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  • Candidate in Washington state lampooned for his Catholic faith

    10/31/2014 3:54:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Adelaide Mena
    This image on an anti-Mark Miloscia website has since been taken down. Seattle, Wash., Oct 31, 2014 / 01:18 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mark Miloscia, a candidate for Washington's state senate, has been attacked for his Catholic faith and adherence to Church teaching on a website belittling his faith as incompatible with representing his district. “'Mississippi Mark' has always worn his church on his sleeve. Rather than represent the people of Federal Way, he has best represented the people of The Vatican,” read an image which was posted on markmiloscia.info, a website erected by critics of Miloscia, the Republican senate candidate...
  • Was the last 'witch' of Boston actually a Catholic martyr?

    10/31/2014 3:06:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    cna ^ | October 31, 2014 | Mary Rezac
    Representation of the Salem witch trials, lithograph from 1892. Credit: Library of Congress. Boston, Mass., Oct 31, 2014 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The last person hanged for witchcraft in Boston could be considered a Catholic martyr. In the 1650s, Ann Glover and her family, along with some 50,000 other native Irish people, were enslaved by Englishman Oliver Cromwell during the occupation of Ireland and shipped to the island of Barbados, where they were sold as indentured servants. What is known of her history is sporadic at best, though she was definitely Irish and definitely Catholic. According to an article...
  • Rick Santorum on Why We May Be 'One Generation Away' From Christian Persecution in America

    10/31/2014 5:51:41 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | 10/30/14 | Vincent Funaro
    Rick Santorum recently stopped by CP Voice to discuss a new documentary he helped produce titled "One Generation Away" which deals with the perceived erosion of religious freedom in America. The 2012 Republican presidential candidate believes that if Christians don't fight for their religious freedom in America they could risk turning this country into a place that persecutes them. "If we don't nip it here, then things get a lot worse," said Santorum to CP Voice. "It starts with a gradual erosion, you don't usually go from 0 to 60 in a few days when it comes to religious persecution....
  • Remember that Hitching Post gay wedding case? Yeah never mind

    10/30/2014 2:59:41 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 29 replies
    http://hotair.com ^ | October 29, 2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Sorry I missed this earlier in the week, given all of the rush hour traffic clogging the lanes between ISIS City and Ebolatown. We previously covered the now familiar tale of the Knapps at the Hitching Post in Idaho. For the short version of the recap, Donald and Evelyn Knapp, both ordained ministers, were informed that they were going to have to perform same sex weddings at their chapel in order to remain in compliance with a city non-discrimination ordinance. The ensuing uproar which traveled from coast to coast like a shotgun blast apparently attracted the attention of the city...
  • Megachurch Pastors Divided Over Texas Voter ID Law; T.D. Jakes Calls It 'Needless,'

    10/30/2014 8:38:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/30/2014 | Leonardo Blair
    Two of Texas's most popular megachurch pastors, T.D. Jakes of The Potter's House and Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Church, Dallas, reflected dueling positions on the state's controversial voter identification law. Jakes dismissed it as "needless" while Jeffress argued that the law is necessary ahead of Tuesday's mid-term elections. The Texas legislature passed Senate Bill 14 (SB 14) into law in 2011 in a bid to curb voter fraud. It requires voters seeking to cast their ballots in person to present photo identification, such as a Texas driver's or gun license, a military ID or a passport according to votetexas.gov....
  • Guess How Many Bibles Have Arrived at Office of Houston Mayor After She Subpoenaed Pastors Sermons

    10/29/2014 5:14:29 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    The Blaze ^ | October 28, 2014 | Erica Ritz
    Houston Mayor Annise Parker has received a flood of Bibles somewhere between 500 and 1,000 according to a spokesman for the mayors office after the city subpoenaed the church sermons of five local faith leaders opposed to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance, which the mayor signed in May. This is more dangerous than anything Ive ever seen, Glenn Beck said last week after interviewing one of the five subpoenaed religious leaders. This is not about equal rights. This is about shutting people down. Steve Riggle, the pastor of Grace Community Church in Houston, told Beck that the...
  • Southern Baptists tell pastors: hold line on gays

    10/28/2014 11:03:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 28, 2014 8:50 PM EDT | Rachel Zoll
    More than a thousand evangelical pastors and othersgathered for a three-day conference to steel the resolve of Christians who preach that gay relationships are sinfulwere asked a simple question: How many live in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage? Hands rose all across the convention hall. This moral revolution is happening at warp speed, said the Rev. Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This is a real challenge to us on biblical authority. Speakers at the event said they understood they were on the losing end of the culture war on marriage. But they were prepared to...
  • The Rabbi and the Friar (an unlikely friend remembers Father Benedict Groeschel)

    10/28/2014 9:14:00 PM PDT · by presidio9 · 5 replies
    First Things ^ | 10 . 24 . 14 | Rabbi David R. Blumenthal
    F r. Benedict Groeschel, whose death we all mourn, lived at Trinity House in Larchmont, a hundred yards from my late mother-in-law. Coming from Cologne, Germany, where Jews had good relationships with the Catholic Church, my late mother-in-law chose to continue that tradition. Whenever she cooked for the Jewish holidays, a portion was sent down the block to Fr. Benedict. Whenever objects had to be disposed of, they went to Fr. Benedict. In this way, everything, from used clothing to used cars, was recycled to the poor through Fr. Benedict. We always visited him on the days before Christmas with...
  • Planned-Parenthood-Supporting Catholic Politicians: A Pathetic Spectacle

    10/28/2014 1:56:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 49 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | October 28, 2014 | Bishop Thomas Tobin
    The Gospel of life must be proclaimed, and human life defended in all places and all times. The arena for moral responsibility includes not only the halls of government, but the voting booth as well. (American Bishops, Living the Gospel of Life)by Bishop Thomas Tobin: Prior to the recent primary election I received a heartfelt letter from a member of the Diocese who had just discovered that the candidate for whom she had intended to vote was pro-choice and for same-sex marriage. She wrote: Dear Bishop Tobin, for whom do I vote? Do I vote at all?I responded to my...
  • US Gave $8B to Pakistan While Christian Mother Asia Bibi Was Imprisoned and Sentenced to Death

    10/28/2014 9:42:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 7 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/28/2014 | Stoyan Zaimov
    The American Center for Law and Justice has started a petition asking the U.S. government to stop sending foreign aid to Pakistan, the country that recently upheld the death sentence for Christian mother Asia Bibi for blasphemy. Figures have shown that the U.S. sent close to $8 billion to Pakistan in the past five years while Bibi has been imprisoned. "We must stop sending billions of our taxpayer dollars to nations that persecute Christians. It's that simple. Not one more dime for persecution. Cut off American foreign aid to any country that persecutes Christians," reads the petition, which has close...
  • JOEL OSTEEN: "OBAMA IS A CHRISTIAN, DOING A GOOD JOB"

    10/28/2014 4:38:00 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 225 replies
    wucnews.com ^ | October 27, 2014
    Is this man on drugs or something... Charismatic mega Church prosperity teacher Joel Osteen brands the US President as A good Christian, who is doing a good job in a difficult time. Joel Osteen and his wife These questions came to mind while watching Joel Osteen and his lovely wife, Victoria, on CNNs Larry King Live last week. King pointed out that many Americans are still confused about Obamas religion and asked, Does it matter? Well, it matters to me, said Osteen. It matters to me that I know he loves the Lord, and I think its important that he...
  • Cuba Builds First New Church in 55 Years

    10/28/2014 3:49:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    AP via Yahoo News ^ | 10/27/14 | Andrea Rodriguez
    HAVANA (AP) Cuba has allowed construction of the country's first new Catholic church in 55 years, the church said Monday. Experts said it's a sign of improving relations between the Vatican and Cuba's communist government. The church, funded by donations from Catholics in Tampa, Florida, will be built in Sandino, a citrus and coffee-growing town in the far-western province of Pinar del Rio. The church publication "Christian Life" said it will have space for 200 people.
  • Crazy Anti-Catholic Political Attack Site

    10/27/2014 9:58:07 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 10 replies
    http://www.ncregister.com/blog/matthew-archbold/ ^ | October 26, 2014 | Matthew Archbold
    A website opposing the candidacy of Mark Miloscia, a pro-life Catholic, may just be the most vehemently anti-Catholic political attack you've seen this election season. Thus far, it's uncertain who created the site, but it's certainly from those opposing the Republican state senate candidate Interestingly, Miloscia switched from Democrat to Republican precisely because he felt that religious people were no longer welcome in the Democrat party. It appears to be growing increasingly difficult to argue with that. We're getting to the point where this can hardly be called surprising. Radical Muslims are slaughtering Christians in many parts of the globe...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/27/2014 7:04:10 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    10-27-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Isaiah 33:2 But to us, O Lord, be Merciful, for we have Waited for You. Be our Strength Each Day and our Salvation in the Time of Trouble.
  • I Stand

    10/27/2014 5:39:22 PM PDT · by Chong · 15 replies
    Sign in front of the store | Recently | Tactical Firearms of Katy Texas
    annie, if you are afraid of what the Bible says about homosexuality, then change your ways because you cannot change The Word. You cannot censor Pastors, you cannot censor the Bible, you cannot censor God.
  • Mad Intelligence: The Secularist Response to Islam

    10/27/2014 4:15:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | October 26, 2014 | Rev. George W. Rutler
    Nine years as chaplain of an 800 bed state mental hospital taught me that one can be mentally ill and highly intelligent. Talking with the patients often was more interesting than talking with their psychiatrists. Mad men are not mindless. They just do not distinguish between delusion and fact. Chesterton summed this up by aphorism: “The madman is not the man who has lost his reason. The madman is the man who has lost everything except his reason.” This explains why it is often hard to distinguish university faculties from mental wards, save for the latter being kept under...
  • Atheist Group To Distribute Pamphlets In Schools Of Cartoon Bible Sexually Assaulting Women

    10/27/2014 2:57:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 33 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | October 27, 2014 | Dr. Susan Berry
    An atheist group is planning to distribute a pamphlet in several Florida public high schools that depicts an illustration of a cartoon Bible sexually assaulting a young woman.
  • Refusing to Marry Same-Sex Couples Isnt Religious Freedom, Its Just Discrimination

    10/26/2014 9:58:46 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 61 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | October 23, 2014 | Sally Kohn
    A Christian wedding chapela private businessin Idaho is suing for the right not to marry gay couples. There is no such right. Yet.The first thing you need to know is that most wedding chapels are not actually chapels. They are private businesses, sometimes run by ordained ministers who are thus licensed to perform marriage ceremonies, but just as often run by Elvis impersonators. Thus, the question of how marriage-equality laws apply to private wedding chapels is ostensibly a question of under what circumstances the government can lawfully step on a for-profit companys blue suede shoes. Ground zero for this debate...
  • Pope Alexander VI's Dealings with the French

    10/26/2014 9:04:06 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 22 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 26 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the sixth, grapples with Alexander's interesting relations with the French. Read the fifth part.] With a devout personality, encouraged by his friend, St. Francis of Paola, King Charles VIII was just the man to bring about needed reforms. He was quirky, but responsible, and he was a little naive, but full of ideas. There was only one snag to him: Charles had been taught to covet Naples, and he saw it as a gateway to further expansion. He wanted Alexander to give it to him, but...
  • Princeton Jurisprudence Prof. Robert P. George: Gay Marriage and Religious Freedom Cannot Coexist

    10/26/2014 12:03:49 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/25/2014 | Napp Nazworth
    WASHINGTON Gay marriage proponents will not allow for religious freedom of their political opponents because their belief system does not allow for the fact that dissenters can be reasonable people of goodwill, Robert P. George, McCormick Professor of Jurisprudence at Princeton University, argued at the Institute on Religion and Democracy's 2014 Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture. Most of those arguing in favor of redefining marriage to include same-sex couples do not understand, or even know, the arguments of those who oppose the redefinition of marriage, George claimed. They assume there are no reasonable arguments against gay marriage and those who...
  • Politics and Religion Pt. 1

    10/25/2014 10:53:35 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 8 replies
    Tim Staples' Blog ^ | September 29, 2014 | Tim Staples
    Politics and Religion Pt. 1 Catholic Answers published its now-famous “Voter’s Guide for Serious Catholics” back in 2004 (updated in 2006) that has now sold millions of copies with millions more having been distributed for free. In that document, for which Catholic Answers has taken a lot of flack by the way, we give guidance to Catholics in voting so that, quite frankly, Catholics will “vote like Catholics,” yet, we do much more than just that. We give instruction, in complete harmony with the teaching authority of the Church, as to the most important moral issues of our day that are politically in play....
  • Religious Sanctimony in Ferguson: Nice of 'em to offer forgiveness to cops they've already convicted

    10/24/2014 5:02:01 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 14 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | October 24, 2014 | Mark Tooley
    Testimony emerging from the grand jury investigating the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri seems to confirm the police officers claims of self-defense. The official coroners report reputedly points to a struggle over the police officers gun. But more facts need to be known over the controversial encounter that inflamed protests in the majority black town against the majority white police force. Lack of hard facts did not deter Religious Left activists Jim Wallis and Cornel West from demonstrating and seeking their own arrests in Ferguson last week as part of a weekend of resistance ending with a carefully...
  • Puerto Rico Gay Marriage Ruling Sets up a Potential Federal Conflict

    10/24/2014 1:03:21 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 8 replies
    Crux ^ | 10/23/14 | Richard Wolf
    Gay marriage may be sweeping the nation, but in Puerto Rico it remains against the law. A federal district judge late Tuesday rejected the reasoning used in at least 14 other decisions and said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Minnesota same-sex marriage ban for want of a substantial federal question. This court is bound by decisions of the Supreme Court that are directly on point, District Court Judge Juan Perez-Gimenez ruled. Only the Supreme Court may exercise the prerogative of overruling its own decisions. The ruling marks only the second time that...
  • Marriage Amendment Needed Now

    10/23/2014 9:14:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 19 replies
    http://www.catholicleague.org ^ | October 23, 2014 | William Donohue
    Bill Donohue calls for a constitutional marriage amendment: In 2004, Barack Obama said, I am not a supporter of gay marriage as it has been thrown aboutI think that marriage, in the minds of a lot of voters, has a religious connotation. Four years later he commented, I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman. Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. Gods in the mix. God got thrown from the mix in 2012. Thats when President Obama, running for reelection, endorsed gay marriage. But even as late as last...
  • In Houston, Do Liberals Want Separation of State and Church?

    10/23/2014 3:11:59 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 13 replies
    10/23/2014 | Laissez-faire Capitalist
    The city of Houston, Texas (Mayor Annise Parker), has issued subpoenas for pastors' sermons... Not surprised at all. To get right to the point without taking up any unnecessary space, who do statists want Separation of A.) Church and B.) State, but not Separation of B.) State and A.) Church? They apparently want the forward of this, but not the reverse. And they want religious folk to butt out of politics, but they seize every opportunity to stick their noses into the affairs of religious folk. In your opinion, why do you think this is; what do the statists want?
  • Idaho Couple Facing Fines, Jail Time for Not Hosting Gay Weddings May Be Saved by State Law

    10/23/2014 2:34:44 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 10/23/2014 | Michael Gryboski
    Idaho couple Donald and Evelyn Knapp, ordained ministers and owners of the Hitching Post Lakeside Chapel of Coeur d'Alene, are facing thousands of dollars in fines and possible jail time for refusing to host gay wedding ceremonies, which the city claims violates its anti-discrimination ordinance. The couple has since filed their business as a religious organization, which means they might be saved by an Idaho law that protects religious freedom. Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel for the Scottsdale, Arizona-based Alliance Defending Freedom legal organization, told The Christian Post that while Coeur d'Alene has an ordinance saying that under "public accommodation"...
  • The Beard That Lost This Cardinal The Papacy

    10/23/2014 11:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 15 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    If only he had shaved that morning. Basilios Bessarion grew up in an Eastern Orthodox community in present-day Turkey in the early 15th century. He become a monk, then an abbot, and was eventually appointed to be a metropolitan bishop by the Byzantine Emperor John VIII Palaeologus, with whom he attended the ecumenical Council of Florence with hopes to reunite eastern and western Christianity. Though Bessarion was originally against reunion with Rome, he quickly changed his mind and became the most important Eastern Orthodox advocate for reunion at the council. Pope Eugene IV was so impressed by him that he...
  • Pakistan clerical panel endorses polygamy

    10/22/2014 9:45:38 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 10 replies
    The Times of India ^ | October 23, 2014 | Omer Farooq Khan
    ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani clerical panel has endorsed polygamy, saying a woman cannot object if her husband remarries. The body that advices the government on religious affairs has long been condemned for its retrograde and misogynist outlook. "A woman cannot demand a divorce over a second, third or fourth marriage of her husband. Islam has given a woman right to separate from her husband, but another marriage could not be a valid ground for doing so," local media reported Islamic Council of Ideology (CII) chairman Shah Ahmed Sheerani as saying. He observed the Muslim Divorce Act, 1939, was against the Sharia....
  • California Forces Churches to Directly Fund Abortions, Churches Refuse to Comply

    10/22/2014 6:14:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 10/22/14 | Cheryl Sullenger |
    To the dismay of Californias people of faith, the California Department of Managed Health Care has reclassified abortion as a basic health service under the Affordable Care Act and ordered all insurance plans in the state to begin covering surgical abortions immediately. Even churches are not exempt from funding abortions. Operation Rescue opposes this policy that forces men and women who deeply oppose abortion on religious grounds to fund surgical abortion in violation of their faith, and encourages others to oppose it as well. Since Obamacare was first introduced, we warned that the day could come when Christians would be...
  • Catholics, the Real Liberals

    10/22/2014 9:11:53 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 34 replies
    The American Conservative ^ | October 18, 2014 | Rod Dreher
    Reader Marko sends in this FiveThirtyEight analysis showing that on social issues, especially homosexuality, Catholics are far more likely to be liberal than other Christians, and even Americans in general Excerpts: In the U.S, the General Social Survey, which is conducted by the research organization NORC at the University of Chicago, has been asking about divorce and gay rights since the early 1970s, and about cohabitation since 1994 (typically at least every two years). At my request, GSS director Tom W. Smith sent data, broken down by religion, for half a dozen questions. In their answers, American Catholics consistently have shown themselves...
  • Muslim Columnist Warns Dog Petting Provokes Muslims

    10/22/2014 7:57:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 10/22/2014 | Daniel Greenfield
    Really? Is there anything that doesn’t provoke Muslims?Dogophobia hits moderate Muslim Malaysia as a dog petting event stirs up controversy. Why? Because Mohammed hated dogs and ordered them to be killed.Also Muslims consider dogs and women to be unclean. And it’s hard to get a dog to wear a Burqa. It’s another episode in the long-running Islam Show where everyone is crazy. (The Religion of Peace) The “I Want To Touch A Dog” event should not have been held in Muslim-majority Malaysia as viral images of Muslims petting dogs have caused great uneasiness and public discomfort, an Utusan columnist claimed...
  • Pope Francis, Barack Obama & The Rise of the Beta Male

    10/21/2014 6:55:08 PM PDT · by yosephdaviyd · 9 replies
    DavidLGray.INFO ^ | 10/21/2014 | David L. Gray
    After Pope Francis published his Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium, which, in part, attempted to highlight the concern that the rich should have for the poor and the marginalized, he became known in conservative circles as the Pope of the Redistribution of Wealth; to which, liberals would have preferred a more fun title Pope of Economic Justice. Nevertheless, due to the Popes interest in governments and corporations sharing their booty he was compared to President Barack Obama. Perhaps, to a very limited degree, Pope Francis and Barack Obama do have a common interest in economic justice, but what everyone has...
  • The Liberal Environmentalist Nobody Knew Was Catholic

    10/21/2014 9:39:56 AM PDT · by millegan · 3 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | Joseph Pearce
    Few realized when Small is Beautiful was published that E.F. Schumachers economic theories were underpinned by solid religious and philosophical foundations, the fruits of a lifetime of searching. In 1971, two years before the books publication, Schumacher had become a Roman Catholic, the final destination of his philosophical journey.
  • No Marriage, No Papacy: If The Pope Endorses Polygamy, That Spells The End of Catholic Claims

    10/20/2014 11:55:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | October 20, 2014 | John Zmirak
    Like antifreeze that drips from a car and poisons cats, the statements exuded by the Vatican Synod on the Family are sweet. It is tempting to lap them up, to welcome the Churchs new proposed stance of apologizing to sinners and obscuring the nature of sin. There is no other way to describe the moral revolution proposed in the Synods preliminary report, which was produced by the bishops whom Pope Francis handpicked to manage the meeting. Rather than speaking prophetically in defense of the uniqueness and holiness of marriage, the task of Christians today includes recognizing positive elements in imperfect...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    10/20/2014 8:07:48 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    10-20-14 | Kitty Mittens
    Blessed is the Nation whose God is the Lord (Ps.33:12)
  • Why Sam Harris Is Wrong about Islam: Just because Ben Affleck is wrong doesn't make him right.

    10/20/2014 2:52:32 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 10/20/2014 | Roger Kimball
    No doubt many of my readers know about the encounter about Islam [1] between Ben Affleck, the Hollywood actor, and Sam Harris, the “New Atheist” writer and neuroscientist, on Bill Maher’s show. I do not know Ben Affleck’s work as an actor, so I don’t know whether he is commonly cast in comic roles. He was pretty funny, in a slightly deranged sort of way, on Bill Maher’s show, but perhaps that is his usual modus operandi. I propose to leave the substance — if “substance” is the correct word — of Mr. Affleck’s effusions to one side. His performance...
  • Homosexual Marriage: A Watershed Issue for Evangelicals

    10/20/2014 2:46:09 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Christian Post ^ | October 20, 2014 | Rob Schwarzwalder, senior vice president, Family Research Council.
    There is a point where decision on contentious, difficult issues is unavoidable. With respect to homosexual conduct, the American Evangelical church has reached that point. There is no ignoring the determination of the gay and lesbian activists to insist upon complete social and legal normalization of homosexual conduct; from the adoption of children by same-sex couples to the judicial recognition of same-sex unions as marriages every bit as complete as those enjoyed by heterosexual couples. Thus, Christians cannot avoid the need to decide which side they are on. The Supreme Court's decision earlier this month to allow current judicial rulings...
  • Christian ministers told to perform gay 'weddings' or face jail time

    10/20/2014 2:02:16 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014
    Donald and Evelyn Knapp at the Hitching Post Wedding Chapel in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Boise. Idaho, Oct 20, 2014 / 12:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Two Christian ministers in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, could face legal punishment or be forced to sell their nearly 100-year-old wedding chapel for declining to perform same-sex “wedding” ceremonies. “Many have denied that pastors would ever be forced to perform ceremonies that are completely at odds with their faith, but that’s what is happening here – and it’s happened this quickly,” Jeremy Tedesco, senior legal counsel with the legal group Alliance...
  • A Middle East without Christians - cardinals consider sad prospect

    10/20/2014 1:55:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    cna ^ | October 20, 2014 | Andrea Gagliarducci
    Cardinals pray together at a Feb. 22, 2014 consistory. Credit: Lauren Cater/CNA. Vatican City, Oct 20, 2014 / 10:41 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Monday's consistory of cardinals focused on the plight of Christians in the Middle East, especially in light of the rise of the Islamic State, and it also decided on two causes for canonization. Cardinals and patriarchs from the Middle East together with top officials of the Vatican Secretariat of State and interested dicasteries attended the Oct. 20 summit with the Pope, which was called a ‘public ordinary consistory’. A consistory is a meeting of cardinals which can be...
  • 17 Intriguing Facts You Didnt Know About Religion in the U.S.

    10/20/2014 8:29:26 AM PDT · by millegan · 7 replies
    ChurchPOP ^ | 2014 | ChurchPOP
    People say America is one of the most religious countries in the world. But is it religious in the way that you think it is? Youre bound to learn something new in this list:
  • Cardinal Burke: I think Im out

    10/19/2014 3:57:23 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/19/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    The departure of Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke from the Apostolic Signatura has been rumored for weeks, but nothing official had been forthcoming. Yesterday, Burke himself confirmed it in an interview with Buzzfeed – kind of. Actually, when one reads Burke’s response, it sounds as if he still hasn’t heard anything official about his future: In the interview with BuzzFeed News, Burke confirmed publicly for the first time the rumors that he had been told Francis intended to demote him from the church’s chief guardian of canon law to a minor post as patron to the Sovereign Military Order of...
  • Pope Alexander VI's Dealings with the Italians

    10/18/2014 2:30:22 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 3 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 18 October 2014 | Matthew Olson
    [This is part of Catholic Analysis' special series on Pope Alexander VI. This part, the fifth, explains Alexander's connections with the Italians. Read the fourth part.] Once his installment was settled, the pope set about making many changes. Alexander was a reformer. He despised the corruption prevalent in some ranks of clergy, and so he proclaimed, "We are well aware that morals have notably fallen back. No longer can we tolerate the way in which the former salutary measures instituted by our predecessors to keep sensuality and avarice within bounds have been violated so that we fall headlong into corruption....
  • Southern Evangelicals: Dwindlingand Taking the GOP Edge With Them

    10/18/2014 1:06:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    The Atlantic ^ | October 17, 2014 | ROBERT P. JONES
    Midterm elections are all about turning out base constituencies. Over the last few decades, there have been few more reliable voters for Republicans than white evangelical Protestants. This year, however, GOP candidates may be getting less help from this groupnot because white evangelical Protestants are becoming less supportive or less motivated, but simply because they are declining as a proportion of the population, even in Southern states.White evangelical Protestants have remained a steadfast Republican constituency in both presidential and midterm congressional elections ever since the Reagan presidency, which marked what political scientists Merle and Earl Black dubbed the great white...
  • Why I stand with the Houston Five (LCMS in solidarity with Houston pastors)

    10/18/2014 6:48:58 AM PDT · by chajin · 24 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | October 17, 2014 | Scott R. Murray
    HOUSTON (RNS) Recently, Houston city attorneys, acting on behalf of Mayor Annise Parker and the City Council, issued subpoenas to five area pastors requiring they hand over copies of all communication with members of their congregations about a gay rights ordinance. The subpoena asks for communications from the pastors related to the mayor, the ordinance, and gender equality issues. What are pastors to do when coerced by a government entity like the city of Houston? It seems to me that there are a two possible responses: one from a Christian pastor, who serves in Christs kingdom, and another from a...
  • Ted Cruz Tells Brody File: "Real Risk" Of Pastors Being Jailed For Preaching Against Homosexuality

    10/17/2014 11:28:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 15 replies
    CBN News' The Brody File ^ | October 17, 2014 | David Brody, Chief Political Correspondent
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Senator Ted Cruz says pastors being hauled off to jail by the government for preaching against homosexuality is a real risk in the future. I think that is a real risk, Cruz tells me. Some in the media ridicule that threat saying there is no danger of the government coming after pastors. That is the usual response. But he adds: The specter of government trying to determine if what pastors preach from the pulpit meets with the policy views or political correctness of the governing authorities, that prospect is real and happening...
  • Rev. Billy Graham: "America is Just as Wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah Ever Were"

    10/17/2014 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 60 replies
    CNSNews.com ^ | 10/16/2014 | Michael W. Chapman
    Reverend Billy Graham, arguably the most well-known and respected evangelical preacher of the last 50 years, said in a recently published commentary that America was founded by men who believed in prayer and that prayer can turn the tide of history, adding that while America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah and deserves the judgment of God, this judgment can be lessened through prayer. Even though America is just as wicked as Sodom and Gomorrah ever were, and as deserving of the judgment of God, God would spare us if we were earnestly praying, with hearts that had...
  • The conclusions of the Synod's small groups. (Catholic Caucus)

    10/16/2014 10:54:27 AM PDT · by DarkSavant · 18 replies
    Rorate Caeli ^ | Oct 16, 2014 | rorate-caeli
    The conclusions of the Synod's small groups. - Thanks to the collective revolt of the Synod majority [Update: Notice that these relationes (reports) have only been published after a collective revolt of the bishops against the dictatorship of Cardinal Baldisseri.] Marco Tosatti sets the tense scene in the Hall this Thursday: "An additional [act of] censorship, and the Synod Fathers rise up. / The General Secretariat of the Synod announced the decision of not publishing the relationes of the Circuli Minores. Erdo took the floor, distancing himself from the relatio [post disceptationem] published under his name, and saying that, if...
  • Its Time for Whites to Accept Responsibility for Racist Systems

    10/15/2014 11:24:45 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 84 replies
    Time Magazine ^ | October 15, 2014 | Rev. Jim Wallis, Obama's Spiritual Mentor
    Ferguson must be a moral wake-up call to white parents, not just another warning to black parents.I and many other faith leaders came to Ferguson, Missouri, on Sunday and Monday because of Michael Brownan 18-year-old black teenager who, though unarmed, was shot and killed by a white police officer on August 9. My first thoughts when I heard the news were about my 16-year-old son Luke. I knew how unlikely it would be that this would ever happen to my white son in America. Coming to Ferguson was about Michael Brown. But Ferguson has also become a parable for our...
  • MN Catholic diocese announces abuse settlement

    10/14/2014 1:21:14 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 3 replies
    WKOW ^ | October 14, 2014 | Claire Sarafin
    ST. PAUL, MN (WKOW) -- Catholic church leaders in Minnesota said they won't recommend any priest for active ministry if they've been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor. It's part of an agreement released Monday to settle a lawsuit. Church leaders must now disclose any accusation of sexual abuse of a minor by a priest when asked, along with the resolution. There was also an undisclosed financial settlement. Abuse victims who attended the news conference say it's a major victory. "I can look at my parents, who are still devout Catholics, and not feel bad for them," abuse...
  • Pope unexpectedly names 6 liberals, including Wuerl, to draft report

    10/14/2014 10:35:56 AM PDT · by Fithal the Wise · 83 replies
    ... So, the Pope wants full and free debate, and free deliberations... except when he doesn't. And when the secret ballot reveals a conservative majority -- then he interferes against what had been settled beforehand to get what he wants. It is his prerogative, of course, even if it severely contradicts his own words and commitments, and, ultimately, his reliability. http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/10/cardinal-burke-pariah-not-for-synod.html#more