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  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 37 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • Russia's Orthodox Soft Power

    03/24/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Carnegie Council ^ | 03-23-2015 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural and political influence, while for the Russian Orthodox Church it is a spiritual concept, a reminder that through the baptism of Rus, God consecrated these people to the task of building a Holy Rus. The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox...
  • US senator's anti-Hindu views repudiated by Catholic leadership

    03/22/2015 5:06:16 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 74 replies
    newKerala.com ^ | March 21, 2015
    The US state of Idaho's Catholic leadership has declared that a state senator's anti-Hindu views run counter to the teachings of the Church and Pope Francis's support for inter-religious dialogue. When Universal Society of Hinduism President Rajan Zed recited prayers for the state senate's March 3 session in Boise, Senator Sheryl Nuxoll boycotted the invocation and said that she believed the US is a Christian nation and "Hindu is a false faith with false gods". Her opinions "do not represent the opinions or teachings of the Roman Catholic Church, (Boise) Bishop Peter Christensen or even our Holy Father, Pope Francis,...
  • The West Misses the Point—and Lesson of Buddhist Anti-Muslim Sentiment

    03/03/2015 9:19:50 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 03/03/2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Ongoing reports decrying “anti-Muslim” Buddhists seem to miss the point: this antipathy did not appear out of thin air but rather in response to Islamic aggression—the same Islamic aggression the rest of the world is trying to cope with. A Financial Times editorial titled “Buddhist militancy triggers international concern” opens by describing the “traumatic first-hand view” of a Muslim woman whose home was attacked and possessions plundered by Buddhists in Sri Lanka. Says the woman: “If I could meet those responsible, I would ask: ‘Sir, does your Lord Buddha teach this?’”Some paragraphs down, readers discover that her home was attacked...
  • Obama: "No god condones terror."

    02/10/2015 3:46:50 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 62 replies
    2/10/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    President Obama, during his National Prayer Breakfast speech, Thursday: "No god condones terror. No grievance justifies the taking of innocent lives or the oppression of those who are weaker of fewer in number." All people at all times and locations have the right to defend themselves from terror. Despite Obama's words that have clearly angered people, we can see the following as an example: Christians within the confines of the Byzantine Empire had a right to defend themselves from Muslims who terrorized them, but we all know that Pope Urban II could in no way possible know that anyone who...
  • Conrad Black: Defending the Christian West

    01/12/2015 1:32:51 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    The National Post ^ | January 10, 2015 | Conrad Black
    As I was sitting down to write about the atrocity in France, my wife Barbara hove into view, always a delicious sight, and announced that she was writing elsewhere on the same subject and that I could not do it. So I will not, other than to say that France had to admit more than a million Algerian Muslims in the mid-sixties, who had been loyal to France in the savage war of independence in that country, as well as a million European Algerians. It has been comparatively indulgent of Muslims since then, but this incident, or a few others...
  • How December 25 Became Christmas

    12/15/2014 9:22:24 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 45 replies
    Biblical Archaeology Society ^ | 8/12/2104 | Andrew McGowan
    On December 25, Christians around the world will gather to celebrate Jesus' birth. Joyful carols, special liturgies, brightly wrapped gifts, festive foods - these all characterize the feast today, at least in the northern hemisphere. But just how did the Christmas festival originate? How did December 25 become associated with Jesus' birthday? The Bible offers few clues: Celebrations of Jesus' nativity are not mentioned in the Gospels or Acts; the date is not given, not even the time of year. The biblical reference to shepherds tending their flocks at night when the hear the news of Jesus' birth (Luke 2:8)...
  • With jabs at Obama, CUFI lobbies for Iran sanctions, end to P.A. aid (Christians United for Israel)

    07/23/2014 11:10:05 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    The Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles ^ | July 22, 2014 | Jewish Telegraph Agency
    Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, addressing the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel, July 21, 2014.With sharp jabs at the Obama administration, Christians United for Israel launched its annual Washington rally with appeals to Congress to impose new sanctions on Iran and cut off funding to the Palestinian Authority. David Brog, the group’s executive director, said CUFI regarded the Iran nuclear talks as a failure and would back legislation proposed by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that would impose new sanctions immediately. The Cruz measure is tougher than legislation already under consideration that would trigger sanctions...
  • [June 7, 2012] Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church

    06/10/2014 3:40:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies
    telegraph.co.uk on marymagdalen.blogspot.com ^ | 7 June 2012 | By Richard Orange in Denmark 5:06PM BST 07 Jun 2012
    Frightening article in the Telegraph: Gay Danish couples win right to marry in church. The country's parliament voted through the new law on same-sex marriage by a large majority, making it mandatory for all churches to conduct gay marriages. .... Under the law, individual priests can refuse to carry out the ceremony, but the local bishop must arrange a replacement for their church. I am sure at first most Catholic clergy will refuse and bishops will not comply but down the line, in two or three years, what will happen, and if this law were introduced into England, or the...
  • I, Gamecock, completed RICO and will become Catholic next week.

    04/01/2014 5:34:45 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 38 replies
    1 April 2014 | Gamecock
    I... After careful prayer and... Sorry. Even though it is April Fools Day I just can't pull this off.
  • On Saving or Losing Your Life...Mark 8 pt 10

    In what sense do some people “save” their own lives, only to lose them? Likewise, how is it that some are willing to ‘lose their lives’, and save them in the process? To Jesus those who ‘save their own lives’ are those who seek to preserve their standing before the world, by distancing themselves before the reproach of identification with the Lord and Saviour. They are said to have “gained the world” in some way. Because there is a very real tension between the world and Christ, confessing Christ is a form of repudiation of this world, whether the confessor...
  • Christmas message from Heads of Churches in Jerusalem

    12/24/2013 5:33:06 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 2 replies
    Independant Catholic News ^ | Tuesday, December 24, 2013 | Heads of Churches in Jerusalem
    “In Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1. 4,5) We, the Patriarchs and Heads of Churches in Jerusalem, share with you the joy of this Christmas season of the Incarnation. Our physical closeness to the town of Bethlehem where this took place is a constant reminder to us of its wonderful reality. We praise God for the Word made flesh in the person of Jesus Christ from the pure blood of the Blessed Virgin Mary and for her willingness to...
  • Pope Francis draws crowds 4 times larger than Benedict

    12/21/2013 8:58:16 AM PST · by MarkBsnr · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | Dec 18 2013 | Philip Pullella
    More than two million people have flocked to Pope Francis' general audiences in St. Peter's Square since his election in March, four times the number that Pope Benedict drew in all of 2012. The Vatican said on Wednesday it had issued 1,548,500 tickets for the 30 Wednesday general audiences Francis has held since his election on March 13 as the first non-European pope in 1,300 years. But it said the actual number was "much larger" because no tickets are needed for the rear section of the square and surrounding streets, which accommodate overflow. That area, which fits at least 20,000,...
  • Pope Francis calls on Eastern-rite Catholics to reach out to Orthodox

    11/25/2013 9:05:16 AM PST · by AstralisLux · 6 replies
    Spero News ^ | 11/25/13 | Martin Barillas
    Speaking to the fierce devotion to the papacy shown by eastern Catholics, the pontiff said he hopes that “the intense communion that you wish to deepen every day within the Catholic Church may help you also to build bridges of fraternity with other Churches and ecclesial communities in Ukraine and in other countries where your communities are present.”
  • What Is A Roman Catholic Buddhist?

    You are listening to Search the Scriptures Daily, a radio ministry of The Berean Call. Still ahead, Dave and Tom continue their weekly in-depth study of the doctrine of salvation, please stay with us. CONTENDING FOR THE FAITH In this regular feature Dave and Tom respond to questions from listeners and readers of The Berean Call. Here is this week’s question: Dear Dave and Tom: I have friends who are conservative Roman Catholics, and they just went through the experience of seeing their daughter become a Roman Catholic Buddhist. I know that sounds like a contradiction in terms but it’s...
  • Islamist mob parades nuns in Cairo as prisoners of war after six hours looting church school...

    08/19/2013 4:56:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | August 19, 2013 | Staff
    Franciscan School looted and classrooms burned to the ground Nuns subjected to abuse as they were paraded through the streets Two Christians killed since government moved against protesters Dozens of churches, homes and businesses owned by Christians attacked A mob marched nuns through the battle-torn streets of Cairo ‘like prisoners of war’ in the latest outrage against Egypt’s Christian minority. Sister Manal, principal of a Franciscan school in suburban Cairo, watched for six hours as a mob looted the building, knocked the cross off the gate and replaced it with a black banner resembling the flag of Al Qaeda. The...
  • Any prayers Catholic, Protestant or Jewish gratefully accepted

    08/12/2013 6:04:22 PM PDT · by steve86 · 120 replies
    Wife just got a phone call with horrible news from niece in Bombay. Ceiling collapsed in multi-story apartment building in the middle of the night. Very poor area. Wife's older sister currently is semi-conscious and bleeding. There seems to be no emergency service who will pick her up and family has no vehicle. The next few hours would seem to be critical. The sister, Margaret, was practically a saint in helping raise my wife as a child. A wonderful person. Prayers badly needed. Thank you. I will read but probably not reply tonight. Thank you.
  • Our Faith in Science (If science proves Buddhism wrong, then Buddhism will have to change)

    07/17/2013 11:40:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    New York Times ^ | 11/12/2005 | TENZIN GYATSO, 14th Dalai Lama
    SCIENCE has always fascinated me. As a child in Tibet, I was keenly curious about how things worked. When I got a toy I would play with it a bit, then take it apart to see how it was put together. As I became older, I applied the same scrutiny to a movie projector and an antique automobile. At one point I became particularly intrigued by an old telescope, with which I would study the heavens. One night while looking at the moon I realized that there were shadows on its surface. I corralled my two main tutors to show...
  • Six Million African Muslims Convert to Christianity Each Year (?!)

    06/14/2013 7:29:15 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 45 replies
    The Muslim Times ^ | April 18, 2012 | Rafiq A. Tschannen
    This translation of a televised conversation reveals a rare glimpse into the outlook of Muslim scholars who are concerned about Christianity’s growth. The invited guest is Sheikh Ahmad Al Katani; the president of The Companions Lighthouse for the Science of Islamic Law in Libya, which is an institution specializing in graduating imams and Islamic preachers. Katani starts off describing the overall problem: Islam used to represent, as you previously mentioned, Africa’s main religion and there were 30 African languages that used to be written in Arabic script. The number of Muslims in Africa has diminished to 316 million, half of...
  • Is yoga the work of the devil?

    06/01/2013 12:58:39 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 102 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 1, 2013 | JP
    Father Gabriele Amorth is an old school priest. The octogenarian told The London Times this week that, since he was ordained way back in 1954, he has cast out some 160,000 demons. I believe that gives Father Gabriele some authority on the devil. So when he told the Times, “Practicing yoga brings evil,” he got my attention. I’ve long considered yoga a benign form of exercise, no more harmful than, say, aerobics or Pilates or, the apparent latest craze, Zumba. But after doing some research, I’m inclined to agree with Father Gabriele, the exorcist. While yoga indeed has a physical...
  • French Have Positive Opinion of Buddhism, Christianity and Judaism, Negative Opinion of Islam

    04/29/2013 9:34:48 AM PDT · by Cronos · 15 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 20 Apr 2013 | David Greenfield
    Everyone knows that Europe is Islamophobic, but for some reason it’s also Buddihiphilic*. Maybe the French actually judge religions based on their behavior. Or maybe, like everyone else, they’re irrationally afraid of being murdered by Muslim terrorists even though there is no reason for them to be because that never happens. Almost three French people in four (73%) say that they have a negative image of Islam, while other religions enjoy the approval of a clear majority, according to a poll published on Tuesday. Questioned by the agency Tilder and the Institut Montaigne, in the context of the program “Place...
  • White Horse Prophecy [Mitt's Loss brings obvious conclusion that Mormon leaders falsely prophesied]

    11/10/2012 7:59:09 AM PST · by Colofornian · 954 replies
    MessagetoEagle.com ^ | Nov. 8, 2012 | Dustin Naef
    MessageToEagle.com - Normally, as a matter of personal preference I don’t get into politics, but when we have a presidential campaign that begins to cross over into the strange twilight zone of religious weirdness that centers on the one person who’s going to control the most powerful government and army on the face of the earth, well, it brings up some unusual scenarios to wonder about. It is being reported in the media today that former presidential candidate Mitt Romney only wrote a victory speech for Election Day; presumably a harried, last minute scramble to revise his speech was being...
  • Eternal progression after death is fun speculation for Mormons

    11/15/2012 4:33:43 PM PST · by Colofornian · 153 replies
    Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | Oct. 15, 2012 | Doug Gibson
    (To see Cal Grondahl’s cartoon that goes with this post, click here) A key difference between Latter-day Saints and many other Christian churches is that Mormons believe that there are various post-judgment kingdoms in the outskirts of heaven. There’s the Telestial Kingdom, for anyone from Hitler to that lawyer who’s cheating on his wife. There’s the Terrestrial Kingdom, for those decent folks who said “not now” when the missionaries came by the door. And then there’s the Celestial Kingdom, the jackpot prize. But even the Celestial Kingdom comes in degrees. According to Joseph Smith, there are three degrees of glory...

    11/27/2012 4:05:51 PM PST · by greyfoxx39 · 263 replies
    Mormon Infographics ^ | November 27, 2012
  • Following Jesus Yet Still Hindu or Sikh? Mission Leaders Weigh In on New Communities

    11/01/2012 3:12:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2012 | Michelle Vu
    It doesn't sound right: someone claiming to be both a follower of Jesus Christ while still identifying himself as a Hindu or Sikh. But some respected missiologists are defending the new communities in India called Yeshu Satsang as biblical. Formed as a direct response to broken relationships that Hindus or Sikhs in India who convert to Christianity often must endure, members of Yeshu Satsangs seek to follow the Bible while still retaining their cultural identity as Hindu or Sikh, and thus retaining harmonious relationships with their family members and community. The communities are also a pushback against Western ways of...
  • Buddhist Statue Made From Meteorite

    10/01/2012 6:24:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Hindu ^ | 10/1/12 | AP
    <p>An ancient Buddhist statue that a Nazi expedition brought back from Tibet shortly before World War II was carved from a meteorite that crashed on Earth thousands of years ago.</p> <p>What sounds like an Indiana Jones movie plot appears to have actually taken place, according to European researchers publishing in the journal Meteoritics and Planetary Science this month.</p>
  • Of gods and goddesses

    09/21/2012 6:51:55 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 7 replies
    The Australian ^ | September 22, 2012 | William Dalrymple
    THE best view of the Goa coast of western India can be seen from the topmost turret of the ruined Portuguese fort above Chapora. From the dark upper slopes of the Pernem hills down to the level ground of the coastline stretches kilometre upon kilometre of banana and coconut groves, the deep-green of the palms offset by the white sand of the shore and the foam of the breaking rollers. In the palm groves, you can just see the toddy tappers throwing ripe king coconuts down from the treetops. Further up the beach, lean fishermen are beaching their catamaran-canoes on...
  • Christianity on the Decline in Australia; Eastern Faiths Increasing

    06/26/2012 11:49:07 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/26/2012 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A national census has revealed that while most Australians profess Christianity as a belief, the religion as a whole in the country has been on a steady decline, while the number adherents of Eastern faiths like Buddhism and Hinduism has grown. The Australian Bureau of Statistics recently revealed its first set of findings for 2011, which showed that Christianity remains the dominant religion among Australia's 21,507,717 population, and was claimed as the faith of practice by 61.1 percent of respondents – although that figure was down by almost 3 percent from 63.9 percent in 2006. Of those Christians, 25.3 percent...
  • Dalai Lama attends Pentecost Mass of Cardinal in Vienna

    05/28/2012 3:35:50 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 15 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 28 May 2012 | Cathcon
    Report and pictures of the Dalai Lama robed and in choir.
  • Be strong and stay strong in the LORD. HE will guide and establish HIS way through us.

    05/21/2012 4:35:22 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 5 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Know that when we follow Jesus Christ we follow what the Father wants. To know HIM is to know the LORD. Love one another. Speak only in HIS goodness. HIS grace and mercy endures forever.
  • Love the LORD with all our hearts, and love our neighbor.

    05/18/2012 7:50:46 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    We try to protect ourselves from many things, yet still never know when is our end. GOD created us. GOD knows our beginning, end, and knows what's within us. It's better to trust in HIM, then to trust in ourselves. We are trying to figure ourselves out. But it's better to listen to our creator who knows what we are all about.
  • Jesus is the way. Let's change our thinking to be more like HIM every day.

    05/15/2012 5:23:00 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 1 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    From the mouth the heart speaks. From our eyes our actions trigger. From our emotions our imaginations peak. From our thoughts we must figure. Jesus is the way that's what we must seek. Follow HIM every day and life gets bigger.
  • Never give up. Know that if your heart is with HIM, your actions will start to change.

    05/11/2012 3:31:43 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 6 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Praise the LORD JESUS CHRIST in all HIS splendor. GOD is great, amazing, honest, and true. HE will walk with us, guide, and teach us through all we go through in this life. Make sure your hearts are focused on HIM!
  • The Hare Krishna Killings

    03/30/2012 5:28:06 PM PDT · by BonRad · 13 replies
    http://www.williamhkennedy.com/Hare.html ^ | February 15, 2012 | William H Kennedy
    On October 26, 2011 the UK's Telegraph newspaper ran an obituary which read Disgraced former leader of US Hare Krishna community dies at 74 and recounted the bizarre life and passing of cult leader Swami Kirtanananda Bhaktipada (1937-2011). Kirtanananda was born Keith Gordon Ham in upstate New York the son of an extremely conservative Southern Baptist minister. Keith inherited his father's zeal and recruiting tactics and successfully converted many classmates to "born again" evangelical Christianity. Despite a childhood case of polio, he excelled in high school academics graduating with top honors in 1955 and received a degree in History from...
  • Where the Church's Growth Is Fastest

    02/06/2012 7:02:47 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bishop From Northeast India Speaks on Christ's AppealROME, FEB. 3, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The northeast corner of India is the place where the Catholic Church has grown most over the past 30 years, with an average of about 10,000 adult baptisms every year -- and this despite the fact that for many generations missionaries were banned. Mark Riedemann for Where God Weeps in cooperation with Aid to the Church in Need spoke with a bishop from the region, John Thomas Kattrukudiyil of Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Q: Since the 1970s the Catholic Church has exploded in this northeastern corner...
  • Love to all! Something to think about today or everyday!

    01/12/2012 6:23:40 AM PST · by jesus4life · 1 replies
    Faith and Love | God-inspired
    To all, GOD BLESS US ALL!! Just a message to think about! Life unravels at it's time. No one can stop time fully, whether they believe in GOD or not. We are all given different talents, different facilities, and different thoughts. Yet , not very different, because we can always find a "group" of people or at least another person on this earth that believe in what we believe. There is someone for everyone. So, we are all not completely that different. There are many systems in this world created by humans to validate what they believe and they think...
  • Hindu theory of World Cycles

    12/15/2011 1:27:56 AM PST · by Cronos · 36 replies
    Baharna.com ^ | 2009 | Baharna
    THE HINDU THEORY OF WORLD CYCLES In the Light of Modern Science Traditional Hindu scriptures view history as cyclical in character, with vast repeating series of ages. Each age has its own particular qualities. Interestingly, this system seems to be taken literally by modern Yoga masters such as Swami Muktananda, Baba Hari Dass, Swami Vishnu Tirtha, and so on. As a Western devotee, I found myself wondering exactly what the full system of Hindu cycles is, and how it relates to the findings of modern science. Following is my attempt to explain what I found out. Traditional Puranic Model...
  • Will you please pray for me and my wife?

    11/30/2011 10:46:06 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 296 replies · 1+ views
    November 30, 2011 | 2ndDivisionVet
    FRiends, The edema and infections are getting worse and I'm scared that I will lose one or both of my feet or even my legs. My feet are about two-and-a-half times their normal size. It will be very hard to take care of my wife (stroke last year) and myself if I lose my mobility. I appreciate any and all prayers, thoughts, best wishes or whatever. This is like a second home for me and I have many good friends here that I've never met in person. Thank you!
  • Ex-banker turned Hindu monk urges Wall Street to meditate

    11/18/2011 9:24:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | 11/18/2011 | Eduardo Munoz
    Rasanath Das, a former New York investment banker who gave it all up to become a Hindu monk, was recently spending his Sunday afternoons leading Occupy Wall Street protesters in meditation until police cleared their camp at Zuccotti Park this week. The 32-year-old monk isn’t sure now where his next session will be. He’ll keep following the protesters to offer meditation sessions, though, convinced they will only roll back the inequality they see around them if they find equanimity deep inside. “Anger won’t solve anything,” he told Reuters. “We have to work from the heart… there is so much distrust...
  • “If your right hand causes you to sin cut it off”! What did Jesus mean? Here is what Beinsa Douno

    11/08/2011 10:46:38 PM PST · by Love Wisdom Truth · 31 replies · 2+ views
    Beinsa Douno
    “If your right hand causes you to sin cut it off”! < Mark 9:43 >> What did Jesus meant? Here is the answer Beinsa Douno gives: "Can our hand lead us into temptation? - Yes, it is possible. Every material thing, power or body that we possess can lead us into temptation...." According to Beinsa Douno - The hand is an expression/symbol of the reasonable/intelligent in man..... "If your right hand causes you to sin." If your unreasonable life leads you into temptations and gives one twisted/wrong understanding, one twisted/wrong theory, through which (which causes) your mind, your heart, and...
  • Obama’s Muslim Advisers Block Middle Eastern Christians’ Access to the White House

    10/25/2011 8:22:31 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Big Peace ^ | 10-25-11 | El Cid
    From a Middle East correspondent: Beirut Arab news agency al Nashra reported on Saturday November 22, that [White House Muslim envoy] Dalia Mogahed has succeeded in canceling a meeting between the Maronite Patriarch of Lebanon and President Barack Obama. Writing in al Nashra, the reporter said “an unnamed US source told the news agency, that those who sought canceling a visit of (the spiritual head of the Maronite Church) Patriarch Beshara Rahi to the White House are Dalia Mujahid (Mogahed), the highest adviser on Arab and Islamic Affairs in the State Department, who is from Egyptian origins. And that,” according...
  • Buddhist Monks Walk Away From Sex-Abuse Cases

    07/26/2011 7:19:54 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | 7/24/11 | Megan Twohey
    Across the U.S., temples frustrate investigators by insisting they have no control over monks' actions, whereaboutsThe meeting took place at Wat Dhammaram, a cavernous Theravada Buddhist temple on the southwest edge of Chicago. A tearful 12-year-old told three monks how another monk had turned off the lights during a tutoring session, lifted her shirt and kissed and fondled her breasts while pressing against her, according to a lawsuit. Shortly after that meeting, one of the monks sent a letter to the girl's family, saying the temple's monastic community had resolved the matter, the lawsuit says. The "wrong doer had accepted...
  • In Texas, young Hindus want to Americanize ancient faith

    07/20/2011 10:06:49 PM PDT · by Cronos · 33 replies
    CNN.com ^ | 10 July 2011 | Dan Gilgoff
    In many ways, 29-year-old Rishi Bhutada is a traditional Hindu, not so different from his Indian-born parents. An officer at his dad’s pipefitting company, Texas-born Bhutada had an arranged marriage in India three years ago and then brought his wife back to his hometown, where they recently welcomed a son. Bhutada is a strict vegetarian and avoids alcohol, as do many observant Hindus. And the dashboard of his Toyota Prius is adorned with a small metal statue of Ganesh, an elephant-headed Hindu god known as the remover of obstacles. Bhutada prays to it each morning before leaving his driveway. And...
  • Former Seminary Now a Leading Buddhist Retreat House

    07/18/2011 8:03:53 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    A former Capuchin seminary in New York State is now the site of the Garrison Institute, a retreat house where leading Buddhists from across the United States recently gathered. “Crosses still adorn one wall of this former Roman Catholic monastery, but a six-foot golden Buddha now anchors the main room,” the Associated Press reported. One of the institute’s three spiritual advisers is a priest: Father Thomas Keating, the 88-year-old Trappist and leader of the centering-prayer movement. American Buddhism Facing Generational Shift Garrison Institute
  • Patriarch Gregorios III: Ecclesiology and Ecumenism

    07/13/2011 2:03:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    As a follow-up to my “Orthodox in Communion with Rome” post and the so-called Ratzinger proposal and the later clarification I present a different angle to this question. Thank you to Eastern Catholic Spiritual Renewal for sending me this link. It is the speech of Patriarch Gregorios III of Antioch (the Melkite Patriarch) at last years middle eastern Synod in Rome. It touches on the Melkite Greek Catholics Churches idea of Ecclesiology and Ecumenism and it is a bold statement. Of particular note is the comment by the Patriarch We are an Eastern Church in communion with Rome and faithfully...
  • Bethesda woman sees Jesus in a garden shovel

    05/23/2011 10:21:41 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Bangor and Anglesey Mail ^ | May 11, 2011 | Daniel Bissett
    A BETHESDA woman claims to have spotted an apparition of Jesus Christ on, of all things, her boyfriend’s garden shovel! Andrea Jones was having a cigarette in her garden when she noticed this ‘image’ in the shovel which was leaning against a rabbit hutch. “I was deep in thought at the time, miles away,” she said. “Then I saw the shovel and what looked like a face on it, but I’ve seen this shovel so many times before and hadn’t noticed a thing. “I thought it looked a bit like Jesus and pointed it out to my boyfriend Neil and...

    04/16/2011 4:03:13 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 12 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ,bible ^ | 4-16-11 | Jedediah
    There's "things you have missed " and things you will never see , That is why I send My prophecy , So do not despise for what you think is wrong ?! Is My Kingdom's tapestry singing it's song , Each thread I create and ~ needle through ~ , Your tapestry of Me in you , So pay attention when I come to call , Or you 'll be wearing rags and not Me at all ! For as you reject the ones I send ,(Exodus 23:20-21) You wear what you 've created every bitter end , But My...
  • Are these the nails used to crucify Jesus?

    04/12/2011 2:48:23 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 52 replies
    Haaretz.com ^ | 4-12-11 | Nir Hasson
    Journalist Simcha Jacobovici believes that the nails discovered in a Jerusalem cave are revolutionary in their implications regarding the birth of Christianity. The Peace Forest is a small grove of pines sandwiched between the Abu Tor neighborhood and main promenade in Jerusalem. Anyone walking along the road that snakes through the grove can see a green pipe rising from the ground and reaching a height of several meters. This pipe, if journalist Simcha Jacobovici is to be believed, this is the physical tip of an archaeological detective story in the style of the Da Vinci Code. And this pipe is...
  • If You Want to Explain Why The Pope Respects The Religious Instincts of Non-Catholics, Read Pio Nono

    04/12/2011 6:50:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/11/11 | William Oddie
    "Nostra Aetate" is enough by itself; but if you are anti-Vatican II, have a look at "Quanto conficiamur moerore"Last week, I wrote a piece explaining my view that, as I put it in my headline “To call the Pope’s meeting at Assisi a betrayal of the faith is an utter absurdity”. This elicited the following response (there were many thousand more words from the same writer, but this was the general gist of it all: “if you really believe that God is pleased with these pagan shindigs, where two popes in succession have emphasised that they are not interested in...
  • Indian 'living god' in critical condition: hospital

    04/05/2011 1:21:22 PM PDT · by nerdwithagun · 11 replies
    AFP via Yahoo ^ | Apr 5, 2011 | P.S. Jayaram
    HYDERABAD, India (AFP) – One of India's best-known spiritual leaders, famous for his apparent miracles and long list of influential followers, is on life support in a southern hospital, officials said on Tuesday. Satya Sai Baba, 85, who has devotees in more than 100 countries, was admitted to a hospital funded by his organisation in the town of Puttaparthi with lung and chest congestion on March 28.