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  • Statement of the Russian Orthodox Church on the Oregon Mass Murder of Christians

    10/04/2015 11:16:20 AM PDT · by NRx · 41 replies
    ROC ^ | 10-02-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    The Russian Orthodox Church is deeply grieved to learn about the terrible terrorist action in a college in the state of Oregon in the United States, in which peaceful people were killed. What makes the tragedy even graver is that the killer consciously chose to victimize young people who confess Christianity. This glaring inhuman act confirms once again that Christianity has become the most persecuted religion in the world. Extremists in various parts of the world increasingly seek to provoke hatred and enmity among religions and nations, for which they are ready to commit the most inhuman evil deeds. The...
  • European refugee flood; revolt of the Christian laity

    10/04/2015 10:57:44 AM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    Wilmington Conservative Examiner ^ | 10-02-2015 | Timothy Whiteman
    While Europe nations from the Balkans to Scandinavia are attempting to cope with at least hundreds of thousands of refugees already on the continent, the leaders of the three largest Christian Churches in all of Christendom, albeit to various degrees, are exhorting the faithful to assist the migrants. While the Pontiff of Rome, the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, and the Patriarch of Moscow and all Rus' have expressed varying degrees of support for the migrants, the pushback is coming from an unexpected source; the Christian laity. As reported by Ilgin Karlidag of the new media Turkish Weekly news portal on...
  • Davis’ Lawyer Disputes Vatican Description of Meeting

    10/04/2015 10:39:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 48 replies ^ | 10/2/15 | AP
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Kim Davis’ attorney is disputing the Vatican’s description and interpretation of her Sept. 24 meeting with Pope Francis. Attorney Mat Staver told The Associated Press early Friday that the meeting was an affirmation of the Kentucky county clerk’s right to be conscientious objector. He says Vatican personnel initiated contact with Davis’ camp on Sept. 14 saying the pope wanted to meet her.
  • A PSalm For The Sabbath...(To my European Readers especially)

    10/04/2015 7:09:52 AM PDT · by pastorbillrandles
    10-04-15 | Bill Randles
    Psalm 92It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises unto thy name, O Most High:The mark of the Christian, is that He praises God! The dead praise not the Lord we are told, but those infused with the gift of Life are alive and can respond to Him. 2 To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night,Morning and evening,The mercy of God and his covenant faithfulness is lauded by those of the Redeemed. The lost don’t understand this, and think we are silly for always having the song...
  • The U.N. is an Endtimes Player...Armeggeddon pt 3

    For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.And they have cast lots for my people; and have given a boy for an harlot, and sold a girl for wine, that they might drink. (Joel 3:1-3)This past week has been incredibly compelling from a biblical Prophecy perspective. So much...
  • Vatican Theologian Confesses: "I’m Happy to Be Gay and I Have a Partner"

    10/03/2015 4:35:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Corriere Della Sera ^ | October 3, 2015 | Elena Tebano
    "I know I will pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes."“I want the Church and my community to know who I am: a gay priest who is happy, and proud of his identity. I’m prepared to pay the consequences, but it’s time the Church opened its eyes, and realised that offering gay believers total abstinence from a life of love is inhuman”. Monsignor Krzysztof Charamsa, 43 and Polish, who has been living in Rome for 17 years, speaks with a calm smile on his face. He is not just any priest, but has been a member...
  • Too Scared to Pray? ISIL Cancels Prayers for Fear of Russian Airstrikes

    10/03/2015 3:52:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | 10/3/15
    The Islamic State terror group cancelled Friday prayers in the Syrian city of Raqqa and emptied mosques there out of fear of further Russian airstrikes, according to activists and city residents. According to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 12 Islamic State militants were killed Thursday in Russia’s first airstrikes carried out in the group's de facto capital in Syria. "Last night, Russian strikes on the western edges of Raqqa city, and near the Tabqa military airport, killed 12 IS jihadists," Abdel Rahman, head of the observatory, told AFP. He said residents were staying indoors, and IS "has started...
  • Cardinal Burke addresses truths of marriage, family

    10/03/2015 3:05:23 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies ^ | September 13, 2015 | LAUREN RAMSEYER
    “We live at a time where the fundamental truth of marriage is under a ferocious and indeed a…diabolical attack, which seeks to obscure and sully the sublime truth of the married state as God intended it from the creation,” said His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, standing before a crowd of nearly 1,000 people in Franciscan University’s Finnegan Fieldhouse. Burke’s nearly hour-long keynote address on the evening of Sept. 8 focused on the “Instrumentum Laboris,” the draft document for the XIV Ordinary General Synod of Bishops, which will meet at the Vatican in October to address the mission of the...
  • Pope tells Synod Fathers to learn from the Holy Family

    10/03/2015 2:11:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    cna ^ | October 3, 2015 | Ann Schneible
    Prayer vigil before the 2015 Synod on the Family October 3, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik / CNA. Vatican City, Oct 3, 2015 / 12:39 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis on Saturday presided over a candlelight vigil for the Synod on the Family, calling on the Synod Fathers to listen to families, including the Holy Family, over the course of their deliberations. “The family is a place of discernment, where we learn to recognize God’s plan for our lives and to embrace it with trust,” the Pope said. “It is a place of gratuitousness, of discreet fraternal presence and solidarity, a...
  • Hardline Archbishop Set Up Kim Davis Meeting

    10/03/2015 12:27:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    Newser ^ | October 3, 2015 | Rob Quinn
    Her lawyer is now feuding with the Vatican. A Vatican official says there is now "a sense of regret" that Pope Francis ever met Kim Davis, reports Reuters—and that could be bad news for the archbishop who set up the meeting. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the Vatican's ambassador to the US, was appointed by Benedict XVI and is known for his hardline stance against same-sex marriage, the Washington Post reports. Vatican officials say Francis wasn't briefed on the Davis case and the meeting "should not be considered a form of support," which has left church insiders wondering whether Vigano deliberately...
  • The real story behind the pope’s meeting with Kim Davis

    10/02/2015 11:19:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies
    Yahoo! Politics ^ | October 2, 2015 | Amy Sullivan, senior editor
    This is what it sounds like when a pope gets mad. On Friday, Vatican spokesman Father Federico Lombardi released an extraordinary statement, personally approved by Pope Francis, debunking nearly everything that has been reported this week about a meeting between the pope and Kim Davis, the Kentucky county clerk who has refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples. The private meeting between Davis, her husband, Joe, and the pope, which Davis’ attorney says took place at the Apostolic Nunciature (Vatican Embassy) in Washington, D.C. last Thursday? It didn’t happen. Instead, Davis was one of “several dozen persons who had...
  • Vatican Source: Pope Blindsided By Meeting With Controversial Kentucky Clerk

    10/02/2015 8:32:20 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 29 replies
    CBS Chicago ^ | 10/2/15 | Jay Levine
    (CBS) — Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich is on his way to Rome tonight. Before he left, he spoke out for the first time on that controversial meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, the county clerk from Kentucky who refused to issue same-sex marriage licenses. Cupich in essence told CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine not to read too much into it. A highly placed source inside the Vatican claims the Pope was blindsided. The Vatican has since tried to distance Pope Francis from Davis. Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi said the pope’s meeting with Davis was not an endorsement...
  • African Prelates Urge Clear Teaching on Marriage in New Book

    10/02/2015 8:16:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    In another new book released just before the October meeting of the Synod of Bishops, ten African prelates call for a clear and vigorous affirmation of Catholic doctrine on marriage and the family. The book, entitled Christ’s New Homeland- Africa, emphasizes the need to resist the pressure of secularization in Africa; the prelates argue that the African continent will play a critical role in forming the Church’s response to secularization. In one of the featured essays, Cardinal Robert Sarah, the prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, critiques the instrumentum laboris, the working document for the Synod. He says that...
  • ASIA/SYRIA - Archbishop Hindo: " McCain’s Disturbing Words on Anti-Assad Rebels Armed by the CIA"

    10/02/2015 8:10:22 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Hassaké (Agenzia Fides) - "US Senator John McCain protested saying that the Russians are not bombing the positions of the Islamic State, but rather the anti-Assad rebels trained by the CIA. I find these words are disturbing. They represent a blatant admission that behind the war against Assad there is also the CIA". This is what Syrian Archbishop Jacques Behnan Hindo says to Agenzia Fides with regards to recent developments in the Syrian conflict, marked by the direct intervention of Russian military forces against the positions of the jihadi militias. "Western propaganda", said Archbishop Hindo "keeps talking about moderate rebels,...
  • Pope Francis Requested Meeting With Gay Couple, Wanted ‘A Hug’

    10/02/2015 2:54:19 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 32 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 10/2/15 | Ben Shapiro
    After the Vatican revealed Friday that Pope Francis’ meeting with Kentucky clerk Kim Davis did not constitute “support,” the Vatican revealed yet another juicy tidbit about the Pope’s trip: he requested a meeting with a homosexual couple. According to CNN, Pope Francis explicitly requested a meeting with Yayo Grassi and his partner Iwan. Francis hugged Grassi and Iwan for the cameras. According to Grassi, Francis initiated the meeting: “Three weeks before the trip, he called me on the phone and said he would love to give me a hug.” Furthermore, the Vatican, in disowning the Davis meeting, explained, “The only...
  • These African pastors want to maintain Christ's love, and truth, at the synod (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:36:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, who authored one of the essays in "Christ's New Homeland - Africa". Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ten prelates from Africa have stood up against a pastoral approach to new challenges to marriage and the family that would effectively modify the Church's doctrine, by writing essays for a book meant to be a “contribution to the Synod onf the Family by African pastors.” This is the subtitle of Christ's New Homeland – Africa, published this week by Ignatius Press, and which features...
  • What to expect from this year's synod of bishops (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 2:11:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    cna ^ | October 2, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Opening Session of the Extraordinary Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican on Oct. 6, 2014 Vatican City, Oct 2, 2015 / 10:57 am (CNA/EWTN News).- As the synod’s schedule and methodology were rolled out ahead of its launch this weekend, some novelties came along with it, such as no midterm report and a heightened emphasis on the small groups. Set to take place Oct. 4-25, this year’s ordinary synod will reflect on the theme “Jesus Christ reveals the mystery and vocation of the family” and will gather 279 cardinals, bishops and representatives from all over the world....
  • Praying for Trump

    10/02/2015 2:10:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 2, 2015 | Professor Mark Silk, Trinity College
    I miss Donald Trump. There, I said it. Mea maxima culpa. Ever since Pope Francis blew into town, nobody seems to care about him. Yes, heÂ’s still leading in the polls. But somehow, no one seems to care. HeÂ’s just kind of sitting there, mired in the low 20s, waiting for someone, anyone, to take his place. Ben Carson made a run at him, but has subsided. Carly Fiorina likewise. Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz the same. The whole damn race seems stuck in neutral. O Francis, what hast thou wrought? Apparently a need for some churching up, as Curtis once...
  • Changes to Synod of Bishops on Family unveiled (Catholic Caucus)

    10/02/2015 1:59:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | October 2, 2015
    (Vatican Radio) The Ordinary General Synod of bishops on the family, which opens in the Vatican this weekend, will be structured in a more “dynamic” way to allow greater participation of all its various members. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, held a press conference on Friday to announce the major changes to the three week meeting which will be discussing the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the modern world.” Philippa Hitchen reports….270 bishops from across the globe, 75 auditors and experts, lay and religious, and 14...
  • Vatican: ‘Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis not a show of support

    10/02/2015 1:52:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    The Vatican says Pope Francis’ meeting with Kim Davis “should not be considered a form of support of her position.” Kim Davis, the Rowan County clerk who became a grassroots conservative hero after refusing to issue gay marriage licenses, was one of “several dozen” individuals invited by the Vatican ambassador to meet with Francis at the embassy in Washington last week, said spokesman Federico Lombardi. “The Pope did not enter into the details of the situation of Mrs. Davis and his meeting with her should not be considered a form of support of her position in all of its particular...
  • Work on church honouring [sic] murdered Egyptian Copts to begin in days

    10/02/2015 11:54:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Daily News Egypt ^ | 09-29-2015 | Emir Nader
    Work will begin in the coming days in Minya on a church that was planned to honour the deaths of 20 Egyptian Coptic Christians who died in a brutal sectarian attack by militants in Libya earlier this year. Plans and licences for the ‘Church of the Martyrs’ have been finalised to begin the work, head of the Samalout municipality in Minya said, as reported by MENA state news. Major General Gamal Mubaral Qinawy confirmed that the church will be built in the village of Al-Awar, in the district of Samalout. Qinawy said that work on the construction of the church...
  • Crematorium cross removed to avoid offending non-religious visitors

    10/02/2015 11:34:57 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 09-30-2015 | Staff
    A parish is in uproar after a crematorium's cross was taken down and stuffed in a cupboard to avoid offending non-religious visitors. Around 40 per cent of funeral services held the crematorium are non-Christian so it was decided that the cross should be kept in a storage cupboard rather than behind the alter. It will be brought out of the cupboard and put up on the wall for services at Accrington Crematorium in Burnley, Lancashire, only when requested.
  • Russia is a player in Prophecy, but not the USA...

    To all who have any discernment,we are currently witnessing the diminishment of the 70 year US sphere of influence in the Middle East. I cringed as I witnessed the spectacle of Vladimir Putin’s U.N. speech excoriating the western nations for ignoring international law, dis-embowling Libya, Syria and creating ISIS through our meddling in the Middle East. Putin is a supporter of embattled Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has committed Russian ground troops, tanks, ships and an air strike force to defend Assad. Putin is also an ally of the terrorist Iranian regime. They too have poured troops into Syria to...
  • Trump Didn’t Know the Camera Was On… (video)

    10/01/2015 9:56:40 AM PDT · by Marie · 56 replies
    The Political Insider ^ | 10/1/2015 | TPIWriter
    Conservative Republican Donald Trump is leading in all the polls by historic margins. Trump, who is a Presbyterian, recently held a meeting with 40 religious leaders at his Trump Towers office. Christian Pastor David Jeremiah along with television evangelist Jan Crouch, Pastor Darrell Scott, and Jews for Jesus Rabbi Kirt Schneider. While candidates have been open about sharing their faith in recent decades, true Christians act as Christians at all times… even when no one is watching. The two and a half hour meeting about faith was constructive, and all reports are that Trump asked the Lord for wisdom and...

    10/01/2015 6:22:25 AM PDT · by knarf · 22 replies
    FB ^ | October 1, 2015 | knarf
    I just received this and considering the escalation of muslim aggression, I have every reason to believe we, in safe America, MUST be prayer warriors
  • Chilean cardinal accused of abuse cover-up [Member of the "Gang of 9"]

    10/01/2015 4:17:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    A Chilean cardinal who serves on the nine-member Council of Cardinals, which assists Pope Francis in the governance of the universal Church, gave over five hours of testimony in a civil suit filed by the abuse victims of Father Fernando Karadima, a prominent priest. Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, who led the Archdiocese of Santiago from 1998 to 2010, is accused of taking part in a cover-up. In 2011, the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith found that Karadima, now 85, was guilty of sexually abusing young males and ordered him to retire to a life of prayer and...
  • Russia in Syria: Air Strikes on Homs are 'Holy War Against Terrorism' says Russian Orthodox Church

    09/30/2015 8:05:07 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 30 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 9/30/15 | Gianluca Mezzofiore
    A Russian orthodox priest blesses a SU-27 SM fighter jet on the airfield of Belbek military airport outside SevastopolThe Russian Orthodox Church has backed the country's parliamentary decision to give President Vladimir Putin permission to use military force in Syria, saying the fight against terrorism is a "holy war". The head of Synodal department for church and society, Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin, told journalists on 30 September that the decision from the upper chamber of parliament, the Federation Council, to authorise air strikes in Syria was "consistent with international law, the mentality of our people and the role that our country...
  • Twitter blasts Pope Francis over meeting with Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis

    09/30/2015 7:28:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 17 replies ^ | September 30, 2015 | PAUL LIOTTA
    Kim Davis seemed to put an end to Pope Francis fever. The controversial county clerk of Rowan County, Kentucky, has been drawing negative attention on social media since she came to the forefront of the news for denying same-sex couples marriage licenses guaranteed to them by the Fourteenth Amendment. Now the Pope is getting some of that same social media heat for meeting with the embattled clerk during his visit to the United States last week. The meeting was first disclosed by Davis' attorney and has since been confirmed by the Vatican. When reporters asked the pope about Davis on...
  • Russia Muscles In...Syria in Prophecy pt 1

    Vladimir Putin has received authorization to use Russian military power in defense of besieged Syrian President Bashir Assad. He has wasted no time, having launched a series of airstrikes against the terror group ISIS, but there are ominous reports that Putin has also attacked US backed rebel army elements as well. The situation is very confusing, but I think it would profit to try to make some sense of it, since it has extremely serious Geopolitical implications and most importantly it is of immense prophetic significance as well. How did the world arrive at this mess? The Syrian Civil War...
  • Number of Citizens of Russia, CIS States Joining ISIS Grows Hourly, There are Thousands– Kremlin

    09/30/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/30/15
    Moscow, September 30, Interfax - Russia should start combating ISIS militants without waiting for their infiltration into Russia, Kremlin administration chief Sergey Ivanov said. "The number of citizens of Russia and nationals of CIS member states who to our great regret join the ISIS terrorist organization is growing hourly rather than daily. The issue is about thousands of such Russians, not tens or hundreds," Ivanov told journalists after the Federation Council considered president's request to use Russian armed forces abroad. "Some of them have already returned to Russia, and it is easy to suggest - no need to be a...
  • Pope Francis met Secretly with Kim Davis, Offered his Support and Prayers

    09/29/2015 7:44:35 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 9/29/2015 | Austin Rose
    Pope Francis met privately with controversial Kentucky County Clerk Kim Davis and her husband while he was in Washington, DC last week.
  • Compassion: The Refugee Crisis

    09/29/2015 2:30:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | September 29, 2015 | Julie Machado' data-summary=''>While watching the movie The Good Lie about refugees from Sudan last weekend, I couldn’t help thinking about how vulnerable one must be as a refugee;  to have absolutely nothing, not even the basic necessities of life. It is not even to be dependent on another for these necessities, but to be looking for another to give them to you. It was poignant to see the depiction of Sudanese children surviving amidst death all around them, hunger, disease and unspeakable violence.This reflection was, of course, very relevant since I live in Europe and that is all we hear about...
  • No Rest for the Watchful – Synod Prep Begins Now

    09/29/2015 10:31:37 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut
    OnePeterFive ^ | 9/29/15 | Steve Skojec
    As much as we’d like to catch our breath after last week’s papal media blitz (which we’re still processing), the Synod begins in just five days. It’s impossible to know for certain how things will play out, but with the list of synod appointees who openly defy Church teaching on sexuality, we can count on trouble. We know that last year, the coverage of faithful Catholic bloggers and news outlets was important in pushing back the Kasper agenda. We know that the bishops who participated in the Synod last year wanted their working group documents published to show where they...
  • Papal Visit - Ominous Harbinger Of Things To Come

    09/29/2015 9:08:12 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 32 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 9/28/25 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    Papal Visit - Ominous Harbinger Of Things To Come Several hours ago, the pope returned to the Vatican from the United States. We all got a glimpse into what we may expect from this pontificate - and it ain't pretty! We heard some snippets of exhortation to respect innocent life, but they were minuscule in comparison with the shillings for the allowance of illegal immigration, climate change, death penalty, arms trade, etc: all the talking points that had progressives (Obama included) waxing giddy with joy. Jim Sedlak of American Life League penned his opinion of some of the pope's addresses,...
  • Dissenters Express High Hopes for Synod

    09/29/2015 6:56:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 9/28/15 | Edward Pentin
    Meanwhile orthodox-thinking Catholics to reassert Church doctrine with four major Rome conferences scheduled for this weekAs the Synod on the Family approaches, those pushing for radical reform in the Church — or rather dissent from established Church teaching — and those upholding the Church’s doctrine, are both making their views more widely known. Beginning with the dissenters, Swiss Vaticanist Giuseppe Rusconi has helpfully summarized their views on Pope Francis and the synod. The heterodox views of 30 individuals including Italian priests, a bishop, and a leftist politician appear in a special issue of “Micromega”, a secularist journal, published in time...
  • Christian and Muslim Refugees Should be Separated, Says German Police Chief

    09/29/2015 6:50:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/29/15 | Staff Reporter
    Violence in camps has intensified as the country expects 800,000 people this yearChristian and Muslim refugees should be housed separately to prevent the escalation of religious violence, one of Germany’s leading policeman has said. Jörg Radek, deputy head of Germany’s police union, told the German newspaper Die Welt that “I think housing separated according to religion makes perfect sense.” On Sunday there were two separate fights between refugees at a temporary migrant shelter in Kassel-Calden in northern Germany, which left 14 people injured. The second involved almost 400 people. Earlier on Thursday a fight broke out between 200 Syrians and...
  • Cross Set Up at the Bottom of the Black Sea in Sevastopol

    09/29/2015 6:46:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Interfax ^ | 9/28/15
    Sevastopol, September 28, Interfax - A holy cross was set up at the bottom of the Black Sea this Sunday on the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross not far from the oldest in Crimea, St. George Monastery (Sevastopol). Before settling down the cross, there was a procession with the cross from St. Vladimir Cathedral in Khersones where the cross was kept. Among the participants were clerics and inspirers of the idea from the Materyye Bobry dive club and bikers from a local branch of the Nochnye Volki club, press service of the Sevastopol Deanery reports on Monday....
  • Jews finding less comfort on the Left

    09/28/2015 7:49:06 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 39 replies
    The Orange County Register ^ | September 27, 2015 | Joel Kotkin
    Jews are a contradictory people. Overall, achievement-oriented and very capitalistic, Jewish educational and self-employment statistics are among the highest for any religious group. They are also politically powerful; amounting to roughly 2 percent of the U.S. population – half their percentage a half century ago – Jews account for nine of 100 U.S. senators and 19 of 435 members of the House. Yet if Jews have achieved significant economic and political power, they have done so primarily as Democrats. Only one of the 28 Jews in Congress is a Republican – Lee Zeldin from New York’s Long Island – and...
  • Pope Francis and the State of the Union

    09/28/2015 7:33:26 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | 9/28/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In the first papal address ever given to the United States Congress by a Pope, the Vicar of Christ never mentioned Christ, but rather only Moses as the one who “leads us directly to God and thus to the transcendent dignity of the human being.” Given an historic opportunity to preach Catholic truth to secular power, Francis held up as models for imitation not Christ, nor any of the saints of the Catholic Church, but rather Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, the controversial convert Dorothy Day (a socialist and early women’s rights activist) and Thomas Merton, the Modernist monk whose...
  • Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only...

    09/28/2015 7:23:44 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 6 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 9/28/15 | Augustinus
    "Rorate Editorial: The Pope in the United States - Ambiguous on what should be clear, clear only on his political priorities" Pope Francis' visit has shown us once more that he can be clear and unambiguous on his priorities, and vocal and forthright in saying what he wants to say. He did not hesitate to make direct statements on immigration, on the environment, on the abolition of the death penalty and in praise of religious liberty (that is, religious liberty as understood by the Western secular consensus rather than the defense of the Church's right to proclaim the truth in...
  • Christian Conservatives’ Phantom Army

    09/28/2015 7:05:04 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 5 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rod Dreher
    Did you see the Values Voter Summit straw poll results from the weekend? From The Hill: Sen. Ted Cruz won the Values Voter Summit straw poll for the third year in a row on Saturday, a strong showing of support from evangelical voters for his 2016 presidential bid. The firebrand Texas senator won a whopping 35 percent in the poll of summit-goers, ahead of runner-up Ben Carson’s 18 percent. That margin is significantly wider than last year, where he edged out Carson by just 5 percentage points. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (Ark.) took third with 14 percent, followed by Sen....
  • Team 10: Girl barred from San Diego school due to lesbian parents

    09/28/2015 4:06:27 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 67 replies
    WGTV San Diego ^ | 9/25/15 | Allison Ash
    SAN DIEGO -- A five-year old girl is at the center of a fight that pits freedom of religion against nondiscrimination rights. It's a fight that some say could wind up in the U.S. Supreme Court in the near future. "I love my two moms." Those were the words of a little girl, who sat in front of a coffee table drawing pictures of her family instead of sitting in a kindergarten classroom at Mt. Erie Christian Academy with her peers. (snip) Team 10 reached out to the ACLU, the LGBT Center and San Diego Pride. None of the groups...
  • Pope Francis: Gov't Workers Have Right to Refuse Gay Marriage Licenses

    Pope Francis said on Monday government officials have a "human right" to refuse to discharge a duty, such as issuing marriage licenses to homosexuals, if they feel it violates their conscience............ Although the Argentine-born pontiff delved into some of the United States' thorniest political debates during his visit, he never specifically referred to a controversy over same-sex marriages, which the Church firmly opposes. On the flight back to Rome, he was asked if he supported individuals, including government officials, who refuse to abide by some laws, such as issuing marriage licenses to gays. "Conscientious objection must enter into every juridical...
  • Full transcript of Pope Francis' inflight interview from Philadelphia to Rome

    09/28/2015 11:43:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    EWTN News ^ | 9/28/15
    In a 47 minute Q&A with journalists on his way back to Rome Pope Francis touched on sensitive topics such as forgiving abusers and conscientious objection, as well as the upcoming synod of bishops and women’s ordination. The Pope answered 11 questions posed in English, Spanish and Italian Sept. 27 while on board his American Airlines overnight flight from Philadelphia to Rome. Among the themes addressed were the new, streamlined annulment process, women’s ordination to the priesthood, the migrant crisis and whether or not government officials have a right to conscientious objection. He reaffirmed the Catholic Church’s position on women’s...

    09/28/2015 7:22:13 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 13 replies
    Associated Press ^ | September 28, 2015 | Rachel Zoll
    In Congress and at a parish school, at the United Nations and a city jail, Pope Francis spent a whirlwind U.S. visit bridging the realms of the disadvantaged and elite, trying to turn the attention of the mightiest nation on earth away from ideological battles and toward a world he said desperately needs help.
  • Inside the Religious Right’s hive mind: Why Trump was booed & Carson cheered at Values Voter Summit

    09/28/2015 7:00:45 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 35 replies
    Salon ^ | September 28, 2015 | Heather Digby Parton
    Over the past several days, GOP hopefuls looked to curry favor with hardcore culture warriors. Here's what happened.Last week was one for the political books. The Pope brought his message about the need to help the poor and deal with climate change to America, apparently leading Catholic Supreme Court Justices Scalia, Alito and Thomas to boycott his historic speech to a joint session of Congress. At the same time, the evangelical activist community held its annual Values Voter Summit featuring many of the GOP presidential candidates who once would have been excited to celebrate the pope’s visit but were instead...
  • Synod’s Turn To Speak. But Decisions Will Be Up To Francis

    09/28/2015 3:12:18 AM PDT · by markomalley
    Chiesa ^ | 9/28/15 | Sandro Magister
    Back in Rome after his journey to Cuba and the United States, culminating with the world meeting of families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis is now facing the much more exacting challenge of the synod that will open on October 4, the Sunday of the liturgical year on which - as if by a jest of providence - Catholic churches all around the world will resound with these words of Jesus: “Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate.” The synod will last for three weeks, and the procedures that will be adopted have not yet been made...
  • Statue of Newly Sainted Missionary Vandalized in Carmel

    09/27/2015 8:46:22 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 35 replies
    NBC ^ | September 27, 2015
    Statue of Newly Sainted Missionary Vandalized in Carmel By NBC Bay Area Staff A statue of Father Junipero Serra was vandalized at the church where he is buried overnight Saturday in Northern California, according to the church. Serra was canonized as a saint by Pope Francis this week in a controversial move – some Native Americans say the California's missions, which Serra helped found, cut their ancestors off from their traditional languages and cultures and enslaved those who converted to Christianity.
  • <p> <b>WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS?</p> </B>

    09/27/2015 2:48:40 PM PDT · by Dqban22 · 41 replies
    9/27/2015 | dqban22
    WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS? Which one of these is Pope Bergoglio: the voice of the oppressed, the poor, the marginalized or the voice of the oppressors? In Cuba we witnessed a political, never pastoral, WHO REALLY IS POPE FRANCIS? by dqban229/27/2015Pope Bergoglio becoming the voice of the oppressors. He ignored the cry for help of 11 million Cubans marginalized, oppressed, the poorest among the poor enslaved under a brutal Stalinist regime for over 56 years. The Pope in Cuba called for "reconciliation" which in Francis' Orwellian lexicon means not to create "lios" (not to revolt), ask he asked the...
  • Pope's Homily at Conclusion of World Meeting of Families

    09/27/2015 2:46:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 5 replies
    Zenit ^ | 9/27/15
    Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave this afternoon at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. A ZENIT transcription and translation of the remarks he added off-the-cuff are included in brackets. * * * Today the word of God surprises us with powerful and thought-provoking images. Images which challenge us, but also stir our enthusiasm. In the first reading, Joshua tells Moses that two members of the people are prophesying, speaking God’s word, without a mandate. In the Gospel, John tells Jesus that the disciples had stopped someone from casting out...