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  • Land warns of political element in Martin case - "Rule of Law Assaulted by Racial Demagogues"

    04/10/2012 8:44:10 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 8 replies
    sbcbaptistpress.org ^ | April 10, 2012 | Erin Roach & Diana Chandler
    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (BP) -- Southern Baptist ethicist Richard Land, who played a key role in the Southern Baptist Convention's 1995 repentance of the "racism of which we have been guilty," has caught media attention over what he views as the infusion of politics into the Trayvon Martin killing. Land, on his radio show "Richard Land Live!" March 31, said President Obama and black leaders such as Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson should not have been so quick to jump into the case. Land's comments were reported nationally by Religion News Service, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times and other media. "Instead...
  • Santorumís Linkage of Morals, Economy Could Have Lasting Impact

    04/12/2012 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/11/12 | Michelle Bauman
    Washington D.C., Apr 11, 2012 / 04:10 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- As Rick Santorum ends his bid for president, political analysts are suggesting that his campaign may significantly effect the national discussion of morality. Dr. David Campbell, a political scientist at the University of Notre Dame, told CNA on April 11 that the ďintriguing linkĒ that Santorum drew between morality and economics has the potential to ďchange our national discussion.Ē On April 10, Santorum announced that he was suspending his campaign, shortly after he took time off to be with his youngest daughter, Bella, who was hospitalized for the second time...
  • A Large Collection Of Anti-Islam Flyers, Brochures and Booklets to Educate The Public With

    04/11/2012 9:48:27 PM PDT · by damonw · 6 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/11/12 | Damon Whitsell
    With desperation in their voice, someone asked me what they could do about Islam and I replied by telling them that we must study Islam, educate others about Islam and become Activist by joining Activist and Lobbying groups that stand for not only human rights, but the rights of the individual. I also told them about a real important webpage at WhatYouCanDoAboutIslam.com. That page suggest over 33 things that a non-Muslim can do about Islam. One of the things that are suggested is starting a personal campaign to educate the public using leaflets, flyers, brochures, and booklets. So in preparing...
  • Obama: Jesus Is ĎA Son of Godí

    04/11/2012 9:39:17 PM PDT · by Dajjal · 61 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | Apr. 4, 2012 | Fred Lucas
    (CNSNews.com) - Speaking to a group of Christian clergy at the Easter Prayer Breakfast he hosted at the White House on Wednesday, President Barack Obama referred to Jesus Christ as ďa son of God.Ē ... ďAnd for me, and Iím sure for some of you, itís also a chance to remember the tremendous sacrifice that led up to that day, and all that Christ endured--not just as a Son of God, but as a human being.Ē The Christian faith teaches that Jesus is the only Son of God.
  • Jesse Jackson lauds Zimmerman charges

    04/11/2012 9:11:22 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The Rev. Jesse Jackson is congratulating the Florida special prosecutor for her actions in the case of Trayvon Martin and the charges filed against the suspect in his death. --snip-- In a statement, the head of Chicago-based Rainbow-PUSH Coalition said he is hopeful the judicial process will be fair and just. Jackson adds despite the charge against Zimmerman, the issue of the law under which he claims he acted must be addressed. He says Florida's Stand Your Ground law should be repealed....
  • Jimmy Carterís pro-life rhetoric Ďa political decision,í Baptist leaders say

    04/11/2012 8:23:49 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 6 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 4-11-12 | Ben Johnson
    Leader of former President Jimmy Carterís longtime denomination say his calls for the Democratic Party to adopt a less radical pro-choice platform is a political calculation to help the party in the South. ďI never have believed that Jesus Christ would approve of abortions,Ē Carter told talk show host Laura Ingraham, while promoting his new study Bible. ďIíve signed a public letter calling for the Democratic Party at the next convention to espouse my position on abortion which is to minimize the needÖand limit it only to women whose life are in danger or who are pregnant as a result...
  • Open letter to Cardinal from disobedient priests in Austria

    04/11/2012 2:07:49 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 4 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 11 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Peter Paul Kaspar, Academic Chaplain in Linz, author, musician, executive member of the Parish Priest Initiative helped to formulate the "Call to Disobedience" and now writes an open letter to Cardinal Christoph SchŲnborn THE OPEN LETTER Dear Cardinal! We - the executive of the Parish Priest Initiative - have issued at Pentecost 2011 a "Call to Disobedience," because we wanted our urgent demands for reform to be made public. This has succeeded worldwide even being cited in the Holy Thursday homily of the Pope. The decades-long internal proposals and suggestions put forward were so far always put politely in the...
  • The Continuing Struggle for the Soul of Cuba

    04/11/2012 7:12:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Jordan Allott
    In the wake of Pope Benedict's visit, Cuban Catholics express frustration and anger as the Castro regime continues political repression and religious persecution.A day before Pope Benedict XVIís historic visit to Cuba on March 26, I was in Arroyo Naranjo, one of Havanaís poorest areas, meeting with Lilvio Fernandez Luis, a Catholic and the leader of JACU, or Joventud Activa Cuba Unida. Lilvio spent the day showing me the life he has worked hard to createóa life built on a strong family and the courage to fight against the repression that the Cuban government has inflicted on its people for...
  • The Profound, Unapologetic and Timely Reflections of Archbishop Chaput [Catholics in Public Life]

    04/11/2012 7:04:59 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 4/5/12 | Michael J. Miller
    Abp. Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. publishes e-book about Catholic Witness: "A Heart on Fire"Almost fifty years ago, the writings on religious pluralism of an American Jesuit, John Courtney Murray, helped the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council to draft a Declaration on Religious Liberty in a world where millions of Christians were being ruled by officially atheistic regimes. On March 23, 2012, hundreds of citizens gathered in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia to participate in a Rally for Religious Freedom, in protest of the U.S. Governmentís Health and Human Services Department mandate that compels institutions and individuals to...
  • Vatican Cardinal: If Catholic employers provide contraceptive coverage they cooperate in sin

    04/10/2012 12:39:30 PM PDT · by NYer · 8 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 10, 2012 | Jenn Giroux
    WASHINGTON, April 10, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The upcoming episode of Catholic Action Insight hosted by Thomas McKenna to air on EWTN on Wednesday, April 11 at 2:30pm and April 13 at 9:00pm EST will surely ignite discussion among Catholics on the impending mandate which is an attack on religious liberty.† In this interview, Cardinal Raymond Burke speaks out for the first time in a public interview on matters of faith, religious liberty, and culpability in relation to this threatened mandate for employers. ďWe are very blessed to be granted this interview with Cardinal Raymond Burke who explains the Catholic...
  • 7 Questions for Mitt About Mormonism [Well, 2 questions at least re: Race & Abortion]

    04/10/2012 10:49:07 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 12 replies
    Real Clear Religion ^ | April 9, 2012 | Jeffrey Weiss
    ...it is past time for Mitt Romney to address relevant questions about his religion. These are not questions about the afterlife or sacred clothing, but questions about how some of the distinctive aspects of doctrine of...Latter-Day Saints might inform his approach to governing. ...Romney has been less forthcoming about how Mormon beliefs have shaped him. ...Romney held a post of...authority in his church. ...He was a recognized, theologically defined church authority in the Boston area -- for more than a decade. ...LDS teaching about racial equality: From the church declaration issued in 1978: "...by revelation has confirmed that the long-promised...
  • Catholics Urged to Imitate St. Thomas More in Contraception Battle

    04/10/2012 9:48:27 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    Arlington, Va., Apr 9, 2012 / 04:15 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics should follow the example of St. Thomas More in their current conflict with the Obama administration, said Fr. Paul D. Scalia, son of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. More's faithful witness and willingness to sacrifice his life rather than violate his conscience ďare instructive for us in this present crisis,Ē said Fr. Scalia, who serves as pastor of St. John the Beloved Parish in McLean, Va. In an April 4 article for the Catholic Herald, the diocesan newspaper of Arlington, Fr. Scalia reflected on the life of St. Thomas...
  • The ďI BET YOU CAN'T LOOK AT ISLAM IN THE NEWS AND NOT SEE EVILĒ Challenge

    04/10/2012 8:37:14 AM PDT · by damonw · 9 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4-10-12 | Damon Whitsell
    To those who still think that Islam is The Religion of Peace,, or that Islam means peace ¬Ė I have a challenge. I bet you can¬ít look at ¬ďIslam In The News¬Ē for just two weeks and not get highly concerned!!! There are really 4 things that should scare the hell out of you, but my challenge is about keeping up with Islam in the Non- Main-Stream Media News, FOR JUST TWO WEEKS. Those 4 things are¬Ö 1. THE ISLAMIC TEXT: The Koran, rightly understood with the help of the Sunnah of Mohammad (the Hadith [sayings of MO], Biographies of...
  • Pres. Obama, ďbreakfast theologianĒ, dazzles again about the Lordís doubts

    04/09/2012 6:05:40 PM PDT · by markomalley · 12 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/9/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    Remember when Pres. Obama dazzled us with his theological insights at the National Prayer Breakfast? † He has been at it again.I was sent to link the White House site about the 2012 Prayer Breakfast: [...]Now, I have to be careful, I am not going to stand up here and give a sermon. †[Oh yes?] Itís always a bad idea to give a sermon in front of professionals.† (Laughter.)† But in a few short days, all of us will experience the wonder of Easter morning.†† And we will know, in the words of the Apostle Paul, ďChrist JesusÖand Him crucified.ĒItís...
  • Pastor Rick Warren Decries Obama Contraception Compromise

    04/09/2012 3:11:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies
    National Journal ^ | April 8, 2012 | Alex Roarty
    Influential evangelical pastor Rick Warren said Sunday that he is not satisfied with the Obama administrationís compromise on a requirement that religious-affiliated organizations provide contraception coverage to employees, and said religious freedom is at stake.ďThe issue here is not about womenís health,Ē Warren said on ABCís This Week. ďThere is a greater principle, and that is do you have the right to decide what your faith practices?ĒThe controversy has animated political discourse the last several months, with Republicans charging that Democrats are waging a "war on religion" while Democrats retort that Republicans are fighting a "war on women." The initial...
  • Julia Holcomb paints stunning work to be auctioned at LifeSiteNewsí gala

    04/09/2012 6:18:26 AM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Life Site News ^ | April 5, 2012 | PETER BAKLINSKI
    Julia Holcomb's Our Lady of the Roses. Actual size is 24 X 30 in. This Internet posted image does not exactly reflect the actual colors and details of the original painting, April 4, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - What does beautiful art have to do with the pro-life movement? Plenty, if you are Julia Holcomb, former girlfriend of rockstar Steven Tyler from Aerosmith. ‚ÄúArt plays a very important role in the culture of life,‚ÄĚ said Holcomb to LifeSiteNews. ‚ÄúThe culture of life is under attack. All around us is a culture of death that is pushed on us. It‚Äôs really evident when...
  • The on-coming Romney onslaught against Christian conservatives [VANITY]

    04/08/2012 8:37:38 PM PDT · by NorthernCrunchyCon · 70 replies
    You watch, Romney's campaign is going to throw allegations of religious bigotry at Christian conservatives like you can't believe. Let me tell you something. The Romney people have some of the best political consultants in the country and they don't get there because they're always wonderful people. The RINO/GOPe are tough. They're very tough. We saw how they undermined Governor Palin during the last election, and the scorched earth policy they carried out against Romney's primary opponents who were conservative or Christian. I've worked with some of them on other campaigns, they're the best there is in the business. And...
  • Cardinal Dolan criticizes Obama contraception policy as Ďradical intrusion' (still)

    04/08/2012 9:10:54 AM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    The Hill ^ | 04/08/12 | Russell Berman
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the archbishop of New York, said Sunday the Obama administrationís policy on contraception was ďa dramatic radical intrusion of government bureaucracy in the internal lifeĒ of the Catholic Church and vowed to continue to fight the ruling. In an interview on CBSís ďFace the Nation,Ē Dolan reiterated that he remained unsatisfied with the administrationís policy requiring that employees of religious organizations, including Catholic groups, have access to contraception. Dolan had led the Churchís effort against the regulation, which resulted in what the administration thought was an accommodation to concerns that it was unduly burdening religious groups opposed...
  • Police pressure on underground community. Easter in the Church of Silence (China)

    04/08/2012 7:53:47 AM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    Asia News ^ | 04/07/2012 | Wang Zhicheng
    Beijing (AsiaNews) - The Easter holiday will be "very discreetly" celebrated this year in unofficial (underground) communities in China. Many community leaders, bishops and priests, were in fact called in by the police for a "conversation" and even underwent weeks of indoctrination on the government's religious policy. Several Church observers clearly see a campaign underway to "convert" the underground Church and absorb it into the official church. "This year - an underground priest told AsiaNews - we will celebrate Easter in silence and discretion, without any solemnity. In other years, we had to find locations big enough so we could...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/08/2012 7:10:17 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 17 replies
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  • United Kingdom. Same sex marriage bill: The Big Chill

    04/08/2012 5:08:57 AM PDT · by markomalley
    La Stampa ^ | 04/ 6/2012 | GIACOMO GALEAZZI
    Itís time to celebrate thirty years of diplomatic relations between the UK and the Holy See, but the relationship between the two countries is deteriorating because of the bill concerning same sex marriageSour anniversary. The United Kingdom celebrates thirty years of diplomatic relations with the Holy See just when the relationship between London and Rome is turning sour over homosexual marriages. The English Prime Minister David Cameron and his government want sex marriages to be legal by 2015, ten years after the introduction of the ďcivil partnership lawĒ in the United Kingdom. The ecclesiastical hierarchies, from the Curia to the...
  • Crucifixion: History, Archaeology (with photos!), and Why Jesus Died This Way

    04/07/2012 6:27:56 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies
    The Sacred Page ^ | April 6, 2012 | Michael Barber
    Today we meditate on the crucifixion of Jesus. In places around the world, images of the Christ crucified will be contemplated and venerated. Indeed, the image of the cross is quite familiar to us. It is part and parcel of Christian iconography. Perhaps, it is too familiar. Put frankly, the cross has in many ways been sanitized. To some extent, Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ (2004) helped bring attention to the actual violence associated with this form of ancient execution. Indeed, the attempt to re-dramatize the violence caused deep controversy. Some have even claimed that the film exaggerated...
  • Attorney sees Easter as opportunity to voice religious freedom

    04/07/2012 5:08:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    cna ^ | April 6, 2012 | Hillary Senour
    Chicago, Ill., Apr 6, 2012 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Easter Sunday will mark not only the celebration of Christ's resurrection, but will also serve as an opportunity to express religious freedom, says a Catholic legal expert. ďWe just want to keep making the point out in public that religion is not something that should be kept private,Ē said president and chief counsel of the Chicago-based Thomas More Society, Tom Brejcha.The Thomas More Society, a pro-bono public interest law firm dedicated to defending pro-life, religious freedom and traditional marriage cases, is in its fifth year of helping sponsor an...
  • War on Mormons [Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young; Lds baptize dead; Democrats have the dead vote]

    04/06/2012 9:47:32 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 38 replies
    Fishersvillemike.blogspot ^ | April 5, 2012 | Fishersville Mike
    ...anti-Mormon stories coming out now that it looks like Mitt Romney vs. Barack Obama in November. Mormons vs. Democratic morons. Brigham Young vs. Tax 'em Young (aka Tax 'em Old, Tax 'em All). Mormons baptize the dead. Democrats have the dead vote. It's going to be a fun election season.
  • Obama Misquotes Bible on Wealth Redistribution

    04/06/2012 7:45:58 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 18 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/06/2012 | W.A. Beatty
    Liberals/Progressives/Democrats say the Bible is off-limits when it addresses the subject of homosexuality, homosexual marriage, abortion, or any issue liberals favor but the Bible condemns. But it's permitted to be used when wealth-redistribution is being discussed. The only problem is that when President Barack Hussein Obama quoted from the Bible, he both took his quotation out of context and got it wrong. On Friday, March 30, 2012, in an address to supporters at the University of Vermont in Burlington, VT, Obama condemned what he called "you're-on-your-own economics," arguing for policies that involve transferring wealth from one group of citizens to...
  • Hungary Makes Waves With New Constitution

    04/06/2012 7:45:31 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Zenit News Agency ^ | 4/6/12 | Edward Pentin
    Ambassador Says Document Can Promote a 'Christian Renaissance' in EuropeROME, APRIL 6, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Hungary¬ís Ambassador to the Holy See is rather perplexed by the negative reaction of some European figures and institutions to his country¬ís new Constitution -- a document he sees as offering a possible impetus to a "Christian renaissance" in Europe. "We think it¬ís a little bit strange to hear such voices," Ambassador G√°bor GyŇĎriv√°nyi told ZENIT March 27th. "The real founding fathers of the European Union planned to base the Union on Christian values, and expressed the notion that European democracy can only be viable if...
  • Grand Mufti in Saudi threatens churches

    04/06/2012 11:55:12 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The debate on church buildings launched by Islamicist politicians in the Gulf continues. The Sheikha Fraiha Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah, a member of the Kuwaiti royal family and chairman of the Kuwaiti "Society for the Ideal Family," has attacked the Islamist parliamentarian Walid Al-Tabtabaei, because he attacked her commitment to the construction of an Armenian Apostolic Church. The lawyer for the Sheikha described the attacks of the MP as "absurd and offensive," as the foundation "Pro Oriente" reported on Friday, according to Kathpress.
  • Austrian woman who wants to celebrate Mass this Easter- full interview now published

    04/06/2012 11:39:48 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 6th April 2012 | Cathcon
    Delicts include the desecration of the confessional and sexual abuse of people in confession. When I think we are grouped with the abusers, I wonder how much all of this is upside down. They say we seek to fit ourselves into a role we are not entitled to. We say: the question is whether the clergy are not being presumptious when they take the distribution of the Sacrament on themselves. In addition, we will soon no longer have enough clerics. At that stage, we will have had to have thought about how we should deal with the problem. derStandard.at: The...
  • ďThe Catholic Church is still to blameĒ

    04/06/2012 2:28:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 26 replies
    Cal Catholic ^ | 4/6/2012
    Today at 5:30 p.m. members of ďACT UPĒ and other anti-Catholic groups have announced they will descend on San Franciscoís Mission Dolores Church and place ashes from AIDS victims on the landmark churchís steps to protest what they claim is the complicity of the Catholic Church in the deadly epidemic. Mission Dolores was founded on June 29, 1776, the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, by Franciscan friars under the leadership of the Fr. Francisco Palou and the direction of Fr. Junipero Serra. It is the oldest Catholic church in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, and the oldest building in...
  • CLEANED UP VERSION: DEBATE Eric Allen Bell vs Nadir Ahmed - "Is Islam Inherently Violent?"

    04/05/2012 6:12:13 PM PDT · by damonw · 7 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/4/12 | Eric Allen Bell
    "One day, we 'Islamophobes' will be deemed the voice of reason" Eric Allen Bell Eric Allen Bell's story is very interesting. A liberal and one time contributor to the huge liberal website (The Daily Kos) he used to write Pro-Islam articles for the TDK and other liberal sites, that is until he went to the Middle East to do some research for a film. Then he changed his mind about Islam, wrote 3 articles critical of Islam at TDK and was let go and banned from the site. Just months later Eric is here debating an Islamic Scholar (albeit the...
  • VIDEO PLAYLIST: APOLOGETICS TO ISLAM by Joe Carey (radicaltruth.net)

    04/05/2012 8:13:03 AM PDT · by damonw · 4 replies
    The Religion of Conquest ^ | 4/4/12 | Joe Cary
    This 16 hour video course on "Apologetics to Islam" by Joe Carey (from radicaltruth.net) is the best course or class on Islam I have ever seen, HANDS DOWN. And I have collected about 15 of them here on this site. It is so good I am going to show all 16 hours at my church. It is even a great resource for non-Christians to learn about Islam. NO HYPE - YOU GOTTA SEE THIS - all of it! Joe has been studying Islam since 1999, has a Masters Degree from Biola University (with and emphasis on Islam) and has been...
  • Bishop Williamson- new evidence required before conviction

    04/05/2012 2:57:08 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 9 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 5th April 2012 | Cathcon
    The completion of the investigation of Holocaust denier Bishop Richard Williamson takes longer than initially planned. In about three weeks, a penalty will be sought for race hatred of of 6500Ä, said the spokesman for the prosecutors in Regensburg, Wolfhard Meindl,on Tuesday.
  • Two German political parties attempt to disrupt Good Friday

    04/04/2012 3:29:58 PM PDT · by Gillibrand · 1 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4 April 2012 | Cathcon
    Anti-Day of Rest Protests for Good Friday. Pirate Party Dance Party banned in Frankfurt. Green Party Youth protest in Wiesbaden The Frankfurt authorities responsible for public order have banned the demonstration of the Pirate Party, which was to take place on Good Friday. During the protest loud music was to be played to "invite people to dance," says the Pirate Party. The spokesman for the Evangelical Church in Hesse and Nassau called the project of the Pirate Party "disrespectful." The Young Greens, who organized in 2011 in the Frankfurt RŲmerplatz a demonstration and thus disrupted the Good Friday procession of...
  • Hatch: Obama camp will 'throw Mormon church' at Romney [opening Ldsism...not throwing tis enough]

    04/04/2012 1:14:44 PM PDT · by Colofornian · 125 replies
    Politico ^ | April 4, 2012 | David Catanese
    FARMINGTON, Utah -- Sen. Orrin Hatch predicted President Obama's campaign team would use Mitt Romney's Mormon faith against him in the general election. Speaking to a group of GOP delegates at a campaign stop Tuesday, the six-term Republican incumbent warned, "You watch, they're going to throw the Mormon church at him like you can't believe." Asked to elaborate in an interview later, Hatch fingered campaign adviser David Axelrod and White House aide David Plouffe as the masterminds who would insert the issue into the campaign. "Let me tell you something. The Obama people have some of the best political consultants...
  • New ruling on raids on Catholic Church in Belgium

    04/04/2012 10:35:47 AM PDT · by Gillibrand · 2 replies
    Catholic Church Conservation ^ | 4th April 2012 | Cathcon
    After the judgment of the Supreme Court, it is now definitely established that the raids on 24 June 2010 which were made on the Archbishop's Palace, and on Cardinal Danneels obtained material illegally says Fernand Keuleneer, lawyer for the Archdiocese and Cardinal, commenting on the judgment.
  • The Pope's Challenge to Cubaóand the World

    04/04/2012 6:51:04 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    ďAnyone who acts irrationally cannot become a disciple of Jesus. Faith and reason are necessary and complementary in the pursuit of truth. God created man with an innate vocation to the truth and he gave him reason for this purpose. Certainly, it is not irrationality but rather the yearning for truth which the Christian faith promotes. Each man and woman has to seek the truth and to choose it when he or she finds it, even at the risk of embracing sacrifices.Ēó Pope Benedict XVI, Homily, Plaza de la Revoluciůn, Havana, March 28, 2012. I. Cuba has been, in effect,...
  • FReep this poll!!! Cardinal Timothy Dolan: TIME magazine 100 poll

    04/04/2012 1:16:27 AM PDT · by koinonia · 16 replies
    TIME Magazine ^ | March 29, 2012 | TIME Staff
    Timothy Cardinal Dolan Age: 62 Occupation: Prince of the Catholic Church The man most likely to give Barack Obama fits on the way to Election Day is the newly birettaed Archbishop of New York. Affable, jolly and theatrical, Dolan deploys these genial weapons as the Catholic Church's point man in the battle against the Obama Administration's policies on contraception and abortion. The President barely won the Catholic vote in 2008; without an accommodation, Dolan could turn away enough voters to tilt a close election ó all with a smile.
  • Pres. Obama invokes ďsocial DarwinismĒ. Mr. President, look in the mirror.

    04/03/2012 5:49:50 PM PDT · by markomalley · 6 replies
    What Does The Prayer Really Say? ^ | 4/3/2012 | Fr John Zuhlsdorf
    The President called the budget plan proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), ďsocial Darwinismď.Do you want an example of true social Darwinism? †Look at Pres. Obamaís eager support of abortion and even infanticide.Only the strong survive.The trajectory fueled by authentic Darwinism led to the eugenics and hate-filled agenda of Margaret Sanger and Planned Parenthood, the queen of big-business abortion, of which Pres. Obama is a huge supporter.Can we forget that Pres. Obamaís unelected appointee, HHS Secretary†Kathleen Sebelius openly declared that lowering live births would help pay for health care? †ďďThe reduction in the number of pregnancies compensates for cost of...
  • In 2008, Who Could've Predicted This? (Fixed)

    04/03/2012 4:54:47 PM PDT · by NYer · 24 replies
    Creative Minority Report ^ | April 3, 2012 | MATTHEW ARCHBOLD
    If in 2008 you had pondered the outcome of a winner-take-all matchup between president-elect Barack Obama and then Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, I think few would’ve considered it a fair fight. As President-elect Barack Obama stood between the Greek columns giving his acceptance speech, not only the country applauded but the world. There were few who weren’t moved. Barack Obama was a man astride the Earth. One can look back now and say he was just reading off a teleprompter or that the Republican Party had nominated a candidate who was never really sure he wanted to beat Obama....
  • WaPo Blog Says Jesus Would Support Obamacare

    04/02/2012 2:48:12 PM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 27 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | April 2, 2012 | JP
    I just read the latest screed by Anthony Stevens-Arroyo, in the ďOn FaithĒ section of The Washington Post. The left-wing Catholic presumes to question the faith of those who oppose Obamacare. ďThe question of health care insurance is an example of how persons professing to be the most religious among us can nonetheless violate basic teachings of Jesus,Ē writes Stevens-Arroyo, whose brand of Catholicism would be alien to Pope Benedict XVI. ďIt goes against Christian discipleship,Ē he asserts, ďto repeal the Affordable Care Act without offering a substitute that will provide for 40 million uninsured, most of them children.Ē That...
  • Mexico Considers Religious Reforms After Pope's Visit

    04/02/2012 10:22:59 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies
    Christian Post ^ | April 2, 2012
    A major step forward for religious rights in Mexico was made this week, just days after Pope Benedict XVI visited the country, as the nation's Senate approved a constitutional reform that guarantees people the right to celebrate religious events.The senators voted 72-35 in favor of the change on March 28, but at least 16 of Mexico's 31 state legislatures must still approve the reform, The Associated Press reported.Although 76.5 percent of Mexico's population is Roman Catholic, according to the CIA's World Factbook, the country has no official religion, and in the past has held harsh anti-clerical laws and restrictions -- the...
  • Authority and Its Discontents

    04/02/2012 7:19:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | 4/2/12 | Christopher Manion
    The Churchís response to the ObamaCare Mandate calls to mind this journalís original name, Catholicism in Crisis. Today the Church confronts a crisis Ė ďan invasion of our religious freedom,Ē Donald Cardinal Wuerl calls it ó and the outcome is far from certain. The Mandate is only one in a flood of attacks that will confront the Church in coming years, and our response is hobbled by several problems of our own making. So we have a steep mountain to climb. Even though the bishops have been allied with the Democrat Party for a century, and have advocated government health...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    04/01/2012 4:42:50 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 12 replies
    4-1-12 | Kitty Mittens
    Psalm 99:4,5 Jehovah Sits in Majesty in Zion, Supreme Above All Rulers of the Earth. Let them Reverence Your Great and Holy Name. This Mighty King is Determined to Give Justice. Fairness is the Touchstone of Everything He Does. He Gives Justice throughout Israel. Exalt the Lord our Holy God! Bow Low Before His Feet.
  • We Will NOT Render Unto Caesar What Belongs to God!

    04/01/2012 2:39:31 PM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies
    Courageous Priest ^ | March 31, 2012
    Archbishop Robert Carlson: ‚ÄúMr. President, We Cannot Comply With This Mandate‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúMr President: restore our religious freedom!‚ÄĚ‚ÄúBrothers and sisters: we must be prepared to suffer for our convictions.‚ÄĚ Email Subcribers: There is a video that goes with this post. Click here to watch it. The first few seconds will give you the chills.Will You Stand With Me? Archbishop Robert Carlson -(edited for length) Missouri Life News: My brothers and sisters, we stand here today because of an alarming and serious matter that strikes at our fundamental right to religious freedom. The federal government ¬Ė which was formed to be ¬āof...
  • Bishop TD Jakes Talks Forgiveness in Trayvon Martin Case

    04/01/2012 6:34:38 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/31/2012 | By Katherine Weber
    Bishop T.D. Jakes, pastor of The Potter's House in Dallas, Texas, has taken to national television to promote his new book, Let It Go, and to express his views regarding the Trayvon Martin case, which has attracted worldwide attention since details of the Florida teen's shooting death were made public. The minister, whose book deals with forgiveness, says, in light of such cases, "Forgiveness does not exonerate the perpetrator." In Let It Go: Forgive So You Can Be Forgiven, The Potter's House senior pastor speaks on the importance of forgiveness in living a full, happy life. Naturally, correspondents questioned Jakes...
  • Cuba makes Good Friday a holiday after papal trip

    04/01/2012 6:24:42 AM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 31, 2012
    Cuba has honored an appeal by Pope Benedict XVI and declared next week's Good Friday a holiday for the first time since the early days following the island's 1959 Revolution, though a decision on whether the move will be permanent will have to wait. The Communist government said in a communique Saturday that the decision was made in light of the success of Benedict's "transcendental visit" to the country, which wrapped up Wednesday. It said the Council of Ministers, Cuba's supreme governing body, will decide later whether to make the holiday permanent. Benedict's appeal was reminiscent of his predecessor John...
  • Dolan describes Obamaís about-face on contraception mandate

    04/01/2012 6:16:01 AM PDT · by NYer · 69 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 31, 2012 | Catherine Harmon
    The Wall Street Journal‚Äôs James Taranto has a fascinating interview with New York‚Äôs Cardinal Timothy Dolan, in which the president of the US bishops‚Äô conference discusses the interactions he‚Äôs had with President Barack Obama over the last several months regarding the birth-control mandate handed down by the Department of Health and Human Services. Dolan describes the 45-minute meeting he had with Obama last November, at which he understood the president to say that the Catholic Church‚Äôs religious freedoms would be protected as the health-care law was implemented: ‚ÄúI said, ‚ÄėI‚Äôve heard you say, first of all, that you have immense...
  • Poll on role of religion in Americans' lives bad news for Obama

    03/31/2012 9:02:53 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    The Examiner ^ | February 11, 2012 | Howard Portnoy
    A recent Gallup survey reveals that the role of religion in Americansí lives has changed little in the last 20 years. When asked how important religion is, 55% of those queried in 2011 answered ďvery importantĒ as compared with 58% who gave the same answer in 1992. This canít be very good news for the president, who views religion as at best a bully pulpit for social change (as evidenced by his 20-year association with the incendiary Rev. Jeremiah Wright) and at worst as a force with the potential to poison the minds of leaden-eyed, gun-toting ďclingers.Ē Yeah, I know,...
  • Cuba Declares Good Friday Holiday After Pope Visit

    03/31/2012 3:43:03 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 3/31/12
    Cuba's Communist government has declared Good Friday next week to be a public holiday following an appeal from Pope Benedict. The Pope made the request during his recent visit to the island. Good Friday is the day Catholics commemorate the death of Christ, and is a central part of Easter celebrations. It is the first time it has been recognised as a public holiday in Cuba since the 1960s, when religious holidays were abolished. President Raul Castro took the decision in light of the success of the Pope's "transcendental visit", the Cuban government said in a statement. The holiday will...
  • Yunnan ordains new priests (Illicit Chinese bishop ordains priests; Maryknoll priest concelebrates)

    03/31/2012 2:40:07 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    UCA ^ | March 28, 2012
    Four of the priests with relatives and friends after the ceremony Bishop Joseph Ma Yinglin of Kunming, who remains unrecognized by the Vatican, presided over the ordination of six priests on Monday, despite warnings and criticism from within and outside China.The ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in the ancient city of Dali.A local Church source, who asked not to be named, said three foreign priests were among the 16 concelebrants. They were an American Maryknoll priest studying in Dali and two Korean Benedictine priests whose order makes donations to the Dali minor seminary.ďThey came...