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Moral Issues (Religion)

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  • Ted Cruz, our ayatollah: Fight back now, or welcome to the 2016 religious right hellstorm

    05/03/2015 5:00:52 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies
    Salon ^ | May 3, 2015 | Jeffrey Tayler
    Way too many of us believe in a magic book negated by science and peppered with all manner of misanthropic myths. A lawyer and an associate dean at Liberty University, a columnist for Glenn Beck’s The Blaze, and the founder of WND’s Christian fundamentalist site Barbwire.com, Matt Barber might seem like an evangelical fringe character, but, clearly, he means to have his voice heard and his pronouncements taken seriously: his work appears under the portentous slogan RELATIVISTS BEWARE: TRUTH TOLD HERE. Yet he is affiliated with Glenn Beck, so, in pursuit of Truth-Telling, he sees fit to publish such essays...
  • Synod. The Proposal of a “Third Way”

    05/02/2015 8:28:18 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Chiesa ^ | May 1, 2015 | Sandro Magister
    ROME, May 1, 2015 – Responses have come streaming into Rome from all over the world, answering the preparatory questionnaire for the second and final session of the synod on the family, scheduled for October 4-25. One widespread impression - sometimes deliberately fostered - is that the pre-synodal discussion is polarized between two extreme positions: on one side, those who would like to introduce radical changes into the Catholic doctrine and practice of marriage, allowing the dissolution of the bond and second marriages; on the other, those who are adamant in punishing with de facto excommunication anyone who violates the...
  • US Denies Visa to Only Christian Set to Testify Before Congress on Persecution (Yazidis approved)

    05/01/2015 2:12:58 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Aleteia ^ | May 1, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    A multi-ethnic, interdenominational delegation from Iraq is expected to visit Washington to plead the case of religious minorities being persecuted by the Islamic State group. But because the visa for an Iraqi nun was denied, there will be no Christian in the group.  Unless the US State Department changes its mind, Dominican Sister Diana Momeka, who has worked among the internally displaced persons in the northern Iraqi city of Erbil since tens of thousands of Christians were forced to take refuge there last summer, will be sitting out the mid-May trip. She was invited to join the delegation, which will be testifying...
  • Satanic Temple Member Claims State RFRA Exemption To Missouri's Abortion Waiting Period

    05/01/2015 10:40:54 AM PDT · by NRx · 10 replies
    Religion Clause ^ | 05-01-2015 | Howard Friedman
    Friendly Atheist reports this week on plans by a member of the Satanic Temple to challenge Missouri's requirement for a 72-hour waiting period for abortions by asserting a religious freedom claim. Missouri has a Religious Freedom Restoration Act (MO Rev. Stat Section 1.302.1). Missouri law (MO Rev. Stat. Section 188.027.1) requires that: "The physician who is to perform or induce the abortion or a qualified professional shall provide the woman with the opportunity to view at least seventy-two hours prior to the abortion an active ultrasound of the unborn child and hear the heartbeat of the unborn child if the...
  • How the Federal Government May Put Christian Schools Out of Business

    05/01/2015 4:59:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Acton Institute ^ | 4/29/15 | Joe Carter
    With seven words—“It is going to be an issue”—the U.S. government signaled to orthodox Christian colleges and universities that if they don’t drop their opposition to same-sex marriage they will lose their tax exempt status. Those words came yesterday when the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a case concerning whether the Fourteenth Amendment’s must guarantee the right for same-sex couples to marry. While the primary issue is whether gay marriage will be required in every state in the union, one exchange highlighted how the upcoming ruling could affect religious liberty. Justice Samuel Alito asked Solicitor General...
  • Presidential Contenders Tell a Tale of Two Catholic Churches

    04/30/2015 2:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | FR DWIGHT LONGENECKER
    As the race for the White House gears up, all eyes are on the presidential contenders, and there has never been a larger crop of Catholics either already in the race, or waiting in the wings. If anyone wants to get a glimpse into the contemporary Catholic Church in the United States, the range of Catholic politicians reflects the amazingly diverse and difficult variety of American Catholics.   The “conservative Catholics” are best represented by Senator Rick Santorum. A life-long Catholic, Santorum became more serious about his faith after marrying. Now a daily mass attendee, Rick Santorum has put...
  • Nigerian Bishop: Hillary Clinton's Remarks About Religious Beliefs Show She "Thinks She Is a God"

    04/30/2015 1:29:59 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | April 30, 2015 | DIANE MONTAGNA
    ROME—In this far reaching, follow-up interview to a story Aleteia brought you in February, Bishop Emmanuel Badejo, who serves as Director of Communications for the African Bishops, discusses with Aleteia the latest developments regarding Boko Haram, and his fellow Nigerian bishop’s claim that he had vision of Jesus Christ, who told him the terrorist organization would be defeated through the power of the rosary.    He also offers his perspective on Hillary Clinton’s statement last week that “deep-seated cultural codes, religious beliefs and structural biases have to be changed” for the sake of giving women access to “reproductive health...
  • 6 Interesting Facts About Hillary Clinton's Christian Faith

    04/30/2015 9:37:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 42 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/30/2015 | Sami K. Martin
    Hillary Clinton wants to be president of the United States, but what actually guides her? The only currently declared candidate for the Democratic ticket was raised in the Methodist tradition and continues to practice that faith today. Here are six interesting facts about Clinton's faith as it relates to her candidacy and personal life. 1) Clinton was raised in the First United Methodist Church in Park Ridge, Illinois, and wrote in her book It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us that "religion figures in my earliest memories of my family. Our spiritual life as a family was...
  • So broad an interpretation of liberty as to justify every perversion.

    04/30/2015 8:38:29 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 12 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | April 30, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    From Mass Resistance: Primer: Ten things you need to know about the US Supreme Court “gay marriage” case being heard April 28, 2015 On April 28 the US Supreme Court case will hear oral arguments for the case that will essentially decide whether “gay marriage” is a previously unknown “fundamental right” enshrined in the US Constitution, similar to the Court’s 1973 abortion ruling.  The US Supreme Court building will be ground zero for the latest assault on the nation's culture. What was once a fringe, unthinkable idea is now on the verge of being imposed on the entire nation....
  • American Jacobins: Sexual Revolutionaries Prepare the Battlespace for a De-Christianized America

    04/29/2015 11:39:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    The National Review ^ | April 29, 2015 | David French
    In yesterday’s oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges (better known as the “gay-marriage case”), the solicitor general of the United States committed a classic “Kinsley gaffe”: He accidentally told the truth. Normally, in any argument about the next legal step of the sexual revolution, the accusation or even implication that there’s a slippery slope is grounds for outrage. Not only shouldn’t we explore the legal implications of expanding the definition of marriage, the very attempt is homophobic. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain. Yesterday, however, the solicitor general tugged at that curtain, revealing the Jacobin behind —...
  • Should Pastors Stop Signing Civil Marriage Certificates?

    04/29/2015 1:02:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | 01/26/2015 | Compiled by Ruth Moon
    In response to same-sex marriage, hundreds signed a pledge endorsed by First Things to separate civil and Christian marriage. LifeWay Research found that 1 in 4 pastors (and 1 in 3 Americans) support such a move.Here’s how theologians and other experts answered the question. Answers are arranged on a spectrum from “yes” answers at the top to “no” answers at the bottom. "For a long time, Christianity has sewn its teachings into the fabric of Western culture. That was a good thing. But the season of sewing is ending. Now is a time for rending, not for the sake...
  • Churches Brace for Same-Sex Marriage Ruling from Supreme Court

    04/29/2015 10:13:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 52 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | 04/29/2015 | Tamara Audi
    Arguments over same-sex marriage played out in the U.S. Supreme Courton Tuesday, but many religious groups opposed to gay marriage aren’t waiting for a ruling. A court ruling expected two months from now could sanction same-sex marriage nationwide. In anticipation, some congregations and religious advocacy groups are re-emphasizing their teachings on marriage, fine-tuning their approach to gays and lesbians and bracing for legal battles and public criticism. “The outcome of this decision will shape the landscape of the church’s ministry in the U.S. for generations to come,” wrote Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the...
  • Moral Obligation is Our Dignity

    04/29/2015 2:45:52 AM PDT · by 9thLife · 2 replies
    Magnificat via CERC ^ | POPE BENEDICT XVI
    Moral obligation is not man's prison, from which he must liberate himself in order finally to be able to do what he wants. It is moral obligation that constitutes his dignity, and he does not become more free if he discards it: on the contrary, he takes a step backward, to the level of a machine, or a mere thing. If there is no longer any obligation to which he can and must respond in freedom, then there is no longer any realm of freedom at all. The recognition of morality is the real substance of human dignity; but one...
  • Cause for Controversy: Catholic School Teaches Catholic Morals to Catholic Students [UK]

    04/28/2015 8:24:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/28/15 | Joanna Bogle
    "The Telegraph" apparently finds it bothersome that Coloma Convent Girls' School presents the dark side of premarital sex and strongly encourages chaste choicesHeadlines about complaints over sex education in a Catholic school. Claims that some students are “scared” by the approach used in teaching about sexually transmitted diseases. The head teacher defending what had been done and saying the aim was to meet the needs of pupils and “discuss various issues and ideas”. Sound familiar? There has been plenty of controversy over sex education in recent years. So why did Britain's Daily Telegraph pick up this particular story? Coloma Convent...
  • Pope Francis’ US envoy rebuffed gay campaign for him to back out of March for Marriage

    04/28/2015 2:11:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 28, 2015 | Lisa Bourne
    The Human Rights Campaign claimed Archbishop Vigano would 'further politicize differences' between the US and the Vatican by supporting Church teaching on marriage. - Pete Baklinski / LifeSiteNews April 28, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- In the days leading up to this past weekend’s March for Marriage, the homosexual activist group Human Rights Campaign petitioned the Holy Father to keep his ambassador to the US from participating in the annual event supporting natural marriage.To the displeasure of the pro-homosexual group, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano was among the special guests at the third annual march in Washington...
  • Oregon Couple Fined $135 K for Refusing to Bake Cake, GoFundMe Pulls Plug Too

    04/28/2015 1:48:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 28, 2015 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    A married couple is at risk of losing everything including their home after refusing to bake a wedding cake for a lesbian couple. And on top of that, after being fined $135,000, GoFundMe.com pulled a fundraising effort for the couple because of...tolerance or something. Todd Starnes reports:The owners of an Oregon bakery learned Friday that there is a severe price to pay for following their Christian faith. A judge for the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) recommended a lesbian couple should receive $135,000 in damages for their emotional suffering after Sweet Cakes by Melissa refused to make them...
  • Salt Lake City Bishop named new Archbishop of Santa Fe

    04/28/2015 9:40:45 AM PDT · by CedarDave · 7 replies
    The Albuquerque Journal ^ | April 27, 2015 | Olivier Uyttebrouck
    New Mexicans on Monday had their first glimpse of Archbishop-elect of Santa Fe John C. Wester, who declared his commitment to serve the poor, reform a broken immigration system and to work with others “to strengthen the common good.” The bishop of Salt Lake City since 2007, Wester will become the leader of an estimated 300,000 Roman Catholics in New Mexico on June 4 when he is installed as the 12th Archbishop of Santa Fe at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe. He will succeed Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan, who will step down...
  • Political Correctness: The Cause of Same-Sex Marriage, Social Decline and a Growing Oppressive State

    Traditional moral reasoning shows same-sex marriage creates immense harm in the social fabric. Politically correct moral reasoning shows redefinition to be fair - to be all well and good. If political correctness wins, we all have to go around pretending - under the force of the law - that all is well and good. Meanwhile society will be slowly collapsing all around us and we, and our children, will have to suffer the increasingly poor outcomes in silence. Help.
  • Iowa Radio Host: Religious Freedom Top Conservative Presidential Issue

    04/27/2015 7:06:37 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 2 replies
    Breitbart's Big Government ^ | April 27, 2015 | Robert Wilde
    Nationally syndicated radio host and columnist for the Washington Times, Steve Deace, explained that there are three specific issues animating the 2016 Republican presidential contest. “If you are weak on these, don’t even show up,” Deace cautioned conservative Republican presidential aspirants. “This is sort of the triumvirate of issues. That is amnesty, that is religious freedom, and the other is Common Core. If you are soft on these issues, or have been in the past, you’re done.” The author of Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again, told Breitbart senior writer and guest host of Breitbart News Sunday airing...
  • Pope Francis and the family, the next step

    04/27/2015 5:32:43 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Monday Vatican ^ | April 27, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    April 15 was the deadline given to dioceses to return the questionnaire to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops in preparation for the up-coming Synod. Then, beginning on April 15, Pope Francis dedicated his address in two consecutive general audiences to the complementarity between man and woman. In his speeches, Pope Francis defended the traditional family, and attacked gender ideology, emphasizing that “difference is the solution, it is not the problem.” Those who believed that Pope Francis’ pastoral revolution presaged a doctrinal change in terms of marriage and family heaved a sigh of relief upon hearing his...
  • Dominican sisters walk out of class over LGBT “Day of Silence”

    04/27/2015 3:39:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | April 23, 2015 | Catherine Harmon
    “We went home because the Catholic school and faith that we love was being compromised.” Image via Wikipedia Five Dominican sisters who teach at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, California walked out of class on Friday of last week when it became evident that some students at the school were participating in a national “Day of Silence” for LGBT youth. “We went home on Friday because what happened was inappropriate,” the sisters explained in an email sent to Marin Catholic students over the weekend. “We went home because we were made to feel uncomfortable and used for another’s agenda. We went home because...
  • Radical Homosexuals Want to Have Their 'Ideological Cake' and Make You Eat it Too

    04/27/2015 3:31:03 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 19 replies
    CNS News ^ | April 27, 2015 | Fr. Marcel Guarnizo
    This past week, we witnessed the unseemly pandering of several Republicans to the radical homosexual lobby. Each stumbled over the other to present his credentials. Florida Senator Marco Rubio—in a display of complete incoherence—stated on Face the Nation: “I don’t believe that your sexual preferences are a choice for a vast and enormous majority of the people… the bottom line is I believe that sexual preference is something people are born with.” Which one is it, are all people born that way, or just the ones who want to make that claim? Rubio’s incoherent view seems to boil down to...
  • THIS TRIDUUM, PRAY FOR THOSE FOMENTING HATRED AGAINST CHRISTIANS IN INDIANA

    04/27/2015 2:14:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | THOMAS PETERS
    Honestly, did anyone expect the situation to get this bad in Indiana?Every single day seems to bring worse news.The situation of the O’Connor family in particular has me sick to my stomach. Local news ABC 57 went looking for a restaurant owner that would go on camera to share their beliefs and found an unsuspecting girl behind the counter of a small-town pizzeria who said she would have no problem serving gay people but that they would not cater a gay wedding if asked.Notice, there wasn’t even an act of discrimination — the girl simply answered a hypothetical question.For this...
  • CHARLOTTE BISHOP TO LGBT-ADVOCATE NUN GRAMICK: YOU’RE NOT SPEAKING IN MY DIOCESE

    04/27/2015 2:09:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | April 27, 2015 | JOHN WHITE
    Charlotte Bishop Peter Jugis has cancelled a speaking event by Sister Jennine Gramick that was scheduled to take place at one of the parishes in his diocese.Sister Gramick is the founder of New Ways Ministry, self-described as a “gay-positive ministry that advocates for justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Catholics, and for reconciliation within the larger Christian and civil communities.”In announcing Bishop Jugis’ decision to cancel the event as soon as he was made aware of it, diocese spokesman David Hains noted that the Vatican has previously determined that Gramick and New Ways Ministry oppose the Catholic Church’s...
  • Hillary Clinton: ‘Religious beliefs’ against abortion ‘have to be changed’

    04/27/2015 10:17:15 AM PDT · by NRx · 57 replies
    Life Site ^ | 04-24-2015 | Ben Johnson
    NEW YORK CITY, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Speaking to an influential gathering in New York City on Thursday, Hillary Clinton declared that “religious beliefs” that condemn "reproductive rights," “have to be changed.” “Yes, we've cut the maternal mortality rate in half, but far too many women are still denied critical access to reproductive health,” Hillary told the Women in the World Summit yesterday. Liberal politicians use “reproductive health” as a blanket term that includes abortion. However, Hillary's reference echoes National Organization for Women (NOW) president Terry O’Neill's op-ed from last May that called abortion “an essential measure to prevent...
  • What Should the Church Say to Bruce Jenner?

    04/27/2015 9:41:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 48 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/27/2015 | Russell Moore
    In the 1970s Bruce Jenner seemed to have it all—fame, wealth, admiration. He was an Olympic star, so popular in American culture that he was reputedly considered for both the roles of Superman and James Bond. That's changed. Now, Jenner is best known as the step-father on reality television's Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Jenner is now ready for one more change. He says he knows what he's been missing: his identity as a woman. Jenner has reportedly undergone surgery to make himself appear more like a woman and has been photographed wearing dresses. Now, in a highly publicized interview...
  • The central delusion of the Christian right: Americans aren’t really churchgoers after all

    04/26/2015 11:56:15 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    Salon ^ | April 26, 2015 | Amanda Marcotte
    New research reveals we're not the nation of Bible thumpers Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee like to tell themselves. The 2016 presidential campaign has really and truly started now, and already the religious pandering is getting silly. Despite wanting voters to think of him as a “libertarian” Rand Paul was recently bleating about how this country needs a religious revival, specifically “another Great Awakening.” Ted Cruz made a big fancy speech at Liberty University where he highlighted his defense of state promotion of religion, which he erroneously called “religious freedom,” even though having the state push faith on you is...
  • Bruce Jenner Thinks Christ Accepts His Sex Change

    04/26/2015 7:30:49 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 250 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 26, 2015 | JP
    “I’m a woman.” So said Bruce Jenner, during his coming out appearance this past Friday on a special two-hour edition of the ABC News program “20/20.” And that’s not the only shocking revelation Jenner confided to interviewer Diane Sawyer. “She” also claimed to be a Republican, a conservative and a Christian. Well, it’s conceivable that Jenner is a Republican. After all, there’s a LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) group that calls itself the Log Cabin Republicans. It’s also possible that Jenner is a “conservative.” Indeed, there have been any number of conservative lawmakers – including former Idaho Senator Larry...
  • Cdl Burke criticizes Cdl Marx' ‘ridiculous’ claim that German Church is not a ‘subsidiary of Rome’

    04/25/2015 11:38:55 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 24, 2015 | Maike Hickson
    ROME, April 24, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In an interview today with the prominent German newspaper, Die Welt, Cardinal Raymond Burke criticized Cardinal Reinhard Marx, who suggested German Catholic dioceses are not a “subsidiary of Rome” on the question of Communion for ‘remarried’ couples. “I have not read Marx' declaration verbatim, but of course formulations like 'subsidiary of Rome' are ridiculous,” said Burke. “We are all oriented toward Peter, that is the unity of the Catholic Church. 'Subsidiaries’ – that is the language of business, that does not belong to the Church. That is where obedience counts.” When asked about his...
  • Milbank: Using Jesus to curtail reproductive rights is incendiary

    04/25/2015 10:13:36 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Columbian ^ | April 25, 2015 | Dana Milbank
    Michigan Republican Tim Walberg was a Christian minister before winning election to Congress in 2010 — and he hasn't entirely changed jobs. In a rare Tuesday night committee meeting at which House Republicans advanced a bill curtailing reproductive rights, Walberg took the even rarer step of lecturing his colleagues on Scripture. "It is clearly taught by Jesus the Christ himself," Walberg preached to members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, "for those of us who believe in him — and I understand and I accept the fact that there are those who don't — but he said render...
  • Presbyterian Pastor: “I Love Planned Parenthood.” Calls Abortion Business a “Ministry”

    04/24/2015 6:31:07 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 78 replies
    LifeNews ^ | Apr 24, 2015 | Carole Novielli
    In a tweet by Planned Parenthood president, Cecile Richards, recently released she states, “So grateful to the many faith leaders who stand with Planned Parenthood and our patients. http://ppact.io/1IIU4QF Thank you, @awkukla!” @awkukla is Andrew Kukla, who describes himself as a , “Presby minister, love philosophy and Kierkegaard in particular, dad of four young kids, and I live in Boise, ID,” on his twitter page. The link takes you to a post written by the Presbyterian pastor which calls what Planned Parenthood does “a ministry“. He titled the blog post, “I (heart) Planned Parenthood.” Hard to believe? Read for yourself:...
  • Pope Francis meets with gay French ambassador nominee

    04/24/2015 3:18:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    cna ^ | April 24, 2015 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA. Vatican City, Apr 24, 2015 / 11:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis met April 17 with Laurent Stefanini, the openly gay foreign service officer named by France to be ambassador to the Vatican. News of the private audience, which was kept strictly confidential, was reported April 22 by the French magazine Le Canard Enchainé, although the magazine said that the meeting took place April 18. A source from the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA that the meeting actually took place in the late evening of April 17, and confirmed that it...
  • Gay Activists Target Marin Catholic HS in San Francisco

    04/24/2015 1:48:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | April 24, 2015 | DANIEL GUERNSEY
    The attacks continue against San Francisco’s archbishop and faithful Catholic teachers in his archdiocese who just want to be free to teach the truth with love in the City of St. Francis. Crisis readers are already aware of petitions to Rome to remove the faithful archbishop for requiring Catholic school teachers to follow Catholic teaching and for allowing a conservative priest to only have altar boys. These critics’ latest target is the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, one of the fastest growing orders of nuns in the United States, who teach in his diocese.The San Francisco...
  • Dear Churches in America: Prepare to Be Treated Like 1st Century Christians in Rome

    04/24/2015 7:07:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 106 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/24/2015 | Wallace Henley
    The United States Supreme Court may soon liberate the biblically conservative church from old "prejudices" that should have long ago been "jettisoned," forcing it into "rightly bowing to the enlightenments of modernity," in the words of a recent writer in The New York Times. Homosexuality must be removed from the "sin list" and, according to an MSNBC commentator, traditional marriage proponents must be forced "to do things they don't want to do." Sadly, this crusade will be like the Marxist "liberation" movements that promised to "free" people, but really were about control and suppression. The culmination may come as the...
  • Sex club seeks Nashville blessing by vowing to be a church

    04/24/2015 2:03:56 AM PDT · by markomalley · 22 replies
    AP ^ | 4/24/15 | TRAVIS LOLLER
    A Nashville swingers club has undergone a conversion — it says it's now a church — in order to win city approval so it can open next to a Christian school. The story began last fall, when a fixture in downtown Nashville called The Social Club sold its building and purchased a new one in a run-down office park several miles to the east. The new building is geographically isolated at the end of a dead-end street, but it is near the back of Goodpasture Christian School, a large private school serving pre-school through high school children. It might have...
  • How Christianity invented children

    04/23/2015 8:04:57 PM PDT · by DeweyCA · 19 replies
    The Week ^ | 4-23-15 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    We have forgotten just how deep a cultural revolution Christianity wrought. In fact, we forget about it precisely because of how deep it was: There are many ideas that we simply take for granted as natural and obvious, when in fact they didn't exist until the arrival of Christianity changed things completely. Take, for instance, the idea of children. Today, it is simply taken for granted that the innocence and vulnerability of children makes them beings of particular value, and entitled to particular care. We also romanticize children — their beauty, their joy, their liveliness. Our culture encourages us to...
  • Bishop Bars Sr. Jeannine Gramick [LGBT Advocate] from North Carolina Family Gathering

    04/23/2015 11:40:02 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 14 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | April 21, 2015 | Bob Shine
    Sr. Jeannine Gramick, co-founder of [LGBT] New Ways Ministry, has been barred from speaking at a Catholic parish in North Carolina, a move which seems to contradict Pope Francis’ initiatives for a more listening and merciful church. Bishop Peter Jugis of Charlotte personally expelled a PFLAG-Charlotte event from St. Peter Catholic Church where it was set to be held, according to QNotes. (PFLAG stands for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays.) Diocesan spokesperson David Hains explained that Jugis acted against Sr. Gramick’s presence because of her connection to New Ways Ministry and outspoken support for LGBT rights. Gramick...
  • Catholic Priest who Alleged Sexual Bullying 'Injured Reputation of Church', Says Tribunal

    04/22/2015 6:43:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 32 replies
    Christian Today ^ | 4/20/15 | Mark Woods
    A Roman Catholic priest in Scotland who alleged there was a culture of sexual bullying in seminaries stretching back decades has been found guilty by a Church tribunal of injuring the reputation of the Church and its clergy. Father Matthew Despard, who was suspended from his parish at St John Ogilvie in High Blantyre, Lanarkshire, made the claims in a self-published book entitled 'Priesthood in Crisis'.The e-book has been removed from sale on Amazon's Kindle service following legal threats by priests who said they had been defamed, but its description says that it is "a story of one priest's experience...
  • Pope Francis and his growing litany of modern-day martyrs

    04/21/2015 7:59:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    cna ^ | April 21, 2015 | Elise Harris
    Photo credit: ©M. MIGLIORATO/CPP. Vatican City, Apr 21, 2015 / 09:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid a torrent of recent news reports on persecuted Christians, Pope Francis reflected on those killed for their faith and said that these modern “Stephens” suffer as the Church's first martyr did. “The Church today is a Church of martyrs: they suffer, they give their lives and we receive the blessing of God for their witness,” Francis told attendees of his April 21 Mass, held in the Vatican’s Saint Martha guesthouse. “In these days how many Stephens there are in the world!” he said, referring to the first...
  • After vision of Christ, Nigerian bishop says rosary will bring down Boko Haram (Catholic Caucus)

    04/21/2015 7:50:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 25 replies
    EWTN ^ | April 21, 2015 | Alan Holdren and Elise Harris
    A Nigerian bishop says that he has seen Christ in a vision and now knows that the rosary is the key to ridding the country of the Islamist terrorist organization Boko Haram. Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme says he is being driven by a God-given mandate to lead others in praying the rosary until the extremist group disappears. “Towards the end of last year I was in my chapel before the Blessed Sacrament… praying the rosary, and then suddenly the Lord appeared,” Bishop Dashe told EWTN News April 18. In the vision, the prelate said, Jesus didn’t say anything at...
  • Alabama Senate prayer seeks forgiveness for acceptance of 'sexual perversions'

    04/21/2015 7:08:35 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 15 replies
    http://www.al.com ^ | April 21, 2015 | Mike Cason
    The opening prayer in the Alabama Senate today included a reference to the same-sex marriage controversy swirling in Alabama. Pastor David Gonnella of the Magnolia Springs Baptist Church in Theodore asked God to "Forgive us for allowing sexual perversions to be considered as normal." Asked if he was referring to same-sex marriage, Gonnella said he was referring to any law that would treat as normal something that God considers an abomination. Gonnella said he disagreed with a federal district judge's ruling earlier this year to overturn Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. Some probate judges issued licenses to same-sex couples for...
  • 'Marriage Was God's Idea, and He Will Preserve It, With or Without Us;' Ted Cruz Asks Pastors...

    04/21/2015 5:47:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | April 21, 2015 | Leonardo Blair
    As the U.S. Supreme Court readies to hear arguments in favor of same-sex marriage on Tuesday, April 28, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, urged pastors across America to preach and pray against it because "marriage was God's idea, and He will preserve it, with or without us." "We know that marriage is intended to be sacred, beautiful, and nourishing. If you do not influence your congregation's understanding of marriage, who will fill the void? Hollywood? Divorce courts?" asked Cruz in a letter sent to tens of thousands of pastors highlighted by CBN News. "Prayer moves our God to...
  • Nigerian Bishop Says Christ Showed Him How to Beat Islamic Terror Group

    04/21/2015 3:46:42 PM PDT · by JPII Be Not Afraid · 118 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4-21-15 | Ryan Fitzgerald
    Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme, head of the Diocese of Maiduguri in Nigeria's Borno State, was in a chapel praying before the Blessed Sacrament last December when, he says, something extraordinary happened: Jesus Christ appeared holding a sword, which He offered to the prelate. According to Bishop Dashe, the moment he took the sword from Jesus' hands, it transformed into Rosary beads. He then heard Christ repeat three times, "Boko Haram is gone." The bishop recalls, "I didn't need any prophet to give me the explanation. It was clear that with the Rosary we would be able to expel Boko Haram."...
  • “There is So much God Wants to Say to this Generation” – An Interview with Michael Chang

    04/21/2015 3:16:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies
    Onepeterfive ^ | April 21, 2015 | STEVE SKOJEC
    By now you’ve probably seen the video. Simple text overlaid on sweeping and beautiful natural vistas set to a serene — but determined — instrumental soundtrack. Subtle stylistic choices: the use of lens flare, vintage film effects, and mirroring; the use of just enough motion graphics to make a point without being distracting. Beneath it all, a translation in Arabic script for the intended audience. Together, it forms the most potent and moving message I’ve seen addressing the rise of the Islamic state. It cuts through the noise, and offers the reality of God’s love and the opportunity for salvation to men...
  • Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy

    04/21/2015 7:23:03 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 04-20-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Admonish the Sinner – A Reflection on the First Spiritual Work of Mercy By: Msgr. Charles PopeI wrote last week asking, Whatever happened to the spiritual works of mercy? I also indicated an intent to write on each of them. Here is the first installment: Admonishing the Sinner.The word “admonish” comes from the Latin verb monere meaning to warn, advise, or alert someone to a threat or danger. As such, its purpose is the good of another; it is an act of love and concern. To admonish the sinner is not to belittle or humiliate him, but rather to alert him to the danger...
  • Pope appeals to international community as African immigrants flood Italy, perish at sea

    04/20/2015 1:36:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 20, 2015 | Diogenes
    Following his April 19 Regina Caeli address, Pope Francis lamented the deaths of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea and appealed to the international community to offer assistance. The Pope spoke out after a new disaster in which as many as 700 people may have perished in a ship bringing refugees from Libya toward Europe. “I make a heartfelt appeal to the international community to react decisively and quickly to see to it that such tragedies are not repeated,” he said as he requested prayers. He added, “They are men and women like us, our brothers seeking a better life, starving,...
  • BREAKING: Catholic Relief Services vice-president is in a gay ‘marriage’, promotes gay agenda

    04/20/2015 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 85 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 20, 2015
    Update April 20: In keeping with our regular practice, we contacted Catholic Relief Services on Friday morning for a response prior to publication, and gave them a deadline of 4pm. In this case they did not respond. However, by Monday morning, Estridge's LinkedIn and Facebook profiles were taken down.BALTIMORE, MD, April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- As Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. face attacks for requiring Catholic teachers not to support same-sex “marriage,” new evidence shows that a vice-president at the bishops’ own foreign relief agency is himself “married” to another man.Critics say the news confirms Catholic Relief Services’ history of...
  • ISIS slaughters 30 Christians on beach in Libya

    04/20/2015 9:19:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | April 20, 2015
    Terrorists release propaganda video showing two massacres of Christians from Ethiopia ISIS has released another video depicting the slaughter of Christians in Libya, showing footage of two massacres in which 30 Ethiopian Christians were killed.Before the executions a masked militant said: “To the nation of the cross, we’re back again… Muslim blood that was shed under the hands of your religion is not cheap.”“We swear to Allah … you will not have safety even in your dreams until you embrace Islam,” he added.Later a militant with a Yemeni accent said: “Those who convert to Islam are safe. Those who...
  • Jesuit Theologian Banned From Teaching Catholic Theology (Pro-Gay Agenda, Liberation Theology)

    04/19/2015 7:44:31 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 4 replies
    Catholic Education Daily ^ | April 15, 2015 | Justin Petrisek
    Amid misleading reports and accusations of academic freedom violations, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago, Chile, sent a strong message last month in support of Catholic teaching and identity by effectively banning the dissident theologian Father Jorge Costadoat, S.J., from teaching theology at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile (PCUC). The Cardinal Newman Society spoke with Ryan Thomas, director of operations for Catholic News Agency and former South American bureau chief for its sister agency, ACI Prensa, to clear up conflicting reports and better understand the situation. In a letter dated March 24, Cardinal Ezzati Andrello withdrew his stamp of...
  • Must Christianity Change Its Sexual Ethics? History May Hold The Key

    04/19/2015 1:56:33 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 35 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 4-19-15 | Trevin Wax
    Churches that accept society’s dogma on marriage and sexuality may think of themselves as “affirming,” but the global church sees them as “apostate.” Meanwhile, it is the height of imperialistic narrowness for a rapidly shrinking subset of white churches in the West to lecture the rest of the world — including those places where Christianity is exploding in growth or where Christians are being martyred — on why they are wrong and how everyone else in Christian history has misread Scripture regarding the meaning of marriage. (RNS) Whenever people today say that Christianity needs to update and adapt its moral...