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General Discusssion (Religion)

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  • A DAY TO REMEMBER THEIR SACRIFICE!

    05/25/2015 6:01:10 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 3 replies
    IFB ^ | 5/25/15
    WHEN? In at least 10 major wars, in 18+ conflict situations from the 1898 Spanish American War to the Persian Gulf War and even to the present War on Terrorism, which is like no other war. WHO? More than 1,000,000 lives in the 10 major wars given up for something of greater value, something having a more pressing claim. WHY? Not to aggressively seek to get or to gain what someone else has, whether it be land, power or wealth (see James 4:1-3), but to DEFEND our nation and secure the Blessing of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do...
  • My Mother passed away last night at 9pm

    05/25/2015 4:10:06 AM PDT · by RaceBannon · 77 replies
    self | 05/25/15 | RaceBannon
    Harriett Louise Croft Bancroft passed away at 2100 hours, May 24, 2015. She died peacefully and at rest My mother was born Oct 15, 1924 in Worcestor, Massachusetts. Her mom was named Ethel Fudge Croft, her dad Morrell Croft. Both were originally from Canada. Her mom's family came from Ireland in the mid 1800's, her Dad's family came from Holland in the 1600's on a ship named THE ANN and they spelled their name KRAFT then smile emoticon I was with her alone when she passed. My sister Jeannie was on the phone saying goodbye to her and she told...
  • Catholic Caucus:Daily Mass Readings, 05-25-15,OM, St. Bede, St. Gregory VII, St.M. Magdalene dePazzi

    05/24/2015 9:28:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 20 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-25-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 25, 2015Monday of the Eighth Week in Ordinary Time    Reading 1 Sir 17:20-24 To the penitent God provides a way back,he encourages those who are losing hopeand has chosen for them the lot of truth.Return to him and give up sin,pray to the LORD and make your offenses few.Turn again to the Most High and away from your sin,hate intensely what he loathes,and know the justice and judgments of God,Stand firm in the way set before you,in prayer to the Most High God. Who in the nether world can glorify the Most Highin place of the living...
  • The History Of The Knights of Columbus In World War I

    05/24/2015 6:11:16 PM PDT · by Coleus · 10 replies
    The Story of the American Expeditionary Forces THE HISTORY OF THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS IN WORLD WAR I Welcoming Sign at Knights of Columbus Hut Father Duval, DSC KOC & 104th Inf. "Everyone Welcome, Everything Free" was the motto of the Knights of Columbus clubhouses which sprung up in Doughboy training camps, in major U.S. cities and wherever a Doughboy could be found. Manned by K of C secretaries who were affectionately known as "Caseys" the clubhouses provided recreation and a few of the amenities of home to any serviceman regardless of race or religion. And to Catholic...
  • Fix It, Jesus': Student Takes Podium to Pray as Medical Emergency Unfolds During Graduation

    05/24/2015 4:38:38 PM PDT · by roamer_1 · 15 replies
    christiannews.net ^ | May 22, 2015 | Heather Clark
    "CLAY, Ala. A high school student in Alabama jumped to his feet and took the podium Thursday night to lead those gathered for the senior graduation ceremony in prayer as a medical emergency took place in the stands." [exerpt]
  • Could Strange Sound From the Sky Signal End of Days?

    05/24/2015 8:43:10 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 45 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | May 24, 2015 | JP
    The UKs Daily Mail published a news story last weekend speculating on the source of a strange sound from the sky that has been heard across the globe for nearly a decade. Witnesses told the Mail that what they heard sounded very much like the blast of a trumpet. And that it was so loud it shook the ground beneath them. In a sidebar, the Mail listed seven possible theories, from the unremarkable to the fantastical, that could account for the strange sound from the sky. The first six included (in order) tectonic plates grinding, atmospheric pressure, trains shunting, construction...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-24-15, SOL, Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day

    05/23/2015 6:23:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 59 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2015Pentecost Sunday, Mass during the Day Reading 1 Acts 2:1-11 When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,they were all in one place together.And suddenly there came from the skya noise like a strong driving wind,and it filled the entire house in which they were.Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,which parted and came to rest on each one of them.And they were all filled with the Holy Spiritand began to speak in different tongues,as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim. Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.At this sound,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-24-15, SOL, Pentecost Sunday, Vigil Mass

    05/23/2015 1:38:43 PM PDT · by Salvation · 29 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-24-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 24, 2015Pentecost Sunday, Vigil Mass    Reading 1 Gn 11:1-9 The whole world spoke the same language, using the same words.While the people were migrating in the east,they came upon a valley in the land of Shinar and settled there.They said to one another,“Come, let us mold bricks and harden them with fire.”They used bricks for stone, and bitumen for mortar.Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a cityand a tower with its top in the sky,and so make a name for ourselves;otherwise we shall be scattered all over the earth.” The LORD came down to see...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-23-15

    05/22/2015 10:07:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-23-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 23, 2015Saturday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 When he entered Rome, Paul was allowed to live by himself,with the soldier who was guarding him. Three days later he called together the leaders of the Jews.When they had gathered he said to them, “My brothers,although I had done nothing against our peopleor our ancestral customs,I was handed over to the Romans as a prisoner from Jerusalem.After trying my case the Romans wanted to release me,because they found nothing against me deserving the death penalty.But when the Jews objected, I was obliged to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-22-15, OM, St. Rita of Cascia, Religious

    05/21/2015 7:35:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-22-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 22, 2015Friday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 25:13b-21 King Agrippa and Bernice arrived in Caesareaon a visit to Festus.Since they spent several days there,Festus referred Paul’s case to the king, saying,“There is a man here left in custody by Felix.When I was in Jerusalem the chief priests and the elders of the Jewsbrought charges against him and demanded his condemnation.I answered them that it was not Roman practiceto hand over an accused person before he has faced his accusersand had the opportunity to defend himself against their charge.So when they came together here,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-21-15, OM, St. Christopher Magallanes, Priest & Companions

    05/20/2015 8:26:13 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-21-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 21, 2015Thursday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 Wishing to determine the truthabout why Paul was being accused by the Jews,the commander freed himand ordered the chief priests and the whole Sanhedrin to convene.Then he brought Paul down and made him stand before them. Paul was aware that some were Sadducees and some Pharisees,so he called out before the Sanhedrin,“My brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of Pharisees;I am on trial for hope in the resurrection of the dead.”When he said this,a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and Sadducees,and the...
  • Daniel Wallace Blasts Yusuf Ismail on John 1:1

    05/20/2015 7:31:24 PM PDT · by OK Sun · 3 replies
    Answering Muslims ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | David Wood
    In the tradition of charlatans like Ahmed Deedat and Zakir Naik, Yusuf Ismail is convinced that he can be as inaccurate as he likes, because most of the people listening to him won't bother examining what he says (so long as he sounds confident when he speaks). This tactic is based on numbers. If 400 people are watching a debate, and a Muslim debater completely distorts the facts while sounding like he knows what he's talking about, how many in the audience will take the time to research his claims? One or two? And if one or two do the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-20-15, OM, St. Bernadine of Siena, Priest

    05/19/2015 9:07:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 43 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-20-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 20, 2015Wednesday of the Seventh Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 20:28-38 At Miletus, Paul spoke to the presbyters of the Church of Ephesus:“Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flockof which the Holy Spirit has appointed you overseers,in which you tend the Church of Godthat he acquired with his own Blood.I know that after my departure savage wolves will come among you,and they will not spare the flock.And from your own group, men will come forward perverting the truthto draw the disciples away after them.So be vigilant and remember that for three years, night and...
  • Prisoners, yet free

    05/19/2015 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Graybeard58 · 6 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 | Charles Patrick
    ROSHARON, Texas (BP) -- Clang, clang, clang, clang -- the series of four gates closed, separating me from the free world as I was searched and ushered into the maximum security prison. The contrast was instantly striking. The blue sky and slight breeze outside were replaced with the dark, humid and warm prison. A ringing bell that sounds seven times a day to signal the counting of the inmates replaced chirping birds and the background noise of life. Individualism was immediately replaced by conformity. There I stood on the cold concrete floor, under the ever-watchful eye of guards and the...
  • God's Infinitude - Chapter 8

    05/19/2015 3:19:12 PM PDT · by metmom · 1 replies
    Our Heavenly Father: Let us see Thy glory, if it must be from the shelter of the cleft rock and from beneath the protection of Thy covering hand. Whatever the cost to us in loss of friends or goods or length of days let us know Thee as Thou art, that we may adore Thee as we should. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. The world is evil, the times are waxing late, and the glory of God has departed from the church as the fiery cloud once lifted from the door of the Temple in the sight of Ezekiel...
  • Does God Always Answer Prayer? - Chapter 21

    05/19/2015 3:08:20 PM PDT · by metmom · 54 replies
    CONTRARY TO POPULAR OPINION, the cultivation of a psychology of uncritical belief is not an unqualified good, and if carried too far it may be a positive evil. The whole world has been booby-trapped by the devil, and the deadliest trap of all is the religious one. Error never looks so innocent as when it is found in the sanctuary. One field where harmless-looking but deadly traps appear in great profusion is the field of prayer. There are more sweet notions about prayer than could be contained in a large book, all of them wrong and all highly injurious to...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-19-15

    05/18/2015 9:00:06 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-19-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 19, 2015Tuesday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 20:17-27 From Miletus Paul had the presbytersof the Church at Ephesus summoned. When they came to him, he addressed them,“You know how I lived among youthe whole time from the day I first came to the province of Asia.I served the Lord with all humilityand with the tears and trials that came to mebecause of the plots of the Jews,and I did not at all shrink from telling youwhat was for your benefit,or from teaching you in public or in your homes.I earnestly bore witness for both...
  • Losing their religion: the hidden crisis of faith among Britains young Muslims

    05/18/2015 2:33:24 AM PDT · by Cronos · 18 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 May 2015 | Andrew Anthony
    Sulaiman Vali is a softly spoken 32-year-old computer engineer. A natural introvert not drawn to controversy or given to making bold statements, hes the kind of person who is happiest in the background. He lives alone in a modest house on a quiet street in a small town in East Northamptonshire. He doesnt want to be any more specific than that about the location. If someone found out where I lived, he explains, they could burn my house down. Why should such an understated figure, someone who describes himself as a nobody, speak as if hes in a witness protection...
  • Why Islam doesnt need a reformation

    05/17/2015 9:17:19 PM PDT · by Cronos · 58 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Sunday 17 May 2015 | Mahdi Hasan
    In recent months, cliched calls for reform of Islam, a 1,400-year-old faith, have intensified. We need a Muslim reformation, announced Newsweek. Islam needs reformation from within, said the Huffington Post. ..After all, Christianity had the Reformation, so goes the argument, which was followed by the Enlightenment; by secularism, liberalism and modern European democracy. So why cant Islam do the same?Yet the reality is that talk of a Christian-style reformation for Islam is so much cant. Lets consider this idea of a Muslim Luther. Luther did not merely nail 95 theses to the door of the Castle church in Wittenberg in...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-18-15, OM, St. John I, Pope and Martyr

    05/17/2015 8:56:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 18, 2015Monday of the Seventh Week of Easter   Reading 1 Acts 19:1-8 While Apollos was in Corinth,Paul traveled through the interior of the countryand down to Ephesus where he found some disciples. He said to them,“Did you receive the Holy Spirit when you became believers?”They answered him,“We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.”He said, “How were you baptized?”They replied, “With the baptism of John.”Paul then said, “John baptized with a baptism of repentance,telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him,that is, in Jesus.”When they heard this,they were baptized...
  • Time again, to get ready for church

    05/17/2015 3:25:47 AM PDT · by knarf · 4 replies
    youtube ^ | May 17, 2015 | knarf
    Got some nice rain the last couple of days ...
  • Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace

    05/16/2015 10:00:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 31 replies
    Church Militant.tv ^ | May 16th 2015 | Christine Niles
    Breaking: Pope Appoints Fr. Timothy Radcliffe Consultor for Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace by Christine Niles May 16, 2015, ROME, May 16, 2015 (ChurchMilitant.com) - Vatican Radio announced today that Dominican Fr. Timothy Radcliffe is being appointed as consultor to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. A former Master General of the international Dominican Order of Preachers, Fr. Radcliffe is a well-known proponent of progressive ideology and has expressed views sympathetic to the homosexualist agenda. He often celebrated Mass for the U.K. dissident group Soho Masses Pastoral Council (now renamed the LGBT Catholics Westminster Pastoral Council), whose...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-17-15, SOL, The Ascension of the Lord/7th Sunday of Easter

    05/16/2015 7:55:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 68 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-17-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 17, 2015Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord    Reading 1 Acts 1:1-11 In the first book, Theophilus,I dealt with all that Jesus did and taughtuntil the day he was taken up,after giving instructions through the Holy Spiritto the apostles whom he had chosen.He presented himself alive to themby many proofs after he had suffered,appearing to them during forty daysand speaking about the kingdom of God.While meeting with them,he enjoined them not to depart from Jerusalem,but to wait for “the promise of the Fatherabout which you have heard me speak;for John baptized with water,but in a few days...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-16-15

    05/15/2015 9:38:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 36 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-16-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 16, 2015Saturday of the Sixth Week of Easter     Reading 1 Acts 18:23-28 After staying in Antioch some time,Paul left and traveled in orderly sequencethrough the Galatian country and Phrygia,bringing strength to all the disciples. A Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria,an eloquent speaker, arrived in Ephesus.He was an authority on the Scriptures.He had been instructed in the Way of the Lord and,with ardent spirit, spoke and taught accurately about Jesus,although he knew only the baptism of John.He began to speak boldly in the synagogue;but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him,they took him asideand explained to him...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-15-15, OM, St. Isidore

    05/14/2015 10:53:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-15-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 15, 2015Friday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 18:9-18 One night while Paul was in Corinth, the Lord said to him in a vision,“Do not be afraid.Go on speaking, and do not be silent, for I am with you.No one will attack and harm you,for I have many people in this city.”He settled there for a year and a halfand taught the word of God among them. But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia,the Jews rose up together against Pauland brought him to the tribunal, saying,“This man is inducing people to worship God contrary...
  • Dear Church: An open letter from one of those millennials you cant figure out

    05/14/2015 1:45:17 PM PDT · by EBH · 34 replies
    Ponder Anew ^ | May 13, 2015 | Jonathan
    A lots been made over the millennial generation and their religious life. Why they go to church. Why they dont go to church. What they want. What they hate. Im going to do something different here. Im not going to cite Barna. Im not going to quote Rachel Held Evans. Im not going to link to any articles or blog posts. Im just going to tell you whats true for me, and what Ive seen to be true of others like me. I am one of those rascally millennials, by the way. One of those enigmatic, paradoxical, media-dependent, coffee-drinking young...
  • Senate Breaks Gridlock, Passes Human Trafficking Bill (Abortion Battle)

    05/14/2015 5:34:39 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 2 replies
    The Aquilla Report ^ | Thursday, May 14, 2015 | J.C. Derrick |
    (WNS)The U.S. Senate unanimously passed a bipartisan human trafficking bill on April 22, scoring a significant victory for Republicans who fought to ensure taxpayer funding wouldnt go to pay for abortions. Help is finally on the way for the thousands of enslaved victims who suffer unspeakable abuse in the shadows, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act boosts law enforcements ability to pursue perpetrators, strengthens penalties, and establishes a domestic fund to help trafficking victims. The legislation was widely popular, but it only passed after an unexpected month-long stalemate between Republicans and Democrats....
  • House Passes Pro-Life Bill Banning Late-Term Abortions After 20 Weeks

    05/14/2015 4:56:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 5/13/15 | Steven Ertelt
    The House of Representatives today approved a pro-life bill that bans abortions from after 20-weeks of pregnancy up to the day of birth. The vote for the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act broke down on mostly partisan lines with Republicans supporting the ban on late-term abortions and Democrats opposing it. The House approved the bill on a 242-184 vote with four Democrats (Reps. Cuellar, Langevin, Lipinski, and Peterson) voting for the bill and five Republicans voting against it (Reps. Dent, Dold, Hanna, Frelinghuysen) or voting present (Hice). (See very end of this article for how members voted). Should the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-14-15, FEAST, St. Matthias, Apostle, (SOL -- Ascension)

    05/13/2015 8:24:03 PM PDT · by Salvation · 50 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-14-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 14, 2015Feast of Saint Matthias, Apostle   Reading 1 Acts 1:15-17, 20-26 Peter stood up in the midst of the brothers and sisters(there was a group of about one hundred and twenty personsin the one place).He said, “My brothers and sisters,the Scripture had to be fulfilledwhich the Holy Spirit spoke beforehandthrough the mouth of David, concerning Judas,who was the guide for those who arrested Jesus.Judas was numbered among usand was allotted a share in this ministry.For it is written in the Book of Psalms: Let his encampment become desolate,and may no one dwell in it.and:May another take his office....
  • Jesus' word to homosexuals

    05/13/2015 8:34:22 AM PDT · by PROCON · 48 replies
    onenewsnow.com ^ | May 11, 2015 | Bryan Fischer
    Homosexual activists don't want Jesus' forgiveness for their sexual sin they want his approval. This is something he cannot and will never offer.Homosexual activists are fond of quoting the first half of John 8:11: "Neither do I condemn you." They are not so fond of quoting the second half. In fact, they quite pointedly ignore it as if it weren't even there. But wishing it away doesn't make it disappear. John 7:53-8:11 preserves for us the record of Jesus' encounter with a woman caught in adultery. She was apprehended in flagrante delicto, in the act, and was dragged by...
  • Sanctification By Grace Versus Sanctification By Scolding

    05/13/2015 7:34:37 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    The Heidelblog ^ | May 13, 2015 | R. Scott Clark
    64. But does not this doctrine make men careless and profane? No, for it is impossible that those who are implanted into Christ by true faith, should not bring forth fruits of thankfulness (Heidelberg Catechism 64) Moralism and rationalism are twins. In Christian theology, where you see the one the other is nearby. In this context moralism refers to the doctrine that we are accepted with God (justification) and/or delivered from the wrath to come (salvation) through inherent, personal, intrinsic sanctification (holiness) and righteousness. Rationalism, in this sense, is the notion that in order for something to be true it...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-13-15, OM, Our Lady of Fatima

    05/12/2015 9:34:28 PM PDT · by Salvation · 38 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-13-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 13, 2015Wednesday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 17:15, 22—18:1 After Paul’s escorts had taken him to Athens,they came away with instructions for Silas and Timothyto join him as soon as possible. Then Paul stood up at the Areopagus and said:“You Athenians, I see that in every respectyou are very religious.For as I walked around looking carefully at your shrines,I even discovered an altar inscribed, ‘To an Unknown God.’What therefore you unknowingly worship, I proclaim to you.The God who made the world and all that is in it,the Lord of heaven and earth,does not...
  • Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel

    05/12/2015 5:28:05 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 33 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 5/10/15 | Heather Clark
    Full title: Feel the Love Tonight? Rick Warren, Elton John Hold Hands, Joke About Kissing Before AIDS Panel WASHINGTON Controversial megachurch leader and author Rick Warren raised concerns Wednesday after joining hands with homosexual singer Elton John during a speech before a congressional hearing on AIDS funding, and joked what would happen if the two kissed. It would be the kiss heard round the world, he said.
  • Time To Worry: Americans Are Turning Away From Christianity

    05/12/2015 1:14:52 PM PDT · by Michael van der Galien · 49 replies
    PJ Media ^ | 05-12-2015 | Michael van der Galien
    The last several decades, the Left has done its best to change Americas religious landscape. According to a new Pew study, theyre succeeding better than many thought possible: "The number of Americans who dont affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call nones the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday." Christians are still the majority, but their numbers have fallen from 78 percent to just under 71 percent. The main reason? Increasingly more Americans consider themselves non affiliated with any...
  • Pope: God will judge you on whether you cared for Earth

    05/12/2015 12:17:08 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 198 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 5/12/2015 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    Pope Francis warned the rich and powerful on Tuesday that God will judge them on whether they fed the poor and cared for the Earth "We must do what we can so that everyone has something to eat. But we must also remind the powerful of the Earth that God will call them to judgment one day," he said. "And there it will be revealed if they really tried to provide for him in every person, and if they did what they could to preserve the environment so that it could produce this food."
  • Non-Believers Rising; Survey Says Protestants, Catholics On Decline

    05/12/2015 7:03:46 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 18 replies
    WBEN Radio ^ | may 12,2015 | Pew reseach
    The number of Americans who don't affiliate with a particular religion has grown to 56 million in recent years, making the faith group researchers call "nones" the second-largest in total numbers behind evangelicals, according to a Pew Research Center study released Tuesday. Exclusive WBEN AudioOn The WBEN LivelineLana Benatovich, National Federation of Just Communities hristianity is still the dominant faith by far in the U.S.; 7 in 10 Americans identify with the tradition. However, the ranks of Christians have declined as the segment of people with no religion has grown, the survey says. Between 2007 and 2014,...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-12-15, Sts. Nereus & Achilleus, St. Pancras, Martyrs

    05/11/2015 8:32:50 PM PDT · by Salvation · 41 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 0512-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 12, 2015Tuesday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:22-34 The crowd in Philippi joined in the attack on Paul and Silas,and the magistrates had them strippedand ordered them to be beaten with rods.After inflicting many blows on them,they threw them into prisonand instructed the jailer to guard them securely.When he received these instructions, he put them in the innermost celland secured their feet to a stake. About midnight, while Paul and Silas were prayingand singing hymns to God as the prisoners listened,there was suddenly such a severe earthquakethat the foundations of the jail shook;all...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-11-15

    05/10/2015 9:19:54 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-11-15 | Revised New American bible
    May 11, 2015Monday of the Sixth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:11-15 We set sail from Troas, making a straight run for Samothrace,and on the next day to Neapolis, and from there to Philippi,a leading city in that district of Macedonia and a Roman colony.We spent some time in that city.On the sabbath we went outside the city gate along the riverwhere we thought there would be a place of prayer.We sat and spoke with the women who had gathered there.One of them, a woman named Lydia, a dealer in purple cloth,from the city of Thyatira, a...
  • Confronting Paganism

    05/10/2015 4:52:48 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 5 replies
    Nehemiah served in a pagan government as a believer in God. He was humble and respectful to the king, but proper fear of his king did not stop him from acting to save his people. He prayed to God and made a request of the king, asking for permission to go to Jerusalem to rebuild it. He also asked for letters that he might present to various governors for safe conduct, and even a grant for building materials. Not all the pagan governors were sanguine toward Nehemiah and his plans. Indeed, some were fiercely resistant to them. When Sanballat the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Sunday Mass Readings, 05-10-15, Sixth Sunday of Easter

    05/09/2015 10:14:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 61 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-10-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 10, 2015Sixth Sunday of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 10:25-26, 34-35, 44-48 When Peter entered, Cornelius met himand, falling at his feet, paid him homage.Peter, however, raised him up, saying,“Get up. I myself am also a human being.” Then Peter proceeded to speak and said,“In truth, I see that God shows no partiality.Rather, in every nation whoever fears him and acts uprightlyis acceptable to him.” While Peter was still speaking these things,the Holy Spirit fell upon all who were listening to the word.The circumcised believers who had accompanied Peterwere astounded that the gift of the Holy Spiritshould have...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-09-15

    05/08/2015 9:05:19 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-09-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 9, 2015Saturday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 16:1-10 Paul reached also Derbe and Lystrawhere there was a disciple named Timothy,the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer,but his father was a Greek.The brothers in Lystra and Iconium spoke highly of him,and Paul wanted him to come along with him.On account of the Jews of that region, Paul had him circumcised,for they all knew that his father was a Greek.As they traveled from city to city,they handed on to the people for observance the decisionsreached by the Apostles and presbyters in Jerusalem.Day...
  • Monsignor Charles Pope on fraternal correction

    05/08/2015 3:02:12 PM PDT · by cleghornboy · 1 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | May 8, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    Monsignor Charles Pope writes, "The gospel from Sunday (John 15:1-8) presents us with an important meditation on the difference between love and kindness. Perhaps some further reflections from this gospel are in order today. There is an unfortunate tendency in our times to reduce love to kindness. Kindness is an aspect of love, but so is rebuke. It is an immature notion of love that reduces it merely to affirming, or that refers to proper correction as a form of hate. We saw in yesterdays gospel that proper care involves the Lord pruning us so that we bear more fruit....
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-08-15

    05/07/2015 8:45:32 PM PDT · by Salvation · 35 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-18-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 8, 2015Friday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:22-31 The Apostles and presbyters, in agreement with the whole Church,decided to choose representativesand to send them to Antioch with Paul and Barnabas. The ones chosen were Judas, who was called Barsabbas,and Silas, leaders among the brothers.This is the letter delivered by them:“The Apostles and the presbyters, your brothers,to the brothers in Antioch, Syria, and Ciliciaof Gentile origin: greetings.Since we have heard that some of our numberwho went out without any mandate from ushave upset you with their teachingsand disturbed your peace of mind,we have with...
  • Pope Francis Allows Priests to Begin Pardoning Women and Doctors Who've Performed Abortions

    05/07/2015 7:08:16 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 95 replies
    Christian Post ^ | May 7, 2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Pope Francis has said that Roman Catholic priests can begin pardoning women who've had abortions and doctors who have performed the procedure starting in 2016, changing long-standing Catholic practice. The Vatican insisted, however, that it continues to look at abortion as a sin. Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelisation, announced Francis' decision earlier this week, and said: "The missionaries of mercy are priests sent out by the Holy Father at the beginning of Lent. The Pope is sending them out [to dioceses and parishes] as a tangible sign of how a priest should...
  • The Heresy of Indifference

    05/07/2015 6:21:40 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 16 replies
    Aquilla Report ^ | May 7, 2015 | Burk Parsons
    Doctrine matters—it matters in life and in death. Our doctrine determines our destiny. It not only affects our view about God but our view about everything. We are doctrinal beings by nature. Everyone holds to some sort of doctrine; the question is whether or not our doctrine is biblical. Consequently, we dare not be indifferent about doctrine. Indeed, there is a reason we’ve never heard of a Christian martyr who was indifferent about doctrine. Indifference about doctrine is the mother of every heresy in all of history, and in our day indifference about doctrine is spreading like wildfire in the...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-07-15

    05/06/2015 8:23:10 PM PDT · by Salvation · 37 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-07-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 7, 2015Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:7-21 After much debate had taken place,Peter got up and said to the Apostles and the presbyters,“My brothers, you are well aware that from early daysGod made his choice among you that through my mouththe Gentiles would hear the word of the Gospel and believe.And God, who knows the heart,bore witness by granting them the Holy Spiritjust as he did us.He made no distinction between us and them,for by faith he purified their hearts.Why, then, are you now putting God to the testby placing on the...
  • Madison Law Bans Religious Discrimination ... Against Atheists

    05/06/2015 6:17:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 5/3/15 | AP
    Wisconsin citys statute, enacted last month, is believed to be the first of its kind in the US: Religion was protected, so non-religion should be, tooWhile conservatives in Indiana and Arkansas were explaining last month why their new religious objections laws werent invitations to discriminate against gays, the leaders of Wisconsins capital city were busy protecting the rights of another group: atheists. In what is believed to be the first statute of its kind in the United States, Madison banned discrimination against the non-religious on 1 April , giving them the same protections afforded to people based on their race,...
  • Aiming to deepen rites meaning, Baptist pastor in Ohio baptizes infant

    05/06/2015 6:08:12 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 77 replies
    Baptist News ^ | Jeff Brumley
    There are plenty of Catholic, Episcopal, Lutheran and Methodist churches in Dayton, Ohio, where parents could have an infant child baptized. But one local couple wanted Rodney Kennedy to baptize their 7-month-old son, even though they knew there was one hurdle to overcome: Kennedy is pastor at First Baptist Church in Dayton.And Baptists both generally and specifically do not baptize infants.We knew that asking Rod, he might say no, said Lucas, the boys father who requested only his first name be used in this article.But Kennedy did not say no, and during worship on Sunday, April 19, he conducted his...
  • Catholic Caucus: Daily Mass Readings, 05-06-15

    05/05/2015 9:24:21 PM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    USCCB.org/RNAB ^ | 05-06-15 | Revised New American Bible
    May 6, 2015Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter    Reading 1 Acts 15:1-6 Some who had come down from Judea were instructing the brothers,“Unless you are circumcised according to the Mosaic practice,you cannot be saved.”Because there arose no little dissension and debateby Paul and Barnabas with them,it was decided that Paul, Barnabas, and some of the othersshould go up to Jerusalem to the Apostles and presbytersabout this question. They were sent on their journey by the Church,and passed through Phoenicia and Samariatelling of the conversion of the Gentiles,and brought great joy to all the brethren.When they arrived in...
  • Have Atheists/Communists managed to shake the Cold War?

    05/05/2015 4:53:35 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    5/5/15 | Faith Presses On
    With the Cold War with the USSR fading into memory, including those under 40 mostly having no meaningful memory of it, has it gotten safe for atheists/communists to promote their beliefs, as they wouldn't have dared to up through the eighties? Seems so. The public could use some reminding and educating on the Cold War. This isn't even ancient history.