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  • Atheist Writer: Most 2016 Candidates Are ‘God-Fearing Clowns and Faith-Mongering Nitwits’

    04/20/2015 9:19:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | April 20, 2015 | Tom Johnson
    Imagine a president of the United States proclaiming in his or her inaugural address, “I do not believe in God. I do not believe in a hereafter…There is no hope, save in ourselves.” If something like that ever happens, writer Jeffrey Tayler’s dream will have come true. Tayler, who routinely trashes religion for the liberal online magazine Salon, complained in a Sunday article that several recent announcements of presidential candidacies have brought about “a media carnival featuring, on both sides, an array of supposedly God-fearing clowns and faith-mongering nitwits groveling before Evangelicals and nattering on about their belief in the...
  • Ann Arbor Catholic priest tells parishioners to pack heat

    04/20/2015 4:03:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 24 replies
    Detroit Free Press | 04-20-2015 | Patricia Montemurri
    No excerpt due to copyright concerns. See the story here. http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2015/04/20/ed-fride-mayberry-guns-ann-arbor-catholic-priest/26086691/
  • Pope appeals to international community as African immigrants flood Italy, perish at sea

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

    04/20/2015 12:22:59 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 52 replies
    Get Religion ^ | April 20, 2015 | Jim Davis
    Well, at least the Dallas Morning News was kinda nice to Liberty University. In the lede to its story on Ted Cruz in New Hampshire, the newspaper called it a "huge evangelical Christian college." Once upon a time, many mainstream media routinely slapped Liberty with the "F" word: "Fundamentalist." But the paper doesn't prove its claim that Cruz sounded less evangelical, more secular in his New Hampshire visit to sound more presidential. It therefore pushes a related stereotype: that Americans don’t particularly like evangelicals. DMN paints Cruz as a conservative's conservative as well as an evangelical's evangelical. It says the...
  • Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Just Faint on the Cross

    04/20/2015 11:51:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    strange Notions ^ | April 20, 2015 | Peter Kreeft
    NOTE: Christians around the world celebrated Good Friday and Easter last week, which commemorate the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Thus we began a six-part series on these events by Dr. Peter Kreeft in which he examines each of the plausible theories attempting to explain what happened to Jesus at the end of his life, particularly whether he rose from the dead.Part 1 - 5 Possible Theories that Explain the Resurrection of JesusPart 2 - Rejecting the Swoon Theory: 9 Reasons Why Jesus Did Not Faint on the Cross Part 3 - Debunking the Conspiracy Theory: 7 Arguments Why Jesus’ Disciples Did Not...
  • BREAKING: Catholic Relief Services vice-president is in a gay ‘marriage’, promotes gay agenda

    04/20/2015 10:38:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 65 replies
    LIFe Site News ^ | April 20, 2015
    Update April 20: In keeping with our regular practice, we contacted Catholic Relief Services on Friday morning for a response prior to publication, and gave them a deadline of 4pm. In this case they did not respond. However, by Monday morning, Estridge's LinkedIn and Facebook profiles were taken down.BALTIMORE, MD, April 20, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- As Catholic bishops throughout the U.S. face attacks for requiring Catholic teachers not to support same-sex “marriage,” new evidence shows that a vice-president at the bishops’ own foreign relief agency is himself “married” to another man.Critics say the news confirms Catholic Relief Services’ history of...
  • Reports from Israel reveal startling rerun of history ('Kaduri revival is exploding...)

    04/20/2015 10:22:04 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    WND ^ | April 18, 2015 | Unattributed
    They call it the “Kaduri Revival,” and reports over recent months have confirmed the teachings of one of Israel’s most venerated rabbi are leading Jews time and again to accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. And face persecution. Baptist preacher and radio host Carl Gallups says the threats facing Messianic Jews now in Israel is “reminiscent of what we read about in the New Testament – in the early days of the church.” There, he said, Jews who followed Jesus Christ were persecuted. And today, they “are facing the same hardships and persecution the early church faced,” he said. “Gallups...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/20/2015 9:43:47 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    4-20-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 112:1-4 Blessed is the Man that Feareth the Lord, and Delighteth Greatly in His Commandments. His Seed shall be Mighty upon Earth: the Generation of the Upright shall be Blessed. Riches and Treasures shall be in his House, and his Righteousness Endureth Forever. Unto the Upright Ariseth Light in Darkness: he is Merciful and Full of Compassion, and Righteous.
  • ISIS slaughters 30 Christians on beach in Libya

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

    04/20/2015 9:04:53 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | 04/20/2015 | Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    The Florida senator’s dabbling in multiple denominations shows a country more and more inclined toward a consumerist approach toward religion. American presidential candidates are often a good lens for looking at the state of American religion. For instance, the fact that 2012 was the first election in American history where no candidate was a mainline Protestant, after that branch’s virtual monopoly on the White House, reflected the mainline’s precipitous decline in numbers and influence over the 20th century. While the two vice-presidential candidates were boringly Catholic, Barack Obama ran as a nondenominational, basically unchurched Christian, and Mitt Romney as a...
  • Shroud of Turin goes on public display

    04/19/2015 1:04:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 15 replies
    cns ^ | April 19, 2015 | Carol Glatz
    The Shroud of Turin unveiled yesterday for the media. Now on public display, (CNS/Paul Haring) TURIN, Italy — A thin white cloth draped over the glass–covered Shroud of Turin was pulled down and billowed to the floor, marking the official opening of the venerated icon’s exposition to the public.​The unveiling came during a Mass held in the city’s cathedral of St. John the Baptist today in the presence of a small group of dignitaries, religious and lay faithful. ​“We have put ourselves in the wake of generations of pilgrims” who come to contemplate the shroud and “it will do us good to feel like we are drops in the river that has run through the centuries of a humanity...
  • Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ [Christian Genocide!]

    04/19/2015 12:42:50 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | April 16, 2015 | Lela Gilbert
    Why Pope Francis Was Right To Call The Armenian Massacres ‘Genocide’ by Lela Gilbert 16 Apr 2015 'Their Christian faith was bruised and battered. In some cases, all hope was lost' A century after the genocide began, Turkey still refuses to accept the truth. Yet for the sake of today’s persecuted Christians, the past must not be forgotten In March last year reports emerged of a nightmare unfolding in the Armenian town of Kassab in northern Syria. A horde of al-Qaeda affiliated terrorists descended on the city, forcing the Christian residents out of their ancestral homes. It was widely reported...
  • LAODICEAN APOSTATE TONY CAMPOLO SAYS HE’S STARTING ‘EVANGELICALS FOR HILLARY’

    04/18/2015 8:04:18 PM PDT · by aimhigh · 34 replies
    This is what he (Tony Campolo) has to say about Hillary Clinton and why Christians should vote for her: “Some of my Evangelical friends raise questions about her views on abortion. But Hillary Clinton is one of the few candidates on the political stage who has a plan for cutting the abortion rate in America by at least 50 percent. I know Hillary Clinton to be a committed Christian. As a teenager, Hillary’s religious beliefs were heavily impacted by hearing a sermon by Martin Luther King, Jr. The youth pastor of her Methodist church mentored her through her teenage years...
  • Anti-Cordileone ad misrepresents Catholicism, archdiocese says

    04/18/2015 3:43:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | April 17, 2015
    Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone at a press conference for the 2012 USCCB Fall General Assembly, Nov 13. Credit: Michelle Bauman/CNA. San Francisco, Calif., Apr 17, 2015 / 04:13 am (CNA).- A group of Catholics promoting a full-page advertisement asking Pope Francis to remove Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone don’t represent San Francisco Catholics and misrepresent the facts, the archdiocese has said. “The advertisement is a misrepresentation of Catholic teaching, a misrepresentation of the nature of the (archdiocese’s) teacher contract, and a misrepresentation of the spirit of the archbishop,” the San Francisco archdiocese said April 15. “The greatest misrepresentation of all is that the...
  • HHS mandate loses again: Supreme Court order protects Pennsylvania Catholic groups

    04/18/2015 3:38:56 PM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    cna ^ | April 18, 2015
    U.S. Supreme Court. Washington D.C., Apr 18, 2015 / 04:25 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The U.S. Supreme Court has continued its trend of decisions stopping enforcement of a federal contraception mandate against religious employers with moral objections. On April 15, Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito issued an order barring the federal government from enforcing the mandate against Catholic Charities affiliates, Catholic schools and social service organizations in the dioceses of Erie and Pittsburgh. “Every time a religious plaintiff has gone to the Supreme Court for protection from the government’s discriminatory mandate the Court has protected them,” Lori Windham, senior counsel for...
  • Russian Patriarch: 400 Syrian Churches Destroyed, Christianity Nearing ‘Extinction’ in Mideast

    04/18/2015 9:56:28 AM PDT · by NRx · 18 replies
    Orthodox Church News ^ | April 2015 | Raymond Ibrahim
    Around mid-April, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia –who once wrote a letter to Barack Obama beseeching the president to reconsider his foreign policies which enable the persecution of Christians in Syria — spoke again of the threat of Christian extinction in the Mideast during a meeting with Greek Defense Minister Panagiotis Kammenos. In the Russian Patriarch’s own words: "I regularly get reports of horrible crimes that are committed there against Christians, especially in northern Iraq. I have visited those places and I remember that there were many churches and monasteries there. The city of Mosul alone had 45...
  • Francis Cardinal George: Requiescant in Pace

    04/18/2015 6:26:39 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 7 replies
    http://the-american-catholic.com ^ | April 17, 2015 | Donald R. McClarey
    Francis Cardinal George lost his long battle with cancer and died today. This is what I wrote about him back in 2012: Francis Cardinal George of the Archdiocese of Chicago is alleged to have predicted that for upholding the teachings of Christ he will die in his bed, his successor will die in a prison cell, and his successor will be executed in a public square in Chicago. Therefore, I am unsurprised that he has written an open letter exploring the “Chicago Values” cited by Mayor Emanuel when he decided to attack the free speech rights of Chick-Fil-A: Recent comments...
  • Conservative Anglicans Discuss Breaking Apart From Church of England Over Gay Marriage, Women…

    04/17/2015 7:52:06 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 16, 2015 | 8:48 am | Stoyan Zaimov
    A group of conservative Anglican leaders are reportedly meeting in London to discuss forming a “parallel” church that they feel would be more true to Anglican principles on positions like women bishops and gay marriage. The Independent reported that The Church of England is “at risk of an unprecedented schism” in light of the proposal by the Global Anglican Futures Conference, which seeks to counter what conservatives find is a liberal approach to social issues by the Church of England and the Archbishop of Canterbury. […] Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby said back in December 2014 that he fears the...
  • OUTSIDERS ATTACK CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

    04/17/2015 2:30:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 36 replies
    Catholic League ^ | April 16, 2015 | Bill Donohue
    Bill Donohue comments on several campaigns against Catholic schools:We never hear of attempts by outsiders to dictate to Jews how to run their yeshivas. The same is true of the increasing number of Islamic schools: no one tells Muslims what their employment policies should be. The same is not true of Catholic schools. In San Francisco, outsiders have spent an enormous amount of money seeking to pressure the Archdiocese to change its prospective handbook for faculty.Outsiders, driven by the media, put Iowa Governor Terry Branstad on the firing line: they forced him to comment on Dowling Catholic High School’s decision...
  • Catholic bishops should learn from the Mormons (No, he's serious. Ref: "Gay Marriage" & Polygamy)

    04/17/2015 10:05:48 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    The National Catholic Reporter ^ | April 17, 2015 | Father Thomas Reese, S.J.
    The U.S. Catholic bishops could take a lesson from Mormon leaders on how to deal with religious liberty and gay rights. The Mormons have been strong allies of the Catholic bishops in the fight against gay marriage and the protection of religious freedom. But when the Mormons saw they were on the losing side in this fight, they were willing to compromise to protect what they considered essential. Like the Catholic church, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints respects tradition and does not change teaching easily. But Mormons do have a pragmatic side. With the entire nation aligned...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Holocaust Might Be Repeated With Influx of Muslims in US and Europe

    04/17/2015 8:39:34 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/15/2015 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The Rev. Franklin Graham warned on Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday that another holocaust might become a reality, pointing to the influx of Muslim immigrants into Europe and the United States, who he said are "bringing their hatred of Jews and Christians with them." "Could the holocaust be repeated? I'm afraid so. Anti-Semitism is at the highest levels since the late 1930s. This is coming from the influx of Muslim immigrants to Europe, the United States, and other Western countries over the past few decades, and they are bringing their hatred of Jews — and Christians — with them," Graham...
  • Atheism is Dying Out Around the World

    04/17/2015 8:23:17 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies
    Churchpop.com ^ | April 16 | Rev. Dwight Longnecker
    We often hear from atheists how religion is dying out as mankind comes to see the clear light of reason. Atheist “intellectuals” speak disparagingly about religion and predict that mankind is on the cusp of a new age in which religion will simply disappear as science, technology and reason are in the ascendant. The facts indicate exactly the opposite. It is religion which continues to grow around the world while the statistics indicate that agnosticism and atheism are dying out. [See also:11 Maps to Help You Make Sense of World Religion] [See also:24 Crazy Facts About Global Christianity in...
  • Not Enough is Being Done to Protect Christians in Middle East - Putin

    04/17/2015 6:27:22 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Interfax ^ | 5/16/15
    Moscow, April 16, Interfax - Russian President Vladimir Putin said the situation in the Middle East for Christians is terrible and the international community is not taking enough steps to protect them. "As to the Middle East and Christians, the situation is terrible. We have spoken about it many times and we believe that the international community is not doing enough to protect the Christian population of the Middle East," Putin told reporters. He reiterated that Christians have lived in the Middle East for centuries and the place is the birthplace of Christianity. "It is sad that the international community...
  • Vatican: Pope Francis ‘Considering’ Cuba Visit

    04/17/2015 6:25:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 4/17/15 | Lydia Symonds
    Francis considering visit to island during America tripPope Francis is considering a trip to Cuba in September to tie in with his visit to the United States, a move that could further improve diplomatic relations between the US and Cuba. The Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, said that Francis “is considering the idea of a Cuba leg” but that discussions about the visit are at a preliminary stage. According to Associated Press, he added that it was too early to say that a decision has been taken or that operational planning was underway. In what will be the Pope’s...
  • San Francisco: ACTION ITEMS! SPIRITUAL BOUQUET! MASS MOB!

    04/16/2015 5:02:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | 4/16/15 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    I call on all the readers here to pray and offer fasting and alms for the spiritual defense of Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco.Will San Francisco be the Alamo of the Church in these USA?Today, in the ultra-liberal San Francisco Chronicle there is a full page ad from 100 “Prominent Catholics” calling on Pope Francis to remove Archbp. Cordileone. Prominent? Why? Because they support sodomy and they have money? Catholic? How?What will happen across these USA if the liberals and homosexualists succeed in bringing down Archbp. Cordileone?Think about it. The libs and the haters of the Church and homosexualists with...
  • Presidential candidate Ted Cruz winning American Orthodox hearts

    04/16/2015 3:26:41 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 44 replies
    Haaretz ^ | April 16, 2015 | Staff
    Cruz's strong Zionism combined with traditional views on social issues is a 'natural fit' for Orthodox Jews in the U.S.Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz, a hardline conservative and practicing Southern Baptist, is carving out a niche with Orthodox Jews — a "potentially winnable slice of an otherwise deeply Democratic demographic," Politico website reports. “I share a great many values with the Jewish community and the Orthodox community,” Cruz told Politico in a phone interview. “Chief among them is a passionate dedication to strengthening our friendship and alliance with the nation of Israel.” Combing a strong Zionist approach with traditional views...
  • Vatican unexpectedly ends crackdown of US nun group

    04/16/2015 12:21:17 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 16, 2015 3:01 PM EDT | Nicole Winfield and Rachel Zoll
    The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial reform of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a shift in tone and treatment of the U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis. The Vatican said it had accepted a final report on its overhaul of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and declared that the “implementation of the mandate has been accomplished” nearly two years ahead of schedule. It was an abrupt about-face given that just last year, the head of the Vatican’s doctrine office, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller, sharply rebuked the LCWR for its “regrettable” attitude and behavior...
  • Daily Kickoff: Cruz woos Orthodox Jews | Rubio woos Indian Creek Jews | Holocaust Remembrance Day

    04/16/2015 12:11:07 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet
    IRAN BILL BATTLE: "Congress’s Role in Iran Nuclear Deal Shows Limits of Obama’s Power" by Peter Baker: "In his assertions of executive power to advance his agenda in an era of gridlock, President Obama has been largely on offense. But his latest battle with Congress not only left him on defense, it actually broke the gridlock. Against him. Mr. Obama’s abrupt decision to sign a compromise version of legislation on Iran that he had previously vowed to veto was a bruising retreat in his larger campaign to act without Congress’s getting in his way. In this case, partisanship gave way...
  • Teachers Barred From Giving Students Free Bibles at Okla. School After Atheists Threaten Lawsuit

    04/16/2015 11:21:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/16/2015 | Michael Gryboski
    A public school district in Oklahoma has agreed to stop allowing for the distribution of Bibles following threatened legal action from an atheist organization. Duncan Public Schools sent a letter to the American Humanist Association in response to a complaint leveled against an elementary school teacher who distributed several Gideon Bibles to her students. Scott W. Stone, legal counsel for Duncan Schools, explained to the AHA's legal arm the Appignani Humanist Legal Center that actions were being taken in response to their complaint. "All teachers and administrators in the district are being advised that they are not permitted to distribute...
  • St. Petersburg Smolny Cathedral Restored to Church, a Symbol of the City of the Tsars

    04/16/2015 10:32:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Asia News ^ | 4/16/15
    Confiscated by the Bolsheviks, first used as a warehouse and more recently a concert hall, the cathedral will be restored to the Orthodox diocese. In 2010 it was reopened for worship.Moscow (AsiaNews / Agencies) - Smolny Cathedral in St. Petersburg, one of the symbols of the city of the Tsars and now owned by the state, will be returned to the Russian Orthodox Church. This was announced April 14 by Nikolai Burov, director of the museum of the four cathedrals which also includes that of Smolny. "The decision has been made: the Smolny Cathedral will be restored to the diocese,"...
  • Vatican Ends Takeover of U.S. Catholic Nuns Group

    04/16/2015 9:50:17 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-16-2015 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    The Vatican has abruptly ended its standoff with American nuns, announcing that the investigation and oversight of the nuns’ main leadership group has been finished two years earlier than expected, without instituting any major changes that would affect the group’s practices or direction. Four of the leaders of the American nuns’ group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, were called in to an unexpected meeting on Thursday with Pope Francis in the Vatican that lasted 50 minutes. He did not speak publicly, but the sisters said afterward in a statement that they were “deeply heartened” by Francis’ “expression of appreciation”...
  • Should Christians Vote for Hillary Clinton?

    04/16/2015 8:42:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/16/2015 | David French
    Earlier this week, the Religion News Service asked liberal pastor Tony Campolo to make the Christian case for Hillary Clinton and asked me to make the case against. Campolo calls himself the “positive prophet of red letter Christianity” and is a personal friend of the Clintons. Let’s just say we had starkly different assessments. Here’s Campolo: Clinton also understands how Congress works — a needed skill since legislative gridlock has characterized Washington over the last several years. Amid dire problems, the last session of Congress proved to be one of the least productive of any in our nation’s history. It...
  • Rubio: I Would Attend Gay Wedding of Family Member, Friend

    04/16/2015 6:28:43 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 133 replies
    http://www.newsmax.com ^ | April 13, 2015
    Although he thinks marriage should be between a man and a woman, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio says he would attend a same-sex wedding of a family member or friend to show his support for someone he cares about. Rubio was interviewed Wednesday by Fusion's Jorge Ramos, who asked the Republican presidential candidate whether he would attend the wedding of a gay friend or co-worker if invited. "If there's somebody that I love that's in my life, I don't necessarily have to agree with their decisions, or the decisions they've made, to continue to love them and participate in important events,"...
  • ‘Grace Notes': The quiet unshakable faith of Hillary Clinton [prepare to facepalm]

    04/16/2015 5:38:51 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 23 replies
    US Catholic ^ | April 9, 2015 | Burns Strider
    WASHINGTON (RNS) Late on a Saturday night in 2012, I received word from my sister in Mississippi that my mamma had passed away. My home was silent as my wife and two boys slept upstairs. I was reading when the sad call came. I woke my wife to tell her; we sat on the edge of the bed and hugged. In my sadness, around midnight, I started cleaning the kitchen, likely because my mamma was always cleaning something. I also reached out to two friends. It was within minutes that I heard back from Hillary. Secretary Clinton joined me in...
  • France Stands Firm Over Nomination of Gay Vatican Envoy

    04/16/2015 4:13:35 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    BBC ^ | 5/15/15
    France has said it will not back down over its nomination of an openly gay ambassador to the Vatican. The French government proposed senior diplomat Laurent Stefanini for the post in January but the Vatican is yet to respond to approve the choice. The Vatican usually responds within six weeks to approve such a new ambassador. The nomination of Mr Stefanini was seen as a litmus test for Pope Francis, who has taken a more liberal stance on homosexuality. A French government spokesman said there had been negotiations with the Vatican over the appointment. "France has chosen its ambassador to...
  • Who Supports Hillary?

    04/15/2015 11:46:17 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Patheos' Catholic Channel's Jane the Actuary Blog ^ | April 14, 2015 | Jane the Actuary
    Hillary Clinton has now made it official, declaring her candidacy in a youtube video and heading off on a “road trip” to Iowa (no, she’s not driving herself). And the media is all over the story. The tagline on her website: “Everyday Americans need a champion. I want to be that champion.” But, poking around that website, there’s no real content to it. No policy positions. No campaign promises. Just a bio, and a request for donations and volunteer help in the early-primary/caucus states. Now, it’s not hard to find all manner of stories on why HRC is exceptionally unqualified...
  • Turkish PM Accuses Pope of Being Part of ‘Evil Front’ Against His Country

    04/15/2015 7:30:18 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 5/15/15 | Staff Reporter
    Prime Minister Davutoglu's comments follow criticism by Turkish president yesterday over Armenian genocide statementTurkey’s prime minister has accused the Pope of being part of an “evil front” plotting against his country. Ahmet Davutoglu made the comments today in the capital Ankara ahead of the country’s parliamentary elections in June at which his ruling Justice and Development party was presenting its list of candidates. Mr Davutoglu comments came after Pope Francis described Ottoman Turkey’s massacre of 1.5 million Armenians from 1915 as “genocide”, a term and death toll denied by Turkey Mr Davutoglu said: “An evil front is being formed before...
  • Prominent Catholics call on pope to oust S.F. archbishop

    04/15/2015 7:13:06 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    http://www.sfgate.com ^ | April 15, 2015 | Matier & Ross
    In an unprecedented move, more than 100 prominent Roman Catholic donors and church members signed a full-page ad running Thursday in The Chronicle that calls on Pope Francis to replace San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone for fostering “an atmosphere of division and intolerance.” The plea follows months of dissent within the archdiocese over Cordileone’s emphasis on traditional, conservative church doctrine — including asking high school teachers and staffers at Catholic schools to sign a morality clause that characterizes sex outside of marriage and homosexual relations as “gravely evil.” In their open letter to the pope, Cordileone’s critics say his morality-clause...
  • High-profile Rome exorcist: 'ISIS is Satan'

    04/15/2015 3:10:16 AM PDT · by markomalley · 27 replies
    CNA ^ | 4/15/15
    In a recent Facebook post, well-known Roman exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth said the Islamic State (ISIS) “is Satan,” also questioning the lack of response from Western nations. “ISIS is Satan. Things first happen in the spiritual realms, then they are made concrete on this earth,” he said in an April 8 post on the social media website. Father Amorth continued, “there are only two spiritual realms: The Holy Spirit and the demonic spirit.” He said the demonic enters in “because evil is disguised in various ways: political, religious, cultural, and it has one source of inspiration: the devil. As a...
  • Helder Câmara: a lifetime of working against the Church - And they want to beatify him?...

    04/14/2015 4:40:53 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | April 7, 2015 | Corrispondenza Romana
    Perhaps the biggest falsehood about Helder Camara is the one that presents him as a friend of the poor and defender of freedom. The title, defender of freedom fits very badly on one who sang the praises of some of the bloodiest dictatorships that constellated the 20th century; first Nazism, and then Communism in all of its variants: Soviet, Cuban, Chinese… Most of all, however, the title friend of the poor does not fit at all one who sustained regimes that have caused such terrifying poverty, described by the then Cardinal Ratzinger as “the shame of our times.”
  • Tax Time and the Bible's Story About Government

    04/14/2015 9:08:16 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 04/14/2015 | BY REV. MARK H. CREECH
    Back in the 1980s, I was an associate minister in charge of the children's ministry at a church in upstate New York – not far from Buffalo. The church had a children's worship that met on Sunday mornings separate from the adult's traditional morning worship. The children's church service featured special characters that would share the Gospel in ways that resonated well with kids. There was, "Tick-Tock the Grandfather Clock," "Jack, the Pirate," "Moe, the Hobo," and "The Old Circuit Rider," who actually rode a real horse to church on the Sundays he visited. The youngsters loved it and attendance...
  • [Irish] Bishops’ Threat Over Non-Signing of Civil Wedding Forms

    04/14/2015 6:12:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 4/13/15 | Declan Brennan
    If same-sex vote carried, the church’s view on marriage and that of State radically different Ireland’s Catholic bishops spokesman has said the church may no longer perform the civil aspects of weddings if marriage is extended to same-sex couples. The move would mean the tens of thousands of couples who get married in Catholic churches each year would have to go elsewhere to have their marriage legally recognised by the State. At present, the signing of the Marriage Registration Form – a civil document required by the State in order to recognise a marriage – takes place after the wedding...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/13/2015 12:51:18 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
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  • Does God Love America?

    04/12/2015 11:45:33 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    Criterio Hidalgo ^ | April 12, 2015
    If you want to choose in the US, you'd better praise God. The Americans do not seem to care much what church leaders pray; just want to kneel .. It was built in the 1920s in the style of the Spanish missions, topped off with one of those thatched roofs of red clay so popular in southern Florida by then. Catholics put their foundation a few steps from the famed Biltmore Hotel (inspired by the Giralda, the tower of the Cathedral of Seville in Spain) and named their church in honor of St. Therese of Lisieux, also known as the...
  • The Left’s love affair with Pope Francis may be cooling off given the recent news out of France

    04/11/2015 5:39:21 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2015 | JAZZ SHAW
    Liberals have had high hopes (no pun intended) for Pope Francis ever since his election. His sometimes nuanced messages of compassion for all humans have been regularly covered here by Ed and I have found many of them inspiring, though really not all that different from traditional messages coming from the Vatican. The Pontiff just has a different way of expressing himself than some of his predecessors. But that hasn’t stopped many liberals from believing that a sea change was in the air, particularly when it came to the relationship between the church and gay and lesbian Catholics. But...
  • Pope Francis 'refuses' gay French ambassador

    04/11/2015 9:09:32 AM PDT · by NRx · 44 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 04-10-2015 | Henry Samuel
    Pope Francis has reportedly barred the nomination of a close aide of President Francois Hollande as new French ambassador to the Vatican because he is gay. The apparent rejection calls into question the pope's reputation as holding more liberal views on homosexuality. Laurent Stefanini, 54, a senior diplomat and Mr Hollande's chief of protocol, was nominated in early January but the Vatican has maintained a stony silence over whether it accepts his credentials, officials in Paris said. The usual time frame for their acceptance is a month and a half. After that, a prolonged silence after a nomination is normally...
  • 'Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,' Wiccan Priestess Delivers Prayer for Iowa House

    04/11/2015 6:59:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 50 replies
    MRC TV ^ | 4/10/15 | Barbara Boland
    “Blessed Be, Aho, and Amen,” aren’t the words members of the Iowa House of Representatives are accustomed to hear at the closing of the invocation marking the House’s opening ceremonies, but that’s just what happened yesterday when a Wiccan priestess delivered the prayer. "We call this morning to God, Goddess, Universe, that which is greater than ourselves to be here with us today,” said Deborah Maynard, who delivered the first prayer by a Wiccan in the assembly. “By the Earth that is in our bones and centers us, may all here remember our roots and those whom we are here...
  • To Keep Free of Federal Reins, Wyoming Catholic College Rejects Student Aid

    04/11/2015 4:46:51 AM PDT · by NRx · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 04-11-2015 | JACK HEALY
    LANDER, Wyo. — An insurrection is brewing here at Wyoming Catholic College, a tiny redoubt of cowboy-style Catholicism where students learn about horseback riding and Thomas Aquinas, and take grueling mountain hikes conducted entirely in Latin. Citing concerns about federal rules on birth control and same-sex marriage, the school decided this winter to join a handful of other religious colleges in refusing to participate in the federal student-aid programs that help about two-thirds of students afford college. For students here, the decision means no federal loans, work-study money or grants to finance their annual $28,000 tuition, which includes housing in...
  • It looks like he “judged” after all! (Pope Francis ‘refuses’ gay French ambassador)

    04/10/2015 2:34:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 46 replies
    WDTPRS ^ | April 10, 2015 | Fr. John Zuhlsdorf
    The MSM took what the Pope said on the airplane (about a homosexual who is trying to live a holy life), that is, “Who am I to judge?” and ran with only half the story, giving the impression that Pope Francis approved of some way of homosexual acts.Wrong.  HEREThis Pope is not a liberal when it comes to doctrine.  He doesn’t think that homosexual sex is okay.I have been saying for a couple years now that when liberals figure that out, they will turn on Francis.I read this today at the Telegraph: Pope Francis ‘refuses’ gay French ambassadorPope Francis’ reputation...
  • The Awe-Inspiring Heroism of Dietrich Bonhoeffer-

    04/10/2015 1:15:16 PM PDT · by 11th Commandment · 11 replies
    NRO ^ | April 10, 2015 12:11 PM | S.T. KARNICK
    As a Christian, he never ceased to stand by those who suffered, even when it cost him his life. The too-brief life of the German pastor and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer has been the subject of much film and literary interest in recent years, and Eric Metaxas’s insightful biography of this heroic figure helps us understand why. Bonhoeffer’s life vividly demonstrated the natural and indeed inevitable tensions between the individual and the modern state, and it pointed toward a response based firmly in Christian thought. There are two powerful presences throughout the book: Bonhoeffer himself and Adolf Hitler, as the two...