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  • Archbishop Auza addresses UN Security Council

    08/01/2015 11:08:44 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 7/31/15 | Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the Unite
    Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations, addressed the UN Security Council on Thursday. His address was directed to the Council's open debate on "Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)", drawing heavily on Pope Francis' Encyclical Laudato si'. Please find below Archbishop Auza's full address: Intervention of H.E. Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN United Nations Security Council Open Debate on “Peace and Security Challenges facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS)” New York, 30 July 2015 Mr....
  • Is Planned Parenthood Murdering Babies Outside The Womb?...

    08/01/2015 9:33:32 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 26 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 7/31/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    Is Planned Parenthood Murdering Babies Outside The Womb? Do GOP Officials Have Ties To The Baby-Part Scandals? Let's look at the first question. Over the past few days I and many other pro-life bloggers have been sharing videos produced by Center for Medical Reform. Four have been released so far. These videos provide prima facie evidence that Planned Parenthood is actively engaged in trafficking of baby body parts - parts that come from the babies whom they have murdered. Heavily implicated in this activity is a business partner of theirs known as Stem Express. Stem Express, a California-based outfit, has...
  • Holy See Leaves Global Freedom Network

    08/01/2015 9:30:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 7/29/15 | Iacopo Scaramuzzi
    Sánchez Sorondo will cease to be a member of the Network’s board. The initiative was founded by Andrew Forrest with the goal of combatting human trafficking. “We do not want to be used”The Holy See no longer forms part of the Global Freedom Network, the interreligious alliance that works to combat human trafficking, launched by a foundation that is financed by Australian magnate Andrew Forrest. “The Holy See actually withdrew some time ago,” says the Chancellor of the Pontifical Social Science and Science Academies, Mgr. Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo. “We do not want to be used: a businessman has the right...
  • Words and Warnings: [Mark Mallet/Christian/Catholic]

    07/31/2015 5:46:31 PM PDT · by RBStealth · 13 replies
    Mark Mallet Blog ^ | 7/31/2015 | Mark Mallet
    IT has been on my heart for several months now to summarize for my readers the personal “words” and “warnings” I feel the Lord has communicated to me in the past decade, and that have shaped and inspired these writings. Everyday, there are several new subscribers coming on board who have no history with the over one thousand writings here. Before I summarize these “inspirations”, it is helpful to repeat what the Church says about “private” revelation: Throughout the ages, there have been so-called “private” revelations, some of which have been recognized by the authority of the Church. They do...
  • POPE WARNS OF "GENOCIDE" AS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES WORLDWIDE

    07/31/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 28 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Christians may be the most persecuted group in the world, and their persecution is on the rise. As Islamic extremism takes hold and repressive governments step up their campaigns against Christianity, the Pope has been moved to warn of “a form of genocide”, and for campaigners to speak out over “religio-ethnic cleansing.”
  • Patriarch, Putin Recall 1000th Anniversary of St. Vladimir's Death

    07/31/2015 6:25:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, joined by representatives of other Orthodox churches, recalled the 1000th anniversary of the death of St. Vladimir, prince of Kievan Rus' and a key figure in the evangelization of the Slavic peoples. "We do not forget that the light of the Orthodox truth came to us from the shores of Bosporus, from Constantinople," Patriarch Kirill said on July 27 at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. "In spite of all difficult historical circumstances, this spiritual bond has never been broken. I believe that the ties existing between us will continue to strengthen the whole...
  • Fight Against Human Trafficking, Fight for Gender-Ideology -- From One the Vatican Distances...

    07/31/2015 5:30:08 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 2 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 7/30/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Fight Against Human Trafficking, Fight for Gender-Ideology -- From One the Vatican Distances Itself, the Other Not (Rome) The Vatican has ended its cooperation in the Global Freedom Network. One of the new influential men in the Vatican, the Argentine Bishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo no longer sits on the board of the network against human trafficking and forced labor. The backgrounds for the withdrawal are unclear. The clear step has astonished because the distancing publicly and urgently demanded by Catholics had not occurred till now. "We will not be exploited," said Vatican Insider citing Msgr.Sorondo, Secretary of the Pontifical Academies...
  • Eucharistic Adoration: The Way to End Abortion

    07/30/2015 6:07:57 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 26 replies
    Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration ^ | 1999 | Rev. Victor P. Warkulwiz, M.S.S.
    The Eucharist is the focal point of the Catholic faith because it is Jesus present with us here on earth today. In the Eucharist, Jesus prolongs His presence on earth and most completely fulfills His words: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28:20). The Eucharist is Jesus' greatest expression of His love for us. Jesus expresses His love for us in three ways in the Eucharist: by re-presenting His sacrifice of the Cross in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by uniting His life with ours in Holy Communion, and by...
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • Moslem infiltration

    07/30/2015 9:25:16 AM PDT · by ravenwolf · 11 replies
    securefreedom ^ | Ann Corcoran
    Refuge camps for Moslems started in America 35 years ago https://youtu.be/6PzT8vEvYPg
  • Ten Signs Something Big Is About to Happen

    07/30/2015 6:14:45 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 119 replies
    Rapture Ready ^ | 7/30/2015 | Gene Lawley
    The impending crisis that the swirling vortex of signs and events is pressing upon this world brings to mind that song of Johnny Cash titled, “Five Feet and Rising,” where he progresses through the song’s narrative of flood waters overwhelming his family’s farm. [1] Not only does it identify with all the turbulent storms and flooding in recent months, but it resonates with the flooding of crime, murders, rioting, sexual assaults and social immorality. Not a pretty sight, for sure! One of the prophecies proves my point, however, according to 2 Timothy 3:1-5: “But know this, that in the last...
  • China's Christians Protest 'Evil' Communist Campaign to Tear Down Crosses

    07/30/2015 4:53:16 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Tom Phillips
    More than 1200 crosses have been torn down by authorities in the past two years sparking anger and street protestsChristian leaders – including an 89-year-old bishop – have taken to the streets of eastern China to protest against an “evil” campaign to remove crosses that many see as a coordinated Communist party attack on their faith. Activists say more than 1,200 crosses have been stripped from churches in Zhejiang province since the government initiative began in late 2013. There has been a spike in such actions in recent weeks. On Friday, around 20 Catholic clergy staged a rare public demonstration...
  • LGBT Grant-Maker Wants to Win Religious Liberty Fight Within Three Years

    07/30/2015 4:47:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/29/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA).- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years. And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious freedom exemptions in the United States. “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim...
  • African Bishop Points Out Hypocrisy of Obama’s Pro-Homosexual Agenda

    07/30/2015 4:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    US leader stands accused of the same bullying he himself denounced on eve of African tripPresident Barack Obama’s cajoling of Kenyan leaders to accept “LGBT rights” has met with a notable backlash from African bishops and other state and religious leaders, with one African bishop drawing attention to the hypocrisy of Obama's LGBT agenda. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit on Friday, his first visit to his father’s homeland as US president, before heading to Ethiopia on Sunday for a one-day visit. At a joint press conference held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama advocated for...
  • NJ Church Group to Sleep at Philly Zoo in Order to See Pope

    07/30/2015 3:22:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 7 replies
    NBCPhiladelphia.com ^ | July 30, 2015 | Jen Maxfield, David Chang
    While some people are spending as much as $600 a night at hotels for Pope Francis’ highly anticipated visit to Philadelphia, a North Jersey church group is spending less money on a far less luxurious place to stay: the Philadelphia Zoo.
  • Peculiar Preachers [vanity]

    07/29/2015 8:07:20 PM PDT · by Heart-Rest · 34 replies
    PECULIAR PREACHERS These preachers are definitely not modern-day "Billy Grahams". These preachers all claim to be guided by the Bible and the Holy Spirit (as do all Christians). "Knocking 'Em Down" Preacher (Deodorant problem?) "Oi-oi-oi-oi..." Preacher- Video Clip 1- Video Clip 2 (2nd clip is just expanded version of 1st clip) "Jovial" Preacher (of happy memory) (Holy laughter???) "Tattooed" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (Theology of tattoo-ology.) "Screaching" Preacher (Please turn down the volume a tad.) "Laughing" Preacher- Video Clip One- Video Clip Two (More holy laughter???) "Drunken Glory" Preacher- Video - Article "Pro-Queer-Pervert" Deacon / Sunday...
  • Peaceful pro-life prisoner Mary Wagner freed after seven months in jail

    07/29/2015 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Lianne Laurence
    MILTON, ON, July 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was released from Vanier Centre for Women Saturday, July 25 after seven months in jail. “Of course, I’m pleased to be out,” the 41-year-old told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, taking time from sorting through all the gifts and cards from supporters that were forbidden to her while in jail. “I’m thankful for the prayers and support.” Wagner says she plans to visit her parents in BC, and to write an open letter to supporters to express her thanks and her thoughts, similar to one she...
  • A Skeleton, a Catholic Relic, and a Mystery About American Origins

    07/29/2015 12:31:45 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 30 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/28/15 | Adrienne LaFrance
    After 400 years in the Virginia dirt, the box came out of the ground looking like it had been plucked from the ocean. A tiny silver brick, now encrusted with a green patina and rough as sandpaper. Buried beneath it was a human skeleton. The remains would later be identified as those of Captain Gabriel Archer, one of the most prominent leaders at Jamestown, the first permanent English colony in America. But it was the box, which appeared to be an ancient Catholic reliquary, that had archaeologists bewildered and astonished... ...It’s the kind of discovery that makes historians, anthropologists, archaeologists,...
  • Spanish Bishop: Transgendered Person May Not Serve as Godparent

    07/29/2015 6:22:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    A Spanish bishop has determined that a 21-year-old woman who identifies herself as a man may not serve as a godparent at the baptism of her nephew. Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta said that the parish priest was "kind and understanding" in conveying to Alex Salinas, a woman who plans to undergo a sex-change operation, that while she cannot serve as a baptismal sponsor because of canonical requirements that a sponsor live in accordance with the faith, she could spiritually encourage and help the child in living the faith. "No one should be surprised if someone cannot...
  • Dying for Christianity: Millions at Risk Amid Rise in Persecution Across the Globe

    07/29/2015 6:18:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 7/27/15 | Harriet Sherwood
    Increase in murder, as well as rape, torture and discrimination, has led the pope to warn of a ‘form of genocide’ Christians are facing growing persecution around the world, fuelled mainly by Islamic extremism and repressive governments, leading the pope to warn of “a form of genocide” and for campaigners to speak of “religio-ethnic cleansing”. The scale of attacks on Christians in the Middle East, sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and Latin America has alarmed organisations that monitor religious persecution, with most reporting a significant deterioration in recent years. On his recent trip to Latin America, Pope Francis said he was dismayed...
  • Patriarch Urges Pope to Visit Iraq

    07/29/2015 6:09:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    ANSA ^ | 7/28/15
    Papal visit to Baghdad would be welcomed by all, he says- A visit by Pope Francis to the people of Iraq would give them desperately needed encouragement and strength, Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako said. In an interview published on the Vatican Radio website, he urged Pope Francis to make a pastoral visit to Iraq to give the Arab world's embattled Christians hope and the strength "to persevere and not to leave". Iraqi Christians feel close to the pontiff, "but they are awaiting his pastoral visit," the patriarch said. "We need his presence among us, so that...
  • President of Planned Parenthood Did Her Cause No Favors (Protestant Caucus)

    07/29/2015 5:49:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 23 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | July 29, 2015 | Denny Burk
    (Denny Burk is Associate Professor of New Testament and Dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate arm of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.) The President of Planned Parenthood Cecile Richards did her cause no favors in her appearance this morning on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” (see above). Stephanopoulos was not a hostile interviewer, yet Richards failed to answer the simplest of questions put to her. It was clear that she had a set of talking points that she was determined to repeat no matter what Stephanopoulos asked. Instead of actually answering the questions, she kept repeating the talking points ad...
  • Google Autocomplete Won't Suggest "Racist" or "KKK" for Margaret Sanger Search

    07/28/2015 7:02:41 PM PDT · by Diago · 12 replies
    Margaret Sanger Blog ^ | July 28, 2015 | Brother Declan
    The power of suggestion. When you type "Margaret Sanger" into any search engine (besides Google) the Autocomplete suggestions for Yahoo, Bing, Aol and DuckDuckGo include terms like "racist," "Negro Project," "eugenics," "KKK," and "colored people," among others. The Google Autocomplete, however, will suggest none of those terms to finish a Margaret Sanger search.  Instead, the Google search engine suggests "apush," "speech," "award," and "books." Of the mere four words suggested by Google, only the term "award" is suggested by any of the other search engines.  We just find this strange.  What is the purpose of Autocomplete?  To help users...
  • Obama DOJ to Investigate…the Center for Medical Progress

    07/28/2015 4:45:51 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 20 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/27/15 | Matthew Archbold
    Videos by the Center for Medical Progress clearly shows top officials from Planned Parenthood discussing selling human body parts for profit, performing partial birth abortions, and discussing the destruction of the unborn in the most reprehensible and inhumane ways. So, of course, the Obama administration has decided to investigate...the Center for Medical Progress. Politico reports: While congressional committees investigate Planned Parenthood’s practices, the Justice Department agreed to look into whether the group that released the sting videos obtained the footage legally. In response to a request by House Democrats, Attorney General Loretta Lynch said Wednesday afternoon that Justice would “review...
  • Satanic Temple Requires Attendees of Event to Sign Over Soul to Devil

    07/28/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 104 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 28, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The Satanic Temple of Detroit threw off protesters of their unveiling of a demonic statue by leaking word that the event would take place in one place but holding it in another. In addition, in an apparent attempt to weed out Christian moles who might disrupt the presentation of the statue, the Satanic Temple required everyone who had a ticket (for which they paid $25 and up) to sign a quasi-legal document in which they agreed to “transfer” their soul to Satan.​ “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am...
  • The Pity of Christ

    07/28/2015 11:26:48 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 7/28/15 | Fr. George W. Rutler
    Christ cannot be psychoanalyzed because he is perfect. It would be like seeking flaws in pure crystal or long shadows at high noon. That is why he may seem from our fallen state in a singularly ill-contrived world as both severe and merciful, ethereal and common, rebellious and routine, rustic and royal, solitary and brotherly, young and ageless. His perfection is a stubborn enigma to the imperfect, but if there is to be one hint of the art that moves his mind, it will be in his pity. It will be in his pity for the whole world when he...
  • New York Churches Receive Tearful Farewells

    07/28/2015 4:49:29 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/26/15 | Melanie Grayce West
    Thousands of Catholics attend final services at parishes set to closeParishioners of the Roman Catholic Church of All Saints in Harlem openly wept at Mass on Sunday as the sounds of the choir lifted up to the soaring ceilings. Rosalind Maybank, president of the usher board, broke into tears as she thanked congregants for spending one last Sunday “with your family.” “It’s very hard, but the love that we share among each other will always be with us no matter where we go, whatever church we go to,” said Ms. Maybank, 68 years old, as sunlight poured in through the...
  • Exclusive Report—The Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/27/15 | Michael Voris
    It took only a moment and it was over. But in that moment, much changed. In a warehouse near the river in downtown Detroit, on the eve of the feast of St. Anne, patroness of Detroit, a statue to the demon Baphomet was unveiled. The event was sponsored by the Satanic Temple and was described as the "largest public satanic ceremony in history." Whether that claim is true or not, hundreds of people turned out for the event by first being directed by e-mail to a decoy location — a deserted bank in a seedy Detroit neighborhood — where they...
  • Proselytizing climate change from the church pulpit

    07/27/2015 11:20:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 8 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 7/27/15 | Judi McLeod
    The triumvirate imposing man-made global warming on civil society as the 21st century’s top issue may have started at the United Nations, but it picked up steam with President Barack Obama somewhat, then surrealistically moved on to include the Vatican through Pope-Gone-Activist-Francis-Bergoglio. The climate change movement has long dictated what the masses could eat and wear, what they could drive and where they would live. They are now dictating to the masses what religion to practice, and their green religion is not Christianity. The hierarchy of the global warming/climate change movement pay loyal allegiance to the pagan religion of Gaia...
  • NOW ARCHANGEL BATTLES DEVIL IN DETROIT

    07/27/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | July 27, 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place.Just after 11p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil.Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas, where they plan to set it beside the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol. This is the same statue they attempted to erect...
  • Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

    07/26/2015 3:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Patheos' The Friendly Atheist Blog ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hemant Mehta, editor
    Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms. Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda: “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks, a...
  • The Shemitah Unraveled: What 2015-2016 Could Bring

    07/26/2015 12:10:38 PM PDT · by metmom · 163 replies
    CHARISMANEWS ^ | 3/10/2015 | Troy Anderson and Jessilyn Justice
    As the world waits to see what the end of a seven-year biblical cycle known as the Shemitah may bring this fall, New York Times best-selling author Rabbi Jonathan Cahn issued a warning to prepare for economic calamity, war in the Middle East or even worse. *snip* In The Mystery of the Shemitah, Cahn described how this biblical pattern is connected to numerous events in modern history, including the rise of America to superpower status, World Wars I and II, the return of the Jewish people to their ancient homeland, the Six-Day War and even the rising of the World...
  • Francis Fund donating to Planned Parenthood-affiliated charity?

    07/26/2015 8:48:51 AM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies
    SaveJerset.com ^ | July 23,2015 | Matt Rooney
    By Matt Rooney | The Save Jersey BlogThis one is hard to wrap your mind around, Save Jerseyans.The obvious takeaway will be “is there anyone, or anything, left that’s worthy of our trust?”Background: “Six Camden-based charities will receive funds through the Francis Fund, a short-term fund in honor of the papal visit” ahead of Pope Francis’s much-celebrated World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia this fall. It’s apparently a project of the event’s affiliated Hunger and Homelessness Committee; Sister Mary Scullion, a Sister of Mercy, chairs the committee, and Archbishop Charles J. Chaput provides a welcome message on the site.New Jersey...
  • Pope Francis Strikes Hands With Anti-Life Mayors Promoting Death In Guise of Climate Change Concerns

    07/25/2015 6:23:22 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 19 replies
    Restore-DC-Catholicism ^ | 7/23/15 | Restore-DC-Catholicism
    This past Tuesday the Vatican hosted about 150 mayors of cities throughout the world with the ostensible goal of "combating climate change". Ten of those were US mayors, most being pro-abortion. They included Bill De Blasio of New York. Joining them was CA Governor Jerry "Moonbeam" Brown. They met in a workshop entitled "Modern Slavery and Climate Change: The Commitment of the Cities". Hosted by the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, the meeting was hosted by rabid population-control advocate Jeffrey Sachs. I've written about both these before in recent months. As Breitbart points out, Tuesday's seminar was immediately followed by...
  • Court: Family-Run Pharmacy Must Carry Plan B Despite Religious Objections

    07/25/2015 5:54:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/24/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so. “Today’s decision is unfortunate,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on Thursday. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.” At issue is a 2005 state law that mandates pharmacies provide the morning-after and week-after contraceptive pills to customers even if they religiously object to doing so. Individual...
  • How Does A Heart Hardened?

    07/24/2015 9:32:18 PM PDT · by Cecilia Trent · 41 replies
    Growing Up In The Word ^ | 07/25/15 | James Trent
    A hardened heart is unnatural. Sadly many of God's children are walking around with hearts so hardened that they are unable to experience intimacy with God, themselves or others. Since we were created for connection and relationship with God first then others, a hardened heart will cause us to live isolated and withdrawn never truly experiencing the joy, peace, love and the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. How does a heart hardened? A prolonged struggle. Perhaps you have grown weary in the trial even blaming God for not changing the circumstances. Maybe you have a deep wound,...
  • The Faithful of Australia Work to Open a Catholic University in Erbil [Iraq]

    07/24/2015 6:31:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vatican News ^ | 7/23/15 | L’Osservatore Romano
    Catholics in Iraq are 'challenging' the Islamic State not with weapons or violence but through education and teaching, thanks to the contribution and support of Australian Catholic University. This October courses will begin at the Catholic University of Erbil, which was desired by the Chaldean Church in Iraq as a concrete way to aid the Christian youth in the Middle East. In recent days, Archbishop Bashar Matti Warda of Erbil for Chaldeans met with representatives of Australian Catholic University (ACU) and the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Archbishop Denis James Hart of Melbourne in order to better...
  • "ISIS Is Growing," Says Chaldean Catholic Patriarch in Iraq

    07/24/2015 6:23:26 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/24/15 | Vatican Radio
    Baghdad prelate calls for serious action against Islamic terrorists, seeks to ease suffering of familiesVATICAN CITY — The Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad, Louis Raphael Sako, says he is personally “very worried” about his nation’s future and warns that the so-called Islamic State, ISIS, “is growing” in strength and influence each day and nowadays the militant group is “like a real state.” In a recent gesture of solidarity, the Iraqi Patriarch donated food and medical supplies to displaced Muslims living in a refugee camp near the city of Ramadi. Accompanied by other members of the Church and representatives of Caritas Iraq,...
  • I Thought Planned Parenthood Protected Family Values (Protestant Caucus)

    07/24/2015 6:01:09 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 33 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | July 21, 2015 | Rosaria Butterfield
    I was 11 years old when Roe v. Wade (1973) gave women a constitutional right to abortion. My parents told me a story to help me understand this momentous event. Here was the content: a member of my family, whom I loved, once used her own knitting needles to abort a baby she knew she couldn’t afford to feed. Here was the meaning: we were practical, hard-working Italians, and nothing was going to hinder us from achieving the American Dream for each and every family member. This was a story of heroism. The woman was a matriarch who knew how...
  • This is Free Republic. We're on a mission from God.

    07/23/2015 6:10:35 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 150 replies
    Jim Robinson
    This is Free Republic. Our mission here is to fight against the America-hating, God-hating, capitalism-hating, abortionist/homosexualist leftist revolutionaries and marxist/fascist totalitarians who are hellbent on destroying our constitution, our religious freedom, our economic freedom, our Judeo-Christian way of life and the America we love. Pro-life, pro-family, conservative Catholics, Protestants and Jews are not the enemy. All pro-life, pro-family pro-America believers in our one true Judeo-Christian God are our guests, friends and allies in this effort, so please quit attacking your allies! Your attacks are not going to convert anyone. Please save your ammunition for the enemy. We’re on a mission...
  • Abortionists use a language rooted in a need to disguise brutal realities #PlannedParenthood

    07/23/2015 6:06:37 PM PDT · by Diago · 7 replies
    Cleveland Plain Dealer ^ | 7-23-2015 | Kevin O'Brien
    Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards has had her hands full since the Center for Medical Progress began releasing its undercover videos.Cliff Owen / Associated Press  COLUMBUS, Ohio — It may not be time to write about this, because there may be more damning video to come from the Center for Medical Progress' masterful ambushes of Planned Parenthood officials.But it's also the perfect time to write about this. I'm sitting in a hospital waiting room, waiting for my daughter to deliver my second grandchild, and babies are just kind of where my calvarium is at right now.Calvarium? That's abortion clinic...
  • What are they doing at Church of Our Saviour? The pastor explains (Fr. Rutler's former parish)

    07/23/2015 3:02:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 22, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    >There’s been a lot of attention this week to work that’s been undertaken at New York City’s celebrated Church of Our Saviour parish on Park Avenue—for many years, pastored by Fr. George Rutler. Icons that have decorated the church walls for years were mysteriously removed and some feared a “wreckovation” was about to take place.My blog neighbor Katrina Fernandez has written about this at some length and has been following the story closely.Here’s a photo of the sanctuary from a few years back:Late today, a post appeared on the parish’s Facebook page, offering the pastor’s explanation.  Note the image below, followed...
  • Charred Remains of 1,500-Year-Old Hebrew Scroll Deciphered

    07/23/2015 6:28:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LiveScience.com ^ | 5/20/15 | Elizabeth Goldblaum
    A burned 1,500-year-old Hebrew scroll found on the shore of the Dead Sea was recently deciphered, 45 years after archaeologists discovered it, researchers in Israel have announced. "The deciphering of the scroll, which was a puzzle for us for 45 years, is very exciting," Sefi Porath, the archaeologist who discovered the scroll in 1970 in Ein Gedi, Israel, said in a statement from The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). The Ein Gedi parchment scroll is the oldest scroll discovered from the Hebrew Bible since the Dead Sea Scrolls, which date to the end of the Second Temple period, about 2,000 years...
  • UK is Denying Refuge to Christians Fleeing ISIL, Say Church Leaders

    07/23/2015 4:51:42 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Charity launches petition with backing of Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, calling on the Government to provide a safe haven for Christians fleeing jihadi tyranny in Syria Church leaders have accused David Cameron of “turning his back” on Christians facing genocide in Syria and Iraq by failing to offer them refuge in the UK. Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, led criticism aimed at the Government for failing to provide a safe haven to Christians trying to flee the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil). He will sign a petition that is being launched on...
  • Stop Preaching PC ‘Christianity Light,’ Says German Cardinal

    07/23/2015 4:23:58 AM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 7/21/15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Church leaders must teach the true Faith even if it means "risking execution by the media"DÜSSELDORF, July 21, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - In a recent interview with German newspaper Rheinische Post, retired German cardinal Walter Brandmüller urges the Church to stand up for the Faith against a "perverse lust for self-destruction" among some of Her members. Such a tendency, he observes, often manifests in "undermining the procreation of life in different ways and in putting into question the natural sexual identity of man and woman." Cardinal Brandmüller, former head of the Pontifical Committee for Historical Sciences, says Catholic leaders must reject...
  • Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?

    07/22/2015 6:23:16 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    NY Times Magazine ^ | 07-22-2015 | ELIZA GRISWOLD
    ...The future of Christianity in the region of its birth is now uncertain. ‘‘How much longer can we flee before we and other minorities become a story in a history book?’’ says Nuri Kino, a journalist and founder of the advocacy group Demand for Action. According to a Pew study, more Christians are now faced with religious persecution than at any time since their early history. ‘‘ISIL has put a spotlight on the issue,’’ says Anna Eshoo, a California Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives, whose parents are from the region and who advocates on behalf of Eastern Christians....
  • D.C. archdiocese won’t say if they’ll cover same-sex spousal benefits

    07/22/2015 5:10:09 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Lifesite ^ | 7/22/15 | Lisa Bourne
    In the wake of the Supreme Court decision creating gay “marriage” nationwide, the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., is leaving it unclear for now whether they intend to allow employees in same-sex “marriages” and offer them same-sex spousal benefits. In a blog post on June 26, the day of the ruling, Cardinal Donald Wuerl indicated the archdiocese is struggling over the issue.“On a very practical level, there is a concern about the new definition of ‘spouse’ and its legal ramifications,” he said. “In this area for example, we must find a way to balance two important values, the provision of appropriate...
  • Trump Tells Christians 'I'm Presbyterian' and 'Proud of It'

    07/22/2015 3:47:34 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 74 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | July 22, 2015 | Leonardo Blair, reporter
    Republican presidential candidate and unabashed billionaire Donald Trump is touting his Christian roots as a proud Presbyterian and has pledged to be the greatest representative of Christians in office, if he becomes president. In an interview with CBN less than a month before he announced his run for president on June 16, Trump — who currently leads all candidates for the GOP's nomination according to recent polls — touted his faith and promised that if he becomes president, he would be the best representative of Christians in the White House that America has seen in a long time. "First of...
  • Pope Francis' approval rating nosedives among conservatives (Catholic Caucus)

    07/22/2015 7:52:43 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 58 replies
    Politico ^ | July 22, 2015 | Nick Gass
    Pope Francis is not as popular a pontiff as he used to be in the United States — especially among conservatives — according to a new Gallup survey out Wednesday. A larger share of American Catholics say they don’t have a favorable view of their church’s spiritual leader. A little more than seven in 10 (71 percent) have a favorable image of Francis, a drop of 18 percentage points from last year.
  • Is the Pope a socialist?

    07/22/2015 6:53:22 AM PDT · by EBH · 41 replies
    Vatican City, Jul 22, 2015 / 03:31 am (CNA).- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism. The gift of a “communist crucifix” from Bolivia’s president Evo Morales and uncertainty over the Pope’s response fueled controversy for several days, while Morales told the Associated Press after the visit that he thought that the Pope’s emphasis on a world without exclusion amounts to socialism. “I don't know whether it’s communism, but it is socialism. He's talking about community, about living in harmony,” Morales said July 10. He added: “I feel like...