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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Perilous times for the church in America (vanity)

    04/17/2014 5:43:38 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On
    This is a response in part to a piece posted in another thread: The Loss of Mystery and the Loss of Childhood"It's really hypocrisy for concern over the destruction of childhood and Christian morals in Western countries to come from anywhere near the Catholic Church, which consistently has talked out of both sides of its mouth. First, the Catholic Church probably did more than any other institution to promote the original shift in European culture away from God and onto man. That was partly what I learned in tenth-grade public-school European studies, without that much emphasis on the Catholic Church's...
  • THE FLIP SIDE OF ĎHEAVEN IS FOR REALí

    04/17/2014 2:35:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Stand ^ | April 14, 2014 | Anabelle Hazard
    I¬ím not one of those twelve million readers who bought the book ¬ďHeaven is For Real¬Ē and torpedoed it to the New York Times‚Äô Bestseller List. But I did check it out from the library and enjoyed both the story and the accounts of heaven. ¬ďHeaven is for real¬Ē is, in fact, only one among the many testimonies of near death experiences I¬íve heard about from both Christians and non-Christians. With some suspect exceptions, most of the descriptions of heaven are fascinating and inspire me to work hard to aim for the ultimate prize. But that¬ís just the good news.On...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 17 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/17/2014 7:47:03 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 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...
  • The Loss of Mystery and the Loss of Childhood

    04/17/2014 3:51:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    ZNA ^ | April 17, 2014 | Mitchell Kalpakgian
    In the aftermath of the sexual revolution of 1960s ‚ÄĒ which espoused sex education, the contraceptive mentality, no-fault divorce, and legalized abortion on demand ‚ÄĒ an anti-life and anti-child philosophy has prevailed over much of Western civilization, where European nations are barely replacing their populations or suffering a decline in birth rate. In a culture of death that slaughters 1.5 million pre-born babies in the womb each year, permits infanticide in the procedure known as partial-birth abortion, and tolerates physician-assisted suicide in the name of mercy and a quality of life ethic, life is cheap and loses its sacredness. Whenever...
  • Another Catholic school embroiled in battle over Church teaching on sexuality

    04/17/2014 2:51:03 AM PDT · by Morgana · 14 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    WAKEFIELD, RI, April 16, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė Another controversy has erupted at a Roman Catholic school after students and parents reacted with outrage to Church teaching on sexuality as presented at a school assembly. Father Francis ďRockyĒ Hoffman spoke to students at The Prout School in Wakefield, Rhode Island on April 4. During the course of his talk, he apparently made comments critical of homosexuality and divorce that some students found offensive. Fr. Rocky Hoffman The Diocese of Providenceís spokesman on the issue has seemed to agree with Hoffmanís critics. But Catholic observers suggest the controversy is part of a...
  • Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against 'extreme' abortion bill

    04/16/2014 2:45:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 16, 2014
    Protesters against SB175 gather outside the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on April 15, 2014. Credit: Peter Zelasko/CNA. Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is ‚Äúboth extreme and dangerously ambiguous‚ÄĚ in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. ‚ÄúColoradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,‚ÄĚ Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an assembly and prayer...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 16 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/16/2014 8:35:41 AM PDT · by OneVike · 4 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...
  • Sex After Christianity - Gay marriage is not just a social revolution but a cosmological one.

    04/16/2014 4:06:41 AM PDT · by don-o · 40 replies
    Twenty years ago, new president Bill Clinton stepped on a political landmine when he tried to fulfill a campaign promise to permit gay soldiers to serve openly. Same-sex marriage barely registered as a political cause; the country was then three years away from the Defense of Marriage Act and four years from comedian Ellen DeGeneresís prime-time coming out. Then came what historians will one day recall as a cultural revolution. Now weíre entering the endgame of the struggle over gay rights and the meaning of homosexuality. Conservatives have been routed, both in court and increasingly in the court of public...
  • Dissenting Priest Defies Church of England's Teaching on Marriage, 'Marries' his Homosexual Paramour

    04/15/2014 8:04:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    A practicing homosexual priest has defied the Church of England's ban on homosexual and lesbian clergy marrying by wedding his longtime male homosexual companion. The 58-year-old Canon Jeremy Pemberton, a divorced hospital chaplain, wed his long-term homosexual paramour, 51-year-old Laurence Cunnington, this past weekend. A leading member of the church's faithful wing has called for discipline of any clergy seen to be veering from Christian orthodoxy concerning marriage and warned of a "crisis" if the leadership failed to take action.LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The couple predict that they will be the first of many homosexual clergy to marry....
  • Catholic Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    04/15/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Staunchly Catholic Malta has legalized same-sex civil unions and has given gay couples the right to adopt children. The vote comes nearly three years after the Mediterranean island nation legalized divorce The Maltese parliament legalized same-sex unions and gay adoption on Monday in a 37-0 vote, signaling a major change in social policy for a conservative country where Catholicism is the state religion. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The opposition Nationalist Party abstained from the vote, saying that although it supports civil...
  • Multnomah to publish pro-homosexual book

    04/15/2014 4:22:46 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    barbwire.com ^ | April, 2014 | barbwire.com
    I can't cut and paste from my phone, but the story from barbwire.com says that Christian publisher Multnomah will soon publish a pro-homosexual book, "God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-sex Relationships," by Matthew Vines. This will be done under Multnomah's liberal subsidiary, Convergent. The report also says the publisher's employees have been told to keep quiet about it. Barbwire also carries the story that Peter LaBarbera of Americans for Truth, I believe, was recently arrested In Canada for speaking out on what the Bible says about homosexuality.
  • Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

    04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama. Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. ‚ÄúI‚Äôll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,‚ÄĚ the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. ‚ÄúI think it‚Äôs fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved...
  • Obama picks gay bishop to wrap Easter Prayer Breakfast with invocation

    04/15/2014 9:08:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Churchís first openly gay bishop ó who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: ďPOTUS Ďpreachesí at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!Ē Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 15 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/15/2014 8:26:32 AM PDT · by OneVike · 2 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...
  • The persecution of Sister Jane Dominic Laurel

    04/14/2014 7:11:08 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Judie Brown
    Teaching the truths about homosexuality, chastity, adultery, and how God wants us to live our lives is not always an easy thing to do. Nor is living that life. But God asks that we do our best nevertheless, for our ultimate goal is eternity with Him. We cannot plead ignorance. We cannot justify that we chose otherwise. God's word is the truth, and though some may try to silence those who tell the truth, it doesn't change the facts. April 11, 2014 (ALL.org) - Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican nun who has recently come under fire for a presentation...
  • African-American Pastor Horrified at How Many Black Babies Abortion Kills

    04/14/2014 6:00:31 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Rebecca Downs
    The Rev. Elaine Flake of Greater Allen A.M.E. Cathedral of New York has recently learned of and reacted to the statistics of black women having abortions in New York City. Flake reacted in disbelief, initially wondering if the statistics were even true. The Christian Post, reporting on the Rev., dedicates one paragraph to such statistics of black women, as well as links to a previous article of theirs: As CP has reported, citing the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene: ďBlack women in New York City aborted more than half of their pregnancies in 2012, topping the...
  • Oregon City Students Protest Day of Silence with Anti-Gay T-Shirts

    04/14/2014 3:25:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    KOMO News ^ | 4/12/14 | Ian Parker
    OREGON CITY, Ore. Ė Students wearing anti-gay T-shirts to class disrupted Oregon City High School's celebration of unity Friday. Friday was National Day of Silence. It's where students take some form of silence to call attention to the bullying of the LGBT community in schools. Two students told KATU News that if the school is supporting Day of Silence, then they have the right to speak out against it. They wore T-shirts to school that said, "Gay Is Not Ok" and "Gay Day Is Not OK," which is a reference to Day of Silence. They sought out a KATU reporter...
  • Pontius Pilate should have listened to his wife

    04/14/2014 2:40:46 PM PDT · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 14, 2014 | FR ALEXANDER LUCIE-SMITH
    Ecce Homo by Antonio Ciseri The reading of the Passion according to Saint Matthew yesterday featured one of the most mysterious verses in the whole New Testament.It was this: While Pilate was sitting on the judge‚Äôs seat, his wife sent him this message: ‚ÄėDon‚Äôt have anything to do with that innocent man, for I have suffered a great deal today in a dream because of him.‚Äô (Matthew 27:19). Pilate¬ís wife appears, and disappears, in this one verse. Moreover, this verse is found only in the gospel of St Matthew, and in none of the other synoptic gospels. What on earth...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 14 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/14/2014 9:08:52 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 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...
  • JESUIT CREATIVITY IN THE VATICAN: Is Francis sending mixed messages about marriage?

    04/13/2014 5:27:03 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 26 replies
    Renew America ^ | April 12, 2014 | Marielena Montesino de Stuart
    Francis is like a walk through London. You never know what to expect. But are his latest words on marriage based on his "Jesuit creativity"?
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 13 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/13/2014 9:28:31 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Wisdom Loves Righteousness 1 A wise son heeds his father's instruction, But a scoffer does not listen to rebuke. 2 A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, But the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence. 3 He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction. 4 The soul of a lazy man desires, and has nothing; But the soul of the diligent shall be made rich. 5 A righteous man hates lying, But a wicked man is loathsome and comes to shame. 6 Righteousness guards...
  • The Revolutionary Message of Palm Sunday

    04/13/2014 7:28:20 AM PDT · by Mercat · 6 replies
    Word on Fire ^ | Robert Barron
    The texts that Christians typically read on Palm Sunday have become so familiar that we probably don't sense their revolutionary power. But no first-century Jew would have missed the excitement and danger implicit in the coded language of the accounts describing Jesus' entry into Jerusalem just a few days before his death. In Mark's Gospel we hear that Jesus and his disciples "drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany on the Mount of Olives." A bit of trivial geographical detail, we might be tempted to conclude. But about five hundred years before Jesus' time, the prophet Ezekiel had relayed...
  • US Pro-Family Activist Detained by Canadian Customs for Alleged Violation of ĎHateí Law

    04/13/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/11/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A prominent U.S. pro-family activist was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency Thursday for alleged violations of Canadaís ďhate propagandaĒ l Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, had flown into Regina International Airport to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association provincial conference this weekend. LaBarbera had been targeted by a makeshift group known as ďIntolerance Free Weyburn,Ē which pressured the government to deny him access to the country. LaBarbera believes he was flagged by customs as a result. LaBarbera provided LifeSiteNews with a formal document issued by CBSA agent...
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest Ė a canon, no less Ė today married his boyfriend. Canon†Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • This life in the modern world vs. the next (vanity)

    04/12/2014 8:22:28 AM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 2 replies
    We live in a time and place that's very prosperous and where our "human rights" are respected and the importance of having our basic needs met is regarded. Does all this actually work against people, though, however, in that God Himself promises that unless one repents and trusts in His Son for salvation, life in the next world will be spent in Hell, where such rights and needs aren't respected?
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 12 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/12/2014 8:14:29 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 12 (NKJV) The House of the Righteous Shall Stand 01 Whoever loves instruction loves knowledge, 00 But he who hates correction is stupid. 02 A good man obtains favor from the LORD, 00 But a man of wicked intentions He will condemn. 03 A man is not established by wickedness, 00 But the root of the righteous cannot be moved. 04 An excellent wife is the crown of her husband, 00 But she who causes shame is like rottenness in his bones. 05 The thoughts of the righteous are right, 00 But the counsels of the wicked are...
  • Homofascist Tyranny

    04/11/2014 9:33:26 AM PDT · by ReformationFan · 14 replies
    Virtue Online ^ | 4-9-14 | Michael Voris
    Homofascist Tyranny The tyranny of homofascism must be opposed By Michael Voris The Vortex April 9, 2014 Grab a pen and write the word down as quickly as you can and start using it everywhere Ė the word is .. homofascists .. as in homofascism. A working definition you ask? Howís this for starters? Homofascism Ė ďa way of organizing a society in which homosexualists impose their agenda with which no one is allowed to disagree or have any appeal to the contrary without being subjected to severe consequences of ridicule, slander, libel, fines, public demonstrations, distortions, denial of free...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 11 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/11/2014 8:25:54 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 11 (NKJV) The Folly of Wickedness01 Dishonest scales are an abomination to the LORD, 00 But a just weight is His delight. 02 When pride comes, then comes shame; 00 But with the humble is wisdom. 03 The integrity of the upright will guide them, 00 But the perversity of the unfaithful will destroy them. 04 Riches do not profit in the day of wrath, 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 05 The righteousness of the blameless will direct his way aright, 00 But the wicked will fall by his own wickedness. 06 The righteousness of the upright...
  • Catholic Schools Pressed to Give Up Morality

    04/10/2014 7:02:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/10/14 | Anne Hendershott
    After decades of well-documented dissent on many Catholic college campuses over Church teachings on abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage, a new front in the Catholic culture wars has opened on Catholic K-12 campuses as increasing numbers of gay and lesbian teachers and administrators at these schools are lobbying for the right to marry their same sex partnersóand keep their jobs. Posting pictures of their same sex engagements and weddings on Facebook pages shared with students, or publishing their wedding announcements in local newspapers, some of them have been terminatedónot for being gay or lesbianórather, for choosing a lifestyle that...
  • Zingrone: What did you expect? (Taxpayer-funded professor bashes Christianity, promotes gays)

    04/10/2014 2:14:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The News - The Official Website of the Murray State News ^ | April 10, 2014 | Professor William Zingrone
    Once again over at Rachel Held Evansí blog, our mostly 30-something semi-liberal evangelical Xian friends are struggling with the divisive actions of their more conservative Xian brethren. The folks at World Vision, a large and prominent Xian charity organization, succumbed to conservative pressure and caved in, reversing a decision to ďallowĒ gay couples to work for them. Rachel and her many readers are incredibly dismayed and disappointed once again. In Rachelís own words: ďThis whole situation has left me feeling frustrated, heartbroken and lost. I donít think Iíve ever been more angry at the church, particularly the evangelical culture in...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 10 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/10/2014 8:24:11 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 10 (NKJV) A Wise Son and a Foolish Son01 The proverbs of Solomon: 00 A wise son makes a glad father, 00 But a foolish son is the grief of his mother. 02 Treasures of wickedness profit nothing 00 But righteousness delivers from death. 03 The LORD will not allow the righteous soul to famish, 00 But He casts away the desire of the wicked. 04 He who has a slack hand becomes poor, 00 But the hand of the diligent makes rich. 05 He who gathers in summer is a wise son; 00 He who sleeps in...
  • Why Gestational Surrogacy Is Wrong: Not much distinguishes it from buying and selling of children

    04/10/2014 7:56:37 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/10/2014 | Jennifer Lahl & Christopher White
    On April 1, the Louisiana House passed HB 187, a bill creating a judicial framework that makes gestational surrogacy enforceable. The debate over the bill in Louisiana is only one example of the legislative battles taking place across the United States over the issue of surrogacy. Since the controversial Baby M surrogacy case that gripped the nation in 1988, there has been a patchwork of state laws, which criminalize the practice in Michigan and Washington, D.C., for example, while leaving it unregulated in states including California, which has a booming reproductive-tourism enterprise. This wide-ranging and often confusing mix of surrogacy...
  • We Lost True North: The Epidemic of Violence in the U.S. Not Caused by Guns or Knives

    04/10/2014 6:21:41 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://www.catholic.org ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    A High School and an Army Base; places which should be known as places of safety, were turned into killing fields. A Nation pauses, grieves and seeks to make sense of what seems to be a growing epidemic of violence. Efforts to point to guns as the cause of the problems at Fort Hood had become the rallying cry among some lawmakers. However, now the weapon was knives. So far, no-one has called for banning or restricting knives. That is because this is not about guns or knives.
  • 18-29 years old? Participate in a religious liberty video!

    04/09/2014 7:31:54 PM PDT · by counterculturedusa · 2 replies
    Counter Cultured ^ | 4/9/2014 | Anna Maria Hoffman
    Are you 18-29 years old? Do you care about the constant attacks on religious liberty in America? Then, participate in our new video project about religious liberty. To receive instructions, you must fill out everything present in the below submission form. Submission forms that contain false and inaccurate information or don't fulfill our requirements will not be considered. To fill out a submission form, please go to this link: http://www.counterculturedusa.com/23/post/2014/04/speak-out-about-religious-liberty-video-project.html This was originally posted on Counter Cultured's "Video Projects" tab.
  • Charlotte bishop: ďShocked at the lack of charity and respectĒ (Chastises trouble-making parents)

    04/09/2014 6:10:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School ďa difficult timeĒ that has caused everyone ďa great deal of pain.Ē The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on ďMasculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,Ē which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul IIís Theology of the Body. Sister Janeís March 21 address to students, which was arranged by...
  • A God of heft: Lecturer says Americans too often pray to gain the unimportant (Mr. Obama's pastor)

    04/09/2014 5:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Harvard Gazette ^ | April 8, 2014 | Edward Mason, Harvard Correspondent
    The man dubbed President Obamaís pastor, Joshua DuBois, said Monday night he is dismayed that Americans turn to God to resolve ďinfinitesimally smallĒ questions not worthy of the Almighty. ďIf there is one gnawing sadness I have about the contemporary state of religion in America,Ē DuBois said, ďit is that instead of seeking Godís name for the big things, the nearly impossible things, the things that stretch faith nearly to the breaking point, that require a strong God, far too often we make God do the infinitesimally small.Ē God used to get called on for higher causes, but not now,...
  • Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic Anti-Catholic

    04/09/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 9, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    When Andrew Cuomo was running for governor in 2010, he claimed time and again that he wanted to represent and fight for all the people of New York ‚Äď all, that is, except Catholics.Since taking office in 2011, Cuomo, who was baptized a Catholic, graduated from Archbishop Molloy H.S. in Queens County and Fordham University, has been hell-bent on offending Catholics and dismissing their beliefs in the public square.Cuomo‚Äôs first assault was on Catholic teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. He was embarrassed that his state had been ‚Äúsurpassed by many other countries which have legalized...
  • Group Starts #OpenZilla Campaign to Ensure 'Tolerance' Extends to Christian Employees at Mozilla

    04/09/2014 11:53:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/09/2014 | Katherine Webber
    Faith Driven Consumer launched an #OpenZilla campaign in response to the recent resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich whose support for California's Proposition 8 in 2008 caused uproar. The #OpenZilla campaign seeks to ensure the software company expresses inclusiveness and respect toward its religious employees who may oppose same-sex marriage. Faith Driven Consumer, a group that seeks to connect Christian consumers with faith-compatible companies, has requested the Silicon Valley-based software company provide clarification on its diversity policy to ensure employees will not be discriminated against for their religious beliefs. Recently, Eich resigned from his newly-appointed post as CEO of Mozilla,...
  • United Methodist Church Group Sends $443,750 to Planned Parenthood Abortion Business

    04/09/2014 9:11:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 24 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Methodist Health Care Ministries whose logo claims they are serving humanity to honor God is giving money to the nationís top abortion provider Planned Parenthood. Methodist Healthcare Ministries (unitedmethodistchurchMHM) is a private, faith-based, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing medical, dental and health-related human services to low-income families and the uninsured in South Texas. The mission of the organization is ďServing Humanity to Honor GodĒ by improving the physical, mental and spiritual health of those least served in the Southwest Texas Conference area of The United Methodist Church. MHM is one-half owner of the Methodist Healthcare System Ė the largest healthcare...
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 9 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/09/2014 8:29:48 AM PDT · by OneVike · 3 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 9 (NKJV)The Way of Wisdom Wisdom's Invitation01 Wisdom has built her house, 00She has hewn out her seven pillars; 02 She has slaughtered her meat, 00She has mixed her wine, 00She has also furnished her table. 03 She has sent out her maidens, 00She cries out from the highest places of the city, 04 "Whoever is simple, let him turn in here!" 00As for him who lacks understanding, she says to him, 05 "Come, eat of my bread 00And drink of the wine I have mixed. 06 Forsake foolishness and live, 00And go in the way of understanding....
  • California Bishop Removes ĎOpenly Homosexualí Priest from Berkeley Campus Parish

    04/09/2014 6:13:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4/7/14 | Colin Kerr
    BERKELEY, CA, April 7, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė Oakland Bishop Michael Barber, Pope Francisí first U.S. episcopal appointment, has drawn ire from Catholic progressives after replacing the priests serving the University of California at Berkeley campus, one of whom is ďopenly homosexual.Ē Newman Hall Holy Spirit Church, which functions as the parish church for Catholic students at the university, has been led by its pastor, Fr. Bernard Campbell, for the past seven years. Fr. Bill Edens, a self-identified homosexual, has served as student chaplain for the last five. Both are members of the Paulist order, which normally appoints priests at the...
  • UMC : Church Stands With Gay Scout Leader

    04/09/2014 5:17:48 AM PDT · by wonkowasright · 15 replies
    UMC.org ^ | 4/8/2014 | Kathy L. Gilbert
    Rainier Beach United Methodist Church celebrated Scout Sunday April 6, days after news broke that the Boy Scouts of America said it was banning a volunteer Scout leader and church member because he is gay. The Rev. Monica Corsaro, pastor of Rainier Beach, said Geoffrey McGrath will continue to serve as the leader of the church's scouting program. ďI am a chartering partner with BSA Ö . If I take responsibility for who is hired then I also take responsibility for who is fired. Our church is thriving and happy, and we support Geoffrey,Ē Corsaro said. McGrath, an Eagle Scout,...
  • Gay activists aim to shut down Oregon health food store over ownerís support for true marriage

    04/08/2014 4:17:05 PM PDT · by Morgana · 75 replies
    LIFE SITE NEWS ^ | Kirsten Andersen
    PORTLAND, OR, April 8, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) Ė A soon-to-be opened natural foods store in Oregon is in danger of never opening its doors after homosexual activists publicized remarks its Mormon owner made online supporting true marriage and organized a boycott targeting not just the store, but its suppliers. Chauncy Childs had planned to open Moreland Farmers Pantry, an organic, locally-sourced grocery store, in the Sellwood neighborhood of Portland. But because of comments she made under a pseudonym during a discussion on Facebook last year in which she defended true marriage and said business owners should have the right to refuse...
  • Hillary Clinton Applauds (Russian) Hooligans Who Desecrated Cathedral

    04/08/2014 3:09:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 22 replies
    Seasons of Grace ^ | April 7, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer
    ‚ÄúStrong and brave young women.‚ÄĚThat‚Äôs what former U.S. Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton called the members of Pussy Riot, a Russian anarchist punk band whose members have been convicted in Russian courts of ‚Äúhooliganism‚ÄĚ and inciting religious hatred.Clinton posed with two members of the band while in New York for the Women in the World Summit. On Friday, she posted the photo on Twitter, saying,Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina served nearly two years in prison after their unauthorized performance February 21, 2012, in Moscow‚Äôs Russian Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The two were stopped by...
  • Social pressures force Tunisia women to fake virginity

    04/08/2014 1:00:04 PM PDT · by dbehsman · 12 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 4-8-2014 | Kaouther Larbi
    Tunis (AFP) - It happens every April ahead of the summer marriage season, says Tunisian gynaecologist Faouzi Hajri -- desperate brides-to-be beg for surgery to make them "virgins" again for their wedding night. Fearing rejection as "used" women in a conservative Muslim country where premarital sex is nevertheless common, Tunisian women are increasingly opting for the sort of surgery offered by Doctor Hajri. But it doesn't stop them regretting the need to convince new husbands of their purity. "A woman's honour shouldn't be determined by a few drops of blood," says Salima, a 32-year-old who admits she had the operation...
  • Moralism is Not the Gospel (But Many Christians Think it Is)

    04/08/2014 9:31:13 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 50 replies
    Alber Mohler.com ^ | 8 April 2014 | Al Mohler
    One of the most amazing statements by the Apostle Paul is his indictment of the Galatian Christians for abandoning the Gospel. ďI am amazed that you are so quickly deserting Him who called you by the grace of Christ, for a different gospel,Ē Paul declared. As he stated so emphatically, the Galatians had failed in the crucial test of discerning the authentic Gospel from its counterfeits. His words could not be more clear: ďBut even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be...
  • Swift action needed from Pope Francis on child sex abuse

    04/08/2014 8:42:43 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | 4/4/2014 | Mary Dispenza
    A week ago, Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, head of the Italian Episcopal Conference, defended the Vaticanís policy of not requiring clergy to report child sex abuse to the authorities. ďThe Vatican requires national laws to be respected, and we know that there is no such duty (to report abuse) under Italian law,Ē he told reporters. It was a disappointment because Pope Francis had just appointed a commission to advise him on sex-abuse policy. Bagnascoís comments sounded like business as usual.
  • Abuse claims at four WA Christian Brothersí school to be investigated by Royal Commission

    04/08/2014 8:21:31 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Perth Now ^ | 4/6/2014 | Emily Moulton
    Claims of widespread child sex abuse at four Christian Brothers-run WA boarding schools will be investigated as part of a nationwide inquiry. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold its first WA public hearing at the end of this month. It will hear from dozens of former boarders who spent time as young boys at Castledare Junior Orphanage in Wilson, St Vincentís Orphanage in Clontarf, St Maryís Agricultural School in Tardun, and Bindoon Farm School.
  • Proverb A Day, Proverb 8 [Prayer and Meditation]

    04/08/2014 8:19:17 AM PDT · by OneVike · 1 replies
    Bible NKJV | 900 BC | Solomon
    Proverb 8 (NKJV) The Excellence of Wisdom Wisdom Is Everlasting01 Does not wisdom cry out, 00 And understanding lift up her voice? 02 She takes her stand on the top of the high hill, 00 Beside the way, where the paths meet. 03 She cries out by the gates, at the entry of the city, 00 At the entrance of the doors: 04 "To you, O men, I call, 00 And my voice is to the sons of men. 05 O you simple ones, understand prudence, 00 And you fools, be of an understanding heart. 06 Listen, for I...
  • Megachurch Pastor Bob Coy of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale Resigns Over 'Moral Failing'

    04/08/2014 8:16:22 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/08/2014 | BY LEONARDO BLAIR
    In a stunning revelation Sunday senior officials of the Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, one of the largest and fastest growing churches in the United States, announced that their popular founding pastor Bob Coy, 58, has resigned after "confessing to a moral failing." An official statement on the resignation from the Florida church revealed that Coy confessed his failing to the church's leadership team last Thursday and resigned immediately after that. "On April 3, 2014, Bob Coy resigned as senior pastor of Calvary Chapel Fort Lauderdale, effective immediately, after confessing to a moral failing in his life which disqualifies him from...