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  • Kontum Bishop Emeritus Slams Cybersecurity Law as...Catholics Take to Streets [Vietnam]

    06/20/2018 6:34:16 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 6/18/18 | JB an Dang
    Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh tells President Trần Đại Quang to respect the popular will in the name of social harmony. People carry Vatican flags and banners saying "No leasing land to Chinese communists for even one day” and “Cybersecurity law kills freedom”. Last week’s demonstrations ended with thousands of arrests across the country. Now the government threatens even greater repression.Hanoi (AsiaNews) – Mgr Michael Hoàng Đức Oanh, bishop emeritus of Kontum, slammed President Trần Đại Quang for approving new restrictions on Internet use. The prelate calls on the authorities to respect the will of the people and the rights...
  • Jeff Sessions and Romans 13: Should Christians Always Obey the Government?

    06/20/2018 5:51:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Jim Denison
    I don't remember the last time a biblical citation generated so many headlines. Last week, Attorney General Jeff Sessions sought to defend the Trump administration's immigration policies, especially with regard to separating families. At one point, he stated, "I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13 to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes." His citation set off a firestorm of debate in the culture and among Christians. My purpose today is not to discuss the multitude of ways Romans 13 has been...
  • Amir on new developments in Syria, Trump peace plan, June 19

    06/19/2018 9:48:29 PM PDT · by firebrand · 2 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | June 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    After a brief description of Amir's trip to Romania, where he was at the time of the broadcast, we are given some common sense on the Rapture (a question that many had asked him).Then comes an update on new threats to Israel around Daraa, where the original uprising in Syria started. Hezbollah forcing Syrian soldiers to go south to fight and shooting those who disobey. Although Israel promised Russia they would keep everything as quite as possible during the World Cup, "the next 24 to 48 hours will be very interesting," as Israel cannot allow such long-range capability so close...
  • Church Forced to Remove Anger Provoking Billboards Declaring America is a Christian Nation

    06/19/2018 7:04:23 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 56 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/19/18 | Todd Starnes
    Billboards promoting a celebration of faith and freedom at the First Baptist Church in Dallas were removed after complaints from Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and the Dallas Morning News. The patriotic billboard campaign included the title of the sermon Dr. Robert Jeffress planned to deliver on June 24 America is a Christian Nation.We were told by the billboard company that the message was divisive, Jeffress told the Todd Starnes Radio Show. The sermon title was inspired by a comments made by Supreme Court Justices John Jay and David Josiah Brewer both of whom described America as a Christian...
  • Canadas Top Court Obliterated Religious Rights in Ruling Against Christian University: Critics

    06/19/2018 6:51:53 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/18 | Lianne Laurence
    OTTAWA, June 15, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) The Supreme Court decision favoring LGBTQ rights over a Christian colleges freedom to uphold Christian moral standards is an outright attack on religious freedom, said a number of critics. In a pair of 7-2 decisions (here and here), the top court ruled it was proportionate and reasonable for the law societies of British Columbia and Ontario to refuse accreditation to graduates of Trinity Western University (TWU) proposed law school because the Christian colleges Community Covenant discriminates against and reportedly harms LGBTQ people. TWU, a Langley, British Columbia-based private Christian college associated with the Evangelical...
  • Is Pope Francis the Last Hope for Life and Family in Argentina? [Cath Cauc]

    06/19/2018 4:26:56 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 15 replies
    thatthebonesyouhavecrushedmaythrill.blogspot.com ^ | June 18, 2018 | Laurence England
    Laurence England at "The Bones" blog writes: A source in Argentina has provided me with some perceptive observations on the recent intervention from Pope Francis timed - to many commentator's bewilderment - after the recent vote in Ireland and the more recent parliamentary vote in Argentina on liberalising abortion laws in these respective countries. Perhaps unsurprisingly, 'our man in Argentina' places the sudden papal defence of the unborn in the light of politics surrounding the bill approved at the Deputies House and is about to be voted in the Argentinian Senate. A Little History of Argentinian Politics Firstly, a brief...
  • Canada's Supreme Court Rules Against the Bible (Choose between biblical standards and accreditation)

    06/19/2018 8:03:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/19/2018 | Michael Brown
    In a ruling that is sure to send shock waves through the nation, Canada's Supreme Court ruled 7-2 against Trinity Western University's (TWU) Law School. In effect, what the court declared is that universities must choose between biblical standards and accreditation. Put another way, the court ruled that Christianity and higher education are incompatible. I am not exaggerating in the least. Here's a brief summary of the case for those who are not familiar with it. Trinity Western is a Christian university that requires its students and faculty to live by basic Christian standards. This means that to be a...
  • Church Built in Native Village of First Female Cosmonaut to Mark 55th Anniversary of Her Flight

    06/18/2018 6:34:38 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    Interfax ^ | 6/18/18
    Moscow, June 18, Interfax - Celebrations dedicated to the 55th anniversary of the first flight of woman-cosmonaut to space were held in the Yaroslavl Region on Saturday. According to the information of the Yaroslavl regional government, the celebrations started with consecration of St. Nicholas Church built in the native village of Valentina Tereshkova, the first woman-cosmonaut. A park has already been set up near the church in the Nikulskoye village. The Space Museum opened in Nikulskoye after reconstruction. Its guests can feel the atmosphere of the 1960-s, paint the placards, learn more about fashion of the epoch, visit the retro...
  • Australian Priests Willing to Go to Jail Rather than Break Seal of Confessional

    06/18/2018 6:27:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 25 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 6/18/18 | Staff Reporter
    'When the state tries to intervene on our religious freedom, undermine the essence of what it means to be a Catholic, we will resist'South Australian priests have said that they would rather go to jail than break the seal of the confessional to report child abuse. South Australia has passed laws extending mandatory reporting to priests notified of paedophilic actions, even if it would require them to break the seal of confession. After a recommendation from the Royal Commission, other states are considering enforcing the law as well. However, many priests are rejecting this idea, stating they will not do...
  • FLA Appeals Court Upholds Priest's Objections To Testifying About Statements Made In Confessional

    06/18/2018 6:24:12 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    In Ronchi v. State of Florida, (FL App., June 15, 2018), a Florida state appellate court held that it would violate Florida's Religious Freedom Restoration Act to require a Catholic priest, Fr. Vincenzo Ronchi, to testify about a sex abuse victim's statements made during a confession, even though the victim had waived the priest-penitent privilege. The alleged abuse occurred when the victim was 7 and 13. She was 18 when the trial of her abuser was to take place. In quashing the trial court's order that the priest testify, the appellate court said in part: .. [I]f Ronchi complies with...
  • Evangelicals Oppose Drilling in the Arctic Refuge

    06/18/2018 9:44:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 53 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Mitch Hescox
    Over 16,000 pro-life Christians have recently signed a petition asking that the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge be protected from drilling. The reason we are speaking out is because we are "called by God to be a steward of America's majesty." And the Arctic Refuge is one of the most majestic places in our nation. Unfortunately, the Arctic Refuge has never been more imperiled. After four decades of attempts, last year drilling proponents succeeded in attaching an amendment allowing drilling to a must-pass spending bill. Even past staunch Republican defenders of the Arctic Refuge voted the wrong way this time. Before...
  • Tim Tebow 'Sad' About Rumor That 'Tebowing' Was Abortion Protest, Like NFL Anthem Protests

    06/18/2018 9:37:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 06/18/2018 | Jeannie Law
    Former NFL quarterback turned Minor League Baseball player Tim Tebow spoke out against a viral post that's been circulating on social media which accused him of "Tebowing" for political protest.Tebow said it was "disappointing" and "a little bit sad" that people are misrepresenting his famous pose to add fuel to political protest."Let's not forget about Tim Tebow, the NFL quarterback that kneeled in protest of abortion during the National Anthem in 2012," a post shared by rapper T.I. which has since went viralread in part.The post compared Tebow to Colin Kaepernick, the San Francisco quarterback who knelt during the national...
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 6-18-18 {Prayer}

    06/17/2018 11:10:34 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 19 replies
    6-18-18 | Kitty Mittens
    The Donald Trump/Mike Pence Prayer Vigil and Pray for our American Heroes" Prayer Thread have Combined to Form the AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL Prayer Thread! Join with Fellow FREEPERS to Pray for our PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. 'And this is the Confidence that we have in Him, that, if we Ask Anything According to His Will, He Heareth us.' 1 John 5:14 Religion Forum Threads Labeled [Prayer] are Closed to Debate of Any Kind. Psalm 7:10 My Defense is in God, Who Preserveth the Upright in Heart.
  • Vatican Official Explains Why Cardinal Parolin Attended Bilderberg Meeting

    06/17/2018 4:42:33 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    The National Catholic Register ^ | 6/15/18 | Ed Pentin
    After much deliberation, the Vatican Secretary of State decided to take part in order to convey Catholic social teaching to those who would not otherwise hear it.Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican Secretary of State, accepted an invitation to address the controversial and secretive Bilderberg Meeting earlier this month in order to take the teaching of the Church to a group who would not otherwise hear it, a Vatican official has told the Register. The Vatican official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said Italian organizers of the visit were persistent in extending an invitation to the most senior Vatican...
  • Medical Professional Revolt Anticipated as Ireland Prepares to Force Abortion Compliance

    06/17/2018 4:33:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 6/15/18 | SPUC
    June 15, 2018 (Society for the Protection of Unborn Children) Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has insisted that doctors will be forced to refer women for abortions when legislation is introduced following the repeal of the Eighth Amendment. The remarks came after the National Association of GPs (NAGP) passed a motion that the body should "advocate for conscientious objection, without obligation to refer". Motions were also passed to call on the Health minister to ensure an "opt-in" provision for doctors who wish to provide abortion, and for him to confirm that he does not intend to "make a termination of...
  • Australian Archbishop Defies Confessional Reporting Law

    06/16/2018 6:13:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Stream ^ | 6/16/18 | Joshua Gill
    The acting Archbishop of Adelaide declared that the Catholic Church refuses to uphold a new law that would force priests to break the seal of confession. Greg OKelly, acting archbishop of Adelaide in Australia, said that the law cannot change the sanctity of the confessional and church law absolutely forbids any priest from violating the confidential nature of confession, according to The Guardian. The law, which goes into effect in October, compels religious ministers to report any confessed child abuser or face fines and prosecution. The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) passed the law in 2017, but OKelly said the church...
  • I saw a Tsunami hit the United States

    06/16/2018 8:24:30 AM PDT · by The Truth Will Make You Free · 164 replies
    Destiny Encounters International ^ | 6/7/18 | Charlie Shamp
    I heard the Lord speak, I have extended an olive branch of peace to the United States of America and will extend Donald Trumps presidency into a second term by the power of my right hand. What I have done in the White House will happen with every branch of Government in the United States for I will pull out corruption and plant trees of righteousness that will bear much fruit. Even now the ax is laid to the root of these corrupt trees. Every tree which does not bear good fruit will be cut down, pulled out and thrown...
  • Putin Says Russia Must Support the Family - the Future of the Country Depends on It

    06/15/2018 7:15:08 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 6/13/18 | TASS
    "The support of the family, motherhood, and childhood has been and remains among the unconditional state priorities," says the Russian President. Parents with many children "have chosen for themselves a happy, grateful, but very difficult and responsible path that is full of inconvenience and suffering, demanding colossal devotion""Support for the family has been and remains one of the unconditional state priorities." This was stated by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the awards ceremony for the Order of Parental Glory. "We need to increase the birth rate," Putin said. He noted that this is "a reflection and continuation of the changes...
  • Bishops Debate Catholic Voting Guidelines in the Age of Francis

    06/15/2018 7:10:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Crux ^ | 6/14/18 | Christopher White
    FORT LAUDERDALE, Florida - After a robust 90-minute discussion during the second day of their bi-annual meeting, the U.S. bishops voted to advance a proposal to produce new materials to complement their official voting guidelines to better apply the teachings of Pope Francis to current issues in the United States. The discussion and vote, however, revealed tensions within the body over both the current content and the medium in which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is seeking to influence public life, while ultimately resulting in a compromise outcome that will surely be subject to close scrutiny in...
  • Catholic Crisis Pregnancy Agency Cura Shuts in New and Changed Ireland

    06/15/2018 7:07:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Extra.ie ^ | 6/14/18 | Sandra Murphy
    A crisis pregnancy agency funded by the Catholic Church has announced plans to shutdown. The announcement comes a month after the Union of Students in Ireland disassociated itself from Cura due to their failure to provide full support for pregnant people when it comes to abortion and abortion support. In a statement, the agency announced that it will wind down its services by Friday, June 15 due to this new and changed environment. In this new and changed environment we have been experiencing decreasing service demands in line with national trends and we feel this decision, which has been considered...