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Ecumenism (Religion)

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  • Papal Preacher Praises 'Theological and Spiritual Enrichment' of Reformation

    11/25/2015 2:53:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 11/25/15 | Madeleine Teahan
    Fr Raniero Cantalamessa preached during the inauguarion of the Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey The Pope's personal preacher has praised the Reformation and said that moral issues such as sexuality, should not "divide us more than Jesus unites us." Speaking at Wesminster Abbey, during the inauguration of the Church of England's Tenth General Synod, Fr Raniero Cantalamessa, who has served as Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, praised the "theological and spiritual enrichment" of the Reformation. He said: "We need to go back to the time of the Apostles: they faced a pre-Christian world, and we are facing...
  • What Did The Pope Really Say… about Lutherans and Communion?

    11/17/2015 12:56:37 AM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 14 replies
    Fr. Z's Blog ^ | November 16, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Here we go again. Pope Francis has offered some confusing observations about the possibility of Lutherans receiving Holy Communion in the Catholic Church.I'm getting email… angry… alarmed… confused… sad… above all demoralized.Edward Pentin has the best press breakdown I have seen so far. HERE You can read the whole of the answer that the Pope gave to a Lutheran woman Anke de Bernardinis. Here's the video of the whole event in the original language, Italian. The part under discussion here starts at 21:00:Here below are the Pope's comments in context (Pentin's working translation): Question: My name is Anke de Bernardinis...
  • Pope Cracks Door to Lutheran Communion

    11/16/2015 7:06:16 AM PST · by NRx · 21 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | 11-16-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Now for Protestants too, says Francis (Martin Podzorny/Shutterstock) Francis continues to, um, amaze. From Rocco Palma’s report on the Pope’s meeting with Lutherans in Rome on Sunday, as part of an ecumenical dialogue: In an answer that’s almost certain to resonate broadly across the ecumenical scene (and elsewhere, quite possibly show his hand on his intended course following last month’s Synod on the Family), the pontiff – clearly wrestling with the plea – pointedly appealed less to the standard prohibition of the Eucharist for Protestant communities than to the woman’s discernment in conscience.As if to reinforce the point, in...
  • ‘Hare Krishna’ in a Catholic Church?

    11/12/2015 7:47:29 AM PST · by NRx · 9 replies
    11-07-2015 | Rod Dreher
    Jesus wept! That’s a group of Hindu devotees chanting “Hare Krishna” this fall in Our Saviour Roman Catholic Church in New York City. They chanted for an hour as part of an “interfaith prayer service.”Our Saviour used to be pastored by Fr. George Rutler, who was transferred out by Cardinal Dolan. The new pastor, Fr. Robbins, removed much of the iconography that Fr. Rutler had installed. This is definitely a video taken inside Our Saviour, where I have been on several occasions. It was uploaded on November 6. The description says: Published on Nov 6, 2015 Devotees conduct kirtan in...
  • Seminarian Dance-Off (originally posted by knittnmom under Bloggers & Personal)

    11/03/2015 3:58:40 PM PST · by BlessedBeGod · 2 replies
    Link to knittnmom's thread, just in case you missed this over in Bloggers & Personal: Seminarian Dance-Off The Dance-off starts a minute in and doesn't end until the chorus finishes the song.
  • Prayers needed for child (Update #79)

    11/03/2015 9:20:08 AM PST · by verga · 84 replies
    11/3/15 | Verga
    Urgent prayers: I posted earlier in the week that a friend of mines newborn infant was admitted to the hospital. I just received word that she is being taken in for a bone marrow transplant. She will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. Her name is Sawyer Jane, Her parents are Brent and Wendi. Please pray for the family and the doctors.
  • Russian Orthodox patriarch: Americans for natural marriage are ‘Confessors of the Faith’

    11/02/2015 1:41:30 PM PST · by Trumpinator · 8 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Mon Nov 2, 2015 - 1:47 pm EST | Fr. Mark Hodges
    Fr. Mark Hodges Mon Nov 2, 2015 - 1:47 pm EST Russian Orthodox patriarch: Americans for natural marriage are ‘Confessors of the Faith’ MOSCOW, November 2, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – According to Patriarch Kirill, leader of the Russian Orthodox Church, Christians who stand for the ancient traditions of their faith are becoming "Confessors of the Faith," in the mold of the mutilated and exiled St. Maximos (+662 AD). Kirill met with famous American Evangelical leader Franklin Graham last week, with whom he shared his admiration for American evangelicals' defense of Christian morals. Kirill called those who suffer for their stand supporting...
  • Southern Baptist leader: Christians should not attend homosexual weddings

    10/27/2015 10:52:10 PM PDT · by Cronos · 16 replies
    Lifesitenews ^ | 19 October 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    There was a time when Church and State cooperated when governing powers welcomed the influence of Judeo-Christian values and sought to harmonize its laws with morality. But since the radical secularization of Western society, Christians have been forced into an adversarial, politically incorrect role, much like the early Church in times of persecution. Since a "culture of death" began to dominate the West, genuine Christians have become counter-cultural. The leader of America's largest Protestant denomination, Dr. Albert Mohler, applies this Christian counter-culturalism to the latest politically correct trend in society: the approval of sodomy and sodomitical relationships in...
  • Full Speech of Metropolitan Hilarion (Russian Orthodox) to the Roman Catholic Synod

    10/21/2015 4:29:17 PM PDT · by NRx · 32 replies
    Russian Orthodox Church ^ | 10-21-2015 | Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk
    Your Holiness! Your Beatitudes, Eminences and Excellencies! On behalf of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Rus I extend fraternal greetings to you on the occasion of the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops of the Catholic Church on the theme of the family. In our restless and disturbing world the human person needs a firm and unshakeable foundation upon which he can rest and upon which he can build his life with confidence. At the same time, secular society, aimed primarily at the gratification of individual needs, is incapable of giving the human person...
  • Pope: Teachers of the law "reduce God's horizon and make God's love teeny tiny."

    10/15/2015 4:17:19 PM PDT · by Legatus · 29 replies
    AsiaNews.it ^ | 10/15/2015 | staff
    Vatican City (AsiaNews) The teachers of the law "reduced God's horizon and make God's love teeny tiny, they did not understand the gratuity of salvation and this is why "Jesus was somewhat harsh on these doctors of law, said Pope Francis during Mass celebrated this morning at Casa Santa Marta, focused on the commandment of love and the temptation of wanting to be controllers of salvation. Woe to you, scholars of the law! You have taken away the key of knowledge. You yourselves did not enter and you stopped those trying to enter. Those were Jesus words in the...
  • The Bible is the Constitutions backbone

    10/09/2015 6:17:04 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 1 replies
    http://stevedeace.com ^ | October 9, 2015 | William J. Federer
    During World War I, the thousands to American soldiers heading to France and Belgium were given pocket Bibles with the forward written by President Woodrow Wilson in 1917: The Bible is the Word of Life. I beg that you will read it and find this out for yourselves, -read, not little snatches here and there, but long passages that will really be the road to the heart of it. You will find it full of real men and women not only, but also of the things you have wondered about and been troubled about all your life, as men have...
  • Un-Ecumenism

    09/28/2015 11:06:23 PM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    Glory to God for All Things ^ | 09-28-2015 | Fr. Stephen Freeman
    I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. (Rom 12:1-2)The ideas of the modern project have been in place for over three centuries. Across that time they have come to permeate every aspect of our lives. They shape our institutions and the way we think about them. They shape our...
  • Baptists Excited and Hopeful About Papal Visit

    09/23/2015 6:22:06 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 43 replies
    Baptist Global News ^ | 9/21/15 | Jeff Brumley
    Pope Francis' visit to the United States this week is expected to showcase the pontiffs focus on a wide range of social, environmental and justice issues. Baptist observers say he demonstrates how to be missional in ministry. Think Catholics are pumped about Pope Francis U.S. visit this week? Turns out some Baptists are pretty excited, too. And those who arent, probably should be for a number of reasons, said Curtis Freeman. One reason is that Pope Francis I is the only Christian in the world who every other Christian and non-Christian recognizes, said Freeman, director of the Baptist House of...
  • How to Try the Spirits (Ecumenical)

    09/13/2015 2:14:09 PM PDT · by metmom · 4 replies
    THESE ARE THE TIMES that try men's souls. The Spirit has spoken expressly that in the latter times some should depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits and doctrines of demons; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron. Those days are upon us and we cannot escape them; we must triumph in the midst of them, for such is the will of God concerning us. Strange as it may seem, the danger today is greater for the fervent Christian than for the lukewarm and the self-satisfied. The seeker after God's best things is...
  • Orthodox Patriarch of Constantinople Rebukes Moscow, Underlines Importance of Ties with Rome

    09/07/2015 5:58:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Orthodox Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople underlined the importance of ecumenical ties with Rome, and criticized the resistance of the Russian Orthodox Church, in an August 29 address. The Ecumenical Patriarchrecognized as the first among equals of the worlds Orthodox leadersstressed the primary importance of ecumenical affairs, and reiterated that his role involves protecting the unity of the whole Orthodox Church. He said that opposition to ecumenical unity reflects a diabolical impulse. Patriarch Bartholomew said that his continuing contacts with the Holy See are a critical component of his ecumenical work. He expressed his enthusiasm for the planned worldwide Orthodox...
  • Black Elk Speaks

    09/02/2015 4:54:50 PM PDT · by TradicalRC · 21 replies
    First Things ^ | 9/2/2015 | Matthew Milliner
    Secular historians may snicker at early Christians who insisted Virgils Fourth Eclogue was a vision of the Messiah, but the case for interpreting Black Elks vision that way is not so easy to dismiss. Raymond DeMallie, founder and director of the American Indian Studies Research Institute, has delved into the transcripts of what Black Elk originally divulged to Neihardt. DeMallies definitive study shows the association with Jesus in this culminating passage to be unavoidable. Black Elk also said that the transfiguring figure he saw had holes in the palms of his hands. In addition, Black Elk flatly asserted to Neihardt,...
  • His Holiness Patriarch Kirill receives delegation of Anglican Church in North America

    08/26/2015 10:04:24 PM PDT · by NRx · 6 replies
    ROC ^ | 08-25-2015 | Russian Orthodox Church
    ...Greeting the delegation of the Anglican Church in North America, His Holiness Patriarch Kirill noted the difficulty of the situation in which this denomination had been established six years ago. At the time your Church was undergoing a very difficult period in her history, which required from believers fortitude and the ability to resist great temptations, His Holiness said. It is my firm belief that in the course of her history, the Church faces challenges which she must overcome with all her courage, he continued, There are two models of behavior of the Church and Christians. The first one implies...
  • A look at the biblical foreshadowing of The Blessed Virgin Marys Immaculate Conception

    08/19/2015 10:21:00 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 58 replies
    http://patrickmadrid.com ^ | December 8, 2011 | Patrick Madrid
    I wrote this article 20 years ago to give an overview of some of the biblical aspects of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Pope Pius IX, who defined this dogma, declared that Our Lady, in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Savior of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin (Ineffabilis Deus, 1854). His face stiffened, and his eyes narrowed to slits. Until now the Calvary Chapel pastor had been calm as he shared...
  • The 1st Thing to Know

    08/18/2015 7:32:36 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 6 replies
    Robert Barron, 7 Deadly Sins, 7 Lively Virtues ^ | 8/18/2015 | Charles O'Connell
    About anything. At all. If you don't know this one, first thing, you're "majoring in the minors", getting a Ph.D. in ABC.God doesn't want to take you down, He wants to love you into abundant life.He isn't like other "authorities" who can only build themselves up by tearing you down.He isn't merely supremely good, He is goodness itself.All goodness, truth, beauty, love, happiness, merely "consist" in participation in Him, in the fact that He IS those things in Himself, to an unlimited, infinite degree.Don't want to waste your time? Understand that first, that there's a God-shaped hole in your heart...
  • Syrian Christians and the English Jew

    08/02/2015 11:37:48 AM PDT · by NRx · 2 replies
    WaPo ^ | 07-30-2015 | Charles Krauthammer
    ...Meanwhile, on a more limited scale, there are things that can be done. Three weeks ago, for example, 150 Syrian Christians were airlifted to refuge and safety in Poland. That’s the work of the Weidenfeld Safe Havens Fund. It provided the flight and will support the refugees for as long as 18 months as they try to remake their lives. The person behind all this is Lord George Weidenfeld: life peer, philanthropist, publisher (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, established 1949), Europeanist (founder of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue to promote classically liberal European values), proud public Jew (honorary vice president of the World...
  • The Sin Of The Unstirred Church

    07/31/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    oldpathchristianity.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lester Roloff
    Evening preaching, 24 minutes
  • What is the source of the Churchs authority?

    07/26/2015 7:30:39 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 240 replies
    The source & nature of Church authority is one of the major issues that beginning Catholics have to examine and come to terms with. The Catholic Church makes an amazing claim: it teaches, governs, and sanctifies with the authority of Christ himself. Catholics believe that this gift of Church authority is one of the jewels that Christ has given to us as an aid to our salvation. Keep three things in mind: There is a large amount of evidence in Scripture to support the Catholic Churchs claim to authority, as well as from early Church history. The nature and scope...
  • Do YOU personally know the Lord Jesus Christ as your personal Savior as the Holy Scriptures teach.

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

    07/19/2015 11:33:15 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 34 replies
    http://www.nationalreview.com ^ | June 18, 2004 | Thomas F. Madden
    When the sins of the Catholic Church are recited (as they so often are) the Inquisition figures prominently. People with no interest in European history know full well that it was led by brutal and fanatical churchmen who tortured, maimed, and killed those who dared question the authority of the Church. The word Inquisition is part of our modern vocabulary, describing both an institution and a period of time. Having one of your hearings referred to as an Inquisition is not a compliment for most senators. But in recent years the Inquisition has been subject to greater investigation. In preparation...
  • Catholicism Unriddled

    07/18/2015 9:41:32 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.firstthings.com ^ | July 16, 2015 | Russell E. Saltzman
    I first read Jaroslav Pelikans The Riddle of Roman Catholicism: Its History, Its Beliefs, Its Future (1959) while doing my pastoral residency in Detroit, 197879. I just finished it for the second time. It is still a book with value. Pelikan says one thing in particular that struck me: Any Lutheran converting to Rome should give up any hope or expectation of having a Protestant impact on Catholicism. As I transition from Lutheran to Rome, I rather hope the reverse. I want Catholicism to have an impact on me. When I was growing up, what Catholics did, Lutherans didnt. That...
  • Prayers Needed

    07/16/2015 4:47:04 PM PDT · by Grateful2God · 82 replies
    7/16/2015 | self
    Hello, everyone... I am very much in need of prayers at this time. The Lord has given me a great deal of loss: physically; financially; emotionally; in my career; most of all, in those whom I love who have passed on, or are ill. Whatever He chooses to do in my life, how He chooses to use me, please pray for me for strength and healing of my heart. I thank Him for those around me; for loving and watching over me; for giving me kind people in my life- even when He decides to call them home. I thank...
  • Questions and Answers about the Marks and Attributes of the Church

    07/07/2015 9:16:36 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    Questions and Answers about the Marks and Attributes of the Church 152. Which is the one true Church established by Christ? The one true Church established by Christ is the Catholic Church. (a) Many churches which claim to be Christian have broken away from the one true Church established by Jesus Christ. These churches were founded by men who had no authority from God to found a church. (b) Christ intended that there should be only one true Christian Church, for He always spoke of His Church as one. 153. How do we know that the Catholic Church is the...
  • Jonathan Cahn: "End of Christian America" Is Here

    07/07/2015 5:36:54 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 67 replies
    WND.com ^ | July 5, 2015 | Leo Hohmann
    Jonathan Cahn, the Bible teacher and author who started warning nine years ago that America was facing the judgment of God if it did not reject secularism and return to its Judeo-Christian roots, says the June 26 Supreme Court ruling that legalized gay marriage in all 50 states marks the formal end to Christian America.
  • Brazilian Evangelicals set up a 'sin free' version of Facebook

    07/04/2015 2:41:50 PM PDT · by Hebrews 11:6 · 11 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 7/4/15 | AFP
    [Snip] The new website's home page bears a passing resemblance to the global phenomenon Facebook. But Facegloria, which has attracted 100,000 users in its first month, was set up to serve those who find billionaire entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg's version sinful. [snip] "On Facebook you see a lot of violence and pornography. That's why we thought of creating a network where we could talk about God, love and to spread His word," one of the founders, web designer Atilla Barros, told AFP.
  • Evangelizing Evangelicals Why Pope Francis Loves to Meet with Charismatic Movements

    07/04/2015 5:44:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/3/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis attendance for the second consecutive year at the Catholic charismatic movements Renewal with the Spirit convocation shows his attention to charismatic movements as means to foster ecumenical path. Not by chance, Renewal with the Spirit styled the convocation to be heavily ecumenical. During the meeting with Pope Francis in St. Peters Square, prayers were raised by Cardinals Kurt Koch and Leonardo Sandri, president of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and Prefect of the Congregation for the Eastern Churches; the Anglican Archbishop David Moxon, who represents the Archbishop of Canterbury toward the Holy...
  • Pope Francis says he supports setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday

    07/01/2015 8:31:16 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 64 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | July 01, 2015
    Pope Francis said he supports the idea of setting a fixed date for Easter Sunday, which for centuries has moved back and forth according to the lunar calendar. Easter and the Holy Week that precedes it is rooted in the Jewish Passover and fixed on the first full moon, which falls on the first Sunday after the spring equinox, March 21. [] The Orthodox Churches normally celebrate Easter a week after the Catholics. [] Historians and expert agree that a common date for Easter would encourage reconciliation between the Christian churches.
  • Historic Meeting of Pope and Russian Orthodox Head Seen Nearer

    06/29/2015 7:25:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 6/28/15 | Philip Pullella
    An historic meeting between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill of the Russian Orthodox Church is "getting closer every day," a senior Orthodox prelate said in an interview published on Sunday. The unprecedented meeting would be a significant step towards healing the 1,000-year-old rift between the Western and Eastern branches of Christianity, which split in the Great Schism of 1054. "Now such a meeting is getting closer every day but it must be well prepared," Metropolitan Hilarion, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church's foreign relations department, said in an interview with Italy's Corriere della Sera newspaper. He said the meeting...
  • Pope Congratulates Nigerian Muslims At Ramadan

    AS the Ramadan fast enters the second week, Pope Francis has sent his goodwill message to Nigerian Muslims, urging them to use the fasting period to enrich themselves spiritually, physically and morally. In his prayer, the Catholic pontiff said: I am pleased to send you, in the name of all Catholics around the world, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of Id el-Fitr. May your fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends enrich your lives. In a statement signed by the president of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue, Vatican, Jean-Louis...
  • Question For Lutheran FReepers

    06/28/2015 11:47:57 AM PDT · by Jim Noble · 37 replies
    vanity | June 28, 2015 | Jim Noble
    Our semi-Liberal Catholic parish recently changed hymnals. Today was the first Sunday since the change that A Mighty Fortress is Our God was on the hymn list. Now, I come from 500 years of German Lutherans. I know the words to Ein Feste Burg, and I know the English version by heart (a bulwark never failing, Lord Sabaoth His name, etc, etc). So, anyway, the words in the new hymnal are different. My first thought, of course, was "Damn Liberal Catholics, can't leave any of our good old hymns alone", BUT, when I looked down, I saw the copyright was...
  • Patriarch Calls for Iraqi Churches to Unite After Centuries of Division

    06/26/2015 6:23:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/26/15 | Staff Reporter
    Patriarch Sako calls for Chaldeans and Assyrians to form one Church of the EastChaldean Patriarch Louis Raphael I Sako has proposed that the three main Iraqi Christian churches should merge in order to secure the survival of the faith in that country. Writing on the patriarchate website the head of the Chaldean Church, which has been in communion with Rome, proposed a reunion between his church and the two largest Assyrian churches, the Assyrian Church of the East, and the Ancient Church of the East. In a statement the patriarch said: I would like to share some personal thoughts with...
  • Pope Francesco's Amazing Climate Theatre

    06/25/2015 3:14:18 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 8 replies
    brotherlapin,com ^ | June 16, 2015 | Brother Lapin
    Morris tells me the recyclical Laudato Si is subtitled: Pope Francescos Amazing Climate Theatre, and how appropriate this is. The recyclical provides fun for all the family: theres something in the show for everyone: global warming enthusiasts, liberals, Buddhists, atheists, New Age hippies, greens, and everyone who enjoys those lovely pictures of Saint Francis surrounded by corgis, hummingbirds and My Little Pony, without asking awkward questions like, What did Francis say about sin? At the heart of this recyclical is the popular image of Saint Francis surrounded by cuddly animals, and this is where we find the real theological and...
  • The Perils of Ecumenical Straight-Talk

    06/25/2015 11:34:24 AM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    NOR ^ | May 2015 | David Mills
    The attempt to describe to a conservative Protestant the differences between the Catholic Church and his tradition usually ends in one of two ways: He will be your good friend or your enemy. He can become your enemy even when he has asked you to explain the differences, and even when youre careful to ring your description with declarations of the respect and admiration you feel for conservative Protestants. In only a few cases, in my experience, will he respond neutrally, in a way that leaves your relationship unchanged. Its not easy to predict who will react which way. Ive...
  • Pope Kisses the Waldensian Bible --- Pope Francis, Don Bosco and the Waldensians

    06/24/2015 7:01:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 112 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | June 24, 2015
    (Turin) last Monday, 22 June Pope Francis appeared in the main church of the Vaudois, the day after his pilgrimage to the grave Shroud of Turin in the Piedmontese capital. It was a scene that was recorded photographically. The Waldensian pastors handed Pope Francis their Bible that the Pope kissed before their eyes. A "disturbing" image, says Chiesa e postconcilio . "What does the great catechism of St. Pius X, # 887. What should a Christian do if he is offered a Bible by a Protestant or an emissary of the Protestants? Answer: When a Christian of a is offered...
  • Moscow Patriarchate to Pope on Common Easter Date: More info please...

    06/16/2015 11:10:18 AM PDT · by NRx · 17 replies
    Asia News ^ | 06-16-15 | Nina Achmatova
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cautiously welcomed the willingness expressed by Pope Francis to establish a common date for Easter, so that Catholics, Orthodox and Protestants will celebrate the Resurrection on the same day. According archpriest Nikolai Balashov, deputy chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate Department of External Church Relations, the Pontiffs statements as reported in the media are not sufficient to give a proper understanding of the essence of his proposal. "I would prefer to know the exact statements of Pope Francis first, transmitted by different sources of information," said Balashov, in an interview with Tass news agency, noting that...
  • Russian Metropolitan Hilarion Meets with Pope Francis in Vatican

    06/16/2015 6:36:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/16/15
    Moscow, June 16, Interfax - With the blessing of Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, Metropolitan Hilarion of Volokolamsk, head of the Moscow Patriarchate's Department for External Church Relations, met with Pope Francis in the Vatican on June 15, the press service of the Synodal Department reported on Tuesday. At the meeting, Metropolitan Hilarion conveyed Patriarch Kirill's greetings to Pope Francis. "The parties discussed a wide range of issues, including the deplorable state of the Christian population in the Middle East and North Africa, as well as the need to make joint efforts to protect the traditional idea of...
  • The RPCNA & ARP Synods: A Family Reunion of Churches

    06/15/2015 1:00:20 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 15 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | June 15, 2015 | James Faris
    This week (June 8-12, 2015), the highest courts of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) and the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church (ARP) met concurrently in Flat Rock, North Carolina at the Bonclarken Conference Center. The RP and ARP courts are both called synod distinct from the term general assembly used by most other Presbyterian denominations. A general assembly is historically seen as the highest court, with a synod being lesser. In seminary, I was taught that our denominations have chosen to keep synods, in part, as a reminder that the visible church is yet fractured due to...
  • Pope Calls for Agreement on a Single Date for Christians to Celebrate Easter

    06/13/2015 9:34:52 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/12/15
    Francis had invited Bartholomew to present his encyclical on ecology. Zizoulas, one of the greatest Orthodox theologians, will do it in his place. Mary is much more important than the apostles. Forcing migrants back in Asia is not an attitude inherent to a continent that has a mystical treasure-trove. Similarly, the fundamentalism found in some parts of Pakistan where Christians were burnt alive for bearing the Gospel is not inherent.Rome (AsiaNews) Pope Francis today proposed that all Christians celebrate Easter at the same time. He did so, noting that The Catholic Church has been willing since Paul VI to...
  • The forgiveness of Sins

    06/12/2015 6:18:39 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 302 replies
    Catholic.com ^ | Catholic Answers
    All pardon for sins ultimately comes from Christs finished work on Calvary, but how is this pardon received by individuals? Did Christ leave us any means within the Church to take away sin? The Bible says he gave us two means.
  • GREEK VERBS QUICK REFERENCE (Studying the Bible)

    PRESENT TENSE: CONTINUOUS ACTION, HABITUAL ACTION, OFTEN REFLECTS A LIFESTYLEEXAMPLE OF PRESENT TENSE: 1Peter 1:5 who are protected (word study) (PPPMPA) (5746) by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last timePPPMPA: Present Tense, Passive Voice, Participle, Masculine, Plural, Accusative From Peter's use of Present tense one can see that in context. He is referring to born again ones, describing them as those who are "continually being protected by the power (dunamis) of God". God's protection of His children isn't fickle, present one day and absent the next. You can see...
  • Pope Sounds Heresy Alert Concerning His Own Remarks

    06/06/2015 2:05:48 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 177 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | June 5, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    In yet another of the rambling, off-the-cuff videotaped statements of which he is fond, the Pope, in a video message to something called the Day of Christian Unity in Phoenix, Arizona on May 23, offered the opinion respecting the persecution of Christians that Satan does not care about what denomination Christians belong to because we are all Christians just the same. Franciss remarks, which carry forward his persistent theme that doctrinal differences between Catholics and Protestants are not very important and represent merely unresolvable disagreements among theologians, came this time with a rather telling disclaimer: I feel like saying something...
  • Churches embracing homosexuality prepare members to accept the Anti-Christ: Russian Orthodox leader

    06/05/2015 6:57:12 PM PDT · by lightman · 27 replies
    Lifesite News ^ | 5 June A.D. 2015 | Fr. Mark Hodges
    MOSCOW, June 5, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) Churches that have deemed homosexuality morally acceptable have rejected Christianity and are preparing their followers to accept the Anti-Christ, according to one of the leading figures in the Russian Orthodox Church. His statement came as the Russian Orthodox Church announced that it is ending formal contacts with the United Protestant Church of France and the Church of Scotland over those churches abandonment of traditional Christian sexual morality. In its statement, the church said ecumenical dialogue was pointless after Frances United Protestant Church last month voted to allow pastors to officiate at same-sex marriages and...
  • Open Heavens lead to Heavenly Armies [Charismatic Caucus]

    05/29/2015 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Jedediah · 11 replies
    bible, the Joshua Chronicles ^ | 5-29-15 | holy Spirit
    Supernatural Beings( Angels)are about to arrive on the scene assisting My children according to My Kingdom and now more than ever before they shall begin to naturalize before you as they truly are " Heaven on Earth " . Honor them as they honor you as My Creation and realize they ARE part of My Kingdom, My Power, and My Glory on Earth as it is in Heaven for now they shall be assisting you in this battle as never before. I have opened the Heavens now for you as I did for Jacob, as I did at My Resurrection...
  • Arminian vs Reformed on Justification

    05/28/2015 11:44:08 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    Reformation21 ^ | May 26, 2015 | Mark Jones
    Introduction Recent scholarship on Arminius has pointed out that he was a theologian of grace. Of course, I am yet to read of a Christian theologian who would not wish to be described that way. Some scholars have also tried to narrow the gap between Arminius and the Reformed tradition, with some suggesting that Arminius was correct to view himself as Reformed. Historically speaking, according to the judgment of many Reformed divines, Arminius, and his Remonstrant successors, deviated from the Reformed doctrine of justification by faith alone in a significant way. Arminius thought his difference was only minor. In fact,...
  • Despite ISIS Threat,Christian Monks Refuse To Abandon St. Matthew's Monastery In Iraq

    05/28/2015 8:55:42 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 4 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | May 28, 2015 | Mary Chastain
    The Assyrian monks at Saint Matthews Monastery in the Nineveh Plains told the world they will not leave, even though the Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) creeps closer to their home. The monks regularly hear battles down the mountain.
  • BREAKING: Pope takes major step toward formal heresy

    "I feel like saying something that may sound controversial or even heretical. But there is someone who knows that despite our differences we are one. It is he who is persecuting us. It is he that is persecuting Christians today; he who is anointing us with the blood of martyrdom, knows that Christians are disciples of Christ. That we are one, that we are brothers! He doesn't care if they are Evangelicals, Orthodox, Lutherans, Catholics or Apostolic. He doesn't care! They are Christians."