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  • On the Question of the "Toll-Houses (Intended as Orthodox-Catholic Caucus)

    01/30/2007 7:02:38 AM PST · by kawaii · 48 replies · 525+ views
    Orthodox Info ^ | Michael Pomazansky
    On the Question of the "Toll-Houses" "We are fools for Christ's sake, but ye are wise in Christ." —I Cor. 4:10 Introduction. A number of poor scholars and pseudo-scholars alike have, over the past several decades, made a case against the Orthodox Church's teaching on life after death, and especially the "toll house" image used by some Fathers and in many of our worship services. Misrepresenting the Fathers, ignoring liturgical and theological evidence, and overstating their case, some of these critics have made of various theologoumena, unfortunately, matters of intense debate. Likewise misusing philosophy, misrepresenting the Patristic use of classical...
  • St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence

    01/29/2007 1:49:27 PM PST · by kawaii · 19 replies · 305+ views
    St. Mark of Ephesus and the False Union of Florence Part III of His Life by Archimandrite Amvrossy Pogodin VI. THE CONCLUSION OF THE UNION TO THE OTHER afflictions which the Orthodox delegation suffered in Florence was added the death of the Patriarch of Constantinople. The Patriarch was found dead in his room. On the table lay (supposedly) his testament, Extrema Sententia, consisting in all of some lines in which he declared that he accepted everything that the Church of Rome confesses. And then: "In like manner I acknowledge the Holy Father of Fathers, the Supreme Pontiff and Vicar of...

    08/21/2006 5:39:55 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 22 replies · 531+ views
    Have you done some bad things, but not bad enough to get you sent to Hell when you die? If so, some believe you'll have to serve time in Purgatory paying for your sins before being allowed into Heaven. But don't worry, you can make your period of torment and hard labor in the steaming hot netherworld as painless as possible, by following some tips from a leading theologian. "Purgatory is inherently unpleasant, but it doesn't have to be a nightmare," says Atlanta-based Bible scholar Dr. Jared Ruftan, author of the upcoming book, So You're Going to Purgatory. "How bad...

    07/12/2006 7:51:35 AM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 574+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | July 12, 2006 | Susan Tassone
    Many want to know about Gregorian Masses -- especially for deceased loved ones -- so let us begin at the beginning:Gregorian Masses date back to the end of the sixth century, when they were instituted by Pope St. Gregory the Great, a doctor of the Church. It is why these Masses take their name from him.He established them when he was Abbot of St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey of Monte Celio in Rome -- and a rather strict one, I might add.  In one of his most notable works -- called Dialogues -- Pope Gregory spoke of a monk named Justus. "See...
  • (Protestant) Minister Who Had Near-Death Episode Believes In Purgatory

    03/08/2006 7:22:57 PM PST · by churchillbuff · 329 replies · 5,631+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | 2005 | Michael Brown
    Howard Storm, a former atheist whose brush with death turned him into a Protestant minister, says that he now believes in purgatory. "It only makes sense," he says, "but I have trouble discussing this with my fellow ministers." Featured here a couple months ago and also on MSNBC during Easter Week -- where he told his incredible story to a national audience -- Reverend Storm, considered by experts as one of the most convincing near-death cases, recounted his "dying" in Paris in 1985 from a perforated duodenum and after leaving his body finding himself with a group of hideous beings...
  • Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory?

    11/05/2005 9:15:01 PM PST · by Coleus · 116 replies · 2,699+ views
    Do Catholics Believe in Purgatory?    FR. WILLIAM SAUNDERS I hardly hear purgatory mentioned anymore. I have even heard some Catholics say we do not believe in it since Vatican II. What is the right teaching? On Sept. 17, 2002, our late beloved Pope John Paul II stressed the need to pray for the Souls in Purgatory. He said, "The first and highest form of charity for brothers is the ardent desire for their eternal salvation ... . Christian love knows no boundaries and goes beyond the limits of space and time, enabling us to love those who have already...
  • Howard Storm's Amazing Prophecy - Economic Collapse, Civil Unrest (for discernment)

    09/03/2005 7:58:25 AM PDT · by NYer · 79 replies · 3,476+ views
    Spirit Daily ^ | various | Michael Brown
    This is the account of a minister, Howard Storm, from Ohio, who "died" in 1985 from a perforation in his intestines and returned with an account of hell. While he's a minister now (at Zion United Church of Christ in Norwood), at the time he was an atheistic professor, chairman of the art department at North Kentucky University. Storm describes himself as a selfish man who not only didn't believe but detested those who did. Then came the crisis on June 1, 1985, while he was leading students on a trip to museums in Paris. "I needed surgery immediately but...
  • Question for Catholic FReepers

    07/25/2005 4:28:27 PM PDT · by Gotterdammerung · 450 replies · 2,809+ views
    The other day, I heard on an evangelical station a preacher say that the RCC teaches that the fires of purgatory are as hot as the fires of hell and the only difference between the two is the duration. What does the Catholic Church teach about this? Exact quote: "The fire of Purgatory and Hell are the same, except in duration"
  • Book Review: The Catholic Verses, by Dave Armstrong

    06/24/2005 4:03:29 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 88 replies · 1,992+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | June 24, 2005 | Stan Williams
    Book Review: The Catholic Verses, by Dave Armstrong 06/24/05 A number of former Protestant Evangelicals, like me, claim that the reason we became Catholic was that for the first time the Bible, as a whole, suddenly made sense. As Protestants we were always trying to find a logical way for the “Bible difficulties” we encountered to fit together into a cohesive whole. In This Article... Bible Difficulties Unique Technique Changed Doctrine Bible Difficulties “Bible difficulties” are what Protestant-Evangelical scholars call the result of comparing desperately different Bible texts that create paradoxes. For example, Romans 3:28 seems to says we are...
  • Limbo and the Hope of Salvation

    05/14/2005 10:32:40 PM PDT · by Salvation · 22 replies · 853+ views ^ | 05-12-05 | Jeff Mirus
    Limbo and the Hope of Salvation by Dr. Jeff Mirus, special to CatholicCulture.orgMay 12, 2005 In a recent website review, we were compelled to list the site’s views on limbo as a weakness. Some Catholics are under the impression that the Church has formally taught that unbaptized infants cannot be saved but must inevitably be consigned to a marginal abode known as limbo, where no supernatural happiness is possible. But this is not what the Church teaches. The Questions Raised by BaptismThe Church does teach that the enjoyment of the presence of God in heaven is not ours by right....
  • Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism (Pope Bound for Hell).

    04/14/2005 12:00:51 PM PDT · by Dean Baker · 1,466 replies · 22,498+ views
    Knoxville News-Sentinel Co. ^ | April 13, 2005 | JEANNINE F. HUNTER
    Baptist church 'fake pope' sign attracting attention, criticism By JEANNINE F. HUNTER, April 13, 2005 NEWPORT, Tenn. - Two days after being posted, a church marquee message that questions the purpose of the papacy is still attracting attention in this small community. "What I am trying to do is to let people know there's only one way to heaven through Jesus Christ," said the Rev. Cline Franklin, pastor of Hilltop Baptist Church. "There's no need for help. God sent his son, Jesus Christ. We're all priests if we're saved. I don't need to go to anybody else to pray."...
  • Free Brochure

    10/26/2004 9:20:58 AM PDT · by skellmeyer · 25 replies · 360+ views
    Bridegroom Press ^ | Steve Kellmeyer
    A free brochure on purgatory and indulgences is available for download at brochure may be freely downloaded, e-mailed, printed out and distributed in churches, small groups, or among friends and acquaintances, etc. in order to promote a correct understanding of the Catholic teaching on the subject.
  • The Forgotten Souls in Purgatory

    06/10/2004 12:25:02 PM PDT · by AskStPhilomena · 77 replies · 847+ views
    Tradition in Action ^ | June 9, 2004 | Michael Cain
    Because of the heresy of Martin Luther, the idea of Purgatory has long been considered a myth of the Catholic Church - a medieval myth. You'll note anyone seeking to advance the modernist, Masonic, One World New Order agenda will most always label traditional practices as "medieval." No, the whole 'medieval' smear is exactly what modernists are so adept at: inaccuracies and lies… Why is it that something so fundamental to Church dogma has been abandoned? Just as there are Three Persons in One God, the Triune Divinity, so also there are three components in One Communion of Saints. Those...
  • Chanukah - by Mel (Suspected Antisemite Now Wants To Tell The Story Of Maccabees)

    03/17/2004 2:09:23 PM PST · by presidio9 · 80 replies · 281+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | March 17, 2004 | DEREK ROSE
    He has portrayed the Crucifixion - now Mel Gibson has his sights set on the tale that led to Chanukah. "The Passion of the Christ" director told WABC's Sean Hannity yesterday that he's planning a movie based on a Jewish rebellion nearly 200 years before the birth of Christ. "The story that's always fired my imagination ... is the Book of Maccabees," Gibson said in the radio interview. "It's about Antiochus, the king who set up his religion in the Temple, and forced them all to deny the true God and worship at his feet and worship false gods. "The...
  • Please Help With Your Prayers

    03/17/2004 3:51:53 AM PST · by GoBoks · 11 replies · 151+ views
    Hello Everyone, With Lent well underway, please Prayerfully consider becoming a missionary to empty Purgatory. This is an informal group of Religious & Lay people dedicated to Praying for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. Please visit the web site for Mission To Empty Purgatory ( ). You will find no adverts, no requests for money and no need to give out personal information. All we need are your Prayers. Please help the poor Holy Souls in Purgatory, they are in desperate need of our Prayers. As St Padre Pio says: "The Holy Souls are eager for the prayers of...
  • Surviving a stint inside Purgatory

    03/08/2004 6:37:44 AM PST · by xzins · 15 replies · 146+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | 7 Mar 04 | Terry Boyd
    By Terry Boyd, Stars and StripesEuropean edition, Sunday, March 7, 2004 Terry Boyd / S&S Weapons and munitions take up much of the interior of the Afghan militia compound next to Firebase Purgatory in Afghanistan. Troops around the country are finding arms. Here Pfc. Michael Greenwood surveys the take, some of which will be handed over to the new Afghan army. The rest will be destroyed. FIREBASE PURGATORY, Afghanistan — Before he joined, Pfc. Brad Atanasoff worked at a hotel with a Thai man who was terribly homesick.“He was always talking about how much he missed home,” said Atanasoff, 21,...
  • Are there really 2 Heavens?

    12/27/2003 12:21:17 PM PST · by missyme · 28 replies · 203+ views | 12/27/03
    One of the most baffling things regarding Jesus's crucifixcion and resurrection was the quote by the criminal on the other side of where Jesus was hanging: If Jesus told him that he would be with him in paradise today then where did Jesus go? What we learn from religious institutions is not always commensurate with the truth of the actual Scriptures. Here we researched for you what the Bible actually says about the terms Paradise and Heaven When Jesus was crucified, there were two criminals hanging on crosses beside Him. One of them confessed that he was sorry about his...
  • Believers speculate on the hellish hereafter

    11/28/2003 2:40:41 PM PST · by Willie Green · 9 replies · 160+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Friday, November 28, 2003 | Eric Heyl
    <p>For those concerned about their final destination after they die, beware: There apparently isn't a lot of space available in heaven. But if you don't mind the utter lack of oceanfront housing, hell appears to have plenty of room.</p> <p>This we can discern from the results of a new poll of several hundred Americans on matters pertaining to the hereafter. Barna Research Group of Ventura, Calif., found that when it comes to the prospect of eternal damnation, only a fraction of folks seem remotely prepared for the possibility.</p>
  • Westcott and Hort part2

    03/01/2003 12:06:45 PM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 250+ views
    An Understandable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    A SURPRISING DEFENCE It is true that a man who believed things completely contrary to the convictions of today's fundamental preachers and educators could be exalted and defended by them. Of course, I believe this is done primarily because our fundamental brethren know little of what either Dr. Westcott or Dr. Hort really believed and taught.
  • Westcott and Hort part 1

    02/28/2003 3:22:05 PM PST · by Commander8 · 4 replies · 328+ views
    An Understanbable History of The Bible ^ | 1987 | Dr. Samuel C Gipp Th.D
    Brooke Foss Westcott (1825-1903) and Fenton John Anthony Hort (1828-1892) have been highly controversial figures in biblical history.