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  • Successful Okla. lawsuit could stop future black ma

    08/29/2014 2:55:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies
    cna ^ | August 29, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Eucharistic Adoration. Credit: Elisa Pires via JMJ Rio 2013/Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Oklahoma City, Okla., Aug 28, 2014 / 04:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A lawyer who helped recover a stolen Host that organizers of an Oklahoma City black mass intended to desecrate said that the Church’s legal victory could have far-reaching effects. “I don’t think we’re going to see Satanists doing this again, or they’ll going to understand we’re going to come after them, anywhere, any time this happens,” attorney Michael W. Caspino of the Irvine, Calif.-based law firm Busch & Caspino told CNA Aug. 27. “We’ve now gutted the...
  • Middle Eastern Patriarch Calls for Eradication of the Islamic State

    08/29/2014 6:36:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/29/14 | Doreen Abi Raad
    Catholic and Orthodox patriarchs of the Middle East have denounced attacks on Christians and called upon the international community to work toward eradicating terrorist groups. The patriarchs met on Wednesday at the Maronite Catholic patriarchate at Bkerke, north of Beirut, for a special summit to address the crisis in the region. They were later joined by the United Nations special coordinator in Lebanon and the ambassadors of the five permanent member-countries of the UN Security Council. The very existence of Christians is at stake in several Arab countries notably in Iraq, Syria and Egypt where they have been...
  • Card. Caizares Llovera, Prefect of CDW, transferred to Valencia

    08/28/2014 1:29:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 28, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, Antonio Card. Cañizares Llovera, has been transferred to Spain at the new Archbishop of Valencia.He will fill the vacancy left with the transfer of Archbishop Carlos Osoro Sierra to Madrid.Thus, rumors that have been going around have been confirmed.What we don’t know yet is who will replace Card. Cañizares Llovera at CDW. Cañizares Llovera was known to be in line with the vision of Benedict XVI. At one point his nickname was “Ratzingerino”. His term at CDW was a bit of a mixed bag. I suspect that his successor won’t be so...
  • Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope

    08/28/2014 11:11:41 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 08.28.14 | Barbie Latza
    Italy Steps Up Security Over Alleged ISIS Plot Against The Pope Vatican scoffs at threats that Pope Francis is in the cross hairs of ISIS as Italy issues a terrorist threat and tightens security. VATICAN CITY As Pope Francis continues to straddle the fine line between calling for the end of persecution of Christians in Iraq and blessing American airstrikes against the Islamic State (also known as the Caliphate, ISIS, or ISIL), there is increasing concern for the pontiffsand the publicssafety.Earlier this week, the Roman newspaper Il Tempo published a disturbing report that Francis is in the crosshairs of...
  • Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations

    08/28/2014 9:31:23 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 7 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | August 27, 2014 | Carl E. Olson
    Prioress of Dominican Sisters in Iraq chronicles ISIS takeover, expresses fears and frustrations Sister Maria Hanna: "The disaster is overwhelming, and we are unable to comprehend it all." August 27, 2014 03:14 EST By Carl E. Olson Sister Aman Miriam places her hands in the hands of her Prioress, Sister Maria Hanna (right), as she makes Perpetual Profession of Vows, in this undated photo from the website of the Adrian Dominican Sisters (www.adriandominicans.org) Sister Maria Hanna, Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Siena in Iraq, has been posting about the harrowing situation there over the past...
  • Franciscan Leader: the Middle East is in Flames

    08/28/2014 8:13:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    The priest who serves as Franciscan superior in the Holy Land and several Middle Eastern nations told an Italian audience that the Arab Spring has brought radical change to the region. The Middle East that we have known since the [1900s], one which was born from the ruins of the old Ottoman Empire, from the end of various colonialisms and the birth of nation states, is ended, said Father Pierbattista Pizzaballa. Now begins a new period, the direction of which, however, we are not yet able to comprehend. The main concern at this moment lies in the fear of the...
  • Joined by Church Leaders, Sensenbrenner Becomes Catholic

    08/27/2014 6:54:47 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8/27/14 | Annysa Johnson
    Wisconsin Congressman James Sensenbrenner (R-Menomonee Falls) converted to Catholicism in a quiet ceremony at Milwaukee's St. Francis de Sales Seminary on Monday a private affair reportedly attended by at least two Wisconsin bishops and Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York. Sensenbrenner's office confirmed the conversion in an e-mail. But it turned down an interview request, saying the congressman "sees this as a private matter." The ceremony was first noted by Mark Silk, professor and director of the Greenberg Center for the study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College in Connecticutt, on his blog, Spiritual Politics. In addition...
  • A New Direction in (Catholic) Church Design

    08/27/2014 3:30:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 102 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 27, 2014 | MICHAEL TAMARA
    One day fifteen years ago, I happened to be channel surfing past the Eternal Word Television Network when I was greeted by a momentary flash of heavenly beauty across the screen. Quickly flipping back, I realized that it was a Mass being celebrated in an unusually majestic church with an extensively gilded and marbled interior.Having never seen this church before, I distinctly remember asking myself why todays churches cant still be built to glorify God the way this beautiful old work of art had been. Within minutes, however, I felt as though a joke too good to be true...
  • Planned Parenthood Promotes Prayer Event to Pray for More Abortions

    08/27/2014 3:15:18 PM PDT · by Morgana · 15 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Planned Parenthood abortion business officials in Ohio are looking for volunteers to pray at a pryer event. No, Planned Parenthood is not asking people to pray for an end to abortion in the way pro-life advocates pray at prayer events like 40 Days for Life. Instead the abortion giant is hoping Buckeye State residents will pray for more abortions. plannedparenthood118As this Planned Parenthood announcement indicates, the abortion corporation wants people to join an abortion activist who is calling for prayer in response to the states refusal to expand Obamacare, which funds abortion and sends taxapayer dollars to the abortion giant....
  • Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq

    08/27/2014 12:52:02 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 6 replies
    BasNews, Maqloub Mountain ^ | 27.08.2014 | Shahab Botani
    Christian holy site in Iraq -Deir Mar Mattai on Maqloub Mountain News / Kurdistan Kurdish Peshmerga Steps in to Protect the Oldest Monastery in Iraq 27.08.2014 Shahab BotaniBasNews, Maqloub Mountain After Islamic State (IS) militants took control of the city of Mosul in northern Iraq, various religious minorities that pepper the region came under attack as well in the wake of IS spread of terror. Many holy sights revered by the religious minorities have been destroyed in order to wipe their existence from history. One of the most important Christian holy sites in Iraq is Deir Mar...
  • Is James Foley a Martyr? A Brutal Death Sparks a Faith-Based Debate

    08/27/2014 11:27:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 65 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 8/26/14 | David Gibson
    From the moment news broke that U.S. journalist James Foley had been beheaded by Islamic State extremists in the Middle East, many Christians, especially Foleys fellow Catholics, began calling him a martyr, with some even saying he should be considered a saint. Yet that characterization has left others uneasy, and the discussion is raising larger questions about what constitutes martyrdom. Foleys parents seemed to validate the martyrdom label when his father, John, spoke at an emotional news conference outside the familys New Hampshire home and said he and his wife believe he was a martyr. Foleys mother, Diane, added that...
  • King of Bahrain Offers to Help 200 Christian Families from Mosul

    08/27/2014 11:21:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    The King of Bahrain, Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa, has said he is willing to help 200 Christian families forced from the homes in Mosul, according to a senior Church official in the region. Bishop Camillo Ballin, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Arabia (Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia) said in a recent interview with Vatican Radio that the monarch was not only willing to assist the families but also receive them in Bahrain. This shows his generosity towards Christians, the Bahrain-based bishop said. The monarch visited Pope Francis earlier this year, during which he presented plans for a new Marian...
  • Iraqi Christians Weigh Taking Up Arms Against the Islamic State

    08/27/2014 9:43:14 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 29 replies
    National Geographic ^ | August 27, 2014 | Rania Abouzeid
    DAHUK, IraqOf all the many ancient peoples who once lived in the land between the Tigris and the Euphrates, Iraq's Assyrian Christians pride themselves on having persisted in their traditional homeland for millennia, even as other civilizations thrived then disappeared, as languages and cultures died out, as ethnic groups melted into the ways and genetic pools of their conquerors. But today Iraq's Assyrians, and its Christians in general, fear that their place in this multiethnic, multisectarian mosaic society is shrinking, under severe threat from the ultraconservative Islamist group the Islamic State (IS). It isn't the first time that Iraq's Christians...
  • ...Turkey and its Initial Plans to Invade Libya, Sudan and Egypt

    I truncated the title; full title: Antichrist Nation of Turkey and its Initial Plans to Invade Libya, Sudan and EgyptThe entanglement between the World Federation of Muslim Scholars and the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood in Istanbul Turkey is a master plan designed by the devil. It brings together an assortment of Muslim demons to spark a Turkish campaign to create some serious trouble in Libya, Sudan and Egypt and few are paying attention how significant this is prophetically.Before the red dragon goes after Israel and the Church, and before its crescent is stomped on by the woman (Revelation...
  • Vatican Official, Syrian Prelate Call for International Force to Block Islamic State

    08/26/2014 8:44:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Vaticans chief representative at UN headquarters in Geneva has repeated the call of Pope Francis for international leaders to stop the persecution of Christians and Yezidis in Iraq, though the mechanisms of the United Nations. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi told Vatican Radio that the Holy See has two objectives for its diplomatic efforts regarding the situation in Iraq: to seek international help to stop the violence against Christiand and Yezidis, and to provide international security for refugees returning to their native villages. Questioned about Boko Haram terrorism in Nigeria, the archbishop said that the international community should support the Nigerian...
  • A Refreshed Benedict XVI Captivates Students with Homily

    08/26/2014 8:40:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/26/14 | Elise Harris
    Vatican City, Aug 26, 2014 / 12:31 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Participants in the annual Ratzinger schulerkreis study group were overjoyed at seeing the retired pontiff in good health, noting that they were deeply moved by his homily on the triumph of God's love. The homily was very moving. It was the Gospel of the day about Cesarea of Philippi where Jesus asks the apostles, 'Who do you say I am?' Father Vincent Twomey recalled to CNA Aug. 25. Peter answered 'you are Christ, son of the living God,' to which Jesus responds: you are Peter and on this rock I...
  • Pope names Philly bishop to head Toledo diocese

    08/26/2014 2:31:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cns ^ | August 26, 2014
    Bishop Daniel E. Thomas. (File Photo/CNA). Toledo, Ohio, Aug 26, 2014 / 11:39 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Tuesday named Auxiliary Bishop Daniel E. Thomas of Philadelphia to be the next bishop of Ohio’s Diocese of Toledo. “I express my profound gratitude to Pope Francis for his confidence and trust in appointing me the shepherd of the Lord’s flock here in northwest Ohio,” Bishop Thomas said at an Aug. 26 press conference in Toledo. “Aware that I am not worthy of the office, I trust in God’s Holy Will as expressed through the Successor of Peter and in the...
  • Conservative Editorial Overload With Zero ETERNAL Insight

    08/25/2014 4:16:22 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 6 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/25/14
    Today there is absolutely no shortage of political commentary from the Right and as a matter of fact, it has become a deluge of daily commentary that is drowning the conservative laymen with no REALITY or ETERNAL hope (John 1:12, Acts 16:28-30, 1 Cor. 2:2, 1 John 2:15-17)! I have found that much of this commentary is just gazed over by conservative readers and that conservative commentary writers are just preaching to conservative commentary writers the majority of the time. It seems like everybody who is anybody has a blog or a political editorial column on the Internet, or a...
  • NAirobi; Putting Our Own Eyes Out...The Bible and Islam pt 2

    Then Nahash the Ammonite came up, and encamped against Jabeshgilead: and all the men of Jabesh said unto Nahash, Make a covenant with us, and we will serve thee. And Nahash the Ammonite answered them, On this condition will I make a covenant with you, that I may thrust out all your right eyes, and lay it for a reproach upon all Israel. And the elders of Jabesh said unto him, Give us seven days respite, that we may send messengers unto all the coasts of Israel: and then, if there be no man to save us, we will come...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 24Aug14 | Alexander Griswold
    By now, weve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnt so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • Barbarians at The Gate

    08/24/2014 9:28:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 8/20/14 | Greg Erlandson
    ISIS leaders terror in Iraq, threat to march on Rome is forcing Western leaders to take actionIt may sound perverse, but perhaps we owe a small note of thanks to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the head of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Like a bullet whistling overhead, the ruthless rise of ISIS under al-Baghdadi has had the effect of concentrating the fretful and forgetful minds of Western leaders. Despite the various terrors inflicted by al-Qaida, the Taliban and other radical Muslim groups over the years, and despite the spreading regional war between Islams Sunni and Shia factions, America...
  • Fox News star jumps into 'gay' Christianity

    08/24/2014 7:06:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 120 replies
    http://mobile.wnd.com ^ | June 4, 2014 | Joe Kovacs
    The Fox News analyst who made headlines last December for saying she personally met Jesus is now entering the battle over homosexual relationships, suggesting U.S. Christians could support the concept. Could there be a future where most American Christians support same-sex relationships? asks Kirsten Powers, a former atheist who went public with her conversion to Christianity last year. If so, it will be due to the emergence of conservative Christians who say orthodox believers can support life-long, monogamous gay relationships without undermining their commitment to biblical authority. In her column in USA Today, Powers mentions by name evangelical Matthew Vines,...
  • Was Putin Right About Syria?

    08/24/2014 6:06:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 8/22/14 | Ishaan Tharoor
    What a difference a year makes. Around this time last year, the West was gearing up for military action against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who was accused of carrying out chemical weapons attacks on his own people. That intervention never came to pass, not least because domestic public opinion in countries such as Britain and the United States was opposed to further entanglements in the Middle East. Now, the U.S. is contemplating extending airstrikes on Islamic State militants operating in Iraq in Syria fighters belonging to a terrorist organization that is leading the war against Assad....
  • The Current Conflict Is Spiritual...ISlam and The Bible pt 1

    Psalm 74 O God, why hast thou cast us off for ever? why doth thine anger smoke against the sheep of thy pasture? Remember thy congregation, which thou hast purchased of old; the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed; this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt. Lift up thy feet unto the perpetual desolations; even all that the enemy hath done wickedly in the sanctuary. Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs. A man was famous according as he had lifted up axes upon the thick trees. But now...
  • From Raqqa to Mosul: Islamic "Capital" was 1st to be "Cleaned" of Christians & 1st Dhimma Agreement

    08/23/2014 3:15:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | August 23, 2014
    Cross being removed from the Armenian Church in Raqqa, Syria, 2013 Source:  Caffè Storia, August 22, 2014 It was in March 2013, at the peak of the complex phase of the civil war in Syria, when the Jihadist militants of Jabat al-Nusra captured the city of Ar Raqqah (Raqqa or Rakka) from the government troops of President Bashar al-Asad.  In May of 2013, while the United States and Europe were still discussing a possible military intervention in Syria against al-Asad and at the United Nations they were trying to find, without success, tangible proof as to who had really...
  • Frankensteins' Monster Redux The Creation of a Muslim Caliphate

    08/22/2014 9:29:23 PM PDT · by yldstrk · 2 replies
    blog ^ | unknown | Rabbi Michael Leo Samuel
    As the world watches the never-ending saga of the Israeli and Gazan conflict, civilized countries of the world are looking away from a very serious genocidal attack that is taking place in one of the oldest Christian communities in the world, the Assyrian Christian population of Mosul, Iraq, which is now controlled by ISIS. A couple of weeks ago, the Islamic Jihadists issued the following ultimatum: If they did not leave by July 19th, they would all have to convert to Islam, pay a fine, or face death by the sword. Within a few days, 3000 of the Assyrian Christians...
  • Please pray for us

    08/22/2014 7:36:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 105 replies
    August 22, 2014 | 2ndDivisionVet
    My wife just found out today that her store will close in about two months and she may be laid off. That will leave only my small V.A. pension and that won't cut it. Plus she won't have health insurance. We need your prayers. Thanks.
  • USCCB Pres. Archbp. Kurtz comments on Obama Admins slithery new HHS mandate rules

    08/22/2014 2:17:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | August 22, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The Obama Administration’s war on religion continues unabated.From Catholic News Agency: Obama administration announces new HHS mandate rulesWashington D.C., Aug 22, 2014 / 10:33 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Department of Health and Human Services issued on Friday new rules regarding its contraception mandate, after the Supreme Court ruled against its application to certain companies this summer.The rules create a new way for non-profit groups to state their objections to the required coverage, prompting their insurance company to pay for their employees’ contraceptives. For closely held for-profit companies such as Hobby Lobby, the federal department said it is asking for ideas...
  • Catholic school superintendent takes part in ALS ice bucket challenge

    08/22/2014 1:33:28 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 9 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/22/14 | John Stegeman
    Showing his support for those suffering from Lou Gehrigs disease, the superintendent of Catholic schools for the Cincinnati Archdiocese took part in the ice bucket challenge Aug. 21. Superintendent Jim Rigg was joined by Tom Otten, principal of Elder Catholic High School, on the schools campus. The challenge has taken the nation by storm to raise money in support of research into the disease, which is formally known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease for which there is no cure and no proven treatments. In the challenge, people are asked to share videos through...
  • Popes personal envoy briefs Francis after visit to Iraq

    08/22/2014 11:56:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 22, 2014 | Cindy Wooden
    Pope Francis meets Cardinal Filoni back in August (CNS) Cardinal Fernando Filoni said Pope Francis “was really taken” by the cardinal’s description of Christians and other minorities forced from their homes in north-western Iraq by militias belonging to the Islamic State terrorist group.The Pope met Cardinal Filoni early on Thursday, the morning after the cardinal returned to the Vatican following a visit to Iraq on August 13-20 as Francis’s envoy to besieged minorities there.“He was very attentive,” the cardinal said of the Pope, “and he let me speak at length. He took to heart all the situations I spoke about:...
  • Catholic Diocese of Greensburg Injunction Becomes Permanent

    08/22/2014 6:22:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Tribune -Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Paul Peirce
    A federal judge in Pittsburgh on Wednesday granted a permanent injunction to the Catholic Diocese of Greensburg and two of its diocesan affiliates that halts the enforcement of the Affordable Care Act. The injunction order by U.S. District Judge Arthur J. Schwab prevents the Department of Health and Human Services from imposing fines related to the act. In May, the diocese, Catholic Charities in Greensburg and St. John the Evangelist Regional Catholic School in Uniontown sued the department, claiming that requirements for health insurance covering abortion-inducing drugs, sterilization, contraceptives and related counseling infringes on their religious beliefs. In granting a...
  • Mission of the Patriarchs in Iraq. The Chaldean Patriarch: No to Sectarian Militias

    08/22/2014 6:08:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Agenzia Fides ^ | 8/21/14
    Erbil (Agenzia Fides) - The defense of the attacked is an absolute right. But only "the forces of the State should take charge of this defense", while the creation of differentiated militia on ethno-religious basis "can destroy Iraq". This is how - according to Lebanese sources - the Patriarch of Babylon of the Chaldeans Louis Raphael I expressed himself during his participation in the initiatives and meetings organized by the Delegation of the Patriarchs of the Eastern Churches that arrived on Wednesday, August 20 in Erbil, capital of the autonomous region of Iraqi Kurdistan, to express their closeness to refugees...
  • Pope phones family of slain U.S. journalist

    08/22/2014 5:56:53 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 5 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/21/14 | Francis X Rocca
    Pope Francis phoned the bereaved family of a U.S. journalist killed by Islamic State militants in Syria. Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said the pope phoned relatives of the late James Foley on Aug. 21 to console them for their loss and assure them of his prayers. The call to the Foley family in Rochester, New Hampshire, came in the afternoon New Hampshire time. Father Lombardi released no additional details. According to The Associated Press, U.S. officials confirmed a graphic video released Aug. 19 that showed Islamic State fighters beheading Foley, a 1996 graduate of Marquette University who had...
  • Today is a miraculous day: Dr. Kent Brantly speaks after recovering from Ebola

    08/22/2014 5:23:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Hotair ^ | 08/22/2014 | AllahPundit
    To cleanse the palate, your feelgood video of the day. Skip to 5:00 for Brantly’s portion of the presser; he speaks for more than seven minutes but the key bit, in which he describes coming down with Ebola, comes in the first three minutes. I didn’t know what to expect when I heard he’d be released but I’m surprised regardless at how fully he seems to have recovered. According to his own timeline, it’s been slightly less than a month between the moment he began to feel unwell and today’s triumphant reemergence. I’m curious to know how he thinks...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/22/2014 5:17:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 08/22/2014 | By Alexander Griswold
    By now, weve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnt so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...
  • UPDATED! OKLAHOMA CITY: Lawsuit v Satanic event, Consecrated Host turned over!

    08/21/2014 4:34:53 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 8/21/2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    UPDATE 21 Aug afternoon:I received an email that the consecrated Host has been delivered up to Archbp. Coakley.I hope there was only one and that this event is being shut down by prayers and public sensibility._______ ORIGINAL Aug 21, 2014 @ 9:37 _____I read at the National Catholic Register that His Excellency Most Reverend Paul Coakley, Archbishop of Oklahoma City has brough a suit against the people who would perpetrate a public Satanic event, a black mass. OKLAHOMA CITY Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City filed a lawsuit at noon today [20 Aug] to stop the satanic black...
  • Breaking News: Consecrated Host Returned, OKC Archbishop Drops Lawsuit

    08/21/2014 4:29:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 115 replies
    news9 ^ | August 20, 2014
    The consecrated host, who Oklahoma City's Archbishop claims was stolen by Satanic Priest Adam Daniels for use in September's Black Mass, has been returned.An attorney representing the satanic church presented the host to a catholic priest in Oklahoma City, Thursday afternoon.8/21/2014 Related Story: OKC Archbishop Files Lawsuit Over Black MassArchbishop Paul Coakley previously filed a lawsuit, asking a district judge to stop the Black Mass, scheduled for Sept. 21. With the return of the host, Coakley has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit with prejudice. Daniels released the following statement regarding the incident:"I, Dastur Adam Daniels, returned this consecrated host to...
  • Pope calls family of US journalist James Foley

    08/21/2014 2:25:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | August 21, 2014
    Vatican City, Aug 21, 2014 / 03:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has reportedly called the family of U.S. journalist James Foley, who was beheaded by ISIS militants earlier this week. According to NBC News, a Vatican spokesperson said Thursday that the Pope called Foley’s family, who was grateful and moved by the gesture. On Aug. 19, the Islamic State (ISIS), a militant group that controls territory in Syria and Iraq, released a graphic video titled “A Message to America” which shows the beheading of Foley, who had gone missing in Syria in 2012. U.S. officials have now confirmed the...
  • Kurdish forces retake 2 Christian villages; crosses restored to churches

    08/21/2014 1:02:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | August 21, 2014 | Diogenes
    Assisted by US airstrikes, forces of the autonomous Iraqi region of Kurdistan have retaken the historically Christian towns of Tel Isqof (or Telskuf) and Batnaya from the Sunni jihadist forces. Christian residents who returned to Tel Isqof were shocked by the level of destruction committed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, the Assyrian International News Agency reported. They restored crosses to their churches before beginning the task of cleaning up their town. Additional sources for this storySome links will take you to other sites, in a new window. Interactive Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Los Angeles...
  • Why South Korea is so distinctively Christian

    08/21/2014 12:10:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    The Economist ^ | 08/21/2014
    SOUTH KOREA, a dynamo of growth, is also afire with faith. This week Pope Francis will spend five days there, for Asian Youth Day and to beatify 124 early martyrs. About 5.4m of South Koreas 50m people are Roman Catholics. Perhaps 9m more are Protestants, of many stripes. Yoido Full Gospel Churchs 1m members form the largest Pentecostal congregation on Earth. Beliefs farther shores include the Unification Church, soon to mark the anniversary of its founder Sun-myung Moons "ascension". The late Yoo Byung-eun, the shifty and versatile tycoon behind the ferry Sewol which sank in April, killing 304 mostly teenage...
  • China accused of crime against Christianity

    08/21/2014 12:07:35 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 08/21/2014 | By Tom Phillips, Shanghai
    An ongoing demolition campaign targeting churches in eastern China represents a crime against Christianity and threatens to foment social unrest, a group of Chinese lawyers has warned. Hundreds of churches in Zhejiang province have suffered partial or complete demolition this year as part of what activists describe as a major crackdown designed to slow the growth of Chinese congregations. The anti-church campaign resulted in bloodshed in late July when hundreds of security forces launched a pre-dawn raid on Salvation Church in Wenzhou, a city sometimes referred to as Chinas Jerusalem, in an attempt to remove its cross. One Christian suffered...
  • Prayer source of strength for slain U.S. journalist, his family

    08/21/2014 6:16:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    In April 2013, the parents of slain U.S. journalist James Foley attended a prayer vigil at Marquette University in Milwaukee to pray for their son, who at that time had disappeared in Syria. Before Diane and John Foley had confirmation that spring that their son was missing, Diane said she just felt it - he had missed one of his usual phone calls home - and once they knew for sure, the couple said they were relying on their Catholic faith to cope and leaning on prayer to bring him home. Faith has been part of family life, but this...
  • American Decapitated by Englishman

    08/20/2014 7:11:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Steyn Online ^ | 8/20/14 | Mark Steyn
    Today, Wednesday, I started the day with Toronto's Number One morning man, John Oakley, at AM 640. We focused on two stories - the policing of Ferguson, Missouri, and the decapitation by ISIS of my fellow Granite Stater - James Foley of Rochester, New Hampshire, who was kidnapped while reporting on the Syrian uprising. His executioner - the man standing next to him in the picture at right - was speaking with a British accent. That's to say, he's one of thousands of citizens of western nations - British, American, European, Canadian and Australian - who've flocked to join the...
  • Satanist Claims Catholic Priest Gave Him Host for Black Mass

    08/20/2014 7:00:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 8/20/14 | John Burger
    Archbishop Coakley sues satanic group to hand over consecrated Host.With one month to go before a satanic group in Oklahoma City a public black mass, the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is suing to force the group to hand over a consecrated Host it claims to have. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in the District Court of Oklahoma County, claims Satanic leader Adam Daniels and his religious organization, the Dakhma of Angra Mainyu, have "unlawfully taken possession of property belonging to the Roman Catholic Church, specifically a Consecrated Host." Daniels, who has claimed publicly to have the Host, clarified in an interview...
  • Yazidis Haunted by Cries for Help as Militants Bury Victims Alive

    08/20/2014 6:56:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    Reuters ^ | 8/20/14 | Humeyra Pamuk
    Refugee Samo Ilyas Ali has nine children to feed but he can't focus on the future because the sounds of women and children crying out for help while being buried alive by Islamic State militants in northern Iraq often consume his mind. Tens of thousand of Yazidis fled their ancient homeland of Sinjar and other villages to escape a dramatic push by the Sunni militants who regard the ethnic minority as devil worshippers who must embrace their radical version of Islam or die. The refugees sit idle in camps in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region in northern Iraq. Traumatized by Islamic...
  • Considering three factors at play in Ferguson

    08/20/2014 6:25:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | August 20, 2014 | Mary Ann McGivern
    I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action. The harm Michael Brown is dead at 18. He graduated from high school and was headed for college. The promise of his life is gone. He leaves behind parents and brothers and sisters, extended family, friends, neighbors, teachers. His body lay in the street for hours and the watchers, standing outside the yellow crime-scene tape, must have been harmed by that experience. For all of them, Michael's death leaves a lifelong void. What can be...
  • St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in streets of Ferguson

    08/20/2014 2:16:55 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 4 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 8/20/14 | Catholic News Service
    Residents of Ferguson are struggling to find peace in the chaos that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest, said Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis. We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing, he said in an Aug. 18 letter to Catholics of the archdiocese. After visiting Ferguson, about 11 miles from downtown St. Louis, and offering prayers at a memorial there to 18-year-old Michael Brown, Archbishop Carlson said he has...
  • ISIS IS True Islam

    08/19/2014 6:41:30 PM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    Shoebat ^ | 8/19/2014 | Walid Shoebat
    Reading the papers is reading authors of confusion. They say “Saudi top cleric blasts al-Qaida and ISIS as ‘enemy No. 1′ of Islam” in a statement issued in Riyadh.“The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam,” the kingdom’s top cleric said.He cited jihadists from the Islamic State, which has declared a “caliphate” straddling parts of Iraq and Syria, and the global al-Qaida terror network. Really? ISIS and al-Qaida do not represent Islam? ISIS IS ISlam and ISlam is ISIS.Muslims frequently say that we, the...
  • Francis Outlook on the Conflict in Iraq

    08/19/2014 4:01:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | August 19, 2014 | ANDREA TORNIELLI
    The Pope recalls the teaching of the Catechism about the legitimacy of halting aggressors, but he does not endorse American bombings. He also reminds us of the consequences of recent wars waged by Western powers in the area and values the role of the United Nations ANDREA TORNIELLIVatican City Today we are in a world at war, everywhere! Someone told me: you know, Father, that we are witnessing the Third World War - but waged in chunks, in different chapters. Francis words on war, and on the bombs that kill both guilty and innocent alike, hitting women and children, describe...
  • The Truth about "Radical Hospitality".

    08/19/2014 4:01:28 PM PDT · by lightman · 11 replies
    American Lutheran Publicity Bureau ^ | 19 August AD 2014 | Paul Hinlicky
    Time for another ELCA "conversation," this time regarding "who is welcome" to Holy Communion. An innocuous-sounding invitation to participate came out a few weeks ago, and and similar notice appears again in the Summer 2014 Seeds for the Parish, now appearing in snail boxes across the ELCA but not yet on its website. Resources for the conversation will be available at www.elca.org/worship "by mid-August," but so far not yet. Over at lutheranforum.org, Paul Hinlicky will have none of this innocuousness in yesterday's post The Truth about "Radical Hospitality". At its conclusion, he invites readers (I would presume ELCA clergy and...