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  • Confusion in Telegraph story about Francis and divorce/remarriage

    04/24/2014 5:40:06 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/23/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Sometimes it is hard to tell whether the writer gets it wrong because he doesn’t know better or whether their mistakes are on purpose.Perhaps you can chime in.From The Telegraph: Pope Francis tells divorced woman she should be allowed Communion [This is news?  No.  That was a trick question.  Is there more?]In what would be a break from Catholic teaching, Pope said to have phoned remarried [That adds new information, doesn't it?   You would think that something this important would in the headline, no?] Argentine woman Jacquelina Sabetta telling her ‘nothing wrong’ in her taking Holy Communion  [Next question: Who says?...
  • Cincinnati Catholics pound pavement in protest [over teacher morality clause]

    04/24/2014 2:45:33 AM PDT · by markomalley · 18 replies
    WLWT ^ | 4/22/2014 | Adrianne Kelly
    Cincinnati Catholics said a revised morality clause in the contract for teachers in the archdiocese is unfair and limits free speech. Some teachers are now refusing to sign it. At least a hundred Catholic teachers, parents and students protested at Fountain Square on Tuesday. Their message to the archdiocese: is fix the contract. Protestors are calling on the archdiocese to fix the morality clause in the teacher-ministry contract. The revised contract for this coming year is very specific. It has a laundry list of violations teachers must stay away from. This includes public support of homosexuality, sexual activity out of...
  • "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" -- A Farce to Hide "Voluntary" Church Slavery to the IRS ???

    04/23/2014 6:12:44 PM PDT · by Patton@Bastogne · 2 replies
    Patton@Bastogne ^ | 2014-04-23 | Patton@Bastogne
    . "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" is celebrated every October 5th. It promotes a genuinely positive goal: Challenging Christian Pastors to speak FREELY about ANYTHING (including politics) from their church pulpit. Sadly, what the proponents of "Pulpit Freedom Sunday" DELIBERATELY HIDE is that Church Tax-Exempt status is a VOLUNTARY agreement with the U.S. Government. Churches are free to DIVORCE their evil "IRS Marriage" anytime they choose. Take a look at any of the below Youtube videos for the whole story. Best Regards, Patton-at-Bastogne FreeRepublic member since 1998. ========================================= Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto Caesar" ... Tea Party Christians and "Render Unto...
  • Army approves ‘humanist’ as religious preference

    04/23/2014 3:10:11 PM PDT · by NYer · 41 replies
    RNS ^ | April 23, 2013 | Adelle M. Banks
    WASHINGTON (RNS) More than two years after first making his request, Army Maj. Ray Bradley can now be known as exactly what he is: a humanist in the U.S. military.Ray Bradley listens during a planning meeting for the Central North Carolina Atheists and Humanists. Photo by John Nichols, courtesy of U.S. Army This image is available for Web and print publication. For questions, contact Sally Morrow. “I’m able to self-identity the belief system that governs my life, and I’ve never been able to do that before,” said Bradley, who is stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina and works on...
  • Islam’s Religious War with Everyone

    04/23/2014 7:58:23 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 04/23/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Few divides are as impossible to bridge as those of religion. You either believe or you don’t. When it comes to Islam, non-Muslims are expected to take its goodwill on faith. If you believe your eyes and ears, Islam and violence go together like peanut butter and jelly. But if you believe Muslims and their spin doctors with academic degrees, Muslims are the victims of other religions.If Muslims fighting Christians, Jews, Hindus and Buddhists are the victims of non-Muslims, what are we to make of Muslims fighting other Muslims in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq? Religious civil wars make it hard...
  • Jesus of Nazareth, Enemy of the State, Executed for Treason

    04/22/2014 3:39:31 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Godfather Politics ^ | April 22, 2014 | Jerry Bowyer
    An Official Declaration Concerning the Criminal Jesus of NazarethJesus of Nazareth was executed on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple.The evidence against this anarchist was so strong that authorities of both the Roman State and the Kingdom of Herod concurred with the arrest and execution, and Jesus was subjected to trial by both governments. And in a rare uprising of spontaneous collective justice, the mass of people who were gathered for Passover called for his execution as well. The mob affirmed...
  • Church and State: The Separation Illusion

    04/22/2014 12:09:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Stand to Reason ^ | 04/22/2014 | Greg Koukl
    The goal of First Amendment was to protect religious expression, not restrict it. In the last 50 years, though, “non-establishment” has been redefined as “separation,” effectively amending the Constitution and isolating Christians from the political process.“Will You Be a Casualty in Their Religious War?” read the headline of an advertisement that almost covered an entire page of the L.A. Times. Underneath were pictures of Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, and Lou Sheldon, along with condemning quotes substantiating their apparent jihad against irreligious secularists.The text of the advertisement read: “The radical religious right has declared war on America. It is a...
  • Ukraine President Preaches the Gospel at Easter!

    04/21/2014 5:49:57 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 21 replies
    Slavic Gospel Association ^ | 4-21-14 | Dr. Bob Provost SGA President
    This Easter Sunday in Ukraine was unlike any other in the history of this nation in crisis. As Ukrainian Christians gathered together at Kiev’s Central Baptist Church to worship and celebrate the resurrection, they heard a special message delivered in person by Alexander Turchynov, the country’s acting president. SGA’s Sergei Omelchenko wrote to tell us about the extraordinary day . . . Turchinov 4-21-14 Acting Ukrainian president Alexander Turchynov proclaims the Gospel at the pulpit of Central Baptist Church in Kiev—a truly historic moment! Pastor Vyacheslav Nesteruk, president of the Ukrainian Union of Evangelical Christians-Baptists (UECB), preached the main message...
  • Cardinal Dolan Defends Hobby Lobby: You Can Buy Contraceptives At 7-11

    04/21/2014 4:28:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    talkingpointsmemo ^ | April 21, 2013 | IGOR BOBIC
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, on Sunday unsurprisingly defended Hobby Lobby, the company challenging the rule under Obamacare that for-profit employers' health plans must cover contraceptives for female employees at no extra cost. But in his defense of religious liberty, Dolan incorrectly claimed that women already have access to widely available contraceptives at "any shop on any street in America," namely 7-Eleven. “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby,” Dolan said on Sunday's "Face The Nation." “I think they’re just true Americans. They’re saying, look, the genius of America is that religious convictions affect the way...
  • China on Course to Become 'World's Most Christian Nation' Within 15 Years

    04/20/2014 4:29:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/19/14 | Tom Phillips
    The number of Christians in Communist China is growing so steadily that it by 2030 it could have more churchgoers than America It is said to be China's biggest church and on Easter Sunday thousands of worshippers will flock to this Asian mega-temple to pledge their allegiance – not to the Communist Party, but to the Cross. The 5,000-capacity Liushi church, which boasts more than twice as many seats as Westminster Abbey and a 206ft crucifix that can be seen for miles around, opened last year with one theologian declaring it a "miracle that such a small town was able...
  • Palestinians, Israeli police clash at Jerusalem holy site

    04/20/2014 11:21:54 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies
    Yahoo! News / Reuters ^ | April 20, 2014
    Israeli police arrested 16 Palestinians at one of Jerusalem's most revered and politically sensitive holy sites on Sunday as they dispersed protesters opposed to any Jewish attempts to pray there. A police spokesman said officers used stun grenades to disperse dozens of rioters, who threw rocks and firecrackers at them at the site revered by Muslims as the Noble Sanctuary and by Jews as the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem's walled Old City. Two officers were slightly injured and treated at the scene in the brief clash, the spokesman added. Five Palestinians were also slightly hurt, a Muslim clergyman said. Police...
  • The Earth’s Most Serious Wound

    04/20/2014 4:44:03 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | APRIL 20, 2014 | Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
    In the history of the world, only one tomb has ever had a rock rolled before it, and a soldier guard set to watch it to prevent the dead man within from rising: that was the tomb of Christ on the evening of the Friday called Good. What spectacle could be more ridiculous than armed soldiers keeping their eyes on a corpse? But sentinels were set, lest the Dead walk, the Silent speak, and the Pierced Heart quicken to the throb of life.The King lay in state with His guard about Him. The most astounding fact about this spectacle of...
  • Cuban Catholics Mark Holy Week's End With Religious Processions

    04/19/2014 3:55:28 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    NBC News ^ | 4/19/14 | Mary Murray
    Thousands of Roman Catholics in Cuba are marking the end of Holy Week by holding religious processions fully sanctioned by the government. With heads bowed and eyes often closed, the faithful were young and old, rich and poor. Some joined Cuban Cardinal Jaime Ortega at Havana’s Cathedral while many more chose to follow the Way of the Cross in smaller processions led by parish priests in their communities. NBC News followed the procession in Regla, a small town across the Havana Bay.
  • What If The Lord Jesus Came To America?

    04/19/2014 3:43:52 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 31 replies
    IFB ^ | 4/19/14
    If the Lord Jesus Christ came in our day (2014) to the "land of the "free", what would you expect the majority of Americans to do with Him? Would the "Word made Flesh" be received and welcomed as the Savior of the world? Would "church" goers receive Him with open arms? Would the socially dependent so called "poor", rich and government and educational elites welcome Him with open arms? Would the conservative and leftist media outlets have good things to say about Him? Would His countless miracles of healing the lame, blind, sick and demon possessed win over the masses...
  • Cuban government makes Good Friday official holiday

    04/19/2014 4:46:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | APRIL 18, 2014
    Pilgrims gather in Cuba for Mass during Pope Benedict's visit in March 2012. Havana, Cuba, Apr 17, 2014 / 03:06 pm (CNA).- After granting temporary permission for Cubans to celebrate Good Friday in 2012 and 2013, the Cuban government has decided grant a request made by Pope Benedict during his visit to the country in 2012 to make it a permanent official holiday. Although the norm will not be in force until June, the Ministry of Work and Social Security issued a special resolution allowing Cubans to observe Good Friday this April 18. However, it said those who work in...
  • How the Pope Is Remaking the GOP

    04/18/2014 2:32:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 28 replies
    Yahoo! News / The Daily Beast ^ | April 18, 2014 | Michelle Cottle
    When Jeb Bush stepped up this month to declare illegal immigration “an act of love,” he provoked precisely the conservative pile-on you’d expect. The right’s favorite crabby uncle, Charles Krauthammer, dourly pronounced the comments “bizarre.”. Rep. Raul Labrador accused Jebbie of pandering. Noted intellectual Donald Trump declared Bush’s thinking “ridiculous” and “dangerous.” And God help anyone who ventured onto sites like RedState.com. Most perfectly, fake-winger Stephen Colbert eulogized, “He will be missed.” In the midst of all the huffing and grumping, it was easy to miss the smaller, quieter sounds of satisfaction emanating from some of Bush’s fellow Catholics, particularly...
  • Nevada Republicans Drop Pro-life, Pro-Marriage Stand

    04/18/2014 9:21:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 34 replies
    Las Vegas, Nev., Apr 18, 2014 / 02:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Several hundred delegates of the Nevada Republican Party approved a party platform Saturday that lacks a pro-life plank and drops support for the definition of marriage as a union of one man and one woman. Nevada State Party Chairman Michael McDonald told the Las Vegas Review-Journal he thought the party platform was “about inclusion, not exclusion.” “This is where the party is going.” Fewer than half of the original 520 party delegates were present to vote to approve the platform the evening of April 12 at the party’s annual...
  • Passion of Christ Play Banned in Oxford after Councillor Mistakes it for Sex Show

    04/17/2014 3:40:39 PM PDT · by GreyFriar · 15 replies
    Brietbart - London ^ | April 17, 2014 | Nick Hallett
    A re-enactment of Christ's crucifixion that was due to take place on the streets of Oxford had to be cancelled after an official thought that "Passion play" meant "Sex show". The traditional play, organised by St Stephen's House theological college and St Mary and St John Church, involves a re-enactment of the trial and crucifixion of Christ in which actors playing Jesus, Mary, Pontius Pilate and Roman Soldiers would have paraded through the streets of the ancient university city.
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/17/2014 12:42:20 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    4-17-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 25:4-7 Show me Thy Ways, O Lord, and Teach me Thy Paths. Lead me Forth in Thy Truth, and Teach me: for Thou art the God of my Salvation: In Thee do I Trust All the Day. Remember, O Lord, Thy Tender Mercies, and Thy Lovingkindness: For they have been Forever. Remember not the Sins of my Youth, nor my Rebellions, But According to Thy Kindness Remember Thou me, Even for Thy Goodness Sake, O Lord.
  • Russian People, Like Noah, Urged Not to Let World Finally Sink in Sin, Archpriest Chaplin Believes

    04/17/2014 8:54:09 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/16/14
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax – Humanity deserves the new “Flood,” but Russia is called to be the Noah’s Ark, head of the Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin believes. “If suddenly something like the Flood happens, it will be justified. If the Lord with human hands punishes big cities it will even more justified. But we still believe and hope that time for repentance will be prolonged and an example of spiritual resurrection and renovation of the whole nation will be shown in the history before the end of times, and thus sin will be condemned and...
  • The Loss of Mystery and the Loss of Childhood

    04/17/2014 3:51:40 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    ZNA ^ | April 17, 2014 | Mitchell Kalpakgian
    In the aftermath of the sexual revolution of 1960s — which espoused sex education, the contraceptive mentality, no-fault divorce, and legalized abortion on demand — an anti-life and anti-child philosophy has prevailed over much of Western civilization, where European nations are barely replacing their populations or suffering a decline in birth rate. In a culture of death that slaughters 1.5 million pre-born babies in the womb each year, permits infanticide in the procedure known as partial-birth abortion, and tolerates physician-assisted suicide in the name of mercy and a quality of life ethic, life is cheap and loses its sacredness. Whenever...
  • Denver archbishop rallies Coloradans against 'extreme' abortion bill

    04/16/2014 2:45:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | April 16, 2014
    Protesters against SB175 gather outside the Colorado State Capitol in Denver on April 15, 2014. Credit: Peter Zelasko/CNA. Denver, Colo., Apr 16, 2014 / 12:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archbishop of Denver on April 15 rallied opposition to a Colorado bill he says is “both extreme and dangerously ambiguous” in its ban on all abortion regulations and other pro-life laws. “Coloradans are not against common sense regulations on abortions, and they should have the opportunity to be able to debate and pass those regulations,” Archbishop Aquila Samuel J. Aquila said to a crowd of hundreds at an assembly and prayer...
  • President Obama names delegation to canonization Mass

    04/16/2014 2:22:10 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | April 14, 2014 | Diogenes
    President Barack Obama has announced the names of the members of the presidential delegation to the April 27 Mass of canonization of Blessed John XXIII and Blessed John Paul II. John Podesta, current Counselor to the President and White House Chief of Staff under President Bill Clinton, will lead the delegation. The other members of the delegation are Rep. Xavier Becerra, chairman of the House Democratic Caucus, and Katie Beirne Fallon, Assistant to the President and Director of Legislative Affairs. According to Vogue, Fallon was a leading strategist in the effort to garner political support for the HHS mandate. Additional...
  • Catholic Malta Legalizes Same-Sex Civil Unions

    04/15/2014 7:53:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 19 replies
    Staunchly Catholic Malta has legalized same-sex civil unions and has given gay couples the right to adopt children. The vote comes nearly three years after the Mediterranean island nation legalized divorce The Maltese parliament legalized same-sex unions and gay adoption on Monday in a 37-0 vote, signaling a major change in social policy for a conservative country where Catholicism is the state religion. "Malta is now more liberal and more European, and it has given equality to all its people," Labour Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said. The opposition Nationalist Party abstained from the vote, saying that although it supports civil...
  • Dachau 1945: The Souls of All Are Aflame

    04/15/2014 6:11:29 PM PDT · by bad company · 10 replies
    http://www.feastoffeasts.org ^ | By Douglas Cramer
    By Douglas Cramer In 1945, a Paschal Liturgy like no other was performed. Just days after their liberation by the US military on April 29, 1945, hundreds of Orthodox Christian prisoners at the Dachau concentration camp gathered to celebrate the Resurrection service and to give thanks. The Dachau concentration camp was opened in 1933 in a former gunpowder factory. The first prisoners interred there were political opponents of Adolf Hitler, who had become German chancellor that same year. During the twelve years of the camp's existence, over 200,000 prisoners were brought there. The majority of prisoners at Dachau were Christians,...
  • Pope's Way of the Cross to highlight economic crisis, unemployment and refugees

    04/15/2014 5:36:43 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 34 replies
    Rome Reports ^ | 4-15-2014
    The list is rather long: refugees and immigrants, those affected by violence, the economic crisis, unemployment, exploitation. They're just a few of topics the Pope will reflect on during the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, at Rome's Colosseum. The author of the meditations is the archbishop of Campobasso-Boiano, Giancarlo Bregantini. For the 14 meditations along the procession, the archbishop sought to highlight some of gravest sins and injustices that humanity carries out in the 21st Century. This list also includes topics like torture, or a justice system "drowning in a sea of bureaucracy.” But Archbishop Bregantini also addressed...
  • Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity

    04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 15, 2014
    U.S. President Barack Obama. Washington D.C., Apr 15, 2014 / 12:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration. “I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican. “I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved...
  • Obama picks gay bishop to wrap Easter Prayer Breakfast with invocation

    04/15/2014 9:08:29 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 23 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 15, 2014 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast...
  • GUINNESS BOYCOTT TAPS KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS

    04/14/2014 9:33:54 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 23 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | April 14, 2014 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on the latest developments in the Catholic League’s boycott of Guinness: We have amassed over 7,000 email addresses from the Knights of Columbus, constituting over 1,500 councils across all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Today, we are asking the Knights to join us in our boycott of Guinness. We are confident that many Knights will participate. How do we know? Because we have been contacted by many councils already, anticipating our appeal to them. When Guinness pulled the plug on its sponsorship of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City—over the bogus argument...
  • Five arrested for planning Passover sacrifice on Temple Mount

    04/14/2014 8:04:05 AM PDT · by markomalley · 23 replies
    Five Jewish Israelis were arrested Monday after allegedly attempting to sacrifice a goat at the Temple Mount in honor of the Passover holiday. The suspects were brought in to a nearby police station for further questioning. The goat was transferred to representatives of the Ministry of Agriculture, Ynet reported. In the bible,a special ritual sacrifice is commanded on the Passover holiday and the custom was practiced by Jews during the First and Second Temple periods when their central shrine stood on the same site that today houses the al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock . However, most rabbinic authorities...
  • POPES CLEARLY SAY WHO CAN AND CAN’T RECEIVE COMMUNION (USCCB, ARE YOU LISTENING?)

    04/13/2014 5:56:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 4/13/2014 | TOM HOOPES
    Reading the comments to John’s excellent post about Bishop Paprocki, I sense a kind of amnesia. So, for the record: There is already lots of clarity about communion and pro-abortion politicians.And, lest we let ourselves off the hook while  scorning those awful no-good pro-aborts, there is also lot of clarity about how maybe many of us  shouldn’t be receiving communion, either.First, take the “Aparecida Document” edited by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, who is now Pope Francis, and approved by Pope Benedict (it was the final report of the Bishops of Latin America and the Caribbean meeting in 2007).Pro-abortion politicians should not receive...
  • Satanic Temple launches campaign to 'protect' children and permit them to pray to Satan

    04/13/2014 3:25:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Christianity Today ^ | April 14, 2014 | Brownie Marie
    Satanists want in on the right to pray in school - as long as they can pray to the devil. The Satanic Temple states that they are fighting for the rights of public school students to learn in a cruelty-free classroom. In a press release, the NYC organisation declares May 15 as "Protect Children Day," and describes a goal of ending physical and mental abuse in public schools. After students register on Satanic Temple's ProtectChildrenProject.com, "the Temple will then notify their respective school boards that their deeply held beliefs oppose physical and psychological abuses, including the use of corporal punishment,...
  • The Devil Shows Up at Franklin Regional High

    04/13/2014 1:30:47 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 8 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 13, 2014 | JP
    Why did Alex Hribal do it? Why did the 16-year-old sophomore at Franklin Regional High School in Murrysville, Pennsylvania stab and slash 20 of his classmates (and a security guard), leaving at least four of his victims in critical condition? WTAE in Pittsburgh reports that “investigators continue to explore bullying as a possible motive.” NBC News cites criminologists who suggest Hribal was driven “by rage and adrenalin.” The Associated Press reports “[t]he boy’s family is just as puzzled as police about what triggered the attack.” But there is an obvious explanation of Hribal’s murderous rampage, which has been ignored by...
  • US Pro-Family Activist Detained by Canadian Customs for Alleged Violation of ‘Hate’ Law

    04/13/2014 6:20:32 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 27 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4/11/14 | Patrick B. Craine
    REGINA, Saskatchewan, April 11, 2014 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A prominent U.S. pro-family activist was detained by the Canadian Border Services Agency Thursday for alleged violations of Canada’s “hate propaganda” l Peter LaBarbera, president of Americans for Truth about Homosexuality, had flown into Regina International Airport to speak at the Saskatchewan Pro-Life Association provincial conference this weekend. LaBarbera had been targeted by a makeshift group known as “Intolerance Free Weyburn,” which pressured the government to deny him access to the country. LaBarbera believes he was flagged by customs as a result. LaBarbera provided LifeSiteNews with a formal document issued by CBSA agent...
  • The ‘c’atholic Left, Faketivism, and You

    04/13/2014 2:59:20 AM PDT · by markomalley · 3 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/12/2014 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Here is something that could tie together the recent anti-Catholic catholic high school explosions with lefty groups such as the LCWR, Network, FutureChurch, NCAN, etc., and the Fishwrap, The Tablet, Commonweal, America, US Catholic, etc.This was found the blog of Daniel Greenfield (my emphases): What do the forced departure of Brendan Eich from Mozilla and #CancelColbert have in common? They are both examples of Fakectivism. [Fake-activism = Faketivism]Fakectivism is social media activism by small numbers of people that is integrated into the news cycle because it matches the media’s political agenda.Every Tea Party member knows that media coverage of actual...
  • The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church

    04/12/2014 9:30:55 PM PDT · by Rashputin · 133 replies
    Shoebat.com ^ | April 12, 2014 | Theodore Shoebat
    The Muslims Will Invade The Vatican, And Try to Destroy The Roman Catholic Church By Ted on April 12, 2014 inFeatured, General SHOEBAT EXCLUSIVE By Theodore Shoebat I remember a few years ago spending time with an Evangelical friend of mine. Within our conversation, somehow, the subject of the Crusades came up. Of course, I defended the Crusades, explaining that they were fighting off Islamic invaders in the Middle East. He, on the other hand, vehemently condemned the Crusaders as evil and barbarous people. I asked him, “Who would you rather win, the Muslims or the Crusaders?” He said,...
  • GOD'S NOT DEAD!

    04/12/2014 5:19:46 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 47 replies
    04/12/14 | ealgeone
    Saw the movie God's Dead Not today. I highly recommend this movie to all Christians. It is a very powerful and moving show. It will be well worth your time. GOD'S NOT DEAD!!!!
  • Gay Anglican priest marries his boyfriend. He'll be the first of many

    04/12/2014 4:52:25 PM PDT · by markomalley · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4/12/2014 | Damian Thompson
    Well, that didn't take long. As my colleague Edward Malnick reports, the first gay Church of England priest – a canon, no less – today married his boyfriend. Canon Jeremy Pemberton, 58, a divorced hospital chaplain and father of five, wed his long-term partner Laurence Cunnington, 51. We're not told where, but obviously it wasn't in an C of E church. That's against the law. But they may well be able to have their marriage blessed in church because that's only "against the rules" as opposed to illegal.Campaigners predicted that Canon Pemberton would be the first of many. I think they're...
  • Jesus is Trending in Communist China

    04/12/2014 10:54:36 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | 4/9/14 | Matthew Archbold
    This is amazing news. According to internet activity it would seem that Christianity is a lot more popular than Communism in China right now. There is something beautiful going on in one of the most oppressive countries on the globe. That's the odd thing about Christianity -the more you try to stamp it out the more desirous it becomes. I seem to remember the apostles weren't treated very well in their travels. But they did pretty well. World Mag: Foreign Policy released a fascinating infographic today, based on a compilation of information from Weibo, China’s huge social media platform that...
  • USCCB releases resource guide on Girl Scouts for Catholic parishes

    04/11/2014 4:14:13 AM PDT · by NYer · 35 replies
    cns ^ | April 9, 2014 | Carol Zimmermann
    WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Responding to concerns about Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts, a U.S. bishops' committee released key points from its dialogue with Girl Scout leaders outlining major concerns of church leaders and the national organization's responses. The aim of the resource, issued April 2 by the bishops' Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth, was not to support or oppose Catholic involvement with Girl Scouts of the USA, known as GSUSA, but to provide local bishops, pastors, youth leaders and parents with necessary information to determine their level of involvement. Catholics have been affiliated with Girl Scouts for...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/10/2014 11:42:11 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
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  • Jihadists are embarking on ‘Final Solution’ in Middle East

    04/10/2014 4:32:11 AM PDT · by markomalley · 4 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/10/2014 | Lord David Alton
    This is the text of a speech given by Lord Alton of Liverpool at a Vigil for Syria held at Farm Street Jesuit Church on Tuesday, just a day after the murder of Fr van der Lugt in Homs. In a talk at the beginning of Lent at Brentwood Cathedral I cited the heroic and faithful work of a 75-ear-old Dutch Jesuit, Fr.Franz van der Lugt who, in the face of extraordinary danger and acute suffering, refused to desert the suffering people of Homs.Father Frans van der Lugt was born on April 10, 1938 in the Netherlands and entered the Society...
  • 18-29 years old? Participate in a religious liberty video!

    04/09/2014 7:31:54 PM PDT · by counterculturedusa · 2 replies
    Counter Cultured ^ | 4/9/2014 | Anna Maria Hoffman
    Are you 18-29 years old? Do you care about the constant attacks on religious liberty in America? Then, participate in our new video project about religious liberty. To receive instructions, you must fill out everything present in the below submission form. Submission forms that contain false and inaccurate information or don't fulfill our requirements will not be considered. To fill out a submission form, please go to this link: http://www.counterculturedusa.com/23/post/2014/04/speak-out-about-religious-liberty-video-project.html This was originally posted on Counter Cultured's "Video Projects" tab.
  • Charlotte bishop: “Shocked at the lack of charity and respect” (Chastises trouble-making parents)

    04/09/2014 6:10:38 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 5 replies
    http://www.patheos.com ^ | April 9, 2014 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    In a statement issued today, Bishop Peter J. Jugis called the controversy over a recent presentation on human sexuality at Charlotte Catholic High School “a difficult time” that has caused everyone “a great deal of pain.” The all-school assembly March 21 featured a presentation by Sister Jane Dominic Laurel, a Dominican from Nashville, Tenn., and a frequent speaker in the Diocese of Charlotte. Sister Jane spoke on “Masculinity and Femininity: Difference and Gift,” which explained Catholic teaching about gender using Blessed Pope John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. Sister Jane’s March 21 address to students, which was arranged by...
  • A God of heft: Lecturer says Americans too often pray to gain the unimportant (Mr. Obama's pastor)

    04/09/2014 5:04:32 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Harvard Gazette ^ | April 8, 2014 | Edward Mason, Harvard Correspondent
    The man dubbed President Obama’s pastor, Joshua DuBois, said Monday night he is dismayed that Americans turn to God to resolve “infinitesimally small” questions not worthy of the Almighty. “If there is one gnawing sadness I have about the contemporary state of religion in America,” DuBois said, “it is that instead of seeking God’s name for the big things, the nearly impossible things, the things that stretch faith nearly to the breaking point, that require a strong God, far too often we make God do the infinitesimally small.” God used to get called on for higher causes, but not now,...
  • Hollywood celebrity looks forward to religion being treated like racism

    04/09/2014 3:40:02 PM PDT · by markomalley · 34 replies
    Protect the Pope ^ | 4/9/2014 | M Donnelly
    <p>‘as time goes on, weirdly, I’m growing less liberal. I’m more like, ‘No, religion is ruining the world, you need to stop!’.</p>
  • Andrew Cuomo, the Catholic Anti-Catholic

    04/09/2014 2:59:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 9, 2014 | George J. Marlin
    When Andrew Cuomo was running for governor in 2010, he claimed time and again that he wanted to represent and fight for all the people of New York – all, that is, except Catholics.Since taking office in 2011, Cuomo, who was baptized a Catholic, graduated from Archbishop Molloy H.S. in Queens County and Fordham University, has been hell-bent on offending Catholics and dismissing their beliefs in the public square.Cuomo’s first assault was on Catholic teaching that marriage is between a man and a woman. He was embarrassed that his state had been “surpassed by many other countries which have legalized...
  • History of Pontius Pilate: his background before Good Friday

    04/09/2014 2:23:40 PM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies
    Bill Pietro ^ | April 9, 2014 | Bill Petro
    PONTIUS PILATEHis name provides two valuable clues to his background and ancestry. The family name, Pontius was that of a prominent clan among the Samnites, hill cousins of the Latin Romans. They had almost conquered Rome in several fierce wars. The Pontii were of noble blood, but when Rome finally absorbed the Samnites, their aristocracy was demoted to the Roman equestrian or middle-class order, rather than the senatorial order. It is Pilate’s personal name Pilatus that proves almost conclusively that he was of Samnite origin. Pilatus means “armed-with-a-javelin”. The pilum or javelin was six feet long, half wooden and...
  • Jeb Bush to meet with Southern Baptist leader

    04/08/2014 10:04:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 83 replies
    The Washington Post's Post Politics ^ | April 8, 2014 | Robert Costa
    Former Florida governor Jeb Bush is reaching out to evangelical leaders as he considers a 2016 presidential run, and in early May, he will meet privately with Russell Moore, one of the country’s most prominent Southern Baptists. Moore, a frequent presence on television and at theological conferences, heads the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, which has more than 16 million members. Moore and an aide to Bush have confirmed the session, which will take place at Bush’s office in Miami. Bush, who has played down the idea that he is exploring...
  • Inspiring: Christians in China Form Human Chain Around Church When Officials Try to Demolish It

    04/08/2014 9:18:00 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    IJReview ^ | April 8, 2014 | Emily Hulsey
    After learning of the Chinese government’s plan to bulldoze a church in Wenzhou, China, thousands of people have gathered to form a 24/7 human chain to protect it: Officials claimed the church had been built illegally and used red paint to daub the words: “Demolish” and “Illegal construction” onto its towering facade. Wenzhou’s underground “house” churches – those unwilling to comply with Communist Party rules – have long been subjected to sporadic crackdowns, such as one in 2000 that saw hundreds of churches and temples demolished across Zhejiang province. However, the Sanjiang church is part of the Three-Self Patriotic Movement, China’s...