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  • Announcing: A Summons To Perdition

    05/09/2012 10:53:22 AM PDT · by JLWORK · 1 replies ^ | January 13, 2012 | John L. Work
    John L. Work, a retired detective and writer and good friend who blogs here, and often about the threat Islam poses to Western-style liberty, has taken jihad to the next level -- the thriller novel. In "A Summons to Perdition," which is a Kindle Original available at Amazon, John taps his hero, J.D. Welch -- coincidentally also a retired detective and veteran of two previous detective novels (available as Kindle Originals) -- for one final case in this series. HIs mission is to help find a missing college freshman who has disappeared with her Egyptian lover -- one of a...
  • College Disinvites Bishop: You Would Be “a Distraction” at Graduation Ceremonies

    05/09/2012 9:29:20 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/8/12 | Charlotte Hays
    Worcester Bishop Robert J. McManus won’t be attending graduation exercises at Anna Maria College this year at the behest of college officials, who met with the bishop and asked him to stay home this year. Because of Bishop McManus’s concerns, Anna Maria previously withdrew an invitation to “pro-choice” Catholic Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Senator Edward M. Kennedy, to be the 2012 commencement speaker and to receive an honorary degree. But then Anna Maria President Jack Calareso and Sister Yvette Bellerose, chairman of the board of trustees, met briefly last week with the bishop, who has generally been present...
  • Church to blame for spread of Islam in Europe

    05/08/2012 6:08:40 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 13 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 9/5/2012 | Cathcon
    The Egyptian-Italian MEP, Magdi Cristiano Allam criticized yesterday an article published in the Italian daily newspaper Il Giornale, the Islamization of Europe. As "clear evidence", he cited the citizens of European countries, who convert to Islam. "Did you know that in Italy there are already 70,000 Muslim citizens?" Allam asks in his article. The total number of Muslims currently living in Italy comes to, according to the Interior Ministry, to more than 1,583,000. "Did you know that on average every four days in Italy a new Islamic place of worship is established?"
  • Emory University Commencement Speaker Sparks Evolution Controversy

    05/08/2012 1:43:29 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/08/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A letter signed by about 500 Emory University faculty, students and alumni seeks to bring attention to the anti-evolution views of Dr. Ben Carson. The world-renowned Johns Hopkins University neurosurgeon will be the Atlanta university's May 14 commencement speaker. The letter does not ask that Carson be dis-invited. Rather, it seeks to bring attention to the issue. It notes Carson's accomplishments as a neurosurgeon and philanthropist, then adds, "But, as those students, their families, and the Emory Community listen to his speech, we ask you to also consider the enormous positive impact of science on our lives and how that...
  • Pope Benedict XVI wants Catholic colleges to ensure that faculty are faithful to church doctrine

    05/08/2012 1:39:48 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Religion News ^ | 05/08/2012 | Alessandro Speciale
    VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday (May 5) called on Catholic colleges and universities in the United States to do more to affirm their “Catholic identity,” particularly by ensuring the doctrinal orthodoxy of their faculty and staff. Speaking to a group of bishops from Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Wyoming, who are in Rome on a regularly scheduled visit, Benedict said there has been a “growing recognition” on the part of Catholic colleges of the need to “reaffirm their distinctive identity.” But “much remains to be done,” the pope said, singling out the church law requirement that Catholic...
  • Defeat Awaits Gay-Marriage Backers in North Carolina

    05/08/2012 10:56:13 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 6 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 8, 2012 | JP
    Here’s a message to gay America as voters in North Carolina go to the polls today to decide the fate of Amendment 1, a ballot measure that would define marriage as between one man and one woman in the Tarheel State’s constitution: Don’t attack those who vote for the measure as “gay haters.” I voted for a similar measure in my state. And it was not because of any animus I have toward gays – some of whom I count as valued friends, some as respected colleagues and some as beloved members of my very own family. I simply believe...
  • Princeton’s Robert George Understands Why Georgetown Invited Sebelius

    05/08/2012 9:44:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Princeton University Professor Robert George is taken aback by Georgetown University’s invitation to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. But he writes at The Mirror of Justice blog that he understands exactly why they did it: The left-liberals who run the show at Georgetown have found a way to signal to the world that the nation’s oldest Catholic, and most famous Jesuit, university stands with the Obama administration in its war (to use, if I recall correctly, Kathleen Sebelius’s own word) against the Catholic bishops and others who oppose the HHS mandate as a violation of religious freedom and the rights...
  • Santa Cruz: Vandals damage Father Serra artifact at Holy Cross Church

    05/08/2012 8:49:04 AM PDT · by SmithL · 31 replies
    Contra Costa Times ^ | 5/8/12 | Cathy Kelly, Santa Cruz Sentinel
    A vandal or vandals caused widespread damage at Holy Cross Church early Sunday in what police are investigating as a possible hate crime. The damaged items included a baptismal font brought to Mission Santa Cruz by Junipero Serra in the late 1700s, a church spokesman said... A custodian discovered the destruction to the main church and other areas on the property about 6:50 a.m., ...It included windows shattered by rocks and paint sprayed and poured on doors, walls, statues, a fountain area and sidewalks, Friend said. Some anti-church slogans and symbols were painted, he said. Targets included the main church,...
  • Catholic Bishop Won’t Let Foundation Present Scholarship to Gay Iowa Student at Award Ceremony

    05/08/2012 8:48:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 5/7/12 | AP
    IOWA CITY, Iowa — Overruling school officials, a Catholic bishop in Iowa said Monday he would not let a group that promotes equal rights for gays and lesbians present a college scholarship to an openly gay student during an upcoming award ceremony. Bishop Martin Amos in Davenport said the Eychaner Foundation would not be allowed to present the Matthew Shepard Scholarship to Keaton Fuller during the May 20 ceremony at Prince of Peace Catholic School in Clinton, saying the group’s support for gay rights conflicts with church doctrine. The announcement comes after a school official signed a document last month...
  • Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education...

    05/08/2012 7:14:12 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 68 replies
    The Catholic World Report ^ | 8 May 2012 | Carl E. Olson
    Melinda Gates: Poster billionaire for how a rotten Catholic education... May 08, 2012 04:03 EST By Carl E. Olson ... ends up promoting and spreading the culture of death—worldwide. Via The Daily Mail: Facing backlash from the Catholic Church on an already controversial issue, Bill Gates' wife Melinda announced this week that contraception will be the primary goal of their foundation, with plans to revolutionize it globally. And from the May 7th Newsweek piece, "Melinda Gates' New Crusade: Investing Billions in Women's Health": There’s currently very little investment in contraceptive research and development. The single biggest funder, Darmstadt says, is...
  • Clergy Abuse Crisis in Philadelphia: Initial Results of Year-Long Review

    05/08/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 5/7/12 | Michael J. Miller
    At a news conference on Friday, May 4, 2012, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia announced that “the work of the special team investigating the 26 priests publicly placed on leave by Cardinal Rigali last year is now largely done.” He recalled that “the 2011 grand jury report challenged the Archdiocese to review certain cases of past allegations of sexual abuse of minors by clergy as well as some cases involving violations of the Archdiocese’s Standards of Ministerial Behavior and Boundaries.” The 26 cases were examined by “a veteran Philadelphia child abuse prosecutor, Mrs. Gina Maisto Smith, and a multi-disciplinary team...
  • Study: Over Half of South Jersey's Catholics Believe That Jesus Sinned

    05/07/2012 2:39:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 273 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/07/2012 | Jeff Schapiro
    Although the sinless life of Jesus Christ is a foundational tenet of the Christian faith, a study recently released by the Diocese of Camden found that 60 percent of practicing Catholics in southern New Jersey believe Jesus sinned during his time on Earth. "The number of Catholics who have a very flawed, a seriously flawed, understanding of who Jesus is, that's troublesome," Bishop Joseph Galante of the Diocese of Camden said during a press conference, USA Today reports. "We've got to re-focus on how we teach and inform people. Jesus is the foundation of who we are as Catholics." The...
  • Lefebvrians Await “Yes” Answer From Pope

    05/07/2012 11:43:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 5/6/12 | Andrea Tornielli
    The process for the Society of St. Pius X’s return to full communion with Rome is expected to be concluded by the end of MayThe response sent to the Vatican on 17 April by Bishop Bernard Fellay will be examined in the next few days by the cardinal and bishop members in Ordinary Session of the Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith, commonly known as Feria Quarta; their decision will then be submitted to Benedict XVI. The process which should lead the Society of St. Pius X – founded by Mgr. Lefebvre - to return to full communion with...
  • Georgetown Scandal [Sign the Petition to disinvite Sebelius as Commencement speaker]

    05/06/2012 1:45:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    Dear President DeGioia: It has come to the attention of The Cardinal Newman Society and the following signers that U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has been granted the honor of speaking at the commencement ceremony for Georgetown University’s Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18. We strongly urge you to withdraw the invitation to Secretary Sebelius immediately. It is scandalous and outrageous that America's oldest Catholic and Jesuit university has elected to provide this prestigious platform to a publicly "pro-choice" Catholic who is most responsible for the Obama administration's effort to restrict the Constitution's first...
  • Sister Brigid McDonald calls Vatican's reprimand of U.S. nuns group a 'misuse of power

    05/06/2012 1:27:25 PM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies
    MinnPost ^ | May 4, 2012 | Beth Hawkins
    MinnPost photo by Bill Kelley Sister Brigid McDonald on Pope Benedict XVI: "I can't even begin to imagine what he could say or do that would change religious women's beliefs." As a rule, Sister Brigid McDonald tries not to pay too much attention to papal pronouncements, but Pope Benedict XVI’s recent decision to rein in American nuns, found by a Vatican investigation to harbor “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith,” caught her attention.Last month, Benedict announced that a four-year Vatican investigation had found the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has challenged church teaching on homosexuality, the ordination...
  • It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests (Catholic caucus)

    05/06/2012 10:06:16 AM PDT · by A.A. Cunningham · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | 3 May 2012 | Bishop Robert C. Morlino
    It takes bravery to follow Christ as priests Bishop's Column Thursday, May. 03, 2012 -- 12:00 AM This column is the bishop’s communication with the faithful of the Diocese of Madison. Any wider circulation reaches beyond the intention of the bishop. This past Sunday is often called, “Good Shepherd Sunday.” The word the Scriptures use is really not adequately translated in English as simply, “good.” The word really means, “honorable, worthy, noble,” or, “so excellent in every way that its goodness is itself beautiful.” And, in particular, our Gospel for this past Sunday (Jn 10:11-18) points out that the shepherd...
  • Cardinal Law Linked to Crackdown on Nuns

    05/06/2012 9:31:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Three respected Catholic publications are reporting that Cardinal Bernard F. Law, the controversial former Boston archbishop, played a key role in the Vatican's decision to tighten its grip on the largest association of Catholic nuns in the United States. The Vatican announced its initiative on April 18, naming three American prelates to ensure that US nuns conform to Church doctrine, which has grown more conservative under Pope John Paul II and his successor, Pope Benedict XVI. Earlier this week, a columnist for The Tablet, a British Catholic weekly, reported that the Vatican's initiative was sparked by William E. Lori, the...
  • ‘The time is finished’: Religious sect erects billboards in Toronto ahead of the ‘transformation’

    05/06/2012 9:27:42 AM PDT · by reaganaut · 47 replies
    National Post ^ | 5/1/12 | Armina Ligaya,
    ST. CATHARINES, ONT. — Doris Rosado watches her teenage daughters, Ninette and Kiara Mongrut, get the numbers “666” tattooed on their wrists, beaming with pride. The number typically conjures up biblical symbolism tied to the Antichrist, but this St. Catharines, Ont., family belongs to a obscure Christian sect for which “666” is a positive symbol of their group’s messianic leader. “They wanted to do it,” Ms. Rosado, 45, said at the St. Catharines tattoo parlour where her daughters were inked. “But now it’s more important because we’re counting down… I’m so proud.” For this family, and other members of Growing...
  • EWTN Radio Network Celebrates 20 Years on Air (thanks to a Dutch Businessman)

    05/05/2012 6:16:17 PM PDT · by NJ_Dutchman · 9 replies
    NC Register ^ | 03/24/2012 | Joseph Pronechen
    EWTN Global Catholic Radio Network marked a huge milestone on March 7 to celebrate its 20th year on the air: It added its 180th affiliate when Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego flipped the switch to launch KCEO 1000 AM. On hand for the festivities were San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers, his wife, Tiffany, and attorney Charles LiMandri, the co-chairpersons who helped raise the funds for this new station. The occasion included another milestone, too. This affiliate also is Immaculate Heart Radio’s 26th station that broadcasts EWTN radio programming throughout California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Utah. Immaculate is...
  • Georgetown University Invites Kathleen Sebelius to Give Commencement Address

    05/05/2012 1:43:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/5/12 | Ben Johnson
    WASHINGTON, D.C., May 4, 2012, ( – The Catholic university at the center of the HHS mandate controversy has invited the mandate’s sponsor and chief Catholic advocate to address graduates who plan on going into politics. Georgetown University, an historically Jesuit institution, has announced it is inviting Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to address the commencement of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute on Friday, May 18. The invitation of the militantly pro-abortion Catholic is buried as the next-to-the last announcement on its list of speakers. Controversy has engulfed the campus since an alumna, Sandra Fluke, became an outspoken...
  • Rome-SSPX: Important: Fr. Pfluger speaks on recent developments (An imminent agreement?)

    05/05/2012 1:00:07 PM PDT · by narses · 13 replies
    Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, FSSPX, is the First Assistant of the Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). He was the main speaker at a conference promoted in Hattersheim, Hesse, Germany, this past Sunday, by the Actio Spes Unica association in which he talked about Rome, the Society, and the future. The following is a translation of the official summary of the conference (original, in German): Account of the most recent developments Nothing new – that is how one could describe the first half hour of the conference given by Fr. Niklaus Pfluger at this year’s Spes-Unica-Sunday: the...
  • Evangelical Pastor Ken Hutcherson: 'I Am the Gayest Man I Know' (Watch Video)

    05/05/2012 9:51:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/05/2012 | By Paul Stanley
    Dr. Ken Hutcherson, the pastor of Antioch Baptist Church in Redmond, Wash., posted an announcement earlier this week that many close to him – including his wife – have known for years. Hutcherson revealed that he is the "gayest man I know." "Coming out of the closet is a difficult decision to make, especially when close, personal relationships are at stake," Hutcherson wrote in his column, Hutch Speaks Out, that was published on WorldNetDaily. "Will my family abandon me? Will my friends still look at me the same? Will this announcement be worth the risk? These are indeed valid concerns...
  • Catholic College Disinvites Pro-Abortion Politician at Request of Bishop

    05/04/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT · by Salvation · 15 replies ^ | May 4th, 2012 | Matthew Archbold
    Catholic College Disinvites Pro-Abortion Politician at Request of Bishop Life IssuesMay 4th, 2012 Matthew Archbold For the second time this commencement season, a pro-abortion rights commencement speaker had their invitation rescinded at the request of the local bishop.On Friday, State Representative Democrat Bob Hagan’s reported pro-abortion rights stand led the Youngstown campus of Mercy College of Ohio to rescind its invitation for him to speak at the school’s commencement ceremony on Tuesday at the public urging of Bishop George Murry, S.J..Bishop Murry released a statement regarding his decision. “It recently came to my attention, without any proper review by my office, that the Mercy School...
  • General Conference Update, Friday

    05/04/2012 2:15:27 PM PDT · by Bryanw92 · 11 replies
    Good News Magazine ^ | May 4, 2012 | Good News Magazine
    Pain and Protest For ten previous General Conferences (1972-2008), the issue of homosexuality has absorbed increased time and energy and caused deep division in the church. This General Conference was the tenth such time. Veterans of previous General Conferences come prepared for the drumbeats of protest, the rainbow stoles designating us vs. them, and the tears that accompany the vote of the General Conference. Although we do not agree with those who would change United Methodism's stance on homosexuality, we do not take their tears lightly. It is grevious that General Conference has become a place of such pain and...
  • Why Arab spring's consequence will be tyranny?

    05/04/2012 1:12:39 PM PDT · by se99tp · 4 replies
    Christian Concepts Daily ^ | May 2nd, 2012 | CCD
    There must be head on collision with Islam before real change takes place in Middle East. There is mechanism of self-destruction inside Arab regimes. This is why the outcome of the Arab spring will not be democracy and freedom – says author, speaker and expert in Islam Nonie Darwish .
  • New York and Christianity

    05/04/2012 8:46:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/04/2012 | Eric Metaxas
    When Tim Tebow was traded from the Denver Broncos to the New York Jets, media reports focused on two issues: first, how would the trade affect starting quarterback, Mark Sanchez? And second, how would the unapologetically evangelical Tebow do in New York City? More than one Christian writer has even referred to my hometown as "Babylon."Now, if all you have to go on are television and movies, then I can see why you might think that New York is particularly hostile to Christians and Christianity. Apart from weddings, I can't recall any fictional New Yorkers attending church services.The key is...
  • Pope’s Remarks to US Bishops: Powerful and required reading

    05/03/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | May 2, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Cardinal Wuerl shared with the priests of this Archdiocese (at the Chrism Mass last month) the full remarks of Pope Benedict that were given during the ad limina visit by bishops of this region. I had seen excerpts, but never the full set of remarks. They are powerful and ought to receive careful consideration by us all.To that end, I would like to share substantial excerpts and offer a few reflections of my own. As is usual the original text is in bold, black italic text. My own comments are in red plain text.For her part, the Church in the...
  • As Dutch churches shut, sacred art finds new use abroad

    05/03/2012 3:39:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Reuters ^ | May 3, 2012 | Tom Heneghan
    ‘S-HERTOGENBOSCH, Netherlands (Reuters) - When Christianity fades, it doesn't just leave empty pews behind. With each church that shuts, the statues, crucifixes, chalices, paintings or vestments that were part of regular Sunday services suddenly have no liturgical home.In the Netherlands, where faith has faded more dramatically than in many other parts of Europe, two churches close down on average every week. The sacred art left over is piling up in cellars and storerooms around the country.Some congregations elsewhere have the opposite problem. New Catholic and Protestant churches are springing up in Latin America, Africa and Asia, and pastors in eastern...
  • The Heathen Rage Against National Day of Prayer

    05/03/2012 8:01:01 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 3, 2012 | JP
    America is in a state of malaise. More than 60 percent of us believe the country is headed in the wrong direction, according to a recent CBS News/New York Times poll. Against that backdrop, people of faith will gather in cities and towns from sea to shining sea to observe the 61st annual National Day of Prayer; to ask God to shed his grace on our troubled land. Of course, not everyone looks forward to today’s observance. “The National Day of Prayer demeans millions of Americans who believe that reason, not prayer is the way to solve the country’s problems,”...
  • On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr

    05/03/2012 7:38:30 AM PDT · by ELS · 21 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | May 2, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On the Prayer of the First Christian Martyr "Our prayer, too, should be nourished by listening to God's Word" VATICAN CITY, MAY 2, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square. On this first Wednesday in May the Holy Father continued his catecheses on prayer by reflecting on the witness and prayer of the Church’s first martyr, St. Stephen. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the most recent catecheses, we have seen how in personal and communal prayer, reading and meditation on Sacred...
  • Shocking Vandalism! Chapel Steps Desecrated with Condoms on Georgetown Campus

    05/03/2012 7:22:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    The Cardinal Newman Society ^ | 5/2/12 | Matthew Archbold
    A group of 20-30 students vandalized the steps of Dalhgren Chapel on the campus of Georgetown University with both open and closed packs on condoms, liquor bottles, cups, and condoms wrapped around bananas last night at about 10:30 p.m., according to news reports. One student reportedly told the student newspaper that he was studying nearby when he heard a group of about 20 students gathering in Dahlgren Quad around 10:30 p.m. “I couldn’t really see what they were doing [but] the one phrase we caught was, ‘Whoever gets the most condoms from one end of the Quad to the other...
  • French Revolution martyr beatified [Catholic Caucus]

    05/03/2012 5:07:39 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 6 replies
    Catholic ^ | May 2, 2012 | Catholic World News
    French Revolution martyr beatified Father Pierre-Adrien Toulorge (1757-93), a Norbertine priest martyred during the French Revolution, was beatified on April 29 at the cathedral in Coutances, France. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification, which was attended by 1,500 faithful and hundreds of priests and religious. When Father Toulorge was sentenced to death, a nun who was arrested with him wept, prompting this rebuke from the priest: Madame, the tears you are shedding are unworthy of you and me. What would worldly people say if they knew that having renounced the...
  • Study Claims People of Faith Are Stingy

    05/02/2012 2:04:15 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 2, 2012 | JP
    Hardly a week passes, it seems, without yet another “scientific” study disparaging people of faith. This week’s study, ginned up by researchers at the University of California at Berkeley, dubiously concludes that the “highly religious” are less compassionate toward the needful than non-believers. Published in the journal Social Psychological and Personality Science, the study defines “compassion” as an emotion felt when people see the sufferings of others which then motivates them to help, often at personal risk or cost. The study’s lead author, Laura Saslow, says she was inspired by an atheist friend who told her he donated to earthquake...
  • Women's religious conference reform prompts Twitter duel

    05/02/2012 12:10:15 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | May 1, 2012
    Fr. John Zuhlsdorf and Fr. James Martin, SJ. Denver, Colo., May 1, 2012 / 10:08 am (CNA).- Reaction to the Vatican’s announced reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) took form on the social media site Twitter, where efforts to show support for religious sisters dueled with the group's critics.Fr. James Martin, S.J., an editor for America magazine, launched a Twitter hashtag “#WhatSistersMeanToMe” to show appreciation for all religious sisters on the microblogging site where 140-character text messages and popular tags can spread with rapidity.“Catholic sisters teach me what it means to persevere without the benefit of...
  • Bridges of faith between Mormons and Muslims

    05/02/2012 10:40:06 AM PDT · by greyfoxx39 · 93 replies
    mormon ^ | Debra Richardson, Ph.D.
    Bridges of Faith Between Mormons and MuslimsChapter Six What Think Ye of Christ? Throughout the account of the Savior’s three-year ministry as recorded in the New Testament, we read of the many attempts by the Pharisees and Sadducees to discredit him and his teachings. These groups of learned religious men would pit their lawyers and spokesmen against Jesus in public forums where they would seek to trap him in rhetorical play by twisting his words around. However, their efforts were in vain as Christ would speak in parables and pose questions in return that they could not possibly answer...
  • Calif. Legislature Considers First-Ever Regulation of Gay 'Conversion Therapy'

    05/02/2012 8:52:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/02/2012 | Michael Gryboski
    A bill currently being amended in the California State Senate would make it harder for doctors who practice conversion therapy to service homosexual clients. If passed, it would be the first bill in the United States to regulate the practice. Senate Bill 1127, which was introduced by State Senator Ted Lieu in February, would ban conversion therapy for anyone under the age of 18 and require adults to sign an informed consent form before entering treatment. "Under no circumstances shall a patient under 18 years of age undergo sexual orientation change efforts, regardless of the willingness of a patient's parent,...
  • Religion Census: Increase in Evangelicals, Mormons, Muslims; Decrease in Catholics...

    05/02/2012 8:50:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 05/02/2012 | Napp Nazworth
    A decennial census of U.S. religions in America was released Tuesday by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies (ASARB). The results show a dramatic increase in the number of Latter-day Saints, or Mormons, and Muslims, a modest increase in the number of evangelical Protestants, and a drop in the number of Catholics and mainline Protestants. Muslims saw the greatest growth rate among the five main religious groups studied. Their numbers increased by 66.7 percent in the 2010 census from a decade earlier. Latter-day Saints saw the next highest growth at 45.5 percent, followed by evangelical Protestants at only...
  • Priests Must Break Confessional Seal: Irish Government Introduces Anticipated Bill

    05/02/2012 8:13:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/30/12 | Hilary White
    DUBLIN, April 30, 2012 ( – The Irish Justice Minister has evoked outrage from the Catholic Church by proposing 5-year prison sentences for priests who fail to report sex abuse of minors if they hear about it in the confessional. Alan Shatter’s mandatory reporting bill, introduced Wednesday, will make it a criminal offence to fail to disclose information to police which would “assist in prosecuting a person who commits a serious offence against a child or vulnerable adult.” The bill confirms fears that the government of Ireland will attempt to force priests to break the seal of the confessional, an...
  • Episcopalians in Houston Prepare for Possible Same-Sex Ceremonies

    05/02/2012 6:46:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | 4/26/12 | Kate Shellnutt
    Following the Episcopal Church’s likely approval of a liturgy blessing same-sex relationships at its summer convention, a Montrose congregation will be among the first to offer gay and lesbian couples this rite, the Rt. Rev. Andy Doyle announced this week. Doyle, bishop of the Texas Diocese, named St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church as the first in Houston to be allowed to offer the proposed ceremonies for same-sex covenants. The Episcopal Church has held an ongoing debate regarding gay clergy for decades and began ordaining openly gay priests in the ‘90s, a gay bishop in 2003 and a lesbian bishop in 2010,...
  • What has the Mormon Church historically taught about Christianity?

    05/02/2012 6:34:01 AM PDT · by jacknhoo · 8 replies
    Rethiking Mormonism ^ | Sept. 1997 |
    While some current church leaders portray the LDS Church as Christian, the church actually has a long history of condemning Christianity. The church has also stated repeatedly that no one can be saved without the permission of Joseph Smith. The church has even suggested that Islam is better than Christianity. Mormon Church Condemns Christians "This is not just another Church. This is not just one of a family of Christian churches. This is the Church and kingdom of God, the only true Church upon the face of the earth..." - Prophet Ezra Taft Benson, Teachings of Ezra Taft Benson, p.164-165...
  • Irish Government to Give Full Legal Status to Pagan Weddings

    05/02/2012 6:33:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 5/1/12 | Patrick Counihan
    Minister also supports legislation for Humanists ahead of final readingNon-religious and Pagan weddings are to finally become law in Ireland under proposed new legislation. The Irish government is expected to back legislation giving humanists the same status as organised religions and civil registrars in conducting marriage ceremonies. The Irish Times reports that the proportion of couples choosing a non-religious, civil wedding ceremony in Ireland has increased from six per cent in 1996 to more than 23 per cent in 2006. Social Protection minister Joan Burton is to ask ministerial colleagues to support the Civil Registration (Amendment) Bill. The paper reports...
  • Opposing honor killing is 'Islamophobia'?

    05/02/2012 6:20:27 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 7 replies
    World Net Daily ^ | 5-1-12 | Pamela Geller
    We held our AFDI/SIOA Jessica Mokdad Human Rights conference last Sunday in Dearborn, the first honor-killing conference of its kind. Hundreds converged upon the Hyatt to join Robert Spencer and me and a full roster of luminaries to educate, elucidate and shine a light on the ugly and brutal atrocities under the Shariah. As expected, the goons, thugs and Muslim supremacists were also out in force. It seems that Islamic supremacists support murder for “honor,” for these subversive groups energetically opposed our conference dedicated to exposing the plight of women under Islamic law on the first anniversary of the honor...
  • Paul Ryan and the Angry Catholic Left (liberal Catholic establishment reacts with outrage)

    05/01/2012 3:07:07 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    First Things ^ | 05/01/2012 | R.R. Reno
    When Representative Paul Ryan said that his recently released budget proposal was developed in accord with his understanding of Catholic social doctrine, the liberal Catholic establishment reacted with outrage. Ryan was scheduled to talk at Georgetown, and the ever-reliable Fr. Thomas J. Reese, S.J., and others have organized a letter of protest. “Our problem with Representative Ryan,” Reese told reporters, “is that he claims his budget is based on Catholic social teaching. This is nonsense.” I’m afraid that “nonsense” applies more to the letter Reese helped write than the budget Ryan proposed. It accuses Ryan of “continuing misuse of Catholic...
  • Sisters in Crisis Interview: The Transcript

    05/01/2012 6:33:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 4/26/12 | Jimmy Akin
    Because of the time sensitivity of last week's dramatic news of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith demanding a reform of the major U.S. group of leaders of women religious, I wasn't able to have a transcript available when I released my exclusive interview with Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis. The transcript is now available, and you can read it below. You can also listen to it in audio format by clicking here. And now, the transcript . . . I'm going to bump the podcast that I originally expected to release today by a week...
  • The Declaratio​n of Religious Independen​ce

    04/30/2012 3:18:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 30, 2012 | Charlie Spiering
    If a decree like the HHS contraception mandate was issued during the Medieval era, Archbishop Dolan would probably have declared Secretary Kathleen Sebelius “anathema” and excommunicated her from the Church (see this famous scene from the movie Becket for an example). If President Obama was a tyrannical monarch in that era, he would be muttering the same words as King Henry II when challenged by the Catholic hierarchy, “Will no one rid me of this meddlesome priest?”The church’s relationship with government has changed since the 12th century; nevertheless, the Catholic Church is again facing off with civil authority over their...
  • Which Country Believes in God the Most, Least?

    04/30/2012 2:51:51 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/30/2012 | By Jeff Schapiro
    A recently released report from the National Opinion Research Center at the University of Chicago shows which countries have the most, and the least, belief in God by population percentage. The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic nation, was found to have the highest percentage (84 percent) of people who "know God really exists and ... have no doubts about it," and the lowest percentage (less than one percent) of people who said they "don't believe in God" at all. The report, titled "Beliefs about God across Time and Countries," analyzes 30 countries based on surveys from the International Social Survey Programme...
  • On Prayer and Ministry

    04/30/2012 12:25:09 PM PDT · by ELS · 4 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | April 25, 2012 | Benedict XVI
    On Prayer and Ministry Without prayer 'we risk suffocating amid a thousand daily cares' VATICAN CITY, APRIL 25, 2012 ( Here is a translation of the Italian-language catechesis Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience held in St. Peter’s Square.  The Pope continued his reflection on prayer in the Acts of the Apostles. * * * Dear brothers and sisters, In the last catechesis, I showed that from the beginning of her journey, the Church found herself having to face unforeseen situations, new questions and emergencies, which she sought to respond to in the light of faith, by allowing...
  • Maureen Dowd Is an Idiot

    04/30/2012 10:29:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | 04/30/2012 | Rod Dreher
    I don't even know why I bother doing this, but here I go again: The New York Times has once again distinguished itself with perfectly idiotic staff commentary about the controversy between the Vatican and radical American nuns. Honestly, Maureen Dowd writing about anything having to do with religion is about like me writing about the storm and stress of the PGA Tour. In her column, she recycles every tired cliche about the Mean Old Men of the Vatican picking on the Poor, Defenseless Church Ladies. Even though the Vatican report is publicly available information, Dowd never once mentions the...
  • Rorate Caeli: Rome-SSPX: "We cannot be 88ers" [Catholic Caucus]

    04/30/2012 8:36:51 AM PDT · by sayuncledave · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 30, 2012 | Father Michel Simoulin
    Rome-SSPX: "We cannot be 88ers" From the May 2012 issue of Seignadou, the newsletter of the chaplaincy of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX) for the schools of the Traditional Dominican Sisters of Fanjeaux (France) - chaplain, Father Michel Simoulin, SSPX: Following our Jubilee [pilgrimage] in the year 2000, Rome took the initiative of establishing new relations. Today, the same Cardinal, having become Pope, has told us that the Tridentine Mass has never been abrogated (July 7, 2007: "It is, therefore, permissible to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal promulgated by...
  • Rev. Jesse Jackson speaks at Miami-Dade church about importance of voting

    04/29/2012 7:55:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | April 29, 2012 | Diana Moskovitz
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson preached Sunday afternoon in Miami-Dade County about the importance of teaching young people the importance of voting, the continued battle against racism and the controversial shooting of Trayvon Martin. Inside the 93rd Street Community Baptist Church in West Little River, to about 200 people in the pews, the civil rights leader opened his remarks with, “Long live the spirit of Trayvon Martin.” It was a bit late in the afternoon for a Sunday service, but that didn’t stop the congregants from singing and praising the Lord. Most came dressed in their Sunday best. It wasn’t hot,...