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  • The Catholic Communizer Dorothy Day is up for Sainthood? Excuse me?

    10/22/2014 2:44:59 PM PDT · by ubipetrusest · 16 replies
    The Catholic American Thinker ^ | December 2, 2011 | Vic Biorseth
    The mental image of a thoroughly Communist Dorothy Day, who remained committed to Marxist notions of the overthrow of government, might be shocking.... [Yet] she maintained her Communist and anarchist views, promoted them, and brought them into the Church Christ founded.... Her goal... was to contribute to the eventual overthrow of the American government, and ... of the Catholic Church hierarchy..... I still remember trying to understand how [Dayís periodical, "The Catholic Worker"] could be both Communist and Catholic.... by the 1970s the FBI dossier on the Catholic Worker Movement was some 581 pages long. The list of Communist revolutionaries,...
  • When Catholics Are Less Catholic Than Non-Catholics

    10/22/2014 9:22:19 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Aleteia ^ | 10/22/14 | Phil Lawler
    A new poll shows the Catholic "faithful" are far from itThe Catholic Church does not settle doctrinal questions by majority vote. And since surveys of Catholic opinion usually record the answers of any respondents who identify themselves as Catholics, we donít have many reliable indications of what faithful, practicing Catholics think, anyway. Nevertheless, sometimes a poll provides results that are interesting in themselves, even if they donít offer an accurate measure of authentic Catholic opinion. This survey from the Saint Leo College Polling Institute is one example. According to the Saint Leo poll, Catholic Americans believe, by a whopping 68-18%...
  • Catholics, Protestants Honor Paisley in Belfast

    10/22/2014 6:51:16 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 5 replies
    ABC News / AP ^ | Oct 19, 2014 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    Ian Paisley often divided Northern Ireland in life. But a memorial to the Protestant evangelist who struck a twilight peace with Catholics united the British territory's fractious leaders in hymns and prayers Sunday. More than 800 dignitaries from across Britain and Ireland, among them former prime ministers and paramilitary enemies, packed the Ulster Hall in Belfast to eulogize Paisley, who died last month at age 88. Paisley's widow and two sons led the service. [SNIP] The service featured a massive oil portrait of Paisley on stage and, at the end, a recording of him reading a passage from "Amazing Grace."...
  • The Meaning of Six hundred and Sixty Six (666)

    10/18/2014 8:14:08 AM PDT · by do the dhue · 143 replies
    666 has meaning behind it. John the Revelator was Hebrew. He would have known that each Hebrew letter of the alphabet (which is a number too) has a meaning and/or symbol to it. In the scripture it was written as six hundred and sixty six. Not 666. I find the meaning of this is to be "in the end times, a head will emerge, Satan (snake), and will hook people into sin(disbelief in my book). Allow me to show you how it works by viewing this: I believe that the letters used to write six hundred and sixty six would...
  • Why would anyone become Catholic?

    10/08/2014 11:39:09 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 3,113 replies
    https://www.indiegogo.com ^ | October 2, 2014 | Indiegogo
    Why would intelligent, successful people give up their careers, alienate their friends, and cause havoc in their families...to become Catholic? Indeed, why would anyone become Catholic? As an evangelist and author who recently threw my own life into some turmoil by deciding to enter the Catholic Church, I've faced this question a lot lately. That is one reason I decided to make this documentary; it's part of my attempt to try to explain to those closest to me why I would do such a crazy thing. Convinced isn't just about me, though. The film is built around interviews with some...
  • A ďLambeth MomentĒ for the Synod

    10/16/2014 5:45:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    The Catholic Thing ^ | 10/16/14 | Fr. Mark A. Pilon
    n 1920, the Anglican Churchís Lambeth Conference solidly condemned the use of contraceptives for whatever motives. Ten years later, a new Lambeth Conference gave a restricted approval in Resolution 15 to the use of contraceptives Ė by married people only, and only for the most serious morally upright motives, not ďfrom motives of selfishness, luxury, or mere convenience.Ē That same year the Anglican Bishop of Oxford, Dr. Charles Gore, wrote a carefully argued pamphlet refuting the reasoning and the conclusions of Resolution 15. The 1930 Lambeth Conference was a moment of truth for the Church of England, and Dr. Gore...
  • Pastor Knew He Had AIDS When He Had Affairs, Church Says

    10/14/2014 8:51:19 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 7 replies
    ABCNews ^ | October 14, 2014 | PHILLIP RAWLS and JAY REEVES
    Pastor Knew He Had AIDS When He Had Affairs, Church Says MONTGOMERY, Ala. ó Oct 14, 2014 By PHILLIP RAWLS and JAY REEVES The sun and clouds are reflected off a glass on the entrance of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church where a portrait of pastor Juan D. McFarland hangs on the wall. After listening to his sermons for 24 years, parishioners of the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church probably thought they knew the Rev. Juan D. McFarland. But from the very pulpit where he preached about God's love and service to the community, he delivered some stunning revelations: He had...
  • Nobel Committee Member Vowed Never to Offer Award to Pope, Allen Recalls

    10/13/2014 6:14:15 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Before the October 10 announcement that Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi would share this yearís Nobel Peace Prize, many journalists had expected that Pope Francis would take the award. But John Allen of Crux points out that a key member of the Nobel committee has vowed not to name any Pope for the prize. In 2001, Allen recalls, Lutheran Bishop Gunnar Staalseth, a member of the awards committee, stated his public opposition to a Nobel Prize for St. John Paul II. He said that he would block any award for a Roman Pontiff as long as the Catholic Church continued...
  • California Churches Fight Being Forced to Pay for Abortions

    10/10/2014 6:45:44 PM PDT · by Morgana · 5 replies
    life news ^ | Alliance Defending Freedom
    Life Legal Defense Foundation and Alliance Defending Freedom filed a formal complaint Thursday with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesover the California Department of Managed Health Careís decision to force all employers, including churches, to pay for elective abortions in their health insurance plans. LLDF and ADF represent seven California churches that object to offering their employees insurance plans covering elective abortions and allege that DMHCís coercion of abortion coverage violates federal law. pichealth54Last month, LLDF and ADF filed a separate complaint with HHS on behalf of employees at Loyola Marymount University that also do not want a...
  • Blyukher Street Park in Yekaterinburg to have Lutheran church built this year (Russia)

    10/09/2014 4:56:20 AM PDT · by wetphoenix · 12 replies
    Yekaterinburg Online ^ | Nastya Rovnushkina
    The Lutheran church in the territory of park on Blyukher Street will start being built probably this year. About it the E1.RU portal was told by representatives of a Lutheran community in Yekaterinburg. Documents on granting the territory according to the lease contract are already agreed with MUGISO and underwent all necessary procedures, including public hearings. Now parishioners expect the construction license which will allow to achieve, at last, long dream Ė to return to residents of Yekaterinburg the Lutheran temple. The area of building Ė about 400 square meters. - We awaited five years for this decision, - the...
  • Jason Stellmanís Unmitigated Disaster

    10/08/2014 7:27:34 AM PDT · by fishtank · 33 replies
    AOMin.org ^ | 10-8-14 | James White
    Jason Stellmanís Unmitigated Disaster Rome never satisfies. It canít. All the pomp and circumstance, all the liturgical fanfare, can never truly answer to the true needs of man. Since Rome has abandoned the gospel of grace and replaced it with a synergistic man-centered sacramentalism, she will never be able to offer to men anything but distractions, never true answers, to his real need. I feel for those who, in their wandering through the various man-made religions, find themselves trudging over the Tiber. I know so many who have found their way out of Rome, some because they have been enlightened...
  • 10 Dangerous Distractions for a Pastor

    10/04/2014 6:19:44 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 17 replies
    Church Leaders ^ | 10/02/2014 | by Ron Edmondson
    I encounter so many struggling pastors. And unfortunately, I know so many who used to be pastors but no longer hold the position. It may be through a blatant sin or a casual drifting from doing what they knew to be right, but it landed them in disaster. A pastor friend of mine said recently, ďWe need healthy churches and we need healthy pastors.Ē Amen. Agreed. We must stand guard. What are we guarding against? No single post would be perfect. Obviously sin, but I canít address everything that gets in the way of a healthy pastor. I can only...
  • Thoughts On The Judgment Of God

    10/04/2014 2:42:21 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 51 replies
    Reformed for His Glory ^ | March 2, 2011 | Fernando
    A large part of Christianity does not understand the holiness of God and because they fail to understand His majesty, they have a very difficult time with God's judgment against sinners. What aggravates the problem even more is when people only talk about the love of God as if His wrath is outdated and wrong. I present that we will never truly understand nor appreciate just how much God does indeed love His people unless we understand how "HOLY, HOLY, HOLY" HE is which includes vindicating His name in pouring out His judgment on sinners. The beautiful thing about the...
  • The Real Catholic Debate

    10/03/2014 7:37:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Center For Law and Religion Forum ^ | 10/2/14 | Robert J. Delahunty
    Rod Dreherís post at The American Conservative, Ghosts of Colson & Neuhaus, is exceptionally interesting. It summarizes the discussions at a recent seminar hosted by First Things editor Rusty Reno, including both Catholics and non-Catholics, on the state of the culture, and more particularly on the state of the American Catholic Church. Much of the focus was on the current generation of students. Thereís a lot here, but one issue stood out for me: the real debate within American Catholicism. As one of the participants at the seminar argued, there really is not, despite the media, a major debate between...
  • Planned Parenthood finds clergy to help them oppose Tennessee pro-life amendment

    10/02/2014 1:31:21 PM PDT · by Morgana · 55 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Susan Michelle
    Once again, some clergy are hanging out with Planned Parenthood, united for a cause that surely opposes Godís cause for life. Held at Evergreen Presbyterian Church (PC-USA, a supporter of abortion) in Memphis , TN, the event opposing the upcoming ballot Amendment 1, a pro-life amendment, was attended by varying clergy who argue that women should have the choice to kill. In fact, Amendment 1 is rather innocuous, saying only this: ďShall Article I, of the Constitution of Tennessee be amended by adding the following language as a new, appropriately designated section: ďNothing in this Constitution secures or protects a...
  • Inflamed by American Prophecy, Brazilian Evangelicals Want a Woman for Brazil Presidency

    10/02/2014 8:28:54 AM PDT · by juliosevero · 16 replies
    Last Days Watchman ^ | Julio Severo
    Inflamed by American Prophecy, Brazilian Evangelicals Want a Woman for Brazil Presidency By Julio Severo The most important events for Brazil in 2014 are the World Cup ó where the Brazilian team suffered its worst and most shameful defeat in such football event ó and the presidential election. Prophecy said Brazil would win the World Cup From a rational standpoint, the election will bring another shameful defeat, because the main contenders ó incumbent Dilma Rousseff and Marina Silva and Aťcio Neves ó are socialists. This week, these three major candidates have, joined by homosexual activists and federal prosecutors, condemned...
  • Aspergerís Syndrome and Spirituality

    10/02/2014 5:12:44 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 11 replies
    American Association of Christian Counselors ^ | 09/04/2012 | Rev. Stephanie C. Holmes, M.A.
    As I recall a time in my daughterís life when she was not drawn toward the church or Christians, I wonder how others with Aspergerís Syndrome feel about the church, religion, and spirituality. I googled ďAspergersĒ and ďReligionĒ to research Aspiesí thoughts about this matter. (Individuals with Aspergerís often refer to themselves as Aspies). To my surprise, there are hundreds of articles written about Aspies and religion. Psychology Today recently featured two articles on this very topic: Bullying, Hypocrisy, and Church: An Asperger Perspective on ReligionThe Pain of Isolation: Aspergerís and Suicide The reality of many Aspiesí experience with religious...
  • [Anglican] Lambeth Conference 2018 Cancelled in Ongoing Gay Clergy Issue

    10/01/2014 9:20:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 9/30/14 | Patsy McGarry
    The worldwide Anglican Communionís next Lambeth Conference, scheduled for 2018, has been cancelled for the first time in its history. A gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world which takes place once a decade, the cancellation, which is indefinite, is due to ongoing division over the gay clergy issue. The 2008 conference was marred by a significant boycott over the same issue. According to the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church in the US, Most Rev Katharine Jefferts Schori, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and titular head of Anglicans worldwide was ďvery clear that he is not going...
  • Ten Ways to Make Your Church Autism-Friendly

    10/01/2014 6:11:01 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 17 replies
    Faith Street ^ | April 23, 2014 | Ann Memmott
    With 1 in 68 people on the autism spectrum, most churches will encounter a number of people of various ages and backgrounds who are autistic. I am autistic and a Christian, and my faith is a very important part of my life. As a child, I had little use of language and was very ďtypically autistic.Ē But as an adult, I learned to use language, and now I teach churches worldwide about autism. I work with leaders from the Church of England, and I wrote their national autism guidelines at the request of the Bishop of Oxford, the Right Reverend...
  • Jihad, Heresy, and Authority in Islam

    09/28/2014 11:15:03 PM PDT · by matthewrobertolson · 49 replies
    Catholic Analysis ^ | 29 September 2014 | Matthew Olson
    I have established that Islam has never been peaceful. But, when confronted by Muslim heretics, Protestants, especially, have an innate tendency to cower over this. Just like Protestants, these Muslims protest against their tradition, with heresies of Qur'an-alone, "tolerance", and so on. Just as Protestants attempt to discard the tradition of the Church, "the pillar and support of the truth" (1 Timothy 3:15), so some Muslims attempt to discard their tradition. These Muslims rely on faulty translations and interpretations of Qur'an 17:46 and others, taken out of context. As in Christianity, their central text does not exist in a vacuum...
  • Autism and the Church

    09/29/2014 6:55:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 19 replies
    The Inclusive Church ^ | April 2, 2014 | Amy Fenton Lee
    Have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he had red hair? What if a mother was greeted at the children’s ministry check-in with news her redheaded son had to go back home? No, you can’t imagine. If any church ever sent home a child because of their natural hair color it would make the evening news! Now, have you ever heard of a church that turned away a little boy because he was on the autism spectrum? What if a mother was greeted at church check-in with the news that her son with autism couldn’t be...
  • One in 10 Church of England Bishops 'Could be Secretly Gay' Ė Says Bishop

    09/28/2014 6:11:58 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/28/14 | John Bingham
    Bishop of Buckingham claims as many as a dozen of his colleagues could be trapped in the ďepiscopal closetĒ because of power wielded by tiny ďreactionary cliqueĒ in Church of England A serving bishop has issued a stinging public denunciation of ďduplicity and hypocrisyĒ in the Church of England over homosexuality Ė claiming that around as many as one in 10 of his fellow bishops could be secretly gay but unwilling to speak publicly. The Rt Rev Dr Alan Wilson, the Bishop of Buckingham, accused the current episcopate of preaching a 1950s ďJanet and JohnĒ image of human relationships while...
  • Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as ďsafe place for the .......

    09/25/2014 10:40:17 AM PDT · by Morgana · 26 replies
    LIVE ACTION ^ | Susan Michelle
    FULL TITLE: Episcopal priest praises new Planned Parenthood clinic as ďsafe place for the termination of pregnancyĒ Itís certainly no secret that some churches support the choice to abort. While itís counter-intuitive to the Christian faith, which began with Maryís unplanned pregnancy, itís a reality in 2014 that many who identify as Christian also identify as pro-choice. Despite this troubling truth, itís still disconcerting when a minister of the gospel speaks out and makes a statement welcoming a new abortion facility to his region the same way one might welcome a new business offering jobs to a troubled economy. However,...
  • New Bishop of Gloucester [UK] 'Likely to be a Woman'

    09/24/2014 6:35:26 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | 9/23/14
    The first woman bishop in the Church of England could be in the Gloucester diocese, a senior clergyman has said. The archdeacon of Cheltenham's comments came during an open meeting where some 70 people shared their views on what qualities the new bishop should have. The Venerable Robert Springett said he felt the likelihood was "really pretty high" as the diocese could now pick the best person regardless of gender. The Right Reverend Michael Perham, stepped back as bishop in August. He had been due to retire in November. He was interviewed by the Metropolitan Police investigating two allegations of...
  • Tim Kellerís Redeemer Church and Reformed Theological Seminary to launch NYC campus

    09/23/2014 10:36:20 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 45 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | September 22, 2014 | Sarah Pulliam Bailey
    NEW YORK (RNS) Redeemer Presbyterian Church, one of the most influential evangelical churches in the country led by author and speaker Tim Keller, has partnered with a Mississippi-based school to form a seminary campus in New York City in 2015. The partnership between Redeemer and Reformed Theological Seminary fits in with the desire of evangelicals to plant their flag in large cities such as New York. It also reflects the influence of Reformed theology on evangelical thinking, as well as the impact of megachurches on theological education. And while many seminaries are still suffering declining revenues since the economic crisis...
  • October Surprise - in favor of the Conservatives? [Vanity]

    09/22/2014 7:11:55 AM PDT · by Eccl 10:2 · 32 replies
    Christian Today | 06 August 2014 | Brownie Marie
    Is this God's version of an October Surprise?
  • Archbishop of Canterbury questions God's existence

    09/20/2014 6:22:18 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Week UK ^ | 09/20/2014
    Justin Welby admits he sometimes doubts the existence of God, but he is certain about Jesus. The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby last weekend gave a powerful statement about his recent doubts over the existence of God. Welby disclosed that recently, while he was jogging with his dog near his London home, he asked why God does not intervene to stop injustice in the world. Welbyís statement appeared in a personal interview he gave in front of hundreds of people at Bristol Cathedral last weekend, The Guardian reports. When the interviewer, BBC Bristolís Lucy Tegg, asked Welby ďDo you ever...
  • 3 Ways to Pray for Our Enemies

    09/20/2014 4:05:24 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 18 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | Aug 14, 2014 | Joe Carter
    ďYou have heard that it was said, ĎYou shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,í said Jesus in his famous Sermon on the Mount. ďBut I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heavenĒ (Matthew 5:43). If youíve ever wondered why many people refused to follow Jesus during his earthly ministry, you have to look no further than that verse. In our day, we have watered down the term ďenemyĒ so much that this command has lost much of its shock...
  • Archbishop of Canterbury: My Doubts About Existence of God

    09/17/2014 6:42:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 45 replies
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9/17/14 | John Bingham
    Justin Welby says he asks himself Ďis there a God?í and says Christians cannot explain why there is suffering in the world The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Rev Justin Welby, has disclosed that he questions whether God exists. Britainís most senior churchman, who is effectively the leader of almost 80 million Anglicans worldwide, admitted that there are moments when he asks himself ďIs there a God?Ē and ďWhere is God? He also said that Christians cannot explain why suffering exists in the world but that the answer was faith. His remarks came in an interview conducted as part of...
  • Brother of [al-Baghdadi] Top ISIS Leader Repents, Converts to Christianity

    09/16/2014 9:40:15 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 24 replies
    World News Daily Report via AINA ^ | 2014-09-16 05:57 GMT
    Mohammed Bakr al-Baghdadi, the brother of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who is the Caliph of the self-proclaimed Islamic State, has converted to christianity, reports Al-Jazeera this morning. The move has brought the man an unprecedented backlash from the Salafist Sunni community that has ordered a fatwa, or death-sentence, on the man as soon as the news was spread in media around the muslim world. "He is no more my brother then the miscreant American pigs we slay everyday" told the self-proclaimed Caliph to a large crowd of his followers. "Let Allah not forget this treacherous swine when he pleads on his...
  • If ISIS Is Not Islamic, then the Inquisition Was Not Catholic

    09/15/2014 8:56:46 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 82 replies
    New Republic.com ^ | 09/15/2014 | Jerry A. Coyne
    [SNIP] Well, if ISIS is not Islamic, then the Inquisition was not Catholic. The fact is that there are no defensible criteria for whether a faith is ďtrue,Ē since all faiths are man-made and accrete doctrineósaid to come from God, but itself man-madeóthat becomes integral to those faiths. Whatever ďtrue faithĒ means, it doesnít mean ďthe right religion: the one whose God exists and whose doctrines are correct.Ē If that were so, we wouldnít see Westerners trying to tell us what ďtrue IslamĒ is. No, if ďtrueĒ means anything, it must mean ďtrue to some principles.Ē As far as I...
  • Russian Orthodox Church Cancels Lutheran Dialogue Over Gay Rights

    09/15/2014 7:04:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    Pravmir ^ | 9/12/14
    The Russian Orthodox Church has cancelled an official doctrinal dialogue with the Finnish Lutheran Church over the Lutheran stance on homosexuality. The Orthodox side wanted to pre-approve a communique before the meeting, but talks broke down over the Finnsí refusal to condemn homosexuality.Finnish and Russian attitudes to gay rights are poles apart, and thatís helping to derail doctrinal dialogues between the two countriesí largest religions. Archbishop Kari Mškinen says that he was forced to cancel planned ecumenical dialogues when he met the Russia Patriarch Kiril in Moscow. The Russian Orthodox Church wanted to agree a statement in advance, as the...
  • From Exodus to Exodus, Iraqi Christians Seek New Home

    09/14/2014 9:11:46 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    AFP via Assyrian International News Agency ^ | 2014-09-14 22:01 GMT | Kamal Taha
    (AFP) -- Threats by jihadists have sent a fresh wave of Christians fleeing their Iraqi homeland, bustling from exodus to exodus in search of a safe haven to rebuild their lives Raja Marzina, who has taken refuge in Jordan with her husband and their five children, never imagined she would one day have to leave Iraq for good. "But we had no choice; we had to flee to save our lives and our religion," she said. Like dozens of others who fled the orgy of violence unleashed by Islamic State (IS) jihadists this summer, Marzina goes to the Syriac Catholics...
  • 27 Christians in Saudi Arabia Arrested for Using House As a Church

    09/14/2014 9:18:19 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 22 replies
    Saudi authorities have swooped on a house in the eastern province city of Khafji, on the border with Kuwait, and arrested 27 people for using the premises as church last week. Members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice (Haia) also confiscated copies of the Bible and various musical instruments from the people during the raid. The swoop was prompted by a tip from a citizen, reported the English-language newspaper Saudi Gazette. Those arrested on September 5 were of various Asian nationalities, including women and children, the newspaper reported. "A citizen reported suspicious activities in...
  • A Cross in One Hand, a Gun in the Other

    09/14/2014 7:44:21 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 12 replies
    QAA, Lebanon (AP) -- Every day around sunset, dozens of residents of this small Lebanese Christian village on the border carry their automatic rifles and deploy on surrounding hills, taking up positions and laying ambushes in case Muslim extremists from neighboring Syria attack. "We all know that if they come, they will slit our throats for no reason," said one villager as he drove through the streets of Qaa, an assault rifle resting next to him. Like many Christian villagers, he spoke to The Associated Press only on condition of anonymity, fearing for his safety.
  • The Rev Ian Paisley Dies Aged 88

    09/12/2014 6:15:51 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 91 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 9/12/14 | Staff Reporter
    The Rev Ian Paisley, Protestant firebrand and former leader of the Democratic Unionist Party, has died at the age of 88. The Rev Paisley served as First Minister of Northern Ireland for a year when power was first devolved in 2007. His deputy, Martin McGuinness of Sinn Fťin, expressed sadness at the news of his death. ďOver a number of decades we were political opponents and held very different views on many, many issues but the one thing we were absolutely united on was the principle that our people were better able to govern themselves than any British government,Ē he...
  • The Rise of the Papacy

    09/11/2014 12:08:50 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 419 replies
    Ligonier Ministries ^ | David Wells
    There are one billion Roman Catholics worldwide, one billion people who are subject to the Pope¬ís authority. How, one might ask, did all of this happen? The answer, I believe, is far more complex and untidy than Catholics have argued. First, I will give a brief explanation of what the Catholic position is, and then, second, I will suggest what I think actually took place. The Catholic Explanation The traditional Catholic understanding is that Jesus said that it was upon Peter the church was to be built (Matt. 16:18‚ąí19; see also John 21:15‚ąí17; Luke 22:32). Following this, Peter spent a...
  • How the Renaissance Papacy contributed to the Reformation

    09/11/2014 9:23:27 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 12 replies
    Brother Andrť Marieís Weblog ^ | September 6, 2007 | Brother Andrť Marie
    The Catholic historian, A. Dufourcq, called the papacy of 1447 to 1527, la papaut√© princi√®re, ‚Äúthe papacy of princes.‚ÄĚ[1] This trenchant appellation conveys Fr. Maurice Sheehan‚Äôs meaning when he says ‚Äúthese popes were more men of culture or rulers than popes.‚ÄĚ[2] Regardless of the scandalous particulars of their military extravagances, personal profligacy, or political intrigues, what is common to these popes is that ‚Äúthey had other interests, other things on their minds besides being pope.‚ÄĚ[3] Therein lies the problem. In explaining how the Renaissance Papacy was a cause of the Reformation, we should not fall into a monism, as if...
  • J. Gresham Machen on Church Unity

    09/08/2014 5:07:26 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 10 replies
    Reformed Forum ^ | April 30th, 2014 | Jared Oliphint
    In light of the recent discussion on ¬ďThe Future of Protestantism,¬Ē I thought I would post Machen¬ís take on church unity as he deals with this topic in his classic work, Christianity and Liberalism: We are not dealing here with delicate personal questions; we are not presuming to say whether such and such an individual man is a Christian or not. God only can decide such questions; no man can say with assurance whether the attitude of certain individual ¬ďliberals¬Ē toward Christ is saving faith or not. But one thing is perfectly plain¬ówhether or not liberals are Christians, it is...
  • A Tale of Two Churches

    09/08/2014 6:58:49 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    Catholic New World ^ | 9/7/14 | Francis Cardinal George
    Once upon a time there was a church founded on Godís entering into human history in order to give humanity a path to eternal life and happiness with him. The Savior that God sent, his only-begotten Son, did not write a book but founded a community, a church, upon the witness and ministry of twelve apostles. He sent this church the gift of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of love between Father and Son, the Spirit of the truth that God had revealed about himself and humanity by breaking into the history of human sinfulness. This church, a hierarchical communion,...
  • Reinterment of King Richard III Services Announced

    09/07/2014 10:09:17 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 15 replies
    ITV ^ | 9/7/14
    The Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both be taking part in services in Leicester Cathedral to mark the reinterment of King Richard III, it has been announced. This means the most senior clergy of both the Church of England and the Catholic Church in the country will be present as the former monarch is laid to rest during a week of events from 22nd - 28th March next year. Since the discovery of the body of Richard III in 2012, the Anglican Diocese of Leicester and the Catholic Diocese of Nottingham have worked closely to...
  • Are All Sins Equal?

    09/06/2014 10:54:08 AM PDT · by HarleyD · 32 replies
    The Reformed Pro-Lifer ^ | 18 September 2012 | Maaike Rosendal
    Doing pro-life work is often met with resistance, sometimes from where we least expect it. Whether we make the Biblical case for public pro-life action or for a boycott of companies that support Planned Parenthood, Christians have responded that there are too many societal sins to justify a focus on fighting abortion. And when we point out the urgency of Godís command to do all we can to save ďthose that are ready to be slain,Ē others defend their inaction by saying something along these lines: ďRemember, all sins are equal!Ē It is not my intention to vilify those people....
  • Christianity No Longer a Religion, Says Turkish Minister

    09/04/2014 7:38:59 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | 9/414 | Doğan News Agency
    Christianity has ceased to be a religion but has become a culture of its own, Turkish Environment and Urbanism Minister Erdońüan Bayraktar said at a recent conference hosted by the ruling Justice and Development Party's (AKP) Women's Group. "The biggest three countries in the world are not Muslim countries. China, India ¬Ė only the U.S. believes in a single God. Spirituality and religious feelings are weakening," Bayraktar said.
  • Prince Charles Supports Iraqi Christians Facing ĎDiabolic Evilí

    09/03/2014 9:51:37 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 33 replies
    The Prince of Wales has made a donation to Iraqi Christians who he said are suffering from ďdiabolic evilĒ under ISIS. In a letter to Chaldean Patriarch Louis Sako, Prince Charles wrote that he was making his donation, described as a ďvery small tokenĒ, via the charity Aid to the Church in Need. ďYou can have no idea how heartbroken I am to hear of the truly unbearable and barbaric persecution suffered not only by Christians in Iraq but also by some of their neighbours of other faiths,Ē he said. ďI wanted you to know above all that my heart...
  • Christian man tortured and killed by Islamic State militants for refusing to convert to Islam

    09/02/2014 8:49:53 PM PDT · by GonzoII · 14 replies
    ANIT ^ | 09/02/2014
    Baghdad (AsiaNews) - Islamic State fighters spills more Christian blood in Iraq as they continue to persecute unarmed civilians, including children. Sources within the Chaldean Patriarchate told AsiaNews that yesterday Sunni fundamentalists tortured and killed a Christian man in Bartala, a small predominantly Syriac town in the Niniveh Plains that has been occupied by Jihadists for the past few weeks. He was part of a small group who did not flee when the place was overrun. According to reports from a witness, the martyr - as the Patriarchate calls him - was a man of 43, Salem Matti Kourki. He...
  • Godís Good Law

    09/02/2014 5:23:49 PM PDT · by HarleyD · 136 replies
    Genevan Institute for Reformed Studies ^ | Sept 19, 2011 | Bob Burridge
    Lesson 23: Romans 7:1-12 God’s law is not appreciated by fallen man. The corrupted moral nature we inherit from Adam makes us long to be free from moral obligations, and free from our feelings of guilt. Some who abhor the idea of answering to some higher authority than their own desires make fun of the moral laws of Scripture. They ridicule the God of the Bible. They believe they are naturally smarter than believers because of what they see as superior assumptions about the way things are and came to be. By convincing themselves that they are more intelligent, they...
  • Vandals Deface Three Indiana Christian Churches with Islamic Graffiti

    09/01/2014 10:29:26 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 41 replies
    Breitbart's Big Peace ^ | September 1, 2014 | Kate O'Hare
    Sometime on Saturday night, vandals attacked three Christian houses of worship in Columbus, Indiana, spray-painting the word "infidels" and citations of verses from the Koran on the outer walls. St. Bartholomew Catholic Church, Lakeview Church of Christ, and East Columbus Christian Church all had the word "infidels" spray-painted on them, in places of prominence to be seen by worshipers. Cited in the Indianapolis Star, Columbus police spokesperson Matt Harris said that church employees discovered the vandalism when they arrived to prepare for Sunday services. At St. Bartholomew, the words "Qur'an 3:151" were also left. That verse reads: We will cast...
  • Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam

    08/30/2014 11:23:26 AM PDT · by Salvation · 49 replies
    Catholic Culture.org ^ | August 29, 2014 | By Phil Lawler
    Weep for slaughtered Christians, not for dialogue with Islam By Phil Lawler | Aug 29, 2014 Faced with the savage violence of the Islamic State (ISIS), Christians can be tempted toward two unhelpful emotional reactions.¬†On one extreme is the thirst for vengeance. If Muslims extremists kill innocent Christians, intemperate voices suggest that we should kill innocent Muslims. Then we, too, would be terrorists. I trust that rational readers recognize the problem here.But at the other extreme is another irrational urge: the desire to overlook the violence, an inclination toward the mawkish hope that we might ‚Äújust all be friends.‚ÄĚ...
  • He defended Ďrealí marriage, and then was beheaded for it

    08/29/2014 9:18:38 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 29Aug14 | Pete Baklinsk
    A Christian man was executed during the night by a high-profile ruler after making an uncompromising defense of real marriage. The Christian, who was renowned for his holiness, had told the ruler in public that his relationship with his partner was ďagainst the lawĒ of God. The Christianís words enraged the rulerís partner who successfully plotted to have him permanently silenced. John the Baptist was first imprisoned before he was beheaded. The Catholic Church honors him today, August 29, as a martyr and saint. While Johnís death happened a little less than 2,000 years ago, his heroic stance for real...
  • How To Shrink Your Church In One Easy Step

    08/24/2014 12:21:56 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 42 replies
    The Aquila Report ^ | 24Aug14 | Alexander Griswold
    By now, weíve all heard the refrain that U.S. churches need liberalize their teachings on sexuality and homosexuality or rapidly decline. The logic behind the argument is simple: more and more Americans are embracing homosexuality and same-sex marriage, including growing numbers of religious Millennials. So long as churches remain the face of opposition to gay marriage, those churches will shrink into irrelevancy when gay marriage (inevitably, we are told) becomes a settled political issue. These arguments often see church acceptance of homosexuality as a carrot as well as a stick. It isnít so much that denouncing homosexuality will drive people...