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  • Iraqi Christian Leader Makes Direct Appeal at UN

    03/28/2015 4:40:33 AM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 27, 2015 | JOHN BURGER
    The leader of Iraq’s Chaldean Catholics at the United Nations in New York today urged international leaders to support his country’s government in a drive for “the liberation of all Iraqi cities." For the first time, the UN Security Council devoted a debate to the persecution of minorities under attack by jihadists, according to ANSAMed, a service of the Italian news agency ANSA. French foreign minister Laurent Fabius chaired the debate, which included Chaldean Patriarch of Baghdad Louis Raphael I Sako, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon, and, by video-conference from Geneva, High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Zeid...
  • God and Jeb: Inside his spiritual journey and his stealth campaign to woo Christian conservatives.

    03/27/2015 8:10:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 17 replies
    National Journal ^ | March 27, 2015 | Tim Alberta and Tiffany Stanley
    On a sunny Saturday morning in early March, Bob Vander Plaats walked into the West Des Moines Marriott with a chip on his shoulder. Iowa's evangelical shot-caller had come to meet with Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who was in town for the Iowa Ag Summit, a cattle call that drew the majority of Republican presidential hopefuls. Over the course of the weekend, Vander Plaats had sit-downs scheduled with just about all of them. But not Jeb Bush. A twice-failed gubernatorial candidate who helped boost Mike Huckabee to victory in the 2008 caucuses, Vander Plaats has grown accustomed to presidential aspirants...
  • MARTYRS, WITNESSES, AND PUBLIC LIFE: CATHOLICS AT THE CAPITOL

    03/27/2015 4:27:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | BISHOP JAMES D. CONLEY
    Bishop James D. Conley, of the Diocese of Lincoln, gave the following address on March 24, 2015 at “Catholics in the Capitol,” the annual Catholic advocacy day at the state capitol in Lincoln, Nebraska.  CatholicVote.org is honored to share his words: Dear friends in Christ,Thank you for the invitation to speak to you, during this day of lobbying and advocacy at the State Capitol.  The “Catholics at the Capitol” initiative has a wonderful history in Nebraska, and I’m glad to see so many of you here.I want to thank each of you for choosing to be here today.  You are here to...
  • Which Compilations of New Testament Scripture Were Inspired By God and Which Weren't?

    03/27/2015 3:11:53 PM PDT · by Laissez-faire capitalist · 27 replies
    3/27/2015 | Laissez-Faire Capitalist
    Moving back from the Theodosian Code, which stated the scriptures they believed to be heretical, back to the First Council of Nicaea in 325 A.D., which decreed that the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were to be in the fixed New Testament Canon of scripture, and back to earlier dates we find the following: A.) The Clermont List - a codex which embraced the Canon as it existed in Egypt (i.e. Alexandria) c.300 A.D. It lists the New Testament books which are the same as ours except that the Gospels are listed Matthew, Mark, Luke (the apostolic authors...
  • A Grave Problem – NJ Ban on Religious Headstone Sales Could Violate Constitution

    03/27/2015 6:34:31 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 3/26/15 | Kevin J. Jones
    Trenton, N.J., Mar 26, 2015 / 04:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A New Jersey law crafted to ban the Archdiocese of Newark from selling cemetery headstones might not pass muster under judicial review, according to a constitutional law expert. Matthew Franck said the law “may well be violating the freedom of religion” guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution because it “singles out religious organizations for disfavored treatment.” Franck directs the Simon Center on Religion and the Constitution at the Princeton, N.J.-based Witherspoon Institute. He characterized the law as “a direct assault on the freedom of churches to offer services to the bereaved...
  • Ruben Diaz Sr. Wants Ted Cruz to Visit the South Bronx

    03/26/2015 9:36:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 16 replies
    The New York Observer / News ^ | March 26, 2015 | Jillian Jorgensen
    Forget New Hampshire, or Iowa, or Lynchburg, Virgina, where Republican Senator Ted Cruz kicked off his presidential campaign. State Senator Ruben Diaz wants Mr. Cruz to come stump in the South Bronx. “Imagine Ted Cruz traveling to the Bronx where there is a grassroots army of Black and Hispanic Evangelical Christians who are just like him—and who have been ignored by every Presidential candidate,” Mr. Diaz wrote today in one of his periodic e-mail blasts to constituents. “Imagine Ted Cruz coming to the South Bronx where there are many of Hispanic Evangelical Churches that are willing to stand together for...
  • TOP 10 THINGS CATHOLICS DON’T HAVE TO BELIEVE (Catholic Caucus)

    03/26/2015 3:56:28 PM PDT · by NYer · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 26, 2015 | MATT BOWMAN
    Easter is a time for initiating people into the Church. In many Catholic parishes this happens through RCIA: the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.But what do you have to believe to be Catholic? There’s a lot of confusion about this in public discussion. Current popular opinion says that under Pope Francis the Church is more open, more welcoming, more willing to offer full communion to people who diverge from Church teaching.If Pope John Paul II was known for his opening exhortation “Be not afraid!” Pope Francis’s most repeated (and misconstrued) quote is “Who am I to judge?”This supposed openness...
  • Can Christianity Survive the Sexual Revolution?

    03/26/2015 2:33:33 PM PDT · by NYer · 45 replies
    Crisis Magazine ^ | March 26, 2015 | STEPHEN BASKERVILLE
    When was the last time anyone heard a sermon that condemned the evils of fornication, or adultery, or cohabitation, or divorce, or bearing children outside wedlock (let alone homosexuality)? Controlling these sins is a core Christian value. At one time a preacher could be expected to devote extended attention to these sins. And he could be expected to condemn them unequivocally. Yet today, even as the social and economic fallout from precisely these practices becomes ever more glaring and serious, pastors and priests seem ever more determined to avoid discussing them.Of course, the dowdy old parson long ago became the...
  • IT’S THE POPE, STUPID!

    03/25/2015 5:28:20 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 29 replies
    Harvesting the Fruit of Vatican II ^ | March 25, 2015 | Louie Verrecchio
    n a lengthy interview with LifeSite News published on March 24th, Cardinal Raymond Burke said in part: It’s clear that there was a manipulation [at the Extraordinary Synod] because the actual interventions of the members of the synod were not published, and only the mid-term report, or the “relatio post disceptationem” … And so it’s clear to me that there were individuals who obviously had a very strong influence on the synod process who were pushing an agenda which has nothing to do with the truth about marriage as Our Lord Himself teaches it to us… [Emphasis added] He went...
  • Why Do Islamists Love Bulldozing History So Much?

    03/25/2015 8:05:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/25/2015 | Daniel Pipes
    The recent bulldozing by the Islamic State of the ancient cities of Nimrud, Hatra, and Korsabad, three of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural sites, is just this group’s latest round of assaults across the large area under its control. Since January 2014, the flamboyantly barbaric Islamic State, also known as ISIS, has blown up Shiite mosques, bulldozed churches, pulverized shrines, and plundered museums. Worse, the ISIS record fits into an old and common pattern of destruction of historical artifacts by Muslims. Some attacks target the works of other, rival religions, such as Orthodox churches in northern Cyprus (since 1974),...
  • Ted Cruz Wants to Lead an Evangelical Ghost Army in 2016

    03/24/2015 10:41:24 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 31 replies
    Vice Magazine ^ | March 24, 2015 | Grace Wyler, politics editor
    Someone had to be the first to jump into the 2016 presidential race, and it seems only fitting that that someone was US Senator Ted Cruz, leapfrogging over his likely opponents to launch his campaign early with a Jesus-soaked speech at the world's largest fundamentalist college. Cruz is a long shot for the GOP nomination, partly because he lacks experience, and mostly because no one likes him. But tucked into his speech Monday, in between stories about sin and redemption and abolishing the IRS, Cruz offered one reason he actually thinks he can win. "Today, roughly half of born again...
  • German prelate breaks rank with Cardinal Marx, insists on fidelity to Rome (Catholic Caucus)

    03/24/2015 5:20:49 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | March 23, 2015 | CNA staff
    A German cardinal has publicly opposed the words of two other German bishops who have suggested that the nation’s Church can form its own policies without direction from Rome. Cardinal Paul Josef Cordes published a letter earlier this month objecting to the pronouncements of prominent leaders of the Church in Germany that the nation's bishops' conference will pursue its own program of pastoral care for marriages and family regardless of the outcome of October's Synod on the Family. At a Feb. 25 press conference following the German bishops' plenary assembly, Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who is president...
  • Gen Con asks Gov. Pence to reject religious freedom bill (Makes Threats)

    03/24/2015 3:40:23 PM PDT · by FunkyZero · 10 replies
    theindychannel.com ^ | 5:46 PM, Mar 24, 2015 | Sarah Swiss
    INDIANAPOLIS -- One of the city’s largest conventions could leave Indiana because of the fight over the controversial religious freedom act. Gen Con sent a letter to Gov. Mike Pence on Tuesday, asking him to reconsider his support for Senate Bill 101. Gen Con’s CEO said if the Religious Freedom Restoration Act becomes law, the group will consider taking future conventions to other cities.
  • Ted Cruz’s pitch to evangelicals has a hole in it (Amnesty?)

    03/24/2015 12:11:55 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 21 replies
    The Washington Post's Plum Line ^ | March 24, 2015 | Greg Sargent
    Senator Ted Cruz’s presidential run is premised on the idea that, by speaking to the “values” of evangelical voters, he can mobilize them in numbers not seen in a very long time. “Imagine instead millions of people of faith all across America coming out to the polls and voting our values,” Cruz said yesterday, adding that these voters had been “staying home.” Cruz’s decision to announce his run at Liberty University is itself a sign that he hopes to assume the mantle of leading evangelical champion. And as Jon Ward puts it, Cruz’s announcement was “an attempt to lay down...
  • Russia's Orthodox Soft Power

    03/24/2015 11:14:39 AM PDT · by NRx · 5 replies
    The Carnegie Council ^ | 03-23-2015 | Nicolai N. Petro
    Abstract For many analysts the term Russky mir, or Russian World, epitomizes an expansionist and messianic Russian foreign policy, the perverse intersection of the interests of the Russian state and the Russian Orthodox Church. Little noted is that the term actually means something quite different for each party. For the state it is a tool for expanding Russia's cultural and political influence, while for the Russian Orthodox Church it is a spiritual concept, a reminder that through the baptism of Rus, God consecrated these people to the task of building a Holy Rus. The close symphonic relationship between the Orthodox...
  • Confusion in Ireland as 'Marriage Equality' Referendum Approaches

    03/23/2015 7:11:05 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 3/22/15 | Michael Kelly
    Changes in ambiguous wording, tepid warnings from Catholic bishops, and deep concerns about children are part of the tense lead-up to May 22nd vote Just two months before a May 22nd 'Marriage Equality' referendum, many commentators predict Ireland will become the first country in the world to insert a constitutional amendment permitting civil marriage between two people of the same gender. A distinctive feature of Irish democracy has been frequent recourse to constitutional referendums. May’s referendum will be the 35th time voters have been asked to amend the constitution in less than 80 years. The origin of this state of...
  • Bishop backs Catholic school’s removal of teacher over pro-marriage comments [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2015 4:17:06 PM PDT · by 9thLife · 23 replies
    LifeSiteNews.com ^ | March 23, 2015 | Ben Johnson
    SOMERVILLE, NJ -- A Catholic school has decided not to rehire a theology teacher who rejected the argument in favor of gay “marriage” on her private Facebook page, her family has announced. The controversy began last week after a student found a Facebook post by Patricia Jannuzzi, a 57-year-old theology teacher at Immaculata High School in Somerville, New Jersey. In it, Jannuzzi said that advocates of redefining marriage argue that they “are born this way and it is not a choice, to get 14th amendment rights equal protection” – which was intended for “unchangeable characteristics such as race and disability.”...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/23/2015 3:20:43 PM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 11 replies
    3-23-15 | Kitty Mittens
    John 10:27-29 My Sheep hear My Voice, and I Know them, and they Follow Me: And I Give unto them Eternal Life; and they shall Never Perish, Neither shall Any Man Pluck them out of My Hand. My Father, Which Gave them Me, is Greater than All; And No Man is Able to Pluck them out of My Father's Hand.
  • Did the Catholic Church really support the Divine Right of Kings?

    03/23/2015 2:34:33 PM PDT · by walkinginthedesert · 65 replies
    Refuting the Belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the notion of the Divine Right of KingsI this article I will help to refute the false belief that the Catholic Church ever supported the so called “Divine Right” of kings. I will show that the concept of “Divine Right” is actually not a Catholic and for most part a medieval concept, but rather a concept which derived from the Late medieval ages, and which found its way into complete acceptance in the Protestant Reformation. Similarly I will show that to much extent the Catholic Church actually helped develop much of...
  • Pope Francis condemns gender theory a third time: ‘The family is under attack’

    03/23/2015 2:02:26 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 23, 2015 | John-Henry Westen
    NAPLES, Italy, March 23, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- For at least the third time in his pontificate Pope Francis has used very strong language to condemn the gender theory, one of the intellectual underpinnings of the ‘LGBT’ agenda. Speaking Sunday with young people on his voyage to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis spoke of the “ideological colonization” of families seen throughout Europe and the West.“Gender theory is an error of the human mind that leads to so much confusion," he said. “So the family is under attack.” As to how to deal with the “secularization” or the “ideological colonization,” the pope said...
  • Pope Francis performs half-MIRACLE after having lunch with gay and transgender inmates!

    03/23/2015 9:43:50 AM PDT · by thetallguy24 · 23 replies
    The Right Scoop ^ | 03/22/2015 | soopermexican
    Here’s a post for our Catholic friends. Apparently the Popester has super miraculous turn-dried-blood-fresh powers in his lips because that’s the unnatural act he committed after chowing down with the gays and the transgenders.Watch below: More on his lunch date: While on a visit to Naples, Italy, Pope Francis visited the Giuseppe Salvia Detention Center in Poggiorale, outside of Naples. According to the Religion News Service, the pope insisted on the visit including lunch with inmates, though it was not on his original schedule. Around 90 inmates, randomly chosen by lottery, attended the lunch, and that group included 10 inmates...
  • Why Do So Many Evangelicals So Strongly Support Israel?

    03/23/2015 8:23:01 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/23/2015 | Dr. Richard D, Land
    Why do so many Evangelicals so strongly support Israel? The answer is that a significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that the Abrahamic Covenant is still in force. The Abrahamic Covenant (Gen. 12:1-3) says, among other things, that God promised the land of Canaan to the Jews forever. A significant majority of American Evangelicals believe that God is a keeper of His promises and that the "Promised Land" belongs to the Jews in belief and unbelief, in obedience and in disobedience, forever. (It is an unconditional promise, with no time limits or conditions.) The Abrahamic Covenant also promises that "I...
  • Obama Urges Iran to Release Imprisoned Pastor Saeed Abedini in Press Statement

    03/22/2015 7:52:36 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2015 | Anugrah Kumar
    President Obama again called on Iran to release U.S. Pastor Saeed Abedini, who has been in a jail for his Christian faith for nearly two-and-a-half years, as the Middle Eastern nation celebrates the Nowruz holiday, a festival of spring and the beginning of the year in the Persian calendar. "Today, as families across the world gather to mark this holiday, we remember those American families who are enduring painful separations from their loved ones who are imprisoned or went missing in Iran," Obama said in a statement. "Saeed Abedini of Boise, Idaho has spent two and a half years detained...
  • The Nation Israel's Greatest Need in this Hour!

    03/22/2015 11:14:23 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 26 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/22/15
    As Israel - at this moment - faces great hostility and worldly hatred, there is One who truly knows their greatest need. Sadly today the sons of Abraham are OBLIVIOUS to the promises made to Abraham and the world by Almighty G-d about the very One who would come in his line, his SEED (single)? G-d's promise to the whole world is found in Abraham , "In your SEED shall ALL nations be blessed" (Gen. 18:18, 22:18, 26:4, 28:14, Gal. 3:6-14)! That SEED is referring to the Lamb of G-d that TAKES AWAY the transgressions of the ENTIRE world (Isa....
  • A Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family -

    03/22/2015 9:19:03 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Les Femmes ^ | Sunday, March 22, 2015 | Mary Ann Kreitzer
    The latest issue of The Truth, the newsletter of Les Femmes, is not online at our website yet, but I thought I would post the lead article with footnotes for those concerned about the upcoming Ordinary Synod on the Family. Catholics need to prepare to fight the attempts to attack the indissolubility of marriage. It's clear that many of the enemies of marriage are inside the Church. And so, Church Militant, you need to prepare to fight. Battle Cry for the Ordinary Synod: Defend the Family By Mary Ann Kreitzer The Ordianary Synod on the Family is scheduled next October...
  • Is Libertarianism Compatible With Christianity?

    03/22/2015 7:55:18 AM PDT · by CHRISTIAN DIARIST · 149 replies
    The Christian Diarist ^ | March 22, 2015 | JP
    A friend sent me a link to a newspaper column celebrating the supposed ascendance of libertarianism among the hoi polloi. “It is clear,” the author wrote, “that there are certain areas where an increasing portion of Americans are adapting more libertarian views and simply want the government to leave them alone and allow them to freely live their lives.” He cited as examples same-sex marriage and drug legalization. “People have generally come to the conclusion,” he asserted, “that they don’t really care to whom one is attracted or what consenting adults do behind closed doors.” He also predicted that “the...
  • 83,000 Bibles Sent to Cuba to Keep Up With 'Incredible' Growth of Christianity

    03/21/2015 10:49:56 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/21/2015 | Samuel Smith
    A shipment of 83,723 Spanish-language Bibles are headed for Cuba and will be distributed to a number of Southern Baptist churches in both Western and Eastern parts of the island nation, SBC's International Mission Board announced this week. IMB, which is an entity of the Southern Baptist Convention, announced that the shipment of three 40-foot containers filled with Bibles left from the ports of South Florida and is being distributed this week to various churches throughout Cuba. The announcement added that the Bibles will arrive in the capital of Havana on March 25. The shipment is the third since 1999...
  • Pope Francis: no crime ever deserves the death penalty

    03/20/2015 1:12:26 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 86 replies
    Vatican Radio ^ | 3/20/2015 | Vatican Radio
    Capital punishment is cruel, inhuman and an offense to the dignity of human life. In today's world, the death penalty is "inadmissible, however serious the crime" that has been committed. That was Pope Francis’ unequivocal message to members of the International Commission against the death penalty who met with him on Friday morning in the Vatican. Listen to Philippa Hitchen’s report: In a lengthy letter written in Spanish and addressed to the president of the International Commission against the death penalty, Pope Francis thanks those who work tirelessly for a universal moratorium, with the goal of abolishing the use of...
  • Should State Senator Apologize for Calling Hinduism a ‘False Faith’?

    03/20/2015 7:10:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 65 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 03/20/2015 | Rod Kackley
    [1]A crowd of naysayers that ranged from her cousin in the state of Washington, to Buddhist leaders in Boise, Colo., to a rabbi in Nevada has called on Idaho Sen. Sheryl “Sherry” Nuxoll (R) to apologize for calling Hinduism a “false faith with false gods.”While the self-described mother, housewife and co-manager of a farm/ranch in Cottonwood, Idaho, has admitted she could have turned a better phrase, she has refused to say the words many people want to hear: “I’m sorry.”Senators Not Happy with Decision to Open with Hindu Prayer Nuxoll and two other Republicans refused to attend the opening...
  • Bishop Says China Has Ordered an End to Church Demolitions

    03/20/2015 6:48:47 AM PDT · by marshmallow
    UCA News ^ | 3/19/15
    400 crosses have been removed and 35 buildings destroyed in Zhejiang province since 2013China’s central government has ordered an end to a demolition campaign that targeted churches in Zhejiang province, according to a senior official of the state-sanctioned Catholic Church. Bishop Paul Meng Qinglu of Inner Mongolia, a vice-chair of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association, said he heard the news during a recent religious meeting in Beijing. “Church leaders across China had complained about the demolitions over the past year,” he told ucanews.com. Bishop Meng said the orders to end the demolition campaign were supposed to have taken effect “early...
  • Presbyterian Church (USA): Where God Loves Abortion and Hates Israel

    03/20/2015 6:33:03 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 21 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/20/2015 | David French
    The Presbyterian Church (USA) is the Radio Shack of church denominations. It’s been in free fall for so long that it’s sometimes difficult to believe the church is still around. It makes news only when it makes bad news. This is a church that has long embraced a culture of death by accepting abortion on demand. Indeed, church materials have declared that abortion can even be “an act of faithfulness before God,” and church policy states: “The considered decision of a woman to terminate a pregnancy can be a morally acceptable, though certainly not the only or required, decision.”...
  • Quebec can’t force Catholic school to teach ethics and religion course in ‘neutral’ way

    03/19/2015 9:14:03 PM PDT · by Petrosius · 9 replies
    Life Site ^ | March 19, 2015
    OTTAWA, March 19, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) -- Canada’s top court unanimously ruled in a landmark case today that forcing a faith-based school to teach a course on ethics and morality from a ‘neutral’ and ‘secular’ perspective is a violation of its right to religious freedom. While on the surface the ruling appears to be a major victory for religious rights, there are aspects that some fear will hurt religious schools in the future.As a result of the ruling, Loyola High School, a Montreal Catholic school run by the Jesuits, will now — after a seven year legal battle — be able...
  • (Re-post) Priest Ejected while Pro-abort Politician Honored

    03/19/2015 7:47:25 PM PDT · by Coleus · 5 replies
    Daily Catholic ^ | April 5, 2001
    NEWARK, New Jersey, Apr. 4, 01 (CWNews.com/LSN.ca) - Father Peter West, a staff member at the Priests for Life group in New Jersey, was recently physically thrown out of a Catholic school hall while a pro-abortion politician was being honored inside.    While not a Priests for Life-sponsored event, Father West and a group of 15 pro-lifers protested the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newark on Sunday, March 18. Their complaint was that pro-abortion politician Jim McGreevey, the Democrat candidate for governor, was appointed grand marshal of the parade. Father West noted that much of the parade and events afterward...
  • Catholic Caucus: Hold the Applause: Father Hesburgh Deserves Prayers, Not Praise

    03/19/2015 7:14:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 4 replies
    HLI ^ | 03.04.15 | Fr. Peter West
    Tributes are pouring in for Rev. Theodore Hesburgh, C.S.C, who led Notre Dame University as its president for 35 years before retiring in 1986.President Barack Obama, who received an honorary degree from Notre Dame despite his adamant stand in favor of abortion, praised Father Hesburgh in a statement at his death, part of which reads: His belief that what unites us is greater than what divides us made him a champion of academic freedom and open debate. There is much to admire in Father Hesburgh’s legacy, which includes 150 honorary degrees and 16 presidential appointments. He stood with Martin Luther King...
  • MARXISTS CELEBRATE POPE FRANCIS

    03/19/2015 5:16:18 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 18, 2015 | Autin Ruse
    A largely overlooked column by human rights advocate Armando Valadares raises questions about the initiative of Pope Francis toward the “island-prison” of Cuba.
  • Teachers in Rhode Island City Sue to Observe Good Friday

    03/19/2015 6:06:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    ABC News ^ | 3/17/15 | Amy Anthony, AP
    Teachers in Cranston, Rhode Island, have filed a lawsuit against the city's school department after their requests to observe Good Friday were denied in a move they say violated their civil rights. About 200 teachers contacted the union to report that they were being prevented from taking the day off, although they had provided more than the contractually required 24 hours' notice, said Liz Larkin, president of the Cranston Teachers' Alliance. However, teachers' requests to observe the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah in the fall were approved, Larkin said. "That's my big concern here, is equity," Larkin said. School superintendent...
  • D.Todd Christofferson, LDS Elder, Says Mormons Are Free To Back Gay Marriage On Social Media

    03/18/2015 1:38:17 PM PDT · by dragonblustar · 20 replies
    Salt Lake Tribune ^ | 03-17-2015 | Peggy Fletcher Stack
    SALT LAKE CITY (RNS) An LDS apostle reaffirmed recently that Mormons who support gay marriage are not in danger of losing their temple privileges or church memberships — even though the Utah-based faith opposes the practice.
  • Would A Supreme Court Decision In Favor Of Gay Marriage End The Religious Right?

    03/17/2015 7:22:13 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | March 16, 2015 | W. James Antle III, managing editor
    If the Supreme Court decides that there is a constitutional right to same-sex marriage, will that signal the end of social conservatism? People have long predicted the end of the religious right and, increasingly, even the demise of “white Christian America.” These obituaries typically prove premature. First, why assume a loss at the Supreme Court will end the religious right’s reason for existence? Organized social conservatism was built from such defeats, including high court rulings against school prayer and legalizing abortion. The school prayer decision will turn 53 in June. Roe v. Wade turned 42 in January. Neither of those...
  • It really happened: St. Patrick's Day Gets Rough

    03/17/2015 5:40:56 PM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 22 replies
    Cardinal Dolan's handlers play rough.
  • Catholic-owned company wins 'final victory' against HHS mandate

    03/17/2015 2:58:24 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    cna ^ | March 17, 2015
    The Newland family, owners of Hercules Industries, who won a permanent injunction against the HHS mandate March 16, 2015. Photo courtesy of Alliance Defending Freedom. Denver, Colo., Mar 17, 2015 / 02:51 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A Catholic-owned company’s victory in its fight against a federal mandate to cover drugs and procedures that violate Catholic moral teaching shows the importance of putting God first, one of its co-owners has said.  “Oftentimes businesses can feel that their direction is dictated by market conditions, to which they must be reactive,” William Newland, a co-owner of Hercules Industries, told CNA March 17. “This final...
  • Cardinal Dolan leads NYC St. Patrick’s Parade as first-ever gay activist group joins

    03/17/2015 2:52:57 PM PDT · by NYer · 51 replies
    Life Site News ^ | March 17, 2015 | Kirsten Andersen
    NEW YORK, March 17, 2015 (LifeSiteNews.com) – New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan led Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Tuesday as grand marshal, despite backlash from faithful Catholics unhappy with the organizers’ decision to allow an openly homosexual activist group to march in the event.“I’m as radiant as the sun, so thanks be to God for the honor and the joy,” said Cardinal Dolan on Tuesday morning, as he led 250,000 marchers down Fifth Avenue – including a delegation from “Out @ NBC Universal,” a group of gay activists who work for NBC, the network that televises the parade.Catholic...
  • How bad can the Pope Francis vs. Pope Benedict XVI frame game get? Check this out!

    03/16/2015 5:01:22 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 27 replies
    GetReligion ^ | March 16, 2015 | Terry Mattingly
    Several months ago, your GetReligionistas created our "What is this?" logo to salute a question that we have found ourselves asking over and over during the past decade. Here's the deal. So you are reading something in a newspaper or online source that is supposed to be producing old-school hard news. Then you hit a passage or two that, simply stated, are wildly opinionated or built on what appears to be secret information, without a source that is shared with readers. In other words, you hit a patch of blatant opinion in the middle of a "news" article, like a...
  • Israeli Court Tells Ultra-Orthodox Paper To Publish Ad By Party Running Women Candidates

    03/16/2015 4:55:52 PM PDT · by NRx
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 03-15-2015 | Jeremy Sharon
    The Lod District Court has ordered Yated Ne’eman, the highest-circulating haredi daily newspaper, to publish an election campaign advertisement from U’bezchutan, a party seeking the haredi women’s vote. The decision was made on Friday, but the newspaper has appealed, casting into doubt whether or not it will be forced to print the ad before election day on Tuesday. An appeal hearing has yet to be scheduled. U’bezchutan, led by Ruth Colian, has objected to the lack of any women on any of the electoral lists of the haredi parties – Shas, United Torah Judaism and Yahad – saying the needs...
  • DEMOCRATS FEAR A ‘CATHOLIC APOCALYPSE’

    03/16/2015 4:21:19 PM PDT · by NYer · 133 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    “The Democratic Party is facing a Catholic apocalypse,” Patricia Miller warns at Salon.Her article does a good job of marshaling statistics, but when she assesses the reasons for the apocalypse she makes a critical error.“White Catholics are now identifying as Republicans by historic margins,” she says, and lists the evidence.• She cites Pew data showing that 53% of white Catholics favor the GOP, versus 39% who favor Democrats.• Catholics voted for John McCain over Barack Obama in 2008’s presidential race by 5 percentage points, she says — but chose Mitt Romney over Obama by 19 points four years later, she says.• The U.S....
  • Catholicism and the Ideological Temptation

    03/16/2015 2:26:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 2 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | March 16, 2015 | James Kalb
    The Church's mission is to proclaim the truth about man and the world—a mission which comes ahead of political alliances for limited goods that are quite obviously intertwined with intrinsic evils. Stubborn differences on political and social issues usually come out of problems regarding basic understandings. It’s not always obvious what the problems are. Most often they have to do with something that goes without saying for at least some of those involved. The result of that situation is that people see their opponents as willful, perverse, or irrational—as people who simply refuse to accept what’s obviously right. Examples include...
  • Pray for our American Heroes

    03/16/2015 11:23:09 AM PDT · by Kitty Mittens · 9 replies
    3-16-15 | Kitty Mittens
    (Is.54:8) It's with Everlasting Love that I'm Tenderly Caring for you.'
  • Sin and the Internet: 4 Frightening Lessons

    03/16/2015 9:02:46 AM PDT · by NYer · 10 replies
    Aleteia ^ | March 16, 2015 | TOM HOOPES
    Social media is ubiquitous in a way that the lives of previous generations never had to deal with, and everyone from the high and mighty to the lowly and rowdy are learning hard lessons. Here are some spiritual truths that are reflected in social media scandals. 1. We cannot rid ourselves of sin. “To uproot sin and the evil that is so imbedded in our sinning can be done only by divine power, for it is impossible and outside man's  competence to uproot sin.” —St. Macarius, Homily 3.4 Hillary Clinton’s email system is teaching her a lesson many have...
  • Four Blood Moons: Michael Savage Interviews Pastor John Hagee

    03/16/2015 7:29:44 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 80 replies
    IFB ^ | 3/16/15 | Michael Savage
    Four Blood Moons: Michael Savage Interviews Pastor John Hagee https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfuUBKWRo_c
  • 'Strong enough to be self-critical': In America and the church

    03/15/2015 8:49:06 PM PDT · by avenir · 9 replies
    CNN.com ^ | Fri March 13, 2015 | Rachel Held Evans,
    (CNN)You would have to be made of stone to not be moved by President Obama's address on the 50th anniversary of the march on Selma last Saturday. His tribute to the "plain and humble people...coming together to shape their country's course" was poetic and principled, timely and true -- a fitting way to honor those who marched in support of voting rights in 1965. But perhaps the most striking lines from this historic speech concerned the inherent patriotism of righteous protest: "What greater expression of faith in the American experiment than this, what greater form of patriotism is there than...
  • Pope Francis Enters His Third Year of Scolding Introverts

    03/14/2015 10:32:19 AM PDT · by Legatus · 40 replies
    National Review ^ | 03/13/2015 | Nicholas Frankovich
    I want the Church to go out into the streets,” Pope Francis told a cheering crowd gathered for World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro in July 2013, four months after he was elected pope. “ĄHagan lío!” he exhorted them, in the spirit of creative destruction: Make a mess! Take care, he added, not to become “closed in on” yourselves. On other occasions, he has urged priests to leave “the stale air of closed rooms” and has characterized traditional Catholics as “self-absorbed.” An extrovert, Francis attaches a positive moral value to extroversion — and, as if it followed by some...