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  • Syrian Priest Reportedly Kidnapped as ISIS Moves Beyond Palmyra

    05/22/2015 2:22:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 22, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A Syrian priest who has worked for the restoration of a monastery and for improved relations between Muslims and Christians in Syria has been kidnapped. ​The Syrian Catholic Archdiocese of Homs confirmed the news Friday, said Fides news agency. Just a day before he went missing, Father Jacques Mourad, prior of the Monastery of Mar Elian and pastor of the community in Qaryatayn, wrote an appeal as jihadist forces spread out from the nearby city of Palmyra: "We are currently experiencing a very difficult time because the extremists who call themselves Daech approach our city Qaryatayn after their domination of Palmyra,...
  • Can a Catholic Criticize the Pope? (Catholic Caucus)

    05/22/2015 6:57:08 AM PDT · by SweetAkitoRose · 18 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | May 21, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Pope Francis’ appointment of Fr. Timothy Radcliffe to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace this past weekend was most disconcerting. Any openly dissident priest who advocates for Catholic acceptance of gay relationships and identity, women’s ordination, and the “Eucharistic” nature of sodomy — a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance — should not be given a platform of any kind. In a sane world, they would be disciplined. Since the Radcliffe appointment, I’ve spent a good bit of time looking at the reaction of Catholics on various websites and social media. Many are perplexed. Some are outraged....
  • Issachar Training mobilizes 'God's people of faith' for 2016 election

    05/21/2015 3:36:35 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The Christian Examiner ^ | May 21, 2014. | Karen L. Willoughby
    OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (Christian Examiner) Texas Senator Ted Cruz believes in "God's people of faith," the 2016 presidential contender wrote in a recent letter to pastors across the nation. The letter was an invitation for recipients to participate in Issachar Training today and tomorrow -- May 21-22 -- in Oklahoma City. The unique training, offered in various cities throughout the year, provides information and motivation for at least 1,000 pastors across the nation in 2016 to run for an elective office at the local, state or national level. The event takes its name from I Chronicles 12:32: "Men who...
  • Further Problems With American Eucharistic Practice (Catholic Caucus)

    05/21/2015 2:45:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 21, 2015 | JOHN M. GRONDELSKI
    Christian Brownes excellent critique of how receiving Communion-in-the-hand while standing are practices that might be reconsidered to strengthen American Catholics understanding of the Eucharist properly notes that these ideologically driven changes were required in no way by Vatican II or even the Holy See. Let me add three additional Eucharist-related phenomena bedeviling the American Church that also lack much of a doctrinal or theological base but which have become, for ideological reasons, part of the landscape of American Catholicism: extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist, blessings in the Eucharistic procession, and the disconnect between the Sacraments of Penance and the...
  • IN A MOMENT A SUDDENLY " PENTECOST IS TODAY " [charismatic caucus]

    05/21/2015 8:31:55 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 4 replies
    HolySpirit ^ | bible,Jedediah
    A new wind of "ADD " Venture is coming to you , Prepare for the wind that is blowing through , For what is coming is The One and The Three , All in agreement " The All Of Me " , The gates of hell shall not prevail , For what is coming is a HOLY GALE ! Isaiah 43:18-20 18 Do not remember the former things, Nor consider the things of old. 19 Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in...
  • Temporary Inattention or Willful Blindness: Why Did Michael Coren Leave the Church?

    05/20/2015 5:06:00 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 18 replies
    NC Register ^ | 05/19/2015 | JIMMY AKIN
    Canadian broadcaster and commentator Michael Coren has left the Catholic Church again...Currently, he is affiliating with the Anglican church, where he says he feels very comfortable. Why did Coren leave the Catholic Church? In an interview with Canadas National Post, he says that it was because of the Churchs teaching on homosexuality... [long snip] He says that although the Churchs teaching on homosexuality was the main reason he left, theres more than that some teachings on contraception and on life. There seemed to be an obsession with issues that Jesus never mentioned. Dude, really? The Gospels are limited documents...
  • From Israel to Italy Today; Troublesome Muslims there too; Urinating on Mary; Wake up America!

    05/20/2015 2:25:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Convert ^ | May 20, 2015 | Steve Ray
    On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrantsinterrupteda Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center inConselice, a small town in lower Romagna.Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including severalsmall children, were preparing to receive their first Holy Communion, when Muslims from the Islamic Center began howling verbal abuses and threats at the passing procession.According to an eyewitness, During the slow procession of the sacred image, some kids on the ground floor of the building of the headquarters of...
  • Islam's 'Reformation' Is Already Here - and It's Called 'ISIS'

    05/20/2015 11:10:42 AM PDT · by redleghunter · 14 replies
    American Thinker ^ | May 12, 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    The idea that Islam needs to reform is again in the spotlight following the recent publication of Ayaan Hirsi Alis new book, Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now. While Ali makes the argument that Islam can reform and is in desperate need of taking the extreme measures to do so many of her critics contend that Islam is not in need of reform. The one argument not being made, however, is the one I make below namely, that Islam has already reformed. And violence, intolerance, and extremism typified by the Islamic State (ISIS) are...
  • 5 Interesting Facts About Ted Cruz's Christian Faith

    05/20/2015 7:48:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/20/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, announced his presidential bid at Liberty University, a well-known conservative, Christian college founded by Jerry Falwell. It's a testament to his faith and Southern Baptist roots that have kept him grounded throughout his life. But here are five facts you may not know about Cruz's personal faith. 1. While Cruz says that government should protect the religious rights of people, leaders should avoid using their faith for political gain. In a 2013 interview, he explained that faith is "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior. Life, liberty, and property, the...
  • Equality Law is Destroying Religious Freedom, Says Top Barrister [UK]

    05/20/2015 6:55:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/20/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Neil Addison said that he was surprised by the ruling in the Ashers Bakery case Equality law in Northern Ireland is being used to destroy individual freedom, a leading Catholic barrister has said. Following a legal ruling in Northern Ireland, in which a judge ruled that a bakery run by Christians discriminated against a gay customer by refusing to bake a cake with a pro-gay marriage slogan, Neil Addison wrote on his personal blog: The case will undoubtedly be appealed but what does emerge from it is the complete intolerance of the equality industry and the way in which equality...
  • Obama Cold to the Persecution of Christians in the Middle East (Where's the outrage?)

    05/19/2015 3:52:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 19, 2015 | DANIEL PHILPOTT
    Several pieces have been posted recently on the unabated persecution of Christians and other religious minorities like Yazidis and Mandeans in Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East and of the relative indifference of the State Department and the Obama administration to it. Last month, journalist Kirsten Powerswrotein USA Today that President Obama just cant seem to find any passion for the mass persecution of Middle Eastern Christians. Reporting on a joint press conference that Obama held with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, she writes: As Renzi was questioned about the incident, Obama was muteon the killings. He...
  • China Allows 1st Ordinations of Russian Orthodox Priests in 60 Years

    05/19/2015 1:39:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    The Chinese government has allowed the ordination of Russian Orthodox priests, for the first time in 60 years, the AsiaNews service reports. Metropolitan Hilarion, who heads the external-affairs department of the Moscow patriarchate, announced the ordinations after his return from a visit to China. His trip came shortly after Chinese President Xi Jinping traveled to Moscow, meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Orthodox Patriarch Kirill. Metropolitan Hilarion reported very constructive talks with government officials in Beijing, adding that China is a society that properly values the role of culture, traditions and the moral factor in shaping the lives of...
  • The Fairest Referendum Money Can Buy

    05/19/2015 1:37:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Mercator.net ^ | 5/19/15 | Michael Cook
    As Fridays referendum on same-sex marriage in Ireland approaches, attention has turned to the funding behind the Yes campaign. A petition has been launched which says that this push for same-sex marriage in Ireland has not at all been a home-grown phenomenon, but, rather, a carefully-orchestrated and massively well-funded assault on the natural family, coming from private American funding. In most countries funding local politics with overseas money would be as popular with voters as barbecuing puppydogs at a school fair. But not, apparently, in Ireland. A charity founded by Irish-American businessman Chuck Feeney, Atlantic Philanthropies, cheerfully acknowledges that it...
  • Recollections and Insights of an Iraqi Christian

    05/19/2015 1:35:08 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | May 19, 2015 | LUMA SIMMS
    I was born in Baghdad, but all my ancestors before me, including my parents, where born in Mosul and neighboring cities in Northern Iraq. Even now when I speak Arabic it is still with a Moslouy dialect. For many years, no matter where I was living or what I was doing, the answer to “Where are you from?” was one of identity: “Ana Maslouy.” I am a Mosulian. And I am, all the way down, in spite of my thoroughly Americanized personality—such is the deep and dual identity of immigrants.Born to a Chaldean Catholic mother and a Syriac Orthodox...
  • Bill Cancelling Mandatory Health Insurance Coverage for Abortions Submitted to State Duma

    05/19/2015 5:00:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/19/15
    Moscow, May 19, Interfax - Members of all State Duma factions have supported a bill allowing only state-run healthcare institutions to perform abortions and cancelling mandatory health insurance coverage for abortions. The press service of head of the State Duma committee for family, women and children Yelena Mizulina, a co-author of this bill, said that, according to the proposed document, performing abortions outside of state-run healthcare institutions should carry a fine of 50,000 rubles to 200,000 rubles for citizens, a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for officials, and a fine of 500,000 rubles to 800,000 rubles for entrepreneurs...
  • The Fraud of Omahas Tri-Faith Initiative

    05/19/2015 4:40:07 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 3 replies
    Frontpagemag.com ^ | May 19,2015 | Dr. Stephen Kirby
    The Tri-Faith Initiative in Omaha has lofty goals for the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim partners involved. It is best summed up in the Tri-Faiths Vision Statement: In working together, our vision is to build bridges of respect, trust and acceptance, to challenge stereotypes of each other, to learn from one another, and to counter the influence of extremists and agents of hate.
  • Romanian Orthodox Church urges Parliament to reject gay civil unions

    05/18/2015 7:04:26 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    NineOclock ^ | 05-18-2015 | NineOclock
    The Romanian Patriarchate is calling on the Chamber of Deputies, the decision-making body in this case, to once again reject the legislative proposal on the regulation of the civil partnership, since this represents an attack on the enduring value of the family and the identity thereof. The Romanian Patriarchate took this stance amid third-time attempts in recent years to regulate the civil partnership, a bill which was every time massively rejected in Parliament. According to the cited source, ever since the oldest times, the Romanian people have cultivated the legacy of utmost respect towards the family, called the Church at...
  • Presbyterians Collapsing, or Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating?

    05/18/2015 5:50:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 22 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 5-18-15 | Jeffrey Walton
    Presbyterians Collapsing, or Settling Into The New Thing God is Creating? The 2014 numbers reveal the PCUSA's largest statistical decline to date. A slimmed-down Presbyterian Church (USA) is apparently getting ready for beach season after shedding unwanted excess members, according to a cheery report by the denominations top official. The PC(USA) is a church made up of vibrant congregations doing their best to live out the gospel of Jesus Christ in their communities and in the world, an apparently unfazed Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the PCUSA, soothed. Membership declines continue, but on a whole the...
  • Medved: Invisible armies of evangelicals can't deliver victory in 2016

    05/18/2015 5:33:19 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    USA Today | May 18, 2015 | Michael Medved
    Link only, due to copyright issues: http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2015/05/18/christian-evangelicals-elections-demographics-medved-column/26474707/
  • Archbishop Nienstedt blocks church from hosting LGBT Catholic youth event (welcomed by Lutherans)

    05/18/2015 3:52:12 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 20 replies
    The Column (gay news outlet) ^ | May 15, 2015 | Andy Birkey
    Organizers were planning for more than 100 participants at Minneapolis Church of Christ the King on Saturday to talk about the intersection of being LGBT and Catholic and the how to bridge the gap between the LGBT community and the Catholic Church. That gap got a little wider when organizers of the LGBTQ+ Catholic Youth Summit were notified on Sunday just days before the event that the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not permit the event in a Catholic Church. Instead, event organizers have found a welcoming home down the street at the Edina Community...
  • 10 Interesting Facts About Evangelicals From Pew's Religion Report

    05/18/2015 8:15:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/18/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The big story this week from Pew Research Center's report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape," was the sharp decline in the number of Christians and large growth in those who are unaffiliated with any religion. Digging deeper, the report contains interesting news about Evangelicals. Here are 10 interesting facts about Evangelicals from the report: 1. The number of Evangelicals likely increased. Evangelicals were the only segment of Christianity that likely saw growth. Evangelicals added about two million to their fold from 2007 to 2014. Taking the margin of error into account, the actual increase could be anywhere between zero and five...
  • Top German Lay Catholic Group Pushes Communion for Civilly Divorced-Remarried and More

    05/18/2015 4:58:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 5/15/15 | Edward Pentin
    BONN, Germany A public dispute has broken out between Germanys top lay Catholic organization and a German bishop, after the organization issued a statement calling for a raft of new pastoral practices, which the bishop and other critics say are opposed to Church doctrine. The Zentralkomitee der deutschen Katholiken (Central Committee of the German Catholics, or ZdK) issued a statement Sunday calling for the admittance of civilly remarried divorcees to holy Communion, acceptance of all forms of cohabitation, the blessing of same-sex couples and the reconsideration of the Churchs teaching on contraception. The organization is heavily financed by the...
  • Italy: Muslims Threaten and Insult Catholic Procession

    05/18/2015 3:26:35 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    Raymond Ibrahim ^ | 5/18/15 | Raymond Ibrahim
    On Sunday, May 10, after church mass, a group of young Muslim immigrants interrupted a Catholic procession in honor of the Virgin Mary. They hurled verbal insults, shouts, and threats as the group passed in front of the Islamic Cultural Center in Conselice, a small town in lower Romagna.Approximately 100 Catholic Christians, including several small children, were preparing to receive their first Holy Communion, when Muslims from the Islamic Center began howling verbal abuses and threats at the passing procession.According to an eyewitness, During the slow procession of the sacred image, some kids on the ground floor of the building...
  • Church of Scotland (Presbyterian) allows gay clergy in civil partnerships

    05/17/2015 11:58:12 PM PDT · by Cronos · 22 replies
    Business standard ^ | 16 May 2015 | AFP
    The Church of Scotland voted to allow the ordination of ministers in same-sex civil partnerships today in a breakthrough for gay rights. The vote was passed by 309 to 182 in a vote by the General Assembly in Edinburgh. It is due to vote on Thursday on a separate measure which would allow the ordination of clergy in same-sex marriages. The move has been pushed through without a major revolt from traditionalists - the Herald newspaper reported today that only around one in 50 ministers had left the church as a result. South of the border, the Church of England...
  • How The New York Times Undervalues (Catholic) Women

    05/17/2015 7:08:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 1 replies
    federalist ^ | May 12, 2015 | Maureen Collins
    There are a few things that I do not like about being a woman. One of them is being lectured by people like Frank Bruni at The New York Times about how I am oppressed by my Catholic faith. Funny, I never realized it. Brunis article, Catholicism Undervalues Women, has many of the standing up to the patriarchy tropes anyone would expect, with some surprises and glaring factual errors along the way. He begins by wryly mentioning Pope Francis statement about equal pay for women wherein, Bruni says, the pope fashioned himself a feminist. Bruni laughs at this, assuring his...
  • Contrary to Popular Outrage, Pope Francis Didnt Call Mahmoud Abbas an Angel of Peace

    05/17/2015 4:20:02 PM PDT · by NYer · 80 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 17, 2015 | Stephen Kruiser
    Another day, another misquote.I hate to get into a public disagreement with a colleague here, but the outrage du jour seems to be based on a translation that may or may not be deliberately wrong. As the BBC and the Associated Press are at the root of it, I’m leaning towards the former. A BBC reporter in the room claimed that Pope Francis said “you are an angel of peace” while presenting a gift (which is Vatican tradition) to Abbas.The Vatican reporter for the Italian newspaper La Stampa has it differently: As is tradition with heads of State or...
  • Pope Francis Canonizes First Palestinian Saints of Modern Times

    05/17/2015 4:07:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 17, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    VATICAN CITY Pope Francis on Sunday sent a powerful message of solidarity and encouragement to Christians in the Holy Land, as he canonized two Palestinian religious sisters, the first Palestinian saints of modern times. Marie-Alphonsine, founder of Palestines first congregation, the Sisters of the Most Holy Rosary of Jerusalem, and Mariam of Jesus Crucified Baouardy, the founder of Carmelite Convents in Bethlehem and India, were raised to the altars on Sunday, along with two other women religious, one French and one Italian French nun andfoundress, Sr.Jeanne Emilie de Villeneuve, and Sr. Maria Cristina of the Immaculate Conception...
  • POPE ALLEGEDLY HALTS PUBLICATION OF ECO-ENCYCLICAL AMID CONTROVERSY

    05/17/2015 10:43:00 AM PDT · by NYer · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | May 15, 2015 | THOMAS D. WILLIAMS, PH.D.
    A Vatican insider asserts that Pope Francis has scrapped the draft of his encyclical letter on the environment and sent it back for major revision. The letter was slated for publication in early summer, but now may not be ready untilmuch later, he suggests. Citing sources within the Santa Marta residence where the Pope lives, veteran Vatican journalist Sandro Magister has written that Francis has scrubbed the draft of the text presented to him by Argentinian Archbishop Vctor Manuel Fernndez, perhaps foreseeing that Cardinal Gerhard Mller of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would have demolished it once...
  • Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/16/2015 10:00:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 31 replies
    Church Militant.tv ^ | May 16th 2015 | Christine Niles
    Breaking: Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by Christine Niles May 16, 2015, ROME, May 16, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vatican Radio announced today that Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe is being appointed as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A former Master General of the international Dominican Order of Preachers, Fr. Radcliffe is a well-known proponent of progressive ideology and has expressed views sympathetic to the homosexualist agenda. He often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council), whose...
  • More on Liberation Theology and the Soviets

    05/16/2015 8:56:24 AM PDT · by observationdeck · 20 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 5/15/2015 | Alejandro Bermdez
    If the Soviet bloc wasn't the mother of liberation theology, it was certainly a sinister stepmother, enlisting Catholics in a geopolitical cause and inviting them to sell their souls for funding and support. Only the nave can disregard the mountain of evidence connecting liberation theology with Soviet action in the region.
  • Synod Battles: "The Swiss Church was manipulated by the Liberal Lay Employees"

    05/16/2015 8:35:00 AM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 3 replies
    Rorate-Caeli ^ | 5/16/2015
    " ... The recipe for this kind of manipulation goes something like this: If a large parish with perhaps 5,000 members made a statement, this was counted as only one report. When the smaller circles with a more laxly liberal tendency made a statement (the principle being that "commandments of the Church can be removed by a vote by the Faithful, independently whether the commandment comes from Jesus Christ or not"), then that minor set of views was also counted as one vote. It must have been easy to set up two or three small group of liberals in a...
  • Is Christianity in America doomed?

    05/16/2015 6:43:47 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    The Week ^ | 05/16/2015 | Damon Linker
    Last month, New Atheist God-hater Daniel Dennett wrote an op-ed column in The Wall Street Journal that used a Pew poll to argue that the future of religion is bleak. I responded with a column of my own in which I mocked this claim, since the poll Dennett relied on actually made mixed predictions about the future of religion in the United States and painted a fairly rosy picture of its next few decades around the globe. Now Pew has released another major poll focused in much greater depth on the United States, and it's being widely interpreted as providing...
  • A modern-day St Francis? Archbishop works to rebuild Syrian Church amid destruction

    05/16/2015 4:29:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | May 15, 2015 | Matt Hadro and Adelaide Mena
    Interior of a damaged church building in Aleppo, April 2015. Credit: Melkite Archdiocese of Aleppo. Courtesy of Aid to the Church in Need. Aleppo, Syria, May 15, 2015 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A four-year civil war in Syria has left a mounting death toll and displaced millions of persons, but one bishop is staying to rebuild the Church in Aleppo, in the northwest corner of the country. “The Church is living,” Melkite Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo told CNA earlier this month. “Here, I am building, I am restoring, I am maintaining a lively Church in which every stone...
  • Iraqi Christians have lost everything except their faith, nun tells Congress

    05/16/2015 4:20:12 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    cna ^ | May 13, 2015 | Matt Hadro
    Sister Diana Momeka, OP appeared before the House of Foreign Affairs Committee in Washington D.C. on May 13, 2015. Credit: Matt Hadro/CNA. Washington D.C., May 13, 2015 / 03:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Having lost their homes, their heritage and their sense of dignity, Iraqi Christians victimized by the Islamic State feel abandoned by earthly powers, but their faith in God has only grown, an Iraqi nun told members of Congress May 13. The faith of homeless Iraqi Christians is “increasing more and more,” Sister Diana Momeka, O.P., told the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee. Many of the displaced lived in...
  • Texas Teen Says He Saw Jesus Before Being Revived

    05/15/2015 6:24:57 PM PDT · by concernedcitizen76 · 49 replies
    CBS 11 News Fort Worth ^ | March 15, 2015 | CBS 11 News Fort Worth
    FORT WORTH(CBSDFW.COM) Doctors cant seem to explain it, but one Texas family is sure it was the hand of God that brought their son back to life. 17-year-old Zack Clements is a strong, healthy and outgoing high school athlete. He goes to school and plays football at Victory Life Academy in Brownwood, Texas. It was there last week the teen suddenly collapsed while running in P.E. class. He was rushed to the hospital where doctors worked to revive him. According to Clements, they said I was without a heart beat for 20 minutes. When doctors finally got a pulse,...
  • Ted Cruz may be about to stoke religious liberty fight at state GOP convention (Tonight in GA)

    05/15/2015 3:09:25 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | May 15, 2015 | Jim Galloway
    ATHENS The fight over religious liberty legislation in Georgia is about to get much hotter. Ted Cruz is almost sure to make it so. At 7 p.m. tonight, the Texas senator will address a dinner gathering of the Georgia GOP here. His remarks will come roughly 15 hours before the convention takes up, as a platform resolution, an endorsement of SB 129, the religious liberty legislation sponsored by state Sen. Josh McKoon. A floor fight is anticipated. What will Cruz say tonight about the issue? He just gave us a preview. Said the senator: It is sad. It wasnt...
  • The religious right is worried about Scott Walker

    05/15/2015 12:03:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 15, 2015 | Leslie Larson
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), the son of a Baptist minister and an outspoken evangelical in his own right, may still have some work to do to court conservative Christians. The governor is mulling a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination and will head to Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for a meet and greet with 50 evangelical leaders, who are said to be unsure of how deeply rooted Walker's convictions are on social issues like abortion and gay marriage. "Clearly he's not well known within Washington, D.C., with social conservative leaders. He's more known for his battle with unions...
  • Is Christianity's Decline in America Due to 'Fewer Incognito Atheists,' Like Russell Moore Said?

    05/15/2015 8:02:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/15/2015 | Napp Nazworth
    The decline in Americans who identify as Christian shown by a new Pew report is mostly due to those with weak church ties no longer identifying as Christian, Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptist Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, recently wrote. Was he correct? The Christian Post contacted Pew Research Center to find out. The report, released Tuesday, found that Americans who identify as Christian fell from 78 percent to 71 percent of the U.S. population between 2007 and 2014. In the same period, the religiously unaffiliated increased six percentage points, from 16 to 22 percent. (Note: the report...
  • Judge to Protesters: End 11-Year Vigil Inside Closed Church

    05/15/2015 6:23:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 5/14/15 | Philip Marcelo
    BOSTON (AP) Parishioners of the St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Church must end their 11-year protest vigil and vacate the shuttered Roman Catholic church, a judge ruled Thursday. But the Friends of St. Frances, the group that has been occupying the Scituate church day and night since 2004, say they're not going anywhere. They intend to ask the state court to stay the ruling pending an appeal. "As of today, nothing changes," Jon Rogers, one of the organizers, declared late Thursday. "From Day One, we made a promise that we would exhaust every appeal that was available to us, and...
  • The People of Aleppo Are Losing Hope, Says Bishop

    05/15/2015 6:20:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Bishop Audo says that almost everyone would leave Aleppo if they couldThe Chaldean Bishop Antoine Audo of Aleppo, Syria has said that the people of Aleppo are increasingly losing hope. In an interview with Catholic News Service he said that over the past two months the people seem to have been losing all hope for an end to the war and the beginning of reconciliation. Bishop Audo admitted that he, too, used to talk about his hope, but now I have a tendency to say I am in an attitude of faith. I try to maintain myself in my faith...
  • Changing the Church from Within (Catholic/Orthodox Caucus)

    05/14/2015 6:59:34 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 05-13-2015 | Rod Dreher
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose has a traveling LGBT mass called All Are Welcome (see a news report about it here; the reporter enthuses that this could be a first step in changing Catholic teaching). I found out about it in this comment from a reader:... ...If I were still Catholic and lived in that Diocese, I honestly dont know what I would do. I could not go to mass in diocesan parishes that so clearly and even proudly defied authoritative church teaching any more than I could go to an Arian mass back in the day. And...
  • Christian Singer Amy Grant Defends Partnership With Pro-Abortion Gates Foundation After Criticism

    05/14/2015 3:04:55 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Steven Ertelt | May 7, 2015
    Popular Christian singer Amy Grant is defending her partnership with Melinda Gates of the pro-abortion Gates Foundation after LifeNews.com exposed the partnership and the foundations massive financial support for the abortion industry. Amy Grant is pro-life on the issue of abortion, but she recently announced she is teaming up with one the head of the most pro-abortion foundations that shuttled millions towards abortions and abortion businesses. In an opinion column on Fox News web site, Grant announced she is partnering with Melinda Gates of the Gates Foundation to push birth control and contraception in impoverished nations. Grant said she hosted...
  • Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you cant figure out

    05/14/2015 1:45:17 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | May 13, 2015 | Jonathan
    A lots been made over the millennial generation and their religious life. Why they go to church. Why they dont go to church. What they want. What they hate. Im going to do something different here. Im not going to cite Barna. Im not going to quote Rachel Held Evans. Im not going to link to any articles or blog posts. Im just going to tell you whats true for me, and what Ive seen to be true of others like me. I am one of those rascally millennials, by the way. One of those enigmatic, paradoxical, media-dependent, coffee-drinking young...
  • The Francis Effect Discussed in Rome Itself: The Catholic Church is Waking Up

    05/14/2015 12:38:31 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 80 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 5/14/15 | Michael Matt
    As Pope Francis continues his revolution against all things traditional, it is becoming clearer every day that faithful Catholics are beginning to wake up to what is really going on. Please watch and share this video post. Father Linus Clovis fearlessly addresses the issue of Pope Francis's compromise, the need to resist, the need to stay in the Church, the need to be ready to accept martyrdom rather than back down. Father Clovis is a priest of the Archdiocese of Castries, St. Lucia in the West Indies. He studied for the priesthood at the Angelicum in Rome and was ordained...
  • Reflections on the Latest Pew Survey Documenting Religious Decline Not So Fast

    05/14/2015 7:00:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 33 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 05-13-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Reflections on the Latest Pew Survey Documenting “Religious Decline” – Not So Fast By: Msgr. Charles PopeA well-publicized Pew Survey given publicity in yesterday’s Washington Post announced a kind of “doom” for traditional religion in this country. I do not dispute most of the results as an accurate snapshot of today.But snapshots have a way of recording things that eventually are replaced by other realities in the ensuing years. It is clear that what we have called “traditional religious practice” is in trouble. Cultural trends no longer favor the Sunday observance or the sectarian loyalty with which many of us...
  • Irish Government Abruptly Cuts All Funding for Catholic Marriage-Counseling Agency

    05/14/2015 6:08:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Irish government has cut off all funding for a Catholic marriage-counseling agency. The announcement that the government has blocked 378,000 ($429,000) in subsidies for Accord, an agency administered by the Irish bishops conference, comes at a time when the government has been at odds with the Irish hierarchy over a campaign for legal recognition of same-sex marriage. With a national referendum on same-sex marriage scheduled next week, opponents of the measure have argued that if the referendum is approved, the government will block funding for Church-related institutions that do not recognize homosexual unions. The cut in funding for Accord...
  • House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    05/14/2015 4:56:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 242-184 vote with four Democrats (Reps. Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, and Peterson) voting for the bill and five Republicans voting against it (Reps. Dent, Dold, Hanna, Frelinghuysen) or voting present (Hice). (See very end of this article for how members voted). Should the...
  • Denzel Washington's number one tip for successful living: 'put God first in everything'

    05/13/2015 7:16:24 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 05/12/2015 | Lucinda Borkett-Jones
    Denzel Washington told graduating students to "put God first in everything" in his commencement address at Dillard University in New Orleans on Saturday. His address covered everything from motivation and discipline, to how to think about money and success, but the underlying theme was dependency on God and gratitude for what God has given you. The two-time Academy Award-winning actor said: "Everything that you think you see in me, everything that I've accomplished, everything that you think I have and I have a few things everything I have is by the grace of God... It's a gift." Washington,...
  • Amtrak Passengers Met With Community Kindness, Catholic Sister Reports

    05/13/2015 2:25:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 13, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Father Thomas Higgins was watching television in the rectory of Holy Innocents parish in Philadelphia, where he is pastor, when he heard sirens. A few blocks away, Sister LindaLukiewski, SSJ, and Sister Julie Fertsch, SSJ, were watching television and also heard sirens. "In the inner city you're always hearing sirens, but when you hear 10, 20, 30, you know there's something going on," said Father Higgins Wednesday morning. "When I turned the news on and saw the train, and it's this close," he said of the Amtrak derailment, which took place Tuesday evening only a couple of miles from...
  • 'Catastrophe' at hand for Iraqi Christians, nun tells Congress

    05/13/2015 2:11:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | May 13, 2015 | Diogenes
    Christians in Iraq are on the edge of a terrible catastrophe, an Iraqi nun said in May 13 testimony before the foreign-affairs committee of the US House of Representatives. Sister Diana Momeka, a Dominican sister who was forced to flee from Mosul, testified in Washington pleaded for help for Iraqi Christians, saying that persecution by the Islamic State has been more brutal than any suffering endured by the countrys Christians in over 1300 years. She also testified that the help furnished by Iraqi government officials for Christian refugees has been at best modest and slow. The Dominican sister told...