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  • Roman-Era Shipwreck Yields Moon Goddess Statue, Coin Stashes

    05/17/2016 2:45:27 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | May 16, 2016 | Stephanie Pappas
    One civilization's trash is another civilization's treasure. A ship in Israel's Caesarea Harbor was filled with bronze statues headed for recycling when it sank about 1,600 years ago. Now, thanks to a chance discovery by a pair of divers, archaeologists have salvaged a haul of statuary fragments, figurines and coins from the seafloor. The coins found in the wreckage date to the mid-300s A.D. Some show Constantine, who ruled the Western Roman Empire from A.D. 312-324, and who unified the Eastern and Western Roman Empire in A.D. 324; he ruled both until his death in A.D. 337. Other coins show...
  • 5 Surprising Revelations of the Third Secret of Fatima (CATHOLIC CAUCUS)

    05/13/2016 6:50:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelial ^ | May 13, 2016 | Philip Kosloski
    May 13, 2016 marks the 99th anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal. For the past century individuals around the world have developed theories meant to decipher the hidden message of the three “secrets” of Fatima. Yet, Sister Lucia said herself that, “the interpretation belonged not to the visionary but to the Church.” It is up to the Church to interpret the various signs and symbols of Our Lady of Fatima to give the faithful a clear guide in understanding what God wants to reveal to us.The Church did exactly that in the year 2000 when Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger,...
  • A scriptural defense of the Perpetual virginity of Mary

    04/15/2016 7:25:23 AM PDT · by verga · 397 replies
    Verga | 4/15/16 | Verga
    For years there has been disagreement between Catholics and some non-Catholic groups about the Catholic Church’s teaching on the Marian Dogmas, particularly, the perpetual virginity of the Blessed Mother. This will attempt to clear up some of the confusion. Catholics have always held that Mary remained a virgin before, during, and following the birth of Jesus. Many non-Catholics contend that scripture proves that she did not and points to several instances of people being called brothers or sisters of Jesus. When we study the scriptures carefully, paying particular attention to the order of sentences and view the language with precision,...
  • Why I Have Decided to Leave the Catholic Church

    04/01/2016 12:41:08 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 873 replies
    timstaples.com ^ | April 1, 2016 | Tim Staples
    I am letting you be among the first to know. It is true. I am leaving the Catholic Church. I want you to know that this has not been a decision made in haste or without serious and intense research and consideration. But I can no longer remain in a church that I no longer believe in. Let me explain. I will be writing more about this soon, but for now let me just say there are five main reasons why I am leaving the Catholic Church: 1. I believe the sole rule of faith for Christians has to be...
  • Tenebrae Saturday

    03/26/2016 6:08:00 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 1 replies
    Aletheia | 6/26/2016 | Charles O'Connell
    Share Your Fear Either With Jesus Sweating Blood, or you will share it with the king of terrors. We remember Christ lying in the tomb, really dead, though now He lives forever. But fear not, His mother is still here, while He is in the land of shades. He passed through human fear, giving Himself over to whatever the Father wanted of him. Fear is the common principle of sin as the soul is the enervating force of the body. The greatest creation, a Seraph Angel (Isaiah 6:1-8) we call the Light Bearer (Lucifer), still didn't trust God to...
  • A 'most powerful woman' – National Geographic's major hat tip to the Virgin Mary

    12/25/2015 5:08:31 PM PST · by Morgana · 30 replies
    catholicnewsagency.com ^ | December 23, 2015 | cna
    Washington D.C., Dec 23, 2015 / 06:02 pm (CNA).- Our Lady. Blessed Mother. Virgin Mary. Queen of Peace. Theotokos. Handmaid of the Lord. Mother Mary. These are just some of the titles used to describe the young woman to whom an angel appeared some 2,000 years ago with the message that she would conceive and bear the Savior of the World. Mary has very few recorded words in the New Testament, but her worldwide devotion spans across time, cultures and even religions. In a Nov. 8 feature for National Geographic, “How the Virgin Mary Became the World’s Most Powerful Woman,”...
  • "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Sermon for the Fourth Sunday in Advent, on Luke 1:39-56)

    12/19/2015 10:03:52 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 1 replies
    stmatthewbt.org ^ | December 20, 2015 | The Rev. Charles Henrickson
    "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior" (Luke 1:39-56) We're coming near the end of Advent, and it's time to greet the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ--not only at Christmas, but also when he comes again. Are you ready? Are you prepared? How will you greet him? Our Gospel reading today shows us how to greet him when he comes. In faith. What does that mean, "in faith"? And where does that faith come from? We'll find that out, too, as the word of the Lord comes to us today, under the theme, "Spirit-Given Faith Greets the Savior." In the Holy...
  • Jesus' First Blood Shed...Luke's Nativity pt 11

    And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called Jesus, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb. And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; (As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of...
  • Mary's Immaculate Conception Is Fitting as Well as Faithful to Scripture

    12/08/2015 6:59:09 AM PST · by Salvation · 260 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 12-07-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Mary's Immaculate Conception Is Fitting as Well as Faithful to Scripture Msgr. Charles Pope • December 7, 2015 • Today's Solemn Feast of the Immaculate Conception is often (mistakenly) thought to refer to the conception of the Jesus in the womb of the Blessed Mother. It does not. Perhaps it does not help the confusion that the Gospel chosen for today's feast is in fact the gospel of the Annunciation, wherein Jesus was conceived in Mary's womb by the power of the Holy Spirit! But there is a reason this gospel is chosen, as we shall later see. The dogma...
  • Confirmation and Prophecy...Luke's Nativity part 5

    And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as...
  • An Angel And A Woman...Luke's Nativity pt 4

    And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast...
  • Disney Is Making a 'Mary Poppins' Sequel, Over 50 Years Later

    09/15/2015 1:09:00 PM PDT · by C19fan · 59 replies
    Yahoo ^ | September 14, 2015 | Justin Kroll
    As Disney continues to reboot old animated favorites into live-action features, the studio is now looking to team with its Into the Woods helmer for a new take on one of its classic musicals. Sources confirm to Variety that Disney is developing a new Mary Poppins musical with Rob Marshall set to direct.
  • The Apparition of Mary at La Laus, France (1664)

    06/27/2015 8:53:16 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 111 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 4, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    Statues depicting the apparition of Mary to Benoite Rencurel at La Laus, France. One of the most fervent forms of devotion in Roman Catholicism is to the visions of Mary, commonly called apparitions. For many centuries, in many locations around the world, Mary is alleged to have appeared to visionaries of the Roman Catholic Church. These visionaries typically report conversations with Mary, and the apparition of Mary has many times delivered messages that have been documented through the official channels of the Roman Catholic Church. There have been many hundreds of alleged apparitions throughout history, but only a few...
  • Mary Statue Rebuilt in Ancient Syrian Christian Town

    06/13/2015 3:56:17 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 241 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 13/6/15
    The historic Christian Syrian town of Maalula celebrated Saturday as a new statue of Mary, worshiped in Christianity as the mother of Jesus, was erected in its center, replacing the figure destroyed in rebel attacks in 2013. Dozens of families gathered alongside government officials and religious dignitaries in the main square, which was adorned with government flags and a giant portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Located north of Damascus, Maalula is one of the world's oldest Christian settlements, and its inhabitants still speak Aramaic, a language spoken by Jews in Israel at the time Jesus was said to have...
  • All the Way Back

    06/10/2015 7:44:27 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 54 replies
    White Horse Inn ^ | February 8, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    St. Paul still holds out the written Word of God to His people. The Roman Catholic Church believes that the Word of God is transmitted to the Church by Tradition, the Scriptures and the Magisterium (i.e., popes, councils, etc). According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church (81), Tradition transmits in its entirety the Word of God which has been entrusted to the apostles by Christ the Lord and the Holy Spirit. It transmits it to the successors of the apostles so that, enlightened by the Spirit of truth, they may faithfully preserve, expound and spread it abroad by their...
  • When the Word just isnt enough

    06/04/2015 6:28:34 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 144 replies
    Out of His Mouth ^ | February 11, 2014 | Timothy F. Kauffman
    All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. (2 Timothy 3:16-17) The Christian who must wrestle with Roman Catholic apologists (trained and untrained) will often hear them appeal to the ancient, non-scriptural, sources as proof of what the Apostles taught. We dealt with a part of that issue in a prior post about going all the way back to the written Word, instead of just going back to the first few post-apostolic generations....
  • "A Mother There": A Survey of Historical Teachings about Mother in Heaven [Mormon mom-goddess]

    05/09/2015 6:54:17 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 26 replies
    BYUStudies ^ | 2011 | David L. Paulsen and Martin Pulido
    ...Latter-day Saint literature to a Mother in Heaven...Since the 1840s, this cherished doctrine has been an important, although relatively obscure, part of the Latter-day Saint understanding of the premortal origins and divine nature of mankind... As Elder Erastus Snow (Quorum of the Twelve, February 12, 1849May 27, 1888) avowed: What, says one, do you mean we should understand that Deity consists of man and woman? Most certainly I do. If I believe anything that God has ever said about himself...I must believe that deity consists of man and woman...There can be no God except he is composed of the man...
  • Mary: Mother of God

    05/08/2015 3:01:54 AM PDT · by rwa265 · 61 replies
    Catholic Answers.com ^ | Not dated | Unaccredited
    Mary: Mother of God Fundamentalists are sometimes horrified when the Virgin Mary is referred to as the Mother of God. However, their reaction often rests upon a misapprehension of not only what this particular title of Mary signifies but also who Jesus was, and what their own theological forebears, the Protestant Reformers, had to say regarding this doctrine. A woman is a mans mother either if she carried him in her womb or if she was the woman contributing half of his genetic matter or both. Mary was the mother of Jesus in both of these senses; because she not...
  • Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday

    04/05/2015 7:45:52 AM PDT · by Salvation · 17 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-04-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Jesus is real to me! A homily for Easter Sunday By: Msgr. Charles PopeNearly all of the Resurrection accounts in the Gospels present the apostles and disciples on a journey to deeper faith. In stages, they come out of the darkness of despair and of this world into the light of faith. Matthew’s account (28:1-10), which is read at the Easter Vigil this year and can also be read at Masses during the day, is no exception. I have also commented on the Johannine Gospel that is often read on Easter Morning (here: From Fear to Faith).Let’s look at...
  • [Catholic Caucus] A Woman Wrapped in Silence A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation

    03/25/2015 7:08:28 AM PDT · by Salvation · 18 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 03-24-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    A Woman Wrapped in Silence – A Meditation for the Feast of the Annunciation By: Msgr. Charles PopeIn preparation for today’s Feast of the Annunciation I picked up Jesus of Nazareth, Vol. 3 (The Infancy Narratives)  by Pope Emeritus Benedict. I was very moved by a very brief reflection that he made on Mary as the Angel Gabriel left her. His remarks consider her faith in a very touching manner. I must say that I have always been moved, and intrigued, by the faith of the Blessed Mother, for she is “a woman wrapped in silence,” a phrase that forms the...
  • Mary's Virginity

    04/07/2015 11:37:31 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 197 replies
    In Plain Site ^ | Dan Corner
    MARY'S VIRGINITYThe Bible gives us many ways whereby we can clearly identify the Messiah. One of these ways is called a "sign" and is specifically linked to his miraculous birth. In the Book of Isaiah we read: Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel (Isa. 7:14, KJV). Along with many other Scriptures, that passage clearly points us to the Lord Jesus, the Anointed One, who was born of a "virgin". But even among those who agree that Mary was a virgin, at that...
  • Pope Francis praises Iran deal in Easter peace wish

    04/05/2015 5:10:33 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Fox News ^ | 04/05/2015
    VATICAN CITY In an Easter peace wish, Pope Francis on Sunday praised the framework nuclear agreement with Iran as an opportunity to make the world safer, while expressing deep worry about bloodshed in Libya, Yemen, Syria, Iraq, Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa. Cautious hope ran through Francis' "Urbi et Orbi" Easter message, a kind of papal commentary on the state of the world's affairs, which he delivered from the central balcony of St. Peter's Square. He had just celebrated Mass in rain-whipped St. Peter's Square for tens of thousands of people, who huddled under umbrellas or braved the downpour...
  • Will you be celebrating Easter, as well as celebrating the Assumption of Mary into heaven bodily?

    03/28/2015 12:18:26 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 159 replies
    3/28/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    On Easter Day (April 5th, 2015), faithful Christians will celebrate the resurrection of Jesus bodily from death. Later on this year, faithful Christians will also (on August 15th, 2015) celebrate the resurrection of Mary the mother of Jesus (before her body could see decay) and her Assumption into heaven. With the shows on CNN (Finding Jesus: Faith, Fact and Forgery) and O'Reilly's book, "Killing Jesus" on television (both this Sunday), there seems to be an uptick in the interest on the life of Jesus, the Apostles and early followers of Jesus - as well as Mary's role, too.
  • Mary 'Mother of God'=Church 'Mother of Holy Spirit?'(Are we not god-bearers-'theotokos'-too?[Vanity]

    03/27/2015 2:04:10 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 21 replies
    Colofornian | March 27, 2015 | Colofornian
    It's past time to unpack an old Greek word: 'Theotokos' Here, you'll "catch" the English translation of it among the italicized words below: A Freeper put it rather logically on a recent thread...and something, btw, historically verifiable within the history of the church: Jesus is God incarnate.Mary is Jesus mother.Ergo, Mary is the Mother of God. The history behind 'Mother of God'"In the fourth century a bishop of Constantinople named Nestorious...wanted to call Mary only 'Mother of Christ'; he feared that the title 'Mother of God' would confuse the divine and human aspects of Jesus. The church in the East...
  • Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers?

    03/26/2015 5:03:18 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 296 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2003 | Dave Miller, Ph.D.
    ">Did Jesus Have Fleshly Half-Brothers? by Dave Miller, Ph.D. The usual word in the Greek language for brother is adelphos. It possesses the same latitude of application that the English word possesses. Hence, it can refer to a person who shares the same religion (a spiritual brother). It can refer to a person who shares the same citizenshipa fellow countryman. It can refer to an intimate friend or neighbor. All of these uses are self-evident, and do not encroach upon the literal use of the term. By far the most prominent use of the term is the literal sensea blood...
  • Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception

    03/26/2015 11:36:04 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 224 replies
    Fallibility ^ | May 1, 2013 | Michael Taylor
    Why Rome Can Only Appreciate, Rather than Prove the Immaculate Conception Should we believe something because we think it is true, or should we think something is true because we first believe? For example, if you believe that extra-terrestrials have visited the earth, then you are likely to believe in UFO sightings and alien abduction stories, and conspiracy theories about government coverups as confirmation of what you already believe. This doesnt mean that you believe that every UFO sighting or abduction story is real. Nor does this mean that you buy into every conspiracy theory out there. But if you...
  • Chapter Talk by Sr. Maria Barrett

    03/25/2015 10:24:32 AM PDT · by Mad Dawg · 17 replies
    Dominican Nuns of Summit, New Jersey ^ | March 24, 2015 | Sr.Maria Barrett
    Today is the feast of the Annunciation. On this great day, the eternal Word of God stooped down from heaven, was made flesh, and came to dwell among us. In His great goodness, in the wise folly of His boundless love for us, God gave Himself to us, humbling Himself and taking the form of a slave so that we who had been conquered by sin and evil might in Him be made their conquerors. Yet today is not called the feast of the Incarnation, but rather the feast of the Annunciation. The great mystery of the incarnation was made...
  • Does Mary Intercede for Christians?

    03/24/2015 1:30:58 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 181 replies
    Apologetics Press ^ | 2009 | Moiss Pinedo
    It has been argued that Mary is the creature closest to God. Moreover, while Christ is the mediator of all grace between God and creation, Mary is the mediator of all grace between Christ and humanity. Consequently, Mary is a powerful intercessor for all who turn to her (see Zoltan, 1994, emp. added). The Bible clearly teaches that Mary is not Deity and should not be worshipped as such (see Pinedo, 2009). If she is not Deity, is she the closest human being to Deity? Does she play an active role in heaven, interceding for individual Christians? Does she make...
  • Praying of the Rosary Is NOT Bible-Based Teaching

    03/24/2015 8:06:07 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 927 replies
    The Disciplers ^ | 2011 | Ptr. Vince
    Praying The Rosary Is Not Biblical, And Is A Form Of Idolatry Just last Sunday, a local newspaper paper released an article teaching that the praying of the Holy Rosary is Bible-based. In the first two paragraphs, the writer admittedly says that there is no passage in the Bible teaching nor mentioned about the praying of Rosary. However, in the following paragraphs, the writer justified the praying of the Rosary basing it on the repetition of historical events of some Bible characters (like Gideon as he mentioned) about Israels history. I dont know if the writer of this article did...
  • Rejecting Mariology

    03/23/2015 2:14:57 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 335 replies
    Two-Edged Sword ^ | February 05, 2007 | Lee
    It is often claimed the Mary was heralded by the Patristics as a woman full of grace, perhaps sinless, and deserving our veneration above other departed saints as the Mother of the Church. This is not the case. While I do freely admit that the word Patristic can be used to cover a variety of ages, I prefer to use it to the pre-nicaean leaders of the church. Let us start with them, and we can move on from there. In the Apostolic Fathers, as the first century leaders are often called, one sees little to no mention of...
  • Idolatry

    03/12/2015 6:55:28 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 35 replies
    Bible Hub ^ | 3/12/2015 | J.C. Ryle
    Idolatry by J. C. Ryle (1816-1900) This updated and revised manuscript is copyrighted 1998 by Tony Capoccia. All rights reserved. "Flee from idolatry" (1 Corinthians 10:14) Our text for today may seem at first to be hardly needed in our country. In an age of education and intelligence, we might almost fancy it is waste of time to tell us to "flee from idolatry." I am bold to say that this is a great mistake. I believe that we have come to a time when the subject of idolatry demands a thorough and searching investigation....
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples {Mary]

    02/25/2015 2:19:31 AM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 10 replies
    EWTN ^ | 150122 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa / Tim Staples
    Author and apologist Tim Staples joins Fr. Mitch to talk about Marian devotion and defends Mary as Mother of God, the immaculate conception, her perpetual virginity and assumption into heaven.
  • Newfound "Gospel of the Lots of Mary" discovered in ancient text

    02/06/2015 7:33:18 PM PST · by ealgeone · 118 replies
    Live Science ^ | 02-05-2015 | Jaus Owen
    A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text. Written in Coptic, an Egyptian language, the opening reads (in translation): "The Gospel of the lots of Mary, the mother of the Lord Jesus Christ, she to whom Gabriel the Archangel brought the good news. He who will go forward with his whole heart will obtain what he seeks. Only do not be of two minds
  • The Immaculate Conception in Scripture

    02/03/2015 9:37:18 PM PST · by Morgana · 153 replies
    catholic.com ^ | December 6, 2014 | Tim Staples
    In my new book, Behold Your Mother - A Biblical and Historical Defense of the Marian Doctrines, I give eight reasons for belief in the Immaculate Conception: 1. Mary is revealed to be "full of grace" in Luke 1:28. 2. Mary is revealed to be the fulfillment of the prophetic "Daughter of Zion" of Zech. 2:10; Zeph. 3:14-16; Isaiah 12:1-6, etc. 3. Mary is revealed to be "the beginning of the new creation" in fufillment of the prophecy of Jer. 31:22. 4. Mary is revealed to possess a "blessed state" parallel with Christ's in Luke 1:42. 5. Mary is not...
  • Roman Catholicism, Part 7, Mary

    02/03/2015 6:46:06 AM PST · by Gamecock · 265 replies
    Roman CatholicismLoraine Boettner 1962Part 7 MARY. 1. Marys Place in Scripture. 2. Mother of God. 3. Historical Development. 4. Contrast between Roman and Protestant Teaching. 5. Mary as an Object of Worship. 6. Mary Usurps the Place of Christ. 7. Mary Represented as more Sympathetic than Jesus. 8. One Mediator. 9. Adoration or Idolatry? 10. LatriaDuliaHyperdulia. 11. Jesus Attitude towards Mary. 12. The Protestant Attitude towards Mary. 13. Were There Other Children in the Family of Joseph and Mary? 14. The Immaculate Conception. 15. The Assumption of Mary. 16. Romes Real Purpose in the Exaltation of Mary.1. MARYS PLACE...
  • Queens of Heaven. Mary and Kuantan Yin

    01/24/2015 4:16:35 PM PST · by ifinnegan · 204 replies
    1/24/15 | Self
    Here are artistic representations of two goddesses who are considered the Queen of Heaven and Goddesses.  The Buddhist/Taoist Kuan Yin (or Guan Yin) (觀音) And The Catholic depiction of Mary Note the similarities in representation.  This relates to a thread last week on the leftover, or accretional pagan beliefs or rituals that are still present in the Catholic church.  The Goddess of Mercy is a universal idol/icon in pagan belief systems. 
  • EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples

    01/23/2015 9:23:10 PM PST · by Heart-Rest · 16 replies
    youtube of EWTN Live - Fr. Mitch Pacwa with guest Tim Staples ^ | 01/21/2015 | Fr. Mitch Pacwa, Tim Staples
    Fr. Mitch Pacwa holds this fascinating interview on his weekly "EWTN Live" show, with his special guest, former strident "Catholic-Basher" and Pentecostal ("Assembly of God") minister, "Tim Staples": EWTN LIVE - 2015.1.21 - Tim Staples.
  • Pope Francis: 'You cannot make fun of the faith of others'

    01/16/2015 7:39:02 AM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 131 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 1/15/2015 | Nick Squires
    Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over freedom of expression in the wake of the religious attacks in Paris, saying that anyone who insults a religion can expect a "punch in the nose". ... He said "If my good friend Dr Gasparri says a curse word against my mother [Mary?], he can expect a punch in the nose." Throwing a pretend punch, the Pope said: "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others." ...
  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church / Lumen Gentium / Chapter VIII

    01/15/2015 9:49:36 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    Vatican Website ^ | 21 Nov 1964 | Second Vatican Council
    CHAPTER VIIITHE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY, MOTHER OF GOD IN THE MYSTERY OF CHRIST AND THE CHURCH I. Introduction 52. Wishing in His supreme goodness and wisdom to effect the redemption of the world, "when the fullness of time came, God sent His Son, born of a woman...that we might receive the adoption of sons".(283) "He for us men, and for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit from the Virgin Mary."(1*) This divine mystery of salvation is revealed to us and continued in the Church, which the Lord established as His body. Joined...
  • 13 Beautiful Non-White Depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    01/10/2015 10:10:54 AM PST · by millegan · 45 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2015 | ChurchPOP
    The Blessed Virgin Mary was thoroughly Jewish. Different cultures and ethnicities have often portrayed her, Jesus, and others from the Bible as being from their group. Since Christianity for many centuries was based largely in Europe, these important characters of salvation history have often been depicted as white Europeans. Which is fine! But other cultures have also depicted them according to their own appearances. Here are 13 beautiful non-white European depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
  • Charlie Hebdo's Most Controversial Covers: French Satirical Magazine...Equal-Opportunity Offender

    01/08/2015 4:30:12 PM PST · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    International Business Times. ^ | Jan. 7, 2015 | Barbara Herman
    When masked gunmen with assault rifles killed at least 12 people Wednesday in Paris in the offices of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, all eyes were on al Qaeda, which had added the magazine's editor, Stphane "Charb" Charbonnier, to its hit list in 2009 for covers depicting the Prophet Muhammad. But the magazine, launched in 1969, has been an equal-opportunity offender, skewering celebrities, the French police, and Catholic and Jewish as well as Muslim figures. "Above all," Charbonnier, the editor since 2009, told Reuters in 2012, "it is a secular and atheist newspaper." In other words, the publication's enemies could...
  • Mary was Raped? The Leftist Christmas Grinches Are at It Again

    01/06/2015 7:30:10 PM PST · by Coleus · 16 replies
    The New American ^ | 12.24.14 | Selwyn Duke
    Its bad enough when a Muslim cleric states that one must not say Merry Christmas and that doing so is worse than killing someone, as an Islamic scholar I recently cited did. But then we have the people born into the Christian tradition who join the anti-yuletide chorus, albeit with a tad more subtlety (usually). This is generally typified by those objecting to store employees wishing others Merry Christmas or to having Nativity displays on public property, but now we have a new twisted twist:Some liberals are saying that the Virgin Mary was raped. At issue here is a...
  • New Liberal Christmas Tradition: Mary Was Raped

    12/24/2014 8:01:57 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/24/2014 | Drew Belsky
    Valerie Tarico wrote an article at Alternet, republished at Salon, that should get her a lot of invites to ironically themed liberal Christmas parties.  The title: "Why rape is so intrinsic to religion." Tarico lays out a series of myths from pagan traditions, mostly Greek and Roman, in which women are abducted, violated, and coerced.  We have Danae, Europa, Rea Silvia...and, what do you know, the Virgin Mary. Notably, Tarico avoids using the same dire language for the Blessed Mother that she uses for the pagan myths: "[I]n the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary gets pregnant when the...
  • Salon: Have a rapey Christmas, you religious dinosaurs

    12/23/2014 8:52:34 AM PST · by servo1969 · 49 replies
    hotair.com ^ | 12-22-2014 | ED MORRISSEY
    Ah, Christmas — the season for joy, tolerance, and goodwill amongst all. Usually in these days, media outlets queue up the glurge — the sappy stories, the tearjerker videos, and the essays about finding meaning in a season defined by religion and its observance. Everyone likes to tap into the happy memories and high ideals of the Christmas season.Well, almost everyone. For some reason, Salon chose this week to offer two dyspeptic and nonsensical takes on religion, the most outrageous of which argues that one has to support rape in order to be Christian. God raped the Virgin Mary, so...
  • Venerable Fulton J Sheen -The Blessed Virgin Mary- The Woman I Love

    12/22/2014 9:17:00 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 7 replies
    Retreat by Archbishop Fulton Sheen ^ | Ca. 1975 | Archbishop Fulton Sheen
    Archbishop Sheen preaches about the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • 4 Literally Awesome Facts About Our Lady of Guadalupe

    12/17/2014 11:31:24 AM PST · by millegan · 70 replies
    churchpop.com ^ | December 11, 2014 | Mattew Sewell
    But this article isnt about the whole apparition story so much as it is about the tilma, Juan Diegos cloak, on which the image of the Blessed Mother was imprinted. In the centuries following the event, some amazing and unexplainable qualities have been discovered about it. Heres four (literally) awesome facts about the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe:
  • Is Prayer/Veneration/Worship to Mary Biblical?

    12/14/2014 11:57:21 AM PST · by ealgeone · 6,869 replies
    self | 12-14-14 | ealgeone
    The reason for this article is to determine if the worship/veneration given to Mary by the catholic church is justified from a Biblical perspective. This will be evaluated using the Biblical standard and not mans standard.
  • Scientific Proof of the Virgin Birth

    10/02/2014 3:27:27 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 73 replies
    Answering Protestants ^ | 2 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    With the Virgin Birth, you actually have more evidence that it is true rather than untrue. We have great historical testimony to it, and there is no proof that it did not happen -- obviously. But there is more. How can it be proven by science? Well, I suppose this depends on your definition of "science". If you refer to that of the exact (quantitative), of course, it could be difficult. But theology, "the highest form of philosophy", does have an answer. And, just as you trust astronomers to tell you about many things beyond earth, you should trust the...
  • Pope Francis, "If Mary is not your Mother, you are an orphan!"

    09/11/2014 11:19:06 AM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 2,147 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 9/5/2014 | Jennifer LeClaire
    Pope Francis has been a breath of fresh air for many Catholics seeking greater liberty and a growing concern for conservative Christians who take issue with his comments about homosexuality and other cultural issues. But the pontiff's latest statement is sparking an uproar from believers around the world. Pope Francis sent a tweet Tuesday that absolutely violates the truth of Scripture: "The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan," Pope Francis tweeted. As of the time I wrote this column it had been retweeted about 4,000 times and many of...
  • The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa [Catholic Caucus]

    08/31/2014 6:28:27 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    CE.com ^ | August 2014 | Sarah Reinhard
    The Stories of Our Lady of Czestochowa Sarah ReinhardI never wanted to be a mom. It was never in my goals or my plan for life.And yet here I am, watching my three-year-old “mow”as I type away in the comfort of a camp chair in the shade of the garage. Right now this kid is the focus of most of my photos and social media efforts. He’s immensely quotable, hilarious, and spontaneous. It’s something that I can’t help but share (lest it drive me crazier than I already am).But don’t get me wrong. Three is not my favorite age. And...