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  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 7 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Church’s new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synod’s preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes “recognizing positive elements” in “imperfect”...
  • Hell's Best Kept Secret

    10/20/2014 8:40:21 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 4 replies
    Living Waters ^ | 1982 | Ray Comfort
    "No zeal for the lost, no hunger for the Word, no burden to pray...strangers to holiness." This describes a large number of the people who sit in our church pews today. This is the result of our man-centered gospel which is being served up in our pulpits. We have multitudes of lukewarm Christians with a false sense of security regarding their salvation. This man-centered gospel also has a massive casualty rate. It's producing 90 backsliders per 100 decisions. These people are not really backsliders. I would like to suggest they have never slidden forward. These people have not been warned...
  • (SBC) cuts ties with California church over pro-gay marriage stance

    10/20/2014 6:39:59 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 9-25-14 | Michael Gryboski
    The Southern Baptist Convention withdrew a California church known for its "third way" on gay unions and homosexuality from its church membership, officials announced Tuesday.New Heart Community Church of La Mirada was removed by SBC's Executive Committee by a unanimous vote.
  • The True Story of This Synod. Director, Performers, Assistants

    10/20/2014 4:48:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    Chiesa ^ | 10/17/114 | Sandro Magister
    The True Story of This Synod. Director, Performers, Assistants New paradigms of divorce and homosexuality are now at home in the highest levels of the Church. Nothing has been decided, but Pope Francis is patient. An American historian confutes the ideas of “La Civiltŕ Cattolica” by Sandro Magister ROME, October 17, 2014 - “The spirit of the Council is blowing again,” Filipino Cardinal Luis Antonio G. Tagle has said, a rising star of the worldwide episcopate as well as being a historian of Vatican II. And it is true. At the synod that is about to conclude there are many...
  • Cardinal Burke confirms transfer, praises pushback, addresses controversy over remarks by Kasper

    10/20/2014 4:36:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.catholicworldreport.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Carl E. Olsen
    Late yesterday, Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, responded to questions sent as a follow-up to his October 14th interview with Catholic World Report. He confirmed that he is leaving his positiion as Prefect, remarked on the reactions against the Relatio released this past Monday, reflected on the importance of the texts issued by the ten small groups, and commented on the recent controversy over an interview given by Cardinal Walter Kasper of Germany. CWR: Not to discount or question other reports, but can you confirm that you will indeed be leaving...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 38 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • Pornography is a tough sell

    10/20/2014 9:34:31 AM PDT · by Morgana · 21 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No Date Supplied | Jon Sorensen
    We all know that pornography consumption around the world is at an epidemic level, and it’s no secret that it’s having disastrous effects on relationships, marriages, and society at large. The problem is only exacerbated by the availability of pornography online. According to the website covenanteyes.com, more than 1 in 8 Internet searches are for erotic content. 67% of children admit to clearing their Internet history to hide their online activity, while 79% of accidental exposures to Internet porn among kids take place in the home. Equally disturbing is the fact that 56% of divorce cases involve one party having...
  • Synod approves “relatio synodi”: Remarried divorcees remain a controversial topic

    10/20/2014 8:00:54 AM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 3 replies
    Vatian Insider ^ | 10/18/2014 | Andrea Tornielli
    the paragraph of the text which outlines the differing opinions regarding the readmission of remarried divorcees to the sacraments obtained 104 votes in favour and 74 against. The paragraph on homosexuality has been modified after 118 Synod Fathers voted in favour and 62 against, despite the fact it makes reference to the Catechism. These points did not therefore receive the unanimous consensus of the Synod: An absolute majority was obtained but not a qualifying majority
  • Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal Burke

    10/20/2014 7:37:40 AM PDT · by Salvation · 10 replies
    CatholicismPure.Wordpress.com ^ | October 19, 2014 | Catholicism Pure & Simple
    Full transcript of the BuzzFeed interview with Cardinal BurkePosted on October 19, 2014 by Catholicism Pure & Simple As an update to the post on the BuzzFeed telephone interview with Cardinal Burke, here is the full transcript of that interview:At the request of many readers, BuzzFeed News has published a full transcript of its interview with Cardinal Burke in which he confirms his removal from the Catholic Church’s highest court.posted on Oct. 18, 2014, at 12:30 p.m.BuzzFeed News reporter J. Lester Feder spoke with Cardinal Raymond Burke Friday morning via Skype to discuss the Extraordinary Synod on the Family and...
  • Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    10/20/2014 7:18:44 AM PDT · by Paul46360 · 43 replies
    Courier Journal - USA Today ^ | 10-20-14 | Eric J. Lyman
    <p>"VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society."</p>
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 8:59:01 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 30 replies
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Early Christian Teachings on Abortion

    10/19/2014 4:27:51 PM PDT · by Morgana · 9 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No date provided | Catholic Answers
    The Catholic Church has always condemned abortion as a grave evil. Christian writers from the first-century author of the Didache to Pope John Paul II in his encyclical Evangelium Vitae ("The Gospel of Life") have maintained that the Bible forbids abortion, just as it forbids murder. This tract will provide some examples of this consistent witness from the writings of the Fathers of the Church. As the early Christian writer Tertullian pointed out, the law of Moses ordered strict penalties for causing an abortion. We read, "If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely...
  • Cardinal Burke: I think I’m out

    10/19/2014 3:57:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The departure of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from the Apostolic Signatura has been rumored for weeks, but nothing official had been forthcoming. Yesterday, Burke himself confirmed it in an interview with Buzzfeed – kind of. Actually, when one reads Burke’s response, it sounds as if he still hasn’t heard anything official about his future: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of...
  • "For Francis, a resounding defeat: Traditionalists have won a huge victory."

    10/19/2014 1:39:59 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 40 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/19/14 | New Catholic
    Professor Odon Vallet is an expert in the history of religions and civilizations and, since he is deemed a strong and radical "Progressive", he is a favorite in the French media to speak as a secular-friendly voice on Catholic issues. He was interviewed by popular daily "20 Minutes" on the results of the 2014 assembly of the Synod of Bishops: In what sense did the provisional text [the Forte relatio] signal an important step? The provisional text included two overtures. One regarding the remarried divorcees. The other regarding homosexuals. It was not a revolution, but an evolution. It was not...
  • Three Fallacies in the “Dress Code Debates”

    10/19/2014 12:17:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 36 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No Date Supplied | Trent Horn
    There have been a lot of news stories recently about students in middle school, high school, and even college,protesting dress codes that they say are sexist and discriminate against women. However, as I read the articles about these incidents I noticed three common fallacies, or errors in reasoning, when it comes to modesty and the need for dress codes. Either/Or Fallacy Also called “the fallacy of the false dilemma,” it occurs when only two solutions for a problem are presented while other solutions are neglected or excluded. When it comes to the distraction caused by immodest dress, this fallacy occurs...
  • Synod’s Final Report Lacks Bishops’ Consensus on Controversial Topics

    10/19/2014 11:27:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | October 18, 2014 | Edward Pentin
    The fact that these three points remain in the document despite only having a “qualified majority” has surprised some observers. In common law in the Anglophone world, these paragraphs would be rejected from the final document. “This is moving into new territory,” a legal expert told the Register on condition of anonymity. “Where now is the legitimacy of these causes as an expression of the synod? They should be fully rejected.”
  • 6 Reasons This Evangelical Was Convinced ‘Humanae Vitae’ Is Right

    10/19/2014 10:58:58 AM PDT · by millegan · 31 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 10-19-2014 | Brantly Millegan
    Today, Pope Francis beatified Pope Paul VI, who served the Catholic Church as the bishop of Rome 1963-1978. (“Beatification” is one step below being canonized a saint.) Paul VI had a jam-packed papacy, including finishing the Second Vatican Council, traveling to all six inhabited continents (a first for popes), and historic ecumenical break-throughs. But today he’s probably most remembered for his 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae, which confirmed the Catholic Church’s long-standing teaching against contraception, abortion, and sterilization. Outside of the Catholic Church (and, unfortunately, by a large number of people within the Church as well), the teaching of Humanae Vitae...
  • The Oath Against Modernism {CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    10/18/2014 10:03:05 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://www.papalencyclicals.net ^ | September 1, 1910 | Pope Pius X
    To be sworn to by all clergy, pastors, confessors, preachers, religious superiors, and professors in philosophical-theological seminaries. I . . . . firmly embrace and accept each and every definition that has been set forth and declared by the unerring teaching authority of the Church, especially those principal truths which are directly opposed to the errors of this day. And first of all, I profess that God, the origin and end of all things, can be known with certainty by the natural light of reason from the created world (see Rom. 1:19), that is, from the visible works of creation,...
  • Pope Francis Manipulates Process to Include Rejected Paragraph's of Relatio

    10/18/2014 6:38:45 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 19 replies
    The Tenth Crusade ^ | October 18, 2014 | TTC
    Good News - in fact great news: The dissident push to embracing adultery as a good and precious vocation of family life in the Church and sacrilegious Communion was officially squashed. Michael Voris states, and I agree, the shove to the push back seems to have had an effect. As it always does. The victory won't last long. Though the disturbing paragraphs were voted out of the Relatio, the Pope ordered the Relatio to be published as if the vote and removal never took place. Supposedly: as for the rejected paragraphs, they will still be sent out (!) as part...
  • Francis' final address to the Synod. Via Media or Laodicea?...

    10/18/2014 4:56:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | October 18, 2014 | Pope Francis
    Pope Francis' address to the Synod Fathers at the conclusion of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family: Dear Eminences, Beatitudes, Excellencies, Brothers and Sisters, With a heart full of appreciation and gratitude I want to thank, along with you, the Lord who has accompanied and guided us in the past days, with the light of the Holy Spirit. From the heart I thank Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod, Bishop Fabio Fabene, under-secretary, and with them I thank the Relators, Cardinal Peter Erdo, who has worked so much in these days of family mourning, and the Special Secretary...
  • 11 of the Best #ThingsJesusNeverSaid

    10/18/2014 2:12:09 PM PDT · by millegan · 24 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    All of these are from the Things Jesus Never Said Facebook Page.
  • Pope Francis the loser as hardline bishops veto gay-friendly statements

    10/18/2014 1:24:34 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 118 replies
    http://www.theguardian.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Lizzies Davis
    Pope Francis appeared to have lost out to powerful conservatives in the Roman Catholic church on Saturday after bishops scrapped language that had been hailed as heralding a historic opening towards gay people. In the final report of an extraordinary synod on the family which has exposed deep divides in church hierarchy, there is no mention – as there had been in a draft version – of the “gifts and qualities” gay people can offer. Nor is there any recognition of the “precious support” gay partners can give each other. A paragraph entitled “pastoral attention to people of homosexual orientation”...
  • Views on the Synod right now (Catholic Caucus)

    10/18/2014 1:18:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | October 18, 2014 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    Another day, another Synod post. Yes, it’ll be over soon. For a while. Then it will fire back up in full fury before next year’s Synod.Today the bishops are working on the final Relatio. They will use electronic voting during their session. What could go wrong?Meanwhile, let me throw a few items at you, in no particular order, for your consideration. Some differing perspectives. Listen for the premises.From Corriere della Sera, my translation: An imprudent move. This is what the publication of the report following the first week of the Synod was considered: the one that had the openings toward...
  • What the Synod of Bishops isn’t talking about (Hijacker Bruno Forte in charge of final report)

    10/18/2014 11:16:10 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 9 replies
    http://www.cruxnow.com ^ | October 18, 2014 | Inés San Martín
    The final report The final document of the Synod of Bishops is being written by Hungarian Cardinal Péter Erdő, general relator of the summit; Italian Archbishop Bruno Forte, the synod’s special secretary, and Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, head of the Vatican’s office for the synod of bishops. It is expected to be presented early next week. Eight other synod members, with at least one representative from each continent, were additionally assigned to the document’s drafting committee, including Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl. The Extraordinary Synod of Bishops that is now coming to an end was called by Pope Francis to lay...
  • Robert Royal’s Synod Call to Vigilance for the Next Year

    10/18/2014 10:52:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    LieSite News ^ | 10/17/14 | Steve Jalsevac
    This has been the most incredible week in my over 30 years of dealing with Catholic Church controversies and negligences on the life and family issues. Finally, many bishops are seeing the deceitful manipulations within the Church towards evil agendas and are heroically, fiercely, and very publicly acting to defend the Church from the wolves within. We are witnessing real men coming forward to lead. These are what we have always expected and hoped bishops would be, but have so infrequently seen in recent decades. For many of us, we have waited a long, long time for this. I pray...
  • The Blessed Virgin's Guide to Catholic Modesty

    10/18/2014 8:43:51 AM PDT · by Morgana · 289 replies
    Chastity.com ^ | No Date supplied. | Michelle Arnold
    You want to see a ruckus in Catholic cyberspace? All you have to do is link together the words Catholic and modesty or, better, Blessed Virgin and pants. Simcha Fisher, who writes for the National Catholic Register, rode on the skirt-tails of "Pants!" to Catholic blogging superstardom a few years back with a couple of hysterical posts on the subject (here and here). The administrator at the Catholic Answers Forums tells me that she sometimes fantasizes about banning the subject of women's clothing as a topic of conversation on the forums because there are few topics more likely to start...
  • The Backlash Against the Manipulated Synod of Francis

    10/18/2014 7:29:01 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 25 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 10/18/14 | A Roman Source
    "The general feeling is one of huge relief," says an influential professor at a Pontifical University. "On Thursday, at around noon, John Paul II operated a miracle at the Synod." That was the hour when the uprising began against the man carefully chosen by Francis, his own first Cardinal, Lorenzo Baldisseri - dearly prized by Bergoglio for the inestimable services rendered before and during the 2013 Conclave - picked over a year before the Synod to orchestrate both assemblies, in 2014 and 2015, so that they could reach the results willed by the Pope without any dissension. It was a...
  • Synod and Sanity

    10/18/2014 6:52:46 AM PDT · by Unam Sanctam · 3 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | Fr. Peter Stravinskas
    I wish to offer some reflections on the Synod, given as “bullet points” in no particular priority order. I would also encourage readers to refer to my May/June editorial, in which I anticipated some of the problems that I thought might emerge and which, unfortunately, have emerged. • The shroud of secrecy surrounding the presentations by the bishops and various lay presenters was most regrettable and most unnecessary. Never before in the modern history of synods have the media and the Catholic faithful been shut off from the conversations occurring in the Synod Hall. It is passing strange that this...
  • Blunt Truth From Down Under

    10/18/2014 6:30:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 6 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | Donald R. McClarey
    There’s only one way to stop this. Cardinal Pell, it’s rumored today, stood up during the proceedings on Thursday when the Synod leaders seemed to have decided on their own authority not to publish the reports of the small groups, presumably because they were uniformly tough on what’s been too soft. He slammed his hand on the table and said, “You must stop manipulating this Synod.” That forced a general vote – and the reports were published. Robert Royal, The Catholic Thing Hattip to Father Z. One of the heroes emerging from the Synod is George Cardinal Pell. It is...
  • Letter to editor: Not all pro-life people are religious

    10/18/2014 1:42:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 23 replies
    Live Action ^ | 10.18.14 | Guest
    Hello, everybody. I’m 19 years old, and %100 pro-life. I’m also an atheist. But before you decide to stop reading this, you deserve to know a few things about me. I was born and raised in a Catholic family. I was baptized a month old, went to Sunday school, and went to church every Sunday. Okay, I went most Sundays. I also know that there are other divisions of Christianity, as well as other religions, and I respect your spirituality, what ever it may be. I stopped breathing twice the day I was born. They doctor didn’t think I would...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    10/17/2014 11:28:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 17, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a “real risk” in the future. ““I think that is a real risk,” Cruz tells me. “Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response.” But he adds: “The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening...
  • African Cardinal: Pressure Groups Lobbying to Change Church Teaching

    10/17/2014 9:44:02 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com ^ | October 17, 2014 | CNA/EWTN NEWS
    VATICAN CITY — Inaccurate media reports about Church teaching on homosexuality published after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family’s midterm relatio was released are an attempt to pressure the Church to change its perennial teaching, a cardinal who is also a synod father has said. Cardinal Robert Sarah, president of the Pontifical Council Cor Unum, emphasized to CNA Oct. 16 that “what has been published by the media about homosexual unions is an attempt to push the Church [to change] her doctrine.” “The Church has never judged homosexual persons, but homosexual behavior and homosexual unions are grave deviations...
  • Pope Francis Walks the Talk: Vatican Signals on Gays and Remarriage Are a Hopeful Beginning

    10/17/2014 8:39:44 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 37 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 17, 2014 | The Editorial Board
    A half-century after the historic changes of the Second Vatican Council, Pope Francis is showing his intent to drive a comparably ambitious agenda for the Roman Catholic Church in the 21st century. The current synod of bishops in Rome, called by Francis to encourage reform and modernization, set a ringing tone of compassion this week with an opening call for a more welcoming attitude toward gay people, unmarried couples, divorced Catholics who remarry, and children in these unions. The bishops’ report on their first week of private discussions did not immediately change church doctrine. But it signaled the pope’s determination...
  • What If Pentin Hadn't Taped the Interview?

    10/17/2014 7:22:19 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 13 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 10/17/2014 | Matthew Archbold
    Just a quick question. As we all know now, Cardinal Kasper gave an interview which Ed Pentin of the Register and Zenit reported on in which he denigrated the African bishops. When the outrage ensued, he denied ever giving the interview and said he'd never said any of those things. Pentin, however, taped the interview. But here's my question. If he hadn't, Pentin's career would've been harmed. Possibly irreparably. Would Cardinal Kasper have admitted to the interview or simply watched another man's life be possibly destroyed? There's no answer. But perhaps we have our answer in that Cdl. Kasper is...
  • Pope Francis revealing his take on Synod controversies in his private homilies?

    10/17/2014 4:25:39 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 22 replies
    Life Site News ^ | October 16, 2014
    While Pope Francis has been silent about many of the controversial matters being debated at the Synod, both in the lead-up to the Synod and in the Synod Hall, veteran Vatican watchers say he has been obliquely making his views known through other avenues, including through some of his close advisors, as well his homilies at his private morning masses. When it comes to advisors, none have sparked more speculation than Cardinal Walter Kasper, with debate swirling for months about whether Pope Francis himself personally supports Cardinal Kasper’s controversial proposal to allow divorced and remarried Catholics to receive communion in...
  • Twitter Blocks #HoustonWeHaveAProblem Campaign That Supports Subpoenaed Houston Pastors

    10/17/2014 2:48:23 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 24 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/16/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Twitter allegedly blocked a new online campaign designed to support the Houston pastors who were subpoenaed by the city's lawyers demanding that they turn over their sermons dealing with homosexuality, gender identity or the city's first openly lesbian mayor, Annise Parker. The #HoustonWeHaveAProblem campaign and petition were created by Faith Driven Consumer, the same organization that supported and helped to reinstate Phil Robertson to "Duck Dynasty" after he was thrown off the show for his comments about homosexuality surfaced from a GQ interview.
  • The Day The Pussycat Roared

    10/17/2014 2:10:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    Mundabor's Blog ^ | October 17, 2014 | Mundabor
    I must say, I am impressed… Father Z publishes the translation of the story published by Marco Tosatti on La “Stampa”. The extent of the events yesterday cannot be underestimated. It is obvious that a deep malcontent was already there. It is also obvious Francis, Kasper and Baldisseri thought they could keep treating the bishops like the pussycats they have been in the last nineteen months (and for a long time before then). What has happened afterwards could, one day, be remembered as the turning of the tide. Notice the dynamic. As rather often in life, it needs for only...
  • Why Do Marriages Fail? Here’s One Often-Overlooked Root

    10/17/2014 12:58:09 PM PDT · by NYer · 70 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | October 16, 2014 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    The news from the Synod this day is improved. Thanks be to God, many, yes many of the bishops and synod participants have articulated how deficient and misleading the “rough draft” Relatio was. Keep praying! The struggles to lay hold of and articulate with clarity God’s stunning teaching on Holy Matrimony and family in a doubtful world will continue.But, frankly, even at the moment Jesus uttered his unequivocal insistence that marriage was one man and one woman in an indissoluble bond, many were stunned and scoffed, If that is the case of a man with his wife, it is...
  • Cardinal Pell: Synod says no to 'secular agenda'

    10/17/2014 12:30:36 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cns ^ | October 16, 2014 | Francis X. Rocca
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports from the Synod of Bishops on the family finally give a true picture of the assembly's views, counteracting what he characterized as a misleading midterm report. "We wanted the Catholic people around the world to know actually what was going on in talking about marriage and the family and, by and large, I think people will be immensely reassured," Cardinal Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, told Catholic News Service Oct. 16, the day the reports were published. "We're not giving in to the secular agenda; we're not...
  • Rev. Billy Graham: "America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were"

    10/17/2014 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 60 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was “founded by men who believed in prayer” and that prayer can turn “the tide of history,” adding that while “America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah” and deserves “the judgment of God,” this judgment can be lessened through prayer. “Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had...
  • Christian Mother of Five Death Sentence for Blasphemy Upheld by Pakistani Court

    10/17/2014 9:23:18 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/17/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The death sentence of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman and mother of five children, was upheld by the Lahore High Court in Pakistan on Thursday. Bibi has been convicted of blasphemy for drinking from the same bowl of water as Muslims and making derogatory comments about the prophet Muhammad. "The case against Asia Bibi is a great example of how Christians and other religious minorities are abused in Pakistan by fundamentalists wielding the controversial blasphemy laws. The blasphemy laws were originally written to protect against religious intolerance in Pakistan, but the law has warped into a tool used by extremists...
  • Christian Boxer Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather Jr.: I Pity Him, He Should Fear God

    10/17/2014 9:19:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/01/2014 | Jessica Martinez
    Manny Pacquiao recently revealed that he pities professional boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. and suggested that he should get to know God instead of flaunting his wealth as Mayweather is known to do. Pacquiao made the comment after Mayweather posted several photographs on his Instagram account, showing Pacquiao knocked down in his past fights with the caption, "Miss Pac Man is broke for a pay day." "I'm not affected by it. I pity him and I pray that someday he would change his ways. He should fear God. 'For what is a man profited if he shall gain the whole world...
  • Cardinal Pell: Three-quarters of synod responses objected to draft -- relatio

    10/17/2014 8:45:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/17/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    VATICAN CITY – The final version of the relatio from the Exraordinary Synod on the Family will get a vote on Saturday and probably not released until Sunday at the earliest, but Cardinal George Pell warns that those expecting support for a “secular agenda” had better be prepared for disappointment. Catholic News Service interviewed Pell, who serves in the Vatican as prefect for the Secretariat for the Economy, at the end of the circoli minori process. Pell said the draft relatio was “tendentious, skewed,” and broadly opposed on the synod floor when discussed: Cardinal George Pell said working-group reports...
  • Police Investigation Into Rabbi And Recordings of Women Is Expanding

    10/16/2014 9:02:11 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 8 replies
    Washington Post ^ | October 16, 2014 | Peter Hermann and Michelle Boorstein
    Police Investigation Into Rabbi And Recordings of Women Is Expanding By Peter Hermann October 16 The prominent Georgetown rabbi accused of recording women at his synagogue’s ritual bath had numerous computers and storage devices in his home along with files of women undressing, according to a search warrant filed in D.C. Superior Court. Police arrested Barry Freundel, rabbi of Kesher Israel Congregation, on Tuesday and searched both the synagogue on N Street NW and Freundel’s home, a few blocks away on O Street. In two affidavits unsealed Thursday, police said the investigation is expanding beyond the six women mentioned in...
  • AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father mentioned issue

    10/16/2014 2:59:51 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | October 15, 2014
    FULL TITLE: AP confirms: "Outed" Forte exclusively responsible for "Gayspel", only ONE Father had even mentioned issue in Synod Hall Bruno "Outed" Forte From Nicole Winfield's Associated Press article on Synod special secretary Abp. Bruno "Outed" Forte. We post it here for the record of the history of the most embarrassing document in Catholic history, and its most infamous passage, where Forte sneaked his own "New Gospel": Erdo has already "outed" the official who wrote the section on gays, Monsignor [Archbishop] Bruno Forte, appointed by Pope Francis as the special secretary to the synod. Forte is an Italian theologian known...
  • "Synod Fathers under intense pressure from the Kasper Front to modify their views - or else"

    10/16/2014 2:53:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    rorate-caeli ^ | October 15, 2014
    It seems Walter Kasper's racist remarks on Africa and Africans have caused an understandable shock wave throughout the assembly. They reflect a racist, xenophobic, and anti-African mindset that has removed the Church in Africa from any participation in the Synodal administration and governance, or in the committee formed to help draft the final relatio. Other than that, Synod Fathers are being strongly pressured by the allies of the racist German cardinal, who are in the minority, to modify as little as possible the partial relatio: as Tosatti explains below, that was one of the main reasons why the racist manipulators...
  • Not All Catholic Bishops Onboard With Positive Language Toward Same-Sex Couples

    10/16/2014 8:07:11 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/16/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    A recently released midterm report from the Synod of Bishops on the family, which defended the traditional definition of marriage but used positive language toward same-sex couples in some situations, has garnered controversy among some bishops who say it does not accurately reflect the assembly's views. "In regard to homosexuality, there was noted the need for welcoming, with the right degree of prudence, so as not to create the impression of a positive valuation of that orientation," read a summary of the remarks some bishops had toward the report, Catholic News Service reported. "It was hoped that the same care...
  • The Vindication of Christian Sexual Ethics

    10/16/2014 7:54:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    National Review ^ | 10/16/2014 | David French
    Over at The Weekly Standard, Heather Mac Donald has penned an outstanding cover story chronicling the ongoing collapse of sexual-revolution values on college campuses. It turns out that sexual “liberation” has not led to sexual fulfillment, but instead to a landscape littered with broken hearts, long-lasting psychic pain, and a consequent desperate effort to create and enforce a bizarre “neo-Victorian” sexual ethic grounded not in any real morality, but instead in an effort to use institutional power to shift the emotional, psychological, and legal consequences of sexual regret and ambiguity to men and — as much as possible —...
  • It’s Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems

    10/15/2014 11:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rev. Jim Wallis, Obama's Spiritual Mentor
    Ferguson must be a moral wake-up call to white parents, not just another warning to black parents.I and many other faith leaders came to Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday and Monday because of Michael Brown—an 18-year-old black teenager who, though unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9. My first thoughts when I heard the news were about my 16-year-old son Luke. I knew how unlikely it would be that this would ever happen to my white son in America. Coming to Ferguson was about Michael Brown. But Ferguson has also become a parable for our...