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  • Planned Parenthood ‘sponsors’ deny funding organization amid hidden camera controversy

    08/03/2015 2:29:27 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 7/28/15 | Perry Chiaramonte
    Planned Parenthood once boasted a list of sponsors that read like a who's who of the Fortune 100, but now some of the biggest companies say they never gave money to the embattled organization. Coca-Cola, Ford and Xerox are all among the companies listed in a roster of corporate sponsors claimed by Planned Parenthood, but representatives for the companies said they either never donated to the organization or had not in years. Planned Parenthood, which is now reeling from the release of two undercover videos in which top officials alluded to selling fetus parts, had published the company names on...
  • For evangelical voters, Rafael Cruz may be Ted’s best apostle

    08/03/2015 1:53:12 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | July 31, 2015 | Jonathan Tilove
    Rafael Cruz, father to Ted, is writing a book. It will be about how America was founded as a Christian nation. About how the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution are the word of God. About how America lost its way a half century ago when the Supreme Court banned prayer in school and tossed the Bible from classrooms, ushering in an era of declining morals and rising crime. About how churches, cowed by a misunderstanding of separation of church and state, and to their enduring moral shame, acquiesced. About how it’s time for pastors — and Christians generally –...
  • Even Babies Think Crime Deserves Punishment

    08/02/2015 5:42:44 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 10 replies
    Live Science ^ | 11/28/2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    Babies as young as 8 months want to see wrongdoers punished, a new study finds. In contrast, younger babies prefer to see individuals being nice to one another — even when that means that someone is nice to a character who deserves a slap on the wrist. "This study helps to answer questions that have puzzled evolutionary psychologists for decades," Kiley Hamlin, a psychologist at the University of British Columbia, said in a statement... (snip) The researchers wanted to know if the babies would prefer the ball-giving puppet or the one that took the ball away. They found that 5-month-olds...
  • ‘Married’ lesbian approved as head of Catholic day care in Cardinal Marx’s diocese

    08/02/2015 8:36:08 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | July 31, 2015 | Maike Hickson & John-Henry Westen
    The website of the German Bishops' Conference, katholisch.de, reported yesterday on the first case of a practicing homosexual permitted to remain in a position at a Catholic Church institution despite a flagrant and public violation of the Church's moral law. The woman who heads a Caritas Day Care Center in Bavaria, had been asked in April to leave her position due to her announcement that she was going to “marry” a woman. The decision has now been rescinded, according to Fr. Hans Lindenberger, head of the Caritas in Munich, Germany. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who is the Archbishop of the Diocese...
  • Cowardly Americans Tremble In Fear While A Courageous Nun Defends Women

    08/01/2015 7:21:28 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 40 replies
    It is getting frustrating to see yet another abominable Republican attack on women’s reproductive rights without any acknowledgment that it is a concerted religious effort to dominate and control American women and nothing else. It is true that it is a uniquely American unwritten cardinal sin to utter one negative word about Christian extremists imposing their “religious liberty” on Americans, but for dog’s sake the time to stand up for women and against theocratic assaults on their rights is long past. There are, allegedly, “good Christians’ in the population and they certainly outnumber the fanatical evangelical control freaks, but except...
  • Fr. Barron on Planned Parenthood and the Loss of Human Dignity

    08/01/2015 5:55:51 PM PDT · by hiho hiho · 15 replies
    YouTube ^ | July 29, 2015 | Fr. Robert Barron
    8 minute video
  • The Sin Of The Unstirred Church

    07/31/2015 3:42:04 PM PDT · by knarf · 5 replies
    oldpathchristianity.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Lester Roloff
    Evening preaching, 24 minutes
  • Episcopal and United Church of Christ Clergy Praise Planned Parenthood for “Doing God’s Work”

    07/31/2015 2:14:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 33 replies
    lifenews ^ | Sarah Zagorski Jul 31, 2015
    According to a group of liberal clergy, killing babies in abortions and selling their body parts to the highest bidder is “God’s work.” On July 29, the Planned Parenthood Clergy Advocacy Board said the undercover videos portraying their executives haggling over the cost of aborted babies’ body parts are simply an attack on health care. Jeffrey Walton from the Institute on Religion and Democracy reports that the board is made up of religious leaders from the United Church of Christ, Episcopal Church and American Baptist Churches as well as clergy from Reformed Jewish and Unitarian Universalist congregations. In a statement...
  • POPE WARNS OF "GENOCIDE" AS PERSECUTION OF CHRISTIANS RISES WORLDWIDE

    07/31/2015 9:20:45 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 36 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | July 31, 2015 | Donna Rachel Edmunds
    Christians may be the most persecuted group in the world, and their persecution is on the rise. As Islamic extremism takes hold and repressive governments step up their campaigns against Christianity, the Pope has been moved to warn of “a form of genocide”, and for campaigners to speak out over “religio-ethnic cleansing.”
  • The Prophetic Words of Pope Leo XIII

    07/31/2015 2:42:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | 7/31/15 | Brian Williams
    In recent weeks we have seen the ugly truth of what a post-Christian America looks like. From the unveiling of a statue of Baphomet by Satanists in Detroit last weekend, to the release of multiple undercover videos of Planned Parenthood sorting through aborted babies and negotiating the sale of their parts, Americans have witnessed nothing less than the manifestation of pure evil in our time. Satan is indeed prowling about our country seeking the ruin of souls.In the midst of this moral depravity and horrific evil I recently came across Pope Leo XIII’s encyclical “Tametsi Futura Prospicientibus”. While it was...
  • Where does humanistic culture lead?

    07/30/2015 6:27:59 PM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    Pravoslavie ^ | 01-28-2015 | St. Justin Popovic
    St. Justin Popovic (April 6, 1894-April 7, 1979) survived two world wars in Serbia, and in this treatise on European culture he discerns the problems with the European worldview that led to such a human disaster, and touches upon the probable future. Theanthropic culture transfigures man from within, and thereby likewise influences his external condition. It transfigures the soul, and by way of the soul, it transfigures the body. According to this culture, the body is the temple of the soul, and it lives, moves and has its being through the soul. Take away the soul from the body and...
  • Eucharistic Adoration: The Way to End Abortion

    07/30/2015 6:07:57 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 26 replies
    Apostolate for Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration ^ | 1999 | Rev. Victor P. Warkulwiz, M.S.S.
    The Eucharist is the focal point of the Catholic faith because it is Jesus present with us here on earth today. In the Eucharist, Jesus prolongs His presence on earth and most completely fulfills His words: "Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world" (Mt. 28:20). The Eucharist is Jesus' greatest expression of His love for us. Jesus expresses His love for us in three ways in the Eucharist: by re-presenting His sacrifice of the Cross in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, by uniting His life with ours in Holy Communion, and by...
  • Church in Spain declares transgendered person not “suitable” to be a godparent

    07/30/2015 1:48:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | July 29, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    From Huffington Post in Spain: Alex Salinas is 21 years old. He was assigned female at birth, but is now living as his authentic self as a man. He is a “firm believer” and wants to be a godparent at his nephew’s baptism but the diocese of Cadiz and Ceuta is standing in his way. According to them, he is not a “suitable” person because of the life he leads, a life not “congruent with faith.”However, they do not find their argument to be discriminatory.The diocese says that. in responding to the petition they received from Salinas to be a...
  • Another Pentecostal Snake Handler Dies After Venomous Bite

    07/30/2015 12:45:09 PM PDT · by xzins · 72 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/30/2015 | JESSILYN JUSTICE
    A Kentucky coal miner died after refusing treatment for a Sunday-morning snake bit. John David Brock, a member of the Holiness faith, was bitten by a rattlesnake and died four hours later, according to a CBS affiliate. Brock had other health problems, and the official cause of death will be determined from medical records. Snake-handling churches emerged in the early 20th century. It gained popularity in the last few years through the reality show Snake Salvation. The pastor in Snake Salvation, Jamie Coots, died of a snake bite in 2014. The CBS affiliate says Brock is the second person to...
  • LAUDATO SI' -- Enironmental Encyclical - COMMENTARY FOR PARISH USE - Mrs. Don-o - [CATHOLIC CAUCUS]

    07/30/2015 11:08:14 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 69 replies
    My own fevered brain | July 30, 2015 | Mrs Don-o
    LAUDATO SI’ A letter from Pope Francis on the Care of our Common Home “Praise be to You” (“Laudato Si”) – Pope Francis’ environmental letter --- is a different kind of encyclical, and invites a different kind of response from most of its predecessors. In this essay I hope to put the spotlight on the ways this encyclical is unprecedented, and also selectively highlight its positive contributions to Catholic Social Thought. Historically, encyclicals were any official teaching letters concerning Catholic doctrine on faith and morals. They were sometimes addressed to bishops in a particular area, or sometimes to the bishops...
  • LGBT Grant-Maker Wants to Win Religious Liberty Fight Within Three Years

    07/30/2015 4:47:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/29/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Washington D.C., Jul 29, 2015 / 12:31 am (CNA).- A leader in LGBT grant-making has told business leaders that he wants to shut down the political fight for religious freedom exemptions in the U.S. within three years. And these words are not empty rhetoric. A CNA investigation has found that millions of dollars have been poured into efforts to combat religious freedom exemptions in the United States. “We are at a crossroads where the choices we make will mean we will fight religious exemptions for two to three years or have a protracted twenty year struggle on our hands,” Tim...
  • African Bishop Points Out Hypocrisy of Obama’s Pro-Homosexual Agenda

    07/30/2015 4:42:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 7/29/15 | Diane Montagna
    US leader stands accused of the same bullying he himself denounced on eve of African tripPresident Barack Obama’s cajoling of Kenyan leaders to accept “LGBT rights” has met with a notable backlash from African bishops and other state and religious leaders, with one African bishop drawing attention to the hypocrisy of Obama's LGBT agenda. Obama arrived in Kenya for a two-day visit on Friday, his first visit to his father’s homeland as US president, before heading to Ethiopia on Sunday for a one-day visit. At a joint press conference held with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday, Obama advocated for...
  • 'Shadow Council' Pushes Acceptance of Contraception, Homosexual Unions [Catholic Caucus]

    07/29/2015 5:13:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 7/29/2015 | ANDREA GAGLIARDUCCI
    A Catholic priest who participated in May’s closed-door meeting with the aim of urging “pastoral innovations” at the upcoming synod on the family in October suggested that acts the Church considers intrinsically evil — contraception and homosexual activity — cannot be considered so, given the individual’s experience.
  • Truth and Tolerance: Why the Church Can’t Change Her Teaching

    07/29/2015 2:31:41 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Catholic Exchange ^ | July 28, 2015 | SAM GUZMAN
    “The Catholic Church is intolerant.” That simple thought, like a yellow-fever sign, is supposed to be the one solid reason which should frighten away any one who might be contemplating knocking at the portals of the Church for entrance, or for a crumb of the Bread of Life. When proof for this statement is asked, it is retorted that the Church is intolerant because of its self-complacency and smug satisfaction as the unique interpreter of the thoughts of Christ. Its narrow-mindedness is supposed to be revealed in its unwillingness to cooperate effectively with other Christian bodies that are working...
  • Peaceful pro-life prisoner Mary Wagner freed after seven months in jail

    07/29/2015 2:23:53 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    lifesitenews.com ^ | Jul 28, 2015 | Lianne Laurence
    MILTON, ON, July 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Canadian pro-life prisoner of conscience Mary Wagner was released from Vanier Centre for Women Saturday, July 25 after seven months in jail. “Of course, I’m pleased to be out,” the 41-year-old told LifeSiteNews in a telephone interview, taking time from sorting through all the gifts and cards from supporters that were forbidden to her while in jail. “I’m thankful for the prayers and support.” Wagner says she plans to visit her parents in BC, and to write an open letter to supporters to express her thanks and her thoughts, similar to one she...
  • Encyclical of Greek Archbishop Stylianos of Australia Concerning Same-Sex Marriage

    07/29/2015 9:02:59 AM PDT · by NRx
    Pravoslavie ^ | 07-17-2015 | Archbishop Stylianos
    To the Reverend Clergy and the honourable Administrative Committees of the Parish-Communities of our Greek Orthodox Archdiocese Dearly Beloved, Further to our Encyclical of 28th May 2013, in relation to a law which the State proposes to vote upon with regard to Marriage between persons of the same gender, we write to you once again because the Federal Parliament is expected very soon to deal with the redefinition of the concept of Marriage. You might appreciate, then, should such an Act be legalized, what destructive consequences this will have on the institution of Marriage, but also on the institution of...
  • Gay Catholics Push for Church Weddings

    07/28/2015 3:06:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 117 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 29, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    When the Supreme Court ruling came down in late June, extending the right to marriage to members of the same sex in all 50 states, some observers felt that the Catholic Church was fairly immune to any requirements that it would have to allow same-sex weddings before her altars. Now, though, calls for the Church to allow such nuptials are bubbling up. How far they will get is another question. The issue was raised Tuesday by a report in the New York Times that featured “gay and transgender Catholics” who are making noises with the approaching visit to these shores...
  • Satanic Temple Requires Attendees of Event to Sign Over Soul to Devil

    07/28/2015 2:48:38 PM PDT · by NYer · 104 replies
    Aletelia ^ | July 28, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The Satanic Temple of Detroit threw off protesters of their unveiling of a demonic statue by leaking word that the event would take place in one place but holding it in another. In addition, in an apparent attempt to weed out Christian moles who might disrupt the presentation of the statue, the Satanic Temple required everyone who had a ticket (for which they paid $25 and up) to sign a quasi-legal document in which they agreed to “transfer” their soul to Satan.​ “I agree that by signing this document under any name, given or adopted, actual or pseudonymous, I am...
  • Poland then. Britain now. (defending Church teachings poses new risks in Western countries today)

    07/28/2015 2:21:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | July 27, 2015 | Joanna Bogle
    Thirty years ago, bringing Catholic literature into Communist Poland could get you into trouble. Strangely—scarily—defending Church teachings can pose new risks in Western countries today. People place candles in Pilsudski Square to mark the fourth anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II April 2, 2009 in Warsaw, Poland. (CNS photo/Peter Andrews, Reuters) “You will be frightened,” Alex warned, “and you will sweat. So wrap the paper in a bit of plastic, cut from a plastic bag, before rolling it up and pinning it inside your clothes.” This was useful advice, because when we stood at Warsaw Airport with...
  • On Park Avenue, a Picture of the Catholic Church Divided [Opposing Interpretations of Vatican II]

    07/27/2015 11:06:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | 07/27/2015 | by NICHOLAS FRANKOVICH
    Two opposing interpretations of the Second Vatican Council divide the Catholic Church. This divide is more complex than the casual observer tends to appreciate. Within the complex divide, however, is a clear, simple divide: the familiar quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns. Each of the two parties is marked by a definite taste in liturgy, music, architecture, and art. The Eucharist being “the source and summit of the Christian life,” it should come as no surprise that the central object of disagreement between the Catholic Ancients and the Catholic Moderns is the Mass. In the Roman rite, it can...
  • NOW ARCHANGEL BATTLES DEVIL IN DETROIT

    07/27/2015 9:30:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    wnd ^ | July 27, 2015 | LEO HOHMANN
    After weeks of speculation and protests by Christian leaders in Detroit, the unthinkable took place.Just after 11p.m. on July 25, a satanic organization unveiled a 9-foot statue of the goat-headed Baphomet, a pagan symbol of Lucifer. The 1-ton statue features two young children looking up adoringly at the devil.Leaders of the Satanic Temple have been saying for weeks they planned to unveil the statue somewhere in Detroit and leave it there temporarily before moving it to Arkansas, where they plan to set it beside the Ten Commandments at the State Capitol. This is the same statue they attempted to erect...
  • Ireland's Top Archbishop Holds Historic Talks with Catholic Gay Group

    07/27/2015 6:14:12 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    Irish Central ^ | 7/24/15 | Jane Walsh
    Pro-gay faith groups have met Dr Eamon Martin, the Catholic Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland. The meeting with the Archbishop was requested by Faith in Marriage Equality (FiME) during the recent referendum campaign on same sex marriage. The meeting took place at the Archbishop's residence in Armagh, on Wednesday, July 22. Dr Richard O'Leary of Faith in Marriage Equality said “We believe it is a positive step to open dialogue with the Catholic Church as a contribution to the 'reality check' signalled by the Church after the vote for civil marriage equality.” He was referring to the...
  • Pennsylvania Congregation Pays UMC $100K to Leave Denomination Over Homosexuality Debate

    07/26/2015 6:09:01 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/26/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A congregation in Pennsylvania has voted overwhelmingly to leave the United Methodist Church over the growing debate that the mainline denomination is having regarding its position on homosexuality. Wesley Church, a congregation in Quarryville that has an average weekly worship attendance of about 650, voted to leave the UMC after months of discernment. Chris Lenhart, associate pastor at Wesley Church, told The Christian Post that leadership for the congregation saw a "considerable chasm forming between what Wesley believed and affirmed about the nature of God's word and what the denomination believed and affirmed about the nature of God's Word. "The...
  • Billionaire Brothers Donate $15 Million to Ted Cruz Super PAC to Further Their Religious Agenda

    07/26/2015 3:02:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 46 replies
    Patheos' The Friendly Atheist Blog ^ | July 26, 2015 | Hemant Mehta, editor
    Make no mistake about it: Religion and politics are closely intertwined. And in the Republican party, they’re practically synonyms. Yesterday, we learned that billionaire brothers Farris and Dan Wilks were donating $15 million to Ted Cruz‘s Presidential campaign (via a super PAC), making it the largest political contribution for any candidate this cycle and among the largest ever. And they’re doing it, in large part, because it’s the best way to further their religious agenda: “Our country was founded on the idea that our rights come from the Creator, not the government. I’m afraid we’re losing that,” Farris Wilks, a...
  • Ukraine Church Leaders Reject Constitutional Move on Same-Sex Rights

    07/26/2015 9:37:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 7/26/15 | Jonathon Luxmoroe
    A letter to the Ukrainian president said the constitutional ammendment would 'seriously threaten' family life Ukrainian Church leaders condemned plans to permit same-sex partnerships under a series of constitutional reforms. The Ukrainian parliament has been debating the issue of same-sex partnerships while plans call for adopting the amendments in autumn. The amendments were drafted as pro-Russia rebels continued to hold the eastern region of the country and also have been criticised by Russia for allegedly failing to include enough autonomy for the separatist-controlled Donetsk and Luhansk regions, as outlined in a February cease-fire agreement. The All-Ukrainian Council of Churches and...
  • Catholic Family Wins Against HHS Mandate

    07/25/2015 2:47:13 PM PDT · by NYer · 27 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | July 22, 2015 | Matthew Archbold
    A Catholic politician sued the Obama administration, arguing that as a Catholic he has a right to be able to purchase health insurance that doesn't cover contraceptives, sterilization procedures, and abortifacients. Paul Wieland serves in the Missouri House. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus. He has three daughters, who, because of the actions of the Obama administration, will have access to free contraceptives. “As a parent, it is disturbing,” said Wieland in an older news report. “We value our faith and make a sacrifice to teach our children the faith, to send them to Catholic schools. We...
  • Do You Disapprove of Theological Controversy in the Christian Church? (Protestant Caucus)

    07/25/2015 7:45:32 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 74 replies
    Monergisn.Com ^ | 2007 | MARTYN LLOYD-JONES
    Disapproval of polemicsą in the Christian Church is a very serious matter. But that is the attitude of the age in which we live. The prevailing idea today in many circles is not to bother about these things. As long as we are all Christians, anyhow, somehow, all is well. Do not let us argue about doctrine, let us all be Christians together and talk about the love of God. That is really the whole basis of ecumenicity. Unfortunately, that same attitude is creeping into evangelical circles also and many say that we must not be too precise about these...
  • We Will Not Bow

    07/25/2015 7:40:29 AM PDT · by daniel1212 · 31 replies
    Grace To You ^ | July 19, 2015 | John MacArthur
    This country talks a lot about terrorist attacks—and rightly so. Almost anybody in America can give you some kind of a listing of the most destructive acts of terror that have happened in our country. But let me suggest to you this: The two greatest attacks of terror on America were perpetrated by the Supreme Court. Not by any Muslim, but by the Supreme Court of the United States. The first one was the legalizing of abortion. Subsequent to that, there have been millions of babies slaughtered in the wombs of their mothers. It’s incalculable to even comprehend that. The...
  • Court: Family-Run Pharmacy Must Carry Plan B Despite Religious Objections

    07/25/2015 5:54:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 7/24/15 | Matt Hadro
    Washington D.C., Jul 24, 2015 / 04:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Owners of a pharmacy in Washington state must provide the morning-after contraceptive pill against their religious beliefs after a federal appeals court upheld a state mandate that they do so. “Today’s decision is unfortunate,” stated Luke Goodrich, deputy general counsel of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, on Thursday. “The government has no business punishing citizens solely because of their religious beliefs.” At issue is a 2005 state law that mandates pharmacies provide the morning-after and week-after contraceptive pills to customers even if they religiously object to doing so. Individual...
  • Bill Nye on Homosexual Behavior in an Evolutionary World View

    07/24/2015 6:32:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Answers in Genesis ^ | 07/24/2015 | Ken Ham
    With the recent SCOTUS decision, homosexuality is a hotter topic than ever before. It seems that everyone is talking about it right now. Well, in a recent Big Think video, Bill Nye “the Science Guy” was asked about homosexual behavior in an evolutionary worldview: “If the purpose of a species is to reproduce and survive how would it make sense evolutionarily for humans to have same-sex preferences? Are humans the only ones who practice homosexuality? And if this is so, does this mean that homosexuality is the product of humans personal whim as opposed to instinct?”Bill Nye basically answered this...
  • Two Christian Colleges Allow Hiring of Gay Married Professors

    07/23/2015 7:38:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/23/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    Two universities that belong to the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, an organization dedicated to delivering Christ-centered education at all of its schools, will now allow the hiring of professors who are married to a partner of the same sex. Goshen College in Indiana and Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia announced on Monday that they will now hire faculty who are in same-sex marriages. "We have spent several years reviewing our hiring practices," said Goshen College's Director of Communications Jodi Beyeler to The Christian Post on Monday. "There's been prayer. We've listened to a variety of voices from our...
  • Black Pastor Tells NAACP Abortion Is ‘Racist Genocide’

    07/22/2015 1:59:33 PM PDT · by Morgana · 10 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 20 Jul 2015 | Thomas D. Williams, Ph.D.
    At last week’s annual NAACP convention in Philadelphia, one pastor protested the group’s support for legal abortion, using a huge, attention-grabbing poster of the confederate flag side by side with the picture of an aborted child. Under the confederate flag were the words: “Evil done to us?” while the words under the 10-week-old fetus were: “Evil done by us?” Rev. Clenard Childress, the black pastor of the New Calvary Baptist Church in Montclair, N.J, is campaigning to have the NAACP reverse its 2004 decision to endorse abortion, asking pointedly whether the black lives of aborted children matter to the NAACP....
  • “Christian” Writer Still Supports Planned Parenthood Despite Selling Aborted Baby Parts

    07/22/2015 11:46:44 AM PDT · by Morgana · 57 replies
    lifenews.com ^ | Jul 22, 2015 | Sarah Zagorski
    It is really upsetting that top Democrats across the country are refusing to denounce Planned Parenthood’s abortion business, especially after the recent video showing their top doctor, Deborah Nutatola, discussing their negotiations with a business called Stem Express that purchases aborted babies’ body parts for experimentation. However, what’s even more upsetting and quite frankly unimaginable is Christians standing with Planned Parenthood. In an article posted on July 20th, writer Dan Wilkinson says he still supports the abortion giant even though he is a Christian . In summary, his reasoning is that there is nothing wrong with “donating” fetal “tissue” for...
  • The LCMS Calls a Post a Post

    07/22/2015 11:08:55 AM PDT · by NRx · 35 replies
    Chronicles ^ | 07-21-2015 | Aaron D. Wol
    If the role of religion in America today is to teach the faithful to bend over and kiss the ring of postmodernity and beg for forgiveness for actually believing something, the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod just failed spectacularly, flubbed its lines, and fell off the stage. I, for one, am elated. Tuesday’s St. Louis Post-Dispatch revealed the grand faux pas with this somewhat ironic lede: “The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod recently carried out what various members consider the equivalent of a modern-day heresy trial.” My enthusiasm is, of course, mixed with sadness. The Rev. Dr. Matthew Becker (the hero/victim of the breathlessly...
  • Under Sharia Law ....

    07/22/2015 6:44:49 AM PDT · by knarf · 21 replies
    FB ^ | July 22, 2015 | Miriam Io Solobay Miller
    Under Sharia Law Pedophilia does not exist. It is within their culture to marry and rape children becuse its within their marital rights to do so. Copy and paste this on ALL muslim stories! Flood them with the truth!
  • How Pope Francis makes Bernie Sanders look as “Catholic” as John Boehner

    07/21/2015 6:28:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | July 21, 2015 | David Gibson
    Sanders’ full remarks, reprinted below and are worth reading, but in addition to global warming he said he and the pope agree that “casino-type capitalism” and income inequality are a scourge on society, that senior citizens are too often abandoned and alone, and that young people are losing hope because they have few concrete prospects for a full life.
  • Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together

    07/21/2015 8:34:06 AM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 07-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Fortitude, Patience, and Meekness: Three Virtues We Often Separate, but That Belong Together Msgr. Charles Pope • July 20, 2015 • There is an important interplay and balance between the virtues that many modern minds set in opposition to one another. False dichotomies often prevail when the subtlety of virtues are lost or their meanings are grasped in simplistic or inaccurate ways.Consider three virtues that are related and which enable and moderate one other: fortitude, patience, and meekness. To most people, these virtues seem more opposed than related. Today, fortitude conjures up an image of a fearless warrior in battle,...
  • Exploring the Boundaries of God’s Law (Protestant Devotional)

    07/21/2015 5:38:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 4 replies
    ligonier.org ^ | 7/21/2015
    The Westminster Catechism defines sin as “any want of conformity to or transgression of the law of God.” We notice here that sin is defined both in negative and positive terms. The negative aspect is indicated by the words “want of conformity.” It points to a lack or failure in moral performance. In popular terms it is called a sin of omission. A sin of omission occurs when we fail to do what God commands us to do. The positive aspect of the catechetical definition of sin refers to overt, actual stepping over the boundaries of God’s law. It is...
  • America the Great?

    07/20/2015 3:30:11 PM PDT · by NRx · 1 replies
    No Other Foundation ^ | 06-30-2015 | Fr. Lawrence Farley
    ...Of course I have no idea whether the recent decision presages an upswing in hostility to Christians of traditional faith, much less a persecution of them. But even if it does, and doomsday scenarios are proved prescient, and dark times come, there is still no reason for panic or to rush around proclaiming that the sky is falling. All it will mean for us is a return to the catacombs. We were fine down there then, and we will be fine now. America has for some time regarded itself as being a Christian nation, with a Constitution and a judiciary...
  • LGBT Activists Warn Public Not to Watch Ray Comfort's New Movie on Homosexuality (Polite Caucus)

    07/20/2015 1:27:10 PM PDT · by xzins · 78 replies
    Charisma News ^ | 7/20/2015 | MELANY ETHRIDGE
    Despite the message of love that permeates Living Waters Publications' newest film, Audacity, LGBT activists are warning others away from watching it, giving it poor online reviews with comments such as "avoid at all costs." For the film's executive producer Ray Comfort, however, this is music to his ears. "This is the best thing that could have happened. It's not even out yet and they are telling people not to watch it. That's going to make them want to watch it to see how any movie could possibly be that bad; and they are going to get a shock when...
  • Vladimir Putin Rebukes U.S. for Abandoning God and Christian Values by Promoting Homosexuality

    07/20/2015 10:49:39 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 69 replies
    Black Christian News Network 1 ^ | June 2015 | Marc Bennetts
    President Vladimir Putin, former KGB agent of a once-atheist nation, rebukes America, a once-Christian nation by saying that by forsaking traditional Christian values and putting same-sex marriage on the same level as traditional marriage with a man, woman, and children, the nation is forsaking God and believing in Satan and will be led into degradation and chaotic darkness. At the height of the Cold War, it was common for American conservatives to label the officially atheist Soviet Union a “godless nation.” More than two decades on, history has come full circle, as the Kremlin and its allies in the Russian...
  • The Dreadful Duty of Forgiveness

    07/20/2015 9:52:09 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 80 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 7/19/15 | Trevor Thomas
    One of the most unpopular and difficult virtues of Christianity is forgiveness. As C.S. Lewis put it, “Every one says forgiveness is a lovely idea, until they have something to forgive.” Sadly, our personal lives recently have been an exercise in forgiving the unforgivable.
  • Statement of the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad on Gay Marriage

    07/20/2015 9:39:31 AM PDT · by NRx · 9 replies
    ROCOR ^ | July 2015 | Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia
    ...While we reaffirm today, as we have always done, the unchanging reality of repentance as a path open to all, without qualification, and abhor those who would react to any sin, or any sinner, other than in love and with the promise of new life that true repentance may bring, we nonetheless shall not succumb to the prevalent social trend of our day, which equates recognition and acceptance of sin with love. For the legalisation of sin is precisely what this judicial act accomplishes, whatever may otherwise be its aims or intentions. Marriage has been from creation, is now and...
  • Justice: Oskar Groening (Abortion: A Must Read)

    07/20/2015 9:23:12 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Fr Hunwicke's Mutual Enrichment ^ | 07-20-2015 | Fr John Hunwicke
    It may be 70 years since he worked at Auschwitz, and his occupation may have been no more than clerkly; he may even, as he claims, have have protested against what was happening and attempted to extricate himself from it; but it is thoroughly and totally right that an old man should be tried, sentenced, and punished for his involvement in the monstrous horrors of the National Socialist holocaust. If is true that his actions, according to the perverted legal code in place in Germany at that time, were not illegal when he performed them, that makes not one iota...
  • Christian Universities: Will They Obey God or Man?

    07/20/2015 9:06:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Townhall ^ | 07/20/2015 | Matt Barber
    It’s by design. As I, and others, have repeatedly warned, the establishment of so-called “gay marriage” as a newfangled federal “right,” and the free exercise of religion as guaranteed by the First Amendment simply cannot coexist in harmony. Things diametrically at odds cannot possibly occupy, with any coherence, the same time and space. The secular left is tripping over itself right now to prove my point. In the wake of last month’s Obergefell v. Hodges opinion – an opinion that somehow divined a top secret “constitutional right” for Patrick Henry to “marry” Henry Patrick – liberals are now demanding, as...