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  • Pagan Catholicism @ Loyola

    10/27/2014 7:22:52 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 9 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | October 26, 2014 | Malcolm A. Kline
    When Catholic colleges and universities embrace diversity, Catholics should worry. “Loyola University Chicago recently christened a new pagan student club, with its student organizer saying the group aims to help pupils at the private Catholic college find the God they seek, not just the one featured in the Bible,” Dominic Lynch, a student there, wrote on The College Fix on October 23, 2014. I’ll bet they didn’t have a hard time finding a faculty adviser. “The Loyola Student Pagan Alliance was granted official recognition by the university earlier this month by its Student Activities and Greek Affairs board,” Lynch reported....
  • Bishop Schneider: Church faces ‘great crisis’ as she’s tempted to conform to the ‘new paganism’

    06/12/2014 2:55:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | June 12, 2014 | HILARY WHITE
    LONDON, June 12, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Catholic Church is living through a “great crisis” of belief and practice, facing a “new paganism” comparable to the first centuries of the Church, and in which many priests and bishops are actively collaborating, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, said in an interview during a trip to the UK. The bishop said the crisis has particularly manifested itself in the erosion of belief in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, which he says has a “causal connection” to the denial of the Church’s teachings on...
  • Cornell study finds children who eat chicken on the bone are more aggressive

    04/30/2014 1:52:30 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 82 replies
    upi ^ | April 30, 2014 | Evan Bleier
    ITHACA, N.Y.,Researchers at Cornell University conducted a study about biting versus chewing habits in children and found that kids who eat chicken on the bone are more likely to disobey adults and be aggressive. The study, which was published in Eating Behaviors, found that children were “twice as likely to disobey adults and twice as aggressive toward other kids” when eating food they had to hold and bite. Researches found that children were more docile when eating cut-up pieces of food, results which would seem to indicate that there is a connection between having to use teeth to eat and...
  • County Renames Easter Bunny as ‘Spring Bunny’ in Parks’ Egg Hunt Promotion

    04/11/2014 7:10:47 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 41 replies
    Times of San Diego ^ | 04/10/2014 | Ken Stone
    San Diego County parks have set four Easter egg hunts, but are keeping the affairs secular by renaming the featured hopper the “Spring Bunny.” Events over the next two weeks will feature different activities at each location. Some feature face painting and others pancake breakfasts. Eggs hunts are set at four county parks. Image courtesy of County News Center“But the constants at all of them will be a chance to meet the Spring Bunny and lots of eggs – thousands of them!” says the county, whose news release doesn’t use the word Easter. Last year’s release also avoided any religious...
  • Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism

    02/16/2014 6:02:04 AM PST · by GonzoII · 21 replies
    The Wanderer Press ^ | February 12, 2014 | PAUL LIKOUDIS
    Pope Benedict XV . . . Poor Preaching Responsible For Fall Back Into Paganism February 12, 2014 Frontpage No Comments By PAUL LIKOUDISThe horror of World War I, preoccupied with massive humanitarian projects on behalf of widows, orphans, and prisoners of war, engaged in intense diplomatic initiatives to defend the rights of the Church in Europe, Russia, and the Middle East, Pope Benedict XV issued an encyclical Humani Generis Redemptionem on June 15, 1917, which blamed ineffective preaching by priests for the decline in morals and civilization’s backsliding into paganism. Pope Benedict reminded bishops that their foremost duty is...
  • Judges 2:10-13: The Opening of America’s Anti-Christian Chapter

    01/26/2014 4:58:24 AM PST · by spirited irish · 20 replies
    Renew America ^ | Jan. 7, 2014 | Linda Kimball
    “When also all that generation were gathered unto their fathers; and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the Lord, nor yet the works which He had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger...they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths." Judges 2:10-13 In his book “New Evangelicalism: the New World Order,” Paul Smith,...
  • Nazis Ordered: Remove All Christian Crosses and Spread Paganism

    01/20/2014 10:22:55 PM PST · by Enza Ferreri · 8 replies
    Enza Ferreri Blog ^ | 17 January 2014 | Enza Ferreri
    I've shown in the first and second articles of this series - concluding with the present article - that Hitler was neopagan and anti-Christian and that the new pagan religions that developed in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s gave Nazism part of its ideological foundations. It is only to be expected, then, that the Hitler regime tried to tear German society away from Christianity and return it to pagan beliefs. While Hitler made public proclamations that he would protect Christianity in order to be acceptable to the German people who were in their majority Christian, his recorded private...
  • A Journey to the Dark Heart of Christian Extremism: Review of "Being Christian" (Cue spooky music)

    11/12/2013 9:57:50 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    PoliticusUSA - Real Liberal Politics ^ | November 1, 2013 | Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    Conservatives like to extol so-called small-town virtues, of the sort immortalized in song by John Cougar Mellencamp. Small towns are supposedly the home of “real Americans” and bastions of virtue. Small towns, we are told, are the home of God-fearing family values Christians. Mellencamp sang about being “taught to feel Jesus in a small town” but there is feeling and then there is feeling. Televangelists use Jesus like a weapon to not only fire up their congregations but to be armed and fired at their foes. Liberals do not always understand, because they have not seen it for themselves, the...
  • With Lenin's Changes Removed, Tsarist Obelisk Unveiled Near Kremlin

    11/04/2013 12:47:59 PM PST · by kronos77 · 13 replies
    MOSCOW, November 4 (RIA Novosti) – The head of the Russian Orthodox Church and senior Russian officials attended the opening of a resurrected Tsarist-era obelisk outside the Kremlin walls Monday. The monument was originally unveiled 99 years ago to commemorate the 300th anniversary of Russia’s Romanov dynasty, but its Tsarist iconography was removed in 1918 on the orders of Vladimir Lenin and the names of Romanov emperors replaced by famous international revolutionaries. In the renovated version unveiled Monday, criticized by some architectural preservation groups for poor quality work, the communist-era changes have been reversed. “Today, an unjust historical action has...
  • Cardinal Tagle apologizes for Church ‘sins’

    10/19/2013 11:35:16 AM PDT · by haffast · 5 replies
    The Manilla Times ^ | October 18, 2013 10:50 pm | Rose de la Cruz
    SHAKEN, if not humbled by the destruction of old Catholic churches in the provinces of Cebu and Bohol after a powerful 7.2 quake hit Central Visayas last Tuesday, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Friday apologized for the sins of the Church against non-Catholics and even the poor. Tagle made his apology on the last day of the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the University of Santo Tomas, a 3-day event that sought to rekindle the Catholic faith. “In memory of Blessed Pope John Paul II and his collaborators before the year 2000, including Pope Emeritus Benedict...
  • Pope Francis helps provide mooncakes for 10,500 prisoners in Hong Kong

    09/20/2013 6:21:42 PM PDT · by haffast · 13 replies
    Vatican Insider ^ | 09/18/2013 | gerard o'connell
    More than 10,000 prisoners in Hong Kong will receive mooncakes on China’s Moon Festival, which this year falls on September 19, thanks also to the interest of Pope Francis in them. He not only endorsed this year’s Catholic initiative to provide mooncakes to the prisoners, he also gave a symbolic sum of money and, importantly too, encouraged the Catholic faithful in Hong Kong diocese to donate to the initiative. The Pope came to know about the project thanks to Cardinal Joseph Zen, the emeritus bishop of Hong Kong. He told me that he wrote to Pope Francis after the World...
  • First Bernalillo County (New Mexico) same-sex couple gets marriage license

    08/28/2013 10:08:04 AM PDT · by fifedom · 7 replies
    KOAT TV ^ | Aug 28, 2013 | Mike Springer
    A lesbian couple became the first same-sex couple to get a marriage license in Bernalillo County. The clerk’s office issued more than 100 marriage licenses before the day was over.
  • Church of England Envisions 'Christianity-Centered Pagan Church'

    06/27/2013 3:23:48 PM PDT · by fwdude · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | June 22, 2013 | Anugrah Kumar
    As part of its drive to retain congregation numbers, the Church of England is training its clergy to create a "pagan church" where Christianity will be "very much in the center," a British newspaper reports. The mother church of the worldwide Anglican Communion is seeking to create new forms of Anglicanism with which people of alternative beliefs should feel comfortable, according to The Telegraph. "I would be looking to formulate an exploration of the Christian faith that would be at home in their culture," the daily quotes the Rev. Steve Hollinghurst, who is advising the denomination in its new endeavor,...
  • Is this Historical Christmas?

    12/22/2012 6:02:55 PM PST · by Phinneous · 171 replies
    Simpletoremember.com ^ | Unknown | Lawrence Kelemen
    ...An article on the pagan origins of Christmas...
  • Fall of Mankind

    06/20/2012 3:02:36 PM PDT · by spirited irish · 67 replies
    Renew America ^ | June 20, 2012 | Linda Kimball
    “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18 In “Against the Heathen,” early Church Father Athanasius reveals that pride and haughtiness preceded man’s fall into idolatry and paganism. A haughty spirit led them to make light of higher things, and deliberately disregarding what they knew to be true they began to seek in preference things in the lower or natural dimension. Thus they fell into worship of self, sexual pleasures and acquisition of status and things to the living God and higher things. The truth as to evil said Athanasius, “….is that it originates, and...
  • Schools told to put witchcraft and druids on religious ed syllabus (Cornwall, UK)

    04/18/2012 12:19:24 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 16:12 EST, 14 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:19 EST, 14 April 2012 | Jonathan Petre
    Paganism has been included in an official school religious education syllabus for the first time. Cornwall Council has told its schools that pagan beliefs, which include witchcraft, druidism and the worship of ancient gods such as Thor, should be taught alongside Christianity, Islam and Judaism. The requirements are spelled out in an agreed syllabus drawn up by Cornwall’s RE advisory group. It says that from the age of five, children should begin learning about standing stones, such as Stonehenge. At the age of 11, pupils can begin exploring ‘modern paganism and its importance for many in Cornwall’. The syllabus adds...
  • Obama vs. None of the Above - A vulnerable president will face an ambivalent GOP.

    01/05/2012 3:19:25 PM PST · by neverdem · 14 replies
    American Spectator ^ | 1.5.12 | George Neumayr
    No matter how ineptly Barack Obama continues to govern, his chances of winning reelection remain strong. As the results from Iowa suggest, the GOP is too addled and divided to field a formidable and philosophically coherent opponent against him. Say this at least for the Democrats: They have the sense to run nominees who actually support the platform of their party. This rudimentary task is too tricky for Republicans to perform. They haven't been able to locate in over a generation a presidential nominee who supports theirs. George Bush Sr., Bob Dole, George Bush Jr., John McCain, and now Mitt...
  • Pet Parents Share Their New Year's Resolutions

    01/04/2012 1:12:47 PM PST · by Slings and Arrows · 18 replies
    HaloPets ^ | 1/4/12 | Caroline Golon
    Pets rejoice! A recent survey shows that many pet parents are making New Year’s resolutions to spend more time with their pets and make sure they are loved even more than they were last year. More than 1,000 pet parents, including hundreds of Kibblers, recently participated in the Halo, Purely for Pets Pet Parents’ New Year’s Resolution Survey. According to the survey, many pet parents want to do a better job grooming their pets, with 68.1 percent resolving to trim their pets’ nails more often, 52.6 percent planning to give their dogs and cats more baths, and more than 80...
  • Is there a war on Christmas?

    12/15/2011 1:43:33 PM PST · by JDPendry · 5 replies
    JD's Bunker ^ | 12/15/2011 | J.D. Pendry
    Is the real issue hidden beneath a catchy headline “the war on Christmas?” A war on Christmas is a war against what we call a decorated tree. It is a war against what we call the school break that arrives each year around Christmas time. It is a war against public display of Christian themed decorations. It is a war of political correctness of whether one should wish you a Merry Christmas, offer you a sanitized season’s greeting, or refer to an alternative list of faith based and made up celebrations, all so as not to offend. To that extent,...
  • A dead heat - crematorium to sell power for National Grid

    12/02/2011 2:41:12 PM PST · by Lazlo in PA · 16 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11-28-11 | Jasper Copping
    Durham Crematorium wants to install turbines in two of its burners, which would use the heat generated during the cremation process to provide the same amount of electricity as would power 1,500 televisions. A third burner is to be used to provide heating for the site's chapel and its offices. The scheme would be the first of its kind in the UK but industry experts say that it could be followed by other similar projects. Many crematoria are currently replacing their furnaces, to meet government targets on preventing mercury emissions from escaping into the atmosphere. Up to 16 per cent...
  • Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans

    11/26/2011 10:19:25 PM PST · by Steelfish · 63 replies
    LATimes ^ | November 26, 2011 | Jenny Deam
    Air Force Academy Adapts To Pagans, Druids, Witches and Wiccans Officials say an $80,000 Stonehenge-like worship center underscores a commitment to embrace all religions. (Pic in URL) Cadets gather for the dedication ceremony of the Air Force Academy's Cadet Chapel Falcon Circle worship center this spring. The center serves cadets whose religions fall under the broad category of “Earth-based.” (Jerilee Bennett, (Colorado Springs) Gazette / May 3, 2011) By Jenny Deam November 26, 2011 Reporting from Colorado Springs, Colo.— In the still of a cold November evening, a small gathering of pagans, led by two witches, begins preparations for the...
  • Gillibrand bill encourages LGBT adoption (cuts of federal $$$ to entities that won't let them adopt)

    10/31/2011 6:39:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | October 31, 2011 | Cheryl Wetzstein
    For the first time in Senate history, a bill has been introduced to encourage agencies not to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples seeking to adopt. “As more and more LGBT couples are getting married and starting families, we have a great opportunity to place children without a family into happy homes,” said Sen. Kirsten E. Gillibrand, New York Democrat and lead sponsor of the Every Child Deserves a Family Act, Monday at the Huffington Post. The past year has seen many moves toward gay equality, and “the momentum is there to build on our progress,” she said,...
  • The People Imagine A Vain Thing

    Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.(Psalm 2:1-3)The Psalmist looks ahead to a tumultuous time when “Nations are in an uproar and the people imagine a vain thing”. Indeed we are living in a time when the nations are in turmoil, raging like the sea, even as Jesus warned us that they would in the last days, And there shall be...
  • Spain: bullfighter survives terrifying face goring

    10/08/2011 5:35:28 PM PDT · by Krankor · 80 replies
    MSNBC ^ | 10/8/11 | Harold Heckle
    I always appreciate a story where an individual who enjoys hunting animals simply for sport or who torments animals for pleasure- get his comeuppance. Good for the bull.
  • Protect Pets from Physical, Emotional Stresses in the Days After an Earthquake or Other Disaster

    08/25/2011 1:51:09 PM PDT · by MosesmomS · 12 replies
    Associated Content ^ | August 25, 2011 | Jayn Bigler
    Earthquakes. Hurricanes. Tornadoes. Floods. Fires. Some natural disasters can be anticipated. Others can't, but we can prepare for them - and our emergency plans should include our pets. In the wake of large disasters in recent years, even federal, state and local emergency managers have realized the importance of providing information for pet owners and including the welfare of animals in their own plans. Probably one thing that many pet owners don't think about with those plans are the dangers that pets are susceptible to in the hours and days immediately following the destruction from a disaster.
  • Less educated Americans turning their backs on religion

    08/20/2011 10:40:22 PM PDT · by decimon · 21 replies
    American Sociological Association ^ | August 21, 2011 | Unknown
    LAS VEGAS — While religious service attendance has decreased for all white Americans since the early 1970s, the rate of decline has been more than twice as high for those without college degrees compared to those who graduated from college, according to new research to be presented at the 106th Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association. "Our study suggests that the less educated are dropping out of the American religious sector, similarly to the way in which they have dropped out of the American labor market," said lead researcher W. Bradford Wilcox, a professor of sociology at the University...
  • U.S. Warns Israelis on Tourist Visa Work Scam

    06/23/2011 12:20:00 PM PDT · by Amerisrael · 7 replies · 1+ views
    [Still looking for that scary youtube video of State Dept. official warning illegal aliens from south of the border seeking "work", that they could be banned from the U.S. for life if caught working here illegally.] [So far, not having any luck finding that video. Mabye they just made one for the benefit of young Israelis thinking about coming here to work illegally.] From INN: "The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv released a video warning young Israelis not to be tempted by illegal offers of work in the United States. The YouTube video features testimony by young Israelis who were...
  • Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism

    05/09/2011 11:11:10 AM PDT · by bronxville · 99 replies
    Integrated Catholic Life ^ | March 10, 2011 | Dr. Peter Kreeft
    Comparing Christianity and the New Paganism The most serious challenge for Christianity today isn't one of the other great religions of the world, such as Islam or Buddhism. Nor is it simple atheism, which has no depth, no mass appeal, no staying power. Rather, it's a religion most of us think is dead. That religion is paganism — and it is very much alive. Paganism is simply the natural gravity of the human spirit, the line of least resistance, religion in its fallen state. The "old" paganism came from the country. Indeed, the very word "paganism" comes from the Latin...
  • The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Historic 1992 Earth Summit

    03/08/2011 7:51:32 PM PST · by mikalasukala · 1 replies · 3+ views
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | March 8, 2011 | Consigliere5
    The U.N. Meddling with Religion: Part 7 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), Rio de Janeiro, June 3-14, 1992 Informally called the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio, Brazil.Another example of the United Nations trying to blend all religions together into a New Agey "Global Consciousness aka: the coming Planetary Transformation aka: World Awakening aka: Shift to the New Aquarian Age" and get rid of the "exclusive" Christian Gospel.Conference Secretary-General: Maurice StrongFrom this UN page:The two-week Earth Summit was the climax of a process, begun in December 1989, of planning, education and negotiations among all Member States of the...
  • President Tells Pope How to Reform Church (No, not that president)

    06/16/2010 10:00:21 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 2 replies · 230+ views
    TFP ^ | 6/10/2010 | Luiz Sérgio Solimeo
    A rather unexpected voice just joined the chorus of the liberal media outcry over sex scandals among some Catholic clergymen: none other than Evo Morales, Bolivia’s socialist and neopagan president. A Neopagan Socialist... Indeed, Mr. Morales, leader of the Movement to Socialism, figured he should teach the Pope how things in the Church ought to be run. For those who may not know, he was inaugurated President of Bolivia in 2006 using indigenous pagan rituals.1 The Bolivian newspaper Los Tiempos, of Cochabamba (6/20/2006), described the ceremony: “Evo Morales assumed political power with a spectacular display of religious rituals alluding to...
  • Idolatry in the ELCA: Christ Sophia Mass

    02/03/2011 8:08:29 AM PST · by rhema · 19 replies
    Exposing the ELCA ^ | 02/01/2011
    The ELCA has placed their opinion over God’s Word. The denomination's actions and teachings show us that they place their own authority over God’s authority. They have made themselves god and that is idolatry. Not surprisingly this isn’t the only form of idolatry happening in the ELCA. ELCA church Ebenezer Lutheran, otherwise knows as herchurch, in San Francisco posted highlights from their Christ Sophia Mass in 2009 on youtube. Pastor Stacy Boorn opens the service this way, “Welcome to the Christ Sophia mass, the incarnation of she who is all wisdom. . .” At the 2:33 minute mark of the...
  • Occult Pagan Revival Signals Death of America and the West

    01/19/2011 5:52:29 AM PST · by spirited irish · 116 replies
    Renew America ^ | Jan. 18, 2011 | Linda Kimball
    More than eighty years ago, America began moving away from its' founding Biblical-based worldview to what President Calvin Coolidge identified as "pagan materialism." Fearing for the future of our Constitutional Republic he said in a speech delivered on the 150th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence, July 5, 1926: "Democracy is Christ's government in church and state," said Coolidge as he quoted John Wise (1710). "Here was the doctrine of equality, popular sovereignty, and the substance of the theory of inalienable rights....When we take all these circumstances into consideration, it is but natural that the first paragraph of the Declaration...
  • Sex, And The Downfall Of American Society

    01/08/2011 8:23:27 PM PST · by BillKneer · 47 replies
    The Patriot Statesman ^ | 1-8-2011 | Bill Kneer
    As a nation we have been going down the drain quickly. Over the last several years we have been bombarded everywhere we look with all kinds of evil. The Libertarians say “close your eyes if you don’t like it after all it’s my choice to see and do as I please”. Over the last few years on my Facebook page I have been arguing with them over the fact they want to make drugs & prostitution legal. Our nation slips ever so slowly into more and more filth and no one seems to see it or care. Now the courts...
  • Jerusalem, Mother of Harlots

    12/31/2010 9:03:44 PM PST · by topcat54 · 98 replies
    American Vision ^ | December 31, 2010 | Joel McDurmon
    By | Published: Jesus told his listeners, “The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” (Matt. 21:43). For many people, this verse provides the heart of “replacement theology”—the idea that the Christian Church has replaced the old physical nation of Israel as God’s chosen people and priestly nation (1 Pet. 2:9–10, et al). Without requiring the use of the label “replacement,” this is essentially what the verse teaches. It does not mean that Jewish people can never again taste of God’s grace, it simply means that the Old Jewish...
  • Today is United Nations Day: Top 10 Reasons I Hate the UN

    10/24/2010 9:49:23 AM PDT · by mikalasukala · 3 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | October 24, 2010 | Consigliere5
    Top 10 Reasons I Hate the UN10. UNESCO: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationMay 28, 2009:I’d think that seriously advocating book burning at any time would disqualify you, since presumably there are equally qualified candidates for the UN’s cultural heritage agency who’ve never advocated destroying cultural heritage. But Israeli society is toxic anyway – especially compared to the glory that is the contemporary Egyptian public sphere – so no loss:Egyptian Culture Minister Farouk Hosni, a candidate for the top job at the United Nations culture agency UNESCO, apologised on Wednesday for calling for Israeli books to be burnt… Hosni...
  • Feds Give Theater Co. $700K For Climate Change Play

    10/11/2010 5:46:19 PM PDT · by Conservative Coulter Fan · 5 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | 10/06/2010
    Last Updated: Wed, 10/06/2010 - 3:40pmStill tainted by a major scandal involving officials who view pornography on taxpayer time, the federal agency that funds science research and education has awarded a New York theater company $700,000 to finance a show about climate change. The perplexing arts grant by the National Science Foundation (NSF) was first reported in a brief that appeared in the Sunday Arts section of the New York Times. The one-paragraph announcement even mentions that the grant is a rare gift to an arts organization from a federal agency that pays for science, engineering and mathematics research and...
  • US cardinal urges Catholics to take ‘St. Francis Pledge’ on climate change

    10/01/2010 6:50:23 AM PDT · by Antioch · 65 replies · 1+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | September 30, 2010
    In a letter to parishes dated October 4-- the memorial of St. Francis of Assisi-- Cardinal Roger Mahony of Los Angeles will announce the formation of the Archdiocesan Creation Sustainability Ministry, according to the electronic newsletter of the Catholic Climate Covenant. “We exhort our faith communities and all our brothers and sisters to take the St. Francis Pledge, an initiative that urges Catholics nationwide to pray for, learn about, assess, act and advocate for populations affected by climate change, especially those that are most vulnerable,” Cardinal Mahony adds. “The St. Francis Pledge is a promise and a commitment by Catholic...
  • creepy Interfaithy UN-connected Cathedral in NYC

    09/27/2010 6:42:23 AM PDT · by mikalasukala · 12 replies
    c5's Simian Roadhouse ^ | September 23, 2010 | Consigliere5
    Cathedral of St. John the Divine, NYC: The Grand Procession of the Ghouls, Blessing of the bicycles, the creepy Peace Fountain, The Peace Altar, Paul Winter’s Earth Mass and Summer/Winter Solstice concert, Blessing of the Animals, Rev. Dr. James A. Kowalski, The Temple of Understanding, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, William Irwin Thompson, The Lindisfarne Association, Madeleine L’Engle, Rev. James Parks Morton, United Nations Sunday, and Christa: a crucifix depicting Christ as a woman… and more!
  • A day for Notre Dame? "Kelly's green" trumps Boilermakers' "Hope" 23-12

    09/05/2010 7:22:09 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 13 replies
    Fighting Irish Thomas ^ | 9-5-10 | Tom O'Toole
    "You are already satisfied, you have already grown rich; you have become kings without us...We are fools on Christ's account...we are weak but you are strong; you are held in honor, but we in disrepute" --1 Cor. 4: 7-13. "I saw a lot of kelly green shirts. It's cool. It was nice to have that crowd of 81,000...[so] obviously into it, rooting for your team" --Fighting Irish Coach Brian Kelly, when asked what struck him the most about coaching his first game at Notre Dame Stadium. Sitting in Mass Saturday morning, and listening to the day's first reading from Paul's...
  • Churches are paying closer attention to connection between humans and animals

    06/07/2010 12:07:51 PM PDT · by Borges · 47 replies · 60+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 06/07/10 | Lisa Black
    Factory farming, green living among topics sparking discussion Animal advocates gain ground in religious circles In Genesis, the Lord created animals, said they were good and then gave man permission to eat them. While not a universal belief, many Christians traditionally have embraced a biblical stance on animals as a source of companionship, food and labor, but not much else. "We know from the Bible that God created animals, he cares about them intimately and he wants us to care about them," said Ben DeVries, 30, of Kenosha, Wis., who started a blog, "Not One Sparrow," to encourage his conservative...
  • Hendricks Chapel | First pagan chaplain appointed (Pagan chaplain at Syracuse Univ.)

    02/15/2010 6:31:47 AM PST · by jalisco555 · 29 replies · 792+ views
    Hendricks Chapel recognized Mary Hudson as its first pagan chaplain on Feb. 1, in line with its goal of being more inclusive of all religions on campus. This is the first new chaplain since the appointments of the Buddhist and the historically black church chaplains and the 11th chaplain at Hendricks. As a chaplain, Hudson will work at Hendricks two days a week, sponsor community outreaches and be apart of the Chaplains Council. Syracuse University may be only the second university in the nation to have a pagan chaplain, Hudson said. The only other one she was aware of is...
  • Confessionals Out, Pagan Art Gallery In (Catholic Caucus)

    01/11/2010 10:24:19 AM PST · by NYer · 35 replies · 856+ views
    cmr ^ | January 11, 2010 | matthew archbold
    Oh boy. I don't even know where to start with this one. This story is just a microcosm of so much that's wrong with so many of our "Catholic" universities. The Jesuit run University of San Francisco has removed a number of confessionals and replaced them with a "pagan" art gallery. Yup. You read that right. And they say they're doing it as a "testament to St. Ignatius of Loyola." You know the St. Ignatius whose Exercises state:In consequence, having made a better Confession and being better disposed, one finds himself in condition and prepared to receive the Blessed Sacrament:...
  • Political Corruption Equivalent to Religion, according to British Judge

    11/18/2009 11:52:41 AM PST · by RogerFGay · 2 replies · 455+ views
    MensNewsDaily.com ^ | November 18, 2009 | Roger F. Gay
    Ever wonder about the final straw that will bring down western civilization? A British judge may have created it. On November 3rd, Mr Justice Michael Burton, the same judge that allowed continued showing of An Inconvenient Truth to children in British schools even while recognizing it to be a dishonest political propaganda film decided that: "A belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives, is capable if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations." The ruling means that an employment tribunal will decide whether Al Gore should...
  • Paganism On The Rise: The NYT Celebrates

    10/30/2009 5:18:55 PM PDT · by PatriotJG · 12 replies · 599+ views
    Unspun America ^ | October 30, 2009
    The New York Times has an interesting article today. Apparently, Paganism is growing, and that's just fine, at least according to the NYT. Paganism has always been seen as the "alright religion" by the left. It's hip, cool, different. Not at all like those stuffy christians. "In several ways, though, Paganism was waiting for modernity to catch up with it. The emphasis on the worship of nature in virtually all variations of Pagan faith, and the embrace of a female divinity in many, situated the religion to mesh with the environmental and feminist movements that swept through the United States...
  • Observance of Wiccan New Year Ends in Religious Discrimination Suit

    10/26/2009 3:35:43 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 33 replies · 1,856+ views
    Workforce Management ^ | October 23, 2009 | Jeremy Smerd
    Last Halloween, Gina Uberti took vacation days to celebrate the Wiccan new year in Salem, Massachusetts, the town infamously known for the witch trials of 1692 that ended with the hanging of 14 women. Less than a month after Uberti took part in the festivities of Samhain, one of the holiest days in the Wiccan calendar, she was fired from her job as a district sales manager for Bath & Body Works.
  • Naturalism Has Been Hijacked - Man is not a cancer on the planet.

    06/14/2009 7:33:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 942+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | JUNE 13, 2009 | GEORGE BALL
    Mankind has really been put in its place over the past 500 years. Why only the other day, back in 1400, the sun orbited the earth; man was God's consummate work of art; humans were masters of themselves and the domain God provided for them. Our secular fall from grace began with Copernicus, who dislodged the world from its celestial catbird seat. Later, Darwin established that man, far from being the animal kingdom's pičce de résistance, was a bit like a baboon in... --snip-- One activist author posits that the planet can support only one billion people -- a number...
  • Abortion is pro-life (Barf Alert!)

    06/13/2009 12:18:29 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 29 replies · 637+ views
    Daily Sound ^ | 6/9/09 | Randy Alcorn
    In his commencement address to the University of Notre Dame’s 2009 graduating class last month, President Obama recognized an obvious truth with his statement that pro and anti abortion advocates have certain irreconcilable differences. Those differences were obvious when Obama’s invitation to Notre Dame was subject to controversy and pronounced public disagreement. It was obvious again during the President’s commencement address when anti-abortion advocates vocally challenged the President and were, in turn, vocally challenged by others in the audience. What might not be so obvious, however, is that one of the differences between the two sides of this issue, whether...
  • Holocaust Museum Shooter: Christian hating Socialist

    06/11/2009 7:59:25 AM PDT · by Stepan12 · 66 replies · 2,247+ views
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | June 11, 2009 | Ben Johnson
    James Von Brunn’s writings don’t sound very “right-wing.” On June 10, the nation tragically witnessed a memorial dedicated to commemorating an atrocity become the site of yet more death. Just before 1 p.m., longtime neo-Nazi James Wenneker Von Brunn entered the Holocaust Museum on the National Mall and opened fire in an attempt to complete the Final Solution his hero had left tentative, an omission Von Brunn dubbed “Hitler’s biggest mistake.” As former Defense Secretary Bill Cohen wandered the museum grounds, Von Brunn killed Stephen T. Johns, a black security officer, then was shot himself. As of this writing, the...
  • Urine, Fingernail-Filled 'Witch Bottle' Found

    06/04/2009 7:37:24 AM PDT · by Cailleach · 21 replies · 1,240+ views
    Discovery News ^ | June 4, 2009 | Jennifer Viegas
    During the 17th century in England, someone urinated in a jar, added nail clippings, hair and pins, and buried it upside-down in Greenwich, where it was recently unearthed and identified by scientists as being the world's most complete known "witch bottle." This spell device, often meant to attract and trap negative energy, was particularly common from the 16th to the 17th centuries, so the discovery provides a unique insight into witchcraft beliefs of that period, according to a report published in the latest British Archaeology.
  • The Left Pushes Secular Religions: Global Warming, Embryonic Stem Cell Research

    03/16/2009 5:34:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies · 662+ views
    US News and World Report ^ | 3/16/2009 | Michael Barone
    It seems to me that many on the cultural left are, while secular when it comes to conventional religion, very much believers in something that might be called secular religions—the religion of global warming, the religion of embryonic stem-cell research.My Creators Syndicate column discusses the Obama budget and how it caters to the religion of global warming by imposing huge costs on what now is an ailing economy in order to fight disasters which we are told will strike us—we area told that there can be no argument—you must have faith!—40 or 50 years from now.As for embryonic stem-cell research,...