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  • Amoris Laetitia: A seminal moment is at hand

    04/28/2016 12:33:17 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 9 replies
    aka Catholic ^ | 4/28/16 | Louie Verrecchio
    National Catholic Distorter is reporting that the dissident theologian Hans Küng has publicly confirmed receipt of a letter from Pope Francis responding to his request “to give room to a free, unprejudiced and open-ended discussion on the problem of infallibility.” According to Küng, the pope gave him (and thus every other like-minded malcontent subversive in Catholic clothing) the green light to have at it. Given that Francis’ letter “set no restrictions,” according to Küng, “he has thus responded to my request to give room to a free discussion on the dogma of infallibility.” Notice the language that is used: Küng...
  • First Lady to visit my MD campus - tomorrow! (vanity, sorta)

    09/16/2015 4:40:31 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 30 replies
    me | 9/16/15 | me
    I started working last week at my old college in MD. Guess what came in the e-mail? Michelle is visiting us - tomorrow. What a way to start my job. Sorry so late but I've been SOOOO busy it's been hard to even read FR! Messages actually came out last week. If any local FReepers are interested....well, here you are.
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    08/31/2015 11:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 8/31/2015 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question. Many great bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that remarriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. Much of the controversy centers on Matthew 5:32 where Jesus says,...
  • This Pope Does Not “Do” Doctrine

    08/30/2015 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dr. William Oddie
    If you are puzzled, even disoriented by the Holy Father’s conduct of his pontificate (and I stress at the outset that what follows is not intended as an attack on it) you may be reassured by an article in this month’s National Geographic magazine, which contains some possibly indiscreet remarks by the Pope’s spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, which indicate that you are not alone. I say “possibly” indiscreet, since as he is the Pope’s director of communications, maybe what he says is something the Holy Father doesn’t mind us knowing. This is from an account of a conversation between the...
  • How Does Science Back Up a Theological Dogma? Like This:

    08/21/2015 6:36:53 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | August 14, 2015 | Elizabeth Scalia
    Due to circumstances beyond my control, I will keep this very brief, with the help of my column this month, at The Catholic Answer: For most of my life, the assumption of Mary existed as little more, for me, than a head-scratcher of a dogma.I understood that Elijah and Enoch had been assumed into heaven, so if I considered Mary’s assumption at all, it was simply to shrug it off: “Mary was assumed into heaven. Sure, why not?” The whys and wherefores of the matter were so far above my paygrade that they didn’t seem worth pondering.All of that...
  • The Paradox of Dogma: How the Left Is Crippling Itself

    05/05/2015 11:45:16 AM PDT · by Beave Meister · 9 replies
    The ^ | 4/29/2015 | Robert Tracinski
    If you try to shut down public debate, is this a way of ensuring that you win—or an admission that you have already lost? The question seems relevant today, because the most remarkable characteristic of our current national debate is that one side wants desperately to stamp it out whenever it occurs. Recently, for example, a gay New York businessman had the temerity to sponsor a “fireside chat” with Republican presidential candidate and arch-conservative Ted Cruz. He was, of course, required to repent the error, calling it “a terrible mistake” to actually talk to a politician who disagrees with him...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: HISTORY OF DOGMA, 01-23-15

    01/23/2015 9:21:06 AM PST · by Salvation · 2 replies
    CCDictionary ^ | 01-23-15 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term selected at random:HISTORY OF DOGMA The systematic presentation of the history of divine revelation since it was completed at the end of the apostolic age to the present time. This history comprehends the Church's identification of what was revealed in Sacred Scripture and tradition; formulation of God's word in creeds, definitions, and doctrinal terms; interpretation of what was revealed; growth in understanding its meaning; and defense of revealed truth against the intrusion of heresy. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Could this be the reason Fulton Sheen's cause has been stalled?

    09/04/2014 11:21:13 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | September 4, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    Way back in the 1970's, I purchased an excellent book written by my hero and good friend Fulton J. Sheen entitled "The Electronic Christian" and published by the Macmillan Publishing Company. In this important book (indeed every book written By Sheen could be labelled as important), the saintly Archbishop who thoroughly intrigued his audience throughout the 1950's as "Uncle Fultie" - a Catholic counterpart if you will to Milton Berle's "Uncle Miltie," explains the importance and indeed the necessity of a religion with Dogma. Here is his essay: The modern man must decide for himself whether he is going to...
  • Young Voters on Climate Deniers: ‘Ignorant, Out of Touch, Crazy’

    07/27/2013 11:50:21 PM PDT · by South40 · 87 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 7/26/2013 | Salvatore Cardoni
    Say what you will about us millennials—we’re a wilting bouquet of narcissistic, socialistic, overeducated, underemployed, tatted-up hipsters who still live at home—but, from this day forward, don’t you dare say we’re climate change deniers. A strong majority (66 percent!) of young independent voters, ages 18 to 34, accept as dogma that man and his dirty deeds are causing, and will continue to cause, climate change—this according to a study conducted by a bipartisan pair of political strategy groups for the League of Conservation Voters.
  • 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...
  • Does Dogma Evolve?

    05/09/2012 1:50:45 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Accepting Abundance ^ | May 9, 2012 | Stacy Trasancos
    You know the conversations.“Catholicism is so out-dated and inflexible!” “You don’t really need to follow the Vatican’s teaching to be loyal to the faith.” “Catholic to Catholic Church: It’s Reality-Check Time.”There are all manner of arguments people make to assert that the Catholic Church should evolve with the times to stay modern, to gain proselytes lest followers depart and the cranky old religion ceases to exist. “Change or perish!” they say.And they’ve been saying it for 2,000 plus years.It’s sensible to reply, “Well, Truth does not change.” It’s easy to then launch into an explanation about the objectivity and immutability...
  • From Man Alive! - "The high cost of mindlessness."

    04/16/2012 9:48:22 AM PDT · by Greg Swann ^ | April 8, 2012 | Greg Swann
    From: Man Alive! A survival manual for the human mind. by Greg Swann Chapter 9. The high cost of mindlessness. When you are not thinking carefully, you are not not-thinking. If you are not asleep and not unconscious, you are always thinking – always sustaining an uninterruptible mental “dialogue” with yourself in Fathertongue. But if you are not thinking carefully – thinking mindfully – then you are thinking carelessly – mindlessly. Most of the academic nonsense I have mocked in this book consists of a scrupulous cataloging of the processes and consequences of human mindlessness – which is misrepresented by...
  • 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...
  • Cardinal Wuerl's Dereliction of Duty ( Heresy )

    03/20/2012 10:46:49 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 15 replies · 2+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | A.D. 19 March 2012 | George Neumayr
    "....Wuerl and his surrogates have rebuked a visiting priest from the archdiocese of Moscow for denying Communion to a self-described practicing lesbian at a funeral mass. That's not our "policy," gasped Wuerl's horrified surrogates. But it is the policy of the Roman Catholic Church. If a person is not in communion with the teachings of the Church, said person should not receive Communion. Period. Canon law makes this explicitly clear. If you don't believe me, ask the head of the Vatican Supreme Court, Cardinal Raymond Burke. Though most of his colleagues seem to ignore his stance, he has said for...
  • How Old Is Your Church?

    06/27/2009 10:01:54 AM PDT · by Salvation · 705 replies · 6,824+ views
    EWTN ^ | not given | EWTN
    How Old Is Your Church? If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the...
  • Years of liberal dogma have spawned a generation of amoral, uneducated, welfare dependent

    08/09/2011 6:00:45 PM PDT · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 8/9/11 | Max Hastings
    A few weeks after the U.S. city of Detroit was ravaged by 1967 race riots in which 43 people died, I was shown around the wrecked areas by a black reporter named Joe Strickland.He said: ‘Don’t you believe all that stuff people here are giving media folk about how sorry they are about what happened. When they talk to each other, they say: “It was a great fire, man!” ’I am sure that is what many of the young rioters, black and white, who have burned and looted in England through the past few shocking nights think today.
  • 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...
  • Why I left the Catholic Church

    04/04/2010 3:54:17 AM PDT · by Scanian · 480 replies · 3,718+ views
    NY Post ^ | April 4, 2010 | MICHELE MATTIA
    I grew up in the Catholic Church; however, it seemed like I was Catholic by inheritance only, as no one in my family prayed before meals, read from the Bible, or even discussed God. You went to church because you were supposed to go to church. I attended Catechism classes every Sunday until I turned 13 and received my Confirmation. My teachers were often frustrated with my perpetually raised hand to ask questions like: Why can’t women become priests? Why can’t priests get married? Why do I have to go to confession instead of talking to God directly? And why...
  • The Great Heresies

    03/21/2010 3:03:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 451 replies · 2,827+ views
    From Christianity’s beginnings, the Church has been attacked by those introducing false teachings, or heresies. The Bible warned us this would happen. Paul told his young protégé, Timothy, "For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own likings, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander into myths" (2 Tim. 4:3–4). What Is Heresy? Heresy is an emotionally loaded term that is often misused. It is not the same thing as incredulity, schism, apostasy, or other sins against faith. The...
  • The Protestant Meltdown

    03/16/2009 1:36:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 370 replies · 3,615+ views
    NCR ^ | March 16, 2009 | David Mills
    Many cradle Catholics I know look at the moral conflicts tearing apart the mainline denominations with sadness, but as a convert from one of them (the Episcopal Church, the most notoriously divided one of them all), I think this is not quite the right response.We will feel sad at the sight of beloved Christian friends suffering as their churches divide, but we might be heartened to see that because these conflicts express flaws in the original design, they will encourage some to greater friendship, if not full reconciliation, with the Catholic Church.The sadness we feel will be like the sadness...
  • Obama's dogma?

    02/23/2009 10:48:13 AM PST · by Salena Zito · 6 replies · 570+ views
    The lack of debate over and the speedy passage of the Obama stimulus package have put clashing political dogmas at the forefront of the American conversation. Central to that conversation is which party has the better solution for the economy. Clearly, the president considers this a crisis. You need look no further than his speech last Wednesday, in which he used the word "crisis" more than 25 times -- sometimes three times in one sentence. Had you been playing a "crisis" word-drinking game, you would have temporarily lost all brain function by the end of the 18-or-so-minute speech.
  • Docility (on Catholic dogma and infallibility)

    01/08/2009 7:40:48 AM PST · by NYer · 4 replies · 464+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | January 7, 2009 | Mark P. Shea
      Recently, Rod Dreher posed a question about what a Catholic is to do when he thinks a magisterial authority has made some error of fact concerning, say, science, politics, or economics. Dreher's post concerns the question of whether some bishops are mistaken to think morning-after pills are abortifacient, but it could just as easily pertain to some bishop holding forth on farm subsidies, water quality in the Columbia River, the violence in Gaza, or the output of Hollywood.   What concerns Dreher is how a Catholic walks the line between paying attention to what the bishops have to say...
  • Theological Word Of The Day: Dogma

    06/11/2008 1:16:17 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 9 replies · 41+ views
    TWOTD ^ | June 11, 2008
    Dogma [dawg’-muh] (Greek dogma, “decree or ordinance”) An established, settled, and often authoritative opinion concerning a matter. With respect to Christian belief, dogma expresses a statement of belief which carries with it the authority of a particular religious institution or tradition.
  • Christian Hip-Hop Artist's Lyrics Too Theologically Complex for Rap Fans

    07/14/2007 12:57:30 PM PDT · by ensignsj · 15 replies · 872+ views
    Label terminates contract before album releases and confuses everyone NEW YORK – As the hip-hop industry's tradition of wholesome, thought-provoking lyrics has slowly decayed since the 80's, one artist wants to buck the trend by adding a new level of linguistic complexity to his lyrics. Tru Dawgma, a self-proclaimed "exegetical elaborator," insists that his new style will help counteract hip-hop's recent reputation of promoting only superficiality, sex, drugs, and violence. But not everyone appreciates Dawgma's approach, as God's Fro Records recently terminated his contract and stated, "Most of our listeners don't have a GED, let alone an M. Div.!" God's...
  • The Assumption of Our Lady

    06/10/2007 7:18:10 PM PDT · by markomalley · 43 replies · 843+ views
    Immaculata Magazine ^ | Oct 1980 | Rev. James M. Keane, O.S.M.
    Protestants as well as Catholics believe that the Body of Jesus Christ is now in heaven. This doctrine is called the Ascension and is explicitly revealed in the Bible. All Christians believe, too, that the bodies of the just will be united to their souls at the end of the world and be glorified in heaven after the manner of the Risen Body of Christ. This is also revealed explicitly in the New Testament. It follows, therefore, that the bodies and souls of the departed saints are now separated, that their souls are in heaven and their bodies in the...
  • All Saints Day, A Principal Feast Day Of The Catholic Church, 01 November A.D.2006

    11/01/2006 5:16:30 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 11 replies · 718+ views ^ | 01 November A.D.2006 | Editors
    All Saints Day, A Principal Feast Day Of The Catholic ChurchNovember 1, 2006 What makes this feast so important that the Catholic Church celebrates both the night before All Saints and the day after it? The church has always honored those early witnesses to the Christian faith who have died in the Lord. During the first three hundred years Christians were severly persecuted, often suffering torture and bloody death -- because they were faithful. They refused to deny Christ, even when this denial might have saved their own lives, or the lives of their children and families. Many of those...
  • Iraq Sadr City residents insulted by 'Buddy Jesus'

    10/02/2006 2:34:50 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 56 replies · 1,849+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | Oct 1 2006 | anon
    BAGHDAD (AFP) - Iraqi Shiite residents of Baghdad's Sadr City have expressed anger on over a picture of a grinning Jesus they mistook for a Shiite holy figure that appeared in the area after a joint US-Iraqi operation. Residents found a picture of "Buddy Jesus" from the 1999 film "Dogma" posted in the streets, accompanied by a badly photocopied pamphlet bearing a crude approximation of a US military crest and outlining a US "plan" to subjugate the neighborhood. "That picture abuses our Imam Mahdi and his holy character, and mocks our sacred figures," said resident Abu Riyam Sunday, apparently mistaking...
  • On The Seventh Day, God Rested And Liberals Schemed (Godless Special Preview Alert)

    06/05/2006 10:06:45 PM PDT · by goldstategop · 24 replies · 1,839+ views ^ | 06/06/06 | Ann Coulter
    GODLESS: The Church of Liberalism, Chapter One On the Seventh Day, God Rested and Liberal Schemed They exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator. . . . Therefore, God gave them up to passions of dishonor; for their females exchanged the natural use for that which is contrary to nature.—Romans 1:25–26 Liberals love to boast that they are not “religious,” which is what one would expect to hear from the state-sanctioned religion. Of course liberalism is a religion. It has its own cosmology, its own miracles, its own beliefs...
  • "Dogma"

    03/12/2006 2:19:37 PM PST · by blue-duncan · 9 replies · 367+ views
    Comedy Central ^ | Disney Studios
    Has anyone seen the movie "Dogma" being shown continuously on Comedy Central today? Apparently when it was shown in the theaters in 2000 there were protests but now with poor memories, CC must think this blasphemy is acceptable.
  • 1962 Sunday Missal Mass Readings/Sixth Sunday After Pentecost

    06/25/2005 5:52:31 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 11 replies · 405+ views ^ | 25 June 2005 | The Holy Trinity
    1962 Sunday Missal Mass Readings/Propers for the Sixth Sunday After Pentecost   Colors:  Green   INTROIT  Psalms 27: 8,9 The Lord is the strength of His people, and the protector of the salvation of His anointed: save, O Lord, Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance, and rule them for ever. -- (Ps. 27. 1). Unto Thee will I cry, O Lord: O my God, be not Thou silent to me, lest if Thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit. V.: Glory to the Father . . . -- The Lord is...

    05/19/2005 11:13:34 PM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 20 replies · 539+ views ^ | 15 May 2005 | Editors, The Associated Press
    ST. PAUL, Minnesota (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest denied communion to more than 100 people Sunday, saying they could not receive the sacrament because they wore rainbow-colored sashes to church to show support for gay Catholics. Before offering communion, the Rev. Michael Sklucazek told the congregation at the Cathedral of St. Paul that anyone wearing a sash could come forward for a blessing but would not receive wine and bread. A group called the Rainbow Sash Alliance has encouraged supporters to wear the multicolored fabric bands since 2001 on each Pentecost Sunday, the day Catholics believe the Holy Spirit...

    05/10/2005 4:25:24 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 47 replies · 2,494+ views
    Catholic Family News ^ | May 2005 | John Vennari
    Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen said in 1974, “We live in a sensate age. We are no longer governed by Faith, we are no longer governed by reason. We are governed by feelings.” The outpouring of naked emotion at the death of Pope John Paul II proves these words true. It is expected that Catholics worldwide would grieve and pray for the departed Pontiff, as it is a fitting expression of filial piety. But the effusion over John Paul II was a good bit more. Cardinals, bishops, priests, religious and laity vied with each other to canonize him as “John Paul...
  • Just Whistle a Happy Tune

    05/09/2005 6:40:45 AM PDT · by Robert Drobot · 31 replies · 727+ views
    Christ or Chaos ^ | 08 May 2005 | Thomas A. Droleskey
    As I have noted in several brief commentaries in the past three weeks since the election of Pope Benedict XVI, each Catholic must pray fervently for the Successor of Saint Peter. We are neither pessimists (sad idiots) or optimists (happy idiots). Catholics are called to grow in the Supernatural Virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity with every beat of their hearts, consecrated as they must be to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Although we must be concerned about the state of the Church in her human elements at present, we have to understand that...

    03/31/2005 2:41:41 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 38 replies · 916+ views
    MUMBAI: As Pope John Paul II remains hospitalised, the names of prelates from Asia, Africa and Latin America, including that of an Indian archbishop, figure in the list of those who are likely to succeed him, a media report said. Mumbai's archbishop Ivan Diaz, a friend of Mother Teresa, figures in the list, international weekly magazine BusinessWeek said in an article titled Why The Next Pope May Be A Surprise. When contacted, Diaz' office dismissed the report as 'rubbish' and said the archbishop will not entertain interviews on the matter. The College of Cardinals will select a Pope when John...
  • Creeds, a toothless watchdog

    03/29/2005 9:04:29 AM PST · by GospelUnion · 13 replies · 241+ views
    Gospel Union ^ | March 29, 2005 | Kevin Harper
    If creeds are so useful for the truth they may contain, but are not authoritative for our salvation, then we might as well call Moby Dick by Herman Melville a creed. Scripture is quoted in the novel, so it contains some inerrant truth, right? People view creeds as watchdogs to protect a group from heresy, but if the creed has no real authority, then it is a toothless watchdog. One bit of prose is as good as another, provided there is some semblance of truth in it.As long as we are all free to dissent with this phrase or that...
  • R. McBrien Attacks Dogma (Again)

    03/28/2005 5:17:13 PM PST · by ninenot · 144 replies · 1,777+ views
    O'Reilly Factor | 3/28/05 | Self
    (Fr.) Richard McBrien, notorious heretic, wore his Roman collar tonight while on O'Reilly's show denying the Roman Catholic doctrines regarding feeding tubes and euthanasia in the Schiavo case. Notre Dame's reputation takes one more step into the barnyard filth.
  • DignityUSA Leadership Decries Pope's Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    03/18/2005 2:42:17 AM PST · by Robert Drobot · 5 replies · 357+ views,uk ^ | 13 Jan 2005 | Editors
    Washington, DC – The leadership of DignityUSA strongly disagrees with the Pope's recent statement in his “State of the World Message” where he said same sex marriage promotes a “direct challenge to the family” “It is clear that the Pope has a very myopic understanding of family”, stated Matthew Gallagher, Executive Director of DignityUSA. “The Pope needs to be open to the lived experience of countless couples as many people of faith and society in general move toward understanding 'family' in a broader sense. “Family is more than one male, one female and their biological children. The modern world has...
  • Science's New Heresy Trial: (Persecution of Scientific Thought)

    02/23/2005 3:47:00 PM PST · by DannyTN · 327 replies · 2,730+ views
    Discovery Institute News ^ | February 18, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith, World Magazine
    Science is typically praised as open-ended and free, pursuing the evidence wherever it leads. Scientific conclusions are falsifiable, open to further inquiry, and revised as new data emerge. Science is free of dogma, intolerance, censorship, and persecution. By these standards, Darwinists have become the dogmatists. Scientists at the Smithsonian Institute, supported by American taxpayers, are punishing one of their own simply for publishing an article about Intelligent Design. Stephen Meyer, who holds a Ph.D. from Cambridge and is a research fellow at the Discovery Institute, wrote an article titled "The Origin of Biological Information and the Higher Taxonomic Categories." As...
  • Religious Hard-Sell (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/28/2005 5:05:08 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 12 replies · 1,107+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 28, 2005 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of ScientologyBy the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 28, 2005Religious Hard-Sell        A while back, I received a mailer from the Church of Scientology's Citizens Commission on Human Rights. The mailer offered, "You are invited to a CONFIDENTIAL closed-door Briefing and Dinner." I've been a Scientologist long enough to know that what they were really saying. Essentially, the message was "Come to our dinner and give us the opportunity to brow-beat you into giving us thousands of dollars."        L. Ron Hubbard describes this approach as "come-on promotion." The words confidential and closed-door are meant to induce, allure and attract...
  • Totalitarian Religion (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/24/2005 5:09:54 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 6 replies · 909+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan. 24, 05 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of ScientologyBy the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 24, 05Totalitarian Religion        In 2001, following the September 11 attacks, Church of Scientology Chairman of the Board David Miscavige promptly issued Inspector General Network Bulletin No. 44, titled "Wake-up Call." The Church's official position, although not exactly a denial of the facts, completely avoided one issue worth noting. Miscavige made absolutely no mention of the terrorists' radical religious extremism. I suspect that for most Scientologists, extremism is a concept that probably hits too uncomfortably close to home. Your average dedicated Scientologist, while able to perhaps recognize the dangers of suicide...
  • Indoctrinated Tyranny (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/18/2005 4:57:40 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 11 replies · 1,086+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 18, 2005 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of Scientology By the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 18, 2005 Unauthorized Correspondent for The Church of ScientologyIndoctrinated Tyranny    One of the first things a new Scientologist encounters when studying Dianetics and Scientology is the absolute authority of L. Ron Hubbard. There's a gradual indoctrination process that takes place in which the Scientologist eventually comes to the realization that everything Hubbard says is absolutely true and completely correct. Sooner or later every Scientologist arrives at a point where Hubbard's word becomes law, not to be questioned.     Every course begins with the same Hubbard Policy Letter, Keeping Scientology...
  • An Ex-Fanatic Speaks Out (The Forbidden Side of Scientology)

    01/12/2005 5:10:10 PM PST · by Murray Luther · 57 replies · 4,639+ views
    The Truth About Scientology ^ | Jan 13, 2004 | Murray Luther
    The Forbidden Side of Scientology By the Reverend Murray Luther, Jan 13, 2005 An Ex-Fanatic Speaks Out     This is the first entry in a series of reports and commentary on the ever controversial Church of Scientology. I've been a member for roughly thirty years, and as of this writing I still remain in good standing. I've received hundreds of hours of Scientology counseling, and have attained some of the highest spiritual levels that it offers. I've also done significant amounts of training in the delivery of Scientology counseling, as well as courses in the administration of Church management policies....
  • Virgin [Ebert says this movie treats religion more respectfully than most movies]

    01/09/2005 5:35:10 AM PST · by grundle · 40 replies · 1,322+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | January 7, 2005 | ROGER EBERT Virgin No MPAA rating *** (3 stars out of 4) BY ROGER EBERT January 7, 2005 Jessie Reynolds is not the kind of girl who gets nice things written under her picture in the high school yearbook. She's probably never going to graduate, for one thing. When we see her for the first time in "Virgin," she's trying to talk a stranger into buying some booze for her, and when he does, he gets a kiss. Jessie is not bad, precisely. It would be more fair to say she is lost, and a little dim. She clearly feels left...
  • Ineffabilis Deus: 8 December 1854 (Dogma of the Immaculate Conception)

    12/06/2004 8:15:10 AM PST · by Pyro7480 · 28 replies · 1,455+ views
    EWTN ^ | 1854 | Blessed Pope Pius IX
    INEFFABILIS DEUS (The Immaculate Conception) Pope Pius IX Apostolic Constitution issued on December 8, 1854.God Ineffable—whose ways are mercy and truth, whose will is omnipotence itself, and whose wisdom "reaches from end to end mightily, and orders all things sweetly"—having foreseen from all eternity the lamentable wretchedness of the entire human race which would result from the sin of Adam, decreed, by a plan hidden from the centuries, to complete the first work of his goodness by a mystery yet more wondrously sublime through the Incarnation of the Word. This he decreed in order that man who, contrary to...
  • FREEP George Carlin, Syracuse, NY 12/11/04

    11/05/2004 3:00:26 AM PST · by Jon Alvarez · 17 replies · 758+ views
    Patriots: Anti-American comedian George Carlin is coming to Syracuse on Dec. 11th for a concert at the Landmark Theatre. Guess who's going to be there to greet him? Join me in letting George Carlin and his fans know that we take exception to his claim that 3000 Americans somehow deserved what they got on Sept. 11th. Spread the word, bring a friend, bring a sign. I wonder how many concert-goers are aware of his beliefs relative to the War on Terror and 9/11? Those plunking $40 to support this vile person and his affluent lifestyle might re-think that purchase if...
  • New four-winged feathered dinosaur?

    01/28/2003 1:54:40 PM PST · by ZGuy · 17 replies · 1,528+ views
    AIG ^ | 1/28/03 | Jonathan Sarfati
    Papers have been flapping with new headlines about the latest in a long line of alleged dinosaur ancestors of birds. This one is claimed to be a sensational dinosaur with feathers on its hind legs, thus four ‘wings’.1 This was named Microraptor gui—the name is derived from words meaning ‘little plunderer of Gu’ after the paleontologist Gu Zhiwei. Like so many of the alleged feathered dinosaurs, it comes from Liaoning province of northeastern China. It was about 3 feet (1 meter) long from its head to the tip of its long tail, but its body was only about the size...
  • Open Source Myths

    07/26/2004 8:35:06 AM PDT · by GeorgiaFreeper · 103 replies · 1,416+ views
    Neil Gunton's Web Page ^ | 7/26/2004 | Neil Gunton / open_source_myths / Open Source Myths Thoughts on some frequently-stated dogma promoted by the Open Source community Copyright © 2004 by Neil Gunton Last updated: Mon Jul 26 08:43:56 2004 CDT This document collects some of my thoughts regarding some of the "conventional wisdom" that people seem to take as Gospel Truth about Open Source software (OSS) and software development in general. This is NOT intended to be "anti-OSS", but rather to generate real thought and discussion as opposed to the constant mindless re-iteration of the same old tired dogma. I fully realize that this will be controversial...
  • 'For her to be absolved from guilt, a raped woman must have shown good conduct' (ISLAM ALERT)

    07/10/2004 4:48:57 PM PDT · by MadIvan · 48 replies · 1,132+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | July 11, 2004 | Rajeev Syal and Julie Henry
    Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Muslim cleric currently on a controversial visit to Britain, believes that female rape victims should be punished if dressed "immodestly" when assaulted. The 78-year-old Egyptian-born scholar, allowed into the country despite his open support of Palestinian suicide bombers and his extreme views on homosexuality, says that women can be guilty of provoking a sexual attack if their dress or behaviour arouses a man. Dr al-Qaradawi's views on rape appear on a website called IslamOnline, which purports to give a modern interpretation of Islam. He is the website's chief scholar and leader of a group of Islamic...
  • )After Gay Row, Anglicans Question Vatican Ties (Religion alert}

    02/10/2004 3:15:55 PM PST · by gdyniawitawa · 9 replies · 156+ views
    Reuters ^ | Mon February 9, 2004 06:21 AM ET | By Paul Majendie
    LONDON (Reuters) - After the furor over the ordination of a gay Anglican bishop in the United States, the Church of England now faces a theological conundrum -- who is the ultimate Christian leader? The Pope runs the Roman Catholic Church through a rigid hierarchy. In contrast, the Archbishop of Canterbury is spiritual leader to 70 million Anglicans who rules by consensus. At the General Synod of the Church of England opening on Monday, Anglican-Catholic relations could take a turn for the worse as clerics broach the sensitive issue of whether the pontiff could be some kind of head of...
  • Your Praises We Sing--on the Dogma of the Proclamation of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8th

    12/07/2003 1:54:02 PM PST · by Coleus · 28 replies · 764+ views
    Columbia Magazine, K of C ^ | December, 2003 | Bill Dodds
    Your Praises We Sing by Bill DoddsOn the eve of the 150th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception, a look at Mary's singular honor. In this article: St. Anne, St. Joachim and the Unborn Mary Lessons from the Bible and the Catechism Serious Doubts by Serious Saints St. Bernadette's Contribution Scour the Old and New Testaments and you'll find no definitive word on Mary's being conceived without the stain of original sin. Pore over the writings of early Christian theologians known as Church Fathers, or later saints and scholars, and you'll discover a jumble...