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  • Nun: The Sign of Genocide (Please join Aug 1 Day of Solidarity and Prayer)

    07/22/2014 2:30:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Rorate-caeli ^ | July 19, 2014
    Please, join the August 1st Day of Adoration, Prayer and Solidarity for Persecuted Christians in Iraq, Syria, and the Middle East In solidarity with our Persecuted Brethren in Iraq and Syria Nun (ن), the 14th letter of the Arabic alphabet (the equivalent of letter N in our Roman alphabet), is the first letter of the word Nasara (نصارى : Nazarenes), the way Muslims have called Christians since the beginning of their invasion of the Christian world in the 7th century -- Christians under Muslim rule never called themselves thus, since the intent of Muslims was to portray Christians as a contemptible and...
  • Christianity is Abhorrent: More Atheistic Materials to be Distributed in Public Schools

    07/22/2014 2:28:15 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | 7/17/14 | Garrett Haley
    ORLANDO A federal judge has given a secular organization the green light to distribute more atheistic and anti-Christian materials to Florida public school students, in spite of the materials graphic content and offensive language. As previously reported, the Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) learned last year that a Christian ministry had made Bibles available to Orlando high school students on Religious Freedom Day. To counter the Bible distribution, FFRF sought permission from the school district to give students a variety of atheistic and anti-Christian materials. According to reports, the Orange County School Board permitted FFRF to distribute several books...
  • IRS Settles with Atheists, Agrees to Crack Down on Churches for Electioneering

    07/22/2014 2:07:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 32 replies
    Christian News Network ^ | Heather Clark
    WASHINGTON The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has reached a settlement with a prominent atheist organization, agreeing to crack down churches and religious groups for infringements of its prohibition against electioneering. As previously reported, the Freedom from Religion Foundation (FFRF), headquartered in Madison, Wisconsin, sued the IRS in 2012, asserting that many non-profit religious organizations have been blatantly and deliberately flaunting electioneering restrictions, but the government has not enforced its rules pertaining to the matter. According to the IRS website, Under the Internal Revenue Code, all section 501(c)(3) organizations are absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or...
  • "How Hobby Lobby Split the Left and Set Back Gay Rights" (The Atlantic)

    07/22/2014 1:56:20 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 27 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 7/21/14 | Molly Bally
    In the Hobby Lobby decision handed down last month, the Supreme Court was asked to strike a balance between womens rights and religious freedom. But the major conflict that has erupted in the wake of that decision has been between religious freedom and gay rights. The resulting controversy has split gay-rights and faith groups on the left, with wide-ranging political fallout that some now fear could hurt both causes. One chapter of the controversy is set to close on Monday, when President Obama plans to sign a long-awaited executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating against gays and lesbians, according...
  • Obama's LGBT Order: Here are 2 Things Churches and Christian Non-Profits Should Know

    07/22/2014 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/22/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    President Barack Obama issued an executive order Monday prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity for federal contractors. What does this mean for Christian organizations that remain faithful to the biblical teaching on homosexual behavior? Here are two main points that those groups need to be aware of: First, the order only applies to government contractors and sub-contractors, it does not apply to groups that receive government grants. Most religious non-profits that provide services for the government do so through a government grant. They would not be affected. A grant recipient is awarded money for general purpose,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 22 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/22/2014 8:27:34 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 22 (NKJV) The Value of a Good Name 01 A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, 00 Loving favor rather than silver and gold. 02 The rich and the poor have this in common, 00 The LORD is the maker of them all. 03 A prudent man foresees evil and hides himself, 00 But the simple pass on and are punished. 04 By humility and the fear of the LORD 00 Are riches and honor and life. 05 Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse; 00 He who guards his soul...
  • Rise of the Christian left: Why the religious rights moment may be ending (Salon)

    07/21/2014 4:34:55 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 37 replies
    Salon ^ | 7/21/14
    Its hard to tell if the near-constant stream of millennial-centric political think-pieces are perpetuating or reflecting growing curmudgeonly fears about the future of the country. Maybe its a little of both, and Fox is probably observing within its competency when it pegs more than a handful of us as deluded narcissists but it appears theres room for some political optimism among all the moral panic and the reign of the religious right. With millennial religious and political attitudes in flux compared to our predecessors, the upcoming years could be the Christian lefts big moment. Which isnt to say the...
  • Religious Freedom Not Protected in Obama's LGBT Employment Order, Conservatives Say

    07/21/2014 4:20:07 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 7 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 7/21/14 | Michael Gryboski
    Conservative groups have denounced the recently signed executive order by President Barack Obama on LGBT employment discrimination, arguing that the measure does not offer sufficient religious liberty protection. Peter Sprigg, senior fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council, said in a statement that with the executive order "Obama has ordered employers to put aside their principles, and practices in the name of political correctness." "This level of coercion is nothing less than viewpoint blackmail that bullies into silence every contractor and subcontractor who has moral objections to homosexual behavior," stated Sprigg. "This order gives activists a license to...
  • Pro-Abortion Lena Dunhams Book Tour May Be Coming to a Church Near You

    07/21/2014 4:07:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    Life News ^ | Cortney O'Brien
    Lena Dunham isnt exactly the first person youd expect to see singing hymns in the pew behind you. Starring in the raunchy HBO show Girls and bragging that voting for President Obama during the 2012 election for the first time was like losing her virginity are just a couple examples of Dunhams racy behavior that would make any Christian blush. But, the controversial actress is embarking on a tour for her new book, Not That Kind of Girl, coming out in September, that will take place in some churches around the country. On her tour, Dunham will be reading excerpts...
  • Neb. priest contributes to article linking contraception, breast cancer

    07/21/2014 3:08:49 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cna ^ | July 21, 2014 | S.L. Hansen, Southern Nebraska Register
    Credit: Jess Hamilton (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0). Lincoln, Neb., Jul 21, 2014 / 12:07 pm (CNA).- In an upcoming issue of The Linacre Quarterly, the official journal of the Catholic Medical Association, an article entitled, “The Breast Cancer Epidemic: 10 Facts,” will explore the scientific evidence that connects artificial contraception to breast cancer. Father Christopher Kubat, executive director of Catholic Social Services of southern Nebraska and a medical physician, is one of the co-authors. He was asked to contribute a small portion of the article by two of the main authors, A. Patrick Schneider II, M.D., M.P.H., and Christine Zainer, M.D....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 21 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/21/2014 8:30:08 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 21 (NKJV) The LORD Considers the Heart 01 The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD, 00 Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes. 02 Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the hearts. 03 To do righteousness and justice 00 Is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice. 04 A haughty look, a proud heart, 00 And the plowing of the wicked are sin. 05 The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, 00 But those of everyone who is hasty,...
  • About Those Dirty Little Sisters of the Poor

    07/21/2014 8:08:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/21/2014 | Tom Purcell
    Boy, our political debate is getting crasser by the moment. And so it is that the National Organization for Women has put the Little Sisters of the Poor, an international congregation of Roman Catholic nuns who have devoted their lives to caring for the elderly poor, on its "Dirty 100" list. NOW is upset that the Little Sisters sued the federal government, arguing that new ObamaCare mandates are inhibiting their constitutional right to freely practice their faith - that their vow to advance the dignity of life for every person, no matter how weak or unwanted, means they can never...
  • A Hidden Weapon against the Entitlement State

    07/21/2014 7:29:32 AM PDT · by CharlesOConnell · 18 replies
    New York Post ^ | May 21, 2012 | Noah Rothman
    NY Post Columnist: Sense Of Shame Is Gone For Entitlement Recipients New York Post columnist Michael Goodwin appeared on Fox & Friends to discuss the increase in food stamp recipients and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomos refusal to allow New York City to fingerprint residents who receive nutritional assistance to root out fraud. Goodwin said recipients of food stamps have ballooned while barriers to entry into the program have decreased; as a result, the the sense of shame among entitlement recipients is gone. Shame used to be part of this, said Goodwin referring to the culture that used to accompany...
  • Georgia Catholic dioceses ban guns, knives from church facilities

    07/21/2014 6:47:28 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 38 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/21/14 | Andrew Nelson
    Guns and other weapons are officially unwelcome at Catholic churches, schools and other buildings owned, leased or operated by the Archdiocese of Atlanta and the Diocese of Savannah in Georgia. Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Savannah Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer issued a decree prohibiting guns and knives with blades longer than 5 inches from parishes, churches, schools, administrative offices and other buildings owned or used by the Catholic community effective July 1. In a statement, the bishops said Catholic places of worship are sanctuaries where ways of peace and reconciliation should be the rule. This decree is rooted in...
  • Catholicism and the Perils of Technology

    07/20/2014 10:19:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | July 20, 2014 | Fr. C. John McCloskey
    A confession: I am writing this column on my MacBook Air computer with my iPhone at my side. And I regularly enlist the help of a cellphone App to pray the Liturgy of the Hours. And after all, I live in the heart of Silicon Valley and have lectured to 300 actual and would-be Techies and Masters of the Universe.In addition, the Church has actually pronounced itself in favor of modern technology, inasmuch as it enables people to communicate directly throughout the world, in directly personal ways (e-mail, texting, Twitter, Skype, etc.) as well as in more formal or purely...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 20 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/20/2014 7:00:30 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 20 (NKJV) Wine Is a Mocker 01 Wine is a mocker, 00 Strong drink is a brawler, 00 And whoever is led astray by it is not wise. 02 The wrath of a king is like the roaring of a lion; 00 Whoever provokes him to anger sins against his own life. 03 It is honorable for a man to stop striving, 00 Since any fool can start a quarrel. 04 The lazy man will not plow because of winter; 00 He will beg during harvest and have nothing. 05 Counsel in the heart of man is like...
  • Pope's Remarks On Immigrants Welcome

    07/19/2014 8:41:01 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 21 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 16, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on remarks recently made by Pope Francis on the immigration crisis facing the United States: There are those on the right and the left who have misrepresented what the pope has said about the immigration crisis. Understandably, those on both sides of this issue are unhappy with the popes comments, but that is no excuse for distorting them. It may not please those on the right to learn that the pope implores Americans to care for children who have crossed the border seeking help. But that is exactly what Catholics are expected to do: to tend to...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 19 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/19/2014 8:15:53 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 19 (NKJV) The Fear of the Lord Leads to Life 01 Better is the poor who walks in his integrity 00 Than one who is perverse in his lips, and is a fool. 02 Also it is not good for a soul to be without knowledge, 00 And he sins who hastens with his feet. 03 The foolishness of a man twists his way, 00 And his heart frets against the LORD. 04 Wealth makes many friends, 00 But the poor is separated from his friend. 05 A false witness will not go unpunished, 00 And he who...
  • Overcoming (?!?) Lust

    07/19/2014 6:45:12 AM PDT · by EscondidoSurfer · 17 replies
    Overcoming-Lust.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Jim Vander Spek
    Are you among those who feel uncomfortable with someone saying, I have overcome lust? Does it come off sounding presumptuous, brassy and overconfident? Might it even be contrary to Scripture and looking for trouble? Consider: 1.Let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. (1 Corinthians 10:12) 2.If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. (1 John 1:8) 3.I have no confidence in the flesh. (Philippians 3:3) I believe the answer depends on what is meant by the word overcoming.....
  • California pastor, 2 others admit they tortured 13-year-old, forced him to dig own grave

    07/18/2014 11:18:04 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 32 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | July 8, 2014 | Philip Caulfield
    The thuggish pastor of a small Southern California church and two of his parishioners tortured a 13-year-old boy who lived at a church-run group home, savagely beating him, grinding salt into his raw wounds and forcing him to dig his own grave. The pastor, Lonny Remmers, 56, and his two goons even tortured the teen during a group Bible study session, forcing him to sit in front of the others while they twisted his nipples with pliers, court documents show, according to the Los Angeles Times.
  • New Film Shows How to Leave the Gay Life Behind

    07/18/2014 2:27:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 18, 2014 | AUSTIN RUSE
    The modern day LGBT movement wants you to believe that the people featured in the new documentary “Desire of the Everlasting Hills” really don’t exist. They are figments of the fevered imaginations of the Christian right.Meet Dan, Rilene and Paul, all refugees from deep enmeshment in the LGBT life, each finding a home in sexual sobriety and, not incidentally, the Catholic Church.It is impossible to watch this important documentary without tears, and not sad tears either, but happy ones, tears that come from a joyful movement of the spirit.These are people who have been deeply wounded by the choices...
  • Despite Gaza violence, Catholic relief agency works for peace

    07/18/2014 2:09:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Kevin J. Jones
    Gaza City, Jul 18, 2014 / 11:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Though fighting has escalated between Israel and Palestinian militants based in the Gaza Strip, a Catholic Relief Services spokeswoman has stressed that the agency still aims to advance peace in the region. “This conflict has dimmed the prospects for peace among Israelis and Palestinians, but as a Catholic organization, we are called to be peacemakers,” Liz O’Neill, Catholic Relief Services’ communications officer for the Middle East region, told CNA July 17. “We continually advocate for our leaders in Washington to take concrete steps to promote a peaceful resolution to the...
  • Pope Francis makes phone call to Israel, Palestine presidents

    07/18/2014 2:01:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | July 18, 2014 | Elise Harris
    Palestinian soldier stands guard during Pope Francis' May 25, 2014 Mass in Bethlehem's Manger Square. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Jul 18, 2014 / 08:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In wake of the rising death toll in Gaza due to increased tensions between Israel and Palestine, Pope Francis made a personal call to both presidents in order to ask for peace. “Following last Sunday’s heartfelt appeal for continued prayer for peace in the Holy Land, this morning the Holy Father Francis personally telephoned President Shimon Peres and President Mahmoud Abbas,” a July 18 statement from the Vatican read. During the calls,...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 18 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/18/2014 8:20:53 AM PDT · by OneVike
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 18 (NKJV) The Name of the LORD Is a Strong Tower 01 A man who isolates himself seeks his own desire; 00 He rages against all wise judgment. 02 A fool has no delight in understanding, 00 But in expressing his own heart. 03 When the wicked comes, contempt comes also; 00 And with dishonor comes reproach. 04 The words of a man's mouth are deep waters; 00 The wellspring of wisdom is a flowing brook. 05 It is not good to show partiality to the wicked, 00 Or to overthrow the righteous in judgment. 06 A fool's...
  • Blogger recounts motherhood as spark that led to conversion

    07/18/2014 8:07:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.catholicnewsagency.com ^ | July 18, 2014 | Katy Senour
    Denver, Colo., Jul 18, 2014 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The conversion from atheism to Catholicism was a rewarding journey full of triumph and trial for Jennifer Fulwiler, as outlined in her recent book, Something Other Than God. Fulwiler told CNA that before we were Catholic, we were caught up in a very selfish worldview. Although they were not trying to be selfish, she explained, atheism contained a worldview where the self was the center of everything. Today, Fulwiler lives in Texas with her husband and five children. She runs a personal blog, ConversionDiary.com, and also blogs for the National...
  • What Does It Mean To Have Your Marriage Blessed? (Part 3)

    07/18/2014 3:13:41 AM PDT · by Weiss White · 3 replies
    Canon Law Made Easy ^ | July 17, 2014 | Cathy Caridi, J.C.L.
    Q: Please help me with a matter weighing on my conscience. My husband and I married in our parish church 16 years ago, but I agreed to get married there only because thats what my parents wanted. Unlike my husband, I wasnt really practicing my faith, I just went through the motions gradually I had a reawakening of faith, and now am fully committed to the Catholic Church. But Im afraid our marriage isnt valid because I didnt embrace concepts like indissolubility at the time of our wedding, nor did I want children, although I later changed my mind. What...
  • The naked truth about television: 500 channels and theres nothing on. Not a stitch, in fact

    07/17/2014 2:54:29 PM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies
    Deacon's Bench ^ | July 17, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The TV critic at The New York Times is keeping an eye on the tube, so we don’t have to. Reading this, describing what’s coming into our living rooms this summer, I have to think that’s a very good thing: In case you missed the news that traditional courtship is dead, naked people on VH1 stand ready to enlighten you. And in case you thought that television networks had evolved beyond trying to attract viewers with cheesy titillation — ditto.Yes, it’s time for “Dating Naked,” a reality series beginning Thursday on VH1 in which just-introduced strangers looking for love are...
  • Ted Cruz Rips Pro-Abortion Democrats: If Youre Litigating Against Nuns, Youre Doing It Wrong

    07/17/2014 8:42:14 AM PDT · by Morgana · 12 replies
    life news ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Yesterday, Senate Democrats their bid to approve legislation to overturn the Supreme Courts decision protecting Hobby Lobby and other companies from being forced to comply with the HHS mandate that compels them to pay for abortion-causing drugs for their employees. Republicans were able to sustain their filibuster against the bill atedcruz7nd prevailed on a 56-43 vote, with Democrats voting to move to a vote on the pro-abortion bill and almost all Republicans uniting to vote against it. During the debate, pro-life Texas Senator Ted Cruz let Democrats have it. If youre litigating against nuns, you have probably done something wrong,...
  • Is Evangelical Morality Still Acceptable in America?

    07/17/2014 7:09:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | 07/17/2014 | Alan Noble
    People who disagree with same-sex marriage and birth-control use have been met with accusations of bigotry. Are some Christians being unfairly shamed out of the public sphere? Is evangelical Christian morality still viable in American public life? This is the question lurking in recent debates over religious-liberty issues, from the Supreme Courts Hobby Lobby decision to the Christian bakers who object to baking cakes for gay weddings. In discussions of these cases, objections to same-sex marriage and contraception are described as a retreat from secular society. And in some cases, evangelicals actually have retreated: Since the Boy Scouts of America...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/17/2014 7:07:23 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 17 (NKJV) The LORD Tests Hearts 01 Better is a dry morsel with quietness, 00 Than a house full of feasting with strife. 02 A wise servant will rule over a son who causes shame, 00 And will share an inheritance among the brothers. 03 The refining pot is for silver and the furnace for gold, 00 But the LORD tests the hearts. 04 An evildoer gives heed to false lips; 00 A liar listens eagerly to a spiteful tongue. 05 He who mocks the poor reproaches his Maker; 00 He who is glad at calamity will not...
  • UN Committee Demands Change in Irish Abortion Law

    07/17/2014 6:12:23 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    The UNs Committee on Human Rights has condemned Irelands ban on abortion as unacceptable cruelty, and demanded liberalization of the law. Following testimony by several pro-abortion organizations, the UN committee pressed Irish justice minister Frances Fitzgerald to defend the countrys law, with one member claiming, inaccurately, that under existing international law, legal access to abortion is an absolute right.
  • Jesus didnt care about being nice or tolerant

    07/16/2014 8:37:18 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 39 replies
    http://themattwalshblog.com ^ | July 15, 2014 | Adam Walsh
    There is no shortage of heresies these days. If you want to adopt some blasphemous, perverted, fun house mirror reflection of Christianity, you will find a veritable buffet of options. You can sift through all the variants and build your own little pet version of the Faith. Its Ice Cream Social Christianity: make your own sundae! (Or Sunday, as it were.) And, of all the heretical choices, probably the most common and possibly the most damaging is what Ive come to call the Nice Doctrine. The propagators of the Nice Doctrine can be seen and heard from anytime...
  • Bid to Kill Religious Rights Fail

    07/16/2014 6:42:00 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | July 16, 2014 | William Donohue
    The assault on religious liberty lost today as the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes necessary to advance this bill. While the outcome is welcome, the fact that a majority of Senators, almost all Democrats, are still bent on eviscerating the religious liberty rights of Americans is very disturbing. It seems they will stop at nothing to trample on our First Amendment freedoms. The vote is being widely misreported by the media as a vote on contraception. It was not. The issue is abortion, not contraception. All four of the procedures that plaintiffs for Hobby Lobby cited in their...
  • Megachurch pastor: Denominations that allow gay marriage are Satans church

    07/16/2014 2:00:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 48 replies
    Life Site News ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    In the wake of the Presbyterian Church (USA)s recent decision to celebrate same-sex marriages, celebrity pastor John MacArthur of Grace to You has come out with some strong statements condemning false churches that abandon Biblical teachings against homosexual behavior. They have no allegiance to the Bible, MacArthur told The Blaze online news service. You go back to every one of those seminaries for a century [they] have been deniers of biblical authority, they have no relationship to scripture, they are the apostate church, they are Satans church. While it seems clear MacArthur was implying that self-professed Christians who accept...
  • Concerns Over Girl Scouts Persist Following USCCB Investigation

    07/16/2014 11:09:59 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | July 16, 2014 | BRIGID CURTIS AYER
    WASHINGTON Tensions between Girl Scouts messaging and Catholic teaching have led to a national boycott of Girl Scout cookies, the ousting of Girl Scouts from parishes, and a significant drop in Catholic membership in the Girl Scouts. Now a panel of U.S. bishops has released the results of a two-year investigation into Girl Scouts problematic messaging, ties to Planned Parenthood, and continued advocacy of so-called reproductive rights by the organizations international affiliate, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS). Their findings indicate that the concerns continue to persist, regarding the problematic connections between the Girl Scouts...
  • Church lawyer details cover-up claims on sex abuse

    07/16/2014 9:01:12 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    AP via Yahoo! ^ | 7/15/2014 | Rachel Zoll
    A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the U.S. bishops' pledge to have no tolerance of priests who abuse.
  • Jesus Would Support Universal Healthcare, Say Most Americans

    07/16/2014 8:57:06 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 78 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | Morgan Lee
    A recent poll suggests that a majority of Americans believe Jesus would have backed universal healthcare. According to a YouGov survey released earlier in July, 55 percent of respondents believe that Christ would have endorsed the issue. Despite this majority, a slight minority of American Protestants believed that the Jesus they knew would have supported universal healthcare. Only 48 percent of Protestants suggested this, in contrast to the 57 percent of Catholics who argued that their religion's founder would have backed it. Aside from Jesus, 46 percent of Protestants and 55 percent of Catholics themselves backed the policy. In addition...
  • NC Pastors Demand Gov. Pat McCrory Defend State's Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

    07/16/2014 8:54:55 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/16/2014 | Alex Murashko
    A group supporting the North Carolina Pastors Network demanded the state's governor defend the constitutional amendment banning gay marriage in the state despite lawsuits from same-sex couples at the local and national level at a rally on Tuesday. Leaders from the group of about 30 people who gathered on the steps of the old Capitol building, are sending North Carolina Republican Gov. Pat McCrory a petition asking him to use his executive powers to defend the amendment that was approved by 61 percent of voters in 2012, The Associated Press reported. In a recent column for The Christian Post, Rev....
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/16/2014 8:51:35 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 16 (NKJV) Wisdom Is Better Than Gold 01 The preparations of the heart belong to man, 00 But the answer of the tongue is from the LORD. 02 All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, 00 But the LORD weighs the spirits. 03 Commit your works to the LORD, 00 And your thoughts will be established. 04 The LORD has made all for Himself, 00 Yes, even the wicked for the day of doom. 05 Everyone proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; 00 Though they join forces, none will go...
  • Cdl George: Our "Vaunted American Liberties" Are "All Being Traded in Favor of Freedom of Sexual.."

    07/15/2014 7:55:43 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 7/15/14 | Carl E. Olson
    Being on the wrong side of what nature teaches leads to social ruin and historical failureFrancis Cardinal George, in his most recent column in Catholic New World, reflects on the nature of religious freedom in the United States, and masterfully connects a number of important, related points in doing so: In this country, we do not fear being killed for our faith. What, then, are we afraid of? We are afraid that the institutions that perform the works of mercy that have been integral to the churchs mission for centuries will be forced to become, effectively, government institutions, given permission...
  • Incest Next Civil Right? Judge Reprimanded for Suggesting Incest is Legal

    07/15/2014 3:06:01 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 13 replies
    SYDNEY, Australia A judge in southeastern Australia has been partially suspended after he declared that the cultures acceptance of homosexuality will lead to a normalization of incest. According to a report last week from The Sydney Morning Herald, Garry Neilson is a district court judge in Sydney, Australia. In a recent sexual assault case, Neilson suggested that an adult male may not have been in the wrong for having sexual relations with his younger teenage sister over 30 years ago. The 58-year-old man, known for legal reasons as MRM, has admitted to raping his sister in the mid-1970s when...
  • Pope: Kids Crossing US Border Illegally Should Be Welcomed

    07/15/2014 12:54:39 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 104 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | July 15, 2014 | Shannon McMahon
    In a Monday letter to a Mexico City Vatican conference, Pope Francis wrote that the tens of thousands of Central American children illegally crossing into the United States should be welcomed and protected. Just days after President Obama visited Texas and pledged a solution to the US border crisis, the Pope said migrant childrens human rights are being violated. Many people forced to emigrate suffer, and often, die tragically, he said. Many of their rights are violated. They are obliged to separate from their families and, unfortunately, continue to be the subject of racist and xenophobic attitudes. The Pope also...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/15/2014 8:32:55 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 15 (NKJV) A Soft Answer Turns Away Wrath 01 A soft answer turns away wrath, 00 But a harsh word stirs up anger. 02 The tongue of the wise uses knowledge rightly, 00 But the mouth of fools pours forth foolishness. 03 The eyes of the LORD are in every place, 00 Keeping watch on the evil and the good. 04 A wholesome tongue is a tree of life, 00 But perverseness in it breaks the spirit. 05 A fool despises his father's instruction, 00 But he who receives correction is prudent. 06 In the house of the...
  • Catholic school faces legal action from former teacher planning same-sex marriage

    07/14/2014 2:23:25 PM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    life site news ^ | Cardinal Newman Society
    A Catholic high school in Georgia is facing a legal complaint from a former teacher whose contract was not renewed after it was discovered through Facebook that, contrary to Catholic teaching, he plans to marry a man, National Public Radio reports. The school, Mount de Sales Academy in Macon, reportedly released a statement saying they have to consider an employees ability to teach Catholic doctrine when making staff decisions. Former teacher Flint Dollar is reportedly working to change federal anti-discrimination laws which do not prohibit employers from hiring or firing people on the basis of sexual orientation. NPR reports: Since...
  • Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

    07/14/2014 10:37:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    BBC News ^ | 07/14/2014
    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands". But a Vatican spokesman said the quotes in the newspaper did not correspond to Pope Francis's exact words. The BBC's David Willey in Rome says there is often a studied ambiguity in Pope Francis' off-the-cuff statements. He wants to show a more compassionate attitude towards Church teaching than...
  • Exposing [Catholic] abusers must give victims new hope

    07/14/2014 10:19:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    Bedfordshire News (UK) ^ | 7/13/2014 | Steve Lowe
    AT long last there could be hope for those historically abused at a former Catholic boys home. The Government, under pressure itself, is setting up an inquiry into historic abuse. And the current Pope has also promised to listen and act on allegations of abuse by Catholic priests. St Francis Home, in Shefford, took boys from across the county and wider, where, instead of being cared for, they were systematically abused, both physically and sexually.
  • Evangelical Organization to Support Hundreds of Immigrant Children

    07/14/2014 10:07:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | Morgan Lee
    The National Latino Evangelical Coalition will be working with faith-based organizations across the country to open up 600 beds to Central American children who have crossed into the country without their parents. President of the NaLEC Gabe Salguero explained that over a period of 18 months, starting in August, churches and camps will likely receive thousands of children the majority of whom are from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador while they are waiting to be placed with their parents who are already in the United States or family members in the countries they are from. "We have 15...
  • Massachusetts City Terminates Contract With Christian College Over Its Stance on Homosexuality

    07/14/2014 10:04:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 16 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/14/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    A city in Massachusetts has opted to end a contract with a Christian college over the academic institution's opposition to homosexuality. The mayor for Salem recently announced that the city's contract with Gordon College for usage of the Old Town Hall, set to expire later this year, will be immediately terminated. Rick Sweeney, vice president of marketing and communications at Gordon College, told The Christian Post about the contract to use the Old Town Hall. "Gordon College had been in a contractual relationship with the city of Salem since 2008 to manage Old Town Hall, one of the most historic...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    07/14/2014 8:25:26 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 14 (NKJV) The Ways of Life and Death 01 The wise woman builds her house, 00 But the foolish pulls it down with her hands. 02 He who walks in his uprightness fears the LORD, 00 But he who is perverse in his ways despises Him. 03 In the mouth of a fool is a rod of pride, 00 But the lips of the wise will preserve them. 04 Where no oxen are, the trough is clean; 00 But much increase comes by the strength of an ox. 05 A faithful witness does not lie, 00 But a...
  • Gene Simmons: Reporters Harass Tim Tebow, Give Troubled Athletes a Pass

    07/14/2014 7:49:46 AM PDT · by rktman · 28 replies
    bretibart.com ^ | 7/13/2014 | Kate O'Hare
    KISS star Gene Simmons says sports reporters hold morally upright athletes like Tim Tebow to a different standard that those who find trouble wherever they go. "It's interesting to me that media often picks on the good guys and lets the bad guys get a pass," says Simmons, the entrepreneurial rocker who recently expanded his empire to include a professional sports team.