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  • Is There Growing Confusion over Church Teaching?

    07/16/2014 4:18:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 467 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 16, 2014 | Dr. William Oddie
    I begin with a piece, spotted by Fr Tim Finigan and reported in his indispensable blog The Hermeneutic of Continuity, which had been published in Sandro Magister’s blog—not his English one, Chiesa, but his Italian language blog for L’Espresso, Settimo Cielo.A few days ago, Magister told the story of a parish priest in the Italian diocese of Novara, Fr Tarcisio Vicario, who recently discussed the question of Holy Communion for the divorced and remarried. This is how he explained the Church’s teaching on the matter: “For the Church, which acts in the name of the Son of God, marriage...

    06/28/2014 6:29:22 AM PDT · by NYer · 33 replies
    AP ^ | June 28, 2014 | VANESSA GERA
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) -- President Barack Obama's administration has taken the U.S. gay rights revolution global, using American embassies across the world as outposts in a struggle that still hasn't been won at home. Sometimes U.S. advice and encouragement is condemned as unacceptable meddling. And sometimes it can seem to backfire, increasing the pressure on those it is meant to help.With gay pride parades taking place in many cities across the world this weekend, the U.S. role will be more visible than ever. Diplomats will take part in parades and some embassies will fly the rainbow flag along with the...
  • White House Aides Define Obama Doctrine: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh-t’ (Seriously, that's what it is)

    06/02/2014 4:47:36 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 24 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 6-2-2014 | Jamie Weinstein
    Still trying to figure out what President Barack Obama’s foreign policy doctrine is? Search no more. The White House has got you covered. “For those pining for an Obama Doctrine victory for the president, here it is: ‘Don’t Do Stupid Sh-t,’” Politico’s Mike Allen wrote in his daily tip sheet, the Politico Playbook, Saturday. “Playbook rarely prints a four-letter word — our nephews are loyal readers. But we are, in this case, because that is the precise phrase President Obama and his aides are using in their off-the-record chats with journalists.” Allen went on to point out all the places...
  • Obama’s leadership is right for today

    05/30/2014 11:44:31 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 45 replies
    Washington Post ^ | May 29, 2014 | By Fareed Zakaria
    ... What is needed from Washington is not a heroic exertion of American military power but rather a sustained effort to engage with allies, isolate enemies, support free markets and democratic values and push these positive trends forward. The Obama administration is, in fact, deeply internationalist — building on alliances in Europe and Asia, working with institutions such as the International Monetary Fund and the United Nations, isolating adversaries and strengthening the global order that has proved so beneficial to the United States and the world since 1945. ... A Democratic Advisory Council committee headed by Acheson called Eisenhower’s foreign...
  • Doctrine does not change, except when it does

    03/14/2014 11:39:46 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 22 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 3/14/14 | Augustinus
    From an interview with Cormac Cardinal Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster, published on Vatican Insider: Q. Do you foresee that there could be a change in relation to the question of the divorced and remarried? A. I don’t know. The Church does not change, it develops. By that I mean the doctrine of the Church develops by going out in a different direction. That is to say, it changes in an indirect way. And it could develop in the question of the divorced and remarried. His remarks on Pope Francis as representing "radical change" and how his election "made people...
  • Why do we do this? (Vanity? Perhaps...)

    02/25/2014 7:39:30 AM PST · by hoagy62 · 18 replies
    Hoagy62 | 2/25/14
    After this last Sunday's sermon at the church I attend, I got to thinking about something. My pastor has started a series on the book of Philippians, focusing on the joy of the Lord. During one of his points, he spoke of how some people get discouraged and do not think that the Lord cares about them. He referenced Isaiah 40: 26-29 which reads... Isaiah 40:26-29 (NLT) 26 Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable...
  • The Divine Office: The holiness of married life and family life

    01/27/2014 9:08:51 AM PST · by Catholic Examiner
    The Examiner ^ | 1/27/14 | Joseph Speranzella
    Vatican II, "Gaudium et spes" A man and a woman, who by the marriage covenant of conjugal love ‘are no longer two, but one flesh’, render mutual help and service to each other through an intimate union of their persons and of their actions. Through this union they experience the meaning of their oneness and attain to it with growing perfection day by day. As a mutual gift of two persons, this intimate union, as well as the good of the children, imposes total fidelity on the spouses and argues for an unbreakable oneness between them.
  • Methodist bishops asked to charge one of their own for performing gay wedding

    11/18/2013 8:53:42 AM PST · by imardmd1 · 35 replies
    Religion News Service (RNS) ^ | November 15, 2013 | Renee K. Gadoua
    The United Methodist Church’s division over homosexuality grew heated Friday (Nov. 15), as the denomination’s Council of Bishops called for charging retired Bishop Melvin Talbert with presiding at the Oct. 26 wedding of two men, which the church forbids. The council asked its president, Bishop Rosemarie Wenner, and Bishop Debra Wallace-Padgett of the North Alabama Conference, to file a complaint accusing Talbert of undermining the ministry of a colleague and conducting a ceremony to celebrate the wedding of a same-gender couple at Covenant Community United Church of Christ in Center Point, Ala. Talbert, who served as bishop of the San...
  • Pope Francis: Is he playing a dangerous game?

    11/15/2013 6:52:29 AM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 14, 2013 | William Oddie
    On the plane, on the way back from Brazil, the journalist Gianguido Vecchi, of Corriere della Sera asked Pope Francis the following question. “Holy Father, during this visit … you have frequently spoken of mercy. With regard to the reception of the sacraments by the divorced and remarried, is there the possibility of a change in the Church’s discipline?”. That elicited the following response. “This is an issue which frequently comes up. Mercy is something much larger than the one case you raised. I believe that this is the season of mercy. This new era we have entered, and the...
  • Pope Francis: Catholic Church will fall like a house of cards if it focuses on doctrinal truth

    09/20/2013 8:30:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 16 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 20, 2013 | Paul Melanson
    The shock waves are reverberating throughout the Church and around the globe. Pope Francis has insisted that the Church founded by Jesus Christ must focus beyond "small-minded rules" or it may very well "fall like a house of cards." Translation: Doctrinal truths which the world finds offensive must be watered-down or pretty much ignored to accommodate the zeitgeist. Doctrinal truths constitute "small-minded rules"? Dr. Germain Grisez, in a talk entitled "Legalism, Moral Truth and Pastoral Practice" given at a 1990 symposium held in Philadelphia, had this to say: "Theologians and pastors who dissent from received Catholic teaching think they are...
  • Do I go to mass tomorrow, and listen to a homily advocating amnesty for illegal immigrants? (Vanity)

    09/07/2013 3:59:35 PM PDT · by steelhead_trout · 226 replies
    Have head that tomorrow, September 8, parish priests, on order from their dioceses, will give homilies that unabashadly advocate amnesty for illegal aliens, that is, support the Obama administration's policy in this area. Last week's homily was, in my church, a taste of this; the priest worked (snuck?) the subject of immigration and immigrants into the homily. Since I've returned to the faith from a somewhat lapsed status over 4 years ago, I've endeavored not to miss any days of obligation. But I remember way back in 1982 when a priest gave an over-the-top homily supporting the nuclear "freeze" movement....
  • Where Does the Bible Say We Should Pray to Dead Saints?

    07/14/2013 3:02:43 PM PDT · by NYer · 1,635 replies
    catholic-convert ^ | July 11, 2012 | Steve Ray
    Are saints who have physically died “dead saints” or are they alive with God?A friend named Leonard Alt got tired of being hammered by anti-Catholic Fundamentalists on this issue so he decided to write this article. I thought you might enjoy it too, so here it goes…Leonard writes: I wrote this note after several days of frustration with people, on Facebook, saying that saints can’t do anything, because they are dead. They seem to be leaving out the fact that the souls live on. ENJOY! Dead and gone? Where is his soul-his person? An antagonist named Warren Ritz asked,...
  • Finally, A Logical Explanation for ‘Once Saved, Always Saved’

    06/16/2013 6:39:19 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 108 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 16, 2013 | JP
    I belong to an evangelical Christian church. I subscribe to its tenets. Among them, that there is but one true God. That He created man in His image. That man sinned against his Creator and is, therefore, fallen. That God so loved the world He gave His only begotten son, our Lord Jesus Christ, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. Yet, there is one doctrine of the church with which I have long struggled: That once someone is “saved,” they are always saved. That if a person but calls upon the name of the...
  • Rome's New and Novel Concept of Tradition Living Tradition (Viva Voce - Whatever We Say)

    12/17/2012 1:19:04 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 413 replies ^ | 12/17/2012 | William Webster
    In the history of Roman Catholic dogma, one can trace an evolution in the theory of tradition. There were two fundamental patristic principles which governed the early Church's approach to dogma. The first was sola Scriptura in which the fathers viewed Scripture as both materially and formally sufficient. It was materially sufficient in that it was the only source of doctrine and truth and the ultimate authority in all doctrinal controversies. It was necessary that every teaching of the Church as it related to doctrine be proven from Scripture. Thomas Aquinas articulated this patristic view when he stated that canonical...
  • God is the greatest liberal claims No 3 in Catholic Churc

    07/09/2012 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 152 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 10 July 2012 | Cathcon
    Relaxed and at ease, Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller returns a week after his appointment as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to the Diocese of Regensburg. A series of interviews for journalists are on the agenda for Friday: liberation theology, the SSPX and the situation of divorced and remarried. Minefields for an ecclesiastic, who has moved to third place in the Vatican's ecclesiastical pecking order. Archbishop Mueller, first of all, congratulations on the new job. Since when did you know about your appointment? I definitely knew it on 16 May, when the Holy Father has summoned...
  • Mormon doctrine and how it is established: an official explanation?

    05/31/2012 10:36:42 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 19 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | May 31, 2012 | Eric Johnson
    At the April (2012) General Conference of the Mormon Church, Apostle D. Todd Christofferson told the congregation, “…we must admit there has been and still persists some confusion about our doctrine and how it is established. That is the subject I wish to address today.”In his remarks, Apostle Christofferson explained, “The President of the Church may announce or interpret doctrines based on revelations to him (see, for example, D&C 138). Doctrinal expression may also come through the combined council of the First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (see, for example, Official Declaration 2)… At the same time it...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: DOCTRINE, 03-27-12

    03/27/2012 8:38:22 AM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies ^ | 03-27-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):DOCTRINE Any truth taught by the Church as necessary for acceptance by the faithful. The truth may be either formally revealed (as the Real Presence), or a theological conclusion (as the canonization of a saint), or part of the natural law (as the sinfulness of contraception). In any case, what makes it doctrine is that the Church authority teaches that it is to be believed. this teaching may be done either solemnly in ex cathedra pronouncements or ordinarily in the perennial exercise of the Church's magisterium or teaching authority. Dogmas are those doctrines which the Church...
  • Mormon Racism as doctrine, not merely folklore or tradition

    03/13/2012 1:41:01 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 8 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon scripture: God curses bad races with black skin2 Nephi 5:21"And the Lord had caused the cursing to come upon them, yea, even a sore cursing, because of their iniquity. For behold, they had hardened their hearts against him, that they had become like unto a flint; wherefore, as they were white, and exceedingly fair and delightsome, that they might not be enticing unto my people the Lord God did cause a skin of blackness to come upon them." Alma 3: 6"And the skins of the Lamanites were dark, according to the mark which was set upon their fathers, which...
  • Those who are critical of Rick Santorum for speaking of Satan are thereby criticizing the Church

    02/22/2012 10:23:47 AM PST · by cleghornboy · 26 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | February 22, 2012 | Paul Melanson
    We can expect presidential candidate Rick Santorum to continue to come under heavy fire for warning that, "Satan has his sights on the United States of America" and that he is "attacking the great institutions of America, using those great vices of pride, vanity, and sensuality as the root to attack all of the strong plants that has so deeply rooted in the American tradition." We read here that, "The former senator from Pennsylvania warned in 2008 how politics and government are falling to Satan. 'This is a spiritual war. And the Father of Lies has his sights on what...
  • Mormons reject core doctrines

    02/15/2012 5:09:18 AM PST · by Colofornian · 51 replies (Record-Searchlight) ^ | Feb. 14, 2012 | Brian Larsen
    Pat Waldron asserts that Mormons are Christians and offers these reasons: First, Mormons call themselves "The Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints." Second, Mormon temples contain pictures of Jesus. Third, the Mormon choir will "bring tears to your eyes, if you are a Christian." And, fourth, Mormons are nice people. But these "reasons" are hardly convincing because they deal only with superficial appearances. A more robust analysis reveals that Mormons reject absolutely essential Biblical beliefs that Christians have held for centuries. First, Mormons reject the Christian doctrine of the Trinity. Christians believe that there is one God...
  • Traditional Christianity and the Latter-day Saints [Mormon Doctrine]

    02/13/2012 7:25:21 AM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 75 replies
    mormon newsroom ^ | February 3, 2012 | Robert L. Millet
    The following is an essay by Robert L. Millet, professor of religion and emeritus dean of Religious Education at Brigham Young University.The issue of whether Latter-day Saints (Mormons) are Christian is not a new one, but the current media climate has caused the question to be revisited in both private and public conversations. No matter the circumstances, the underlying question is an important one and a matter whose implications reach well beyond the momentary news cycle.BackgroundsIn the early decades of the 19th century, upstate New York came to be known as the “Burnt Over District” during the second Great Awakening...
  • Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves (Wisconsin)

    01/06/2012 8:13:41 AM PST · by KeyLargo · 10 replies
    The Lakeland Times ^ | Jan 6, 2012 | Richard Moore Investigative Reporter
    1/6/2012 7:29:00 AM Castle Doctrine expands rights of citizens to defend themselves Presumption of belief, no liability for self-defense Richard Moore Investigative Reporter When Gov. Scott Walker was campaigning last year, he proclaimed his support for legislation giving citizens broad new legal protections for defending themselves in their homes against unwanted intruders. The notion is called the Castle Doctrine, and Walker promised he'd sign such a bill into law if he was elected and the Legislature passed it. "Homeowners should take comfort in knowing that their home is truly their castle, which is why I support citizens' rights to protect...

    12/14/2011 7:50:23 PM PST · by Cvengr · 11 replies
    Bible Study Notes | 1991 | R. B. Thieme, Jr.
    Background and Introduction. The dispensation of Israel began with the Exodus in B.C. 1441 and concluded with the birth of our Lord in 4 B.C. Therefore, most of the Old Testament Canon is devoted to the study of Jewish client nations. There were five Jewish client nations in the dispensation of Israel. The Theocratic Kingdom from the Exodus to the time of Samuel, B.C. 1441 - 1020. The United Kingdom from Saul to Rehoboam.,B.C.1020-926. The Northern Kingdom from Jeroboam to Hoshea, B.C.926-721. The fifth cycle of discipline was administered to the Northern Kingdom by Assyria, commanded by Sargon II....
  • New laws go into effect for NC, including changes to Castle Doctrine

    12/01/2011 7:21:24 AM PST · by Libloather · 7 replies
    NBC 17 ^ | 12/01/11
    New laws go into effect for NC, including changes to Castle DoctrineBy: NBC17 Staff Published: December 01, 2011 **SNIP** Under the bill, a person charged with murder, manslaughter, or assault on a pregnant woman will face the same charged for the unborn child. **SNIP** Other laws that went into effect Dec.1: Laura's Law. This toughens sentences on repeat drunk drivers. It's named for 17-year-old Laura Fortenberry who was killed in a crash by a repeat offender. Police will start taking DNA samples from people arrested for an assortment of crimes. It used to only apply to suspects arrested for violent...
  • Mormon Professors Confuse Doctrine and Rumor

    11/15/2011 6:08:15 AM PST · by Colofornian · 77 replies
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Nov. 14, 2011 | Sharon Lindbloom
    If I want to know what Mormonism teaches about human beings becoming Gods and creating worlds, should I ask a Mormon? Last month (October 2011) New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd asked the planet question of two Mormons: Richard Bushman, the Visiting Professor in Mormon Studies at Claremont Graduate University, and Kent P. Jackson, associate dean of religion at Brigham Young University. Dr. Bushman called the idea of devout Mormons having their own planets in eternity “Mormon lore” that stems from the Mormon belief that humans can become like God. He suggested that if Mormons can become like God, they...
  • Should one limit consideration of “Mormonism” to what minimalists deem “official” and “binding”?

    11/15/2011 5:49:57 AM PST · by Colofornian · 14 replies · 1+ views
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Oct. 24, 2011 | Aaron Shafovaloff
    When comparing and contrasting Biblical Christianity with Mormonism, should one limit consideration of “Mormonism” to what minimalists deem “official” and “binding”? I answer “NO” for a number of reasons: Mormons, even minimalist Mormons, disagree amongst themselves over what constitutes “official” and “binding” doctrine. Some restrict it to recently emphasized teaching via institutional channels (regardless of whether it is in the Standard Works). Some restrict it to the Standard Works alone. Some restrict it to what is recently emphasized by the Church which is ALSO in the Standard Works. Some restrict it to what a particular individual has an emotionally epiphanous...
  • FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules

    08/22/2011 2:27:32 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 35 replies
    FCC officially kills Fairness Doctrine, wiping it from rules By Gautham Nagesh - 08/22/11 03:21 PM ET Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced the elimination of 83 outdated and obsolete agency rules on Monday, including the controversial Fairness Doctrine. “The elimination of the obsolete Fairness Doctrine regulations will remove an unnecessary distraction. As I have said, striking this from our books ensures there can be no mistake that what has long been a dead letter remains dead," Genachowski said in a statement. "The Fairness Doctrine holds the potential to chill free speech and the free flow of ideas and...
  • The Holy Spirit Versus “Another Gospel”

    06/11/2011 11:02:23 AM PDT · by Amerisrael · 617 replies
    Enrichment Journal ^ | Lynn D. Kanga
    By the year 1000, the simple gospel had accumulated extensive ecclesiastical baggage. No longer was there only one mediator between God and man. The spiritually penitent had to seek the intervention of a priest — whether the priest was moral or not — by means of the confessional. And the priest, as the “representative of Christ,” assumed the right to “absolve” the sins of the sinner or — as an alternative — require acts of penance, often in the form of monetary gifts to the Church. Additionally, the priest might also require the spiritually penitent to seek the mediation of...
  • Do Marxism and Christianity have anything in common

    06/03/2011 6:29:54 PM PDT · by billflax · 18 replies
    Forbes ^ | 05/12/2011 | Bill Flax
    The Bible requires work, frugal living and honest dealings. It mandates impartial justice, sound money and property rights; plus endorses liberty and limited government – all essential elements of capitalism. Christ even used free market principles repeatedly in his teaching. Jesus clearly appreciated price signals and the role of incentives. The parables of the talents and minas offer sage investment advice. It is prudent to entrust resources to those multiplying them and extract resources from those squandering them. This counters the Marxist principle of progressive taxation taking from the most productive to subsidize those wasting scarce resources. But Jesus used...
  • Deadly force bill gaining traction in Minnesota Legislature

    04/29/2011 5:41:08 AM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 9 replies · 1+ views
    pioneer press ^ | 4-30-11 | dennis lien
    The top prosecutor in Dakota County doesn't like it. Neither do St. Paul police or Minnesota police organizations. Not to mention gun-control groups. But Republicans, backed by gun-rights groups, apparently do. And so, a bill that would give Minnesotans more flexibility in using deadly force to defend themselves and their properties cleared its first legislative hurdle Thursday. The Republican-controlled House Public Safety and Crime Prevention Policy and Finance Committee voted 10-7 to send the measure to another committee. "It's a common-sense bill,'' said its chief sponsor, state Rep. Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder. The measure would expand state laws on use...
  • The Obama Doctrine Clearly Defined

    04/28/2011 5:54:13 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 3 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-28-11 | Wordsmith
    “He doesn’t strategize­. He sermonizes­.” -Zbigniew Brzezinski, Former National Security Advisor Democratic Presidential Candidate Senator Barack Obama speaks in Mitchell, South Dakota. Rick Wilking -Reuters A good read and lengthy piece in the New Yorker called, The Consequentialist. We now have a concise description of the Obama Doctrine, defined by an unnamed senior official in the president's own administration: "Leading from behind": That’s not a slogan designed for signs at the 2012 Democratic Convention, but it does accurately describe the balance that Obama now seems to be finding. It’s a different definition of leadership than America is known for,...
  • Bills and Mack Author Bill to Allow More Self Defense Measures(MN)

    04/19/2011 4:41:22 AM PDT · by marktwain · 1 replies ^ | 18 April, 2011 | Allison Wickler
    While the Legislature has been going full speed working to draft and pass finance omnibus bills, legislators continue to introduce new bills about issues important to constituents. Reps. Kurt Bills (R-District 37B), Rosemount, and Tara Mack (R-District 37A), Apple Valley, are authors of a bill that looks at people's rights to protect themselves on their private property, HF1467, introduced on Thursday. It would allow people to use "deadly force" against someone who is committing a felony in their home. The bill also includes a provision to make transfer permits valid for five years instead of one year. Mack said she's...
  • Castle doctrine expansion approved by NC Senate (shooting an intruder - Iowa, Penn next?)

    03/02/2011 9:12:28 AM PST · by Libloather · 15 replies
    WRAL ^ | 3/01/11
    Castle doctrine expansion approved by NC SenateUpdated: 11:10 a.m. yesterday RALEIGH, N.C. — There's a legal presumption people inside their home, car or business are justified in shooting an intruder in legislation now heading to the North Carolina House. The bill expanding the state's "castle doctrine" was given final Senate approval Monday night. **SNIP** The bill would shift the burden of proof to the district attorney that the shooting wasn't justified. A shooter also would be presumed to have acted appropriately during an attempted carjacking or business break-in. Senators approved the bill 35-13 after opponents argued the expand doctrine would...
  • Defining the Obama Doctrine, Its Pitfalls, and How to Avoid Them (Flashback)

    03/01/2011 2:51:25 PM PST · by Nachum · 3 replies ^ | 9/1/2010 | Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D. and James Carafano, Ph.D.
    Abstract: President Barack Obama has said that America would reach out to other countries as “an equal partner” rather than as the “exceptional” nation that many before him had embraced; that “any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail”; and that “[o]ur problems must be dealt with through partnership” and “progress must be shared.” He has laid out in his public statements the tenets of a doctrine that, if enacted, would enable his Administration to remake America as one nation among many, with no singular claim either to responsibility or exceptionalism: (1)...
  • Single, Female, Mormon, Alone

    01/18/2011 1:11:26 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 111 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 7, 2011 | NICOLE HARDY
      OF all the places I felt sure I’d never go, Planned Parenthood topped the list. -SNIP-...................... I was a practicing Mormon, and Mormons “wait” until marriage. So I had waited, spent the first two decades of my adult life celibate and, for the most part, alone. Because only after the trial of my faith would I be blessed with an eternal marriage, which, I prayed, would also blow my mind in the bedroom. It never occurred to me that I would remain unmarried, especially in a system where marriage is not only a commandment, but also one of life’s...
  • “The Chronicles of Mormonia”

    01/17/2011 4:58:25 PM PST · by Amerisrael · 31 replies · 1+ views
    [God] said (in the Bible) that we were “gods” and He is going to make good His words. If we let Him—for we can prevent Him, if we choose—He will make the feeblest and filthiest of us into a god or goddess, a dazzling, radiant, immortal creature, pulsating all through with such energy and joy and wisdom and love as we cannot now imagine. —C. S. Lewis1 By these and other quotes from Lewis, a growing number of Mormons attempt to blur the distinction between historic, creedal, and biblical Christian doctrine and the teachings of the Church of Jesus...
  • Fairness Doctrine fight goes on

    01/16/2011 7:59:12 PM PST · by Nachum · 17 replies
    Politico ^ | 1/16/11 | Keach Hagey
    When some liberals called for reining in harsh political rhetoric after the Arizona shootings, Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) took it one step further. He called for bringing back the Fairness Doctrine, in what was widely considered an attempt to clamp down on talk radio. A week later, those calls have abated, and no one is seriously pursuing the idea of returning to the long-defunct policy, which required media on the public airwaves to present both sides of controversial political issues. Not Clyburn, not another Democrat who echoed his call for regulatory remedies, Rep. Louise Slaughter (N.Y.), and not the Federal
  • Dogmas of the Catholic Church [Catholic Caucus]

    01/09/2011 4:46:46 PM PST · by Salvation · 35 replies · 1+ views ^ | Revised Feb. 16, 2001 | F. John Loughnan
    Dogmas of the Catholic Church With Christ and the Apostles General Revelation concluded. (Sent. certa.) The Unity and Trinity of God The Existence of God The Natural Knowability of the Existence of God God, our Creator and Lord, can be known with certainty, by the natural light of reason from created things. (De fide.) The Existence of God can be proved by means of causality. (Sent. fidei proxima.) The Supernatural Knowability of the Existence of God God's existence is not merely an object of natural rational knowledge, but also an object of supernatural faith. (De fide.) The Nature of...
  • Quit pestering us, church leaders tell membership in letter

    12/29/2010 12:07:25 PM PST · by Colofornian · 264 replies · 89+ views
    Mormon Coffee (Mormonism Research Ministry) ^ | Nov. 22, 2010 | Eric Johnson
    On October 24th, the LDS First Presidency (led by Prophet Thomas S. Monson) wrote several letters that were to be read in Mormon Sunday services around the world. According to, the first letter was “likely spurred by Boyd K. Packer’s most recent General Conference talk entitled ‘Cleansing the Inner Vessel.’ Church Headquarters has been receiving an increased amount of correspondence from its members about doctrinal issues. Because of this influx of correspondence, the First Presidency reminded and encouraged LDS church members to utilize their local church authorities – bishops, branch presidents, stake presidents, etc — before resorting to contacting...
  • Ecumenical Movement Fading, Says Conservative Watchdog Leader

    11/11/2010 8:10:12 AM PST · by wmfights · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | November 10, 2010 | Lillian Kwon
    "Sadly, over the last 50 years, it (the ecumenical movement) has faded into the sidelines and is now largely ignored," said Mark Tooley, president of the Institute on Religion and Democracy, which monitors mainline denominations and ecumenical groups. Some 400 people from various mainline Protestant churches and Catholic and Orthodox traditions opened a celebratory gathering on Tuesday in New Orleans, marking 100 years of the ecumenical or Christian unity movement. Throughout the three-day gathering, led by the National Council of Churches, participants are discussing diversity, interfaith relations, and ecumenical cooperation for the next century, among other things.
  • Kirby: Wrestling with doctrine no match for me

    11/06/2010 8:55:29 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 30 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | Nov. 5, 2010 | Robert Kirby
    In sacrament meeting last week, the bishop got up and announced he had received a letter from the First Presidency. As he prepared to read it, the congregation perked up. Moments like this are always attention-getters for Mormons. Normally, we get direction from the top during General Conference. Occasionally something can’t wait and it comes in the form of an official letter from the brethren telling us to start (or stop) doing something. Because it’s important enough to warrant pronouncement from the top, the subject could be anything from a formal declaration of the Second Coming to an admonishment regarding...
  • Catechism: 1987-1995 Justification is a transformation

    10/01/2010 8:45:40 PM PDT · by bibletruth · 39 replies
    2010 | bibletruth
    Justification is a transformation of the soul in which original sin is removed and sanctifying grace infused
  • Predestination... or doctrine of Beelzebub

    09/08/2010 10:35:01 PM PDT · by bibletruth · 50 replies
    2010 | bibletruth it Biblical... or is it a doctrine of Beelzebub (devil)
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] What makes Jesus present in the Eucharist: broadening one's view.

    07/30/2010 10:55:23 AM PDT · by Balt · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 7/30/2010 | Father Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    Some years ago, on my now non-existent blog, I had written about the day I had hosted as concelebrant a Roman Catholic priest for a funeral, and how he had struggled to reconcile himself with the uncomfortable fact that the principles upon which his own ritual Church reformed their liturgy do not govern the liturgical life of the universal Catholic Church. It's an easy enough mistake to make, what with the Latin Church sui iuris being the largest of all the Churches in Catholicism, with many—if not most—Roman Catholics thinking that the Roman way of doing things is the Catholic...
  • Obama's controversial domestic doctrine

    07/24/2010 8:46:36 AM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 1 replies · 1+ views ^ | 07/24/2010 | Kevin Price
    It seems every President is remembered for something. In recent decades, we recall Ronald Reagan ending the Cold War without a single shot and for making it possible for individuals to control more of their incomes (through tax cuts), and calling that (wisely) patriotic. With George H.W. Bush we saw a dramatic increase in regulations that benefited very large companies and the breaking of a "no new tax" pledge. There are few that wonder why he was only a one term president. Then there was Bill Clinton who, at first, attempted a massive take over by the federal government in...
  • Mormon church statement on blood atonement

    06/18/2010 12:58:08 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 138 replies · 490+ views
    Deseret News ^ | June 17, 2010
    The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released this statement Wednesday: In the mid-19th century, when rhetorical, emotional oratory was common, some church members and leaders used strong language that included notions of people making restitution for their sins by giving up their own lives. However, so-called "blood atonement," by which individuals would be required to shed their own blood to pay for their sins, is not a doctrine of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
  • 580 Reasons (& counting) Why You Should Leave the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [II]

    06/13/2010 6:28:26 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 1,442 replies · 6,137+ views
    41 – Baptism for Dead not Necessary 2 Nephi 9:38; “And, in fine, wo unto all those who die in their sins; for they shall return to God, and behold his face, and remain in their sins.” Isaiah 64:6; “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” 42 – Baptism, Resurrection, Church; Circa 120 BCMosiah 26:2; “They did not believe what had been said concerning the resurrection of the dead, neither did they believe...
  • Plain and Precious Truths Restored

    05/27/2010 8:04:57 AM PDT · by restornu · 417 replies · 1,844+ views
    Ensign ^ | , Oct 2006, 50–54 | By Clyde J. Williams
    A careful examination of the Book of Mormon reveals many significant doctrines not found in the Bible.It is easy to underestimate the magnitude of the plain and precious truths restored through the Book of Mormon. Remember, what we find in the book came before the Nauvoo period, before the Kirtland period, even before the Church was organized in New York. The doctrines and information we discover in this book came through Joseph Smith in early 1829. In November of 1843 the Prophet Joseph Smith wrote the following to a new member of the Church: “The fact is, that by the...
  • Theology FAQ: Why is Biblical Theology important?

    03/22/2010 7:09:54 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 12 replies · 204+ views
    CPRF ^ | Nathan Pitchford & John Hendryx
    Biblical theology is an important discipline for several reasons; first, it helps us to determine what themes and truths of scriptures are really important, and why. As we seek to understand how the scriptures naturally unfold, and how its themes are developed and grow ever more mature, we start to realize what's truly being emphasized. If we relied on systematic theology alone, we might come to know many truths about angels and men and sin and redemption, but which of those truths are the most important? Which are the most emphasized and developed in the history of special revelation? Is...
  • On St. Bonaventure's Concept of History

    03/10/2010 8:19:33 PM PST · by ELS · 4 replies · 153+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | March 10, 2010 | Benedict XVI
    On St. Bonaventure's Concept of History "The Richness of the Word of Christ Is Inexhaustible" VATICAN CITY, MARCH 10, 2010 ( Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today during the general audience, which he began in St. Peter's Basilica and continued in Paul VI Hall. * * * [Greeting to the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation in St. Peter's Basilica] Dear brothers and sisters! I am happy to receive you in this basilica and to address my cordial welcome to each one of you. I greet the pilgrimage promoted by the Don Carlo Gnocchi Foundation after the...