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  • Is the (Catholic) Church Prepared to Confront the Secular Culture?

    08/31/2015 2:16:01 PM PDT · by NYer · 28 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 31, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The Catholic Church in America (CCA) seems to be unable to play a leading role in fighting the damaging socio-cultural trends of our time and now, for the first time since the colonial era, even faces serious threats to religious liberty. Why is the Church in such a weakened state? Some commentators would single out the priest sexual abuse scandal, but that’s only one small part of the picture. The answer lies in longer-run trends, which have been discussed by faithful Catholic commentators and scholars for some time but now come into sharp relief. Most of these, but not...
  • Do Christians Who Divorce Have the Biblical Right to Marry Other People?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    08/25/2015 5:53:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    Catholic Voice (IE) ^ | 8/25/15 | Deacon Nick Donnelly
    A friend recently went through statements published by the Irish Bishops’ Conference between 2012 and 2015 to examine the language the bishops used about morality, especially in response to the initiatives of the Enda Kenny government. During this period the Irish government legalised both the killing of unborn babies through abortion and the treatment of homosexuality as equivalent with heterosexuality through so called same-sex "marriage". The statements from the Bishops’ Conference show the Irish bishops failing to name the evil of abortion and homosexual sex even though the Second Vatican Council named abortion an “unspeakable crime” (Gaudium et Spes, 50)...
  • Ted Cruz’s big problem: There isn’t really an ‘evangelical vote’ right now

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    08/22/2015 6:48:23 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 13 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | 8/22/15 | Trevor Thomas
    If you’re looking to discredit Christianity, you’re going to have to do a lot better than point to the failings of the followers of Christ. Josh Duggar, of 19 Kids and Counting fame, who was recently outed as a user of the adultery promoting website Ashley Madison, is simply the latest in a long line of public Christians caught failing to “practice what he preached.” Christianity isn’t about what Josh Duggar, Jimmy Swaggart, Billy Graham, James Dobson, myself, or anyone else did or will do. It isn’t about what we’ve said or will say. Christianity is in the words and...
  • Court says Little Sisters can duck birth-control mandate until Supreme Court weighs in

    08/21/2015 3:15:42 PM PDT · by Morgana · 7 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | August 21, 2015 | Tom Howell Jr.
    A federal appeals court that refused to exempt a group of nuns from Obamacare’s birth-control rules said Friday the sisters can duck the mandate and its hefty fines until the Supreme Court decides whether to take up their appeal. The Little Sisters of the Poor Home for the Aged is among several nonprofit plaintiffs who’ve asked the justices to hear them out next term, saying the Obama administration hasn’t done enough to absolve them from providing birth control they find sinful, including morning-after pills that Catholic groups equate with abortion. “The federal government doesn’t need the Little Sisters or any...
  • A Look at (Archdiocese of) San Francisco’s New Teacher Contract

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

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

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

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

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

    08/20/2015 4:55:45 PM PDT · by Morgana · 13 replies
    life news ^ | Sarah Zagorski Aug 20, 2015
    United Church of Christ Minister Tom Davis recently offered blessings to Planned Parenthood after videos were released showing their top executives haggling over the price of aborted babies’ body parts and explaining ways they alter abortion procedures to obtain “fully-intact human cadavers.” Unbelievably, the most recent video catches Planned Parenthood harvesting the brain of an aborted baby who was still alive. However, some in the religious community are standing by the abortion company even though well-known religious leaders, such as Rev. Franklin Graham and Baptist theologian Albert Mohler, have expressed outrage over the footage. In fact, World Magazine reports that...
  • The Soul & Friendship's Role (Part 2) PODCAST

    08/20/2015 4:06:44 PM PDT · by Making_Sense [Rob W. Case]
    Archive.org ^ | August 17, 2015 | Rob W. Case
    In the second half of our discussion on “the Soul and Friendship’s Role”, my educator friend and co-producer Tom Pazdan and I will discuss meaningful friendships that become toxic. If you are an emotionally sensitive person, and you feel (or have felt) hurt, anger, disappointment, or what have you due either to a broken friendship, or one that is now full of animosity, this show will try to make some sense out of your feelings. Also on the program, we will discuss how Jesus Christ provides a template for friendships, as the perfect model for them, on this edition of...
  • United Church of Canada Sells Fossil Fuel Holdings, Commits $6 Million to Alternative Energy

    08/20/2015 9:01:27 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 9 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Vincent Funaro
    The United Church of Canada plans to invest nearly $6 million into alternative energy sources that it acquired from selling all of its assets in fossil fuels. The denomination views the move as a bold step toward stewarding the gift of creation. "Care for creation and concern for the way that climate is impacting the most marginalized populations made this move an act of justice, of faith, and of solidarity with First Nations and other impacted communities," said Christine Boyle, General Council commissioner of the United Church and a veteran climate advocate, according to the National Advocate. The church will...
  • Baptist Church Founded by First SBC President Allows Ordination of Gay and Transgender Ministers

    08/20/2015 8:58:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/20/2015 | Samuel Smith
    The South Carolina church that was founded by the Southern Baptist Convention's first president has adopted a new non-discrimination policy that will allow for the congregation to not only marry same-sex couples but also ordain openly gay, lesbian and transgender ministers. Dr. Jim Dant, senior minister of the 184-year-old First Baptist Church in Greenville, South Carolina, explained in a recent interview with Greenville Online that his church, which is no longer Southern Baptist, voted earlier this year to take up a new policy that does not allow the church to discriminate in any facet of its ministry on the basis...
  • Same-sex marriage threatens to tear apart Christian college association as some members promise exit

    08/20/2015 7:22:54 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    The College Fix ^ | 08/20/2015 | SAMANTHA WATKINS - PT LOMA NAZARENE UNIVERSITY
    You’ve waffled on the issue too long, dissident leader tells CCCUShe saw the warning signs, but didn’t act until it was too late.Nearly a year after taking the reins of the Council for Christian Colleges & Universities – following the messy and expensive firing of its last chief – President Shirley Hoogstra is dealing with a potential revolt of its members.Because CCCU took no action after two of its members recently changed their hiring policies to allow same-sex married couples as faculty and staff, the organization lost a high-profile member, Tennessee’s Union University.For almost two years CCCU has known of...
  • Eleven Cardinals Climb into the Ring Against the Kasperians -The Voice of Africa Will Also be Heard

    08/19/2015 7:22:25 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 8/18/15 | Giuseppe Nardi
    (Rome) "Remain in the truth of Christ" The publication of the book was accompanied in 2014 by heated polemics. Back then five cardinals and several theologians worked on the anthology. The initiator of the relevant publication and spokesman for the defense of Catholic moral teaching on marriage and the Synod was US Cardinal Raymond Burke. He was subsequently relieved of his duties of Dicastery head by Pope Francis and removed from the Roman Curia. It was a clear signal of what is tolerated and what is not desirable, though it was not necessarily with the desired effect. Now comes another...
  • A Voice Missing From the Synod: Faithful Catholics With Same-Sex Attraction

    08/19/2015 6:59:01 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 8/14/15 | Matt Hadro
    “Our best ambassadors are our members,” Father Check of Courage said at the organization's conference.DETROIT — When presenters addressed last year’s Synod of Bishops to discuss challenges facing the family, there was one group whose voice was absent: those with same-sex attraction living chastely. So says Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage, a Catholic outreach ministry to persons experiencing homosexual desires. At the organization’s international conference, he emphasized the importance of hearing testimonies from those for whom same-sex attraction is “a lived reality” but who believe that the Church’s teaching on chastity “leads to peace.” “Our best ambassadors are...
  • The Jesus We Love

    08/19/2015 6:44:01 PM PDT · by Faith Presses On · 6 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | 8/19/15 | Richard Stearns, World Vision president
    Jesus is becoming less and less a figure to whom people commit their lives. A Barna survey earlier this year found that while 65 percent of Boomers made a personal commitment to Jesus, only 46 percent of Millennials had. They are also 10 percent less likely to believe Jesus was divine, compared to Boomers. Jesus may be losing his luster in our culture of decreasing church attendance and religious beliefs. Still, I find there is a Jesus who everybody loves, the Jesus who modeled what it means to show compassion to the stranger, care for the widow, bind up the...
  • Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood: New Proof of Collusion

    08/19/2015 2:53:12 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | August 19, 2015 | PATRICK REILLY AND JUSTIN PETRISEK
    As corporations and governments face increasing pressure to cut ties with scandal-plagued Planned Parenthood, let’s not forget the obvious: Catholic colleges ought to do the same.What, you ask? Catholic colleges have ties to Planned Parenthood, the nation’s largest abortion provider and alleged purveyor of aborted human parts? How is that even possible?It’s a good question. There’s no excuse for colleges that value their Catholic identity to be linked with the corrupt—and corrupting—organization.But in her recent Crisis Magazine article titled “Catholic Colleges Collude with Planned Parenthood,” Franciscan University of Steubenville’s Anne Hendershott reminded readers of several instances of Catholic college ties...
  • Christianity and Pregnancy.mp4

    08/19/2015 12:00:48 PM PDT · by Morgana · 11 replies
    Life Dynamics Inc / Youtube ^ | Published on Jun 11, 2012 | Life Dynamics Inc
    Christianity and Pregnancy.mp4 In our July 2009 episode, we discussed some ways christian businesses and schools discipline a pregnant, single woman can drive her to get an abortion... ****VIDEO ONLY ON LINK******
  • Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All

    08/17/2015 7:43:45 AM PDT · by Salvation · 34 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 08-16-15 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Poverty, Anyone? Why the First Evangelical Counsel Is a Gift for Us All Msgr. Charles Pope • August 16, 2015 • There are three evangelical counsels in Christianity: poverty, chastity, and obedience. Each, of course, presents challenges, but all are rooted in a similar goal: detachment. In obedience, God gives us the grace to free ourselves from pride and willfulness. In chastity, God gives us the grace to order and moderate our sexual passions according to our state in life, thereby reducing our obsession with their energy. And in poverty, God gives us the grace to suppress our greed and...
  • Former Satanist: “I Performed Satanic Rituals Inside Abortion Clinics”

    08/19/2015 6:57:04 AM PDT · by Morgana · 35 replies
    lepantoinstitute.org ^ | 2015-08-18 | Michael Hichborn
    In light of the recent videos exposing Planned Parenthood’s trafficking of the organs and tissues of preborn babies, the Lepanto Institute interviewed former satanic High Wizard, Zachary King. Zachary was an average boy from an American neighborhood who grew up in a Baptist home. He began practicing magick at 10, joined a satanic coven at 13, and had broken all 10 Commandments by the time he was 15 years old. From his teen years to adulthood he worked his way up to High Wizard in the coven and actively pushed satan’s agenda including ritualistic abortions. Zachary is currently writing about...