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  • Exclusive Report—The Devil in Detroit

    07/27/2015 6:22:46 PM PDT · by markomalley · 8 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 · 148 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 · 34 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...
  • Under Sharia Law ....

    07/22/2015 6:44:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
    FB ^ | July 22, 2015 | Miriam Io Solobay Miller
    Under Sharia Law Pedophilia does not exist. It is within their culture to marry and rape children becuse its within their marital rights to do so. Copy and paste this on ALL muslim stories! Flood them with the truth!
  • [16 Year Old] Coptic Boy’s Ramadan Gesture Ends in Detention

    07/22/2015 6:23:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    At sundown each day during Ramadan, which ended on 17 July with the Eid-al-Fitr celebrations, observant Muslims customarily broke their fast at their evening iftar meal by eating dates. A week prior, on the evening of 10 July, 16-year-old Fawzi Osama was on the street in the northern Egyptian city of Alexandria, handing out dates to those hurrying home before sundown. In a country that is 90 per cent Muslim, nearly every passer-by was, almost by definition, Muslim. Osama, however, is a Coptic Christian, and in each small plastic bag of dates he also had included a slip of paper...
  • Archbishop Gänswein on Synod: 'Why Do Some Pastors Want to Propose What’s Not Possible?'

    07/22/2015 6:17:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Archbishop Georg Gänswein has questioned why some bishops-- particularly in his native Germany-- are proposing the admission of divorced and remarried Catholics to Communion, when that step is "not possible." The prefect of the pontifical household, who has worked closely with both Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis, also spoke about the similarities between the two in an interview with +1, a publication of the International University of Catalonia. Archbishop Gänswein said that speculative theories about the resignation of Pope Benedict, which point to some pressure or motivation beyond the outgoing Pope's brief resignation statement, are "altogether devoid of foundation."...
  • Do YOU personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures teach.

    07/22/2015 6:13:14 AM PDT · by knarf · 260 replies
    The Bible ^ | July 22, 2015 | knarf (inspired by The Ignorant Fisherman)
    Romans 10:13King James Version (KJV) 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
  • The Rise of a New Darkened America

    07/22/2015 6:04:40 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 8 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/22/15
    Much has changed in America since the last year... since the last few months and weeks even! The hope and joy that once filled American has turned to great despair and dread concern. We have had many great challenges before in our nation's past but we have never experienced an inward hostile take over of our three branches of government as we have last week. The years of leftist preparation and incrementalism have finally paid off and they have seized the power and are now implementing their socialistic secular lawless tyrannical agenda full bore. This present state of helplessness and...
  • The Progressive Coup Has Already Taken Place America! Wake Up!

    07/22/2015 5:57:27 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 12 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/22/15
    The Progressive coup has already taken place here in America and has won the day, and I challenge anyone anywhere to prove what I am saying is wrong. However the poetic justice in all this is that the Left's delusional godless Utopian visions are heading them straight into the Day of the Lord (Rev. 6-19) with the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse ready to greet them (Rev. 6). O Fools!! There can NEVER be a Utopia where lawlessness super abounds and apart from the saving grace of Jesus Christ and His RIGHTEOUSNESS (Dan. 2:43-44, 7:13-14, Rev. 21-22:1-5). While Conservative talk...
  • Britain's House of Lords debate freedom of religion and belief

    07/21/2015 12:52:14 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Law & Religion UK ^ | 07-21-2015 | Frank Cranmer
    On 16 July [column 766 ff] the House of Lords debated a motion moved by Lord Alton of Liverpool (CB), as follows: “That this House takes note of worldwide violations of Article 18 of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the case for greater priority to be given by the United Kingdom and the international community to upholding freedom of religion and belief”. He began by quoting Article 18 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief,...
  • The Gates of Hell (Protestant Caucus)

    07/21/2015 6:18:05 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 46 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | April 1st, 2013 | R.C. Sproul Jr.
    From The RM home page: Religion Forum threads labeled “Caucus” Caucus threads are closed to any poster who is not currently and actively a member of the caucus group. (IOW, ALL Protestants are welcome to participate.) As a Presbyterian, I’m not terribly comfortable with the language of spiritual warfare. I’m not given to subtle premonitions, nor do I have an internal “powers and principalities” alert system. But I’m also not spiritually blind. So, despite my austerity and native skepticism, there was no denying what I was feeling as I stood on the sidewalk outside one of Orlando’s abortion mills. Though...
  • State Duma Deputy Asks Russian Foreign Minister to Initiate International Tribunal for ISIL

    07/21/2015 4:52:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Interfax ^ | 7/21/15
    Moscow, July 21, Interfax - Deputy head of the faction of A Just Russia in the State Duma Oleg Nilov has sent a petition to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov requesting to consider the possible initiation by Russia of the establishment of an international tribunal for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant at the UN Security Council, Izvestia wrote on Tuesday. "By sending my petition I would like to remind you that the primary task of international institutions is the resolution of problems threatening the entire world. ISIL is a No 1 world threat but despite this hundreds...
  • ‘Laudato Si Was a Wake Up Call,’ Says California Governor

    07/21/2015 4:46:07 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/21/15 | Cindy Wooden
    Gov Jerry Brown was speaking ahead of meetings organised by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences on climate changePope Francis’s encyclical letter on the environment was “appropriate and absolutely essential” for waking people up to the dangers of climate change, the Governor of California has said. “The world is going its merry way, with a few notable exceptions, and climate change is building up in very soon-to-be irreversible ways that will very dramatically increase human suffering,” the 77-year-old governor Jerry Brown told Catholic News Service in Rome. Brown was scheduled to speak from July 21 and 22 at meetings organised by...
  • Hammer-and-Sicklegate: What It Reveals

    07/20/2015 7:08:52 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    The Remnant Newspaper ^ | 7/20/15 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As usual, the neo-Catholic cover-up of disaster has failed. Pope Francis not only accepted but took home with him the blasphemous depiction of Christ on a hammer and sickle—the very symbol of the massacre of scores of millions of Christians in the name of an ideology whose aim was to wipe Christianity off the face of the earth. As Francis revealed on the flight home during his usual off-the-cuff blabbing to reporters: Reporter on plane: Did you leave it there [in Bolivia]? Pope Francis: No, it’s traveling with me. Of course, Francis never said: “that’s not right” when presented with...
  • America the Great?

    07/20/2015 3:30:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 06-30-2015 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    ...Of course I have no idea whether the recent decision presages an upswing in hostility to Christians of traditional faith, much less a persecution of them. But even if it does, and doomsday scenarios are proved prescient, and dark times come, there is still no reason for panic or to rush around proclaiming that the sky is falling. All it will mean for us is a return to the catacombs. We were fine down there then, and we will be fine now. America has for some time regarded itself as being a Christian nation, with a Constitution and a judiciary...
  • LGBT Activists Warn Public Not to Watch Ray Comfort's New Movie on Homosexuality (Polite Caucus)

    07/20/2015 1:27:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/20/2015 | MELANY ETHRIDGE
    Despite the message of love that permeates Living Waters Publications' newest film, Audacity, LGBT activists are warning others away from watching it, giving it poor online reviews with comments such as "avoid at all costs." For the film's executive producer Ray Comfort, however, this is music to his ears. "This is the best thing that could have happened. It's not even out yet and they are telling people not to watch it. That's going to make them want to watch it to see how any movie could possibly be that bad; and they are going to get a shock when...
  • Justice: Oskar Groening (Abortion: A Must Read)

    07/20/2015 9:23:12 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 07-20-2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    It may be 70 years since he worked at Auschwitz, and his occupation may have been no more than clerkly; he may even, as he claims, have have protested against what was happening and attempted to extricate himself from it; but it is thoroughly and totally right that an old man should be tried, sentenced, and punished for his involvement in the monstrous horrors of the National Socialist holocaust. If is true that his actions, according to the perverted legal code in place in Germany at that time, were not illegal when he performed them, that makes not one iota...
  • Christian Universities: Will They Obey God or Man?

    07/20/2015 9:06:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/20/2015 | Matt Barber
    It’s by design. As I, and others, have repeatedly warned, the establishment of so-called “gay marriage” as a newfangled federal “right,” and the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment simply cannot coexist in harmony. Things diametrically at odds cannot possibly occupy, with any coherence, the same time and space. The secular left is tripping over itself right now to prove my point. In the wake of last month’s Obergefell v. Hodges opinion – an opinion that somehow divined a top secret “constitutional right” for Patrick Henry to “marry” Henry Patrick – liberals are now demanding, as...
  • A Time for Resistance (Protestant Caucus)

    07/20/2015 8:11:08 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 20 replies
    Monergism.Com ^ | 06/27/2015 | John Hendryx
    Institutionalizing Sin It is a very interesting time to be alive. By His grace, may God grant us an outpouring of His Holy Spirit in extra measure that we might resist every urge to accommodate to the philosophy of this age or remain silent on the new institutionalization of sin. Make no mistake, the recent Supreme Court ruling on re-defining marriage will have far-reaching ripple effects on every aspect of our society ... and it will require us as Christians to resist by disobeying every law which would force us to compromise the gospel. And while yesterday may have been...
  • Mass Exodus Continues from German Catholic Church

    07/20/2015 6:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    More than 200,000 Germans formally left the Catholic Church in 2014, accelerating the downward trend in the Catholic proportion of the country’s population. Germans who are officially enrolled in congregation are subject to a “church tax,” and so disaffected Catholics have an incentive to drop their registration, rather than simply stop attending Mass. The number of Catholics taking that step has increased sharply in recent years. In 2013, 178,805 Catholics formally dropped off the parish rolls in Germany. In 2014 that figure jumped by 22%, to 217,716, according to official statistic released by the German bishops’ conference.
  • Pope Francis: How the Narrative Around Him Was Constructed [BXVI resignation revisited]

    07/20/2015 6:19:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | 7/20/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    The latest interpretation of Benedict XVI’s resignation was given in recent weeks by Fr. Silvano Fausti, a Jesuit who was Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini’s confessor. Right before he died last month, Fr. Fausti granted a video interview and recounted that during their last meeting Cardinal Martini had told the current Pope Emeritus that the Roman Curia was not going to change, so it would be good if he were to resign. According to Fausti, Martini said this to Pope Benedict as if he were reminding him of an old agreement between them. That resignation paved the way for Pope Francis,...
  • Is It Missional To Tell The Truth? (Protestant Caucus)

    07/20/2015 6:09:50 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 11 replies
    The Mortification of Spin ^ | July 19, 2015 | Todd Pruitt
    I remember when the word missional was new. It was filled with all the facial hair, slim-fit shirt, Avett Brothers cache that a single word could carry. If churches were not actively seeking how to be “missional” they were missing out on the next great thing. And no church wants to miss out on what’s hot. It has not been easy nailing down just what missional means. I have heard about as many definitions for it as there are people who have attempted to define it for me. But taking what I have been told and what I have read...
  • In his first remarks since resigning, Nienstedt denies allegations in affidavits

    07/20/2015 4:29:45 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Mpls Red Star/Tribune ^ | 7/19/15 | Jean Hopfensperger and Tony Kennedy and Paul McEnroe
    Former Archbishop John Nienstedt said he remains “dumbfounded” by the allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior — a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public. “It pains me deeply that my good name and reputation have been put into question by allegations that are entirely false and based wholly on rumor, hearsay, or innuendo,” said Nienstedt last week, in written responses to questions from the Star Tribune. Commissioned by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, the probe looked into claims that Nienstedt had engaged in behavior that...
  • Gay Michigan pastor marries partner days after being forced to resign [UMC]

    07/19/2015 7:53:12 PM PDT · by markomalley · 97 replies
    Kalamazoo Gazette ^ | 7/19/15 | Emily Monacelli
    An openly gay United Methodist pastor said his "I Dos" in front of more than 30 clergy members and 100 guests Friday, days after he was forced to resign for having a partner.The Rev. Benjamin Hutchison married his partner, Monty Hutchison, in a ceremony on the steps of the historic Cass County Courthouse.Hutchison called it a joyous occasion."Walking around the courthouse and seeing all the support, seeing all clergy there gathered standing there saying that they support it, they're not opposed to it, it really was a blessing today."Hutchison, 31, resigned earlier this week from his position as senior pastor...
  • Archdiocese to pray for immigrants at a time Trump highlights issue

    07/19/2015 4:43:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    CNN ^ | July 18, 2015 | Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado, CNN and CNN en Espanol
    Los Angeles (CNN)—Catholics in the nation's largest archdiocese will hold a special prayer this weekend about immigrants at a time when Donald Trump has put the issue on center stage. Specifically, their prayers will counter anti-immigration views as the Los Angeles archdiocese holds a special cathedral Mass to affirm the humanity and plight of immigrants. The annual service was planned before the presidential candidate made incendiary remarks about illegal immigration, and the Mass in recognition of immigrants won't address Trump's remarks. Still, the service comes as Archbishop José H. Gómez of Los Angeles took exception with Trump, who described Mexicans...
  • Unlawful Union: How “Gay Marriage” Has Conquered America

    07/19/2015 1:10:31 PM PDT · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Institute for Catholic Culture ^ | 7/16/15 | Robert Reilly
    Why are Americans being forced to consider homosexual acts as morally acceptable? Why has the US Supreme Court accepted the validity of same-sex “marriage,” which, until a decade ago, was unheard of in the history of Western or any other civilization? Where has the “gay rights” movement come from, and how has it so easily conquered America? This is a recording of two lectures given on 7/9 and 7/16 at St Mary of the Sorrows Catholic Church in Fairfax, VA. It examines, from an Aristotelean perspective, the philosophical shortcomings of the culture that led to the insanity of the Obergefell...
  • Christian Elected Party Leader – Media Freak Out [UK]

    07/19/2015 6:29:01 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 7/18/15 | Nick Hallet
    One news event that may have passed most people by last week was the election of Tim Farron as leader of the Liberal Democrats.The party, which was once Britain’s third largest, was decimated in May’s General Election, losing all but eight of its 57 seats, completing a brutal period of decline while it was in government alongside the Conservatives. The inquisition began the morning after Farron’s election when the BBC’s John Humphreys asked him if he would “seek advice from God when it came to making important policy decisions”. Farron accused Humphreys of focusing on “the shocking revelation that a...
  • Atheists greet crowd arriving at Christian conservative cattle call

    07/18/2015 12:48:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 26 replies
    The Cedar Rapids Gazette ^ | July 18, 2015 | Lissandra Villa
    Group sought to convince Republicans that their rhetoric was pushing away atheist voters.AMES — As they arrived at an all-day cattle call of conservative presidential hopefuls, Christian conservatives were greeted by demonstrators from the Iowa Atheists and Freethinkers who sought to convince Republicans that the party’s rhetoric was pushing atheists away as voters. “They’re telling me they don’t want me in their party,” said John Fruetel, of Newton, who was part of a protest outside of Stephens Auditorium in Ames where more than 2,500 people were arriving to hear from the 2016 GOP candidates at the 2015 Family Leadership Summit....
  • Church members complain about collection notices

    07/17/2015 9:18:52 PM PDT · by Dallas59 · 32 replies
    ABC News WFTS ^ | Jul 14, 2015 | ABC News
    Most people who attend church are used to seeing the offering plate passed around the pews. People donate what they can as a proud member of the congregation. But a Tampa woman told ABC Action News her church says she must pay more than $1,000 a year in donations or she wouldn't be considered a member. "People were really friendly there, and I really enjoyed being there," said Candace Petterson.
  • Bolivia: Francis, and the Hammer and Sickle

    07/17/2015 4:30:09 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 18 replies
    TFP.org ^ | Created: 15 July 2015 | Destaque Internacional
    One cannot understand how Pope Francis surrounds himself with revolutionary leaders, assumes their ideas are good, and gives them a virtually unconditional support without first hearing renowned specialists who contend—with concrete data to back them up—that private property, free enterprise and the principle of subsidiarity have been a source of social progress and poverty reduction around the world, in spite of deficiencies that should be corrected. Socialism, on the contrary, has been and continues to be (e.g. communist Cuba and Venezuela) an economic system that intrinsically produces poverty, class struggle, and social conflict “Chavez died. Fidel is sick. Francis has...