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Ministry/Outreach (Religion)

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  • Just to think. One day it will all happen. Stay loving, steadfast, and true to HIS WORD.

    04/27/2012 6:41:12 PM PDT · by jesus4life
    faith | GOD-inspired
    We feel, believe, and know through faith that one day GOD will come to judge all of us. HE will judge all. Live like this day can be any day. Get right with the LORD in your heart, which will eventually change the actions of the flesh.
  • Crisis between U.S. nuns and Vatican has been a long time coming

    04/27/2012 2:42:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | April 26, 2012 | marco tosatti
    The doctrinal rebuff which the LCWR received from the Holy See, has its roots back in 1971, when the U.S.’s women religious rewrote their statute The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, led by U.S. Cardinal William Levada, has asked for a deep reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), the organisation which represents the majority of religious women’s orders in the United States. The request for the reform came after the conclusions of an inquiry showed that ““the current doctrinal and pastoral situation of the LCWR is grave and a matter of serious concern.” The Congregation...
  • Bishop to Ad-Libbing Priest: Only appeal Now is to Rome

    04/27/2012 8:57:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    Belleville News Democrat ^ | 5/25/12 | George Pawlaczyk
    BELLEVILLE -- The Rev. Bill Rowe said Wednesday he will not go quietly into forced retirement, even if his only avenue of appeal is to Cardinal Raymond Burke in Rome, who has already told Belleville Bishop Edward Braxton to get rid of the Mount Carmel priest. "There have been so many people who have supported me and said that what was happening was right, I feel that maybe I have to just let Bishop Braxton complete the course to remove me and say I fought the best fight I could." Rowe, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Mt. Carmel, drew...
  • 8 Themes of the LCWR Worldview

    04/27/2012 7:45:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Domine Da Hanc Aquam ^ | 4/25/12 | Fr. Philip Neri Powell, OP, Ph.D.
    [NB. Given recent developments on the CDF/LCWR front, I thought I'd repost about a piece from April of 2009 on some of the presidential addresses delivered at the LCWR annual assemblies. 2012 editions are bracketed in red.]Again, waiting for my bowl of coffee to kick in, I did a little browsing on the website of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR). They have posted information about their annual assemblies, including the texts of the presidential addresses and keynote speeches. I read through several of the keynote speeches, and I noticed a couple of themes (that's what we Old Lit...
  • The Church and the Sisters: What Is Really Happening?

    04/27/2012 6:58:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/26/12 | Ann Carey
    The standard media account about the CDF and LCWR lacks essential information and historical backgroundFrom the moment the United States Bishops announced on April 18 that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) had issued a document ordering a supervised renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), confusion and misinformation about the initiative have run rampant. Sensational headlines have appeared, such as: “Nuns Gone Wild! Vatican Chastises American Sisters” (Daily Beast, April 20), “Vatican waging a war on nuns” (Chicago Sun Times, April 20) and “Guess Who the Vatican Is Picking on Now …” (Philly Post,...
  • “The Real Gospel”: Speaking to a Mormon Congregation

    04/27/2012 6:17:23 AM PDT · by hiho hiho · 19 replies
    Standing Firm in Faith ^ | 4/26/2012 | Matt Kennedy
    To my surprise, one of the local Mormon churches asked me to speak at a special dinner gathering last week. They billed the night as a “fireside” chat. The theme was “I Believe in Christ”. The idea they seem to have intended to promote is that Mormons and Christians share the same faith in the same Christ. The local Mormon patriarch was slated to speak right after my talk and before my talk a married couple, a Christian man with a Mormon woman, were to share their “testimonies”. The night was designed, I believe, to assure the Mormon congregation that...
  • GOD strengthens us when we have faith in HIM and are obedient. Do your best in serving HIM.

    04/27/2012 1:35:50 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Be inspired daily through reading, believing, and following HIS WORD. The WORD made flesh; JESUS CHRIST. JESUS CHRIST, the love of GOD. Before the foundation of this earth.
  • Media and Nuns Colluding in Deception, Says Expert: Vatican’s Reform no David and Goliath Battle

    04/26/2012 11:58:00 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/25/12 | Hilary White
    ROME, April 25, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Despite few in the western world having seen any in the last four decades, the image of the nun as the sweet, selfless and courageous “bride of Christ” is remarkably enduring. And according to U.S. Catholic author, researcher and expert on Catholic religious life in the U.S. Donna Steichen, this “classic” and noble image is now being used knowingly by the LCWR sisters and their supporters as a means of generating public sympathy in their fight with the Vatican. Last week the media and the “progressive” end of the Catholic Church reacted with outrage...
  • Pope: U.S. Catholics Must Lead Church Revival

    04/26/2012 11:35:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    St. Louis Review ^ | 4/25/12 | Tim Puet
    COLUMBUS, Ohio (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI wants the Catholic Church in America to be in the forefront of reviving Catholicism worldwide, the apostolic nuncio to the United States said in Columbus. "The Church in the United States should lead the entire Church in the world" in a revitalization effort, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano said. "This is a great task, but you have the determination and the grace to do it. This I know is the vision of the Holy Father regarding the Church in the United States." The archbishop was speaking to an audience of seminarians and benefactors of...
  • Wages of sin is death. But GOD is loving, gracious, merciful, forgiving, and more.

    04/25/2012 6:22:09 PM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Do not tell GOD about your problems, but tell your problems about your GOD.
  • The Real Shock...

    04/25/2012 8:27:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/24/12 | Carl E. Olson
    ... in the CDF vs. LCWR saga is not, George Weigel notes, the faux shock of the LCWR leadership, but that the Vatican had finally acted, decisively, after three decades of half-hearted (and failed) attempts to achieve some sort of serious conversation with the LCWR about its obvious and multiple breaches of the boundaries of orthodoxy.Weigel makes several observations about the general lack of orthodoxy and orthopraxy among LCWR ladies: Yes, many sisters continue to do many good works. On the other hand, almost none of the sisters in LCWR congregations wear religious habits; most have long since abandoned convent...
  • Mailmen Refuse to Deliver 'New Testament'

    04/25/2012 5:41:09 AM PDT · by pavlova · 28 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Mar. 3, 2012 | Gil Ronen
    Dozens of mail deliverers who were supposed to deliver copies of the Christian "New Testament" Bible to homes in Ramat Gan refused to do so, arguing that the deliveries constituted "missionary material." The mail deliverers said that distributing missionary material is forbidden by Jewish law (Halakha) and may also be against state law. They therefore asked that a legal inquiry be held before taking a decision on whether to hand out the Bibles. The postal workers contacted MK Zevulun Orlev (Jewish Home) and asked him to assist them vis-ŕ-vis the Postal Authority, which they say demands that they "do their...
  • Wait on the LORD. HE will re-new your strength. Trust in HIM only.

    04/25/2012 1:37:15 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 7 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Let us all trust in the LORD with all of our hearts. HE will guide our ways.
  • Where in the hell are the churches?

    04/24/2012 9:04:06 PM PDT · by ShadowPatriot · 51 replies
    I don't write about this topic lightly, and as you'll see by the dates---I've allowed several months and multiple opportunities to pass.  I have no desire to 'broad-brush' an entire church based on the behavior of one or two representatives and NO WAY will I lie about a church, but as it turns out, my 'now former church' is a poster child for 'religious political correctness' crossing paths with 'uncompromising reality.'  So as a result, I am now forced to use a much 'looser definition' of the word 'church'... but this in no way diminishes my love for God.  ~JDG...
  • United States, a “Boom” of Vocations

    04/24/2012 6:57:40 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 4/22/12 | Giacomo Galeazzi
    Positive data compared to the rest of the western world where seminarists are less and less numerous. On the other hand, their numbers grow in Asia, Africa and OceaniaAfter the storm created by the abuses scandal, the resurfacing of the Church in the United States has begun. With the closure of the “horrible decade” 2001-2011 (afflicted by a series of financial and reputation disasters) the US Church shows clear signs of recovery. In the last year there have been 467 sacerdotal ordinations and, poignantly, the Boston seminary (diocese-epicenter of the pedophilia-scandal) has become the symbol of the rebirth. This year,...
  • Pope Notes Early Church Faced Persecution With Prayer

    04/24/2012 6:42:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/20/12 | Ann Schneible
    Wednesday Audience Returns to Theme of Communication With GodROME, APRIL 20, 2012 (Zenit.org).- As Christians look to the approaching feast of Pentecost, Pope Benedict, in his papal audience this past Wednesday, reflected upon on the integral role of prayer in the life of the nascent Church. Repeatedly in the accounts given by the writers of the New Testament, such as the time which Mary and the Apostles spent waiting for the descent of the Holy Spirit, it is seen that "an atmosphere of prayer accompanied the Church's first steps." "Pentecost," the Pope clarified, "is not an isolated episode since the...
  • Trust in the LORD, and believe and follow Jesus who is the author of our faith!!

    04/24/2012 12:06:47 AM PDT · by jesus4life · 9 replies
    Faith | GOD-inspired
    Give all praises to the FATHER, follow the Son, and listen to the Holy Spirit!
  • Letter from Notre Dame Faculty Demands Jenky Apologize [for remarks about Obama]

    04/23/2012 10:10:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Peoria Journal Star ^ | 4/22/12 | Sarah Garfinkel
    Faculty members say comments demonstrate ‘ignorance’ and ‘insensitivity’Some faculty members at the University of Notre Dame are calling on Peoria Bishop Daniel Jenky to renounce statements he made during a controversial April 14 homily or resign from the school’s Board of Fellows. More than 90 faculty members have so far signed the letter, which was released Monday to the Notre Dame student newspaper, according to John Duffy, an English professor at the university. Jenky, during his homily, analogized the political actions of Adolf Hitler and Josef Stalin to those of President Obama. “Bishop Jenky’s comments demonstrate ignorance of history, insensitivity...
  • Important Background Information About the CDF-LCWR Situation

    04/23/2012 9:53:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/21/12 | Carl E. Olson
    Author and journalist Ann Carey, who has for many years researched and covered the situation of women's religious in the U.S., reacted yesterday to the news of the CDF statement about the LCWR and the response, so far, of the LCWR: Ann Carey is author of the book "Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities", so she’s not remotely surprised by the Vatican’s call for reform of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.“Some people have speculated that the CDF renewal of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was prompted by the LCWR and Network support of Obamacare...
  • Paul's Strange Mention of Co-Senders: What It Might Mean

    04/23/2012 6:56:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 18, 2012 | Michael Barber
    This quarter I am teaching a graduate course on the Pauline Epistles. Today we began working through 1 Corinthians. Here I wanted to touch upon something we examined in class today: Paul's co-workers. Paul begins 1 Corinthians by doing something he often does in his epistles: he mentions a co-worker. "Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, to the church of God which is at Corinth. . ." (1 Co 1:1–2).The question of Sosthenes' identity is an extremely interesting one. Is he the same figure who gets beaten in...