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  • Catholic Schools in Illinois Issue Formal Policy for Enrollment by Gay Parents

    09/03/2015 2:28:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September 3, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    As greater acceptance of homosexual relations has spread throughout American society over the past decade, it has presented a conundrum for Catholic schools: What to do about children being reared by two men or by two women?While there are worries about any sort of acceptance of a “gay family” by a Catholic parish or school being construed as approval of a certain lifestyle, or exposing other children to certain family arrangements, parishes are also concerned about alienating anyone from the faith.And the fact still exists that an innocent child, in need of a Catholic education, is not responsible for...
  • Pope Francis on Reconciliation for Abortion (Catholic Caucus)

    09/03/2015 1:38:23 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | September 3, 2015 | EDWARD PETERS
    Abortion has long sat in the middle of a three-street ecclesial intersection, namely, those of Sin, Crime, and Sanction. The meeting of any two of these factors would make for a perilous perch but the confluence of all three is fraught with opportunities for confusion. At the risk of serious over-simplification, let me sketch the basic situation and then addressPope Francis comments thereon.1. Abortion has always been recognized as asinand a grave sin at that. Like other grave sins the path to reconciliation is basically by sacramental Confession.2. Like some (but not all) sins, abortion has long been treated...
  • Catholic College Prepared to Pay Heavy Fines for Failure to Comply with Obamacare Mandate

    09/02/2015 6:17:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The president of Thomas Aquinas College has said that the California school is prepared to pay heavy fines, if necessary, rather than comply with the Obamacare contraceptive mandate. Thomas Aquinas College has appealed to the Supreme Court for relief from the mandate, as have other Catholic institutions. But Michael McLean told the Cardinal Newman Society that his school would not comply with the federal regulations, regardless of the outcome of their appeal. If the Supreme Court does not take their appeal, McLean said, the college would be forced to choose between dropping health-care coverage or finding an alternative carrier that...
  • ISIS Posts Pictures of Its Destruction of a Temple in Palmyra

    09/02/2015 3:16:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 20 replies
    Aletelia ^ | September s, 2015
    Damascus, Aleteia (aleteia.org/ar) – The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant posted a collection of pictures yesterday that portrays the destruction of a portion of a temple in Palmyra, which is a Greco-Roman archeological site that it had captured in March.The jihadist group posted five pictures on the internet showing its fighters placing explosives within the Temple of Ba’al and on the surrounding walls. The other pictures depict powerful explosions and a pile of debris where the temple had once stood. The temple was once the most important building in Palmyra. UNOSAT satellite analysis confirms Temple of #Bel...
  • Vatican says 'no' to transsexual godparents amid Spain controversy

    09/02/2015 1:45:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | September s, 2015
    A view of the facade of St. Peter's Basilica from the Vatican's Apostolic Palace, Feb. 14, 2015. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA.Vatican City, Sep 2, 2015 / 12:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A media firestorm arose in Spain after a transsexual woman, who considers herself a man, asked to be the godfather of her nephew – leading a diocese's bishop to turn to the Vatican for an answer. After writing to the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith about the issue earlier this month, Bishop Rafael Zornoza Boy of Cádiz and Ceuta was told that since transsexual persons are not consistently...
  • Pew Research: U.S. Catholics Open to Non-Traditional Families

    09/02/2015 11:40:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Pew Research ^ | 09/02/2015
    When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families later this month, he will find a Catholic public that is remarkably accepting of a variety of non-traditional families, according to a new Pew Research Center survey that provides an in-depth look at American Catholics views on family life, sexuality and Catholic identity.Nine-in-ten U.S. Catholics say a household headed by a married mother and father is an ideal situation for bringing up children. But the survey shows that large majorities think other kinds of families those headed by parents who are single, divorced, unmarried or...
  • Africa Will Save the Family' One Cardinal's Prediction on the Church's Future

    09/02/2015 6:39:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies
    Cotonou, Benin, Sep 1, 2015 / 06:15 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The African cardinal who heads the Vaticans Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe. I have absolute confidence in African culture, Cardinal Robert Sarah told the Catholic weekly La Croix du Benin. I have absolute confidence in the faith of the African people, and I am sure Africa will save the family. Africa saved the Holy Family (during the Flight to Egypt) and in these modern times Africa...
  • Most Catholics in Massachusetts Legislature Support Planned Parenthood, Study Shows

    09/02/2015 6:32:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    A study by a lay activist group has shown that most of the Catholics serving in the state legislature support Planned Parenthood. The Catholic Action League found that 52 Catholics in the lower house were classified by the Planned Parenthood Advocacy Fund as either champions or allies of the group, while only 28 Catholic legislators were deemed opponents. In the upper house the results were even more striking, with 91% of the self-identified Catholics categorized as supporters of Planned Parenthood. Graduates of Catholic colleges and universities were even more likely than other Catholic legislators to support the abortion lobby. Of...
  • Homosexual Marriage vs. Public Servant Ministers of God.

    09/02/2015 2:11:00 AM PDT · by Jacquerie · 3 replies
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    No legitimate statute or court decision can violate Gods Law, regardless if the matter is within or without government. In a country once hailed for its respect of Natural Rights, a judge prepares to possibly fine or imprison a KY county clerk who refuses to provide marriage licenses to homosexuals. Others face sanctions for refusing to bake specialty cakes for homosexual weddings. The following is adapted from an Enlightenment writer and republican martyr, Algernon Sidney, who brought the Scriptural term, Minister of God, and its importance to my attention. Various historians have described the writings of Sidney in his circa...
  • Swiss Bishops' Conference: Confessor Should Ignore Church Teaching on Morals (Catholic Caucus)

    09/01/2015 4:33:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 8/31/2015 | Rorate Caeli
    [Translator's Note: Kath.ch, the official website of the Swiss Bishops' Conference, recently published on 21 August 2015 (http://www.kath.ch/newsd/zitat-sich-der-kirche-zuliebe-ueber-die-kirche-hinwegsetzen/) a short comment and summary of an objectively scandalous interview with Dr. Markus Arnold, a Swiss Catholic lay theologian and a professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Lucerne (https://www.unilu.ch/fakultaeten/tf/institute/religionspaedagogisches-institut-rpi/mitarbeitende/markus-arnold/) After this comment, the Swiss Bishops' Conference's website permissively gives the link to the entire original interview.] Excerpts below: Question: The Catechism [of the Catholic Church] says one should treat homosexuals with compassion. Dr. Arnold: The Roman moral teaching on sexuality was created in the 19th century because of an ideologized...
  • Christian Minister R.C. Sproul Jr. Is Suspended After Confessing Visit to Ashley Madison

    09/01/2015 7:03:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 98 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/01/2015 | Leonard Blair
    R.C. Sproul Jr., son of Robert Charles Sproul, a noted Reformed theologian and founder of the international Christian organization, Ligonier Ministries, revealed Monday that he visited the controversial spouse-cheating Ashley Madison website in a "moment of weakness" last year and has been suspended by the board of Ligonier Ministries for it. "In August 2014, in a moment of weakness, pain, and from an unhealthy curiosity, I visited Ashley Madison. My goal was not to gather research for critical commentary, but to fan the flames of my imagination," wrote the 50-year-old Sproul, a Calvinist Christian minister, theologian and widower in a...
  • POPE FRANCIS FOR YEAR OF MERCY GRANTS THAT SSPX PRIESTS CAN VALIDLY ABSOLVE!

    09/01/2015 3:53:50 AM PDT · by NYer · 337 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | September 1, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Huge news. This was under embargo till noon, Rome time, which must be honored. [UPDATE: The Bollettino is now available HERE]The Year of Mercy begins 8 December 2015 until 20 November 2016.It is about to be announced that the Holy Father has sent a letter to Archbishop Rino Fisichella, President of the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization about the upcoming Extraordinary Year of Mercy.In this letter the Pope says that he is granting to all priests the faculty to absolve from the sin of abortion.  He writes: “I have decided, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, to concede to all priests for...
  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but thats only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

    08/31/2015 11:26:42 AM PDT · by xzins · 53 replies
    CharismaNews ^ | 8/31/2015 | SHANE IDLEMAN
    In my opinion, only God can truly answer this question. Spouses are encouraged to spend extended time in the Word and obedience to it, as well as extended times of prayer and fasting, and seeking godly counsel. All destructive relationships and toxic counsel must be severed as you seek to answer this question. Many great bible teachers are divided on this issue. Some believe that remarriage to another is never allowed unless one of the spouses dies, but others suggest that it is permissible when adultery and abandonment occur. Much of the controversy centers on Matthew 5:32 where Jesus says,...
  • Christian Film 'War Room' Makes $11 Million Debut

    08/31/2015 7:53:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/31/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    The Christian drama "War Room," by filmmakers Alex and Stephen Kendrick, earned $11 million in its box-office debut over the weekend despite playing in only 1,135 theaters. It was placed No. 2 behind "Straight Outta Compton," which earned $13.2 million, but after playing in 3,142 locations. The faith-based film on the power of prayer, which hit theaters Friday, marks the highest debut for the Kendrick brothers with $11 million, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The N.W.A saga "Straight Outta Compton" remained at the No. 1 spot for the third consecutive weekend. However, "War Room" averaged $9,360 in 1,135 theaters, as...
  • This Pope Does Not Do Doctrine

    08/30/2015 10:06:25 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 28, 2015 | Dr. William Oddie
    If you are puzzled, even disoriented by the Holy Fathers conduct of his pontificate (and I stress at the outset that what follows is not intended as an attack on it) you may be reassured by an article in this months National Geographic magazine, which contains some possibly indiscreet remarks by the Popes spokesman, Fr Federico Lombardi, which indicate that you are not alone. I say possibly indiscreet, since as he is the Popes director of communications, maybe what he says is something the Holy Father doesnt mind us knowing. This is from an account of a conversation between the...
  • Catholic Org: Pope Visit Being Organized by Pro-Choice Politicians

    08/30/2015 6:58:38 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 37 replies
    http://www.phillymag.com ^ | August 25, 2015 | Joel Mathis
    From the Lepanto Institutes report on ties between the World Meeting of Families and Planned Parenthood. A key leader for the World Meeting of Families has come under attack from a conservative Catholic investigative group that says he donated campaign funds to pro-abortion candidates. The Lepanto Institute said Robert J. Ciaruffoli, currently listed as chairman (but sometimes listed as president) of WMOFs board of directors, has, in various years, given campaign donations to Allyson Schwartz, Chaka Fattah, Bob Brady, Joe Biden, and Bill Richardson all pro-choice Democrats. (The donations can be affirmed at the Federal Election Commission website.) The...
  • Church under fire for anti-Planned Parenthood sign

    08/29/2015 3:34:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    news12.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | news12.com
    COLD SPRING - A Baptist church in Putnam County is under fire after posting a controversial, anti-abortion sign outside its building. The sign outside the Church on the Hill in Cold Spring reads, "Defund Planned Parenthood... a person's a person no matter how small." The message went up a few days ago after videos surfaced suggesting that Planned Parenthood is selling fetal tissue. Pastor Tim Greco put up the message himself. Speaking with News 12 via Skype, he says that he wanted the community to know where the church stands on the issue. "I think the churches should stand up...
  • The Consistent Ethic of Life and Archbishop Blase Cupich

    08/29/2015 1:42:15 PM PDT · by yongin · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 28, 2015 | FATHER RAYMOND J. DE SOUZA
    In response to the series of Planned Parenthood videos that clearly reflect the utilitarian ethos of the global abortion organization, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago advanced an extreme application of the consistent ethic of life. Yet his own interventions on social teaching indicate that the principal criticism of the consistent ethic approach, namely that it serves to marginalize abortion in the Churchs public witness, is valid in Archbishop Cupichs case. No Less Appalled The widespread revulsion over the tapes arose because they unmasked the fact that, in our public conversation about abortion, we have so muted the humanity of the...
  • Seminar Speakers Advocate Change on Communion for the Divorced-and-Remarried

    08/28/2015 5:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/28/15 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Vatican City, Aug 28, 2015 / 04:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October. The lectures at these seminars were published June 2 by Libreria Editrice Vaticana in Italian as Famiglia e Chiesa, un legame indissolubile (Family and Church, an indissoluble bond), and feature a preface written by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. On the whole, the book suggests a penitential path that would...
  • Pope Under Pressure As Half A Million Catholics Urge Him To Reaffirm Traditional Marriage

    08/28/2015 8:06:44 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 23 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | August 28, 2015 | Nick Hallett
    More than 500,000 Catholics, including many senior clerics, have signed a petition calling on Pope Francis to reaffirm traditional teaching on marriage and the family after months of confusion over his supposed liberal stance on the issue.
  • Archbishop Chaput Chastises Critics of Organizing Team for World Meeting of Families

    08/27/2015 7:10:41 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has denounced two activist Catholic groups that called attention to connections between officials of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and politicians who support legal abortion. The WMOF will be held in Philadelphia in September, with an appearance by Pope Francis as the highlight. In preparation for the event, the Philadelphia archdiocese assembled a team of organizers, including both full-time executives to arrange the events and community leaders to serve in advisory or honorary roles. The Lepanto Institute and ChurchMilitant.com issued reports earlier this week, revealing that Robert Ciarrufoli, the head of the WMOF leadership...
  • Pope Francis' (mis)citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas

    08/27/2015 5:13:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    The "Denziger-Bergoglio" ^ | August 27, 2015
    In this sense, the citations of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium have drawn our attention. So its a good idea to examine each one of the affirmations of Aquinas in their original context, with the objective of analyzing the fidelity and concordance of this application to his line of thought.
  • Pope's Visit May Bring Out the Best, or Worst, in Washingtonians

    08/27/2015 3:20:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aletelia ^ | August 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    Jostling for tickets, preparing to introduce special legislation, pushing pet causes, and gearing up for the kinds of crowds that could rival those of a presidential inauguration day are some of the ways Washington, D.C., is getting ready for Pope Francis. Yep, that sounds just like Washington.  The Pope will be in the nation's capital Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24, and the coveting of papal event tickets might be just as strong in Congress as it is in parishes.  Previous popes have celebrated public Masses in Washington—the last was Pope Benedict XVI at Nationals Stadium in 2008—and visited the White...
  • Catholics Support Gay Marriage as Much as General Population, Believe Pope Francis Has Backed It

    08/27/2015 2:15:17 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/27/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A study by the Public Religion Research Institute released in August on the beliefs of American Catholics has found that despite the Church's teachings, they support same-sex marriage and abortion just as much as the general population. What is more, a large percentage of Catholic respondents mistakenly believed Pope Francis has backed gay marriage. A profile on American Catholics shared by PRRI noted that they make up roughly one in five, or 22 percent of all American adults, with 59 percent of Catholics categorized as white non-Hispanic, while 34 percent identifying as Hispanic. When asked about whether gay and lesbian...
  • Everybody Wants to Rule Their World

    08/27/2015 4:26:21 AM PDT · by DWW1990
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/26/15 | Trevor Thomas
    When one abandons eternal truth, there is virtually no limit to the extremeness and no end to the amount of folly that will follow. Modern liberalism again demonstrates this well. Because of his commitment to liberalism, which makes him unable to call the public display of womens breasts that is occurring in Times Square what it really is (offensive, absurd, gross, and yes, wicked and sinful), New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has decided to wield one of the favorite tools of modern liberals: the dreaded multiagency task force.
  • Mormon church to support Boy Scouts despite gay troop leaders

    08/26/2015 7:31:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | 8/26/15 | Jessica Mendoza
    The Mormon church will continue to support the Boy Scouts of America despite the groups decision to allow gay troop leaders, say church leaders. After a month of deliberation, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which is the nations largest sponsor of Boy Scout units and continues to restrict gay and lesbian members from participating fully in church activities and leadership said in a statement Wednesday that it would maintain its 102-year-old association with Scouting following the BSAs controversial July decision to let gay men lead Scout units. The announcement, which comes after the BSA assured...
  • At Pallium Mass, Cupich Calls for Mercy Toward Nontraditional Families

    08/26/2015 6:27:36 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/23/15 | Michael O'Loughlin
    CHICAGO Catholics must avoid being rigid, embrace change, and show mercy, not harsh judgment, toward nontraditional families. That was the message from Chicagos Archbishop Blase Cupich Sunday afternoon after receiving his pallium, a wool stole that is a piece of liturgical regalia symbolizing his connection to the pope, from the papal ambassador to the United States. In a 15-minute homily, Cupich said bishops and other Catholics should avoid absolutizing one particular era by remembering the richness and diversity of their faith. At the same time, the Church should be open to new avenues and creativity when it comes to...
  • Hostile response online to Black Lives Matter worries Galloway church

    08/26/2015 6:26:48 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Press of Atlantic City ^ | August 26, 2015 | Donna Weaver
    GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP The reverend and congregation of a church that unveiled a Black Lives Matter banner on Pomona Road say they are fearful after a receiving a hostile response to the sign on social media. Rev. Cynthia Cain said comments on the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the South Jersey Shores Facebook page could be described as threats. Many of the comments on the page also state: All Lives Matter. When we say Black Lives Matter, they mistranslate it to ONLY Black Lives Matter. Why? Are they afraid that people might start empathizing with people of color? Cain asked. Police...
  • Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside....

    08/26/2015 12:56:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    saynsumthn.wordpress.com ^ | August 26, 2015 | saynsumthn
    FULL TITLE: Abortion advocates leave hateful comments following death of pro-life hero who stood outside Planned Parenthood The mindset of abortion activists never ceases to amaze me. Shortly after the death of a pro-life hero, who spent his final hours standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood on August 22, 2015, pro-choice vulchers swooned. In one of his last acts on earth, 73-year-old Bob Adis, who was lovingly referred to as poppy joined last weekends pro-life protest in Livonia, Michigan to expose Planned Parenthoods gruesome baby parts operation. Bob Adis, whose handicapped wife was with him at the clinic,...
  • On Court-Mandated Brainwashing

    08/26/2015 6:20:34 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.crisismagazine.com ^ | August 20, 2015 | REV. JAMES V. SCHALL, S.J.
    By now, most people are aware of the Colorado baker who refused to bake an elaborate wedding cake for a gay couples so-called marriage. The various commissions and courts have ruled that the gentlemans religious objections to an act that implicitly required him to approve gay marriage violated the law. The court said that any reasonable person would not say that selling a cake violates ones religion. The issue, of course, is whether the courts notion of what is reasonable is itself reasonable. And if that were not enough, the man has to implement sensitivity sessions for his employees evidently...
  • Life matters even in death: A tribute to Bob Adis

    08/25/2015 10:57:11 PM PDT · by Morgana · 2 replies
    liveactionnews.org ^ | Aug 25, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In the course of each year, the pro-life community can lose many activists for life. But when a pro-life hero spends his final moments on earth standing up for unborn babies, it is worth mentioning. This was the case of Bob Adis, who passed away shortly after standing up for unborn babies outside Planned Parenthood during the weekends national protest. The 73-year-old, fondly referred to as Poppy, and his wife Joan, joined members of Harvest Bible Church in exposing Planned Parenthoods baby parts operation in Livonia, Michigan, on Saturday morning. Shortly after the group assembled on the public sidewalk, pro-life...
  • Catholic Hospital to Permit Sterilization Following Lawsuit Threat

    08/25/2015 7:16:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    A Catholic hospital in California has agreed to permit a doctor to sterilize a woman after the American Civil Liberties Union threatened to file a lawsuit, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. "Rachel Miller, due to have her second child in late September, agreed with her husband that this would be her last pregnancy and decided she would be sterilized by tubal ligation after giving birth," the newspaper reported. Miller says that her insurance will not cover both childbirth and sterilization at any other hospital in a 150-mile radius. Citing the US bishops healthcare directives, Mercy Medical Center in Redding initially...
  • Naming the Demons of Ireland and Great Britain

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • Ted Cruzs big problem: There isnt really an evangelical vote right now

    08/25/2015 10:15:35 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Washington Post's The Fix ^ | August 25, 2015 | Philip Bump
    On Friday night, while the political media was transfixed watching Donald Trump's in-all-ways-secular stump ramble in Mobile, Ala., Ted Cruz was holding a deliberately religious rally in Des Moines. Evangelical voters were always meant to be a linchpin of Cruz's presidential bid, and as our Katie Zezima and Tom Hamburger write, the Des Moines event was not shy about making that pitch. Blasting Planned Parenthood and lamenting the "persecution" of business owners sued for denying services to same-sex couples, Cruz was clearly trying to do two things: Plant his flag as the Republican crusader -- and prompt religious voters to...
  • Jesusland Author Endorses Cruz 2016

    08/25/2015 9:37:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Christian News Wire ^ | August 25, 2015
    MEDIA ADVISORY, Aug. 25, 2015 /Christian Newswire/ -- In the Bible, Exodus 18:21 teaches Christians when picking leaders to "select from all the people able men, such as fear God, men of truth, hating covetousness." David Jeffers, author of "Understanding Evangelicals: A Guide to Jesusland" (tinyurl.com/qb63fpr), in his latest video (youtu.be/ZmKeXj91Wfo) says such a man is Ted Cruz. "Ted Cruz has already shown his willingness to defend Christian's 1st Amendment rights, that he will stand for truth by calling the leader of his Senate caucus a liar, and that he will stand against what Cruz calls 'the Washington Cartel.'" Jeffers...
  • Maltese Bishop: Remove Barriers to Those Who Have Remarried Outside the Church

    08/24/2015 6:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Four years after the legalization of divorce in Malta, the head of one of the nations two dioceses has issued a pastoral letter on mercy for those who have divorced and entered into a civil marriage outside the Church. It is no secret that there is expectancy about the conclusions of the Synod regarding the pastoral situation of those who are divorced and are in a second relationship, Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo said in his August 15 letter. Those who propose that certain barriers between those who are in an irregular relationship but who believe in Christ as Savior,...
  • Father Pavones Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today Pro-life manifesto calls upon the...

    08/24/2015 10:42:06 AM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    standtrue.com ^ | August 18, 2015 | Bryan Kemper
    FULL TITLE: Father Pavones Abolishing Abortion hits bookshelves today Pro-life manifesto calls upon the Church and State to protect unborn children Father Frank Pavone, National Director of Priests for Life and a long-time pro-life activist, has long said hes not just fighting abortion, hes working to end it. His new book, Abolishing Abortion: How You Can Play a Part in Ending the Greatest Evil of Our Day (Thomas Nelson, HarperCollins Christian Publishing), released today, outlines a strategy to end abortion in the United States. In the book, Father Pavone explores biblical, moral, historical, and legal reasons Christians belong in...
  • Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language

    08/24/2015 7:27:08 AM PDT · by Salvation · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-23-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Biblical Teaching on the Use of Colorful and Harsh Language Msgr. Charles Pope • August 23, 2015 • In the Sermon on the Mount, the Lord warns of using uncivil and/or hateful words such as “Raqa” and “fool.” And yet the same Lord Jesus often used very strong language toward some of His opponents, sometimes calling them names such as vipers and hypocrites.We live in a world that often insists on the use of gentle language and euphemisms. While doing so is not a bad thing, we also tend to manifest a kind of thin-skinned quality and a political correctness...
  • Satan worshipers drown women with milk in Planned Parenthood counter-protest

    08/23/2015 11:31:36 PM PDT · by Morgana · 27 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 8/23/15 | Barbara Boland
    Satan worshipers launched a counter-protest against pro-lifers outside the Detriot and Ferndale, Michigan Planned Parenthood locations Saturday. Clad in black robes, members of the Satanic Temple of Detriot drenched bound women with milk, simulating water-boarding to "illustrate the theocratic agenda imposed upon female bodies." The milk symbolized breast milk, one of the protest organizers explained on Facebook. The group attached a symbol of their temple to the American flag and held up a sign that read, "America is not a theocracy. End forced motherhood."
  • Are Half a Million Catholics Wrong?

    08/23/2015 3:23:17 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 21 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 22, 2015 | Steve Skojec
    Earlier this year, a petition was started. Its purpose was simple: it asks the Holy Father to calm the fears of Catholics around the world with a simple public assurance that those forces which are seeking to undermine Christs teaching on marriage will not prevail at the conclusion of the two-year Extraordinary Synod on Marriage and Family. The text of the petition reads, in part: Your Holiness, in light of information published on the last Synod, we note with anguish that, for millions of faithful Catholics, the beacon seems to have dimmed in face of the onslaught of lifestyles spread...
  • Ashley Madison Hack: Islamic preacher Hamza Tzortzis 'found' on leaked list

    08/23/2015 10:12:34 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Yahoo! News UK & Ireland ^ | Vasudevan Sridharan, International Business Times
    Islamic preacher Hamza Andreas Tzortzis has been allegedly "named" on the leaked list of members of the adult website Ashley Madison. However, the well-known preacher has denied that the account belonged to him. Tzortzis has also denied signing up for an account on Ashely Madison, the infidelity dating website -- which was recently attacked by hackers who leaked the names of hundreds of thousands of its members -- and said that it was a conspiracy by hackers to defame him. Tzortzis, a member of the Islamic Education and Research Academy, is known for his debates with atheist Richard Dawkins. In...
  • "Synod of Doom" Update-Petition to Francis Reaches 471,000 Signatures

    08/22/2015 6:52:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    Fatima Perspectives ^ | August 21, 2015 | Christopher A. Ferrara
    As of this writing the Filial Petition to Francis pleading with him to repair a breach [that] has been opened within the Church that would accept adultery by permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion and would virtually accept even homosexual unions has reached 471,000 signatures, including that of Bishop Athanasius Schneider. The Petition identifies the breach of which it complains with information published on the last Synod, meaning the disgraceful midterm report calling precisely for permitting divorced and then civilly remarried Catholics to receive Holy Communion and virtual[ly] accept[ing] even homosexual unions. Of...
  • Josh Duggar is Not Our Standard

    08/22/2015 6:48:23 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/22/15 | Trevor Thomas
    If youre looking to discredit Christianity, youre going to have to do a lot better than point to the failings of the followers of Christ. Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, who was recently outed as a user of the adultery promoting website Ashley Madison, is simply the latest in a long line of public Christians caught failing to practice what he preached. Christianity isnt about what Josh Duggar, Jimmy Swaggart, Billy Graham, James Dobson, myself, or anyone else did or will do. It isnt about what weve said or will say. Christianity is in the words and...
  • Court says Little Sisters can duck birth-control mandate until Supreme Court weighs in

    08/21/2015 3:15:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    A federal appeals court that refused to exempt a group of nuns from Obamacares birth-control rules said Friday the sisters can duck the mandate and its hefty fines until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up their appeal. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is among several nonprofit plaintiffs whove asked the justices to hear them out next term, saying the Obama administration hasnt done enough to absolve them from providing birth control they find sinful, including morning-after pills that Catholic groups equate with abortion. The federal government doesnt need the Little Sisters or any...
  • A Look at (Archdiocese of) San Franciscos New Teacher Contract

    08/21/2015 2:49:04 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 21, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    In an August 19 press release, the Archdiocese of San Francisco announced the details of a collective bargaining agreement with its teacher’s union. The original proposal gained national attention when over 75 percent of the high school teachers signed a petition against Archbishop Cordileone’s efforts to add language to employment documents that specifically identified “hot button issues” (mostly around issues of human sexuality and reproduction) that they should not publicly contradict by word or example. Also at issue was how the private lives of teachers might impact their ability to teach in a Catholic school. Additionally, the union also...
  • Day 2 Mega Crash: Dow Closes Down 530 Points

    08/21/2015 1:56:00 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 39 replies
    That is a 3.12% loss in a single day. 5.18% today and yesterday. To put that in perspective between 750 billion and 1 trillion dollars in market value were just wiped out in two days in the U.S. alone. And it isn't even September yet. It is about to get really, really ugly. CNBC is reporting that China's market is now mirroring 1929, and we could see the Chinese market crash a further 9% over just the next 4-5 days. Again I'll ask you: is your treasure in Heaven or on earth? You can't eat your gold, your silver, or...
  • Stocks Crashing For Second Day

    08/21/2015 12:21:18 PM PDT · by amessenger4god · 108 replies
    Unsealed.org ^ | 8-21-15 | Gary
    Dow down over 430 points as of about 2:20 PM CST. Central banks have no more options. Debt levels are completely unprecedented around the world. These debts will never be paid back by human effort. Watchers have been saying that we might witness a big crash around this time for 5, 6, 7 years now. Are you listening? Are you awake? Is your treasure in Heaven or on earth? Pray. MARANATHA! Update: Yesterday's plunge of the DJI was the biggest point-drop in almost four years. Today's is even larger.
  • Missouri Congregation Joins Over 200 Churches Leaving PCUSA Over Homosexuality

    08/21/2015 9:53:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/21/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A Missouri congregation has voted to leave Presbyterian Church (USA) over the Mainline denomination's "theological controversies," including its growing acceptance of homosexuality. First and Calvary Presbyterian Church, a Springfield congregation with approximately 1,700 members, voted 493 to 185 on Sunday in favor of disaffiliating with PCUSA. The Rev. Andrew Chaney, senior pastor at First and Calvary, told The Christian Post that his congregation voted following months of consideration. "First and Calvary Presbyterian Church voted to disaffiliate from the PCUSA because it felt that the PCUSA has drifted from its Reformed theological moorings," said Chaney. "Political and theological controversies of the...
  • Does Francis think Cardinal Kasper is right?

    08/20/2015 6:37:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | August 20, 2015 | Fr. Raymond de Souza
    For 18 months, since Pope Francis invited Cardinal Walter Kasper to address the February 2014 consistory of cardinals, the question of whether the divorced and civilly remarried can receive the sacraments has been front and centre. Every time the Kasper proposal has been rejected, Pope Francis has kept the discussion going, to the extent that it will now dominate the synod on the family to be held in October. Francis did not express himself directly on the question during months of debate, leaving Catholics to speculate on what he thought. In his general audience on August 5 he addressed it...