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  • Does Francis think Cardinal Kasper is right?

    08/20/2015 6:37:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2015 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    For 18 months, since Pope Francis invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to address the February 2014 consistory of cardinals, the question of whether the divorced and civilly remarried can receive the sacraments has been front and centre. Every time the “Kasper proposal” has been rejected, Pope Francis has kept the discussion going, to the extent that it will now dominate the synod on the family to be held in October. Francis did not express himself directly on the question during months of debate, leaving Catholics to speculate on what he thought. In his general audience on August 5 he address­ed it...

    07/17/2015 7:38:22 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 55 replies
    The Vatican ^ | 12 June 2015 | Jean-Louis Cardinal Tauran
    Dear Muslim brothers and sisters, 1. I am pleased to send you, in the name of all the Catholics around the world and in my name as well, best wishes for a peaceful and joyful celebration of ‘Id al-Fitr. You exercise during the month of Ramadan many religious and social practices, like fasting, prayer, almsgiving, help to the poor, visits to family members and to friends. I hope and pray that the fruits of these good deeds may enrich your life. 2. For some of you and also for others from other religious communities, the joy of the feast is...
  • The almost unbelievable account of how the Synod on the family was almost hijacked

    07/10/2015 3:53:57 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 24, 2015 | Matthew McCuster
    In this presentation I intend to give a brief overview of events before and during the Extraordinary Synod held in October 2014. On March 17 2013, four days after his election as Pope and during his first Angelus address in St Peter’s Square, the Holy Father drew attention to a recently published book by Walter Cardinal Kasper and strongly praised it. He said: In these days I have been able to read a book by a Cardinal – Cardinal Kasper, a talented theologian, a good theologian – on mercy. And it did me such good, that book, but don’t think...
  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • Professor from secret Rome meeting on Synod urges Church to accept gay unions

    06/06/2015 5:42:42 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 5, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    On May 29, 2015, not long after the controversial private Rome meeting organized by liberal members of the German, French, and Swiss Bishops' Conferences, one of its participants and speakers, Prof. Schockenhoff, has given an interview in Germany to the radio of the Archdiocese of Cologne, called In it, he made two important statements. First, he is cautious about the possibility of bringing about a liberal reform at the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family; secondly, he restated his revolutionary position concerning the acceptance of same-sex relationships. When asked what his expectations about the upcoming Synod are, Schockenhoff...
  • Priest’s Appointment to Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace Draws Concern [Catholic Caucus]

    06/03/2015 7:45:37 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 06/03/2015 | Edward Pentin
    But critics are deeply concerned about the appointment, given the English priest’s previous doctrinal statements, especially on sexual ethics and holy Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, which they say go against Church teaching.
  • The Subverters of the Word of God

    05/29/2015 11:10:16 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 5/29/2015 | New Catholic
    The Subverters of the Word of God The high priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teaching. Jesus answered him, "I have spoken openly to the world; I have always taught in synagogues and in the temple, where all Jews come together; I have said nothing secretly." (Jn 18:19-20) *** May their names live in infamy forever and ever for their intent to assemble secretly to discard the clear words of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the name of Him Who Himself is Love, and to favor a certain kind of press to make their new doctrine known...
  • Cardinal Kasper: Francis wants a hierarchy that listens to 'sensus fidei'

    05/28/2015 6:28:11 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | May 26, 2015 | Joshua J. McElwee
    Pope Francis wants to retool the Catholic hierarchy so that it not only defines and enforces church teachings, but also listens and responds to how laypeople understand God's will, German Cardinal Walter Kasper said. Kasper, a noted theologian whose writings are known to have influenced Francis, said the pope wants to create a "listening magisterium." Kasper said one concept important to the pope is that of the sensus fidei, or the capacity of individual believers and the church as a whole to discern the truths of faith. That concept, Kasper said, "was emphasized by the council ... [but] Francis now...
  • Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

    04/25/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 25, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs. In a rare Tuesday night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture. "It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself," Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don't — but he said render...
  • Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’...

    04/15/2015 5:32:41 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 4 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/14/15 | Maike Hickson
    "Cardinal Brandmüller: Advocates for changing Catholic teaching on marriage are ‘heretics’ – even if they are bishops" "...Can the Church deal with the topic of marriage in a pastoral manner that is different from the continual teaching of the Church? Can the Church at all change the teaching itself without falling herself into heresy? It is evident that the pastoral practice of the Church cannot stand in opposition to the binding doctrine nor simply ignore it. In the same manner, an architect could perhaps build a most beautiful bridge. However, if he does not pay attention to the laws of...
  • NJ Catholic Bishop Won’t Say If He Agrees With Church Teaching on Homosexuality, Marriage

    04/06/2015 6:29:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 49 replies ^ | April 6, 2015 | Michael W. Chapman
    Bishop Paul G. Bootkoski, head of the Catholic diocese of Metuchen, N.J., would not say whether he agrees with the fundamental teachings of the Catholic Church pertaining to homosexuality and marriage as quoted directly from the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Instead, a diocesan spokeswoman directed to a statement on the diocesan website where the bishop writes, “We have never wavered from our traditional Catholic teachings.” In a March 30 e-mail to Bishop Bootkoski and his office of communications, asked the following three questions: 1) Do you, Bishop Bootkoski, agree with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, paragraph...
  • See you in Hell [says @JunkScience to] Head of US Episcopal Church [who] says ‘climate denial’ is im

    03/24/2015 7:44:50 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 71 replies
    Tweets from Twitter account of @JunkScience on ^ | March 24, 2015 | Twitter account of @JunkScience
    As she argues in favor of abortion rights and gay marriage, Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, head of the US Episcopal Church, says it is immoral to be skeptical about man caused climate change. This came as the church hyped a webcast about fighting climate change.
  • A Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family -

    03/22/2015 9:19:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | Sunday, March 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    The latest issue of The Truth, the newsletter of Les Femmes, is not online at our website yet, but I thought I would post the lead article with footnotes for those concerned about the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family. Catholics need to prepare to fight the attempts to attack the indissolubility of marriage. It's clear that many of the enemies of marriage are inside the Church. And so, Church Militant, you need to prepare to fight. Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family By Mary Ann Kreitzer The Ordianary Synod on the Family is scheduled next October...
  • Blase Cupich – Poster Priest of Newchurch

    01/28/2015 5:24:19 PM PST · by ebb tide · 14 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | January 28, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    In his recent interview Commonweal Magazine, Archbishop Blase Cupich provides an interesting glimpse into the activities of the Extraordinary Synod. When confronted with the idea that the media’s coverage of the event may have contributed to a certain “confusion” among some of the bishops, Cupich answered rather candidly: >>The media is not to blame at all. I think the media reported what actually took place. What really took place at the synod was that a majority of the bishops voted for all the proposals that were there in the final summary document ...<< >>It’s true that three of the paragraphs...
  • Le Figaro on the Vatican "Secret War" - Cardinal Burke's interview to Le Figaro

    12/20/2014 1:13:36 PM PST · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 12/19/2014 | New Catholic
    The weekly magazine of major French daily Le Figaro dedicates this week's issue to what it calls the "Secret War in the Vatican: How Pope Francis shakes up the Church". The general theme is that already mentioned elsewhere, of an authoritarian pope, his strong decisions, and individuals who are dissatisfied or merely puzzled with his procedures and ideas - and are therefore eliminated one by one. There are interesting passages such as the following: Did not this pope, who feels himself to be first of all the bishop of Rome - the word 'pope' rarely comes out of his lips...
  • Keep Away From Those Climate Change Church Crazies

    11/13/2014 7:07:58 AM PST · by lifeofgrace · 1 replies
    Charting Course ^ | 11/13/2014 | Steve Berman
    One of my highest aspirations is to train up my two sons to be productive, useful members of society, and to share the goals and values my wife and I have tried to instill in their young minds.  My youngest turns 4 today, and my oldest is just 5. In the year 2031, they’ll both be about done with college and ready to enter “life” as the rest of us old folks know it.  I’m worried about the kind of world they’ll live in.  Not to worry their little minds over such big issues as global warming today, I decided...
  • Jim Wallis: White Christians in America Need to Act More Christian Than White

    10/11/2014 5:22:45 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/11/2014 | Stephanie Samuel
    Sojourners President and Founder Jim Wallis, one of several faith leaders who are heading to Ferguson, Missouri this weekend to march for justice, is challenging Christians to put their faith ahead of their race when it comes to issues concerning racial relations. "If white Christians in America acted more Christian than white when it came to race, black parents would be less fearful for their children," said Wallis. Christians who put faith ahead of race would not be afraid to take on tough racial issues like the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson with their peers and fight...
  • Geoffrey Robinson at the Synod: A bad omen indeed

    10/05/2014 5:16:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    La Salette Jounrey ^ | October 5, 2014 | Paul Anthony Melanson
    Homosexual groups and prominent leaders in the LGBT movement have converged upon Rome for the Synod. Read here for why this is so disturbing. Geoffrey Robinson, the retired Bishop of Sydney, Australia, will be a key speaker. This apostate has questioned compulsory celibacy among other things. And this comes as no surprise. For this would be reformer has lost his faith and is a false prophet pointing the way toward sexual licentiousness. This modern-day Judas has said that there is a "crying need" in the Catholic Church to reconsider such issues as sex outside of marriage, contraception and homosexuality. Puffed...
  • Scientists Rebut White House Global Warming Claims

    05/19/2014 8:34:47 AM PDT · by rktman · 12 replies ^ | 5/18/2014 | Jennifer G. Hickey
    A group of independent scientists, economists, and meteorologists has issued a pointed response to the scientific foundation of the Obama administration's claims that humans are drastically changing the climate by burning fossil fuels. With expertise in multiple disciplines, including climate research, weather modeling, physics, geology, statistical analysis, engineering, and economics, the 15 signers make the case that the foundation of the White House National Climate Assessment (NCA) is a "masterpiece of marketing" that crumbles like a "house of cards" under the weight of real-world evidence.
  • 50 ‘Hand-Picked’ Christians Trained To Convince Churches To Re-Interpret Scripture’s Gay Boundaries

    09/29/2013 9:47:29 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 83 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 9-29-13 | Jeff Schapiro
    Fifty hand-picked Christians were part of a seminal conference last week planned by Matthew Vines, a 23-year-old gay Christian who believes Scripture allows for monogamous homosexual activity, in an effort to spread the idea in the American church over the next decade. Vines says he has had success in convincing lay members of churches over the last year that monogamous homosexual activity is allowed by Scripture, but is encountering resistance from Scriptural scholars. He is likely to encounter much more, say theologians.
  • Pelosi Won’t Defend First Amendment Rights of Historic San Francisco Catholic Hospital

    12/01/2012 1:04:33 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 45 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | November 30, 2012 | Matt Cover
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who is Catholic, indicated on Friday that she supports forcing St. Mary’s Medical Center, the oldest continuously operating hospital in her San Francisco-based congressional district, to provide health plans to its workers that cover sterilizations, contraceptives and abortion-inducing drugs free of charge even though the Catholic faith says this Catholic hospital may not do so because these things are intrinsically immoral. “We are committed to furthering the healing ministry of Jesus,” says the hospital's mission statement. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius—who, like Pelosi, is Catholic—issued the sterilization-contraception-abortifacient mandate as a regulation under...
  • How Arius the Heretic Died in a Bathroom Before Receiving Holy Communion

    10/11/2012 9:43:01 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Canterbury Tales ^ | 10/11/12 | Dr. Taylor Marshall
    Arius, the Heretic Who Died of a Wretched Bowel Problem There heretic Arius is one of the most interesting characters on the stage of history. Every December I write a tribute post to Saint Nicholas about the tradition of Saint Nicholas h-slapping (heretic slapping) Arius at the Council of Nicea in AD 325. Joseph Reidy, professor of history at If you know of any 18 year olds looking for a traditional Catholic college, please send them our way.) As you know, Arius divided the Church and Empire of the fourth and fifth century by claiming that the Divine Logos, Jesus...
  • American Bishop Gene Robinson condemns Rick Perry’s anti-gay promotion

    12/27/2011 9:00:00 PM PST · by WilliamIII · 39 replies
    ATV Today ^ | Dec. 16 2011 | Ian Westhead
    The USA’s first openly gay Episcopal bishop, Gene Robinson, has responded to presidential hopeful Rick Perry's anti-gay TV promotion suggesting that "it must break God's heart to see religion used in a political campaign like this." Bishop Robinson of the Episcopal Church showed his distaste in a TV interview with MSNBC and also by writing an opinion piece in the Washington Post newspaper. Perry had stated in his commercial that “You don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in the military but our kids can’t...
  • The Love Of The Truth...I john

    For I rejoiced greatly, when the brethren came and testified of the truth that is in thee, even as thou walkest in the truth. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. ( 3 John 3-4)Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That...
  • Presbyterians clear way for gay clergy

    05/11/2011 5:20:27 AM PDT · by iowamark · 28 replies
    AP, FNC ^ | May 10, 2011 | Associated Press
    After decades of debate, the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Tuesday struck down a barrier to ordaining gays, ratifying a proposal that removes the celibacy requirement for unmarried clergy, in the latest mainline Protestant move toward accepting gay relationships... Differences over the Bible and homosexuality have split Protestant groups nationally and worldwide for years. Within the Presbyterian Church, about 100 of the 11,000 congregations had already broken away ahead of the vote, but a group of large theologically conservative congregations, which calls itself Fellowship, has decided to remain in the denomination for now. Top Presbyterian executives issued a statement to the...
  • Obama jabs 'climate change deniers'

    04/22/2011 2:26:13 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 31 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/22/2011 | By Ben Geman
    President Obama called out Capitol Hill’s “climate change deniers” Wednesday night at a Democratic fundraiser in California. Obama, speaking at a San Francisco event for donors, called rising gasoline prices an economic drain on drivers and said curbing oil reliance is a “national security imperative.” “And then there’s the environmental aspect of it. There are climate change deniers in Congress and when the economy gets tough, sometimes environmental issues drop from people’s radar screens,” Obama continued, speaking at the home of CEO Marc Benioff. “But I don’t think there’s any doubt that unless we are able to move forward...
  • Episcopalians react with sadness to the retirement of Bishop Gene Robinson

    11/07/2010 12:58:02 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 27 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | Nov. 7, 2010 | Kathy McCabe and Eric Moskowitz
    Across the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire, congregants and clergy today reacted with heavy hearts to word that Bishop V. Gene Robinson is retiring. Robinson, 63, whose consecration seven years ago as the first openly gay bishop in the Episcopal Church divided the Anglican Communion worldwide, yesterday announced at the annual convention of the New Hampshire diocese that he plans to retire in January 2013, short of the mandatory 72-year-old retirement age for Episcopal bishops. He cited death threats and the considerable strain that the worldwide rift has placed on him, his family, and the church.
  • What are we to think of Calvin?

    06/26/2010 10:46:26 AM PDT · by Natural Law · 229 replies
    What are we to think of Calvin? Rev . Fr. Philippe Marcille The influence of John Calvin (1509-1564) has been immense, perhaps even more so than that of Luther. Certainly, without the bellowing revolutionary Luther, Calvin would not have been able to do anything; yet without Calvin, the revolt would not have had the political impact that it did in France and especially the United States. Origins He was born in Picardy, France, in 1509. His parents were well-to-do people. A very gifted student, he received a benefice from the Church and continued his studies at Paris. He was not...
  • Nancy Pelosi, messenger of God? The House Speaker's galling, hypocritical religious opportunism

    06/03/2010 12:17:38 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 34 replies · 628+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | Thursday, June 3rd 2010 | Andrea Tantaros
    During times of trials and tribulations, many people turn to Christ to help them through. It seems Sister - I mean Speaker of the House - Nancy Pelosi is no different. With speculation brewing that Democrats are poised to lose big in the fall midterm elections and the balance of power at stake, is Nancy Pelosi turning to Jesus for political salvation? Her recent religious revival started shortly after the passage of the health care bill. Tasked with selling the unpopular overhaul, Pelosi opted to appeal to a higher power for help. She asked members of the clergy to make...
  • (Davenport) Bishop Amos issues statement on ‘ordination’ of women

    05/31/2010 4:15:02 AM PDT · by markomalley · 1 replies · 164+ views
    Davenport Catholic Messenger ^ | 5/26/2010 | Bishop Martin Amos
    It has come to my attention that the issue of the “ordination” of women to Holy Orders has been raised in the Diocese of Davenport. With the following statement it is hoped that the position of the Roman Catholic Church is made clear. The role of women has been held in high regard by the Church for centuries. As one example, the late Holy Father, John Paul II wrote in his 1988 apostolic letter to women entitled, “The Dignity and the Vocation of Women” (Mulieris Dignitatem): “the Church desires to give thanks to the Most Holy Trinity for the...
  • ELCA Seminary Teaching: Read It and Weep -- Part 1

    05/12/2010 8:34:19 PM PDT · by rhema · 18 replies · 363+ views
    Exposing the ^ | 5/12/10 | Dan Skogen
    Dr. David J. Lull, Professor of New Testament at Wartburg Theological Seminary gave a series of lectures in January 2010 titled, "Preaching Lent and Easter." It is amazing what ELCA pastors are being taught by our seminaries. For all of my life I thought Jesus died for my sins. Thankfully Dr. Lull set me and the 2000 years of Christian teachers and believers straight. Here is what Dr. Lull teaches. "Jesus did not have to die as a condition of God’s forgiveness of sins. Mark knew that Jesus knew that God had always forgiven the sins of “many/all,” and that...
  • In Sarasota, Catholics buck church doctrine on women as priests

    02/14/2010 7:11:49 AM PST · by GonzoII · 20 replies · 493+ views VIA Spirit Daily ^ | Sunday, February 14, 2010
    SARASOTA — A former nun who the Vatican says has been excommunicated ordained two women priests and one deacon in Sarasota...
  • Event explores topic of women as ordained Catholic priests

    02/01/2010 12:31:29 PM PST · by SmithL · 42 replies · 501+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 2/1/10 | Jennifer Garza
    To parishioners in her small Sacramento congregation, Elizabeth English is their Catholic priest: She presides over their Sunday Mass, leads them during Communion and baptizes their babies. To the Roman Catholic Church, English symbolizes a topic that church leaders consider closed: the ordination of women priests. English left the Roman Catholic Church five years ago to pursue her calling to the priesthood. She is now a priest in the Independent Catholic Church, a group not recognized by the Vatican. She is the only female Catholic priest in the Sacramento region. "I had to leave the church; there was no place...
  • Female priests defy Catholic Church, hope to change it

    01/23/2010 5:01:26 AM PST · by NYer · 76 replies · 1,660+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Januay 23, 2010 | Katie Balestra
    Inside a red brick house in Falls Church, Bridget Mary Meehan placed a silver chalice of wine and a plate of flatbread on the coffee table in her living room and prepared to lead a sacred, forbidden ceremony. "As we gather around this table, this intimate little house church table, let us remember that God is raising us up, all of us," she said, smiling at the four worshipers who had come to hear her say Mass. Three and a half years ago, Meehan joined a group of Catholic women from across the United States known as the Roman Catholic...
  • Joel Osteen blesses Houston's new (gay) mayor Annise Parker

    01/07/2010 1:41:13 PM PST · by Gamecock · 40 replies · 1,549+ views
    The Aquila Report ^ | 07 January 2010 | Cathy Lynn Grossman
    Annise Parker, the newly-elected happens-to-be-lesbian mayor of Houston was sworn in Monday and the opening prayer was given by ... Rev. Joel Osteen. Is your head spinning? Osteen heads the nation's most mega of evangelical non-denominational megachurches, Lakewood Church in Houston where about 45,000 people cycle through a revamped sports stadium for services every weekend. Osteen has been all over telling folks (Larry King, Whoopi Goldberg) for years that homosexuality is not "God's best." I presume he means "God's best choice" because otherwise I'm lost in the dropped or implied rest of the sentence. But "God's best" is phrase Osteen...
  • United Church of Christ, Methodist, Episcopal, Presbyterians OK Abortion Funding

    12/07/2009 4:10:53 PM PST · by wagglebee · 70 replies · 1,802+ views
    Life News ^ | 12/7/09 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC ( -- A collection of pro-abortion religious groups authored a letter today to members of the Senate that essentially places them on record supporting taxpayer funding of abortions. The letter expresses their opposition to the Nelson amendment, released today, to remove abortion funding from the Senate government-run health care bill. The Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), United Church of Christ, and United Methodist Church are the four mainline protestant denominations to sign the letter asking lawmakers to oppose the Nelson amendment.They are joined by the Disciples Justice Action Center, NA'AMAT USA, the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice, a...
  • Old Catholics tell Romans to ignore your bishops

    11/17/2009 11:13:30 AM PST · by Gamecock · 501 replies · 4,070+ views ^ | November 16 | Rev. Mother Meredith Moise, SPSA
    The Southern Province of the North American Old Catholic Church calls on bishops of the Roman sect to abandon their devisive and hate-filled attitude toward lesbian and gay people. The Roman bishops began a meeting on Monday (11/16/2009) in Baltimore, MD, and are expected to issue a major "pastoral letter" against equal rights for gay people. "It is like they are telling their brothers and sisters: Thou Shalt Not Love," says Archbishop Wynn Wagner, the Regionary Bishop of the Southern Province USA of the North American Old Catholic Church (NAOCC). "They have forgotten the message of love, in their rush...
  • [New Va.] Bishop Writes Diocese: "The legal struggle will continue...freedom under attack," he says

    10/13/2009 7:44:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 17 replies · 1,195+ views
    Episcopal Diocese of Virginia / Virtue Online ^ | 2009-10-10 | Shannon S. Johnston
    Dear Diocesan Family, A panel of the Virginia Supreme Court will hear our petition for appeal on October 21 and, while it is unfortunate that these legal proceedings were necessary, I trust that this hearing will bring us one step closer to resolution. I am proud that the Diocese of Virginia and the Episcopal Church have chosen the path consistently to defend loyal Episcopalians, and to safeguard and to protect the Church's legacy and the Church from unwarranted governmental and legislative interference. It is with the same determination to stand by the people, traditions and legacy of our diocese that...
  • 'Ears to hear'? [The ELCA doesn't have them]

    09/22/2009 2:16:34 PM PDT · by rhema · 11 replies · 1,225+ views
    WordAlone Network ^ | September 15, 2009 | Mark C. Chavez
    The 2009 Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Churchwide Assembly made grievous decisions that will not help the denomination in the years ahead. Those decisions were the adoption of a social statement on sexuality and four resolutions that approve of sexual relationships outside of marriage and direct a change in the ELCA’s ministry standards to allow for practicing homosexuals to serve as ordained pastors and lay ministers. One biblical phrase kept coming to mind in the weeks leading up to the ELCA churchwide assembly and very often during the August assembly—“ears to hear.” The phrase occurs repeatedly in the Old and...
  • Call to Apostasy

    08/20/2009 7:45:09 PM PDT · by narses · 27 replies · 974+ views
    Rochester Catholic ^ | Thursday, August 20, 2009 | Eugene Michae
    The new executive director of Call to Action is Jim FitzGerald, formerly of Planned Parenthood. Here are some selected excerpts about him from an article in the National Catholic Reporter: “What’s missing in our church is the freedom to talk without fear about issues like abortion or gay marriage or stem cell research. “That’s what I love about Call to Action: Everyone’s at the table,” he says, quoting the theme for Call to Action’s November conference. “It’s easy to be in conversation with people who think like you. But if we only do that, we miss out on something that...
  • (Call To Action Nonsense): A new leader at the table

    08/20/2009 7:58:06 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 4 replies · 342+ views ^ | Aug. 03, 2009 | Heidi Schlumpf
    A new leader at the table It’s easy to see why the board of Call to Action chose Jim FitzGerald as its new executive director. He is a young, bright Catholic with a decade of experience in not-for-profit management and an advanced degree in theology. And he has been involved in leadership of Call to Action for several years, so already knows and supports church reform. But it’s also not so easy to understand why they chose a candidate with Planned Parenthood on his resumé, given how hard Call to Action has worked to remain neutral on the hot-button issue...
  • Voice of the Faithful rearranges the deck chairs

    08/20/2009 7:27:16 PM PDT · by Publius804 · 1 replies · 303+ views ^ | 8/19/09 | Brian Saint-Paul
    Voice of the Faithful rearranges the deck chairs In its increasingly panicked effort to remain relevant -- and solvent -- Catholic dissident group Voice of the Faithful (VOTF) has announced a new program: the Voices in Action Campaign. How, you ask, does this differ from the normal activities of VOTF? Good question. According to the press release that dropped into my Inbox an hour ago... Voices in Action focuses on improving parishes and dioceses; fostering greater accountability in Church leaders and in the laity as well; ensuring financial transparency; healing survivors; protecting children; supporting clergy working together with laity; and...
  • Majority of Episcopalians Favor Scrapping Ban on Gay Ordination

    07/13/2009 5:38:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 36 replies · 1,325+ views
    Christian Post ^ | 7/12/2009 | Lillian Kwon
    Episcopalians overwhelmingly favor tossing a previously approved resolution that bans ordaining openly gay bishops. In discussions that began Thursday afternoon and continued Friday morning during The Episcopal Church's triennial General Convention, Episcopalians spoke frankly, testifying passionately either for throwing out the ban or against rescinding it. "Gays and lesbians are asked to make sacrifices the rest of us are not asked to make," said the Rev. J. Frederick Barber of Fort Worth, according to the Episcopal News Service. Debate centered on resolution B033, which was approved by the General Convention in 2006. It calls for restraint in ordaining bishops "whose...
  • Eight myths about the Bible

    06/22/2009 7:01:44 PM PDT · by delacoert · 307 replies · 4,931+ views
    Norfolk LDS Church Examiner ^ | June 22 | Greg West
    Latter-day Saints love the Bible and believe it as scripture. Indeed, Joseph Smith went so far as to say that we are the only people who truly believe it as it is written. Modern, sectarian Christians hang Bible verses like ornaments on an artificial tree constructed of man-made creeds, ignoring the passages which conflict with or contradict their doctrines. In the process, they have allowed a number of myths about the Bible to be promulgated because it serves their own ends. The following eight myths are summarized from "Here We Stand" by Joseph Fielding McConkie (1995, Deseret Book) McConkie is...
  • Obama and the ‘Real’ Catholics

    05/18/2009 8:45:30 PM PDT · by victim soul · 6 replies · 594+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 5.18.09 | George Weigel
    The president inserts himself into a religious debate Passionate debates over doctrine, identity, and the boundaries of “communion” have been a staple of the American religious landscape for centuries: Trinitarians vs. Unitarians in 19th-century New England; Modernists vs. Fundamentalists in early-20th-century Presbyterianism; Missouri Synod Lutherans vs. Wisconsin Synod Lutherans vs. Other Sorts of Lutherans down to today. Yet never in our history has a president of the United States, in the exercise of his public office, intervened in such disputes in order to secure a political advantage. Until yesterday, at the University of Notre Dame. The principal themes of President...
  • Woman ordained as Catholic priest to celebrate Mass in Syracuse suburb

    05/02/2009 7:10:09 AM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 99 replies · 1,884+ views
    Syracuse NY Post Standard ^ | Friday May 01, 2009, 7:23 PM | by Renee K. Gadoua
    A woman ordained in July at a ceremony the Roman Catholic Church considers invalid will celebrate a Mass Saturday at a conference in Liverpool. The Rev. Gabriella Velardi-Ward, a member of RC Womenpriests, an international group of Catholics who advocate women's ordination, will lead a 2:30 p.m. liturgy at the Upstate New York Call to Action conference at Le Moyne Manor in Liverpool. The conference will also include presentations by the Rev. Roy Bourgeois, who has been criticized by the Vatican for participating at a Womenpriest ordination; and Mary Hunt, a native of Syracuse and a feminist theologian who is...
  • St. Michael's (self-proclaimed) Catholic Church - Tucson AZ (Deceit Alert!)

    04/20/2009 9:48:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies · 988+ views
    We are a community of communities, which are ecumenical and catholic in that we celebrate a characteristically Catholic faith tradition that is not sectarian. About Us We support such necessary and just changes as... giving priests the freedom to marry and raise families of their owngiving women the opportunity to serve God’s people as ordained ministersinviting the divorced and remarried back to the sacraments and Church life without subjecting them to annulment proceduresentrusting married couples with the responsibility of following their own conscience in regard to the use of artificial contraceptionincluding all the baptized, whether Catholic or Protestant, in the...
  • Court Says Church Can Brew Hallucinogenic Tea

    03/31/2009 3:34:33 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies · 478+ views
    beliefnet ^ | Monday March 23, 2009
    A church in Ashland, Ore., can import and brew a hallucinogenic tea for its religious services, under a federal court ruling issued March 19. Judge Owen M. Panner issued a permanent injunction that bars the federal government from penalizing or prohibiting the Church of the Holy Light of the Queen from sacramental use of "Daime" tea. The church, which blends Christian and Brazilian indigenous beliefs, uses tea brewed from the ayahuasca plant in their services. The tea contains trace amounts of the chemical dimethyltryptamine, or DMT. According to the church's lawsuit, the tea is the central ritual and sacrament of...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him (renegade priest to break with Rome)

    01/13/2009 6:50:29 AM PST · by NYer · 228 replies · 2,325+ views
    Courier Mail ^ | January 9, 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church.There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more orthodox Catholic parishes struggle to fill pews. In...
  • St Mary's priest will take his flock with him

    01/13/2009 1:20:29 PM PST · by naturalman1975 · 19 replies · 880+ views ^ | 9th January 2009 | Trent Dalton
    MAVERICK priest Father Peter Kennedy says he will lead a breakaway congregation if Brisbane's catholic Archbishop forces him to leave St Mary's Church. There are fears that exclusion from the historic South Brisbane property will be the final act in a long-running dispute that has reached the Vatican. Is Father Kennedy right? Have your say. The dispute has attracted national and international attention because it represents the battle between conservative and less traditional forces within the Catholic Church. There are more Roman Catholics in Australia than any other religious group. Each week, St Mary's attracts large congregations while many more...