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  • Kennedy Replaces the “Laws of Nature” with His Own

    07/03/2015 3:29:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 11 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | July 3, 2015 | PAUL KENGOR
    Same-sex “marriage” advocates will heartily celebrate July 4 this year, thrilled with the possibilities in the New America they’re creating in their own image. They will be especially grateful to Anthony Kennedy and the four liberal justices who gave them gay “marriage” by assuming unto themselves what Thomas Jefferson two-and-a-half centuries ago called “the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God.” That sublime understanding in that Declaration has been superseded by a subversive understanding declared by the likes of Justice Kennedy.Kennedy’s swing vote making gay “marriage” a constitutional right recognized in all 50 states is one of the most...
  • State Silences Bakers Who Refused to Make Cake for Lesbian Couple, Fines Them $135K

    07/03/2015 9:48:59 AM PDT · by NRx · 21 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | 07-02-2015 | Kelsey Harkness
    Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian finalized a preliminary ruling today ordering Aaron and Melissa Klein, the bakers who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding, to pay $135,000 in emotional damages to the couple they denied service. “This case is not about a wedding cake or a marriage,” Avakian wrote. “It is about a business’s refusal to serve someone because of their sexual orientation. Under Oregon law, that is illegal.” In the ruling, Avakian placed an effective gag order on the Kleins, ordering them to “cease and desist” from speaking publicly about not wanting to bake cakes for...
  • After gay marriage: next steps for LGBT activists

    07/03/2015 8:14:01 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 20 replies
    BRNow.org - The Official Website of The Biblical Recorder ^ | July 2, 2015 | David Roach, National Correspondent, Baptist Press
    With same-sex marriage now legal in all 50 states, pro-gay activists are shifting their focus to issues like alleged workplace, housing and public accommodations discrimination. Some have even proposed stripping churches of their tax-exempt status and legalizing polygamous marriage. Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activists view the Supreme Court’s legalization of gay marriage “as a means to a greater end,” said Jon Akin, pastor of Fairview Church in Lebanon, Tenn. – “a huge means, but I certainly don’t think it’s the end. I think many will not be happy” if the advance of gay rights “doesn’t go further.” Akin,...
  • Fortnight For Freedom: The Catholic Roots of the Declaration of Independence

    My bride and I each year travel to Indianapolis for the Gen Con gaming convention which this year will be held on the last week in July. Indianapolis is a lovely city and we have enjoyed our visits there. Back in 1926 an Indianapolis parish priest, John C. Rager, demonstrated that the core of the Declaration of Independence has its roots in Catholic thought. It will suffice for our purpose to consult, in detail, but two Catholic churchmen who stand out as leading lights for all time. The one is representative of medieval learning and thought, the other stood on...
  • Vietnam, Vatican Agree to Maintain Regular Meetings

    07/03/2015 6:47:08 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Vietnam and the Vatican need to continue holding regular meetings between their leaders and actively prepare necessary conditions towards establishing diplomatic relations, concurred Politburo member and Vietnam Fatherland Front President (VFF) Nguyen Thien Nhan and the Vatican’s Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin. At a meeting in the Italian city of Rome on July 1, the two sides hailed the progress in bilateral relations as illustrated by visits by Vietnamese Party and State senior officials to the Vatican and meetings with the Pope. They quoted Pope Francis’s remarks that a Vietnamese Catholic must be a good citizen and patriot who...
  • Joel Osteen on Why He Avoids Political, Social Issues: 'It's Not What I'm Called to Do;'

    07/03/2015 5:53:00 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | Leonardo Blair
    Joel Osteen, the popular 52-year-old leader of America's largest protestant church, Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, bluntly revealed that the reason why he avoids speaking out on hot button social and political issues, such as same-sex marriage, is because he believes that's not what he's called to do as a pastor. In a recent interview on WBUR's "Here & Now" radio program Osteen, who was asked if he felt these hot button social and political issues are important, said: "I think they are important but I think everybody has their own calling." He further explained that "It's not what I'm...
  • Ex-Gay Gospel Singer Donnie McClurkin Under Fire After Speaking Out Against Same-Sex Marriage Ruling

    07/03/2015 5:47:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 2 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/03/2015 | BY CHRISTINE THOMASOS
    Donnie McClurkin, the pastor and gospel music singer who said God delivered him from "the curse" of homosexuality, is now under fire from critics after speaking out against last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling which made same-sex marriage legal nationwide. McClurkin, 55, received some harsh criticism after he shared his interpretation of the Bible's position on homosexuality on Facebook last Friday. We've just received the answer from man's Supreme Court ... we already received the answer from GOD," the pastor of Perfecting Faith Church in New York wrote. "With NO REGARD to what the Supreme Court of MAN decrees ......
  • The (Roman) Empire Strikes Back (Liberals)

    07/03/2015 5:44:58 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 2, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Julius CaesarAfter my most recent visit to Rome I’ve been reading more about the history of Rome, and the parallels with twenty first America are fascinating.Many people know about the fall of the Roman Empire and follow the usual narrative that Rome collapsed from within because of moral decadence.Of course, the story is more complicated than that, and it begins not with the fall of the empire, but with the beginning of the Empire.The Roman Republic stood for about 500 years. The Senate was made up of patricians and plebeians. The patricians were the historic, aristocratic landed families. The plebeians...
  • Attitudes on Same-sex Marriage by Religious Affiliation & Denominational Family (Survey of 40,000

    07/02/2015 4:01:06 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 59 replies
    Public Religion Research Institute ^ | 4/22/2015 | Robert P. Jones
    ... Findings from PRRI's American Values Atlas, which draws on 40,000 interviews among a random sample of Americans, provides the most in-depth portrait to date of attitudes on same-sex marriage by religious affiliation. ... All Americans [percentages]... Strongly Favor 25 Favor 29 Oppose 18 Strongly Oppose 20 White Evangelical Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 10 Favor 18 Oppose 27 Strongly Oppose 39 White Mainline Protestant [Baptist, Methodist, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Church of Christ]... Strongly Favor 28 Favor 34 Oppose 16 Strongly Oppose 14 ...
  • Quote of the day...

    07/02/2015 3:07:00 PM PDT · by NRx · 4 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | 06-29-2015 | Patriarch Kyril
    "The general political direction of the [Western political] elite bears, without doubt, an anti-Christian and anti-religious character. We have been through an epoch of atheism, and we know what it is to live without God. We want to shout to the whole world, ‘Stop!'" -Kyril Patriarch of Moscow and all Russia
  • Episcopalians Vote to Allow Gay Weddings

    07/02/2015 2:40:48 PM PDT · by NYer · 39 replies
    Standing on my Head ^ | July 1, 2015 | Fr. Dwight Longenecker
    Episcopal Bishop Gene Robinson with a friend The AP reports here from the Episcopal Church’s General Convention  that the Episcopal Church of the USA is now formally permitting same sex weddings.  Episcopalians voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to allow religious weddings for same-sex couples, solidifying the church’s embrace of gay rights that began more than a decade ago with the pioneering election of the first openly gay bishop.the House of Bishops prayed and debated the issue for five hours earlier this week before passing it on to the House of Deputies.The Rev. Bonnie Perry of Chicago, a lesbian married to a...
  • Why Does TIME Want to Drop the Hammer on Churches? (Tolerance is dead)

    07/02/2015 2:31:53 PM PDT · by NRx · 37 replies
    Thoughtlife ^ | 07-02-2015 | Owen Strachan
    What does this show us? Three things, I think. It shows us that tolerance is over. I’m not breaking new ground here–but this must be said. Tolerance is dead. Oppenheimer’s piece ran all of two days after the SCOTUS decision on same-sex marriage. He wants to crush those who dare to stand against the fullest possible acceptance of what Harvard professor Harvey Mansfield has called “samesexuality.” Sexuality liberated from any constraints is now a full-blown worldview. This is paganism, 21st-century version. The body is all; sex is all. The hippies now wear steel-toed boots. The earlier “free love” movement was...
  • Russia: Church and State Sign Agreement to Prevent Abortion

    07/02/2015 12:37:08 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    NRTLN ^ | 07-01-2015 | National Right to Life News
    The Ministry of Health in Russia has signed an agreement with the Russian Orthodox Church that includes prevention of abortion and provision of palliative care . The agreement signed by Health Minister Veronika Skvortsova and Patriarch Kirill, the head of the Russian Orthodox Churchwas published on the website of the Synodal Department for ROC [Russian Orthodox Church] Church Charity and Social Service. Article 9 of the 21 article agreement establishes cooperation “on the protection of maternal and child health, including reproductive health, promotion of family values and prevention of abortion.”
  • Response of Assembly of (Orthodox) Bishops to Obergefell v. Hodges

    07/02/2015 12:22:57 PM PDT · by NRx · 15 replies
    AOCOB ^ | 07-02-2015 | Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the US
    Thursday, July 02, 2015 The Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops of the United States of America strongly disagrees with the United States Supreme Court decision of June 26, Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court invents a constitutional right for two members of the same sex to marry, and imposes upon all States the responsibility to license and recognize such “marriages.” The Supreme Court, in the narrowest majority possible, has overstepped its purview by essentially re-defining marriage itself. It has attempted to settle a polarizing social and moral question through legislative fiat. It is immoral and unjust for our government...
  • Life and Death in Iraq (Christians and Yezidis)

    07/02/2015 11:24:24 AM PDT · by xzins · 3 replies
    Good News ^ | 29 Jun 15 | Jeff Gardner
    By Jeff Gardner -Last August, Joseph received the news he had feared for weeks: The armies of the so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, had invaded the region of Sinjar in western Iraq, the place where he and tens of thousands of Yezidis had lived for centuries. When Joseph got word that ISIS fighters were headed towards his home village of Tillqasab, he panicked — although he had left years ago, his elderly father still lived in the village. Arriving at the outskirts of town, Joseph realized that he was too late — Tillqasab had already fallen...
  • Rhode Island Bishop Supports Conscientious Objection to Same-Sex Marriage

    07/02/2015 6:24:28 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Bishop Thomas Tobin of Providence, Rhode Island, has offered his support for conscientious objection in response to the Supreme Court ruling that requires legal recognition of same-sex marriages. Reacting to a statement by a country clerk in Texas, who said that she would refuse to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, Bishop Tobin said: “Congratulations to Ms. Lang for her courageous stand! We need many more conscientious objectors-– public officials, private businesses, advertisers, religious leaders, and family members-– people of courage who will abide by their conscience, protect their religious rights, and not support or enable the furtherance of this...
  • Episcopalians OK Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/02/2015 6:13:11 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 7/2/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Episcopal Church has completed its embrace of gay rights, changing church law to allow same-sex religious marriages throughout the denomination, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. The new policy won overwhelming approval from the top Episcopal legislative body Wednesday, following decades of debate and conflict. It came 12 years after the denomination blazed a trail by electing the first openly gay bishop. "To finally get to this day is an incredible moment," said the Rev. Cynthia Black, of Morristown, New Jersey, a lesbian who has been campaigning for gay...
  • Fr. Jonathan Morris spits back (Spat on by at homo-pride parade)

    07/01/2015 7:16:15 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 26 replies
    https://harvestingthefruit.com ^ | July 1, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    Fr. Jonathan Morris, the longtime Fox News contributor, was spat upon by some homo-revelers at the so-called “Gay Pride Parade” in New York a couple of days ago. If you think that’s bad, just wait until you hear his reaction.
  • Vatican Representative Endorses UN Sustainable Development Goals, “Verbatim”

    07/01/2015 3:14:57 PM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 16 replies
    Lepanto Institute ^ | Lepanto Institute
    On 22 June, just four days after Pope Francis promulgated the encyclical on the environment, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the United Nations gave a formal statement to the United Nations on the “Zero Draft, Post-2015 Development Agenda.” As an Apostolic Nuncio, the Archbishop represents Pope Francis himself and, in effect, is speaking on his behalf. In his statement he said: “We support the verbatim inclusion of the sustainable development goals and targets as in the Report of the OWG (Open Working Group).” (emphasis added) Toward the end of the statement, the...
  • Red Light District America - The Dominating and Oppressing Sexual Culture in America

    07/01/2015 2:04:13 PM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 18 replies
    IFB ^ | 7/1/15
    I hate to come across as a "square" but it is nearly impossible to go anywhere in the United States of America today and not sense the oppressive sexual culture in which we live. It is a subliminal, hypnotic barrage of immoral images, lewd language and erotic enticements that consciously and subconsciously affects our entire nation. It has gone so far that we have become a base and morally callous people. Where can anyone go today without being continuously bombarded by the “24/ 7” decadent drumbeat of this licentious orchestra? We have indeed become a “Red Light District” nation! This...
  • “Shouldn’t the Church be excommunicating these people?” (Catholic Caucus)

    07/01/2015 2:00:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    The Deacons Bench ^ | June 30, 2015 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    I’ve seen that question a lot lately, as people have wondered on social media why certain Catholic Supreme Court Justices—along with prominent Catholic politicians—haven’t yet been publicly excommunicated, either for their position on abortion or their stance on same-sex marriage.Good question. I have no idea. That’s above my pay grade. Public excommunication, at any rate, seems to be a relatively rare phenomenon.But I was curious about just whom the Church had excommunicated.This, of course, is why God made Wikipedia. The good people at Wikipedia have compiled a list of recent formal excommunications, which might be of interest:21st century  Members of...
  • Archbishop of Damascus: 91 churches and 1,400 mosques destroyed in Syria conflict

    07/01/2015 1:17:50 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | July 1, 2015 | Ed West
    Maronite leader appeals to worldwide faithful for help The Maronite Archbishop of Damascus, Samir Nassar, has written to Christians in the West asking them to help his country’s 12 million refugees and displaced people.In a letter to Aid to the Church in Need, the Maronite archbishop called the Syrian crisis “the cruelest human drama since the Second World War”, pointing out that 5.6 million children were affected by the war and that many people were dying in the conflict from wounds because of the exodus of doctors and a shortage of medical drugs. He also noted that 1,400 mosques and...
  • NYC St. Patrick’s Day Parade chairman John Dunleavy ousted from post

    St. Patrick’s Day Parade chairman John Dunleavy has been ousted after 22 years after a decades-long dispute over the inclusion of gay groups at the annual march down Fifth Ave., according to a report. The decision, made Tuesday afternoon after a meeting involving the parade’s board, comes just four days after the Supreme Court legalized gay marriage across the United States.
  • Episcopalians to Vote on Allowing Gay Marriage in Churches

    07/01/2015 6:03:56 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    AP ^ | 7/1/15 | Brady McCombs and Rachell Zoll
    SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Episcopalians are set to vote Wednesday on allowing religious weddings for same-sex couples, just days after the U.S. Supreme Court legalized gay marriage nationwide. In 2003, the denomination made the trailblazing move of electing the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Since then, many dioceses have allowed their priests to perform civil same-sex weddings. Still, the church hadn't changed its own laws on marriage. The vote on gay marriage is expected around midday in Salt Lake City at the denomination's national assembly. The proposal would eliminate gender-specific language from church laws on marriage so religious weddings...
  • David Harsanyi: Was I Wrong To Support Gay Marriage?

    06/30/2015 8:17:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 33 replies
    The Federalist ^ | June 30, 2015 | David Harsanyi, senior editor
    If same-sex marriage is used to pummel religious Americans into submission, it will be a disaster. I’ve supported same-sex marriage ever since I first heard the idea. And when I became a political columnist in the early 2000s—despite being the “conservative” at a good-sized newspaper—I was the only one at the paper (as far as I can recall) who unequivocally backed gay marriage publicly. Though I wasn’t gullible enough to believe I’d be persuading many readers, I was gullible enough to believe that my allies in the cause were merely concerned with “equality.” As we dig out from the avalanche...
  • CUBA: CATHOLIC CHURCH BANS RELATIVES OF POLITICAL PRISONERS FROM MASS

    06/30/2015 5:44:56 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Breitbart News ^ | June 29, 2015 | Frances Martel
    A Catholic church in the central Cuban city of Cienfuegos has banned female relatives of political prisoners from attending mass unless they no longer wear white, a color associated with political imprisonment in the nation. The slight to families of the abused follows the bewildering remark from Archbishop of Havana Jaime Ortega that Cuba no longer has prisoners of conscience.
  • With Weak Protections For Conscience, "Obergefell is Roe on Steroids"

    06/30/2015 2:55:15 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 6/30/15 | Joan Desmond
    Liberals and conservatives have compared the U.S. Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision with Obergefell v. Hodges. Both are landmark rulings, in which the high court takes sides in a fractious national debate that was far from decided in the minds of many voters. But Bill McGurn, the Wall Street Journal columnist, takes issue with that assessment, at least as it involves the likely impact of the court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage. McGurn does not dispute the grave immorality of legal abortion. Rather he argues that the weak, ambiguous language on free-exercise protections in Justice Kennedy's majority opinion in...
  • Marriage: Where Do We Go From Here?

    06/30/2015 6:52:00 AM PDT · by DWW1990 · 25 replies
    TrevorGrantThomas.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Trevor Thomas
    With a liberal court, we get the rulings we deserve. Or, in other words, elections have consequences. It's safe to say that without the election of Barack Obama, we would not have had to endure liberal Supreme Court justices Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor sitting in judgement of marriage. (Both appointed by Obama in his first term, and both voting to legally redefine marriage.) Of course, the election of a republican, especially the likes of John McCain, gives no guarantee of conservative appointments to the Supreme Court. However, justices Roberts and Alito, appointed by George W. Bush, both voted against...
  • Franklin Graham Warns Christians to 'Be Prepared' for Persecution After SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

    06/30/2015 6:32:42 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/30/2015 | Samuel Smith
    Leading Evangelist Franklin Graham is warning Christians nationwide that they should be ready to face persecution if they wish to stand by the biblical definition of marriage following last Friday's U.S. Supreme Court ruling, which legalized same-sex marriage throughout the United States. Despite President Barack Obama claiming that the Supreme Court's ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges is a "victory for a America," Graham, the president of both the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan's Purse, asserted in an interview with Fox News' Todd Starnes last weekend that the United States is really the true "loser" because the ruling could bring...
  • Persecution More Likely With Court’s Marriage Decision

    06/30/2015 4:29:17 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | June 30, 2015 | STEPHEN M. KRASON
    The U.S. Supreme Court has just engaged in its latest unconstitutional exercise of raw judicial power and surely its most extravagant attempt to forcibly remake American culture since the 1973 Roe v. Wade/Doe v. Bolton abortion cases. The Obergefell v. Hodges decision on same-sex “marriage” was based on the notion of “substantive due process”—which essentially has meant rights that the Court, following the thinking of elite opinion-makers and organized interest groups, has read into the Constitution. While the first expression of substantive due process concerned a convoluted absolutist notion of property rights in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries,...
  • See The Star Of Bethlehem: Christ’s Second Coming Is Around The Corner

    06/29/2015 8:11:45 PM PDT · by SatinDoll · 59 replies
    shoebat.com ^ | June 29, 2015 | Walid Shoebat
    When it comes to tomorrow, Christians need to think while watching the Star of Bethlehem which will appear after an absence of roughly 2000 years. Tomorrow (June 30th, 2015) the Star of Bethlehem will be making a return. Will this mean that the signs of the end is beginning to unfold? And what did this sign mean? Is it a time of joy or suffering or both? How could King Herod's own advisors have been unaware of a star so bright that it could have led the wise men to Jerusalem? According to Professor David Weintraub, this may be because...
  • RORATE EDITORIAL: It's time for Catholic prelates to speak as true Catholics

    06/29/2015 5:02:30 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 35 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | 6/29/15 | Augustinus
    Since the promulgation of Obergefell v. Hodges, the decision of the Supreme Court of the United States on the definition of State-defined marriage, a growing number of U.S. Catholic prelates have been issuing their own statements about this abominable decision by five justices of the Court (two of whom are baptized Catholics, including the majority opinion's author himself). Some forthrightly condemned the decision's injustice and immorality. Others restated Catholic doctrine clearly, but without the forcefulness clearly warranted by the situation. Others offered decidedly lukewarm, limp-wristed statements that repeated a minimum of orthodox doctrine in as inoffensive and unconvincing a manner...
  • So now is it 'hate speech' to deplore the Obergefell decision?

    06/29/2015 5:01:23 PM PDT · by markomalley · 16 replies
    Catholic Culture ^ | 6/29/15 | Phil Lawler
    The ink was barely dry on last week’s Supreme Court ruling when Father James Martin, SJ, began scolding Catholics who were, from his decorous perspective, too strident in denouncing the decision. ”No issue brings out so much hatred from so many Catholics as homosexuality,” Father Martin told his Facebook followers. He repeated the same message several times throughout the day, warning commenters that they must not indulge in “homophobia” and suggesting that someone who questioned whether we were all expected to sing “Kumbaya” was illustrating his point. So is sarcasm now prima facie evidence of hatred? In my own surfing...
  • Tax-Exempt Status of Churches Imperiled

    06/29/2015 1:36:51 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 28 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | June 29, 2015 | William Donohue
    There aren’t enough homosexuals to wage war on religious institutions—they comprise only 1.6 percent of the population—but they have plenty of support among elites. From Wall Street to Wal-Mart, the corporate elite has gone lavender, embracing the gay-rights movement with as much gusto as exercised by elites in education, the arts, the entertainment industry, and the media. Will they now take the next step and attempt to shut down the churches? Anyone who thinks that radical activists will stop with gay marriage is ignorant: The big prize has always been to force the churches to fall in line. Consider Mark...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    06/29/2015 1:21:05 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 10 replies
    6-29-15 | Kitty Mittens
    Jude 1:24,25 All Glory to Him Who Alone is God, Who Saves us through Jesus Christ our Lord. Yes, Splendor and Majesty, All Power and Authority Are His from the Beginning; His they are and His they Evermore shall be.
  • Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich calls for compassion toward gay people

    06/29/2015 10:17:42 AM PDT · by Windy City Conservative · 42 replies
    Archbishop Blase Cupich of the Archdiocese of Chicago has asked his congregation to be compassionate toward gay people following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last week to legalize gay marriage nationwide. Cupich said in a news release that Catholic Church teachings call on members to avoid unjust discrimination of gay people. He said the respect must be real and reflective of the Church’s commitment to accept all people.
  • The Church's Finest Hour (Pastor Charles Lawson) (video) (How did your church respond this Sunday?)

    06/29/2015 9:31:43 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 26 replies
    Youtube.com ^ | 6-28-2015 | zion4131
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlzL4OwfW8kSunday (Morning) Preaching: Jun 28 2015 Culture Wars and Supreme Court's Endorsement of Sodomite/Gay Marriages. Scripture: II Chronicles 7:14
  • Russian Orthodox Church Spokesman Lashes Out Over U.S. Gay Marriage Ruling

    06/29/2015 8:16:14 AM PDT · by NRx · 7 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | 06-28-2015 | ennifer Monaghan
    A spokesman for the Russian Orthodox Church has called on all those who idolize the American democratic model to take a hard look at themselves after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to legalize same-sex marriage, Interfax reported Sunday. The United States' highest court ruled Saturday that same-sex marriage should be legalized across the entire country, meaning that the 14 states with bans on gay marriage will no longer be able to enforce them. But Vsevolod Chaplin, a Russian Orthodox Church spokesman, decried the decision to legalize such a "godless and sinful thing" and warned his compatriots to be wary of...
  • Why I'm Catholic, Sola Scriptura isn't Logical III

    06/29/2015 7:52:55 AM PDT · by Mercat · 47 replies
    Apologia ^ | 06/28/2015 | Ken Hensley
    APOLOGIA WHY I'M CATHOLIC: SOLA SCRIPTURA ISN'T LOGICAL, PART III 6/28/2015 3 Comments Even though I've been writing for thirteen weeks now about an obscure Latin phrase (sola scriptura) and using some terms that are so out of vogue in our modern "what I feel is all that's real" world (for instance, "logical") I can't stress enough that I'm talking about something I experienced to the depths of my being. Something existential. It was like the Northridge Earthquake. But this time it wasn't the foundation of my house moving and shifting and beginning to crumble; it was the foundation of...
  • U.S. Decision to Legalize Same-Sex "Marriages" Godless, Sinful - Russian Church

    06/29/2015 7:12:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/28/15
    Moscow, June 29, Interfax - The Russian Orthodox Church has appealed to all Russian advocates of the American model of governance, asking them to think twice about the consequences of the United States' decision to legalize same-sex "marriages". "The people who are into 'democracy the American way' and trying to reconcile it with traditional values need to think hard after this decision," the head of the Synodal Department for Church and Society Relations Archpriest Vsevolod Chaplin told Interfax-Religion. He pointed out to the kind of values that one is "trying to bring along with the U.S. social and political model."...
  • MD Priest calls out unfaithful Catholics homosexuals in priesthood that set stage for USSC decision

    06/29/2015 5:43:52 AM PDT · by icwhatudo · 83 replies
    Listen to Sermon-Its worth it ^ | 6/28/2015 | Christ the King Catholic Church
    Feeling down about the Catholic Church and the homosexual marriage ruling? Give a listen to this Maryland priest's sermon. He goes after homosexuals in the priesthood, Martin Omally, and unfaithful Catholics. He speaks about the truth of marriage being one man andone woman. Pray for him as he said what needed to be said and may pay the price for it.
  • Statement on Same-Sex Marriage

    06/28/2015 3:22:02 PM PDT · by lightman · 5 replies
    June 28, 2015 Feast of Ss. Cyrus and John Beloved in Christ, May God bless you always. On June 26, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down a decision that effectively defines “marriage” as legal between any two consenting adults throughout our country, regardless of their biological sex, a decision that will no doubt have sweeping effects in our society, not just for these couples but for children, families, churches, other religious organizations and all people of faith. This action by the Court attempting to redefine marriage is deeply wrong, but it gives us an opportunity to reiterate...
  • What the Catholic Church does (and does not) teach about same-sex marriage

    06/28/2015 2:23:52 PM PDT · by NYer · 23 replies
    cna ^ | June 26, 2015 | Jennifer Manning
    If you are a Catholic, chances are you may be bombarded with questions at your local cookout this weekend, thanks to the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage today.  In case you are a little rusty, here are a few talking points on what the Catholic Church does and does not teach regarding same-sex marriage. I base much of this on the amicus brief submitted by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for Obergefell vs. Hodges. If you find yourself at all struggling to understand or to explain the Church’s stance on same-sex marriage and want a more detailed...
  • What Now? An Eternal Message of Biblical Morality

    06/28/2015 1:10:24 PM PDT · by Yomin Postelnik · 4 replies
    6/28/15 | Yomin Postelnik
    Man made systems and societies are not perfect. But there's a difference between good and productive and that which is tremendously destructive. America was founded upon Judeo-Christian values. In other words, the base and foundation of secular legal morality was Biblical. It is true there are various groups that seek to adhere to the Biblical Code in profoundly different ways, some of which even run opposite to the accepted original meaning of the verses, but all at least sought and spent energy pondering the meaning of G-d's word and what that means for society. And on that foundation, the most...
  • The Supreme Court Shakes Its Fist at God

    06/28/2015 12:01:30 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 28 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | June 28, 2015 | JP
    The U.S. Supreme Court must think God asleep. In its most odious decision since Roe v. Wade, which over the past four decades has resulted in the slaughter of more than 57 million unborn children, the High Court on Friday declared homosexual marriage a Constitutional right. In a majority opinion at odds with his putative Catholic faith, Justice Anthony Kennedy suggests that those who oppose “marriage equality” just don’t get where lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgenders are coming from. “It would misunderstand these men and women,” wrote Kennedy, “to say they disrespect the idea of marriage. Their plea is that...
  • THE BODY POLITIC IS QUEER

    06/28/2015 11:58:35 AM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 3 replies
    Ironically, this claim [“the body of Christ is queer”], by an ordained bi-sexual female, Layton E. Williams, in the PC(USA), appeared the day before the decision of the USSC to legalize same sex marriage in all fifty states. Culturally, this legal decision represents an historic moment for the United States. The Declaration of Independence, declaring that rights and laws are endowed by the Creator, has been rendered meaningless by a fake redefining of marriage, with no reference to the Creator or to any objective standards. The charade is over. This decision indicates that what has been happening for some time...
  • Obama: Americans Need to Shift Religious Views to Accept Gay Marriage

    06/28/2015 11:27:55 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 137 replies
    Southern Orders ^ | 6/27/15 | Fr. Allan McDonald
    After the Supreme Court issued its ruling on gay marriage Friday, President Obama gave a speech in which he said Americans need to change their religious views to be accepting of gay marriage, the Daily Caller reported. To that end, he encouraged gay marriage supporters to "help” people overcome their deeply-held religious views.“I know that Americans of goodwill continue to hold a wide range of views on this issue,” he said. Initially, he exhibited a bit of respect for those who oppose same-sex marriage. "Opposition in some cases has been based on sincere and deeply held beliefs,” he said. “All...
  • Franklin Graham: Obama Leading America to Sinful Course; 'God Will Judge Him, Us if We Don't Repent'

    06/28/2015 9:22:50 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 58 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/28/2015 | BY ANUGRAH KUMAR
    President Obama is calling the Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage a "victory for America," but the Rev. Franklin Graham warns Obama is leading the nation on a sinful course and "God will judge him and us as a nation if we don't repent." At a Gay Pride event in the White House prior to the court ruling this week, Obama said, "There has been an incredible shift in attitudes across the country," and he was right, Graham wrote in a post on his Facebook page. "But it is definitely not a shift for the good of America. The shift...
  • Letter from Bishop Paul of Chicago Responding to the Supreme Court Decision

    06/28/2015 8:56:01 AM PDT · by NRx · 19 replies
    Diocese of the Midwest ^ | 06-26-2015 | Bishop Paul
    ...“As your bishop — and from the perspective of the Church — nothing has changed. Even though same-sex marriage is ‘legal,’ no blessings will be given to any priests to conduct same sex-marriages in our parishes. Those who are in same-sex marriages conducted by their respective states, who are unrepentant, will not be communed.
  • Andrew Cuomo to officiate same-sex marriage before Gay Pride Parade

    06/28/2015 7:45:57 AM PDT · by delchiante · 23 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6/28/2015 | kenneth lovett, Larry mcshane
    ALBANY - Days after getting the right to marry people, Gov. Cuomo will officiate a same-sex marriage Sunday morning an hour before marching in the city gay pride parade. Cuomo will marry David Contreras Turley, 36, and Peter Thiede, 35. "It’s hard to believe everything that’s happened in the last 24 hours,” Turley told the Daily News on Saturday night. “The opportunity arose for us to get married by the governor, and we couldn’t be happier.” Longtime gay rights activist Edie Windsor, who was part of a landmark Supreme Court decision, will deliver the opening remarks at the ceremony, which...