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  • Rabbitgate: Could This Be a Good Thing?

    01/31/2015 7:47:24 PM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    The Remnat Newspaper ^ | January 28, 2015 | Christopher A Ferrara
    This article is my take on the impact of the latest scandal caused by the latest papal press conference at the back of an airplane: the one during the flight from Manila to Rome, reported around the world under the eminently predictable headline: “Pope Francis: Catholics Don’t Have to Breed Like Rabbits.” Objectors need not pester me or this newspaper with complaints about “bad translation” or the “whole context” of the Pope’s remarks, nor with such quibbles as “the Pope said be like rabbits, not breed like rabbits.” I have watched the entire interview in Italian and compared it with...
  • Needed: A New (Catholic) Church Policy toward Islam [Pt. 1]

    01/31/2015 3:42:00 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 30, 2015 | WILLIAM KILPATRICK
    In a speech to Egypt’s top Islamic authorities, President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called for a “religious revolution.” Why? Because he believes that Islam has problems: “That corpus of texts and ideas that we have sacralized over the centuries … is antagonizing the entire world.” He continued: “Is it possible that 1.6 billion people should want to kill the rest of the world’s inhabitants…?” He then warned the assembled imams not to “remain trapped within this mindset” but to “reflect on it from a more enlightened perspective.”However you interpret el-Sisi’s remarks, it’s clear that he believes the problems of Islam...
  • Photos from the 2015 March for Life

    01/31/2015 1:57:15 PM PST · by nd76 · 3 replies
    My Canon Rebel T3i Camera ^ | 01/22/2015 | ND76
    Here is my photo gallery from the March for Life in Washington, DC on January 22, 2015. I hope you enjoy the photos!!!
  • Documentary At Sundance Looks At Warren Jeffs, FLDS Church

    01/31/2015 6:47:52 AM PST · by Colofornian · 15 replies
    MidUtahRadio.com ^ | Jan. 27, 2015 | Doug Staples
    A new documentary screening this month at Sundance sheds some light on Warren Jeffs and the Fundamentalist Latter-Day Saints community. The film “Prophet’s Prey” from Academy Award nominated director Amy Berg delves into the influence that Jeffs had and has over the FLDS faithful. The film includes audio recordings of Jeff’s instructions to his followers along with footage filmed at Alta Academy in Salt Lake City. The film has five more showings this month at Sundance.
  • Holocaust Survivor Can't Talk in Schools Because of the "C" Word

    01/30/2015 3:13:15 PM PST · by NYer · 16 replies
    CREAtive Minority Report ^ | January 30, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    The "C-word" is, of course, Christ. Anita Dittman survived Hitler and the Nazis. Born Jewish, she became a Christian during the Holocaust. And it's that part of her story which is verboten in public schools today. WND: Jews met their death, gave her cause to reflect once again on life under the Nazis. Her message is different now, she says, much different than when she first went public in 1978 with her experience as a Holocaust survivor. Could it happen here? “When I started speaking in 1978-79, people would ask me, ‘Do you think it could happen here in this...
  • 3 Companies in Colorado Exempted from Contraception Rule Due to Religious Objections

    01/30/2015 2:52:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ABC Channel 7 ^ | 1/27/15 | AP
    DENVER - A federal judge has barred the government from requiring three companies in Colorado to provide certain kinds of contraception under the federal health care law. The order Tuesday cites last year's U.S. Supreme Court ruling that some companies with religious objections can avoid the contraceptives requirement. Tuesday's order says Continuum Health Partnerships, Continuum Health Management and Mountain States Health Properties can't be required to include contraception or sterilization in their health insurance because of their religious objections.
  • By Grace, We Are Free in Christ

    01/30/2015 10:14:02 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 27 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | Jan 30, 2015 | Sinclair Ferguson
    In John 8:34 Jesus underlined the bondage in which we are held by nature. On the other hand, He spoke about the freedom into which He brings sinners by grace: “If the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).How could the Son set them free? Because of who He was. He was the Son who has been sent into the world by the Father. He knew the Father’s plan. He had the most intimate relationship with the Father. He had heard everything the Father had said, and He came with this message of good news: “The...
  • Confraternity of Catholic Clergy Statement: "No...one can change Catholic teaching on Marriage."

    01/29/2015 11:45:32 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 19 Jan 2015 | Confraternity of Catholic Clergy
    Marriage was instituted by God, not invented by man (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, n.1603). The Creator has built it into human nature, even into the human body, in its two complementary forms, male and female. ‘Male and female He created them’ (Gen.1: 27): man for woman, and woman for man, united in marriage as ‘one flesh’ for the procreation of new life: ‘Be fruitful and multiply’ (Gen. 1: 28). God has given marriage its essential characteristics and proper laws: unity (one man married to one woman); indissolubility (nothing but death can end a marriage); and openness to procreation...
  • Pope Francis approved family synod’s controversial mid-term report before publication: synod chief

    01/29/2015 6:06:09 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Life Site News ^ | January 29, 2015 | Hillary White and Patric B Craine
    The lead organizer of the Vatican’s Synod on the Family has revealed that Pope Francis approved the controversial mid-term report from the meeting before it was published. Until now, Pope Francis’ role in the document’s publication has been left to conjecture. The Relatio post disceptationem, as it is called, was intended as a provisional summary of the debate from the Synod’s first week. But after it was released it was strongly criticized by numerous Synod fathers, including Cardinals Raymond Burke, Gerhard Muller, George Pell, and Wilfrid Napier, some publicly and some behind meeting doors. Some critics have even described it...
  • Pretend Pro-Life Congressman Stops Pretending

    01/29/2015 1:49:40 PM PST · by NYer · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | January 29, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan has pretended to be a pro-life Catholic for years but now he says that talking to women helped change his mind into becoming pro-choice. This, of course, is malarkey. I don't understand how talking to anyone could convince anyone that a baby is not a human being. I'm thinking he wanted to cash those fat checks from EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood. Hey, baby killers' checks don't bounce. He wrote in an op-ed, "These women gave me a better understanding of how complex and difficult certain situations can become. And while there are people of good...
  • Giving up Hell for a Year: How it could revolutionize our relationships

    01/29/2015 7:26:35 AM PST · by avenir · 16 replies
    The Pangea Blog (via Patheos) ^ | January 27, 2015 | Kurt Willems
    Hell is real, in some form or another.Hell on earth is something every human being agrees exists. War tears families apart. Disease kills parents and leaves behind orphans. Famine neglects to feed the most vulnerable. Consumerism by the privileged fuels the ramifications of all of these things. Hell on earth–this is real.Hell as a literal place of eternal conscious torment for those who never make a mental assent to the Four Spiritual Laws (1. God loves humans, 2. Humans are sinners, 3. Only Jesus saves sinners, 4. Accept Jesus to live eternally) is another perspective. People with this view, which...
  • No grand bargain with the sexual revolutionaries [Biblical Studies Prof: LDS culturally naive]

    01/28/2015 8:34:23 PM PST · by Colofornian · 4 replies
    DennyBurk.com ^ | Jan. 28, 2015 | Denny Burk
    Yesterday, Mormon leaders announced a kind of via media on gay rights. In a public statement, leaders agreed to …support legislation where it is being sought to provide protections in housing, employment and some other areas where LGBT people do not have protections, while ensuring that religious freedom is not compromised.In other words, the church proposes to give a little in order to get a little. If I understand their statement of principles correctly, they are now willing to acknowledge sexual orientation as a protected class along with religion, race, and sex. They are willing to do this in certain...
  • What's behind "The Foundation for a Better Life"?

    01/28/2015 7:08:41 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 54 replies
    1/28/15 | Self
    Just lately I've noticed a lot of commercials promoting virtues like kindness, patience, generosity, etc. They are produced by something called "The Foundation for a Better Life," web site "values.com." Their message seems so secular humanist, since there's no mention of Jesus (and that's further confirmed in that their site even says that they believe people to be "basically good,") that I thought to look them up, and finally remembered to today. I discovered that Philip Anschutz, the founder, is actually said to be a very wealthy, "conservative Presbyterian," and liberal Media Matters says he has supported groups who have...
  • A Tale of Two Cakes: Colorado's Far-Reaching Religious Freedom Fight

    01/28/2015 6:37:44 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 1/28/15 | Mary Rezac
    Denver, Colo., Jan 28, 2015 / 05:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The battleground for religious freedom is currently the soft, frosted tops of cakes in Colorado. Jack Phillips, owner of the Lakewood, Colo., Masterpiece Cakeshop, was sued in July 2012 for refusing to make a same-sex “wedding” cake on the grounds that it violated his Christian beliefs. He and his staff were ordered by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission to undergo anti-discrimination training and to submit quarterly reports on changing company policies. In July 2014, the commission rejected Phillips request to temporarily suspend the orders against him while his case proceeds...
  • The sex cult inside a convent: Book review

    01/28/2015 6:18:28 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 21 replies
    Macleans.ca ^ | 1/12/15 | Brian Bethune
    Perhaps because the author is a sober-minded professor of ecclesiastical history at Germany’s University of MĂŒnster, his subtitle is considerably less lurid than it could have been. The scandals at a convent scarcely a kilometre from Pope Pius IX’s palace in Rome included heresy, lashings of sex (gay, straight and all-around religio-erotic kinky), and attempted murder... ...The book turns on the blue-blooded connections of its whistleblower, the 41-year-old wealthy, devout, twice-widowed, passionately romantic (with a capital “R”) Princess Katharina von Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen. She was first cousin both to the Protestant king of Prussia and to Catholic archbishop Gustav Adolf zu Hohenlohe-SchillingsfĂŒrst,...
  • 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...
  • Court Unanimously Bans Judges from Working with Boy Scouts Over Stance on Homosexuality

    01/27/2015 5:58:06 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 47 replies
    Christiannews.net ^ | 1/25/15 | Heather Clark
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – The Supreme Court of California has unanimously voted to ban judges in the state from working with groups such as the Boy Scouts of America due to their stance on homosexual behavior. The court voted on the matter on Friday, taking up a recommendation from the court’s Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Ethics.
  • (Liberal) scholar Marcus Borg dies at 72

    01/27/2015 4:54:17 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 20 replies
    Full title: Scholar Marcus Borg Who Claimed Jesus Never Said Many of the Things Found in the Bible Dies at 72 Marcus Borg, a scholar popular for participating in the Jesus Seminar, died at the age of 72 last Wednesday. His publisher HarperOne said the cause of death was related to his long battle with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. He died at his home in Powell Butte, Oregon. Borg was known for being a pioneer in what is labeled by some as progressive Christianity, and he participated in the Jesus Seminar around 30 years ago where a group of scholars gathered...
  • Mormon leaders call for laws protecting some gay rights as well as religious liberties

    01/27/2015 4:50:47 PM PST · by Morgana · 19 replies
    dailymail.com ^ | 27 January 2015 | Associated Press
    Mormon church leaders are making a national appeal for a 'balanced approach' in the clash between gay rights and religious freedom. The church is promising to support some housing and job protections for gays and lesbians in exchange for legal protections for believers who object to the behavior of others. It's not clear how much common ground the Mormons will find with this new campaign. The church insists it is making no changes in doctrine, and still believes it's against the law of God to have sex outside marriage between a man and a woman. Scroll down for video
  • Christian Nurse Suspended for Praying for Sick Muslim Co-worker in UK

    01/27/2015 4:05:16 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 16 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/19/15 | Anugrah Kumar
    A Christian nurse says the U.K.'s National Health Service suspended her for "harassment and bullying" because she prayed a short prayer for her Muslim colleague who was going through heath and personal problems. The nurse is filing a legal challenge against the NHS. "God, I trust You will bring peace and You will bring healing," Victoria Wasteney, a 37-year-old senior occupational health therapist at the John Howard Centre, a secure mental hospital in east London, prayed for her Muslim colleague, Enya Nawaz, 25, according to The Telegraph. East London NHS Foundation Trust suspended her for nine months, but on full...
  • Jury Awards $150K to Evangelical Christian Fired for Refusing 'Mark of the Beast'

    01/27/2015 3:58:58 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 81 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/23/15 | Leonardo Blair
    An evangelical Christian who said he was forced to retire from his job as a general laborer at Consol Energy/Consolidation Coal Co.'s mining operations in Mannington, West Virginia, for his religious beliefs was awarded $150,000 in compensatory damages last Thursday by a federal jury. Senior Judge Frederick P. Stamp Jr. is also expected to determine other compensation owed to the ex-employee, Beverly R. Butcher, at a later hearing, according to a report in The Exponent Telegram. The U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit on behalf of Butcher against Consol Energy in September 2013 after the company refused...
  • What’s Going on at the USCCB? More trouble at CCHD and CRS (Catholic Caucus)

    01/27/2015 2:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 10 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | January 27, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    As a publisher of a Catholic website, I receive lots of information that may be of interest to readers. Lately, that has included press releases about the activities of USCCB-related organizations like the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD).The CCHD has been under scrutiny by pro-life Catholics for about as long as I can remember. The reason? For appropriating funds to groups with records incompatible with the Church’s pro-life teachings. In 2011, 1P5 contributor Pat Archbold revealed that CCHD head Ralph McCloud had, during his first year working for the US bishops, simultaneously served as Treasurer for the campaign of Wendy Davis...
  • Salon.com proclaims supposed death of pro-life Catholicism

    01/27/2015 2:14:48 PM PST · by NYer · 4 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | January 27, 2015 | Anne Hendershott
    Andrew Juodawlkis prays the rosary with fellow members of Students for Life of Michigan outside the Supreme Court during the annual March for Life in Washington Jan. 22. Tens of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd ann iversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo/Leslie E. Kossoff) The Reports of Our Demise Have Been Greatly Exaggerated. With apologies to Mark Twain, who first penned a version of those words in a note to a friend on November 4, 1897, Salon readers were recently...
  • Pope Trannie Is Satan's Tool

    01/27/2015 1:34:47 PM PST · by Arthur McGowan · 84 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | 270115 | Mundabor
    There is a reason why I keep calling the Bishop of Rome TMAHICH, The Most Astonishing Hypocrite In Church History. The reason is that the double-tongued falseness of this man simply defies imagination. We see evidence of this all the time. “Rabbitgate” is just a few days old, and it now turns out Francis has reached a new depth in his constant encouragement and promotion of sexual perversion. The events unfolded as follows: 1) A Trannie writes to the Pope and complains about his “discrimination” because hey, his fellow Catholics and (the horror!) his own priest just do not want...
  • Why The Prosperity Gospel Is The Worst Pyramid Scheme Ever

    01/27/2015 10:33:04 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 99 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 01/27/2015 | Nicholas McDonald, Associate Pastor at Carlisle Congregational Church
    I have a confession.  When I was in college, I read a book by a prominent megachurch pastor. The author told me to live like a child of God. He told me God wanted to bless me. He also mentioned that if I only believed, God would give me the nicest house in the neighborhood. That seemed to make sense. The author explained that he once wanted the nicest house in the neighborhood, and God gave it to him. Here was a man with evidence. Not only did he have the story about the house, and other anecdotes, he also had a very nice set of white...
  • Archbp. Cordileone to Nancy Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion

    01/27/2015 10:02:53 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | January 27, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Abortion Absolutist Democrat Canon 915!From CNS: SF Archbishop on Pelosi: No Catholic Can Dissent from Church Teaching on Abortion(CNSNews.com) – Responding to statements made by House Minority Leader Nancy [the Theologian] Pelosi [more HERE] — who would not say at her press briefing last week if a 20-week-old unborn child is a “human being”–Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco said that it is a “scientific fact that human life begins at conception” and that “no Catholic can dissent in good conscience” from Church teaching on the sanctity of life.[
]CNSNews.com asked Archbishop Cordileone about Pelosi’s comments on human life, particularly in...
  • Spanish judge charges 10 Catholic priests with child sexual abuse

    01/27/2015 9:51:24 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Reuters via Yahoo News ^ | 1/27/2015 | Sonya Dowsett
    MADRID (Reuters) - Ten Spanish priests were charged with child sexual abuse on Tuesday, in a case brought after Pope Francis telephoned the victim to offer the Church's apology, court documents showed. The victim, now 24, wrote to the pope to say he had been molested when he was an altar boy. The pope called the man in August to apologize, Spanish news site Religion Digital reported in November, a report later confirmed by the pope himself.
  • Cardinal Baldisseri furthers post-Synod confusion

    01/27/2015 9:31:41 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    ROME, 25 January 2015: Comments made by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri have further undermined Church teaching on the indissolubility of marriage says Voice of the Family, an international coalition of pro-family groups. An international conference, organised by the Pontifical Council for the Family from 22-24 January, was addressed by Cardinal Baldisseri, organiser of the upcoming Synod on the Family. The expressed purpose of the conference was to provide opportunity for around 80 lay groups to assist the PCF provide input into the synod to be held in October 2015. Baldisseri defended the right of Walter Cardinal Kasper to assert that divorced...
  • Francis welcomes in private audience same-sex "couple": transexual "former woman" and "wife"

    01/26/2015 6:13:26 PM PST · by ebb tide · 75 replies
    Rorate Cael ^ | 1/26/15 | New Catholic
    Spanish periodical Hoy reveals the private meeting in the Vatican of "Diego" Neria Lejárraga, a woman from Plasencia, Spain, and her "wife". Excerpts: The Blessed Encounter between Francis and Diego The Pope welcomed Saturday in the Vatican a Plasencia native who has felt outside the Church since he [sic] was submitted to a gender-reassignment surgery ... "I would have never dared before, but with Pope Francis, yes; after hearing him in so many interventions, I felt that he would listen to me." Diego Neria Lejárraga is a 48-yearold native of Plasencia [Western Spain], who was received on Saturday [January 24]...
  • Minister leaves Church of Scotland over Kirk's 'unbiblical decisions'

    01/26/2015 3:38:25 PM PST · by Morgana · 12 replies
    heraldscotland.com ^ | 26 January 2015 | staff
    An Inverness minister has announced he will leave the Church of Scotland over a series of "unbiblical" decisions by the Kirk. Rev Andrew McMillan, 38, will depart Dalneigh and Bona at the end of February and plans to establish a new church in the west of Inverness with the Free Church. The former Royal Marine said the Kirk is setting itself on a "fatal course" with a series of "unbiblical" decisions, including proposals to change religious observance rules in state schools, and criticised its divided stance on assisted suicide. It is understood Rev Andrew McMillan will become the eleventh former...
  • Nancy Pelosi, Liberals Admit 'Obamacare' Funds Abortion, Now That Republicans Voted to Strip Funding

    01/26/2015 3:30:01 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/24/15 | Napp Nazworth
    Even though pro-lifers were criticized for saying that "Obamacare" funds abortion, some liberals, including House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, are now complaining about Obamacare abortion funding that the U.S. House voted to remove Thursday. The No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which passed 242-179, would require that insurance plans that receive government funding no longer cover elective abortions. In reaction, some liberals have argued that the bill would increase taxes on small business. "Republicans Include Tax Hike In Latest Abortion Bill," announced the headline of a Huffington Post article by Jennifer Bendery.
  • Christian Blogger Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post About Leggings

    01/26/2015 3:20:42 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 54 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 1/26/15 | Benge Nsenduluka
    Full title: Christian Blogger Veronica Partridge Says She Is 'Under Attack From Satan' After Post Claiming Leggings Tempt Men Draws Criticism A Christian blogger under fire for saying women who wear leggings inadvertently risk tempting members of the opposite sex, says that she and her husband are under attack from Satan. Oregon resident Veronica Partridge, 25, sparked a firestorm of criticism earlier this month when she said she had chosen to stop wearing leggings as pants in public to honor her Christian faith in a candid blog post that went viral. "I've had a lot of both positive and negative...
  • Pope reportedly holds private audience with transgender man (Salon)

    01/26/2015 2:25:21 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Salon ^ | 1/26/15 | Luke Brinker
    Pope Francis met privately with a Spanish transgender man this weekend, according to new report featured in the Washington Blade. Diego Neria Lejárraga told the Spanish newspaper Hoy that he and his fiancée met with the pontiff at his official Vatican residence on Saturday, in what would mark the first meeting of a pope with a transgender person.
  • Michael Moore invokes Jesus in 'Sniper' rant, [Fox News] Todd Starnes fires back

    01/26/2015 1:33:14 PM PST · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 86 replies
    Christian Examiner ^ | 1/26/2015 | Todd Starnes
    Clint Eastwood's "American Sniper" had another jaw-dropping weekend, reaching an impressive $200 million at the domestic box office. Despite the film's colossal success, liberals like former DNC chairman Howard Dean and director Michael Moore just won't let "American Sniper" go. Over the weekend, Moore invoked Jesus in a slew of incendiary tweets aimed at dishonoring American soldiers and the Iraq war. One tweet stated "Tomorrow's Sunday School (1 What Would Jesus Do? Oh, I know what he'd do --hide on top of a roof and shoot people in the back!" He followed that tweet with: Sunday School: (2) But What...
  • Patriarch Seeks Abortion Ban in Russia in Parliament Speech

    01/26/2015 12:23:29 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Orthodox Mag ^ | 1/23/15
    The head of the Russian Orthodox Church has called upon MPs to begin a campaign against abortions, starting with canceling state sponsorship for the procedure and aiming at a total nationwide ban. “If we manage to cut the number of abortions by 50 percent we would have stable and powerful population growth,” Patriarch Kirill said, speaking before the Lower House on Thursday. This was the first ever speech of the head of the Russian Orthodox Church before the State Duma. “The argument that a ban would cause an increase in the number of underground abortions is pure nonsense. People have...
  • Christianity’s Human Sacrifice Problem: If God called upon you to wipe out a village ...

    01/26/2015 7:58:42 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 01/26/2015 | Walter Hudson
    Does Christianity call for human sacrifice?When you put the question like that, the instinctive response of any given Christian would tend toward a resounding “no.” After all, human sacrifice is a barbaric act which no rational person could condone. We believers like to regard ourselves as rational.Yet, a cursory examination of popular Christian doctrine suggests that human sacrifice – to one degree or another – stands as a central tenet of the faith. In his book Loving Life: The Morality of Self-Interest and the Facts that Support It, author Craig Biddle cites “religionists” – including many prominent Christian theologians –...
  • “Rabbitgate”: Video Witness Shames The Pope

    01/25/2015 4:42:07 PM PST · by ebb tide · 41 replies
    Muddabor's Blog ^ | January 23, 2015 | Mundabor
    He (Francis) has backpedaled, I know. He has backpedaled in pretty much as much of a clear and unmistakeable way as can be normally expected by a Pope. But there is no doubt in my mind that this backpedaling is not the fruit of him realising that he has inadvertently expressed himself in, say, an unlucky way. On the contrary: he says very clearly what he means, and his body language makes the point all the way. The backpedaling is therefore, without the shadow of a doubt, an exercise in damage control meant to distract the faithful from what the...
  • Cardinal Rodriguez Maradiaga: Pope wants to take "Church renovation" to "irreversible" point: ...

    01/25/2015 4:32:52 PM PST · by ebb tide · 12 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 1/25/15 | Augustinus
    On January 20, 2015, Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez, the Coordinator of Pope Francis' Council of Cardinal Advisors gave a talk at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics of the Santa Clara University in Silicon Valley. His remarks were drawn from an essay he had written, The Church of Mercy with Pope Francis. The following passage from this essay reveal just how far-reaching the "Franciscan reform" is intended to be. (His talk, as delivered, can be found here: The Meaning of Mercy - Reflections by Cardinal Oscar Andres Maradiaga Rodriguez on a Central Theme of Pope Francis.) We walk as...
  • Drawn to God's design Cath converts share how Church’s teaching on contraception led them to Faith

    01/25/2015 3:32:09 PM PST · by NYer · 44 replies
    OSV ^ | January 22, 2015 | Anamaria Scaperlanda Biddick
    Both in anecdotes and “exit polls,” former Catholics frequently cite the Church’s teachings on sexuality as a reason for leaving the Faith. But these same countercultural teachings have also been the door into the Catholic Church for believers seeking a consistent morality grounded in the Gospel. Converts have benefited from both the gift of the teaching as well as their entry into the Catholic Church.Krista Millegan is one such convert. She read Blessed Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical Humanae Vitae (“Of Human Life”) with her then-fiancĂ©, Brantly, while they were undergraduates at the evangelical Wheaton College in Illinois. “The...
  • United Methodist Church leader mocks March for Life, UMC issues response statement

    01/25/2015 3:13:56 PM PST · by Morgana · 53 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Jan 25, 2015 | Susan Michelle
    Bill Mefford, Director of Civil and Human Rights at the UMC’s Washington office, used the March for Life last week to mock the event with a sign, and picture he posted on Twitter, saying “I march for sandwiches.” Many are upset a church leader used a solemn event to liken an unborn baby to a sandwich. The next day, UMC Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe General Secretary General Board of Church & Society, issued a statement about Mefford’s “march”: “Affirming human dignity is central to the witness of Jesus Christ. Christians are called to watch over with care the lives of...
  • The Miracle Mile

    01/25/2015 12:06:48 PM PST · by Faith Presses On · 11 replies
    Love Worth Finding ^ | unknown | Adrian Rogers
    Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth... (snip) Jesus calls us to not only do what is required, but to go the extra mile. How can a Christian learn the joy of the selfless, Christ-filled life in such a selfish world? Christ calls us not to merely go one mile, but to go that extra mile ─ that miracle mile, the one that causes our lives to change. The Principle of the Miracle Mile When Christ said these words, Palestine had been occupied by Rome for about one...
  • Between Magisterium and Magistrate: Notre Dame's Choice on Marriage's Meaning

    01/25/2015 6:27:25 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies
    Guardian of the Grotto ^ | 1/23/15 | Michael Bradley
    Notre Dame's acceptance of the same-sex marriage movement's rhetorical paradigm has made our nation's flagship Catholic institution impotent. Yet there is an opportunity for the Notre Dame community to model ways to promote the good amid the crumbling ruins of institutional integrity.When I entered the University of Notre Dame in August of 2010, same-sex marriage was an invisible issue. Three weeks ago, the university announced that it had decided to extend employment benefits to legally married same-sex couples. The university did so willingly and without coercion of civil law. Notre Dame's president has even hailed the decision as one that...
  • Good Sunday Morning

    01/25/2015 4:43:38 AM PST · by knarf · 4 replies
    various authors ^ | January 25, 2015 | knarf various
    Background for getting ready for church
  • ERLC, Focus unveil 2016 Evangelicals for Life

    01/24/2015 7:31:29 PM PST · by Morgana · 6 replies
    bpnews.net ^ | January 23, 2015 | Tom Strode,
    WASHINGTON (BP) -- Southern Baptists' ethics entity and a leading pro-family organization took a public, first step Thursday (Jan. 22) in mobilizing extensive evangelical Christian involvement in the annual March for Life. The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC) and Focus on the Family introduced Evangelicals for Life -- a major evangelical, pro-life conference in conjunction with the 2016 March for Life -- at an event by the same name that preceded this year's march. At the morning session, the ERLC and Focus on the Family announced they will sponsor with other organizations the first-of-its-kind event next Jan. 21-22 in...
  • Could Louisiana Priest Face Jail for Refusing to Break Confession Seal?

    01/24/2015 2:17:42 PM PST · by NYer · 35 replies
    NC Register ^ | January 22, 2015
    – Angela Marie via Flickr (CC BY 2.0) WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a petition from a Louisiana Catholic diocese that fears a civil lawsuit could force a priest to violate the seal of confession or go to jail. The Diocese of Baton Rouge and diocesan priest Father Jeff Bayhi were disappointed by the decision, which the diocese said has “significant ramifications for religious freedom in Louisiana and beyond.” “The diocese and Father Bayhi will continue their efforts to protect the guarantees of religious freedom set forth in our state and federal constitutions and are...
  • Belgian Bishop Distances Himself from Gay Rights Award

    01/24/2015 12:50:33 PM PST · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 1/19/15 | AFP
    BRUSSELS, Belgium — A Belgian bishop has distanced himself from an award given by a gay rights group after he called on the Catholic Church to “respect” divorced people and homosexuals. Bishop Johan Bonny of the city of Antwerp said he wished to “preserve his independence” and did not need to be honored for a stance he considered part of his “mission and responsibility,” Belgian news agency Belga reported Sunday. Flemish gay rights umbrella group Cavaria had bestowed an award on Bonny over an open letter he published ahead of a major synod on family issues hosted by Pope Francis...
  • The 12 worst ideas religion has unleashed on the world

    01/24/2015 10:14:41 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 01/24/2015 | VALERIE TARICO,
    Some of humanity’s technological innovations are things we would have been better off without: the medieval rack, the atomic bomb and powdered lead potions come to mind. Religions tend to invent ideas or concepts rather than technologies, but like every other creative human enterprise, they produce some really bad ones along with the good. I’ve previously highlighted some of humanity’s best moral and spiritual concepts, our shared moral core. Here, by way of contrast, are some of the worst. These twelve dubious concepts promote conflict, cruelty, suffering and death rather than love and peace. To paraphrase Christopher Hitchens, they belong...
  • Pope Francis Shocks Liberals on Same-Sex “Marriage”

    01/23/2015 2:45:00 PM PST · by NYer · 34 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | January 23, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    In his trip to the Philippines, Pope Francis once again defended marriage, and he again edged closer to a firm, unequivocal papal statement against same-sex “marriage.” As Francis clearly continues to carefully move in that direction, liberals, both secular and non-secular, non-Catholic and Catholic, are going to feel a severe sense of betrayal and grave disappointment, contrary to the most optimistic expectations they’ve eagerly imposed upon their first “gay-marriage” pope.Before considering what Francis said last week, I want to back up and reiterate related points I made in a piece posted here a few weeks ago, which created a...
  • NM bishops will push to end late-term abortions

    01/23/2015 1:32:26 PM PST · by Morgana · 5 replies
    abqjournal.com ^ | January 23, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexico’s three Roman Catholic bishops hope Republican control in the state House of Representatives will help them achieve a ban on late-term abortions that Albuquerque voters rejected in a 2013 city election. Allen Sánchez, executive director of the New Mexico Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the new Republican majority in the House provides the first “window of opportunity” in years to end late-term abortions in the state. “For years (Republicans) have made the claim that if they could take the House, they could get pro-life legislation on the governor’s desk,” Sánchez said. “We see pro-lifers, both Republicans and Democrats,...
  • Pro-life shrine to open in former Twin Spires (Missouri)

    01/23/2015 1:23:45 PM PST · by Morgana · 3 replies
    newspressnow.com ^ | January 22, 2015 | Jena Sauber
    The St. Mary and St. Joseph Family Memorial Foundation has purchased the Twin Spires in Downtown St. Joseph with plans to create a national pro-life shrine. When it opens this spring, the church will become the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the first national pro-life shrine in the country. It will serve as a location for prayer to end abortion, and for atonement for the babies and the conversion of their parents, the nonprofit said. “It was kind of miraculous. We were going to build a shrine,” said Richard Mahoney, president of the foundation. “I got a call from a...