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  • Lessons in “Patriotism” for Disobedient Underground Catholics [China]

    11/20/2018 6:48:02 PM PST · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Bitter Winter ^ | 11/20/18 | Feng Gang
    Hebei authorities forcefully erected a flagpole with the Chinese flag outside the church of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Zhengding, the residence of Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo, one the most prominent leaders of the Underground Catholic Church. National symbols and Party propaganda play an essential role in President Xi Jinping’s “sinicization” policy. The initiative to hoist the national flag outside the places of worship, proposed by the state-sanctioned religious institutions in July this year, raised concerns among the underground Catholics as yet one more step toward the eradication of churches loyal to the Vatican. In display of power, authorities in...
  • [Catholic Caucus] What Catholics can do who’ve lost faith in their bishops and even the pope

    11/19/2018 7:56:22 PM PST · by DoodleBob · 19 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | November 16, 2018 | Shane Schaetzel
    It’s finally happened. Now that the US Bishops Conference is over, and absolutely nothing was done to combat the crisis of homosexual abuse and cover up within the US Catholic Church, I can finally say I’ve lost faith. No, I haven’t lost faith in Jesus Christ. No, I haven’t lost faith in the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. No, I haven’t lost faith in the Creed, or the sacraments, or the teachings of the Church. No, I haven’t even lost faith in the Catholic Church herself. What I have lost faith in is the hierarchy of bishops, and their...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis's 3 Top Oppressors of the Poor Whom he Supports

    11/19/2018 4:32:44 PM PST · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    Catholic Monitor ^ | November 18, 2018 | Fred Martinez
    Pope Francis's 3 Top Oppressors of the Poor Whom he Supports Yahoo News, on November 18, reported Pope Francis saying: "The cry of the poor daily becomes stronger but heard less." Sadly, the Pope needs to point his finger at himself. Why does Francis supports these 3 oppressors of the poor? 1. Francis supports the Chinese Communist regime against the poor Chinese underground Catholics by his forcing these powerless Catholics to be ruled and oppressed by totalitarian Marxist controlled bishops. 2. Francis supports the Venezuelan Dictator by meeting him and refusing to condemned the dictatorship while it starves the...
  • Amir reports on airstrikes of today, Nov. 19, and more

    11/19/2018 2:43:15 PM PST · by firebrand · 7 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | Nov. 19, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Amir reports on today's strikes by Israeli F-16s. He does not give exact target or targets but relates it to previous statements by Netanyahu. Russia, since September 17, when their spy plane was shot down, has been totally on the side of Iran and Turkey, and will move to take over the spoils of Syria and then eventually Israel. Some clarifications of prophecy and on the Gaza attacks. Be of good cheer, and give thanks to God.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil 11-19-18 {Prayer}

    11/18/2018 10:07:39 PM PST · by Kitty Mittens · 33 replies
    11-19-18 | 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. Ps.22:9,10 When I Left the Womb You Cradled me; Since the Moment of Birth,...
  • UN Committee Declares Sovereign Nations ‘Must’ Legalize Abortion

    11/18/2018 5:27:46 PM PST · by marshmallow · 18 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/13/18 | Jonathan Abbamonte
    GENEVA, Switzerland, November 13, 2018 (Population Research Institute) – The Human Rights Committee at the United Nations Office in Geneva has adopted a radically pro-abortion document that could have lasting implications for pro-life laws worldwide. The document, known as General Comment No. 36, is the first of its kind to declare that states “must” legalize abortion in cases of rape, incest, health of the mother, and when the pregnancy “is not viable.” The General Comment also calls on nations to remove laws that impose criminal penalties on health care workers who perform illegal abortions, claiming that the mere enforcement of...
  • Al Kresta, Prof Janet Smith & Dr Greg Popcak--Insist on Secular Professional Abuse Reporting

    11/18/2018 4:02:01 AM PST · by CharlesOConnell · 5 replies
    Free Republic | 11-18-2018 | Charles O'Connell
    Just apply the regulations we already have, against the barbarians now in control of the Vatican. I'm addressing you-all, Al Kresta, Prof Janet Smith & Dr Greg Popcak, as a group because you three, prominent Catholic figures are involved in the effort to recover from institutional sexual abuse; you are mentioned in Rod Dreher's American Conservative" article "Where To Now, Bishops? And Laity? wrapping up the recent US Catholic Bishops' conference; and you are at least peripherally involved in the No More Victims support group.This is to question, whether significant traction in the slippery, post-MacCarrick abuse situation can't be gained...
  • Russia's Next Weapon: A Military Church

    11/17/2018 6:21:20 PM PST · by marshmallow · 59 replies
    Russian Faith ^ | 11/11/18 | Michael Peck
    The walls of the military church are made in the color of the standard Russian missile system and armored vehicle. From the inside, the walls are decorated with paintings of battle scenes from military history and texts from the Holy Scriptures. The projected height is 311 feet tall, and it is designed to hold 6,000 people. "The modern Russian serviceman cannot be shaped without shaping lofty spirituality in him,”Meet Vladimir Putin's newest weapon: a church. The Russian military plans to build a military church to bolster the spiritual values of its armed forces. Construction will soon begin of the Main...
  • Is Islam the Fastest Growing Religion?

    11/17/2018 11:16:10 AM PST · by Stepan12 · 33 replies
    The Geller Report ^ | November 17, 2018 | Hugh Fitzgerald
    This triumphalist statement is a staple of Islamic propaganda. If Islam is the “world’s fastest-growing religion,” then this must surely reflect, its adherents believe, its innate superiority to other faiths. And it suggests that this rise is inexorable and irreversible. But the picture is not quite so clear. Look at the figures being given for the world’s Muslim population. There still seems to be no agreement. The numbers range enormously, from a low of 1.4 billion to a high of 1.8 billion.In Muslim countries, the way Muslims are counted is to take the total population, subtract those who have definitely...
  • There’s a Battle for the Soul of America: Christians Must Stand Firm

    11/16/2018 6:34:44 PM PST · by Maudeen · 18 replies
    The Western Journal ^ | 11/15/2018 | Deborah R. Leininger
    There is a war raging throughout our nation — a battle for the soul of America. Unfortunately, a chief defender of liberty is the lukewarm, double-minded Church which embraces political correctness and has succumbed to fearful, blasphemous spirits. It is imperative that a remnant rise from the rubble, stand upon the Rock of their Salvation, and assume their roles in Church leadership and public discourse
  • Shame Over Msgr. Shao Zhumin, the Bishop Kidnapped by police

    11/16/2018 5:29:22 PM PST · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    AsiaNews ^ | 11/13/18 | Bernardo Cervellara
    The silence of so many commentators dictated by knockback: The belief that the Sino-Vatican agreement would have ensured smooth waters. Persecution takes place in many regions of the country and with the endorsement of central power. Underground Catholics bitterly suspect that the Vatican has abandoned them. The "papolatry" complex: instead of attending to the truth, things are measured on the basis of whether they are "for or against Francis". The "marketolatry" complex: trade with China is worth all the silences. But, as the Pope says, religious freedom is "a fundamental human right, a bulwark against totalitarian demands".Rome (AsiaNews) - We...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Undermines Vatican Diplomatic Immunity with USCCB Intervention

    11/16/2018 9:20:20 AM PST · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    Breitbart ^ | November 15, 2018 | Benjamin Harnwell
    In ordering the U.S. bishops to abstain from voting on measures aimed at addressing clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis may have inadvertently performed the most consequential and costly act of his papacy. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) intended to vote on two measures responding to the ongoing sex abuse crisis in its annual fall meeting, which concluded in Baltimore on Wednesday. A last-minute intervention, however, from the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops instructed the USCCB to stand down and to await a meeting of global episcopal conference leadership convoked by Pope Francis for February. The Vatican’s direct intervention into the bishops’ governance would...
  • What Will the Vatican Do with China's Underground Bishops?

    11/15/2018 7:16:04 PM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    UCA News ^ | 11/14/18 | Michael Sainsbury
    The papally appointed prelates' fate was not included in the recent deal with Beijing and remains under discussionOn the face of it, one of the more curious issues about the recent "temporary" deal between the Vatican and Beijing on the appointment of bishops, as described in the official state-run Chinese media, was the lack of any resolution of the status of bishops appointed by the Vatican but not recognized by Communist Party-run Catholic groups. It would seem to have been a logical quid pro quo — something granted or expected in return for something given — for the Vatican's forgiveness...
  • Why Does No One Compare The California Fires With Sodam And Gamorrah ?

    11/15/2018 6:11:08 AM PST · by knarf · 59 replies
    self ^ | November 15, 2018 | knarf
    I think the comparisons of many artists from many years ago captured today's actual photos of what we see these fires look like now is fascinating.
  • AMERICA Prayer Vigil, November 15, 2018 [prayer]

    11/15/2018 5:36:42 AM PST · by Albion Wilde · 28 replies
    FreeRepublic.com ^ | November 15, 2018 | FR intercessors
    Join Freepers throughout the world to pray for PRESIDENT TRUMP and VICE-PRESIDENT PENCE and for AMERICA: All Levels of Government, Family, Military, Business, Education, Churches, Health Care Systems and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. —1 John 5:14 Forum threads labeled [Prayer] are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer for mercy and healing for our nation.
  • Prayer and Fasting for our Nation

    11/14/2018 5:43:49 PM PST · by metmom · 92 replies
    Free Republic ^ | 1/14/2018 | self
    <p>To say that our nation is in serious trouble is a vast understatement. We are daily being bombarded with news of immorality and corruption in all levels of politics and society.</p> <p>We are under attack on many fronts.</p> <p>Abortion is still legal, homosexuality and sexual perversion is being flaunted and lauded in the streets, elections are being brazenly stolen right under our noses as we watch, and nobody is stopping it, God was kicked out of our schools and public life decades ago. Our culture has embraced humanism and sees no need for God.</p>
  • Minnesota’s CAIR‘s Jaylani Hussein Tries to Link White Christian Protestants to the KKK!

    11/14/2018 2:28:28 PM PST · by Roman_War_Criminal · 2 replies
    bw ^ | 11/13/18 | Bradlee Dean
    A little homework into the Southern Poverty Law Center clarified its true mission: Make money while working hand in glove with the mainstream media to attack America’s foundation using a Communist/Marxist agenda. SPLC’s founder is lawyer Morris Dees who in 1961 earned money by doing legal work for the Ku Klux Klan. That information alone brings enough red flags to expose SPLC as an illegitimate and anti-American organization. Dees founded SPLC in 1971 after the civil rights battle had been won and there was no more money left in representing groups like the KKK. He then jumped to the other...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Zen presents letter to pope warning him on China

    11/14/2018 9:45:38 AM PST · by ebb tide · 4 replies
    UCANEWS.COM ^ | November 9, 2018 | ucanews.com reporter, Hong Kong
    Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to become open, to join the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association and to obtain a priest's certificate with the reason that the pope has signed the Sino-Vatican provisional agreement," said Cardinal Zen. He said some parts of the agreement...
  • Vatican’s Own News Website Profiles Pro-Abortion ‘Nun’ Praising US Midterm Election Results

    11/13/2018 6:13:27 PM PST · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/12/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    VATICAN CITY, November 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Vatican’s news website has showcased an interview with a pro-abortion religious sister in its coverage of the recent U.S. elections. Sister Bernadette Reis of Vatican News Service interviewed Sister Simone Campbell, leader of the left-wing “Nuns on the Bus”, about the election of over 100 women to the House of Representatives. The interview appeared November 8 on the vaticannews.va website. Vatican News describes itself on its website as the “information system of the Holy See.” Campbell, 73, has stated publicly that she believes abortion should remain legal, which both contradicts Church teaching...
  • The Story Behind the Gaza Attack, from Amir 11/13/18

    11/13/2018 2:19:09 PM PST · by firebrand · 5 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | 11/13/18 | Amir Tsarfati
    The reasons for the recent Gaza attack and why it is now over.