particularly commended by secular liberals. This is highly ironic because King, a baptist minister, embodied many of the things that secular liberals today dislike the most about “conservative” Christians. If you actually read what King wrote and said, you might be surprised (or not surprised) to find that he regularly appeals to God, the Bible, and even the natural law. Put any of these words in the mouth of a conservative Christian today and liberals would probably label the person a “fundamentalist,” sound...
  • Newsweek Throws the First Stone: Story on the Bible didn't even pretend to mask an agenda.

    01/19/2015 7:47:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/19/2015 | CHRIS QUEEN
    In the Gospel of John, we read a story where a group of Jewish Torah teachers and Pharisees (members of a legalistic sect of Judaism) bring to Jesus a woman whom they caught in adultery, asking Him what punishment He thinks the woman deserves. Masterfully — as He always did — Jesus answers the scholars with a simple, yet profound statement: “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her” (John 8:7, NIV).Recently, Newsweek featured a cover article on the Bible in which author Kurt Eichenwald — not a Biblical scholar...
  • Exclusive: Details of the proposal for Pope Francis' US visit revealed

    01/18/2015 3:34:02 PM PST · by NYer · 27 replies
    cna ^ | January 18, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the Wed. general audience on April 16, 2014. Credit: Daniel Ibanez/CNA. Manila, Philippines, Jan 18, 2015 / 12:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop Bernardito Auza – a member of the organizing committee for Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the U.S. – has revealed details of the proposed schedule, which includes visits to three cities. “He would arrive on the 22nd and he would leave the evening of the 27th. It’s really a full six days, plus the travel, so it’s really one week,” Archbishop Auza told CNA/EWTN News in Manila on Jan....
  • Dr. David Jeremiah - Spiritual Warfare: Armour Of The Believer

    01/18/2015 1:33:13 PM PST · by ~Vor~ · 4 replies
    David Jeremiah TV - Turning Point ^ | 01.18.15 | Dr. David Jeremiah
    Are We Really in a War? We are in a war. Learn how to be fully prepared for combat in this first message by Dr. Jeremiah from the series, Spiritual Warfare: Armor of the Believer.
  • PEGIDA Cancels Anti-Islam Rally in Germany Over Death Threat From IS

    01/18/2015 6:44:36 AM PST · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 1/18/15
    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) – The Patriotic Europeans against the Islamification of the West (PEGIDA) cancelled its anti-Islam and anti-immigration rally in the German city of Dresden scheduled for Monday after one of its leaders allegedly received a death threat from the Islamic State. "Please, don’t come tomorrow to Dresden, friends," the group said in a post on its official Facebook page. "Unfortunately we must cancel our 13th meeting due to security concerns. According to the police, there is a specific threat against a member of the organizing team," the group explained. PEGIDA claimed that the threat was issued by...